The Daily VR-Zone News Summary – 14 Mar 2011

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In today's news roundup: 

  • ASRock shows off some new motherboards in Germany;
  • BIOSTAR's new board featuring the P67 chipset, the TP67XE, gets taken out for a review;
  • InsideHW offers its opinion about the current Microsoft-Nokia partnership;
  • Famed hacker Comex has already found a way to jailbreak the iPad 2 and is said to be working on a consumer-friendly version of the exploit for public distribution;
  • Sony is reportedly porting over a variety of PlayStation 2 titles over to its Xperia Play smartphone, and
  • Japanese game publishers are suspending various game services and have announced several contributions and cash donations in an attempt to support their country's recovery efforts

Hardware News:

Asus Radeon HD 6950 & 6970 @ Hardwareoverclock.com
Description: Hardwareoverclock.com has just posted another video card review. Last week we have taken a look at the Asus Radeon HD 6950 and 6970 video cards.

Evercool Transformer 4 CPU Cooler @ TestFreaks
Description: Hello, today I‘ve got another CPU cooler for review. It’s the Transformer 4 from Evercool, and it’s huge but it performs very well. This cooler is one of the best I’ve tested lately and it’s also one of the quietest as well. The Transformer 4 can be a bit tricky to install, and if you have large style ram in your computer it might not fit at all. Anyway, read on to learn more…

March Madness Video Card Giveaway @Hi Tech Legion
Description: HiTech Legion is celebrating March Madness with a video card giveaway. HiTech Legion will be giving away two video cards, an EVGA GTX 460 SC and a Sapphire Toxic HD 5870. Visit HiTech Legion to get all the details.

Antec Six Hundred v2 Gaming Case @ Benchmark Reviews
Description: Antec has been in the PC enclosures business for over 25 years. They have many unique and creative cases such as the LanBoy and Skeleton. However, nothing is more iconic than their "Hundred" series gaming cases, from the low-end Antec One Hundred to the Antec Twelve Hundred full tower. In order to keep up with competition, Antec has been massively updating their line of products. This time it's the Six Hundred's turn. Out of the seven "Hundred" series gaming cases, the Antec Six Hundred V2 is the most balanced. It was designed to be simple but effective. Benchmark Reviews will test the Antec Six Hundred V2 and see where it stands among the fierce competition.

Thermaltake V9 BlacX Edition Case Review @ Tweaknews
Description: When I first got an opportunity to look at an example of Thermaltake's V9 series, I was less than impressed. This new BlacX entry has some nicely executed features and displays very good cooling numbers. However, the interior design is definitely getting long in the tooth and, frankly wasn't that good to start with. The chassis itself is thin and flimsy, cable management is virtually non-existent and the expansion card tool-free clips are, in word, horrible.

ASRock Motherboard Preview 2011
Description: ASRock invited to a Fatal1ty P67/H67 event in the Holiday Inn hotel Ratingen, Germany and presented some of their current motherboards. However, their motherboards were not only shown in this presentation, because the well-known gamer Johnathan aka Fatal1ty also visited this product presentation. ASRock has developed the ASRock Fatal1ty P67 Professional in cooperation with Fatal1ty, so it suggest itself, that Fatal1ty presented the product Live in this presentation. Quake was extremely fast, or lets say it was definitely too fast for the opponent icon wink The Daily VR Zone News Summary   14 Mar 2011

Coolermaster & Corsair 700-750W 80+ Gold PSU Shoot-out @ Madshrimps
Description: Have you just put together your brand new gaming monster but are you still missing the equivalent strong power supply to match it. In this article we're putting the Coolermaster Silent Pro Gold 700W power supply unit against Corsairs Professional Series Gold AX750. Two quality build 80+ Gold power supplies in the ~700W market segment, did we get double Gold?

BIOSTAR TP67XE Intel LGA 1155 Sandy Bridge Motherboard Review @ Legit Reviews
Description: BIOSTAR isn't one of the big names in motherboards today, frankly that's a shame. Throughout our testing today, the BIOSTAR TP67XE motherboard has kept me happy. It may not have been top performing board across all of our tests today. It did however, do a great job overall. What did impressed me the most was the overclocking ability of the BIOSTAR TP67XE. As we saw on the overclocking page we were able to overclock our Intel Core i5 2500K to 5GHz on this motherboard…


Consumer Electronics and Software News:

Nokia & Microsoft: The Finnish giant in American jeans @ InsideHW
Description: With the release of N95, Nokia was on seventh heaven – with no obstacles in sight, it was resting contentedly on its laurels, basking in the domination it had over any other mobile phone manufacturer. The income was such that the company could afford buying a giant such as Navteq, just because they thought that it would be an excellent feat to offer GPS navigation as a standard feature in mobile phones. Money was being invested boundlessly into the American market, where Nokia has never managed to gain a foothold, and the entire thing went as far as financing films where Nokia phones would exclusively be the ones displayed. The fact that the company had been practically recycling phone models for a while, with no significant innovation taking place as far as user interaction is concerned, went unnoticed to many…

Lenovo ThinkPad X220 Ultraportable Notebook Review
Description: Living up to its reputation, I've generally been pleased with Lenovo's overall build quality and performance. The recently reviewed IdeaPad U260 was a real work of art and excelled in nearly every category except for one — it narrowly missed Intel's Sandy Bridge processor refresh which would have offered even better all-around CPU and GPU performance. Today we'll be looking at our first notebook based on Intel's second generation Core processors, the ThinkPad X220. The X220 was just introduced this month and represents Lenovo's latest ultraportable ThinkPad.

RAZER Anansi Expert MMO Gaming Keyboard Review @ Madshrimps
Description: The Anansi from Razer is a membrane-based keyboard, with a nice customizable LED effect, over 100 programmable keys, on-the-fly macro recording and an unique feature: the 7 thumb modifier keys right under the Space Bar which help to perform even more complicated macros or can aid in various productivity applications.

Speedlink MYST Touch Scroll Mouse Review @ Vortez
Description: The MYST Touch Scroll mouse (abbreviated to MYST from now on), as the name suggests, includes touch sensitive scrolling. This is a very novel feature not seen widely across the PC market yet. The MYST is a small and light mouse, aimed primarily towards users on the move. It comes in both wired and wireless flavours, and in black or white colours. Today, I'll be looking at the white, wireless version.

ECO Sound Engineering V268 Wireless Bluetooth Headset @ TestFreaks
Description: What can you get for $10 these days? Not much really, but if you check over at Wireless Ground you can get a Bluetooth headset for $9.95! is it worth it? Well maybe it is, that is if you’re looking for a throwaway type headset and not too worried about sound quality and comfort. The product is the ECO Sound Engineering V268 Wireless Bluetooth Headset. I’ve never heard of Eco Sound before until now, and at $10 I wasn’t expecting much, but for the price it’s not that bad.

BenQ XL2410T LED Review – XSReviews
Description: Despite the high prices of certain internal hardware like Graphics cards, mobos and CPUs, one of the biggest purchases you’ll ever make as a hardware enthusiast or gamer is your display. The monitor, the device you use to view all the content your internals pump out; it’s important.

iPad 2 already jailbroken
Description: Renowned iOS hacker @Comex has posted photographic proof that he has already jailbroken the just-launched Apple iPad 2. According to @Comex’s Twitter feed, previously used iOS exploits were locked down and he had to use a new exploit to get around the new measures. The details of the hack have not yet been made public, although he is already working towards releasing the hack for the public.


Gaming News:

PlayStation 2 Games For Tegra 2 ?
Description: Some of the PlayStation titles to look forward to on Xperia Play include Wild Arms and Castlevania: Symphony of the Night etc however, Nvidia’s Tegra 2 dual-core processor could probably do much more than that.

Final Fantasy XI and XIV Servers Temporarily Closed Due To Quake
Description: Square Enix have their Final Fantasy XI and XIV servers temporarily closed, in a move to conserve energy in Japan. Square explains the temporary closure to “continuous quakes occurring in the eastern regions of Japan”.

Japan's Publishing Community Donates to Earthquake Relief
Description: Faced with the ongoing tragedy in north eastern Japan, game publishers have been stepping up with contributions of varying forms.

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