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- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Overclocked - Closing the gap on the GTX TITAN - TweakTown
Introduction Yesterday we checked out the newly released NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 3GB video card and found ourselves impressed with what NVIDIA have been able to do with the new model. We found that at times performance was quite similar to the higher-end GTX TITAN, while the price tag came in a solid $350 cheaper. With performance between the two high-end models from NVIDIA being quite close at times, we wondered how close we could get to closing the performance gap between these two models when overclocking was thrown into the mix. With a copy of MSI Afterburner already out supporting the GTX 780 as well adding voltage adjustment support, we've really got the opportunity today to see just what kind of real performance we can get out of the new GTX 780. Due to the fact that we've already looked at the video card in detail, we won't be going into too much detail about it again. If there's anything you want to find out, we highly recommend you head over to the original review that we linked to above. From here we'll move straight into our testbed and quickly go over the cards that you'll be seeing in our graphs today. Once we've done that we'll cover how we went with overclocking before we get stuck into the performance and find out just how much we can close the gap between these two high-end GPU models from NVIDIA. Not only that, though, we'll see just how much more of a lead the new GTX 780 3GB can get on the aging AMD Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition. ... Read the rest in your browser!Related ContentSapphire Radeon HD 7790 2GB OC Edition Video Card ReviewMSI Radeon HD 7790 1GB OC Overclocked Video Card ReviewNVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card Review
- MSI Z77A-GD65 Gaming Series (Intel Z77) Motherboard Review - TweakTown
Introduction While the next-generation Intel chipset is just around the corner, the current Z77 chipset continues to be a very current offering from Intel. So much so that we recently saw MSI launch not only a new motherboard based on it, but a new motherboard series. The new Gaming Series was first seen with the release of the new GTX 650 Ti 2GB Boost Twin Frozr Gaming Series video card last month. We mentioned in that review that MSI was creating a unified series under the new Gaming Series which would see both video cards and motherboards fall under it. A little like ASUS have the ROG series, we think this is a good idea for MSI. While they've always been strong when it comes to video cards, they haven't always shown the same prowess when it comes to motherboards. So, what does the new Gaming Series bring to the party when it comes to the motherboard side of things? Well, that's exactly what we intend to find out today. The first thing we'll do is take the time to check out the box before we move into the package to see what extras are being offered from MSI. Once we've taken a look at the package we'll move onto the board itself covering the main features that are offered. We'll head into the BIOS to see if MSI have changed anything in that area, before we take a look at our testbed, cover the boards that you'll see in our graphs today, and of course cover overclocking, before we finally get into the performance. Package Looking at the box design you can see it's very similar to the GTX 650 Ti Boost 2GB Gaming Series video card which we looked at with the black and red color scheme and the dragon taking up most of the package. You can see some of the highlight features on the front, but we'll cover that a bit more on the next page. Turning the box over we see some details on some of the main highlights that are offered including Killer Ethernet, Military Class III OC Genie II, Multi GPU support, Sound Blaster Cinema and Click BIOS II. Moving inside the package you can see the normal array of paperwork, along with a door knob hanger which says "I'm Sorry Busy Gaming" and an awesome looking case sticker highlighting the fact you're sporting a G Series board. In the cable department we've got four SATA cables, SLI bridge, I/O backplate and EZ Connector and V-Check point cables to round everything off. ... Read the rest in your browser!
- HGST Travelstar 7K1000 1TB 2.5" Hard Drive Review - TweakTown
Introduction Previously we mentioned in our review of the Laptop Thin SSHD from Seagate, manufacturers have started moving towards eliminating traditional 7200 RPM 2.5" platter based drives. These drives are being replaced with slower 5400 RPM drives with NAND packages that effectively cache the most common accessed data using pinning and other caching algorithms, in order to offer the end-user the speed of solid state and capacity of a hard drive. There is, however, one company that has chosen to stick with the 7200 RPM 2.5" drive and release it in the form of the seventh generation of mobile hard drives, the HGST 7K1000. With operating systems and storage controllers leveraging new technologies, HGST has packed the 7K1000 with 500GB per platter density, along with implementing Advanced Format Technology. Advanced Format or "AF" as we will call it from here forward, utilizes the surface of the disk more efficiently by combining eight traditional 512 byte sectors into a single 4096 byte or 4K sector. Gains measured from the transition from 512 byte to 4K sectors equal up to eleven percent increase in physical platter space. So, why choose 4K as the definitive sector size? Why not 1K or 8K for that matter? What it all boils down to is modern operating systems and even processors utilize data in 4K page sizes, effectively streamlining data throughput from the low level hardware to the software that runs at the surface. Today is all about the Travelstar 7K1000 1TB hard drive, let's dive in and take a look now. ... Read the rest in your browser!Related ContentTranscend 32GB Wi-Fi SDHC ReviewSeagate Laptop Thin 500GB Hybrid SSHD ST500LM000 ReviewLexar Professional 128GB Compact Flash Memory Card ReviewKingston DT Workspace 64GB 'Windows To Go' USB 3.0 Flash Drive ReviewOCZ Vertex 450 256GB SSD Review
- OCZ Vertex 450 256GB SSD Review - TweakTown
Introduction OCZ seems to be in the news more than normal lately. The company's financials are still in question as a third party auditing company mulls over the books. A new financial story hits the web almost every day. Buy, sell, long, short, stay! All of the stories are as consistent as a hospitalized bi-polar patient. What the financial people don't understand is the tech. Things aren't great at OCZ, but I wouldn't call them on the ropes yet. This could be the darkest hours for OCZ Technology, but the company is still standing and new products are coming out. The 20nm NAND flash shortage concerns me more than what the financial guys are saying. This isn't the first time OCZ had to deal with supply issues and their current situation isn't nearly as bad as some of the hills OCZ had to deal with in the DRAM days. OCZ is now purchasing wafers of NAND and packaging their own chips. As long as OCZ is able to purchase by the wafer, they have an advantage over smaller SSD makers. A unique controller, one that is very fast helps quite a bit as well. OCZ gave us a sneak peak at their 2013 product roadmap. Before the end of the year we'll see a new Vector product with 20nm flash, a new workstation PCIe card called Vector PCIe and the performance product we're looking at today, Vertex 450. The OCZ Vertex 450 replaces Vertex 4 and is a step up from Vertex 3.20, a mainstream specific product. Vertex 450 uses a new stepping of the same Indilinx Barefoot 3 controller found in Vector. The M10 changes give the 450 SSD lower power consumption, lower operating temperatures and a nice price point for those looking for better than mainstream performance. ... Read the rest in your browser!Related ContentTranscend StoreJet Cloud 32GB Wireless Storage Device ReviewTranscend 32GB Wi-Fi SDHC ReviewSeagate Laptop Thin 500GB Hybrid SSHD ST500LM000 ReviewLexar Professional 128GB Compact Flash Memory Card ReviewKingston DT Workspace 64GB 'Windows To Go' USB 3.0 Flash Drive Review
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card Review - TweakTown
Introduction For a long time we used to see AMD and NVIDIA release similar models at the same time, but over the past few years, we've seen new GPU launches become separated. The only time that has changed in recent years is the release of the HD 7790 and GTX 650 Ti Boost, which saw both companies offer mid $100 models, just a few weeks apart from each other. When it came to the dual GPU models, we saw a large gap between the GTX 690 that NVIDIA offered and the recently released HD 7990 from AMD. Not only that, though, after the GTX 680 came out, AMD months later released an updated version of the HD 7970 in the way of the GHz Edition, which helped them come back out on top in most areas. Today we're seeing NVIDIA do refresh when it comes to the high-end single GPU segment with the release of the new GTX 700 series. The first piece to that puzzle comes in the form of the GTX 780, which is the video card we're looking at today. I think one of the most important things to remember is that the new GTX 700 series isn't designed to come out and replace the impressive GTX TITAN, which quickly became a fan favorite of ours. We also don't know the rate of which the GTX 700 series will grow at. While we've heard rumors that a GTX 770 is coming, outside of that, we don't know what's going on. With NVIDIA also just recently releasing the GTX 650 Ti Boost, we're not sure if they'd be in such a hurry to release new mid-range models under the GTX 700 series name. The lack of rumors in that area also makes us feel that they're going to be at least a little while off. For now it's clear that NVIDIA want to take back its single GPU dominance in a more affordable fashion. As fast as the GTX TITAN is for a single GPU video card, the associated $999 price tag is hard for most people to swallow. Being a reference video card that we're checking out today means that we don't have any kind of package to look at. Instead we'll just be getting straight into the card itself. We'll see just what NVIDIA is offering in the form of the GTX 780. We'll then cover the specification side of things and talk about the main highlights. From there we'll look at our testbed and cover the cards that will be in our graphs here today. Once we've done all that it's straight into the performance numbers. ... Read the rest in your browser!Related ContentSapphire Radeon HD 7790 2GB OC Edition Video Card ReviewMSI Radeon HD 7790 1GB OC Overclocked Video Card Review
- SuperSpeed RamDisk Plus 11 Software Review - TweakTown
Introduction RAM nowadays seems to be one of the most underused parts of our systems. An average system today has at least 4GB of RAM installed; and with the advent of new chipsets - and with RAM dropping in price, even higher configurations are becoming much more common. Still, the average computer user hardly makes full use of their RAM. Unless you're running specialized applications, you will most probably never push your RAM to its full capacity and potential. That's where a RAM disk comes in handy, and trust me, once you start using one, you'll never look back. Today we will be taking a closer look at one of the fastest and most feature-rich RAM disk programs available - RamDisk Plus 11. I would like to thank our affiliate Raxco for providing me with a full license for testing this program. A few months ago I had the pleasure of supplying the RamDisk team with suggestions on possible improvements that would make the program more feature-rich and more competitive. I'm glad to report that they have managed to implement most of my suggestions very quickly. Let's take an in-depth look at it right now over the next few pages. ... Read the rest in your browser!
- MSI Radeon HD 7790 1GB OC Overclocked Video Card Review - TweakTown
Introduction The battle of the mid-range video card models from both NVIDIA and AMD has been a strong one. They've both come in at a similar price point; saying that, though, we know that the NVIDIA GTX 650 Ti Boost comes in slightly higher, but at the same time offers double the amount of memory with 2GB, and slightly more performance. The AMD Radeon HD 7790 comes in at around $20 less, is a little bit slower and also comes with only half the memory. Testing of the Sapphire HD 7790 2GB OC the other day also showed us that doubling the memory really did nothing for overall performance (literally), especially when talking about a real-world playable difference. The problem is that between the two video cards we have quite a major difference that separates them and for us it's probably what makes the decision to choose one model over the other. AMD have become very aggressive with game bundling over the last six months, and that hasn't just stopped with the high-end models, it's also carried down to the lower-end ones as well. We'll talk about that all more a little bit later, though. For now we've got to take a closer look at the package of the MSI Radeon HD 7790 1GB OC which we're looking at today, before moving onto the card itself. Due to the fact that we've already looked at a couple of HD 7790's already, we'll today be firing up MSI Afterburner and checking out the overclocking on this particular model. Once we've covered both the out of the box specifications and what we did on the overclocking side of things, we'll look at our testbed, cover the cards that you'll see in our graphs here today, and get stuck into the performance. As we mentioned, though, the first thing we need to do is see what's going on with the bundle. Package Checking out the box you can see that the design isn't anything too fancy. Unlike the recent MSI GTX 650 Ti Boost 2GB we looked at, this card doesn't fall under the new gaming series that MSI recently created. Overall it's a fairly standard layout, though, with the main information on the front and the back of the box giving us a bit more detail. Moving inside the package you can see there's not a whole with just a Quick User Guide, driver CD and a DVI to VGA connector to round off the bundle. ... Read the rest in your browser!Related ContentEVGA GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost SuperClocked 2GB Video Card ReviewSapphire Radeon HD 7790 2GB OC Edition Video Card Review
- HP Envy TouchSmart 4 Touchscreen Ultrabook Laptop Review - TweakTown
Introduction We've got one of HP's touch-enabled Ultrabooks in the lab today. The Envy TouchSmart 4 is a 14-inch, touch-enabled Ultrabook inspired by Intel that is a bit easier on the wallet than some of the other Ultrabooks we've recently had through our lab. Is HP's Envy branding all that it is cracked up to be? Or is the Envy TouchSmart 4 not worth our attention? During our testing, you'll want to pay attention to some of ASUS' budget offering as they will be most in line in terms of comparison. Without further ado, let's dive in and see if the Envy is worth our envy. Specifications, Configurations and Pricing Our HP Envy TouchSmart 4 review unit is equipped with a capable Intel i5-3317U processor. This dual-core is of the low-voltage variety, meaning it features a TDP of just 17 watts. TurboBoost 2.0 enables this processor to dynamically clock up single-threaded performance, while remaining cool and power efficient at idle. Coupled with the 3317U is 4GB of DDR3 RAM. 4GB of RAM follows my general rule-of-thumb of 1GB per thread available. Graphics are provided via Intel's somewhat capable HD4000 integrated graphics processor, which is the de facto Ultrabook graphics processor. The screen is a rather low-resolution, touch-enabled panel. Cranking out 1366x768, the display comes in at 14 inches, making the low resolution more bearable. It's certainly more touch-friendly than the smaller 1080p Ultrabooks we previously tested. Storage is provided by a spinning 500GB hard drive, meaning boot times and program loading will be affected versus systems installed with a faster SSD drive. On the converse, however, users have more storage available to them to hold media. Windows 8 64-bit is loaded onto the HDD as Windows 8 provides the best touchscreen compatibilities. Packaging The packaging has seen more than its fair share of shipping journeys to other reviewers and was beat up beyond recognition. For that reason, pictures of the packaging will not be included. ... Read the rest in your browser!Related ContentAcer Aspire S7-191 Touchscreen Ultrabook Laptop ReviewAcer Aspire S7-391 Touchscreen Ultrabook Laptop Review
- Seagate Laptop Thin 500GB Hybrid SSHD ST500LM000 Review - TweakTown
Introduction With the constant SSD assault not wavering for a split second, HDD manufacturers such as Seagate have had to change up their game plan a slight bit, in order to compete in the ever shrinking platter based consumer market. However, the SSD isn't the only reason we see 2.5" drives becoming increasingly thinner. In October of 2011, Intel released the first specifications for its Ultrabook code named Huron River. This specification mandated that the minimum battery life would be five hours and the drive must be able to resume from hibernation (S4) within seven seconds. The one thing that was left out was the minimum transfer rates for the internal storage. Chief River, or Ultrabook revision 2, which would be released in June of 2012, updated the specifications to include a minimum of 80MB/s transfer speed, effectively removing the HDD from competition, while retaining the same five hour battery life and seven second resume from S4 hibernation. Due out later this year, Shark Bay or Gen3 Ultrabook, is aimed to set the bar a bit higher in terms of disk I/O per watt performance. While no information has been released to the public, allegedly this new spec will require nine hours of battery life, while carrying over the same 80MB/s minimum transfer and seven second resume from S4. Now it's quite obvious all of these specs really have HDD makers churning butter, but not all is lost, and no, the HDD is not dead. Earlier this year Seagate chose to make a massive and rather bold move and discontinue its 7200RPM 2.5" lineup. In favor of this old standard, we find them being replaced by the all new Laptop SSHD and Laptop Thin SSHD. These 5400RPM drives are available in two capacities and what we call Z-Heights or thicknesses. The first of which is the Laptop SSHD which will carry a 1TB capacity with a 9.5mm Z-Height, and the second and the drive we will be looking over today is the 500GB capacity Laptop Thin SSHD which carries a 7mm Z-Height. ... Read the rest in your browser!Related ContentKingston SSDNow E100 Enterprise SSD ReviewBang for Your Buck: Best 256GB Class SSD's under $200Corsair Voyager Air 500GB Wireless Storage Device ReviewTranscend StoreJet Cloud 32GB Wireless Storage Device ReviewTranscend 32GB Wi-Fi SDHC Review
- Top 10 TweakTown Content from the past week [20 May 2013] - TweakTown
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- Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) Cinema Review - TweakTown
In 1990, the year before his death, Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry told the L.A. Times, "There's a good chance that when I'm gone, others will come along and do so well that people will say, 'Oh, that Roddenberry. He was never this good." Casual audiences might agree, but for the many lifelong Star Trek fans, J.J. Abrams franchise revival opened an interesting aside for a franchise fast approaching 50 years of age, but hardly represents a return to form of the core Star Trek ethos; the sense of wonderment, philosophical ideals and the promise of a brighter future. Three years on from 2009's franchise reboot, whose plot controversially created an alternate timeline allowing the series to take certain liberties with established canon and events and grow into its own version of Trek, J.J. and company return with Into Darkness; a title both ill-fitting and borderline offensive to long term fans, which attempts quite desperately to appeal to firm and casual fans alike, whilst also appealing to a younger and hipper demographic, who find the franchise the antithesis of 'sexy'. Following a suicide blast at Starfleet HQ and subsequent aerial attack resulting in the murder of Starfleet commanders masterminded by turncoat Starfleet agent John Harrison (Benedict Cumberpatch), the Enterprise crew headed by Captain James T. Kirk (Chris Pine) are re-commissioned to mount a mission to assassinate Harrison at his hiding place on Kronos, the Klingon home world. Kirk being Kirk refuses to accept orders at their face value and decides to take Harrison hostage. After a brief battle, Harrison unexpectedly gives himself up, willingly boarding the Enterprise as a prisoner. Unfortunately, it's quickly revealed that neither the mission, nor Harrison are quite as expected, with the crew of the Enterprise finding itself in the middle of a much larger plot and grave danger. For the uninitiated, Star Trek circa 2013 is an entertaining science fiction adventure, which commands viewers attention right from the opening scenes. But saddling itself with the name Star Trek automatically attaches 50 years of baggage and does this film no favors. The truth is, this modern incarnation of the franchise has little in common with it older siblings. Star Trek has always gladly worn its heart on its sleeve with the epitaph of 'thinking man's sci-fi', but ruminating about the plot only reveals the numerous holes that riddle the script, not least the mind messing alternate timeline, which try as I might to explain to my non-fan girlfriend, really struggled to do. The next section discusses spoilers - you've been warned. In true J.J. Abrams fashion, there's a few surprises, but perhaps the worst kept is that of the true identity of the mysterious John Harrison - he's Khan Noonien Singh from both the Original Series episode 'Space Seed' and the feature film The Wrath of Khan. But Khan was never an Englishman, nor does Benedict Cumberpatch looks resemble previous Khan actor Ricardo Montalban. Try explaining that to newcomers - and that's the whole problem with the film. It tries to be all things to all people and it just doesn't make sense. Why try and shoehorn Trek lore into a film and then not even attempt to make it cohesive? For every cameo by a tribble or inflection of a classic phrase, we have another franchise contradiction or out of character motivation. Having been tapped to direct Star Wars Episode VII for LucasFilm, it seems that J.J. Abrams will now slink off from the franchise that he's revealed he was never a fan of, leaving the gates open for someone else to take the reins. I can only hope that that person will stay true to the core ethos of Star Trek rather than continue to churn out what amounts to, admittedly entertaining, but otherwise generic science fiction action, trading on the basis of Star Trek's branding. ... Read the rest in your browser!Related ContentIron Man 3 (2013) Cinema ReviewAustralian Blu-ray Importing: May 2013 Buying GuideWreck-It Ralph (2012) Blu-ray Movie ReviewStar Trek: The Next Generation - The Best of Both Worlds (1990) Blu-ray Review
- Thermaltake EVO Blue 2.0 850-Watt 80 PLUS Gold Power Supply Review - TweakTown
Inside the Box The inside includes a little less protection than we would like to see, but nevertheless, it proved to be enough to get our unit safely to our doorstep. Thermaltake uses a semi-glass black finish on our unit which you can see along with the I/O specification label on the top of the EVO Blue 2.0 850W PSU. Both sides feature the same EVO Blue 2.0 logo with X pattern stamped into the metal. It is inverted on the other side. Moving to the back, we find the standard honeycomb mesh grill with AC input and on/off rocker switch. We also find the Turbo Charge button. You push it to get a 100-shot of nitrous... wrong subject. The button simply changes the color of the fan and forces it to operate at max speed, hence increasing cooling. As such, Thermaltake feels that it is safe enough to pull 950W out of the unit when enabled. Essentially this means the power supply is underrated and probably so that it could hit the 80 PLUS Gold mark instead of being a 950W Silver unit. As the power supply is rated and advertised as an 850W model that is exactly how we will test it. Towards the front we find the modular connectors as well as the flat native cables that extend all the way into the power supply. The bottom of the unit houses the 140mm clear LED fan that cools the EVO Blue 2.0 power supply. All of the modular cables are of the flat ribbon type. Also included with the unit are zip-ties, mounting screws, AC input cord, user manual and warranty card. ... Read the rest in your browser!Related ContentThermaltake GOrb II Portable Laptop Cooler ReviewThermaltake Chaser A41 Mid-Tower Chassis ReviewNZXT HALE90 V2 1000-Watt 80 PLUS Gold Power Supply ReviewSilverStone ST60F-PS 600-Watt 80 PLUS Silver Power Supply Reviewbe quiet! Dark Power Pro 10 1200-Watt 80 PLUS Gold Power Supply Review
- be quiet! Dark Power Pro 10 1200-Watt 80 PLUS Gold Power Supply Review - TweakTown
Introduction As I stated not too long ago, the power requirements have been dropping for gamers and enthusiasts lately and will continue to do so with next-generation hardware right around the corner. Even though most will never need more than an 800W power supply to power a pair of video cards for their gaming rig, there are still quite a few who utilize three and four GPU systems for gaming with cards like the GTX Titan or Radeon 7990. These systems eat a ton of power and that's where today's review comes into play. The be quiet! Dark Power Pro 10 1200W power supply is a monster that is ready to take care of whatever you throw at it. We've taken a look at a few of their units in the past, and they've proven why they've been rated Germany's number one rated manufacturer for a while now. They're rapidly expanding their market and while the units we looked at in the past were a bit difficult to get your hands on in the US, they're now available via Newegg. With the quality we've seen from these guys, we feel it safe to say that it won't be too long before you can find them available everywhere you're able to get your hands on an Antec or Thermaltake PSU. We've already looked at the 550W and 850W models and we wanted to see if their top of the line offering performed just as well. Let's start looking at the specifications and see what the Dark Power Pro 10 1200W is made of. Specifications, Availability and Pricing As you can see, the Dark Power Pro 10 1200W is a quad rail power supply. Each 12V rail is rated for 35A with a combined maximum output of 99A or 1188W. As each of the 12V rails are capable of 420W, you should have no trouble with video cards like the dual-GPU Radeon 7990. Both the 3.3V and 5V rails are rated for 25A each with a combined maximum output of 150W. The 5VSB rail is rated for 3A or 15W. As with the other Dark Power Pro 10 series units that we have looked at, the power supply can be configured to run as a single rail power supply and that is how we intend to test today. You don't become a number one rated manufacturer by skimping on features and that is exactly what we see here with the feature summary. All protections are present including SCP, OVP, OCP, OPP and OTP. The Dark Power Pro 10 is certified as 80 PLUS Gold. The unit is fully modular with the exception of the natively wired 20+4 Main connector and all cables are fully sleeved. The power supply is also rated for 100% continuous output at 50C. be quiet! lists the Dark Power Pro 10 1200W power supply with an MSRP of $309. The cheapest we could find the unit was at Newegg for $319.99 with free shipping at the time of writing. This puts it towards the more expensive end of the spectrum of 1200W units. We suspect that the price is a bit high as Newegg knows they are currently the sole distributor in the US, but I bet that will change before too long. The Dark Power Pro 10 1200W power supply is backed by a five year warranty. ... Read the rest in your browser!Related ContentNoctua NH-U14S CPU Cooler ReviewThermaltake GOrb II Portable Laptop Cooler ReviewThermaltake Chaser A41 Mid-Tower Chassis ReviewNZXT HALE90 V2 1000-Watt 80 PLUS Gold Power Supply ReviewSilverStone ST60F-PS 600-Watt 80 PLUS Silver Power Supply Review
- Bang for Your Buck: Best 256GB Class SSD's under $200 - TweakTown
Introduction Last week the Seagate 600 SSD hit the market and we were in an odd position, we had to speculate on the new 600 price. Given this was Seagate's first consumer SSD, the fact that the company doesn't own a NAND flash fab or their own controller, we guessed high. Hours after the NDA lifted, the Seagate 600 SSD hit Newegg, Tiger Direct and the few other price reference sites we use to base our conclusions on. Our over $1 per GB estimate on the Seagate 600 SSD was way off base - it was too bad we couldn't get the information before the launch. While researching current pricing for a number of reviews, I observed a few issues that go against what we've come to expect in years past. For years, we could always point to OCZ as the price / performance leader. That is no longer the case. Vertex 3 and the new Vertex 3.20 are not on our list today at all. Vertex 3 was always at the top of our list when it came time to whip out the wallet, the price was always within the top of the class when shopping for a quality product with known performance and a low price. Newegg now shows the Vertex 3 240GB at $219.99 and the new 20nm variant, Vertex 3.20 240GB is a whopping $259.99! While deep diving into the prices of the 256GB class capacity size, we also uncovered an issue we're glad to report on. Pricing differences between synchronous and asynchronous flash products are nearly equal between many brands. The ADATA Premier Pro SP900 (async) and ADATA XPG SX900 (sync) are both at $199.99 at Newegg. In our testing, we've concluded that no one should ever purchase a SATA III SSD with asynchronous flash. That is my professional opinion as a SSD reviewer, the guy who tests more consumer SSD's than anyone else in the world. Asynchronous flash isn't the only black mark to look for when shopping for an SSD. Of the 23 2.5" form factor, 256GB class SSD's at Newegg under $200, 12 shouldn't be purchased unless they are the last SSD's on the planet. This list includes drives with asynchronous NAND, SATA II interfaces and known issues with firmware. Today were looking at some of the options and we'll recommend a few products that we feel are the best bang for your buck. ... Read the rest in your browser!Related ContentSilverStone DS322 Dual-Bay RAID Enclosure ReviewWestern Digital My Book Live 1TB Personal Cloud Storage ReviewIcy Dock FlexCage MB975SP-B Tray-Less 5 x 3.5" HDD Dock ReviewKingFast F3 Plus Series KF2510SCF Enterprise SSD ReviewKingston SSDNow E100 Enterprise SSD Review
- SilverStone ST60F-PS 600-Watt 80 PLUS Silver Power Supply Review - TweakTown
Introduction Up until today, we've focused on the high-end enthusiast offering from SilverStone. They make fantastic power supplies that hold up under torturous conditions with great performance and reliability. Today we are taking a look at something a little less high-end and more in line with what the "average gamer" or entry level enthusiast might purchase. The power supply in question is the SilverStone ST60F-PS 600W model. The unit is designed to perform well for gamers yet keep the cost down, while not losing reliability. It forgoes some of the things we've come to expect such as top of the line efficiency, lots of accessories and large, silent fans, but still gives enough power for a single high-end video card. Sometimes modesty can be a good thing as you just want to get the job done and done well with breaking the bank. That's exactly what we expect the SilverStone ST60F-PS to do so let's dig into it and see what it has to offer. Specifications, Availability and Pricing Just as you'd hope from an entry level enthusiast style power supply, the majority of the power is supplied via a single 12V rail rate for 49A or 588W. Both the 3.3V and 5V rails are rated for 20A each with a combined maximum output of 130W. The 5VSB rail is rated for 3A or 15W. Maximum combined output is 600W. As we've said before, this should be more than enough to power a system with a single high-end GPU such as a Radeon 7970 or GTX 680. One of the things that is nice to see in an entry level power supply is that features aren't skimped on. Many will cut protections such as OTP out of the lineup in order to save on costs. SilverStone doesn't do that and the ST60F-PS has a full complement of protections. Something else that we don't normally see in a power supply like this is a full modular design. This gives you the option to utilize SilverStone's PP05 and PP06 cable kits to customize cables to your desire. The cables that come with the unit are fully sleeved. The ST60F-PS is rated for 80 PLUS Silver efficiency and although it isn't rated for 100% continuous output at 50C, the power supply is rated at a more modest 40C. This isn't because the power supply can't handle it, but SilverStone certifies all of their power supplies at 40C including their high wattage enthusiast power supplies. SilverStone says the MSRP on the ST60F-PS is $107.99 in the US. Newegg has the unit for $101.98 after a $10 rebate and $5.99 shipping at the time of writing. This places it towards the cheaper end of the spectrum and just what we were hoping for out of this unit. Warranty for the ST60F-PS is three years. While not the best of warranties, it is somewhat the standard for entry level units. ... Read the rest in your browser!Related ContentCorsair Obsidian 350D Micro-ATX Chassis ReviewNoctua NH-U14S CPU Cooler ReviewThermaltake GOrb II Portable Laptop Cooler ReviewThermaltake Chaser A41 Mid-Tower Chassis ReviewNZXT HALE90 V2 1000-Watt 80 PLUS Gold Power Supply Review