Daily Reviews Summary 05/13/08
Posted on: 05/13/2008 01:28 PM

DFI's LANParty LT X48 T2R motherboard Review
Bit-Tech published a review of DFI's LANParty LT X48 T2R motherboard

For a DDR2 board the gaming performance is very good, outperforming even the Nvidia nForce 780i SLI board in all of our gaming tests. It can't keep up with the DDR3 boards, but buying 4GB of DDR2 is still a fraction of the cost of even 2GB of DDR3 -- that alone will offer significant headroom for games as well.

It is more expensive than its X38 brethren and you'd be hard pressed to tell the two apart if they were standing side by side. However, if you were concerned about price you'll probably want to wait for the P45 launch anyway. It's not power friendly either, but DFI has never claimed to even care -- it's not about the latest bandwagon, it's about being true to its core, of which it does in spades. The incredible north bridge heatsink and its simple interchangeability is no greater example of this -- you're free to replace it with anything you like because they are no heatpipes.

If you love your DFI boards then you'll be onto a winner with the LANParty LT X48 T2R -- everything you need out of Intel's X48 chipset is provided and there's a lot of fun and time investment to be had with it. After talking to BIOS engineers and others in DFI's QA team, the limitations we've been finding are essentially chipset level and there's plenty of beta BIOS out there to try on DFI communities that only add to its true, core-enthusiast appeal. However finding these places and knowing who to ask isn't the most obvious thing on earth -- DFI should fill its manual with more BIOS details, overclocking tips and support forum links for new DFI owners can dive into. This "left to get on with it" is harsh to say the least.

DFI's LANParty LT X48 T2R motherboard Review


Super Talent Pico: World Smallest Flash Drive Review
Bjorn3D look at the Super Talent Pico: World Smallest Flash Drive.

I often thought that US customers have such a narrow selection when it comes to the USB flash drives. Look at Far East counties, like Japan, Korean, and Taiwan, and you can see an array of flash drives in different shapes and forms. Of course, having a flashy looking drive really does not offer anything else as a flash drive is a flash drive. However, I do think that as long as a flash drive is able to deliver the performance, having an exotic and eye-catching looks is certainly a plus.

A few week ago, Super Talent has released world smallest flash drive—Pico. I was so excited to see that finally someone has released something unique and different in the US. I am so excited that I thought I must take a look at this baby and the folks at Super Talent are extremely generous and sent one out to us for review really fast. So, here we are today, let’s take this drive out for a spin, shall we.

Super Talent Pico: World Smallest Flash Drive Review

Noiseblocker FanSpeed Controller Review
Tech-Reviews.co.uk posted a review on the Noiseblocker FanSpeed Controller

Noiseblocker is a german company and has a small line-up of products consisting of mainly products which aim to make your computer 'silent'. Tech-Reviews.co.uk has another product from Noiseblocker in the flavour of a Fan Speed Controller which they have just reviewed.

Noiseblocker FanSpeed Controller Review

Corsair HX1000 Power Supply Review
JonnyGURU.com has posted a review on the Corsair HX1000 Power Supply

Corsair has been taunting and teasing us for months now with the prospect of their very first foray into the 1kW jungle. And now, our waiting is over. Join me as I pit the HX1000 in a battle to the death against my hot box of doom and a SunMoon ATE.

Corsair HX1000 Power Supply Review

Sunbeamtech Quarterback Case Review
Modders-Inc.com posted a review on the Sunbeamtech Quarterback Case

Sunbeamtechs budget case, the Quarterback, is a standard ATX case with some rather interesting features. It has got a unique cooling option called the Core Fan Design that helps keep temperatures down. The case is also tool less and has plenty of room inside for today's larger video cards.

Sunbeamtech Quarterback Case Review

Enermax Modu82+ 625W Power Supply Review
PC Perspective posted a review on the Enermax Modu82+ 625W Power Supply

The new Modu82+ and Pro82+ power supplies from Enermax were designed to deliver stable outputs with high efficiency and minimal noise. In fact the Modu82+ and Pro82+ power supplies are some of the first to be certified under the new 80 Plus Bronze classification to be at least 82% efficient at 20% and 100% of the rated output and at least 85% efficient at 50% of the rated output power. And as you will see later on, the Modu82+ 625W unit we have in for review proved to be the quietest power supply we have tested to date!

Enermax Modu82+ 625W Power Supply Review

XTracPads Hammer Mouse Pad Review
Tech-Reviews.co.uk posted XTracPads Hammer Mouse Pad Review

XTracPads is a company that was started by a group of hardcore gamers in 2002 and specializes in designing high-end mouse surfaces and accessories for mainly gamers.This leads me on to introduce today's review, the 'XtracPads Hammer'.The Hammer isn't ordinary- like most of the mats from XTracPads. This product offers a comfortable size for gaming (11" x 17") and is as thin as a credit card, if not thinner.

XTracPads Hammer Mouse Pad Review

Overclocked Radeon HD 3650 Showdown, ASUS vs. HIS
HotHardware.com evaluate the features, performance, overclockability and value of two factory overclocked Radeon HD 3650 cards, the ASUS EAH3650 TOP and the HIS Radeon HD 3650 IceQ Turbo.

Although they're built using the same GPU, these two cards are actually quite different. They have completely different coolers and memory, and are clocked differently as well. Head on over to the site and check them out...

Overclocked Radeon HD 3650 Showdown, ASUS vs. HIS

Kingston DT 400 OCZ Rally2 Turbo Review
Driver Heaven posted a review on the Kingston DT 400 OCZ Rally2 Turbo

The DT400 is a well made Flash Drive with very good read performance but its main strength is the bundled software and the functionality which it provides. Whether it is the MigoSync application which is ideal for office and remote office use or the SecureTraveler which means that the consumers data is protected the drive has real world benefits especially for those prone to loosing flash drives with sensitive data on them. Whilst the read performance of the DT400 is not as good as OCZ it should be taken into consideration that the Kingston model is still faster than most generic USB storage and as well as being ReadyBoost Certified is backed by a five year warranty.

Kingston DT 400 OCZ Rally2 Turbo Review

Game Testing 2GB versus 4GB of Memory on Vista 64-bit
Legit Reviews tested the gaming performance of 2GB versus 4GB of Memory on Vista 64-bit

Our average frame rate increase of 1.6% in nine games was slightly higher than the 1.1% shown by Corsair in the three games they tested, but our test system was a little newer and we were running Vista SP1. Something else that we noted while running the benchmarks is that game loading times were also significantly enhanced by installing 4GB of system memory. While load times was not the focus of this article we noted that Crysis v1.21 loaded 54.1% faster (14.28s versus 22.00s) on the initial level load. After the level was loaded and then restarted (as if one died and started over) the load times were within a hundredth of a second...

Game Testing 2GB versus 4GB of Memory on Vista 64-bit

Corsair Voyager 32GB Flash Drive Review
TechwareLabs has published a review of the Corsair Voyager 32GB Flash Drive.

The Corsair Voyager 32GB is currently the ultimate in flash portable storage with a massive amount of space. We test the Voyager against the Kingston DataTraveler for transfer speeds and bring you the results. If you are looking to carry the equivilant of 7 DVD's worth of information in your shirt pocket and want fast reliable storage then the Voyager just might be right for you. Read our review to find out.

Corsair Voyager 32GB Flash Drive Review

ASUS 8600GT TOP Video Card Reviewed
TheTechLounge posted a review on the ASUS 8600GT TOP Video Card

I was a bit surprised that Asus asked us to review their *flagship budget* -- it's weird just writing that -- 8600 GT TOP. It's new SKU for a card closing in on its end of life; the model being about a year old now. Just the same, with a hundred-dollar price tag, it's definitely got an audience, no matter what cards there are competing against it, or what cards have been released since. And it's a pretty highly-regarded card; go on any hardware forum and there's a dozen NVIDIA people extolling the virtues of the 8600 GTs when it comes to budget gaming. Now, I'm not saying that they're all wrong, but it is worth finding out if new drivers and some moderate factory overclocking can put value on an otherwise dated video card.

ASUS 8600GT TOP Video Card Reviewed

OCZ Technology 4GB Rally2 USB Flash Drive Review
Viper Lair posted a review on the OCZ Technology 4GB Rally2 USB Flash Drive

The OCZ Technology 4GB Rally2 USB Flash Drive is the fastest flash drive I've had the opportunity to work with. The drive itself has a tough, durable feel to it given the chassis is made primarily out of aluminum. Thankfully, OCZ has one of the more classic types of logos, so the corporate branding doesn't over power the aesthetics of the device.

OCZ Technology 4GB Rally2 USB Flash Drive Review

Scythe Kama Bay Amp Review
DreamWare Computers posted a review on the Scythe Kama Bay Amp

Every once and a while we get those truly unique products that pass by our test bench. Some of them leave us thinking "why?" and others turn out to be incredibly useful inventions. Today's new and interesting product is the Kama Bay Amp from our friends over at Scythe. This is a two channel 10Wx2 speaker amplifier that is small enough to be mounted in a single 5.25" drive bay and classy enough to be run as a standalone unit on your desk or entertainment rack. Since both are valid options to choose, Scythe hasn't fallen short in providing every single accessory you may need to do either task with the amplifier. Time to give things a run for their money and see if this inexpensive little amplifier will be enough to satisfy the needs of those who may be shopping for a product like this.

Scythe Kama Bay Amp Review

Microsoft Sidewinder Gaming Mouse Review
CoolTechZone.com posted Microsoft Sidewinder Gaming Mouse Review

Microsoft jumps onboard with high-end gaming mice with its newly released Sidewinder. For lack of a better word, it?s interesting, and certainly a noteworthy competitor to Logitech?s G5 gaming mouse. Just like Logitech's G5, the Sidewinder is USB 2.0, wired and has a customizable weight kit. Not to mention, it offers 2,000dpi, the highest resolution in gaming mice to date. However, there are dissimilarities that position Microsoft's Sidewinder in a category of its own.

Microsoft Sidewinder Gaming Mouse Review

Etymotic EtyBlu Bluetooth Headset Review
CoolTechZone.com posted Etymotic EtyBlu Bluetooth Headset Review

Etymotic recently released a new Bluetooth headset that's primarily marketed towards the iPhone crowd. It's sleek, it's cool and it's trendy, just like the iPhone. And it has the ingredients of the iPhone to be a successful product for Etymotic. Don't be mistaken, though, EtyBlu works just as well with any Bluetooth compatible headset as it does with the iPhone.

Etymotic EtyBlu Bluetooth Headset Review

OCZ Technology 4GB Rally2 USB Flash Drive Review
Viper Lair posted a review on OCZ's latest Rally USB Flash Drive

The OCZ Technology 4GB Rally2 USB Flash Drive is the fastest flash drive I've had the opportunity to work with. The drive itself has a tough, durable feel to it given the chassis is made primarily out of aluminum. Thankfully, OCZ has one of the more classic types of logos, so the corporate branding doesn't over power the aesthetics of the device.

OCZ Technology 4GB Rally2 USB Flash Drive Review

Apevia X-Telstar Red/Black Case Review
OCC has published a new review on the Apevia X-Telstar Red/Black Case

During testing, I noticed that my power LED was not working. It was not the motherboard pins, I tested the motherboard with a spare LED, which worked. I took apart the front panel to check to see if the power LED was hooked up correctly and found that the top Apevia circle logo also had an LED, which is hooked up to the power LED line (in parallel). Apparently, that logo was also supposed to be lit. Interesting that both LEDs would not work.

Apevia X-Telstar Red/Black Case Review

Maxtor OneTouch 4 Plus 1TB External Hard Drive Review
ThinkComputers.org posted a review on the Maxtor OneTouch 4 Plus 1TB External Hard Drive

Terabyte hard drives are becoming more popular with the need for more hard drive space. If you're looking to expand your hard drive capacity I think the Maxtor OneTouch 4 Plus 1TB External Hard Drive would be great for you. This drive includes USB and Dual FireWire interfaces with available capacities of 250GB, 500GB, 750GB, and 1TB. The drive is jam packed with plenty of software to suffice the most avid external storage fanatics, while being easy to use for the everyday individual. Read on further to see what all this OneTouch drive has to offer.

Maxtor OneTouch 4 Plus 1TB External Hard Drive Review

In Win B2 Stealth Bomber Mid Tower Case Review
TweakTown posted a review on the In Win B2 Stealth Bomber Mid Tower Case

With looks based off the design concept of the B2 Stealth Bomber, this B2 enclosure has some features that are not commonplace. The big question, though, is whether it can handle the rigors of a high-end system and manage to not only give it a good home, but to do so in a cool manner.

We begin our tour of the B2 Stealth Bomber by noting the lack of a door on the front bezel. The bezel is made of plastic like many other enclosures, but there is not a door in the normal sense that we have come to expect. As implied by the name of this case, stealth is the key. Let’s take a closer look...

In Win B2 Stealth Bomber Mid Tower Case Review



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