Review Roundup november 4 2010


arstechnica reviewed the Apple MacBook Air 11 inch

Compared to the previous 13″ MacBook Air, which was 0.76″ thick at the widest point and weighed in at 3 pounds, the 11″ MacBook Air (like its new 13″ brother) is both thinner and significantly lighter. Its footprint isn’t a whole lot smaller—11.8″ x 7.6″ versus 12.8″ x 8.9″—partially due to the 11″ model having a 16:9 display compared to the 13″ model’s slightly squarer 16:10 proportions.

Under the day-to-day use described above, the MacBook Air stayed quiet and never got more than barely warm. Even with the CPUs maxed, the fan was virtually silent and the bottom of the machine got warm but not hot. You could certainly use it for general work without worrying about scorching your legs.


tweaktown reviewed the ASUS ROG Rampage III Formula

The Extreme holds the very top end, while the Formula hangs out in the middle and the Gene is the lower end. The Formula differs very little from its Extreme cousin; you get a slightly smaller heatsink and cooling system. You drop off some of the beefier VRM and power supplied to the board, and you also lose the Bluetooth module.

The RIIIF sees the return of the TurboV EVO software. However, it is once again bundled in with the AI Suite.

The RC TweakIT software is one of the things that makes the ROG line up really stand out from the rest of the market. It is the ability to control the overclocking settings through a remote system with a USB connection.

The Rampage series of motherboards is a very solid line. We have taken a look at all of them now. From the Extreme to the Gene; they are all great products. The Rampage III Formula is no exception. We found it easy to use and quite agile when it came to performance.


overclock3d reviewed the Western Digital VelociRaptor 600GB RAID

Official Specs

  • Average Latency : 3 ms
  • Average Read Seek : 3.6 ms
  • Average Write Seek : 4.2 ms
  • Buffer : 32 MB
  • Error Rate (non-recoverable) : <1 in 1015 bits read
  • LBA Support : Yes
  • Load/Unload Cycles : 600,000 minimum
  • Read Cache : Adaptive
  • Rotational Speed : 10,000 RPM
  • Track-to-track Seek : 0.4 ms maximum
  • Write Cache : Yes

PC Mark Vantage testing, which is as close to a real-world test as we can get without loading and unloading hundreds of applications for a week, showed that the SSD is, by a hugely comfortable margin, still the weapon of choice if sheer performance is your goal.


umlan reviewed the
Seagate Cheetah 15K 3.5

Cheetah hard drives specifically designed for industrial use and not for home use. Sure you can use Cheetah drives for gaming and storage but it would a pricey investment. What we are looking at here is a SAS 2.0 15k.7 hard drives which are designed to be used in a server based environments.

First we took a look at the over all benchmark by HD Tune Pro. What we have learned is that the have achieved a burst rate of 194 MB/s. Rather astonishing result for a physical drive.

The reliability of Cheetah is rather impressive as well as the annual failure rate. We are looking at about 182 years before failure and 0.55% annual rate failure. This is a definitely a handy number to throw in front of your CIO to show him/her that the hard drive configuration is bullet proof.


bcchardware reviewed the Zalman USB 3.0 Dual Hard Drive Docking Station ZM-MH200 U3

One of the major new features on this dock is the inclusion of USB 3.0 support which should help improve the performance of this dock substantially over previous USB 2.0 versions.

The Zalman ZM-MH200 U3 is capable of supporting both 3.5 and 2.5 inch hard drives

So there we go, once again we can very easily see that USB 3.0 offers a significant improvement over USB 2.0 speeds. USB 3.0 isn’t the limitation of these tests, at these speeds the hard drive is the component holding us back from even better scores, if you were to drop a SSD drive into this dock chances are good you’d seen even better performance.


tweaknews reviewed the QNAP TS-259 PRO+ NAS

The NAS is an efficient and powerful business storage center with advanced iSCSI services, cross-platform data sharing, and all-in-one server applications. With VMware® Ready™ and Citrix® Ready™ certification, and proven compatibility with Microsoft Hyper-V environment, the NAS is an ideal shared storage solution in the virtualized and clustered environment.

When looking at the results of the SMB file transfer, it’s easy to see this is where the NAS truly shines. Performance is top notch, with read and write speeds being close to the advertised speeds of 114.2MB/s read and 101.8MB/s write.

Pros:

– Easy to set up and maintain
– Excellent performance
– Feature-rich
– Stable, intuitive interface

Cons:

– Pricey


guru3d reviewed the MSI GeForce GTX 480 Lightning

The GTX 480 Lighting also comes with the latest Twinfrzr III cooler; it’s all aluminum and comes with 2x 90mm fans. The card is factory overclocked at 750 MHz GPU, 1500MHz on the shader cores and 1000MHz on the memory (4GHz effective data rate GDDR5).

The GeForce GTX 480 comes with a heap of memory, 1536 MB to be precise. And that should be enough alright. The reference cards are clocked at a 700 MHz core frequency, 1400 MHz on the shader processors and the gDDR5 memory runs at an effective ~3700 MHz.

The one level it does not impress at however is the price, see the competition, AMD/ATI over the past two years has been pushing hard to be competitive with a lot of success. Bang for buck is what they are so strong at and as such that makes this card so hard to justify, especially the average and enthusiast end-users merely gain from a 10 maybe 15% performance increase with the overclock while paying a big price premium.


techgage reviewed the Logitech Marathon Mouse M705

The M705 has a few interesting features under its belt, but the one that’ll grab most people’s attention is the 3 year battery life for an RF-based wireless mouse. No that was not a typo… I really did say 3 years!

The scroll is 4-way and can be pushed to either side for side scrolling. This requires some effort, but not as much as the ErgoMotion. I’m still not a fan of side-scroll buttons due to the unnatural way they need to be activated (try and push your own scroll wheel to the left or right without pushing the other buttons).

The SetPoint software is used to configure all the various aspects of the devices connected, such as reprogramming buttons, adjusting pointer speeds, acceleration and monitoring battery life (displayed as days, very handy).


xsreviews reviewed the Antec LanBoy Air

Cooling is quite interesting on the LanBoy Air, as it’s not very typical. Most cases employ an intake and exhaust structure to keep a wind-tunnel like effect; bring in cold air, push out the hot air. However in this chassis, it’s all about the intakes. You have two 120mm fans at the front, two on the side panel and another on the back, all pulling cool air in. Now Antec may rationalise that there are enough holes in the case’s structure to not warrant an exhaust but it does make for an interesting layout.

I like the optionable mounts for the drives, optical and hard, and I really liked the silencing HDD mounts, but I did find it quite tiresome that with a case costing this much, that you don’t get any tooless interfaces.


en.expreview reviewed the SilverStone FT03 Computer Case

The new product is with fancy design whose model number is FT03,it supports Micro-ATX platform,adopts rotation 90 degree installation design,it is quite amazing that this small case is equipped with four fans.


hardwarecanucks reviewed the Prolimatech Super Mega CPU Cooler

What is interesting is the price; at $70 it is nearly perfectly aligned with what the Megahalems used to retail for. Now the original Megahalems goes for about $60 so we have to wonder whether the Super Mega’s $10 price premium will translate into a meaningful performance difference. Let’s find out.

Granted, for many people the performance difference between the Super Mega and the Megahalem won’t be enough to justify spending the extra money on the latest and greatest. Looking back at the numbers this reaction is perfectly understandable but we like the fact that Prolimatech now has a product that can satisfy the market that wants something better than their old flagship without paying an arm and a leg for it.


tweaktown reviewed the CoolIT Omni AC-N470 A.L.C. VGA Cooler

I really like the Omni, and what it offered in cooling capabilities, I just wish the unit was in the sub-$150 bracket, and I think CoolIT would have a much easier time moving this product. As it stands, I can’t fully get behind this based on that one factor alone.

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~ by benchmarkstest on November 4, 2010.

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