Noctua cooler, Gigabyte motherboard, Dell Streak 7 preview

Antec has released a number of new computer cases, enhancements of previously successful models, according to HardwareBistro. The P183, P193, Nine Hundred Two V3 and Twelve Hundred V3 are all available now with additional upgrades, including a front panel USB 3.0 port, an internal 2.5-inch SSD drive bay, and a CPU cutout for easier heatsink replacement. Prices are €160 ($217), €190 ($257), €149 ($202) and €189 ($256) respectively.

HardwareCanucks reviewed the Noctua NH-C14 CPU cooler, which was praised for its easy installation process, great design, good cooling, low noise, and two good 140mm fans. It can struggle with higher heat loads due to compatibility issues for 140mm fans, while there were also issues with the Fan Y and LNA/ULNA adapters not being braided. Price was another major obstacle, but it was still seen as one of the best down draft style coolers on the market.

The Gigabyte E350N-USB3 motherboard was tested by TweakTown. A full high-definition movie was loaded up on it, which played smoothly, apart from fastforwarding, where there was a slight delay. It packs plenty of connectivity options and has plenty of room for overclocking. The board also supports AMD Fusion, but the lack of a box label describing this is a major setback for those unaware of it, which could hinder sales.

HotHardware previewed the Dell Streak 7, the slightly larger cousin of the original five-inch Streak model. It’s set to pack a seven-inch WVGA touchscreen with a resolution of 800×480 pixels, multi-touch support and Corning Gorilla glass. It’s powered by a 1GHz Nvidia Tegra T20 dual-core processor, comes with 16GB of internal memory, and has two cameras, a 1.3 megapixel one on the front a five megapixel one on the back. It also features Android 2.2. Early testing suggest it’s more powerful than the Samsung Galaxy Tab, while also being considerably cheaper.

The Patriot Memory Division 2 Viper Extreme 4GB 1866MHz DDR3 RAM Kit was reviewed at Futurelooks. It earned some brownie points for its high build quality and nice design, along with its good performance at 1866MHz. It was also easy to set up XMP profiles and is compatibility with Clarkdale and Lynnfield systems. Its only real setback is the fin height, which can block larger heatsinks, but with a price tag of between $89 and $94, it’s a quality piece of kit.