XBIT LABS pits the Opteron vs. the Xeon cpu. The Single Core Opteron 254, The dual Core Opteron 275, the Single Core Xeon 3.6GHz and the Dual Core Xeon 2.8GHz gets compared. The Supermicro X6DA3-G2 motherboard and the Tyan K8WE board are also included. Note that Xbitlabs managed to test dual processors – or quad cores in some case. The conclusion though is that your processor choice is dependent on what you want to do.
Extremetech reviews the Logitech Quickcam Fusion which is apparently a better webcam. It promises to improve image quality in dim light. Even if it had some few edges, Extremetech found it to be one of the best webcams they used. Whether you consider that webcam to be significantly better than those costing ten times less to be a good reason for buying it is a matter of personal choice though.
DoomedPC checks the Arctic Fan. This one goes back to basics. No LED or UV reactive material. Not even a standard frame to protect your fingers from touching the fans tips. The latter are actually plsatic reinforced fibreglass attached to some kind of rubber material. It only sucks air though rather than pushing it although one should be able to couple two of them.
In its most recent paper magazine – February 2006, PC Pro has a roundup of internet security software suites. Ten contestants were rated and Zonelabs Zonealarm security suite 6, Symantec and Trend Micro came on top of the crop. Six separate benchmarks were set; results were close showing that there is no bad suite per se. But why they haven’t included any free or OS package is something of a mystery.
Club3D might now be well known to you but then you are not alone. I have very rarely come across reviews of their products lately. Elitebastards has a review of their Geforce 6600 Passive Edition 256MB videocard. It has a fairly sizeable heatsink and a SLI connector. EB tests it against the Radeon X700 Pro as well as two of them in SLI mode. It can even be overclocked, which is a good thing. It is silent as you can guess. Watch out though for other options around.
Laptoplogic has a test of the Sony VAIO VGN-TX650P laptop which features one of the first 11.1-inch widescreen display I’ve seen. It has quite a number of connectivity options. It is expensive though and while it has a rather cramped keyboard – because of the size, it still ranks favourably when compared with others. It is equipped with a Pentium M ULV 1.2GHz and a 512MB DDR memory.
News source: TheInquirer