Review Roundup december 2 2010


Dell Inspiron Duo tested by engadget

The swiveling, 10.1-inch, 1366×768-resolution display on the Inspiron Duo is the system’s main attraction — or at least it should be, right? Obviously, we’re impressed with the unique convertible form factor, but flat out, the quality of the LCD doesn’t match the Duo’s top notch industrial design.

And then there’s the Duo as a tablet, where it not only lacks a decent LCD, but the software and its sluggish performance make it incredibly frustrating to use.

Ultimately it feels like Dell should have continued to tease the Duo at a distance while refining the concept in its labs — but then again, we suppose there’s always generation two.


Lenovo Edge 11 INCH Notebook tested by tbreak

The performance on the ThinkPad Edge 11 is quite ok- almost as good as the Alienware M11x. The CPU score is higher on the Lenovo Edge 11 as it uses Core i3 compared to the Core 2 Duo found on the M11x but the Alienware laptop has a better GPU so 3D performance is much better on that.

The 11.6″ screen on the Lenovo Edge looks good head on although its a bit on the glossy side. Because of the glossy features, the colors look very vivid, however, expect reflections if you have a light source behind you.Viewing angles are pretty average, both horizontally and vertically.

Specifications-wise, the Edge 11 is based on a Core i3 U380 CPU running at 1.33GHz along with Intel HD integrated graphics and 2GB RAM. Lenovo throws in a 250GB hard drive for storage, 10GB of which is reserved for a system recovery. WiFi and Bluetooth are, as expected, included.


AMD Athlon II X4 645 tested by frostytech

On the spec front, AMD’s 3.1GHz Athlon II X4 645 processor features 512KB of L2 cache for each of its four cores, for a total of 2MB. Unlike the Phenom II quad-core designs, the Athlon II X4 lacks any L3 cache. Platform compatibility is broad thanks to both DDR2 and DDR3 onboard memory controllers, making it possible to install this processor on motherboards that support DDR2-1066 or DDR3-1333 memory.


ASUS P8P67 Deluxe tested by guru3d

This motherboard is using a 16+2 phases (digital) design cooled by Guru3D blue’ish heatsinks. Of course features like SATA 6G and USB 3 are available as well, and guess what, the board supports SLI and Crossfire, albeit in a x8:x8 configuration. There even is a 3rd mechanical x16 slot though that one is limited at x4 PCE lanes (still handy for a PhysX card).

The MemOK button we all know of course, MEMOK! enables the motherboard to boot up successfully even if there might be some compatibility issues between the motherboard and the memory. All you have to do, is to simple hold the MemOK! button till the red LED begins to blink to ask motherboard to take the charge of self-memory patching process, and fix the memory compatibility before your very own eyes, till the system finally able to boot up without loosing your BIOS/EFI settings.


ASUS Sabertooth X58 tested by pureoverclock

Toss in USB 3.0 and SATA 6G, along with a very impressive 5-year warranty, and we’ve got another premium motherboard from ASUS, right? Wrong. The Sabertooth X58 only costs $200. In the world of LGA1366 and X58 chipset boards, that is dirt cheap. Quite simply, the Sabertooth is a “budget” board. Seriously.

We hit a BCLK of 200 without issue and nailed down a 4.41GHz overclock. Not bad we’d say for air cooling. Admittedly, we could go higher but wouldn’t run faster for extended periods on air cooling, that’s asking for trouble.

But in terms of usability and stability, the Sabertooth X58 is rock solid. If you’re a novice and hesitant to tweak much in the BIOS, then just dial in a higher BCLK, set your RAM speed, and let the Auto settings take care of the rest; you’ll be pleased with the quick and easy results.


ASUS P7H55-M/USB3 tested by hardwareheaven

Beside the CPU socket are four DDR3 slots which are split into two channels. This board suports a maximum of 16GB of memory and ASUS list the maximum speed as 2200MHz.

In terms of performance the P7H55-M/USB3 delivers an excellent set of results across all of our tests. The ability to use discrete graphics, 16GB of memory, any Socket 1156 CPU, DDR3-2200, USB 3.0 devices and SATA 6GB/s drives means that in each important performance area the board offers huge flexibility and potential. In addition to this it also performs at a level which allows it to edge ahead of similar products.


G.Skill ill Ripjaws 2000MHz DDR3 tested by benchmarkreviews

The G.Skill Ripjaws 2000MHz CL9 8GB RAM kit is designed specifically for i3/i5/i7 CPU’s based on the Intel P55 chipset, as tests have proved the P55 platform is not just for mainstream users. 4GB is generally considered enough or even too much for most but there are certain scenarios where you may find yourself needing more.

Construction is second to none, period. The heatspreaders are well made and are very well attached to the modules. I have looked at the modules in detail and found no imperfections that are noteworthy.

There were no memory errors at 213 BCLK but the CPU was not stable enough to bench with. My max stable overclock of 2118MHz had a slight negative effect in some tests as the CPU was running a little slower compared to other configurations tested with.


NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580 SLI Benchmarking w/ ASUS ENGTX580 tested by legitreviews

We haven’t seen a retail bundle on the GTX 580 and we must look at the ASUS Smart Doctor utility as we have yet to increase the Vcore voltage on the GTX 580. We have heard many good things about how voltage increases really improve the overclocking numbers you can reach on this new GF110 ‘Fermi’ core used on the GeForce GTX 580.

We were able to overclock our card from 782MHz on the GF110 core by 18%, up to 926MHz. We were able to hit this impressive number thanks to the ASUS Voltage Tweak. The only negative to this rather massive overclock was the increased power consumption and GPU temperatures. We saw a 43% power consumption increase in 3DMark Vantage, so if you overclock be sure to understand that you are throwing any energy efficiency out the window.


ASUS GeForce GTX 580 Voltage Tweak tested by techreaction

This card turned out to be an absolute beast performance wise! If you want to put 2, 3 or 4 of these GTX 580’s in SLI, you could overpower any game on the market for years to come.

It would also be nice to see how or where ASUS comes up with the “up to 50% faster” claim. We did not see anywhere near that performance increase.

The other thing we worry about is the relatively meager 3 year warranty on this card. For the price tag of the GTX 580 we would expect a longer warranty, if not a life-time warranty.


PowerColor Radeon HD 6850 PCS+ tested by neoseeker

The HD 6870 is built on the Barts XT core, which includes 1120 Stream processors and has a core clock speed of 900MHz. The HD 6870 was the more high-end of the two models launched, as the HD 6850 has a reduced amount of Stream processors, is clocked 775MHz and uses the Barts Pro GPU.

The PowerColor HD 6850 PCS+ ships with a factory overclock, of 820MHz, but I found it to have plenty of additional overclocking headroom. After spending the better part of an hour raising frequencies and running stability tests, this card was capable of achieving speeds well beyond the factory HD 6870 levels.


Roku XD Media Player tested by techgage

The XD sports wired Ethernet and HDMI ports, composite audio and video outputs and a power port. These are all packed into a package roughly the same width as two iPhones sitting side by side and as tall as a regular desktop hard drive.

Depending on the television you are connecting your Roku to, you can choose the display option that best suits your display. As stated before, the XD and XD|S support 1080p and all models can do 720p and standard-definition signals

Our experience with the Roku XD was nothing short of spectacular. We were able to unbox the device and have it browsing media in just under ten minutes. Going as far as having a friend spend an evening with the Roku, we were impressed that a tech novice was able to get used to the interface without any questions.


Coolink Corator DS tested by frostytech

The 1040 gram heatsink on the test bench today is the Coolink Corator DS, a dual tower single fan thermal solution designed for use on Intel socket 775/1156/1366 and AMD socket AM2/AM3 processors. A single 800-1700RPM 120mm PWM fan is supplied with the heatsink, nestled snugly between two 46mm wide aluminum fin towers of 30, and 40 fins, respectively.

From these results we can see that the Coolink Corator DS is a very good dual tower heatsink when operated at maximum fan speeds. Performance levels sliding towards average as the fan is slowed down for quieter operation.

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~ by benchmarkstest on December 2, 2010.

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