Daily News for Jan 3

ASUS P5E3 X48 Premium WiFi-AP @n Motherboard Review @ Elite Bastards
So, what do we have by way of improvements in X48 over its forebear? The simple answer is - Nothing major. Most of the under the hood changes to the X48 chipset concern tweaking the design and components with a mind to adding official support for Intel's latest, 1600MHz FSB CPUs. While X38-based motherboards will often be able to do this unofficially, X48 should make for better stability at these higher FSB and memory speeds, as well as allowing for better overclocking of such parts.

In-Win Allure MicroATX Designer Case Review @ Madshrimps
In-Win has a flashy microATX in their product lineup, the Allure comes in white color with fancy flower pattern and small footprint. Designed to blend in with its environment will certainly please the ladies.

Sunon Waturbo Liquid Circulation Heatsink Review @ Frostytech
The Sunon Waturbo isn't your average heatsink, at its center is a liquid core and a little magnetically coupled impeller to stir things up. As the 92mm fan spins, so do the blades of the internal impeller. This pumps the red glycol based coolant around the small aluminum chamber at the heart of the Waturbo, through a pyramid of 1mm square copper pins and around again. The idea is to use the liquid to distribute the heat from the hefty copper base to the rest of the aluminum heatsink. In practice, the concept more or less works.

Glacialtech Igloo 5750 Silent Heatsink Review @ Frostytech
In this review Frostytech is evaluating the new Glacialtech Igloo 5750 Silent heatsink, a quiet little cooler with double fans and a single power cord for your convenience. This cooler is compatible with socket 775 Intel processors and the full range of AMD K8 CPU's. Made by Taiwanese heatsink manufacturer Glacialtech, the Igloo 5750 Silent is first and foremost a low noise heatsink - so don't let its dual 92mm fans fool you into thinking otherwise.

Sapphire Radeon HD 3850 Ultimate Edition Review @ Tweaktown
Moving onto the card itself, the front looks a bit weird with a large plate covering most of the front and three little pipes heading out the top and going around the back. To the right of the card you can also see a heatsink covering some of the hotter components on the card. Since this is the first stock clocked HD 3850 we have been greeted with we thought we would check it out against the overclocked HD 3850 from GECUBE along with the stock clocked 8800GT for good measure.

Saitek GH30 Vibration Headset Review @ 3DXtreme
The Saitek GH30 Headset has been a great product for me. The one issue I would have with it is the vibration bass. I don’t feel as though the effect does much. I’ve owned a set of vibration bass headphones a few years back and the vibration was very noticeable. However, with the GH30s I don’t really notice a difference. The GH30s sound decent and the integrated microphone is great for gamers that use voice chat software. The GH30s would also come in very handy for anyone that uses voice recognition software. At $40 I feel the GH30s justify the price – most headsets with a microphone are pretty cheap and sound like garbage.

Dell Crystal 22" LCD Multimedia Monitor @ Hot Hardware
The Dell Crystal, much like its name implies, is the latest in Dell display innovation - featuring a breathtakingly slim and stylish design. The 22" widescreen LCD panel is encased in 4mm premium grade ultra-clear tempered glass floating on a beautiful chrome-plated zinc alloy tripod stand. Elegant and simple down to its last detail, the Crystal's four integrated speakers and top webcam are connected by subtly embedded circuitry throughout the panel's slim glass.

Palit GeForce 8800 GT 512MB PCIe Video Card Review @ Overclocker's Club
The Palit GeForce 8800 GT is one of the newest Nvidia based graphics solutions available. This 8800 GT is unlike the others that I have seen. The heatsink on the Palit 8800 GT is not just a stock nVidia heatsink with the Palit logo on it. Palit ships its 8800GT with a unique heatsink and fan that almost reminds me of the Thermaltake ORB.

Daily News for Jan 2

Western Digital 320GB Scorpio 2.5 Inch SATA 3Gbps Hard Drive Review @ Bigbruin
The 250GB version of the Western Digital Scorpio 2.5 inch SATA hard drive was reviewed at Bigbruin.com in September 2007, and it made a very positive impression. With an even higher capacity and faster transfer rates, it seems that the newer 320GB version would be destined for even greater accolades.

Seagate Momentus 7200.2 200GB 2.5" Hard Drive Review @ TechwareLabs
Usher in the new year with renewed performance for your laptop. We take a look at the Seagate Momentus 7200.2 laptop hard drive which is packed with features as well as heart pounding performance. See why our tests show that the Momentus should be your next upgrade of choice and how its use will lead to a better overall computing experience.

Logitech G51 Speaker System Review @ 3DXtreme
The Logitech G51 Speaker System is rated for 155 Watts so while it’s not the most powerful set of Speakers in the Logitech product line these can turn 2-channel sound into intense 5.1-channel audio. After using them, I’m not quite sure if they were even created with the PC in mind. Connecting these speakers to a game console or MP3 player seemed to really be the driving force behind this product.

Hitachi 2.5" 200GB Notebook Upgrade Kit Review @ Tweaktown
Hitachi has come up with what looks to be one of the best ideas in the notebook storage market; an upgrade kit that includes a 2.5” Serial ATA hard disk which is what every new notebook along with some older ones on the market use. Designed to give you two hard disks in total, the new one is placed inside your notebook while the older one is installed into a USB powered 2.5” HDD enclosure and run through your USB ports; this giving you even more storage capacity.

Asus' Eee PC 4G sub-notebook Review @ Tech Report
It's a little odd, then, to be sitting in front of Asus' Eee PC sub-notebook. With a Celeron ULV processor chugging along at 630MHz, GMA 900 integrated graphics powering a 800x480 display, 512MB of RAM, and just 4GB of internal storage capacity, the Eee PC's specs are hardly awe-inspiring. I assure you, however, that it's there. After a few weeks of quality time with the Eee PC, I'm absolutely sold on the concept and pretty enamored with Asus' implementation. Keep reading to see why.

Kingston 8GB Ultimate 266x CompactFlash Card @ Legit Reviews
The Kingston 8GB Ultimate 266X CompactFlash card offers an amazing minimum sustained write speed rating of 266X, making it one of the fastest cards to support high-end digital cameras and devices. With transfer rates of 45MB/sec. read and 40MB/sec. write, you can capture more continuous, high resolution images in less time with the CompactFlash Ultimate than traditional CompactFlash memory cards.

NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTS 512MB Review @ Tech ARP
Many gamers are now wondering whether they should get the GeForce 8800 GTS 512MB or the GeForce 8800 GT. Will this graphics card offer the same great price-performance value of the GeForce 8800 GT? We will answer those questions in our review of the new NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTS 512MB.

Gigabyte Volar GH-PSV21-FB Heatsink Review @ Frostytech
The Gigabyte Volar heatsink looks cool because it looks different. Perched at an angle above the processor, the Volar's 120mm diameter smokey grey fan has rather large impeller blades that look as if they'll propel air into the cooling fins of its donut shape heatsink with quiet force.

Daily News for Jan 1

GlacialTech Altair A380 Media Center PC Case Review @ Bigbruin
GlacialTech has a new case on the market, the Altair A380 Media Center PC Case, which is designed to look like a component in a home theater and not like a typical computer. This review will cover the black version, and with the option to also choose silver, there shouldn't be a home theater system out there that this case wouldn't look right at home in.

OCZ Freeze Thermal Interface Material Review @ Tweaktown
Now comes a new material hot on the heels of a new breed of thermal interface material that is trying to knock off the industry leader from its high perch. Other compounds we have recently tested have done quite well, so now the big question is if OCZ can add its name to the list of products that can trounce the popular Arctic Silver line.

Cyber Snipa Tracer Mouse Pad Review @ Madshrimps
The development in the gaming market has brought many new companies last few years; it is a booming business which brought us a total new range of products that are not solely aimed for performance. With the TRACER mouse pad, Cyber Snipa is amongst many companies trying to get food in the gaming industry via cool looking gadgets. We had a few months experience with this product, find out how well we appreciated Cyber Snipa TRACER mouse pad.

Rosewill 2.5 Inch External USB Enclosure and Mobile Rack Review @ TechwareLabs
Rosewill offers a really interesting product that allows greatly added flexibility to the standard external hard drive with their RX251 enclosure. Take a look at this enclosure that allows you to use a USB 2.5" drive with your laptop and your desktop without any cables.

Beginners Guides: Formatting and Partitioning a Hard Drive @ PCSTATS
Hard drive space will always be in constant demand, what with the average game install exceeding a gigabyte of space, and fast Internet and file sharing conspiring to fill our computers with things we can't possibly do without. Fortunately, hard disk space continues to expand affordably. As the average computer can use up to three hard disks in addition to a CD drive, it's easy enough to go out and buy a new drive to add extra storage space to your system. Easy enough until you get around to actually putting the drive in, that is. Few other computer upgrades carry more potential complications and complexities than installing and preparing a newly purchased hard drive for use.

OCZ DDR2 PC2-6400 ReaperX HPC 4GB Kit Review @ Tweaktown
OCZ has prided themselves on overclocking memory to its extreme limits and have done a great job at not only reaching the limits, but pushing them with innovative cooling ideas. We have been given a new PC2-6400 ReaperX kit with OCZ’s innovative Reaper Extreme Cooling. These modules are set to hit extreme levels of overclocking.

NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTS 512MB Overclocking Guide @ Tech ARP
However, we did not want this to be an example of extreme overclocking, where you would need to resort to third-party coolers. With that method, you can achieve an incredible degree of overclocking but it would come at a significant cost. We wanted this attempt to come at "no cost" to the user. That meant overclocking the GeForce 8800 GTS 512MB using its standard cooler.

Kingston 19-in-1 Media Reader Review @ Legit Reviews
The new Kingston 19-in-1 Reader with our 8GB 266x Compact Flash card is significantly faster than the previous Kingston readers. The Kingston 19-in-1 reader was found to be 71% faster than the Kingston 15-in-1 reader when it came to read speeds and 57% faster at write speeds. This just goes to show that if you have purchased newer hi-speed memory cards in recent years and have not upgraded your card reader that an upgrade might be due.

Three OCZ PC2-6400 DDR2 Kits For The Budget Conscious @ Madshrimps
As DDR2 ram becomes cheaper, some interesting deals become available. We have a look today at three OCZ kits, available for $70-$100. Which one to get ? Take a look to find out.

Daily News for Dec 29

Edifier C3 2.1 Speaker System Review @ Tech ARP
The Edifier C3's key advantages are its value-added features like the E.I.D.C. system, its separate amplifier and remote control. So, if you are looking for these features in a 2.1 speaker system, you should definitely take a look at the Edifier C3.

Asus M3A32-MVP Deluxe Motherboard Review @ Legit Reviews
The Asus M3A32MVP Deluxe WiFi motherboard was just awesome to work with. The board sets up easy, and has the Asus name to back it, which means absolute quality. Overclocking on this board was certainly easy due to the way that Asus implements its BIOS. There was never a time that we had to use the Clear CMOS at all. If the overclock fails, all you do is reboot. This board overclocked to very good levels, and certainly with a little more time and tweaking this board could likely take us even higher.

Ultra Stackables: Your Every External Solution @ TechwareLabs
Ultra Products has the perfect stocking stuffer this Christmas with their Ultra stackables products. With these you can give as little or as much as you wish. Like lego's for your PC these different modules extend the capabilities of your PC and meet nearly every external need you might have. Take a look at our review and find out why Jerry changed his initial opinion about the stackables.

XFX Geforce 8500GT Fatal1ty Video Card Review @ Madshrimps
The XFX Fatal1ty series have recently not only been upgraded in the mainstream segment, since few weeks we have now Fatal1ty entry-level graphics cards. Aimed at the professional gaming market, could we have a Best Buy in our hands?

iStarUSA T-7M1-SA Removable Sata Hard Drive Rack Review @ TechwareLabs
Transferring large amounts of data from one computer to another can sometimes be a hassle. If you are using a flash drive you might have to take several trips back and forth between computers and if you are using an external hard drive, it might take a while. A nice alternative is to simple copy the data onto an internal hard drive and then just move the hard drive to the other computer. You might be thinking that this will end up being a lot of work since you are going to have to take the computer apart and unplug everything, but no, you don't have to do any of that. With the iStarUSA T-7M1-SA Removable Hard Drive Rack which will mount into a 5.25" drive bay, all you have to do is simply press a button and the hard drive comes right out with no problems.

TerraTec NOXON iRadio Network Music Player Review @ Madshrimps
The NOXON iRadio is network audio player that lets you enjoy the music from the internet or your hard drive anywhere in the house. We take a closer look and put this compact device through its paces. Time to ditch your AM/FM Radio? We find out.

ZOTAC GeForce 8800GT AMP! Edition Video Card Review @ Tweaktown
With the card carrying the AMP! naming scheme it is of course overclocked out of the box, but the particularly good thing about the AMP! Edition is that it’s more than just an overclocked card. With the 8800GT AMP! Edition from ZOTAC in hand we have bought in a stock clocked 8800GT from ASUS along with the Crossfire 3850 setup to see just what such a highly overclocked 8800GT can offer us.

Super Talent 2GB DDR2 PC-8000 T1000UX2G5 Memory Kit Review @ TechwareLabs
With ram as cheap as it is right now there is no reason why everyone doesn't have at least 2GB sitting in their rig. In this review we take a look at Super Talents PC-8000 2GB memory kit and show you why we feel it may be a good choice for your next machine or an upgrade to your existing machine.

GlacialTech IGLOO 5710 Series CPU Cooler Review @ Tweaktown
The GlacialTech IGLOO 5710 Series makes up two of GlacialTech’s thirteen current CPU coolers in production. Most of the heatsinks that appear on the GlacialTech website have familiar OEM styling inspiration and I wouldn’t be surprised to find that GlacialTech makes OEM coolers for Intel or AMD. The IGLOO 5710 PWM and Silent are low cost solutions so we are not planning on seeing stellar performance numbers from these products, but GlacialTech advertises support for up to 130 watt TDP processors with optimal system cooling. With any luck their 5710 line will surprise us like the Rosewill Z5 did last month.

ECS A770M-A Socket AM2+ Motherboard Review @ Legit Reviews
After it’s all said and done, the ECS A770M-A motherboard is a great value board. If you are looking for a nice entry level board, with some future proofing built in, the ECS A770M-A is it. At the low price point ECS is offering this board at, you can’t really ask for more than what they provided.

Daily News for Dec 23

Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200.11 Hard Drive Review @ Tweaktown
We have been given a new HDD from Seagate to test based on their ever growing Barracuda 7200 series, this being the 11th generation drive which they call the 7200.11 and it boasts a whopping 1TB storage capacity. We will be pitting the Seagate 7200.11 against our 7200.10 500GB drive and the Western Digital RE2 750GB model. We have also added a new test to the fray, HD Tune which does a good all round job of testing the HDD.

NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT Overclocking Guide @ Tech ARP
If you are still pondering whether to buy the GeForce 8800 GT or the GeForce 8800 GTS 512MB, it all depends on your budget and the cards' availability at your locale. If you can only afford the GeForce 8800 GT, well, overclocking it will give you close to the performance of the GeForce 8800 GTS 512MB, if not more, for $50 less. That's a pretty good deal right there.

GECUBE Radeon HD 3850 X-Turbo III Video Card Review @ Tweaktown
We had a look at the GECUBE HD 3850 the other week in Crossfire form to see how it went up against the new G92 based 8800GTS 512MB. We promised we would have a closer look at the card in its single form along with checking out the package. With the single 3850 OC Edition from GECUBE in hand we thought we would throw in the stock clocked 8800GT from ASUS, but more importantly the Crossfire configuration using two 3850 OC Editions from GECUBE to see what going to a second card does for us.

AMD Phenom TLB Patch Benchmarked and Explained @ Legit Reviews
Using the PCMark Vantage test suite the difference between having the TLB patch workaround enabled and disabled was night and day. The system didn't feel any slower on the test bench, but the results showed differently. The performance difference ranged from 2% to 11.7% depending on the testing. It's obvious that the TLB workaround impacts performance.

ASUS EAH3850 TOP Overclocked Radeon HD3850 Graphics Card Review @ Bigbruin
The performance of the ASUS EAH3850 TOP Overclocked Radeon HD3850 was impressive and definitely exceeded my expectations. In addition to a card that offers strong performance, the bundle of accessories provided by ASUS is also a positive feature... you get a full copy of "Company of Heroes - Opposing Fronts", so you are able to take advantage of the full DirectX 10 potential of the card right out of the box.

Kingston DataTraveler mini USB Flash Drive 4GB

The USB flash drive market is saturated with so many different choices. They vary in all factors including capacity, dimensions, form factor, special features and styles. With so many options, it can be difficult to pick the right drive for you. In circuitREMIX's series of USB flash drive reviews, we will try to offer more guidance on this issue and maybe find a few gems in the pack. Today we will be examining Kingston's DataTraveler mini USB flash drive (4GB). It's a bite size drive, with a big capacity, unique design, and Migo functionality right out of the package.

The DataTraveler mini

Kingston's DataTraveler mini is a unibody USB flash drive. By unibody, we mean that the drive itself and it's cover are built together as one piece. The whole drive is made of plastic, with the exception of the USB connector. The drive element is white plastic, and the cover portion is blue plastic. Kingston's "Easter Island head" logo, as I call it, is enscribed on the front of the cover piece, and the drive's model name and capacity is silk screened on the front of the drive piece.


Daily News for Dec 21

A Beginner's Guide to Overclocking @ Tech Report
Overclocking isn't for everyone, though; it can be time consuming and frustrating, and it will almost certainly void your warranty. But there's a unique sense of satisfaction to be gained from pushing your hardware to its limits and achieving greater performance than you've actually paid for. For enthusiasts, many of whom have a borderline obsession with deriving the best bang for their buck, overclocking's potential is simply too hard to resist. To help the uninitiated get their feet wet with overclocking, we've whipped up a handy guide covering the basics. This is by no means an attempt to document every technique associated with turning up your system's clock speeds, but it should be a good place to start for newbies looking for their first taste. We've chosen to focus our examples and advice on Intel's Core 2 processors, since they're a particularly popular choice right now, but many of the basic principles we're exploring apply to any chip you might want to overclock, including AMD CPUs.

Thermalright HR-11 Videocard Backside Cooler Review @ Tweaknews
Frankly, I was skeptical of this product's usefulness when it first arrived here in the lab, and I expected it to have very little, if any, impact on cooling. I was wrong. The HR-11 has proven its worth by lowering both GPU and case temperatures without adding any noise to the system.

nMedia HTPC 600BAR Case Review @ Hardware Canucks
As PCs gradually make their way into more and more people's living rooms, companies have needed to adapt their case designs to blend in better with their new, more visible environments. Companies like nMedia have come to the forefront with new enclosure designs which better suit a home theatre environment with compact and quiet running cases.

Lian-Li PC-7 SE-B III Aluminum ATX Case Review @ Madshrimps
PC-Cooling.de send us an affordable mid-tower case from Lian-Li, this light weight aluminum case comes with three silent 120mm fans pre-installed and lots of tool less features. Let's find out if a high end system can be kept cool inside.

Auras SLC-747 Heatsink Review @ Frostytech
The Auras SLC-747 heatsink Frostytech is testing in this review for you is designed for socket 775 Intel Core 2 Duo and AMD socket 939/940/AM2/AM2+ processors. As with most heatsinks vying to relace the stock retail thermal solution, the SLC-747 features 95mm PWM fan that scales in speed from a quiet 700RPM all the way to 2400RPM when the heat hits the fan. Versatility is the key to any good heatsink, particularly if you want it to remain quiet and well performing under load.

Noctua NH-U12P CPU Cooler Review @ Tweaktown
If you’ve never seen a Noctua heatsink, the first thing you will notice is the quality of the material used. Many heatsinks are now designed after the NH-U12 with a copper base attached to heatpipes that lead to aluminum fins, but when comparing them side-by-side it is clear that the Noctua fins are stronger, thicker and very difficult to bend. Today we will be looking at the Noctua NH-U12P, a revised version of the original NH-U12. The 12P has several improvements over its older sibling, some lead to better performance and some to making the installation easier and more diverse.

Daily News for Dec 20

Rosewill RX81US-HT-35A-BLK Hard Drive Enclosure Review @ TechWareLabs
If you are looking for a good external Hard Drive enclosure then be aware that all are not created equal. Engineering and components inside the enclosure can enhance or hinder the transfer speed regardless of the hard drive within. We test out the Rosewill External Hard Drive enclosure that boasts eSATA and USB connectivity for its speed as well as additional factors and bring you the results. Is the Rosewill a great bargain at its low price, read our review to find out.

NZXT Rogue Small Form Factor Gaming Chassis Review @ Bigbruin
The NZXT Rogue Small Form Factor Gaming Chassis puts an interesting twist on the concept of a small form factor design. The stylish Aluminum chassis is well made, and includes a variety of interesting features such as a removable motherboard tray, a custom carrying strap for greater mobility, and excellent cooling potential thanks to five 120mm fan mounts.

Ultra M998 Midsize Black Tower PC Case Review @ Legit Reviews
Overall, Ultra Produts has made a very nice case with the M998. The case is easy to work with and for a midsize tower, and it was found to have plenty of room to accommodate aftermarket coolers, extended length expansion cards, and large body PSU units. Ultra provides black mounting hardware for the drive bay devices to aid the end user obtain the ‘clean’ look by keeping everything the same color. Once a system is installed into the case, it really does look slick as you can see in the picture above.

In Win Allure Designer Computer Case Review @ Tweaknews
At a price of around $100 US the Allure is one of the pricier micro-ATX chassis out there, and it is obviously geared toward female users. However being female myself, I have a bit of advice for the guys – if the styling presented by this case is appealing to your wife or girlfriend, build her a system using one. She'll love it, and you can feel good knowing that you've used a unique, quality case in the process!

Patriot Memory PC3-15000 (1866 MHz) DDR3 Review @ Tweaktown
Companies are spitting DDR3 out left, right and centre now, and that is something that can only benefit the end user. The more modules that come to us, the cheaper they become. We have already seen the big players hitting speeds in the 1600-1800 MHz range, and that’s just the beginning for DDR3. The back of the package has some artwork along with a few details of the memory’s specifications; the speeds are given as DDR3 of 1866MHz using 1.9v on the memory to achieve this speed. According to these speeds the modules run an 8-8-8-24 timing profile.

XFX nForce 780i SLI Motherboard Review @ Legit Reviews
The thing that impressed us most with the nForce 780i SLI motherboard had to be overclocking. It overclocked our Intel 45nm quad-core Yorkfield processors with ease. Our test system took the Intel Core 2 Quad QX9560 processor to over 4.1GHz and pushed the FSB from 1333MHz to 1900MHz. Reaching 475MHz FSB on a 45nm quad-core is great news for overclockers, but why doesn't NVIDIA claim support for 1600MHz processors? That worries us, but maybe they have learned not to claim support for something until the product is shipping.

NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTS 512MB Review @ Tech ARP
We were most impressed with the performance and affordability of the NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTS 512MB that we feel it deserves nothing less than an Editor's Choice Award. We hope this will encourage NVIDIA to offer more graphics cards of such caliber and value.

Danger Den NVIDIA 4101 H20 Water Cooling Kit Review @ Madshrimps
Danger Den is certainly a pioneer in the H20 world, and while they have grown their products, they still retain that attention to detail. They offer so many products at their site it is often better to choose a carefully selected kit. Today we test a true performer, Danger Den
NVIDIA 4101 Water Cooling Kit.

Scythe Infinity SCINF-1000 Heatsink Review @ Frostytech
The Infinity is a big heatsink for sure; it stands 155mm tall, 125mm wide and about 114mm deep with its 120mm 1200RPM fan. The scale tips at 960 grams, or just short of a kilogram. Now as you've come to expect with Frostytech, we'll skip the suspense and just tell you straight up - the Scythe Infinity is an excellent heatsink. It is currently one of the Top 10 Intel/AMD heatsinks we've tested in fact. The Infinity runs cool, and it runs fairly quietly too.

AMD Phenom Processor Update - Memory Bandwidth @ Legit Reviews
Not much has been going right for AMD in recent weeks, but I'm happy to say one of the most popular benchmarks used in testing processors wasn't ready for Phenom when the media hacked apart the poor processor apart on launch day. It seems SiSoftware Sandra XII was not correctly optimized for the Phenom processors! We contacted SiSoftware after we were informed by AMD that nearly every memory bandwidth score on the internet was incorrect. Why AMD waited weeks to let us know this is beyond me, but nothing is shocking in this industry.

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