Week of June 12, 2011

Friday, June 17 2011

Chillblast Fusion Impact 3D Review @ XSReviews.co.uk

Posted by Nathan @ 12:29 PM (EDT)

Chillblast may not be as well renowned – or as infamous – as Overclockers or Scan, but they’ve been around the block enough to know the game and they’re well established as a solid, affordable gaming system builder. Today we take a look at another of their setups, this one that provides the full 3D experience: monitor, glasses and GPU. It’s got a Sandybridge i5 CPU too.

Sapphire Radeon HD 6670 Ultimate @ LanOC Reviews

Posted by Nathan @ 12:29 PM (EDT)

We recently explored Sapphire's FleX edition of the new HD 6770, a black sheep in the new Northern Islands family still running on a Juniper-based core. Though it has a great value, the true entry-level cards for the 6xxx series are the 6450, 6570, and the 6670. Today we'll be sitting down with the latter of the three, to see if Sapphire adds a little extra value to the package.

Asus K53E-B1 Review @ TechReviewSource.com

Posted by Nathan @ 12:29 PM (EDT)

The Asus K53E-B1is a 15.6-inch dual-core Intel all-purpose notebook that has an attractive design, great audio quality and fantastic battery life. Performance is only average, but the competitive price tag makes it a good buy.


TechREACTION.net Review: Corsair SP2500 2.1 Speaker System

Posted by Nathan @ 12:28 PM (EDT)

Recently, our good friends at Corsair sent us their newest premium speaker set, the SP2500 2.1. It’s no secret that, as gaming enthusiasts, we want to get the best performance out of our rigs as possible. We’ll overclock our CPUs and massage our video settings to get every last FPS and graphical effect; it stands to reason that, to complete the immersive gaming experience, we shouldn’t neglect the audio landscape. Corsair took this same approach with their flagship 2.1 audio system (calling these “speakers” practically feels like an understatement).

CLICK HERE FOR Corsair SP2500 2.1 Speaker System DEALS & PRICING


ASUS M5A99X EVO AM3+ @ techPowerUp

Posted by Nathan @ 12:28 PM (EDT)

The brand-new ASUS M5A99X EVO, sports AMD's 990X and SB950 chipset. It is one of the first boards to offer full support for NVIDIA SLI and is also optimized for CrossFire configurations with its three PCI-E x16 slots.

AIDA64 v1.80 is released

Posted by Nathan @ 12:28 PM (EDT)

New features & improvements

- SensorPanel
- Support for the upcoming AMD Bulldozer and Llano processors
- FMA4 and XOP optimized 64-bit benchmarks and System
- Stability Test
- Optimized benchmarks for VIA QuadCore processor
- GPU details for AMD Radeon HD 6970M, nVIDIA GeForce GTX 560M
- Rivatuner OSD Server support

Scythe Mugen 3 CPU Cooler Review @ Real World Labs

Posted by Nathan @ 12:27 PM (EDT)

The latest Mugen 3 CPU Cooler by Scythe may not be worlds apart when compared to its predecessor the award winning Mugen 2 but its slightly increased performance and reduced size are two definite improvements.

ECS HDC-I Review @ Neoseeker

Posted by Nathan @ 12:26 PM (EDT)

ECS has jumped on the AMD Fusion bandwagon with the HDC-I, which boasts some great features such as integrated WiFi and Bluetooth. It's even got one-touch overclocking through a Turbo Mode. See if this mini ITX motherboard can do the Fusion platform proud in our review.

OCZ Agility 3 240 GB SSD Review @ Legit Reviews

Posted by Nathan @ 12:26 PM (EDT)

On the first page we referred to the Agility 3 240 GB SSD as the 'almost' Vertex because in many ways performance is very similar although not across the board and from a hardware perspective, they are very close in design. Like the Vertex 3, its performance on highly compressible data is the among the best we've seen for a single drive configuration. Even with incompressible data, it keeps pace on the writes but it's simply not as strong in the reads which is likely attributable to the difference in architecture with the Agility 3 using the ONFI 1.0 NAND offering less bandwidth...


Powercolor HD6850 Single Slot CrossfireX Review @ Kitguru

Posted by Nathan @ 12:26 PM (EDT)

One of AMD’s most active partners in recent months has been PowerColor. They have been releasing a wide selection of quality HD6000 series cards with custom PCB and proprietary cooler designs. Today we are looking at an affordable CrossfireX configuration which will work perfectly inside a chassis with limited physical space. The PowerColor HD6850 Single Slot cards can work in 2, 3 and 4 way Crossfire configurations, ensuring good future proofing if high resolution gaming is top on your list of priorities.

Gskill Sniper 12GB X58 ram kit Review @ Madshrimps

Posted by Nathan @ 12:26 PM (EDT)

At the latest CeBIT 2011, GSkill announced their new Gamer Orientated Sniper series. Sporting a heatspreader that looks like a firearm. Coincidence or not, Gigabyte chose a sortlike military makeover for their new X58 G1 series motherboards. Even though main focus lately is on socket 1155, it is nice to see some new products too for the aging socket 1366. Todays reviewed kit is Gskills high end and high capacity 1600Mhz CL7 12GBkit. Consisting out of a triple 4GB dimm kit. Rated to run at a nice C7-8-7-24 SPD timings.

Patriot Supersonic 64GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Review @Hi Tech Legion

Posted by Nathan @ 12:25 PM (EDT)

Patriot has introduced their new Supersonic 64GB USB 3.0 Drive with some very interesting specs. The Patriot Supersonic 64GB Flash Drive is not only USB 3.0 capable, it also boasts Quad Channel Memory for incredibly fast transfer rates of 100MB/s read and 70MB/s write. The Supersonic 64GB Flash Drive is also versatile with USB 2.0 compatibility.

Intel SSD 320 Series Solid State Drive @ Benchmark Reviews

Posted by Nathan @ 12:25 PM (EDT)

Intel is a company best known for their high-performance computer processors and motherboards, yet they're considered leaders in several different technology sectors. Solid State Drive technology is one particular market segment that has plenty of fresh competition, fighting for both retail consumer and corporate enterprise dollars. In this article, Benchmark Reviews tests the Intel SSD 320 series solid state drive, which includes 25nm Intel MLC NAND Flash memory and Enhanced power-loss data protection. Speed and response time for the Intel SSD 320 is compared to several other competing storage solutions, demonstrating which SSD product delivers the best value for the money.

CLICK HERE FOR Intel SSD 320 Series Solid State Drive DEALS & PRICING

Duke Nukem Forever (PC) Review @ ModShop

Posted by Nathan @ 12:24 PM (EDT)

Let’s just address the pink elephant in the room. No one can think of Duke Nukem Forever without bringing up the extremely long development cycle. Yes, the game has had more than its fair share of drama, and has been in development for over 12 years. Due to the extremely long development time, gamers (and reviewers) believe that this game should be the most polished thing ever, with streamlined gameplay and unrivaled level design that should win awards for years to come.


Wednesday, June 15 2011

ASRock Z68 Extreme4 Socket 1155 Motherboard @ Pro-Clockers

Posted by Nathan @ 8:55 PM (EDT)

Yet, with the way Intel operates, we knew that a new chipset was right around the corner. Around said corner we have come and so has that chipset, which is dubbed Z68, and shares the Cougar Point codename. Intel graced the Z68 with a few more features, added performance tweaks and improved power efficiency to your rig. ASRock was quick to send us over a couple of their motherboards featuring the Z68 where we decided to find out what is no doubt on many of your minds: Is upgrading to Z68 worth? Read on as we run through the board and find out just that.

BitFenix Shinobi Window Case Review @ Legit Reviews

Posted by Nathan @ 8:55 PM (EDT)

BitFenix's goal with the Shinobi Window was to address the budget minded gamer and provide a lot of high end features in a mid tower case. In my opinion they pulled this off brilliantly by packing thoughtful features and only making modest compromises. The fit and finish is fabulous and the case has a very solid feel with the exception of the fairly thin side panels. The soft touch finish gives the case a bit of class and combined with the nice recessed vent lines really makes a statement. Look out high priced PC case manufacturers, there is a new sheriff in town and he is gunning for you...

Epson WorkForce 60 Review @ TechReviewSource.com

Posted by Nathan @ 8:55 PM (EDT)

The Epson WorkForce 60 raises the bar on what to expect from an inexpensive inkjet printer. Faster than some color lasers, with paper handling that includes an ample 250-sheet capacity and built-in duplexer, it could have been designed just to challenge assumptions. Add in the Ethernet and Wi-Fi support, and you have to agree that it delivers an awful lot of printer for the price.


TechREACTION.net Review: Thermaltake Element V Black Edition

Posted by Nathan @ 8:54 PM (EDT)

The enormous size of the of the Element V allows it to swallow all of the components we installed easily. We practically wanted to start yodeling just to hear the echo inside this thing. With the pre-cut wire management solutions in place, the Element V creates a very clean installation without a lot of wires draped across the ample spaces inside the case. With such a clean install, it will also free up air to move more freely inside the case, allowing for lower temperatures for your hardware.

MSI P67A-GD65 Motherboard Review @ eTeknix.com

Posted by Nathan @ 8:54 PM (EDT)

With the original problems of the Intel P67 platform now well and truly fixed, a Sandy Bridge set-up is once again a great recommendation for any computer enthusiast looking for a new CPU or motherboard. We all know how blisteringly fast, stupendously overclockable and extremely good value the Intel LGA1155 processors are, especially the ‘Core i5 2500K’ and ‘Core i7 2600K’. The ‘K’ series of processors feature the unlocked multiplier meaning they are built for overclocking. Anybody looking forward to enjoying the wonders of these new processors also needs a motherboard to suit their needs and not break the bank. P67 or Z68 boards are exactly where the enthusiast crowd are looking.


NZXT Sentry Mesh Fan Controller Review @ OCC

Posted by Nathan @ 8:54 PM (EDT)

The Sentry Mesh is setup in such a way that no less than 40% of the maximum 12V of power courses through the veins of each cable at all times. This means that in the potentiometer's lowest position, the fans are still providing necessary airflow for your components while being virtually silent. This differs from the Sunbeamtech Rheosmart 6, where the potentiometers had a voltage range from 0V (off) to full blast as 12V. I prefer NZXT's method, particularly so with my Noctua case fans. They are quiet enough to begin with, but are virtually silent when the sliders are set to their lowest setting of 40% voltage. This feature also ensures that no matter how low the sliders are set, there will always be some air circulation.

Corsair HS1A Gaming Headset @ LanOC Reviews

Posted by Nathan @ 8:54 PM (EDT)

It’s rare to find a company that consistently hits home runs with their products, even more so in the tech industry with how quickly things change. Corsair is one of the few companies that have been consistently innovating in the industry over the past few years with introductions into PSU’s, Audio, and cooling. Because of that when they introduced their HS1A Gaming Headset a lot of people took notice, including us. Today we are going to take a listen to them and see if Corsair hit another home run or just a base hit.


OCZ Technology Agility 3 240GB Solid State Drive Review @ OCIA.net

Posted by Nathan @ 8:53 PM (EDT)

The SSD technology of today is worlds better than what we had in 2009. Better understanding of the technology, mature controllers, Windows 7, SATA 6Gb/sec and even the PCI-e bus have all advanced things to a point where SSDs are coming close to mainstream adoption. Pricing is also much more attractive as evident by the drive we are looking at today, OCZ's Agility 3 240GB unit. The Agility 3 is one of three new SATA 6Gb/sec SSDs and is classified as a high-performance drive alongside the higher-end Vertex 3.


Kingwin LZP-550 Lazer Platinum 550 W @ techPowerUp

Posted by Nathan @ 8:53 PM (EDT)

The Kingwin Lazer Platinum LZP-550 is based on Super Flower's platinum platform (Golden King 550W) and according to the manufacturer achieves over 92% efficiency. The power supply's fan will only spin beyond a certain temperature, so the PSU will emit no noise at low loads. In our review we find that this power supply is the best model available in its power range at this time.

Thermaltake Level 10 GT Review @ XSReviews.co.uk

Posted by Nathan @ 8:53 PM (EDT)

Last year Thermaltake introduced an iconic looking chassis that while it wasn’t the greatest in terms of cooling or practicality, the original Level 10 was certainly a head turner; even if it was just to look at the £500+ price tag.



Patriot Memory VIPER Xtreme PC3-12800 CL8 6GB Kit Review @ Real World Labs

Posted by Nathan @ 8:53 PM (EDT)

The latest VIPER Xtreme Low Latency 6GB DDR3 1600MHz CL8 kit by Patriot Memory may not be the fastest of its kind but thanks to the new low-profile heatsinks it looks great and also hits the sweet spot between performance and price.

Overclockers.com - Swiftech MCP35X and MCP35X Reservoir (Rev. 2)

Posted by Nathan @ 8:52 PM (EDT)

Today we’ll take a look at the Swiftech MCP35X pump and MCP35X Reservoir (Rev.2).

Tuesday, June 14 2011

Samsung PN59D8000 Review @ TechReviewSource.com

Posted by Nathan @ 10:31 PM (EDT)

The Samsung PN59D8000 is a 59-inch 3D plasma HDTV that has fantastic picture quality and very deep black levels. The 3D image performance is also very good and the included remote is double-sided with a QWERTY keyboard, which is really unique.


G.Skill Sniper 1866 MHz DDR3 Memory Kit @ Benchmark Reviews

Posted by Nathan @ 10:31 PM (EDT)

RAM is one of the basic building blocks of a computer system, and although the technology has changed over the years the same basic idea of quick temporary storage has been RAM's main purpose since its inception. Gamers have always wanted the fastest speeds possible but unfortunately that meant that many of the fastest kits were very expensive. Since the introduction of DDR3 prices have plummeted and speeds have skyrocketed and a good set of 2 x 4GB RAM can be had for under $150. G.Skill understands this and has SKU's designed for every price range. G.Skill's most recent addition is its Sniper series of which we will be looking at the 1866 MHz F3-14900CL9D-8GBSR kit which is well priced $104.99 providing users above average speeds with relatively tight 9-10-9-28 timings. Benchmark Reviews will determine if this RAM is worth its price or if users are better off getting slower, less expensive SKU's.

Thermaltake Level 10 GT Gaming Enthusiast Chassis Review @ OverclockersHQ

Posted by Nathan @ 10:30 PM (EDT)

The day the Level 10 came out from Thermaltake was a big day for Thermaltake. I remember there was a big launch party and the press releases went out and just about every website published it, even the ones that don’t normally bother posting press releases. It was, and still is a very impressive case, so when I opened my door to the delivery guy and he dropped a box on my porch that said level 10 on it I was more than just a little excited. Then I looked closer, “GT?” I exclaimed “a new Level 10?” Well today we are going to be showing you one of the second nicest cases I have seen in a long time, the first being its big brother. This case comes with a hefty but much more user friendly price tag than its big brother let’s take a look at the Thermaltake Level 10 GT Gaming and Enthusiast Chassis and see if it live up to the level 10 name:



ZOTAC GTX590 3GB Graphics Card Review @ Vortez

Posted by Nathan @ 10:29 PM (EDT)

Nvidia and AMD have taken different approaches to what their dual GPU cards represent. On the one hand, AMD rely on them for their most high end offering allowing them to focus on smaller, more efficient GPUs such that two can be placed onto one card without any significant tweaking. In essence, it works the same as crossfiring two cards without requiring the need of a compliant motherboard. Nvidia’s philosophy has always been to create the most powerful single GPU but often they have failed to compete with AMD’s dual GPU offerings (HD4870x2 vs. GTX285 or HD5970 vs. GTX480). Their recent achievement of being able to reduce power consumption and heat output of their tweaked Fermi based GF110 GPU has meant that Nvidia were once again able to pair two of them up for unmatched performance and to combat AMD’s HD6990. Afterall the GF110 GPU had already made the GTX580 the most powerful single GPU card on the market so having a graphics card with two of them on-board is recipe for success surely. And thus was born the GTX590.

Special nVidia Edition of Thermaltake Level 10 GT @ Kitguru

Posted by Nathan @ 10:29 PM (EDT)

nVidia has always loved a bit of GT action. Going back as far as the original 6800 series SLi cards, the GT version was extremely popular. So, on that basis, is the new chassis from Thermaltake any surprise? KitGuru sneaks in for a close-up.

Cooler Master Silencio 550 Chassis Review @ eTeknix.com

Posted by Nathan @ 10:29 PM (EDT)

Today's case is the Cooler Master Silencio 550 Chassis which is trying to be slightly different to your standard case but at a price that will not break the bank. The name itself might give it away slightly but if it's not obvious Cooler Master do claim 'near silent' operation when using this case. That seems like quite a tall order when most users will be using fairly hefty CPU Coolers and a decent powered PSU. All we can say from the start is that they certainly haven't compromised the looks of this case.

ASUS Geforce GTS 450 DirectCU OC 1GB Video Card Review @ ThinkComputers.org

Posted by Nathan @ 10:28 PM (EDT)

The GeForce GTS 450 has been around for quite sometime and many people don’t even think about it when they are purchasing a new video card. You have to think though, it does offer substantial performance for little investment, so you can spend most of your cash on other items in your build. Yes of course there are reference GTS 450 cards, but we are more interested in what comes a few months after launch. ASUS has sent us their ENGTS450 DirectCU OC card, which has ASUS’s custom heatsink and is overclocked up to 850 MHz. Let’s take a look…


PC Mark 7 Performance Review @ OCC

Posted by Nathan @ 10:28 PM (EDT)

The application itself is very straightforward and not surprisingly, user friendly. Installation and setup do not get in the way of a streamlined benchmarking process. Benchmarking itself is also easier than ever, albeit at the slight cost of customization. There are six primary benchmarks which are fully automated at specific settings. The inclusion of a light-weight benchmark, means that the benchmark won't take unusually long or produce disproportionately low scores on entry-level systems. The cherry on top of PCMark 7, is that the basic version maintains all of the core features of the program, allowing a much larger user-base. Though there was nothing notably wrong with PCMark Vantage, PCMark 7 has improved on the design with a free version that facilitates a larger user-base, a user-friendly interface and an overall streamlined benchmarking process.

Thermaltake Level 10 GT Full Tower Case Review @ Hi Tech Legion

Posted by Nathan @ 10:28 PM (EDT)

Thermaltake has taken a dip into a car modification with the Level 10 GT Full Tower Computer Case. The Level 10 GT takes its roots from the original Level 10 and adds a ton of flair and features that a computer enthusiast would need and love. The Level 10 GT meets ventilation, space, and aesthetic needs of the more advanced hardware configurations. Key features include the EasySwap PitStop 5 HDD Bays which allows easy access and handling of all HDDs in the system.



GSkill SNIPER PC3-12800 CL7 12GB Kit Review @ Real World Labs

Posted by Nathan @ 10:27 PM (EDT)

With amazingly tight timings and a huge overclocking potential the latest SNIPER kit by GSkill is simply the fastest PC3-12800 (1600MHz) tri-channel kit to ever pass from our test bench.

Sunday, June 12 2011

Radiopaq Duo Headphones Review @ Tech-Reviews.co.uk

Posted by Nathan @ 10:10 PM (EDT)

When we think of headphones, the phrase ‘You can’t polish a Turd’ immediately comes to mind. The headphone market is full of turds, products that have lost their primary function and have been designed purely so their airhead user looks good wearing them. This is happening more and more today, creating a very confusing marketplace. However, Radiopaq have created the ‘duo’, a pair of headphones being sold on their sound quality and comfort, priced at under £20, this makes a very tempting offering.

Asus M4A88T-M Motherboard Review @ Kitguru

Posted by Nathan @ 10:10 PM (EDT)

We have recently looked at two impressive AMD motherboards from Asus which performed well in our tests and offered great feature sets and build quality. Today we are going to look at the M4A88T-M motherboard which offers a similar feature set to the other two boards we’ve tested but in a micro-ATX form factor.

ECS Elitegroup H67H2-I in Mini ITX @ Hardwareoverclock.com

Posted by Nathan @ 10:09 PM (EDT)

the ECS H67H2-I set a new standard in multimedia platform that equipped with HDMI and S/PDIF for Blue-ray stereoscopic 3D movies and gaming. It equipped with all solid capacitors to offer the longevity, reliability and total stability, also super speed USB 3.0 and SATA 6Gbs ports for rapid data transfer. Is this the optimal board for home entertainment pc?

NVIDIA Presents The Official Duke Nukem Forever Custom PC

Posted by Nathan @ 10:09 PM (EDT)

If you or a colleague are attending the Duke Nukem Forever U.S. launch party tonight you'll come across NVIDIA's official, custom-built DNF PC, commissioned to celebrate the game's oft-delayed release.

As only a few will ever get to see the gigantic computer in the flesh, we had creator Richard Surroz write up a build log, giving you a look at how it was made, and how he overcame certain hurdles.