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Subject: Processors
Manufacturer: AMD
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The Holiday Season Swings Around Again

December has come around again, and AMD is sprucing up their lineup with three new processors sporting a 100 MHz increase in clockspeed. The new AMD "King of the Hill" is the Phenom II X6 1100T, a Black Edition processor which incrementally increases AMD's top performer. Along for the ride are the Athlon II X3 455 and Phenom II X2 565.

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Subject: Editorial
Manufacturer: General
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Don't get too enamoured with your fancy, long term plans...

Process technology is hard. It only seems like Intel can get it right, and it can only do it right because it has more money and more Fab space than anyone else in the world. For guys like AMD and NVIDIA, they are at the mercy of lower funded 3rd party Fabs who struggle to keep up with the giant. Sometimes their delays hit the bottom lines of their customers... like what is happening today.

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Subject: Systems
Manufacturer: Digital Storm
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A performance beast

Digital Storm continues to push boundaries as a boutique system builder, this time with a six-core Intel Core i7-980X overclocked to 4.4 GHz and a pair of GeForce GTX 580 1.5GB graphics cards in SLI to make up one of the fastest PCs we have ever tested here. Does the price warrant the performance though?

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Manufacturer: NZXT
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Introduction and Features

The NZXT HALE90 850W PSU is bright white and 80Plus Gold certified, which translates to plenty of power with high efficiency, cool operation and minimal noise. Stop in and see if this NZXT unit should be the backbone of your next PC build.

Subject: Storage
Manufacturer: Kingston
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Introduction and Internals

Today we take a look at the new Kingston HyperX Max 3.0 external SSD. This drive connects via USB 3.0 and performs quite well. Once cracked open, we discovered the internals are identical to that of the Kingston SSDNow V+ second generation series of (internal) SSD's, sporting the Toshiba HG2 series controller.

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Subject: General Tech
Manufacturer: Corsair Components
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Introduction and Specifications

Corsair has reinvigorated its product line in 2010 by adding several new components including new solid state drives, power supplies, PC enclosures, and now their first 7.1 USB gaming headset dubbed the HS1. The HS1 is a combination of style, comfort, and immersive Dolby 7.1 surround sound technology that should give other popular gaming headsets on the market this holiday season a run for their money.

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Subject: General Tech
Manufacturer: General
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Introduction, Features, Technical Specifications

Lamptron has quietly created many quality PC gaming and modding products that expand how users monitor and track a variety of system functions. Their latest fan controller is dubbed the FC6 and combines a colorful temperature monitor and fan controller system into one 5.25" bay device. Users can monitor the CPU, hard drive, graphics card, overall case temperatures, and case fan speeds easily through a configurable LCD display that can be changed to match seven different color schemes.

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Subject: Mobile
Manufacturer: Apple
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RAGE for iOS

Teased at QuakeCon this year, RAGE HD for iOS devices impressed everyone with its visual fidelity. Will this game live up to the hype? Read on to find out.

Subject: Storage
Manufacturer: Viking
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Introduction

Viking Modular Solutions is a producer of various lines of DIMM and SSD products. With that, they have combined the power of a SandForce SSD with the packaging of a DIMM to create the SATADIMM. This little guy takes its power (and space) from a standard DIMM slot and connects to the system via a standard SATA 3Gb/sec. This makes it perfect for enterprise applications (think 1U server rack-mount chassis). Come check out this innovative solution!

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Manufacturer: Antec
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Introduction and Features

Today Antec debuts their new High Current Gamer line of PSUs designed to provide the reliability and stability that gamers demand at an affordable price. Check out the review – you won't be disappointed.

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Subject: Processors
Manufacturer: AMD
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A quick visit to Austin

AMD's first Fusion APU is nearly here and we are finally able to talk about performance results from our hands out time with a reference platform a couple weeks back. The new AMD E-350 with Radeon HD 6310 graphics is going to put the world of ultra-mobile computing on its head!

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Manufacturer: Coolit Systems
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Introduction, Features, Technical Specifications

Coolit Systems built upon the success of the ECO A.L.C. and added a versatile and configurable LCD screen to their new Vantage Advance Liquid Cooling System. The Vantage includes multiple options to use the CPU cooling system in quiet, performance, and extreme modes. This gives consumers the versatility they need to use the Vantage in different situations depending upon the user's performance needs.

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Subject: Mobile
Manufacturer: Asus
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Introduction and Design

Now we have the ASUS U series Bamboo laptops, which try to class up the market by adding real bamboo to the lid and palmrest. The U33JC is the smallest of the family, and it feels familiar – the price, overall design and hardware is reminiscent of ASUS U30JC, which received an Editor’s Choice Award from this site in July.

Subject: Storage
Manufacturer: OCZ Technology
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Introduction, Packaging and Specifications

Today Allyn looks at the next iteration of the OCZ RevoDrive - the x2! This new card opens up two more channels of throughput over the RevoDrive, demonstrating how well the SI RAID solution can scale with quad-Sandforce units behind it.

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Manufacturer: NVIDIA
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GF110 is a new GPU

NVIDIA is back with another new GPU, the GF110 aka the GeForce GTX 580. NVIDIA released the GTX 460 to target the $200 price point and now they are back to elevate their high-end game yet again with the full 512 CUDA core option we were always promised. How much better is it than the GTX 480 and what about that oddly placed dual-GPU Radeon HD 5970?

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Subject: Processors
Manufacturer: AMD
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What brings you to Austin?

AMD invited PCPer.com down to Austin to lay hands on the higher powered version of AMD's first APU family of products. Ryan was able to work with the Brazos based platform, and was able to tell briefly about his experiences. We also put together a preview of the Bobcat architecture, and what kind of changes it brings to AMD's latest processor cores.

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Subject: Processors
Manufacturer: VIA
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Some VIA History

Since the original VIA Nano was released, we have been expecting the dual core version to eventually hit the scene. Now after several years, we have our hands on the first samples of this new product. We also were able to see what the VIA VN1000 integrated graphics chipset can do in the face of the latest competition from AMD.

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Subject: General Tech
Manufacturer: General
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Introduction

The love of mechanical keyboards is a secret bond that most “normal” people can’t understand. Indeed, those who find the clickity-clack of mechanical keys to be as relaxing as a gentle spring rain seem to be a special breed of geek who is sometimes misunderstood even by fellow enthusiasts. As a result, some geeks have had to choose between the happiness of their fingertips and the happiness of their family or co-workers. In most cases, the later wins.

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Manufacturer: Corsair Components
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Introduction and Features

Another top performer from Corsair – If you are looking for a fully modular, high-quality PSU with 80 Plus Gold efficiency that is very quiet, then check out Corsair's latest AX850!

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Manufacturer: General
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Introduction and Specifications

BitFenix is a a new player in the PC enclosure market and their first prototype is a bold and innovative design that should stand out against other high-end cases. The Colossus's deep dimensions allow for two 230mm fans and support for E-ATX motherboards. Check out our preview of this beast before it is available to U.S. consumers.