Daily Reviews Summary 06/28/07
Posted on: 06/28/2007 02:22 PM

Virtual-Hideout posted a review on the Crucial 2x1GB Ballistix Tracer PC2-8500 Memory Kit

For any of you that have read my previous review of the Crucial Ballistix Tracer PC2-6400 memory kit, you know just how much I love this memory. The look, the performance and now the price for DDR2 is just unbeatable. I gave it an easy Editors Choice award back then and I have pretty much been using that kit in my personal rig until a new package from Crucial arrived recently; the PC2-8500 Ballistix Tracer Kit! Same bling, higher speeds. Other than the higher stock speed rating, there is absolutely no difference from the PC2-6400 kit I already reviewed. In fact, my guess it's the same exact kit just hand selected to overclock nice and stable at 1066...or more

Crucial 2x1GB Ballistix Tracer PC2-8500 Memory Kit Review

Bios Magazine posted a review on the Lenovo ThinkPad R61

Lenovo's R-Series used to play second fiddle to the T-Series, offering cut-down features and less performance for budget-strapped businesses. Thepe digree gap is now closer, and the ThinkPad R61 is a very good laptop which should certainly be considered if you don't need the premier performance of the T-Series. The new model is more media-friendly than its predecessors too, it now has widescreen and Blu-ray options, and the inclusion of 802.11n is great for heavy wireless networking. All models in the range share the same excellent built quality, and you've got a choice of adding more layers of security depending on your business needs. If you can do without WWAN and cutting-edge 3D graphics, the ThinkPad R51's build quality and manageability should give it a long lifespan and prove excellent value for money.

Lenovo ThinkPad R61 Review

XSReviews has reviewed the Coolink Silentator

Coolink have featured on XSReviews since 2006 and haven't failed to impress. Today I have their CPU cooler, the Silentator which is a number substitution away from being Fatalonety's favourite...

Coolink Silentator Review

OCModShop posted Microsoft Natural Wireless Laser Mouse 6000 Review

This mouse is designed to pair well with Microsoft's Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000, which is one of the most comfortable keyboards I've ever used. The Natural 6000 mouse has an unusual rounded shape, resembling a softball. There have been other "extremely ergonomic" mice before, but were so strange-looking (no matter how well they performed) that they remain a niche item for ergonomic extremists.

The wireless interface is the same 27MHz technology Microsoft has been using for years on their wireless mice. This technology has been improved over the past several years to reduce lag to the point that it is just as good as a wired mouse (when first introduced it was horribly laggy). The wireless receiver (which also ironically looks like a mouse) plugs directly into your PC's USB port, and has a range of about six feet. Although the low frequency is more prone to interferance and range issues, it should also, in theory, increase battery life.

Microsoft Natural Wireless Laser Mouse 6000 Review

The TechZone has an editorial asking when Google will start selling hardware

Google has also produced a variety of applications designed specifically for the mobile environment. Gmail comes in a mobile version that is better suited for the smaller screens of Pocket PC devices. Google Maps have worked very well with KDDI cell phones in Japan, though they have yet to make quite as big a splash in North America. With all of this "software" development, Google is starting to look like the new Microsoft, so... you've got to wonder, when will Google finally take the next logical step and actually produce some branded hardware?

When Will Google Do Hardware?

FrostyTech posted Evercool Buffalo HPFA-10025 AMD Heatsink Review

The Evercool Buffalo HPFA-10025 is a lower-noise AMD Athlon64 heatsink for socket 754, 939, 940 and AM2 processors. A fan resembling the kind used with the Arctic Cooling Freezer 64 Pro heatsink is employed to move air relatively quietly through the aluminum fins. Evercool's Buffalo HPFA-10025 heatsink is made from a simple mix of "U" shaped copper heatpipes and 60 stacked aluminum fins.

Evercool Buffalo HPFA-10025 AMD Heatsink Review

techPowerUp posted a review on the Swiftech Apogee GT

Trends in waterblock design don't change often. Until recently, it was thought that jet-impingement was the best way to go for achieving the lowest temperature when cooling a processor. Then came along quad-core CPUs, and it became evident that we must look at other ways of cooling these beasts their core surface is very large, so waterblock designers were forced to return to old-school, large surface area waterblocks. The Apogee GT is one of the first blocks that attempts to offer jet-impingement performance from a block relying on a simple array of copper pins can it succeed?

Swiftech Apogee GT Review

techPowerUp posted a review on the PQI Intelligent Drive i810

Flash drives are a huge thing these days, and more and more companies are producing them. Today we'll take a look at PQI's new Intelligent Drive, which is the smallest flash drive in the world. Available in 1 GB to 4 GB capacities, it's sure to be a hit in the consumer product sector.

PQI Intelligent Drive i810 Review

techPowerUp posted a review on the Crucial Ballistix Tracer PC2-6400 2GB Kit

Today we take a look at the Ballistix Tracer PC2-6400 2GB kit from Crucial Technology. For those who haven't heard of the Tracer range, these modules feature eye catching blue backlighting and activity LEDs, making this RAM an excellent choice for making your PC really stand out! With most modern games using more and more memory and at the same time needing loads of bandwidth, this memory would be great for high-end gaming systems.

Crucial Ballistix Tracer PC2-6400 2GB Kit Review

HotHardware.com posted a review on the ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT, 2600 Pro, and 2400 XT

At the time of the HD 2900 XT's debut, AMD disclosed a multitude of details regarding mobile and mainstream GPUs derived from the R600 architecture. In our coverage of the Radeon HD 2000 series as it became known, we talked about not only the Radeon HD 2900 XT, but five other members of the family, including the Radeon HD 2600 XT (GDDR3 and GDDR4 versions), the 2600 Pro, and the Radeon HD 2400 XT and Pro. Unfortunately, cards weren't ready in time to launch alongside the 2900 XT, but they are now and we've got a trio of them in house for a benchmarking throw-down. Head on over to the site and check them out.

ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT, 2600 Pro, and 2400 XT

techPowerUp posted a review on the ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT

The HD 2600 XT is AMD's new midrange flagship card which is based on the RV630 GPU. This is the first time that a midrange card comes equipped with GDDR4 memory - 256 MB in our case. AMD's new card comes with features such as DirectX 10 support and full HD video acceleration by dedicated hardware called UVD. But is this enough to beat NVIDIA's new products?

ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT Review

techPowerUp posted a new review on the Powercolor Radeon HD 2400 Pro

Powercolor's Radeon HD 2400 Pro uses AMD's new RV610 GPU with 256 MB of DDR2 memory. With its special video acceleration features and low-profile PCB design the card seems to be a good choice for small form factor media PC systems.

Powercolor Radeon HD 2400 Pro Review

OC Workbench takes a look at the Powercolor HD 2600XT Graphics card

Today, we take a look at this mid range offering from PowerColor. Powercolor 2600XT is based on the mid range GPU core ATI HD 2600XT supporting DX10. This GPU delivers incredible gaming performance for Windows Vista and DirectX 10 Includes ATI Avivo HD technology for hardware HD video processing and HDMI with built-in 5.1 audio for big-screen entertainment. Native CrossFire upgradeability makes it easy to scale up graphics performance.

The GPU clk is rated at 800 and memory clk at 700. The card is also HDCP compliant, this allows decoding of protected HD-DVD/BluRay titles with accompanying LCD TVs. HDTV display is also greatly enhanced with AVIVO HD with UVD reducing CPU utilisation. The card supports CrossFire. With its DVI-HDMI converter, you can output video+audio directly to your HDTV without the need to rewire your audio and graphics card. You can read more about the technology of ATi HD Radeon 2000 Series which consists of the HD Radeon 2900XT, 2600 XT/Pro and 2400XT/Pro in this article. This card is targets the the midrange DX10 graphics marketshare which is currently dominated by the NV 8600GT. Priced at 99~199USD, will it be able to take on in terms of performance and pricing. Let's read on.

Powercolor HD 2600XT Graphics card Review

Techgage posted a review of Tagan's 1100W power supply, the SP-1000W

It seems that with each new advancement in hardware, the power requirements increase twice as fast... that power has to come from somewhere. Tagan sent us up the Silver Power 1000W to evaluate so thats what we did.

Tagan Silver Power SP-1000W Review

OCC has published a new review of the Maxtor Shared Storage II 1Terabyte Network Hard Drive

1 Terabyte or 1,000 Gigabytes of storage...imagine the things you could do with that amount of storage space. You could keep your families pictures, movies, music and files all in one convenient location, accessible to your whole family all in one convenient device. Just a few short years ago 1 gigabyte was considered a large hard drive. My, how times have changed. Now anything less than a couple hundred gigabytes of storage is not considered to be a large amount of storage. With the newest 8 and 10 megapixel cameras out on the market, the file size for pictures is always increasing, so naturally your storage needs to do the same. This product at 1,000 gigabytes may well fill that need.for now!

Maxtor Shared Storage II 1Terabyte Network Hard Drive Review

TechwareLabs has published a review of the Intel E6300 Budget Processor

With today's vast market of processors, most people tend to aim for processors rated at a high GHz speed. A 1.86GHz processor couldn't be nearly as good as a part rated at 2.4GHz right?? Wrong. Intel's Core 2 Duo E6300 may only be 1.86 GHz, but it is one of the easiest processors to overclock, and at the end of the review, that's just what we'll do. Read our Guide showing how we used the components in this review to overclock this processor big time!

Intel E6300 Budget Overclocking Review

ThinkComputers.org posted Evercool HPD-815 Sharks CPU Cooler Review

We haven't seen much from Evercool this year, but that have released a few new CPU Coolers. Today we will be looking at the HPD-815 Sharks CPU Cooler. It has quite a unique design and features thermal heatpipes, build-in fan speed control and a LED fan. Let's see if it can compete with other coolers on the market.

Evercool HPD-815 Sharks CPU Cooler Review

Benchmark Reviews posted a review on the Titan G4TZ Magic Pad Notebook Cooler

As users demand the same performance from notebook computers as they get from their desktop, manufacturers are finding that it's getting tougher and tougher to design a cool running computer. NVIDIA now offers some very high-end graphics to notebook builders, which makes the task that much more difficult. This opens a new segment of the market up to manufacturers willing to provide aftermarket notebook cooling solutions. In this article Benchmark Reviews evaluates just how well the Titan G4T Magic Pad cools overheated notebooks.

Titan G4TZ Magic Pad Notebook Cooler Review

DragonSteelMods posted a review on the USB Chess Game from USBGeek

Chess is the great thinking game of all time, it has been played in one
variation or another for for centuries with the first recorded mention around 500BC. Needless to say I guess it's an old game, but it's still quite a fun and challenging game to play against your friends and in modern times against the computer. USBGeek sent me their USB Chess game for review, and it's a new twist on the old favorite where you can play against human or computer, but the twist is that you actually have a chess board connected to your computer for true 3d playing!

USB Chess Game from USBGeek

TheTechLounge posted a review on the ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT 256MB

ATI is changing pace from their flagship by releasing their DirectX 10 mainstream cards within recent memory of NVIDIA's mainstream release. NVIDIA's mainstream release was memorable if bitter; the advantages of the unified shader architecture that made the 8800-series of video cards so powerful didn't have the same lt;emgt;puissancelt;/emgt; once it was cut down for the masses. Made people sad. So a lot of people are excited about these mainstream cards. Not everyone wants a video card that costs $400 or more, and for a while there, the options were: buy a crappy mainstream current-generation card, or buy an aging card from way back when, that yeah, plays games as good (if not better) but doesn't have the features and consumes a lot of power, puts out a lot of heat, and makes all the noise associated with high-end parts.

ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT 256MB Review

Tweaknews.net posted a review on the Nexus Morpho Premium Aluminum Case

The design team that created this case did an amazing job at making it look good. The cooling in the case would be more than adequate if a blowhole and side panel fans had been included. The all aluminum finish really does stand out but its not enough to warrant the price tag. At an expected price of close to 300 Euro this case could use a lot of work before I would even consider recommending it. No one will want to spend this much on a case only to have to purchase fans and cut a blowhole in it so its safe to use.

Nexus Morpho Premium Aluminum Case Review

TrustedReviews have looked at the Mesh Elite Quad Express-SP

If you want a top-class PC which can be used for all kinds of multimedia work and as a second TV with digital recording and excellent video and sound, the Elite Quad Express-SP is a great choice. While not all the applications you may want to run are yet written for multi-core processing, more and more will be and the spec and build of this machine will stand you in good stead for several years.

Mesh Elite Quad Express-SP Review

TrustedReviews have looked at the Sennheiser PXC 450 NoiseGard 2.0 headphones

They've certainly got a quality feel to them. As soon as you open up the box with its posh, magnetised flap, you know that you've purchased some serious gear. The headband and circumaural earcups (the kind that sit over and around your ears) are wrapped in luxurious soft leather and are beautifully softly padded. The chunky hinges and headband, underneath their luxurious cladding, are constructed of hard-wearing steel and aluminium.

Sennheiser PXC 450 NoiseGard 2.0 Headphones Review

TrustedReviews have a feature about Research @ Intel 2007

It was a shame we only had a day to look round all the research projects as there were plenty more I would have liked to look at and many more questions I could've asked the researchers. However, one thing is without doubt, there's going to be some interesting things coming out from Intel in the coming years.

Research @ Intel 2007

Hardwarecanucks posted HD2600 XT performance preview

Thus, while these benchmarks show some interesting performance figures, they are just the very tip of the iceberg and should hopefully improve. Working with an engineering sample is never easy and the HD2600 XT was no exception; it and its beta drivers do not make friendly bedfellows. Only in the last few beta driver revisions were the performance figures improved and even then they were still far below expectations. Hopefully, our engineering sample fell far from the tree and the actual retail cards will have a bit more performance in them.

HD2600 XT Performance Preview

Howtoforge published a new Debian tutorial: Postfix Monitoring With Mailgraph And pflogsumm On Debian Etch

This article describes how you can monitor your Postfix mailserver with the tools Mailgraph and pflogsumm. Mailgraph creates daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly graphs of sent, received, bounced, and rejected emails and also of spam and viruses, if SpamAssassin and ClamAV are integrated into Postfix (e.g. using amavisd-new). These graphs can be accessed with a browser, whereas pflogsumm (Postfix Log Entry Summarizer) can be used to send reports of Postfix activity per email.

Postfix Monitoring With Mailgraph And pflogsumm On Debian Etch

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