Review Roundup februari 28 2011
GSkill Ripjaws F3-12800CL8D-4GBRM 2Gx2
tested by rwlabs
The GSkill RipJaws PC12800 DDR3 CL7 4GB kit was tested with both its default speed of 1600MHz @ CL7-8-7-24/1.6v but also overclocked to 1800MHz @ CL8-9-8-24/1.65v. The only issue is that although at 1600MHz our stable CPU overclock was at 4.2GHz when we overclocked the modules and reached to 1800MHz we could not climb above 3.8GHz so do take into consideration that you should be able to climb even higher with a different mainboard or different BIOS settings.
GSkill Ripjaws kit has the perfect price/performance ratio for people with P55 boards. The timings are great (CL7), you can easily squeeze 200MHz more by slightly upping the voltages and buying a total of 8GB should cost almost the same as buying an 4GB kit by another brand. True this kit is not the fastest one around and GSkill has already manufactured their own 2500MHz kit but in the end it all comes down to what you need and can afford. For us the RipJaws F3-12800CL7D-4GBRM is the perfect P55 companion, especially if you manage to hit the sweet frequency spot between the CPU and the modules and for that we award it our Real Deal Editor’s Choice Award.
MEMORY STICKS CARDS
Mach Xtreme Technology MX-FX series MXUB3MFX-32G
tested by tweaktown
Today we are looking at the Mach Xtreme MX-FX USB 3.0 thumb drive. Physically the MX-FX looks a lot like the Patriot Magnum; they share the same external aluminium housing, but the Magnum is a USB 2.0 drive and the MX-FX makes use of USB 3.0 technology. Mach Xtreme is offering the MX-FX in 16, 32, 64 and 128GB capacity sizes.
Sony VAIO EE34 E Series VPCEE34FX-BJ Notebook
tested by anandtech
The Athlon II P340 (so nice of AMD to finally do away with any sense of logic in their chip naming just like Intel did) is basically the same as the dual-core desktop Athlon II, with no L3 cache but 512KB of L2 cache per core. It runs at an unexciting 2.2GHz, but should still provide enough processing power to handle most tasks. The best part, of course, is that this chip also features a 25W TDP that you’ll see Sony actually manages to get some mileage out of.
Unfortunately the 3DMark tests bear out just how poorly AMD’s 40-shader IGP has aged. The E-350 beats it at every turn and even the utterly anemic GeForce 310M is a substantial improvement.
The processor is enough to get the job done, and the integrated graphics will let you play Left 4 Dead 2 and StarCraft II in a pinch. That’s not too bad. People looking to get in on the Blu-ray ground floor (now that HDTVs have gotten pretty cheap) can kill two birds with one stone by buying a notebook like this one, too.
Toshiba NB505-N508BL mini notebook
tested by techreviewsource
This 10.1-inch netbook from Toshiba comes in a variety of stylish colors and has long battery life, comfortable keyboard and some really loud speakers. The Toshiba Mini NB505 has an Intel Atom CPU with 1GB of RAM and is definitely one portable computer.
When opened, there’s a dimpled pattern alongside the mouse touchpad and is made of a different hard plastic material. The power button under the screen in the middle of the hinge is extremely awkwardly placed and is a little recessed, which makes it rather difficult to press.
The Toshiba Mini NB505’s 6-cell battery lasts an average of 7:00-7:30 hours, which is longer than other similar netbooks by almost an hour.
HARD DISKS DRIVES
Thermaltake BlacX 5G ST0019U
tested by bayreviews
A HDD docking station allows you to place any 2.5” or 3.5” SATA disc inside and read its contents at blazing fast transfer speeds. The Thermaltake ST0019U takes this technology to the next level with USB 3.0 compatibility.
I really enjoy working with hard drives. The higher end models like the Western Digital Raptor series that spin at 10,000 RPM have long been bottlenecked by SATA technology that just cannot satisfy their need for high disk transfer speeds. As seen in this review, an external USB 3.0 drive cradle can unlock their hidden potential and make them a veritable force over five years after their initial manufacturing date.
tested by thinkcomputers
Advanced Multiple Input Multiple Output (MIMO) antenna technology with three spatial streams per antenna generates a maximum theoretical wireless throughput of 450Mbps. Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) integrates other WPS supported wireless adapters at the touch of a button. The latest in wireless encryption and a secure firewall protect your digital network. WMM® Quality of Service (QoS) technology prioritizes gaming, Internet calls, and video streams. LEDs on the front of the router convey device status.
TRENDnet’s TEW-691GR 450Mbps Wireless N Gigabit Router is a solid router. It is missing a couple features like connection logging and TCP/UDP timeout settings, but most users won’t even notice. One thing all users are likely to experience is when the wireless acts up and just stops talking to a device, even though the device is still connected. The quirkiness with the wireless only occurred once on my laptop, but three times on my iPhone. It could become a problem that gets increasingly more annoying.