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Bjorn3D @ Computex 2010 – Gigabyte Press Conference

During Computex 2010, we were able to talk and learn some new information from Gigabyte. Later followed the new product lunch of the X58A-UD9 and Gigabyte Technology’s Seminar. Video coverage available on 2nd Page.

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Enermax Pro87+ 600W

The Enermax Pro87+ 600W is one of few 600W power supplies that are 80+ certified at the Gold level. We have put together a high-end system and tested the Pro87+ to see if it has more going for it than just a certification.

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Seagate Constellation (2TB x 3 Drives) & LSI 3Ware SAS 9750-4i 6Gb/s RAID Card

The Seagate Constellation 2TB drive combined with the LSI 3Ware SAS 9750-4i 6Gb/s RAID Card is a powerful combination of state of the art Raid controller and high end Sas Drives.

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Bjorn3D @ Computex 2010: Kingston Announces USB 3.0 HyperX SSD and 64GB SDXC Memory Card

Kingston just announced their plans for their new USB 3.0 HyperX SSD and the long waiting 64GB SDXC memory cards. These products will have blazing speeds delivered straight through the USB 3.0 and SDXC interface.

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ASUS O-Play Air Media Player

The ASUS HDP-R3 O-Play media player, is a perfect solution for anyone needing a small compact HTPC unit.

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CoolIT ECO A.L.C.

  When you don’t feel like going with a full blown liquid system, but want something a little better than air cooling your options are limited. Today we have the ECO A.L.C. which hopes to be one of the best built in liquid system for an affordable place.

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AMD Athlon II X4 640

Here at Bjorn3D we were lucky enough to score AMD’s new top of the line Athlon II processor, the 3.0Ghz Athlon II X4 640. Let’s see what kind of numbers the X4 640 can crank out.

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Bjorn3D @ Computex 2010: Gigabyte Showcases the X58A-UD9 with Unlocked Intel CPUs

Gigabyte is showing off their latest motherboards at Computex 2010 with unlocked Intel Core i7 CPUs.

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NZXT Premium Extension Cables

Achieving the ‘Million Dollar PC’ look with your build might have just gotten easier. We review NZXT’s sleeved premium cables to see if they provide that ‘Million Dollar PC’ look.

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Asus Matrix 5870 Platinum (MATRIX 5870 P/2DIS/2GD5)

Asus HD 5870 Matrix Platinum comes at 900MHz overclocking of the GPU core, 2GB GDDR5 memory and plenty of features that hardcore overclockers are looking for in a video card. Does the 2GB memory matters or the GPU speed matters, let’s find out.

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OCZ Vertex 2 100GB SSD

The OCZ Vertex 2 uses the new SandForce SF-1200 controller and proprietary OCZ firmware. That firmware allows for up to 50K IOPS making it the fastest MLC SSD we’ve tested.

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Eagle Tech Arion ET-AR506-BK

Eagle Tech Arion ET-AR506-BK has an elegant looks and good specification for a stereo speaker. But how well does it sound in the real-world testing? Let’s find out.

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Seagate Momentus XT Hybrid Platter/SSD

The Seagate Momentus XT Hybrid platter/SSD is a drive design we’ve been waiting on for years. The blending of SSD speed with cost effective platter storage.

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Asus EAH5870 (Asus 5870v2) Voltage Tweak

Asus has once again amazed us by bringing the EAH5870 (5870v2) Voltage Tweak to market. Clocked to stock 850/1250 the Voltage Tweak it offers should make it a top overclocker.

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Rosewill USB 3.0 Add-on Card and External Enclosure

USB 3.0 has theoretical 10x of the speed offered by USB 2.0. We put the speed to the test and was pleased and also surprised by what we find.

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OCZ Solid 2

We compare the latest budget SSD from OCZ, the Solid 2, that is based on the Indilinx Barefoot controller to the mechanical hard drives in RAID configuration. Let’s find out if it is time to dump that big and heavy 3.5” hard drives for a smaller and faster SSD.

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Flashing Your Video Card’s (GPU) BIOS

A simple but effective guide on flashing your video card’s BIOS. this is for both manufacturers Nvidia and ATI.

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Patriot Gamer Series DDR3 4 GB 1600MHz

  Adding memory is an easy way to upgrade your computer. This RAM is specifically built to take advantage of an AMD Black Edition based system. This RAM certainly looks like the ticket if you are searching for an affordable memory upgrade for your AMD system.

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Arctic Sound E352 Ear Buds

In this review, the author would like to introduce you to his ears newest friend; the Arctic Cooling Arctic Sound E352 ear buds.

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Gigabyte HD5870 Super Overclock

Gigabyte’s SOC GPU’s with Gauntlet screening selecting only the best GPU cores and Hynix or Samsung Tier one GDDR5 just got better. With OC Guru you can also add Voltage to you OC.

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AMD Phenom II X2 555 BE

  AMD always likes to show its followers that it cares about every market segment. This is why they have decided to release a new Black Edition dual core to try and best the X2 550. Lets see how it compares.

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Battle Of the Titan Water Blocks

We at Bjorn3D.com going to be looking at, three of the baddest water blocks on the market. Lets see How they stack up against one another.

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Silverstone Fortress Series FT02

Silverstone’s Raven cases introduced a special vertical air circulation we have never seen on PC cases before. The new Fortress Series FT02 case also uses the new vertical air circulation.

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HornetTek Phantom: 2.5” Multimedia Player

HornetTek Phantom is a network media player that let you plaback your digital contents to your TV up to 1080p. A wide range of video, music, and image formats are supported with the ability to seemingless integraetd into your network via wired or wireless connection.

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Asus ENGTX-470 Voltage Tweak Edition

Asus has done it again, taken a good thing and made it better. They took the GTX-470 and out of the gate released the GTX-470 Voltage Tweak edition.

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Photography 101

Ever wonder how us reviewers take our pictures? Well lets step inside and see one way of doing this

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AMD Phenom II X6 1090T and ASUS Crosshair IV Formula

Today AMD has released their first set of 6-core CPU’s: the Phenom II X6 1090T and the AMD Phenom II 1055T. We have of taken a X6 1090T and run a battery of tests with it to see what those extra cores and features means for a normal user. We ...

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PNY GTX-470

The PNY GTX-470 features great performance at a more affordable price than the GTX-480 and carries a Lifetime Warranty.

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GSkill ECO 1600 MHz memory

GSkill has come up with a set of ‘Green’ memory that operates at below JEDEC standards of 1.55 volts, without sacrificing frequency and timings.

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Swiftech Apogee XT CPU Water Block

Holding the ‘New Flagship’ crown, we review Swiftech’s Apogee XT to see how it fairs against its younger brother, the Apogee GTZ.

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GlacialPower GP-AX950AA 950w Power Supply

The GlacialPower GP-AX950AA power supply is a single +12v rail PSU with 76A available on the Rail. Designed for gamer enthusiasts, the 950W PSU is capable of Dual GPU operation.

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Bootable USB Drive, Flashing Nvidia GPU BIOS, Recovering from a Bad Flash

Need to flash your Motherboard or GPU BIOS but need to do it from USB Drive? This is the place to start, we’ll show you how to create a Windows 98 USB bootable Drive.

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Gigabyte Intel P55 OC Challenge – The finals

On the 10th of April 9 European teams compteted in the finals of the Gigabyte Intel P55 OC Challenge. Bjorn3D was there to follow the finals and see who eventually would come out on top and win the whole competition.

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ASUS EAH5850 TOP

The Asus EAH5850 TOP is a great higher end card geared for people who like cool and quiet and yet love to over clock and push their hardware to the max if you’re one of those people this card is 100% for you.

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OCZ Z Series 850W 80+ (Gold) Modular Power Supply

The OCZ Z 850W power supply is the first 80+ Gold power supply we’ve looked at, with one single rail providing 71A and ultra stable power it’s a killer PSU for enthusiasts.

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QNAP TS-439 Pro

QNAP TS-439 Pro is a 4-bay NAS that is designed with a plenty of features yet it does not cost you an arm and leg. We compare it against the more expensive TS-809 Pro to see how much performance difference between the two units.

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NZXT Hades

  A case is very important when buying a new computer. An efficient case design can lower the temperature of your components considerably, and give them a longer life.

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Seagate Savvio 10K.4 HDs & LSI 3Ware 9750-8i RAID Card

The Seagate Savvio 10K.4 Serial Attached SCSI hard drives are the first to be the largest capacity (600GB), and smallest form factor (2.5 ”) server hard drives available, making capacity and speed an issue of the past for server based systems.

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Overclocking GTX-480 / EVGA Precision 1.9.2

GF100 is here and OCing it is different, peek into the future of overclocking and join us using EVGA Precision to OC the 480. (The Boss is going to kill me for this one 😉

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Jelfin Gel Covered Mouse

The Jelfin gel covered mouse is a 1000 DPI 3 button mouse with a twist. A Gel covered twist. Is it a gimmick or a gadget more than a mouse?

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