Daily Reviews Summary 12/09/09
Posted on: 12/09/2009 12:24 PM

Cooler Master Gladiator 600 Case Review
Bigbruin.com posted a review on the Cooler Master Gladiator 600 Case

The latest Cooler Master case to show up at the lab is the Gladiator 600. At first glance it appears to be a redesign of their popular Centurion line, as the Gladiator borrows many of the features that made the Centurion series a great design and value for the consumer. Let's see if that trend continues with the latest addition to Cooler Master's line of mid-tower cases.

Cooler Master Gladiator 600 Case Review

Zotac IONITX-A-U Mini-ITX Ion Motherboard Review
Legit Reviews posted a review on the Zotac IONITX-A-U Mini-ITX Ion Motherboard

Zotac's IONITX-A-U Mini-ITX motherboard stood up to a battery of tests and proved itself fully capable of all it promised, from its HDMI output and high definition audio to its built-in 802.11n wireless card and low-power. In almost all benchmarks, the Intel ATOM N330 and NVIDIA ION based motherboard stood head and shoulders above mobile variations of similar configurations. Provided with two sticks of RAM, I think the motherboard would continue to show improvements in all benchmarks, and the ability to overclock the motherboard offers an even more substantial boost in performance. Costing around $179.99, this motherboard is well priced to serve as the ultimate core of a versatile and efficient HTPC....

Zotac IONITX-A-U Mini-ITX Ion Motherboard Review

Kingston DataTraveler Mini Slim 4Gb USB Stick Review
Madshrimps posted a review on the Kingston DataTraveler Mini Slim 4Gb USB Stick

Kingston latest USB stick to appear on the market is this very small and low profile Mini Slim DataTraveler which comes in sizes from 2 to 8Gb. We test a blue colored 4Gb edition to see how it stacks up against the competition.

Kingston DataTraveler Mini Slim 4Gb USB Stick Review

Maximus Porty Review
XSReviews has reviewed the Maximus Porty

Everyone has experienced wanting just that little bit more prestige to their sound if they are using a laptop, hating the poor quality of the built in speakers. If you want to try and boost the caliber a bit, or perhaps play sound from an mp3 player without having to use earphones then external speakers are usually your only choice.

These external speakers come in many shapes and sizes, from the sublime to the insane. Today we're going to be looking at the strangely named Porty Speakers (Portable Speaker-System 2.0) from Maximus, so let's see how they perform.

Maximus Porty Review

Zowie Hammer E-Sport Headset Review
Hardware Secrets posted a review on the Zowie Hammer E-Sport Headset

Multiplayer games being all the rage nowadays, having a headset is essential so you can communicate with your fellow players and, why not, the adversaries as well. Zowie enters the gaming-grade niche with the release of the Hammer E-Sport Headset. The design resembles an old school DJ headphone a friend has dubbed it "Paradise Garage", referring to the legendary 70's and 80's NY nightclub which was the birthplace of a particular subgenre of house music, garage. The ear cups cover the entire ear, the whole body is very sturdy and reinforced so the microphone bar and headband cannot be easily broken, and it also comes with extra cable so you can walk around the room while using Skype. Let's examine the Hammer in details.

Zowie Hammer E-Sport Headset Review

Zalman MS1000-HS2 Case Review
Hardware Secrets posted a review on the Zalman MS1000-HS2 Case

Let's take a look on the latest steel mid-tower case from Zalman, MS1000-HS2, which features six hot-swap bays and much more. Of course the use of steel instead of aluminum made this case to be heavy, but on the other hand allowed it to arrive on the market with a nice price tag for a product with so many features.

Zalman MS1000-HS2 Case Review

Xigmatek Thor's Hammer Cpu Cooler Review
Rbmods posted a review on the Xigmatek Thor's Hammer Cpu Cooler

Xigmatek has within a year gone from a quite small company to a relatively big, they have released products all the way from small fans to cases. We've recieved recently their Thor's Hammer cpu cooler which is up on the test bench that works with most sockets out today. This is a massive cooler with alot of heatpipes keeping everything together. How well will it perform? Lets take a closer look.

Xigmatek Thor's Hammer Cpu Cooler Review

SEED MA-280 Mini-ITX Case Review
TweakTown posted a review on the SEED MA-280 Mini-ITX Case

SEED is an acronym for Saving Energy Efficiency Directly. With that in mind one would only assume they are trying to keep in mind the power usage of a net browser or HTPC that can stream from another PC such as a laptop. Taking the overuse of daily fuels is of major concern to SEED, and we are about to see what such a plan of attack brings consumers in chassis design.

This isn’t the only chassis in SEED’s m-ITX line up. Browsing their site leads me to believe this is just one of the three available. Today we take a look at the MA-280. This is the all black version with special plating on the exterior and accent trim on the face. I’m already giving away too much, let’s get down to the task and get a good look at what SEED has to offer.

SEED MA-280 Mini-ITX Case Review

ASUS Maximus III Gene motherboard Review
Neoseeker takes a look at the Asus Maximus III Gene (mATX) motherboard

The layout is basically perfect, it performs and overclocks very well, but I do see a downside to the Maximus III Gene though. Considering the accessory bundle, I find the $199 price tag a tad high.

ASUS Maximus III Gene motherboard Review

Thermaltake Element V Full Tower Case Review
Hi Tech Legion posted Thermaltake Element V Full Tower Case Review

The Thermaltake Element V Full Tower Case is the first full tower case offered in the Element series. The Element V offers the convenience of the full tower design to house larger gaming or business components but does not stop there. Five fans are provided for ventilation and its side 200mm, front and top 120mm fans have color control features to add just the right amount of bling without going overboard. A bottom mounted PSU (not provided) and cable management system which includes a cut out in the motherboard tray for easy heatsink removal are all features to insure the Thermaltake Element V provides unimpeded air flow across all major components.

Thermaltake Element V Full Tower Case Review

Logitech G500 Review
OCC has published a review on the Logitech G500

When it comes to the performance of the Logitech G500, it was quite impressive. The mouse was able to perform well on all levels of testing that I put it through including the precision testing, the customization testing, the comfort testing, and the speed testing. When it came down to the amount of customization that Logitech has given us to have over the mouse, I was impressed. With most mice you are able to change the pointer speeds, a majority of the buttons, and the scrolling rates, however Logitech has given us the ability to create macros and store them on the mouse's onboard memory and be assigned to any button on the mouse you may wish.

Logitech G500 Review

Addonics CipherChain Hard Drive Encryption Review
Techgage.com published a review of Addonics' hardware-based hard drive encryption product, CipherChain

We took a look last week at a thumb drive that offered unparalleled data security, and this time around, we're taking a look at a similar product, but one that's designed for PC use, whether in the office or at home. The CipherChain, from Addonics, is easy-to-install and operate, and secures your data using the ultra-secure AES 256-bit cipher.

Addonics CipherChain Hard Drive Encryption Review

Thermaltake Blacx Duet Hard Drive Docking Station Review
ThinkComputers.org posted a review on the Thermaltake Blacx Duet Hard Drive Docking Station

Most well known for its lines of internal partscases, cooling units, power supplies and suchThermalTake also has a few other lines, including its external storage enclosures and docks. The Blacx Duet Docking Station is one such product. It features dual SATA bays into which the user can drop a hard or solid state drive of any dimension and connect it to a computer via either USB or eSATA. ThinkComputers has the review.

Thermaltake Blacx Duet Hard Drive Docking Station Review

Noctua NH-D14 Review
PureOverclock has published a review of the Noctua NH-D14 CPU air cooler.

The Noctua NH-D14 is an absolute behemoth CPU cooler in just about every facet, particularly in terms of sheer size; it is the largest air cooler we've ever tested. But the question remains: Can this translate into top cooling performance? Let's see if it can take the performance crown against some very tough competition.

Noctua NH-D14 Review

ASUS GeForce GT240 GDDR5 Video Card Review
Benchmark Reviews posted a review on the ASUS GeForce GT240 GDDR5 Video Card

As enthusiasts, we're always interested in the latest monster video cards: the expensive, high-end products that blast through benchmarks and play all your games with buttery-smooth frame rates at the highest resolutions with all the settings maxed out- and sucking a not inconsiderable amount of electricity while doing so! But these products represent only a tiny fraction of the number of video cards sold; the low-to-mid-end cards comprise the bulk of the market. Besides, a GTX285 or Radeon 5870 isn't the ideal solution for every situation: considerations from a limited budget to building a small, quiet system come into play. NVIDIA has been filling out the low-middle end of their video card product line lately, and in this article Benchmark Reviews tests the ASUS ENGT240/DI/512MD5/A video card equipped with with NVIDIA's new GeForce GT240 GPU and 512M of GDDR5 memory.

ASUS GeForce GT240 GDDR5 Video Card Review

LGA1156 Platform and DDR3-1600 Memory Review
iXBT Labs posted a review on the LGA1156 Platform and DDR3-1600 Memory

While high-speed memory is not necessary, it's not useless either. Just use common sense and keep in mind that memory performance does not play the decisive role.

LGA1156 Platform and DDR3-1600 Memory Review

Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB Hard Disk Review
TweakTown posted a review on the Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB Hard Disk

We have already tested two 2TB drives from Western Digital this year. The first drive was the Caviar Green. The Caviar Green performed very well, but we didn’t like its 299 Dollar price. Since then Newegg has lowered their price on the Caviar Green 2TB and you can now pick up the Green version for 139.99. At that price the drive made our Holiday Gift Guide as a must have (or receive).

Today we are looking at Western Digital’s third 2TB HDD, the Caviar Black. As with all of the company’s latest products, the Caviar Black packs a lot of exciting technology, some of which has carried over from their enterprise line-up. Let’s have a look!

> Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB Hard Disk Review

Thermaltake Contac 29 Cooler Review
DriverHeaven.net posted a review on the Thermaltake Contac 29 Cooler

Today we have one of Thermaltake's latest coolers on our test bench. The Contac 29 is a hugely flex ible CPU cooler which is aimed at the mainstream market, lets find out how it compares to the standard Intel box cooler.

Thermaltake Contac 29 Cooler Review


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