Daily Reviews Summary 05/02/12
Posted on: 05/02/2012 12:11 PM

Here today's reviews with 27 new articles, including Corsair Vengeance K90 Gaming Keyboard Review, Sapphire HD 7870 Review, and NETGEAR Powerline Nano500 and Powerline 200 Mini Review

Corsair Vengeance K90 Gaming Keyboard Review @ Everything USB
Everything USB is pleased to announce our latest review on Corsair Vengeance K90 Gaming Keyboard.

Mechanical keyboards, despite their clear superiority over conventional dome membrane keyboards, have long been on life support. Major hardware manufacturers have abandoned the keyboards in droves for cheaper, quieter, mushier replacements that cost less than $5 to mass produce in China. And yet despite this, the mechanical dream has been kept alive for many years by a bunch of neckbeards who clutched onto their Model M keyboards for life. Usually for the improved feel, but also sometimes in a literal sense because that 6-pound behemoth is generally closer at-hand and much heavier than a baseball bat for fending off home intruders.

Thankfully, mechanical keyboards are finally making a comeback now that companies have realized that gamers care more about performance than they do maintaining a budget. Corsair's entered this ripe market with two mechanical keyboards of their own under the Vengeance brand, and naturally we've taken an in-depth look at both. The Vengeance K60 and K90 share many common features such as 20KRO, dedicated media controls and Cherry MX Red keyswitches, but otherwise split the FPS and MMO markets with a number of other features. In this review, I'll be going over the Corsair Vengeance K90 keyboard for MMO games, which distinguishes itself by having a sturdy wrist rest, backlighting, and a full complement of 18 macro keys.

Verdict:
Corsair Vengeance K90 raises the bar to new heights for gaming and mechanical keyboards alike, but could stand to lose its dome-switched function keys that greatly diminish the backlighting and feel. A driver and firmware update couldn't hurt either.

Pros:
+ Individually-backlit typewriter keys
+ Cherry MX mechanical keyswitches
+ 18 macro keys with 3 shift states
+ Dedicated media controls
+ Smooth volume roller
+ Full wrist rest included
+ Windows key lockout
+ Standard 104-key layout
+ Rear-mounted USB 2.0 port

Cons:
- Membrane dome-switched function keys
- Current firmware results in occasional repeating key
- Backlight for function keys is very dim
- USB port is single-port passthrough
- Lacks the reverse tilt of the K60
- Only available with Cherry MX Red keyswitches
- Only available with blue LEDs

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Sapphire HD 7870 Review @ OCC
Overclocking this card was fairly easy. With a stock clock of already 50MHz over the 1GHz mark, I wasn't expecting the card to have much headroom for overclocking in the first place. However, I was able to achieve an overclock of over 200MHz for the core clock. This resulted in a final clock speed of 1257MHz. As for the memory I was able to bring it up to 1331MHz, not too bad for a video card!

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NETGEAR Powerline Nano500 and Powerline 200 Mini Review @ HardwareHeaven.com
The subject of this review is powerline connectivity at a consumer level using two products from NETGEAR's range the Powerline 200 Mini and Powerline Nano500 Set.

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QNAP TurboNAS TS-259 Pro+ NAS Server Review @ Nikktech
CM Storm Trigger Gaming Keyboard Review @ Ninjalane
Lancool PC-K65 Case Review @ Hardware Secrets
MemoRight FTM Plus Slim 7mm 240GB Solid State Drive Review @ TweakTown
SilverStone Nightjar ST50NF 500W Fanless Power Supply Review @ PC Perspective
Adaptec RAID 6805E RAID Controller @ TechwareLabs
Coolermaster Silent Pro M2 720w Review @ HardwareLOOK
Little Devil LD-V4 Test Bench Review @ OC3D
Dell UltrasSharp U2412M Review @ TechReviewSource.com
How To: Install the Thermaltake Frio OCK CPU Cooler @ ThinkComputers.org
Gigabyte X79-UD3 Motherboard Review @ Madshrimps
Review: ASRock Fatal1ty Z77 Professional @ Techradar
Review: Toshiba 40RL953 @ Techradar
Jawbone Big Jambox review @ Engadget
Cooler Master HAF XM Mid-Tower Chassis Review @ TweakTown
Antec Three Hundred Two Mid-Tower Case Review @ Madshrimps
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 690 Video Card Features @ Benchmark Reviews
REVIEW: HIS 7950 IceQ Turbo @ PureOverclock
CM Storm Sentinel Advanced 2 Gaming Mouse w/ Speed RX Mouse Pad Review @ Hi Tech Legion
Asus Maximus V Gene (Z77) Motherboard Ivy Bridge Review @ eTeknix.com
HTC One X AT&T Smartphone Review @ HotHardware.com
Zalman CNPS8900 Extreme Low Profile Heatsink Review @ FrostyTech
Crucial Adrenaline 50GB Solid State Cache Review @ circuitREMIX
Cooler Master X6 Heatsink Review @ t-break



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