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Toshiba Satellite L645D-S4050GY
     Sun, Feb 06 2011 | 9:00A | Notebooks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
“The Toshiba Satellite L645D-S4050GY, besides having a very long name, is a 14-inch ultraportable laptop that has 3GB of RAM, a 2.2GHz AMD dual-core CPU and an ultra cool design. You'll also find some more advanced features, like a USB/eSATA combo port, without breaking the bank.”
  FULL STORY @ COMPUTERS

COMPUTEX 2011 Video Coverage ? DisplayLink Unveils New USB 2.0 and 3.0 Graphics Solutions
     Sun, Feb 06 2011 | 6:33A | Monitors | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Futurelooks checks out some much needed upgrades to USB display devices ... *COMPUTEX 2011 Video Coverage ? DisplayLink Unveils New USB 2.0 and 3.0 Graphics Solutions * We?ve seen DisplayLink before. You might remember when I first reviewed one of their graphics adapters a few years ago, but the capabilities of their solutions now go so much further. What if I told you that you could run two full HD feeds to two separate monitors using just a single USB 2.0 connection?"
  FULL STORY @ FUTURELOOKS.COM

AMDs Phenom II X4 980 Black Edition processor reviewed at TR
     Sat, Feb 05 2011 | 11:31P | CPU / Processors | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
After over two years in service AMD`s top quad adds another 100MHz. We wonder what it means if anything."
  FULL STORY @ TECHREPORT.COM

ASRock P67 Extreme6 Motherboard Review
     Sat, Feb 05 2011 | 5:28P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Extreme6 P67 motherboard from ASRock is one of their high-end products for the Sandy Bridge CPUs and features a 16+2 Power Phase Design, a decent software+hardware bundle along with the NF200 chipset to enable 3-way SLI on this P67 board.
  FULL STORY @ MADSHRIMPS

LSI WarpDrive SLP300 300GB PCI Express Review - The $11.5k PCI-E SSD
     Sat, Feb 05 2011 | 5:28P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Carrying six SandForce SF-1500 controllers, 384GB of SLC NAND and LSI's SAS8000 RAID controller it carries some serious hardware. At $7,500 a pop, it certainly carries an enterprise price. All of that hardware affords performance of up to 240K 4K Read IOPs and 200K 4K Write IOPs which is pretty incredible. The WarpDrive's closest consumer level competitor is the OCZ RevoDrive X2 which features four of the SandForce SF-1200 controllers in a RAID 0 array and MLC NAND. The WarpDrive has a much more compact design to accommodate narrow server racks in a data center..."
  FULL STORY @ LEGITREVIEWS

GIGABYTE GTX 480 SOC: Faster Than The GTX 580?
     Sat, Feb 05 2011 | 5:21P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The GIGABYTE GTX 480 SOC has quite a bit of performance up its sleeves. With factory overclocked frequencies, the GTX 480 SOCruns at 820 MHz Core Clock speed, 1640 MHz Shader Clock (or in another words Processor Clock speed), and 3800 MHz memory Clock frequency. The reference speeds from Nvidia that most manufacturers use on their stock cards run at 700 MHz Core Clock, 1401 MHz Shader Clock speed, and 3696 MHz memory clock frequency. So we can definitely see some performance increase in the frequencies all around. With the GTX 480 SOC's components and cooler, there is more overclocking potential possible, and it will be interesting to see if it is possible to reach the speeds that current GTX 580s run at without breaking a sweat on overclocking.
  FULL STORY @ BJORN3D

G.Skill Ripjaws-X Series PC3-17066 4GB Kit
     Sat, Feb 05 2011 | 5:20P | Memory | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"The F3-17066CL7D-4GBXH is a PC3-17066 kit which translates to 2133MHz DDR. As you may have guessed from the naming, it's a 4GB kit. What makes it really stand out is the timings, though, at these speeds. Out of the packet we've got a 7-10-7-27-1T @ 1.65v setup which is more aggressive than other P67 kits we've looked at, but with slightly more voltage as well. Saying that, 1.65v isn't a worrying number at all, as it's what we've been used to seeing over the last few years with high performance DDR3 memory kits."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN

 
Sapphire Radeon HD 6870 Flex Edition 1GB DX11 Video Card Review
     Sat, Feb 05 2011 | 5:19P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"The Sapphire Radeon HD 6870 Flex Edition 1GB video card makes Eyefinity even easier. Using an onboard Analogix chip, the HD 6870 Flex Edition takes the need for a DP adapter completely away. Now, you can simply plug 3 DVI (or in my case 2 DVI and 1 HDMI) monitors in and get instant SLS (Single Layer Surface) Eyefinity goodness. Any additional monitors will need to use the Display Ports. In all, the Flex Edition can support up to 5 total displays. The Sapphire Radeon HD 6870 Flex edition retains the stock 6870 configuration under the hood. The HD 6870's core speed is 900 MHz and includes 1GB DDR5 memory set at 1050 MHz. There are 1120 Stream processors and more than enough power for play and/or productivity."
  FULL STORY @ HITECHLEGION

Maximus IV Extreme
     Sat, Feb 05 2011 | 12:03P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
With minimal time for testing, we were only able to bring you a portion of the review in Part 1, but we promised a follow up article to answer the remaining questions about the Maximus IV Extreme, and real world use with Sandy Bridge. Well, to quote the movie “The Cable Guy”…”The Future Is Now!” and today is that day! In this review, we’ve dug much deeper into the Maximus IV Extreme and exploited its full potential with single, dual, and triple SLI configurations. We’ve included a much more thorough testing regime to better gauge the real world performance potential in this platform, and drawn full conclusions to better help you with your buying decisions. So is Sandy Bridge right for you? Do you need a Maximus IV Extreme? These are all good questions, read on for the answers.
  FULL STORY @ EXTREME

GPU boasts of more performance
     Sat, Feb 05 2011 | 12:02P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The codename “Cayman” represents the 6900 series of cards from AMD. The refined GPU boasts of more performance per mm², new and improved image quality features, enhanced multimedia acceleration and next-generation display technology with HDMI 1.4a and DisplayPort 1.2. It should also be pointed out that with the new 6 series launch, there is a new naming strategy from AMD. The 6900 series are now considered the high-performance cards and the 6800 series have now taken on the roll of being the budget conscious gamer’s cards. Essentially the new 6900 line would be the direct successor to the 5800 line of cards in the performance market segment. Now, with that brief introduction out of the way, let us continue on to the review.
  FULL STORY @ TECHREACTION

Dark Fleet cases
     Sat, Feb 05 2011 | 12:01P | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Antec has a reputation for manufacturing quality PC enclosures and power supplies, but most of their older designs didn't lend themselves to the flashy desires of the PC gaming community. After researching what features and options PC gamers needed in their cases, Antec developed the mysterious Dark Fleet series. The DF series brings together the company's high craftsmanship standards and the unique requirements of PC gamers and enthusiasts. We have one of the smaller form factor Dark Fleet cases on our test bench today called the DF-30. The unique cooling system, fan controllers, and 2.5" HDD support makes it a true competitor in the mid-tower chassis market.
  FULL STORY @ PCPER

ECS P67H2-A motherboard review
     Sat, Feb 05 2011 | 12:00P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today the turn goes to the folks from ECS who put out some serious kit on the market. ECS was also working on a few of these P67 motherboards and is making sure that both NVIDIA and AMD graphics cards work combined together. Yep, they are adding a Lucid Hydra chip like some of the competition is doing as well. Anyway, the offering tested today is the P67H2-A socket LGA 1155 motherboard which is powered by a 14-phase VRM.
  FULL STORY @ ARTICLE

AMD Phenom II X4 840 and Phenom II X4 975 Black Edition Review
     Sat, Feb 05 2011 | 9:03A | CPU / Processors | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
AMD launches new processors into the new year. The AMD Phenom X4 975 Black Edition and AMD Phenom X4 840 to breathe the high-end and midrange segments of the AMD quad-core CPUs new life. We have tested the two newcomers.
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKPC

CyberPower Gamer Xtreme 5000 Intel P67 Sandy Bridge
     Sat, Feb 05 2011 | 9:02A | Chipset | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
“Finally Intel’s Sandy Bridge is here! I’m sure you have heard about it a lot in the past few months. This new CPU architecture is still built on the 32nm process and is still branded Core i3, i5 and i7 so what really is new? These new processors are supposed to be more efficient, have the best integrated graphics ever from Intel and they are to be priced quite competitively. This of course is not an Intel Sandy Bridge review, this is a CyberPower system review! They have really built an awesome Sandy Bridge system for us and we can’t wait to check it out! Read on to see what Sa ndy Bridge really can do and how awesome this system is!"
  FULL STORY @ THINKCOMPUTERS

FATAL1TY P67 Profess1onal Series
     Sat, Feb 05 2011 | 9:00A | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Six years have passed since Jonathan 'Fatal1ty' Wendel met with the minds of Abit Corporation to design a motherboard optimized for PC gaming enthusiasts. That board not only met expectations, but also excelled by including many of the features that gamers sought as standard. Just last month, an announcement of a new partnership between Fatal1ty and ASRock was unveiled, birthing a modern version of the gamer's board. A lot has changed since 2004, and today we put it to the test of next-generation gaming.
  FULL STORY @ MOTHERBOARDS

Biostar USA announcement regarding Intel 6 series chipset design issue
     Sat, Feb 05 2011 | 4:14A | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF

 (NOTE - For the latest developments from every motherboard maker on this developing recall please see this PCSTATS article - Intel 6-Series Chipset Recall - Sandy Bridge Intel P67 & H67)

On Jan 31’s Intel announced a flaw with the 6 Series where "In some cases, the Serial-ATA (SATA) ports within the chipsets may degrade over time, potentially impacting the performance or functionality of SATA-linked devices such as hard disk drives and DVD-drives.” This fix will require a hardware modification or motherboard replacement which cannot be fixed by BIOS updates. Biostar has initiated a service notice guide for the 6 Series products to address customer concerns. However if you are enjoying the product and wish to continue to use the product until revised parts available, (ETA for replacements parts is April, due to production time) you are welcome do to so, but with caution. Problem is said to be affecting 5% to 15% of the products over a 2 to 3 year usage. At this moment, Biostar has stopped all shipments of P67 and H67 chipset motherboards.

In the meantime we would like to offer suggestions to the community for those who wish to continue to use the product until replacement parts are available.

1. Always back up your data just in case something goes wrong.
2. All Biostar P67 and H67 motherboards have at least two SATA3 ports, please use the SATA3 ports as the primary devices Note: So far this design bug is related to the SATA2 ports, SATA3 ports are safe to use.Even if you have SATA2 or SATA1 devices, they are safe to be used on SATA3 ports as SATA3 is backwards compatible with SATA1 and SATA2.
3. If you are still concerned and would like to return the product, please contact your place of purchase for return procedures. Many of Biostar authorized dealer is aware of the situation and will help to assist you..
4. Note: For the Intel 6 series chipset design issue, Biostar will offer advance replacement program which will include a return shipping label in return for customer convenience. Details of the advance replacement program will be announced on Biostar website http://www.biostar-usa.com/app/en-us/news/index.php when parts are available. ETA is April 2011.

Biostar Products affected sold Between 12-01-2011 to 02-01-2011

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  FULL STORY @ BIOSTAR-USA

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