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Video Review #886: Ultra Stackables

The Ultra Stackables offer a number of different models to choose from. There's a 7 port USB2 hub, card reader + 6 port USB2 hub and three 3.5" HDD enclosures. The HDD enclosures are available in USB2, SATA, and Firewire models. As the name suggests, they are all stackable, but also can be used individually and positioned horizontally or vertically. They even have a180-Watt Multi-Outlet Power Center to power all the stackable units. Watch the video to find out more and check out the bloopers at the end.

Video Review #887: Gigabyte Odin GT 800W Power Supply

The Gigabyte Odin GT 800W Power Supply is unlike any other power supply on the market. This power supply comes with a USB connection which gets connected into any PC computer's USB port. The software that's included enables total control over the PSU at the click of a button. It displays current wattage usage for total wattage and peak wattage. It shows voltage and current information for all rails. It even gives the PSU fan and system fan speeds, along with PSU and system temperature information. There are a number of present modes for fan speed or you can choose a manual mode.

Video Review #889: Ultra m998 Case

The Ultra m998 Case is definitely one of a kind. It's only a mid-tower case so there isn't much room to work on the inside, but the motherboard tray is removable. They include two 120mm fans which provides excellent air circulation. It has plenty of drive bays, removable HDD cages, front ports, a window and so much more. If that's not enough, it has uniquely designed Power Bar that's located on the motherboard tray. Its main purpose it to eliminate cable clutter inside the case by giving easy access to the 4-pin peripheral and 8-pin PCI-E leads. To top it off, it's all aluminum.

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Video Review #891: AMD's ATI TV Wonder HD 650 Combo PCIe x1 Video

I've reviewed many TV Wonder products and they've all been very good, but AMD's ATI TV Wonder 650 Combo PCIe x1 takes the cake! Why this TV Tuner product is exceptional has mostly to do with the 650 Pro chip. This particular product has two tuners, one tuner is responsible for receiving analog TV channels and the other receives digital and HD channels. It's also capable of receiving FM radio. I should also note that the 650pro chip doesn't require any cooling, so it's a perfect option for a silent HTPC. Watch the video to find out more and check out the bloopers at the end.

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Video Review #1042: Western Digital VelociRaptor 300GB Hard Drive

The Western Digital VelociRaptor 300GB Hard Drive interface is SATA 3 Gb/s, has a capacity of 300GBs, average latency is 3ms, a rotation speed of 10,000 RPMs, a 16MB buffer size, power consumption is 6.08W while being accessed and 4.53W when idle, the noise level is 29dBA to 36dBA and comes with a 5 year warranty. If you're looking for the fastest SATA Hard Drive currently on the market, this is it! Watch the video to find out more...

Video Review #893: Raidmax Aztec & Sagitta 2 Cases

The Aztec and Sagitta 2 Cases are targeted at the mid-tower ATX budget market, but they are great products for cost conscious shopper. The Aztec case is really well designed with easily removable side panels, removable motherboard tray, removable HDD cage, three 120mm fans and much more. The Sagitta 2 case is a little more mainstream lacking many of the features of the Aztec, but it's still a great case. Both of these cases have windows, bold styling and comes in a number of front bezel color options. These products will appeal to anyone who prefers bold styling at a reasonable price.

Video Review #894: HIS HD 3870 512MB GDDR4 Video Card

The new line of Radeon HD 3800 series video cards are currently available in two models; the 3870 and 3850. These are next-gen products but the 3870 has faster memory and core speeds and comes with 512MB of GDDR4 memory as opposed to 256MB of GDDR3 memory on the 3850 model. The core speed on this product is 775MHz and the 512MBs of GDDR4 256 bit memory is 2.25GHz DDR. It comes with 320 stream processing units for vertex, pixel and geometry data, 16 texture units, 16 raster operators, the pixel fill rate is approx. 12400 MPixels/sec and the memory bandwidth is 72GB/s.

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Video Review #896: Razer Lachesis Mouse & Lycosa Keyboard

The Razer Lachesis mouse has a sleek design that's very comfortable to hold and comes with nine programmable hyperesponse buttons. There's the main left and right click Ultra-large non-slip buttons, two buttons on the left side, two buttons on the right side, two buttons at the top and a scroll wheel button. This mouse is kinda large and might not fit some hands. The Razer Laycosa keyboard is black, constructed from plastic and has a sleek design but is rather large since it is a full size keyboard.

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Video Review #897: WD Scorpio 320GB 2.5" & RE2-GP 1TB 3.5" HDDs

The WD Scorpio 320GB 2.5" HDD drive's interface is SATA 3 Gb/s (Gigabits per second), has a capacity of 320GBs, a rotation speed of 5,400 RPMs, a 8MB buffer size, the Read Seek Time is 12ms, power consumption is 2.5W while being accessed and only 2W when idle, the noise level is 24dBA to 26dBA, and is certified for Windows Vista.

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Video Review #898: Abit IP35-E Socket 775 Motherboard

The Abit IP35-E Socket 775 Motherboard motherboard is based on the Intel P35 express / ICH9 chipset and supports the Intel Dual and Quad Core processors. It accepts up to 8GBs of Dual channel DDR2 800/667 un-buffered non-ECC memory. It overclocks very well, is stable and affordable. If you're in the market for an excellent inexpensive motherboard without Crossfire capabilities, I would strongly recommend you check it out. Watch the video to find out more and check out the bloopers at the end.

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Video Review #1043: Auzen X-Fi Forte 7.1 Low Profile Sound Card

The Auzen X-Fi Forte 7.1 Low Profile Sound Card uses the latest Creative Labs components and technologies. It includes a creative X-Fi CA20K audio processor and X-RAM 64M bytes of DDR-SDRAM for audio processing. This sound card offers 7.1 channel Dolby Digital & DTS audio playback and key technologies include creative labs EAX 5 Advanced HD sound effects, X-Fi CMSS 3D, X-RAM and X-Fi Crystallizer. Small sound card but it's ginormous on performance! Watch the video to find out more...

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Video Review #1044: Thermaltake Element S Case

From the outside to the inside the Thermaltake Element S Case is really something. While it does have a plastic top and front it's not your typical shinny cheap looking plastic. The side panels and inside is steel which adds weight but means it's really sturdy. Also, there are lots of drive bays and a torrent of features, many of them are unique. Thermaltake did an excellent job of this case and its one of the best mid-tower cases out there. Watch the video to find out more...