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Month Archives: March 2010

Power SuppliesReviews

Antec Truepower New 750W Power Supply Review

Antec's Truepower line of power supplies has been around for several years now. ThinkComputers really liked the<a title="Antec Truepower Quattro 1000W power supply review" href="https://www.thinkcomputers.org/index.php?x=reviews&id=699">Truepower Quattro 1000W</a> and the <a title="Antec Truepower Quattro 850W power supply review" href="https://www.thinkcomputers.org/index.php?x=reviews&id=638">850W</a>. The former was one of the first recipients of my Editor's Choice Award. The Truepower New 750W was released last year, but we've got a fresh review of this 80PLUS Bronze certified unit with a 120mm PWM fan and partial modularity.

Mobile ProductsReviews

Speck PixelSkin iPhone Case Review

Last month we took a look at our first iPhone case from Speck, the Fitted Case.  It proved that Speck is not one of those companies creating garbage cases just to jump on the popularity of the iPhone.  They were nice enough to send us another case, the PixelSkin which is a rubber case with a textured tile pattern that provides a comfortable, tactile sensation in your hand and a no-slip grip.  The case offers openings to all ports, controls and sensors for convenient accessibility.  Let’s take a look at the PixelSkin iPhone case!

MemoryReviews

OCZ Platinum DDR3-1600 4GB Low Voltage Dual Channel Memory Kit Review

Keep in mind that though most of us in the PC Hardware website realm generally fall in or near what I call the “extreme enthusiast”, more interested in overclocking, high-end gaming, or just owning powerful rigs…pretty much what you would have considered “an enthusiast” just a few years ago. But the term “enthusiast” has changed, encompassing a large number of new “enthusiasts”…the HTPC crowd, and those with high-end workstations. So rather than purchasing the upper end memory which will generally be purchased by the extreme enthusiast or overclocker, it is more likely that the buyer will get DDR3-1600 or DDR3-1333 memory. Today I will be looking at OCZ’s Platinum DDR3-1600 Low Voltage Dual Channel 4GB Memory Kit. It sports some tight timings of 7-7-7, and meets Intel’s requirement of doing its thing at a max of 1.65 volts. An has those beautiful platinum-plated OCZ Platinum heatspreaders. Will it live up to the expectations we have for OCZ memory? Read on to see!

CasesReviews

Cooler Master CM 690 II Advanced Case Review

A few years ago Cooler Master released their original CM 690 mid tower case.  It was a huge success and Cooler Master has brought it back with the CM 690 II.  They have updated the original CM 690 adding many new standard features we expect on cases that were not on the original case.  Some of those features include an all black interior, 2.5-inch hard drive placements, and many cable management holes.  Also this case can be found online for around $100!  Let’s take a look at the CM 690 II Advanced and see if it’s the perfect new case for you!

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Monday News 3-22-10

Here is the affiliate news for today! <strong>Audio</strong> <a href="http://www.rbmods.com/content/20498/steelseries-sibera-v2-headset.aspx" target="new">Steelseries Sibera V2 Headset</a> @ Rbmods <strong>Cases</strong> <a href="http://www.ocia.net/reviews/obsidian800d/page1.shtml" target="new">Corsair Obsidian 800D Chassis Review</a> @ OCIA.net <a href="http://pro-clockers.com/cases/1261-nzxt-tempest-evo-crafted-series-case.html" target="new">NZXT Tempest Evo Crafted Series Case</a> @ Pro-Clockers <a href="http://www.legitreviews.com/article/1217/1/" target="new">Thermaltake Level 10 Super Gaming Case Review</a> @ Legit Reviews <strong>Cooling</strong> <a href="http://www.bcchardware.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=8398&Itemid=40" target="new">Thermaltake Silent 1156 Heatsink</a> @ BCCHardware <a href="http://www.overclockersclub.com/reviews/thermaltake_silent_1156_/" target="new">Thermaltake Silent 1156 Review</a> @ OCC <a href="http://www.legitreviews.com/article/1249/1/" target="new">NZXT Sentry 2 5.25-inch Touch Screen Fan Controller Review</a> @ Legit Reviews <strong>Input</strong> <a href="http://www.geekinvaders.com/?p=1750" target="new">Logitech Harmony 900 Review</a> @ GeekInvaders.com <strong>Memory</strong> <a href="http://www.bigbruin.com/content/crucial1600_1" target="new">Crucial Ballistix Tracer 6GB DDR3-1600 Memory Kit Review</a> @ Bigbruin.com <strong>Motherboards</strong> <a href="http://ixbtlabs.com/articles3/mainboard/dp55wb-p1.html" target="new">Intel DP55WB "Whitesburg" Motherboard</a> @ iXBT Labs <a href="http://www.overclockersclub.com/reviews/gigabyte_ga_x58a_ud3r/" target="new">Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R Review</a> @ OCC <a href="http://www.pureoverclock.com/article937.html" target="new">ECS A890GXM-A</a> @ PureOverclock <strong>Notebooks</strong> <a href="http://www.futurelooks.com/samsung-n220-10-inch-intel-atom-n450-pinetrail-netbook-review/" target="new">Samsung N220 10-Inch INTEL ATOM N450 "PineTrail" Netbook Review</a> @ Futurelooks <a href="http://www.testfreaks.com/blog/review/review-of-msi-wind12-u230-netbook/" target="new">MSI Wind12 U230 Netbook</a> @ TestFreaks <strong>Power</strong> <a href="http://www.hardwareheaven.com/reviews.php?reviewid=948" target="new">Enermax MODU87+ GOLD 600W Power Supply Review</a> @ HardwareHeaven.com <strong>Storage</strong> <a href="http://techgage.com/article/ocz_vertex_turbo_120gb/" target="new">OCZ Vertex Turbo 120GB SSD</a> @ Techgage.com <a href="http://www.motherboards.org/reviews/hardware/2031_1.html" target="new">ADATA S596 128GB SSD Review</a> @ Motherboards.org <a href="http://lanoc.org/review/hardware/storage/2796-ocz-agility-series-60-gb-ssd" target="new">OCZ Agility Series 60 GB SSD</a> @ LanOC Reviews <strong>Video</strong> <a href="http://www.tweaknews.net/reviews/his_radeon_hd_5670_videocard_review/" target="new">HIS Radeon HD 5670 Videocard Review</a> @ Tweaknews

Power SuppliesReviews

Silverstone Strider Plus 750W Modular Power Supply Review

<a href="https://www.thinkcomputers.org/ces-2010-silverstone/2/">Silverstone announced at CES 2010</a> that it would consolidate its power supply lines into a single line, the Strider series. The Striders are 80PLUS certified, with the Strider Plus models at 80PLUS Silver certified (85% efficiency). All Striders are fully modular for easier cleaning or replacement. Silverstone provided ThinkComputers with a 750W version of its Strider Plus series. The review is here.

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News for Thursday 3-18-10

Hope everyone is enjoying their day, make sure you check out our review of the <a href="https://www.thinkcomputers.org/aerocool-pgs-qx-2000-cube-case-review/" target="new">Aerocool PGS Qx-2000 Cube Case</a>! Now for the news... <strong>Audio</strong> <a href="http://www.tweaknews.net/reviews/able_planet_true_fidelity_nc300b_sound_canceling_headphones_review/" target="new">Able Planet True Fidelity NC300B Active Noise Canceling Headphones Review</a> @ Tweaknews <strong>Cases</strong> <a href="http://www.pureoverclock.com/article936.html" target="new">Cooler Master USP 100</a> @ PureOverclock <strong>Cooling</strong> <a href="http://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/3189/coolit_systems_eco_a_l_c_cpu_cooler/index.html" target="new">CoolIT Systems ECO A.L.C. CPU Cooler</a> @ TweakTown <a href="http://www.hardwareheaven.com/reviews.php?reviewid=945" target="new">Akasa Orion Notebook Cooler Review</a> @ HardwareHeaven.com <strong>Input</strong> <a href="http://www.hitechlegion.com/reviews/input-devices/2526-razer-abyssus-high-percision-optical-gaming-mouse-review" target="new">Razer Abyssus High Precision Optical Gaming Mouse Review</a> @ Hi Tech Legion <a href="http://www.xtremecomputing.co.uk/review.php?id=512" target="new">SteelSeries 7G Gaming Keyboard Review</a> @ XtremeComputing <strong>Memory</strong> <a href="http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=479&Itemid=67" target="new">Patriot Gamer-Series DDR3-1600 Memory Kit</a> @ Benchmark Reviews <strong>Motherboards</strong> <a href="http://www.ocia.net/reviews/msi890gxm/page1.shtml" target="new">MSI 890GXM-G65 AMD Motherboard Review</a> @ OCIA.net <a href="http://www.overclockersclub.com/reviews/asus_p6x58d_premium/" target="new">Asus P6X58D Premium Review</a> @ OCC <strong>Multimedia</strong> <a href="http://www.testfreaks.com/blog/review/review-of-ciragotv-pro-ctp1000-multimedia-player/" target="new">CiragoTV Pro CTP1000 Multimedia Player</a> @ TestFreaks <strong>Storage</strong> <a href="http://www.bcchardware.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=8383&Itemid=40" target="new">Plextor PX-128M1S 128GB SSD Review</a> @ BCCHardware <a href="http://hothardware.com/Articles/Seagate-Barracuda-XT-2TB-SATA-6G-HD-Review" target="new">Seagate Barracuda XT 2TB SATA 6G HD Review</a> @ HotHardware.com <strong>Video</strong> <a href="http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum/hardware-canucks-reviews/30002-xfx-radeon-hd-5830-1gb-gddr5-review.html" target="new">XFX Radeon HD 5830 1GB GDDR5 Review</a> @ Hardware Canucks

CasesReviews

Aerocool PGS Qx-2000 Cube Case Review

I’ve always been a fan of cube cases, especially being a gamer. I don’t want to have to carry my large tower case filled with components to local LAN parties. Cube cases make it much easier, and even if you are not a gamer they take up less space on your desk and usually look better than other cases. Today we will be looking at Aerocool’s first cube case, the Qx-2000. It features a very unique internal design, room for 2 optical drives, 3 hard drives, and a built in fan controller. Let’s take a look at the Qx-2000 and see if it’s the perfect case for your next LAN box build.

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Azza Helios 910 Case Review

<center><img src="http://www.hitechlegion.com/images/stories/he910/7_thumb.jpg"></center><br> You would think the word Helios would be a misnomer, since it is associated with heat. The last thing any computer user wants is too much heat inside the case. On the contrary, today’s cases are primarily designed with cooling and ventilation in mind. So why would Azza call their latest case Helios? Although the word Helios might bring to mind images of flames and heat, the Azza Helios can show that there are other ways in which something can be “hot”.<br><br><br> Via [<a href="http://www.hitechlegion.com/reviews/cases/3028-azza-helios-910-case-review" target="new">Hi Tech Legion</a>]

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Thermaltake Element V Full ATX Tower Case Review

Today I have Thermaltake's Element V full-sized ATX case up for review. The case combines a mixture of aesthetic and functional components to form a rather expansive home in which your computer can safely live. Thermaltake has a variety of cases in their product line but the Element series consists of a lineup of cases from the $49 Element Q to the $159.99 Element V. All of these cases follow a simple black aesthetic with red color accents and Colorshift fans....<br><br><br> Via [<a href="http://www.legitreviews.com/article/1241/1/" target="new">Legit Reviews</a>]

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