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Intel Thunderbolt High Speed I/O
     Thu, Feb 24 2011 | 3:15P | Chipset | PermaLink
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"Technically, Thunderbolt is pretty interesting as both data and display signals will transfer over the same cable with arbitration from the controller chip. It is a bi-directional communication that actually provides 10 Gbps of bandwidth PER PORT. It remains backwards compatible with existing DisplayPort displays, but since those devices likely do NOT have female mini-DisplayPort connections on them, they will not facilitate the daisy-chaining required for connecting multiple devices to a single Thunderbolt connection. Unlike what some people worried, Thunderbolt will carry some amount of power over cable, though how much hasn't really been specified yet. Thunderbolt can work on both data streams at the same time and in both directions and it seems to get the full 10 Gbps of rated bandwidth, in each direction. This is what gives the technology the advantage over the USB 3.0 of today. "

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  FULL STORY @ PCPER

ASUS B@-12B1LT Blu-ray Writer
     Thu, Feb 24 2011 | 12:03P | Optical Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
“The ASUS BW-12B1LT is an internal powerful Blu-ray ReWrite drive capable writing BD-R media at 12X and reading BD media at up to 8X speed. In this review we will demonstrate the performance of the BW-12B1LT by putting the drive through many tests on a considerable amount of various CD/DVD/BD media. Is this “drive” for you? Keep reading and let’s find out.”
  FULL STORY @ PUREOVERCLOCK

OCZ Platinum XTE 4GB DDR3-2000
     Thu, Feb 24 2011 | 12:02P | Memory | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
“OCZ is typically known for producing rock solid memory kits at very attractive prices. And while we can understand the rationale behind OCZ's decision to leave the memory market in the near future, we'll be sorry to see them go. So there's a good chance these OCZ Platinum 4GB XTE DDR3-2000 modules might be one of the last of their kind in a long line of successful sticks from OCZ.”
  FULL STORY @ PUREOVERCLOCK

Sapphire Radeon 6870 Vapor-X
     Thu, Feb 24 2011 | 12:01P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
“The Sapphire 6870 Vapor-X features a custom heatsink that brings some very impressive temperature results and low noise levels. Throw in some good overclocking headroom and only a modest price premium, and this card is very attractive. But can it withstand the GTX 560 Ti onslaught? Let's take a closer look at the Sapphire Radeon 6870 Vapor-X and find out.”
  FULL STORY @ PUREOVERCLOCK

Sapphire Pure Black X58
     Thu, Feb 24 2011 | 12:00P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
“The Sapphire Pure Black X58 is the company's first foray into the premium Intel motherboard market, and this board sports gorgeous styling, strong features, and impressive performance. But it's in for a very tough fight against some established companies and products. Can the Pure Black X58 measure up?”
  FULL STORY @ PUREOVERCLOCK

Gainward GeForce GTX 560 Ti Phantom 2 Graphics Card Review
     Thu, Feb 24 2011 | 9:03A | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Gainward have covered all bases and brought the - Phantom branding to the mainstream cards. This means that we get an enhanced cooler, redesigned card and in theory, better performance than the reference model... all of the benefits of the high end card at a much more affordable price. Today we have the GTX 560 Ti Phantom 2 on our test bench and will be putting it up against a selection of cards in a similar price bracket to see how it compares in real world gaming, media and GPU computing tasks."
  FULL STORY @ GRAPHICS

MUKii TransImp USB3 Combo Pack (PCIe Card+Enclosure)
     Thu, Feb 24 2011 | 9:02A | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today we get to show you a great combo pack from MUKii which features the new and [hopefully] improved USB3 PCIe card, as well as a choice between their hard drive dock, 3.5" enclosure or 2.5" enclosure (all of which are SATA I/II compatible). You now are able to get everything you need to bring USB 3.0 capability and functionality to your system, be that your work computer where you need to quickly share data between it and your home PC, or your personal desktop should you just want an external storage solution that is limited to the slow data transfer rates of USB2.
  FULL STORY @ TRANSIMP

 
Patriot Viper Xtreme Division 2 PC3-15000 8GB Kit
     Thu, Feb 24 2011 | 9:01A | Memory | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"This time it's Patriots turn to get in the lime light with the Viper Extreme Series Division 2 kit. Yes, it's got quite the name. First up, we've got the package which while being nicely designed, doesn't contain much more than the two modules which comes as no surprise. What we're dealing with today is an 8GB kit which consists of two 4GB modules that come in at PC3-15000 or 1866MHz DDR. The timings come in a little more relaxed at 9-11-9-27-1T @ 1.65v, not bad timings, but a little looser than the last kit we looked at which was higher clocked. The reason for this, though, is because we're dealing with higher density 4GB modules instead of 2GB ones."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN

OCZ DDR3 PC3-17000 Gold XTE 4GB Kit
     Thu, Feb 24 2011 | 9:00A | Memory | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
OCZ Technology has done wonders for the RAM industry and has raised the bar over the past few years in terms of memory performance, aesthetics and pricing. The Gold XTE series is their "mainstream high-end" kit that offers some pretty incredible speeds with looser timings in order to keep it affordable. Running memory at speeds of up to 2.2GHz is pretty impressive and it stayed rock-solid at 2200MHz where it would fail at 2233 if we edged up the bus another single MHz. . .
  FULL STORY @ BCCHARDWARE

Frostytech Top 5 Heatsink Chart - FIRST LOOK
     Thu, Feb 24 2011 | 2:16A | Cooling / Heatsinks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF

What's the best heatsink for an Intel Sandy Bridge or AMD Phenom II X6 processor? Good question, we've got the answer in Frostytech's newly updated Top 5 Heatsinks Charts. Don't go heatsink shopping without it!

Heatsinks are ranked by lowest temperature, lowest noise and for low profile heatsinks too. Only heatsinks that were tested in the Frostytech Labs are included in these Top 5 Charts, so the ranking is 100% based on cold hard test data.

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  FULL STORY @ FROSTYTECH

Intel Previews 32nm Itanium Poulson Processor:
     Wed, Feb 23 2011 | 6:11P | CPU / Processors | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
This week, at ISSCC (International Solid-State Circuits Conference) Intel unveiled its next-generation Itanium processor, codenamed Poulson. This new octal-core processor is easily the most significant update to Itanium Intel has ever built and could upset the current balance of power at the highest-end of the server / mainframe market. It may also be the Itanium that fully redeems the brand name and sheds the last vestiges of negativity that have dogged the chip since it launched ten years ago...
  FULL STORY @ RECORDBREAKING

Step Guide to Overclock Your AMD Phenom
     Wed, Feb 23 2011 | 4:56P | Overclocking | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"This guide will teach you how to properly overclock your Phenom II, and squeeze out every last drop that the CPU has to offer. Three main sections are included to make the process as easy as possible – Prerequisites, Before We Overclock, and Putting It All Together. "
  FULL STORY @ OVERCLOCKERS

AMD's Brazos and Intel's Pine Trail
     Wed, Feb 23 2011 | 4:37P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We are about to commit a terrible crime against the holy writ of product segmentation. We're about to consider the merits of AMD's Brazos and Intel's Pine Trail versus a whole range of full-grown desktop CPUs, a ridiculously unfair endeavor if ever there was one.
  FULL STORY @ TECHREPORT

Leaked details about Intels upcoming Z68 chipset
     Wed, Feb 23 2011 | 4:35P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Intel have been anything but forthcoming with details about its upcoming Z68 chipset, but VR-Zone can now as first publication give you the model names of Intel's own brand Z68 chipset motherboards. Intel is planning two models at launch and they're placed in the extreme and media motherboard sections in Intel's line-up.
  FULL STORY @ Z68-BOARD-MODEL-NAMES

Coolermaster CM Storm Spawn Review
     Wed, Feb 23 2011 | 4:32P | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Another day, another gaming mouse. This time it's Coolermaster invading our test labs with their latest peripheral in the Storm range of CM gaming accessories. This one is known as the Spawn, but will it foster a growing sense of, spores, or something... in us? Only one way to find out. "
  FULL STORY @ FEEDBURNER

Silent Pro Gold 1000W power supply
     Wed, Feb 23 2011 | 4:32P | Power Supply | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Cooler Master already showed in our previous reviews, that they manufacture excellent power supply units and their Silent Pro Gold 1000W power supply underlines this impressively. The results are so impressive, that the Cooler Master Silent Pro Gold 1000W received the ocinside.de OverClocking Dream 02/2011 award. In the review we will examine, among other things, how high the current consumption is with this enormously high power of 1KW and if it is worth to buy such a PSU.
  FULL STORY @ COOLERMASTER

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