Tuesday News, November 29th 2011

. Note this is a review of the 2nd Generation drive, not the first one which appeared about this time a year ago.

Mechanical hard disk technology has been the traditional standard for decades, refined to the point where it can deliver massive storage capacity beyond 3TB. Recently introduced solid-state drive storage solutions have begun pecking away at the market share thanks to their tremendous speeds and operational performance. Each offers an advantage over the other, leading manufacturers to seek out a hybrid solution that delivers quick access and large data capacity. The original 500GB Seagate's Momentus XT hybrid had the right ingredients, just not enough polish. More than a year later, the Seagate Momentus XT 750GB solid state hybrid drive (SSHD) returns with a double-size 8GB SLC NAND flash SSD buffer fused onto a larger 7200-RPM hard drive. Seagate FAST Factor firmware and Adaptive Memory Technology negate the need for third-party software, and makes this an all-in-one hybrid SSD solution. In this article Benchmark Reviews tests the Seagate Momentus XT (750GB model ST750LX003) in single and RAID-0 configurations against its predecessor, and several of the fastest notebook storage devices available.

This holiday season is gearing up to be a big one for computer gamers. A lot of big titles have been or will soon be released. Battlefield 3, Batman: Arkham City, Star Wars: The Old Republic, Modern Warfare 3, and Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim are a few. Diablo 3 is expected early in 2012 as well. While this is great news for gamers, we don't have any expected releases of new GPU platforms. That's not terribly disheartening, as the current top-of-the-line GPUs will play even the most demanding of these titles. The problem is, those top end GPUs also cost an arm and a leg. NVIDIA is setting out to combat this problem for the holiday season 2011 by releasing a new and improved version of the GTX 560 Ti, the GTX 560 Ti 448 Cores. In this article, Benchmark Reviews is bringing you details on the EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti 448 Cores FTW video card.

If you were to take a look over at Sapphire's website you will see several Radeon HD 6970 listed. And besides an accompanying game, you may want to know what the real differences between the models are. To be brief there are a different models with different amounts of GDDR5 memory and then there is what the model we are testing here today different. It has dual fans to help with sound reduction as well as better cooling. And then there is the dual BIOS switch which is normally available in many Radeon HD 6950 models. We will get more into this during the review process. We just wanted to break down what makes this model stand out.


This is the first card we’ve got hold of from Club 3D, and we’re extremely keen to see how it compares in our tests, especially when looking at the benefits of the cooler, components used and of course how it performs when looking at benchmarks and more importantly; power consumption. To avoid no more delay, let’s take a look at what’s on offer from Club 3D with the GTX 560Ti Green Edition graphics card…

AMD’s HD6970 was warmly received when it was launched thanks to the excellent performance and reasonable pricing. The series is due to be replaced soon and Powercolor have decided to push the envelope by releasing one of the fastest clocked HD6970′s ever released in a collectable box with a plethora of extras. They are calling it the ‘Devil 13′.

Palit's new GeForce GTX 560 Ti Twin Light Turbo is a custom design, dual fan GTX 560 Ti that comes overclocked out of the box and features LED lit fans which add a smooth glow to the card. Despite having two fans, the card is actually one of the quietest GTX 560 Tis that we tested so far – in both idle and load.

So it's time; you've decided to take the plunge and purchase an Eyefinity setup. You've seen the videos, you've read the testimonials, and you're ready to strip the horse blinders off of your virtual alter ego. One major question remains though: how much of a beast are you going to need to drive this rig? Today we'll be looking at the Radeon HD 6970 2GB GDDR5 Dual Fan from Sapphire, an unorthodox take on AMD's most potent single-GPU video card design to date.

Today we look at the OCZ Vertex 3 Max IOPS edition, which pairs the SandForce SF-2281 controller with 32 channels of Toggle Flash goodness and the latest 2.15 firmware revision. Also included are a pair of other SandForce midrange drives, and our favourite midrange SSD, the Crucial M4. How does it compare? Check it out!

"If you can't beat them, join them." Some call that team stacking, others call it cowardly, but let me ask you a question: When has being the last one standing ever brought anyone victory? Indeed, in the business world, we just call this — for a lack of better terms — getting with the times. After all, being in business is just about making money, and it is important to make a product that sells well. In the past, Kingston has been stubbornly reluctant to slap on a SandForce controller in their SSDs, and by doing so, their drives never really made a significant impact in the enthusiast market. Well, this is all about to change. With the company's latest Kingston HyperX solid state drive now equipped with the renowned SF-2281 SATA 6Gb/s controller, Intel NAND flash chips, and an extremely sleek exterior design, does it live up to the HyperX brand's long legacy of cutting edge performance? To find out, we took in the moderately priced 120GB version in the upgrade kit form (Which includes an Acronis cloning program and an external USB enclosure for a price premium of $5-10 at press time), and slapped it through our usual battery of benchmarks. Let's waste no time.