TweakTown's week in review

Hello TechEye viewers, this is TweakTown’s content editor reporting back with our third weekly update on all the technological happenings over at TweakTown. This past week has seen another good mixup of content that will peek interest for all comers.

ASRock graced us at the beginning of this week with a couple impressive new motherboards entering our labs. Once upon a time ASRock’s presence didn’t do much at all for the gaming and enthusiast communities, being more or less considered a shortcut budget alternative; but they’ve been making leaps and bounds in the past year or two especially to compete in these more fast paced market segments.

As you’ll see from this week’s reviews on the new PCI-E 3.0-ready Z68 Extreme7 Gen3 and Fatal1ty Z68 Professional Gen3, ASRock is capable of producing some really well rounded, attractive offerings these days that stand out.

One of the hottest subjects on the gaming scene at this time is undoubtedly the launch of Deus Ex: Human Revolution. The original game released back in 2000 made quite an impact with its unique combination of four video game elements that made for a very addictive and immersive experience. Think role-playing mixed with first-person shooter, adventure and a good smoothing over with immersive simulative elements – that is what makes Deus Ex so special. It was a shame the sequel, Invisible War let us down in many ways compared to the first, but as our review this week reflects, the third has made significant strides forward to ensure the long wait was worth it.

So, you’re hooked right into Deus Ex, but grind your teeth whenever those annoying load times leave you hanging? If you’re like most people these days, every second is of value no matter what you’re doing. Here’s a helpful answer to save you some time – grab yourself an impressive SSD like one of Kingston’s new HyperX series models. We checked out the SandForce SF-2281 powered 120GB model from them this week and found it good enough to get our exclusive Best Performance award.

If neither of the ASRock Z68 motherboards we mentioned earlier really jumped out at you, perhaps the Z68A-GD80 from MSI will. We found it to be a strong performing board in all, with that lovely black and blue theme going on, benefit of future proofing via PCI-E 3.0 support, MSI’s vastly improved ClickBIOS II graphical BIOS and just generally covering all bases in style at its respective price point of under 240 bucks.

Saving our most explosive piece of coverage of the week ’till last, if it’s super fast storage you want, you’ve got it right here; that is if you can tackle the associated costs involved in the venture. We were lucky enough to have Corsair and Areca jump aboard for some extreme SSD runs using 7 Force GT SATA III based SSDs in RAID 0 on Areca’s new Dual Core equipped ARC-1882i controller card to ensure bottlenecks would not leave us disappointed. If you’ve got a taste for massive MB/s numbers, you will be salivating within seconds of checking out these results.]

And that wraps up the major happenings from our neck of the woods over this past week. Until next, adios folks!