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Seagate NL35.2 Series, ST3500641NS 500GB drive

  “NL35 Series drives are not appropriate for true high duty-cycle enterprise workloads.” Hmmm! A niche market for drives or a stepping stone to the future? Please join me for a look at the Seagate ST3500641NS, 500 GB SATA 3Gb/s drive to ascertain if the differences this product brings to ...

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Antec Performance CPU Cooler

  While well versed in cooling solutions, and even OEM production of several basic HSFs, to the best of my knowledge this is Antec’s first truly “High Performance” HSF to be marketed. Will it meet the mark necessary for success or fall short of the mark as first generation products ...

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Antec Take 4 (4U Rackmount Enclosure)

  My initial thoughts were that Antec had arrived at a pleasant compromise between the utility of the previously mentioned server environment with a design that could be used effectively by the Computer Enthusiast. Please join me to see if those initial thoughts were accurate while we investigate the inner ...

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Mixed Vendor 7900 GTX SLI

Ever wonder if you really can mix NVIDIA GeForce video cards from different manufacturers in SLI? In this article, we show you that you can and show the performance of a Leadtek 7900 GTX combined with an XFX 7900 GTX.

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OCZ EL DDR PC-3200 2GB Dual Channel Platinum XTC

  While my previous words echo respect for a company that is one of several that are Computer Enthusiast centered in their business focus, I have no preconceived or contrived notions about the product that I’ll be reviewing today. Join me in exploring in depth the OCZ EL DDR PC-3200 ...

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Thermaltake Matrix VX Case

  Thermaltake® Technology, Co. LTD, a Hong Kong based company burst onto the case, cooling, and computer accessory manufacturing scene in 1999. Thermaltake has been kind enough to furnish us with one of their newest products, the Matrix VX Case for review today. This case targets two very popular subsets ...

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4GB Apple iPod nano Review

Check out our review of the white 4GB Apple iPod nano. The nano is a small and sleek flash-based digital audio player. We haven’t reviewed an iPod here before, but now we know why they are so popular…

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PowerColor X1600 PRO AGP 512MB

PowerColor X1600 PRO AGP model with 512 MB framebuffer it’s not up to X1600 XT toes, but it’s not weak either. It’s a good solution if you don’t want X1300 and want to go with something stronger. Performance wise it does its job, but I’m afraid more memory won’t necessarily ...

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VisionTek Xtasy Theater 550 Pro MCE Edition

  About 10 days ago, I was surprised when a VisionTek™ Xtasy™ Theater 550 Pro™ MCE Edition was delivered to my doorstep by the man in the brown truck. Needless to say, I was ecstatic at the opportunity to ascertain whether the purported facts I had read were simply hype ...

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Seasonic Power Angel Review

  So today we’re going to give you the scoop on what those uses are and how directly or indirectly this tool may help you not only in checking out your computer system’s power needs but also almost any electrical device you have, with certain limitations of course.

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Building a Silent Media PC

Media PC’s are no longer just for the geeks. Over the last few years, they have become more useful and simple to use for the common man. While you can buy ready-made Media PC’s from most companies, they usually are very expensive and not necessarily using the best components. I’ve ...

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Patriot PDC2G3500LLK 2GB PC3500 Dual Channel Kit

  Today it is my pleasure to see if Patriot can truly run with the big dogs! I’ll be reviewing their PDC2G3500LLK 2 gigabyte PC3500 Dual Channel Kit which I received just over a week ago.

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Thermaltake Armor VA8000BWS Case Review

This has to be one of the best cases I have played around with and actually used. Your PC components are kept cool with four large fans. On the other side, the fans are not loud at all; the smaller ones are controlled so you can either crank them up ...

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HIS X1900 XTX and HIS X1900 Crossfire Edition

Earlier this year ATI released the X1900XT and X1900XTX GPU’s. With 48 rendering pipelines compared to the 24 in the GeForce 7800GTX and the 16 in the X1800XT these GPU’s were more than just a spring refresh of the X1800. Today we are looking at the HIS X1900 Crossfire Edition ...

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AKVIS Noise Buster Review

  AKVIS Noise Buster is a plug-in that works with the the above captioned video editors as well as many others to reputedly help reduce and smooth the ill effects that digital noise creates in your photos and other digital imagery.

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G.Skill F1-4000BIU2-2GBHV DDR500

The G.Skill F1-4000BIU2-2GBHV is aimed at enthusiasts and gamers. It’s a great memory for ~270 green. It can run at tight CL2 timings and looser timings at CL2.5 and CL3 without having to raise the VDIMM (2.6V default). This is great especially for those who cannot change the voltages. The ...

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Leadtek WinFast 7900 GTX Extreme Review

NVIDIA’s latest flagship video card was introduced in early March. In this review, we take a look at one of Leadtek’s representatives for this new card – the PX7900 GTX TDH Extreme. How will this factory overclocked card compare to previously tested cards? Read the review to find out!

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XFX REVO64 NC3000 Gamer’s Edition

  I had several reviews to do before this product but found myself daily being intrigued by the X-shaped box sitting on the shelf just begging for attention. Today I finally had the opportunity to open that box and dive head first into what turned out to be a very ...

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Seagate 500GB 7200.9 HD Review

If you have thousands of photos, videos and MP3s, then you need a lot of storage. If you also game, you have probably found yourself running out of space on your hard drive. No worries… Seagate has a solution for you – the 500GB Barracuda 7200.9 SATA 3Gb/s hard drive! ...

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SilverStone SST-ST56F Power Supply

  This year we’ll see power requirements increase even higher as the technology will move from currently supporting a maximum of two GPUs to four and possibly beyond. Today we are going to review the SilverStone ST56F 560 watt power supply, a member of SilverStone’s Strider Series of power supplies.

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Antec P150 Case Review

  Today we are going to take an in-depth look at Antec’s P150 Case; the newest member of its Performance One line of computer enclosures. In this review, we hopefully will answer most if not all of your questions about whether this case is right for you.

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MERC Gaming Keyboard Review

  It is indeed my pleasure to share with you today my impressions of the “new and yet to be released” ZBoard MERC Gaming Keyboard from Ideazon (ZBoard).

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XFX GeForce 7900 GTX XXX, 7900 GT XXX and 7600 GT XXX

Today is the day that NVIDIA finally fills the midrange gap in its GeForce 7 Series family of video cards. Additionally, a couple of new enthusiast level cards hit the market. We benchmark the XFX 7900 GTX XXX, 7900 GT XXX and 7600 GT XXX to see just how well ...

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ATI Radeon X1800 GTO

Today ATi has announced their latest card, the X1800GTO. With a RRP of only $249 the X1800GTO is a card that should interest many users who cannot afford the more expensive X1800XL, X1800XT or X1900XTX, especially since the performance is impressive for its low price.

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RAID: A Guide For All … Part 1

  Most of the newer motherboards provide one or more onboard RAID controllers capable of delivering configurations up to and including RAID 5. My goal is to give our readers from beginner to expert a guide that will benefit them.

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NVIDIA Chipset Chat

nForce 500 features: Support for SLI and QuadSLI, NVIDIA MediaShield with support for dual RAID 5, High Definition Audio, support for up to 10 USB and 6 SATA 3GB/sec hard drives, support the new AMD AM2 processors.

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Leadtek WinFast Novo TV

  The Leadtek WinFast NOVO TV is closely akin to it’s richer cousin the recently reviewed Walkie TV. Today we’ll find out which product is best for your needs..

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mobiBLU DAH-1500i Cube Digital Audio Player Review

Check out our review of one of the smallest digital audio players in the world. It’s not perfect, but it offers a lot in a small package.

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XG Viper 2 Case Review

  Gaming and its associated accessories is a huge multi-million dollar industry. Let’s move on to the “case at hand”, the XG Products Viper 2, the second generation of their popular gaming case.

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Arctic Cooling Freezer 64 Pro HSF Review

We test to see how the new Artic Cooling Freezer 64 Pro stands up to the Thermaltake K450. The K450 currently cools my FX-51, FX-55 and FX-60.

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PowerColor X1300 HyperMemory™ 2

This product is intended for folks with less gaming on their minds. Don’t get me wrong, it’s great for SFF systems, multimedia platforms and some light gaming. You can still play any recent game with low details and get respectable frame rates, but that’s about it. To my understanding, the ...

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Thermaltake ToughPower 550W

If you’re in the market for stable rails, ATX compliancy, SLI/CrossFire/dual-core support and a nice clean design, then Thermaltake’s ToughPower 520W power supply is right for you. The MSRP for this unit is set at $129.99, so that’s not a bad deal considering the price for PurePower models (with panel) ...

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Leadtek WinFast Walkie TV Review

  Leadtek Research, Inc. well known for their line of video cards also manufactures TV capture devices. It is indeed our fortune to review their newest external capture systems, the WinFast Walkie TV.

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Diskeeper 10 Professional Premier Review

  Disk fragmentation is an ever present reality! Today we look at Diskeeper 10 Pro Premier Edition a utility to help you combat excessive fragmentation of your hard drives.

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Silverstone LC17 HTPC Case Review

Home theater PCs seem to be popping up everywhere these days. With features much more rich than your standard Tivo, it’s no wonder they are rapidly being installed in homes. But all of that hardware is no good if the case doesn’t fit in with the rest of your entertainment ...

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X-Arcade Trackball Arcade Mouse Review

Every hardcore gamer, especially those who like retro games, should check out this review of X-Arcade’s Trackball controller. Say hello to real arcade gaming in your living room or wherever you may lay this 15-pound beast!

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Gigabyte GA-K8N51PVMT-9 nForce 430 Motherboard Review

In this review, we look at the GA-K8N51PVMT-9, Gigabyte’s latest entry into the all-in-one motherboard market, ideal for business PCs and media center devices. The board features the nForce 430 chipset and the GeForce 6150 graphics processor.

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Gigabyte Radeon X1800 XL (GV-RX18L256V-B) Review

The Gigabyte X1800 XL is a great card for ATI fanatics who can’t quite afford the highest of the high-end cards. It includes a very generous bundle and offers very solid performance. Check out our review of this card to see how it compares to a GeForce 7800 GT.

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PowerColor X1900 XT — 48 Horsemen

The increase in Arithmetic Logic Units to Texture Units (3:1 from 1:1) is a step in a right direction where more recent shaders tend to carry heavier proportion of arithmetic instructions (example, F.E.A.R). Next generation game titles will most likely go even further and use additional math operations on the ...

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XFX GeForce 7800 GS AGP Review

Today NVIDIA gives AGP users another weapon to use to win in playing games. We put the XFX 7800GS up againts a BFG 6800 Ultra OC.

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