Noctua provides free upgrade for LGA1156

noctua_nm_i3_1 [news]"Vienna, August 18th 2009 - Noctua today announced the impending availability of its new NM-I3 SecuFirm2™ mounting kit that adds support for Intel's upcoming LGA1156 based Core i5 and Core i7 "Lynnfield" CPUs. Compatible with all Noctua CPU coolers since 2005, the new SecuFirm2™ kit will be supplied to Noctua users free of charge after uploading a proof of purchase on Noctua's website. "Back in 2006 when AMD introduced the AM2 socket, we started providing free mounting kits because we think that product and service quality should always go hand in hand", explains Mag. Roland Mossig, Noctua CEO. "We've continued this tradition when Intel presented LGA1366 and we'll stick to our policy for LGA1156 as well. We always like to think of our coolers as safe long-term investments, and even if you bought one of our first models four years ago, you'll still be able to upgrade it to the latest socket technology free of charge." More from Noctua...

Thermaltake Element G Mid Tower Case

234"The Element G is a case that reflects a great deal of thought and effort in its design. We have immense cooling, vast amounts of room for hard drives and some of the best cable management you can get. If you are looking for a mid tower case that will not only accommodate the larger video cards and motherboards, but do it in style, then the Element G is right up your ally." More from Bigbruin...

SilverStone SUGO SG06 mini-ITX Case @ Benchmark Reviews

SilverStone_SG06_Main_Page [news]"Smaller, quieter, greener.  These are the new key words of the industry.  Computer components are reducing their size and their footprint.  The next wave of computer enthusiasts isn't looking for that full tower monster case with LED lighting.  They want sleek and slim, lean and trim.  Benchmark Reviews takes a look today at the SilverStone SUGO SST-SG06B mini-ITX case.  When you read mini-ITX, I know what you're thinking.  Another HTPC case, nice and small, but useless for any type of CPU or GPU intensive activity.  And that's where SilverStone breaks the trend.  The case comes stock with a 300W power supply and enough room for a 9" long video card.  Could this be the answer to those of us yearning for a PC that meets our computing needs as well as our space and aesthetic needs?  Follow along as we delve deeper to find out."

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Samsung SyncMaster P2350 LCD Monitor Review

34"With a tint of colored styling, 50 000:1 dynamic contrast, and 2ms response time, gamers and movie fiascos can be assured a great time. But the lack of HDMI input is a definite turn-off for many. With the many devices that output 1080p in HDMI format, it is surprising that Samsung decided against this. But the P2350 is a great panel with beautiful styling so it still deserves a good look for those in the market." More from CCE Reviews...

Crucial M225 Solid State Drive Review @ Benchmark Reviews

Crucial_120GB_SATA-II_SSD_CT128M225 [news]"Until 2009, Solid State Drive (SSD) popularity was only growing in the elite enthusiast circles. Then along comes the Indilinx Barefoot chip, which quickly became the backbone SSD controller for over a dozen different products. Crucial, being The Memory Experts that they are, have returned to the market with their second SSD product. By most accounts, this isn't par for the course when you consider how often the competition reveals a new product line. Equipped with the test-proven Indilinx Barefoot controller and 64MB of DRAM buffer, Crucial is insured that the M225-series will deliver outstanding performance. Benchmark Reviews tests the bandwidth speed and IOPS performance for the Crucial M225 128GB SATA-II SSD CT128M225 against a large contingent of desktop storage products in this article." More from Benchmark Reviews...

Synology Disk Station DS409slim NAS

23"If I had to choose one word to describe my experience with the Synology Disk Station DS409slim NAS, it would be superb. In normal operation it is almost silent, data transfers are snappy, and the scalability is amazing. There are a ton of very useful features with the Disk Station Manager firmware 2.2, and with the stable version due out in September the future is looking very good." More from Bigbruin...

TechwareLabs Reviews the Bone Collection USB Flash Drives from X-tremeGeek

bone-collection-flash-drives [news]"Looking for a flash drive that lets out that little artist within? Look no further, X-tremeGeek is here to rescue you with the "Bone Collection" by Fruitshop. Will these fancy looking drives prove to us that "you shouldn't judge a book by its cover", or will it send us back to the library for something else. Join Artiom as TechwareLabs takes a look." More from TechwareLabs...

nMediaPC HTPC 8000 Wood MCE Case @ Benchmark Reviews

nmediapc_htpc-8000_media_center_case [news]"Home Theater Personal Computers, or HTPCs as enthusiasts abbreviate them, may soon once again be all the craze. Very recently the ultra-compact NVIDIA ION platform offered up HD video and Blu-Ray content over native HDMI, and leaves the entertainment center with plenty of room left over for other components. But for those wanting just a little more, such as discreet graphics for intense CrossFire or SLI gaming, you'll need an HTPC case with full-size ATX motherboard compatibility. nMediaPC knows there's still a market for home theater PC enthusiasts, which is why the HTPC-8000 case was designed. A stained-wood case with old-time looks is modern enough to deliver LCD-based programmable Media Center Edition (MCE) display. Benchmark Reviews explores the nMedia HTPC-8000 media center computer case and delivers the verdict on HTPCs." More from Benchmark Reviews...

ZUNE HD AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER TODAY

0088222485809_150X150"Aug. 13, 2009 – Zune HD, the next generation of Microsoft Corp.’s portable digital media player, is available now for pre-order and is set to hit store shelves on Sept. 15. The player, available in 16GB and 32GB capacities, is the first touch-screen Zune and includes powerful playback technology to give you a different way to experience media on the go. Combined with unparalleled PC software and online services such as Zune Pass, Zune provides a rich and meaningful connection to music, videos, podcasts and more." More & Pre-Order at Zune.net...

Corsair® Launches World’s Fastest High Capacity USB Flash Drive

736801820_125"Corsair®, a worldwide leader in high-performance computer memory, power supplies and flash memory products, including solid-state drives, today announced the 128GB Flash Voyager GT, the world’s fastest 128GB USB flash drive. The newest Flash Voyager GT is based upon a revolutionary design that employs a unique dual-controller architecture to achieve SLC-levels of performance using MLC NAND flash memory. The 128GB Flash Voyager GT is able to achieve read speeds of up to 32MB/sec and write speeds of up to 25.6MB/sec, with the limiting factor effectively being the speed of the USB 2.0 bus and operating system overhead." More from Corsair...

TechwareLabs Reviews the AMD Phenom II 965 Black Edition Quad Core Processor

amd-965-box [news]"With each new release from AMD they are able to fine tune their processors a bit more than before. We are talking about more than just adding a few exta clock cycles or a bump in speed. There are more subtle changes that result in a product that meets consumers needs much better. AMD has not forgotten that many of their consumers are overclockers and we will be of course taking a look at how the newly announced Phenom II 965 Black Edition does in the overclocking arena but first lets take a look at the shiny new CPU." More from TechwareLabs...

AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition AM3 CPU @ Benchmark Reviews

amd_phenom_II_x4_965_am3_processor [news]"Back in April, Benchmark Reviews covered the release of AMD's flagship quad-core processor, the Phenom II X4 955 BE. Nearly four months later, we have that opportunity once again. Today, we look at the new king of the mountain over at the AMD, the Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition processor model HDZ965FBGIBOX. Coming in at 3.4GHz, it not only bests the previous flagship model by 200Mhz, but also happens to be the highest clocked CPU on the market. In today's review, we find out how well that extra clockspeed translates to performance." More from Benchmark Reviews...

Noctua NF-S12B FLX 120mm Fan Review Overclockers Online

logosq [news]"Noctua makes excellent products and the NF-S12B FLX is no different. It is certainly a unique fan in terms of aesthetics, design and engineering. This is especially evident in the attention to detail that Noctua has paid to the fan - for example, the beveled blade tips. Using the included noise-reduction adaptors, you can make the fan run almost silently without compromising performance too much - not that it is loud by any means even at the normal setting." More from Overclockers Online...

Corsair Labs shows why a quality CPU Cooler is essential for Core i7 PCs using performance DDR3 memory

logo [news]"Corsair Labs recently conducted testing to determine whether the use of high-performance DDR3 memory for Core i7 platforms also requires the use of more effective CPU cooling products.

The results clearly show that using high-performance memory results in increased CPU temperatures, due to the higher CPU VTT voltages and Uncore clock speeds required by the IMC (Integrated Memory Controller) in the Core i7 processor. The average load temperature of a Core i7-920 processor cooled by the Intel HSF (heatsink and fan) was 11°C higher when utilizing 2000MHz C8 Dominator GT memory compared to 1333MHz DDR3 memory. The same PC cooled using the Corsair H50 CPU Cooler maintained average CPU core temperatures up to 24°C lower than the stock Intel HSF, and was able to stably cool an overclocked CPU while also maintaining a 2000MHz DDR3 memory frequency.

Standard CPU cooling solutions are inadequate for effectively cooling a Core i7-based PC using memory at frequencies above 1600MHz. Using high-performance memory running at 1866MHz or above (set by the XMP profile), the stock Intel Cooler was unable to stably cool the test PC, resulting in system crashes (BSODs) or processing errors."

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ASUS ENGTS250 1GB GTS 250 Video Card

111"The ASUS ENGTS250 1GB GTS 250 video card's heatsink is unique and not only gives the card a different look, but also makes it appealing in situations where low noise and low heat production are a must. I can see it being a good fit in a desktop or an HTPC setting where decent 3D performance may be desired, but where serious game play is not a priority." More from Bigbruin...

RAZER TAKES COMMAND WITH FIRST TOURNAMENT GRADE GAMING GEAR

sc2-bag [news]"Razer™, a leading manufacturer of high-end precision gaming and lifestyle peripherals, has joined forces with Blizzard Entertainment, a premier developer and publisher of entertainment software, to co-develop StarCraft® II gaming peripherals powered by Razer technology. With the upcoming launch of StarCraft II, Razer and Blizzard Entertainment are collaborating on bringing gamers a quality tournament-grade mouse, keyboard and headset specifically designed to maximize the StarCraft II gameplay experience." 

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