Reviews

9.3
Date: Aug 11th 2010
Author: W1zzard
In: Graphics Cards
Palit GeForce GTX 460 Sonic Platinum 1 GB

Running at 800 MHz GPU and 1000 MHz memory, Palit's GTX 460 Sonic Platinum is one of the highest clocked GTX 460 cards out there. It also comes with 1 GB of GDDR5 memory which can provide a performance boost over the 768 MB variants too. Being priced at reasonable $249 this card looks like a good alternative to a reference design purchase.

7.5
Date: Aug 10th 2010
Author: Frederik S
In: Headphones
Head-Direct HiFiMAN RE-ZERO In-ears

Head-Direct's first ever balanced set of in-ears gets put to the test. Dubbed the RE-ZEROs they are essentially a limited run of a highly modified RE0 design. Dressed in a new color with a TRRS mini-jack and a slightly altered bundle these new in-ears should work well for the audio enthusiast.

8.9
Date: Aug 6th 2010
Author: W1zzard
In: SSD
G.SKILL Phoenix Pro 240 GB SSD

G.SKILL's Phoenix Pro 240 GB offers a huge amount of extremely fast solid-state storage that goes well beyond 'boot drive'. It also features the latest Sandforce SF-1222 controller in a tweaked version that allows up to 50,000 IOPS which is a solid step up from the 20k of the normal consumer version.

8.0
Date: Aug 3rd 2010
Author: Frederik S
In: Other
Arctic Cooling Breeze Mobile Fan

Inadequate cooling is never to be taken lightly in a world that is getting hotter and hotter. Fortunately for all us desk bound gadget lovers Arctic Cooling have realized this and given us the Breeze Mobile.

8.5
Date: Jul 29th 2010
Author: Frederik S
In: Mice
Razer Abyssus

Razer is mostly known for their expensive gaming mice, however, this new mouse changes all. Dubbed the Abyssus Razer is offering a gaming grade mouse at only $49 MSRP. We test the mouse and see if it stands a chance against some fierce competition.

8.8
Date: Jul 28th 2010
Author: W1zzard
In: SSD
Patriot Inferno 100 GB SSD

Patriot's 100 GB Inferno SSD drive uses the Sandforce SF-1222 controller which is the company's latest and has found its way into many SSDs from major manufacturers on the market. Patriot is offering a unique five year warranty with their drive that uses a massive 28 GB overprovisioning to keep performance high at all times.

9.4
Date: Jul 26th 2010
Author: Fitseries3
In: CPU Coolers
Thermaltake Frio

Its been over a year since Thermaltake came out with their last CPU cooler offering. The Frio is their first dual fan cooler targeted at cooling high performance multi-core processors with high heat output. The Frio incorporates some very promising new features, will they offer any significant benefit?

9.0
Date: Jul 20th 2010
Author: W1zzard
In: SSD
OCZ Agility 2 120 GB SSD

OCZ's Agility 2 SSD is built around the Sandforce SF-1200 controller which is one of the latest and greatest SSD controller chips on the market. It offers outstanding read and write performance of well above 250 MB/s. We test several synthetic and real-life scenarios to see if the $329 Agility 2 120 GB should be on your shopping list.

8.9
Date: Jul 14th 2010
Author: Darksaber
In: External HDDs
Vantec NexStar SuperSpeed USB 3.0 HDD Dock

Vantec has updated their sleek looking NexStar Hard Drive dock with the newest generation Universal Serial Bus interface - USB 3.0. Even though the exterior did not change, the interior manages to impress no matter if you are using USB 3.0 or 2.0.

Date: Jul 12th 2010
Author: W1zzard
In: Graphics Cards
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 SLI

NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 460 has been released today with big success. The cards improve on power and noise, offering great performance considering the price. This brings up the obvious question: how do these cards handle SLI? At $460 total the 2-way SLI config is cheaper than NVIDIA's flagship GTX 480, but is it worth it?

9.5
Date: Jul 10th 2010
Author: W1zzard
In: Graphics Cards
MSI GeForce GTX 460 Cyclone OC 768 MB

MSI's GeForce GTX Cyclone OC uses NVIDIA's latest graphics processor, the GF104. But MSI has not stopped there, they use their own "Cyclone" cooling solution and have increased the cards operating clock to 728 MHz. As a result this 768 MB card is faster than the 1 GB version of the reference design.

9.5
Date: Jul 10th 2010
Author: W1zzard
In: Graphics Cards
AXLE GeForce GTX 460 768 MB

Today NVIDIA launches their new GTX 460 Series. Axle is following the reference design implementation to the letter which means the card shows all the new improvements like low power, less fan noise and massive overclocking potential. Thanks to the memory choice of 768 MB it is also more cost effective than the 1 GB variant.

9.1
Date: Jul 10th 2010
Author: W1zzard
In: Graphics Cards
ZOTAC GeForce GTX 460 1 GB

Zotac's GeForce GTX 460 is equipped with 1 GB of video memory and also brings in small improvements like an additional DisplayPort connector and better bundle at $229 which is no price increase from the price of other cards.

9.5
Date: Jul 10th 2010
Author: W1zzard
In: Graphics Cards
MSI GeForce GTX 460 Cyclone OC 1 GB

MSI's 1 GB version of the GeForce GTX 460 Cyclone uses 1024 MB of fast GDDR5 memory and clock speeds of 728 MHz to make it the fastest GTX 460 variant out there today. With a price of $239, it is only $10 more expensive than the reference design.

9.6
Date: Jul 8th 2010
Author: Darksaber
In: NAS
QNAP TS-859 Pro

The Turbo Station or TS-859 Pro from QNAP is the largest such unit in their NAS line-up, able to take in eight hard drives. Its comes with an Intel Atom CPU and 1 GB memory within the compact chassis, offering much more than just acting as a network accessible storage device.

7.9
Date: Jul 8th 2010
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
Fractal Design Array

The Fractal Design Array manages to swallow a whole six 3.5 inch drives and a single 2.5 inch one without the usual dimensions of a mid or full tower case. This makes the ITX chassis a great DIY NAS or server chassis. We dive into the Array to see how they manage to stuff so much hardware into a chassis of this size.

Date: Jul 7th 2010
Author: W1zzard
In: Graphics Cards
ASUS ARES 4 GB

ARES is ASUS' latest graphics card monster creation. The card is based on two HD 5870 GPUs running in an internal CrossFire configuration. ASUS has also be generous with the video memory, a total of 4 GB is available on the card. Thanks to a custom heatsink design the card manages to handle the heat well, but can you handle the price of $1000 a piece?

Date: Jul 7th 2010
Author: W1zzard
In: Graphics Cards
ASUS ARES CrossFire

In this review we test two ASUS ARES cards in a 4-GPU CrossFire combination. With a total price of $2000 for those cards this is certainly not for everybody. For additional reference we also combined the ARES with a HD 5970 and a HD 5870.

8.7
Date: Jul 6th 2010
Author: Darksaber
In: External HDDs
Vantec NexStar 2.5" SuperSpeed USB 3.0

Vantec has taken their NexStar 2.5" enclosure and upgraded the interface to USB 3.0 while keeping the looks identical. We take it for a speed to see if it makes sense for the small form factor.

8.5
Date: Jul 4th 2010
Author: W1zzard
In: Graphics Cards
HIS Radeon HD 5550 GDDR5

The HIS Radeon HD 5550 is based on the HD 5550 design but comes equipped with fast GDDR5 memory and a passive cooling solution. This allows for high-quality HD movie playback and playing most games at Xbox-360 like 720p resolution.

8.9
Date: Jul 2nd 2010
Author: Darksaber
In: External HDDs
Rosewill RX358 3.5" USB 3.0 Enclosure

Rosewill is jumping on the USB 3.0 bandwagon with full force, offing not only enclosures but also host cards. We take their RX358 3.5 inch enclosure for a ride using their RC-505 USB 3.0 controller - a combination that manages to impress.

8.6
Date: Jul 1st 2010
Author: Omega
In: Processors
AMD Phenom II X6 1055T 2.80 GHz

After AMD'S Phenom II X6 1090T flagship processor, we take a look at the first mainstream six core processor Phenom II X6 1055T. Clocked at 2.80 GHz and with Turbo Core technology it can reach up to 3.30 GHz, and at prices of just under $200 AMD aims to create some serious alternative to Intel's Core i5 750.

8.3
Date: Jun 28th 2010
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
Thermaltake Armor A90

The Thermaltake Armor A90 features some menacing looks, all black interior and plenty of *omph* for the next LAN party. We peak under its armor scales to see if the interior is worth protecting with such a cool look.

8.6
Date: Jun 26th 2010
Author: W1zzard
In: Graphics Cards
Axle Radeon HD 5670 1024 MB

Axle's Radeon HD 5670 comes with 1 GB of GDDR5 memory, which is twice that of the reference design. The thermal solution has also been changed to one that runs cool and quiet, thanks to a fan design by Arctic Cooling.

8.4
Date: Jun 24th 2010
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
NZXT Vulcan

The NZXT Vulcan is a mATX gaming case capable of holding large multi-GPU configurations with a convenient carrying handle. We tear it apart and fill it with hardware, to see if it lives up to its promise or turns up to be nothing but smoke and hot ashes.