Sapphire Pure Platinum A75 & AMD A8-3800

frontIt has only been a few weeks since AMD introduced their Llano APU and things are finally starting to come together. Today Sapphire is joining the mix with an addition from their Pure line, the Pure Platinum A75. Sapphire has had a big push to become a name to be reckoned with in the motherboard market and their Pure line has thus far done a good job. Paired up with an AMD A8-3800, today we will be taking a look at both Sapphires new board and the A-Series platform as a whole.

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Cooler Master Notepal U Stand

frontToday we are going to take a look at Cooler Masters new Notepal U Stand. It’s similar in design to a few of their previous models, but with the stand functionality paired up with the Notepal’s adjustability it has the potential to be great product. Rather than do the same-ol laptop cooler review, our new writer JD will be taking a look at the Notepal U Stand. JD will be covering the Notepal U Stand from a consumer point of view rather our typical technical perspective. Combined with the Notepal U Stand’s features it should make for a good read, click to find out how it turned out.

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Cooler Master GeminII S524

front1_lanoc_watermarkCooling components is critical.  This is why when you buy a processor it comes with a CPU heatsink and fan.  Heat wears components out faster and reduces their reliability.  The first thing I do when working with a new machine is replace the stock heatsink with an aftermarket one.  They are more efficient and depending on the configuration, could even be quieter. Cooler Master has sent us a CPU cooler that caught my attention.  The GeminII S524 is a square shaped cooler that instead of sitting directly over the CPU itself extends over one side to cool additional components.  I have always been a big fan of aftermarket CPU coolers with two fans in a push/pull configuration.  Typically CPU coolers with a single fan don’t seem to work as well, and I am unsure of how the overhang will impact the general airflow in the case itself.

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Cooler Master Centurion 5 II Limited Edition Red

titleCooler Master’s Centurion 5 II is known for being a basic PC case for a standard build, something you would normally use to build your parents PC. It’s also known for being a great value in the budget PC market. When Cooler Master told us they had received a few limited edition red Centurion 5 II’s from Japan, I was more than happen to take one off their hands for a closer look. Will a little extra style bump this up from a budget build case to something you would be proud to show off at LANs? Let’s find out.

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Microsoft Comfort Curve 3000

frontRegardless of what type of user you may be, comfort is a concern we all share.  It can help productivity, responsiveness, and even play a major role in the longevity and health of our body. Microsoft is no stranger to pioneering innovative designs for peripherals that are better suited for comfort and ergonomics. One such example is the curve design featured in the keyboard we will be looking at today.

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Mac OSX Lion and Why a PC Owner Should Care

apples-lionIs this not a website for PC enthusiasts who care about Windows and about gaming and modifications to their computers?· Yes, yes it is. But there are several reasons why the PC world should look towards Lion as a way that the entire PC world may end up going.

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Cooler Master Storm Sirus

frontRegardless of what type of gamer you are or what type of games you play, communication is vital. Being able to hear what's happening around and relay that to your team could decide if you'll have bragging rights for the rest of the LAN party or go home with a $10,000 cash prize. We've put many entries from Cooler Master's Storm gaming line to our test, but today we sit down with the company's first audio solution. All that’s left is to see if it lives up to the highest of standards. In a sea of great competition; it's going to need to. 

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Zotac GTX 550Ti AMP!

titleWith a black and orange design on their non-reference video cards, it’s no surprise that we jumped on the chance to take a look at one of Zotac's AMP! Cards. The card they sent was their Nvidia GTX 550 Ti AMP!, an overclocked version of the card we took a look at this past March. With the core clock set at a steamy 1000 MHz I’m excited to see how well their aftermarket heatsink will perform. While we are at it we are going to bring out our reference card and run through our SLI testing also. Not only do you get overclocked numbers, but we can see how well this budget card performs when you double up.

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Cooler Master Notepal X-Slim

frontLaptop cooling products are something we have seen more and more of on the market.  You can usually find something designed for your purpose just by looking around.  You might be going for cooling, comfort, or some combination of the two.  The Cooler Master NotePal X-Slim aims for the cooling side of things with an emphasis on being compact and portable.

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Gigabyte Aivia M8600

front_1In the moments before I sat down in the office to write this review, Wes and I wrestled with the web of cords that we hide behind the monitor. Given the opportunity, I think any user would jump on the chance to eliminate even one from that mess. Attractive of a thought as that is, wireless peripherals aren't always the friendliest, in cost or performance. We visited Gigabyte's Ghost engine last year with the M8000Xtreme, and today we sit down with the newest addition, one that is designed to cut down the clutter of cables.

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