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News and Reviews for April 8th 2010

So it’s Thursday.. blah.. I’ve got a lot of news for you today from all over the world.

I can’t believe it was 85F yesterday and they’re saying it could possibly snow here tomorrow.. some wild weather we got here..

Anyway, check out the news:

Storage Related:

Overclock3D have just published a new article titled: G.Skill ECO Low-Volt DDR3 Review.
Quote: As well as producing the fastest memory around, G.Skill also have an eye on the environment.



Corsair Flash Voyager GTR 32GB USB Flash Drive Review @

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Quote: “USB flash drives have been around for quite some time now. Out of all the drives I’ve ever reviewed my favorite line of drives has to be the Flash Voyager series from Corsair. The main reason is because they are basically indestructible. I take a flash drive with me everywhere and so I need one that is going to take the wear and tear! Corsair first came out with the original Flash Voyager, then the Flash Voyager GT, recently the Flash Padlock 2, and now the Flash Voyager GTR. The GTR is made to be fast boasting speeds of 32MB/s read and 28MB/s write! Corsair was nice enough to send us the 32GB v ersion of the drive so let’s take a look!"


Crucial 3GB Kit DDR3-1333/PC3-10600 CT3KIT12864BA1339 Memory Review

Let us have a look, how high the Crucial 3GB PC3-10600 Triple Channel DDR3 kit can be overclocked and if a purchase of the inexpensive Crucial 3x 1GB DDR3-1333 kit can be worthwhile also for an AMD Dual Channel system.



QNAP TS-259 Pro Turbo NAS Review @ DragonSteelMods

"Today for review I’ve got another NAS box from QNAP called the TS-259 Pro. This box can use either 2.5” or 3.5” drives and features an Intel Atom Processor along with one gig of DDR2 ram. The TS-259 Pro also features five USB ports along with two eSATA ports and two gigabit ethernet connections as well. I’ve put it up against the Thecus N3200 pro that I’ve been using for over a year now and found that it’s a bit faster, so read on… "

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Western Digital VelociRaptor 600GB SATA 6G Hard Drive
QUOTE: "On the capacity front we have already reviewed solid state drives with 512GB of capacity, quite a bit more than the first 300GB VelociRaptor, but of course the cost was more than what six 300GB VelociRaptors would be. It was still a contributing reason why Western Digital should take a good look at the series and either kill it or update it with a new product line as quickly as possible.
Given that it is now April, quick wasn’t really on Western Digital’s deck since we have been hearing rumors of a new VelociRaptor since CES back in January. Looking at how the market has changed since that time, it is easy to dissect why. SATA 6G has had a few ups and downs with Marvell slow to act on driver issues that affect performance. Getting in a good test with SATA 6G and an existing drive, the Caviar Black 1GB with SATA 6G was the next logical step and would have moved a new VelociRaptor back. Western Digital has also spent a great deal of time working on a solid state drive product line and we have already seen the first fruit fall from the WD SSD tree last month."


Corsair Nova V128 Solid State Drive @ Benchmark Reviews

DESCRIPTION: Overclockers around the world use Corsair memory kits for their high-speed performance. Similarly, Corsair SSD storage products have continued this tradition. The Corsair Nova V128 CSSD-V128GB2-BRKT is an Indilinx-ECO Solid State Drive kit that designed to deliver 270 MB/s maximum read speeds and offer 195 MB/s writer performance. In this article, Benchmark Reviews tests ACHI speeds for the Corsair Nova-series V128 SSD against the fastest SSDs available.



LiteOn iHOS104-32 BD-ROM Review @
"The format war between Blu-Ray and HD DVD has been over for two years and we see Blu-Ray aiming to supersede the DVD format that has become such a large part of our lives. With a Blu-Ray Disc currently offering almost ten times the storage of a DVD the transition feels natural due to HD content, movies in 3D and other special features. This has been helped by the large companies backing the format, whom come under the umbrella name of the Blu-Ray Disc Association (BDA). The BDA has 20 members on its Board of Directors with companies such as Sony, 20th Century Fox and Intel all included as well as 58 contributors; including (but not limited to) AMD, nVidia and Lite-On, who we will continue to talk about."


QUOTE: "The latest revision of USB 3.0 is undeniably a great leap forward, but economic conditions have slowed the mass adaption of the technology. Intel has a bit of a roll as well, choosing to stick to their tick tock launch schedule that has their major debut of USB 3.0 hardware scheduled for sometime in the middle of next year. After NEC announced massive shipments and most likely will bring in huge profits, Intel announced that they will introduce an add-on chip by the end of 2010, but true Southbridge USB 3.0 for big blue is still a long ways off.
In the meantime we have NEC and their partners who are making add-in boards that will allow the integration of USB 3.0 into your existing motherboards by way of PCI Express. Many computers used today have an abundance of open PCIe slots making for a very high compatibility rate."


6GB Corsair Dominator-GT 2000MHz DDR3 Memory @ Benchmark Reviews

DESCRIPTION: Overclockers and PC hardware enthusiasts understand that system memory performs best with low latency and fast speeds, but both seldom come in the same package. Corsair offers the exception. Available with XMP eXtreme Memory Profile support, the Corsair Dominator-GT DDR3 memory kit can deliver 2000 MHz at CL7. Sold in dual- and triple-channel kits, Benchmark Reviews tests the CMG6GX3M3A2000C7 set against a wide range of modules in our RAM tests using the six-core Intel Core i7-980X Extreme Edition processor.



Western Digital VelociRaptor 600 GB Hard Disk Drive Review
Summary:Western Digital is releasing today two SATA-600 versions of their 10,000 rpm VelociRaptor hard disk drive. Let’s see how the 600 GB model performs.


Corsair’s Flash Padlock 2 USB thumb drive

The latest USB thumb drive from Corsair boasts 256-bit encryption, a 7413 code locking mechanism, and a purportedly rugged enclosure. Is it all it’s cracked up to be? And can it survive a trip through the washing machine?


SandForce SF-1200 SSD Processor @ Benchmark Reviews

DESCRIPTION: The SandForce SF-1200 SATA-3GBps controller is new to the industry, yet many manufacturers are already hailing it as the replacement for Indilinx’s industry-leading Barefoot SSD processor. SandForce adds DuraClass technology to their SF-1200 processor, a new technology which claims to provide best-in-class endurance, performance, and lower power consumption. DuraWrite technology extends the endurance of MLC-NAND memory by providing at least five-year lifecycles measured with 3000-5000 cycle MLC flash. Additionally, SandForce RAISE technology provides RAID-like protection for single SSD computer systems, and data is secured with AES-128 automatic encryption. In this article, Benchmark Reviews tests the SandForce SF-1200 Solid State Drive processor used in the ADATA S599 SSD.



Vantec SuperSpeed USB 3.0 2-Port PCI-E Card Review @ Tweaknews
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Article Snippet:"Vantec has successfully come up with a low cost, easy to implement solution for adding two high-speed USB 3.0 ports to your system.  This little PCI-e card takes only a few minutes to install and provides a hefty increase in performance over the old USB 2.0.Vantec has successfully come up with a low cost, easy to implement solution for adding two high-speed USB 3.0 ports to your system.  This little PCI-e card takes only a few minutes to install and provides a hefty increase in performance over the old USB 2.0."


Pogoplug: An Interesting, Linux-Friendly NAS @ Phoronix
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Summary: "While more and more computer peripherals and gadgets these days are running Linux internally, not many vendors are matching their internal Linux support with external Linux customer support. For the Pogoplug though, which is made by CloudEngines, this is not the case. The Pogoplug is a network attached storage device that is far more than a basic NAS like the Icy Box NAS4220, but the Pogoplug can integrate with social networks like Twitter along with providing a rich web 2.0 interface for accessing the device from anywhere in the world. The Pogoplug device runs Linux and is built upon popular open-source packages, but Pogoplug does not hide this fact and they actually encourage community developers to work on the Pogoplug with complete support for SSH-ing into these devices and making modifications. CloudEngines also offers a 32-bit/64-bit Linux program for interacting with the Pogoplug."


Patriot Valkyrie 2 Bay NAS Review at CCEReviews
Quote: I think Patriot hits on their goal of building an inexpensive NAS device that has some nice services for the end consumer such as a print server, download manager and iTunes to name a few. It is extremely simple to setup and get running in no time at all.


ICY DOCK MB672 Internal 3.5-inch SAS / SATA HDD Enclosure Review @

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Quote: “Hot-swappable hard drive bays have been around for quite a while now. Many people use them because they need to transfer large files between computers or they need to take hard drives with them from location to location. The thing that was a big pain when it came to hot-swappable devices is that you needed to have the same one installed on each system so that the trays would work on both systems. ICY DOCK who has been making devices like this for a long time has now eliminated the tray design so all you have to do is just slide your drive right in. Let’s take a look at one of their latest intern al enclosures the MB672."


6GB Kingston HyperX 2000MHz DDR3 Memory Kit @ Benchmark Reviews

DESCRIPTION: Overclockers and PC hardware enthusiasts understand that system memory performs best with low latency and fast speeds, but both seldom come in the same package. Kingston offers the exception. Available with two XMP eXtreme Memory Profiles, the Kingston HyperX DDR3 memory kit can deliver either 1867MHz CL7, or 2002MHz at CL8. Sold in dual- and triple-channel kits, Benchmark Reviews tests the KHX2000C8D3T1FK3/6GX set against a wide range of modules in our RAM tests using the six-core Intel Core i7-980X Extreme Edition processor.





Audio / Video:


How To Re-Edge Broken Speakers @ [OC]ModShop
You have two obvious choices: either buy a new speaker or replace the entire driver assembly. The hidden option number three is to repair the speaker yourself. As long as the paper cone isn’t damaged then really all you have to do is replace the foam and gaskets around the paper cone. This could save you a lot of money, especially the bigger and more expensive your driver
is. For around $15 and a little time I was able to repair my driver and salvage my expensive subwoofer.
Doing repair on your speaker may be intimidating to those that aren’t experienced with such things, but it is very easy. Let’s face it; this isn’t rocket science and you don’t have to do anything electronic. If you’ve ever glued popsicle sticks onto construction paper in kindergarten then you’re more than qualified to re-edge your speakers (but you may need help with the Safety Scissors).
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‘Toshiba Camileo S10 Video Camera’
Do you like to YouTube everything you do in real-life?
The Full Article can be viewed at


Corsair Padlock 2 Review at CCEReviews
Quote: The Corsair Padlock and Padlock 2 have built-in hardware encryption that can only be unlocked by a PIN. This type of technology doesn’t come with the fastest read and write speeds but when you want your data to be  safe, 256-bit hardware encryption is the way to go.


Seagate Savvio 10K.4 HDs & LSI 3Ware 9750-8i RAID Card @ Bjorn3D

A few weeks ago, we have taken a look at Seagate’s Cheetah NS.2 SAS hard drives, which were standard 3.5′ form factor 6Gb/s 10,000RPM 600GB Serial Attached SCSI hard drives. This time Seagate was kind enough to let us test out their latest Serial Attached SCSI drives, their Savvio 10K.4 hard drives. These drives come in different capacities including 450GB and 600GB, but what makes them so special is that they are 2.5′ form factor, which is what you would use in laptop based system. This is the first time we see a 6Gb/s 10,000RPM 600GB SAS hard drive at such small form factor at this capacity. In my opinion, it is just unbelievable how far we got over the past few years. This means that we are now able to store more data in smaller compartments. Many businesses run into problems where they would need larger server rooms in order to have the capacity they need for their business requirements as well as to make sure that all the data is also backed up. By lowering the size of t
he drives and maintaining the same capacity, speed, and reliability, businesses can now have the same amount of capacity for their data with half or triple the amount of space they would have needed previously. This allows customers to use the extra space for extra backup solutions or other purposes. Or of course, since there is less space required, the overall cost of the server room can be lowered due to less space needed.


Shure SE115 Earphones and the link to the review is:
Here is a snippet that can be used for the review:
"Shure is a well recognized name in the hi-fi audio community, with over 80 years of experience in the commercial and consumer audio industry. We’ll focus today on their latest entry-level model, the Shure SE115 earphones. Billed by Shure as delivering “warm and detailed sound”, let’s put these earphones to the test to see how they fare against other models in the $100 price range."


Technocel Ear Vibe.
SNIP:Looking to add a little spice to your music or gaming? For quite a while now Dolby speakers have utilized large Bass speakers to add a little oomph to games and the right amount of bass makes music sound even better. We especially like the Bass effect in games when the bass is close enough to feel the sound pulsate when explosions go off in close proximity.
Sometimes you just can’t crank up the Dolby setup because it disturbs the people around you or you’re on the go. So how do you get a little of the Bass effect when you need your music fix or are on the road? Technocel has released the Ear Vibe ear buds that vibrate with low frequency bass giving you a peaceful environment for those around you yet provides a little of the Bass cannon thrill through vibration.


ROCCAT Vire – mobiles gaming-headset Review
The mobile gamer often is forgotten. Not so at ROCCAT. With the Vire comes an interesting headset for Laptop, Mobile-Phone or
MP3-Player. We played with the Vire…



Mobile / Netbooks / Laptops:

Samsung N210 Netbook @ PureOverclock

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“The Samsung N210 is very similar to the majority of the current netbooks on the market, based on the Intel Atom N450 processor and offering limited upgrades. While there isn’t much in terms of computing power increase on the CPU, the advantage here is that lower power consumption is offered, which results in a longer battery life.”


ViewSonic VNB108 Pinetrail Atom N450 10.1-inch LED-backlit Netbook
QUOTE: "ViewSonic is a company you would likely associate with monitors, but the Taiwanese company has had its nose in new various different businesses for a little while now and one of those is computers. ViewSonic produce a range of regular laptops, but also got in on the netbook thing when Intel released its first Atom processor.
Now that Intel’s new Pinetrail netbook platform is out on the market, the one with the Atom N450 processor with built-in graphics and memory controller for better battery life, ViewSonic is also out with a new netbook built on the same platform. Today we get a close-up look at the ViewSonic VNB108. It may only be on sale in Asian markets, but it promises some lovely worded features such as 802.11n wireless networking, an advanced anti-glare LED screen and Windows 7 support. But how does it really perform?"


Coolink Lapchilla Notebook Cooler
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Quote : "Coolink is offering a USB Lapchilla laptop cooler, it has a simple design, is light-weight, has a huge 220mm fan and has the ability to adjust to a 15 or 32 degree angle. It connects easily to your laptop using a loop-through USB connector. Coolink provides a easy to use solution with their Lapchilla cooler, let’s see how it performs."


Apple iPad 16GB Wi-Fi Edition Tablet PC First Impressions @ Legit Reviews
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Quote: "Early this morning, I got up and went to pickup my 16gb iPad WiFi. Before I got carried away playing with it and discovering the fun little touches that go along with it being an Apple product, I wanted share with you some pictures and my first impressions. […] Opening the box, the first thing you see is the iPad with the power adapter and cable sitting just underneath. That is about all there is to it. The only things I noticed were not included were a cleaning cloth, like the ones that come with iPhones, and headphones. I think that these would be nice to have included…"


Gateway NV7901u 17.3-inch Multimedia Notebook
QUOTE: "Gateway is one of the largest computer makers in the world. The company makes all manner of notebook and desktop machines ranging from desktops and gaming rigs to netbooks and notebook computers. The Gateway NV7901u is the biggest and most power packed machine from Gateway I have tested.
The best news about the Gateway NV7901u is that it offers lots of performance at a bargain price tag. If you want a powerful notebook with a big screen and you don’t mind if it’s heavy, the Gateway NV7901u might be perfect. Check out the rest of the Gateway NV7901u review for all of the details."


Lenovo ThinkPad T510 Notebook Review
Today we have something a little more serious on the table for those seeking a more powerful mobile workstation. The ThinkPad T510 is part of Lenovo’s classic T series which saw a complete refresh this January along with the popular W series laptops. Our T510 sample came equipped with a dual core Arrandale chip also known as the Intel Core i7 620M that operates at 2.66GHz with 4MB of L3 cache.


Notebook Coolers Roundup @
"There are a number of notebooks on the market with underpowered cooling systems. This can cause damage over time and may well reduce the operating life of a notebook. Today we are going to look at four different coolers; The Choiix Mini Air-Through Cooling Pad, Vizo Xena Mini Notebook Cooler, Arctic Cooling Arctic NC and Hiyatek NB Cooling Pad and Stand which all aim to lower temperatures on the current generation of high powered laptops."


Coolermaster NotePal ErgoStand Laptop Cooler @ Pro-Clockers

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Coolermaster’s core components maybe PC cases and cooling, but they have not forgotten about the people who prefer the use of smaller computers. Not ceasing their support, Coolermaster has sent us their latest laptop cooler, the NotePal ErgoStand. This takes the NotePal series to a new level of cooling and comfort. The ErgoStand elevates your laptop to where you and your back are more comfortable and helps to eliminate carpal tunnel. Time to take a look at the new cooler.


‘Tips for taking care of your laptop’
Binu Thomas, Regional Service Manager MEA, Computer Systems Division of Toshiba Gulf shares the latest tips to keep your laptop healthy.
The Full Article can be viewed at



Assorted Stuffs:

Steve Jobs’s Diabolical Plan for Global Domination

Teaser: Doesn’t anyone else see what is so obvious to me? Or has Steve Jobs’s diabolical plan for global domination already reached a point that humans don’t even see what is happening to them? The whole iPhone (and iPod and iPad) thing is starting to sound like a 1950’s science fiction movie. If you’ve ever watched one of these now-totally-camp movies, the story line goes like this: A mad scientist bent on world domination invents a fanciful machine that turns humans into unthinking zombies over whom he has complete control. Now let’s update that storyline. A mad scientist by the name of Steve Jobs  invents a fanciful machine called the iPhone that, according to a recent Stanford University survey, turns users into "junkies" allowing him and his evil empire to take over the world (at least the media world, so far). Now do you see it?

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TRENDnet High Speed PC and Mac Share Cable (TU2-PMLINK) @ PCShopTalk
"TRENDnet have developed an item which makes data transfer between 2 PCs, a PC and a Mac or 2 Macs very easy. We simply have to connect the cable to both computers, start the included file manager application and that’s about it! Let’s look a bit more in-depth at this data transfer cable, in the following review."



PAX East – Gamers and Geeks Gather ‘Round The Tech:–Gamers-and-Geeks-Gather-Round-The-Tech/

Last weekend gamers from all walks of life converged on Boston to strap in, lock-n-load, boot-up and get their frag on at the PAX East 2010 gamers conference.  On hand were a number of large, brand-name hardware OEMs and game publishers, showing their wares to the game crazed masses and members of the press that attended the show.  From consoles to hand-helds and PC gaming, this show had just about something for everybody.  Hailing from the northeast latitude ourselves, of course we decided to trot on down to Beantown to catch the buzz and see the sights.



TechwareLabs has a review of the Taser C2 Electronic Control Device. Here’s a clip from the review:
Quote: When Benjamin Franklin flew his kite that stormy night, not only did he discover what would light up our houses, he may have also found the 21st centuries answer to non lethal personal protection. Join TechwareLabs as we take a look at the Taser C2, a Taser designed to keep the average person safe from an attack.


Mac OS X 10.6.3 Packs Some Regressions @ Phoronix
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Summary: "Yesterday we published Mac OS X 10.6.2 vs. Ubuntu 10.04 benchmarks. Overall, both the latest Mac OS X and Ubuntu Linux operating systems were competitive with one another, but there were a few strong points to each OS. As luck would have it, Apple finally introduced the Mac OS X 10.6.3 update that brought a variety of maintenance updates to Snow Leopard. There were a few rumored performance-related changes as well as addressing "compatibility issues with OpenGL-based applications" that was supposed to mean graphics driver updates, so we decided to run our automated tests atop Mac OS X 10.6.3 to look for any differences."


Watching The 2010 Masters Tournament in 3D with NVIDIA 3D Vision @ Legit Reviews
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"After watching the Masters for a couple of hours today in 3D, I have to say that I am impressed. I don’t wear glasses, and wearing the 3D glasses takes a bit to get used to, but the user experience is well worth wearing the glasses. The bunkers and water look amazing in 3D as you can really make out the topography of the course like never before. In face you can make out subtle undulations on the green that you can’t see without 3D! You really need to try it out for yourself! "



Quick Links:

iXBT Labs Review: MSI 790XT-G45 Motherboard

Bebo to be axed by AOL

Sapphire HD 5870 2GB Toxic Edition Review @ Hardware Canucks

XClio A380COLOR Plus Case Review @ Rbmods

Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus CPU Cooler Review @

NZXT IU01 USB Expansion Board Review

Evercool HPK-10025EA Heatpipe CPU Cooler @ [OC]ModShop

iXBT Labs Review: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480 Graphics Card

In Win Allure @ techPowerUp

XFX Radeon HD 5830 Video Card Review @ Hardware Secrets

Thermaltake Toughpower 1000W Power Supply Review @

ASUS Rampage III Extreme Motherboard Review @

P55 Motherboard Round-up: Asus, EVGA, Gigabyte, Intel, MSI

NZXT Tempest EVO Mid Tower Case Review @ Legit Reviews

Silverstone Fortress 2 FT02 @ LanOC Reviews

HIS Radeon HD 5850 Turbo 1GB Video Card

ASMedia ASM1051 USB 3.0 controller shows actual 10x increase over USB 2.0

Antec P193 Mid Tower ATX Case Review @ Legit Reviews

GIGABYTE X58A-UD7 Motherboard Review

PowerColor Radeon HD 5830 PCS+ Review

Overclocking GTX-480 / EVGA Precision 1.9.2 @ Bjorn3D

PowerColor AMD HD 5750 PCS Graphic Card Review on Technic3D

Noctua NH-D14 @ techPowerUp

ATI Radeon Eyefinity6 2GB Video Card at 5760 x 1200

ECS H55H-I Mini ITX @ PureOverclock

ECS NGT240-512QI-F Video Card Review @ Hardware Secrets

Zotac 9300-ITX Wifi Motherboard @ Rbmods

Xigmatek Durin D982 Cooler Review @ Tweaknews

In Win Maelstrom Review

Command & Conquer 4 (PC) @

CoolIT ECO A.L.C. CPU Cooler

Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus CPU Cooler Review @ Hardware Secrets

Nexus VCT-9000 CPU Cooler

Titan Skalli CPU Cooler Review on Technic3D

Core i5 DDR3 Memory Kit Group Test – 4GB kits @

ASRock H55DE3 Motherboard


In Win Ironclad Case Review @ Hardware Secrets

ICY DOCK MB990SP-B Dual 2.5" to 3.5" SATA/IDE Adapter

GIGABYTE M8000 Xtreme Laser Gaming Mouse Review @ Hardware Canucks

Gigabyte Superb 550P Power Supply Review @ Hardware Secrets

Cougar S550W PSU @ Rbmods

Thermaltake Wing RS 301 Case Review

Cooler Master GX-750W: Powerful but Accessible @ InsideHW

3R System R120-V3 Case Review @ Hardware Secrets

Corsair Obsidian 700D Big-Tower Review on Technic3D

GMC H-80 Case Review at Overclockers Online