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Subject: Mobile
Manufacturer: Asus
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Seashells by the seashore in Cheboygen

The ASUS 1005HA Seashell netbook is not only one of the better looking designs for the ultra-portable PC market but also offers some unique features that other vendors are not. Though still based on the Intel Atom processor and platform, the addition of 802.11n and Bluetooth 2.1 make this a worthy addition to the Eee lineup.

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Subject: Motherboards
Manufacturer: AMD
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Continual Improvement

AMD's latest broadside in the integrated graphics war may not be over the top, but it certainly adds a lot of zing to a relatively boring market. You still can't play Crysis with it, but users will be pleasantly surprised by the total package offered by the 785G.

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Manufacturer: General
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Does not lay comfortably on its side...

This particular case is nearly unique when it comes to the HTPC market. While most others are designed to blend into a typical component stack in the home theater, this case stands by itself in terms of style and capabilities. Will it fit in with the HTPC crowd? A very good question.

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Subject: Motherboards
Manufacturer: MSI
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Good Things, Small Packages, Cliche Cliche

FedEX has been busy as of late delivering to my house, and today I received a gem from them. This micro-ATX motherboard based on the unreleased AMD 785G chipset is a shockingly complete motherboard with many high end components. Stuff usually relegated to full size ATX boards. Will this be the latest power-user micro-ATX board, and furthermore be the board of choice for HTPC users? More testing is needed to confirm that, but the first look is certainly impressive.

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Subject: Motherboards
Manufacturer: Asus
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Layout and Features

ASUS is at it again - showing off yet another upcoming P55 motherboard, this time the P7P55D Deluxe aimed a user that is looking for both competent overclocking options as well as an easy-to-use experience. We are also learning about ASUS' upcoming Xtreme Design initiative that offers consumers a host of new features and options including the return of the TURBO BUTTON!

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Manufacturer: Coolit Systems
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Features and Specifications

CoolIT Systems has built a reputation for bringing liquid cooling to the masses. With its various, integrated, sealed-unit liquid coolers, it has removed the need for amassing radiators, hoses, reservoirs, water blocks, and other miscellany and then assembling them into a working system free of air and contaminants.

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Manufacturer: Thermaltake
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Introduction and Features

Thermaltake continues to evolve their Toughpower line with the XT Series, which adds LED status indicators and a fan delay feature. This new PSU delivers excellent voltage regulation and good efficiency but struggles with AC ripple under heavy loads.

Subject: Storage
Manufacturer: Intel
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Introduction

We received a review sample of Intel's next generation Solid State Drive just this afternoon. Allyn promptly put the drive through its paces and has posted a review for your viewing pleasure. I think you'll find the speed increases, though modest, coupled with the price decreases, will make this drive more than worth your time.

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Manufacturer: Corsair Components
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Water cooling for the masses

Corsair's new Hydro H50 cooler isn't really a new development in the world of water cooling - completely contained, no maintenance water cooling systems. But with Corsair pushing the H50 brand along, users have another option for their system cooling needs. The H50 is just as easy to install as most high-end air coolers but offers improved performance. Check out our video review inside!

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Manufacturer: NZXT
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Introduction, Features, Specifications

Today, we have the second revision of NZXT's Zero case called the Zero 2. NZXT went back to the drawing board and developed a steel chassis to give the case a lot more stability and rigidness that most PC builders look for when building a new system. The new chassis uses 1.0mm steel, which bumps the entire weight of the case to 10.2 kilograms, which is roughly 22.4 lbs. That's a pretty big different from the original Zero that weighed in at 7.35 kilograms or 16.2 lbs. Let's see if the extra durability is enough to entice consumers to this full tower case.

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Subject: Motherboards
Manufacturer: Asus
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A quick preview of this fall

We got the new ASUS P7P55D EVO motherboard in over the weekend and spent some time putting together a video preview of the platform for you today! Based on the P55 chipset, this is the first motherboard we have had in-house supporting the upcoming Intel Core i7/Core i5 Lynnfield processors due out in very early fall.

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Manufacturer: Zalman
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Introduction and Features

With several different CPU socket types currently on the market, it maybe difficult to find a decent third-party heatsink that will meet a power user's overclocking and cooling needs. While there are numerous cooling solutions available, Zalman's CNPS10X Extreme might be one to consider with its support for LGA 1156, 1366, 775, AM3, and AM2+. They also threw in a removable fan controller that can be mounted outside of the case. Let's see if this heatsink can take the air cooling crown away from its older brother the CNPS9900 LED.

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Manufacturer: Caustic Graphics
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CausticGL Ray Tracing API

Caustic let us peruse a new technical brief it was working on that describes in much more detail the software side of its CausticRT ray tracing platform. Based on OpenGL ES 2.0, CausticGL aims to do for ray tracing what OpenGL did for rasterization and the company even hopes to gain Khronos Group standardization for its custom API.

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Subject: Motherboards
Manufacturer: Gigabyte
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Introduction and Specifications

Gigabyte's MA770T-UD3P is a sub $100 AM3 motherboard with a single x16 PCI-E slot, dual channel DDR3 1666 memory support, and decent overclocking functions. It's price should entice many budget consumers to look hard at this board for their next upgrade. But, how will it match up against other boards almost double its price?

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Manufacturer: Silverstone
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Introduction and Features

The new SilverStone ST70EF PSU is designed for user's who are looking for high efficiency along with quiet operation. It can support multiple high-end graphics adapters and features a full compliment of fixed cables.

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Subject: Processors
Manufacturer: AMD
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Lower Price, Better Margins (hopefully)

Recently the first die shot of the upcoming Propus class of processors showed up, and I took a good long look at it to figure out how it will affect AMD's lineup, and if it will be the next big thing in the budget quad core market. From what I have seen, things look surprisingly good...

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Subject: Motherboards
Manufacturer: Gigabyte
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Introduction and Specifications

We’ve had the opportunity to review two motherboards featuring AMD’s 790GX chipset in both AM2+ and AM3 flavors. But, we haven’t had the chance to evaluate a board with AMD’s top 7-series chipset called the 790FX. So, when Gigabyte shipped us a GA-MA790FXT-UD5P for review, we were extremely curious and excited to see how this board would fare against others we’ve tested that utilize the 790GX chipset.

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Manufacturer: OCZ Technology
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Introduction and Features

The Fatal1ty 700W PSU from OCZ is a high-quality PSU that looks good inside and out. It was co-developed by a gamer for gamers and it delivers the goods! The OCZ Fatal1ty 700W unit we have up for review today features a single +12V rail and is both Nvidia SLI and 80 Plus certified. It features excellent cooling and comes decked out with a red LED fan, glowing Fatal1ty logo, and red sheathed cables (I hope you like red).

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Subject: Editorial
Manufacturer: NVIDIA
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Not Dead, but Certainly not Thriving

NVIDIA chipsets for the AMD market have not been significantly upgraded for the past year+, and even their "latest" 980a product is a rebranded 780a from last year. I dug around to see if NVIDIA was in fact abandoning the AMD platform, and SLI for the latest Phenom II along with it.

Subject: Storage
Manufacturer: OCZ Technology
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Introduction

We revisit the OCZ Vertex and throw in the recently introduced Super Talent UltraDrive ME into the mix. Both drives are controlled by the ARM-based Indilinx CPU. We put these two against SSD's with Samsung, Intel, and JMicron controllers, and even threw a few high end hard drives for fun. Evaluation of fragmentation slow downs and TRIM tool operation will also be addressed. Come on in and check 'er out!