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Western Digital has entered the very crowded market of Wireless Routers with their introduction of the My Net Family of Dual-Band Routers including the N900 which we take for a spin today. Besides being dual-band, Western Digital has included a technology called FasTrack which helps prioritize Multimedia data so that any streaming or gaming content is moved to the front reducing stutters and drop outs. Read on to find out what we think about this new router!

"The device that we are focusing in on today is the Western Digital My Net N900 which is a dual-band router specifically designed and optimized for movies, games, video, music and other multimedia and entertainment services. This HD dual-band router is rated at 900 Mbps Wi-Fi speed (450 + 450 Mbps) has 7 Gigabit Ethernet ports, two USB ports and a retail price of $179.99..."

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OCZ’s latest PSU was co-developed with Johnathan “Fatal1ty” Wendel to meet the specific needs of gamers. The OCZ Fatal1ty 1000W PSU sports a gaming-ready look with a sleek design, clean connectors, and a glowing red LED fan. By using using 100% Japanese capacitors and a powerful single +12V rail, this PSU is capable of delivering 1000W of continuous power at 50°C, which should be plenty of power for multi-GPU gaming PCs.

"The OCZ Fatal1ty 1000W is a well-balanced power supply of high quality, offering great performance and a unique appearance. Considering its target group, it may not be cheap but it is not excessively expensive either. We are certain that hardcore users will enjoy the Fatal1ty 1000W unit, particularly those who would like to have a unit with individually sleeved cables but do not have the skills or the time to perform such an extensive modification..."

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Don't look now but here comes another SandForce SF-2281 drive, this time by SanDisk. This is the first time we've had our hands on an SSD from SanDisk but are very familiar with their other products. Can their expertise in the storage industry help their Extreme series drive top the performance charts? With high-density, Toggle Mode NAND and read and write specifications of 550MB/s and 520MB/s, we think it's got a shot. Check out the full review to see.

"In terms of performance, if you were looking for surprises from the SandForce powered SanDisk Extreme, you'll find none here. Though no surprises, the performance is anything but disappointing. Blessed with high density, synchronous, and Toggle Mode NAND, we surmised that performance was going to be right up there with the best drives we've tested. We were right. It posted impressive scores on several of the benchmarks where it hit just over the rated specifications of 560MB/s reads and 520MB/s writes..."

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Western Digital recently announced the next generation of its top-selling My Passport line of portable hard drives, offering consumers a fresh new enclosure design and the first-ever 2 TB capacity in a portable drive. We were able to get our hands one of these 2 TB My Passport drives and put it to the test to see how easy it is to setup and how fast the hard drive inside is. Read on to see if this is the right portable product to backup and transport your critical data!

"Western Digital went with a black plastic casing on the My Passport 2TB that is adorned with a circular pattern and the WD logo and product name. The My Passport is rather small and measures in at just 111mm x 82mm x 21mm or 4.37" x 3.24" x 0.82" with a weight of eight ounces. This might sound large to some, but it isn't much bigger than an Apple iPhone 4S and easily fits in your pocket unless you are wearing skinny jeans..."

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Many of our readers have been giving very positive feedback on our coverage of this years Electronic Entertainment Expo and today we conclude it with booth babes! To keep up with the demand of our readers, we would not be giving proper coverage without showing what many would consider the best part, the booth babes! We’ve compiled more than 60 pictures of the hottest booth models to grace the Los Angeles Convention Center this week and they are all in this article!

Check out all the E3 Babes at Legit Reviews

Thermaltake recently released their all-in-one series of closed loop water cooling kits. The Performer features a single 120mm radiator, but features two 120mm fans for maximum cooling performance. Read on to see how it handles the heat compared to our air coolers we have tested so far on our Intel Core i5 2500k gaming computer test bench!

"In this day and age, computers are becoming more and more advanced and the cooling products we need have to do the same thing. The days of small air coolers are behind us, and Thermaltake has recognized that and brought forth a worthy solution with the Water 2.0 series. Without being large and loud this cooler is able to compete..."

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Having the ability to play your favorite video games instantly over the internet with out the need of high-end hardware or discs is possible with cloud gaming. NVIDIA recently entered this market with the GeForce Cloud Grid and is showing it off at E3 on smart TVs from Samsung. Read on to learn more about cloud-based gaming and to see the demos that we were shown on the show floor.

"We were brought over to the Samsung Smart TV that was connected to the internet with an Ethernet cable and loaded with Gaikai’s online gaming app that is needed for access to the NVIDIA GeForce GRID cloud gaming platform. A few seconds later we were playing Meteor Entertainment’s new mech warrior game Hawken from a data center about 10 miles away in the heart of LA. Keep in mind we were doing this with just a TV and the remote control as the hardware running the game was miles away..."

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It's that time again for wall-to-wall news coverage of gaming news coming out of the Electronic Entertainment Expo, better known as E3. Legit Reviews is once again on the ground bringing you coverage from Los Angeles. Will it be the same boring convention as in the past few years? Something tells us that we are in for some treats this year. Read on for a preview of what is at this years show as we expect innovation to be unveiled!

"Over the next three days, Legit Reviews will be on hand to give you a closer look at this Mecca for gamers. We will be concentrating on the hardware-side of things, but as always, we will bring to you what we think will be the hottest software titles for 2012. Of course Nintendo is making big news with the formal introduction of the Wii U, but Sony and Microsoft aren’t done as there are many people here talking about a possible announcement of new hardware by the holidays – can you say Xbox 720 or PlayStation 4??"

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Taipei, Taiwan, June, 4th 2012 – GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co. Ltd., a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards, today introduced their latest Ultra Durable 5 technology, featuring a range of high current capable components including the industry’s highest rated 60A IR3550 PowIRstage® ICs that provide the best quality power delivery to the CPU for record-breaking performance, cool and efficient operation and extended motherboard lifespan.
 
GIGABYTE is yet again raising the bar of motherboard quality and durability with their Ultra Durable 5 technology, which includes high current capable components for the CPU power zone including the highest rated and awarded IR3550 PowIRstage® ICs from International Rectifier, 2X Copper PCB and high current Ferrite Core Chokes rated up to 60A which together are able to deliver up to 60°C* cooler temperatures than traditional motherboards. Featured on a range of new motherboards based the
Intel® X79 and Z77 Express Chipsets, GIGABYTE Ultra Durable™ 5 technology is the next evolution in quality motherboard design.

“As the exclusive motherboard manufacturer to utilize the amazingly efficient IR3550 PowIRstage® ICs from International Rectifier, GIGABYTE has spent a considerable amount of engineering resources to ensure our Ultra Durable 5 motherboards are our best Ultra Durable motherboards yet,” commented Henry Kao, Vice President of GIGABYTE Motherboard Business Unit. “GIGABYTE Ultra Durable 5 motherboards are especially optimized for water cooled systems and overclocked Intel® Core i7-3770K Ivy Bridge “K” SKU CPUs due to their exceptionally low operating temperatures, and make the perfect match for anyone looking to push their system to limits.”
 
“We are delighted that IR’s award winning IR3550 PowIRstage® provides the high current, thermal capability and outstanding performance to power GIGABYTE’s new Ultra Durable 5 motherboard series,” said Deepak Savadatti, Vice President and General Manager, IR’s Enterprise Power Business Unit.
 

About IR3550 PowIRstage® ICs
mb-news02The award winning IR3550 PowIRstage® ICs feature greater power e­fficiency and are the highest rated Power Stage in the industry, able to provide up to 60A of power. This ensures the best power delivery to the CPU, for more stable operation and better overclocking performance. GIGABYTE Ultra Durable5 motherboards also use both IR digital PWM controllers and IR PowIRstage® ICs, for a uniquely seamless power delivery system.

 

Single Package Design
IR has leveraged its world class packaging technology developed for the DirectFET®, improving the thermal capability and layout of the PowIRstage® significantly over that of other MCM packages.

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Driver IC Developed by International Rectifier
IR3550 PowIRstage® ICs feature a specialized MOSFET driver IC which is tuned perfectly for the MOSFET pair. Many Driver MOSFET companies use drivers from other companies, thus the drivers are not always optimized for the MOSFETs. With co-packaged Driver+MOSFETs, IR has designed this driver to optimize this module for greatest efficiency.
 

IndustryLeading PeakEfficiency up to 95%
IR3550 PowIRstage® ICs are more efficient, with peak efficiency up to 95%, during normal operation. Even at higher Current levels, IR3550 PowIRstage® ICs are able to maintain lower power losses. Lower power loss also means less heat as a byproduct.

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* Testing result for reference only. Results may differ according to system configuration.VIN=12V, VOUT=1.2V, ƒSW = 300kHz, L=210nH (0.2mΩ), VCC=6.8V, CIN=47uF x 4, COUT =470uF x3, 400LFM airflow, no heat sink, 25°C ambient temperature, and 8-layer PCB of 3.7” (L) x 2.6” (W).
 

Cooler Temperatures = Higher Overclocks

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* Testing result for reference only. Results may differ according to system configuration.
* Up to 60° C lower temp. obtained using 4 phase IR3550 PowIRstage® with 2x Copper PCB vs. 4 phase D-Pak MOSFET @ 100A load 10 mins lab testing without heatsink.

 

High Efficiency = Low Power Loss = Less Heat = Longer Lifespan
IR3550 PowIRstage® ICs remain cooler than other MOSFET designs, allowing users to overclock to greater levels of performance. Each power component has a maximum thermal operational temperature, and once it is reached, adding more voltage will only result in a failed overclock. Since IR3550 PowIRstages® are able to operate at cooler temperatures at higher voltages than traditional designs, overclockers are able to have more headroom to increase voltages, resulting in higher potential overclocks.

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High Capacity Ferrite Core Chokes and 2X Copper PCB
mb-news07GIGABYTE Ultra Durable 5 motherboards feature High Capacity Power Stages and Ferrite Core chokes rated up to 60A with GIGABYTE exclusive 2x Copper PCBs to provide the most stable power delivery.
 




GIGABYTE’s exclusive 2X Copper PCBs design provides sufficient power trace paths between components to handle greater than normal power loads and to remove heat from the critical CPU power delivery area. This is essential to ensure the motherboard is able to handle the increased power loading that is necessary when overclocking. 

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Quality Inside and Out
Even though several of the high quality components used in GIGABYTE Ultra Durablemotherboards are not visible from the outside including the amazingly efficient IR3550 PowIRstage ICs from International Rectifier and the copper inside of our 2X Copper PCB, rest assured that they are working hard to provide better efficiency, greater power savings, lower system temperatures, better overclocking performance and extended system longevity. That’s the GIGABYTE Ultra Durable guarantee.
 

GIGABYTE Ultra Durable 5 Motherboards

Intel® X79 Express Chipset GA-X79S-UP5 WIFI GA-X79S-UP5 GA-X79-UP4
Intel® Z77 Express Chipset GA-Z77X-UP7 GA-Z77X-UP5 TH GA-Z77X-UP4 TH

 

About International Rectifier

International Rectifier (NYSE:IRF) is a world leader in power management technology. IR’s analog and mixed signal ICs, advanced circuit devices, integrated power systems and components help enable high performance computing and reduce energy waste from motors, the world’s single largest consumer of electricity. Leading manufacturers of computers, energy efficient appliances, lighting, automobiles, satellites, aircraft and defense systems rely on IR’s power management benchmarks to power their next generation products. For more information, go to www.irf.com.

Trademark Notice

IR®, PowIRstage® and DirectFET® are registered trademarks of International Rectifier Corporation.

About GIGABYTE

GIGABYTE Technology Co. Ltd., headquartered in Taipei, Taiwan, is known as a leading brand in the IT industry with branch offices located in 24 countries around the world. Founded in 1986, GIGABYTE started as a small research and development team and has since taken a position as one of the in the world's top motherboard manufacturers. In addition to motherboards and graphics cards, GIGABYTE further expanded its product portfolio to include notebooks and desktop PCs, datacenter servers, networking products, mobile handsets, and home entertainment devices to serve each facet of the digital life in the home and office. Everyday GIGABYTE aims to “Upgrade Your Life” with innovative technology, exceptional quality, and unmatched customer service. Visit www.gigabyte.us for more information.

Mushkin is best known for their memory products and while they don't have an expansive line of SSDs, they offer a drive for just about every type of user. The Chronos MX is not their flagship drive but chews up some serious data with popular SF-2281 controller under the hood. How does it compare with the long list of SandForce drives we tested? Have a look!

"While there's certainly nothing negative we can say about the Mushkin Chronos MX 120GB, there's also very little we can say that sets this drive apart from its peers. It's a solid offering, worthy of your consideration if you can wade through the legions of SF-2281 drives available without getting distracted by the shiny..."

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