The Daily VR-Zone News Summary – 28 Feb 2011

 The Daily VR Zone News Summary   28 Feb 2011

In today's news roundup:

  • AMD plans to showcase its Bulldozer microprocessors at the upcoming CeBIT trade show;
  • MSI's P67A-GD65 motherboard gets reviewed;
  • Google's Chrome browser is slowing starting to wrest control away from standalone software typically installed on a PC;
  • A new version of Prime 95 has been released for hardware enthusiasts and overclockers to download and play around with, and
  • Sony is starting to make more of Square's classic PS1 games available on its PlayStation Network

Hardware News:

The Future of Computer Enclosures @ Benchmark Reviews
Description: I can remember the lead-sleds that rolled with a curb weight similar to moving vans, and it reminds me of modern-day desktop computer cases. Originally, giant-sized computer cases painted in beige were once the de facto standard for system builders wanting to construct their own IBM clone personal computer from separate components. I believed this horrible trend would phase itself out around the turn of the century, but when Y2K came and went and there was still significant demand for large full-tower cases I knew something was wrong. The more things change in this industry, the more they seem to remain the same. Now more than ten years later, we're still building our PCs with the same heft as an Oldsmobile Toronado.

Antec LanBoy Air Case Review @Hi Tech Legion
Description: The Antec LanBoy Air is unlike any mid-tower case ever seen before. Nearly all the parts of the Antec LanBoy Air can be re-arranged to fit the user’s needs. The Antec LanBoy Air mid-tower case has perforated panels for maximum airflow, utilizing positive air pressure to push all the hot air out while keeping dust away from your system components. The LanBoy Air Case uses the new revolutionary Antec AirMounts™ HDD mounting system to reduce drive vibration and noise. Users can install up to 15 fans inside the Antec LanBoy Air and even has room on top for mounting a water cooling radiator. The Antec LanBoy Air is simply the most flexible and customizable mid-tower case ever built.

OCZ ZX Series 850w Power Supply Review @ OCIA
Description: Like many other manufacturers at CES 2011, OCZ had a collection of their most recent hardware on display, including solid state drives, memory and power supplies. It's one of the latter that we have for review today, the ZX Series 850W. The ZX replaces the Z Series as OCZ's Maximum Performance line of power supplies, and is available in 850W, 1000W and 1250W capacities. These models all feature 80Plus Gold efficiency levels, multi-GPU support and OCZ's exclusive five year PowerSwap Warranty

Turn an HP SFF Computer Into a Great HTPC @ Computing on Demand
Description: Face it, most of us like the idea of having an HTPC (Home Theater PC) hooked up to our TV. The flexibility we get with an HTPC over just a DVD player or a gaming console is enough alone to justify the cost. I have built a bunch of these for people and until recently, I have never used pre-built systems. There are many advantages to building a custom machine for your theater, but the biggest disadvantage is the cost. Lately, I have been using Small Form Factor (SFF) HP's and believe it or not… they make great HTPC's.

Kingston SSDNow V100 128GB SSD Review @ Legit Reviews
Description: Kingston's SSDNow series of solid state drives have done very well in the marketplace due to their range of value to performance oriented drives which cover the needs of just about any user. Available since the end of 2010, the V100 products land in the middle of the SSDNow lineup with excellent performance without needing a second mortgage to finance the purchase. Read on to see how it stacks up against the competition.

MSI P67A-GD65 Review @ ocaholic
Description: With the P67A-GD65, MSI shows a motherboard which defines the entry point into their high-end classe. Therefore the manufacturer wants to convince with a good mix of price, performance and features.

In Win Dragon Rider full tower case review at Examiner
Description: The In Win Dragon Rider is a massive, well-designed black beauty that is easy to work with and provides ample elbow room and expansion space for demanding enthusiasts. Sock Monkey not included.

AMD to Showcase Bulldozer Microprocessors at CeBIT Trade-Show.
Description: At the forthcoming CeBIT trade-show in Hannover, Germany, Advanced Micro Devices plans to demonstrate and announce its new microprocessors that will succeed the company's Phenom II central processing units (CPUs). Based on the program of CeBIT show, the company will show off the desktop versions of code-named Bulldozer chips.


Consumer Electronics and Software News:

Burning Chrome
Description: Little by little, iteration by iteration, the Chrome browser is quietly morphing into a full-fledged multitasking operating system in its own right. Oh, sure, technically it’s actually running on another OS, but you increasingly never need to launch anything else. View and edit documents in Google Docs, watch and listen to HTML5 video and audio, communicate via Gmail and its Google Voice plugin, use Google Docs as a file system – and the line between “Chrome OS” and “Chrome on any other OS” suddenly grows very fine.

Prime95 26.5.5 Released @ NGOHQ.com
Description: Prime95 has become extremely popular among PC enthusiasts and overclockers as a stability testing utility. It includes a "Torture Test" mode designed specifically for testing PC subsystems for errors in order to help ensure the correct operation of Prime95 on that system, which effectively stress-tests a PC.

TRENDnet TEW-687GA 450Mbps Wireless N Gaming Adapter Review @ Madshrimps
Description: The new Wireless 450Mbps TEW-687GA from TRENDnet is not USB anymore like the previously released products, but offers a Gigabit network interface between itself and the computer we are connecting the adapter to; this way, we don't have to install drivers anymore and is compatible with any platform (we can even configure it through the Playstation3 Internet Browser). We will perform some data transfer speeds to see if it is really better in terms of performance.

RAZER Ferox Mobile Gaming & Music Speakers Review @ Madshrimps
Description: The new Ferox portable speakers from Razer are ideal for both normal users that want to get a better sound out of their laptop or gamers that are mostly on the go. The sound that these speakers deliver is clear even at high volumes, but they lack a good bass reproduction. The internal rechargeable batteries allow them to be used for about 12 hours and they can be also used while recharging.

Logitech F540 Wireless PS3/XBOX360 Headset Review @ Madshrimps
Description: With a battery life of up to 10 hours the F540 guarantees a delivery of high quality sound to your ears throughout the longest and darkest of nights. In the unlikely event that you should run out of juice at some point, the F540 allows you to simply recharge it through the use of an usb cable while you carry on with your killing spree. Overall the F540 is a well built quality product that does come with a €120-140 price tag, but surely is worth every penny. If you are one of those people who benefits from using a wireless headset on a daily basis, the Logitech F540 sure is worth your consideration.

Patriot PBO Core Media Player Review at Overclockers Online
Description: Patriot relaunched the Patriot Box Office as the PBO Core with an improved user interface and added functionality. The new GUI lives up to the relaunch and is easy to use and with a long list of file compatibility makes it a great device for your digital media playback for even the technologically challenged members of your family

ESET Update Brings Mass False Positive Alerts @ NGOHQ.com
Description: It seems that another antivirus software has gone mad. This time it's the reputable ESET aka NOD32 and Smart Security. In the past few days, users have been complaining of massive amount of false positive alerts with ESET and the latest virus definition update. It looks like ESET is flagging plenty of legitimate 3rd party software as Win32/OpenCandy adware. Even yours truly has encountered the same issue – especially with installation programs


Gaming News:

Bulletstorm GPU & CPU Performance In-depth
Description: As usual our focus with this performance review will be on how Bulletstorm will run on your PC. After struggling with the game's configuration settings, we were able to run all the necessary tests using a large array of GPUs as well as a number of different processors.

Vagrant Story re-told on PlayStation Network tomorrow
Description: Xenogears last week … Vagrant Story tomorrow … and Parasite Eve soon. It seems the gears are finally in motion to bring all of Square's beloved "PSone Classics" to the PlayStation Network. (Still, North America has a long way to go before reaching Japan's lofty 600-game benchmark.)

Big in Japan Feb. 14-20: Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Catherine
Description: PS3 and Xbox 360 editions of crossover fighting game storm Japanese sales charts, but adulterous Atlus RPG tops the list, more than doubling next best-selling title.

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