GTX 580 battle, RAM Kits, Acer recall, 128GB CF card

HardwareHeaven tried the Gainward GTX 580 Phantom 3 versus the Asus GTX 580 DirectCU II, with both graphics cards coming in close for the throne. Both scored 10 out of 10, but the Asus model was declared the overall winner thanks to its “extreme approach”. It boasted the lowest temperatures and noise levels of any GTX 50 and its overclocking prowess was unmatched by rivals. It may be a tad expensive, but HardwareHeaven gave it the “money no object” Diamond Award.

The Crucial Ballistix 4GB DDR3-2133 RAM Kit was reviewed at PureOC. Its sleek exterior, thermal monitoring ability and strong performance earned it some brownie points, but its height might be problematic for installation in some cases. Overclocking ability wasn’t amazing, but it wasn’t paltry either, while the price of $110 was considered a little steep for 2133MHz modules.

TweakTown reviewed the G.Skill Ripjaws-X Series PC3-17066 4GB RAM Kit, which earned a rating of 98 percent and an Editor’s Choice Award. Its 7-10-7-27-1T at 1.65v setup was seen as much more aggressive than other P67 chipset kits. It also boasted impressive speeds and a very reasonable price at $139.99.

Acer is the latest manufacture affected by the faulty Sandy Bridge chipset, according to HotHardware. It said that it was “fully aware of the issue and is taking all necessary steps to minimize any inconvenience customers might experience.” It also halted shipments and issued a recall of affected products. Acer will offer machine services or product replacements to those who bought the defective products, all free of charge.

HardwareBistro brings news of SanDisk’s 128GB Extreme Pro CompactFlash card, which is advertising speeds of up to 100MB/s. It’s also has Video Performance Guarantee enabled for higher frame capture and superior high-definition video, as well as a UDMA-7 interface for maximum data transfer. SanDisk is touting the card is extra durable, thanks to its RTV silicone coating, protecting it from moisture, humidity, shock, and high and low extreme temperatures.