Wednesday News Post 2-1-12

Wow we are already into February! It seems that we were just celebrating the new year! You should check out our review of the Thermaltake Overseer RX-I Full Tower Case! Here is a little tease video showing you what the case looks like when you have it turned on!

Now for some affiliate news!

Powerbag Backpack Review @ TechwareLabs
“Ever wish you could charge your gadgets on the go? Wall outlets too far apart to satisfy your gadget lust? Powerbag shows us their new solution for charging on the go.”

Deepcool Gamer Storm Dracula VGA Cooler Review @ Legit Reviews
“Today we take at the flagship GPU cooler from Deepcool, the Dracula. The Dracula is part of Deepcool’s Gamer Storm line and is designed for those that want some serious cooling performance. This GPU cooler is massive and takes up four PCI slots when installed. Join us today we put the Dracula on the notoriously hot running NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480 to see how it handles the heat compared to another aftermarket cooler.”

ASUS RT-N56U Dual-Band Wireless-N600 Gigabit Router Review @
“For those that have the need for highly reliable, high speed LAN connections, as well as high speed WAN connections, the ASUS RT-N56U is your kind of router. The wired LAN connections are all capable of Gigabit speed transfers, while the wireless capabilities are equally impressive, featuring dual-band 5GHz and 2.4GHz speeds that can allow for up to 300Mbps concurrently.”

Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 OC Graphics Card Video Review @
“With 7950 graphics cards being released into the market, we take a look at what Sapphire have to offer with a dual fan and 100MHz overclock.”

Asus Xonar Essence One Review (w/ Raysonic CD228 & Audeze LCD2) @ KitGuru
“Today we are looking at the latest ‘audiophile’ grade Asus Xonar Essence One external soundcard and digital to analogue converter. The Essence series of products have targeted the enthusiast and audiophile user now for some time, using high grade components such as BurrBrown DAC chips. Today we analyse the latest Xonar Essence One from ASUS in a very challenging environment, paired up with a flagship, limited edition Valve/Tube CD player and award winning Audeze LCD2 headphones.”

Most Anticipated PC Games of 2012 @ TechSpot
“Like a rollercoaster, 2011 was full of transient highs and enduring lows — mostly the latter for PC gamers. The year began with a promising lineup, but title after title fell flat. Some were incredibly buggy, others had console-esque interfaces and far too many shipped without DirectX 11 support. We’ll spare you of a list because you surely recall their names, but for reference, even the excellent and well deserving game of the year, Skyrim, somehow fits in all of the above.”

PC Power & Cooling Silencer Mk III 600W Review @ APH Networks
“Stealth and sneak is the way to be, as a sniper sits behind a nearby tree. Oh the many things he may yet to see, but only one target is the key. Seasons come and seasons go, but the time came when the ground is covered with snow. PC Power & Cooling drops by to say ‘hello’, only to say that the target is blended in with the snow below. A white power supply is what we see, but a Silencer Mk III 600W is its true identity. Before you slowly move towards the little ‘X’ at the corner of your browser, let me inform you that this power supply we have here at our APH labs is truly unique.”

Gigabyte X79-UD5 @ PureOverclock
“We’ve seen Gigabyte make great strides in their latest X79 lineup, including the new BIOS and auto features designed with the enthusiast in mind. So let’s take a closer look to see if the X79-UD5 board can continue that successful trend.”

GIGABYTE 990FXA-UD5 AM3+ ATX Motherboard Review @ Futurelooks
“It was a busy end of the year with all the new product releases and announcements. We saw the release of the new AMD FX processor lineup which did not fair well overall, but still serves me well in my personal rig. However, a CPU is only as great as the motherboard to which you pair it. While many sites used the AMD issued ASUS Crossfire V 990FX boards for their initial reviews (a great board I might add) we were able to use something different for our tests. The GIGABYTE 990FXA-UD5 we found to be a very competent board, but let’s take a closer look to find out what else this motherboard brings to the table.”

Rasurbo Vort-X U3 Case Review @ Technic3D
“The Rasurbo Vort-X U3 is the next PC-Case in the Technic3D Editorship. The Vort-X supports ATX, Mini-ITX and Micro-ATX motherboards and have place for four 120mm Cooling-Fans. We will check this and many more in the following Review.”

Cooler Master GeminII M4 Review @
“My latest CPU cooler reviews is the Cooler Master GeminII M4, a new low profile cooler. It’s a squat, copper heatpipe sporting, many aluminium finned heatsink fan combo that thanks to its unique shape could cause clearance issues; it’s going to be an interesting review.”

Kingston SSDNow V+200 120GB Upgrade Kit Review @ Real World Labs
“Offering very good data transfer speeds, one of the most complete bundles I’ve ever seen and an exceptional price/capacity ratio the brand new V+200 120GB is a worthy addition to the SSDNow business line of solid state drives by Kingston.”

Thermaltake Commander MS-I Mid Tower @ Pro-Clockers
“The new Commander MS-I is a new case aimed at the budget-minded DIYer. The case is priced at the lower price spectrum, retailing for about $40-$60. The pricing depends on where it is purchased from as well as if it comes with fans or out. But what do you get for this incredible low price? We will tell you, read on.”

Thermaltake Dr. Power II ATX Power Supply Tester Review @ Tweaknews
“Thermaltake’s Dr. Power II works as advertised, is relatively accurate and has an easily used and intuitive interface. Two testing modes allow the user to make a quick pass or zero in on a suspect connector or rail. It’s compact, lightweight and the large LCD screen is easy to read.”

XFX DD R7950 Review @ Vortez
“The R7950 retains the standard clock speed of the HD7950 but what makes the card different from the ‘stock’ HD7950 at first glance is the cooler. The GHOST cooler really is a thing of beauty and while I do not wish to pre-empt it’s ability, if looks are anything to go by, this card will be one seriously cool customer. Looks however can be deceiving and none were this more so than with the XFX R7950. While the clock speeds may remain the same, the card is far from being a reference design. The PCB as we will see is very different from the stock design as it features XFX’s ‘X’ features of both power management, cooling and on-board components which make this card truly ‘custom’.”

XFX & Sapphire HD 7950 3GB Review @ OCC
“At stock speeds it offers predictable performance that is well ahead of previous generation parts and in just about every game ahead of NVIDIA’s current high end parts. As an upgrade, the current pricing puts it in line with the GTX 580 which it of course beats hands down. Add in Eyefinity capabilities with a single card and the HD 7950 is a card that is a perfect upgrade path for those looking for top end performance but have a hard time shelling out $600 for the top line product. Even just less than $500 the HD 7950 is not a value proposition. Performance at stock and overclocked speeds make the XFX Black Edition Double Dissipation and Sapphire Overclocked Edition HD 7950 video card as potent upgrades to enjoy the latest games. Good looks, Custom cooling and PCB, Awesome performance, and more are good enough reasons to move to the HD 7900 series from Sapphire or XFX.”

Sapphire HD 7950 OC Graphics Card @ Modders-Inc
“With the HD 7970 already claiming the King of the Hill title, you know that the title comes a tall price tag. So if you are like me and know you can get some of that awesome speed and features for less money then you need to look at the SAPPHIRE HD 7950 OC.”

Danger Den DD-M6 Waterblock Review @ Ninjalane
“One of the biggest names in watercooling is Danger Den and not because they offer a ton of different products but rather their years of service to the watercooling enthusiast and providing them what they need at just the right time.”