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Ultra X-FinityT 500/600 Watt PSU @ Pro-Clockers

Snip: Not long ago we took a look at the modular X-Finity power supplies from Ultra which was a sweet unit to be reviewing. But for those that don?t see modular cabling in your future or need a little less or a less more for that matter, we have two offering for you today in the form of the X-Finity 500 and 600 models from Ultra. Full review @ Pro-Clockers

Thermaltake ToughPower 550watt power supply @ Tweaknews

Snip: Thermaltake has a real winner in the Toughpower 550W. This is just the first entry in the Toughpower series, and it’s impressive. But, if 550 watts isn’t enough for you, there are Toughpowers in the works with up to 750 watts and modular cables will be available on selected models. Outstanding stability like this, however, doesn’t come cheap. Full review @ Tweaknews

Podcast: Pirate Bay, Intel Core 2 Duo, and Dell’s New XPS Systems @ Digital Tren

Snip: The big news of the week centers around the raid on The Pirate Bay, where Swedish officials confiscated the servers and equipment of a bit torrent site. Will they be back? Well, looks promising, but you?ll have to go here and refresh until TPB sees the light of day once again. While you?re waiting, check out the updated Intel roadmap. Chicago. You can get some of the best pizza in the world there. You can also get pulled over by a Segway riding cop. I?ve seen ?em, and yes, it is as awkward as you might expect. But if that isn?t disturbing enough, take your faulty hard drive to Best Buy, so they can pawn it off at a flea market. Just remember to use Eraser first. Vonage had their IPO this week. Whew! What a stinker!" Full review @ Digital Trends

New DFI motherboards coming

DFI’s nforce4 boards were absolute favourite’s amongst overclockers and with very good reason, so when they start to ready new boards based on new chipsets you should take note. There are quite a few new boards on there way for both Intel and AMD based on both NVIDIA’s nForce 5 series and the ATI RD580 and RD550 chipsets. On the NVIDIA and AMD socket AM2 side of things the current LANParty UT nF4 SLI-DR Expert will be replaced by the LANParty UT nF590 SLI-M2R/G. The LANParty UT nF590 SLI-M2R/G will be the only nForce 590 SLI based board DFI is offering this generation. The board will feature two PCI Express x16, one PCI Express x8, one PCI Express x4, and three PCI slots. There will also be a total of eight SATA II ports with six powered by the NVIDIA MCP and two ports powered by a Silicon Image SIL3132 controller. DFI will support Dual Gigabit LAN which means there will most likely be Teaming support. An nForce 570 SLI based LANParty UT nF570 SLI-M2/G will replace the previous LANParty UT nF4 SLI-D/DR. Features will be similar to the nForce 590 SLI based board except there will be two PCI Express x1 slots instead of the PCI Express x8 and x4 slots on the LANParty UT nF590 SLI-M2R/G. The Silicon Image SIL3132 SATAII controller is also removed. Replacing the entry-level LANParty UT nF4-D/nF4 Ultra-D models will be the LANParty UT nF570-M2/G. The board will be similar to the nForce 570 SLI variant but lack support for SLI. You can fine more?details on DFI&#...

OCZ Mini Kart 1GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive @ ThinkComputers

Snip:?To some people carrying around a lot of accessories like phones, PDA’s, iPod’s, etc is a pain. So what do people usually always carry on them? A wallet! What if you could fit one of your most used accessories, your flash drive in your wallet? It would not take up anymore space than your credit card! Well OCZ has just released their Mini-Kart flash drive and they were nice enough to send us the 1GB version. So let’s check it out. Full review @ ThinkComputers

Antec Performance One P180 Mid-Tower Case @ Viper Lair

Snip: As far as quiet goes, the P180 is perfect. The 3 speed TriCool fans, the triple layer side panels and rubber bushings on everything adds up to a VERY quiet PC. Currently the only thing I am able to hear when the case is sitting on my desk a couple of feet from me is the PSU fan and the 80mm heatsink fan. Once I get my water-cooling system installed I imagine this system will be almost 100% silent. Full review @ Viper Lair

Intel Pentium 820 D 2.8GHz Dual Core @ Techgage

Snip: If you are looking to upgrade to a dual core rig, but want to do it cheaply, then Intels 8** series may be for you. We are taking a look at the 820 D, a 2.8GHz chip with 1*2MB cache. What makes it a great value is the fact that it overclocks to almost 4GHz on air. But compared to other similar chips on the market, is this one worth your cash? Full review @ Techgage

Saikano DVD Box Set @ ThinkComputers

Snip: Anime, I love it! I always have, I have been collecting and watching all sorts of Anime for over 25 years now and even at my age I still enjoy watching it. Today for review I have the first in a series of reviews from VIZ media who specializes in all sorts of Anime and Manga related media and much more. Well for review I have the box set of Saikano, it is the entire series on two DVD’s. I don’t know what I like doing more, video game reviews or Anime related reviews, it’s so nice that my work involves me sitting down and watching Anime, no tests, no real work involved in doing it, I get to sit and relax and enjoy myself. Let’s check it out and maybe you will get Saikano and enjoy it as much as me. Full review @ ThinkComputers

Sapphire’s Radeon X1800XT 512 MB video card @ TekBunker

Snip: Today I am reviewing Sapphire’s Radeon X1800XT 512 MB DDR3 Graphics card. This card is of the first generation of ATI video card’s to use Shader mark 3.0 and pixel shader 3.0. The card features only 16 pipe’s, but don’t let that fool you as the clock speeds on this card are very high. Full review @ TekBunker

Thermaltake Armor Jr. VC3000 Case @ OCIA

Snip: The Armor Jr. is the little brother to the Armor VA8000 series of full tower cases, with the famed aesthetic appeal, in a mid-tower size. Just like the Armor VA8000 series, the Armor Jr. VC3000 series is fully ATX and BTX compatible with an optional BTX upgrade kit from Thermaltake. Full review @ OCIA

OCZ DDR2 PC2-8000 Platinum EL XTC memory @ Pro-Clockers

Snip: Ok, I am going to read you future, it begins like this. You are planning to upgrade. Correct? Chances are you will be upgrading to a sweet nice Intel Conroe or an AMD AM2. Correct? Alone with that new processor, there will be a new motherboard to go alone with that, correct? Ok, I am two for two. Last prediction, you will need some new memory, right? The ram that you will be buying will be the new OCZ DDR2 PC2-8000 Platinum Enhanced Latency XTC. OK, enough of the John Edward want-to-be intro. OCZ was cool enough to send over a set of their newest DDR2 ram. Let?s check it out. Full review @ Pro-Clockers

Biostar TForce 6100 AM2 Motherboard @ PC Stats

Snip: The spec sheet for the Biostar TForce 6100 AM2 reads like a check list of things you’ll actually need in a computer; Gigabit network card, 7.1 channel audio, Geforce 6 series graphics, two Serial ATA II (3.0Gbps) channels and two IDE channels (thanks to the nForce 410 Southbridge). If you find the integrated GeForce 6100 videocard is too weak, there is a PCI Express x16 expansion slot for stand alone videocards. The four DDR-2 DIMM slots can accommodate up to 4GB of DDR-2 400/533/667/800 memory, and of course the motherboard supports Socket AM2 Athlon64 X2/FX and Sempron processors. Full review @ PC Stats

QPAD XT-R gaming surface @ techPowerUp!

Snip: QPAD’s new XT-R gaming surface features an arched design which gives you more usable area for your mouse. The mat is made from hard plastic Carbytek and offers extreme precision for high-speed gaming. We evaluate the gaming performance against the Razer Mantis and the SteelPad 5L to see what kind of difference it makes. Full review @ techPowerUp!

Sapphire X1900 XT video card @Technic3D (ger)

Snip: As god the High-End Gamer Graphic Card X1900 XT from Sapphire really. Technic3D will see that with Overclocking. It becomes hot. Do you think they used a translator for that sentance? Full review @ Technic3D (ger)

Zalman HD160 HTPC Home Theater PC Case Review @ Tweaknews.net

Snip: In typical Zalman fashion, the HD160 HTPC case comes to the market with impressive design elements, a rich feature set, outstanding materials and build quality, and the best cooling performance I’ve seen in this type of chassis. More importantly for a niche product like this, the HD160 can do its job in virtual silence. The HD160 also lets the builder choose components based on specifications, not size. A remote control and VFD panel are just icing on the cake for this product. Full review @ Tweaknews

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