Archive for June, 2012

Gigabyte GA-6PXSV1 Intel Xeon E5-2600/1600 motherboard (LGA2011)

Gigabyte has a very interesting single LGA 2011 motherboard out supporting the Intel Xeon E5-1600 and Xeon E5-2600 series CPUs.  Looking at the specs of this board, it looks to be aimed at workstation builds, with audio, and o...


Intel Xeon E3-1290 V2 – Ivy Bridge Xeon Review 4C/8T 3.7GHz

Moving up the stack to the fastest Ivy Bridge Xeon Intel has to offer, today we are looking at the Intel Xeon E3-1290 V2 which is currently Intel’s fastest Xeon E3 CPU coming with a 87w TDP, much higher than other Ivy Bri...



LSI 9207 and 9217 HBAs w/ SAS2308 6Gb/s SAS & SATA PCIe 3.0

With all the PCI Express 3.0 capable motherboards being released lately both on the Intel Xeon E5 and Xeon E3 series sides, it’s time to use all that available bandwidth. The popularity of using SSD’s in RAID 0, RA...


How to Install an Apple Magic Trackpad in Windows 7

When building my latest HTPC, I decided that I would want to use the Apple Magic Trackpad as the mouse. The Magic Trackpad is small, stylish and works well as a pointing device to navigate HTPC menus. Personally, I use a Macboo...



StarTech SATSAS425BK Hot Swap SSD 4-in-1 2.5″ to 5.25″ Review

StarTech sent their new SATSAS425BK hot swap enclosure after the recent review of the StarTech SATSASBAY425 unit. Both enclosures allow for four 2.5″ devices to occupy one 5.25″ bay. The big benefit here is that one...


ASUS P8C WS Intel Xeon E3-1200 v2 Workstation Motherboard (LGA1155) Preview

The ASUS P8C WS is the first motherboard based on the C216 express chipset, and built for the new Intel Ivy Bridge Xeon CPU (E3-1200 series v2). For those that are wondering, the C216 chipset is a decendent of the C206 chipset ...



ZOTAC GeForce GT 610 PCI Passively Cooled Video Card

To follow on from the earlier article on the Zotac GeForce GT 430 PCI card that I actually bought and wrote about, the new ZOTAC GeForce GT 610 PCI video card is the latest version based on the 600 series NVIDIA GeForce GPU. Th...


Crucial M4 256GB SSD Review – Marvell Controller Based

The Crucial M4 256GB SSD is a very popular SSD that has a proven Marvell controller. One of the big advantages Marvell controllers enjoy over their SandForce competitors is the ability to handle non-compressible data at relativ...



Supermicro X9DR7 and X9DRE Dual Intel Xeon E5-2600 Preview

It seems to be raining new dual Intel Xeon E5-2600 series motherboards at the moment. Today we look at the very new Supermicro X9DR7 and X9DRE. Like many we have seen thus far, they are dual Intel E5-2600 LGA 2011 motherboards...


Intel Xeon E3-1280 V2 – Ivy Bridge Xeon Review 4C/8T 3.6GHz

Moving up the stack, today we are taking a look at the Intel Xeon E3-1270 V2, which is a new Ivy Bridge Xeon E3 series CPU built on Intel’s new 22nm process. Like last year where most of the original E3-1200 series was re...