ThermalTake MeOrb Low Profile CPU Cooler @ Hightech-Hardware

Today's modern processors generate a lot of heat and modern coolers can generally wick away the heat and keep the processor running cool. Industry standard is the tower style cooler. The tower style cooler, just in case you have been living under a rock for the last few years, is designed with a base that comes in contact with the IHS of the processor. The base houses a number of heat-pipes that travel upwards through a finsink and attached to the finsink is a fan of some sort. That's all fine and well in a mid or full tower case and even some desktop cases but what about small form factor cases or mATX and mini-ITX cases such as an HTPC case? Most of these cases take a special cooler as they have a limited height between the CPU and the top of the case. Granted the stock Intel and AMD coolers will fit, but who wants to stay with stock cooling performance? The cooler you can keep the processor, the longer it will last. Enter ThermalTake and their MeOrb cooler. This miniscule powerhouse stands a meager 47mm from the base to the top of the finsink. It packs a 90mm integrated PWM fan to help with the cooling duties. At 47mm it is bound and determined to fit in all but the smallest of cases and cool quietly and efficiently. With all the "smallness" that surrounds the MeOrb is its function as good as its form? Read on to find out, I think you will be pleasantly surprised at the results. ThermalTake MeOrb Low Profile CPU Cooler @ Hightech-Hardware

QNAP TS-809 Pro 8-Bay SATA NAS @ Benchmark Reviews

qnap_ts-809_nas_server [news]"Not every enterprise needs a file server to fit their needs; sometimes storage is the primary concern. Network Attached Storage (NAS) servers have helped corporate IT professionals delivery massive storage capacity at a price more in touch with a basic workstation. QNAP, a pioneer in NAS products, is the first to offer a an unmatched level of network storage. The QNAP TS-809 Pro allows up to eight SATA drives to be installed in RAID-0/1/5/6/5+Spare, and JBOD; all featuring iSCSI target services and AES 256-bit volume-based encryption. The 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor and 2GB of DDR2 memory allow the dual Gigabit Ethernet network adapters to move data at speeds most network products only dream of. In this article, Benchmark Reviews tests bandwidth performance on the QNAP TS-809 Pro against some of the fastest NAS products available." Read more from Benchmark Reviews...

Cooler Master Sileo 500 Computer Case @ Hightech-Hardware

There has always been a tradeoff between cooling and fan/case noise. Typically the louder the fans, the better the cooling system does. No one wants a jet engine sitting next to their desks. When modding first came to the main stream there were many braggers boasting how loud their case was, granted the cooling performance of their highly overclocked systems did better than most. While modding is still taking place, the tradeoff between cooling and noise has diminished. Mainstream manufactures such as Dell and HP have come up with ways to silence the computers they sell. They typically use a duct system to the rear exhaust fan with a large heat sink on the processor. This works pretty well, but other noises still emanate from the innards such as hard drive sounds as well as the occasional noisy fan. Cooler Master Sileo 500 Computer Case @ Hightech-Hardware

AMD Phenom II CPU Multiplier, Vcore and fourth core unlocking

amd_phenom_ii_unlock [news]"It is already well-known that one can unlock the fourth core of a triple core AMD Phenom II CPU. But during a test of the current ASRock A790GXH/128M motherboard at it was possible to unlock much more than this and that is a no April joke. The AMD Phenom II 710 X3 CPU became an Engineering Sample with four CPU cores, unlocked Vcore selection and unlocked multiplier ! All necessary BIOS settings for this modification are explained in the following AMD Phenom II unlock guide." Read more from

Plextor PX-B310U External Blu-ray Combo Drive Review at CCE Reviews

While Blu-ray might have won the HD war, the platform really hasn't gained too much for use as a storage medium but is gaining some ground with high definition movies. With the PX-B310U you get an external DVD burner with a bonus, the added ability to watch Blu-ray discs. The included suite of PlexUtilities and Cyberlink BD Suite gives you everything you need to fully utilize DVD burning and Blu-ray watching right out of the box. Plextor PX-B310U External Blu-ray Combo Drive Review at CCE Reviews

A-DATA Unveils WORLD'S FIRST High Performance Flash Drive Compatible with Windows 7

image002 [news]"Taipei, Taiwan – July 3rd, 2009 – A-DATA Technology Co., Ltd., a worldwide leading manufacturer in high-performance DRAM modules and Flash application products, today introduced its new 64 GB capacity XPG™ Xupreme 200X flash drive, which is the first flash drive compatible with Windows® 7 (32-bit and 64-bit). Coated with an elegant dark grey aluminum color, the XPG Xupreme 200X flash drive presents the high-performance USB flash drive in a simple yet stylish design of XPG product line. It offers capacity from 8GB to incredible 64GB, and supports up to 30MB/s (200X) read speed.

The XPG Xupreme 200X flash drive also certified for Windows Vista™ and Windows® ReadyBoost™, offering the high performance advantages to this operation system. Moreover, the XPG Xupreme 200X flash drive also comes with a practical leather strap and provides true "Plug and Play" function to make your storage utilization more convenient.


With the capacity up to 64GB, the XPG Xupreme 200X flash drive is the perfect blend of high performance and simple flash drive to improve your digital lifestyle, and maximize your storage."

Thermaltake DH101 HTPC Case Review at Overclockers Online

tt01 [news]"PC's have been creeping into our living rooms for many years now. Recently there is a larger push for smaller form factor machines, but often with a smaller machine your options are limited. The DH101 is a full size HTPC case that is stylish and provides a wide range of options for hardware. The piano black and silver finish should blend with most entertainment centers. With the included Media Labs LCD and remote control you can easily view your media files from the comfort of your couch."

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Stabilizing your memory overclock on Core i7 platform

"In today's short article, we'll have a look at the effect of just one memory timing, the Back-to-Back Cas Delay timing, which seems to be one of the more important timings both performance and stability-wise. If you're looking for a solution for your high-frequency capable memory kit, performance increase with low-frequency memory or stabilizing high BCLK/high memory ... this is something for you."

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Antec ISK300-65 Mini-ITX HTPC Computer Case @ Benchmark Reviews

Antec_ISK300-65_Mini-ITX_Computer_Case [news]"Benchmark Reviews recently called on the Antec ISK300-65 Mini-ITX HTPC computer case to complete our NVIDIA ION Home Theater PC project. The lightweight mITX case offers a 65W power supply and room for a slim optical drive and 2.5" SSD or HDD. The Antec ISK300 fits two 80mm fans along the side, which help exhaust heated air out of the enclosure. Enthusiast can stand the ISK300 case upright, allowing this HTPC enclosure to fit nicely beside other entertainment center electronics.'

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Samsung LN55A950 120HZ 55 inch 1080P LCD TV Review @ Tweaknews

email5 [news]"The model being reviewed today is fully 120hz compliant, has full LED backlighting, it has Samsung's top of the line 55 inch LCD panel for their best color reproduction they have available. This should be an interesting review to see if the newer 120hz technology does work, or as with any first implementations, this could be deemed as an expensive trial run to iron out the bugs before the true home run hit is released the second year."

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Corsair® Launches New 128GB and 64GB Performance Series Solid State Drives

CMFSSD-128GBG2D_angled_view [news]"Fremont, CA. June 25th, 2009. Corsair®, a worldwide leader in high-performance computer memory, power supplies and flash memory products, including solid-state drives, today announced two new products in its Performance Series SSD family: the P128 and P64 high-performance solid-state drives.

Building on the success of the award-winning P256 SSD, the Corsair P128 delivers the same 220MB/sec read speeds and 200MB/sec write speeds as its higher capacity cousin, at a lower cost. The P64 is one of the best-performing, lower-density SSDs available, with read speeds of up to 220MB/sec and write speeds of up to 120MB/sec. Both drives utilize the same cutting-edge technology as the P256, including a sophisticated Samsung controller IC with 128MB of cache memory and NCQ support to deliver class-leading, stutter-free performance.

“The high performance of the new Performance Series solid-state drives, combined with the inherent reliability and stability of flash technology, make them ideal for both new system builds and upgrades of desktops and notebooks,” said Jim Carlton, VP of Marketing for Corsair. “These drives have also been extensively validated in a wide range of popular notebook computers, which means that you can upgrade with absolute confidence

Acoustibuds Earphone Adapters Review @

Acoustibuds are adapters that can change normal earbuds to fit in the ear canal, while also adding passive noise canceling.  They fit a wide range of earbuds, allowing the owner to continue using their favorite pair with more functionality and less dropping out.  We will try them out on several pairs of earbuds to see how they fare.

Acoustibuds Earphone Adapters Review @

Cooler Master SNA 95 Slim Notebook Universal Power Adapter Review @ Tweaknews

"The idea of a single adapter to charge and power your laptop and all your other mobile devices is very appealing and would be especially desirable by business travelers who depend on these devices for their livelihood. Cooler Master's release of the SNA 95 has garnered more than a little attention around the web and I was excited to get one for evaluation. However, after using the thing for a week or so, I'm a bit underwhelmed."

Cooler Master SNA 95 Slim Notebook Universal Power Adapter Review @ Tweaknews

ZOTAC IONITX-A-U Atom N330 WiFi N Motherboard Kit @ Benchmark Reviews

We all want more for less. That's why enthusiasts overclock, and that's why we build HTPCs. The PlayStation 3 game console has sold millions of units because of its ability to delivery realistic video game performance, but Sony has sold more units because of the PS3's Blu-ray Disc player capability than any other factor. Bringing personal computer technology into the home theater environment has just come one step closer, thanks to the NVIDIA ION platform. The synergistic effect of an NVIDIA GeForce 9400M and the dual-core 1.6GHz Intel Atom process have delivered true high-definition performance beyond any HTPC before it. The Zotac IONITX-A-U packages the Atom N330 CPU and 9400M GPU on a Mini-ITX DDR2 motherboard. Benchmark Reviews discovers how nice it is to have native HDMI connectivity from the HTPC into the HDTV in this article.

ZOTAC IONITX-A-U Atom N330 WiFi N Motherboard Kit @ Benchmark Reviews

Evercool Transformer 4 CPU Cooler Review at Overclockers Online

In the end, I was very impressed with this heat sink's performance. Utilizing only 4 heat pipes in direct contact with the processor, it pushed ahead of its competition. My only concern would fall with the universal mount and the possibility of the excess material impinging on a protruding transistor or capacitor. Sometimes doing more with less isn't always a great idea.

Evercool Transformer 4 CPU Cooler Review at Overclockers Online

New Overclock, Benchmark, Backup, Diagnostic Software and Tools Roundup

The overclocking software page got an extensive update with dozens of small tools to tune, benchmark and test the PC hardware. If you like to overclock, backup, or monitor your PC or if you just like to check your components, this is the right place for you. There are useful older Shareware and Freeware tools, as well as the latest tweakting tools to change the CPU multiplier or FSB and to overclock current nVidia or ATI video cards. Additionally, several PCMark and 3DMark benchmark programs got an update in June 2009 and the current 3DMark Vantage software is hosted on the Servers. The overview contains direct downloads, links to the developers, a small description and the size of the respective software.

New Overclock, Benchmark, Backup, Diagnostic Software and Tools Roundup

Highpoint RocketRAID 3510 SATA II RAID Controller Review at Overclockers Online

The RocketRAID 3510 is amazingly fast. For a mid range priced card it provides excellent performance and although we only had two SSD drives to test with, the card showed some excellent capabilities. In terms of features the RocketRAID 3510 had all the goods we enjoyed with the RocketRAID 2680 and 4320 cards; an excellent web interface, easy to navigate system BIOS, and was easy to setup.

Highpoint RocketRAID 3510 SATA II RAID Controller Review at Overclockers Online

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