Intel SSD DC S3500 Series (600GB) Review and more
Posted on: 09/27/2013 10:26 AM
Here a roundup of today's reviews and articles, including Intel SSD DC S3500 Series (600GB) Review, be quiet! Shadow Rock 2 CPU Cooler, ADATA XPG V2 RAM DDR3-2400 8GB Memory Kit Review, Overclocking The Ivy Bridge Extreme Core i7 4930K, and iPhone 5C video review
Intel SSD DC S3500 Series (600GB) Review @ Hexus
Intel's DC S3700 ranks as one of the most impressive SSDs we've seen in recent years. Aimed at Data Centre environments, the drive lived up to its enterprise billing with a raft of security features allied to high speeds and, most importantly, consistent performance.
Trouble is, the DC S3700 doesn't come cheap. With prices ranging from £180 for a small 100GB drive to a lofty £1,500 for the range-topping 800GB model, Intel's S3700 is out of reach for many businesses. Knowing that a single drive won't meet the requirements of every data centre, the firm has extended the reach of the DC-Series range with a second-rung model dubbed the S3500.
Read more: Intel SSD DC S3500 Series (600GB) Review @ HexusOCZ Fatal1ty Series 750W @ PureOverclock
OCZ is a name that was long synonymous with all memory products (including SSDs), which says a great deal for the company considering it was only founded in 2002, and is still considered a fledgling amongst some of the other manufacturers. OCZ has been manufacturing more than just memory modules for quite awhile now, as they have expanded into many areas of the computer industry, from computer cooling solutions like water blocks, pumps, and thermal paste, right down to power supplies and keyboards.
Power supplies are one area that OCZ has continued with success, and today we’re looking at the Fatal1ty Series 750W unit. Named for the 12-time world champion Johnathan “Fatal1ty” Wendel, this power supply is of one of OCZ’s latest namesake products.
Read more: OCZ Fatal1ty Series 750W @ PureOverclockSilverstone Argon AR01 Heatsink Review @ Frostytech.com
We're throwing the new 200W Frostytech Mrk.III Intel LGA2011 test platform thermal test platform into the mix today! Silverstone's Argon AR01 is constructed around three beefy 8mm diameter copper heatpipes which are exposed at the base of the cooler. Putting the heatpipes in direct contact with the top of the processor makes for a very thermally efficient path with a minimum of thermal joint resistance.
Read more: Silverstone Argon AR01 Heatsink Review @ Frostytech.comCorsair Force LS Series 240GB SSD Review @ Legit Reviews
There have been a number of incarnations of the Force Series drives from Corsair with the first having the SandForce 1200 series controller. Hence the name. Most have been performance focused and were the Corsair flagship drives for a time, a title currently held by their Neutron GTX line. The new Force LS series is intended more as a budget friendly drive and changes things up with a Phison controller running the show that's supported by Toshiba 19nm NAND. This isn't a configuration we've tested before so it'll be interesting to see how it fares.
Read more: Corsair Force LS Series 240GB SSD Review @ Legit Reviewsbe quiet! Shadow Rock 2 CPU Cooler @ HardwareHeaven.com
More than anything else people just trust air cooling over liquid and for that reason we continue to see a steady stream of new high end heatsinks released. One of the more recent models is Be Quiet's Shadow Rock 2 and that is the focus of our review today.
Read more: be quiet! Shadow Rock 2 CPU Cooler @ HardwareHeaven.comXSPC Memory WaterBlock & Side Plate Set Review @ ThinkComputers.org
You are about to enter another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind. A journey into a wondrous land of imagination. Next stop, ram overclocking, and watercooling! There comes a point in every water coolers journey that they suddenly feel the need to put a waterblock on every surface that creates heat. You can literally slap a waterblock on anything from HDDs to fan controllers if you feel the need. Certainly then, one thing that can be water cooled is the memory (ram). Until recently which ram you could easily water cool was pretty much limited to Corsair Dominators. Fortunately for those with the itch, XSPC is here to help! With their Memory WaterBlock + Side Plate Set, you can get almost any ram on the planet wet. Follow along as we install and test just what this set can do for you!
Read more: XSPC Memory WaterBlock & Side Plate Set Review @ ThinkComputers.orgADATA XPG V2 RAM DDR3-2400 8GB Memory Kit Review @ Benchmark Reviews
Some of the most difficult to answer questions in the enthusiast and high-end gaming PC world have to do with RAM, and more specifically with RAM clock speeds, latency, and timings. What differences do all of these make when it comes to better performance and higher frame rates in games? Typically, the answer is that they do very little when it comes to games. AMD has sought to change that answer with the release of their Richland series APUs, which are designed to take even more advantage of RAM speeds and support up to 2133MHz clock speeds. Intels Haswell now supports speeds of up to 1600MHz. Now that more is being done to increase the performance gain from higher RAM speeds, lets take a look at the results. Here at Benchmark Reviews, we have a couple of new high-speed RAM kits to review. In this article, we will be taking a look at the ADATA XPG V2 4GBx2 DDR3-2400 PC19200 AX3U2400W4G11 DRAM Kit.
Read more: ADATA XPG V2 RAM DDR3-2400 8GB Memory Kit Review @ Benchmark ReviewsCorsair Carbide 330R Review @ OCC
Under Idle the 330R did not surprise me at all being able to keep low temps. During load, the chassis did a great job at keeping temps within reason. In fact both the Raven RV02 and RaidMax Agusta have three more fans (total of five) while the Corsair 330R only has two included. The temperatures above show how good this chassis is under load! Anyone looking for high airflow and relatively quiet fans will be hard pressed to choose a better midt ower when the competition is full towers. With the ability to add three more fans, the 330R will be able to handle even the hottest days. Just remember once you add top mounted fans, the "quiet" aspect of this chassis loses its effect. Ultimately defeating the propose of paying premium for the quiet feature.
Read more: Corsair Carbide 330R Review @ OCCSpire X2 6011B Chassis Review @ Funky Kit
Spire X2 sent me another chassis, now the 6011B its kind of the bigger brother of the previously reviewed X2 6018 case. The X2 6011 is also in a higher price range then the 6018.
Read more: Spire X2 6011B Chassis Review @ Funky KitOverclocking The Ivy Bridge Extreme Core i7 4930K @ Ninjalane
In November 2011 we published our first X79 motherboard article and while it was only a preview of the Gigabyte X79 UD7 OC we knew right away that the LGA 2011 platform was something special. Over the past two years we have used over eight different X79 motherboards ranging from the rarely seen Foxconn Quantumian-1 to the popular Rampage IV Extreme and between them all we have noticed a few things. We noticed that despite the power of the LGA 2011 very few designs captured the essence of an enthusiast motherboard and fewer still are available for purchase. In fact most designs are utilitarian in nature and seem to be a motherboard for the sake of making one.
It is hard to say why the X79 LGA 2011 combo never took off, some claim excessive cost while others claim lackluster performance. While we can attest to both of these we cannot deny that Intel never intended to have the LGA 2011 in the hands of "normal" people and had set pricing accordingly.
Read more: Overclocking The Ivy Bridge Extreme Core i7 4930K @ NinjalaneDynatron K2 1156 Low Profile CPU Air Cooler for Mini ITX Platforms @ Bjorn3D
Previously we had taken a look at a unit from Dynatron for the LGA 2011 server side application utilizing the Slim ILM design and active cooling for a really thin 1U blade server application. Well today we have a similar unit in appearance but its application is quite different.
Read more: Dynatron K2 1156 Low Profile CPU Air Cooler for Mini ITX Platforms @ Bjorn3DBitmore Universal Bluetooth Wireless Audio Adapter Review @ Benchmark Reviews
This is where adapters come into play. But they are in themselves a product of planned obsolescence. Take the Bitmore M8 Bluetooth Audio Receiver Benchmark Reviews has today for instance; On the one hand it will enable bluetooth connectivity on a wide range of audio devices and potentially save you from spending lots of money on upgrades, but on the other hand it is another purchase that you wouldn't have had to make otherwise.
Read more: Bitmore Universal Bluetooth Wireless Audio Adapter Review @ Benchmark ReviewsiPhone 5C video review @ The Inquirer
Apple's colourful new smartphone impresses but we're still not sold on that price
Read more: iPhone 5C video review @ The Inquirer