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Zotac IONITX-P-E Mini-ITX Motherboard Review
     Mon, Feb 14 2011 | 4:01P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
“Today you see more and more home media servers and HTPC’s being sold on the market, along with the parts to build your own. I use a home media server for my PS3 and my other computers so that I can transfer and watch movies all over my house. This also gives me the ability to stream music to all of the PC’s and other wireless Devices. With all of our home electronics becoming more and more connected it’s convenient to have a media server. It allows me to control the music and movies in any of the rooms with PC’s on them with either my Android phone or my iPad. The possibilit ies are endless. In this review we will be taking a look at the Zotac IONITX-P-E which is an Mini-ITX motherboard with the processor embedded in to the motherboard. Mini-ITX is a very small form factor about half the size of a mATX setup.
  FULL STORY @ THINKCOMPUTERS

Cooler Master Storm Spawn Gaming Mouse
     Mon, Feb 14 2011 | 4:00P | Mouse Pads | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
“The Cooler Master Storm Spawn is positioned as an affordable gaming mouse that doesn't compromise the core features important to gamers. With an attractive price tag of about $50, it's a smaller-sized mouse compared to several others on the market. It also has a very striking aesthetic and an extremely comfortable ergonomic design, so let's take a close look at the Cooler Master Storm Spawn and see how it fares.”
  FULL STORY @ PUREOVERCLOCK

Zotac IONITX-P-E Integrated Motherboard
     Mon, Feb 14 2011 | 3:49P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Quote: "As far as the CPU is concerned, I was only able to squeeze a bit extra bringing up the cores to 1.35GHz each. While not a crazy overclock, any extra speed that is free is definitely a bonus. Since this processor has a locked multiplier I started by pushing up the voltage a bit and raising the FSB until i hit my wall of 225MHz which with a six times multiplier, yielded the 1350MHz overall clock speed."
  FULL STORY @ OVERCLOCKERSCLUB

ZM-MH200 dual hard drive docking
     Mon, Feb 14 2011 | 3:34P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"I commend Zalman for packing support for so many storage devices into this gorgeous docking station, but the lack of USB3/SATA3 might make this product less attractive for consumers. The support for 3.5" and 2.5" hard drives and solid state drives is definitely useful, and I was highly impressed with the addition of a micro SD port so I could connect my smartphone's storage device."
  FULL STORY @ PCPER

Patriot Viper Xtreme Division 2
     Mon, Feb 14 2011 | 9:03A | Mobile Devices | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"The kit we are looking at is Patriot’s high-end 8GB Viper Xtreme Division 2 series DDR3 memory. The Division 2 memory kit is optimized for use with the Intel 6 series platform, and utilizes a custom designed heatsink that integrates a copper core with an outer aluminum heatshield for optimal cooling efficiency. Additionally, the kit comes with a high frequency rating of 1866MHz and supports timings of 9-11-9-27, which should increase the memory's overall performance."
  FULL STORY @ REVIEWS

The Spawn gaming mouse
     Mon, Feb 14 2011 | 9:02A | Games | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Spawn gaming mouse is light weight and ergonomically designed for comfort in long gaming sessions. The Spawn gaming mouse was built for professional FPS gamers who prefer a claw grip. Engineered to execute precise in-game tactics, Spawn comes loaded with an ultra high-performance 3500 DPI sensor that includes on-the-fly adjustment. The Spawn is manufactured with Japanese-made Omron micro-switches that are meant to endure up to five million clicks. Presented in an eye-catching crimson red high-gloss finish, Spawn compliments a gamers setup by adding to the overall look.
  FULL STORY @ COOLER

Sapphire Radeon HD 6970 BFBC2 Vietnam Edition
     Mon, Feb 14 2011 | 9:01A | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
AMD's top-end Radeon HD 6970 2GB is one of the best GPU choices on the market right now, and adding to its flavor a bit, Sapphire customized the reference card to produce the Battlefield: Bad Company 2: Vietnam edition. In addition to featuring a copy of the game, it comes complete with many accessories (including an HDMI cable).
  FULL STORY @ TECHGAGE

 
ASUS Radeon 6950 and 6970
     Mon, Feb 14 2011 | 9:00A | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
“AMD's 6900 cards are positioned to battle Nvidia's new kids on the block, and this brings us to the topic of today's discussion: the ASUS Radeon 6950 and 6970. With voltage tweaking ability, these cards bring a great deal of potential for gamers who want overclocking headroom.”
  FULL STORY @ PUREOVERCLOCK

Seagate FreeAgent Go 640GB & FreeAgent GoFlex Ultra 500GB Mobile Hard Drive
     Sun, Feb 13 2011 | 4:03P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Seagate has always produced excellent hard drives and these two portable series are no exception. These portable drives have the robust features that most desktop style external drives have, yet they can be toted with you anywhere you go. The 640GB Go drive, while only having a USB 2.0 interface, has full versions of the Seagate suite for your entire backup and sync needs. The 500GB GoFlex has multiple interfaces available for it including USB 3.0, FireWire and even powered eSATA. The drawback to the GoFlex is the software that comes standard on the Go series is only trials on the GoFlex, with the exception of the Instant Backup. I am at a loss as to why Seagate took a step back in this department."
  FULL STORY @ REVIEWS

Alienware M17x R3 with 3D Vision Gaming Laptop Review
     Sun, Feb 13 2011 | 4:02P | Notebooks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Today we will be putting the M17x R3 with its Sandy Bridge components, 120Hz screen and 3D Vision kit through a selection of real world tests to find out how it compares to a desktop P67 system, the original 2009 model M17x and the R2 from 2010."
  FULL STORY @ GAMING

Panasonic Toughbook CF-C1
     Sun, Feb 13 2011 | 4:01P | Notebooks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
“If your working scenario requires a dedicated tablet the lure of Apple’s iPad is great and becoming greater as time goes on—as long as you’re not tied to Windows. Convertible tablet PCs suit those who need a physical keyboard and tablet features, but the trade-off is weight, bulk and less convenience when using a laptop in tablet mode. In the case of the Panasonic ToughBook CF-C1, the price reflects the semi-rugged features rather than the specifications, and may feel to some rather steep. Convertible tablet manufacturers need to keep at least half an eye on the tablet world going forward, and Panasonic needs to consider reducing its unit costs.”
  FULL STORY @ BUSINESSCOMPUTINGWORLD

Seagate Barracuda Green 2TB
     Sun, Feb 13 2011 | 4:00P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Seagate Barracuda Green 2TB drive really has us looking at upgrading some of our older traditional hard drives to this new drive due to the fact that it has plenty of storage, all readily available at quick speeds. The differences seen when comparing this drive to a drive that was a fine performer just a short while ago are astonishing to say the least. Seagate keeps the power usage of the drive down thanks to a lower spindle speed of 5900 RPMs, which is great when the drive is used in a desktop, but even better when it is used in an 'always on' setting such as NAS or DAS. Lower RPMs also translate into lower temperatures, another added bonus.
  FULL STORY @ BJORN3D

Galaxis ARES Mid Tower Chassis
     Sun, Feb 13 2011 | 9:03A | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"A few weeks ago I received a random e-mail from a company I haven't heard from before, but I am always eager to look at what new companies can bring to the market. I was informed of this company named Coonix who has been, for a while now, building OEM components for well known manufacturers. They are based out of City of Industry, California. After a fair bit of time with the OEM business, Coonix developed their own branding. So let me cordially introduce them to the US market. Galaxis plans to be a leading name in power supplies as well as many other facets of the PC building experience. The name Galaxis isn't all together new, as they already have parts on six continents and the company boasts employment of over 2000 people currently. With aspirations to bring customers affordable, quality products full of innovation and creativity, at least they are on the right path to success. They are more known for their power supplies, but they are now taking steps to bring us some new chassis designs to ponder on our next purchase."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN

Antec Soundscience Rockus 3D 2.1 Speaker System Review
     Sun, Feb 13 2011 | 9:02A | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
“We all know Antec for making great PC cases and power supplies. We all know someone with an Antec case and that just shows the quality of their products. Antec knows a lot about making cases and power supplies, but when I heard they were going to making speakers a was a little bit skeptical. We have seen so many companies just use an OEM to get into another market, and what comes out is a very poor product. Luckily Antec is not one of those companies, they introduce you to Soundscience an Antec subsidiary that is set to produce audio and video lifestyle products. Their first product is the Rockus 3D 2.1 Speaker System and we have them up on the testing block today."
  FULL STORY @ THINKCOMPUTERS

MSI R6950 Twin Frozr II OC edition review
     Sun, Feb 13 2011 | 9:01A | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today we have a new review on the Radeon HD 6950. A series (6900) that has been received with somewhat mixed feelings. Everybody expected the overall performance to be a notch higher. As such MSI went back to the drawing board and redesigned the PCB, armed it with quality components and decided that they would need to slap a nice cooler on there. As such we see the model as tested today, running slightly above reference specification yet with the latest twin Frozr II cooler mounted on top of it. Check out the article right here.
  FULL STORY @ GURU3D

Asus RT-N56U Dual-Band router
     Sun, Feb 13 2011 | 9:00A | Networking | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
ASUS has products in most areas including computers, laptops, mobile phones and computer components. It is therefore not surprising that they also have network products. In today's review we test their flagship network product, the ASUS RT-N56U. As expected from a flagship product ASUS has gone all-out with the N56U, giving it impressive specifications including support for both 2.4GHz and 5 GHz with a theoretical speed of 300 Mbps on each frequency at the same time, support for external hard drives and printers, support for up to 300,000 sessions at once and true Gigabit-speeds over both the WAN- and the LAN-ports. All these features come in a very stylish package. But is it all too good to be true? We've seen high spec'ed routers that fail to live up to the hype. Read on to find out if the ASUS RT-N56U falls in that category or if ASUS has a winner on their hands.
  FULL STORY @ BJORN3D

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