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Daily News for March 4

Samsung YP-S5 Multimedia Player Review @ Hardware Canucks
While the S5 is not targeting the same market as some of the larger-screened devices, it is still the kind of player which wants to offer something for everyone. It is able to play MPEG and WMV video formats and WMA, OGG, ASF music formats in addition to AAC files so all you iTunes lovers will have something to listen to. It also boasts Bluetooth connectivity to headphones or your cell phone, the ability to view JPEG images and even has built in speakers.

33-Way Thermal Interface Material Comparison @ Benchmark Reviews
Benchmark Reviews has seen a lot of products made for the purpose of delivering better performance. Some of these products exist for overclockers and enthusiasts, and often times help deliver performance out of otherwise tame hardware. Other products sometimes only deliver the empty marketing claim of improvements. Of all the products we have seen and tested, one particular category always stands out as the culprit for over-hyped promises: Thermal Interface Material (TIM). Of all the heatsink compounds and thermal pastes made and marketed, they must all only concentrate themselves to deliver the simple function of mating the CPU to the cooler with the highest thermal conductivity possible. Of course, some work better than others, and this is exactly what Benchmark Reviews intends to discover. Please join us for a comprehensive testing of 33 different TIM products.

Seagate FreeAgent Pro 1TB External Hard Drive Review @ Futurelooks
Seagate has long since established itself as a leader in the hard drive industry and one of their latest external offerings is not only attractive, but it’s also versatile and it comes with loads of storage capacity. The Seagate FreeAgent Pro external hard drive is now available with a whopping one terabyte of space; that’s 1000GB, folks!

Palit Geforce 8800GT Super+ 1GB Videocard Review @ PCSTATS
Palit have taken a slightly different approach with this GeForce 8800GT-class videocard. Rather than pre-overclock the GPU and memory, it's added an extra 512MB of onboard videocard memory, bumping the total to 1GB GDDR3. The Palit 8800GT Super+ 1GB ships with its GPU running at 600 MHz and memory clocked at 900 MHz. The shader runs at the stock 1500MHz speed. For the gamers looking for a little DirectX10 action in Windows Vista, the Palit 8800GT Super+ 1GB supports SM4.0, 16x antialiasing, 128-bit HDR, nVidia quantum effects physics processing, PureVideo HD, OpenGL 2 and all the other eye candy you'd expect.

Coolermaster Cosmos S ATX Case Review @ Madshrimps
It did not take Coolermaster long to update their high end chassis, the Cosmos S is based on the Cosmos, but made from aluminum, more cooling options, comes with a massive 200mm fan and has a very unique I/O panel. We compare this S(port) version to the original to see how it stacks up.

Noctua NH-U12P Heatpipe CPU Cooler Review @ Bigbruin
The cooling performance of the Noctua NH-U12P Heatpipe CPU Cooler is exceptional. With the fan at full speed it produces minimal noise and provides excellent thermal results, and cutting the fan speed down to near silence doesn't impact the cooling at all. Even though the performance was exceptional, achieving it took more effort than I am used to needing in order to install a CPU cooler.

Kingwin RVT-9225, RVT-12025, and RVT-12025D CPU Coolers Review @ Techwarelabs
TechwareLabs tests out three new CPU coolers from Kingwin that use direct thermal transfer to integrated heatpipes. This is supposed to result in a great decrease in your CPU operating temperature. Does it work? Read our review on these three to find out.

GIGABYTE GeForce 8800GT TurboForce Review @ Tweaktown
GIGABYTE graphics cards seem to be few and far between these days because they like to do things a bit differently. We’re all for standing out from the pack, and the latest card from GIGABYTE to jump into that category would be the TurboForce Edition of the 8800GT. The Zalman cooler that they use isn’t anything new, we’ve seen it used on the HD 3870 that GIGABYTE released a few months back. With that said though, it really is a tried and tested cooler that seems to be extremely efficient. The copper in the middle of the cooler helps move the heat and the aluminum fins help the heat dissipate quickly.

Asrock 4Core1600P35-WiFi+ 775 Socket Motherboard @ Pro-Clockers
But what if you want a great overclocking experience at a price closer to home? A price that won’t equal that of mid range Mercedes Benz monthly payment. What if you only could scrap up the funds to obtain a Intel Dual Core 2200 or 6420? Chances are you will want a board that is packed with all the features you must have like eSATA, voltage selections, Crossfire support and the rest of the features necessary to overclock the hell out of your CPU. Asrock has told us that their new motherboard will do just that. The 4Core1600P35-WiFi+ BIOS offers many more of the features needed to overclock than any of their past boards. The adjustment of CPU and DIMM voltages is just a start to what most people on a budget want from a motherboard. If overclocking is not your thing Asrock’s latest offering gives you future-proofing as well via DDR2 and DDR3 slots. Is this all the new board has to give?

Thermalright Ultra-120 eXtreme CPU Cooler Review @ Madshrimps
Thermalright added two extra heatpipes to their successfully Ultra-120 CPU heatsink, in order to further improve performance on the high end scale. We compare this CPU cooling beast to the best out there to see what it can offer eXtra.

Daily News for Feb 29

3-Way NVIDIA SLI Review - GeForce 8800 GTX x 3 @ Legit Reviews
NVIDIA’s 3-way SLI indeed works but at the price of entry, it had better. The problem however is that in this instance it is based on technology that is approaching the end of its life. The 8800 GTX and Ultra have all but been replaced by the 8800 GTS 512MB and the 9000 series cards have already started to launch. The Quad SLI launch of the 9800GX2 is imminent and should undercut the cost of either Triple GTX’s or Ultra’s and perform on par or better. So really the only way this is going to be of benefit to anyone is if you’ve already got a 680i or 780i and a pair of GTX’s or Ultra’s.

ATI CrossFireX Preview - Triple CrossFire Benchmarking @ Legit Reviews
We've been talking about CrossFireX drivers since November 2007 and it's been a long four months of waiting, but it seems like it was worth the wait. The drivers we used for testing are still in development, so once the final CATALYST 8.3 drivers are delivered we will take a closer look at CrossFireX. CrossFireX looks good and the scaling from two cards to three shows performance gains of 5-50% with the average being right around 33%. We can't wait to see what Quad-CrossFire looks like and what CATALYST 8.4 and 8.5 drivers will bring to the table.

Tuniq Miniplant 950W Power Supply Review @ Bigbruin
The Tuniq Miniplant 950W power supply winds up being interesting for not being particularly different. The Miniplant name may be misleading since it isn't smaller than normal, but just standard size. With so many high powered power supplies being sold with oversized housings, getting one of these units into your case may be hit or miss. With the Tuniq Miniplant you know that if a standard ATX power supply will fit, that this 950W unit will fit, too.

Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 Processor Review - 45nm Wolfdale @ Legit Reviews
The Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 that we specifically looked at in this article did very well in the benchmarks and consistently beat the AMD Phenom 9600 Black Edition quad-core processor. This goes to show how well the Wolfdale core has been developed and also how bad of a position AMD is in when it comes to processors. When it came to overclocking, the 45nm Wolfdale processors do great and hitting 500MHz FSB is easily possible, which means 2GHz DDR3 memory kits can be finally released and companies like Corsair Memory have already launched such products.

Galaxy 9600 GT 512MB OC Video Card Review @ Madshrimps
Galaxy is launching a very different 9600 GT, featuring a custom board design, dual slot cooler, two BIOS and windows flash tool, it is geared toward the enthusiasts out there. This sample comes factory overclocked we compare its performance to a reference 9600 GT video card, as well as a 8800 GT, 8800 GTS and AMD's pride: HD3870. Read on to find out of this product is the best mainstream card out there.

AeroCool DoublePower VGA Cooler Review @ ClubOC
With the increased power of the modern performance video card comes the need for more power and the creation of more heat. While we cant do much to bring down the power needs of these monsters companies like AeroCool are working hard to bring down the heat. Today we will be looking at the AeroCool DoublePower VGA cooler. With not one, but two heatsinks is this cooler worth an upgrade?

VOX V1 750GB eSATA/USB 2.0 External Hard Drive @ Pro-Clockers
When browsing the shelves of your local B&M you will find there are several different sizes and brands to pick from. Some drives are small enough to fit in the front pocket of your shirt and there are other units that can house numerous drives. These types of unit can be a big as shoe box or two. Depending on your needs someone will have you covered. Besides storage size another major factor would be what brand of drive to buy. Seagate and Maxtor seem to be two of the more popular brands. Personal preference usually is the deciding factor in this case.
But for those of you who don’t have a preference that would lead you to one particular brand there is a new company that would like you to take a chance with them. Vox is providing users with a very stylish external drive capable of housing up to 750 gigs of storage. And if size isn’t all you are looking for in a drive the V1 offers a single button backup system to make your life easier. These are just a couple of features that Vox is using to try and win you over. What else does it have to offer? Read the rest of these pages to find out.

Cooler Master Cosmos S Full Tower Case Review @ Bigbruin
Cooler Master really included many new features that I would expect to become a standard with high end computer cases, like the very cool touch sensor that replaced the standard power button. When building a high end computer system many user's focus on the internal components and not on the case, but with the Cosmos S arriving in March, the case should become a high priority.

ZOTAC GeForce 8800 GT 512MB AMP! HDMI Video Card @ Benchmark Reviews
Since the remaining heavyweights are soon to be replaced by the upcoming GeForce 9800 GTX and 9800 GX2 in just another month, there seems to be a gaping hole left in the new lineup. This is where the market will continue to cling onto the tried and true mid-range solution: the GeForce 8800 GT. Not so long ago here at Benchmark Reviews, we offered a very unique comparison of the GeForce 8800 Graphics Performance: GT vs GTS vs GTX. In this article, it was shown that a more affordable 8800 GT could easily beat an overclocked 8800 GTS and compare to the far more expensive 8800 GTX. Well now we can do one better because ZOTAC offers an 8800 GT that not only directly competes with the 8800 GTX, but it goes places nobody else in the 8800 series can: HDMI digital audio and video output.

OCZ 64GB SATA 2.5" Solid State Drive OCZSSD64GB @ Benchmark Reviews
Benchmark Reviews has been hard at work trying to ride the wave of innovation into the next big technology. While Solid State Disks can now finally promise the best of both worlds (speed and capacity), they are still extremely expensive. OCZ is very well known for their drive towards high performance, yet in this article you will see a different side to them with their SSD product line. We have tested and used the new OCZ 64GB SATA Solid State Drive OCZSSD64GB, and we're ready with the results.

Daily News for Feb 24

Sapphire Radeon HD 3450 and HD 3650 @ Tweaktown We sometimes forget that not everyone has the money or the need to use these higher end cards. So that’s what we’re doing today, we’re going to look after the people on the other side of the fence, who don’t need big 3DMark numbers or 200FPS in Half Life 2 at 2560 x 1600. Today we’ll simply have the two cards together. We won’t be comparing them against each other as such, but rather just simply looking at exactly how they perform and how much extra performance a HD 3650 gives you over the HD 3450. Gigabyte GA-X48T-DQ6 DES X48 DDR3 Motherboard @ Benchmark Reviews Motherboards are at the heart of every computer, and their importance is central to stable system operation. No matter if you are a low-demand office worker who plugs away on letters or spreadsheets or if you are a high-performance hardware enthusiast who demands extreme framerates from your video games, one component alone will determine your ability: the motherboard. Because everything rides on the system mainboard, it must be based on a solid and dependable foundation. Gigabyte isn't a new name to the industry, and for years now they have offered some of the most reliable and stable motherboard sold. In fact, over the past year there really only seemed to be two realistic options for motherboard manufacturer's when you shopped for new hardware; and Gigabyte was one of them. In this article Benchmark Reviews challenges our reigning champion against the Gigabyte GA-X48T-DQ6 Ultra Durable 2 DES motherboard. Samsung's Spinpoint F1 SATA Hard Drive @ Tech Report The F1 is Samsung's first stab at the terabyte mark, and it comes to the party a little late. Hitachi's Deskstar 7K1000 first broke the terabyte seal last year, and it was followed by Western Digital's Caviar GP and Seagate's Barracuda 7200.11. However, what makes the F1 special isn't its terabyte capacity, but how Samsung has packed that much storage capacity into the drive. Hitachi achieves a terabyte using five 200GB platters. Seagate and Western Digital use four 250GB platters. Samsung needs only three platters, each of which packs a whopping 334GB. By squeezing 33% more capacity per platter than its closest competitor, Samsung has bestowed upon the Spinpoint F1 a huge potential performance advantage over its rivals. The lower platter count should also help to lower the drive's power consumption and noise levels and even improve its reliability. This all sounds like a recipe for success, but how does it pan out in the real world? The folks at NCIX hooked us up with a Spinpoint F1 and we've tested it against two dozen other drives to find out, with enlightening results. OCZ Freeze Extreme Thermal Compound Review @ Hardware Canucks When push comes to shove, we have to give praise to OCZ for designing a great product. OCZ Freeze’s performance showed that while it is not ‘the’ ultimate winner, it is only a hair off but like we’ve said in the past; we can debate hours and hours over that one degree Celsius difference. Yet, what we really like about this compound is its user-friendliness and (depending on where you look) great price. Silverstone Kublai KL03 Tower @ Pro-Clockers The world is cluttered with the dead and dying remains of poorly designed, mass-produced OEM pc cases, but you won’t find one at my place. As a hardware enthusiast I expect more from my cases. There has to be plenty of space inside them. They have to be well-made. Cutting edge innovation isn't necessary, but I do prefer to see some thought going into the making of a case. To be honest, I'm quite tired of the cookie cutter cases some of the industry has been churning out over the last few years. ATI Catalyst 8.2 Analysis - XP & Vista @ TechARP We’re running a little late again this month, no thanks to the new test system needing a whole lot of changes. We’re here now though, and we’re ready to check out the latest Catalyst drivers from the team over at AMD. With the new test bed in hand and a new graphics card line-up we’ll check out the latest drivers. We’re now using the HD 3650 for mid-range performance, the HD 3870 for high-end and the HD 3870 X2 for high-end Crossfire performance. EVGA, Palit and XFX GeForce 9600 GT Video Card Review @ Legit Reviews The NVIDIA GeForce 9600 GT series has proven itself to be a very solid mainstream graphics card with a suggested MSRP between $169-$189. Obviously, many of the board partners will have overclocked versions at higher price points and the EVGA and Palit cards that we reviewed today are examples of this as both are priced over $200. After using these three GeForce 9600 GT video cards it's clear that 512MB is the sweet spot as it is ideal for higher resolutions that require larger frame buffers. All of the cards did great and it was interesting to see the GeForce 9600 GT 512MB cards beat up on the overclocked GeForce 8800 GT 256MB at higher resolutions. ECS A770M-A (V1.0) AMD 770 Motherboard Review @ Bigbruin The ECS A770M-A (V1.0) AMD 770 motherboard should not be overlooked by anyone looking to build a reliable, low cost system around the latest AMD processors. Those in the market for a highly configurable, overclocking motherboard should keep shopping, but if you want modern features and solid performance right out of the box, this is a good choice. ZOTAC GeForce 9600GT 512MB AMP! Edition @ Tweaktown But what makes ZOTAC stand out so much with their AMP! line-up is that the clocks they tend to put on these cards are very aggressive and really make it stand out from the competition. We saw that the 9600GT from Galaxy performed around the same as a HD 3870 with stock clock speeds; with the increased clocks on the ZOTAC AMP! Edition 9600GT we will have to see if it can consistently take the lead. Noctua NH-U12P CPU Heatsink Review @ Madshrimps Noctua improved the design of the original NH-U12 to make it fit more motherboards, at the same time they decided to bundle it with a low noise 120mm fan. Can this refreshed product stand a chance against heavy competition?

Daily News for Feb 21

Lamptron Modders Case Handle Review @ 3DXtreme Lamptron contacted us recently about a set of case handles they were sampling. After seeing the press release on them, I was interested as they were some of the best looking case handles I’d ever seen. Not only were they stylish but they were milled from ¾” solid aluminum blocks. Lamptron sent over a sample for us to take a look at. Seagate 750GB Recertified Hard Drive Review @ Madshrimps Today a 1000GB hard drive is commonly available for the power users while a few months back 750GB was the largest capacity. Although hard drive failure is low at less than 2 percent, certified repaired hard drive could be had for much less. stocks both new and certified repaired hard drives; and if backing up your data and system are your priorities after HDD failure, a second large capacity HD may be your best friend. NVIDIA GeForce 8200 Preview - Palit N78S @ Tweaktown Since AMD acquired ATI to do its chipset bidding, we haven’t seen much from NVIDIA for the Athlon 64 and Phenom platforms. The first new generation chipset designed by NVIDIA to support the Phenom and Athlon 64 processors has arrived; codenamed the MCP78, it has officially been given the name “GeForce 8200”. NVIDIA’s main focus here with the GeForce 8200 is Hybrid SLI. This is a new design that has been thought up to combine the power of a discrete graphics card with the extra unused power of the onboard GPU. CoolJag Falcon 92-CU CPU Cooler Review @ Hardware Canucks CoolJag is not a very well-known company in the cooling market but they are quickly trying to make a name for themselves. With the release of their Falcon 92-CU it looks like they have done just that. This all-copper CPU cooler promises to be the best air cooler on the market but can its performance match that claim? Zalman ZM-MFC2 Multi Fan Controller Review @ Frostytech Zalman introduced its ZM-MFC2 multi fan speed controller last year at CES, and the reason we're reviewing it today are three-fold. For starters, the Zalman ZM-MFC2 digitally monitors four fans to +/- 10RPM and displays that data in real time on a nice multi-coloured backlit LCD display. With it, you can set any speed from 60RPM to the maximum supported by the fan with a turn of the dial, for three 3-pin fans and one PWM fan. DFI Lanparty LT X38-T2R S775 Motherboard Review @ Madshrimps The updated X38 motherboard is slightly slower due to the untweaked memory configuration; If all settings, even the sub timings, would be exactly the same, I'm convinced that the X38 would be as fast as the P35. The €25 price difference is what you pay for full speed CrossFire compatibility, not an insane amount of money. The DFI X38 is definitely recommendable for people who want to get the most out of their system and are prepared to spend time tweaking the memory configuration; however, if you don't intend to use multiple ATI video cards, you might as well go for the P35. 2.5" OCZ Solid State SATA Hard Drive Review @ ClubOC Once upon a time, there was a PC vendor that wanted to bring a notebook to the market that featured a hard disk RAID array based upon Solid State Drives (SSD). One thing led to another and the end result was a downward spiral of vapor-ware and unfilled orders. While the HD market continues to recover from that quagmire, the idea of marketing SSD drives is still alive and well. Just about every memory based hardware manufacturer at the 2008 Las Vegas Consumer Electronics Show had an SSD drive on display. bgears b-Tarantula 650 Watt Power Supply Review @ 3DXtreme Today 3DXtreme is taking a look at the bgears b-Tarantula 650 watt Power Supply from our friends at bgears. This Power Supply features a 13.5CM fan, SmartFlex Modular Cables and Active PFC. MSI Radeon HD 3870 512MB OC Review @ Tweaktown After looking at the new 9600GT just the other day, it became clear to us that the HD 3870 really does still have some life in it. It’s not dying off anytime soon thanks to the aggressive pricing that has been implemented recently. It did get us thinking though; with an MSI HD 3870 OC sitting around doing nothing, it was time to see what would happen when we put overclocked part up against overclocked part. It’s really going to come down to how well the HD 3870 is able to make use of the increased clock speeds that MSI have offered. ASRock 4Core1600 P35 WiFi+ S775 Motherboard Review @ Madshrimps ASRock is stepping up the process of product introduction. 4Core 1600 P35 WiFi+ with overclocking features including DDR2/DDR3 surprises a few of us. Full featured with Firewire, Cross-Fire, WiFi and the traditional parallel port and eSATA, and the support of the upcoming to Intel Penryn, and Wolfdale.

Daily News for Feb 19

Maxtor OneTouch 4 Plus 1TB External Hard Drive Review @ Bigbruin
Maxtor has a line of full-featured external hard drives, the OneTouch 4 Plus series, that offer a massive amount of external storage space and a suite of utilities to simplify the backup and recovery of your files. They have sent over the latest and largest unit for us to review, the Maxtor OneTouch 4 Plus 1TB External Hard Drive.

Leadtek WinFast PX8800 GT ZL 512Mb Video Card Review @ Madshrimps
Leadtek ups the ante in the continuous struggle to deliver the best price/performance products to the end users. Their latest WinFast PX8800 GT ZL sets itself apart by a custom dual slot Zalman GPU cooler and improved specifications.

Ultra m998 ATX Mid-Tower Case Review @ ClubOC
For the longest time, if you wanted to have room to work with then you pretty much had to go with a full tower enclosure. However, many of those full-towers only provided extra room in the form of more 5.25" drive bays. Since most of the real work on a PC is done on and around the motherboard, that doesn't help us a whole lot. The m988 from Ultra may be a mid-tower enclosure but it's not just another cookie-cutter mid-tower chassis. Ultra has made the m998 slightly larger than a typical mid-tower and packed in a few extras along the way.

NVIDIA GeForce 9600GT 512MB G94 Tested @ Tweaktown
The latest graphics card to make its way to the labs at TweakTown (and the public very soon) is the 9600GT. Generally speaking, any x600 form of card has never been that exciting really; sure the 8600GT and 8600GTS weren’t bad, but far from what you’d call exciting. What makes this one any more interesting you say? Well, word floating around the interweb is that the card is supposed to be quite the performer. How much of a performer is it? It doesn’t really matter at this second because we’re only a few pages away from finding out exactly that

Core 2 Extreme QX9650 Quad Core Processor Review @ TechARP
The Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9650 quad-core processor is no mere upgrade of the Kentsfield-based Core 2 Extreme processors. Underneath the heatspreader lies a radically-different processor, built not only using the smaller 45 nm process technology but also Intel's new high-k dielectric and metal gate technology. The result? A smaller, cooler and more efficient processor. Oh, let's not forget... a 50% larger L2 cache! The Core 2 Extreme QX9650 sports a massive 12MB L2 cache. All with the same TDP of 130 W. Amazing, isn't it?

Tagan 900Watt BZ900 Power Supply Review @ TechwareLabs
Today TechwareLabs takes a look at the Tagan 900W power supply which includes some unique features we have not seen elsewhere. If you like lights and adding not only a powerful, reliable power supply to your case but also a components which will attract attention then the Tagan BZ900 may be just what your looking for.

RAZER Piranha Gaming Communicator Headset Review @ Futurelooks
RAZER is a company that develops and manufactures gaming peripherals that can give gamers the competitive edge. They specialize in headsets, keyboards and mice to give gamers ultimate control over their competitors but at the same time making it more comfortable for them to endure long hours of fragging or raiding. Let’s see how this philosphy translates to the RAZER Piranha!

QNAP TS-209 Pro 2-Bay NAS Device Review @ OzHardware
A new NAS (Network Attached Storage) device from the folks at QNAP Systems comes with 2 bays for Serial-ATA hard drives, RAID capability and enough built-in services to make many big servers totally obsolete. Here at OzHardware we take a closer look.

Daily News for Feb 17

Samsung Syncmaster 275T 27-inch LCD Display Review @ PCSTATS
Samsung's Syncmaster 275T LCD/TFT display is a 27" wide screen (16:10 aspect ratio) monitor with a native resolution of 1920x1200 pixels. The LCD panel has an anti-reflective non-glossy coating and features a brightness rating of 500 cd/m2, contrast ratio of 1000:1 (dynamic contrast of 3000:1). The LCD panel boasts a 6ms G-to-G pixel refresh time and a moderately tight pixel pitch of 0.303mm. In our experience, brightness and contrast ratio take a back seat to viewing angles, and in the Syncmaster 275T's case it has the best you can hope for - 178° / 178° horizontal / vertical.

Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 45nm Wolfdale CPU Review @ Madshrimps
We take a closer look at the fastest dual core CPU from Intel, the E8500, dubbed Wolfdale, is manufactured at 45nm which translates in low power usage and excellent potential for overclocking. We compare the performance of this newcomer to a 65nm Core 2 Duo and overclock past the limit using LN2. Read on to find out if we froze the Wolf!

Tagan BZ 800 Watt Power Supply Review @ ClubOC
Tagan is back in the Club with their new BZ 800 Watt modular Power Supply. This unit promises six +12V rails and one of the most feature rich packages I have ever seen in a power supply. The Tagan BZ 800W is a intriguing mix of innovative features, packaging and color, but will the performance live up to all the promise?

Scythe Ninja and Ninja Mini CPU Coolers @ TechwareLabs
Recently we tested the Scythe Ninja and Ninja Mini heatsinks for performance, design, and installation. We present to you our results may surprise you. Scythe has taken an unusual approach to heatsink design and combined outside the cube thinking with traditional design to come up with a heatsink that performs well but has issues. Read our review to find out more.

Corsair TX750W 750watt Power Supply @ Tweaktown
We had the chance a while back to review the Corsair HX series 620 watt power supply and it managed to be one of the most stable we have yet to come across. The power levels were incredibly clean and showed no stability issues at all. While this was a sure winner in our labs, past performance won't help out in today's testing. When it comes to power supplies, the days of picking up whatever happens to be on the shelf are long gone. With the advent of more powerful processors, graphics and cooling solutions, power is just too important to take shortcuts with.

ATI Radeon HD 3870 + 3850 CrossFire - Mixing Video Cards @ Legit Reviews
Having a mixed up CrossFire configuration performed better than expected and was able to near the performance level of other high end ATI CrossFire setups. This goes to show that ATI has made great improvements to their CATALYST drivers as taking an ATI Radeon HD 3870 and running it in CrossFire mode with an ATI Radeon HD 3850 was found to be stable and offered great improvements over a single card of either model. How many people will actually try this has yet to be seen, but this is an easy way to cut costs and improve performance.

Scythe Shuriken SCSK-1000 Heatsink Review @ Frostytech
The Japanese manufacturer Scythe has introduced a low profile, sub-70mm tall heatsink for Intel and AMD processors tailor made for low profile computers. If you've got a low profile PC and are looking for that extra cooling edge, this might be just what the doctor ordered. The Scythe Shuriken (SCSK-1000) heatsink features copper heatpipes, high density stacked aluminum fins, a copper base and a low profile 12mm thick 100mm Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) fan.

DisplayLink's USB-to-DVI Adapter @ Tech Report
Last year, Samsung released a 19" LCD monitor capable of being hooked up via a simple USB connection. To work its magic, the display uses an embedded video chip made by a company called DisplayLink that works like a sort of self-contained graphics processor. That's neat, but what if you already have a spare monitor you'd like to use via USB? Is there a cheaper alternative to coughing up the $300 or so for a USB display? As it turns out, yes there is. DisplayLink's video chip is also available in standalone USB-to-DVI adapters, which allow one to connect any monitor with a resolution up to 1600 x 1200 via USB.

GlacialTech Igloo 5750 Silent CPU Cooler Review @ Hardware Canucks
Today we will be looking at an aftermarket cooler that will be released shortly and is marketed as a not only a budget cooler but a “silent budget” CPU cooling solution. GlacialTech may be a newcomer to the marketplace, as they only opened for business in April 2006, but the founders of the company are anything but inexperienced.

Noctua NH-U12P CPU Cooler - The Sound of Silence @ Legit Reviews
Noctua derived its name from the Greek mythology. The little owl, Athene Noctua, is the symbol of the Greek goddess Athene, who represents wisdom, science and strategy. She has a marked preference for the most clever among the Greek heroes, like Odysseus, who endure their adventures by the use of savvy consideration instead of mere force. It is the owl’s silent flight that Noctua keeps in mind with their fan design.

Daily News for Feb 16

Corsair Dominator 4GB PC2-1066 Review @ 3DXtreme
Corsair’s latest high performance heatsink uses something called Dual-Path Heat Xchange. This combined with the additional cooling provided by the Corsair Dominator Airflow Fan allow these parts to run at 1066 MHz at 2.2v VDIMM and remain cool. While most manufacturers have settled on putting out 2 x 2GB kits of PC2-6400 Corsair is determined to take over the high end of the market with this 4GB kit of PC2-1066.

Scythe Zipang SCZP-1000 Ultra Low Noise Heatsink Review @ Frostytech
The number one question Frostytech readers ask us is "what's the best silent heatsink?" Much of the time, readers find themselves asking us this question after they've built a media center PC using the standard type of heatsink one normally finds in local computer stores. If you need a silent heatsink, and I do mean silent, the Scythe Zipang (SCZP-1000) is the next best thing to a passive block of aluminum (the only truly silent option). What makes the Zipang quiet is a 138mm wide fan that spins at a lazy 1000RPM.

AMD Phenom 9600 Black Edition @ TechwareLabs
With the release of the Phenom, AMD has introduced the world to native quad core computing at a consumer level. We test the Phenom 9600 Black Edition for its performance and overclocking results. Will the Phenom 9600 Black Edition please consumers and provide results as well as overclocking? Read our review to see our "Mixed" results.

Kingston DataTraveler HyperX 8GB USB Flash Drive @ Legit Reviews
The Kingston DataTraveler HyperX USB Flash Drives have a read speed of 30MB/s and write speed of 20MB/sec so they certainly deserve the HyperX name as it is hands-down the fastest USB Flash drive that Kingston offers. The Kingston DataTravler HyperX USB Flash drive that we are looking at today is the 8GB version, but Kingston offers the drive with different capacities at various price points, so if you want a HyperX USB Flash drive you can pick from a 2GB ($54.99), 4GB ($99.99) or 8GB (189.99) capacity.

Eagle Tech ET-CS2LSU2-BK 2.5 Inch USB Drive Enclosure Review @ Bigbruin
With a built in USB connector and leather trim, the Eagle Tech ET-CS2LSU2-BK 2.5 Inch USB Drive Enclosure has an interesting appearance that instantly sets it apart from a typical drive enclosure. This review will take a closer look to see what else it offers that might differentiate it from other similar devices on the market.

Thermaltake Blac-X Hard Drive Pod @ Pro-Clockers
Well, Thermaltake has a solution for people like me and maybe someone like you as well. The Blac X is an external way of linking any SATA drive, 2.5 or 3.5, to your computer. But unlike the traditional method of opening up an enclosure, mounting a drive and then closing it all back up, the Blac X doesn’t use an enclosure. Confused? Yeah, I would be too. But read the review and we will clear it all up for you.

Cooler Master Hyper 212 CPU Cooler Review @ Futurelooks
Today we’re looking at the Hyper 212 CPU cooler; a cooler that bridges the gap between the subtle and the ostentatious. The cooler is a tower design that has multiple heat pipes running from a block on the CPU to two towers of cooling fins. These fins are then cooled by a large 120mm fan. That means this cooler is by no means subtle or small in stature, but may just turn out to be acoustically quiet.

Tweaking the Phenom 9600 Black Edition @ Tech Report
The Phenom 9600 Black Edition is a veritable enthusiast's playground if you know how to tweak it. We turned the knobs and dials on the Black Edition to see what we could get--assisted by a cooler the size of your head.

Asus Triton 77 Heatsink Review @ Frostytech
The ASUS Triton 77 heatsink is one of the latest processor thermal solutions to come from motherboard manufacturing giant ASUS. The heatsink is equipped with a Sunon MagLev 92mm vapo-bearing PWM fan which runs at a very quiet 2300RPM. Standing a moderate 125mm tall, the Triton 77 heatsink has five copper heatpipes spread across its curved array of nickel-plated aluminum fins, and weighs 505 grams. The bulk of this heatsink is elevated 55mm above the CPU socket for good component clearance.

Moneual Labs M775 Mid Tower Professional Series Case Review @ Bigbruin
The Moneaul Labs M775 Mid Tower Professional Series Case is what you would expect to find on the lower end of the spectrum. It includes only the basics of a computer case, lacking the innovative features that we like to see. While it doesn’t manage to pack in things like tool-less drive bays or removable cages, the M775 does have its only little nifty qualities.

Daily News for Feb 11

Eight Power Supply Units Encounter The Beast @ Tech Report
There was a time when the power supply was the most neglected component inside the PC. The PSU was an afterthought for most, usually a generic unit that came bundled with a case. And there it would sit, often not-so-quietly, entrusted with the important task of supplying power to other components that were usually chosen with far more consideration and deliberation. Over time, the odds that a generic PSU's voltage lines would start sagging were pretty good. If you were lucky, this would only cause system instability. However, in more serious cases, other system components could be damaged. Thankfully, the enthusiast community has taken power supply units more seriously as it has matured. We know there's much more to the equation than simply a wattage rating; we're looking for consistent DC voltages, minimal AC ripple content, high efficiency, low noise levels, and effective cooling—and those are just the basics. Manufacturers have picked up on enthusiast, er, enthusiasm for quality power supply units, promising to deliver cleaner and quieter power more efficiently as wattage ratings scale skyward. Some have even developed unique features, including monitoring and control software, adjustable voltage lines, integrated USB hubs, and modular cabling solutions in attempts to differentiate their products in an increasingly crowded market. To help make sense of the wide selection of power supply units available, we've rounded up eight contenders between 700 and 1000 watts from Antec, Corsair, Gigabyte, Hiper, PC Power & Cooling, Super Talent, Tagan, and Ultra. Keep reading to see how they compare in the real world and when pushed to their limits by our beastly test rig.

Sunbeamtech Tuniq 3 Mid Tower ATX Case Review @ Bigbruin
Sunbeamtech is a manufacturer of computer components that has been around for a while, and they have sent a large number of items to for review over the years. They are also the parent company of a line of higher performance components that they have decided to brand under a different name... Tuniq. This review will be focused on a chassis from Sunbeamtech's Tuniq series, the Tuniq 3 Mid Tower ATX case.

Asus Triton 75 Heatsink Review @ Frostytech
The fangs at each corner of the Triton 75 bring a smile to our intrepid engineers' face; pointy strips of aluminum dangle like a canines teeth over each Intel retention clip and lie in wait for unsuspecting fingers! Should we really expect anything different from the Asus Triton 75 heatsink though? With errant design elements that hamper the user experience and do nothing to improve thermal performance, the Asus Triton 75 is an example of what not to do. On top of that, the Triton 75 fails as a heatsink for processors with a 150W power rating. And yet, the Triton 75 is not a complete write off.

VIZO Ninja II Notebook Cooling Stand Review @ Futurelooks
As you may already know, keeping your notebook computer cool has several key benefits, including the extended longevity and the improved performance of the components housed within. As laptops have continued to increase in popularity in recent years, so have the options for keeping our notebooks nice and cool. In terms of cooling performance, active solutions — those that include fans — typically outperform passive solutions. I’ve reviewed several cooling pads in the past and I’ve found that the Ninja II notebook cooler from VIZO implements a series of features that are lacking in other solutions.

Auras SMF-660 TwinW Intel Heatsink Review @ Frostytech
The Auras SMF-660 heatsink is a compact Intel heatsink that weighs just over 400 grams, stands 108mm tall, and hides its lone fan quietly away. If you've been faced with the problem of an ill-fitting processor heatsink for a compact PC chassis, take comfort that sub-150mm tall CPU coolers do indeed exist. Auras ship the SMF-660 heatsink with a 92mm PWM fan that scales in speed from 1200-2100RPM with compatible motherboards.

UniBlue ProcessScanner Software Review @ Tweaknews
This free utility is a good starting point for troubleshooting a slow system or one that is suspected of being infected with a virus or spyware. A quick scan results in a well organized list of all processes running and their associated security threat level. Knowledge is power, and being aware of malicious processes is the first step in preventing future infections and keeping a PC running smoothly.

Thermalright IFX-14 CPU Cooler Review @ Madshrimps
CPU coolers keep growing in size, this monster from Thermalright is proof of that. The Inferno Fire eXtinguisher is a heatsink large enough to accommodate up to three 140mm fans! Furthermore it comes with a separate smaller heatsink which sole purpose is to keep the backside of the CPU socket cool. Will this powerhouse CPU cooler grab first spot in our performance charts?

Cooler Master Hyper 212 CPU Cooler Review @ Tweaktown
While the design isn’t unique, it does follow a pattern set forth by some very efficient CPU Coolers. From a distance it would be difficult to tell the 212 from our current performance leader and award winner, the Noctua NH-12P; the designs are so close. Cooler Master does have a vast distribution system and getting your hands on a Hyper 212 is going to be a lot easier than finding the Rosewill Z5. A big plus for consumers is that they can walk into many retail locations and pull a Cooler Master product right off of the shelf.

Thermaltake BlacX USB Hard Drive Docking Station Review @ OCIA
Thermaltake took note of this and created a product that really stood out at the show, a hard drive docking station known as the BlacX. The idea behind this product is so simple and yet, so ingenious that I am shocked that nobody else has thought of it yet. Simply put, the BlacX is a USB 2.0 hot-swappable 2.5" and 3.5" SATA docking station that accepts all hard drives up to 1TB in size.

Western Digital Scorpio 320GB SATA-II 2.5inch Hard Drive Review @ OzHardware
Western Digital have once again pushed the boundaries of size with their latest notebook drive coming in at a massive (for a notebook) 320GB. Coupled with a Serial-ATA-II interface an 8MB cache, it’s sure to be a good performer. We find out.

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