Thursday News, September 22nd 2011

MSI and ASUS have been producing some of the finest video cards this year, and today we are reviewing the R6950 Twin Frozr III Power Edtion card which features the latest Twin Frozr cooler with dual fans. This design utilises Propeller Blade Technology for 20% more airflow when compared against a traditional implementation.

Today we are giving away a stunning HD6870 Dual Fan Overclock Edition graphics card, courtesy of Sapphire. In our recent review this product won our highest award and is one of the finest choices for the end user today.

Patriot is getting in to the SATA 6Gb/s game with the other big players in the solid state market with their Wildfire and Pyro solid state drives. Last year we were very impressed with the Inferno solid state drive from Patriot. Today we are taking look at Patriot’s Wildfire drive which sports the SandForce SF-2281 drive controller with Toshiba 32nm MLC NAND. It boast sequential read and write speeds of 555MB/s and 520MB/s respectively and max random write IOPS up to 85,000 (4K aligned). Let’s see how it performs against other 6Gb/s drives we have recently tested.

Case, Power and Cooling

Mach Xtreme's MX-DS Turbo SSD is based on the Sandforce SF-2281 controller which features support for the SATA 6 Gbps interface among other improvements. In our real world testing we pit the MX-DS Turbo against a handful of competing solid state drives to check whether it can stand out in the crowd of Sandforce drives.

Zotac is joining the Brazos fray with their latest offering, the ZBOX Plus. Powered by an AMD E-350 Zacate APU, this compact device promises smooth 1080p video playback and competent day-to-day performance on productivity tasks. Lets see how well this little box stacks up.

Since from all the positive feedback we receive lately it's quite evident that there are plenty of people out there still considering Plextor as being the best at what they do (us included) we decided to join up with them and perform our 13th contest/lucky giveaway of 2011. As always the rules are simple and the steps are small so head inside and good luck to you all from all of us.