Western Digital VelociRaptor 10000RPM SATA Hard Drive @ Tech Report
Western Digital hatched its latest Raptor back in April, revealing a unique departure from more traditional designs. This leaner, meaner VelociRaptor VR150 is actually a 2.5" drive sitting inside a heatsink that slides nicely into standard 3.5" bays. But don't think you can take this most recent Raptor lightly just because it's gone on a diet. Despite a smaller form factor, the VelociRaptor still offers 300GB of capacity—twice that of its 3.5" forebear. The VR150 is also the first Raptor with a 300MB/s Serial ATA interface, and its trademark 10K-RPM spindle speed hasn't skipped a beat. Like its predecessors in their prime, the VelociRaptor proved to be the all-around fastest SATA hard drive on the market—and a surprisingly quiet and power-efficient one, at that. However, the drive we used in our initial look at the VR150 was an engineering sample with pre-production firmware. Final, production drives have now made their way onto the market, and we've managed to score a retail sample that should be representative of the drives you can buy today.
ATI Radeon HD 4850 Versus NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GTX+ @ Legit Reviews
The battle between ATI and NVIDIA reached a tense moment today when ATI removed the gag order on the ATI Radeon HD 4850 graphics card by more than a week. NVIDIA was trying to spoil the launch of the ATI Radeon HD 4850 by launching an ultra secret graphics card called the GeForce 9800 GTX+! Read on as we benchmark the Radeon HD 4850 versus the GeForce 9800 GTX+!
Intel P45 Vs. X48 Crossfire Performance @ Tweaktown
The other day the new GIGABYTE P45-DQ6 arrived and I was instantly intrigued by how cool it looks. The thing is, what also arrived that day was the HD 4850s. With my mind going in over drive, I thought this was the perfect time to check out what’s going on in the PCI Express slot department these days. While there are a few differences between the two, we only cared about one of them. We wanted to know the performance difference between the X48 and the P45 when running Crossfire. While both boards carry two physical x16 slots, when two cards are installed the electronics behind the slots on the P45 tune back to x8 on both slots. The X48 on the other hand continues to run both slots at x16 independently.
Zalman ZM1000-HP 1000 Power Supply @ Pro-Clockers
Another one of those quality products is the subject of our next review. The ZM1000-HP is one powerful power supply and it is also good looking. This six 12-volt rail 1000 watt behemoth is a sterling dark gray glossy finish that is pretty attractive without being flashy. And while I am on the exterior features of the ZM1000-HP is mostly modular for unlimited cable management possibilities. This power supply has all that one would need in a unit to power the best of gaming rigs.
ATI Radeon HD 4850 @ Tech Report
The battle between AMD and Nvidia for the hearts, minds, and disposable income of PC enthusiasts is starting to get scrappy. First, AMD scheduled a press event to distract folks from Nvidia's GeForce GTX 200 series launch, which Nvidia subsequently pulled forward. Perhaps in retaliation, the green team then divulged plans to unleash a faster version of its GeForce 9800 GTX. This GeForce 9800 GTX+ will sell for only $229, dropping the vanilla 9800 to $199—conveniently stepping on the price point of AMD's next-gen Radeon HD 4850 graphics card. Lest it be outmaneuvered, and because cards are actually available for sale already, AMD has decided to lift the curtains on the 4850 a little early. Keep reading for our first look at AMD's new mid-range Radeon.
Corsair TX750W Power Supply @ TechwareLabs
Where does the juice for your power rig come from? Is it reliable? Was it a pain to install? Are you letting money slip through your fingers each moment you use a poor efficiency power supply? Matt tests out the Corsair TX750 which supports 80Plus efficiency in a sleek black box. So flip the switch and read the electrifying results.
ATI Radeon HD 4850 @ Anandtech
Running GPU-Z we see that the Radeon HD 4850 shows up as having 800 stream processors, up from 320 in the Radeon HD 3800 series. Remember that the Radeon HD 3800 was built on TSMC's 55nm process and there simply isn't a smaller process available for AMD to use, so the 4800 most likely uses the same manufacturing process. With 2.5x the stream processor count, the RV770 isn't going to be a small chip, while we can't reveal transistor count quite yet you can make a reasonable guess. That's a 625MHz core clock and 993MHz GDDR3 memory clock (1986MHz data rate). We've got more stream processors than the Radeon HD 3870, but they are clocked a bit lower to make up for the fact that there are 2.5x as many on the same manufacturing process.
Thermaltake ProWater 850i @ TechwareLabs
Getting ready to enter the world of watercooling? Not sure about which kit is right for you or even how to install it? We check out the ProWater 850i a cheap and well made kit and take you step by step through our install and explain how the kit works and show its performance.
Aeneon is a relatively new brand on the market, re-launched about 7 months ago. Originally under the Infineon brand, it is now a Qimonda brand after the spinoff of Infineon as Qimonda. Qimonda decided to continue the use of the Aeneon brand name for it's retail market division. As part of the strategy, Aeneon exclusively uses Qimonda DRAM chips. This is similar to the use of Micron chips for the Micron owned Crucial brand. We all know that when it comes down to the performance memory market, the DRAM "chip-to-get" changes like the seasons. Other companies such as Corsair, Kingston and OCZ aren't restricted to certain DRAM manufacturers and have more flexibility when creating product lineups. Some of those brands have used Qimonda chips in the past, and many video cards use fast GDDR from Qimonda, and today we'll check out a DDR3 kit from Aeneon which uses Qimonda DRAM chips.
The memory kit on the plate today is from Aeneon's performance line of RAM, XTune. It's comprised of 2GB (2x1GB DIMMs) of DDR3 rated to run at 1333MHz at CL8 (specifically, 8-8-8-24). Aeneon tests these kits in pairs to ensure performance and stability in dual channel configuration.
Sapphire Radeon HD 4850 In Crossfire @ Tweaktown
I actually tested the HD 4850 before I finished writing my review on the GTX 280, which turned out to be good news for AMD but bad news for NVIDIA. It completely changed my opinion on the GTX 280 before I had even finished writing. The thing is, the GTX 280 is a good card in the sense of what it’s capable of. Such technology as CUDA and PhysX are great inclusions. But I’m a gamer; I want FPS! - I can’t sum it up better than that, and the GTX 280 really didn’t deliver in that department. I wrote in my editorial the other day that the HD 4850 in Crossfire wasn’t going to bring me fully back into the world of PC gaming, but I think the HD 4870 has the ability to do this. While the performance on the HD 4850 is excellent in Crossfire, it’s not loads faster than the GTX 280. That’s fine; we didn’t expect it to be faster at all simply because of the price. The thing is though, it is, and this is awesome news for people who want what could probably be the absolute best value for money setup we’ve ever seen – Yes, ever!
ATI Radeon HD 4850 512MB Video Card Preview @ Legit Reviews
You'll notice that the Sapphire Radeon HD 4850 has just a single 6-pin PCI Express power connector on the board and that is because it uses just 110 Watts of power during peak usage! The box of the Sapphire Radeon HD 4850 states that a 450W or greater power supply with a 75W 6-pin PCI Express power connector is recommended for use. If you want to run these cards in CrossFire you'll need at least a 550W power supply and two 6-pin connectors. The box doesn't say want you need for 3-way and 4-way CrossFireX and we are still under an embargo on information that isn't on the box or in the presentation deck, but you can figure out the math on that one. To make things even tougher NVIDIA just released the NDA on the GeForce 9800 GTX+, which is clocked faster than a normal GeForce 9800 GTX! The GeForce 9800 GTX+ is coming out in July and will put some serious pressure on ATI as it will be priced at $229.
AMD Radeon HD 4850 512MB Preview - RV770 Discovered @ PC Perspective
The AMD Radeon HD 4850 512MB card is a good performing card that is able to match both the GeForce 8800 GT and the 9800 GTX card in our initial preview of just a couple of major gaming titles. NVIDIA has some more tricks up their sleeve though with a little part called the GeForce 9800 GTX+ meant solely to rain on AMD's launch day parade. Whether or not that will pan out has yet to be seen. The estimated MSRP on the HD 4850 512MB cards is $199 - low enough to be competitive in the market against NVIDIA's solutions. Currently the GeForce 9800 GTX is selling for no less than $269 while the 8800 GT cards are going for anywhere between $159 and $209. Availability of the HD 4850 should be immediate and no later than June 25th - you'll have to wait a couple weeks longer to get your hands on the HD 4870 graphics cards.
G.Skill 4GB DDR3-1600 Pi Series Dual Channel Memory Kit Review @ Bigbruin
The G.Skill DDR3-1600 Pi Series memory modules have a rather funky looking heatspreader, which upon closer inspection impressed me from a design and engineering perspective. Each module is protected by an aluminum heatspreader with what looks like the spiral binding from a notebook on top. These loops are similar to what many other manufacturers implement, except they have a bit of three dimensional appeal to them.
GTX 280 ForceWare 177.35 Performance @ Tweaktown
We figured that graphs speak louder than words, so today we took the time to test the new drivers under XP and Vista across a range of benchmarks on our ZOTAC GTX 280. I’ve decided that although there are new Catalyst drivers available for me to test, people would be more excited to see what NVIDIA can do to (hopefully) squeeze more performance out of the GTX 200 cards. While a lot of sites have loved the GTX 200 series of cards, they don’t seem to completely understand what’s going on in the AMD camp. I can honestly say that NVIDIA need the GTX 280 to get a speed bump, or gamers may be flocking to AMD for their graphics card sooner rather than later.
Zalman VF900-Cu Ultra Quiet Heatpipe VGA Cooler @ Benchmark Reviews
The competition between ATI and NVIDIA is fierce; it's definitely a buyers market in video cards these days. New chips are coming out every six months and they're almost always running more transistors, faster. There's a fair chance that the hottest and noisiest component inside your PC is the video card. Fortunately, the PC cooling industry has responded with some excellent products to keep the GPU heat and noise down. Join Benchmark Reviews as we look at how the Zalman VF900-Cu Ultra Quiet Heat-pipe VGA Cooler saved the day for one system builder.
TechwareLabs Case Mod Contest
Are you a mad modder at heart? Have you taken the toaster over and crammed a quad core CPU, dual video cards, and four hard drives into it? Have you altered your washer to look like something that qualifies as a WMD and outfit it with a PC? If so we want to see your mod, big or small. Submit everything you have modified and we will incorporate it into a video to be hosted on our site. The winning case mod will not only appear in the video but will also get an interview by us and be featured on our front page. Get your dremel and bondo out and let the mods begin.
Logitech Pure-Fi Mobile Wireless Speaker System @ Legit Reviews
Have you ever wanted to play music from your stereo Bluetooth (A2DP)-enabled phone? If you have then take a look at the Logitech Pure-Fi Mobile wireless speaker! Thanks to stereo Bluetooth you can enjoy music from up to 33 feet away from your phone or you could use it as a wireless speakerphone. The Logitech Pure-Fi comes with everything you need to get things working and comes backed by a 2-year limited hardware warranty. The Logitech designers and engineers have delivered what is sure to be the blueprint for future peripherals in the wireless industry. The Pure-Fi Mobile wireless speaker system can connect to your mobile phone, the PC, and your favorite portable media player, it can easily be stored in your backpack or briefcase. More than anything, it produces excellent sound and play an entire day on a charge. Sign me up, right?!? Oh, wait, it costs how much?
MSI P45 Platinum Motherboard @ Tweaktown
Today we have an early market sample of MSI’s P45 Platinum which is their top of the range board, this designed to compete with both ASUS’ and GIGABYTE’s ultra high-end P45 offerings. While it doesn’t have the full retail packaging included, we’ve confirmed with MSI that it’s the final revision board in our labs. For our comparison today, we are pitting the MSI P45 Platinum against our oldest but most impressive P35 board we have, GIGABYTE’s P35 DQ6. Both are based on DDR2 memory which make these systems equally matched apart from the change in chipset.
CoolIT Systems nVIDIA 8800 Series Dual Drive Bay VGA Cooler @ Futurelooks
Canadian Darling, CoolIT Systems has been kicking ass and taking names in the high end CPU cooler market with their excellent MTEC systems which combine watercooling and peltiers (TEC’s) into quiet and dependable cooling systems with high overclock potential. You would think that with big OEM wins with Shuttle and DELL under their belt, the Calgary, Alberta company would be happy just making CPU cooling solutions. Not a chance. After CPUs, their next stop is the VGA cooling market and today we get a chance to check out one of their Dual Drive Bay VGA Coolers for nVIDIA 8800 series GPU’s.
Pinnacle PCTV HD Pro Stick Review @ Club Overclocker
Anyone who watches television is probably aware of the upcoming digital switchover coming to the United States on February 17, 2009. What has remained a mystery is how this will affect the consumer electronics market, not only for standard televisions; but for HTPCs as well. The U.S. federal government is trying to ease the switchover in a couple different ways: first, all televisions, DVD recorders, and computer-based television tuners sold after March 1, 2007 are required to support the new digital standard. Secondly, the federal government is sending $40 vouchers for set top boxes that would bring older analog sets into compliance. Now, this probably sounds like a major hassle to most consumers, especially those that do not keep themselves on the bleeding edge of electronics. On the other hand, digital means better, right? Will the new digital age of television allow for a better overall experience? This is a question I hope to tackle as I review today's product: the Pinnacle PCTV HD Pro Stick.
Asrock A780FullDisplayport AM2+ Motherboard @ Pro-Clockers
Today, the board we will be tackling is the A780FullDisplayPort which is based on the AMD 780G/SB700 chipset. This new board looks to be competing for the title of the ultimate mATX motherboard with its integrated graphics that will support now and future DirectX 10 titles. And if this doesn’t supply you with enough video processing power a higher end graphic accelerator can be added. This is only one thing the A780FullDisplay has to offer. What are the others……read on.
OCZ Technology is a relatively young company. In business for less than 10 years so far, OCZ's birth not too long ago was welcomed by the computer enthusiast community. At the time, there were few other high performance memory companies. Coming back to present time, OCZ is still alive and kicking. It's now a much bigger company and even though it now has a more diversified product portfolio, memory is still its #1 game.
Today we'll be taking a look at one product in OCZ's product portfolio that attempts to live up the company's heritage as a high speed memory company. The kit we'll be examining is from OCZ's DDR3 lineup, the 2GB Reaper HPC PC3-10666 (DDR3-1333MHz) memory kit. It's a dual channel kit comprised of 2x1GB DIMMS. The DIMMs are rated to run at 1333MHz with 6-6-6-18 timings at 1.75v. They feature OCZ's lifetime warranty (with voltage support of up to 1.8v) and a radical cooling design.
After receiving and opening our Reaper memory kit from OCZ, one thing immediately came to mind: these are the heaviest memory modules I've ever held. Most high performance memory kits on the market have aluminum heatspreaders, but OCZ went much further with it's Reaper series.
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 280 Graphics Cards by EVGA and PNY @ Legit Reviews
Overall the GeForce GTX 280 graphics card was a winner in our books and it made a difference while gaming, which is the most important thing. The game we noticed the performance gains the most was actually Age of Conan when we cranked up the image quality at a resolution of 1920x1200 . Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures passed the astounding 'One Million Copies Shipped' milestone in less than three weeks after the game's launch, so that is a huge potential market in the months to come.
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 280 Compute Video Card @ Benchmark Reviews
Hot on the heels of a rapid-succession GeForce 9800 GX2 and GeForce 9800 GTX launch only two short months ago, NVIDIA now officially unveils the GeForce GTX 280 and GTX 260 video cards. Using the fastest and most-powerful graphics processor NVIDIA has ever developed, both new GeForce products are constructed from a freshly-minted GT200 graphics processor. Both the GTX 280 and GTX 260 products position themselves at the very highest segment of the GeForce product line. NVIDIA Estimates that the GeForce GTX 280 will be introduced at $649, while the similarly powerful GeForce GTX 260 will enter the $399 price point. If the competition ever had a very good reason to be concerned with their future, it would be right now.
ZOTAC GeForce GTX 280 AMP! Edition @ Tweaktown
Word on the GT200 has been floating around for a while now, and we’ve seen a number of leaked benchmarks all over the world wide interweb. With the NDA being lifted, it’s time to check out what exactly is going on with the new card. What we will be doing today is checking out exactly how much faster the new GTX 280 is when compared to the 9800 GX2, along with seeing how it compares against the top of the range AMD offering; the HD 3870 X2. For further good measure, we’ll also try it against one of the better valued for money NVIDIA cards at the moment; the 9800 GTX.
Gigabyte TurboForce 8800GT @ Pro-Clockers
Gigabyte being no stranger to graphic cards has sent us their variant of the 8800GT. The GV-NX88T512HP takes the 8800GT to a whole new level being overclocked from the factory. And to tame all the speed the card has to offer Gigabyte consulted Zalman for providing the necessary cooling. When you introduce a major player in motherboards and a major player in cooling chances are you will get an awesome product in the end.
Antec Twelve Hundred Gamer Case Review @ Club Overclocker
I classify the Twelve Hundred as a mid to high end computer cases due to it's street price of about $215 depending on where you live and shop. The Antec Twelve Hundred is an all new case in the "Gamer Case" family at Antec and extends the series preceded by the popular Three Hundred and Nine Hundred cases. However, the Twelve Hundred is a radical change over the previous models and only slightly resembles the Nine Hundred. Antec took bold steps in a completely new direction with the Gamer Case series, so my first question when I saw the Twelve Hundred was will I like this design as much as I've come to cherish other Antec cases such as the P180/P182 in the Performance One series
ECS A770M-A AM2 Motherboard @ Pro-Clockers
I have finally gotten my chance to review one of their products. The product on the bench here today is the A770-M socket AM2+ motherboard. Before I even received the board I browsed a few online stores to get a good ideal on pricing. In the case of the A770M-A we were able to find it for roughly $65. This is in range of Asrock and some of the board they manufacture. But is the ECS as stable as the competition? We will find out.
Antec Twelve Hundred Gaming Chassis @ TechwareLabs
With Antec's new Twelve Hundred, Antec is attempting to market a successful follow up to their wildly popular Nine Hundred gaming case. The Twelve Hundred makes numerous design improvements and sports 3 more bays than its smaller predecessor. Antec designed the Twelve Hundred with gamers in mind, the case sports a stylish black finish and blue LED fans. The first thing you will notice about this case is how large and heavy it is - it's big. Antec spared no features and set their goals high with the Antec Twelve Hundred. Let's see how they did.
Kingston is a company that needs no introduction. We've already reviewed many of their products here at circuitREMIX, and overall found them to be pretty good. Today we're going to be looking at a product from Kingston's performance oriented line of products, HyperX. No, it's not RAM, but a USB flash drive. Kingston's DataTraveler HyperX is the fastest USB flash drive series that Kingston currently offers, and we'll see how it stacks up to the competition. It is offered in 2, 4 and 8GB capacities, and we're going to be playing with the 4GB variety.
ASUS Rampage Formula X48 Motherboard Review @ Hardware Canucks
ASUS has always been synonymous with enthusiasts and mainstream users alike. Offering a combination of stable value motherboards and bleeding edge performance motherboards, ASUS has managed to keep both segments of the market continually happy over the years. Being a tier one partner for Intel, they are also always one of the first to market with Intel chipsets being released and the Rampage Formula is just another example of this early release ability.
GeForce 9800 GTX Extreme Overclocking Experiment @ Madshrimps
The GeForce 9800 GTX product was received with mixed feelings; on the one hand you had an affordable high end VGA solution, but on the other hand it was not much of improvement over the 8800 GTX. One area where the 9800 GTX might shine through however is overclocking, the new GPU generates less heat, and with the help of some LN2 it will be interesting to see how high it can climb!
Ultra X3 800Watt Modular Power Supply Review @ Tweaknews
Testing yielded stable voltages, quiet operation and I won't have to worry about buying a new power supply when the time comes to upgrade my system. The flat, flexible modular cabling system was great to work with and has spoiled me completely. I can't imagine going back to regular cables, much less a non-modular design.
Palit GeForce 9600 GSO Sonic 768MB @ Tweaktown
It seems we’re right on time for another pointless release of a graphics card that is slightly better or slightly worse than what is on the market already, whilst carrying with it a price tag pretty similar to that of what’s already available. Did that confuse you? - The thing is, these graphics card releases from NVIDIA are becoming nothing short of a joke. I’ve actually tested the 9600 GSO; I know how I’m going to wrap this up before I even wrote this introduction, and it’s a real doozy. Before we get too far ahead of ourselves though, let’s find out exactly what the card looks like, what Palit has done with it and if the package stands out in any way.
ThermoLab Nano Silencer CPU Cooler @ Tweaktown
We recently looked at the ThermoLab Micro and found it to be an energy efficient processor-only cooler that was designed for small enclosures. Today we are going to look at the ThermoLab Nano, an even smaller cooler made for the same type of application; extremely small enclosures and cases. Before you start to yawn I will go ahead and say upfront that the Nano performed better than the Micro, even though it is a smaller cooler and fan. What is really attention getting is the size of the cooler and the custom applications that modders will be able to use with it.
Coolermaster Aquagate Mini R80 Watercooling CPU Heatsink Review @ Frostytech
The Coolermaster Aquagate Mini R80 is a self contained watercooling system designed for a broad range of Intel and AMD processors. Unlike a lot of CPU watercooling systems which can be complicated to install, fill, bleed and monitor, the Aquagate comes pre-plumbed and pre-filled with an ethylene glycol based coolant. The system is guaranteed for two years operation without need for refill, so to get started all you need to do is mount the CPU block and attach the heat exchanger to the side of the computer case.
Cyber Snipa Warboard Gaming Keyboard @ Pro-Clockers
The Warboard looks to be the weapon you would like to take into battle with. Equipped with more keys than shells in a M16. Aimed with more programmable keys then most other keyboards on the market, the Warboard can be customized to your every command. There are many keyboards that come with customizable keys; well, Cyber Snipa did one up and added anti-ghosting as well as other features that you probably didn’t know were possible in a keyboard. Anti-ghosting?
Xigmatek HDT-S1283 and Red Scorpion CPU Coolers Review @ Madshrimps
Two HeatpipeDirectTouch CPU Coolers from Xigmatek duke it our in this review. We compare the performance of these enthusiast heatsinks to the best out there to see how they compare. Available for a budget friendly price can they deliver the cooling performance required to be at the top?