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OCZ ATV “Turbo” Flash Drive Reviewed. Verdict: Fast & Furious

By Ian Chiu

OCZ is known for their high-tolerance RAM & PSUs targeted at PC enthusiasts. When the company entered the USB flash drive market, it wanted to take their products to the top, rather than competing in the “a dime a dozen” category. Its new ATV Turbo thumbdrive, according to Everything USB, is top notch in almost every area. For speed, it consistently stays between 30 to 31MB/s; for durability, the rubber drive survived sub-zero temperature, in a pot of boiling water and in an oven heated to 200 degrees Farenheit for 10 minutes. OCZ even thoughtfully included a holder chained to the drive that fit snugly with the cap to ensure it doesn’t go anywhere. The reviewers only gripe was the lack of encryption software.

For the full review, hit the link.

[OCZ ATV Turbo 4GB Flash Drive @ Everything USB]

OCZ Trifecta Memory Card Likes To Do It Threeways

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By David Ponce

The folks at OCZ make some interesting products. Their latest is the Trifecta SD card series. Used as is, it’s a regular SD card, which works great in digital cameras and such. But, the flash storage is really in the form of a Micro SD card, which is easily removed and can then be used in devices that need that format instead, like certain mobile phones. Finally, you can plug the card right into a USB port, eliminating the need for a memory card reader.

The Trifecta series come in 1GB or 2GB sizes, at 66X speeds. There’s no word on price or availability.

[ OCZ Trifecta ] VIA [ UberGizmo ]

OCZ Flex XLC Water-Cooled RAM

OCZ Flex XLC Water-Cooled CAS-3 DDR2-800 2 GB Memory Kit (Images courtesy Hot Hardware)
By Andrew Liszewski

Whether you’re building a top of the line gaming rig or a graphics workstation that will serve as your livelihood you’re going to want to squeeze every last bit of performance you can out of the hardware. Water cooling systems have been used on CPUs and even graphics processors for a while now but OCZ Technology has released a water cooling kit designed specifically for your system’s RAM.

Hot Hardware recently took a look at the company’s RAM cooling kit and while they admit they were doubtful at first they walked away suitably impressed.

While our initial reaction was to question the concept of water cooled memory modules, the final shipping product is actually quite impressive. We’re quite impressed in the way that the modules don’t HAVE to be water-cooled in order to get great overclocks – the air cooling system is highly effective in its own right. However, if you add water cooling to the mix, you’ll drastically lower your module temperatures and simply have a safer and potentially more stable computing environment when overclocked.

They did have a few minor concerns about the system, most notably the lack of clamping system where the water hoses attached. During testing the system didn’t leak without them but they still added their own as an extra precaution. You’ll also need a water cooling system already in place in order to use the kit but in the end it seems like a worthwhile investment if you’re serious about your PC’s performance.

[ Hot Hardware Reviews OCZ Flex XLC Water-Cooled RAM Kit ] VIA [ Slashdot ]

OCZ Roadster Is Very Small, Could Be Swallowed

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By David Ponce

Yeah, so it’s official. OCZ, manufacturers or RAM and non-volatile storage, have a fetish: they like’em small. Last time we looked at one of their products, it was the Mega-Kart 8GB, a credit card sized flash drive that we felt wasn’t a good idea for the simple reason that it invited to be fatally sandwiched between one of your buttocks and a hard, flat surface, like a chair. This time around though, we’re a little more intrigued. It’s called the Roadster, and could possibly be the smallest USB drive we’ve laid eyes on. Yeah, we know, we’re two months late on this, but hear us out. It’s a 1GB drive, compatible with USB 2.0 that works on Windows, Mac and even Linux. But most importantly, it weighs 6 grams, which is next to nothing. It’s got a fold-out USB connector, so you don’t even need a protector cap.

Best part is, it’s damn cheap, at about $25 after mail-in rebate, at NewEGG.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Digg ]

OhGizmo! Review – Crucial RealSSD C300 256GB SSD

By Chris Scott Barr

There’s no mistaking the fact that SSDs are the future. The traditional spinning disks that we’ve become accustomed to just can’t hold a candle to the SSD when it comes to performance. Of course things like capacity and price still keep these devices out of the hands of the general population for the time being.

So lets say that you’re someone who likes to be on the cutting-edge of technology. The SSD is going to be an obvious choice, but which one is right for you? Well, hopefully today we can help narrow your search down just a little bit. We’ve got a 256GB Crucial RealSSD C300 on the review table.

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CoolIT Vantage – Review

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When it comes to your gaming PC, getting the most bang for your buck(explosion out of your dollar) is of the utmost importance. For many, this means overclocking components such as the CPU and video card, to milk every last bit of performance from the hardware without paying anything extra. The downside to this is of course the additional heat generated from pushing your hardware to its limits.

So how do you keep your rig running cool without breaking the bank? Obviously upgrading your stock cooling system is going to be your first line of defense against heat. Now do you go with air cooling, or a liquid cooling setup? These days, I’m all for the latter. For a minimal increase in cost, you can greatly reduce not only the temperature of your components, but the noise as well.

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Review – CoolIT ECO Advanced Liquid Cooling


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As a PC gamer, I like  my machine running as efficiently as possible. This means that not only is my OS running as few unnecessary processes as possible, but my hardware is also staying nice and cool. You don’t need anything special to keep the software side of things running right, but having the right cooling system can make all of the difference in the world for your hardware.

The three things that are probably going to get the hottest in a machine are your CPU, GPU and hard drive. By using solid state drives I’ve all but eliminated the heat from the hard drive. Today we’ll be focusing on keeping the temperature down on your CPU.

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OhGizmo! Review – Kingston SSDNow V+ Gen. 2

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By Chris Scott Barr

We’re no strangers to SSD’s here at OhGizmo, as we’ve already had the pleasure of reviewing a couple. Today Kingston announced their second generation of SSDNow V+ drives. These are their higher-end enthusiast drives, very similar to the OCZ Summit drive that we reviewed a few months ago. Kingston sent over one of these new SSD’s so that we could put it to the test.

Just like the V Series drive that we reviewed back in August, the V+ is available in a bundle or as just a standalone drive. The bundle includes mounting brackets, a 4-pin power cable converter, SATA cable and USB enclosure (for your old drive) and drive cloning software. The bundle will only set you back around an extra $15, which is more than enough to justify the cost. Heck, the Acronis drive cloning software alone is worth it.

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OhGizmo! Review – Kingston SSDNow V-Series 128GB SSD


By Chris Scott Barr

Last week we showed you one of our first SSD’s that we’ve had a chance to review here at OhGizmo. It performed very well, but it was also had a small capacity and a large price tag. If you’re not looking to spend quite that much, but still want to upgrade from that old spinning drive, then you might try more of an entry-level drive. Kingston was kind enough to send over one of their V Series drives, which I’ve spent some time testing.

We were able to test out the SSDNow V Series 128GB Desktop Bundle. 128GB should be plenty of space for most users, though some may still want a secondary drive if they tend to have a lot of larger files that they need. You won’t have to be nearly as careful with space as you would on say the 64GB drive we tested last week.

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