Memory Scaling, AMD's Trinity APUs, And Game Performance and more
Posted on: 02/04/2013 01:15 PM
Here a roundup of the latest reviews and articles, including Memory Scaling, AMD's Trinity APUs, And Game Performance, Podcast 128: Rough surfaces and a change for Catalyst, Corsair Carbide Series 200R Mid Tower Review, Zowie AM Gaming mouse, and OCZ Vector 256GB
Memory Scaling, AMD's Trinity APUs, And Game Performance @ Tom's Hardware
When it comes to gaming, the integrated Radeon on AMD's Trinity architecture crushes the HD Graphics 4000 engine native to Intel's fastest Ivy Bridge CPU. But we want to make a good thing better. How much does fast memory help boost an APU's performance?
Read more: Memory Scaling, AMD's Trinity APUs, And Game Performance @ Tom's HardwareASRock Z77 OC Formula Motherboard Review @ Madshrimps
The Z77 OC Formula is one of the high performance motherboards from ASRock, was built in cooperation with the well-known overclocker Nick Shih and features a 12 + 4 VRM design covered by a massive waterblock/heatsink, an 8-layer PCB, measuring points, plenty of thermal sensors and more. What we also like about this board is the fact that they have removed the legacy components like Floppy/IDE interfaces along with the PCI slots, in order to have a clean motherboard PCB design in the end.
Read more: ASRock Z77 OC Formula Motherboard Review @ MadshrimpsPodcast 128: Rough surfaces and a change for Catalyst @ The Tech Report
Tune in as we opine on the post-PC world, update you on Scott's frame latency crusade, and discuss the future of PC game streaming.
Read more: Podcast 128: Rough surfaces and a change for Catalyst @ The Tech ReportCorsair Carbide Series 200R Mid Tower Review @ Hi Tech Legion
It would seem that the engineering involved in computer case design has gone through a phase where the level of thought and planning has increased dramatically. The trend in new chassis is to go back to very simple, but functional, designs. Corsair’s Carbide Series is definitely one of the designs that are going back to simpler times. In general the design of the Corsair 200R is all about functionality and is not about being flashy. The front panel of the case has clean lines to go with the black coloring. This mid tower case should be able to fit in any typical environment.
The Corsair Carbide Series 200R Mid Tower computer case is targeted at the budget market. Many of the features are designed to provide a simple installation, while maintaining the expected performance level. The Corsair 200R includes two 120mm fans for cooling the system, along with five additional 120mm/140mm fan mounts and one additional 120mm mount. The 200R has three 5.25” drive bays, coupled with four 2.5” and four 3.5” hard drive bays. All of these are tool less, including the 2.5” drive bays. Drives install simply by sliding them into the tracks. The front panel includes connections for two USB 3.0 ports, one microphone jack, and one headphone jack. Dust filters are also present on the intake areas of the chassis.
Read more: Corsair Carbide Series 200R Mid Tower Review @ Hi Tech LegionADATA DashDrive Elite HE720 External Drive @ Benchmark Reviews
The Adata DashDrive Elite HE720 promises a sleek and light weight method of moving hundreds of gigabytes of data from point A to point B. Imagine showing up at your friends' door with four seasons of their favorite TV show in your pocket. Although USB memory devices currently offer the lightest and smallest way to move data, the cost per gigabyte becomes quite high as capacity increases. In this article, Benchmark Reviews looks at the features and performance for the lightweight, portable and overall good-looking ADATA DashDrive Elite HE720 USB 3.0 External Hard Drive.
If you have to move around hundreds of gigabytes of data, then cloud storage and USB flash drives quickly become slow and capacity limited. Anyone with a large music or video collection, especially HDTV format, will quickly be looking for a better solution for portable storage.
At under $80, the Adata DashDrive Elite HE720 product offers a cost-effective way to store and transport large files. Not only that, but it is fast and it looks good while it is doing its job. In this article, Benchmark Reviews will look at how the Adata DashDrive Elite HE720 performs, and where a device like this might best be put to use.
Read more: ADATA DashDrive Elite HE720 External Drive @ Benchmark ReviewsAsus' P8Z77-I Deluxe Mini-ITX motherboard reviewed @ The Tech Report
The P8Z77-I Deluxe packs a lot of goodness into a tiny package. We take a closer look at the board's features, performance, and overclocking potential.
Read more: Asus' P8Z77-I Deluxe Mini-ITX motherboard reviewed @ The Tech ReportZowie AM Gaming mouse @ Rbmods
We have not reviewed so much from Zowie but today we take a look at the Zowie AM gaming mouse. This reminds me of the Steelseries Sensei and can be used by both left and right handed people since it has no special shapes at all. Enough talk, lets get on with this review!
Read more: Zowie AM Gaming mouse @ RbmodsGigabyte Z77X-UP7 (Z77) Motherboard Review @ eTeknix
Gigabyte’s top level motherboards have always stood out from the rest of their motherboard offerings, not just on paper with the best specifications that they have to offer, but they also physically stand out with striking designs and colour schemes to suit. To accompany the new UP7, dubbed as “A New Legend Is Born”, we find Intel’s ever popular Z77 chipset, and this combination is set to make this one of Gigabyte’s most powerful consumer boards on the market.
On top of the highly extensive overclocking features within the BIOS, the UP7 offers a large array of physical overclocking benefits including an industry leading 32+3+2 power phase design and high capacity ferrite chokes. But this is not all that we find, to steer the board in the right direction of the modern environment we find other included features such as WiFi and Bluetooth showing the board is right up to date and Gigabyte are giving the customer exactly what they want.
We already know that this is a world record holding board with records repeatedly being smashed by the professionals on a number of grounds, one of which is a whopping 7.102GHz on a 3770k CPU. Furthermore we are expecting this to be one of Gigabyte’s best ever boards with a very high level of performance.
Read more: Gigabyte Z77X-UP7 (Z77) Motherboard Review @ eTeknixSamsung T27B750ND HDTV Monitor Review @ Dreamware Computers
Over the last while I've really started to think about where the traditional computer is headed. Facts are showing that laptop and tablet sales are far surpassing sales of the traditional desktop and fewer and fewer homes even have a desktop anymore to begin with. I myself have also shifted a lot of my day-to-day work to my laptop as well. One thing that all these portable devices lack is screen space. These devices are convenient to move about with, but when it comes time to get down to some serious business, I still need a desk with a larger monitor to sit at.
Over the last year or so Samsung has really started to blur the lines between their TV and monitor product lines. A lot of their Smart TV features are finding their way on to the monitors, which are far from being just single/dual input monitors anymore either. Today I have the T27B750ND display on the test bench and this display is a full on Smart TV and computer monitor and even has support to be a display on compatible phones and tablets, as well as being able to accept keyboard input for some apps where you can eliminate the need to even use a computer attached to it. Is this the direction our displays are headed, and has Samsung been able to execute a feature packed display without overdoing things? Let's find out.
Read more: Samsung T27B750ND HDTV Monitor Review @ Dreamware ComputersEvercool Silent Shark (HPO 12025) CPU Cooler Review @ eTeknix
Here at eTeknix we are always looking to work with a wide variety of companies. Big or small, we will always take the time to give their products a thorough going over and produce an honest and objective review on it.
On that same theme it is clear to see Evercool are a company that very often get over-looked on western review websites. They fall into the “small” category because they don’t do much, if any, marketing or advertising in western countries, and stock is, in the most part, difficult to come across. Evercool are a huge company in Asia and we want to see what all the fuss is about. Today we have a new product from Evercool’s line up, the Silent Shark (HPO 12025). This mammoth CPU cooler boasts two 120mm fans and two large aluminium heat sinks.
The main selling point with Evercool’s products in western countries is that you should get a lot more “bang for your buck” compared to more reputable brands like Corsair and Zalman because Evercool can bring the benefit of lower Asian production, r&d and marketing costs. We will be doing our best to see if this is really the case. The Evercool costs $75/€58/£45~ – making it cheaper than a lot of other coolers we have tested.
Read more: Evercool Silent Shark (HPO 12025) CPU Cooler Review @ eTeknixKim Dotcom's Mega Launch Event Replay @ NgoHQ
A complete video footage of Mega.co.nz launch event from Coatesville, New Zealand on January 20th, 2013. Mega is Kim Dotcom's new file-hosting website and successor to MegaUpload. Mega is a recursive acronym and stands for "Mega Encrypted Global Access". Mega offers free and paid Internet-accessible storage space and bandwidth. It allows you to store and access your files from within your browser or through dedicated client applications.
Read more: Kim Dotcom's Mega Launch Event Replay @ NgoHQCorsair H110 review @ Guru3D
We recently reviewed the Corsair H100i and H60 liquid coolers. But wait, there's more! Slowly but steadily the new 140 and 280mm liquid cooling kits are getting more popular often offering less noise yet more performance. Today we review the Corsair H110. The Hydro Series H110 is Corsairs first 280mm Liquid Cooling solution that should be able to dissipate some impressive heat from your processor. With cool looks and very silent operation we can see this product ending up in a lot of PC builds alright.
Compared to the last generation of Hydro products Corsair changed the fan, tubing, pump and cooling blocks sizes. The H110 is a dual 140mm fan based liquid cooling solution that surprised us positively in terms of cooling performance, as really it offers excellent perf for the money whilst remaining very silent.
The Corsair Hydro H110 series that is easy on the eyes and has a relatively tool free installation, the product is compatible with AMD Socket AM2, AM3, FM1 and FM2 any modern AMD CPU really. All current Intel socket formats are covered too, so whether you have a LGA1155, LGA1156, LGA1366 or LGA2011 motherboard this product will fit / can be used.
Read more: Corsair H110 review @ Guru3DOCZ Vector 256GB @ Bjorn3D
The latest Vector from OCZ uses the Indilinx Barefoot 3 controller paired with OCZs own branded NAND and the firmware. This marked the first drive from OCZ with all in-house construction. How does the drive fare against other SSDs on the market? We take the 256GB version out for a spin. Lets find out.
Read more: OCZ Vector 256GB @ Bjorn3D