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BitFenix Shinobi XL @ techPowerUp
     Mon, Mar 12 2012 | 4:04P | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The BitFenix Shinobi really put BitFenix on the map for the majority of users with its sleek design and SofTouch surface. Thus it is only natural that BitFenix gives the chassis the growth hormone treatment and offers a full tower variant. We take the XL size Shinobi for a spin and see if it is all fat or mean and lean functionality"
  FULL STORY @ TECHPOWERUP.COM

Silverstone TS06 Slim ODD Enclosure with 2.5" Conversion Tray
     Mon, Mar 12 2012 | 4:00P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Silverstone has recently released the TS06, which may be a confusing product at face value, but it's actually three very valuable products for a reasonable price. The TS06 is a slim 2.5" optical drive enclosure - allowing you to take any aftermarket or laptop slim ODD and use it externally. The TS06 is also a 2.5" drive conversion tray - giving you the ability to use a 2.5" drive in place of a slim optical drive in your laptop (or any other supporting device). Or, if you want a confusing looking external hard drive then both parts of the TS06 can be combined to use it as a 2.5" hard drive enclosure which looks like an optical drive."
  FULL STORY @ ENCLOSURE

Intel Ivy Bridge: everything you need to know
     Mon, Mar 12 2012 | 12:03P | CPU / Processors | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Intel is set to roll out its latest generation of processors sometime this spring despite a minor setback affecting ultra low-voltage models -- the ones destined for super slim notebooks. By normal standards, the launch should mark a new "tick" in the company's product roadmap, but Intel is going beyond just shrinking the current 32nm Sandy Bridge processor by introducing some fundamental advancements along with its new 22nm process. For those unfamiliar, Intel follows a "tick tock" model for its processor upgrade cycle. With every "tick" the company moves to a smaller manufacturing process, from 32nm to 22nm in this case, dramatically increasing transistor density while enhancing performance and energy efficiency of the current microarchitecture. Then, with an alternating "tock" cycle Intel introduces a new processor microarchitecture. Ivy Bridge includes manufacturing and subsystem improvements. It is a shrink of Sandy Bridge and is also the first to us Intel's Tri-Gate transistors, which use a nonplanar architecture to cram more transistors into less space, therefore consuming less power or delivering more performance within the same power envelope. There's been quite a bit of information on Ivy Bridge going around ever since Intel detailed the architecture late last year. We'll recap some of the major changes and practical implications, while also bringing you up to speed on the latest developments, including expected launch lineup and specs.
  FULL STORY @ TECHSPOT

AMD Radeon HD 7870 and Radeon HD 7850
     Mon, Mar 12 2012 | 12:02P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Therefore it appears that gamers need to be prepared to spend at least $249 on a current generation graphics card to justify upgrading. For those gamers still flaunting a Radeon HD 5870 graphics cards because they skipped the HD 6000 series for something more worthwhile, we now have that something. The Radeon HD 5870 debuted with an MSRP of $380 which makes the much faster Radeon HD 7870 a very attractive prospect at $349.
  FULL STORY @ LEGIONHARDWARE

Intel to release Ivy Bridge processors at the end of April
     Mon, Mar 12 2012 | 12:01P | CPU / Processors | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Intel is expected to officially announce its latest Ivy Bridge processors at the end of April. First-tier notebook brand vendors have been aggressively competing for available capacity from Intel, according to sources from notebook players.
  FULL STORY @ DIGITIMES

Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook Review:
     Mon, Mar 12 2012 | 12:00P | Notebooks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today we're continuing our coverage of the ultrabook onslaught with Dell's first effort in the space, the XPS 13. Dell does a nice job of striking a balance here, between features, performance and cost. The team obviously invested quite a bit in the display, however, as Dell's 13-inch edge-to-edge Gorilla Glass strapped LCD is arguably one of the nicer panels out there in this class of machine. Other tangible tradeoffs between build quality and cost are the XPS 13's machined aluminum, carbon fiber and magnesium alloy construction that definitely gives the little fella a solid, well-built and polished feel. Let's take a look at how Dell's new 13-inch slice of cutting-edge technology handles the test track...
  FULL STORY @ HOTHARDWARE

AMD Radeon HD 7950 On Linux: Southern Islands Isnt Yet A Penguin Holiday
     Mon, Mar 12 2012 | 11:34A | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Radeon HD 7900 series were announced at the end of 2011 and since then the Linux support status for this hardware has remained a big question. For the Radeon HD 7000 series Southern Islands GPU launch, they did not send over any hardware samples so Linux consumers have left to be confused over the state of the non-Windows support for AMD`s hardware based on the Graphics Core Next architecture. Fortunately, here is finally an extensive look at the Radeon HD 7000 series on Linux with testing of a Radeon HD 7950."
  FULL STORY @ PHORONIX.COM

 
Antec EarthWatts 650-watt Platinum Power Supply Review
     Mon, Mar 12 2012 | 11:34A | Power Supply | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The new EarthWatts series represents a huge step for Antec as these new units are their first 80Plus Platinum rated units to come to market. Antec currently offers the latest iteration of EarthWatts power supplies in 450W, 550W and 650W varieties. Antec is hopping on the Platinum bandwagon strong with claims that the EarthWatts 650W Platinum unit can reduce power consumption by up to 25%."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN.COM

ASUS Rampage IV Gene @ Bjorn3D
     Mon, Mar 12 2012 | 11:34A | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Here we have the smallest of the ROG X79 boards: the Rampage IV Gene. Let`s see if great things really do come in small packages."
  FULL STORY @ BJORN3D.COM

ASUS Sabertooth Z77 preview
     Mon, Mar 12 2012 | 11:34A | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We preview the ASUS Sabertooth Z77 TUF. Z77 is of course the Intel chipset for the upcoming Ivy bridge based processors. These motherboards will have a slightly altered feature set and thus support them new upcoming apples from Intel. Good to know however is that Z77 also supports Sandy Bridge Socket 1155 based processors, that`s right your favorite Core i5 2500K and Core i7 2600K will be perfect for these motherboards as well. The changes for Z77 primarily can be found in native USB 3.0 support as well as an upgrade towards PCie gen 3 PCIe x16 slots. Read the preview right here."
  FULL STORY @ GURU3D.COM

Netgear WNDR3800 Premium Edition Router Review
     Mon, Mar 12 2012 | 9:03A | Networking | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The NETGEAR N600 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Router Premium Edition offers high performance wireless Internet access for demanding applications, such as streaming HD video and multiplayer gaming. It supports a wide range of new features and applications such as ReadySHARE Cloud, ReadySHARE Printer, Clear Channel Selector and much more. Simultaneous Dual band technology runs both 2.4 and 5 GHz bands at the same time, avoiding interference, ensuring top speeds and the greatest range, while Gigabit offers ultra-fast wired connections.
  FULL STORY @ NETWORKING

Asus Rampage IV Formula – Best Mainboard for LGA 2011 CPU Overclocking
     Mon, Mar 12 2012 | 9:01A | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
This new mainboard from Asus belongs to the “Republic of Gamers” series for gamers and overclocking enthusiasts. It has excellent set of features, proved to be a great overclocking platform, and the Rampage IV Formula/Battlefield 3 modification also has a free game coupon to sweeten the deal even more.
  FULL STORY @ XBITLABS

Intel's Core i7-3770K (ES) vs i7-2600K vs i7-3960X, nuff said!
     Sun, Mar 11 2012 | 10:46P | CPU / Processors | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We have also included a brief USB 3.0 controller shootout inside, involving the new Z77 (Panther Point) Native USB implementation and other popular solutions.
  FULL STORY @ VR-ZONE

Verbatim 2.5" Sata-III SSD 120GB
     Sun, Mar 11 2012 | 10:46P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Verbatim is a well known manufacturer of CD/DVD-medias and computer peripherals. Lately they have expanded their products to the SSD market. We will take a look at their newest SATA-III interfaced 120GB SSD drive and see how well it performs.
  FULL STORY @ RBMODS

Diamond Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card tested
     Sun, Mar 11 2012 | 10:46P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Since we knew that the Catalyst 12.2 drivers weren't far away we figured it was a good chance to look at the driver in a bit more detail than just our typical Catalyst benchmark line up, so that's exactly what we'll be doing today as we see how the Diamond HD 7970 with the series' first WHQL driver goes against the original launch driver we used. Of course there are a few things we need to do before we get into the performance side of things and we see exactly what's going on with the latest AMD driver. Since we haven't looked at the Diamond HD 7970, the first thing we need to do is take a closer look at the bundle to see exactly what's going on."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN

BIOS Option Of The Week
     Sun, Mar 11 2012 | 10:46P | BIOS | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Since 1999, we have been developing the BIOS Optimization Guide, affectionately known as the BOG. From a meager beginning of a single page, it now covers over 440 BIOS options. As old BOG readers will know, we started offering two editions of the BOG since Revision 8.0 - a simplified edition and the complete edition. Normally, the complete edition is only available to subscribers who help sponsor the development of the guide through a small fee. However, that changes today! From now on, we will post a BIOS option from the complete edition of the BIOS Optimization Guide every weekend.
  FULL STORY @ TECHARP

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