Daily News for Feb 11

Eight Power Supply Units Encounter The Beast @ Tech Report
There was a time when the power supply was the most neglected component inside the PC. The PSU was an afterthought for most, usually a generic unit that came bundled with a case. And there it would sit, often not-so-quietly, entrusted with the important task of supplying power to other components that were usually chosen with far more consideration and deliberation. Over time, the odds that a generic PSU's voltage lines would start sagging were pretty good. If you were lucky, this would only cause system instability. However, in more serious cases, other system components could be damaged. Thankfully, the enthusiast community has taken power supply units more seriously as it has matured. We know there's much more to the equation than simply a wattage rating; we're looking for consistent DC voltages, minimal AC ripple content, high efficiency, low noise levels, and effective cooling—and those are just the basics. Manufacturers have picked up on enthusiast, er, enthusiasm for quality power supply units, promising to deliver cleaner and quieter power more efficiently as wattage ratings scale skyward. Some have even developed unique features, including monitoring and control software, adjustable voltage lines, integrated USB hubs, and modular cabling solutions in attempts to differentiate their products in an increasingly crowded market. To help make sense of the wide selection of power supply units available, we've rounded up eight contenders between 700 and 1000 watts from Antec, Corsair, Gigabyte, Hiper, PC Power & Cooling, Super Talent, Tagan, and Ultra. Keep reading to see how they compare in the real world and when pushed to their limits by our beastly test rig.

Sunbeamtech Tuniq 3 Mid Tower ATX Case Review @ Bigbruin
Sunbeamtech is a manufacturer of computer components that has been around for a while, and they have sent a large number of items to Bigbruin.com for review over the years. They are also the parent company of a line of higher performance components that they have decided to brand under a different name... Tuniq. This review will be focused on a chassis from Sunbeamtech's Tuniq series, the Tuniq 3 Mid Tower ATX case.

Asus Triton 75 Heatsink Review @ Frostytech
The fangs at each corner of the Triton 75 bring a smile to our intrepid engineers' face; pointy strips of aluminum dangle like a canines teeth over each Intel retention clip and lie in wait for unsuspecting fingers! Should we really expect anything different from the Asus Triton 75 heatsink though? With errant design elements that hamper the user experience and do nothing to improve thermal performance, the Asus Triton 75 is an example of what not to do. On top of that, the Triton 75 fails as a heatsink for processors with a 150W power rating. And yet, the Triton 75 is not a complete write off.

VIZO Ninja II Notebook Cooling Stand Review @ Futurelooks
As you may already know, keeping your notebook computer cool has several key benefits, including the extended longevity and the improved performance of the components housed within. As laptops have continued to increase in popularity in recent years, so have the options for keeping our notebooks nice and cool. In terms of cooling performance, active solutions — those that include fans — typically outperform passive solutions. I’ve reviewed several cooling pads in the past and I’ve found that the Ninja II notebook cooler from VIZO implements a series of features that are lacking in other solutions.

Auras SMF-660 TwinW Intel Heatsink Review @ Frostytech
The Auras SMF-660 heatsink is a compact Intel heatsink that weighs just over 400 grams, stands 108mm tall, and hides its lone fan quietly away. If you've been faced with the problem of an ill-fitting processor heatsink for a compact PC chassis, take comfort that sub-150mm tall CPU coolers do indeed exist. Auras ship the SMF-660 heatsink with a 92mm PWM fan that scales in speed from 1200-2100RPM with compatible motherboards.

UniBlue ProcessScanner Software Review @ Tweaknews
This free utility is a good starting point for troubleshooting a slow system or one that is suspected of being infected with a virus or spyware. A quick scan results in a well organized list of all processes running and their associated security threat level. Knowledge is power, and being aware of malicious processes is the first step in preventing future infections and keeping a PC running smoothly.

Thermalright IFX-14 CPU Cooler Review @ Madshrimps
CPU coolers keep growing in size, this monster from Thermalright is proof of that. The Inferno Fire eXtinguisher is a heatsink large enough to accommodate up to three 140mm fans! Furthermore it comes with a separate smaller heatsink which sole purpose is to keep the backside of the CPU socket cool. Will this powerhouse CPU cooler grab first spot in our performance charts?

Cooler Master Hyper 212 CPU Cooler Review @ Tweaktown
While the design isn’t unique, it does follow a pattern set forth by some very efficient CPU Coolers. From a distance it would be difficult to tell the 212 from our current performance leader and award winner, the Noctua NH-12P; the designs are so close. Cooler Master does have a vast distribution system and getting your hands on a Hyper 212 is going to be a lot easier than finding the Rosewill Z5. A big plus for consumers is that they can walk into many retail locations and pull a Cooler Master product right off of the shelf.

Thermaltake BlacX USB Hard Drive Docking Station Review @ OCIA
Thermaltake took note of this and created a product that really stood out at the show, a hard drive docking station known as the BlacX. The idea behind this product is so simple and yet, so ingenious that I am shocked that nobody else has thought of it yet. Simply put, the BlacX is a USB 2.0 hot-swappable 2.5" and 3.5" SATA docking station that accepts all hard drives up to 1TB in size.

Western Digital Scorpio 320GB SATA-II 2.5inch Hard Drive Review @ OzHardware
Western Digital have once again pushed the boundaries of size with their latest notebook drive coming in at a massive (for a notebook) 320GB. Coupled with a Serial-ATA-II interface an 8MB cache, it’s sure to be a good performer. We find out.

Daily News for Feb 5

Rosewill RX81-CW-US-SLV eSATA/USB 3.5" Drive Enclosure Review @ Bigbruin
Rosewill seems to have a hard drive enclosure for just about all common drive sizes and interfaces, with configurations to meet the needs of just about any user. This review is going to take a look at one of their newer models, the RX81-CW-US-SLV, an enclosure designed for a 3.5" SATA hard drive that connects via eSATA and USB 2.0.

Arctic Cooling Accelero Xtreme 8800 Video Card Cooler Review @ Madshrimps
Arctic Cooling is known for their highly efficient and affordable CPU and VGA heatsinks, when they offered us their latest high end Geforce 8800 / ATI HD 2900 cooler for test we jumped at the opportunity. The Accelero Xtreme is the biggest VGA cooler we have tested yet and promises to gives the best from Thermalright and Zalman a runs for its money. Can this product grab top spot in our VGA cooler performance chart?

Asus Maximus Extreme Intel X38 Express Motherboard Review @ PCSTATS
The Asus Maximus Extreme motherboard PCSTATS is testing today is based around Intel's X38 Express and ICH9R chipsets. It comes absolutely loaded with features, almost too much in fact. The Maximus Extreme motherboard supports Socket 775 Intel processors running on an 800/1066/1333/1600 MHz FSB, which means and is compatible with Intel Celeron D, Pentium 4/D/XE and Core 2 Duo/Quad processors, including the new 45nm Penryn.

Zalman CNPS8700 LED Low Noise Heatsink Review @ Frostytech
Got a noisy computer? If you've finally decided to take some action and replace a loud heatsink for something quieter, and cooler-running, take notice of the Zalman CNPS8700 LED heatsink. Based on the proven "flower heatsink" design, the CNPS8700 LED is an extension of that concept. This all copper heatsink utilizes two looped copper heatpipes and hundreds of thin copper fins set around a quiet 2300RPM 105mm internally illuminated fan. The heatsink is compatible with socket 775 Intel and socket 754/939/940/AM2 AMD processors.

Aerocool FP-01 LCD Display @ TechwareLabs
Aerocool makes a very interesting flip out syle LCD which fits into a standard 5.25" drive bay. This device sports a long list of functionality in addition to just plain looking amazing. The color display reads temperature, fan speed, drive access, and more. Check out what the FP-01 can do and see why this device may or may not be a good choice for your case.

Thermaltake Sword M Super Tower Case w/Liquid Cooling Review @ Hardware Canucks
Is the Sword M really the last word in the world of cases or are all of those seemingly convenient components only window dressing for a case that is merely ok? Considering its unbelievable price and its bold claims, we are going to have MUCH higher expectations for this Thermaltake enclosure than we have had for past cases so let’s hope our 14 month wait has been worth it.

Promise SuperTrak EX STEX8650 8-port SAS Review @ Tweaktown
Serially Attached SCSI is based around the same SCSI principal that makes it faster and more reliable than the IDE interface, however it’s now moved to the Serial Transfer method. In fact, the cables and interface slots are identical, which makes SAS controllers rather interesting. Today we have the big bertha from the Promise SuperTrak family, the STEX8650 8-port SAS controller. How does it stack up against onboard Serial ATA RAID as the storage preference? Let’s have a look.

Thermalright Ultra 120 Extreme Heatsink Review @ Frostytech
The Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme heatsink is a continuation of the Ultra-120 series, only with a little more muscle and a couple extra heatpipes. It's predecessor has remained at the top of Frostytech thermal test results for both AMD and Intel platforms basically since we tested it, so we're especially interested to see how the Ultra-120 Extreme model handles. Like the Ultra-120 that came before it, the Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme applies fairly simple concepts to yield a well performing tower heatsink that doesn't have to generate much noise to get the job done.

Daily News for Feb 4

Scythe Zipang CPU Cooler @ Pro-Clockers
It seems that the success of one good cooler doesn't keep it on top forever, so all companies must try and produce a successor to these units. And Scythe knows this and got on the job of constructing a new cooler. That new cooler came to be the Zipang. I am still on the lookout on what Zipang means in plain English but when it comes to coolers it means a large 140mm cooling, six heat pipes and multi-processor support. From the looks of the Zipang it just may be a overclocker's best friend. But lets see if the test backs up our early judgment.

HighPoint RocketRAID 2300 PCI-E SATA Review @ Tweaktown
While we do have onboard RAID, what if you’re the type that wants more? The only option is to chuck in a RAID controller card, and thankfully HighPoint are still in the game as they continue to expand their line-up of controller cards. Today we have been given the chance to look at the RocketRAID 2300 PCI Express based controller card designed for the desktop user. How does it compare to the chipset integrated RAID? Let’s have a look.

Sunbeam Quarterback - ATX case review @ ClubOC
Since the year 2000, Sunbeam has been making case-mod accessories and PC enclosures. The Quarterback is from their mid-tower ATX line-up and comes equipped with some extra cooling. The Dual Core-Fan is a Sunbeam patent protected feature that can offer extra ventilation under the right circumstances. The case itself is sturdy enough to survive the rigors of LAN party life.

Kingwin 1000 Watt Mach 1 Power Supply Review @ ClubOC
When selecting a power supply, a Novice may look no further than the total wattage of the unit while an enthusiast will look for more stringent stats such as Active Power Filtering Circuits or the SLI Ready logo. As always, the competition among manufacturers is fierce which can reap huge benefits for the consumer. Advancements in the power supplies energy efficiency, the added aesthetics, and even shrinking the physical size of the unit itself, all go a long way in giving the consumer more of what they want.

HIS Radeon HD 3850 IceQ 3 TurboX Review @ Tweaktown
It’s been a while since we’ve seen anything from HIS which is a bit of a shame as their IceQ series of cards have been one of the more stand-out models of ATI based graphics cards. As we mentioned earlier, this particular model not only carries with it an aftermarket cooler but also increased core and memory clocks.

Aliph Jawbone Bluetooth Headset Review @ Futurelooks
There are countless units available from big boys like Motorola and Sony Ericsson. Of course, Plantronics is also up there too as we’ve reviewed one of their headsets (Plantronics Discovery 655) and gave it an Editors Choice. However, a little company based out of San Francisco has a headset that just might have all of them beat. You may not recognize the Aliph name, but you’ve surely heard about their Jawbone Bluetooth headset. After using the headset for a couple of days, I’m inclined to say that the Jawbone is the best Bluetooth headset I have ever used.

Razer Lachesis Gaming Mouse Review @ 3DXtreme
Well from the moment I pulled the Lachesis from the box I knew this mouse was going to be the one I settled on. Some of the newer mice are too light for me. The Lachesis was weighted more and I favored it right away. I found the layout to be comfortable, more comfortable than the Copperhead in fact. The bump forced my hand to rest on it in a more comfortable position and I liked the fact that the body of the Lachesis was longer. It fit my hand better than both the MX-518 (which I have used for years) and the Razer Copperhead.

6 High End CPU Water Blocks Tested and Compared @ Madshrimps
In this group test we compare the performance of six high end water blocks from Koolance, Danger Den, D-Tek, Swiftech and EnzoTech on an overclocked Intel Quad Core Processor. Which one keeps the CPU running the coolest? Read on to find out.

MSI P35 Diamond Motherboard Review @ Tweaktown
Today MSI’s game has picked up, producing some of the most impressive boards we have seen. The Platinium boards are really impressing us, and today the Diamond has managed to become another high quality contender with just about every feature you’re going to want. To this end the P35 Diamond is shipped with a PCI Express x1 Sound Blaster X-Fi audio card. This is the exact same card that Creative sells as their X-Fi audio PCI Express card.

Intel Skulltrail Platform Review Edition (and Bonetrail!)

...at HardOCP
Skulltrail basically follows in the same vein as AMD’s 4x4 platform. By Intel’s definition Skulltrail includes the D5400XS motherboard and two QX9775 LGA771 processors. The rest is up to the buyer. In reality it is essentially a dual processor quad core system targeted toward the ultra high end PC enthusiast. This includes gamers and professionals needing 8 cores for either multi-tasking or higher end applications that can leverage the performance offered by the platform. It is expensive, it is huge, and the requirements for the overall platform are staggering. Make no mistake about it, Skulltrail isn’t a system you’ll find too many people running in the desktop market or even in the high end gaming box segment due to the extreme cost. Skulltrail does have something that no other system has though, which is exciting in itself, but hardly requires a two processor platform to make it happen. Skulltrail is the first and currently the only platform to support BOTH NVIDIA’s SLI technology, and ATI’s Crossfire technology.

...at Hot Hardware
The D5400XS conforms to the EATX form factor, so it will require a compatible chassis. Despite the board’s elaborate feature set, overall its layout is surprisingly good. All of its major connectors and headers are situated around the edges of the board, and they are all clearly labeled and easy to identify. The DIMM slots are located right in the middle of the board, which is a departure from most enthusiast class motherboards, but the positioning works well and obviously doesn’t interfere with any expansion cards. An important note regarding the memory, however, is that the DDR2-800 FB-DIMMs we tested got incredibly hot during normal use. In fact, according to our trusty infrared thermometer, the memory’s outer heatspreader hit a sizzling 63ºC, which means the ICs underneath were no doubt even hotter. It would be a good idea to invest in an active memory cooler if a Skulltrail platform is in your future; although we have to point out we experienced no heat related instability throughout our testing and evaluation.

...at Tech Report
Of course, Xeon-based workstations have long sported impressive stats, but they've rarely set PC hobbyists' hearts aflutter for various reasons. Chief among them: buttoned-down motherboards with very little tweakability, foreign expansion options, and limited feature sets. We ran into these problems when we reviewed Intel's powerful-yet-frustrating V8 "media creation platform" last May. When your mobo's BIOS seemingly equates changing the CAS latency with opening up a liquor store in Riyadh, you know you're in the wrong neighborhood. Miraculously, though, some folks inside of Intel managed to wrangle approval to do something about that problem, and Skulltrail is the result: a truly tweakable motherboard coupled with unlocked Core 2 Extreme QX9775 processors clocked at 3.2GHz, primed for use with both SLI and CrossFire.

...at Guru3D
Quite visible ..the two 8-pin power 12 volt connectors especially for dual & quad core processors. It's called the "P4" connector. typically this is a 4-pin connector. Now do not worry if your PSU only has two 4-pin models. It'll work fine and will fit just as well. But with this system you must have a high-end PSU, just pick one with two 8-pin connectors like the Enermax Galaxy Kilowatt PSU we used. The 8-pin model connector can cram 150 Watts directly to these lovely new dual and quad core CPU's. What you can't see right now is that in front of the CPU socket, LEDs have been embedded; a VR LED and a CPU LED for each processor. When lit, the VR LEDs indicate an elevated temperature in the processor voltage regulator circuit that could affect performance. The CPU LEDs indicate a high temperature on the processor that could affect performance.

...at PC Perspective
Skulltrail is targeted at being the ultimate enthusiast platform, but what does that mean? It seems either Intel, NVIDIA or AMD is touting that label every other month; in this case Intel can actually make a claim for it legitimately. The Skulltrail platform differs from your traditional enthusiast systems by offering support for two Intel Core architecture processors, an eATX motherboard with four PCIe x16 slots, FB-DIMM memory technology and being the first non-NVIDIA chipset motherboard to offer SLI support.

...Multi-GPU: Crossfire and SLI at PC Perspective
Though I don't have verification from NVIDIA on this, I am guessing that if probed for more detail, they will point to their nForce 200 chip as being the solution available for 3-Way SLI. At CES this past January NVIDIA finally revealed some information on patents they filed for technologies used on their chipsets to allow for better multi-GPU scaling: namely posted writes and broadcast. These two technologies, as we detailed in our CES coverage, allow NVIDIA to by-pass the CPU for some critical data duplication and in theory improve efficiency. The nForce 200 chip is used on nForce 780i motherboards as well as the upcoming 780a motherboards but there is just one problem. On the completely opposite side of all this, I had some contact with AMD regarding their plans for Skulltrail and CrossFire support. As it turns out, AMD is planning to support two-card, three-card and four-card CrossFireX solutions (they are already been demonstrated as working in fact) on Intel's new gaming platform. AMD/ATI has been supporting CrossFire on Intel, NVIDIA and of course their own chipsets since the outset of its launch and their commitment to the idea of an open-platform looks to continue even when their technology falls into the hands of their competitor in the CPU market. Some might call it a position of necessity; either way the enthusiast wins.

Daily News for Feb 2

Ultra Stackables System Review @ ClubOC
Over the last couple of years I have amasses a nearly endless array of external devices that clutter my desktop both at home and in the office. This fact is not lost on the engineers over at Ultra Products. The Stackables Series represents Ultra's solution to all that mess; a stackable, matching system of external devices that let you pick and choose the devices you need and stack them neatly on your desk. Today we will be looking at some of the more useful components in the series and the power center that brings it all together.

Origen S21T Motorized 12.1 inch touch screen HTPC enclosure @ Madshrimps
Origen S21T is a high-end aluminum Home Theatre PC enclosure featuring a unique 12.1 inch motorized TFT touch screen for the utmost enthusiasts in Home Theatre experience; such feature can only be found in some server rooms. Armed with 120mm exhaust together with two 92mm internal fans, it accommodates both ATX and micro boards.

NZXT Cryo LX Notebook Cooler Review @ Bigbruin
This Cryo LX definitely takes inspiration from some of NZXT's cases, and incorporates quality materials and a well thought out design into a cooler capable of handling 17" (and even 19") notebook computers. Constructed mostly of thick Aluminum, and sporting three 120mm fans, this isn't just an oversized version of the typical notebook cooler.

Shuttle's XPC SP35P2 Pro SFF Barebones System Review @ Tech Report
Intel's P35 Express has reigned as the enthusiast chipset of choice for Core 2 processors since its introduction last May, and for good reason. The P35 delivers a fantastic combination of performance, features, and overclocking potential with a low enough price tag to allow for a wide range of affordable motherboards. But what if you desire a system smaller than your average mid tower or even Micro ATX enclosure? Then you'll probably be eyeing something like Shuttle's XPC SP35P2 Pro. Built on a small form factor P2 chassis that Shuttle has been tweaking for years, the SP35P2 packs a P35 chipset, four DIMM slots, two hard drive bays, and support for double-wide graphics cards into an enclosure not much larger than a shoebox. There's even an integrated fingerprint reader, and in defiance of the system's proportions, ample options for overclocking. On features and specifications alone, the SP35P2 is easily the most interesting small form factor system for PC enthusiasts—not that there are many to choose from these days. The question, then, is how the SP35P2 stacks up against its full-sized ATX counterparts. Read on to see what, if anything, Shuttle has compromised to bring the P35 Express to market in a small form factor system.

ASUS Triton 75 CPU Cooler Review @ Tweaktown
As mentioned before the Triton 75 is a passive cooler. ASUS includes all of the hardware needed to attach a 120mm fan to the cooler. Assuming that most users will be adding a fan we are going to test the Triton 75 with a 120mm fan. The Triton 75 is a four heatpipe cooler with a copper base and uses aluminum fins to dissipate heat. As you will soon see the cooler is designed to pass air from above and push it down to the motherboard.

Steelseries Ikari Optical Gaming Mouse Review @ Tweaknews
With the exception of the size and the overly bright indicator LEDs, this is a very sound product. To spice up the pot a bit more, the price is also very reasonable for a high quality optical mouse. If you are used to large mice and want more of the same then don't hesitate to give the Ikari a look. It is a very solid and comfortable mouse to use, and a sheer joy to game with.

Daily News for Jan 31

Saitek Cyborg 5.1 Review & Giveaway @ 3DXtreme
Honestly, I wasn’t expecting the sound quality that the Cyborg 5.1 Headset delivered. I was blown away by the 5.1 channel surround. Connecting the Headset to USB and installing the drivers took all of 30 seconds. After a reboot I was on my way. Once the USB connector was connected the sound card on the PC switched to the USB sound card built into the Cyborg 5.1 Headset, the microphone too. Disconnecting the Headset switched everything in the sound control panel back over to my PCI sound card. Everything worked; I was amazed it was this easy. Due to my gushing love for this product Saitek has been kind enough to offer up a few extra sets of their Cyborg 5.1 Headsets to 3DXtreme to give them away to you, our readers! Given the choice I'd give everyone that read this review a set of Saitek Cyborg 5.1's, unfortunately thats not going to happen, however 6 lucky readers will be walking away with a set of these incredible Headphones!

ECS GeForce 8800GT Accelero S1 512MB @ Tweaktown
While we see a fair few ECS motherboards here at TweakTown, graphics cards tend to be few and far between from the company. It seems though that the wait may have been worth it with the release of a passively cooled 8800GT. Passive cards have always been popular but it was something that was always limited to lower end cards. With the smaller design on cores these days we find that we’re able to get passive cooled solutions on higher end offerings.

Asus BLITZ Extreme Intel P35 Express DDR3 Motherboard Review @ PCSTATS
Asus has released some really nice Intel motherboards in the last little while, and of those the enthusiast grade BLITZ line really stands out. The DDR3 powered Asus BLITZ Extreme motherboard PCSTATS is testing in this review is the sister-board to an identical DDR2-powered model called the Asus BLITZ Formula. While both motherboards are based around the Intel P35 Express chipset, what we really want to know is if the BLITZ Extreme and DDR3 memory will allow it break out ahead!?

G.Skill DDR3 PC3-12800 2x1GB Kit Review @ Hardware Canucks
The star of the main attraction is going to be the top offering from quite an exhaustive DDR3 collection already amassed by G.Skill. The F3-12800CL7D-2GBHZ is a 2x1GB kit of PC3-12800 RAM that is rated for operation of 800MHz (DDR3-1600) with 7-7-7-18 timings at 1.9v. Being rated for DDR3-1600/7-7-7 slots this memory into the DDR3 world about the same spot that DDR2-1066/5-5-5 sits.

Thermaltake NBcool T2000 Notebook Cooler Review @ TechwareLabs
If you own a notebook then you are probably aware of how hot they get. Heat is well known as the number 1 killer of computer components so it is important to keep your investment cool and among the living. Justin has a look at the T2000 notebook cooler by Thermaltake and approaches it with from the unique perspective of not only its cooling properties but also how it affects your battery life and the battery savings due to the cooling effect on your CPU and components.

Thermaltake DH102 VH2001BNS HTPC Case Review @ ClubOC
What it really comes down to, however, is the LCD. When I told some friends about this case, they balked at the $540 price tag. When they came to actually look at the case, however, all were amazed, and two of them guaranteed that they would buy one, all because of the cool factor that the touchscreen LCD had to offer.

Beginners Guide: 99 Windows Vista Performance Tips and Tweaks @ PCSTATS
Welcome to PCSTATS massive 99 Windows Vista performance tips and tweaks guide! This collection of tips is all about making your PC system perform to its full potential with Microsoft's newest operating system. Knowing Vista, chances are good that there's a tip or two in this article that'll make a world of difference for you and your computer. Whether you are looking for desktop performance, quicker boots and shutdowns, better gaming or more battery life for your Vista powered laptop, there's something in this Performance Tips for Windows Vista Guide from PCSTATS to help.

Klegg Electronics NetDisk Mega - Advanced Network Storage @ ClubOC
Klegg Electronics has devised an external storage solution that offers the best of both worlds; local area network access and the conveniences of USB portability. They call their solution, the NetDisk. The NetDisk is offered as either an empty enclosure where you use the drive of your choice, or it comes in a wide variety of sizes with a pre-installed drive. Klegg sent us a 320GB model to test and to share our results with you.

Daily News for Jan 30

ASUS DRW-2014L1T DVD±/RW Drive w/ LightScribe Review @ Hardware Canucks
The one thing that should boost ASUS’ sales of this drive is the addition of the LightScribe technology. The great thing about LightScribe is that you won’t need to put stickers on your freshly-burned CD/DVD, now you just burn the picture or title directly onto the CD/DVD itself. However, this technology comes at the price of the increased cost of Lightscribe-compatible media.

RAZER Destructor Pro Gaming Mouse Pad Review @ Futurelooks
When I was handed the Razer Destructor Pro Gaming Mat (aka a Mouse Pad), and was told to do a review on it, I have to be honest and say I didn’t really know where to go with it. I mean, it’s a mouse pad; you put your mouse on it, and you go. Not being a career PC gamer, I found it hard to understand the depths that a high quality mouse pad such as this could mean to the PC gaming experience. I mean, really, aren’t all black textured mouse pads all the same?

Tuniq TX-2 Thermal Paste Review @ ClubOC
When is the last time you've talked to someone about thermal paste? I'm going to guess that it has probably been a while. There are only so many things to say about it, and for the most part we've all come to accept the fact that Arctic Silver 5 is all we need, right? Evidently not… At the 2008 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, amid all those new big screen TV's and custom paint jobs on PC enclosures, even thermal paste got an occasional mention. We heard from more than once source that there is growing discontent over the Arctic Silver 5 formula. The general feeling is that enthusiasts want more performance without the long cure times and thick viscosity. As always the paste must have no electrical conductivity.

Seasonic M12II 500watt Power Supply
The M12II features the ability to sustain a steady 500 watts of power flow. Both the 3.3v and 5v rails are rated at 24A power draw. This model has a dual 12v rail system with one rated at 17A and the other rated at 18A draw. All cable assemblies included with the M12II are mesh wrapped to keep that beast called “Cable Management” at bay. There is also a decent selection of cable harnesses that come with this power supply.

Raidmax Axtec Elite Gaming Case Review @ ClubOC
Raidmax was kind enough to send us their latest gaming case, the Aztec. The Aztec is part of their Elite line of gaming cases. Over the years we've reviewed quite a few Raidmax enclosures and we have been pleased with their products. Raidmax has always offered modified cases at affordable prices. The Aztec is priced right at just over $90, but does it live up to the standards that we are accustomed to seeing from Raidmax?

Asus BLITZ Formula Intel P35 Express DDR2 Motherboard Review @ PCSTATS
The Asus BLITZ Formula motherboard is based around Intel's P35 Express Northbridge and ICH9R Southbridge chipsets. It supports up to 8GB of DDR2 800/1066 MHz memory. The motherboard also has two integrated Gigabit network cards, two IEEE 1394a ports, 12 USB 2.0 slots, six Serial ATA II slots (RAID 0,1,5,10,JBOD), one IDE channel and supports AMD CrossFire technology too. Asus bundle a mountain of accessories, including a SupremeFX 11 8-channel audio card and software like a full version of 3DMark06 (good for the benchmark freaks out there) and the game STALKER: Shadow of Chernobyl!

Zalman ZM-NB47J Passive Northbridge Heatsink @ Frostytech
One of the problems with old motherboard chipset heatsinks, apart from their small size, is the little fans almost always seize up. Constant use, time, and dust bunnies conspire to stop impeller blades from spinning. If the fan stops on a postage size heatsink, there's a good chance the chipset will overheat too. For this problem Zalman have introduced a small passive aluminum chipset heatsink called the ZM-NB47J.

Apevia X-Jupiter Jr Case @ Pro-Clockers
When I opened the box to the X-Jupiter g, my girlfriend commented that she thought it was very pretty. Looking at it, I had to agree. Of all the cases I have reviewed, the Jupiter is one of the most striking. How does it work as a case, though?

Daily News for Jan 29

Thermalright Ultima-90 Heatpipe CPU Cooler Review @ Bigbruin
Thermalright always puts out top quality products that offer computer enthusiasts a significant upgrade over stock cooling hardware. The Ultima-90 Heatpipe CPU Cooler is without a doubt an excellent choice for your hot processor due to its cooling capabilities, relatively simple installation, compact design, and support for most modern CPUs.

HighPoint RocketRAID 3520 SATA Raid Controller Review @ TechwareLabs
We recently tested the HighPoint RocketRAID 3520 which sports more features than a fully outfit sports car and is just as fast. The RocketRAID 3520 really managed to pass up every bit of competition we threw at it and then some. Read our review to see the scortching hot numbers this card was able to produce and see what this upgrade to your workstation, server, or business will really help you accomplish.

Radeon HD 3870 in Crossfire vs. HD 3870 X2 @ Tweaktown
The one downside about graphics cards which carry two cores on the singular PCB is that they’re normally slower than buying two separate cards based on the same tech. What we’re going to look at here today is the performance of the HD 3870 X2 compared to the HD 3870 in Crossfire. We’re not going to look at the packages etc. since we’ve covered that side of things with the cards separately in the past. We’re simply just going to get stuck straight into the benchmarking, so let’s leave it at that and move on.

Logitech MX510 Paint Mod Guide @ Tech ARP
For some reason, Logitech loves coating their products with a black rubbery layer, I hate it cause it always peels off and attracts dust like a magnet. That, by itself, is annoying enough but it's now even worse. Because the MX510 is so old, its rubbery layer has begun to "melt", and become sticky and gooey. Dust sticks to it very easily but can't be wiped off. It also leaves a gooey residue on your hand after use.

Razer Barracuda Gaming Headset @ TechwareLabs
Razer, the world’s leading manufacturer of high-end precision gaming and lifestyle electronics peripherals, has given us the opportunity to review their Barracuda. The Razer Barracuda is a 5.1 channel surround sound headset. We have seen how well Razer has performed in the past with their superior technology, but how will they perform with their new gaming headset?

Gigabyte GA-X38-DQ6 Intel X38 Express Motherboard Review @ PCSTATS
The Gigabyte GA-X38-DQ6 board supports 800/1066/1333/1600 MHz Intel Celeron D, Pentium 4/D/XE and Core 2 Duo/Quad processors. This platform comes equipped with DDR2 memory slots, and can be installed with a maximum of 8GB of DDR2-1066 MHz memory. Gigabyte went this route because the price premium on DDR3 memory is still pretty heavy. By choosing to pair the X38 Express with DDR2, early adopters can use their current memory instead of spending a fortune on all new DDR3 modules like these.

Ultra 3.5” Aluminum Hard Drive Cooler Review @ ClubOC
Less heat and reduced noise are two phrases that always perk up the ears of any PC enthusiast. It doesn't matter if you are stretching for that next benchmark or just trying to get down to the next dB for your HTPC, heat and the associated noise of cooling a high end build is always a factor. With the Ultra Aluminum Hard Drive Cooler, Ultra is bringing the same heat pipe solution found in may top heatsinks to your high performance hard drive.

Xigmatek MAC-S3501 DDR/DDR2 Memory Heatspreaders Review @ Frostytech
Xigmatek's MAC-S3501 memory heatspreaders are intended for DDR and DDR2 memory modules, and assuming the sticks of memory you have are bare, installation is a quick affair. A thin strip of jelly silicon thermal interface is laid down on the DRAM, and then the anodized aluminum Xigmatek MAC-S3501 heatspreaders are set in place. If on the other hand your memory already has heatspreaders that are attached with adhesive or frag tape, there's a good chance you may destroy your memory if you attempt to remove the heatspreaders.

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