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A Quick Look at Windows 8 Consumer Preview @ Techgage
     Fri, Mar 02 2012 | 4:25P | Operating System | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Microsoft this week released the first Consumer Preview of its upcoming Windows 8 OS, and despite being far from final launch, what`s been delivered here is quite impressive. Join us as we take a quick look at the installation, Metro interface and apps, along with a couple of other notable features tweaked for Windows 8."
  FULL STORY @ TECHGAGE.COM

MSI Radeon HD 7770 1GB OC Edition Video Card Review
     Fri, Mar 02 2012 | 4:25P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
When we moved away from the single GPU performance via the XFX HD 7770 Black Edition S Super Overclocked 1GB and checked out the CrossFire performance via Sapphire we saw a bit of light at the end of the tunnel thanks to some awesome CrossFire scaling. The issue continued to be the price of the setup, though. With some strong overclocks out of the box, we wonder what kind of overclocking potential we have with the model. Today we`ll be finding that out exactly via the help of the MSI Radeon HD 7770 1GB OC Edition video card. There are of course a few things we need to do before we cover the overclocking side of things."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN.COM

MSI Radeon HD 7950 Twin Frozr III 3GB Overclocked Video Card Review
     Fri, Mar 02 2012 | 4:25P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Considering we`ve seen the company jump fairly quick into the Twin Frozr cooling setup, we figure it was simply because they were hard at work making something that was going to stand out. The Twin Frozr cooler has always been one of our favorite coolers, especially if you`re looking exclusively at dual slot cards. How`s the beloved Twin Frozr III cooler go with the new 28nm HD 7950, though? Well, there`s only one way to find out and we want to make sure we can see what it`s really made out of which can only be done one way, overclocking!"
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN.COM

[Tech ARP] BIOS Option Of The Week - FIXED Memory Size
     Fri, Mar 02 2012 | 4:23P | 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. This week, we will be taking a look at the FIXED Memory Size setting."
  FULL STORY @ TECHARP.COM

XFX Radeon HD 7870 Black Edition 2GB Video Card Review
     Fri, Mar 02 2012 | 4:22P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Black Edition series from XFX has served us extremely well since the launch of the new HD 7000 series this year. We saw XFX come out strong with the HD 7970 version which was then followed up with the HD 7950 version. After that we saw the HD 7770 get the same treatment, but unfortunately the HD 7770 on a whole hasn`t been our favorite model due to the current price point it hits at. Today it`s time to check out the HD 7870 version of the Black Edition card and see how it goes."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN.COM

Western Digital My Book Live Duo (4TB) Review @ TechReviewSource.com
     Fri, Mar 02 2012 | 4:20P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The competitively priced Western Digital My Book Live Duo is a two-drive network attached storage (NAS) device that offers an astounding 4TB of storage capacity. It`s very easy to use and offers speedy file read times, but it does lack some features and the latest USB 3.0 connectivity."
  FULL STORY @ TECHREVIEWSOURCE.COM

Tech News: BitFenix Raider Mid-Tower Gaming Case Review
     Fri, Mar 02 2012 | 4:19P | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
BitFenix may be known to many of you for their sleek and innovative case designs, which allow them to stand out against the competition. It is their attention to detail, both inside and out, that enables them to catch the eye of potential consumers. Today, we will be looking at their latest `Raider` model, which looks primed to continue the tradition of enclosure design excellence. Lets find out if it succeeds."
  FULL STORY @ THESSDREVIEW.COM

 
Windows 8 Consumer Preview
     Fri, Mar 02 2012 | 2:26P | Operating System | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"During the second half of 2011 Microsoft previewed their new Operating System, Windows 8 by making a developer edition available. Despite the name anyone could download that build of Windows 8 and play about with it and many did. Since then the developers have been busy working away on the new OS and this week saw the release of a Consumer Preview which is the latest milestone in the development cycle and one which Microsoft feel is well suited to general consumers trying out.

Today we take a look at the Windows 8 Consumer Preview, how to install it, what the basic OS experience is and how it performs, compared to Windows 7 on AMDs latest FX CPU and Radeon 7700 series GPU."

Windows 8 Consumer Preview ISO images
 
An ISO image must be converted into installation media stored on a DVD or a USB flash drive. Instructions are provided on this page. Developer tools are available for download from Windows Dev Center.

64-bit (x64)                    Download (3.3 GB)                    Sha 1 hash — 1288519C5035BCAC83CBFA23A33038CCF5522749
32-bit (x86)                    Download (2.5 GB)                    Sha 1 hash — E91ED665B01A46F4344C36D9D88C8BF78E9A1B39

Product Key:   DNJXJ-7XBW8-2378T-X22TX-BKG7J

 

  FULL STORY @ PERFORMANCE

.SKILL breaks the memory frequency world record again – 3736MHz
     Fri, Mar 02 2012 | 1:32P | Memory | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
On 27th February 2012, the highest DDR3 memory frequency record was smashed again by the well-known Swiss overclocker, Christian Ney. Using G.SKILL extreme RipjawsZ memory kit, Christian Ney has achieved the astonishing score of DDR3 3736MHz with 4GB high capacity memory stick.

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“It was a lot of fun while tweaking G.SKILL memory. You can feel the unlimited potential and always want to go higher and higher” said by Christian Ney.

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The record for the highest memory frequency has been validated by HWBOT, the widely recognized authority in the field of overclocking. For more detail, please refer to the link below: http://hwbot.org/submission/2260215_christian_ney_memory_clock_ddr3_sdram_1868.3_mhz
  FULL STORY @ MEMORY

Vaja Libretto Limited Edition iPad 2 Case Review
     Fri, Mar 02 2012 | 12:03P | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Libretto Limited Edition iPad 2 Case from Vaja comes with Argentinian high quality leather in multiple colors, is hand made, supports the sleep function and can be sit in two different positions; however, the product does not fully cover all corners and comes at a high price of 190 Euros.
  FULL STORY @ MADSHRIMPS

At AMD's analyst day
     Fri, Mar 02 2012 | 12:02P | CPU / Processors | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
At AMD's analyst day, the new management took to the stage to highlight a new strategy and share the roadmap for 2012-2013. The executives generally came across well and there are only a few changes from the existing focus, with no major shifts. The updated server roadmap seems challenging, given the competition, but client systems should do decently and expand AMD's footprint in mobile and tablets.
  FULL STORY @ REALWORLDTECH

OCZ Synapse Cache 64GB SSD Review
     Fri, Mar 02 2012 | 12:01P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today we review the OCZ Synapse cache SSD drive; you may be wondering why the name cache has been included in the title of this specific drive, well this is because unlike most SSD drives of which are primarily used as your main drive and used only to install Windows. The OCZ Synapse Cache SSD drives purpose is to upgrade your current system, specifically your current hard drive...
  FULL STORY @ HARDWARELOOK

Sandy Bridge-E Memory Performance Guide
     Fri, Mar 02 2012 | 12:00P | Memory | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Although I wouldn’t go as far as to say you shouldn’t bother with quad-channel memory, it is fair to say you don’t need it. Based on our findings the Sandy Bridge-E processors perform just as well when using dual-channel memory as they do with quad.
  FULL STORY @ LEGIONHARDWARE

ASRock Fatal1ty Z68 Professional Gen3 Motherboard
     Fri, Mar 02 2012 | 9:03A | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Z68 Fatal1ty Professional Motherboard from ASRock is an upgraded product from the same series, featuring a Digital PWM, XFast USB Technology, XFast LAN, V16+2 CPU Power Phases, no less than 6 USB 3.0 ports (4 rear and 2 for the front panel) and 6 SATA3, C.C.O., THX TruStudio, and the unique Fatal1ty Mouse Port, which allows us to set the desired mouse polling rate, up to 1000Hz. Of course, thanks to the Z68 chipset we also have Lucid Virtu capabilities and multi VGA output options: one D-Sub port, two HDMI ports and one DVI-D port by the bundled HDMI to DVI adapter.
  FULL STORY @ MADSHRIMPS

Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 OC WindForce review
     Fri, Mar 02 2012 | 9:02A | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We test the Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 OC (WindForce) edition. It's a fully fetched R7970 on a customized PCB, it comes factory overclocked for you and next to that they applied their popular WindForce cooler, the one that has a cool number of three active fans. The results are pretty impressive as you'll find out, that factory overclock is boils down to a default clock frequency of 1000 MHz on the GPU core. Next to that the WindForce cooler is able to keep the product under 65 Degrees C, and that's under full load and stress.
  FULL STORY @ GIGABYTE

First Quad Core Mini-ITX Boards - VIA EPIA-M900
     Fri, Mar 02 2012 | 9:01A | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced the world’s first quad core Mini-ITX boards featuring the latest VIA QuadCore E-Series processor. The VIA EPIA-M900 and VIA EPIA-M910 are the first two Mini-ITX boards to feature the 1.2GHz VIA QuadCore E-Series processor, offering enhanced multi-tasking and superb multimedia performance on the lowest quad core power budget for next generation embedded products.

The VIA QuadCore E-Series processor features a highly optimized, energy efficient multi-core architecture, which is natively 64-bit compatible and comes with a host of additional performance features including Adaptive Overclocking. To meet the low power demands of the embedded market, the VIA QuadCore E-Series processor offers industry-leading energy efficiency, with the VIA QuadCore E-Series 1.2+ GHz processor delivering a thermal design power (TDP) of only 27.5W. The distributed power of the VIA QuadCore E-Series processor makes it ideal for handling the most demanding HD video formats for immersive multi-display applications and environments.

“The VIA QuadCore E-Series processor delivers world class performance in the industry’s leading power efficient package,” said Epan Wu, Head of the VIA Embedded Platform Division, VIA Technologies, Inc. “The high performance of the VIA QuadCore E-Series processor makes it the perfect platform for the creation of next generation digital signage displays and embedded projects.”

Measuring 17cm x 17cm the VIA EPIA-M900 Mini-ITX board features the choice of a 1.2GHz VIA QuadCore E-Series processor or a 1.6GHz dual core VIA Nano X2 E-Series processor. Paired with the VIA VX900 MSP, supporting up to 8GB of DDR3 system memory and featuring the VIA ChromotionHD 2.0 video processor, the VIA EPIA-M900 enables the creation of a wealth of innovative next generation digital signage, POS, Kiosk, ATM, home automation, healthcare and media client system design applications.

Rear panel I/O includes a Gigabit LAN port, HDMI port, VGA port, four USB 2.0 ports, one COM port and three audio jacks. An onboard PCIe x16 slot (with effective speed up to PCIe x8) and one PCI slot is accompanied with pin headers providing one dual channel 24-bit LVDS support (including backlight control), an additional three COM ports, a further four USB 2.0 ports and one USB device port, LPC support, 2 Digital I/O, SPDIF out and an SMBus header.

  FULL STORY @ VIAEMBEDDED

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