TweakTown reviewed the Super Flower Golden Green SF-800P14XE 800W power supply unit, which earned a rating of 90 percent and a Best Value Award. It packs strong performance and great efficiency, but there were some issues with confusion over SLI Ready and ATI CrossFireX logos, as well as difficulty sourcing the PSU in the US. However, the low price of $130, $30 cheaper than similar models, makes it a bargain product.
Tom’s Hardware also tried out some PSUs, comparing three 1000W 80 Plus Gold certified units, the OCZ Z-Series Z1000M, the Rosewill Lightning-1000 and the Sparkle GW-EPS1250DA. The OCZ model was the cheapest at $205, while the Sparkle model was significantly more expensive at $300. They all delivered high performance and power output, but none of them fully lived up to the 80 Plus Gold standard. The OCZ model had problems with ripple/noise measurement, the Rosewill had energy efficiency issues at low loads and the Sparkle build quality was a bit on the shoddy side. Overall the OCZ version won out, thanks primarily to its lower price, which is still capable of boring a hole in your wallet.
The OCZ Platinum XTE DDR3-2000 4GB RAM Kit was tested by PureOC. It packs some good overclocking ability, which can bump up speeds from 2000MHz to 2133MHz, with healthy performance, up to 3.6 percent faster than the rated specification. Its sleek design and low price of $75 also secured additional brownie points.
HardwareBistro brings news of the Thermaltake Level 10 GT gaming case, which is now available. It was first announced at CES 2011 and one look at its unusual design is enough to make you stop and think, as the strange form is designed to produce better airflow. It packs plenty of features, including 200mm and 140mm fans, USB 3.0 ports, hot swap drive bays, fan speed control and removable fan filters.
The Roccat Kova Plus gaming mouse was reviewed at HardwareHeaven, rating nine out of ten and earning a Silver Award. It’s incredibly light and features a soft coated palm grip that allows use by right-handed or left-handed players. It also packs plenty of buttons for gamers, though they are better positioned for right-handed players. A software suite with EasyShift helps unlock the potential of the device.