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QNAP NMP-1000P Media Player Review
     Sun, Jan 02 2011 | 9:00A | Home Theatre | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today we have for review the QNAP NMP-1000P universal media player device. If this sounds and looks familiar, it's because we have previously reviewed its predecessor, the QNAP NMP-1000 which was a very capable media player that could play a wealth of formats. Tim’s main points of argument were the cost and size of the player. While neither of those changed with this revision, there were a couple of items that have changed which make this an even more attractive unit. As you may expect, this NMP-1000P from QNAP is on our Media Player Comparison Guide if you would like to compare with other players on the market. As it is one of the highest end players available, we will look to see if the $400+ retail price is appropriate and worthy of your hard earned dollars.
  FULL STORY @ MISSINGREMOTE

EKL Alpenfohn GrossClockner 2010 Edition Heatsink Review
     Sun, Jan 02 2011 | 12:34A | Cooling / Heatsinks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
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The EKL Alpenfohn Groß Clock'ner 2010 heatsink on the test bench today is a heatpipe direct contact cooler - meaning the heatpipes are exposed at the base. The heatsink stands 155mm tall, is 125mm across, 105mm deep and weighs upwards of 718grams. Simple wire clips are used to hold a single 120mm fan in position, the non-PWM fan rotates at a fixed 1200 RPM. The heatsink is compatible with Intel socket 775/115/1156/1366 processors and AMD socket AM2/AM3 CPUs.

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  FULL STORY @ FROSTYTECH

Zalman ZM-MFC1 Combo 5-Channel Fan Controller Review
     Sat, Jan 01 2011 | 11:51P | Cooling / Heatsinks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF

The Zalman ZM-MFC1 combo fan controller offers some flexibility towards semi-automatic fan management in a sleek black aluminum 5.25" bay. It accommodates one PWM fan and four 3-pin fans, enabling users to independently control the speed of each five channels with a dial rheostat. Carefully placed three-colour LEDs indicate the fan speed (low/med/high) at a glance.

  FULL STORY @ FROSTYTECH

PowerColor Extreme 850 W Power Supply Review
     Sat, Jan 01 2011 | 4:03P | Power Supply | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"The traditional video card manufacturer PowerColor decided to enter the power supply market. Let's see if their 850 W unit (a.k.a. PX-850W) is a good product."
  FULL STORY @ HARDWARESECRETS

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580 Video Card Review
     Sat, Jan 01 2011 | 4:01P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"NVIDIA has recently released its fastest GPU to date, the GeForce GTX 580. Let's see how it compares to what was until then the fastest NVIDIA GPU, the GeForce GTX 480, and its competitors from AMD."
  FULL STORY @ HARDWARESECRETS

Mach Xtreme MX-DS 40GB SSD Review
     Sat, Jan 01 2011 | 4:00P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The SSD Review has recently taken the time to evaluate solid state drives from around the world with reviews on products from Memoright in Taiwan and Renice in China. We are going to finish off our tour with another peak at the offerings in Taiwan as we review the Mach Xtreme Technology MX-DS 40GB solid state drive. The unique similarity of all 3 SSDs is that their distribution in North America, at least up until our reviews, has been pretty much extinct since Memorights entry in 2007. Mach Xtreme Technology is a Taiwan based company which was established just this year and a quick look at the drive and their website tells us, “This brand has flare!”. They are not only joining up with world class artists to ensure that their branding is very unique, but also, they have invested in SandForce processors for their top end product to guarantee quality and success. Their design is sure to hit a home run with the younger generation through graphic representation from artists such as Does and Worm. Admittedly, we were so fascinated by the eye candy of their site and packaging that we almost forgot what we were here for. Lets get to it shall we?
  FULL STORY @ THESSDREVIEW

RAID0 & the SSD - Simple To Build and Lightning Fast
     Sat, Jan 01 2011 | 12:30P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
You truly know that your a computer geek when you hollar "Woot" to your first RAID results and have to call up the wife and kids to see. Quite frankly I don't think I will ever forget the look of confusion on her face as much as she won't forget the look of amazement on mine. She felt a bit out of place when my son started telling me how amazing the speed was. I locked myself in my office this past weekend in order to finally tackle something I have always been curious about, performance in a RAID environment and how easy it would be to construct such a thing. After spending endless hours locked in the room, building, testing and ripping apart only to rebuild again, I have put together an article that I believe will show, not only the benefits and absolute amazing performance increase possible, but also how really simple it is to build.
  FULL STORY @ THESSDREVIEW

 
For New SSDs - Great News For The Consumer!
     Sat, Jan 01 2011 | 12:15P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
SandForce has released a new firmware update to client level manufacturers that significantly improves the performance of ’SandForce Driven’ drives. As far as we can tell, the firmware is only available in new SSD purchases and we haven’t see the same firmware available to present owners of SSDs using SandForce technology. We believe this update has yet to be recognized within the SSD community because because legal agreements are in place between SandForce and manufacturers which prevent them from discussing it. The SSD community also relies so heavily on rating solid state drives by their advertised performance specifications that we have overlooked the simple truth that these advertised specs are not a realistic indicator of the typical users SSD performance.
  FULL STORY @ CONFIRMED

Sparkle GeForce GTS 450
     Sat, Jan 01 2011 | 12:03P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
“The Sparkle GeForce GTS 450 1GB features a custom heatsink that runs cool and quiet, and has some serious overclocking headroom under the hood. For gamers on a budget, that's a very compelling combination. And for gamers with high-end SLI systems, it's a slam dunk card for dedicated PhysX.”
  FULL STORY @ PUREOVERCLOCK

Kingston SSDNow V+100 128GB SSD Review
     Sat, Jan 01 2011 | 12:02P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"As far as performance goes, the V+100 performance exceeded my expectations that were based on experience with the earlier drives with the same controller. Kingston and Toshiba have done a really nice job on reworking the firmware to get a nice performance boost. Their "always on" and OS independent garbage collection is more aggressive and can help mitigate the performance degradation of long-term use on a system that does not support TRIM. This said, if you are running RAID array(s), Mac OS X, or a Windows version prior to 7, this drive was made with you in mind as all of those do not support TRIM...
  FULL STORY @ LEGITREVIEWS

SilverStone Sugo SG07 Mini-ITX PC Case Review
     Sat, Jan 01 2011 | 12:01P | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"SilverStone has done a nice job with their Sugo SG07 and accomplished what they set out to do. Build a small form factor case that will house the biggest graphics cards available while having the built-in power to handle it and the rest of the system. All this comes with the quality and aesthetics that one expects from a company like SilverStone..."
  FULL STORY @ LEGITREVIEWS

Corsair F90 Force Series 90GB SSD Review @ TheSSD Review
     Sat, Jan 01 2011 | 12:00P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
It was just a few days back that Corsair announced the news of their upcoming release of the F90 and F180 solid state drives, both member of their Force Series of SSDs with capacities of 90 and 180GB respectively. We found a very interesting bit of information in this release that seems to run along the same course of many of our SSD reviews of late and it is news that should be very exciting to the consumer. The 4k random write thoroughput of the F90 and F180 has now been increased to a thoroughput of up to 50,000 which now matches that of enterprise-level SSDs and this is done through a recent release of SandForce firmware only available in new drives. In fact, we can even say that this firmware equals and sometimes surpasses that of the SF-1500 drive and a little known fact is that the SF-1200 and SF1500 are actually identical processors in hardware composition.
  FULL STORY @ THESSDREVIEW

AMD Brazos Platform Benchmarked - Zacate E-350 1.6GHz APU
     Sat, Jan 01 2011 | 12:00P | CPU / Processors | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"The x264 HD benchmark is said to be ideal for a benchmark because the application reports fairly accurate compression results for each pass of the video encoding process, and it uses multi-core processors very efficiently. The AMD Zacate E-350 APU does very well in this benchmark and was faster than the Intel Atom N330 and Core 2 Solo SU3500 in this encoding performance test..."
  FULL STORY @ LEGITREVIEWS

vendors concerned that bad weather will affect demand
     Sat, Jan 01 2011 | 11:45A | Business / Industry | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
As severe blizzards have recently hit Europe, Taiwan-based notebook vendors have pointed out that their distribution channels in Europe were fully prepared for the year-end holidays, but they are concerned that demand may be affected as consumers are unwilling to go shopping.
  FULL STORY @ DIGITIMES

AMD global market share expected to rise to 15%
     Sat, Jan 01 2011 | 11:30A | Notebooks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Mainly because AMD's Fusion series APUs to be launched in early 2011 have strong graphics capabilities and high performance/cost ratios, AMD is expected to see its global market share for notebook platforms alone rise from 11% in 2010 to 15% in 2011 and that for notebook, desktop and server platforms together from 20% to 25% and may advance further to 30% in 2012, according to Taiwan-based notebook and motherboard makers.
  FULL STORY @ DIGITIMES

AMD announces lineup of Brazos motherboards
     Sat, Jan 01 2011 | 11:15A | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
AMD has announced a lineup of motherboard products for AMD's 2011 low-power mobile platform (Brazos) and the AMD Embedded G-Series platform for embedded systems (eBrazos), both based on the first AMD Fusion accelerated processing units (APUs). The 2011 low-power mobile platforms feature the new 18W AMD E-series APU (Zacate) or the 9W AMD C-series APU (Ontario).
  FULL STORY @ DIGITIMES

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