Do Two GeForce GTX 680s Beat Three GeForce GTX 660 Tis In SLI? and more
Posted on: 02/18/2013 10:36 AM
Here a roundup of today's reviews and articles, including Do Two GeForce GTX 680s Beat Three GeForce GTX 660 Tis In SLI?, Seagate Constellation ES.3 4TB Enterprise Hard Drive Review, Das Keyboard Model S Professional, Samsung's ATIV Odyssey is Windows Phone 8 on a budget, and NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan Pictured
Do Two GeForce GTX 680s Beat Three GeForce GTX 660 Tis In SLI? @ Tom's Hardware
What a problem, right? You have the money for high-end graphics, but don't know whether to buy a couple of GeForce GTX 680s or a trio of GeForce GTX 660 Ti boards for three-way SLI. We run through a number of games and help you come to a conclusion.
Read more: Do Two GeForce GTX 680s Beat Three GeForce GTX 660 Tis In SLI? @ Tom's HardwareSeagate Constellation ES.3 4TB Enterprise Hard Drive Review @ Techgage
With a mere 3 options for the consumer and 3 for the enterprise, the current 4TB market is small. Where’s our “Green” option from Seagate? WD? HGST? Your guess is as good as ours.
While the consumer 4TB situation at the moment is depressing, the enterprise one isn’t. All three of the aforementioned vendors have been taking good care of their IT friends with a collection of both SATA and SAS models, and Seagate in particular has done a couple of things to help its model stand apart from the rest.
For starters, the company’s ES.3 4TB drive is the first on the planet that implements 128MB of on-board cache – up from 64MB, which might as well be considered a standard. What does that extra cache mean for the user? That’s a great question, and one that’s difficult to give a definitive answer for.
Read more: Seagate Constellation ES.3 4TB Enterprise Hard Drive Review @ TechgageThermaltake Smart M 850W Power Supply @ Hi Tech Legion
When it comes to power supplies, there is almost no excuse to be inefficient with the number of affordable 80 plus rated power supplies in the market currently available. It doesn’t take somebody of Einstein’s mental acuity to see the advantages of using a highly efficient power supply. Aside from the cost of savings, highly efficient power supplies produce less heat, so it can also mean that it runs quieter since the cooling fan does not need to ramp up to a higher RPM compared to a power supply that is producing more heat. There are many 80 Plus Gold and Platinum rated models available currently but they are noticeably pricier. Users that need to stick to their budgets can be perfectly served with an 80 Plus bronze power supply with a decent feature set, such as one from Thermaltake’s Smart Series line.
The Thermaltake SP-850M power supply uses a high-efficiency circuit design rated 80 Plus bronze. The Thermaltake Smart M series 850W power supply has a powerful 70A on a single +12V rail and has four 6+2-pin PCIE connectors for multi-GPU Crossfire or SLI setups. Inside the SP-850M are high-quality Japanese and solid-state components which are kept cool with a 140mm fan while in operation. The Smart M 850W power supply’s modular cables utilize an easily-manageable slim design so chassis airflow is not obstructed. Aside from the 5-year warranty, a suite of industrial-grade protection including over-current, over-voltage, under-current, over-power and short-circuit protection offer comfort that the SP-850M will perform up to user expectations.
Read more: Thermaltake Smart M 850W Power Supply @ Hi Tech LegionDas Keyboard Model S Professional @ Benchmark Reviews
Metadot's Das Keyboard is one of the most recognized keyboards on the mechanical keyboard market. The Das Keyboard has become one of the standards to which all other mechanical keyboards are compared. The question that Benchmark Reviews will be trying to answer is Metadot's keyboard "The" keyboard to have or is it just another mechanical keyboard in the growing market of mechanical keyboards aimed at both the gamers and the professionals. In this article Benchmark Reviews tests the Das Keyboard Professional Model S Mechanical.
As our world has become more connected, the keyboard has become the main way in which many people connect to the outside world. Unfortunately, as time has gone on keyboards by many accounts have gotten worse. In recent years thought the mechanical keyboard has been making a comeback, with more and more typists realizing the benefits of the mechanical key switch. One of the leaders in this movement is the Metadot Corporation and its Das Keyboard line.
Read more: Das Keyboard Model S Professional @ Benchmark ReviewsNZXT Kraken X60 Liquid CPU Cooler Review @ eTeknix
NZXT's Kraken X60 is special in that it is the first 280mm all in one liquid CPU cooler to hit the market. With NZXT conducting the market transition from 120mm/240mm to 140mm/280mm they are able to offer more surface area, larger fans capable of shifting more air and resultantly more performance than the competition - all that with what is their first entrance into the liquid CPU cooler market. Although, given that this NZXT Kraken X60 design uses a Asetek 240mm radiator, block and pump base design, we anticipate it won't be long (probably less than a few weeks from writing this) before Corsair, Thermaltake and many others have their own equivalents.
That said, let us not detract from the fact NZXT are the first to do that and thus they deserve praise for this. By making the first move they force the market to move quicker and ultimately this creates more innovation and more competition for you, the consumer.
Read more: NZXT Kraken X60 Liquid CPU Cooler Review @ eTeknixNVIDIA Free-to-Play Reviewed @ OCC
As I said earlier, all three of these games are enjoyable and fun because they are. They're also different games, so naturally they are enjoyable and fun in different ways and for different reasons. PlanetSide 2 I feel is fun and enjoyable in what I feel are the most important ways, of these three. World of Tanks is also fun and enjoyable, but is lacking in design elements that I believe are important for the experience of any game. Hawken seems to exist as a manifestation of our desires for big things and big explosions, which does make it fun and enjoyable, but almost relies on that instead of a solid gameplay experience, like what you get with the other two games.
Read more: NVIDIA Free-to-Play Reviewed @ OCCbe quiet! Shadow Rock TopFlow SR1 CPU Cooler Review @ NikKTech
Much like PC Cases in the market one can find countless CPU Coolers of every size, type and design aimed towards pretty much every user out there from casual users, gamers and enthusiasts to overclockers, professionals and even enterprise users. However although the sky is really the limit in this section of the industry there aren't that many low profile CPU Coolers for HTPC use with serious cooling efficiency available currently something which is perhaps the most important reason as to why most HTPC owners are not very eager when it comes to overclocking their systems. Well be quiet! aims to change that with their latest Shadow Rock TopFlow SR1 low profile CPU Cooler and once again we are here to see exactly just what it is they have put on the table.
Read more: be quiet! Shadow Rock TopFlow SR1 CPU Cooler Review @ NikKTechSamsung's ATIV Odyssey is Windows Phone 8 on a budget @ Ars Technica
Screen aside, this handset is a good choice for the free-with-contract crowd.
Read more: Samsung's ATIV Odyssey is Windows Phone 8 on a budget @ Ars TechnicaHIS Radeon HD 7850 4GB iPower IceQ Turbo Review @ Guru3D
lright now, it has been a while since we have tested a Radeon HD 7850, but HIS decided to make a custom PCB, slap 4GB of memory on it, overclock it and then apply a custom high performance cooler on it. So how could we remotely ignore that? You are in for a royal treatment though as we received two cards and as such we can show you Crossfire results as well in a multi-GPU setup.
So we test the HIS Radeon HD 7850 iPower IceQ Turbo as single card and in Crossfire today. The HIS Radeon HD 7850 iPower IceQ Turbois a factory overclocked 4GB Radeon HD 7850 graphics card. Fully customized with 3rd party cooling. We test the product with the hottest games like Battlefield 3, Sleeping Dogs, Far Cry 3, Medal of Honor Warfighter, Hitman Absolution and many more. The R7850/7870 products from AMD offer good value for money we feel. AMD's partners are very savvy to release graphics cards based on these cute products as they perform well for the money, quite well actually.
Read more: HIS Radeon HD 7850 4GB iPower IceQ Turbo Review @ Guru3DASRock 990FX Extreme9 Motherboard Review @ KitGuru
ASRock's latest addition to their 990FX series of AMD motherboards, the 990FX Extreme9, aims to occupy the company's AM3+ top spot alongside the Fatal1ty Professional board
Read more: ASRock 990FX Extreme9 Motherboard Review @ KitGuruNVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan Pictured @ Videocardz
The GTX Titan is packed with the GK110 GPU, which has 2688 CUDA cores. The card is clocked at 837/878 MHz for base and boost mode respectively, however, some reviewers already say that the boost mode is not working properly. This new addition to the NVIDIA lineup features 6GB of GDDR5 memory across a 384-bit interface. The memory itself is clocked at 6 GHz effective. Interestingly, there is no backplate, which would be a nice addition to these dual-sided memory chips. You can clearly see that it requires only 6+8pin power connectors, in turn this card should not require more than 250W of power.
The GeForce GTX Titan, which is believed to be the fastest single-gpu consumer graphics card ever made, will be paper-launched tomorrow, while first reviews should appear a day later. As for the price, it should cost $900 (€860) right after the launch. Your move AMD!
Read more: NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan Pictured @ Videocardz