News Roundup for June 23rd 2009

News and review from our friends!

Not content with the Eclipse SLI, MSI decided to take it one step further by updating this motherboard with some new features … the result is the Eclipse Plus, MSI’s flagship motherboard. So what are the main differences? Well, it’s a basically what I would call a ‘Facelift’ model … it’s viturually identical to the original Eclipse SLI except for several innovation features. These include MSI’s OC Dail for ‘on-th-fly’ overclocking, shielded chokes, solid capacitors, 4 x PCIe slots with the possibility of 4-way Crossfire, Green Power Genie for advanced APS, and D-LED 2 … a diagnostic LED feature. We’ve not finished yet … the list goes on!! The MSI Eclipse Plus is by far the most feature-packed motherboard we have ever reviewed … that in itself, deserve an award.

Read the rest of the review here …

“It’s fair to say that consumers and home-based business owners are increasingly seeking greater simplicity in their software. At the same time, the growing popularity of netbooks means that more users are focusing on a smaller set of core tasks. Corel’s Home Office addresses this segment’s specific needs by striking a reasonable balance between features and ease of use. Having said that, I just don’t see the point in paying for an office suite when there are such fantastic solutions available for free on the Internet. As an added incentive for netbook owners these programs don’t even need to be installed – all you need is a compatible Web browser. If you are after office suite functionality but don’t want to spend, why not stop by Google Docs or Zoho. Granted they don’t look as nice as Corel’s Home Office, but that’s rather trivial on the grand scale of things. Home Suite is a definite improvement on the company’s previous suites in terms of usability, but I think Corel is barking up the wrong tree. It needs to shift its product portfolio online, and quickly, if it wants to survive in the increasingly Web-centric world of software.”

TechwareLabs has published a review of the Logitech Squeezebox Duet. Here’s a clip from the review:
Quote: Audio, over the last decade has come a long way from concert halls, AM/FM, and satellite radio. Online radio alone has been around since 1990 with such services as Rhapsody, and more recently So the engineers at Logitech have now added another facet to what, where and how music lovers can enjoy music called Squeezebox Duet. The “Squeezebox Duet” by Logitech has the ability to access and listen to music from your online radio account and play it to your home theater system or any RCA or digital audio input device.

We have a new article online: where we have a closer look at the NZXT Beta Computer Case.:
If you need a translator for German to English you will find one here:

Title: AMD Phenom x4 955 Black Edition AM3 Review @

Briefing: “There are many essential components to every computer – some perhaps are less important i.e. sound cards etc – but most are vital. One such component which the entire system depends on is the CPU; basically the CPU is the “heart” of the computer. But it is more than that, it is the component which performs programmed instructions, performs arithmetic and controls data input/output functions.”


Title – 12 days left to win a Thermaltake Cooling Bunlde @ eTeknix
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Synology Disk Station DS-409+ NAS review

Article Name: Cooler Master Sileo 500 Mid-Tower ATX Computer Case Review @ Tweaknews
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G.Skill Trident 2000 MHz DDR3 CL9 6 GB Tri-Channel Kit


XtremeGear Xtreme Cooler HP-1216 CPU Cooler
QUOTE: “CyberPower has built some pretty sleek computers that Chris has reviewed for us, like the Black Mamba Venom System and Black Pearl as examples. These PCs are assembled with all the latest hardware, cases and cooling systems. If the Asetek LCLC Liquid Cool CPU Cooler or the Cooler Master V8 aren’t your cup of tea, or you are just short of the total funds needed for purchasing such a system, there are options to save on a few components and customize these systems to both your needs and credit limits.
XtremeGear has developed the Xtreme Cooler HP-1216 air cooling solution to add to CyberPower’s lineup. Personally testing four of the optional choices, I already have a good idea of what the field has to offer, both in performance and pricing. Let’s get down to business and see what XtremeGear has brought to CyberPower and how well it stacks up to the already reasonable air cooling choices available.”

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Lenovo ThinkPad T400s Notebook Review:

Title: QNAP TS-809 Pro Turbo NAS Review at CCE Reviews

Title: Turtle Beach Ear Force HPA-2 5.1 Headset review

Noctua NF-S12B ULN Fan and the link to the review is:

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Noctua NF-S12B FLX Fan and the link to the review is:

Tech Arkade has just published a review of the Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus!

See it here: