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Battlefield: Bad Company Beta impressions
Bit-Tech published their impressions of the Battlefield: Bad Company Beta

Bearing in mind that /Battlefield: Bad Company/ is just a beta, and we're probably another three months away from release, the game is surprisingly polished. There were a few framerate drops, but only when the action gets really frantic – which it often does thanks to the destructible environments. Likewise, there were a few network dropouts, but EA are still tweaking the servers, so this is to be expected.

There are still a few balancing issues to sort out for example, it takes what seems like an inordinate amount of bullets to kill another player but I'm sure they'll be sorted out as development progresses.

Gold Rush is an interesting twist to the usual multiplayer games too, but I think the big story with /Battlefield: Bad Company/ is going to be the single player storyline. Can a game that has been resolutely multiplayer only since day one really come up with a compelling single player game? You'll have to wait another couple of months to find out.
Battlefield: Bad Company Beta impressions

Vizo Propeller 2 System Cooler Review
DragonSteelMods.com posted a review on the Vizo Propeller 2 System Cooler

Up on the review block today is the Vizo Propeller 2 system cooler, this product aims to help keep your case cool by exhausting the air via a PCI slot. Does it work? Read on to find out...
Vizo Propeller 2 System Cooler Review



Gainward 9800 GTX 512MB Video Card Review
Madshrimps posted a review on the Gainward 9800 GTX 512MB Video Card

In this review we take a closer look at the latest product from Gainward, based on the recently released 9800 GTX we compare the BLISS' performance in several games, and find out how cool and quiet this new high end video card is. Read on to learn more.
Gainward 9800 GTX 512MB Video Card Review

Razer Destructor Gaming Mat Review
OCIA.net has posted their review of the Razer Destructor Gaming Mat.

In the previous Razer review, we took a look (and listen) at the new Piranha gaming communicator. The second item they sent over for review is their Destructor gaming mat. More than just your average mouse pad, Razer says their Destructor mat has a proprietary gunmetal coating which yields a highly reactive surface. The result is superior tactility, improved responsiveness and enhanced tracking.
Razer Destructor Gaming Mat Review

Samsung CLP-610ND Printer Review
Overclockers Online has posted a new review on the Samsung CLP-610ND Printer

The Samsung CLP-610ND is an affordable option to the high end CLP-650 and a great replacement to the lifeless CLP-300. Priced at $150.00 more than the CLP-300, you won't be disappointed in what you pay for. First off, you get built in network capability. This is a must have for any business! The second and more important aspect of the CLP-610ND is the quality and speed of each print job. The self-calibration increases some print jobs but ensures you get top quality every time. At 21 pages per minute, you can have your report in your boss' hand in no time.
Samsung CLP-610ND Printer Review

AMD's Phenom X4 9850 Review
LostCircuits posted a review on the AMD Phenom X4 9850 processor

The latest re-spin of AMD's multicore die fixes the bug known from Erratum 298 and opens up a bit of overclocking headroom. Gone is also the requirement for a BIOS fix causing the known performance hit. To make things even more appealing, running in native performance mode actually unleashes better performance in memory-intensive applications than what AMD Overdrive ever brought back after the patch. All in all, AMD seems to be on the right track with the latest -50 series.
AMD's Phenom X4 9850 Review

Apevia Warlock 900W PSU Review
OCC has published a new review of the Apevia Warlock 900W PSU

Well, I was pleasantly surprised with the Warlock. It not only has the looks but the performance to back it up - and quiet too! It appears as if Apevia has finally got its act together ... to a degree. Unfortunately, there were several small annoyances with the Warlock: unthreaded screw holes, an odd rainbow paint coat, and combining connectors onto a single cable - things I hate seeing on such a high-end product.
Apevia Warlock 900W PSU Review

ASUS Eee 8G PC 8GB SSD Notebook Review
Benchmark Reviews posted a review on the ASUS Eee 8G PC 8GB SSD Notebook

ASUS has created a huge wave in the sub-notebook & portable Internet device markets with their Eee PC. Sub-notebooks are normally wonderfully exotic looking hardware for delightfully high prices. Well, exotic until one looks at the specs. The MacBook air is a great example - it looks like a killer machine until one looks at the combination of the lackluster specs and a price that makes even the most enthusiastic Mac fan blush. As for portable Internet devices, the Nokia N series is the first that comes to mind. Granted, they are really fantastic machines with excellent screens and software, but I am a bit old school I suppose. I still want a real keyboard. The Nokia N810 is close, but like my HTC TyTN, the keyboard is good for casual data entry and not suitable for long sessions of messaging, IRC or typing out documents or spreadsheets. The Nokia and other portable devices tend to also be pretty light on specifications, unless one is willing to pay the obscene price that OQO wants for their sub-sub-notebook.
ASUS Eee 8G PC 8GB SSD Notebook Review

ASUS Eee PC 4G-X Windows XP Review - Eee PC for All
PC Perspective posted a review on the Windows XP version of the ASUS Eee PC

Our opinion on the ASUS Eee PC has actually gone UP with this release - we are Windows junkies and as much as we are pushed or persuaded, moving to Linux, especially in the form that ASUS installed on the initial Eee PC just isn't what I want. In fact, one even has to wonder if the Linux version of the Eee PC will continue with the new 9" version of the Eee PC just around the corner; carrying two SKUs for the same product where the only difference is the OS seems unlikely, though ASUS could always allow users to download and install the Xandros OS if they want...
ASUS Eee PC 4G-X Windows XP Review - Eee PC for All

Corsair TX750 750W Power Supply Review
ThinkComputers.org posted Corsair TX750 750W Power Supply Review

Corsair is best known for its memory products-DIMMs and flash-but it has a solid line of power supply units, as well. The company sent ThinkComputers its TX750, a 750W unit with a single 60A 12V rail-powerful enough for a GeForce 8800 GTX. While non-modular, the cables are sleeved and have quick-release connectors. We tested this device with a five-year warranty-results within.
Corsair TX750 750W Power Supply Review

Logitech diNovo Mini Review
Techgage posted a review of Logitech's latest HTPC mini-keyboard, the diNovo Mini.

Logitech surprised us at CES with the launch of their diNovo Mini media keyboard, which is not much larger than a cell phone. But despite its size, it packs in the functionality, and is even supported by the Playstation 3. Are we impressed? Let's just say that once again, Logitech has pulled it off.
Logitech diNovo Mini Review

OCZ Rally 2 Turbo 4GB and 32GB Review
The Guru of 3D posted a review on the OCZ Rally 2 Turbo 4GB and 32GB USB Flash drive

Now personally I'm getting a little tired of all the rugged flash memories, I mean .. what's the point of boiling a USB stick or driving over it? I'll opt style over rugged. And that's where the Rally seems to suit me. Incredibly handy small USB flash disks that are fast and now range up-to a 32GB file-size.

As stated we'll look at two OCZ "Rally" models today, the 4GB OCZ Rally 2 Turbo and then the colossal (in volume size) 32GB version of the Rally 2 (without the Turbo though).
OCZ Rally 2 Turbo 4GB and 32GB Review

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 610EPS12V Power Supply Review
Futurelooks posted a review on the PC Power & Cooling Silencer 610EPS12V Power Supply

Picking up the plain white box that housed the Silencer 610EPS12V power supply didn’t excite me very much. With only a list of technical specifications on the side and no fancy graphics or pictures, I didn’t really know what to expect. It may not seem too impressive on the outside, but you should never judge a book by its cover.
PC Power & Cooling Silencer 610EPS12V Power Supply Review

Microsoft Bluetooth Notebook Mouse 5000 Review
Tweaknews.net posted a review on the Microsoft Bluetooth Notebook Mouse 5000

Notebook mice are getting more and more popular. They offer 100% of the functionality of a standard mouse, but have it all packed into a smaller package. In addition, seeing that most laptop buyers are consumers that like to be unplugged and free to roam (hence why you buy a laptop), it is only common sense that a wireless mouse would make a smart purchase.
Microsoft Bluetooth Notebook Mouse 5000 Review

ATI and NVIDIA - Video playback quality and performance analysis
Elite Bastards posted a video playback quality and performance analysis of ATI and NVIDIA based GPUs

Although playing back DVD content is easy enough with any modern CPU now, the advent of High Definition content and the rise of Blu-Ray as the winner of the next-generation optical format war have brought new and far more demanding computing requirements to the PC marketplace. While a CPU alone will struggle to handle High Definition content recorded in 1080p, modern GPUs are ideally designed and placed to take most of that workload away from the CPU, which means that the latest generations of graphics boards from both NVIDIA and AMD's ATI graphics division are capable of accelerating most if not all of a High Definition video stream.
ATI and NVIDIA - Video playback quality and performance analysis