We're back from our holiday hiatus and looking forward to the new year. Hope you all had a good holiday with many filled tech presents (both given and received). Stay tuned for some new hardware reviews on circuitREMIX, and now to the news...
SilverStone released a series of power supplies with the 80 Plus Gold certification and a fully modular cabling system, with 550 W, 650 W, and 1,000 W versions, dubbed the Strider Gold. Let's see if the 650 W model, also known as SST-ST65F-G, deserves our recommendation.
Thermaltake and BMW Designworks made the Level 10 mouse a work of art. Looks aside, the aluminum base is very strong, even with the floating design, and the feel of the mouse is incredible. The overall design might cause problems for some people, but for others the mouse will be perfect. I personally find the design and comfort of the mouse suits me perfectly.
With three fans cooling a massive heatsink, we expect temperatures to be very good with this GTX670 which should hopefully allow us to push the factory overclock a little further without suffering from throttling in GPU boost. If today’s review sample is anything like the GIGABYTE GTX680 Windforce we reviewed earlier which incidentally was a Gold award winner, then it looks set to take the mid/high end crown.
SanDisk is best known for their memory products and with that, they've been doing a number of SSDs on both consumer and enterprise fronts. Their latest offering that came across our desk is the Ultra Plus line being powered by the Marvell 88SS9175 controller and SanDisk's own 19nm NAND. The 6Gbps interfaced drives are marketed towards the both the desktop and mobile computing crowds with promises of strong performance, high reliability and power efficiency. It comes standard in the 7mm, 2.5" form factor so it should be good to go for most Ultrabooks as well...
Swedish Company Fractal Design is renown for their sleek enclosures. In typical Scandinavian style their product range can best be described as: A minimalistic yet striking design, where less is more. Quality, functionality and pricing go hand in hand. Today we introduce one of their latest creations: The Fractal Design Define R4 enclosure. A mid tower case with main focus on silent operation, yet no compromises are made on configurability and functionality as the review will highlight. The Define R4 is the successor of the older R3 design. Now sporting two Silent 140mm iso 120mm version fans, improved cable management, two extra USB3.0 front panel ports and a more flexible design regarding big CPU coolers and ultra long power supplies and graphics cards. Let's unpack Fractal's latest creation.
A single 128GB 840 Pro proved to be the fastest MLC based SATA III drive we’ve ever reviewed in any capacity. The caveats being we still haven’t reviewed the 256GB 840 Pro or the Vector 128GB. The only thing better than one of these performance monsters, is of course 2 of them in RAID 0.
The new Viper 3 is a series aimed at enthusiast whose system is built around Intel's 6/7 series platform. The kits from this line-up are hand tested, uses great heat sinks for cooling and should (we are hoping) to have plenty of room left for some very decent overclocking.