News and Reviews for 11-11-09

I’m sure a lot of you have been playing Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2, as have I, and I finished it already, it wasn’t bad, just not quite what I expected. I expected the graphics on the Xbox360 to be better than they are really.. I may have to grab the PC version to se how they compare. Anyway, here’s the news:

No particular order today, I’m tired, I was up until about 12:30 am last night playing CoD:MM2 and had to get up at 5am… ::yawn::

 

I4U News published a review of the Insignia NS-BRDVD3 Blu-ray Player. The player has a bargain price and is one of the cheapest players around with BD-Live support and Netflix.
Quote:
"Today I am going to check out the Insignia NS-BRDVD3 Blu-ray player with 1080p output. The player is under $150 and packs in the feature you might not expect to find at such a low price point. If you haven’t gone Blu-ray yet, the Insignia NS-BRDVD3 Blu-ray player may be just het low cost player to get you into the HD world."
Full Review:
http://www.i4u.com/section-viewarticle-623.html

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Article Title: Cooler Master Storm Sniper Black Edition Case @ Legit Reviews
Article URL: http://www.legitreviews.com/article/1131/1/

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LINK: http://www.techwarelabs.com/amd-phenom-ii-955/
Title: AMD Phenom II 955 @ TechwareLabs

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Title: Thermaltake Element G Case @ Modders-Inc

Summary: The people over at Thermaltake have unleashed the Element G on the masses. Does the gigantic gaming, glittering, gradational glaciated goodness grab the general gamer? Glean the gratuitous guidance from our inspection of this gob of goodness!

Articles URL: http://www.modders-inc.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=Story&reid=306

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Title: Dragon Age Origins (PC) Game Review on Technic3D: King of RPG?

Link: http://www.technic3d.com/article-965,1-dragon-age-origins-koenig-der-rollenspiele.htm

Translation Link: http://translate.google.de/translate?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.technic3d.com%2Farticle-965%2C1-dragon-age-origins-koenig-der-rollenspiele.htm&sl=de&tl=en&hl=de&ie=UTF-8

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ZOWIE Hammer Gaming Headset
QUOTE: "The company bio of ZOWIE speaks of efficient durable products that come at affordable prices, much like a Kia or a Hyundai automobile. Funny about that, as ZOWIE`s Asia office is located inside the `Hyundai tower`.
What we have are a set of two channel gaming headphones; a headset if you will. ZOWIE calls it the Hammer. So let’s see if indeed we can deliver a blow or two."

For more information, please visit – http://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/3005/zowie_hammer_gaming_headset/index.html

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Lucid Hydra 200 Multi-GPU Performance Revealed:
http://hothardware.com/Articles/Lucid-Hydra-200-MultiGPU-Performance-Revealed/

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TITLE: Choiix Mini Air-Through Notebook Cooling Pad Review @ Vortez.co.uk
LINK: http://www.vortez.co.uk/review.php?id=91

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Today we look at the ABS SL Series 1050 Power Supply.
SNIP:
If you recently made an upgrade to the Core i7 system you may found that your older power supply may not able to support the C6 power saving feature that is found in the Nahalem processor. The C6 power saving turns of the core clock, PLL, and the caches. As a result, it is able to lower the core voltage even lower than the C4 state. It is estimated that the C6 uses about 300% less power than the C4.
Despite the fact that many of the older power supplies may have enough wattage and connectors for the Core i7, they do not have the necessary engineering to enter the C6 state.  If you enable the C6 state with these power supplies, you may encounter problems such as system constantly restarting. The majority of the power supplies on the market are still catching up with Nahalem so when you shop for a power supply, be sure to look for the one that will support C6 state.
http://www.bjorn3d.com/read.php?cID=1710

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We have posted a new article, ‘ASUS P7P55D Deluxe Motherboard’
"The TurboV is a wired remote that connects to the motherboard and is routed
out the back of the I/O panel. It includes A, B and C profile buttons, a power
button, a +/- button for under and overclocking and manual and auto mode
buttons."
The Full Article can be viewed at
http://tech.tbreak.com/2009/11/asus-p7p55d-deluxe-motherboard/

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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Graphics Performance
http://www.techspot.com/article/219-cod-modern-warfare-2-gpu-performance/

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Adesso CyberTablet 6400 Review @ [OC]ModShop

As a graphic artist, I am familiar with digital graphics tablets. Most digital artists are familiar with Wacom products, but they tend to be very pricey. The price point of a tablet has a bit of "snob" factor to it, as professional tablets start around $350 and "lesser" entry-level tablets can be had for under $100. When I saw the Adesso CyberTablet 6400, I really didn’t have a lot of high hopes, given its $70 price point.
I was soon flogging myself for having such negative thoughts, because the tablet ended up having the same smooth operation and functionality as one of my entry-level Wacom tablets.

Review URL ::
http://www.ocmodshop.com/ocmodshop.aspx?a=1700

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Everything USB is pleased to announce our in-depth review on Archos 3 8GB Touch-screen MP3 Player review.
2009 marks the unofficial eleventh anniversary of the flash memory based portable media player (PMP). In that time, we’ve seen capacities balloon 1000-fold from 32MB up to 32GB and beyond, with 100+GB promising to be commonplace in the not-too-distant future. The bottom-end of the market now boasts up to 3" diagonal screens, with full touch control and video display as well as music playback. Packing all of this into the sub-$100 category is the Archos 3 Vision positioned as a step above the postage stamp screen media players but also steering well clear of iPod touch territory.
http://www.everythingusb.com/archos-3-17897.html

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TITLE: CoGage True Spirit @ LanOC Reviews
DESCRIPTION: One of the top heatsink manufactures Thermalright has impressed us multiple times with their top performing heatsinks. Recently they introduced a new brand and product line called CoGage. CoGage products are designed to have Thermalright’s performance on a budget for penny pinching enthusiasts. Our new friends over at Acoustic PC contacted us and wanted to know if we wanted to check out the True Spirit, and of course we would love too. They sent out a whole box full of goodies  to help in the testing so big thanks go out to them!
ARTICLE URL: http://lanoc.org/review/hardware/cooling/2113-cogage-true-spirit

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TITLE: Kingston SSDNow V 40GB Boot Drive SSD @ Benchmark Reviews

DESCRIPTION: For years, Kingston has sold system memory upgrade kits to help boost personal computer performance. Installing RAM is a simple process, and it usually helped speed up an old PC. Yet, because the processor and memory both operate at level much faster than the average hard disk, the real bottleneck is the primary drive. Solid State Drives are the ideal upgrade for hard drives, and the difference an SSD makes is far noticeable than any memory upgrade. In this article, Benchmark Reviews tests the performance and speed for the ideal SSD starter kit: Kingston’s SSDNow V 40GB Boot Drive SSD SNV125-S2/40GB.

ARTICLE URL: http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=392&Itemid=60

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Early look at USB 3.0 X25-M SSD performance versus USB 2.0, eSATA and more
QUOTE: "Earlier on today we had a chance to visit the Macpower office here in Taipei and ran some USB 3.0 benchmarks on one of their latest hard drive caddies that is almost ready to go on sale. We compared USB 3.0 performance against USB 2.0, eSATA, SATA 2.0 (directly connected to the test system) and Firewire 400 and 800.
Testing was done on a new system running Windows 7 with a Core i5 750 processor that was hooked into a GIGABYTE P55A-UD4P motherboard, 4GB of DDR3 memory and a NEC USB 3.0 PCI-E x1 controller card. The specific USB 3.0 chip used was the D720200F1 from NEC Japan, one of the few available at the time of writing."

For more information, please visit – http://www.tweaktown.com/articles/3004/early_look_at_usb_3_0_x25_m_ssd_performance_versus_usb_2_0_esata_and_more/index.html

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NZXT Lexa S Crafted Series Black Steel Mid Tower Chassis Review @ ThinkComputers.org

Review URL: http://www.thinkcomputers.org/nzxt-lexa-s-crafted-series-black-steel-mid-tower-chassis-review/

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Title: NZXT Beta EVO Mid-Tower Steel Case Review at Overclockers Online
Link: http://www.overclockersonline.net/?page=articles&num=3281

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Title: Nexus RX-6300 630 W Power Supply Review
Link: http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/859

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Article link:
http://www.insidehw.com/Reviews/Motherboards/High-End-P55-Motherboards.html
Title:
High-End P55 Motherboards @ InsideHW

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We just finished our latest review. This time we took a closer look at
Corsair’s Obsidian 800D case.
From the article:
"It has been quite a while since the Obsidian 800D first appeared in press shots, but now the chassis finally
made its way to our test lab. Now let’s see if Corsair manages to keep up their reputation in great entries,
or if the 800D will fall into the ever-growing markets of average cases."
Article link:
http://metku.net/index.html?path=reviews/corsair-obsidian-800d/index_eng

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Leadtek Geforce GT 220 Extreme Overclocking Experiment
We pour some -180°C LN2 over NVIDIA’s 40nm GPU to see how high it will scale. With the help of some voltage modifications we are ready to breach some world records at the low end of the video card scale.
http://www.madshrimps.be/gotoartik.php?articID=968

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Verbatim Store n Go Micro 4GB Flash Drive Review @ [OC]ModShop

There are literally hundreds of USB Flash drives, and only a handfull could be considered innovative from a design standpoint. Verbatim has delivered a flash drive that appears to be small enough to not be cumbersome, has a tough rugged exterior, and is resistant to damage. They have dubbed this drive the Store ‘n’ Go Micro.
The Verbatim Store n Go Micro is also referred to as the Tuff ‘n’ Tiny USB Drive. They come in three different denominations, and each have their own color. They are available in 2GB (orange), 4GB (green), and 8GB (purple).

Review URL ::
http://www.ocmodshop.com/ocmodshop.aspx?a=1698

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TITLE: ASUS EAH5870 1GB Graphics Card Review @ Vortez.co.uk
DESCRIPTION:
"DirectX 11 is here and what better way to welcome it than a review of the
hottest new graphics card on the market: The Asus EAH5870."
LINK: http://www.vortez.co.uk/review.php?id=90

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Trine Interview with Mr. Lauri Hyvärinen, Designer and CEO of Frozenbyte

http://www.lgrnexus.com/?interviews/trine-interview.html

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URL LINK:  http://www.frostytech.com/top5heatsinks.cfm
TAG-LINE:  Best Heatsink? Frostytech’s Top 5 Heatsink Chart @ Frostytech.com

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URL:  http://www.pcstats.com/articleview.cfm?articleID=2465
QUICK-LINK:  Waterfield Designs Sleeve Cases: A Second Skin for Notebooks @ PCSTATS.com

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Seagate Savvio 10K.3 SAS 2.0 6Gb/s 300GB 2.5-inch Hard Disk
QUOTE: "So far we have reviewed the Seagate Cheetah 15K.7 and the Savvio 15K.2 and found that the performance of both drives far exceeds anything we have in the consumer market outside of solid state drives. Their 15,000 RPM platters make access times lower and now we are about to test the 10,000 RPM enterprise Savvio from Seagate, the 10K.3.
Seagate’s Savvio Series products use the 2.5-inch wide, 12.5mm tall form factor that is quickly becoming the standard for enterprise servers. This new 2.5-inch form factor allows for more drives to be used in the same amount of space than traditional 3.5-inch drives. In a 1U, 1.75 inch rack mount server you can fit four 3.5-inch drives, but in that same space eight 2.5-inch drives."

For more information, please visit – http://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/3003/seagate_savvio_10k_3_sas_2_0_6gb_s_300gb_2_5_inch_hard_disk/index.html

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Article Title: New Need For Speed: Shift Patch Boosts AMD GPU Performance @ Legit Reviews
Article URL: http://www.legitreviews.com/article/1130/1/

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LINK: http://www.techwarelabs.com/logitech-squeezbox-boom/
Title: Logitech Squeezbox Boom @ TechwareLabs

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Today we look at Corsair Dominator 1600MHz 8GB kit (CMD8GX3M4A1600C8).
SNIP:
With Windows 7 hitting the shelves we were hearing that the amount of ram in Windows 7 is just as important as raw ram speed. So to that end we got a couple of 8GB kits, installed Windows 7 and ran some testing. We ran our normal test suite on the kits then ran further testing using 2 sticks of ram (2x2GB) then the whole kit (4x2GB). That way the exact same ram is tested with 4GB and 8GB and the testing results should be about as good as they come.
Corsair was nice enough to send over a 8GB kit of Dominator 1600MHz for our testing enjoyment. We like Corsair Dominator ram, the black IHS (integrated heat spreaders), the performance, the lifetime warranty, the excellent support forum. There’s little not to like about Corsair Dominator ram. Lets see how 4GB density fares against 8GB density.
http://www.bjorn3d.com/read.php?cID=1719

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Acer Timeline 14" 4810T Notebook Review
http://www.techspot.com/review/212-acer-timeline-4870t/

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Article Name: Corsair H50 Hydro Series Liquid/Water CPU Cooling System Review @ Tweaknews
Article Url: http://www.tweaknews.net/reviews/corsair_h50_hydro_series_cpu_liquid_water_cooling_system_review/

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TITLE: Microsoft Windows 7 Upgrade and Installation Guide @ Benchmark Reviews

DESCRIPTION: Many gamers swear by the proven stability that is Windows XP, but there’s a new player on the market: Windows 7.  While Windows XP is heralded by some as the best OS to ever come from Microsoft, Vista is the Windows ME of the 21st Century.  Enter Windows 7.  Built on the proven NT platform and in many ways appearing much like Vista, that’s where the similarities end. Today, Benchmark Reviews will take a look at some of the different methods of installation, and hopefully clear up some of the confusion many of you may be having.  I think some people will be surprised by how easy it can be, plus we will show you how to possibly bypass having to reinstall Windows XP or Vista during an upgrade.

ARTICLE URL: http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=399&Itemid=38

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GIGABYTE P55-UD6 (P55 Express) Motherboard
QUOTE: "Today’s candidate is a high-end board for the mainstream market from the good people at GIGABYTE. The P55-UD6 is one of the latest boards to run on the P55 single chip solution from Intel.
Aimed for a more high-end market in the mainstream, this board comes in at just under $250USD over at Newegg which isn’t a great deal more than the ASUS offering. Will it match up in performance and features? We shall endeavour to answer this question."

For more information, please visit – http://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/3002/gigabyte_p55_ud6_p55_express_motherboard/index.html

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Crucial M225 256GB Solid State Drive Review @ ThinkComputers.org

Review URL: http://www.thinkcomputers.org/crucial-m225-256gb-solid-state-drive-review/

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Hardware Canucks is pleased to present our review of the new Cooler Master Storm Sniper Black Edition.

Article URL: http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum/hardware-canucks-reviews/25359-cooler-master-storm-sniper-black-edition-video-review.html

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Title: Ultra X4 850W Modular PSU
URL: http://www.bcchardware.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=7866&Itemid=40

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TITLE: A Boy and His Blob – Wii @ LanOC Reviews
DESCRIPTION: Forget dogs. Everyone knows that a boy’s best friend is his blob. Especially when it’s a jellybean-eating blob who’s comes to Earth from his distant home world of Blobolonia in search of help and maybe even a friend.Play through over forty stages in this wonderful re-imagining of an NES classic on your Nintendo Wii.
ARTICLE URL: http://lanoc.org/review/games/wii/2070-a-boy-and-his-blob-wii

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Title: Gigabyte P55-UD6 Motherboard
Link: http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/849

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On November 8, The Tech Report turned 10. Yes, we’ve been exploring the world of PC hardware for a decade now. To celebrate the occasion, and with support from Asus, Corsair, Gigabyte, OCZ, and XFX, we’ve orchestrated a grand giveaway with over 118 prizes worth more than $8,000 put together.
http://techreport.com/discussions.x/17866

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ATEN VS481A 4-Port HDMI Switch @ [OC]ModShop

 

The problem with HDMI is that it is relatively new. Home Theater components usually lag behind the new industry standard, because the technology could lose support. As a result, some flat-panel TVs only have a few HDMI inputs, but your gaming consoles, receivers and DVRs have many. You can simplify or eliminate the unsightly rat?s nest of cables in your home theater rig by just using the elegant HDMI solution. Some of the newest home theater receivers now support multiple HDMI switching, but not everyone has a need for a full-blown amplifier.
ATEN?s new product, the VS481A 4-port HDMI switch, appears to be geared towards the console gamer or home theater enthusiast.

Review URL ::
http://www.ocmodshop.com/ocmodshop.aspx?a=1697

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Coolink SWiF2 Fan Series:
Link: http://www.rbmods.com/content/15487/introduction-firstlook.aspx

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TITLE: NZXT BETA EVO Classic Series PC Case Review @ Vortez.co.uk
DESCRIPTION:
"NZXT have well and truly established a good reputation within the enclosure
market in the short amount of time they have been in existence. They have a
really impressive assembly of cases available that have great features and
looks but come in at a lower price compared to other case manufacturers.
Today we have the privilege of looking at the NZXT Beta Evo, a budget case
with a real statement to make. NZXT designed the Beta Evo off the back of
the original Evo thus making it very affordable, lightweight and with a
multitude of features."
LINK: http://www.vortez.co.uk/review.php?id=89

 

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From HardwareZone:

Logitech Performance Mouse M950
BlackBerry Developers Conference 2009
Hands-On with the Acer Liquid

The BIOS Resurrector – DFI P55-T3eH9 (Intel P55)

LG’s Delicious New Chocolate

ZoneOut: The iPod Nano’s Video Day Out

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