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Manufacturer: General
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The ASUS GeForce GTS 250 Dark Knight

We have said over and over again that the mid-range GPU market is a mess - a great mess of fantastic performance and value. Today we are taking a look at a pair of new graphics cards from ASUS and Sapphire that fit snuggly into the sub-$150 field. The ASUS GeForce GTS 250 Dark Knight edition and Sapphire Radeon HD 4850 Vapor go up against the HD 4770 to see who comes out on top.

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Manufacturer: AMD
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AMD is on a tear now

Today at Computex, AMD has unveiled its first DirectX 11 compliant part, but the announcement is more about the overall features that DX11 introduces rather than the specific part that AMD has already fabricated in conjunction with TSMC on their fledgling 40nm process. Read on for the full scoop.

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Subject: Processors
Manufacturer: Intel
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The Fast and the Faster

Intel has refreshed the Nehalem line of Core i7 CPUs today by introducing the new Core i7-975 EE and Core i7-950 processor. These two new offerings are replacing the Core i7-965 and i7-940 in terms of pricing though they of course bump up the frequency one bin or so. Come in and see how the fastest desktop processor in the world performs!

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Manufacturer: Thermaltake
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Chassis Preview

This does seem to be the year of great cases at Computex. Thermaltake partnered with BMW Designworks USA to bring to life a truly unique chassis design that looks like a million bucks - let's just hope it doesn't cost that as well!

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Subject: Processors
Manufacturer: AMD
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65 nm? Pah! Time for something different!

It has been several years since AMD released a true desktop dual core processor, and finally they have delivered with the Athlon II X2 250. They have also released a Phenom II based X2 that could be the new darling of budget enthusiasts everywhere. We explore the performance of these new parts, as well as try our hand at overclocking to see where we go. While they might not be world beater's, they certainly give AMD a fighting chance in the dual core market.

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Manufacturer: Silverstone
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Introduction and Features

Creating an enclosure that can minimize space, but still leave PC builders enough room to work with and possibly grow is a difficult task. The introduction of Mini, Nano, and Pico ATX motherboards have given consumers the power of a desktop PC in the palm of their hands. One company who’s had success creating SFF cases is SilverStone. Their Sugo series has been refined over the past several years, and their SST-SG05B is the latest addition to the Sugo product line.

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Subject: Systems
Manufacturer: CompuLab
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Unboxing and Preview

A pleasant surprise on this Tuesday afternoon, a package arrived on my doorstep from Israel. Perplexed by its origin I ripped open the bag to find a brand-spanking-new fit-PC2 nettop computer in my hands. This little guy has been getting a lot of attention recently for its incredibly small size (fits inside the area of DVD almost) and interesting hardware configuration.

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Manufacturer: Enermax
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Introduction and Features

High efficiency and virtually silent! If you are looking for a quiet mid-power PSU with good voltage regulation, excellent efficiency, and high-end video card support; the ECO 500W deserves a very close look.

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Subject: Mobile
Manufacturer: NVIDIA
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Another step forward

The first notebook to use the NVIDIA ION chipset is being revealed today and even though we haven't been able to get hands-on with it yet, the Lenovo IdeaPad S12 could be a winner in terms of performance, size and price for the mobile crowds. Check in to see some pictures and get a general run down on specs.

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Subject: Motherboards
Manufacturer: Elitegroup
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Introduction and Specifications

The A790GXM-AD3 is ECS’s first AM3 Socket motherboard. The integrated graphics platform is designed from AMD's 790GX chipset and powered by the ATI’s Radeon HD 3300 graphics core. One of the key selling points of all AM3 motherboards is their support for dual channel DDR3 1333 memory, and we are very interested to see how the extra bandwidth factors into the overall performance of this board.

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Subject: Storage
Manufacturer: Thermalright
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Video Review and Specifications

The Thecus N5200B NAS is a high-end network storage device that offers support for RAID 5 and 6, dual Gigabit Ethernet ports, eSATA and USB ports and five hot swappable hard drive trays. The price is a bit higher than a lot of other consumer NAS devices but the feature set exceeds them as well. And check out a video review of the device as well!

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Subject: Mobile
Manufacturer: Intel
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A new Atom is coming

Intel revealed details of the Atom successor known as Pine Trail today and the platform looks to be even more impressive with an integrated memory controller and graphics. We also have some news about Intel's Moblin netbook-style operating system that sees a major refresh today.

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Manufacturer: Galaxy
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A unique 9600 GT

Low power and low profile might not seem like very important features for a GPU most of the time, but you would be surprised how many new PCs on the market today can't fit a standard expansion card. Galaxy is hoping to pin that market by offering a decently-powerful 9600 GT GPU without a PCIe power connection and with a half-height PCB design.

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Subject: General Tech
Manufacturer: General
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Asset Lite Strikes!

GLOBALFOUNDRIES, the spun-off manufacturing arm of AMD, is aggressively pursuing new customers with promises of industry leading performance and efficiency as a startup in the foundry industry. We take a look at the technology and aims of this new giant, and see if they can in fact compete with the well respected and powerful TSMC.

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Manufacturer: Seasonic
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Introduction and Features

If you are into building, upgrading or maintaining servers check out our review of two PSU offerings from Seasonic. We’ll be taking a close look at two units; a 1U-400W and a 2U-460W. See how they compare to the more familiar enthusiast ATX units.

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Subject: Processors
Manufacturer: Intel
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Guess we have to bring this up finally

Today a $1.45 billion fine was handed down to Intel for antitrust and anti-competitive practices in the European markets. We take a look at the summary judgment, both Intel's and AMD's initial response and just how the decision might after the consumer.

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Subject: Motherboards
Manufacturer: Zotac
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ION Platform for your DIY

The Zotac IONITX-A-U is the first of what will likely be many NVIDIA ION-based motherboards to hit the market this year. This all-in-one integrated solution includes an Atom 330 dual-core processor, GeForce 9400M graphics, 802.11n Wi-Fi, HDMI and more in a convenient little mini-ITX package. An external power brick rounds out the features that help this motherboard stand out from the rest.

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Subject: Motherboards
Manufacturer: Asus
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Introduction and Specifications

The versatile 790GX chipset is being featured in countless AM2+ and AM3 motherboards. Our friends at ASUS have developed a mid-range AM2+ motherboard called the M3A78-T that should give gamers, HTPC users, and intermediate enthusiasts something to smile about. Check out our detailed review of this flexibile chipset as well as our intriguing gaming benchmarks results that might make consumers think twice about needing another GPU for basic gaming.

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Subject: Motherboards
Manufacturer: MSI
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Introduction and Specifications

Today we have MSI's flagship X58 motherboard on our test bench - the MSI Eclipse SLI. Several weeks ago, we evaluated the MSI X58 Platinum, which seemed to be geared toward gaming enthusiasts, but not necessarily those looking for overall performance increases in their PCs. Will the Eclipse SLI follow in the X58 Platinum's footsteps or create a new path with more performance gains in other areas than gaming?

Subject: Storage
Manufacturer: Western Digital
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Big Green Gets Meaner!

Western Digital significantly tweaked their Caviar Green series drive, adding a Raid Edition model to their 2TB lineup. It may spin as fast as the GP, but the similarities end there. We put the RE4-GP against its GP peers, as well as a few Raptor series drives.