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Antec Soundscience Rockus 3D 2.1 Speaker System

Antec Soundscience Rockus 3D 2.1 Speaker System

The Soundscience Rockus 3D 2.1 Speaker System from Antec comes with one unique feature: 3Dsst™, which is a suite of DSP algorithms that create a virtual surround sound experience from 2.1 stereo speakers. The subwoofer is rated 100W, and the sattelites 25W; the speaker system packs quite a punch and can be connected easily on optical to our preferred sound sources.

In-Win Buc Mid Tower Case

In-Win Buc Mid Tower Case

Our impression with In-Win is that the company often offers products with a slight artistic flavor. Take their Na, for example. Despite being a simple enclosure, it has elegant looks and an artistic flair that draws attention. While not as well-known as big players like Antec, Thermaltake, or Silverstone when comes to computer chassis, In-Win has a long history of making computer cases. Their latest enthusiast’s case, the Buc, combines their artistic talent and functionalities. And the end result is a feature-rich chassis with a unique look.

HIS Radeon HD6870 IceQ-X Turbo-X

HIS Radeon HD6870 IceQ-X Turbo-X

HIS first introduced its IceQ coolers in 2003 to its Radeon 9800PRO series of video cards, eight years later HIS return with the IceQ X cooler, which thankfully performs much better than it looks. In this review the IceQ X cooler is strapped onto a HIS HD6870 Turbo X video card which comes factory overclocked at 975MHz GPU and 1150MHz Memory. Pushing clocks this far on a factory overclocked video card takes some guts, but HIS know that they have nothing to worry about, their IceQ cooler is up to the job. Benchmark Reviews aims to provide you with an unbiased review of the HIS HD6870 IceQ X Turbo X and report back our findings, keeping you informed on the latest technologies available on the market today.

Thermaltake Jing Heatsink

Thermaltake Jing Heatsink

Thermaltake's Jing heatsink, a dual fan tower style cooler that comes in a bright shade of nuclear green. The green is supposed evoke nature and 'Jing' supposedly means 'wind' in Mandarin. The heatsinks' twin 128mm fans spin at 800-1300RPM in a push-pull orientation and create a modest amount of noise according to our real world sound measurements.

Weighing a hefty 920 grams, the Thermaltake Jing stands 161mm tall and installs onto Intel socket 775/1155/1156/1366 and AMD socket AM2/AM3+ processors.

Introducing Gigabyte Touch BIOS

Introducing Gigabyte Touch BIOS

While ASUS and MSI have focused a lot of marketing energy promoting the new UEFI BIOS interfaces - UEFI is the BIOS that works with a mouse and adds room for enhanced graphical interfaces - Gigabyte has gone in another direction. The Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD5-B3 motherboard uses a traditional text-based BIOS but augments that with a Windows based hybrid-EFI BIOS called Touch BIOS.

Zotac H67-ITX WiFi H67 Motherboard

Zotac H67-ITX WiFi H67 Motherboard

Over the past couple of months, we've taken a look at plenty of small form factor motherboards from some big brands including Asus, Gigabyte and Jetway, and they have all been designed with an all-in-one solution in mind. This is where we saw the likes of Intel Atom and more importantly AMD Fusion take its place in the market, and quite rightly so.

Today sees us still keeping our focus on small form factor in general but taking a look at a slightly different product, that shares the same market. The Zotac H67-ITX WiFi is still aimed at the HTPC market but differs somewhat in its design compared to the boards we've looked at recently. We say that as instead of having a built-in style processor or APU, we see a conventional socket able to take Intel's 2nd generation of processors which we all know as Sandybridge. Whilst we love the potential behind the i5 2500k and i7 2600k, this board would be better suited with a low-powered i3 CPU leaving it to be a perfect board to sit snuggly in a nice looking HTPC chassis below your Plasma TV.

Is it perfect for that purpose or is it all a bunch of marketing hype? We know what the benefits and potential of the H67 platform are, but can they seriously fit all of that power and features into a board of this size?

Never judge a book by its cover and all that...

Ubuntu/Xubuntu/Kubuntu/Lubuntu Power Tests

Ubuntu/Xubuntu/Kubuntu/Lubuntu Power Tests

With the extensive Linux power consumption tests that I've been carrying out to solve some nasty Linux kernel power regressions and find other areas for optimization, one of the requests that has come in frequently is to compare the power consumption of the KDE, GNOME, Unity, Xfce, and LXDE desktops. After the article earlier this week to look at how the desktop environments / compositing window managers affect OpenGL performance, I carried out a quick desktop power test. In this article are battery power consumption results for Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu, and Lubuntu.

Aerocool Strike X Fan Controller

Aerocool Strike X Fan Controller

The Aerocool Strike X is a touchscreen fan controller with five channels and five thermometers. Let's check it out.

Project Zomboid – How I died

Project Zomboid – How I died

It was yesterday morning that I first read about the latest indi title to be hitting up the forums of the inter-tubes, generating a similar sort of underground buzz to that of Minecraft. Kotaku had an article on it, describing how in Project Zomboid (a name that I’m still struggling to speak out loud in a serious fashion) the writer had died from burning some soup. Ha, what a noob I thought, and fired off an email to the creators, requesting a code to give the game a try. Being the high powered, executive journalist type that I am, (of course) they were nice enough to oblige me.

3M PocketProjector MP180

3M PocketProjector MP180

3M launched its first pocket projector in 2008. Since then the company has been busy miniaturising its hardware and software that can project digital images onto any nearby viewing surface, such as a wall. An important design characteristic of a handheld projector is the ability to project a clear image, regardless of the physical characteristics of the viewing surface. The company’s newest models mark the emergence of the latest, leading-edge pocket projector technology and are stirring up great excitement among those that have been tracking pocket projection over the last few years.

Sharkoon Universal X-TATIC SP Headset

Sharkoon Universal X-TATIC SP Headset

In this review I'll be taking a look at a really interesting set of Gaming headgear and by this I mean a headset that can be used with across three different gaming platforms called the X-TATIC SP. Sharkoon have came up with this unique headset knowing that the gaming market is ever growing, so they have created a headset that can be used with all the gaming machines out there, PC, Playstation 3 and the XBOX, simple but ingenious.

Patriot SuperSonic USB 3.0 Flash Drive

Patriot SuperSonic USB 3.0 Flash Drive

USB flash drives have had many adjectives used to describe them: portable, handy, easy, ubiquitous. One word we haven't used enough to describe them though, is fast. Taking advantage of the extra bandwidth afforded by the USB 3.0 SuperSpeed bus, the Patriot Supersonic 32GB promises speeds faster than what most hard drives can deliver. Can it make good on those claims? Let's find out.

MSI Z68A-GD80

MSI Z68A-GD80

Now that Intel's finally released the Z68 chipset, motherboard vendors are scrambling to meet the demand. With the odd restrictions of the P67 and H67 chipsets removed, the Z68 allows users to make use of Sandy Bridge integrated graphics as well as overclock their processors. Add Lucid's Virtu software for intelligent switching between the integrated GPU and a video card and Intel's Smart Response Technology for using an SSD as an intelligent cache for your main hard disk, and the features and advantages of a Z68 motherboard become very attractive. Benchmark Reviews looks at MSI's Z68A-GD80 motherboard in this review. MSI builds it with "military class" components, but does this make any real-world difference? Let's find out.

Kingston HyperX Genesis 2133MHz Memory Kit

Kingston HyperX Genesis 2133MHz Memory Kit

We are big fans of Kingston and have always made that publicly known and for many reasons. They are one of the companies out there in the big wide world who have stood the test of time and are still keen on expanding their market and coming up with new, exciting, innovative ideas. They cater for pretty much everybody, whether you need a USB flash drive, or some memory for your notebook or even some value RAM for your workstation. Kingston do it all.

Another thing that Kingston do, is produce high end memory for all types of systems from AMD to Intel and today sees us look at a set of memory specifically designed for Intel's Sandybridge platform.

Sandybridge is still the new hot toy on the market, as AMD have delayed Bulldozer to July/August (apparently), therefore memory manufacturers are keen to show their hand at what can be achieved and this memory is no different sporting 2133MHz speeds with a CAS latency of 9 operating at 1.65V.

Thermaltake V9 BlacX Edition Mid Tower Gaming Case

Thermaltake V9 BlacX Edition Mid Tower Gaming Case

Today we get the opportunity to check out a unique case, which includes something which you probably wouldn’t think. The Thermaltake V9 BlacX Edition Gaming Case, includes a name that you might recognize, the BlacX. Yes, that’s BlacX as in the docking systems that Thermaltake makes. Well imagine the Duet version of the BlacX integrated into the top of your case. That’s exactly what the Thermaltake V9 BlacX Edition is, so read on find out the details.

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