Review Roundup november 10 2010


pcper reviewed the VIA A Nano DC and VN1000

The Nano DC will be a 40 nm chip produced by TSMC. The current samples that reviewers have on hand are based on the older 65 nm process. As such the thermals and power draw of these samples are not going to be representative of the actual 40 nm products. The current single core 65 nm VIA Nano at 1.8 GHz has a 25 watt TDP. It is estimated that the 40 nm dual core version will also have a TDP of 25 watts at 1.8 GHz. So VIA essentially doubled the chip for the same clockspeed and power dissipation/draw.

Test Setup:

VIA Nano DC @ 1.8 GHz and a VIA VN1000 Engineering Board

The idle draw on this chip is not much smaller than the Athlon II X2.

At load the 65 nm Nano 2 takes a very significant lead in power efficiency over both AMD options.

All of that aside, the VIA Nano DC performs right where we were hoping it would. The die size should remain low on the 40 nm process, and it will keep a nice TDP when compared to its overall performance.

While the latest Pineview Atoms are adequate performers, they do not match up well in terms of overall CPU performance, and definitely fall behind in graphics performance to the VN1000.


thinkcomputers reviewed the Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD5 Motherboard

The X58A-UD5 supports the latest Intel 6-core 32nm processors, features the latest generation of SuperSpeed USB 3.0 technology with super fast transfer rates of up to 5 Gbps, as well as Marvell’s new SE9128 chips for high-speed SATA 3.0 compatibility, delivering super fast 6Gbps link speeds.

I found the BIOS very easy to navigate and the MB Intelligent Tweaker (M.I.T.) made it really easy to set the right settings for memory and made overclocking quite simple.

I didn’t have any issues installing my CPU cooler or GPUs. Nothing was blocked or in the way. The position of all the connectors was great and some of the added things like the power and reset buttons on the board, the CMOS reset button on the I/O, and the LED diagnostic display make troubleshooting and working with the motherboard very easy.


ultimatehardware reviewed the Sapphire Radeon HD 6850

Sapphire Radeon HD 6850 uses the Barts GPU at 775Mhz and has 1GB GDDR5 memory running at 4000Mhz. Sapphire Radeon HD 6850 has a 256Bit Memory Interface, 960 Shader Processors and DirectX 11.

The new GPU’s are built in AMD’s 40nm process to deliver high performance with low power consumption.

The final result was that the Sapphire Radeon HD 6850 is 8% faster overall compared to the Sapphire Radeon HD 5830. The Sapphire Radeon HD 5830 was only 3% cheaper than the Sapphire Radeon HD 6850 so it makes no sense to get the Sapphire Radeon HD 5830 which the Sapphire Radeon HD 6850 is going to replace.


madshrimps reviewed the ASUS GeForce GTS 450 1GB DirectCU TOP

We’ve tested the Asus Geforce GTS 450 on a Windows Vista SP2 x64 based system build around a Core 2 Duo @ 3.4Ghz with 4Gb RAM. We ran the GTS 450 at reference NVIDIA speeds (GPU: 78Mhz Shader: 156Mhz Memory: 1000Mhz) as well as the stock speeds set by Asus for their TOP version, being GPU: 925Mhz, Shader: 1850Mhz, the memory speed remained unchanged.

The main competition comes from ATI’s Radeon HD 5770 (which might get renamed in the near future), its price is closer to that of the reference GTS 450, while its performance is on par with the overclocked Asus model. So the outcome is simple.


hothardware reviewed the OCZ RevoDrive X2

The OCZ RevoDrive X2 is the second coming of OCZ’s first gen RevoDrive.

With the RevoDrive X2 OCZ is double-stacking their product now with four total SandForce 1200 series SSD controllers and double the number of NAND Flash for, you guessed it, up to twice the performance and capacity.

In many of our tests (ATTO, IOMeter, PCMark Vantage), the RevoDrive X2 punched out better throughput versus even OCZ’s own semi-proprietary IBIS SSD product.

RevoDrive X2 makes a whole lot more sense for the average end user or single drive workstation solution.


storagereview reviewed the Samsung 470 Series SSD

The SSD is highlighted by an orange accent which displays the drive’s capacity. The look is quite modern and while 99% of the time it won’t matter once the drive is buried within a system, if you happen to have a computer case where you can see the drives, and you want one that looks good, the 470 Series is tough to beat.

We measured an average read speed of 243MB/s and a write speed of 233MB/s. While the read speed was a bit under what Samsung had quoted, the write speed made up for it.

For their first introduction into the retail market they did an amazing job with the design of the SSD, down to the packaging that the drive is sold in.


tweaktown reviewed the Hitachi Travelstar Z5K320 320GB 7mm 2.5-inch Hard Drive

Today we are going to look at the Z5, 5,400 RPM Series drive that matches Seagate’s Momentus Thin in platter speeds, but offers more options when it comes to storage capacity.

Without Seagate’s Momentus Thin on hand we won’t be able to put the two head to head like I would have liked.

The Hitachi Z5K320 delivers amazing raw performance in ATTO and is only around 10MB/s down from the Hitachi 7,200 RPM 2.5” notebooks drive.

If you are more worried about performance rather than capacity, Hitachi is also the only company offering a 7,200 RPM 7mm drive as well and it also can be purchased with 320GB of storage capacity.


overclockershq reviewed the Thermaltake BlacX 5G Hard Drive Dock

Thermaltake BlacX 5G Hard Drive Dock

Overall The Thermaltake Blacx 5G is a great product, with much improvements from the BlacX. I love the features and how it gives you the ability to put in different sized hard drives.

Pro’s:

* Simple
* Eject Button
* USB 3.0
* Great Speeds

Con’s:

* Driver is hard to find online


benchmarkreviews reviewed the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580

Armed with the maximum number of CUDA cores and PolyMorph engines NVIDIA can deliver with the Fermi architecture, the GeForce GTX 580 represents their trophy effort to seize the performance market.

Built to deliver the best possible graphical experience to a performance-orientated gaming market, NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 580 video card delivers top-end frame rates with unmatched efficiency.

Overclocking Summary: After re-testing the overclocked GeForce GTX 580 on eight different benchmarks, the increased performance amounted to 4.0-7.3% improvement in video frame rates.

In our DirectX 11 tests, Aliens vs Predator puts the GeForce GTX 580 video card behind the Radeon 5970 and CrossFire 6870’s, and then positions it between them for Battlefield: Bad Company 2.


bit-tech reviewed the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580

While Nvidia has made the obvious move of unlocking the 16th and final SM (Streaming Multiprocessor, or ‘stream processor cluster’ in neutral terminology) of the GF100 architecture for the GeForce GTX 580 1.5GB, the new GF110 codename reveals that this isn’t the full extent of the changes. The most significant difference between GF110 and GF100 is the use of different grades of transistor.

The GTX 580 1.5GB’s GPU core operates at 772MHz rather than the 700MHz of the GeForce GTX 480 1.5GB, with the 512 stream processors ripping along at 1,544MHz rather than 1,400MHz.

We were also pleasantly surprised then to find that the new vapour chamber cooler worked a treat, allowing the GTX 580 1.5GB to idle at just 18°C above room temperature and peak at 55°C above room temperature. While this is still hotter than ATI’s cards, it’s a big improvement over the first generation of high-end Fermi cards.

The only thing keeping our wallets in our pockets is the graphics card rush that’s on between Nvidia and ATI at the moment: we’re expecting the high-end Radeon HD 6900-series to arrive very soon. With a competing high-end part from ATI so close, it would be foolish to buy the GTX 580 1.5GB right now without waiting to see what the red team has to offer.

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~ by benchmarkstest on November 10, 2010.

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