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TTesports Dasher Gaming Mousepad
     Thu, Jul 21 2011 | 2:33P | Games | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
You can have an excellent mouse but with the wrong mousepad the mouse will not perform as well as it should. TTesports a subdivision of Thermaltake has released new gaming products and today we are taking a look at their latest mousepad named Dasher.
  FULL STORY @ TTESPORTS

Corsair Announces New Enthusiast Series Modular PSUs
     Thu, Jul 21 2011 | 2:33P | Power Supply | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Enthusiast Series Modular PSUs share a platform with the award-winning Enthusiast Series TX V2 line, with the TX V2's fixed cable set upgraded to a modular cabling system consisting of an attached, fully-sleeved ATX 12V cable and a complete set of flat detachable cables that allow system builders to use only the cables they need. Enthusiast Series Modular PSUs are 80 PLUS® Bronze certified, delivering at least 85% efficiency at 50% load. Designed for reliable operation in high-performance PCs where clean, stable power is important, they are rated for full continuous power delivery at 50° C. Ultra-quiet, 140mm double ball-bearing fans deliver excellent airflow with exceptionally low noise levels by automatically adjusting fan speed in response to system temperature.
  FULL STORY @ SHAREFILE

Mionix NAOS 5000 Gaming Mouse & Propus 380 Mouse Mat Review
     Thu, Jul 21 2011 | 2:25P | Mouse Pads | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Let's start off with me admitting that before I had started this review, I had never heard of Mionix. As I was offered the mouse for review, I did my usual bit and started checking out their products, website and various other user reviews and thoughts. I looked at their website for the NAOS 5000 and thought it looked plain and wrote it off as a mouse that would be mediocre at best. Oh, how wrong I was. The NAOS 5000 upon first hands-to-mouse action is lackluster. I think this is because your hand builds a bond to whatever mouse you use. Think about it, you might use your mouse 20 - 30 hours per week; it kinda molds to your hand and becomes one with you. Changing this is like buying a new pair of shoes. Sure, they feel great, but it feels like you're cheating on your old pair."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN

iBUYPOWER BTS11 Budget Gaming Rig
     Thu, Jul 21 2011 | 2:25P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The BTS11 system is packed with some of the custom components featured in their sale and weighs in at $999. But can a sub $1000 rig assembled professionally really be considered a "gaming rig"?
  FULL STORY @ IBUYPOWER

ASUS 6870 DirectCU video card
     Thu, Jul 21 2011 | 12:03P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The DirectCU line of cards from ASUS are catered to the overclockers out there in the market. The DirectCU has precision mounting, putting the copper heatpipes in direct contact with the GPU for better cooling performance. ASUS has also implemented their SAP, Super Alloy Performance technology, which uses high quality capacitors, MOSFETs, and chokes along with ASUS’s super hybrid engine. They have also equipped the 6870 with multiple sets of input fuses on the circuit board to eliminate any chance of excessive or dangerous temperature rises, which should keep you from frying your video card. The 6870 DirectCU also comes factory overclocked from ASUS to 915MHZ, compared to the stock speed of 900MHz on basic 6870 cards.
  FULL STORY @ TECHREACTION

ASRock Fatal1ty Z68 Professional Gen3 Motherboard
     Thu, Jul 21 2011 | 12:02P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"So far, ASRock has released four motherboard models based on the Intel Z68 chipset. The Fatal1ty Z68 Professional Gen3, which is the model we are taking a look at, is the highest-end model offered by ASRock. The manufacturer also offers a mainstream model, the Z68 Pro3, a top mid-range model, the Z68 Extreme4, and a miniATX model, the Z68 Pro3-M."
  FULL STORY @ PROFESSIONAL

Silverstone Raven 3 Performance Case
     Thu, Jul 21 2011 | 12:01P | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"When you think of performance computer cases, some things that usually come to mind are high price tags, large physical sizes, and lots of other great features you can only drool over but can rarely afford. Silverstone came out with their performance line, the Raven series, a couple years back and showed that they too can make a great performance case. The original two Raven cases sold for between $180CDN and $230CDN - certainly out of reach of most aspiring PC enthusiasts. Recently, Silverstone has taken some of the most popular features from the more expensive Raven 1 and Raven 2 cases and they've introduced the Raven 3. The Raven 3 sells for only $135CDN, which puts it in line with typical high end mid-towers - certainly not high performance cases like we've seen from the past two Raven cases."
  FULL STORY @ DREAMWARECOMPUTERS

 
Acer Aspire One 722
     Thu, Jul 21 2011 | 12:00P | Notebooks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
“The Acer Aspire One 722 is an ultraportable laptop that borderlines on being a netbook. It has the new AMD Fusion processor, an appealing design, long battery life, but has some lacking performance in some aspects.”
  FULL STORY @ TECHREVIEWSOURCE

Thermaltake Toughpower Grand 1200W Power Supply
     Thu, Jul 21 2011 | 9:03A | Power Supply | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
What is the first thing that comes to mind when I mention the words 'cake' and 'cheese'? Cheese that is melted on top of a cake? A cake made out of cheese? Or should I simply refer to it as a cheesecake? Recently, I have been reading Preston's Toughpower Grand 750W report, and thought to myself: What better way is there to start the Thermaltake Toughpower Grand 1200W review, than to plagiarize a few lines from the my colleague's article introduction earlier in March this year? Now obviously plagiarism and cheesecakes have nothing to do with a power supply we are reviewing today -- but before you click the little 'X' next to your browser's tab, let me ask you this question first before moving on further in this review: Would you buy an ugly looking cheesecake to munch down on, or an ugly plagiarized cake (Oh yes, cakes can be plagiarized) for that special someone? Probably not, and I believe nine out of ten people would agree also. In the world of computers, PC enthusiasts will go pretty far in obtaining hardware to make their system look pretty, and I have to admit that I am one of them. Not too long ago, I was checking my email, and it so happens Thermaltake dropped by with a note asking if I wanted to check out the Toughpower Grand 1200W. At first glance, it still has a simple, yet unique strip of red on a dark matte body with rounded corners; this no different than any other models in this product line. Knowing how awesome the 750W is with regards to its top notch build quality and simply class leading performance, without further thought, I told myself this is really the one to get if I desired awesomeness. But what and how much has changed under the hood in this kilowatt-plus monster? Keep reading to see what we have found
  FULL STORY @ THERMALTAKE

Patriot Supersonic Magnum 64GB USB 3.0 Flash
     Thu, Jul 21 2011 | 9:02A | Memory | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
'Appearance versus reality' is one of my favorite things to write about when I studied English Language Arts IB back in high school. Unlike most topics people like to study in literature, this actually applies to our daily lives just as much as what we are about to have for lunch this afternoon. Whether it be the Hyundai girl I have talked about in my ASUS P8H67-I Deluxe review, or the "change is certain, progress is not" attitude discussed in my Intel Core i3-2120 article last month, it is surprising how much we can all relate to it. Just last night, after eating out with a friend here in Toronto, he drove me home because I don't have my car with me at the time. As we walked out into the parking lot, I was excited to see him point at the shiny new Graphite Luster Metallic Acura TSX in front. "Nice car", I thought to myself. Unfortunately, what he actually meant was the dull little Hyundai Elantra parked behind it. It is unfortunate to say sometimes in life, things are just not as good as we perceive them to be. On the other hand, the ambitiously named OCZ Vertex 3 Max IOPS 240GB I have reviewed last week seems to be quite the opposite. Carrying a name that expresses no attempt at being modest, we later found out this is only a part of the story -- its performance is simply matchless and beyond imagination. That's nice to hear. But how about yet another ambitiously named product, the Patriot Supersonic Magnum 64GB? With a capacity in the area of 'ridiculous', and promises to deliver up to 200MB/s read and 120MB/s write over USB 3.0 in conjunction with its 8-channel technology, is this what Jeremy Clarkson would refer to as the fastest USB flash drive... in the world? We have it thoroughly tested in our eight-page review today.
  FULL STORY @ SUPERSONIC

Thermaltake Tt eSPORTS Black Element Review
     Thu, Jul 21 2011 | 9:01A | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Remember back in the days as a child when you had best friends? One friend would always say, "You are my best friend... in the world." As time passed on, the relationship between these two individuals may grow closer or further apart; I don't know what your reasons are for such developments, but I can tell you that my passion for computer hardware and miscellaneous electronics has increased dramatically. This is also due to the fact having APH conference calls into the wee hours of the morning has given me a lot more insight into modern technology (Yes, we work very hard at APH Networks to write quality reviews for our readers). As the years go by, some things are not meant to be forgotten, especially items that hold valuable memory. In the world of computer hardware, there are many pieces of hardware where I can truthfully say, in a Jeremy Clarkson voice from Top Gear, "This is the best toy... in the world." What we have here today is a mouse. No, I am not talking about mice that run around and hide in holes in the wall. I am specifically referring to the Tt eSPORTS Black Element. Taking a brief glance at it, I already feel that this mouse is a very classy-looking piece of gaming hardware. However, remembering the old saying, "Don't judge a book by its cover", I was second guessing whether or not the Black Element is truly better than its younger brother, the Tt eSPORTS Black. After weeks of extensive testing, the results are in. Read on to see what I have found!
  FULL STORY @ THERMALTAKE

OCZ Vertex 3 Max IOPS 240GB Solid State Drive
     Thu, Jul 21 2011 | 9:00A | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Back when I was in high school, I got this particular memorable encouragement note in a fellowship group activity from this girl in church. "Being outspoken all the time does not necessarily make you cool", it read. "Sometimes there is a need to shut up." Well, for one thing, this 'encouragement' note did not sound very... encouraging. And secondly, in my defense, it is not my fault I have so much to say. I am just so well learned in every subject, I simply cannot help it if everyone wants to listen to me, haha. You know what? Even I impress myself sometimes. I bet she is just jealous. At this point, you are probably tempted to hit the back button. You are probably thinking to yourself, "What a jerk. He is so cocky!" (Oh hey, how did I know that?) To quote what I always say, "It's not showing off if it's a fact". (By the way, if you don't want any friends, this is how you should act -- the note is real; the rest, I am just poking around with you, haha.) But let's pause for a moment and think. Is it really showing off if something is, in fact, brilliant? With a name like OCZ Vertex 3 Max IOPS, where 'vertex' means "the highest point; the top or apex" or "the crown of the head", '3' is self-explanatory, and 'Max IOPS' tacked on as an extra performance designation, I have to admit this sounds pretty ambitious to me. Or is it just so matchless and amazing in every way, the name is just a mere statement of the facts? Benchmarks are everything. Let's waste no time.
  FULL STORY @ REVIEWS

ASUS GTX 580 Matrix Platinum 1.5 GB
     Wed, Jul 20 2011 | 4:46P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
First seen at Computex this year, the ASUS GTX 580 Matrix Platinum is an overclocker's dream. It offers multiple voltage control via both software and hardware, a quiet running, powerful triple slot, dual fan thermal solution and easy to reach voltage measurement points. This card is also the first to be supported by ASUS' new GPU Tweak software.
  FULL STORY @ ASUS

ASUS M5A97 EVO AM3+
     Wed, Jul 20 2011 | 4:46P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Released on May 31st by ASUS, the M5A97 EVO is a new AM3+ motherboard, boasting support for AMD's upcoming AM3+ CPUs, as well, as current AM3 Phenom II CPUs. Sporting the now familiar black and blue color scheme from ASUS, the M5A97 EVO seeks, like its brethern, to turn the competition black and blue too.
  FULL STORY @ TECHPOWERUP

Patriot Supersonic 32 GB USB 3.0
     Wed, Jul 20 2011 | 4:45P | Memory | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Patriot has also jumped on the USB 3.0 bandwagon with their Supersonic series of drives. While the Supersonic Magnum is the flagship drive, the normal Supersonic packs quite the punch and breaks the advertised performance barrier - giving you more than you bargained for.
  FULL STORY @ PATRIOT

ASUS Maximus IV Gene-Z - Layout and Design
     Wed, Jul 20 2011 | 4:03P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Maximus IV Gene-Z is a very well equipped mATX motherboard which is based on Intels Z68 chipset. Since ASUS have released with the Rampage II Gene the first mATX gaming board we've been following this trend. And the best thing about these boards is that they're as fast as the bigger ones.
  FULL STORY @ OCAHOLIC

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