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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...


Video Review #1045: Nexus RX-8500 850W Silent Power Supply

The Nexus RX-8500 850W Silent Power Supply is one of the quietest high wattage power supply on the market due to it's design and quiet 135mm fan. It's so quiet that when inside the case it's inaudible. This power supply is also short so it should will fit in all ATX cases. It also has an efficiency of 80+ at all loads and a modular design with lots of leads. Watch the video to find out more.

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Video Review #1046: Nexus Voltinia Silent Case

The Nexus Voltinia Silent Case is a great option for a quite PC build. The left side panel has 8mm sound dampening material, while the right side panel has 5mm sound dampening material. This makes sense because more noise emanates from the left side than the right. They also include two quiet 120mm fans and a 430W PSU. This PSU meets all current standard, has plenty of sleeved leads comes with a quiet 120mm fan & has an efficiency of 80+. Watch the video to find out more.


Video Review #1047: Zalman CNPS9900 LED CPU Cooler

The Zalman CNPS9900 LED CPU Cooler is fairly large measuring 94(L) x 140(W) x 158.5(H) mm and weighs 782g. So when transporting the case be careful, otherwise it might damage the motherboard and/or the CPU. The heatsink is 100% copper with a dual heatsink tunnel design which comes with 268 pure copper fines. These fins are connected to the large heatpipes which connect into a solid base. This solid copper base is extremely smooth which allows excellent contact between it and the CPU. Watch the video to find out more.

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Video Review #1048: Western Digital Caviar Green 2TB Hard Drive

The Western Digital Caviar Green line of SATA HDDs ranging from 500GB to 2TB capacities. Western Digital Caviar Green 2TB Hard Drive is designed to be fast but the prime focus is on power conservation and capacity. This HDDs interface is SATA 3 Gb/s (Gigabits per second), has a capacity of 2TBs (2000GBs), a varying rotation speed of 5,400 to 7,200 RPMs, a 32MB buffer size, power consumption is 7.4W while being accessed & 4W when idle, the noise level is 25dBA to 29dBA & comes with a 3 year warranty. Watch the video to find out more...

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Video Review #1049: Smooth Creations Core i7 Prophet Gaming Rig

Smooth Creations is based in Oregon, USA and what sets them apart from the many other companies on the market is they offer custom modded & built PC's at an affordable price that achieves cutting edge technology. What really separates them though is their custom artwork. The painting process starts off with gathering the art for their custom line or our clients can send them their art or colors they would like on the systems. Also their team of air brushers can dream up a design of their own. They currently have four computer build categories; notebooks, desktops, lansharks & xtreme machines.


Video Review #1050: Corsair TX850W Power Supply

The The Corsair TX line of power supplies are currently available in three wattages; 650, 750 & 850. I'll be reviewing the Corsair TX850W Power Supply which has more than enough power, even for high-end computer systems. You can't go wrong with any of the Corsair PSUs as long as you select the correct wattage for your application. If you're in the market for a high wattage, affordable non-modular PSU then this should be at the top of your list! Watch the video to find out more...