Thursday News, December 1st 2011

2011 has certainly been the ‘Year Of The Solid State Drive’, with many manufacturers vying for sales in various, competitive sectors. Today we are looking at the new Samsung 830 Series 512GB SSD which embraces the SATA 6 Gb/s interface, claiming speeds up to 520 Mb/s read and 400 Mb/s write. Is this drive capable of going head to head against the latest Sandforce powered 2281 units? Today we aim to find out.

The Sapphire 6670 HD Low Profile video card may not be so different when it comes to the technical specifications, compared to other 6670s on the market. However, the Sapphire low profile HD 6670 is a gem in its own right, being the first low profile single slot solution in its market segment. The core clock speed is set at 800MHz, while the memory speed is set at 1000Mhz. and has 1 GB of DDR5 onboard memory. The 6670 comes with 480 stream processors and a 40 nm chip. The interface includes a single HDMI, VGA connector and Dual-Link DVI input. All of the usual 6000 series features apply, such as DX 11, Eyefinity, OpenGL 4.1, UVD3, and AMD App acceleration.

Antec, Inc., is the leading global brand of high-performance computer components and accessories for the gaming, PC upgrade and Do-It-Yourself (DIY) markets. Founded in 1986, Antec is recognized as a pioneer in these industries and has maintained its position as a worldwide market leader and international provider of efficient, quiet, and reliable products. The Kulher H20 920, which I am testing today is a self-contained liquid cooling unit for your CPU. The 920 has an extremely feature packed package, with a thick radiator and changeable LEDs in the pump/waterblock. This being the top performing unit Antec produces, it should make for an interesting test.

Our report today is going to take a close look at the newly released Toshiba Portege 13.3? Ultrabook, one of the smallest and lightest SSD contained laptop solutions to be released this year. We have gone a bit further though. Check out what this Z830 does with a screamin 'SandForce Driven' SATA 3 SSD inside. Yup…a half inch thick, 2.5 lbs and 500MB/s transfer speed!!!