Daily Reviews for Feb 8

OCZ Technology Octane 128GB Solid State Drive Review @ Tweaktown

It's no secret that larger capacity SSDs are faster than the smaller capacity drives. The way data travels can be similar to a highway system, the more lanes a highway has the more cars you can push through at the same time. If SSDs only read and wrote on a one lane highway then we would be limited to less than 200MB/s on the highest rated flash available today. By opening up several lanes drives are able to reach very high speeds and do so without the limits of moving parts.  On the surface the Octane is not a huge performer. OCZ has placed the drive under the Agility 3 yet the Octane costs more than the Vertex 3. You may wonder why the media has taken such an interest in Octane and I can answer that quickly. At CES this year OCZ demoed the Everest 2, the successor to the controller used in Octane, which is a potential candidate for OCZ's flagship Vertex 4 that should hit be sampling in time for Computex in June. Any time spent decoding the mysteries, finding the strengths and weaknesses of Indilinx's new SATA III architecture is essentially a dive into the technology OCZ plans to use in the second half of the year.

GIGABYTE GA-X79-UD7 Motherboard Review @ Legit Reviews

The GIGABYTE GA-X79-UD7 is the top Intel X79 motherboard in GIGABYTE's product stack. There isn't much in the way of features that GIGABYTE left out of the X79-UD7. Today we will compare the performance of the GIGABYTE GA-X79-UD7 to the ASUS Rampage IV Extreme and the ECS X79R-AX! How will it stack up against The top Intel X79 motherboards from ASUS and ECS? Join our little bandwagon and find out!  The GIGABYTE GA-X79-UD7 is built for those looking to push the envelope with the latest technology. The GIGABYTE X79-UD9 uses Intel's second generation Core i7 processors in the LGA2011 package. The GIGABYTE GA-X79-UD7 isn't priced for those looking to cut corners or save a few bucks, it steps up to the plate with a price tag of $369.99 plus shipping. It's not the most expensive Intel X79 motherboard out there, nevertheless it isn't for the faint of heart...

ASRock X79 Extreme6/GB Motherboard @ Hardware Secrets

Let’s take a look at this socket 2011 motherboard from ASRock based on the Intel X79 chipset, featuring three PCI Express 3.0 x16 slots, five SATA-600 ports, six USB 3.0 ports, and coming with a high-end, add-on sound card.  ASRock has released seven motherboard models for the new socket 2011 platform, heavily betting that this platform will become more mainstream after Intel releases cheaper LGA2011 processors during this year. Let's take a look at the X79 Extreme6/GB, which comes with three PCI Express 3.0 x16 slots, five SATA-600 ports, six USB 3.0 ports, and a high-end, add-on sound card called "Game Blaster."

NZXT Phantom 410 Case @ TechwareLabs

The case market is constantly being bombarded with low quality cases, whether they are poorly made, don’t function well, or just look terrible. So it was refreshing when we were able to work wit NZXT’s Phantom back in July 2010. The Phantom received excellent reviews across the board from many review sites, including ours. So when we heard that NZXT was releasing a mid-tower version of the Phantom, the Phantom 410, we were very interested. Read on to find out if it will follow in its big brother’s footsteps and make for a great case in a smaller package, or if it will struggle to live up to the expectations.

Synology DiskStation DS212 2-Bay NAS Server Review @ Bigbruin.com

It is almost unfair to call Synology's DiskStation DS212 a NAS server. It is capable of so much more than simply providing network attached storage, that a different classification should be established. Sure, it does a great job as a NAS, but owning one simply to serve files on a network would be like buying a really nice Swiss Army knife just for the tooth pick.

Thermaltake Chaser MK-1 PC Case @ Pro-Clockers

Not as extreme as the Level 10 GT but equally fascinating is the new Chaser MK-1 gaming case. Aimed at the gamer and enthusiast, the Chaser is designed to house everything needed to build that ultimate gaming rig. It’s tall, full featured and quite different than any other case found on the shelf at your local retailer.