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Manufacturer: Intel
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Late week announcement made

Intel made a surprise announcement on Friday that it was basically canceling the current version of the Larrabee project, the discrete GPU that Intel has been talking about since early 2007. While the project lives on and the team continues to push for many-core x86 designs for GPUs in the future, it looks like that just got a whole lot later.

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Subject: Motherboards
Manufacturer: Elitegroup
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Introduction and Specifications

Intel's LGA 1156 and P55 chipset was released a few months ago and since that time we have reviewed several offerings from high-end vendors like ASUS and Gigabyte. Today, we have a more budget-minded board from ECS called the P55H-A that has many features users will find on higher-end P55 boards, but for a fraction of the cost.

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Subject: Processors
Manufacturer: Intel
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48-cores ahoy!

Intel announced a new processor design codenamed Bangalore that combines 48 x86 IA cores onto a single massive chip. The CPU will aimed at the future of cloud computing and could enable entirely new server and software designs. This is the progression of the original 80-core design we saw in 2006 - but we are getting much closer to reality here now.

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Subject: Motherboards
Manufacturer: Zotac
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Introduction, Packaging, Specifications

On Dec. 1, Zotac released what they are touting as "the world's fastest mini-ITX platform" for gamers and home theaters users with their GeForce 9300-ITX WiFi LGA 775 motherboard. This new mini ITX solution should give users all the overclocking functions that were lacking in the previous version.

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Manufacturer: Seasonic
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Introduction and Features

Finally – a new power supply with innovative design changes that raises the bar for others to follow. Seasonic's new X Series sports all modular cables and delivers excellent voltage regulation, high efficiency and can operate in silent, fan-less mode (at lower power levels).

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Subject: Systems
Manufacturer: General
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It's time to DIY

As a holiday gift to myself, I decided to upgrade my own personal machine this Thanksgiving holiday and thought it would be a good idea to record the physical construction process to share with our readers.

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Manufacturer: General
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The GT 240 GPU and card from Galaxy

NVIDIA has another new GPU to share with the world, this time in the form of the GeForce GT 240. While this new offering is not intended for the high end gaming market at all, it does offer some decent graphics performance for a card priced around $100. But can it even keep pace with current cards at the same cost??

Subject: Storage
Manufacturer: Data Robotics
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Introduction

Allyn spent the better part of the last three months banging away at a DroboPro, digging into every possible feature and doing his best to try and get it to lose data. Was he able to pull it off? Read on to find out!

Subject: Storage
Manufacturer: OCZ Technology
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Introduction and Packaging

Results are in for the OCZ Colossus 3.5" SSD. This new unit promises to overcome the write speed limitations of all other MLC SSD's and it absolutely delivers! We've given one of these beasts a full work out, along with a full tear down (we know all of you want to see the guts!).

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Subject: Motherboards
Manufacturer: MSI
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A Singular Product...

While NVIDIA may not be taking SLI for the AMD market seriously anymore, luckily their partner MSI is. The NF980-E65 is the only triple SLI enthusiast board aimed at the AMD AM3 market, and they are hoping to capitalize on that distinction. The big question is... do they succeed in providing a motherboard for that niche worthy of your money?

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Manufacturer: AMD
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Introduction and Specifications

Even though it has lost the 'X2' moniker, the latest dual-GPU graphics card from AMD is a graphics processing powerhouse we have not seen the likes of here before! By pairing up a set of Evergreen parts from the Radeon HD 5800-series, AMD's new HD 5970 is definitely the new king of the hill when it comes to PC gaming. Stop in to see how it fares as well as what you can expect with Eyefinity.

Subject: Storage
Manufacturer: Kingston
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Introduction and Packaging

Today we review not one but two of the new Kingston SSDNow V Series 40GB Boot Drives. Built on the excellent Intel SSD controller, these drives should perform well as compared to other low-cost offerings. We also tested a pair of them in RAID in an attempt to compete with Intel's 80GB offering. Can a pair of 40GB units best a single 80GB SSD? Come inside for the gouge.

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Manufacturer: Corsair Components
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Introduction and Features

The new TX950W is targeted towards value conscious users who want a quiet, high-capacity power supply that provides stable outputs and high efficiency. Once again, Corsair delivers!

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Subject: Motherboards
Manufacturer: Gigabyte
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Introduction and Specifications

The positive press around Intel's P55 chipset and LGA 1156 platform has been all the rage and the accolades keep coming right into the holidays. Gigabyte was kind enough to send us their flagship P55 motherboard -- the P55-UD6. This particular board doesn't support USB 3.0 or SATA 6GB/s like some of its newer brethren, but it does have many overclocking and enthusiast-level features that should catch consumer's attention during the holiday season.

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Manufacturer: General
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Technology, Delays and Testing Setup

The gang at Lucid finally let us get our paws on some actually testing-ready hardware this week and I ran the configuration through some tests to see how it stood up compared to existing CrossFire and SLI systems. We also of course test cross-vendor performance and see how much scaling you can get when you combine the performance of a GTX 260+ and a Radeon HD 4890.

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Manufacturer: Galaxy
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GTX 260+ Lives!!

Galaxy has been continuing to improve on product differentiation and quality and the company's new GeForce GTX 260+ Razor does it again with a single slot, air cooled design. This GPU offers all the performance of standard GTX 260+ GPUs but in a more condensed package that should make SFF and HTPC users smile.

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Subject: General Tech
Manufacturer: General
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A GlobalFoundries Update

We spent some time recently with the team at GlobalFoundries to get an update on its status as an independent foundry company, its first and second customers, how the move to 32nm and 28nm is progressing and to speculate on what it means for the rest of the industry.

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Subject: Motherboards
Manufacturer: Asus
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Introduction and Specifications

Motherboards sporting Intel's new P55 chipset have been springing up all over the web as vendors start their holiday push for more market share in the mainstream motherboard arena. ASUS developed an entire arsenal of P55 boards to accommodate basic end users, gamers, enthusiasts, and even hardcore overclockers. One of their higher-end mobos that was unveiled was the P7P55D Deluxe, which is the subject of our review today.

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Subject: General Tech
Manufacturer: AMD
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Introduction, AMD VISION technology update

AMD hosted a select group of technology reviewers Nov. 3 at their LoneStar campus in Austin, Texas, to brief them on their next generation of notebooks featuring their new VISION technology.

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Subject: Processors
Manufacturer: AMD
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Not Reinventing the Wheel

While Bulldozer and 32 nm processors from AMD will not show up for some time yet, AMD is taking off the wraps of a new revision of the 45 nm Deneb core. The X4 965 was a 140 watt TDP critter, and now it has been tamed to a slightly more manageable 125 watts. Let's see how this affects performance and overclocking!