Wednesday News, December 7th 2011

The price of DDR3 has fallen rapidly lately, making it much more affordable to populate all of your RAM slots. Crucial introduces their new DDR3 2133 MHz Ballistix RAM in a triple channel kit. Find out if you should be using this with your i7.


Today we are looking at a new solid state drive from ADATA – the S510 120GB. This drive is being marketed as their ‘budget friendly’ offering, with a UK retail price of only £119.99 inc vat, [3]available on pre-order from Overclockers UK. It is based around the excellent Sandforce SF 2281 series controller with rated speeds of up to 550 MB/s read and 510 MB/s write. Should this be making your shortlist for a new drive?


With X79 arriving onto the scene, the high-end market has been filled and is something that only the insanely rich can afford. Z68 can still be expensive too, when we look at the likes of the G1 Sniper 2


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Intel’s Z68 platform has proven popular with the enthusiast audience, as the combination of stellar performance and competitive pricing is tough to match. In September Gigabyte released the GA Z68AP D3, a budget priced board which targeted a huge audience and I really thought it offered great value for money.


The 240GB sample that we have features blistering performance rated at up to 1000MB/s read and 900MB/s write with 130,000 IOPS. This is 260MB/s read and 180MB/s write faster than the RevoDrive X2, a card that included four SandForce controllers to obtain such speeds. The RevoDrive 3 is able to trump those numbers with only two controllers thanks to new advances across the board.