Friday News, October 14th 2011

XFX have created one of the best performing coolers on the market, combining low noise emissions with great cooling efficiency under gaming load.

Intel's 320 Series SSD has been on the market for a while now. Recently the drives were plagued by a series of failures which caused the drive to report as 8 MB. A recent Intel firmware update adresses this issue. The installed the new firmware and gave the drive a spin.

It's been a few weeks and we wanted to start giving something back again, so we've teamed up with OCZ to offer one lucky reader the chance to win a fantastic OCZ Vertex 3 Solid State Drive to give their system a bit of a boost. The Vertex 3 is regarded as one of the best SSD's on the market and is constantly used by other manufacturers as a comparison, as they look up to it and the way that it performs. It's been the same with previous generation Vertex drives, and that's what make these so desirable.


Of course the answer was simple, and therefore the Vertex 3 range of drives were due to come out sporting an improved set of internals, the latest SandForce technology and of course faster speeds thanks to those wonderful internals and the inclusion of running on the SATA III interface. The new measuring stick was in town and it made quite a footprint when it was launched with sequential transfer speeds of 500MB/s + read and write and TRIM support which as we know a lot of drives on the market still don't offer. Let's take a look at the Vertex 3 240GB SSD to see how OCZ have moved on from the success of their previous models and if they've kept it up with this one.

Today we are looking at three new cards from XFX which feature their latest ‘DD’ cooling system. Before you all jump to wrong conclusions, it actually stands for ‘Double Dissipation’ – a dual fan system with 3 direct contact copper heatpipes. XFX claim record low temperatures and equally impressive noise emissions. Are the HD6950 DD, HD6870 DD and HD6790 DD really as good as they say?

Solid State Drives are without doubt the primary storage related subject for most people out there so today we have teamed up with our friends over at Other World Computing to giveaway their latest and fastest SSD to date, the Mercury Extreme Pro 6G 240GB.


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