Daily Reviews Summary 06/26/09
Posted on: 06/26/2009 02:27 PM

Kingston DataTraveler 200 (128GB) reviewed
ITReviewed posted a review on the Kingston DataTraveler 200 (128GB)

No matter how resistant USB flash drives are compared with mechanical drives, they can still be damaged or corrupted by serious physical abuse. The circuitry of a flash drive can even be harmed by improper wiring of a USB port. And while USBs flash drives are appreciated for compact size, at the same time they can be easily left behind. This brings us to the biggest issue of the DT200. While most of us will love having 128GB of highly portable storage at hand, that's a heck of a lot of data waiting to get lost or stolen. Individuals and small-business users should question whether carrying around so much data is wise. In spite of the security issues, the DT200 is a very good drive that could be put to a wide range of uses. It's not the fastest or most individually styled but it's practical and functional. Having said that, I'd have liked some auto-backup software included in the bundle. The biggest drawback is price, which is shockingly expensive considering you can buy an external 500GB hard drive (2.5-inch) for under =A3100. Still, this is far pocket-friendlier. It is backed by a 5-year warranty and 24/7 tech support.

Kingston DataTraveler 200 (128GB) reviewed

Icy Dock MB876SK Review
Bjorn3D takes a look at the Icy Dock MB876SK

Quick swap Hard Disk Drive bays have been around for a long time. The reason is becuase many companies can not afford to have their servers down for an extended period of time, so they clone the drive and put in a brand new working drive to keep the system up. It is a fact that many of us are not buisness owners, so what use would we have of this technology? If you happen to have tech savy friends, this is very easy to answer. You can all get the same hot swap bay and swap HDD's to share the latest game update without downloading the same file multiple times. This can save a lot of time in the long run.

Icy Dock MB876SK Review

Adaptec Zero-Maintenance Cache Protection Explained
TweakTown posted an article on Adaptec Zero-Maintenance Cache Protection

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.

Adaptec Zero-Maintenance Cache Protection Explained

EVGA E761 X58 SLI Classified Motherboard Review
Legit Reviews posted a review on the EVGA E761 X58 SLI Classified Motherboard

The Intel X58 Express chipset is your only choice for Intel Core i7 processors, but that doesn't mean that all motherboards have been created equal. The EVGA X58 Classified motherboard raises the bar for enthusiast grade motherboards with several features not on any other motherboard!

EVGA E761 X58 SLI Classified Motherboard Review

Lenovo IdeaCentre A600 All-in-One Desktop PC Video Review
HotHardware.com posted a review on the Lenovo IdeaCentre A600 All-in-One Desktop PC

The Lenovo IdeaCentre A600 is an all-in-one desktop with plenty of features and bells-and-whistles to keep all but the most jaded of users happy. Perhaps taking a page out of Apple's book, Lenovo put a lot of effort into the look and feel of the A600, with its black-colored chassis, borderless 21.5-inch 1920x1080 TFT display, curved back, and svelte form factor--measuring only 1-inch thick at its thinnest point. The A600 Series comes in a variety of configurations, which range in price from $679 to $1,399. We've got a video review posted of the system at the link below...

Lenovo IdeaCentre A600 All-in-One Desktop PC Video Review

CoolerMaster HAF 922 Case Review
Hi Tech Legion posted a review on the CoolerMaster HAF 922 Case

The Cooler Master HAF 922 Case is just the product to give you options. Cooler Master HAF 922 has options for fan placement and size to meet your air flow and direction needs. The HAF 922 by Cooler Master has a cut out in the motherboard plate to allow you to switch CPU cooler back plates without worrying about taking the whole motherboard out, which, if you have to do this often, is a benefit that saves time and frustration. The Cooler Master HAF 922 is already fabricated for water cooling but has a great design for air cooling also, giving you more options. The HAF 922 has the option to turn off the LED light in the case with a button on top of the case so that your wife does not complain about all the light coming from your new case. The HAF 922 is spacious so you can accommodate large items such as a full size graphics card, a radiator, or even large CPU Coolers.

CoolerMaster HAF 922 Case Review

NZXT Panzerbox PC Case Review
I4U News published a review of the NZXT Panzerbox PC Case.

You may have all the coolest gear inside your computer, but if you pack that gear away inside a junky looking case no one will know that your rig is sweet on the inside. The case is what people see when they lay eyes on your computer and if you want show and go, the NZXT Panzerbox chassis I am looking at today is for you. Read on for all the details.

NZXT Panzerbox PC Case Review

StarDock WindowBlinds v6.4 reviewed
ITReviewed posted a review on StarDock WindowBlinds v6.4

WindowBlinds is a cool program that gives Windows XP operating systems a Vista feel. It also gives Vista users some bells and whistles to customise the operating system to make it their own. Basically, WindowBlinds 6 takes the new graphic capabilities of Windows Vista and places them on steroids. Internet Explorer can also be skinned using the program. Best of all, Vista users benefit from native hardware acceleration. All this goodness comes with one big problem. Quality. By default, WindowBlinds ships with only a few themes; finding other quality themes is a job in itself. Skinning can present some weird problems, too, such as toolbars appearing wider than the actual content of the window and font sizes looking odd - especially on the widely-available free themes. There might be tons of choice out there, but finding a quality theme that ticks all your boxes may be a struggle. That is, unless you like fire breathing dragons, flames, or snowflakes falling inside your titlebars. WindowBlinds is effective and highly customisable, but if you're like me the novelty will soon wear off and you'll revert to Vista's standard - and excellent - Aero interface.

StarDock WindowBlinds v6.4 reviewed

Kingston HyperX T1 PC3-16000 3GB Memory Kit Review
Hardware Logic posted a review on the Kingston HyperX T1 PC3-16000 3GB Memory Kit

As the largest memory company in the world, Kingston Technology knows a thing or two about making fast, high quality products that fits users' needs. Want proof? Check out their HyperX T1 Series PC3-16000 memory kit which runs at 2000MHz with 8-8-8-24 timings. Besides being one of the fastest rated kits on the market, this memory comes with two XMP profiles for easy overclocking and the tallest heatsinks you can get. Let's find out if this RAM has what it takes to be your next upgrade.

Kingston HyperX T1 PC3-16000 3GB Memory Kit Review

Introduction to 4D Systems OLED Products
Metku.net wrote an introduction about 4D Systems new and exciting OLED Technology with touch interface.

Getting a nice and easy to use screen to a project can be a bit tricky as it usually involves complex fiddling with libraries etc. But don't worry, here's a nice solution to this problem: OLED displays from 4D Systems!

Introduction to 4D Systems OLED Products

Sapphire Radeon HD 4650 512MB Review
TheTechLounge posted a review on the Sapphire Radeon HD 4650 512MB

I was a little noncommittal in recommending the 4670 and I suspect that I'm pretty much in the same boat with regards to the 4650. On the one hand, these are inexpensive cards with impressive performance for the price, but on the other hand, for very little extra, much more capable cards can be had. But let's say, for example, you had sixty bucks and only wanted to play WoW or the Orange Box. Will this card do it?

Sapphire Radeon HD 4650 512MB Review

Microsoft Wireless Desktop 3000 Review
Maximum CPU posted a review of the Microsoft Wireless Desktop 3000

While the quality of Microsoft software offerings is debatable, Microsoft's hardware offerings are usually top notch. Today we are going to look at Microsoft's newest wireless desktop set, the Wireless Desktop 3000. Upon first glance, the Wireless Desktop 3000 appears to be like most other Microsoft desktop sets. However, it is one of the first to include a BlueTrack mouse.

Microsoft Wireless Desktop 3000 Review

Spire TherMax II Review
techPowerUp posted a review on the Spire TherMax II

Spire's TherMax II is a new DHT CPU cooler for AMD and Intel CPUs. Its four heatpipes make direct contact with the processor for optimum cooling. Also included in the package is a fan controller which allows you to control the UV reactive fan in any way you want.

Spire TherMax II Review

ASUS M4N82 Deluxe Review
Neoseeker posted a motherboard review of the ASUS M4N82 Deluxe

I am highly pleased with that ASUS motherboard sporting the disguised 780a chipset, despite a few downsides. I think it is stupid to use SATA ports which allow only the supplied cables to be used. Also, it is a bit deceiving that the small fan bundled with the motherboard won't fit along a large processor heatsink. Furthermore, if the case in which the computer is housed is not well ventilated, this fan will be a must. Without it, on my tech station, the northbridge was uncomfortably hot. I had to put a 120 mm fan over the setup so that it would be fine.

ASUS M4N82 Deluxe Review

Coolermaster Sileo 500 Chassis Series Case Review
Hi Tech Legion posted Coolermaster Sileo 500 Chassis Series Case Review

Stating the obvious here, computer cases are unique in their own ways. Some aim to be flashy and decorative, and others aim to be quiet and reliable. There are some products out there that are a mix of these qualities, decorative and quiet, for example. Also, people know of the different sizes of cases. I know most people out there have a certain preference. There are full towers, mid towers, and mini towers. Some are made up of steel, aluminum, and a mix of both. With this case, I would categorize it as quiet and reliable. The Sileo 500 Chassis Series by Cooler Master is the product I have for you. Cooler Master's Sileo 500 Chassis Series is aimed to be quiet and reliable. It is a mid tower case, with it being silent as you go about your life, surfing the internet or doing your work.

Coolermaster Sileo 500 Chassis Series Case Review

Apple iPhone 3GS 16GB Smartphone Review
TweakTown posted a review on the Apple iPhone 3GS 16GB Smartphone

The iPhone has become an icon in popular culture. The iPhone, along with its sibling, the iPod, are woven into our view of the world. As a device it is sleek and sexy. It has a great sense of style and shows that while Apple may do many things wrong, they at least do them with style and flare.

We will take a look at the new iPhone 3GS as a first time purchase and see how it compares to its older brother, the iPhone 3G with the same software. So let’s dive in to the new iPhone 3GS and see if it is worthy of your money and time.

Apple iPhone 3GS 16GB Smartphone Review

Kingston SSDNow V-Series Review
PureOverclock posted a review of the Kingston SSDNow V-Series Solid State Drive.

Kingston has released their SSDNow V-Series Solid State Drive, specifically targeting the entry-level consumer that may be looking to jump on the SSD bandwagon. But this drive comes with the infamous JMicron controller, notorious for stuttering problems. However, Kingston is confident they've eliminated the problem. Have they? If so, how? We take a closer look at the Kingston SSDNow V-Series as we absolutely hammer this drive to find out. Fair warning before continuing: you may be surprised at the results.

Kingston SSDNow V-Series Review

CyberPowerPC Gamer Extreme Si Review
TechwareLabs has published a review of the CyberPowerPC Gamer Extreme Si

Want to pwn n00bz whenever you get the chance? It simply cannot be done without the use of the best technology on the market. If your looking for a great way to get that all wrapped up and shipped to you you might want to check out the new CyberPowerPC Gamer Extreme Si. Come along with Jason Dumbaugh as he checks out this new pre-built beast.

CyberPowerPC Gamer Extreme Si Review

ECS X58B-A Review
OCC has published a new review on the ECS X58B-A

The ECS X58B-A delivers a little of the good, the bad and not so much on the ugly. The board is a full featured board that at stock speeds delivers performance on par with some hardware that costs as much as $180 more than the X58B-A. The onboard debug LED is useful for diagnosing no boot conditions and just in case you go too far the CMOS reset button is within easy reach on the I/O panel. The onboard power and reset buttons are easy to use and come in handy on a tech bench when you don't want to spend the time to hook up the front panel connections. Overclocking the ECS X58B-A was a challenge. All of the boards I have looked at were able to hit at least a 200+ MHz bclock without any drama. The ECS was just not going to play nice at this level. No amount of tweaking would get me there, voltages, timings, nada! That's not to say that the ECS X58B-A can't overclock, indeed it can taking my little CO stepping i7 920 up to 3.7GHz running at 185x20. This means that the overclock is just over 1GHz from the ECS X58 solution. The one thing I feel holding it back is that there is a serious drop in voltage to the CPU when loading it heavily. When the CPU core voltage is set to 1.425 in the BIOS, under load I saw as little as 1.35 volts during some serious Prime 95 load testing. The CPU I used in this review runs Prime stable at 4.1GHz with 1.4125 volts.

ECS X58B-A Review

ICY DOCK MB877SK-B Review
Bjorn3D takes a look at the ICY DOCK MB877SK-B.

The ICY DOCK MB877SK-B HDD mobile rack allows users to use their 3.5' backup Hard Disk Drives and turns them into a portable device. This device gives us the ability to remove our SATA HDD's easily and without the need of going inside of our computers, unplugging the HDD's SATA cables, power cables, while also not having to remove a bunch of screws so we can remove that drive. It is as simple as counting 1,2,3 and that drive we need is out. This unit is also perfect for those who need to recover your family's/friend's precious information stored on their HDD's simply and effortlessly.

Let's examine the MB877SK-B HDD Mobile Rack in detail.

ICY DOCK MB877SK-B Review


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