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ECS H67H2-M Black Edition Intel H67 Express Motherboard Review
     Tue, Feb 21 2012 | 2:40P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF

Integrated Graphics (IGP) can save you a ton of money when building a workstation PC, it's for this very reason why your office computer is probably running on IGP graphics right now. The integrated graphics core at the heart of all Sandy Bridge processors is good for modest DX10.1 gaming, at best. It's not a realistic substitute for mainstream graphics cards, which is why the ECS H67H2-M motherboard PCSTATS has on the test bench today features a PCI Express x16 2.0 videocard slot.

With the H67H2-M Black Edition motherboard you have a fantastic choice of HDMI, Display Port, DVI and Analog VGA video outputs to choose from! Any two of the four video outputs can be used at the same time to take advantage of the Intel HD 3000 integrated graphic core made available by the Sandy Bridge + Intel H67 chipset combo. The HDMI and Display Port video outputs support resolutions of 1920x1200. The DVI port goes to 1920x1200 (WUXGA) while the Analog VGA supports 2560x1600.
  FULL STORY @ PCSTATS

Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex Ultra-Portable Hard Drive Review
     Tue, Feb 21 2012 | 2:35P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"The Seagate FreeAgent GoFlext Ultra-Portable hard drive is more than just a portable 2.5" SATA HDD. key to the system's brilliant usefulness is that Seagate designed this hard drive to interface with a series of modular cable interface adaptors, docks and a media player. It's what you'd call, really very flexible."
  FULL STORY @ PCSTATS

Glacialtech Igloo 5620 PWM Heatsink Test Report
     Tue, Feb 21 2012 | 2:32P | Cooling / Heatsinks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
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"While the Glacialtech Igloo 5620 PWM heatsink ships with one 92mm fan capable of operating at 2300-800RPM, additional fan clips are supplied for a second user-supplied 92mm fan to be installed if desired. The base of the heatsink makes use of exposed heatpipes to leverage the rapid heat conduction qualities of these thermal devices. Given the relatively compact height of the Igloo 5620 PWM heatsink, it should fit into a good variety of PC cases which are off limits to the vast number of +160mm tall heatsinks."
  FULL STORY @ FROSTYTECH

Coolermaster Hyper 612 PWM Heatsink Test Report
     Tue, Feb 21 2012 | 2:28P | Cooling / Heatsinks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF

"On the test bench today is a boxy tower-style processor heatsink from Cooler Master called the Hyper 612 PWM. This is a pseudo-quiet cooling heatsink built around six, 6mm diameter copper heatpipes and a single 120x120mm PWM fan. The fan rotates at 2000-600RPM and offers at best, excellent thermal performance. At the slowest fan speeds you can expect very quiet but generally average performance from the Hyper 612 PWM heatsink."

  FULL STORY @ FROSTYTECH

Antec Eleven Hundred Case Review @ HardwareHeaven.com
     Tue, Feb 21 2012 | 1:21P | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Antec Eleven Hundred Case Review @ HardwareHeaven.com The Antec Eleven Hundred is an enthusiast case which aims to give consumers a flexible, customisable chassis with a high level of build quality. Today we look at it in detail to find out if it offers a desirable alternative to models from other manufacturers in the same enthusiast market."
  FULL STORY @ HARDWAREHEAVEN.COM

Intel DX79SI: Super Energy-Efficient LGA 2011
     Tue, Feb 21 2012 | 9:02A | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The flagship mainboard from the microprocessor giant doesn’t strike you with unique design, specific features or functionality. However, it is phenomenally energy-efficient in its category, of course.
  FULL STORY @ MAINBOARDS

Cooler Master CM 690 II Advanced Black
     Tue, Feb 21 2012 | 9:01A | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today we look at the new Cooler Master CM 690 II Advanced Black and White edition of the chassis. A new trend as of late is using a two tone colored chassis, black and white is a new trend. The new updated Advanced model has a few other tweaks as well, as next to the seductive black/white interior, additional capacity, superb cooling system and user-friendly design there is a new front panel as well, this time around with USB 3.0, of course. Check out the full review right here.
  FULL STORY @ ADVANCED

 
Zotac GTX 580 AMP2 3GB Edition Review
     Tue, Feb 21 2012 | 9:00A | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
ZOTAC’s quality GTX graphics cards have greatly improved in their performance and efficiency. ZOTAC made a stand as they proudly released their GTX 580, putting themselves on top of benchmarks since the GeForce GTX 480, which at one point was renowned in the industry. However, ZOTAC have push the bar even higher with the GTX 580’s big brother; the ZOTAC GTX 580 3GB AMP2 Edition which boasts a great performance boost over the normal GTX 580...
  FULL STORY @ HARDWARELOOK

Cooler Master Elite 431 Plus Computer Case Review @ APH
     Mon, Feb 20 2012 | 5:34P | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
As a reviewer of PC components, I would like to first start this introduction off with a bit of insight. PC components tend to fall into three different categories: Budget components, performance components, and I-have-too-much-money-to-spend components. You follow? Let me rephrase. Budget components are produced by manufacturers with the goal of providing the best performance-per-dollar. Performance components are released into the market comparably around the same price, but geared towards providing pure performance, innovation, and refinement. Last, but definitely not the least, is the I-have-too-much-money-to-spend kind of products. These products are those targeted at consumers that really have no budget in mind, but are just looking for the best of the best with simply have too much money to spend; hence the name I gave it. Today, however, I seem to be in a bit of a dilemma. Cooler Master has given us a fresh chassis, the Elite 431 Plus, and it seems to be a hybrid of a budget and a performance case. Looking at the price of around $50 at the time of review, it is definitely priced as a budget case. But on paper, this baby screams performance. LED intake fan? Hot swap HDD X-dock eSATA bay? Internal USB 3.0? Black painted interior? The perfect acrylic windowed side panel (No joke!)? The feature list on this case continues to amaze me. But there must be a catch, right? Well, I guess you`ll have to read on to find out."
  FULL STORY @ APHNETWORKS.COM

BIOS Option Of The Week - PCI Express Burn-in Mode
     Mon, Feb 20 2012 | 4:13P | 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 PCI Express Burn-in Mode BIOS setting."
  FULL STORY @ TECHARP.COM

[Tech ARP] ED#131 : CPU Idling Problem In The Apple iPhone 4S?
     Mon, Feb 20 2012 | 1:21P | Mobile Devices | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Apple iPhone 4S might be a small upgrade if you were using the iPhone 4, but it is a huge upgrade if you are upgrading from the iPhone 3GS, as I was. Not only was the screen much sharper (albeit still the same size!), the iPhone 4S was much faster. Unfortunately, I also immediately noticed a big problem with the iPhone 4S - its terrible battery life. Recently, my brother pointed me to a very nice app called System Monitor with Battery Max. It`s a 99 cent app that allows you to monitor the hardware and software of your iDevice. What`s really nifty about it was it was able to give me a live read of the iPhone 4S` CPU load. What we found shocked us - the Apple iPhone 4S had a constantly high CPU load even when it idles!"
  FULL STORY @ TECHARP.COM

Buffalo CloudStation Pro Duo Network Storage Review
     Mon, Feb 20 2012 | 9:03A | Servers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Cloud technologies, a very popular topic these days, already started penetrating the SOHO data storage market. Buffalo Technology tried to combine a NAS system with Cloud. Let’s see what the result was.
  FULL STORY @ BUFFALO

XFX R7970 Double Dissipation Edition and Radeon HD 7970 CrossFireX Performance R
     Mon, Feb 20 2012 | 9:01A | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We are going to talk about features, cooling, level of noise, overclocking potential and finally performance of one of the first proprietary graphics cards based on AMD’s fastest GPU. We will also check how fast a CrossFireX configuration of two Radeon HD 7970 graphics cards will turn out in our tests.
  FULL STORY @ DOUBLE

Seagate Barracuda 3TB 7200RPM HD Review
     Mon, Feb 20 2012 | 9:00A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
When it comes to adding a performance-enhancing upgrade to your system, a good SSD can’t be beat, but storage capacity is an ever-growing need as well. There was a time when a 1TB drive seemed grossly (deliciously?) excessive for the average user, but these days anything less than 500GB seems woefully undersized. Even casual users who play a few games, shoot a little video here and there, and maintain a modest music library need lots of storage. HDDs continue to increase in capacity yet remain reasonably priced in light of solid state offerings, to the point that you can have yourself a multiple-terabyte drive for a couple hundred bucks or less. Today we’re taking a look at one such HDD, the Seagate Barracuda 3TB...
  FULL STORY @ REVIEWS

VMwares Virtual GPU Driver Is Running Fast
     Sun, Feb 19 2012 | 5:34P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
For the past few years VMware has been improving the graphics acceleration support that is available via their virtualization platform. VMware -- through their 2008 acquisition of Tungsten Graphics -- has effectively re-written their graphics driver for their virtual SVGA II GPU to take advantage of the Gallium3D driver architecture, a new acceleration architecture, and many other improvements. This work has finally come together and is now working rather nicely."
  FULL STORY @ PHORONIX.COM

Samsung HW-D550 Home Theater System
     Sun, Feb 19 2012 | 4:13P | Home Theatre | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Last summer I set out to buy myself a home theater system for my LCD TV. Since I was tight on space in my awkwardly shaped living room, a soundbar system seemed like it was the best way to go. My choices for soundbar systems also seemed pretty abundant - I found at least half a dozen or so different systems at local retailers that were in my price range. However, after trying out most of the systems available I was horribly disappointed in what I heard. I ended up increasing my budget and packing a much larger system into this room than I had originally planned. A lot of new soundbar systems have appeared on the market in the last few months and I haven`t had the opportunity to get hands-on with any of these to see how they fare against those which I demo`d many months ago. Today, in the comfort of my own home, I have Samsung`s latest HW-D550 home theater soundbar system to try out."
  FULL STORY @ DREAMWARECOMPUTERS.COM

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