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Antec Three Hundred Two
     Tue, Feb 07 2012 | 9:22A | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Three Hundred, the previous well-liked case by Antec, is back with a chassis designed to handle today and tomorrow?s high-performance systems. The Three Hundred Two, is touted to be the next standard in affordable gaming cases. This new chassis from Antec is supposed to be built for gamers from the inside-out. With tool-less 5.25? & 3.5? drive bays, a large cable management compartment and two front panel USB 3.0 ports with an internal connector, the Three Hundred Two will hopefully be the rightful heir to the Gaming Series legacy. However, it still needs to pass our testing before we approve any of the praise this case has already received. Read on ?"
  FULL STORY @ TECHREACTION.NET

BitFenix Raider ATX case Review
     Tue, Feb 07 2012 | 9:03A | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Today I’ll be reviewing the BitFenix Raider ATX case. BitFenix has only been around a couple of years now, but has been churning out many great cases (such as the Colossus or Shinobi) at a frequent rate. This case is a mid-tower, in comparison so some of its bigger brothers, however I have high hopes that it will still meet the expectations of the BitFenix name."
  FULL STORY @ XTREMECOMPUTING

ROCCAT Isku Illuminating Gaming
     Tue, Feb 07 2012 | 9:02A | Games | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The new wired illuminating gaming keyboard from ROCCAT has now been released and will soon begin to make it into many home gaming systems across the world. The new edgy , sharp, angular design ROCCAT are now bringing to the table includes one of the most important features gamers are using all the time these days, Macro buttons. Macros make a appearance on the Isku with the customisable Macros blue LED illuminating keys and EasyShift modifier key, the ROCCAT Isku is a gaming keyboard ready to enhance any player gameplay. Let us move on and take a look at this cool designed gaming hardware...
  FULL STORY @ HARDWARELOOK

SandForce SF-2200-based drives
     Tue, Feb 07 2012 | 9:01A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Intel is launching a brand new line of solid state drives today, built around SandForce’s popular SF-2200 family of storage processors. The new SSD 520 Series solid state drives, as they are known, will supplant the Marvell-based 510 series at the top of Intel’s consumer-targeted SSD lineup and be offered in capacities ranging from 60GB to 480GB. Like other SandForce SF-2200-based drives, the new Intel SSD 520 series is outfitted with a SATA III interface with sequential reads and writes speeds in the 550MB/s to 520MB/s ranges, respectively. According to their specifications, 4K random reads peak at around 50K IOPS (QD32), with 4K random writes hovering around 80K IOPS for the 240GB model we’ll be showing you here...
  FULL STORY @ HOTHARDWARE

Intel SSD 520 Series 240GB Review
     Tue, Feb 07 2012 | 9:00A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
It's not the first time Intel is using third-party controllers, in fact it had previously favored the Marvell 88SS9174 for their SSD 510 Series. Since the days of the original X25-M SSD, Intel solid state storage products have been characterized for being the most stable and reliable around. With the company now willing to use the SandForce SF-2281, it proves that the controller has reached a certain desired level of maturity. However, as the company has done with previous SSD products, Intel has adopted the SandForce SF-2281 controller but they have co-defined and validated the firmware for an Intel unique implementation. In other words, the SSD 520 Series drives will differ to similar products in terms of performance and reliability in spite of using the same controller. Read on to learn more about Intel's new premium consumer SSD.
  FULL STORY @ TECHSPOT

Kingwin Lazer Platinum 1000W Power Supply Review @ ThinkComputers.org
     Mon, Feb 06 2012 | 4:13P | Power Supply | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
80PLUS Platinum is the highest efficiency rating available for 115V power supplies. Today we?ll be looking at one of the high wattage PSU?s with this certification, the Kingwin Lazer Platinum 1000W Power Supply. Its overall average is 91.27% efficiency, according to 80PLUS. Not only is it efficient, but affordable too. Read on further to find out more information."
  FULL STORY @ THINKCOMPUTERS

ASUS P8P67 Pro Intel P67 Motherboard Review
     Mon, Feb 06 2012 | 4:01P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"The ASUS P8P67 Pro motherboard is a pretty standard platform with a good feature set, ideal for mainstream overclockers and gamers. Along with the dual PCI Express x16 slots for x8/x8 SLI/Crossfire, ASUS include SATA III, USB 3.0, a powered eSATA port for external storage devices, integrated Bluetooth v2.1 ( particularly unique and handy for smart phone interfacing ), 8-channel audio with DTS Surround and a whack of proprietory ASUS stuff that's guaranteed to glaze your eyes over."
  FULL STORY @ PCSTATS

 
Dell Alienware X51, Small Form Factor PC Gaming Refined:
     Mon, Feb 06 2012 | 4:00P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
On the test track, Alienware notebooks have racked up some of the best performance numbers we've seen and the company's desktops rank right up there as well. One shape the Aliens have never assumed previously, however, is the small form-factor desktop. And let's be honest, systems in this weight class generally aren't known for their gaming prowess but usually serve as home theater or mainstream PCs. The folks at Alienware have a different sort of vision for their next alien life form and if you weren't paying attention, you'd almost mistake it for a game console rather than a PC. But you're here at HH, so you're obviously paying attention. And so are we. You could say the Alienware X51 gaming PC system got our attention when it hacked into our news channel not long ago. So we decided to send a peaceful return transmission and allow it to touch down on a test pod in our lab.
  FULL STORY @ HOTHARDWARE

Intel SSD 520 Series Solid State Drive @ Benchmark Reviews
     Mon, Feb 06 2012 | 1:11P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
For the past several years, consumers searching through the available selection of Solid State Drive (SSD) storage devices have noticed that capacity continues to favor the hard disk drive counterpart. While it could be a few more years before any SSD matches terabyte capacity with the HDD, Intel`s NAND Flash produced at 20nm is closing that gap in terms of price and storage space. In this article, Benchmark Reviews tests the Intel SSD 520 Series Solid State Drive against the leading competition to see if it`s capable of delivering SATA 6GB/s speeds up to 550 MB/s and 80,000 maximum 4K random write IOPS."
  FULL STORY @ BENCHMARKREVIEWS.COM

Intel SSD 520 Series 240 GB Solid State Drive Review @ Hardware Secrets
     Mon, Feb 06 2012 | 12:58P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
There are a vast number of SATA-600 solid state drives on the market at the moment, so there have never been more choices for the people who want to give their system a performance boost. Today we are going to look at the latest SSD from Intel, the 520 Series 240 GB, which is designed with performance users in mind."
  FULL STORY @ HARDWARESECRETS.COM

Intel SSD 520 240GB @ Bjorn3D
     Mon, Feb 06 2012 | 12:45P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
This drive has been advertised as the fastest SSD to date. Does it really pack the punch Intel claims it does?"
  FULL STORY @ BJORN3D.COM

Intel 520 Series SSD Full Review - SandForce on Steroids?
     Mon, Feb 06 2012 | 12:32P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Intel appears to be making a habit out of adopting other SSD controllers and revamping their firmware to make them their own. From what we`ve seen today, they are indeed very good at it. This is the best performance we`ve seen out of SandForce hardware paired with IMFT Synchronous flash. Intel has also guaranteed their workmanship with a 5-year warranty - higher than the 3-year warranty provided by much of the competition. Unfortunately the delays in getting the 520 Series to market have given ample time to the competition, and newer controller tech now exists (Indilinx Everest)."
  FULL STORY @ PCPER.COM

Intel 520 Series 240GB SSD Launch Review @ HardwareHeaven.com
     Mon, Feb 06 2012 | 12:19P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Intel 520 Series 240GB SSD Launch Review @ HardwareHeaven.com Intel are today releasing the new 520 series based on SandForce technology. Today we have one of those new drives on our test bench and will be comparing it in real world and synthetic tests against drives based on the latest Sandforce, Indilinx, Marvell and Samsung controllers."
  FULL STORY @ HARDWAREHEAVEN.COM

Intel 520 Series 240GB Review
     Mon, Feb 06 2012 | 12:06P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
he heart of the performance of the Intel 520 series drive is the LSI Sandforce 2281 NAND controller. Intel partnered with LSI to develop a robust firmware specifically for this drive. Along with the firmware are AES 256-bit encryption and end to end data protection. Specifications for the drive mirror many of the Sandforce 2281 controlled drives with 550 megabytes-per-second (MB/s) sequential reads and up to 520MB/s sequential writes and 4 KB random reads and writes up to 50,000 and 80,000 (IOPS). "
  FULL STORY @ OVERCLOCKERSCLUB.COM

XFX HD 7970 Black Edition Double Dissipation 3 GB Review
     Mon, Feb 06 2012 | 11:55A | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Keep in mind, the base clock speeds of 1000 MHz on the core and 1425 MHz on the memory are already sizable increases over the default clock speeds. However, XFX has added their Double Dissipation cooling to increase the overclocking potential of their Black Edition HD 7970. As a result, the card responded well to voltage tweaking and a further boost in the clock speeds to 1177 MHz on the Tahiti core and 1652 MHz on the GDDR5 memory. Clock speeds above 1.2 GHz on the core were possible in some games, but not the entire test suite - Dirt 3 just would not show love for a core speed that high."
  FULL STORY @ OVERCLOCKERSCLUB.COM

Intel 520 240GB SSD Review @ Hardware Canucks
     Mon, Feb 06 2012 | 11:53A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We`ve been hearing about and anticipating new Intel`s Cherryville SSDs for some time now they are finally being released in the guise of the 520 series.  They are built around the same SandForce SF2281 controller we have come to know from numerous other SSDs but Intel has taken it upon themselves to equip these drives with a custom firmware and high end NAND.  But is this enough to set the 520 series apart from in a cluttered market? "
  FULL STORY @ HARDWARECANUCKS.COM

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