Asus Radeon EAH5670 1GB Graphics Card Video Review

Today we are looking at the Asus Radeon EAH5670 1GB Graphics Card.

This is one of the newest graphics card from ATi and incorporates the latest DirectX 11 technology. It also comes with ATI Stream technology and ATI Eyefinity.

Asus have also made sure that this particular card has a dust-proof fan which will increase lifetime by up to 25%.


BFG EX Series 1200 Watt Modular Power Supply Video Review

Today we are taking a look at the BFG EX Series 1200 Watt Modular Power Supply.

This is a modular power supply with quad 12v rails and conforms to the latest ATX/EPS certifications whilst being juicy enough to power the latest power hungry intensive systems on the market today including Intel Core i7 processors and multiple graphics card configurations.


Thermaltake Toughpower Cable Management 1200Watt Power Supply Video Review

Today we’re looking at the thermaltake Toughpower Cable Management 1200Watt power supply.

This power supply (even from the name) is a beast and rightly so being from one of the most trusted manufacturer’s on the market, and having a continuous stream of power at 1200watt.

What more could someone ask for? Modular? You got it!


Zotac to release Pineview motherboard

Zotac plan to release the NM10 WI-Fi by the end of this month. The board its self is packed with features such as an Atom D510 dual core clocked at 1.67ghz, the integrated graphics are part of the Intel GMA 3150 series but the board has the ability to be upgraded to another card via its PCI-Express X16 slot. It also has a single PCI x1 slot for possible upgrading of other peripherals including sound cards.

With the Zotac board, connectivity is far from being a problem sporting Wi-Fi, 10 USB and Gigabit Ethernet so you’re far from short on connections . There is also a HDMI port however this only supports HD content at the rate of 720p, hence that is where the PCI-Express 16X slot would come in handy, having its uses for people looking to play high definition content including Blu-ray movies.

The Graphics as standard are running DirectX 9 and OpenGL 1.5 technologies and the connections available are a HDMI port and a VGA port. The board also has two single channel DDR2 240-pin DIMM memory slots that allow the board to take up to 4GB running a maximum speed of 667/800 MHz. The integrated sound drivers run 5.1 channel high definition audio, and include analog, optical and coaxial S/PDIF outputs.

It also has a plentiful setup of disk drive connections including 2 x SATA 3.0Gb/s ports, 4 SATA 3.0GB/s ports with RAID technology and an eSATA port too.
The Zotac Pineview is set to release sometime near the end of the month for around £90 (€100) and is available in Mini ITX and Mini DTX form factors.

More information on this product can be found here and the product page for this board can be found here.

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Happy New Year Hardware: 3d Televisions for 2010

What is the one thing that CES brings us every year? Ok, fine they bring us more than just one thing specifically, but this year CES is bringing us 3-D televisions for our own homes. That is right… Drive to the movie theater get your 3D glasses and popcorn and come back home with your snack and your 3D glasses…. Wait… Thank god for Orville Redenbacher and the Microwave, as well as companies that include 3D glasses with their television sets.

Sony is now showing that their Bravia lineup of televisions will now have the exclusive feature added to certain models and will include 2 pairs of 3D glasses (not the cheap paper ones either). So get ready to kick back relax enjoy your snacks and watch Chitty Chitty Bang Bang in Full HD 3D capacity.

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Microsoft introduce HP tablet computer

Microsoft’s Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer introduced Hewlett-Packard’s touch screen tablet computer running the famous Windows 7 with it’s fantastic touch screen capabilities at The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.

Ballmer made it clear that this tablet computer fused by 2 of the biggest brand names in computer history was created to bridge the gap between smartphones and laptops and also to help the end user get more involved with their day to day usage.

No pricing or availability dates were announced but rumours are floating around the interweb with mid-2010 being hot topic.

A lot of promotion of Microsoft’s consumer cloud strategy was spoken about including the company’s software interface being ported across different platforms including PCs, televisions and smartphones. There is simply no getting rid of Mr Gates and his posse.

Other manufacturer’s including Apple are reported to be getting ready to show their hand in this new fad for the touch screen tablet computer market. The only problem this reporter can see with that, is that he clearly doesn’t get paid enough to warrant a regular Apple product, let alone an all singing, all dancing touch screen tablet computer.

Who knows, the prices might be cheaper than we expect. Did I ever tell you about the time I saw a flying pig?

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Asus and Gigabyte USB 3.0 certification lies

Naughty, naughty, very naughty.

Throughout the creation of a review site, it involves liasing with PR companies and the companies marketing managers and directors. You start to build a rapport and get the latest industry breaking news. Among this, you recieve periodical press releases and sometimes, occassionaly a contradication will arise.

Today happens to be one of those days.

There are certain situations which cause controversy between big companies including rival GPU creators, motherboard manufacturer’s etc… This time, it’s the battle for the USB 3.0 certification from between the 2 biggest rival motherboard manufacturer’s Asus and Gigabyte.

Upon our daily tasks of publishing press releases and the latest news, we were greeted with this press release titled “GIGABYTE First With USB 3.0 Motherboard Certification” on 4th January 2010. On 5th January 2010 we were greeted with a press release titled “ASUS Leads the Industry with the First USB 3.0 Certified Motherboard“.

A simple check on the compliance website should clear things up, right? Wrong. By checking on the compliance website here for superspeed products only, reveals both the Asus and Gigabyte boards.

The two boards in question are the Asus P6X58D PREMIUM and the Gigabyte GA -P55A-UD3 which this reporter has first hand knowledge of the Gigabyte board only being published on the compliance site today (8th January 2010).

So i hear you all shouting at me saying “Andy, what does this mean?”

Simply put, it either means that Asus are lying and technically weren’t first, or Gigabyte are lying and technically weren’t first. Or could it be that are the perpetrator and both motherboard manufacturer’s were indeed first.

An official statement from Gigabyte reads:

The timing was as follows:

  • 31 Dec – we received information by email from USB-IF about our mobo passed their tests
  • 04 Jan – we sent news to media about it as far as i know Asus informed that “(…) the P6X58D Premium was officially recognized for achieving USB 3.0 or SuperSpeed USB compliance on January 5, 2010″

An official statement from Asus reads: Thanks for your enquiries regarding USB 3.0 official certification. The ASUS P6X58D Premium is the first to receive USB 3.0 certification from USB-IF. Even though our competitor posted the news earlier than ASUS (January 4th versus January 6th), a check of USB-IF’s certified products list reveals that, as of January 7th, the ASUS P6X58D Premium was the only motherboard listed.

A capture of this is available below:

As you can see from the screenshots above (supplied by Asus), Gigabyte are no where to be found, an update to the website clearly shows that Gigabyte are listed now. Gigabyte contacted us this morning with this quote:

Our MB has appeared on this website finally:

So the question is, who is telling the truth in this world exclusive story of being the first for USB 3.0 certification? Maybe it was just one big mix up on’s behalf? We will update you soon.

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ATI XGP welcomes HD5830 at CES 2010

The summer of 2008 was filled with joy and happyness, the grass was green, the birds were singing and ATI were in the process of launching a new platform of mobile graphics.

External Graphics Platform, or XGP for short was born and in it’s simplicity, it was a HD3870 in a box. The purpose of it, was to offer extra performance for notebooks compatible with the XGP platform. Sounds very simple right? Wrong.

The problem that it had, whilst being a good product, it never really hit the market by storm and consumers as well as manufacturer’s just let the wind take it by and out of our lives. There was one company who liked it and decided to support it. None other than Fujitsu Siemens, who were the only vendor to offer a XGP compatible notebook.

Since the summer of 2008, ATI have been looking at where they went wrong, and trying to rectify it.

Announcing the NEW XGP platform. Instead of a shoddy 3870 that no one wants, they have now given the offering of the XGP platform using the HD 5830 DirectX11 capable graphics card with the latest technologies and concepts. It features the latest PCI-Express 2.0 connector for simplicity of connecting it to a notebook, features DVI as well as HDMI digital outputs and of course other technologies that the 5xxx series card’s support including ATI Eyefinity, low power output and the latest GPU architecture.

We are still unsure as to how the revised XGP platform is going to hit the market, and how the vendors will take to it this time round. We at sure have more hope for it this time around.

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G.Skill announce five new dual channel PI-Series DDR3 kits


G.Skill today have announced the launch of five new ULTIMATE dual channel PI-Series DDR3 kits. This is a fantastic move by one of the market leaders in computer memory


These new DDR3 kits will be available up to whopping speeds of 2400MHz and are aimed at enthusiasts like ourselves.

  • F3-19200CL9D-4GBPIS 2400 MHz CL 9-11-9-28
  • F3-18400CL8D-4GBPIS 2300 MHz CL 8-11-8-28
  • F3-16000CL6D-4GBPIS 2000 MHz CL 6-9-6-24
  • F3-16000CL7D-4GBPIS 2000 MHz CL 7-9-7-24
  • F3-16000CL8D-4GBPIS 2000 MHz CL 8-9-8-24

With Intels Core i5 750 and Core i7 860 and 870 processors taking the market by storm, these memory modules have been specifically designed for them.

The top model memory works at a speed of 2400MHz with timings of 9-11-9-28 running at a very cool 1.65V. Other models include the kit that runs at 2000MHz whilst maintaining timings of 6-9-6-24.

G.Skill ahve been working closely with performance motherboard companies to ensure the best compatibility and fantastic stability. Bearing in mind, that you will need to update your motherboard to the latest BIOS version for best results.

To this date (6th Jan 2010) the only qualified motherboard is the Asus P7P55D Deluxe (Since BIOS 1207)

As with all G.Skill products, they come with a lifetime warranty as standard and come supplied in their easily recognizable black PI-Series heatsinks.

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Thermaltake Media LAB Video Review

Today we are looking at the Thermaltake Media Lab.

This is a front panel accessory for any avid media user. It’s aimed at the HTPC market and is the perfect addition to your setup, with the functionality of opening and controlling applications, and even turning your system on and off.