RAMDisks: Maximizing High-Capacity RAM and more
Posted on: 01/24/2013 12:30 PM
Here a roundup of today's reviews and articles, including RAMDisks: Maximizing High-Capacity RAM, Dell XPS 14 Ultrabook Review, Liquid Cooling Roundup January 2013 featuring Corsair H55, CM Seidon 120M and Antec Kuhler 620 v4, Kobo Arc Android 4.0.4 Tablet E-Reader, and Intel DC S3700 200GB & 800GB, Enterprise SSD Review
RAMDisks: Maximizing High-Capacity RAM @ Bjorn3D
Larger RAM capacities have always been a point of contention amongst discussions within enthusiasts users and on forums alike. 64-bit operating systems and programs are now allowing us to break past the previous barrier of approximately 4GB system memory. With this barrier now vaulted many users struggle to find what memory size is best for what they do.
Read more: RAMDisks: Maximizing High-Capacity RAM @ Bjorn3DDell XPS 14 Ultrabook Review - 2012 Version @ Legit Reviews
We don't see many Dell products come through the Legit Reviews Labs, today that begins to change. The Dell XPS 14 Intel Ultrabook features Windows 8, an Intel Core i7 3517U processor, 500GB of Storage plus a 32GB mSATA SSD in Intel SRT, and 8GB of super fast DDR3 memory. The window to the soul of the XPS 14 is a 14" Truelife Infinity Display! Overall the package sounds great, let's see if it holds up in person!
Read more: Dell XPS 14 Ultrabook Review - 2012 Version @ Legit ReviewsXFX PRO 850 W Black Edition Full Modular Power Supply Review @ Hardware Secrets
XFX recently released a new series of power supplies with the 80 Plus Gold certification and a fully modular cabling system, with 750 W, 850 W, 1,050 W, and 1,250 W versions, dubbed the PRO Black Edition Full Modular. Be aware that the name "PRO Black Edition" has already been used by XFX for an 80 Plus Bronze power supply series, and the new series has the "Full Modular" words added to its name. (The new models have the letters "BEF" added at the end of their part numbers.) Wouldn't it be simpler to just use a different name? Anyway, we've already reviewed the 750 W model, which proved to be an outstanding unit. Let's see if the 850 W version also deserves our recommendation.
Read more: XFX PRO 850 W Black Edition Full Modular Power Supply Review @ Hardware SecretsNZXT Phantom 820 Review @ Vortez
ack in 2010, NZXT released the first computer chassis to join their new Phantom series. Since its arrival to the market the Phantom has captured the hearts and favour of many due to its unique looks and smooth styling. NZXT have since then brought to market the Phantom 410 which is a smaller variant, making it even more affordable for enthusiasts to consider.
It wasn't long before NZXT began work on the bigger brother to the original Phantom case. The 820 is the flagship to the series, taking size to the extreme and catering for master builders and those who require water-cooling avenues. Today we will be taking a look at the Phantom 820 and discovering if it has the same strengths as its siblings.
Read more: NZXT Phantom 820 Review @ VortezCoolermaster Gemin II M4 Heatsink Review @ FrostyTech
The Coolermaster Gemin II M4 heatsink measures just 61mm tall, from the base of its exposed copper heatpipes to the tippy tip of its translucent vaneaxial fan. How does manage to squeeze in a fan and enough cooling surface area in a package so thin?
Read more: Coolermaster Gemin II M4 Heatsink Review @ FrostyTechLiquid Cooling Roundup January 2013 featuring Corsair H55, CM Seidon 120M and Antec Kuhler 620 v4 @ HardwareHeaven.com
Today we take a look at three entry level liquid cooling solutions. They are the Seidon 120M from Cooler Master, Corsairs H55 and the Antec Kuhler 620 V4. All are aimed at the Ã‚Â£45-55 ($60-70) price point but which offers the best performance, features or ease of use?
Read more: Liquid Cooling Roundup January 2013 featuring Corsair H55, CM Seidon 120M and Antec Kuhler 620 v4 @ HardwareHeaven.comKobo Arc Android 4.0.4 Tablet E-Reader @ MEGATech
The market for Android tablets has really matured these last couple of years, since we are no longer getting devices that are simply running stretched-out versions of a smartphone OS. Kobo isn’t necessarily the first company that comes to mind for most people when it comes to Android tablets, but following the launch of the Kindle Fire from Amazon, Kobo felt compelled to enter this market too. The first entry, the Kobo Vox, left a lot to be desired, but the new Kobo Arc that follows it is a marked improvement.
In a world dominated by Nexus tablets, Apple iPads, and Samsung Galaxy Tabs, should you consider the Android tablet offering from Kobo? After all, isn’t Kobo more about offering e-readers rather than full blown tablet experiences? Let’s dive in and find out.
Read more: Kobo Arc Android 4.0.4 Tablet E-Reader @ MEGATechCorsair Hydro H110 Review @ KitGuru
Today we are going to look at the Corsair Hydro H110 which is the latest performance CPU cooler in their range, fitting in just above the H100i. It marks Corsairâ€™s response to the NZXT Kraken X60 which utilises a larger 280 mm radiator than the 240 mm unit associated with the existing H100i.
Read more: Corsair Hydro H110 Review @ KitGuruAntec AMP "iso" Active Noise Canceling Wireless Bluetooth Headphones Review @ Madshrimps
Antec have come with some interesting new products to the table, from their fresh Antec Mobile Products brand. In this review we will take a look on the “iso” in-ear Bluetooth headphones, which are rechargeable on USB come in two separate color schemes, have active noise canceling technology and the operating time is rated at about 8 hrs.
Read more: Antec AMP "iso" Active Noise Canceling Wireless Bluetooth Headphones Review @ MadshrimpsCougar Vortex HDB 140mm Fan Review @ Hi Tech Legion
Cougar’s Vortex fan line is available in three varieties, the Vortex, Vortex PWM and Vortex HDB with Hydro Dynamic Bearings, each available in 120mm and 140mm. All of the Cougar Vortex fans offer exceptional air movement while addressing the issue typically associated with vortex fans, which is noise. The Cougar Vortex HDB design couples patented diversion lead airflow centralizing technology with an aerodynamic intake that results in incredible airflow to noise ratios. At its full rated 1200rpm the 140mm Vortex HDB is capable of 70.5CFM at a mere 19.2dBA, all with centralized flow. The hydro dynamic bearing used in the Vortex HDB not only helps in keeping down fan noise, it is also rated for an incredible L10 Lifetime of 300,000 hours at 25C. To add to its versatility, the Cougar Vortex HDB comes complete with 4-Pin Adapter, Fan Speed Adjustable Cable and tool-less fixed pins.
Read more: Cougar Vortex HDB 140mm Fan Review @ Hi Tech LegionIntel DC S3700 200GB & 800GB, Enterprise SSD Review @ Hardware Canucks
Although it may seem odd to some, there was actually a time when Intel didn't consider SSDs ‘ready for primetime’ and were rather slow to adapt to the possibilities this new technology had to offer. Luckily for the industry, Intel is not a company to do things by half measures. Once the potential in this new technology was realized, they quickly became a major player.
This review will be a bit of a departure from our usual mass-market focused articles. Instead of looking at an SSD which will appeal to gamers and the like, it will focus upon Intel’s DC S3700, an enterprise class drive which is supposed to shake this industry to its core.
Read more: Intel DC S3700 200GB & 800GB, Enterprise SSD Review @ Hardware CanucksNoctua NH-L9i Review @ OCC
At stock speeds and voltages on the Core i7 2600K processor, Noctua's low profile NH-L9i was able to deliver a solid 13+% improvement of 10C, over the 73C load temperature delivered by the Intel box cooling solution. On top of that, it shaved 4C off the load temperature delivered by the the other low profile cooler in this comparison, the Phanteks TC90LS. With only a 65W TDP load capacity, these temperatures are a solid improvement when run on a higher wattage CPU than it is rated for. The other low profile solutions in the comparison failed to keep the CPU temps in check, with my overclocked settings. 96C is in no way kept in check, but at least Noctuas design kept the load temperature under 100C. It's not recommended to run that close to the TJ Max temp, but it was able to stay under that limit without throttling.
Read more: Noctua NH-L9i Review @ OCCToshiba THNSNF512GCSS 512GB SSD Review @ NikKTech
All Solid State Drives are not created equal because not everyone wants one for the same purpose/use. That's what a good friend of mine in the SSD industry told me a couple of years back and to date he has yet to be proven wrong by anyone including myself. Of course the same reasoning applies for pretty much everything in life from coffee makers, smartphones, computer peripherals and TV screens up to cars and entire houses so although not something new it is what it is. Now just over a week ago we tested the latest SSD model by Kingston the SSDNow V300 which carried Toshiba's brand new 19nm toggle NAND Flash Modules. As it is quite natural however Toshiba had already announced their own SSD featuring the same 19nm toggle NAND Flash Modules back in early summer and today we will be taking a look at the 512GB variant the THNSNF512GCSS.
Read more: Toshiba THNSNF512GCSS 512GB SSD Review @ NikKTechAVM FRITZ!Box 3370 Review @ Techradar
AVM's new FRITZ!Box 3370 ADSL router doesn't have as many features as the flagship 7390 model, but its wireless connectivity actually makes advances over its top-of-the-range stablemate. The 3370 lacks the 7390's built-in DECT base station and physical telephony ports, and it doesn't support simultaneous 2.4GHz and 5GHz connections, but its three data streams give a WLAN data transfer rate of to up to 450Mbps, up to 50% faster than the more expensive FRITZ!Box's two streams.
Read more: AVM FRITZ!Box 3370 Review @ Techradar