Monday News, August 29th 2011

Recently we have reviewed quite a few Athlon and Phenom CPUs. It is always exciting to receive new hardware but we feel that these latest variations have been lacking on the innovation side of things. The new A-series APU changes all that!

Today we are looking at their latest mid range offering which is equipped with the highly regarded Vapor X cooler

Crucial has posted a firmware update (0009) for its M4 line which can be downloaded at Crucial.Com by M4 owners. The good news is that the firmware provides significant performance increase for all capacities of the M4 SSD. We initially thought this to be a typical f/w update and subsequently upgraded and tested our Crucial M4 512GB SSD without thought. The Vantage HDD Suite score jumped from 63076 to 68543 total points. This was totally unexpected and great to see!

Case, Cooling and Peripherals

We are testing the Phenom II X4 955 CPU against the Athlon II X4 645 CPU. The Phenom II X4 955 is clocked at 3200Mhz and the the Athlon II X4 645 is clocked at 3100Mhz. The Phenom II X4 955 supports MMX+, 3DNow+, SSE, SSE2, SSE3, SSE4A, x86-64 and AMD-V. A big advantage for the Phenom II X4 955 is the 6MB Level 3 Cache while the Athlon II X4 645 has none. We will be using Benchmarks for testing the Phenom II X4 955 and Athlon II X4 645 which are:- Cinebench, Everest, Geekbench, Novabench and Nuclearus. Games are Hawk 2 and Lost Planet 2.


It is almost four years to the day that the first consumer solid state drive was making its appearance which makes todays EXCLUSIVE SATA 3 mSATA SSD review truly sweet. Runcore is timing this 'world first' release with the news that they are also opening shop in California to better serve North American enterprise and client needs. The Runcore T50 mSATA SSD is 'SandForce Driven' with the SF-2281 processor and capable of equal 500MB/s speeds and, incredibly, ways the same as a 25 cent piece.