Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Where Are People Spending? What Are They Buying? Who Spends The Most? On PowerRetail

"It will come as no surprise to you that Australian online retail spending is gaining momentum. The NAB Online Retail Sales Index shows that each year, online sales are growing 29%. This figure isn’t a staggering amount, but compare it with the rate of traditional sales growth, 2.5%, and there is a clear winner."

Samantha Youl - PowerRetail

Read Samantha's full article on PowerRetail.

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Check out all the details on Microsoft's landmark game title 'Flight' on the official website or just click this link to start your download!

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Bohemia Interactive To Offer Public Alpha For ArmA3 After E3 2012

Arma 3 developer Bohemia is planning to release an early slice of its battlefield sim to the public after E3 in June, so we rabble can offer our oh-so-wise insights. Project lead Daniel Musil explained, "Ours is a large and complex game - being developed by a relatively small team - so we really appreciate your opinions, thoughts and feedback."

"The Community Alpha will be quite limited in terms of the assets it includes," Musil said, "with the goal of providing enough content to experiment with the brand new bits of gameplay and technology. It also enables our passionate community to prepare their mods for the very latest version of the Real Virtuality engine."

Read the full article on ShackNews. Bohemia Interactive's game titles support our NaturalPoint TrackIR series of head tracking devices for maximum immersion & unsurpassed situational awareness.

Gunnar Optiks Digital Eyewear Reviewed By HardwareHeaven

"As someone who spends a great deal of time using computer displays and playing games eye strain is something all too familiar. So the idea of anything that can lessen the stress to my eyes is very welcome. Wearing the glasses for any length of time is very comfortable I happily wore them for the entire day without feeling the need to take them off. The tint seems dramatic at first but it becomes quite natural in a very short time.

After using the glasses I can quite honestly say they have made an improvement and where I'd usually expect to be feeling tired eyes or perhaps using some 'refresh' eye drops at no point during my time with the glasses did my eyes feel fatigued. Using the glasses with over the ear headset proved no problem either, something that couldn't be said for my original 3D Vision glasses."

Craig Humphreys - HardwareHeaven

Gunnar Optiks Digital Eyewear review by HardwareHeaven - Introduction & Conclusion.

Lian Li PC-Q25 SFF Chassis Review On MissingRemote

"temperatures are more than acceptable, and actually beat that of some previously reviewed chassis - a sign that the extra large fans in the PC-Q25 are doing their job.

Lian Li has been making quality, high-end chassis for years, and the PC-Q25 is no exception. The unique footprint and chassis style will not appeal to all enthusiasts, but those who are fans will not be disappointed. The chassis supports an incredible 8 hard drives, in a small, form-factor chassis, and uses clever installation techniques to make the build and exchanging of those drives a snap."

Mike Garcen - MissingRemote

Lian Li PC-Q25 SFF chassis review by MissingRemote - full article.

Thermaltake Level 10 GT Snow Edition "Stands Out Like A Sports Car With A Body Kit" - CircuitRemix

"The styling of the Level 10 GT is flashy and stands out like a sports car with a body kit. Many people who visited my house while the Level 10 GT was setup either hated it or loved it, but regardless their opinions, it was noticed and garnered attention. It has a unique shape, bright lights and a window allowing people to peer in. If you're looking for a case that will make you stand out at a LAN party, the Level 10 GT is exactly what the doctor ordered...

The Level 10 GT is a niche case, but it fits that niche very well."

Brandon - CircuitRemix

Thermaltake Level 10 GT Snow Edition full tower chassis review by CircuitRemix - Introduction & Conclusion.

Thermaltake Overseer RX-I "A Must Have" Case Say AphnetWorks

"So, what makes the Thermaltake Overseer RX-I a must-have? Well, for starters, this case takes on an exterior design that can be quite stunning in the eyes of many enthusiasts and gamers. The steel chassis is robust, and will have little to no problems housing some of the nicest internals on the market at the moment. As well, a huge list of features accompanies the case, including internal USB 3.0 support, 240mm radiator support at the top for water cooling, side acrylic window for internal viewing, tool-free optical and expansion slot system that makes overall installation easier, air filters in the front and on the bottom for dust catching, and a motherboard tray that includes many cable routing features and rubber flaps for cleaner wiring."

Jeremy To - AphnetWorks

Thermaltake Overseer RX-I chassis review by AphnetWorks - Introduction & Conclusion.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Noctua NF-F12 PWM 120mm Fan Review On XtremeComputing

"Noctua have once again proved their abilities in sound and performance, improving on their existing NF-P12 design, the F12 is able to provide greater cooling abilities at the same low (inaudible) noise level. Well done Noctua! The only downside (as ever with Noctua’s) is the price. At around £19-£23 a piece online, these fans aren’t cheap, price at around 2-3 times that of their competitors. However, the Noctua’s do come with a 6 year guarantee and are built to a higher quality than other fans I have dealt with in my time.

It’s clear that whilst the price is high, this fan will last – and it certainly is ahead in terms of noise & performance against its competitors. If you want the quietest rig, with good cooling performance – and get what you pay for Noctua has you covered."

Snubbsy - XtremeComputing

Noctua NF-F12 120mm fan review by XtremeComputing - Introduction & Conclusion.

Friday, February 24, 2012

G.Skill F3-14900CL9Q-16GBZL RipjawsZ DDR3 memory kit review on eTeknix

"Going right back to to G.Skill’s ethics with maintaining a high level of quality and not just in the looks and feel but also on an IC level, we can say that the Ripjaws-Z kits are a prime example and they also back this with a lifetime warranty to suit as well.

Price wise the Ripjaws-Z is set at a very competitive rate in respect of the other options that are out there with this particular kit coming in at £139.99.

Over all we are very impressed with the feel, looks and by far the performance that the Ripjaws-Z has to offer for the money, other similar kits are priced around the £200 mark and spending the extra £60 to get those instead, is £60 that could otherwise go towards a faster CPU or GPU."

Chris Hadley - eTeknix

G.Skill F3-14900CL9Q-16GBZL DDR3 memory kit review by eTeknix - full review.

Noctua NF-F12 PWM 120mm fan review by Bjorn3D

"The Noctua NF-F12 was a nice surprise. We were expecting it to be like many of the other fans on the market today, making claims that they just barely cover, if at all. The NF-F12 claims it can cool as well or better than fans pushing more CFM, and do so with less noise. It claims right on the box that it "creates outstanding static pressure and focuses the airflow for superior performance". During our tests it met those claims.

Noctua also made claims of "trusted premium quality", this makes the assumption of prior experience with their products, and perhaps given the quality of this product we can allow them that bit of slightly arrogant assumption.

The extension & Y-cables, and Low Noise Adaptor are nice additions showing that Noctua thinks about more than just building fans, but also how and where they are going to be used. By including both screws and rubber anti-vibration mounting pins Noctua has created a whole package with this product allowing it to be used on radiators, heatsinks, or cases with with several options for mounting and connecting it.

This fan has so many features it would be hard to cover them in a conversation (we learned this the hard way) but they are all geared toward making this fan quieter and more efficient ant the same time. We can attest to the fact that they do just this. One feature we have to accept their word for is the custom PWM IC. It is to allow the fan to run quieter at low speeds by reducing the switching noise from the PWM circuit. The fan was so quiet that we aren't sure if it was needed or not.

While we are always game to test another fan this one will be staying in what ever system we are running tests on until one comes along that can beat it for noise to performance ratio. We're betting it will be in the system for a long while."

Michael Peters - Bjorn3D

Noctua NF-F12 120mm fan review by Bjorn3D - Introduction & Conclusion.

Noctua NH-D14 SE2011 CPU Cooler review on PureOverclock

"After seeing the performance results, the best way to sum up the Noctua NH-D14 SE2011 is that it is an outstanding cooler, second to none from what we've seen so far in our extensive testing over the years. Perhaps more shocking is the fact that it is rare to have a cooler that not only performs well but is also quiet. It's been our experience that it's extremely difficult to have low noise levels and top cooling performance; the two are inversely proportional, gain one and lose the other to an extent. However, this Noctua cooler is a rare exception, providing exceptional cooling performance at very low noise levels.

Not only is the NH-D14 SE2011 a beast in terms of performance, but also in design and sheer size. This cooler is by far one of the largest we've ever seen or tested. The heatpipes will most likely not interfere with memory modules that have tall heatspreaders so that’s not really a drawback anymore."

Kip Rouse - PureOC

Noctua NH-D14 SE2011 CPU cooler review by PureOC - Introduction & Conclusion.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Thermaltake Overseer RX-I Chassis Review By NinjaLane

"Thermaltake's Overseer RX-I is a solid full tower case with a lot of features for the price point. The overall design is clean and looks great with the lights down. I am starting to become dependent on the external hard drive bays and the addition is rapidly becoming my favorite Thermaltake feature. The futuristic design is definitely going to be the deciding factor when it comes to the Overseer. I found it clean and attractive right out of the box."

Dennis Garcia - NinjaLane

Thermaltake Overseer RX-I chassis review by NinjaLane - Introduction & Conclusion.

Tt eSPORTS Theron Gaming Mouse Review On eTeknix

"It was clear from the start that the Theron was going to be a quality gaming mouse, the great build quality combined with all the useful features, drove the mouse to the top of our list of the best gaming mice we’ve had in to review. The sleek, smooth design not only makes the mouse look great on your desk, but was very comfortable to use, even over long periods of time through intensive testing including general desktop usage and of course gaming.

No matter what game we threw at it, the Theron excelled where many mice have fallen. Just little features like onboard memory made a very big difference when it came to using the Theron on other computers."

Tim Mammatt - eTeknix

Tt eSPORTS Theron gaming mouse review by eTeknix - Introduction & Conclusion.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Quad Rotor 'Air Show' - Its A Little Bit Sci-Fi & A Lot Scary!

Wait for the formation flights....... Gosh, golly, wow and........ the future looks kinda frightening!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Thermaltake Commander MS-I Chassis Review On ProClockers

"The Thermaltake Commander MS-I is the ideal case for someone looking to build a nice system for someone not asking for too much. It offers all the is necessary in a case like good air ventilation when you take in account all the available fan options, USB ports (in this case USB 3.0) in an easy to reach location and plenty of room for storage devices like hard drives and solid state drives. Thermaltake could have left the case alone at this point but they choose not to. There is the all black interior, dust filter for the power supply and an external 3.5” bay which seems to be not too common in today’s’ case."

Tony Walker - ProClockers

Thermaltake Commander MS-I chassis review by ProClockers - Introduction & Conclusion.

Noctua NH-C14 CPU Cooler Review By CircuitRemix

"Noctua's NH-C14 is an overall good performer. It wasn't expected to do as well as the NH-D14, as it has less surface area on its radiator fins, but it wasn't far behind. Running at stock speeds, the two Noctua heatsinks were in line. With the increased heat load of the overclocked processor, the NH-C14 stayed within 2 degrees celcius of the larger NH-D14. When switching to one fan, temperatures only increased by 1 degree celcius. And while we didn't specifically test the RAM slots and the area around the CPU socket, there was a good amount of airflow in those areas with the NH-C14.


The NH-C14 CPU cooler was pretty quiet to our ears with both fans running. When using only one fan, it was very quiet. Inside of a decent case, I'd guess that it would be inaudible with a one fan setup. And performance wise, switching to one fan barely made a change in temperatures.

While I'd still recommend the NH-D14 over the NH-C14 due to its leading performance, the NH-C14 still has a place in the market. If clearance space is a concern, the Noctua's NH-C14 should be on your short list of CPU coolers to look at. Its design allows gives consumers more flexibility in the ability to use smaller cases or install high-profile RAM, but still retain a high level of thermal performance. It's highly recommended."

Brandon - CircuitRemix

Noctua NH-C14 CPU cooler review by CircuitRemix - Introduction & Conclusion. The mentioned Noctua NH-D14 is also available from Mittoni.

Tt eSports's Theron Gaming Mouse Review & Competition On AtomicMPC

"The Tt eSports Theron is a slick piece of kit right out of the box. As usual, Tt’s thrown in a handy carry bag, a nice nod to the fact that top players will likely be pwning on the road, and the mouse itself is subtly asymmetrical and very attractive. We say subtle, because while it’s clearly made with a right-handed gamer in mind, it would not be out of the question for a lefty to pick up."

David Hollingworth - AtomicMPC

Tt eSPORTS Theron gaming mouse review by AtomicMPC - full review & competition.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

"Take It To Bed And Play With It" - Say Whaaaaaaaaaaat?!?!?!?

"It's complicated. It almost seems arbitrary and chaotic... I want to take it to bed and I want to play with it"

Jesus Diaz - Gizmodo

Hmmmmmmm........ What could it be?

Noctua 120mm NF-F12 PWM Fan Review On DragonSteelMods

"So the newly designed Noctua NF-F12 PWM has more than just a unique look to it, these design improvements really work to help the fan move air more efficiently for improved cooling performance while remaining virtually silent doing so. It is Noctua so it’s no surprise that it’s a quality product with a nice assortment of extras included and a fan that is very well made and designed. Just something simple as swapping a fan can improve the cooling performance of your CPU cooler, but you have to make sure you get the right fan, and the NF-F12 is that fan. If you want a fan that works well then you can’t go wrong with the NF-F12 PWM fan.

DragonSteelMods gives the Noctua NF-F12 120mm PWM Fan a 5 out of 5 score and our Editor’s Choice Award as well."

Kristofer Brozio - DragonSteelMods

Noctua NF-F12 PWM 120mm fan review by DragonSteelMods - full review.

Tt eSPORTS Battle Dragon Carry All Review On Eteknix

"Tt eSports have created a superb bag that can hold nearly everything except from the kitchen sink. Coupled with plenty of padding and numerous different carrying methods to suit the individual, this bag is ideal for any and all LAN party lovers. Just having the additional rucksack shoulder straps, that unfold from a side pocket really makes it easier when transporting all your gear around and keeps it protected at the same time.

Being one of the first LAN bags eTeknix has had to review, it has set a high precedence, where we shall look forward to seeing what other brands have to offer in the future. So due to all the positivity of this great LAN bag, we are awarding it with the following ‘Gamers Choice Award’."

Tim Mammatt - Eteknix

Tt eSPORTS Battle Dragon Carry All IT Bag chassis review by Eteknix - full review.