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Bigfoot Networks Killer 2100 Gaming Network Card Review

Bigfoot Networks originally released the Killer NIC M1 and K1 models in 2006, with the suped-up network cards getting some major attention in 2007. Mid-2009, Bigfoot Networks released the Killer Xeno Pro, a slimmed down version of the first generation models, both in size and extra features. It didn't stop there, though. Bigfoot Network released May 11, 2010 the Killer 2100 Gaming Network Card. This new version focuses on the core features at the heart of the idea of a network processing unit: offloading and acceleration. ThinkComputers measures up the Killer 2100 in this extensive review. Read on for more information, pictures, and benchmarks.

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Kingston HyperX 4GB 1600MHz DDR3 Memory Kit Review

<center><img src="http://www.bigbruin.com/images/articles/657/icon.jpg"></center> In this review we will actually be taking a look at two Kingston products. The primary focus will be on a 4GB dual channel DDR3 kit from Kingston's flagship HyperX series of desktop memory - part number KHX1600C8D3K2/4GX. The other item is Kingston's HyperX KHX-FAN cooler, a rather simple accessory intend to keep your overclocked memory modules running cool.<br><br><br> Via [<a href="http://www.bigbruin.com/content/hyperx16004gb_1" target="new">Bigbruin.com</a>]

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AMD Athlon II – 610e X4 CPU Review

<center><img src="http://www.techwarelabs.com/wp-content/gallery/amd-athlon2-610e-x4/thumbs/thumbs_amd-610e.jpg"></center> TechwareLabs reviews the energy efficient Athlon II 610e processor from AMD. Does it have what it takes to play with the big boys or were the energy savings drained away from the performance? Read on and find out.<br><br><br> Via [<a href="http://www.techwarelabs.com/amd-athlon-ii-610e-x4/" target="new">TechwareLabs</a>]

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NZXT Vulcan Crafted Series Enthusiast m-ATX Case Review

Why all this talk of “portability” and “sleeper” chassis designs? That is because NZXT has brought a new chassis design to the masses and is offering just that. Portability is covered in the smaller nature of the chassis, and taken a step further with an optional mountable handle for the top. To fit my description of a “sleeper” the chassis must be unassuming, small and have potential to put some of the best hardware available inside its outer shell, allowing you to not only have the ease of portability, but to have the equipment to still get the FPS needed to PWN your friends and deliver those embarrassing head shots.<br><br><br> Via [<a href="http://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/3312/nzxt_vulcan_crafted_series_enthusiast_m_atx_case/index.html" target="new">TweakTown</a>]

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GMC H-80 Review

The GMC H-80 manages to impress with its cool and elaborate looks along with the gun metal gray choice of color. Inside are four fans, two of them with menacing red LEDs - including the big 250 mm one in the side. We tear the beast apart to see if it manages to impress or turn out to be a timid creature.<br><br><br> Via [<a href="http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/GMC/H-80" target="new">techPowerUp</a>]

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Intel Core i7 875K & i5-655K CPU’s Review

Unfortunately, that launch seems to have stirred a beast. That beast has an R&D budget bigger than the GDP of many small nations. It has a marketing operation that makes ‘wet ice on wet ice’ look sticky. And it has enormous engineering muscle. All of those advantages have been thrown into creating the ‘special K’ edition processors for l33t enthusiasts who want crazy-clocks delivered for meagre-money. Having spent days testing the Core i5 655k and Core i7 875k in our labs, KitGuru feels confident in saying… OMG.<br><br><br> Via [<a href="http://www.kitguru.net/components/cpu/zardon/intel-core-i7-875k-and-i5-655k-processors-review/" target="new">KitGuru</a>]

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ioSafe Solo Disaster Proof External Hard Drive Review

The Solo from ioSafe is an external hard drive that is designed to keep your data safe in case of a disaster – especially fire and flood. This product comes in four capacities: 500 GB, 1 TB, 1.5 TB, and 2 TB. We set the 500 GB on fire for 30 minutes and then dropped gallons of water on it. Let's see if it survived!<br><br><br> Via [<a href="http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/ioSafe-Solo-Disaster-Proof-External-Hard-Drive-Review/1011" target="new">Hardware Secrets</a>]

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CyberPower and ThinkComputers System Giveaway!

That's right we are giving a full system away! Our friends at <a href="http://www.cyberpowerpc.com/" target="new">CyberPower PC</a> were nice enough to provide us with a complete system to give away to one lucky ThinkComputers reader. If you didn't know CyberPower is a great place to get a custom made PC. They have systems starting at under $500! So anyone can afford a system from them! We took a look at their <a href="http://thinkcomputers.wpengine.com/cyberpower-gamer-xtreme-2000-core-i5-gaming-system-review/">Gamer Xtreme 2000 Core i5 Gaming System</a> not that long ago. The system they will be providing for us to give away features the new Intel "K" LGA 1156 unlocked processor which will be released June 1st and Intel Solid State Drive and <a href="http://thinkcomputers.wpengine.com/asus-p7p55d-e-pro-intel-p55-lga-1156-motherboard-review/">ASUS's P7P55D-E Pro motherboard</a>. Read on to see the full specs of the system we are giving away and find out how you can win it!

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Antec Launches New Dark Fleet Series

<strong>Fremont, CA – May 27, 2010</strong> – Antec, Inc., the global leader in high-performance computer components and accessories for the gaming, PC upgrade and Do-It-Yourself markets, today announced the Dark Fleet series, its newest line of enclosures designed to meet the cooling and convenience demands of PC gamers and professional users. The Dark Fleet series is available in four models: one full-tower chassis, the DF-85, and three mid-tower enclosures, the DF-35, DF-30 and DF-10, and all are designed to support the most current high-end graphics cards, extensive drive arrays and multi-CPU motherboards. The Dark Fleet series also introduces two new Antec-exclusive innovations giving convenient access to high-speed data interchange: Fleet Release™ and Fleet-Swap™.

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Antec’s LanBoy Air Scores COMPUTEX TAIPEI 2010 Design & Innovation Award

<strong>Fremont, CA</strong> – <strong>May 25, 2010</strong> – Antec, Inc., the global leader in high-performance computer components and accessories for the gaming, PC upgrade and Do-It-Yourself markets, is pleased to announce the LanBoy Air chassis has been awarded the prestigious COMPUTEX TAIPEI 2010 Design & Innovation prize for excellence in design quality in the “Components and Parts” category. Hosted by Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) in cooperation with International Forum Design (iF), the COMPUTEX TAIPEI Design & Innovation awards promote awareness of and support for design excellence, and honors innovative and strategic thinking to overcome global economic challenges and strengthen regional markets.

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