CnC4 The Daily VR Zone News Summary   23 Feb 2011

In today's news roundup:

  • Enthusiasts ponder ways on how one might be able to build the cheapest possible PC based off Intel's new Sandy Bridge platform;
  • OCZ's RevoDrive amd Vertex 2 SSDs get reviewed;
  • Angry Birds officially crashes into Windows;
  • Motorola's Atrix 3G smartphone gets reviewed;
  • Nintendo might eventually produce a 'Wii 2' which may feature support for HD content, and
  • EA 'accidently' leaks a few details pertaining to an upcoming sequel for the popular RTS title Command & Conquer

Hardware News:

XFX Radeon HD 6850 Black Edition Video Card Review @ Legit Reviews
Description: There are a lot of video cards on the market today to choose from, but when one shows up on the market with killer performance at the $159 price point and a double lifetime warranty it is worth a closer look. The XFX Radeon HD 6850 Black Edition costs $20 more than the standard version, but it comes factory overclocked and to some that is worth it. Read on to see how this card performs against a Radeon HD 5770 in both single and CrossFire situations.

Auzentech X-Meridian 7.1 2G Review – XSReviews
Description: Auzentech have been around for a few years now and that's a good thing; as well as being impressive. They entered the sound card game when it was all about Creative and they did so by simply taking a popular chip, the X-Fi, and throwing it on a board of their own with some nice tweaks. A winning formula. Now though, they're branching away from these roots with the re-tooled X-Meridian 7.1, named the 2g. Packing a C-Media CMI8788 audio processor with support for plenty of connectors, a daughter board and replacable OpAmps; audiophiles look like they're in for a treat. Let's see if the rumours are true.

OCZ RevoDrive and Vertex 2 120GB SSD Review @ Overclockers Australia
Description: Today we have the opportunity to benchmark a pair of mainstream SSDs from OCZ's Vertex 2 and RevoDrive ranges. These are separate products and quite different implementations of the SSD concept, but we're going to examine them both in this article. So, let's see what each variant has to offer!

Corsair Hydro Series H70 CPU Cooler review
Description: In comparison to the previous Hydro H50, the H70 has cut its pump/waterblock height in half, measuring now only 30mm. However it has boosted heat dissipation with a 48mm-thick radiator, double the previous model, and the addition of a second fan. It still maintains a black finish and features proprietary hoses that virtually eliminate evaporation of water, and due to the decrease in hose length and pump height, it now includes rotating connectors on the pump side to help with varied mounting positions.

OCZ RevoDrive and Vertex 2 120GB SSDs Review
Description: The Vertex 2 follows the standard of a SATA 3Gb/s data and SATA power connection as found in any new mechanical hard drive and most SSDs. However the RevoDrive is a little more exotic, and utilises an x4 PCI-Express connection for even more bandwidth. Unlike earlier SSDs that utilised a PCI-Express interface, the RevoDrive is bootable, meaning that it can be used as primary system drive.

ASUS GTX 560 Ti DirectCU II Top review @ ocaholic
Description: With its GTX 560 Ti Direcet CU II Top, ASUS shows a factory overclocked version of the NVIDIAs latest mid-range GPU. Additionally this card got ASUS' powerful DirectCU II cooler as well as an attractive design. Theoretically this card even has the potential to outperform a Radeon HD 6950. Amongst other thigs this is what we'll show in the following review.

PowerColor AX6950 PCS++ Video Card @ Benchmark Reviews
Description: When is a 6950 not a 6950? Well, quite often, as it turns out. In the case of the PowerColor PCS++ Radeon HD 6950 video card, it just depends on which way you flip the switch. Push it one way and you have a standard Radeon HD 6950, with 1408 shaders running at 800 MHz. Push it the other way and you have 1536 shaders running at 880 MHz, which is the exact configuration of the HD 6970. The only difference is! that PowerColor kept the 1250 MHz memory chips in the PCS++, instead of springing for the 1500 MHz memory, like a real HD 6970 has. Join Benchmark Reviews as we investigate this unique product from PowerColor, that's sure to cause some excitement in the marketplace.

ECS H67H2-M Black Motherboard Review @ Madshrimps
Description: The H67H2-M Black motherboard from ECS is the most equipped from their H67 chipset series and incorporates technologies like USB 3.0, EZ Charger and Dual Gigabit LAN with teaming support. The board supports only Intel HD Graphics overclocking, the CPU overclocking by multiplier is locked and the memory frequency is limited at 1333MHz.

Build an Intel Sandy Bridge budget system – OcUK @ Vortez
Description: "Today we will be doing something a little different from the typical review/article. With many moving over to the Sandy Bridge platform due to the excellent price : performance ratio, those wanting to upgrade at the current time will be surely considering Sandy Bridge. But not everyone has the cash to spend on a high-end system, and as our Sandy Bridge reviews have revealed – mainstream boards are now at a much more affordable cost when compared to any other platform to launch. Mainstream performance comes at budget pricing."


Consumer Electronics and Software News:

Angry Birds Available For Windows On Intel AppUp Store
Description: Oh, happy day! Angry Birds is now available for the PC. “But wait,” you say. “There’s no app store on Windows. How will I download it?” Don’t worry: Intel has you covered.

Backlit LED market drives digital TV semiconductor growth
Description: The market for digital TV (DTV) semiconductors will see double digit growth in 2011, with backlit LED TVs leading the way.

Mionix Propus 380 Gaming Mouse pad @ TestFreaks
Description: Mionix who are known for their gaming accessories have released a high performance gaming mousepad named the Propus 380. This oversized mousepad is designed to provide an ice like surface for a smooth glide while still maintaining the ability to have precise movements.

Motorola Atrix Review: Great Phone, Weak Netbook
Description: Saying that the Motorola Atrix is the best Android phone isn't a big deal; that throne gets usurped every few months. But even though the Atrix's accompanying laptop dock is slow and and expensive, the idea behind it is one of the first innovations in mobile technology in quite a while.

Motorola Atrix 4G Smartphone Performance Benchmarks @ Legit Reviews
Description: This morning AT&T began selling the Motorola ATRIX and since they are marketing it as the world's most powerful smartphone we had to buy one and take a look at the performance of the phone compared to several other popular Android devices. How will the Motorola ATRIX do against the Droid X, Epic 4G and Droid Incredible on benchmarks like Linpack, Quadrant and Nenamark? Read on to find out!

Antec SoundScience Rockus 3D 2.1 Speaker System Review @ Tweaknews
Description: Antec's Soundscience has made an impressive launch into the PC speaker market with the Rockus 3d 2.1 system. Not only can a buyer expect to hear sparkling high frequencies, clear midrange and tight bass response, the 3D sound adds a level of immersion to games and movies that other 2.1 systems cannot reproduce.

BlackBerry Torch 9800: The Olympic Torch @ InsideHW
Description: Research in Motion (RIM), the company behind the BlackBerry (BB) brand, has been one of the leading smartphone manufacturers for a while now. One of the main reasons for their popularity is the focus on the business environment, in both devices and services offered. A feature present in nearly all BB devices is the existence of a physical QWERTY keyboard with separate keys, and starting with the Storm line, RIM has also delved into the area of touchscreens. Torch is their latest product that unifies these two worlds within a single device, as well as providing the latest operating system (OS), version 6, with significant advantages…


Gaming News:

Nintendo To Have Wii 2, Supports HD content ?
Description: We have heard of various rumors on the Wii 2 and possible potential but Nintendo made announcement about four months ago, claiming the company any has got no immediate plans to work on an upgrade to its existing Wii video game console.

"There is no next [Dissidia]" says Tetsuya Nomura
Description: As Dissidia 012: Duodecim Final Fantasy approaches its Japanese release date, fans are speculating on where the series will go from here. According to a recent issue of Dengeki PlayStation (translated by Andriasang) when producer Tetsuya Nomura was asked about the future of the series, he replied "There is no next. We're thinking about ending this pattern of Dissidia here." He also states that there will not be an international re-release for the sequel after launch as was the case with Dissidia Final Fantasy: Universal Tuning.

Command & Conquer Gets New Studio, Next Game in the Franchise Now in Development
Description: Nothing to see here is EA's clumsy response after launching a website yesterday that reveals a new Command and Conquer game is currently being developed by new studio Victory Games. The site and its details about the new C&C game have since been pulled, but the web, she sees all, and she never forgets.