Tuesday News, November 1st 2011

We know that Kitguru readers love video cards with enhanced cooling, so today’s product review will certainly get the juices flowing. We are going to be testing two of the latest KFA2 Geforce GTX580 ‘Anarchy Edition’ cards in SLI. These cards feature the excellent Arctic Cooling Accelero Xtreme Plus with tri fan cooling solution.


We're already familiar with the world of all-in-one water coolers. New is the manufacturer, because after reviewing coolers by Corsair and CoolIt, we finally take a look at the ones made by Antec.


Back on March 2011, Seagate debuted their original Barracuda XT 3TB hard drive, model ST33000651AS, which used five platters to supply 3000 gigabytes of capacity over a SATA 6.0 GB/s interface. Seven short months later, they've returned to introduce a replacement: the Seagate Barracuda 3TB hard drive ST3000DM001, which features the same 6 GB/s interface and 64MB cache buffer but now utilizes only three 1GB density platters. Seagate has also introduced a number of refined technologies to help improve overall hard drive performance, including: dual core 40nm processor technology, DDR2 DRAM buffer, and refined caching algorithms. By reducing disc platters from five to three, it prolongs servo motor life and reduces heat output. Benchmark Reviews compared these two hard drives, to see exactly what's been gained.


 











Giving away prizes is a good way to get people to commit, and to join in the team atmosphere. Right now ive several goodies lined up for some of our folders for Christmas. They include an excellent 6 series video card and some memory. Do you want to use your computer to help cure disease? Would you like to win some sexy hardware in the process? Check out the link.


Hot on one competition ending, we've teamed up with chassis manufacturer BitFenix to offer THREE lucky readers the chance to win a BitFenix Outlaw chassis to give their system a new sense of style. The Outlaw is one of the newest products in the BitFenix product range and is aimed at users wanting the very best on an affordable budget. It comes included with some unique features with an inverted motherboard tray, and the ability to house the largest graphics cards on the market, making this chassis a much talked about product.


Another day, another review, another SSD. Here we have the Vertex 3 from OCZ, with a healthy capacity of 240GB. It comes with the latest 2200 series controller from Sandforce, support for SATA III 6GBps data transfer and some very impressive read/write sustained speeds. Let's see how it performs with our short battery of tests.


In the meantime, though, as a customer I resent being asked to buy Bulldozer as it is essentially half baked at best. The only way I can see AMD selling a ton of these CPUs is if they drastically lower the price of the six and eight core CPU in the AMD FX line, or stop selling the AMD Phenom II entirely, which I hope they don't do. IMO for all but the hardcore overclocker, it is still the star of their lineup.