Week of June 19, 2011

Friday, June 24 2011

Seagate GoFlex Slim (320GB) Review @ TechReviewSource.com

Posted by Nathan @ 5:35 PM (EDT)

The Seagate GoFlex Slim (320GB) hard drive is like a prize greyhound, with a distinctive slim look and USB 3.0 speed. Some might want a drive with more storage capacity, but the sleek design and zippy speeds will tempt most buyers.


OCZ Agility 3 240GB SSD @ Techreaction

Posted by Nathan @ 5:34 PM (EDT)

If youíre moving from mechanical HDDs, the Agility 3 is without doubt a recommended purchase if youíre looking to save nearly a hundred dollars off the price of the fastest SATA3 drives. If youíre simply upgrading from SATA2 SandForce drives, the difference will not be as awe-inspiring, but still makes a difference in 24/7 operations. No other 240 GB drive comes close in price without dropping speeds nearly in half.


Intel 510 Series 250GB SSD Review @ Technic3D

Posted by Nathan @ 5:34 PM (EDT)

The Intel 510 Series SSD 250GB arrived Technic3D. Available in 120GB and 250GB configurations. Results in extreme performance with up to 500 MB/s sequential read and 315 MB/s sequential write speeds? We will check this and more against the SSDs from Corsair, OCZ, Western Digital and G.Skill.


Sapphire Radeon HD 5850 Xtreme 1GB Graphics Card Review @ eTeknix.com

Posted by Nathan @ 5:34 PM (EDT)

We all remember the 5000 series cards from AMD and how much of an impact they had to the market by offering great performance at a fantastic price point. Shortly after this era, the 6000 series arrived on the scene offering better tessellation and technical effects for that similar pricing structure.

NZXT H2 Classic Silent Midtower Chassis Review @ OverclockersHQ

Posted by Nathan @ 5:33 PM (EDT)

Today we have for you a review of the NZXT H2 Classic Silent Midtower Chassis. This case has some cool features for you like a hot-swappable HDD bay, USB 3.0, and fan control speed. On top of this there is the main selling feature, noise reduction. Gamers would agree that it is no small thing, noise reduction can lessen the distracting sounds a computer can make, freeing you to concentrate on your accuracy or strategy. Even casual computer users would agree that noises that computers make can be a major pain. So lets jump right in to the review to get a better look at the H2 Classic Chassis from NZXT.

Overclockers.com - HIS 6870 IceQ X Turbo X Video Card Review

Posted by Nathan @ 5:33 PM (EDT)

With the same high-performing cooler, the HIS 6870 IceQ X Turbo X should be remarkably similar to the HIS 6950 IceQ X Turbo X reviewed previously. The mid-range 6870 should run cool and quiet while sporting hefty overclocks like the high-end cards.

ASUS Sabertooth 990FX Motherboard Review @ Legit Reviews

Posted by Nathan @ 5:32 PM (EDT)

ASUS hit the mark with the Sabertooth 990FX! The Sabertooth 990FX was able to dig its teeth into everything we threw at it and be the dominant force in the charts! If you're in the market for a motherboard the ASUS Sabertooth 990FX should be at the top of your short list...

Gigabyte Z68X-UD7-B3 Motherboard Review @ Kitguru

Posted by Nathan @ 5:32 PM (EDT)

While everyone waits with baited breath for AMD to release their new range of processors, we felt it was a good time to have a look at another Intel Z68 motherboard Ė the Gigabyte Z68X-UD7-B3. Gigabyte have earned a good reputation in the industry over the years for producing quality motherboards, alongside MSI and Asus.

Sapphire HD6670 Ultimate, HD6750 & HD6770 Review @ OCC

Posted by Nathan @ 5:32 PM (EDT)

The Sapphire HD6670 Ultimate was able to give me a maximum clock of 870 MHz on the GPU core and 1140 MHz on the memory core, the Sapphire HD6750 was able to hit a maximum of 840 MHz on the GPU clock and the memory clock was a maximum of 1340 MHz. Finally the HD6770 had a maximum GPU Core clock of 960 MHz and 1320 MHz on the memory clock.

Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD7: Ready Bulldozer, AM3+ @ Bjorn3D

Posted by Nathan @ 5:31 PM (EDT)

The launch of the AMD "Scorpius" platform for the performance desktop PC featuring the upcoming Bulldozer processor is finally in motion at Computex 2011 with the releasing of the AMD 9 series chipset. While we have to wait a little longer until we can get our hands on the Bulldozer, the launching of the 9 series chipset from various motherboard manufacturers means that the processor should be coming very soon.

OCZ Technology RevoDrive X2 100GB PCI Express SSD Review @ Bigbruin.com

Posted by Nathan @ 5:31 PM (EDT)

OCZ Technology has another winner on its hands with the RevoDrive X2 100GB PCI Express SSD! It is hard not to be impressed by an SSD that offers read speeds of up to 740MB/s and write speeds of up to 690MB/s. A variety of tests were run on the RevoDrive X2 and a collection of five other "high speed" SSDs, and the RevoDrive X2 was consistently dominant.


Cooler Master Silencio 550 Computer Case @ Benchmark Reviews

Posted by Nathan @ 5:30 PM (EDT)

Benchmark Reviews has as its subject today one dark and mysterious Cooler Master Silencio 550 Mid-Tower Case. Silencio translates to English as "silence" and so it is that we will quietly and thoughtfully perform a dissection of this case, partaking on a journey into the innards of the new Cooler Master Silencio 550 in order to uncover its mysteries and (hopefully) wonders. Let's find out why this case is marketed as having "Near silent operation and prepared to take on powerful hardware, the Cooler Master Silencio is able to keep high-end setups running cool and quiet."

ASUS EAH5550 Review @ ocaholic

Posted by Nathan @ 5:30 PM (EDT)

With the EAH5550 ASUS has AMD's low end product in its portfolio that comes with PCB layout made by ASUS themselves. This card is based on the RV870 architecture which has been fully reworked for the entry level market. Never the less we're curious how this thing will perform in our benchmark parcours. For a small teaser: this card proves quite decent and overclocking was a lot of fun.


Thursday, June 23 2011

TechREACTION.net Review: Sentey SS2-2807 Case

Posted by Nathan @ 1:24 PM (EDT)

The Sentey SS2-2807 is a great little case with a decent amount of features packed into a slim design. You will have some expandability, with the three 3.5″ bays, and in todayís market, with hard drives getting bigger and bigger, three bays should meet most peopleís media storage needs. The dust filter on the intake fan was another good feature, and shows Sentey takes pride in the quality of their products where most companies would have skimped a little to cut costs. The included 450W PSU is a nice touch, as finding a power supply small enough to fit in slim cases can sometimes be a real challenge.

OWC Mercury EXTREME Pro 6G 240GB SSD Review @ Legit Reviews

Posted by Nathan @ 1:24 PM (EDT)

The SandForce SF-2200 controller does all the heavy lifting, pushing out listed reads of 559MB/s and writes of 527MB/s. This is almost exactly what we saw on the benchmarks in terms of max performance so OWC was true to their specifications. Fresh off of testing the OCZ Vertex 3 Max IOPS 240 GB drive we felt others would have a tough time topping its performance but OWC came through with a drive that eked out better scores more often than not. OWC is going to garner a lot of attention if they keep putting out products like the 240 GB Mercury EXTREME Pro 6g SSD as we found it to be the best overall performing SATA III drive we have tested to date...

Sharkoon X-Tatic SX Stereo Headset Review @ eTeknix.com

Posted by Nathan @ 1:24 PM (EDT)

When you first think of Sharkoon, the first thought that would come to mind would generally be fans. When you delve a little bit deeper into their product ranges, you'll be pleasantly surprised to see that they cater for a number of markets, gaming headsets being one of them. The current market for headsets is fiercely competitive and so any new comers to the area have got a huge mark to step up to.

Noctua NH-U12P Special Edition SE2 Review @ Kitguru

Posted by Nathan @ 1:23 PM (EDT)

At the end of the day, the only problems with the NH D14 are the price (around £70) and the gargantuan size which can cause fitting problems with a selection of supporting hardware. Enter the NH U12P which received an update in recent months to Special Edition SE2 status. This cooler can be picked up for around the £50 mark in the UK, so there are substantial savings to be made.



NZXT H2 Classic Silent Mid-Tower Case Review @ OCIA.net

Posted by Nathan @ 1:23 PM (EDT)

NZXT introduces the newest design in their Classic series, the H2 Silent mid-tower. Building upon the success of their previous Hush mid-tower and Whisper full-tower chassis, the H2 incorporates the latest case upgrades and technological advances into a compact mid-tower frame, utilizing quieting features and a classic styling that practically screams NZXT.

AC Ryan PlayOn!HD2 Media Player Review @ Tweaktown

Posted by Nathan @ 1:23 PM (EDT)

Today I'm going to talk about AC Ryan's PlayOn!HD2 media player. Just recently I took a look at KWorld's media player and this follows suit. One of the negative impressions I had with the KWorld player, however, was the UI. AC Ryan has not made the same mistake, believe me.

Enermax EMG700AWT Modu87+ 700W @ Rbmods

Posted by Nathan @ 1:22 PM (EDT)

A Power supply is possibly one of the most important parts when building a computer. A Good quality PSU will ensure you enough capacity after adding a couple hard disks and new graphics card into your computer. Today we will take a look at one which is the Enermax Modu87+ EMG700AWT 700W power supply and see how it performs in our tests.

Razer TRON Legacy Gaming Mouse And Mat Bundle Review @ Real World Labs

Posted by Nathan @ 1:22 PM (EDT)

Whether or not you are a huge fan of both TRON movies the latest TRON LEGACY Gaming Mouse and Mat bundle by Razer is bound to leave you speechless with its design, glowing colors and lightning fast performance.

Wednesday, June 22 2011

ASRock H61iCafe Intel H61 Motherboard Review @ ThinkComputers.org

Posted by Nathan @ 4:29 PM (EDT)

With Intelís introduction of its second generation Core processors the main chipsets you have been hearing about and we have been covering are the P67, H67 and Z68. These chipsets are the mainstream and enthusiasts chipsets that give you everything you would ever want on a motherboard, but what if you are trying to save money? Or just build a simple machine? ASRock has you covered with the H61iCafe motherboard. This board is of course based on the Intel H61 Express Chipset. This board features USB 3.0 connectivity, Graphical UEFI BIOS, and support for Intelís second generation processors.

Dell Inspiron 17R Review @ TechReviewSource.com

Posted by Nathan @ 4:28 PM (EDT)

The Dell Inspiron 17R is a large 17-inch desktop replacement laptop that has a sturdy design that as some updated internals and ports, including USB 3.0 and Intel's Wireless Display interface. However it has only average graphics performance and doesn't have a Blu-ray optical drive.


TechREACTION.net review: Thermaltake Armor A90 Case

Posted by Nathan @ 4:28 PM (EDT)

Up front, the 5.25″ and 3.5″ drive bays are protected by a very solid door. The bottom-front houses a 120mm intake fan, which will help cool your drives while bringing in fresh air to the system. The side panel includes a small window, offering just a sneak peek as to whatís inside. There is an optional 120mm fan spot as well on the side, if you decide you need more direct fresh-air cooling for your video cards, chipset, or CPU.

CLICK HERE FOR Thermaltake Armor A90 Case DEALS & PRICING


Head-Direct HiFiMAN HE-500 Headphones @ techPowerUp

Posted by Nathan @ 4:28 PM (EDT)

Headphone producer Head-Direct seems unstoppable when it comes to releasing new orthodynamic based headphones. The newest arrival is named HE-500 and slots in between the HE-5LEs and the HE-6s. New for the HE-500s is a special driver setup that allows for much higher efficiency.

Cooler Master HAF X Full Tower Chassis Review @ eTeknix.com

Posted by Nathan @ 4:27 PM (EDT)

Here we are again with another Cooler Master review, and today sees us looking at one of the most widely talked about cases from the guys at CM. The HAF X is not only the biggest case in the HAF series but is currently one of the largest cases in the whole range of cases from them too.



Fractal Design Define R3 PC Case Review @ Real World Labs

Posted by Nathan @ 4:27 PM (EDT)

If you are not looking to build a massive system with the largest hardware components available but rather a quiet and stylish one then the latest Define R3 Midi Tower by Fractal Design is amongst your best choices in the market currently.

NZXT Havik 140 CPU Cooler Review @ Legit Reviews

Posted by Nathan @ 4:26 PM (EDT)

Overall, the Havik 140 from NZXT is a very nice first offering. With the MSRP of $74.99 it's not to out of the question for most enthusiasts, but enough competition at that price range they will think about the purchase. It will be interesting to see where the price lands once the Havik 140 gets into the wild and places like Newegg start to carry it...

Lian Li PC-Z70 Diamond Series Case Review @ Kitguru

Posted by Nathan @ 4:26 PM (EDT)

Lian Li produce some of the most beautiful cases on the market. Today we are going to look at one of their newest designs Ė the PC-Z70. Designed for the serious enthusiast, this case features ventilated PCI expansion slots, support for graphics cards up to 390mm long, nine 3.5 inch SATA hot swappable HDD drives and six quality fans to ensure the highest levels of cooling.

Logitech Z906 Speaker System Review @ HotHardware.com

Posted by Nathan @ 4:26 PM (EDT)

It doesn't matter how hard your earphones pound your eardrums with cranium shaking noise, you can't truly call yourself a power user unless you're ticking off the neighbors and scaring the hell out of the dog with a surround sound setup that rattles the walls and punches copious amounts of bass. Without it, you might as well give your man-card away to someone who plans on fulfilling the requirements for membership in an illustrious club that demands everything be over the top.

CLICK HERE FOR Logitech Z906 Speaker System DEALS & PRICING

ASUS P8Z68-V Motherboard Review @Hi Tech Legion

Posted by Nathan @ 4:25 PM (EDT)

This is evident with the ASUS P8Z68-V motherboard. The ASUS P8Z68-V shaves a little off the top to make it a much more attractive and affordable motherboard. We still get almost identical features to the V-PRO. There is the Intel Z68 Express Chipset which supports both iGPU and CPU overclocking. The LGA1155 socket supports the newest Intel Sandybridge processors. There is memory support up to 2200MHz (O.C). Max capacity tops off at 32GB. The P8Z68-V includes 16 phase power and DIP2 technology. DIP2 uses the EPU and TPU in tandem for total system control. It also allows excellent power saving and overclocking abilities. Because the P8Z68-V allows the use of the iGPU, there is support for Intel Quick Sync.


G.Skill Sniper Series PC312800 Cas 7 Review @ OCC

Posted by Nathan @ 4:25 PM (EDT)

The stock clock speed rating on these G.Skill modules is 1600Mhz. That being said, the expectation that they might reach the 1950Mhz range was where I expected them to wind up. The fact is they kept going on up to just about the 2200MHz level that is occupied by the other G.Skill modules in this comparison, the Ripjaws X. Going this high did mean that the stock timings of 7-8-7-24 had to be thrown to the wind and adjusted as needed to reach the higher clock speeds. I ultimately settled on 9-11-9-24 using 1.70 volts instead of the as-delivered 1.60. A small jump but needed for the speed and timings I was attempting to run. If looked at on a percentage basis the Snipers saw a roughly 35% increase or 556MHz boost in clock speed. Pretty much the highest percentage increase I have run across in my testing. Not all sets will scale like this based on past history but if these sets do then the $149 price point is worth the investment.

Gigabyte Z68X-UD3H-B3 @ Bjorn3D

Posted by Nathan @ 4:25 PM (EDT)

In this review we will look at the features and differences that separate this new Z68 equipped motherboard from its P67 and H67 predecessors. The Z68X-UD3H-B3 has a present price of $169.99, as compared to the P67-UD3-B3 or the H67-UD3H-B3, both of which are priced at $129.99.


OCZ Agility 3 SSD Tests @ Benchmark Reviews

Posted by Nathan @ 4:24 PM (EDT)

It might not seem like SSDs have been around very long, but OCZ has been a pioneer in the technology for almost four years already. They've traditionally offered several different options for performance enthusiasts, from economic yet responsive storage to premium high-speed enthusiast solid state drive solutions. While their Vertex series deliver the fastest SSD's available, the more affordable Agility family accommodates cost-conscious builders and comes available in 60-240GB capacities. In this article, Benchmark Reviews tests the OCZ Agility 3 SSD, model AGT3-25SAT3, which is based on the SandForce SF-2281 SATA 6GB/s controller and IMFT-branded async-NAND flash components.


Tuesday, June 21 2011

Patriot Box Office Core Open Source Media Player Review @ Tweaknews

Posted by Nathan @ 6:32 PM (EDT)

The Patriot Box Office Core has proven to be an extremely versatile media player. It played all the video, audio and photo formats I tossed its way, and the various connectivity options make playing media from multiple sources quick and easy. Its compact size and near silent operation round out a solid alternative to a HTPC, especially when you consider the $80 price tag.



Toshiba BDX5200 Review @ TechReviewSource.com

Posted by Nathan @ 6:30 PM (EDT)

On paper, the Toshiba BDX5200 is a full-featured, bargain-priced Blu-ray player that would make a nice addition to most home theater systems. Between its price, features, and performance make it stand out as the best choice on the market today available for less than $200.


TechREACTION.net Review: Thermaltake Element Q

Posted by Nathan @ 6:30 PM (EDT)

The Element Q is certainly a case built for small places. The ITX premise does bring into account of a lot of issues that need solving, mainly where do you install everything. Thermaltake did an excellent job at making the Element Q easy to work with and easy to install everything we needed. Installation was quick for this system, mostly because of the limitations on what hardware could be used. The included power supply was a nice touch, so you will not have to worry about finding one that will fit the way the case intended it to fit.

Kingston HyperX Lovo 1866MHz Low Voltage Memory Kit Review @ eTeknix.com

Posted by Nathan @ 6:30 PM (EDT)

We couldn't go long without taking a look at another product from Kingston, and this time we see something with a difference. As users are scoping out for the fastest components available they have another thing in mind as well. They want the most efficient running components that money can buy, without suffering with performance and of course not spending any extra than originally planned.

NZXT H2 Classic Silent Midtower @ Hardwareoverclock.com

Posted by Nathan @ 6:29 PM (EDT)

the NZXT H2 Classic Silent Midtower is an very interesting tower with a lot of features. The 30W 3-step fan control, hot swap capable SATA HDD Dock and more. Also the noise insulation is very efficient.

BitFenix Colossus Venom Case Review @ Ocinside

Posted by Nathan @ 6:29 PM (EDT)

This BitFenix Colossus Venom Big Tower is particularly noticeable by its unique design. The red LED lighting looks not bad, but especially the bright green of the Venom edition is a special highlight. Of course not only the design is important for the right choice of a computer chassis and therefore the BitFenix Colossus Venom case is tested at the ocinside.de online magazine.

Sapphire Radeon HD 6770 & HD 6670 Review @ Neoseeker

Posted by Nathan @ 6:28 PM (EDT)

Sapphire Radeon HD 6770 Vapor-X and HD 6670 Ultimate on the Neo test bench today target the entry level market craving all the latest technologies with sub-$140 pricing. They boast even greater value with a free activation code for DiRT3, now see how well they stack up for their intended market in our review!

AZZA Toledo 301 ATX Mid Tower Case Review @ Legit Reviews

Posted by Nathan @ 6:28 PM (EDT)

Azza came to the market today with a new case, the Toledo 301, which boasts a price tag of $69.99 with free shipping and a 1 year warranty. This is obviously a budget case targeted at gamers not looking to break the bank, but with that in mind, it seems Azza hit their target audience with the ascetics of the case...

Dell XPS 15z Ultra Slim Notebook Review @ HotHardware.com

Posted by Nathan @ 6:27 PM (EDT)

For some, Dell may historically have an undeserved reputation for producing run-of-the-mill products, but when you look at their recent smartphone offering like the Venue Pro, slates like the 5-inch Streak and computers like the Adamo XPS, it's hard to not give 'em credit where credit is due. Enter the XPS 15z. For all intents and purposes, this is yet another standout product from Dell, one that simply cannot be lumped into standard mainstream categories. There's something fundamentally different about the 15z that commands a second look, and in our case, an in-depth review of its features and capabilities...


AMD HD 6990 4GB Dual Graphics Video Card Review @Hi Tech Legion

Posted by Nathan @ 6:27 PM (EDT)

The AMD HD6990 is a dual 2nd-generation DirectX 11 GPU armed with 4GB of GDDR5. The AMD HD6990 is also equipped with 3,072 Stream processors, 64 ROPs and a variable clock speed from 830MHz to 880MHz with the flick of a switch. With two monstrous Cayman XT GPUs, the AMD HD 6990 requires an equally strong cooling solution so it is equipped with a pair of vapor chamber heatsinks with phase-change thermal compounds and a centrally mounted blower-style fan that drives the heat out the back and front of the AMD HD6990.

OCZ Vertex 3 240GB Review @ OCC

Posted by Nathan @ 6:27 PM (EDT)

The Vertex 3 is equipped with the latest controller from Sandforce, the SF2281TB1-SDC-ES. Sandforce's 2281 controller is a second generation product that uses enhanced Duraclass technology to deliver optimized power consumption, security, wear leveling, and drive performance in a single chip solution. The Vertex 3 has a total of sixteen 16GB 25nm MLC NAND modules on board, eight on each side of the PCB. The NAND is made from Intel, although you may see Micron on board. If you do the math, the total NAND equals 256GB, or 16GB more than the capacity of the drive. This extra space is used by the controller to keep the drive optimized and replace cells that may have failed.


NZXT H2 Computer Case Review @ APH Networks

Posted by Nathan @ 6:26 PM (EDT)

What some users do not think of, however, would be to choose a quieter chassis to seal the deal. Well, today we have a new case from NZXT that advertises to do just that. NZXT is well known in the industry for their high quality cases, fans, and power supplies. The product we will be taking a look at today is the NZXT H2 from the Classic line of cases, which is pretty self-explanatory.

Monday, June 20 2011

Sapphire Radeon HD 6750 1GB Video Card Review @ ThinkComputers.org

Posted by Nathan @ 3:36 PM (EDT)

Today we will be taking a look at a $100 video card that sits between the Barts and Turks chipsets from AMD. This of course fills the gap between the two and makes for a good lower to mid-range card that will get you in to the DirectX 11 game and provide you with some great features. The card I am talking about is the Radeon HD 6750. The card we received from Sapphire is identical to the reference AMD version so it has a core clock of 700 MHz, memory clock of 1150 MHz, 720 stream processors, and support for up to 5 displays.

Lenovo ThinkPad T420s Review @ TechReviewSource.com

Posted by Nathan @ 3:35 PM (EDT)

The Lenovo ThinkPad T420s is a 14-inch notebook that takes a step up from previous ThinkPads by the addition of the latest Intel Core i5 processor, which really increases performance. It has a very portable and professional design that has a comfortable keyboard, but it does have mediocre battery life.

RaidSonic Icy Box IB-NAS6220 HDD Network Mediaserver Review @ Real World Labs

Posted by Nathan @ 3:35 PM (EDT)

The ICY BOX IB-NAS6220 HDD Network Mediaserver by RaidSonic is the ideal choice for people looking for a cost-effective dual-bay NAS solution without the advanced functions and extra features found on more expensive solutions.

OCZ Vertex 3 240GB Max IOPS Edition SSD Review @ Legit Reviews

Posted by Nathan @ 3:35 PM (EDT)

We've done quite a few SSD reviews this year and frankly, some of the drives we test seem like carbon copies of the one before save for different branding. Performance tends to be relatively equal, at least within the standard deviation of the benchmarks used and it's rare for a drive to really stand out. The Vertex 3 MI is one of those rare drives that, in a sea of virtual SSD homogeny, distinguishes itself with all around performance perceptively better than any other single SATA III interfaced drive we've tested to date - except maybe the...


ICY DOCK MB982SPR-2S SATA HDD & SSD Raid Review @ Kituru

Posted by Nathan @ 3:34 PM (EDT)

Today we are going to look at a very impressively designed drive caddy which can convert both 2.5 inch mechanical and solid state drives into RAID arrays. It is also built to withstand serious abuse and to fit inside a standard 3.5 inch drive bay. If you have several older drives gathering dust then this might just be the performance boost you need for a new system build.

RAZER Chimaera Wireless Gaming Headset Review @ Madshrimps

Posted by Nathan @ 3:34 PM (EDT)

The RAZER Chimaera Gaming Headset offers wireless connectivity for maximum liberty of movement, features large cups for confortable wear during long gaming sessions, a uni-directional microphone with a flexible mic boom and an easy to use charging dock.

CLICK HERE FOR RAZER Chimaera Wireless Gaming Headset DEALS & PRICING

ASUS BC-12B1ST Internal 12X BD-Combo Drive Review @Hi Tech Legion

Posted by Nathan @ 3:34 PM (EDT)

The ASUS BC-12B1ST drive can read a Blu-Ray disc and has the ability to burn data onto a DVD media. The ASUS BC-12B1ST BD-Combo drive can reach read speeds of 12X for BD-ROM discs and 16X for DVD-ROM discs. As for data burning speed, the ASUS BC-12B1ST BD-Combo drive can burn a DVD+/-R disc up to 16X and store data on CD-R discs up to 48X. Using ASUSí E-Green technology, the BC-12B1ST BD-Combo drive conserves energy by closing unused drive applications while the Optical Tuning Strategy employed by the BC-12B1ST drive when burning results in excellent error-free burning. Using a SATA interface and being compatible with a Windows operating system, makes the ASUS BC-12B1ST a great addition to your PC-based home theater system.

NZXT Sentry Mesh @ Bjorn3D

Posted by Nathan @ 3:33 PM (EDT)

NZXT is one of those newer companies that had been churning out quality products on a regular basis since day one. Not only do they make some great PC enclosures, they also have quite the selection of PC accessories, including fan controllers. The Sentry Mesh is the latest controller from NZXT and has some nice features all wrapped up into a simple 5.25' form factor. With cases coming equipped to support many more fans than in the not so distant future, a multi-channel fan controller is just what the PC building community needs.

Corsair Vengeance 1866 MHz DDR3 Memory @ Benchmark Reviews

Posted by Nathan @ 3:33 PM (EDT)

Corsair is a well-known name within the memory market and although they have diversified in recent years their main focuses is still memory. Their most recent addition to their arsenal line is the Vengeance which fits in-between their XMS and Dominator lines of RAM. Benchmark Reviews will be looking at the Corsair Vengeance 1866Mhz 9-10-9-28 CMZ8GX3M2A1866C9 kit which is perfect for Sandy Bridge systems which require memory speeds to be divisible by 266.66 MHz in order to run at their rated speeds. Since prices have for high performance DDR3 have plummeted in the recent years this kit is priced at only $104.99 compared to the comparable Dominators $169.99 price. Benchmark Reviews will see if corners were cut to reach this price or if Vengeance is the frugal enthusiast best friend.

CLICK HERE FOR Corsair Vengeance 1866 MHz DDR3 Memory DEALS & PRICING

Sunday, June 19 2011

Cyber Snipa Sonar 5.1 Championship Gaming Headset Review @ Kitguru

Posted by Nathan @ 8:47 PM (EDT)

There seem to be an ever increasing number of brands trying to take a slice of the gaming headset pie, especially at the value end of the market where consumers are less Ďbrandí conscious. We hadnít actually heard of Cyber Snipa before they sent us a headset for review but they appear to have quite a large range of gaming-orientated products.


Thecus N2200XXX NAS Server Review @ DragonSteelMods

Posted by Nathan @ 8:46 PM (EDT)

One of my favorite products are NAS boxes, Iím not sure exactly why. I think itís the fact that theyíre just so useful. NAS boxes are much better than just an external hard drive ever could be thatís for sure. Thecus is a company thatís well known for their NAS systems, they make some of the best on the market. Theyíve recently introduced a new line of NAS servers called XXX, the Xís stand for Xtreme Power, Xtreme Function and Xtreme Value. Today for review Iíve got the latest NAS server from Thecus called the N2200XXX, so letís just get into it as weíve got a lot to cover.


PowerColor HD 6850 SCS3 1 GB @ techPowerUp

Posted by Nathan @ 8:46 PM (EDT)

PowerColor's Radeon HD 6850 SCS3 is the first completely passive cooled Radeon HD 6850. This makes it the fastest zero-noise graphics card available today. Instead of the fairly compact heatsink of the reference design, PowerColor is using a massive triple slot cooler which provides the cooling required for the HD 6850 SCS3.

Intel P67 Motherboard Round-up: Asus, Fatal1ty, GB, MSI @ HotHardware.com

Posted by Nathan @ 8:46 PM (EDT)

Motherboards are arguably one of the more difficult PC component to shop for. The magnitude of choices available can make the shopping experience confusing and frustrating. Take for example Intel's heralded Sandy Bridge line of processors and the Cougar Point chipset used on a wide variety of motherboards. A popular online e-tailor, Newegg.com, offers no less than 151 motherboards at this point based on Intel's Socket LGA 1155.


HP ProBook 4530s Review @ TechReviewSource.com

Posted by Nathan @ 8:45 PM (EDT)

The HP ProBook 4530s is a 15-inch notebook with a brushed-aluminum design that makes it look sleek and professional. It also has a powerful Intel Core i5 CPU with a speedy 500GB hard drive. To cater to some business users, it has some security features, like biometric and face-recognition security.


Gigabyte G1.Assassin Review @ OCC

Posted by Nathan @ 8:45 PM (EDT)

When I rebuilt my boss' PC earlier this year I was able to replace the motherboard, RAM, CPU, graphics and power supply for the price of this one motherboard. Albiet with a lower performance regimen than this board aims for. On the other hand, however, there are those two cards that are included on the board itself. The network card and X-Fi cards when bought sperately run about $150 for both. Subtract that off of the price and you're now looking at $400, which is reasonable. Now figure in the ability to still run a four card graphics setup with these two cards still included and you've got yourself an exclusive option that is now quite a deal.


ASUS P8H67-I Deluxe mITX Motherboard @ Benchmark Reviews

Posted by Nathan @ 8:45 PM (EDT)

By now we have all heard of the media capabilities of the Intel H67 Chipset. With so much going for it in this aspect, it seems like an H67 motherboard would be great as a starting point for the perfect Home Theatre PC. ASUS has decided to take this idea to the next level with the ASUS P8H67-I Deluxe mini-ITX motherboard. In this article, Benchmark Reviews will break down all the special features ASUS has included in the P8H67-I Deluxe motherboard to see if it is ready to provide a comprehensive solution for the HTPC enthusiast.


Sapphire HD 6670 Ultimate Edition Video Card Review @Hi Tech Legion

Posted by Nathan @ 8:45 PM (EDT)

One of those products is the Sapphire Radeon HD 6670 Ultimate Edition. The 6670 Ultimate includes two special features that differ from a traditional 6670. Those being the "Ultimate" passive cooling, and a key to Dirt 3. Under the hood the 6670 Ultimate is no different from a stock version. The core clock speed is set at 800MHz while the memory speed is set at 1000Mhz. Onboard is 1 GB of DDR5 memory. The 6670 comes with 480 stream processors and a 40 nm chip. The interface includes a single HDMI, Display Port, and Dual-Link DVI input. All of the usual 6000 series features apply such as DX 11, Eyefinity, OpenGL 4.1, UVD3, and AMD App acceleration.

Thermaltake Level 10GT Case @ Rbmods

Posted by Nathan @ 8:44 PM (EDT)

Thermaltakes Level 10 case made big headlines when it came out but due to a pretty hefty price tag it has not made it as big as they hoped for. The new Level 10GT is a cheaper version of this case but it looks the same and has pretty much the same features and specifications as the original Level 10.



Roccat Kulo Stereo Headset Review @ eTeknix.com

Posted by Nathan @ 8:44 PM (EDT)

Headsets are a very popular and nearly essential extra to the gaming industry as well as a very useful accessory for communications. For this reason we see a lot of new headsets coming to the market by the big gaming brands such as SteelSeries, Roccat and a few others. There is also a huge variety in headsets ranging from small discrete headsets that just do the simple job of combining a pair of headphones with a microphone or some splash out a bit and give you the full 5.1 surround sound experience, or at least try to.

Thermaltake CLS0017 G34 CPU Cooler Review @ BayReviews.com

Posted by Nathan @ 8:43 PM (EDT)

With the pending release of the 16 core AMD Opteron Interlagos processor, now is definitely the time to consider building a new dual CPU workstation. Until recently, the only problem for computer enthusiasts was finding a reliable CPU cooler for these elite AMD 6100 series processors. Keep reading to find out more...