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Month Archives: February 2011

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OCZ Vertex 2 120GB 3.5-inch Solid State Drive Review

OCZ has been one of the big players in the solid state drive market since the first consumer drives were available.  We have seen them really push the technology to the limit over the past year, but they are also still concerned about you the customer.  That is why they have released 3.5-inch versions of both their Vertex 2 and Agility 2 solid state drives.  The 3.5-inch form factor means you do not need an adapter and OCZ claims this design is a lower cost per GB.  Let’s take a look at this newly designed 3.5-inch version of the Vertex 2.

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Super Bowl Sunday News 2-6-11

Well today is Super Bowl Sunday! This year it is the Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Green Bay Packers. Well we are based in Pittsburgh so you know we are rooting for the Steelers! Who do you want to win the game? If you are not going to watch the game check out some of these great reviews from our friends... <strong>Cooling</strong> <a href="http://tbreak.com/tech/2011/02/sandy-bridge-heatsinks-roundup/" target="new">Sandy Bridge Heatsinks Roundup</a> @ t-break <a href="http://www.bayreviews.com/computers/17684-evercool-hph9525ea-cpu-cooler" target="new">Evercool HPH-9525EA CPU Cooler Review</a> @ BayReviews.com <strong>Gaming</strong> <a href="http://rbmods.com/razer-nostromo-gaming-keypad/" target="new">Razer Nostromo Gaming Keypad</a> @ Rbmods <strong>Storage</strong> <a href="http://www.madshrimps.be/articles/article/1000121/Hitachi-XL3000-Desk-3TB-USB-2.0-External-Drive-Review" target="new">Hitachi XL3000 Desk 3TB USB 2.0 External Drive Review</a> @ Madshrimps <strong>Video</strong> <a href="http://www.ocaholic.ch/xoops/html/modules/smartsection/item.php?itemid=476&sel_lang=english" target="new">ASUS GTX580 DirectCU II Review</a> @ ocaholic <a href="http://www.hitechlegion.com/reviews/video-cards/8338-sapphire-radeon-hd-6870-flex-edition-1gb-dx11-video-card-review" target="new">Sapphire Radeon HD 6870 Flex Edition 1GB DX11 Video Card Review</a> @ Hi Tech Legion

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January 2011 in Review

January was quite a busy month for us here at ThinkComputers as it is every year since we attend CES each year. CES was a blast as it always is, we met with many companies and were able to see some great products that are coming out this year. Out of all the <a href="http://thinkcomputers.wpengine.com/tag/ces-2011/">coverage</a> we posted my favorite article would have to be the one on <a href="http://thinkcomputers.wpengine.com/ces-2011-ocz-technology/">OCZ Technology</a>. They are really pushing SSD technology to the limit! Now out of the reviews we posted for January my favorite was the <a href="http://thinkcomputers.wpengine.com/intel-core-i5-2500k-lga-1155-sandy-bridge-processor-review/">Intel Core i5-2500K LGA 1155 “Sandy Bridge” Processor review</a>. I love learning about new technology and in reviewing this processor I learned a lot about the new Sandy Bridge architecture. Read on to see the rest of the stats for the month on January.

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The Weekend is here! 2-4-11

Ah Friday.....that means the weekend is here! Before you go off tonight make sure you check out our review of the <a href="http://thinkcomputers.wpengine.com/patriot-viper-xtreme-division-2-ddr3-1866-8gb-dual-channel-memory-kit-review/">Patriot Viper Xtreme Division 2 DDR3-1866 8GB Dual Channel Memory Kit</a>. Here is a quote from the review... <em>"A little while ago we took a look at Patriot’s Viper Xtreme triple channel memory that is designed for Intel X58 systems. Today we are checking out the Viper Xtreme Division 2 Edition memory which is designed for Intel’s 2nd generation “Sandy Bridge” Core processors. This memory has been rigorously tested and validated on the Intel 6 Series platform to achieve maximum performance and stability. The Division 2 memory has all of the same features as the original Viper Xtreme memory like the 6 gram copper core and aircraft-grade aluminum heatspreaders. Today we will be putting the 8GB DDR3-1866 kit to the test."</em> <a href="http://thinkcomputers.wpengine.com/patriot-viper-xtreme-division-2-ddr3-1866-8gb-dual-channel-memory-kit-review/">Read On...</a> Now for some affiliate news... <strong>Audio</strong> <a href="http://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/3817/corsair_gaming_audio_series_sp2500_2_1_speaker_system_review/index.html" target="new">Corsair Gaming Audio Series SP2500 2.1 Speaker System Review</a> @ TweakTown <a href="http://www.hitechlegion.com/reviews/audio/8316-zalman-zm-nsp100-portable-notebook-speaker-review" target="new">Zalman ZM-NSP100 Portable Notebook Speaker Review</a> @ Hi Tech Legion <strong>Cases</strong> <a href="http://www.geekinvaders.com/?p=2073" target="new">InWin Dragon Rider Case Review</a> @ GeekInvaders.com <a href="http://www.ocia.net/reviews/galaxisares/page1.shtml" target="new">Galaxis Ares Mid-Tower Case Review</a> @ OCIA.net <a href="http://www.tweaknews.net/reviews/in_win_ironclad_computer_case_review/" target="new">In Win IronClad Case Review</a> @ Tweaknews <a href="http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/LianLi/PC-A04B" target="new">Lian Li PC-A04</a> @ techPowerUp <strong>Cooling</strong> <a href="http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/Titan-Hati-CPU-Cooler-Review/1193" target="new">Titan Hati CPU Cooler Review</a> @ Hardware Secrets <strong>Gaming</strong> <a href="http://www.xsreviews.co.uk/reviews/peripherals/coolermaster-cm-storm-spawn/" target="new">Coolermaster CM Storm Spawn Review</a> @ XSReviews <strong>Memory</strong> <a href="http://www.pureoverclock.com/article1209.html" target="new">Crucial Ballistix 4GB DDR3-2133</a> @ PureOverclock <strong>Motherboards</strong> <a href="http://www.modders-inc.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=Story&reid=342" target="new">Sapphire PURE Black X58 Intel Motherboard</a> @ Modders-Inc <strong>Power</strong> <a href="http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/Seventeam-ST-650PWL-Power-Supply-Review/1194" target="new">Seventeam ST-650PWL Power Supply Review</a> @ Hardware Secrets <strong>Storage</strong> <a href="http://www.legitreviews.com/article/1537/1/" target="new">NZXT Bunker Secure USB 2.0 Drive Bay Review</a> @ Legit Reviews <a href="http://www.cluboc.net/reviews/hard_drives/sata/seagate/Barracuda_Green_2TB/p1.asp" target="new">Seagate Barracuda Green 2TB HDD Review</a> @ Club Overclocker <strong>Video</strong> <a href="http://www.hexus.net/content/item.php?item=28760" target="new">Sapphire Radeon HD 6870 TOXIC graphics card review</a> @ HEXUS <a href="http://www.overclock3d.net/reviews/gpu_displays/msi_r6950_twin_frozr_ii_review/1" target="new">MSI R6950 Twin Frozr II Review</a> @ OC3D <a href="http://www.ninjalane.com/reviews/video/evga_gtx560ti_sc" target="new">EVGA GeForce GTX560 Ti SuperClocked Video Card Review</a> @ Ninjalane <a href="http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=684&Itemid=58" target="new">Gunnar Optiks Shredder Digital Eyewear</a> @ Benchmark Reviews <a href="http://www.overclockersclub.com/reviews/asus_gtx570_review/" target="new">ASUS GTX 570 Review</a> @ OCC

MemoryReviews

Patriot Viper Xtreme Division 2 DDR3-1866 8GB Dual Channel Memory Kit Review

A little while ago we took a look at Patriot’s Viper Xtreme triple channel memory that is designed for Intel X58 systems.  Today we are checking out the Viper Xtreme Division 2 Edition memory which is designed for Intel’s 2nd generation “Sandy Bridge” Core processors.  This memory has been rigorously tested and validated on the Intel  6 Series platform to achieve maximum performance and stability.  The Division 2 memory has all of the same features as the original Viper Xtreme memory like the 6 gram copper core and aircraft-grade aluminum heatspreaders.  Today we will be putting the 8GB DDR3-1866 kit to the test.

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Techbargains Deals for 2-2-11

<strong>OUR FAVORITE DEAL OF THE DAY!</strong> • <a href="http://www.techbargains.com/news_displayItem.cfm/241475">13.4” Dell Adamo XPS 13 Intel Core 2 Duo SU9400 Laptop (128GB SSD; 0.4in Thin & 3.2lbs) for $1099.00 plus free shipping</a> (normally $1999). <strong>Computers & Peripherals:</strong> • <a href="http://www.techbargains.com/news_displayItem.cfm/241468">18.4” Fujitsu Lifebook NH570 Intel Core i7-620M Dual-Core 2.66GHz 18.4in Laptop (4GB/500GB/NVIDIA Geforce GT 330M 1GB) for $849.00 plus free shipping</a> (normally $1199). • <a href="http://www.techbargains.com/news_displayItem.cfm/241475">13.4” Dell Adamo XPS 13 Intel Core 2 Duo SU9400 Laptop (128GB SSD; 0.4in Thin & 3.2lbs) for $1099.00 plus free shipping</a> (normally $1999). • <a href="http://www.techbargains.com/news_displayItem.cfm/241447">Logitech G700 Cordless Laser Gaming Mouse for $53.99 plus free shipping</a> (normally $85 - use <a href="http://images10.newegg.com/uploadfilesfornewegg/rebate/SH/Logitech10MIRsFeb1Feb711ls41.pdf">this form</a>). • <a href="http://www.techbargains.com/news_displayItem.cfm/241204">23” Samsung 2333T cPVA LCD Monitor for $159.99 plus free shipping</a> (normally $229 – use coupon code: <b>EMCKJHC47</b>). • <a href="http://www.techbargains.com/news_displayItem.cfm/241480">2TB Buffalo DriveStation Axis External Hard Drive for $79.99 plus free shipping</a> (normally $159 – use coupon code: <b>R2RLD7LT?JP22M</b>). • <a href="http://www.techbargains.com/news_displayItem.cfm/241455">24” Dell ST2420L LED-Backlit LCD Monitor (HDMI) for $189.99 plus free shipping</a> (normally $259). • <a href="http://www.techbargains.com/news_displayItem.cfm/241446">22” HP S2231 Widescreen LCD Monitor (1920x1080) for $119.99 plus free shipping</a> (normally $219 – use coupon code: <b>SAVE30HP</b>). <strong>Gaming:</strong> • <a href="http://www.techbargains.com/news_displayItem.cfm/241456">Microsoft Kinect Sensor Accessory (Xbox 360) w/ Kinect Adventures Game for $139.99 plus free shipping</a> (normally $159). • <a href="http://www.techbargains.com/news_displayItem.cfm/241459">Mario Kart Game w/ Nintendo Wii Wheel for $34.99 plus free shipping</a> (normally $49). <strong>Home Entertainment:</strong> • <a href="http://www.techbargains.com/news_displayItem.cfm/241489">60” LG 60PK540 Plasma HDTV (1080p) for $1249.00 plus free shipping</a> (normally $1799 – use coupon code: <b>LG2135</b>). • <a href="http://www.techbargains.com/news_displayItem.cfm/241442">42” Sharp LC-42SB48UT 42in LCD HDTV (1080p) for $459.00 plus free shipping</a> (normally $949). • <a href="http://www.techbargains.com/news_displayItem.cfm/241462">32” Toshiba 32C100U LCD HDTV (720p) for $289.99 plus free shipping</a> (normally $349). • <a href="http://www.techbargains.com/news_displayItem.cfm/241457">Apple TV 720p High Definition Media Player (HDMI & 802.11n Wireless) for $79.99 plus free shipping</a> (normally $100). <strong>Personal Electronics:</strong> • <a href="http://www.techbargains.com/news_displayItem.cfm/241486">Canon Coupon Code 10% off Refurbished PowerShot Cameras (PowerShot S95 $319.99; S90 $279.99)</a> (use coupon code: <b>SHIP14</b>). • <a href="http://www.techbargains.com/news_displayItem.cfm/241472">Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-W310 12.1MP 4X Digital Camera for $89.95 plus free shipping</a> (normally $129). • <a href="http://www.techbargains.com/news_displayItem.cfm/241463">Tomtom XXL 540TM Portable GPS Navigation (5in, Lane Guidance, Lifetime Traffic & Maps) for $119.00 plus free shipping</a> (normally $259). • <a href="http://www.techbargains.com/news_displayItem.cfm/241460">Plantronics Voyager PRO PLUS Wireless Bluetooth Headset for $59.99 plus free overnight shipping</a> (normally $89).

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Logitech G35 Surround Sound Headset Review

It has been a while since I have reviewed a headset.  I have been using the same one for quite some time and I was in need of an upgrade.  I decided on the Logitech G35 Surround Sound Headset that features Dolby 7.1 sound, user-defined profiles, 3 swappable headbands, on-ear audio controls and much more.  Let’s take a look and see if this headset was the right choice for my upgrade.  Special thanks to <a href="http://www.geeks.com/">Geeks.com</a> for providing us with the <a href="http://www.geeks.com/details.asp?invtid=981-000116-BULK-R">Logitech G35 Surround Sound Headset</a> to review.  Geeks.com is a great place to find <a href="http://www.geeks.com/products.asp?cat=GAM">gaming accessories</a>.

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Techbargains Deals for 2-1-11

<strong>OUR FAVORITE DEAL OF THE DAY!</strong> • <a href="http://www.techbargains.com/news_displayItem.cfm/241314">Patriot PCMPBO25 PBO Core Box Office All-in-one 1080p Full HD Media Player for $44.99 plus free shipping</a> (normally $89 - use <a href="http://ak.buy.com/buy_assets/retail/pdfs/11Q1/0103-0205kc-la_logitech7.pdf">this form</a>). <strong>Computers & Peripherals:</strong> • <a href="http://www.techbargains.com/news_displayItem.cfm/241379">17.3” Dell Studio 1747 Intel Core i7-740QM Quad-Core Laptop (6GB/500GB/Radeon HD4650/9-cell Battery) for $679.00 plus free shipping</a> (normally $1199). • <a href="http://www.techbargains.com/news_displayItem.cfm/241350">15.6” Dell XPS 15 Intel Core i5-480M Dual-Core 2.66GHz Laptop w/ Blu-Ray, Geforce GT420M for $799.99 plus free shipping</a> (normally $988). • <a href="http://www.techbargains.com/news_displayItem.cfm/241376">15.6” Samsung NP-R540-JA02US Intel Core i3-370M 2.4GHz 15.6in Laptop (4GB/500GB) for $449.99 plus free shipping</a> (normally $729). • <a href="http://www.techbargains.com/news_displayItem.cfm/241362">11.6” HP Pavilion dm1z AMD Dual-Core E-350 (FUSION) Laptop w/ ATI Radeon HD6310M Graphics for $419.99 plus free shipping</a> (normally $549 – use coupon code: <b>TECHBARG30</b>). • <a href="http://www.techbargains.com/news_displayItem.cfm/241323">500GB Seagate Momentus XT 500GB 2.5in Solid State Hybrid Hard Drive for $99.99 plus free shipping</a> (normally $153 – use coupon code: <b>EMCKHKJ28</b>). • <a href="http://www.techbargains.com/news_displayItem.cfm/241304">Asus SBC-06D1S-U/DBLU 6X External Blu-Ray Reader/DVD Burner for $69.99 plus free shipping</a> (normally $109 - use <a href="http://images10.newegg.com/uploadfilesfornewegg/rebate/SH/ASUS2MIRsFeb1Feb2811ls41.pdf">this form</a>). • <a href="http://www.techbargains.com/news_displayItem.cfm/241299">2TB Hitachi XL Desk 2TB USB 2.0 External Hard Drive for $89.99 plus free shipping</a> (normally $109 – use coupon code: <b>EMCKHKJ44</b>). • <a href="http://www.techbargains.com/news_displayItem.cfm/241285">Samsung SCX-4623F Monochrome Laser All-in-One Printer w/ Fax for $129.99 plus free shipping</a> (normally $199). <strong>Gaming:</strong> • <a href="http://www.techbargains.com/news_displayItem.cfm/241318">Nintendo Wii Gaming Console Bundle (w/ Wii Sports Resort & MotionPlus) for $169.99 plus free shipping</a> (normally $249). <strong>Home Entertainment:</strong> • <a href="http://www.techbargains.com/news_displayItem.cfm/241309">40” Toshiba 40UL605U LED-Edgelit LCD HDTV (1080p, 120Hz, Netflix) for $629.00 plus free shipping</a> (normally $999 – use coupon code: <b>EMCKHKJ65</b>). • <a href="http://www.techbargains.com/news_displayItem.cfm/241314">Patriot PCMPBO25 PBO Core Box Office All-in-one 1080p Full HD Media Player for $44.99 plus free shipping</a> (normally $89 - use <a href="http://ak.buy.com/buy_assets/retail/pdfs/11Q1/0103-0205kc-la_logitech7.pdf">this form</a>). • <a href="http://www.techbargains.com/news_displayItem.cfm/241311">Polk Audio R300 Two-Way Floor-Standing Loudspeaker for $49.99 plus free shipping</a> (normally $199). <strong>Personal Electronics:</strong> • <a href="http://www.techbargains.com/news_displayItem.cfm/241294">Sony CyberShot DSC-W350 14MP 4X Digital Camera w/ Case + 2GB Memory Card for $99.00 plus free shipping</a> (normally $199).

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Rainy Day News 2-1-11

Instead of snow today in Pittsburgh we have rain, which means I will probably be inside most of the day. We started off this week with a review of the <a href="http://thinkcomputers.wpengine.com/zalman-s-series-128gb-solid-state-drive-review/">Zalman S-Series 128GB Solid State Drive</a> so make sure you check that out! Here is a quote... <em>"Solid state drives are the future, faster speeds, no moving parts and they are smaller. The only thing really holding them back right now is their price. Most solid state drives we have seen have been from traditional memory and storage companies. We all know Zalman for making great CPU coolers and cases, so it is a bit weird we see them release a solid state drive. They actually have 2 right now, today we will be looking at the S-Series 128GB drive, which is based on the JMicron controller so it is the mainstream budget drive out of the 2 that they have released. Let’s take a look…"</em> <a href="http://thinkcomputers.wpengine.com/zalman-s-series-128gb-solid-state-drive-review/">Read On...</a> <strong>Contests / Giveaways</strong> <a href="http://www.tweaknews.net/reviews/tweaknews_10_year_anniversary_contest/" target="new">Tweaknews 10 Year Anniversary Contest / Giveaway - 10 Months of Prizes!!!</a> @ TweakNews <strong>Accessories</strong> <a href="http://www.rbmods.com/content/30533/luxa2-ph3-features.aspx" target="new">Luxa2 Ph3 iPhone cover</a> @ Rbmods <a href="http://tbreak.com/tech/2011/01/case-mate-gelli-case-for-iphone-4-review/" target="new">Case Mate Gelli case for iPhone 4 Review</a> @ t-break <strong>Cases</strong> <a href="http://www.kitguru.net/components/henry-butt/enermax-hoplite-mid-tower-case/" target="new">Enermax Hoplite Mid-Tower Case Review</a> @ KitGuru <strong>Cooling</strong> <a href="http://www.eteknix.com/cooling/antec-spotcool-system-case-fan-review-713/" target="new">Antec SpotCool System Case Fan Review</a> @ eTeknix.com <a href="http://www.rage3d.com/reviews/cooling/artic_cooling_accelero_gtx_pro/" target="new">Arctic Cooling Accelero GTX Pro Review</a> @ Rage3D.com <a href="http://overclockershq.com/laptop-and-netbook/evercool-fit-notebook-cooler-review.html" target="new">Evercool FIT Notebook Cooler Review</a> @ OverclockersHQ <strong>Gaming</strong> <a href="http://tbreak.com/tech/2011/02/cyborg-r-a-t-5-gaming-mouse-review/" target="new">Cyborg R.A.T. 5 Gaming Mouse Review</a> @ t-break <strong>Memory</strong> <a href="http://aphnetworks.com/reviews/ocz_platinum_xte_pc3_16000_2x2gb" target="new">OCZ Platinum XTE PC3-16000 2x2GB Review</a> @ APH Networks <strong>Storage</strong> <a href="http://www.pureoverclock.com/article1206.html" target="new">Kingston HyperX MAX 3.0 128GB</a> @ PureOverclock <a href="http://thessdreview.com/our-reviews/intel-310-series-80gb-ssd-review-a-new-way-to-look-at-notebooks/" target="new">Intel 310 Series SSD FULL Review</a> @ The SSD Review <strong>Video</strong> <a href="http://www.neoseeker.com/Articles/Hardware/Reviews/Palit_GTX_560_Ti_Sonic/" target="new">Palit GeForce GTX 560 Ti SONIC Edition Review</a> @ Neoseeker <a href="http://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/3811/galaxy_geforce_gtx_560_ti_1gb_gc_video_card_overclocked/index.html" target="new">Galaxy GeForce GTX 560 Ti 1GB GC Video Card Overclocked</a> @ TweakTown

MotherboardsReviews

Zotac IONITX-P-E Mini-ITX Motherboard Review

Today you see more and more home media servers and HTPC's being sold on the market, along with the parts to build your own. I use a home media server for my PS3 and my other computers so that I can transfer and watch movies all over my house.  This also gives me the ability to stream music to all of the PC's and other wireless Devices. With all of our home electronics becoming more and more connected it's convenient to have a media server.  It allows me to control the music and movies in any of the rooms with PC's on them with either my Android phone or my iPad.  The possibilities are endless.  In this review we will be taking a look at the Zotac IONITX-P-E which is an Mini-ITX motherboard with the processor embedded in to the motherboard.  Mini-ITX is a very small form factor about half the size of a mATX setup.

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