SSD Review Database and more
Posted on: 03/25/2013 11:03 AM
Here today's reviews and articles, including SSD Review Database, Phanteks PH-TC12DX CPU Cooler, KingFast F3 Series mSATA 3.0 SSD Review (120GB), AMD FX-4300, AMD FX-6300 Processors Review, and Corsair Vengeance M65 FPS Laser Gaming Mouse Review
The SSD Review SSD Database @ SSD Review
Have you ever looked for specific SSD information but couldn’t find it?
Ever wondered who used such and such a controller or such and such memory? Ever sought out SSDs by a specific manufacturer, capacity, or even a specific memory type? By no means are we 100% complete just yet, but we think we might have a great SSD database that can help our readers out.
Thanks to the hard work of Rick Mauer, we believe we may just have the most complete SSD Database available on the internet. Our featured picture speaks for itself and The SSD Database allows users to search for any SSD (well almost any) by manufacturer, controller, interface, capacity, memory configurations, size or type. And thats just a start.
Read more: The SSD Review SSD Database @ SSD ReviewFractal Design Define R4 Review @ Hardware Canucks
Fractal Design’s Define R4 is one of the few cases on the market which can be deemed iconic due to its design heritage and widely accepted feature set. It follows in the footsteps of previous R4 generations but updates several aspects for current expectations and updates hardware compatibility in order to better fit with today’s market. That isn’t to say that it adheres to an outdated mentality. Rather, when it was released, the Define R4 once again redefined to mid tower genre.
Read more: Fractal Design Define R4 Review @ Hardware CanucksCooler Master 120W NA 120 Universal AC Adapter Review @ Hi Tech Legion
I have a lot of software tools, as well as tools for physically fixing machines, because of all the repair work I end up doing. They range from simple screwdrivers to more complicated spectrum analyzers for networking. However, there are a few items that I end up using more often than any others, one of them happens to be a universal AC adapter. Thankfully, there are many solutions available for universal AC adapters, but you always have to be careful to buy one with the proper protection circuits. The last thing you want to be doing is causing a battery to fail or overheat.
Cooler Master has several universal AC adapters available, and one of them is the NA 120. The NA 120 provides up to 120 Watts of power and has 10 tips included to fit most laptop manufacturers’ machines. The adapter weighs in at 1.45 lbs and the size of the adapter is 6.57 x 2.56 x 1.46 inches. Cooler Master designed the NA 120 to meet Energy Star Level V ratings with up to 88% efficiency. The adapter also features over voltage protection, over current protection, short circuit protection, and over temperature protection. A blue LED is located on the adapter to indicate when it is powered on. Cooler Master offers a 2 year warranty to protect the AC adapter.
Read more: Cooler Master 120W NA 120 Universal AC Adapter Review @ Hi Tech LegionPowerColor Radeon HD 7790 Turbo Duo Review @ OCC
PowerColor's HD 7790 Turbo Duo is a factory overclocked card so you already see a bump in performance over a reference design. To go a little further up the performance ladder you only need to push the sliders up in either PowerColor's own PowerUp Tuner or any one of the popular utilities available on the web. Sadly I ran into the same limits I experienced when looking at a competing card: 1200MHz (core) and 1600MHz (memory) were the limits seemingly locked in the vBIOS. It's great to max out the sliders but there seems like so much more is left on the table. I guess everyone can get a piece of the pie pretty easily.
Read more: PowerColor Radeon HD 7790 Turbo Duo Review @ OCCPhanteks PH-TC12DX CPU Cooler @ DreamWare Computers
Phanteks is a relatively new player to the thermal solutions game. Founded in 2007 by a group of engineers paired with a Dutch design team, Phanteks has two goals in mind â€œhigh-end quality and innovative products in thermal solutions. Despite being a young company, Phanteks has already had much success in the overclocking and high-end thermal solutions markets. They continuously pursue excellence in thermal solutions so that they can develop and bring satisfaction to the enthusiasts and computer users everywhere.
Today we have Phanteks newest CPU cooler the Phanteks PH-TC12DX in a gorgeous blue (henceforth, this will be known as the Phanteks Blue). The Phanteks Blue is a full tower CPU cooler that comes in four stunning colors: black, white, blue, and red. The cooler is a push-pull style tower cooler and has a universal mounting solution for all of the latest Intel and AMD CPUs. Without further ado, let's dive in and take a closer look at the Phanteks PH-TC12dx blue CPU Cooler.
Read more: Phanteks PH-TC12DX CPU Cooler @ DreamWare ComputersKingFast F3 Series mSATA 3.0 SSD Review (120GB) @ SSD Review
If someone would have suggested that mSATA SSD sales would overtake that of notebook form factor SSDs a few years ago, SSD manufacturers would have told them they were nuts.
After all, the typical notebook size SSD could replace any hard drive, yet mSATA SSD use was extremely limited, to say the least. The ultrabook was just becoming a vision and, for the most part, the mSATA SSD was limited to Lenovo Thinkpad owners.
Read more: KingFast F3 Series mSATA 3.0 SSD Review (120GB) @ SSD ReviewAMD FX-4300, AMD FX-6300 Processors Review @ iXBT Labs
We've already reviewed the top processor of AMD's Vishera family, FX-8350. That was just the beginning of the big refresh for the Socket AM3+ platform. AMD has also rolled out a number of more affordable CPUs. Today we're going to cover them in comparison with the predecessors and competitors.
Read more: AMD FX-4300, AMD FX-6300 Processors Review @ iXBT LabsMSI GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost Pictured @ techPowerUp
Here are the first pictures of an MSI-branded GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost graphics card. The card features MSI's Gaming Series branding, a custom board design with Twin Frozr III cooling solution, and what could be a non-reference design PCB. As details emerge, the GTX 650 Ti Boost is turning out to be more of a competitor for AMD's Radeon HD 7850 than its recently launched HD 7790. Based on the 28 nm GK106 silicon, it reportedly features 768 CUDA cores, a 192-bit wide GDDR5 memory interface holding 2 GB of memory (memory size printed on MSI's box), GPU Boost, core clock speeds in the neighborhood of 1030 MHz; and 6.00 GHz memory (144 GB/s). It is expected to come out a little later this month.
Read more: MSI GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost Pictured @ techPowerUpCorsair Vengeance M65 FPS Laser Gaming Mouse Review @ Madshrimps
Corsair has refreshed its performance peripherals series with the new M65 and M95 mice, which sport updated laser sensors, but also have introduced new colors to the mix. While the Gunmetal Black and Military Green versions sport a rubberized surface, the Arctic White variant comes with a glossy finish, so users have more choices to choose from compared to the previous iterations.
Read more: Corsair Vengeance M65 FPS Laser Gaming Mouse Review @ MadshrimpsMSI MPOWER OC Event @ Madshrimps
One of the objectives of the HWBOT Team Cup 2013 is to introduce our hardcore hobby to the masses. When MSI asked Madshrimps to attend an OverClock Academy, to promote their Z77 MPOWER mainboards, all systems were go. On the 21st of March we halted at the magnificent CDROMLAND shop located in the lovely Breda. Our goal was not to set new high scores, but to explain how overclocking works and to allow the gathered crowd to get into it themselves.
Of course these OC events reports don't need a lot of words, but rather require a lot of pictures from the action going on.
Read more: MSI MPOWER OC Event @ Madshrimps