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OCZ 1000W Fatal1ty Series Power Supply @ Pro-Clockers
     Fri, Mar 23 2012 | 3:34P | Power Supply | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Thank God we have companies like OCZ and many others that is dedicated to giving the consumer what they want. We have reviewed many of OCZ`s power supplies over the years and have yet to be disappointed. Today, we got a hold of their newest power unit which does boast 1000 watts of available power but that is not the only good point of this new beast. Besides all the numbers we will be talking about in the review, the cables themselves are what we like."
  FULL STORY @ PRO-CLOCKERS.COM

OC3D: Scan 3XS Vengeance GTX680 Z68 OC System Review
     Fri, Mar 23 2012 | 3:25P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
In need of bringing your system up to day and fancy a GTX680 = based behemoth? We take a look at the Scan 3XS Vengeance Z68 OC which has a= ll you need."
  FULL STORY @ OVERCLOCK3D.NET

Noontec A9 Review @ Vortez
     Fri, Mar 23 2012 | 3:16P | Home Theatre | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Whilst Noontec have a wide range of media players currently on the market, the A9 represents a new product avenue for the company: rather than developing a bespoke OS for their media player or updating previous players, the A9 utilises version 2.3.1 of Google`s Android OS. This OS is typically used in the Smartphone sector rather than set-top devices; as with smartphone manufacturers, Noontec have tweaked the 2.3.1 OS into a better fit for the hardware."
  FULL STORY @ VORTEZ.NET

Seagate Reaches 1 Terabit Per Square Inch Milestone in Hard Drive Storage
     Fri, Mar 23 2012 | 3:14P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Seagate (NASDAQ:STX) has become the first hard drive maker to achieve the milestone storage density of 1 terabit (1 trillion bits) per square inch, producing a demonstration of the technology that promises to double the storage capacity of today’s hard drives upon its introduction later this decade and give rise to 3.5-inch hard drives with an extraordinary capacity of up to 60 terabytes over the 10 years that follow. The bits within a square inch of disk space, at the new milestone, far outnumber stars in the Milky Way, which astronomers put between 200 billion and 400 billion.

Seagate reached the landmark data density with heat-assisted magnetic recording (HAMR), the next-generation recording technology. The current hard drive technology, Perpendicular Magnetic Recording (PMR), is used to record the spectrum of digitized data on the spinning platters inside every hard drive. PMR technology was introduced in 2006 to replace longitudinal recording, a method in place since the advent of hard drives for computer storage in 1956, and is expected to reach its capacity limit near 1 terabit per square inch in the next few years.

Hard drive manufacturers increase areal density and capacity by shrinking a platter’s data bits to pack more within each square inch of disk space. They also tighten the data tracks, the concentric circles on the disk’s surface that anchor the bits. The key to areal density gains is to do both without disruptions to the bits’ magnetization, a phenomenon that can garble data. Using HAMR technology, Seagate has achieved a linear bit density of about 2 million bits per inch, once thought impossible, resulting in a data density of just over 1 trillion bits, or 1 terabit, per square inch – 55 percent higher than today’s areal density ceiling of 620 gigabits per square inch. The maximum capacity of today’s 3.5-inch hard drives is 3 terabytes (TB), at about 620 gigabits per square inch, while 2.5-inch drives top out at 750 gigabytes (GB), or roughly 500 gigabits per square inch. The first generation of HAMR drives, at just over 1 terabit per square inch, will likely more than double these capacities – to 6TB for 3.5-inch drives and 2TB for 2.5-inch models. The technology offers a scale of capacity growth never before possible, with a theoretical areal density limit ranging from 5 to 10 terabits per square inch – 30TB to 60TB for 3.5-inch drives and 10TB to 20TB for 2.5-inch drives.

The 1 terabit per square inch demonstration extends a long line of storied technology firsts for Seagate, including:

  • 1980: ST-506, the first hard drive, at 5.25 inches, small enough to be widely deployed in early microcomputers, the precursor of the modern PC. The 5 megabyte drive cost $1,500.
  • 1992: The first 7200RPM hard drive, a Barracuda® drive
  • 1996: The first 10,000RPM hard drive, a Cheetah® drive
  • 2000: The first 15,000RPM drive, also a Cheetah hard drive
  • 2006: Momentus® 5400.3 drive, a 2.5-inch laptop drive and the world’s first drive to feature perpendicular magnetic recording technology
  • 2007: Momentus FDE (Full Disk Encryption) drive, the industry’s first self-encrypting hard drive
  • 2010: Momentus XT drive, the first solid state hybrid hard drive, combining traditional spinning media with NAND flash, to deliver speeds rivaling solid state drives (SSDs)

Seagate achieved the 1 terabit per square inch breakthroughs in materials science and near-field optics at its heads and media research and development centers in Bloomington, Minnesota, and Fremont, California.

  FULL STORY @ SEAGATE

GeForce GTX 680 SLI review
     Fri, Mar 23 2012 | 3:07P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
In this GeForce GTX 680 SLI review we take two cards and place them into 2-way SLI mode. See if your wallet allows it, you can double up that shader count and thus performance. Over the next few pages we`ll tell you a bit about multi-GPU gaming, the challenges, the requirements and of course a nice tasty benchmark session. We`ll have a peek at temperatures, power consumption and overclocking of the GeForce GTX 680 cards in SLI mode to squeeze out every last ounce of performance. Read the article here"
  FULL STORY @ GURU3D.COM

Corsair Vengeance K60 Gaming Keyboard Review @ ThinkComputers.org
     Fri, Mar 23 2012 | 2:58P | Peripherals | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Corsair: They make memory, right? Wrong! They make everything. Well, everything is regards to the computer part/peripheral realm. The big question is; how well do they make these ?everything? products? Today I?m looking at the Corsair Vengeance K60 Keyboard and I hope to shed some light on that subject. In the past I?ve looked at Corsairs line of speakers and they faired quite well in the ThinkComputers gauntlet. Previous experience aside, I can?t pump Phil Colin?s through a ?NumLock ?key so I have to throw out all my pre-conceived notions about Corsair and wipe the slate clean. Will the K60 hold up to the establish Corsair quality? Let?s take a look."
  FULL STORY @ THINKCOMPUTERS

Corsair Carbide Series 300R Gaming Case Review @ Legit Reviews
     Fri, Mar 23 2012 | 2:49P | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Most gamers and PC enthusiasts want a solid case design at the right price, so the Corsair Carbide series should be of interest to many. The entry level Corsair Carbide PC case is the 300R and it can be purchased for a mere $79.99 shipped.The Corsair 300R might be inexpensive, but it is still packed full of features and is an attractive little compact chassis..."
  FULL STORY @ LEGITREVIEWS.COM

 
CM Storm QuickFire Rapid (Cherry MX Blue) Gaming Keyboard Review @ Hi Tech Legion
     Fri, Mar 23 2012 | 2:40P | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The CM Storm Quick Fire Rapid keyboard uses mechanical Cherry MX switches and is available in two or four variants, depending on your region. The CM Storm Quick Fire Rapid keyboards with blue and red switches are available for the North American market, although the cherry MX red switch is exclusively available through Cooler Master`s online store. For the APAC region, users have the choice between four cherry MX switches for the CM Storm Quick Fire Rapid, including black and brown. Since the CM Storm Quick Fire Rapid is a tenkeyless keyboard with a detachable USB cable, it is perfectly portable for LAN parties and other mobile gaming events. Cooler Master also includes replacement keycap sets for the WASD cluster with a key puller so the keys can be readily replaced and backs the Quick Fire Rapid keyboard with a two-year warranty.///"
  FULL STORY @ HITECHLEGION.COM

Case Logic Compact Systems Camera Bag Review @ Tech-Reviews.co.uk
     Fri, Mar 23 2012 | 2:30P | Digital Cameras | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
If you`ve purchased a relatively expensive camera or one that comes with interchangeable lenses, you`re going to want a camera bag that can protect everything you put inside it. Well, the Case Logic Compact Systems Camera Bag is the perfect choice for those of you with Samsung N Series cameras, Panasonic G Series cameras and also a few others. Let`s take a closer look... ** **"
  FULL STORY @ TECH-REVIEWS.CO.UK

Building the Right Box @ Techgage
     Fri, Mar 23 2012 | 2:21P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
A lot of effort goes into choosing the right parts for your newest computer, but Senior Editor Brett Thomas thinks the focus can sometimes be a bit off. In this article, he outlines where the best bang for the buck can be spent on your high-performance rig... and believe it or not, it might not be where you think!"
  FULL STORY @ TECHGAGE.COM

ASUS GeForce GTX 680 SLI @ techPowerUp
     Fri, Mar 23 2012 | 2:12P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Yesterday NVIDIA introduced their new groundbreaking GeForce GTX 680, which was very well received. Today we bring you testing of a $1000 dual card SLI setup. We also use the latest WHQL driver to provide up-to-date performance numbers."
  FULL STORY @ TECHPOWERUP.COM

AMD Radeon HD 7750 Video Card Review @ Madshrimps
     Fri, Mar 23 2012 | 2:03P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Radeon HD 7750 is an interesting offering from AMD, aimed more at budget conscious people, succeeding to deliver about the same performance as the Radeon HD 5770, this time with"
  FULL STORY @ MADSHRIMPS.BE

3R System AK6-500M Power Supply Review @ Hardware Secrets
     Fri, Mar 23 2012 | 1:54P | Power Supply | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The AK6 is the latest power supply series from 3R System, offered in two wattages, 500 W and 600 W, with (models ended with M) or without a modular cabling system. They come with the 80 Plus Bronze certification. Let`s test the 500 W model with a modular cabling system, which the manufacturer promises a peak wattage of 600 W."
  FULL STORY @ HARDWARESECRETS.COM

Noctua NF-F12 PWM Fan Review Update @Hi Tech Legion
     Fri, Mar 23 2012 | 12:03P | Cooling / Heatsinks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"With our original review of the Noctua NF-F12 PWM fans complete, we came away not surprised but very impressed with what Noctua had done. We were curious to find out for ourselves how big of a difference there would be between Noctua's NF-F12 PWM fans and Cooler Masters Sickle Flows on a water cooled rig. Noctua was more than gracious, and sent us another three of their NF-F12 PWM controlled fans for our little experiment."
  FULL STORY @ HITECHLEGION

Sapphire Radeon 7750 Ultimate @ PureOverclock
     Fri, Mar 23 2012 | 12:02P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
“We've seen several graphics cards from Sapphire, and have noted their ability to provide great products at affordable prices. We've also seen several innovative products from Sapphire that no other manufacturer can claim. And today is a bit of a continuation of that trend, as we're looking at the Radeon 7750 Ultimate. What's so unique about the Ultimate? Well, it's a passively cooled card. That's not new, quite true, but Sapphire is one of the only companies that still has a strong commitment to the niche HTPC market, especially for lower-priced cards, by bringing unique features to a market segment that lacks the hype of the flagship gaming cards.”
  FULL STORY @ PUREOVERCLOCK

Arctic MC001-BD HTPC Media Center
     Fri, Mar 23 2012 | 12:01P | Home Theatre | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Home entertainment is quickly changing, and computer techology has become integrated with the personal space. Data storage and playback is becoming more diverse and streamlined by the second. More and more entertainment can be found on the Internet; TV shows, movies, music... the list goes on. To keep up with the demand for instant entertainment, manufacturers such as ARCTIC are designing devices that are ever more sleek and quiet, usually with an array of features to keep the consumer content in their own personal empire. If you are looking to update your home theater with personal entertainment devices, or simplify your leisure time, there are many new Windows Media Center devices emerging on the market. In this article Benchmark Reviews tests the Arctic MC001-BD Entertainment Center with Blu-ray player to see if this Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium HTPC can combine the benefits of personal computer with multimedia streamer.
  FULL STORY @ BENCHMARKREVIEWS

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