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Raijintek Aidos Heatsink Reviewed by Frostytech
     Wed, Oct 16 2013 | 2:41P | Cooling / Heatsinks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The 325gram Raijintek Aidos is built around four 6mm diameter copper heatpipes which are exposed at the base. The heatpipes rise up through a 90mm tall aluminum fin stack. Each aluminum fin to heatpipe joint is made with a novel crimped connection. Driving air through the heatsinks' aluminum fins is a 92x25mm PWM fan which is held in place with rubber fan mounts. This is not a method we're not particularly fond of, wire fan clips stand the test of time. The fan spins at 2400-1000RPM and draws power from a standard 4-pin PWM connection. At full speed it pushes upwards of 53CFM air through the 55mm deep fin stack according to the manufacturer specs.
Raijintek's Aidos heatsink installs onto Intel socket LGA2011/1366/1150/1155/1156/775 processors and the complete line up of AMD CPUs, including socket AM2/AM3 and socket FM1/FM2. Retail price is pegged at $22 USD.
  FULL STORY @ FROSTYTECH

Seagate Constellation ES 1TB Enterprise Hard Drive Review
     Wed, Oct 16 2013 | 2:39P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Let's take a look at Seagate's 1TB Constellation ES drive and find out how it stacks up against Western Digital's enterprise disks. Let the hard drive smack down commence! Seagate Constellation ES hard drive family ranges in capacity from 500GB to 2TB and is offered in both SATA and SAS variants. Select models also support SED or FIPS based self-encryption for government mandated information security compliance. All Constellation ES drives are rated to 6Gb/s SATA III speeds, incorporate 64MB of cache, utilize 7200RPM spindle speeds and offer Native Command Queing. The drives are covered by an impressive 5 year warranty and rated to1.2 million hours MTBF; both of which speak well to their presumed reliability.
  FULL STORY @ PCSTATS

Gelid Black Edition Heatsink Review
     Wed, Oct 16 2013 | 2:37P | Cooling / Heatsinks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Gelid continue the asymmetrical design approach on the heatpipe front as well; 'the Black Edition' heatsink makes use of three 8mm diameter and four 6mm diameter heatpipes to conduct heat energy from the heatsinks' chunky copper base plate. Furthermore, two of the 6mm diameter heatpipes are stacked above the rest. The seven heatpipes intersect the aluminum fins in a long line, which explains why two fans are required to drive cool air through 'the Black Edition's' cooling fins.
For adventurous computer enthusiasts seeking new and innovative heatsinks, Gelid's 'the Black Edition' heatsink offers pretty good cooling performance with a modest noise output at stock fan speeds. Gelid's 'the Black Edition' heatsink is compatible with Intel socket LGA2011/1366/1155/1156/775 processors and AMD socket AM2/AM3/FM1/FM2 CPUs/APUs. Retail price is pegged at around $75 bucks.
  FULL STORY @ FROSTYTECH

DeepCool Neptwin Heatsink Review
     Wed, Oct 16 2013 | 2:36P | Cooling / Heatsinks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The twin full-size cooling towers and doubled up fans are only part of the story however, the real coup d'etat is how DeepCool configured its fan speeds. The front 120mm PWM fan operates at 1500-900RPM to drive air through the first 40mm thick aluminum fin stack based on moment to moment CPU thermal requirements while the center 120mm fan operates at a fixed speed of 1300RPM; essentially ensuring a steady volume of airflow is always pulled through the two fin stacks. Consequently, DeepCool's Neptwin sees very little thermal performance fluctuation between its high and low fan speed settings. In short, it's a heatsink ideally sized for Intel LGA2011 platforms and AMD FX-series chips.
For the adventurous out there, the DeepCool Neptwin heatsink even ships with an extra set of springy wire fan clips so a third fan (not supplied) can be tacked onto the rear of the cooler.DeepCool's Neptwin heatsink installs onto Intel socket LGA2011/1366/1155/1156/775 processors and the complete line up of AMD socket AM2/AM3/FM1/FM2 processors.
  FULL STORY @ FROSTYTECH

Raijintek Themis Heatsink Reviewed on Frostyech
     Wed, Oct 16 2013 | 2:34P | Cooling / Heatsinks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Raijintek's Themis heatsink stands 158mm tall and weighs 448 grams. It's designed for Intel socket LGA2011/1366/115x/775 processors and AMD socket AM2/AM3/FM1/FM2 CPUs - should any still be in existance. The heatsink design is your bog-standard, three-8mm-heatpipe-exposed-base-tower-cooler we've all seen countless times before. The 120mm PWM fan operates at 1800-1250RPM and moves upwards of 78CFM according to the manufacturers specs. Noise output is modest to audible. Rubber fan mounts make mounting the fan relatively easy during the installation process, but for some reason Raijintek are counting their pennies and include just enough fan mounts for ONE fan, one fan only. Expect to find the Raijintek Themis heatsink selling for around $34 USD.
  FULL STORY @ FROSTYTECH

DeepCool Frostwin Heatsink Review
     Wed, Oct 16 2013 | 2:32P | Cooling / Heatsinks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today's focus is the DeepCool Frostwin heatsink which stands a modest 150mm tall. At the heart of this 712 gram tower heatsink are four 6mm diameter copper heatpipes which are exposed at the base and twin 120mm fans. The remainder of the Frostwin heatsink is built around a pretty standard mix of aluminum fins with turbulent flow inducing edge darts and notches. The DeepCool Frostwin heatsink ships with two 120mm PWM fans that rotate at 1500-900RPM and move upwards of 55CFM each. According to Frostytech's real world sound measurements, the heatsink produces between 37-50dBA noise. DeepCool's Frostwin heatsink installs onto Intel socket LGA2011/1366/1155/1156/775 processors and the complete line up of AMD chips (socket AM2/AM3/FM1/FM2).
  FULL STORY @ FROSTYTECH

WD Red and WD Se NAS HDD Enterprise RAID Report
     Wed, Oct 16 2013 | 2:09P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We put the WD Red and the WD Se`s head-to-head in RAID 0 and RAID 5 tests. Having trouble deciding which drive is best for your new NAS? Read on."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN.COM

 
Kingston SSDNow V300 240GB SATA III SSD Review
     Wed, Oct 16 2013 | 2:03P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
In this review PCSTATS will be testing the 240GB Kingston SSDnow V300 SSD - a 6Gb/s SATA III drive rated by the manufacturer for sequential read speeds up to 450MB/s and write speeds up to 450MB/s. Kingston's "SSDNow V300" is built around MLC NAND Flash and reportedly the LSI SandForce (SF-2281) controller. In the hierarchical world of Solid State Drives, Kingston's SV300S37A/240G slots into the mainstream class.
Looking at the numbers, Kingston's SSDnow V300 SSD is spec'd for 4KB random reads at 85,000 IOPS and 4KB random writes at 43,000 IOPS. The SSDNow V300 drive supports SMART, NCQ, and TRIM. Peak power consumption is rated at 2.052W, idle is a scant 64mW; this puppy can certainly help extend notebook battery life if you're considering an SSD to replace a 2.5" HDD. The 1.0 million hours MTBF rating Kingston assign to the SSDnow V300 is lower than other SSDs PCSTATS have tested (average is 1.2M - 2M hrs MTBF). The drive is backed by a 3 year limited warranty.
  FULL STORY @ PCSTATS

Samsung 5-Series NP540U3C-A01 13.3-inch Ultrabook Notebook Review
     Wed, Oct 16 2013 | 2:02P | Notebooks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Samsung's 5-Series NP540U3C-A01 Ultrabook is the first laptop to cross PCSTATS test bench with Windows 8 installed and a touch screen. Our first impressions of the new interface are positive - poking at the screen with ones fingers easily compliments the keyboard and touchpad to really bring out the best in Microsoft Windows 8 and crack open a whole new world of applications.
The touch screen interface is intuitive to learn, landing Samsung's NP540U3C-A01 ultrabook functionally somewhere between a sup'ed-up tablet and laptop. After a few minutes using the Samsung NP540U3C-A01 Ultrabook to surf around some websites we began to draw comparisons between it and the Apple iPad. Both touch screen interfaces work essentially the same way, but there are some real differences too.
  FULL STORY @ PCSTATS

top of the line Obsidian Series
     Wed, Oct 16 2013 | 1:58P | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The 750D is Corsair’s latest addition to their top of the line Obsidian Series and is the third new Obsidian case for 2013. The new 750D is a full-tower enclosure that offers a little more room, enhanced cooling, with expanded drive mounting options, than Corsair’s ever popular 650D mid-tower enclosure. The 750D is being introduced with an MSRP of $159.99 USD, which also makes it a little less expensive than the 650D. In addition to PC enclosures, Corsair continues to offer one of the largest selections of memory products, SSDs, power supplies, coolers, gaming peripherals, and PC accessories currently on the market.
  FULL STORY @ PCPER

Raijintek Ereboss Heatsink Reviewed on Frostytech.com
     Wed, Oct 16 2013 | 1:57P | Cooling / Heatsinks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
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With a footprint of 140mm x 126mm, the Raijintek Ereboss heatsink may be a tight squeeze in anything less than a full tower PC chassis, so measure your clearances first. The heatsink weighs 808grams and ships with a rather odd 140x130x13mm PWM fan that spins at 1650-1000RPM. As you'd expect, Raijintek's Ereboss heatsink is compatible with Intel socket LGA2011/1366/1156/1155/1150/775 Core i3/i5/i7 processors. For AMD users still clinging to hope that their embattled microprocessor will have a come back, the Ereboss heatsink accommodates the complete line up of AMD socket AM2/AM3/FM1/FM2 chips. Since Raijintek is a relative new comer to the heatsink market, you may have a hard time tracking down this CPU cooler though.
  FULL STORY @ FROSTYTECH

Zalman CNPS2X Low Profile Heatsink Review
     Wed, Oct 16 2013 | 1:55P | Cooling / Heatsinks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"This little heatsink from Zalman is called the CNPS2X and it looks like it should be found on an entry level videocard, motherboard chipset or possibly a miniITX motherboard. It is small. To give an idea of how small, the impeller from a 120mm fan is larger than this entire heatsink."
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  FULL STORY @ FROSTYTECH

Corsair Obsidian 750D Case
     Wed, Oct 16 2013 | 1:55P | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Over the past few years, Corsair has steadily ramped up the number and types of computer chassis it manufacturers. The high-end 700D and 800D have been followed by a number of midrange products and one uber-expensive deluxe model, the massive 900D. The case we're reviewing today, the 750D, is meant to drop into the $200 price bracket, where it faces competition from Corsair's own 650D mid-tower as well as a number of other chassis from manufacturers that offer products at similar or somewhat cheaper price points. Despite the name, the 750D is actually somewhat smaller than the original 700D/800D family. Those chassis were 24 inches long, 24 inches tall, and 9 inches wide, while the 750D is 21.5 inches long, 22.1 inches tall, and 9.3 inches wide...
  FULL STORY @ HOTHARDWARE

RaidSonic ICY BOX IB-WRP201SD 4 In 1 WLAN Storage Station
     Wed, Oct 16 2013 | 1:41P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Nowadays no matter where i look or what press release i read it seems that almost everything in the electronics industry revolves around the portable needs people have (the ones that don`t will probably get pulled in regardless) and so daily we see all sorts of new devices emerge including smartphones, tablets, wireless speakers and headsets, battery packs, carrying/protection cases, 2.5 external HDDs, wireless access points, wireless media streamers/readers and much more. Personally i am not much into carrying multiple devices with me when i go away just to cover my portable needs but i do thing that there are some exceptions and so aside the usual battery packs which i think are a must and some wireless headsets/speakers lately Ive also been using quite a few of the latest wireless media streamers/readers and one of those has been the ICY BOX IB-WRP201SD by RaidSonic which has come to take other similar solutions like the Kingston MobileLite Wireless head on with its quite interesting set of features."
  FULL STORY @ NIKKTECH.COM

Gigabyte F2A85XN-WIFI
     Wed, Oct 16 2013 | 12:03P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Gigabyte F2A85XN-WIFI is a great little Mini-ITX board that provides a strong hardware and software feature set along with excellent performance. In terms of pricing it might be a little spendy for a small A85X motherboard, but with its only competition coming from the Asrock FM2A85X-ITX which is also priced at $105, we certainly cannot knock it in terms of value.
  FULL STORY @ LEGIONHARDWARE

Asustor AS-304T
     Wed, Oct 16 2013 | 12:02P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
What made the Asustor AS-304T such an attractive product for us was the price tag, at $520 it is one of the cheapest Atom powered NAS devices we have tested. Furthermore there are few high-end 4-bay Atom powered NAS devices that are available for such a competitive price.
  FULL STORY @ LEGIONHARDWARE

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