Corsair Force Series GT 180GB Solid State Drive

In continuing our series of SSD reviews, we're looking at a drive from Corsair, the 180GB Force Series GT.  As our last reviews were of drives in the 240-256GB range, we asked Corsair for some of their drives in the same range.  But alas, their marketing team didn't have any in stock, but they did have a 180GB drive available for us to test.  Knowing that performance of 120GB SSDs generally fall behind that of their 240GB brethren due to NAND configuration, I was skeptical towards the level of performance that this 180GB drive could push out.  But as this drive was from Corsair's fastest line of SSDs, Force GT, I decided to give it a chance ...and I ended up being surprised.

Daily Reviews for Mar 7

SilverStone Strider Gold Evolution 850-watt (ST85F-G) PSU Review @ Tweaktown

The ST85F-G Evolution shares the same feature summary as the rest of the Evolution series. It has full of protection features including over temperature protection, but the unit is not rated for 100% continuous output at 50C. It is instead rated for 100% continuous output at 40C. The power supply is fully modular and fully sleeved. The full modular design also allows for the use of SilverStone's PP05 short cable kit.  Antares Pro comes in with the cheapest price of $168.99. Alternatively you can find the unit for $169.99 at Directron. Hardcore Newegg fans will find the unit a tad more expensive, costing $195.82 after shipping. At about $170, the ST85F-G Evolution is one of the cheapest 80Plus Gold rated 850W models available. SilverStone backs the unit by a three year warranty.

VisionTek Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Cards in 4-Way CrossFireX @ Tweaktown

Installing a fourth was just a natural progression and while it would've been nice to have our old Eyefinity setup up and running over here in my test area in Taiwan, it's currently in retirement. Still, we've got our faithful 30" Dell monitor that has been serving us well for years and we'll be able to see how single monitor 2560 x 1600 performance looks with this setup.  Today we've got a video card from a company we haven't heard heaps from. VisionTek has been around for ages and while we've looked at a nice kit of RAM from them, we haven't seen anything in the VGA side of things yet. Since this is a HD 7970 we haven't looked at yet the first thing we've got to do is check out the bundle that's going on.

Antec Three Hundred Two Mid-Tower Chassis Review @ Tweaktown

Some of the larger complaints of the original design were the lack of room behind the motherboard tray to do much for cable management, lack of room for longer video cards, ease of use and lack of tool-less features and the last drawback to the original was if you wanted to run water cooling, you had to punch your own holes to get the tubing outside of the case. Essentially the original Three Hundred was pretty bare bones as far as a lot of mid towers go.  This time around Antec really listened to the users of the Three Hundred and took the chassis back to the drawing board to see just what they could do inside of the same sized chassis, yet offer everything today's users are demanding of manufacturers in the feature set. With the newest version, the optical bays and hard drive bays have gone to a tool-less solution and the hard drive rack has been spun ninety degrees to eliminate some of the wiring mess inside. The motherboard tray is now offset and offers plenty of room back there and the expansion slots got a redesign to allow for more room inside of the chassis to fit even longer cards now.

Noctua NH-L12 CPU Cooler Review @ RWLabs

The cooler we are going to take a look at today is the newest release from Noctua. The NH-L12 takes on a new path in that it is made for low profile applications. While most of the other review sites will throw this cooler on their standard test bed, I have decided to take a different route. We are going to utilize the Noctua in the environment it was designed for in our HTPC setup. So stick around and see what this cooler can do in the real world.

ASUS USB-N53 Dual Band Wireless-N300 USB Adapter @ Benchmark Reviews

Built on the same design slate as the black diamond series, comes the ASUS USB-N53 Dual Band Wireless-N300 USB Adapter. The USB-N53 has two built in antennae and can operate on 2.4GHz and 5GHz signals at up to 300Mb/s. On the box ASUS claim that the USB-N53 has a "Superior antenna design for extensive wireless coverage more than 150%" and this does show through in our tests, our testing threw out some good numbers but nowhere near 300Mb/s which is understandable to a certain extent. The ASUS USB-N53 comes bundled with an adjustable USB cable that allows you to position the adapter for a better wireless connection. If you are eager to find out more jump on in and see if the USB-N53 is right for you.

ASUS Intel Z77 Motherboard Preview: P8Z77, Formula, Gene & Sabertooth @ Legit Reviews

ASUS recently allowed us to take a look at their upcoming motherboards that uses the Intel 7-series chipset and supports the 3rd generation Intel Core processor. Read on to see what innovative ideas the hardware engineering team over at ASUS has come up with for this new motherboard series. If you've been waiting on Intel to release their upcoming 22nm 'Ivy Bridge' processors, this is a must read!

ToughTech mini-Q Encrypted Portable Drive @ TechwareLabs

WiebeTech a brand of CRU DataPort has released a product that is unlike any portable drive we have reviewed previously. The mini-Q is a 2.5" portable drive which has encryption built-in and uses a mini USB dongle to active the access to the drive.

Arctic Cooling Alpine 64 Plus Heatsink Review @ Frostytech

With the release of AMD's socket FM1 Fusion A8-3850 processors late last year there's been a growing need for inexpensive yet relatively quiet CPU coolers of moderate power. The 'Llano' processor only has a 100W TDP and costs just over $120 bucks, so expensive tower heatpipe coolers can be a little bit of an overkill. Arctic Cooling's Alpine 64 Plus heatsink is one economical option to consider; it's rated for 100W and stands 70mm tall so it fits in most media PC cases with ease.

Daily Reviews for Mar 5

Genius Ring Mouse @ TechwareLabs

Ever wanted a reliable wireless mouse for presentations? The Ring Mouse brought to you by Genius does that and more. The Ring Mouse is an award-winning device for its ingenious design and works as well for the business person as it does someone who simply wants an easy way to thumb through multimedia on their home machine.

Patriot Memory Pyro 120GB 2.5'' SATA III SSD Drive Review @ Madshrimps

The Patriot Memory Pyro 120GB SSD features Micron 25nm asynchronous NAND flash memory and a SandForce SF-2281 controller; while it does not succeed to beat other drives with the same SandForce processor, it is still an option to take into account, considering its competitive price.

Cougar Evolution Mid Case  Review  @ XtremeComputing

Today at XtremeComputing we are reviewing the Evolution Mid-Tower Case, from Cougar. Cougar are a brand I’ve not personally heard of, so let’s find out a bit more about them.

Xilence Black Hornet Case Review @ Madshrimps

Xilence is a new player in the case market since 2011. Hence one of the reasons their lineup is limited to just 3 cases at the moment. The Black Hornet is the little brother of the acclaimed Interceptor range. Yet the features seem pretty interesting: what about a dual hot swappable HDD, a top HDD docking station and spare room for a dual radiator in the top? Seems to good to be true for the price of 87 euros. And all this inside a midi tower case? Can't wait to unpack it!

Huntkey Jumper 600B Power Supply Review @ Hardware Secrets

Two years ago, we reviewed the Huntkey Jumper 550, which exceeded our expectations. Now it is time to review the Jumper 600B, which comes with the 80 Plus Bronze certification. (Hence the letter "B" after the product wattage; it is important to understand that the 500 W and 550 W models from this family have the standard 80 Plus certification.) Let's see how the Jumper 600B fared on our tests.

AMD Radeon HD 7850 and 7870 Review Edition

AMD Radeon HD 7870 and 7850 Video Card Review @ HardOCP

AMD is introducing the performance mainstream Radeon HD 7870 and Radeon HD 7850 today. We'll look at performance compared to the competition and talk about pricing and explore value. If you are in the market for a video card between $249 and $349 these video cards will likely need to be on your short list.

AMD Radeon HD 7850 Video Card Review Review @ Hardware Secrets

The Radeon HD 7850 is a more affordable version of the Radeon HD 7870, competing with the GeForce GTX 560 Ti. Let’s check it out.  The new Radeon HD 7850 is a mid-range video card based on the latest GPU architecture from AMD, dubbed "Graphics Core Next" or simply "GCN," which supports the new PCI Express 3.0 connection and the latest DirectX version (11.1). Let's compare it to its main competitor, the GeForce GTX 560 Ti.

AMD Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition Video Card Review @ Hardware Secrets

Let’s check the performance of the new Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition, a USD 350 video card based on the latest architecture from AMD.  The new Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition is targeted to users who want a high-end video card but don't want to pay an arm and a leg to buy one. Let's take a look at its performance.

AMD Radeon HD 7870 2GB Reference Video Card Review @ Tweaktown

We've mentioned a lot about our thoughts on the HD 7700 series as a whole along with the general thought process on each model and like we've said every time, while AMD has the HD 6800 series at a similar price point, the HD 7700 series continues to lose its shine as it sits slower.  The HD 7800 series and HD 7900 series on the other hand don't have any competition within their own camp giving us a price point from AMD that isn't offered at the moment. So far we've seen the HD 7850 hits that $249 price tag perfectly. Now we want to find out if the extra $100 associated with the HD 7870 is worth the jump up.

AMD Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition & Radeon HD 7850 Review @ Anandtech

So what exactly is Pitcairn? In a nutshell, take Cape Verde (7700) and double it, and you have Pitcairn. Pitcairn has twice the number of CUs, twice the number of ROPs, twice the memory bandwidth, and of particular importance twice as many geometry engines on the frontend. This works out to 1280 SPs among 20 CUs – organized as a doubling Cape Verde’s interesting 4/3/3 configuration – 80 texture units, 32 ROPs, 512KB L2 cache, and a 256-bit memory bus. Compared to Tahiti, Pitcairn still has 12 fewer CUs and as a result less shader and texturing performance along with the narrower memory bus, but it has the same number of ROPs and the same frontend as its bigger brother, which as we’ll see creates some very interesting situations.

AMD's Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition And its $249 sidekick, the Radeon HD 7850 @ TechReport

At long last, AMD has filled the gaping hole in its next-generation Radeon lineup. A new pair of graphics cards has come to slot in right between the high-end Radeon HD 7900 series and the decidedly less high-end 7700 series, completing the Southern Islands trifecta—and offering gamers some fresh meat at $249.  If you were expecting exact replacements for the 6800 series, prepare to be disappointed. The new Radeon HD 7850 is the one priced at $249; its big brother, the Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition, costs a more burdensome $349. That means today's launch leaves the $199 price point conspicuously devoid of next-generation GPUs. Perhaps that will change in the future—possibly after the arrival of Kepler parts from Nvidia, which are rumored to be coming soon—but for now, we might say the hole in AMD's lineup is only partially plugged.

RunCore Pro V Max 240GB Solid State Drive

RunCore isn't a brand that's well known in North America, but they happen to be the largest SSD manufacturer in China.  Not only that, but its consumer oriented products only make up a fraction of its SSD product portfolio.  The rest of the products offered by RunCore are oriented towards enterprise, industrial and military applications.  It's in this focus that many of RunCore's drives are ruggedized, including its consumer oriented drives.  Today we'll be looking at a drive from RunCore's brand new flag ship series, Pro V Max, which is replacing the Pro V series as RunCore's fastest consumer level drives. 

The main point of evolution between the original Pro V and the Max is referred to as a Golden Firmware.  Comparing the specifications of the two drives, the two differing details surround the read speeds of the drives.  The Max increases the maximum read speed by 10MB/s to 560MB/s, and 4K IOPS read from 40000 to 50000.  We'll see if this Golden Firmware is as good as its name implies.

Daily Reviews for Mar 2

MSI Radeon HD 7950 Twin Frozr III 3GB Overclocked Video Card Review @ Tweaktown

Considering we've seen the company jump fairly quick into the Twin Frozr cooling setup, we figure it was simply because they were hard at work making something that was going to stand out. The Twin Frozr cooler has always been one of our favorite coolers, especially if you're looking exclusively at dual slot cards.  How's the beloved Twin Frozr III cooler go with the new 28nm HD 7950, though? Well, there's only one way to find out and we want to make sure we can see what it's really made out of which can only be done one way, overclocking!

Cooler Master Storm Trooper Computer Case Review @ Bigbruin.com

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.

CM Storm Quickfire Rapid Keyboard @ Benchmark Reviews

Although mechanical keyboards have been making a comeback in recent years many of the design are quite bulky in comparison to their rubber dome counter parts. Looking to fill this area of the market Cooler Master designed the Storm QuickFire Rapid mechanical keyboard using the venerable Cherry MX Blue switches, fit into a comfortable 14" x 5" design. This makes the QuickFire Rapid perfect for LAN parties or mobile workers who may want a better typing experience than their laptops are able to offer. Benchmark Reviews will evaluate if the Cooler Master QuickFire Rapid is the perfect pint size keyboard or if corners were cut in order to meet size and price goals.

Silverstone ST1200-G Strider Gold Evolution Power Supply Review @ Ninjalane

As overclockers we often look at the highest capacity PSUs for our systems, not because we need them but because we want to make sure everything we run has adequate power. 80+ Gold edition PSUs deliver on those desires and do so with less heat, better overall efficiency and in some cases, peak loading conditions above the rated power specs.

MSI Z77A-GD65 'Ivy Bridge' Motherboard Preview @ Legit Reviews

MSI is letting us show off some pictures of their Z77A-GD65. The MSI Z77A-GD65 is designed for Intels 22nm processors that will be coming out later this year. We aren't able to do any testing with the MSI Z77A-GD65, but we can take a look at the motherboard itself and some of the features. Join us as we take a sneak peek at the MSI Z77A-GD65 'Ivy Bridge' Motherboard.  The MSI Z77A-GD65 is a sharp looking board. I wouldn't base a purchase on the look, but the blue and black color combination is sharp. The all black look is overdone lately, and while red and black looks good. The blue and black color combination is much more subtle and less contrasting, but still looks great. The overall layout of the MSI Z77A-GD65 is quite good. The Easy Button 3 onboard buttons are out in the open and easy to access even inside a PC case, the SATA ports and SuperSpeed USB 3.0 ports all come out parallel to the PCB so it will make cable management a breeze...

Roccat Kone[+] Gaming Mouse Review @ Legit Reviews

Roccat, a name that may be unfamiliar to some, brings us an aggressive "Max Customization" gaming mouse with a 6000 dpi laser, 4 adjustable weights, and support for 22 macros in its onboard memory, this mouse might be the best gaming mouse available. Read on to see what this $80 gaming mouse is all about!

Daily Reviews for Mar 1

MSI Radeon HD 7770 1GB OC Edition Video Card Review @ Tweaktown

When we moved away from the single GPU performance via the XFX HD 7770 Black Edition S Super Overclocked 1GB and checked out the CrossFire performance via Sapphire we saw a bit of light at the end of the tunnel thanks to some awesome CrossFire scaling. The issue continued to be the price of the setup, though.  With some strong overclocks out of the box, we wonder what kind of overclocking potential we have with the model. Today we'll be finding that out exactly via the help of the MSI Radeon HD 7770 1GB OC Edition video card. There are of course a few things we need to do before we cover the overclocking side of things.

SilenX EFZ-120HA5 Cooler @ HardwareBistro

Hardware Bistro has just posted latest review on SilenX EFZ-120HA5. Appreciate your help to post on your site.  Today we have an exciting brand landed on our shore - SilenX. Some of us might not have heard about SilenX as they are not volume player and they has been focusing on OEM business instead of consumer market. However today we will look into one of their latest and top range CPU coolers, EFZ-120HA5. If you are looking for a budget and entry CPU cooler then you should really take a look on this.

Intel Sandy Bridge-E i7-3820 CPU Review @ Madshrimps

Who said all good things come in 3 fold ? Today we introduce Intel's youngest offering in the SnB-e lineup. The i7-3820 is not a hexacore like it's two bigger brothers ; the 3930K and 3960X. But a Quadcore version for the socket 2011 platform. This allows Intel to launch it at a far more affordable price then the two previous mentioned socket 2011 models. Thus making the i7-3820 maybe a perfect replacement CPU for the socket 1366 Bloomfield CPU's. But the competition is fierce, not from AMD, but within Intel's own lineup. What has this i7-3820 more to offer then eg a similar priced 2600K SnB ? After a brief introduction about this i7-3820 we are continuing straight to the results to spot any noteworthy performance differences.

Gigabyte GA-X79-UD3 Socket 2011 Motherboard @ Pro-Clockers

For the gamer there is the great G1.Assassin2, for the bencher there is the X79-UD7 and for the enthusiast there is the X79-UD5. But for those that are a little bit more budget minded there is the X79-U3. At about $260, the UD3 has quite a bit of wanted features like SLI/X-Fire support, high quality components and decent overclocking abilities. Just what one would want without having to broke the bank.

Cyborg M.M.O.7 Mouse Review @ Hardware Secrets

Cyborg already had the R.A.T. mouse line for FPS games in its catalog. Now the company releases the M.M.O.7 with basically the same R.A.T. body but aimed at MMORPGs, a game genre that has World of Warcraft as its prime example. The distinctive feature over the competition is the body, which resembles a Transformer. The M.M.O.7 has some exposed body parts and it is reshapable; that is, the user can change bits and pieces to adjust the peripheral to his or her hand. The mouse has 13 reconfigurable buttons that are able to control 78 functions, a weight adjustment system, and a sensor that reaches 6,400 dpi of resolution. First, we will describe its physical aspects and then proceed to its configuration and operation.

Epic Gear Meduza Gaming Mouse and Hybrid Pad @ Benchmark Reviews

What features make the best gaming mouse? Laser or Optical? High or low sensitivity? Epic Gear has released a new technology to make it so you don't have to choose. The new Meduza Gaming Mouse uses Hybrid Dual Sensor Technology (HDST) to combine the best of both paradigms. Along with their Hybrid Mouse pad they have benchmarked high mouse performance. In this article, Benchmark Reviews evaluates the Meduza (model EGMA1H-OB) and Hybrid Pad (model EGHP1-OB-M) in preparation for their upcoming release.

Daily Reviews for Feb 29

HIS Radeon HD 7750 1GB Video Card Review @ Tweaktown

Today we're looking at the HIS HD 7750 which comes in at $109.99 putting it in that lower mid-range sector. As time has gone on, though, we've seen these cheaper cards offer us quite strong performance. We felt a little disappointed with how AMD launched the new series, though, and the HD 7770 on a whole due to the price point. We wonder if the cheaper HD 7750 can stand as it hits this lower price point.  Before we find out what kind of performance we're able to get out of the new model, the first thing we need to do is take a look at the package. From there we'll move into checking out the card and then we'll take a closer look at the specifications and see how the model compares to its big brother, the HD 7770.

SilenX EFZ-120HA5 Heatsink Review @ Ninjalane

Even though we try to concentrate on enthusiast level cooling solutions we are often called on to look at more mainstream heatsinks to see just how good they really are. In the case of the SilenX EFZ-120HA5 we are pleasantly surprised to see some good C/W numbers from a heatsink that would normally get overlooked by the community.

Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB OC Video Card Review @ Legit Reviews

The SAPPHIRE HD 7950 OC Edition video card is factory overclocked to 900 MHz and features SAPPHIRE’s new dual-extractor GPU cooler technology. Will this multi-heatpipe cooler with dual fans and a moderate factory overclock be enough to make this card stand out from the crowd? Read on to see how this card performs, overclocks and runs in our test system.  When it comes to overclocking the SAPPHIRE HD 7950 OC Edition was a joy to overclock. The AMD 'Tahiti' core is built on the 28nm manufacturing process and we have found the new Graphics Core Next (GCN) architecture very overclocking friendly. Utilizing the SAPPHIRE TriXX overclocking utility we were able to hit 1185MHz on the core and 1600MHz on the memory. This is a 48% clock frequency increase on the core clock and the GDDR5 memory was blazing along at 6400MHz (effective)...

Seagate Momentus XT 750 GB Hybrid HDD Review @ Hardware Secrets

Let’s take a look at the latest hybrid hard drive from Seagate, the Momentus XT 750 GB, and see how it compares to pure mechanical hard drives and a solid state drive.  Since Seagate released the Momentus XT series, it has become a popular choice with notebook users who are usually limited to a single storage drive. It aims to bridge the performance gap between mechanical hard drives and solid state drives without resulting in a massive price premium. Today we are going to look at the second-generation solid state hybrid hard drive from Seagate, the Momentus XT 750 GB.

NZXT Switch 810 Hybrid Full Tower @ Pro-Clockers

The Switch 810 is another great looking case from Johnny Hou and the people at NZXT. The Switch 810 is another big case (we have seen many of these lately) that promises to be a water-cooler’s dream and a gamers’ biggest wish. This dream and wish comes not only with a ton of features but at a price that is very affordable. At $170, the Switch 810 can be the next case sitting beside your desk.

Rosewill Ranger-M MicroATX Mini Tower Computer Case Review @ The SSD Review

Rosewill has had a renaissance of sorts in the case market.  Trying to provide the right mix of features at the right price is always going to be a challenge – it’s a moving target. Lately though, Rosewill has been getting it right and some of their recent offerings have been very well received by enthusiasts.  The Ranger-M Chassis seeks to earn its place among its peers and, at least on paper, it seems to have a shot.  Our review today will examine the Rosewill Ranger-M MicroATX Dual Fan Mini Tower Computer which can be found at an extremely affordable price of $49.99.

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