Week of June 5, 2011

Saturday, June 11 2011

Zowie G-TF Speed Review @ XSReviews.co.uk

Posted by Nathan @ 3:37 PM (EDT)

Zowie are a well known company in the gaming world, famous for their high end gaming mousemats and other gaming peripherals. A company founded by tournament PC gamers, they hold a, “By gamers, For gamers” attitude and strive to create the best equipment they can for PC gamers. Today I’m checking out one of their latest mats, the Zowie G-TF Speed edition.

Lancool PC-K59 Case Review @ Technic3D

Posted by Nathan @ 3:37 PM (EDT)

The Lancool PC-K59 is the next PC-Case in the Technic3D Editorship. The PC-K59 supports ATX and Micro-ATX motherboards, USB 3.0 and have place for seven Cooling-Fans. We will check this and many more in the following Review.

Gigabyte Radeon HD 6870 OC Graphics Card Review @ eTeknix.com

Posted by Nathan @ 3:36 PM (EDT)

We've taken a look at plenty of cards from the 6800 series range of Radeon's from AMD and whilst they have been from different manufacturers, we never really get excited unless they claim to offer something a bit extra. Otherwise we are just looking at another reference card with different branding on it.


Bitfenix Colossus Venom Edition @ Rbmods

Posted by Nathan @ 3:36 PM (EDT)

Today we will take a look at the Colossus Venom Edition enclosure made by Bitfenix. It is based on the same case as the normal Colossus but with some extra bits added to it.

ECS H67H2-I @ PcTreiber.Net

Posted by Nathan @ 3:36 PM (EDT)

We've tested the ECS H67H2-I. The board is based on the Intel H67 chipset and supports all socket 1155 CPUs. Although the board features the Mini-ITX form factor it is equipped with 2 SATA2, 2 SATA3 and even two USB 3 ports.

G.Skill Ripjaws-X Series PC3-14900 8GB Kit Review @ Tweaktown

Posted by Nathan @ 3:35 PM (EDT)

We have a look at a lot of RAM, but so often we see them sit at one end of the scale or the other. What I mean by that is, we see these really high end kits or these more budget orientated ones. Speaking to G.Skill the other day, we wanted to organise something that was in between them; a kit for people who were happy to spend a bit more than a more budget 1600MHz DDR kit, but didn't want to go too crazy moving to something like 2133MHz DDR.

Apacer Audio Steno AU825 MP4 Player Review @ Real World Labs

Posted by Nathan @ 3:35 PM (EDT)

If you are out in the market for an entry-level MP3/4 player with decent audio quality, small size, good design and a somewhat tempting price tag then Apacer has you covered with their latest Audio Steno AU825 MP4 Player.

Razer BlackWidow Ultimate Mechanical Gaming Keyboard @ Kitguru

Posted by Nathan @ 3:35 PM (EDT)

Until now, Razer haven’t had any mechanical keyboards in their lineup, however, with the release of the affordable Black Widow and Black Widow Ultimate, they are clearly trying to bring this technology to the mass market. Today we are going to look at the Razer BlackWidow Ultimate Mechanical Gaming Keyboard, which boasts an impressive feature set which should really enhance the overall experience.

CLICK HERE FOR Razer BlackWidow Ultimate Mechanical Gaming Keyboard DEALS & PRICING

Friday, June 10 2011

Thermaltake Shock Headset @ Bjorn3D

Posted by Nathan @ 12:53 PM (EDT)

Tt esports is a branch of Thermaltake specializing in supplying top of the line peripherals to satisfy the gaming needs of any gaming enthusiast. Amongst a wide plethora of peripherals that Thermaltake has to offer, special attention is drawn towards the design and quality of headsets. Currently there are four headsets available to the general public, ranging from a simple and portable headset like Isurus, to sophisticated 5.1 headset like the Shock One. While we fully intend to explore each of the headsets in the future, today our focus is shifted towards the Thermaltake Shock headset,which falls right in the middle of the series.

CLICK HERE FOR Thermaltake Shock Headset DEALS & PRICING

HIS Radeon HD6950 IceQ-X Turbo-X @ Benchmark Reviews

Posted by Nathan @ 12:52 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 HD6950 Turbo X video card which comes factory overclocked at 880MHz GPU and 1300MHz 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 HD6950 IceQ X Turbo X model H695QNX2G2M and report back our findings, keeping you informed on the latest technologies available on the market today.

Antec Six Hundred V2 Review @ Neoseeker

Posted by Nathan @ 12:52 PM (EDT)

The Antec Six Hundred V2 aims to be an upgrade to their Six Hundred and trusty old Three Hundred cases, all spruced up with in new digs. Does it live up to its predecessors?



Sentey Golden Steel Power 850W Power Supply Review @ OCC

Posted by Nathan @ 12:51 PM (EDT)

The Sentey Golden Steel Power 850W power supply didn’t quite hit the required 80 Plus Gold levels for efficiency following the OCC power supply testing methodology, but this is usually the case. The 80 Plus tests are done at predetermined DC loading levels on all the rails that I just can’t match exactly, but with a peak efficiency of 89%, just 1% short of the mark, it’s a pretty good result. Power factor levels aren’t a problem, but this is usually the case when active power factor correction is implemented.

Azza Toledo 301 Mid Tower Case Review @ Hi Tech Legion

Posted by Nathan @ 12:51 PM (EDT)

The Toledo 301 is Azza's answer to budget combined with a bit of performance. The Azza Toledo 301 uses a semi tool free design. Installing any components into the 5.25" bays or any 3.5" HDD's will be completely tool free. Expansion bays and 2.5" HDDs will still need screws. The Toledo 301 comes with a 120mm intake and exhaust fan. There is also a giant 250mm fan on the side panel for overall system cooling. The 301 supports water cooling radiators up to 240mm and VGA cards up to 340mm. Front connectivity includes two USB 2.0 connection and HD audio 3.5mm inputs.

Corsair Obsidian 650D Mid-tower Chassis Review @ OCIA.net

Posted by Nathan @ 12:51 PM (EDT)

Corsair has since released two follow-up cases in the Obsidian line, the 700D and the 650D. The 700D is essentially identical to the 800D, but removes the hot-swap drive bays and windowed side panel. The 650D, on the other hand, is a mid-tower offering that heavily resembles the 800D in fit and function. There are some changes that had to be made given the smaller footprint, but it's largely a shrunken 800D. Today we will be going over the smaller 650D to see if it truly lives up to the stellar reputation the 800D holds.


Lian Li PC-U6 Cowry Review @ Vortez

Posted by Nathan @ 12:50 PM (EDT)

We first got a glimpse of today’s product review at CeBIT 2011 earlier in the year. Being one of the biggest head turners on the Lian Li booth, the PC-U6 Cowry Edition will divide enthusiasts into different camps – the lovers and the haters. Unique looks certainly separate the PC-U6 from anything else but it also demonstrates that Lian Li have the skill and prowess to diversify with eye-catching chassis. Lian Li have launched Cowry to celebrate the company’s 4 year anniversary – featuring USB3.0 functionality, 2.5” drive support, fan control and a host of other elements the PC-U6 Cowry Edition is one of the most interesting case reviews I have come to publish.

World-Exclusive: ASUS GTX 580 Matrix Platinum 1.5 GB @ techPowerUp

Posted by Nathan @ 12:50 PM (EDT)

First seen at Computex this year, the ASUS GTX 580 Matrix Platinum is an overclocker's dream. It offers multiple voltage control via both software and hardware, a quiet running, powerful triple slot, dual fan thermal solution and easy to reach voltage measurement points. This card is also the first to be supported by ASUS' new GPU Tweak software.

Lian Li Launches HTPC PC-C60 and Mid-Tower PC-6 Computer Cases

Posted by Nathan @ 12:49 PM (EDT)

9 June 2011, Keelung, Taiwan – Lian Li Industrial Co. Ltd., maker of high-end, all-aluminum computer chassis since 1983, today releases two new PC cases: the HTPC/Desktop PC-C60, and the simple and elegant mid-tower PC-6. A new edition to their Domus series of HTPC chassis, Lian Li's PC-C60 is slim, sleek, all-aluminum, and available in black or silver with an open and easy-to-upgrade internal layout. The black, all-aluminum, mid-tower PC-6 embodies Lian Li's distinctive designing characteristics and fits perfectly into their Essence series of PC chassis with a timeless and quietly artistic design. With tool-less installations, anti-vibration features, excellent air-flow, and impressive build capabilities, the PC-C60 and PC-6 once again prove the quality of products that Lian Li is known for.


Mounting ATX, Micro-ATX, or Mini-ITX motherboards, this HTPC chassis has seven ventilated PCI slots and has enough room for video cards 270mm long. Externally, there are two 5.25” ODD mounts. Internally, Lian Li has given users three 2.5” HDD mounts and six 3.5” HDD mounts, providing ample space for huge media collections. Users have the option of mounting additional 2.5” HDDs into the 3.5” mounts if preferred. Furthermore, the HDD and ODD mounts are tool-less and come with anti-vibration features like rubber-ring suspension. For easy HDD changing, Lian Li has also made the HDD racks removable. Standard PS/2 power supply units mount at the back of the case.

Thermally, the PC-C60 is designed to maximize cooling with two 140mm fans pulling cool air through the case from the side-panel. Venting along the back panel ensures heated air has a quick escape route to prevent damage. For users who want an exhaust fan, Lian Li has placed a 140mm fan mount on the top panel (fan not included).

On the front panel, Lian Li has provided easy access to the power switch along with two USB 3.0 ports, one e-SATA port, as well as HD Audio ports. Dimensions of the PC-C60 stand at 445mm x 182mm x 410mm (W, H, D) and net weight is 4.1kg.


This mid-tower PC case mounts huge graphics cards with a maximum length of 440mm in eight ventilated, tool-less PCI brackets. ATX, Micro-ATX, and Mini-ITX motherboards are all compatible. Using thumb screws and rubber suspension to prevent vibration, the tool-less HDD rack supports three 3.5” HDDs and one 2.5” HDD. Also tool-less, the front-panel has three external mounts for 5.25” ODDs. A standard PS/2 PSU mounts at the base of the case above ventilation and is supported by anti-vibration rubber padding.

Lian Li has designed the PC-6 with one front-panel 140mm intake fan and one rear-panel 140mm exhaust fan as well as a mount for a fan speed control-switch (switch not included). Both fans along with the ventilation beneath the PSU come with washable/removable air-filters to prevent dust from entering the case. Liquid cooling systems are also enabled by using two rubber-lined holes on the back-panel.

The top-panel is home to the power switch alongside one USB 3.0 port, one USB 2.0 port, and HD Audio ports. Dimensions of the PC-6 stand at 210mm x 475mm x 498mm (W, H, D) and net weight is 5kg.

GIGABYTE 990FXA-UD7 (AMD 990FX) Motherboard Review @ Tweaktown

Posted by Nathan @ 12:48 PM (EDT)

Over the coming months as we build up towards finally getting our hands on the Bulldozer platform, we'll no doubt be looking at plenty of 990FX based motherboards from companies. Having already looked at what ASUS offered us in their ROG Crosshair V Formula board, today we'll take the time to check out the GIGABYTE option.

Exceleram 6GB EP3001A DDR3-1333 CL9 Memory Review @ Technic3D

Posted by Nathan @ 12:48 PM (EDT)

The Exceleram 6GB EP3001A DDR3-1333 CL9 Memory arrived Technic3D. Technic3D will see as good they are on Windows 7 64 Bit, Ubuntu 10.10 and the Gigabyte X58-UD7 Mainboard. You can see 2.133MHz (1,6V) with 9-10-10-25 (1T) and more in the following Review.

Thursday, June 9 2011

Kingston Data Traveller G2 3.0 64GB Review @ XSReviews.co.uk

Posted by Nathan @ 5:32 PM (EDT)

Kingston have really jumped on the USB 3.0 format and have released several different pen drive and storage options for the platform. Today we take a quick look at another one of them, the Data Traveller Ultimate G2. It’s got a 64GB capacity and a thick aluminium casing. Well protected? Probably. Fast? Let’s see.

Thermaltake Toughpower Grand 1200W Power Supply @ Pro-Clockers

Posted by Nathan @ 5:32 PM (EDT)

The Grand is a dual 12v rail unit that has an unprecedented 125A between the two of them. Meeting the requirement for having an 80PLUS Gold rating, the unit promises to be a winner when it comes to stability and the reliability which is ever present in Thermaltake products. Speaking of quality, Thermaltake is so confident in the Grand series that they are offering a very impressive 7 year warranty on them. Join us as we take a look at this behemoth of a power supply and see if it is worthy of your time and hard earned (or saved) money.

Cooler Master CM Storm Enforcer Chassis Review @ eTeknix.com

Posted by Nathan @ 5:31 PM (EDT)

Cooler Master get mentioned frequently here at eTeknix, whether it be for the latest product news and press releases or us getting our hands on the newest product(s) from them. They always seem to impress us no matter what they release and today will hopefully be no different.

CLICK HERE FOR Cooler Master CM Storm Enforcer DEALS & PRICING

Thermaltake Chaser MK-1 PC Case Review @ Real World Labs

Posted by Nathan @ 5:31 PM (EDT)

The latest Chaser MK-1 by Thermaltake packs quite a few innovative features including a top hot-swap docking station, USB 3.0 connectivity, mainboard USB 3.0 cable, 8 PCI expansion slots, top radiator space and also comes with plenty of room for even the biggest hardware components such as graphics cards up to 330mm in length and 180mm tall CPU Coolers.

NZXT Hale 90 750W Modular Power Supply Review @ OverclockersHQ

Posted by Nathan @ 5:31 PM (EDT)

Sometimes it can be hard to trust a new company when it comes to the most important part of your computer: the power supply. Some may protest but in actuality the power supply can make or break any computer build more so than any other component. If the power is not consistent the computer becomes unstable. If it does not shut off after a short, your computer becomes a very expensive paper weight. And if the wattage is a lie than the computer won’t be getting the amperage it needs to run. There have been too many power supply manufacturers that have come and gone that slap whatever wattage they want on the side of their power supplies and left the consumer with a large bill and a horrible product.

CLICK HERE FOR NZXT Hale 90 750W Modular Power Supply DEALS & PRICING

NZXT Havik 140 Review @ Neoseeker

Posted by Nathan @ 5:30 PM (EDT)

NZXT enters the hotly contested high-end cooler market with the HAVIK 140. Like many heatsinks in this market, it's a big piece of nickel-plated copper with equally large fans to go with it. Hit our review of the HAVIK 140 to see if it can it stand out against the most popular offerings from established competitors.

EVGA Superclock CPU Cooler Review @ Legit Reviews

Posted by Nathan @ 5:30 PM (EDT)

The Superclock is a nicely built CPU cooler that is easy to install and has looks that are subtle yet flashy at the same time. When it comes to performance the EVGA Superclock HSF performed as well as the Zalman CNPS11X at 4GHz and that is rather impressive not only from a performance standing, but also because the Zalman costs almost $30 more as it costs $79.99. In order to get the performance numbers seen in this review EVGA went with a 120mm fan kicking out 84CFM and that is the trade off for this CPU cooler...

Corsair HX1050 Power Supply Review @ Kitguru

Posted by Nathan @ 5:30 PM (EDT)

Corsair have built up a great reputation over the years, and their power supplies have always scored very highly on KitGuru, with the AX range setting a new benchmark standard. Today we are looking at the new HX1050, the replacement for the successful HX1000 unit. Should this be on your shortlist for a new system upgrade?

AMD Radeon HD 6870 CrossFire with 5x1 Eyefinity @ HotHardware.com

Posted by Nathan @ 5:29 PM (EDT)

The cleanest way to pull off a 5x1 Eyefinity configuration, without using an array of adapters, is with a card that has at least five, similar outputs, connected to matching monitors. To that end, we got our hands on a pair of PowerColor Radeon HD 6870 2GB Eyefinity 6 Edition cards and five Dell 22” screens with DisplayPort inputs...


Cubitek M4 Mid-Tower Case Review @Hi Tech Legion

Posted by Nathan @ 5:28 PM (EDT)

The Cubitek M4 midtower case comes in two variants. The Cubitek M4 is a midtower case designed to hold the latest PC hardware and support for additional cooling, while the Cubitek M4 Silencer is a midtower variant that forgoes the two side panel fan options for sound dampened panels. Even high end components, like large 1000W+ power supplies and graphic cards longer than 13 inches, can be installed inside the Cubitek M4. The Cubitek M4’s front bezel takes cues from the M4 carbine and is designed to be aggressively stylish while being functional, having perforated front covers for extra ventilation and equipped with a fold-down accessory tray.

Corsair Obsidian 650D Review @ OCC

Posted by Nathan @ 5:28 PM (EDT)

At the top of the front of the case is a spring loaded door, that when pressed, flips open and exposes the I/O ports. The Obsidian 650D boasts quite a collection here and is probably the widest variety of ports that I've seen, as it includes just about all standard ones with the exception of eSATA. Behind this door are two USB3.0 ports, two USB2.0 ports, audio jacks, and a Firewire port. I have seen very few cases that offer front Firewire capability. Of course, 98% of us won't use it, but the 2% that do will be very happy about it. That's just Corsair covering all its bases. Right behind the I/O ports on the top is the hard drive dock. It will accept 3.5" and 2.5" drives. For 2.5" drives, there is even a spring-loaded tab that holds it in place.


QNAP TS-659 Pro II NAS @ Benchmark Reviews

Posted by Nathan @ 5:28 PM (EDT)

Network storage is a concept that many people use without a second thought in corporate environments, but what about at home? In addition, a larger number of people are beginning to utilize cloud services, and most of those services include some storage capability. What if you could implement both, easily and with one device? All that and much more is readily available in a Network Attached Storage server from industry stalwart, QNAP. The TS-659 Pro II uses a powerful and energy-efficient 1.8 GHz Intel Atom D525 processor with 1GB of DDR3 system memory to eliminate any potential bottlenecks in the device itself. Dual Gigabit Ethernet network interfaces allow failover safety and teaming, while six SATA 6Gb/s drive bays offer single disk, JBOD, and RAID 0/1/5/6/10 configurations. Benchmark Reviews recently examined the QNAP TS-659 Pro II Turbo NAS in detail and compared its performance against other network attached storage servers.


Enermax AURORA Micro Wireless Keyboard @ TechREACTION

Posted by Nathan @ 5:27 PM (EDT)

The AURORA Micro Wireless, from Enermax, is a wireless compact keyboard featuring total media functionality. With integrated trackball, left-right buttons, and a scroll-wheel, this wireless compact keyboard is looking to be one of the best solutions for using media center and home theater software. This product won the prestigious “red dot design award: product design 2009″ against 11,000 submissions from 61 countries in 14 categories. With the sleek brushed aluminum look of the keyboard and the laptop feel to the keys, it is impressive right out of the box.

Wednesday, June 8 2011

TomTom GO 2535 M LIVE Review @ TechReviewSource.com

Posted by Nathan @ 5:50 PM (EDT)

Despite its clumsy name, the TomTom GO 2535 M LIVE is a powerful high-end GPS. It has the best live Internet connectivity we've tested yet, and included in the purchase price, you get lifetime map, traffic, and Google Local, all without annoying ads.

ASUS M5A97 EVO AM3+ @ techPowerUp

Posted by Nathan @ 5:49 PM (EDT)

Released on May 31st by ASUS, the M5A97 EVO is a new AM3+ motherboard, boasting support for AMD's upcoming AM3+ CPUs, as well, as current AM3 Phenom II CPUs. Sporting the now familiar black and blue color scheme from ASUS, the M5A97 EVO seeks, like its brethern, to turn the competition black and blue too.

MSI GT680 Gaming Laptop Review (SSD/Bluray/i7/Nvidia) @ Kitguru

Posted by Nathan @ 5:49 PM (EDT)

There is certainly no shortage of high powered gaming laptops available on the market today, but it takes something really special to stand out in such a crowded marketplace. MSI have sent us their GT680 gaming laptop for review which features a dual drive configuration (with SSD), powerful Intel Core i7 processor and Nvidia GTX460M graphics.

Antec Soundscience Bias Halo 6 LED Lighting Kit Review @ ThinkComputers.org

Posted by Nathan @ 5:49 PM (EDT)

We’ve all done it, spent long hours at night working on a project on our computers. If you are working at night with no other lights on besides the light on your monitor your eyes can easily become strained. There have been many tests and studies that have confirmed this. There have also been studies on illumination around a display and they have concluded that back illumination of a display causes less eye strain and eye fatigue. I don’t know that many displays that offer this feature, so SoundScience has come up with a simple fix, the Halo 6 LED Lighting Kit. Let’s take a look at see what it’s all about.

Thermaltake Armor A30 Case Review @ OCC

Posted by Nathan @ 5:43 PM (EDT)

The front of the chassis offers a number of options for the needs of any enthusiast. There are two full 5.25 inch bays for your optical drives and even a single 3.5 inch bay for a floppy drive if you still use them, or a fan controller could even be installed for the number of included fans in the Armor A30. On the bottom left of the case there are the ports that the A30 offers. The mix of ports on this case is a blessing as you literally have everything you need including a USB 2.0 port, a USB 3.0 port, front audio jacks and even an eSATA port for your high speed external devices. To the right of the port are the power button, reset button, and power/HDD LEDs.

CLICK HERE FOR Thermaltake Armor A30 Case DEALS & PRICING

HIS Radeon HD6850 IceQ-X Turbo @ Benchmark Reviews

Posted by Nathan @ 5:43 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 HD6850 Turbo 1GB video card which comes factory overclocked at 820MHz GPU and 1100MHz Memory. Increasing clocks on any video card requires above average cooling and 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 HD6850 IceQ X Turbo and report back our findings, keeping you informed on the latest technologies available on the market today.



SteelSeries Cataclysm MMO Gaming Mouse Review @ Real World Labs

Posted by Nathan @ 5:43 PM (EDT)

The latest Cataclysm MMO Gaming Mouse by SteelSeries is not only a one way for every Warcraft fan out there but also a very good choice for people looking to get their hands on a unique looking mouse with an award winning lightning fast 5000DPI Laser Sensor.

Roccat Kulo 7.1 USB Virtual Surround Review @ XSReviews.co.uk

Posted by Nathan @ 5:42 PM (EDT)

Roccat recently sent us over the Kulo 2.0 headset. It did alright, but there were some issues. Already though, the peripheral maker has released a second edition, or an alternative version; this one coming with a virtual 7.1 surround sound card. It’s USB powered and has a reasonable price tag, but will it improve over its predecessor? Let’s see.

Auras Shagon ARC-118 Heatsink Review @ Frostytech.com

Posted by Nathan @ 5:42 PM (EDT)

The Auras Shagon ARC-118 heatsink is built around four 6mm diameter copper heatpipes and a 50x100mm aluminum fin stack. The heatsink features an exposed heatpipe base and utilizes a single 2400-1000RPM 92mm PWM fan for all its cooling needs. Since this heatsink is equipped with a 92mm fan, noise levels tend to be moderate at stock speeds and whisper quiet at minimum RPM. Total heatsink foot print is 101x88mm, its weight is 460 grams.

Thermaltake Level 10 GT Case Review @ Pro-Clockers

Posted by Nathan @ 5:42 PM (EDT)

Thermaltake decided to take another swing at it though, and hitting at a much better price point they have come out with the new Level 10 GT. This go around it can be had for about $270, yet it still provides you with many of the functions of the original Level 10. Hinged door panels, hot-swap hard drive bays and support for water-cooling are all offered in the GT. Sound like it might be the case for you? Stick tight and find out as we take a look at the case in detail today.

CLICK HERE FOR Thermaltake Level 10 GT Case DEALS & PRICING


Sapphire Radeon HD 6770 fleX 1GB Graphics Card Review @ eTeknix.com

Posted by Nathan @ 5:41 PM (EDT)

Video Cards are an expensive part of the system building process and/or can be a large expense in the upgrade budget. With E3 2011 going on this weekend a lot of earth shattering titles are being shown and most computer enthusiasts want to be able to play the games in their full technological glory, including AMD’s immersive Eyefinity technology, however the largest part of the video card consumers will simply be ecstatic if they can even get the game to run on their machine.

Antec Soundscience Rockus 3D 2.1 Speaker System @ Madshrimps

Posted by Nathan @ 5:41 PM (EDT)

The Soundscience Rockus 3D 2.1 Speaker System from Antec comes with one unique feature: 3Dsst™, which is a suite of DSP algorithms that create a virtual surround sound experience from 2.1 stereo speakers. The subwoofer is rated 100W, and the sattelites 25W; the speaker system packs quite a punch and can be connected easily on optical to our preferred sound sources.


Tuesday, June 7 2011

Cooler Master CM Storm Spawn Gaming Mouse Review @ Tweaknews

Posted by Nathan @ 2:03 PM (EDT)

CM Storm continues their impressive lineup of gaming peripherals with the Spawn mouse. It looks great, performs even better, and provides a level of comfort that anyone favoring the claw-grip style will appreciate. There's enough buttons to provide plenty of customization options, and Japanese-made Omron switches are beneficial for heavy usage and long term durability.


Diamond VStream Review @ OCC

Posted by Nathan @ 1:57 PM (EDT)

Going back to the first question that I had asked at the beginning, do you ever wish you could wirelessly transmit your Laptop's screen to your HDTV? Well if you have ever wished this, then Diamond's VStream is exactly what you are looking for to do this. The Diamond VStream device does allow you to use a USB wireless dongle to transmit data from a PC, to the HD Base of the setup that will then send the signal via an HDMI cable to your HDTV or other display device. Setting up the Diamond VStream was very simple and easy to do.

ASUS WL-330N3G 6-in-1 Wireless-N Mobile Router Review @ ThinkComputers.org

Posted by Nathan @ 1:57 PM (EDT)

The ASUS WL-330N3G is a wireless router, access point, network adapter, repeater, and a Wi-Fi and 3G sharing device. For a moment, you may stop and think that the folks at ASUS must be magicians. Since only magicians could pack so many features into such a small device. Magicians or not, ASUS has created the WL-330N3G to be the Swiss Army Knife of routers. What’s better is that this Swiss Army Knife of routers is easily portable, and designed to adapt to 6 different networking situations with a few simple clicks. Hop past the jump to see why the ASUS WL-330N3G should be your travel router of cho ice.

CLICK HERE FOR ASUS WL-330N3G 6-in-1 Wireless-N Mobile Router DEALS & PRICING

Cooler Master Storm Enforcer Mid-Tower Gaming Case Review @ Hi Tech Legion

Posted by Nathan @ 1:56 PM (EDT)

The latest enclosure in the Cooler Master Storm line is the Enforcer Mid-Tower Gaming Case. With a unique beveled nose, well placed side window, reinforced front door and red LED lighting, the Storm Enforcer looks every inch a gaming case. But gaming requirements go beyond looks, and the Storm Enforcer doesn’t stop there. The Enforcer has a rotatable and removable HDD cage capable of holding six 3.5” drives, as well as a removable cage for two 2.5” drives for SSD users. The removable cage allows for 390mm VGA card clearance with the top cage removed, easily enough for any of today’s cards. The front I/O features 2 USB 3.0 with MB connection, 2 USB 2.0 as well as audio jacks. Cooling comes in the form of a 200mm front intake and a 140mm rear exhaust, with a 200mm or two 120mm top exhaust fans optional. The Enforcer also features Cooler Master’s unique “Storm Guard” to help keep your peripherals a little safer at LAN parties.

CLICK HERE FOR Cooler Master Storm Enforcer DEALS & PRICING

Asus P8P67 EVO @ LanOC Reviews

Posted by Nathan @ 1:56 PM (EDT)

Being a car guy when I first saw the P8P67 EVO from Asus I couldn’t help connect the EVO name with a Mitsubishi Evo. I can’t imagine that Asus would somehow manage to get the boxy styling and sharp lines of the Lancer Evo, but maybe it has the raw power that the Evo is known for. Either way, I know that by the end of this review I will be drifting sideways in DIRT 2 ether way. Before that I will go over ASUS’s standard P67 product lineup and the P8P67 EVO’s feature set. While we are in there we will also test its performance and take a close look at the include software.


Patriot Memory Viper Xtreme DDR3 2000MHz @ TechREACTION

Posted by Nathan @ 1:56 PM (EDT)

Patriot Memory steps into this niche with the Viper Xtreme DDR3 2000MHz 12GB kit. Released towards the end of 2010, these memory modules have received generally good reviews from both review sites and customers alike. Today, we will be giving you our own take on this kit.

ECS A890GXM-A2 Motherboard Review @ Neoseeker

Posted by Nathan @ 1:55 PM (EDT)

The A890GXM-A2 takes the strengths of the A890GXM-A previously reviewed, and adds what is missing: USB 3.0. Sounds well enough, but as you'll see in our latest Socket AM3 motherboard review, we were taken for quite a ride with this offering!

Patriot Memory Supersonic 64GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Review @ PCSTATS

Posted by Nathan @ 1:55 PM (EDT)

Patriot's Supersonic 64GB USB 3.0 thumb drive can copy an 8.5GB MKV movie file over to a PC in 2 minutes 39 seconds via USB 3.0 port, or about 5 minutes via a USB 2.0 port. By comparison, it takes 7 minutes 33 seconds for an older single channel USB 2.0 drive to move this same 8.5GB movie file over to the PC. This is a simple test you can try for yourself right now, find an 8.5GB file and time how long it takes to transfer it over to your USB drive....

HIS HD6970 IceQ Turbo Review @ Vortez

Posted by Nathan @ 1:55 PM (EDT)

IceQ cooling technology is among the best out there for AMD Graphics cards and has evolved over the years to the high performing, efficient state we find today. HIS claim the new design enables the HD6970 to run over 23c cooler than the reference AMD version, a very bold statement indeed! This is done by means of 4 copper heatpipes and a 'Black Hole Impeller' which we will look at later in the review.

Gigabyte GA-X58-USB3 Motherboard Review @ eTeknix.com

Posted by Nathan @ 1:54 PM (EDT)

Gigabyte are widely regarded as one of the biggest computer component manufacturers in the world, especially in the motherboard market. They cater for all of the latest AMD and Intel platforms including AM3, socket 1156, 1155 and 1366 and with Sandy Bridge taking over, we still believe that 1366 has some life left in it.


Antec High Current Gamer 620W Power Supply Review @ Real World Labs

Posted by Nathan @ 1:54 PM (EDT)

80 Plus Bronze Certification, good build quality, stable electrical performance and a very attractive price tag are the main reasons that make the Antec High Current Gamer 620W the ideal choice for people on a budget.

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Overclockers.com - Zalman CNPS9900 Max Heatsink Review

Posted by Nathan @ 1:54 PM (EDT)

The Zalman CNPS9900 Max heatsink based on a unique looped style heatpipe design looks great, but can it contain today’s overclocked heat monsters CPUs?



Sapphire Radeon HD 6750 Video Card @ Pro-Clockers

Posted by Nathan @ 1:53 PM (EDT)

Now, more people than ever can experience real innovation in DirectX® 11 gaming with AMD Radeon™ HD 6750 Graphics. Expand your visual real estate across up to five displays and get lost in the action with AMD Eyefinity multi-display technology. Using AMD App Acceleration, speed up everyday applications and do more than ever with your PC. Loaded with advanced technologies, these GPUs have the power and premium features needed for fully immersive gameplay.

Crucial M4 256GB SSD Review (C400) @ Kitguru

Posted by Nathan @ 1:53 PM (EDT)

When Crucial released the C300 series of Solid State Drives last year they outperformed anything else available at the time. With read speeds around 340MB/s the Sandforce drives had a serious performance disadvantage, only offering around 280MB/s. The market today is in a very different state and the new SATA 6bps Crucial M4 has to compete against the stunningly good Sandforce 2281 controller featuring in OCZ, Corsair and ADATA drives.


Thermaltake eSports Armor A30 mATX LAN Case Review @ Legit Reviews

Posted by Nathan @ 1:53 PM (EDT)

Thermaltake has brought this case to market with a design for gamers and I think they did well in regard to the aesthetic design. This is the kind of case I know a lot of gamers like. Construction on this case is also great; it's very rigid and the plastic bits have almost no flex in them. Thermaltake also has this case for sale at an attractive price of $109 with a 3 Year Warranty. Thermaltake also offers spot on results for their fan specifications, making this case incredibly quiet. Which would be great if the case were for HTPC use...

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Monday, June 6 2011

Antec Six Hundred 600 Gaming Mid-Tower Computer Case Review @ Tweaknews

Posted by Nathan @ 4:36 PM (EDT)

Antec's Six Hundred gaming chassis has proven to be a bit of a mixed bag. I like the look and the few features that it has are quite good, but Antec touts it as, "The Ultimate Gaming Case." I'll take exception with them on this point.



XFX Daily Power Supply Giveaway

Posted by Nathan @ 4:35 PM (EDT)

XFX is giving away a power supply a day so head on over and try your chances at picking up a sweet computer power plant.


Sapphire Radeon HD6770 FleX @ LanOC Reviews

Posted by Nathan @ 4:34 PM (EDT)

The graphics card industry has undergone more than a few changes in the first half of 2011, including a branding shift within AMD itself. At the end of April, the manufacturer announced plans to introduce an updated version of their popular HD 5770 and HD5750. That upgrade has us today taking a look at the HD6770. In this case we will be taking a look at Sapphires FleX version of the card. Some of you may remember that we took a look at the HD5770 FleX last August, along with just about every other FleX model in between. The HD5770 FleX was given our Editors Choice; will its replacement do the same? In order to do that the HD6770 will still have to maintain a great price to performance ratio, something that may be hard to do with all of the great competition.

Kodak PlaySport Zx3 Review @ TechReviewSource.com

Posted by Nathan @ 4:34 PM (EDT)

The Kodak PlaySport Zx5 is a rugged, portable mini camcorder that can record 1080p high-definition quality video and take 5-megapixel images. It has very good video quality and is easy to use, but it doesn't have a flash or light.


Thecus N3200XXX Network Attached Storage Server Review @ Bigbruin.com

Posted by Nathan @ 4:33 PM (EDT)

The more data that the average home or power user collects, the greater the need is for some type of mass storage device to protect it all. The Thecus N32000XXX network attached storage server is very good at addressing this situation. With compatibility for Mac, Linux, and Windows, it makes sharing data and printers extremely easy. With its flexible configuration options and included backup software, it also makes a simple task out of backing up your valuable data.


Zalman ZM-VE200 External HDD Case Review @ Madshrimps

Posted by Nathan @ 4:33 PM (EDT)

The new ZM-VE200 HDD enclosure comes to help the people that use frequently CDs or DVDs at work or at home, for performing different tasks like installing OSes on many computers, programs and why not, even games. The only thing that needs to be done is to convert the disks into ISO images, transfer them on the 2.5'' HDD and mount any of them in a matter of seconds, by using the lateral jog switch.


MSI R6850 Cyclone Power Edition Review @ OCC

Posted by Nathan @ 4:33 PM (EDT)

MSI is very good about hyping their Cyclone series heat sink and based on this review, for good reason. The R6850 Cyclone Power Edition performed admirably in the temperature testing, maintaining homeostasis within its realm with refinement and poise. The card is much quieter than a majority of reference cooling solutions out there making it an ideal pull for gamers and movie watchers alike. Perhaps making the card a quality bid for that dorm room build you’ve been planning forever?

ASUS VW266H Widescreen LCD Monitor @ Benchmark Reviews

Posted by Nathan @ 4:33 PM (EDT)

Yet another huge and affordable LCD monitor review! We know you love big monitors because we all do. That's why Benchmark Reviews has today the ASUS VW266H 16:10 Widescreen LCD Monitor. Not long ago any LCD screen was cost prohibitive for us working class computer folks, and a stretch for even the well heeled. Well, enter the 21st century because that was then and this is now. Folks, this is a 25.5" 16:10 aspect ratio 1900x1200 native resolution LCD monitor for under 280 USD (I bought mine with a 30.00 USD rebate too). No, that's not a typo. It's 25.5", really. Still not interested? You should be because this panel is a nice piece of hardware for business, gaming, and all around computer use with the added luxury of having 25.5" of desktop space.

Corsair Force Series F40 SATA II SSD Review @ Hi Tech Legion

Posted by Nathan @ 4:32 PM (EDT)

Corsair is a heavy hitter in the memory market and one product is the Force Series F40. The Corsair F40 is one of the smaller SSDs that can be found, at only 40GB. Inside the F40 there is a Sandforce 1200 series SSD controller and Intel MLC NAND flash memory. With that pairing, there is an advertised maximum sequential read speed of 280 MB/s and maximum sequential write speed of 270 MB/s. The F40 has a 2.5" form factor and TRIM support. Connectivity includes a SATA II interface. Corsair bundles this drive with a 2.5" to 3.5" bracket and a 3 year warranty.

Thermaltake Toughpower Grand 1050W Power Supply Review @ OCIA.net

Posted by Nathan @ 4:32 PM (EDT)

As a hardware enthusiast, trade shows like CES and Computex showcase many new products that you can expect to see on the market either immediately or sometime after the show. As a hardware reviewer, these shows are even more insightful as it gives a pretty solid road map of what we will be working with over the next six months or so. We have already looked at products from OCZ, Cooler Master and SilverStone that we previewed at the show, just to name a few. Today that trend continues as we have Thermaltake's Toughpower Grand series power supply on the hotbed.

Silverstonetek Raven 3 System Enclosure reviewed @ Metku.net

Posted by Nathan @ 4:32 PM (EDT)

On the outside one can see the legacy of the previous versions but what have Silverstone changed on the inside?!

Ttesports Challenger Ultimate Keyboard @ Rbmods

Posted by Nathan @ 4:31 PM (EDT)

This keyboard is the most advanced keyboard that Ttesports has at this stage. It features includes; macro buttons, fan to cool off your hands, and also USB and sound ports. How well does it perform and how does it stand against other keyboards on the market?

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