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Monday Evening News Post 2-6-12

Monday…the start of the week…today I definitely has a case of the Monday’s, what about you? Make sure you check out our review of the OCZ Synapse Cache 64GB Solid State Drive! Did you watch the Super Bowl last night? If so what was your favorite commercial? Mine was actually one that was not aired in the US, Cananda only. You can check it out below…

Now let’s see what’s going on around the web!

Intel SSD 520 Series 240GB Retail Solid State Drive Bundle Review @ FutureLooks
“The number one question for Intel a few months ago was where were their higher end, fast SATA6 SSDs. There were plenty of Sand Force SF-2281 controlled SSDs pushing 6Gb/s speeds on the market yet many were using Intel NAND. Today we get to answer that question with the launch of Intel’s SSD 520 Series Solid State Drives. They begin finding their way to the shelves among the rest of the hot rod SATA6 SSDs this week and everything about them is all “Intel Inside” straight down to the supporting SSD Tool Kit software. The big question is did engineers bring us a polished weapon against slow system performance or a new blue screen symptom? Let’s find out!”


Intel 520 Series 240GB SSD Review @ Technic3D
“The Intel 520 Series SSD 240GB arrived Technic3D. Available in 60GB, 120GB, 180GB, 240GB and 480GB configurations. Results in extreme performance with up to 550 MB/s sequential read and 520 MB/s sequential write speeds? We will check this and more against the SSDs from Corsair, OCZ, Western Digital and G.Skill.”


GELID DarkForce Midi Tower @ ocaholic
“A few weeks ago, GELID Solutions announced their first PC case, the DarkForce. With a strong competition in this market, the newcomer really has to do well right from the beginning otherwise they will be one manufacturer out of many trying their luck.”


Cooler Master Gemin II SF524 Review @ XSReviews.co.uk
“Today it’s the Cooler Master Gemin II SF524. A mixture of high performance and top down cooler. We’ve seen quite a few companies try this style of cooler and they have some real advantages such as being able to cool RAM modules or the VRM area. The disadvantage is that the heat has further to travel along the heatpipes compared to a tower style cooler. Will that affect the results? Only one way to find out.”


Intel SSD 520 Series 240 GB Solid State Drive Review @ Hardware Secrets
“There are a vast number of SATA-600 solid state drives on the market at the moment, so there have never been more choices for the people who want to give their system a performance boost. Today we are going to look at the latest SSD from Intel, the 520 Series 240 GB, which is designed with performance users in mind.”


Intel 520 Series 240GB Review @ OCC
“The heart of the performance of the Intel 520 series drive is the LSI Sandforce 2281 NAND controller. Intel partnered with LSI to develop a robust firmware specifically for this drive. Along with the firmware are AES 256-bit encryption and end to end data protection. Specifications for the drive mirror many of the Sandforce 2281 controlled drives with 550 megabytes-per-second (MB/s) sequential reads and up to 520MB/s sequential writes and 4 KB random reads and writes up to 50,000 and 80,000 (IOPS).”


Intel SSD 520 Series 240GB Review @ TechSpot
“It’s not the first time Intel is using third-party controllers, in fact it had previously favored the Marvell 88SS9174 for their SSD 510 Series. Since the days of the original X25-M SSD, Intel solid state storage products have been characterized for being the most stable and reliable around. With the company now willing to use the SandForce SF-2281, it proves that the controller has reached a certain desired level of maturity. However, as the company has done with previous SSD products, Intel has adopted the SandForce SF-2281 controller but they have co-defined and validated the firmware for an Intel unique implementation. In other words, the SSD 520 Series drives will differ to similar products in terms of performance and reliability in spite of using the same controller. Read on to learn more about Intel’s new premium consumer SSD.”


Intel SSD 520 Series Solid State Drive @ Benchmark Reviews
“For the past several years, consumers searching through the available selection of Solid State Drive (SSD) storage devices have noticed that capacity continues to favor the hard disk drive counterpart. While it could be a few more years before any SSD matches terabyte capacity with the HDD, Intel’s NAND Flash produced at 20nm is closing that gap in terms of price and storage space. In this article, Benchmark Reviews tests the Intel SSD 520 Series Solid State Drive against the leading competition to see if it’s capable of delivering SATA 6GB/s speeds up to 550 MB/s and 80,000 maximum 4K random write IOPS.”


Intel 520 Series 240GB Solid State Drive Review @ Kitguru
“Today we are looking at the latest Solid State Drive from Intel – the 520 series, codenamed ‘Cherryville’. The drive is built around ‘compute quality’ 25 nanometer NAND flash memory and offers a claimed maximum sequential read speed of 550 MB/s.”


Intel 520 240GB SSD Review @ Hardware Canucks
“We’ve been hearing about and anticipating new Intel’s Cherryville SSDs for some time now they are finally being released in the guise of the 520 series. They are built around the same SandForce SF2281 controller we have come to know from numerous other SSDs but Intel has taken it upon themselves to equip these drives with a custom firmware and high end NAND. But is this enough to set the 520 series apart from in a cluttered market?”


Intel 520 Series 240GB SSD Launch Review @ HardwareHeaven.com
“Intel are today releasing the new 520 series based on SandForce technology. Today we have one of those new drives on our test bench and will be comparing it in real world and synthetic tests against drives based on the latest Sandforce, Indilinx, Marvell and Samsung controllers.”


Thermaltake Chaser MK-1 PC Case @ Pro-Clockers
“Not as extreme as the Level 10 GT but equally fascinating is the new Chaser MK-1 gaming case. Aimed at the gamer and enthusiast, the Chaser is designed to house everything needed to build that ultimate gaming rig. It’s tall, full featured and quite different than any other case found on the shelf at your local retailer.”


NZXT Tempest 210 @ PureOverclock
“In keeping with their budget-oriented heritage, NZXT has the Tempest 210 mid-tower chassis, a more lightweight version of what we saw in the Tempest 410 Elite. Looking to maintain some similar aesthetics and functionality, the Tempest 210 is a more affordable alternative. In truth, the Tempest 210 is looking to grab the budget-minded gaming audience. It looks full of potential on paper with plenty of useful features, but how does it work on the bench? Let’s find out.”


ROCCAT Isku Illuminating Gaming Keyboard Review @ HardwareLOOK
“The new wired illuminating gaming keyboard from ROCCAT has now been released and will soon begin to make it into many home gaming systems across the world. The new edgy , sharp, angular design ROCCAT are now bringing to the table includes one of the most important features gamers are using all the time these days, Macro buttons. Macros make a appearance on the Isku with the customisable Macros blue LED illuminating keys and EasyShift modifier key, the ROCCAT Isku is a gaming keyboard ready to enhance any player gameplay. Let us move on and take a look at this cool designed gaming hardware…”

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