Daily Reviews Summary 03/27/12
Posted on: 03/27/2012 10:22 AM

Here a roundup of today's reviews and articles, including Plextor M3 Pro 128GB (PX-128M3P) Solid State Drive Review, Corsair Carbide 300R Case Review, and GIGABYTE X79-UD5 Motherboard Review

Plextor M3 Pro 128GB (PX-128M3P) Solid State Drive Review @ TweakTown
You may not have noticed but there's been a changing of the guard when it comes to SSDs based on Marvell controllers. The first Marvell SATA 6G drive to enter the market was the Crucial C300. The C300 battled it out with the first generation SandForce controller which at the time were limited to SATA 3G speeds of 285MB/s read. The C300 took advantage of SATA 6G and mustered an impressive 375MB/s read speed in our tests of the 256GB model. At that time Crucial was the only SSD manufacture using a Marvell controller. Last year Crucial released their second product based on a Marvell controller, the Crucial m4. The exclusivity was lost though as more companies started churning out products based on the Marvell design, mainly Intel, Corsair and Plextor.

The competition wasn't favorable for Crucial and the Marvell SSD market was pretty evenly divided amongst the newly formed Team Marvell group. For the most part each of these Marvell products resembled the other and there wasn't a real standout. Intel jumped ship completely and is now playing for Team SandForce, partly because they couldn't compete with their IMFT flash and the Marvell controller. Crucial is in that same boat as of now but with 20nm IMFT flash far on the horizon they are a ship without a paddle. Then there is the unbound.

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Corsair Carbide 300R Case Review @ Madshrimps
Corsair has targeted with their Carbide chassis series a brand new range of end users. Those that still prefer a decent quality build, but at an affordable price/performance ratio. We already saw the 400 and 500R versions on the test bench. Today we introduce Corsair's latest offering the 300R. Still a Midi Tower case with adequate cooling. But the main
focus is the price tag. Corsair wants to position this 300R versus all the budget cases out there. And I must say the price turned out to be very competitive, retailing around plus minus 65 euros. Let's take a plunge into the world of this Carbide 300R case.

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GIGABYTE X79-UD5 Motherboard Review @ Hardware Canucks
Unlike some of the ultra-pricey X79 motherboards that we have reviewed so far, the GIGABYTE X79-UD5 carries a fairly reasonable price tag, yet still has an exhaustive specs list. Does it come short in any area? We find out in this review.

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FSP Aurum Pro 850 W Power Supply Review @ Hardware Secrets
Mobile GPU Comparison Guide Rev. 12.9 @ Tech ARP
Wing Commander: Darkest Dawn @ HotHardware.com
Micron RealSSD P400e 200GB Enterprise SATA III SSD Review @ Legit Reviews
SSD Review: Plextor M3 256GB SATA 6Gb/s Review - Another Win for The Marvell 9174 Controller @ THE SSD Review
Which Apple iPad should you choose? @ Tech-Reviews.co.uk
NoiseHush NX70 Multimedia Headset Review @ TechReviewSource
Bequiet Shadow Rock TopFlow Review @ OC3D
Corsair TX vs. OCZ ZT 550W @ Anandtech
Antec ONE @ techPowerUp
Titan Fenrir Siberia Edition Review @ OCC
QNAP TS-879U-RP 10GbE NAS Server @ Benchmark Reviews
HIS Radeon HD 7870 IceQ Turbo Overclocked Video Card Review @ TweakTown
News: OCZ's RevoDrive 3 X2 240GB solid-state drive @ The Tech Report
Cooler Master Silent Pro Hybrid 1300 Watt Modular Power Supply Review @ Hi Tech Legion
Gigabyte GA-X79-UD5 LGA 2011 EATX Motherboard Review @ PC Perspective
Gigabyte B75M-D3H B75 Motherboard Preview @ eTeknix.com
Gigabyte HD 7770 OC Review @ t-break

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