Released 3 months after the reference HD7970, the MSI R7970 Lightning is touted as the cream of the crop, the headline act with a huge factory overclock of 1070MHz on the core and 1400MHz for the memory. Bearing in mind that the reference HD7970 had a 925/1375MHz on the core and memory respectively you can't be anything but impressed with MSI's overclock.
The average selling price on a PC case today in North America is right around $80, but today we are going well below that price point. The Cougar Spike micro-ATX chassis has an MSRP of $39.99, but it is available right now from Newegg for $24.99 shipped after a $5 rebate! For $24.99 you might be wondering what you get and to be honest, it's not half bad!
We took a look at both of WD’s 4TB hard drive options in the past month, so it’s a great time to get some Seagate action going. The Constellation ES.3 competes with WD’s RE in the enterprise space, but it brings an interesting feature to the table: a 128MB cache. So let’s give the the drive a good test and see if it can topple the RE drive we raved over.
NZXT's Kraken X60 is special in that it is the first 280mm all in one liquid CPU cooler to hit the market. With NZXT conducting the market transition from 120mm/240mm to 140mm/280mm they are able to offer more surface area, larger fans capable of shifting more air and resultantly more performance than the competition - all that with what is their first entrance into the liquid CPU cooler market. Although, given that this NZXT Kraken X60 design uses a Asetek 240mm radiator, block and pump base design, we anticipate it won't be long (probably less than a few weeks from writing this) before Corsair, Thermaltake and many others have their own equivalents.
While the Seagate Satellite was available with a capacity of 500GB, the new Wireless Plus is currently available as a 1TB drive. In addition to a capacity upgrade, other refinements include improved battery life and software enhancements. One of the most exciting of these enhancements is the ability to write to the Wireless Plus over the wireless connection.
Much like PC Cases in the market one can find countless CPU Coolers of every size, type and design aimed towards pretty much every user out there from casual users, gamers and enthusiasts to overclockers, professionals and even enterprise users. However although the sky is really the limit in this section of the industry there aren't that many low profile CPU Coolers for HTPC use with serious cooling efficiency available currently something which is perhaps the most important reason as to why most HTPC owners are not very eager when it comes to overclocking their systems. Well be quiet! aims to change that with their latest Shadow Rock TopFlow SR1 low profile CPU Cooler and once again we are here to see exactly just what it is they have put on the table.