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The TR Podcast 79: A Sandy Bridge to CES
     Tue, Jan 18 2011 | 10:45A | CPU / Processors | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Between a detailed look at Intel`s new Sandy Bridge processors (not to mention the slew of motherboards that come along with them) and all the news from CES to discuss we`ve recorded one of our longest episodes in a while."
  FULL STORY @ TECHREPORT.COM

Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium HD Review
     Tue, Jan 18 2011 | 9:03A | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium HD is the latest sound card from Creative, aimed at both gamers and audiophiles, thanks to the included high quality components. For the first time, Creative offers us the possibility to swap the OPamps, to fine-tune even more the sound quality.
  FULL STORY @ SOUND

Patriot Xporter XT Rage 32GB
     Tue, Jan 18 2011 | 9:02A | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
“We're looking at the Patriot Xporter XT Rage 32GB flash drive, a product that can store a beastly amount of information in a very small package. At a price of $60, it has a quad channel design to help prevent speed drops, particularly on the Write side of the equation.”
  FULL STORY @ PUREOVERCLOCK

Thermaltake Challenger Pro
     Tue, Jan 18 2011 | 9:01A | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
“Today we will be looking at one of their newest additions to Thermaltake’s peripheral line-up: the Challenger Pro gaming keyboard. It has a sleek aesthetic, programmable macros, backlighting, and a docking station. Let’s dive into the review and see what Thermaltake has to offer the gaming community.”
  FULL STORY @ PUREOVERCLOCK

Corsair Graphite 600T
     Tue, Jan 18 2011 | 9:00A | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
“The Corsair Graphite 600T is a mid-range case that looks to bring much of the features of a premium tower to the masses at a much more affordable price. We saw the 800T was a killer case; can Corsair continue the winning ways here on its little brother for those on a much more modest budget? Let's find out.”
  FULL STORY @ PUREOVERCLOCK

Air Penetrator SST-AP121-L review
     Tue, Jan 18 2011 | 12:31A | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We are less than half way through January, and we are already off to a great start with two new reviews for the year. To ramp things up in the next twelve months, we will try something new that we have not done before. In the past half decade or so, we have reviewed many different types of technology products. One of these products include the case fans. Interestingly, if you noticed it or not, all of these products previously reviewed were from the same company. Now Noctua is an excellent manufacturer of low noise cooling solutions. This fact is attested to with awards given to virtually every Noctua product we have ever evaluated. However, this time around, we will have something from a highly reputable manufacturer of everything from chassis to power supplies instead, and it is not Noctua. That company in question is no other than SilverStone, and they will be the second company to just send us case fans for evaluation (We have reviewed their cases and power supplies in the past). To be honest, at first I was a bit skeptical, because I did not really think SilverStone was really serious about making anything other than the run-of-the-mill case fan. But regardless of what I thought, I could not resist my interest in what this performance parts manufacturer had for us in store. So today, we have the SilverStone Air Penetrator SST-AP121-L for review, which is a 120mm fan with fancy LEDs. Let's see how this fan stacks up against the best in the industry.
  FULL STORY @ SILVERSTONE

OWC Mercury Extreme Pro 40GB SSD
     Tue, Jan 18 2011 | 12:30A | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
If we told you that you could have one of the top rated solid state drives available for absolutely free, would you be interested? Its TRUE!!!! The SSD Review and Other World Computing have teamed up to giveaway one of the fastest SSDs we have evaluated and it is free and open to all active members of The SSD Review. This model of SSD was reviewed here and its evaluation produced amazing disk transfer highs of 279MB/s read and 267MB/s write in Atto Disk Benchmark. This drives true ability was shown in its testing through PCMark Vantage HDD Suite where SSDs are put through a series of 8 different simulated real life user scenarios. Each scenario has a resulting disk transfer speed which, when calculated with all 8 tests, provides a HDD Suite score for easy comparison of different drives. Until only recently, we had never seen a solid state drive reach the 40 000 mark plateau
  FULL STORY @ THESSDREVIEW

 
ZOTAC H55ITX-C-E Mini-ITX Motherboard Review
     Tue, Jan 18 2011 | 12:28A | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Enthusiasts love to show off their biggest, most powerful computers. While visiting Texas for a little QuakeCon action, I saw some crazy huge computer systems taking up a little bit more than their share of the table, or even the actual walk ways. In the eyes of many gamers and enthusiasts, bigger often means better and faster. ZOTAC, who is the trailblazer in Mini-ITX motherboards, think that shrinking the size of a platform and giving it scalable options, is the way to go. With the right mix of components, could the ZOTAC H55-ITX-C-E could be your next “big” system? Let’s find out!
  FULL STORY @ FUTURELOOKS

EVGA Geforce GTX 570 Superclocked video card
     Tue, Jan 18 2011 | 12:28A | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Late last year, NVIDIA released their GTX 570 – a card that proved itself to be the perfect solution to AMD”s upcoming HD 6900-series since it ended up outperforming even the GTX 480. Since then board partners have released a steady stream of non-reference designs and EVGA has led the pack with their Superclocked edition.
  FULL STORY @ HARDWARECANUCKS

Intel's SandyBridge II HD Gfx, Open GL and AVX Performance
     Tue, Jan 18 2011 | 12:27A | Chipset | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
I don’t recall which movie it was, something that was highly acclaimed and after watching it with a friend, he claimed that it sucked. It sucked for the simple reason that he had read and heard so much of be buzz around it that the real thing simply did not live up to his expectations. Something similar is happening now with respect to Sandy Bridge. The prelaunch expectations were that it would stomp everything by a land slide and now it only turns out to be about the fastest CPU ever released by Intel. And the rest of the world. How disappointing is that? Sarcasm aside Sandy Bridge has come and the initial impression has been rather overwhelming. Particularly with respect to the energy efficiency, there is not quite anything like SB out there. The same goes for the overclocking potential, yet, almost everybody complains about the lack of real life OC achievements. It’s a cruel world that Sandy was thrown into … On the downside, there are certain layers of hype that need to be peeled off, particularly with respect to Intel releasing what might be called an immature platform. OpenGL does not work, AVX functionality is crippled by the cache interconnect and possibly by the Uops cache and Integer AVX will not even be functional until 3 generations down the road. Ok, we can live with the latter, it appears rather inconsequential for the time being. The L2 connectivity is also something we can live with, 20-30% performance increase at the same power budget are very significant. And OpenGL has somehow outlived its usefulness.
  FULL STORY @ LOSTCIRCUITS

ASUS EAH6870 DirectCU
     Tue, Jan 18 2011 | 12:26A | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"There were only two cons that I found overall. The backplate is flush with the PCB on the sides and as such doesn't allow some PCI Express slot latching mechanisms to engage fully and that causes the card to not sit properly in the slot. Secondly, the ability to change the voltage is there but currently does not work and is advertised as a feature. Hopefully soon, such voltage adjustments will be allowed."
  FULL STORY @ OVERCLOCKERSCLUB

HD 6950 is touted to be in a class of its own
     Mon, Jan 17 2011 | 4:03P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"After an unexpected delay (and plenty of rumors that soon followed), AMD's Radeon HD 6970 and Radeon HD 6950 finally see the light of day. The Cayman GPU brings a new VLIW4 core design that enables better efficiency and improved tessellation performance among others. AMD has positioned the HD 6970 as the superior enthusiast GPU, while the HD 6950 is touted to be in a class of its own. But still, the burning question: can the AMD Radeon HD 6970 subdue NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 580?"
  FULL STORY @ ZONE

AMD HD 6970 Graphics Card Review
     Mon, Jan 17 2011 | 4:02P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
: "It’s that time again; time for AMD to release another flagship that is! This time it’s their current single GPU flagship, right on the heels of their new Phenom II x6 1100T Black Edition."
  FULL STORY @ OVERCLOCKERS

PowerTune technology get into the mix?
     Mon, Jan 17 2011 | 4:01P | Power Supply | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"That being said, the new HD 6970 and HD 6950 have some great performance results. The HD 6970 was able to compete very well against the similarly priced GeForce GTX 570 and even beat it in many of our tests including the once-NVIDIA-dominated Metro 2033 title. In that instance, the HD 6970 was almost able to keep up with the GTX 580 priced at least a $150 higher on the graphics card scale. It's close but if I were to select a winner in the battle between the HD 6970 and the GTX 570, I would likely go with the new AMD option."
  FULL STORY @ PCPER

HIS Radeon HD 6950 2 GB
     Mon, Jan 17 2011 | 4:00P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
HIS Radeon HD 6950 is a new option in the $300 upper midrange graphics card segment. It has enough power to play the latest titles in Full HD resolution. Thanks to improved geometry and tesselation engines it also promises to deliver increased performance in latest titles compared to the Radeon HD 5870.
  FULL STORY @ TECHPOWERUP

Zalman ZM850-HP Plus Power Supply Review
     Mon, Jan 17 2011 | 2:03P | Power Supply | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Zalman has just released a new power supply line, the HP Plus, featuring two internal heatpipes and modular cabling system. Currently only two models are available, 850 W and 1,000 W, both with 80 Plus Silver certification. Although they are not selling them yet, Zalman has already got 80 Plus Bronze certification for the 500 W, 600 W, and 700 W models, so they will be releasing these models in the near future. Let's see if the 850 W model is a good buy."
  FULL STORY @ HARDWARESECRETS

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