ECS GeForce GTS 250

June 21, 2009 by  
Filed under Components, Graphics Cards, Reviews

Asus Rampage II GENE

June 12, 2009 by  
Filed under Components, Motherboards, Reviews

ECS A790GXM-AD3 Motherboard

May 23, 2009 by  
Filed under Components, Motherboards, Reviews

The Black Series represents ECS’ high-end boards and the A790GXM-AD3 is one of the latest and is powered by AMD’s 790GX Northbridge. Is it any good? Lets find out…

Specifications:

The A790GXM-AD3 is an AM3 Socket motherboard from ECS for AMD Phenom II processors supporting Dual Channel DDR3 1333 memory architecture. The integrated graphics platform is designed from the AMD 790GX chipset, powered by the ATI Radeon HD 3300 DirectX 10 based graphics core. The ATI Hybrid Graphics capability gives full ATI CrossFireX. The A790GXM-AD3 delivers advanced features such as HyperTransport 3.0 Technology, PCI Express® Generation 2.0, ATI PowerPlay, AMD Cool’n'Quiet 2.0 and Low Power Design bring the Green power effect into play.

Packaging
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The ECS’ box art is quite striking; it features a red dragon on a black background.
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Inside the box we found 4x SATA cables, an IDE cable, a user manual, driver CD and an I/O back panel shield.

Zotac GTX275 AMP!

May 22, 2009 by  
Filed under Components, Graphics Cards, Reviews

ASUS EAH4890

May 13, 2009 by  
Filed under Components, Graphics Cards, Reviews

AMD Phenom II X4-810/MSI 790GX-G65

May 6, 2009 by  
Filed under Components, CPUs/Memory Modules, Reviews

Today we take a look at two products in one- the new AMD Phenom 810 CPU which introduces AMD to the world of DDR3 and the MSI 790GX-G65 mothebroard, upon which we’ve tested this CPU. The Phenom II X4 8xx series reduces the L3 cache on the Phenom II platform from 6MB to 4MB which will result in a bit of a performance loss, but on the brighter side, it also reduces the TDP from 125W to 95W.

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The Phenom II X4 810 that we have with us today is a Quad Core 2.6GHz CPU with dedicated L1 and L2 cahces of 4 x 128KB and 4 x 512KB for each core along with a shared L3 cache of 4MB. Using HyperTransport 3.0 that provides  21GB/s memory bandwidth for DDR3, you get 37GB/s of processor-to-system bandwidth. It requires an AM3 socket and DDR3 banks which the MSI motherboard happily provides.

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Lets take a look at the MSI board features next. Full specs on MSI’s website.

-APS is Active Phase Switching is complete function to Control Power Demand with Switching Dynamically, it’s for CPU, Memory and Chipset PWM.
-Real Time FSB tuning- FSB value change in the BIOS instant!
• Unlimited Turning Segments
• Easy Use – Just Rotate the knob!!!
• Turn OC Beginner to OC Expert!!
• Save your time of trying
• Achieve OC goal in short time
• Faster and Flexible and instant
• If BIOS crash, it still can boot from USB Drive
• Update BIOS from USB Drive by M-Flash Fucntion
• Longer lifespan than electrolytic capacitors
• Endurable to operation under higher frequency & temperature
• Avoid exploding capacitors to cause mainboards failure
• A choke is an inductor responsible for storing power and regulates the current.
• All shielded choke could reduce core power loss, lower EMI interference.
• Store energy longer at higher frequency, achieving higher efficiency.
• Help end-users upgrade CPU FSB directly
• Buy an essential CPU but want to reach higher performance
• Skip the complicated BIOS OC setting and enjoy the higher level CPU performance
• equipped additional 1Gbit (128MB) DDR3 1333MHz IGP memory to accelerate onboard VGA 3D performance up to 15%.
• Independent IGP memory can reduce the consumption of system memory.
• Easy connect to front panel & chassis cable
• 2x USB, IEEE 1394, front panel (JFP1/2)& audio(JAUD1) M-connector in the package
• Easy to tell the definition of each pin
• Functions designed with button to be easy use.
• Help power-users tweaking process in-chasis enviornment
• Onboard SATA ports are stacked on the mainboard to avoid mechanical issue with giant graphic cards like 8800 Ultra.

Packaging

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This is the first board we’ve received from MSI with their new logo and it can be seen on the 790GX-G65 box which comes in Orange / white theme- a big departure from their grey/dark or green boxes.

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Package includes some manuals, drivers CD/DVD, 4x SATA cables, IDE cable, 1x 4-PIN HDD to SATA converter, Crossfire bridge, MSI M-Connecter and I/O back panel shield.

Asus Axe Square

April 22, 2009 by  
Filed under Chassis/Cooling/Modding, Components

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We take a look at a premium heatsink from Asus , the Axe Square. It comes complete with luxury packaging, a gold-aureate finish and a silent 120mm fan that Asus claims to produce only 16 dBA of noise. We’re going to stress the Axe Square out by mounting it onto the socket 1366.

Features

Ultimate Cooling with 5500cm2 Heat Dissipation Area 

Ultra Silent at 16 dBA and Power Savings

Amazing Gold-Aureate Design with Luxury Packing

Extremely luxurious packing box with a limited identification card

Exquisite accessory with golden-plated 

High density Aluminium fins and 5 pure copper heatpipes with elegant black nickel-plated

Copper base and shiny aureate-gold LED shows dedicate quality.

 

Specifications  

  • CPU Support:
    • Intel® Core™2 Extreme/ Core™2 Quad (Quad-Core)
    • Intel® Core™2 Duo/ Pentium® Dual Core/ Pentium® D (Dual-Core)
    • Intel® Core™2 Duo/ Pentium® Dual Core (Dual-Core)
    • Intel® Pentium® 4 HT/Celeron® D
    • AMD Athlon™ 64 FX
    • AMD Athlon™ 64 X2
    • AMD Athlon™ 64
    • AMD Phenom™ FX/X3/X4
    • AMD Sempron™ 
  • CPU Socket:
    • Intel LGA 775
    • AMD 754/939/940
    • AMD AM2/AM2+/socket F(1207)/1207+ 
  • Dimensions (L x W x H): 139 (L) x 138 (W) x 130 (H) mm 
  • Net Weight (g): 680 g 
  • Heatsink Material: (All with nickel-plating) Copper base + Aluminum fins + 5 x 6mm Copper Heat Pipes 
  • Fan
    • Dimension (mm): 120 x 120 x 25 
    • Bearing Type: EBR (Enter bearing) 
    • Connector: 4 Pin with PWM Control 
    • Speed: 1400 rpm ± 10% 

The Package

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The box is encased in a simple black slipcase with lots of gold splashed all over, including the Asus logo and a picture of the heatsink.
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Once the slipcase is removed, you are treated to a simple box featuring a crocodile skin texture. Classy!
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Removing the cover unveils the heatsink and a small box.
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The small box contains the AMD and LGA 775 brackets, four screws for the LGA 775 bracket, thermal paste, an instruction manual and an Asus Axe Square identification card.

Asus Triton 81

April 20, 2009 by  
Filed under Chassis/Cooling/Modding, Components

Yep, we’re looking at yet another heatsink from Asus. They seem to be knocking them right out of the ballpark! The Triton 81 will cool the LGA 1366 socket with dual 92mm fans and quad heat pipes. Let’s put it through our tests and see how it copes!

 

Specifications

  • CPU Support:
    • Intel® Core™ i7 processor
    • Intel® Core™2 Extreme/ Core™2 Quad (Quad-Core)
    • Intel® Core™2 Duo/ Pentium® Dual Core/ Pentium® D (Dual-Core)
    • Intel® Core™2 Duo/ Pentium® Dual Core (Dual-Core)
    • AMD Athlon™ 64 FX
    • AMD Athlon™ 64 X2
    • AMD Athlon™ 64
    • AMD Phenom™ FX/X2/X4
    • AMD Phenom™ FX/X3/X4
    • AMD Sempron™ 
    • CPU Socket Intel LGA1366
    • Intel LGA 775
    • AMD 754/939/940
    • AMD AM2/AM2+/socket F(1207)/1207+ 
  • Dimensions (L x W x H): 120 (L) x 117 (W) x 144 (H) mm 
  • Net Weight (g): 695 g 
  • Heatsink Material:Copper base + Aluminum fins + 4 x 6mm Copper Heat Pipes 
  • Fan
    • Dimension (mm): 92 x 92 x 25 
    • Bearing Type: EBR (Enter bearing) 
    • Connector: 4 Pin with PWM Control 
    • Speed: 800 ~2,500 rpm ± 10% 

 

The Package

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Asus packed the heatsink into their usual square box with requisite specifications printed on the sides and the ever-convenient carry handle on the top.

 

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Inside we found an instruction manual and a small box containing the LGA 1336, LGA 775 and AMD brackets, four small screws and a tube of thermal paste.

Asus Travelite HS-1000W

April 15, 2009 by  
Filed under Audio Equipment, Gadgets, Reviews

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Not content enough with producing top notch motherboards and sound cards, as well as creating a completely new product in the form of the infamous Eee netbooks, Asus tries their hand at producing a headset. This being Asus, there has to be something unique about this pair and lo and behold, there is!

Asus brought to us their new Travelite HS-1000W headset. Its’ unique selling point is that in addition to being wireless (operating on the 2.4GHz frequency band, like almost every other wireless product in the market today), it also features a noise cancelling microphone and a USB dongle that allows you to recharge the Lithium-Polymer battery built in to the headphones. That’s right; this is a wireless headset that’s also rechargeable, saving you the headache of inserting a fresh set of batteries every couple of hours.

Features

Embrace the Power of Wireless

o Spoil your ears to a full 20-20Khz frequency range, and deep bass sounds even up to 100 feet (30m) away

o Cancel out background noise for clear voice communications

o Enjoy < 0.08% distortion for professional audio performance

 

Ease of Use

o No more annoying wires get in the way between you and computer

o No more troublesome non-stop clicking to install driver

 

Perfect Folding Solution, Ultra Mobility

o Intelligent foldable design best for modern travelers and business people

o Elegant carrying case included for your tote and handbags; fits just fine

 

Easy Charging

o Li-Polymer battery gives your full 8 hours of non-stop enjoyment

o Charging while listening

o Universal mini USB charging

 

The Package

 

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In traditional Asus style, the box is simple and isn’t shy to show off the Travelite HS-1000W’s specifications. It’s also eager to inform potential buyers of the “wireless enjoyments” that they will get with music, gaming and VOIP!

 

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Inside the box we found an instruction manual for the headset, a USB dongle, a USB cable and the wireless headset itself.

 

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Also included in the package is a small hard case that can store the headset and its’ accessories, allowing for easy transport without the risk of damage, handy for LAN parties.

Asus Triton 85

April 14, 2009 by  
Filed under Chassis/Cooling/Modding, Components

We review the Asus Triton 85 heatsink, an upgraded version of the Triton 75. The most obvious difference between the Triton 85 and its’ predecessor is that the 85 now features a fan mounted on top of the heatsink.

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Features

Excellent 35% Enhanced Cooling with 120mm Top Flow Cooler

Quietest Cooling with PWM Function

Stylish Silver Coating for Aesthetic Appeal

 

Specifications

  • CPU Support:
    • Intel® Core™2 Extreme/ Core™2 Quad (Quad-Core)
    • Intel® Core™2 Duo/ Pentium® Dual Core/ Pentium® D (Dual-Core)
    • Intel® Pentium® 4 HT/Celeron® D
    • AMD Athlon™ 64 FX
    • AMD Athlon™ 64 X2
    • AMD Athlon™ 64
    • AMD Phenom™ FX/X3/X4
    • AMD Sempron™ 
    • CPU Socket
    • Intel LGA 775
    • AMD 754/939/940
    • AMD AM2/AM2+/socket F(1207)/1207+
  • Dimensions (L x W x H): 137 (L) x 120 (W) x 123 (H) mm 
  • Net Weight (g): 520 g 
  • Heatsink Material: Copper base + Aluminum fins + 4 x 6mm Copper Heat Pipes 

 

  • Fan
    • Dimension (mm): 120 x 120 x 25 
    • Bearing Type: Long Life Sleeve 
    • Connector: 4 Pin with PWM Control 
    • Speed: 1,400 rpm ± 10% 
    • Max. Airflow: 49.039 CFM

 

Package

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Asus packed the Triton 85 into a box with a convenient handle on the top. Features and specifications are printed on each side of the box.

 

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Inside the box, LGA 775 and AMD mounting brackets are provided, along with 4x screws, thermal paste and an instruction manual.

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