Review Roundup november 17 2010

VIA Dual Core Nano & VN1000 Chipset tested by anandtech

Compared to Atom, Nano is a bit of a beast. Both Atom and AMD’s Bobat core can fetch and issue up to two instructions. Nano can do three. Like AMD’s Bobcat, Nano has a full out of order execution engine. Atom, for the time being, is in-order.

The Atom comparison is dramatic. Intel hasn’t taken GPU performance seriously for years and Atom was the last example of that mentality. What’s even more surprising however is that the Chrome 520 GPU is actually faster than NVIDIA’s ION.

The dual-core Nano platform offers better graphics performance and better CPU performance than Atom. The Chrome 520 IGP, at times, can even give Intel’s HD Graphics a run for the money.

ECS P67H2-A tested by pureoverclock

Removing the motherboard from the box, we see the overall presentation of the P67H2-A is a continuation of what we saw in the P55H-AK.

The P67H2-A has 14-phase power management (12 for the CPU / VCore, and two are for the memory controller / VTT).

The black connection header for the USB 3.0 front panel is located just below the SATA ports, sitting perpendicular to the LED readout. These two extra ports are provide via the additional NEC controller. The best way to describe the header is that it looks like the regular USB ports have been sandwiched together to form one large one.

ASUS Maximus IV Extreme tested by semiaccurate

So ok, it’s not that different from say Gigabyte’s P67A-UD7, but with the addition of the typical R.O.G. series features that only MSI so far has provided its own version.

First up is a new feature called GPU.DIMM Post which allows you to see that all of your memory modules and graphics card(s) are properly inserted into the board at BIOS, sorry UEFI level.

ROG Connect has also been updated to add support for overclocking the graphics card, something that wasn’t possible with older versions.

There’s even a button labelled BIOS_SWITCH for quick switching between two BIOS versions, something overclockers should find handy.

All in all the Maximus IV Extreme seems like it’s more of a high-end consumer offering than a board that targets overclockers and gamers.

ASUS SUS GeForce GTX 580 1.5 GB overclocking tested by hardwarecanucks

By pumping the voltage to a moderate 1.138V we were able to push the core to 951Mhz which is a massive 179Mhz over the reference clock speeds. This was attained with a constant fan speed of 67% which is still quiet enough to not be noticed above the din of gaming.

It should go without saying that increasing clock speeds AND boosting voltage will have a negative impact upon power consumption.

due to the modifications NVIDIA did to the fan on this card, any fan speed below 70% can be considered relatively quiet when compared to the racket the GTX 480 put out under certain conditions.

These new NVIDIA cards are overclocking monsters and some phenomenal numbers can be squeezed out of them without resorting to over the top cooling methods.

AMD Radeon HD 6850 tested by techreaction

The 6850 seems to be a legitimate contender for the budget conscious gamer market. The price is very good for the performance that you will receive from the 6850 and the extra additions of the Display Port 1.2, faster tessellation, geometry throughput and enhanced multimedia acceleration add to that value significantly.

However, the heat put off by the card was a bit surprising as the 5 series did a great job in this area. The decibels reached when the cooler hit maximum was also annoying, especially when it is putting out that much heat.

ASUS VE228H HDMI LED Monitor tested by phoronix

The ASUS on-screen display is similar to that of the other ASUS monitors we have used that offer their “Splendid” technology. With Splendid from the OSD you can change between modes for scenery, standard, theater, game, and night view.

Of course, there is also the stereo speakers built into the ASUS VE228H, but like nearly every speaker system integrated into the monitor, the quality is not anything superb but is enough to get by for light audio listening.

While the ASUS VE228H does not really have any technical advantages to set it apart from all of the other LCD displays on the market, its price at around $160 USD really is not bad

Cooler Master Storm SF-19 Strike Forc tested by aphnetworks

The company presents a laptop cooler that is able to support up to 19″ laptops, and also features dual 140mm fans under the hood to move lots of air.

At first glance, I knew the SF-19 Strike Force would be a very powerful laptop cooler. On top of that, it was completely black in color, creating a somewhat subtle look yet retaining a strong presence

The Cooler Master Storm SF-19 Strike Force laptop cooler is what you need if you have a sizzling hot gaming laptop that requires just a bit more airflow underneath it.

Zalman CNPS9900 MAX CPU Cooler tested by benchmarkreviews

there are 3 omega shaped heat-pipes going from the base through the fins. Two of them go directly to one heatsink, while the third one goes to the rest. This is done to improve performance.

Without digging a lot into details, composite heat-pipes are supposed to increase heat transfer rate by 50% over conventional heat-pipes. Zalman does this by mixing “Sintered Metal” type wicks and high thermal conductive “Axial Grooves”.

So, if you’re looking for a very decent and unique cooler for your PC, and you’re not doing more than a moderated overclock or you need space to install RAM DIMMs or any other components, the Zalman CNPS9900 MAX could be a good choice. Otherwise, you’ll be better with other heatsinks.


~ by benchmarkstest on November 17, 2010.

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