Daily Reviews Summary 02/22/08
Posted on: 02/22/2008 04:13 PM
ECS A770M-A (V1.0) AMD 770 Motherboard Review
Bigbruin.com posted a review on the ECS A770M-A (V1.0) AMD 770 Motherboard
The ECS A770M-A (V1.0) AMD 770 motherboard should not be overlooked by anyone looking to build a reliable, low cost system around the latest AMD processors. Those in the market for a highly configurable, overclocking motherboard should keep shopping, but if you want modern features and solid performance right out of the box, this is a good choice. ECS A770M-A (V1.0) AMD 770 Motherboard ReviewFoxconn Mars Review
InsideHW.com posted a review on the Foxconn Mars
The mobo turned out to be working great! The Intel C2Q Q6600 worked perfectly on 3.4 GHz with a voltage of 1.41 V. This is a fantastic result considering the cooling system and CPU limits. All in all, the 6-phase voltage unit proved more than adequate even for a quad-core processor. The board does exactly what you tell her to, not what she decides to, which is a rare case nowadays. Foxconn Mars Review
Backup-Pal Cell Phone Contacts Backup Device Review
TechwareLabs has published a review of the Backup-Pal Cell Phone Contacts Backup Device
If your cell phone has ever been stolen, lost, or died then you understand how frustrating the process of obtaining a replacement is and even more than that comes the restoration of data. Most cell phone users are primarily concerned with their contacts, the process for restoring these usually involves hours of keyboard and button entry and that is for those contacts you remember all of the information for. Inevitably loss of contacts and full information occurs during a cell phone move or during a loss. The folks at Advanced Wireless Solutions have created a device which involves no software, drivers, or special cables to backup or restore the contacs of your phone. We test this device on one of the most commonly used phones today to see how it works and if it's worth your money. Backup-Pal Cell Phone Contacts Backup Device ReviewGeForce 9600 GT 512MB 6-way Shootout
The Guru of 3D posted NVIDIA GeForce 9600 GT 512MB 6-way Shootout
Guru3D just published a 6-way shootout review on the all new GeForce 9600 GT series with the following six board-partner cards: GeForce 9600 GT 512MB 6-way ShootoutXFX 9600 GT 512MB Review
BFG GeForce 9600 GT 512MB OC editon
ECS GeForce 9600 GT 512MB passively cooled
eVGA GeForce 9600 GT 512MB SSC edition
Galaxy GeForce 9600 GT 512MB OC edition
NVIDIA GeForce 9600 GT 512MB reference
Point of View GeForce 9600 GT 512MB
We finally arrive at the 21st of February 2008, the day where NVIDIA releases a new affordable mainstream product that will bring a smile to your face. This time it's performing better than "okay", it's performing really well and at a fair price. Guru3D will show you all six cards tested, will have a close look at some new PureVideo features, looks at GPU heat, power consumption and then obviously fires off a broad comparison and test games like Enemy Territory - QUAKE Wars, Call of Duty 4, Crysis World in Conflict, Ghost Recon: Advanced Warrior 2, S.T.A.L.K.E.R. and many more.
OCC has published a new review of the XFX 9600 GT 512MB
To overclock the XFX 9600GT I used Nvidia's Ntune software. I started at the default clock speeds of 650 on the core and 900 on the memory. From there I worked the core and memory clocks up until I found a good balance of clock and memory speed. The final speeds were 727 on the core and 1033 on the memory. To run these speeds I set the fan control manually to 100% to maximize the cooling capacity of the single slot cooling solution. For a $180 dollar card, a core speed increase of 77MHz and a memory speed increase of 133 MHz are not to shabby if you ask me. At no point did the temperatures get out of hand, which is surpriseing considering the size of the heatsink. XFX 9600 GT 512MB ReviewGalaxy GeForce 9600 GT OC Review
Elite Bastards posted a review on the Galaxy GeForce 9600 GT OC video card
Of course, with its lower price point and target market, G94 finds itself cut down somewhat compared to G92. This new core is manufactured using the same 65 nanometre manufacturing process as G92, but utilises just 505 million transistors compared to the 754 on show in its bigger brother. The main bulk of these transistor count saving come courtesy of the number of Stream Processors available to G94, with this core seeing its number of units halved to 64 (arrange as four clusters of sixteen) compared to the 128 in G92. However, these cuts don't extend to the ROPs on G94, as it finds itself sporting the same sixteen units as G92, leaving it with plenty of headroom when handling anti-aliasing. Likewise, G94 also sports a 256-bit memory interface as per G92. Galaxy GeForce 9600 GT OC ReviewEVGA e-GeForce 9600 GT SSC Review
NVNews.Net takes a look at the EVGA e-GeForce 9600 GT SSC video card
Today we have news to share as NVIDIA is launching its first Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) based on the GeForce 9 Series - the GeForce 9600 GT. Building on the success of the unified architecture present on the GeForce 8, the GeForce 9 Series features enhanced compression technology, which reduces the amount of data that passes through the memory bus. Graphics cards with the GeForce 9600 GT are targeted at the mainstream segment with a suggested price between $169 and $189. EVGA e-GeForce 9600 GT SSC ReviewEVGA, Palit and XFX GeForce 9600 GT Video Card Review
Legit Reviews posted a review on the EVGA, Palit and XFX GeForce 9600 GT Video Cards
The NVIDIA GeForce 9600 GT series has proven itself to be a very solid mainstream graphics card with a suggested MSRP between $169-$189. Obviously, many of the board partners will have overclocked versions at higher price points and the EVGA and Palit cards that we reviewed today are examples of this as both are priced over $200. After using these three GeForce 9600 GT video cards it's clear that 512MB is the sweet spot as it is ideal for higher resolutions that require larger frame buffers. All of the cards did great and it was interesting to see the GeForce 9600 GT 512MB cards beat up on the overclocked GeForce 8800 GT 256MB at higher resolutions... EVGA, Palit and XFX GeForce 9600 GT Video Card ReviewPalit 9600GT Sonic review
Neoseeker published a review of Palit's 9600GT Sonic.
While perhaps not as concept-smashing as was the introduction of the 8800 GTX, the 9600 GT nonetheless shows how far the advancement of GPU technology has come, as we enter the early months of 2008.There is nothing that stands out as revolutionary in the design of 9600GT -- instead, this latest release from NVIDIA is just one more incrementally improved and further optimized step along the road of graphical goodness. Palit 9600GT Sonic reviewXFX 9600 GT Video Card Review
I4U NEWS reviews the brand new XFX 9600 GT Video Card.
Today is the launch of the NVIDIA 9600 GT. This is the latest mid-range video card from NVIDIA. We are looking here at the XFX 9600 GT video card that runs stock clock speeds. In the end I was impressed with the performance of the XFX 9600 GT given its stock clock speeds and low price. The XFX 9600 GT may well be the next big thing in affordable and attainable graphics performance from NVIDIA. XFX 9600 GT Video Card ReviewG94: Nvidia's GeForce 9600 GT 512MB graphics card Review
Bit-Tech published a review of Nvidia's GeForce 9600 GT 512MB graphics card
Nvidia's GeForce 9600 GT 512MB is a great performer, as long as it hits the right price point. If it doesn't, there's even more of a reason to buy the GeForce 8800 GT than there ever was before -- it just goes to show how great that product really was for gamers. Thankfully, there are a few partners and retailers out there willing to charge what the card should ship at instead of what they'd like it to be in order to cash in on the sales rush at launch. G94: Nvidia's GeForce 9600 GT 512MB graphics card ReviewQNAP TS-109 Pro SATA Gigabit NAS Review
Simply put, don't pay any more than £130 for a GeForce 9600 GT - regardless of whether it's a standard card or one with a factory overclock.
Benchmark Reviews has released a new article on the QNAP TS-109 Pro SATA Gigabit NAS
Network Attached Storage (NAS) is slowly emerging as a single storage unit that could be easily attached to your home or business QNAP TS-109 Pro SATA Gigabit NAS ReviewRosewill RX81-MP 3.5" e-SATA Enclosure Review
network, and could be accessed easily over your local area network. Today at Benchmark Reviews we have the QNAP TS-109 Pro Turbo Station All-in-one
NAS server. QNAP TS-109 Pro comes with laundry list of features and the ability to expand the storage capabilities through the on-board USB and eSATA ports. Please read on to explore the performance and capabilities of TS-109 Pro as we compare it to the previously tested NAS products from other manufacturers.
Virtual-Hideout posted Rosewill RX81-MP 3.5" e-SATA Enclosure Review
External options still seem to be the best because of all those factors. Millsy has been checking out some huge back planes from Thecus which are perfect for the hardcore data fiends. Smaller scale users tend to benefit most from single and dual drive external enclosures. These include USB 2.0 and eSATA enclosures like the Rosewill RX81-MP Storage Enclosure. Why eSATA you ask? Read on see the two versions compared. Rosewill RX81-MP 3.5" e-SATA Enclosure ReviewGigabyte Poseidon 310 Case Review
3D Game Man posted a review on the Gigabyte Poseidon 310 Case
The Gigabyte Poseidon 310 Case is available in a black and silver color, is mostly steel, except for an aluminum front bezel. At the front is a stylish mirrored dual-tone design which is carried over onto the front door. This door is held into place with magnetic force and opens it reveals five 5.25" and two 3.5" external drive bays. It comes with two 120mm fans, tooless design and more. Watch the video to find out more and check out the bloopers at the end. Gigabyte Poseidon 310 Case ReviewNVIDIA GeForce 9600 GT 512MB - The Nemesis of ATI
Hardwarezone posted a review on the NVIDIA GeForce 9600 GT 512MB video card
NVIDIA's GeForce 9 series hits the streets today in the form of the GeForce 9600 GT 512MB. Targeted at mainstream users, this new card inherits the DNA of the successful GeForce 8800 GT but at a more affordable price. Can it be the new mid-range bestseller? NVIDIA GeForce 9600 GT 512MB - The Nemesis of ATISteelSeries Ikari Laser Mouse Review
DreamWare Computers posted a review on the SteelSeries Ikari Laser Mouse
When designing a "gamers mouse" the best thing to do would be to consult top gamers and gaming groups around the world to take into account what games want and need in a mouse. That's exactly what SteelSeries has been doing for the past 15 months while making the Ikari mice (both laser and optical versions available). With a unique styling and even more unique features, will this really be the mouse all gamers dream of? SteelSeries Ikari Laser Mouse ReviewATI Catalyst 8.2 Analysis - XP Vista
TweakTown posted an analysis on the ATI Catalyst 8.2 drivers
We’re running a little late again this month, no thanks to the new test system needing a whole lot of changes. We’re here now though, and we’re ready to check out the latest Catalyst drivers from the team over at AMD. ATI Catalyst 8.2 Analysis - XP VistaOCZ DDR2 PC2-8000 2 x 2 GB Platinum Edition Review
With the new test bed in hand and a new graphics card line-up we’ll check out the latest drivers. We’re now using the HD 3650 for mid-range performance, the HD 3870 for high-end and the HD 3870 X2 for high-end Crossfire performance.
OCC has published a new review of the OCZ DDR2 PC2-8000 2 x 2 GB Platinum Edition
When you think of OCZ, you think of high performance memory. Now turn 180 around. OCZ also makes memory to meet price and performance needs of all different varieties. The PC2-8000 4GB set is just one of these price-performance products. What enthusiast does not want four gigabytes of system memory? I know I do! At the stock speeds of 500MHz this set will run a 1:1 ratio with all but the best frontside bus clocking chips on the market. The vast majority of enthusiasts do not have a 500MHz chip, so these modules give you the speed without having to massively overvolt the memory to get the results you need. Even though the stock speeds fell slightly behind, they held their own in every benchmark, never letting go. Even with the slightly slower speeds they were running, they are a good bang for buck, being only about $.03 per megabyte. OCZ DDR2 PC2-8000 2 x 2 GB Platinum Edition ReviewNoctua NH-U12P CPU Cooler Review
APH Networks has published a new review on the Noctua NH-U12P CPU Cooler
The market for CPU heatsink and fans has grown quite saturated -- but with this saturation also comes a diversity that allows for a different heatsink to suit every preference. From performance heatsinks, noise conscious designs, to value/budget products, there's at least a dozen from various brands to fill in the specific market niche -- or maybe even a combination of two or more. Noctua has made quite a prominent name for itself in the industry for making quiet PC cooling solutions. Being that, a quiet cooler does not mean it cannot be a performance cooler at the same time. Combined with a design that challenges the best air cooler, it proves one thing -- bigger does not mean better. It's all about cooling efficiency; and combined with arguably the best fan for this application -- the Noctua NF-P12 -- how will the Noctua NH-U12P perform installed in our real life testing scenario? I've always wondered how it stacks up against the Scythe Infinity -- one of the biggest, and one of the best performing coolers over a year and a half ago -- but with a little twist. We want to see how the heatsink itself performs. And we'll even compare the two with the same fan. Now that would be an interesting showdown. Noctua NH-U12P CPU Cooler ReviewCoolerMaster Cosmos S Full Tower ATX Chassis Review
The Guru of 3D posted a review on the CoolerMaster Cosmos S Full Tower ATX Chassis
CoolerMaster today introduced a new PC case/chassis updated from their "Cosmos" line of products. This unit is based on a standard Cosmos 1000 with some attention-grabbing new modifications targeted at the high-end and enthusiast consumer with a diminutive amount of money to spare. CoolerMaster Cosmos S Full Tower ATX Chassis ReviewCooler Master Cosmos S Case Review
It's huge, it's profound, it's impressive, it's striking and it's called the Cosmos S; with an S for Sport.
OCIA.net has posted their review of the Cooler Master Cosmos S Case.
Right on the heels of our Cosmos 1000 case review comes the totally revamped Cosmos S from Cooler Master. Although the Cosmos is really a nice case, there are a handful of things that could be done to make it better. We'll be taking a close look at the new Cosmos S today to find out if Cooler Master has made this latest version better than the last. Cooler Master Cosmos S Case ReviewKingston HyperX DDR3-1375 2GB Memory Kit Review
ThinkComputers.org posted a review on the Kingston HyperX DDR3-1375 2GB Memory Kit
Kingston's 20 year history is packed with numerous awards from the likes of Fortune, Inc, and Forbes magazines, and for the last four years, they were ranked the #1 memory module manufacturer for the third-party memory market. They have been extremely successful at building quality products, and taking care of their employees considering the numerous "best employer" awards they have received over the years. Kingston started their HyperX line of enthusiast memory modules in 2002. This is a HyperX DDR3-1375 7-7-7-20 2 gig kit. Will the KHX11000D3LLK2/2G perform to the standards that we'd expect from Kingston? Read on and see! Kingston HyperX DDR3-1375 2GB Memory Kit ReviewNoctua NT-H1 heat paste Review
XtremeComputing posted Noctua NT-H1 heat paste Review
I seem to be testing a lot of thermal pastes lately, so it will be nice when I have a roundup of the major performers (which after today should be most of them!) The NT-H1 paste from Noctua is a relatively new entry to the thermal paste market, so let’s take a look Noctua’s offering to the market. Noctua NT-H1 heat paste ReviewNVIDIA GeForce 9600 GT Review
Digit-Life posted a review on the NVIDIA GeForce 9600 GT
The NVIDIA GeForce 9600 GT graphics card based on company's newest G94 GPU pushes the GeForce 8600 GTS down the price line. The new solution ranks in between the 8800 GT and the 8600 GTS. The GPU itself differs from the G92 only by fewer unified processors and texture units, bringing the 256-bit bus into the sub-$200 price range. NVIDIA GeForce 9600 GT ReviewSuper Talent Project X DDR3-1800 Review
Bjorn3D takes a look at Super Talent Project X DDR3-1800.
Introducing the Project X DDR3-1800 memory modules from Super Talent. Designed by a company known for producing some of the best RAM in the industry you can be sure you are protected for years to come as they include a lifetime warranty. What's that you say? You want more? What if I told you this RAM costs significantly less than many slower performing kits on the market? Interested yet? I know I am. Super Talent Project X DDR3-1800 ReviewA-DATA Classic C701 2 GB USB Flash Drive Review
techPowerUp posted a review on the A-DATA Classic C701 2 GB USB Flash Drive
The new Classic series from A-DATA keeps the trusted and true design of traditional flash devices. The new C701 is aimed at the budget user, looking for simple and cheap flash storage. A-DATA Classic C701 2 GB USB Flash Drive ReviewThermaltake Mozart TX Cube Tower Case Review
HardwareLogic posted Thermaltake Mozart TX Cube Tower Case Review
When speaking of technology, only rarely does the name Mozart ever come up in a conversation. Thermaltake has decided to use his namesake as the next step in entertainment based enthusiast enclosures. Just as Mozart has his everlasting music, will this become a hit for eons to come or is it doomed to be hidden in some server room pulling triple duty? Thermaltake Mozart TX Cube Tower Case Review