Week of July 3, 2011

Friday, July 8 2011

Gigabyte Aivia M8600 @ LanOC Reviews

Posted by Nathan @ 2:35 PM (EDT)

In the moments before I sat down in the office to write this review, Wes and I wrestled with the web of cords that we hide behind the monitor. Given the opportunity, I think any user would jump on the chance to eliminate even one from that mess. Attractive of a thought as that is, wireless peripherals aren't always the friendliest, in cost or performance. We visited Gigabyte's Ghost engine last year with the M8000Xtreme, and today we sit down with the newest addition, one that is designed to cut down the clutter of cables.

ASUS USB-N13 802.11n Network Adapter Review @ ThinkComputers.org

Posted by Nathan @ 2:34 PM (EDT)

Good things come in small packages. Thatís right, this little USB wireless N adapter, also known as the ASUS USB-N13, is a good thing in a small package. It has style, performance, and stability of adapters that cost more than twice its price, and it even has extra features like Software AP. If you need a wireless N adapter, or just want to get something cool for a great price, the USB-N13 is what youíre looking for.

Sony Bravia XBR-55HX929 Review @ TechReviewSource.com

Posted by Nathan @ 2:33 PM (EDT)

The Sony XBR-55HX929 is a 55-inch LED 3D HDTV that has really great black levels and overall picture performance. It also has an attractive, solidly built design that encompasses many Internet-connected services, but viewing angles are a little off and no 3D glasses are included.

TechREACTION.net Review: Xigmatek GAIA

Posted by Nathan @ 2:33 PM (EDT)

Xigmatek deploys their traditional HDT design with 3 straight heatpipes in the GAIA. The design in this specific cooler employs 3 uncoated copper heatpipes in a fairly straight forward ďUĒ shape. The GAIAís heatpipes stand out, visually, because of its rather narrow design. The depth of the cooler measures a mere 50mm across, which makes it pretty slim compared to many other coolers in its class. This can be a big advantage if space is limited or oversized memory modules are used.

AC Ryan PlayOn!HD2 @ techPowerUp

Posted by Nathan @ 2:32 PM (EDT)

The AC Ryan PlayOn!HD2 is a networked multimedia player with HDMI and SPDIF output. It supports all common file formats, including 1080p HD up to 80 Mbps bitrate. Since the device based on a Realtek system-on-a-chip its power consumption is amazingly low, only around 10 W - lower than any HTPC you can build.

Lian Li PC-Z60 Aluminium Mid-Tower Chassis Review @ eTeknix.com

Posted by Nathan @ 2:32 PM (EDT)

Those who know me, will be aware that I'm not a case person. I'd much rather have my systems sprawled across boxes or sitting on a test bench, and it's all down to the time it takes to change components. For those in the computer industry, much like ourselves, you'll know exactly what it's like when you are forever changing components in a system, and for us it's almost a daily chore to go with having a shower, brushing your teeth and after a short while it gets a bit tedious and repetitive to say the least.

NZXT H2 Classic case @ Rbmods

Posted by Nathan @ 2:31 PM (EDT)

Today we are reviewing a case from NZXT. They are well known for their high quality cases so the question is; how long can they keep the quality up by making high quality case with cool new features? We received their H2 Classic case for testing today.

HIS Radeon HD 6950 IceQ X Turbo X 2GB Review @ Real World Labs

Posted by Nathan @ 2:30 PM (EDT)

Although the HIS Radeon HD 6950 IceQ X Turbo X 2GB (H695QNX2G2M) may not be the fastest single card out there still its very good overall performance along with its great overclocking potential, low noise levels and Eyefinity multi-monitor support result in a great product.


Prolimatech Genesis CPU Cooler Review @ Vortez

Posted by Nathan @ 2:30 PM (EDT)

Where do we start with the Prolimatech Genesis? For a start, itís not your everyday single or dual tower cooler. The Genesis is very unique in its design; it is composed of two radiators, one upright and the other designed as a down-draft heatsink to cool memory modules, MOSFETs and the motherboard Northbridge. This makes the Genesis a very versatile cooler and a promising one at that as it combines the sheer cooling potential of a regular heatsink and the motherboard cooling capability of down-draft coolers such as the Noctua NH-C14. There is a risk that Prolimatech have compromised on the design such that its efficiency is effectively reduced by implementing two concepts into one cooler. On initial looks the upright radiator appears very narrow and realistically we expect larger towers with higher surface areas to be the best performers. But as we all know, initial impressions donít tell the whole story and with Prolimatechís history of delivering high quality cooling solutions, we expect the Genesis design to revolutionise the future air cooling market.

AZZA Toledo 301 Gaming Chassis Review @ OverclockersHQ

Posted by Nathan @ 2:29 PM (EDT)

Azza has made some great cases in the past like the Fantom 900 with it's great thermal management and the Spartan 101 with its awesome external design and great features. Gamers certainly have appreciated what Azza has been making for them with cases like those. Well today we have a new case from Azza, the Toledo 301. What will gamers think about this chassis? Azza has tried to make it a budget case for gaming enthusiasts but did they have to sacrifice to make it the price your wallet will love? Lets take a closer look to answer those questions for you.

ASUS ENGTX560 TI DirectCU II Review @ Neoseeker

Posted by Nathan @ 2:28 PM (EDT)

The ASUS ENGTX560 TI DirectCU II targets the enthusiast market at just under $250 with improved onboard components and cooling. Hit our latest GeForce GTX 560 Ti to see how it stacks against reference designs and competing solutions from AMD.


Intel Core i3-2120 3.3GHz Sandy Bridge Processor Review @ Legit Reviews

Posted by Nathan @ 2:28 PM (EDT)

The Intel Core i3-2120 is a very capable processor for the $149.68 price tag that online retailers are asking for it. It was able to do everything we asked it to during testing and the test system felt just as fast and responsive on the desktop as the higher-end Core i5-2600K processor. It was only when we got deep into the benchmarking that we were able to find the strengths and weaknesses of the Core i3-2120...

Acer Iconia Tab A500 Android Tablet Review @ HotHardware.com

Posted by Nathan @ 2:27 PM (EDT)

As a long-time competitor in the desktop and laptop space, Acer recently began competing against other Android tablet manufacturers with the launch of its Acer Iconia Tab A500. This 10.1-inch tablet is the company's first in the new Acer Iconia family of tablets.


Seagate GoFlex Satellite 500GB Mobile Wireless Storage Review @ Bigbruin.com

Posted by Nathan @ 2:26 PM (EDT)

The Wi-Fi feature of the GoFlex Satellite is a great idea whose time has finally come. It was easy to connect to via either the web browser based interface or the App available from Apple's App Store. Sharing files with an Apple iPad is straightforward and is an easy way to expand the capacity to make sure all of your movies, music, and other files are accessible.

QNAP TS-219P+ NAS Network Server @ Benchmark Reviews

Posted by Nathan @ 2:25 PM (EDT)

Network storage is a concept that many people use without a second thought in corporate environments, but what about at home? In addition, a larger number of people are beginning to utilize cloud services, and most of those services include some storage capability. What if you could implement both, easily and with one device? All that and much more is readily available in a Network Attached Storage server from industry stalwart, QNAP. The TS-219P+ Turbo NAS uses a modern, energy-efficient 1.6 GHz Marvell ARM-based processor with 512 MB of DDR3 system memory to drive this storage server. A single Gigabit Ethernet network interface feeds data to the CPU, and then it's sent to two SATA 3Gb/s drive bays offering single disk, JBOD, and RAID 0/1 configurations. Benchmark Reviews recently examined the QNAP TS-659 Pro II Turbo NAS in detail, and now we compare the performance of this smaller unit against other network attached storage servers. If your m! edium-term data needs can be covered by 2-3GB of storage, you're a good candidate for a smaller two-bay unit like this one.



Thursday, July 7 2011

i3 vs i5 vs i7 Sandy Bridge comparison @ LanOC Reviews

Posted by Nathan @ 3:23 PM (EDT)

Intel started 2011 off with the official introduction to their highly anticipated Sandy Bridge processors. We had the chance to take a look at their mid-range i5-2500k and we loved it. The i5-2500k isnít perfect for everyone, thatís why Intel has introduced a range of processors. Today we will be taking a look at their i3-2100 and i7-2600 to see how they stand in the grand scheme of things. While we do, we will retest the i5-2500k and put the three head to head to find out what the extra money gets you.





Cooler Master HAF 932 Advanced Case Review @ BayReviews.com

Posted by Nathan @ 3:23 PM (EDT)

Whether you are building a gaming machine for the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 590 or need room and stability to expand for tomorrow, the Cooler Master HAF 932 Advanced is going to be a case you will consider. The three massive 230 MM cooling fans and unique hard drive bay system certainly caught my attention. How well will the HAF 932 Advanced help cool the ASUS KGPE-D16 dual AMD Opteron motherboard? Why should you replace the rear 140MM case fan? Read On To Find Out!

CLICK HERE FOR Cooler Master HAF 932 Advanced Case DEALS & SHOPPING


Lamptron Fan Controller Touch @ techPowerUp

Posted by Nathan @ 3:22 PM (EDT)

Lamptron Touch is the first touch screen fan controller in a series of notable releases from Lamptron. The Touch places excellent customization at your finger tips while an external brushed aluminum front will certainly go well with any case. We'll place this high end controller under our thumb and see how it stacks up against the competition.

AMD Radeon 6570 512MB Graphics Card Review @ eTeknix.com

Posted by Nathan @ 3:22 PM (EDT)

I'm going to start things off on a bad note, as you may or may not know, we took a look at the AMD Radeon 6450 not so long ago, and it was great for the general usage tasks and HTPC purposes but it didn't really get our blood pumping, but it was never really set out to do that in the first place.

FSP Aurum Gold CM 750W Power Supply Review @ Real World Labs

Posted by Nathan @ 3:21 PM (EDT)

Not only does the latest Aurum Gold CM line by the FSP Group offer the same impressive features like an 80Plus Gold certification, rock solid rails and small form factor as the normal Aurum Gold line but it also features flat, low profile modular cables for optimal airflow inside your case.

Xion Predator AXP 970 Case Review @ OCModShop

Posted by Nathan @ 3:21 PM (EDT)

Iím always a bit skeptical of gaming cases, or the enthusiast cases. Thereís no way I could convince myself to walk into my nearest Fryís and pick one off the shelf that looked good. It simply goes against the common sense that many of us have developed to do our research before we buy. That said, when a Xion Predator AXP 970 landed in my lap for review, it felt a bit like the Russian roulette of performance cases. Knowing nothing about the case, I set out to personally acquaint myself with it.

PowerColor Radeon HD 6850 SCS 3 @ Neoseeker

Posted by Nathan @ 3:20 PM (EDT)

The PowerColor HD 6850 SCS 3 distinguishes itself from reference designs by using a passive heatsink for quiet cooling. It aims to be the fastest silent graphics card available, so hit our review to see if it is the ideal solution for anyone looking to reduce their rig's overall acoustic level while still keeping performance to run many of today's games.

ASRock Core HT HTPC (Sandybridge) Review @ Kitguru

Posted by Nathan @ 3:20 PM (EDT)

ASrock have been active in the last 12 months, releasing a high quality range of motherboards and small form factor computers. Today we are looking at their latest range of media centers Ė the Core HT HTPC, which is based around the Intel Sandybridge platform.

ASUS GeForce GTX 580 DirectCU II 1.5GB DirectX 11 Video Card Review @ Hi Tech Legion

Posted by Nathan @ 3:19 PM (EDT)

The ASUS GTX580 DirectCU II is equipped with a large three-slot heatsink designed for a quieter and cooler performance. The ASUS GTX580 DirectCU IIís direct copper contact and dual-fan cooling solution produces up to 600% more airflow compared to the reference NVIDIA design. With two fans operating at lower fan speeds, the ASUS GTX580 DirectCU II can cool the GPU much more efficiently and with much less noise than with a single blower style fan.


XFX WarPad Review @ OCC

Posted by Nathan @ 3:18 PM (EDT)

My arm never felt better after a long eight-hour day of constant computing and mouse work. I almost felt as if I had more energy to go home and continue my mouse work in a much needed gaming session. When I arrived home, I was greeted with a small complication. The table I am stuck using as a desk this summer has a rather large lip on it Ė larger than the rated 2" thickness. Needless to say, the WarPad didnít fit. For the time being, I laid out the pad to enjoy its humongous size anyway. I cannot say exactly how much it improved my skills, but with great confidence I can claim a lot more head shots simply because I could actually keep my mouse on the pad for a change.

Wednesday, July 6 2011

Coolermaster Silencio 550 Review @ XSReviews.co.uk

Posted by Nathan @ 12:31 PM (EDT)

Fancy a gamer case with LEDs, huge spinning fans with lasers and glow strips, elaborate colours, side windows, big plastic front panels? Go read another review then. This is one for the enthusiasts, the professionals and the silence nazis. The Coolermaster Silencio 550, a sleek, black chassis with thick sound proofing foam on the side panels; letís check it out.

NB: Since this case was released, Coolermaster have made a few changes to the design, so please take these into consideration. All changes can be seen here.

Razer Nostromo @ LanOC Reviews

Posted by Nathan @ 12:31 PM (EDT)

The Razer Nostromo is an intriguing piece of hardware. The name may sound familiar to some enthusiasts who remember the n52te 'speedpad' from Belkin, which is pretty much an identical piece to what we are reviewing today. That product was collaboration between the two companies, and Razer has adopted and given new life to the keypad known as the Nostromo. This lucky peripheral has the pleasure of being tested by two of our contributors, one a keypad newbie and the other a Logitech G13 junkie.


Corsair Obsidian Series 650D Mid Tower Case Review @ ThinkComputers.org

Posted by Nathan @ 12:30 PM (EDT)

Corsair really surprised us when they entered the case market with the Obsidian Series 800D full tower case. The 800D was just awesome and probably one of the best cases I have reviewed in the past 3 years. They next went to the Graphite Series with the 600T, this case was equally impressive. Today we are taking a look at the first mid tower case in the Obidian Series, the 650D. The case has many of the same features we loved on on the 800D, but also adds some from the Graphite Series line of cases as well. Is this the perfect mid tower for you?

CLICK HERE FOR Corsair Obsidian Series 650D DEALS & SHOPPING

OCZ Agility 3 240 GB @ techPowerUp

Posted by Nathan @ 12:29 PM (EDT)

OCZ's Agility 3 is the company's latest mid-range solid state drive based on the Sandforce SF-2281 which supports the SATA 6 Gbps interface. As flash chips Micron 25 nm chips are used which promise to provide excellent performance for this 240 GB SSD.


Thermaltake Chaser Gaming Case Review @ XtremeComputing

Posted by Nathan @ 12:28 PM (EDT)

Thermaltake is a brand that has been around for many years, and one weíre very familiar with at XtremeComputing. Today I will be reviewing the Thermaltake Chaser MK-I, one of Thermaltakeís latest gaming-ATX cases.

Cubitek Tattoo Pro Chassis Review @ OCIA.net

Posted by Nathan @ 12:27 PM (EDT)

The Cubitek brand isnít one I was familiar with even though they were founded in 2002. They were initially founded as an OEM/ODM business model but in the spring of 2010 they reorganized to be able to become a branded manufacturer. That translates to them being a newer player in the market and perhaps I havenít been remiss in not noticing them until now. Their philosophy of "Build something we would want to buy at a price we would want to payĒ certainly speaks to me. Today we are going to take a look at their Tattoo Pro mid-tower offering and see if it lives up to that claim.

Logitech Gaming Keyboard G510 Review @ Vortez

Posted by Nathan @ 12:26 PM (EDT)

The G510 will be very familiar to those who have previously experienced Logitechís G series gaming keyboards. It shares the same functionality as the G15 V1, has the sleeker looks of the V2 and the added substance of the flagship G19. So we can expect to see programmable G keys (54 of them!), customisable backlighting (any colour you can dream of), media keys (the volume scroll wheel is back!), and of course the GamePanel LCD. Logitech did not want to just rehash the same features we have seen before and thought it appropriate to integrate USB audio so gamers can simply plug in their headset or microphones. From the initial impressions, it is clear that Logitech have listened to gamers and have delivered the quality they are famed for. But letís see the keyboard itself in the flesh.

Cooler Master Elite 310 Case Review @ OCModShop

Posted by Nathan @ 12:26 PM (EDT)

Iíll say it like it is, The Cooler Master Elite 310 is not the case youíre going to be selecting for your next powerful gaming rig. However, it still a solid case that would be suitable for a budget build or if youíre going for something less flashy. The one we received was the model with the white chassis and the pink front plate. So this model may be a great one to go with if youíre looking for something for the lady in your life, or the guys who enjoy the color pink (you know who you are). Still, it should be noted that the case is also available in black, and has a fairly diverse selection of front plate coloring options. So fear not, pink is not your only choice!

CLICK HERE FOR Cooler Master Elite 310 Case DEALS & SHOPPING

Gigabyte GeForce GTX 560 OC Edition Video Card Review @ Legit Reviews

Posted by Nathan @ 12:25 PM (EDT)

So there we have it: the Gigabyte GeForce GTX 560 OC (GV-N56GOC-1GI) Video Card. It ran well in all of our little tests and it survived the punishment we threw at it. The Windforce Cooling system on the Gigabyte GeForce GTX 560 OC (GV-N56GOC-1GI) Video Card is one of the best coolers I have tested; it kept the card at a nice cool 73 degrees even at a full load...


Silverstone Strider Plus 1000W Review (SST-ST1000-P) @ Kitguru

Posted by Nathan @ 12:24 PM (EDT)

A few weeks ago we reviewed the Silverstone Strider Gold 1200W power supply and we were very impressed with the results. If you canít quite stretch to the £200+ asking price, then todayís review product might just hit the spot. The SilverStone Strider Plus 1000W power supply costs around £100 less, but maintains a modular design with 80 Plus Silver Certification. Is it worth your money?

Coolermaster Storm Enforcer gaming case @ Madshrimps

Posted by Nathan @ 12:24 PM (EDT)

When we visited Coolermaster Labs early this year we had some ideas how the new Enforcer was taking form. We also saw then some pre avalaution models of the now released Cosmos case. At Cebit 2011 Marco (CM's marketing guy for the Storm line up) was eager to show off their latest creation to us. It had some pretty good features that could please any gamer out there. Though we we had ( as usual ) some criticism on some concept ideas. Though with the final products arriving at the Madshrimps lab we can see if Coolermaster created the ultimate game case yes or no.

CLICK HERE FOR Coolermaster Storm Enforcer DEALS & SHOPPING

IN WIN Commander II 1200W Power Supply Review @Hi Tech Legion

Posted by Nathan @ 12:23 PM (EDT)

The IN WIN Commander II 1200W Power Supply ensures enough power for both now and later. The Commander II 1200W offers excellent reliability with a 80 Bronze Plus certification and an efficiency up to 85%. Features include high efficiency voltage transfer technology of double forward circuit design, Japanese industrial grade electrolytic and solid state capacitors, steady 12V DC to DC VRM output design, and full industrial grade protectors (OCP, OVP, OPP, UVP, SCP). The Commander II comes with a semi modular design for good cable management and can support up to 8(6+2) PCI-E connectors for multi-GPU systems. For cooling there is a 13.5cm double ball bearing fan that offers low acoustics and high quality.

Sapphire HD6950 2GB DiRT3 Edition Review @ OCC

Posted by Nathan @ 12:23 PM (EDT)

I was able to get my card to overclock pretty well, seeing a 12.5% increase on the GPU Core and 12% on the memory ó 900MHz and 1400MHz, respectively. While the GPU Core clock speed was about just below the average, it is still a nice bump; however, the memory was the third highest clock in the running. The only complaint that I do have is that the card is quite long, but this is becoming more of a norm in the market with high-end graphics cards to accommodate the cooling that they require.

Swiftech H20-220 Edge Watercooling Kit @ Bjorn3D

Posted by Nathan @ 12:22 PM (EDT)

Swiftech has been in the enthusiast PC cooling market for over a decade now. Back in early 2000 they made their way into the Enthusiast PC cooling market with the MC370 line of heatsinks and have been an industry leader ever since. Swiftech has made many innovations in the world of PC watercooling which allows for better performance and easier installation. In our hands today we have the swiftech H20-220 Edge watercooling kit which is a complete custom watercooling setup in the form of a kit. With this kit Swiftech has picked top shelf components all packaged together into an easy to install DIY kit for the end user.

ADATA S511 Solid State Drive @ Benchmark Reviews

Posted by Nathan @ 12:21 PM (EDT)

ADATA knows that SandForce-driven SSDs are a win-win combination of performance and speed. In this article, Benchmark Reviews tests the ADATA S511 solid state drive. Based on the popular new SandForce SF-2281 SATA 6GB/s controller and fast IMFT-branded NAND flash components, ADATA claims the AS511S3 is capable of 550 MB/s read and 510 MB/s write speed with 4K random write speeds as high as 60,000 IOPS in real world testing. We test these claims, and compare performance to competing storage solid-state solutions in this review to find out which SSD is best.

ASUS GTX 550 Ti DirectCU TOP Review @ ocaholic

Posted by Nathan @ 12:21 PM (EDT)

With the ENGTX550 Ti DirectCU TOP, ASUS has nVidia's GT500 series sub for less then CHF 200.- (ca. EUR 150.-) in its portfolio. It comes with a redesigned PCB design, the well known and efficient DirectCU cooler and a decent factory overclocking of 75 MHz. Therefore we're curious how this thing will perform in our benchmark parcours.


Tuesday, July 5 2011

Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD5 AM3+ Motherboard Review @Hi Tech Legion

Posted by Nathan @ 12:21 AM (EDT)

Gigabyte is coming out of the gate with the GA-990FXA-UD5 AM3+ Motherboard. The Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD5 AM3+ Motherboard is feature rich and Bulldozer ready, but is still fully compatible with existing AM3 processors. Featuring amenities such as USB 3.0, 8 SATA III connections (with 3TB support), PCIe slots capable of three way CrossFire-X or Sli, and onboard HD audio, the GA-990FXA specs like an enthusiasts dream.

MSI N560GTX TI Twin Frozr Review @ XSReviews.co.uk

Posted by Nathan @ 12:21 AM (EDT)

There are many different companies trying to sell you GPUs out there and each one of them is trying to make themselves unique. Today weíre looking at an MSI card that does that in looks and name, the N560GTX-TI Twin Frozr II. Itís got a fancy looking cooler and 560GTX TI performance. It should be a good combination, letís see.


Antec KŁhler H2O 920 CPU Cooler Review @ Madshrimps

Posted by Nathan @ 12:20 AM (EDT)

Antec has brought another compact water cooling system to the market, the KŁhler H2O 920, which comes with a bigger radiator, more powerful PWM fans in a push-pull configuration, a multicolored LED and software customization through ChillControl V.



Monday, July 4 2011

Corsair SP2500 2.1 PC speaker system @ LanOC Reviews

Posted by Nathan @ 2:33 PM (EDT)

This year at CES Corsair introduced their SP2500 2.1 PC speaker system to the world. At the press conference, more than one person was a little skeptical after hearing its MSRP of almost $250. After spending a little time with the speakers during our booth tour I could see the potential, but with all of the noise on the floor at CES it can sometimes cover up the bad. Having the opportunity to get one of our own I was excited to see what it is really capable of. Let's jump in.

CLICK HERE FOR Corsair SP2500 2.1 PC speaker system DEALS & PRICING


ASUS Maximus IV Extreme P67 Motherboard @ Pro-Clockers

Posted by Nathan @ 2:32 PM (EDT)

There is a lot offered by the Maximus IV Extreme in addition to the support of Intel's Sandy Bridge processor and SATA-III, thanks to the P67 chip. It also packs incredible cooling, extreme performance and an over-abundance of overclocking options (if there is such a thing). For those that have the budget for such a powerful motherboard like the Maximus IV Extreme, the sky truly is the limit. We can't wait to put the board through its paces, so letís get on with the show.

NZXT Source 210 Elite @ techPowerUp

Posted by Nathan @ 2:32 PM (EDT)

The dust has settled after the huge splash of the NZXT Phantom, the silence was taken by the H2 - what now? The Source series of cases aims to take on the budget market, but still offer the distinct NZXT looks we have come to expect. How does it turn out?

FSP Aurum CS Series AU-650 Review @ Technic3D

Posted by Nathan @ 2:32 PM (EDT)

The FSP Aurum CS Series AU-650 650W PSU arrived Technic3D. See you in the following Review from Technic3D the next PSU with four +12V rails (18A), a 120mm Fan, 8x SATA hard disk connectors and 4x PCI-e 6+2-Pin.

NZXT Avatar S Gaming Mouse @ Rbmods

Posted by Nathan @ 2:31 PM (EDT)

That is a question that only you can answer. but we can help you, guide you, and say what we think. Today we are taking a look at a gaming mouse from NZXT named Avatar S. How well does it perform vs other mice on the market?

3R System L-900 V.REX F8 PC Case Review @ Real World Labs

Posted by Nathan @ 2:31 PM (EDT)

Although the latest L-900 V.REX F8 midi tower by 3R System features the same noise killer 2 anti-vibration 3.5inch drive cage as its larger brothers, space for graphics cards up to 280mm in length and can be outfitted with a total of eight 120mm fans its best feature is its extremely tempting price tag.

Creative Sound Blaster Tactic3D Sigma Review @ Vortez

Posted by Nathan @ 2:31 PM (EDT)

Creative have been strong name within the world of audio for over 20 years. The Sound Blaster brand has an extensive portfolio of products within it Ė spanning many years and achieving the highest of accolades. Anyone within the community that hasnít heard of Sound Blaster is spending too much time on their Mac. Creativeís most recent product launch under the Sound Blaster brand is the Tactic3D headset.

CLICK HERE FOR Creative Sound Blaster Tactic3D Sigma DEALS & PRICING


Thermolab Trinity Heatsink Review @ Frostytech.com

Posted by Nathan @ 2:30 PM (EDT)

Thermolab's Trinity heatsink stands 149mm tall with a footprint of 136x58mm. The aluminum finned heatsink weighs 735 grams and comes with one 130x130x25mm PWM fan that operates at 1800-600RPM. The fan is mounted to the heatsinks' fins with permanently attached rubber vibration absorbing posts. Four 6mm diameter sintered metal wick exposed base heatpipes form the backbone of this CPU cooler while a simple bracket system allows it to install onto Intel socket 775/1155/1156/1366 and AMD socket AM2/AM3/FM1 processors.

Sapphire HD 6770 FleX Edition Review @ OCC

Posted by Nathan @ 2:30 PM (EDT)

In the standard gaming tests, the HD 6770 delivered results indicative of its architecture. Overclocking the HD 6770 lead to measurable performance increases across the board for not a lot of time commitment. The HD 6770 FleX was able to push out a 11%+ improvement on the core clock to 945MHz and a 13%+ bump on the GDDR5 memory clock to 1374MHz - both substantial and worthy of the time commitment.

ASUS ENGT 440 Review @ ocaholic

Posted by Nathan @ 2:29 PM (EDT)

With the ENGT440 ASUS has NVIDIA's low end product in its portfolio that is a bit faster than the GT 440 and comes with ASUS' own PCB design. This card is based on Fermi's architecture which has been fully reworked for the entry level. Nevertheless we're curious how this thing will perform in our benchmark parcours.


Sunday, July 3 2011

Arctic Breeze USB 2.0 Hub and Fan Review @ Viperlair

Posted by Nathan @ 10:28 PM (EDT)

So I'm taking the photos for this article outside in my south facing garden. I live right on the south coast of England, although I am about a mile inland so no sea breeze to speak of. It's only early, (9am) so it would seem that today is going to be a scorcher! A shame then that I have to go inside to write this, admittedly quick, review. However, the item in question may help to make it bearable since it's a USB powered Fan and USB 2.0 Hub. If I have to be inside, at least I can keep cool while I'm doing it! So let's take a quick look at the Arctic Cooling Arctic Breeze Pro.

NZXT Avatar S Gaming Mouse Review @ eTeknix.com

Posted by Nathan @ 10:28 PM (EDT)

If we asked you to name a target category for NZXT products, peripherals would probably be the last section on your list. Recent diversion into new markets by NZXT has changed things though. They are very quickly becoming a diverse brand looking to match their newer attempts in other product categories with the amazing name they have built themselves mainly through their cases. Today we have one of their latest releases, a mouse, the NZXT Avatar S to be precise.

Super Flower Golden King Platinum 550W @ Hardwareoverclock.com

Posted by Nathan @ 10:27 PM (EDT)

Hardwareoverclock.com has just posted another PSU review. Last week we have taken a look at the Super Flower Golden King Platinum 550W. The Golden King is one of the first power supplies with the Platinum Certification, 90% 92% 89% Efficiency.

A.C.Ryan PlayON!HD 2 FullHD Network Media Player Review @ Real World Labs

Posted by Nathan @ 10:27 PM (EDT)

The latest PlayON!HD 2 FullHD Network Media Player by A.C.Ryan is the way to go for anyone out to buy an medium sized unit with a list of impressive features such as USB 3.0 to PC connection, 3.5inch EZ Drive tray, card reader, support for almost every available media format and the most user friendly GUI in the market.

MSI GTX580 3GB Lightning 'Xtreme Edition' Review @ Vortez

Posted by Nathan @ 10:27 PM (EDT)

There are cards on the market today that have 4GB of GDDR5 on-board. Those are however dual GPU cards. The standard GTX580 has to settle with a 'paltry' 1.5GB. MSI have took note that the enthusiast market are now gaming at resolutions higher the 1680x1050. 1920x1080 is now the norm with 1920x1200 becoming increasingly popular. There are those who crave higher resolutions and with multiple monitor setups now being fully supported by many recent games, higher and higher amounts of Vram are required to keep pace. It's for this reason that MSI have seen fit to employ 3GB of GDDR5 to the Xtreme Edition of their GTX580. Overclocks remain untouched but the cooler has been re-designed in the guise of Twin Frozr III.

ASUS P8Z68 Deluxe Motherboard Review @Hi Tech Legion

Posted by Nathan @ 10:26 PM (EDT)

Hitting the near top of the Z68 lineup is the ASUS P8Z68 Deluxe motherboard. The P8Z68 Deluxe board is setup for the high performance user that requires more connectivity. Hardware features of the Deluxe motherboard include an LGA1155 socket for the newest Sandy Bridge processors. The Z68 Express Chipset supports up to 32GB of DDR3 with a max speed of 2200MHz with overclocked settings. There is support for both AMD and NVIDIAs Quad-GPU technology. The Virtu software allows virtual use of the Intel Accelerated HD Graphics loaded into the Sandy Bridge processors. However, because of no display connectivity on the back panel of the P8Z68 Deluxe, only d-MODE can be utilized.