OCZ have gone through lots of changes as of late including the main aspect of the company being changed from a mass memory manufacturer to a switch of product focus in the SSD market. This has given OCZ the chance to put all of their efforts into SSDs which until now have been a majorly overpriced component of a computer system.
As of late, more manufacturers have been releasing SSDs which has brought the price down whilst performance still move forward. OCZ are one of the forefront manufacturer’s when it comes to performance based products and today a look at the Vertex 2 60GB SSD from OCZ should see if it carries on with that status.
Available in 40GB to 480GB capacities*
Native TRIM support
Max IOPS Firmware
Seek Time: .1ms
Slim 2.5″ Design
99.8 x 69.63 x 9.3mm
Operating Temp: 0°C ~ 70°C
Storage Temp: -45°C ~ +85°C
Low Power Consumption: 2W in operation, .5W in standby
Shock Resistant up to 1500G
Included 3.5″ Desktop adapter bracket
Compatible with Windows XP, Vista, 7, Mac OS X and Linux
All i heard last year was that 2011 was going to be the year of the tablet, and whilst i can semi-agree with that, i don’t believe it’s as clear cut as that. I think 2011 is the year of small products, not just tablets, but smaller form factor gadgets and components including motherboards.
Whilst we see products getting smaller, we are generally seeing them using less power and dissapating less heat and this is where AMD have taken advantage with their showcase of their newest AMD Fusion APU platform.
Fusion utilises a CPU/GPU combination creating the Fusion APU to give users an all-in-one solution which draws very little power.
You may remember the AMD Fusion Mini-ITX preview we did back in January which showed off the specifications and first glance pictures of these exciting new boards whilst in February we got a first hand play with a slightly bigger Micro ATX Asus E35M1-M Pro which gave fantastic results throughout our testing phase.
Today, our friends at Gigabyte have supplied us with the E350N-USB3 Mini-ITX board to see if by making a slightly smaller product, will the performance be effected?
The Roccat Kave is an interesting headset and it doesn’t quite follow convention. It is primarily a lot larger than others currently on the market. There is however a good reason for this which we will touch on further through the review.
This is one of these devices that looks really good on paper but it is rare that the device can achieve this. For instance this device boasts full 5.1 surround sound which of course even includes a central speaker which sounds rather weird for something that surrounds the side of your ears as the central speaker would normally be directly in front of you on top of the television or similar.
Roccat are an up and coming company that have recently been producing various products including mice and headsets. Technical Specifications [HR][/HR]CENTER/FRONT/REAR DRIVER UNITS Frequency response: 20~20,000Hz Max. SPL at 1KHz: 114±3dB Max. input power: 100mW (30mW) Drive diameter front: 40mm Drive diameter rear: 40mm
VIBRATION DRIVER UNITS Frequency response: 20~100Hz () Max. input power: 1000mW Drive diameter: 30mm MICROPHONE Frequency response: 20~18,000Hz Sensitivity at 1KHz: -36dB Impedance: 2.2KOhm +15% Directivity: Omni-directional Diameter: 4×1.5mm
SYSTEM Input impedance: 10KOhm Cable length: 3,4m total (2,0m Remote > PC) Between ear cups and remote 140cm Between remote and splitter 180cm Between splitter and PC 20cm
The 6990 was yet ANOTHER launch from AMD that had no publicity whatsoever. Cast your mind back to the 6800 and 6950/6970 launches and i bet even then you can’t remember much about them. There’s a very good reason why, and it’s all down to AMD themselves who don’t believe in fancy, extravagant launches but yet prefer to just release a product with no big bang or anything.
We’re still unsure as to why they do this, but i’m sure they have their reasons behind it.
The 5970 has been in the limelight for a long time as it was classed as AMD’s flagship graphics card when it comes to Dual GPU, and with plenty of single based GPU cards being released from both AMD and Nvidia, it was only a matter of time until the new bad boy stepped onto the market, ready to take over.
Currently, one of the most competitive computer markets is the CPU cooling and especially the high-powered and more exclusive heat sinks. There are a lot of advantages to having a good CPU cooler, it can allow for a faster stable over clock, or it can keep your computer cooler and quieter.
There are many current products on the market and a huge range to choose from. Separating these out and choosing the best product is always a very hard procedure.
Akasa are one of the best producers of cooling devices and as such have an impressive reputation. We therefore as such expect this device to be very impressive, however over the years heat sinks and CPU fans have changed quite a bit, for one, heat sinks have got a lot bigger and this looks to be no exception. They have also added on the technology of heat pipes which are thermal conducting pipes designed to remove the heat from the copper base as fast as possible and spread the heat over the heat sink. The number of fins on the heatsink has also in general increased and they have become thinner to improve the surface area and as such improve the heat conduction with the air in the case.
Logitech have always had a good share of the speaker market with their formidable Z-5500’s and a huge range to boot. However they have recently been trying to improve the quality of the surround sound.The Z906 will certainly get Logitech some attention as they are THX-Certified and deliver 500 watts RMS – similar to the Z-5500’s. However Logitech claim that the Z906 speakers deliver a theatre-quality sound experience. Something I believe has probably got to be heard to be believed.
The features don’t just stop there as the Z906 speakers allow for up to six audio devices connected simultaneously allowing you to connect DVD players to Playstations to PC’s all without having to swtich cables over.
There is also a wireles remote and a nice looking display console making them easy to use.
The part we really liked is that the RRP is only £329 which is not much more than their now out-dated Z-5500 and could be a vast improvement on a set of speakers that were quite frankly already pretty awesome.
Gone are the days of monochromatic screens, polyphonic ring tones and battery lives measured in days not hours! As smart phones have developed (particularly since the introduction of the iPhone) screens have become larger, brighter and higher in resolution, connectivity is always on and multimedia (be it music, movies or photos) is a minimum requirement. All this technology is wonderful but it has had a detrimental impact on battery life. Try as they might with the latest polymer battery technology, manufacturers are squeezing more features in to smaller physical forms and something has to give. Recharging your phone is now as much a part of the daily routine as cleaning your teeth or styling your hair. Forget to charge your phone and its only a matter of hours before the phone shuts down and you miss that important business call or Justin Bieber’s latest tweet on Twitter (OMFG!!).
But fear not, because Choiix (a subdivision of CoolerMaster specialising in digital mobile devices accessories) have a device that will allow you to top up your phone battery on the move – the Choiix Power Fort 5.5W.
BitFenix are considered a newbie in the chassis world and their product lineup consists of a small array of quality products with design flair and world class engineering.
BitFenix believe in creating products that give the user complete flexibility on how the hardware works. This involves manufacturing products that will withstand the most extreme conditions and give the user maximum control over their hardware.
The official website details what BitFenix stand for, and sounds more like a lonely hearts column expressing its deepest qualities in the hope that it may attract you in.
Focused on combining superior design with the latest advances in technology, BitFenix creates state-of-the-art computer hardware and peripherals that blur the line between man and machine.
Users shouldn’t have to adjust themselves to the way their hardware works. So, we strive to put the user in complete control of his hardware, so that it functions as an extension of his will, and not as another variable he has to compensate for.
In the heat of battle, the user should not have to worry about the state of his equipment, which is why BitFenix products are engineered to perform under even the most extreme conditions. No matter how taxing the situation, users can rely on the strength of BitFenix products to perform as they are intended.
Finally, BitFenix is about performance. In the top levels of competition, the difference between first and second place can be razor-thin, which means that every advantage counts. BitFenix is about making high-performing products that give users an edge.
BitFenix is the result of the collaboration of several veterans in both the technology and gaming industries. From the same minds behind some of technology’s most venerable products, our goal is to create products that grant the user the utmost control, strength, and performance to complete their computing tasks.
We understand that some of the most innovative and novel concepts come from the community itself, which is why we take great steps to listen to the needs of our users and develop optimal ways to integrate their ideas into our products. By working closely with the global community, BitFenix is able to engineer solutions that directly address the needs of our users.
Combining a deep understanding of gaming and other high-demand computing applications with superior engineering and design know-how, the BitFenix team is dedicated to creating the go-to computing products and peripherals for those who refuse to quit.