QNAP has released the TS-x12 lineup of affordable high performance Turbo NAS servers, according to HardwareBistro. They feature a 1.2GHz Marvell processor, 256MB of DDR2 RAM, and up to 8TB of networked storage. They also support external media players, including the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, and content can be streamed via Wi-Fi or 3G.
HardwareHeaven reviewed the Alienware M17x R3 gaming laptop, which earned a rating of 9 out of 10. It was praised for its high quality screen and speakers, great performance, and excellent build quality. Its Sandy Bridge processor can mean delays, however, since a recently discovered defect requires Intel to recall all affected products. Its $1,499 price tag was seen as reasonable, but the SSD option was considered overpriced. The basic model with a few custom upgrades at home was suggested as a much cheaper alternative.
The Palit GeForce GTX 560 Ti Sonic graphics card was tested by TweakTown, which tried out two of them in SLI. They faired well in terms of performance, with good overclocking straight out of the box and solid SLI performance, while cooling and value for money also earned it some brownie points. It lost some marks for its basic packaging, but came with with an Editor’s Choice award and a rating of 93 percent.
HotHardware brings news of the HighPoint RocketHybrid HBA solid state drives. They tout extremely high speeds thanks to PCIe SATA 6Gb/s, while Marvell’s HyperDuo technology is included, which can boost the device’s performance by 80 percent. Two models are available at launch, the RocketHybrid 1220 and RocketHybrid 1222, with the former providing two internal SATA ports and the later providing two eSATA ports.
Tom’s Hardware checked out the overclocking capabilities of the Intel Core i7-2600K. Despite the recent problems with Sandy Bridge, it overclocked well, over 4GHz without a voltage increase and up to 5GHz on a standard Intel cooler. There was also no real tradeoff in terms of power efficiency for the increased performance, which is a major consideration, and the addition of fool-proof systems to prevent a burnout make the Sandy Bridge a major contendor.