Daily Reviews Summary 07/22/08
Posted on: 07/22/2008 10:18 AM

HIS HD 3650 512MB IceQ Turbo Videocard Review
HardwareLogic posted a review on the HIS HD 3650 512MB IceQ Turbo Videocard

When we last looked ATI's HD 3650 architecture in Asus trim, we found the home theater-centric videocard wanting when it came to gaming. And while not geared towards the hardcore gamer, we expected a little more oomph than what we got. This time around we're getting down and dirty with HIS's HD 3650 with twice the amount of RAM than the last version we looked at. Will it be enough?

HIS HD 3650 512MB IceQ Turbo Videocard Review

Leadtek Winfast GTX-260 Review
Bjorn3D takes a look at the Leadtek Winfast GTX-260 video card

Leadtek was nice enough to send us a Winfast GTX-260 to take for a test drive. Having heard the cries of our readers we decided to take a different tack at this test drive and do a direct comparison between the Leadtek GTX-260 and an XFX 8800 GT Alpha Dog. Going more in depth with a head to head comparison between an old favorite and the new kid on the block.

So set back, get your favorite beverage and snack handy and together we'll see if the Alpha Dog can run the GTX-260 off the porch.

Leadtek Winfast GTX-260 Review

Logitech Quickcam Vision Pro Review
ASE Labs posted a review on the Logitech Quickcam Vision Pro

Logitech is a company that should be well known to the readers of ASE Labs. The companies specializes in computer peripherals which include their line of mice and keyboards all the way to webcams. The focus of the review is the newest webcam from Logitech, the Quickcam Vision Pro which is billed to be Mac ready with ease. In reality, it works on every operating system.

Logitech Quickcam Vision Pro Review

Vigor iSurf II Hard Drive Cooler Review
Legit Reviews posted a review on the Vigor iSurf II Hard Drive Cooler

Vigor Gaming is known for providing custom built gaming systems, but they also have cooling components. Today, we are looking at Vigor’s newest hard drive cooler, the iSurf II. The iSurf II is a 5.25” bay active cooler for your 3.5” hard drive and is designed to reduce your hard drive temperature while increasing hard disk drive performance. Join us as we see how the iSurf does on our test bench.

The iSurf II from Vigor has an MSRP of $29.99 and a quick search on our shopping link shows that it can be found for less. For that price you get a solid attractive piece of hardware. Despite having two 40mm fans, it is rather quiet. Even with the test system sitting on top of the bench and the iSurf II at the same level as my head it was not noticeable over the rest of the system...

Vigor iSurf II Hard Drive Cooler Review

Kingston HyperX PC3-14400 2GB Memory Kit Review
TweakTown posted a review on the Kingston HyperX PC3-14400 2GB Memory Kit

Kingston has managed to not only survive in the cut throat world of DRAM production, but to become one of the best memory technologies out there. When we first saw Kingston in our labs those many years ago, back when DDR was king, Kingston memory really didn’t impress us. Their yields were low, overclocking was practically non-existent and we had quite a few compatibility issues with some of their modules on a few boards.

Come 2006, HyperX memory really made a name for itself. With DDR2 modules overclocking to the 1200MHz level (or 600MHz clock cycles), this really got out blood pumping. And even today Kingston is used in a few TweakTown test beds; that’s just how well they have pulled themselves out of the dirt.

Kingston HyperX PC3-14400 2GB Memory Kit Review

OCZ NIA Brain-Computer Interface Evaluation and Showcase
HotHardware.com posted a review on the OCZ NIA Brain-Computer Interface

OCZ Technology has laid claim to being the first company to bring a "brain-computer" interface to the retail market and they have aimed it squarely at the gamer. The device is called the NIA, which is an acronym that stands for Neural Impulse Actuator, and instead of buttons, sticks, gyroscopes or motion sensors, it reads the body's natural biosignals and translates them into commands that can be used to control PC games.

OCZ NIA Brain-Computer Interface Evaluation and Showcase

Zalman ZM750-HP 750W Power Supply Review
PCPer posted a review on the Zalman ZM750-HP 750W Power Supply

Another excellent power supply from Zalman. The ZM750-HP uses heat pipe technology to help increase reliability and reduce noise while keeping a high 750 watt output could make this a great power supply. Check it out!

Zalman ZM750-HP 750W Power Supply Review

Seventeam Thundering 1000W Power Supply Review
JonnyGURU.com posted a review on the Seventeam Thundering 1000W Power Supply

I continue my journey through the offerings of Seventeam Electronics once more this week with my look at one of the first 1000W units on the market, the ST-1000E-AD. Silverstone fans will recognize this unit better as the basis of the original OP1000. Let's see how kind Father Time has been to this platform.

Seventeam Thundering 1000W Power Supply Review

Speedlink VOIP Mouse Review
Rbmods posted a review on the Speedlink VOIP Mouse

Todays product must be one of the oddest things we have reviewed ever- and I've seen alot! We are going to take a look at Speedlinks VOIP mouse, this little mouse is the size of a laptop mouse and it opens up to be a corded Skype Phone. You can either receive calls or just make a call yourself. The small display shows you who is online and it allows you to call straight from the phone, to me those features don't sound to bad but how well does it actually works is the question I ask myself.

Speedlink VOIP Mouse Review

MSI P45 Platinum Review
Neoseeker posted a review on the MSI P45 Platinum

Another day, another motherboard reviewed: today Neoseeker takes a look at the P45 Platinum, coming from MSI. Does this P45 buck the trend of un-astonishing memory performance? And do those zany heat-sinks work well, or miserably?

MSI P45 Platinum Review

Palit Geforce 9600 GSO Sonic 768MB Video Card Review
Mikhailtech posted a review on the Palit Geforce 9600 GSO Sonic 768MB Video Card

The GSO chip has only 192bit memory interface bus compared to the 9600GT, but has more stream processors than the 9600GT, 96 of them instead of 64. These 2 differences can be saw in different 3d applications. Usually, if the memory bus has less bits, it has some problems when the applications are ran with AA on, and work pretty good with the AA off, but we will see this in detail, in the test section of the review.

Palit Geforce 9600 GSO Sonic 768MB Video Card Review

Thermaltake Armor MX Mid-Tower Computer Case Review
Tweaknews.net posted a review on the Thermaltake Armor MX Mid-Tower Computer Case

Not everyone has the need or desire for a full tower chassis, so Thermaltake took many of the features of the popular Armor case and compressed it all into a very pleasing mid-tower offering. The Armor MX has a lot in common with its big brother including a massive intake fan on the side panel for cooling, ample room for hardware, and solid construction.

Thermaltake Armor MX Mid-Tower Computer Case Review

NZXT Sentry LX Fan Controller Review
TweakTown posted a review on the NZXT Sentry LX Fan Controller

Rejoice! More shiny goodies have graced my doorstep this week. This one takes the form of the NZXT Sentry LX Dual bay Fan controller LCD unit; designed with the sole purpose of making my computer infinitely more awesome than 14 yr old neighbours, despite the fact he’ll still kick your ass at Quake/Unreal/Team Fortress.

The low down on this puppy is 5x3pin fan connectors, 5xthermistors (that’s temperature sensors) and 2x5.12” bays of LCD goodness.

NZXT Sentry LX Fan Controller Review

OCZ Core Series SATA-II SSD OCZSSD2-1C64G Review
Benchmark Reviews posted a review on the OCZ Core Series SATA-II SSD OCZSSD2-1C64G

The OCZ Core Series delivers the performance and reliability of the latest SSDs at a price per gigabyte other high speed offerings can't begin to approach. OCZ Core Series Solid State Drives enable enhanced productivity in everyday computing and intensive multi-tasking applications. Perfect for notebooks, the Core Series is ideal for energy-efficient mobile computing to extend battery life, increase access time, and provide a durable alternative to conventional hard disc drives with superior shock resistance. High capacities and low power consuming NAND flash technology provide the necessary performance and battery life boosts generated by the proliferation of mobile gaming and new ultra-thin laptops. With fast access and seek times combined with excellent reliability, Benchmark Reviews tests to see if the OCZ Core Series SSD is going to be the answer for consumers demanding the latest storage technology.

OCZ Core Series SATA-II SSD OCZSSD2-1C64G Review

Intel Core 2 Quad Q9300 Review
OCC has published a new review on the Intel Core 2 Quad Q9300

Overclocking each processor is different. With five identical processors you will get five different results. With this Q9300, 456x7.5 was the point at which it was prime95 stable. It would run benchmarks at up to 470x7.5 but was nowhere near stable. Above 456 FSB, the amount of voltage to keep the chip running was significantly more than what other 45nm processors I have tested have taken at similar FSB and raw clock speeds. At 1.55 volts there was no point trying to even push further. The good news is that the CPU would do almost 450 FSB on the stock 1.215 volts. I left the volts at 1.34v during my testing just as a safeguard but have since lowered this to 1.31v at 456 FSB. Pretty low volts for the clock speeds I was able to pull from the little brother of the QX9770. Having a motherboard that will allow high front side bus speeds with a quad core processor is essential with the Q9300 CPU. Raw clock speed is limited because of the low 7.5 clock multiplier. In order to reach 3.6GHz you would need to hit 480FSB, something not all quad core CPUs will do, some, but not all.

Intel Core 2 Quad Q9300 Review



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