Tech News January 2008

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Thermaltake Max 4 Hard Drive Enclosure
Techware Labs :: Tuesday, January 29, 2008
“The Thermaltake Max 4 hard drive enclosure aims to provide cooling and good looks for your hard drive at an affordable price. We find out how easy this enclosure is to use as well as taking a look at it from the inside out. ”

OCZ Vanquisher
Technic 3d :: Tuesday, January 29, 2008
“The OCZ Vanquisher CPU Heatsink arrived Technic3D. The Vanquisher CPU cooler is compatible with sockets AMD 754/939/AM2 and Intel 775. See you in the following Review the OCZ Cooler with 92mm fan against others CPU Cooling.”

ASUS Nova 
t-break :: Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Space is costly- and Dubai is a prime example of that. Offices/Homes are getting smaller and costlier by the day and at times, people no longer have the luxury of providing enough space for a full-sized PC on Office Desks or next to your TV in your bedroom. Taking such considerations into account, we have minuscule sized PCs such as Shuttle\\\’s X series, AOpen and Apple\\\’s Mac Mini. ASUS adds their name to this list with their recently announced Nova and we take a quick look at it today.

AMD Phenom processor family performance
Tech Spot :: Tuesday, January 29, 2008

While Intel has been quick to regain a lot of the popularity lost during the past few years, that is no excuse to forget about the #2 company in computer processing. AMD made a name for itself with the original Athlon and Athlon 64 processors and it would only seem logical that its next generation product called Phenom (K10) was to raise expectations all over the place, and it did.

Today we will be comparing the Phenom 9500, 9600, 9700 and the 9900 (B2 Stepping) against the recently released Core 2 Duo E8400, as well as the very popular Core 2 Quad Q6600. An older Athlon64 X2 5200+ processor will be added to the mix as well.

Patriot Viper 4GB DDR2-800 (PVS24G6400LLK) Review
Hardware Logic :: Tuesday, January 29, 2008
“We’re still not ready to proclaim Vista a must-have upgrade, but as DirectX 10 titles continue to hit the market, the days of XP could be numbered among the gaming community. Factor in DDR2’s rock bottom pricing, and 4GB kits have suddenly become a viable option, helping to negate the concerns over jumping onto Microsoft’s resource hungry OS.

But despite deliciously low prices, gamers (and the overclocking enthusiasts who are synonymous with this crowd) aren’t willing to bite on just any kit of RAM, instead showing an appetite for low latency modules. The reward for such selectivity typically manifests in better performance at stock speeds, along with a reasonable amount of frequency headroom. Or at least that’s what we’ve become accustomed to in a 2GB world.

Today HardwareLogic plays with Patriot Memory’s 4GB Extreme Performance Viper Series DDR2-800 kit. Slithering along at 800MHz with 4-4-4-12 timings, these DIMMs look promising on paper, but do they pack enough bite in a real-world setting?”

Tuniq Miniplant 950watt Power Supply
Tweak Town :: Tuesday, January 29, 2008
“Enter the Tuniq Miniplant, a 950 watt power supply that is aimed at those who want that extra kick for a performance level system. There are, however, many high-end power supplies currently on the market so our goal is to help you determine if this product is capable of putting out quality power in your own system.

This particular unit produced some of the highest voltage levels I have ever seen. Though nothing is at a range that would be detrimental, rest assured that you will have power to spare with this beast. Add to this the standard sized footprint and we have ourselves a very impressive power supply.”

Phenom Roundup: 9500, 9600 & 9900
Chile Hardware :: Tuesday, January 29, 2008
We´ve just published a new review, this time we compared Phenom 9500, 9600, 9600 with Intel´s Core 2 Quad Q6600 and QX9650.

Beginners Guides: Formatting and Partitioning a Hard Drive 
PC Stats :: Tuesday, January 29, 2008
“In this Beginners Guide, we’ll cover all the necessary steps for installing and preparing a second hard disk drive on both Win9x/ME and Win2K/XP systems, as well as setting up the hard drive for installation on a brand new computer with no operating system. As both IDE and Serial ATA hard drives are used in modern PCs, we’ll also investigate the differences between these two types of hard disk. Fortunately, hard disk space continues to expand affordably. As the average computer can use up to three hard disks in addition to a CD drive, it’s easy enough to go out and buy a new drive to add extra storage space to your system.”

How Much Power Do Electronic Equipments Consume When in Standby Mode? 
Hardware Secrets :: Tuesday, January 29, 2008
“Is it true that electronic equipments consume a lot of power when they are on their standby mode and presumably turned off? We took a digital power meter and measured the most common electronic equipments found at home to check this out. We came to out with very interesting results. Read on.”

Arctic Cooling Alpine 7 Pro Intel Heatsink Review
Frosty Tech :: Tuesday, January 29, 2008
“The Alpine 7 Pro retails for less than $15CDN ($15USD), and comes with a pre-installed patch of thermal compound. This is a no-frills heatsink, but it makes some concessions towards lower noise production. In tradition Arctic Cooling fashion, the Alpine 7 Pro is equipped with a fan suspended on rubber shock absorbing posts. The fan is suspended on Fluid Dynamic Bearings, is PWM controlled and rotates from a whisper quiet 500RPM to a moderately audible 2000RPM. Weighing it a 480 grams the Alpine 7 Pro is entirely aluminum, and covered by a 6 year warranty. The real question is whether the Alpine 7 Pro can stand up acoustically, and thermally.”

Crucial 4GB (2GB x 2) DDR2-6400 800MHz SODIMM RAM Review
i4u :: Tuesday, January 29, 2008
“Today we are looking at 4GB of PC2-6400 SODIMM RAM from Crucial for use in a notebook computer. To get the full benefit from 4GB of RAM, you need to have a 64-bit OS. I was very impressed with the performance of the Crucial 4GB DDR2 PC2-5300 RAM in my Vista Ultimate machine. I wholeheartedly recommend that anyone running Vista seriously consider a RAM upgrade, it can make a huge difference in your performance.”

Thermaltake Toughpower 1500Watt Modular Power Supply Review 
Hardware XL :: Tuesday, January 29, 2008
“Are you running out of power? I am taking a look at the ToughPower 1500Watt power supply from Thermaltake. My first thoughts before testing this huge PSU was to find second job to pay the electric bill, but it seems that the ToughPower 1500Watt PSU is very power effecient. The cables are all modular (apart from the main atx power cable) which is great seeing you would only have to connect those needed to run your system instead of having to tie down all the access cables which you dont use. Some say size does matter, well in this case it’s true. A normal PSU has a length of about 16cm, the ToughPower 1500Watt takes up 20cm. Will it fit in a case? “

Xigmatek NRP-HC1201 1200W
techPowerUp :: Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Xigmatek’s new NRP-HC1201 power supply offers 1200W of power with support for up to six VGA power connectors. Juice is delivered over four 12V rails with up to 36A per rail. Of course the usual features like long and fully sleeved cables and 80+ high efficiency are present as well.

KDE 4.0 Release Event
Phoronix :: Tuesday, January 29, 2008
“This past week was the KDE 4.0 release event taking place at the Googleplex in Mountain View, where around 200 KDE enthusiasts had celebrated this major desktop release as well as discussing the roadmap for KDE and some of the major advantages of the K Desktop Environment.”

All Xeon Models
Hardware Secrets :: Saturday, January 26, 2008
“In 1998 Intel started including the name “Xeon” to label their processors targeted to the server and workstation market. These processors can access more RAM memory, can work on a multi-processing environment (i.e. motherboards with more than one CPU installed) and have a performance higher than their counterpart targeted to the end-user market. ”

ASRock 4Core1333-eSATA2 R5.0 Motherboard Review
Hardware Canucks :: Saturday, January 26, 2008
The subject of this review is ASRock’s new Core 2 Duo (LGA 775) ready motherboard called the 4Core1333-eSATA2 R5.0. This motherboard is based on a heavily tweaked Intel P31 & ICH7R chipset architecture and has been modified so it can support just about any C2D processor from the older 800MHz FSB to the newer 1333MHz FSB CPU’s.

High Power Rock Solid 1200w Power Supply
Driver Heaven :: Saturday, January 26, 2008
There have been a plethora of 1kw power supplies released recently from many of the leading power supply manufacturers. Today we will take a look at a unit from a company not so well known among technology enthusiasts, Sirtec. They are not a new company, they have been designing and manufacturing PSUs for quite some time now although you might not have heard of them because their units can be commonly found in OEM systems and pre-installed in cases of many system and chassis manufacturers.

Sirtec have recently launched the “High Power” division, parallels of which could be made with Micron and Crucial; a branch of the main company marketing and selling products under their own umbrella. Sirtec’s move is very bold since they have already registered several patents and have a large product range. Today we will take a look at the most powerful Sirtec unit, the High Power RockSolid 1200W (HPC-1200-G14C) the specifications of which are quite promising.

Get a free copy of A-Squared Anti-Malware Software
Madshrimps :: Saturday, January 26, 2008
“The software is quite flexible regarding the options it has and you have a wide range of features you can use to protect your computer. I was very impressed by the full version and I had absolutely no problem in handling it. The Background Guard option is most useful as it alerts you of potential and real risks that are knocking at your computer’s ports.”

OrigenAE S16V Case
Missing Remote :: Saturday, January 26, 2008
OrigenAE has no doubt put out a very high quality case, easily in the top 2 or 3 of the full-ATXHTPC case market. At the end of the day, you end up with a build that will garner high scores in the WAF department and the geek department. Not only is the case well designed, the accessories and features are nothing to sneeze at.

MSI X48 Platinum Motherboard
Tweak Town :: Saturday, January 26, 2008
“We have already tested the X48 chipset in its DDR2 variant (that’s right, because it’s a direct descendant of the X38 it keeps the dual mode memory controller); the DDR2 version has already managed to produce some better scores than the X38 DDR2 thanks to its increased FSB support. Today we are moving onto X48 in DDR3 form.

MSI has graciously provided us with their new X48 Platinum motherboard which is designed to be an ultra overclockable and feature-rich model. How it stacks up is the subject of today’s review.”

How To Install An Intel Socket 775 Processor and Heatsink 
PC Stats :: Saturday, January 26, 2008
“Here at PCSTATS, we had our share of troubles and frustration with the new installation method before we got completely used to it, so we thought we’d run off a quick guide illustrating the how to properly install a socket 775 Intelprocessor and heatsink for the benefit of our readers. If you are planning on building a Intel based computer anytime soon, bookmark this article.”

Swiftech H2O-220 Compact Water Cooling Kit Review
Club OC :: Friday, January 25, 2008
Just a few short months ago, I had the opportunity to review Swiftech’soriginal Compact water-cooling kit, the H20-120 Compact. What we concluded then was that the Compact idea was a great way to simplify installation of a water cooling kit without sacrificing performance. Fast forward to 2008, and we have the second iteration of the Compact series: the H2O-220 Compact. The challenge has also changed, however, as the original Compact was tested on an overclocked Opteron 170; this time the challenge is Intel Q6600, and I fully expect to push the kit to its limit.

Asus P5K64 WS motherboard review
RB Mods :: Friday, January 25, 2008
Today we take a look at a fully loaded workstation card from Asus. We recieved a sample of their P5K64WS that has HDMI, DDR3, etc etc features that we are going to take a closer look at. We decided to run some tests vs the P5K3 Deluxe motherboard that we reviewed in the past, we had some great luck with performance and overclocking when it came to that board and we don’t expect anything less from this board.

Xigmatek HDT-S1283 Exposed Heatpipe Base Heatsink Review
Frosty Tech :: Friday, January 25, 2008
“The Xigmatek HDT-S1283 heatsink features three heatpipes in direct contact with the top of the processor, resulting in one very potent CPU cooler. The technique is called Heatpipe Direct Touch, and for today’s class of heatspreader capped processors it’s the only way to go. The Xigmatek HDT-S1283 heatsink FrostyTech is reviewing today is equipped with vibration absorbing rubber fan posts, a 120mm PWM fan that scales in speed from 1000-2200RPM, and a little spoiler to direct exhaust airflow down towards adjacent motherboard components.”

Seagate unleashes new Momentus laptop drives
Club Overclocker :: Friday, January 25, 2008
Just recently, I had the pleasure of discussing the new generation of Momentus hard drives from Seagate. If you don’t know, the Momentus is Seagate’s laptop line of disk drives, and the new product line is denoted by the 5400.4 moniker. The 5400.4 boasts densities of up to 250GB, second generation perpendicular recording, as well as a native SATA 3Gbps interface, resulting in a substantial performance increase over the 5400.3. Seagate’s internal testing of their new hard drives show that the performance is on par with the Samsung 250GB drive, and seriously outclassing other 2.5″ drives from Fujitsu, Hitachi, Toshiba and Western Digital.

Sanyo Denki A11H Online UPS
techPowerUp :: Friday, January 25, 2008
These days, computer equipment is more sensitive to power disruptions than ever before. The Sanyo Denki A11H is a true on-line UPS that provides constant power to multiple computer systems, and its design allows it to work well with backup generators. We take a look at a 700W tower-style model and the optional LAN Interface card.

Foxconn X38A – a Motherboard on the Intel X38 Chipset
Digit Life :: Friday, January 25, 2008
“The Foxconn X38A is interesting because it combines two contradictions: being a top motherboard and being fit for memory upgrades. Both types of products have been manufactured for a long time already. But we cannot recall somebody trying to combine them.”

Tuniq TX-2 Thermal Compound Review
3d Xtreme :: Friday, January 25, 2008
“Tuniq set out to beat AS5; they have however small the difference. It’s nice to see some competition on the market for AS5 as their tubes are so small and so expensive competition is always good for the consumer.”

Speedlink Styx Review
XS Reviews :: Friday, January 25, 2008
“There are two key gaming mice manufactures that have been doing just that for years, Razer and Logitech. However, these high-spec mice come at a cost, and are often over the top for the average gamer, who wants accuracy and comfort, but still some money left in the bank.

So today I have Speedlink’s Styx which features a laser diode to pick up your movements, and spitting out 2200 DPI accuracy. Let’s see how it performs.”

Thermaltake Xaser VI VG4000BNS Case Review 
Hardware XL :: Friday, January 25, 2008
“Thermaltake is known for their cool cases and their latest editions will only enforce that fact. The Xaser VI series include aircooled cases with clear side panels and mesh panels as well as watercooled editions. I will be looking at the VG4000BNS, which has red mesh on both sides, although I like the color red it kinda hurt my eyes when looking at it 24/7 so I decided to change the case by giving it a paint job. But let’s not get to far ahead, read on to check out the full review of the original Xaser VI. “

More Trouble For AMD In 2008? 
Tech ARP :: Friday, January 25, 2008
“With the long delays in getting newer and faster models of their new Quad-Core Opteron (Barcelona) workstation/server and Phenom desktop processors out into the market, AMD is faced with a daunting year ahead. ”

ASUS Maximus Formula (Non-SE) Motherboard
Bjorn 3d :: Friday, January 25, 2008
Today we intend to not only review the ASUS® Maximus Formula but perform the review using a somewhat different approach that we hope is a precursor to something really unique and exciting for our readers. We’ll detail the changes we’ve made when we get to the ‘Testing Methodology’ section of the review where the change actually are implemented. Up until then the format of our review of the Maximus formula will remain essentially the same. Please join us in our pursuit of presenting the Maximus Formula from a much broader and complete perspective.

PC Power & Cooling Silencer Quad 750w PSU Review 
OCIA :: Thursday, January 24, 2008
“Despite being named the Silencer Quad, this PSU uses just a single beefy 12V rail, running 60 amps! Seeing specs like those just makes you want to drool. High efficiency, just one silent fan, and single rail design, all of this is amazing… but is it too good to be true? Continue on as we find out.”

Intel QX9650 Core 2 Extreme Review
Hardware Logic :: Thursday, January 24, 2008
“After months of hype and anticipation, INTEL and AMD have unleashed their next generation processors on the market. While AMD’s Phenom line has received luke warm reviews to this point, INTEL’s Penryn line has been the toast of the town. Why?

Today, HardwareLogic breaks down the quad core QX9650. While a casual glance might leave the impression there’s little difference between the QX9650 and its predecessors (the QX6800 and QX6850), looks can be, and in this case, are deceiving. There’s much more here than meets the eye…”

Seagate FreeAgent Pro 160GB Review
Digital Trends :: Thursday, January 24, 2008
“Take your office with you thanks to the Seagate FreeAgent Pro hard drive, available in a number of sizes.”

SimpleTech PC3-10600 DDR3 1333MHz S1024R5NP2QA
Benchmark Reviews :: Thursday, January 24, 2008
Of all the RAM kits we have reviewed thus far in our High-Speed DDR3 Overclocking and Review Series, practically every set has been aimed towards performance enthusiasts and overclockers. But Benchmark Reviews isn’t going to ignore our roots within the system builder and reseller community. SimpleTech offers OEM system builders and GSA suppliers with a solid PC3-10600 DDR3 1333MHz S1024R5NP2QA RAM kit for the Intel P35/X38/P45/X48 chipsets.

Lapworks Laptop Desk Futura Review
Mikhailtech :: Thursday, January 24, 2008
Lapworks, located in Rancho Cucamonga, California, specializes in products that make working with notebooks easier, safer, and more productive. With such an outstanding claim, you may be wondering what exactly Lapworks means by these three enhancements. Let’s take a further look.