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The Daily VR-Zone News Summary – 14 Feb 2011

In today's news roundup:

  • OCZ's RevoDrive X2 PCIe SSD, Jetway's Mini-ITX NC98-525E-LF motherboard, Lian Li's aluminium PC-V2120 chassis and ASUS's P7P55D Premium Intel P55 Express motherboard get reviewed,
  • Antennagate returns with a vengeance on Apple's new CDMA-band iPhone 4 smartphones,
  • Skype for iPhone has been updated to support the H.264 codec for video calls,
  • Nokia confirms its new relationship with Microsoft and Windows Phone 7, effectively leaving Intel and its x86 platform in the lurch with MeeGo, and
  • the popular Final Fantasy musical known as Distant Worlds has been confirmed to be making a comeback this year.

Hardware News:

Alpenföhn Föhn 140 Wing Boost Fan Review @ Vortez
Description: Rather unsurprisingly the fan itself looks very similar to the Föhn 120 from last year. Its dimensions are of course greater than the 120 and there are two sets of mount holes to accommodate both 120mm and 140mm fan mount holes. The 4pin PWM cable is covered by a rubberised braid which should offer a good deal of protection during install and usage.

Jetway Mini-ITX NC98-525E-LF Motherboard MultiMedia Review @ Madshrimps
Description: Jetway is well know for their Mini-ITX motherboards. Based on the Intel Atom is this a perfect base for a small energy saving and environmental friendly HTPC or Home server system. Jetway provided us a D525 CPU and GT218 gpu motherboard and we will take it through a series of multimedia tests. Already served well in a previous review for Home Server we will only focus on the HTPC part.

Lian Li PC-V2120 Review @ ocaholic
Description: Lian Li is well known for their high qualitiy aluminium comptuer cases but despite this the PC-V2120 is something special. It almost doesn't matter to which other case you compare this one to the PC-V2120 has almost no competition. Therefore we're really curious what's awaiting with this excellent looking case.

OCZ RevoDrive X2 PCIe Solid State Drive Review @ OCIA.net
Description: The RevoDrive X2 is essentially an original RevoDrive with a daughter card piggybacked on top. This daughter card adds two additional SandForce controllers and room for more memory chips, bringing the total controller count to four. A RAID0 configuration manages the four controllers and memory chips, resulting in what OCZ proclaims is a blazing fast PCIe SSD solution. We were pretty impressed with the original RevoDrive and can only wonder if the follow-up product is equally as impressive.

ASUS ENGTX560 Ti DCII TOP Video Card @ Benchmark Reviews
Description: Benchmark Reviews tests the ASUS ENGTX560 Ti DCII TOP. DCII means this card now comes with an improved version of the Direct CU cooler, now with 2 fans and adding dissipation area. They also tag this product as TOP because it sports a 900MHz GPU core instead of the 822MHz from the reference design and 1050MHz instead of 1000MHz from stock. Aside from that, ASUS also bundles their very own overclocking/monitoring software to modify frequency and voltage values and add some extra performance for free. ! Let's have a look at the ASUS ENGTX560 Ti and check if it can be a good contender against the competition, including the highly acclaimed GeForce GTX 460.

ASUS P7P55D Premium Intel P55 Express Motherboard Review
Description: While much of Intel's world has been thrown into a tizzy by the Q1'2011 Intel P67/H67 chipset recall (initial B2 stepping only), we thought it timely to look in on Intel P55 motherboards from ASUS that offer some of the bells and whistles of Intel P67 platforms, with none of the bad recall aftertaste. The ASUS P7P55D-E Pro is one such board to consider, this review is going to focus on its nearly identical twin, the P7P55D Premium. We'll touch on TurboV Evo, Hybrid Phase, ExpressGate, MemOK, EPU, Fan Xpert and Stack Cool 3+…

D-Link Boxee Box DSM-380 (German)
Description: (Machine translation) The D-Link Boxee Box (DSM-380) with Intel Atom CE4100 arrived Technic3D. The Boxee Box by D-Link brings all the stuff you normally watch on a computer to your TV; movies and TV programmes streamed from the Internet, 400 different apps that let you access content from most popular websites, and a full web browser. The Boxee Box will also help you rediscover your own media collection by automatically identifying all the files on a hard drive or home network and then building a stunning visual media library for you. Technic3D will check the Features in the following Review…

Corsair Vengeance 8GB Dual Channel DDR3 Memory Kit (CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9) Review at Overclockers Online
Description: The Corsair Vengeance is priced at the lower end of the market attracting educated buyers to pick a brand they know they can trust. Corsair doesn’t blindside them with an inferior product, instead they have themselves a great gem here. Corsair Vengeance 8GB PC3-12800 CAS 9 Vengeance let’s you run all of those memory intensive programs where a 2X2GB kit wouldn’t cut it.

Consumer Electronics and Software News:

HP's ENVY 17 3D laptop now shipping for $2499
Description: HP's Envy 17 3D laptop is now shipping for $2,499. This laptop has a 17.3" Full-HD active-shutter 3D "ultra brightview" LCD display powered by AMD's 3D technology. Features include a Core i7-920XM CPU, 8GB memory, 1TB H/D, Blu-ray drive and Windows 7. It comes bundled with one pair of active-shutter 3D glasses.

Speck PixelSleeve 13” Laptop and Netbook Case Review @ TestFreaks
Description: Speck loves the term ‘Pixel’. I have reviewed numerous Pixel dubbed items, mostly for the iPhone and iPad. Today we will look at a laptop carrying sleeve case designed for up to 13” laptops called the PixelSleeve. It can fit most 13” machines including the newest Apple MacBook Air 13” revision.

Sony Ericsson LiveView Micro Display Review @ DragonSteelMods
Description: Our phones have become indispensible, they’re a huge part of our lives, they go with us everywhere, and they’ve become much more than just phones. Sony has decided to make them even more useful with the addition of a second screen called the LiveView that works with most any Android phone. The LiveView is a 1.3” Color OLED screen that has a ton of uses like checking your email, reading text messages, and checking Twitter and Facebook updates. The LiveView can be clipped most anywhere or worn as a watch. It can allow you to control your phone from a distance with the many plug-ins available for it like controlling your media player or even dialing your phone. It’s a very unique and rather useful little device.

Google Explains, Apologizes For, CR-48 Spam
Description: Early this morning people who have received a Google CR-48 notebook, and people who’ve requested one, got hit with 100 or more emails from a newly created Google Group. Google sent out an email this evening apologizing for the emails and explaining what happened. Google was planning on launching the group next week for all users who have been selected to be in the program. But someone discovered it early and posted to it.

Skype for iPhone Update
Description: Skype today announced that its Skype for iPhone app now supports H.264, one of the most commonly used formats for the recording, compression, and distribution of high definition video. This small, but significant step now enables Skype for iPhone users to make video calls to the full range of Skype devices, including TVs from Panasonic and Samsung.

With Nokia Dating Microsoft, Intel Was Just Stood Up
Description: Now that Nokia has chosen to dance with Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7, where does that leave Intel at the mobile prom? Without a date, that’s where. MeeGo for Intel has gone been relegated to experimental status and without a software platform, Intel has few mobile prospects.

iPhone 4 Antennagate Returns, Still a Non-Story
Description: Antennagate is back in the news thanks to the Verizon iPhone 4. The Inquirer has an article about it, decrying Apple’s willful negligence with the sub-title “Can’t keep a faulty design down.” Let’s put this faulty notion to bed, shall we?

Gaming News:

Distant Worlds Final Fantasy Concert Begins April
Description: Final Fantasy fans from US, UK and Australia will be having it lucky as Distant Worlds Final Fantasy concert will be held in these countries, beginning on 1st April in New York. Here is a full schedule

Ar Tonelico Qoga English Trailer Unveiled, Has Japanese Dubs Option
Description: NIS America unveiled the English trailer of Ar Tonelico Qoga, slated for a release stateside on 15th March 2011, the game will include a Japanese vocal option for the folks who loves the vocals of Japanese seiyuu.

Microsoft Announces Defiant Map Pack DLC
Description: Scheduled for this March, the Defiant Map Pack features three new maps set on, above, and below the besieged planet Reach, and represents the first DL…

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