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Rosewill Thor 2 Full-Tower Computer Case @ Benchmark Reviews

Recently, Rosewill sent to Benchmark Reviews their THOR 2 full tower gamer, enthusiast case for a good thrashing. The THOR 2 is the second evolution of the THOR series. When I first saw this case I was curious because it looked pretty lean, mean, and clean while avoiding what I call the “We are Borg, resistance is futile” look. So …

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LSI MegaRAID CacheCade Pro 2.0 Review – Total Storage Acceleration Realized

Today we are evaluating the newest version of CacheCade, a storage caching system developed by LSI for use with their MegaRAID controllers. This system aims to create the perfect fusion between HDD capacity and SSD speed, accelerating new or existing storage subsystems that are already in place. A previous CacheCade v1.0 review of the software illustrated some of the extreme …

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LSI MegaRAID CacheCade Pro 2.0 Review – Basic Concepts and Application

UNDERSTANDING THE ‘TIERED’ APPROACH The CacheCade Pro system separates the volumes into three distinct layers. Commands are issued from the host system which, in this illustration, is to the left. From there the data will travel to the RAID controller and, in a normal system, right to the HDD array. With the implementation of this system, there is a separate …

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LSI MegaRAID CacheCade Pro 2.0 Review – Enter Write Caching

One of the major improvements with the CacheCade Pro version is that write data can also be cached. The write caching is a tremendous accelerator for any HDD array, be it large or small. One of the major weaknesses of any storage medium is writing, especially in mixed read/write scenarios. An unfortunate side-effect of writing is that it slows down …

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LSI MegaRAID CacheCade Pro 2.0 Review – Exploring TCO

TCO is an acronym which stands for ‘Total Cost of Ownership’. This is one of the most important measurements that must be taken into consideration when deciding whether or not to upgrade. Basically put…What is this going to cost and is it a viable investment? When confronted with the thought of upgrading to SSDs, many will balk at the prohibitive …

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LSI MegaRAID CacheCade Pro 2.0 Review – Single Zone Results

One of the hardest situations to simulate with IOmeter is the acceleration of arrays with rapidly changing data in a caching scenario. Writing test files to a Base Array with a CacheCade Pro Volume enabled resulted in a very quick pace of acceleration. Once the test file is written in its entirety, the ramp is almost instantaneous. What we are …

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Gelid Icy Vision Rev. 2 VGA Cooler Review @ eTeknix.com

We recently took a look at Gelid’s current flagship CPU cooler, the Tranquillo Rev. 2.It was a good cooler seeing that it carried out Gelid’s goal of being quiet in action while offering good performance with an overclocked CPU. Today we are hoping that their VGA coolers are equally good when we look at their current VGA cooling flagship, the …

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Samsung To Release SATA 3 SSD Paired with New Proprietory Flash NAND Memory

Today, Samsung Electronics, announced  volume production of SSDs (solid state drives) that support SATA 3 with data transmissions at six gigabits per second (6 Gb/s). These new high-performance PM830 SSDs are available at up to 512 gigabyte (GB) capacity. Samsungs new high-speed SSDs available in 512GB, 256GB and 128GB densities are ideally suited for use in high-performance OEM notebooks and …

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AMD A6-3650 APU/Processor Review @ TechwareLabs

As you might know, AMD has managed to remain the leader in graphic chipsets, but Intel still holds both the mobile and hybrid computing markets. This is where the Accelerated Processing Unit (APU) comes in to play for it is a combination of CPU and GPU all rolled into one. It is AMDs response to Intels SandyBridge and referred to …

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Biostar TA75A+ Motherboard @ Hardware Secrets

Lets take a look at this socket FM1 motherboard in the full ATX form factor from Biostar, based on the new AMD A75 chipset for the AMD A-Series CPUs. Here is a snippet:    “So far, Biostar has released three motherboard models based on the AMD A75 chipset for the new AMD A-Series of CPUs with integrated graphics chip (“APUs”): the …

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