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Month Archives: July 2011

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Zalman Z9 Plus Mid Tower Case Review

While Zalman is known mainly for its cooling products, they do offer many other lines of products like PSUs, 3D Monitors, and even Cases. Today we get to look at one of their more popular cases, the Z9 Plus Mid Tower Case. It features an all-black paint job with plenty of cooling to go around. Inside this case you’ll find four 120mm fans, three of which have blue LEDs. Read on further to learn more about this case and to see what secret compartment is inside.

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Friday News Post 7-8-11

Hey it's Friday!! I hope everyone has a great weekend! Here is the affiliate news for today! <strong>Cooling</strong> <a href="http://aphnetworks.com/reviews/cooler_master_notepal_infinite_evo" target="new">Cooler Master NotePal Infinite EVO Laptop Cooler Review</a> @ APH Networks <strong>Gaming</strong> <a href="http://lanoc.org/review/input-devices/5005-gigabyte-aivia-m8600" target="new">Gigabyte Aivia M8600</a> @ LanOC Reviews <strong>Motherboards</strong> <a href="http://www.overclock3d.net/reviews/cpu_mainboard/zotac_z68-itx_wifi_review/1" target="new">Zotac Z68-ITX WiFi Review</a> @ OC3D <a href="http://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/4182/asus_f1a75_v_pro_amd_a75_motherboard_review/index.html" target="new">ASUS F1A75-V Pro (AMD A75) Motherboard Review</a> @ TweakTown <a href="http://www.ocaholic.ch/xoops/html/modules/smartsection/item.php?itemid=530&sel_lang=english" target="new">Gigabyte Z68X-UD7-B3 Review</a> @ ocaholic <a href="http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/Gigabyte-A75M-UD2H-Motherboard/1330" target="new">Gigabyte A75M-UD2H Motherboard</a> @ Hardware Secrets <strong>Power</strong> <a href="http://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/4183/corsair_cx430v2_430_watt_power_supply_review/index.html" target="new">Corsair CX430V2 430 Watt Power Supply Review</a> @ TweakTown <a href="http://www.kitguru.net/components/power-supplies/zardon/cougar-gx-1050w-power-supply-review/" target="new">Cougar GX 1050W Power Supply Review</a> @ Kitguru <strong>Processors</strong> <a href="http://www.legitreviews.com/article/1650/1/" target="new">Intel Core i3-2120 3.3GHz Sandy Bridge Processor Review</a> @ Legit Reviews <strong>Storage</strong> <a href="http://bigbruin.com/content/goflexsatellite_1" target="new">Seagate GoFlex Satellite 500GB Mobile Wireless Storage Review</a> @ Bigbruin.com <a href="http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=789&Itemid=70" target="new">QNAP TS-219P+ NAS Network Server</a> @ Benchmark Reviews <a href="http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/ACRyan/PlayOn_HD2/" target="new">AC Ryan PlayOn!HD2</a> @ techPowerUp <a href="http://www.rwlabs.com/article.php?id=469" target="new">Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate G2 64GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Review</a> @ Real World Labs <a href="http://www.cdrlabs.com/Reviews/ocz-agility-3-120gb-solid-state-drive.html" target="new">OCZ Agility 3 120GB Solid State Drive Review</a> @ CDRLabs.com <strong>Video</strong> <a href="http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Powercolor/HD_6870_X2/" target="new">PowerColor HD 6870 X2 2 GB</a> @ techPowerUp <a href="http://www.rwlabs.com/article.php?id=470" target="new">HIS Radeon HD 6950 IceQ X Turbo X 2GB Review</a> @ Real World Labs <a href="http://www.pureoverclock.com/article1315.html" target="new">PNY Verto GeForce GT 520</a> @ PureOverclock

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June 2011 in Review

Finally summer is here we are in to July! June was another great month for us and we reviewed a lot of different products. Out of all the products and games we took a look at this month my favorite would have to be the <a href="https://www.thinkcomputers.org/ocz-agility-3-240gb-solid-state-drive-review/" target="new">OCZ Agility 3 240GB Solid State Drive</a>. This 6GB/s drive is one of the fastest 2.5-inch solid state drives you can purchase right now! Make sure you check out the <a href="https://www.thinkcomputers.org/ocz-agility-3-240gb-solid-state-drive-review/">review</a>! Read on to see the rest of the stats for June!

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ASUS USB-N13 802.11n Network Adapter Review

Good things come in small packages. That's right, this little USB wireless N adapter, also known as the ASUS USB-N13, is a good thing in a small package. It has style, performance, and stability of adapters that cost more than twice its price, and it even has extra features like Software AP. If you need a wireless N adapter, or just want to get something cool for a great price, the USB-N13 is what you're looking for. Check out the full review for detailed specs, performance charts and more!

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Tuesday’s News Post 7-5-11

I hope everyone enjoyed the long holiday weekend! If you were anything like me you are recovering from the festivities of last night! Anyways, make sure you check out our review of the <a href="https://www.thinkcomputers.org/kingwin-lazer-platinum-550w-power-supply-review/">Kingwin Lazer Platinum 550W Power Supply</a>. <center><img src="https://www.thinkcomputers.org/reviews/kingwin_lazer_550w/email.jpg"></center><br> <em>"The thing that certainly stands out the most about Kingwin’s Lazer Platinum Power Supply is certainly the 80 Plus Platinum certification printed right on the front of the box. Platinum is the highest level of CSCI certification, which means, in a nutshell, that it one of the most efficient PSU’s on the market and will help your PC’s lifespan last longer with greatly reduced heat. Another great feature is the ECO Intelligent Thermal Control System, which will help keep maximum cooling performance while maintaining minimal fan noise by preventing fan rotation, unless the temperature reaches around 70 Degrees Celsius. The unit was also designed with high end GPU performance in mind with two 6 Pin and two 6+2 Pin PCI connections. Let’s take a look."</em> <a href="https://www.thinkcomputers.org/kingwin-lazer-platinum-550w-power-supply-review/">Read On...</a> Now for the affiliate news! <strong>Cases</strong> <a href="http://aphnetworks.com/reviews/cubitek_xl_tank" target="new">Cubitek XL Tank Computer Case Review</a> @ APH Networks <a href="http://xsreviews.co.uk/2011/07/coolermaster-silencio-550/" target="new">Coolermaster Silencio 550 Review</a> @ XSReviews.co.uk <a href="http://www.missingremote.com/review/fractal-designs-define-r3" target="new">Fractal Designs Define R3 Chassis Review</a> @ MissingRemote <a href="http://www.pureoverclock.com/article1313.html" target="new">NZXT Source 210 Elite</a> @ PureOverclock <a href="http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/NZXT/Source_210_Elite/" target="new">NZXT Source 210 Elite</a> @ techPowerUp <strong>Cooling</strong> <a href="http://www.frostytech.com/articleview.cfm?articleID=2600" target="new">Thermolab Trinity Heatsink Review</a> @ Frostytech.com <strong>Gaming</strong> <a href="http://lanoc.org/review/input-devices/5093-razer-nostromo" target="new">Razer Nostromo</a> @ LanOC Reviews <strong>Motherboards</strong> <a href="http://www.ocaholic.ch/xoops/html/modules/smartsection/item.php?itemid=523&sel_lang=english" target="new">ASUS M5A99X Evo Review</a> @ ocaholic <a href="http://www.hitechlegion.com/reviews/motherboards/10999-gigabyte-ga-990fxa-ud5-am3-motherboard-review" target="new">Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD5 AM3+ Motherboard Review</a> @ Hi Tech Legion <a href="http://pro-clockers.com/motherboards/1968-asus-maximus-iv-extreme-p67-motherboard.html" target="new">ASUS Maximus IV Extreme P67 Motherboard</a> @ Pro-Clockers <strong>Power</strong> <a href="http://www.kitguru.net/components/power-supplies/zardon/silverstone-strider-plus-1000w-review-sst-st1000-p/" target="new">Silverstone Strider Plus 1000W Review (SST-ST1000-P)</a> @ Kitguru <strong>Storage</strong> <a href="http://www.techwarelabs.com/synology-ds411-ii-nas/" target="new">Synology DS411+ II NAS</a> @ TechwareLabs <a href="http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/OCZ/Agility_3_240_GB/" target="new">OCZ Agility 3 240 GB</a> @ techPowerUp <a href="http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=780&Itemid=60" target="new">ADATA S511 Solid State Drive</a> @ Benchmark Reviews <strong>Video</strong> <a href="http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum/hardware-canucks-reviews/44624-powercolor-hd-6850-1gb-scs3-passive-review.html" target="new">PowerColor HD 6850 1GB SCS3 Passive Review</a> @ Hardware Canucks <a href="http://www.legitreviews.com/article/1641/1/" target="new">Gigabyte GeForce GTX 560 OC Edition Video Card Review</a> @ Legit Reviews <a href="http://www.overclockersclub.com/reviews/sapphire__hd6770_flex/" target="new">Sapphire HD 6770 FleX Edition Review</a> @ OCC

CasesFeaturedReviews

Corsair Obsidian Series 650D Mid Tower Case Review

Corsair really surprised us when they entered the case market with the <a href="https://www.thinkcomputers.org/corsair-obsidian-series-800d-case-review/">Obsidian Series 800D</a> full tower case.  The 800D was just awesome and probably one of the best cases I have reviewed in the past 3 years.  They next went to the Graphite Series with the <a href="https://www.thinkcomputers.org/corsair-graphite-series-600t-case-review/">600T</a>, this case was equally impressive.  Today we are taking a look at the first mid tower case in the Obidian Series, the 650D.  The case has many of the same features we loved on on the 800D, but also adds some from the Graphite Series line of cases as well.  Is this the perfect mid tower for you?  Read on to find out!

Power SuppliesReviews

Kingwin Lazer Platinum 550W Power Supply Review

The thing that certainly stands out the most about Kingwin’s Lazer Platinum Power Supply is certainly the 80 Plus Platinum certification printed right on the front of the box. Platinum is the highest level of CSCI certification, which means, in a nutshell, that it one of the most efficient PSU’s on the market and will help your PC’s lifespan last longer with greatly reduced heat. Another great feature is the ECO Intelligent Thermal Control System, which will help keep maximum cooling performance while maintaining minimal fan noise by preventing fan rotation, unless the temperature reaches around 70 Degrees Celsius. The unit was also designed with high end GPU performance in mind with two 6 Pin and two 6+2 Pin PCI connections. Let’s take a look.

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Techbargains Deals for 7-1-11

<strong>OUR FAVORITE DEAL OF THE DAY!</strong> • <a href="http://www.techbargains.com/news_displayItem.cfm/260255">Logitech Squeezebox Radio Wireless Internet Radio/Audio Streamer (Open Box) for $94.99 plus free shipping</a> (normally $249 – use coupon code: <b>logi_radio_63011</b>). <strong>Computers & Peripherals:</strong> • <a href="http://www.techbargains.com/news_displayItem.cfm/259882">15.6” Dell XPS 15 Intel Core i7-2630 Quad-Core Sandy Bridge 15.6 1080p Laptop Blu-Ray for $974.99 plus free shipping</a> (normally $1523 – use coupon code: <b> K0Z739N?DHB29M</b>). • <a href="http://www.techbargains.com/news_displayItem.cfm/260295">Acer Aspire Intel Core i3-2100 3.1GHz Sandy Bridge Desktop (4GB/1TB) for $379.99 plus free shipping</a> (normally $599). • <a href="http://www.techbargains.com/news_displayItem.cfm/260269">HP Pavilion p6746f Intel Core i5-2300 2.8GHz Quad-Core Sandy Bridge Desktop for $559.00 plus free shipping</a> (normally $599). • <a href="http://www.techbargains.com/news_displayItem.cfm/260117">OCZ Vertex 2 60GB Solid State Drive (TRIM, Sandforce Controller) for $74.99</a> (normally $99 - use coupon code: <b>YCN35725</b> and use <a href="http://static.highspeedbackbone.net/rebates/Tiger%20OCZ-9619%20$20%20OCZSSD2-2VTXE60G.pdf">this form</a>). • <a href="http://www.techbargains.com/news_displayItem.cfm/260259">Thermaltake TR2 750W Power Supply (80PLUS, Modular, SLI-Ready) for $59.99 plus free shipping</a> (normally $114 - use <a href="http://images10.newegg.com/uploadfilesfornewegg/rebate/SH/Thermaltake17-153-136Jun30Jul611sg33.pdf">this form</a>). • <a href="http://www.techbargains.com/news_displayItem.cfm/260299">Biostar TZ68A+ Intel Z68 LGA1155 ATX Motherboard w/ SATA 6, USB 3.0 for $99.99 plus free shipping</a> (normally $119). • <a href="http://www.techbargains.com/news_displayItem.cfm/260135">Pantone Huey PRO MEU113 LCD/CRT Monitor Color Calibrator for $49.99 plus free shipping</a> (normally $99). • <a href="http://www.techbargains.com/news_displayItem.cfm/260233">22” Lenovo L2230x Widescreen LCD Monitor (1920x1080) for $99.97</a> (normally $149). <strong>Home Entertainment:</strong> • <a href="http://www.techbargains.com/news_displayItem.cfm/260249">46” Toshiba 46SL412U LED-Edgelit LCD HDTV (1080p, 120Hz) for $749.99 plus free shipping</a> (normally $1399). • <a href="http://www.techbargains.com/news_displayItem.cfm/260237">40” Toshiba 40SL412U LED-Edgelit LCD HDTV (1080p) for $499.99</a> (normally $999 – use coupon code: <b>ORV35752</b>). <strong>Personal Electronics:</strong> • <a href="http://www.techbargains.com/news_displayItem.cfm/260255">Logitech Squeezebox Radio Wireless Internet Radio/Audio Streamer (Open Box) for $94.99 plus free shipping</a> (normally $249 – use coupon code: <b>logi_radio_63011</b>).

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Gaming Friday: Borderlands

We here at ThinkComputers are very avid gamers. So each Friday we will be covering a game that should help you get through the weekend. The games will range from new games to classics that we still love to play. They also are not limited to just PC games either. If you have a game you think we should cover check out the <a href="http://forums.thinkcomputers.org/viewtopic.php?f=24&t=756">Gaming Friday thread</a> in the forums. Today we are checking out a very intriguing PC game that I was introduced to at <a href="https://www.thinkcomputers.org/gaming-friday-live-from-thegxl/">the GXL back in May</a>. Unless a FPS game is multiplayer shoot em up game I really don’t get in to it that much. And I really never got in to RPG games on PC at all, unless you included World of Warcraft, but let’s not talk about that. Borderlands combines both the FPS and RPG aspect in to one and does it very well. Gearbox, the makers of the game took a risk doing this, but it has paid off very well. Read on to see why I keep going back to this game night after night.

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