What do you call a processor that is ten months late, uses a lot of power, and overpromises in performance but underdelivers in practice? Now it would be kind of mean to point fingers and name names here, but I promise you it is not Sandy Bridge. Earlier this year, we have reviewed a couple of Intel's second generation Core CPUs, including the Intel Core i5-2500K and Core i3-2120 — with both living up to everything every enthusiast raves about over and over again pretty much everywhere you go. It is simply unquestionable that these processors are superior to its predecessors and the competition in almost every way — whether it is performance, power consumption, bang for your buck, and at least for the enthusiast oriented K-series, overclocking.
That said, today I will be checking out another Z68 board in the Gigabyte Z68XP-UD5, a premium Z68 offering that retails for almost $100 more than the MSI mainboard. This time around, in addition to our standard review analysis, we will be comparing benchmarks between the two boards and against a P67 system to see the performance improvement that Intel's latest chipset brings to the table.
The Corsair Force 3 60GB drive is a 3rd generation SSD that offers high performance for a relatively low price. The Corsair Force 3 60GB SSD is equipped with a 2nd generation Sandforce SF-2281 controller paired with Asynchronous NAND technology, allowing it to reach 550 MB/s sequential read and 490 MB/s sequential write speeds. The Corsair Force 3 series of SSDs also come in 90GB, 120GB, 180GB, 240GB and 480GB configurations depending on the user's budget and needs. These Force 3 SSDs are designed for performance and reliability, operating on SATA 3 6Gb/s transfer rates and is Windows 7 TRIM capable.
At Kitguru we know a portion of our audience won’t want to read 30-40 page reviews on the latest technology. With this in mind we are starting a new series of videos which demystify all the tech talk and lay out the cold hard facts. Kitguru Lite is tech without the full fat cream on top.
Case, Cooling and Peripherals
Today we've managed to get our hands on the Vengeance 1866MHz 8GB kit which features a tall set of stylish red heatspreaders, but also comes in a stylish black colour depending on your preference. The Vengeance branding takes centre stage and really looks like they mean business with their vented slats.
Not everyone will be happy building a new system from the ground up, due to inexperience or time limitations. Thankfully for these people, the UK has many enthusiast grade system builders vying for attention – some of whom you might not have heard of. We admit we hadn’t heard of Wired2Fire before but they specialise in creating cutting edge gaming systems, at competitive price points. With system names such as ‘the HellSpawn’ and ‘Fury’ range they certainly demand attention.