First News Post of 2012

Asus Transformer TF101 Android Tablet Review @ TechwareLabs
“Much like the netbook market, tablets have come of age and everyone seems to want one. Also similar to netbooks it seems that the market is saturated by tablets from many different manufacturers. Asus can be credited for making the netbook market a reality and for offering some of the finest netbooks made. Today we take a look at the Asus Transformer tablet to see if Asus has kept the tradition of offering an excellent product in the tablet market.”

Patriot Pyro SE SATA III Solid State Drive Review @ HotHardware
“We have evaluated a handful of Patriot’s SSDs recently, all of which proved to be solid (no pun intended) offerings in their respective categories. The high-end Patriot Wildfire SSD hung right alongside the best of the SandForce-based drives with synchronous NAND we’ve tested and the lower-priced Pyro was also competitive with its asynchronous NAND-equipped counterparts.”

In Win BUC 101 Case Review @ Hardware Secrets
“In Win has just released a new version of their BUC mid-tower case, dubbed BUC 101. (By the way, the correct pronunciation is “buck,” not “bee-you-see” – which would be kind of funny.) This new case comes with several unique features. Let’s take a look at them.”

MSI Z68A-GD80 G3 Z68 Motherboard Review @ Hardware Canucks
“MSI has been fighting an uphill battle against the likes of Gigabyte and ASUS for the last few years but their new Z68A-GD80 G3 looks to even the playing field. It features a long 5 year warranty, PCI-E 3.0 slots, user friendly auto overclocking options, a great layout and an intuitive BIOS which in many ways surpasses the competition’s offerings. But can MSI complete this near-perfect equation with stability? We find out in this review.”

Corsair Force GT & Performance Pro SATA III SSD Roundup @ Legit Reviews
“So, what have we learned from this little round up? First off, you can’t go wrong with any of the drives here. All feature very fast SATA III performance and come with a standard three year warranty. The Force GT drives promise read and write specifications of up to 555MB/s reads and 525MB/s writes. This is something we observed on the ATTO benchmark where highly compressible data was used. On other benchmarks, the scores were a fair bit lower as the SandForce controllers rely on real time compression of data to optimize performance and the referenced benchmarks used already compressed data. The 240GB fared a little better than the 180GB drive as higher density NAND tends to be a little faster along with slightly different architecture…”

Enermax ETS-T40-TA CPU Cooler Review @ Vortez
“Despite appearing as a standard tower heatsink on first impressions, the ETS-T40 is home to numerous technologies to differentiate it from other coolers. These include Heat Pipe Direct Touch, Stack Effect Flow (SEF), Vortex Generated Flow (VGF), and Vacuum Effect Flow (VEF), to improve airflow and thermal transfer efficiency. The ETS-T40’s main competitor based on design alone is Cooler Master’s notorious 212+ but priced a good £15 higher; the Enermax will have to demonstrate superior cooling capabilities which its patented features aim to satisfy.”

Corsair Vengeance 1300 Analog Gaming Headset Review @ OCC
“If it wasn’t for the severe lack of bass, then these headphones would be at the top of my list for their price range. While the comfort and build quality are definitely there, the audio performance averages out to just decent. The clarity of the range of sound that the Vengeance 1300 is capable of producing is without a question very good; if gaming is your only concern then this $80 headset just might fit your bill.”

MEGATech Showcase: The Other Best Video Games of 2011
“It’s the end of the year and the Internet has been flooded with countless “best of” lists. And frankly, I’m here to bring you more. As a frequent player of videogames (who isn’t crazy about the term “gamer”), I’ve already read several lists of what people consider to be the best games of 2011. Not surprisingly, Skyrim tops them all. As someone who’s only a minor fan of Oblivion, I agree that Skyrim is far and wide the best game of 2011. I’ve also seen Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Uncharted 3, and The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword on many lists, and they’re all great games. In fact, I don’t think I’ve seen a single game listed that I thought didn’t deserve to be recognized.”

NZXT HALE82 650W Power Supply Review @
“NZXT has traditionally been better known for their offerings in the low to middle end market where the bulk of consumers shop for their gear, and the HALE90 is maybe just a tad out of that price range. Not surprisingly then, NZXT has released a new HALE82 line of power supplies, in 650W, 750W and 850W ratings, that come in at a 20%-30% savings over their HALE90 counterparts. The HALE82 features a similar design, with semi-modular construction, single +12V rail and 80Plus Bronze certification.”

Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler Review @ Technic3D
“The Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo Heatsink arrived Technic3D. See you in the following Review the Evo with one 120mm PWM Fan and four 6mm Heatpipes compared with many other Cooler on a Intel Core i5 2500k CPU.”

Raidmax Seiran Chassis Review @
“Today we take a look at Raidmax’s new Seiran midtower chassis. Will it surprise and dazzle us with well priced quality or attempt to stab us with sharp, jagged edges? Find out inside!”