Reviews

Date: May 20th 2015
Author: W1zzard
In: Other
The Witcher 3: Performance Analysis

In this article, we put the GTX Titan X, R9 295X2, GTX 980, R9 290X, GTX 970, R9 290, GTX 960, and R9 285 through the Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. We do so at resolutions of 1600x900, 1920x1080, 2560x1440, and 4K to assess what hardware you need to play this recently released top-title.

7.8
Date: May 19th 2015
Author: Frederik S
In: Mice
CM Storm Mizar Gaming Mouse

CM Storm's newest gaming mouse is put to the test. Like previous high-end models from CM Storm, the Mizar features the 8200 DPI Avago ADNS-9800 laser sensor. The Mizar's design looks to harken back to the IntelliMouse Explorer 3.0, which is a good thing. We take it for a spin to see how it compares to recent high-end gaming mice.

8.4
Date: May 18th 2015
Author: W1zzard
In: SSD
Kingston HyperX Savage 240 GB

Kingston's new HyperX Savage 240 GB is built around a Phison controller using 19 nanometer flash chips. With a price of only $120 for the 240 GB version, it sits right on the magic $0.50-per-GB mark.

9.7
Date: May 15th 2015
Author: cadaveca
In: Motherboards
ASRock X99E-ITX/ac (Intel SKT 2011-3)

What do you do when you want a PC with a small footprint, but a powerful CPU? You buy an mITX motherboard. But what if you want EIGHTEEN CORES and THIRTY-SIX threads? You buy the ASRock X99E-ITX/ac. Doing the unexpected by bringing Intel's X99 Express to the mITX form-factor, the ASRock X99E-ITX/ac can push those 18-core Xeon chips and has an X-OC socket to push Intel's standard unlocked chips to the limit. And USB 3.1. And a CPU cooler is in the box.

8.9
Date: May 13th 2015
Author: crmaris
In: Media Players
Shuttle Fanless Slim-PC DS57U

The Shuttle DS57U is a slim barebone PC that only needs RAM and a HDD or, even better, an SSD to boot. It comes with an Intel dual-core Celeron processor (Broadwell) and features lots of I/O ports, which make it suitable for a wide range of applications.

9.9
Date: May 11th 2015
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
NCASE M1

The NCASE M1 is one of the best cases we ever reviewed. It aims to utilize every cubic inch of space within its belly, which makes it of extremely compact size. Able to swallow a 240 mm radiator and long GPU even so, the M1 is a near damn perfect implementation of a shoebox-sized gaming rig.

8.4
Date: May 7th 2015
Author: crazyeyesreaper
In: CPU Coolers
be quiet! Pure Rock

be quiet! looks to take over the entry level cooler market with their new Pure Rock heatsink. Offering the exceptional build quality you know and love and a top-notch silent fan, it has the specifications and features you'd expect. Its relatively tame price just improves its value for those looking for good, quiet, and affordable cooling.

9.4
Date: May 5th 2015
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
Raidmax Hyperion

Extremely compact, able to use 240 mm radiators and a 5.25" drive at the same time, all while holding five hard drives, a mATX board, and that high-end GPU: does it sound too good to be true? Well, the Raidmax Hyperion offers all that and can be had in four different colors and at an attractive price to boot.

9.6
Date: May 4th 2015
Author: crmaris
In: Power Supplies
Super Flower Leadex Platinum 2000 W

Super Flower meant to rock the boat and has without a doubt done so with the Leadex Platinum 2 kW that is only compatible with 230 VAC mains since a normal 115 VAC socket cannot deliver the amperes the unit requires at full load.

9.1
Date: Apr 28th 2015
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
Gigabyte GTX 960 OC 2 GB

Gigabyte's GTX 960 OC retails at an affordable $199, all while offering the same performance out of the box as the bigger G1 Gaming. Even though priced low, Gigabyte didn't compromise on OC potential, noise, temperatures, and power consumption as all of those are comparable to more expensive custom-design variants.

9.7
Date: Apr 27th 2015
Author: cadaveca
In: Memory
Crucial DDR4 2133 MHz 32 GB (4x 8 GB)

Crucial is a name most of us know well. From memory to SSDs, Crucial has been a major player in the memory market for many years. Now that DDR4 is on the market, we turn to Crucial to get a look at what DDR4 has to offer.

8.0
Date: Apr 23rd 2015
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
Nox Xtreme lanbx

The Nox Xtreme lanbx aims to combine portability with the ability to pack potent hardware. The result is a small system you can easily take with you. The lanbx looks bulky and quite menacing, like those nuclear launch-suite cases in modern action movies, and we give it a go to see whether it is more than just a movie prop.

9.5
Date: Apr 21st 2015
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
Fractal Design Define S

The Fractal Design Define S sports the same build quality and look as the Define family of enclosures, which we have come to love, but bears one very big difference: It is geared toward those building a custom liquid-cooling loop. With dedicated mounting possibilities for radiators, pump, and reservoir, the Define S shines where most other mid-tower cases fail by offering more than just a mounting possibility for pre-assembled liquid-cooling solutions.

9.4
Date: Apr 20th 2015
Author: crmaris
In: NAS
QNAP TVS-463 8G AMD Powered NAS

QNAP has for the first time used an AMD CPU with one of their NAS offerings. The new series is codenamed TVS-x63, and today, we will evaluate the TVS-463, which, as its model number implies, can take up to four HDDs. It is also 10GbE ready through an optional expansion card.

9.0
Date: Apr 17th 2015
Author: W1zzard
In: SSD
Intel 750 Series PCIe SSD 1.2 TB

Intel's new 750 Series SSD is a technological marvel. It is built on an 18-channel controller using a PCI-Express x4 3.0 interface with the NVMe protocol. This provides transfer rates of well over 1 GB/s, which clearly impresses. With a price of $1 per GB, the drive is also not prohibitively expensive.

Date: Apr 15th 2015
Author: W1zzard
In: Other
Grand Theft Auto V Performance Analysis

In this article, we put the GTX Titan X, R9 295X2, GTX 980, R9 290X, GTX 970, R9 290, GTX 960 and R9 285 through Grand Theft Auto V. We do so at resolutions of 1600x900, 1920x1080, 2560x1440, and 4K to assess what hardware you need to play this recently released top-title.

9.3
Date: Apr 13th 2015
Author: crmaris
In: Power Supplies
Andyson Titanium N 700 W

After the release of the 1200 Platinum unit, Andyson has now also put a Titanium unit with four models into their portfolio. We will take a look at the N700 today: It features a semi-modular cabling design to keep its price down and promises to perform incredibly well.

8.6
Date: Apr 8th 2015
Author: Erasmia Grigorelli, crmaris
In: Networking
Netgear Arlo Security System

Surveillance and security systems are of interest to many users nowadays. Netgear recently introduced the Arlo security system with weatherproof and wireless camera(s) and a dedicated base station. The main advantages of this system are its easy installation and out-of-the-box cloud support.

8.0
Date: Apr 6th 2015
Author: crazyeyesreaper
In: CPU Coolers
Raijintek Triton

Raijintek is upping their game by entering the all-in-one liquid CPU cooler market with the Triton. Not content with off-the-shelf, self-contained units, they have instead entered the market swinging with an expandable system. Customizable and to be had for a sweet price, the competition might be in for a world of hurt.

7.6
Date: Apr 3rd 2015
Author: Frederik S
In: Headphones
CM Storm Sirus-C Gaming Headset

CM Storm's newest do-it-all headset is put to the test. The Sirus-C is compatible with all major console systems and features its own in-line USB sound card. The design is like previous Sirus headsets on the outside, but it now uses a dual-driver setup on the inside.

9.3
Date: Apr 1st 2015
Author: Mia Wallace
In: Other
Vibe Therapy Meridian

Today, we are reviewing the Vibe Therapy Meridian which comes with seven different settings and a high quality silicone finish. Priced between 30 and 60 euro, it delivers satisfying performance. Oh, and we overclocked it, too.

7.4
Date: Mar 31st 2015
Author: crmaris
In: Power Supplies
Xigmatek Maverick S 500 W

Xigmatek released the Maverick S line consisting of three rather compact, Bronze-certified PSUs a while ago. We will evaluate the line's 500 W member today; it features a semi-modular design and interesting looks. This unit's strongest point is its incredibly low price; however, you currently won't find it anywhere in the US.

9.1
Date: Mar 30th 2015
Author: Vahid Gharaei
In: Cases
In Win 703

While making a splash with unique enclosures such as the D-Frame, H-Frame or S-Frame, In Win hasn't contributed anything to the mainstream chassis market in a while. The 70X series is here to change all that, and the 703, a chassis for an affordable 70 US dollars, nails more than just looks - price and performance are spot on as well.

9.4
Date: Mar 26th 2015
Author: crmaris
In: NAS
Synology DS1815+

Synology definitely put up a strong showing in the SMB category with the DS1815+ that can support up to 18 HDDs if paired with two optional DX513 expansion units. Today, we will put it to the test to figure out how it fares against the competition.

9.2
Date: Mar 25th 2015
Author: crazyeyesreaper
In: CPU Coolers
CRYORIG H5 Universal

CRYORIG's H5 Universal is an interesting design as it offers 90% of the R1 Universal's surface area with a single 140 mm x 13 mm fan. While it may seem a bit silly to pair such a slim fan with a large heatsink, the results don't lie. The H5 Universal offers maximum memory clearance, low noise levels, and solid performance.