Week of September 4, 2011

Friday, September 9 2011

Antec LanBoy Air Yellow PC Case Review @ Real World Labs

Posted by Nathan @ 11:40 PM (EDT)

The latest Antec offering in their gamers PC case line called the LanBoy Air doesn't only feature a modular design never seen before, very good build quality, low weight and superior airflow but it also allows you to customize pretty much every aspect of it in order to meet your exact needs.



Ozone Strike Gaming Keyboard Review @ Vortez

Posted by Nathan @ 11:39 PM (EDT)

The Ozone Strike has one major difference from your run-of-the-mill gaming keyboards in that it has Cherry MX-Black switches. Being a mechanical keyboard, Ozone claim it is more precise than a standard gaming keyboard which use the more commonly applied rubber dome pads beneath the keys. Not only that but the Ozone Strike has full Nkey rollover function (with PS/2 attached) allowing every single key to be detected simultaneously, a 1000 Hz polling rate, a USB/Audio hub and multimedia functionality. Couple this with gold plated connectors on the end of a double nylon braided cable and it appears Ozone are pulling out all of the stops to make this keyboard a success.

Spire Gemini SP986B1-V2-2P Heatsink Review @ Frostytech.com

Posted by Nathan @ 11:38 PM (EDT)

Spire's Gemini SP986B1-V2-2P heatsink is a minor variation on the popular Eclipse II tower heatsink design, the most notable difference being a novel bifurcated fin stack. To 'bifurcate' means to split into two... so in other words, the fin stack is split down the middle and the fin edges are closed off so air can only pass through the heatsink from front-to-back. This unique 'ducting' approach essentially creates two independent fin towers connected by six, 6mm diameter U-shaped sintered metal wick copper heatpipes.

Fractal Design CORE 1000 @ techPowerUp

Posted by Nathan @ 11:37 PM (EDT)

The CORE 1000 is the most affordable entry into the Micro ATX case market from Fractal Design. It is aimed to take on the Cooler Master Elite and the Xigmatek Asgard by offering as many features at an affordable price point. Will it prevail?

MSI X460DX 14" Core i5 Notebook Review @ HotHardware.com

Posted by Nathan @ 11:37 PM (EDT)

The MSI X460DX straddles two of the more popular notebook form-factors available today. It's not an ultraportable, and it's not a mainstream 15-incher either. Instead, its 14-inch form factor gives mobile consumers another choice. It's a platform size that we don't think is used enough, and it doesn't get nearly enough attention. That said, MSI has decided to step out a bit with the X460DX, and the internal specifications are just as intriguing as the outside chassis...


Xigmatek Elysium Super Tower Case Review @ Hi Tech Legion

Posted by Nathan @ 11:37 PM (EDT)

The Xigmatek Elysium is a Super-tower case capable of handling even the massive 13.5” x 15” HPTX form factor. The Xigmatek Elysium doesn’t stop to impress there, it is also capable of dual power supply mounting and top or bottom triple 140mm water-cooling radiator support. Up to 10 PCI expansion slots, 12 5.25” external devices and 8 3.5” drives can be installed inside the Xigmatek Elysium as well as support for graphics cards up to 17” in length and CPU coolers 6.1” tall. The Elysium has a heavy steel frame but optional casters can be installed underneath for easy transportation while cooling is handled by a massive 235mm intake fan on the left side panel, aided by a pair of 120mm intake fans cooling the 3.5” drive bays and a 140mm exhaust fan in the rear. Never have issues with lack of storage space and work area inside a case again after you have experienced the Elysium.


Gigabyte G1.Assassin Review @ ocaholic

Posted by Nathan @ 11:36 PM (EDT)

With the G1.Assassin Gigabyte wants to present the ultimative gaming motherboard. Therfore you'll find a high quality creative sound chip onboard as well as a Killer NIC. Furthermore the design targets gamers too.


NZXT Sentry Mix Fan Controller @ Benchmark Reviews

Posted by Nathan @ 11:36 PM (EDT)

Have you ever turned your computer off, and noticed suddenly, just how quiet the room became? It is pretty amazing how loud those fans are when you compare their humming to pure silence. Many cases these days are built with silence in mind, but some are not designed to attenuate the noise. And, in some cases, the enthusiast, has purposely placed additional fans inside the case in order to wring out every last ounce of air overclocking they can get. But eventually, the incessant whine of the fans begins to bother, yes, even annoy. It is at that point, when having a fan controller becomes particularly useful. NZXT has released the Sentry Mix Fan Controller.

Thermaltake Toughpower Grand 1200W Power Supply Review @ OCC

Posted by Nathan @ 11:36 PM (EDT)

I couldn't recommend this power supply on a cost/performance basis alone, when you can have a Corsair AX1200 for a very similar price. It'll certainly get the job done and is capable of powering any high-end gaming rig with two or even three high-end graphics cards. and on that basis it's certainly deserves an OCC Bronze award - but it's hard to justify $279.00 for this level of performance. For that sort of money you need to be able to award it a Gold, but unfortunately it doesn't quite get there!

NZXT Tempest 410 Case Review @ Neoseeker

Posted by Nathan @ 11:35 PM (EDT)

NZXT's Tempest 410 is definitely a no-frills work horse of an enclosure, focusing on raw workhorse performance. The 410 boasts no flashy strips of LEDs, lights, or outlandish designs, but behind its simple looks lies raw usability.

Thursday, September 8 2011

Apple TV Review 2011 @ Tech-Reviews.co.uk

Posted by Nathan @ 7:29 PM (EDT)

If you asked a group of people to explain the Apple TV, I'd place a good bet that not even half of them could accurately describe it. "You watch TV on it", wrong! Instead, the main feature of Apple TV is to rent on demand movies, like those you can rent on Sky, Virgin and other subscription TV services. so what purpose does this product really serve? In this Apple TV review 2011 we attempt to find out what this mysterious device really is.


Enermax Platimax 1200W Power Supply Review @ [H]

Posted by Nathan @ 7:28 PM (EDT)

Enermax is one of our long time favorite brands when it comes to PSUs. Enermax has proved over and over again that it is one of the world's premier PSU builders. Today it steps into a realm that is tough to compete in and in fact has not ever been seen by any other PSU builders as of yet. 1200 watts that is 80 Plus Platinum certified.

Fostex HP-P1 Headphone Amplifier & DAC @ techPowerUp

Posted by Nathan @ 7:28 PM (EDT)

Fostex's newest product is a headphone amplifier and DAC dubbed the HP-P1. The HP-P1 offers a fully digital connection to any newer iPod or iPhone. Its ability to read digital data from the device is a unique feature that promises maximized audio quality because it bypasses the cheap analog hardware in the i-device.

3TB Hard Drive Round-up: Hitachi, Seagate, WD @ HotHardware.com

Posted by Nathan @ 7:28 PM (EDT)

If you're currently in the market for a large capacity hard drive, you've come to the right place. Today we take a look at four of the latest 3TB drives to hit the market, from Hitachi, Seagate, and Western Digital. Although each HDD offers the same amount of storage, there are some distinct differences between them. Read on to find out what separates these products from one another, and then examine the performance numbers we recorded from each drive after running them through our gauntlet of benchmarks...

ASUS Intel Z68 ROG Maximus IV Motherboard Review @ Legit Reviews

Posted by Nathan @ 7:27 PM (EDT)

The ASUS Maximus IV Extreme-Z is aimed at those looking to squeeze every last Megahertz out of their second generation Intel Core processor. With features like the LN2 switch that will help get past that pesky little cold bug problem, we know this board is meant for the extreme user. When we were performing our overclocking with the ASUS Maximus IV Extreme-Z it was a very smooth process. We were able to increase our multiplier to x51 and our Bclk to 100.4, though it showed up as 100.5 in CPUz. These settings brought us past the 5.1GHz mark and we were there in under an hour...

Asus G74SX-A2 Review @ TechReviewSource.com

Posted by Nathan @ 7:27 PM (EDT)

The Asus G74SX-A2 offers plenty of productive features and fun entertainment options, but it's a gaming rig first and foremost. And if its chassis' imposing form factor doesn't do it for you, then its backlit keyboard, 1080p screen, stealthy cooling system, and dual hard drives will.


Asus Maximus IV Extreme-Z Z68 Motherboard Review @ eTeknix.com

Posted by Nathan @ 7:27 PM (EDT)

Asus have always been a top contender when it comes to motherboards, having a good grip onto most market segments. This obviously includes the enthusiast and extreme market and they have a separate division of the company to deal with it called ROG or Republic of Gamers.

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Thermaltake Chaser MK-1 Case Review @ Neoseeker

Posted by Nathan @ 7:27 PM (EDT)

The MK-1 is designed exclusively for gamers and PC enthusiasts who prefer an aggressive design over the traditional square-shaped cases. At launch the Galaxy Episode Chaser MK-1 will have an MSRP of $159, which is reasonable for a high-end full-sized gaming tower. If you're in the market for a new case to house your gaming hardware, be sure to read our review and see what the MK-1 has to offer.

Mushkin Chronos Deluxe 240GB SATA 3 SSD Review @ The SSD Review

Posted by Nathan @ 7:26 PM (EDT)

The Mushkin Chronos Deluxe is an SSD bred through a company that, like many others, has a framework in the memory field to rely on. Unlike many others though, Mushkin’s lineage starts at the base of The Rocky Mountains and their ‘Welcome Message‘ by Company President, D. George Stathakis, speaks of community values and ideals often lost in the realm of technology. Today’s report examines the Mushkin Chronos Deluxe 240GB 6Gbps SSD. Let’s see if these values can carry through to our final statement.

Wednesday, September 7 2011

Zotac Geforce GTX 590 Review @ XSReviews.co.uk

Posted by Nathan @ 11:30 PM (EDT)

The Zotac GTX 590. It’s the Zotac revision of nVidia’s current monster dual chip card that no body is going to buy because it’s so expensive, more than you need blah blah blah. Despite that though, it’s always exciting to see what a GPU like this can do. It’s as fast and as powerful as you can get; let’s see it destroy out benchmark suite.

Cooler Master Notepal LapAir @ LanOC Reviews

Posted by Nathan @ 11:30 PM (EDT)

Cooler Master has presented us with another laptop cooling product. In our previous review we talked about how some aim for cooling, comfort, portability or any combination of the three. The Cooler Master NotePal LapAir clearly aims more for the comfort range of the laptop cooling market.


Patriot Wildfire 120GB Solid State Drive @ Pro-Clockers

Posted by Nathan @ 11:30 PM (EDT)

Like many of the other drives we have tested, the Wildfire is also pushing the read and write times significantly above the 500MB/s mark. In order to do this the Wildfire has taken advantage of the SandForce SF-2281 processor, as well as some pretty fast Toshiba NAND memory. The Wildfire is currently on the market in three different sizes which would be 120GB, 240GB and 480GB. We've been sent the 120GB model so follow along as we see just how raging this Wildfire is.

LG 50PZ950 Review @ TechReviewSource.com

Posted by Nathan @ 11:29 PM (EDT)

The LG PZ950 50" 3D plasma HDTV has a strong feature set, attractive design and decent performance, but it does lack slightly in overall picture quality compared to other similar plasmas. It does have great Internet applications and the design of the interface, but the interactive motion-sensitive remote control is this TV's most unique feature.


Gigabyte G1.Sniper2 Z68 PCI-Express 3.0 LGA1155 @ techPowerUp

Posted by Nathan @ 11:29 PM (EDT)

Outfitted with a real X-Fi chipset and a KillerNIC E2100 to score maximum kills, Gigabyte\'s latest from the G1.Killer series, the G1.Sniper2, hits TechPowerUp\'s boot camp. Ready to jump into trenches and enter combat, we put the Intel Z68-equipped G1.Sniper2 in the front lines, target in sight.

CM Storm Sentinel Z3RO-G Gaming Mouse @ Rbmods

Posted by Nathan @ 11:29 PM (EDT)

If you are a gamer the most important thing to becoming a good gamer is a great gaming mouse. CM Storm Sentinel Z3RO-G could perhaps be the answer to your needs, today we are taking a look at this mouse and we are going to compare it vs a few of the top performing mice that we have reviewed in the past.


Cooler Master HAF X Review @ Vortez

Posted by Nathan @ 11:28 PM (EDT)

Though the HAF-X has been on the market for some time now will it stand firm against the multitude of cases we have looked at over the preceding year? Will its feature-set and styling stand the test of time?



Antec Sonata Series Solo II Mid Tower Case Review @ Legit Reviews

Posted by Nathan @ 11:27 PM (EDT)

Overall the Solo II from Antec's Sonata line is a very nice case. Its steel construction is very strong, and like steel Antec cases of old should be up for MANY years of service. The Solo II can hold the biggest of components with ease or slight modifications...

Antec Kuhler H2O 920 Liquid CPU Cooler Review @ Hi Tech Legion

Posted by Nathan @ 11:27 PM (EDT)

The Antec Kuhler H2O 920 Liquid CPU Cooler takes the best of both worlds and puts them together into one extreme enthusiast cooling solution. The Antec Kuhler H2O 920 starts with the basic self contained CPU cooler and then maximizes everything about it. Using a copper cold plate to absorb heat and pass it onto a glycol based cooling solution, the Antec Kuhler 920 has excellent base components. Smooth liquid tubes make for easy, kink free installation and pass the cooling liquid to and from the radiator. Engulfing the radiator are two high flow 120mm PWM controlled fans that pass masses of cold air over the radiator. Fan controls can be tweaked by the included C Chill software, allowing you to match cooling/noise to your liking and needs, and customizable presets allow for changes with just a single click. To add a little style to the inside of your case, the pump features a glowing Antec LED logo, which is completely customizable over the full spectrum of colors, to match any interior.



ASUS P6X58-E WS Review @ OCC

Posted by Nathan @ 11:27 PM (EDT)

Having five full length x16 slots is very nice because any length PCI Express device can be used in them, plus the available bandwidth is much higher than a x4 or x1. Connectivity shouldn't be a problem unless consumers are wanting to use older hardware, such as PCI cards. With dual gigabit Ethernet, both optical TOSLINK and RCA S/PDIF, two USB 3.0 slots, one IEEE 1394 FireWire, a combination PS/2 port, and six USB 2.0 ports there are plenty of options on how to hook things up.


Tuesday, September 6 2011

Sharkoon X-tatic SP Gaming Headset Review @ XSReviews.co.uk

Posted by Nathan @ 11:47 PM (EDT)

Sharkoon, similar to Speedlink, are a German peripherals company who produce a number of different bits of hardware, both internal and external. Today, we are looking at a multi-purpose gaming headset, which is compatible with the PC, PS3 and XBox 360: the Sharkoon X-Tatic SP.

Corsair TX750M 750 W @ techPowerUp

Posted by Nathan @ 11:46 PM (EDT)

The new Corsair TX M lineup is an evolutionary step forward from the Corsair TX V2 Series. It introduces modular connectors and a new fan grill design. Internally, the platform provider has been changed from Seasonic to Channel Well Technology. Overall the TX750M is a rock solid performer that comes at only a moderate price increase.


Zotac ZBOX AD02 Plus Review @ XtremeComputing

Posted by Nathan @ 11:45 PM (EDT)

Well by now you all know who ZOTAC are as they have built up a decent reputation over the last couple of years, most of you know ZOTAC for their graphics cards and mini ITX motherboards, but more recently they have been coming to the market with barebones style systems based on the latest CPU’s from Intel (ION) and now AMD (E350-APU) platform, which brings me to the product we will be reviewing today.

OCZ Agility 3 240GB Solid State Drive Review @ eTeknix.com

Posted by Nathan @ 11:45 PM (EDT)

OCZ have always been a well respected brand in the SSD community and tend to offer up products available to the high-end market. This came in the likes of the Vertex range of drives with the Vertex 2 and Vertex 3 giving lightning fast performance but a big price tag comes attached as well.


ASUS P6X58E-Pro X58 Motherboard Review @ OCIA.net

Posted by Nathan @ 11:44 PM (EDT)

The P6X58-E Pro is ASUS’ next iteration of their popular Intel X58 based motherboard. This board supports the Core i7 LGA1366 CPU (up to 6 cores) with DDR3 memory up to 48GB. 3-way SLI/Quad GPU CrossfireX is available and ASUS was kind enough to include both the 2-way and 3-way bridges. The board is currently being sold for about $250 which puts it on par with most performance X58-based motherboards from other manufacturers. As a current happy owner of the previous version of this board, the P6X58-D, I am quite excited to see what improvements ASUS has made to this already very solid performance-based platform.


Enermax Brick 2.5 inch USB 3.0 External HDD Enclosure Review @ Real World Labs

Posted by Nathan @ 11:44 PM (EDT)

Not only will the latest 2.5 inch USB 3.0 external HDD enclosure by Enermax called the Brick surprise you with its very good data transfer speeds but the size of its brushed aluminum casing along with its price tag are equally impressive.

Thermaltake Armor A30 Case Review @ Neoseeker

Posted by Nathan @ 11:44 PM (EDT)

Thermaltake's unique Armor A30 case is designed to be a great LAN party companion. That's right, Armor comes in small factor now, but can it deliver the series quality in such a small package?


Powercolor LCS HD 6990 4GB Review @ OCC

Posted by Nathan @ 11:43 PM (EDT)

I was glad to see that the additional cooling was worth another 50+MHz over the reference cooling solution for a maximum speed of 1002MHz on the pair of Cayman XT cores. To run this number, it took a voltage bump up to 1250mv. Usually that brings on another challenge with increased heat, but the EK full-cover block assuages those fears. In all, I was able to squeeze a 122MHz bump (+14%) over the 880MHz clock speeds on the cores and a 238MHz bump (just over 18%) on the GDDR5 memory. The increased clock speeds definitely help with increasing FPS in games. The biggest upside for me, besides the higher clock speeds, is that the horrendous fan noise is gone at the upper edges of the clock speed range. This lack of fan noise was great, but it allowed me to hear the chokes in the power circuit screaming like stuck pigs when I put the screws to it. The PowerColor HD 6990 LCS is built with a reference card as the base, so this really is not a huge surprise. All in all, the reason for a liquid-cooled card pays off here with tangible increases in clock speed and therefore performance.

Razer Mamba Dual Sensor 4G @ Bjorn3D

Posted by Nathan @ 11:43 PM (EDT)

The Razer Mamba Dual Sensor 4G offers the latest in wireless mouse technology with style, ensuring a response time that is equal to a wired high end gaming mouse.


Antec Solo-II Computer Case @ Benchmark Reviews

Posted by Nathan @ 11:43 PM (EDT)

Stark, quiet and commanding; like a monolith, the Solo II has an immaculate appearance which belies its sophistication. By listening and responding to the demands of their customers, Antec has perpetuated the viability of the popular Sonta series of quiet computing cases. They've realized that the quiet computing segment contains gamers and system builders with needs beyond pure aesthetics. With a few system tweaks and upgrades (can you say large video cards?) Antec has targeted the intersection between elegance and functionality. At Benchmark Reviews we appreciate when our collective voice reaches the manufacturers. In this article we'll see exactly what Antec "heard" and whether or not they listen as well as their competitors.

OCZ RevoDrive 3 X2 480 GByte PCI-Express Review @ ocaholic

Posted by Nathan @ 11:42 PM (EDT)

With the RevoDrive 3 X2, OCZ shows the remake of the their very successful PCI-Express SSD for the enthusiast market. The main difference to the predecessor concerns the controller: they make now use of the SF-2281 which is quite a lot faster than its predecessor.


Monday, September 5 2011

EVGA Z68 SLI Motherboard Review @ Hi Tech Legion

Posted by Nathan @ 11:25 PM (EDT)

The EVGA Z68 SLI is physically identical in layout to EVGA’s P67 SLI motherboard. The difference however, is that the EVGA Z68 SLI motherboard is capable of using Intel’s Smart Response Technology, an SSD caching feature that marries boosts traditional HDD performance with SSD speeds. The EVGA Z68 SLI can run up to two PCI-E x16 graphic cards with an additional PCI-E x16 at x4 mode underneath for a dedicated PhysX card. Enthusiast features like on-board power, reset, clear CMOS and a debug LED found on the EVGA Z68 FTW are also available on the EVGA Z68 SLI motherboard. Since it carries the Z68 chipset, the EVGA Z68 SLI is capable of using Intel’s Smart Response Technology to improve hard drive transfer rates by utilizing a low-cost SSD as a cache drive. Whether you are a tech addict, a habitual overclocker or just a mainstream consumer looking for a reliable motherboard for a new system build, the EVGA Z68 SLI mainboard promises to cater to your needs.

DeepCool V6000 VGA Cooler Review @ eTeknix.com

Posted by Nathan @ 11:24 PM (EDT)

DeepCool are a cooling brand who up until the not so distant past were relatively unheard of. When the time was correct, they wisely chose to enter the market and successfully built their way up to becoming a recognised contender among the cooling giants. Their product library now consists of CPU, VGA, HDD, Server and notebook coolers along with other goods such as case fans and iPad accessories.

Super Talent USB 3.0 Express RC8 50GB (SF-1200) SSD Flash Drive Review @ The SSD Review

Posted by Nathan @ 11:24 PM (EDT)

Today’s review is on the Super Talent RC8 50 GB USB Flash Drive which just may be the most powerful flash drive on the planet. Who would expect more from a ‘SandForce Driven’ product pushing 8 channels of NAND flash memory? Lets not confuse things though as this USB 3.0 flash drive is a solid state drive through and through. We hope that the tale told by the RC8 in our report will, not only teach you a thing or two about SSDs but also, provide you with a glimpse of the RC8s capabilities in the near future.

LEPA G700-MA 700W Modular Power Supply Review @ Real World Labs

Posted by Nathan @ 11:23 PM (EDT)

Excellent rail stability, near-silent running, 80Plus Gold Certification and all that at a very tempting price tag are just some of the things you get with the latest G700-MA 700W Modular Power Supply Unit by LEPA.

Arctic Cooling Arctic Equipment M362 Wireless Mouse @ Viperlair

Posted by Nathan @ 11:23 PM (EDT)

The Arctic Equipment M362 Wireless Mouse doesn't have any included drivers, so installation is as easy as plugging in the receiver and turning the mouse on. The mouse is powered by 2 AAA batteries (included) which fit in a compartment under the mouse and towards the rear. The compartment itself is quite small, and one battery fits on top of the other almost.

Spire Gemini Rev.2 CPU cooler @ Hardwareoverclock.com

Posted by Nathan @ 11:23 PM (EDT)

Hardwareoverclock.com has just posted another cpu cooler review. Last week we have taken a look at the Spire Gemini Rev.2 cooler.

Sunday, September 4 2011

Zalman ZM-MH200 U3 USB 3.0 Dual HDD Docking Station Review @ Real World Labs

Posted by Nathan @ 11:05 PM (EDT)

The Zalman ZM-MH200 U3 Dual HDD Docking station is not only the fastest external USB 3.0 device of its kind but it also packs an intriguing range of features such as Hot-Swap functionality, Green Power management and support for RAID-0, RAID-1 and JBOD modes.

Zalman CNPS7X LED Cpu cooler @ Rbmods

Posted by Nathan @ 11:05 PM (EDT)

Today we are taking a look at Zalman's latest cpu cooler. It was awhile ago we reviewed something from Zalman, but we still remember the quality and performance previous coolers have shown. Can this new CNPS7X LED cooler keep up the high quality as the previous versions from Zalman?

MSI Z68A-GD65 G3 Motherboard Reviewed @ TechREACTION

Posted by Nathan @ 11:04 PM (EDT)

Micro Star International, or MSI as it better known, brings us one of their new G3 line of Intel Z68 motherboards today. The MSI Z68A-GD65 G3, is a feature rich, socket 1155 motherboard, designed for use with the current Intel Core i second generation series, Sandy Bridge CPUs as well as the forthcoming Ivy Bridge processors. Compatibility with a product that will not even be out for another year, implies an expectation of quality, and MSI backs the GD65 (and its big brother the GD80) with a 5 year warranty.


Synology DS411 NAS Review @ Vortez

Posted by Nathan @ 11:04 PM (EDT)

Today we will be taking a look at the DS411. The next product up from DS211 and the successor to last year’s DS410.


[Tech ARP] Samsung EcoGreen F4 (HD204UI) 2 TB Hard Disk Drive Review

Posted by Nathan @ 11:04 PM (EDT)

Today, we will be looking at the top model in the Samsung EcoGreen F4 family - the 2 TB Samsung HD204UI hard disk drive.

It boasts the following features :

- 667 GB Formatted Capacity Per Disk
- Serial ATA 3.0Gbps Interface Support
- Improved recording stability over temperature with PMR
- Advanced dynamic FOD control for best data integrity
- Intelligent compensation of external disturbance
- SATA Native Command Queuing Feature
- Device Initiated SATA Power Management
- Shock & Rotational vibration sensor
- Environment friendly product with RoHS compliance
- Improved performance with dual-ARM based firmware
- ATA S.M.A.R.T. Compliant
- ATA Automatic Acoustic Management Feature
- ATA 48-bit Address Feature
- ATA Device Configuration Overlay Feature
- NoiseGuard™
- SilentSeek™

Foxconn AHD1S-k Motherboard Review @ XSReviews.co.uk

Posted by Nathan @ 11:03 PM (EDT)

In for testing today is the Foxconn AHD1S-k. Foxconn is one of the largest makers of computing components in the world so their AMD Fusion ITX board should prove interesting. Under that big aluminium heatsink is a single chip, an AMD E-350 APU which is top of the AMD E-series line up. Inside the APU it bundles a CPU, GPU and DDR3 memory controller. The TDP of 18W makes for a very low power setup and with the passive heatsink, hopefully a very quiet system. The investigation begins!

Enermax ETS-T40 H.D.T. Tower CPU Cooler Review @ Legit Reviews

Posted by Nathan @ 11:03 PM (EDT)

This was my first look at an Enermax cooler, and overall I was very happy with the whole experience. The cooler is well made. The instructions were easy to follow, which made installation easy. One thing that Enermax did that I really liked is that they have 3 styles of the same cooler, thus allowing the end user the ability to pick a style that fits them. The ETS-T40-TB for those that don't want/need extra light in their build from LEDs, the ETS-T40-TA with blue LED fan and nickel plating for a little bling, and the ETS-T40-VD with the blue+red LED for those that want LED light but are not big on the nickel plate look...

Corsair Carbide Series 400R Review @ OCC

Posted by Nathan @ 11:02 PM (EDT)

The Corsair Carbide 400R has continued my belief that just because there is a $300+ dollar case on the market, it doesn't mean a $100 case cannot perform similarly. Of course, we aren't going to see matching numbers as far as temperatures go. If you're only in it for the most airflow though, why fork out hundreds of dollars for temperatures that are just a few degrees cooler? With a case like the Carbide Series 400R that houses up to ten fans, you can find yourself wondering if spending an extra $30-$40 in fans would be worth it. From my perspective, it absolutely is. With just the three included fans, I can almost see the locations of the airflow dead spots inside the case. I can name two right off the bat: the graphics card and heatsink areas.

Roccat Kone[+] 6000 dpi Laser Gaming Mouse Review @ Hi Tech Legion

Posted by Nathan @ 11:02 PM (EDT)

The Roccat Kone [+] is a high-end gaming mouse packed with plenty of features. The Roccat Kone [+] gaming mouse has a 6000 dpi capable laser sensor and has a 1000Hz polling rate. Weighing in at 126g, the Roccat Kone [+] is heavier than most gaming mice and can be made even heavier with the addition of adjustable 5g weights included in the package. Unlike most input devices, the Roccat Kone [+] has a 72 MHz Turbo Core and a massive 576 kB onboard memory that allows users to store up to 5 game profiles at a time and an entire library of macros. The Roccat Kone [+] is also equipped with an EasyShift [+] function which expands the 12 standard button assignments to 22 functions for extreme versatility without crowding the mouse surface with buttons.