Cooler Master announces 80 Plus Gold Certified high wattage power supply

"May 26th 2009 - Cooler Master proudly announces the 80 Plus Gold Certified high wattage power supply, the highest rated 80 Plus power supply to-date by achieving a typical efficiency of 90.05% .

Cooler Master has long built a strong reputation based on industry-leading designs in coolers and computer cases, while its power supplies have often been over-shadowed. Today, marks a new era in the company’s foray into the market of power supplies. With the UCP reaching new 80 Plus Gold specifications, Cooler Master has put itself at the cutting edge of PSU design.

Launch of GC-2 - Premium Thermal Compound

11 [news]"Best-in-class Premium GC-2 thermal compound enables an effective heat transfer and an asier application on CPU, VGA or even Chipset Cooler thanks to the GELID applicator. With a net content of 7g and a very attractive price the GC-2 provides a specific gravity of more than 2.8 g/cm³."

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Antec P193 Review at Overclockers Online

The P193, like the P183, is really a sleek looking case that is not flashy and that's a good thing. All of the positives of the P183 are here; cable management, fan speed controls and good cooling. With the two larger 140mm fans in the top and the 200mm Big Boy in the side the gives the P193 a cooling advantage. On top of this you get the added advantage of room for eATX motherboards and full length video cards

Antec P193 Review at Overclockers Online

OCZ Summit MLC SSD OCZSSD2-1SUM120G @ Benchmark Reviews

Samsung makes the DRAM modules found in nearly all popular SSD products today, with Elpida and Qimonda also adding their name to cache buffer parts. JMicron, Indilinx, and Samsung engineer many of the most well-known SSDs on the market, with OEM companies adding their own branding, custom-tuned firmware, and warranty. The OCZ Summit SATA-II MLC SSD is another such OEM product, built from the PB22-J model that Samsung decided not to ODM and sell themselves. Equipped with the Samsung S3C29RBB01 SSD controller and a 128MB cache buffer, OCZ intends to keep their crown as the King of SSD product offerings with the Summit OCZSSD2-1SUM120G.

OCZ Summit MLC SSD OCZSSD2-1SUM120G @ Benchmark Reviews

Thermaltake Toughpower XT 750W Power Supply Review @ Bigbruin.com

The Thermaltake Toughpower XT 750W power supply performed well in each of the subjected tests. The unit consistently maintained a stable voltage when loaded and was slightly more efficient than its competitor. This particular model (W0229RU) also came with cable management to help tidy up your PC case.

Thermaltake Toughpower XT 750W Power Supply Review @ Bigbruin.com

AMD Athlon II X2 250 AM3 Processor @ Benchmark Reviews

Yesterday at Computex, AMD took the wraps off of two highly anticipated processors: the Athlon II X2 250 and the Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition. Both are based on AMD's 45nm SOI process with the key difference being the amount of L3 cache. The Phenom II X2 550, codenamed Callisto, gets the full 6 MB cache of the Phenom II family and will serve as AMD's new flagship dual-core processor. The Athlon II X2 250, on the other hand, is based on the new native dual-core Regor die that omits L3 cache completely and targets the mainstream segment. Benchmark Reviews was fortunate to receive samples of both processors. Yesterday we covered the Phenom II X2 550 and today we bring you the Athlon II X2 250 ADX250OGQBOX.

AMD Athlon II X2 250 AM3 Processor @ Benchmark Reviews

OCZ Technology 6GB PC3-12800 Blade Triple Channel Memory Kit

While some Blade series kits are geared toward the extreme overclocker, the kit reviewed is intended more for the user who wants tight timings at easily attainable speeds. There aren't too many 6GB kits offering memory that runs at 1600MHz and 6-6-6-24 (1T) timings, so this OCZ Technology Blade kit is unique in that regard.

OCZ Technology 6GB PC3-12800 Blade Triple Channel Memory Kit

OCZ 30GB Vertex (OCZSSD2-1VTX30G) SSD Review at CCE Reviews

The OCZ Vertex is leaps and bounds better than the original JMicron Solid State Drive. If you're an owner of the first generation drives and noticing your performance and system is starting to fall behind, it is time for an upgrade. I was originally pleased with the JMicron MLC SSD but after a few short weeks of use my notebook started to hang for a few seconds at a time. As OCZ clearly indicated on their packaging, my OCZ Vertex gives me faster access times resulting in a far more stable machine. The 64MB cache has made a world of difference and OCZ didn't sacrifice too much bandwidth for the improved access time. We're still well into the 140MB/s Write and 200MB/s Read. With Win7 just around the corner and the OCZ Vertex already claiming to support the TRIM command, OCZ's Vertex has a very bright future ahead of itself.

OCZ 30GB Vertex (OCZSSD2-1VTX30G) SSD Review at CCE Reviews

Recycled PC: Old Computers with a New Purpose @ Benchmark Reviews

Frequently, we find that new technological breakthroughs make old hardware that was just fine seem quaint. Be it a race toward higher clock speeds, faster front side buses, multiple cores, etc, computers become disused and replaced. Green attitudes have dissuaded people from tossing out components that are, for all intents and purposes, quite harmful to the environment. Moreover, current operating systems are becoming more power hungry let alone the software that runs on them. What's interesting about these computers is that in many cases they're perfectly useable. Here at Benchmark Reviews, we'll provide our list of uses for recycled computers.

Recycled PC: Old Computers with a New Purpose @ Benchmark Reviews

Sapphire HD4890 Toxic Vapor-X 11150-01-40R @ Benchmark Reviews

Sapphire has four ranges for most top-end products they offer: standard, Vapor-X, Toxic, and Atomic. While each is different in its own right, for most gamers it is the Toxic design that draws the most attention. Combining the Vapor-X cooling with overclocks seen on the Atomic, the Toxic brand is the most elite air-cooled video card Sapphire offers. In this article, Benchmark Reviews tests the performance on the Sapphire HD4890 Toxic Vapor-X 11150-01-40R video card against many of the other best graphics accelerator solutions in the price segment. FPS tests compare frame rates between low to high-end video cards, including a pair of CrossFireX Radeon HD 4770's.

Sapphire HD4890 Toxic Vapor-X 11150-01-40R @ Benchmark Reviews

AMD Phenom II X2 550 BE AM3 Processor @ Benchmark Reviews

Today at Computex, AMD took the wraps off of two highly anticipated processors: the Athlon II X2 250 and the Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition. Both are based on AMD's 45nm SOI process with the key difference being the amount of L3 cache. The Phenom II X2 550, codenamed Callisto, gets the full 6 MB cache of the Phenom II family and will serve as AMD's new flagship dual-core processor. The Athlon II X2 250, on the other hand, is based on the new native dual-core Regor die that omits the L3 cache completely and targets the mainstream segment. Benchmark Reviews was fortunate to receive samples of both processors and today we can officially share with you our results. In this review, we focus on the Phenom II X2 550 BE HDZ550WGIBOX.

AMD Phenom II X2 550 BE AM3 Processor @ Benchmark Reviews

CyberPower Injects Venom into Power Gaming With All-New “Fang” Series Gaming Rigs

BALDWIN PARK, CA (June 3, 2009) – CyberPower Inc., www.cyberpowerpc.com a global leader in high performance gaming PCs, has announced a new ground-breaking line of high-performance desktop gaming systems known as the Fang series. Each model in the Fang series will include special features and designs to fit the needs of both enthusiasts and gamers. The Fang series was co-developed with Intel and other leading manufacturers to offer one of the most unique and advanced gaming platforms in the world. The Fang series with Venom incorporates a special BIOS designed to allow for higher overclocking. The BIOS supports real time readings of CPU speed and additional options for QPI signal and CPU Clock Skew features, all of which improve overclocking capability. CyberPower kicks its Fang line off with the flagship Black Mamba and the Cobra Venom – a pair of overclocked gaming beasts. The Black Mamba features Intel’s latest i7 Extreme 975 processor and the most sought after motherboards among overclockers, EVGA’s X58 Classified or Gigabyte’s X58 Extreme. Keeping the blazing fast overclocked CPU cool is an upgraded Asetek water cooling. Cooler Master’s Storm Sniper, featuring Storm Tactics, provides the housing and keeps everything secure while providing ample room; even for 3-way SLI + PhysX technology configurations.

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Village Tronic ViBook Review at CCE Reviews

When I first heard of the ViBook I had doubts that I would truly enjoy its presence. I mean, most monitors already have the ability to extend their workspace with a second monitor. Then I realized that two monitors aren't always enough. What if I needed 3, 4, 5 or even 6? No laptop is going to come with that many DVI or VGA ports nor will you likely have 3 video cards installed onto your PC. You will more than likely have 6 or 8 USB ports at your disposal and that's where the ViBook really shines. You won't need to fiddle with any screws or wiggle a cable to make sure all the pins line up. The USB connection is simple and always works.

Village Tronic ViBook Review at CCE Reviews

Thermaltake Speedo Advance Package VI90001W2Z @ Benchmark Reviews

Think excitement - Think Spedo! At least that's Thermaltakes' spin on it. But what's in a name anyway? Well, a lot less than what's packed inside this Spedo... Spedo Advance Package gaming chassis that is. Name aside this case at first glance appears to have a lot going for it. It has a laundry list that would rival St. Nicks naughty/nice list in length, items such as Advanced Thermal Chambers (A.T.C. 3) and Cable Routing Management (C.R.M. 3). Is all this stuff needed or is this a gimmick? Benchmark Reviews will take a closer look at the outwardly impressive Spedo Advanced Package full tower case (model VI90001W2Z) and see if this is eye candy or the real deal. My hopes are high as this is really the first case that I've reviewed that has many of missing elements on my cons list of previous chassis reviews.

Thermaltake Speedo Advance Package VI90001W2Z @ Benchmark Reviews

USB Ultra infrared receiver v2.0 to remote control the PC and power on/off DIY guide

Today, a new interesting infrared receiver solder guide for the PC is finished. Who like to control the PC or HTPC comfortable from the sofa, can solder different IR receiver types for commercially available universal remote controls. There are some self building guides in the ocinside.de modding section for several years and today a new special infrared receiver soldering guide for the PC is published.

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