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NZXT Hale90 850W

NZXT has been expanding its product offerings beyond cases, with the latest being a lineup of efficient power supplies, dubbed Hale90. The Hale90 series of PSUs consists of models ranging from 550 to 1,000 watts.We had the opportunity to evaluate the Hale90 850W. The NZXT Hale90 850W sports a mostly modular design and a unique aesthetic, at least in the power supply space. Hardwired to the Hale90 850W unit are its 24-pin ATX power connector, 8-pin (4+4) motherboard connector, a few SATA connectors,
and a pair of PCI-E connectors; the rest of the cables are modular. Further,any modular cable can be plugged into anyof the receptacles on the unit, noteworthybecause most PSUs have specific receptacles
for each cable type. Other notables include an 80 Plus Gold efficiency rating and amassive 70A single 12V rail.

Its features and specs put the NXZT Hale90 850W PSU strictly in enthusiast territory, and in terms of performance,the unit did not disappoint. Our 12-core dual-Xeon5680-powered rig was able to put a sustained load of almost 790W on the Hale90 850W unit, and we never experienced a hint of instability.
The NZXT Hale90 doesn’t have all of the features or as long of a warranty as some other competing power supplies, but at $179, it’s competitively priced and a solid performer. If you find the white finish and cable configuration of the Hale90 appealing, this PSU is worthy of consideration.

Crosley Spins A Revolution

Call us old-fashioned, but we still buy new music on LP. Thus, it always does our analog heart good to see new digital-flavored turntables make the scene, including Crosley’s belt-driven Revolution (CR6002A), a $149.95 spinner (45rpm and 33 1/3 rpm) that takes “the record player out of the box.” Beyond being Crosley’s first battery-powered model (six AAs), the company claims the Revolution is its first with a “platter smaller than a teacup saucer” and first with wireless transmitter. Like other digital turntables, the Revolution includes a USB port to turn album-based tracks into digital files (ripping and editing software included). Other integrated goodies include an FM transmitter, headphone jack, line-out port, and dynamic full-range speaker.

LaCie Enters Wireless Space Impressively


September was a busy month for LaCie. In addition to announcing the impish MosKeyto ($17.99 and up), a roughly 20mm USB thumb drive offering up to 16GB storage, the company detailed the new, intriguing, and handsome Wireless Space (starts at $229.99), LaCie’s first Wi-Fi-packing NAS for Mac and PC users.
Wireless Space can function as a media server, Wi- Fi b/g/n access point, and full-fledged router. It’s compatible with UPnP/DLNA, iTunes, and Time Machine (Genie Timeline software included).
Models in 1TB and 2TB sizes with three USB ports are set for an October statesiderelease. LaCie also announced its first RAID (0, 1, JBOD) storage device in the form of the 2big USB 3.0, which touts up to 205MBps performance. Starting at $349.99, the 2big is available in up to 4TB models. A non-RAID, single-disk, 130MBps d2 USB 3.0 version is also available in 1TB ($149.99) and 2TB ($249.99) sizes.

Crazy About Video? Then Take A Looxcie

If you think Bluetooth headsets are obnoxious, stop reading. The Looxcie ($199) isn’t for you. If, however, you don’t mind small devices dangling from your ear and video is your bag, by all means give the Looxcie a long, er, look. In addition to functioning as a hands-free Bluetooth headset, this bullet-shaped video wonder stores up to five hours (or as much as 4GB) of HVGA video. But that’s not all. Download an accompanying app to your Android smartphone (support for other smartphone OSes is said to be coming this fall), press a button on the device, and the Looxcie will send the last 30 seconds of footage
to the app, from which you can post to Facebook, YouTube, or Twitter or email it to others. You can also configure the app to automatically transfer clips or move them to a PC via USB cable.

Shuttle XS35GT-804


It’s easy to bash nettops in a power user magazine. Nettops like this XS35GT still can’t complete a default 3DMark Vantage run. (We had to drop into the Entry profile, yielding a score of E1792.) That said, no one buys a nettop for 3D gaming. These are the low-power, ultraquiet cloud clients meant to be power
users’ second (or third) PC. In our June issue, we looked at View- Sonic’s VOT132 nettop. (See page 34.)
Half a year later, Shuttle’s design easily outperforms the Viewsonic. For example, the VOT132 pulled an overall PCMark Vantage score of 1752, with respective Gaming and Productivity sub-scores of 1532 and 1569. Shuttle’s XS35GT scores 2041, 1663, and 1805, respectively. More importantly, the Viewsonic struggled with HD streaming video. Shuttle shows occasional frame drops with YouTube at 1080p, but it’s quite watchable; 720p streaming is rock solid.

Now, the glossy VOT132 was the size of a paperback but needed an add-on drive if you wanted optical disc support, nearly doubling the unit’s thickness. OurXS35GT integrates a slim DVD-RW but is significantly longer—almost the size of two VOT132s placed edge to edge. We didn’t care for the Swiss cheese mesh aesthetics of the side panels, but it does give ample ventilation to the double-sided, passively cooled motherboard. The system draws 23W at most and is silent beyond about 18 inches. Unlike the VOT132, Shuttle’s 802.11n antennas are internal but still pulled three of five bars from across a 2,600-square-foot house.
Shuttle asks $259.99 for the barebones Ion 2 config, or if you really don’t care about graphics and video, the non-Ion version (still with 2GB DDR2, a 320GBHDD, and DVD burner) is $299.99. Our verdict: strong 2D results, compact design,fair price.


by William Van Winkle

Gigabyte X58-USB3


Jumping into one of Intel’s six-core Core i7s can be an expensive proposition, but with the X58-USB3, Gigabyte scales down the X58 features (no 6Gbps SATA or eSATA ports) to offer an affordable motherboard that can still handle the Core i7-970 or 980X. The X58-USB3’s layout is fairly well thought-out, but we didn’t like the placement of the front-panel audio connector, which was located above the expansion slots. On the plus side, Gigabyte built in three PCI-E x16 slots, and the first two are capable of running at full x16 speed. The bottom PCI-E x16 slot runs at x4 speed. Compared to Gigabyte’s X58A-UD9
and X58A-UD7, the X58-USB3 doesn’t offer as large of heatsinks, or as much power regulation. That being said, we were still able to push the Intel Core i7- 980X in our test system to 4.4GHz.

Our overclock included slight voltage increases to both the CPU and memory. Gigabyte also includes a slew of recovery, hard drive, and overclocking utilities. If you’re looking for a motherboard that’s a good value—and are OK with one that doesn’t have all the high-end features the X58-USB3 is for you. We also like that it offers enough overclocking tools to let you push the high-end Core i7 processors it was designed to work with.


by Nathan Lake

AMD Radeon HD 6870 & 6850


AMD just launched its third-generation 40nm GPU, but there is very little new in terms of architecture compared to the 5000 Series. To add to the confusion, the new cards are actually closer in performance to the Radeon HD 5830 and 5770 than the Cypress cards with which these cards share a suffix. You read right: The Radeon HD 5850 and 5870 will outperform the wet-behind-the-ears Radeon HD 6870 and 6850, respectively. Read on to find out how AMD managed to crater the price of performance graphics cards
without a die shrink or new architecture. The GPU inside the 6870 and 6850 consists of 1.7 billion transistors, which is close to half a billion fewer than the 5870 GPU. Die size has also slimmed from
Cypress’ 334mm2 to 255mm2, which enables AMD to crank out more 6870 GPUs per wafer. AMD’s secret to maintaining near 5870 performance with 25% fewer ICs is core clock. The Radeon HD 6870 and 6850 have 900MHz and 775MHz cores, respectively. Both GPUs have a 256-bit memory bus, but AMD set
the clocks at 1,050MHz for the 6870 and 1,000MHz for the 6850. Load/idle board power for the 6870 and 6850 are 151W/ 19W and 127W/19W, respectively.Architecturally, AMD’s engineers effectively took 25% of the horses dedicated to Cypress’ compute/shader/texture performance and hitched them instead to a rasterization/tessellation/ROP wagon, yieldingbetter real-world gaming performance. The SIMD engines found in the flagship Radeon HD 5870 return practically unchanged in the Barts XT and Pro chips,which have 14 and 12 SIMD engines respectively, for 1,120 and 960 stream processors each. The only real variation,however, is that each of the new SPs is no longer capable of FP64 calculations, which never come into play with 3D workloads, so gamers won’t notice the omission.
The more significant changes came to the tessellation unit, which is now capable of roughly twice the performance of the Cypress-based cards. The graphics engine also has a second rasterizer, which keeps the GPU’s horses fed and watered. These cards also support AMD’s new Morphological Anti-Aliasing mode, which performs fullscene anti-aliasing with less frame rate penalty compared to super-sampling.
We tested the Radeon HD 6870 and 6850 against Evga’s GeForce GTX 460 SuperClocked Edition, which got a $20 price cut on the eve of AMD’s launch. In the DirectX 9 Left 4 Dead 2, AMD’s new cards surpassed the mildly overclocked GTX 460 by more than 20fps (for the 6870) and 9fps (for the 6850).

The DX11 performance was significantly closer, with the 460 besting the 6850 inS.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call
of Pripyat. The more tessellation-intensive Aliens vs. Predator demo seems to favor  AMD’s hardware, which speaks directly to theadvancements made in the Barts GPU.

AMD has a winner on its hands, but Nvidia’s price-slashed GTX 460 and 470 are more attractive than ever. The price/ performance battle is close, but AMD gets the nod here. But even if AMD’s parade
was moistened by Nvidia’s price cut, gamers in the market for a new graphics card come out the ultimate winners.

by Andrew Leibman

Sony Puts The Walkman Out To Pasture



Although early rumors stemming from a Microsoft Netherlands press release surfacing in mid-October
point toward a Windows 8 release in 2012, Microsoft has plenty to celebrateright now with Windows 7.
According to an Oct. 21 release fromMicrosoft commemorating Windows 7’s first birthday, Microsoft has sold 240 million-plus copies of Windows 7 in the OS’ first year. Reportedly, 65 million sales came in the last 90 days. Microsoft claims Windows 7 has secured more than 17% of the global OS market in less than a year and touts that 1.2 billion PCs globally run a Windows OS. Further, Microsoft says 93% of new consumer PCs run Windows 7 and also points to a 94% customer satisfaction rating (provided by Lifehacker). Business-wise, Microsoft says 90% of companies have already moved or are starting to move to Windows 7.