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Lenovo ThinkPad X230 Review: Blasphemy
     Fri, Aug 10 2012 | 9:43A | Notebooks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
For ThinkPad enthusiasts the change of keyboards is the X230?s defining feature. There are already some nasty rage-reviews on Lenovo?s website. Personally, I like the keyboard, and I would certainly buy this laptop for my own personal use. But I?ll also admit that I did like the old one just a bit more. The rest of the laptop is simply excellent. Lenovo?s ThinkPads have always impressed me, but the X230 goes a step further. It?s the best ThinkPad I?ve ever used and, by extension, one of the best laptop?s I?ve experienced. Even the price is reasonable. Our review unit rings up at about $1000, depending on the weather and Lenovo?s web coupons."
  FULL STORY @ PCPER.COM

AHCI vs. IDE Modes With A SATA 3.0 SSD On Linux
     Fri, Aug 10 2012 | 9:18A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Days ago benchmarks were shared from OpenBenchmarking.org that compared AHCI and IDE modes under Linux when it came to the resulting disk performance. There was a fair amount of interest generated out of that so some AHCI vs. IDE mode comparisons from a Serial ATA 3.0 SSD on an Ubuntu Linux host were benchmarked at Phoronix."
  FULL STORY @ PHORONIX.COM

EVGA GTX 680 Superclocked @ Ocaholic
     Fri, Aug 10 2012 | 9:05A | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
EVGA is one of the manufacturers that offers factory overclocked GeForce GTX 680 cards. The sample they sent us is from their Superclocked series, which marks EVGAs entry level in their league of overclocked cards. Amongst other things we`re going to check how much of an advantage the factory overclocking gives you."
  FULL STORY @ OCAHOLIC.CH

OCZ Fatal1ty 1000W PSU review
     Fri, Aug 10 2012 | 9:03A | Power Supply | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We review the OCZ Fatal1ty 1000W PSU. The power supply is on the market for a little while now already and it one of the more popular models. It offers gold efficiency, a single 12V rail. The PSU itself is modular has good looks and something you can appreciate for those of you with a side panel window in their chassis. Being 1000W and with all the aforementioned features the PSU is priced in the 190 EUR range here in the Netherlands. To top it off, OCZ even gives this PSU a 5 year carry in warranty. Check out the review right here"
  FULL STORY @ GURU3D.COM

ASUS SABERTOOTH Z77 (Intel Z77) Motherboard Review
     Fri, Aug 10 2012 | 2:55A | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The SABERTOOTH name is back and we check it out with the Intel Z77 chipset."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN.COM

ASRock Fatal1ty X79 Champion Intel LGA2011 @ techPowerUp
     Fri, Aug 10 2012 | 2:54A | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
A Champion has emerged! The ASRock Fatal1ty Champion seeks to beat out all other Intel X79 Express contenders, clad in red and black armor and carrying a loadout of features that is sure to have other boards run and hide. Can the ASRock Fatal1ty X79 Champion live up to its claim?"
  FULL STORY @ TECHPOWERUP.COM

AVEXIR AVD3U16001008G-4CI 32GB C10 1600MHz Memory Kit Review @ Madshrimps
     Fri, Aug 10 2012 | 2:32A | Memory | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The AVEXIR 32GB C10 kit is rated at 1600MHz, which is not a stellar speed compared to other kits out there, but offers enough storage for many applications that require it like Adobe Premiere Pro, RAMdrives, multiple virtual machines. The modules also come with fancy blue LED effects, which are a delight if the case we are using has windowed side panels."
  FULL STORY @ MADSHRIMPS.BE

 
AZZA Genesis 9000W Review
     Fri, Aug 10 2012 | 12:15A | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
This case, to put it simply, rocks at cooling. There is a downside though - the stock fans are pretty loud. So while the AZZA Genesis 9000 does put up a good fight to the other cases (the exception being chipset temperatures) it`s being compared to it is also easily the loudest of the bunch. That`s not to say it`s going to make your ears bleed like the Vantec Tornados of yesteryear but it`s definitely not a silent case. Switching the fan mode to low speed (which also turns off the LED lighting) transforms the case into a quiet beast but temperatures are affected by this enough to take away most of its commanding lead on GPU and CPU temperatures. All in all a good showing by the Genesis 9000!"
  FULL STORY @ OVERCLOCKERSCLUB.COM

ASUS GTX 680 DirectCU II TOP Video Card Review @ Hi Tech Legion
     Fri, Aug 10 2012 | 12:00A | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
DirectCU II on the GTX 680 allows for 20% more effective cooling while remaining 14dB quieter than stock solutions, while the increased dissipation keeps temps significantly lower at higher speeds and voltages; hence, more headroom for your GPU. Large video cards are very susceptible to microfracturing due to their large size and nature of install, but ASUS combats this in several ways. The GTX 680 DirectCU II TOP features a metal backplate covering the entire back of the circuit board to almost completely nullify any possible flex. The board, itself, uses a process for higher strength with less flexibility, as well as a dual bracing system to reinforce even further around the GPU area and VRM, which is most critical.///"
  FULL STORY @ HITECHLEGION.COM

Sony BDP-S590 Review @ TechReviewSource.com
     Thu, Aug 09 2012 | 4:09P | Digital Cameras | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Sony BDP-S590 is a good Blu-ray player, with built-in Wi-Fi, 3D support, and fast performance. It has a few minor video processing issues, and its on-player controls feel flimsy, keeping it from the top-tier. At $129.99, however, it`s a solid choice."
  FULL STORY @ TECHREVIEWSOURCE.COM

NZXT Avatar S Gaming Mouse @ Techreaction.net
     Thu, Aug 09 2012 | 4:00P | Mouse Pads | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Since its inception back in 2004, NZXT has become a recognizable name within the PC building community in most part for their computer cases. Cases however are not the only thing NZXT has going for them. Their product line includes power supplies, case accessories, cables, and after market cooling for CPUs, notebooks, andwell cases. Most recently NZXT has joined the ever growing list of companies like Cooler Master, and Corsair by dipping their hands into the PC gaming peripheral market. One of their two latest entries, and the topic of todays review (you liked that segway didnt you? Come on you know you did) is the Avatar S Gaming Mouse."
  FULL STORY @ TECHREACTION.NET

NVIDIA GEFORCE GTX 660 Ti 2GB Reference Video Card Review
     Thu, Aug 09 2012 | 3:57P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We don`t know when it`s officially coming because NVIDIA don`t talk to us, but we`ve got the new GEFORCE GTX 660 Ti 2GB video card in our hot little hands to tell you all about right now."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN.COM

Silverstone EC03B-P FP37 EC04 - USB 3.0 Accessories @ Techreaction.net
     Thu, Aug 09 2012 | 3:39P | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The power and capabilities of a desktop computer system have expanded rapidly over the time. Following Moores law a CPU doubles in performance every two years. GPUs or graphics cards have also followed suite in this expansion of power. Memory speed has been almost as linear; modern DDR3 (2400 MHz effective) is up to 24 times faster than SDRAM first accepted nearly 20 years ago (PC100). Storage has been one of the most underdeveloped technologies for desktop users, as increased speed often led to increased heat and noise, anathema to a modern desktop system. Solid State Drives have broken new speed barriers and forced storage manufacturers to increase the speed of the SATA interface twice in the last 6 years. Starting in 2006 when SATA 3Gbps interface hit the desktop market, and again in 2010 when the first 3rd party 6 Gbps controllers started appearing. Already that barrier is being pushed to the limits. Further more external storage solutions are becoming faster and faster as Solid State technology continues to increase and design faster NAND in smaller packages. The Universal Serial BUS, is one such method for connecting external devices. The latest version is USB 3.0 which was first released in 2008, 12 years after the original USB port started appearing in desktop systems. By utilizing the same physical port and basic power and data lines any USB device will theoretically work in any USB port although speed will operate at the format of the lowest speed. (USB 3.0 drive in USB 2.0 port operates at USB 2.0 speed, USB 2.0 drive in USB 3.0 port operates at USB 2.0 speed). There is a VERY small performance advantage to using a USB 2.0 device in a USB 3.0 port. A top speed USB 2.0 flash drive scored better in USB 3.0 ports when testing the ADATA USB 3.0 flash drives almost 2 years ago.)"
  FULL STORY @ TECHREACTION.NET

OCZ Vertex 4 SSD @ Techreaction.net
     Thu, Aug 09 2012 | 2:43P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
OCZ technology has launched a new model to their venerable Vertex lineup of Solid State Drives. Known for providing the best performance available for gamers, the Vertex line, other than the last couple of years has relied on use of LSIs SandForce controllers. The Vertex 4 returns to its roots however, offering an Indilinx controller, sort of. The Indilinx made a name early on providing a solid, reliable controller for early generation SSDs. The rise of the SandForce controller moved the company to a role player, rather than a contender for a while, coupled with the rapid adoption of SATA 6 Gbps by others for which they had no controller in production, moved them into relative obscurity for the performance PC enthusiast. The acquisition by OCZ last year is pushing the name back into a PC builders lexicon, however within a year moved many of their lineup to the new Everest and Everest 2 controllers."
  FULL STORY @ TECHREACTION.NET

Automate the Web Using IFTTT: Useful Recipes to Get You Started
     Thu, Aug 09 2012 | 12:01P | Editorial | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
A relatively new web service, IFTTT (If This Then That) lets you automate tasks between other popular services such as Dropbox, Twitter, Evernote, Facebook, Instapaper, and many others. IFTTT works by telling it what task you want carried out, what will trigger this task, and it will put it into action for you. A common example would be to have your Instagram pictures automatically backed up on your Dropbox or Box account. Certainly useful, but there's also more specific things you can do with it. For example, say I want to keep up with how a certain country is doing in the London 2012 Olympics. First, enable the ESPN channel, choose the “new Olympic medal by country” trigger, and then select whether you'd like to be alerted via email, sms, tweet this information for you, among many other options.
  FULL STORY @ TECHSPOT

     Thu, Aug 09 2012 | 12:00P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
As of today, AMD has a new set of high-end professional GPUs available -- and a new shot at the professional GPU crown. It's a move the company hopes will allow it to take a greater share of the professional 3D business. AMD's battle against Nvidia in the professional graphics market is similar to the company's struggles against Intel ten years ago. In both cases, initial AMD gains have been partly reversed; Jon Peddie Research estimates that AMD now holds just 15% of the professional market, down from 18.4% six months ago. The new W9000 and W8000 cards we're reviewing today are replacements for AMD's nearly two-year-old FirePro 3D V9800 and V8800. Memory bandwidth has increased by 80% and double-precision floating point performance is up to 1TFlop. On paper, these cards appear to be dynamite...
  FULL STORY @ HOTHARDWARE

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