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PowerColor Extreme PX 1000W
     Mon, Jan 17 2011 | 9:03A | Power Supply | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
“We're looking at the PowerColor Extreme PX 1000W power supply, a unit that sports some very unique aesthetics for a PSU, though we have seen a similar color scheme and styling on their graphics cards. But good looks will only get you so far. The specifications of the PX 1000W are impressive on paper, but what happens when we load it up to the gills with some of the most power hungry components out there? Let's find out.”
  FULL STORY @ PUREOVERCLOCK

Sapphire Radeon 6970
     Mon, Jan 17 2011 | 9:02A | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
“The 6900 series cards are the new AMD flagship cards, specifically the 6970, signalling their top single-GPU card in the lineup. We're looking at the Sapphire Radeon 6970. Can it withstand Nvidia's recent success? Let's find out.”
  FULL STORY @ PUREOVERCLOCK

XFX Radeon 6970 and 6950
     Mon, Jan 17 2011 | 9:01A | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
“AMD is now releasing the Radeon 6900 series cards, and this brings us to the topic of today's discussion: the XFX Radeon 6950 and 6970. Can these cards withstand Nvidia's recent success? Let's dive right in and find out.”
  FULL STORY @ PUREOVERCLOCK

InsideHW.com has reviewed 3DMark 11
     Mon, Jan 17 2011 | 9:00A | Benchmarks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Futuremark proudly continues their tradition of presenting the new version of the most popular 3D benchmark program in the world every two years (give or take a couple of months). This developer first reached global popularity while under the name MadOnion, when they premiered 3DMark 2000, soon followed by 3DMark 2001 (SE), only to revert back to their original name, “Futuremark”, in 2002, taken way back in 1997. Besides this benchmark family, Futuremark is also famed for their PCMark, a complete system benchmark suite, but also 3DMark Mobile, a program for mobile devices. This time, we're reviewing the latest 3DMark 11, which implements all new technologies that DirectX 11 has to offer, and we have to admit that it looks impressive...
  FULL STORY @ INSIDEHW

Gigabyte Radeon HD 6970
     Sun, Jan 16 2011 | 4:03P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Then when it came to power consumption the Radeon HD 6970 and GeForce GTX 570 were again very much the same, as they demonstrated a similar level of operating efficiency. Therefore the battle between the Radeon HD 6970 and GeForce GTX 570 is going to be close-fought.
  FULL STORY @ GIGABYTE

ThinkPads continue to thrive
     Sun, Jan 16 2011 | 4:02P | Notebooks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"If this battery life issue was addressed, the ThinkPad T410s would likely have come out of this review earning an Editor’s Choice award. It scores highly in every other area. Normally poor battery life would not weigh so heavily in a review, but the T410s is a $1700 ultraportable. Laptops in this price range have little room for error, as other well engineered competitors are ready to knock you down and steal your lunch. The T410s, although a nice laptop, can’t compete with better options such as the Sony Vaio Z and Apple MacBook Pro."
  FULL STORY @ PCPER

Thermaltake Lanbox-Lite Computer Case/Chassis
     Sun, Jan 16 2011 | 4:01P | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
If you are looking for a great chassis to house your next computer build that wont cost you a fortune and will still be easy to carry to those LAN events then check out our review of the Thernaltake Lanbox Lite. A Chassis sure to please the DIY and Enthusiast in you.
  FULL STORY @ TECHWARELABS

 
Foxconn P67A-S Intel P67 Preview
     Sun, Jan 16 2011 | 4:00P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Foxconn details one of their upcoming P67 motherboards for the Sandy Bridge Platform that will be released in January next year. The P67A-S is a mainstream part for the enthusiast who does not want to spend hundreds of dollars but still aims to get as much functionality as possible.
  FULL STORY @ TECHPOWERUP

Epson EX7200 Projector
     Sun, Jan 16 2011 | 12:02P | Imaging | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
More than a projector and much less than a bank breaker would define the Epson EX7200 projector. Upon first glance the EX7200 appears very much the typical office/small business projector, but a closer inspection reveals its hidden potential. In reality the EX7200 is a small multimedia powerhouse that works as well for your theater room as it does for your conference room. With a retail price of approximately $649 lets see what this budget projector can accomplish.
  FULL STORY @ TECHWARELABS

Modular XceedIOPS SF-1500 Powered SAS SSD Preview
     Sun, Jan 16 2011 | 12:01P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Around Computex we started hearing about SandForce SF-1500 controllers being paired with SAS interfaces. At first we didn't think these products would live to see the light of day since the SATA versions were already very fast. Well, we were wrong and the first SandForce SF-1500 SAS drive is on my desk right now in engineering sample form. SMART Modular announced their XceedIOPS with a couple of configurations some time ago, but with a drive on my desk it is clear that this product will come to market. For the most part the XceedIOPS will be an OEM part sold to major server manufacturers, so don't start digging through Newegg thinking they will list anytime soon. SMART Modular caters to the highest levels of the server market and doesn't produce a retail line of products."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN

Logitech Lapdesk N700 USB Speaker Cooler
     Sun, Jan 16 2011 | 12:00P | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
With today's fast paced world, mobile and convenient notebooks gradually replacing their immobile and clumsy desktop cousins, the fidelity and immersion of entertainment offered by full sized speakers are often sacrificed for portability. While enjoying your favourite movie in HD while on the couch, it's often difficult to miss the warpdrive-like fan spooling up over the distant and artificial sound produced by the "it will do" speakers. While there are plenty of notebook coolers on the market, as well as portable speakers, Logitech's Lapdesk line attempts to combine the two in a perfect fusion of both convenience and quality. Today, I have the Logitech Speaker Lapdesk N700, the alpha dog of the product line, to see how it improves the experience of notebook entertainment. Read on for my full review.
  FULL STORY @ SPEAKER

Radeon HD 6900 graphics card
     Sun, Jan 16 2011 | 9:03A | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Radeons codenamed “Cayman” have been followed by various misinformation since the day they were first heard of. Among these, the most prominent were the number of stream processors, memory quantity and the release date. Some of the information was true, though, such as the fact that they were to appear in the fourth quarter of this year. The initially announced release date was 22nd November, but AMD turned out to have been too optimistic in the meantime. Launch plans have obviously been changed several times, finally settling down to 15th December. More dates were brought up during those three weeks, but only the last one was made official by AMD. Of course, creating a media buzz is the first thing that people will do in situations like this, so several theories as to why the release date was pushed back were created, ranging from inadequate performance, over a lack of components for assembly and a raw final product, to a low yield. In order to keep the media stable, AMD announced their official stance on Cayman's postponement – allegedly, HD 5970 and its newly formed lower price was selling and beating competitors so well that any sort of rush would be completely unnecessary...
  FULL STORY @ INSIDEHW

AMD Radeon HD 6970 and HD 6950 video cards
     Sun, Jan 16 2011 | 9:02A | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
As NVIDIA released their refreshed GTX 500-series AMD took what could only be called an observer's position, biding their time until their own response was ready. Today we find out exactly what they have been working on since before the HD 5800 cards were released more than a year ago. The HD 6970 and HD 6950 have finally arrived, bringing with them improvements aplenty but will it be enough to dethrone NVIDIA?
  FULL STORY @ HARDWARECANUCKS

Lenovo ThinkPad T410s with NVIDIA Optimus Review
     Sun, Jan 16 2011 | 9:01A | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Lenovo recently celebrated the milestone of selling 60 million ThinkPad notebooks. That's a ThinkPad for every person in the United Kingdom, to put it in perspective. Moreover, the PC maker claims these things sell like electronic hotcakes, to the tune of 14 per minute. Lenovo doesn't reach these types of numbers by selling outdated hardware spruced up with brushed aluminum, and clever marketing. The company targets tech-savvy business consumers and home users who want light, durable notebooks that offer cutting edge technology. The notebook we're reviewing today is an improvement over the original T410 we took a look at earlier this year. This latest iteration offers consumers a feature that gives it an important advantage over the majority of other laptops on the market. The ThinkPad T410s is the first model from Lenovo to offer NVIDIA Optimus technology, which provides users with seamless switching between discrete GPU performance and the power saving benefits associated with integrated graphics...
  FULL STORY @ HOTHARDWARE

ViewSonic ViewPad 7 Tablet PC Review
     Sun, Jan 16 2011 | 9:00A | Notebooks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
ViewSonic is a household name that many consumers can identify with in terms of their lineage in the LCD market. So, at least on the surface, it would make sense that a panel manufacturer would have solid leverage in components and materials, to compete in the white-hot tablet arena. We gave you a preview of their 10-inch Tegra 2-based g-tablet, not long ago and we actually have that in house right now for testing, though there are OS updates coming that we're hearing should offer a better experience. In the meantime, we also have their 7-inch ViewPad 7 tablet here and it has been recently buffed out with Android 2.2 for what is arguably the best tablet experience on the market currently, at least on this side of the Apple fence. The ViewPad 7's 7-inch form factor is decidedly more portable than a 10-inch slate, and this device has every IO option you could ever want, including micro-USB, micro-SD card, and SIM card slots, as well as front and rear facing cameras...
  FULL STORY @ VIEWSONIC

Western Digital Caviar Green 3 TB Hard Disk
     Sat, Jan 15 2011 | 4:03P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Western Digital divides their internal hard drives into three distinct families - the WD Caviar Blue for their basic hard drives, the WD Caviar Green for their quieter, cooler hard drives and the WD Caviar Black for their performance-grade hard drives. According to Western Digital, Caviar Green hard disk drives offer an average power saving of 4-5 watts over their competitors, a feat that they claim is equivalent to reducing CO2 emissions by 13.8 kg per year. Of course, that's a mere drop in the ocean but if you can help save the environment while you work or play on your computer, why not?
  FULL STORY @ TECHARP

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