Week of August 28, 2011

Friday, September 2 2011

Cooler Master CM 690 II Advanced nVIDIA Edition Computer Case Review @ Tweaknews

Posted by Nathan @ 2:15 AM (EDT)

After reviewing the original chassis, I had high hopes for the CM 690 II Advanced nVIDIA Edition case. I wasn't disappointed. Cooler Master has basically taken the excellent design of the original and upped the ante with some tastefully done aesthetic upgrades that will almost certainly appeal to nVIDIA aficionados.

CLICK HERE FOR Cooler Master CM 690 II Advanced nVIDIA Edition DEALS & PRICING


Phanteks PH-TC14PE_RD CPU Cooler Review @ Real World Labs

Posted by Nathan @ 2:11 AM (EDT)

Although Phanteks is the latest player in the CPU cooling retail market their long experience in the OEM segment has allowed them not only to create an great looking CPU Air Cooler available in 4 different colors but they have also managed to dethrone both the excellent Silver Arrow by Thermalright and the amazing NH-D14 by Noctua.

Lenovo ThinkCentre Edge 91z @ TechReviewSource.com

Posted by Nathan @ 2:10 AM (EDT)

Lenovo's SMB-oriented ThinkCentre Edge line expands to the all-in-one desktop space with the ThinkCentre Edge 91z. It's reasonably priced, powerful, and can give the iMac a run for its place in a design studio.

CLICK HERE FOR Lenovo ThinkCentre Edge 91z DEALS & PRICING

Biostar TA75A+ LGA1155 @ techPowerUp

Posted by Nathan @ 2:10 AM (EDT)

AMD's new Llano APU lineup gets a stylish new addition with the Biostar TA75A+. Sporting an fancy color scheme, and a low price, the Biostar TA75A+ seeks to bring some enthusiast features to the entry-level market.

ASUS Maximus IV Extreme-Z Review @ ocaholic

Posted by Nathan @ 2:09 AM (EDT)

The Maximus IV Extreme-Z is ASUS' latest flagship regarding their socket 1155 line-up. With its ROG brand the taiwanese mainboard giant targets gamers as well as overclockers. Very impressive is for example the number of USB 3.0 ports this board comes with. There is a total of eight of these ports.


ASUS ROG MARS 2 3GB Video Card Review w/ NVIDIA Surround @ Legit Reviews

Posted by Nathan @ 2:08 AM (EDT)

The ASUS MARS 2 is a wonderfully designed video card that offers impressive single card graphics performance. The fact that ASUS got two NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580 GPUs running on the same PCB at the same clock speeds as a single GTX 580 cards is mighty impressive. NVIDIA wasn't even able to do that with the GeForce GTX 590, so you can see how big of a feat this was. If you want to own the ultimate NVIDIA graphics card then the ASUS MARS 2 is it, period...

Phanteks PH-TC14PE CPU Cooler Review @ Madshrimps

Posted by Nathan @ 2:07 AM (EDT)

The PH-TC14PE CPU Cooler from the new company Phanteks offers impressive performance, has 4 available colors and comes with 2 140mm fans which match the heatsink; the product is also shipped with extra accessories like screws to be able to install the fans onto the case, vibration dampeners, an adapter for running the fans at 900RPM or a fan cable splitter.

Phanteks PH-TC14PE CPU Cooler Review @ Vortez

Posted by Nathan @ 2:06 AM (EDT)

Despite only announcing their product line today, Phanteks have a wealth of expertise in this domain adding another credential to their line-up of features. Letís see if they can take on the challenge set by Noctua and Thermalright.

Lian Li PC-90 Computer Case @ Benchmark Reviews

Posted by Nathan @ 2:06 AM (EDT)

For many enthusiasts, fitting the very best hardware into a computer case comes at a high price. Unfortunately it means having large, unwieldy enclosures to house all of their hardware. To combat this, Lian Li has created an enclosure with unique properties to combat the growing bloat of systems, and to their credit it seems to has worked. By allowing users to fit the EVGA Super Record 2 motherboard into a case that is 20.15" x 9.05" x 19.25", Lian Li has effectively allowed users to have a smaller more manageable case with all the features of its larger cousins. Benchmark Reviews will evaluate if the Lian Li PC-90 computer case has all of the cards in its hand or if in the end it was a bluff and users are still better off with a larger enclosure.

Thursday, September 1 2011

SilverStone EC03 USB 3.0 PCIe Card and Front Bay Panel @ Pro-Clockers

Posted by Nathan @ 10:20 PM (EDT)

With every aspect of computing moving at razor fast speeds there is no reason for our external data not follow. That is the reason we are seeing new external connections like USB 3.0, and the soon the Thunderbolt as well (already available on some Mac laptops). But in order to implement such connections you have to determine if it is worth it to upgrade the entire system which already feature what you are after, or add on to what you are already using. If the latter seems a little more feasible, then SilverStone has a device for you: the EC03 , a compact USB 3.0 PCIe add-in card and front panel USB 3.0 ports.

OCZ Vertex 3 240 GB @ techPowerUp

Posted by Nathan @ 10:19 PM (EDT)

OCZ's Vertex 3 is the company's flagship solid state drive. It is based on the fast Sandforce SF-2281 controller which offers support for the latest SATA 6 Gbps interface. We tested the 240 GB version against ten other SSDs in both 6 Gbps and 3 Gbps mode.


Corsair H60 CPU Cooler Review @ Technic3D

Posted by Nathan @ 10:18 PM (EDT)

The Corsair H60 Liquid CPU Cooling-Kit arrived Technic3D. See you in the following Review the H60 with one 120mm Fan and Single Radiator compared with many other Cooler on a Intel Core i7 CPU.


Phanteks PH-TC14PE Dual Tower CPU Cooler Review @ eTeknix.com

Posted by Nathan @ 10:18 PM (EDT)

You can query any enthusiast on what they believe to be the best CPU cooler currently available for consumer purchase. The pair of dual tower brutes clinching the top two results in terms of popularity would probably be the mighty Noctua NH-D14 and Thermalright Silver Arrow. For a long time now, these two monsters have been widely regarding as the best there is where air cooling is concerned but can Phanteks with their dual tower PH-TC14PE CPU cooler change this ageing trend?

PCTV Systems NanoStick T2 DVB-T2 USB Tuner Review @ Real World Labs

Posted by Nathan @ 10:17 PM (EDT)

The nanoStick T2 by PCTV Systems is not only the first DVB-T2 and MPEG4/H.264 compatible DVB-T USB Tuner in the market but with it you can also record your favorite programs and stream Digital TV content to your local PC network and/or compatible portable Apple devices such as the iPhone, iPod and iPad.

GIGABYTE Z68XP-UD3P Review @ Vortez

Posted by Nathan @ 10:17 PM (EDT)

Enter the Z68XP-UD3P, a motherboard adorning that much coveted black/grey colour configuration and looks that could kill. Could this be the ideal motherboard for those seeking a mid-range offering?

Corsair Carbide 400R Case Review @ Neoseeker

Posted by Nathan @ 10:17 PM (EDT)

The Carbide 400R isn't one of Corsair's big bad Graphite cases, but it doesn't come with a big bad price either at $99 USD. Yet it still somes with plenty of features typically seen in the more expensive cases. Find out how it all adds up in our latest case review.

SilverStone SST-DC01B Network Data Center Review @ Legit Reviews

Posted by Nathan @ 10:16 PM (EDT)

With its bevy of features and ease of use, the SilverStone SST-DC01B is a connectivity and media sharing juggernaut. Attractive and affordable, this NAS should be on the short list of any enthusiast entering the NAS market...

Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD7 Review @ XSReviews.co.uk

Posted by Nathan @ 10:16 PM (EDT)

Welcome to the world of motherboards! This is a place where cheap alternatives often beat the most expensive flagships. Creating a competitively priced but well performing product is the goal. With that in mind, hereís Gigabyteís new AMD AM3+ socket motherboard, the GA-990FXA-UD7, based on the AMD 990FX chipset. The AM3+ socket is backwards compatible but is introduced rather early this year to be the base platform for the upcoming Zambezi CPUís, based on the Bulldozer architecture.


Dell S2330MX Ultra-Slim Monitor Reviewed @ HotHardware

Posted by Nathan @ 10:15 PM (EDT)

Back in the day, even a 19-inch CRT weighed around 40 pounds and dominated your computer desk with all that junk in the trunk. But like everything else in the realm of technology, computer displays evolved. First came LCDs, and then LCD displays sporting an LED backlight like the Dell S2330 Ultra Slim monitor. That's one of the reasons why computer monitors and televisions are thinner than ever.

CLICK HERE FOR Dell S2330MX Ultra-Slim Monitor DEALS & PRICING

Gigabyte HD 6770 Silent Cell 1GB GDDR5 DirectX11 Video Card Review @ Hi Tech Legion

Posted by Nathan @ 10:15 PM (EDT)

The Gigabyte HD6770 Silent Cell has a completely passive cooling solution. This HD6770 addition to Gigabyteís Silent Cell series claims even lower temperatures compared to the traditional actively cooled reference designs. Since the HD 6770 Silent Cell carries Gigabyteís Ultra Durable VGA technology, it is equipped with a 2 oz. copper PCB, Tier 1 memory chips, 100% Japanese solid capacitors, Ferrite core chokes and Low RDS (on) MOSFET. For display connectivity, the Gigabyte HD 6770 Silent Cell video cards has a DVI, HDMI and a DispayPort for 3-way Eyefinity gaming. Users looking for a quiet gaming experience without compromising thermal performance need to look no further than in Gigabyteís HD 6770 1GB GDDR5 DirectX11 Silent Cell video card.

Wednesday, August 31 2011

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX100V Review @ TechReviewSource.com

Posted by Nathan @ 12:37 AM (EDT)

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX100V is a feature-packed 16-megapixel camera that has a backside-illiminated CMOS sensor that leads to really great photo and video quality. While it might suffer from some design flaws, it has full HD video quality and a built-in GPS.


Corsair Carbide 400R @ techPowerUp

Posted by Nathan @ 12:37 AM (EDT)

After the huge success of the Obsidian and Graphite cases, Corsair is entering the sub $100 market with the Carbide 400R. We show no mercy and review it just like its bigger brethren and are happy to report, that it holds up in an impressive manner.

ZOWIE EC2 Gaming Mouse Review @ eTeknix.com

Posted by Nathan @ 12:37 AM (EDT)

A few weeks back we took a look at the ZOWIE EC1 Gaming Mouse in a lovely white, today is the turn of its comrade in arms but as a nice contrast in black.

ZOWIE pride themselves on being a company focused on bringing you the best gaming peripherals out there, while doing everything they can to make sure the design and looks are not compromised. While ZOWIE's product range may be fairly limited, covering, mice, headsets, keyboards and mousepads, each product has been designed with a lot of input from expert and professional gamers making sure each one is up to a very high standard. We certainly hope this is the case with the ZOWIE EC2.

ADATA S511 120GB SATA3 SSD Review @ OCInside.de

Posted by Nathan @ 12:36 AM (EDT)

ocinside.de tested a new SSD with SandForce SF-2281 controller, which should provide a very high performance. The brand-new ADATA S511 SATA3 SSD is available in capacities from 64GB to 480GB, whereby the capacity of 120GB is tested in this review.

Zalman ZM-SF2 Case fan @ Rbmods

Posted by Nathan @ 12:36 AM (EDT)

A good fan is required for every computer if you want to have stable cooling and decent noise levels. Zalman is well known for their cooling products and today we are taking a look at their ZM-SF2 case fan and compare it vs other 92mm fans on the market.

Corsair Dominator GT 1.5v PC3-17066 8GB Kit Review @ Tweaktown

Posted by Nathan @ 12:36 AM (EDT)

When it comes to the Corsair line of memory, the Dominator GT series would have to be one of the most stand out brands from the company with a representation of power and performance. The latest kit to come out from the flagship stable brings with it a default voltage of 1.5v.

While the kit might only require 1.5v to run at its default speed; that speed is 2133MHz DDR which is what's impressive considering the default voltage. As for the timings, they're a little relaxed at 9-11-9-27, but something else that really stands out is the fact that we're dealing with an 8GB kit here instead of a 4GB one which we normally see on these 1.5v kits.

Tt eSports Black Element Gaming Mouse Review @ Neoseeker

Posted by Nathan @ 12:35 AM (EDT)

The Black Element seems to have incorporated many of the elements that have proven over time to be successful in the mouse market, combined with a refined design which has already seen quite an improvement since the first Tt eSports mouse.

Sapphire Pure Platinum Z68 Motherboard Review @ Hi Tech Legion

Posted by Nathan @ 12:35 AM (EDT)

The Pure Platinum Z68 is the Sapphire's first entry for the Z68 chipset of Intel, which is capable of technologies such as Smart Response and Virtu. The Sapphire Pure Platinum Z68 includes 4 DIMM slots with support of up to 16GB of RAM with speeds of up to 1600+MHz. For network connectivity, the Sapphire Pure Platinum Z68 has a Marvell chip controlled Gigabit LAN port and wireless capability via a Bluetooth 2.1 receiver. Storage options are many in the Pure Platinum Z68, with 8 total SATA ports; 4 SATA II with RAID 0,1,5,10 and AHCI controlled by the Z68 chipset, while there are 2 SATA III ports also controlled by the Z68 and the last 2 are controlled by Marvell's controller. Peripherals on the Z68 Pure Platinum are 2 USB 3.0 with up to 12 total USB 2.0 ports (including the USB headers), with 4 on the rear panel.

ThermalTake Chaser MK-I Review @ OCC

Posted by Nathan @ 12:34 AM (EDT)

The Chaser MK-I has a solid SECC steel construction with the only pieces of plastic on it being the front and top panels. It includes a side panel window which is a must in its price range. It would have been nice however if they had included a side intake fan as that not only would have given you a total of three color shift LED fans but it probably would have greatly improved temperatures. It's great to see that ThermalTake designed the case so that it not only has a black coat of paint on the outside, but also features black paint on the inside. All things aside, this case definitely has it with watercooling capability.



Posted by Nathan @ 12:34 AM (EDT)

The GIGABYTE GTX 580 SOC is one of the fastest factory overclocked GTX 580's available. Let's take a deeper look, and see how it stacks up in testing.


Cooler Master GeminII S524 CPU Heatsink @ Benchmark Reviews

Posted by Nathan @ 12:34 AM (EDT)

I've said before that since the coolers included with retail CPUs are both quiet and effective at stock clock speeds, overclocking is the only reason anyone should buy a third party CPU cooler. Well, this isn't strictly true: not all third party CPU coolers are designed to handle ultra-high overclocks in massive tower systems; sometimes, what you need is a cooler that is more effective than the retail cooler in specific situations, such as the tight confines of a micro-ATX or HTPC case. When airflow's at a premium, a properly designed cooler that can fit into a tight space can be a big help. Benchmark Reviews looks at Cooler Master's new GeminII S524 cooler, which is designed for just such applications.

SilverStone TJ08-E Review @ ocaholic

Posted by Nathan @ 12:34 AM (EDT)

Since ASUS has released its Rampage II Gene motherboard back in 2009 which features a mATX formfactor it is possible to build a high end PC using a mini tower. These days you find mATX motherboards from almost every motherboard manufacturer regarding every chipset that has been released. On the other hand, a closer look at the case market reveals that there is only a hand full of midi tower which can cope with high-end hardware.


Tuesday, August 30 2011

Wacom Intuos4 Medium Professional Pen Tablet Review @ Real World Labs

Posted by Nathan @ 12:30 AM (EDT)

With the feature-rich Intuos4 Medium Professional Pen Tablet the people over at Wacom have proven to us once again that they are not the best at what they do for well over 20 years by mere accident.

Spire Savit 6005B Review @ XSReviews.co.uk

Posted by Nathan @ 12:29 AM (EDT)

With a URL like SpireCoolers.com, itís not hard to understand that Spire are most well known for their heat sink fan combinations. However, you may have heard they make cases too. Today Ė despite it being a holiday, yes, Iím dedicated Ė Iím reviewing the Spire Savit 6005B. Itís got a snappy name and a matt black exterior with a few USB ports.

Kingston HyperX 240 GByte SSD @ ocaholic

Posted by Nathan @ 12:29 AM (EDT)

The HyperX SSD with 240 Gigabyte is Kingstons Flagship regarding their SSD-Lineup. Therefore this model awaits users with a higher IOPS performance especially concerning the random reads. 40'000 IOPS should be possible in this case. Regarding random writes the manufacturer claims up to 95'000 IOPS.


Computing on Demand: Sentey Burton - GS-6500

Posted by Nathan @ 12:29 AM (EDT)

Sometimes, being a case manufacturer means that you have to do something special to get noticed. It isn't always the flashy designs or the obnoxious graphics that gets your product known. Sometimes, it is just good craftsmanship and a good design that gets people like me excited. With a slew of case manufacturers out there, Sentey thinks they can get your attention with their Burton Chassis.

TechREACTION Review: CM Storm Sirus 5.1 Headset

Posted by Nathan @ 12:28 AM (EDT)

We used Battlefield: Bad Company 2 and Heroes of Newreth as our test games, and the headset worked, in a word magnificently. The bass response was much better than when testing music, video streams, or movies. This wasnít too surprising, considering this headset was designed for gaming more then it was for general media listening.


Microsoft Touch Mouse Review @ TechReviewSource.com

Posted by Nathan @ 12:28 AM (EDT)

The Microsoft Touch Mouse combines a traditional mouse with multitouch gestures to make navigating and using Windows 7 on a desktop computer just like a notebook with a touchpad. While a little expensive, it is very responsive, comfortable to use and intuitive.


ZOTAC GeForce GTX 550 Ti AMP! Edition Video Card Review @ Legit Reviews

Posted by Nathan @ 12:28 AM (EDT)

We have to say that ZOTAC took an entry level graphics card and turned it into an attractive package with a dash of overclocking and silent cooling. While the ZOTAC AMP! GeForce GTX 550 Ti struggles to perform at its highest supported resolution it is not targeted for those users and is really meant for gamers running 1680 x 1050 resolutions and below...


ASUS Matrix GTX 580 Platinum @ Bjorn3D

Posted by Nathan @ 12:27 AM (EDT)

In this review we will look at some of the unique features that separate the ASUS Matrix GTX 580 Platinum graphics card from a reference card and how can users utilize those features. This card retails for $529.99, which is only 20 dollars more than the DirectCU II card and about 70 dollars more than a reference card, which retails for about 459.99.


Monday, August 29 2011

NZXT Sentry Mix Fan Controller Review @ OCC

Posted by Nathan @ 1:26 AM (EDT)

Functionally, the Sentry Mix is, well, functional. It does what it's supposed to and I have no complaints about it. Despite their structural differences, all the sliders move within the same physical range and provide the same amount of adjustment. The LED color selection button is a tad more recessed than is necessary, and were it raised just a little out from the faceplate, it would be much more comfortable. Just as with the Sentry Mesh, the Sentry Mix allows amps to course through its veins at no less than 4.8V. So, no matter what, the fans are spinning and keeping things from going "pop" in the night. Remembering which fan is controlled by which pot is easy since the cables and sliders are numerically labeled.


Zalman CNPS7X LED CPU Cooler Review @ Hi Tech Legion

Posted by Nathan @ 1:26 AM (EDT)

The Zalman CNPS7X LED may be short on size, but it certainly makes up for it in design and performance. The Zalman CNPS7X uses Zalmanís V-Shaped fin design to maximize efficiency, allowing the CNPS7X to effectively do the work of much larger cooling solutions. The V-Shaped design directs more air directly through the fins at the heat pipe area with very little loss, creating significantly more air where itís needed for actual effective cooling. This means more air over the six copper composite heatpipes than would be expected from a 90mm fan solution. The 90mm blue LED fan included with the CNPS7X LED is PWM controlled with a maximum RPM of 1950, while still maintaining a whisper quiet 25dBA. This efficient design allows for the Zalman CNPS7X LED to stand a mere 135mm tall, with an equally small 90x127mm footprint. The CNPS7X is small enough for almost any case, and should almost never pose an issue of blocked RAM slots.

OCZ ZS 650W Power Supply @ Pro-Clockers

Posted by Nathan @ 1:25 AM (EDT)

The ZS series of power supplies from OCZ was just released this year. The series comes in three different wattages which would be 550W, 650W and 750W. Today, we will be taking a closer look at the 650 watt model. The ZS 650 is a single 12 volt rail model that boasts an 85% efficiency rating.

AMD Phenom II X4 955 Review @ Ultimate Hardware

Posted by Nathan @ 1:25 AM (EDT)

We are testing the Phenom II X4 955 CPU against the Athlon II X4 645 CPU. The Phenom II X4 955 is clocked at 3200Mhz and the the Athlon II X4 645 is clocked at 3100Mhz. The Phenom II X4 955 supports MMX+, 3DNow+, SSE, SSE2, SSE3, SSE4A, x86-64 and AMD-V. A big advantage for the Phenom II X4 955 is the 6MB Level 3 Cache while the Athlon II X4 645 has none. We will be using Benchmarks for testing the Phenom II X4 955 and Athlon II X4 645 which are:- Cinebench, Everest, Geekbench, Novabench and Nuclearus. Games are Hawk 2 and Lost Planet 2.


Sunday, August 28 2011

Elgato EyeTV DTT Deluxe TV Tuner Micro-Stick Review @ Real World Labs

Posted by Nathan @ 9:16 PM (EDT)

The latest EyeTV DTT Deluxe TV Tuner Micro Stick by Elgato is not only the smallest USB TV Tuner we have ever seen to date but it also offers very good image quality, plenty of features, Windows/MAC compatibility and can also be used with either the two bundled antennas or with an external DTV one.

Arctic Cooling K481 Wireless Keyboard with Multi-Touch Pad @ Viperlair

Posted by Nathan @ 9:16 PM (EDT)

The Arctic Cooling Arctic Equipment K481 Wireless Keyboard with Multi-Touch Pad is . well it's a keyboard with a touchpad like you would find on a laptop. The idea is to give you a single wireless device for PC input. One thing that isn't readily apparent though, is that this isn't a full-size keyboard, with the Arctic Cooling Arctic Equipment K481 Wireless Keyboard with Multi-Touch Pad being only a little bigger than a DVD Case. So it's not too big and not too small; Let's find out if it has the Goldilocks appeal.

MSI Z68A-GD65 (G3) Motherboard Review @ OCIA.net

Posted by Nathan @ 9:15 PM (EDT)

A few months later in May Intel launched an updated Sandy Bridge chipset called Z68 which essentially takes the best features of the P67 and H67 and combines them into one. With a Z68 board, users can overclock the CPU and use the integrated Intel HD graphics. Previously, if you wanted to overclock, you had to buy a P67 board and you had to use a discrete graphics card. If you wanted to use the integrated graphics, you needed an H67 board but then you couldn't overclock the CPU. In addition to these combined features, Z68 also introduces a new feature called Smart Response Technology (SRT) which uses a solid state drive to cache data from a traditional spinning hard drive.


Cooler Master Hyper 612S Review @ XSReviews.co.uk

Posted by Nathan @ 9:15 PM (EDT)

While water cooling was the only way to keep hot chips cool a decade ago, nowadays air cooling has really improved. Granted, much of this is down to the huge heatsinks that we now slap onto our toasty CPUs, and this cooler is no exception. The Cooler Master Hyper 612S is another of the monster HSF combos. Its designed to be big, powerful and quiet. Ambitious claims, letís see how it does."

Tp-link TL-WR1043ND Wireless N Gigabit Router @ Rbmods

Posted by Nathan @ 9:15 PM (EDT)

We are going to review a router from Tp-link in todays review, they sent us a sample of their latest TL-WR1043ND Wireless N Gigabite Router. This has features such as wireless speeds up to 300Mbps, three removable antennas, gigabit ports and more.

Super Flower Golden Silent 500 W @ techPowerUp

Posted by Nathan @ 9:14 PM (EDT)

Today we have a chance to test the Super Flower Golden Silent SF-500P14FG, a fanless power supply with 500W capacity which can be overclocked to 600W. In order to achieve this, the PSU will drop a bit in effiency: from Platinum to Gold.

Plextor PX-M2 128GB SSD @ Hardwareoverclock.com

Posted by Nathan @ 9:14 PM (EDT)

Hardwareoverclock.com has just posted another SSD review. Last week we have taken a look at the Plextor PX-M2 128GB SSD.