The Daily VR-Zone News Summary – 6 May 2011

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In today's news roundup:

  • Two of AMD's entry level graphics cards, the Radeon HD 6670 and HD6650, which are targeted for the sub-US$100 market and designed to be used for OEM PCs and builders of HTPCs, get reviewed;
  • Sillverstone's mATX chassis, the SST-FT03B gets reviewed;
  • ESET has released beta versions for its two flagship products – ESET Smart Security 5 BETA and ESET NOD32 Antivirus 5 BETA;
  • Apple has seemingly neglected to patch the untethered jailbreak exploit in redsn0w that was available in iOS 4.3.2 for the recently released iOS 4.3.3, thus essentially allowing the same exploit to be used in iOS 4.3.3 once again;
  • Sony claims that it has evidence to back its claims that the attacks carried out on its PlayStation Network servers, as well as the theft of customers' personal data, were the work of Anonymous members, and
  • Word has it that the beta keys distributed for the previous version of Lucent Heart  will reportedly work with the upcoming closed beta of the game as well.

Hardware news

SilverStone SST-FT03B Micro ATX Chassis Review
Description: When I think of the Fortress naming from SilverStone, I first think full tower and the design implementations that both previous FT0x versions had. The FT01 was ahead of its day and offered wire management, great air flow, tool-free features, and a very sexy to look at exterior. The second reincarnation of the Fortress was the FT02, which took the FT01 and the Raven and mixed them up to make a pretty awesome case with a ninety degree motherboard tray alignment, while keeping most of the original ideas. Externally the FT02 was far superior to the sleek lines of the FT01 with its redesigned all aluminum exterior…

Sapphire Radeon HD 5850 and HD 5830 1GB Xtreme Video Cards Review
Description: I'm not sure what word I would use to describe what came to mind when I heard that Sapphire was going to be re-releasing the HD 5850 and HD 5830 to the market. First I wondered, why? – But the answer to that would be nothing more than excess cores that need to go. Next, I was a bit surprised and shocked because I felt it was more of a step backwards than anything else. The thing is, though, if the price and performance is good, why not buy one? – Both models were very good over 12 months ago, but the HD 5830 never sold. People didn't like the 30 naming scheme and it was never really accepted…

ASUS Sabertooth TUF Motherboard @ Benchmark Reviews
Description: The Sandy Bridge B3 revision motherboards are out and ready to go. ASUS has already re-released all of their previous motherboards under the new revision. You've seen our reviews of other ASUS P67 motherboards, and Benchmark Reviews is now bringing you a look at the ASUS Sabertooth P67 B3 Rev 3.0 motherboard with its TUF Thermal Armor and military grade components. We have a good idea where the benchmark scores will fall, and we don't expect any surprises there. But every motherboard is a little different. In this article, Benchmark Reviews is focusing on the ASUS Sabertooth P67, what it brings to the table, and how that compares with other P67-Express motherboards.

GIGABYTE GTX 580 Super Overclock @ OCAU
Description: Upon arrival we noticed that it was a completely redesigned beast from the cooling, PCB design, power circuitry and amped up clock speed, all while maintaining a dual slot design and familiar form factor. So how does this perform against NVIDIA's reference design, and what features does it bring to the table? Let's fire up our test bench and find out!

Fractal Design Define R3 Black Pearl Review @ Hardware-Factory (German)
Description: (Machine translation) Fractal Design, a Canada based company in Sweden, the manufacture of elegant, functional and yet attractively priced dedicated computer hardware. In the field of computer case you can find simple and elegant models, but to convince the intelligent and thoughtful details. Fractal Design has become a large portfolio, which with various products such as Power supplies, accessories boasts diverse media and fans. The division computer case for some time also in range of the Swedish company. The company was able to settle with the Midi-Tower "Define R2" quite convincing. Now you have refills and with the "Define R3" introduced the successor to this body, which boasts a number of improvements over the Define R2. It is therefore simple, but it should convince the intrinsic values??.

CM Storm Enforcer Mid Tower Chassis Review @ OCIA.
Description: The CM Storm Enforcer is the latest case in the Cooler Master “Storm” series of products and the second one we will be reviewing (the first was the CM Storm Sniper back in early 2009). Our first glimpse of this case was in the Cooler Master suite at CES 2011. Unlike the "ultra mid tower" Storm Sniper, this is a mid-tower offering aimed at budget gamers and enthusiasts.

AMD Radeon HD 6670 1GB and HD 6570 512MB GDDR5 DirectX11 Video Card Review @Hi Tech Legion
Description: The Radeon HD 6670 and HD 6570 video cards are based on AMD’s 40nm “Turks” GPU. The Radeon HD 6670 and HD 6650 are entry level cards aimed at the sub-$100 price point. Both the Radeon HD 6670 and HD 6570 have 480 Stream processors, 24 texture units, 8 ROPs and come with a 128-bit memory interface. The Radeon HD 6670 clocks in at 800MHz and is equipped with 1GB of GDDR5 memory at 4000MHz while the Radeon HD 6650 has a 650MHz core clock with either 512MB of fast GDDR5 or 1GB of DDR3 which consumes less power. The new HD6670 and HD6570 series Turks-GPUs were designed to continue AMD’s lead in providing low-cost high-definition playback and DirectX11 support, perfect for OEM systems and HTPC builds.

GIGABYTE G1.Assassin Motherboard @ OCAU
Description: The GIGABYTE G1.Assassin includes a full array of connections including eight USB 2.0 ports, four being USB 3.0 ports with blue highlights, separate PS2 keyboard and mouse connectors, gigabit Ethernet connectivity via the Bigfoot Networks Killer E2100 network processor, as well as one coaxial and optical S/PDIF connector and a set of five analogue 3.5mm outputs driven by Creative's SoundBlaster X-Fi digital audio processor integrated onto the motherboard.


Consumer Electronics and Software news

Bluetooth Headset Comparison @ Real World Labs
Description: Follow us as we put three of the markets current bestselling Bluetooth wireless headsets through various tests in an effort to check all their unique features to see which the overall best solution is.

ESET Launches BETA Versions of ESET Smart Security 5 and ESET NOD32 Antivirus 5 with Enhanced Technology and Features
Description: ESET has announced the launch of BETA versions of its flagship products ESET Smart Security 5 and ESET NOD32 Antivirus 5. ESET, which has pioneered protection against malware since 1992, invites all PC users using the Windows operating system to join in the testing of these new products. ESET Smart Security 5 BETA and ESET NOD32 Antivirus 5 BETA are available for free download at ESET.com.

Antec Sound Science rockus 3D Speaker System Review @ DragonSteelMods
Description: Antec created the soundscience subsidiary to distinguish these products from their widely known business model of PC cases and power supplies. Their first audio product from the soundscience brand is the rockus 3D which is a 2.1 system designed to create a virtual 3D sound stage. Introduced at the $249 price point they seem to be going after the higher end 2.1 speaker systems especially designed for PC use.

Arctic C1 Portable Universal Charger Review at Overclockers Online
Description: The Arctic C1 portable universal charger comes with an integrated solar panel to keep your mobile devices charged up on the go. With the price of electricity on the rise, do your part and save the environment with this solar charger. How well does it work? Read on for details.

Verbatim Wireless Mini Travel Mouse Review @ DragonSteelMods
Description: Up for review today I’ve got a tiny little mouse from Verbatim aptly named the Mini Travel Mouse. The mouse is small enough to fit in the palm of your hand. The Travel Mouse is wireless and you can stow the receiver right inside of the mouse itself. If you’re in the need of a very small and portable mouse then this is what you want. This thing is probably the smallest mouse I’ve ever seen.

redsn0w untethered jailbreak for iOS 4.3.1 works with 4.3.3, still no iPad 2 support
Description: Apple released iOS 4.3.3 on Wednesday, but as it did with 4.3.2, neglected to patch the untethered jailbreak exploit in redsn0w 0.9.6rc9 (since updated to rc15). Looks like that's a hat trick for the iPhone Dev Team. The hack works with most devices (even the Apple TV), but there's still no solution for iPad 2 owners — we're sure that the underground powers that be are hard at work searching for holes that Apple overlooked.


Gaming news

Sony claims Anonymous hacked it
Description: Sony is blaming the loose hacking outfit Anonymous for bringing down its networks and stealing personal information. Hauled before a Congressional subcommittee's inquiry into the massive data breach of its PlayStation Network, Sony claims to have evidence that those responsible are part of the infamous international hacktivist collective that brands itself "Anonymous."

Previous Lucent Heart Beta Keys Will Work With Upcoming Beta
Description: The wait is almost as the next closed beta for Lucent Heart will set to launch on May 12 and ends on May 26. The good news is the previous beta keys that were given away will work in this beta as long you registered your beanfun account that time. Those with beta keys will get a cute Leo Pet upon joining.

Mega Man Legends 3 Prototype Version's Barrett introduced in new media
Description: New screens and brief videos of Mega Man Legends 3 Prototype Version outline the abilities of the new playable character, Barrett. Like his ability to star in a Mega Man game despite not being Mega Man.

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