In this round up we’re starting with AMD’s latest and greatest processor offerings, the Phenom II X6 1055t and 1090t. Both are based on AMD’s new Thuban core, both supporting six cores, clocked at 2.8GHz and 3.2GHz per core respectively. So, are AMD in with a chance of the desktop performance crown? Well… no. But that’s not to say it’s all bad, with the top model rolling in at $285, AMD are certainly competitive! AMD have also introduced a new Turbo Core system that will increase the clock speeds of active cores by up to 500MHz, when the others are inactive. This will ensure that even if the software isn’t optimised for 6 cores, you don’t lose out to your four core friends. This feature has gone down particularly well with the reviewers. Check any of the links to see why AMD are still in with a fighting chance. 1055T + 1090T @ AnandTech, 1055T + 1090T @ LegitReviews, 1090T @ TweakTown.
Two top-of-the-line cases, the SilverStone team Fortress 2 and Thermaltake Level 10, are taken back to basics by Tom’s Hardware. Both are aimed heavily towards the top of the market, and although the SilverStone delivers as expected, the Thermaltake Level 10 suffers from a serious case (sorry) of style over substance. Based on an award-winning concept by BMW Designingworks, it reminds us more of something Escher would have knocked up. We believe something may have been lost in translation. Read the full review at both @ Tom’s Hardware.
Nvidia has added some new eye-popping features to the Verde line of drivers designed for people using OEM laptops and graphics hardware. These drivers deliver improved performance without ruining your OEM’s custom set up. They also have the potential to release a whole host of features hidden from your existing mobile graphics card; with the addition of the 3DTV play software this feature set now includes 3D playback. Find out what you’ve been missing at @PC Perspective.
Kingwin Dock Master 3 has come under the scrutiny of OCIA! It is designed to take advantage of USB 3 data transfer rates, eliminating the need to rip open that case again. If you want swappable SATA hard drives, the dock master looks like a good option; although be careful you don’t mistake it for you toaster. Bread isn’t SATA compatible and hard drives don’t do well in you standard kitchen appliance. Read more about the Kingwin Dock master 3 @ OCIA
Last on our list is another of the recently prevalent air-cooling solutions, the Noctua NH-D14; by all accounts a monster in its field. When the colour of the cooling fans is one of the reviewers main concerns, I think you know you’re on for a winner. Noctua NH-D14 @ TechGage.