Daily Reviews Summary 06/18/09
Posted on: 06/18/2009 02:24 PM

Scythe Mugen 2 CPU Cooler Review
Tech-Reviews.co.uk posted a review on the Scythe Mugen 2 CPU Cooler

It seems when CPU coolers are designed these days appearance is the main concern for the designers. The one with the most lights or copper on display steals all the attention. What happened to the old days? Competition is your answer my friend. In the computing industry nowadays, there are many companies manufacturing OEM CPU coolers. Smaller companies are then buying these OEM's, shoving an LED fan or two on and rebranding them. And the sad thing is, is that we're buying them! One such company who is very against this is Scythe. Scythe design all their own CPU coolers, they're completely unique! Today we have a cooler for review from Scythe, the Mugen 2, alike many of Scythe's products, this one too is beefy but basic in bling, let's see how this bad boy performs.

Scythe Mugen 2 CPU Cooler Review

ASUS Maximus III Formula: First look in pictures
Elite Bastards posted a first look at the ASUS Maximus III Formula motherboard

The Maximus Formula III is probably familiar to many of you in terms of both its overall design and aesthetic. One immediately noticeable facet of this particular board is the provision of three physical PCI Express 2.0 16x slots for multi-GPU configurations - It'll be interesting to see if NVIDIA SLI support is provided alongside AMD CrossFire support. It also appears that eight Serial ATA ports are provided, together with a single IDE channel - Two of these SATA ports appear to be running from a different controller, opening up the possibility of SATA-III support. Two PCI and two PCI Express 1x slots round out that aspect of the motherboard's configuration.

ASUS Maximus III Formula: First look in pictures

Sapphire Radeon 4890 Atomic Review
DriverHeaven.net posted a review on the Sapphire Radeon 4890 Atomic video card

Sapphire 4890 Vapor-X which offers a slight improvement over the reference model with a modest overclock and a custom cooling solution. Today however we will be taking a look at the real powerhouse that Sapphire have on offer, the HD 4890 Atomic.

Sapphire Radeon 4890 Atomic Review

HP TouchSmart IQ830 review
ITreviewed posted a review on the HP TouchSmart IQ830

Few computers users would have any hesitation in recommending the
IQ830. It is sleek, quiet, and has only one wire (albeit tethered to a substantial power brick). Sadly, the price is too rich for most and hardcore users will demand more performance. The main reason for buying this type of machine is simplicity and space saving - it makes tower systems looks antiquated. You'll be up and running in no time at all with the IQ830 and there's always the helpful printed User Guide to help you out should you get stuck. If you don't mind splashing out about =A3400 more compared to a regular desktop machine with a good 24-inch monitor, the IQ830 is sure to impress.

HP TouchSmart IQ830 review

Indilinx based OCZ Vertex and Super Talent UltraDrive ME SSDs Reviewed
PC Perspective takes a look at Indilinx based OCZ Vertex and Super Talent UltraDrive ME SSDs

We revisit the OCZ Vertex and throw in the recently introduced Super Talent UltraDrive ME into the mix. Both drives are controlled by the ARM-based Indilinx CPU. We put these two against SSD's with Samsung, Intel, and JMicron controllers, and even threw a few high end hard drives for fun. Evaluation of fragmentation slow downs and TRIM tool operation will also be addressed. Come on in and check 'er out!

Indilinx based OCZ Vertex and Super Talent UltraDrive ME SSDs Reviewed

ASRock ION 330-BD Nettop - Affordable, Overclockable and 1080p HD
TweakTown posted a review on the ASRock ION 330-BD Nettop

Regular nettop systems come with an Atom 230 single core processor, Intel 945G chipset and single channel memory. This is fine for basic office type computing, such as surfing the Internet or sending emails. However, if you want to do anything remotely entertaining with the system, purely Intel based nettops at this time just don't have the hardware features or horsepower under the hood to do it.

ASRock realized this and recently announced the ION 330-BD Nettop system. This sexy baby built by Pegatron and designed by ASRock is the most high-end nettop system we've seen or laid our hands on. Not only does it pack in the ION processor, but it also comes with the more expensive Atom 330 dual-core processor and dual channel memory support.

ASRock ION 330-BD Nettop - Affordable, Overclockable and 1080p HD

Topower PowerBird 900 W Power Supply Review
Hardware Secrets posted a review on the Topower PowerBird 900 W Power Supply

Topower is a traditional OEM manufacturer, being the real manufacturer behind units from brands like Tagan and OCZ (not all power supplies from OCZ are manufactured by Topower, though). They also sell power supplies using their own brand and today we are going to review their PowerBird 900 W unit, which uses a full modular cabling system and is based on a two-transformer design. Let's see whether this is a good unit or not.

Topower PowerBird 900 W Power Supply Review

Gigabyte MA790XT-UD4P Review
Neoseeker takes a look at the Gigabyte MA790XT-UD4P motherboard

Overall, the Gigabyte MA790XT-UD4P is a great board for a great price. The differences with the higher end MA790FXT-UD5P are small. Except the different chipset, there are some other physical differences which allow saving a couple of pennies here and there. These neither affect performance, nor reliability. If the higher-end MA90FXT-UD5P does not fit into one's budget, the MA790XT-UD4P is there to help.

Gigabyte MA790XT-UD4P Review

In Win X-Fighter AL-13 Series Case Review
Hi Tech Legion posted a review on the In Win X-Fighter AL-13 Series Case

There are a lot of computer cases out there that have slick designs and are different in size. When it comes down to it, they all serve the same purpose overall. They keep your motherboard and components intact. Each person out there has different opinions of their own case. At least, that's how I think about it. Now of course, there are people out there that may disagree with me there, because they want a product that "wow"s their friends. I don't think there is a problem with that. Every now and then I would want to have something that would "wow" people. The X-Fighter AL-13 Series by In Win is what could possibly "wow" your friends. The In Win X-Fighter AL-13 Series design is inspired by the Star Wars spacecrafts. This case has a futuristic look, and it has fans included with the case. This futuristic look definitely makes me feel that it is a top class case.

In Win X-Fighter AL-13 Series Case Review

QNAP TS-119 Gigabit NAS Server Review
Benchmark Reviews posted a review on the QNAP TS-119 Gigabit NAS Server

If you've ever visited Benchmark Reviews in the past, you've probably noticed that we've tested a large collection of NAS products. At the same time, you might have noticed how many of these products aren't really geared towards home users needing just the basics. That's where the QNAP TS-119 comes in handy. Designed to hold a single SATA drive (HDD or SSD), the TS-119 can deliver all the great features of larger more expensive NAS products. The latest Enterprise-level NAS servers feature iSCSI expansion, RAID redundancy, and Gigabit Ethernet connectivity, and surprisingly the TS-119 does these things too, but without the expensive price tag. How can a single-drive NAS offer RAID you ask? In this article Benchmark Reviews takes the QNAP TS-119 through a tough set of performance tests while we outline the Turbo NAS functions and features.

QNAP TS-119 Gigabit NAS Server Review

Enermax Phoenix Neo Aluminum ATX Mid Tower Computer Case Review
TechwareLabs has published a review of the Enermax Phoenix Neo Aluminum ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Looking for a case that can keep your components cool and quiet at the same time? TechwareLabs may have found it! Join Matt Androski as we take a look at the Enermax Phoenix Neo Aluminum ATX Mid Tower Computer Case. Will this case use its 250mm fan to its full potential, or will it be another underpowered failure? Read on to find out...

Enermax Phoenix Neo Aluminum ATX Mid Tower Computer Case Review

ATI Catalyst 9.6 Vista Driver Analysis
TweakTown posted an ATI Catalyst 9.6 Vista Driver Analysis

Last month the Catalyst 9.5 drivers didn't do a whole lot for us, especially when it came to the HD 4850. June brings a new month and a new set of drivers; fingers crossed some of the performance lost last month has been repaired for this month.

Below we can see that some performance gains are promised. As to whether or not these particular ones translate to any gains in our cards or games, there's only one way to find out. Let's have a quick look at exactly what the promises being made are before we get stuck into the performance side of things.

ATI Catalyst 9.6 Vista Driver Analysis


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