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Asus' Xonar DG and Xense sound cards
— 11:22 PM on November 21, 2010

Do you really need a discrete sound card? Simple question, and we've taken a look at Asus' new Xonar Xense and DG sound cards to...

Type: Feature article Tags: Motherboards Multimedia

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Asus details Sandy Bridge motherboard lineup
— 11:49 PM on November 14, 2010

Early last week I had a look at Asus' 6-series motherboards. Keep reading to see what the world's biggest mobo maker has in store...

Type: Feature article Tags: Motherboards Chipsets

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A closer look at AMD's Brazos platform
— 11:01 PM on November 8, 2010

Last week, I flew down to AMD's Austin campus for enchiladas and some hands-on time with the Brazos platform, which will hit ultraportables, netbooks,...

Type: Feature article Tags: CPUs Graphics Chipsets

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AMD's SB800-series fan speed controller exposed
— 11:00 AM on October 26, 2010

We've long bemoaned the sorry state of BIOS-level fan speed controls, but AMD's SB800-series south bridge chips have a lot to offer on that...

Type: Feature article Tags: Motherboards Chipsets Cooling

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Yes, I still buy CDs
— 12:07 AM on October 8, 2010

This week's poll tackles the subject of music and, more specifically, where you buy it. That got me thinking about my own history,...

Type: Blog post Tags: Multimedia Miscellaneous

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Corsair's HS1 gaming headset
— 11:54 AM on October 1, 2010

Corsair has ventured into uncharted waters with its HS1 gaming headset. Is the HS1 worth the $100 asking price, and does it handle music...

Type: Feature article Tags: Multimedia

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The sweet sound of Koss' PortaPro headphones
— 11:47 PM on July 15, 2010

1984 seems so very long ago. That was the year Apple introduced its very first Macintosh computer with an iconic commercial featuring an unnamed...

Type: Blog post Tags: Multimedia

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3D movies and the value of entertainment
— 10:30 PM on July 8, 2010

To take full advantage of this past long weekend, I unlatched myself from my computer and went to see a movie with my girlfriend. We...

Type: Blog post Tags: Multimedia Gaming

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Asus, Gigabyte, and MSI tackle AMD's 890FX chipset
— 1:39 PM on April 29, 2010

With 44 Gen2 PCIe lanes and six 6Gbps SATA ports, AMD's new 890FX may be the finest high-end chipset on the market. Join us...

Type: Feature article Tags: Motherboards Chipsets

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A quick look at Psyko's 5.1 PC Gaming Headset
— 11:00 AM on April 22, 2010

Psyko's 5.1 surround-sound headphones promise to envelope gamers in a perfect room filled with accurate positional audio. But can fancy waveguides really trump a proper...

Type: Feature article Tags: Multimedia

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AMD's 890GX integrated graphics chipset
— 12:30 PM on March 2, 2010

AMD's 890GX chipset features a hopped-up Radeon HD 4290 graphics core and an all-new SB850 south bridge with a 6Gbps Serial ATA controller. We've

Type: Feature article Tags: Motherboards Chipsets

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Intel's Core i3 and i5 dual-core processors
— 3:48 AM on January 4, 2010

Intel's Nehalem microarchitecture has gone entirely mainstream with the arrival of the dual-core processors code-named Clarkdale. This release also marks two major milestones: the...

Type: Feature article Tags: CPUs Chipsets

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Intel's next-gen Atom arrives in Asus' Eee PC 1005PE netbook
— 11:01 PM on December 20, 2009

Intel didn't intend for its Atom CPU to revolutionize the ultraportable notebook market, but it happened anyway. Today, the next-gen "Pine Trail" Atom platform debuts...

Type: Feature article Tags: CPUs Chipsets Mobile computing

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A couple of months with SanDisk's Sansa Clip+ MP3 player
— 10:33 AM on December 11, 2009

SanDisk's Sansa Clip has been the best mini MP3 player for a couple of years. Now there's a new model: the Clip+. We spend...

Type: Feature article Tags: Multimedia Personal tech

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GPU acceleration comes to Flash video
— 11:08 PM on December 7, 2009

At long last, playback of Flash videos on YouTube, Hulu, and elsewhere can be GPU-accelerated. Join us as we take three different low-power...

Type: Feature article Tags: Graphics Chipsets

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Intel graphics drivers employ questionable 3DMark Vantage optimizations
— 11:02 AM on October 12, 2009

Intel's latest graphics drivers for Windows 7 appear to violate Futuremark's optimization guidelines for 3DMark Vantage. We investigate, and make some interesting discoveries in...

Type: Feature article Tags: Graphics Chipsets

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Intel's P55 Express chipset
— 12:29 AM on September 8, 2009

Lynnfield requires a new motherboard based on Intel's P55 Express chipset. We've rounded up three examples from Asus, Gigabyte, and MSI to see how...

Type: Feature article Tags: Motherboards Chipsets

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Swimming laps with Finis' SwiMP3 player
— 11:42 PM on August 30, 2009

Few things bore me more than staring at the bottom of a pool while swimming laps. Finis' SwiMP3 player promises to inject music into those...

Type: Feature article Tags: Multimedia Personal tech

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