Review Roundup november 18 2010


OCZ OCZ OCZSSD2-1VTXT60G tested by anandtech

This is the OCZ Vertex Plus, the first drive based on the Barefoot+Martini platform:

The Vertex Plus will take the place of the existing Vertex in OCZ’s lineup, just below the Vertex 2 and other SandForce equipped SSDs.

Compared To:

Corsair Nova V128, an Indilinx based SSD.

Thankfully, Barefoot+Martini aren’t Indilinx’s next-generation SSD platform. The 6Gbps Jet Stream controller is still in development and is designed to go after the high end, Martini simply modernizes Indilinx drives.


ASUS EAH6870/2DI2S/1GD5 tested by hardocp

It is basically a reference specification video card, except for the clock rate on the GPU, which has been increased by 15MHz to 915MHz for the EAH6870. It has 1GB of GDDR5 memory, and the clock speed follows AMD’s reference specification of 1050MHz (or 4.2GHz DDR).

The ASUS EAH6870 is a great product and a great value. Performance-wise, it is in-line with other Radeon HD 6870s and on-par with the competing GeForce GTX 470. In terms of efficiency, it is a far better choice than the GeForce GTX 470. For roughly equal performance, it consumes less power and generates less heat.


ZOTAC GeForce GTS 450 512MB tested by en.expreview

Except for the difference in memory capacitiy,other specs of GeForce GTS 450 512MB is the same with GeForce GTS 450 1GB.It is 40nm GF106-based,features 192 stream peocessors,512MB GDDR5 memory,core/Shader/memory clock of 783/1566/902MHz with memory interface of 128-bit.In addition,the graphics card is with maximum power consumption of 106W and requires a 6pin assistant power connector.

According to the information from NVIDIA,GeForce GTS 450 512MB performs quite excellently.Priced at US$109,it will become the real successor of GTS 250.


ASUS Xonar Xense One and Sennheiser PC 350 Xense Edition package tested by tweaknews

The new ASUS Xonar Xense One and Sennheiser PC 350 Xense Edition package is the result of cooperation between ASUS and premier personal audio maker, Sennheiser. Xonar Xense is a perfectly matched combination of cutting edge audio card and superior quality headphones that reinvents immersive sound for serious gamers. The gaming audio set creates unbeatable sonic experiences in PC gaming that are sure to be appreciated by hardcore gamers keen on competitive online play.

Like the Essensce STX, the Xense features a large EMI shield. This not only adds to the beautiful look of the card, but it keeps out interference from other components in the system. The card looks and feels very solid and durable.

The Asus Xonar Xense sound card/Sennheiser PC350 headset bundle definitely lives up to its claim of being a premium gaming set. If you want to hear games, movies and music the way they were meant to be heard, this combination of products will make it happen.


Cooler Master Silent Pro M500 Power Supply tested by ocinside

The cables are exemplary finished and very flat, so they are very easy to install in most enclosures.
All connections are well made and offer a safe contact.
Furthermore contained are some screws, two Cooler Master SiliconPad antivibration pads, a warranty card (5 years), a CD and a folding sheet, which contains a pictured building instruction, power supply pin allocations, warning references and the disposal references.

The Coolermaster Silent Pro M500 S-500-AMBA-D3 provides following voltage levels and amperages:
+3.3V 20A ; +5V 20A ; +12V 34A -12V 0.50A ; +5VSB 2.5A

The Cooler Master Silent Pro M500 500 Watt modular power supply is very silent and offers stable power output also for an entry in overclocking.
All cables and connectors are well made and the flat cables are not very aerodynamic designed, but they can be very easy installed in most chassis.
The price of the Coolermaster Silent Pro M500 power supply is relatively low, but one receive a high-quality power supply with a good energy efficiency.


BitFenix Colossus White Case tested by hardwareheaven

Their new venture started a couple of months ago with the Colossus case with many of the initial reviews focusing on the original black model. However, like many manufacturers, BitFenix are also offering a white version of the case and it is that model which we have on our test bench today.

After attaching our initial wiring we install the PSU and feed the cables through the various holes in the case to hide the wires as best as possible. BitFenix recommend using an exhaust fan in the rear location and we decided to use the Coolit ECO cooler for this task, the only issue was that there were no 12cm mounting holes and so we had to be inventive using the perforations as screw holes which was not ideal.

In terms of performance there is a lot to like about the Colossus, it runs quiet with the option to vary fans as we wish and the internal components are kept very cool. Dust filters on the intakes help us maintain these performance levels and having USB 3.0 functionality maximises the speed we have available for external devices.

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~ by benchmarkstest on November 18, 2010.

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