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ThermalTake Element Q Mini-ITX Case Review
     Fri, Jan 21 2011 | 12:01P | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Many PC gamers use a mid-tower computer case, mainly because most full-featured motherboards are also full-sized ATX. Mini-ITX motherboards have come on the scene over the past few years, but many of them have been under-powered, and not exactly suitable for gaming. Intel's ION platform is changing that, and now there is a legitimate need for small Mini-ITX cases for small and cute gaming system builds. ThermalTake's Element Q case is a small and cute case that is also targeted towards the PC gamer and computer enthusiast. Not only does it have a small footprint, but can take a decent amount of hardware, and even includes its own power supply.
  FULL STORY @ OCMODSHOP

Gigabyte P67A-UD4 Motherboard
     Fri, Jan 21 2011 | 12:00P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Let's take a look at one of the first socket 1155 motherboards that will reach the market, the Gigabyte P67A-UD4, based on the forthcoming P67 chipset for future Intel processors based on the "Sandy Bridge" architecture. The highlights of this motherboard include four USB 3.0 ports and a high-end voltage regulator circuit."
  FULL STORY @ GIGABYTE

Sapphire Pure Black X58 Motherboard
     Fri, Jan 21 2011 | 9:03A | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Sapphire has been in the game for a long time. The company is best known not only for making video cards, but also for making some of the best on the market when AMD (previously ATI) are on top of their game. Sapphire getting into motherboards isn't really anything new, as we've seen them offer AMD ones for a while with the Pure line. The bottom line is, though, that AMD haven't been a dominant force in the CPU market for a long time and the Sapphire line of motherboards pretty much slipped under the radar. Evolving, we see Sapphire offer us not only a performance motherboard, but an Intel one based on the high end X58 chipset. Companies like GIGABYTE and ASUS can offer us both a strong video card and motherboard line-up; but can Sapphire offer us the same?"
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN

Silverstone ML03 HTPC Case & ST40F-ES PSU
     Fri, Jan 21 2011 | 9:02A | Power Supply | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"The ML03, while keeping the same great compact size as it's two siblings, has managed to find room for a standard ATX power supply, enough slots for a mATX motherboard, an extra full-size slot for accessories, and mounts for four 80mm fans! Support for USB3.0 makes it next generation ready, and of course sleek looks are something I've come to expect from any Silverstone case. A small case like this also needs an ATX power supply that will fit nicely too. Along with the ML03, I'll also be checking out the ST40F-P entry level 400W power supply from Silverstone."
  FULL STORY @ DREAMWARECOMPUTERS

Patriot Viper Xtreme DDR3 PC3-16000 2000MHz 6GB (3x2GB) Memory Kit Review
     Fri, Jan 21 2011 | 9:01A | Memory | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"The Patriot Viper Xtreme DDR3 PC3-16000 2000MHz 6GB memory kit is the latest flagship performance memory offering from Patriot Memory. The Viper Xtreme DDR3 PC3-16000 2000MHz 6GB memory kit features a copper core with an extruded aircraft-grade aluminum shield, making it highly overclockable without being held back by high temperatures. The Patriot Viper Xtreme DDR3 6GB memory kit is rated to run at 2000MHz with timings of 9-11-9-27 and a voltage of 1.65 making it perfect for X58 systems that need smart memory for their DIMM slots."
  FULL STORY @ HITECHLEGION

Gigabyte GA-P67A-UD4 Motherboard Review
     Fri, Jan 21 2011 | 9:00A | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"The new Intel P67 chipset lies at the heart of the Gigabyte GA-P67A-UD4, and Gigabyte has utilized it to great advantage with full support for Intel’s SandyBridge Processors. While the GA-P67A-UD4 sits in the middle of Gigabyte’s P67 lineup, there is no shortage of innovation and design. As part of the Ultra Durable 3 series, the GA-P67A-UD4 uses 50,000 hour solid capacitors and a 2oz copper circuit board used in conjunction with 12 phase power design for cooler board temperatures and longer life. Gigabyte’s 333 design incorporates USB 3.0, 6Gbs SATA 3 and 3X typical USB power, now adding Turbo XHD to its SATA 3.0 options. Turbo XHD offers automatic setup for RAID 0, offering 4X the speed of a conventional SATA 2.0 HDD. The 3X USB power incorporated in the GA-P67A-UD4 offers 1500mA to USB 2.0 ports and 2700mA to USB 3.0 ports. This means faster charging for peripherals (such as cell phones and mp3 players) and many times relieves the need for external power or USB Y-connectors for higher powered USB devices. Power to the USB ports is always present on the GA-P67A-UD4 regardless of the computers boot state making USB charging always readily available."
  FULL STORY @ MOTHERBOARDS

Lian Li TYR PC-X2000F Luxury Computer Case
     Thu, Jan 20 2011 | 4:03P | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
With the Lian Li TYR PC-X2000F we have to offer a very special test. The new edition of the 500 € Lian Li Towers offers many improvements that we have looked at more closely.
  FULL STORY @ GEHAEUSE

 
SAMSUNG 470 SERIES SSD REVIEW REVISITED AND RAID TESTED
     Thu, Jan 20 2011 | 4:02P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
A short time ago, The SSD Review published a review of the Samsung 256GB 470 Series SSD after discovering what an excellent entry this was into the consumer SSD market with availability in many online retail outlets. We were initially a bit hesitant and confused because the SSD appeared to be one of the top drives available yet information and reviews were virtually non-existent. In fact, it had been released months prior without a whisper of attention. What we have seen since is not only one of the top solid state drives being recognized as such, but a flurry of attention as well. From a site perspective, this is rather easy to recognize through traffic increase and external links but we really didn't expect to be linked by hundreds of blogs and sites to include those at the level of Engadget itself. Given the attention the SSD has drawn, we thought it only fitting to dig a little deeper and see what we could uncover for those new to the Samsung SSD family.
  FULL STORY @ SERIES

SilverStone 850 Watt Strider Gold Power Supply
     Thu, Jan 20 2011 | 4:01P | Power Supply | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
SilverStone, who is one of the premier power supply and case manufacturers in the industry, has released another power supply in their award winning Strider series. The new model has an 850 watt rating, fitting nicely in with the others that range from 750 to 1200 watts, all of which possessing the 80PLUS Gold certification. All the talk today when it comes to power supplies is their efficiency, and with a Gold rating we are instantly assured 87-90% efficiency at 20-100% load.
  FULL STORY @ CLOCKERS

Zalman S-Series 128GB SSD Reviewed @ The SSD Review
     Thu, Jan 20 2011 | 3:01P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
It was only a matter of time before Zalman jumped into the SSD ring as they have an excellent reputation for just about any technology related product one can think of. Their first entries are the N-Series and S-Series of SSDs, the N-series containing the SandForce SF-1200 controller while the S-Series contains the JMicron 616 controller. Today we will be hard at work putting the S-Series 128GB drive to the test. The Zalman S-Series 128GB SSD is a mid-level SSD which is available in capacities ranging from 32GB to 128GB with prices from $79 dollars up to $219, as would be the typical price for this test unit. The N-Series is presently available in capacities from 64GB to 128GB but their product site relates that new entries of 40GB and 256GB are expected soon.
  FULL STORY @ REVIEW

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

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