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Daily News for March 27

Overclocking with Gigabyte P35C-DS3R and Intel Q6600 @ Madshrimps
Overclocking successfully requires a mix of the right components, we take a closer look at the pinnacle of affordability and performance product from Gigabyte, the P35C-DS3R, testing with a Quad Core Q6600 we see how we can fly with a water cooled CPU and some spicy DDR2 memory modules.

Thermaltake Bigwater 760i Water Cooler Review @ Legit Reviews
For my first venture into water I learned a lot, and the main thing is that it’s not nearly as hard or complicated as I thought. That may be due to the Thermaltake Bigwater 760i kit, but either way the whole process was very easy. It took all of 30 minutes to do the pre-install and fill the system, the long part was the bleeding the air from the system and leak test. I chose to do this out of the case for the fact it was easier to fill the tank and work the bubbles out of the lines. That and the nagging thought of a leak.

Samsung SyncMaster 2243BW 22" Widescreen LCD Monitor Review @ Tweaknews
One of those reputable name brands in today's market is Samsung and today we will be reviewing one of their new SyncMaster 2243BW 22" monitors which is boasted to be an affordable thin bezel monitor which will be enjoyed in the home/office as well as in a gamer's den. Let's see if that claim is true.

ZOTAC GeForce 9800 GX2 Graphics Card @ Tweaktown
It feels weird to have done four articles on the 9800 GX2 without having actually had a look at a single retail card yet. The first retail card to come out of the gates comes in the form of a ZOTAC offering. With the latest WHQL driver in hand, the 174.53, we’re going to see how the GX2 holds up against the direct competition, the HD 3870 X2 from AMD.

Gigabyte GV-NX98X1GHI-B GeForce 9800 GX2 Video Card @ Benchmark Reviews
On the 18th of March 2008 NVIDIA launched the GeForce 9800 GX2 to coincide with their 790i motherboard chipset. Because gamers were teased by NVIDIA's first 9-series release which barely satisfied the middle-market with their GeForce 9600 GT, the discussion as to which upcoming product would become the new king of the hill quickly became a heated topic. Since the 8th generation GeForce series launched with a monumental success, starring the still powerful 8800 GTX and 8800 GTS, most hardware enthusiasts come to expect the same level of awe in this launch of new generation of discrete graphics. Few enthusiasts would say NVIDIA has outdone themselves again, while most others will claim that they have disappointed the community. Benchmark Reviews ignores the chatter, and makes a solid case with the Gigabyte GV-NX98X1GHI-B GeForce 9800 GX2 video card.

XFX GeForce 9800 GX2 Quad SLI @ Legit Reviews
NVIDIA has done a great job with Quad-SLI and with some driver improvements it should only get better. The XFX GeForce 9800 GX2 graphics cards running in a quad-SLI showed increased performance in every application we tested versus a single GeForce 9800 GX2, which is something that can not be said about the ATI Radeon HD 3870 X2 as they had some driver issues on Tomb Raider: Anniversary. We almost didn't include Tomb Raider: Anniversary in our testing, but our two store-bought DVD versions of Bioshock say they have been installed too many times, so this game was a last minute addition.

Patriot Viper Series 2GB PC3-12800 DDR3 Memory Kit Review @ Bigbruin
Configuring the Patriot Viper Series 2GB PC3-12800 DDR3 memory kit was extremely easy, which made getting up and running at over 1600MHz and 7-7-7-18 timings even more enjoyable. It usually takes some tweaking to get the test system stable at such elevated frequencies, but this kit was pretty much plug and play.

ASUS Radeon HD 3870 X2 Graphics Card @ Tweaktown
We like the HD 3870 X2; generally speaking it gets good gains at high resolutions in most applications we test. The single PCB design is leaps and bounds ahead of the original dual GPU offering from NVIDIA under the 7900 naming scheme. We’ve seen pictures of the HD 3870 X2 from ASUS before, but now it’s our chance to get down and dirty with it to see if it’s worth spending the extra money the ASUS cards generally carry with them. The ASUS bundles on a whole are pretty good and give you everything you would expect out of a high-end card. You do pay a premium for ASUS cards which give you little extras like the CD Wallet and a more recent game.

AMD Phenom X4 9850 Processor Review @ Legit Reviews
When the AMD Phenom series of processors launched back on November 19th, 2007 no one could have expected just how rough things were about to get for AMD. AMD has fixed the problems with a new B3 stepping of Phenom. All of the new Phenom B3 steppings will be named with the nomenclature of what AMD is calling the '50 series' of processors. The four new AMD Phenom X4 processors that AMD is announcing today are the 9550 (2.2GHz), 9650 (2.3GHz), 9750 (2.4GHz) and 9850 Black Edition (2.5GHz).

"The new AMD Phenom X4 50-series of processors is how Phenom should have launched back in November of last year. This stepping of Phenom doesn't offer higher performance versus the older Phenom B1 and B2 steppings, but does remove the TLB erratum that caused many consumers to skip over Phenom when considering a platform for their next system. Those that already have an AMD Socket AM2 platform now have a solid upgrade path to look forward to..."

Sapphire Toxic HD 3870 ATi Video Card @ Pro-Clockers
Yes you can go out and purchase one of the cards from any of the several manufacturers that endorse the ATI brand. The Toxic HD 3870 is an overclocked version of the ATI 3870 chipset. The Toxic HD 3870 uses a single slot cooler that would be a godsend for those that are tight on space or have motherboards with the PCIe slots too close together. This non-reference cooler helps to cool a RV670 clocked to 825MHz from the default 775MHz. Time to put the Toxic 3870 on the bench and see what performance numbers we can get.

Daily News for March 19

Steelseries Ikari Laser Gaming Mouse Review @ Tweaknews
All through testing I experienced nothing but comfort and that neat feeling only quality can give you. Like all good things though it comes at a price and the Ikari Laser is certainly not cheap coming in at around US$65. This is certainly not the type of product your average home user should be looking at, unless you have money to throw away, but for the enthusiast and or Gamer it's a worthwhile investment.

OCZ Technology PC2-8000 Platinum Edition 4GB DDR2 Kit Review @ Bigbruin
Rated at 5-5-5-18, the OCZ Technology PC2-8000 Platinum Edition 4GB DDR2 kit is quite impressive in terms of timings, speed, and capacity. Running at 1000MHz it was able to outperform competition in the form of DDR2 from Patriot and DDR3 from OCZ Technology. While overclocked to 1080MHz it was even able to outperform the DDR3 kit running at 1333MHz.

Razer Lachesis 4000dpi Gming Mouse Review @ TechwareLabs
Any true gamer is always seeking to gain the advantage over their opponent. Razer seeks to give you that edge in the form of their new Lachesis mouse which boasts an amazing 4000dpi sensitivity. Bullseye the target has been eliminated!

GeForce 9800 GX2 in Quad SLI Tested @ Tweaktown
I’ve never before found myself in the position where I’ve been this rushed off my feet to get an article online. This afternoon I was e-mailed the Quad SLI Vista Driver! - At the same time, a second 9800 GX2 rocked up in my hot little hands. It was clear what I needed to do. We found ourselves in the IBP bunker sitting in front of a 4GHz Water-cooled system with an SLI capable motherboard and an 8GB Pen Drive in hand with the 174.53 Quad SLI Driver installed.

QNAP TS-409 Pro 4-Drive SATA Gigabit NAS @ Benchmark Reviews
Times are a little tough right now for many small business owners, so any product that offers to save them money while still performing every function they require is sure to interest many of them. The task of providing an affordable product, that cuts overhead yet still performs up to par is not any easy undertaking. Most small businesses today have at least some level of data storage needs. It may be as simple as storing bookkeeping records, emails and customer contact information, it may involve storing legal documents or patient records, it may involve storing work product such as digital artwork or CAD drawings, or it may even involve hosting the company's retail sales website. The bottom line is that in today's business world it is hard to find a small business that doesn't have some need to store their digital data. This is where the Network Attached Storage servers come in and today Benchmark Reviews will be taking a close look at one of these NAS Servers, the QNAP TS-409 Pro.

Aerocool iCurve Plus Mid Tower @ Pro-Clockers
Many of us want a really good looking case that can properly house our components and keep cool and running well. A lot of time you don’t need to pay so much to get this. Aerocool believes this as well. And with the whole money saving concept upon most of us comes the iCurve Plus. A mid size case with a fascinating look and features the average joe would love. Get ready to take a look at the iCurve.

Western Digital Scorpio 2.5" 320GB HDD Review @ Tweaktown
While SSD or Solid State Disks are making their way in, we are still working with the current generation of storage and Western Digital has managed to do very well at increasing sizes and speeds. The underside of the drive is extremely clean of high rise circuits and components, simply because they have been sandwiched between the top of the PCB and the lower casing of the drive. With this design you don’t have to worry about any short circuits or clearance issues.

ASUS Xonar D2X 7.1 Channel PCI Express Sound Card Review @ Bigbruin
The ASUS Xonar D2X isn't your typical sound card. It features a host of impressive features, a generous bundle of software, and a variety of connections and cables to help you get fully connected right out of the box. The large Aluminum EMI shield gives it the appearance of a high end graphics card, while the PCI Express x1 connector finally gives you something useful to stick into those unused slots on your motherboard.

Logitech Harmony ONE Advanced Universal Remote Control Review @ Futurelooks
When I had a chance to review the Logitech 676 Harmony Remote back in 2005, I was totally impressed with the experience. It changed things in the Universal Remote Control world because it was easy to use, easy to setup, and most importantly, it had a very high approval factor with all the non-techies in the household. Most importantly, you can do it yourself without the help of an CEDIA Certified Engineer. Now that we’re in 2008, Logitech continues to be successful with their line of Harmony Remotes. Their latest remote, the Logitech Harmony ONE Advanced Universal Remote Control continues the tradition of easy to use and easy to setup for the modern home theatre.

Corinex GameNet Review @ ClubOC
A lot of folks say that they've had no problems what-so-ever gaming with a wireless adapter. My personal feeling is that good old-fashioned copper still guarantees the fastest and most reliable connection. So unless you're house is already wired with Ethernet to every room, we have to find a way to get the Internet to every device that needs it. Fortunately, there is company out there that feels our pain. Better yet, they have decided to help do something about it. Corinex brings us, the GameNet. The short story is, it's Ethernet over Power line technology. The basics of the technology make it an alternative to using wireless protocols to network your home. When devices like this first started to make their debut, they used standard phone cords and proprietary network interface cards. With the GameNet, you'll use RJ-45 Ethernet cables and your devices own network interface adapter to string your device to the transceivers.

nVidia GeForce 9800 GX2 (G92) Review Edition

@ Anandtech
With G9x coming in as a glorified die shrink to G80, NVIDIA took the opportunity to move away from huge die size and shift to the cheaper option of combining two GPUs on a single board for its highest end part. It is less expensive to make use of two chips, even if their combined size is larger than a monolithic one because yields are so much better. NVIDIA is able to get more chips per wafer and a higher percentage of those will be good compared to a large design. Of course, in spite of a cheaper to produce solution, the increased performance of this solution over previous high end has earned the 9800 GX2 a pretty heft price premium. At a retail price of at least $600 US, these bad boys will not be making their way into everyone's systems. There is always a price for having the best of the best.

@ PC Perspective
We can remember first "officially" seeing the GeForce 9800 GX2 back in January when another website featured a few high resolution images of it. It definitely didn't LOOK like any other graphics card on the market at the time, with its fully enclosed cooling design and oddly stacked DVI outputs. We got another "clue" when NVIDIA itself mentioned the 9800 GX2 in a press FAQ about the launch of AMD's Radeon HD 3870 X2 card. Just like the HD 3870 X2, the new NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GX2 is a dual-GPU graphics board with only a single connection to the motherboard via PCI Express. The common way of describing these cards is "SLI on a card" or "CrossFire on a card" depending on your party affiliation. These descriptions are about as accurate as you can get in ten words or less, though as we'll see the NVIDIA 9800 GX2 is even more like "SLI on a card" than its AMD competition.

@ Hot Hardware
As you can see, the GPU is built using a 65nm fabrication process. On stock GeForce 9800 GX2 cards, the GPUs are clocked at 600MHz, with a 1.5GHz shader clock, and 1GHz memory. If you recall, the GeForce 8800 GTS 512MB's GPU is clocked at 670MHz with 900MHz memory, so a pair of GTS cards running in SLI mode will offer higher shader performance and fillrate, but less memory bandwidth. Keep that in mind as you look through the benchmark results that appear a little later in this article. The GeForce 9800 GX2 offers a total of 128GB/s of memory bandwidth, with a 1GB frame buffer (512MB per GPU), 32 ROPs (16 per GPU), and 128 Texture Filtering Units (64 per GPU), for a total of 76.8GigaTexels/sec.

XFX 9800 GX2 @ Legit Reviews
The GeForce 9800 GX2 is the latest flagship graphics card by NVIDIA and comes with a pair of GeForce G92 GPU's and 1GB of GDDR3 memory on board. With a total of about 1.5 billion transistors it will give the ATI Radeon HD 3870 X2 a run for its money. The new GeForce 9800 GX2 features 256 processor cores each independently operating at 1,500 MHz. Counting conservatively (2 flops per processor core), this amounts to an unprecedented 768 gigaflops of raw shading horsepower. In texturing performance, it can filter 76.8 billion pixels per second, or 190% more than the Radeon 3870 X2. In raw specifications across the board, it is vastly improved over its predecessor, the GeForce 8800 Ultra. But with a price of $599-$649, it launches at the same price that the GeForce 8800 GTX did back in 2006. With more than twice the shading power and a vastly improved PureVideo HD engine, the GeForce 9800 GX2 is something that all enthusiasts need to take a closer look at.

@ HardOCP
Each GPU has 128 shader processors, same as the GeForce 8800 GTS 512MB. Remember, the GeForce 8800 GT has 112 stream processors. But here is where things get odd. Both GPUs in the GeForce 9800 GX2 are clocked at a 600 MHz core frequency. This is actually lower than the GeForce 8800 GTS 512MB which is clocked at 650 MHz. Looking further we also see that the stream processors are clocked at 1.5 GHz. Well, this again is lower than the GeForce 8800 GTS 512MB which has its stream processors clocked at 1.625 GHz. So right off the bat, each GPU in the GeForce 9800 GX2 is clocked at the same frequency as a GeForce 8800 GT, BUT, they have 128 stream processors each, just like the 8800 GTS 512MB. So what we end up with is basically lower clocked GeForce 8800 GTS 512MB GPUs on board.

One can surmise that a single-board GeForce 9800 GX2's performance scaling will be good. After all, it's not that difficult to scale with two GPUs - both NVIDIA and AMD (ATI) have compelling multi-GPU technologies that leverage two GPUs in an efficient manner. The real pain the posterior will reside with scaling with to four GPUs, based on two 9800 GX2s boards in SLI. Queuing up the requisite number of frames is hugely problematic in Windows XP and highly dependent on the games' engines in Vista. NVIDIA will introduce four-way alternate frame rendering (AFR) with the 9800 GX2 SLI driver. The GeForce 9800 GX2 carries NVIDIA's PureVideo HD that has been software-upgraded with the release of the ForceWare 174.xx drivers. NVIDIA has added dynamic contrast and colour enhancements for better-looking images, it says. Further, the driver supports dual-stream decode, which hardware-accelerates the decoding of two video streams running concurrently. There are only few instances where we can see this being useful - picture-in-picture commentary, for example.

nVidia nForce 790i SLI Ultra Chipset Edition

@ Anandtech
NVIDIA's top-end nForce 790i SLI SPP will be available to motherboard vendors in two distinct flavors; a new "Ultra" version will be the new top-end part. While NVIDIA claims that both versions are sure to be highly overclockable, the 790i SLI Ultra targets extreme overclocking and will feature automatic configuration of memory for DDR3-2000 operation using EPP2 profiles built into SLI-ready memory modules. Suppliers looking to offer products featuring slightly less aggressive CPU and memory overclocking capabilities for those on a tighter budget will use the "standard" 790i SLI part. Be sure to pay close attention to this important distinction when shopping for your next board. The chips are almost certainly the same internally, but the Ultra parts are binned for higher performance, similar to what we see with CPUs and more recently with the X38 and X48.

@ Tech Report
Barely three months have passed since Nvidia launched its high-end nForce 780i SLI chipset, and already the green team has another round in the chamber. To be fair, the 780i wasn't so much a new design as a second-coming of the nForce 680i decked out with PCI Express 2.0 support via a custom SLI bridge chip. The 780i wasn't the most elegant answer to the 32 second-generation PCI Express lanes lurking in Intel's X38 Express chipset, but it was the best Nvidia could do at the time to keep up with the Joneses. Today, however, Nvidia's real next-generation core logic arrives in the nForce 790i SLI and its spoiler-equipped Ultra variant. Unlike its predecessor, the nForce 790i SLI has an all-new north bridge chip bristling with 32 lanes of bandwidth-rich PCIe 2.0 goodness. Within it also lies Nvidia's first DDR3 memory controller, which has been carefully tweaked with Penryn in mind. The 790i has native support for 1600MHz front-side bus speeds, too. And, of course, everything comes neatly packaged on a fresh motherboard design tuned for overclocking and packed with ESA functionality.

@ Hot Hardware
The nForce 790i SLI and 790i SLI Ultra, however, are more difficult to differentiate. Essentially, the two chipsets are identical. The Ultra version of the chipset is more vigorously binned and is capable of DDR3 memory speeds in excess of 2GHz. The non-Ultra 790i SLI is officially supports DDR3 memory speeds as high as 1333MHz. Other notable features to the 790i SLI chipset include 60 lanes of PCI Express connectivity with native gen 2 support, with 10 USB ports, ESA, Media Shield, and First Packet support, in addition to three-way and Quad-SLI support.

Daily News for March 17

GeForce 9800 GX2 Overclocked and Tested @ Tweaktown
When a new high-end graphics card comes out you like to think that a CPU with four cores clocked at 3GHz is going to do the job pretty well. Though, like most high-end cards, when we start to increase the CPU clock further, we can begin to see some really good gains in performance. So we’ve done exactly that today, we’ve moved our trusty Intel quad-core Q6600 processor up to 3.75GHz but at the same time we thought that we may as well see what we can do with the clocks on the GeForce 9800 GX2. The increases clock speeds will be what most consumers can achieve without spending a truck load of cash on extreme cooling. CPU is cooled using Corsair water cooling and the GX2 uses its stock standard air cooling.

Foxconn GeForce 8800GT OC Graphics Card @ Tweaktown
It recently saw a price drop to continue competing with the HD 3870 and manufacturers are still making loads of them as they continue to represent great value for money. Foxconn tend to produce a nice little reference card with an overclock and at a decent price. With the 8800GT Standard OC in hand from Foxconn, we thought it was time to see how it faired against the overclocked 9600GT from Galaxy and the ASUS HD 3870 which carries with it stock clocks.

Intel's X48 Express Chipset @ Tech Report
Intel's Core 2 Extreme QX9770 is due out this quarter, bringing with it not only four Penryn cores clocked at 3.2GHz, but also a front-side bus running at 1600MHz. That faster FSB presents a bit of a problem, though, because Intel's current P35 and X38 Express chipsets only support front-side bus speeds up to 1333MHz. So the QX9770 needs a new chipset, or at least a new north bridge, which is where the X48 Express comes in. Based on Intel's existing X38 Express, the X48 brings with it official support for 1600MHz front-side bus speeds. With this faster bus, the X48 looks poised to supplant its predecessor atop Intel's chipset lineup, which means a new wave of motherboards is coming from all the usual suspects. Gigabyte's X48T-DQ6 is the first X48 offering to hit our labs, and in addition to packing Intel's latest chipset, it comes with an innovative Dynamic Energy Saver mechanism designed to lower power consumption. Join us as we put this power saving scheme to the test and run the X48 Express through it paces against the rest of Intel's chipset lineup.

Auras CTC-868 Heatsink Review @ Frostytech
What makes the Auras CTC-868 heatsink stand out is that it's split into thirds, with the two outer sections holding the integrated fans. A slip connection at the base of the CTC-868 allows each outer third of the heatsink to pivot on the connecting heatpipe 20 degrees, in the process noise is slightly reduced and the exhaust airflow can be directed down towards the motherboard.

Diamond Viper ATI Radeon HD 3870 512MB Video Card @ Benchmark Reviews
Benchmark Reviews recently reviewed the ZOTAC 8800GT ZT-88TES2P-FSP, NVIDIA's very impressive answer to the HD3800 series. Though the NVIDIA beat ATI/AMD to market, the 8800GT release is a direct result of ATI/AMD's HD 3800 series. Today we'll be looking at one card responsible for the exceptional mid-range offering we are enjoying, the Diamond VIPER 3870PE4512 - ATI Radeon HD 3870 X2 PCIE 2.0 512MB GDDR4 Video Card; ATI/AMD's mid-range card that curiously happens to be their top performing single GPU card.

Zalman ZM-RS6F USB 5.1 Surround Headphones/Headset Review @ Tweaknews
Despite a couple minor shortcomings, the ZM-RS6F remains a decent contender for those in the market for a set of surround sound headphones. The USB connector and sound card allow for a convenient setup especially for laptop gaming. The surround sound quality is good and after gaming with these, it will be difficult to go back to a pair of standard headphones.

MSI GeForce N9600GT OC Graphics Card @ Tweaktown
The latest company to come to the 9600GT parade is MSI, and like most other cards we’ve looked at they’ve decided to move away from the stock cooler and use their own design. They also figure if they’re going to do that, they may as well bump up the speed of the card and see what it’s capable of. I feel like we’ve looked at so many 9600GT cards in such a short period of time that there isn’t all that much to say here. The 9600GT has quickly become a popular little offering thanks to its performance not being like that of normal x600GT offerings from NVIDIA in the past.

AeroCool EasyWatch System Controller Review @ ClubOC
AeroCool has made quite a name for them selves with system controllers like the GateWatch and the FP-01, but sometimes you don't need all the extra bells ad whistles a full size controller has to offer. With the EasyWatch, AeroCool provides the core functions you really need in a slim 2.5 inch package.

Daily News for March 13

AMD 780G Chipset - Gigabyte MA-78GM-S2H Motherboard @ Legit Reviews
The AMD 780G chipset is the first new chipset that was designed by AMD after the AMD/ATI merger and it performs like a winner. Usually when a company designs a chipset with integrated graphics they just take half of a desktop GPU and stick it inside the chipset, but the 780G is the first chipset generation to have the whole graphics engine inside. The Gigabyte GA-MA78GM-S2H motherboard is a great example of what the 780G chipset can do when properly used. The board didn't leave us with any bad to say as it was found to be stable with a BIOS that could easily worked with.

Honeywell SecuraDrive 80GB USB 1.8-Inch Pocket Drive @ Benchmark Reviews
The Honeywell SecuraDrive portable USB hard drive is perfect for storing MP3 music files, videos files and photos, or for protecting sensitive and private data while on the go. Featuring Password Protection Technology, the SecuraDrive allows the user to allocate part or all of the hard drive's capacity to be public or private, with the private areas only accessible with the proper password, regardless if the SecuraDrive is lost or stolen. Benchmark Reviews tests the 80GB SecuraDrive FM-HWS80U2 for modern-day performance and reliability.

Razer Mako THX 2.1 Speaker System Review @ Futurelooks
Razer is a company that prides itself in designing products for gamers, by gamers. We’ve already seen what Razer is capable of when it comes to crazy computer mice and “gaming surfaces”, but what about something a little more substantial? Well, the speakers that are built into my Dell laptop are pretty anemic at best, so I approached the newly launched Razer Mako THX speakers with completely open arms. And the 2.1 system absolutely blew me away. Yes, they are that good.

Nexus Hush Kit Review @ Techwarelabs
Do you have a need to silence your PC but you wish to retain the cooling power of those loud fans? Nexus has created a kit called the "Hush Kit" which is specifically engineered to give you good cooling while lowering the noise output to virtual silence. We test out this kit and let your know if its worth it or not.

Sapphire Radeon HD 3870 X2 1GB Graphics Card @ Tweaktown
The latest HD 3870 X2 to make its way into the labs comes in the form of a stock clocked Sapphire. We actually haven’t checked out the X2 on our new test bed in any real detail, so we’ll have to see how it goes here today. If you’re looking for a HD 3870 X2 that doesn’t do anything but produce some good numbers, this could be the card for you. Fortunately, there is only one way to find out so let’s get stuck into the card and see what we have on our hands today before we get into the benchmarks.

A-Data Vitesta DDR3-1600X CL7 PC3-12800 RAM @ Benchmark Reviews
Benchmark Reviews has amassed the largest collection of DDR3 memory modules anywhere, and we are now ready to showcase the thirteenth product of our High-Speed DDR3 Review Series. In this article, we test the performance from A-Data's Vitesta X series DDR3, and discover if this overclocker-specific system memory is built for the task. Rated for 1600MHz, Benchmark Reviews successfully pushes the AD31600X002GU well beyond its PC3-12800 rating without disturbing the low 7-7-7-20 clock latency.

AMD Radeon HD3870 512MB roundup, Club3D and HIS compared @ Madshrimps
The HD3800 series have been available for nearly three months now, but it's only until NVIDIA recently decided to launch their 9600GT that we decided to have another look at ATI's current mainstream video card. Our article includes two samples, one standard clocked HD3870 branded Club3D, and one supercharged video card labeled HIS. Head on to found out how we rated the HD3870 three months after release.

Thermaltake Muse X-Duo RAID Review @ ClubOC
One reason I love being a ClubOC reviewer is the opportunity to try new and interesting gadgets. A few weeks ago, Thermaltake sent me an HTPC case so that I got to dive into the world of PC-based Media Centers; today I get to jump into the world of Network Attached Storage with the new Muse X-Duo RAID enclosure. If you are unfamiliar with the Network Attached Storage, a NAS box is essentially a group of external hard drives that plug directly into the network, offering a resource for data sharing and backups for the entire network, while remaining completely independent of every PC on the network. As is plain to see, this offers some serious advantages for both the data-packrat home user and the small office.

Auras TwinW (SMF-660) CPU Cooler @ Tweaktown
With success in the OEM/ODM market Auras is now ready to move into the public spotlight with their name featured right on retail packages. Auras’ headquarters is situated in Taipei, and with three factories in China it is clear that the company is off to a great start. Today we will be looking at the Auras TwinW, also known as the SMF660. This copper base, aluminum fin cooler places a single fan in the middle of two moderately sized cooling fin areas that utilize the push/pull effect of the fan. Let’s dive in and see what the TwinW is all about.

Kingston DataTraveler 400 USB Flash Drive @ Legit Reviews
How many times have you misplaced your thumb drive and all you could think about was what information was saved on it. Was it personal? Was it sensitive to your job? Well Kingston has sent us one of their Data Traveler series thumb drives that is designed to help protect that data and not cost a bundle in the process. Today we look at the Data Traveler 400, read on to see if its a good fit for you.

Daily News for March 12

Scythe Orochi SCORC-1000 Low Noise Heatsink Review @ Frostytech
The Scythe Orochi is the largest heatsink ever to pass through the Frostytech Labs. It's big: 155mm tall, 120mm wide and a staggering 194mm long. The Orochi contains 10 heatpipes, weighs over a kilo and from afar it looks like an industrial cooling unit. This Intel and AMD heatsink is so large, it should almost require slowly blinking red aircraft anti-collision lights... okay, that's an exaggeration. Scythe made the Orochi heatsink large for a reason, so that it can be paired with a slowly rotating ultra quiet fan to gently move air through the massive heatsinks' fins, or even used passively.

Intel SkullTrail Super High End PC Platform Review @ Madshrimps
Does this mean that the SkullTrail is not overclockable? No, not at all. In the enthusiasts’ scene we've found many examples of people who are able to overclock their setup to settings far beyond factory settings. I have no idea whether they were using the alpha evaluation version of the BIOS as well and due to the limited time with the setup, I was not able to contact the people who have overclocked their sample.

OCZ Silencer 610 EPS 12V 610Watt Power Supply @ 3DXtreme
Today 3DXtreme is taking a look at the latest Power Supply released from our friends at OCZ. Bringing to the table the legendary performance and reliability of PC Power and Cooling OCZ has a line of Power Supplies capable of providing the highest performance on the market. The Silencer 610 watt PSU brings a high quality PC Power and Cooling Power Supply to the masses. Featuring a single 49amp 12v rail and 610 continuous watts at 40 c the Silencer means business.

ECS GeForce 9600GT Accelero 512MB @ Tweaktown
As the 9600GT cards continue to roll on in, we see lots of variants trying to stand out from the pack. The latest card to rock up in the labs is an offering from ECS that carries with it an Accelero S2 made by Artic Cooling. We’ve compared the ECS 9600GT against the Galaxy 9600GT which is slightly lower on the core and a fair bit lower on the shader clock. The Galaxy memory clock does come in a little higher though.

Gigabyte GA-EP35-DS4 Socket 775 Motherboard @ Pro-Clockers
The latter of the aforementioned boards was one of first to hit the market at the launch of the P35 chipset. The GA-P35, in which ever format you got it, overclocked like a monster with a tweak here and a tweak there. But now that the world is on the energy saving kick Gigabyte has released an updated version of the P35 range called the GA-EP35 range. According to Gigabyte this new line of boards has a power saving rate of 70% which should make your parents, partner or roomy happy when it comes time to fork over the money to pay the utility bill. The Dynamic Energy Save or DES for short will automatically adjust CPU phase power during idle and load activity. Which means when at idle the power will drop down to dual phase and when a load is poured on up to four or higher dependent on the load.

Coolink Chip Chilla Chipset Heatsink Review @ Techwarelabs
Cooling your chipset can be very important. Think of the chipset as the nerve center of your motherboard. It communicates with the CPU commands from many components and if running hot can lead to reduced performance or end up in a damaged system. Read our review to find out why the Chip Chilla has both a good and bad design.

Antec Three Hundred Gaming Case Review @ OzHardware
The Three Hundred follows in a similar vain to its big brother, but rather a bit more understated than the flamboyant and edgy Nine Hundred. The Three Hundred keeps the same matt-black finish all round, as well as the black mesh drive covers on the front of the case – top to bottom. There are 9 drive covers/spots in total, however 6 of them are one solid piece of see-through mesh to allow air flow, with only two actual drive covers up the top of the case, and a spot for a third already missing out of the box – a subtle reminder that this is a case built on a budget.

SimpleTech 160GB SimpleDrive Portable 2.5 Inch Hard Drive Review @ Techwarelabs
Jason Dumbaugh takes the SimpleTech 160Gb portable drive for a test spin and shows you if this drive is worth your hard earned cash. With the growing usefulness of these small, large drives there is no reason not to own one. SimpleTech has a good selection of drives at varying sizes to meet your needs. How do these drives perform?

Logitech G15 Gaming Keyboard @ Tweaktown
The Logitech G15 ticks many boxes on the gaming keyboard requirements list, along with a few that are not even on it. You have the soothing orange backlight of the keys, and not distractingly illuminating the whole key either, just the letter in the center of the matt-black mini-monolith. This also makes it much easier to read the key in the dim darkness of your den. A nicely positioned LCD unit, while not completely necessary for gaming, does have some advantages. It is capable of displaying stats, windows info and media related activities. Four soft buttons underneath allow you to select an LCD option defined by a program.

Cooler Master Hyper TX2 CPU Cooler @ Tweaktown
After taking a look at the Cooler Master Hyper 212 and Sphere CPU coolers, I am back to finish up the trifecta by putting the Hyper TX2 through our TECC system. The two previous coolers both suffered from Cooler Master’s aging mounting system that requires you to remove the motherboard for all installations. On the TX2, a cooler costing half that of the previous two tested, surprisingly you do not have to remove the motherboard and mounting goes much easier.

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ATP Electronics ProMax II CompactFlash Card and Reader Review @ Bigbruin
If you happen to have a device that needs a CompactFlash card, there is no reason not to look at the ATP Electronics ProMax II line. Transferring large amounts of data is best done at high speed, and a UDMA capable card provides the best transfer rates you are going to get at this time . If you do get a ProMax II CompactFlash card, be sure to pick up the ATP Electronics ProMax UDMA card reader.

Radeon HD 3870 X2 in CrossfireX Tested @ Tweaktown
The driver is out that does it all. Crossfire X; we’ve wanted it, we’ve asked for it, we’ve (finally) got it. Crossfire X is the next generation of Crossfire technology for Radeon based graphics cards. With a pair of HD 3870 X2 cards in hand it’s time to check out what Crossfire X is capable of. For comparisons sake we’ve also included a single HD 3870 and a single HD 3870 X2.

OCZ Cryo-Z Phase Change Cooler Tested @ Tweaktown
Today is finally the day when we can tell you more about the OCZ Technology Cryo-Z. The information that we have gathered is not from a press release nor an assumption based on seeing the unit at a technology show. This is in fact real hands on with the unit, sitting at the Secret Bunker of Technology. Not listed in OCZ’s official documentation is the fact that the Cryo-Z was designed in part by chilli1, a HVAC/R engineer who has become known in the computer enthusiast industry for making one-off and small scale production phase change components.

Sigma Shark SP-635w Power Supply Review @ ClubOC
I use to start off every power supply review by saying that the power supply is the most overlooked component of the computer. I really don't think that's the case anymore. Most enthusiasts that build computers are very aware of the importance of a good quality power supply. What I'm seeing now is that people are buying into the marketing that you need a 1000watt or larger power supply to run your computer. Maybe it's not marketing. Maybe you really need a large power supply. Sigma has sent over a 635 watt power supply.

Foxconn 9600GT-512NOC Geforce 9600GT Videocard Review @ PCSTATS
With the flurry of Geforce 9600GT's hitting the streets, there really are a lot of different videocards to consider. If you've been pondering an upgrade, don't fret. Foxconn has pre-overclocked this Geforce 9600GT from the stock clock speeds. The nVidia GPU runs an extra 50MHz quicker, the memory is up 100MHz, and the shader clock runs 125MHz faster. There's a lot to like about a mainstream videocard like the Geforce 9600GT, and it'll be interesting to see how much further we can overclock this particular Foxconn card.

AMD 780G Chipset Motherboard Preview @ Legit Reviews
During a recent trip to visit ATI we got a chance to see numerous AMD 780G motherboards and while we are finishing up our 780G review this should hold you over. AMD expects 780G based motherboards to be priced between $80-$120 with some manufacturers boards available this week and others later in the month. With the 780G and SB700 chipsets motherboard manufacturers can come up with some interesting designs and today we will be showing you what ASUS, ECS, Foxconn, Gigabyte, MSI, J&W and Jetway have developed.

Intel Atom & Centrino Atom Technology Report @ TechARP
Although the new Intel Atom processors are not mainstream mobile processors, they will have a significant impact on the development of low-cost Netbooks as well as powerful new MIDs and UMPCs. The Atom processors would not only inject greater performance into those devices, they would also allow them to shave at least 12W of power consumption, improving their battery life.

AMD 780G Chipset and Low Power 4850e Processor Review @ Techwarelabs
AMD has just released the new 780G chipset and the 4850e low power processor. We have each of these in house and ran them through a few rounds of testing for you. The 780G provides users with an all new level of performance and gaming at an unbelievable low cost all while introducing the world to something called "hybrid graphics".

Microsoft Reclusa Gaming Keyboard Review @ Tweaknews
Overall, I have to say that the Razer based Microsoft Reclusa is a solid constructed piece of computer hardware that should be permanently placed on your desktop for many years with little to no problems.

GIGABYTE ODIN Pro GE-MK20A-D1 1200w PSU @ Tweaktown
When you hear the company name of “GIGABYTE”, odds are good that you are not thinking power supplies. These folks have been a premiere manufacturer of motherboards for quite some time. They have also recently begun to delve into the techno segment with a line of laptop systems, video cards, cooling components and even cell phones and other communication devices. But power supplies? We are going to take a look at the feature set of the ODIN Pro 1200 and then put it to the test. We will see if these folks have a winner on their hands or whether they should stick to the other components that they are already good at making.

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