In today's news roundup:
Description: The ASUS ENGTS450 DirectCU OC video card comes armed with a overclocked GPU running at 850MHz and slightly overclocked memory frequency of 950MHz (3.8GHz effective). It looks good, it does the job, but you won't be able to turn on all the fancy settings of your favorite game while playing at a high resolution.
Description: The Noctua NH-C14 might win the title of Noctua’s best performing cooler, but it wasn’t meant to. What it does offer is the ability to get high-end air-cooling into smaller cases, while not sacrificing on clearance of motherboard components or noise.
Description: It’s the factual state of affairs that integration is our imminent future, reinforced every day through announcements and presentation of various new technologies. The lack of upgrade options is something that we seem to be willing to renounce in order to get complete and efficient solutions. Intel’s latest CPU series has reduced overclocking to a lower level, thus announcing the direction that new products and technologies are about to take.
Description: Zotac's Geforce GTX 570 does prove that is a direct competitor with any reference based HD 6970 at this given time. Through benchmarking and testing, both videocards won and lost during certain benchmarks..
Description: Intel really kicked the SSD world in high gear when they released their X-25 series of drives last year. Their performance was the benchmark that all other drives were measured against for quite some time.
Consumer Electronics and Software news:
Description: HP is getting serious about WebOS integration with plans to have the formerly mobile operating system extend to all of its PCs starting next year.
Description: AMD has taken the wraps off its newest high-end graphics solution, the AMD HD 6990. The new 6990 is a monster of a card—it's basically a small system all in itself, which you can cram inside your PC..
Description: The current generation of gaming consoles seems to be enjoying a longer life cycle than usual, with peripherals like Microsoft's Kinect and Sony's Move effectively delaying the launch of next-gen systems by at least a few years.
Description: While it sounds miniscule next to Apple's App Store and its more than 350,000 apps, the Windows Phone Marketplace now offers 9,000 apps and games and is growing by an average of 100 apps a day.
Description: The original Shift was an intriguing and captivating mix of typical Need For Speed excess and convincing handling model – a worrying juxtaposition on paper that mostly worked in practice – but the sequel (which, you'll note, has lost its Need for Speed tag) aims at sharpening its focus onto recreating the authentic racing experience.
Description: Coming less than a year-and-a-half after its predecessor — and in the wake of widespread acclaim over Bioware's Mass Effect 2 — Dragon Age 2 comes with the baggage of expectation and apprehension that seems requisite for all major developers, especially one that has become as prolific as the Canada-based juggernaut.