Thursday News, June 9th 2011

But let’s pause for a moment and think. Is it really showing off if something is, in fact, brilliant? With a name like OCZ Vertex 3 Max IOPS, where ‘vertex’ means “the highest point; the top or apex” or “the crown of the head”, ’3′ is self-explanatory, and ‘Max IOPS’ tacked on as an extra performance designation, I have to admit this sounds pretty ambitious to me. Or is it just so matchless and amazing in every way, the name is just a mere
statement of the facts? Benchmarks are everything. Let’s waste no time.

Consequently, Z68 lost much of its intended splendour intended for the cream of the crop of the LGA 1155 platform, as there was a clear déjà vu effect stemming from P67 and H67 chipsets. One thing is for sure, though – the enormous potential of Sandy Bridge CPUs that caused raving reviews from the critics wasn’t reflected in motherboards used to run them. The new Z68 is finally here, and supposed to improve this image drastically, finally giving the aforementioned CPUs a worthy platform.

Released on May 31st by ASUS, the M5A97 EVO is a new AM3+ motherboard, boasting support for AMD’s upcoming AM3+ CPUs, as well, as current AM3 Phenom II CPUs. Sporting the now familiar black and blue color scheme from ASUS, the M5A97 EVO seeks, like its brethern, to turn the competition black and blue too.

HIS first introduced its IceQ coolers in 2003 to its Radeon 9800PRO series of video cards, eight years later HIS return with the IceQ X cooler, which thankfully performs much better than it looks. In this review the IceQ X cooler is strapped onto a HIS HD6850 Turbo 1GB video card which comes factory overclocked at 820MHz GPU and 1100MHz Memory. Increasing clocks on any video card requires above average cooling and HIS know that they have nothing to worry about, their IceQ cooler is up to the job. Benchmark Reviews aims to provide you with an unbiased review of the HIS HD6850 IceQ X Turbo and report back our findings, keeping you informed on the latest technologies available on the market today.

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There is certainly no shortage of high powered gaming laptops available on the market today, but it takes something really special to stand out in such a crowded marketplace. MSI have sent us their GT680 gaming laptop for review which features a dual drive configuration (with SSD), powerful Intel Core i7 processor and Nvidia GTX460M graphics.

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