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Cooler Master V8 CPU Cooler

Cooler Master V8 CPU Cooler

Cooler Master are a brand that we are very familiar with at eTeknix and have always been a company that we have focussed on to see what they come up with in the future. Whilst the future is bright, we can't but help look back at the past at a slightly older product, though even as it's not the newest swanky thing on the market, it still holds its own by offering an amazing cooling product at a low price, especially when compared to its rivals.

We can only be talking about the much talked about Cooler Master V8, which gets its name and styling from the famous engine, without all the noise that a V8 engine is famous for. It incorporates a large heatsink design with a fan sandwiched between it and is suitable for the latest and greatest CPU sockets on the market. For complete control over the CPU cooler an included PWM fan control gives complete silence when needed and extreme cooling if that's your bag.

Based on the awards this cooler has obtained, it seems to live up to all of the hype above but how do we get on with it after we've looked at the likes of the Noctua NH-C14 mammoth cooler. Will we be let down or pleasantly surprised?

Samsung files motion to see iPad 3, iPhone 5 prototypes

Samsung files motion to see iPad 3, iPhone 5 prototypes

Samsung files a motion with the courts asking for early access to Apple's designs and prototypes for upcoming versions of the iPad and iPhone.

Samsung 470 Series 256GB SSD - Long Term Test Results

Samsung 470 Series 256GB SSD - Long Term Test Results

Based on the benchmarks we ran the verdict is pretty clear. The performance loss over the course of three months of normal use is minimal at best, with no real discernible difference observed by the user. Windows boot time is still under 15 seconds where we see most of the newer drives performing out of the box...

Intel Sandy Bridge On Fedora 15 Is Decent

Intel Sandy Bridge On Fedora 15 Is Decent

For those Intel "Sandy Bridge" hardware customers that may be trying out the recent release of Fedora 15, the experience is decent and is in much better shape than the troubling support in Ubuntu 11.04. It is not in tip-top shape as there are some recent optimizations in the Linux kernel and Mesa that haven't landed in Fedora 15 (at least not yet in the form of an update), but it's suitable overall.

BitFenix Shinobi Window

BitFenix Shinobi Window

Today we have a brand new chassis line from BitFenix, called Shinobi. It was named after some of the most feared Ninja assassins of the modern age. There are two versions of the Shinobi.  At the writing of this review, one comes with a side window and the other does not. From the uniquely crafted side panel window and fan vents, to the brushed aluminum accents, the Shinobi Window carries through the signature BitFenix design philosophy of clean lines, understated elegance, and modern styling. Superior cooling options allow the system to stay cool during intense gaming sessions.

The Shinobi Window is engineered to handle up to three 5.25″ drives or eight 3.5″ hard disks and can also install a 2.5″ SSD with the included adapter. The Shinobi Window should easily accommodate long graphics cards that are out in today’s marketplace. The BitFenix SofTouch Surface Treatment, for resistance to fingerprints and stains, surrounds the brushed gunmetal logo on the front and is also used on the top of the case as well.

Seagate Barracuda Green 2 TB Hard Disk Drive

Seagate Barracuda Green 2 TB Hard Disk Drive

The Barracuda Green 2 TB is Seagate's first hard drive to use 4 KB sectors instead of 512-byte sectors. The new standard, also known as "Advanced Format" or simply "AF," will be used by all hard drive manufacturers in the future. Let's see what are this new format and the performance of the Barracuda Green 2 TB drive.

Lexmark Genesis S816 All-in-One Printer

Lexmark Genesis S816 All-in-One Printer

Anyone who thinks that all printers are alike needs only to look at the Lexmark Genesis S816 to see some innovation in the printer industry. This is an all-in-one printer that has both a unique shape and some interesting new technology.

In-Win BUC PC Gaming Case

In-Win BUC PC Gaming Case

The In Win BUC gaming chassis is a very well built steel computer case that has a simple layout and feel, yet the case still offers a variety of useful features normally found on more expensive cases. Having features like the "EZ-swap" or Hot-Swap storage drive bays with a lockable door, SuperSpeed USB 3.0, the convenient utility tray on top that gives you a place to easily connect headsets, cameras, smartphones and external storage drive or even the fantastic build quality is something you usually can't find in a case that is $89.99 after rebate. If you like the "shield" appearance of the BUC then...

Radeon Gardenshed DRM + Gallium3D Benchmarks

Radeon Gardenshed DRM + Gallium3D Benchmarks

It has been about a month since we last delivered ATI/AMD Radeon Linux benchmarks comparing the performance of the open-source driver against the high-performance proprietary driver. Since that point there's been various improvements to the Mesa/Gallium3D driver and there's also been the merge of the latest Radeon DRM code for the next kernel, which will likely be called the Linux 3.0 kernel, but in the DRM pull request was referred to as Gardenshed. Here are these benchmarks on several different Radeon graphics cards.

In Win Dragon Rider Full Tower Chassis

In Win Dragon Rider Full Tower Chassis

In Win and their products have featured here at eTeknix only the once, but even then we were quite keen to sing their praises. Sure there were some niggly little faults but we did have a pre-production version so we expect little gripes to pop up from time to time. When you look at the product range from In Win, you will most likely have no clear comparison in your head of what their cases rival as they are very different and step out of the box with their unique styling and features, yet still put up a fight to some of the big brands that are holding the market well.

The Dragon Rider is considered the bigger brother to the Dragon Slayer that we took a look at in the not so distant past and features similar styling in many ways but in a bigger form. We also see some of the great features that In Win have invested into their whole range including slides for your drives, tool-less design and some funky lighting to make the front stand out that little bit.

The Dragon Rider keeps with the chainmail armour and solid build quality but does it offer up a wow factor or is it just a bigger immataion of the Dragon Slayer? We find out as we attempt to tame the beat that is the Dragon Rider!

Gigabyte Aivia M8600 Gaming Mouse

Gigabyte Aivia M8600 Gaming Mouse

The Aivia M8600 Wireless Macro Gaming Mouse is absolutely riddled with features. During testing I found the responsiveness the best I have ever experienced. This is the first mouse I had to dial down from max resolution for gaming. The software is clean and easy to use making regular tasks smooth and macro programming as simple as I have seen.

Ttesports Shock Gaming Headset one

Ttesports Shock Gaming Headset one

The market has exploded when it comes to gaming headsets; various companies like Roccat, Razer, Sennheiser, etc…all have released headsets and headphones specifically targeted to gamers.

TTesports have also released a few gaming headsets and today we are taking a look at their Shock One gaming headset to see what type of quality and performance we can expect from it.

 

Zotac GTX 580 Amp! Edition

Zotac GTX 580 Amp! Edition

While we might have been reviewing some high end AMD gear recently, the nVidia camp needs representing too. Fortunately Zotac have sent through one of their more powerful cards, the GTX 580 Amp! Edition. Let’s see how it stacks up in our benchmarks.

Nexcopy 16-port USB 3.0 Duplicator

Nexcopy 16-port USB 3.0 Duplicator

The Nexcopy SSUSB160PC USB 3.0 Duplicator primarily targets an interesting niche market. It is an industrial tool that can churn out 16 unique flash drive images at a time. This may not sound like a big deal for the average user, but if you have ever spent time doing this one by one, then you know how much time you can save in the long run. This assumes it works as advertised that is. Now, let's find out together if the SSUSB160PC is hyper good or just hype.

Splitfish FRAGFX Shark Aims Squarely at XBox 360 FPS Gamers

Splitfish FRAGFX Shark Aims Squarely at XBox 360 FPS Gamers

When it comes to console gaming, there are certain games which lend themselves to gamepads and there are some that do not. If you own an Xbox 360 and wanted to use a keyboard and mouse for your favorite FPS game (for example), your options were however very, very limited. Luckily, for all you hard-core console gaming FPS'ers out there, Splitfish is coming to your rescue with their all new FRAGFX Shark.

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