Daily Reviews Summary 06/19/09
Posted on: 06/19/2009 12:36 PM

CoolIT Domino A.L.C. water cooling system review
Elite Bastards posted CoolIT Domino A.L.C. water cooling system review

The Domino itself comes as a single, pre-built unit, and at the forefront of this unit is the cooling system's control panel, complete with LCD screen. This screen shows the current temperature, liquid flow and fan speed of the cooler, as well as which of the three preset cooling modes the device is set to. These modes can be cycled using the small button on the right-hand side of this panel, while the LCD screen is designed to be visible in cases with a side panel window - If you don't have such a window, then you'll have to live without seeing this display I'm afraid.

CoolIT Domino A.L.C. water cooling system review

OCZ Blade Series Triple Channel 3x2GB CL7.0-DDR3-2000Mhz Review
ocaholic.ch posted a review on the OCZ Blade Series Triple Channel 3x2GB CL7.0-DDR3-2000Mhz memory

With the Blade Triple Channel Kit CL7.0 OCZ these days shows the fastest memory kit optimizied for Core i7 platforms available. The Blade Triple Channel Kit is clocked at 2'000 MHz, needs 1.65 Volts to operate correctly and supports sharp 7-8-7-20 T1 timings. Furthermore it consists of three 2 GByte modules which are being cooled via a high quality heatspreader. The height of the memory is 45 mm and you therefore won't encounter incompatibilities with CPU coolers.

OCZ Blade Series Triple Channel 3x2GB CL7.0-DDR3-2000Mhz Review

Ikonik Vulcan 850w PSU Review
Bjorn3D takes a look at the Ikonik Vulcan 850w PSU

As more and more new computer equipment comes out, some of us rush to buy it, while others lag behind a bit and wait for the price to drop before making a purchase. Then, once we get our new toys home, we realize that our old PSU just isn't cutting it anymore. The next PSU you are going to want to buy will have to feature great stability and be one that you can depend on, because you won't want to fry your new toys. Today, we have the Ikonik Vulcan 850 watt power supply. The PSU has plenty enough power for the average user and even those that are a little more than average person.

When you are choosing the Ikonik Vulcan, you are choosing an Nvidia SLI certified PSU, which is certainly enough to make me trust the PSU, but as we all know, you should always try it before you buy it. So, today I will put this PSU to the test and see how it stacks up to other similar power supplies.

Ikonik Vulcan 850w PSU Review

Toshiba Tecra R10-10H Review
ITPro posted a review of a Toshiba Tecra R10-10H laptop

With its range of Tecra laptops, Toshiba has carved itself something of a niche for products that are both lightweight and packing enough power to motor through most office applications. This latest model, the R10-10H, looks no different on the surface: a 2.4GHz processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB solid-state drive make for an enticing recipe.

Toshiba Tecra R10-10H Review

HP iPAQ Voice Messenger reviewed
ITreviewed posted a review on the HP iPAQ Voice Messenger

Busy professionals constantly flooded with e-mail and always looking for ways to quickly and easily manage it and move on with their day. HP's iPAQ Voice Messenger is an attractive and small form factor candy bar phone with a solid operating system and snappy processor. And thanks to its strong voice features it gives mobile users an alternative way to manage various types of communications handsfree. Performance was very good, voice quality was superb, and it did a good job of holding onto a connection in weaker signal areas. Unfortunately, the iPAQ Voice Messenger is not without serious flaws. The keyboard is a touch on the small side, especially for heavy data input, and the touch-sensitive D-Pad is a nightmare - sometimes it registers movements perfectly, but other times it takes multiple goes to get it to respond. As this is the device's main navigation control, it won't take long to infuriate you. The lack of a standard 3.5mm headphone jack is another annoyance. HP's iPAQ Data Messenger would be a better choice for those who prefer a 'proper' keypad, but for those wanting a relatively powerful business phone with added smartphone functionality, the iPAQ Voice Messenger is probably worth a look - just make sure you try it before you buy.

HP iPAQ Voice Messenger reviewed

Corsair HX850W PSU Review
DriverHeaven.net posted a review on the Corsair HX850W PSU

Corsair's HX series of power supplies are considered to be some of the best an enthusiast can purchase. We reviewed the HX620W and the HX1000W months ago and found them to be excellent products, among the best in their respective categories even today. But with an end user limited by the choice between a 620W and a 1kW unit there has been a huge gap between these two products. In order to fill that gap Corsair recently released two more HX series units, the HX750W and the HX850W. Today we will review the larger and more promising of the two newly released models - the HX850W, a product loaded with features and boasting some very strict specifications.

Corsair HX850W PSU Review

EVGA Bigfoot Networks Killer Xeno Pro Review
HotHardware posted a review on the EVGA Bigfoot Networks Killer Xeno Pro

Bigfoot Networks generated quite a bit of buzz back in 2006 when the company launched the original Killer NIC M1. As many of you probably remember, the original Killer NIC was / is a PCI-based device that featured an on-board network processor, or NPU, that was supposedly able to lower in-game ping times and free up CPU resources, which in turn could increase framerates. The Killer NIC performed these duties by bypassing the Windows networking stack through the use of custom software and offloading network related tasks from the host CPU. And generally speaking, the Killer NIC delivered on all fronts to some degree.

The $250+ price tag of the original Killer NIC was tough to justify, however, and almost immediately there were calls for a PCI Express version of the card. Instead, a few months later the market was treated to the more affordable Killer NIC K1 which had less elaborate cooling and a lower clocked NPU.

Fast forward to today, and Bigfoot Networks is ready with a completely re-vamped PCI Express version of the Killer NIC, dubbed the Xeno Pro. We've had one in the lab for a few weeks, and have the full scoop laid out in the pages ahead. First up the specs, and then we'll dig into the juicy particulars...

EVGA Bigfoot Networks Killer Xeno Pro Review

1 TB Hard Disk Drive Round-Up Review
Hardware Secrets posted 1 TB Hard Disk Drive Round-Up

When buying a hard disk drive most users are only concerned with the drive's capacity. Should you also care about performance? We compared the performance of 12 1 TB SATA-300 hard disk drive models from Seagate, Samsung and Western Digital. Is there a big performance difference among them? If so, which is the fastest 1 TB disk in the market? Check it out!

1 TB Hard Disk Drive Round-Up Review

Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Sound Cards Review
iXBT Labs posted a review on the Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Sound Cards

Our tests prove the good quality of the new X-Fi Titanium family. These cards are honestly positioned for gamers now, being the best choice in this category. PCI Express itself does not give any benefits to the cards. But X-Fi Titaniums, owing to Creative's efforts, provide extra protection from cracking, which was a serious problem with previous X-Fi PCI cards.

Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Sound Cards Review

Cooler Master Gladiator 600 Review
techPowerUp posted a review on the Cooler Master Gladiator 600

The Gladiator 600 is another entry into the fray what some may call the "mainstream case market". We tear the case down from all angles to let you know if it can keep up with today's expectations and deserves the Gladiator name and if it is a worthy evolution from the Centurion.

Cooler Master Gladiator 600 Review

Kingwin 1220W Mach 1 Review
PureOverclock posted a review of the Kingwin 1220W Mach 1 power supply

The Kingwin 1220W Mach 1 is a unit that's marketed for enthusiasts (particularly gamers), has a price tag to beat several top name-brand competitors, and sports some nice features including pin-coded modular cabling and LED lighting. Certainly looks promising, so let's get down to business and juice up this unit.

Kingwin 1220W Mach 1 Review

BIOSTAR 945GC-330 Review
InsideHW.com has reviewed BIOSTAR 945GC-330 motherboard

In our test lab arrived very interesting motherboard signed by BIOSTAR. Actually it is not just another motherboard, but very interesting one. Its official name is 945GC-330 and it has integrated graphics card, LAN and sound card which isn't that big deal, but integrated CPU is. This motherboard is based on Intel Atom CPU and it is made in Mini-ITX size (17x17cm or 6.7x6.7inches). This means that you can make a "desktop" configuration based on Atom CPU, but let's start from the beginning.

BIOSTAR 945GC-330 Review

AMD Phenom 2 955 Review
Rbmods posted a review on the AMD Phenom 2 955

AMD sent us another one of their latest cpu's, we got a sample of their Phenom 2 955 which should prove to be the AMD's current badboy. We are going to compare it vs the 940 cpu and vs a older Intel cpu in various tests. Lets take a closer look and see what we can expect for these 245$ that you end up paying for this unit.

AMD Phenom 2 955 Review

MIONIX Saiph 1800 Gaming Mouse Review
PCShopTalk posted a review on the MIONIX Saiph 1800 Gaming Mouse

The DPI-change-on-the-fly feature comes in very handy in action games, like shooters, for example Counterstrike : Source, and the 1800DPI is more than enough for any casual gamer.

MIONIX Saiph 1800 Gaming Mouse Review

Sapphire HD 4890 Vapor-X Review
Neoseeker takes a look at the HD 4890 Vapor-X from Sapphire

The Vapor-X cooler is a solid performer: not very noisy, and as chilly as the Vapor-X's arctic box-art alludes to. The bundle is complete especially nice to see that HDMI-DVI adapter. And of course, the RV790's performance is always something that will bring a smile to any gamer's face.

Sapphire HD 4890 Vapor-X Review

Patriot Torqx 128GB Indlinx MLC Solid State Disk Review
TweakTown posted a review on the Patriot Torqx 128GB Indlinx MLC Solid State Disk

Patriot had a very successful run with the Warp Series drives, some of the most sought after JMicron based products that routinely outperformed products from competing SSD manufacturers. In order to distinguish the JMicron drives from the new Indilinx controlled drives, Patriot needed to let go of the Warp product name. The first press release announced the new drive as the Fusion, but in a last minute decision the name was changed to Torqx.

While other companies were rushing to get media and e-tailers their Indilinx SSDs, Patriot was scrambling to get the new packaging ready and the Torqx drives had to sit in a warehouse. With everything finally lining up correctly Patriot is now on a mission to show that with patience comes a superior product.

Patriot Torqx 128GB Indlinx MLC Solid State Disk Review

Gigabyte MA790FXT-UD5P Motherboard Review
OCC has published a new review on the Gigabyte MA790FXT-UD5P Motherboard

When it came to overclocking, the Gigabyte MA790FXT-UD5P was a breeze. Because of the options available and the tweaking control, I was able to push every ounce that I could get out of it - which was pretty decent. By just playing with the multiplier and bus speed, I was able to push the Phenom II X4 955 processor to just under 3.9GHz at the maximum voltage of 1.5 volts. I started by pushing the multiplier to the maximum I could get stable, which was x18.5 and then started upping the Bus speed 1MHz at a time until I became unstable. Ultimately I ended up with a 650MHz increase with little effort at all. I was also able to get the memory to just under 1400MHz with low timings of 7-7-7-20-1T and everything was benchmark stable. So the overclocked tests will be run at 3.858GHz.

Gigabyte MA790FXT-UD5P Motherboard Review


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