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SSD performance scaling across the spectrum
— 8:09 PM on February 1, 2012

An SSD's capacity can have a big impact on its overall performance. We've tested a collection of different drive models in a range of...

Type: Feature article Tags: Storage

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The misadventures of Blu-ray in HTPC land
— 2:56 PM on January 13, 2012

If you'll humor me, I'd like to take a brief break from all the CES coverage to complain about the sad state of Blu-ray on...

Type: Blog post Tags: Multimedia

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Where's my 21st-century television?
— 10:10 AM on December 9, 2011

Gabe Newell said something that caught my eye the other day. As part of a broader interview with The Cambridge Student, Newell shared some...

Type: Blog post Tags: Multimedia

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OCZ's Octane 512GB solid-state drive
— 4:18 PM on November 30, 2011

OCZ bought SSD controller maker Indilinx earlier this year, and the first product of that acquisition is now out. Join us for a look...

Type: Feature article Tags: Storage

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Seagate's Momentus XT 750GB hybrid hard drive
— 12:26 AM on November 29, 2011

Seagate has upgraded its Momentus XT hybrid drive with more storage capacity and a bigger, faster flash cache. We dig deeper to see how...

Type: Feature article Tags: Storage Mobile computing

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A quick look at OCZ's 2.15 SSD firmware
— 2:44 PM on November 2, 2011

SandForce SSDs have been dogged by reports of BSODs and other issues, but new firmware promises relief. We take a quick look at...

Type: Feature article Tags: Storage

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SSD scaling outside the sweet spot
— 10:32 PM on October 19, 2011

Fresh from rounding up a collection of the latest 120-128GB solid-state drives, we've turned our attention to a pack of 240-300GB models to see...

Type: Feature article Tags: Storage

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Are sound cards still relevant?
— 10:58 PM on September 29, 2011

Recently, I supplemented my desktop's arsenal of hardware with a stand-alone Asus Xonar DX sound card. This upgrade was something of a shot in...

Type: Blog post Tags: Multimedia

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SSDs in the sweet spot: Modern contenders at 120-128GB
— 11:01 PM on September 25, 2011

The latest generation of SSDs is out in full force. We've rounded up nine of 'em to see which offers the best performance...

Type: Feature article Tags: Storage

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Windows 8 and the marginalization of geeks
— 10:23 AM on September 16, 2011

On Tuesday, Microsoft made the Windows 8 Developer Preview available publicly without demanding so much as a Windows Live login name and password in return....

Type: Blog post Tags: Operating systems Windows

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The next computing revolution will be televised
— 12:50 AM on September 2, 2011

Up until very recently, I had been able to remain faithful to my home-theater PC. Well, that's not entirely true. I've gone through...

Type: Blog post Tags: Multimedia

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Asus' Xonar U3 USB audio device
— 11:14 PM on July 13, 2011

For just $40, the Xonar U3 squeezes headphone and microphone jacks, an S/PDIF output, EAX emulation, speaker virtualization, and Dolby Digital Live support into...

Type: Feature article Tags: Multimedia

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Ubuntu ushers me out of the Windows XP era
— 11:02 PM on July 7, 2011

Well, it finally happened. Windows XP is no longer the primary OS on any of my day-to-day machines. The last holdout was my laptop,...

Type: Blog post Tags: Operating systems

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Antec's Soundscience Rockus 3D|2.1 speakers
— 12:55 AM on May 26, 2011

Much like Corsair, Antec has delved into the audio world with its first set of PC speakers. How did it fare?

Type: Feature article Tags: Multimedia

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Corsair's Gaming Audio Series SP2500 2.1 speakers
— 9:59 AM on May 6, 2011

Corsair has supplemented its line of audio products with a premium 2.1 speaker set. Is it worth the $250 asking price?

Type: Feature article Tags: Multimedia

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A quick listen to Psyko's Carbon surround-sound gaming headset
— 11:06 PM on April 27, 2011

Psyko Audio Labs has updated its surround-sound gaming headset with a new Carbon model that offers a number of upgrades and a lower asking price....

Type: Feature article Tags: Multimedia

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Intel's 320 Series solid-state drive
— 10:00 AM on March 28, 2011

Intel has another new solid-state drive, and this time it's an all in-house affair with 25-nano flash. Keep reading for the skinny on...

Type: Feature article Tags: Storage

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A late adopter's guide to USB 3.0
— 9:34 AM on March 25, 2011

SuperSpeed connectivity may be a nice additional perk as part of a future system, but is it worth the trouble as a standalone upgrade?

Type: Feature article Tags: Storage

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