Week of August 14, 2011

Friday, August 19 2011

Genius Slimstar 8000 Wireless Keyboard/Mouse Combo Review @ Tweaknews

Posted by Nathan @ 2:03 PM (EDT)

Genius has a solid product with the SlimStar 8000 wireless keyboard/mouse combo. Both devices have a relatively small footprint and will easily fit in most laptop bags. Construction is solid and you can expect reliable performance. It may come in at a cheap price of $25, but it doesn't feel cheap. And at that price, anyone who needs a basic keyboard/mouse to use with a laptop or HTPC can afford it.


Gigabyte GA-P67A-UD4-B3 Intel P67 Motherboard Review @ PCSTATS

Posted by Nathan @ 2:01 PM (EDT)

This is a review of the Gigabyte GA-P67A-UD4-B3 motherboard which is equipped with a (new) 'B3'-stepping Intel P67 chipset. The Gigabyte GA-P67A-UD4-B3 motherboard replaces the original Gigabyte GA-P67A-UD4 model that was recalled due to the Intel 6-series chipset issue. This is a mainstream ATX motherboard with a great set of workstation features and connectivity, all on a sleek matt-black PCB that looks fantastic in black computer chassis. The board supports 32nm socket LGA1155 2nd Generation Intel Core i3/i5/i7 2xxx-series 'SandyBridge' processors, such as the Core i5 2500K, and can handle dual graphics cards.

CLICK HERE FOR Gigabyte GA-P67A-UD4-B3 Intel P67 Motherboard DEALS & PRICING

Bitfenix Shinobi Gaming Chassis Review @ OverclockersHQ

Posted by Nathan @ 2:01 PM (EDT)

Looking to be a competitor with other lower cost cases, BitFenix released the Shinobi, a mid-tower case that brings a bit of sleekness and elegance to the table. It comes in two options the non-windowed version and the windowed version. With room for an additional 5 fan mounts plus the 2 it comes with, as well as the 7 expansion slots the Shinobi looks like it will be able to rise to the challenge of being a competitor. On that note let's take a closer look at this chassis from BitFenix to see how it stacks up against the rest.


Plextor PX-128 M2S 128 GB SSD Review @ XSReviews.co.uk

Posted by Nathan @ 2:00 PM (EDT)

Who knew Plextor made SSDs? Well they do and they’re sitting pretty with a new SATA III drive. It’s part of the M2 range and is known fully as the Plextor PX-128M2S. There’s plenty of shelf life improving features that are all well and good, but you’re here for the performance numbers. So without furtherado, I present to you my findings.


Silverstone RVS02 USB 3.0 2.5" HDD Enclosure @ Pro-Clockers

Posted by Nathan @ 2:00 PM (EDT)

We have explored many hard drive enclosures over the year, many of them pretty simple in operation and some that offered more for the money like encryption or ease to install. This new enclosure from Silverstone praises on the latter as it makes hooking up a drive painless and easy. The RVS02, which is from the Raven line of component from Silverstone, sleek, good looking and fast.

Ineo I-NA215U Plus USB 3.0 Hard Drive Enclosure Review @ Bigbruin.com

Posted by Nathan @ 2:00 PM (EDT)

To introduce us to their hardware, Ineo Technology sent over one of their 2.5" hard drive enclosures. The I-NA215U Plus is a lightweight and compact enclosure that features USB 3.0 connectivity. We will be covering the bare enclosure, but it is worth mentioning that they also offer the enclosure bundled with a 750GB hard drive.

ASUS Mars II 3 GB Dual GTX 580 @ techPowerUp

Posted by Nathan @ 2:00 PM (EDT)

The ASUS MARS II is a monster graphics card consisting of two GeForce GTX 580 GPUs on a single PCB using triple slot cooling. Unlike the NVIDIA GTX 590, the MARS II comes with full GTX 580 clock speeds which give the card an almost 20% performance advantage over the GTX 590, making the card the fastest graphics card in the world, but also the most expensive at $1500.

ASRock Fatal1ty 990FX Professional Review @ Vortez

Posted by Nathan @ 1:59 PM (EDT)

The second 990FX board we’ve had the pleasure to review is here, and once again, it’s a special one. The ASRock 990FX Professional marks the pinnacle in ASRock’s AMD lineup and is designed squarely for gamers and overclockers. Designed as part of the ‘Fatal1ty’ range of products with Jonathan ‘Fatal1ty’ Wendel, this board aims to provide not only top end performance, but a whole range of useful features.

Kodak EasyShare Max Z990 Review @ TechReviewSource.com

Posted by Nathan @ 1:59 PM (EDT)

The Kodak EasyShare Max Z990 offers plenty of goodies including a long 30x zoom lens, manual controls, an electronic viewfinder, and 1080p video capture. But sluggish operation and poor low-light performance make this huge compact camera a tough sell.


TechREACTION Review: Cooler Master GenminII S524

Posted by Nathan @ 1:59 PM (EDT)

The Cooler Master GeminII S524 is a great cooler that has more than enough cooling potential for stock builds that want to be silent. It also has excellent cooling potential for users who want to push their hardware as far as they can; the 4.0Ghz San Ace test is a good example of this. The only thing we would have liked to see with the S524 us a simpler install method.

Icy Dock MB982SPR-2S Dual 2.5" to 3.5" SATA HDD / SSD Converter Review @ eTeknix.com

Posted by Nathan @ 1:58 PM (EDT)

These days, it is non unusual to see a hard drive enclosure or 2 of varying shapes, sizes and configurations knocking in and around your computer. Each of these can have different applications from being simply an enclosure to help cool the drive or enable you to take it anywhere and have the compatibility of a USB flash drive, right to being an external NAS RAID enclosure that gives you a huge amount of network accessible storage with the fall-over protection that you expect to see featured on your on-board RAID chip and hot swappable drive bays that allow you to change the connected drive on the fly without having to power down the machine.


Thermaltake eSports Challenger Gaming Keyboard Review @ Legit Reviews

Posted by Nathan @ 1:58 PM (EDT)

Today we get a chance to look at another product from this Thermaltake eSports line up, with the Challenger Gaming Keyboard. With an extra USB Port, braided cable, cooling fan, and 14 programmable macro keys; this is obviously a keyboard aimed at pleasing gamers on a budget. Read on and see our thoughts on this new gaming peripheral.

CLICK HERE FOR Thermaltake eSports Challenger Gaming Keyboard DEALS & PRICING

Seagate Barracuda XT 3TB SATA 3 HDD Review @ Real World Labs

Posted by Nathan @ 1:58 PM (EDT)

Thanks to excellent read/write speeds and a very attractive price tag the latest Barracuda XT 3TB SATA 3 Hard Disk Drive by Seagate offers an excellent price/performance ratio and is without doubt the ideal choice for casual users and gamers looking to increase their storage space without breaking the bank.


Gigabyte Z68X-UD7-B3 Motherboard Review @Hi Tech Legion

Posted by Nathan @ 1:57 PM (EDT)

The Z68X-UD7-B3 is Gigabyte’s flagship mainboard for the Intel socket 1155 Z68 chipset lineup. Gigabyte gave the Z68X-UD7-B3 an identical layout to the P67A-UD7-B3 as most of the changes are under the hood. Like all Z68 motherboards, the Gigabyte Z68X-UD7-B3 is capable of using Intel’s new Smart Response Technology which implements storage I/O caching to improve storage response times for traditional hard disk drives. Unlike some Z68 motherboards however, the Gigabyte Z68X-UD7-B3 does not have any display outputs on the rear I/O, thus is incapable of utilizing Intel’s revolutionary QuickSync technology.

CLICK HERE FOR Gigabyte Z68X-UD7-B3 Motherboard DEALS & PRICING

ASUS Rampage III Black Edition Review @ Neoseeker

Posted by Nathan @ 1:57 PM (EDT)

The ASUS Rampage III Black Edition is jam packed with features, performance and style, but is it worth the extremely high price?


NZXT Source 210 Elite Computer Case @ Benchmark Reviews

Posted by Nathan @ 1:57 PM (EDT)

When buying a case enthusiasts must balance between cost, aesthetics, and build quality. Normally you can only have two of these three things but on rare occasions companies produce a case that has all three properties in one case. NZXT has given enthusiast one of these rare cases with the NZXT Source 210 Elite which at $50 combines all three of these traits into one case. Benchmark Reviews will see if the Source 210 Elite is really the holy grail of mainstream cases or will this perfect looking case fall apart when scrutinized?

ASUS ENGTX580 DirectCU II Review @ OCC

Posted by Nathan @ 1:57 PM (EDT)

Just the overclocking street cred alone puts this card into the upper crust of GTX 580 video cards for good reason. The overclocking results achieved with the GTX 580 DCII are the highest I have reached out of the five-odd GTX 580 cards I have tested. No small feat when you look at it. ASUS has this card equipped to run the numbers with its exclusive SAP power circuit. Run the numbers it did on the GF110 core. I was able to reach a stable core clock of 979MHz, or almost 200MHz over the as-delivered 782MHz.

ASRock Z68 Extreme4 Gen3 @ PCTreiber.Net

Posted by Nathan @ 1:56 PM (EDT)

The ASRock Gen3 Mainboard were the first Sockel 1155 Mainboards with PCIe 3 Support that were available on the market. We've tested the ASRock Z68 Extreme4 Gen3 based on the Z68 chipset. It features 4 SATA3, 4 SATA2 and 4 USB3 Ports.

Kingston HyperX 240GB SATA III SSD @ Bjorn3D

Posted by Nathan @ 1:55 PM (EDT)

Kingston's latest HyperX series 240GB 2.5' SATA III 6Gbps Solid State Drive is one of the drives designed to meet the highest performance standards designed for the SandForce SF-2281 controller. It uses Intel's 25nm Compute NAND flash memory, which has 5K programmable/erasable cycles as compared to 3K for standard NAND. While the box to the left is labeled with performance numbers of 525MB/sec. read and 480MB/sec. write, according to Kingston, the drive was able to reach 555MB/sec. read and 510MB/sec. write in ATTO Disk Benchmark 2.41.


Corsair Carbide 400R Case Review @ Madshrimps

Posted by Nathan @ 1:55 PM (EDT)

Corsair has established itself quite nicely into the market of high end cases with their Obsedian series. Immediately competing with brands, that have been manufacturing cases for ages. Due to the high quality build and included features the price level was pretty elevated. Though Corsair is back with a vengeance. Targeting the sub 100 euro market now with it's latest Carbide series cases. It's main rivals probably will be from Coolermaster with it's legendary CM690 series. Or the newer but also insane popular HAF and Storm cases. Again not an easy task for the Corsair development team to design a case that looks slick, yet build of high quality components and including top notch features. Biggest issue is to keep the price at an affordable level.

Wednesday, August 17 2011

Silverstone GD06 Grandia Series HTPC Computer Case Review @ Tweaknews

Posted by Nathan @ 4:12 PM (EDT)

SilverStone's Grandia GD06 case brings a lot to the table for both HTPC and SFF enthusiasts alike. While the small, sleek GD06 will look great on the desk or in home theater furniture, it also offers up quality construction, a unique interior and top-notch cooling performance.


Samsung 470 Series 256GB SSD Review @ Vortez

Posted by Nathan @ 4:11 PM (EDT)

Today we will be taking a look at our first Samsung SSD from the 470 Series. A drive that uses the SATA 2 interface, promising to deliver 250MB/s read and 220MB/s write transfer speeds. SATA 2 SSDs may well have been superseded by SATA 3, offering 500MB/s+ but the price of SATA 2 has dropped quite considerably so many a consumer will still be extremely interested in such an investment – especially if they are upgrading from a traditional HDD.

Samsung 470 128GB SSD Review @ XSReviews.co.uk

Posted by Nathan @ 4:11 PM (EDT)

Samsung, memory makers and court room opponents of Apple. Today they stand charged with producing a good quality SSD of the 128GB variety. In the docket is this brushed aluminium drive from the 470 range. Let’s put it through it’s paces and see what the verdict is.


Gigabyte GA-P67A-UD4 Intel P67 Motherboard Review @ PCSTATS

Posted by Nathan @ 4:10 PM (EDT)

Consumers are fickle, look carefully and you may find Intel P67 boards that offer 90% of the features of a new Intel Z68 platform that are going for next to nothing. In this review PCSTATS is testing the Intel P67-based Gigabyte GA-P67A-UD4 motherboard. This is a mainstream ATX motherboard with a great set of workstation features and connectivity, all on a sleek matt-black PCB that looks fantastic in black computer chassis. The board supports 32nm socket LGA1155 2nd Generation Intel Core i3/i5/i7 2xxx-series 'SandyBridge' processors, such as the Core i5 2500K, and can handle dual graphics cards.


Tt eSPORTS Meka Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Review @ eTeknix.com

Posted by Nathan @ 4:10 PM (EDT)

Keyboards are certainly essential to everyday computing, but they are a lot more than that to your avid gamer, as such they are always looking for the quickest keyboard out there, and mechanical should win this hands down. Instead of using a bit of plastic with a small contact underneath to work as a switch, mechanical keyboards are made up of proper switches, usually provided by Cherry. These allow for rapid key movement and even more importantly they return back to the start position nearly instantly due to fairly heft spring system.

CLICK HERE FOR Tt eSPORTS Meka Mechanical Gaming Keyboard DEALS & PRICING

Corsair H100 Review @ Neoseeker

Posted by Nathan @ 4:10 PM (EDT)

The H100 is the latest in Corsair's line of acclaimed pre-assembled thermal liquid cooling solutions for enthusiasts, and the first self-contained closed-loop cooler from the manufacturer to use a beefy 240 mm radiator. It's big in form factor, and promises to be just as big in performance. Hit our latest liquid cooler review to see how it stacks against the competition.


Cooler Master Gemin II S524 @ LanOC Reviews

Posted by Nathan @ 4:10 PM (EDT)

Cooling components is critical. This is why when you buy a processor it comes with a CPU heatsink and fan. Heat wears components out faster and reduces their reliability. The first thing I do when working with a new machine is replace the stock heatsink with an aftermarket one. They are more efficient and depending on the configuration, could even be quieter. Cooler Master has sent us a CPU cooler that caught my attention. The Gemin II S524 is a square shaped cooler that instead of sitting directly over the CPU itself extends over one side to cool additional components. I have always been a big fan of aftermarket CPU coolers with two fans in a push/pull configuration. Typically CPU coolers with a single fan don’t seem to work as well, and I am unsure of how the overhang will impact the general airflow in the case itself.

Asus HD 6870 DirectCU 1GB GDDR5 Video Card Review @Hi Tech Legion

Posted by Nathan @ 4:09 PM (EDT)

The ASUS HD6870 DirectCU brings a very refined aspect to video cards. In addition to the Radeon HD 6870 GPU overclocked to 915MHz, the ASUS HD6870 DirectCU brings a slew of ASUS exclusive features and technologies. Naturally, the card is fitted with ASUS’ DirectCU cooling system, complete with three direct contact copper heat pipes and aluminum fin array, dust repellant shroud and variable speed fan. Under the shroud, you will find ASUS’ exclusive Super Alloy design featuring the highest quality capacitors, MOSFETs and chokes for improved performance, lower heat and longer life. It also needs to be noted that the stronger nature of Super Alloy technology certainly helps in overclocking, especially with the HD6870 DirectCU’s unlocked voltage in the BIOS. To aid in overclocking ASUS includes their Smart Doctor software to assist you in easily and safely overclocking your GPU.

Apple Hackintosh: Intel Sandy Bridge Upgrade @ Benchmark Reviews

Posted by Nathan @ 4:09 PM (EDT)

Benchmark Reviews has previously detailed our experience in creating an Apple Macintosh into Hackintosh: a computer built of PC components, running Apple's OS X operating system and applications. Apple doesn't make this easy to do, since they'd prefer you to buy a real Macintosh, but years of work by the enthusiast community has resulted in a support system of software, guides, and online forums that provide enough information for the dedicated Hackintosher to succeed. In this article I'll describe my experience moving my Hackintosh from its X58 hardware to a new Intel Sandy Bridge platform.

Thermaltake Level 10 GT Case Review @ XtremeComputing

Posted by Nathan @ 4:09 PM (EDT)

The original Level 10 went down well worldwide (and my editor actually used one in his recent M-Power mod – click here for more info), so the Level 10 GT should hopefully be even better! The only complaint that most users had of the original Level 10, was the lack of space – the GT is here to address that.



Thermaltake Spin Headset @ Bjorn3D

Posted by Nathan @ 4:08 PM (EDT)

The Thermaltake Spin currently is the only headset in the Tt eSport line with 50mm Neodymium drivers and comes in three colors: shining white, diamond black, and royal red. All three headsets come at a rather affordable price of $64.99 on Newegg.com, with the red one costing as low as $60.99. The cushioning around the drivers is made from velvet, as was previously observed in Shock One, and is designed to provide comfortable experience even after hours of gameplay. While our expectations of the headset are rather high, let's take a closer look in order to see if this headset is truly worth the price.

CLICK HERE FOR Thermaltake Spin Headset DEALS & PRICING

Alienware M18x Review @ TechReviewSource.com

Posted by Nathan @ 4:08 PM (EDT)

The Alienware M18x desktop replacement laptop offers a huge 18-inch display, fantastic performance and high-end internal specifications. Behind a rather bland design, however, there is an Intel quad-core CPU, a massive 16GB of memory and dual Nvidia GTX 580M video cards.


Buffalo Technology CloudStor 2TB NAS Server Review @ Bigbruin.com

Posted by Nathan @ 4:08 PM (EDT)

The ways to share and store that media have brought with it a plethora of new storage devices. The move to "the cloud" has also allowed people to access virtually anything from anywhere and from any device. Today, we look at a device that looks to meet all of those needs in a fairly simple, plug-and-play solution - the Buffalo Technology CloudStor 2TB NAS Server.

CLICK HERE FOR Buffalo Technology CloudStor 2TB DEALS & PRICING

WD Scorpio Blue 1TB Notebook Hard Drive Review @ Legit Reviews

Posted by Nathan @ 4:08 PM (EDT)

Today, we'll be looking at a the WD Scorpio Blue WD10JPVT 1TB 5400 RPM 2.5" SATA II notebook hard drive. With a 5400 RPM drive speed, 8MB cache, and 3 GB/s SATA interface speed, the 1TB Western Digital Scorpio Blue hard drive is the largest capacity drive offered by Western Digital in the 2.5" SATA notebook standard. If you want to massive amounts of storage space in a laptop this is the drive for you!

CLICK HERE FOR WD Scorpio Blue 1TB Notebook Hard Drive DEALS & PRICING

Cooler Master Gemini II S524 CPU Cooler @ Pro-Clockers

Posted by Nathan @ 4:07 PM (EDT)

Popular cooling of your PC components is one of the most important procedures that must be achieved when building a new rig. The first thing that comes to mind when it comes to cooling is making sure the CPU itself is at a satisfactory operating temperature. But many seldom go any farther than that. What about extra cooling of your ram or North Bridge or even the phase power MOSFETs of your motherboard? Yes, these things should be cooled as well rather it is to extend on your overclocking ceiling or to help prolong the life of your components. Cooler Master is adding the Gemini II S524 to their line of cooling to help achieve just this.

Lenovo IdeaPad Tablet K1 Review @ HotHardware

Posted by Nathan @ 4:07 PM (EDT)

The IdeaPad Tablet K1 is Lenovo's first Honeycomb tablet to hit the market, though the more industrial strength ThinkPad Tablet is expected to arrive in the next couple of months. The K1 is billed as a media consumption and entertainment device built for portability and performance on the go.

Honestly, that sounds like a lot of the Honeycomb tablets we've seen to date. So why should Lenovo's IdeaPad Tablet K1 grab your attention? We'll see if we can determine that for you in our hands-on experiences and performance evaluations on the pages that follow.

Tuesday, August 16 2011

HP Pavilion Elite h8xt Review @ TechReviewSource.com

Posted by Nathan @ 5:16 PM (EDT)

The HP Pavilion Elite h8xt is a mid-line desktop that offers some kick thanks to the quad-core Intel i7 CPU and 8GB of RAM, but it also has a sleek design that's sure to please. Thanks to its not so high price tag, this HP is a fair buy for users that want good performance without a high price.


Silicon Power Stream S10 750B USB 3.0 @ techPowerUp

Posted by Nathan @ 5:16 PM (EDT)

The Silicon Power Stream S10 does not only look sleek, but also ships in two metallic color choices. On top of that the 750GB external hard drive offers very good performance and a great set of accessories. We take the drive for a spin and rip it apart to see what makes it tick.

ARCTIC P281 Dj Headphones and P311 Bluetooth Headset @ Rbmods

Posted by Nathan @ 5:16 PM (EDT)

First is the ARCTIC SOUND P281 headphone, a full-sized DJ headphone so we'll listen to the various music to check how it sounds. Second is the ARCTIC SOUND P311 Bluetooth headset for sports and on the go so we'll see what you can expect with these.

Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 Intel Z68 Motherboard Review @ PCSTATS

Posted by Nathan @ 5:15 PM (EDT)

Today, the newest chipset for Intel processors is the Z68 Express and motherboards like the Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 which are built around it offer up a mainstream suite of capabilities and a kitchen sink full o'features. On the all important videocard front there are two options - integrated graphics via the board's HDMI/Display Port/DVI-D/Analog video outputs, or PCI Express based discrete graphics cards. In terms of videocards, the GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 motherboard will handle one PCI Express 2.0 x16 videocard in x16 mode or a pair of nVidia Geforce / ATI Radeon videocards in SLI or Crossfire, in x8/x8 mode.


Antec KÜHLER H2O 620 CPU cooler Review @ Vortez

Posted by Nathan @ 5:15 PM (EDT)

The KÜHLER H2O 620, like its bigger brother, is also based on the latest Asetek design using their third generation copper cold plate to ensure better cooling than other ALC units. As I mentioned in the previous review, Corsair’s H50 and H70 used the first generation Asetek technology so we expect the Antec KÜHLER H2O 620 to be a marked improvement over Corsair’s equivalent unit. The new units also feature a low profile CPU block and pump unit as seen on the KÜHLER H2O 920. The other notable difference between the Corsair H50 and the Antec unit is the orientation of the fan. Whereas the former is designed with a fan drawing cool air inside the chassis, the Antec features an exhaust fan instead to extract hot air from the radiator outside of the case. It remains to be seen which design works better and whether the KÜHLER H2O 620 is indeed a viable purchase in this ever competitive segment.



Cooler Master GeminII S524 & Hyper 612 PWM Review @ Neoseeker

Posted by Nathan @ 5:14 PM (EDT)

The Cooler Hyper 612 PWM and GeminII S524 are new CPU coolers designed to offer excellent thermal performance without breaking the bank. They're updates of older designs, with the Hyper 612 PWM in particular improving on the the trusty Hyper 212 Plus tower heatsink. We test both heatsinks in our latest cooler review.

GELID Solutions Rev2 Tranquillo CPU Cooler Review @ Legit Reviews

Posted by Nathan @ 5:14 PM (EDT)

This is the very first time that I have reviewed a GELID CPU cooler, but for full disclosure I have reviewed, and still use, their Icy Vision GPU cooler on my NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480 video card. Like with the GPU cooler the Rev2 Tanquillo's build quality was good and overall I was happy with my experience with the Rev2 Tranquillo. The Rev2 Tranquillo performs nicely at the lower CPU clocks, and does it silently. From a performance standpoint the GELID Rev2 Tranquillo is a nice option for those that want better than stock cooling and aren't trying squeeze every last megahertz they out of their system with extreme overclocking...

Cooler Master GeminII S524 CPU Cooler Review @Hi Tech Legion

Posted by Nathan @ 5:14 PM (EDT)

The Cooler Master GeminII S524 is equipped with a single 120mm fan but can also use a 140mm fan. The CM GeminII S524 improves upon the RAM module clearance issue of the GeminII S by having 47mm height clearance between the motherboard and the aluminum fins. The Cooler Master GeminII S524 uses the same five 6mm copper heatpipe design employed on the GeminII S but now comes nickel electroplated for improved conductivity and corrosion inhibition. The supplied 120mm PWM fan can operate between 800 to 1800 RPM, designed to perform at a low noise decibel range between 15.1 to 31.6 dBA. In terms of versatility, the Cooler Master GeminII S524 can be mounted in various orientations and is compatible with Intel socket 775 up to 1366 as well as AMD socket AM2 up to the latest FM1 and upcoming AM3+ sockets.

Cooler Master Hyper 612 PWM and GeminII S524 Review @ OCC

Posted by Nathan @ 5:13 PM (EDT)

Though the GeminII S524 isn't a hugely strong competitor in these tests, it is by far the smallest of the comparison models, and truthfully, it serves a different purpose. The Hyper 612 PWM is meant to be big, bulky, and a powerhouse performer for keeping your processor cool. On the other hand, there's no way that this monster would EVER fit into a mini ITX case. So, if it's not some large tower heatsink and still performs far better than the stock cooler, then something like the GeminII S524 would be a good choice.

Thermaltake Toughpower 1350W Power Supply Review @ [H]

Posted by Nathan @ 5:13 PM (EDT)

Thermaltake is back on our test benches and back with some very big iron. Thermaltake made some of the "biggest and baddest" computer power supplies years ago and we are about to find out if the company does once again. However this Toughpower is well above a kilowatt and surely will have a limited appeal, but also surely attract a lot of attention.

Monday, August 15 2011

Alienware Aurora R3 System Autopsy @ HotHardware.com

Posted by Nathan @ 6:26 PM (EDT)

One of Alienware’s Aurora R3 gaming systems crash landed at HotHardware, and today it's us performing the Alien(ware) autopsy. We dissected the Aurora R3 from head to toe, discovered what makes it tick, and then fed it a handful of games and other software to observe how it digests a diet of DirectX 11 and other modern morsels, all in the name of science, of course...

Kingwin Stryker Fanless 500 W @ techPowerUp

Posted by Nathan @ 6:26 PM (EDT)

The Kingwin Stryker 500 W is an amazing little PSU. It is one of the few models that offers 80PLUS Platinum efficiency, which means well over 90%, even at low load. In addition to that the power supply is completely fanless, emitting no noise at all - great for a quiet office PC or media PC system.

Sapphire Radeon HD 6850 Review @ Ultimate Hardware

Posted by Nathan @ 6:25 PM (EDT)

The Sapphire Radeon HD 6850 uses the Barts GPU at 775Mhz and has 1GB GDDR5 memory running at 4000Mhz. The Sapphire Radeon HD 6850 has a 256Bit Memory Interface, 960 Shader Processors and DirectX 11. The Sapphire Radeon HD 6850 faces the Sapphire Radeon HD 5850 Xtreme which has DX11 and 1440 Shader Processors. Software used for testing was 3dmark 2006, 3dmark Vantage, 3dmark 11, Dirt 3, Call of Duty Black Ops, Crysis Warhead and Hawk 2. It's going to be an interesting fight between the Sapphire Radeon HD 6850 and Sapphire Radeon HD 5850 Xtreme which has 34% more Shader Processors for that extra performance impact. The Sapphire Radeon HD 6850 also has a small advantage of a 7% Higher Core Clock Speed which should give it a small performance boost.


Corsair Force GT SATA III 120GB SSD Review @ Legit Reviews

Posted by Nathan @ 6:25 PM (EDT)

The fiery red shell of the Corsair Force GT 120GB SSD is indicative of the high performance nature of the drive and enthusiasts who like to color match and show off their components will find this to be one of the more ornate SSDs on the market. With max read performance listed as 555MB/s and 515MB/s for max writes, it doesn't boast the best specifications of any SandForce drive on the market but it's right up there. More importantly, it's a tad faster than the non-GT version of the Force 3 drives which specs out at 550MB/s and 510MB/s...


CM Storm Enforcer Case Review @ Technic3D

Posted by Nathan @ 6:25 PM (EDT)

The CM Storm Enforcer is the next PC-Case in the Technic3D Editorship. The Enforcer supports ATX and Micro-ATX motherboards and have place for four Cooling-Fans and a six 3,5" drives. We will check this and many more in the following Review.


TechREACTION Review: Lamptron FC9 Fan Controller

Posted by Nathan @ 6:24 PM (EDT)

The sliders are a good idea to help create a fan controller that stands out from the normal run-of-the-mill fan units, featuring functional but boring knobs. The sliders move up and down with ease and felt very sturdy, which is what we have come to expect from Lamptron’s quality construction. The seven LED color choices just top everything off with this unique looking fan controller. With all the choices, everyone should be able to find a suitable color… or none at all, for you stealthy types (and ninjas).

ASUS Maximus IV Extreme @ Bjorn3D

Posted by Nathan @ 6:23 PM (EDT)

Today we're taking a look at one of the best P67 powered motherboards. The ASUS Maximus IV Extreme is a top-of-the-line P67 offering for the ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) line. ROG offerings are always highly features with either newly introduced technologies or at the very least just about every option that normally can be placed on a board. Besides gamers, ROG has also built a strong following with enthusiasts and overclocker crowd. ASUS has tailored a lot of the options on the Maximus IV Extreme for better overclocking. Some of the included features include Bluetooth connectivity, ROG Connect for easier monitoring/control from a remote system, and a whole host of monitoring and overclocking features found right at the upper edge of the board to assist with any diagnosis or monitoring needed when pushing this board to the limit. Another feature of ROG boards is stylish design, and this board carries very elegant (yet aggressive) heatsinks to keep the appearance on par with the performance ASUS claims for this model.


Asus U31SD-A1 Review @ TechReviewSource.com

Posted by Nathan @ 6:23 PM (EDT)

The Asus U31SD-A1 is a 13-inch laptop that's extremely portable and has some power to back it up. It has an Intel Core i3 CPU, dual-graphics with 1GB discrete Nvidia graphics and extremely long battery life. It does have some flaws, however, like a somewhat dull display.


AMD Radeon 6950 Triple CrossFireX Review @ eTeknix.com

Posted by Nathan @ 6:23 PM (EDT)

Looking at the title, we've called this a review, but in reality, it's not really as we won't be looking at the hardware used in their own entity but instead will be purely focussing on the performance that three 6950 Radeon's can output when put into a multi GPU configuration.


Strontium Matrix Series 120GB Solid State Drive Review @ Tweaktown

Posted by Nathan @ 6:23 PM (EDT)

Frequent followers of our SSD reviews have already been introduced to Strontium, a SSD manufacturer from Singapore. Our first review of the company's product was the Gamma Series 115GB published last week. The Gamma Series is Strontium's entry level SSD that uses a SandForce SF-1200 controller and pairs it with 25nm IMFT flash. The Matrix Series drive that we are looking at today is based on a Marvell controller and for the most part is a rebadged Micron C400 SATA III SSD.

AMD A6-3650 Llano 2.6GHz Quad Core APU Review @Hi Tech Legion

Posted by Nathan @ 6:22 PM (EDT)

The AMD A6-3650 Llano 2.6GHz Quad Core APU seems to fit that economical need that average users may have. The A6-3650 boasts a 2.6GHz quad core processor and a Radeon 6530D GPU. The APU was manufactured with the 32nm process and comes with 4MB of L2 cache. The Radeon 6530D has a 443MHz core clock and 320 Radeon cores. This next generation of AMD chip also has a support of up to 1866 DDR3 memory. Codenamed "Llano" this APU has a TDP of 100W. Feature support includes AMD Dual Graphics, DX 11, and AMD Accelerated Parallel Processing Technology.

Cubitek XL Tank Review @ OCC

Posted by Nathan @ 6:21 PM (EDT)

Upgrade ability also isn't an issue on the XL-Tank, with support for graphics cards up to 310mm and heatsinks 190mm in height, you should never run into a situation where the case will not work with your hardware. With the ability to house XL-ATX this case supports just about anything that is big. It also includes other neat features such as a removable hard disk drive bay and even offers support for up to six hard disk drives. Wire management with the XL-Tank is exceptional, given the mind numbing amount of holes in the motherboard tray to fish wires through.

Hitachi UltraStar 7K3000 3TB SATA 3 HDD Review @ Real World Labs

Posted by Nathan @ 6:20 PM (EDT)

The latest enterprise class UltraStar 7K3000 3TB SATA 3 HDD by Hitachi GST may not be worlds apart in terms of raw performance when compared to its smaller brother the DeskStar 7K3000 3TB SATA 3 HDD but that's just about the only thing that these two drives have in common.


ZOTAC GTX580 3GB AMP2! SLI Review @ Vortez

Posted by Nathan @ 6:20 PM (EDT)

ZOTAC now have 5 variations of NVIDIA’s finest GPU giving you the choice of reference, overclocked, custom air-cooled, water cooled or a combination of the two so everyone, regardless of requirements is catered for. The AMP! Editions of ZOTAC graphics cards feature maximum possible overclocks yet still retain air cooling. The only options further up the hierarchy are Infinity Editions but for this you will need water-cooling. The AMP2! Edition GTX580’s we have on test today feature a triple slot design giving the maximum possible performance from an air cooled solution.


Crucial M4 SATA 6GB/s Solid State Drive @ Pro-Clockers

Posted by Nathan @ 6:20 PM (EDT)

Crucial hit the pavement running when they received the C300 series of solid state drives. With a read/write of 355MB/sec and 140MB/sec respectfully, the C300 was not slug. But with the introduction of the SATA III controller and the P67 chipset many manufacturers felt it was time to unleash their transfer power. Crucial was one of those companies as they released the m4 series of solid state drives. What kinds of improvements number wise does the new model have over the older model?


Overclockers.com - Sapphire EDGE HD2 Mini PC Review

Posted by Nathan @ 6:19 PM (EDT)

Being primarily a DIY-er website, it pains me to say this but sometimes a factory-built machine like the Sapphire EDGE Mini-PC HD2 has its advantages. This HTPC is tiny, about the size of a consumer router or eBook reader. This review will explore whether great things really can come in small packages.

Sony Vaio S - VPC-SB1S1EW Review @ ocaholic

Posted by Nathan @ 6:19 PM (EDT)

With the Vaio S - VPC-SB1S1EW, Sony has a very good looking subnotebook in its portfolio. Furthermore it come at an interesting price point of CHF 1'000.- (est. EUR 900.-). The device also offers plenty of performance andy therefore it might be the ideal companion if you spend a lot of time travelling.