Friday, March 30, 2012

Thermaltake Level 10 GTS Snow Edition Chassis Review By Neoseeker

"The Level 10 GTS features one of the better designed hot-swap hard drive rail systems I have seen to date. Not only are they rugged in construction and have that solid feel to them, they are key-lockable and the removal mechanism is easy and intuitive to operate. There is a lot to be said for things that just work and I think that this is a major selling point of this case. However as I mentioned earlier, be forewarned that if you are looking to put a Velociraptor or any other hard drive with non-standardized connection ports, you may run into issues. Normal 3.5" and SSD's should be fine to use.

I really like the paint job on the Level 10 as well. The flat finish on the exterior is just about the only way to go when designing a white-colored case in my opinion, and it really contrasts nicely with the deep black of the internal workings and the trim. Another upside is that any dust that shows up is hardly visible thanks to the white color. Speaking of dust, this case has an absolutely excellent method of filtering out dust in the airflow. Those who read my articles often will know just how big of a deal that is with me. I am quite pleased to see the level of effort that went into this with the Level 10 GTS."

Hienrich Jager - Neoseeker

Thermaltake Level 10 GTS Snow Edition chassis review by Neoseeker - Introduction & Conclusion.

Thermaltake Overseer RX-I Chassis Review On TechReaction

"The Thermaltake Overseer RX-I comes with a plethora of goodies, which we are used to when dealing with Thermaltake cases. The overall look of the Overseer is impressive with the black and blue color scheme. The I/O panel sports two USB3.0 connections which will help you stay up-to-date with the latest external technology on the market. The hot-swap bay, which is easily reachable on the top, helps making big file transfers painless. You no longer have to take off the side panel and connect the drive to the motherboard and PSU any longer."

The Duke - TechReaction

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

Noctua NH-D14 SE2011 CPU Cooler Review On Hardcorewear

"The Noctua NH-D14 SE2011 serves a very specific purpose – to cool Sandy Bridge-E chips as silently as possible. At this, it does a fantastic job. Even in dual fan mode, it never spun up loud enough to be heard in our tests. If you were not overclocking, you could easily use single fan, silent mode, and I can just about guarantee that you will never hear it when it is operating in that mode."

Carl Nelson - Hardcorewear

Noctua NH-D14 SE2011 CPU Cooler review by Hardcorewear - Introduction & Conclusion.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

G.Skill DDR3-2133 16GB RipjawsZ F3-17000CL9Q-16GBZH Memory Review On NinjaLane

"In this review we looked at a quad channel DDR3 memory kit from GSKill called the RipjawsZ. These modules were created especially for the demands of the LGA2011 and X79 chipset and played the part quite well.

Despite the namesake the RipjawsZ shares very little in outward appearance to the previous RIpjawsX module. The heatspreaders feel solid and do an excellent job at displacing what little heat is generated. Our F3-17000CL9Q modules are rated at CAS 9 under the XMP profile and require 1.65v to run at the rated 2133Mhz speed. Despite the CAS9 rating we did have good success overclocking these modules and saw stable speeds at 2240Mhz under watercooling without any voltage adjustments."

Dennis Garcia - NinjaLane

G.Skill 16GB Quad Channel [RipjawsZ] F3-17000CL9Q-16GBZH memory kit review by NinjaLane - Introduction & Conclusion.

Tt eSPORTS Black Element Mouse Review On ThinkComputers

"The Tt eSPORTS Black Element Gaming Mouse is a very nice mouse. I really can’t say anything negative about the mouse, as I haven’t experienced any. The mouse fits comfortable for long hours of use and is great for everyday use and even FPS gaming. Don’t let the RTS/MMORPG focus fool you, this mouse is a great addition for any gamer. Like all Tt eSPORTS products, they are composed of high quality materials and should last you a long time. This mouse can be found at my favorite online retailer for only $64.99, which isn’t too bad for a gaming mouse of this stature.

I’m very happy with this mouse and can expect to use this for many years to come. ThinkComputers would like to award the Tt eSPORTS Black Element Gaming Mouse a 10 out of 10 score and our Editor’s Choice Award!"

Greg Baden - ThinkComputers

Tt eSPORTS Black Element mouse review by ThinkComputers - Introduction & Conclusion.

Noctua NH-L12 Low Profile CPU Cooler Review On HardwareHeaven

"We have seen a number of Noctua products in the past and on each occasion have been impressed by the build quality and design with more recent models excelling on both fronts. With the NH-L12 Noctua continue to impress and the cooler looks and feels high quality. Each of the components is soldered together well, the finish is exceptional and the fans fit perfectly to the heatsink. We also love the colour scheme that Noctua use, it looks great.

In terms of installation the product is essentially flawless. We can install the cooler in less than ten minutes from start to finish and at each step Noctua make the process easy, whether that is down to the clear instructions, perfectly fitting components or thoughtful design such as the holes in our heatsink fins to pass the screwdriver through. We also appreciate the extra thought taken to supply screws for mini-ITX boards and socket 2011, ensuring every consumer is catered for... something which is further enhanced by the low profile option."

Stuart Davidson - HardwareHeaven

Noctua NH-L12 Low Profile CPU Cooler review by HardwareHeaven - Introduction & Conclusion.

Tt eSPORTS Meka G Unit Keyboard Review On NiKKtech

"I was particularly impressed with the MEKA G-UNIT in terms of design and features since I’ve seen pretty much everything before. However just like every mechanical keyboard out there the primary goal of the MEKA G-UNIT is not to light up your desk with lights and extra features which you may end up never using but to be a very durable keyboard which will endure many years of use and still feel like new even after that."


Tt eSPORTS Meka G Unit keyboard review by NiKKtech - Introduction & Conclusion.

Noctua NH-L12 Low Profile CPU Cooler Review On NinjaLane

"NH-L12 installation went incredibly smooth and features one of the best mounting systems we have used. There are two screws that hold the heatsink in place and much to our surprise they are actually quite sturdy. This is likely due to the mounts actually being attached to the heatsink instead of just floating on top.

The NH-L12 is designed as a low profile cooler and measures in at 66mm tall when you remove the top 120mm fan. This leaves the single 92mm fan in place to handle cooling duties. We didn't test single fan cooling but would expect considerably higher load temperatures as a result. Of course under these conditions we would expect that chassis cooling would help keep things moving.

Overall performance was very good. Our heat tests showed that the Noctua NH-L12 could handle a typical overclock despite the rise in our C/W results and did keep up with the Hyper 212 reference cooler despite the obvious size difference."

Dennis Garcia - NinjaLane

Noctua NH-L12 Low Profile CPU Cooler review by NinjaLane - Introduction & Conclusion.

Noctua NH-D14 SE2011 CPU Cooler Review On NiKKtech

"The performance levels of the NH-D14 are not something new and so right from the moment i started recording the temperatures for this review i roughly knew what to expect. Now when i say roughly that is because although i knew how well the NH-D14 performed with my previous Core i7-920 systems i had no idea on how exactly the two extra cores of the i7-3930k would affect the results. Luckily as you all saw at a full 4GHz the NH-D14 SE2011 is able to keep the temperature of the CPU at 60 degrees even under extreme load so i see no real need for people to rush and get anything better than the NH-D14 SE2011."


Noctua NH-D14 SE2011 CPU Cooler review by NiKKtech - Introduction & Conclusion.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Prolimatech Panther CPU Cooler Review On eTeknix

"Prolimatech have a good cooler in the Panther. It outperforms many of its similarly priced competitors, operates at a low noise level and has an extremely non-intrusive design. Anybody looking for a good performing, quiet CPU cooler which doesn’t break the bank or interfere with other components should definitely consider the Prolimatech Panther."

Luke Hill - eTeknix

Prolimatech Panther CPU Cooler review by eTeknix - Introduction & Conclusion.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Thermaltake CeBit 2012 Video Product Previews With eTeknix

eTeknix gets a look at Thermaltake's booth from CeBit 2012, with product introductions by none other than Ramsom Koay!

With such a strong line up of product for release during 2012, combined with the already available Thermaltake range - it's going to be a HUGE year for the boys from Taiwan. We love our Thermaltake here at Mittoni - Luxa2 & Tt eSPORTS included! So join the group loving today :D

G.Skill show off some incredible DDR3-2666MHz memory @ CeBit 2012!

"G.Skill has shown the fastest quad channel memory at a whopping speed of DDR3 2666MHz 16GB(4x4GB) with ASUS ROG RAMPAGE IV EXTREME motherboard and Intel Core i7-3960X processor at CeBIT 2012.

To provide overclocking enthusiasts the best memory solution, G.SKILL R&D team is always dedicated to push DDR3 performance to boundary. This ultimate DDR3 2666MHz 16GB kit is without a doubt the best quad channel memory solution on the market; it allows extreme overclockers to unleash the maximum power of their X79 systems."


Take a look at the KitGuru DDR3-2666 article and then head over the G.Skill's Flickr gallery of the show so far!!!

Mittoni is proud to represent for G.Skill in Australia! Big Ups & keep those stunning memory kits coming.....

How to Start an Online Business: A Quick-Step Guide - PowerRetail

"If you’ve been thinking about getting an online retail store up and running, Director of Annex Products, Rob Ward, shares his experiences of getting online, and offers some tips to help you get started.....

Following are a few pointers to help others wanting to start up their own online business. The information below is based on my experience over the last 6 months. Using these simple strategies and online tools we were able to sell thousands of units all over the globe in a matter of months. Both my business partner, Chris Peters and I, have now quit our day jobs and are currently launching other online stores.

I don’t want to go into details about products or business ideas, but rather the mechanics of setting up an online business and the awesome tools available to entrepreneurs today. It’s never been easier to setup an online business and start making money straight away."

Rob Ward - PowerRetail

If you are interested in a start up online shop, there is no better foundation than Rob's short article covering all the basics involved with selling online, including some real gems such as free e-commerce platforms, advertising your store and so on. Even if you're a seasoned veteran, take a look!

Mittoni is a great supporter of both online trade and upstart new businesses as well - so be sure to talk to your account manager as to how we empower your web presence and speed product delivery to your customers. The umpires whistle signalled the start of the game some time ago - have you even walked onto the field yet? It's time to get off the bench and start kicking some goals!

Thursday, March 8, 2012

A Growing Body Of Research Is Showing A Whole Host Of Benefits From Video Gaming

"Just like rock music in the 1950s, Dungeons & Dragons in the 1980s, and death metal in the 1990s, videogaming has been demonised by parent groups. For decades, gamers were portrayed as obese social outcasts that spent hours in a dark basement hunched over a flashing screen, slowly becoming more aggressive and distanced from reality.

Today, that stereotype couldn’t be further from the truth. The average gamer is as likely to be a university professor or a corporate banker as they are to be a high school or college student."

Michael Kasumovic (UNSW) - The Conversation

Take a look at the full article detailing recent research into the benefits of computer and video gaming on The Conversation. From increasing reaction times to problem solving and a source of learning, much seems to be in favour of gaming these days and quite the opposite of the sensationally poor press gamers used to receive!

Afterthought: Perhaps the swing in research and opinion is due to the fact that the first generation of video gamers is middle aged now. The second generation of gamers are thirty something’s. Are we re-writing understanding and re-directing public opinion as the once demonised "over weight pimply teenage gamer" is now the university professor, lawyer, doctor, respected community member, and so on? Food for thought!

Mittoni's range of gaming peripherals is expansive so "pick up yer rifle and follow me!"

Sussan's Experiences Launching An Online Shop & Driving Sales Into Your Retail Outlets

"Sussan began to work on the online store back in 2010 as a response to customers (especially VIPs and those in rural areas) demanding the ability to shop online. “We knew that they were already shopping online with other stores,” says Sherburn. “So from a competitive, customer and brand perspective it was a no-brainer.”

The time from deciding to get online to seeing the store come to fruition took longer than expected. “Knowing that we needed to do it and then actually working through the development of the site ended up taking us close to a year,” Sherburn tells us. “We launched on 9 December last year, just in time for Christmas!” Now that the store is live, the team is working out how it can further improve and develop the site and continue to drive and increase sales throughout 2012."

Natasha Sholl - PowerRetail

Read more about Sussan's experiences entering the online trading space on PowerRetail.

Whilst Sussan is a fashion vendor, the issues faced by this company in launching their new web presence and online shop are echoed throughout the IT industry as well, especially when it comes to offering a seamless experience between online and brick and mortar shopping. Their primary market, of course, is also female - which isn't so common within our own industry. There are untold lessons to be learned from a company like Sussan in attracting and retaining new and existing customers, along with using a website to drive brick and mortar sales thru your retail outlets.

Talk to your account manager today about empowering your online store via Mittoni's product information, image library and know how! We have everything you need to get you up and selling online today, no matter how big or small your plans. Even if you're just 'getting in the game' with a single offering via an auction site - we can help. SO LET US HELP!

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

TweakTown Exclusive Video Preview Of Upcoming Thermaltake Coolers!

"Last month we visited the Thermaltake HQ in Taipei where we stumbled upon a few products where we got the chance to film them on video in this pre-CES 2012 preview of some new cooling products from the Taiwanese company.

Starting off in the air department we have the Frio Extreme which is similar in design to past Frio series air coolers from Thermaltake, but the Extreme version which will come out sometime in Q1 2012 takes things to a whole new level being able to provide up to 250 watts of CPU cooling ability.

Included on the cooler are two 120mm cooling fans and two aluminum heat blocks with six heatpipes. This cooler also comes with a new fan controller attached to it which allows you to adjust the fan speed in a small little black unit.

Next up we have a range of water cooling products from Thermaltake which will also be displayed at CES and go on sale by the end of Q1 2012. It is the Water 2.0 series including the Water 2.0 Performer, Water 2.0 Pro and the Water 2.0 Extreme."

Cam Wilmot - TweakTown

Take a squizz below at TweakTown's exclusive look at some upcoming Thermaltake products, due into Australia shortly! Mittoni's range of Thermaltake offerings is second to none - and coolers are no exception!

Thermaltake - Leave No Feature Behind!

Apple's Visual Discomfort Recommendations - Use Of Computer Glasses!

"Using computers for extended periods can cause visual discomfort, headaches and vision challenges. It is very unlikely that you will suffer permanent changes or damage to your eyes. Rather, you may experience these symptoms whenever you use a computer intensively for periods of a couple of hours or longer; the symptoms will diminish soon after you stop working on the computer. Typical symptoms of vision challenges include:

Eye strain refers to ocular fatigue, eye discomfort and headaches associated from intensive use of the eyes. Common causes include:

* Glare on the computer screen.
* Poor visual correction (out of date eyeglass prescription).
* Reading small character sizes on the screen.
* Poor contrast between text and background on the monitor.
* Noticeable screen flicker.
* Dry eyes.

Blurred vision can be caused by normal physiological changes in the eye (i.e. aging or disease). It can also be caused by constant focusing on objects within 12" of the eyes, which often occurs when reading in low light.

Dry and irritated eyes occur when there is insufficient fluid in the eyes to keep them moist. Eyes are kept moist and refreshed by a normal blink reflex which is present from birth. Blink rates vary with different activities and can become slower when concentrating. Eyes can become red and itchy. Common causes include:

* Reduced blinking when using the computer.
* Air movement that is noticeable in the face area."

Sounds like Apple users need Gunnar Optiks' fRACTYL lens geometry & iONik lens tints! Details below:

iONik lens tints:

With advanced spectropotometry, Gunnars lab technicians have the ability to study and analyse even the most difficult lighting environments. Each part of the visible and invisible light spectrum can be measured and quantified. To balance and optimise that lighting environment for the needs of the human eye, the Gunnar lab techs then use a combination of iONik lens tints and i-FI coatings.


* Tints tuned to specific environments for maximum visual efficiency.
* Captures and enhances 'good' light to increase ocular endurance.
* Reduces high energy visible light to speed visual recovery.
* Enhances contrast for a sharper viewing experience.

fRACTYL lens geometry:

Designed using advanced computer algorithms, fRACTYL lens geometry mimics nature by focussing light. The highly wrapped configuration creates an ocular microclimate trapping in humidity and blocking out evaporative air currents.


* Precisely tuned to specific distances for reduced visual stress.
* Advanced optics for augmented details.
* Independent ocular microclimate provides increased humidity levels.
* Environmental barrier blocks ambient air currents to alleviate dry eye effects.

Read the full Apple recommendations for Eyes and Vision and then take a look at Mittoni's extensive range of Gunnar Digital Eyewear, all designed to combat the issues reported in the Eyes and Vision recommendations for Apple users. Just try on a pair today!

Monday, March 5, 2012

Was The Titanic Sunk By An Unusual Optical Phenomenon?

"An unusual optical phenomenon explains why the Titanic struck an iceberg and received no assistance from a nearby ship, according to new research by British historian Tim Maltin. Atmospheric conditions in the area that night were ripe for super refraction, Maltin found. This extraordinary bending of light causes miraging, which, he discovered, was recorded by several ships in the area. He says it also prevented the Titanic’s lookouts from seeing the iceberg in time and the freighter Californian from identifying the ocean liner and communicating with it."

If you're interested in Naval history and the sinking of this infamously 'unsinkable' ship - read more how atmospheric conditions may have blinded the Titanic's watchmen and lookouts until it was too late!

Friday, March 2, 2012

Microsoft's Windows8 Consumer Preview ISOs Available For Download

"Note before you download: Windows 8 Consumer Preview is pre-release software that may be substantially modified before it’s commercially released. Microsoft makes no warranties, express or implied, with respect to the information provided here. Some product features and functionality may require additional hardware or software. If you decide to go back to your previous operating system, you'll need to reinstall it from the recovery or installation media that came with your PC."

So, if you want to take a look around the upcoming operating system from Microsoft, download your Windows 8 Consumer Preview ISO today.

ABC News - Ice Age Flowers Brought Back To Life - Aka Day Of The Triffids?!?!?!

"Fruit seeds stored away by squirrels more than 30,000 years ago and found in Siberian permafrost have been regenerated into full flowering plants by scientists in Russia."

Read the full article on the ABC news site. Hmmmm, I wonder if the next news post regarding these plants reads more like a chapter of Day Of The Triffids by John Wyndham......

Thursday, March 1, 2012

G.Skill DDR3-2133 F3-17000CL9Q-16GBZH Review By HardwareHeaven

"Looking first at the build quality and design of the RipjawsZ modules we have a set of memory which looks great thanks to the black heatsink and PCB. The fact that the heatsinks are chunky gives them a decent weight and adds to the overall feeling that they are solid too. For performance this set of sticks scores well with bandwidth increases most obvious when compared to mainstream modules. There are other noticeable benefits, such as some framerate increases in games but mainly the system just becomes that little bit faster overall. It is also worth noting that the sticks are very easy to configure, we enter the BIOS then select 2133MHz, then save and reboot."

Stuart Davidson - HardwareHeaven

G.Skill DDR3-2133 16GB F3-17000CL9Q-16GBZH memory kit review by HardwareHeaven - Introduction & Conclusion.