Reviews

8.0
Date: May 29th 2013
Author: Frederik S
In: Headphones
Gigabyte FLY Headphones

FLY is the name of Gigabyte's first set of headphones. These supra-aural headphones only weigh 79g and feature a heavy-duty cable. Despite their low weight, Gigabyte managed to fit 40 mm drivers into the medium-sized ear cups.

9.1
Date: May 28th 2013
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
PowerColor HD 7850 SCS3 passive 1 GB

PowerColor's HD 7850 SCS3 is a fanless implementation of the HD 7850, which means that it does not emit any noise while offering enough performance for serious gaming in full HD. With a price increase of $25 over the reference design, it's not too expensive either.

8.8
Date: May 27th 2013
Author: cadaveca
In: Memory
Kingston HyperX Predator 2400 MHz C11 2x 4 GB

Prowling the depths of extreme environments, the Kingston HyperX Predator DIMMs come out from Kingston's lab to settle within the hot jungle of your PC case. Today, we take a look at the 2400 MHz C11 2x4 GB kit, one of the few affordable higher-end kits on the market.

9.4
Date: May 24th 2013
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
EVGA GTX 780 Superclocked w/ ACX Cooler 3 GB

EVGA has engineered a new cooler for their GeForce GTX 780 called ACX--Active Cooling Xtreme. This dual-fan design delivers temperatures and noise levels that match the quiet NVIDIA reference design. The GTX 780 SC ACX is also overclocked, which yields performance higher than the Titan.

9.4
Date: May 23rd 2013
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
Gigabyte GTX 780 WindForce OC 3 GB

Gigabyte's GTX 780 WindForce OC introduces a brand-new triple-slot cooler design that uses improved heatpipe technology. Thanks to a large overclock out of the box and clever thermal engineering, the card ends up faster than the GeForce GTX Titan.

Date: May 23rd 2013
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 SLI

NVIDIA's new GeForce GTX 780 delivers impressive performance. We put two of them into an SLI configuration to see what you can expect when doubling down on the GTX 780.

9.2
Date: May 23rd 2013
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 3 GB

Today, NVIDIA released their new GeForce GTX 780, which is based on the GK110 GPU - just like the GTX Titan. The new card not only inherits the fantastic looks of the Titan, but is also very close to it in overall performance. NVIDIA's pricing is certainly not cheap at $649.

7.6
Date: May 22nd 2013
Author: crmaris
In: NAS
Shuttle OMNINAS KD20

Today, we will take a look at a small and affordable NAS server from Shuttle, a company that specializes in the development and production of mini PCs. The OMNINAS KD20 supports up to two HDDs, doesn't cost much, and supports Android- and iOS-based devices.

8.8
Date: May 21st 2013
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
ZOTAC GeForce GTX TITAN AMP! Edition 6 GB

ZOTAC's GTX Titan AMP! Edition comes with increased GPU and memory clocks for an extra performance boost. The package also includes three Assassin's Creed games and a Metro: Last Light coupon. But with pricing of $1139 is it worth it?

9.1
Date: May 20th 2013
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
Cooltek Coolcube Maxi Black

Cooltek has expanded the Coolcube line with two new cases. On one hand, the ultra-compact Coolcube Mini and, on the other, the mATX Coolcube Maxi. We had the chance to look at the larger of the two, which cannot only hold a larger motherboard, but also more hard drives and bigger components.

8.8
Date: May 17th 2013
Author: Darksaber
In: External HDDs
Rosewill RDEE-12002 USB 3.0 Hard Drive Enclosure

The Rosewill RDEE-12002 combines USB 3.0 with the latest generation SATA interface. With easy access to the interior, solid use of aluminum, and the ability to hold even the tallest high-capacity drives, the list of specifications makes for an impressive read, but will it perform?

8.0
Date: May 16th 2013
Author: Frederik S
In: Headphones
Sunrise Charm3 & Dragon2 Ear buds

Sunrise is known for their high end ear buds. Today, we will take a good look at their two most recent offerings--namely, the Charm3 and Dragon2 ear buds. Both come with a big bundle and are competitively priced.

8.6
Date: May 15th 2013
Author: crazyeyesreaper
In: CPU Coolers
Phanteks PH-TC12DX

Phanteks seeks to beat the heat with the PH-TC12DX. Comprised of two fin stacks, each made up of 49 anodized aluminum cooling fins, and paired with a nickel-plated copper base and heatpipes, This U-type cooler might just have what it takes.

9.4
Date: May 14th 2013
Author: W1zzard
In: SSD
Crucial M500 480 GB

Crucial's new M500 SSD is built on an upgraded Marvell flash controller with new 20 nanometer 128 Gbit die MLC flash. This combination makes for a very affordable drive that also provides excellent performance in both synthetic and real-life performance testing.

8.5
Date: May 13th 2013
Author: crmaris
In: Media Players
Shuttle Slim-PC DS61

Shuttle is a key player in the mini-PC, slim-PC, and barebone system market. Today, we will check on their Slim-PC DS61 solution that was designed for digital signage purposes, although it can easily, depending on the CPU and other hardware you install, play the roles of an office PC, HTPC, etc.

9.6
Date: May 11th 2013
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
MSI GTX 650 Ti Boost TwinFrozr Gaming 2 GB

MSI's GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost Gaming uses the company's famous TwinFrozr dual-fan cooler. In our testing, we see fantastic noise levels that make the card almost inaudible even during heavy gaming. The card is overclocked, too, which makes it a great buy, being just $5 more expensive than the reference design.

8.0
Date: May 10th 2013
Author: Frederik S
In: Headphones
Ultimate Ears Personal Reference Monitors

The flagship custom in-ear solution by Ultimate Ears gets put to the test against the best customs around. The Personal Reference Monitors target audiophiles who want a go at tuning their own custom in-ears. Almost everything is customizable, from the sound signature to the bundle.

7.9
Date: May 8th 2013
Author: Darksaber
In: USB Sticks
PQI i-mini USB 3.0 32GB

PQI has made things as small as possible with the i-mini flash drive while also offering the modern USB 3.0 interface. We take the minuscule i-mini for a spin to see if PQI has not shaved off too much performance in the process of shrinking things down.

9.5
Date: May 8th 2013
Author: crazyeyesreaper
In: CPU Coolers
Phanteks PH-TC14PE

The Phanteks PH-TC14PE is a behemoth of a CPU cooler that looks ready to maul the competition. This anodized aluminum and nickle-plated copper beast has twin cooling towers and five 8 mm heatpipes. Are the giant towers and fleshed-out pipes enough to deliver top tier performance?

9.0
Date: May 7th 2013
Author: W1zzard
In: SSD
Samsung 840 SSD 250 GB

The Samsung 840 SSD is the first solid-state drive using TLC flash technology, which promises higher data density for a lower overall cost. Our testing sees decent performance that turns into "outstanding" when taking into account performance per dollar and price per GB.

7.8
Date: May 6th 2013
Author: crmaris
In: Power Supplies
Enermax NAXN ADV 650 W

The Enermax NAXN series is one of the few models Enermax doesn't produce themselves. This is done for cost-reduction reasons. In this review, we will check on the performance of the strongest member of the NAXN 82+ ADV line. It has a capacity of 650 W, features a non-modular design, and is 80 Plus Bronze certified.

9.7
Date: May 3rd 2013
Author: cadaveca
In: Motherboards
ASRock Z77 Extreme11 Intel LGA1155

Fourteen SSDs, quad VGAs, 32 GB of RAM, and 8 threads of high performance Intel horsepower--is that what you are looking for? Look no further as the ASRock Z77 Extreme11 offers all that. ASRock's flagship Intel Z77 Express product, the Z77 Extreme11, does it all and includes an LSI SAS controller for an additional eight SATA ports.

8.0
Date: May 2nd 2013
Author: crmaris
In: Media Players
GIADA Q11 Android OS Mini PC

The Android operating system is starting to invade the world of PCs. Today, we will test a mini-PC from Giada, the Q11. It uses an ARM CPU and runs on an Android OS. This unit has access to numerous applications through the Google Play store and consumes very little energy, barely exceeding 10 W at full load.

9.4
Date: Apr 30th 2013
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
Inno3D iChill GTX 650 Ti Boost 2 GB

Inno3D has engineered a unique GTX 650 Ti Boost using the company's iChill triple-slot, dual-fan cooler. It provides amazing noise levels, which makes the card almost inaudible during gameplay. Temperatures are also much improved, so the triple-slot design certainly paid off. The card is also overclocked and comes at a reasonable $190 price-point.

8.4
Date: Apr 29th 2013
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
Lian Li PC-V650B

Lian Li has taken a traditional mini-tower case and moved the PSU to the side of the chassis. The result is the PC-V650: a case that can still take full-sized components for a powerful rig. This unique capability, the four pre-installed fans, and a card reader, make it an interesting foundation for a functional high-end system.