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Corsair Vengeance 12GB DDR3-1600
     Tue, Feb 01 2011 | 12:00P | Memory | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
“Today we're looking at a 12GB kit running at 1600MHz in tri-channel mode. The really interesting thing is this 12GB kit only costs $200, one of the least expensive on the market. Large capacity, attractive styling, and a great price......are these Corsair Vengeance modules the next big thing? Let's find out.”
  FULL STORY @ PUREOVERCLOCK

Zalman ZM-MH200 U3 Dual HDD Dock
     Tue, Feb 01 2011 | 9:03A | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
There are plenty of docking stations out there. You can find them for one drive or for two, with card readers or USB ports. The Zalman MH200 U3 goes another direction: RAID. We push the unit to its limit to see if such a feature in a dual hard drive dock makes sense or makes us wonder why.
  FULL STORY @ TECHPOWERUP

Thermaltake LUXA2 LM300 Touch Pro HTPC Case Review
     Tue, Feb 01 2011 | 9:02A | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The old and well-known to all saying 'you always get what you pay for' could not be more on the spot when it comes to the luxurious LM300 Touch Pro HTPC Case by LUXA2.
  FULL STORY @ RWLABS

PowerColor PCS+ HD6870 1GB GDDR5
     Tue, Feb 01 2011 | 9:01A | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
With the release of the HD6950 and HD6970, it is easy to forget the mid-range GPUs that AMD released earlier in October 2010: the HD6850 and the HD6870. However, most buyers don't want the fastest or the best, so these two GPUs target a very lucrative sector of the market where a good price versus performance ratio is important. Today we are taking a look at the PowerColor PCS+ HD6870 1GB GDDR5 (CALL OF DUTY EDITION). Behind this rather long name is a factory overclocked HD6870 GPU with a custom cooler that not only claims it can cool the card 15% better than a stock cooler, but also stay quiet doing it. The version we are reviewing also comes with Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.
  FULL STORY @ HD6870

Corsair Force Series F90 Solid State Drive
     Tue, Feb 01 2011 | 9:00A | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"A few months ago we told you about solid state drive manufacturers playing with the number of channels and flash modules on SandForce SF-1200 controllers to achieve new capacity variations. The first round of products with the new configurations were 40GB drives. Corsair has a new configuration that increases the capacity to 90GB and also retains the high IOPS programming that keeps transactions rates high. More importantly for users shopping by budget, the new Corsair F90 ducks under the 200 USD barrier. This is an important place to have a product since the 40GB model is too small for most users, even those looking for a high speed SSD on a budget, and the 100GB drive is still over 200 USD. I'll let you decide your budget, but getting a large amount of premium SandForce storage for less than 200 Dollars looks like a sweet spot to me."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN

Telus Mobility - Charging you $2 a month, to bill you
     Tue, Feb 01 2011 | 1:40A | Business / Industry | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
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Bare with me for a moment dear PCSTATS readers as your friendly Editor-in-Chief rants about a new and galling FEE being levied by Telus Mobility that you might not be aware of.

Only a cellphone company would have the nerve to charge its customers an extra $2 a month, just to send its customers the phone bill. In November 2010 Telus Mobility began charging Canadian customers a $2/month "Summary Paper Bill Fee". Talk about nickel and dime service fees... on top of this new paper bill fee there's the so called 'CRTC fee' which is now legally called "System Access Fee" at $6.95/month, and then there is the "Enhanced 911 Access Charge" at $0.50/month. These extra fees are in addition to the regular service plan, data and messaging costs.

It's enough to make one seriously consider cancelling phone services with Telus Mobility and switching over to Virgin, Bell, Wind, Rogers or maybe even carrier pigeon.

Have you been fleeced by your cellphone provider? Let PCSTATS know.

  FULL STORY @ TELUSMOBILITY

Noctua NH-C14
     Mon, Jan 31 2011 | 4:46P | Cooling / Heatsinks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Mit dem NH-D14 stellte Noctua im 2009 einen neuen Tower-Kühler vor, welcher sich auf Anhieb ganz oben in den Charts platzieren konnte. Ende des letzten Jahres folgte auch im Top-Flow-Segment ein neuer Kühler, welcher den altgedienten NH-C12P ablöste. Mit zwei 140-mm-Lüftern soll der Kühler an die Erfolgsgeschichte der Kühler aus eigenem Hause anknüpfen und bietet zudem auch noch die Möglichkeit sich zwischen drei verschiedenen "Betriebs-Modi" zu entscheiden. Etwas verspätet, aber dafür mit einem umfangreichen Testparcour sowohl mit 120-, als auch mit 140-mm-Lüftern, präsentieren wir euch nun unser Review des Noctua NH-C14. Wie sich dieser schlägt, erfahrt ihr auf den folgenden Seiten.
  FULL STORY @ DEXGO

 
ASUS P8P67 EVO Motherboard
     Mon, Jan 31 2011 | 4:45P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"In the short time since Intel released Sandy Bridge earlier this month, we have seen multiple new boards supporting all-new features from several different manufacturers. ASUS were among the first to launch with Intel, offering several different P67 / H67 motherboards to cover every segment of the market. Today we will be taking a look at the P8P67 EVO, one of nine new P67 Express motherboards from the Taiwan industry giant."
  FULL STORY @ OCIA

MSI P67A-GD65 Motherboard Review
     Mon, Jan 31 2011 | 4:45P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Following their success with their P55 series of boards, can MSI continue that brilliance with the P67s? We take a look.
  FULL STORY @ OVERCLOCK3D

Kontron KTGM45/mITX Mini-ITX Mainboard im ausführlichen Test
     Mon, Jan 31 2011 | 4:44P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Lange ist es her, dass wir zuletzt einen ausführlichen Mainboard Review eines Mini-ITX Boards vorstellen konnten, aber das soll sich nun wieder ändern und nach und nach soll EPIAcenter wieder das werden, was uns einst ausgezeichnet hat: Eine technisch versierte Community mit allem drum und dran, aber dazu in den kommenden Wochen peu a peu mehr. "Technisch versiert" ist ein gutes Stichwort, denn heute geht es endlich einmal wieder um den Test eines Kontron Boards. Wir haben das "KTGM45/mITX" in Verbindung mit einem Intel Celeron T3100 sowie 2x 2GB Corsair XMS3 RAM ausführlich unter die Lupe genommen: Kontron hat wie schon erwartet wieder ein sehr solides und stabiles Mini-ITX Mainboard abgeliefert. Abgesehen vom relativ hohen Preis des Boards, kann ich nur sagen, dass es sich beim Kontron "KTGM45/mITX" um ein gelungenes Board handelt, welches mit entsprechendem Core2Duo Mobile oder Celeron Mobile Prozessor sowie der gewünschten Ausstattung für jeden erdenklichen Bereich konfiguriert werden kann. Beim von mir getesteten Kontron "KTGM45/mITX Plus" handelt es sich um die beste Ausstattungsvariante. (...)
  FULL STORY @ CONTENT

AMD Catalyst 11.1 Windows 7 Driver Analysis
     Mon, Jan 31 2011 | 4:03P | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"As we roll into another year and the first month comes to a close, it comes as no surprise that we begin to see a new iteration of the Catalyst driver suite. As you would've guessed, we're dealing now with the 11 series driver and being both the first one and the January one, the exact name is the 11.1 driver. This has been a little weird this time around, as AMD actually released a hot fix version of the driver before the official WHQL one. This is something we're seeing more and more from them and it will be interesting if over time we continue to see "monthly" WHQL drivers, instead of just "monthly" driver updates. The thing is, over the recent months we've seen the official WHQL driver come followed by a bunch of non WHQL hot fix versions. We know the WHQL process takes time, and we would assume it also costs money, so it will be interesting to see if anything changes in 2011."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 Ti - Titanium is Back
     Mon, Jan 31 2011 | 4:02P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
After being hidden for the past eight years, NVIDIA has brought back the "Ti" name for its GeForce GTX 560 Ti. The GeForce4 Ti 4200, introduced in 2002, was a card that offered both great pricing and superb performance. NVIDIA looks to recreate the same sort of excitement with its GTX 560 Ti, but has it succeeded?
  FULL STORY @ GEFORCE

Corsair Vengeance 1600 MHz CL9 12 GB DDR3
     Mon, Jan 31 2011 | 4:01P | Memory | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Corsair has introduced their new line of memory called Vengeance. Available in high capacity kits up to 16 GB we got a hold of the triple-channel one with 4x 3 GB modules. That said we push the trio to the max and see if it comes back with a vengeance or fizzles into thin air quietly.
  FULL STORY @ VENGEANCE

Asus Radeon HD 6870 DirectCu
     Mon, Jan 31 2011 | 4:00P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Asus are back with a midrange champion for the enthusiasts
  FULL STORY @ DISPLAYS

Guide to HTPC Basics
     Mon, Jan 31 2011 | 3:17P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Continuing our series of Guides for HTPC and Home Theater, this guide offers ten basic tips for getting your HTPC up and running smoothly. Most of these were learned the hard way, hope that sharing means you don't have to...Recording and scanning big TV files for commercials hits a drive really hard. Having at least two physical drives separates the bandwidth necessary to keep the user interface (UI) responsive and minimize the risk for glitches during recording and playback. After adding up all the traffic caused by Media Center recording and ShowAnalyzer reading back and forth in the file while you try to watch it (all potentially multiplied by the number of tuners); then add in a couple “extenders” - you’ll be glad you put the operating system (OS) on one disk and recordings on another.
  FULL STORY @ MISSINGREMOTE

How to Enable Concurrent Sessions in Windows 7 Service Pack 1 RTM
     Mon, Jan 31 2011 | 3:10P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
If you've been following MissingRemote for a while, you know one of our most popular series of guides is Enabling Concurrent Remote Desktop sessions. Continuing that trend we have an updated process below working with the RTM (Official Release to Manufacturing) version of Windows7 Ultimate, Professional, Home Premium and Enterprise Editions, x86 & x64 build 7601, Service Pack Build 1130. For those unaware of what it is, enabling Concurrent Sessions allows you to Remote Desktop into a system that someone else is on, under a different user account, and access the system without kicking the user off. I, for example, use the feature to have MCE running on my Television, and then I remote into my main user account to access all my files without interrupting my MCE session. Special thanks to Mikinho for compiling the package below and making this all possible.
  FULL STORY @ MISSINGREMOTE

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