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The Daily VR-Zone News Summary – 21 Mar 2011

In today's news roundup:

  • Digitimes discusses the impact limited wafer availability will have on the DRAM market;
  • Foxconn's A9DA-S motherboard gets reviewed;
  • Motorola's Android-powered tablet, the Xoom, gets reviewed;
  • Gizmodo reviews the iPad 2;
  • Microsoft's Kinect motion controller gets hacked to run on the PlayStation 3, and
  • The latest installment of the Dissidia series, Dissidia 012 Duodecim: Final Fantasy , gets compared against its predecessor

Hardware news

Foxconn A9DA-S Motherboard Review @ Vortez
Description: To trade blows (and quite often better) a high end board like the Crosshair IV Extreme is something else. Of course there are caveats in that updated chipset drivers could have a noteworthy effect on scores but in all honesty I couldn't see the boosts being so great that the A9DA-S would get left behind.

Digitimes Insight: Limited wafer availability good for DRAM industry
Description: With major silicon wafer plants remaining closed following the recent earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan, there is growing concern in the memory industry whether chip companies are preparing for any possible disruption to production.

Corsair Performance 3 Series 128GB SSD Review in RAID 0 @ Legit Reviews
Description: Corsair jumps feet first into the 6Gbps equipped SSD race with latest installment of their Performance series drives. This time, they put a Marvell controller at the heart of their Performance 3 Series. With multiple manufacturers using the Marvell controller and others using SandForce, how will these drives measure up? Read on to see.

LG Super-Multi N2A2 2TB NAS Review
Description: when LG told us they had a new 2-bay NAS that costs less than $250 with a pair of 1TB hard drives included, we sat up and took notice. As we have repeatedly discovered when dealing with NAS products, there is much more to consider than just storage capacity and price. These devices are highly dependent on the hardware and software that drives them and either can cause the product to fail. Realizing that, we're extremely eager to find out what makes the LG N2A2 tick, let's take a closer look…

Noctua NH-C14 CPU Cooler Review @Hi Tech Legion
Description: The Noctua NH-C14 may be the most versatile “convertible” CPU cooling solution around today. The Noctua NH-C14 has the ability to go from ultra-low profile and silent to a dual 140mm fan enthusiast cooler with just a couple of clips. Standing at only 105mm tall with a bottom mounted fan, the NH-C14 can fit into almost any case. Despite its small height, the NH-C14 still has six copper heatpipes running through a 140mm square aluminum fin array, making the absolute most of a small space. The included Low and Ultra-Low Noise Adapters throttle back the fan (or fans) to near dead silence while still maintaining excellent cooling.

MSI 890FXA-GD65 Motherboard Review @Hi Tech Legion
Description: The MSI 890FXA-GD65 motherboard is a low cost option for value-minded enthusiasts. The 890FXA-GD65 is part of MSI’s gaming series of motherboards, featuring Military Class II high quality components and high overclockability. The MSI 890FXA-GD65 supports all the latest AM3 processors and has two PCIE x16 slots for AMD CrossFireX. Despite being a budget 890FX board, the MSI 890FXA-GD65 is rife with connectivity options, with eight USB 2.0 and two USB 3.0 ports at the rear and support for up to six SATA 6Gb/s devices.

Deepcool Ice Blade Pro Review at Overclockers Online
Description: Deepcool has hit the intended mark again. The Ice Matrix Pro triumphs above its contenders with four heat pipes, 47 aluminum fins, and a single 120mm fan. The well-constructed base also contributes to the heat sinks exceptional performance. And who wouldn’t give an aesthetically pleasing CPU heat sink a second look?

Zalman CNPS5X-SZ Heatsink Review @ Frostytech.com
Description: Zalman's CNPS5X-SZ heatsink is an updated, vertical interpretation of a 2006-era heatsink Zalman released under the CNPS8000 nomenclature. Like its forefather, the CNPS5X-SZ fills the role of a lower profile, light weight cooler that's ideally suited to sub-95W TDP processors. It's stacked aluminum fins are connected by three 6mm diameter copper heatpipes to a small aluminum base block with a thin bit of copper covering the otherwise exposed heatpipes.

Consumer Electronics and Software news

Introducing Nexus S 4G for Sprint
Description: Recently, we introduced Nexus S from Google, the first phone to run Android 2.3, Gingerbread. In addition to the UMTS-capable Nexus S, today we’re introducing Nexus S 4G from Google, available for Sprint. Nexus S 4G is part of the Nexus line of devices which provide a pure Google experience and run the latest and greatest Android releases and Google mobile apps.

T-Mobile USA Is Not Getting the iPhone (Yet)
Description: A burning question among users following AT&T’s $39 billion acquisition of T-Mobile USA was: Will T-Mobile start offering the iPhone? The answer is no.

Thermaltake Black Gaming Mouse @ Benchmark Reviews
Description: Thermaltake is best known for the variety of cases they've released, aimed at budget-conscious buyers as well as high-end hardware enthusiasts. In contrast to this, they have recently decided to expand their grip on the market by releasing a new line of gaming peripherals, dubbed Thermaltake eSports. This lineup includes a handful of gaming devices such as mice, keyboards and headsets. Thermaltake consistently pumps out quality cases, but are they able to do the same with gaming peripherals? Within this review Benchmark Reviews takes a look at the Thermaltake eSports Black laser gaming mouse (model MO-BLK002DT) and sees how this new competitor fares against the many well-established gaming peripherals manufacturers available.

Motorola Xoom Review @ TestFreaks
Description: The latest and greatest Android tablet is here, the Motorola Xoom that runs the newest version of Android called Honeycomb. The Xoom is a 10.1 inch tablet that comes with dual cameras and even a flash along with the ability to capture 720p videos and play it back over HDMI. This tablet features a dual core 1Ghz processor and 1 gig of ram and 32gig of memory. The Xoom is available right now on the Verizon wireless network for $600 on contract, and it’s well worth the cost.

Epson WorkForce 840 All-in-One Printer @ TestFreaks
Description: Today for review I’ve got the latest Epson printer, the WorkForce 840 that is an all-in-one style printer that does everything your home or small office might need it to do. The 840 is something for users that need a workhorse of a printer like this. The 840 features dual paper trays so it can handle a whopping 500 pages, and it has built-in double sided printing so you won’t waste paper on those less important documents, like draft or like coloring pages for your kids. The Epson WorkForce 840 is a worthy addition to the WorkForce line of printers, it certainly live up to the name.

Tt eSports Shock Gaming Headset Review on Technic3D (German)
Description: (Machine translation) The Tt eSports Shock Gaming Headset arrived Technic3D. -Thanks to its oversized 40mm drivers and enclosed ear cups, ultra-crisp audio quality with deep bass can be achieved at the same time and for almost every types of game. In-line microphone control enables users to easily mute or talk to teammates when needed-. We will check this and many more in the following Review.

iPad 2 Review
Description: Here's the simple truth about the iPad 2: There is nothing else like it. Maybe it won't make you feel the way it makes me feel. Maybe it won't replace your laptop. Maybe it could be even thinner and lighter and faster. But there is nothing else like it.

Gaming news

GameSpy Reveals Six of the 3DS' Most Exciting Upcoming Games
Description: With the 3DS nearly in gamers' sweaty, trembling hands, Nintendo has graciously revealed some of what we'll eventually see on the system. Zelda, Star Fox, Animal Crossing, and — yes, shock of shocks, a new Mario platformer — are on their way. But beyond those obvious titles, what other games can we expect? Well, we here at the GameSpy Humor Division have been working our (possibly imaginary) sources hard, and are ready to reveal, for the first time anywhere, six of the most exciting games in development for Nintendo's new handheld.

DISSIDIA 012[duodecim] F Review
Description: When you first start playing Dissidia 012 Duodecim: Final Fantasy (a mouthful, that title), you might be struck by how little progress has been made since the first Dissidia fighting/role-playing hybrid was released. If you give it time, however, Duodecim reveals its unique strengths, building on the original in meaningful ways without sacrificing its cinematic energy.

Xbox Kinect Running on The Playstation 3
Description: Microsoft's Xbox Kinect is hacked together to play Killzone 3 in this early tech demo of the two rival consoles working together.

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