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." 

Lian Li launches the all new Tyr PC-X1000 Stylish Midi-Tower Chassis

c82169eb16 [news]"Lian-Li Industrial Co. Ltd Ltd has launched the the Tyr PC-X1000 chassis designed as a stylish midi-tower chassis. The Tyr PC-X1000 follows in the prestigious footsteps of its predecessors, namely  the PC-X500 and the PC-X2000. Both of a controversial design with side mounted ODD bays. The PC-X1000 however has three traditional front mounted ODD bays as well as three front mounted 140mm fans down the front of the case.  Similarly, the PC-X1000 has specific heat zones to isolate and extract heat more efficiently. The lower region is for HDD’s and the PSU, the central region is for the motherboard and all daughter cards including graphics. The topmost zone is for ODD’s and additional HDD’s. Some unique features include the completely tool-less design, the best side panel case entry latch and special mounting bays for 2.5”SSD drives. The Tyr PC-X1000 is destined to become your next power-user Chassis allowing unprecedented high performance components to be encompassed in a stylish minimalistic midi-tower chassis."

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TechwareLabs Reviews the Thermaltake Element G Computer Chassis

thermaltake-element-g [news]"Looking for the best case to wrap around that new powerhouse you call a computer? Look no further. Join Tom As we take a look at the Element G by Thermaltake. Designed with gamers in mind, will it keep your system ultra cool, while providing some flashiness that every gamer loves, or will it be as big a failure as the iButton? Read on to find out." More from TechwareLabs...

Maxcube Amoris 6010 Computer Case Evaluation @ Tweaknews

12 [news]"The new Amoris 6010 gaming case from Maxcube is a very nice mid-tower chassis, especially considering that it's a first effort from a relative newcomer. It has a distinctive look and an innovative front door design that is both functional and aesthetically pleasing. A full-featured top I/O panel, great cooling and very good tool-free hardware mounting solutions make this case a pretty good value at just under $100 US." More from Tweaknews...

CoolerMaster Hyper N620 CPU Cooler Review

intro1 [news]"With the plethora of good performing tower coolers that are out on the market, how does one set their self's apart from the rest of the pack? Every fan attached to a heatsink has a dead spot in the center where the fan blades attach to the hub. How do you eliminate or reduce the size of the dead spot? CoolerMaster has the answer with their latest cooler in the Hyper Series: the Hyper N620. CoolerMaster choose a unique design with the cooler that is designed to handle two fans configured in a push/pull configuration that takes the dead spot out of the cooling equation by offsetting the fans from one another. This configuration leads to a quite different shape of the finsink as compared to other tower style coolers." Read more from Hightech-Hardware...

Patriot Corza NAS PCZ35SNAS2 @ Benchmark Reviews

Patriot-Corza-Network-Storage-Server-PCZ35SNAS2 [news]"Network Attached Storage (NAS) systems have found their way into homes just as they did with the office space years ago. Prices for NAS server products have dropped to the point where it's more expensive to buy the drive that goes in them than the actual storage device itself. Patriot, a company based around memory technologies, has recently began to sell the Patriot Corza Network Storage Server PCZ35SNAS2 to retailers for under $100. This dual-bay SATA NAS can accommodate either SSD or hard disk storage media, and offers RAID-0/1/JBOD configurations over a gigabit Ethernet network connection. In this article, Benchmark Reviews tests the transfer speeds for the Patriot Corza NAS against some of the biggest names in the industry, and determines just how much value you can get from this network storage appliance."

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DDR3 Roundup: New Elpida Powered Kits from OCZ, Mushkin and Corsair

Corsair-Dominator--Mushkin-Redline-and-OCZ-Blade--meet-the-new-Elpida-Hyper-chips-thorgal-27623 [news]"Sometimes there's more to a memory module than meets the eye : Corsair Dominator and Mushkin Redline modules have always looked better than nice, and now they have the performance to match. We put these two against the OCZ Blade, a real high end kit based upon Elpida's "hyper" chips, and against our 8 previous triple channel kits, in order to get a good view of the Core i7 memory landscape to date." More from Madshrimps...

Corsair P64 Performance Series 64GB SSD (CMFSSD-64GBG2D) Review at CCE Reviews

p64_logo [news]"The Corsair P64 is the smallest drive in the family but don't be fooled. The capacity is more than enough for your notebook or netbook. The numbers may claim that the drive isn't the fastest but the difference has been hard to notice in day to day use. The drive has been completely stutter free since day one and that's the biggest improvement and best reason to pick Corsair's Performance Series over everyone else in the market. Truly, the only change I can recommend is for Corsair to step up and stand by a much longer warranty than the two years it is currently offering."

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Thermaltake Element G Case Review at Overclockers Online

tt09 [news]"Thermaltake has done a pretty good job with the Element G. It has enough small touches like sheathed cables, fan/LED controller and SSD mounting to let you know they really put some thought into the case design. If you have a need for storage, there is plenty of space for your needs as well. The styling can go from subtle with the LEDs turned off to flashy with them turned on, so it really gives you a lot of options to fit your tastes."

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Lian Li launches PC-8N General Purpose Midi Tower Chassis

Lian-Li-PC-8N-s [news]"Lian-Li Industrial Co. Ltd has launched the PC-8N Mid Tower chassis ideal for PC systems. The hair-line brushed all aluminum chassis features advanced thermal dynamics, using one fan on the front (1x 120mm@1200RPM) to pump cool air into the chassis where it exhausts out the rear fan (1x 120mm@1200RPM). The 7x PCI expansion slots are vented and assist with airflow. The chassis front face has 4x 5.25”ODD bays and a 3.5”drive bay. The front face clips off easily and conveniently. The dimensions stand at 210x450x490mm (W, H, D). The top panel is removable and the entire system has smoothed edges, and an anti-vibration design."

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A-DATA Unveils HIGHEST Speed of DDR3 DRAM Module in the Industry

image003 [news]"A-DATA Technology Co., Ltd., a worldwide leading manufacturer in high-performance DRAM modules and flash application products, today announces its new XPG™ Plus Series DDR3-2200+ v2.0 dual channel kit, which is the highest speed of DDR3 DRAM module in the industry.

The XPG Plus Series DDR3-2200+ v2.0 DRAM module is designed and guaranteed to run on future dual-channel platforms at incredible 2,200MHz killer speed with tight CL8-8-8-24 timings at a voltage of 1.65V, and are available in 1GBx2 and 2GBx2 dual-channel kits.

Through the latest Thermal Conductive Technology (TCT), the XPG Plus Series DDR3-2200 v2.0 DRAM module is built with the superior cooling design, which able to provide greater cooling environment for both DRAM IC and PCB (printed circuit board), to improve the performance and greater stability. Moreover, the doubling amount of copper in the PCB delivers low temperature and also improves the power efficiency for the XPG Plus Series DDR3-2200 v2.0 DRAM module."

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A-DATA Adds SX95 SATA II 2.5” SSD to Its XPG™ Product Line

"As demand for high performance and stable SSD continues to increase, A-DATA Technology Co., Ltd., a worldwide leader in high performance memory and Flash products, today expanded its XPG™ product line to include SX95 SATA II 2.5” SSD, designed for PC users who is seeking for killer speed and stable SSD storage.

The XPG SX95 SATA II 2.5” SSD features new architecture and controller design, provide outstanding transfer rates up to 230MB/sec read and 180MB/sec write (256GB/128GB), thanks to the onboard DRAM cache buffer. Whereas, the lower-density SSDs with 64GB or 32GB perform up to 210MB/sec and 140MB/sec read/write speeds.

Taking the advantages of latest SSD technology development, the XPG SX95 SATA II 2.5” SSD is an alternative solutions on reliability, high performance, low power consumption and temperature storage, able to increase the productivity of the PC users. The XPG SX95 also provides built-in ECC (Error Correction Code) to ensure high reliability of data transfer to maintain the system integrity. The advanced wear-leveling technology also guarantees longer lifespan and preserves the data integrity, and 1 million hour MTBF (Mean Time Before Failure) for long-term application. Another benefit of SX95 includes the latest function for firmware updates to maintain the best performance."

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