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Friday, July 30, 2010
SilverStone HDDBOOST Review @ Legit Reviews
"The SilverStone SST-HDDBOOST is a very simple device once you read just the first couple pages of the manual, being practically PnP in a set it and forget it type of manner. The HDDBOOST gives any hard drive the boot times of an SSD without sacrificing hard drive capacity, write wear on the SSD or the complications of having to change file paths when you would run programs off a secondary hard drive. One of the best features of the SST-HDDBOOST is that you are not limited to any SSD..."

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Lian Li PC-T60 ATX Test Bench
"When testing out new hardware at Phoronix the systems are often running in an open environment atop a table rather than nestled away within an ATX case. While cases like the Raven RV02 and Fortress FT02 are wonderful to work with and use, when routinely swapping out hardware whether it's graphics cards or motherboards, it can be time consuming having to open up the chassis each time, remove any screws, pull out the existing hardware, and then install the new hardware. Running the hardware simply off its own cardboard box is often the quickest and most efficient path, but each system can occupy a lot of table space and lead to a rather cluttered work area. Fortunately, Lian Li has introduced a new ATX test bench called the PC-T60 that is designed for those enthusiasts or professionals that are frequently swapping out PC hardware."

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MSI GTX-465 Twin Frozr II @ Bjorn3D
"MSI has introduced into the world the GTX-465 Twin Frozr II and it is most definitely a very appealing card. They really pulled all the stops out with this one as they made sure to have it appeal to a wide range of audiences while not sacrificing performance in the least bit. MSI created a card that is not only a very powerful card but it runs cool and is extremely easy to overclock using MSI Afterburner. Enough with the introduction for this card lets get down to business and check out what really matters."

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Patriot Bolt 8GB Hardware Encrypted USB Flash Drive Review @ Tweaknews
"Patriot's Bolt series of flash drives prove that file security doesn't have to come at a premium price. $25 for the 8GB model is easy on the wallet, and it performs just as well as any other flash drive out there and has a sleek look to boot. The AES 256-bit hardware encryption will keep your files safe in the event the drive gets lost or stolen, and the built-in software is straightforward and works great right out of the box."

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OCZ Agility-2 SandForce-Driven SSD @ Benchmark Reviews
"OCZ Technology has once again brought cutting-edge high-speed SSDs into the value storage segment with their Agility 2 series. Based on the SandForce SF1200 controller, the OCZ Agility 2 SSD delivers up to 20,000 IOPS with incredible bandwidth speed. In this article, Benchmark Reviews tests the 120GB OCZ Agility 2 Extended OCZSSD2-2AGTE120G against some of the fastest storage solutions on the market. Just when PCs were starting to seem irrelevant in this fast-paced world of mobile gadgets and smart phones, along comes a new product that changes the entire landscape. SSDs, or more formally Solid State Drives, have finally lifted computers beyond the age of spinning metal magnetic platters. Delivering a boost in speed that no memory upgrade or new processor could ever dream of, solid state drive technology has sent hard disk drives packing."

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Thursday, July 29, 2010
Razer Abyssus @ techPowerUp
"Razer is mostly known for their expensive gaming mice, however, this new mouse changes all. Dubbed the Abyssus Razer is offering a gaming grade mouse at only $49 MSRP. We test the mouse and see if it stands a chance against some fierce competition."

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MSI 890FXA-GD70 AMD 890FX Motherboard Review @ Legit Reviews
"Overall I am thoroughly impressed with the MSI 890FXA-GD70 motherboard. Why you may ask. It does exactly what it is supposed to do with out complaining. Sure the performance was slightly behind that of the ASUS Crosshair IV Formula, but it isn't the kind of performance difference you will notice on a day to day basis. What you may notice on a day to day basis, is the price difference. At the time of this writing the MSI 890FXA-GD70 is $179.99 after rebate. That puts the MSI 890FXA-GD70 thirty bucks below the ASUS Crosshair IV Formula. That's an extra thirty bucks you can invest into a better graphics card or processor..."

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Intel Core i5-655K Processor BX80616I5655K @ Benchmark Reviews
"Many years ago, overclocking was not limited by Intel/AMD like nowadays. As it is usual, when they see they can make extra money from the consumers by limiting their features to those who pay more, they don't hesitate to take advantage of that. In the last years, the Intel made it a little bit "impossible" for those who want to buy a CPU with unlocked multiplier. Intel was limiting that feature to the Extreme Edition CPUs. AMD took this as an opportunity to approach consumers with a feature their competition wouldn't give and so the AMD Black Edition CPUs appeared. AMD has been kindly enough to offer Black Edition products for each segment in the market, and that means you can find a BE (Black Edition) CPU for less than $100. Intel is striking back with a pair of new processors which feature an unlocked multiplier without the $999 tag. Today, Benchmark Reviews will analyze the Intel Core i5 655K Unlocked CPU which basically is a Clarkdale based 2-cores/4-threads processor with Intel HD graphics and specially aimed at overclockers. Is the unlocked multiplier good enough to pay that little extra or isn't it worth it? Is it better to overclock with multiplier or should I to raise the BCLK? Those answers and more will be covered as Benchmark Reviews tests the Intel Core i5-655K Clarksdale processor, model BX80616I5655K."

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Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Patriot Inferno 100 GB SSD @ techPowerUp
"Patriot's 100 GB Inferno SSD drive uses the Sandforce SF-1222 controller which is the company's latest and has found its way into many SSDs from major manufacturers on the market. Patriot is offering a unique five year warranty with their drive that uses a massive 28 GB overprovisioning to keep performance high at all times."

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OCZ RevoDrive 120GB PCI-Express SSD Review @ Legit Reviews
"OCZ has been on the cutting edge of SSDs since they hit the consumer market and are on the pioneer trail once again with their most affordable PCI-Express based SSD yet - the RevoDrive. As implied, this isn't their first PCI-E drive but it is the first that carries a price tag that rivals that of the more traditional SATA port based SSDs. At an MSRP of $349 for the 120GB version (part number OCZSSDPX-1RVD0120), they aren't what you would consider inexpensive for storage devices in general, but considering the performance, hardware onboard and pricing of similar capacity SSDs, the price point is rather impressive. The RevoDrive features a pair of Sandforce SF-1200 controllers in a RAID 0 configuration - all on one card. Think of it like the NVIDIA SLI and ATI Crossfire cards with dual GPU's on one card. You get all the benefits of a traditional RAID 0 configuration without the hassle and expense of multiple drives and add-in RAID controller cards. We've seen the performance of just one Sandforce based drive begin to hit the SATA II bandwidth ceiling, and moving to a higher bandwidth interface will really allow the RevoDrive to stretch its legs..."

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AMD Ups The Workstation Ante With A New FirePro Driver
"Whether you are an owner of an ATI FirePro V3800 that retails for just over $100 USD, the proud owner of an ATI FirePro V8800 that goes for over $1,300 USD, or any of the FirePro products in-between, you will want to update your graphics driver when AMD puts out their next stable software update. Back in March AMD put out an amazing FirePro Linux driver that increased the performance of their workstation graphics cards already on the market (and the other Evergreen-based workstation cards that entered the market soon after) by an astonishing amount. Our independent tests of this proprietary Linux driver update found that the performance in some workstation applications had increased by up to 59% by simply installing this updated driver while other OpenGL tests had just improved rather modestly with 20%+ gains. AMD though is preparing to release another driver update for Microsoft Windows and Linux that ups their workstation graphics performance even more! We have run some tests of this new beta driver against their older driver with both their low-end and ultra-high-end FirePro products and have found the improvements again to be astonishing."

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IDAPT I3 Universal Desktop Charger Review @ ThinkComputers.org
"“If you are anything like me you have quite a few gadgets lying around, most with their own chargers. This means you have a bunch of different cords to plug in, which takes up most of your power strip and just makes a mess of wires and connectors. While there is nothing we can do about all of the chargers that come with these devices there is something you can do about the mess. This is where the IDAPT I3 Universal Desktop charger comes in. It is a simple device that has 1 power connection and allows you to charge up to 3 devices at the same time! Let’s take a look…"

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PC Power & Cooling 950 Mk II Power Supply @ Bjorn3D
"When we think of power supplies for our computers there are still quite a few people out there that think that a PSU is just something that powers our computers. They also still feel that any ole’ PSU will work on our computers. This is not the case A PSU is the most vital component of our computers. The PSU in my opinion is just as important as our CPUs, our video cards, motherboards, memory, HDDs/SSDs and sound cards. You are only as fast as your slowest component, if your PSU cannot properly supply your computer with enough power; then your entire computer is the slowest component."

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Samsung UN55C6500 55 Inch LED TV Review @ Tweaknews
"With this being the second LED TV I have tested from Samsung, nothing much has changed with regards to pros and cons of thin panel LED technology. The picture quality and colors are second to none and the 1.1inch overall thickness is nothing less than astonishing."

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Best CPU Cooler Performance Q2-2010 @ Benchmark Reviews
"Why do we overclock? It's really a very simple question, but one that has found new meaning over the years. It used to be that computer hardware enthusiasts had very few options when it came to choosing a processor, and building your own custom system was simply not possible. This was back in the day when computers featured a 'Turbo' button, overclocking from 33 to 66MHz was a click away. Back then, overclocking the CPU could push clock speeds past any production level. Today the market is different, and overclocking the processor could result in very little additional performance. With so many dual-, quad-, and hexa-core processors now sold on the open market, overclocking has transformed itself from a tool to help people work faster, into a hobby for enthusiasts. Enthusiast overclockers demand only the best performance from their computer hardware, which is why the aftermarket heatsink industry is thriving with fierce competition. Benchmark Reviews tests the latest Intel LGA1366 heatsinks in this Best CPU Cooler Performance Q2-2010 article."

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Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Benchmarking ZFS On FreeBSD vs. EXT4 & Btrfs On Linux
"ZFS is often looked upon as an advanced, superior file-system and one of the strong points of the Solaris/OpenSolaris platform while most feel that only recently has Linux been able to catch-up on the file-system front with EXT4 and the still-experimental Btrfs. ZFS is copy-on-write, self-healing with 256-bit checksums, supports compression, online pool growth, scales much better than the UFS file-system commonly used on BSD operating systems, supports snapshots, supports deduplication, and the list goes on for the features of this file-system developed by Sun Microsystems. In this article we are seeing how well the performance of the ZFS file-system under PC-BSD/FreeBSD 8.1 stacks up to UFS (including UFS+J and UFS+S) and on the Linux side with EXT4 and Btrfs."

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Rosewill Super Slim 2.4GHz Wireless Touchpad Keyboard Review @ Legit Reviews
"It seems like everyone is adding a HTPC to their media center. When you have a PC in your living room, you need a way to control it from your couch. Rosewill has released the RK-V1TP Super Slim Wireless-Touchpad Keyboard to address just this niche for only $59.99 plus shipping. The keyboard uses a 2.4-GHz wireless dongle that plugs into your USB port to provide a range of"

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AMD 890GX - Gigabyte vs. ASRock review in Metku.net
"Two motherboards with AMD's 890GX chipset goes head to head to see which one takes the top spot."

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SilenX Extreme Efflizio Silent CPU Cooler Review @ Tweaknews
"Silenx, apropos of their name, has produced a very quiet cooler (silent at lower fan speeds) that has pretty good cooling performance. Unfortunately, when they targeted gamers and overclockers for their marketing niche, the Effizio just can't quite carry the load."

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Monday, July 26, 2010
Antec DF-30 Dark Fleet Computer Case @ Benchmark Reviews
"Antec has been around for a long time. Chances are, if you enjoy building your own computers or even tinkering with them, you have heard of Antec. They make a myriad of components and accessories for a wide range of computer users. One of the areas in which Antec has always had a strong presence is computer cases. Many of their enclosures have received very high marks from all across the industry, earning them a lot of recognition in the computer world. In the summer of 2010, Antec released a new line of computer cases known as the Dark Fleet. In this article, Benchmark Reviews is taking an in-depth look at the Antec DF-30 Mid-Tower Computer Case. At right around $100, the DF-30 represents the most inexpensive case so far in the Dark Fleet line. We will be exploring the DF-30 Mid-Tower Case to see if it stands up to the name Antec has worked so hard to earn."

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Crucial Ballistix DDR3-1600 4GB Dual Channel Memory Kit Review @ ThinkComputers.org
"“We have seen so many different Speeds of DDR3 ram on the market, ranging anywhere from 1066 Mhz to 2400 Mhz. The mid range ram used by most people is the DDR3 1600 Mhz. Crucial graced us with their new and upcoming ram and having seen the speeds of the ram we previously tested, we were eager to see what we could achieve. This new 4GB DDR3 kit features Crucial’s new Ballisitx heatspreaders and onboard temperature sensors and monitoring software, let’s take a look…"

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GPU Air Cooler Royale @ Bjorn3D
"You go out and purchase a 200+ on a CPU and immediately you purchase a 60+ on a heatsink that will ensure your CPU does not get hot. Well you should also consider the video card to be fitted with a aftermarket heatsink as well. Today we at Bjorn3d.com going to be looking at three different types of GPU heatsinks. One of these heatsinks is a stock aftermarket cooler, the Vapor X from Sapphire. We are also going to be looking at a new heatsink contender in the market of heatsinks, that company is GELID. Too finally going to look at another heatsink from a manufacturer that is well renowned as being one of the best, Zalman."

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Thermaltake Frio @ techPowerUp
"Its been over a year since Thermaltake came out with their last CPU cooler offering. The Frio is their first dual fan cooler targeted at cooling high performance multi-core processors with high heat output. The Frio incorporates some very promising new features, will they offer any significant benefit?"

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Antec Dark Fleet DF-85 Full Tower PC Case Review @ Legit Reviews
"Antec has been making cases for well over 20 years for all levels of users. Today we are looking at the newest line from Antec called Dark Fleet. The Dark Fleet line was designed with gamers and power users in mind. The new Dark Fleet series are completely new builds and has 3 cases in the lineup, the DF-30 and DF-35 mid towers, and the case we are looking at today the DF-85 full tower. With the Dark Fleet Antec brings some new features to the table that are improvements over previous cases they have made. The newest features are Fleet-Swap and Fleet-Release. Fleet Swap is drive bay SATA hot swap system that can be relocated anywhere in the drive bay. Fleet Release is the new front drive bay access door system that not only holds an LED fan with independent variable speed control knob, but an improved tool-free removable fan filter..."

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Running ZFS With CAM-based ATA On FreeBSD 8.1
"As was mentioned in last Friday's article, Which Is Faster: Debian Linux or FreeBSD, tests of FreeBSD atop the ZFS file-system (rather than UFS2+S) are currently underway and those results are expected to be published in full later this week as the ZFS disk performance is compared directly to UFS2+S, UFS2+J, and also Ubuntu Linux with the EXT4 and Btrfs file-systems. Today though we have a few ZFS performance numbers to share as we look at the performance of the new CAM-ATA sub-system on FreeBSD."

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Prolimatech Armageddon CPU Cooler Review @ Tweaknews
"Prolimatech has a worthy product in their Armageddon CPU cooler, offering the PC enthusiast community top-notch performance in a well-engineered product with excellent fit and finish."

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Sunday, July 25, 2010
Cooler Master Elite 430 Computer Case @ Benchmark Reviews
"Usually high-end cases are the ones that attract all the excitement, but the majority of people will be looking for a well-priced mid tower case like the Cooler Master Elite 430. Cooler Master's newest addition to the Elite series retains an identical interior build existing since the Elite 370, but gave it a unified paint job and new exterior shell on the RC-430-KWN1 model. The Elite 430 is small and light, yet maximizes interior space to fit even the longest graphic cards. This new release is aimed to be competitive among the mid tower market, Benchmark Reviews investigates whether the Cooler Master 430 succeeds or not."

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Friday, July 23, 2010
ASUS GeForce ENGTX460 TOP 768MB Video Card Review @ Legit Reviews
"The ASUS GeForce GTX 460 768MB ENGTX460 TOP video card was found to be about 4% faster than the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 768MB reference card. The video card features a mild 25MHz boost on the GPU core clock and the 20MHz memory overclock, so we knew it wouldn't run laps around the original design. This card has plenty of overclocking headroom left in it though and to be honest we were shocked to see that ASUS didn't launch this card with a higher pre-set factory overclock..."

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Which Is Faster: Debian Linux or FreeBSD?
"Back in January, we published the first benchmarks of Debian GNU/kFreeBSD: the spin of Debian that replaces the Linux kernel with the FreeBSD kernel while retaining most of the same GNU user-land and it uses the GNU C library. With those original tests comparing Debian GNU/Linux to Debian GNU/kFreeBSD, the Linux version ended up winning in 18 of the 27 tests. However, over the past six months, the Debian GNU/kFreeBSD port has matured and it's also moved to using the FreeBSD 7.3 kernel by default (compared to 7.2 back in January) and the FreeBSD 8.0 kernel is also emerging as a viable option that can be obtained using Debian's package management system. Today we have updated test numbers looking at the performance of Debian with the FreeBSD kernel using two different notebooks where we ran the latest Debian GNU/kFreeBSD packages with both the FreeBSD 7.3 and 8.0 kernels, Debian GNU/Linux with the Linux 2.6.32 kernel, and then finally we tested the pure FreeBSD 7.3 and FreeBSD 8.0 operating systems."

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Hauppauge HD-PVR @ Bjorn3D
"For years, I have been trying to find a HD recorder that can not only record any Cable/Satellite show, but also one that would allow me to record my dad's old VCR movies onto the computer so that we can optimize them to today's standards. I am always on the lookout to try new things, to review the unique or unusual devices that can or will make our lives a whole lot easier.The Hauppauge HD-PVR is such a device that can make our daily movie/show watching lives a lot easier."

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Synology Diskstation DS210+ 2-Bay NAS Review @ Tweaknews
"I already knew that Synology made quality home NAS units, and now I can say they make good business grade NAS units as well. Fast performance is a must for a NAS in an office environment, and the DS210+ did not disappoint."

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Accell UltraAV DisplayPort to DVI Multi-Monitor Adapter Review @ ThinkComputers.org
"“I’m a multi-display guy and I have been for a long time. It is very hard for me to work with just one display. I really like to have my work on one screen and other things like instant messenger, iTunes, and Twitter on the other screen. This is pretty easy to do when you have a desktop system, but what about a laptop. Many people are moving away from desktops and going to a laptop as their main system. I would love to do the same, but I cannot work on a small laptop screen. Well Accell has just the thing for me the UltraAV DisplayPort to DVI Multi-Monitor adapter. This little device will allow you to enjoy multiple monitors from a single DisplayPort output, let’s take a look…"

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ProlimaTech Super Mega Heatsink CPU Cooler @ Benchmark Reviews
"ProlimaTech, the company behind the award-winning and record-setting heatsink, has released a successor to the overclocking throne: the ProlimaTech Super-Mega heatsink cooler for Intel CPUs. The Megahalems was ProlimaTech's first run at CPU-cooler's, and a very successful one at that. Having already earned the Benchmark Reviews Editor's Choice Award and countless accolades from other websites, ProlimaTech has built high expectations with their follow-up products. The Super Mega is ProlimaTech's plan to remain seated comfortably at the top. In this article, Benchmark Reviews examines the ProlimaTech Super Mega heatsink and compares performance results directly against the original Megahalems design."

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Thursday, July 22, 2010
ASUS Crosshair IV Formula 890FX Chipset Motherboard Review @ Legit Reviews
"Without a doubt in my mind the ASUS Crosshair IV Formula motherboard is a force to be reckoned with. The ASUS Crosshair IV Formula is one of the best looking motherboards I have tested, but looks always take a back seat for me when it comes to computer components. Performance is king, and the ASUS Crosshair IV Formula easily takes the crown today! For the most part performance across the board was above and beyond that of either of the AMD 890GX chipset boards that were compared today..."

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Choiix Power Fort Portable Battery Pack Review @ ThinkComputers.org
"“Sometimes when you’re on the go, electric outlets are either impossible to find or rarely available. Moreover, it’s dreadfully inconvenient to have to plug in when you could be moving, all because your power-hungry smartphone has a battery that lasts what seems like minutes. Enter mobile power packs, such as the Choiix Power Fort battery pack. It’s a small black box which has two purposes: charge your small electronics and double as a flashlight. ThinkComputers has the review."

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Antec DF-85 Dark Fleet Full-Tower Case @ Benchmark Reviews
"Antec have been rather busy of late, busy creating the Dark Fleet series that is. The Dark fleet series is Antec's newest range of gaming PC cases and consists of three models, the DF-30 and DF-35 Mid Tower cases, and the DF-85 Full Tower case. Today Benchmark Reviews has the pleasure to bring to you the Dark Fleet DF-85 Full Tower PC case. The DF-85 comes with a whopping seven fans pre-installed, an external 2.5" SATA Hot-Swap bay, an internal 2.5" SSD mount and four movable Fleet Swap Hot-Swap drive interfaces with Fleet Release doors for easy access. This is just the tip of the iceberg though, please read on to see what's hot and what's not with the Antec Dark Fleet DF-85 Full Tower PC case."

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Wednesday, July 21, 2010
ECS H57H-MUS Black Series
"Earlier this year we reviewed an Intel H55 motherboard and found it to perform well under Linux both in terms of compatibility with the latest Linux distributions at the time as well as the overall system performance with our slew of open-source benchmarks. Intel's H57 Chipset was launched at the same time, but with the very few differences between the H55 and H57 chipsets, its Linux support and performance is about the same. Today though we are reviewing the ECS H57H-MUS motherboard to see how this Intel H57 motherboard performs on Linux, which also offers a few extra features like USB 3.0 and Serial ATA 3.0 support."

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Aqua Computer aquagraFX Water Block for GeForce GTX 480 Video Cards Review @ Legit Reviews
"The GPU block we are looking at today is from Aqua Computer's aquagraFX series of water blocks. It is a full cover block that is CNC milled from a solid block of copper. The top and backing plates are made from stainless steel. This not only looks nice, but steel is lighter than copper and the inlet ports are also made from Delrin plastic, which is even lighter yet. Overall the aquagraFX water block weighs in at 850g; that is 350g lighter than the 1.2kg Danger Den full copper block we recently looked at. The lighter weight will mean less stress on the card and a lesser chance of snapping something that shouldn't, but can it keep the GF100 ' Fermi' core as cool?"

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Gigabyte GTX 465 1GB (GV-N465UD-1GI) @ Bjorn3D
"When the GTX 400 series cards launched in March 2010, consumers were greeted with a new architecture that met our expectations, and Nvidia lovers finally had an alternative to the ATi HD 5000 series. Nvidia stole back the single GPU performance crown, also made their footprint on tessellation with very impressive results. CUDA cores were increased, overall performance was increased, now Nvidia lovers finally had a DirectX 11 card to purchase. Aside from power draw and heat output, the only real negative trait the GTX 400 series had was pricing."

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Zalman ZM-NC3000U Notebook Cooler @ Benchmark Reviews
"Zalman is once again in the spotlight here at Benchmark reviews, returning today with the ZM-NC3000U notebook cooler. Regular visitors may remember the ZM-NC2500 Plus notebook cooler from Zalman was reviewed here not to long ago. While the function is the same, the design is very different. The Zalman ZM-NC3000U notebook cooler sports a big 220mm centre mounted fan and has a sand blasted, anodized aluminium vented surface surrounded by a glossy black outer bezel, which makes for a very nice look indeed. We aim to see in this review if this design difference will offer any more performance over its younger brother, so join us now as we examine the design and analyze the capabilities of the Zalman ZM-NC3000U notebook cooler."

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IN WIN Griffin Case Review @ ThinkComputers.org
"“The Griffin is just one of the many awesome cases of IN WIN’s Destiny Series. This case is aptly named Griffin to convey a sense of the power and strength of the product. In Win has geared the Griffin towards users who want an aesthetically pleasing case along with functionality and decent airflow. They have also added tons of nice features at a great price. Now let’s take a look at the INWIN Griffin and see if the right case for you."

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Tuesday, July 20, 2010
OCZ Agility 2 120 GB SSD @ techPowerUp
"OCZ's Agility 2 SSD is built around the Sandforce SF-1200 controller which is one of the latest and greatest SSD controller chips on the market. It offers outstanding read and write performance of well above 250 MB/s. We test several synthetic and real-life scenarios to see if the $329 Agility 2 120 GB should be on your shopping list."

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SRS Labs HD Audio Lab - The Ultimate PC Audio Software @ Legit Reviews
"SRS made a believer out of me with their HD Audio Lab software. Not only did it stand up to music, movies, and games it stood up to the opinion of a true music lover. HD audio Lab was able to take the media I had and actually make it better. It made my headphones sound like I was watching a movie at the theater, so much so that I had to break out my Gameskulls GS-1 Gaming Helmet to see what was up. And I am glad to report that yes, it even made the often muddy sounding GS-1 sound killer..."

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G.Skill Phoenix Pro 60GB Solid State Drive Review @ ThinkComputers.org
"“We reviewed our first SandForce-based solid state drive about a month ago and since then the SandForce drives we have checked out have either been 120 or 128GB drives. While these are nice drives many people still cannot afford them. Today we will be looking at a 60GB drive that is based on the SandForce controller. The 60GB size is perfect for most systems as you can fit most of your programs and operating system on the drive then just use a regular SATA drive for all your media and other things. The 60GB size is also great for upgrading your laptop’s hard drive. Let’s check out the G.Skill Phoenix Pro 60GB Solid State Drive."

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Monday, July 19, 2010
ASUS M4A88TD-V EVO/USB3 Motherboard @ Benchmark Reviews
"The AMD 880G Northbridge and SB850 Southbridge are two of the latest bits of chipset silicon designed to bolster AMD's position in the mainstream PC market. They were released about a month apart this Spring, as part of a full line of 800-series chips, and ASUS wasted no time putting them into production. Key items that help make the M4A88TD-V EVO/USB3 motherboard stand out are native support for SATA 6Gb/s, USB 3.0, and AMD's latest game changer, the Phenom II X6 CPU. With both Core Unlocker and Turbo Unlocker functionality built right into the board, this combination could be the magic ticket to dynamic-clocked, quad core processing on the cheap. Benchmark Reviews is pleased to review one of the latest ASUS motherboards, using the latest entries from AMD's new 800-series chipset."

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Thermaltake FRIO CPU/Processor Cooler Review @ Tweaknews
"At first I was very skeptical about the Frio. Having had a few Thermaltake products before and being left slightly unimpressed by them I hoped the Frio wouldn't be the same. To my delight and surprise this particular cooler turned out to be a monster. With 2 included fans and build quality to rival even the best cooling solution manufacturers, the Frio is easily one of the top air coolers to consider out there today which is no easy feat to say the least!"

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Western Digital TV Live Plus Media Player with Netflix Streaming @ Legit Reviews
"The Western Digital TV Live Plus brings Netflix streaming within the graphic user interface, which is something the WD TV Live is unable to do. While other players like the Seagate FreeAgent+ have introduced Netflix functionality via firmware/software upgrades, Western Digital has introduced an brand new unit to the market with this ‘enhancement’. For those that have already invested in Netflix and their monthly subscription, this may be the set-top player that you have been waiting on...."

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Sans Digital TowerRAID TR4UT-B Hardware RAID Enclosure @ Bjorn3D
"Over the last few year most of us have collected a significant amount of digital media on our computers. We’ve taken tons of photos, saving every one, as well as rip our music collection and possible even our movie collection to disk. Add to that all the important documents we have saved as well as all the software we bought and downloaded and it is not odd that the need for more storage has increased year by year."

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Herman Miller Embody Chair Review @ Benchmark Reviews
"Herman Miller is a company that engineers function, and architects fashion. Their Aeron chair has dominated the industry, and influenced our perception of what a good chair should be. Welcome the Herman Miller Embody chair. Designed specifically for people who work for hours at their computer, Embody is the first work chair that benefits both mind and body. More than just a solution towards minimizing the negative effects of sitting, Herman Miller's Embody chair was also designed to deliver positive effects on the body. In this article Benchmark Reviews takes you on a tour of the Herman Miller Embody ergonomic office chair, and demonstrates how much better sitting all day can feel."

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Sunday, July 18, 2010
NZXT Sentry LXE External Touch Screen Fan Controller Review @ Legit Reviews
"With the ability to control and monitor five case fans and the temperature of the zones they are meant to cool, the Sentry LXE is right on par with what we have come to expect in the functionality of the products from NZXT, and let's not forget the styled, modern look of the unit itself. The Sentry does a great job of controlling your fans and keeping your case at the temperatures you desire. Installation is a snap and can be done in a matter of minutes."

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Friday, July 16, 2010
ProlimaTech Super Mega Heatsink Preview @ Benchmark Reviews
"ProlimaTech, the company behind the award-winning and record-setting Megahalems heatsink, has released a successor to the overclocking throne: the ProlimaTech Super-Mega heatsink cooler for Intel CPUs. The Megahalems was ProlimaTech's first run at CPU-cooler's, and a very successful one at that. Having already earned the Benchmark Reviews Editor's Choice Award and countless accolades from other websites, ProlimaTech has built high expectations with their follow-up products. The Super Mega is ProlimaTech's plan to remain seated comfortably at the top. In this exclusive article, Benchmark Reviews examines the ProlimaTech Super Mega and illustrates the improvements made to the original Megahalems design"

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EVGA GeForce GTX 460 768MB SC SLI Video Card Review @ Legit Reviews
"EVGA has done a superb job with the GeForce GTX 460 768MB SuperClocked edition video card. They took the NVIDIA reference design that we loved so much in our launch review and tweaked it by giving it even higher clock speeds. This give the GeForce GTX 460 768MB even more horse power for gaming and that is something you can never have enough of. They also back the model that we tested with a limited lifetime warranty, so if the card should ever fail in the years to come you won't be left high and dry with a dead card and empty pockets. The EVGA GeForce GTX 460 768MB SuperClocked video card was found to be 6-11% faster than the NVIDIA reference design. This is a significant performance difference and for not having to mess with any software it was really nice for those that just want to install some video cards and not having to mess with overclocking software..."

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Intel Can't Ship Their Own Driver With Their MeeGo OS
"The situation with regards to Intel's blob drivers didn't improve with MeeGo when Intel's Moblin was folded together with Nokia's Maemo platform. In fact, Intel is not even able to ship their own Linux driver for their own hardware with their MeeGo operating system. Their Menlow and Tunnel Creek platforms go without stock driver support in their own operating system."

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ASRock Core 100HT Nettop Review @ ThinkComputers.org
"“At the end of last year week took a look at one of ASRock’s first nettop the ION 330HT, which was built around Intel’s Atom processor. With the release of Intel’s Core processors ASRock rebuilt their nettop series around this new architecture. These new nettops bring more processing power, full native 1080p playback, 7.1-channel HD audio, 802.11n wireless networking, and USB 3.0 support. We will be looking at the Core 100HT today which features an Intel Core i3-330M processor, 4GB of DDR3 memory, a 500GB hard drive and a SuperMulti optical drive. Let’s take a look and see if the Core 100HT is perfect for your home theater setup."

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Cooler Master HAF-X Computer Case @ Benchmark Reviews
"With Cooler Master's recent release of the HAF X the anticipation culminating since CES 2010 can finally be relieved. This new edition to Cooler Master's "High Air Flow" series is a full tower case truly meant for enthusiasts. Heavy-weight systems packing huge power need a heavy-weight case with mammoth cooling performance. Model RC-942-KKN1 builds on successful features from the past while incorporating some new ideas. The case was designed to do two things extremely well, hold lots of high performance parts and keep them cool. Read on while Benchmark Reviews evaluates the HAF-X."

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Thursday, July 15, 2010
Seventeam Z-Force 700w @ Bjorn3D
"When looking at buying a new power supply you should always look at trusted brands first. Not only can a bad PSU blow itself up, but it can take everything else with it. Your $30 investment in a cheap PSU can quickly become a $500+ investment. Seventeam is definitely a brand that you can trust. Seventeam makes PSU's for brands such as Cooler Master and Silverstone, these are some of the most well known companies in the business, if these companies can trust Seventeam to supply them with PSU's then you should to."

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Vantec NexStar SuperSpeed USB 3.0 HDD Dock @ techPowerUp
"Vantec has updated their sleek looking NexStar Hard Drive dock with the newest generation Universal Serial Bus interface - USB 3.0. Even though the exterior did not change, the interior manages to impress no matter if you are using USB 3.0 or 2.0."

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Zalman ZM-NC3000U Notebook Cooler Review @ Tweaknews
"If you use a laptop often or are simply looking to invest in a good accessory for it, this is a product worth checking out. It features great aesthetics and provides improved ergonomics while sending a constant flow of air to the bottom of your laptop."

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Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Gigabyte H55N-USB3 HTPC Motherboard @ Benchmark Reviews
"GIGABYTE has grown a lot in the market lately. They mainly produce top-notch quality motherboards and GPUs, and they have even entered new areas as well. We couldn't say they had a specific motherboard for each user until they finally released their Mini-ITX H55N-USB3 motherboard. Last year, Mini-ITX motherboards meant low CPU-performance. But in 2010, things have changed and now you can build a very small PC with great performance and good efficiency. Benchmark Reviews tests the GIGABYTE H55N-USB3 motherboard paired with an Intel Core i3 530 processor and 4GB of RAM to check which kind of performance we can expect from a Mini-ITX HTPC system like this one."

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SilverStone Precision Series PS05 Mid-Tower PC Case Review @ Legit Reviews
"Overall, I like the SilverStonePS05-B Black Steel ATX mid tower PC case. With the current price of $39.99 after rebate, I think it's a steal. It offers great features, a great look, and sturdy construction, which is a feature usually found in more expensive cases. The black paint job was well done and was very appealing. It didn't have many issues that were even close to a deal breaker. Oh, and it has no issue fitting in a GTX 480 (with a little maneuvering, mind you)."

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ASUS P6X58D-E Intel X58 Express Motherboard Review @ ThinkComputers.org
"“Though well equipped, including Asus’ TurboV, Asus Express gate, and Asus EPU6, among many other features, that first Asus X58 motherboard I had, the P6T, has become a little dated, especially compared to Asus’ newer motherboards. The P6T had 8+2 phase voltage regulating, Asus has since improved on that with other boards. And both USB3 and SATA 6Gb/s has been released since the P6T was released. So to bring the venerable X58 up to date, Asus has released a couple of new X58 boards. Today I will be looking at the Asus P6X58D-E motherboard, a new Asus board sporting 16+2 phase power, true USB3 and SATA 6Gb/s, and support for the Intel Bloomfield processor and Microsoft Windows 7. Read on to check out the Asus P6X58D-E motherboard!"

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Tuesday, July 13, 2010
OCZ Vertex 2 Extended SSD Test @ Benchmark Reviews
"Just when PCs were starting to seem irrelevant in this fast-paced world of mobile gadgets and smart phones, along comes a new product that changes the entire landscape. SSDs, or more formally Solid State Drives, have finally lifted computers beyond the age of spinning metal magnetic platters. Delivering a boost in speed that no memory upgrade or new processor could ever dream of, solid state drive technology has sent hard disk drives packing. OCZ Technology, an enthusiast memory company and pioneer of consumer SSD products, further commits to their passion for high-speed storage and delivers the OCZ Vertex 2. Based on the SandForce SF1200 controller, the OCZ Vertex 2 Extended SSD delivers up to 50,000 IOPS with incredible bandwidth speed. In this article, Benchmark Reviews tests the 120GB OCZ Vertex 2 Extended OCZSSD2-2VTXE120G against some of the fastest storage solutions on the market."

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Aerocool PGS Vs-9 Mid Tower Case Review @ ThinkComputers.org
"“Looking for a budget case where the features out-number the specifications? Look no further, the Aerocool PGS Vs-9 Mid Tower Case is here to help. With a feature list to long to list some things included with this affordable case are a complete black paint job, both inside and out, support for more fans than you can imagine and support for longer video cards. Read on further to see the extensive list of features."

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Silverstone Fortress Series FT02 Computer Case Review @ Tweaknews
"Not having reviewed a SilverStone case in the past, I was nevertheless aware of their reputation for quality and performance. Therefore, I had high expectations when the Fortress arrived here in the Tweaknews lab. To say that I was impressed with this chassis would be a bit of an understatement. With top-of-the-line cooling performance, a rich and innovative feature set, great looks and a roomy and convenient interior, this is easily one of the best chassis' I've had the pleasure to review."

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Monday, July 12, 2010
Zalman ZM-NC2500 PLUS Notebook Cooler @ Benchmark Reviews
"Zalman is a name synonomous with cooling in the PC industry and they have enjoyed great success in the CPU and GPU cooling market. Recently Zalman have added Notebook/Netbook coolers to their product line-up and today Benchmark Reviews is looking at the ZM-NC2500 Plus Ultra Quiet Notebook Cooler, which boasts dual Intake fans, support for Notebook sizes up to 17" widescreen and a built in 3 port USB hub with a 2.5" SATA Hot Swap bay for extra convenience."

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 768MB and 1GB Video Card Reviews @ Legit Reviews
"After using both the GeForce GTX 460 768MB and GeForce GTX 460 1GB the GeForce GTX 460 1GB is clearly the way to go for gamers. With most gamers running 1920x1080 or 1920x1200 resolutions the extra memory and increased bus speed is well worth the extra $30 MSRP. The GeForce GTX 460 1GB is also faster, cooler and less power hungry than the GeForce GTX 465 in our testing. This makes it the card of choice for anyone looking for an NVIDIA card under $300. After looking back at the benchmark performance numbers, we wouldn't understand why anyone would want the GeForce GTX 465 over the GeForce GTX 460 from the gaming perspective..."

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 SLI @ techPowerUp
"NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 460 has been released today with big success. The cards improve on power and noise, offering great performance considering the price. This brings up the obvious question: how do these cards handle SLI? At $460 total the 2-way SLI config is cheaper than NVIDIA's flagship GTX 480, but is it worth it?"

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Nvidia GTX-460(s) 768MB & 1GB @ Bjorn3D
"Nvidia went a little different on these GPU's and both models have 336 Shaders but they have subtle differences in design. The 1GB model has a wider memory bus at 256 bit and the 768MB card has 192 bit memory bus. Having two GTX-460's is a little confusing so we will be referring to them as the GTX-460 768 and GTX-460 1GB. The GTX-460 1GB has 32 ROPs and the 768MB model has 24 ROP's. SO our major differences on the two card are the 1GB card has 256MB more memory, 8 more ROP's and 64bit more memory bus. The projected prices on the cards are $199 for the 768MB model and $229 for the 1GB model."

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MSI GeForce GTX 460 Cyclone OC 1 GB @ techPowerUp
"MSI's 1 GB version of the GeForce GTX 460 Cyclone uses 1024 MB of fast GDDR5 memory and clock speeds of 728 MHz to make it the fastest GTX 460 variant out there today. With a price of $239, it is only $10 more expensive than the reference design."

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX-460 1GB Video Card @ Benchmark Reviews
"NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 460 1GB-GDDR5 graphics card empowers DirectX-11 video games to deliver unmatched geometric realism at the $220 price point. Based on the same Fermi architecture that powers their high-end GeForce GTX 480 model, the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 delivers mid-range performance for gamers on a budget. The GeForce GTX 460 comes armed with NVIDIA's GF104 Fermi graphics processor, and packs seven Streaming Multiprocessors for a total of 336 CUDA Cores and 56 Texture Units. In this article Benchmark Reviews tests 3D video game frame rate performance on the 1GB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 video card, and compare our results against the most competitive graphics products in the segment. NVIDIA's GTX 460 price tag fits in nicely between the Radeon HD 5770 and $Radeon HD 58.0. In the following pages, Benchmark Reviews demonstrates how well the GeForce GTX 460 performs against these other DirectX-11 video card products."

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX-460 768MB Video Card @ Benchmark Reviews
"NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 460 768MB-GDDR5 graphics card empowers DirectX-11 video games to deliver unmatched geometric realism at the $200 price point. Based on the same Fermi architecture that powers their high-end GeForce GTX 480 model, the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 delivers mid-range performance for gamers on a budget. The GeForce GTX 460 comes armed with NVIDIA's GF104 Fermi graphics processor, and packs seven Streaming Multiprocessors for a total of 336 CUDA Cores and 56 Texture Units. In this article Benchmark Reviews tests 3D video game frame rate performance on the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 768MB video card, and compare our results against the most competitive graphics products in the segment. NVIDIA's GTX 460 price tag fits in nicely between the Radeon HD 5770 and $Radeon HD 58.0. In the following pages, Benchmark Reviews demonstrates how well the GeForce GTX 460 performs against these other DirectX-11 video card products."

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AXLE GeForce GTX 468 768 MB @ techPowerUp
"Today NVIDIA launches their new GTX 460 Series. Axle is following the reference design implementation to the letter which means the card shows all the new improvements like low power, less fan noise and massive overclocking potential. Thanks to the memory choice of 768 MB it is also more cost effective than the 1 GB variant."

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MSI GeForce GTX 460 Cyclone OC 768 MB @ techPowerUp
"MSI's GeForce GTX Cyclone OC uses NVIDIA's latest graphics processor, the GF104. But MSI has not stopped there, they use their own "Cyclone" cooling solution and have increased the cards operating clock to 728 MHz. As a result this 768 MB card is faster than the 1 GB version of the reference design."

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ZOTAC GeForce GTX 460 1 GB @ techPowerUp
"Zotac's GeForce GTX 460 is equipped with 1 GB of video memory and also brings in small improvements like an additional DisplayPort connector and better bundle at $229 which is no price increase from the price of other cards."

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Saturday, July 10, 2010
Asus P6X58D-E @ Bjoprn3D
"This motherboard supports the latest Intel® Core™ i7 processors in LGA1366 package with integrated memory controller to support 3-channel (6 DIMMs) DDR3 memory. Supports Intel® QuickPath Interconnect (QPI) with a system bus of up to 6.4 GT/s and a max bandwidth of up to 25.6 GB/s. Intel® Core™ i7 processor is one of the most powerful and energy efficient CPUs in the world."

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Friday, July 9, 2010
Prolimatech Armageddon @ Bjorn3D
"Nope, it is not the end of the world either. Prolimatech has brought upon a great CPU cooler that breaks away from their traditional CPU cooler design. We all know Prolimatech's MegaShadow, Megahalems CPU coolers to be one of the best CPU coolers out on the market today. Even I am rather shocked at the performance of their new CPU cooler, the Armageddon."

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QNAP TS-859 Pro @ techPowerUp
"The Turbo Station or TS-859 Pro from QNAP is the largest such unit in their NAS line-up, able to take in eight hard drives. Its comes with an Intel Atom CPU and 1 GB memory within the compact chassis, offering much more than just acting as a network accessible storage device."

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ASUS Cine5 5-Channel Speaker Review @ ThinkComputers.org
"“There are many different computer speaker systems out there, ranging from a 2.1 to a 5.1 setup. That makes it hard to choose what is best for your individual needs. As a gamer, finding a decent surround setup with easy controls is pretty difficult and one that doesn’t take up your whole desk or room is even harder. Problem solved! SoundBar setups is a new style of speakers, in which all of the speakers are built into a bar format that can be easily mounted or placed on stands or desks. In this review let’s see if the ASUS Cine5 is going to be your next speaker purchase."

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Antec DF-35 Dark Fleet Computer Case @ Benchmark Reviews
"Antec is one of the premier computer accessory manufacturers, and their cases have garnered a well-earned reputation for quality and features. Indeed, the Antec "Hundred" series of cases (the Two Hundred, Three Hundred, Six Hundred, Nine Hundred, and Twelve Hundred) are considered by many to be the benchmarks in their classes for cost-effective enthusiast level cases. Antec has just introduced their new "Dark Fleet" series, with several new models sporting an edgier style than they've previously shown. Benchmark Reviews examines the mid-tower Antec DF-35 case to see how it fares against the competition."

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Thursday, July 8, 2010
Fractal Design Array @ techPowerUp
"The Fractal Design Array manages to swallow a whole six 3.5 inch drives and a single 2.5 inch one without the usual dimensions of a mid or full tower case. This makes the ITX chassis a great DIY NAS or server chassis. We dive into the Array to see how they manage to stuff so much hardware into a chassis of this size."

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Biostar TA890GXB HD Micro-ATX Motherboard Review @ Legit Reviews
"Overall the BIOSTAR TA890GXB HD is a solid Micro-ATX motherboard for what it is. It isn't being marketed as an extreme overclocking board, because it's not. It is a board designed for the mainstream market who are looking for a board that will support the latest processors from AMD and have great integrated graphics without breaking the bank. I could easily see the BIOSTAR TA890GXB HD being used in a system for an HTPC or any system that you want the best bang for the buck! At the time of this writing, the BIOSTAR TA890GXB HD is the lowest cost 890GX chipset motherboard at Newegg.com at a nice low cost of only $94.99 plus shipping and is $35 less expensive than the next Micro-ATX motherboard..."

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Gigabyte 890FXA-UD7 @ Bjorn3D
"It has been a while since I played with a top end AMD CPU. Sure I've played with a few AMD CPUs here and there, but they were mainstream CPUs and not AMD top end counter parts. Even then, I was limited to what I could do because they were not my personal CPU. Well, my dad picked himself up an AMD 1055T Thuban six core CPU, and I happened to have one of Gigabyte’s flagship motherboard, the 890FXA-UD7."

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Wednesday, July 7, 2010
Cooler Master V6GT CPU Cooler @ Benchmark Reviews
"The progress made in the design and implementation of CPU coolers over the last few years has been little short of amazing. While both Intel and AMD provide perfectly adequate coolers with their boxed retail CPUs, enthusiasts will want to consider a third-party CPU cooler for their rigs from both performance and styling standpoints. Overclocking your CPU mandates something better than the stock cooler, and if you've a windowed case, looks don't hurt either. Cooler Master was founded to produce advanced cooling products, and in this review Benchmark Reviews looks at the latest in their line of "V" coolers, the Cooler Master V6GT (model RR-V6GT-22PK-R1)."

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ASUS ARES 4GB Limited Edition Video Card Review @ Legit Reviews
"The ASUS ARES is the fastest, most expensive and heaviest graphics card that we have ever benchmarked here at Legit Reviews. What is there not to like about it? If you have $1200 burning a hole in your pocket this right here is the ultimate video card in the market today. This is one of those products that is reserved for those that want the ultimate video card at no matter what the cost is..."

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ASUS ARES CrossFire @ techPowerUp
"In this review we test two ASUS ARES cards in a 4-GPU CrossFire combination. With a total price of $2000 for those cards this is certainly not for everybody. For additional reference we also combined the ARES with a HD 5970 and a HD 5870."

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ASUS ARES 4 GB @ techPowerUp
"ARES is ASUS' latest graphics card monster creation. The card is based on two HD 5870 GPUs running in an internal CrossFire configuration. ASUS has also be generous with the video memory, a total of 4 GB is available on the card. Thanks to a custom heatsink design the card manages to handle the heat well, but can you handle the price of $1000 a piece?"

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Sapphire HD 5550 Ultimate Edition Videocard Review @ Tweaknews
"Sapphire's Ultimate Edition HD 5550 is a videocard that has the structure and poise of a good videocard, but is lacking in a couple fundamental foundation elements to be deemed anything"

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Antec Dark Fleet DF-85 Full Tower Case Review @ ThinkComputers.org
"“Antec really has not really introduced anything super ground breaking in a long time. I mean they did start their gaming case line with the 900 case and some other cases followed, but they have had the same style cases for quite some time. This year at CES I was extremely excited when I saw a set of cases that looked nothing like that Antec cases of the past and finally brought them up to date internally. The cases I’m talking about are the Dark Fleet series. This new series has 3 cases, 2 mid towers and 1 full tower. Today we will be looking at the full tower, the DF-85. This case features so many features we can’t list them all here! So go ahead and read on as we check out the Dark Fleet DF-85!"

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Tuesday, July 6, 2010
G.Skill Phoenix Pro SandForce SSD Test @ Benchmark Reviews
"Solid State Drive storage devices have become the hot ticket for high-performance computer enthusiasts. Impartial towards either PC, Linux, or Apple platforms, SSDs have the power to transform slow computers into blazing-fast speed machines. The SandForce SF-1200 has quickly become the de facto SSD controller for companies seeking recognition, and for good reason. The G.Skill Phoenix Pro embraces the SF-1222TA3-SBH processor to produce up to 50,000 IOPS with only 7% over-provisioning to generate maximum performance with optimal capacity. In this article, Benchmark Reviews tests the 60GB G.Skill Phoenix Pro SSD FM-25S2S-60GBP2 against some of the fastest storage solutions on the market."

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PNY GeForce GTX 465 XLR8 Video Card Review @ Legit Reviews
"The PNY GeForce GTX 465 graphics card that we have on the test bench today is a dual-slot single GPU video card that measures in at 9.5"

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Vantec NexStar 2.5" SuperSpeed USB 3.0 @ techPowerUp
"Vantec has taken their NexStar 2.5" enclosure and upgraded the interface to USB 3.0 while keeping the looks identical. We take it for a speed to see if it makes sense for the small form factor."

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Asus ENGTX465 (GTX-465) Voltage Tweak Edition @ Bjorn3D
"With the introduction of the GF100 core (Fermi) we've been seeing cut down variants appearing slowly. First we saw the mighty GTX-480 and were a little set back when instead of 512 Shaders (Cuda Cores) we were told it had 512 Shaders but only 480 were exposed. Then we saw the GTX-470 Variant and it has 448 Shaders. The drop from 480 Shaders to 448 Shaders made it an attractive, more moderately priced variant that offers most of the power of the GTX-480 at a substantially reduced price. Figure GTX-480 runs right at $500 and GTX-470 runs $350 you lose 32 Shader unit's but save $150 at little cost to performance."

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AMD Athlon-II X4-640 Processor @ Benchmark Reviews
"In September 2009, AMD unleashed a torrent of personal computing potential by introducing the market to the first sub-$100 quad-core processor, the Athlon-II X4-620 Since then, like it has with the entire Athlon-II series, AMD has been releasing newer versions of their inexpensive quad-core CPUs In this article, Benchmark Reviews takes a look at AMDs latest release in the Athlon-II X4 line, the Athlon-II X4-640 ADX640WFK42GM AM3 Processor Built on the Propus die, the Athlon-II X4 series cuts costs by eliminating any L3 cache and limiting the L2 cache to 512KB per core In looking at the performance of the Athlon-II X4-640, we will compare it to other recent AMD offerings in a similar price range, the Athlon-II X2-260 and the Athlon-II X3-445."

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Monday, July 5, 2010
Super Talent USB 3.0 Express Drive Flash Drive Review @ Tweaknews
"Try as I might, there's really nothing negative to say about Super Talent's USB 3.0 Express Drive . It's the same convenient, portable USB flash storage that we've all become accustomed to, but with the added benefit of performing up to ten times faster thanks to SuperSpeed compatibility."

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AMD Athlon II X3 445 3.1GHz Triple Core Processor Review @ Legit Reviews
"The AMD Athlon II X3 445 was a processor I was looking forward to working with when the opportunity had presented itself. Not necessarily because it is going to be the fastest processor out there, but it only has three active cores. Whats that mean? Well, that most likely there is a fourth core under the heat spreader. With any luck I would be able to unlock the fourth core, and be able to test the AMD Athlon II X3 445 as a Quad Core as well. Fortunately there was a fourth core on the AMD Athlon II X3 445..."

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HIS Radeon HD 5550 GDDR5 @ techPowerUp
"The HIS Radeon HD 5550 is based on the HD 5550 design but comes equipped with fast GDDR5 memory and a passive cooling solution. This allows for high-quality HD movie playback and playing most games at Xbox-360 like 720p resolution."

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Axle Geforce GT 220 Videocard Review @ Tweaknews
"Overall, the Axle Geforce GT 220 is a capable card for very minor gaming and would be a good card to consider when planning your next HTPC build."

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Logitech G9x Laser Gaming Mouse @ Benchmark Reviews
"One of the primary reasons that PC video games are so popular is because they offer precision control and accuracy beyond what the gaming console can deliver. Tools are an important part of the trade, and to be the best you've got to use the best equipment. Logitech is keenly aware of these fundamentals, which is why they've created an entire business around high-performance peripherals. In this article, Benchmark Reviews tests the Logitech G9x Laser Gaming Mouse (model 910-001152) in fast-paced FPS action games such as Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 and Battlefield: Bad Company 2."

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Saturday, July 3, 2010
Cooler Master Elite 430 Black Mid Tower Case Review @ ThinkComputers.org
"“Gaming cases are becoming more and more powerful at lower and lower prices. But it can be difficult to find a cheap case that supports larger video cards. The Cooler Master Elite 430 Black that we have the opportunity to review today does support larger video cards, is painted black inside and out, and has a multitude of other features. Read on to see what all this case has in store."

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Friday, July 2, 2010
Rosewill RX358 3.5" USB 3.0 Enclosure @ techPowerUp
"Rosewill is jumping on the USB 3.0 bandwagon with full force, offing not only enclosures but also host cards. We take their RX358 3.5 inch enclosure for a ride using their RC-505 USB 3.0 controller - a combination that manages to impress."

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AXLE Radeon HD 5670 Video Card Review @ Legit Reviews
"We take a look at look at seven video cards around the $100 price point from both NVIDIA & AMD and run them on eight benchmarks at two resolutions to see how they perform. The goal for testing is to give the readers good feel of the AXLE Radeon HD 5670 video card and a feel for performance in popular game titles running OpenGL and DirectX 9, 10 and 11. The AXLE Radeon HD 5670 1GB we have here is a reference design model with a custom Arctic Cooling (or"

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Artwizz Notebook AluStand
"Not often do we look at computer accessories at Phoronix, but every once in a while some product looks interesting for whatever reason and we decide to try it out. With this review, we are looking at the AluStand from Artwizz. Artwizz is a company that is based in Berlin and was founded in just 2004 as a manufacturer of iPod and iPhone accessories, but since then they have branched out into developing other innovative products primarily designed for Apple devices, but other notebook computers too."

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HIS Rechargeable Solar LED Flashlight @ Bjorn3D
"No serious computer nerd should be without a wide range of tools. We need our screwdrivers, our box with tons of different screws and of course a flashlight that allows us to see into the most hidden crevices in our computer. HIS is usually a company known for their AMD-based video cards but lately they also have started selling gaming accessories like the nice multitool which is included in some of their cards but also can be bought separately."

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ASUS Xonar DX2 Sound Card Review @ ThinkComputers.org
"“ASUS Decided to start making sound cards since the soundcard market was being dominated by creative and their X-FI line. With the new ASUS line of PCI-E soundcards, it makes it a good market for ASUS to start to dominate in, since there is little competition. With the ASUS D2X is being marketed as a Home Theater sound card along with its gaming flavor. In this review of the ASUS D2X we will put it to the test with gaming to Home Theater use."

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ASRock Core-100HT Intel i3-330M HTPC @ Benchmark Reviews
"When we last tested an ASRock HTPC, it was the ION 330 AMCP7A HTPC armed with the NVIDIA GeForce 9400M GPU. Now equipped with Intel's Core i3-330M 2.13GHz dual-core mobile processor and Intel GMA HD integrated graphics on an ASRock HM55-HT mini-ITX HM55-Express motherboard with 4GB of DDR3, Benchmark Reviews tests high-definition video playback and gaming performance for the ASRock Core 100HT HTPC system. The latest updates add SuperSpeed USB-3.0 functionality for attached storage devices, and THX TruStudio PRO technology to deliver a realistic audio experience. Other additions come in the shape of a wireless media center remote control, and uncompressed digital HDMI audio/video output."

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Thursday, July 1, 2010
AMD Phenom II X6 1055T 2.80 GHz @ techPowerUp
"After AMD'S Phenom II X6 1090T flagship processor, we take a look at the first mainstream six core processor Phenom II X6 1055T. Clocked at 2.80 GHz and with Turbo Core technology it can reach up to 3.30 GHz, and at prices of just under $200 AMD aims to create some serious alternative to Intel's Core i5 750."

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Corsair Reactor R60 SSD Test @ Benchmark Reviews
"Corsair is known for their high end memory products, many of which cater solely to the enthusiast and overclocking crowds. The Corsair Reactor SSD CSSD-R60GB2-BRKT is an Entry Level Solid State Drive claiming to offer good performance for a decent price. Corsair used the JMicron JMF612 in the Reactor series which JMicron claims is the answer to the stuttering the original JMF601 and JMF602 controllers have. In this article, Benchmark reviews is going to to see if the Corsair Reactor R60 can keep up with the other SSD's on the market."

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