Review Roundup november 25 2010

Thermaltake Armor A60 tested by techreaction

The A60 is the first case in the world to have a SideClick EasySwap hard drive feature, as Thermaltake calls it. They have even gone so far as sleeving their pre-installed fans wires.

On the top of the case you can see that you will receive one 200mm fan, but you will need to buy a 120mm fan if you wanted to have two exhaust fans on top. On the bottom of the case you have the option of installing one 120mm intake fan, which does not have a dust filter installed on it, unfortunately.

Overall, Thermaltake has a great case in the Armor A60! With a minor revision of the case, it could be one of the best on the market in its price range. Still, we would recommend this case to our friends as it has a lot of nice features and great build quality. We would definitely warn them about the lack of wire management options however. Here’s hoping Thermaltake is taking notes, we’d love to see an Armor A60 v2!

Creative Labs Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium HD Sound Card tested by tweaktown

So what we have in the end is truly a refined product both in terms of developed driver support, which is industry leading as far as we can see, combined with a matured piece of hardware that has withstood the test of time.

It’s only by a sparrows eyebrow mind you, but the Sound Blaster Titanium HD thanks to its bolstered driver support and truly refined high end just trickles over the line ahead.

ASRock 890FX Deluxe4 tested by ocinside

In our tests, it was possible to overclock to a very high 320 MHz reference clock.
Some may think that the reference clock is no longer important for overclocking of e.g. Black Edition processors with unlocked multiplier, but the reference clock is still important for good PC overclocking results.

Furthermore, this board offers a Vcore setting on the Phenom II test CPU from 0.6000 Volt to 1.7500 Volt, a CPU NB voltage from 0.6000 Volt to 1.7500 Volt, a NB voltage from 1.110 Volt to 1.795 Volt, a HT voltage setting from 1.105 to 1.505 Volt and a few more settings to reach better overclocking results on this platform.

ASUS Rampage III Formula tested by hardocp

The south bridge is cooled by the same heat pipe cooling system that the north bridge uses. This part of it is flat to allow the installation of larger expansion cards. Directly in front of the south bridge is the boards 8 SATA ports. There are 6 SATA 3G ports and 2 SATA 6G ports.

With that said, this board is likely going to be a victim of fairly poor sales as many enthusiasts are waiting for Sandy Bridge to come out. This board could have been an instant classic if it had been released six months ago but that’s the nature of this business.

The board was a couple frames slower here and there than we expected, but nothing outside the margin of error for most benchmarks and certainly nothing that would ever be “felt” in actual computing usage.


~ by benchmarkstest on November 25, 2010.

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