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EVGA GeForce GTX550 Ti FBP Video Card Review
     Wed, Apr 20 2011 | 7:16P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We found ourselves reconsidering our feelings for the GTX 550Ti after using the EVGA GTX 550Ti FPB. The biggest reason is the small, yet effective, overclock that gave us the overall performance we expected from the GTX 550Ti in the first place.
  FULL STORY @ NINJALANE

NVidia GTX 590 Introduction - The Worlds Fastest GPU
     Wed, Apr 20 2011 | 7:16P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
As we mentioned before the GTX 590 is the world's fastest GPU, but what makes it the fastest GPU?? Is it a mystery chip discovered in the basement graphics lab? Or is it an innovative product that leverages the best that nVidia has to offer in a compact package? Actually, it's a little of both.
  FULL STORY @ NINJALANE

A.C.Ryan PlayON!HD Mini 2 Full HD Media Streamer Review
     Wed, Apr 20 2011 | 7:16P | Home Theatre | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The space and user friendly PlayON!HD Mini 2 may not be perfect in every possible aspect but it is without doubt amongst the best standalone Media Players A.C.Ryan has designed and manufactured to date.
  FULL STORY @ RWLABS

BitFenix Colossus Window Black PC Case Review
     Wed, Apr 20 2011 | 7:15P | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Killer looks, vast number of features, very good build quality, spacious interior second to none and a good price tag, the original Colossus Full Tower Case by BitFenix just had it all, almost.
  FULL STORY @ RWLABS

Hitachi LifeStudio Desk Plus 2TB External HDD Review
     Wed, Apr 20 2011 | 7:15P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The people over at Hitachi claim to have re-invented hard drives with their latest LifeStudio Desk Plus line of external HDDs and so like always we are here to find out if that's the case.
  FULL STORY @ RWLABS

Choiix Power Fort 5.5 Whr Battery Backup Review
     Wed, Apr 20 2011 | 7:14P | Power Supply | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today I’m here to write about an innovative device you can use pretty much anywhere in the world, called the Power Fort which allows you to recharge your devices in emergencies, the Power Fort by Choiix. It is able to charge a variety of devices for example cell phones, Bluetooth headsets or a handheld like the PSP. This could be ther difference between being dead in the water or skimming along in a speed boat. Don't get caught off guard by lack of charging options. Let's check ouut the Choiix Power Fort and see if it is right for you:
  FULL STORY @ OVERCLOCKERSHQ

Asus GTX 550 Ti DirectCU TOP Series Graphics Card Review
     Wed, Apr 20 2011 | 7:14P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today there are many different kinds of graphics card available. The problem for the consumer is picking out what they want as all these choices abound. When researching people will often sort by price range and find what they can get for that. Well today we add another item to the list of mid priced graphics cards, the Asus GTX 550 Ti Direct CU Top series. Will it be just another card in that range or will it prove to be even better. Find out below.
  FULL STORY @ OVERCLOCKERSHQ

 
Thermaltake Armor A30 MATX Case Review
     Wed, Apr 20 2011 | 7:13P | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Aimed primarily at LAN gamers the A30 aims to combine compact dimensions with high performance installs. A rugged and aggressive looking design is the name of the game here and will hopefully attract users of all kinds looking for the performance edge!
  FULL STORY @ VORTEZ

Patriot G2 (GAMER 2) 1600MHz CL9 8GB Review
     Wed, Apr 20 2011 | 7:13P | Memory | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
It was at the very end of last year that Patriot Memory announced the commencement of a new series named Gamer 2 (G2 for short). This new series of memory, again, like many of our recent memory product reviews is focussed on the new Sandy Bridge platform. Apart from their attractive price-tag they also have a number of pleasing characteristics - they are extremely low profile, so much so that the heatspreaders are in fact shorter than the modules they cover. They are also said to give impressive performance figures too.
  FULL STORY @ VORTEZ

Inno3D GTX560 Ti 1GB OC Review
     Wed, Apr 20 2011 | 7:12P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Some may remember Nvidia first using "Ti" on the GeForce 2 cards until its demise on their 4th generations of graphics cards. Representing Titanium, the cards boasting the moniker were renowned to be popular, hence Nvidia bringing the name back. The GTX560 is set to succeed the GTX460 but not replace it based on their differing price points. At $249/£200, it is meant to fit in between AMD's HD6870 and HD6950. Another benefit of the GTX560 over the GTX460 is the lack of confusion regarding its memory framebuffer at a set 1GB and more importantly, its clock speeds are 822MHz on the core and 4000MHz on the memory, a welcomed boost to consumers. Another impressive feat has been Nvidia's ability to fit the card's improved performance in a similar power envelope as the GTX460. Its TDP is a mere 10W higher than the latter, highlighting the GTX560's efficiency. This particular card by Inno3D has been overclocked to its limit out of the box, testament to the brand's confidence in the card. Set at 950/4300MHz, it is one of the highest clocked GTX560s on the market and Inno3D have stuck to the reference cooler for its purposes.
  FULL STORY @ VORTEZ

Thermaltake Level 10 GT, Chaser MK-1, Frio OCK
     Wed, Apr 20 2011 | 7:12P | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Thermaltake dominated CeBIT 2011 with their huge booth and gaming contests. Their booth was significantly bigger than last years in terms of size and product showcase. Apart from their existing product range there were some products that were either due to be released or to debut at the show.
  FULL STORY @ VORTEZ

Enermax Hoplite Review
     Wed, Apr 20 2011 | 7:11P | Power Supply | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Enermax are world renowned for their presence within the PSU and cooling departments and are regarded as a household name, but would you be shocked to hear that Enermax also produce computer cases? Admittedly they have only a very small selection to choose from, but in the last 2 years Enermax have branched off into the computer case genre which will certainly surprised quite a few. These cases have been directed toward entry level users, so fundamentally the hardware enthusiast will be ignorant of their existence. But this year, things are about to change."
  FULL STORY @ VORTEZ

Mionix Propus 380 Review
     Wed, Apr 20 2011 | 7:11P | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"The most underrated component in any gaming configuration has to be the beloved mouse pad. Some would even claim its presence isn't a necessity. But in essence, combining a gaming mouse with a decent gaming pad will be complimentary. It's a fair point that if you were to spend between £30-70 on a gaming mouse to enhance your esports endeavours then you really ought to invest in a quality gaming surface to compliment the setup. Afterall its the sensor that will be doing all the hard work, it surely behoves the avid gamer to choose carefully."
  FULL STORY @ VORTEZ

Intel launches Oak Trail-based Atom processor
     Wed, Apr 20 2011 | 6:19P | CPU / Processors | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Intel has announced that the Intel Atom platform, formerly codenamed Oak Trail, is now available and will be in devices starting in May and throughout 2011. Over 35 innovative tablet and hybrid designs from companies including Evolve III, Fujitsu Limited, Lenovo, Motion Computing, Razer, and Viliv are based on Oak Trail and running a variety of operating systems.
  FULL STORY @ DIGITIMES

Advantech sees over 40% on-year revenues growth in 1Q11
     Wed, Apr 20 2011 | 6:18P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Taiwan-based industrial PC (IPC) maker Advantech has announced revenues of NT$1.86 billion (US$63.93 million) for March 2011, a new monthly high, and helping the company achieve on-year growth of 44.11% in first-quarter revenues, which reached NT$4.46 billion.
  FULL STORY @ DIGITIMES

Intel DP67BG Review
     Wed, Apr 20 2011 | 4:03P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
With the DP67BG Intel presents its Sandy Bridge motherboard which has been designed for overclockers and gamers. The board therefore comes with decent overclocking features in the BIOS as well as attractive performance. Regarding features the list isn't very long but never the less there still is the backlit skull which one could also find on the previous board.
  FULL STORY @ OCAHOLIC

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Beginners Guide: Install/Remove Intel Socket LGA1156 CPU and Heatsink
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Installing a socket LGA1156 Intel Core i3/i5/i7 processor into a fresh motherboard as part of a new PC build can be intimidating step, particularly if you've never worked inside a computer before. PCSTATS received a few emails from novice readers on this subject, so we thought it worthwhile to lay out the steps for you in this Beginners Guide.
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Gigabyte GA-X79-UD5 Intel X79 LGA2011 Motherboard In-Depth Review
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The Gigabyte GA-X79-UD5 is an awesome 'Sandy Bridge-E' motherboard for anyone in the business of content creation, yet still nimble enough to take on multi-videocard gaming and overclocking at the end of a days work.
Seagate Constellation ES 1TB Enterprise Hard Drive Review
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