Review Roundup november 12 2010

anandtech reviewed the Dell XPS L501x

The speakers are another item where the XPS is head and shoulders above the crowd. The subwoofer adds much-needed bass, and sound clarity in general is very good. The Waves Maxx Audio 3 might matter more for audio professionals that regular users, but Waves does give you quite a few options for tweaking the way your laptop sounds.

General performance is right where we’d expect it for the CPU, GPU, and HDD combination. The L501x trails the N82Jv slightly in PCMark Vantage but reasserts itself in the CPU intensive CINEBENCH and x264 testing.

Honestly, even without the LCD the XPS L501x impresses, as it has bar none the best laptop speakers we’ve encountered, with a great build quality and aesthetic to match.

pcper reviewed the AMD Bobcat Explored

AMD Brazos and Zacate Architecture Preview

AMD focused on creating an architecture that was powerful, but could share resources more effectively, yet still achieve very low power consumption. What we see today is a radically different architecture from AMD than anything they have attempted before. This will not be a powerhouse CPU, but it is one that can provide adequate performance along with tremendous power savings. There are two official product families based on the architecture, and they are the 19 watt TDP Zacate (high performance) and the 9 watt TDP Ontario (extreme low power).

funkykit reviewed the Arctic Cooling Freezer 13 CPU Cooler

This cooler is designed for both AMD (754, 939, AM2+, AM3) and Intel processors (LGA 775, 1156, 1366), and offers unmatched cooling performance upto 200 Watts. It features a solid Copper base with 4 Copper heatpipes and a large array of Aluminum fins, that’s cooled by a ultra quiet 92mm PWM fan. The fan spin between 600-2,000 rpm giving a maximum air-flow of 36.4CFM.

We’ll be testing the Arctic Cooling Freezer 13 CPU cooler on our test rig which consist of an Intel Core i5 – 650 @ 3.2Ghz, Gigabyte H55N USB3 motherboard, Geforce GTX 460 OC, 4Gb Crucial Ballistix Tracer and a Thermaltake ToughPower 875W power supply.

The Arctic Cooling Freezer 13 CPU cooler may not look that impressive when compare against the massive Noctua NH-D14, but what makes it appealing is the cost. It’s a lot cheaper and does adequate job of cooling the processor. The thing to remember, is that the Arctic Cooling Freezer 13 is a good replacement for your stock cooler, and I think it offers acceptable cooling performance for the price.

overclockersclub reviewed the Arctic Cooling Freezer 13

Testing of the heatsink will involve applying a load simulated by Prime95, using small FFTs in stock and overclocked scenarios. Both idle and load temperatures will be recorded. Load temperatures will be the maximum value displayed in RealTemp after running eight threads in Prime95 for one hour, and idle temperatures will be the minimum recorded value by RealTemp with no computer usage after one hour.

Compared To:

Stock Intel heatsink, Noctua NH-D14, Deepcool Gamer Storm, Noctua NH-U12P, Thermalright HR-02, Thermalright Silver Arrow.

Arctic Cooling did a great job with this cooler even though it is not a top performer when compared to high end heatsinks. One of the categories that we do not have a direct result for is price versus performance, which the Freezer 13 would certainly be a winner.


~ by benchmarkstest on November 12, 2010.

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