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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

AMD's latest GFX cards - HD 6850 & HD 6870.
     Mon, Jan 24 2011 | 12:02P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"There's been plenty of rumors going around about AMD's new HD6-series of cards, but now the long wait is finally over and the first models, HD6850 and HD6870, have been officially launched. The newcomers found their way into our test lab, so lets see what they have to offer."
  FULL STORY @ METKU

Patriot Viper Extreme 12GB (3x4GB) DDR3 2000Mhz Review
     Mon, Jan 24 2011 | 12:01P | Memory | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Today we will be looking at one of the latest RAM offerings, the Viper Extreme series from Patriot’s EP (Extreme Performance) line. This 12GB (3x4Gb) triple channel kit “is the ultimate performance memory solution for the Intel X58 platform” according to Patriot. Let’s see if it lives up to the hype."
  FULL STORY @ OVERCLOCKERS

AMD Phenom II x6 1100T Review
     Mon, Jan 24 2011 | 12:00P | CPU / Processors | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Another Thuban graces us with its presence this 7th of December – the Phenom II x6 1100T Black Edition, AMD’s new flagship processor. Come see how it performs at stock, overclocked and under more extreme conditions!"
  FULL STORY @ OVERCLOCKERS

State of Solid State in 2011
     Mon, Jan 24 2011 | 9:03A | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"The picture isn't crystal clear just yet, but at CES we cleared part of the cloud surrounding companies 2011 solid state drive products. At the very least we will see seven new SSD controllers enter the market in 2011. Of those, four are directed at the consumer market and three are enterprise designs. Only time will tell which consumer controllers get converted to enterprise models and vice versa. Of the seven overall, we saw working samples of three and they were all twice as fast as the Crucial RealSSD C300 128GB drive. 2011 isn't all about controllers, though. The types of flash memory will play a more significant role this year. The new flash will make it possible to practically deliver 512GB SSDs while at the same time reducing the cost of SSDs across the board. Don't look for price reductions until Q4, though. Just like last year, the controllers will be expensive and companies will need to recoup their tooling costs early in the production runs."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN

ECS P67H2-A2 Intel 1155 Preview
     Mon, Jan 24 2011 | 9:02A | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
ECS is jumping on the Sandybridge bandwagon, offering a P67 based mainboard aimed at the gamer with a cool look and the Black series branding. We check out the board to show you what you can expect to get out of the box.
  FULL STORY @ TECHPOWERUP

F3-16000CL9D-8GBRM 2x4GB Memory Kit
     Mon, Jan 24 2011 | 9:01A | Memory | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
As CPU memory controllers continue to become the bottleneck when it comes to overclocking memory, having modules that can keep up has become increasingly important. G.Skill's Ripjaws modules are currently known as some of the best modules on the market in terms of price and overall performance while offering a good amount of overhead for overclockers. With their new 8GB kit, high capacity, extended performance for current platforms is within reach for everyone.
  FULL STORY @ HARDWARECANUCKS

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