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Thermaltake MAX 5G External HDD Enclosure Review
     Thu, Mar 03 2011 | 12:02P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"The Thermaltake Max 5G 3.5” HDD Enclosure offers a solution to data and OS portability. Offering 5Gbs USB 3.0 transfer speeds along with SATA III capability, the Thermaltake Max 5G offers portability along with all of the speed one would expect from an internal HDD. The Max 5G is also the first external HDD enclosure offering the superior cooling capabilities of twin 80mm fans. These fans also offer a little eye candy with glowing blue LEDs which are selectable on or off accenting a sleek black enclosure design. The Thermaltake Max 5G is, of course, backwards compatible to USB 2.0/1.1, as well as SATA II/I. The Thermaltake Max 5G also offers quick and easy installation to go along with rock solid build quality."
  FULL STORY @ HITECHLEGION

further details on the Bulldozer architecture
     Thu, Mar 03 2011 | 12:01P | CPU / Processors | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"All indications so far point to Bulldozer being at the very least a competitive design. I believe that Intel will have an advantage in instructions per clock when handling single threaded and lightly threaded workloads. But AMD certainly looks to counter that by providing processors which will clock higher than the Intel counterparts, yet still remain in the same thermal envelope as the competition."
  FULL STORY @ PCPER

TRENDnet TEW-673GRU Dual Band Wireless N Router Review
     Thu, Mar 03 2011 | 12:00P | Networking | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
With an external status LCD, two USB ports, Dual Band Wireless N Gigabit Ethernet and a price of around $120/110Euros the TEW-673GRU Router by TRENDnet is without doubt one of the best wireless high-end routers currently in the market.
  FULL STORY @ RWLABS

OCZ Platinum XTE PC3-16000 2x2GB review
     Thu, Mar 03 2011 | 9:03A | Memory | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Unless you have been hiding under a rock for the last little while, news of OCZ leaving the computer RAM business completely by February 28 of this year has been spreading like wildfire on the internet. This announcement came after OCZ's statement in August 2010, when the company decided to withdraw from the unprofitable commodity memory market to focus on high performance enthusiast RAM instead. However, two weeks ago, news dawned upon us that even that move is no more. Being a major player in the solid state disk drive market (Not surprisingly, as it seems to me the OCZ Vertex 2 is the Honda Civic of the SSD world, except with Lamborghini performance), OCZ recently claimed 78% of their revenue came from SSDs in the past financial quarter. While we wish OCZ the best in their future ventures, it was a certainly a sad day for us upon hearing about this. I have personally witnessed OCZ's substantial growth back in the early 2000's. From their awesome marketing in widely popularizing the use of heatspreaders on high performance overclocking RAM when DDR1 RAM was still the standard and AMD Athlon 64s were the craze, to competitively priced high quality modules, OCZ have unquestionably won the hearts of many casual system builders and hardcore enthusiasts alike. I still remember their Special Ops Edition Urban Elite DDR2 with cool looking 'camo' heatspreaders, the epic Flex XLC that can be hooked up to your water cooling system, and my first ever set of DDR3 RAM, back when 2x1GB modules ran for $600 a kit. Before we wave goodbye to our long time friend, today we will publish what is probably our last OCZ RAM review on the Platinum XTE PC3-16000 2x2GB dual channel kit.
  FULL STORY @ PLATINUM

Gigabyte GA-E350N-USB3 Fusion Motherboard
     Thu, Mar 03 2011 | 9:02A | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Gigabyte E350N-USB3 is one of the first motherboards with the E-350 chip, and while it is just a small mini-ITX-motherboard, it still has full support for USB3 and SATA 6 Gbps as well as a full-length PCI-E-slot. Fusion APU motherboards are slowly appearing at e-tail stores. For example, Newegg has the Gigabyte E350N-USB3 for $149.99, which is a very good price compared to Intel Atom/ION motherboards.
  FULL STORY @ MOTHERBOARD

OCZ RevoDrive 80GB
     Thu, Mar 03 2011 | 9:01A | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We all know that SSDs can drastically increase system performance. In fact, here's a great idea: why not set up two SSDs in RAID, and get some great performance? In reality, there SATA 3Gbps bandwidth causes some limitations. Though most platter drives barely saturate SATA II, SSDs are fast enough that they approach, and can often exceed the throughput offered by SATA II's 3Gbps. The next generation SATA 6Gbps should alleviate this bottleneck, though the drive is still being limited to only 6Gbps of bandwidth, which can easily being saturated by SSDs once the storage manufacturers transition to 6Gbps bandwidth this year. This is where moving to a higher bandwidth such as PCI-E comes into play. OCZ is trying to gain greater ground with their PCI-E based SSDs. In fact, those following the company know that it is shifting focus from system memory to solid state drives starting in 2011. Looking at OCZ's current product line up, we can see how serious OCZ is about this issue. A quick browse through the company's website shows that it has SSDs designed for almost every single segment of the market with controllers based on SandForce and Indilinx.
  FULL STORY @ BJORN3D

HornetTek Showcase: An Updated Phantom
     Thu, Mar 03 2011 | 9:00A | Networking | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
About a year ago, we reviewed the HornetTek Phantom, a 2.5' multimedia player capable of playing almost anything we threw at it. The Phantom is a very nice unit. It has small footprint, and users simply have to install a 2.5' hard drive and they can play everything stored in it. Since 2.5' hard drives have yet to reach the same capacities as 3.5' drives, HornetTek has brought out another media player based on the same Sigma chip, but which now supports 3.5' SATA drives. With 3.5' mechanical hard drives selling at 5 cents per gigabyte, the upgrade is much-welcomed for anyone who has a large collection of digital media. The new media player, the Showcase, accommodates either 2.5' or 3.5' drives. Furthermore, it also adds the component video output for those who still have older TVs without HDMI ports.
  FULL STORY @ SHOWCASE

 
MSI Radeon 6870 HAWK review
     Wed, Mar 02 2011 | 4:30P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
MSI is pre-overclocking this 1024MB HAWK model towards 930 MHz. And then there's the overclock potential, a new voltage regulation circuitry was embedded, allowing not only to play and tweak around with GPU voltages, nope ... they added voltage control for the memory and Auxilary/PLL voltage as well. We see a custom PCB with phase LEDs, voltage monitoring points, military class components and to put some icing on the cake, the all new TwinFrz III heatpipe cooler that is bound to bring good temperatures versus low noise levels.
  FULL STORY @ GURU3D

ECS A890GXM-A2 Motherboard
     Wed, Mar 02 2011 | 4:30P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Surprisingly I was able to get the system to boot with a reference clock of 229MHz, but no more. I booted into the OS and figured I would give the ECS eOC program a shot to fine tune even further. I was able to use the utility to squeeze a few more MHz out of the system and still pass the benchmarks and stability tests. The final stable OC I was able to achieve was 4060MHz, which is a big improvement over past ECS boards I have tested. I was quite happy with this number for the overclocked tests."
  FULL STORY @ OVERCLOCKERSCLUB

OCZ Technology RevoDrive 50GB PCI Express SSD
     Wed, Mar 02 2011 | 4:29P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The RevoDrive is a single expansion card that is effectively two SSDs (each with its own controller) coupled to an onboard RAID controller (configured in RAID 0) that uses a PCI Express interface to providing blazing fast transfer rates. The sample provided for review is a 50GB unit rated for quite impressive read speeds of up to 540MB/s and write speeds of up to 450MB/s.
  FULL STORY @ BIGBRUIN

Gigabyte GTX560 Ti SOC
     Wed, Mar 02 2011 | 4:29P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Want a good value graphics card that's pushed as hard as it can be straight out the box? Enter the Gigabyte Super Over Clock series.
  FULL STORY @ DISPLAYS

Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1: Hands On
     Wed, Mar 02 2011 | 4:05P | Operating System | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
“Microsoft has made Service Pack 1 for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 available to all of its customers. Not sure if you need them or not? It's not a very glamorous update, but consider that SP1 for Windows 7 includes under-the-hood updates to security and stability. There are a few service improvements within the desktop OS, but they're for very specific issues.”
  FULL STORY @ WINDOWS

Win a GIGABYTE GTX560 OC
     Wed, Mar 02 2011 | 4:05P | Web News | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
This month of March we give people a chance to Win a GIGABYTE GTX560 OC.
  FULL STORY @ GIGABYTE

MSI R6870 Twin Frozr II OC
     Wed, Mar 02 2011 | 4:03P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
HT4U.net has the pleasure of presenting another Radeon HD 6870 from MSI. The MSI R6870 Twin Frozr II OC is slightly overclocked and features the Twin Frozr II cooling solution on a mission to scare the competition.
  FULL STORY @ HT4U

Zalman ZM-VE200 External HDD Case and Virtual Drive
     Wed, Mar 02 2011 | 4:02P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
All hard drive enclosures are pretty much the same right? As long as they’re reliable, it’s really much more about the drive that you put inside, right? The new Zalman ZM-VE200 is trying to change that by offering a rather unique feature you’ll be hard pressed to find anywhere else: virtual drive functionality.
  FULL STORY @ EXTERNAL

Thermaltake Max 5G USB 3.0 External Hard Drive Enclosure Review
     Wed, Mar 02 2011 | 4:02P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
“External hard drive enclosures have been around for quite a long time, I can always remember having one around to use as a backup or storage drive. With USB 3.0 becoming pretty much standard on all new motherboards new enclosures like Thermaltake’s Max 5G take advantage of the super fast speeds on USB 3.0. This new enclosure from Thermaltake features a super fast USB 3.0 connection, dual 80mm active cooling LED fans and support for SATA I, II and 6GB/s drives up to 2TB. Let’s take a look…"
  FULL STORY @ EXTERNAL

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