“Upgrade to USB 3.0, they said. You’ll get 5Gbit/s, they said. Gah, if only that were indeed the case. Between the bottlenecks of a PCIe x1 interface and shared controller design, most expansion cards are ill-suited for serious storage needs. Thankfully, there is an alternative in sight. Today I’ll take a look at the one 4-port USB 3.0 card that doesn’t have either bottleneck, the HighPoint RocketU 1144A. One host bus adapter to rule them all? Read on to find out…”
“BitFenix have taken the market by storm over the previous 18 months and after a somewhat rocky launch period, we have seen their quality control and construction materials consistently improve. Today we look at their Merc Alpha Chassis, which is set to offer high value for money with strong cooling capabilities.”
Samsung’s new Galaxy Note is a unique device in the smartphone market. Straddling the line between a smartphone and a tablet, it features a massive 5.3-inch display, which is considerably larger than any other smartphone available today.
Samsung has attempted to add functionality to the Note with its S Pen input device, but once again the Note’s dominant feature is its 5.3-inch, Super AMOLED display that packs a dense 1280 x 800 resolution. The form factor alone will place many potential buyers at odds, while others might appreciate the hybrid nature of the device.
Today we are unboxing our first Intel X79 motherboard! While the X79-UD3 is Gigabyte’s low-end X79 motherboard it is still featured packed. This board supports Intel Sandy Bridge-E processors, quad-channel memory, digital power control for the CPU and memory, 8 phase overclockable VRM design and of course Gigabyte’s Ultra Durable™ 3 technology. So what does the X79-UD3 have in store for us? Read on to check out our unboxing and overview video!
And with my laptop being my main PC, I seldom even use my optical drive for anything. So, the people at Silverstone has given people like us another use for that space the optical drive take without actually losing the drive. The TS06 is an external enclosure for your internal optical drive and also provide you the opportunity to use the space the drive once took up for addition storage space. A little confused? Read on and I will elaborate for you.
“Today we’re looking at the Antec Solo II, designed with quiet computing in mind; the inner layer is constructed of a polycarbonate to absorb noise while the outer layer is made from steel. As we’re looking at the Solo I, we have a bonus today in the form of the Antec Kuhler 920. It’s a self-contained liquid cooling unit, and we’re going to give it a whirl inside the Solo II. Let’s find out of the Solo II and Kuhler 920 strike the mark or miss a beat.”
“Patriot has a well rounded product with the PCBOWAU2-N USB wireless adapter. If you’re using their PBO media player, this is the quickest and easiest way to stream content wirelessly to or from that unit. It is fast, reliable and a cinch to set up.”
“The Intel i7-3820 Sandy Bridge-E Processor puts the socket LGA2011 Intel Express X79 platform within reach. The i7-3820 has been released at a much more affordable price than it’s $500 and $900 bigger brothers. The i7-3820 still comes with extreme features that place it in the high end category.”
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“Some might say that the PS07 is aimed more towards a budget buyer. There is nothing wrong in that and if the product is high in quality and looks good, I’m all for it. So, is the Silverstonetek’s PS07 the case for you? Read and find out!”
When Cooler Master released the Cosmos case a few years ago it was truly something new and revolutionary. They followed it up with the Cosmos S, which gave it a more streamlined look and took away the front door. Our own staff member Colin Dean still uses that case to this day. Back in 2011 at CES we saw a prototype of the new Cosmos that Cooler Master was going to release later in the year. We were excited, but we had no clue when it was going to be released. Right before CES this year Cooler Master announced the Cosmos II. A massive case with support for up to 13 hard drives, 5 included fans with support for up to 10 fans, 2 hot swap hard drive bays, and it can fit motherboards up to XL-ATX. Read on as we check this beast out!
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