Sony Alpha 7: Power in a tiny package

Sony Alpha 7: Power in a tiny package

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ASRock FM2A88X EXTREME6+: Extreme Kaveri treatment

ASRock FM2A88X EXTREME6+: Extreme Kaveri treatment

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In Win Desert Fox Commander III 800W

In Win Desert Fox Commander III 800W

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ASUS DSL-N66U and RT-N14U: Routers for every WAN situation

ASUS DSL-N66U and RT-N14U: Routers for every WAN situation

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Noctua NF-L9i: A miniature HTPC is trending

Noctua NF-L9i: A miniature HTPC is trending

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AMD Radeon RG2133 Gaming Series: Quad without a coxswain

Fast memory modules were some time ago important only to overclockers and enthusiasts who needed additional space for increasing their configuration’s performance. Fast RAM was rare in those days, and its price was drastically higher compared to the standard modules. For example: a classic DDR module working at 533 MHz cost three times more than the standard DDR400. Today, the situation is quite different. First of all, the prices don’t fluctuate so much in most cases. Aside from that, it’s not necessary to have the newest water-cooled Core i7 in order to get the maximum out of overclock modules. Actually, in those cases the differences virtually don’t exist for the largest part, because they’re only present in tests.
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Kingston HyperX Beast: Double or nothing

Kingston became a legend with its HyperX memory, ever since we saw blue coolers on DDR1 modules that looked “spacey” at the time. Since then, HyperX brand remained in blue color, but for some time Kingston doesn’t tie this series of products for the aforementioned color – starting with grey 3K SSD, grey memory modules for their 10 year anniversary, and Beast memory intended for enthusiasts. This memory isn’t something we’re seeing for the first time, but this time it’s a kit containing 2x 8 GB with modules declared at 2133 MHz.
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Kingston Beast: Memory for enthusiasts

Kingston has launched a new series of memory modules called Beast. Obviously, these sticks belong to the HyperX product line and therefore feature excellent design and high performance. The Beast line consists of a large number of kits with varying specifications. We’re glad to see that Kingston hasn’t set the limit too low, with the slowest models being declared to 1600 MHz. Of course, the fun only really starts in the upper end, with kits certified to as much as 2400 MHz. Since these kits are intended for enthusiasts and overclockers, it should be noted that the most expensive bundles with 8 x 8 GB DDR3 2133 MHz come equipped with an aluminium cooling profile and two active fans, so that you can keep chasing your records.
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ADATA Hummingbirds: Gamer's Memory

ImageWe’ve received some modules from ADATA, both targeting advanced users and passionate gamers, from the Xtreme Performance Gear series, for testing purposes. Both kits have the same capacity - 2x2 GB. One kit is declared to 1333 MHz, the other to 1600 MHz, but visual differences are inexistent. The packaging is dominated by a sketch of a hummingbird, the feathers of which end on the aluminium coolers carrying the brand name that’s nicely embedded; not that this is of particular significance, but it’s a nice touch to separate these modules from all the “stickered” ones. The heatspreaders themselves are very simply designed and stick to the modules firmly.

 

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GeIL EVOTWO, Patriot Sector 5: Ever Cheaper and Ever Faster DDR3

geil_patriot_intro2.jpgImageAfter last month’s test of top-notch Kingston HyperX modules declared to 2333 and 2400 MHz, respectively, we’ve received similar Geil and Patriot modules for testing. Both are dual-channel kits of 2x2 GB, best compatible with Intel Core i5 and i7 CPUs, at a voltage of 1.65 V. Specifications for both tested kits are largely the same. Geil is declared to DDR3-2200 CL9-10-9-28, while Patriot has declared their modules as DDR3-2250 CL9-9-9-27. It’s clear that for RAM modules with clocks this high, it’s best to have an appropriate motherboard that has a high memory multiplier (preferably 12x), since the RAM memory clock is the result of BCLK and memory multiplier.

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Kingston HyperX DDR3: 2.5 GHz for Everyday

Kingston_HyperX_intro2.jpgImageA few months ago, we tested Kingston’s notorious HyperX 2133 CL8. This was the best and most expensive memory money could buy at the moment. Since competition hardly rested on their laurels, it was expected for more manufacturers to appear on the market with 2133 MHz models. The reputed manufacturer such as Kingston wouldn’t be as reputed if they hadn’t had the custom of surprising us just when we thought that a certain memory technology has hit its peak, in this case, DDR3. The competition was going around 2200 MHz, when Kingston decided to send us two kits of its newest memory, declared to 2333 and 2400 MHz, respectively.

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Kingston HyperX LoVo: Low Voltages, High Clocks

Kingston_HyperX_LoVo_intro2.jpgImageKingston, as one of the leading memory manufacturers, presented a new Low Voltage memory series with high clocks. Unlike standard DDR3 memories, working at 1.5 V, the memory sticks from this series have a lower voltage of 1.25 or 1.35 V. All models in this LoVo (shortened from Low Voltage) series also belong to the HyperX series, which should guarantee good overclockability. The low voltage enables use in power-saving computers or HTPCs, which is a major advantage of these modules compared to ordinary ones. We’ve received two kits for testing, declared to 1600 MHz.

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Kingston & Mushkin: High-speed DDR3 memory kits

DDR3_intro2.jpgImageDDR3 memory has definitely been developing into a mainstream standard in the past few months, as witnessed by the constant price drop and nearing the prices of DDR2. Having in mind that Intel has already presented its P55 platform to the market, it’s hardly surprising that faster and better memory kits for it appear all the time. Unlike the X58 platform, P55 was designed for dual-channel memory access, which “revived” dual-channel memory kits for Intel platforms.


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OCZ Blade 1066 and Blade 1200

OCZ_Blade_DDR2_intro2.jpgImageWhen everyone thought that DDR2 memory is “dead” and that there will be no innovations in that area, OCZ surprised us with  new Low Voltage modules that provide respectable performances. These modules can be recognized by LV mark and found in Blade and Platinum series. We got two kits from Blade series that are certified at 1066MHz and 1200MHz. Most important feature of these modules is their performance levels at nominal (DDR2) voltage (1.8V) and even small overclock margin. Chips used on these modules can achieve maximum performances at 2-2.1V so adding more voltage will not result in performance gains.
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Intel Core i7: Dual-Channel vs. Triple-Channel Memory Mode

ImageIntel Core i7 CPU introduced few novelties to desktop users and one among those was triple channel memory mode. This mode is supported by memory controller that is integrated into CPU itself. If you plan to upgrade to Core i7 platform one of advantages will be triple channel memory mode and with this test we offer you a straight answer to question: Is triple channel memory mode faster and better solution than dual channel mode?

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