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AMD A85X Motherboard Roundup

AMD A85X Motherboard Roundup

With the introduction of the AMD Trinity desktop APUs that require the new AMD FM2 CPU socket, there has been a trickle of such motherboards from the usual board makers. We gathered four motherboards from ASUS, ASrock, Gigabyte and MSI that feature the AMD A85X chipset and put them to the test.

The Great 1TB USB 3.0 Portable HDD Shootout

The Great 1TB USB 3.0 Portable HDD Shootout

USB 3.0 has become commonplace now, and so has 1TB portable hard drives. We take a look at six of the more recent USB 3.0 1TB portable units using 2.5-inch drives to find out which is the best.

The Great High-end SSD Shootout

The Great High-end SSD Shootout

SSDs are the latest must-have components for users who are serious about performance. And with prices hitting record lows, there's no better to snap one up than now. To help you pick the right one, we tested 10 of the most popular SSDs from the biggest names around.

The Creative Sound BlasterAxx Speaker Family - Heralding a New Era for Creative

The Creative Sound BlasterAxx Speaker Family - Heralding a New Era for Creative

The new Creative Sound BlasterAxx is unlike any wireless speaker. It features a host of smart features such as a customizable "acoustic zone" and even boasts a built-in microphone array with CrystalVoice technology for communication purposes. We check out the entire line-up, SBX 8, SBX 10 and SBX 20, to see if it will turn Creative's fortunes.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 Shootout - True Mid-range Kepler

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 Shootout - True Mid-range Kepler

NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 660 is its first true mid-range Kepler card and features a brand new GK106 core. Priced at an attractive US$229, NVIDIA claims that this card offers the best price-performance ratio out of the entire Kepler series. We take it for a test drive as well as custom models from ASUS, Gigabyte and MSI.

Microsoft Wedge Mobile vs. Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover - Clash of the Tablet Keyboards

Microsoft Wedge Mobile vs. Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover - Clash of the Tablet Keyboards

With tablets fast becoming the choice for simple productivity needs on-the-go, accessories like Microsoft Wedge Mobile Keyboard and Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover can make work much more bearable. Find out how both of these devices fared in our trials after the jump!

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 Ti Shootout - Clash of the Titans

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 Ti Shootout - Clash of the Titans

NVIDIA's upper mid-range GeForce GTX 660 Ti is the first sub-US$300 card to utilize its 28nm Kepler architecture. Anticipation for this card has been high and, as expected, almost all of NVIDIA's add-in partners have produced their own custom overclocked models. We find out if it was worth the wait, including a shootout of the finest from ASUS, Gigabyte and Palit graphics cards.

AMD Radeon HD 7870 Five-Way Shootout

AMD Radeon HD 7870 Five-Way Shootout

AMD's mid-range Radeon HD 7870 is positioned in the sweet-spot between price and performance, right between the high-end Radeon HD 7950 and the basic mid-range Radeon HD 7770. With almost every AMD add-in partner offering a custom version of this card, we find out which is worth your money.

4G LTE Phones Shootout - The Fast and the Furious Trio

4G LTE Phones Shootout - The Fast and the Furious Trio

SingTel's 4G plans are available since 5th June 2012, and at the moment, you've three LTE-enabled Android smartphones to choose from. Which of the three - HTC One XL, LG Optimus True HD LTE, and Samsung Galaxy S II LTE - will be crowned the speed king? Ready, go!

Klipsch Reference S4i vs. Sony XBA-1iP Earphones - Balanced Armature vs. Dynamic Drivers

Klipsch Reference S4i vs. Sony XBA-1iP Earphones - Balanced Armature vs. Dynamic Drivers

A good pair of earphones is essential in this day and age. We take a look at the two main competing technologies, Balanced Armature and Dynamic Drivers, and see what they offer to those looking for a good pair of entry-level earphones.

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