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OCZ's new Octane
     Tue, Mar 20 2012 | 12:12P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
In a market dominated by SandForce-based SSDs, OCZ's new Octane series eschew the popular SandForce controllers for an entirely new Indilinx Everest architecture, updating it to take advantage of SATA 6Gb/s. You may recall that OCZ acquired Indilinx a year ago, and the Octane and Petrol drives were the first products to emerge using new Indilinx controllers. Hit our review of the 512GB Octane to see how it stacks against the established SandForce competition.
  FULL STORY @ HARDWARE

HIS 7870 IceQ X Turbo @ PureOverclock
     Tue, Mar 20 2012 | 12:12P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
“We're examining the HIS 7870 IceQ X Turbo. It comes with core speeds well over a GHz, and also comes with a customized air cooler to tame the temperatures that often come with higher speeds. We saw the 7850 beat the GTX 570, so can this 7870 beat the powerful GTX 580, and at a much better price? Let’s find out.”
  FULL STORY @ PUREOVERCLOCK

Kingston SSDNow V+200 Enterprise 120GB Solid State Drive
     Tue, Mar 20 2012 | 12:11P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
A few weeks ago, I took a close look at Intel’s own premium 520 series SSD which uses a SandForce SF-2281 controller and 25nm synchronous NAND inside. Like any premium performance SSD, it also carries a premium price. That price is still a tough pill to swallow for the bulk of the consumers. Using more affordable asynchronous NAND to can cut costs, but some users might worry that it means lower performance. Kingston has been working with the low cost NAND and has put it into a new SATA6Gbs SSD called the SSDNow V+200 series targeting enterprise and businesses with an ‘everyday business SSD’ that greatly improves productivity whether in desktops or notebooks. The performance and especially the price may surprise you. Let’s have a look!
  FULL STORY @ ENTERPRISE

Cooler Master Storm Trooper Computer Case Review @ Bigbruin.com
     Mon, Mar 19 2012 | 4:25P | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
When I first saw the Cooler Master Storm Trooper computer case I was very impressed by the aesthetics and had high hopes for it. With the system install completed I am very pleased with how things look and fit, and how neat the inside of the case looks, but the process of getting there was just more difficult than I would have expected."
  FULL STORY @ BIGBRUIN.COM

ZOTAC A75-ITX WiFi Review @ Vortez
     Mon, Mar 19 2012 | 9:08A | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
ZOTAC are a long standing manufacturer of ITX motherboards which has in turn become a popular niche market for small form factor enthusiasts. The desire for uncompromised solutions in an unimposing 6.7 x 6.7 inch dimension comes fairly strong and ZOTAC are held high in regard when it comes to meeting that demand. Making no exception with the AMD FM1 platform, ZOTAC unleashed the Hudson D3 based A75-ITX WiFi. Giving users the option to take advantage of AMD`s A-series APUs in a small package while offering BIG features, it is easy to understand the appeal that ITX motherboards present."
  FULL STORY @ VORTEZ.NET

[Affiliates News] SSD: One for all or two for RAID? @ APH Networks
     Mon, Mar 19 2012 | 9:08A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
To RAID or not to RAID: that is the question. If Shakespeare was born in the last 50 years and Hamlet had a computer, this would be opening of Act 3 Scene 1 of the play. With the continual price decrease of solid state drives, if you want to maximize performance of your computer, is one SSD enough to keep a smile on your face, or is two necessary to take performance up to a whole different level? We fired up a couple of Kingston SSDNow V+200 120GB SSDs -- a typical SandForce SF-2281 drive with Intel 29F64G08ACME3 asynchronous NAND flash memory -- along with our standard array of benchmarks to dig for the details. Read on to see what we have found!"
  FULL STORY @ APHNETWORKS.COM

[Worlds First] Raidmax Agusta - Hands on Preview
     Mon, Mar 19 2012 | 9:08A | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The black/white final color scheme looks really nice and classy. Although, the black/blue color scheme would also look good, maybe this will appear on version 2.0! The USB3.0 and the fan controller that controls up to 5 fans is also good to see on this case. The cool addition, which we did not expect, was the LED light controller. This is a great addition because some people leave their computers on at night, and the LED?s create a nice, bright, annoying night light. The Agusta can handle our GTX480 with ease, so fitting any graphics card on the market will be simple. The thumbscrews on the PCI slots were a convenient touch as well. With the Agusta being compartmentalized, it brought back memories of the TJ11 we reviewed a little while back, and the Thermaltake Level 10, although not to the full extent of the TT level 10. Compartments are always a good idea in order to help with heat issues and keep everything cooler by controlling important areas better with air flow. The ability to install two 2.5? drives to the inside of the 5.25? drive bay area is a nice touch indeed. This will give you the capacity to have eight 2.5? drives installed or six 3.5? drives and two 2.5? drives at full capacity. Although, you could do whatever type of configuration you would like. The two things we were weary about were the side panel handles and the Gundam front door. The handles seemed a bit too weak for our liking, and we were scared we might snap one off before we finished the review. The Gundam front door seemed like it would be somewhat easy to snap off as well, if it were open and you hit it with your knee or foot and bent it back past the normal range of movement. Hopefully, this will be addressed before mass production. If Raidmax fixes a few minor issues and keeps up the hard work, this case, with an MSRP of $119.99, could really be a contender when it is finally released."
  FULL STORY @ TECHREACTION.NET

 
Mass Effect 3 GPU & CPU Performance Test
     Mon, Mar 19 2012 | 9:03A | Games | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
As you've undoubtedly heard, the third installment of BioWare's Mass Effect trilogy hit shelves last Tuesday. Being one of the year's most anticipated launches, it's no surprise to see it with an aggregate review score of over 90. We've benchmarked Mass Effect 3 across three different resolutions with two dozen GPU configurations -- including AMD's new Radeon HD 7000 series. We'll also see how the performance scales when overclocking an eight-core FX-8150, along with benching a handful of other Intel and AMD processors.
  FULL STORY @ REVIEW

Intel SSD 710 Series Solid State Drive Review
     Mon, Mar 19 2012 | 9:02A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Intel’s X25-M (mainstream) and X25-E (enterprise) solid state drives proved to be very popular in their respective target markets. As our testing showed back in the day, these drives offer excellent performance, and as time in the field would tell, they were quite reliable as well. On the desktop / mainstream front, Intel has since launched a number of popular new solid state drives based on a few different controller designs, including those from SandForce, Marvell, and Intel themselves. Things are much slower moving on the enterprise front, however, where stability and reliability are paramount. The X25-E remained Intel’s flagship enterprise-class SSD for a couple of years, which is an eternity in technology-time. A few months back though, Intel launched a new enterprise-class SSD that was designed to offer the reliability and performance of the X25-E, but at higher capacities and a lower cost per GB. That solid state drive is the Intel SSD 710, of which we’ll be showing you here today...
  FULL STORY @ HOTHARDWARE

Tablets of 2012: The New iPad, Current and Upcoming Alternatives
     Mon, Mar 19 2012 | 9:01A | Mobile Devices | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
It's no secret that tablet makers are having a hard time competing with Apple in this still nascent market. In fact, the iPad is selling so well that it surpassed the number of PCs shipped by any individual PC manufacturer over the last quarter of 2011. We've compiled a comparative table with what we consider are the best tablets either currently available or announced so far. We've also included metascores from our Product Finder engine and review links to help you dig deeper and narrow down your next purchase.
  FULL STORY @ TECHSPOT

OCZ Octane 512GB
     Mon, Mar 19 2012 | 9:00A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Getting back to the issue of performance, the Octane series does deliver, just not as well under all circumstances. When running our file copy tests we were blown away by the performance, which was consistently higher than competing SandForce drives. The real-world performance seemed to have its ups and downs, with the Octane 512GB providing strong Windows 7 boot time performance but average game level load times.
  FULL STORY @ OCZ

Powerbag Instant Messenger Bag @ TechwareLabs
     Sun, Mar 18 2012 | 6:43P | Notebooks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Powerbag has come out with a line of carryalls designed to address our need to both carry stuff and keep it charged. Today we`ll be looking at the Instant Messenger, a messenger bag designed for those who want to carry all of their essential gadgets with a minimum of weight, fuss and bulk."
  FULL STORY @ TECHWARELABS.COM

Preview: ASUS Sabertooth Z77 @ ocaholic
     Sun, Mar 18 2012 | 6:43P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Until we see Intels upcoming CPU it will take some time. Never the less ASUS has already sent aus a Sabertooth Z77 board which builds upon Intels latest performance desktop chipset. Typical for motherboards from the Sabertooth series is that it comes with a lot of features especially designed for stability and durability. For example you get the Thermal Armor and the Thermal Shield."
  FULL STORY @ OCAHOLIC.CH

REVIEW: Samsung 830 256GB SSD @ PureOverclock
     Sun, Mar 18 2012 | 6:43P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Samsung`s newest SSD is the Samsung 830 6Gbps model. It contains Samsung`s own 3 Core MCX Controller (S4LJ204X01) and uses the SATA 6G interface, able to take advantage of the insane speeds offered by the new standard. At 256GB capacity, this drive is surprisingly affordable and fast, satisfying the high performance and capacity that enthusiasts crave. Today we will be looking at the Laptop installation kit."
  FULL STORY @ PUREOVERCLOCK.COM

REVIEW: Sapphire Radeon 7850 OC @ PureOverclock
     Sun, Mar 18 2012 | 6:43P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Pitcairn is the codename for this bourgeois of AMD`s graphics card lineup, and it brings the Radeon 7850 and 7870. Today we`re interested in the former, and specifically we`re examining the Sapphire HD 7850 OC. It`s an overclocked version of the AMD design, and also comes with a customized air cooler to tame the temperatures that can come with higher speeds. As we`ve come to expect from Sapphire, excellent cooling is a hallmark of their designs, and today may be no different with this new card. Can it joust with the competition, or is it the jester? Let`s find out."
  FULL STORY @ PUREOVERCLOCK.COM

RIM BlackBerry PlayBook (2012) Review @ TechReviewSource.com
     Sun, Mar 18 2012 | 6:43P | Mobile Devices | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
RIM`s much-maligned tablet computer, the BlackBerry PlayBook, is finally a viable choice, thanks to its heavily revised OS and a massive price drop. The PlayBook`s user interface is beautiful, graceful, and operates with a simplicity that rivals that of the Apple iPad 2 and bests current Android tablets like the Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime. The tablet is also much less expensive than before, starting at just $199 for 16GB."
  FULL STORY @ TECHREVIEWSOURCE.COM

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