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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!

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Subject: General Tech
Manufacturer: Asus
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A Changing Audio Landscape

The thirst for High Definition content has now spread to audio on the PC. Asus is hoping to capitalize on this push by releasing a series of soundcards designed to be HDMI passthrough devices able to bitstream HD audio codecs such as TrueHD and DTS-HD. The HDAV 1.3 Slim is designed to be used in HTPCs of any size, and to be as transparent as possible to the user. Now... can Asus succeed there?

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Manufacturer: General
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More zombies!!!

Left 4 Dead will be available next month but the early release of the demo prompted us to spend some time with it and a handful of graphics cards from AMD and NVIDIA to see how they performed on this new gaming title. I think you'll find the results interesting and the gameplay exciting. Do you need to upgrade??

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Subject: Storage
Manufacturer: General
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ASUS brings the goods

Everyone is talking about USB 3.0, but we are actually testing it. Read this article if you want to see how ASUS' first motherboard with integrated SATA 6G and USB 3.0 controllers performs against SATA-II and USB 2.0 devices. Is the hype surrounding USB 3.0 worth the hassle and how much is it going to cost you to upgrade?

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Subject: Storage
Manufacturer: General
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SATA 6G shows up early

SATA 6G technology is being paraded around by motherboard manufacturers as one of the main reasons to upgrade your motherboard in the coming months but do the advantages really make the upgrade worthwhile? And how do these current SATA 6G implementations actually work? We look at the ASUS P7P55D Premium and an early sample of a Seagate SATA 6.0 Gb/s hard drive to see how the hype stands up.

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Subject: Motherboards
Manufacturer: Intel
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Introduction and Specifications

Intel's latest Extreme Series offering is the long-awaited DP55KG motherboard that targets enthusiast-level users as well as hardcore gamers looking for a solid board that takes advantage of all the features available with the new Lynnfield LGA 1156 platform.

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Manufacturer: Intel
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Introduction

Today Intel released a new firmware for their X25-M G2 line of SSD's. The firmware adds long awaited support for native TRIM, which should boost performance when used under Windows 7. Also released was an "SSD Toolbox" utility to view drive stats and bring TRIM-level performance to Windows XP and Vista. Check out the our full review for the details.

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Subject: Motherboards
Manufacturer: MSI
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Introduction and Specifications

The MSI P55-GD65 quickly became one of our favorite P55 motherboards when the Lynnfield processors first hit the scene last month. We finally have a review of the motherboard that looks at the features and overclocking ability of this motherboard to see where it stands in comparison to other P55 options on shelf.

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Subject: Systems
Manufacturer: Dell
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Windows 7 and Touchscreen are here

Right before Windows 7 hits the streets this week, we take a look at a Dell Studio One touchscreen PC that implements the improved touch capabilities included with the new operating system. The Dell system is a 19-in wide screen multi-touch capable all-in-one computer that uses an Intel Pentium CPU (yes that name continues) and an NVIDIA ION chipset. Come see if this PC will make you yearn for a monitor with fingerprints on it.

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Manufacturer: PC Power & Cooling
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Introduction and Features

PC Power & Cooling's latest Silencer PSU delivers over 900W of clean, stable power with excellent efficiency at an affordable price. However, don't let the name fool you; this PSU is far from silent.

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Manufacturer: AMD
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A few days well spent...

What do you do when you have a set of three Radeon HD 5870s sitting in your office and a Core i7 gaming computer waiting there with a blank 30-in monitor? Obviously you plug it all in and see how it perform! Today we are looking at GPU scaling of not just two Radeon HD 5870s, but three of them in a CrossFireX configuration. Overkill? Maybe.

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Manufacturer: Enermax
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Introduction and Features

Enermax has released a mid-tower ATX case called the Staray for those budget users looking for a bit of flare and awesome cooling. This case features three 120mm "apollish" fans that have two different types of LED lighting patterns as well as glossy red fan blades that can be removed for cleaning. They claim these fans will shine up to four times brighter than traditional LED fans so it will be interesting to see them in action.

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Manufacturer: AMD
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The Evergreen Blossoms again

AMD continues to push the pedal to the floor with NVIDIA right in view over the steering wheel with another GPU release this fall. This time Juniper falls into our laps and brings the Radeon HD 5770 and HD 5750 into the fold to compete against the likes of the GeForce GTX 260+ and GTS 250. Can AMD's new offerings push gaming at $170 and $110 to new levels?

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Manufacturer: Enermax
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Introduction and Features

Good efficiency and virtually silent! If you are looking for a quiet mid-power PSU with good voltage regulation, good efficiency, high-end video card support and fixed cables; the ECO 80+ 620W deserves a close look.

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Manufacturer: Galaxy
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NVIDIA tries to breath life into GT200 again

NVIDIA is out with a set of GPUs for the desktop budget market in the form of the GeForce 210 and GeForce GT 220. Can these options, now running on 40nm process technology and implementing DirectX 10.1 support, compete with the year-old Radeon HD 4670 cards for dominance in the $70 GPU market?

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Manufacturer: AMD
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The Setup

After my review of the AMD Radeon HD 5870 graphics card last month that featured a heavy dose of information and videos about AMD's new Eyefinity technology, the one single request I have received the most is for performance results using these games and a multi-monitor configuration. Well I decided to spend some time this week doing just that, so check out our results!

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Subject: Motherboards
Manufacturer: Gigabyte
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Introduction and Specifications

Now that the champagne has been uncorked on the the LGA 1156, we can continue to show some love to what originally brought Intel all the acclaim and accolades they received before the new LGA 1156 CPUs arrived -- the LGA 1366 i7 processors and X58 chipset. One of the most popular hardcore overclocking boards available for the LGA 1366 platform is Gigabyte's GA-EX58-Extreme motherboard.

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Manufacturer: Silverstone
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Introduction and Features

Silverstone has really been one of the premier PC enclosure manufacturers for several years now and they always seem to be finding different ways to handle all types of platforms from ATX, micro ATX, and even mini ATX cases. Their newest creation is the RV02, which builds upon the original Raven case, but adds a few new wrinkles to its design and construction. The new Raven 2 is smaller, lighter, and Silverstone claims it outperforms the original Raven.

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Manufacturer: NVIDIA
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A week's worth of thoughts on NVIDIA

We spent last week at the NVIDIA GPU Technology Conference learning about more than just the new GPU architecture NVIDIA was showcasing. In this editorial we take a look at where NVIDIA stands today, what you can expect from them in the near future and how the company plans to hold on to gamers' hearts while striving to build a new market in the GPU computing world.