Friday top picks: TweakTown's week in review with OCD's new Vertex SSD
It's been an incredibly fast paced week at TweakTown with hordes of new goodies passing through the labs and leaving memorable impressions.
Our storage specialist Chris Rams received a package from OCZ late last Friday afternoon which turned out to be its Vertex 2 'E' series SSD. With that, he got cracking and dished up the first full exclusive review of this drive Monday morning. In conclusion, this is one super hot SSD to have, giving the best in performance and pricing thanks to a fantastic deal over at My Digital Discount right now if you're based in the U.S.
If it's raw graphics performance you're after with intent to move to SLi in the future, but can't quite stretch for a GTX 480, how about a nice non-reference GTX 470 with a sweet lookin' dual-fan cooling solution that not only lowers temps, but drops noise levels a good amount? Reference GTX 400 series cards are regularly criticized for running hot and loud, so this model from Palit certainly brings change in the right areas.
Saved yourself a bucket load of cash and went with a Phenom II X6 over Intel's six-core monster? Looking for a good performance board with enthusiast class features to get the most out of it? We looked at ASUS' Republic of Gamers series Crosshair IV Formula this week; this based on the premium 890FX chipset with stacks of additional features to ensure the buyer misses out on nothing.
One of the big guns in the biz when it comes to delivering quality, stylish and well featured chassis' is Cooler Master and each time a new enthusiast class case hits town from the company it brings something new or improved upon to take things to the next level. And this is exactly what the HAF-X represents; improvements from top to bottom with extra features packed in to boot. Take a look at our full review of the mighty HAF-X; if you're after a well featured, high quality full tower which brings some new trinkets to the plate, chances are this will be at the top of your shopping list.
Playing with liquid nitrogen isn't common practice and in the wrong hands it spells disaster. But this is near common practice for world renowned overclockers like Deanzo who are wanting to push any hardware they can get a hold of to the edge of breaking point for some record benchmark results. The TT lab saw temps plummet this week with Deanzo booking in 100 litres of LN2, Crossfiring four MSI Radeon HD 5870s in conjunction with a heavily overclocked Core i7-980X six-core CPU and hammering out some incredible benchmark results. You can also catch a video of him in action performing the task on the first page of his article.
This week TweakTown debuts its first of many mini-reviews to come, giving our readers a cleaner, shorter, briefer rundown of select products in a new formatting style that reads much like a magazine. Our first Quick Review to go online is of a very nice 27-inch sized LCD from Dell in the U2711 which boasts one major attribute many will be drawn to; a 2560 x 1440 native resolution!
Until next Friday folks, adios!