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The best SSDs you can buy right now

Editor’s note: this is a guest post by Dave at TechRadar.com, one of our favourite sources for tech news and reviews. Here’s his thoughts on the best solid state drives around today.

 

The world of storage had been lagging behind the performance increases we’ve become used to from processor development to the latest graphics card releases.  Now with solid state drives though storage performance is increasing all the time.

But where do we spend our money and who can we rely on to bring us the best SSDs for our machines? What SSD is right for you?

We’ve recently looked at the latest advances in SSD technology in our Best SSD Buying Guide and have reviewed the contenders for the best SSD around right now.

So here’s eight of the top next-generation solid state drives available to buy.

 

8. Plextor M2S 128GB – 3½ stars

Unusually for a modern, performance SSD the Plextor drive is not using a SandForce controller. Instead it’s using the same Marvell SATA 6Gbps controller you’ll find in the Intel 510 Series drives.

Intel has played with its firmware though and makes for a faster drive than Plextor has managed with this SSD.

Read the full Plextor M2S review.

7. Intel 510 Series 120GB – 3½ stars

The tweaked firmware of the Intel drive means that its sequential performance numbers are impressive, and if you’re just moving large files around it’s a decent choice.

Unfortunately for Intel though the latest SandForce-based drives just offer better performance numbers overall.

Read the full Intel 5 Series review.

 

6. Corsair Force 3 120GB – 4 stars

Corsair’s Force 3 drives are good, SATA 6Gbps devices. What the Force 3 isn’t is perfect. For starters, Corsair has gone for cheaper asynchronous NAND, limiting absolute bandwidth (not taking into account data compression) to 50MB/s channel or 400MB/s total.

Just like the OCZ Agility 3, which also uses asynchronous NAND, the Force 3’s claimed sequential performance is likely to drop significantly when handling incompressible data like video and music files.

Read the full Corsair Force 3 review.

5. Crucial M4 256GB – 4 stars

Again the Crucial M4 is one of them Marvell-powered SSDs. When it comes to shunting incompressible data around, like music and video, the Crucial M4 takes much less of a performance hit. It’s 50MB/s faster with incompressible writes than the mighty OCZ Vertex 3.

It’s also a little larger at 256GB rather than 240GB. All of which makes for a pretty interesting alternative to the default OCZ Vertex 3 option with its SandForce controller.

Read the full Crucial M4 review.

 

4. OCZ Agility 3 240GB – 4 stars

Just what separates this OCZ Agility 3 drive from its seemingly identical Vertex 3 sibling? Not a lot, as it happens. But there is one difference; the Agility 3 makes do with the cheaper asynchronous rather than synchronous NAND memory.

Of course, it’s attractively priced for a 240GB drive with the latest SandForce controller technology. But then the OCZ Vertex 3 only costs an extra 10 per cent and tops the performance tables across the board. In the end, that discount just isn’t enough.

Read the full OCZ Agility 3 review.

 

3. OCZ Vertex 3 240GB – 4½ stars

To say that the 240GB Vertex 3 is an impressive drive is to do it a disservice; it is a pretty amazing drive with performance you could only dream about even as recently as last year. In the space of just one generation OCZ has brought out a drive with sequential performance that threatens to overwhelm the SATA 6Gbps interface.

SandForce’s SF-2000 range of controllers provide stunning sequential read /write performance and shows where the future of SSD’s is to be heading.

Read the full OCZ Vertex 3 review.

2. Patriot Wildfire 120GB – 4½ stars

The Patriot Wildfire is a speedy, solid little SSD, and we’ve been impressed by the package it’s put together. The drive keeps pace with the big boys of the SSD market and in some places actually manages to outshine them.

While it can’t quite keep up with the two quickest drives on the market in compressible, uncompressible and 4K random reads, the plucky Patriot Wildfire consistently impresses with write performances across all these areas and offers pretty good value for money.

Read the full Patriot Wildfire review.

 

1. A-Data S511 240GB – 4½ stars

The big one for the A-Data S511 is the relatively high 4K read and write speeds. It’s this impressive performance that makes for speedy operations within the Windows environment more than any other. As well as some impressive performance chops the S511 is also one of the cheaper SandForce 240GB drives out there.

The A-Data S511 is cheaper than the equivalent OCZ Vertex 3, and for that you get a healthy, reliable and – in many ways – faster SSD.

Read the A-Data S511 full review.

For a full list of drives we’ve looked at on TechRadar.com check out our constantly updated SSD reviews.

 

Dave James is the Components Editor for TechRadar.com and as such is a massive PC geek of the highest order. What he hasn’t destroyed through benchmarking, overclocking or general tweakery isn’t worth looking at.

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Buyers’ Guide: The top SSDs on test from £130


Storage News

There is a wide range of SSDs to choose from and selecting the most appropriate drive can be a tricky choice.  Having a good look around can be very worthwhile, once you know what it is you need to look out for and doing so will ensure that you make a purchase that you’re going to be happy with until you’re ready for your next upgrade.  To help you be better equipped to pick the SSD you need, we’ve put together a short guide and taken a look at five SSDs from £130.

What you should look for

There are a few terms that will crop up fairly often and these are as follows: Future solids, controlling force, write amplification, memory size, performance, Read/write speed

Corsair Force 3 120GB SSD

 

1. Corsair Force 3 120GB – £130

Corsair’s new Force 3 continues to look like a great deal, even when the scrutiny begins. You get the  SF-2281 controller found in several much more expensive drives, meaning this drive will provide key performance for your needs as well as considerable longevity.  Also, the Corsair is very reasonably priced for a 120GB SSD powered by the latest SandForce SF-2200 controller and 25nm NAND flash memory.  The data compression from the DuraWrite is another fantastic point feature that is set to contribute greatly to reducing write amplification.  To put this in perspective, a typical installation of Windows 7 and Office 2007 involves 25GB of writes to a standard hard disk or SSD, but with DuraWrite, this is reduced to just 11GB.

 

2. Crucial M4 256GB – £290

Well noted for its reliability, memory size, and support, the Crucial M4 is better value for money than you might consider it to be at first glance.  It’s a rather impressive piece of tech due to its 6Gbps SATA support and 415MB/s read and 260MB/s write ratings, it’s eight-channel controller ( just like the SandForce SF-2200 ), and the input-output operations per second.  All of these features make it strong contender for real-world performance when you need it.

 

3. OCZ Vertex 3 240GB – £380

The new Vertex 3 240GB boasts sequential reads and writes of 550MB/s and 520MB/s respectively, which are pretty spectacular.  With those sort of figures, you’re left gawping at the awesome performance of the OCZ Vertex 3 drive.  The synchronous NAND memory modules that make up the drive are widely held as one of the best.  Solid state drive in terms of both compressible and incompressible file transfers is an additional boon.  Only the Vertex 3 has huge bandwidth reserves, which is a feature of considerable note.  It tops the performance tables across the board and along with its 240GB of memory; it makes a bold statement and is highly desirable.  This is at the top of the price range of devices covered so it’s no wonder that it’s a strong contender.

 

4. OCZ Agility 3 240GB – £315

This little piece of magic has an arsenal of top features.  These include a new SF-2200 controller, SATA 6Gbps support, read and write performance of roughly 500MB and a 240GB of solid state memory.  The Agility 3 makes do with asynchronous rather than synchronous NAND memory.

 

5. Intel 510 120GB – £204

Intel’s latest SSDs have faced stiff competition of late and whilst their heritage alone means that they are still a force to be reckoned with, many will say that they have a battle on their hands when it comes to the SSD throne.  This is forcing Intel into becoming more creative in the production of the SSD drives.  In this case, they have started going into buying in a third party SSD controller, giving them more time to get their house in order.  Now, onto the SSD drive, this 120GB version has a reduced capacity and a reduced read/write speeds of 450MB/s and 210MB/s.   Still, this is a pretty good drive for its price, performance and name.

 

I’ve whizzed through a range of SSDs here to give an overview of the sort of features and specifications to look for in choosing an SSD for yourself.  This will have been a pretty intensive course, so if you have any questions regarding anything covered here be sure to post a question in the comments.

Let me know what is your SSD manufacturer of choice or what SSD you’re currently using in your rig.

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Better Late Than Never!

“Dunc, when ARE you doing another blog?!”

I know, I know, it’s been a while – and I can only apologise to those of you that have followed Dunc’s Deals since July last year – I really have been busy and not lazy (as some have suggested – yes you Debs!) but hopefully from here on out normal service will resume with weekly ramblings and a few hand-picked specials!

The wise amongst you have already signed up to the forum and been taking advantage of the latest and greatest deals we’ve been dropping on there. Sam, Matt and I have tried to keep the questions answered and the community members are always on hand to help – if you’re not yet a member get involved!

First off, I hope you all had a good Christmas and New Year! Although it does seem a distant memory now, it really was only four weeks ago! Thank god its almost pay-day as its been a long month – with that said we have some belting deals for you below. Bully is back for the 2011 – and he wants you to invest your wages wisely!

PRODUCT NEWS!

January has been an unbelievably busy month for products on dabs. We announced that thanks to the success of our Self-Build Bundles we have brought Patriot Memory on as a brand in its own right, and have some killer deals on their ranges in stock today.

Also this month, Intel released their long awaited and hugely anticipated 2nd Generation Core Processors – the new Core i5 and Core i7 CPUs came into stock and many sold out instantly! We have got a huge range of Gigabyte and Asus motherboards ready for the new LGA 1155 socket CPUs and as ever we have some brand new Self-Build Bundles ready – review the full Intel page here.

Corsair Vengeance Memory, which was released to huge acclaim last year was also made available at Dabs this month – we have the full range set-up and plenty of stock at great pricing. Make sure you check the deals below for some great Dunc’s Deals on Memory!

Our lead designer, Mike, has been hard at work putting together the new PC Upgrade for 2011 landing page which looks the dogs wotsits – on there you will find the latest and greatest PC Components ready for any PC Upgrade, bookmark it and check back regularly!

Wrapping up “news” this week is the NVIDIA launch of the brand new GTX 560Ti graphics cards. The new addition to the GeForce line up “equips you with up to 3x the performance of previous generations and enjoy the GeForce GTX gaming experience with the latest technologies such as DirectX 11, NVIDIA® Surround, 3D Vision™, PhysX®, and SLI®” With a starting price of £199.99 these are well worth a look – we recommend the 1GHz Gigabyte Super Overclocked BADBWOY!

While on the subject of NVIDIA, make sure you check out the ‘Show Us Your Claw’ competition where you could win an NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX560 Ti 3D Vision PC or 5 runners up prizes of the new GeForce® GTX560 Ti graphics cards! Be innovative with your entries!

 

PRODUCT DEALS & CHALLENGE DUNC!

New Year, New Deals… same Challenge Dunc! Just as you did in the yesteryear 2010, you can keep firing in the ‘Price Match Challenges’ and specific deal requests to the email inbox, I am still getting lots but welcome more – get in touch you will always get a reply!

Now the real reason for the delay in Dunc’s Deals returning is I’ve been waiting for Bully to fully recover from his MAMMOTH new year hangover (he was a real mess) but he’s back on form now and has lined up FIVE killer deals for the weekend!

Iiiiiin 1! OCZ Technology 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 already over £25 off, yours with an extra £5 off, usually £39.99!

Iiiiiin 2! Corsair Memory Vengeance 6GB (3x2GB) DDR3, currently £84.99, yours for under £80!

Iiiiiin 3! NetGear Stora 2-Bay NAS, currently £64.99, get £5 off with Bully!

Iiiiiin 4! Asus Intel 2nd Generation P67 Bundle (Mobo and CPU), £5 off – under £295!

Iiiiiin 5! Western Digital 1TB Elements Desktop Hard Drive, currently £49.99 – now £46.99!

Finally make sure you check out the Crucial RealSSD Price downs – these are limited time offers to save up to £50 on SATA 6Gb/s solid state drives!

Keep spreading the word of the blog, offers and dabs in general, and remember if you send me examples of you getting the word out and I’ll send you a download code for Lost Planet 2!

 

TAKE A BOW SON!

Andy Gray and Richard Keys have been the talk of the country this week following some choice words about female officials in football – no matter what you think about it, the best review of the whole situation was the reporting hypocrisy discussed by Charlie Brooker on last nights 10 O’Clock Live on Channel 4! If you missed it, 4OD!

I want to sign off today in the spirit of Russell Howard with a “Good News” story that I hope some of you have seen. The man with the Golden Voice – Ted Williams – an ex-radio voiceover from Ohio has been re-discovered on the streets following years of drink and drug abuse and a chance YouTube clip has helped him get back on his feet and to work once again! Super-fans of  homeless Ted will be pleased to know that his former tent AND infamous cardboard sign are now for sale on ebay! Good luck to you Ted!

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“McDunc – I’m Not Lovin’ It”

Just when you thought this week couldn’t get any betterafter the jubilant return of the Chilean miners… it’s the return of Dunc! Happy Friday everyone!

In the same week as 33 Chilean miners returned from two months underground, dabs.com FC recorded their second win on the bounce – two amazing feats of endurance and teamwork! I am still at a loss to as how it happened – not the Chilean miners, they got out thanks to planning and precision – I’m talking about our back to back victories! The mind boggles!

For next week only, you can call me McDunc – no thanks to you lot. I’m going back to my semi-Scottish roots! In the seven days since the last update, the majority of you have managed to ensure that the “Should Dunc wear a Kilt to the Dabs Diamond Awards later this month” poll is leaning heavily in favour of me donning the tartan and showing my pins – thanks for that! While I may be less than grateful for your votes in the poll, we are grateful for all your votes for the actual awards – the response has been overwhelming! The votes are now closed and are being counted and verified by our very own Dermot O’Leary – Michelle. The winners will be announced online after the awards ceremony next week, as will the winner of the prize for voting – stay tuned!

Today marks the day that the long awaited new game Medal of Honor is released in the UK, and as those eagle eyed regulars to the blog will have seen, we have secured an exclusive offer in conjunction with the guys at EA Store. For today only you can get 20% off with a voucher code, to get the code and the full details check out the blog post.

This week we have launched two new aspects on dabs.com – a new section of the Blog called “Ponderings” and our long awaited forum! The new blog section opened with our very own Matt giving his thoughts on memories and the need, or rather not, to retain them.

The forum, which went live yesterday, has been in the idea stages for some time and we know many of you have been waiting for us to get one online for even longer! Well the wait is over – and we have to thank all the IT guys (Alex, Ste, Mark), the marketing team (Mike, Matt and Sam) and everyone who helped bring the forum online over recent weeks. Sign up today and get posting, as there is a special prize that will be announced later today on the forum!

  

In The News

Quiet week in all honesty, lots going on but very little of it has caught my eye – don’t forget you guys can always submit stories you find interesting via comments or Speak to Dunc and ill ensure if I use them you get credited! One thing that did catch the eye was the ever-busy Google. Whilst finding time to squeeze in  a 32% jump in profits, they also have announced that they have been testing automated cars that have clocked up over 100,000 miles without human interaction – crazy!

 

Product News!

Last week you guys took to the news of the Synology USB Station 2 pre-order by placing your pre-orders in droves! Today stock has landed and you can now secure the product for under £80!

This week we have a host of new offers ready for you to take advantage of, the first is a new Self-Build bundle! Those of you who are familiar with our Asus Intel and AMD bundles will know what to expect, but this time we have partnered with Gigabyte to offer a one off Ultimate Bundle! The bundle sees the GA-890FXA-UD5 Motherboard, AMD Phenom II X6 1055T, Corsair 4GB DDR3 [2x2GB] Memory and  Windows 7 Home Premium brought together for under £450! Not only that, but we are throwing in 2 Game Downloads: Storm Rise + Lost Planet! Stock due next week!

This week saw the launch of the new NVIDIA GTS 430 range of Graphics cards that are aimed at the casual gamer market and those looking for performance from their PC. From editing photos to HD video, watching blu-ray movies and playing DX11 titles like Civilization V – the new cards pack a punch at a great price point. Check out the range we have starting at under £60.

Finally, just today we have launched two new promotions on dabs.com. First up is the Netgear ReadyNAS duo, where you can claim a 1TB or 2TB hard drive for free on selected models and the second is on Western Digital VelociRaptor Hard Drives where you can get yourself a FREE copy of the just released Medal of Honor game for PC! Check out the full details and see the included drives here.

 

 

Product Deals & Challenge Dunc Continues!

After a great response to last week’s “Challenge Dunc” I’m looking forward to seeing what next this brings – suggest deals you want to see and drop me a note via ‘Speak to Dunc’ with your ‘Price Match Challenges’ this week, and I’ll do all I can to get the deal you need!

First up on the exclusive front, I want to ensure you get the BEST price in the market right now for the Samsung 1TB S2 Portable hard drive. Currently on dabs you can get at an already amazing price of £89.99, and last week I offered it to you guys for £79.99. But for one week only, with this link, you can get it for even less – £76.98!

Moving on to some Solid State Drive deals, we’ve just taken stock of some fantastically price OCZ Onyx Series products. The 64GB is now down to £79.99 and the 128GB has hit a great price of £159.98. I can’t knock anything else off, but I am going to say that if you buy one you can have a £40 game voucher for EA Store – just email me with your Sales Order Number!

Some of you have already spotted it, but to those that haven’t, you should take advantage of the special bundle that is on the Intel Ultimate Self-Build Bundle. Right now you can save over £20 on Kingston HyperX 6GB (3x2GB) DDR3 1600MHz Memory when bought with the bundle – check it out today and take advantage!

Remember, keep spreading word about the blog offers and let me know about when you mention the blog online as you WILL bag yourself a freebie!

Anyone For Curry?

OK that’s it for another week – I’m off out tonight with some of the boys from work for a few beverages of the alcoholic variety and a curry at Akbars in Manchester! It is with a heavy heart (but a belly full of curry) that we will be celebrating the departure of Mike in our IT Development team, who is off to pastures new – yes celebrating, we didn’t like him much anyway! Only joking Mike, you know you’ll be missed!!

Have a good weekend and don’t forget to enter our “Win a buyagift.com experience worth £150”. In the words of our proposal Romeo, Mike, as mentioned last week – “I only have one question…”

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Awoooooooooga!

Helping Kris Akabusi (tenuous), Hose-pipe Bans and Crazy Deals!

It’s Friday once again and as I am writing this, and you are reading it, it must mean we all survived Friday 13th – although looking out of the window here at dabs it looks like the apocalypse. It is gloomy and currently lashing it down…not only that, but there are some rumbles of thunder… is it really mid-august? It’s not all doom and gloom though for us up north; yesterday our Hose Pipe Ban was lifted – yeah, thanks for recognising that it has rained for seven weeks straight up north United Utilities!

Another reason to be happy is that the football season is back; Blackpool are flying high, Preston are bottom of the league (sorry Mike – our head designer and loyal/foolhardy/optimistic PNE fan) and Bolton are mid-table! Happy days! If you don’t like football don’t worry; X-Factor starts tomorrow! I for one look forward to seeing Simon crush the dreams of mis-guided teens for the next few weeks!

So while your Saturdays now belong to Jeff Stelling and Simon Cowell, your Fridays still belong to Dunc… so onto the good stuff!

After last week telling you that we had a big desk move at dabs – I too have been relocated – in fact I am now sat next to our “Social Media Guru” Sam (he doesn’t call himself that, we do). He is the man who handles all your Twitter and Facebook queries. He also launches unique promotions for dabs including Free Game Friday on Twitter – follow us now to take part!

Now the Kris Akabusi link may be tenuous but allow me to explain. Last week I told you that a Massachusetts man had a pea plant was growing in his lung – that question was subsequently in our local Pub Quiz this week and my team, Quiz Akabusi , were in quick with the answer. Just shows that you can visit dabs.com, read Dunc’s Deals, buy some kit, and be successful at quizzes. Winner! So if you’re in a pub quiz team, let Dunc help you out – always remember that Bluetooth was named after King Harald of Denmark, and Kentucky is known as ‘The Bluegrass State’. You can thank me later…

Speaking of winning things, Laura – our Networking and Optical/PSU product manager – wants to see your originality, or be made to laugh! To win a Plextor 4x External Slim Top-loading BD-ROM worth £79.99 all you have to do is follow us on Twitter or Facebook and tell us what Blu-ray film you are most looking forward to watching and why – easy!

Thanks again for all your comments and free download claims via the Speak To Dunc section – this week I want to find out what you DO and DON’T like about dabs. Anything and everything. After all, if we don’t know, we cant help! Drop me a comment today and I will ensure that you get a free download voucher for Assassins Creed II!

Before we get onto the products a quick shoutout to all the students getting their results this week, hopefully you all got what you needed! Whether you’re after something ready for school/college or just looking to invest your student loans wisely, ensure you take a moment to look over our extensive Back To School range.

PRODUCT NEWS & VIDEO!

Thanks for checking out last week’s video that announced the winners of our NVIDIA Free D Promotion we ran in July – if you missed it, watch it now on our YouTube channel. One man I reckon did watch it was Comedian David Mitchell – he was so upset about not winning, he used his popular Soapbox on YouTube to complain about the gimmickry of bad 3D… in bad 3D! If you want to watch his video, click here – but if you want to watch it in 3D, then drop me a message on Speak To Dunc and I’ll send you a set of cardboard 3D glasses – 20 pairs available!

When I filmed last week’s video, I also unboxed our brand new ASUS AMD and Intel Self Build PC Bundles. If you’ve ever wondered what you actually get in there, or want to see the fantastic prizes available for buying the AMD or Intel versions, check out the video below.

Please be aware that when I filmed the video, the Intel promotion was not confirmed; but I can now tell you that anyone buying one of the Value, Performance or Ultimate Intel Self-Build Bundles will be automatically entered into a draw to win an Intel 160GB X25-M Solid State Drive worth over £300!

As promised last week our XFX CrossFireX 5770 Graphics Card bundle is now in stock! Two single slot variants of the 5770 are in the bundle, along with a Dirt2 game download. When you buy you can email me to claim a £10 DabsPlay voucher! Another dabs.com exclusive!

PRODUCT DEALS

Once again, you lot went crazy for the exclusive Dunc’s Deal special offers; so I want to keep this tradition up! To get the discounts, just use the special links below!

First off, let’s give you some crazy pricing on the bundles you’ve just seen above! For the Asus AMD Ultimate bundle how does £25 off grab you? For the Asus Intel Performance bundle you can have £10 off! Remember too that the AMD bundles get you in the pot to win a Case and PSU, and the Intel bundles could net you a free SSD!

Looking for storage? Look no further with this exclusive price of £44.99 on the Samsung 1TB Spinpoint F3 7200RPM hard drive, or if you need more space I have £5 off the Seagate 2TB Barracuda – now just £84.98. Finally before I sign off on the exclusives, we just took stock of this Buffalo 1TB Linkstation Duo – this Dunc’s Deal link gets you £10 off!

Keep the orders coming in for the Asus AMD Self-Build PC Bundles – you haven’t disappointed so far! Don’t forget that orders in August go into a draw to win a Corsair Professional Series HX750W PSU worth over £110 and a Thermaltake Aguila VD1000BNS Mid Tower ATX Case worth over £60!

I hinted last week that loyal Intel customers were soon to be catered for with an Entry, Performance and Ultimate Bundle – the latter packs a Core i7-930! Take a look now and get your orders on. We will have a similar promo for a giveaway on these bundles to be launched next week; however rest assured that all orders for August will be counted in the draw!

THIS MAY BE THE END…

OK calm down, don’t get too excited, I said ‘may be’! I’m supposed to be off diving with Tiger Sharks this weekend with the missus, so it depends if one of them decides I look tasty – fingers crossed they are veggie and Dunc doesn’t end up fish food! Have a great weekend everybody – check out the other deals we’ve got for you below and get in touch via Speak To Dunc. For those wanting RSS feeds too – it’s coming… sooner than you think!

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I hate you so much right now!

UFO’s, Presidents, Bundles, Free Stuff and Exclusive Deals!

It’s that time again! Friday used to just signal the last day of the working week, the culmination of days that have flown by and left you begging for the weekend – now it also means you get to hear from me! I know; I love weekends too! I have to be careful while writing this, nothing untoward; it’s just that I am typing while tucking into some home-baking. Caroline, in our Marketing Team, has made our Consumer Manager Neil a birthday cake for his 40th (34th) – nothing better than a Victoria Sponge in the office – and I am littering my keyboard with crumbs.

In a week where we found out that Churchill had UFO concerns and a member of The Fugees wants to be president (of Haiti) it’s been all go for me too – sort of. Again I have been responding to more emails and comments via the ‘Speak To Dunc’ section – thanks to every one of you who took time out to drop me a line. From the technology questions, the price match enquiries, right through to the two chaps who stayed up until gone midnight – one who had some nice things to say and the other who took time to launch a tirade of abuse towards me and my avatar, much love…you were the inspiration for the Kelis quote above! Don’t be shy, next time leave your email so we can talk about your spelling!

The dabs offices have been a hive of activity this week with visits from, amongst others, Startech – who make stuff you need but you don’t neccessarily know it (check out their ConXit Wizard), Kingston – who are going to be doing some VERY special pricing on Kingston SSD next week on dabs.com and wedged in-between, we saw Linksys/Flip Video and discussed some great new kit coming from them over the coming weeks. If you want the best from your broadband and wireless connections, and you’re into video, then these two are going to be giving you all you need – we’ll be keeping you posted!

In technology news, we were pleased to see some news on TechRadar about PC Gaming being confirmed “double the size of consoles” – what are you waiting for? Let me help you ‘Revive Your PC‘ today!

I told you last week that Starcraft II came out, and I am pleased to see that 1.5 million of you went out to buy it – I’d like to take all the credit – but I can’t. What I can take credit for is replying to all the emails from those of you who claimed their FREE TRIAL of Starcraft II that I announced last week with selected NVIDIA graphics cards. They have been flying out! Keep claiming!
PRODUCT NEWS!

Unfortunately I’ve had no time this week to do a product video – but ensure you check back next week! In the meantime, why not subscribe to the channel where you can watch the previous videos of the un-boxing of both the Asus ARES 5870 and the LG N1T1 NAS.

I’ve got more Pre-Order and New Product news today. After Corsair gave us the 600T Graphite Series Mid-Tower Gaming Case pre-order details last week they followed it up with their Hydro Series H70 High-Performance CPU Cooler – take a look at it today and place an order to get one the moment they land in mid August.

Kingston have announced their range of Water Cooled HyperX memory products this week. Three kits will be available to satisfy 4GB and 6GB dual and triple channel setups – look out for them on dabs next week!

In other news, I’ve had some enquiries from people who want to benefit from USB3 and SATA 6GBs connectors but don’t want to upgrade their full setup. Dunc recommends investing in the Asus USS6 USB 3.0 / SATA 600 PCI-Express Card – easy peasy!

PRODUCT DEALS

Now then, lets get down to business! Debs has given me some REAL EXCLUSIVES this week on Dunc’s Deals – exclusive pricing just for you on some storage! The Buffalo 500GB LinkStation Live II NAS has just come into stock at £79.99, but for you Dunc’s Deal readers, you can have it for £74.99 – just by clicking here!

Perhaps NAS isn’t for you, maybe you need your files to access on the go, if so then the Iomega 500GB Select Portable Hard Drive is perfect, even better with £5 off as a Dunc’s Deal reader – click here!

During July we had our range of Asus AMD Self-Build PC Bundles on dabs.com and you ate them up – not literally, the heatsink would get stuck in your teeth – but you liked them enough to clear us out! We’ve got both the Ultimate and Performance bundles back in stock as of this week and the Performance bundle has been pimped up with a better Processor and Memory. Not only that, but we have managed to secure a Case & PSU for a giveaway linked to the bundles. During August, anyone who buys one of the bundles goes into the draw to win a Corsair Professional Series HX750W PSU worth over £110 and a Thermaltake Aguila VD1000BNS Mid Tower ATX Case worth over £60! Nice!

Last month we did a giveaway on the same set of products and the winner was Mr MacDonald from the Isle of Lewis who scooped the XFX 850W Black Edition PSU worth over £120! Congratulations!

Never fear loyal Intel customers – there are a set of ASUS Intel Bundles coming into dabs next week. We are covering all bases again with Entry and Performance options plus an Ultimate Bundle; which packs a Core i7-930!

CAN I GET AN ENCORE? DO YOU WANT MORE?

Well regardless, I’ll be back next week with more exclusives, more giveaways and more product chat! Next week I will be discussing an XFX 5770 CrossFire Bundle we are getting in for you – which will ship with Dirt2 and a £10 Voucher for a Blu-Ray on DabsPlay. Not only that but I hope to have a product video ready- don’t worry though if I’m busy I have a cardboard cut-out in the office that can stand in for me…no really marketing have had one made – I am pretty much redundant now. See me/him/it here.

That’s me done, have a great weekend – mourn the canning of Google Wave; ok done – and make sure you check out the recommended Dunc’s Deals below, get in touch via Speak to Dunc or email directly.
PS – if you get this far, you win a prize – first 50 people to email me or use Speak To Dunc to give a comment about this blog can have a free download of Stormrise or Stalker: Call Of Pripyat!* Simples!

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