Month: December 2009

Asus UL80Vt: A CULV Laptop with Hybrid Graphics

The Asus UL80Vt is a 14″ laptop sporting Hybrid Graphics, the ability to switch between the Nvidia GeForce G210M discrete video card and Intel’s integrated GMA 4500MHD graphics. The efficiency of a low power CULV processor and a hefty 8-cell battery offer the rare combination of budget gaming performance and superb battery life.

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Nexus NX-5000 Silent PSU

Nexus has had PSUs in SPCR’s silent circle before. The NX-5000, a modest 530W model with fairly high efficiency, is the latest to enter the select winners circle.

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Samsung UN55B7100 55″ LED HDTV

It’s not exactly an LED TV, but an LCD TV with LED backlights. Nevertheless, the UN55B7100 is the largest of Samsung’s mid-level 7000 series HDTVs and sports a bewildering array of technology and features. Our focus, as usual, is on performance and practical considerations: Does it look and sound great? Does it serve martinis and

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Intel D510M0 Motherboard: Atom 2.0

Intel’s D510M0 mini-ITX motherboard features the new Atom D510 processor and NM10 Express chipset. With the memory controller and graphics core on the same die, this new Atom platform looks to lower power consumption and possibly deliver better performance.

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Corsair CX400W Power Supply

The well-known memory brand morphed in recent years to become a major player in retail power supplies. While Corsair offers kilowatt PSUs, a 400W model rounds out the opposite end of its line.

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Asus EeeBox EB1501 ION Mini-PC

The newest Asus EeeBox, the EB1501, has the makings of an excellent media extender. It sports a dual core Atom CPU, Nvidia ION graphics, a slot-loading DVD burner, and a wireless keyboard, mouse and remote control.

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Western Digital Green 1.5TB vs. Seagate 7200.12 500GB

The 3-platter WD Caviar Green 1.5TB looks to improve on the already impressive acoustics and energy efficiency of the 2TB version. The 500GB Seagate Barracuda 7200.12, on the other hand, is a performance drive with only a single-platter and has the potential to be the quietest in its class.

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Gigabyte MA785GPMT-UD2H 785G Motherboard

The 785GPMT-UD2H is the most fully loaded of the three 785G mATX AM3 solutions offered by Gigabyte. We examine it for power consumption, and general performance in a variety of other areas.

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Silverstone Raven Two

Soon after the original model was released, SilverStone went back to the drawing board with the goal of creating a second generation Raven with wider appeal. The Raven Two dispenses with EATX support for less imposing dimensions, yet adds another 18cm fan and is said to be cooler and quieter.

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