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True Fusion: AMD A8-3800 APU

True Fusion: AMD A8-3800 APU

Desktop Lynx platform that includes hybrid Llano processors has finally found its way to the consumers. Let’s take a closer look at it and find out how successful the combination of old Stars processor cores and a high-performance Radeon GPU actually is.

Gelid Icy Vision Graphics Card Cooler

Gelid Icy Vision Graphics Card Cooler

Today we are going to talk about cooling efficiency and acoustic performance of another universal solution for graphics accelerators.

Samsung SyncMaster SA950 Monitor: 3D Beauty

Samsung SyncMaster SA950 Monitor: 3D Beauty

This time we are going to talk about a new 27-inch 3D monitor from Samsung that uses its own proprietary technologies for 3D imaging that work without drivers or any other additional software.

ASUS P8Q67-M DO/CSM Motherboard

ASUS P8Q67-M DO/CSM Motherboard

The Intel Q67 chipset is targeted to the enterprise segment, i.e., desktop computers inside a big corporation. It is basically an H67 chipset with remote management and security technologies, allowing system and network administrators to manage and maintain the computers inside the company remotely, significantly lowering maintenance costs and decreasing the time required to fix and update the computers. Let's see the features brought by the ASUS P8Q67-M DO/CSM motherboard.

Gigabyte 990FXA UD5 Motherboard

Gigabyte 990FXA UD5 Motherboard

In this review we will be looking at the Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD5 which is a mid-level motherboard supporting the latest AM3+ processors. As the name indicates the board is based on the new AMD 990FX chipset. The new chipset is designed to support the new AMD FX "bulldozer" processors along with NVidia SLI.

SteelSeries 7H – Professional Gaming Headset

SteelSeries 7H – Professional Gaming Headset

The SteelSeries 7H represents the pinnacle of gaming headset and headphone design. They are high quality, reasonably comfortable, feature-rich and perform beautifully. During the audio tests, the 7H was a little lacking in its ability to produce lows or heavy bass, however its ability to excel in midrange production somewhat overshadowed this shortcoming. Music, games, and movies all sounded excellent, or even beyond excellent in some circumstances.

Kingston HyperX H2O 4GB 2133MHz DDR3 CL9 Memory Kit

Kingston HyperX H2O 4GB 2133MHz DDR3 CL9 Memory Kit

A nice feature that Kingston has with the HyperX H2O 2133MHz DDR3 memory kits is dual XMP profiles.  The first profile for this kit is 2000Mhz at 9-11-9-27 timings and the second profile is at 2133Mhz also at 9-11-9-27 timings.  The reason for the two profile combination is to help those that do not have unlocked processors achieve great performance while maintaining stability. Since my test bench has an unlocked Intel Core i5-2500K 'Sandy Bridge' processor I was able to utilize the faster 133Mhz profile and boot the system with no problem...

Tt eSPORTS Azurues Mini Gaming Mouse

Tt eSPORTS Azurues Mini Gaming Mouse

A good mouse is one that you don't mind keeping your hand on for multiple hours at a time. A good mouse is one that you don't notice while you are gaming because it is doing its job exactly as it should. The Tt eSPORTS Azurues Mini is a perfect example of a what I would consider a "good mouse

Koolance CPU-370 Water Block

Koolance CPU-370 Water Block

Koolance, one of the top companies in the water cooling industry has recently introduced the successor to it's CPU-360 water block with the new CPU-370 CPU water block. The CPU-370 water block looks very much like the CPU-360 but we all know that looks aren't everything. The CPU-370 water block comes with a price tag right around $85 which is similar to the other high end CPU blocks. Today we will be testing the capabilities of the CPU-370 in comparison with an EK HF with an Acetal top and a $70 price tag. Keep reading to find out how well Koolance's new CPU-370 will perform compared to the competitors.

AMD A8-3850 Processor

AMD A8-3850 Processor

When AMD merged with ATI in 2006, they immediately began working on combining discrete level graphics onto the die with an x86 CPU, thus forming an Accelerated Processing Unit (APU). In 2009, AMD expanded on that effort by launching VISION with the intent of shaping the performance of a PC to fit the needs of the user. Five years after the merger, AMD's design has come to fruition in desktop form. In this article, Benchmark Reviews is taking a look at the AMD A-Series A8-3850 APU.

Tritton PC510 HDa Gaming Headset

Tritton PC510 HDa Gaming Headset

Recently there have been lots of similar looking gaming style headsets released which quite frankly have all been the same. The headsets are either stereo headsets, or headsets pretending to offer 5.1 or even 7.1 surround sound. While all the companies producing these surround sound headsets will claim that they give you the full surround sound feel, it is at best, virtual and produced digitally. When you stop and think about it, does it seem possible for 5.1 surround sound to be played through 2 speakers? While it may not be truly possible they certainly give it a good go.

Tritton certainly seem to think that there is only one way to produce 5.1 surround sound and that is the same way that home-cinema systems do it. This is to have a speaker or two playing each channel independently, normally giving you the two front speakers, the two rear speakers and a centre speaker, as well as the subwoofer or bass speaker. 7.1 has the additional 'side speakers'. Tritton have in this headset tried to make this a reality by producing a headset which does contain the full 5.1 speaker set-up.

Tritton are a company owned by Mad Catz who aim to bring high-performance consumer electronics and computer peripherals to the market. They are best known for their gaming headsets but specialise in several categories, including Gaming Audio, Mobile Audio, USB Video Technology as well as Bluetooth Technology.

AMD A8-3850 2.9GHz Llano APU

AMD A8-3850 2.9GHz Llano APU

When it comes to performance the AMD A8-3850 proved to be tough competition for the Intel Core i3-2105 processor, but to be fair both of the processors did well in certain areas and not so much in others. The one area that the AMD A8-3850 APU never lost in was when the Radeon HD 6550D GPU inside took center stage. We even used the Intel Core i3-2105 that features the recently updated Intel HD Graphics 3000 GPU. If you recall the original Core i3-2100 used Intel HD Graphics 2000, but both the Core i3-2100 and Core i3-2105 feature the same 3.1GHz clock speed. Regardless, the Intel HD Graphics doesn't stand a chance to the Radeon HD 6550D in game performance...

A8-3850 vs. Core i3-2100 CPU

A8-3850 vs. Core i3-2100 CPU

Following up the launch of CPUs with an integrated video controller for laptops two weeks ago, codenamed "Llano," AMD is finally launching their much anticipated CPU series for desktops with an integrated video controller. Let's check the performance of the new A8-3850 and how it stacks up against its main competitor, Intel's Core i3-2100.

Steelseries 6Gv2 Mechanical

Steelseries 6Gv2 Mechanical

Have to say, I’m a big fan of the mechanical keyboard. My personal gaming setup has a Steelseries 7G and I use a Zowie Celeritas while working. With that in mind, you can understand why I was looking forward to this review. Once again I get to spend an afternoon playing some games and typing away on another mechanical keyboard, the cut down version of my own 7G, the 6Gv2.

Streacom HDMI Audio Mix Cable

Streacom HDMI Audio Mix Cable

Streacom are a company who were founded in 2010 with their goal being focusing on combining superior design and quality with the latest material and production techniques. They aim to deliver solutions that will precisely meet customer requirements regarding features, performance and quality. They offer a variety of products which all have their individual ways of solving problems that have previously arisen.

Ever experienced the urge to watch the best quality High Definition video and also listen to the best quality audio from your device? I have... unfortunately I have also had the problem where neither of them function properly together thanks to a device with limited connectivity options. Streacom have designed a product which can possibly eliminate all of these video and audio problems via the use of a unique cable. Their method is to use a standard HDMI cable to send the best quality HD video to your display, but they have very creatively attached a stereo audio splitter to one end of the HDMI cable so that the audio can be routed separately. This results in everybody being able to enjoy the impressive picture that your High Definition device offers as well as enjoying the crisp, clear audio output by your sound set-up.

Another problem is solved by this cable. You now have the ability to listen to music through your sound system connected to your PC or other device while your display device such as the TV is switched off. This is a great feature especially for people who use a HTPC or need music played by their computer for an upcoming house party!

There is the potential for multiple home theatre headaches to be solved with this product, but does it also cause some extra problems? Let's find out if Streacom can live up to their high expectations...

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