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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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Thermaltake's Level 10 enclosure
— 9:56 PM on July 8, 2010

Is the $700 Level 10 the ultimate enthusiast case, or is it the ultimate example of form over function? We investigate.

Type: Feature article Tags: Cases

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A short tour of Kingston's Hsinchu factory
— 12:59 AM on June 22, 2010

During our stay in Taiwan earlier this month, we hopped on a bus to Kingston's Hsinchu factory, where memory modules and SD flash cards

Type: Feature article Tags: Storage Memory

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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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Four killer PSUs go head to head
— 9:22 PM on January 14, 2010

Although not a particularly titillating PC component, the PSU is arguably one of the most important. We've pitted four fresh enthusiast-focused units from Corsair, Enermax,...

Type: Feature article Tags: Power

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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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Corsair's Obsidian Series 800D enclosure
— 10:42 PM on November 15, 2009

A number of premium cases are vying for the honor of housing your next high-powered machine, including Corsair's enclosure debut, the 800D. We've taken a...

Type: Feature article Tags: Cases

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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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Just fix the AHCI already, AMD
— 12:21 PM on August 17, 2009

I've been partial to AMD for a long time. The first PC I built for myself had an Athlon Thunderbird running at a blistering 1.4GHz,...

Type: Blog post Tags: Motherboards Chipsets

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Headphone-oriented sound cards from Asus and Auzentech
— 10:26 AM on August 11, 2009

Asus and Auzentech recently released the Xonar Essence STX and X-Fi Forte sound cards designed specifically for use with headphones. We've taken them for...

Type: Feature article Tags: Multimedia

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nMedia's HTPC 2000B enclosure
— 11:22 PM on August 9, 2009

A home theater PC needs an attractive enclosure, and nMedia offers a rather affordable one in the HTPC 2000B. Looks aren't everything, though, so

Type: Feature article Tags: Cases

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