Tuesday News, August 9th 2011

Sapphire are GPU manufacturers at their heart, but they've been known to dip into other markets in the past few years; perhaps one of the most interesting ones being motherboards. Today I'm looking at their latest foray into the mobo game, the Sapphire Pureblack P67 Hydra. It's got 4 PCIe ports, an onboard post and CPU temperature readout and some nice onboard power switches. Lets get investigating.

As some of you may know, Sapphire produce motherboards as well as graphics cards now, and in the past we've taken a look at the likes of the Pure Platinum A75 board from them in July this year. Eager to show what else they can do, they are bringing a Z68 board to market, branded under the same Pure Platinum group of products and we were keen to show it off before its official release on the 18th August 2011. Feature wise it looks hopeful to be a good contender and seems to offer some unique features that we've seen on the likes of their A75 board. Time will tell when we're able to get this board on our test bench and see how it really performs under the pressure, but we hold high hopes based off what we've seen from their other boards under the Pure Platinum label.

IcyDock have been releasing many cool adapters and gadgets recently, and today we are looking at the SSD Xpander, a device that allows the user to combine a Solid State Drive with a mechanical drive.


The ASUS GTX 560 Ti DirectCU II has been improved beyond the reference design but keeps the standard GTX 560 Ti price. The ASUS GTX 560 Ti DirectCU II has a direct heat-pipe, dual-fan cooling design and has a completely custom PCB. Similar to other DirectCU II equipped video cards from ASUS, the GTX 560 Ti DirectCU II has Super Alloy Power technology, which consists of high-quality, heat-resistant and energy efficient components, which allow for highly stable performance and overclockability.

Other World Computing is well known to Apple Mac users, because they've focused on their needs for many years. But when you offer a five year warranty on PC-friendly components, it's hard to ignore the value. The OWC Mercury Extreme Pro 6G SSD OWCSSDMX6G120T is built from the 2nd-generation SandForce SF-2281 controller, and delivers up to 60,000 IOPS over the latest SATA-6Gb/s connection. Best of all, OWC offers a no-risk no-hassle 30-day money back guarantee. In this article, Benchmark Reviews tests the OWC Mercury Extreme Pro 6G solid state drive against the leading competition.

The ROG Maximus IV Extreme is a very unique motherboard that combines many of the enthusiast features that overclockers want with the mainstream stability that gamers and computer users demand.