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Lenovo T420 notebook
     Mon, May 16 2011 | 3:47P | Notebooks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Whether it’s their ultraportable PCs, business models or workstations, Lenovo solutions are always touted to be uncompromising solutions, with excellent quality and flawless product support. The ThinkPad series became well-known for the aforementioned features all the way back when IBM still held this company segment. Split into several series, the ThinkPad family comprises several important subcategories: the ultraportable X-series, the workstation W-series, the accessible SL-series, the stylised Edge series, the “green” L-series, and finally, the most popular of all, the balanced T-series. The newest representative of the T-series, T420, is the one that we’ve received for testing, and its intention was to convince us that it’s worthy of replacing one of the company’s best-selling models, T410…
  FULL STORY @ INSIDEHW

How To Fix The PCI Express x1 Bug
     Mon, May 16 2011 | 3:46P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
User of ASUS and Gigabyte motherboards (maybe others as well) may be affected by a PCI Express x1 bug which causes a tremendous drop in performance. ChampionLLY takes a look at the motherboards and graphics cards affected by this problem and what solutions work, and what doesn’t. In the second part, he takes a look at the effect that PCI Express x1 bug has on the performance of your system. The results will shock you.
  FULL STORY @ TECHARP

iXBT Labs Review: Sapphire Vapor-X HD 6870 1GB
     Mon, May 16 2011 | 3:46P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Today we shall focus on four graphics cards from Sapphire: three Radeon HD 6870 and one Radeon HD 6850. Only one of those is factory-overclocked, but three out of four are custom products."
  FULL STORY @ IXBTLABS

HDCV-1 and KF-252-BK Hard Drive and SSD Docking Solutions Review
     Mon, May 16 2011 | 3:46P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The amount of data we transfer from one computer to another is getting a bit tedious. Couple this with our constant need for computer upgrades, most of us in industries related to computers of any sort usually have a bunch of extra hard drives kicking around. Some of us even tend to be on the hoarder side of the coin and can't seem to get rid of any amount of data storage. If this sounds a little familiar chances are the two products we are about to show you from Kinwin will be exactly what you are looking for. Let's take a look at the Kingwin HDCV-1 and KF-252-BK Hard Drive and SSD Docking Solutions on deck for today and see if they are a good fit for your data access needs:
  FULL STORY @ SOLUTIONS

Dell Venue Pro Windows Phone 7 Smartphone Review
     Mon, May 16 2011 | 3:45P | Mobile Devices | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
At a glance, the Venue Pro looks just like the Venue. And specifications-wise, they're largely the same as well. The Venue Pro has the same 4.1" AMOLED display (800 x 480 resolution), a 1GHz QSD8250 Snapdragon processor, 8GB of internal storage, 512MB of RAM, 1GB of ROM and no extra microSD card slot -- an unfortunate staple of numerous WP7 devices. However, the Venue Pro is 2mm thicker than the Venue, thanks to its slide-out QWERTY keyboard. There's a virtual keyboard for those who'd rather not use the physical buttons, but having a keyboard could be a major selling point for those who may be interested in trying WP7 but are coming from a BlackBerry world. Is Windows Phone 7 a mobile OS that's capable of really giving iOS and Android (and webOS 3.0, soon) a run for their money? Find out in the pages to come.
  FULL STORY @ REVIEW

AMD Phenom II X4 980 BE 3.70 GHz
     Mon, May 16 2011 | 3:45P | CPU / Processors | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
AMD launched yet another Deneb SKU, named Phenom II X4 980 Black Edition, and clocked to yet another all time fastest from AMD - 3.70 GHz. After recent price cuts, Phenom II X4 980 will cost around $185, which puts it back to back with Intel's locked SB models Core i5 2400 and 2500. This may be the last time for our friend to shine and battle out with the competition.
  FULL STORY @ TECHPOWERUP

Samsung NC110-A01
     Mon, May 16 2011 | 3:45P | Networking | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
“The Samsung NC110-A01 is a netbook that's extremely portable, has a really attractive design and a nice keyboard. It also has a decent set of ports and long battery life, but it lacks in performance.”
  FULL STORY @ NOTEBOOK

 
MSI Z68A-GD80 (B3) Motherboard
     Mon, May 16 2011 | 3:44P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"So far, MSI has released only two motherboards based on the new Intel Z68 chipset, one for the mainstream market (Z68MA-ED55, Micro-ATX, USD 160), and one for the high-end market (Z68A-GD80, USD 240). Let's take a look at the MSI Z68A-GD80 (B3)."
  FULL STORY @ HARDWARESECRETS

Corsair Obsidian 650D Mid Tower Case Review
     Mon, May 16 2011 | 3:43P | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"The real issue for the release of the 700D was that pricing again took them out of many buyers' lists. At that time the 800D, fully loaded, was near $300, and the 700D missing the key features that set the 800D on such a pedestal, and the pricing was only $30 less. While I liked both chassis', I don't think Corsair hit the "heartstring" of the average buyers, at least not yet. Almost a year to date since I looked at the 700D, the Obsidian series gets a new addition. Keeping with the same exterior simplicity and styling, this new chassis holds a new interior in a new case type as well. Both of the previous chassis designs were based off of a full tower design, where this time the 650D we are going to be taking a look at today is based off of a mid tower design. With the success of another mid tower, the 600T from the Graphite Series, Corsair thought it a great idea to reuse the interior with this design. Not only should it keep pricing down, since there isn't a vast redesign trying to take away from the 800's interior, it offers you the best of both series in my opinion."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN

ASUS GeForce GTX 590 3GB video card
     Mon, May 16 2011 | 12:03P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Just below that is an innocent looking GeForce logo, and while at first it seems a fairly standard decal, to our surprise when first powering the card we were greeted with a sleek illuminated GeForce logo. This is also used to indicate any issues with the power connections. This illuminated logo was something that was photographed last year before the GTX 580 launch, and while the card displayed was uncertain, and speculated to be the GTX 580, it didn't ship with such a decal. So we love that this distinctive feature was finally included in a production card.
  FULL STORY @ OVERCLOCKERS

Gainward GTX 550 Ti GS
     Mon, May 16 2011 | 12:02P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The first change was the mini-HDMI connector, replaced by a full-sized HDMI, plus the addition of a VGA connection, replacing the second DVI connector seen in reference design cards. At the top of the card there's a single PCI-Express 6-pin power connector, which is standard. However, they did move the power connector to the top edge rather than leaving it at the end of the card.
  FULL STORY @ OVERCLOCKERS

PowerColor Radeon 6790
     Mon, May 16 2011 | 12:01P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
“The PowerColor Radeon 6790 is the latest in AMD’s Barts lineup, and is positioned to take on the Nvidia GTX 550 Ti in a battle of the budget cards. Priced at $149, this new card looks to offer great gaming value for consumers on a modest budget, promising great temperatures and frugal power consumption. Let’s take a closer look at the PowerColor Radeon 6790 and see how it fares.”
  FULL STORY @ PUREOVERCLOCK

Sapphire Radeon 6790
     Mon, May 16 2011 | 12:00P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
“The Sapphire Radeon 6790 is the latest in AMD’s Barts lineup, and is positioned to take on the Nvidia GTX 550 Ti in a battle of the budget cards. Priced at $149, this new card looks to offer great gaming value for consumers on a modest budget, promising great temperatures and frugal power consumption. Let’s take a closer look at the Sapphire Radeon 6790 and see how it fares.”
  FULL STORY @ PUREOVERCLOCK

The TR Podcast 87: The Tri-fecta: 3D transistors and Level 10 GT
     Mon, May 16 2011 | 11:38A | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
If you`ve been dying to get the scoop on Intel`s Z68 Express longing for a review of Thermaltake`s Level 10 GT and pining for an unraveling of 3D transistors... this is the TR Podcast episode for you."
  FULL STORY @ TECHREPORT.COM

OCZ ZX 850 Series 850 Watt Power Supply Review
     Mon, May 16 2011 | 9:03A | Power Supply | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
OCZ Technology has expanded rapidly over the last decade. No longer do they simply provide memory products for your computer, but have a vast selection of products to fulfill your computing needs. OCZ has acquired many differing companies in the last several years and have raised the bar in quality computer products. OCZ's purchase of PC Power & Cooling marked the company's dedication in the power supply sector. Most recently, OCZ has released the ZX series of power supplies. The ZX series of power supplies is aimed at powering gaming and enthusiast systems alike and is available in 850W, 1000W, and 1250W flavors. This range of power supplies offers plenty of power for those seeking to power systems with a single GPU all the way up to a triple GPU system with dual processors. The ZX series of power supplies boast 80Plus Gold certification, fully modular cables, and a single 12V rail. Today we take a look at the ZX 850, the smallest of the three ZX series power supplies."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN

HIS Radeon HD 6870 IceQ X TurboX Video Card Review
     Mon, May 16 2011 | 9:02A | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"March has just been an unreal month with the amount of launches we've seen. We saw both AMD and NVIDIA release extremely fast Dual GPU models along with NVIDIA releasing a new mid-range one. If you thought it was going to quiet down, you'd be wrong, because April is looking just as crazy with more releases from NVIDIA and AMD along with partners releasing fancy versions of popular models. Today we've got a fancy HD 6870 from HIS; the IceQ X TurboX. It's a bit of a tongue twister, but we're fairly sure we're going to love it as it carries that IceQ tag along with the Turbo tag, our two favorite from HIS. Before we look closer at the actual card, though, let's check out the package that HIS has got gone on. Then we'll see the IceQ cooler they're using before looking at the specifications. We'll then finally get into the performance that's on offer."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN

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