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Gainward BLISS 8800GTS Golden Sample

The Golden Sample distinction on Gainward's graphics cards is an indicator that the card has faster than normal specifications. In the case of the BLISS 8800GTS Golden Sample, which uses NVIDIA's DirectX 10-ready GeForce 8800 GTS chipset, the speeds ...

Gigabyte Radeon X1950 Pro (GV-RX195P256D-RH)

While it may carry a standard ATI Radeon X1950 Pro graphics processing unit (GPU), the latest Gigabyte GV-RX195P256D-RH graphics card differs in many ways from a standard model. Gigabyte has built this card using its own circuit board design, solid c...

ASUS DRW-1814BLT

If you've ever wanted to completely rid your PC enclosure of flat ribbon cables, take a look at ASUS' new DRW-1814BLT. It's the first Serial ATA-based (SATA) burner that we've tested and it worked like a charm.

HIS H165XTQT256 GDD-R3

If you are looking to upgrade to a powerful mid-range graphics card, this HIS board is worthy of your attention. It's based on an ATI Radeon X1650XT graphics processing unit (GPU) and it has 256MB GDDR3 memory. This GPU supports DirectX 9, but not Di...

Western Digital WD1600AAJS

At 160GB, this 3.5in internal Serial ATA hard drive doesn't hold much in terms of desktop drives, but it's aiming to be one of the quietest and coolest drives on the market.

NEC Powermate X8500

The Powermate X8500 is a media centre PC that features plenty of useful connectivity options and storage space. Indeed, NEC has equipped this bad boy with video-in ports, so that you can easily plug in an old VCR, or even a gaming console. An 802.11g...

Lexmark X9350

The best part about Lexmark's flagship multifunction device is that it can be used wirelessly. It comes with a built in 802.11g adapter, which can run in ad-hoc mode or in infrastructure mode and is fairly easy to set up. When it runs in ad-hoc mode,...

DViCO FusionHDTV DVB-T Home

If you're in the market for a simple digital TV tuner device for your PC, the FusionHDTV DVB-T Home is a solid choice. It's a half-height PCI device, which means it can fit into a regular tower PC case or even a slim-line media centre, using the supp...

Pioneer DVR-112D

Pioneer's latest DVD burner is the current champion when it comes to burning both single and double layer DVDs.. It manages to outdo the competition due to its support for fast burn rates of up to 18x for single layer DVDs and 10x for double layer di...

Billion BIPAC 7404VGPM

Annex-M is the new feature included in the BIPAC 7404VGPM ADSL2+ modem/router, which follows the BIPAC 7404VGP in Billion's product line-up. Annex-M, if supported by ISPs, will allow for upload speeds to be increased from the current 1Mbps available ...

ASUS DRW-1612BL LightScribe

The ASUS DRW-1612BL improves on the company's previous internal DVD burner model (the DRW-1608P3S) by offering a slight increase in speed for some of its key functions (CD-R read and write speeds from 40x to 48x and DVD-RAM read and write speeds from...

Fuji Xerox DocuPrint C2100

Fuji Xerox's DocuPrint C2100 is a colour laser printer that has a retail price well under $1000, yet our tests show that it makes no compromises when it comes to performance.

Intel Core 2 Duo

The Core 2 Duo family of dual core processors was introduced in July 2006 to supersede the aging Pentium 4 and Pentium D models. The Pentium 4 was last updated in February 2004 and was discontinued in favour of the dual-core Pentium D, which was intr...

Intel Core 2 Extreme

Primarily aimed at the enthusiast market, the Core 2 Extreme range of CPUs is based on the Core 2 microarchitecture. There are two models currently in this range: the dual-core Core 2 Extreme X6800 which boasts higher frequency, and the quad-core Cor...

AMD Athlon 64 (single-core)

The Athlon 64 has been around since [date] and was the first processor with 64-bit instructions to hit the consumer market. It's still around, and it's now available for Socket AM2 motherboards.

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