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Linux 3.0 Kernel With EXT4 & Btrfs
     Wed, Jun 29 2011 | 4:01P | Operating System | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"With the Linux 3.0 kernel carrying CleanCache support along with various improvements to the EXT4 and Btrfs file-system modules, it is time for another Phoronix file-system comparison. This time around the EXT4 vs. Btrfs performance is particularly important with Fedora 16 possibly switching to Btrfs by default. Due to this level of interest, for our Linux 3.0 kernel benchmarks of the EXT4 and Btrfs file-systems, an Intel SSD was tested as well as an old 5400RPM IDE notebook hard drive to represent two ends of the spectrum."

OCZ Agility 3 SSD
     Wed, Jun 29 2011 | 4:00P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
If you’re moving from mechanical HDDs, the Agility 3 is without doubt a recommended purchase if you’re looking to save nearly a hundred dollars off the price of the fastest SATA3 drives. If you’re simply upgrading from SATA2 SandForce drives, the difference will not be as awe-inspiring, but still makes a difference in 24/7 operations. No other 240 GB drive comes close in price without dropping speeds nearly in half.

Intel Socket 1155 Roundup June 2011 (H67, P67 and Z68)
     Wed, Jun 29 2011 | 12:03P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Today we will be taking a look at three different approaches to socket 1155 products as we review a board based on H67 (mini-ITX) and to larger models which use the P67 and Z68. Each will be put through a selection of synthetic and real world tests to establish how they perform in a variety of scenarios which will assist anyone thinking about buying a socket 1155 product in the near future."

P67 Motherboard Round-up: Asus, Fatal1ty, GB, MSI
     Wed, Jun 29 2011 | 12:02P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Motherboards are arguably one of the more difficult PC component to shop for. The magnitude of choices available can make the shopping experience confusing and frustrating. Take for example Intel's heralded Sandy Bridge line of processors and the Cougar Point chipset used on a wide variety of motherboards. A popular online e-tailor, Newegg.com, offers no less than 151 motherboards at this point based on Intel's Socket LGA 1155. In order to assist you in your decision making process, we've gathered five of the latest P67 motherboards from several of the big name manufacturers in the industry, Asus, Gigabyte, MSI, and ASRock...

RAZER Chimaera Wireless Gaming Headset Review
     Wed, Jun 29 2011 | 12:01P | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The RAZER Chimaera Gaming Headset offers wireless connectivity for maximum liberty of movement, features large cups for confortable wear during long gaming sessions, a uni-directional microphone with a flexible mic boom and an easy to use charging dock.

OCZ RevoDrive 3 x2 240GB PCIe SSD Initial Benchmarks and Review
     Wed, Jun 29 2011 | 12:00P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
In anticipation of the release of several new SSDs in the near future, The SSD Review has a bit of a treat for you that comes in the form of an exclusive with respect to OCZ Revo 3 x2 PCIe SSD benchmarks. Its not an exclusive in such that that other reviewers couldn’t have conducted the same testing while at Computex, Taipei a few weeks back but, thanks to the help of a few friends, were able to carry a portable version of our test bench with us in the form of a flash drive. Many manufacturers found this a bit surprising and several, in fact, preferred us not to throw our flash drive in for a test or two. OCZ, on the other hand, invited us back to their suite at The Grand Hyatt at a time when things were much more manageable and told us quite frankly to take our time.

NZXT H2 Computer Case Review
     Wed, Jun 29 2011 | 9:03A | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Explosions, pings, message notifications, and the Windows login tune. What do all of these have in common, you may ask? Well, these are all sounds we may hear almost every day when sitting in front of our computers. From just logging on to playing games, we hear a plethora of stuff coming from our speakers or headsets. However, one thing most users don't want to hear while performing their day-to-day routine would be the incessant humming from their computer itself. In my case, the last thing I would want to hear when I am gaming or listening to music is the spinning noise from my hard drive, or the noise from my case fans. To combat this problem, some people may go about and get the best fans and passive cooling units to reduce the noise. What some users do not think of, however, would be to choose a quieter chassis to seal the deal. Well, today we have a new case from NZXT that advertises to do just that. NZXT is well known in the industry for their high quality cases, fans, and power supplies. The product we will be taking a look at today is the NZXT H2 from the Classic line of cases, which is pretty self-explanatory. This line seeks more classic and clean designs, while providing modern luxury at the same time. Without further delay, let us dive right into our review, and see how well this chassis reaches its goals for being quiet and clean looking at the same time.

AMD 990FX: Prepping for Bulldozer
     Wed, Jun 29 2011 | 9:02A | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
AMD's latest chipset offering adds in some interesting new features, including support for the upcoming 8-core processors and re-introducing SLI on the AMD platform. Does it make sense to buy now?

Rasurbo Real Power 650w Modular PSU
     Wed, Jun 29 2011 | 9:01A | Power Supply | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Here’s the third in our Rasurbo Real Power Previews. Today its the 650w unboxing where we’ll be looking at the physical layout and the bundle. Please bare in mind there won’t be any performance results, as we don’t want to be wrong now do we?"

OCZ Vertex 3 240GB
     Wed, Jun 29 2011 | 9:00A | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"The Vertex 3 is equipped with the latest controller from Sandforce, the SF2281TB1-SDC-ES. Sandforce's 2281 controller is a second generation product that uses enhanced Duraclass technology to deliver optimized power consumption, security, wear leveling, and drive performance in a single chip solution. The Vertex 3 has a total of sixteen 16GB 25nm MLC NAND modules on board, eight on each side of the PCB. The NAND is made from Intel, although you may see Micron on board. If you do the math, the total NAND equals 256GB, or 16GB more than the capacity of the drive. This extra space is used by the controller to keep the drive optimized and replace cells that may have failed."

Flextronics R&D team recruited by Compal, Wistron
     Tue, Jun 28 2011 | 7:15P | Business / Industry | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
With Electronics manufacturing service (EMS) provider Flextronics recently exiting the notebook manufacturing industry, the company's notebook R&D team was soon being recruited by Taiwan-based notebook maker Compal Electronics and Wistron, according to sources from notebook players.

OCZ RevoDrive 3 X2 review
     Tue, Jun 28 2011 | 7:00P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The world of Solid State storage technology is full of surprises and the development rate is exceedingly progressive. As such we today test the OCZ RevoDrive 3 X2. Let me just throw some numbers at you to get that tickly in your belly ; 1500 MB/s maximum read performance, or what about 1250 MB/s maximum write performance ? No that still didn't do it for you ... well what about 200.000 IOPS (4K writes) ? Yeah that is where we have arrived in the year 2011. It's insanely fast, it will be insanely expensive but it is most definitely insanely sexy.

OCZ RevoDrive 3x2 480GB PCIe SSD Review - 1.5GB/s Read
     Tue, Jun 28 2011 | 6:45P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today’s complete review of the OCZ RevoDrive 3 x2 PCIe SSD is published on the heels of our ‘Quick Look’ of the Revo 3 a few weeks back which resulted in a flurry of attention by PC enthusiasts worldwide. As many e-mails that were received in result, they never compared to the backlinks returned from dozens of forums with members salivating over the Revo 3 x2 and anticipating its release date. It turns out that our ‘Computex Taipei’ RevoDrive 3 x2 SSD benchmarks were an exclusive first look at this cards performance as we tried a new approach in conducting first hand independent benchmarks at Computex on nothing more than a flash drive. The OCZ Revo 3 x2 PCIe SSD enters the consumer market as the fastest consumer available storage solution by a land slide. OCZ specifications list high sequential performance as 1.5GB/s read, 1.25GB/s write and capable of 200, 000 IOPS at 4k random write disk access. Coincidentally, this is also the first consumer targeted product that brings us out of megabyte per second speeds and into the realm of gigabytes per second.

OCZ RevoDrive 3 X2 PCI Express SSD Performance
     Tue, Jun 28 2011 | 6:30P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
In recent months we've covered PCI Express-based SSDs from virtually all the major players, from Fusion-io to, OCZ and LSI. The last time we took a look at OCZ's offering, the RevoDrive X2 took to the test bench for us and with its MLC-based design, offered much of the performance of significantly more expensive SLC-based PCI Express SSDs, but at a fraction of the cost. Today the third coming of the RevoDrive from OCZ is upon us, with all new technology on board, from its Flash controllers to the RAID processor. With read/write specs that will make you drool, the RevoDrive 3 X2 is here and if it lives up to its specifications on paper, we think you're going to want to stick around for the intimate details...

Llano and the Fusion architecture
     Tue, Jun 28 2011 | 6:15P | CPU / Processors | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
AMD has clearly articulated a software and hardware roadmap for unified CPU and GPU computing at their Fusion Developer’s Summit that has all the right pieces. Llano and Zacate are the first integration steps and focus on reducing overhead by sharing – rather than copying – data between the CPU and GPU. Llano made a number of compromises in favor of time to market, such as using a very mediocre CPU core and relying on memory rather than on-die caches for CPU/GPU communication. However, it still packs the best performance integrated graphics period, and good media decoding. Overall, Llano is a serious improvement for AMD’s notebooks, mostly due to power management, which should be well received by consumers. The trick for AMD going forward is to execute on their vision and consistently deliver compelling improvements in a timely fashion.

ASRock H61M/U3S3 mATX Motherboard - BCCHardware
     Tue, Jun 28 2011 | 6:08P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The H61M from ASRock is based on the Intel H61 chipset and supports the 2nd generation (LGA 1155) Intel i7, i5, and i3 CPUs. This is the first LGA1155 Motherboard we`ve reviewed (we`ve got some more coming in the coming weeks) so we will be comparing this board up against other Intel and AMD motherboards which should be very interesting to see how it can compare to previous Intel chipsets as well as the competition (AMD). . ."

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