Week of December 25, 2011

Saturday, December 31 2011

Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3-iSSD Motherboard Review @ PCSTATS

Posted by Nathan @ 1:03 AM (EST)

The Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3-iSSD motherboard is a socket 1155 platform that can be installed with 2nd Generation Intel Core i3/i5/i7 2xxx-series 'SandyBridge' processors. Built around the Intel Z68 Express chipset, the board takes up to 32GB of dual channel DDR3-1066/1333/1600/1866/2133 memory (4GB for 32-bit OS's) in four DIMM slots. Extreme Memory Profiles (XMP) are supported.

NZXT HALE82 650W Power Supply Review @ OCIA.net

Posted by Nathan @ 1:02 AM (EST)

NZXT has traditionally been better known for their offerings in the low to middle end market where the bulk of consumers shop for their gear, and the HALE90 is maybe just a tad out of that price range. Not surprisingly then, NZXT has released a new HALE82 line of power supplies, in 650W, 750W and 850W ratings, that come in at a 20%-30% savings over their HALE90 counterparts. The HALE82 features a similar design, with semi-modular construction, single +12V rail and 80Plus Bronze certification.

Elgato EyeTV NetStream DTT Network Dual Tuner Review @ Real World Labs

Posted by Nathan @ 1:02 AM (EST)

If you happen to own more than one computer in your household and you've been looking for an easy way to make DVB-T channels available on all of them at the same time with a single device then look no further than the Elgato EyeTV NetStream DTT Network Dual Tuner.

Kingston HyperX 3.0 64GB Flash Drive Review @ Legit Reviews

Posted by Nathan @ 1:01 AM (EST)

We've literally benchmarked and used hundreds of USB Flash drives over the years and we can say without a doubt that the Kingston DataTraveler 3.0 Flash Drive is the fastest that we have ever used. This drive is blazing fast and is certainly worthy of being part of the HyperX brand. Our testing showed that the Kingston DataTraveler HyperX 3.0 64GB Flash Drive was able to run at 246MB/s read and 161MB/s write in ATTO, which is well beyond the 225MB/s read and 135MB/s write speed ratings given by Kingston...

NZXT Phantom 410 Mid-Tower Case @ Bjorn3D

Posted by Nathan @ 1:00 AM (EST)

NZXT has updated the Phantom to the Phantom 410, adding native USB 3.0 support, and more.

Triple SLI: Window opened vs. Window closed - Performance comparison @ ocaholic

Posted by Nathan @ 12:57 AM (EST)

Many overclockers desperatly wait for winter time. There are several reasons: one might be that they get hardware as christmas present, but much more imoprtant is the fact that it's cold outside! This means opening the window give your overclocking rig quite a performance boost and a lot more overclocking headroom. Today were going to check what's possible when outside temperature is zero degree celcius and you open a window one by one meter in size. For this purpose we use our triple SLI test rig which mistreated quite a few times in the past weeks. And honestly, if we wouldn't answer this questions, the world would instantly stop turing!

Friday, December 30 2011

Zalman ZM-VE200 2.5” HDD Enclosure/Virtual Drive Review @ Tweaknews

Posted by Nathan @ 1:44 AM (EST)

Zalman has taken 2.5” HDD enclosures to the next level with the ZM-VE200. Not only can you use it for storage, you can also load ISO's directly from the drive with the built in virtual ODD feature. The backlit LCD screen is easy to read and simple to navigate, although some basic instructions would have been helpful to include in the package.

Kingston HyperX Genesis 16GB DDR3-1600 @ Benchmark Reviews

Posted by Nathan @ 1:41 AM (EST)

With the introduction of Intel's X79 Express chipset, enthusiasts must now consider quad-channel memory kits, and vendors like Kingston are rushing to assert themselves in this new market. This 1600MHz, 16GB kit runs fairly relaxed timings of 9-9-9-27 and at under $100 represents the lower end of Kingston's "HyperX" line of enthusiast memory. Benchmark Reviews tests it against lower-latency 1600MHz kits as well as Kingston's own ultra-high performance 2133MHz kit in this review.

NZXT Phantom Case Review @ OCC

Posted by Nathan @ 1:41 AM (EST)

After getting all my hardware in there I truly like the way it looks. The pink is very different from any case I’ve ever owned and will probably remain one of the most unique cases I’ll ever own. But like I said, if you have that special someone you are still trying to introduce to gaming…if she loves pink this might be for her – but don’t forget, not all of us girls LOVE pink (urban legend). So it might not be the PINK from Victoria Secret but…it is better than the “pink nightmare” from A Christmas Story.



Sapphire Radeon HD 6670 LP Review @ Neoseeker

Posted by Nathan @ 1:40 AM (EST)

We've got a review for the Sapphire Radeon 6670 Low Profile graphics card. At $79 USD, the HD 6670 LP is a relatively cheap card that's small in size but still offers plenty of bang for the buck.

Zalman CNPS11X Cpu Cooler @ Rbmods

Posted by Nathan @ 1:39 AM (EST)

Zalman are well known for their high performing cpu coolers, today we have their CNPS11X on the test bench. We are going to compare it vs both a Noctua cpu cooler and also a watercooler to see if this unit is worth a buy.



Steelseries Cataclysm Gaming Mouse Review @ HardwareLOOK

Posted by Nathan @ 1:39 AM (EST)

The World of Warcraft Cataclysm mouse is one of the more popular Warcraft gaming mice’s on the market, this is most likely due to the armour plated styled design to look like the characters from the game, and it featuring 14 buttons that can bind directly from the World of Warcraft interface, without ever leaving the game, 16 million colours to choose to illuminate your device, and many more features. The Cataclysm is supported by PC and Mac. If you’re a World of Warcraft fan, or just a gaming enthusiast, take a look at what you are missing out on.

Dell Inspiron One 2320 Review @ TechReviewSource.com

Posted by Nathan @ 1:38 AM (EST)

PCs have been making their way into living rooms for some time now, but the Dell Inspiron One 2320 is one of the few designed to replace your TV—and it's more than just a well-equipped all-in-one desktop. The included Intel Core i5 processor and Nvidia GPU provide potent horsepower and multimedia capabilities for any day-to-day task.

Enermax Fulmo Advanced Mid-tower Case Review @ Hi Tech Legion

Posted by Nathan @ 1:38 AM (EST)

The Enermax Fulmo mid-tower case comes in two variants: basic and advanced. The Enermax Fulmo Advanced differs from the basic version with the use of Enermax Vegas LED fans as well as additional 180mm side and 120mm top fans. The Enermax Fulmo Advanced also has a built-in fan controller for up to three 3-pin case fans and an extra USB 3.0 port on the front panel I/O. Using a unique vertical HDD mounting design, the Enermax Fulmo mid-tower case can house up to six HDDs while minimizing airflow obstruction. The 180mm side fan on the advanced version of the Enermax Fulmo mid-tower case also provides additional intake cooling which aids in multi-GPU air-cooling. Since the Enermax Fulmo mid-tower case has 8 PCI-E expansion slots, users can use up to three video cards in SLI or CrossfireX configuration.

Antec Eleven Hundred @ techPowerUp

Posted by Nathan @ 1:37 AM (EST)

Antec made a big splash with the P280 and now is following up with a new gamer case called Eleven Hundred. Will the chassis manage to put Antec back on the map for pure gamer/enthusiast cases or leave us unimpressed with a lack of functional features?


Intel LGA2011 CPU Cooler Roundup @ Legit Reviews

Posted by Nathan @ 1:36 AM (EST)

Today we have a roundup of 9 CPU coolers, both water and air, for the new Intel LGA2011 socket. Coolers that we will be looking at came in from Coolink, Corsair, Intel, Noctua, NZXT, and Zalman. These coolers range in price for the budget minded and over $100 for enthusiasts. Join us and see how all the coolers stack up and handle the new Intel Core i7-3960X processor. We will declare a winner based on both price and performance.

HornetTek Fantasy @ LanOC Reviews

Posted by Nathan @ 1:36 AM (EST)

Naming a product after the subject of a Ludacris song definitely garners up images of fast cars, hot women, and wealth. Does the Fantasy from HornetTek live up to my fantasies of a personal media player, and is it something you should consider adding to your already crowded home entertainment system?

Silverstone Grandia Series GD06 HTPC Case Review @ eTeknix.com

Posted by Nathan @ 1:35 AM (EST)

In recent years there has been a steady increase in the number of case forms that are available on the market andthis is driven by the end user trends. Going back a few years, HTPC and small form factor (SFF) cases were rarely seen and those that did exist on the market were expensive in comparison to the mainstream options. As time has gone on and we come forward to where we are today, the market has become more diluted with the different shapes, sizes and styles of cases - ranging from the m-ATX options which pack as much as they can into as little space as possible right upto the E-ATX cases that have enough room to fit hypothetically more than one system into.

Exceleram E30200A 8GB DDR3-Series Memory Modules Review @ Madshrimps

Posted by Nathan @ 1:35 AM (EST)

The E30200A DDR3 from Exceleram are some really affordable 8GB memory modules that we can use in case we are running lots of virtual machines, Ramdrives or other memory-consuming applications. These are not too overclockable, so the maximum stability we could obtain only at 11-11-11-30, 1600Mhz, by running with two out of four sticks.

SilverStone Raven RV03 Chassis Review @ OCIA.net

Posted by Nathan @ 1:34 AM (EST)

While we've reviewed many SilverStone cases here at OCIA.net, we have yet to get a close look at any of their "extreme enthusiast" RAVEN series, other than the brief glimpses we've had at CES. SilverStone is now in their third release of the popular RAVEN tower, the RV03 which Jakob previewed at CES 2011. It was with great anticipation then when we received the RAVEN 3 for review. From our experience SilverStone has always produced high quality enclosures and the RAVEN looks to be no exception, however what really sets this series apart from other tower designs is the 90° clockwise orientation of the motherboard.

Samsung Monochrome ML-2950ND Laser Printer Review @ Modsynergy.com

Posted by Nathan @ 1:34 AM (EST)

There are some of us who come from aged inkjet printers and are on the market for an upgrade. For us there is really no need to spend much on a printer so we’re looking for something specific. Think of it as graduating and moving on. Inkjet while good for basic requirements are usually slow, noisy and replacement cartridges can add up over time. When you do swap out cartridges, you may require head cleaning before prints will look normal again. Some of us have just outgrown inkjets and need something faster and better to meet our needs.

Kingston DataTraveler HyperX 3.0 64GB @ Bjorn3D

Posted by Nathan @ 1:33 AM (EST)

The Kingston DataTraveler HyperX 3.0 is supposed to be Kingston's fastest flash drive to date. We'll compare it with a USB 3.0 flash drive they released a few months ago to see if it's true.

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