MSI HydroGen GPU, TI mobile CPU, Mini-ITX cases

MSI has announced the N580GTX HydroGen graphics card, which comes with an all copper waterblock for extra cooling ability, according to HardwareBistro. MSI claims its HydroGen technology can lower card temperatures by up to 24 degrees Celsius, which allows for additional overclocking with the Afterburner software and increased GPU voltage. It also touts solid capacitors for extra longevity.

The Patriot Viper Xtreme Division 2 PC3-15000 8GB RAM Kit was reviewed at TweakTown, earning a rating of 90 percent and an Editor’s Choice award. The 1866MHz speed isn’t amazing, but it isn’t paltry either, and with a price tag of $139.99 it’s similar value to a 4GB 2133MHz speed kit. Trading speed for extra RAM is a tough one, but there’s probably more bang for buck in this kit than similar priced ones.

HotHardware brings news of Texas Instrument’s OMAP 5 mobile platform, the latest CPU offering from TI. It boasts a three times boost in performance and a five times boost in 3D graphics capability, while also being 60 percent more efficient. It’s powered by two ARM Cortex-A15 mobile processor cores, boasting speeds of up to 2GHz, a 50 percent increase on the Cortex-A9 core used in older models.

Tom’sHardware compared five Mini-ITX cases, the SK 310-150, Chieftec BT-02B, Lian Li PC-Q08, Luxa2 LM100 Mini and SilverStone SG05. The Chieftec model won out on value, even though it’s not the prettiest of cases and lacks some configuration flexibility. The Luxa2 case rated higher for multimedia enthusiasts with a bit more money to spare, but its display may be a little on the small side, given the compact case sizes.

The Gainward GeForce GTX 560 Ti Phantom 2 graphics card was reviewed at HardwareHeaven, earning a Silver Award. It comes with a small factory overclock, which wasn’t considered enough, but its performance was still strong, while cooling and noise levels are good. One of its strongest points is its compact PCB. It also packs 3D Vision, PhysX, Direct11 and plenty of other features, but with the lack of a bundled game or HDMI, it rates lower on the value front.