Seagate Barracuda XT 6Gbps SATA-III HDD Preview @ Benchmark Reviews

altOn 21 September 2009 Seagate Technology will be the first and only manufacturer to offer a SATA-III 6Gbps hard drive product with the large 64MB cache buffer as the 2TB Barracuda XT ST32000641AS is unveiled. Both combined improvements to burst rate and sustained bandwidth will mark a substantial improvement to the design of Hard Disk Drive (HDD) storage products, and the new technology is expected to give Solid State Drive (SSD) components some serious competition. The Seagate Barracuda XT series is designed for performance enthusiasts such as gamers, as well as small server systems. Additional enthusiast tools, such as the free Seagate SeaTools software, allow users to custom-define firmware parameters to enable performance features such as 'Short Stroke' and noise reduction. In this preview article, Benchmark Reviews reveals some of the improvements introduced with! the Seagate Barracuda XT 6Gbps SATA-III ST32000641AS hard drive.

Seagate Barracuda XT 6Gbps SATA-III HDD Preview @ Benchmark Reviews

Seagate Interview: SSD and Enterprise Storage @ Benchmark Reviews

altBenchmark Reviews has demonstrated a voracious appetite for high-speed storage technologies over the past few years, primarily fueled by our research and testing with Solid State Drive products. In this article Benchmark Reviews Executive Editor Olin Coles submitted several industry-specific questions directly to storage expert David Szabados, the Senior PR Manager responsible for enterprise storage, security, and future emerging storage technologies at Seagate Technology. David took time out of his busy schedule in the middle of the Seagate Barracuda X! T 6Gbps SATA-III HDD product launch to directly answer many of the questions we asked. Benchmark Reviews asked Seagate questions that cover everything from increasing spindle speeds and Heat Assisted Magnetic Recording to offering SSD products, which all help shape this technology interview into an extremely rare opportunity for our readers to learn of upcoming and developmental product plans directly from the manufacturer.

Seagate Interview: SSD and Enterprise Storage @ Benchmark Reviews

Targus Netbook Accessory Kit Review at CCE Reviews

Netbooks are absolutely wonderful for portability, but unfortunately at the cost of functionality. Navigation on a reduced keyboard and touchpad certainly isn't as comfortable as on a full sized laptop, let alone a mouse and keyboard setup. Targus' Netbook Accessory Kit includes a neoprene sleeve, portable mouse and USB hub to maybe make things a bit easier for those on the go.

Targus Netbook Accessory Kit Review at CCE Reviews

Video Card Comparison Charts

In this live article we will continuously add more video card results compared in 15 benchmarks, run at 5 different resolutions/settings, and also measuring power consumption, noise and temperature. In short: a result database. In our initial release we have tested 14 different video cards, ranging from low end Geforce 8500 GT to high end GTX 280.

Video Card Comparison Charts

Gigabyte P55-UD6 / P55-UD6 and MSI P55-GD80


Almost two weeks after the official release of the Core i5 platform, we review three LGA1156 motherboards. We put the Gigabyte P55-UD3 and UD6 through the same batch of tests as the MSI P55-GD80 and check who comes out on top. Next to that we have some surprising results for those who want to use Turbo mode and also have a look at the extreme overclocking capabilities of both high-end motherboards.
Gigabyte P55-UD6 / P55-UD6 and MSI P55-GD80

Review of Hauppauge WinTV-MiniStick HD TV-tuner

altThe WinTV-MiniStick HD offers good image and sound quality both in TDT and TDT HD. I love the fact that WinTV7 uses the graphics card to diminish the load on the CPU. I am also very impressed by the included software, especially by how easy it is to operate. The WinTV-MiniStick HD goes for around 50€ here in Europe and isn’t currently available in the US as far as I know. This price is really good in my opinion. To be honest, I really expected the WinTV-MiniStick HD to be nothing short of exceptional and I wasn’t disapointed…

Review of Hauppauge WinTV-MiniStick HD TV-tuner

Samsung SyncMaster 2233RZ 120Hz Gaming LCD Monitor Review @ Tweaknews

altTill now, most monitor releases have been carbon copy releases of technology that has been out for over three years. An image quality tweak here, a design tweak there was all the consumer could expect. But this monitor is different in a big way. The technology difference contained within this rather standard monitor screams out loud in a crowd of your average everyday LCD computer monitor. No longer does the gamer have to settle in order to enjoy their games and no longer do they have to wait. The 120hz technology is here and I hope it is here to stay.

Samsung SyncMaster 2233RZ 120Hz Gaming LCD Monitor Review @ Tweaknews

Intel i5-750 Socket 1156 Lynnfield Processor Review @ Tweaknews

altIntel knows that most people will spring for the cheaper Lynnfield in most cases and enjoy a big upgrade for little money. It's hard to really point out anything wrong with this processor. It's cheap, its performance for the dollar is unrivaled in the industry and at last allows the consumer to upgrade above a socket 775 system without having to re-mortgage the house.

Intel i5-750 Socket 1156 Lynnfield Processor Review @ Tweaknews

Lancool Dragonlord PC-K62

The Lancool PC-K62 is the high-end model of the Dragonlord Series. It comes stuffed with four fans, screw-less systems everywhere you look within that black interior and a cool looking window to top things off. We go in for the kill to see if we can tame the Dragon.

Lancool Dragonlord PC-K62

Patriot Memory Corza 2-Drive NAS Enclosure

altPatriot Memory has recently released their first NAS device; the Corza 2-Drive NAS enclosure. This device is designed to use two SATA drives in either a RAID 0, RAID 1, or Linear (aka JBOD) configuration. While two SATA drives doesn't sound like much, the Corza can provide up to 4TB of storage space based on currently available drives.

Patriot Memory Corza 2-Drive NAS Enclosure

Samsung LN46B640 46? 1080p LCD HDTV Review at CCE Reviews

I’ve been asked by many friends if the 2008 models currently on sale are a good buy and my answer is: it depends. If you’re looking for a basic TV and only plan on watching Cable/Digital TV with the occasional movie in between go for what’s on sale as you’ll be happy with it. However, the B640 offers so much more. If you plan on watching more than just the odd HD movie or will be centering your entertainment system around a new TV then seriously consider the B640 as the baseline for comparison.

Samsung LN46B640 46? 1080p LCD HDTV Review at CCE Reviews

Intel DP55KG P55 LGA1156 Motherboard Review @ BmR

altBenchmark Reviews had the opportunity to review and launch two new Lynnfield processors from Intel: the Core i5-750 and the Core i7-870. While these were the stars of the launch, it wouldn't be a complete platform without the motherboard. Released in parallel with the two processors, is the Intel P55 Express Chipset. In this review, we'll examine the new chipset in detail and take a closer look at Intel's flagship DP55KG Extreme Series Motherboard.

Intel DP55KG P55 LGA1156 Motherboard Review @ BmR

CoolerMaster Storm Sentinel Advance High-Performance Gaming Mouse Review

altFirst person shooters are extremely popular and are featured in most of the professional gaming competitions as well as being the main staple at LAN parties. In FPS no peripheral is more important than the mouse. The mouse controls where you look, aim, and fire, which is the main point of the FPS. So what gives one player the advantage over another? There are numerous answers to that question, but since this is a mouse review, let us pretend that everything is equal except the mice. Having a mouse that is very sensitive cuts down on your reaction time and help increase your score in battle.

CoolerMaster Storm Sentinel Advance High-Performance Gaming Mouse Review

Review of Gigabyte HD 4850 Silent Cell 1GB graphics card

This Gigabyte card is one of the more spectacular ones we have tested. I am of course referring to the passive cooling solution which is very different from the reference cooler. In my opinion this Gigabyte card offers a good performance/price ratio and has extra potential with its overclocking abilities. But what it really comes down to is that it offers us gamers a really good performance and still, we don’t have to listen to an annoying fan struggling to cool the card. The Ultra Durable VGA system from Gigabyte wasn’t really anything I noticed, but it feels safe that this technology should prolong the life of the card...

Review of Gigabyte HD 4850 Silent Cell 1GB graphics card

TechwareLabs Reviews the Athlon II X4 620 and Athlon II X4 630

Built with the same great architecture as the Phenom II X4, Athlon II X4 represents real value at $99 for the 2.6GHz X4 620 model and $122 for the 2.8GHz 630. When an Athlon II X4 processor is combined with a sub-$100 motherboard featuring our 785G chipset, you have a perfect example of AMD's new mainstream desktop platform for Windows 7.

TechwareLabs Reviews the Athlon II X4 620 and Athlon II X4 630

Cooler Master Storm Sentinel Advance Gaming Mouse

The Cooler Master CM Storm Sentinel Advance is by far the most feature rich gaming mouse I have seen to date. I would also go as far as saying that any gamer would benefit from the versatility and comfort provided by this mouse. Every aspect of the mouse is at your control to be adjusted and tweaked to fit each game's unique style of use.

Cooler Master CM Storm Sentinel Advance Gaming Mouse

TechwareLabs Reviews the Cooler Master Storm Scout Case

In recent years, a number of PC hardware manufacturers have latched onto the eSports phenomenon. Whether it comes from a desire to connect with the gamer crowd, or the simple economic imperative of "give the customer what he wants," many companies are embracing the hardcore PC gamer, and Cooler Master is no exception. Under the CM Storm imprint, Cooler Master has been putting out a variety of products aimed specifically at the hardcore gamer, including mouse pads, case fans, and of course, cases.

TechwareLabs Reviews the Cooler Master Storm Scout Case

CM Storm Sentinel Advance Laser Gaming Mouse @ Benchmark Reviews

If you have ever looked into buying a powerful gaming or performance computer case, you have heard of Cooler Master.  They are a household name in the power computing world.  Now they are making a name for themselves with a new division focused on gaming.  CM Storm has built up a lot of hype over their new mouse, the CM Storm Sentinel Advance Laser Gaming Mouse.  It rocks the gaming mouse arena with a twin Doppler laser and up to 5600 dpi.  Benchmark Reviews is bringing you the latest information about the CM Storm Sentinel Advance.  A lot of gaming mice have been hitting the market recently, and CM Storm is looking to pull into the forefront with a completely customizable eight button laser mouse.

CM Storm Sentinel Advance Laser Gaming Mouse @ Benchmark Reviews

MSI Wind Top AE2010 AIO Desktop Review @ Benchmark Reviews

Desktop computers are making a resurgence, and have exploited the compact nature of newer technology to provide the best of both worlds. Netbooks are the popular item for travelers, but they don't get the job done for full time workers and students. Notebooks are nice, and meet halfway, but have their own limits too. Behold the nettop. It's a compact desktop computer with a notebook profile. In this article, Benchmark Reviews tests the MSI Wind Top AE2010-02SUS All-In-One touch screen desktop computer against an Intel Atom-equipped ASUS Eee PC netbook, Core 2 Duo notebook, and NVIDIA ION desktop system.

MSI Wind Top AE2010 AIO Desktop Review @ Benchmark Reviews

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