Reviews

8.9
Date: Dec 18th 2014
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
Lian Li PC-O5SX

The Lian Li PC-O5SX is for those who want to show off their hardware in an elegant way, while using their system for more than just media playback. With an intricate interior that can house powerful enthusiast-grade hardware, a great mixture of materials, and an industrial look, the PC-O5SX aims to combine the best of both worlds - design and function.

9.9
Date: Dec 17th 2014
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
MSI GeForce GTX 970 Gaming 4 GB

MSI's GTX 970 Gaming is probably the best GTX 970 on the market. It comes overclocked out of the box, with an amazing noise-less cooler for light gaming, one that is also extremely quiet with even the most demanding titles. Temperatures are great, too, so you should definitely consider this card if you are in the market for a GTX 970.

9.6
Date: Dec 15th 2014
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
SilverStone Raven RVZ01

Silverstone aims to dominate the Steam-powered HTPC/Gaming arena with the Raven RVZ01 as it may hold a large GPU of up to 330 mm in size - all while aiming for the golden middle between performance, cooling, and expandability. With a sub-100 USD price tag, the chassis may just be what you need if you are out to build a cool-looking but small gaming power house.

8.5
Date: Dec 11th 2014
Author: Frederik S
In: Keyboards
QPAD MK-70 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

QPAD keyboards have earned a good reputation over the past couple years, and today, we take a look at their brand-new MK-70 offering. The MK-70 fills the gap between the MK-50 and do-it-all MK-85. The MK-70 uses Cherry MX Red switches, which bodes well for its gaming performance.

8.9
Date: Dec 9th 2014
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
Aerocool DS 200

The Aerocool DS 200 is the DS Cube's mid-tower counterpart. With a choice from among seven different colors and a ton of features, it should be an intriguing option for those looking to buy a jam-packed chassis for around 100 bucks. Yet such does beg the question of whether it manages to impress with the way in which its features are implemented.

Date: Dec 9th 2014
Author: btarunr
In: Video Cards
AMD Catalyst 14.12 Omega Performance Analysis

Every two or so years, AMD rolls out a year-end Catalyst driver update, which not only steps up performance and splats bugs, but also expands their own software feature-set. The new Catalyst 14.12 Omega is part of AMD's effort to catch up with and get ahead of NVIDIA's latest software features.

9.5
Date: Dec 8th 2014
Author: crazyeyesreaper
In: CPU Coolers
Swiftech H240-X

They say bigger is better, and it seems as though Swiftech is following through on that mantra with the H240-X. Similar to its smaller sibling, the H220-X, this new version offers a larger 280 mm radiator. Though is the increase in surface area enough to place this Swiftech cooler firmly at the top of the charts?

9.6
Date: Dec 5th 2014
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
Fractal Design NODE 804

The Fractal Design NODE 804 is aiming to be an uncompromising gaming system with the ability to hold up to twelve hard drives, while still offering plenty of water-cooling possibilities - all in a cube form factor.

9.2
Date: Dec 4th 2014
Author: crmaris
In: Power Supplies
Seasonic X Series XM2 1050 W

We had the chance to evaluate many Seasonic products within the last couple months. Today, we will take a look at their 1050 W Gold-certified X series unit. Like its big brother, the X-1250 XM2 we tested recently, we expect it to perform incredibly well.

9.7
Date: Dec 3rd 2014
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
Colorful iGame GTX 970 4 GB

With a base clock of 1203 MHz, Colorful's iGame GTX 970 is one of the highest-clocked GTX 970 cards available on the market. Its triple-fan, dual-slot cooler achieves excellent temperatures and contributes to its overclocking potential, which is higher than with any other GTX 970 we have tested thus far.

9.6
Date: Dec 1st 2014
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
Cooltek W2

The Cooltek W2 is a bigger version of the W1, able to hold an XL-ATX motherboard and fully sized components. It comes equipped with three 140 mm fans, the same high-quality aluminum shell, and an excellent mix of drive bays - including an external 5.25" drive in the rear. Clocking in at a good 20% less than the Carbide Air 540, the Cooltek W2 is an excellent alternative for those looking for a clean full-sized cube chassis.

8.8
Date: Nov 28th 2014
Author: crmaris
In: Power Supplies
Antec Edge Series 650 W

Antec recently released a fresh mid-capacity series for enthusiast users. The EDGE unit with 650 W will be evaluated today. All EDGE units use a fully modular cabling design and are 80 Plus Gold certified, and Seasonic is their OEM, so we expect great things from them.

9.0
Date: Nov 26th 2014
Author: crazyeyesreaper
In: CPU Coolers
Enermax LIQMAX 120S

Feature rich, the LIQMAX 120S from Enermax is an AIO CPU cooler ready to rock. Utilizing a 120 mm radiator and single-fan design, it makes up for what it lacks in specs with its features. Offering exceptional mounting pressure, an adjustable PWM RPM range, and removable fan blades for easy cleaning, it might just be the cooler you have been looking for.

9.5
Date: Nov 25th 2014
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
Corsair Obsidian 250D

We have reviewed most Obsidian cases in the past - with a few exceptions. One being the tiny but capable 250D, the smallest chassis in this family of enclosures. This review of the Corsair Obsidian 250D will show whether Corsair managed to shrink its size to the smallest possible denominator without compromising on any of the aspects that make Obsidian enclosures so very appealing.

9.5
Date: Nov 21st 2014
Author: crmaris
In: Power Supplies
XFX XTS Series 1000 W

XFX teamed with Seasonic to introduce the new XTS line of PSUs. In this review, we will test the flagship of the series with 1 kW capacity, Platinum efficiency, a fully modular cabling design and hybrid-fan-mode operation for as little noise output as possible at light loads.

9.5
Date: Nov 19th 2014
Author: cadaveca
In: Other
ASRock Z97 M8 Barebones PC

The award-winning ASRock M8 barebones chassis has received an upgrade recently, sporting Intel's latest Z97 chipset as well as a larger 600W PSU. Ready to accept nearly any add-in VGA and nearly any LGA1150 CPU, the ASRock Z97 M8 barebones is that system many lust over, and we get our own chance to see why.

9.5
Date: Nov 18th 2014
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
be quiet! Silent Base 800

The Silent Base 800 is be quiet!'s long awaited entry into the case market. Rumors were confirmed at Computex 2014 with the case making its first official appearance, and after more than 12 months in development, it is finally available. The resulting Silent Base 800 may just be the start of a great new product line by be quiet!.

8.0
Date: Nov 14th 2014
Author: crazyeyesreaper
In: CPU Coolers
Deepcool Gamer Storm Maelstrom 120

Deepcool looks to grab a share of the all-in-one liquid CPU cooler market with the affordable Maelstrom 120. It features a red and black theme, a single fluid dynamic bearing 120 mm fan, and solid performance. So if looks, memory clearance, or space are an issue, the Maelstrom 120 from Deepcool has you covered.

9.3
Date: Nov 12th 2014
Author: crmaris
In: Power Supplies
Corsair HXi Series 750 W

After the flagship HX1000i unit, the time has now come to evaluate the smaller member of this series, the HX750i. Like its big brother, this one is fully modular and 80 Plus Platinum certified. It is also fully compatible with the Corsair Link system because of the digital monitoring circuit it is equipped with.

8.2
Date: Nov 11th 2014
Author: Darksaber
In: External HDDs
Silicon Power Thunder T11 120 GB

Thunderbolt may not be a very wide-spread interface in the Windows domain, but nearly every modern Apple notebook or desktop features such a connector. Silicon Power aims to leverage this high-speed interface with the Thunder T11 series, offering 120 GB or 240 GB capacities for less than a Lacie or OWC alternative.

9.2
Date: Nov 10th 2014
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
Antec P100

The Antec P100 is the compact mid-tower version of the P280, following the same interpretation of a high quality enthusiast chassis. We take the chassis for a spin to see whether it revs up just as nicely as its big brother or ends up being short on horse power.

8.8
Date: Nov 7th 2014
Author: crmaris
In: Power Supplies
Thermaltake Toughpower DPS G 1050 W

Thermaltake delves even deeper into the digital PSU era with the fresh DPS G lineup. Today, we will test the flagship of the series, which not only features software monitoring and 1050 W of power, but also comes with a fully modular cabling design and a unique look.

9.7
Date: Nov 5th 2014
Author: Frederik S
In: Headphones
MP4Nation Brainwavz S5

MP4Nation Brainwavz S5 - the name of the company's newest high-end in-ear model priced at just $99.50. The S5s use a single 10mm driver in a very small housing. They also feature a full bundle and even include a set of Comply foam tips.

9.1
Date: Nov 3rd 2014
Author: crazyeyesreaper
In: CPU Coolers
Reveen Okeanos

Reveen might be a relatively unknown manufacturer, but their Okeanos has proven to be a true contender. Offering bold looks and exceptional performance, it rivals some of the best high-end air coolers on the market today. Then again, such is not surprising considering it features dual-cooling towers, two fans, and six heatpipes.

Date: Oct 31st 2014
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
GeForce GTX 980 PCI-Express Scaling

PCI-Express x16 3.0 is well established in the market, and the majority of gamers are using the interface. But what happens if you end up in a slot-bandwidth-constrained situation? We are testing NVIDIA's latest GeForce GTX 980 flagship in 17 games, at four resolutions, including 4K, to assess what performance to expect.