Daily Reviews Summary 04/17/12
Posted on: 04/17/2012 10:34 AM

Here today's reviews and articles, including Kingston V+200 90GB SSD Upgrade Bundle Review, Thermaltake Bigwater 760 Plus Review, and WD VelociRaptor 1TB 10K RPM SATA III Hard Drive Review

Kingston V+200 90GB SSD Upgrade Bundle Review @ Hi Tech Legion
No HDD to SSD upgrade could be simpler than one made with a Kingston SSDNow V+200 90GB Upgrade Kit. The Kingston SSDNow V+200 Upgrade Kit includes everything required for a simple, seamless upgrade, with very little technical knowledge required. At the heart of the kit is the 90GB SSDNow V+200 SSD, featuring the SandForce SF-2281 controller sporting 535MB/s read and 280 MB/s write speeds. Since the V+200 is a business class 2.5" drive, it is every bit at home in a laptop or desktop, and even includes overprovisioning for increased longevity and reliability.

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Thermaltake Bigwater 760 Plus Review @ OCC
In my opinion, the water block included with this kit is the weakest link. I wish I had a nice LGA 1155 block that I could slap in the kit and see the performance difference, but I've been out of the water cooling game for two generations now. Compared to all-in-one units, the pump is much larger, and having a reservoir is a passive way to remove heat from the water. Aside from these limiting factors, I am afraid of the single, 3-pin connector powering the entire unit. I can't say for sure that the power source was the cause, but I did have some strange issues with hang-ups and other problems shortly after beginning the testing for the Bigwater 760 Plus while running it off of the 3-pin connector. After being scared by the 3-pin connector, I found a 3-pin to 4-pin Molex adapter and finished the remainder of the tests with that configuration. I couldn't recreate the issue.

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WD VelociRaptor 1TB 10K RPM SATA III Hard Drive Review @ HotHardware.com
Although solid state drives have generated the lion's share of buzz in the storage space these last few years, traditional hard drives with spinning media continue to be a mainstay of the industry and have evolved to offer higher capacities and more performance than ever before. Of course, even the fastest of today's hard drives can't compete with solid state drives in terms of peak transfer speeds and especially access times, but the release of the new WD VelociRaptor we'll be showing you here today helps close the gap just a bit..

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MSI GeForce GTX 680 TwinFrozr III OC review @ Guru3D
Corsair Vengeance K90 Mechanical Keyboard @ Benchmark Reviews
CM Storm Sirus 5.1 USB Gaming Headset Review @ TweakTown
Dell Professional P2412H 24” Monitor Review @ Hardware Canucks
CM Storm QuickFire Pro Gaming Keyboard Review @ Techgage
PowerColor Radeon HD 7850 2GB Review @ circuitREMIX
SSD News: Garbage Collection and TRIM in SSDs Explained - An SSD Primer @ The SSD Review
Philips O'Neill Tread SHO2200 Earphones Review @ TopReviewShop
Sapphire Pure Black X79N Review @ Neoseeker
Be Quiet! Dark Rock Pro C1 Dual Tower CPU Cooler Review @ eTeknix.com
Interview with Elie Kanaan, VP Marketing EMEA, VMware @ t-break
MEGATech Reviews: Vessel for Steam @ MEGATechNews
Noctua NH-L12 Low-Profile CPU Cooler Review @ Nikktech
HIS Radeon HD7870 IceQ Review @ XSReviews
Palit JetStream GeForce GTX 680 4GB Video Card Review @ TweakTown
Western Digital VelociRaptor 1TB Review - 10K RPM Hits a Larger Capacity @ PC Perspective
Western Digital VelociRaptor 1TB Hard Drive Review @ Legit Reviews
Brite-Strike Lightning Strike Tactical Flashlight Review @ Techwarelabs
Gigabyte B75M-D3H Motherboard Sandy Bridge Review @ eTeknix.com
News: Western Digital's VelociRaptor 1TB hard drive @ The Tech Report
Toshiba Satellite L745-S4130 Review @ TechReviewSource.com
Another World 15th Anniversary Edition PC Review @ eTeknix.com
Epic Gear Meduza HDST Gaming Mouse & Hybrid Mousepad Review @ eTeknix.com
Overclocking: Asus Rampage IV Extreme Versus EVGA X79 FTW @ Toms Hardware
Tritton Primer XBOX 360 Wireless Stereo Headset Review @ HardwareHeaven.com
Silverstone Precision PS07B Micro-ATX Case Review @ KitGuru


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