Graphics, Hardware, Reviews

AMD FirePro V7900 Review: Best in Class?

This has to have been the most exciting period in professional graphics we have seen in a very long time. Firstly ATI in April 2010 launched its successful new range of professional cards starting out with the FirePro V8800 which caught many by complete surprise – bringing enhanced CrossFire and Eyefinity multi-display technology. A few months later and out popped the V7800 which ended up being one of AMD’s main income source for the FirePro series. FirePro V7800 2GB was acknowledged as a successful entry high-end professional graphics card that had 2GB GDDR5 of frame buffer memory and an aggressive price point. In the recent month many

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Entertainment, Reviews

First Duke Nukem Forever Review is Out!

You’ve waited for more than a decade, grew older, finished your education, got a first job, maybe a second one, moved away from parents – but there was one thing you could not do: played Duke Nukem Forever. The very first review of Duke Nukem Forever is finally out, but it is not in the form you might have expected. Australian Government Classification Board reviewed the game and rated it MA15+, i.e. appropriate for teens older than 15 years. Furthermore, AGCB released a following consumer advice: "strong violence, sexual references, crude humor and drug references." This Duke Nukem Forever review is available in the PDF

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Graphics, Hardware, Reviews

Review: Nvidia GeForce GTX 560Ti ? Full HD Gaming in a Budget-Friendly Package

In the ever competitive world of PC graphics things are constantly changing and with that change we have come to expect greater performance and value with each new video card release. The product update cycle seems never-ending: First a new reference design will be launched and shortly following that we see the Add In Board (AIB) partners launching their tricked out versions of the new card in an attempt to put their own spin and supposed improvements on the base design. Nvidia has stepped up with a new card and has launched recently the GeForce GTX 560Ti, continuing down the road of replacing the 4-series of

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Entertainment, Hardware, Reviews

Review: Western Digital TV Live Hub, Possibly The Best Media Player

Many people are constantly searching for the right companion to go along with their nice HDTV. For many people, that companion is usually a gaming console or some sort of media player. And on the rare occasion, that device is a home theater PC. As hard drive sizes have increased and the shift towards digital media has begun, we are beginning to see an ever increasing amount of streaming media players on the market. The only problem is that the majority of these streaming players is that they are only capable of playing media off of other devices or sources of content and as a

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Hardware, Reviews

Review: Sandy Bridge Core 2011 processors from Intel

It is a New Year and time for a new CPU. We have been hearing about this one from Intel for quite a while now and it is time for us to see exactly what it has to offer in terms of performance and power. Of course the CPU we are talking about it Sandy Bridge. This is a new CPU design along with a new Socket (1155 so you lose a pin). These CPUs are geared towards what they have identified as mega trends. These are the same trends that we have told you about in the past, heavy video editing, transcoding, photo manipulation

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Apple, Companies, Entertainment, Reviews

Apple Rolling Out 90-Second iTunes Song Previews in US

Apple’s iTunes Store, the biggest music retailer in the world, is the place to over ten million songs. Strange as it may seem, up until now you weren’t able to sample individual tracks for more than thirty seconds.  It may not seem like much of a problem, but when you decide to part with your hard-earned money and spend some cash on digital music, half a minute song sample often doesn’t cut it, especially with other online music retailers offering either longer previews or even the complete songs in lower quality to try before you buy. According to the blogosphere, Apple is now extending  iTunes

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Graphics, Hardware, Reviews

Review: Nvidia GeForce GTX 570 – An Affordable, Future-Proof Graphics Card That Runs Latest Games

Now that the GF110 is out in the form of the GTX580 (what Fermi was meant to be), we are beginning to wonder what nVidia?s strategy will be. Will they start the long slow process of replacing the 4 series? Will they do something like AMD and allow them to coexist? Well, the wait for that answer is over. Now we have the latest of the GTX 5xx series GPUs out in the wild and we know what nVidia is looking to do. After the semi-botched job of the GTX480 nVidia was able to pull things together with the GTX470. Believe it or not, this

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Graphics, Reviews, Software Programs

Review: 3DMark 11 – No Game Looks This Great, Unfortunately

When you think of it, our everyday computing depends on benchmarks that measure the performance of not just the graphics processors, but the system as a whole. Enter 3DMark, the definite benchmark by Futuremark that has garnered quite a bit of controversy over the years. It wasn’t before they developed Shattered Horizon using the engine that powers 3DMark Vantage that the loudest critics were left dumbfounded. With the release of 3DMark 11, the bar has been raised yet again. According to Futuremark’s president Oliver Baltuch, they went back to the drawing board and wrote a native DirectX 11-only engine. As such, system requirements for 3DMark

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Hardware, Reviews

REVIEW: OtterBox Commuter Case for HTC Legend

When HTC released the Legend in February 2010, we were impressed with its sleek unibody aluminum design. As the time passes, however, the need to protect the aluminum body becomes more and more evident. Sadly, HTC didn’t exactly worked hard on establishing an eco system with a large number of accessories, meaning that finding a good protective case for a custom-shape phone as the Legend is a daunting task.  Thus, when premium case maker OtterBox kindly asked us to evaluate the Legend version of their popular Commuter series of smartphone cases, we took the plunge and evaluated their approach to protecting the Legend. For those

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Hardware, Reviews, Software Programs

MeeGo 1.1 Preview: The Future of Nokia

Many people out there have been wondering to themselves, how far along is Nokia in the development of MeeGo? Today they got their answer. Nokia and Intel released MeeGo 1.1 for developers. They heavily stressed that this was not supposed to be a day to day device and that they only wanted people who were developing applications to use it as a testing platform. MeeGo 1.1 Running on our Nokia N900 After all has been said and done, we managed to install the 1.8GB file onto our SD card at which point we then proceeded to flash the MeeGo kernel onto the phone and allow

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Hardware, Reviews

Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Reviewed

Sony Ericsson is no newcomer to the phone market, nor are they a newcomer to the smartphone market. Sony Ericsson?s true inexperience exists in their first phone to launch with Android, the Xperia X10. In the past, Sony Ericsson had created top of the line devices with ultra-unique user interfaces and overall sexy looks. The only problem was that those phones [the Xperia X1] were simply too buggy for most users and we heard many complaints from numerous users about Sony Ericsson releasing a device that simply wasn?t finished. So now we are looking at Sony Ericsson?s first foray into Android, the Xperia X10, and

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Hardware, Reviews

WD Caviar Green 3TB Reviewed

Hard Drive manufacturers have been spending quite some time improving the technology in their drives to allow for more and more capacity with each successive generation. The only problem, though, is that most motherboards and older operating systems have not quite kept up. Since hard drives now exist in sizes beyond 2TB, there was a new limitation that hard drive manufacturers had to overcome in order to get their drives to work properly in most people?s systems. This limitation is more commonly known as the MBR wall or the 2.2TB wall [technically 2.19TB]. This wall is a function of the fact that older operating systems[like

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Hardware, Reviews

Choiix Cruiser Mouse Reviewed; Has Some Comfort Issues

Cooler Master is not a new company to our lab. We have had multiple items in from them almost all of them have been great products. Today we take a look at Choiix [Pronounced Choice], a sub division of Cooler Master. Choiix appear to be much more peripheral and style oriented than Cooler Master [not that CM does not have style]. They also seem to be aimed at the College crowd and also have a leaning toward female computer owners and users. I am sure that many of our female readers will be happy to finally be able to get computer peripherals that not only

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