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Manufacturer: MSI
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A GTX By Any Other Name...

Before AMD unleashes their latest foray into the graphics market, we have the chance to look at the current fastest, single GPU video card around. MSI has differentiated their product with a unique (and surprisingly effecting) cooler which adds to the value of their offering. While we can't prognosticate about how well it will fare against upcoming products, we can see how well it performs against what is available today.

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Subject: Processors
Manufacturer: AMD
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Propus to the Rescue

The latest quad cores are relatively tiny as compared to their older brothers and the competition from Intel. While these are not barn burners when it comes to performance, AMD is hoping that the combination of available performance and budget pricing will prove to be irresistible to users and OEMs alike.

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Subject: Processors
Manufacturer: Intel
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Lynnfield Reaches Retail

Intel's Lynnfield processors have been getting a lot of attention recently but one SKU left out of the parade has been the Core i7-860. Coming in just a bit higher than the Core i5-750, the i7-860 adds support for HyperThreading technology and thus should see noticeable improvements in certain applications. We take the new CPU for a spin in our benchmark suite and judge it on performance-per-watt and performance-per-dollar.

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Manufacturer: General
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Introduction and Features

A lot of PC cases and enclosures made from steel, aluminum, and acrylic pass by my test bench. The modding community has also used other materials like carbon fiber to create custom cases that met their specific needs. But, I can't think of one vendor that creates production cases using wood until nMediaPC gave us a call about their HTPC 8000 case. nMediaPC dubs their HTPC 8000 as the world's first wooden HTPC case, and to my knowledge I think they are right. Let's see if this organic creation can start a new trend in the HTPC case market.

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Subject: Processors
Manufacturer: AMD
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2nd Generation Ultra-Portable

The Tigris and "Codename formerly known as Congo" are two new notebook platforms that aim for the mainstream and ultra-portable marketplaces. While we have seen these products before, the combination of tuning and manufacturing changes allows them to fit into the mobile market. The extra boost could give AMD a nice set of weapons to further improve their marketshare in the mobile space.

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Subject: Motherboards
Manufacturer: Asus
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ASUS has more than a few P55 offerings...

Even though the P55 motherboards are out and available, I happen to have had this video sitting here for a couple of days and before we can get the full board reviews ready, I decided I would share our video previews of both the P7P55D Premium and Maximus III Formula motherboards. Stop in and see how these high-end offerings from ASUS will impress you and prep you for your new Lynnfield system.

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Subject: Processors
Manufacturer: Intel
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Lynnfield Architecture

Today Intel is officially releasing the Lynnfield processor that many of us have been waiting for since the release of Nehalem last year. This time around we find better frequency scaling, lower prices and performance that will simply blow you away for the money and power it will cost you to run it. Intel's dominance simply can't be debated anymore.

Subject: Storage
Manufacturer: Western Digital
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Introduction

Western Digital brings 7200RPM to two of their product lines in the form of 2TB models. These drives come backed with some exciting new technology that promises to increase performance beyond that of a simple spindle speed increase. In this review we will explore these new features and see their impact on real world performance.

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Subject: Motherboards
Manufacturer: MSI
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P55s are getting cheaper already

MSI is next on the list of companies that have sent us P55 motherboards in preparation for the upcoming Lynnfield processor launch. The P55-GD65 isn't the highest end offering from the company but it packs a lot of punch for a sub-$160 motherboard due out in just a matter of days!

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Manufacturer: Kingwin
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Introduction and Features

Kingwin now offers six new power supply units in their Mach 1 series, ranging in output capacities from 600W all the way up 1,220W. The ABT-1000MA1S PSU we have up for review comes with a full compliment of modular cables, a 140mm fan, and is certified for high efficiency (80 Plus Bronze) and is nVIDIA SLI Ready. The Kingwin 1,000W modular power supply offers plenty of power with lots of bling at an affordable price, which all adds up to good value.

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Subject: Motherboards
Manufacturer: Elitegroup
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Introduction and Specifications

Scores of ATX and micro ATX motherboards sporting the 785G chipset have drenched the market, and most are available for under $100. One company who jumped on the 785G bandwagon was ECS, who sent us one of their first A785GM-M Black Series motherboards to review. This particular board has many features that used to be reserved for higher-end ATX boards like support for AMD 140w processors, AMD Hybrid Crossfire technology, and DirectX 10.1 capabilities.

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Manufacturer: Enermax
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Introduction and Features

The EVO 1,250W PSU delivers a lot of power with good regulation, good efficiency, and plenty of cables/connectors. This monster is about as big as you will be able to operate from a standard 120 VAC, 15A residential circuit in NA.

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Subject: Motherboards
Manufacturer: Asus
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The P7P55D Premium

We have yet another P55 motherboard preview to share with you today as we continue to prepare for the mounting barrage of Intel Lynnfield processor reviews and associated P55 offerings. This ASUS P7P55D Premium looks to be the only (or one of just a couple) boards to actually keep the Marvell 9123 SATA 6G chip. The power phase technology on the Premium is also pretty unique - be sure to stop in and see what is coming next month!

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Manufacturer: Asus
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Introduction and Features

While we've seen more than our fair share of heatsinks based strictly off copper or aluminum fin arrays and heatpipes, we haven't seen that many with dual-fan heat exhaust systems. ASUS just happened to make one called the Triton 81, which is on our review bench today. This heatsink has a four-way airflow design and dual fans that ASUS claims will make it very useful for overclocking. We'll pit the Triton 81 against some of our favorite high-end heatsinks to determine how well this 695g beast can handle the heat of our Intel Q8400 LGA 775 processor.

Subject: Storage
Manufacturer: OCZ Technology
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Introduction

Today we test new offerings from OCZ, PhotoFast, Corsair and Crucial, pitting them against the Intel X25-M G2. We will explore the performance differences seen when using modern controllers from Indilinx and Samsung, including units with smaller storage capacities. Think of it as an SSD Celebrity Deathmatch - but with more smoke.

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Manufacturer: Gigabyte
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Introduction and Features

The massive influx of mid-range GPUs has made for a feeding frenzy by consumers looking for budget graphics solutions. Mid-range offerings from NVIDIA and ATI have completely saturated the market with sub-$100 graphics cards that can almost play Crysis Warhead at decent resolutions. Some video cards priced just over the $100 mark can easily play Crysis and other GPU-intensive games like Far Cry 2 and World in Conflict at higher resolutions too.

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Manufacturer: General
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Day 2/3 summaries, Fatal1ty presentation, Exhibit hall events, AMD overclocking

The final day of Quakecon was a sight to behold as gamers played throughout the night and got their fill of headshots, monster frags, tons of swag, and some even made a few new friends along the way. The first event on the main stage was our PC Perspective Hardware Workshop where Ryan and most of our staff held a overclocking exhibition with AMD, DirectX 11 preview, Quakecon 2009 case mod contest finalists, and NVIDIA's 3D Vision demonstration.

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Subject: General Tech
Manufacturer: General
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See you at QuakeCon 2009!

At this summer's Quakecon 2009 LAN party and enthusiast gaming expo, we are hosting our first PC Perspective Hardware Workshop! At the event we will have live demos of brand new gaming hardware, an overclocking demonstration, case mod contest finale and of course, we will be giving away lots and lots of prizes ($20,000 worth!!!). Come in and see when it is, where it is and how you can be involved!

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Manufacturer: General
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Introduction, Registration, BYOC waiting line, Shelby GT500 unveiling

More than 2,600 gamers (and counting) rushed the doors of the Gaylord Hotel and Convention Center in Grapevine, Texas today to kick off North America's largest computing gaming event dubbed Quakecon 2009. More than 3,000 gamers are expected to fill the BYOC (Bring Your Own Computer) section to capacity by the end of the three-day event. Check out all the action from Day 1 of Quakecon 2009.

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Subject: Processors
Manufacturer: AMD
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200 MHz Here, 200 MHz There, Pretty Soon We are Talking Real Performance!

AMD has released another high end processor into the fray, and Intel had better watch out. Sorta. While aimed at the Q9550 and Q9650 parts, the X4 965 is priced at a competitive $245, thereby pushing all of the previous Phenom IIs before it into much more affordable territories. Not all is perfect with this chip, but does its imperfections cause it to fall when facing the competition? Read on...