Sonarworks True-Fi

LG V30 Smartphone

P1 Power Sport Watch
P1 Power Sport Watch

NC50 Noise Canceling Earphones

Board Bits

If you are looking for a good mATX motherboard for a small case, but don't want to sacrifice power or features, the ASUS Maximus V GENE over at Vortex is a pretty compelling board.  It has Intel's Z77 chipset and supports 3rd Generation Core i7 CPUs from Intel... as well as CrossfireX, SLI and a mixture thanks to LucidLogix - all in an mATX package.

If that board is too big or too expensive, perhaps the Zotac A75-ITX WiFi A-E board over at TechPowerUp will be more to your liking.  This little board supports USB3.0, AMDs FM1 socket CPUs and has one PCIe 16x slot for your favorite Graphics Card.


NZXT FZ-140 and FZ-120 Case Fans

FZ-SeriesWe have just taken a look at some fans from NZXT.  While they may not seem like the most exciting product to review, there is a lot of science behind a fan these days.  We have them compared with other great fans from Noctua and Thermaltake in terms of noise, airflow and power consumption.  If you need a new case or CPU fan, check out all the details over here.

Some of the other fans we've tested feature manual fan dials or PWM control (ability to automatically spin up or down based on temperatures), but the FZ-140 and FZ-120 fans have neither and will require some type of fan controller if you don't want them to spin at full speed all the time.

MSI GT683DXR Gaming Laptop

MSI may not be the first name you think of when it comes to gaming laptops, but we've seen that they make a pretty solid product for sure.  Today, HardwareHeaven looks at their GT683DXR and finds out if this beast has the brawn to back up the good looks.

Inside our review sample was a Core i7-2630QM CPU which is a quad core model with hyperthreading that runs at 2.0GHz as standard, turbo-ing up to 2.9GHz when required. This CPUs sits on a HM67 chipset based board...

Big Storage Stack

As we wrap up the hardware news this morning, we've got a bit stack of storage reviews and only one of them has moving parts.  I see a trend here...

NVIDIA Dual Keplar GPU

NVIDIA has torn the wraps off their upcoming GeForce GTX 690 that packs in a pair of GK104 processors to make this the fastest one-slot graphics solution ever built (for a few months at least).  The problem with all of this performance is the price tag that accompanies the card.  At ~$1000 - it's not going to sell to the mainstream consumer.

A heavy duty dual vapor chamber cooling system relying on heavily nickel plated finstacks will sweat what little heat these GPUs pump out. A cast aluminum frame with trivalent chromium plating gives the card a unique look and tremendous rigidity. An injection molded magnesium fan housing adds to the formidable stiffness of the card.

Big Motherboard Roundup

Gigabyte Z77X-UD5H - eTeknix --=-- MSI Z77A-GD65 - FutureLooks --=-- Gigabyte Z7&X-UD3H - HiTechLegion --=-- Gigabyte Z77M-D3H - eTeknix --=-- Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD7 - FutureLooks --=-- MSI Z77A-GD55 - HiTechLegion --=-- MSI Z77A-GD65 - Vortez --=-- ASUS Maximus V Gene - HiTechLegion --=-- MSI Z77A-GD65 - HardwareSecrets --=-- Gigabyte Z77X-UD5H - TweakTown --=-- ASRock Z77 Extreme4 - Vortez --=-- Intel DZ77GA-70K - HiTechLegion --=-- MSI Z77A-GD65 - TweakTown --=-- Gigabyte Z77MX-D3H - Vortez

Monday Gaming Goodness

As we kick off this week and head on into the first week of May, ShackNews shares the video games that are slated to hit the shelves and download this week.  Enjoy!  After the list, we have a few video game reviews as well.


  • Call of Cthulhu: The Wasted Land (download)
  • Gas Guzzlers: Combat Carnage (download)
  • MicroTale (Desura - $6)
  • Nexuiz (download - $10)
  • Port Royale 3: Pirates and Merchants (download)
  • Reflexio (download - $5)
  • Sniper Elite V2
  • Tera


  • Awesomenauts (XBLA - $10)
  • Fable Heroes (XBLA - $10)
  • Sniper Elite V2


  • Awesomenauts (PSN - $10)
  • Doc Clock: The Toasted Sandwich of Time (PSN)
  • Max Payne (PS2 Classic)
  • Rayman 2 Revolution (PS2 Classic)
  • Sniper Elite V2
  • The Legend of Dragoon (PSone Classic)


  • Mortal Kombat


  • Bird Mania 3D (eShop - $2)


  • Floating Cloud God Saves The Pilgrims (mini)


  • Amoebattle (DSiWare - $5)


As far as reviews go, eTeknik has a look at the Indie game - Waveform.  If something more mainstream is your style, check out Pandora's Tower for the Wii.  Techgage has a look at the game I just got for my birthday from Tigger - Ridge Racer Unbounded.  Finally, TweakTown looks at UEFA Euro 2012 for the PS3.

Why is Ivy Bridge so Hot?

Intel's new Ivy Bridge series of processor is supposed to be a power-miser and just sip electricity, but it seems to run hotter than a $2 pistol.  Overclocked these processors are hitting up past 100°C and this is quite a shock.  TechReport looks into the situation and finds out why and how this is going to affect overall performance.

If you read our Ivy Bridge coverage carefully, you'll know that we observed some rather high temperatures when overclocking the Core i7-3770K. With a single-fan air tower, our chip ran at a reasonable 50-60°C when clocked to 4.4-4.5GHz at its default voltage. However, when we pushed to 4.9GHz on 1.35V, the temperature soared past 100°C.

Power Supply Pile

As we continue through the news on this fine Monday, we've got a few power supplies reviews stacked up and ready for you to check out.


Samsung passes Nokia

Samsung has just passed Nokia as the world's largest phone manufacturer. Samsung was able to ship 93.5 Million phones in the first quarter of 2012 (which is mind boggling and up 36% over last year). Nokia still did pretty well by shipping 82.7 Million phones (Apple shipped 35.1 Million phones in the first quarter). Nokia has held the title as the world's largest phone manufacturer since 1998 until Samsung just recently dethroned them. Gizmodo has the story and more fun phone facts. 

Samsung has just toppled Nokia's 14-year run as the world's biggest vendor of mobile phones in terms of shipments. In the first quarter of 2012 Samsung shipped 93.5 million handsets—36 per cent more than a year earlier—overtaking the Finnish phone giant who shipped a mere 82.7 million.

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