AMD processors, IBM storage, 3DMark 11, gaming cases

AMD has just released three new processors in its Phenom II and Athlon II series, according to PCMag. The CPUs are the six-core 3.3GHz Phenom II X6 1100T Black Edition, dual-core 3.4GHz Phenom II X2 565 Black Edition, and the tri-core 3.3GHz Athlon II X3 455.

PCPro reviewed the IBM System Storage DS3512 Express network storage array. It faired well in tests, delivering performance over 8Gbits/s and a good fibre channel. It also has a number of expansion options which makes it versatile for small to medium businesses.

Futermark’s 3DMark 11 graphics card benchmarking software launched yesterday and TweakTown managed to get its hands on it for review. It earned a rating of 91 percent and the Editor’s Choice award for its high performance, impartial testing, new features and free version.

Zotac has launched its GeForce GTX 570, according to HotHardware. The 3D-capable DX11 card has 480 CUDA cores, 1,280MB of GDDR5 memory and a 320-bit memory interface. Its clock speeds are 732MHz, 1464MHz, and 3800MHz for processor, shader and memory respectively. It will also come bundled with the Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands game.

The Xigmatek Asgard II gaming case was reviewed at TweakNews, receiving the Top Rank Award for its revamped appearance, new features and low price. It was also praised for its cooling and cable management, but lost out on its lack of 2.5-inch drive mounts, lack of USB 3.0, and its limited GPU space.

For those who do want USB 3.0 support in their chassis, check out the Lian Li Tyr PC-X500FX, reported by HardwareSecrets. Designed for ATX motherboards the case is similar to the PC-X500, but it now comes with a window at the side to view hardware. It’s taller and thinner than standard cases and looks great, but it’s also extremely expensive at $500.