Review Roundup november 26 2010


ASUS EeePC 1215N tested by anandtech

You’ve got a dual-core Atom (a desktop Atom D525, not the new N550), a 12” screen, and NVIDIA’s Next Generation ION (NG-ION) platform, all in a tasty aluminum wrapper.

The 1215N has more power, a larger screen, and a higher price tag, but it’s still running Atom so it’s not an ultraportable laptop either. CULV will eat the dual-core Atom for lunch and not even bother spitting the bones out. You don’t even need to ask about Core i3 or its ULV equivalent.

if you’re looking for a gaming netbook or a real ultraportable notebook, the 1215N won’t really be your cup of tea. But if you’re looking for the highest gaming performance you can find in a $500 super-portable notebook, the 1215N should be your system of choice.


Lenovo ThinkPad eSATA 500GB 57Y4400 Secure Hard Drive tested by storagereview

You can power the drive through a dedicated 5v power cable, a single mini-USB connection, or even through the eSATA port. Lenovo was smart enough to include a combo eSATA/USB port on the drive itself, to take advantage of notebooks with the matching combo port. The supplied eSATA cable worked as intended, letting you power the drive and connect at native SATA speeds over a single cable.

he design is based heavily on their ThinkPad family as the name implies, with two levels of data protection. On the passive side the drive is shock mounted inside t he enclosure to prevent drops from damaging the internals. In terms of active protection, Lenovo used an AES 256-bit FDE-enabled hard drive to encrypt and decrypt sensitive data.

If you need to know your data is safe when you travel and need more capacity than a thumb drive offers, there is no better option than the 500GB ThinkPad eSATA/USB Secure Hard Drive.


Kingston HyperX MAX 3.0, A USB 3.0 V+100 SSD tested by anandtech

The V+100 is probably the best platform you can think of today for an external SSD because its performance is so resilient. I took the HyperX MAX 3.0, filled it to its capacity, then wrote random data at a queue depth of 32 IOs across the entire drive for 20 minutes. While this process tanked random write speed on the drive, sequential performance was nearly untouched

Kingston isn’t announcing pricing yet, however you can expect it to be offered at some premium over the SSDNow V+100. A 128GB V+100 currently etails for around $280, so I’d expect a 128GB HyperX MAX 3.0 to go for above $300. That would put it in the same pricerange as the OCZ Enyo, but as I mentioned above, perhaps better suited to most external drive usage models thanks to its greater performance resiliency.


noctua launches the Noctua NH-C14 premium

Noctua today officially introduced its new NH-C14 CPU cooler. Sporting an exquisite, uniquely flexible 140mm dual fan setup of two Noctua NF-P14, the NH-C14 is a highly customisable, premium-class top-flow solution that further boosts the renowned quiet cooling performance of the company’s much acclaimed NH-C12 series.

The NH-C14’s six heatpipe c-type design with two NF-P14 FLX 140mm fans brings top-flow cooling performance to a new level while maintaining a much lower profile than today’s tower-style coolers and providing excellent airflow over RAM modules and near-socket mainboard components.

Run with a single NF-P14 fan underneath the fin-stack and with the top fan removed, the NH-C14 measures only 105mm in height, which makes it ideal for use in smaller enclosures and HTPC applications.

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~ by benchmarkstest on November 26, 2010.

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