MSI has always been at the forefront when it comes to innovation and today we are able to test one of their motherboards with the latest connection standard on the market. We are of course talking Thunderbolt, which other than a handful of motherboards is currently only being used on Apple products. The reason behind this is Apple was one of the co-creators of Thunderbolt, so it makes sense they would be the first to use the technology.
Today, we get the opportunity to look at another power supply from Lepa. The G650 is a value way of being able to own a Gold certified power supply without breaking the bank. At 650 watts, the G650 is just one of three units in this mid-range class. The two other models are 750W and 850W. Because the G650 goes for about $109 doesn’t means the quality is cheap. Lets take a look at the G650 now.
The Raider is the latest power supply series from FSP, featuring the 80 Plus Bronze certification and available in 450 W, 550 W, 650 W, and 750 W versions. Let’s see how the 650 W version fared on our tests. The FSP Raider series uses the same platform as the Aurum Gold series, which is interesting, since the Aurum Gold series has the 80 Plus Gold certification.
Some days it seems like PC cases are a dime a dozen. That's why it's refreshing to see something that really stands out like the Armor Revo Snow Edition. The Armor Revo is a new refresh in the popular Armor series; the last Armor case we looked at was the SFF A30 back in May. Where the A30 was clearly targeted at the LAN gamer or HTPC crowd, the Armor Revo is a full size high-performance gaming chassis. With its bold white on black color scheme the Snow Edition is packed with features leading Thermaltake to proclaim "The Legend is Back". I can definitely agree the styling choices are bold but case designs are a truly personal choice.
Let me just cut to the chase and tell you that the Buffalo WZR-D1800H Air Station is by far the fastest router I have ever seen. Actually, all the credit goes to the brand new wireless standard, 802.11ac that is working over the 5Ghz bandwidth. It was pretty fun to experience these speeds for this review and it actually translated well when we connected it to our home network...
The DS112+ from Synology is a full feature-packed NAS like the more expensive versions but does offer only a single bay, meaning that is more suitable for businesses that do not need a huge amount of storage space. However, thanks to the connectivity options (1x eSATA and 2x USB 3.0), we can attach more external storage to it, if needed. The read-write performances of the NAS are good, but these are always influenced by the installed HDD.
OCZ Technology's Agility 4 hit the market at less than $1 per GB. Based on the Indilinx Infused, next generation Marvell SATA III controller and unknown 25nm flash, this SSD is one of the best value drives on the market today for mainstream users. While writing this article Newegg had the 256GB model that we're looking at today for $189.99. That is a very attractive price for a 256GB, SATA III SSD that is capable of over 400MB/s in some benchmarks.