Review Roundup october 29 2010

pureoverclock reviewed the Visiontek Radeon HD 6870 1GB

AMD Eyefinity Technology provides advanced multiple monitor technology enabling an immersive graphic and computing experience with innovative display capabilities, supporting massive desktop workspaces and super-high resolution gaming environments.


3DMark Vantage, Alien vs Predator, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, Crysis Warhead, FRAPS, FurMark, GPU-Z, Lost Planet 2, Resident Evil 5, S.T.A.L.K.E.R: Call of Pripyat, Tom Clancy’s H.A.W.X. 2.


The first is to find the absolute maximum temperatures that a card would really ever endure, and we do that by firing up FurMark and letting it run for awhile until the temperatures level out. FurMark pushes GPU thermal loads extremely high, and can be considered a worst-case scenario. The second test we do is run looping instances of Crysis Warhead and log the temperatures to find out what a card would typically encounter in normal gaming sessions. However, we do know that Visiontek 6870 can be overclocked very far and with little effort, so at this price point, the gaming horsepower and value is impressive.

hardocp reviewed the MSI N480GTX Lightning

The N480GTX Lightning is the fourth product in the Lightning line. MSI claims to have overclocked it to 1.425GHz under LN2, for a 3DMark Vantage score of 34795.

The N480GTX Lightning’s Hi-c Capacitors utilize a rare metal, Tantalum, to improve conductivity and reduce current leakage in this video card’s capacitors.

Performance in F1 2010 was great on both the MSI N480GTX Lightning and the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480, but the ATI Radeon HD 5870 just destroyed them both.

The MSI N480GTX Lightning came out of the box with the GPU’s graphics core clocked to 750MHz, which is 50MHz above NVIDIA’s reference design. The Shader core clock is locked to the graphics by 2 to 1, so it came out of the box at 1.5GHz. The memory was clocked to 4.0GHz DDR, or 1.0GHz actual.

Fan Noise

About the best thing I can say about a video card’s fan noise is simply “I didn’t notice it.” And that is definitely the case with the MSI N480GTX Lightning.

digitaltrends reviewed the Sony Dash

The Sony Dash falls into the awkward category of picture frames that do more than show pictures. The HP Dream Screen (recently shelved) and the cute Chumby both fall into the same arena; desk mates that keep you company.

The Sony Dash has a timid hint of Sony’s normal sex appeal, but you quickly realize that the Dash was built prioritizing utility
over style.

A small rubber shield on the left hand side covers up the USB and audio

Netflix on the Dash is truly a novelty. In fact, it will be hard for anyone to sit down for an extended period of time to watch a full-length movie on this screen.

Alarm Clock

As an alarm clock, the Sony Dash does an admirable job. You can set multiple alarms and choose what you want to wake up to. People who despise brightly lit alarm clocks will need to pass on the Dash. Sure, you can dim the screen, or put the clock into night mode, but there is no easy way to do it. You have to hit the menu button, then click on the “night mode” button. Sony needs to add this to the clock dashboard from the get go. You aren’t going to want to navigate a menu just to turn the lights down.

the beyerdynamic MMX 300 Headset

Beyerdynamic known for their quality headphones have now expanded their business to included gaming headsets as well. The first in the new gaming line from beyerdynamic is the MMX 300 which features a boom microphone and durable design. The MMX 300 headset looks like a fake carbon fiber version with microphone of the DT770 that many of us know and cherish. The flexible headband construction allows playing for hours without fatigue

Like most of the other details on the MMX 300s the mini-jacks are of a very high standard. The cable also seems thicker and better assembled than those featured on Razer and Sennheiser headsets.
Another nice detail is the cable damper mounted on the headphones. It is bigger than normal and attached on the inside of the cups.
While the amount of bass is good for theatrics in games and music listening it does not serve a purpose when it comes to competitive gaming.

The midrange conveys details way better than any headset I have ever heard. The USB sound card sounds like that of any other mid end solution, besides the obvious pricing issues the beyerdynamic MMX 300s proved to be quite a treat for the ears. Compared to other headphones and headsets, they can definitely hold their own even when it comes to music reproduction and detail retrieval.

overclockershq reviewed the Azza Hurrican 2000 CSAZ-2000-2000R

The specs seem to live up to the name; the Hurrican totes 4 fans over the 200mm zone and uses some unique venting styles.

Two 120 mm fans in the front panel, one 120 mm fan in the rear, and another 120 mm fan placed next to the motherboard complete this exceptional cooling system. On top of all this, the chassis supports up to 360 mm water cooling radiator.

The reviewer came to the following conclusions, this case has a very good airflow and looks great, the Build Quality is very good, the toll-less design and the Back-plate Access make this enclosure complete.


~ by benchmarkstest on October 29, 2010.

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