Reviews

8.0
Date: Sep 2nd 2014
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
Sapphire R9 285 Dual-X OC 2 GB

Today, AMD launches the Radeon R9 285 based on their brand-new Tonga GPU, which replaces Tahiti, promising to be faster and more power efficient. Sapphire's board comes with a custom cooler and is overclocked out of the box for some extra performance.

9.7
Date: Sep 1st 2014
Author: crmaris
In: Power Supplies
EVGA SuperNOVA G2 1600 W

EVGA recently introduced their new flagship SuperNOVA unit with 1600 W capacity and 80 Plus Gold efficiency. According to their description, this PSU is the ultimate tool for any highly overclocked system, and in this review, we plan to push it beyond its limits to see how it fares.

8.9
Date: Aug 29th 2014
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
Corsair Graphite 380T

Corsair is aiming to take the Graphite series on the road with the Graphite 380T. A compact Mini-ITX chassis with a solid grip and sweet looks, it certainly has the specs to be an awesome LAN-gaming rig. But all this comes at a fairly high price - will the Graphite 380T manage to make each cent count?

9.3
Date: Aug 29th 2014
Author: cadaveca
In: Motherboards
MSI X99S GAMING 7 (Intel LGA 2011v3)

Another new Intel debut is upon us, and you just can't miss it if you use multiple monitors and videocards. Today, we take our first look at Intel's X99 Express platform with MSI's X99S GAMING 7 to show us what's in store. Including SATA Express, M.2, DDR4, and support for Intel's new Haswell-E CPUs, the MSI X99S GAMING 7 might just be what you're looking for.

8.7
Date: Aug 27th 2014
Author: crmaris
In: Power Supplies
Corsair RM Series 1000 W

Corsair's RM series includes some of the quietest PSUs available on the market. Today, we take a detailed look at the strongest member of this series, the RM1000. It promises good performance and ultra-silent operation, a rare feature for a 1 kW unit.

8.9
Date: Aug 26th 2014
Author: MSnyder
In: Processors
Intel Haswell Core i7-4790K vs. i7-4770K Comparison

Intel released the Intel Core i7-4790K, which created quite the stir with Intel Core i7-4770K owners. Does the Intel Core i7-4790K outperform the Intel Core i7-4770K in every way or does it fall a little flat? If you already own a 4770K, is the upgrade worth it?

9.0
Date: Aug 25th 2014
Author: Frederik S
In: Speakers
ASUS Xonar Essence STX II 7.1 Sound Card

ASUS marked their entry into the high-end sound card market with the Xonar Essence ST some years ago. Today, we will take a good look at the new STX II. The STX II brings new op-amps and a more precise clock generator to the table; the latter should lower jitter. The STX II also bolsters 7.1 outputs through a small break-out card.

8.9
Date: Aug 22nd 2014
Author: crazyeyesreaper
In: CPU Coolers
Zalman Reserator 3 Max Dual

When it comes to all-in-one liquid CPU coolers, the Reserator 3 Max Dual sets itself apart. If you want unique looks, solid performance, and have a love for blue LEDs, Zalman has you covered. There is nothing quite like the Reserator 3 Max Dual with its unique radiator design.

9.3
Date: Aug 21st 2014
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
In Win 901

The In Win 901 is a smaller version of the 904, intended for use with a Mini-ITX board instead. Even so, it still offers enough space for an optical drive and a long GPU. Will the smaller brother impress us as much as the 904?

9.5
Date: Aug 20th 2014
Author: crmaris
In: Power Supplies
Seasonic X Series XM2 1250 W

Along with their Platinum units, Seasonic also revamped their Gold-certified line-up, and the fresh X-1050 and X-1250 now get to add "XM2" to their model numbers. In this review, we will evaluate the X-1250 -- its promise is to deliver high efficiency and top performance at an honest price.

8.0
Date: Aug 19th 2014
Author: W1zzard
In: SSD
AMD Radeon R7 SSD 240 GB

Today, AMD enters the SSD market with their Radeon R7 SSD, which is built using OCZ technology. Using a Barefoot 3 controller and Toshiba 19 nanometer flash chips, the drive is designed for consumers and gamers alike. AMD has also extended the warranty of their R7 SSD to four years.

8.5
Date: Aug 18th 2014
Author: W1zzard
In: SSD
Angelbird SSD wrk 512 GB

Angelbird is a young solid-state drive manufacturer from Austria. Their new SSD, wrk, is built on the Silicon Motion SM2246 controller which delivers good real-life performance in our testing. While a price of $300 for 512 GB won't shock the market these days, the drive is affordable overall.

9.6
Date: Aug 15th 2014
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
Corsair Carbide Air 240

Corsair has steered clear of the tiny cube chassis, while other companies like BitFenix, Xigmatek, or Aerocool have been duking it out, trying to get the attention of gamers who want a compact chassis with the ability to hold potent hardware. Well, the Carbide Air 240 is about to step into the ring and manages to impress.

8.6
Date: Aug 14th 2014
Author: crmaris
In: Media Players
Shuttle Slim-PC DS81 w/ Pentium G3258

Shuttle's DS81 is a Haswell supporting barebone system, optimized to minimize space while still providing good performance. With its VESA mount it can easily be installed on the back of a monitor. Thanks to native 4K output you could even use it as media PC for your new UHD TV.

9.3
Date: Aug 13th 2014
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
Phanteks Enthoo Pro

The Enthoo Pro is the most affordable chassis of the Enthoo family by Phanteks. Featuring the same frame as the Luxe, but a slightly simpler approach, we will dive in deep to see if the chassis, while not as luxurious, is still professional enough.

9.9
Date: Aug 11th 2014
Author: crazyeyesreaper
In: CPU Coolers
Swiftech H220-X

Swiftech's new H220-X is a fully customizable and expandable all-in-one liquid CPU cooler with nothing but high-end components to offer enthusiasts the very best in terms of quality. As such, class-leading performance was a given, but with low noise levels and a plethora of fantastic features, it could also stand alone at the very top.

9.6
Date: Aug 8th 2014
Author: W1zzard
In: SSD
Toshiba THNSNJ HG6 256 GB

Toshiba's new HG6 Series is an incremental update over the HG5d Series and claims the performance throne in our new real-life SSD benchmarking suite. Toshiba's latest model is also cheaper than the predecessor, which even makes it an excellent choice for value-oriented buyers.

8.8
Date: Aug 6th 2014
Author: crmaris
In: Power Supplies
Cooler Master V750 Semi-Modular 750 W

Cooler Master decided to upgrade their VS(M) series and added a new model with 750 W capacity and nothing but Japanese capacitors, which play a key role in its increased reliability. Today, the VSM750 will be put to the test to prove it is worthy of your money.

9.4
Date: Aug 5th 2014
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
Cooltek W1

There are plenty of cube cases out there, but many lack real innovation. Cooltek aims to take cube gaming enclosures to the next level with the W1. Featuring a smart combination of aluminum and steel and a choice between a windowed or solid side panel.

8.8
Date: Aug 4th 2014
Author: crmaris
In: NAS
Synology DS414slim

The NAS market grows day by day and all companies thrive to introduce more and more innovative products. In today’s review, we will take a good look at one of these products, the Synology DS414slim, a compact NAS with a huge feature list.

9.6
Date: Aug 1st 2014
Author: crmaris
In: Power Supplies
EVGA SuperNOVA P2 1200 W

Another member joined EVGA’s SuperNOVA family. The new P2-1200 with a capacity of 1200 W and Platinum efficiency promises up to 94% efficiency with 220 V input and features a fully modular design with Japanese capacitors to ensure it is incredibly reliable and stable.

9.2
Date: Jul 31st 2014
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
Palit GTX 750 Ti KalmX 2 GB

Palit's GeForce GTX 750 Ti KalmX is the first completely fanless NVIDIA graphics card in a long time to offers performance that doesn't suck. Thanks to its fanless design, there is no noise from the card itself, which is important for media PC systems or quiet office PCs.

9.9
Date: Jul 30th 2014
Author: cadaveca
In: Motherboards
Biostar Hi-Fi Z97WE (Intel LGA1150)

Looking for a decent board to push that shiny new Pentium G3258 in an HTPC? Biostar has what you need in the Hi-Fi Z97WE, an affordable option that offers great audio and a high-level feature set you'd not expect for so cheap.

9.5
Date: Jul 28th 2014
Author: crmaris
In: Power Supplies
Seasonic Platinum Series 1200 W

Seasonic recently added a new high-end model to their arsenal, a 1200 W unit with Platinum efficiency, extraordinary performance, semi-passive operation, and a fully modular cabling design. This PSU is one of the best we ever tested and teaches manufacturers a lesson in how to push analog circuits to their limits.

9.5
Date: Jul 25th 2014
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
Streacom NC1-GK NUC Chassis

The Streacom NC1 is one of the more intricate NUC enclosures available since it offers a modular approach, allowing for easy installation and upgradability. The NC1 is also an excellent compact alternative to Intel's retail NUC chassis.