Daily Reviews for June 5

NZXT HALE82 N 650 W Power Supply Review @ Hardware Secrets

NZXT is releasing today a new power supply series, the HALE82 N, comprised of three models: 550 W, 650 W, and 750 W – all with the 80 Plus Bronze certification. The main external difference between the "N" and the regular HALE82 series is that the "N" line-up doesn't have a modular cabling system. Internally, the original HALE82 uses a DC-DC design in its secondary, while the "N" version uses a regular design with Schottky rectifiers, which result in it costing less than the original HALE82.

Noctua NH-L12 Low Profile Silent CPU Cooler @ HCW

The Noctua NH-L12 is the type of cooler you’ll need to consider if building a system in the “2U” range or so (that is 3.5 inches or 89mm – read more about Rack Units here). At just 66mm tall, it can actually fit in quite a few places that others may not. With a single 90mm fan installed on the underside of the heatsink, it will have no problem cooling Intel CPUs with a TDP of 95w or lower. This of course includes all the latest from the Sandy Bridge and Ivy Bridge lineups.

Mushkin Chronos MX 120GB SSD Review @ Legit Reviews

Mushkin is best known for their memory products and while they don't have an expansive line of SSDs, they offer a drive for just about every type of user. The Chronos MX is not their flagship drive but chews up some serious data with popular SF-2281 controller under the hood. How does it compare with the long list of SandForce drives we tested?  While there's certainly nothing negative we can say about the Mushkin Chronos MX 120GB, there's also very little we can say that sets this drive apart from its peers. It's a solid offering, worthy of your consideration if you can wade through the legions of SF-2281 drives available without getting distracted by the shiny...

SteelSeries KANA Black Gaming Mouse Review @ NikKTech

Rockstar Games finally launched the highly anticipated MAX PAYNE 3 3rd person shooter game for PC (suggest giving it a look if you haven't already) and since i've been playing it for the past 4 days doing a review about a product designed almost entirely for games seemed like the right thing especially since MAX PAYNE 3 is amongst the 5 game titles we've been using lately for our huge mousepad comparison (has taken almost 2 months to complete but should be up next week finally). Today therefore we will be taking a look at one of the latest gaming mice to get released by our friends over at SteelSeries, the KANA Black.

Biostar TA990FXE AMD 990FX Motherboard Review @ PCSTATS

The AMD 990FX chipset has been out for a while now, yet Biostar's TA990FXE motherboard still gets you in the game with plenty of PCI Express lanes for Crossfire/SLI, and more SATA III connectivity than rival Intel's Z77 platform. What's not to like about all that? Let's dive in, take a close look at the Biostar TA990FXE board, overclock it and run a few pages worth of benchmarks through it's copper traces...

Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 OC Review @ Technic3D

The Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 OC Graphic Card arrived Technic3D. Technic3D will check the HD 7950 OC in the following Review with a Resolution from 2560x1600, 1920x1200, 1680x1050, the real Power Consumption, loudness, temperature, Overclocking and many more in new Games against other Graphic Cards.

Gigabyte Z77X-UD3H Socket 1155 Motherboard @ Pro-Clockers

Gigabyte currently offers thirteen motherboards based on the Intel’s latest Ivy Bridge chipset. Ranging from the GA-Z77-D3 to the new G1.Sniper 3. Offering features ranging from firewire to Wi-Fi. The Z77X-UD3H offers much of the features of the higher end boards but at a great $160 price point. Crossfire, SLI, four DIMM slots, SATA III and USB 3.0 are just a few of the options this new board has. But we want to know is overclocking an invisible no added cost to manufacturing feature of this board? Hmmmmm, we will find out.

Phanteks PH-TC14PE Orange Heatsink Review @ Frostytech.com

On Frostytech's test bench today is Phanteks's PH-TC14PE (orange) heatsink. The Phanteks PH-TC14PE's five, 8mm diameter copper heatpipes fan out from a thick nickel-plated copper base plate into two 115mm tall anodized aluminum cooling towers. The fans that ship with the Phanteks PH-TC14PE (orange) are 140mm in diameter and use a nine-bladed impeller with three small notches and vertical winglets on each blade. The manufacturer describes the bearings thusly; 'updraft floating balance bearing'. Translation = sleeve bearing.

NZXT Aperture M Card Reader Review @ Ninjalane

In this mini review we are looking at the new NZXT Aperture M multi media panel that features a USB based card reader and two native USB 3.0 ports. The Aperture M fits in any 5.25" drive bay and will connect directly to your motherboard using motherboard header plugs.

Thermaltake Water 2.0 Pro Cooler @ TechwareLabs

Closed loop water cooling is the big topic of the cooling world right now. The newest entrant into that scene is Thermaltake with their Water 2.0 series. Today we take a look at the Pro model, with an extra thick 120mm radiator. But will it stand up to a comparable high-end air cooler?