Mai 2008

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Kingston DataTraveler HyperX 4GB USB -

"We take a closer look at the Kingston DataTraveler HyperX USB stick, testing performance and durability in this article which is first in a series. Can this supercharged USB stick serve as a portable HDD, available in sizes up to 8Gb there definitely is potential."

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ASUS M3N-HT Deluxe -

Zuletzt hatten wir AMDs Phenom X4 9750, einen mit 2,4 GHz getakteten Quad-Core Prozessor im fehlerbereinigten B3-Stepping, getestet und hierbei das Mainboard ASUS M3N-HT Deluxe als Testplattform verwendet. Das ASUS M3N-HT Deluxe nutzt NVIDIAs nagelneuen nForce 780a SLI Chipsatz, mit dem der Hersteller einen interessanten Spagat zwischen onboard Grafik und 3-Wege-SLI wagt. Mit dem embedded Linux "Express Gate" und dem Speicherkühler "Cool Mempipe" ordnet der Hersteller das M3N-HT Deluxe in der preislichen Oberklasse ein.

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Geforce 9600GT SLI Performance check -

Hardwareoverclock Austria has posted another videocard review. Last week they has tested the performance from 2 Geforce 9600GT in SLI mode. The article is in german, but the benchmarks international.

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Problems of Testing 3D Performance with FRAPS. Part 2 -

"This article continues our analysis started in 2006. Problems of testing 3D performance haven't disappeared for the past two years. The major point being that not all games have built-in benchmarks, to say nothing of convenient tools, simple automation, and full FPS data output. In this article we shall analyze whether it makes sense to use FRAPS to measure performance in 3D games that have no built-in benchmarks and what measurement errors this method implies."

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FSP Everest 800W -

"Gegründet im Jahre 1993 (Niederlassung Europa: 1995) zählt FSP weltweit zu den drei grössten PC-Netzteilherstellern sowie zu den 10 grössten Netzteilherstellern überhaupt. Hauptsächlich konzentriert sich die Firma dabei auf den OEM/ODM-Markt. Von FSP Fortron/Source (Europa) erhielten wir mit dem Everest ein blaufarbenes 800W-Netzteil aus dem aktuellen Sortiment."

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Aeneon Xtune 2GB DDR3-1600 -

The Aeneon XTune 2GB DDR3-1600 dual channel memory kit wound up surprising me. While I didn't expect it to perform poorly, I did not anticipate that it would keep up with similar kits with tighter timings. Despite being rated for 1600MHz at 9-9-9-28 timings, it managed to perform on par with other kits with timings of 8-8-8-34 and 7-7-7-18.

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ATI Catalyst 8.5 Analysis - XP & Vista -

"We�re not far away from going �out with the old and in with the new� as the launch of the 4k series of AMD graphics card close in upon us. This month, looking through the release notes for the latest incarnation of Catalyst drivers we see that a few performance increases have been promised.

Maybe AMD are hard at work on the 4k series of cards and have figured out how to extract some more power out of the aging 3k ones in the process. We�ll see if these performance increases translate to any of the games we use."

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MemoRight GT Series 32GB SSDs in RAID 0 -

"Today we are going to take the new speed champion for a spin; MemoRight�s GT. We will run our standard speed tests then take a pair of identical drives and run them in RAID 0. To keep things simple we are going to test the drives on a commonly used Intel motherboard that features Intel�s built in RAID controller which many of you would most likely have in your system already.

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Dual-Core Versus Quad-Core -

"It's very interesting to compare quad-core and dual-core processors, as the cheapest Intel Core 2 Quad (Q6600) already costs about $200. This price border separates more expensive CPUs from popular products in the market. So, common users may be tempted to buy a real quad-core processor, even if it does not operate at a high clock rate. We only have to find out whether it's an objectively expedient decision."

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Travagans Colors Portable Headphone Amp -

Travagan's Colors is the name of a brand new portable headphone amplifier. It is much smaller than most normal portable amps and only costs $59. The design is quite outlandish since it resembles a dog bone. The question is of course how does this little thing stack up against some of the bigger portable headphone amps.