Monday News Post 1-30-11

Well we are starting another week here at ThinkComputers! Expect some great reviews and unboxing videos throughout the week! So how is your Monday going? Surprisingly I do not have a case of the Monday’s! Make sure you check out our unboxing video of the Le Pan II TC979 Tablet!

Now let’s check out whats going on around the web….

Pittco Gamer Interview – Fatal1ty
“This gentlemen was gracious enough to take time out of his busy day of training to enter the den of the wolf and be grilled on his life in and around gaming. This is one of the best interviews we’ve ever had on the Pittco site especially from an editing prospective. For a Pro Gamer I think some of the things about his gaming past might we quite a shock to you listeners so open your ears because…”

SteelSeries World of Warcraft MMO Gaming Mouse Review – Legendary Edition @ Legit Reviews
“After playing many hours of World of Warcraft and Star Wars: The Old Republic with the SteelSeries MMO Mouse: Legendary Edition, we were very happy with the thought and effort Blizzard Entertainment and SteelSeries put into this product. The performance was better than any other gaming mouse we have used before. The ability to configure the mouse to our desired specifications was very easy and intuitive…”

Thermaltake Smart Series 730W Power Supply @ Pro-Clockers
“Thermaltake is claiming that the new Smart series power supply is just that. The Smart series is only offered in a non-modular version for now. But the power range within the spectrum of anybody building a system from basic web browsing to gaming that reason is 430 to 730 watts.”

QPAD MK-85 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard @ techPowerUp
“QPAD’s keyboard line-up is expanding rapidly. Today we are taking the MK-85 high-end keyboard for a spin. This new keyboard from QPAD features Cherry MX Red linear key mechanisms. Besides that QPAD have developed a brand new driver suite and a few other new features.”

MSI Nighthawk Case Review @ TechwareLabs
“Here at TechwareLabs, we’re much more used to seeing MSI’s logo on parts inside the case than on the case itself. That said, they make whole PCs, so why not cases too? Today we’ll be looking at the Nighthawk, one of two cases MSI is launching its enclosure line with. Does this bird fly? Keep reading to find out!”

ASRock Z68M-ITX/HT Mini-ITX Motherboard Review @ KitGuru
“Today we are going to look at a motherboard from the other end of the ASRock range, the Z68M-ITX/HT motherboard, which occupies the increasingly popular Mini-ITX form factor. This makes it ideal for use in environments where space is restricted, mainly in small form factor and home theatre PC systems.”

NZXT Havik 120 Review @ OCC
“I cannot say I am unhappy with the results that came out of this cooler, especially considering it can be purchased for around $50 and is basically a miniature version of the NZXT Havik 140. The performance is spot-on, there are no features that I feel are lacking or wasted, and it’s simply more of a space-saver compared to the NZXT Havik 140. The Havik 140 is definitely a tall cooler, and I have heard of several situations where the user could not install the side panel since the heatsink stuck out too far. With the Havik 120, you still get very similar performance as the Havik 140 but at a smaller cost to both your wallet and case real estate.”

The Internet Stratification: Tales of an Unequal Web @ Techgage
“Think that the Web is equal for all? Not quite. While countries with great access to the Internet move towards creating content-heavy websites and services that require ever faster connections, there exists even more countries that would simply like a stable and reliable Internet connection to begin with. Read on to explore this digital divide.”

NZXT Source 220 Computer Case Review @ APH Networks
“I am always amazed at how the political and economic system works in the United States. While I am not suggesting Canada is leaps and bounds better, it is interesting how the United States government would even consider the SOPA and PIPA bills. On the technology side, blackouts were the main method of protesting, and in the end, it proved to be highly influential. Not only did it draw tons of support, but most importantly, it made many people aware of the issues and reduce the likelihood of similar future incidents from happening. With that in mind, probably completely unintentional, the NZXT Source 220 is like the blacked out version of the NZXT Source 210 Elite. Having a completely black theme without the option for a white variation, I guess the value budget consumer will have to lose out on customization. By having no other options, you might get the feeling of being forced to accept the chassis as it is; however, I am pretty certain that there will be significantly less controversy over the Source 220 than the previously mentioned bills. Today, I am not here to talk about either the SOPA or PIPA bills. Instead, we have ourselves a revision of the NZXT Source 210 Elite to discuss. Now of course, just like I would hope with any revisions to SOPA or PIPA, there should be some significant improvements over the previous version. One last note, I do not support SOPA or PIPA, and I am very thankful for the turn of events related to those bills.”

AMD A8-3870K Unlocked Llano 3.0 GHz Quad Core APU Review @ Hi Tech Legion
“The A8-3870K APU is the latest release from AMD. The A8-3870K offers quad core performance with 3.0GHz speed. This Llano APU comes with a 100MHz speed bump over the A8-3850, so the stock performance won’t differ tremendously. The key difference, however, is the unlocked multiplier. The unlocked multiplier offers easier overclocking as seen with AMD’s other “Black Edition” processors. All prior Llano APUs have locked multipliers, therefore overclocking requires more trouble. All of the same features seen on the A8-3850 are seen on the A8-3870K. The Radeon 6550D has been integrated, which offers 400 shader units and runs at 600MHz. This is the best Radeon that can be attained on a Llano APU. There is still support for dual graphics as well as memory up to 1866MHz.”

NZXT Phantom Enthusiast Full Tower Case Review @ Real World Labs
“By retaining its original set of features the latest revision of the Phantom Enthusiast Full Tower Case by NZXT is not only beautiful in terms of design, offers superior airflow and has a spacious interior capable of housing even the largest possible hardware components but it now also features top I/O USB 3.0 connectivity.”

Thortech Thunderbolt Plus 850W PSU @
“ has just posted another review. Last week we have taken a look at the Thortech Thunderbolt Plus 850W PSU. The Plus series includes the world’s first interactive PSU control panel with fan speed control which also provides critical PSU data such as efficiency, wattage, Voltage, current, fan RPM and PSU internal temperature.”

UEBO M400 WiFi Media Player @ BCC Hardware
“This media player looks to be a radical transformation of most normal media players by adding many new features that most media players don’t have. The M400 does support USB 3.0 and 2.0 connections, a 3 TB HDD (sold separately), support for all media files, and True 1080p resolution and HD surround sound. The new and radical features that have been added are; Bit Torrent for torrent downloads, FTP, NAS for network storage ability, and DLNA support…”

Cooler Master QuickFire Keyboard @ LanOC Reviews
“Everyone and their mom have jumped into the mechanical keyboard party over the past year. Typically each of the keyboards has a fairly standard layout with a few small differences to help them stand out. When we saw Cooler Master’s new offering I was excited to see something a little different. If you have ever seen a Filco keyboard this may look familiar. The new Cooler Master QuickFire is a compact keyboard without a number fad for those looking for something that doesn’t take up very much room on your desk. Sounds like a perfect keyboard for going to LAN’s doesn’t it? We thought so, let’s take a look.”

Swiftech Apogee HD Water Block Review @
“Today we have for review Swiftech’s absolute latest in blocks, the Apogee HD. Superseding the venerable Apogee XT as their flagship product, the HD offers improvements in all areas: increased performance, reduced flow restriction and a new innovative feature known as multi-port connectivity. By paralleling the outputs to other components like the VGA, RAM and VRM, flow restriction is reduced and the need for a second pump in long, daisy-chain setups is eliminated.”