Week of June 26, 2011

Friday, July 1 2011

AMD A8-3850 Llano APU Released onto the Market

Posted by Nathan @ 4:14 PM (EDT)

Click the links below to read some reviews on AMD's latest creation. How competitive will it be in a rather crowded CPU Market? Read on to find out...


Thermaltake Sports Black Gaming Mouse @ LanOC Reviews

Posted by Nathan @ 4:11 PM (EDT)

If years of playing MMO's and dungeon crawlers have taught me anything, it's that the world is always a better place when you've got the full set. While I probably won't get a 40% better chance of getting a magic item, having a keyboard and mouse that match looks great. Earlier this week we took a look at the Challenger Pro from Tt's new eSports line, and today I looted the UPS box to find its partner, the Black Gaming Mouse.

HIS Radeon HD 6850 Review @ Ultimate Hardware

Posted by Nathan @ 4:10 PM (EDT)

The HIS Radeon HD 6850 review also features the Sapphire Radeon HD 5850 Xtreme. The HIS Radeon HD 6850 uses the Barts GPU at 775Mhz and has 1GB GDDR5 memory running at 4000Mhz. The HIS Radeon HD 6850 has a 256Bit Memory Interface, 960 Shader Processors and DirectX 11. We will be testing the HIS Radeon HD 6850 and Sapphire Radeon HD 5850 Xtreme using Aliens Vs Predator, Dirt 2, Dragon Age II, Lost Planet 2, Metro 2033 and Shogun 2 Games.


Asus K53SV-A1 Review @ TechReviewSource.com

Posted by Nathan @ 4:10 PM (EDT)

The Asus K53SV-A1 is a 15.6-inch laptop that has decent portability without leaving out solid performance. It has an attractive design coupled with strong Intel dual-core performance and graphics performance. It does have below-average battery life and lacks the latest USB 3.0 connectivity.

Tt eSports Challenger Ultimate Gaming Keyboard Review @ eTeknix.com

Posted by Nathan @ 4:09 PM (EDT)

Thermaltake has been a major player in the PC power and cooling industry for many years having produced some legendary products such as the striking Level 10. Today however, I will be taking a look at a much newer venture that Thermaltake has branched into- the Tt eSports range.

CLICK HERE FOR Tt eSports Challenger Ultimate Gaming Keyboard DEALS & PRICING


Veebeam HD Wireless Streamer Review @ Real World Labs

Posted by Nathan @ 4:09 PM (EDT)

The cost-effective Veebeam HD Wireless Streamer is the easiest way not only for streaming your desktop but also for regular, FullHD and web-based multimedia content wirelessly to your TV set via the latest USB Wireless Technology.

Icy Dock MB982SPR-2S Review @ Vortez

Posted by Nathan @ 4:08 PM (EDT)

Today we'll be looking at their dual 2.5" to 3.5" SATA drive convertor the snappily titled MB982SPR-2S. A tiny enclosure that not only accommodates dual 2.5" SDD/HDD but also packs an integrated hardware raid controller that allows striping, mirroring and combined storage. Further to that the enclosure offers full compatibility with both PC and MAC systems making it a very flexible prospect indeed.

Cubitek M4 Gaming Chassis Review @ OverclockersHQ

Posted by Nathan @ 4:08 PM (EDT)

Cubitek's company philosophy is “Build something we would want to buy at a price we would want to pay.” That motto is something that consumers like to hear because it means better products at a fairer price. With competition for entry level cases on the rise prices have been dropping but quality may have also dropped among the majority of them to compete with the price drop. With Cubitex's philosophy in mind we will now look at the M4 chassis from Cubitek. Lets see if they can keep their motto.

ASUS F1A75-M Pro AMD APU Motherboard Review @ Legit Reviews

Posted by Nathan @ 4:08 PM (EDT)

Where the ASUS F1A75-M Pro truly excelled today was the performance of the integrated graphics. Every one of our graphics tests that we compared the Intel HD Graphics 3000 to the AMD A8-3850 with AMD Radeon HD 6550D there was a clear and decisive winner. For our recap of the graphics performance let's start with Total War: Shogun 2 in DirectX 9 mode. The ASUS F1A75-M Pro was able to pull out an average that was 143.4% faster than the Intel system at a resolution of 1280x1024...

Kingston Triple-Channel KHX2000C9AD3W1K3/6GX Review @ ocaholic

Posted by Nathan @ 4:07 PM (EDT)

The Kingston H2O series belong to the most powerful modules which the memory giant actually has in its portfolio. As soon as you take a closer look at the specifications you'll see that they are very serious. According to Kingston these DIMMs need only 1.5 Volt to operate at 2133 MHz with 9-11-9-27 timings.

Crysis 2 DX11 Tessellation & High-Res Texture Pack @ HardOCP

Posted by Nathan @ 4:06 PM (EDT)

Attempting to install the new Crysis 2 1.9 update and added DX11 Tessellation & High-Res Texture Pack felt like anything but a "gift." We give you our first hand experience and a treasure trove of screen shots for good measure. Crysis 2 is a little closer to what it should have been at launch, but certainly the gameplay is still meh.


Wednesday, June 29 2011

Intel SSD 510 Series 250 GB @ techPowerUp

Posted by Nathan @ 4:06 PM (EDT)

Intel's latest 510 Series SSD is designed to deliver maximum performance at today's workloads. It supports the SATA 6 Gbps interface for maximum transfer speed and comes with a custom firmware that is optimized in performance. Being priced at $600 for the 250 GB version the drive is not cheap, but worth it?


Lian Li PC-C50 HTPC-Case Review @ Technic3D

Posted by Nathan @ 4:06 PM (EDT)

The Lian Li PC-C50 is the next PC-Case in the Technic3D Editorship. The PC-C50 for HTPC supports µATX, Mini-ITX and Mini-DTX motherboards, USB 3.0 and have place for four Cooling-Fans. We will check this and many more in the following Review.

iXBT Labs Review: ASUS P8Z68-V Pro Motherboard

Posted by Nathan @ 4:06 PM (EDT)

ASUS P8Z68-V Pro supposedly fits between P8Z68-V and P8Z68 Deluxe. The "Pro" suffix hints at the mid-end or even entry-level nature. But despite that ASUS P8Z68-V Pro offers four USB 3.0 ports, four SATA-600 ports, Bluetooth, and supports SLI/CrossFire/Virtu. What else could you wish for?


TechREACTION.net Review: Silverstone Precision Series PS06 Case

Posted by Nathan @ 4:05 PM (EDT)

Overall, the Silverstone PS06 is a great mid-tower case. The aesthetics may not be for everyone, but most people will probably appreciate the clean, sharp look of it. [Editor's initial reaction: "Damn, that's a sharp-looking rig."] The blue accents really stand out, and help the PS06 sport a unique and distinctive look from the other Silverstone cases of the past. Just like they did with the RV03, Silverstone’s designers took a step away from a prestigious brand tradition and shook things up a little with this system. The wire management solution, for a mid-tower case, was great. It helped easily hide our wires and kept air flowing with as minimum a hindrance as possible.


Posted by Nathan @ 4:05 PM (EDT)

Out of the box, the GIGABYTE GTX 560 OC runs at 830MHz, or 20 MHz above the stock clocked cards, so no fussing with OC tools is required. We, of course will overclock the GIGABYTE GTX-560 OC until it begs for mercy. The 1 GB of GDDR 5 on the GTX-560 OC runs at a blazing 4008 MHz and it sports a hefty 1660 MHz Shader clock. As with all modern video cards, users will need a PCI-E slot, and the card is PCI-E 2.0 ready but is backwards compatible with PCI-E 1.0 with very little bandwidth loss. In other words, running it in a PCI-E 1.0 slot will still provide a lot of bang for a little buck, and it'll be a nice upgrade, even on older motherboards. GIGABYTE and Nvidia recommend using a good quality 500W Power Supply with 2x 6 pin PCI-E power connectors.

OCZ Agility 3 240GB Solid State Drive Review @ ThinkComputers.org

Posted by Nathan @ 4:05 PM (EDT)

OCZ has always been at the top of the list when it comes to solid state drive development. A little while ago we took at look at their first SATA 6GB/s drive the Vertex 3. This drive had blazing fast speeds and is considered an enthusiast or even business-level product. OCZ has brought their ever-popular Agility series solid state drive to the SATA 6GB/s standard. The Agility 3 is based on the SandForce SF-2281 controller and boasts read speeds of up to 525MB/s and write speeds up to 500MB/s. Let’s check out this drive and see how it stacks up to the Vertex 3 and other similar drives.

CLICK HERE FOR OCZ Agility 3 240GB Solid State Drive DEALS & PRICING

Kingston 32GB microSDHC Mobility Kit Review @ OCC

Posted by Nathan @ 4:04 PM (EDT)

You have to ask yourself if you need the microSD format. If you don't, then consider an SD card instead, as they're usually a little less expensive than the microSD format to begin with since the flash memory used isn't as dense. If you do need the microSD format, then ask yourself if you need 32GB. If you do, then consider other microSD offerings. Then ask if you need the speed. If you do, again look elsewhere. Other less expensive class 10 microSDHC cards are available.

Sentey Burton Full-Tower Computer Case @ Benchmark Reviews

Posted by Nathan @ 4:04 PM (EDT)

The Sentey Burton GS-6500 is a full tower enclosure developed for enthusiasts who desire high performance and a sexy exterior. This case flaunts its multiple LED fans, and LED buttons, turning heads in the process. The Burton, is one of several models belonging to the Extreme Division line of computer cases, and it is available in 3 flavors; The GS-6500 in glossy black, the GS-6500B with blue highlights and grills, and the GS-6500R with red highlights and grills. It's pretty easy to glance at the exterior of this case and be charmed into submission. As your jaw drops, your guard is let down, but don't worry, Benchmark Reviews presents an in-depth look at the all black GS-6500 case, from its highly glossy exterior to the bright blue glowing interior. This computer case shines visually, with a stunning array of fan LEDs, as well as a beautiful array of LEDs on the top console, but ultimately, the true purpose here is to determine if this cas! e is more than just visual appeal. Does the Sentey Burton GS-6500 attain the level of excellence that the computer enthusiast expects?

Liteon iHES212 12x Internal Blu Ray Review @ XSReviews.co.uk

Posted by Nathan @ 4:04 PM (EDT)

Blu Ray might just be a stop gap before true HD streaming, but for now it’s one of the easier ways to get hold of high definition movies and other media; especially since it’s becoming more affordable. While they used to cost hundreds of pounds, now you can get yourself an internal one like the one we’re reviewing today for around Ł60. This one is the Liteon iHES212 12x Internal, let’s give it a look.

Asrock Z68 Pro3-M Socket 1155 Motherboard @ Pro-Clockers

Posted by Nathan @ 4:03 PM (EDT)

The Z68 Pro3 M is an abridged version of the Pro3. Bother motherboards offers four DIMM slots, a single PCIe x16 slot, RAID support and amongst of common features. But the Pro3 M shaved off some weight and size. The Pro3 M is a mATX board that also offers what the Z68 is known for and that is Lucid’s Virtu video support and Intel’s Smart Response technology. The Z68 chipset in a microATX form could be the beginning of an ultimate HTPC system.

OCZ RevoDrive 3 X2 480GB PCIe SSD Review @ Legit Reviews

Posted by Nathan @ 4:03 PM (EDT)

I'll just start off here by saying the OCZ RevoDrive 3 X2 is one very impressive drive. Not that we expected anything else. Reads of 1500MB/s and writes of 1250MB/s are numbers inconceivable for a single drive just a few years ago. However, the real highlights here are that OCZ has managed to boost performance to nearly double that of its predecessor and in the process, add support for TRIM - which is a welcome improvement. Changing the configuration by shedding the RAID controller and employing the SuperScale storage controller and VCA 2.0 (Virtualized Controller Architecture) technology is a substantial refinement to the drive design...

Roccat KONE[+] Max Customization Gaming Mouse Review @ Real World Labs

Posted by Nathan @ 4:03 PM (EDT)

With performance upgrades such as an state of the art 6000DPI Pro-AIM R2 laser sensor, EasyShift [+] feature, integrated Tracking & Distance Control Unit, 10.5 megapixel resolution and 30Gs of acceleration the ROCCAT KONE[+] Max Customization Gaming Mouse is not only almost twice as fast as the original KONE but also the best and fastest all-around gaming mouse to ever pass from our hands.

Tuesday, June 28 2011

Gigabyte X58A-OC - Layout and Design @ ocaholic

Posted by Nathan @ 4:31 PM (EDT)

With the X58A-OC Gigabyte has a motherboard in its product portfolio that has been engineered only with overclocking in mind. For example the I/O panel, which comes only with the most necessary ports, shows how uncompromisingly this board has been designed and built. Additionally there a numerous features which make the heart of any overclocker beat faster, instantly. And there also are the absolutely stunning looks of this board and the manufacturing quality which is almost outstanding.


Patriot Gauntlet USB 3.0 Hard Drive Enclosure @ Review the Tech

Posted by Nathan @ 4:31 PM (EDT)

Up for review today I’ve got an external hard drive enclosure from patriot Memory called the Gauntlet. This hard drive enclosure is essentially a solid piece of aluminum that will not only protect the drive inside, but will help to keep it cool as well. The Gauntlet features a USB 3.0 connection for fast read and writes, but it also has a backup button on it to allow you to instantly backup your data to the external drive.

Canon Exilim EX-ZR100 Review @ TechReviewSource.com

Posted by Nathan @ 4:30 PM (EDT)

If you feel the need for speed, then the 12.1-megapixel Casio Exilim EX-ZR100 is for you. It's lightning-fast and takes great photos and video, but its quirks, including a less-than-stellar user interface, keep this camera from the top of its $300 class.

XFX WarPAD Gaming Surface @ Bjorn3D

Posted by Nathan @ 4:30 PM (EDT)

XFX has been widely known in the past for their graphics card offerings. In front of us today we have the newly introduced XFX WarPAD gaming surface. This is not just a mousepad but a surface which the company claims will eliminate some of the issues hardcore gamers face during extended gaming sessions. This is a sign that XFX, like many other manufacturers, is moving into new territory.

Antec KUHLER H2O 920 CPU Cooler Review @ eTeknix.com

Posted by Nathan @ 4:29 PM (EDT)

Cooling your CPU is one of the most important parts of any computer system. Without it you would very quickly make your computer redundant as the CPU would be a bit too toasty for its own liking! Most of the time we rely on air cooling as it is the most readily available heat transfer medium available to us in a case.



Synology Diskstation DS3611xs Review @ Kitguru

Posted by Nathan @ 4:29 PM (EDT)

Synology claim that the Diskstation DS3611xs can deliver 1000 MB/s throughput and with the DX1211 12 bay expansion bay, storage capacities are never going to be a problem. When the DS3611xs starts to run out of room, the DX1211 can be connected via the Infiniband cable which carries 12GB/s SATA signals, maximising data transfer speeds.

NZXT Havik 140 CPU Cooler Review @ ThinkComputers.org

Posted by Nathan @ 4:29 PM (EDT)

Today we have the chance to review something new from a company whose main product lines revolve around cases. Today we are checking out NZXT’s latest product and hopefully a new product line. NZXT has given us a chance to review their new Havik 140, a dual 140mm fan CPU cooler. The Havik 140 also features a whopping six, 6mm copper heatpipes to fit inside of its heatsink. Read on further to see if this new product approach passes or fails for NZXT.

Patriot Wildfire 120GB Solid State Drive Review @ Tweaktown

Posted by Nathan @ 4:28 PM (EDT)

Have you ever been to a kid's baseball game where the game was delayed? This usually happens during summer vacation; two of the kids are on vacation and another one is late. Little Jimmy's mom called and said Jimmy would be there 15 minutes late. All of the kids are on the field tossing the ball around, except Jimmy, and the crowd of parents are anxiously wondering what the hell the holdup is because they want to get home to cook dinner and finish some work. Then all of a sudden Little Jimmy comes running on the field and the ref yells "PLAY BALL!"

NZXT HALE90 750W Power Supply Review @ OCC

Posted by Nathan @ 4:28 PM (EDT)

The NZXT HALE90 750W power supply got a little warm during testing thanks to a cooling fan that remained at or around 700 RPM at all times. I've come across this same behaviour very recently and on investigation the Sentey Golden Steel Power 850W and the NZXT HALE90 750W are based on the same Super Flower design. The introduction of a little warm air into the NZXT HALE90 750W power supply, like the Sentey, caused the cooling fan speed to ramp up to 1400 RPM.

OCZ Technology Vertex 3 SSD 120GB and 240GB Review @ HardOCP

Posted by Nathan @ 4:27 PM (EDT)

Today we take a look at the OCZ Technology Vertex 3 in both 120GB and 240GB capacities. The Vertex 3 was the first SF-2000 based client SSD to hit the market in 2011 and such will be the product in which all others will be judged against. The Vertex 3 is capable of transferring data at 550+MB/s.


Monday, June 27 2011

Thermaltake eSports Challenger Keyboard Pro @ LanOC Reviews

Posted by Nathan @ 9:56 PM (EDT)

Thermaltake isn’t a new name in the world of PC gaming, the brand well-known for keeping our systems cool and stable when under the load of increasingly stressful titles. Recently, Tt extended their product line into the gaming peripheral industry with a partnership with World Cyber Games, creating a family of keyboards and mice for professional use.

Gigabyte Z68X-UD3H-B3 Socket 1155 Motherabord @ Pro-Clockers

Posted by Nathan @ 9:55 PM (EDT)

Today, we will be taking a look at Gigabyte's mid-range Z68 board entitled the Z68X-UD3H. Granted, the Z68 is not much more than hyped up hybrid version of the P67+H67 chipsets, but unlike most things you think of that are hybrid it is not some scaled back product. No sir, it pulls no punches and takes full advantage of what people have come to know the the P67 and H68 chipsets for, but also offering some new goodies like Intel's Smart Response Technology and the new Lucid Virtu software. Read on as we explore one of Gigabyte's entrants to the Z68, while see if it stacks up to all we hope and expect from it.

CLICK HERE FOR Gigabyte Z68X-UD3H-B3 Socket 1155 Motherabord DEALS & PRICING

ASUS Xonar Xense Premium Gaming Audio Set Review @ ThinkComputers.org

Posted by Nathan @ 9:55 PM (EDT)

When you first see the ASUS Xonar Xense’s EMI shield, you get a sense that this isn’t an ordinary soundcard. The non-ironic conclusion is, you’re right. ASUS has put together another great soundcard and bundled it with a great pair of headphones, the Sennheiser PC350 Xense Edition. The Xonar Xense offers a myriad of inputs and outputs, and can chug out high definition audio up to 192kHz/24bit without breaking a sweat. It easily is one of the coolest pieces of hardware you can add to your rig. Need more convincing? Continue reading to check out all of the details of the ASUS Xonar Xense.

CLICK HERE FOR ASUS Xonar Xense Premium Gaming Audio Set DEALS & PRICING


Enermax SpineRex @ techPowerUp

Posted by Nathan @ 9:55 PM (EDT)

The SpineRex is the latest, full tower chassis from Enermax. Taking its name from the top spine cover, we dig deeper to see if the cool, multi-mode and multi-LED fans are trying to draw your focus away from something, or if they are the triumphant sights of a cool chassis.

Antec Veris Multimedia Station Premier Review @ eTeknix.com

Posted by Nathan @ 9:54 PM (EDT)

Antec Inc was founded 25 years ago. They aimed their high-performance computer components and accessories products at the gaming, PC upgrade and DIY markets. Over the last 25 years Antec has built up a very good reputation and are now best known for their PC cases and power supplies. As they have moved into the HTPC case market it makes sense to expand on that segment to release other products which might give them an advantage in the market over their competitors.

MSI R6850 Cyclone PE / OC Graphics Card Review @ OCIA.net

Posted by Nathan @ 9:54 PM (EDT)

Discrete computer graphics are one of the toughest markets to keep current with. New graphics cores are released on a pretty frequent basis from both ATI and NVIDIA and with naming schemes that change nearly as often, it can be difficult to determine where each card stands in relation to others in the same price range. Today we will be taking a look at the MSI R6850 PE / OC graphics card, a mid-range GPU that was launched at the end of last year. Codenamed Barts, this GPU is built on a 40nm process with support for DirectX 11 & Open GL 4.0. Other notable features include HDMI 1.4a & DisplayPort 1.2 support as well as AMD Eyefinity multi-display technology and CrossfireX support.

Arctic Sound P531 5.1 Surround Headset Review @ Real World Labs

Posted by Nathan @ 9:54 PM (EDT)

Although the overall finish of the P531 Surround Headset by Arctic Sound is certainly not on par with the rest of the unit still it combines a very good in-game surround sound along with a somewhat attractive price tag.

Logitech M305 Wireless Mouse Review @ Legit Reviews

Posted by Nathan @ 9:53 PM (EDT)

The Logitech M305 proved to be a very capable and inexpensive 2.4 GHz wireless mouse. The M305 is also easy to use thanks to the fact that you just plug it in and it works. The performance of the M305 was on par with what we'd expect for a mainstream wireless mouse and thanks to the SetPoint software we were able to adjust it to work exactly how we wanted. We used the mouse for several weeks and the battery life barely budged, so the claim that the single AA battery will last for up to 4 months doesn't sound too far fetched...

CLICK HERE FOR Logitech M305 Wireless Mouse DEALS & PRICING

Asus Maximus IV Gene-Z Motherboard review (mATX) @ Kitguru

Posted by Nathan @ 9:53 PM (EDT)

The Asus Maximus IV Gene-Z motherboard is no ‘cut down’ half assed product. As it is a ‘Republic Of Gamers’ product, it brings a wealth of enthusiast grade overclocking and tweaking options to the table. It supports the latest Sandybridge ‘K’ range of processors and officially can support 32gb of DDR3 memory up to a frequency of 2400mhz. It has onboard SupremeFX X-Fi 2 for ultimate sound quality and also supports both CrossfireX and Sli configurations. The Z68 platform is set to give Intel a ‘fresh’ start for Sandybridge.

HIS Radeon HD 6990 4GB Review @ HotHardware.com

Posted by Nathan @ 9:53 PM (EDT)

It has been a few months since the AMD Radeon HD 6990 initially launched. Since that time, a number of AMD’s board partners have launched their own Radeon HD 6990 cards, but as is typically the case with the first wave of products based on a new GPU, they all conform to AMD’s reference design, save for a water-cooled card from PowerColor.

ASUS RoG Matrix GTX 580 Platinum 1.5GB DX11 Video Card Review @Hi Tech Legion

Posted by Nathan @ 9:52 PM (EDT)

The ASUS Matrix GTX580 Platinum is part of the Republic of Gamers line, designed for enthusiasts and hardcore overclockers. The ASUS Matrix GTX580 Platinum is outfitted with a custom cooling solution and equipped with a 19-phase Super Alloy Power technology. Similar to RoG motherboards, the ASUS Matrix GTX 580 Platinum has onboard voltage readout and volt-modding features as well as LED load indicators for the voltage adjustment and GPU load. In case an overclock is unstable, a handy “safe mode” BIOS reset switch can be found at the back that will restore the Matrix GTX 580 Platinum to its factory settings.

ZOTAC Factory Tour in Dongguan @ Bjorn3D

Posted by Nathan @ 9:52 PM (EDT)

In the previous years, Bjorn3D has been lucky enough to take part of several factory tours, including a Kingston factory tour in Hsinchu, Taiwan. Bjorn3D managed to take part of an even larger factory tour this year in Dongguan, China, at the PC Partner facility. PC Partner was established in 1997 and is one of the main providers of electronic manufacturing services (EMS), motherboards, graphics cards and other consumer electronics. With their ISO 9001 certification, PC Partner is committed to delivering products to the table with the quality required to meet international standards. ZOTAC, one of the leading innovators in mini-ITX motherboards and channel manufacturer is a proud subsidiary of PC Partner, one of the five giant contractors of the PC business. Though ZOTAC is not the only subsidiary of PC Partner, in this article, we'll solely focus on how ZOTAC's products are put together from the exposed Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs) to the finished working and packaged product.

Cooler Master Storm Enforcer Mid-Tower Case Review @ Bigbruin.com

Posted by Nathan @ 9:51 PM (EDT)

Cooler Master has always made a good impression with their cases, and the Storm Enforcer mid-tower case continues this tradition. Some of the things that would-be buyers might be most pleased to see include tool-less drive installation, water cooling grommets, support for long video cards, good cable management features, and support for solid state drives.

CLICK HERE FOR Cooler Master Storm Enforcer Mid-Tower Case DEALS & PRICING

AMD Radeon HD6850 & HD6950 CrossFire Performance @ BmR

Posted by Nathan @ 9:51 PM (EDT)

To run today's PC games at high resolutions with all the settings maxed out you need a high end video Card, or two mid/high end video cards in CrossFire/SLI. The best thing about CrossFire/SLI is that you don't need to buy both cards at once, meaning you can spread out the cost of a system build, or simply wait until prices drop before you make your second purchase. Dual video card scaling has come a long way since its conception, in the early days Crossfire performance wasn't always what it was made out to be. However, our setups show near 90% scaling in most of our tests, this is great news for us budget enthusiasts out there as not all of us can afford to fork out $600 up front for the latest highest end equipment. In this article Benchmark Reviews will provide you with our performance and cost analysis of a HD6850 CrossFire setup and a HD6950 CrossFire setup.




OCZ Agility 3 240 GByte Review @ ocaholic

Posted by Nathan @ 9:51 PM (EDT)

With the Agility 3, OCZ has a Solid State Drive in its portfolio which is based on the latest SandForce SF-2200 series SSD processor. The drive also features SATA-III support and OCZ claims that the drive can reach throughput rates of more than 500 MByte. Also for the IOPS the manufacturer promises sky-high numbers. When writing 4 KByte blocks the drive should be able to hit a whopoing 85'000 IOPS. With the Agility 3 OCZ uses asynchronous NAND Flash and we're really curious if one can spot this from benchmark results.


Sunday, June 26 2011

Zotac Z-Box Mini PC BluRay 250GB Review @ XSReviews.co.uk

Posted by Nathan @ 5:05 PM (EDT)

HTPCs have certainly been around for a while, but a growing trend in recent years is the use of cut down versions of this. Mini PCs and Media centres are beginning to dominate people’s lounges as DVDs go the way of VHS and digital streaming is what its all about. Internet access and better organisation of media are also benefits of this, and there’s plenty of companies to choose from if you fancy a setup like this.

Corsair 600T Special Edition White @ LanOC Reviews

Posted by Nathan @ 5:04 PM (EDT)

This past year at CES we had barely dropped our bags off at the hotel before we hit the ground running. Our first task was to make it to the Corsair press conference. There was no way we were going to miss out on what they would be bringing out this year. Along with a list of other things they introduced a white version of their 600T mid tower chassis to be released in April 2011. Seeing as how we didn’t have a 600T in the office to take a look at, and it is past April, I put in a call to Corsair. It wasn’t long before we had a large package dropped off and we finally had our grubby hands on it. With a full black interior and a white exterior it definitely catches your eye. But will that be enough to spend your hard earned cash on?

CLICK HERE FOR Corsair 600T Special Edition White DEALS & PRICING

Corsair Professional Series HX1050 @ techPowerUp

Posted by Nathan @ 5:04 PM (EDT)

At Computex 2011 Corsair revealed a new model for the Professional HX series, the HX1050 which will replace the successful HX1000. The OEM remained the same, Channel Well Technology, the capacity increased by 50 W and efficiency remained at 80 Plus Silver. It seems like this PSU has what it takes to be a cost-effective alternative to the Corsair AX1200.

MSI Z68MA-ED55 (Intel Z68) mATX Motherboard Review @ Tweaktown

Posted by Nathan @ 5:04 PM (EDT)

Just after the launch of the Z68 chipset, we managed to look at a mATX board from ASRock in the form of the Pro3-M. Priced at $114.99 US, it's a good value board, but with a maximum overclock of less than 5GHz on our 2600k, our hopes for something that could offer a bit more power while sticking to the mATX platform would continue.

Sandberg StreetBlaster Stereo Headset Review @ Real World Labs

Posted by Nathan @ 5:03 PM (EDT)

Thanks to its massive 57mm speaker drivers the audio clarity and bass levels of the Sandberg StreetBlaster Stereo Headset easily make it one of the best entry to mid-end music oriented headsets we have ever used.

Cooler Master CM Storm Enforcer @ Modders-Inc

Posted by Nathan @ 5:03 PM (EDT)

In hockey, the enforcer is the tough guy, the monster, the goon who exacts revenge on dirty play by their opponent, with exceptionally harsh violence exacted on those going after star players. If we can take this definition to this case, it has built-in attitude- with revenge coming to those who challenge it. With its very clean imposing looks, it has enforcer written all over it.

CLICK HERE FOR Cooler Master CM Storm Enforcer DEALS & PRICING