News for February 3rd 2011


Hello again and good evening! It looks to be that time again for the news from around the world. We’ve got a few things for review with a lot more coming as well. For now though just read the news…


Storage Related:

LSI WarpDrive SLP300 300GB PCI Express Review @ Legit Reviews
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"Carrying six SandForce SF-1500 controllers, 384GB of SLC NAND and LSI’s SAS8000 RAID controller it carries some serious hardware. At $7,500 a pop, it certainly carries an enterprise price. All of that hardware affords performance of up to 240K 4K Read IOPs and 200K 4K Write IOPs which is pretty incredible. The WarpDrive’s closest consumer level competitor is the OCZ RevoDrive X2 which features four of the SandForce SF-1200 controllers in a RAID 0 array and MLC NAND. The WarpDrive has a much more compact design to accommodate narrow server racks in a data center…"


Seagate Barracuda Green 2TB
The Seagate Barracuda Green 2TB drive really has us looking at upgrading some of our older traditional hard drives to this new drive due to the fact that it has plenty of storage, all readily available at quick speeds. The differences seen when comparing this drive to a drive that was a fine performer just a short while ago are astonishing to say the least. Seagate keeps the power usage of the drive down thanks to a lower spindle speed of 5900 RPMs, which is great when the drive is used in a desktop, but even better when it is used in an ‘always on’ setting such as NAS or DAS. Lower RPMs also translate into lower temperatures, another added bonus.


LSI MegaRAID 9280-24i4e RAID Controller w/ 24 Crucial RealSSD C300s Review
QUOTE: "We’ve used the LSI 9260-8i for the past year to test multiple drive RAID arrays. The choice was pretty clear after testing the 9260-8i against several other hardware RAID controllers since it offered such a well designed software interface and blazing fast performance. The real standout feature, though, was the software interface used to build and manage arrays.
Today we are taking a look at the LSI MegaRAID 9280-24i4e, the flagship model in the MegaRAID lineup. The 9280 Series uses the same MegaRAID Storage Manager Software that we feel is the best in the industry and also shares all of the cutting edge features, like SSD Guard. The 9280-24i4e does have a big advantage over our daily use MegaRAID controller and that is its ability to run 24 internal SATA / SAS ports and an additional 4 external ports at the same time. This is done without port multipliers and all SATA / SAS connections go back to the MegaRAID 9280-24i4e."


Runcore ProV 240GB SSD Review – Better Than RAID 0 @ The SSD Review


OVERVIEW:     One of the most frequent questions we receive with respect to SSD performance is whether the SSD can perform better than a RAID 0 configuration.  We have never seen a single SATA 2.0 SSD perform better than any combinations of SSDs in RAID 0, at least not until we started testing the RunCore Pro V and ran a side by side comparison in Vantage HDD Suite.


G.Skill RipjawsX Sandy Bridge F3-12800 CL7 1600MHz Review @ Vortez
CONTENT: With the advent of Sandy Bridge this quarter many enthusiasts will be putting their hard earned cash into building a new Intel Core i5/i7 system. Memory manufacturers have anticipated the launch of the new Sandy Bridge platform by developing ‘Sandy Bridge’ ready kits designed specifically for H67 and P67 chipsets and today we will be taking a look at one such kit.



Audio / Video:

Marantz SR6005 Review
"This time last year, we lauded Marantz and its SR6004 AV receiver for maintaining the company’s legacy of high standards in audio performance in an up-to-date package that offered all the bells and whistles you could ask for. The SR6004 sat just below the top of Marantz’s AV receiver line, with an MSRP of $1,249. This year, Marantz offers the SR6005 which also sits just below the top of their AVR line, but with a $999.00 price tag. Despite model numbers that suggest the 6005 is a direct replacement for the 6004 (hey, it’s just one digit, right?) a closer inspection reveals some key differences between the two. In fact, the 6005 looks more like last year’s 5004, a step lower in the line-up."
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Samsung BD-C6900 3D Blu-Ray Player Review @ Tweaknews
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"After an evening of 3D Blu-Ray viewing compliments of Samsung’s BD-C6900, I can see how integrating 3D Blu-Ray into any consumer’s home theater system could be considered a good thing. But the real thing to point out with the BD-C6900, is 3D is not where this product ends. With a fully integrated WIFI connection and the additional movie, video and multimedia functionality, this Blu-Ray player is definitely approaching the gray area just before you enter the realm of the Home Theater PC."



Mobile Related:

Panasonic Toughbook CF-C1


Snippet: “If your working scenario requires a dedicated tablet the lure of Apple’s iPad is great and becoming greater as time goes on—as long as you’re not tied to Windows. Convertible tablet PCs suit those who need a physical keyboard and tablet features, but the trade-off is weight, bulk and less convenience when using a laptop in tablet mode. In the case of the Panasonic ToughBook CF-C1, the price reflects the semi-rugged features rather than the specifications, and may feel to some rather steep. Convertible tablet manufacturers need to keep at least half an eye on the tablet world going forward, and Panasonic needs to consider reducing its unit costs.”


In today’s edition of HCW Tech Questions, we identify a piece of hardware for a curious reader, talk about WoW tunneling services, and discuss what you can do with a rooted Android phone.


CM Storm Strike Force SF-19 Laptop Cooler @ Benchmark Reviews

DESCRIPTION: In recent years when people solicit my opinion about buying a computer they are increasingly asking about laptops as opposed to desktops. They are turning to laptops as an all-purpose computing, working, and entertainment platform. High-end graphics, 19" screens and gigabytes of of bits can generate serious amounts of heat. But the vast majority of cooling options for laptops are meant for smaller machines with smaller heat profiles. For serious cooling CM Storm released the Strike Force SF-19 dual fan 19" laptop cooler. Model SGA-6000-KKYF1 is like the HAF X for laptops. Read on to see how the SF-19 performs under the Benchmark Reviews tests.



VisionTek CandyBoard Bluetooth Edition @ PureOverclock

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“VisionTek has now taken the CandyBoard and tweaked it a bit, by adding Bluetooth connectivity and a couple other small revisions. The design and function are nearly identical, so VisionTek is wide not to mess with a winning formula. Perhaps more importantly, VisionTek has upped the ante with this device with all its newly added features at a reduced cost of about $65 USD at different online retailers.”


Alienware M17x R3 Laptop Review (Core i7 2630QM / 256GB SSD)

Alienware are an iconic system builder. For years they have been building radical, futuristically styled machines which have featured in many high profile TV shows and movies. Several years ago Dell took over the brand, incorporating them as their high end, customised system builds.

Today we are looking at the new, upcoming Alienware M17x Revision 3 which fits firmly into the ‘desktop replacement’ category. With the latest Sandybridge technology included, this system looks on paper to deliver class leading levels of performance.

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Mobile GPU Battle, Radeon vs GeForce w/ Eurocom:

We took a pair of Radeon HD 6970M graphics cards and put them up against a pair of NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 470Ms for some head-to-head benchmarks. Since we’ll be working with mobile cards, we’ll need a suitable mobile platform to run the tests on. Our benchmark platform is the Eurocom Panther 2.0. This is a very large and very powerful desktop replacement (DTR) based on the Clevo X7200 whitebook…





Assorted Stuffs:

How to Keep Fighting the Good Fight Against Usage-Based Billing for Canadian Internet Access 

There are certain things in life that you expect to be unlimited. When you step out the door, you expect to get unlimited air. When you go out to a restaurant, you expect to get unlimited (tap) water. And when you sign up for home Internet access, you expect to get unlimited bandwidth. That almost changed for the worse in Canada. While it is true that Internet service providers (ISPs) have had soft caps in place for some time, the majors almost got away with their plan to impose Usage-Based Billing (UBB) which would cost Canadians heavy overage penalties. It looks like the government is stepping in, but how can you keep fighting the good fight?

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Canon Pixma MG5220 All-in-One Printer Review
Summary: Review of the Canon Pixma MG5220, an all-in-one ink jet printer with wireless connectivity.


In this week’s episode of Two and A Half Geeks, Dave, Marco and Iyaz cover the release of Google’s upcoming tablet OS, Android 3.0, aka Honeycomb, a Mobile Graphics showdown with the AMD Radeon HD 6970M and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 470M, Intel’s Sandy Bridge chipset woes, the HTC Evo Shift 4G, and details of our most recent contest and how you could win a HotHardware-built killer gaming PC! We also chat for a bit about our Super Bowl picks…
09: HotHardware’s Two and A Half Geeks Webcast – February 3, 2011–February-3-2011/


Dropbox Review @

Description: Being able to access both personal and work files from virtually anywhere is becoming an increasingly common sight amongst a wide variety of computer users. Knowing that your files are safe and secure is always a weight off your mind instead of worrying about whether you’ve still got your USB Drive in your pocket. Read on to find out more about Dropbox and it’s free, secure and simple to use service.



Facebook ‘Instant Personalization’ Privacy Concerns @ Computing on Demand

Facebook has introduced a new feature, called Instant Personalization, that aims to personalize your web experience.  The idea behind this is that Facebook’s affiliate sites will have access to your profile information and use this to target you with things you are interested in.  The question is… how much information do you want people to have, and do you want them to know this by default?


Stop The Theft: Protecting Your Wireless Network @ InsideHW

Summary: As far as more serious (some would say paranoid) users are concerned, the combination of all three security measures is the best, since it would take an excessive amount of time and professional tools to penetrate them in conjunction, and let’s face it, no one’s internet is good enough a motive for such a thing.
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Gaming etc:

Roccat Vire ROC-14-200 Mobile Communication Gaming Headset Review @

Two Worlds II Review (PC)

Logitech G35 Surround Sound Headset Review @

Corsair HS1 Headset


Quick Links:

Intel Celeron Dual-Core E1400 CPU Review @

In Win Dragon Rider Case Review @ Hardware Secrets

Air Cooler Roundup – Arctic Cooling vs. Thermaltake in

Lian Li PC-A04 @ techPowerUp

Powercolor HD6970 PCS+ Review – silent and deadly

Akasa Essential Power 300 W Power Supply Review @ Hardware Secrets

NZXT Bunker USB Locking Device

iXBT Labs Review: Intel 6th Series Chipset Defect

Titan HATI cooler @

ASRock P67 Extreme6 Motherboard Review

CM Storm Strike Force SF-19 Laptop Cooler Review

MSI Big Bang Marshal Motherboard Review @ t-break

TechwareLabs Review: CA Technologies Online Backup Software

Asus E35M1-M PRO Micro ATX

GIGABYTE GA-P67A-UD7 LGA1155 “Sandy Bridge” Motherboard Review 

AMD HD 6950 1GB vs. NVIDIA GTX 560 Ti Overclocking @ Techgage

Neuigkeiten auf DeXgo | Spire Gemini SP986B1-V2-P

Deepcool Ice Matrix 600 CPU Cooler Review @ Hardware Secrets

Logisys MDLED5BL Blue 5 LED Lazer Case Lights

Fractal Design Define XLR Review @ XSReviews

ECS H67H2-I Motherboard @ Hardware Secrets

Zalman Z9 Plus Case Review @ Hardware Secrets