Monday News, May 23rd 2011

So as a new day dawns, we see yet another mid-range GPU being released; the new Nvidia GTX 560. Equipped with reference clock speeds, this new card runs at a respectable 830MHz on the core clock and 1GB of GDDR5 memory running at 2004MHz (4008MHz effective) fed by a 256bit bus. Last, but not least, the 336 CUDA cores which scream along at 1660MHz.

Our first hint of the M4 512GB SSD came in January when we visited Crucial at CES in Las Vegas. Kelly Sasso, Media Relations Manager for Crucial Technology, and Justin Sykes, Director of SSD Marketing at Micron, spoke of their upcoming release of SATA 3 SSDs that would not only create a new price point for SSDs, but also, maintain a performance level that would be attractive to the consumer. As unexpected as it was, the response to our Crucial M4 256GB SSD review was the highest we had seen to date and demonstrated the consumer interest with respect to SATA 3 and, more specifically, Crucials new entry into the SATA 3 SSD arena.

G.Skill have been around for quite a few years and have always focussed on providing the best memory in terms of stability and style. Whilst they have remained quiet for a little while, they are back and are throwing all of their energy into the high end memory market. As we all know Sandybridge is the new hot thing (at least until Bulldozer arrives from AMD) and everyone is keen to jump on board and purchase the latest components
in the hope of reaching the almighty 5GHz overclock. To rival that kind of performance, a performance based memory kit is needed to give that extra boost where needed the most. G.Skill believe they have done just that by releasing the RipjawsX F3-17000 CL9D 2133MHz 4GB kit marketed specifically for Sandybridge systems with lightning fast speeds and timings of 9-11-9-28-2T @ 1.6V.

Case and Peripherals

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The ECS P67H2-A2, an ECS Black Series product, seeks to slay the Sandy Bridge dragons, offering an enthusiast package at mainstream pricing. Will the ECS P67H2-A2 prove victorious? Or will it be Sandy Bridge that slays the ECS P67H2-A2?


One of the first motherboards we received after the Sandy Bridge launch the Gigabyte P67A-UD7 and we almost instantly fell in love with the board. Sadly were we unable to get the review posted before the worldwide chipset recall but we did spend a considerable amount of time tweaking and tuning the board and even posted some very impressive numbers for the HWBot team.

It’s a predictable progression: NVIDIA or AMD release a new GPU, along with a “reference design” video card built around it. All of the marketing partners introduce new video cards that are the reference design card with
a vendor label or graphic affixed to it. And while some vendors leave it at that, others aim for the enthusiast market by designing their own video cards around the new GPUs, adding their own features and capabilities. PowerColor is one of the latter, and they have several variants of the AMD Radeon HD6950 video card ranging from plain reference designs to, well, this one: the PowerColor PCS+ Radeon HD6950 Vortex II Edition. It’s a mouthful of a product name, to be sure, and Benchmark Reviews puts it to the test in this review.

Today we take a look at a new SSD from Patriot, we received their latest TorqX 2 128 GB SSD drive that has some pretty nice specifications. How well does it perform and can it really perform as well as they claim?

Our good friends at Patriot Memory sent us the 128GB version of the Torqx 2 SSD to review today and I’d like to share with you about the results and whether the Torqx 2 is in fact a step forward, a step backward or hasn’t
really changed all that much compared to the original Torqx SSD. Introducing the Patriot Memory Torqx 2 128GB SSD SATAII review with RAID 0 results.

Patriot Memory releases a fantastic DDR3 RAM kit, the Patriot Division2 Viper Xtreme with exceptional performance and phenomenal overclocking potential. Just how high will it go? And do you need to bother?

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