Review Roundup januari 18 2011

CPU PROCESSORS


Intel Core i5-2500K tested by futurelooks

However, after switching over to the MSI P67A-GD65 motherboard, I was able to verify that if you go off reservation via the BIOS, my K SKU chips were very close to 5GHz just I had seen on ASUS’ P8P67 EVO motherboard. One thing to keep in mind is that Turbo can cause the clocks to spiral out of control. Even though you may only be operating at 4.2GHz, Turbo will try and boost on top of that which can become unstable. We’ll cover more overclocking later we’ll be launching our Intel P67 motherboard round up very soon.

The bottom line here is that Sandy Bridge is worth the upgrade if you’re sitting there on a Core 2 based system. Performance is great, power consumption continues to drop especially if you’re on a laptop, and fully featured chipsets support it. The quad core 8-thread Sandy Bridge laptop I beheld near Intel HQ provided four hours of battery life while encoding some video. Try that on Core i7-700QM.

MEMORY


Corsair Vengeance 12GB DDR3 1600 tested by overclockersclub

The set I am looking at today is the 1600MHz rated 12GB (3 x 4GB) low voltage kit for use in Intel X58 based systems. Low voltage has been a term we have been used to hearing since the introduction of memory for the Intel X58 and newer systems. Usually this means 1.65v but this set from Corsair is rated to run the 9-9-9-24 latencies with just 1.5v. A significant reduction in voltage to curtail heat and power consumption, both things which are a plus in this day of high energy costs and stuffed-to-the-gills cases.

This set lives up to that legacy and more with a bump of almost 25% from 1600Mhz to 1974MHz. That’s 374Mhz with a bump in the TRCD and TRAS and the voltage bumped to 1.65v. Not shabby at all! But wait, you don’t overclock? Blasphemy! In that case you can reduce the latencies again to improve performance without increasing clock speeds. This set would drop down to 7-8-7-24 again with just a small bump in voltage to 1.60v.


Patriot Viper Xtreme P3-16000 – 2000MHz tested by bjorn3d

Patriot has recently launched the Viper Xtreme DDR3 Xtreme Performance low-latency (9-10-9-27) memory running at speeds up to 2000MHz and 1.65V. The Patriot Viper Xtreme Series is the company’s high performance memory, designed for overclocking and those who need fast memory. Currently there are two speed to choose from : PC3-12800 (1600MHz) and the PC3-16000 (2000MHz). They come in 4GB, 6GB, 8GB, 12GB, and 24GB capacities for the Core i7 and Core i5 in both triple channel and dual-channel configuration.

Considering that today’s systems have the memory controller built into the processor, the memory speed may seem to be less important. However, for overclockers, having a faster memory with tight timing and good throughput is still essential. In our test, the Patriot Viper Xtreme showed the highest throughput and lowest latency at frequencies of 1800MHz and 2000MHz. This makes the memory a good choice for Intel Socket 1156 processors and AMD Socket AM3 processors, where the controller on the processor will support such speeds with overclocking.


Crucial 4GB kit Ballistix 240-pin DIMM DDR3 PC3-12800 Memory tested by modders-inc

Crucial allows you to monitor the temperature directly on the PCB itself by integrating thermal reporting at the circuit level on this kit. Currently the tool is only accessible for specific motherboards.

Crucial’s new line of Ballistix memory is redefining what is capable within memory overclocking with the ability to accurately track and graph thermal loading on their modules. Their memory has always been exceptionally stable and capable performers in the enthusiast arena.

ROUTERS


ASUS RT-N16 GIGABIT SUPERSPEED-N ROUTER tested by tweaknews

It’s powered by a Broadcom 4718A (clocked at 480MHz) and supports third party firmware such as DD-WRT and Tomato. The unit has 128MB of RAM and 32MB of flash memory, and the three antennas are removable and upgradeable. There is one caveat for some – the RT-N16U is only a single-band (2.4GHz) router.

There’s a lot going for this router, but the one thing holding it back is the stock firmware – it doesn’t seem to be completely stable. I experienced some random disconnects of the wireless signal that sometimes required a reboot and other times it would strangely just fix itself after a period of time. I double and triple checked all the settings, made sure I had the antennas positioned correctly, and could find nothing wrong


Verizon UM175VW 3G USB Modem tested by bayreviews

Also called the Pantech UM175, this 3G EVDO Rev-A USB modem offers dedicated web connectivity for anyone with a laptop or netbook. The Verizon VZAccess Manager software suite is much more responsive than Sprint or AT&T products that I have used on numerous laptop computers.

After over six months of continuous use, I remain happy with the operation of my Verizon UM175VW 3G modem. When I am out of the office and need to connect to my computer systems, this USB 3G modem works much better than similar Sprint products because of the VZAccess Manager. The VZAccess Manager is a quick install in Windows 7 and detects the nearest Verizon network for you to connect with in a rapid fashion.

VIDEO GRAPHICS CARDS


Gainward Phantom GTX570 tested by overclock3d

Perhaps the only disappointment we have is that the tremendous cooling potential of the Gainward GTX570 Phantom isn’t really harnessed fully. This would have been the perfect opportunity to apply Gainwards considerable skill gleaned from their Golden Sample cards to produce an all-conquering model.

Perhaps the big surprise was that the, admittedly mild, overclock Gainward supply the Phantom with doesn’t really make much of a difference. However when the card was overclocked as well as we could force it, considering there is no standard method to increase the voltage to allow for higher overclocks, it generally responded much better than the reference design. Nothing earth-shattering, but consistently enough that you could make a case for it performing more impressively.


ZOTAC GeForce GTX 460 SE tested by guru3d

Positioned in-between a 768 MB and the 1024MB version of the GTX the 1024MB SE version is now available, it’s a GTX 460 with one shader processor cluster (SM) disabled , yet with some more memory to compensate.

Unfortunately the SE (Special Edition) branding is I’m afraid nothing more than a sales stunt to bamboozle the novice consumer in the stores. That “SE” tag will confuse you and make you believe that it is a better product than say the regular GTX 460 with 1024MB, and that’s just not the case. In fact an SE edition is fighting with the 768MB version, so its the world upside down rally.

MOTHERBOARDS


ASUS ROG Maximus IV Extreme by motherboards-reviews

This mobo has more more PCIe lanes, supports DDR3 2000MHz+, has an enhanced power design, 8 on-board USB 3.0 ports and 2 more when connected to the front panel, next to that it has 4 SATA3 connectors. You’ll be able to squeeze some extra performance out of every component installed on it. The CrossFire test had a noticeably higher performance than a standard P67 board. The new EFI based BIOS looks great, and has lots of features.

Test Setup:

* Blu-Ray: Sony BDU-X10S
* CPU : Intel Core i7-2600K
* Display : 3x ASUS VG236H
* Graphics Card : Sapphire Radeon HD 6970
* HDD : 2x WD VelociRaptor Hard Drives
* HDD : WD Caviar Green 3TB Hard Drive
* Memory : 8GB Corsair Vengeance DDR3-1600
* PSU : Corsair AX1200W
* SSD : Corsair F120 (Sandforce) 120GB SSD
* Water cooling : Corsair H70

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~ by benchmarkstest on January 18, 2011.

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