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Cooler Master Storm Spawn Gaming Mouse
     Wed, Apr 20 2011 | 9:00A | Mouse Pads | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"The CM Storm Spawn gaming mouse retails at $49, and it’s one of the few mice available today which is designed for those users who prefer a “claw” style grip while gaming. It’s loaded with a 3500 DPI optical sensor utilizing an anti-drifting feature and 32kb of onboard memory, but how does it stack up in the crowded market of aftermarket gaming peripherals?"
  FULL STORY @ COOLER

OWC Mercury Extreme Pro 6G 120GB Solid State Drive Review
     Tue, Apr 19 2011 | 4:03P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"In 2010 we were introduced to Other World Computing (http://www.macsales.com), a reseller specializing in Macintosh products. At the time OWC was moving beyond that of a simple retail / e-tail outlet and venturing into manufacturing their own solid state product line. Over the last few years we've seen many companies manufacture their own SSDs; some have been established in the SSD market and others have been a one product wonder. You would think those with history in the SSD marketplace would be the first to market when a new controller becomes available, but OWC proved that theory wrong when they released the SandForce SF-1200 based Mercury Extreme right at the beginning of the product cycle. To show that OWC was serious about their solid state product line, they also priced the Mercury Extreme at a competitive point and even held the crown on and off in 2010 as the lowest priced SandForce SSD on the market.
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN

Intel Core i3 2100
     Tue, Apr 19 2011 | 4:02P | CPU / Processors | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Intel designed the Sandy Bridge to replace the mainstream processors, so it is natural that the company has unleashed processors that range from the $100 all the way to $300. We have already reviewed the Core i7-2600K and the Core i5-2500K for the enthusiast and mainstream markets. Today, we are going to look at the other side of the spectrum--the $124 Core i3-2100, which is the cheapest Sandy Bridge processor available at the moment.
  FULL STORY @ BJORN3D

Blue Sleeved LED Kit
     Tue, Apr 19 2011 | 4:01P | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
What you get from NZXT is a two meter long string of LED lights with a controller and mounting hardware that lets you customize the lighting effect seen through a case's side window. Available in lengths of either one or two meters - and with color choices of blue, green, orange, red, or white - there is bound to be a combination to suit just about any system.
  FULL STORY @ BIGBRUIN

OCZ Vertex 3 240GB SSD Review
     Tue, Apr 19 2011 | 4:00P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The performance oriented controller used by the Vertex 3 known as the SandForce SF-2281 includes support for the SATA 6Gb/s interface, while boasting read and write speeds of 500MB/s+, a mind blowing figure when compared to previous generation chips. For now it appears solid state drives will continue to get faster, but not any cheaper. OCZ has set the list price for the Vertex 3 120GB version at $249, while the 240GB version will cost $499. Compared to the current Vertex 2 models - 120GB ($229) and 240GB ($429) - it translates in a small price premium for the smaller drive while the larger model is getting hit a bit harder for a noticeable performance increase.
  FULL STORY @ TECHSPOT

HP Pavilion g6x
     Tue, Apr 19 2011 | 3:32P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
“The HP Pavilion g6x is a sub-$600 15-inch laptop that offers a speedy Intel Core i3 CPU, 4GB of RAM and large 500GB hard drive. It has a sturdy, attractive design and offers really solid performance for the everyday user without having to spend a lot of money.”
  FULL STORY @ TECHREVIEWSOURCE

Club 3D CSP-X1000CB 1000 W
     Tue, Apr 19 2011 | 3:32P | Power Supply | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Club 3D is one more graphics card manufacturer that decided to follow the latest trend and present a PSU series. In this review we will evaluate their strongest model, which with its 1000 W is able to support up to three VGAs. Our only concern is that it's only 80Plus Bronze certified.
  FULL STORY @ TECHPOWERUP

 
broad strategic alignment
     Tue, Apr 19 2011 | 3:32P | Business / Industry | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Seagate and Samsung have announced a "broad strategic alignment," as part of which Seagate will take over Samsung's hard-drive operations in exchange for a cool $1.375 billion (paid half in cash, half in stock). The deal also involves a NAND flash memory supply agreement as well as "expanded cooperation" on enterprise storage.
  FULL STORY @ TECHREPORT

Thermaltake Armor A30 Small Form Factor Gaming Case
     Tue, Apr 19 2011 | 3:31P | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Armor series spans all three of the case size categories: full, mid and SFF. The unit we will be talking about today is going to be contained in the small form factor category. The A30 is the newest entry into the Armor class and a very good looking one at that. Thermaltake, like most of their SFF cases such as the LanBox, have geared this towards the gamer. And rightfully so, as the A30 can house some very long video cards for such a compact case!
  FULL STORY @ PRO-CLOCKERS

Alienware M11x R3 Gaming Laptop Review
     Tue, Apr 19 2011 | 3:31P | Networking | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Today Alienware is launching a number of new machines including a new revision of the M11x the R3. We have one of the first samples on our test bench and will be putting it through a selection of real world gaming, media and productivity tests to find out if the latest model retains the high level of build quality and performance we saw in the last revision."
  FULL STORY @ ALIENWARE

InWin Dragon Rider ATX Computer Case
     Tue, Apr 19 2011 | 3:30P | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Dragon Rider glides into a market filled with enthusiast, full tower cases. Components have been getting bigger, badder and hotter over the past year. It is only fitting that the enclosures adapt as well! For those running a "fire breathing" machine with lots of components, does In Win's new offering saddle up the performance? Or does it leave you gasping in a puff of smoke? Read on, intrepid adventurer!
  FULL STORY @ MODDERS-INC

brite-View Air SyncHD Wireless HDMI Bridge Review
     Tue, Apr 19 2011 | 3:30P | Monitors | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
If wirelessly transmitting a Blu-ray stream (which tops out around 50mbps) is questionable, transmitting uncompressed 1080p/60 video seems downright impossible. Yet, that is exactly what brite-View claims to do with their Air SyncHD transmission kit. In a nutshell, the brite-View Air SyncHD transmission kit promises to wirelessly bridge an HDMI source device and HDMI receiving device, freeing you to place the devices anywhere within the system’s wireless range. Further, the system manages to send 1080p/60 video, audio and infrared (IR) with less than one millisecond latency up to 66 feet. It sounds great on paper, but can it deliver?
  FULL STORY @ MISSINGREMOTE

Sapphire Radeon HD6570 Video Card
     Tue, Apr 19 2011 | 3:30P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
When we received this, I was quite surprised with what we received. We did not receive a massive video card with case-clearance issues or a card requiring more power than the Hubble Telescope. We received a simple card measuring 16 cm long with a 8 cm fan requiring no external power supply. My first thought was "This card, retailing at ~$79.00, will never be able to keep up with HD gaming and video", as the box boasts. Lets continue to see if my initial assumptions are correct.
  FULL STORY @ TECHWARELABS

GIGABYTE G1 Assassin X58 Motherboard Review
     Tue, Apr 19 2011 | 3:29P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"The GIGABYTE G1 Assassin X58 motherboard packed with features. In fact, I don't think the could pack anything else on the board than they already did. In order to fit everything that they did, GIGABYTE had to move away from the standard ATX form factor and increase the size of the board to a XL-ATX form factor. The XL-ATX form factor measures 34.5cm x 26.3cm, opposed to the Standard ATX form factor which measures 30.5cm x 24.4cm. The increase in the form factor size gave GIGABYTE an additional 163.15 square centimeters. That's a gain of 21.9% in the total real estate on the PCB for all of the added features. Despite the increased real estate on the PCB of the GIGABYTE G1 Assassin X58 motherboard, GIGABYTE managed to fill it with features..."
  FULL STORY @ LEGITREVIEWS

Logitech Wireless Trackball M570 Review
     Tue, Apr 19 2011 | 3:28P | Peripherals | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"If you're a long time reader of VH, then you all know by now that I hate mice. Literally, I just don't use mice, I don't personally review mice, nor do I get excited by a mouse. I am however completely addicted to my thumb controlled trackball. Way back in the day, I would paint my white Logitech trackman to match my case. Then I got the Microsoft Trackball for a bit, until they stopped making it. Then I went back to the newer Logitech Trackman wheel. "
  FULL STORY @ VIRTUAL-HIDEOUT

Sapphire Radeon HD 6670 and HD 6570 Video Cards Review
     Tue, Apr 19 2011 | 3:28P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
I hate these low to mid-range cards; it's nothing against them directly, but they're always just so slow. Sure, they might be great for the price etc. - but testing them is still an absolute pain as they're always so much slower than the stuff I'm used to testing. The whole situation is made only worse by AMD releasing three models today, albeit we're only looking at the two higher end ones of these three new models. The good news for me is that we tend to only ever look at one or two of these new models and then continue looking at the fun stuff and what people wish they could afford, but can't. That aside, these are important reviews, though, as this is where companies like AMD and NVIDIA make their money. These low end cards are the ones you might not personally see most of, but local computer shops and system integrators will. These are the kinds of cards that companies put "Huge 1GB GAMING video card" on the signs when advertising budget PCs."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN

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