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GeForce GTX 570 review
     Wed, Jan 26 2011 | 12:02P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We review the all new GeForce GTX 570, the little brother of the GTX 580. Armed with a license to kill it will hunt down all modern games. A card that will be positioned in the 349 EUR price bracket yet offers a massive chunk of high-end DirectX 11 performance alongside good GPU temperatures and noise levels.
  FULL STORY @ GURU3D

SIIG USB 3.0 Bay Hub & USB 3.0 Card Upgrade Kit
     Wed, Jan 26 2011 | 12:01P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
While USB 3.0 is certainly starting to garner more and more attention from motherboard manufacturers, and consumers in general, one thing still remains an issue with USB 3.0: lack of front SuperSpeed ports on cases! What is worse, the handful of cases that DO have front USB 3.0 ports, don't have internal USB 3.0 headers and rather rely on extremal connectors; meaning you need to snake a cable out and around BACK of the case. This is not a good thing. SIIG understands the need for front mounted ports and has created a very interesting combination kit, that is a PCI Express x1 USB 3.0 adapter AND a front SuperSpeed USB 4-port hub 3.5" / 5.25" bay adapter. This combination means you can get ALL the benefits of USB 3.0 without needing to reach around the back of your case to USE it! Read on for my full review.
  FULL STORY @ EVERYTHINGUSB

AMD Phenom II X6 1100T BE Hex-Core Processor
     Wed, Jan 26 2011 | 12:00P | CPU / Processors | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We saw back in September AMD released six new CPUs to add to their product mix. Today AMD is showcasing three new processors, including a new flagship model, the AMD Phenom II X6 1100T Black Edition. The other two processors are a Phenom II X2 565 Black Edition, and an Athlon II X3 455. All three of these processors are simply 100 MHz speed-bumps over previous top-end models.
  FULL STORY @ EXTREMEOVERCLOCKING

KFA2 GeForce GTX 460 Razor Single Slot review
     Wed, Jan 26 2011 | 9:03A | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We test the KFA2 GeForce GTX 460 Razor Single Slot graphics card that is bound to delivers a very decent gaming experience. The Razor single slot solution could be interesting as a small form factor product.
  FULL STORY @ GURU3D

CPU Performance Comparison Guide Rev. 4.2
     Wed, Jan 26 2011 | 9:02A | CPU / Processors | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
This article compiles the best benchmark results we collected of various CPU models using x264 HD Benchmark 3.0, a free CPU benchmark developed by graysky, Dashken and Adrian Wong. This CPU performance comparison guide currently covers 275 different CPU models but this is just the beginning. We will keep updating the results as new results come in, so please contribute your results. If you would like to participate in this endeavor, head over to the x264 HD Benchmark 3.0 page and download a copy. After you obtain your benchmark results, simply post them in the official forum thread of x264 HD Benchmark 3.0. Please post your results even if your processor is already listed in the comparison. This is because we will use your results if they are better than the results currently listed in the comparison.
  FULL STORY @ TECHARP

Samsung 470 Series 256GB SSD Review
     Wed, Jan 26 2011 | 9:01A | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Overall, we were duly impressed with the 470 Series and it exceeded its rated specifications of 250MB/s reads and 220MB/s writes in nearly every benchmark we threw at it. With Samsung being a relatively new player in the consumer SSD market, they are getting off to a great start. Samsung really surprised us with their 256GB 470 Series solid state drive. It performed above expectations on nearly every benchmark and kept pace with the SandForce drives that seem to the darling of the industry right now...."
  FULL STORY @ LEGITREVIEWS

FaceVision TouchCam N1 720p Review
     Wed, Jan 26 2011 | 9:00A | Imaging | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
While we may not all be sporting gamer keyboards, high end processors and screamingly fast graphics cards, almost everyone has something they want to show off in their house to a video calling friend. However, what if you want to do it in a nice high defintion, or at least 720p; where do you turn? A company called FaceVision offers a product in this range with their N1 720p webcam. Let's see how it fares."
  FULL STORY @ XSREVIEWS

 
ASUS P8P67 WS Revolution (Intel P67 Express) Motherboard
     Tue, Jan 25 2011 | 6:53P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"At CES this year we had the chance to talk to ASUS about some of their visions for the coming year as well as specifically about the P67 and Sandy Bridge. We were not surprised to hear that ASUS was thinking a little ahead of what we had heard from the other guys in terms of positioning their products. Although we have seen other companies streamline their feature sets across an entire product line, what we have not seen is pushing boards in a pre-emptive way to ensure great overclocking. This is what ASUS has done; as we told you before, they are designing all of their new boards to handle a much higher power and thermal envelope from the beginning. This means that you should be able to get some pretty impressive clocks out of even your basic boards. With that in mind, we are cracking open the box on one of our favourite lines of ASUS motherboards. This is the WS line; we have the P8P67 WS Revolution sitting on the test bench all ready to go."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN

Gigabyte P67A-UD4 Socket 1155 Motherboard
     Tue, Jan 25 2011 | 6:53P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Gigabyte has announced the release of several different models based on the P67 chipset. Of their entire lineup announced, one to surely be popular is the P67A-UD4. You get native SATA III support, USB 3.0 via onboard controller, of course Sandy Bridge processor support, and those are just what you'll find on the typical P67 based motherboards. So what does Gigabyte have to offer? How have they gone above and beyond the norm? The UD4 model offers a plethora of features in addition to those. For starters, Gigabyte is now sporting a brand new sexy black look. As for that which isn't plainly obvious... Well, you'll just have to follow us down the rabbit hole and find out!
  FULL STORY @ PRO-CLOCKERS

QNAP TS-419P+ TurboNAS 4-Bay Network Storage Review
     Tue, Jan 25 2011 | 4:03P | Servers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"About six months ago, I started looking into building a Home Theater PC Solution that fit my needs. Seeing I already owned an Xbox 360, and not wanting to build a separate PC, I decided my best route was to look at some type of device that could stream to an Xbox 360 using UPnP. I ran into many roadblocks, some devices did not support a large storage pool, and others were just too expensive. When asked to review the QNAP TS-419P+, I was thrilled to see that the device supported just the type of streaming that I wanted..."
  FULL STORY @ LEGITREVIEWS

MUKii TransImp TIP-230U3-BK USB 3.0 Drive Enclosure
     Tue, Jan 25 2011 | 4:02P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The MUKii TransImp TIP-230U3-BK USB 3.0 drive enclosure is easy to use and simplifies the task of turning any 2.5" SATA drive into a portable device. As with other USB 3.0 devices, it is fully backwards compatible to USB 2.0; so even if you have this enclosure before you have USB 3.0 in your computer, it will still function just fine with your current USB 2.0 connections.
  FULL STORY @ BIGBRUIN

OCZ Revo Drive X2 480 GByte Review
     Tue, Jan 25 2011 | 4:01P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
If you take a look at the SSD market, searching for a really powerful product, then you'll definitely take the OCZ Revo Drive X2 into account. With a throughput of 740 MB/s read and 720 MB/s write this drive shows serious throughput rates and also the claimed 120'000 IOPS are massive.
  FULL STORY @ OCAHOLIC

3R System L-600 V.REX Jr. Case Review
     Tue, Jan 25 2011 | 4:00P | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"With a suggested price of only USD 60, the 3R System L-600 V.REX Jr. is a very affordable case, bringing features usually only found on more expensive models, such as USB 3.0 ports, air filters, and fan controllers. Let's take a look at this new release."
  FULL STORY @ HARDWARESECRETS

GIGABYTE Launches New GTX 560 Ti Series Graphics Card
     Tue, Jan 25 2011 | 3:00P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
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GIGABYTE has introduced the GV-N560SO-1GI and GV-N560OC-1GI videocards today. Built with next-generation NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 560 Ti GPU and GDDR5 memory technology, GV-N560SO-1GI and GV-N560OC-1GI run blockbuster games with amazing performance. Supporting NVIDIA® 3D Vision Surround, 3D Vision™, PhysX® , and 2-way SLI®, GV-N560SO-1GI and GV-N560OC-1GI guarantee ultimate extreme DirectX® 11 gaming experience. Both GV-N560SO-1GI and GV-N560OC-1GI adopt GIGABYTE’s innovative WINDFORCE™ 2X cooling technology for optimal thermal solution.

Of the two GIGABYTE GTX 560 Ti models, GV-N560SO-1GI is the latest new addition to GIGABYTE’s Super Overclock Series. GV-N560SO-1GI’s core and memory clock are 1G and 4580 MHz respectively whereas the standard GTX 560 Ti is 822/4000 MHz. To qualify for “SOC” series, GV-N560SO-1GI’s GPU must go through GIGABYTE’s innovative GPU Gauntlet™ Sorting process and it must be equipped with Ultra Durable VGA or VGA+ boards. Designed specifically for overclocking competition and gaming battle, GIGABYTE’s secret weapon GTX 560 Ti Super Overclock Edition is built with NVDIA GeForce GTX 560 Ti GPU. Based on 40nm processor and advanced GDDR5 memory technology, the powerful new GPU consists of ground-breaking features including Microsoft DirectX® 11 and NVIDIA PhysX™ which lead to incredibly immersive HD gaming experience and unrivaled performance. GV-N560SO-1GI also features WINDFORCE™ 2X, 7 phase PWM design, OC Guru graphics card smart tuner and voltage read point.

GIGABYTE introduces WINDFORCE™, the latest cooling technology that differentiates the brand’s graphics cards from the rest. GIGABYTE understands that a fan is crucial to the graphics card, so only the fan with the most efficiency is selected for WINDFORCE™. To qualify for WINDFORCE™, a cooling solution must be equipped with anti-turbulence inclined fins, ultra quiet PWM fan and pure copper heat pipe. Inclined fins help to reduce excessive heat and turbulence. Depending on its orientation, there are 4 types of inclined-fin designs: outward-inclined, 3D-inclined, parallel-inclined, and mirroring-inclined. Each type generates excellent exterior airflow for efficient heat dissipation from the interior GPU core.

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GV-N560SO-1GI and GV-N560OC-1GI are both equipped with WINDFORCE™ 2X mirroring-inclined fin cooling solution. WINDFORCE™ 2X mirroring-inclined fin design is equipped with 2 ultra quiet PWM fans and four pure copper heat pipes. The special inclined dual fan design effectively minimizes the flow of turbulence between two fans and enhances heat dissipation of hot area right underneath each fan. By unique design, WINDFORCE™ 2X even enlarges air channel on the graphics card vents and creates a more effective airflow system in chassis. This special design helps heat dissipate quickly from GPU. In addition, the 2 copper heat-pipes strengthen the speed of heat dissipation. 'P"GV-N560SO-1GI has incredibly pure power. It is compatible with ATX standard length PCB. 7 phase PWM design includes 6 for GPU, 1 for memory. This feature ensures a more stable system and better overclocking capability.'P"GIGABYTE’s very own GPU Gauntlet™ Sorting process is the key to the best GPUs for Super Overclock Series. A GPU must pass a sequence of tests to be selected. This unique process offers three major advantages. First, full-throttle performance tuning improves GV-N560SO-1GI overclocking ability by at least 21%. Second, optimized thermal efficiency lowers extra temperatures by 16% (GV-N560SO-1GI compared to stock GTX 560 Ti). Fan speed is guaranteed at standard rpm in high-rated 3D and physics-accelerated games to reduce noise for an absolutely quiet environment. Lastly, expert power switching lowers power switching loss by 12%. With GPU Gauntlet™ Sorting, GIGABYTE SOC graphics card guarantees higher overclocking ability. 'P.Thanks to Ultra Durable VGA+ that features 5+1 quality components, the Super Overclock Series supports top performance in graphics benchmarking. GIGABYTE Ultra Durable VGA+’s use of proadilizer on GV-N560SO-1GI graphics cards is able to provide purer power supply compared to traditional power design (zero proadlizers). On GV-N560SO-1GI graphics cards, GIGABYTE uses one NEC Proadlizer®, also known as film capacitor, to provide amazing current capacity and extremely low ESL/ESR for super overclocking ability. The added proadlizer transmits more stable power even during heavy loading.

GIGABYTE proudly improves its graphics card smart tuner OC Guru. This graphics card tweaking utility puts together the best combination of software/hardware overclocking. It now features 3 profiles: OC (for overclocking mode), Gaming (for gaming mode), and Green (for power saving mode). The different modes cater to users’ different needs. GIGABYTE’s distinctive adjustable software offers gamers to adjust tuners for memory, voltage, and fan speed. OC Guru, the user-friendly software, gives hardcore gamers liberty when overclocking.

GIGABYTE’s specific voltage read point supplies hardcore gamers an ultimate benching experience at overclocking competition. Heavy users can change the voltage simply through software instead of manually adjusting any components on PCB. It is easy for overclockers to master the platform and monitor GPU workload at any time just through voltage read point.

  FULL STORY @ GIGABYTE

MSI E350IA-E45 Mini-ITX Motherboard with AMD APU Chip
     Tue, Jan 25 2011 | 2:54P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
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MSI has announced its first mainboard Accelerated Processing Unit (APU) platform, the MSI E350IA-E45, powered by an E350 APU with 1.6 GHz dual-core CPU and DirectX 11 Radeon HD6310 graphics. The MSI E350IA-E45 offers all the features you could expect in the ultimate Home Entertainment Platform: excellent Thermal Design and stability thanks to Japanese made Solid CAP, Full-HD Video connectivity and digital audio solutions.

MSI E350-E45 is equipped with both USB 3.0 and SATA 6 Gbps ports to rapidly store and stream music and movies in the fit-anywhere Mini-ITX form factor.

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  FULL STORY @ MSI

Zalman CNPS5X-SZ Heatsink Review
     Tue, Jan 25 2011 | 2:21P | Cooling / Heatsinks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
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Zalman's CNPS5X-SZ heatsink is an updated, vertical interpretation of a 2006-era heatsink Zalman released under the CNPS8000 nomenclature. Like its forefather, the CNPS5X-SZ fills the role of a lower profile, light weight cooler that's ideally suited to sub-95W TDP processors. It's stacked aluminum fins are connected by three 6mm diameter copper heatpipes to a small aluminum base block with a thin bit of copper covering the otherwise exposed heatpipes. A single 90mm PWM fan spins at 2800-1400RPM to cool this modified tower heatsink.

  FULL STORY @ FROSTYTECH

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