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Computex 2011: Booth Babes Gallery

Computex 2011: Booth Babes Gallery

This years Computex 2011 kicks off with a look at the awesome booth babes of Computex. With a fair amount of costumed cuties and some fun pictures thrown in as well. No one does Booth Babes quite like Asian countries.

Buffalo DriveStation HD-LBU2

Buffalo DriveStation HD-LBU2

Buffalo might not be the first company that comes to your mind when considering a backup drive, but its family of devices provide a simple and cost effective solution to backup your information. Unlike the company’s LinkStation range which is designed for medium-sized businesses, the DriveStation series is best suited to individuals or even homes wanting to share central data. And unlike Buffalo’s NAS devices which include software to manage your essential backups, the DriveStation’s low cost means they don’t include any software. We had a look at the company’s latest USB 2.0 drive to see if it delivers.

Is Fedora 15 Faster Than Ubuntu 11.04?

Is Fedora 15 Faster Than Ubuntu 11.04?

Ending out May, we have an interesting set of tests comparing the performance of Fedora 15 and Ubuntu 11.04. This is looking at the "out of the box" performance of both operating systems on three different systems. Not only is the actual test result looked at, but we also compared the power consumption of the two operating systems.

ASUS Crosshair-V Formula

ASUS Crosshair-V Formula

The long-awaited 990FX Chipset is finally here. The manufacturing partners have put together their offerings, each putting their personal touches to the design. Benchmark reviews is here with a look at the ASUS Crosshair V Formula 990FX motherboard and the all new 990FX Chipset. It's been a long time coming, and a full six months after the Intel P67-Express chipset means that AMD is behind the curve. A lot is expected of the new chipset and ASUS has a name to keep up with the Republic of Gamers series name.

Asus Sabertooth 990FX AM3+ Motherboard

Asus Sabertooth 990FX AM3+ Motherboard

We've had quite a large focus on Intel lately with the shakeup of B3 revision boards and the recent launch of the Z68 chipset. Now gives a time where we can take a look at something new from AMD. Yes you heard right, AMD have launched something new; the 990FX chipset.

AMD have been to long without a refresh and now that the 990FX has arrived, it opens the doorway to the upcoming processors codenamed Bulldozer. Sadly Bulldozer has now been delayed till apparently August, but how true this is, only AMD know. Until then the 990FX does give some other features aside from the full AM3+ support.

990FX opens up improved DDR3 memory support, the ability to have a UEFI GUI based BIOS, and support for SLI. AMD have hogged the limelight for quite some time forcing users to buy AMD all the way with the motherboard and GPU combination if wanting multiple graphics cards. The 990FX chipset sees an improvement in this area, now allowing for Quad SLI on some boards.

Whilst the 990FX does sound good in terms of small benefits, it really depends on the board that will be implementing it. Today we are looking at the Sabertooth 990FX from Asus which provides military grade components and stability at an affordable price. The Sabertooth includes all of the features above but also has stability in mind by implementing some unique features in terms of keeping your system cool by using an new improved material called CeraM!x and including various sensors across the board to intelligently monitor the boards temperature and adjust the cooling to suit.

It sounds like a board that's suitable for military operations but will it survive the bombardment of tests and benchmarks we'll be shooting at it? Let's find out.

Aerocool F6XT Fan Controller

Aerocool F6XT Fan Controller

Today we are testing the Aerocool F6XT fan controller, which has six channels, each one capable of controlling 12 W. Check it out!

Intel Z68 Express Chipset

Intel Z68 Express Chipset

The Intel Z68 chipset combines the benefits of Intel 6th series chipsets, supporting processor built-in graphics, x8+x8 SLI/CrossFire configurations, and CPU and built-in graphics overclocking capabilities.

Xigmatek Gaia SD1283 Heatsink

Xigmatek Gaia SD1283 Heatsink

Xigmatek's SD1283 Gaia heatsink comes with a one 120mm PWM fan that operates at speeds of 1500RPM to 800RPM. The fan is mounted to the aluminum cooling fin tower with four vibration absorbing rubber posts, a second fan (not included) can be mounted to the rear of the heatsink since additional fan posts are included. The heatsink stands 159mm tall and has a footing of 120x77mm. It's a little less than exciting when great thermal performance is virtually assured by the 120mm fan/tower fin/HDT combination. Provided the heatsink is well made, some exposed heatpipe tower heatsinks are most definitely not.

MSI 990FXA-GD80 Motherboard

MSI 990FXA-GD80 Motherboard

AMD released the 900-series of chipsets this morning at Computex 2011 to show the world that they are preparing for the upcoming released of the AM3+ processors by releasing platforms with the new AM3+ socket. This is an evolutionary change or progression of the socket AM3 infrastructure, which means that this new socket will be backward compatible with existing AM3 processors. This is great news for existing AMD customers as you can upgrade your motherboard today well in advance of the Zambezi processors. So, the most important point of this entire launch is that the AMD 9-series of chipsets fully supports upcoming 8-Core AMD CPU's thanks to the AM3+ socket. The other main feature for AMD 9-series is the ability for motherboard partners to purchase NVIDIA SLI licenses for these boards....

Fully-Fledged LGA1155 Platform: Intel Z68 Express Chipset

Fully-Fledged LGA1155 Platform: Intel Z68 Express Chipset

Intel has finally launched the last chipset in the Cougar Point family, which should meet all the needs of enthusiasts who prefer LGA1155 processors. This core logic set has full overclocking functionality, supports Intel Quick Sync, Intel Smart Response and Lucid Virtu technologies. Looks like Sandy Bridge becomes even more appealing...

Heat Column Cooler: Noiseblocker NB-TwinTec

Heat Column Cooler: Noiseblocker NB-TwinTec

Everything new is well forgotten old – this could be a good description of how Noiseblocker NB-TwinTec came into this world. Read our new review for more details.

GIGABYTE P67A-UD7-B3 Motherboard

GIGABYTE P67A-UD7-B3 Motherboard

One of the areas that many of us (myself included) want to know about when purchasing a shiny new motherboard, is the overclocking potential. Well I'm here to tell you, the GIGABYTE P67A-UD7-B3 has plenty! I was able to bring the Intel Core i5 2500K to a new high with the P67A-UD7-B3. Enabling the Internal PLL Voltage and Level 10 Load-Line calibration to reduce the V-Droop we were able to bring our Intel Core i5 2500K to 5141MHz. That is nearly 100MHz better than we have been able to achieve previously...

G.Skill Phoenix Evo 115GB SSD drive

G.Skill Phoenix Evo 115GB SSD drive

Like OCZ and Corsair, G.Skill is another memory manufacturer that has diversified into SSD production. Today we are looking at the firm's flagship product; the Phoenix Evo. Under the SSDs hood lies the SandForce SF-1222 which has been coupled with 25nm NAND flash chips. How will it compare to the likes of the OCZ Vertex 3 and other SF-1222 based drives like the Corsair Force F120?

Computex 2011 International Press Conference New Product Preview

Computex 2011 International Press Conference New Product Preview

This years Computex 2011 kicks off with a look at the New Product Previews press conference. With over 120,000 expected visitors and 36,000 overseas visitors Computex hopes to garner even more international attention and business. This year Computex announces a partnership with CeBIT that promises to eclipse CES in business development.

ASUS GTX 560 DirectCU II TOP

ASUS GTX 560 DirectCU II TOP

The cooling solution implemented with this ASUS GTX 560 is a more compact version than seen in the previously reviewed ASUS GeForce GTX 580 DirectCU II. It features an aluminium base and triple heatpipe design to transfer the heat directly from the GPU with maximum efficiency, while the two 7.5cm PWM controlled fans push cool air over the main aluminium heatsink and connecting triple heatpipe array.

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