News for Wednesday October 31st 2012

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Happy Halloween! Yes I’ve replaced the standard news image with something more festive for today. Thanks to hurricane Sandy Halloween has been canceled today here, well not fully cancelled, it’s been postponed until Saturday for my kids which I guess works better as they’re off the next day. I think it’s been postponed everywhere the storm has impacted though so it’s no real surprise. Thankfully we didn’t get hit too bad, mostly a whole lot of rain, here in Pittsburgh we were just on the edge of things. Other people weren’t so lucky as I’m sure you know, our own Tom Ratas lives up in new York and they were hit hard, him and his family are safe thankfully, but they’ve got no power and last I checked it’ll be 7-10 days before he gets it back. We’ve had that happen here, we went five days without power and it wasn’t fun at all. Since then I’ve bought a generator, it’s big enough to handle the furnace, refrigerator, and lighting and a TV, the essentials basically, so I’m ready I think. I hope they get power restored quicker than the estimated 7-10 days though to those affected areas. Anyway, enough of me rambling, here’s the news and reviews fro you from sites around the world…

Storage Related:

Synology Diskstation DS213air NAS Review

Crucial Ballistix Elite DDR3-1866 8GB Kit

Vantec NST-D400SU3 NexStar SuperSpeed Dual Bay Hard Drive Dock Review @ Pro-Clockers

Intel 335 Review – 240 GB SSD @ HCW

Intel 335 Series SSD Review

CineRAID CR-H212 @

Mach Xtreme MX-ES 16GB USB 3.0 @ PureOverclock

Intel 335 Series 240GB SSD Review @ Legit Reviews

Intel SSD 335 Series Solid State Drive @ Benchmark Reviews

Crucial’s Ballistix Sport 2x4GB 1600MHz RAM Kit

Intel’s 335 Series SSD reviewed

Vantec MRK-425ST-BK EZ Swap F4 Quad Bay 2.5” SATA SSD/HDD Rack @ Pro-Clockers


Audio / Video / Video Cards:

ASUS HD 7970 DirectCU II Video Card Review @

ASUS VG278HE 27” 144Hz Gaming Monitor Review

Ubuntu 12.10: Open-Source Radeon vs. AMD Catalyst Performance @ Phoronix

ASUS GeForce GTX 680 & GTX 670 DirectCU II Top Edition Video Card @ Legit Reviews

AMD’s Radeon ExtravaLANza Event Coverage @ Hardware Canucks

TRENDnet TV-IP672WI Megapixel Wireless Day/Night PTZ IP Camera Review @ NikKTech

MSI GEFORCE GTX 650 Ti 1GB Power Edition Video Card Overclocked


Mobile Related:

LG ND5520 Docking Station Review

Cooler Master NotePal ERGO 360 Notebook Cooling Stand

Alienware M18x R2 Gaming Laptop: Dual GPUs Attack

Checking out the Microsoft “pop-up” Store and Surface Tablet @


PC Cooling:

Corsair Hydro H100 Water Cooling Heatsink Review @

Xigmatek VENUS XP-SD1266 CPU Cooler Review @ NikKTech

Deepcool ICE BLADE PRO V2.0 CPU Cooler Review

Glacialtech Igloo 5761 Silent Heatsink Review @

Zalman CNPS9900DF Twin Tower Heatsink Review @

be quiet! Dark Rock Pro 2 Review @ Vortez


PC Cases:

Bitfenix Ghost Case Review

Fractal Design Define R4 Computer Case Review @ APH Networks

Gigabyte Luxo M10 Case Review

Bitfenix Prodigy mini-itx case

Xigmatek Asgard 381 Mid-Tower Chassis Review @


Power Supplies/ Related:

Silverstone SFX Series ST45SF-G 450 W

Seasonic X-Series 660W Power Supply Review



MSI FM2-A85XA-G65 Review

ASUS F2A55-M Motherboard Review

MSI Z77 MPOWER LGA1155 Motherboard @ Benchmark Reviews

ASUS Maximus V Extreme

ASRock FM2A85X Extreme6 (A85X) Motherboard Review @

EVGA Z75 SLI Motherboard Review @ HCW

GIGABTYE Z77X-UP7 Motherboard



3-in-1 RJ45 Network / RJ11 and USB Cable Tester Review

HP Spectre One Review

NETGEAR N750 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Modem Router (DGND4000) Review @

TR’s Windows 8 system guide

AMD Vishera FX-6300 & FX-4300 Review @ Hardware Canucks

Six Wi-Fi adapters that get the job done

Windows 8 in Review – Fusion or Frankenstein?

AZiO KB505U Large Print 3 Color Backlit Keyboard Review

AMD Piledriver FX-8350 Review @ Vortez

Team Development at Cost Zero @ Techgage

Amped Wireless R20000G High Power Dual Band Router Review @ Legit Reviews

TechwareLabs Reviews the Epson WorkForce WF-7520 all-in-one wide format inkjet Printer

Zotac ZBOX nano XS AD11 PLUS

TechwareLabs Guide to Maximizing Your Dollars on Cyber Monday



ROCCAT LUA Tri-Button Optical Gaming Mouse Review

Medal of Honor: Warfighter Tested, Benchmarked

Corsair Vengeance 1500 USB 7.1 Gaming Headset Review

MadCatz S.T.R.I.K.E.7 Keyboard Review @

Epic Gear Medusa Gaming Mouse Review @ XtremeComputing

Borderlands 2 (PC and PS3) – Review.

SteelSeries Diablo 3 Peripherals @ LanOC Reviews

Dead or Alive 5 Review (PS3)

Assassin’s Creed III (XBOX 360) Game Review @

Counterstrike: Global Offensive Limited Edition

Cooler Master Storm Skorpion Mouse Bungee Review

Cooler Master Storm Recon Optical Gaming Mouse Review

Ozone Xenon Gaming Mouse Review @

Tt eSPORTS Theron Gaming Mouse Review

Football Manager 2013 (PC) Game Review @

Medal of Honor: Warfighter PC Review

Hotline Miami PC Review @

Lucius (PC) Game Review @ OCmodshop

CM Storm Ceres 400 Ultra-Portable Gaming Headset Review @ Ninjalane