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Galaxy GeForce GTX 560 Ti 1GB GC Video Card Overclocked
     Tue, Feb 15 2011 | 4:03P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Another day rolls in and another GTX 560 Ti arrives. With a pretty mean looking cooler on this one and a few lower clocked models already looked at, it's time to check out how overclocking goes on the new model. The exact card we're looking at today is the Galaxy GTX 560 Ti 1GB GC Version. This isn't the first time we've seen the GC version and the chances are it won't be the last. As we just mentioned, since we've already looked at a couple of GTX 560 Ti cards we thought it was time to overclock one and see what we could get out of the card. Since out of the box the Galaxy one we're looking at today didn't have the largest OC'd clock speeds, we thought it was a good chance for us to take it upon ourselves to see what the model was capable of."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN

Alienware M17X10 gaming notebook
     Tue, Feb 15 2011 | 4:02P | Notebooks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
This portable PC may not be all that portable - if you have a look at the charts, you’ll see that the monster we’re reviewing this time around weighs in at over five kilograms! This makes it clear from the ground up that we’re talking about a desktop replacement notebook, aimed at gamers. The desktop replacement category is intended for users that require portability from their PCs, whether it’s work at several places, data availability or simply gaming around, but don’t care much about the large size and weight that are a consequence of a strong system build or specific needs. For example, a notebook we’ve recently reviewed, ASUS’ NX90JQ with an 18” display, is about as portable as the old Sony TVs with Trinitron cathode tubes, but they still belong to the notebook category. Dell’s managed to make its Alienware brand synonymous with the best money can buy in the gaming department in recent years, and garnered quite a following among hardcore gamers that way. Well, after years of staring at their models at various fairs, we’ve finally had the chance to test one out for ourselves. The model that we’ve received is a 17” model, bearing the name M17X10…
  FULL STORY @ ALIENWARE

HDI Dune HD Smart D1 HDD And Network Media Player Review
     Tue, Feb 15 2011 | 4:01P | Home Theatre | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The new HD Smart series of media players by HDI Dune are physically smaller versions of the Dune HD Max which can be paired with matching HDD or BD extensions to create your dream machine.
  FULL STORY @ RWLABS

ASUS GeForce GT 440 1 GB
     Tue, Feb 15 2011 | 4:00P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
NVIDIA's new GeForce GT 440 sets out to deliver acceptable performance in the low-end segment around $100. ASUS GT 440 comes with a custom designed, black PCB and a stylish heatsink. The card also comes with higher clocks out of the box to gain an extra performance advantage.
  FULL STORY @ TECHPOWERUP

Zalman ZM1000-HP Plus 1000W Power Supply Review
     Tue, Feb 15 2011 | 2:02P | Power Supply | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
“ThinkComputers last reviewed a power supply unit from primarily cooling company Zalman in 2008, the ZM850-HP. Now, we have in our hands a much newer model building upon three years of innovation and standardization: the ZM1000-HP Plus. The ZM1000-HP Plus features a dual heatpipe cooling system, lots of connectors, modular cables, and 80PLUS Silver certification for efficiency. See how the unit measures up in this review."
  FULL STORY @ ZM1000

Creating a Modified BIOS for a GTX 400 Series GPU
     Tue, Feb 15 2011 | 9:03A | BIOS | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"This short tutorial is based on my Gigabyte GTX470, it’s a reference card with a slightly higher GPU clock of 630 MHz. A standard GTX470 has the max GPU voltage locked at 1.087 V, but there’s an easy way to unlock up to 1.212 V. Here are some steps on how to unlock the max voltage on a GTX4xx GPU."
  FULL STORY @ OVERCLOCKERS

Tt eSPORTS Challenger Pro Gaming Keyboard Review
     Tue, Feb 15 2011 | 9:02A | Peripherals | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Although very new Tt eSPORTS has taken by surprise the entire market with their feature rich and cost-effective peripheral devices such as the Challenger Pro Gaming Keyboard.
  FULL STORY @ RWLABS

 
7,200-RPM notebook drives
     Tue, Feb 15 2011 | 9:01A | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
When we rounded up 7,200-RPM notebook drives last month, Western Digital's Scorpio Black 500GB was our clear favorite. Today, we explore whether a 750GB version of the same drive is even better.
  FULL STORY @ TECHREPORT

Zotac Amp! Edition GeForce GTX 480 Graphics Card
     Tue, Feb 15 2011 | 9:00A | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Today we will be taking a look at one of Zotac’s flagship graphics card from their GeForce 400 series line, the Amp! Edition GeForce GTX 480. Originally launched in March of 2010 and available a month later for purchase, the GeForce 400 series was the first to introduce the Fermi architecture and support for OpenGL 4.0 and Direct3D 11. Although ousted as the NVIDIA GPU king by the GeForce 500 series late last year, higher end 400 series cards like the GTX 480 remain very relevant in today’s GPU market. Zotac sweetens their take on the GTX 480 by throwing in an aftermarket heatsink to combat Fermi’s known heat issues and a factory overclock for good measure."
  FULL STORY @ REVIEWS

Zotac's H67-ITX Mini-ITX motherboard
     Mon, Feb 14 2011 | 5:19P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Zotac's H67-ITX is the first Mini-ITX motherboard capable of hosting Intel's new Sandy Bridge CPUs. We pit it against a stack of desktop boards to see whether the latest Mini-ITX midget can keep up.
  FULL STORY @ TECHREPORT

Wireless Graphics card - KFA2 GTX 460 WDHI review
     Mon, Feb 14 2011 | 5:04P | Networking | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
One innovative product that dropped like a bomb into the market a couple of weeks ago is the KFA2/Galaxy GeForce GTX 460 WHDI with the card transmitting a wireless signal to your HDTV. An idea that originates from Intel actually, as they also have WHDI solutions these days. But think about it, a graphics card with no monitor connectors attached to it, yet when you look at the HDTV you see your desktop in 1920x1080P perfectly clear and fine, ... all transmitted through the air. The concept surely is miraculous and even weirder, it works surprisingly well !
  FULL STORY @ GURU3D

Windows 7 Service Pack 1 Gaming Performance Analysis
     Mon, Feb 14 2011 | 4:49P | Optical Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"So you're a Windows 7 user and you thank Microsoft every day for creating something that has gotten you off Windows Vista. Almost 18 months on and loads of little updates later, we finally find ourselves greeted with the first Service Pack for the operating system. So it's got a list of fixes etc. - But we only really care about one thing when it comes to the new service pack. Is our gaming experience going to be any better? - It's not uncommon for a major release like this to offer us some free performance, and that's exactly what we intend to find out today; if we're able to get some. We'll be using my new favorite test bed in the P67 today with what continues to be the fastest single GPU video card on the market; the MSI GTX 580 1536MB. The focus is of course gaming performance, so we'll be looking at the whole line-up of games today that we normally use in our video card benchmarks, and by the end of it we should be able to get a good idea on whether or not the new service pack is a worthy install for the gamer."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN

Windows 7 Jump Lists Fix and Tricks
     Mon, Feb 14 2011 | 4:34P | Tips | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
When Windows 7 made it out the door reactions were mixed about the operating system's revamped taskbar. Now two years later I can personally attest to the improved usability of the new bar and above all else, the magnificent implementation of jump lists. Depending on the application jump lists can be used to get 1-click functionality without recalling a minimized window, easily access common tasks or to quickly open pinned and recent documents, saving you time not having to go through a number of dialogs. In a nutshell, if you are willing to make the most of them, jump lists are a productivity godsend.
  FULL STORY @ TECHSPOT

Western Digital Scorpio Black 500GB 2.5' HDD Review
     Mon, Feb 14 2011 | 4:19P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The 500GB Scorpio Black 2.5' HDD from Western Digital maintains the performance lead ahead of many similar drives on the market with the same capacity. Being available on the market for about 55 Euros, it goes head to head with the Hitachi 7K500-500 model, outperforming it in some cases.
  FULL STORY @ MADSHRIMPS

ZOTAC ZBOXHD-ID34BR-U
     Mon, Feb 14 2011 | 4:04P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Considering the latest 3D features and better image quality that new HDTVs offer, many consumers seem to look for a nice compact solution allowing them to watch their Blu-Ray and Blu-Ray 3D videos while also having the functions of a Desktop PC. The ZOTAC ZBOXHD-ID34BR-U is a small form factor All-in-One Mini-PC or HTPC (Home Theatre Personal Computer) that allows users to easily play Blu-Ray videos with the included Cyberlink PowerDVD software. This PC is designed to be very simple and easy to use: the owner need only plug in their wireless keyboard and mouse, and the ZOTAC ZBOX to the HDMI port on the TV. For different audio inputs, the user also has the option to use a standard headphone jack or a Digital Optical Output S/PDIF-Out connector. When a Blu-Ray disk is inserted into the PC, PowerDVD will automatically launch and start loading the movie. Within several seconds of loading the Blu-Ray disk into the ZOTAC ZBOXHD-ID34BR-U, the movie starts playing without any lags.
  FULL STORY @ BJORN3D

Thermaltake Max5G Active Cooled Hard Drive Enclosure
     Mon, Feb 14 2011 | 4:03P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Thermaltake, a maker of some pretty popular external enclosures, have recently released a new enclosure that takes the guess work out of choosing a good enclosure, one that will provide your hard drive with years of good cooling performance. The new Max5G is a handsome looking enclosure, and is mated with dual 80mm blue LED cooling fans that will keep your drive cool, but more importantly keeping it functional.
  FULL STORY @ COOLED

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Beginners Guide: Install/Remove Intel Socket LGA1156 CPU and Heatsink
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  48. Linux Part 3: New Software
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  50. Making Old Software Compatible with Windows Vista
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  52. Most Common Ways to Kill a PC
  53. Optical Drives & Recording Formats
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  56. Preventing Data Theft from a Stolen Laptop
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