After the hectic week of testing this brand new 8 core CPU from Advanced Micro Design, it's time to go a bit deeper. In this review we are gonna retest the Bulldozer CPU versus it's main rivals. Being AMD's own Thuban 1090T, Intels 2600K and the almighty Gulftown 990X CPU. Mainly because our test suite had to be slightly updated to give the new Zambezi architecture a shot to maybe show it's true potential. But most important to show some people the real deal. I've myself read through a few articles on AMD's latest flagship. To be honest some reviews made me wonder if they were really done or just a copy paste of the marketing slides. It was also kind of funny to see some renown websites include completely GPU bottlenecked game benchmarks. Kinda hard to tell the importance of the CPU part don't you think ? Even if they call it real world scenarios, it still made my eyebrows frown as they hardly used any game tests in older reviews. Why now include them ? So without boring you too much with my frustrations, let's get it on...
Microsoft has finally got competition for Apple's Magic Mouse in the form of the Microsoft Touch Mouse for Windows 7. The top of it is a capacitive, multitouch sensor. It is hands-down the best touch experience on Windows yet. This is mainly thanks to Microsoft as they designed the Touch Mouse's drivers and software. The Touch Mouse has little hatches dotted all across the mouse, which at first I thought looked like some designer handbag or purse brand, but it actually marks the touch areas of the mouse - nice work, Microsoft. How does it feel? Much better than the Magic Mouse, that's for sure. Ergonomics on the Touch Mouse are nearly perfect. It has a much fatter back so the palm of your hand really sits comfortably on it, without feeling like you're hand is either too high, or too low.
The Gelid GX-7 heatsink stands 158mm tall and ships with a variable speed PWM fan internally illuminated by several very bright blue LEDs. The lights make a nice impression on the spinning blue fan blades which feature novel little 'wing tips'. Beyond that, the GX-7 would look like any other tower format heat sink except for one trick up its sleeve - stacked heatpipes.
Back on March 2011, Seagate debuted their original Barracuda XT 3TB hard drive, model ST33000651AS, which used five platters to supply 3000 gigabytes of capacity over a SATA 6.0 GB/s interface. Seven short months later, they've returned to introduce a replacement: the Seagate Barracuda 3TB hard drive ST3000DM001, which features the same 6 GB/s interface and 64MB cache buffer but now utilizes only three 1GB density platters. Seagate has also introduced a number of refined technologies to help improve overall hard drive performance, including: dual core 40nm processor technology, DDR2 DRAM buffer, and refined caching algorithms. By reducing disc platters from five to three, it prolongs servo motor life and reduces heat output. Benchmark Reviews compared these two hard drives, to see exactly what's been gained.
CyberPower really did do a great job with the Gamer Ultra 2098! The part selection and the fit and finish of the components was superb for a budget gaming PC. For being just $574.98 we figured that CyberPower might cut some corners on wire management or something like that, but they really did a nice job for this build. The parts that CyberPower used on the Gamer Ultra 2098 worked well together and we had no major issues with any of the hardware during our testing. For a budget AMD powered gaming PC we wouldn't change anything with this system...
In this article Benchmark Reviews tests the Thermaltake Overseer RX-I, which demands a higher premium but at the same time packs in more goodies and features. In my previous article I asked what you want from a case and how much are you willing to spend, well today we have a case for those willing to splash a bit more cash in return for some great features. The Overseer has front panel USB 3.0, e-Sata, and a 2.5"/3.5" HDD/SSD dock all conveniently located whether your case is on the floor or on your desk. Inside the case you have room for tall CPU coolers (up to 177mm) and long video cards (up to 344mm), cable routing is catered for and HDD installation will look neat too. When you have all of your gear installed there will still be room to spare, Thermaltake have once again made provisions for a 120.2 (240mm) watercooling radiator and you won't be short of space to mount a pump and reservoir either.
One area where people might not necessarily think of ASUS is networking hardware. Whether you need a router, switch, or adapter - and whether you want to go wired, wireless, or over power lines - they have a few choices for you to consider. In this review we're going to take a look at two of their compact wireless N network adapters; the USB-N10 and the USB-N13.
After winning the battle over HD media, blu-ray has quickly become a “wanted” luxury in a PC. But for years the price of such a drive kept many of us from purchasing one even if it was a player only device. Not in 2011, the prices of these drives including recording ones can be found for under $100. The ASUS BC-12B1ST is one of the blu-ray read only components that be had for this incredible often as low as $70. The BC-12B1ST is filled with engineering only ASUS can provide which we will talk about during the review. But did we mention it does support 3D playback? Well, it does.
We really liked working with the Corsair Carbide 500R as the design was very well thought out. The fit and finish were excellent with great paint work and the black and white theme is very attractive. Airflow is a non-issue in this case with more options than the majority of users would even consider or require. The cable routing was easy and the rubber grommets really add a polished look when you are done building in this case. The bonus integrated fan controller and LED on/off switch was a nice touch on the I/O panel but we really appreciated the inclusion of USB 3.0 ports on the front. Corsair was even thoughtful enough to include the conversion cable to USB 2.0 to extend the compatibility...
The Raidmax 1200AE is a very large power supply aimed at large SLI/Crossfire systems but also has the active protection to keep everything safe from 1200 watts. The Modular Design and Ultra-Quiet fan are also features of a great power supply. Easy cable routing means better airflow and better overall look to the inside of the case. The addition of a very usable case is a nice afterthought but should not really be a primary factor in the selection of a power supply. The 80 Plus Bronze rating assures you some comfort in efficiency rating while the 1200W rating assures you that this PSU is up to the task of delivering enough power for almost anyones needs. The 1200AE is positioned as Raidmax’s current Flagship PSU and carries a wide array of certifications including Nvidia’s SLI certification. With an online price approximately $199 (Newegg) or less the 1200AE is a bargain for 1200W power supplies.
The ASUS P8P67 EVO motherboard utilizes the power of the Intel P67 chipset to offer support for the following: the Intel LGA1155 Core i3, i5, and i7 processor lines; DDR3 memory operating in Dual Channel memory mode up to 1333MHz officially; and either NVIDIA SLI or ATI CrossFireX graphics mode using matched video cards. ASUS chose to integrate the following devices in to the board's design: 4 SATA II 3Gb/s ports and 2 SATA III 6Gb/s ports (RAID 0, 1, 0+1 and 5 capable) on the Intel P67 controller; 2 SATA III 6Gb/s ports on the Marvell controller; 2 e-SATA 3Gb/s ports on the JMicron controller; 12 USB 2.0 capable ports (6 in rear panel, and 3 onboard header supporting 2 ports each); 4 USB 3.0 capable ports (2 in rear panel, and 1 onboard header supporting 2 ports each); 2 IEEE 1394 ports (1 in rear panel, and 1 onboard header support 1 port each); 1 Intel GigE Ethernet port and 1 Realtek GigE Ethernet port in the rear panel; an integrated Bluetooth antennae in the rear panel; Realtek 8-channel HD audio codec with integrated S/PDIF optical and RCA component output ports; Power, Reset, and MemOK! buttons; and PS/2 keyboard and mouse ports in the rear panel.
Lian Li's goals with the PC-TU200 and its intended purpose are both admirable and, in my opinion, realistic...at least in concept. I'm not 100% certain Lian Li could be successful with what they're trying to do without adding an inch or two here and there to the TU200's dimensions, but I don't think it's out of the question either. The all-aluminum design Lian Li is famous for is a great fit for something that's supposed to be a portable LAN machine, and the handle is both sturdy and useful. The TU200 is small enough that the handle is actually practical as opposed to just being a cute idea.
The Mad Catz F.P.S. Pro Wireless GamePad for PS3 has a solid build and comes with some unique features like anti-slip grips on the sides, adjustable backlight for the thumbsticks and two extra programmable buttons underside the device, to help us while gaming intensively with our friends.
Full tower cases are usually needed by end users that needs tons of storage capacity. Or by watercooling fanatics that need adequate space to house all of their huge radiators. Sometimes you don't have any option besides to go for a full tower case, as your motherboard's size is out of proportions. A few of those particular motherboards might be Intel's Skulltrail, eVGAs SR2/3 motherboards or even eg Gigabyte's X58 UD9. Due to their XXXL ATX size, only full towers need to apply for the job. Todays Elysium is Xigmateks high end full tower chassis, ready to take on any big size motherboard you throw at it. Fully ready to be fitted with your favorite watercooling gear.
When it comes to PC gaming, precision control begins with the mouse. You can have the best computer and display, but without a durable pointing device to transmit your intentions, the entire system becomes point-less. Cooler Master has a plan: pack only the most essential performance features into a solid gaming mouse, and sell it for less than any other. Behold, the CM Storm Xornet 2000 DPI Gaming Mouse, model SGM-2001-BLON1. In this article Benchmark Reviews compares the value-priced CM Storm Xornet to the more expensive Logitech G9x and previous CM Storm gaming peripherals.
AMD talked a bit about benefits for 'Bulldozer' when paired with Microsoft's upcoming Windows 8 operating system. At the moment there is a Windows 8 Developer Preview available from Microsoft Dev Center. In this short article PCSTATS will test this claim by comparing identical computer systems running an AMD FX-8150 'Bulldozer' processor, under both operating systems. PCSTATS decided to compare the AMD FX-8150 processor against itself in Windows 8 and Windows environments and see what kind of performance gains AMD was talking about.
The Zalman CNPS11X Extreme is equipped with one 120mm PWM fan that rotates at 1000-1950RPM and moves air through a pair of thin aluminum fin towers set at 80-degress to each other. Five 6mm diameter composite wick heatpipes conduct heat from the copper base plate to the twin 100mm fin stacks. Zalman use composite copper heatpipes on the CNPS11X Extreme heatsink; there's no way to illustrate the wick structure on the inside of the heatpipes without destroying the CNPS11X Extreme in the process, so Frostytech did just that with the aid of a diamond saw.
The new RevoDrive 3 up the ante and operates on greater bandwidth x4 PCIe slots allowing for increased performance. This new model according to OCZ allows read/write times up to 1000MB/s and 925MB/s respectively and 130k IOPS depending on the size of the drive. Numbers like this makes snails out of any SATA-based solid state drives. The RevoDrive 3 is available in three different sizes 120GB, 240GB and 480GB. We will be testing the 240GB model with 1000MB/s and 900MB/s read/write times.
Today we are looking at a new offering from a company you might not have heard of before, Phanteks. There has been some buzz about their first HSF offering, the PH-TC14PE. It is a twin tower twin 140mm fan CPU air cooler. Join us as we see how well the Phanteks PH-TC14PE CPU cooler handles our Intel Core i7-930 test system and if its worth of the buzz that brought it to our attention.