Reviews

9.8
Date: Feb 9th 2016
Author: crazyeyesreaper
In: CPU Coolers
Swiftech H220 X2 Prestige

A new year, a new custom all-in-one liquid cooler from Swiftech. The H220 X2 Prestige looks to one-up the competition by not only offering exceptional performance but more customization options. The only question is whether you can you overlook its price.

9.3
Date: Feb 5th 2016
Author: crmaris
In: Power Supplies
EVGA SuperNOVA 1600 T2

We have on our test bench today EVGA's flagship PSU with an enormous capacity and Titanium efficiency. We expect it to preform incredibly well because it uses Super Flower's high-end Leadex platform and comes with some formidable specs.

8.5
Date: Feb 1st 2016
Author: buildzoid
In: Mice
Cooler Master Sentinel III

The Sentinel III is Cooler Master's latest iteration of the Sentinel mouse. It keeps the shape and ever so useful OLED screen of its predecessor, but also boasts an acceleration-free optical sensor and 16.8 million color RGB lighting.

Date: Jan 29th 2016
Author: W1zzard
In: Other
Rise of the Tomb Raider: Performance Analysis

We benchmark Rise of the Tomb Raider on 12 graphics cards, in four resolutions, including SLI. Also included are measurements of VRAM consumption, which is high, but seems extremely well optimized.

9.1
Date: Jan 27th 2016
Author: crmaris
In: NAS
Synology DS416 4-bay NAS

Synology has lots of offerings for enthusiast home users and the DS416 is one of them. It uses an Annapurna Labs Dual-Core SoC that offers enough computing power while consuming very little energy.

8.3
Date: Jan 25th 2016
Author: Vahid Gharaei
In: Cases
SilentiumPC Gladius Q50

"No one ever said a gaming PC cannot be small and pretty." - big words from SilentiumPC when it comes to the tiny Gladius Q50 chassis. We take a really close look to see if it can deliver on this promise.

9.2
Date: Jan 22nd 2016
Author: W1zzard
In: Graphics Cards
Sapphire R9 390 Nitro 8 GB

Sapphire's R9 390 Nitro is equipped with a triple-fan cooler that runs very quiet and also delivers good temperatures of only 65°C during heavy gaming. The card, which trades blows with the GTX 970, is also overclocked out of the box and provides a dual-BIOS as an extra safety net.

9.0
Date: Jan 20th 2016
Author: Frederik S
In: Headphones
HiFiMAN HE-1000

HiFiMAN is constantly developing their planar technology, and today, we will take a look at their latest state-of-the-art headphone. It is dubbed the HE-1000 and features a nanometer thick diaphragm, leather headband, and milled aluminum. We take HiFiMAN's most audacious and pricey headphone for a ride!

8.8
Date: Jan 18th 2016
Author: buildzoid
In: Keyboards
Rantopad MXX

Rantopad is a new player to the PC gaming peripherals market, and the MXX is their first tenkeyless keyboard. It comes with per-key backlighting and several other cool lighting effects. With a price tag of 79.99$, it is also one of the most affordable mechanical keyboards on the market.

9.3
Date: Jan 12th 2016
Author: cadaveca
In: Other
MSI Nightblade MI2 GAMING PC

350W? 10 Litres? What sort of power can you get inside that space? MSI's Nightblade MI2 answers both those questions in a very surprising way. Packing a GTX970, Skylake CPU, DDR4, M.2 SSD, and a built-in optical drive, the MSI Nightblade MI2 is a fully 1080p-capable GAMING PC you can lug around under your arm.

9.4
Date: Jan 7th 2016
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
anidees AI7

The anidees AI7 is exactly the same size as the AI7m, but allows for a full ATX board instead of maxing out at an mATX variant. This is achieved by offering a completely different interior layout. Let's see what this same-looking but different chassis has under the hood!

9.0
Date: Jan 4th 2016
Author: crmaris
In: Networking
Netgear ProSAFE XS728T 24-Port 10GbE Ethernet Switch

Today, we will evaluate a high-end switch from Netgear. The XS728T offers 10GbE transfer speeds through copper cables and is also equipped with four SFP+ ports for fiber optic cables.

9.5
Date: Dec 23rd 2015
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
Fractal Design Core 500

The Fractal Design Core 500 is the company's first mainstream SFF chassis. Clocking in at around 60 USD, it aims to offer the perfect balance between size, price, and quality. We take the unit for a spin to see whether it holds up in these areas.

8.8
Date: Dec 21st 2015
Author: crmaris
In: Power Supplies
FSP Hydro G Series 750 W

FSP recently released a new line dubbed Hydro G for gamers and modders who are after a nice-looking PSU. The features of this line include a fully modular design, semi-passive operation, and a set of exchangeable side stickers.

8.9
Date: Dec 16th 2015
Author: crazyeyesreaper
In: CPU Coolers
Reeven Ouranos

Reeven has a solid contender on their hands with the Ouranos CPU cooler. Offering an offset design for better memory compatibility, it makes a compelling case for itself. Granted, it doesn't hurt that it performs well and is nearly completely silent in most situations.

8.5
Date: Dec 14th 2015
Author: crmaris
In: Power Supplies
Cooler Master V Series 550 W

Cooler Master added three low-capacity members featuring a fully modular cabling design and Silencio fan to their V series. Today, we will take a look at the smallest V model with 550 W capacity, which is among the most efficient PSUs at light loads.

8.6
Date: Dec 11th 2015
Author: crmaris
In: NAS
Asustor AS3102T 2-bay NAS

The AS3102T is an affordable NAS by Asustor, capable of 4K-multimedia playback. On top of that, it is equipped with an HDMI port and features hardware encryption, which allows it to provide good speeds with encrypted file transfers.

9.1
Date: Dec 9th 2015
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
Cooltek Skall

The Cooltek Skall aims to deliver a long list of functional features at an affordable price while offering a clean and timeless design and potent liquid-cooling compatibility. Available with LED fans in three different colors, you will also have an element of choice.

8.1
Date: Dec 7th 2015
Author: Frederik S
In: Speakers
Creative Sound Blaster Roar 2

Creative's newest portable speaker, dubbed Roar 2, gets put to the test. This new device with an MSRP of $170 aims to take on the big guys in the portable-speaker market by including a wealth of features. The new Roar 2 is 20% smaller than the original Roar it obsoletes.

8.6
Date: Dec 3rd 2015
Author: cadaveca
In: Motherboards
ECS Z170-CLAYMORE (Intel LGA-1151)

After skipping Intel's X99 Express platform, ECS is back to enthusiast-focused board products using Intel's Z170. The ECS Z170-CLAYMORE is a weapon built for today's gamer arsenal, carrying Realtek's latest "Dragon" LAN controller not seen on these pages before.

9.0
Date: Dec 1st 2015
Author: crazyeyesreaper
In: CPU Coolers
CRYORIG M9i

CRYORIG looks to shake things up in the entry level CPU cooler market with the M9 series. It is available for Intel as the M9i and AMD as the M9a. Don't let its tiny size fool you as it is as good as it gets and then some.

9.7
Date: Nov 26th 2015
Author: W1zzard
In: Graphics Cards
Gigabyte GTX 980 Ti Waterforce Xtreme Gaming 6 GB

Gigabyte's GTX 980 Ti Xtreme Gaming comes with a watercooling solution onboard, which provides excellent temperatures and low noise. In our testing, the card turns out to be the fastest GTX 980 Ti we ever tested, and with $720, it's not as expensive as the MSI GTX 980 Ti Lightning either.

9.1
Date: Nov 25th 2015
Author: crmaris
In: NAS
Synology DS715 2-bay NAS

The Synology DS715 is a quad-core CPU NAS with two Ethernet ports. Having two drive bays it is ideal to meet the demands of enthusiast home users and small business environments, but can also expanded to support a total of seven drives.

Date: Nov 24th 2015
Author: W1zzard
In: Graphics Cards
AMD Radeon Crimson Edition Drivers

Today, AMD released this year's major update to their Radeon drivers. The new package is called Radeon Software Crimson and features an updated control panel, many new features, and performance improvements in lots of games.

8.6
Date: Nov 23rd 2015
Author: crazyeyesreaper
In: CPU Coolers
CRYORIG C7

CRYORIG offers something unique with the C7. It features a fit-anywhere compact design that should be right at home in many a small form-factor system. The only real question is if it's too niche to be noticed.