Daily Reviews Summary 05/31/12
Posted on: 05/31/2012 02:13 PM

Here today's reviews and articles, including Intel Core i5-3470 Quad-Core CPU Review, GIGABYTE X79-UD3 Motherboard Review, and OCZ Vertex 4 256GB SSD Review

Intel Core i5-3470 Quad-Core CPU Review @ HotHardware.com
Last month, Intel unleashed its highly anticipated Ivy Bridge microarchitecture. We had been hearing about Ivy Bridge for what seemed like an eternity leading up to the launch, and although not based a totally new design, Ivy Bridge would offer a number of enticing enhancements, like a faster Quick Sync engine, significantly improved integrated graphics, and lower power, thanks to architectural improvements and an advanced 22nm manufacturing process.

We initially took a look at Intel's flagship Ivy Bridge-based processor, the Core i7-3770K. The Core i7-3770K is an unlocked quad-core processor with 8MB of L3 cache; integrated Intel HD 4000 series graphics; and Hyper-Threading, PCI Express 3.0 and Turbo Boost 2.0 support. The processor we'll be showing you today, although also based on Ivy Bridge, is somewhat different. The new Core i5-3470 is based on the same quad-core die as the Core i7-3770, but it's outfitted with less cache, a lower-end graphics core, and lacks support for Hyper-Threading, among other things...

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GIGABYTE X79-UD3 Motherboard Review @ Vortez
As we will see with the X79-UD3, the same 'bang-per-buck' ethos applies to today's review sample. With top end motherboards rapidly approaching the £500 mark and mid-range boards well in excess of £200 it is great to see GIGABYTE have kept the price below that threshold with the UD3 weighing in at a very reasonable £175, one of the cheapest X79 motherboard available to date. Hopefully GIGABYTE have not trimmed too much fat to achieve this price.

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OCZ Vertex 4 256GB SSD Review @ Neoseeker
The OCZ Vertex 4 uses the second generation Indilinx Everest 2 platform, set to go head-to-head against the SandForce SF-2281 controller featured in competing SSDs. Vertex in OCZ's SSD language means top of the line, and the drive reviewed today will be OCZ's first Vertex offering in two years to not feature a SandForce controller. OCZ is tossing its Indilinx weight around with the Vertex 4, now see if its a heavyweight in performance through our review.

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CM Storm Sentinel Advance II Gaming Mouse Review @ ThinkComputers.org
BeQuiet Dark Power Pro P10 550W PSU Review @ KitGuru
QNAP 3.6x NAS Software Deep Dive @ TweakTown
Prolimatech Genesis CPU Cooler Review @ Legit Reviews
ASRock Z77 Extreme6 Motherboard @ TechwareLabs
2x Mach Xtreme Technology DS Fusion 60GB SATA3 SSD in RAID 0 Reviewed @ OCInside
CM Storm Sentinel Advance II High Performance Laser Gaming Mouse Review @ TweakTown
Super Flower Golden Silent 500w Review @ XSReviews
Gainward GEFORCE GTX 680 2GB Phantom Video Card Review @ TweakTown
Guru3D Rig of the Month - May 2012 @ Guru3D
HP 2311xi Review @ TechReviewSource.com
Intel Ivy Bridge Core i5-3427U / Ultrabook Platform Review: Making Slower Faster @ PC Perspective
Intel Core i5-3427U: Ivy Bridge For Ultrabooks @ HotHardware
News: Intel's ultrabook-bound Core i5-3427U processor @ The Tech Report
ASUS P8Z77-M Pro Micro-ATX Motherboard Review @ Hi Tech Legion
REVIEW: ASUS P8Z77-V Deluxe and Pro @ PureOverclock
NewerTech NuGreen Energy Efficient Flexible Neck LED Desk Lamp Review @ NikkTech
Antec Earthwatts 650 Platinum and High Current Pro HCP-1000 Platinum Power Supplies Reviewed @ Futurelooks
be quiet! Dark Power Pro 10 650 W Power Supply Review @ Hardware Secrets
The Workstation & Server CPU Comparison Guide Rev. 5.2 @ Tech ARP
QNAP TS-EC1279U-RP Rack Mount 10GbE NAS Review @ TweakTown
Intel Core i5 3470 Review: HD 2500 Graphics Tested @ Anandtech
Intel Dual-Core Mobile Ivy Bridge Launch and i5-3427U Ultrabook Preview @ Anandtech
Visiontek GoDrive 60GB and Racer Series 120GB SSD Review @ KitGuru
CyberPower Zeus Thunder 2500 SE Ivy Bridge Gaming System Review @ ThinkComputers.org
GIGABYTE G1 Sniper M3 Review @ Vortez


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