Review Roundup november 22

Dell Inspiron One 2310 All-In-One 23 inch desktop tested by hardwareheaven

For the latest Inspiron One models Dell offer 22″ and 23″ (58cm) screens. Our review sample is the 23″ version and it is a WLED Backlit display with a resolution of 1920×1080. There is a 2cm plastic bezel running round the screen and the main display has a high gloss finish.

We were a little disappointed to see that Dell had not included a USB 3.0 port or dual band Wireless-N card, it was only a single band card that was installed, however the rest of the components were combined to give us ideal performance. The Core i5 CPU with Turbo Mode capability and four threads gave us great performance in tasks such as media encoding and the Radeon HD 5470, as well as supporting DirectX 11, ran StarCraft 2 well.

AMD 6870 Video Card tested by overclockers

The first of AMD’s Northern Islands graphics family to be released, Barts is the code name for the GPU contained in the 6800 series. While it’s not a process change (32 nm was apparently abandoned and 28 nm isn’t ready), it is a massive change in efficiency and capability.

The maximum stable overclock I could get at stock voltage was 943 Mhz on the core. It passed several benchmarks at that speed. Memory was slightly shaky at 1200 MHz and was reduced for overclocked runs to 1175 MHz.

The 6870 has an ace in the hole though – crossfire scaling. These cards do a superb job when you put them in crossfire

There is also heat and power to consider. Everyone knows Fermi is one hot beast. Running this GTX 470 through 3DMark Vantage at stock gave temperatures equal to that of the 6870 overclocked running Furmark. Add to that the GTX 470′s TDP – 33W idle / 215 W load and you have a power hungry, hot beast.

PowerColor 1000W Modular PX Power Supply tested by overclockershq

Today we will be putting the PowerColor 1000W Modular PX Power Supply up against the Sparkle Gold Class 850W Modular Power Supply , Cooler Master GS 750W and a Ultra 750W LSX.

The 3.3v and 5v rails are usually very finicky when it comes to over voltage and the PowerColor PSU came in right where it should be the 12V rail is a little more lenient when it comes to overvoltage’s because the motherboard PCB design usually attenuates the voltages before an over voltage can damage any components.

PowerColor Extreme 850 W Power Supply tested by hardwaresecrets

As we have mentioned in other articles and reviews, the first place we look when opening a power supply for a hint about its quality is its filtering stage. The recommended components for this stage are two ferrite coils, two ceramic capacitors (Y capacitors, usually blue), one metalized polyester capacitor (X capacitor), and one MOV (Metal-Oxide Varistor). Very low-end power supplies use fewer components, usually removing the MOV and the first coil.

The new PowerColor Extreme 850 W isn’t a bad power supply, but it has a few flaws. It should have come with at least eight SATA connectors instead of only six, it should be able to achieve better efficiency at full load under real-world temperatures, and its noise and ripple levels, although below the maximum allowed, were too high for us to consider this unit as a “flawless” product.

BitFenix Colossus tested by computingondemand

The Colossus is a full tower case that is built to accommodate five 5.25″ drives, seven 3.5″ / 2.5″ hard drives, and all the popular motherboard sizes. The Colossus measures 245mm x 558mm x 582mm making it larger in some respects than the monstrous Lian Li PC-75B.

The Softouch is simply awesome and the tool free design is well thought out. I like that the power buttons and fan controls can be locked from curious fingers and the cable management system is almost perfect.

NZXT Phantom White Case tested by hardwareheaven

NZXT have gone with an angled design for the Phantom and used a predominantly white design on our review sample, finished with black sections. The majority of the chassis is steel however the front and top surfaces are plastic. Taking up about half of the front edge is a door which opens to reveal five drive bays. The mesh cover on these can be removed by simply flicking the clip on the right hand side. One of the quickest and easiest cover removals we have seen.

Each of the optical drive bays has a tool free mechanism for installation, slide the drive into the location and move the switch to clip it in place. 3.5″ hard drive installs are equally easy, just snap the sturdy brackets onto the drives and slide into place. 2.5″ drives/SSDs can be screwed into these brackets also and a total of 7 hard drives can be positioned here.

In terms of performance the case excels, in its default configuration it provides a good level of airflow and the noise levels are exceptionally low.


~ by benchmarkstest on November 22, 2010.

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