Daily Reviews Summary 02/08/11
Posted on: 02/08/2011 11:03 AM

Here a roundup of today's hardware reviews:

- Cooler Master Storm Spawn Gaming Mouse Review
- Victorinox SwissFlash Laser 2GB Pocket Knife with Laser (4.6027.TG2) Review
- Powercolor HD6970 PCS Review
- Asus N53SV Review
- StarTech eSATA Standalone Duplicator Dock - SATDOCK22RE Review
- Thermaltake Max5G USB 3.0 Hard Drive Enclosure Review
- RunCore Pro V 120GB Solid-State Drive Review
- Sparkle SCC-750AF Gold Class 750W Power Supply Review
- ASUS Sabertooth P67 - Layout and Design Review
- OCZ Vertex 2 120GB 3.5-inch Solid State Drive Review
- Corsair Hydro H70 Water Cooling Kit Review
- Sapphire Radeon 6870 Vapor-X Review
- Sapphire Radeon HD 6870 Vapor-X Graphics Card Review
- Thermaltake Meka G1 Mechanical Keyboard Review
- CrossFire in Practice: Radeon HD 4850 CF vs 6850
- Noctua NH-C14 Cpu Cooler Review
- Seasonic X Series 560W Power Supply Review
- Phenom II X4 840 CPU Review
- Seagate Barracuda Green 2TB Hard Drive Review
- Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus and Hyper TX3 CPU Coolers Review

Cooler Master Storm Spawn Gaming Mouse Review
OCIA.net has posted their review of the Cooler Master Storm Spawn Gaming Mouse

Today we have for review the latest CM Storm weapon of choice, the Spawn gaming mouse. Unlike its predecessors the Sentinel and Inferno, which utilized a more traditional elongated shape, the Spawn offers a wider and rounder claw-like grip. Featuring a high performance 3500 DPI optical sensor with "DPI on-the-fly" buttons, ultra precise step scroll wheel, Omron micro switches for guaranteed five million clicks and 32Kb of onboard memory to store your settings, this is one mouse set to "spawn" your gaming to a new level.
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Victorinox SwissFlash Laser 2GB Pocket Knife with Laser (4.6027.TG2) Review
Madshrimps checked out the Victorinox SwissFlash Laser 2GB Pocket Knife with Laser

The SwissFlash Laser 2GB Pocket Knife with Laser from Victorinox is a product which comes in handy in many activities, and it also incorporates a retractable ball point pen, along with a laser pointer and an USB 2.0 flash drive (with the ability to write protect) to store our important documents on it.
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Powercolor HD6970 PCS Review
Overclock3D have just published a new article titled: Powercolor HD6970 PCS + Review

The PCS+ cards from Powercolor have always been a mighty fine= performer. Is their 6970 version as potent?
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Asus N53SV Review
TechReviewSource.com posted a review on the Asus N53SV

The Asus N53SV is a speedy 15.6-inch laptop that's definitely an all-purpose machine as it has a broad range of features and the speed to back it up. You'll find all of the necessary connectivity options, including USB 3.0 and eSATA. However the design of the keyboard is rather frustrating and leaves us scratching our heads in confusion.
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StarTech eSATA Standalone Duplicator Dock - SATDOCK22RE Review
Computing on Demand has posted a new article, 'StarTech eSATA Standalone Duplicator Dock - SATDOCK22RE

The tools in my toolbox are just as important as the IT skills I have learned over the years. After all, what good is the knowledge to accomplish something without the means to do so? That is why my arsenal of tools in my office is as important to me and my customers as is paint and a canvas to a painter.  When companies like StarTech start offering tools that can accomplish more than one task and do them all well, it not only saves me time, it reduces the amount of "crap" I have all over the place.  StarTech has already impressed me with their S354UFER, let's see if they can keep me tuned in with their SATDOCK22RE.
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Thermaltake Max5G USB 3.0 Hard Drive Enclosure Review
TestFreaks posted a review on the Thermaltake Max5G USB 3.0 Hard Drive Enclosure

Hard drive enclosures can be play an important role in our computer centric lives, they’re great for taking stuff with you. You can get them in big and small sizes and they certainly come in all shapes and designs. Today for review I’ve got the latest enclosure from Thermaltake called the Max5G that uses USB 3.0 so you get the best performance. The Max5G also features two 80mm cooling fans and it looks good too.
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RunCore Pro V 120GB Solid-State Drive Review
Legit Reviews posted a review on the RunCore Pro V 120GB Solid-State Drive

RunCore may not be a household name but they sure know how to make a quality SSD. We put their SandForce SF-1200 based 120GB Pro V drive through our battery of tests to see just how it fared against others we have tested. Have they managed to eke out more performance than others using the same controller? Take a look and see.

The RunCore Pro V 120 SSD is one of the few drives to come with the ability to connect to a USB port which is nice for data migration. They make it easy to do. The SATA II to USB connector just needs to be attached and fitted into the chrome piece and then the entire enclosure screws together. Performance will be severely hampered because of the limited bandwidth of USB 2.0 so nix any ideas of using it as an external USB drive ongoing - it would just be a waste of a good drive. Outside of the enclosure, the drive is very attractive. If you are into bling, the engraved brushed aluminum shell may ring your bell. As far as the SATA II performance goes, we saw greater performance than the 260MB/s read/write specifications RunCore lists in their specifications. In the ATTO benchmark, we saw closer to 275MB/s writes and 285MB/s reads. Overall, its well on par with the other SandForce drives we've tested as we anticipated as the drives push the SATA II bandwidth limits already so its nearly impossible to do any better...
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Sparkle SCC-750AF Gold Class 750W Power Supply Review
TweakTown posted a review on the Sparkle SCC-750AF Gold Class 750W Power Supply

Today we are taking a look at the Sparkle Computer Corp. SCC-750AF Gold Class PSU. This 750W power supply is the smaller brother to one we reviewed back in November. It is part of the same product line, but features only 750W instead of 850W."

The primary difference is that the SCC-750AF only has four 12V rails instead of the five offered by the 850W power supply. Since the SCC-850AF scored quite well in our previous tests, read on to find out if the SCC-750AF performs just as well.
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ASUS Sabertooth P67 - Layout and Design Review
ocaholic posted a review on the ASUS Sabertooth P67 motherboard

With the Sabertooth P67, ASUS has an Intel-P67 based motherboard in its portfolio that comes with some interesting features. Therefore very suspicious is the so called thermal shield. This plastic cover should allow an optimized airflow over the boards core components.
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OCZ Vertex 2 120GB 3.5-inch Solid State Drive Review
ThinkComputers.org posted a review on the OCZ Vertex 2 120GB 3.5-inch Solid State Drive

OCZ has been one of the big players in the solid state drive market since the first consumer drives were available. We have seen them really push the technology to the limit over the past year, but they are also still concerned about you the customer. That is why they have released 3.5-inch versions of both their Vertex 2 and Agility 2 solid state drives. The 3.5-inch form factor means you do not need an adapter and OCZ claims this design is a lower cost per GB. Let’s take a look at this newly designed 3.5-inch version of the Vertex 2.
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Corsair Hydro H70 Water Cooling Kit Review
Benchmark Reviews posted a review on the Corsair Hydro H70 Water Cooling Kit

Although there were previous entries in the field, Corsair's Hydro Series H50 all-in-one sealed liquid cooling system was one of the first that actually worked, in the sense of being easy to install, reliable, and most importantly offering performance competitive with good air coolers while being quieter than most of them. The H50 became very popular and spurred competition from other vendors. The Corsair Hydro Series H70 improves upon the H50 design with a new pump and a much thicker radiator equipped with dual fans. It should offer significantly better performance than the H50, and Benchmark Reviews puts it to the test against a collection of air and water coolers to see how it compares.
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Sapphire Radeon 6870 Vapor-X Review
PureOverclock has published a review of the Sapphire Raden 6870 Vapor-X graphics card.

The Sapphire 6870 Vapor-X features a custom heatsink that brings some very impressive temperature results and low noise levels. Throw in some good overclocking headroom and only a modest price premium, and this card is very attractive. But can it withstand the GTX 560 Ti onslaught? Let's take a closer look at the Sapphire Radeon 6870 Vapor-X and find out.
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Sapphire Radeon HD 6870 Vapor-X Graphics Card Review
HardwareHeaven.com posted Sapphire Radeon HD 6870 Vapor-X Graphics Card Review

One of the more recent enhanced 6870 versions to hit the market is Sapphires Vapor-X model. It features a custom PCB and enhanced cooler to make it stand out from the crowd and that, combined with Sapphires TriXX utility for overclocking and voltage increases means we have a very interesting product on our test bench today.[/quote6
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Thermaltake Meka G1 Mechanical Keyboard Review
Neoseeker posted a review on the Thermaltake Meka G1 Mechanical Keyboard

At first glance the Thermaltake eSPORTS Meka G1 we have under the review spotlight is much ado about nothing: it looks about as basic as keyboards can get, yet is heavier than even the most basic keyboard you've probably ever used, and it has a relatively short USB cable to boot. It's what you don't immediately see that sets the Meka G1 apart from your everyday keyboard.

Based on traditional mechanical keyboards, the G1 uses Cherry MX Black mechanical keyswitches for each of its keys for improved tactile response and serious long-term durability. Thermaltake promises these enhancements will make the Meka G1 well suited for the product's target audience: gamers. See if the mechanics under the hood are worth the fuss in our latest keyboard review!
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CrossFire in Practice: Radeon HD 4850 CF vs 6850
InsideHW.com has compared two Radeon HD 4850 in CrossFire vs one Radeon HD 6850

We’ve gone through all the advantages and disadvantages of SLI and Crossfire modes many times by now. We’ve even had an article on the Hydra chip present on MSI motherboards, which enables AMD and NVIDIA graphics to work in conjunction with more or less tangible results…
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Noctua NH-C14 Cpu Cooler Review
Rbmods posted a review on the Noctua NH-C14 Cpu Cooler

It was awhile ago that we looked at a product from Noctua. Today we are back to look at their latest NH-C14 cpu cooler that is a big cpu cooler with some nice features that should prove to be quite decent to help cool the cpu. How well does it perform? We are going to compare it vs the NH-D14 which is a older cooler from Noctua but still top of the line on the market.
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Seasonic X Series 560W Power Supply Review
PC Perspective posted a review on the Seasonic X Series 560W Power Supply

Seasonic's new X Series PSUs come with all modular cables and deliver excellent voltage regulation, high efficiency and can operate in silent, fan-less mode. Check out our review to see if the X Series 560W is the PSU to own for your next HTPC build.

Like its predecessors, the new Seasonic X Series 560W powersupply incorporates several significant advances in PC power supply design that result in excellent performance, high efficiency and the ability to operate in silent-fanless mode at lower power levels. Moving the +3.3V and +5V VRMs to the modular DC connector board was a very smart move and I'm sure has many others wondering "why didn't we think of that"? Add to that a good assortment of all modular cables, green design innovations and a 5-year warranty and you have one very good power supply.
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Phenom II X4 840 CPU Review
Hardware Secrets posted a review on the Phenom II X4 840 CPU

The new Phenom II X4 840 (3.2 GHz), is a very affordable quad-core CPU. If fact, it is the best CPU on the USD 100 price range. Let's see why.
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Seagate Barracuda Green 2TB Hard Drive Review
HotHardware.com posted a review on the Seagate Barracuda Green 2TB Hard Drive

Today at HotHardware we take a look at the Barracuda Green 2TB hard drive from Seagate. Previously, the company's low power drives were designated with the LP nomenclature. But Seagate has made the change to a more recognizable industry standard naming convention. The 2TB Green drive sports a 5900 RPM spindle speed, SATA 6 GB/s interface, 64 MB cache, Advanced Format technology, and Seagate SmartAlign technology for easier integration. Do all of these features entice you enough to put the Barracuda Green on your upgrade list? Need more information? Read on to find out how well this drive performs as we run it through a series of benchmarks and give you our take on its strengths and weaknesses...
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Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus and Hyper TX3 CPU Coolers Review
Madshrimps posted a review on the Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus and Hyper TX3 CPU Coolers

Cooler Master cut a slice of the bottom of their Hyper 212 and TX2, making them direct-heatpipe-touch models. We put them through their paces on an overclocked Core i7 platform. Can these budgetfriendly cooling solutions offer a good alternative to Intel's stock cooler? How do they compare to high end, 788 gram, heatsinks? Read on to find out!
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