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ASUS, EVGA, Gigabyte & MSI
     Wed, Feb 23 2011 | 12:00P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
When it was originally released a few weeks ago, NVIDIA's GTX 560 Ti impressed us with its excellent performance coupled with a highly accessible price. NVIDIA's board partners have been quick to offer up some of their own custom overclocked versions and in this roundup we take a closer look at four such cards from ASUS, EVGA, Gigabyte and MSI.
  FULL STORY @ ROUNDUP

Zalman ZM850-HP Plus Power Supply
     Wed, Feb 23 2011 | 9:03A | Power Supply | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Another area they have delved into is power supplies, offering a multitude of units ranging from 360w all the way up to 1,000w monsters. Today we will be taking a look at one of their newer power supplies, the ZM850-HP Plus, a modular power system that features a large 140mm cooling fan, heatpipe-cooled internals and an 80-Plus Silver certification."
  FULL STORY @ OCIA

RaidSonic ICY BOX IB-115 HDD Docking Station Review
     Wed, Feb 23 2011 | 9:02A | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The RaidSonic Icy Box IB-115 HDD Docking Station is the ideal HDD docking station not only for people who require blazing fast speeds and frequently work with internal disk drives but also for people who happen to own a large media file collection across many disk drives.
  FULL STORY @ RWLABS

Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex 500 GB Portable
     Wed, Feb 23 2011 | 9:01A | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
In the Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex family, you can opt for the Seagate GoFlex Desk 3.5" external drive if you want the large storage capacity possible and do not mind a larger form factor. If you prefer a portable drive, then you can go with either the Seagate GoFlex or Seagate GoFlex Pro 2.5" external drives. The difference between the two is that the Pro version has a dock and comes with premium backup and encryption software.
  FULL STORY @ TECHARP

AMD Radeon HD 6950 1GB
     Wed, Feb 23 2011 | 9:00A | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
2011 is bound to be an exciting year for the graphics card market and it is already starting off in a big way with some heated competition between AMD and NVIDIA. Today AMD is officially launching their HD 6950 1GB which is supposed to compete with the new GTX 560 Ti at a highly competitive price point. But will it be enough to contend with a refreshed 500-series?
  FULL STORY @ HARDWARECANUCKS

Intel Graphics On Linux Still Behind Windows
     Tue, Feb 22 2011 | 4:03P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Now that I finally have Sandy Bridge graphics working under Linux, thanks to another H67 motherboard and Core i5 2500K processor from Intel that don't exhibit the earlier problems, there's many Linux benchmarks available. Overall the Core i5 2500K graphics under Linux with the latest kernel / DDX / Mesa are fast, for being Intel integrated graphics and much improved over their previous generations of hardware. But how do these first-cut Intel Linux Sandy Bridge drivers compare to the drivers of the same age under Windows? In this article are benchmarks comparing the Intel Core i5 2500K graphics performance under Microsoft Windows 7 SP1 and Ubuntu 10.10."
  FULL STORY @ PHORONIX

Inno3D GTX570 1.25GB Review
     Tue, Feb 22 2011 | 4:02P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"The GTX570 appears to be an amalgamation of several graphics cards in one on first impressions. Firstly, it features the tweaked GF110 core found in the GTX580. Like the GTX480, it has one stream multiprocessor disabled for a total of 480 CUDA cores and 60 texture units. And lastly, it sports the same memory bus and memory/ROP count of the GTX470, the latter feature being intrinsically to the memory. To compensate for the cut down core, the clock speeds have been increased to 732MHz on the core and 3800MHz on the memory. It is officially destined to be the spiritual successor to the GTX470, fitting in the same power envelope but from a performance standpoint, it is equivalent to the GTX480 without the drawbacks."
  FULL STORY @ VORTEZ

 
Battle of the HTPC Cards Sparkle GTX 430 Vs the Sparkle GT 240 Video Card Review
     Tue, Feb 22 2011 | 4:01P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The days of a single component for every aspect of your home theater are coming to an end. HTPC’s or home theater personal computers for those of you that are abbreviation challenged, are drastically taking over the living rooms of many people these days. Why? Because they do everything! They play DVD’s, BluRay’s, digital music and video. You can watch streaming TV shows and movies. There is Netflix, Hulu, and several other online services out there for all of your watching needs. So what is the back bone of these HTPS’s technology? Simply put it is HTPS cars like the two we will be checking out today the Sparkle GT 240 and the GT 430 Let’s see which one is the right choice for your next home theater PC:
  FULL STORY @ SPARKLE

Sparkle SCC-750AF Gold Class 750W Power Supply Review
     Tue, Feb 22 2011 | 4:00P | Power Supply | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Today we are taking a look at the Sparkle Computer Corp. SCC-750AF Gold Class PSU. This 750W power supply is the smaller brother to one we reviewed back in November. It is part of the same product line, but features only 750W instead of 850W." The primary difference is that the SCC-750AF only has four 12V rails instead of the five offered by the 850W power supply. Since the SCC-850AF scored quite well in our previous tests, read on to find out if the SCC-750AF performs just as well."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN

Dell Streak 7 Android Tablet Review
     Tue, Feb 22 2011 | 12:03P | Notebooks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The first half of 2011 is shaping up to be all about tablets. Truly, the tablet mania that everyone was so adamant about last year is finally here. While dozens of tablets were announced and shown off at CES in January, most of them won't be arriving until later this month or the March time frame at the earliest. The main reason for the delay is because most manufacturers are stuck waiting for Google to release Android 3.0, or Honeycomb, the first version of Android to be configured specifically for use on tablets. Motorola has the honor of releasing the first Honeycomb device, the Xoom. Of the tablets announced at this year's CES though, one of the first to be released is Dell's new Streak 7 and it's powered by NVIDIA's potent Tegra 2 low power, integrated SoC.

Part of Dell's Streak family, the Streak 7 was able to beat most of the tablets seen at CES to market, because Dell has made the decision to launch it with Android 2.2, also known as Froyo. In any case, Honeycomb or not, the Streak 7 is here and it's a shiny seven inch slab of tablet goodness with an impressive résumé. We've had one in the HotHardware labs for a week and we've written up a full analysis of this bad boy, so read on for all the gory details.

  FULL STORY @ STREAK

Dell Inspiron Duo Hybrid Tablet / Netbook Review
     Tue, Feb 22 2011 | 12:02P | Notebooks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Dell Inspiron Duo is an impressive sight. It's not often that we're this enamored by a device's physical design, but the Dell Inspiron Duo simply does it for us. The machine is a feat of engineering, and it really redefines the convertible laptop segment. This 10.1" machine is part netbook, part tablet, but unlike many rivals, it doesn't compromise much in terms or portability and form factor to be both. When you open up the package, it looks like a Mini 10 or any other 10" netbook. But once the lid is open, a simple press on the LCD allows it to swivel around and lock into place, in reverse. Close the lid back down atop the keyboard, and you're now looking at a tablet...
  FULL STORY @ CONVERTIBLE

Seagate Barracuda Green 2TB Hard Drive Review
     Tue, Feb 22 2011 | 12:01P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today at HotHardware we take a look at the Barracuda Green 2TB hard drive from Seagate. Previously, the company's low power drives were designated with the LP nomenclature. But Seagate has made the change to a more recognizable industry standard naming convention. The 2TB Green drive sports a 5900 RPM spindle speed, SATA 6 GB/s interface, 64 MB cache, Advanced Format technology, and Seagate SmartAlign technology for easier integration. Do all of these features entice you enough to put the Barracuda Green on your upgrade list? Need more information? Read on to find out how well this drive performs as we run it through a series of benchmarks and give you our take on its strengths and weaknesses...
  FULL STORY @ BARRACUDA

Mionix Propus 380 Gaming Mouse Pad Review
     Tue, Feb 22 2011 | 12:00P | Mouse Pads | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"The Mionix Propus 380 Gaming Mouse Pad looks to meet the surface demands of gamers. The Propus 380 has a hard, yet flexible build for both durability and feel. The base construction is with PVC-plastic. The surface of the Propus 380 has a silver-metallic plastic coating to ensure optimal tracking on both optical and laser mice. There is an extra wide design measuring in at 380mm x 260mm. In imperial measurements that's about 15in x 10.24in. The bottom of the mat is constructed of textured rubber for extreme grip."
  FULL STORY @ HITECHLEGION

Viewsonic Viewpad 7
     Tue, Feb 22 2011 | 9:02A | Notebooks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
“There's no shortage of Android tablets these days, and most of the options available are almost completely indistinguishable. Viewsonic, however, has made smart moves in trying to set itself apart from that cadre of me-too products with the Viewsonic Viewpad 7. The Viewpad 7 is a 7-inch Android tablet with a wider-than-typical assortment of features including voice calling, dual cameras, stereo speakers, and full access to the Android Market.”
  FULL STORY @ HANDHELDS

Cooler Master Silent Pro Gold 600 Watt Modular Power Supply Review
     Tue, Feb 22 2011 | 9:01A | Power Supply | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
After the recently tested Cooler Master Silent Pro M500 power supply we have reviewed the modular Cooler Master Silent Pro Gold 600W PSU. In this review we like to test not only the power supply under real conditions, but also the difference between that 80Plus Gold power supply unit and previously tested 80Plus PSUs. No one like to spend money for too high power consumption, so we want to achieve the best energy efficiency, also for our overclocked PCs. Let us take a look, if this succeeded with the Silent Pro Gold 600 PSU from Cooler Master.
  FULL STORY @ COOLERMASTER

ASUS EAH 6970 2GByte Review
     Tue, Feb 22 2011 | 9:00A | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
With the EAH 6970, ASUS presents its first AMD Radeon HD 6970 based graphics card which has been equipped with 2 GByte GDDR5 memory. The successor of the very successful Radeon HD 5870 lets us hope for another superb graphics card with excellent performance not only because of higher clock speeds. AMD also did architectural changes which should have a significant impact.
  FULL STORY @ OCAHOLIC

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