Daily Reviews Summary 09/23/11
Posted on: 09/23/2011 10:10 AM

Here a roundup of today's reviews and articles, including NZXT FX120, FX140, & FS200-R Case Fan Reviews, Zotac A75-ITX WiFi vs ASUS F1A75-I Deluxe Mini-ITX Motherboards Review, and HighPoint RocketRAID 2720SGL SATA 6G RAID Controller Review

Antec LanBoy Air Review
Tech-Reviews.co.uk posted a review on the Antec LanBoy Air

Take a quick glance at the Antec LanBoy Air and you will see this enclosure isn't normal; it's a PC case on steroids. Offering a completely modular customizable construction and covered in mesh, the LanBoy Air is designed for seriously hardcore enthusiasts. Take look at this Antec LanBoy Air review and see whether Antec has designed an enthusiasts dream or an expensive nightmare.
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Silverstone TJ08 Review
Overclock3D have just published a new article titled: Silverstone TJ08 Review

Looking for a chassis to build a high powered MATX system in Silverstone could have just what you are looking for in the TJ08
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Sony Bravia KDL-55NX720 Review
TechReviewSource.com posted a review on the Sony Bravia KDL-55NX720

The Sony KDL-55NX720 is a 55-inch 3D LED-backlit television that has an attractive design with plenty of Internet-connected applications to suit almost everyone. It also has really good black and white levels that result in very good image quality.
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Sparkle Calibre X560DF Video Card Review
Madshrimps posted a review on the Sparkle Calibre X560DF Video Card

The new Calibre X560DF video card from Sparkle is equipped with a new cooling system, a backplate for anti-bending purposes or to avoid scratches and features a noticeable increase in performance compared to the stock models, thanks to its overclock from the factory.
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MSI R6950 Twin Frozr III 1GD5 Power Edition/OC Review
Bjorn3D put the MSI R6950 Twin Frozr III 1GD5 Power Edition/OC against the HD 6950 2GB to see which matters more: 1GB of memory, or a higher clockspeed.

When AMD launched the HD 6000 series graphic cards, they left a gap in its lineup. The Barts GPU core that gave us the HD 6850 and HD 6870 occupies the $150-$200 price range while the Cayman gave us the HD 6950 and HD 6970, occupying the $300-$350 range. Up till recently, AMD had no card at the $250 price range. However, NVIDIA revamped the Fermi architecture with the GeForce 500 series, and launched the GTX 560 Ti to fill that slot. To compete against NVIDIA at this price point, AMD sliced the memory on the HD 6950 in half and launched the 1GB HD 6950, keeping the rest of the architecture the same.

As a result, the 1GB version of the HD 6950 is virtually identical to the 2GB version, with the exception of the amount of memory. The card still carries the 1480 shader units, 88 texture units, and 32 ROPs. In fact, the reference 1GB card is also clocked at exactly the same speed as the 2GB card. So the question in everyone’s mind is, does the extra 1GB of memory matter? Or would the extra clockspeed on the card have more impact on the performance? We want to find out as well, so let’s dig in.
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Alpenföhn Peter GPU Cooler Review
XSReviews posted a review on the Alpenföhn Peter GPU Cooler

As graphic cards evolve into bigger and badder powerhouses becoming miniature PCs in their own right, adequate cooling is needed to ensure a long life and continuous component stability. Alpenföhn aims to fulfill this need with their upcoming cooler, the Peter. Together with the Heidi GPU cooler this huge chilled will have to deliver optimal cooling together with a perfectly silent performance in order to impress the judges, and conquer the competitive market of GPU coolers. Let's check it out.
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Raidmax Blackstorm Case Review
Hardware Secrets posted Raidmax Blackstorm Case Review

The Blackstorm is a mid-tower case from Raidmax, offered in two color options, black or white, both with blue trim and fans. The unique feature of this case is that its motherboard tray is attached to the right-side panel, and comes off the case together with the panel. Costing USD 80, it promises a good cost/benefit ratio. Let's check it out.
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NZXT FX120, FX140, & FS200-R Case Fan Reviews
Legit Reviews posted a review on the NZXT FX120, FX140, & FS200-R Case Fan

NZXT is a rather new contender to the cooling market, with just in the past year's time releasing both a new fan series and a new CPU cooler. Today I've had a chance to look at and extensively use their new FX-120LB, FX-140LB & FS-200LB-RLED fans. We'll find out if NZXT has what it takes to contend in the cooling market, what they have done in the case market and find out if these fans are really worth your buck.

For the first two products today, we have two of NZXT's newest entries to the cooling fan market; the FX Series of fans are Enthusiast grade products with Fluid Dynamic Bearings and high performance specs. With high RPM fans with huge static pressure and airflow ratings, NZXT's looking to capitalize on those who need well built, high performing fans for their multi-GPU or CPU cooling solutions. The FX Series of fans specialize in Airflow & Static Pressure allowing them to maximize the cooling potential of any radiator or heatsink. The FX Enthusiast Series fans from NZXT come with 3 speed, dip-switch controls to adjust fan speed between low (5v), medium (7v), & high (12v) settings. We'll be looking at both the FX-120 and FX-140 models in today's review, which is very exciting for me, as it's one of the few 140mm fans to come out in recent years that actually uses a standard 140mm frame instead of a custom design...
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Akasa Venom Toxic Review
techPowerUp posted a review on the Akasa Venom Toxic

Akasa can be considered an institution or constant as a computer brand. The Venom Toxic chassis is their latest case aimed at the gaming crowd. The neon green accents make for a badass chassis. We give the large chassis a spin to see if it's all hot smoke or if the Viper has a real toxic bite.
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Zotac A75-ITX WiFi vs ASUS F1A75-I Deluxe Mini-ITX Motherboards Review
HardwareHeaven.com posted a comparison review between Zotac A75-ITX WiFi vs ASUS F1A75-I Deluxe Mini-ITX Motherboards

The Zotac A75-ITX WiFi and ASUS F1A75-I Deluxe are both Mini-ITX motherboards that are packed with features as well as support for the latest A8/A6 range of desktop APUs from AMD. We will be putting these two boards head to head in order to find out what they offer.
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ZOTAC ZBOX Plus Media PC Review
TechwareLabs posted a review on the ZOTAC ZBOX Plus Media PC

Zotac is joining the Brazos fray with their latest offering, the ZBOX Plus. Powered by an AMD E-350 Zacate APU, this compact device promises smooth 1080p video playback and competent day-to-day performance on productivity tasks. Lets see how well this little box stacks up.
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Zotac Z68ITX-A-E Wifi Review - Mini-ITX meets Z68
Anandtech posted a review on the Zotac Z68ITX-A-E Wifi

With every chipset, there's a call to arms in providing the package that everyone needs.  Unfortunately there's never one motherboard which can cater for every possibility, but there are some that come quite close.  Our review today is on the Zotac Z68ITX-A-E Wifi - a mini-ITX take on the Z68 chipset, which promises to be a winner right from the start, with dual gigabit Ethernet, USB 3.0, onboard wifi, onboard power/reset buttons, a debug LED, a lot of extras with your motherboard, and all the extras that Z68 offers.  For $170, we're looking at a good contender for an award here, as long as the performance and additions compare well to its rivals.  Read on for the full review!
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CloudBerry Backup Desktop Review
HotHardware.com posted a review on the CloudBerry Backup Desktop

An increasing number of businesses have discovered (or are at least exploring) the benefits of cloud storage. There are cloud options aplenty, from small-potatoes plans designed for a bit of extra storage for a SOHO shop, to massive operations that backup an entire enterprise's kingdom. It's an exciting, developing field, and it's downright fun to see what new tools and services developers are coming up with.

CloudBerry Lab has created an intriguing spate of products designed to make managing cloud storage easier, including file explorers for several cloud storage services; a mobile explorer (for Windows Mobile only); and backup tools for Windows Server 2003 / 2008 (32 and 64-bit), Microsoft Small Business Server 2011 Essentials, and Windows Home Server...
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NZXT Tempest 410 Elite Mid-Tower Chassis Review
Techgage posted a look at NZXT's Tempest 410 Elite mid-tower chassis.

Since 2008, NZXT's Tempest line-up has become well-known for offering a good bang for the buck. All of the models released to date have bold designs, but nothing over-the-top. The latest variant, the 410 Elite, focuses on efficient airflow, and includes a front honeycomb design and room for a dual-rad out-of-the-box.
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NZXT Avatar S Gaming Mouse Review
PureOverclock has published a review of the NZXT Avatar S Gaming Mouse

NZXT has chosen to straddle a fine line between familiar and new, and has the Avatar S gaming mouse for those on a modest budget. Sporting a nearly identical ambidextrious design to the original Avatar, the S version comes with a few very minor tweaks, one of which is an optical sensor that brings down the cost to an attractive $40.
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NZXT Tempest 410 Elite Review
OCC has published a review on the NZXT Tempest 410 Elite

Another great feature of this case is the top panel which allows you to mount two 120mm or 140mm fans and even offers support for a dual fan radiator should you need it. The bottom of the case has support for single 120mm fan and offers the ability to mount your PSU fan side down, should you choose to do so. The bottom also features rubberized feet that help resist any sudden movement that may be acted upon the case.
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Western Digital Scorpio Blue 1TB 2.5" Hard Drive Review
Hardware Canucks posted a review of the new Western Digital Scorpio Blue 1TB 2.5" Hard Drive

With their competitors leading the way with 1TB notebook hard drives, Western Digital has finally shown their cards by releasing the Scorpio Blue 1TB. By combining a pair of 500GB platters, they are hoping this particular HDD can effectively deliver good performance, high capacity and low power consumption to mobile users. But does this relatively expensive drive have what it takes to overcome some stiff competition?
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ASUS GeForce GTX 560Ti 1GB Graphics Card Review
Bigbruin.com posted a review on the ASUS GeForce GTX 560Ti 1GB Graphics Card

The ASUS GTX 560Ti comes with a factory overclock from 822MHz to 830MHz, and while this seems to be a key marketing point from ASUS, it is a minor increase. However, ASUS includes an application to overclock the card more on your own, and my efforts resulted in almost a 120MHz increase in GPU speed. This simple overclock provided a nice boost in performance.
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MSI Z68A-GD80 Motherboard Review
Neoseeker posted a review on the MSI Z68A-GD80 Motherboard

When it comes to Intel's Sandy Bridge motherboards, the MSI Z68A-GD80 just might have it all. The board boasts an impressive array of features designed to improve the overall value of the Z68A-GD80, but MSI has taken things one step further by increasing the warranty period to a whopping 5 years.[/quote6
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Corsair Hydro Series H100 CPU Water Cooler Review
Metku took a closer look at the Corsair Hydro Series H100 CPU Cooler

We've already reviewed two water coolers by Corsair, but this time they've come up with something genuinely new, so it's time to
take a closer look.
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ZOTAC Displayport to Dual HDMI Adapter
Rbmods posted a review on the ZOTAC Displayport to Dual HDMI Adapter

Today we will take a look at an interesting product from ZOTAC. ZOTAC Displayport to Dual HDMI adaptor allows you to connect two HDMI displays to a single displayport connector. We will test how well it performs and also discover what its pros and cons are. Read the full review and discover if this adapter is worth buying.
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Jabra Halo Bluetooth Headset Review
Tech-Reviews.co.uk posted a review on the Jabra Halo Bluetooth Headset

The Jabra Halo, designed essentially for the iPhone and iPod touch, utilises Bluetooth audio streaming in order to deliver a portable, wireless headset. The unit, at first glance, appears pretty simple, with a single plastic band forming the outer structure.
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ASUS Mars II Graphics Card Review
The Guru of 3D posted a review on the ASUS Mars II graphics card

We've seen the original brutal Mars, the exemplary ARES but ASUS is at it again with the all new Mars II, yep that's right. The x-factor products makes it prodigal return to manage a little bump and grinding.

Money aside, the dual-GPU product tested today is uber cool though. It's the stuff that make my digitized ticker go tick a little faster -- and once you have it in your hands, you'll make a nervous giggle. Ah well, talk is cheap, have a look and then we'll head onwards into the review of the Lucifer of graphics cards.
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HighPoint RocketRAID 2720SGL SATA 6G RAID Controller Review
TweakTown takes a look at the HighPoint RocketRAID 2720SGL SATA 6G RAID Controller

If you wait long enough, sooner or later all technology trickles down to a point where price is no longer an issue. The HighPoint RocketRAID 272X Series of products is a very good example of this. The 272X Series is a low cost product line that delivers a large amount of technology at a reasonable price. Today we are looking at the 2720SGL, a sub 140 Dollar SATA/SAS software RAID controller that now supports RAID 6.

The RAID 6 feature is a big advancement for this price point and so far we've been unable to find anything on the market to even compare the 2720SGL to. The price is amazing, but today we will see if the performance follows the price to the ground level or if the controller is good value.
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Coolink Corator DS CPU Cooler Review
Reviewstash.com posted a review on the Coolink Corator DS CPU Cooler

Since its inception in 2007, "Heatpipe Direct Touch" (HDT) technology has become almost an expectation for air-based heatsinks. Previously, dissipative heatpipes were merely welded to the top of the mounting surface, serving only to help remove excess heat in the most extreme circumstances. HDT has allowed huge gains in cooling performance, by directly placing the heatpipes in contact with a processor's integrated heat spreader (IHS). Unfortunately, HDT carries a major performance inhibiting flaw. Because of how each round heatpipe makes contact with the surface of the IHS, microscopic areas of the processor are not completely reached by the mounting surface; this results in a small, but measurable loss in cooling ability. Coolink's exclusive Gapless Direct Touch (GDT) technology has set out to fix that issue. With the copper fitted, gapless base and Noctua's famous SecuFirm2 mounting system, the Corator DS should have both impressive heat transfer capabilities and a user-friendly installation.
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