Review Roundup november 23 2010


Arctic Cooling Freezer 13 tested by pureoverclock

Being rated for 200W is a pretty good amount given that this setup has only a 92mm fan. The heatsink also isn’t terribly big, which is fantastic.

Test Setup:

  • CPU : AMD Phenom II X6 1075T
  • Graphics Card : XFX Radeon HD5770
  • Memory : 4GB Mushkin DDR3 1600MHz
  • Motherboard : CrOS : hair IV Extreme
  • PSU : Seasonic 750W

There’s no sugarcoating it – other coolers perform better than the AF13. It isn’t the worst, but it is certainly competent. Your overclocks should be ok with it.


Aerocool Bx-500 Case tested by hardwaresecrets

The first thing you will note on the Bx-500 are the four 140 mm fans available on its left panel, glowing orange when turned on (Aerocool A1425M12, 1,500 rpm, 86 CFM, 23.13 dBA). They all come with three-pin power connectors, meaning that you can install them on your motherboard to monitor their speed – if your motherboard has that many fan power connectors, of course.

In the Bx-500 you can install the power supply with its bottom fan facing up or facing down, so you will have to decide if you want the power supply to be pulling cool air from outside the case (fan facing down) or hot air from inside the case (fan facing up). Unfortunately this case doesn’t come with an air filter for the power supply fan.

The Aerocool Bx-500 may me an option for users looking for a case that comes with several fans and won’t require the latest technologies like frontal USB 3.0 ports and 2.5” bays for SSDs. It is true that there are better products out there, but they cost more.


Gigabyte Aivia K8100 Gaming Keyboard tested by pro-clockers

The K8100 is a rather large keyboard and takes up quite a lot of prime desktop real estate. According to Gigabyte the K8100 measures 490mm x 263mm x 32.8mm and weighs 1300g. Don’t let that be off putting though because the wrist wrest, which takes up almost 1/3 of that 263mm, can be detached if you wish. We will touch more on that shortly though.

For those that go as far as programming macros for various things will like the K8100. It offers a whole slew of macros to help achieve tasks like the most complex movements and attack functions, to the simplest of squad commands. But what we like is Gigabyte did not make the process of programming the K8100 a complex ordeal. The drag and drop option makes it fast to accomplish. A novice can easily assign the keys to do just what they want.


Thermaltake TT eSPORTS Challeger Pro Gaming Keyboard tested by legitreviews

The 64KB of on board memory allows you to store up to 40 macro keys, meaning that you can switch what macro keys you are using. Most gamers play a variety of games, so this allows you to change between say your favorite FPS game title and then over to your RPG game with ease and still have macros enabled.

Looking at the Tt eSPORTS GUI, we can see that the Challenger Pro comes with the ability to have four different profiles loaded at one time. The lighting on the keyboard also has four different options as well, off, 25%, 75% and 100% brightness.

What I liked most about the Challenger Pro keyboard was its ability to load up to four different profiles. In Starcraft II, this gave me the ability to use the same key to produce units regardless of which race (Terran, Protoss, or Zerg) I was playing. Being able to adjust the timing of the macro key is another feature which I thought was very cool.

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~ by benchmarkstest on November 23, 2010.

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