Monday News, December 19th 2011

With the introduction of Intel's X79 Express chipset, enthusiasts must now consider quad-channel memory kits, and vendors like Kingston are rushing to assert themselves in this new market. Pushing 4GB DDR3 modules to a very high 2133MHz frequency, Kingston's new KHX2133C11D3K4 kit offers 16GB of high-performance memory for your new LGA 2011 rig. Benchmark Reviews runs it through our test suite to see how it performs.


After reviewing the great performing Alpenföhn Peter VGA cooler I was heavily enthusiastic when they offered me to review their brand high end air cooler : the K2. For those that wonder where the name K2 comes from : the Mount K2 is the 2nd highest mountain in the world, right at the border of Pakistan and China. While the Mount Everest is still the highest one, mountain climbers categorize the K2 as the most difficult to conquer. This particular mountain is also known as Killer Mountain or Mount Doom. Think you get the idea, as not many reach the top. Back to the CPU cooler, before you are getting the idea you are browsing some Wikipedia-alike site. The Alpenföhn K2 is a dual tower design boosting 8 big diameter heatpipes, not sounding quite innovative as competitive products from Noctua and Thermalright have similar coolers in their lineup. But maybe the sleek design lines and the thermal performance can satisfy your cooling requirements.


The ASUS P9X79 WS motherboard is the latest addition in ASUS' workstation motherboard lineup. The ASUS P9X79 WS is designed for supreme reliability and server-level compatibility with a wide selection of RAID and LAN cards. With 4-way SLI or CrossFireX capability, the ASUS P9X79 WS offers 30% better graphics performance compared to X79 motherboards limited to 3-SLI configurations. In terms of network connectivity, the ASUS P9X79 WS motherboard is outfitted with a pair of Intel server-class Gigabit LAN ports which can help lower network CPU utilization by up to 71%. Combined with other ASUS exclusive features for the X79 platform, including: SSD Caching, USB boost and BIOS flashback, the ASUS P9X79 WS motherboard stands out from the rest of the X79 motherboard offerings currently available.


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That's where this guide should hopefully come in handy, as we're going to look at the biggest games out this year from all of the major genres, including FPS, RPG, MMO, RTS and more, helping you to pick the right one for that special someone during this magical time of year, at least we hope. With us looking at the major best selling and most anticipated top titles from Battlefield 3 to Minecraft, Shogun 2 to The Old Republic, we're sure you can find something suited for them here, and if not, you can always buy them smellies or of course novelty socks.


T-Minus 2 days before our latest joint contest with our friends over at Jabra closes its doors so you really need to hurry if you'd like to be amongst the three lucky readers who will walk away with one of three available STONE2 Bluetooth headsets.


Well it is that time of year again, Christmas! Each year we always tell our loved ones what we would like for Christmas, but we do not always get it. The staff here at ThinkComputers has compiled a list of products they would like for Christmas. Even though we review awesome products all year there are still a few things that we want so read on to check out the staff wish list for 2011!


Normally having given away over 60 prizes inside 2011 would be more than just enough, still with the current state of things we thought it would be nice to make yet another Christmas present to all of you and so to that end we teamed up with our friends over at RaidSonic to make 3 more great prizes available for grabs.


Our SSD close up today is going to examine the different SSD types and form factors common to the consumer. This is the third paper in a series of recent articles that explained the benefits and components of a solid state drive and will go so far as to make up our SSD Beginners Guide. Each article is designed to be easily understood and will enable the reader to become proficient in every aspect of the SSD as it relates to their specific computing needs.