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Gigabyte GA-E350N-USB3 AMD Fusion motherboard
     Thu, Jan 20 2011 | 2:57P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
At CES2011, GIGABYTE announced their first AMD Fusion Mini-ITX motherboard, the GA-E350N-USB. This little mini-ITX motherboard comes with one of the first AMD Fusion APU's (Accelerated Processing Unit): the Dual-Core E-350 with a Radeon HD6410 graphics core. It also comes with 4 SATA 6Gbps ports and 2 USB3.0 ports, making it a very attractive little motherboard for users who value a power efficient system that still has teeth enough to show 1080p video and play the occasional lighter game.
  FULL STORY @ BJORN3D

Fermi Ultra-Light: Nvidia GeForce GT 430 Review
     Thu, Jan 20 2011 | 12:02P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Nvidia closed the ranks of Fermi based solutions by launching their GF108 graphics processor. Today we are going to discuss the junior representative of the family – GeForce GT 430.
  FULL STORY @ XBITLABS

AMD Talks Fusion: Technology, Software, Strategy
     Thu, Jan 20 2011 | 12:01P | CPU / Processors | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Fusion technology is the topic that AMD has discussed the most in the last five years. As we approach the launch of the first Fusion APU, the company starts to reveal more details about the architecture of Fusion and its technical aspects. Find out how AMD plans to tweak performance of Llano, why it decided to use TSMC fabs for Ontario, why did it take more than four years to fuse CPU with GPU and more insights about the AMD Fusion program.
  FULL STORY @ XBITLABS

EVGA GTX570 Review
     Thu, Jan 20 2011 | 12:00P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Hot off the press of the nVidia GTX570 we take a look at the first "Partner" card, courtesy of EVGA.
  FULL STORY @ OVERCLOCK3D

Sparkle Nvidia Geforce GTX465 Video Card @ TestFreaks
     Thu, Jan 20 2011 | 9:03A | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"If you’re a gamer then you know the video card is probably the most important part of your system, without a decent one you won’t be able to play those games that you love so much. The problem with good video cards is that they cost a lot of money, and a lot of us can’t afford them so most of us aim a little lower towards the more mid-range priced cards. I think one should be able to get a fairly decent card that will play most games at relatively high settings and not have to take out a loan or get a second mortgage to do it. Today for review I’ve got the Sparkle GeForce GTX465 video card, it’s a fairly big card, but most cards are these days that can provide good performance for your system. The best part about this card I think is the price, for about $200 you can get a fairly decent performing card. "
  FULL STORY @ TESTFREAKS

Sapphire HD6850 Toxic Edition Review
     Thu, Jan 20 2011 | 9:02A | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
AMD’s HD6850 series was released to a warm public reception, combining great performance, low power drain and very competitive pricing. KitGuru recently reviewed the XFX HD6850 Black Edition and today we are looking at Sapphire’s overclocked competitor- the HD6850 Toxic Edition.
  FULL STORY @ KITGURU

OCZ RevoDrive X2 240GB PCI-Express SSD Review
     Thu, Jan 20 2011 | 9:01A | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The solid-state drive market continues to grow at a rapid pace and competition is starting to heat up once again. While there was once just a few controllers worth picking from, half a dozen viable choices occupy the market now. The original RevoDrive carried not one, but two SandForce SF-1200 controllers in RAID and boasted up to 80,000 IOPS. As impressive as this was, the follow up model we are testing today completely blows it out of the water. Less than two months ago, OCZ announced the RevoDrive X2 effectively doubling the number SF-1200 controllers used in RAID and coming in sizes from 100GB through an insane 960GB. Unlike traditional solid state drives, the RevoDrive X2 is a PCI-Express SSD. That means it doesn't rely on the SATA interface, making it very different from previous products that we have reviewed, so let's dive in for a closer look.
  FULL STORY @ TECHSPOT

 
AMD Radeon HD 6970 Review
     Thu, Jan 20 2011 | 9:00A | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Roughly this time last month we were testing a variety of graphics cards in the new Call of Duty: Black Ops video game. I remember picking up a Radeon HD 4870 and thinking to myself “wow I've had this thing forever”. The follow up to this card was Radeon HD 5870, which a solid success for AMD as it remained their flagship single-GPU product for roughly 15 months, and it is only being replaced today. After a short delay, AMD brings us the new Radeon HD 6970. Code-named Cayman XT this new graphics processor features 2640 million transistors, 23% more than that of the 5870. Like the new Nvidia GeForce GTX 580 and GTX 570 graphics cards which are more refined versions of the GTX 480 and GTX 470 graphics cards, the Radeon HD 6970 is essentially a more refined version of the 5870. To find out exactly what this means, read on...
  FULL STORY @ TECHSPOT

Deepcool Gamer Storm and Ice Warrior
     Wed, Jan 19 2011 | 5:41P | Cooling / Heatsinks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
“For review, we've got the Ice Warrior, Gamer Storm, and their unique fans. They have performance in mind with a very strong desire for silent computing. Let's check them out.”
  FULL STORY @ PUREOVERCLOCK

Cooler Master Turbine Master Case Fan - Airport this is Ground Control
     Wed, Jan 19 2011 | 5:41P | Cooling / Heatsinks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
You can never have enough enclosure fans, especially if the enclosure is situated on the floor and plays the role of the perfect dust magnet. On the other hand, bad coolers are only likely to present an additional dust accumulation location, and if they aren’t particularly quiet either, you’re in for a treat. Fortunately, Cooler Master’s more expensive models are nothing of the sort, and one of those is Turbine Master...
  FULL STORY @ INSIDEHW

Master Mach 0.8 Review - the 800RPM Turbine
     Wed, Jan 19 2011 | 5:39P | Cooling / Heatsinks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Reviewing graphics cards, mechanical keyboards, monitors and all sorts of other fancy products can be fun, but sometimes we have to break it down to basics and look at something a little more humble; case in point, this fan. However, don't get too downhearted, it's still nerdy as hell and packed with "features", for a fan at least.
  FULL STORY @ COOLERMASTER

The new AMD E-350 with Radeon HD 6310
     Wed, Jan 19 2011 | 4:03P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Let's tackle the issue of performance from a component stand point. The dual-core Bobcat processor in the Zacate APU from AMD is much faster than the dual-core HyperThreaded Atom D510 processors and is about on par with the performance of the Penryn-based dual-core Celeron SU2300 CULV part. Obviously the in-order architecture of the Atom CPU family is starting to show its age and I have to wonder if Intel doesn't have something else up their sleeve to compete with the obviously fundamentally better design of the Bobcat core."
  FULL STORY @ PCPER

AMD Graphics Radeon HD 6850 Review
     Wed, Jan 19 2011 | 4:02P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"AMD made it clear to us that the 6800 series are a refresh of the 5800 series, and while they have made some performance tweaks and improvements (specifically in things like tessellation) there is no ground breaking performance update here, and the cards sit pretty much where their 5800 series counterpart did."
  FULL STORY @ XTREMECOMPUTING

ASUS ENGTX460 Direct Cu (LostCircuits)
     Wed, Jan 19 2011 | 4:01P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The story around Fermi and by extension around nVidia has been one of the more interesting sagas of the last year, paralleling almost the Ring of the Nibelung in its epic proportions and featuring Jen-Hsun Huang as Siegfried the dragon slayer. Contrary to medieval traditions, though, Fermi was originally presented as a highly scalable and modular design in a top-to-bottom approach with the high end models being introduced first to set the expectations and create a demand for scaled back versions at a lower price. History further predicted the follow-up on the GF100 design to be a result of taking the Xacto knife and simply dividing the die into equal halves. At a very high level, the GF104, which is the subject of this article does seem to follow this rather simplistic model. However, it only takes a second look to see that there are a number of fundamental changes to the GF100 design that dramatically increase the cost/performance ratio, at least in theory. The theory in this case being that the GF100 is a somewhat unbalanced design with over-engineering in some areas and lack of resources in some others as we already mentioned in our review of the ASUS ENGTX 480. .... The only gripe we had with the ENGTX was the omission of the mini-HDMI to HDMI converter and that was primarily because we wanted to try triple displays, an oversight on our part since current nVidia cards only supply two displays anyway and one needs SLI in order to get the third display going. In that case, though, there is no need for HDMI since there are four DVI-I ports to chose from anyway. Which leaves the only other application, which includes a large screen HDTV. As mentioned, the adapter can be found on-line for some US$ 2.50 and it may be worthwhile just getting one for grins since eventually you’ll need it. On a short notice. Which, by definition means it is going to be costly. Overall, though, we were extremely happy with the ENGTC 460 Direct Cu which is still an excellent compromise between price and performance and we highly recommend it as the card that is the least expensive entry point to high-end gaming.
  FULL STORY @ LOSTCIRCUITS

lower funded 3rd party Fabs
     Wed, Jan 19 2011 | 4:00P | CPU / Processors | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Both companies were expecting a performance and feature boost when 28 nm comes online, but it is certainly later than most everyone had planned for. Instead, we are seeing new designs on the current 40 nm process, and will continue to see derivative parts being introduced over the next six to seven months. Then it will be the buildup to the 28 nm generation. So, we really do not expect to see a big jump in features and performance throughout this next year. Cayman and GTX 580 will essentially rule the roost as the top performing single chip solutions."
  FULL STORY @ PCPER

Lian Li PC-Q11 Mini ITX Case Review
     Wed, Jan 19 2011 | 12:03P | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
A mini ITX PC Case capable of holding a dual PCI slot graphics card, ATX power supply, full sized optical drive, two 3.5' and two 2.5' drives? If you don't believe it exists then you really need to check the latest PC-Q11 Mini ITX Case by Lian Li.
  FULL STORY @ RWLABS

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