Review Roundup november 5 2010


hardwaresecrets reviewed the ASRock Core 100HT-BD HTPC

The ASRock Core 100HT-BD is not a barebone system: it is a complete computer. It supports any PGA988 CPU, meaning Core i3, Core i5, and Core i7 mobile processors, but the model currently being sold in the USA comes with a Core i3-330M processor, 4 GB DDR3-1066 memory, 500 GB hard drive, IEEE 802.11b/g/n wireless connectivity, and, of course, the Blu-Ray drive. It also comes with a remote control.

As already explained, the system accepts any PGA988 CPU, but the model currently sold is based on the Core i3-330M processor, which is a 2.13 GHz dual-core CPU with Hyper-Threading technology (i.e., the operating system will recognize “four” cores), with 3 MB L2 cache and 35 W TDP. The video controller is integrated in the CPU. You can upgrade the CPU, if you can find a PGA988 CPU for sale.

The problem, however, is its price. At USD 650 it is somewhat expensive, especially because it doesn’t come with an operating system. If you decide, let’s say, to buy Windows 7 Home Premium, you will spend at least USD 175 more just to put this computer to work, for a total of at least USD 825.


anandtech reviewed the ASUS G73Jw

We have USB 3.0, HDMI 1.4, the i7-740QM, and a GeForce GTX 460M now, and the test unit also has a Blu-ray combo drive (which is available on G73Jh as well),but otherwise this is an identical notebook to what we reviewed in April. Obviously the addition of USB 3.0 is a big bullet item, and it involves some tweaks to the motherboard layout to make room for the additional chip. The CPU upgrade is nice in that the 740QM is nearly the same as the old 820QM—a base 1.73GHz clock—but with a slightly lower maximum Turbo mode.

Mafia 2 managed 47 FPS at 900p “High” and 37 at 1080p “High”; dropping to 1080p Medium doesn’t help performance much (within a couple of percent of the High detail result). Metro 2033 is quite a bit more demanding, especially if you enable DX11 and the Depth of Field effect.

Idle battery life improves by 49%, Internet battery life is up 26%, and x264 playback is up 41%. HWMonitor even reports a wear level of 5-6% on the battery, despite over ten charge/discharge cycles, so potentially you could see even better results.


hardwaresecrets reviewed the ASUS Eee PC 1201T

The Eee PC 1201T is based on the AMD RS780NM chipset and it comes with the AMD Athlon Neo MV-40 CPU (1.6 GHz, 65 nm technology, 512 KB L2 cache, and 15 W TDP).

The integrated video, generated by the chipset, is based on the Radeon HD 3200 engine (DirectX 10.1-compatible), with good performance, keeping in mind this is not a computer to play games.

Battery time was reasonable, lasting for about four hours of web surfing.

In short, the ASUS Eee PC 1201T is a good option if you are looking for a netbook and you have no need for an HDMI port and do not intend to upgrade it.


tweaktown reviewed the Acer Aspire TimelineX 1830T-68U118

Battery life is definitely a strong suit for the Acer Aspire TimelineX 1830T-68U118, posting a top four finish or better in both these battery tests.

The video was smooth and stutter free and colors were realistic with good blacks and nice contrast. There was a hint of pixilation in fast scenes, but the Acer Aspire TimelineX 1830T-68U118 is surprisingly good for streaming media despite its obvious mobile focus.

The physical size of the Acer Aspire TimelineX 1830T-68U118 is perfect for the ultraportable space that skirts the line between larger 13 and 14-inch notebooks and the smaller 10-inch netbooks.


hardocp reviewed the ASUS Rampage III Gene

Using the included ROG connect cable to connect the board to a remote system, you can control and configure board settings using the included RC TweakIt utility from the remote system. ASUS included version 1.03.11 of this utility on the driver disc.

The Rampage III Gene stands as a testament to what we’ve come to expect from an ASUS motherboard: killer performance with a layout and looks to match. This board performed amazingly well, not even taking in to account its minimal stature. Its overclocking performance alone were some of the highest numbers I’ve seen out of an Intel X58 based board.


storagereview reviewed the G.Skill Phoenix Pro 40GB

G.Skill has a complete line of capacities in the Phoenix Pro series, in addition to our 40GB (FM-25S2S-40GBP2) review unit, they offer just about every other option up to 240GB.

Official Specifications

  • Certifications RoHS FCC and CE Compliant
  • Controller SandForce SF-1200
  • Data Reliability Built-in EDC/ECC function
  • FM-25S2S-40GBP2
 – 40GB unformatted capacity
  • Form Factor 2.5″ (3.5″ adapter included)
  • IOPS Up to 50000 (disk aligned ; 4KB random write)
  • MTBF +2,000,000 Hours
  • Operating Temp. 0oC ~ +70oC
  • Read Rate 280MB/sec maximum
  • SATA 3Gb/s
  • Warranty 3 years
  • Write Rate 270MB/sec maximum

Pros

* Performance falls in line with other SF-1200 drives
* Impressive random transfer performance

Cons

* Doesn’t acquit itself particularly well in any real-world disciplines
* High peak latency


silentpcreview reviewed the Kingston SSDNow V G2 SNV425-S2 64GB

The Kingston SSDNow V G2 64GB performed quite well, in some cases better than the Vertex 2. Its biggest drawback is high power consumption, which makes it less suitable for notebooks. It seems a perfectly suitable low-cost high performance OS drive for a desktop
.


hardwareheaven reviewed the Gigabyte GeForce GTX 470 Super Overclock

Gigabyte have opted for the speeds of 700MHz core, 837MHz memory and 1400MHz shader. This is of course on a 40nm GF100 core containing 40ROPs and 448 unified shaders which is connected to the 1280MB of GDDR5 (Samsung K4G10325FE-HC05 rated for 1000MHz) by a 320-bit memory bus.

Benchmarks:

Badaboom, Battlefield: Bad Company 2, Civilization V, Crysis: Warhead, F1 2010, Fallout: New Vegas, Fraps, GPUz, Mafia 2, Medal of Honor, PowerDVD 10 Ultimate Mark II, vReveal,


hothardware reviewed the NVIDIA GPU Battle: GTX 460 vs. GTX 470

These factory overclocked GeForce GTX 400-series graphics cards are from Gigabyte, MSI, and Zotac. Each one has taken the original reference design from NVIDIA, and gone a step further so consumers have additional options to choose from.

Gigabyte’s Super Overclock GTX 470 has the edge. Within the enthusiast scene, users typically consider the overall muscle of a product above all, followed by cost, design, and accessories. In this regard, the Super Overclock is the obvious choice, if you can afford it. But at $309, it costs almost $100 or 44% more than the MSI Hawk GTX 460.


ninjalane reviewed the NVIDIA GeForce GTS 450 SLI Performance

Good Things
Incredible price to performance ratio
In SLI mode the GTS450 is almost double the performance
Has a strong upgrade path for single GTS450 owners
SLI unlocks performance in higher resolutions
Bad Things
Only able to use two cards in SLI

Compared To:

2x GeForce GTS450 1GB, 2x Radeon HD 5770 1GB, GeForce GTS450 1GB, Radeon HD5770 1GB, GeForce GTX460 1GB, GeForce GTX470 1280MB.


benchmarkreviews reviewed the PowerColor AX5770 1GBD5-PPGV2

PowerColor also improved the on the standard Radeon HD 5770 by adapting it with a new cooling system. According to PowerColor, this brings down the operating temperature of the Radeon HD 5770 by 10 degrees Celsius. The “Juniper” based video cards run relatively cool as it is, even with a reference style fan and heatsink. But less heat is always better, and at the very least might help us to overclock the PowerColor Radeon HD 5770 even more.

While the PowerColor AX5770 1GBD5-PPGV2 performed well enough to play in almost all of our game titles (you might need to lower the settings a little on the DX11 titles), it only just kept up with its competition, the GTS450.

As we were able to see in the close-up pictures of parts of the AX5770 PPGV2, the video card is exceptionally well-constructed. This type of engineering is to be expected from all would-be top-end video card manufacturers and PowerColor isn’t any different.


overclockersclub reviewed the ASUS Xonar Xense Premium Gaming Audio Set

The Xonar Xense One builds on the success of the Xonar Essence STX, featuring the same headphone amplifier, but this time a modified Sennheiser PC 350 headset is included as part of the package.

This is the first headset that I have auditioned that sounds like a pair of high-end headphones. The entire performance across the whole frequency range is excellent, but what strikes me the most is the bass performance. It is so controlled, yet wholesome. Detailed, deep and full. It actually has a very similar bass characteristic to my subwoofer, but is slightly more laid-back.


digitaltrends reviewed the Jays t-Jays Three

Jays, one of our favorite headphone manufacturers, goes off the unbeaten path with its t-Jays Three earphones, which are designed to offer a wider dynamic range than some of the other earphones in the product lineup.

Unlike the a-Jays Three, which we found to be one of the most comfortable earphones to wear, we had a difficult time adjusting to the t-Jays’ awkward design, which requires that you contain the external speaker enclosure in your ear cavity

The t-Jays Three uphold the company’s dedication to sound quality, producing crisp highs, midrange and deep, tight base.


thinkcomputers reviewed the Psyko Audio 5.1 Gaming Headset

With the Psyko 5.1 Headset you will definably have an advantage when playing games like this will so much sound going on since it’s not just one speaker in each ear trying to process everything going on at once. With all the sounds of Battlefield Bad Company 2 I was able to pinpoint everything going on and then when helicopters flew by I was able to know if they were coming from behind or left or right or even ahead of me.

Using Ventrilo testing I was able to test out the Mic and it sounded perfect just had to turn up some volume on the receiving end to my liking so I could hear other people talking while in games.

The design and setup for the headset is perfect, from the real 5 speakers in the headband which pushes the sounds through the tubes to the ears, and a subwoofer in each ear.


tweaktown reviewed the Razer Abyssus Mirror Gaming Mouse

With the Razer Abyssus Mirror, they have taken a more simplified approach when compared to the rest of their lineup. With a laser sensor capable of up to 3500 DPI, the core is there for a solid performer.

he 3500dpi Razer Precision™ 3.5G Infrared Sensor sits in the center. There are two physical switches to either side of the optical sensor. On the left is the one for switching polling rate between 125Hz and 1,000Hz and to the right you can choose between 450, 1,800, and 3,500 DPI sensitivity.

Mirror delivers everything that is advertised with no surprises. Functionality is very nice; it’s plug and play so there’s no drivers to mess around with, and it offers a very good experience in a fairly simple package.


tweaknews reviewed the IN WIN ANDROID COMPUTER CASE

Basically, the Android is a steel mid-tower ATX chassis featuring nine drive bays and four large cooling fans. Like the other cases in the series, the end user can add fans to customize the cooling to suit the application, and dust control is also provided. The Android also comes with some tool-free features that we’ll examine as we proceed with the review.

Aside from the 2.5-inch bay, the Android features five external 5.25-inch bays with unique removable covers. There is also an internal HDD cage concealed behind the lower mesh panel that has room for three hard drives and features its own 120mm fan.

The side panel sports a raised mesh panel that houses a big 220mm intake fan that also features blue LEDs, but the user has the option to replace this big unit with one or two 120mm fans. The included fan also includes a switch to turn the lighting effect on and off.

There is clearly air moving in through the front over the hard drive and CPU numbers are also quite good. The big side fan really does its job, as evidenced by the good cooling in the graphics card area.


pureoverclock reviewed the AZZA Hurrican 2000

AZZA Hurrican 2000 truly has everything you need to build the ultimate gaming rig. Designed with an unprecedented cooling system equipped with eight strategically positioned fans, AZZA understands the ever growing need to cool, cool, cool your high-performance components.

The most obvious distinguishing trait of the AZZA Hurrican 2000 is the airflow available here. We’ve never seen so many large-sized fans in a case before. The sheer size and versatility is very impressive, and will do well to keep some hotrod components cool inside during long gaming sessions.

The AZZA Hurrican 2000 really hits the bullseye here. With an excellent combination of styling, features, and price, this case hits the golden trifecta that we don’t often see. It gets our big recommendation as a winner.


xsreviews reviewed the Cooler Master CM 690 II Advanced

Cooler Master is a name that’s synonymous with high quality PC cases and superb PC cooling. The 690 II Advanced is a recent addition to Cooler Master’s range of mid-towers, complimenting it’s predecessors the 690 and 690II

Everything is made out of solid steel, down to the grills for every single fan. This helps to reduce noise since there’s no chance of the grills reverberating or letting the fan attached to them shake.

The fans are advertised as part of the “Silent” series, but their name is misleading; They make an irritating humming sound whilst they’re running. The multitude of grills for airflow mean that this case can’t keep sound in either, though the solid steel sides nullify and muffle a lot of the noise.


metku reviewed the Corsair Hydro H70

The bundle is pretty impressive. There are mounting brackets for Intel and AMD-boards, a bunch of screws, two fans, a couple of resistors to lower the fan voltage, complete with an Y-splitter and mounting guide for all the different sockets. The H70 is by no means a cheap cooler, but Corsair makes a good point when they say it still offers good value as it comes with two quality fans. Many high-end air coolers come with none.

Looking from the side the new block/pump is much lower than the boxed Socket 775 cooler. The barbs also rotate to make the installation
easier. The use of plastic is a bit worrying, but then again, they seemed to work in the CoolIt ECO, so why wouldn’t they work here.

With the both fans spinning at full 2000 RPM speed, the H70 is loud. There’s no other word for it. Anyway it is still marginally quieter than the Zalman Extreme, and the tone of the noise isn’t as annoying.

Overall then the H70 is a nice successor to the already good Hydro H50.

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~ by benchmarkstest on November 5, 2010.

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