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Subject: Processors
Manufacturer: Intel
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Sandy Bridge Architecture Overview

Intel's newest processor architecture is here, codenamed Sandy Bridge. The first mainstream monolithic CPU/GPU part on the market, the SNB processor lineup impressed us in our testing. We review the Core i7-2600K, Core i5-2500K and 2400 as well as the dual-core Core i3-2100. There are lot of questions answered: is the new processor graphics going to kill cheap discrete cards? Is performance better than Lynnfield? Is the media transcoding technology worthy of the hype?

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Subject: Processors
Manufacturer: Intel
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Mobile Quad-Core Power

So you've read about the desktop version of Sandy Bridge - how will the mobile version compare? As a quad-core, 8-thread processor, the Core i7-2820QM is a powerful CPU that will make any mobile user drool. How does it, as well as the upgraded graphics, stand up against the Arrandale and older Core 2 Duo notebook platforms?

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Subject: Motherboards
Manufacturer: Asus
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Not Much Left to Put on There...

Asus has a strong history of high end and expensive motherboards, and they are adding to that resume on the AMD side with the Crosshair IV Extreme. This board features all the bells and whistles that one would expect on a board of this class, and it also integrates the Lucid Hydra technology for multi-GPU functionality across a multitude of card types and manufacturers.

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Manufacturer: NVIDIA
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2011 Already?

2010 was a tremendous year in terms of graphics. We saw both leading companies flesh out all of their DX11 offerings, and there were some distinct surprises and disappointments from both companies. 2011 looks to be a different beast, but as we head into the new year let us take a look where the two giants stand in terms of desktop graphics.

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Subject: General Tech
Manufacturer: Gigabyte
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Introduction and Specifications

Gigabyte has a reputation of being one of the industry's top motherboard and graphics card manufacturers and now they are focusing their efforts on expanding their product line to include more PC components aimed at the PC gaming crowd. One of their newest additions to accommodate PC gamers is the Aivia K8100 gaming keyboard. This $69 keyboard comes in red, yellow, and black and includes LED backlight keys and Gigabyte's Ghost Macro Engine.

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Manufacturer: General
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Introduction, Features, Specifications

We all know Danger Den for their high performance watercooling systems, parts, and accessories. But, nowadays you can also purchase custom PC cases built to your own specifications! That's right, you can tailor every aspect of your acrylic case from the color, fan grills, and custom graphics. We saw their custom cases at this year's Quakecon and they provided one of their Black Series Tower 21 cases for us to review.

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Subject: Mobile
Manufacturer: Acer
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Introduction and Specifications

The Acer Aspire 5551G-4591 doesn’t pack any surprises. It is the definition of a mainstream 15.6” laptop, which means that it will probably appeal to many readers. However, the laptop steps into a market that contains fierce competition. Does the Acer Aspire 5551G-4591 find a way to stand out from the crowd? Well, have a look for yourself.

Subject: Storage
Manufacturer: Samsung SSD
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Introduction and Specifications

Today we take a look at Samsung's newest offering - the 470 Series SSD. This drive sports a new controller with some very promising specs. Our storage guru goes on a seek and destroy mission to see if any weaknesses present in the older generation SSD's. Check out or full review for the scoop.

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Manufacturer: AMD
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The New Cayman Architecture

The new Cayman architecture from AMD is the first big change to the GPU in some time introducing a new VLIW4 design as well as improved tessellation and AA performance. But can the HD 6970 and HD 6950 stand up to the power of the GF110-based GTX 580 and GTX 570 cards and how does PowerTune technology get into the mix?

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Subject: Mobile
Manufacturer: Leadtek
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Introduction and Specifications

There are still those who to this day swear that Lenovo's acquisition of the brand was the beginning of a death spiral, but the truth is that ThinkPads continue to thrive. Lenovo recently celebrated the 60 millionth ThinkPad sold, and to commemorate the event they've added an interesting new feature to some laptops – Nvidia Optimus. The green team's graphics switching technology is now available on some T410, T510 and T410s laptops.

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Manufacturer: AMD
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A much needed update

AMD's Catalyst Control Center was in a desperate need of an update and today AMD is in the final stages of releasing one. We have a quick preview of the new Catalyst Control Center 2 with some mostly aesthetic changes and a few functional ones that should make frequency CCC users happy.

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Subject: Mobile
Manufacturer: Alienware
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Introduction and Specifications

If you told me two years ago that Alienware would be selling an 11.6” gaming laptop I would have called you insane, yet here we are. The reason I would have doubted the future of such a laptop is the engineering challenge that exists whenever powerful hardware is crammed into a small frame. Gaming laptops are generally thick, heavy monsters with displays over 15 inches because that's the size required to pack in and cool gaming hardware. And what does the M11x pack in?

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Manufacturer: NVIDIA
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Another GF110 Part

The new NVIDIA GeForce GTX 570 1.25GB graphics card brings very similar specifications to the GTX 480 with slightly improved clocks and a lower price that should please gamers looking for a holiday upgrade. But how does it compare to the best from AMD's single GPU offerings or even the high-end GeForce GTX 580?

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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.