Reviews

9.3
Date: Oct 29th 2014
Author: crmaris
In: Power Supplies
Seasonic Platinum Series 1050 W

We evaluated the flagship Seasonic unit SS-1200XP3 some time ago. In this review, we will check on the second-strongest model of the series with 1050 W capacity, the SS-1050XP3. It comes with the same features - Platinum efficiency and a fully modular design, for instance. Like its big brother, it also delivers top-notch performance.

8.9
Date: Oct 27th 2014
Author: crmaris
In: NAS
QNAP HS-251 Fanless NAS

Lots of new QNAP offerings lately utilize Intel's Bay Trail CPU, an ideal choice for a NAS. In this review, we will take a look at the HS-251. A mixture of a NAS and HTPC, it comes with the best of both worlds, passive operation, and great looks.

9.0
Date: Oct 24th 2014
Author: Frederik S
In: Headphones
Takstar HD5500 Headphones

Takstar is well-known for their bang-for-the-buck headphones, and today, we take a look at their HD5500s. Priced at $74.50, these headphones are for mobile users who want a solid and well-sounding pair of headphones. We take the HD5500s for a spin to see if they can live up to such expectations.

8.7
Date: Oct 22nd 2014
Author: crmaris
In: Power Supplies
be quiet! Straight Power 10 CM 800 W

Be quiet! is well known for their low-noise products. Today we will test a member of their fresh Straight Power 10 series. It is nearly inaudible thanks to its SilentWings fan, can deliver up to 800 W of power, and features a semi-modular cabling design in which only the main ATX cable is fixed.

10.0
Date: Oct 21st 2014
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
ASUS STRIX GTX 980 OC 4 GB

The ASUS GTX 980 STRIX OC is the company's latest flagship, featuring a completely passive operation in idle and light load and an extremely quiet cooler during full-on gaming. The GTX 980 STRIX also impresses with its power consumption - lower than the NVIDIA reference design, it still has the card deliver more performance.

7.6
Date: Oct 20th 2014
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
Antec ISK 600

The Antec ISK 600 aims to deliver a well-rounded feature set in a compact mini-ITX chassis to those looking for an understated, but functional chassis. Clocking in at a price point where the usual competition is present, it will be interesting to see what arguments the ISK 600 makes for you to pick it over others.

9.3
Date: Oct 15th 2014
Author: crmaris
In: Power Supplies
FSP Aurum PT Series 1200 W

FSP recently launched the Aurum PT series, which currently only consists of a 1200 W member with the Platinum efficiency certification. The PT-1200FM uses only Japanese caps and exploits a fully modular cabling design. FSP also says the unit to be for hardcore overclockers and gamers with multiple VGAs.

7.0
Date: Oct 14th 2014
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
Cooltek UMX2

The Cooltek UMX2 is a compact full ATX case with a designer body. Constructed of solid aluminum and utilizing an interesting approach to the interior layout, it does not only look good, but sounds intriguing as well. But is it all superficial beauty or does it also have what counts on the inside?

9.9
Date: Oct 13th 2014
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
MSI GeForce GTX 980 Gaming 4 GB

MSI's latest flagship is the GTX 980 Gaming. It delivers a super quiet gaming experience thanks to a powerful thermal solution and a well-crafted fan profile. In idle and light gaming, the fans will even stop completely. MSI has also overclocked their card out of the box, which yields around 10% extra performance.

8.0
Date: Oct 9th 2014
Author: crazyeyesreaper
In: CPU Coolers
Enermax ETS-N30

The ETS-N30 from Enermax might not blow you away with top-tier performance, but its affordable price will certainly be easy on your wallet. It even offers up lower noise levels and better performance compared to the stock heatsink bundled with today's processors. If you want lower noise levels with a bit more cooling power, the ETS-N30 might be just what you need.

7.0
Date: Oct 8th 2014
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
NZXT Phantom 240

The NZXT Phantom 240 is the Phantom series' entry level gaming chassis. With the looks of the chassis mimicking that of its larger brothers, will this compact case be the menacing Phantom or just a little blimp on our radar?

9.8
Date: Oct 6th 2014
Author: Frederik S
In: Headphones
HiFiMAN HE-560 Release Version

HiFiMAN's highly anticipated release version of the HE-560 gets put on the spot. It features a lot of changes that improve the sound quality; however, the beautiful teak cups are now gone in favor of more durable plastic cups.

9.7
Date: Oct 3rd 2014
Author: cadaveca
In: Memory
G.SKILL Ripjaws 4 16 GB 3000 MHz Kit (4x 4GB DDR4)

Built with some of the highest possible speeds without being the most expensive kit, the G.SKILL Ripjaws 4 3000 MHz C15 kit is a treat for both overclockers and gamers alike. Featuring a brand-new look that includes a new heatspreader design, the G.SKILL Ripjaws 4 3000 MHz kit is ready to take your system to the limit and beyond.

7.8
Date: Oct 2nd 2014
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
Xigmatek Aquila

The Xigmatek Aquila aims to become the compact cube chassis for a mATX board while delivering good quality and timeless looks. Will it manage to float the price / performance boat, or does it end up capsizing by leaning out to far into one direction?

9.3
Date: Oct 2nd 2014
Author: crazyeyesreaper
In: CPU Coolers
Enermax Liqtech 240

Enermax seeks to make a name for itself in the AIO liquid-cooling market with the Liqtech 240. Taking the top spot in the Liqtech series of coolers, this 240 mm AIO offers adjustable peak-fan-speed options and a unique design. The Liqtech 240 is not all show either as it performs admirably as well.

9.4
Date: Oct 1st 2014
Author: cadaveca
In: Motherboards
ASUS X99 DELUXE (Intel LGA 2011-3)

We take our first look at ASUS's LGA 2011-3 products, starting with the ASUS X99 DELUXE. Wrapped in new clothing, the ASUS X99 DELUXE not only has DELUXE looks and DELUXE features, it also has a DELUXE socket for you to place your new Haswell-E CPU into, with an additional 48 pins.

8.2
Date: Sep 30th 2014
Author: crmaris
In: Power Supplies
Enermax Revolution X't 430 W

It was nigh time to test a small PSU with less than 500 W since such units are among the most popular. The smallest member of Enermax's Revolution X't line will be our test subject today. This small fellow comes with Gold-certified efficiency, a semi-modular cabling design, and, like every modern PSU, support for the sleep states Intel’s Haswell CPUs introduced.

8.1
Date: Sep 29th 2014
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
BitFenix Pandora

BitFenix is looking to step things up in terms of the material mix with the Pandora. While plastic and steel have dominated their cases until now, the Pandora utilizes aluminium side panels and a bolder design. Will the Pandora bridge the gap between function and design or will it remain as elusive as a planet on which tall, blue creatures live?

Date: Sep 26th 2014
Author: btarunr
In: Video Cards
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 SLI

NVIDIA's $550 GeForce GTX 980 shook up the high-end graphics card market, and today, we are testing two of these cards in SLI. This killer combination will let you build an Ultra HD capable gaming system, or enjoy smooth fragging with G-SYNC Surround.

9.5
Date: Sep 26th 2014
Author: Vahid Gharaei
In: Cases
SilentiumPC Aquarius X90 Pure Black

A chassis with the ability to hold some serious liquid cooling within its belly, six USB ports, and with enough to still satisfy air cooling fans - at less than 100 USD? It seems as though such is possible with the Aquarius X90 Pure Black - but will this case be a beacon of light and hit its crowded market with guns blazing, or does it shoot with nothing but blanks?

9.5
Date: Sep 25th 2014
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
Palit GTX 970 JetStream 4 GB

Palit's GTX 970 JetStream is one of the highest-clocked, custom design GTX 970s out there. It features a triple-slot, dual-fan cooler that will completely stop the fans in idle and light gaming. Palit's card is also the most affordable custom design, with just a $15 price premium.

7.5
Date: Sep 24th 2014
Author: Frederik S
In: Mice
Attitude One Rapira Elite Gaming Mouse

Attitude One's newest laser-sensor-equipped gaming mouse, the Rapira Elite, gets put to the test. It features the Avago ANDS-9800 sensor, which guarantees good tracking performance on pretty much any surface imaginable. Priced at €59 MSRP, it isn't nearly as expensive as other high-performance gaming mice we recently tested.

9.5
Date: Sep 23rd 2014
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
Nanoxia Deep Silence 3

The Nanoxia Deep Silence 3 is the company's third generation of low-noise cases. Available with an all-black or graphite-colored front, the chassis may not look very different on the outside, but it does offer some surprises within.

8.7
Date: Sep 22nd 2014
Author: crmaris
In: Power Supplies
Rosewill Fortress 750 W

Rosewill's portfolio includes the Fortress line, a Platinum PSU series for users who look for high efficiency and reliability, but are on a tight budget. We are testing the 750W model today, which features a non-modular cabling design to save on cost and comes with a hefty seven-year warranty. The cherry on top is its silent operation.

9.6
Date: Sep 18th 2014
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 4 GB

Today, NVIDIA releases their new GeForce GTX 980, which brings the Maxwell architecture to the high-end. It features massive power efficiency improvements and reduced noise, but also beats the GTX 780 Ti in raw performance. Pricing is quite acceptable, too, with an MSRP of $549.