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ASUS SBW-06C1S-U External Slim Blu-ray Writer
     Sat, Jan 15 2011 | 12:01P | Optical Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
“The ASUS SBW-06C1S-U is an external slim-line and yet powerful energy-saving Blu-ray ReWrite drive. It’s sleek, versatile, fast, and well priced. Is this “drive” for you? Let’s find out.”
  FULL STORY @ PUREOVERCLOCK

Tt eSPORTS Challenger Pro Keyboard
     Sat, Jan 15 2011 | 12:00P | Peripherals | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Other than basic functions, a keyboard becomes largely a thing of personal preference. I'm a die-hard Saitek fan/user and in fact have worn off most of my keys on the left side of the keyboard. Still, I found it remarkably easy to switch to the Thermaltake Challenger Pro. I like the idea of the additional macro keys, but I didn't find them that useful for my style of game play. . .
  FULL STORY @ BCCHARDWARE

Android 2.2 FroYo Breathes New Life Into Dell Streak
     Sat, Jan 15 2011 | 9:03A | Mouse Pads | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
It has been claimed that Android 2.2 (FroYo) offers significant performance increases over previous iterations of the mobile operating system and one of the devices that could benefit greatly is Dell's Streak tablet. Recently Dell released an Android 2.2 update for the Streak and it provided a good opportunity to look at the performance benefits of upgrading from Android 1.6, the Streak's initial release version, to Android 2.2. The Streak is a good case study due to its rather mainstream hardware feature set that consists of a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU. The performance analysis shown here offers that there are significant gains to be had virtually across the board from standard compute performance, to Javascript execution and 3D gaming.
  FULL STORY @ BREATHES

AMD Radeon HD 6970 & 6950 Graphics Debut
     Sat, Jan 15 2011 | 9:02A | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
As many of you may be aware, Cayman is the codename given to AMD’s newest flagship GPU, which will power the Radeon HD 6900 series (Antilles, aka the Radeon HD 6990, will uses a pair of Cayman GPUs when it arrives sometime next year). Cayman is the successor to AMD's Cypress XT core that was employed in the Radeon HD 5800 series, and while it does leverage many of the technologies from that generation, Cayman is a new chip that embraces a fresh core architecture designed to increase efficiency, performance and feature-set. Initially, the Cayman GPU will power two graphics cards, the Radeon HD 6970 and the Radeon HD 6950. And wouldn’t you know it; we have a pair of each in house and have been testing them with a completely revamped test-bed for a few days now...
  FULL STORY @ HOTHARDWARE

Cooler Master USP 100 Mid Tower Case Review
     Sat, Jan 15 2011 | 9:01A | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"The Cooler Master USP 100 is an enthusiast mid-tower case aimed at users with a limited budget. Painted black and crimson, the Cooler Master USP 100 is feature-rich with support for heatsinks up to 160mm tall and video cards that reach 270mm in length. Bundled with a 550-Watt Cooler Master eXtreme Power Plus PSU, the Cooler Master USP 100 offers excellent value for a PC gaming platform."
  FULL STORY @ MASTER

Archgon Mobile Optical Disk Drive MD-9102 DVD
     Sat, Jan 15 2011 | 9:00A | Optical Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Today, ARCHGON is aiming to surpass OEM by delivery the product that meets the demand of end user by placing its value on users come first. We design our product with industry professionalism and innovations resulting in stylish, light, mobile and user-friendly Mobile HDD, Mobile DVD/BD Optical Disk Drive and Media Player which can be enjoy by people of all ages. With quality product, superior customer service and on time delivery, ARCHGON has risen to become the leading IT suppliers."
  FULL STORY @ HITECHLEGION

Patriot Xporter Rage 32GB USB Flash Drive
     Fri, Jan 14 2011 | 4:03P | Memory | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
" It’s been a while since I’ve reviewed any USB drives here on TestFreaks so today I’ve got one that Patriot has sent over. The drive is the Xporter Rage 32gb version or XT as it’s called. The drive features a quad channel configuration of four nand chips that work together simultaneously to provide enhanced performance overall."
  FULL STORY @ PATRIOT

 
Super Talent 16GB VSSD Solid State Drive Review
     Fri, Jan 14 2011 | 4:02P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
If you could buy an SSD for as little as $38 (thirty-eight dollars) and I told you that the normal user would never be able to tell the difference between that $38 SSD and a top of the line SSD in normal use, would I have your attention? I thought so and I am telling you just that because this morning I installed this ST 16GB VSSD on my laptop and then went to the internet to check out a price and found it 'brand new' for only $38 at a popular auction site.
  FULL STORY @ THESSDREVIEW

Corsair Vengeance DDR3-1600 8GB Dual Channel
     Fri, Jan 14 2011 | 4:00P | Memory | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
“Corsair is a company that we all know for memory and rightfully so, their Dominator Series of memory has been the flagship for their DDR3 line for some time now. Today we will be looking at a new enthusiast line of memory called Vengeance. The Vengeance line is aggressively priced and with a lower voltage rating of 1.5V instead of the normal 1.65V you should be able to these modules to the limit. Today we will be taking a look at the 8GB 1600MHz dual channel DDR3 kit (CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9) and putting it through it’s paces. Read on to see how well them perform!"
  FULL STORY @ THINKCOMPUTERS

Overclocked GeForce GTX 480 Shoot-Out: MSI vs. Gigabyte
     Fri, Jan 14 2011 | 12:03P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
A funny thing happened during the course of this article—life got in the way. And in the few weeks that things were delayed, the PC graphics landscape changed dramatically. A couple of weeks before NVIDIA unleashed the GeForce GTX 580 onto the world, MSI and Gigabyte readied a pair of the most innovative GeForce GTX 480 cards to hit the market. Not only were the cards factory overclocked, but they featured custom coolers, re-worked PCBs, and hardcore, enthusiast-class features not found on any other GTX 480. MSI and Gigabyte sent us these custom GTX 480s, and just before putting the finishing touches on the piece, my wife went into labor, the GeForce GTX 580 hit, a few other launches needed coverage (including the just released GTX 570), and badabing badaboom, here we are today.
  FULL STORY @ HOTHARDWARE

Samsung Omnia 7 smartphone
     Fri, Jan 14 2011 | 12:02P | Mobile Devices | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
After the first impressions obtained (and put to words on our website) not so long ago, now, after almost a month, we're allowed to officially present to you one of the first Windows Phone 7 smartphones. The hardware part of the device hasn't changed one bit, but subtle changes in the operating systems are evident compared to the version that we saw before. A very elegant casing made of plastic and light alloys gives a positive impression of the overall production quality. Without unnecessary details, and a simplistic design, mostly due to its cubical shape, it's perfectly fit for any situation…
  FULL STORY @ INSIDEHW

Gainward GeForce GTX 570 1280MB Goes Like Hell Video Card Overclocked
     Fri, Jan 14 2011 | 12:01P | Overclocking | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Gainward offer us a great overclock out of the box when it comes to the GTX 570, but as we always try to do with the first version of a new model, we see just how far we can overclock it. At the moment we don't have any voltage adjustment ability when it comes to the core, so our overall overclock might not be as strong as it could be when we see future versions of MSI Afterburner. But we wouldn't be bringing you this article today if we didn't get at least a decent bump out of the card. Since we've already covered the Gainward GTX 570 1280MB Goes Like Hell edition in our standalone review here, we won't go into any real details on the card. Instead we'll just quickly cover the stock clocks the card carries; and more importantly the overclock we managed to achieve."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 570
     Fri, Jan 14 2011 | 12:00P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Not too long ago NVIDIA introduced the GeForce GTX 480, and shortly after the feature reduced GTX 470. Just a few months later, the top model was replaced by the GTX 580. Before the year 2010 is even over, NVIDIA takes the downsizing step as well in the 500 series: The GeForce GTX 570 is based on a feature reduced GTX 580 chip. HT4U.net presents, if price-performance is appealing.
  FULL STORY @ REVIEWS

News: A quick look at chipset PCI Express performance
     Fri, Jan 14 2011 | 11:34A | Chipset | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Finally Intel has a mid-range chipset with proper PCIe 2.0 lanes. We test the P67`s PCIe implementation to see how it stacks up against the competition."
  FULL STORY @ TECHREPORT.COM

Sapphire Radeon HD 6950 2GB DDR5 DX11 Video Card Review
     Fri, Jan 14 2011 | 9:03A | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"One present could possibly be the Sapphire Radeon HD 6950. The Sapphire Radeon HD 6950 comes with an amazing 2GB of GDDR5 memory. More then enough memory to plow through any new DX11 title. The HD 6950 has 2 DVI, 2 mini Display Port, and a single HDMI 1.4a slot. Using the mini Display Ports, this card can support up to 6 monitors at once. There is also advanced technology with the HD 6950 including dual graphics engines, 22 SIMD engines, and 88 texture units. This increase far surpasses the 6800 series recently released."
  FULL STORY @ HITECHLEGION

3DMark 11 Overview
     Fri, Jan 14 2011 | 9:02A | Benchmarks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Futuremark’s 3DMark 11 is a synthetic benchmarking tool designed to provide an accurate and consistent simulation of the latest DX 11 games. 3DMark 11 tests the video card’s performance capabilities using a native DirectX 11 engine which uses tessellation, compute-shaders and multi-threading. 3DMark 11 also tests the system’s physics capabilities using the Bullet Open-source physics engine, testing for rigid-body calculations via CPU as well as simulating soft-body physics using DirectCompute."
  FULL STORY @ HITECHLEGION

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