Reviews

OCZ revamped their Fatal1ty PSU series with two new models. Today, we will take a look at the smaller 550 W unit featuring a fully modular cabling design and an LED fan. This unit can, according to OCZ, deliver its full power continuously at up to 45°C and is ideal for Haswell gaming rings.
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Author:crmaris
In:Power Supplies
Score:7.8
The Gamer Storm Assassin from Deepcool looks to be a beast in its own right. Weighing in at a massive 1378 g, this dual tower design seeks to silently dispatch the competition. With its unique appearance and near silent operation, the Assassin may very well succeed.
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Author:crazyeyesreaper
In:CPU Coolers
Score:9.5
The In Win GRone is a menacing-looking chassis at a disarming price, filled to the rim with features. Available in two cool color choices, the stylish chassis leaves little to be desired.
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Author:Darksaber
In:Cases
Score:9.2
The HIS R7 260X iPower IceQ X² comes with a greatly improved dual fan heatsink that is just so much better than the AMD reference design cooler. Unfortunately, HIS did not overclock their card out of the box, which would have been easy given the numbers we've been seeing during manual overclocking.
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Author:W1zzard
In:Graphics Cards
Score:8.0
HiFiMAN's newest high-end in-ear gets put to the test. The RE-600s are a beefed up version of the RE-400s we loved. The price has also been hiked up to $399, making it just as expensive as several great in-ears, like the UE900s. We test the RE-600s to find out whether the asking price is justified!
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Author:Frederik S
In:Headphones
Score:8.1
NZXT refreshed their budget-oriented HALE82 line with two new fully modular and 80 Plus Bronze certified units. Today, we are going to take a look at the HALE82 V2 700 W. It costs just 100 bucks and looks great thanks to its white color theme.
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Author:crmaris
In:Power Supplies
Score:7.6
The Aerocool Mechatron chassis clearly puts all its chips into the design, offering an intricate look while giving the user all the necessities within. But will this approach be enough to make the target audience buy Aerocool's Mechatron?
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Author:Darksaber
In:Cases
Score:7.5
AMD's new Radeon R9 290X launches today. Based on a new Hawaii GPU, the card promises record-breaking performance. Not only performance is impressive: With a price of $549, it's also the most affordable high-performance option, which will certainly put massive pressure on NVIDIA.
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Author:W1zzard
In:Graphics Cards
Score:9.3
In this review, we put two AMD Radeon R9 290X cards into a CrossFire configuration, delivering massively improved framerates that will easily handle the latest and greatest titles. With the pair of cards retailing at just $100 more than a single GTX Titan, this is also quite an affordable combination.
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Author:W1zzard
In:Graphics Cards
Several months ago, we reviewed the Cooler Master V1000, which amazed us with its performance. Now, it is time for its smaller brother, the V850. Sharing the same platform with the V1000, it has the same features, including a fully modular cabling design, 80 Plus Gold efficiency, Japanese caps, and a silent, high-quality fan.
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Author:crmaris
In:Power Supplies
Score:9.4
Thecus is a key player in network storage solutions, and today, we get the chance to closely examine one of their newest NAS offerings, the N5550. Targeting enthusiast users or small business environments, it is equipped with an Intel Atom CPU and can take up to five HDDs for a total of 20 TB storage.
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Author:crmaris
In:NAS
Score:8.5
Gigabyte's R9 280X OC comes at no price premium, yet features an overclock out of the box and uses the company's famous triple-fan WindForce 3X cooling solution. With a 100 MHz GPU overclock, it manages to beat the much more expensive GTX 770 in real-life performance.
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Author:W1zzard
In:Graphics Cards
Score:8.3
Zalman may have lost some steam in recent times, but the MS800 Plus ends up being one of the best insider tips for a well-equipped chassis at a great price point. We took the MS800 Plus for a spin and found the chassis to include a lot of useful extras without being difficult on our wallet.
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Author:Darksaber
In:Cases
Score:9.5
Antec's new mobile products division dubbed a.m.p has just released the SP1 portable Bluetooth speaker. Priced at $89, it is one of the cheaper quality solutions out there for people wanting a good portable speaker setup. We put it through its paces to see how it fares against competing products.
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Author:Frederik S
In:Speakers
Score:8.1
We recently tested one of Corsair's RM PSUs and today have the chance to check out the 750 W model. Like all RM units it comes with Gold efficiency, low operational noise, and a fully modular cabling design.
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Author:crmaris
In:Power Supplies
Score:8.7
MSI uses the same cooler as on their R9 280X cards on the R9 270X HAWK, which leaves the HAWK with a cooler that has lots of power to spare, resulting in amazing noise levels at reasonable temperatures. The card is also overclocked out of the box for a nice performance boost.
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Author:W1zzard
In:Graphics Cards
Score:8.9
The Corsair Graphite 230T aims to be a cool-looking chassis with functional features--all at a price segement that is simply the most sought after. Clocking in at 70 euros, has Corsair managed to deliver more than just cool looks in three different colors or is the Graphite 230T nothing but an empty shell?
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Author:Darksaber
In:Cases
Score:8.4
ASUS is using a completely revamped PCB design and the cooler from their GeForce GTX 780 DC II on their latest R9 280X card. The card also comes overclocked out of the box with an overclock on both memory and GPU, which provides a serious performance advantage over the reference design.
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Author:W1zzard
In:Graphics Cards
Score:9.0
ASUS AOOC is the company's open overclocking event, uniting 13 teams of the best overclockers from all of Europe, Russia, Ukraine, and Kazakhstan. With combined cash prizes of $6000, teams were eager to show off their overclocking talent during live overclocking event at IgroMir Expo 2013.
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Author:W1zzard
In:Tradeshows
IgroMir is Russia's biggest gaming expo, not unlike E3 or GamesCom. We had the chance to take a look and brought you back tons of photos showing hot Russian booth babes promoting their products.
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Author:W1zzard
In:Booth Babes
The Cooltek brand of aluminum cases is produced by Jonsbo, which may not be known to most, but they showed off a full range of cases at Computex - most of them constructed of aluminum. We are taking a look at the Cooltek U3, which is an incredibly compact mATX chassis made purely of aluminum.
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Author:Darksaber
In:Cases
Score:9.1
The newest addition to the Phantom Series is a mid-tower with updated looks and quite the number of features from its bigger brethren. Available in red, black, or white, we wonder how much better the new model will be when compared to the likes of the Phantom 410, which costs just as much.
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Author:Darksaber
In:Cases
Score:9.2
AMD's new Radeon R9 270X matches last generation's HD 7950 in performance while still coming at an attractive $200 price point. We were a bit disappointed by the reference-design cooler, but board partners will soon release their own designs with custom heatsinks that will perform better.
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Author:W1zzard
In:Graphics Cards
Score:8.9
The new Radeon R9 280X is based on the AMD HD 7970 GHz Edition design. MSI has taken their highly successful dual-fan cooler from the GAMING Series and put it on the new card. They also included software voltage control and an overclock out-of-the-box.
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Author:W1zzard
In:Graphics Cards
Score:8.1
Based on the Bonaire GPU, just like the HD 7790, and priced at $140, AMD's R7 260X is a new offering that falls into the low midrange segment. The card faces tough competitors from not only NVIDIA but also AMD's own product stack in this popular price category.
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Author:W1zzard
In:Graphics Cards
Score:7.7