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Manufacturer: MSI
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MSI Makes Video Cards?

Now that AMD has stopped producing the HD 4870 and HD 4890 chips, the HD 5770 is quickly taking over the $149 to $199 marketplace. MSI decided to shake things up a bit in a market overflowing with reference designs from multiple manufacturers. The R5770 is a fully custom part with some unique features that set it above the rest. Stable 1 GHz+ operation is not a fantasy with this card...

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Subject: Processors
Manufacturer: Intel
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Westmere brings Nehalem cores to lower prices

The Intel Clarkdale processors were released in January to finally replace the aging Core 2 Duo and Core 2 Quad processors from the socket 775 generation. We already tested the Core i5-661 but the Core i3-530 offers much of the same performance with a 70% lower price tag. And the overclocking potential our sample demonstrated impresses as well!!

Subject: Storage
Manufacturer: Western Digital
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Introduction and Specifications

Yes, you heard us right, we put "Western Digital" and "SSD" in the same sentence! For a first-in-industry move, a Hard Disk manufacturer has taken the Solid State plunge. We'll put this new unit to the test and see how it stacks up against the fierce competition in this arena.

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Subject: Motherboards
Manufacturer: AMD
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SATA 6G and USB 3.0 Support... Sorta

AMD's history of chipset releases have been bittersweet. Featuring cutting edge graphics and excellent performance, AMD's chipsets have often been held back by their mediocre southbridge and I/O performance. AMD is hoping to change that by introducing the new 890GX, which features a redesigned northbridge as well as a new southbridge featuring the first native SATA 6G support.

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Subject: Mobile
Manufacturer: NVIDIA
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ION 2 = ION + Optimus

NVIDIA's ION technology was originally aimed at changing how consumer were able to utilize netbook and nettop computers and this second revision is no different. This "re-imagining" of the ION brand takes a discrete GPU, adds in support for Optimus technology, and basically calls it a day. But do you need to make sure your next netbook computer has ION inside?

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Manufacturer: Zalman
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Introduction and Features

Zalman's heatsinks have carved out their own path in the CPU cooling market and turned what used to be large chucks of aluminum and copper and into stylish, modern, and functional works of art. Their CNPS10X series has been very impressive and we saw low temps when we reviewed the original CNPS10X Extreme last year. When they informed us they were adding a new member to the group called the CNPS10X Flex, we had to get one for our LGA 1156 test bench to evaluate its heat dissipation capabilities.

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Manufacturer: AMD
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AMD fills another price segment while NVIDIA waits

The new AMD Radeon HD 5830 continues to add to the company's collection of DX11-ready graphics card hardware while we continue to wait and see what NVIDIA's answer will offer consumers. The HD 5830 rests between the HD 5850 and the HD 5770 in terms of price and performance, but is it a better option than either? Also, we have some extra details on the upcoming HD 5870 Eyefinity Edition with 6 DisplayPort outputs!

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Manufacturer: Asus
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Zoom Zoom

AMD gave the midrange market a thorough refresh with their HD 5600 and 5700 series of cards. Asus is attempting to capitalize on this new technology shift by introducing a somewhat unique and interesting product based on the HD 5750 graphics processor. Is the card as zippy as the psuedo-Formula 1 fan shroud promises it to be?

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Subject: Motherboards
Manufacturer: Gigabyte
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Introduction and Specifications

Gigabyte's micro ATX motherboards have become a staple in the industry for providing the speed and power usually reserved for full ATX motherboards. The GA-P55M-UD4 is one of their latest creations for the LGA 1156 platform and it includes a couple unique features like CrossfireX and SLI graphics support (x16 and x8), DDR3 2200, and 7.1 high definition audio.

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Manufacturer: MSI
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The MSI Fuzion Motherboard

The MSI Big Bang Fuzion motherboard combines a lot of features into a single motherboard including support for Intel's Lynnfield and Clarkdale processors and a lot of headroom and options for overclocking. Of course the stand out feature of the board is support for Lucid's HYDRA multi-GPU technology but can it possibly live up to the hype that has been building for years?

Subject: Storage
Manufacturer: OCZ Technology
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Introduction and Packaging

OCZ worked tirelessly to bring their new Vertex LE to market, so we worked tirelessly to bring you the first full review of a retail unit. How does this slightly pared-down unit stack up against the Vertex 2 Pro we evaluated after CES? Read our full evaluation to find out!

Subject: Storage
Manufacturer: Kingston
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Introduction and Packaging

Our storage guru takes a look at the revived SSDNow V Series (second generation) line. These drives sport Toshiba flash and a new controller from JMicron. We size up a 128GB model to see how it stacks up against the competition, as well as taking a look at the available Notebook Upgrade Kit.

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Manufacturer: AMD
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Catalyst 10.2 is available today

AMD is releasing a new Catalyst 10.2 driver today with some very notable changes in both architecture and features. They are also sharing details on the upcoming 10.3 driver that will dramatically change how the world of Eyefinity works for users lucky enough to be sitting in front of a set of monitors.

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Subject: Motherboards
Manufacturer: eVGA
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Introduction and Specifications

The oft-desired EVGA P55 FTW includes the rock-solid P55 chipset, a 12+2 phase power design, and support for dual channel DDR3 2600MHz memory. The board also showcases a black and grey color scheme and includes onboard clear CMOS, power, and reset buttons. This board also has a host of other features unique to higher-end EVGA boards like EVbot and triple BIOS support.

Subject: Storage
Manufacturer: Western Digital
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Introduction

Today we look at Western Digital's first entry into the SATA 6Gb/sec arena with their new Caviar Black 1TB. This new drive borrows some features previously available in their enterprise offerings and hopes to be a worthy contender. How will the doubling of interface throughput impact performance? Satisfy your curiosity inside!

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Subject: Displays
Manufacturer: LG
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A Fistfull of Dollars...

Tired of waiting to dump that old CRT based TV and get a shiny, new widescreen LCD panel? Well, the time may finally be here to do that for a large portion of consumers. With LCD panel prices dropping, and old models being phased out for new. I was able to get my hands on the LG 47LH30 widescreen high definition TV for a very attractive price, and thought that I would share my experiences with our readers.

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Manufacturer: AMD
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AMD Completes the DX11 Spread

AMD has released a pair of new low cost GPUs that support DX11 and Eyefinity while offering a robust feature set for home theater PCs including loss-less Blu-ray audio and half-height card designs. Can the new Radeon HD 5570 and HD 5450 best the currently available GeForce 210/220/240 cards and complete the DX11 sweep that AMD has been gunning for?

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Subject: Mobile
Manufacturer: NVIDIA
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Problem Overview

We have been playing with NVIDIA Optimus Technology for a couple of weeks now and I have been nothing but impressed by this new mobility offering that promises the performance of discrete graphics solutions with the battery life of integrated graphics. Can NVIDIA really pull it off? We think they have, so stop in and read (or watch!) our review of the future of mobile computing!

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Subject: Motherboards
Manufacturer: Asus
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Introduction and Specifications

The feature sets on many boards can vary widely depending on who they are geared toward, but there is a consensus right now for these basic options -- quad core CPU support, quad GPU graphics support, premium audio (onboard or as add-on), and higher rated DDR3 memory support. These are tall orders for many boards to live up to, but one such micro ATX solution that fits the bill is the ASUS Maximus III Gene.

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Subject: Processors
Manufacturer: Intel
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Massive data sets, massive processing, massive bandwidth

We have been talking about tera-scale technologies since 2006 when it comes to Intel research programs. The name is perhaps more grandiose than the actual idea: as data sets increase in size the need for computing technologies to handle this amount of data will need to be created. It is no secret that the CPU as it exists today simply can't handle the massive amounts of parallel information that will soon become normal operating procedure.