The benchmark results on the Kingston HyperX 3K 240GB SSD came out very much as we expected. Performance nearly mirrors that of the Kingston HyperX 5K drive and places itself amongst the best drives we have tested. The read/write specifications of 555MB/s and 510MB/s respectively are good to start with but we saw the writes exceed that specification in the ATTO benchmark by an additional 24MB/s. Real world scores were very good as well and since we've spent several months using the 5K drive in one of our 24/7 systems without incident, we expect to see the same consistent performance from the 3K drive...
The Antec ISK110 VESA is a tiny case for Mini-ITX motherboards, targeted to users who want a small computer that won't take up any space on their desktop. In fact, the ISK110 VESA can be attached to the back of your video monitor, so it won't take up any space on your workspace and it will also be hidden from view.
A unique heat pipe layout is utilized that orients the heat pipes to direct the flow of heat more efficiently to the aluminum fins where the heat is exhausted. Much like the GeminII S524, GeminII M4 features an airflow design that is 90 degree rotated to avoid heat radiating from the motherboard. In turn, this orientation simultaneously provides a steady airflow to motherboard chipsets surrounding the CPU socket.
Every good gamer should look past their desktop and laptop to their interface, namely the mouse and headset. As important as it is for you to be able to effectively and precisely move when in a game it is equally important for you to be able to hear when your enemies fire or run at you. A good headset is critical to your gaming experience. We took the Ozone Onda ST out for a spin and show you why it earns our TechwareLabs Gold Award. See why we liked this product so much.
Panther Point, the Z77 chipset, launched simultaneously with the brand new Intel Ivy Bridge CPU's. Supporting PCI-3.0, native USB3.0, high BCLK and RAM frequencies, but only if bundled with one of Intel's 3d generation CPU's. As usual, vendors launched a wide variety of boards, from low end basic OEM boards to high end gamer/overclocking versions. Choosing the right board is mainly always a matter of features, gimmicks, color schemes and surely the price tag. Today we review two of Gigabyte's offerings: the mainstream targeted GA Z77-D3H and the high end model, the GA Z77X-UD5H.
The EVGA Z77 FTW joins an elite group of motherboards aimed at satisfying the needs of overclocking, gaming and hardware enthusiasts. While this group is small by comparison the things they look for in a motherboard can be rather specific but really make the product better and well suited for the average user looking to build a solid system.
Z77 coupled with the 3rd generation Intel Ivy Bridge processors are the hottest combination in the retail market at the moment, as they offer fantastic performance for an amazing price point, especially when compared to competitor products on the market. One of the hottest combinations includes the i7 3770k and Asus ROG boards that you’re used to seeing us benchmarking here at eTeknix, and that’s down to us knowing how well they perform from a tried a tested method on both the Intel and Asus front. When it comes to Asus, we’re big fans of their products, and you will generally see us looking at motherboards from their Republic Of Gamers lineup, but today sees a slight shakeup, as we take a detailed view of the P8Z77-V LX mainstream board that packs a punch in terms of features and value, giving the best of both worlds, but how does it stack up?