News and Reviews for 11-9-09

Hello world! We’ve got news from our friends for you:

No particular order today, just the news:

 

Title: Nintendo Wii Review
Link: http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/858

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Windows 7 Installation & Boot Comparison vs Vista

In this review we take a look at how long it takes to boot install and boot from Windows 7, Windows 7 takes about the same time to install on many standard hard drives, SSD drives or Booting from a mem stick is faster. Follow along on Youtube.

Review Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hdl5-7TVRSU

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PC Games Hardware ran benchmarks with twelve CPUs to check their performance in Left 4 Dead 2. During our test with the cut version of the action game we found out that the Source Engine title benefits from multi-core processors but also runs well on any CPU that is about as fast as a C2D E6600 or an Athlon X2 6400+.

http://www.pcgameshardware.com/aid,699110/Left-4-Dead-2-CPU-benchmarks-Phenom-II-very-strong/Practice/

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Join us for our special 10th-anniversary episode as we look at the history of The Tech Report. Panelists include Scott, Cyril, Geoff, Adam, and in his first-ever podcast appearance, Andy Brown.
http://techreport.com/articles.x/17920

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Asus G51J Core i7 Mobile Gaming Notebook Review
http://hothardware.com/articles/Asus-G51j-Gaming-Notebook-Review/

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ASRock P55 Deluxe Motherboard Review

ASRock is not well known in the enthusiast community as they often have niche motherboards based on esoteric chipsets with unique features found nowhere else. This board is the first board I’ve seen with the new SATA 6Gb/s interface and has good features and great performance, making it a solid choice for a Hot Product award. The board overclocked to 4.0GHz from the default 2.66GHz on the Core i5 750 CPU, making it a decent overclocker as well. You also get features like a 16 Phase Power Design and Intelligent Energy Saver in the mix making this a solid board.

Review Link: http://www.motherboards.org/reviews/motherboards/1953_1.html

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Title: OCZ Agility EX 60GB SSD @ Phoronix
Direct Link: http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=14358

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Article Title: Tritton AX 720 Dolby Digital Surround Gaming Headset @ Legit Reviews
Article URL: http://www.legitreviews.com/article/1123/1/

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NEW CONTENT (Motherboards) – ASUS P7P55D Deluxe (P55 Express) Motherboard
QUOTE: "ASUS has always been at the forefront when it comes to new technologies. Lynnfield is no exception. At Computex we were lucky enough to see just how well this new technology would work and from there the birth of the new Lynnfield processor and P55 chipset has already caused a stir in the hardware community.
On show for you today we have the P7P55D Deluxe board aimed at the mainstream segment. Hitting the shelves at $219.99 USD over at Newegg, Nehalem architecture now becomes more affordable and with plenty of style to boot."

For more information, please visit – http://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/3001/asus_p7p55d_deluxe_p55_express_motherboard/index.html

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LINK: http://www.techwarelabs.com/via-artigo-a2000/
Title: VIA ARTiGO A2000 @ TechwareLabs

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TitleThermaltake Toughpower XT 850W – A Second Look @ JonnyGURU.com

Summary: Not too long ago, I took my very first look at the Thermaltake Toughpower XT 850W unit and found it wanting. Thermaltake was anxious to improve on things, and so they did; as I found in my last review when I saw what the new and improved 750W Toughpower XT could do.

Today, I’m looking at the 850W model once more. Has this one also been improved enough to bring home a recommendation? Come on in and see.

Articles URL: http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=Story&reid=172

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Intel DP55KG “Kingsberg” Extreme Series Motherboard Review

When the LGA1156 Lynnfield Processor launched, we touched on the basics of the reference DP55KG Extreme Series Motherboard. At launch, it was the standard and the board to beat as we’ve reviewed other comparable P55 motherboards along the way. Essentially, if another platform can’t emulate, match, or improve upon its performance, we really aren’t interested.

Direct Link:

http://www.futurelooks.com/intel-dp55kg-kingsberg-extreme-series-motherboard-review/

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NEW CONTENT (Video Cards) – Sapphire Radeon HD 5870 1GB Vapor-X Video Card
QUOTE: "The main focus of the Vapor-X series is cooling. With that said, though, it doesn’t mean Sapphire can’t have a bit of fun with the clock speeds. What we’ll do before we have a closer look at those clocks is check out what’s going on in the bundle. After that we’ll then take a closer look at the card and see the new cooler that Sapphire is giving us.
If all that wasn’t exciting enough, the HD 5870 Vapor-X from Sapphire is the first card that’s going to be taken for a spin on our new benchmark setup. While the hardware hasn’t changed due to the simple fact it’s still some of the best on the market, we have moved to the new DirectX 11 enabled Windows 7 and also added a whole slew of new benchmarks including some new synthetic ones and real world games."

For more information, please visit – http://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/3000/sapphire_radeon_hd_5870_1gb_vapor_x_video_card/index.html

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Gigabyte TweaKING Overclocking Event Paris Fall 2009

On October 27th Gigabyte organized their TweaKING event in Paris, France. The conference room of the Le Meridien Hotel in Paris was transformed in an overclocking combat-zone where teams from 22 European countries went head-to-head in an attempt to set the best score in SuperPi 32M and 3DMark01. Power users from Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Norway, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, UK and Ukraine went to Paris for this event.
http://www.madshrimps.be/gotoartik.php?articID=964

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Today we look at the Gigabyte GeForce 210.
SNIP:
Over two years have passed since Nvidia dived into the low end graphics card market. Today we have Nvidia’s latest entry, the G210. This card features a 64 bit bus, 512 MB of GDDR2 memory, and a 40nm die. The smaller die size means lower temperatures, which is great for low ventilation cases, which is probably where the card will go since it is a low profile card. So far this card is shaping up to be a great combo for a low power computer.
Today we have the Gigabyte version of the G210. It of course has all of the features of the reference G210, but Gigabyte has decided to make it their own to differentiate it from the crowd. This includes Gigabyte’s great software, and a gold plated HDMI port for a better signal. Lets jump right in and explore more of this card.
http://www.bjorn3d.com/read.php?cID=1712

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Title:
In Win AMMO 2.5 inch RFID Enclosure

Link:
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/InWin/Ammo

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Article Name: HIS Radeon HD4890 iCooler x4 Videocard Review @ Tweaknews
Article Url: http://www.tweaknews.net/reviews/his_radeon_hd4890_icooler_x4_videocard_review/

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Everything USB is pleased to announce our in-depth review on Logitech Anywhere MX Wireless Mouse.
No stranger to the ubiquitous pointing device, Logitech boasts an impressive 20+ year history building mice and computer peripherals. Having surpassed the one billion mouse mark back in 2008, they are the undisputed leader in electronic rodent computer peripherals. New for 2009, the Logitech Anywhere MX wireless mouse combines wireless connectivity with unique "Darkfield" tracking technology for a mouse that is said to be able to track on pure glass and other highly reflective surfaces. Designed to be a fully-featured portable workhorse, the Anywhere MX also brings a rather unique scroll wheel to the party. How well does it all work in the cold, cruel world? Come to our glossy new labs to see if the Anywhere MX can track straight and true.
http://www.everythingusb.com/logitech-anywhere-mx-wireless-mouse-17966.html

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TITLE: Noctua NF-S12B FLX @ LanOC Reviews
DESCRIPTION: Most people don’t give the fans in their PC any thought, even most enthusiasts worry about colors and led’s not the noise level or performance. Noctua is in the minority when it comes to fan manufactures because they design their fans to be as quite as possible with no concern for LED’s or special colors. Today I have the chance to test out their newest fan the NF-12B FLX. Similar to the NF-P12 that we tested before, but with a few updates. Let’s take a look to see how their changes effected the fans performance.
ARTICLE URL: http://lanoc.org/review/hardware/cooling/2111-noctua-nf-s12b-flx

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Titel: Noiseblocker NB-TwinTec
Text:
Fast zwei Jahre ist es mittlerweile her, als Noiseblocker ihren letzten Kühler vorstellten. Der CoolScraper 3 setzte, wie auch seine beiden Vorgänger, auf eine Super-Conductor-Pipe anstatt der bis dahin meist genutzten Heatpipes. Der NB-TwinTec verbindet die beiden Techniken von damals und besitzt so neben der Super-Conductor-Pipe auch zwei 6-mm-Heatpipes. Mit dieser Kombination und dem beigelegten NB-Multiframe M12-P wollen Noiseblocker ein gutes Silent-Paket auf den Markt bringen. Ob dies gelingt, erfahrt ihr auf den folgenden Seiten.
URL: http://www.dexgo.com/index.php?site=artikel/view.php&rubrik=Hardware&id=435
English translated by Babel Fish: http://babelfish.altavista.com/babelfish/trurl_pagecontent?lp=de_en&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.dexgo.com%2Findex.php%3Fsite%3Dartikel%2Fview.php%26rubrik%3DHardware%26id%3D435
English translated by Google: http://translate.google.com/translate?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.dexgo.com%2Findex.php%3Fsite%3Dartikel%2Fview.php%26rubrik%3DHardware%26id%3D435&sl=de&tl=en&hl=de&ie=UTF-8

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Title: Sapphire Radeon HD 5870 Vapor-X @ Techgage
Link: http://techgage.com/article/sapphire_radeon_hd_5870_vapor-x/

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TITLE: CM Storm Sniper Black Case SGC-6000-KKN1-GP @ Benchmark Reviews

DESCRIPTION: Déjà vu is a funny thing. At first you’re not sure it’s real; then you’re absolutely convinced; finally, it fades and you’re not sure anymore. The CM Storm Sniper, first shown to the public when Cooler Master launched the CM Storm brand in 2008, started out life with a full "Black Ops" paint job. Black on the outside, black on the inside and the first gaming case to feature three massive 200mm cooling fans, it was an instant hit. Somehow, the production version ended up without the black interior, but it was still a rousing success when Benchmark Reviews looked at it in January of this year. Its ten months later, coming up on the holiday season, and what better (and easier) way to kick it up a notch than to bring back the black: The CM Storm Sniper Black Edition SGC-6000-KKN1-GP.

ARTICLE URL: http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=398&Itemid=61

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Article link:
http://www.insidehw.com/Reviews/Graphics-cards/All-DirectX-11-Graphics-Cards.html
Title:
All DirectX 11 Graphics Cards @ InsideHW

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Title: Logitech Harmony 1100 Remote Control Review at CCE Reviews

Link: http://www.ccereviews.com/reviews/logitech-harmony-1100-remote-control/

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Title: Choiix Mini Air-Through Notebook Cooling Pad Review @ Verdis Reviews

Briefing:The ability to stay connected to the net whilst on the move is becoming more and more popular with netbooks being the latest must-have gadget. With more power and quicker speeds combined with a decrease in product size, the need for efficient and effective cooling is an ever-greater necessity. One way to supply extra cooling potential is through a notebook cooler; the marketplace has been hit with a wave of these coolers released left, right and centre and all claiming to offer effective cooling.

In reality though, many coolers just couldn’t hack it in terms of raw performance and just weren’t worth it. That said, added features such as USB hubs and such like have made some coolers a more tempting purchase. One such product that includes a hub to bolster its marketability is the Choiix Mini Air-Through Notebook Cooling Pad. Let’s take a look…”

URL: http://verdisreviews.com/reviews/choiix-mini-air-through-notebook-cooling-pad-review/

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TITLE: Noctua NH-D14 CPU Cooler Review @ Vortez.co.uk
DESCRIPTION:
"Last week Noctua announced the release of their brand new CPU cooler the
NH-D14. In our hands today is that very heatsink. In the first english
written review of this brand new release from Noctua we investigate how
strong a performer it is when we put it up against some of the giants in the
world of cooling."
LINK: http://www.vortez.co.uk/review.php?id=88

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