Tuesday News, October 18th 2011

This year we have seen ASRock launch an attack on the high end market with a steady stream of quality motherboards for both AMD and Intel platforms. I use several of their boards myself at home and have found them to be very reliable and extremely straightforward to overclock. Today we are looking at their new Z68 Extreme 7 Gen 3 product which combines a fully loaded feature list with an eye popping appearance.

A Fix for the SandForce Bug is here! OCZ released new SF-2281 firmware 2.15 today which, not only addresses BSODS experienced through two specific SSD scenarios, but also cures stuttering experienced by some users with new 'SandForce Driven ' SATA 3 SSDs. Links to OCZ's release and firmware download at The SSD Review!

Today we're taking a look at a 1866MHz 8GB kit which should be more than ample for the majority of users, so lets get stuck in and see what this particular RipjawsX memory module kit can do.

Case and Cooling

The Patriot Gamer 2 AMD Black Edition DDR3-1600 8GB memory kit is aimed specifically at the AMD CPU based gamer and works flawlessly in the new Bulldozer platform. With BEMP, the Patriot Gamer 2 AMD Black Edition DDR3-1600 8GB memory kit is tuned and tweaked to exacting specs to help you get the most from your AMD based system. Running at a default 1600MHz with 9-9-9-24 clock timings, Patriot G2 has the speed you need for the most demanding applications. Black Edition Memory Profile takes it a step further, enhancing every variable in the memory specifically to maximize integration and speed for AMD CPUs. Patriot G2 memory comes finished in AMDs black and green, and uses a highly efficient standard height heat spreader to keep cool at the standard 1.65v under even the heaviest loads.