Review Roundup november 30 2010

Thermaltake BlacX 5G USB 3.0 Hard Drive Docking Station tested by thinkcomputers

The BlacX 5G looks much like the original BlacX or any other hard drive docking station for that matter.

On the back you only have 2 connections; power and USB 3.0. If we flip the dock over we can see 4 small rubber feet that will keep the docking station in place on yourdesk.

The BlacX 5G makes that experience even better with USB 3.0 connectivity and much faster speeds. With a speed difference of 157.9MB/s read and 146.3MB/s write in our testing you are sure going to be able to transfer things much faster with the BlacX 5G. The design quality is good and this docking station works with both 2.5-inch and 3.5-inch drives so you are set.

Compared To: USB 2.0 Drive

Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex 1.5TB Portable USB 3.0 tested by silentpcreview

Not only does it support USB 3.0, but our sample’s 1.5TB capacity is groundbreaking for a bus-powered drive. Furthermore, the GoFlex line is described by Seagate as “upgradable”.

By “upgradable”, Seagate is referring here to the GoFlex’s modular adapter, which can physically detach, exposing the power and data connectors of the drive inside. A series of replacement plug-in adapters are sold separately various interface types.

The overall noise level was just as low as with the previous GoGlex samples, but the level of vibration was up a notch or two.

First and foremost, the Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex 1.5TB offers more capacity than any portable (bus powered) external hard drive by 500GB, an impressive feat on its own. While you can get 2TB and even 3TB external drives, they are only available in bulky desktop models requiring AC power.

G.Skill Phoenix Pro 40GB & 120GB Solid State Drives tested by hardwarecanucks

Shortly after we looked at the Phoenix 100GB, G.Skill released an extended version which they dubbed the Phoenix 120GB. Sadly, they were unable to use the same slightly faster NAND modules when they released the Phoenix 120GB “extended” model so while it was from all reports a good drive, it was not as fast as the original 100GB product. With very few options available left, G.Skill stuck with SandForce, used the “unlocked” firmware and the Phoenix Pro line was created.

The Phoenix Pro 40GB is one hell of a product. It really is amazing to see a sub-$150 drive with the ability to outperform last year’s flagship SSDs and still have enough grunt to run neck and neck with even today’s higher-end products.

We do however have some concerns about this drive. While the Pro 40GB will work exceedingly well as a boot drive, it really does lack the space necessary to be considered a true “storage” product.

PowerColor Radeon HD 6870 PCS+ Call Of Duty Edition tested by overclockersclub

This card is factory overclocked with clock speeds of 940MHz on the Barts core and 1100MHz on the GDDR5 memory so you get a boost in performance to start with. When it comes to overclocking higher, there is some headroom left on the HD 6870 PCS+, though not much.

Compared To:

  • BFG GTS 250 1GB OC
  • EVGA GTX 460 FTW
  • Galaxy GTX 470 GC
  • NVIDIA GTS 450, GTX 480, GTX 580
  • Sapphire HD 5970 2GB, HD 5870, 5850 Toxic 2GB, HD 5770 VaporX, HD 5750 VaporX
  • XFX HD 6850, HD 6870

SilverStone Technology NT07-1156 HSF tested by overclockersonline

When it comes to building an HTPC, size is important. Most HTPC cases don’t have the same depth as your typical midtower or full tower, some don’t even have enough space for the stock cooler. With the Silverstone NT07-1156, the super slim profile should be capable of fitting into any tight space while providing a good performance.

* Advantages:

Will fit in virtually any case
Good cooling performance for small size
Easy installation

* Disadvantages:

Limit cases need something this small

PowerColor Radeon PCS+ 6870 tested by pureoverclock

What’s unique about this PowerColor card is that it’s not a reference heatsink; it’s got a custom cooler and a healthy factory overclock as well, promising some great gaming horsepower with respectable temperatures and power consumption.

There are also some other appealing new features brought into the mix, notably 3D and tessellation, though these really do appeal to a very small niche market at this point in time. Our gaming results showed a bit of a mixed bag where a couple game titles were concerned, with a few drops where the AMD cards were trounced across the board.

However, we do know that PowerColor PCS+ 6870 can be overclocked very far and with little effort, so at this price point, the gaming horsepower and value is impressive.

Gigabyte M6900 Gaming Mouse tested by tbreak

Now performance-wise I didn’t notice any difference between the Gigabyte M6900 and the Razer Mamba, the latter boasting a 5600dpi sensor with 50g acceleration.

the M6900 comes with 5 programmable buttons, a 3200dpi sensor with 30g of acceleration, attached to a 1.8m long USB cable with a gold plated connector. Seems pretty simple and straightforward. There are no extra frills attached, which means that the cost is also pretty reasonable.


~ by benchmarkstest on November 30, 2010.

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