Week of May 29, 2011

Saturday, June 4 2011

SilverStone Strider Gold 1200W PSU Review (SST-ST1200-G) @ Kitguru

Posted by Nathan @ 10:00 PM (EDT)

If you are the proud owner of a new high end SLI or CrossfireX gaming system, then you might be in the market for a powerful, future proof power supply. The product we are going to be looking at today will be of interest as it is 80 Plus Gold Certified modular design capable of outputting 1200W, with peaks up to 1300W. Is the SilverStone Strider Gold 1200W power supply good enough to be on your next shortlist?

MUKii TransImp X3 Plus Hard Drive Enclosure Review @ OCIA.net

Posted by Nathan @ 9:59 PM (EDT)

The MUKii TransImp X3 Plus is one of many new USB 3.0 hard drive enclosures coming to the market. The TransImp X3 Plus is no ordinary enclosure and MUKii has designed the unit with a few bells and whistles that separate it from other enclosures on the market. Some of those features include a front lit LCD display that shows real time I/O rates, an attractive black aluminum case and a small but effective set of software tools.

Evercool Transformer 3 Heatsink Review @ Frostytech.com

Posted by Nathan @ 9:58 PM (EDT)

In this review Frostytech will be putting the Evercool Transformer 3 heatsink through its paces. The Transformer 3 is a tower-style heatsink which stands exactly 160mm tall. The cooler comes with a single 120mm PWM fan that operates at speeds of 2200RPM to 800RPM, though a second fan can added to the rear if desired. Four white vibration absorbing rubber posts are used to reduce vibrations from the fan motor to the heatsink, extra fan posts are supplied. The heatsink stands 160mm tall, is 130mm wide and 78mm deep with the single fan.

iXBT Labs Review: Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD4-B3 Motherboard

Posted by Nathan @ 9:56 PM (EDT)

If the lack of support for integrated graphics doesn't bother you, Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD4-B3 is a good and promising choice. It stands out among typical mid-end solutions by having richer functionality (two USB 3.0 and two additional SATA 6Gbps controllers), comes with a lot of software utilities, and you don't have to pay for extra hardware features you might not need. Also, the Touch BIOS adds nice variety to all those implementations of UEFI.

Kingston HyperX MAX 3.0 128GB External USB 3.0 Drive Review @ Real World Labs

Posted by Nathan @ 9:56 PM (EDT)

The HyperX MAX 3.0 128GB External USB 3.0 Drive delivers the first class performance and extra durable build quality we have learned to expect from the people over at Kingston.

CLICK HERE FOR Kingston HyperX MAX 3.0 128GB DEALS & PRICING

Coolermaster Storm Enforcer Review @ XSReviews.co.uk

Posted by Nathan @ 9:55 PM (EDT)

Another day another review and today it’s a gaming chassis. Coolermaster have sent down their Enforcer case that’s part of the Storm range of enclosures and peripherals. It’s got a side window, a large cooling fan and internal USB 3.0 support; let’s see if its other features are as solid.

CLICK HERE FOR Coolermaster Storm Enforcer DEALS & PRICING

Water Cooling The Silverstone Temjin Series TJ11 @ TechREACTION

Posted by Nathan @ 9:55 PM (EDT)

SilverStone engineers aim to create another first-class, no-holds-barred chassis with the Temjin TJ11. The TJ11 incorporates some great features from past SilverStone products along with new designs, such as the “Air Penetrator” fans, to help achieve this goal. In addition, there are plenty of ergonomic touches, such as quick access filters, hot-swappable hard drive bays, removable motherboard tray, CPU back plate cutout, and optimized cable routing paths to keep your system running as efficiently as possible.

Corsair Graphite 600T White Special Edition Case Review @ Legit Reviews

Posted by Nathan @ 9:54 PM (EDT)

When the Corsair 600T was first released it was only available in gun-metal gray and as we all know black has been in style for years, but is starting to get boring. Corsair recognized this and has 'refreshed' the 600T in order to bring out a Special Edition White case that looks pretty stunning with a mixture of white and black bezels. The Special Edition white also comes with a hole in the side panel that you can insert either an acrylic window or mesh panel into depending on how you want to configure the case. Both panels are included, which is a nice touch as you can change it when your needs change down the road...

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

Aerocool X-Vision Fan Controller @ Pro-Clockers

Posted by Nathan @ 9:54 PM (EDT)

The new X-Vision is of Aerocool's simpler models, but still remains very functional and looks great. It provides the user with five channels of controls, capable of delivering up to 8 watts on each. Additionally it has thermal sensors to monitor temperatures in whatever location you put them, per-fan RPM readout and the voltage they are running at. For fan regulation options, the X-Vision has the ability to adjust fan speeds manually or by system temps based on the thermal sensors. This may be your next fan controller, so come on in to see if it has what you're looking for.

Friday, June 3 2011

HIS Radeon HD 6970 IceQ Turbo 2GB Video Card Review @ Tweaktown

Posted by Nathan @ 6:32 PM (EDT)

We've looked at the HIS HD 6970 Turbo, we've also looked at some IceQ variants of the HD 6800 series; but today the power of the IceQ and Turbo series combine to create the HIS HD 6970 IceQ Turbo. The IceQ series is a popular one for HIS and has always represented their best cooler in the HIS line-up. Combined with the Turbo label, the card carries with it also a nice out of the box overclock.

Today, though, we've decided to ignore the overclock and instead make use of the cooler and overclock the card ourselves. Before we cover that, though, let's first check out the package that's on offer from the HIS HD 6970 IceQ Turbo 2GB; then we'll take a closer look at the card itself before looking at the actual overclock we achieved.

Intel 320 Series 120GB SSD Review @ ITShootOut.com

Posted by Nathan @ 6:32 PM (EDT)

The Intel 320 could just as easily have been called the X25-M G3, as that is exactly the product we have here today. Using an updated version of the controller used in the previous two X25 series drives, the 320 is Intels mainstream oriented solid state product, whilst the firms Marvell based 510 series covers the high end. We test to see how it compares to its more expensive stable mate, as well as SandForce drives from OCZ, Corsair and G.Skill.

CLICK HERE FOR Intel 320 Series 120GB DEALS & PRICING

AMD Phenom II X6 1075T CPU Review @ Kitguru

Posted by Nathan @ 6:32 PM (EDT)

It’s been over a year since AMD launched their Phenom II X4 and X6 processor lines and they are certainly showing their age compared to Intel’s Sandy Bridge platform. But can they still compete with Intel’s latest Sandy Bridge processors?

CLICK HERE FOR AMD Phenom II X6 1075T DEALS & PRICING

In-Win Buc Mid Tower Case @ Bjorn3D

Posted by Nathan @ 6:31 PM (EDT)

Our impression with In-Win is that the company often offers products with a slight artistic flavor. Take their Na, for example. Despite being a simple enclosure, it has elegant looks and an artistic flair that draws attention. While not as well-known as big players like Antec, Thermaltake, or Silverstone when comes to computer chassis, In-Win has a long history of making computer cases. Their latest enthusiast's case, the Buc, combines their artistic talent and functionalities. And the end result is a feature-rich chassis with a unique look.

CLICK HERE FOR TWEAKNEWS.NET'S REVIEW ON THIS PRODUCT

HIS Radeon HD6870 IceQ-X Turbo-X Video Card @ Benchmark Reviews

Posted by Nathan @ 6:31 PM (EDT)

HIS first introduced its IceQ coolers in 2003 to its Radeon 9800PRO series of video cards, eight years later HIS return with the IceQ X cooler, which thankfully performs much better than it looks. In this review the IceQ X cooler is strapped onto a HIS HD6870 Turbo X video card which comes factory overclocked at 975MHz GPU and 1150MHz Memory. Pushing clocks this far on a factory overclocked video card takes some guts, but HIS know that they have nothing to worry about, their IceQ cooler is up to the job. Benchmark Reviews aims to provide you with an unbiased review of the HIS HD6870 IceQ X Turbo X and report back our findings, keeping you informed on the latest technologies available on the market today.

CLICK HERE FOR HIS Radeon HD6870 DEALS & PRICING

MSI P67A-GD65 Motherboard Review @ Hi Tech Legion

Posted by Nathan @ 6:30 PM (EDT)

The MSI P67A-GD65 motherboard sports the latest in Military Class II technology, offering top quality and stability. The MSI P67A-GD65 also features the latest evolution of the OC Genie intelligent auto-overclocking feature as well as a completely new Click-BIOS system featuring a Universal Extensible Firmware Interface. USB 3.0 and additional SATA 6Gb/s ports via Marvell 9128 chipset also come standard in the P67A-GD65. Equipped with a pair of PCI Express x16 gen 2 slots spaced optimally for proper thermal conditions under SLI or CrossfireX, the MSI P67A-GD65 is perfect not just for overclockers but for hardcore gamers as well.

CLICK HERE FOR MSI P67A-GD65 Motherboard DEALS & PRICING

Thermaltake Jing Heatsink Review @ Frostytech.com

Posted by Nathan @ 6:30 PM (EDT)

Thermaltake's Jing heatsink, a dual fan tower style cooler that comes in a bright shade of nuclear green. The green is supposed evoke nature and 'Jing' supposedly means 'wind' in Mandarin. The heatsinks' twin 128mm fans spin at 800-1300RPM in a push-pull orientation and create a modest amount of noise according to our real world sound measurements.

CLICK HERE FOR Thermaltake Jing Heatsink DEALS & PRICING

RaidSonic ICY BOX IB-230StU3-G 2.5" USB 3.0 HDD Enclosure Review @ Real World Labs

Posted by Nathan @ 6:30 PM (EDT)

If you just joined the USB 3.0 trend and you're looking to get yourself a nice 2.5 inch external HDD enclosure then the latest Icy Box IB-230StU3-G by RaidSonic with its brushed aluminum body, performance, anti-vibration/shock feature and attractive price tag might just be what you're looking for.

OCZ Agility 3 SSD Review @ Neoseeker

Posted by Nathan @ 6:29 PM (EDT)

The OCZ Agility 3 promises performance levels of the celebrated Vertex 3 SSD at a (relatively) cheaper price tag thanks the use of more cost-effective NAND flash memory. Check our latest SSD review to see if that means the Agility 3 cuts corners in performance as a result.

CLICK HERE FOR OCZ Agility 3 DEALS & PRICING

Zotac H67-ITX WiFi H67 Motherboard Review @ eTeknix.com

Posted by Nathan @ 6:29 PM (EDT)

Over the past couple of months, we've taken a look at plenty of small form factor motherboards from some big brands including Asus, Gigabyte and Jetway, and they have all been designed with an all-in-one solution in mind. This is where we saw the likes of Intel Atom and more importantly AMD Fusion take its place in the market, and quite rightly so.

CLICK HERE FOR Zotac H67-ITX WiFi H67 Motherboard DEALS & PRICING

Water Cooling Shootout Review @ Vortez

Posted by Nathan @ 6:29 PM (EDT)

For new comers to the world of water cooling, it can be a very scary place indeed - the most common reaction being 'WHAT!, don't you know water and electricity don't mix!'. Normally with this sort of statement at the start of a review, I'd go on and prove it wrong. However, this time they're not wrong at all - water and electricity really don't mix, so how does it all work?

Asus Eee PC 1215B Review @ TechReviewSource.com

Posted by Nathan @ 6:28 PM (EDT)

The Asus Eee PC 1215B is an ultraportable 12-inch notebook that has the latest AMD Fusion E-350 CPU, which means it can handle HD graphics with ease. It also benefits from having a stellar design and the latest USB 3.0 connectivity.

CLICK HERE FOR Asus Eee PC 1215B DEALS & PRICING

VIA Announces New VIA VB8004 Mini-ITX Mainboard

Posted by Nathan @ 6:27 PM (EDT)

Taipei, Taiwan, June 2, 2011 - VIA Technologies, Inc,a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced the low power VIA VB8004 motherboard. Coupling the VIA VX900 media system processor with a choice of 1.2GHz and 1.6GHz VIA Nano Processors, the VIA VB8004 provides a high performance and highly scalable solution for advanced digital signage systems.

In addition to providing native support for dual-displays, the VIA VB8004 Mini-ITX mainboard can also be easily upgraded to support four displays using an additional VIA S3 5400E graphics module, providing developers the widest possible variety of multi-display configurations, including HDMI, LVDS, and DVI technologies.

"The VIA VB8004 has been developed from the ground up to provide a scalable solution for our digital signage customers," said Epan Wu, Head of the VIA Embedded Platform Division, VIA Technologies, Inc. “It provides them with a cost-effective and flexible path for upgrading their systems to meet ever changing market requirements.”

About the VIA VB8004

Powered by a choice of 1.6GHz and 1.2GHz VIA Nano processors, the VIA VB8004 leverages the advanced multimedia capabilities of the VIA VX900 system media processor to deliver awesome DX10.1 graphics and support for rich 1080p video resolutions.

In addition to supporting up to 4 GB DDR3, the board features rich I/O capabilities including an HDMI port, one DVI port, a one channel 24-bit LVDS, one GigaLAN port, two USB 2.0 ports, one serial, one PS2 port and two SATA ports.

The VIA S3 5400E Graphics Module

The VIA S3 5400E dedicated graphics module is a daughter card specially designed to provide advanced multimedia capabilities for next-generation embedded applications and is the best-in-class energy efficient DX10.1 GPU on the market today. With support of DX10.1, Shader Model 4.1, OpenGL 3.1, and OpenCL 1.0, the 5400E GPU provides a cost-effective solution for feature-rich graphics processing with high levels of video decoding and 3D rendering performance.

Featuring the ChromotionHD™ 2.1 video engine, a programmable video architecture supporting the latest HD standards including Blu-ray Disk, H.264, VC-1, WMV-9, and MPEG-2/4, the S3 5400E module offers stunningly smooth HD playback at resolutions of up to 2560 x 1600 pixels.

Thursday, June 2 2011

Zotac GTX 560 TI Amp! Edition Review @ XSReviews.co.uk

Posted by Nathan @ 11:37 PM (EDT)

We’ve done the GTX 580, we’ve done the GTX 570, but what about the little old 560? Well today Zotac have sent over the GTX 560 TI Amp edition. Lets see how it performs when weighed up against its bigger brothers.

CLICK HERE FOR Zotac GTX 560 TI DEALS & PRICING

Thermaltake V9 BlacX Edition Gaming Case Review @ ThinkComputers.org

Posted by Nathan @ 11:36 PM (EDT)

Today we get the opportunity to check out a unique case, which includes something which you probably wouldn’t think. The Thermaltake V9 BlacX Edition Gaming Case, includes a name that you might recognize, the BlacX. Yes, that’s BlacX as in the docking systems that Thermaltake makes. Well imagine the Duet version of the BlacX integrated into the top of your case. That’s exactly what the Thermaltake V9 BlacX Edition is, so read on find out the details.

CLICK HERE FOR TWEAKNEWS.NET'S REVIEW ON THIS PRODUCT

Kingston HyperX Genesis 2133MHz Memory Kit Review @ eTeknix.com

Posted by Nathan @ 11:35 PM (EDT)

We are big fans of Kingston and have always made that publicly known and for many reasons. They are one of the companies out there in the big wide world who have stood the test of time and are still keen on expanding their market and coming up with new, exciting, innovative ideas. They cater for pretty much everybody, whether you need a USB flash drive, or some memory for your notebook or even some value RAM for your workstation. Kingston do it all.

Corsair White Graphite Series 600T Mid Tower Case Review

Posted by Nathan @ 11:35 PM (EDT)

I have seen over the last year, maybe even two, that there is a definite trend to offering users a "white" option when it comes to case color choices. Most of the cases I have seen up to this point started with modders painting the cases they already had. This led to a lot of feedback from users on the forums where these cases were shown, and the manufacturers saw the opportunity to make their mark and offer users a modded-like chassis straight out of the box.

CLICK HERE FOR Corsair White Graphite Series 600T DEALS & PRICING

Cubitek HPTX Tank PC Case Review @ Real World Labs

Posted by Nathan @ 11:35 PM (EDT)

The latest HPTX Tank PC Case may not be able to match its HTPX counterparts in build quality but its sheer size, design, number of features and price tag are sure to make it one of the best-selling units of the Cubitek product line.

Patriot Javelin S4 NAS Server Review @ OverclockersHQ

Posted by Nathan @ 11:35 PM (EDT)

Data is a very important commodity these days and having a back up with some redundancy is not just convenient but a necessity. NAS storage has been around a few years now and it does a great job, the problem we are running into lately is that drive sizes are increasing and the old NAS you have in the corner of your office doesn’t support it. Add to that the fact that the software and firmware haven’t been updated….ever you find yourself wanting, or needing features that are just not possible. This is where the people at Patriot saw a need; you don’t just need something to hold files, you need a product with some intelligence, multiple user access and some serious features on the web side. The Javelin S4 NAS is more than just another hard drive enclosure and we are going to show you why:

VIA Announces New VIA VB8004 Mini-ITX Mainboard

Posted by Nathan @ 11:34 PM (EDT)

Taipei, Taiwan, 2 June 2011 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced the low power VIA VB8004 Mini-ITX board. Coupling the VIA VX900 media system processor with a choice of 1.2GHz and 1.6GHz VIA Nano Processors, the VIA VB8004 provides a high performance and highly scalable solution for advanced digital signage and gaming systems.

In addition to providing native support for dual-displays, the VIA VB8004 Mini-ITX mainboard can also be easily upgraded to support four displays using an additional VIA S3 5400E graphics module, providing developers the widest possible variety of multi-display configurations, including HDMI, LVDS, and DVI technologies.

"The VIA VB8004 has been developed from the ground up to provide a scalable solution for our digital signage customers," said Epan Wu, Head of the VIA Embedded Platform Division, VIA Technologies, Inc. “It provides them with a cost-effective and flexible path for upgrading their systems to meet ever changing market requirements.”

Overclockers.com - NZXT HAVIK 140 Heatsink Review

Posted by Nathan @ 11:34 PM (EDT)

The NZXT HAVIK 140 heatsink is the company’s first foray into the competitive air cooling market. It will be interesting to see if NZXT just cobbled something together or if they did some serious research into cooling modern CPUs.

EVGA Superclock CPU Cooler Review @Hi Tech Legion

Posted by Nathan @ 11:33 PM (EDT)

The EVGA Superclock CPU Cooler certainly has the specs to uphold the high standards EVGA has set. The EVGA Superclock CPU cooler is a 152mm tall tower cooler, featuring five direct contact 8mm heat pipes and 120mm high CFM fan capable of speeds from 700-2500rpm. To add a little eye candy, the fan is clear with red LED, while the Superclock CPU Cooler tower sports a glossy black finish with the white EVGA logo across the top. To aid in cooling, the EVGA Superclock CPU Cooler features a twin wind tunnel design that effectively forces more air over the heat pipes for better heat dissipation. Closed sides of the fin array further maximize cooling potential. The Superclock CPU Cooler is also very versatile with included mounts for Intel 775/1155/1156/1366 and AMD AM2/AM2+/AM3/AM3+/754/939/940/F.

Obsidian 650D Mid-Tower Computer Case @ Modders-Inc

Posted by Nathan @ 11:33 PM (EDT)

Obsidian is a naturally occurring volcanic glass and it is produced when the felsic lava from a volcano cools rapidly. So something so hot can be really cool looking, can we say that about the Obsidian 650D from Corsair? You should be able to make that judgement call after this review.

CLICK HERE FOR Obsidian 650D DEALS & PRICING

ASUS HD 6950 Review @ OCC

Posted by Nathan @ 11:33 PM (EDT)

By using either ASUS Smart Doctor or the commonly available Afterburner overclocking applications I was able to push the speeds up for additional performance. However, to get to the top clock speeds the voltage had to be tweaked some to reach the final clock speeds of 965MHz on the core and 1505MHz on the GDDR5 memory. Any higher than 965MHz on the core and stability was dependent on the game or test and could be pushed as high as 976MHz on the core, again depending on the game or test. Still even with that, 965MHz represents an almost 20% bump in core clock speed. The GDDR5 memory also yielded some big clock speed up to the overclocking gods with a 255MHz or just over a 20% increase over the default 1250MHz.

CLICK HERE FOR ASUS HD 6950 DEALS & PRICING

MSI Z68A-GD80 Intel Motherboard @ Benchmark Reviews

Posted by Nathan @ 11:32 PM (EDT)

Now that Intel's finally released the Z68 chipset, motherboard vendors are scrambling to meet the demand. With the odd restrictions of the P67 and H67 chipsets removed, the Z68 allows users to make use of Sandy Bridge integrated graphics as well as overclock their processors. Add Lucid's Virtu software for intelligent switching between the integrated GPU and a video card and Intel's Smart Response Technology for using an SSD as an intelligent cache for your main hard disk, and the features and advantages of a Z68 motherboard become very attractive. Benchmark Reviews looks at MSI's Z68A-GD80 motherboard in this review. MSI builds it with "military class" components, but does this make any real-world difference?

Wednesday, June 1 2011

Corsair Force 3 120GB SSD Review @ Kitguru

Posted by Nathan @ 6:32 PM (EDT)

This month Kitguru has been at the forefront of many Solid State Drive reviews including the new models from ADATA and OCZ. Today we are looking at the new model from Corsair, the Force 3 120GB which is set to target a wide audience, offering high levels of SATA III performance for under £200.

Hewlett Packard EliteBook 8560p Notebook Review @ HotHardware.com

Posted by Nathan @ 6:32 PM (EDT)

HP emptied its entire bag of tricks on the EliteBook 8560p, the company's top-end business laptop that employs several features we wish other notebook vendors would adopt. HP tells HotHardware the 8560p is the result of lots of user feedback, sporting several subtle suggestions that combine to make this one of the most enjoyable non-gaming laptops we've ever played with.

CLICK HERE FOR Hewlett Packard EliteBook 8560p DEALS & PRICING

Enermax Aurora Micro Wireless Review @ XSReviews.co.uk

Posted by Nathan @ 6:32 PM (EDT)

While the majority of people will run their systems with full size keyboards there are others who want something a bit smaller. Perhaps you have a media PC, or you’re low on space? Enermax have a mini wireless version of their Aurora. Its brushed aluminium and has a roller ball mouse system.

AMD Phenom 2 X4 980BE Cpu @ Rbmods

Posted by Nathan @ 6:31 PM (EDT)

Time for another CPU review, today we have a sample of a Phenom 2 X4 980 cpu for testing that we are going to throw against an Intel CPU and a AMD CPU. Lets figure out how well these end up performing.

Sentey Black Box Series: BX1-4284 V2.3 @ TechREACTION

Posted by Nathan @ 6:31 PM (EDT)

Sentey has sent us a new case from their Black Box Series lineup, the BX1-4284 V2.3. It is version 2.3 because it is one of three cases in this specific line. Version 2.1, 2.2, and 2.3 are basically all the same, but the side panels and the LED colored fans are different on each case. Ours comes with a full side acrylic window with a 120mm fan and an optional 80mm fan cut into the window. The case is painted in a super high gloss black so it has a nice mirror finish to it.

Nesteq ASM Xzero 600W Semi-Fanless Power Supply Unit Review @ eTeknix.com

Posted by Nathan @ 6:30 PM (EDT)

Compared with companies such as Corsair and Enermax, NesteQ is a relatively small company when it comes to PSUs. When I told a few of my friends about this PSU, the majority of them had never even heard on NesteQ. However, for those of us who have been following PC hardware for a while will know that NesteQ is famed for their quiet PSUs and other products aimed at reducing noise from your system. This new PSU is no exception.

Patriot Supersonic 32 GB USB 3.0 @ techPowerUp

Posted by Nathan @ 6:30 PM (EDT)

Patriot has also jumped on the USB 3.0 bandwagon with their Supersonic series of drives. While the Supersonic Magnum is the flagship drive, the normal Supersonic packs quite the punch and breaks the advertised performance barrier - giving you more than you bargained for.

CLICK HERE FOR Patriot Supersonic 32 GB DEALS & PRICING

Sapphire Radeon HD 6770 Flex Edition Video Card Review @Hi Tech Legion

Posted by Nathan @ 6:29 PM (EDT)

This came at a good time, as I received the Sapphire Radeon HD 6770 Flex Edition 1GB DX11 Video Card. Sapphire tossed their Flex technology on the newest 6770 AMD card. The 6770 Flex Edition comes with a 850MHz core clock and a 4800 MHz effective memory speed. There is 1 GB of onboard DDR5 memory. Native to the 6770 are 800 stream processors, 40 texture units, 64 Z/Stencil ROP Units, and 16 Color ROP Units. The 6770 is based off of the same technology as the older 5770 with a few changes. There is OpenGL 4.1 compatibility, HDMI 1.4a input, and updated support for hardware-accelerated Blu-ray 3D (MVC) decode.

Corsair Obsidian 650D Computer Case @ Benchmark Reviews

Posted by Nathan @ 6:27 PM (EDT)

The Obsidian 650D is Corsairs second attempt at a mid-tower case and the third case in the Obsidian line that started with the 800D almost two years ago. The 650D was created in response to the two biggest complaints about the 800D, which were price and size. Priced at $199 and now in a mid-tower design both issues have been addressed. At the same time the 650D has retained many of the same great features and aesthetics that made the Obsidian 800D so popular. While evaluating the Obsidian 650D Benchmark Reviews will see if it is worth of the Obsidian moniker it has inherited or if many of the features its older brother had have been lost in the transition to a smaller size.

CLICK HERE FOR Corsair Obsidian 650D DEALS & PRICING

Corsair SP2200 2.1 Speaker System Review @ ThinkComputers.org

Posted by Nathan @ 6:27 PM (EDT)

Okay, Corsair, you’ve gone too far. First you dabbled in Power Supplies and then Computer Cases, but this time you’ve crossed the line and provided us with reasonably priced Speakers!? Whoever would have thought that the prominent solid state memory producer would ever venture into the speaker market? Surely, I didn’t. Today we take a look at the Corsair SP2200 2.1 Speaker System; a 46Watt 2 Satellite, 1 Sub, Ball-O-Fire. Corsairs’ website proclaims that these speakers are, “Designed for gamers and media enthusiasts who want a compact 2.1 speaker system that doesn’t take a lot of space. It delivers big gaming sound in a small package.” Today at ThinkComputers we find out how true that statement actually is.

CLICK HERE FOR Corsair SP2200 DEALS & PRICING

Enermax SpineRex Review @ Vortez

Posted by Nathan @ 6:26 PM (EDT)

Last month Enermax announced the availability of SpineRex – their latest full-tower chassis. SpineRex first appeared at Computex 2010 and since then many have been waiting for its arrival – finally after years in the making, we have the SpineRex in our grasp for review. This large full-tower chassis features pre-installed LED fans including a large 250mm side panel with LED and fan speed control. With the intention of being Enermax’s flagship chassis will it live up to the anticipation it has created over the years?

Seagate Barracuda XT 3TB Review @ OCC

Posted by Nathan @ 6:26 PM (EDT)

Pricing for the 3TB drive comes in currently at $189, so it is priced competitively in the segment. Considering that a 1TB drive can be had for less than $70, the cost per TB drops with the addition of capacity. Pairing this drive with a Z68 motherboard and a small SSD using Intel's Smart Response technology, would allow both the increased capacity we all want with the responsiveness of an SSD once the technology learns your most used applications. Ultimately, the Seagate Barracuda XT 3TB drive exceeds expectations by delivering a higher level of performance with the extra capacity needed as we progress to ever larger file sizes for our digital media. Higher sustained data flow and an overall improvement in responsiveness are the hallmarks of this drive. Add in a small SSD for some Smart caching on an Intel Z68 based motherboard and you should have the best of both worlds — speed and capacity.

CLICK HERE FOR Seagate Barracuda XT 3TB DEALS & PRICING

Toshiba Satellite A665-S5176 Review @ TechReviewSource.com

Posted by Nathan @ 6:26 PM (EDT)

The Toshiba Satellite A665-S5176 laptop offers plenty of processing power thanks to its second-generation Intel Core i3-2310M processor. Throw in a Blu-ray player, improved graphics and gaming options, and a sub-$800 price tag, this is an enticing laptop for buyers on a budget.

CLICK HERE FOR Toshiba Satellite A665-S5176 DEALS & PRICING

OCZ Vertex 3 240 GB Review @ ocaholic

Posted by Nathan @ 6:25 PM (EDT)

With the Vertex 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 500 MByte read speed and 550 MByte/s write. 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 and when reading it should still do 60'000 IOPS. If these bold claims are really true, that's what were going to find out on the following pages.

CLICK HERE FOR OCZ Vertex 3 240 GB DEALS & PRICING

OCZ Vertex 3 120GB SSD Review @ Legit Reviews

Posted by Nathan @ 6:25 PM (EDT)

Performance on the OCZ Vertex 3 120GB SSD was excellent and on the compressible data benchmarks, the drive exceeded the rated specifications of 550MB/s read and 500MB/s writes. Incompressible data slowed things down noticeably on the sequential writes and that is where the Vertex 3 120GB lost ground to the larger Vertex 3 240 GB drive as it has half the number of die channels. Still, the random performance was exemplary and that's where Windows spends much of its time in terms of data access...

CLICK HERE FOR OCZ Vertex 3 120GB SSD DEALS & PRICING

NZXT Unleashes HAVIK 140 CPU Cooler

Posted by Nathan @ 6:24 PM (EDT)

El Monte, CA – June 1, 2011 – NZXT, a company built on realizing the dreams of gamers worldwide, is proud to announce HAVIK 140, a high-performance CPU cooler comprised of 6 mm heat pipes, dual standard 140mm fans and expertly engineered fan blades that deliver unparalleled cooling performance. HAVIK 140’s fan blades are designed to slice through the air with ease, maximizing ventilation (90.3 CFM) at drastically reduced noise levels (25db). Its small form factor eliminates strain on the motherboard and leaves ample room within the case to facilitate a masterfully clean build. NZXT selected top of the line premium components that are built to last with 100% soldered copper base, aluminum fins, and a nickel plating to ensure resilience for the long haul.

“HAVIK 140 is a true game changer” said Johnny Hou, Founder and Chief Designer at NZXT. “CPU heat is detrimental force that will devastate your gameplay. HAVIK 140 delivers a strategically designed whirlwind of ventilation to ensure the CPU operates at maximum efficiency when you’re in the heat of battle. It does so without generating the noise levels of an aircraft carrier like other heatsinks on the market and carries a smaller footprint to reduce wear and tear on your motherboard.”

Tuesday, May 31 2011

NZXT Introduces Source 210 Gaming Chassis

Posted by Nathan @ 1:02 PM (EDT)

At NZXT, we truly feel that gaming is the best form of entertainment money can buy” said Johnny Hou, Founder and Chief Designer at NZXT. “But it can get expensive when you add up the cost of the games, components, trips to LAN parties, and more. We feel your pain, and that’s why we’re now offering Source 210, a modest case that includes all of the essentials for performance for the cost of less than one game.

ASUS Crosshair-V Formula 990FX Motherboard @ Benchmark Reviews

Posted by Nathan @ 1:02 PM (EDT)

The long-awaited 990FX Chipset is finally here. The manufacturing partners have put together their offerings, each putting their personal touches to the design. Benchmark reviews is here with a look at the ASUS Crosshair V Formula 990FX motherboard and the all new 990FX Chipset. It's been a long time coming, and a full six months after the Intel P67-Express chipset means that AMD is behind the curve. A lot is expected of the new chipset and ASUS has a name to keep up with the Republic of Gamers series name.

Patriot Memory Supersonic 32GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Review @ Bigbruin.com

Posted by Nathan @ 1:01 PM (EDT)

The Patriot Memory Supersonic 32GB USB 3.0 flash drive performed just about as expected, which means a new level of performance when upgrading from a USB 2.0 capable flash drive. The write speeds were almost as good as the published specification (70MB/s), while the read speeds actually exceeded Patriot Memory's specification (100MB/s).

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Asus Sabertooth 990FX AM3+ Motherboard Review @ eTeknix.com

Posted by Nathan @ 1:01 PM (EDT)

We've had quite a large focus on Intel lately with the shakeup of B3 revision boards and the recent launch of the Z68 chipset. Now gives a time where we can take a look at something new from AMD. Yes you heard right, AMD have launched something new; the 990FX chipset.

Asus Sabertooth 990FX Motherboard Review @ Kitguru

Posted by Nathan @ 1:01 PM (EDT)

No one will argue that Asus make some of the finest motherboards on the market. Their Republic Of Gamers (ROG) and Asus Crosshair V Formula motherboards have won many awards across the globe. My personal favourite right now is the Asus Rampage III Black Edition X58, which scored a staggering 9.5/10 when it was reviewed on Kitguru in March.

iXBT Labs Review: Intel Z68 Express Chipset

Posted by Nathan @ 1:00 PM (EDT)

The Intel Z68 chipset combines the benefits of Intel 6th series chipsets, supporting processor built-in graphics, x8+x8 SLI/CrossFire configurations, and CPU and built-in graphics overclocking capabilities.

Xigmatek Gaia SD1283 Heatsink Review @ Frostytech.com

Posted by Nathan @ 1:00 PM (EDT)

Xigmatek's SD1283 Gaia heatsink comes with a one 120mm PWM fan that operates at speeds of 1500RPM to 800RPM. The fan is mounted to the aluminum cooling fin tower with four vibration absorbing rubber posts, a second fan (not included) can be mounted to the rear of the heatsink since additional fan posts are included. The heatsink stands 159mm tall and has a footing of 120x77mm. It's a little less than exciting when great thermal performance is virtually assured by the 120mm fan/tower fin/HDT combination. Provided the heatsink is well made, some exposed heatpipe tower heatsinks are most definitely not.

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MSI GeForce GTX 580 Lightning Xtreme Edition 3 GB @ techPowerUp

Posted by Nathan @ 12:59 PM (EDT)

MSI has upgraded their GTX 580 Lightning and calls it "Xtreme Edition" now. The biggest change is certainly the inclusion of 3 GB of GDDR5 memory. Other new features are a dust removal system and a fan that indicates overheating by color change.

ASUS Crosshair V Formula 990FX Motherboard Review @ OCC

Posted by Nathan @ 12:59 PM (EDT)

The 990FX chipset was built to base the new eight core Phenom II processors we are patiently awaiting and offers some high end features for the gamer and enthusiast alike. ASUS then takes the base of the chipset and throws their own spin on it giving you a board that is designed to take you to virtual battle. The 990FX chipset is designed to support up to 5.2GT/s HyperTransport 3.0 interface speeds and multi-GPU graphics. The chipset is optimized for multicore CPU systems including the Sempron 100 series, Athlon II series, Phenom II series and the upcoming FX series processors including the Bulldozer eight core series. The AM3+ socket features AMD Turbo Core Technology 2.0 and supports the new 32nm manufacturing process. The system as a whole is designed to support up to 8-native cores with better overclocking capabilities and more efficient power consumption.

ASUS Crosshair V Formula 990FX Motherboard Review @Hi Tech Legion

Posted by Nathan @ 12:59 PM (EDT)

The ASUS Crosshair V Formula is an AM3+ motherboard from the Republic of Gamers lineup. The Crosshair V Formula is designed for hardcore gamers and overclockers who want the best and latest AM3+ motherboard. The ASUS Crosshair V Formula ROG motherboard is equipped with the 990FX/SB950 chipset, featuring native SATA 6Gb/s support and full compatibility with upcoming Bulldozer based 32nm AMD processors. For additional high-speed connectivity, the ASUS Crosshair V Formula is also equipped with an Asmedia USB 3.0 controller, boasting superior performance over the NEC USB 3.0 controller prevalent among the latest motherboards in the market. As with all the recent ROG-series boards, the ASUS Crosshair V Formula is powered by the Extreme Engine DIGI+ design, providing highly efficient and superior power delivery on the AM3+ platform.

GIGABYTE P67A-UD7-B3 Motherboard Review @ Legit Reviews

Posted by Nathan @ 12:58 PM (EDT)

One of the areas that many of us (myself included) want to know about when purchasing a shiny new motherboard, is the overclocking potential. Well I'm here to tell you, the GIGABYTE P67A-UD7-B3 has plenty! I was able to bring the Intel Core i5 2500K to a new high with the P67A-UD7-B3. Enabling the Internal PLL Voltage and Level 10 Load-Line calibration to reduce the V-Droop we were able to bring our Intel Core i5 2500K to 5141MHz. That is nearly 100MHz better than we have been able to achieve previously...

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Monday, May 30 2011

Cooler Master V8 CPU Cooler Review @ eTeknix.com

Posted by Nathan @ 9:33 AM (EDT)

Cooler Master are a brand that we are very familiar with at eTeknix and have always been a company that we have focussed on to see what they come up with in the future. Whilst the future is bright, we can't but help look back at the past at a slightly older product, though even as it's not the newest swanky thing on the market, it still holds its own by offering an amazing cooling product at a low price, especially when compared to its rivals.

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Antec Kuhler H20 920 CPU Cooler Review @ Real World Labs

Posted by Nathan @ 9:33 AM (EDT)

Excellent build quality, incredible cooling performance, easy installation and a easy to use control software are just a few of the things that make the latest KUHLER H2O 920 by Antec the best All-In-One Liquid CPU Cooler solution in the market today.

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VIA Demos ZOTAC ZBOX Featuring the VIA Nano X2 Dual-Core Processor at Computex

Posted by Nathan @ 9:33 AM (EDT)

Taipei, Taiwan, 30 May, 2011 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced that it will demo the ultra compact ZOTAC ZBOX mini-PC featuring the VIA Nano X2 dual-core processor at the VIA Computex booth, TICC, room 201D.

Powered by the VIA Nano X2 dual-core processor, the ZOTAC ZBOX features a palm-sized chassis measuring just 13 x 13 x 5cm, making it an ideal solution for integration into a home entertainment system as well as space constrained workspaces.

“The ZOTAC ZBOX is a great example of the kinds of innovations in form factor design that are possible on our low power VIA Nano X2 dual-core processor platform,” said Richard Brown, Vice President of Marketing, VIA Technologies, Inc. “It provides an excellent solution for home and officer users seeking a premium computing experience in an ultra compact size.”

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Powercolor HD6870 PCS++ Review @ Kitguru

Posted by Nathan @ 9:32 AM (EDT)

Powercolor have been one of the more active AMD partners in recent months, releasing many modified cards with custom cooling solutions for all sectors of the market. Today we are looking at their latest HD6870 PCS++ which is supplied with a proprietary cooler and substantial ‘out of the box’ overclocks.

G.Skill Phoenix Evo 115GB SSD Review @ ITShootOut.com

Posted by Nathan @ 9:31 AM (EDT)

Like OCZ and Corsair, G.Skill is another memory manufacturer that has diversified into SSD production. Today we are looking at the firm's flagship product; the Phoenix Evo. Under the SSDs hood lies the SandForce SF-1222 which has been coupled with 25nm NAND flash chips. How will it compare to the likes of the OCZ Vertex 3 and other SF-1222 based drives like the Corsair Force F120?

MSI GTX 580 Lightning Xtreme Edition (XE) 3GB Review @ Hardware Canucks

Posted by Nathan @ 9:31 AM (EDT)

With the MSI GTX Lightning freshly launched, many were surprised to hear that a brand new Lightning -dubbed the Xtreme Edition- would soon be launching. Everyone's been waiting for a 3GB GTX 580 so we couldn't wait to get our hands on this new 3GB behemoth and put it through its paces.

Sunday, May 29 2011

HP 100B All-in-One PC Review @ TechReviewSource.com

Posted by Nathan @ 7:48 PM (EDT)

The HP 100 B All-in-One PC is one of the least expensive ways to get a PC on your workers' desks. It's a true business PC with AMD Fusion guts, which makes it both simple and economical.

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SteelSeries 6GV2 Keyboard Review @ Technic3D

Posted by Nathan @ 7:48 PM (EDT)

The SteelSeries 6GV2 Keyboard arrived Technic3D. SteelSeries 6Gv2 is built with mechanical no-click switches and have no window key. Technic3D will see the complete functions in the following Review.

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Thermaltake Level 10 GT Chassis Review @ OCIA.net

Posted by Nathan @ 7:48 PM (EDT)

The Thermaltake Level 10 GT is yet another case that I had the opportunity to preview at CES 2011. The Level 10 GT is a follow-up to the original Level 10 that garnered a ton of press from CES 2010. The goal with this new version is to bring the style of the original Level 10 case to a much more reasonable price point. The original had an asking price around $800 - more than some users spend on an entire system!

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G-Technology G-RAID Mini Dual-Drive Storage System Review @ Real World Labs

Posted by Nathan @ 7:47 PM (EDT)

By managing to break the 200MB/s barrier in both read & write speeds the latest revision of the award winning G-RAID Mini Portable High Performance Dual-Drive Storage System by G-Technology has passed on to a whole new performance level.

In-Win BUC PC Gaming Case Review @ Legit Reviews

Posted by Nathan @ 7:47 PM (EDT)

The In Win BUC gaming chassis is a very well built steel computer case that has a simple layout and feel, yet the case still offers a variety of useful features normally found on more expensive cases. Having features like the "EZ-swap" or Hot-Swap storage drive bays with a lockable door, SuperSpeed USB 3.0, the convenient utility tray on top that gives you a place to easily connect headsets, cameras, smartphones and external storage drive or even the fantastic build quality is something you usually can't find in a case that is $89.99 after rebate. If you like the "shield" appearance of the BUC then...

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Smartfish Technologies Whirl Laser Mouse Review @ Kitguru

Posted by Nathan @ 7:47 PM (EDT)

Today we are going to look at a new laser mouse designed by Smartfish Technologies. This is no ordinary mouse however because it is specifically designed with ergonomics in mind. Smartfish Technologies feel that this new ground breaking mouse will change how people use a mouse, forever. The Whirl uses ErgoMotion, their patented pivot motion design that adjusts to your hand and wrist positions.

BitFenix Shinobi Window Review @ TechREACTION

Posted by Nathan @ 7:46 PM (EDT)

Today we have a brand new chassis line from BitFenix, called Shinobi. It was named after some of the most feared Ninja assassins of the modern age. There are two versions of the Shinobi. At the writing of this review, one comes with a side window and the other does not. From the uniquely crafted side panel window and fan vents, to the brushed aluminum accents, the Shinobi Window carries through the signature BitFenix design philosophy of clean lines, understated elegance, and modern styling. Superior cooling options allow the system to stay cool during intense gaming sessions.