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Patriot G2 DDR3-12800 2x2GB Kit
     Fri, Apr 01 2011 | 4:17P | Memory | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Prices of basic DDR3 memories have fallen down quickly in the past half-year. Nowdays you can get a 2x2GB 1333MHz dualchannel kit for less than 35? from local store. Today we will take a look at Patriot G2 DDR3 1600MHz 2x2GB kit and see what extras you you can get out of it if you're willing to spend couple more coins over the basic model. Let's have a look!
  FULL STORY @ RBMODS

AMD's upcoming Radeon HD 6790 cards Leaked
     Fri, Apr 01 2011 | 4:17P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Details of AMD's upcoming Radeon HD 6790 cards have been leaking all week and now VR-Zone can offer you the first pictures of MSI's upcoming card based on the new GPU. We don't have too many details on hand, but what we do know is that MSI has gone for a different rear port layout that the Sapphire card of which pictures appeared earlier this week.
  FULL STORY @ VR-ZONE

Kingston SSDNow V+100 96GB Upgrade Kit Review
     Fri, Apr 01 2011 | 4:16P | Hardware | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Kingston V+100 series are a much improved version of the original V+ drives allowing for performance levels equal to some of the fastest drives around. On top of that add the very rich bundle and reasonable price tag and you got yourself one very tempting proposal by Kingston.
  FULL STORY @ RWLABS

Thecus N4200 PRO Review - The 4-Bay, Battery Backup NAS with Many Features
     Fri, Apr 01 2011 | 4:16P | Servers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Last year we reviewed the Thecus N4200 just days after its release. The N4200 is still to this day the only consumer NAS that offers dual status display screens, but more importantly, the only consumer NAS to include a battery backup system. When Thecus first marketed their N4200 a lot of emphasis was placed on the new dual display feature, but we felt that the battery backup feature was the real standout feature. In an enterprise environment power is regulated to a degree unseen in our homes. Businesses regularly spend a portion of their budget on keeping clean, consistent power flowing to their servers. In our home power fluctuates and in many places across the country you can expect at least one power outage a year. Here in the Midwest where I'm at you can expect several brief outages in winter as ice builds on power lines and trees, and again in the spring when severe storms disrupt the flow. One of the easiest ways to take out a hard drive is to remove power abruptly without a proper shut down sequence."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN

Intel Future SSD Models Leaked
     Fri, Apr 01 2011 | 4:16P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Just when we thought we lost our friend in Intel, he came through for us! Last year, he was suddenly transferred to a different department and we thought we lost our source of all those goodies we posted on Intel processors and whatnots, but what do you know - he now has the goodies on Intel's solid state drive (SSD) programme! As you all know, Intel recently launched the new Intel 320 Series SSD based on the spanking new 25 nm NAND flash memory. Well, according to our source, that's just the tip of the Intel lance. Intel will be releasing two new solid state drive series for the 2.5" form factor and check this out - Intel will also be taking on the desktop market! Details to follow. First, let's take a look at the two new SSD series...
  FULL STORY @ TECHARP

Enermax Revolution 85+ 1020W Power Supply Review
     Fri, Apr 01 2011 | 4:03P | Power Supply | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Just like with the Revolution 85+ 1250W variant we reviewed a long time ago the new 1020W model features high efficiency levels, excellent rail stability, high grade components, future ready design and low noise levels.
  FULL STORY @ RWLABS

OCZ RevoDrive x2 100GB PCIe SSD Review – Fastest Consumer SSD
     Fri, Apr 01 2011 | 4:02P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
'My SSD Is Faster than Your HDD' just doesn't seem to fit the part when we are speaking of the OCZ RevoDrive x2 PCIe SSD. Anytime you consider a product that is controlled by four (4) SandForce SF-1200 series controllers, prepare to be amazed. The RevoDrive x2 should knock your socks off with advertised specs of 740MB/s read and 690MB/s write and 4k random write of 100, 000 IOPS. A few weeks back we had the opportunity to take the OCZ RevoDrive 120GB PCIe for a ride and were so impressed that we asked OCZ just how much better the RevoDrive x2 would be in PCMark Vantage testing. As the Vantage HDD Suite consists of 8 scenarios that simulate common user activities, our opinion is that this software is simply the best testing environment for any solid state drive. The Revo did so well, in fact, that it easily surpassed benchmarks that we had done with RAIDED SSDs just prior to that evaluation. Our curiosity was in the thought that, sooner or later, performance increase just had to reach a plateau....or so we thought.
  FULL STORY @ THESSDREVIEW

 
Intel 310 80GB MiniPCIe SSD COMPLETE
     Fri, Apr 01 2011 | 4:01P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Our featured picture does a great job of portraying how truly small Intels new 310 Series 80GB SSD really is. It offers the punch of the X-25m in 1/8th of the size and Intel is gambling that this is going to add a whole new dimension to notebook configurations. First up to bat with the 310 will be new Lenovo Thinkpads destined for market in 2011 but don't think other oems aren't far behind. The 310 series SSD started shipping in units of 1000 to oems in December with prices at $99 (40GB) and $179 (80GB) per and don't be surprised to see a healthy premium on these new notebooks when combined with a hard drive. Its a combination that may be the best push forward in bringing the SSD into mainstream sales as now anyone can have the power of the SSD with the storage of a hard drive in a factory purchased laptop.
  FULL STORY @ THESSDREVIEW

TRENDnet TEW-687GA 450Mbps Wireless N Gaming Adapter Review
     Fri, Apr 01 2011 | 4:00P | Networking | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The new Wireless 450Mbps TEW-687GA from TRENDnet is not USB anymore like the previously released products, but offers a Gigabit network interface between itself and the computer we are connecting the adapter to; this way, we don't have to install drivers anymore and is compatible with any platform (we can even configure it through the Playstation3 Internet Browser). We will perform some data transfer speeds to see if it is really better in terms of performance.
  FULL STORY @ MADSHRIMPS

Mouse and Mouse Pad Travel Pouch Review
     Fri, Apr 01 2011 | 12:03P | Mouse Pads | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today we have a rather interesting product that confused me a little when I found out about it. The Belkin Washable Mouse is a mouse that is water-resistant, so it can endure spills and it also stays clean. Along with a versatile scroll pad, the Washable mouse from Belkin sounds like something that sounds too good to be true. Let's take a look and see if the ride is as smooth as Belkin suggests.
  FULL STORY @ REVIEWS

Areca 1880 SAS/SSD RAID Card Reviewed
     Fri, Apr 01 2011 | 12:00P | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today we are testing the new Areca 1880ix-12 RAID controller. This is Areca' premier SATA 3 internal RAID offering and signifies a great leap forward for a company known to cater to the enthusiast crowd. With the speed and power of SSDs reinventing mainstream storage, RAID card manufacturers have been under tremendous pressure to deliver a product that can handle the massive throughput and high random reads of SSD's combined into ultra speedy RAID arrays. Previous generation RAID cards have been a trying venture for manufacturers as they have been unable to scale well in arrays, making the cards themselves a pointless endeavor. Ripping apart Arecas new flagship line of controllers here though, we think you will be amazed at the numbers we have pulled up for the 1880ix-12.
  FULL STORY @ THESSDREVIEW

In-Win Griffin Case Review
     Fri, Apr 01 2011 | 9:03A | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The In-Win Griffin case is designed with the beginning builder in mind. It is stylish on the outside and has some nice features on the inside that helps to keep the confusion down on the first build. Follow along as we go over how well this case is built as well as what each feature of the case allows the end-user to do.
  FULL STORY @ TECHWARELABS

ASRock P67 Professional Motherboard
     Fri, Apr 01 2011 | 9:02A | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
ASRock Fatal1ty P67 Professional enthusiast motherboard featuring the Intel P67 chipset is designed to harness the full potential of Intel 2nd Gen Core series processors. But don't take our word for it, come check out the full review and benchmarks and decide for yourself...
  FULL STORY @ TECHWARELABS

Intel 310 80GB Mini-PCIe SSD First
     Fri, Apr 01 2011 | 9:01A | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
It wasn't 2 hours ago that I received a call from DHL stating that they had received a rush package from Intel I might be interested in. It hasn't been 10 minutes since I tested the Intel 310 Series Mini PCIe SSD for the first time. The internets first tests (I think) can be seen in our Benchmarks Forums. This is the worlds smallest SSD and, as seen below, its a pretty amazing feat when perched atop of the worlds fastest consumer SSD which posts speeds above 740MB/s. We were halfway through our review of the OCZ RevoDrive x2 100GB PCIe SSD when this delivery came about and couldn't resist this picture to show just how small the worlds smallest SSD is. I guess a big welcome is deserved for Intels newest release, the Intel 310 series 80GB Mini-PCIe SSD. Stay tuned in the next few days for detailed reviews on both and don't forget to check out our forums for the Crystal performance benchmarks on this little baby! Its a pint sized X25m and then some!
  FULL STORY @ THESSDREVIEW

BIOS Option Of The Week - SDRAM RAS Precharge
     Fri, Apr 01 2011 | 9:00A | BIOS | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Since 1999, we have been developing the BIOS Optimization Guide, affectionately known as the BOG. From a meager beginning of a single page, it now covers over 440 BIOS options. As old BOG readers will know, we started offering two editions of the BOG since Revision 8.0 - a simplified edition and the complete edition. Normally, the complete edition is only available to subscribers who help sponsor the development of the guide through a small fee. However, that changes today! From now on, we will post a BIOS option from the complete edition of the BIOS Optimization Guide every weekend.
  FULL STORY @ TECHARP

Zalman ZM-HE350 U3 Hard Drive Enclosure Review
     Thu, Mar 31 2011 | 6:13P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Choosing the right CPU, GPU, or even SSD could be considered difficult - but so could simple peripherals, such as an HDD enclosure. These seem to be a dime a dozen, and while many consumer purchases may boil down to aesthetic value, we've discovered with Zalman's ZM-HE350 U3 that not all external enclosures perform alike.
  FULL STORY @ TECHGAGE

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