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MSI HD 6950 Twin Frozr II
     Fri, Feb 11 2011 | 9:03A | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
MSI's HD 6950 Twin Frozr II is the first custom design HD 6950 to reach our labs. It comes with a small overclock out of the box and MSI's well established Twin Frozr II heatsink to keep the card cool.
  FULL STORY @ TECHPOWERUP

Vengeance DDR3 1600 CL-9-9-9-24 2x 4 GByte Dual
     Fri, Feb 11 2011 | 9:02A | Memory | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
With their Vengeance DDR3 1600 CL9-9-9-24 Modules, Corsair presents an 8 Gigabyte memory kit which should be able to make recent socket LGA 1155 and LGA 1156 ready for the future. Furthermore we're also very curious if the modules can be overclocked very well or not.
  FULL STORY @ OCAHOLIC

Samsung UN55C6500 55 inch Series 6 LED TV
     Fri, Feb 11 2011 | 9:01A | Home Theatre | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
A TV is an investment that lasts you a long time. While the warranty is generally only 1 year you will easy get many years of good use. The Samsung 55C6500 is one of those investments. The 55C6500 is a big TV that’ll make all your friends jealous. It however is not big enough that it becomes difficult to carry or assemble. I was still able to manage the job myself.
  FULL STORY @ SAMSUNG

ASRock P67 Extreme4 Motherboard Review
     Fri, Feb 11 2011 | 9:00A | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Extreme4 P67 motherboard from ASRock is a feature-rich product which incorporates the latest technologies like USB 3.0/SATA3/eSATA3, supports the Sandy Bridge CPUs from Intel and comes with a very easy to use UEFI BIOS; the motherboard comes with a 8+2 power phase design and is offered at a competitive price. In this review we use the board to push our 2500K CPU to 4.8Ghz with air cooling.
  FULL STORY @ MADSHRIMPS

Microsoft's Internet Explorer 9 web browser goes live
     Thu, Feb 10 2011 | 5:39P | Software | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Microsoft has said the latest version of its internet explorer web browser puts it ahead of competitors like Google and Firefox. The software giant, which is losing market share, made the bold claim as it unveiled what is known as the release candidate of IE9. Privacy and speed are being highlighted as two of the features that set IE9 apart. Microsoft said that this latest version of IE9 is faster than the beta by 35%, making it faster than any browser currently available. Also new is expanded support for HTML5 and what is known as other "future-web" technologies. These include support for a geolocation feature and HTML5 semantic tags. These features are largely present in other browsers. IE9 is a free download that works Windows Vista and Windows 7 computers. It's not compatible with Windows XP.
  FULL STORY @ BBC.CO.UK

Cooler Master Spawn
     Thu, Feb 10 2011 | 4:03P | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"The red and black color scheme that Cooler Master put on it with the white lettering for the Spawn and CM Storm logos both stand out, but do not clash with the overall design. The Anti-Slip Design that Cooler Master integrated with the mouse is placed in key positions, and it's especially nice that the company opted not to coat the entire mouse in the anti-slip/anti-sweat material. The 3500 DPI Optical Sensor that Cooler Master placed on the mouse does give you the ability to game up to 3500 dpi, however the only complaint I do have about the DPI settings is that you can only set it to 800, 1800, and 3500 in the drivers software."
  FULL STORY @ OVERCLOCKERSCLUB

MXL V89 Condenser Microphone Review
     Thu, Feb 10 2011 | 4:02P | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
“Today I am reviewing the V89 Condenser Microphone from MXL. The V89 is one of the newest microphones that MXL has released into their line of many great microphones. I have used other MXL microphones before and the V89 is by far one of the best ones I have had the pleasure of testing out. For the price range of the V89 you will find it hard to pass by, especially with other microphones in the same price range offering fewer features and less quality components.”
  FULL STORY @ GEEKINVADERS

 
Fractal Design Define R3 Case
     Thu, Feb 10 2011 | 4:01P | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Today we'll be taking a look at a case from a manufacturer new to us here at DreamWare Computers; Fractal Design. However, in the past 2 years, Fractal Design has gained a lot of recognition for their well-priced cases which provide many features reminiscent of even higher priced cases. They are based in Sweden and have gradually made themselves known internationally for their innovations. Their success began with the Define R2 case and now continues with their Define R3 case, which we will look at today. Will Fractal Design make its mark and leave a great first impression here at DreamWare Computers?"
  FULL STORY @ HARDWARE

Seventeam ST-650PWL Power Supply Review
     Thu, Feb 10 2011 | 4:00P | Power Supply | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Let's take a look at this entry-level 650 W power supply from Seventeam that carries the 80 Plus Bronze certification."
  FULL STORY @ HARDWARESECRETS

Speed on the Cheap: Seagate Momentus XT RAID 0
     Thu, Feb 10 2011 | 2:25P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Now we are going to take it a little further with the Seagate Momentus XT Hybrid drive. This little guy is a standard 2.5" 7200 RPM laptop drive with 32MB cache and a beautiful 4GB SSD attached. This SSD brings the performance up considerably. So, what are we going to do with it? Well Seagate gave us two, so we are going to RAID them in a RAID 0 and short stroke them to see what kind of performance we can get. Just like Artiom did with the VelociRaptor. We are directly comparing this to the SSD in Artiom's last editorial using the VelociRaptors.
  FULL STORY @ TECHWARELABS

When It Works, Intel Core i5 2500K Graphics On Linux Are Fast
     Thu, Feb 10 2011 | 2:25P | Operating System | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"After a month of headaches for Intel and myself, there are now Sandy Bridge graphics benchmark results from the Intel Core i5 2500K under Linux to finally publish. Sandy Bridge was a tough launch for Intel in terms of the Linux coverage with the media having problems building a working driver stack and then when I finally got my hands on a CPU, I ran into an entirely different set of show-stopping problems. The developers still have not solved the biggest original issue yet, but Intel sent out a new motherboard and another CPU and it happens to "just work" nicely under Linux. When using the latest bits of their open-source Intel Linux graphics code, the performance on the Core i5 2500K is actually quite impressive compared to other open-source Linux drivers."
  FULL STORY @ PHORONIX

ASUS GeForce ENGTX560 Ti DirectCU II Video Card Review
     Thu, Feb 10 2011 | 2:25P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"The ASUS ENGTX560 Ti DirectXU II Top edition video card proved itself to be faster than the NVIDIA GeForce GTX560 Ti reference design in our testing, but that was expected since it operates at a 900MHz versus the standard 823MHz clock speeds. We also found that it ran cooler at full load and was able to overclock better than the reference design thanks to the voltage adjustment feature (VoltageTweak) in the SmartDoctor utility. Being able to reach 1GHz on the GeForce GTX 560 when overclocking was nice..."
  FULL STORY @ LEGITREVIEWS

Lenovo Essential C200 All-in-One Touchscreen desktop
     Thu, Feb 10 2011 | 12:03P | Notebooks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"After the review on Lenovo IdeaCentre B500, today we are going to continue another All-in-One desktop from Lenovo; Essential 200. The major unique selling point of Lenovo Essential 200 is the 18.5" touchscreen which is suitable for leisure usage and it is much affordable than B500 due to its entry specifications. Let us deep dive this interesting All-in-One touchscreen desktop together without further delay."
  FULL STORY @ TOUCHSCREEN

Kingston HyperX Max USB 3.0 SSD 128GB
     Thu, Feb 10 2011 | 12:02P | Memory | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
While I certainly have seen some down right fast USB 3.0 devices in various shapes and forms, none have had insane write speeds to go along with those crazy read speeds. Well Kingston definitely feels my need for speed, and has coupled one of their monster internal SSDs to a USB 3.0 controller and called the resulting device their HyperX Max 3.0. On paper, the HyperX Max 3.0 is a device that should offer great write as well as great read speeds, but is the reality the same as the theory? Let's see exactly how good the Kingston 128GB HyperX Max USB 3.0 SSD drive really is! Now, read on for my full review.
  FULL STORY @ KINGSTON

Intel X25-M 80GB Solid State Drive
     Thu, Feb 10 2011 | 12:01P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Many have known of the quality and performance of the Intel X25-M 80GB solid state drive since it was released in 2008, so nothing new may have been revealed by this review. But, by taking a look at it while going head-to-head with a couple of high performance drives released in 2010, it can be appreciated in a whole new way.
  FULL STORY @ BIGBRUIN

ASUS GTX580 1.5GB Review
     Thu, Feb 10 2011 | 12:00P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Looking back over the past year, Nvidia have had a tough ride. Firstly, they were late with the release of their high end GPU, resulting in AMD taking the golden opportunity to grab some much needed market share, and secondly their Fermi architecture became notorious for its high power consumption, temperatures and noise. The GF100 core was without a shadow of doubt the most powerful GPU available but in the form of the GTX480, it remained unappealing to most users. Furthermore, the GTX480 was a cut down version of core specifications, which seemingly wasn't enough to reduce all of its negative attributes. In its bid to take the performance crown, Nvidia had sacrificed user appeal. Fundamentally, Fermi is still a very successful architecture and we only have to look at its sheer compute power to realise that Nvidia have succeeded in producing what they set out to do despite the trade-offs."
  FULL STORY @ VORTEZ

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Beginners Guide: Install/Remove Intel Socket LGA1156 CPU and Heatsink
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Installing a socket LGA1156 Intel Core i3/i5/i7 processor into a fresh motherboard as part of a new PC build can be intimidating step, particularly if you've never worked inside a computer before. PCSTATS received a few emails from novice readers on this subject, so we thought it worthwhile to lay out the steps for you in this Beginners Guide.
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The Gigabyte GA-X79-UD5 is an awesome 'Sandy Bridge-E' motherboard for anyone in the business of content creation, yet still nimble enough to take on multi-videocard gaming and overclocking at the end of a days work.
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Seagate Constellation ES 1TB Enterprise Hard Drive Review
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