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MSI N550GTX-Ti Cyclone II Graphics Card
     Tue, Apr 26 2011 | 10:45A | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Recently Nvidia released their GTX550 Ti graphics cards to add to the 500 series of cards. This new card is meant to be the replacement for the GTS450 with a price point around $135, however since this is a factory overclocked card with an upgraded cooler, this particular model has a price of $154.99. These numbers are before any mail-in rebates that are offered. The base MSRP of the GTX550 is right around $20 more than that the GTS450.
  FULL STORY @ BJORN3D

Thermaltake Max 5G USB Drive Enclosure
     Tue, Apr 26 2011 | 10:30A | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
I'm finding it difficult to find anything I would offer up as a suggestion for the Thermaltake Max 5G USB drive enclosure. It supports the latest version of USB while being backwards compatible to previous generations, it provides active cooling with dual 80mm LED fans, it has an integrated support stand, and it has an easy way to turn off the fan's LEDs.
  FULL STORY @ BIGBRUIN

HTC Thunderbolt Android Smartphone Review
     Tue, Apr 26 2011 | 10:15A | Mobile Devices | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
HTC was the first manufacturer to provide a 4G phone though a US carrier when it shipped the HTC EVO 4G from Sprint. At the end of last year, HTC promised it would once again be the first to 4G with another carrier. And days later, the company announced the Thunderbolt smartphone with Verizon Wireless. It's been a few months since the announcement, and although there were many rumored release dates for the phone, it only recently became available for consumers to purchase. As the first 4G LTE device in the United States, the Thunderbolt is definitely a hot smartphone that many users can't wait to get their hands on. Not only does it boast of 4G speeds, but it also has a large 4.3-inch display, fast 1GHz Snapdragon processor, plenty of storage space, and the ability to share its fast connection with up to eight Wi-Fi enabled devices through the Mobile Hotspot feature...
  FULL STORY @ HOTHARDWARE

Gainward GeForce GTX 550 Ti Golden/Good Sample Review
     Tue, Apr 26 2011 | 10:00A | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Thanks to a nice boost in clocks right from the factory the latest Nvidia GeForce GTX 550 Ti Golden Sample by Gainward offers an excellent value/performance ratio at near silent levels.
  FULL STORY @ RWLABS

Radeon HD 6950 1GB
     Tue, Apr 26 2011 | 9:45A | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The GeForce GTX 560 Ti and Radeon HD 6950 1GB both target PC enthusiasts seeking potent mid-range graphics. We compare a couple of hot-clocked XFX and Zotac variants to see which offers the best combination of performance, noise levels, power consumption, and overall value.
  FULL STORY @ TECHREPORT

Gigabyte P67A-UD7-B3 Sandy Bridge motherboard
     Tue, Apr 26 2011 | 9:30A | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Earlier this year, Intel's new Sandy Bridge architecture went on a bit of a hiatus as a recall swept the market clean of supporting motherboards. Now all-new "B3" models have started hitting retailers' shelves and one of the premier boards is Gigabyte's P67A-UD7. It boasts a remarkably full feature set, some great overclocking potential and the B3 refresh also brings some much-needed refinements to the table as well.
  FULL STORY @ HARDWARECANUCKS

AMD Radeon HD 6450 1 GB
     Tue, Apr 26 2011 | 9:30A | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
AMD's new Radeon HD 6450 sets out to compete in the lowest end performance segment. It offers twice the shading power as the aging HD 5450 which results in a solid performance increase in gaming. With a price of $55 it doesn't break the bank, but does it have enough performance for the latest games?
  FULL STORY @ TECHPOWERUP

 
Antec One Hundred Mid Tower Case Review
     Tue, Apr 26 2011 | 9:03A | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"The Antec One Hundred is a mid-tower gaming case aimed at value minded users. The Antec One Hundred is part of Antec’s gaming series, inheriting some attributes from its siblings while improving some features that were previously lacking in other Antec cases. Fully painted black inside and out, the Antec One Hundred has a sleek straightforward look, designed for high air flow performance. A 140mm exhaust fan at the top and a 120mm exhaust fan at the rear come pre-installed in the Antec One Hundred, with the option of adding two intake fans at the front and one more at the left side panel."
  FULL STORY @ REVIEWS

Two Radeon HD 6870 Graphics Cards Reviewed
     Tue, Apr 26 2011 | 9:01A | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We have already learned that in some cases Radeon HD 6870 may even compete successfully against GeForce GTX 560 Ti and Radeon HD 6950. Today we are going to talk about two new graphics cards on AMD Barts GPU.
  FULL STORY @ XBITLABS

Egreat S800 Ultra HDMI Network Media Player Review
     Tue, Apr 26 2011 | 9:00A | Home Theatre | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Build quality, easy swappable 3.5' HDD tray, dual OS, built-in WiFi and 7.1 analog audio outputs are just some of the many features that place the S800 Ultra by Egreat next to the best network media players the market has to offer today.
  FULL STORY @ RWLABS

PCMark 7 Release Date Announced, Preordering Begins
     Tue, Apr 26 2011 | 9:00A | Benchmarks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Futuremark® today confirmed that PCMark® 7, a new benchmark offering complete PC performance testing for Windows 7, will be released on May 3, 2011. PCMark 7 will be available in 3 editions: the Basic Edition, a free download offering unlimited runs of the main PCMark test, the Advanced Edition which includes all 7 PC tests and the Professional Edition which unlocks all features and is the only edition licensed for commercial use. The Advanced and Professional Editions can be pre-ordered now from http://www.pcmark.com.

PCMARK 7 BASIC EDITION – Free, available from May 3, 2011. Free PC test offering unlimited runs of the main PCMark test suite Browse, search and compare results online Store one result online.

PCMARK 7 ADVANCED EDITION - $39.95 – PRE-ORDER NOW Includes all 7 PC tests with more than 25 individual workloads, Browse, search and compare results online, Unlimited online results storage, Hide results from public view, Offline result management, Advert-free online service.

PCMARK 7 PROFESSIONAL EDITION - $995.00 – PRE-ORDER NOW. Licensed for commercial PC system testing, Includes all 7 PC tests with more than 25 individual workloads, Command line automation, Browse, search and compare results online, Unlimited online results storage, Hide results from public view, Offline result management, Advert-free online service, Priority support.

PCMark 7 provides a set of 7 PC tests for measuring different aspects of PC performance with a high degree of accuracy. Overall system performance is measured by the PCMark test. The Lightweight test measures the capabilities of entry level systems and mobility platforms unable to run the full PCMark test. Common use performance is measured by the Entertainment, Creativity and Productivity tests. Component performance is measured by the Computation and Storage hardware tests. The Storage test is ideal for testing SSDs and external hard drives in addition to the system drive.

PCMark 7 will be released on May 3, 2011. PCMark 7 Advanced and Professional Editions can be pre-ordered now from http://www.pcmark.com. Visit the official website for more information or follow Futuremark on Facebook.

  FULL STORY @ PCMARK

Review: FSP Aurum 600 Power Supply
     Mon, Apr 25 2011 | 5:15P | Power Supply | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Good, cheap, and power efficient are not usually words that combine when speaking about power supplies and yet that is exactly what 99% of consumers are looking for. Today we check out a power supply from FSP's Aurum line which promises to live up to those consumer wants. Let's find out how it fares.
  FULL STORY @ TECHWARELABS

Sapphire HD5850 Xtreme @ LanOC Reviews
     Mon, Apr 25 2011 | 5:14P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
When a new series of video cards is launched it’s easy to get distracted by the new flashy cards and their amazing performance. The problem is when it comes to mid-range and lower cards sometimes last generations cards perform as well or better at similar price points. This can mean a simple decision on a video card for a budget build could have tens or hundreds of options to choose from. To give you another option Sapphire has brought back their HD5800 series cards with new Xtreme Edition series. They introduced today both the HD5830 and HD5850, of which we will be taking a look at the HD5850. Let’s take a look at what is different with this reintroduction and how it affects the budget gamer.
  FULL STORY @ LANOC

Prolimatech Samuel 17 Low Profile CPU Cooler Review
     Mon, Apr 25 2011 | 5:14P | Cooling / Heatsinks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Samuel 17 Low Profile CPU Cooler may be tiny compared to what Prolimatech has been rolling out lately but that is also what makes it the ideal choice for people with severe space restrictions inside their PC cases.
  FULL STORY @ RWLABS

Gigabyte G1.Sniper X58 review
     Mon, Apr 25 2011 | 5:11P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We review the G.1Sniper motherboard from Gigabytes Killer series. With good looks, excellent performance, great overclockability and then in addition to it all extra's, adding a SATA 6G controller, USB 3.0, but also the BigFoot KillerNIC has been integrated into this motherboard, and Realtek audio ? Heck it's been kicked out. There's actually a fully fetched Creative Labs X-Fi (20K2) DSP mounted into the motherboard to bring better audio capability into your PC. All in all it's a very impressive motherboard not only features wise, yet also in terms of sheer design.
  FULL STORY @ GURU3D

Cubitek Magic Cube 8HDD
     Mon, Apr 25 2011 | 5:10P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Since the case is divided into three unique units I'll go over each one individually. Starting with the 5.25" external drive box we have a small cube which can contain up to two 5.25" or one 5.25" and 3.5" drive. As a whole, all of the cubes are made of aluminum and are all painted black inside and out. Each side of this box is able to be removed via the screws, which allows for a easy installation of your 5.25" devices. The paint scheme and design sort of remind me of a Lian Li-Li in the way the paint looks and the overall simple look of the case."
  FULL STORY @ OVERCLOCKERSCLUB

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