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 Wednesday, 27-August-2008  12:00:41 (GMT +10) - by DiGiTaL MoNkEY

Tom's Hardware have published a massive 11-Way P45 motherboard shootout. When Intel released its mainstream P45, the biggest news was that it supported PCI Express 2.0. Formerly available from Intel only on high-end X38 and X48 motherboards , many of us still failed to understand the significance of this bandwidth-doubling technology to current-generation hardware. After all, the first-generation x16 slots found on P35 Express motherboards are still fast enough for any graphics card, so why bother updating?

The Tech Report gets hands on with Acer's Aspire One netbook. Perhaps because netbooks are generally seen as accessories to a primary computer, Acer has designed the One with an aesthetic flair that is second only to the HP Mini-Note 2133. A pearl white finish with black trim and metallic orange hinge accents delivers more visual impact than the Eee. Discussion on the forum.

Canon have announced the introduction of the Canon EOS 50D. The replacement for the prosumer 40D, with a 15.1 Megapixel APS-C size sensor, ISO 100-3200 (expandable to 12800) and 6.3fps continuous shooting with a max. burst of 90 JPEGs with UDMA cards. Discussion on the forum.

TweakTown get busy with Western Digital's VelociRaptor. The Western Digital VelociRaptor is more than just a platter upgrade. The new controller takes advantage of Native Command Queuing and also reduces access time even more. Chris tests three generations of Raptors including the latest VelociRaptor in both single and RAID 0 modes.

HardwareZone preview Lenovo's IdeaPad S10 and Y530 netbooks. Some of you may have already seen Lenovo's latest netbook in action online since it's unveiling in Taiwan, but because the people over at Lenovo are really nice folks and we asked really nicely, we now have an engineering prototype to play with and for you to get a quick look at before the actual launch in September.

Meanwhile, Hot Hardware review Lenovo's ThinkPad X200 Ultraportable Notebook. The X200 is not as stylishly thin or technologically advanced as the X300 and its missing a few of the X300's novel features like an ultra compact optical drive. However the X200 still has plenty going for it, not the least of which is twice the processing power and half the price, compared to the X300. With a compact 12.1" chassis, full-power Core 2 Duo processor and ThinkPad durability.

Extreme Tech compared performance between 2GB and 4GB memory configurations. This article sets out to try to answer all kinds of memory questions herein. Using nearly identical motherboards to test both DDR2 and DDR3, we ran all kinds of performance tests, subjective and repeatable, synthetic and real-world.

Ever wondered where cell phones go to die? Technology Review has a photo essay on the process. If you've recently replaced your cell phone, you're not alone. More than half a billion cell phones were swapped for newer models in 2007, according to a study by the research firm Gartner.

Girls, girls and more girls! TechPowerUp have over 240 photos of girls from the recent Games Convention 2008. Not much to be said really... ;-D

Some random flash based games: Mad Monday and Boom Bot.

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