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SanDisk Ultra II 240 GB SSD

Posted by Ian on 29th Oct 2014 - 0 Comments

Guru 3D check out the SanDisk Ultra II 240 GB SSD, which also comes in other sizes all the way up to 960GB:

With the Ultra II series Sandisk ups their more affordable SSD series a notch. It is a bit faster, but more importantly, SanDisk focused at pricing. Half a year ago prices where settling at just under 1 USD per GB for the end-user. That level has now roughly halved again. As such, SSD technology and NAND storage have gone mainstream. The market is huge, fierce and competitive, but it brought us where we are today offering nice volume SSDs at way more acceptable prices. SanDisk pairs the SSD series with a Marvell (88SS9190-BJM2) controller, and they combine it with their own and latest Toggle NAND flash memory.
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SilverStone Fortress FT05 90 Degree

Posted by Ian on 27th Oct 2014 - 0 Comments

HardOCP review the SilverStone Fortress FT05 90 Degree ATX Full Tower case, which comes with an interesting internal configuration:

As with all cases that feature a 90į layout, it takes a moment to actually get used to seeing your components in the "wrong" place. What is would normally be the front of a traditional case is now the bottom and the back is the top. We are big fans of this layout for many reasons but we will hold off on going into detail on that until later in this review.

Like the Raven RV05, the interior of the Fortress FT05 is much smaller than it appears to be from the outside and that is because, although the two are drastically different on the outside, internally the two chassis are nearly identical. With that said, the FT05 has a trick or two of its own up its sleeve. The image below shows you just how much smaller the inside of the chassis actually is.
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SanDisk Extreme Pro 480GB

Posted by Ian on 23rd Oct 2014 - 0 Comments

eTeknix have a review of the SanDisk Extreme Pro 480GB solid state drive, which stands out with a 10 year warranty:

The next feature worth highlighting is the nCache Pro technology. This third level of cache will help your drive perform flawlessly through all/most tasks without any stall or stutter. You can count on it every day of every week of every year, as SanDisk says. It works by taking some of the MLC NAND Flash and using it as cache in SLC mode. The SanDisk Extreme PRO drive uses the newest version of this technology, that originally made its dťbut in the Ultra Plus SSD a while ago.
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Cooler Master Nepton 240M liquid cooler

Posted by Ian on 22nd Oct 2014 - 0 Comments

The Tech Report have an interesting review of the Cooler Master Nepton 240M liquid cooler - which may be of interest to overclockers:

At first glance, it's easy to dismiss CLCs as a "seen one, seen 'em all" deal, but that would be a mistake. While the general principles remain the same from one to the next—an integrated pump and water block unit circulates coolant through a sealed radiator loop—there's still plenty of room for manufacturers to put their own spins on the concept.

Let's start with a look at the pump and water block on the Nepton. According to Cooler Master, the water block in the Nepton series features "ultra-fine micro channel" technology, which makes for an internal surface area that's four times larger than water blocks from "the competition." While I can't tear into the Nepton 240M to verify this claim, more surface area in the water block should make for better heat dissipation, so long as the ultra-fine fins don't impede coolant flow.
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Logitech G502 PROTEUS CORE

Posted by Ian on 20th Oct 2014 - 5 Comments

Vortez have a review of the Logitech G502 PROTEUS CORE gaming mouse, which costs around £70:

We have no qualms in saying that G502 is an attractive looking gaming peripheral but physical appearance to the side, weíre also mightily impressed by the strong feature-set this gaming mouse comes with too.

G502 is furnished with a multitude of features for right-handed gamers. Around the thumb area there are plenty of buttons which can be customised and there are various high-quality materials used for the construction of this mouse which help with comfort and grip for extended periods of time. The only thing we werenít really keen on is the scrolling wheel which feels flimsy and is actually rather out of place with the rest of the mouse which offers up great build quality.

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DDR4 3000MHz Memory Kit Round-up

Posted by Ian on 17th Oct 2014 - 0 Comments

KitGuru have a DDR4 3000MHz Memory Kit Round-up, worth a read for anyone considering making the jump to DDR4:

With the key changes for DDR4 summarised, the next points to reference are our memory kits on show today. All four kits use a quartet of 4GB DIMMs to feed the Haswell-E CPUís quad-channel IMC with 16GB of system memory. Kingstonís HyperX Predator and G.Skillís Ripjaws 4 both feature 3000MHz CL15 XMP settings, although the latter has slight tighter secondary timings. Corsairís Vengeance LPX is actually a 2800MHz kit, although the memory does feature a somewhat disguised 3000MHz CL16 XMP configuration.

We compare each set of memory at 3000MHz to see which is the best high-speed kit for your enthusiast X99 system.
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Digital Storm Bolt II

Posted by Ian on 15th Oct 2014 - 0 Comments

Hot Hardware check out the Digital Storm Bolt II case, a mid-size case designed with gamers in mind:

Space is limited in any mid-tower chassis, but the Bolt II is particularly slim. Given the space constraints, itís not surprising to see a mini-ITX board in the Bolt II. In this case, Digital Storm chose an Asus Z97I-Plus motherboard which provides both Gigabit LAN and 802.11a/b/g/n/ac dual band wireless connectivity. Our review unit includes 16GB of Corsair Vengeance Pro DDR3 1866MHz system memory and plenty of storage, thanks to a 500GB Samsung 840 EVO SSD and a 2TB Western Digital Black Edition hard drive. Thatís not a surprising setup for a gaming/entertainment PC in this category, but if isnít your style, donít fret. Digital Stormís configurator has a ton of hard drive options.
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GeForce GTX 980 cards from Gigabyte and Zotac

Posted by Ian on 13th Oct 2014 - 0 Comments

Tech Report review two GeForce GTX 980 cards from Gigabyte and Zotac, which offer some improvements over the reference card from NVIDIA:

The first GTX 980 cards to hit the market were based on Nvidia's reference design, with that familiar aluminum cooling shroud and blower. Demand for these cards is high, and supplies are tight. Now, however, a number of custom-designed GTX 980 cards are becoming available. Not only are they potentially more abundant, but they also promise various upgrades over the reference cards. Are they worthy of your attention? We've spent some time with a couple of slick offerings from Gigabyte and Zotac in order to find out.

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