P1 Power Sport Watch
P1 Power Sport Watch

NC50 Noise Canceling Earphones

Mushkin SWAP
Mushkin SWAP 32GB OTG

Super Mario Run
App Pick - Super Mario Run

Odds and Bits

As we continue through some hardware news today, we've got a few odds and ends to share.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus Tablet - MEGATechNews --=-- Head-Direct HE-400 Planar Magnetic Headphones - TechPowerUp --=-- Areca ARC-1882i RAID Controller - TweakTown --=-- Samsung MV800 Camera - HardwareHeaven --=-- CM Storm Trigger Mechanical Gaming Keyboard - TechPowerUp --=-- Edifier IF500 Luna 5 Encore iPhone iPod Speaker Dock - MissingRemote

Quad Crossfire vs. Quad SLI

If you've got a bunch of extra money laying around and you want to spend a bunch of it on a killer gaming system, you may want to consider multiple graphics cards.  Vortez has a comparison between some Quad SLI GTX680's and puts them up against some Quad CrossfireX HD7970 cards.  It's safe to say that if you're running a single monitor, you don't need this kind of graphics power.

How do they scale? What is the power consumption like? Are they noisy? Are they hot? And of course the question everyone wants to know - how do they compare. So for this review we will be looking closely at both cards and comparing 1v1, 2v2, 3v3 and 4v4 which will allow you to make the best choice dependent on your preference of multi GPU setup.

Ivy Bridge Launch

The new Intel Ivy Bridge CPUs for the Z77 platform have launched and as always there are a ton of reviews commemorating the event.  Take a look below and see how they stack up.

iPad vs Transformer Pad = One Clear Winner

If you're on the fence about a tablet and you are considering the iPad, make sure you take a look at the recently-released ASUS Transformer Pad TF300.  PCMag compares it to the new iPad in terms of specs and price and it's a pretty good bargain - all things considered.  It has twice as many cores - running faster and has longer battery life - is lighter and has better cameras.  The new iPad just trumps in screen resolution - but the ASUS dominates - and comes in at $120 less.

Based on these comparisons of 16 GB devices in similar 10-inch sizes, the Asus Transformer Pad TF300 comes in at $120 less than the iPad at $379, but with a much lower resolution display and no option for 4G wireless networking. The Asus is Wi-Fi only. Look closely below to compare and contrast. 

Heatsink Action

If you are looking for a new cooler for your next build, but want something quiet - I mean REALLY quiet - like no moving parts, the FanlessTech Norfan CR-95C Copper cooler may be just what you're shopping for.  This cooler looks pretty awesome and if it cools even 50% as good as it looks, I'd be happy.  

Norfan CR-95C


If you want something with some moving parts, check out these other cooler reviews below.

Be Quiet! Dark Rock Pro C1 Dual Tower CPU Cooler - eTeknix --=-- Prolimatech Megahalems Rev.C - XtremeComputing --=-- Phanteks PH-TC14CS CPU Cooler - Vortez --=-- SilenX Effizio EFZ-80HA3 - APHNetworks

Windows Release Preview Coming in June

Windows 8 has moved from the Developer Preview to the Consumer Preview and now they are moving all the way up to the Release Preview sometime around the first of June.  With the progress moving along so quickly, they may just hit their fall release date.  This would be a good move, although I still think it's too late for them to make a big impact in the tablet market with Windows RT.  The Building Windows 8 Blog has more details.

Building Windows 8


Episode #156 - Car Technology Show

Episode #156 of Weekly Tech Update is now available on iTunes and the Zune Marketplace.  This is our weekly podcast that covers the hottest stuff in tech - not only around BCCHardware, but also the world.  Check it out over here - as well as a free download in the iTunes store and the Zune Marketplace.

In this episode we will be talking about self-driving Cadillacs, IBMs Watson fits in a car, Lamborgini enters the SUV market and Jason spends some quality time with the 2012 Ford Focus.  We have those stories and more...

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Case Collection

Gaming Peripherals

We have a nice collection of gaming peripherals gathered up to kick off your week.  Take a look below of you've destroyed your mouse, keyboard or whatever in a fit of rage.  If you're looking for an upgrade, I'm sure you'll find something of interest.

Best Five Linux Flavors

LifeHacker has posted up their updated "Five Best Linux Distributions" and among the mix are Arch Linux, Ubuntu and Mint.  I've used Linux in the past and would love to take some time to drop an install on a machine again in the near future.  Maybe when Windows 8 launches, I'll bail to the open source camp.  Until then, check out more details and the other two candidates.

Whether you're a beginner or you've been using Linux systems for years, you probably have an opinion on what the best distribution is. "Best," is obviously a relative term, and we understand that what's best for beginners may not be best for advanced users, and so on. Still, Linux distributions come in all different shapes, sizes, complexities, styles, and types.

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