AMD FX9590 (5ghz) Review and more
Posted on: 07/15/2013 10:51 AM
Here today's reviews and articles, including AMD FX9590 (5ghz) Review, SanDisk Extreme II SSD Review (480GB), Samsung Galaxy S 4 Qi Wireless Charging Pad and Cover - Mini Review, iconBIT NETTAB Space Quad HD NT-0901S Tablet Review, and Corsair Carbide 330R Review
AMD FX9590 (5ghz) Review (w/ Gigabyte 990FXA-UD5) @ KitGuru
Today we are looking at the new AMD FX9590, clocked at an eye popping 5ghz. The FX9590 is shipped with a base clock of 4.7ghz and a maximum turbo speed of 5.0ghz the all important figure which has already started a plethora of news stories across the net. AMD wanted to be the first out the door with a 5ghz processor and they achieved it. The question we ask today- ėOk 5ghz, but at what cost?.
Read more: AMD FX9590 (5ghz) Review (w/ Gigabyte 990FXA-UD5) @ KitGuruSanDisk Extreme II SSD Review (480GB) @ The SSD Review
A few weeks ago we posted a review on the SanDisk Extreme II 240GB capacity SSD and it turned out to be one of the stronger contenders we have seen to date, and most definitely the strongest using a Marvell controller. We wanted to today follow that up with an analysis of that same drive, this time in the 480GB capacity, as a form of confirmation that this SSD has what it takes to stand up there with the best.
Read more: SanDisk Extreme II SSD Review (480GB) @ The SSD ReviewLexar Professional 600x SDXC UHS-1 256GB Card Review @ TechnologyX
The Lexar Professional 600x SDXC UHS-1 Card is available in capacities of 64, 128 and 256GB, the later being an industry first for this form factor. Performance is listed at sustained 90MB/s read (hence the 600x) and we can give you a heads up that it also pushes a healthy 45MB/s write performance. The card includes a $45 full version copy of Lexar Image Rescue 4 software which will recover deleted and corrupt files from the card and, remarkably, this card comes with a limited lifetime warranty.
Read more: Lexar Professional 600x SDXC UHS-1 256GB Card Review @ TechnologyXBIOS Option Of The Week - PCI Burn-in Mode @ Tech ARP
Since 1999, we have been developing the BIOS Optimization Guide, affectionately known as the BOG. From a meager beginning of a single page, it now covers over 440 BIOS options. As old BOG readers will know, we started offering two editions of the BOG since Revision 8.0 - a simplified edition and the complete edition.
In the simplified edition, the description of each BIOS option in this guide is condensed and written in a simplified format. This simplified edition is not a sampler or demo version of the complete BIOS Optimization Guide. It is merely a simplified version with all the essential points and minus the frills.
The complete edition, on the other hand, features both simplified descriptions as well as full details of each BIOS option. This allows you to quickly get the gist of what each BIOS option mean and delve deeper into the details if you wish to learn more about it.
Read more: BIOS Option Of The Week - PCI Burn-in Mode @ Tech ARPSamsung Galaxy S 4 Qi Wireless Charging Pad and Cover - Mini Review @ Anandtech
For a while now, wireless charging has been slowly gaining momentum, and one of the phones that includes support is Samsung’s Galaxy S 4 (SGS4). For the past week, I've been using a review unit of Samsung's wireless charging accessory kit for the aforementioned smartphone which includes both a Qi compatible wireless charging pad and battery back.
Using the wireless charging accessory is simple you remove the stock battery back, snap on the new one, and plug the wireless charging pad into the Samsung charger that originally shipped with the phone. This last point is critical, as the wireless charging pad requires the 2 amp charger that Samsung supplies with the SGS4. I've touched on charging in the past before, but this charger includes the 1.2 V signaling across the D+ and D- pins which signals 2 amp (tablet-class) compatible charging to Samsung devices, like the charging pad. Using a normal BC 1.2 compatible charger won't work, as that specification only stipulates up to 1.5 amp delivery on its dedicated charging port.
Read more: Samsung Galaxy S 4 Qi Wireless Charging Pad and Cover - Mini Review @ AnandtechASUS PQ321Q First Look @ Anandtech
Beyond monitor reviews for AnandTech, I do reviews of TVs and Projectors for a number of sites. Ever since Sony launched their VPL-HW1000 4K projector at CEDIA in 2011, the idea of 4K, or Ultra High Definition (UHD), in the home has been picking up speed. Unfortunately I think for the home theater world this has as much to do with 3D not making vendors much of a profit, and OLED being continually delayed, and needing to have some technology to fill in a gap that provides a source of revenue. Flat panels keep falling in price and vendors keep needing to find a way to get consumers to upgrade to something better to make money.
Read more: ASUS PQ321Q First Look @ AnandtechSunrise Ray DA-P1 Headphone amplifier & DAC @ techPowerUp
Sunrise Audio's newest DAC / amp gets put to the test. The Ray DA-P1 is built with Android devices in mind and works with devices that feature USB Audio in the kernel. It is also a very capable small form factor DAC / amp that won't give you any problems with Windows.
Read more: Sunrise Ray DA-P1 Headphone amplifier & DAC @ techPowerUpiconBIT NETTAB Space Quad HD NT-0901S Tablet Review @ Madshrimps
The NT-0901S is a solid tablet from iconBIT featuring a 9.7íí Retina display with a resolution of 2048x1536, IPS technology. The tablet also comes with a quad-core A31 Allwinner processor along with an 8-core PowerVR SGX544MP2 GPU for getting good 3D performances in most games.
Read more: iconBIT NETTAB Space Quad HD NT-0901S Tablet Review @ MadshrimpsMach Xtreme MX-FX 32GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive @ NikKTech
USB Flash Drives have been around for almost 13 years now and according to some people they were the stepping stone on which solid state drives were eventually developed for consumer use (although SSDs in general have been around for much longer). Naturally however since solid state drives either use SATA or PCIex connectivity they are quite faster than even the fastest USB flash drive and although in "theory" the specifications of USB 3.0 come really close in the end we may never see USB 3.0 based flash drives with speeds exceeding 350-400MB/s. Still it's very rare to come across a USB 3.0 based flash drive with speeds exceeding the 200MB/s mark and to my knowledge there are just a handful of drive models currently in the market that can achieve that number mostly manufactured from Kingston and Corsair. Well it seems that Mach Xtreme (MX-Technology) is also ready to jump on the same wagon with their latest MX-FX USB 3.0 flash drives.
Read more: Mach Xtreme MX-FX 32GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive @ NikKTechSony SBH 20 Wireless Bluetooth Stereo Handset Review @ TestFreaks
Sony makes all kinds of products as we know and Iíve got one of them for review today that I found very useful and a decent product overall. Today for review I have the Sony SBH 20 wireless Bluetooth headset which is what it sounds like, itís Bluetooth making it wireless and it has a headset. The SBH 20 unit itself is just a small square with audio controls on it along with a microphone and 3.5mm audio jack, but Sony did include a decent sounding pair of headphones to go with it. The SBH 20 is Bluetooth yes, but it also features NFC to make pairing very easy if your phone or other device is NFC enabled. I have the HTC One and it is NFC enabled but the SBH 20 is the first device Iíve gotten with NFC and it does work great and it does make life that much easier really. The SBH 20 isnít perfect, there are some small issues with it, but overall itís great little device that actually has multiple uses. So read on to learn moreÖ.
Read more: Sony SBH 20 Wireless Bluetooth Stereo Handset Review @ TestFreaksKingston Class 10 UHS-I (U1) SDXC Ultimate 64GB Card & MobileLite G3 Card Reader Review @ TechnlogyX
The Kingston Class 10 UHS-I (U1) SDXC 64GB Ultimate Card fills just that void. It is a simple solution to a typically confusing scenario and we are going to analyze the Kingston Card in a very simple format, allowing you to understand the terms that confuse us so and arming you with the knowledge to understand why a quality card is so important in today's camera world. As a bonus, we are also going to report on the new Kingston MobileLite G3 Card Reader, and I will be the first to admit, this is one of the handiest things available for the camera enthusiast.
Read more: Kingston Class 10 UHS-I (U1) SDXC Ultimate 64GB Card & MobileLite G3 Card Reader Review @ TechnlogyXCorsair Carbide 330R Review @ Vortez
Last month Corsair announced two new cases to join their price conscious Carbide series. At the end of June we reviewed the Air 540 so today we turn to the sibling of the budget oriented 300R Ė 330R.
330R is a mid-tower computer chassis with professional and stylish looks. Being primarily designed as a silent case, 330R has closed off panels and special noise damping material to aid noise reduction. Whilst bringing a plethora of features and a classy appearance, many would presume this case is expensive but Corsair have priced 330R to be significantly lower than many other rivals of the same calibre in a bid to steal the spotlight Ė have Corsair done enough to take pole position?
Read more: Corsair Carbide 330R Review @ VortezSteelSeries Apex [RAW] Gaming Keyboard Review @ KitGuru
SteelSeries makes its ambitions bright and clear with the name of their latest keyboard, The Apex [RAW]. Packed with 17 macro keys and 2 macro levels for a total of 34 macros, 2 extra arrow keys, and raised macro keys for easier access, the Apex [RAW] is a stripped down version of its big brother, the Apex. As it doesn't feature everything the Apex has in its arsenal, you can get your hands on the Apex [RAW] for ¬£55.99 (http://shop.steelseries.com/uk/keyboards/steelseries-apex-raw-gaming-keyboard.html) inc vat. versus £79.99 (http://shop.steelseries.com/uk/keyboards/steelseries-apex-gaming-keyboard.html) for the Apex. Is it worth the money however?
Read more: SteelSeries Apex [RAW] Gaming Keyboard Review @ KitGuru