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GIGABYTE Aivia M8600 Wireless Macro Gaming Mouse Review
     Thu, May 19 2011 | 9:03A | Mouse Pads | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"First impressions last. That's the first thing you'll think of when looking at the GIGABYTE Aivia M8600 Wireless Macro Gaming Mouse. It's quite striking to look at; to hold on the other hand is a different argument. I use as my everyday mouse a Razer Mamba and it's quite curved; the GIGABYTE Aivia M8600 mouse has a high ridge where your palm rests which can be annoying - you may ask why I'm starting off with a negative? Because that's about the only thing I didn't like with the mouse. GIGABYTE has done quite a good job on the Aivia M8600. The box packaging is very, very unique with a cylinder tube that comes apart in 3 pieces - the mouse in its own section, with a bag of goodies (charger, batteries, etc) in another section. Every hand is different. Some are small, some are big, some people have large fingers, some have small. I have medium sized hands and my palm kind of double thinks as I lay it on the mouse itself. Kind of like "what the hell is this edged bump?" - but you get used to it."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN

ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Launches in Taiwan
     Thu, May 19 2011 | 9:02A | Notebooks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"ASUS has come out with the Android-powered Eee Pad Transformer that snaps into a special dock to become a laptop. The Eee Pad Transformer is a pretty decent tablet to start; a half-inch-thick, 10.1-inch NVIDIA Tegra 2-powered unit that's running Android 3.0 or Honeycomb. What makes us pay attention to this device is the fact that it transforms. The big deal here, of course, is the transformation. The Transformer is a half-inch-thick tablet with a metal back. The transformation occurs when there is a metal snap to physically attach a keyboard so that you can close it to look like a laptop. It's a seamless transformation."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN

Corsair Performance 3 128GB Solid State Drive Review
     Thu, May 19 2011 | 9:01A | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"The quest for faster, more reliable and lower priced SSDs continues today with the review of the Corsair Performance 3 128GB. Last month we looked at the flagship 256GB model, but as you may know, performance changes when flash density changes. The flagship 256GB model impressed us with its 480MB/s read speed and 320MB/s write speed. Of course, the high speeds are just one aspect of SSDs and when it comes to this controller you need to look beyond the initial benchmarks to see the long lasting effects of quality engineering. The Corsair Performance 3 is a marathon runner designed to go the distance at higher speeds over the long haul. At this time most other SSD controllers are like sprinters who need to take a water break from time to time to rejuvenate. At this time, the 'high speed, long distance' feature of the new Marvell Van Gogh controller is being overlooked in both forum posts and the avalanche of what I call 20 minute reviews. We've been playing with the new Van Gogh controller since June 2010 off and on and have learned a great deal about its ins and outs, strong points and weak points. Obviously the performance endurance that comes from the aggressive garbage collection is a strong point. Those experienced with SSDs might say this feature is more important than achieving read and write speeds that are over SATA II speeds."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN

ASUS GeForce GTX 590 3GB Video Card Review
     Thu, May 19 2011 | 9:00A | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
It's been ages since we've seen NVIDIA come out with a dual GPU card, and we know the main reason for that was because the GTX 400 series, as good as the mid-range models were, the initial launch pieces ran too hot and drew too much power, making a dual GPU card not an option. The GTX 500 series fixed all the issues that the GTX 400 series had and then added more power into the mix. So that means today we get the dual GPU NVIDIA card we've wanted for ages, and it's known as the GTX 590. We've got our hands on the ASUS one today and we'll be following the standard review lay out by looking at the package and then the card. Once we've done that we'll check out the specifications and of course because we're dealing with a new model, we'll be going into a bit more detail than usual on the specs front. Once we've done all the boring stuff, though, we get into the fun stuff and check out the performance of the new GTX 590."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN

Cisco Linksys E1500 Wireless-N Router
     Wed, May 18 2011 | 4:03P | Networking | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
“The E1550 is a single-band router marketed as a more robust offering than the entry E-series model, the Cisco Linksys E1200 Wireless-N Router. Unfortunately, although it's a bit more expensive, the E1550 did not have any noticeable throughput speed or range gains over the E1200.”
  FULL STORY @ PERIPHERALS

Lian Li PC-V1020 Review
     Wed, May 18 2011 | 4:02P | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Equipped with 8 expansion slots, the PC-V1020 will support SLI and Crossfire allowing 305mm (12") graphics cards, the PC-V1020 also has a removable motherboard tray, support for lots of storage options and 3 preinstalled cooling fans - 120mm and 140mm. And this is just scratching the surface, there are many more features to talk about and look at closely so lets waste no more time and begin our analysis of Lian Li's PC-V1020.
  FULL STORY @ VORTEZ

Kingston SSDNow V+ 100 128GB
     Wed, May 18 2011 | 4:01P | Memory | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Kingston is not only the world leading memory vendor but also having the biggest piece of market share in term of shipment and volume. Besides memory and USB flash drive products, SSD is another upcoming hot product and today we are going to have a look on their improved SSD V+ drive; V+ 100 with enhanced garbage collection."
  FULL STORY @ KINGSTON

 
Intel Desktop Extreme Board DX58SO2
     Wed, May 18 2011 | 4:00P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"It isn't that often that we have an Intel branded motherboard come across the Legit Reviews test bench. Fortunately for you, that is exactly what we have for you today! The Intel DX58SO2 X58 motherboard is part of the Intel Extreme series of motherboards. The DX58SO2 X58 motherboard is the latest and greatest motherboard from Intel for their X58 chipset.. Early adopters of the X58 platform also might be looking for a newer motherboard as the Intel X58 Express chipset first came out back in November 2008. That means many users out there are running the early boards that didn't have SATA 6Gb/s, SuperSpeed USB 3.0 and many of the other features and improvements that have been made or discovered since 2008. The Intel DX58SO2 has just about every feature under the sun..."
  FULL STORY @ LEGITREVIEWS

MSI P67A-G43 LGA 1155 Motherboard
     Wed, May 18 2011 | 2:25P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"The motherboard can be configured for either RAID 0, 1, 5, or 10. I set it up to use RAID 0 for speed, and to live life on the very edge! Thankfully, the configuration for RAID is pretty simple. You need to go into the BIOS first and set the SATA ports to operate in RAID, and then reboot into the RAID controller settings (CTRL + i), but it’s fairly seamless. Unfortunately, the instructions manual does not state any of this, so you might be stuck scratching your head."
  FULL STORY @ REVIEWDESK

Thermaltake Armor A30 Case Review
     Wed, May 18 2011 | 2:24P | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Thermaltake A30 is clearly targeted at gamers if not LAN party enthusiasts directly. The all black SFF design does little to hide the modular chassis' ability to hold a full size build with only the micro/mini ATX motherboard limiting the options.
  FULL STORY @ NINJALANE

Enermax NAXN 82+ 750 W Power Supply Review
     Wed, May 18 2011 | 2:24P | Power Supply | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"The NAXN is the latest power supply series from Enermax, and is subdivided into three sub-series: the NAXN, also known as Tomahawk II, featuring 350 W, 450 W, and 500 W models, with no 80 Plus certification; the NAXN 80+, featuring 350 W, 450 W, 500 W, and 600 W models, with the standard 80 Plus certification; and the NAXN 82+, featuring 750 W and 850 W models, with the 80 Plus Bronze certification and modular cabling system (a feature not available on the models from the other two sub-series.) Let's see if the new Enermax NAXN 82+ 750 W is a good option."
  FULL STORY @ HARDWARESECRETS

Thermaltake Armor A30 Computer Case Review
     Wed, May 18 2011 | 2:24P | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
contributed to the end of World War II. Are you catching on now? Will it be better if I got a bit more specific? Razer -- a well known company in the computer market for developing peripherals geared towards gamers. Noctua -- an well recognized company renowned for their superb quietness in quality computing components. Thermaltake -- what exactly do we know about Thermaltake? Well, from what we have seen so far on APH Networks, we know that they produce pretty decent keyboards and mice by their sub-brand, Tt eSPORTS. We also know Thermaltake cases are decently priced for the features and quality it gives. If you are new around here, what I am really talking about is the Thermaltake Armor A60 reviewed by yours truly, and the Thermaltake Armor A90 reviewed by my colleague Jonathan quite some time back. However, what we have here today is much different than these two chassis that I have just mentioned. Although it may be the smallest of the three, it is actually priced at approximately $30 USD more at press time. Presenting to you the Thermaltake Armor A30, the first question you may be asking is whether or not it is an overrated chassis with some "meh" additional features tacked on. Funny to mention, because this little bugger can fit quite a bit under the hood, given the amount of physical space it requires. I don't know about you, but the next thing that comes to my mind is whether or not I can conveniently bring a decently built computer to LAN parties and show off my 1337 skills. So would the Armor A30 stand a chance against its bigger brothers? Read on to find out!
  FULL STORY @ APHNETWORKS

Cooler Master CM Storm Enforcer Review
     Wed, May 18 2011 | 2:23P | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"The CM Storm Enforcer is the newest addition to Cooler Master’s family of mid-tower cases bringing with it an impressive list of features. Inside we crack the chassis open to see if it has what it takes to truly set itself apart."
  FULL STORY @ COOLERMASTER

GIGABYTE X58-USB3 (Intel X58 Express) Motherboard Review
     Wed, May 18 2011 | 2:23P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"With all the news about the P67, the B2 or B3 stepping and now Z68, there is still room for the tried and true X58 chipset. This time on our bench is a mid-range board from GIGABYTE - we have the X58-USB3. The X58-USB3 leaves off the SATA 3.0, but keeps the USB 3.0. You also still get the usual SLI and Crossfire support and all for the fairly low price of $179.99 at Newegg at the time of writing. This is not bad at all to enter the world of triple channel RAM and the upper end Core i7 CPUs!"
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN

OCZ Vertex 3 240GB Max IOPS SATA 3 SSD Review
     Wed, May 18 2011 | 2:22P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today we received an e-mail from Jessica Luken, Global Marketing Director of OCZ Technology stating that a new Vertex 3 Max IOPS SSD was en route and, if you would believe it, we received the package not 20 minutes later. I will have to admit that I was a bit unprepared and stood their wondering what the difference was between the two Vertex 3's at only a $20 upgrade. The question then presented itself as to whether the consumer would see a marked difference between thet two. A bit of background and several tests later lead us to the belief that the OCZ Vertex 3 Max IOPS SSD just may be the equal to the previous generation SandForce equipped SSDs that utilized the large 27% over provisioning vice the standard 7%, this time around without the massive premium.
  FULL STORY @ REVIEWS

Steel Power GSP850-SM 850 Watt Power Supply Review
     Wed, May 18 2011 | 2:22P | Power Supply | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"What we have on the bench today is a power supply from a company that most of you have probably never heard of. Sentey is a company whose headquarters resides in Florida with an operations center in California and manufacturing in China. The company is also expanding distribution centers in Latin America and is poised to make quite a name for itself. Currently the company offers a wide selection of computer cases, coolers, video cards and power supplies. The Sentey power supply that we are taking a look at today is the 850W model from the Golden Steel line of PSU's. Taking a look at the specifications and pictures reveal some similarities to a few power supplies we have seen in the past and with good reason. Hopefully the GSP850-SM we have in our hands is prepared for the task at hand, as it is quite an unforgiving one."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN

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