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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Patriot Torqx MLC SSD PFZ128GS25SSDR @ Benchmark Reviews

Indilinx has been tapped to add their 'Barefoot' controller into the design, and a new generation of Solid State Drives has delivered top-level speed and performance. The Patriot (Fusion) Torqx 128GB MLC SSD is one such product, built from a proven architecture that has done well for others of the same controller family. The Patriot Torqx Solid State Drive adds 64MB of Elpida DRAM to the buffer has permanently solved stuttering problems, making raw performance the last bottleneck. An Indilinx 'Barefoot' internal controller commands the bank of Samsung K9HCG08U1M DRAM modules, allowing the Torqx SSD to offer an impressive capacity with top-speed performance. Benchmark Reviews tests the reaction time and bandwidth performance for the PE000143-PFZ128GS25SSDR 128GB model against over two dozen other products in this article.

Patriot Torqx MLC SSD PFZ128GS25SSDR @ Benchmark Reviews

Olevia 227-S11 27-Inch LCD HDTV @ Benchmark Reviews

HDTVs are rapidly becoming the norm rather than the exception.  With such new-found popularity, there are more TVs than ever to choose from.  The wise consumer contemplates overall value rather than just size and brand name.  Benchmark Reviews seeks out the value in HDTVs with this review of the 27-Inch 1080i Widescreen Olevia 227V-S11 LCD HDTV; a steal at just over $400.  Olevia is quickly making High Definition the standard with their affordable line of HDTVs, and they aren't skimping on quality in the process.

Olevia 227-S11 27-Inch LCD HDTV @ Benchmark Reviews

G.Skill 64GB Falcon (FM-25S2S-64GBF1) SSD Review at CCE Reviews

G.Skill has certainly impressed me with their latest offering. I've finished the benchmarking a few weeks ago and switched my laptop from the G.Skill FM-25S2S-64GB to the Falcon and have noticed and incredible boost in performance. Videos no longer stutter and there's no lag between MSN conversations, the JMicron controller made it feel like I was back in the 56k days! Since many of us can't afford an Intel X25-M SLC SSD, the G.Skill Falcon is a great alternative with significantly improved sequential and random performance over their original design.

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Corsair® Launches Energy-Efficient High-Performance Modular 850W and 750W PS's

Corsair® Launches Energy-Efficient High-Performance Modular 850W and 750W Power Supplies Professional Series HX850W and HX750W offer the performance and features that enthusiasts demand, including up to 90% energy-efficiency Fremont, CA, May 27th, 2009 – Corsair®, a worldwide leader in high-performance power supplies, and computer and flash memory products, today announced the launch of the new Corsair Professional Series HX850W and HX750W modular power supply units. The Corsair Professional Series power supply units have been designed by Corsair and engineered to the highest quality standards to meet the demands of enthusiasts that expect the very best. The Corsair Professional Series HX850W and HX750W PSUs utilize advanced DC-to-DC circuitry and meet 80 PLUS SILVER certification standards for up to 90% energy-efficiency, reducing wasted energy and lowering the amount of excess heat generated. “Our new Professional Series HX850W and HX750W power supplies build on the phenomenal success of the award-winning Corsair HX620W PSU, offering even higher levels of performance, efficiency and reliability, including an industry-leading 7 Year Warranty” said Jim Carlton, VP of Marketing for Corsair, “The HX850W and HX750W have the power to handle the latest multi-core, multi-graphics PCs, and include the features that enthusiasts demand, including a comprehensive modular cable set and super-high efficiency.” In addition to super-high efficiency, the Corsair HX850W and HX750W power supply units utilize a low-noise, temperature-controlled 140mm cooling fan, which use a specially modified fan-speed curve that prevents the fan from ‘spinning up’ until the PSU reaches 70% of the rated load. This ensures whisper-quiet running in typical PC configurations, even when gaming or performing processor-intensive tasks. The Corsair Professional Series HX850W and HX750W PSUs both include powerful, single +12V rails and are qualified to deliver their full rated power output at an ambient temperature of 50°C, ensuring stability and reliability even under the most stressful conditions. A powerful +12V rail is essential for supporting today’s high-end components, which is why the HX850W can supply up to 99% of its total wattage (840W) on the +12V rail. The Corsair Professional Series HX850W and HX750W are available immediately from retailers worldwide and are backed by an industry leading 7 year warranty and comprehensive customer support via telephone, email, forum and the Tech Support Express helpdesk.

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