580gtx The Daily VR Zone News Summary   10 Feb 2011

In today's daily news roundup:

- MSI Unveils the N580GTX HydroGen's all-copper waterblock design,
- Gigabyte's GTX 460 SOC (Super Overclock) graphics card gets reviewed for its overclocking potential,
- Amazon announces its Kindle e-reader app for HP Touchpad,
- Heads start rolling as Activision acts on its decision to put the Guitar Heroes franchise on the executioner's block, and
- LG wants Sony's PlayStation 3 console banned in USA for alleged patent infringements.

Hardware News:

Antec Kühler H2O 620 Water Cooling System @ Benchmark Reviews
Description: All-in-one CPU water coolers have become popular and even mainstream, and for good reason: they're much cheaper than traditional liquid cooling systems, and offer a combination of good performance and generally low noise that makes them attractive alternatives to higher-end air coolers. The first generation of these coolers were virtually clones, with manufacturers doing little other than labeling Asetek's design, but we're starting to see some innovation in the area, and Antec's Kühler H20 620 steps into the market with its own unique take on the concept…

Verbatim announces their VELVE color-tunable OLED panels, now available
Description: Verbatim (a subsidiary of Mitsubishi) announced their new color-tunabe and dimmable 14x14cm OLED lighting panels called VELVE (these are made together by Mitsubishi and Pioneer). Verbatim says that the panels are already available – which makes the VELVE the world's first color-tunable OLED lighting panels.

Gigabyte GTX460 Super Overclock Review @ ocaholic
Description: With the Gigabyte GTX 460 SOC (Super Overclock) we have a graphics card in our testlab which doesn't belong to the latest models but it still is quite an interesting product. The fact that this card comes with a highly efficient cooler and a huge overclocking potential makes it particularly interesting

NZXT Sentry LXE Touch-Screen Fan-Controller Review on Technic3D (German)
Description: (Machine translation) The NZXT Sentry LXE Fan-Controller arrived Technic3D. Touch screen LCD displays, temperatures in C/F, RPMs and many more can you see in the following Review.

SilverStone RAVEN RV02-E Case Review at Overclockers Online
Description: When it comes down to looking for a high end case with ample cooling and expansion options, the SilverStone RAVEN RV02-E is one route to definitely consider. The case looks seemingly simple from the outside but it’s a work of art inside and out. The 90° rotated motherboard with three 180mm Air Penetrator brings cooling performance I’ve never seen in a case before.

MSI Unveils the N580GTX HydroGen's All Copper Waterblock Design
Description: MSI, the leading international motherboard and graphics card maker, unveiled today the all new N580GTX HydroGen equipped with MSI's proprietary HydroGen all copper waterblock and NVIDIA Geforce GTX 580's top of the line graphics core. The HydroGen waterblock is MSI's industry-leading graphics card cooling solution featuring All-Copper construction and Micro-Channel technology for faster water flow and enhanced GPU cooling.

Gainward GeForce GTX 560 Ti Phantom 2 Graphics Card Review
Description: oday we have the GTX 560 Ti Phantom 2 on our test bench and will be putting it up against a selection of cards in a similar price bracket to see how it compares in real world gaming, media and GPU computing tasks.


Consumer Electronics and Software News:

Mionix Propus 380 Review @ Vortez
Description: The most underrated component in any gaming configuration has to be the beloved mouse pad. Some would even claim its presence isn't a necessity. But in essence, combining a gaming mouse with a decent gaming pad will be complimentary. It's a fair point that if you were to spend between £30-70 on a gaming mouse to enhance your esports endeavours then you really ought to invest in a quality gaming surface to compliment the setup. Afterall its the sensor that will be doing all the hard work, it surely behoves the avid gamer to choose carefully…

Eurocom All-in-One enterprise wide desktop solution: the EUROCOM Uno 2.0
Description: Eurocom Corporation, a leader in Desktop Replacement technology has taken the next logical step in the evolution of the computer system with their release of a 74 Watts ultimate desktop replacement, the fully upgradeable All-in-One PC EUROCOM Uno 2.0. The new system is designed to accelerate transition from energy-wasteful desktop PCs to energy efficient and eco-friendly computers…

HP's WebOS Bounty: Touchpad Tablet, Pre 3 and Veer Smartphones
Description: HP's webOS devices are finally here: The Touchpad tablet—an sleek affair with iPad-competitive specs—as well as the bigger, badder Pre 3, and a teeny, Pixi-esque slider called the Veer…

Smartfish Whirl Mini Laser Mouse w/ Anti-Gravity Comfort Pivot @ TestFreaks
Description: Today for review I’ve got the Smartfish Whirl Mini Laser Mouse that is unlike any other mouse out there. The Whirl features a laser sensor so it tracks very well on most any surface. What makes the Whirl different is the design of it. The Whirl features what Smartfish calls ErgoMotion, the mouse sits up on sort of a pedestal and the mouse itself pivots all different ways supposedly making it more comfortable and ergonomic. It’s certainly a unique mousing experience…

3D LED TV & Blu-ray Player: The Three-Dimensional LG @ InsideHW
Description: Three-dimensional video content, although currently only available in the tiniest proportions, seems to have become a trend that pushes the video industry forward. Owing to it, tens of new Blu-ray player models with 3D capabilities have been released, and that’s set off the 3D TV receiver industry as well. Read on to find out what LG has come up with to compete…

Amazon Announces Kindle App for HP Touchpad
Description: Amazon has announced that it plans to launch a free Kindle app designed specifically for HP’s forthcoming, webOS-based TouchPad, which was unveiled at a press event Wednesday.


Gaming News:

LG Wants PS3 Banned In USA
Description: In a bold move by LG Electronics, the company has filed two complaints through the International Trade Commission (ITC) against Sony Electronics over a number of patent infringements.

Guitar Hero No More, 500 Workers Laid Off
Description: It is done and it is over – Guitar Hero is no more. Activision Blizzard announced in a recent press conference that they are disbanding Guitar Hero and plans to layoff about 500 workers. Development of a new series planned for this year has been scrapped as well.

Dragon Age II Choose Your Class Trailer
Description: The warrior, the mage, or the rogue? Those are your three choices of class in BioWare's upcoming RPG sequel, Dragon Age II, and in the latest trailer, the developer makes a case for choosing all three. Whether he's wielding a broadsword, staff, or knives, Hawke can do some serious damage. See what each particular class offers in terms of attack style.