News for May 6th 2010

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Hello, Hello! It’s time for the news once again. On my end there’s not too much going on, other than the fact that I’ve got a nice projector and three phones for review and some other interesting things on the way. So let’s just jump right on into it..


Storage Related:


Corsair Flash Padlock 2 Review on Technic3D: Form followed function


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Quote: "The Corsair Flash Padlock 2 8GB arrived Technic3D. Technic3D will see the Security Padlock 2 against the first Padlock USB-Stick. Better than the first version? You can see the DataLock security in the following Review."


A-DATA S599 SSD RAID Report – SandForce SF-1200 x2
QUOTE: "Out of nowhere the SandForce label went from being associated with a good product that is going to cost an arm and a leg, to a great product that is not only the fastest on the market, but has a reasonable cost, too. When looking at the benchmarks we see that there really isn’t a whole lot of difference between testing with the Microsoft and Intel drivers, but it is enough to surpass Crucial’s C300 in most real world performance categories. Just like the old saying, second place is the first loser; the SF-1200 controlled products were now holding the top honors and something to get excited about.
As enthusiasts we are often compelled to take the best of the best and double them to achieve higher performance. This week through next week we will see two RAID reports, the first being with the A-DATA S599 today and next week using Crucial’s RealSSD C300. Let’s recap the A-DATA S599 specifications and then get right into the testing."


Patriot Zephyr 128GB JMicron Solid-State Drive Review @ Legit Reviews
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"Patriot is celebrating their 25th anniversary this year and since their 1985 inception, the California based company has grown to become a global company with a solid reputation for providing quality memory and storage products. They didn’t jump into the SSD market full force as some others have, but they have taken a more conservative approach instead. They are adding to their SSD lineup this month, releasing a value line of SSD’s carrying the moniker of Zephyr – a name with roots to Greek mythology. The Zephyr line offers capacities of 64GB and 128GB at $184 & $358, respectively, and can only be found at for the first few weeks of availability. There is also a 256GB version but we have not received word on pricing yet. They all carry the newer JMicron JMF612 controller…"


StarTech USB 3.0 to SATA 2.5"/3.5" hard drive docking station review
"At first glance StarTech’s docking station almost looks more like a miniature paper shredder than its actual purpose, but a closer look allows you to clearly see just how the device operates."


12GB Crucial DDR3 Memory Kit Review @ Benchmark Reviews

DESCRIPTION: It’s always better to have and not need, than to need and not have. This Golden Rule applies to computer system memory as much as the other aspects in life, and having more RAM than your PC needs can only help matters. Multimedia editors require large amounts of memory to keep their encoding tasks moving at top-speed, otherwise the PC’s much slower storage drive is called into play. Crucial offers the power-user a guaranteed boost to system performance, with their triple-channel 12GB DDR3 memory kit. The Crucial CT3KIT51264BA1339 UDIMM kit consists of three 4GB DDR3 modules rated for 1333MHz CL9-9-9-25-1 each. In this article, Benchmark Reviews tests the high-density RAM kit against memory big and small, fast and slow.



525[1] has posted their review of the Sunbeamtech USB 3.0 Airbox External Enclosure. 

"Sunbeamtech has released a new USB 3.0 version of its popular Airbox 3.5" External SATA Enclosure which we have for review today. In addition to the Airbox, Sunbeamtech also offers a 2.5"/3.5" USB 3.0 docking station and a dual-port USB 3.0 PCI-E 1x expansion card. The Airbox USB 3.0 enclosure is identical to their eSATA version with the exception of the interface. It is an aluminum body, single 3.5" drive external enclosure featuring an 8cm blue LED cooling fan and detachable stand for optional vertical orientation."

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Kingston HyperX LoVo 1866MHz DDR3 4GB Memory Kit Review @ Legit Reviews
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Kingston Technology recently introduced the world’s first ultra-low voltage DDR3 dual channel memory kit that operates with just 1.25 volts at 1600MHz. The new offering is part of the new Kingston ‘LoVo’ (low voltage) HyperX DDR3 High-Performance memory product line. Read on to see how the Kingston HyperX LoVo memory kit performs and see how much power it can save!


Kingston SSDNow V Series SNV425 128GB @ Techgage
Quote: Like so many other memory vendors on the market, Kingston offers a wide array of solid-state disks for your perusal. For the low-end segment, it has the SSDNow V series, which at current time offer the best GB/$ on the market. We’re taking a look at the latest release here, combining a recent JMicron controller with Toshiba NAND.


QNAP TS-259 Pro Turbo NAS Server @ Benchmark Reviews

DESCRIPTION: Network storage is a concept that many people use without a second thought in corporate environments, but what about at home? Count the number of PCs in your house and tell me it wouldn’t be nice to have one central location for backups, video and music storage, and everything else. All that and much more is readily available in a Network Attached Storage server. The QNAP TS-259 Pro NAS server uses a custom Linux distro and a powerful, energy-efficient 1.66GHz Intel Atom D510 CPU with 1GB of DDR2-800 memory to eliminate any potential bottlenecks.  Dual Intel Gigabit Ethernet controllers allow failover safety and teaming, while two SATA drive bays offer single disk, JBOD, and RAID 0/1 configurations.  Benchmark Reviews examines the QNAP TS-259 Pro in detail here, and tests its performance against a wide variety of NAS servers.  We also have a pleasent surprise for Win7 users.



StarTech 2-port PCI Express USB 3.0 controller review
Perhaps unsurprisingly, the first thing we can see if just how diminutive this controller card is, fitting into the length you’d expect of a PCI Express 2.0 1x card perfectly, with the board supporting both PCI Express 2.0 and 1.1 while also serving to act as a half-height card when equipped with the correct mounting bracket.


SandForce SF1200 RAID-0 SSD Performance @ Benchmark Reviews

DESCRIPTION: The SandForce SF-1222TA3-SBH processor is part of the SF-1200 SSD controller family, and through various new technology implementations SandForce has redefined performance expectations for the entire solid state storage landscape. Not only are bandwidth speeds extremely fast (nearly saturating the SATA-3GB/s interface), but operational IOPS performance reaches SLC-NAND levels. Additionally, SandForce RAISE technology provides redundant protection for single SSD computer systems, and data is automatically secured with AES-128 encryption. Benchmark Reviews has individually tested the ADATA S599, Corsair Force F100, and RunCore ProV SSDs, all which use the SandForce SF-1200 controller, but we’ve never experimented with these drives in a combined array. For this article, Benchmark Reviews tests two SandForce SF-1200 SSDs in a striped RAID-0 array to unleash absolute performance.





Audio / Video:

Overclock3D have just published a new article titled: ASUS MS236H Monitor Review.
Quote: We take a look at the ASUS MS236H to see if style and function can go hand in hand.


Everywhere you turn the topic is tablets, whether it be the new Apple iPad or someone else’s model, so today we are going to be reviewing the WebStation tablet from Camangi. We have made our decision on the device and after you read the article we ask you to do the same thing. Enjoy…


StarTech USB 2.0 DisplayPort KVM Switch Review @


QUOTE: The introduction of newer video digital interface standards, such as DisplayPort, offer better image quality, resolutions and refresh rates over existing technologies such as DVI and VGA. The DisplayPort connection is now being implemented into the KVM (Keyboard, Video, Mouse) Switch: a simple hardware device allowing a user to control multiple computers via a single set of peripheral devices.

With a native resolution of 2560×1600 @ 60Hz, keyboard, mouse and 7.1 HD digital audio supports, the StarTech DisplayPort KVM switch with USB Hub is one such device utilising the new standard.


Arctic Sound E352 Review  @ XSReviews

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Quote: "Today we are looking at the Artic Sound E352 ear phones. Artic Sound is a subsidiary of the well-known Artic Cooling company and specifies itself in audio products, which the name already suggests. The E352 are aimed at the audiophile, offering quality sound, a good look and a nice product package and are part of a lager series of Artic Sound products, with a starting price of $42.20 for the E351-W ranging up to $69.95 for the E352-D, which I am reviewing here today."


Altec Lansing Expressionist Ultra 2.1 Speakers @ PureOverclock

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“Today we are going to take a look at the Altec Lansing Expressionist Ultra 2.1 speakers that feature a very unique aesthetic design. They certainly look sleek, but audio performance is what really makes a setup special. Do these speakers have what it takes? Let’s find out.”



Mobile / Notebooks etc:

HTC HD2 vs. Apple iPhone 3GS
"Back in 1981, before computers took over the world of financial number crunching, Hewlett-Packard built the 12c calculator. Even today, it’s considered one of the finest financial calculators ever built – the apex of a dying breed. In 2020, we’ll probably look at the HTC HD2 in much the same way. Windows-Mobile-based smartphones may be headed for the dumpster, but the HD2 is destined to be remembered as one of the finest ever built – and if you want to live out two more years with it, it might be the best way to do it. Here’s how the HD2 stacks up – in tech specs alone – next to its principle rival, Apple’s iPhone 3GS."
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Dell Adamo XPS Laptop Review @
"Dell has recently released their refreshed Adamo XPS, a machine which follows a similar design ethic to the original but aims to increase performance to ensure it is competitive in the current market. Today we have an Adamo XPS on our test bench and will see, in a selection of real world tests, what the latest high end Dell machine can do."


‘Five Minutes with Jeff McDowell from RIM’
Find out what one of the top guys at RIM has to say about the App World, Carrier relations and what to expect from RIM in the year ahead.
The Full Article can be viewed at




Assorted Stuffs:

ATI Radeon HD 5870 Overclocked Round-up – Gigabyte, MSI, HIS:

Today at HotHardware we’re looking at a trio of videocards that have their sights set on the enthusiast market. Factory overclocked Radeon HD 5870 graphics cards from HIS, MSI, and Gigabyte have landed in our lab and its time for another round up. Some might glance over these products and wonder what the big deal is. Any time a new series of graphics cards are launched by ATI or NVIDIA, it is common for add in board (AIB) partners to tweak various features so that consumers have even more attractive options to choose from, beyond the original reference design. The graphics cards we have setup for testing here come with increased GPU and memory speeds, promising improved performance right out of the box. In addition, the heatsinks have been redesigned to provide improved cooling in order to handle the increased frequencies that are set for their graphics engines. Read on to find out how these speed demons perform when compared to one another, and if one of them has what it takes to be your next upgrade…


Livescribe Pulse Smartpen


Snippet: “When it comes to taking notes in business meetings you have several choices?each with their advantages and disadvantages. Use a laptop and provided you can type fast enough, you’ll get notes you can cut and past for easy reuse and sharing. But the laptop itself is a physical barrier to you and your clients and constant pounding of the keyboard may irritate others. Use pen and paper and you can make drawings as well as written notes, but you’ll need to scan and transcribe later to get computer-usable data to share with business partners. Record, and again you’ll need to transcribe using a speech to text solution?if you have one. The Livescribe Pulse Smartpen is an additional option. It is a pen that records both handwriting and voice. It is relatively unobtrusive in use and it uploads data to your computer. Is it the perfect solution for the time-poor businessperson?”


Ubuntu 10.04 Is More Power Hungry Than Windows 7 @ Phoronix
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Summary: "Yesterday we published our first benchmarks of Windows 7 vs. Ubuntu 10.04 that provided an initial look at the OpenGL graphics performance between these two operating systems on six different systems. Today we are continuing to compare the two operating systems as we look at the power consumption of Ubuntu and Windows on a netbook and notebook."




Gaming Etc:

Splinter Cell: Conviction – Sneak-Shooter Review @

Alan Wake (X360) Review @

Super Street Fighter IV – (X360/PS3) Gaming review @ KitGuru Gaming


Futurelooks Asks – Where Are the Women in the Video Games Industry?

It’s not a shocking revelation that the video game industry is mainly fueled by testosterone. According to a 2007 survey by Game Developer Magazine, women make up approximately 20 percent of employees. Moreover, it’s not a huge surprise that many of the top executive positions are occupied by men. However, there have been a small number of successful women who have broken through the “glass ceiling” and become valuable assets to their companies.

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Razer Naga Gaming-Mouse @

Halo: Reach, First Impressions @ Digital Trends

Splinter Cell Conviction (PC) Game Review on Technic3D.

Mionix Naos 5000 Gaming Mouse

Thrustmaster Sports Pack + NW Review




Quick Links:

All Turion Models @ Hardware Secrets

Thermaltake Contac 29 CPU Cooler Review on Technic3D

Microcool Banchetto 101 Case @ TechwareLabs

iXBT Labs Review: i3DSpeed, April 2010

Silverstone Strider Plus ST75F-P 750 Watt Power Supply @ Pro-Clockers

CoolIT ECO A.L.C. Review @

Zalman CNPS10X Performa Cooler Review @ Tweaknews

Thermaltake Frio Heatsink Review @ Ninjalane

Enermax Modu87+ 500W PSU Review @

CaseAppeal AV8 Custom Computer Case at Modders-Inc

Sapphire Radeon 5550 Ultimate @ PureOverclock

Antec Sonata Proto Case Review @ Hardware Secrets

Super Flower AMAZON 800W PSU Review on Technic3D

GIGABYTE 890GPA-UD3H 890GX AM3 Motherboard Review @ Hardware Canucks

CoolIT Systems – ECO ALC Cooling System @ TechwareLabs

ASUS Z8PE-D12 Server Motherboard Review

Scythe Samurai ZZ CPU Cooler

Foxconn A7DA-S 3.0 Motherboard Video Review @

CoolIT Systems ECO A.L.C. CPU Cooler Review

NZXT Cases Storming In: Lexa S & Gamma @ InsideHW

Nexus RX-1.1K PSU @ Rbmods

Thermaltake Purepower 500 W Power Supply Review @ Hardware Secrets

Arctic Cooling E352 @ techPowerUp

AeroCool V12XT Touch LCD Fan Controller Review @

Antec P193 Advanced Super Mid Tower Review @

Google TV coming to a set near you soon

Cogage Arrow CPU Cooler @ Pro-Clockers

Thermaltake Frio Heatpipe CPU Cooler Review @

Xigmatek Utgard Gaming Case Review

Diskeeper 2010 Professional Edition Review

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