Thursday News, May 12th 2011

With the summer coming up everyone is in dire need of adequate system cooling and Larkooler knows this. A while ago they introduced their new watercooling kit, which should be silent, cool and artistic at the same time. The KU3-241 is the follow-up of it’s older brother which means it must bring better performance to the table; let’s see if this holds true!

Sapphire Radeon HD 5850 Xtreme uses Cypress GPU at 725Mhz and has 1GB GDDR5 memory running at 4000Mhz. The Sapphire Radeon HD 5850 Xtreme has a 256Bit Memory Interface, 1440 Shader Processors and DirectX 11. The Sapphire Radeon HD 5850 Xtreme faces the Powercolor Radeon HD 5770 which has DX11 and 800 Shader Processors. Software used for testing was 3dmark 2006, 3dmark Vantage, 3dmark 11, Crysis 2, Hawk, Hawk 2 and Lost Planet 2.

Here we are with another chance to give our readers a fantastic prize in this months giveaway. We have teamed up with our friends at Cooler Master to give you the opportunity to win some fantastic prizes.

1st Prize: CM Storm Enforcer chassis
2nd Prize: GX550W Power Supply
3rd Prize: Turbine Master Mach 0.8 Fan

To be within a chance of winning these fantastic prizes, all you have to do is
follow the instructions below:
[*]Like our Facebook Page
[*]Like Cooler Master’s Facebook Page
[*]Comment on this post on our Facebook Page
[*]Answer the following question below: What is the CM Storm slogan? (you can find
the answer here)

Rules and regulations:
[*]The winner will be picked at RANDOM from the sucessful entries.
[*]Winners will be announced on the eTeknix website and forums
[*]The competition is open to EUROPEAN AND US RESIDENTS!
[*]Competition ends at 8pm GMT on 12th June 2011
[*]By entering this competition, you are accepting the terms and conditions


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Whether it is ASUS or MSI or HIS or PowerColor or Gigabyte, they all have all have some kind of AMD or NVIDIA GPU in the middle, and none of the board manufacturers had any hand in the design of the GPU. So what makes you want to buy a Gigabyte video card over, say, an ASUS variant, even though they are both Radeon 6870s? Other than the usual price and warranty factors, stuff like the included cooler plays a role, too. The Gigabyte Radeon HD 6870 1GB SOC we are reviewing today is a great example of what makes a run-of-the-mill graphics card unique among the competition. Combined with high quality electronic components and a hardcore looking WindForce 3X triple fan heatsink, how well does this “super” overclock version of AMD’s excellent Radeon 6870 GPU step up against its competitors? We took one in and fired up our test platform for some benchmarking fun. Read on to see why we like this card so much!

In only three short years, the solid state drive industry exploded from a small handful of SSD controllers compared to nearly fifty different versions that have collectively appeared on the retail market. Of the most
prolific designs, Intel continues to earn its reputation for reliable solid-state storage solutions. In this article, Benchmark Reviews tests the 20GB Intel 311 Series Larson Creek SSD model SSDSA2VP020G2E. Built upon 34nm SLC Compute NAND Technology, the Intel 311 is capable of sequential read speeds up to 200 MB/s and 40,000 combined IOPS. The Intel 311 SSD is optimized for Intel Smart Response Technology, which debuts with the Intel Z68-Express chipset and works with the entire Sandy Bridge series.

The motherboard can be configured for either RAID 0, 1, 5, or 10. I set it up to use RAID 0 for speed, and to live life on the very edge! Thankfully, the configuration for RAID is pretty simple. You need to go into the BIOS
first and set the SATA ports to operate in RAID, and then reboot into the RAID controller settings (CTRL + i), but it’s fairly seamless. Unfortunately, the instructions manual does not state any of this, so you might be stuck scratching your head.

Intel’s Sandybridge has been dominating the headlines in 2011 with a heady combination of performance and competitive pricing. The H67 chipset enabled on-CPU graphics and Intel’s new Quick sync transcoding engine and the P67 chipset delivered great overclocking capabilities with the new K series processors. The Z68 is set to merge the capabilities into a single platform with other enhancements to sweeten the deal.

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