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ASUS GeForce ENGTX560 Ti DirectCU II Video Card Review
     Thu, Feb 10 2011 | 2:25P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"The ASUS ENGTX560 Ti DirectXU II Top edition video card proved itself to be faster than the NVIDIA GeForce GTX560 Ti reference design in our testing, but that was expected since it operates at a 900MHz versus the standard 823MHz clock speeds. We also found that it ran cooler at full load and was able to overclock better than the reference design thanks to the voltage adjustment feature (VoltageTweak) in the SmartDoctor utility. Being able to reach 1GHz on the GeForce GTX 560 when overclocking was nice..."
  FULL STORY @ LEGITREVIEWS

Lenovo Essential C200 All-in-One Touchscreen desktop
     Thu, Feb 10 2011 | 12:03P | Notebooks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"After the review on Lenovo IdeaCentre B500, today we are going to continue another All-in-One desktop from Lenovo; Essential 200. The major unique selling point of Lenovo Essential 200 is the 18.5" touchscreen which is suitable for leisure usage and it is much affordable than B500 due to its entry specifications. Let us deep dive this interesting All-in-One touchscreen desktop together without further delay."
  FULL STORY @ TOUCHSCREEN

Kingston HyperX Max USB 3.0 SSD 128GB
     Thu, Feb 10 2011 | 12:02P | Memory | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
While I certainly have seen some down right fast USB 3.0 devices in various shapes and forms, none have had insane write speeds to go along with those crazy read speeds. Well Kingston definitely feels my need for speed, and has coupled one of their monster internal SSDs to a USB 3.0 controller and called the resulting device their HyperX Max 3.0. On paper, the HyperX Max 3.0 is a device that should offer great write as well as great read speeds, but is the reality the same as the theory? Let's see exactly how good the Kingston 128GB HyperX Max USB 3.0 SSD drive really is! Now, read on for my full review.
  FULL STORY @ KINGSTON

Intel X25-M 80GB Solid State Drive
     Thu, Feb 10 2011 | 12:01P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Many have known of the quality and performance of the Intel X25-M 80GB solid state drive since it was released in 2008, so nothing new may have been revealed by this review. But, by taking a look at it while going head-to-head with a couple of high performance drives released in 2010, it can be appreciated in a whole new way.
  FULL STORY @ BIGBRUIN

ASUS GTX580 1.5GB Review
     Thu, Feb 10 2011 | 12:00P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Looking back over the past year, Nvidia have had a tough ride. Firstly, they were late with the release of their high end GPU, resulting in AMD taking the golden opportunity to grab some much needed market share, and secondly their Fermi architecture became notorious for its high power consumption, temperatures and noise. The GF100 core was without a shadow of doubt the most powerful GPU available but in the form of the GTX480, it remained unappealing to most users. Furthermore, the GTX480 was a cut down version of core specifications, which seemingly wasn't enough to reduce all of its negative attributes. In its bid to take the performance crown, Nvidia had sacrificed user appeal. Fundamentally, Fermi is still a very successful architecture and we only have to look at its sheer compute power to realise that Nvidia have succeeded in producing what they set out to do despite the trade-offs."
  FULL STORY @ VORTEZ

MSI E350AI-E45 AMD Fusion Motherboard Review
     Thu, Feb 10 2011 | 9:03A | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"One of the first manufacturers to announce their APU based system was MSI and today we have that very product, the E350IA-E45, on our test bench. In a selection of predominantly real world tests including media encoding, gaming and HD playback we will look at the performance of the new platform and find out who the consumers are who will benefit most from the first Fusion models."
  FULL STORY @ MOTHERBOARD

HIS Radeon HD 6850 1GB IceQ X Turbo Video Card
     Thu, Feb 10 2011 | 9:02A | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"We knew it was only a matter of time, and while we would've liked to have seen the HD 6900 series get the treatment first, we know just because of the way the models were released it wasn't going to happen. What are we talking about? The HD 6000 series getting the IceQ treatment from HIS, which is one of my favorite series as they combine a new cooler and an overclock to some of our favorite models. The first model to get the IceQ treatment is the baby HD 6850 which has proven that it's capable of offering us some great performance for the price. Fortunately HIS haven't just strapped on a new cooler, though, with the model falling under the IceQ X Turbo series which means that apart from that updated cooler, it also carries with it an overclock."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN

 
Sparkle GeForce GT430 1024MB DDR3 Low Profile
     Thu, Feb 10 2011 | 9:01A | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Quote: "I’ve got another Sparkle video card for review today, no it’s not another GT240, it’s the GT430. It’s a small low-profile card so it would work great with an HTPC, or a small, basic gaming system. You’re not going to be playing Crysis on it but it can handle some other light gaming and as a plus it is Direct X 11 capable. "
  FULL STORY @ TESTFREAKS

Intel provides update on support chip design issue
     Wed, Feb 09 2011 | 6:00P | Chipset | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Intel earlier disclosed a design issue with a support chip, the Intel 6 series that has the potential to impact certain PC system configurations. The company has said it subsequently initiated extensive discussions with computer makers about this topic. As a result of these discussions and specific customer requests, Intel noted it is resuming shipments of the chipsets for use only in PC system configurations that are not impacted by the design issue.
  FULL STORY @ DIGITIMES

Intel to unveil 22nm Ivy Bridge CPUs at Computex 2011
     Wed, Feb 09 2011 | 5:45P | Business / Industry | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Intel reportedly has completed the design of its 22nm Ivy Bridge processors and will showcase the new CPUs at Computex Taipei 2011 in June, according to a Chinese-language Commercial Times report.

Meanwhile, AMD has also accelerated the production of its Llano APUs and is expected to begin shipping the APUs to ODM/OEM makers in May at the earliest instead of the original schedule set in the third quarter, the paper noted.

  FULL STORY @ DIGITIMES

Taiwan IC design houses land windfall orders on Intel support chip design issue,
     Wed, Feb 09 2011 | 5:30P | Business / Industry | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Taiwan-based motherboard and ODM/OEM PC makers are placing more short lead-time orders for related PC support chips with local IC design houses after Intel disclosed a design issue of its recently released support chip, the Intel 6 series, codenamed Cougar Point, which in some cases will potentially impact the performance or functionality of SATA-linked devices, according to a Chinese-language Commercial Time report.
  FULL STORY @ DIGITIMES

Super Talent USB 3.0 Express RAM Cache Flash Drive
     Wed, Feb 09 2011 | 5:13P | Memory | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"If you already have USB 3.0 on your shiny new PC then it is time to start adding accessories that take advantage of USB 3.0's speed. There isn't a geek or layperson that I know who doesn't already have at least a small collection of thumb drives. They served their purpose well, but it is now time to start retiring all of those small, slow drives and step up to a single, large, fast USB 3.0 thumb drive. The current generation of USB 3.0 onboard ports is capable of just over 200MB/s. This will increase as USB 3.0 becomes native to chipsets and eventually we will see the 10x USB 2.0 speeds we were promised. With USB 2.0 topping out at 35MB/s, 200MB/s is a large increase already. With speeds already at acceptable levels, the next question that comes in is price. Traditionally thumb drives are not all that expensive, unless you start getting into the mega sizes. The product we are looking at today, the Super Talent Express RAM Cache, is available for as low as 59 USD in a 16GB capacity. Our sample drive, the 32GB model, was found for as low as 119 USD and the mega sized 64GB drive tips the scales at 209 USD."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN

Western Digital Scorpo Black 750gb Laptop Hard Drive
     Wed, Feb 09 2011 | 5:12P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Western Digital Scorpio Black represents a strong contender for "best laptop hard drive on the market" and is surprisingly affordable. Watch us put it through its paces, and see if it lives up to its potential.
  FULL STORY @ TECHWARELABS

Corsair Vengeance 8GB DDR3 1600MHz Memory Kit Review
     Wed, Feb 09 2011 | 5:12P | Memory | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"The Corsair Vengeance 8GB 1600MHz CL9 DDR3 memory kit is a great performer in every regard. Being able to overclock this memory kit easily to 1866MHz is huge! While it does not win outright in benchmarks it is narrowly behind. The results are so close that it would be tough to actually see the difference in everyday scenarios. Its true value lies in its cost per GB where at just $5 more provides double the capacity of the highest performing 2133MHz kit. It really is amazing that with the downturn in memory prices that for just $104.99 today we can get an 8GB memory kit that is Intel XMP certified to run at 1600MHz with a very low voltage, virtually guaranteeing you can hit higher speeds with a small increase in voltage. With an Intel Core i5 2500K CPU, a Corsair Vengeance memory kit, and a decently priced motherboard you would have a build that is both very overclocking friendly and an incredible performance per dollar..."
  FULL STORY @ LEGITREVIEWS

Patriot SuperSonic 64GB (USB 3.0)
     Wed, Feb 09 2011 | 5:09P | Memory | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Apart from the price, which we really hope will deflate quite quickly, the Patriot Supersonic 64GB is a fantastic product, likely one of the best quality USB 3.0 thumb drives available at this point in time. It's compact, durable, light weight, sleek and it's backed by a 5-year warranty which should pretty much cover the lifetime of the product.
  FULL STORY @ LEGIONHARDWARE

PowerColor Radeon HD 6950 2GB PCS++ graphics card review
     Wed, Feb 09 2011 | 5:08P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Is it a Radeon HD 6950 or a Radeon HD 6970? PowerColor gives you the best of both worlds.
  FULL STORY @ HEXUS

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