Review Roundup november 15 2010

ASUS U33JC Core i3 13-in Bamboo Notebook Review tested by pcper

The U33JC is the smallest of the family, and it feels familiar – the price, overall design and hardware is reminiscent of ASUS U30JC

Despite the low temperatures, I did not find that fan noise was an issue. The U33JC is among the quietest laptops I’ve recently tested, including less powerful ultraportables with low-voltage processors. Clearly the cooling used by the U33JC is effective.

I have only two complaints to throw at the U33JC. The first is the trackpad buttons, which are fussy, and the second is the excessive bloatware, which is irritating to uninstall. But that’s it. The U33jC does everything else right. It has an outstanding keyboard, a reasonably good display, strong performance during work and play, long battery life, and excellent design in both form and function.

Jetway Mini-Top Atom Based Nettop PC tested by techwarelabs

Today we are going to take a look at the Jetway Mini-Top Nettop PC which is an Intel Atom based machine which utilizes nVidia’s next gen ION2 chip. The ION2 is supposed to give them graphics subsystem enough of a kick in the pants to allow you to watch movies and do some very basic 3D tasks.

The ION2 is the saving grace of this unit and allows for FMV Full HD video playback as well as some very basic 3D applications/games. We wouldn’t suggest anything intensive as the CPU and GPU simply can’t handle it. Instead the ION2 works perfectly for most applications, will allow you to use the Aero interface, and watch all of your movies on a device that fits in the palm of your hand.

ASUS M4A88T-I tested by tweaktown

ASUS has placed their N spec wireless adapter on the top of the board very close to the PCIe slot, while JWL put theirs on the bottom of the board in a Mini-PCIe slot.

On the ASUS you get Bluetooth, a Single GBe network port, USB 3.0, powered USB and eSATA, and what looks like your typical digital audio.

For the ASUS design things are a little more straight-forward. After all, it is an ASUS product. You know you are going to have overclocking options; and we have already shown you the Core Unlocker and Turbo Key switches. The beefed up cooling on the chipset and a few other ASUS touches lets us know that we can probably expect some decent results from the M4A88T-I Deluxe.

ASUS Eee PC 1015PN tested by engadget

Surrounding the netbook are three USB ports along with an Ethernet, HDMI, and VGA jacks. The right edge holds a 4-in-1 media card reader, a headphone and mic / headphone socket.

We assume this is the part of the review you’ve really been waiting for, considering the real reason to buy the 1015PN over the other models out there is its new 1.5GHz Intel Atom N550 processor and NVIDIA Ion graphics combo.

The 1015PN has a 250GB hard drive and 500GB of ASUS’ WebStorage.

ASUS Sabertooth X58 tested by legitreviews

Performance, Performance, Performance! The ASUS Sabertooth X58 motherboard has no shortage of performance. In all of our benchmarks today the ASUS Sabertooth X58 was running neck and neck and usually leading the much pricier MSI Big Bang XPower. Overclocking ability was unreal for $195.00! I was able to boot the system at over 4.3GHz and with some more work and some liquid cooling we probably could have gotten rock solid stability at 4.3GHz and higher.

ASUS S Crosshair IV Extreme tested by pureoverclock

First up, we looked to find the maximum bus (HTTpossible. . We ultimately achieved a bus of 340MHz, a 70% increase. It isn’t quite the highest we’ve achieved, but it is tied for our second best result ever. Most boards can only dream of clocking tihs high.

The ASUS Crosshair IV Extreme packs some amazing features, and in terms of usability and stability, the board is rock solid. It ran like a champ through all type of stress tests, and overclocking resulted in some of the highest numbers we’ve achieved to date.

OCZ Blade ST 2000MHz Low Voltage DDR3 Memory tested by benchmarkreviews

The Blade ST 2000MHz kit from OCZ runs at its rated speed with CL9-9-9-24 timings @ 1.65v. During testing we were able to lower these timings and the voltage but along with this was the sacrifice of speed, unfortunately it wasn’t possible to tighten the timings or lower the voltage at the rated speed.

My max stable overclock had a negative effect due to keeping the CPU as close to stock speed as possible during testing meant it was running slower in this configuration than all other configurations.

Functionality is where this kit lets us down, Firstly the SPD table doesn’t relate to the product and secondly there are no CL9 timings or settings with 1.65v to choose from which makes things in the BIOS more tricky than they need to be.


~ by benchmarkstest on November 15, 2010.

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