Reviews

9.1
Date: Jul 4th 2014
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
ASUS GTX 780 Strix 6 GB

The new ASUS GTX 780 STRIX introduces a completely passive operation while the card is idling, which provides a noise-free experience. The GTX 780 STRIX 6 GB also features twice the memory capacity of the regular GTX 780 and a large overclock out of the box.

8.8
Date: Jul 2nd 2014
Author: crmaris
In: Media Players
Shuttle Fanless Slim-PC DS437T

Today, we will evaluate another slim-PC by Shuttle. The DS437 is for applications like digital signage, POS, education, etc., and its fanless design makes it incredibly reliable and completely silent. It uses a dual-core Intel Celeron CPU with an embedded Intel HD Graphics solution and comes with a large number of I/O ports.

9.0
Date: Jun 30th 2014
Author: cadaveca
In: Motherboards
ASUS MAXIMUS VII HERO (Intel LGA 1150)

ASUS pushes the limits with its ROG branding by unleashing yet another HERO onto the battlefield to save the day. Built with ASUS ROG technology from top to bottom, the ASUS MAXIMUS VII HERO just might be that new flashy board you buy.

8.9
Date: Jun 26th 2014
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
MSI GTX 780 Gaming 6 GB

MSI's new GTX 780 Gaming 6 GB doubles the available video RAM over the reference design, which just has 3 GB. With the latest titles requiring 3 GB VRAM minimum for textures at Ultra, this 6 GB card could help provide a performance advantage. We will investigate this claim by using our brand-new VGA test suite.

8.7
Date: Jun 25th 2014
Author: crmaris
In: Power Supplies
Deepcool Quanta DQ1250 1250 W

Another high-end Platinum PSU, this time by Deepcool, the DQ Series 1250 W unit uses a high-end platform with incredible performance, Platinum efficiency, and low noise output. Especially the latter is something not often seen in such a strong PSU, so stay tuned if you want to learn more about this product.

8.2
Date: Jun 23rd 2014
Author: Frederik S
In: Headphones
Attitude One Almaz Headset

Attitude One is a new player on the gaming scene, and today, we take a close look at their first headset, the Almaz. The Almaz can be configured to act as either a headphone or headset because of its detachable microphone and multiple cables.

9.8
Date: Jun 20th 2014
Author: cadaveca
In: Motherboards
MSI Z97I GAMING AC (Intel LGA 1150)

If you're looking for a miniature board to toss into a portable LAN box, MSI has the board for you! The Z97I GAMING AC we are looking at today is a GAMING-centric mITX board, equipped with everything you need to blast your enemies into GAMING nirvana.

8.9
Date: Jun 19th 2014
Author: crazyeyesreaper
In: CPU Coolers
Deepcool Gamer Storm Lucifer

The Gamer Storm Lucifer from Deepcool is an affordable CPU cooler that packs a punch. Featuring six Ø6 mm heatpipes, a 140 mm fan, and its single monolithic tower design, this cooler is quiet and performs extremely well.

9.1
Date: Jun 18th 2014
Author: Frederik S
In: Speakers
UE BOOM Personalized Edition

The UE BOOM was one of the first bluetooth speakers that wowed us. Today, we take a look at the newest revision of the BOOM. It features much improved firmware, allows you to customize its start-up sound, and comes with a bigger bundle.

9.3
Date: Jun 17th 2014
Author: crmaris
In: Power Supplies
EVGA SuperNOVA G2 850 W

We already tested its smaller brother, and it performed incredibly well, so it is nigh time for the SuperNOVA G2-850 to be put to the test, to show what EVGA has in store for this very hot market segment. Like all other G2 units, this one is based on Super Flower's Leadex platform, offers Gold efficiency, and comes with a fully modular cabling design.

9.7
Date: Jun 16th 2014
Author: crazyeyesreaper
In: CPU Coolers
Noctua NH-D15

With the NH-D15, Noctua once again takes their place, leading our charts. This cooler offers unprecedented cooling performance that makes all-in-one liquid coolers seem weak, especially considering that it does so while remaining whisper quiet.

9.2
Date: Jun 12th 2014
Author: cadaveca
In: Processors
Intel Core i7-4790 (Haswell Refresh)

Although not the unlocked chip most of us are waiting for, the Intel Core i7-4790 is the new kid on the block, sporting a fancy 4.0 GHz boost clock right out of the box. I put it through the paces to see what's what only to come to the same conclusions as most other sites. But here's my take on the Intel Core i7-4790 anyway.

8.7
Date: Jun 10th 2014
Author: crmaris
In: Power Supplies
XFX XTR Series 650 W

We evaluate the XTR-650 of XFX’s fully modular XTR series in today's review. This PSU is Haswell compatible and comes with Gold-certified efficiency, and its hybrid fan operation has it operate quietly. Using quality components, it also promises to perform incredibly well while being very reliable.

Date: Jun 9th 2014
Author: W1zzard
In: Booth Babes
Computex 2014: Booth Babes

Computex Taiwan is the leading computer tradeshow in the year. Thanks to its asian location the booths are full of hot show girls in short skirts. TechPowerUp brings you the complete collection with 130 girls - including high-res images.

8.8
Date: Jun 5th 2014
Author: cadaveca
In: Other
ECS LIVA Mini PC Kit

Today, we take a look at ECS's LIVA Mini PC Kit, a small and affordable PC with very low power consumption, a small price, and lightweight computing capabilities. With a sub-US$200 price tag, expecting top-notch performance would be ill advised, yet what can you get for $200 that fits in the palm of your hand? An ECS LIVA Mini PC Kit, of course.

9.6
Date: Jun 3rd 2014
Author: crazyeyesreaper
In: CPU Coolers
be quiet! Dark Rock Pro 3

be quiet! released their new flagship cooler, the Dark Rock Pro 3. Improving upon its predecessor, it is quieter, lighter, and just as stylish. With solid cooling performance and the best noise profile to date for a high-end air cooler, the Dark Rock Pro 3 sets the bar when it comes to performance versus noise.

9.7
Date: Jun 2nd 2014
Author: cadaveca
In: Motherboards
ASRock Fatal1ty Z97X KILLER (Intel LGA 1150)

Hide your childrens, hide your wives! A KILLER is here! ASRock's Fatal1ty Z97X KILLER is on my test bench, after arriving in a plain white box. The only true Fatal1ty here is hopefully the one in the name, or this red and black gamer had better go back to training camp!

9.0
Date: May 30th 2014
Author: crmaris
In: NAS
Thecus N7710-G

Thecus has recently released a SMB NAS server, the N7710-G. This unit is equipped with strong components that easily support the needs of a business environment. Among others, it supports RAID 50 and has a 10GbE Ethernet port through which very high network transfer speeds can be achieved, given you have the right network structure in place.

9.2
Date: May 28th 2014
Author: cadaveca
In: Motherboards
ASUS Z97-DELUXE NFC & WLC (Intel LGA 1150)

We have none other than the Z97-DELUXE (WLC & NFC), ASUS's expensive high-end Intel Z97 product, with us today. Packing everything you expect and perhaps a few things you do not, the ASUS Z97-DELUXE (WLC & NFC) has everything Intel's latest platform has to offer, all wrapped into a classy new esthetic.

9.9
Date: May 26th 2014
Author: crmaris
In: Power Supplies
Corsair AXi Series 1500 W

Corsair is first to release an 80 Plus Titanium-certified PSU, which is the flagship of their top-notch AXi line. The AX1500i is the best PSU we ever tested, and at 1.5 kW, it is strong enough for an incredibly powerful system with a four-way SLI or Crossfire configuration.

8.9
Date: May 23rd 2014
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
MSI Radeon R9 280X Gaming 6 GB

MSI's Radeon R9 280X Gaming 6 GB comes with twice the video memory of the reference design. We will test multiple resolutions, including EyeFinity and 4K, to see whether it really makes a difference. Another highlight of the card is that it's really quiet, quieter than any other R9 280X we've tested before.

7.9
Date: May 21st 2014
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
Antec GX500

The Antec GX500 aims to mix things up in the entry level market, offering three fans and fan controllers right out of the box, it jumps into the fight with its fists flying. Do those inclusions come at a sacrifice in quality, or will the GX500 be able to come out on top as the featherweight champion?

9.7
Date: May 20th 2014
Author: Frederik S
In: Headphones
HiFiMAN HE-560 Planar Magnetic Headphones

HiFiMAN's latest high-end headphone just got put to the test. The new HE-560 features improvements across the board, both in terms of sound and comfort. Design-wise, it is a long departure from the older HE headphones since it features a suspended headband design and wooden cups.

9.0
Date: May 19th 2014
Author: cadaveca
In: Memory
G.Skill ARES F3-2400C11D-8GAB 2x 4GB DDR3

I called out for some help in fighting the never-ending stream of motherboards that come my way, and G.Skill sent none other than the god of war kit, ARES F3-2400C11D-8GAB, to fight beside me. Can these G.Skil ARES F3-2400C11D-8GAB sticks turn the tide in the battle for top-level memory performance for a good price?

9.6
Date: May 15th 2014
Author: crazyeyesreaper
In: CPU Coolers
Corsair Hydro Series H105

The Corsair Hydro Series H105 has redefined what one can expect from an AIO liquid CPU cooler. Making use of a thicker 38 mm radiator and Corsair's own SP fans designed to deliver high static pressure, this well-engineered cooler makes quick work of the competition.