In Win Dragon Slayer mATX Chassis

In Win are a Taiwanese based company founded in 1985 whose product focus includes cases, power supplies and rackmount solutions. Over these years, In Win have adhered to the latest industry standards and have developed some industry leading products.

More noticeably as of late have the company been creating cases with unique styling and the latest features and functionality.

Today we are looking at the In Win Dragon Slayer mATX chassis which is said to be small in size and huge in potential. Let’s see if it lives up to that shall we?

Specifications
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Case Size: Mini Tower
Material: 0.6mm SECC
Drive Bays: 1. Option 1: External 5.25" x 3, 3.5" x 1
Internal 2.5" x 1
2. Option 2: External 5.25" x 1, 3.5" x 1
Internal 2.5" x 1, *3.5" x 3 or 3.5" x 2, 2.5" x 1 (*Converted from 5.25" x 2 )
M/B Form Factor: Micro-ATX
Power Supply: 1. ATX 12V
2. PSII
I/O Expansion Slots: PCI-E/PCI/AGP Expansion Slot x 5
Front I/O(Ports): USB 3.0 x 1; USB 2.0 x 2; HD/AC’97 Audio
Thermal Solution: 14cm Fan at Top and Front
9cm Fan at Rear/8cm HDD Fan
Optional 12cm Side Fan x 4
Water-Cooling Hole Ready
Dimension(HxWxD): 430 x 196 x 426 mm (16.9" x 7.7" x 16.8" )
Security: Padlook Loop / Kensington Slot

Daily Hardware Roundup (28/02/2011)

Cases:

Cooling:

Miscellaneous:

  • A.C.Ryan PlayON!HD Essential FullHD Media Player Review @ Real World Labs
  • TRENDnet TEW-687GA 450Mbps Wireless N Gaming Adapter Review @ MadShrimps
  • Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds Xbox 360 Review @ TweakTown
  • iDapt i4 Universal Charging Station @ TestFreaks
  • Sapphire EDGE-HD Mini PC Review @ TweakTown
  • iChair iPad Case @ TestFreaks

Motherboard:

  • Sapphire PURE Black X58 Intel Mainboard @ Hardware-mag
  • GIGABYTE’s X58A-OC motherboard gets full introduction on video @ TweakTown
  • Asus G73JW 3D: 3D Full HD @ CowcotLand
  • Gigabyte P67A-UD7 Motherboard Review @ Hi Tech Legion

Peripherals:

Power Supply:

  • Corsair TX850 V2 and TX750 V2 Power Supplies Review @ HardwareHeaven

Storage:

  • Pushing The Limits of SSD Storage at 2.4GB/s @ The SSD Review
  • Kingston SSDNow V100 128GB SSD Review @ Legit Reviews
  • SandForce SF-2000 Series Client Launch @ TweakTown
  • OCZ Technology RevoDrive 50GB PCI Express SSD @ BigBruin

GELID Wing 12 120mm UV Case Fan

The GELID Solutions Wing 12 UV Blue 120mm Fan is part of the Wing 12 series of fans that Gelid offer in their gamer range of products. These fans feature performance specifications, UV coloured blades in Blue or Green and are marketed as a mid-range performance product. What is quite surprising is that for an affordable £10 fan it offers a long list of notable features. These include the winglet blade design, low 5v start voltage, water & dust proof design, removable impeller and included fan controller. Quite a feature packed product, so does it deliver where it matters and should you consider it?

GELID Solutions are a relative newcomer to the computer market, founded in 2008. The rather strange name Gelid is apparently derived from the Latin word “gelidus” meaning extremely cold/icy which is very suitable for this particular product. They produce a large range of computer cooling products and other accessories aimed at the enthusiast market, from thermal compounds to heatsinks and case fans, the latter of which is what we have for review today.

Specifications
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  • Product Description: GELID Solutions Wing 12 UV Blue 120mm Fan
  • Best Price from Reputable Retailer at Time of Review: £10.80 (SpecialTech)
  • Product Type: Case Fan
  • Dimensions: 120x120x25mm
  • Rotation Speed: 1500 RPM @ 12v
  • Air Flow: 64.3 CFM
  • Noise Level: 25 dBA
  • Power Connector: Standard 3 Pin Fan Header Plug
  • Features: Variable fan speed through included fan controller with variable rheostat

It is worth taking the quoted dBA and CFM from all manufacturers with a large pinch of salt as they are generally either recorded under ideal conditions or simply calculations based on the specifications and design of the fan with no actual testing taking place.

Daily Hardware Roundup (25/02/2011)

Cases:

Cooling:

Graphics:

Memory:

  • Crucial Ballistix Smart Tracer PC3-12800 4GB Kit Review @ TweakTown

Miscellaneous:

Peripherals:

Power Supply:

  • 80Plus Gold 500/550W: be quiet! vs Enermax @ au-ja

Storage:

  • SandForce SF-2000 Series SSD Overview @ Benchmark Reviews
  • OCZ Technology Vertex 3 Solid State Drive @ OCIA
  • OCZ Vertex 3 240GB SSD Review @ HardwareHeaven
  • OCZ Vertex 3 Pre-Release SATA 3 SSD Review – RAID 0 Becomes Pointless @ The SSD Review
  • OCZ Technology Vertex 3 (SF-2200) Solid State Drive Preview @ TweakTown
  • SandForce Unleashes SF-2200 Processors For Blazing SSD Performance at 500MB/s @ The SSD Review
  • OCZ Vertex 3 240GB SATA 3 6Gbps SandForce SSD Preview @ Legit Reviews

Daily Hardware Roundup (24/02/2011)

Cooling:

  • Corsair Hydro Series H70 CPU Cooler @ OCAU

Graphics:

  • XFX 6950 XXX 1GB – Building a XXX Eyefinity System with Logitech Controllers @ HardwareHeaven
  • Gainward GeForce GTX 570 1280MB ‘Phantom’ Graphics Card @ iXBT Labs
  • Sapphire Radeon HD 6870 Flex Video Card Review @ Ninjalane
  • PowerColor AX6950 PCS++ Video Card @ Benchmark Reviews

Miscellaneous:

Motherboard:

  • ECS H67H2-M Black Motherboard Review @ MadShrimps

Peripherals:

Power Supply:

Storage:

  • Corsair Performance 3 Series 256GB Solid State Drive Review @ TweakTown

Daily Hardware Roundup (23/02/2011)

Cases:

Graphics:

Memory:

  • Patriot G2 Series PC3-12800 8GB Kit Review @ Tweak Town
  • Crucial Ballistix Tracer Black PC3-12800 @ OCIA

Peripherals:

Power Supply:

Software:

AMD Phenom II X4 975 3.60GHz AM3 Processor

AMD have been focussing on their new products with the likes of Bulldozer and the whole Fusion range as of late but haven’t forgotten about the users wanting more from an already current system.

AMD recently released a new flagship processor into their product line-up, in the shape of the Phenom II X4 975 BE. This is another Black Edition processor meaning that the multiplier is unlocked giving it more headroom for overclocking and a higher stock frequency.

AMD still believe there is life in the Deneb core and are squeezing more performance out of their quad core processor technology to come up with the X4 975 Deneb.

Specifications
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  • 3.60GHz clock speed
  • 2MB L2 cache
  • 6MB L3 cache
  • DDR3-1333 support
  • 45nm process technology (140W Edition)
  • True Multi-core Processing
  • Direct Connect Architecture
  • Integrated Dual-Channel Memory Controller with up to DDR3-1333 support
  • HyperTransport 3.0
  • AMD Balanced Smart Cache
  • AMD Wide Floating Point Accelerator
  • AMD Memory Optimizer Technology
  • AMD Digital Media Xpress 2.0
  • AMD Virtualization with Rapid Virtualization Indexing
  • Cool‘n’Quiet 3.0 technology

Packaging
[HR][/HR] When buying a processor, you get the choice of an OEM or Retail version. Our processors come in a OEM style packaging that is specific to the media though when buying retail, you get a lot more but that is also reflected in the price. A retail version will come with a longer warranty, AMD certified CPU cooler and instruction manual.

Daily Hardware Roundup (22/02/2011)

Cases:

Cooling:

Graphics:

  • Sapphire Radeon HD 6870 Vapor-X @ Techgage
  • Sapphire Radeon HD 6950 1GB Video Card Review @ TweakTown
  • PowerColor Radeon HD6970 PCS+ 2GB DX11 Video Card Review @Hi Tech Legion

Memory:

  • Patriot Sandy Bridge Optimized Memory @ BCC Hardware
  • Kingston HyperX T1 Series PC3-17066 8GB Kit @ TweakTown

Miscellaneous:

Motherboard:

  • Sapphire Pure Black P67 Motherboard Review @ Ninjalane

Peripherals:

Storage:

  • PQI 64GB SDXC Class 10 Flash Memory Card Review @ Legit Reviews
  • SuperTalent About To Unveil Worlds Smallest And Fastest SSD @ The SSD Review
  • Viking Modular 25GB SLC SATADIMM Review – It Fits into a RAM slot! @ The SSD Review

Enermax progresses to CPU cooling

Enermax, a leading producer of PC fans is now preparing to join the CPU cooling market. As the two markets are so closely linked their experience should count for something right? Well, take a look at this beautiful creation.

Unfortunately, there is no name to this device, but it is being teased ahead of what we presume will be an official launch at the CeBIT trade show. It is rumoured that they are launching six different models of the above, with and without LED lighting.

It is likely that this CPU cooler will use ‘Cutting edge’ technology that it has developed for all PC fans which include the Vortex Generator Flow air-stream technology and Twister fans, which sounds highly impressive! We are hoping that the price is right as this could be a very affordable, high-performance and low-noise cooler.

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Zalman FG1000 FPS Gun

For many years it has been the case that if you were a gamer you would have purchased a specialised gaming mouse, or at least you would own a high-calibre mouse. However now, there are a few alternatives on the market designed specifically to try and change this and today we are going to look at one of those. In fact, we can’t call this a mouse, it is an input device for sure and yes it does control the cursor but it’s not a mouse.

What’s wrong with a mouse? Well, this may sound like a stupid question but in the mice evolution of design, it was created to be used as an input device for all aspects of computing. Unfortunately the mouse wasn’t created specifically for gaming. You could argue that there are many mice out there that have been created just for gaming but lets be frank, they’ve taken a standard mouse design and tweaked it to make it perform better in the gaming category. It’s like taking a Ford Fiesta, improving the engine and aerodynamics by adding a spoiler but then trying to call it an F1 car. To be a true gaming device it has to be built as such from the ground up.

Zalman are a Korean company that develop and produce aftermarket desktop computer products with a primary focus on cooling enhancement and like many companies are trying to expand their range into peripherals.

Specifications:
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  • Resolution: Up to 2000 DPI
  • Image Processing: 6400 frames per second
  • Max Speed: 40 ips
  • Max Acceleration: 15 g
  • Data Channel: 16 bit
  • Polling Rate: 1000 Hz, 1 ms Response
  • Trigger Buttons: OMRON Switches
  • Feet: Teflon

Daily Hardware Roundup (21/02/2011)

Cooling:

Graphics:

Memory:

Miscellaneous:

Motherboard:

Peripherals:

Power Supplies:

  • Cooler Master Silent Pro Gold 1000 Watt Modular Power Supply Review @ Ocinside
  • SilverStone Strider Gold 750W Power Supply @ OCIA

Storage:

Daily Hardware Roundup (18/02/2011)

Cooling:

Graphics:

  • Diamond Multimedia All In Wonder HD Premium 5000 Review @ Hi Tech Legion
  • Gainward GeForce GTX 570 1280MB Phantom Video Card Review @ TweakTown
  • ASUS GeForce GTX 570 Direct CU II @ techPowerUp!
  • Inno3D GTX570 1.25GB Review @ Vortez

Memory:

Miscellaneous:

Peripherals:

Storage:

  • OCZ Vertex 3 Pro SandForce SF-2582 200GB SSD Preview @ Legit Reviews

Scorpio case and Titan Cooler 99p EXCLUSIVE

Spread the word.

10 of the latest Sharkoon 1000 Scorpio cases including Titan Hati fan for only £0.99 each only on Monday 7th March 2011

Only available with pre-registration at www.beyondtechnologies.co.uk

UK sales only

1 per household

  • With the Scorpio 1000 we present a functional ATX tower with a black interior and bottom lying power supply plus space for a multitude of different drives.
  • Two 3.5″ hard drives can be installed into the externally accessible Fast-Swap-Bays, with the tower still providing the possibility for mounting four 2.5″ hard drives or SSDs and another three 3.5″ hard drives.
  • The top I/O of the Scorpio offers two USB2.0 and two audio ports plus an eSATA port.
  • Internal components are cooled by a bright blue, preinstalled 120 mm LED fan situated on the front plus a similar fan on the backside.
  • Additional fans can be installed on the tower’s top or side panel.
  • For a clean cable management more cable and feed through slots are available inside the housing.
  • The mainboard’s mounting plate has an opening for the easy installation of a CPU cooler.

Features:

  • ATX case
  • 4x 5.25″ drive bays (external)
  • 2x 3.5″ fast swap drive bays (external)
  • 3x 3.5″ drive bays (internal)
  • 4x 2.5″ drive bays (internal)
  • Top I/O with 2x USB2.0, 1x eSATA, 1x headphone and 1x microphone connector, power and reset button
  • 7 slots for add-on cards
  • Plastic front panel with air inlet, drive bay covers in mesh design
  • Quick fasteners for optical drives, mainboard mounting with installation opening for CPU coolers
  • 2 openings for water cooling
  • Cable management system
  • Black interior painting
  • Dimensions: 500 x 210 x 503 mm (L x W x H)
  • Weight: ~7.26 kg

Fan configuration:

Case front: 1x 120 mm LED fan (blue/pre-installed)
Side panel: 1x 200 mm fan or 2x 120 mm fans (optional)
Back side of case: 1x 120 mm fan (pre-installed)
Top panel: 2x 120 mm or 2x 140mm fans (optional)

The Titan Hati cooler is very comparable to the original Fenrir — it uses direct contact heatpipes, an aluminum base, and aluminum fins. Like the Fenrir, it has caps on top of the heatpipes to clean up the look of the cooler. The bottom of the Hati has a protective film that prevents anything from scratching the base during transit, which warns the user be sure to remove it before installing the cooler. Each fin of the Titan Hati has the Titan logo stamped into it, and cut into it is an aggressive and edgy design. It is a lightweight heatsink.

Specifications:

Outline Dimension 130 x 80 x 160 mm
Fan Dimension 120 x 120 x 25 mm
Power Consumption 3.84W
Rated Speed 800~2200 +/- 10% RPM
Airflow 24~66 CFM
Static pressure 0.02~0.14 in/H2O
Noise Level 15~35 dBA
Lifetime 60,000 hours

Features:

  • 3 x 8 mm heat pipes with direct contact technology to maximize heat conductivity
  • PWM function fan with automatic speed adjustment according to the temperature of CPU for extra-silent operation
  • 12 cm Kukri shaped fan for efficiency and silence
  • Include 4 vibration reducing mounting rubber bolts and has the option to equip one or two fans

This offer is not available anywhere else and will be on a first come first serve basis exclusivly for eTeknix forum members.

Beyond Technologies want to bring exclusive offers through eTeknix forum members to review the latest cutting edge products and technolgies.

So what do you have to do?

  • You MUST be a member of eTeknix. You can register here!
  • You MUST be a member of Beyond Technologies. You can register here!
  • You must wait until 7th March 2011
  • Add the Scorpio 1000 case to your cart here!
  • Add the Titan Hati cooler to your cart here!

Your shopping cart will auto adjust the price to 99p and as long as you are one of the FIRST 10 to order, you will get the case and cooler at 99p + shipping costs.

Remember this is UK based only and is your chance to team up with eTeknix and Beyond Technologies to get a Scorpio 1000 case and Titan cooler for 99p.

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Daily Hardware Roundup (17/02/2011)

Cooling:


Graphics:


Memory:


Miscellaneous:

  • Mivizu A90 iPad Stand @ OCIA
  • TRENDnet TEW-691GR Wireless 450Mbps Gigabit Router @ TechwareLabs
  • iHome iP90 Dual Alarm Clock Radio for iPhone/iPod with AM/FM Reception Review @ Madshrimps
  • OvisLink AirLive X.USB 11a/b/g/n 300Mbps Dual Band USB Adapter Review @ Madshrimps
  • ASUS RT-N56U Dual Band Gigabit Wireless N Router Review @ Tweaktown


Motherboard:

  • ECS P67H2-A Black Extreme Motherboard Performance Review @ Legitreviews


Netbooks:


Peripherals:


Power Supplies:

Daily Hardware Roundup (16/02/2011)

Cases:

Cooling:

Graphics:

  • Gelid Icy Vision Rev 2 Graphics Card Cooler Review @ Tweaknews
  • ZOTAC GeForce GTX 560 Ti AMP! Edition 1 GB @techPowerUp!

Memory:

  • Patriot Division 2 Viper Xtreme PC3 15000 Memory Review @ Ninjalane

Miscellaneous:

Motherboard:

  • ASRock Fatal1ty P67 Professional Socket 1155 Motherboard @ Pro-Clockers

Peripherals:

  • Razer Ferox Review @ Vortez
  • Patriot Memory Supersonic USB 3.0 Flash Drive @ TweakTown
  • Mad Catz CoD: Modern Warfare 2 Elite USB Gaming Keyboard @ Bigbruin
  • Mionix Propus 380 Gaming Mouse Pad Review@ Hi Tech Legion

Processor:

  • Intel Core i3-2100T and BH67CF Mini-ITX Motherboard Review @MissingRemote

Storage:

KFA2 GeForce GTX 470 EX OC

KFA2 are the European vendor for its parent company; Galaxy over in America, and they are not afraid in the slightest to make this known, in fact they are proud to boast this. Unlike some other companies, they are unique in that ALL of their facilities including support, RMA and warehousing are based in Europe and their primary goal is to provide products that have two key elements – ‘Performance & Quality’.

Their product base comprises of premium NVidia chipsets, built ground up on non-reference PCB’s and have non-reference fans, in fact nothing about the cards in the slightest are reference. Every single card that they offer is overclocked from stock, meaning that when you look at the same models from other brands, their specs are straight away a step up.

When NVidia released the 470 back last March, the reference cards were known to have some thermal issues and keeping cool due to the 3 billion transistors that had been embedded onto the GF100 GPU’s. This is where KFA2 have stepped upto the challenge to not only overcome the cooling but to also cool a card that they will supply overclocked as standard. This challenge is right up their street!

Specifications
[HR][/HR]The full specifications of the GTX 470 from KFA2 are as listed below:

Detailed Specification GeForce GTX 470 1280MB EX OC GDDR5 PCIe 2.0
Cores 448
Graphics Clock(MHz) 625
Processor Clock(MHz) 1250
Memory Clock(MHz) 1674
Memory Amount 1280MB
Memory Interface 320-bit GDDR5
Memory Bandwidth(GB/Sec) 133.9
Texture Fill Rate(Billion/Sec) 34.0


Further Information:

  • Warranty : 2 Years
  • NVIDIA PhysX Technology
  • DirectCompute 5.0 and OpenCL Support
  • NVIDIA SLI Ready

Sapphire announces the smallest PC in the world

Sapphire has recently been branching out and you will have hopefully seen a few of their Sandy Bridge motherboards or maybe their souped-up graphics cards. However they are pushing the boat out a little bit further and making a new line of ‘lifestyle PC’s’.

Their first release is the EDGE-HD Mini PC and let’s be frank it is tiny. It occupies less than half a litre in total volume with dimensions of 19.3cm * 14.8 cm *2.2 cm. It also weighs just 530g.


So as it’s so small you’d expect the specs to be a bit limited, well I think you might be surprised. Firstly it is using a 1.66 GHz dual-core Intel Atom D510 as well as a nice 2 GB of DDR 2 RAM. It also includes a 512 MB NVIDIA ION 2 GPU, which should handle all your media needs. They also somehow manage to fit a 250 GB hard drive in it. This isn’t anything special but it will certainly cope with general desktop tasks and even some gaming.

Of course this also packs WiFi (802.11n), gigabit Ethernet, VGA, HDMI and 4*USB 2.0 ports. A nice plus is that under load the power consumption is only 22 W, so you’re not exactly going to notice the electricity bill go up even if it is on all the time!

Unfortunately, Sapphire have decided to ship this with FREE DOS to keep the price down but it is fully compatible with Windows 7 (and of course Vista + XP), however expect resellers to offer bundles with Windows 7 installed.

There are no official details on pricing yet, however it is available on some Internet Stores for little over £350 (without OS), but this will nearly certainly drop over the next month or so.

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Jetway NF96FL-510-LF Mini-ITX Motherboard

With more households than ever owning a second or third computer, it seems that they all have their own purpose for one or more functions. One system may be used for work related activities whilst the other is used for hardcore gaming. There may even be a computer for the kids to do their homework on and to facetwitter or mybook their friends. With computers having more functionality than ever, and the ability to do a multitude of tasks, we generally find another one in the living area devoted for HTPC purposes so that the family can sit down and watch their favourite TV shows, or movies whenever they want. It even works out great as a dedicated muscle centre, for those out of control parties that we all have……………..or is it just my house then?

When we hear the name HTPC we automatically think of small form factor and its micro design that we’ve all come to be familiar with. This is where manufacturers have seized the market with micro-ATX and Mini-ITX form factor systems to supply you with inexpensive components for the least amount of money possible. These are generally catered for by using a low profile design coupled with either an AMD Neo or more commonly Intel Atom processor, sufficient memory slots, suitable chipset and on-board audio, LAN and graphics to give you an all in one solution for your needs.

On the market, we can see the likes of the Zotac ZBOX with its slim, sleek design offering up all of the above in a mini barebone PC suitable for the average family man to provide for his family. The average enthusiast however, would rather build his own system to his own specification, so he knows exactly what he’s got for his money. That way he can decide on a budget, the needs for the system and the brands that will be used as we all know the world is full of fan boys and customers devoted to a particular manufacturer. We’ve seen this so many times in the past with the likes of the AMD/Intel battle, or the AMD/Nvidia clash, but that’s for another article.

In the past we have looked at a mini-ITX motherboard branded in the shape of the Jetway NC63-330-LF using an Intel Atom N330 Dual-Core 1.6GHz processor but as times change, so does the technology and the features used. This is where we introduce the Jetway NF96FL-510-LF with its improved processor (which is loosely based on the Atom 330), different chipset and improved features.

As we delve further into the review, you will see why this board is also perfect for other uses including for security or as a simple download box for all you pirates out there, but as we know, these types of motherboards are generally favoured for the above mentioned HTPC purposes due to their all in one design and passive cooling, whilst offering fantastic bang for buck when looking at the features and specifications of a board like this.

Now let’s take a look at the specifications in a bit more detail to give you clear and concise information on exactly what is supported on this mini ITX board which in turn should give you a better insight as to whether the board will be suitable for your needs.

Specifications
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  • CPU
  • INTEL® Atom Processor D510 / D525(Dual Core)
  • Chipset
  • INTEL® Atom Processor D510 / D525 + ICH8M Chipset
  • Front Side Bus 667MHz
  • Memory
  • 2 * DIMMs Sockets for un-buffered Single Channel DDR2 800/667 SDRAM up to 4 GB
  • Expansion Slots
  • 1 * PCI slot
  • 1 * MINI PCI-E
  • Storage
Embedded INTEL ICH8M Chipset
  • 3 * Serial ATA2 3Gb/s connectors
  • 1 * Ultra DMA 100 / 66 IDE connector
  • Audio
  • Realtek ALC662 6-Channel HD Audio CODEC
  • Ethernet LAN
  • Realtek RTL8111DL PCI-E Gigabit Ethernet LAN
  • LVDS
  • Onboard 18-bit single channel LVDS connector
  • USB
  • Embedded 9 * USB 2.0/1.1
  • Special Features
  • Support ACPI S3
  • Support CPU Smart FAN
  • Support Watch Dog
  • Rear Panel I / O
  • 5 * USB 2.0/1.1 ports
  • 1 * PS2/KB Connector
  • 1 * RJ-45 port
  • 1 * COM port
  • 1 * VGA port / 1 * DVI-D port
  • 1 * E-SATA Port
  • 1 * 12V DC in
  • 3 * Audio Phone Jack
  • Internal I / O
  • 2 * USB 2.0/1.1 headers for 4 USB 2.0 ports
  • 1 * JWDB pin Power connector
  • CPU / NB / Chassis Fan connectors;
  • 1 * 32-pin LVDS headers & 1 * GPIO header & 1 Parallel headers
  • 1 * COM header ( COM1 for RS-422/485)
  • 1 * AUDIO header
  • BIOS
  • Award 8MB DIP Flash ROM
  • Functional
  • ATM, Automation, medical Equipment, Security, Networking, POS, General Application, Gaming Machine, Transportation
  • Form Factor
  • Mini ITX Form Factor(17cmx17cm)

Daily Hardware Roundup (15/02/2011)

Cases:

Cooling:

  • Thermaltake Blue-Eye LED Case Fan @ bayreviews
  • Alpenföhn Föhn 140 Wing Boost Fan Review @ Vortez

Graphics:

Memory:

  • OCZ Gold XTE Series PC3-17000 4GB Kit @ tweaktown

Miscellaneous:

  • Asus Xonar DG Headphone Amp Sound Card Review @ Tweaknews
  • Mini ITX: i7 2600 K + GTX 580 @ CowcotLand
  • Marvel VS Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds Review (XBOX 360) @ GamingHeaven.com

Motherboard:

  • Sapphire PURE Black P67 Hydra Socket 1155 Motherboard @ Pro-Clockers
  • Jetway Mini-ITX NC98-525E-LF Motherboard MultiMedia Review @ madshrimps

Networking:

Processors:

Storage:

  • Kingston SSDNow V100 Solid State Drive @ TechwareLabs
  • OCZ RevoDrive X2 PCIe Solid State Drive @ OCIA

Asus Radeon HD 6950 OC 2GB

The AMD Radeon HD 6900 series cards are the latest in AMD’s graphics card product catalogue and are their flagship cards when it comes to single GPU with the 5970 still dominating the dual-GPU market.

The 6900 series are based around the Cayman GPU and offers several improvements across various aspects of the cards including 3D performance, power consumption improvements and overall performance when compared to its predecessors. Whilst all of this is a step in the right direction and is always music to my ears, the feature that has really tickled my fancy is the possibility that a user can unlock the 6950 into a fully fledged HD 6970 for no extra cost. This is all performed using a simple BIOS flash and with the ability to switch between multiple BIOS configurations on the HD 6950, it seems it’s a no brainer as to what people will do once they’ve purchased one.

Today showcases Asus’s effort at a slightly pre-overclocked version of the HD 6950 with some of the patented features that Asus have to offer including Voltage Tweak, Asus Smart Doctor, Asus Gamer OSD and much more. The questions we’ll be asking is to how it performs and will it unlock to 6970 territory.

Specifications
[HR][/HR]The main difference you will see in this card is the slight overclock of 10MHz from its standard 800MHz.

Graphics Engine AMD Radeon HD 6950
Bus Standard PCI Express 2.1
Video Memory GDDR5 2GB
Engine Clock 810 MHz
Memory Clock 5000 MHz ( 1250 MHz GDDR5 )
RAMDAC 400 MHz
Memory Interface 256-bit
Resolution D-Sub Max Resolution : 2048×1536
DVI Max Resolution : 2560×1600
Interface DVI Output : Yes x 1 (DVI-I),Yes x 1 (DVI-D)
HDMI Output : Yes x 1
Display Port : Yes x 2 (Mini DP)
HDCP Support : Yes
Software ASUS Utilities & Driver
Dimensions 11 ” x 5 ” Inch

Daily Hardware Roundup (14/02/2011)

Cases:

  • Fractal Design Define XL Computer Chassis Review @ The SSD Review
  • Thermaltake Armor A90 ATX Mid Tower Case @ BayReviews

Cooling:

  • Deepcool Killer Whale Premium CPU Cooler Review @ Legit Reviews

Graphics:

  • Gainward GeForce GTX 570 1280MB @ iXBTLabs
  • GIGABYTE HD6970 2GB Review @ Vortez

Memory:

  • OCZ Platinum XTE Series PC3-16000 4GB Kit @ Tweak Town

Miscellaneous:

Motherboard:

Peripherals:

Power Supplies:

  • Corsair CX430 Power Supply Review @ Hardware Secrets
  • Super Flower Golden Green SF-800P14XE 800W Power Supply Review @ Tweak Town

Storage:

Noctua NF-S12B FLX Fan

The Noctua NF-S12B FLX 120mm Fan is the latest release in a series of popular fans designed for the noise conscious system builder from the Austrian specialist company Noctua. A previously small niche company synonymous with low noise fans has recently grown to prominence due to their high performance NH-D14 dual radiator heatsink which took the market by storm. This single product has given the company exposure to the performance enthusiast market that Noctua was never really targeted in the past.

Going back to their roots of low noise fans Noctua have released the Noctua NF-S12B FLX, this new FLX (Flexibility) version of Noctua latest generation 120mm case fan which allows you to control the fan speed using the provided adapters. Putting the FLX system aside the design of the NF-S12B is very interesting with a unique propeller design featuring straighter more extremely pitched blades and tweaks such as bevelled blade tips. This fan is backed up with a 6 year warranty showing Noctua’s confidence in the build quality, bearing and system. However does it provide enough refinement, silence and performance to make the high price tag worth paying?

Specifications

  • Product Description: Noctua NF-S12B FLX 120mm Fan
  • Best Price from Reputable Retailer at Time of Review: £15.95 (Scan Computers)
  • Product Type: Case Fan
  • Dimensions: 120x120x25mm
  • Rotation Speed: 1200/900/600 RPM
  • Air Flow: 59.2/44.6/28.9 CFM (Converted from quoted m3/h)
  • Noise Level: 18.1/10.6/6.2* dBA (* extrapolated value from Noctua)
  • Power Connector: Standard 3 Pin Fan Header Plug
  • Features: Variable fan speed through included adapters

It is worth taking the quoted dBA and CFM from all manufacturers with a large pinch of salt as they are generally either recorded under ideal conditions or simply calculations based on the specifications and design of the fan with no actual testing taking place.

Daily Hardware Roundup (11/02/2011)

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  • MSI P67A-GD65 Motherboard @ iXBT
  • E350N-USB3 Motherboard @ The Tech Report
  • ECS H67H2-I(Intel Sandy Bridge meets Mini-ITX) @ Au-Ja
  • ASUS P8P67 Deluxe (Intel P67 Express) Motherboard Review@Tweak Town
  • ASRock Fatal1ty P67 Professional @ OCAU

Peripherals:

  • Roccat Kova[+] Gaming Mouse Review @ HardwareHeaven.com
  • Razer Naga Epic Mouse and Ironclad Mouse Mat @ OCAU
  • Keyboard Celeritas Zowie @ CowcotLand
  • Mouse Speedlink Ferret mouse transparent @ CowcotLand
  • Smartfish Whirl Mini Laser Mouse w/ Anti-Gravity Comfort Pivot @ TestFreaks

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Clausoft Meenee Laptop

Laptops are becoming more popular as of late with the likes of schools giving them out to students and the prices dropping so that they are more affordable. Over time they have developed more and use newer technology whilst the prices are still coming down.

Back in the day, the laptop of choice came from the likes of Dell, HP, IBM and Toshiba but other brands have developed and are offering more competitive deals which leads to better offers for the customer.

Today we’re taking a look at a specialist laptop made by a company called Clausoft. The laptop is called the Meenee and comes in a choice of black or white and features a small compact design and very attractive pricing.

Specifications

  • CPU: Intel Atom N455 1.66GHz
  • 13.3” WVGA LCD screen @ 1280 x 800
  • 2GB Samsung 1333MHz DDR3 memory
  • 400GB Toshiba 5400RPM SATA hard drive
  • Black or White

Daily Hardware Roundup (10/02/2011)

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Cooling:

  • Arctic Cooling Freezer 13 CPU Cooler Review @ Hardware Secrets
  • Noctua NH-C12P and Noctua NH-C12P SE14 CPU Cooler Review @ madshrimps

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Memory:

  • Patriot Viper Xtreme Division 2 PC3-15000 8GB Kit @ Tweak Town

Peripherals:

  • Mionix Propus 380 Gaming Mouse Pad Review @ Vortez
  • Cooler Master CM Storm Spawn Gaming Mouse[COLOR=#336699] @ BCCHardware
  • MUKii TransImp USB3 Combo Pack (PCIe Card+Enclosure) @ Pro-Clockers
  • ADATA Superior Series S102 16GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Review @ madshrimps
  • Corsair CA-HS1NA USB Gaming Headset @ Benchmark Reviews
  • Coloud Colors Headphones @ TestFreaks

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Storage:

  • Kingston HyperX Max 3.0 128GB Portable SSD @ Techgage

CoolerMaster Storm Spawn

As you are probably aware there are many companies that produce mice. There is a company however that specialises in coolers and chassis. This is of course CoolerMaster. However over the last year they have been developing their range and extending into the peripherals for computers market of which includes mice. We have their latest mouse; the Cooler Master Storm Spawn to review. This is only their third mouse so it will be interesting to see if they have cracked this very competitive market.

CoolerMaster was founded with the mission of providing the industry’s best thermal solutions. However they created the CM Storm brand, which is mostly independent, for chassis and notebook cooling and decided to add some mice and mousepads to complement their range. It does certainly give a good first impression. It also allows you to have the complete CM experience.

Daily Hardware Roundup (09/02/2011)

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Power Supplies:

  • Sparkle SCC-750AF Gold Class 750W Power Supply Review @ TweakTown

Storage:

  • Western Digital Scorpo Black 750gb Laptop Hard Drive @ Techware Labs