Daily Reviews Summary 10/17/11
Posted on: 10/17/2011 11:31 AM

Here the daily hardware roundup with ADATA S511 60GB 6Gb/sec Solid State Drive Review, HIS Radeon HD 6970 IceQ MIX 2GB Review, and 15 other reviews.

ADATA S511 60GB 6Gb/sec Solid State Drive Review
Madshrimps posted a review on the ADATA S511 60GB 6Gb/sec Solid State Drive

The ADATA S511 60GB SSD offers high read/write transfer rates on SATA3, making it a product to consider when deciding to boost the overall system performance. It comes with the Sandforce SF-2281VB1-SDC processor and 25nm NAND flash, ADATA offering for it with 3 years of warranty.

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SilverStone Treasure TS07 USB 3.0 Enclosure Review
Benchmark Reviews posted a review on the SilverStone Treasure TS07 USB 3.0 Enclosure

The SilverStone Treasure TS07 External 3.5" HDD enclosure allows you to grab one of the many 3.5" mechanical hard drives you might happen to have laying around, and use it as instant portable storage as long as you have access to a USB port. This 3.5" hard disk drive enclosure has a black anodized aluminum body with glossy black plastic end-caps and a clear stand. The concept is simple, open the case, plug in your SATA 3.5" drive, and via 5Gbit/s USB 3.0 super speed interface you get access to your data. In this article, Benchmark Reviews plugs in the SilverStone TS07 External USB 3.0 enclosure in and tests it out.

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NZXT Source 220 Mid Tower Case Review
TweakTown posted a review on the NZXT Source 220 Mid Tower Case

Welcome to number three of the quartet of NZXT cases to grace us over the past couple weeks. With the diplomatic choice to look at them by ascending call numbers, we have now passed the 210's. With that pair of cases, the Tempest 210 and Source 210 Elite, they both shared the same frame, functionality and basic ideas. Where the cases differ is in the left side panel and the design and aesthetics of the front bezels.

To make it very simple, the Tempest 210 has a utility tray at the top, the largest side panel vent so far and the majority of the bezel is mesh to allow for much better airflow. The Source 210 Elite comes in white or black, has odd angles applied to the front bezel which is a flat plastic covering the front with slits in the sides to allow for airflow. Pretty much everything else about the cases is exactly the same up to this point.

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Sapphire Radeon HD 6870 Dirt 3 1GB Dual Fan Video Card Review
Hi Tech Legion posted a review on the Sapphire Radeon HD 6870 Dirt 3 1GB Dual Fan Video Card

The Sapphire Radeon HD 6870 Dirt 3 1GB Dual Fan Video Card could be seen as their modded import. The HD 6870 Dirt 3 Edition features an overclocked core set at 920MHz. The HD6870 is also super cooled with Sapphire's Dual Fan GPU cooler reserved for higher end cards. This fan features 90mm fans that cool more efficient and with much less noise. Features familiar to the 6870 are the 40nm chip, 1120 Stream processors, and 1GB of 256-bit GDDR5 memory (4200MHz effective). This is the Dirt 3 edition, therefore, a free key to Dirt 3 is also included. Sapphire's TriXX utility is also bundled with the card for monitoring and further overclocking.

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OCZ Revo 3 X2 240GB Review
PureOverclock has published a review of the OCZ Revo 3 X2 240GB Solid State Drive.

OCZ is well known for their SSD innovations, and their newest the Revo Drive 3 X3 240GB PCIe drive looks to be another in a long line of ground breaking innovations. Wielding a total of four (that's right, four) newSandForce 2281 controllers and a new OCZ proprietary VCA 2.0 (VirtualizedController Architecture), this new Revo Drive is promising big performance increases to what was already an impressive product in its predecessor. Think the new SandForce 2281 controller is fast? Wait until you see what
happens when we get four of them going in RAID here on the Revo 3 X2.

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ASUS M5A99X EVO Motherboard Review
OCIA.net has posted their review of the ASUS M5A99X EVO Motherboard

When we reviewed the ASUS Sabertooth 990FX motherboard several weeks ago, the planned launch date for AMD's new AM3+ compatible Bulldozer chips was September 19th. Finally on October 12th the chips began popping into online inventories everywhere. Unfortunately a slew of reviews published that same day gave the FX series Zambezi chips scathing remarks. Despite lackluster performance from the new FX processors, AM3+ does still have some benefits to offer AMD users, particularly if you're still on an older AM2+ board or utilizing nVidia SLI. If a $200 motherboard isn't in your budget, the ASUS M5A99X EVO we have for review today may be just your cup of tea.

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CM Storm Sirus 5.1 Surround Sound Gaming Headset Review
Techgage posted a review on the CM Storm Sirus 5.1 Surround Sound Gaming Headset Review

Finding a 5.1 gaming headset isn't hard, but finding one that's not riddled with problems is. Many companies have been entering the audio market in this way lately, and Cooler Master proves that it's not about to be left out. With its Sirus, we're given one of the best-looking options to date, so let's see if it lives up to the hype.

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Antec High Current Pro 1200W Modular Power Supply Review
eTeknix.com posted a review on the Antec High Current Pro 1200W Modular Power Supply

As a reviewer, I always look forward to reviewing an Antec power supply, primarily due to fact that they really know how to make a good one! Antec has been around since 1986 and has risen to the elite class of PSU manufacturers for no other reason than quality.
Antec has made a real mark on the hardware enthusiast market, primarily with their power supplies and cases, to a point where just about any enthusiast that has been building for a few years would have owned an Antec product at some point.

There are so many power supplies on the market that all perform just as well on paper that it is very difficult to pick one out from the group. However, as we move up to this high-wattage range the competition starts to thin out and the customers are more knowledgeable about what they are looking for in a power supply. This jeans that, in this 1kW+ market, high quality units will often sell over gimmicky or lower quality units as the user knows what to look for- which is where Antec comes into their own.

The Antec High Current Pro series distinguishes itself from the High Current Gamer series in a statement that these units exceed the needs and expectations of gamers, and instead provides the performance and reliability that an enthusiast or professional would demand. Antec entrusted this task to Delta Electronics, who are considered one of the best PSU manufacturers around.

The Antec High Current Pro 1200W unit is a result of a ‘no holds barred’ approach by Antec who have clearly designed this product for enthusiasts and professionals looking for the best power available for their high end system.

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HIS Radeon HD 6970 IceQ MIX 2GB Review
Real World Labs posted a review on the HIS Radeon HD 6970 IceQ MIX 2GB

Featuring a brand new custom 'black impeller' IceQ cooler and the innovative Lucid Hydra chip the latest Radeon HD 6970 IceQ MIX 2GB by HIS is not only fast, cool and quiet but it can also be paired with an NVIDIA GeForce card to enjoy the benefits of having both PhysX and CUDA support in your system.

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ROCCAT Kulo 7.1 USB Headset Review
OCC has published a review on the ROCCAT Kulo 7.1 USB Headset

Clearly designed with gaming in mind, the Kulo headset hits its mark here. Running through several levels of both Left for Dead 2 and Borderlands with a few friends proved to be an easy task. Not only could I hear that sneaky hunter creeping up behind me but my friends could hear me perfectly through the microphone. "Move it further away from your face...no that's too far...I can't hear you...stop yelling..." This familiar scene in which your friends tell you how to adjust your microphone is non-existent. On top of this, you can turn up the volume and really be a part of the game.

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ADATA SH14 portable USB 3.0 HDD Review
The Guru of 3D posted a review on the ADATA SH14 portable USB 3.0 HDD

It's time to review another USB 3.0 storage unit. It's originates from ADATA and is called the Superior (not a pun) SH14. We test the 750GB version of this model which should bring us read performance of 90 MB/sec.

ADATA's latest looks quite fashionable. Buried under red is a 2.5-inch, 5400RPM drive that's IPX4 water-resistant and "military grade shockproof".

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Gigabyte GA-A55-DSP3 Motherboard Review
HardwareHeaven.com posted a review on the Gigabyte GA-A55-DSP3 Motherboard

Designed to cater for those who want AMDs best APUs but without the cost of a high end motherboard A55 products are the ideal option and today we have one of those boards on our test bench. The GA-A55-DS3P from Gigabyte aims to provide a solid APU based system at a very low cost, let's see how it does...

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Cooler Master Hyper 612S CPU Cooler Review
Vortez posted a review on the Cooler Master Hyper 612S CPU Cooler

The Cooler Master 612S builds on the same formula as its smaller brother and yet is designed to target the high end. Armed with a heftily sized heatsink, six 6mm heat pipes and a single 1300RPM fan, it is clear that it aims to compete against the likes of Thermalright's Venomous X and Prolimatech's Super Mega.

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MSI's R6870 Hawk Review
Madshrimps posted a review on the MSI's R6870 Hawk

In this review we take a closer look at this AMD based HD6870 video card. With the special built Twin Frozr III Cooler and a 8+2 Phase PWM design this one stands out of the crowd. MSI provides this card with a dual speed fan switch. And for a price around EUR 180 not even much that more expensive to the regular HD6870's. Even cheaper for a few models.

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Thermaltake Toughpower 1500 W Review
techPowerUp posted a review on the Thermaltake Toughpower 1500 W PSU

Recently Thermaltake has added three new models to the Toughpower series, which are intended for power hungry systems with triple or even four-way SLI or Crossfire configurations. Today our load testers will have some extra work to do since we are going to test a monstrous Toughpower unit with 1500W capacity.

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G.Skill RipjawsX 8GB F3-17000CL9D-8GBXM Memory Kit
Bjorn3D is takes a look at the G.Skill Ripjaws X series memory, an Intel XMP compatible memory that runs at 2133MHz

Today we're looking at the G.Skill RipjawsX series of memory. This is an 8GB kit with two modules at 4GB each. These memories are perfectly suited for P67 and Z68 series boards as they are natively 2133MHz certified, and even come with a pre-programmed Intel XMP profile, which means we can simply enable the XMP profile and the memory will set the speeds and timings to 2133MHz without any intervention. As many may know we can never leave anything alone so we had to stack it up against some other kits to see what users really gain from this top end 2133MHz frequency.

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Toshiba HDR5010 Review
Techradar published a review on the Toshiba HDR5010 PVR

The Toshiba HDR5010 is one of the more conventional-looking PVRs in recent months. While rivals tease with wacky designs, this Toshiba is slim and staid. It'll easily slip into a standard equipment rack, or stand atop other slice of AV gear. A clear channel display and bright blue/red power button decorate the fascia. The HDR5010 sports two Freeview HD tuners, allowing two HD channels to be recorded at once to its chunky 500GB drive. You don't have to look too closely to spot operational similarities to the TVonics DTR-Z500HD. The HDR5010 similarly has two HDMI inputs, allowing it to function as a source switcher.

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