Week of October 2, 2011

Thursday, October 6 2011

Fractal Design Core 3000 Case Review @ eTeknix.com

Posted by Nathan @ 11:57 PM (EDT)

Fractal Design are a Swedish brand who specialise in the engineering and designing of cases. Their concept is “to provide products with an extraordinary design level, without compromising the important factors of quality, functionality and pricing. “. They took the market by the throat back in 2009 when the extremely popular and somewhat revolutionary Define R2 was released and soon became a fan favourite. The Define R2 was very popular due to its ‘no nonsense’ appearance which lacked the ‘bling’ factor that so many people hate. It offered some of the features that we have become accustomed to from the likes of Lian Li and Corsair, but at a significantly lower price. The Define R3 was a worthy successor which added useful features such as more colour choices, better cooling capabilities and improved cable management. The Define R3 however was a somewhat dignified exit, if only temporarily, to the quiet operating cases that the Define series were built to offer.

Cooler Master Silent Pro Hybrid 1050W Supply @ Pro-Clockers

Posted by Nathan @ 11:57 PM (EDT)

The Silent Pro Gold being one of their best selling power supplies, CM has decided to take the unit a step further. Entitled the Silent Pro Hybrid, the new series adds a feature that many will find to be pretty helpful with the load and heat begins to build up. A fan controller is thrown into the packaging to allow the user to deal in the desired fan speed of the power supply. So, if noise becomes an issue while computing dial it down a notch.

HP Pavilion Elite h8-1050 Review @ TechReviewSource.com

Posted by Nathan @ 11:56 PM (EDT)

The HP Pavilion Elite h8-1050 is a media desktop decked out with all the right components to satisfy power users. Blu-ray, TV tuner, and a powerful hardware tag team made up of an Intel Core i7 processor and AMD discrete graphics card is just the tip of the iceberg for this PC.


NVIDIA 3D Vision w/ ASUS VG236HE 3D Display Review @ Legit Reveiws

Posted by Nathan @ 11:56 PM (EDT)

So is gaming in 3D worth it? Had you asked me before I would have said no, however after reviewing NVIDIA’s 3D Vision I have to say it truly is. It adds an entirely new level of immersion to your gaming experience that is remarkable. Setting up 3D Vision was incredibly simple, the game profiles cover a positively huge number of games and the added utility of being able to watch 3D movies alone is a huge bonus...


Alienware M18x Gaming Notebook @ HotHardware.com

Posted by Nathan @ 11:56 PM (EDT)

Big, bad and unapologetic. These three words accurately describe the Alienware M18x. Unapologetic about its size, this is a desktop replacement notebook that almost defies the entire category of portable machines. Sure, it's portable, in the sense that you can move it from room to room or perhaps pack it up for a LAN, but you're not tossing this bad boy into a dainty backpack or laptop tote. No, the Alienware M18x steps into the ring weighing in at nearly 12lbs (11.935) and thumbs its nose at would-be competitors.

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Pivos Aios HD Media Centre Review @ OCC

Posted by Nathan @ 11:55 PM (EDT)

The Aios had no issues playing any of the files I threw at it. Several raw camcorder m2ts files that I have trouble playing back on my own computer played flawlessly on the Aios. Although this is likely due to missing codecs on my part, the fact that the Aios can play them immediately and without work-arounds is excellent. Audio files were also played with absolute ease. FLAC files are indeed able to be decoded without issue, and I commend Pivos for choosing (and Realtek for making) the excellent RTD1185DD media processor. ISO image files were able to be played back as well and provided no difficulties. The remote control worked well, and all the buttons performed their functions admirably. Playing files from a hard drive or an external flash card saw no slow downs, skips, or any other unwanted occurrences.

Thermaltake Spacecraft VF-I Computer Case @ Benchmark Reviews

Posted by Nathan @ 11:55 PM (EDT)

What do you look for in a case and what is the most you are willing to spend? Today's case isn't exactly high end and to match that it doesn't have all of the features and extras you would expect if you were shelling out cash in the €100+ range. System builders and budget gamers this one is for you, Thermaltake have released the Spacecraft VF-I Mid-Tower PC Case model VN60001W2Z and online retailers are listing it between €50~€65 and Benchmark Reviews has got an early peek at it. For that price you get a sturdy little case with a small side window, tool free drive mounting, removable air intake filters, room for video cards up to 320mm long, room for CPU coolers up to 168mm tall and also room for a 120.2 (240mm) watercooling radiator in the roof. This should prove to be an interesting review so please read on.

ASUS Crosshair V Formula Review @ ocaholic

Posted by Nathan @ 11:54 PM (EDT)

These days the Crosshair V Formula is ASUS' flagship model regarding AMDs 990FX chipset. This ROG board therefore comes with a lot a features and a very attractive design. Wether or not it can keep up with the Crosshair IV Extreme that's what we'll show you in the following review.


Tuesday, October 4 2011

The Memoright FTM Plus SATA 3 SSD Review @ The SSD Review

Posted by Nathan @ 11:56 PM (EDT)

Our review today is going to examine the Memoright FTM Plus 6Gbps 240GB SSD; a ‘SandForce Driven’ SSD capable of read/write performance in excess of 500MB/s. Memoright focuses primarily on enterprise sales, however, they were one of the first to release a consumer SSD back in 2007. Submission of their MR25.1 128GB SLC SSD for review was our first introduction and we were floored at its MSRP, at that time, of $3500. Solid state drives have come down just a bit since then.

Asus U36SD-A1 Review @ TechReviewSource.com

Posted by Nathan @ 11:56 PM (EDT)

The Asus U36SD-A1 ultraportable laptop is extremely portable yet compares in performance with most mid-line notebook computers, which is due to its Intel Core i5 CPU and discrete Nvidia graphics. It also has USB 3.0 support and a solid magnesium frame, but with all that power, it has issues with heat dissipation.


ASUS GTX580 DirectCU II Graphics Card Review @ OCIA.net

Posted by Nathan @ 11:56 PM (EDT)

I've looked at a couple of video cards over the past few months, each being more powerful (and expensive) than the previous. It all started with MSI's R6850 which retailed for $177.99 at the time of our review. Next on the list was the ASUS GTX560 Ti which showed a marked improvement over the slower AMD offering, albeit at roughly $75 more expensive. Today we will bump things up to the higher-end of the spectrum as we analyze the ASUS GTX580 DirectCU II graphics card, a $500 premium GPU featuring a core clock of 782 MHz, 512 processor cores and an effective memory clock of 4008 MHz. This card is factory overclocked by 10 MHz (772 MHz reference) but ASUS also offers a higher factory overclocked version of this card at 816 MHz.

BitFenix Outlaw Review @ Vortez

Posted by Nathan @ 11:55 PM (EDT)

The Outlaw is a mid-tower chassis with a difference. It features an inverted motherboard tray and indeed general layout with the option of having up to 7x cooling fans and at a price that everyone can afford. The big question is, at such a low-cost, does it really represent good value for money or should it be tossed to the side?

Kingston HyperX SSD 240GB Upgrade Bundle Kit @ TestFreaks

Posted by Nathan @ 11:55 PM (EDT)

Kingston’s HyperX moniker has always been assigned to their performance products whether it is computer memory or USB drives. Now you can add SSDs to that naming convention as they have released the HyperX SSD, a performance based drive geared towards the computer enthusiast market.


3D Monitor Shoot-Out: Acer HN274H and ViewSonic V3D245 @ HotHardware.com

Posted by Nathan @ 11:55 PM (EDT)

There's no question about it: 3D technology is HOT right now. Whether you're ready to hop on the bandwagon or just want to keep on top of what's out there, there are two new monitors that should be on your radar, the 27” Acer HN274H and 23.6” ViewSonic V3D245. Both of these 3D monitors feature embedded 3D emitters designed for NVIDIA's 3D Vision technology.


Xigmatek Pantheon Full Tower Case Review @Hi Tech Legion

Posted by Nathan @ 11:54 PM (EDT)

One name derived from Roman culture is the Xigmatek Pantheon. The name "Pantheon" is actually a temple in Rome that is dedicated to the Roman Gods. In this instance, it is a rather impressive computer chassis. The Pantheon is a full tower that supports both mATX and standard ATX motherboards. Built into the Pantheon is a fan controller that features 2 independent controls that can manage up to 3 fans apiece. For expansion there are four 5.25" bays with one that can convert to a 3.5" for special peripherals like media card readers or drive trays. Internally there are six unique removable HDD bays. The bays are front loading and the top two are hot swappable.


Sapphire HD 6850 1GB Vapor-X Edition @ OCC

Posted by Nathan @ 11:54 PM (EDT)

Well, I was already aware of what most HD6850s were capable of through overclocking, and I found that I hit a similar wall with this one. The core speed, while using a voltage of 1.225V, got stuck at 1030MHz. Everything after that began to artifact and show poor, unstable image quality. At 1030MHz, this card produced the highest core clock speed of all of the comparison cards! This is a slight improvement over the XFX HD6850 comparison card, which maxed out at 1020MHz. The memory, on the other hand, pulled ahead at 1249MHz where the comparison HD6850 stopped at about 1200MHz. With a cooler that is slightly improved over the reference, XFX version, this isn't to be unexpected. The results here are good, especially with the near 30% overclock on the core.


Sapphire Pure Platinum A75 (PT-A8A75) @ Bjorn3D

Posted by Nathan @ 11:53 PM (EDT)

The Sapphire Pure Platinum A75 is packed with quite a few special features that make it stand out from the crowd. Keep reading to find out how well Sapphire's new Llano board performs.

Samsung PM830 SSD 256 Gigabyte Review @ ocaholic

Posted by Nathan @ 11:53 PM (EDT)

For quite a long time Samsungs SATA-II PM470 had to compete with much faster SATA-III SSDs. But finally Samsung managed to bring their PM830 SSDs to the market which now also comes with a 6 Gbps interface. Furthermore the drive should also offer very high IOPS regarding read operations.

Sunday, October 2 2011

Sentey Optimus GS-6000 Mid-Tower ATX Computer Case Review @ Tweaknews

Posted by Nathan @ 4:59 AM (EDT)

Okay, I'll have to admit it. Sentey's Optimus GS-6000 case is one of the best budget cases out there. First of all, it looks great. The glossy black finish makes it look like a much more expensive case. Yeah, it's a fingerprint magnet, but that's the price you pay for such an elegant finish. Combine this with all the other visual elements and you have a very striking package that will garner a lot of envious stares.



MSI X460DX Review @ TechReviewSource.com

Posted by Nathan @ 4:57 AM (EDT)

The MSI X460DX is a very portable 14-inch laptop that has a solid, brushed-aluminum design with lots of offer. It has two of the latest USB 3.0 ports, an Intel Core i5 CPU, 6GB of RAM and discrete graphics. This is definitely a mobile laptop for power users, but it's not without some minor flaws.


Synology USB Station 2 Review @ Tech-Reviews.co.uk

Posted by Nathan @ 4:57 AM (EDT)

With the amount of USB devices that you can attach to your computer, people are always running out of room for them. Well, today we’ve got the Synology USB Station 2, which plugs directly into your router to allow access to any USB device over your network. It’s small and can be placed anywhere, but how well will it perform?

Antec Basiq VP550P 550 W @ techPowerUp

Posted by Nathan @ 4:56 AM (EDT)

Antec's new Basiq series offers affordable power supplies that are engineered for 230VAC only, to maximize price/performance. While we don't see fancy colors, sleeved cables, modular connectors or LED lighting, the VP550P features great performance characteristics and good component selection like japanese capacitors.

Enermax ETS-T40 T.B.Vegas Duo @ Hardwareoverclock.com

Posted by Nathan @ 4:56 AM (EDT)

Hardwareoverclock.com has just posted another cpu cooler review. Last week we have taken a look at the Enermax ETS-T40 T.B.Vegas Duo cooler.

Startech Portable eSATA USB to SATA HD Duplicator @ Rbmods

Posted by Nathan @ 4:55 AM (EDT)

Today we will take take a look at an interesting product from Startech. Startech Portable eSATA USB to SATA Standalone HD Duplicator Dock is a hard disk duplication device that you can do easy hard disk cloning with. Let's see how it performs in our tests and how easy it is to use.

Thermaltake Frio OCK CPU Cooler Review @ DragonSteelMods

Posted by Nathan @ 4:55 AM (EDT)

The CPU cooler is probably one of the most important parts of your computer system; it’s what keeps your CPU cool and working great. Today for review I’ve got the Thermaltake Frio OCK CPU cooler which is big and bold with styling based on Starcraft II actually. The cooler is meant to keep your CPU cool whether you overclock it or not. So read on…



HornetTek Defender @ Bjorn3D

Posted by Nathan @ 4:54 AM (EDT)

The Hornettek Defender is one of the newer models in their 2.5 SATA enclosure. This model new flair is the anti shock material. Can this enclosure withstand the punishment and keep the hard drive away from harm?

Corsair Carbide 400R Computer Case @ Benchmark Reviews

Posted by Nathan @ 4:54 AM (EDT)

It's easy to build a great computer case if it's going to retail for $250 or more. Actually, I take that back: judging by some of the cases I've seen, maybe it's not that easy! While a high retail price is no guarantee of quality or usability, it's certainly more of a challenge to come out with a really great case at the $100 price level... but that's not going to stop Corsair from trying. In this article, Benchmark Reviews tests the Corsair Carbide 400R computer case.