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Sandy Bridge, Part 4: Core i5-2400, i5-2500K and i7-2600K CPUs
     Mon, Jan 24 2011 | 3:03P | CPU / Processors | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Core i5-2400, i5-2500K, and i7-2600K are the top models in Intel's new Sandy Bridge CPU lineup. We compare them against other current Intel offerings as well as AMD's best quad and hex core chips. Our analysis shows they how compare in performance, cost, and energy efficiency.
  FULL STORY @ SILENTPCREVIEW

Zalman Z9 Plus Mid-Tower Case
     Mon, Jan 24 2011 | 2:48P | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Overall the Zalman Z9 Plus case would be a great addition to any gamer’s rig with its aggressive styling and sweet blue fans. It is a case that you will be proud to show off to your friends. The only complaint I have about the Z9 Plus is that the top and front are somewhat of a fingerprint and dust magnet. Keep a good lint-free cloth handy. . .
  FULL STORY @ CONTENT

Lenovo IdeaPad U260
     Mon, Jan 24 2011 | 2:33P | Notebooks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
“The Lenovo IdeaPad U260 offers a minimal design that's geared towards business users, but it looks really for almost anyone. The 12.5-inch display has a 720p HD resolution and you get an HDMI port for high-definition output. There's decent, but not excellent performance, thanks to a slower hard drive.”
  FULL STORY @ NOTEBOOK

ASUS Sabertooth P67 TUF motherboard review
     Mon, Jan 24 2011 | 2:27P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today's tested product is by all means creative. A P67 motherboard from ASUS which comes with that new uEFI BIOS which has been discussed so much. It's the TUF Sabertooth P67 from ASUS, designed with a plastic shroud based on aerodynamics. The shield is part of what is called 'Thermal Armor' and it will be the primary trademark for this motherboard from here onwards, as whatever you might think of it, it's the signature of the motherboard.
  FULL STORY @ SABERTOOTH

Kingston SSDNow V100 128GB SSD Solid State Drive Review
     Mon, Jan 24 2011 | 2:27P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"To sum it up, the Kingston SSDNow V100 may not be the fastest SSD out there, but it's still a very competitive product in this quickly expanding market. If you're looking for a simple upgrade method that will result in a big step up in performance, than look no further."
  FULL STORY @ KINGSTON

Gigabyte GV-R685OC-1GD Radeon HD 6850 1GB OC Review
     Mon, Jan 24 2011 | 2:26P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Whew, it has been a long time since we last reviewed a video card. I am not even going to bother linking to our last article on graphics to give you an exact time gap between this review and the last. With the past now behind us, I am very proud to announce we are now back on board with the component essential to all gaming computers -- and we will have many more to come, too. I still remember a few years ago when a midrange video card meant playing most computer games at midrange settings. You might get a shot at maximum settings if you were playing an older game. Own a big monitor? Cough up more cash, or turn down the resolution and detail. But times have changed. Today's midrange performance cards in the $200 range provide surprisingly excellent bang for your buck. AMD's 40nm Northern Islands family of GPUs is the company's second generation DirectX 11 cards, and the 6850 and 6870 -- codenamed 'Barts' -- promise to deliver roughly the same level of performance as the 5850 and 5870, which were the high performance graphics processor units of the previous generation. (Just to clear up the name confusion, the 6800 series replaces the 5700 series; the 6900 series replaces the 5800 series.) With so many variants of 6850s to choose from, manufacturers scramble to differentiate their products from their competitors. The Gigabyte GV-R685OC-1GD Radeon HD 6850 1GB OC is a perfect example. Featuring Gigabyte's Windforce 2X cooler out of the box, as well as a slight factory overclock to give it an edge in the benchmarks, is it enough to set this product aside from the other 6850s? Read on to find out!
  FULL STORY @ GIGABYTE

Seagate Constellation.2 1TB 2.5-inch SAS RAID Report
     Mon, Jan 24 2011 | 2:26P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Just last week we showed the Seagate Constellation.2 1TB SATA drive. The new Constellation.2 proved to be a worthy successor to the popular Constellation Series and it outperforms the first generation drive by a significant margin. Seagate also managed to double the capacity of the series while keeping the price of the new drives in line with the old offerings. With the SATA version already under our belt, it is time to focus on the Constellation.2 SAS model. Since most of these drives are configured in RAID arrays, we were given the opportunity to test the new Constellation.2 1TB SAS (Model Number ST91000640SS) in a couple of three drive RAID configurations."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN

 
Corsair SP2500 2.1 audiophile-quality speaker review
     Mon, Jan 24 2011 | 2:25P | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
( When a memory company starts getting into the computer speaker business... is that a good sign, or a really BAD sign? What's your take? )

"Trying its hand at something new, Corsair launches a premium speaker set. We find out how good it is."

  FULL STORY @ HEXUS

ASUS P8P67 Deluxe
     Mon, Jan 24 2011 | 2:24P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
“After the Core i7 2600k review we’ll show you the used board, the ASUS P8P67 Deluxe. In the article you can see the new EFI bios, the overclocking features and the actually bugs. Also 2 videos has been uploaded.”
  FULL STORY @ HARDWAREOVERCLOCK

Gigabyte P67A-UD7 Review
     Mon, Jan 24 2011 | 2:23P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
With the P67A-UD7 Gigabyte presents it flagship model which supports Intels latest Sandy Bridge CPUs. Very nice is that Gigabyte chose to change the color design of their high-end desktop motherboards which turned them into some of the most beautiful boards available now. Furhtermore we're also very curious how this motherboard will perform.
  FULL STORY @ OCAHOLIC

Kingston HyperX - KHX2133C9AD3X2K2/4GX
     Mon, Jan 24 2011 | 2:23P | Memory | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Kingston launched a new line of memory when Sandy Bridge was released. The new HyperX® Genesis Special Edition Grey sticks are certified to run with Intel Sandy Bridge at the speed specified above. We received the HyperX KHX2133C9AD3X2K2/4GX, a 2x2GB kit from the company that we are going to put into work.
  FULL STORY @ BJORN3D

Thermaltake Armor A30 Mini Tower Case Review
     Mon, Jan 24 2011 | 2:22P | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Thermaltake seems to be adding new models to their massive line of cases almost every week and we have one of their latest in for review. Announced last month, the Armor A30 is the eighth addition to the Armor family, featuring one of the most aggressive designs we've seen on a compact chassis. Most mini towers claim to be designed with both gaming and HTPC use in mind, but the Thermaltake Armor A30 makes no such promise. Instead, it is strictly a gaming chassis designed for LAN party goers. We feel gamers will be attracted to the Armor A30's near shoebox-sized design that can accommodate high-end hardware such as the AMD Radeon HD 5970, today's largest consumer graphics card. The Armor A30's proposition is made even more compelling when you consider the number of powerful microATX motherboards available these days that support high-end Core i5, Core i7 and Phenom II X6 processors. Read on.
  FULL STORY @ TECHSPOT

Motherboard prices to climb in 2011 - better buy now
     Mon, Jan 24 2011 | 2:22P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Asustek has decided to raise its quotes for motherboards with the increase rates to vary for different areas in accordance with market demand and position, according to Chewei Lin, general manager of motherboard business unit at Asustek.
  FULL STORY @ DATEPUBLISH

Putting Memory Latency into Perspective
     Mon, Jan 24 2011 | 2:17P | Memory | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"As memory standards have changed over the years one thing has remained constant: the confusion that arises when trying to compare different memory speeds and timings. It's been drilled into our heads again and again that faster speed is good, but so are lower timings, and unfortunately those two ends seem to move in opposite directions. The higher the memory goes in frequency, the greater number of cycles spent waiting before reading from or writing to it. Invariably the question always arises, which is better for my system?"
  FULL STORY @ OCIA

How To Troubleshoot Windows 7 Service Pack 1 Installation Issues @ NGOHQ.com
     Mon, Jan 24 2011 | 2:16P | Operating System | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
A new service pack always brings some excitement, but unfortunately it also brings new issues too. Just a few days ago, Windows 7 Service Pack 1 RTM build was leaked, and there have been already reports of installation problems. Even yours truly, has encountered one. In fact, that`s why Microsoft hasn`t released SP1 officially yet; they are waiting for developers and OEMs to ensure drivers and 3rd party software are 100% compatible with SP1. First of all, I bet you wondering what`s so cool about SP1? Well, SP1 brings 625 hotfixes, most of which weren`t released to Windows Update. Additionally, SP1 also brings improved HDMI audio performance and support for an AVX (Advanced Vector Extensions) instruction set that was introduced in Intel Sandy Bridge processors. So I can`t blame you for wanting to install SP1 as soon as possible, but if you`re afraid of installation issues, or already suffering some – we`re here to help."
  FULL STORY @ NGOHQ.COM

AMD Phenom II X6 100T Black Edition (LostCircuits)
     Mon, Jan 24 2011 | 12:03P | CPU / Processors | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Phenom II X6 1100T Black Edition (I wish they would just call it “Boom” or something else short) is the fastest CPU ever released by AMD. At a non-turbo frequency of 3.3 GHz and scaling up to 3.7 GHz in single threaded loads, this is a screaming fast CPU but it also draws a bit more power than its predecessor. On a system level, adding an extra 5-10 W does not really make that much of a difference, especially since that number is hit (in direct comparison) only under full load, at which the 1100 does get the job done a bit faster than the previous versions. So, the net power delta over an average usage pattern may be almost a wash. By the end of the day, it is still a laudable move by AMD to release this new speed grade, especially since it makes its predecessors even more affordable. On the other hand, there is a real need for AMD for a refresh. Bulldozer cannot be delayed much longer without AMD losing terrain again against Intel, the switches are already set with Sandy Bridge hitting the market within a few weeks from now. It is a tough world to be in as a CPU manufacturer. On the high end, Intel is dominating. At the low end, ARM is nibbling on everybody’s heels with the latest OMAP processors coming dangerously close to performance levels where they make sense in net-books and entry-level laptops. It is the red queen paradigm in its purest form all over: you have to run as fast as you can just to stay where you are – with respect to the market place and by extension, to keeping the company going and the X6 1100T BE is only a band aid in this scenario, as much as we like it.
  FULL STORY @ LOSTCIRCUITS

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