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OCZ ZT Series 650W Power Supply Review @ APH Networks
     Sun, Jun 12 2011 | 9:45A | Power Supply | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Over the progression of time, the evolution of the human race and ideas change with it. This is quite obvious when you take a look at your photo album or history books dating back to who-knows-when. Whether it be experiences of your own life, or mistakes and successes recorded in the books of history, there are many valuable lessons to be learned. Success is what we all should take pride in, and further improvement makes us even more successful people. But as you flip the coin over and take a look at the failures, do we simply push them aside and forget that it ever happened? Getting your finger burnt on the stove teaches you to watch what you`re doing and where you`re placing things. Such concepts could also be applied in the world of technology. While in the process of developing the carbonized cotton-thread filament for the incandescent light bulb, Thomas Edison had said, I didn`t fail; I found out 2,000 ways how not to make a light bulb. The process of trial and error is one of the many paths that can be taken in the development of ideas and technology. I`m not exactly sure how some companies get things done, but what I am certain of is that the method of trial and error has been used at least once here and there. What we have today is a fully modular 80 Plus Bronze Certified mid-range power supply from OCZ -- namely, the ZT Series 650W. From the looks of it, the ZT Series 650W is a more budget friendly power supply for those that are looking for performance with 100% modular cables. Generally speaking, is the OCZ ZT Series 650W an error or a success? Read on to find out!"
  FULL STORY @ APHNETWORKS.COM

Samsung TA950 27-inch 3D Monitor
     Sun, Jun 12 2011 | 9:45A | Home Theatre | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The TA950 is a 27 3D monitor, which also doubles as a television. As a television, the TA950 comes from Samsung`s 9 series - one of their high series` of televisions. As such, the TA950 is loaded with premium features, both as a monitor and as a TV. Don`t expect a premium display to come cheap though, as the TA950 will run you over $730 CDN. Is this too loaded to be a PC display, or will Samsung have found the right balance between everything to make it a worthy investment?"
  FULL STORY @ DREAMWARECOMPUTERS.COM

Desktop CPU Comparison Guide Rev. 11.5
     Sun, Jun 12 2011 | 9:45A | CPU / Processors | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
There are so many CPU models that it has become quite impossible to keep up with the different models or even remember their specifications. Therefore, we decided to compile this guide to provide an easy reference for those who are interested in comparing the specifications of the various desktop CPUs in the market, as well as those already obsolescent or obsolete. Currently covering 798 desktop CPUs, this comprehensive comparison will allow you to easily compare up to 19 different specifications for each and every CPU. Here`s the latest update in Revision 11.5 : - Added the AMD Phenom II X4 B99 quad-core processor. - Added the AMD Phenom II X2 B60 dual-core processor. - Added the AMD Phenom II X2 B59 dual-core processor. - Added the AMD Athlon II X2 B30 dual-core processor. - Added a new core (Zosma) to the AMD Athlon II X4 640 quad-core processor. - Added a new core (Propus C3) to the AMD Athlon II X4 630 quad-core processor. - Added a new core (Propus C3) to the AMD Athlon II X4 605e quad-core processor. - Updated the specifications of the AMD Phenom II X4 B97 quad-core processor. - Updated the HTT Speed specifications of the AMD Phenom II X4 B57, B55 and B53 dual-core processors. - Updated the Socket specifications of the entire AMD Athlon II X4 series of processors."
  FULL STORY @ TECHARP.COM

A Futurelooks News Flash - ASUS Maximus IV Extreme P67 LGA1155 ATX Motherboard Review
     Sun, Jun 12 2011 | 9:45A | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Futurelooks checks out a board that lets INTEL`s P67 Platform go down with a fight, kicking and screaming ... *ASUS Maximus IV Extreme P67 LGA1155 ATX Motherboard Review** * The Republic of Gamers series is the top of the line when it comes to ASUS? illustrious motherboards and video cards. But, it was the launch of the ROG motherboards back in 2006 that started the road to hard core gaming with a side of overclocking. Since then, ROG has evolved from good looking to fantastically designed motherboards and video cards with performance in mind. Still, many people aren?t sure what it is they?re getting when it?s an official ROG product. Hopefully we figure that out with our look at the ASUS Maximus IV Extreme P67 Motherboard. * * *"
  FULL STORY @ FUTURELOOKS.COM

Arctic Land Rider 403 Remote Controlled Leopard Tank @ TestFreaks
     Sun, Jun 12 2011 | 9:45A | Web News | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Up for review today I?ve got something a bit out of the ordinary, but it?s still tech related I think and it?s certainly not what I might consider a toy, but you might. Arctic has sent me over the Land Rider 403 Remote Controlled Leopard Tank and I have to say it?s a just a blast to use. The land Rider 403 comes completely assembled so all you have to do is charge the battery and start driving and shooting. The tank shoots shells by the remote control. The canon can be moved up and down and it?s attached to a turret that can rotate left and right. The Land Rider 403 is much more than a toy, it?s high quality and highly detailed remote control tank that I?m sure you?ll enjoy."
  FULL STORY @ TESTFREAKS.COM

ASUS Sabertooth X79 (Intel X79) Motherboard Review
     Sun, Jun 12 2011 | 9:45A | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We first saw the Sabertooth name pop up with the introduction of the P67 chipset. The next time we`d see the name show up wasn`t in the form of the Z68, though, it was instead in the AMD based 990FX chipset and it didn`t quite have that same look about it as the shroud that covered the board wasn`t present. While passed over on the Z68 chipset, the Sabertooth has appeared straight away come launch of the X79 chipset and brings with it the TUF Components that give ASUS the confidence to strap a massive 5 year warranty onto the board."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN.COM

OCZ ZT Series 650 W Power Supply Review @ Hardware Secrets
     Sun, Jun 12 2011 | 9:19A | Power Supply | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The ZT Series is the latest power supply series from OCZ, with a full modular cabling system ? meaning that even the main motherboard cable is detachable ? and 80 Plus Bronze certification. Available in 550 W, 650 W, and 750 W versions, let`s see if the 650 W model is a good buy."
  FULL STORY @ HARDWARESECRETS.COM

 
G.Skill Highlights Phoenix II Pro SandForce Driven SSD
     Sun, Jun 12 2011 | 9:03A | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
One of the most active displays we saw at Computex was that belonging to G.Skill and you just might see the reason why below. We had a job to do though and were there to take a look at their Phoenix II Pro SSD which should be released in the very near future. The Phoenix II Pro is another of the many 'SandForce Driven' SATA 3 SSDs we had the opportunity to check out and, as always, these drives just rock for storage transfer speeds. The Phoenix II Pro SSD will be available in capacities of 120 and 240GB and their specifications list transfer speeds up to 550MB/s read and 510MB/s write with 60, 000 IOPS at 4k random write. Having taken a close look at this SSD at Computex, we can say that their transfer speeds reached 559MB/s read and 518MB/s write but, even better, their small 4k randoms on Crystal Diskmark were up to 99MB/s which is an absolutely amazing result.
  FULL STORY @ HIGHLIGHTS

Corsair Announces Force 3 GT SSDs For The Enthusiast
     Sun, Jun 12 2011 | 9:02A | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The SSD Review had the opportunity to meet with Robert Pearce, Sr Technical Marketing Specialist of Corsair, this week at Computex Taipei and he had some rather unexpected SSD news to pass on. It appears that Corsair will be releasing an enthusiast line of SSDs known as the Force 3 GT line right on the heals of their new 'Sandforce Driven' Force 3 SSD, the difference between both drives being the use of asynchronous vs synchronous NAND flash memory. The new GT series sports a 'race car' red outer casing and, much like the recent move of OCZ with their IOPS Max version of the Vertex 3, will contain 3xnm NAND flash memory as well as the already famous Sandforce SF-2281 processor to push things along at 555MB/s read and 525MB/s write with 85,000 MaxIOPS. Its capacities are presently limited to 120 and 240GB versions and we need to give you a heads up, this is an enthusiast SSD and we expect it to be priced as such.
  FULL STORY @ ANNOUNCES

Kingston Releases HyperX SSD IN Blowout
     Sun, Jun 12 2011 | 9:01A | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Brace yourself for this SSD release because we cannot simply give you the meat without the gravy on this one. While at CES, we were lucky enough to spend time with Kingston behind the scenes and at their "WOW" event for release of their new product line to include the HyperX SSD. Set in the Bellevita Taipei, this release party included all the fixings to include Taiwans top models who were more than happy to introduce such Kingston products as the new 'SandForce Driven' HyperX SSD as well as a Mac product called the 'Wi-Drive'. As a bit of a background, it is said that the Bellevita was envisioned through a young womans desire to start her own coffee shop to which her father followed suit from there.
  FULL STORY @ RELEASES

ASUS P8Z68 Deluxe Motherboard Review @ OCIA.net
     Sun, Jun 12 2011 | 9:01A | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
?After my recent review of the impressive ASUS Sabertooth P67 board, I was wondering what ASUS could have in store for us next. Intel released their Z68 chipset not too long ago and ASUS is certainly on schedule with their Z68 lineup. There is a lot to choose from with 10 different Z68 offerings from the company. Today we are going to take a look at the ASUS P8Z68 Deluxe, second in line only to the Maximus IV Extreme-Z as ASUS` top Z68 motherboard.?"
  FULL STORY @ OCIA.NET

Giving away a couple of MSI graphics cards and motherboards
     Sun, Jun 12 2011 | 9:00A | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Only one week remains in our MSI giveaway, which includes X79 and Z68 motherboards in addition to graphics cards based on the GeForce GTX 580 and 560 Ti. There`s over $1,200 in hardware up for grabs, so be sure to enter."
  FULL STORY @ TECHREPORT.COM

The upcoming Z77, and Z78 chipsets.
     Sun, Jun 12 2011 | 9:00A | Tradeshows / Events | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
A majority of PC enthusiasts feel the X58 platform is dead, and that it is time to move on. It’s hard to argue against that thinking, as Sandy Bridge has proven to be a faster and better-overclocking chip then its older brothers. Some companies, however, like Asus and Gigabyte, seem to be believe it is premature to start playing “Taps” for the X58 chipset. So much so that they are planning to release new X58 motherboards. As these companies seem to be attempting to extend the life of the chipset, it seems likely that at least some type of X58-specific memory would be released as well. Patriot Memory steps into this niche with the Viper Xtreme DDR3 2000MHz 12GB kit. Released towards the end of 2010, these memory modules have received generally good reviews from both review sites and customers alike. Today, we will be giving you our own take on this kit.
  FULL STORY @ TECHREACTION

USB 3.0 Speed Tests: 7-Way Host Controllers Roundup
     Sun, Jun 12 2011 | 7:11A | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Believe us when we say that this is one of the most epic reviews we`ve ever put together. Not because it was the hardest roundup we`ve ever done, but it`s by far the most time consuming one and it doesn`t even have anything to do with the benchmarks we ran. We thought it`d be a good idea to do a comparative review of the various USB 3.0 host controllers out there, as by now we`ve finally reached a stage where there`s some competition in the market with at least three major players and a couple of smaller ones. VR-Zone is also proud to have a world exclusive first review of the upcoming Renesas D720201 host controller which is launching later this year as part of this roundup."
  FULL STORY @ VR-ZONE.COM

Lian Li PV-V600FR @ PureOverclock
     Sun, Jun 12 2011 | 3:25A | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Lian Li has recently gone with products that fill a wider range of selection, rather than just the full towers they are historically best known for. The Lian Li PC-V600FR Micro ATX chassis comes in a few different flavours, sporting different sizes and windowed or non-windowed packages, but each have the same basic aesthetic styling, design features, and a few classic Lian Li cues thrown in for good measure. This premium all-aluminum Mini Tower chassis from Lian Li is designed specifically for the enthusiast, who is looking for first and for most, quality, beauty, and functionality, and all this in a small platform that won`t break the bank."
  FULL STORY @ PUREOVERCLOCK.COM

Intel`s Gallium3D Driver After Google`s Work
     Sat, Jun 11 2011 | 10:51P | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"As noted last week on Phoronix, Google has Chromium OS engineers making improvements to Intel`s Gallium3D driver even though this open-source Linux driver isn`t officially supported by Intel Corp. Google`s interested in shipping the Intel Gallium3D driver on their Chromium OS netbooks in order to take advantage of the Low-Level Virtual Machine (LLVM) and other Gallium3D features to make up for the netbook`s lack of vertex shader hardware. How does this community-maintained Intel 3D driver now compare performance-wise to Intel`s official classic Mesa driver? Here is a fresh set of benchmarks from the latest Mesa Git code over the US holiday weekend.""
  FULL STORY @ PHORONIX.COM

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