Intel Core i5-3570K vs. i7-3770K Ivy Bridge and more
Posted on: 03/02/2013 12:21 PM
Here today's reviews and articles, including Intel Core i5-3570K vs. i7-3770K Ivy Bridge, Mushkin Atlas Deluxe mSATA 30GB SSD Review, Seasonic Platinum Series Fanless 460W Power Supply Review @ PC Perspective, Gigabyte Z77X-UP7 Review: OC Oriented Orange Overkill, and NETGEAR Universal Dual Band WiFi Range Extender (WN3500RP) Review
Intel Core i5-3570K vs. i7-3770K Ivy Bridge @ techPowerUp
Intel's latest Ivy Bridge processors promise extra high performance in every sector (gaming, encoding, etc.). Today we will compare the performance of the most popular models: the Core i5-3570K and the Core i7-3770K, at stock and overclocked.
Read more: Intel Core i5-3570K vs. i7-3770K Ivy Bridge @ techPowerUpMushkin Atlas Deluxe mSATA 30GB SSD Review @ Legit Reviews
While our performance comparison was limited to only one other drive of the same capacity, that comparison drive is probably is on top of the mSATA 30GB heap being an Intel 525 Series drive. That makes is a very nice yardstick to measure up the bantam Atlas Deluxe drive. In that regard, the Atlas measures up very well with performance numbers that are very robust for a drive of this size. The maximum performance attained is 555MB/s sequential reads and 379MB/s sequential writes. This is with compressible data and, like all SandForce drives, things change a bit when incompressible data is thrown at it. Max performance drops to 200MB/s reads and 40 MB/s writes which is on par with Intel 30GB drive as it features the same controller...
Read more: Mushkin Atlas Deluxe mSATA 30GB SSD Review @ Legit ReviewsXigmatek Gigas Aluminium Case Review @ OCInside.de
The Xigmatek Gigas PC case does not look like a standard Midi-Tower, but rather like a subwoofer in a high-quality aluminium chassis.
So the enthusiast can decide to use the Xigmatek Gigas case cube made of brushed aluminium as HTPC in the living room or as stylish gaming PC.
Because the case is not only very attractive, but provides also great cooling for high-end PC hardware.
We examined the Xigmatek Gigas enclosure and test the practicality on the following 5 pages.
Read more: Xigmatek Gigas Aluminium Case Review @ OCInside.dePhilips 42PFL6007T Review @ Techradar
For a 42-inch TV that's relatively affordable and only sits around the middle of Philips' current TV range, the £800 (around US$1,219/AU$1,181) 42PFL6007T has got a surprising amount going on. For starters, it looks much more attractive and feels markedly better built than many mid-range 42-inch televisions these days, even managing to incorporate into its strikingly svelte frame Philips' distinctive Ambilight technology.Its feature list is anything but basic, too. Among the highlights are passive 3D playback, the ability to parse an impressively wide array of multimedia file formats from USB storage devices or networked PCs, and even built-in access to Philips' latest Net TV online platform.Perhaps the single most intriguing thing about the Philips 42PFL6007T, though, is the way its mid-range focus hasn't stopped it from appearing to take its picture duties very seriously. Because onboard is Philips' powerful Pixel Precise HD picture engine, which stretches its tendrils into almost every area of the TV's picture performance to an extent beyond anything you would normally find with an £800 42-inch TV.
Read more: Philips 42PFL6007T Review @ TechradarNoctua NH-L9i Low Profile Cpu Cooler @ Rbmods
Finding a low profile cpu cooler that performs well can be a hard task, we all want our HTPC or servers to run as silent as possible. Today we are looking at the Noctua NH-L9i low profile cpu cooler. Noctua is well known for their high end cooling and extreme performance has put out this new unit with some pretty sick looking specifications, so lets get on with the review and see how well their new cpu cooler performs.
Read more: Noctua NH-L9i Low Profile Cpu Cooler @ RbmodsSeasonic Platinum Series Fanless 460W Power Supply Review @ PC Perspective
Seasonic was one of the first manufacturers to offer a fanless PC power supply and they just keep on getting better! In their relentless pursuit to continuously improve their products, Seasonic has recently upgraded the Fanless 400/460/520 units from 80Plus Gold to 80Plus Platinum status while delivering even better performance and backed by a 7-year warranty. We will be taking a detailed look at the all-modular Platinum-460 Fanless power supply in this review.
Read more: Seasonic Platinum Series Fanless 460W Power Supply Review @ PC PerspectiveSteelseries Flux Luxury Headset Review @ XSReviews
Steelseries produce a lot of gaming peripherals. Thatís been their focus for a long time. But these days itís not all about the giant gaming cans with the big boom mic. Itís about mobile phone gaming on the move Ė which means looking cool while doing so.
While Iím not going to ever look cool wearing any pair of headphones, perhaps the Steelseries Flux can help me out a little bit. Letís see.
Read more: Steelseries Flux Luxury Headset Review @ XSReviewsAerocool Strike-X Air Review @ KitGuru
Today we are going to look at the Aerocool Strike-X Air which is a very innovative chassis, designed to appeal to those enthusiasts who spend a lot of time inside their PC and change hardware frequently. It uses an open design, similar to a test bench, which features a large mesh cover to hide the components
Read more: Aerocool Strike-X Air Review @ KitGuruCase Mod Friday: Project Steampunk @ ThinkComputers.org
For this mod I used a Silverstone TJ11. To many, this is the most coveted full tower water cooling case to own and mod. I decided to do a Steampunk mod because there are not very many out there. Not saying I could out do any of them, I just thought it would be a really fun thing to try. Most of my ideas came from looking at photos online of clothing, jewelry and just old Steampunk style photos. I also did not play very much of this mod. I just played it by ear as I went. Overall I am very pleased with how it came out and I fully plan on doing another one in the future.
Read more: Case Mod Friday: Project Steampunk @ ThinkComputers.orgCherry ZF 5000 Wireless Laser Mouse Review @ DragonSteelMods
When you think of the company Cherry you think of mechanical keyboards or at least I do as thatís what theyíre most known for. Did you know that they also make many other products besides mechanical keyboard switches? Today for review I have the Cherry ZF 5000 wireless laser gaming mouse that features adjustable DPI of 800 and 1600DPI and of course a laser tracking sensor for the best possible movement detection. The mouse is very unique looking, it kind of looks like a bug honestly, but it works very well and Iíve become rather fond of it. When it comes to wireless mice itís hard to find a decent one, especially when it comes to gaming, but Iíve had no issues with it at all, tracking is excellent, it responds to any movements with no lag that I noticed. So read on to learn moreÖ
Read more: Cherry ZF 5000 Wireless Laser Mouse Review @ DragonSteelModsFractal Design Arc Midi R2 Case Review @ Hardware Secrets
Fractal Design is releasing a new version of their Arc Midi mid-tower case, dubbed the Arc Midi R2. The first version received our "Golden Award." Let's see what is new and if the revamped model also deserves our recommendation.
Read more: Fractal Design Arc Midi R2 Case Review @ Hardware SecretsGateway SX2380-UR318 Review @ TechReviewSource.com
The Gateway SX2380-UR318 is a great choice for the price-conscious PC buyer. It has a lot of the features that were optional only a few years ago, like DX11-compatible graphics, 1TB hard drive, dual core AMD A6-5400K processor, 6GB of memory, and dual-band 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi.
Read more: Gateway SX2380-UR318 Review @ TechReviewSource.comGigabyte Z77X-UP7 Review: OC Oriented Orange Overkill @ Anandtech
Aside from Gigabytes gaming motherboards (the G1 Series) and its channel motherboards (such as the UP4 TH, MX-D3H), there exists the OC Oriented series of motherboards. The first participant in this specific range was the X58A-OC, a stripped down LGA1366 motherboard for Gulftown CPUs to focus on the top overclocking scores with up to 4-way GPU action. The latest in the line the Z77X-UP7, a strike at the heart of Sandy Bridge and Ivy Bridge CPUs, which we are testing today. With a fuller feature set than the X58A-OC, our black and orange UP7 is designed to take world records by extreme overclockers, while perhaps still being a motherboard for the high end enthusiast with a deep wallet.
Read more: Gigabyte Z77X-UP7 Review: OC Oriented Orange Overkill @ AnandtechFunc MS-3 Review @ Vortez
Enthusiasts and newcomers alike may be new to the Func brand, but it would be a mistake to assume that they are new to the marketplace. Established in 1999, the Californian company have cut their teeth on mousing surfaces to some considerable success, and recently revamped their line with the Func Surface 1030XL. We reviewed the new Surface, a dual-sided mousemat designed for both Teflon and Ceramic-booted mice, and found it to be an interesting design which is perhaps a little ahead of its time given the relative rarity of mice with ceramic feet (or others with similar properties vs. traditional Teflon).
Read more: Func MS-3 Review @ VortezNETGEAR Universal Dual Band WiFi Range Extender (WN3500RP) Review @ HardwareHeaven.com
Today we are looking at the WN3500RP or Universal Dual Band Wi-Fi Range Extender for short... or not. Designed to pretty much do what it says, this device extends the range of an existing wireless network by repeating the signal with the use of a new network SSID. So essentially, it is a basic router that forwards on traffic it receives to the primary router.
Read more: NETGEAR Universal Dual Band WiFi Range Extender (WN3500RP) Review @ HardwareHeaven.com