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Intel Desktop Extreme Board DX58SO2
     Wed, May 18 2011 | 4:00P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"It isn't that often that we have an Intel branded motherboard come across the Legit Reviews test bench. Fortunately for you, that is exactly what we have for you today! The Intel DX58SO2 X58 motherboard is part of the Intel Extreme series of motherboards. The DX58SO2 X58 motherboard is the latest and greatest motherboard from Intel for their X58 chipset.. Early adopters of the X58 platform also might be looking for a newer motherboard as the Intel X58 Express chipset first came out back in November 2008. That means many users out there are running the early boards that didn't have SATA 6Gb/s, SuperSpeed USB 3.0 and many of the other features and improvements that have been made or discovered since 2008. The Intel DX58SO2 has just about every feature under the sun..."
  FULL STORY @ LEGITREVIEWS

MSI P67A-G43 LGA 1155 Motherboard
     Wed, May 18 2011 | 2:25P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"The motherboard can be configured for either RAID 0, 1, 5, or 10. I set it up to use RAID 0 for speed, and to live life on the very edge! Thankfully, the configuration for RAID is pretty simple. You need to go into the BIOS first and set the SATA ports to operate in RAID, and then reboot into the RAID controller settings (CTRL + i), but it’s fairly seamless. Unfortunately, the instructions manual does not state any of this, so you might be stuck scratching your head."
  FULL STORY @ REVIEWDESK

Thermaltake Armor A30 Case Review
     Wed, May 18 2011 | 2:24P | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Thermaltake A30 is clearly targeted at gamers if not LAN party enthusiasts directly. The all black SFF design does little to hide the modular chassis' ability to hold a full size build with only the micro/mini ATX motherboard limiting the options.
  FULL STORY @ NINJALANE

Enermax NAXN 82+ 750 W Power Supply Review
     Wed, May 18 2011 | 2:24P | Power Supply | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"The NAXN is the latest power supply series from Enermax, and is subdivided into three sub-series: the NAXN, also known as Tomahawk II, featuring 350 W, 450 W, and 500 W models, with no 80 Plus certification; the NAXN 80+, featuring 350 W, 450 W, 500 W, and 600 W models, with the standard 80 Plus certification; and the NAXN 82+, featuring 750 W and 850 W models, with the 80 Plus Bronze certification and modular cabling system (a feature not available on the models from the other two sub-series.) Let's see if the new Enermax NAXN 82+ 750 W is a good option."
  FULL STORY @ HARDWARESECRETS

Thermaltake Armor A30 Computer Case Review
     Wed, May 18 2011 | 2:24P | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
contributed to the end of World War II. Are you catching on now? Will it be better if I got a bit more specific? Razer -- a well known company in the computer market for developing peripherals geared towards gamers. Noctua -- an well recognized company renowned for their superb quietness in quality computing components. Thermaltake -- what exactly do we know about Thermaltake? Well, from what we have seen so far on APH Networks, we know that they produce pretty decent keyboards and mice by their sub-brand, Tt eSPORTS. We also know Thermaltake cases are decently priced for the features and quality it gives. If you are new around here, what I am really talking about is the Thermaltake Armor A60 reviewed by yours truly, and the Thermaltake Armor A90 reviewed by my colleague Jonathan quite some time back. However, what we have here today is much different than these two chassis that I have just mentioned. Although it may be the smallest of the three, it is actually priced at approximately $30 USD more at press time. Presenting to you the Thermaltake Armor A30, the first question you may be asking is whether or not it is an overrated chassis with some "meh" additional features tacked on. Funny to mention, because this little bugger can fit quite a bit under the hood, given the amount of physical space it requires. I don't know about you, but the next thing that comes to my mind is whether or not I can conveniently bring a decently built computer to LAN parties and show off my 1337 skills. So would the Armor A30 stand a chance against its bigger brothers? Read on to find out!
  FULL STORY @ APHNETWORKS

Cooler Master CM Storm Enforcer Review
     Wed, May 18 2011 | 2:23P | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"The CM Storm Enforcer is the newest addition to Cooler Master’s family of mid-tower cases bringing with it an impressive list of features. Inside we crack the chassis open to see if it has what it takes to truly set itself apart."
  FULL STORY @ COOLERMASTER

GIGABYTE X58-USB3 (Intel X58 Express) Motherboard Review
     Wed, May 18 2011 | 2:23P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"With all the news about the P67, the B2 or B3 stepping and now Z68, there is still room for the tried and true X58 chipset. This time on our bench is a mid-range board from GIGABYTE - we have the X58-USB3. The X58-USB3 leaves off the SATA 3.0, but keeps the USB 3.0. You also still get the usual SLI and Crossfire support and all for the fairly low price of $179.99 at Newegg at the time of writing. This is not bad at all to enter the world of triple channel RAM and the upper end Core i7 CPUs!"
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN

 
OCZ Vertex 3 240GB Max IOPS SATA 3 SSD Review
     Wed, May 18 2011 | 2:22P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today we received an e-mail from Jessica Luken, Global Marketing Director of OCZ Technology stating that a new Vertex 3 Max IOPS SSD was en route and, if you would believe it, we received the package not 20 minutes later. I will have to admit that I was a bit unprepared and stood their wondering what the difference was between the two Vertex 3's at only a $20 upgrade. The question then presented itself as to whether the consumer would see a marked difference between thet two. A bit of background and several tests later lead us to the belief that the OCZ Vertex 3 Max IOPS SSD just may be the equal to the previous generation SandForce equipped SSDs that utilized the large 27% over provisioning vice the standard 7%, this time around without the massive premium.
  FULL STORY @ REVIEWS

Steel Power GSP850-SM 850 Watt Power Supply Review
     Wed, May 18 2011 | 2:22P | Power Supply | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"What we have on the bench today is a power supply from a company that most of you have probably never heard of. Sentey is a company whose headquarters resides in Florida with an operations center in California and manufacturing in China. The company is also expanding distribution centers in Latin America and is poised to make quite a name for itself. Currently the company offers a wide selection of computer cases, coolers, video cards and power supplies. The Sentey power supply that we are taking a look at today is the 850W model from the Golden Steel line of PSU's. Taking a look at the specifications and pictures reveal some similarities to a few power supplies we have seen in the past and with good reason. Hopefully the GSP850-SM we have in our hands is prepared for the task at hand, as it is quite an unforgiving one."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN

OCZ Technology Vertex 3 SSD Form Factor: Bigger isn't Always Better
     Wed, May 18 2011 | 2:21P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"When the original Vertex and Agility product lines were introduced, we were told that the Vertex had a specific BOM (Build of Materials) list and the Agility had a dynamic BOM. In the end we found the first Vertex to have one set of flash that never changed, but the Agility shipped with three or more different flash configurations. The Agility was sold at a lower price because it used whatever flash was the lowest priced at the time of manufacture. While all who purchased an Agility were rolling the dice as far as what flash was included, some ended up with a drive that was identical to the higher priced Vertex. When Vertex 2 and Agility 2 hit the market things changed again; Vertex 2 shipped with a higher IOPS programming and Agility 2 was shipped with the lower programming. For the most part this was an acceptable situation, but the BOM was never nailed down for Vertex 2. Eventually OCZ started playing loose and fast with the second series of these SSD products and somewhere along the line in December 2010 Vertex 2 drives started shipping with 25nm flash."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN

ASRock P67 Pro 3 LGA1155 Sandy Bridge Motherboard Review
     Wed, May 18 2011 | 1:32P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Futurelooks checks out a budget board offering for Sandy Bridge upgraders ... ASRock P67 Pro 3 LGA1155 Sandy Bridge Motherboard Review There?s something about a board with a single PCI Express slot that seems to make it weaker somehow. The fact is, the large majority of computer users out there only use a single video card. That makes spending the extra money on a board with features you?ll never use kind of a waste. And, given economic uncertainties, there are a lot of people looking to make the cheapest jump possible to new technology like INTEL?s Sandy Bridge. That?s where the new ASRock P67 Pro3 motherboard seems to excel. Let?s see if ?super budget? means more or less performance."
  FULL STORY @ FUTURELOOKS.COM

HD6870 Graphics Card - the HIS 6870 IceQ X Turbo X
     Wed, May 18 2011 | 12:03P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"The entire name of the card is HD6870 IceQ X Turbo X, and it features the same IceQ X-cooler as the HD6850 we already saw earlier. What else does the card offer? Let's find out!"
  FULL STORY @ METKU

Western Digital My Book Essential 3 TB
     Wed, May 18 2011 | 12:02P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"USB 2.0 has never been the connection for people in a hurry, as it's only been capable of transfer speeds up to about 30 MB/s. Now, however, with the introduction of USB 3.0, the USB is also a choice for the people looking for performance. Western Digital was kind enough to send us their new My Book Essential 3 TB USB3.0 drive, so let's see just how fast these things can be!"
  FULL STORY @ METKU

iStorage diskGenie 128GB SSD Review
     Wed, May 18 2011 | 12:01P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
For those that want speed and security from their hard drive, a solid state drive is your best option. The diskGenie 128gb is the mid ranged option out of iStorage's current range. They also sell a 30gb, 64gb, 240gb and 256gb; all of are priced differently at £140, £209, £689 and £919, respectively. iStorage claim that the diskGenie SSD is the world's most secure, smallest and affordable portable hard drive. With that in mind, let's see how the diskGenie does in the review...
  FULL STORY @ IMAGES

Jabra BT530 Bluetooth Headset Review
     Wed, May 18 2011 | 12:00P | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today we have a product from Jabra; it's the BT530 which is part of the "Smart Series" which boasts that it uses "Cutting-edge technologies to set you free and bring you closer to the perfect sound, comfort and connection". Well let's have a look and see if it really lives up to the high standard that the Smart Series sets.
  FULL STORY @ REVIEWS

HIS Radeon HD 6990 4GB and HD 6970 2GB Video Cards in CrossFireX
     Wed, May 18 2011 | 9:02A | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"I was really looking forward to testing this setup because I think it's something that's very plausible for a lot of people who have got the money to spend. Jump back a few months and we thought we'd see the HD 6990 4GB launch towards the end of last year; December was the date getting thrown around. Instead, what happened was the HD 6970 which we thought would launch in November launched in December and the HD 6990 became a bit of a quiet card. We knew it existed, we knew it was coming, but a month turned into a much longer wait. So if you're looking for a new video card to get some holiday gaming in, you figure you'll just go down the HD 6970 path and maybe later look at the dual GPU option that AMD offer. Initially you might have had intentions of selling off your HD 6970 and picking up a HD 6990 in its place, but what about if you bought a HD 6990 and threw that into the mix with your HD 6970? What kind of performance can this triple GPU setup offer you? - Well, that's exactly what we intend to find out. Is it worth holding onto that HD 6970 and throwing in a HD 6990 into the mix? - Priced at a similar level to the GTX 580 SLI setup, it'll indeed be interesting to see the kind of performance we get out of the setup. What will also be interesting is to see the kind of performance we get when compared to the HD 6990 4GB CrossFireX setup that makes use of four GPUs."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN

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