1 The Daily VR Zone News Summary   14 April 2011

In today's news roundup:

  • Thermaltake's dual 120mm tower cooling fan, the Thermaltake Jing Silent CPU cooler, gets reviewed;
  • EVGA's dual-GPU GeForce GTX590 Classified gets the quad-SLI treatment for a performance review by Hi Tech Legion;
  • Red Hat is reportedly planning to create a new programming language that will kill off the use of Java in the enterprise space;
  • Lenovo denies the existance of plans for a 23-inch tablet computing device;
  • Sony unveils a fresh wave of games for its PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Portable video game consoles, and
  • Nintendo is reportedly considering a price cut for its existing Wii consoles for the month of May.

Hardware news

Thermaltake Jing Silent CPU Cooler Review @ Legit Reviews
Description: Today we are taking a look at the Thermaltake Jing silent CPU cooler. The Jing is a dual 120mm fan tower cooler with being quiet and performing well as its goal. Join us as we stack the Jing up against a dozen other coolers on our Intel Core i7 test bench and also see how quiet the Jing is compared to the kings of quiet, Noctua.

OCZ Vertex 3 240GB SSD Review
Description: The performance oriented controller used by the Vertex 3 known as the SandForce SF-2281 includes support for the SATA 6Gb/s interface, while boasting read and write speeds of 500MB/s+, a mind blowing figure when compared to previous generation chips.

NZXT Blue Sleeved LED Kit Review @ Bigbruin.com
Description: What you get from NZXT is a two meter long string of LED lights with a controller and mounting hardware that lets you customize the lighting effect seen through a case's side window. Available in lengths of either one or two meters – and with color choices of blue, green, orange, red, or white – there is bound to be a combination to suit just about any system.

OWC Mercury Extreme Pro 6G 120GB Solid State Drive Review
Description: It's now 2011 and we've started a new season for solid state drives. Take me out to the ball game; OWC is in the batter's box. OWC has kept their SandForce partnership and once again amazed us with their ability to get a product to market so quickly. To date only OCZ Technology has been able to sample us with a SandForce 2000 Series product and that was an engineering sample that can't use the same mass production firmware found in the retail drives. We've already covered the SandForce 2000 Series lineup in detail. For a full break down of what's to come, be sure to check out that article."

Thermaltake Level 10 GT Case Review @ Tweaknews
Description: Level 10 for the masses? I'm sure that's what Thermaltake had in mind when designing the Level 10 GT chassis. Available now for a bit less than $300 US, the Level 10 GT has a much more attractive price, but only when compared to the original Level 10 chassis.

Intel DP67BG Review @ ocaholic
Description: With the DP67BG Intel presents its Sandy Bridge motherboard which has been designed for overclockers and gamers. The board therefore comes with decent overclocking features in the BIOS as well as attractive performance. Regarding features the list isn't very long but never the less there still is the backlit skull which one could also find on the previous board.

EVGA GeForce GTX 590 Classified Quad-SLI Performance Review @Hi Tech Legion
Description: The EVGA GTX 590 Classified video card consists of two GF110 GPUs on a single PCB. The EVGA GTX 590 Classified has 3,072MB of GDDR5 memory on a 768-bit memory interface equipped with 1,024 CUDA cores. Clocked higher than the stock GTX 590, the EVGA GeForce GTX 590 Classified edition carries a core clock of 630 MHz and a memory clock of 3456 MHz. A pair of EVGA GTX 590 Classified in SLI provides astonishing performance, unlike anything NVIDIA has ever produced. Ever wanted to play games smoothly in 2560×1600 with all the eye-candy turned up to the max, including an anti-aliasing mode that can be set to 64x? A single EVGA GTX 590 Classified can do that. Two GTX 590 in Quad-SLI means you’ll be ready for anything.

Fractal Design Define XL PC Case Review @ Real World Labs
Description: Not only does the latest Define XL by Fractal Design packs the same high build quality and number of features as its smaller siblings but it is also the largest tower case currently in their production line.


Consumer Electronics and Software news

ROCCAT Kulo Stereo Headset Review @ Vortez
Description: It is today that we look in anticipation to a product that we first cast our eyes on at CeBIT some weeks ago now. ROCCAT Kulo is an extremely lightweight gaming headset designed for those on the move, with their compact design they are sure to feature at the yearly LAN party. ROCCAT claim that this headset will offer great audio performance and has a robust construction thus allowing it to withstand the knocks and bashes, twists and pulls that some peripherals have to endure whilst in transit.

Windows Phone 7, You Were Supposed to be Great. So What Happened?
Description: "Windows Phone 7 is the most aggressively different, fresh approach to a phone interface since the iPhone." We published those words half a year ago, hoping WP7 would be a radical firebrand in phone land. But it's stalled. We're disappointed.

Red Hat wants to knife Java with Ceylon Project
Description: Open source distributor Red Hat has been secretly working on a new language, which it wants to use to kill off Java in the enterprise and stick its own Java-based successor in its place.

HTC Sense 3.0 will only support Sensation, EVO 3D, Flyer and newer devices; older hardware left behind
Description: Unfortunate news for anyone who saw HTC's Sense 3.0 UI and started dreaming about seeing it on their Desire HD, Incredible S or any other handset that doesn't ship with it preloaded. HTC has said that because of the hardware requirements of the fancier new Android skin, only the dual-core Sensation 4G and EVO 3D smartphones and the 1.5GHz Flyer tablet will be benefiting from it for now.

Lenovo denies plans for 23″ tablet
Description: There won’t be a 23″ tablet coming from Lenovo this year. According to the latest reports online, the Chinese OEM has denied the existence or plans to introduce a tablet later this year.

Gigabyte's S1080 dual-core Windows tablet ships to Taiwan
Description: Gigabyte has started taking orders for its S108 dual-core 1.66Ghz Atom-powered Windows 7 tablet in Taiwan. The device has a has a 10.1-inch LED capacitive multi-touch panel with a resolution of 1024×600 pixels. It comes standard with 2GB of DDR3 RAM and utilizes Intel’s GMA 3150 integrated graphics, while it features one USB 3.0 port in its array to deliver high-speed connectivity.

Wi-Fi only Dell Streak 7 released in the U.K.
Description: The Dell Streak 7 hasn't been met with much praise stateside, but maybe it will have better luck now that the Wi-Fi only version is being launched in the United Kingdom.


Gaming news

Sony Computer Entertainment Unveils New Games In Media Event
Description: Today, Sony Computer Entertainment Hong Kong (SCEH) held a media preview on their latest upcoming PlayStation 3 (PS3) and PlayStation Portable (PSP) game titles which includes Man vs Wild with Bear Grylls, SOCOM 4, BRINK, Thor: God of Thunder and Dissidia 012 [duodecim] Final Fantasy (Chinese/English version).

Nintendo To Cut Wii Price To $150 In May
Description: A year and a half has passed since Nintendo last cut the price of the Wii, to $200. And it might almost be time for another price slashing for the popular gaming console.

FEAR 3 multiplayer preview: Corrupting influence
Description: FEAR 3 will feature four multiplayer gametypes, each an isolated mode largely dissimilar to the others. We already got a look at the aptly named "F**king Run!" scenario during PAX East, and at a recent preview event I got my hands on the three other modes, as well as a second take of F**king Run.