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 @ Bigbruin.com

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 @ Bigbruin.com

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 ocinside.de 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 ocinside.de 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

Kingston HyperX PC2-6400 SODIMM Memory Kit @ BigBruin

While the memory performed well, the results in any test couldn't really make a strong case for 4GB over 3GB or 2GB, and for that matter 800MHz over 667Mhz. Benchmark results are not the only thing to consider when looking at a memory upgrade, as most people are well aware that adding more memory improves overall system performance, especially when multi-tasking.

Kingston HyperX PC2-6400 SODIMM Memory Kit @ BigBruin

Rosewill RKM-800RF Wireless Keyboard and Mouse Combo @ BigBruin

As a whole, the Rosewill RKM-800RF Wireless Keyboard and mouse combo is a decent, solid performer. In a very crowded field of contenders, it doesn’t really stand out, and doesn’t draw attention to itself, but it performs admirably. If you are a hard-core gamer, or if you have large hands like me, you might want to try it before committing to the RKM-800RF.

Rosewill RKM-800RF Wireless Keyboard and Mouse Combo @ BigBruin

ASUS Maximus II Gene mATX Motherboard @ Benchmark Reviews

ASUS has some tough shoes to fill. Fortunately, they're familiar shoes; their own, in fact. A long string of high performance motherboards that got adopted simultaneously by the enthusiast and gaming sets, led ASUS to create a specialty brand segment they call "Republic of Gamers". The ROG Creed goes like this: "The Republic of Gamers is committed to delivering the most innovative and best performing PC solutions to enhance the gaming experience of power users." That's a tall order, especially in the competitive PC component market where today's news is already old news. One of the newest members of this Republic is the Maximus II GENE, part of a new group of small form factor components that give nothing away in performance to their larger brethren. Benchmark Reviews is pleased to review this latest offering, based on the Intel P45 and ICH10R, and we put it through the wringer against a well known full ATX-size reference board. The new ASUS Maximus II Gene motherboard goes by the tagline: Mini Size, Max Mobility. You have to take these marketing lines with a grain of salt, because taken at face value, you might expect a mini-ITX board. Instead we have a micro-ATX (uATX) board that squeezes almost every last feature from its feature-rich ROG brother into the slightly smaller format. A more accurate description might be: Micro Size, Max Performance.  Let's dive in and take a look at what ASUS calls: A new band of ROG heroes, the GENE squad.

ASUS Maximus II Gene mATX Motherboard @ Benchmark Reviews

Cooler Master Sileo 500 Mid-Tower ATX Computer Case Review @ Tweaknews

"If, as they say, silence is golden, then Cooler Master chose the wrong color for their Sileo 500 computer case. As this review shows, the Sileo is clearly up to the task of keeping even the most demanding hardware comfortably cool, and doing it at near silence. After playing with this chassis for a week or so, I can assure you it would be very easy to build a silent machine using this chassis and some carefully chosen mainstream hardware."

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QNAP TS-809 Pro Turbo NAS Review at CCE Reviews

The TS-809 Pro Turbo NAS isn't only good on performance; QNAP has provided the full package with many built-in features. This includes print server, webserver, dataserver, multimedia server and download manager to name a very small list.  While the TS-809 Pro Turbo NAS commands a premium price, you get a premium product. The only shortcoming is the 1 year warranty but for any digitally inclined household or business, the TS-809 Pro Turbo NAS is seriously worth considering.

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I-Rocks KR-6820E Backlit Gaming Keyboard Review @ Tweaknews

email4 [news]"In the end this little keyboard exceeded my expectations. The construction is very solid, the orange backlighting looks awesome, and it has a nearly full 103-key lineup so it's perfect for just about any task. Gaming is what it's designed for and it works great for that, but the soft and quiet keys also work well for general computer use."

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