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OCZ 750W Fatal1ty Series Power Supply
     Sun, Feb 27 2011 | 4:03P | Power Supply | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Johnathan "Fatal1ty" Wendel has had his name and gaming handle splashed across a lot of hardware over the past few years. Today we'll be looking at his latest entry in branded gear, brought to us courtesy of OCZ. The OCZ 750W Fatal1ty Series power supply builds on OCZ's already solid reputation by bringing several interesting features to the table.
  FULL STORY @ FATAL1TY

Sappahire Pure Black x58
     Sun, Feb 27 2011 | 4:02P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Better late then never, is the saying this time for Sapphire as it introduces a new premium board into the Intel market. First impressions are key. Does Pure Black x58 push all the right buttons or is Sapphire's first attempt at the x58 a fail? Join us as we dissect the board in search of the answer.
  FULL STORY @ TECHWARELABS

Intel Core i5 2500K Sandy Bridge CPU
     Sun, Feb 27 2011 | 4:01P | CPU / Processors | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The long awaited and much anticipated Sandy Bridge architecture from Intel hit the ground running at CES just 2 weeks ago. This architecture promises better overall performance, the latest version of Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0, and great overclocking potential. Not only does this 2nd Gen series of processors offer a bump in speed but the integration of graphics chip and CPU has improved drastically. Come join us as we detail the latest offering from Intel's CPU lineup.
  FULL STORY @ TECHWARELABS

Ikonik Optimus 1200 Mid Tower Computer Case
     Sun, Feb 27 2011 | 4:00P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Looking for a case that looks kinda like the leader of the Autobots? Look no further than the Optimus 1200 by Ikonik. It's got all the things you need to get your new rig going.
  FULL STORY @ TECHWARELABS

Roccat Kova & Kone Gaming Mice
     Sat, Feb 26 2011 | 4:03P | Mouse Pads | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Roccat is a German based company that was founded in 2007. They are a relatively new company to the gaming peripheral scene but offer several feature rich, sleek looking gaming mice and keyboards among a few other gaming related devices. Roccat's main selling points on their mice are the extreme DPI resolutions they achieve, upwards of 3200 DPI. Roccat is probably most known for the feature packed Kone series of gaming mice which has been met with positive reviews across the net. Today we will be taking a look at the Roccat Kone and Kova, representing both the higher end and lower end gaming markets."
  FULL STORY @ REVIEWS

IN WIN Dragon Rider Full Tower Chassis
     Sat, Feb 26 2011 | 4:01P | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"IN WIN is a company of which I have seen many cases from its lineup, and up to now, really none of them have been a case that would find a permanent home on my desk. It isn't that the cases were lacking in any department. IN WIN tends to think out internal designs and feature sets that rival some of the top tiered chassis' that require quite a bit more money to attain said features. My real issue with most of the previous cases was based purely on aesthetics. With this chassis we are about to have a look at, a new leaf has been turned in IN WIN designing, and I hope it's a trend that continues. This chassis is not only a real looker in my book, but it offers all the things we are used to in an IN WIN chassis. Things like a tool-less assembly to hold in the expansion cards, an almost endless supply of slides for the various drives to be placed inside the chassis, and it even carries a flood of blue LED lighting that we have seen from them before. Two major things have changed. One, I finally got a full tower chassis worth its salt, and secondly, the theme of the chassis may be a bit mythological, but translates into a stellar looking chassis with everything you would want to see in a full tower chassis."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN

OCZ Gold XTE Series PC3-17000 4GB Kit
     Sat, Feb 26 2011 | 4:00P | Memory | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"We've mentioned already a number of times, including in our OCZ Platinum XTE review of the 2000MHz DDR kit, because of there being no divider for 2000MHz DDR you have to adjust the very limited BCLK. What it ultimately means is a bit of a hit and miss experience with 2000MHz DDR memory. If it's good overclocking RAM, you'll be ok. If not, you could struggle to hit the default clocks due to the limited option in the BIOS. Today, though, we hope to completely miss that issue with the Gold XTE series which while lower on the food chain in the OCZ line up; does carry with it a higher clock speed; in this case 2133MHz DDR. Like the Platinum series there's not much going on in the package with the two modules being the main highlight. The two 2GB modules come in at 2133MHz DDR as we have already mentioned, and on the timings front we're seeing a 10-10-10-30-1T @ 1.65v setup."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN

 
ASUS P8P67 Deluxe (Intel P67 Express) Motherboard Review
     Sat, Feb 26 2011 | 9:03A | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"One thing about the Sandy Bridge launch that has been different about any other CPU launch that I have covered has been how many motherboards were launched at the same time. I was shocked at the number that came in even before the CPUs arrived. Still, it is a good thing in most respects as it gives you plenty of choices unlike a few other CPU launches that I can think of." For our third P67 board review we stay inside the ASUS camp, but move a little down the ladder firmly into the upper end of the consumer market. Here we find the P8P67 Deluxe. This board comes complete with Digi+ VRM, EPU and the TPU for what ASUS calls this Dual Intelligent Processors with DIGI+ VRM. But that is not all you get with this new board from ASUS. You get a front panel USB 3.0 box, SLI and Crossfire, Dual GBe LAN (one of these is an Intel LAN chip), and a built in Bluetooth module. Not to mention the performance and overclocking that comes with most ASUS motherboards."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN

Galaxis Atlus Mid Tower Chassis
     Sat, Feb 26 2011 | 9:02A | Chipset | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"I know when we took a look at the ARES from Galaxis a lot of the finer details such as pricing and availability were sketchy at best. Today I have more information about the chassis in the Galaxis lineup, and I am pleased to bring you yet another mid tower chassis from Galaxis. Looking at the ARES, I saw some things that were right as rain for the design, but I also found a couple of finer points that make the case a little tough to use, depending on hardware. But all in all, it was still a decent case for the price. Today we are taking a close look at the Atlus from Galaxis. Now, this is sort of the "little brother" to the ARES, but don't let that fool you. I based that comment on pricing alone. While the ARES has its own look, the Atlus provides a less flashy exterior, but keeps most components of the ARES; just this time, ever so slightly different."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN

InWin Dragon Rider Case Review
     Sat, Feb 26 2011 | 9:01A | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
“Installing everything into the Dragon Rider case was super easy and for the first time something that I actually looked forward to doing! All of the controls on the top were a breeze to hook up and the system components didn’t give me one problem. I ran all of the cables I could behind the motherboard tray and I now have a nice clean cable setup. The tool-less system works great not one problem. The one thing I wish the case did have is a cover for the water cooling tube holes. I don’t use them but I would like it better if I could block them off or at lease cover them. Not a big thing but just an idea.”
  FULL STORY @ GEEKINVADERS

ASUS P8P67 Deluxe Motherboard
     Sat, Feb 26 2011 | 9:00A | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"What we liked about the P8P67 Deluxe: quite rich functionality, compact and efficient cooling system, convenient layout, high-quality CPU VRM, useful proprietary technologies and tools, good accessory bundle."
  FULL STORY @ IXBTLABS

OCZ Platinum XTE Series PC3-16000 4GB Kit
     Fri, Feb 25 2011 | 4:03P | Memory | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Today we're looking at a Platinum XTE Series kit from OCZ and it's actually the first time we've seen a kit from this series. To get a bit more specific, we're dealing with a PC3-16000 or 2000MHz DDR 4GB kit that comes in with a 9-9-9-24-1T @ 1.65v setup. Like most of the kits we've looked at recently, this one doesn't carry with it anything extra outside the modules themselves when it comes to the package, and for the most part it seems to help keep the cost down with the kit coming in at only 94.99 USD "
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN

Super Flower Golden Green SF-800P14XE 800W Power Supply Review
     Fri, Feb 25 2011 | 4:02P | Power Supply | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Most in the USA will not have heard of Super Flower before, but chances are that you have owned a power supply that was designed by or designed in conjunction with Super Flower. They are a huge OEM outside of the USA and, since their expansion in 2006, are becoming more prominent in the United States. Over the years they have manufactured and worked with numerous companies to produce power supplies such as TTGI, Kingwin, NZXT, and more. The Super Flower PSU that we are taking a look at today is the SF-800P14XE. This is the 800W model in the Golden Green lineup. The Kingwin Lazer series and NZXT HALE-90 series are derivatives of the Golden Green series of power supplies, so you should expect performance to be similar to the NZXT HALE-90 850W PSU that we reviewed."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN

Areca ARC-1880ix-24 PCI-E x8 SATA/SAS RAID Controller w/ 24 Crucial RealSSD C300
     Fri, Feb 25 2011 | 4:01P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Areca Technology Corporation started life in 1999 and was formed by a team of storage product engineers in Taipei, Taiwan. The core of Areca is their dedicated research and development team that is responsible for Areca's success in the storage industry. Around five years ago Areca's hard work and dedication propelled the company into a leading role in the storage controller market. The first to catch on were enthusiast power users who learned that Areca products at the time were outperforming those from industry power players LSI and Adaptec. It took at least two product cycles for these companies to catch back up to the data transfer levels being offered by Areca's products. Today we are looking at Areca's latest flagship offering from the new ARC-1880 Series product line. The ARC-1880ix-24 is the most advanced controller in the lineup and offers both internal and external connectivity. The controller also uses a user upgradable cache module (1GB standard, up to 4GB optional) that allows for high speed RAID redundancy without penalty."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN

MSI GeForce GTX 560 Ti 1GB Twin Frozr II Video Card
     Fri, Feb 25 2011 | 4:00P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"We've already been amazed with what the GTX 560 Ti offers us when we looked at the GIGABYTE version which falls into the SOC series from the company. Now it's time to see what MSI can do with the model and while this one might not fall into that higher end HAWK series that we've grown to love, it does carry with it both an OC and the Twin Frozr II cooler. We instantly know that the card isn't going to be as aggressive on the clock front because it's part of the Twin Frozr II series, but we expect it to offer some great cooling numbers while at the same time giving us a better idea of how lower clocked GTX 560s will perform against the competition."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN

details on the AMD Bulldozer architecture
     Fri, Feb 25 2011 | 1:28P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
AMD has provided further details on the Bulldozer architecture at the ISSCC 2011 conference. These include an overall view of each module and some of the physical characteristics, a redesign of the schedulers and integer execution units, and a comprehensive look at power saving features that allow the Bulldozer core to exist in moderate power and TDP ranges. We cover the highlights of the submitted papers and make some guesses at what the final product will look like.

"All indications so far point to Bulldozer being at the very least a competitive design. I believe that Intel will have an advantage in instructions per clock when handling single threaded and lightly threaded workloads. But AMD certainly looks to counter that by providing processors which will clock higher than the Intel counterparts, yet still remain in the same thermal envelope as the competition."

  FULL STORY @ PCPER

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