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Sapphire Pure Black X58
     Tue, Feb 01 2011 | 4:01P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Overclocking the Sapphire Pure Black X58 initially was met with a lot of failed boot attempts until I figured that the voltages needed were a bit different from the values I've needed in the past. Not so much different but one in particular that I had never really needed to adjust before was the IOH/ICH I/O voltage. This voltage helped bring stability to my overclock at 210 x 20. The board could boot up to a bclock of 218Mhz and make it into windows at 214Mhz but good long-term stability was only reached at a bclock of 210. This of course done using air cooling. I used a combination of CPU vcore, CPU vtt, IOH/ICH I/O voltage and DRAM voltage to increase the speed of the processor ultimately giving me a 4.2GHz stable OC."
  FULL STORY @ OVERCLOCKERSCLUB

Lian Li X2000F
     Tue, Feb 01 2011 | 4:00P | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
“Today we are looking at the Lian Li PC-X2000F, a sleek and massive tower from Lian Li that strives for the top. But it also comes with a massive price tag. Is it justified? Let’s see if this tower can live up to the Lian Li pedigree.”
  FULL STORY @ PUREOVERCLOCK

Newegg pulls Sandy Bridge CPUs and P67 Motherboards
     Tue, Feb 01 2011 | 3:21P | Business / Industry | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Before the previous generation of Intel processor was released, Lynnfield, remember that NVIDIA initially WANTED to have chipset options on the market as well. Instead, Intel put legal pressure on NVIDIA to the point that the entire division was dropped. The death of the nForce line was with a whimper, not a bang, but the fact that today you can't make a Sandy Bridge processor purchase because of failures with Intel's own chipset, the ONLY chipset that exists for SNB-base CPUs, should help NVIDIA's top brass sleep better at night."
  FULL STORY @ PCPER

Zalman S-Series 128GB Solid State Drive Review
     Tue, Feb 01 2011 | 3:20P | Memory | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
“Solid state drives are the future, faster speeds, no moving parts and they are smaller. The only thing really holding them back right now is their price. Most solid state drives we have seen have been from traditional memory and storage companies. We all know Zalman for making great CPU coolers and cases, so it is a bit weird we see them release a solid state drive. They actually have 2 right now, today we will be looking at the S-Series 128GB drive, which is based on the JMicron controller so it is the mainstream budget drive out of the 2 that they have released. Let’s take a look…& quot;
  FULL STORY @ THINKCOMPUTERS

Intel Sandy Bridge CPU In-Depth Look At Overclocking, Memory Timings and More
     Tue, Feb 01 2011 | 3:19P | Memory | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
First introduced at the CES, Intel’s new Sandy Bridge CPU architecture is here to flood the mainstream market with over 25 CPUs. Don't panic, most are foreseen for the mobile market and only 9 new models will be introduced for the desktop segment. Coinciding with this new release is also a new socket design. 1155 pins will be the new standard for Intel’s mainstream lineup. Yes you guessed it, Sandy bridge is here to replace socket 1156. Slowly but steadily Clarkdale and Lynnfield will become End Of Life and will be phased out. At the Sandy Bridge Tech conference the representatives of Intel said that the current S1366 i7 lineup (Bloomfield and Gulftown) will remain their high end platform. Time to explore Sandy Bridge...
  FULL STORY @ MADSHRIMPS

Alert for Intel 6 Series Express Chipsets (P67 / H67)
     Tue, Feb 01 2011 | 2:58P | Chipset | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
(NOTE - For the latest developments from every motherboard maker on this developing recall please see this PCSTATS article - Intel 6-Series Chipset Recall - Sandy Bridge Intel P67 & H67 

Here is the latest on the continuing saga of the Intel P67 / Intel H67 Chipset recall....

"As part of ongoing quality assurance, Intel Corporation has discovered a design issue in a recently released support chip, the Intel® 6 Series (and the Intel® C200 Series Chipset), and has implemented a silicon fix. In some cases, the Serial-ATA (SATA) ports within the chipsets may degrade over time, potentially impacting the performance or functionality of SATA-linked devices such as hard disk drives and DVD-drives. The chipset is utilized in PCs with Intel’s latest Second Generation Intel Core processors. Intel has stopped shipment of the affected support chip from its factories. Intel has corrected the design issue, and has begun manufacturing a new version of the support chip which will resolve the issue. The Sandy Bridge microprocessor is unaffected and no other products are affected by this issue.

The company expects to begin delivering the updated version of the chipset to customers in late February and expects full volume recovery in April. Intel stands behind its products and is committed to product quality. For computer makers and other Intel customers that have bought potentially affected chipsets or systems, Intel will work with its OEM partners to accept the return of the affected chipsets, and plans to support modifications or replacements needed on motherboards or systems. The systems with the affected support chips have only been shipping since January 9th and the company believes that relatively few consumers are impacted by this issue. The only systems sold to an end customer potentially impacted are Second Generation Core i5 and Core i7 quad core based systems. Intel believes that consumers can continue to use their systems with confidence, while working with their computer manufacturer for a permanent solution.

If you believe you may be affected by this issue, please contact your place of purchase, or your Intel Field Sales Representative."

  FULL STORY @ INTEL.COM

Gigabyte P67A-UD7 - Layout and Design
     Tue, Feb 01 2011 | 12:03P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
With the P67A-UD7 Gigabyte presents it flagship model which supports Intels latest Sandy Bridge CPUs. Very nice is that Gigabyte chose to change the color design of their high-end desktop motherboards which turned them into some of the most beautiful boards available now.
  FULL STORY @ OCAHOLIC

 
Patriot Viper Xtreme P3-16000 - 2000MHz
     Tue, Feb 01 2011 | 12:02P | Memory | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Patriot has recently launched the Viper Xtreme DDR3 Extreme Performance low-latency (9-10-9-27) memory running at speeds up to 2000MHz and 1.65V. The Patriot Viper Xtreme Series is the company's high performance memory, designed for overclocking and those who need fast memory. Currently there are two speed to choose from : PC3-12800 (1600MHz) and the PC3-16000 (2000MHz). They come in 4GB, 6GB, 8GB, 12GB, and 24GB capacities for the Core i7 and Core i5 in both triple channel and dual-channel configuration.
  FULL STORY @ BJORN3D

Lian Li PC-V1020B Mid Tower Chassis
     Tue, Feb 01 2011 | 12:01P | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Lian Li has been gracious enough to allow me to look at a lot of their products. From the smaller cases like the PC-V352 SFF chassis we've looked at, and cases that are just enormous like the PC-X1000 Super Tower. Both cases have similar features even though they are worlds apart in size and usage. Things like an all aluminum construction, quality fans included, and the sexiness that looking at a Lian Li chassis always has. With the chassis we are about to look at, all of those things are present, plus some upgrades and some add-ons that weren't available when I looked at the two I just mentioned. One thing that tends to keep buyers from the Lian Li lineup is the pricing. With every chassis I have seen from them, they do charge a fair bit more than the rest of the marketed segment that each chassis is released in. In this example we are going to be looking at a Mid Tower chassis, and that market is filled over capacity with tons of offerings already, and many of them under the $100 USD mark. So why does Lian Li charge such a premium for their chassis'? I plan to explain exactly that and show you why buying a chassis like the one we are about to see is well worth the asking price over say the Cooler Master line of budget cases."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN

Corsair Vengeance 12GB DDR3-1600
     Tue, Feb 01 2011 | 12:00P | Memory | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
“Today we're looking at a 12GB kit running at 1600MHz in tri-channel mode. The really interesting thing is this 12GB kit only costs $200, one of the least expensive on the market. Large capacity, attractive styling, and a great price......are these Corsair Vengeance modules the next big thing? Let's find out.”
  FULL STORY @ PUREOVERCLOCK

Zalman ZM-MH200 U3 Dual HDD Dock
     Tue, Feb 01 2011 | 9:03A | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
There are plenty of docking stations out there. You can find them for one drive or for two, with card readers or USB ports. The Zalman MH200 U3 goes another direction: RAID. We push the unit to its limit to see if such a feature in a dual hard drive dock makes sense or makes us wonder why.
  FULL STORY @ TECHPOWERUP

Thermaltake LUXA2 LM300 Touch Pro HTPC Case Review
     Tue, Feb 01 2011 | 9:02A | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The old and well-known to all saying 'you always get what you pay for' could not be more on the spot when it comes to the luxurious LM300 Touch Pro HTPC Case by LUXA2.
  FULL STORY @ RWLABS

PowerColor PCS+ HD6870 1GB GDDR5
     Tue, Feb 01 2011 | 9:01A | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
With the release of the HD6950 and HD6970, it is easy to forget the mid-range GPUs that AMD released earlier in October 2010: the HD6850 and the HD6870. However, most buyers don't want the fastest or the best, so these two GPUs target a very lucrative sector of the market where a good price versus performance ratio is important. Today we are taking a look at the PowerColor PCS+ HD6870 1GB GDDR5 (CALL OF DUTY EDITION). Behind this rather long name is a factory overclocked HD6870 GPU with a custom cooler that not only claims it can cool the card 15% better than a stock cooler, but also stay quiet doing it. The version we are reviewing also comes with Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.
  FULL STORY @ HD6870

Corsair Force Series F90 Solid State Drive
     Tue, Feb 01 2011 | 9:00A | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"A few months ago we told you about solid state drive manufacturers playing with the number of channels and flash modules on SandForce SF-1200 controllers to achieve new capacity variations. The first round of products with the new configurations were 40GB drives. Corsair has a new configuration that increases the capacity to 90GB and also retains the high IOPS programming that keeps transactions rates high. More importantly for users shopping by budget, the new Corsair F90 ducks under the 200 USD barrier. This is an important place to have a product since the 40GB model is too small for most users, even those looking for a high speed SSD on a budget, and the 100GB drive is still over 200 USD. I'll let you decide your budget, but getting a large amount of premium SandForce storage for less than 200 Dollars looks like a sweet spot to me."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN

Telus Mobility - Charging you $2 a month, to bill you
     Tue, Feb 01 2011 | 1:40A | Business / Industry | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
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Bare with me for a moment dear PCSTATS readers as your friendly Editor-in-Chief rants about a new and galling FEE being levied by Telus Mobility that you might not be aware of.

Only a cellphone company would have the nerve to charge its customers an extra $2 a month, just to send its customers the phone bill. In November 2010 Telus Mobility began charging Canadian customers a $2/month "Summary Paper Bill Fee". Talk about nickel and dime service fees... on top of this new paper bill fee there's the so called 'CRTC fee' which is now legally called "System Access Fee" at $6.95/month, and then there is the "Enhanced 911 Access Charge" at $0.50/month. These extra fees are in addition to the regular service plan, data and messaging costs.

It's enough to make one seriously consider cancelling phone services with Telus Mobility and switching over to Virgin, Bell, Wind, Rogers or maybe even carrier pigeon.

Have you been fleeced by your cellphone provider? Let PCSTATS know.

  FULL STORY @ TELUSMOBILITY

Noctua NH-C14
     Mon, Jan 31 2011 | 4:46P | Cooling / Heatsinks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Mit dem NH-D14 stellte Noctua im 2009 einen neuen Tower-Kühler vor, welcher sich auf Anhieb ganz oben in den Charts platzieren konnte. Ende des letzten Jahres folgte auch im Top-Flow-Segment ein neuer Kühler, welcher den altgedienten NH-C12P ablöste. Mit zwei 140-mm-Lüftern soll der Kühler an die Erfolgsgeschichte der Kühler aus eigenem Hause anknüpfen und bietet zudem auch noch die Möglichkeit sich zwischen drei verschiedenen "Betriebs-Modi" zu entscheiden. Etwas verspätet, aber dafür mit einem umfangreichen Testparcour sowohl mit 120-, als auch mit 140-mm-Lüftern, präsentieren wir euch nun unser Review des Noctua NH-C14. Wie sich dieser schlägt, erfahrt ihr auf den folgenden Seiten.
  FULL STORY @ DEXGO

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