Review Roundup februari 18 2011

HARD DISKS DRIVES


Western Digital Scorpio Black 750GB WD7500BPKT

tested by hardwarecanucks


The latest Scorpio weighs in at a whopping 750GB of storage capacity and yet still manages to cram all that space into the typical 9.5mm 2.5” form factor. This really does make for some impressive platter density numbers and when you add in dual processors and other assorted features, the potential for staggering performance is definitely there. The price is surprisingly frugal as well since you should be able to get one for around $120 US.

With the onset of SSDs and even more forward-thinking hybrid drives, typical spindle-based products are in for a tough ride in the 2.5” form factor market. Nonetheless, finding a good combination of capacity, performance and price is still none too easy. Hopefully Western Digital has found the answer with their the Scorpio Black 750GB.

Nearly every single test showed it to be one of the fastest large capacity 2.5” drives on the market and it can even run with the Seagate XT 500GB Hybrid drive. This high-end performance coupled with some outright frugal power consumption numbers should make the Scorpio Black 750GB highly appealing to….well, everyone.

SOLID STATE DRIVES


OCZ Vertex 2 OCZSSD2-2VTXE60G

tested by storagereview


The first is a latest-generation 60GB 25nm NAND model, the second an older stock 32nm NAND version. Buyers can’t tell the difference thanks to OCZ’s dubious marketing, but we can, and in this mini-review we’ll dive deeper into the available capacity differences of the two SSDs as well as the performance differences.

Even with the drastic change in internal hardware, we didn’t find a big change in power consumption on the newer 25nm SSD. Across the board values either dropped or were on par with the previous generation 60GB model.

With the wide selection of SSDs on the market today, there is no question that some drives will be slower than others. Reviewers like ourselves and buyers alike understand that some models will score differently, and we can choose with our wallets. The problem we have with this particular situation is that any choice to make an informed buying decision was taken away when OCZ sold and advertised these models as identical through online retailers

VIDEO GRAPHICS CARDS


Gainward GeForce GTX 570 1280MB Phantom

tested by tweaktown


Outside of the heatsink setup, we’ve got a single 6-Pin and 8-Pin PCI-E power connector setup towards the back of the card, and closer to the front we’ve got two SLI connectors which will let us run up to three of these cards together, although that might be a problem. We’ll get to why in a second.

The core comes in at 750MHz which brings the Shader clock to 1500MHz. This is up from the default 723MHz / 1464MHz setup. As for the 1280MB of GDDR5, that’s been bumped to 3900MHz QDR which is only slightly up on the default 3800MHz QDR clock.

The biggest down fall to the card is that it’s a 2.5 slot card which essentially makes it three slots, as you can’t do anything with half a slot. For most people, though, as we mentioned it’s not going to be an issue, but it’s indeed something that you need to note if you do have a lot of expansion cards or you’re thinking about getting two and you don’t have more than one slot between your PCI-E slots.

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~ by benchmarkstest on February 18, 2011.

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