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Patriot Viper Xtreme PC3 16000 CAS 9 2X2GB Memory
     Sun, Jan 09 2011 | 9:03A | Memory | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"The addition of the copper strips between the memory modules and the extruded aluminum heat spreaders is a nice addition to help keep the heat down in these memory modules. This design improves on the AOC concept used on the original Viper Series modules. The cool running modules help bring stability to higher end overclocks. When overclocked, I was able to push Viper Xtreme modules up another 112MHz. Not earth shattering but worth the effort to get them to this level."
  FULL STORY @ OVERCLOCKERSCLUB

AMD HD 6970 and HD 6950
     Sun, Jan 09 2011 | 9:02A | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Many will be disappointed that the HD 6970 did not come out and just lay the smack down on the GTX 580. But if you can get performance that close for a price tag that's $150 less expensive you have a win. In that respect I think AMD hit the mark. The HD 6950 looks to play in the field just under the level of the GTX 570 and the outgoing HD 5870 and in that area it hit the mark and delivers the performance to hold this area for now."
  FULL STORY @ OVERCLOCKERSCLUB

AMD Cayman HD 6970 & HD 6950 Launch Review
     Sun, Jan 09 2011 | 9:01A | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"AMD's high end enthusiast GPU codenamed 'Cayman' has arrived, bringing Northern Islands Architecture and Features with it. Priced aggressively, does it have the mouth to go with the money against the last years hero, the HD 5870 and this years current value performance champ, the GTX 570? Crossfire and more, with Rage3D!"
  FULL STORY @ RAGE3D

AMD HD6950 and HD6970
     Sun, Jan 09 2011 | 9:00A | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
A few months ago AMD created quite the confusion when they released the HD6870 and HD6850, two GPU's that contrary to their naming did NOT replace the HD5870 and HD5850. The reason for the naming change was that AMD wanted to rearrange their naming scheme and use HD69x0 for the enthusiast/high-end GPU's like HD6990, HD6970 and HD6950 while leaving HD68x0 for the performance cards. Today AMD finally has released two of the HD69x0 cards: the HD6970 and the HD6950, both replacement for the HD5870 and HD5850 respectively. The following image illustrates how AMD sees these two GPU's:
  FULL STORY @ BJORN3D

Intel Sandy Bridge Microarchitecture Preview
     Sat, Jan 08 2011 | 4:03P | CPU / Processors | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
In a few weeks we will start posting reviews of Intel processors based on the new Sandy Bridge microarchitecture. But while we are still bound by the NDA, we decided to sum up all the information we know about these promising new products, which doesn’t fall under the NDA.
  FULL STORY @ XBITLABS

Innergie mCube Mini Review
     Sat, Jan 08 2011 | 4:02P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"There's nothing more annoying than your various electrical devices running out of power when you're travelling somewhere, except having to buy a lot of different adaptors to keep everything charged. Enter the Innergie mCube Mini, it comes with adaptors for a range of device brands and a plug so you can use it on airplanes. Sounds handy right? Lets see how it does."
  FULL STORY @ PRODUCTS

Kingston Data Traveller Mini Fun G2
     Sat, Jan 08 2011 | 4:01P | Memory | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Flash drives, pen drives, dongles, butt-plugs, flash memory sticks certainly have a lot of names; and that's quite fitting, as they come in a lot of different shapes, sizes and configurations. Some are business orientated, others more gamer like; and there are some that are designed to appeal to the inner child. Today I'm looking at a group of drives that are certainly in the latter category. Part of the Data Traveller range, these little drives are collectively called the "Mini Fun G2" sticks from Kingston. Let's see how fun they really are. "
  FULL STORY @ KINGSTON

 
CODi CT3 Checkpoint Tested Tri Pak @ LanOC Reviews
     Sat, Jan 08 2011 | 4:00P | Notebooks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Yet another lesson I learned thanks to my laptop in CES was the task of flying with it. I had heard enough stories that carrying-on my notebook was a necessity, and after seeing our luggage return, I'm glad I did. I stored my laptop amidst the rest of my carry-on items, an assortment of notepads, gum, and a few magazines. With January in Ohio usually consisting of blizzards, I was also wearing a coat and boots. Needless to say, securing myself through the airport checkpoint took a little longer than it should have. In my ultimate quest to better prepare myself for CES this year, I jumped at the opportunity to test out CODi's checkpoint-friendly laptop backpack.
  FULL STORY @ HARDWARE

Thermaltake BlacX Duet HDD Docking Station
     Sat, Jan 08 2011 | 12:03P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Over the last couple months we took on the mission of finding the perfect HDD desktop docking station. The first two products we looked at were low cost units that were only limited by the amount of bandwidth our motherboard was able to provide. After that we moved on to the Thermaltake BlacX 5G, another USB 3.0 docking station that included some great accessories, an extra long cable that made moving our test system from under the desk less painful and was also able to deliver amazing performance. Now that we've seen the best USB 3.0 has to offer, a new docking station has taken over our test bench. The Thermaltake BlacX Duet forgoes USB 3.0 entirely and sticks to a tried and true eSATA / USB 2.0 combination, but that's not what the duo in Duet is about. Using eSATA's port replicator feature, Thermaltake managed to add another HDD dock to their standard USB 2.0 / eSATA docking station. This allows users to quickly add two raw hard drives to their system without cracking open the system's side panel. If you are a user who would like to swap one drive in and out of the system with ease, then most likely you have more than one drive to swap around. The best thing about the Duet, though, is that it still offers enough bandwidth to run the fastest SATA platter drives at full speed, just like USB 3.0 does."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN

GIGABYTE GA-H55N-USB3 Mini-ITX Motherboard Review
     Sat, Jan 08 2011 | 12:02P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Smaller is sometimes better especially when efficiency and innovation are two primary focuses. Mini-ITX motherboards are one of the latest ideas that some what follows along that focus. While it doesn’t take creative thinking to produce one, the features that pack the little board does take a little effort. With limited space, picking and choosing the right features can make or break the end result. We know GIGABYTE is pretty good at the big stuff. But, how are they at m-ITX motherboards? Let’s have a look at the H55N-USB3 Mini-ITX and answer that question together.
  FULL STORY @ FUTURELOOKS

PowerColor Radeon 6870 PCS+ review
     Sat, Jan 08 2011 | 12:01P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
PowerColor decided to release an all new pre-overclocked model of the Radeon HD 6870. This is the PCS+ version where PowerColor pre-overclocks the card to 940 MHz (900 reference) and clock the memory at 4400 MHz coming from 4200 MHz. This should give the card a nifty nice boost. With Cayman luring just around the corner, let's have a quick peek at the PowerColor Radeon HD 6870 PCS+ and then head onwards into the review, where we'll cover the features, architecture, photo-shoot, power consumption and heat levels and benchmarks.
  FULL STORY @ POWERCOLOR

Tech Tip: Speed Up Firefox by Loading Tabs On-demand
     Sat, Jan 08 2011 | 12:00P | Tips | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Firefox users who are used to having fifteen or more tabs open while surfing the web, or perhaps tend to load up their browser with a bunch of open pages from their last session, will surely know the impact this can have in terms of performance. It may not be a major issue on powerful desktop PCs with processing muscle and memory to spare, but you can bet more modest rigs and most laptops will struggle trying to pull up a huge list of pages at the same time. Luckily, there are ways heavy tab users can ease the memory-guzzling effect that their browsing habits can have on their systems – and today we’ll specifically mention two: using the BarTab extension or making a quick about:config tweak.
  FULL STORY @ TECHSPOT

Sapphire HD 6950
     Sat, Jan 08 2011 | 9:03A | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
While NVIDIA refines the Fermi core, AMD is launching a brand new GPU design codenamed Cayman. Cayman is going to be AMD's flagship products for 2011. The two cards that are released today, the HD 6970 and the HD 6950, are the first cards off the Cayman architecture. The HD 6970 is going to be AMD's flagship product where it is aimed to compete against NVIDIA's GTX 580 for the fastest GPU crown, while the HD 6950 is kind of AMD's secret weapon that is designed to fill the void of the GPU market at $300 price range. I will not re-iterate the technical aspect of the HD 6900 series because Bjorn has written an extensive article detailing the architectural design of the Cayman and the new features found with the HD 6900 series. In essence, AMD design the HD 6900 series with four major goals in mind:
  FULL STORY @ BJORN3D

Thermaltake Armor A60 Mid-Tower Case
     Sat, Jan 08 2011 | 9:02A | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Armor A60 mid-tower case has the quality and features that people expect from Thermaltake. The interior is roomy and will fit almost all modern video cards. The inclusion of USB 3.0, keyboard/mouse security lock, and the SideClick hard drive tray shows how Thermaltake is looking forward rather than keep everything as is.
  FULL STORY @ BIGBRUIN

Synology DS211 Network Application Server
     Sat, Jan 08 2011 | 9:01A | Servers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
" While the DS210j was a nice simple server, there are people that require more horsepower from a dedicated storage and application server. Synology has just released the DS211 which doubles the speed and memory from the older, SOHO targeted, unit. The DiskStation Manager 3.0 software rounds out the product for a smash hit. "
  FULL STORY @ ASELABS

issues that the GF100 had
     Sat, Jan 08 2011 | 9:00A | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
the GF100 GPU solves some issues that the GF100 had. Critics won't accept its higher model number and consider it more of a GF100b. Nvidia's very own BIOS-flashing tool now reveals that those critics and the makers behind the chip had the same idea.
  FULL STORY @ PCGAMESHARDWARE

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