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Karen’s Review Roundup On This Snow Filled Weekend in Ontario – for Feb 12, 2012

Woke up yesterday morning and couldn’t see out the front windows, and this morning everything is white. Finally, a taste of winter.

In a country that expects and needs snow this is a good thing. There are a lot of people and businesses that rely on snow.

And lets face it, snow in February is so much better than snow in April, May, etc.

It’s a good weekend to be a ‘techy’.

HIGHLIGHT REVIEW

A few days ago we looked at the latest Solid State Drive from Intel “ the 520 series, codenamed Cherryville. The drive is built around compute quality 25 nanometer NAND flash memory and offers a claimed maximum sequential read speed of 550 MB/s. 

 

Intel 520 Series 240GB (Raid 0 update) SSD Review @ Kitguru

SSDS

  • OCZ Synapse Cache 64GB @ ocaholic
  • OCZ Technology Octane 512GB Solid State Drive with 1.13 Performance Firmware @ TweakTown

CHASSIS

COOLERS

  • Corsair Vengeance M90 Review @ XSReviews
  • SilenX EFZ-120HA5 CPU Cooler @ Bjorn3D

GAMING

  • AVerMedia Game Capture HD for PS3, Xbox 360, and Wii @ Futurelooks
  • Core i7-3960X and Core i7-3930K Radeon HD 7970 Gaming-Performance-Difference @ ocaholic

GRAPHICS

  • Zotac GTX 580 AMP2 3GB Edition Review @ HardwareLOOK
  • Nouveau Project Reverse-Engineered NVIDIA OpenCL Driver @ Phoronix

MEMORY

MOTHERBOARDS

  • Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3 Intel LGA1155 Motherboard Review @ Ocinside
  • MSI Big Bang Xpower II X79 @ ocaholic
  • 13 Socket 2011 Boards – MSI Big Bang Xpower II @ ocaholic
  • Biostar TPower X79 @ Bjorn3D

OTHERS

  • Synology DS411J NAS Review @ Technoyard
  • GreenSmart Markhor Laptop Sleeve @ Techreaction
  • NVIDIA 3D Vision 2 featuring the ASUS VG278H Screen @ HardwareHeaven
  • Windows 8 confirmed for February 29th (Beta Queue) @ Kitguru
  • ASUS VG278H LCD Monitor 3D Vision-2 Kit @ Benchmark Reviews
  • HDD Pricewatch: Three Months Into the Thai Floods @ Techspot
  • Western Digital WD TV Live Media Player Review @ Bigbruin
  • Basic Casemodding Listener Mailbag Interview with a Top Overclocker @ Ninjalane
  • NewerTech NuPower Battery for all MacBook Pro 17″ non-Unibody @ TestFreaks
  • Cooler Master Elite 431 Plus Computer Case Review @ APH Networks

PERIPHERALS

  • Synology DiskStation DS212 2-Bay NAS Server Review @ Bigbruin

POWER SUPPLY UNIT

About Karen Tokar

Believe it or not my interest in computers started before most of my generation even knew what one was. It was that interest and a move to Goose Bay, Labrador that began what would turn out to be a major turning point after the purchase of my first computer. The rest is history as they say.
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