News for March 4th 2011


Ok, so it’s time for the news. I was going to have a review of the Orb TV for you, but I ran into some issues with it, so give me a couple more days to work them out.  I’ll have something for you later though that’s for sure. Right now though read the news from the rest of the world.



Storage Related:

Patriot Xporter XT 32GB Review @ XSReviews
Review Link: monitors each up to 24" in size. Height, angle and rotation can be adjusted to the gamers needs and delivers further functionality via 2 USB2.0 ports and audio jacks for hooking up your favourite headset.


Lexmark Genesis S815 All-in-One Printer Review 

To be perfectly honest, I haven’t exactly had the best of experiences with Lexmark products in the past. Many years back, I went through two less than stellar Lexmark printers. I was unhappy with the print quality, print speed, and overall build quality. To be fair, they were remarkably cheap and I guess I got what I paid for. Fast forward many years later and I suppose it’s time I get Lexmark a fair shot at a second chance. In this review, I take an in-depth look at the Lexmark Genesis S815 all-in-printer. Let’s just say that it has more than a few unique tricks up its sleeve to win me over again.

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VirtualBox 4.0 OpenGL Acceleration Leaves Room For Improvement @ Phoronix
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Summary: "VirtualBox, the Sun/Oracle virtualization platform, has supported OpenGL acceleration and Direct3D acceleration within virtual machines for more than two years. When the host system has hardware GPU acceleration, OpenGL/Direct3D calls can be passed from the guest to the host when the VirtualBox guest driver is installed. There has been the Linux 3D support since VirtualBox 2.2 and was initially limited to OpenGL 1.4 support and in the summer of 2009 it turned to OpenGL 2.0. We had not delivered any early benchmarks as the initial support was too buggy, but even with the recently released VirtualBox 4.0, while the support is usable and stable for the most part, it is still far from being very efficient and will crash under some OpenGL software."


Win an Intel i7-975 Extreme Processor @ The SSD Review


OVERVIEW:     Right on the heels of our amazing news regarding Intels upcoming release of the Intel ‘SandForce Driven’ SSD, capable of parallel 500MB/s transfer speeds,  The SSD Review is hosting the largest site giveaway we have seen yet on the Internet!!  Its no trick!!!  On April 1/2011, we are going to draw from all eligible ballots and some lucky winner is going to win a BRAND NEW Intel i7-975 Extreme Processor valued at over $1000.


OvisLink AirLive N.MINI 300Mbps Wireless-N Mini-AP review

The AirLive N.MINI AP multifunctional device (Router, AP or Client) from OvisLink has very small dimensions and can be used in various situations like building a small hot-spot in an area that has only Ethernet available, or we can use it as a regular Wireless LAN adapter, connected to our computer via UTP.


Belkin Conserve Insight and Conserve Socket (Energy Conservation) Review @

Quote: "A few years removed from the start of the economic crisis, people are still experiencing the effects to this day, but thankfully things are starting to slowly improve.  When something of this extent hits, people come to realize that they need to alter their lifestyles in order to adapt to the economic crisis.



CEBIT 2011 – MSI Military Class II, Big Bang Marshall, N580GTX Lightning, AMD HD 6990 @ Vortez
CONTENT: The big push for MSI this year is Military Class II. Which if you haven’t heard of, is a brand exclusive. Many manufacturers classify their products as being military tested, military standard. The truth is that this only applies to certain components such as capacitors when we are talking motherboards. Only certain aspects are tested to military standards with other brands, but with MSI the entire board is military tested, not only the  capacitors or specific components.


CEBIT 2011 – ASUS P8Z68-V Pro Essence One @ Vortez
CONTENT: "As you would imagine with only Sandy Bridge being the new platform to really take precedence in Q1 2011, ASUS didn’t have any new Republic of Gamers motherboards to really show off besides the current lineup. There were of course the existing Sandy Bridge boards with the new B3 revision though and a new family member to the current range, featuring a new chipset – Z68."


Early Benchmarks Of Mac OS X 10.7 Lion @ Phoronix
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Summary: "By now you have likely read all about the features announced for Mac OS X 10.7 "Lion" thus far along with seeing plenty of screenshots and videos showing off Launchpad, Mission Control, Versions, the improved mail client, and much more. But how does Apple’s next-generation operating system perform? Well, here is a look at the performance of Mac OS X 10.7, including what are likely the first public benchmarks of Mac OS X Lion."



Gaming Related:

SteelSeries Xai Laser Gaming Mouse Review @

Funky Kit Review: Steelseries WoW:Cataclysm MMO Gaming Mouse

RIFT Launch Event / Interview @

Zowie G-TF Mouse Mat @ techPowerUp

SteelSeries QcK Mass Pro Gaming Mouse Pad Review @

Corsair HS1A Stereo Gaming Headset Review

Mionix Propus 380 Mousepad




Quick Links:

Foxconn AHD1S "AMD APU Onboard" Motherboard Review

iXBT Labs Review: AMD E-350 Accelerated Processor

TechwareLabs Review: Zotac GeForce 560Ti OC Gaming Video Card

Gigabyte G1 Assassin and Intel Core i7 990X Extreme Edition Review – 5ghz

A 13 Line Patch That Boosts Intel Sandy Bridge Performance @ Phoronix

GIGABYTE G1.Assassin @ Bjorn3D

Noctua NH-D14 CPU Cooler Review @

NZXT Sentry LXE Touch Screen Fan Controller Review @ Tweaknews

MSI Radeon HD 6950 2GB Twin Frozr II Video Card Review

Diamond All-In-Wonder HD Premium AIW5000 @ Benchmark Reviews

SilverStone Fortress FT03 Mini-Tower Chassis Review @ Techgage

Evercool Battle Hero NP-611 Review at Overclockers Online

Nexus Prominent 5 Case @ Rbmods

MSI R6950 Twin Frozr III Power Edition Review @

MSI GeForce GTX 560 Twin Frozr II 1 GB @ techPowerUp

Noctua NH-C14 CPU Cooler Review @ Hardware Secrets

SAPPHIRE Vapor-X HD 6870 1GB GDDR5 Graphic Card at Modders-Inc

ECS H57H-MUS (V1.0A) LGA1156 Motherboard Review @ Madshrimps

ECS H67H2-M Black Edition Motherboard Review @ Legit Reviews

HIS Radeon HD 6850 IceQ X Turbo Review @

Powercolor HD6950 PCS++ 2GB Review – dual action

In Win Track Computer Case Review @ Tweaknews

Gigabyte Fusion E350N USB3 Motherboard Review @ Ninjalane

OCZ ZX Series 850W power supply review @ APH Networks

Logisys PS600A12 Power Supply Review @ Hardware Secrets

iXBT Labs Review: Sapphire Fusion Mini E350 Motherboard

Antec P193 Review @ XSReviews

Corsair H60 Liquid CPU Cooler Review @

Enermax Hoplite computer case tested

GIGABYTE P67A-UD4 Motherboard Performance Review @ Legit Reviews

MEGATech Reviews – Zalman ZM-VE200 External HDD Case and Virtual Drive

Coolit Vantage A.L.C. CPU Cooler @ Benchmark Reviews