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In today's news roundup: it is reviews galore of various desktop PC chassis, motherboards, cooling fans and PSUs; consumer holographic television sets inch closer towards the realm of reality; Kaspersky has confirmed that an employee was responsible for the leak of its security suite source code, and Ar Tonelico Qoga: Knell of Ar Ciel has been confirmed to hit retail stores on 15th March this year.

Hardware News

Noctua NHC-14 Review – XSReviews
Description: Today we have a cooler from the award winning Noctua. The NH-C14 is a C-Type cooler meaning it takes up a lot less space above the CPU than the usual tower type coolers while also providing airflow over nearby motherboard components and RAM modules. Included are two of Noctua's NF-P14 FLX fans. It's an impressive package but can it live up to expectations? We'll soon find out…

Zalman CNPS5X CPU Cooler Review @ Tweaknews
Description: If Zalman's new 5X cooler comes to market at the promised $30 pricepoint, this cooler is a very good value. It handled the Q6600 processor and its high thermal output with ease and even at 1400 RPM easily beat the OEM solution in near silence. With support for older Intel and AMD sockets, this cooler would make an excellent replacement for a borked OEM cooler or a good choice when added to a new CPU that doesn't come with a cooling device…

Western Digital Scorpio Black 500GB 2.5'' HDD Review @ Madshrimps
Description: The 500GB Scorpio Black 2.5'' HDD from Western Digital maintains the performance lead ahead of many similar drives on the market with the same capacity. Being available on the market for about 55 Euros, it goes head to head with the Hitachi 7K500-500 model, outperforming it in some cases…

Antec DF-85 Full Tower Case Review at Overclockers Online
Description: Antec set out to re-envision the gaming case with the DF-85 and I would say they were successful as it not only looks good but also is packed with features. From the 7 adjustable speed fans, filters and Fleet Swap everything is geared towards user friendliness. Looks are always suggestive I like the DF-85′s aggressive appearance…

MSI N560GTX-Ti GeForce Video Card @ Benchmark Reviews
Description: History always repeats itself, and NVIDIA is hoping for a repeat performance with their new GTX 560 Ti video card. With performance per mm2 and per watt numbers that put the first Fermi chips to shame, the GTX 460 deserves all the success it has enjoyed. Now, they've applied the same tweaks to the GF104 GPU that brought the high-end Fermi cards back from the dead, and we have the new GF114 in place to do battle in the upper mid-market. MSI is also repeating the same steps they used with the GTX 460 to capture the interest of graphics overclocking enthusiasts…

ASUS P8P67 EVO Motherboard Review @ OCIA.net
Description: In the short time since Intel released Sandy Bridge earlier this month, we have seen multiple new boards supporting all-new features from several different manufacturers. ASUS were among the first to launch with Intel, offering several different P67 / H67 motherboards to cover every segment of the market. Today we will be taking a look at the P8P67 EVO, one of nine new P67 Express motherboards from the Taiwan industry giant.

ASUS Maximus IV Extreme Review @ ocaholic
Description: With the Maximus IV Extreme, ASUS shows its first Intel P67 motherboard which was designed with overclockers and PC-Gamers in mind. Therefore this product come with a lot of features and goodies and it's almost screaming to be overclocked.

Xigmatek Pantheon Review @ Vortez
Description: The Pantheon is a mid-tower case with lots to talk about. It has the capabilities of sustaining a 240/280mm radiator at the top and controlling up to 6 fans. There are tool-less design mechanisms throughout and a whole lot more so lets begin our analysis on this, our first Xigmatek review.

Antec Truepower Quattro 1200W PSU Review (German)
Description: (Machine translation) The Antec True Power Quattro 1200W PSU arrived Technic3D. See you in the following Review from Technic3D the next PSU with six +12V rails (38A), 80mm Fan, 11x SATA hard disk connectors, 4x PCI-e 6+2-Pin and 4x PCI-e 6-Pin


Consumer Electronics and Software news:

Intel launches free Open FCoE software stack upgrade
Description: Intel has launched Open Fibre Channel over Ethernet (OFoC), a free software stack that will speed up data centre traffic over unified networking. The Open Fibre Channel over Ethernet technology can be run using Intel's 10Gb Ethernet Server Adapter X520 range or Cisco's Nexus 10Gb Ethernet switches, which can significantly boost speeds across the network. Compatibility for Open FcoE is supported by a number of companies, including Cisco, Dell, EMC, Netapp, Oracle and Red Hat, all of whom have worked closely with Intel.

Corsair SP2500 2.1 232W Audio Speaker Kit Review @ Legit Reviews
Description: When the Corsair SP2500 2.1 PC speaker system showed up in the test lab we hooked it up and were shocked to hear our music. We were able to hear details in the audio that we weren't able to make out on our old speaker system. The satellite speakers on the SP2500 are amazing and the midrange audio is crystal clear. Most audiophiles talk about sound separation and having bass that overpowers vocals and we finally get what they were talking about. The Logitech Z-5300 system that we were running appears to have had greatly exaggerated bass and as a result we were actually missing out on the clarity of our audio tracks…

Lenovo IdeaPad U260 12.5" Laptop Review
Description: Mobile computing is one of the most dynamic segments of consumer electronics in recent history. From the netbook craze from a few years ago, to smartphones and of course, the tablet computer. And while all of these extensions of mobile computing are exciting, the trusty laptop is still the most well-rounded option. Classified as a Lifestyle product, Lenovo's IdeaPad U260 aims to be your "thin, light, stylish travel companion"…

Asus SBW-06C1S-U Slim USB External Blu-Ray Writer Review @ Tweaknews
Description: Ultimately, Asus' portable Blu-Ray drive has a lot going for it. USB bus power makes it convenient to pick up and take anywhere, the ultra-slim design and blue LEDs look fantastic, and the drive reads and writes everything from a simple CD-R's to recordable BD media reliably…

Consumer holographic TV creeps closer to reality
Description: Despite a relatively tepid consumer take-up, the buzz surrounding 3D television is still quite intense. But even the viewing improvements offered by stereoscopic technology may pale by comparison to the holographic goings-on at MIT. Researchers are taking the first steps toward making holographic technology a reality for consumers. Using primarily off-the-shelf components, the team has managed to capture, transmit and display a holographic subject on-the-fly…

Configure Backup and Restore in Windows 7 @ Computing on Demand
Description: In a previous article here on C.O.D. (Essential Windows 7 Tweaks: Part 1), I mentioned it's my opinion that users should disable the system restore features in Windows 7. Outside of the resources associated with running the task, I feel as though it provides a false sense of security for Windows Users and does nothing for users plagued by things worse than failed updates. So what is the answer? Windows 7 comes with Backup and Restore…

Former Kaspersky Employee Responsible for Leaked Source Code
Description: The Kaspersky source code that recently made its way onto public websites was leaked by a former employee of the antivirus vendor who received a suspended prison sentence for intellectual property theft.


Gaming news:

Ar Tonelico Qoga: Knell of Ar Ciel Retails on 15th March
Description: Previously, we had reported that Ar Tonelico Qoga will be hitting the retail stores in US on March but it seems that Siliconera has some scoop that the actual release date is 15th March…

Gran Turismo 5 Can Wreck Your Car
Description: People who spend their spare time playing driving games prove to be more dangerous when put behind the wheel of a real car a report by Continental Tyr…

Big in Japan Jan. 17-23: Kingdom Hearts PSP Final Mix
Description: Re-release of last year's Birth By Sleep with international version's extras tops the chart with ease; Monster Hunter Portable 3, Donkey Kong Country Returns take second, third again.