News and Reviews for July 11th 2009

First up, check out my review of the new Aspire One D250 series netbook over HERE, then be sure to enter our contest to win either the Vuzix AV310 or one of five USB drives over HERE… then you can check out the rest of the news from our friends..

Tech Arkade has just published a review of the Vizo Master Panel.

Check it out here: http://techarkade.com/component/content/article/42-peripherals/303-vizo-master-panel-review.html

Razer Salmosa 3G Gaming Mouse Review @ OCModShop

Never mind that it’s name is closer to Salmon than any of us care to acknowledge, because for the low price, anyone can have quality gaming gear that won’t put you in debt with the bank that is probably getting foreclosed by our government. And Xoxide was kind enough to hook us up with one to see how it stacks up against other noob-level gaming gear on the market today. While we contact our lawyers and see how long our own bank will be open before Obama takes it, check out the details on this mouse:

Review URL ::
http://www.ocmodshop.com/ocmodshop.aspx?a=1618

Title: Thermaltake Litepower 450W Power Supply report @ APH Networks
* Description: The word ‘lite’ always had a negative connotation as a
toned-down item or a lower end product. Some of us may even associate the
‘cheap’ with the word ‘lite’. Even so, there has always been a need for value
products in every market; as many people would prefer not to spend so maximum
money on everything they buy. Especially in such tough economic times, there
would be an increase of people who choose to spend wisely and efficiently to
make the best out of their money. For Thermaltake, “Lite” also has another
meaning. The company’s Litepower series power supplies are also marketed as
energy efficient and “green”. Interestingly, APH haven’t reported on a power
supply for about a year already, and we are getting back into it now! Today,
we will be taking a look at the Thermaltake Litepower 450W — a budget line
of power supplies by the well known manufacturer of cooling products,
Thermaltake. We’ll also crack open this power supply to see what is the
symbolic significance of ‘lite’ means to Thermaltake when they designed and
manufactured our Thermaltake Litepower 450W power supply.
* Link: http://aphnetworks.com/reports/thermaltake_litepower_450w

FUEL – 360 Review

Date: 07-10-2009 By Vlad Mihaiescu

Fuel is not a perfect game by any means; the sound is beyond terrible. I really don’t believe that Codemasters took the time to put more than a couple of songs for background music in the entire game (maybe 4 at best) and after a few hours of hearing the same beat over and over again, you’re going to turn the music off. The graphics are pretty impressive, not as much in the quality (they are good; don’t get me wrong; they just aren’t phenomenal). However, what really impressed me about the graphics is the overall good quality embedded into a gigantic open racing world filled with over 5000 square miles. The vehicles are a bit boxy with little curves to them, but they do fit right in with the environment. And if you’re tired of putting the AI to the test race and race again, you can even test your luck and driving skills in the online racing community. If you are a hardcore racer, Fuel is a game for you.

Link: http://www.gamepyre.com/reviews/games/xbox360/1132_1.html

NEW CONTENT (HTPC & Movies) – Yes Man HD Movie Review
QUOTE: “Carl Allen (Jim Carrey) is used to saying “no”. He shuns his friends and co-workers, hides when people need him and takes no chances in life. When he is challenged to turn his “no” into “yes”, his formerly safe life begins to morph into an exhilarating string of incidents which threatens to make him a better person, in addition to possibly finding love with cute Allison (Zooey Deschanel).
After years of playing the fool, Carrey seems to be more interested in comedy roles with a message, see also Bruce Almighty. The message in Yes Man is far more subtle, but one more can relate to. The film is based on the book of the same name by Danny Wallace. It’s certainly one of the more enjoyable, yet physically restrained roles that Carrey has undertaken. Maybe he is getting more mature, or could it just be age?”

For more information, please visit - http://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/2823/yes_man_hd_movie_review/index.html

Sapphire Toxic Radeon HD 4870 1GB GDDR5 Review

Author: Benjamin Sun Date: 07-10-2009

Sapphire has taken an already powerful card in the HD 4870 and overclocked it. The resulting card is nothing less than superb with the extra cooling that the Vapor-X offers I was able to overclock the card to 810MHz for the core and 1100MHz for the memory. Card temperatures reached 72C when under stress and running overclocked but that is not much of a jump from the 65C that the card would exhibit when idle. Turning up the Fan Speed allowed me to run the card overclocked 100% of the time.

Review Link: http://www.motherboards.org/reviews/hardware/1919_1.html

Title: Amazon Kindle DX Review
Link: http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/756
Category: Reviews
Summary:
Review of the new Kindle DX, a new version of Amazon.com’s e-book reader with larger screen.
Here is a snippet:
“The second version of the Kindle, called the Kindle 2, was released in February of 2009. Now, only about four months later, Amazon surprised everyone with another Kindle – the Kindle DX. The DX is larger and has some new features, but is it really better? We set out to find out!”

CPU3D Review: Thermaltake Element-S Chassis

For expansion, the chassis has room for 12 drive bays  … 3 x 5.25’’ (accessible), 7 x 3.5’’ and 2 x 2.5” (Hidden) as well as 7 expansion slots. There’s also a front I/O panel supporting 2 x USB 2.0, 1 x e-SATA connector and HD Audio.

More … http://www.cpu3d.com/review/7976-1/thermaltake-element-s-chassis/introduction.html

Title: SilverStone Sugo SG05 Case Review
Link: http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/758
Category: Reviews
Summary:
Sugo SG05 is a very small form factor (SFF) case from SilverStone supporting only mini-ITX and mini-DTX motherboards and coming with a 300 W CFX power supply. Check it out.
Here is a snippet:
“SilverStone Sugo SG05 is one of the smallest computer cases we’ve ever seen and yet it supports video cards up to 9″ (22.8 cm) in length, making it a terrific case for building a very small but powerful PC. To shrink its size SilverStone decided to use a small CFX power supply, which comes with the product, and support only a slim optical drive, i.e. an optical drive originally targeted to laptops. Let’s see what you can expect from this new case.”

Gigabyte ODIN GT 550W PSU:

Link: http://www.rbmods.com/content/10820/first-look-at-the-odin-550w.aspx

Quote: We are looking at a power supply in todays review, Gigabyte sent us a sample of their Odin GT 550W unit. We are going to compare it vs some similar PSU´s on the market both during idle and full load. Lets take a closer look and see what we can expect from this unit.

Title: FSP300-60GHS Power Supply Review
Link: http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/757
Category: Reviews
Summary:
FSP300-60GHS is a small 300 W SFX power supply from FSP targeted to small form factor (SFF) PCs, coming in the SilverStone Sugo SG05 SFF case. Let’s see whether this is a good power supply or not.
Here is a snippet:
“FSP300-60GHS is a small 300 W SFX power supply from FSP targeted to small form factor (SFF) PCs. It measures only 5″ x 4″ x 2 ½” (12.5 x 10 x 6.2 cm), while standard ATX power supplies measure at least 6″ x 5 ½” x 3 ¼” (15 x 14 x 8.5 cm). The unit we reviewed came inside SilverStone Sugo SG05 SFF case. Let’s see whether this is a good power supply or not.”

There are many of us out there who can not afford a nice shiny new $1,000 computer. For those who fit in this category, read on! As any system builder will tell you, if you think smart you can still build a nice computer with a limited budget. This is very true, but always remember don’t sacrifice quality for price. There are some products out there that may be cheaper now, but will cost you in the long run. This is especially true with the power supply. A bad power supply could potentially destroy every component in your system, and thus cost you lots of more money to replace everything, instead of just going with a good brand from the start. Today I will try to assemble a gaming PC, armed with only $400. Is it possible? We will find out right now!
http://techarkade.com/component/content/article/36-default/221-budget.html

Pete Hines Interview about Id Merger: Future of Quake and Doom @ [OC]ModShop

Pete Hines of Bethesda Softworks comments on the merger of Id Software with ZeniMax media, and answers the following questions and more:
What effect will this have on future ID releases such as Rage and Quake 5?
Will we see future Doom games?
Will Id move away from PC games towards consoles?
Will there be any changes to Quake Con?

Review URL ::
http://www.ocmodshop.com/ocmodshop.aspx?a=1621

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