Daily Reviews Summary 05/06/10
Posted on: 05/06/2010 11:03 AM
Dell Adamo XPS Laptop Review
HardwareHeaven.com posted a review on the Dell Adamo XPS Laptop
Dell has recently released their refreshed Adamo XPS, a machine which follows a similar design ethic to the original but aims to increase performance to ensure it is competitive in the current market. Today we have an Adamo XPS on our test bench and will see, in a selection of real world tests, what the latest high end Dell machine can do. Dell Adamo XPS Laptop ReviewStarTech 2-port PCI Express USB 3.0 controller review
Elite Bastards posted a review on the StarTech 2-port PCI Express USB 3.0 controller
Perhaps unsurprisingly, the first thing we can see if just how diminutive this controller card is, fitting into the length you'd expect of a PCI Express 2.0 1x card perfectly, with the board supporting both PCI Express 2.0 and 1.1 while also serving to act as a half-height card when equipped with the correct mounting bracket. StarTech 2-port PCI Express USB 3.0 controller review
Microsoft Docs.com Review
At the heart of this device is the same NEC chip seen on most of the motherboards which have added USB 3.0 support to their specification, with this chip supporting two devices as per the specification of the card itself.
Additional power is required via a single four-pin Molex connector attached to the rear of the card - This allows the device to provide juice to powered USB devices, to the tune of 900 mA per port.
TechReviewSource.com posted a review on the Microsoft Docs.com
Microsoft will be shortly releasing their latest Office suite, version 2010, and to accompany it, they've developed a social network version of Office called Microsoft Docs. Docs.com is an online version of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint designed to create, share, and collaborate on documents, spreadsheets, and presentations with people on your social networks, like Facebook friends. Microsoft Docs.com ReviewCoolIT Systems – ECO ALC Cooling System
TechwareLabs has a review of the CoolIT Systems – ECO ALC Cooling System
There is no denying that good cooling can make or break the stability of your system. Likewise there is no denying that water based cooling systems outperform nearly all other types of cooling for the same price. CoolIT Systems makes some of the highest quality and highest performing systems on the market. We take a look today at their new ECO ALC Cooling system to find out if it is worth your cash. CoolIT Systems – ECO ALC Cooling System]CoolIT Systems – ECO ALC Cooling SystemAntec Sonata Proto Case Review
Hardware Secrets posted Antec Sonata Proto Case Review
Antec has just launched another case on their Sonata line-up, called Sonata Proto, which follows the same design concept from Sonata III 500 and Sonata Elite, two products that we've already reviewed. Let's see what is new on the new Sonata Proto. Antec Sonata Proto Case ReviewSunbeamtech USB 3.0 Airbox External Enclosure Review
OCIA.net has posted their review of the Sunbeamtech USB 3.0 Airbox External Enclosure
Sunbeamtech has released a new USB 3.0 version of its popular Airbox 3.5" External SATA Enclosure which we have for review today. In addition to the Airbox, Sunbeamtech also offers a 2.5"/3.5" USB 3.0 docking station and a dual-port USB 3.0 PCI-E 1x expansion card. The Airbox USB 3.0 enclosure is identical to their eSATA version with the exception of the interface. It is an aluminum body, single 3.5" drive external enclosure featuring an 8cm blue LED cooling fan and detachable stand for optional vertical orientation. Sunbeamtech USB 3.0 Airbox External Enclosure ReviewKingston HyperX LoVo 1866MHz DDR3 4GB Memory Kit Review
Legit Reviews posted a review on the Kingston HyperX LoVo 1866MHz DDR3 4GB Memory Kit
Kingston Technology recently introduced the world's first ultra-low voltage DDR3 dual channel memory kit that operates with just 1.25 volts at 1600MHz. The new offering is part of the new Kingston 'LoVo' (low voltage) HyperX DDR3 High-Performance memory product line. Read on to see how the Kingston HyperX LoVo memory kit performs and see how much power it can save! Kingston HyperX LoVo 1866MHz DDR3 4GB Memory Kit ReviewEnermax Modu87+ 500W PSU Review
The Kingston HyperX LoVo memory kit was great to review as we learned a number of things during testing the memory kit. The first is that not all motherboards have DDR3 (vDIMM) voltage settings that go low enough to support memory kits like this. This is an easy fix by motherboard manufactures, but it will require a BIOS update in order to support super low voltages like 1.25V. The second thing that we learned is that memory voltages and memory clock frequencies play a serious role in power consumption! To be honest we never looked that close at power consumption at various clock frequencies when keeping the vDIMM and memory timings constant. It was an eye opener to how big of a power consumption difference we were seeing at the wall when going from just 1333MHz with 1.24V to 1600MHz with 1.24V...
Vortez.co.uk posted a review on the Enermax Modu87+ 500W PSU
Enermax have been in the PSU industry for years now, and really made their name with the superb Galaxy range of PSUs which were considered to be the best PSUs around for what seemed like a lifetime. However, technology moves on and inevitably the Galaxy lost its crown to competitor products. Enermax had to fight back, so last year released their Revolution range of PSUs. Ranging from 850W to 1250W, they're ideal if you're building a nuclear reactor, but what about those amongst us that aren't completely bonkers? Enermax Modu87+ 500W PSU ReviewZalman CNPS10X Performa Cooler Review
That's where the Modu87+ and Pro87+ range of PSUs come in. They're designed to bring some of the engineering excellence found in the Revolution PSUs to mainstream users, with Modu87+ units ranging from 500W to 800W, whilst only 500W and 600W Pro87+ units are available. The Modu87+ and Pro87+ units are very similar, apart from the Modu87+'s use of Modular cabling, which can drastically reduce cable clutter, but obviously adds to the cost of the unit.
Tweaknews posted a review on the Zalman CNPS10X Performa Cooler
Throughout the reviewing and testing, there wasn't really a whole lot I could pick as a problem with this cooler. It's cheap, quiet, cost effective, built well and best of all, it performs just like any other premier coolers I have tested on the market. Zalman CNPS10X Performa Cooler ReviewInside Intel's Atom Z600 series
The Tech Report takes a look at the Atom Z600 series
The new Atom platform, code-named Moorestown, brings a PC-compatible system into a pocket-sized package with dramatically reduced power consumption. We talked with the chip architects who helped pull off this amazing feat of engineering. Inside Intel's Atom Z600 seriesGIGABYTE 890GPA-UD3H 890GX AM3 Motherboard Review
Hardware Canucks posted a review of the new GIGABYTE 890GPA-UD3H 890GX AM3 motherboard.
The current motherboard market is full of feature rich high end products but finding a capable mid-range board can be a lesson in frustration for many users. AMD's new 890GX looks to be an answer for many consumers who are looking for the perfect mix of performance and features while retailing for less that $150. But can it live up to everyone's expectations by offering AMD users something Intel's faithful are still waiting for? GIGABYTE 890GPA-UD3H 890GX AM3 Motherboard Review12GB Crucial DDR3 Memory Kit Review
Benchmark Reviews posted a review on the 12GB Crucial DDR3 Memory Kit
It's always better to have and not need, than to need and not have. This Golden Rule applies to computer system memory as much as the other aspects in life, and having more RAM than your PC needs can only help matters. Multimedia editors require large amounts of memory to keep their encoding tasks moving at top-speed, otherwise the PC's much slower storage drive is called into play. Crucial offers the power-user a guaranteed boost to system performance, with their triple-channel 12GB DDR3 memory kit. The Crucial CT3KIT51264BA1339 UDIMM kit consists of three 4GB DDR3 modules rated for 1333MHz CL9-9-9-25-1 each. In this article, Benchmark Reviews tests the high-density RAM kit against memory big and small, fast and slow. 12GB Crucial DDR3 Memory Kit ReviewSapphire Radeon 5550 Ultimate Review
PureOverclock posted a review of the Sapphire Radeon 5550 Ultimate graphics card
The Sapphire Radeon 5550 Ultimate is a low-power, passively cooled, budget graphics card, marketed to consumers who may be interested in something for their HTPC or the occasional foray into some light gaming. It's almost the baby of the 5000 series Radeon cards, with the 5450 sitting one rung lower, but continues to attempt to offer good value for those people with a very moderate budget. Sapphire Radeon 5550 Ultimate ReviewCaseAppeal AV8 Custom Computer Case Review
Modders-Inc.com has a new review online on the CaseAppeal AV8 Custom Computer Case
You want a custom computer case really bad but you do not either have the time or means to make one, then what do you? Well guess what you are in luck! The guys over at Case Appeal have some really cool looking custom cases that you can choose from and even customize for about $200 USD. CaseAppeal AV8 Custom Computer Case ReviewThermaltake Frio Heatsink Review
Ninjalane has posted their review of the new tower style heatsink from Thermaltake called the Frio.
Dual fan towers have quickly become the aftermarket cooling standard for the PC. They are relatively compact, provide excellent surface area for cooling, and are limited only by the available room in your chassis and motherboard components. Of course performance is the key thing with aftermarket coolers and overall performance is a direct result of how well a company can combine everything together. Thermaltake Frio Heatsink ReviewSapphire HD5550 Ultimate Review
OCC has published a review on the Sapphire HD5550 Ultimate
The DirectCompute 5.0 technology is going to allow you to use the card for CAD applications and give you better performance than using an integrated video solution. DVD and Blu-ray playback is also a big plus with this card if you are looking to build an HTPC, as it will allow you to use what ever format disc you wish to, only being limited to the drive that you have installed in the system. Sapphire HD5550 Ultimate ReviewAntec P193 Advanced Super Mid Tower Review
ThinkComputers.org posted a review on the Antec P193 Advanced Super Mid Tower
The Performance One series of cases from Antec have been extremely solid and have been around for quite a while now. If you go to a LAN party you are sure to see a P180, P182, or even a P183 somewhere. All of the cases offer great cooling and a lot of storage room. Today we will be looking at the big boy of the Performance Once series the P193. This massive case is designed much like the P183 except it is much larger so you can fit pretty much anything inside of it! Lets take a look at the P193 and see if it is the perfect case for you! Antec P193 Advanced Super Mid Tower ReviewSamsung 64 GB SSD Review
ocaholic posted a review on the Samsung 64 GB SSD
With its 64 GByte drive Samsung has a well priced SSD in its portfolio but if the drive is also able to convince concerning performance that's what the following review is going to show. Samsung 64 GB SSD ReviewStarTech USB 3.0 to SATA 2.5"/3.5" hard drive docking station review
Elite Bastards posted a review on the StarTech USB 3.0 to SATA 2.5"/3.5" hard drive docking station
At first glance StarTech's docking station almost looks more like a miniature paper shredder than its actual purpose, but a closer look allows you to clearly see just how the device operates. StarTech USB 3.0 to SATA 2.5"/3.5" hard drive docking station review
At the top of the device we find a hole in which you can plug any 2.5" Serial ATA hard drive, with a larger flap that allows for 3.5" drives to be connected just as easily. With a drive in place, you can simply press the power button to switch the docking station on and off.
When you're finished working with a particular drive, it can be easily ejected via this button on the side of the docking station.