Reviews

9.0
Date: Oct 24th 2009
Author: Omega
In: Processors
AMD Athlon II X2 240 2.80 GHz

AMD's Athlon II X2 240 is set out to deliver a best-in-class experience for less than $60. Even though it has only two cores it can deliver in many benchmarks including gaming. Its attractive price point and undervolting capabilities also make it an interesting choice for a budget oriented media PC setup.

7.8
Date: Oct 22nd 2009
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
Inno3D GeForce 210 512 MB

NVIDIA's new GeForce 210 is set out to conquer the low-end graphics card market. It comes with native HDMI output, improvements to HDMI audio and a low profile form factor. While it also supports DirectX 10.1 and PhysX, it is definitely not made for gaming. However, it does score big in overclocking and power consumption.

7.9
Date: Oct 20th 2009
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
Cooler Master Lab Test Bench

The Cooler Master Lab is their first test bench unit and scores with some extremely compact dimensions along with the possibility to install a full size ATX board. We take a close look to see how it stacks up to the competition from the specialists like DangerDen or DimasTech.

8.1
Date: Oct 17th 2009
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
NZXT Lexa S

The Lexa S is an updated version of the classic Lexa and Lexa Blackline Series, which goes into a totally different direction. With a much lower price point it is stuffed with a radically different set of features along with four, white bladed fans, a fan controller and the possibility to use a dual radiator within the case. These are just some of the numerous new features of the Lexa S, while the review goes into all the details.

9.1
Date: Oct 12th 2009
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
HIS Radeon HD 5770 1 GB

AMD's next step in their Radeon HD 5000 release strategy is the Radeon HD 5770 which is based on the new 40 nm Juniper core. It features 800 shaders and 1 GB of GDDR5 memory on a 128-bit bus. Essentially this makes the card perform like a HD 4870 but adds new features like DirectX 11, ATI Eyefinity and reduced power consumption.

8.1
Date: Oct 12th 2009
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
Zotac GeForce GT 220 1 GB

Zotac's new GeForce GT 220 is based on NVIDIA's new GT 216 GPU which features 48 shader processors. While this is certainly not enough to play games at high resolutions it is sure fine for casual gaming. Windows desktop use and HD video playback is what this card is really targeted at and here it shines with extremely low power consumption and good feature set.

8.3
Date: Oct 12th 2009
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
Palit GeForce GT 220 Sonic 512 MB

NVIDIA's new GeForce GT 220 is built around the new GT216 graphics processor, which is NVIDIA's first chip to be made in a 40 nm process. Another novelty is support for DirectX 10.1. Palit's Sonic Edition comes with higher clocks out of the box and an extremely well optimized low-noise fan.

8.5
Date: Oct 7th 2009
Author: Darksaber
In: Media Players
Zotac MAG ION Nettop

Zotac is well known for their graphic cards, but the company goes one step further and applies their engineering skills we have come to love in form of their mini-ITX boards and poured them into their first NVIDIA ION Nettop. The Zotac MAG packs a dual core Atom 330 with an ION platform, 2 GB of memory and 160 GB of hard drive space along with a few other surprises. All for an extremely competitive price tag.

9.2
Date: Oct 5th 2009
Author: Omega
In: Processors
AMD Athlon II X4 620 2.6 GHz

Not having a performance leading product doesn't mean the end of a company. AMD is the hardcore proof of that. Turning its attention to the much larger mainstream market resulted in some great products that offer amazing performance at low price points. This time, AMD has outdone itself, and the recently introduced Athlon II X4 620 could very well be a dream come true for mainstream users, the first ever quad core processor for just under $100.

9.7
Date: Oct 2nd 2009
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
HIS Radeon HD 5850 1 GB

The HIS Radeon HD 5850 is based on AMD's reference design and delivers amazing rendering performance at a much more affordable price than the HD 5870. It comes with an impressing low power consumption and the lack of fan noise is also very enjoyable. Overall it seems like this will be the best high end card available this year.

8.9
Date: Sep 24th 2009
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
Origen AE M10

Origen AE has taken their legendary construction quality down to a mini ITX platform with their newest HTPC chassis - the M10. It is made of two thick pieces of aluminum and features an external, passive 150W power brick - two aspects you won't get anywhere else. But is this enough to justify the 400 Euro price tag?

9.0
Date: Sep 23rd 2009
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
ASUS EAH5870 CrossFire

We pair two AMD Radeon HD 5870 1 GB accelerators for some CrossFire action, and see how viable it proves as a high-end graphics setup.

9.5
Date: Sep 22nd 2009
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
AMD Radeon HD 5870 1 GB GDDR5

Today AMD launches their new Radeon HD 5800 Series of graphics cards. They are powered by a brand new graphics processor called "Cypress". Our review goes into all the detail about the new HD 5870 flagship, but we also have HD 5850 scores so you can get an idea what to expect.

Date: Sep 22nd 2009
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
AMD Radeon HD 5870 PCI-Express Scaling

AMD's latest generation of graphics cards offers unprecedented single GPU performance levels. Such performance requires an optimum environment, especially important is PCI-Express bandwidth. We investigate if these cards can still deliver on a PCI-E x8, x4 or even x1 link.

8.9
Date: Sep 17th 2009
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
Lancool Dragonlord PC-K62

The Lancool PC-K62 is the high-end model of the Dragonlord Series. It comes stuffed with four fans, screw-less systems everywhere you look within that black interior and a cool looking window to top things off. We go in for the kill to see if we can tame the Dragon.

Date: Sep 16th 2009
Author: btarunr
In: Video Cards
AMD HD 5800 Series Leak Collection

A compilation of all plausible information about the Radeon HD 5000 series graphics processors found on the web, stitched into a collage.

Date: Sep 14th 2009
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
ASUS MARS/2DI/4GD3 Dual GeForce GTX 285 4096 MB

If any graphics card has been hyped in the past months it's the ASUS MARS Dual GTX 285. It is the first and only graphics card featuring two GTX 285 GPUs with 4 GB VRAM. The card is set out to dominate every other card on the market delivering amazing performance - at a breathtaking price of USD 1200 per card.

9.0
Date: Sep 13th 2009
Author: Frederik S
In: Mice
Razer Orochi and Kabuto

Razer's two most recent products are put to the test as we examine the performance of the Orochi dual mode gaming mouse and the Kabuto gaming mat. Both of these products are part of Razer's new product line intended for gamers on the move.

8.9
Date: Sep 9th 2009
Author: erocker
In: External HDDs
Vantec NexStar Vault

In a time when all of our information is going digital there is more of a need for a way to store our information securely. The Vantec NexStar Vault aims to make this data secure by providing the security of a keypad, along with data encryption.

8.9
Date: Sep 7th 2009
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
Mushkin GeForce GTX 295 Single PCB 1792 MB

Mushkin's GeForce GTX 295 comes in a very stylish wooden box that radiates "premium product" as soon as you have it in your hands. Other than that the card follows NVIDIA's single PCB GTX 295 reference specifications to the letter, but also comes at an attractive price point of $499.

8.0
Date: Aug 31st 2009
Author: Frederik S
In: Headphones
SoundMagic PL30 In-ears

SoundMagic is one of the few brands out there dedicated to making quality in-ears that are affordable as well. Today we take a look at their PL30 in-ears which boast a mighty bundle and good sound quality to boot. Being priced at $25 they provide amazing value in the IEM segment.

8.2
Date: Aug 28th 2009
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
MSI HD 4890 Cyclone SOC 1 GB GDDR5

MSI's HD 4890 Cyclone SOC is the fastest model of the Cyclone Series. It comes with clocks of 1000 MHz / 1000 MHz out of the box and uses a huge heatpipe cooler to keep the card cool. As an extra feature a native HDMI connector has been added in case you want to connect the card to your big TV screen.

9.5
Date: Aug 24th 2009
Author: Frederik S
In: Headphones
Head-Direct HiFiMAN EF2 Headphone Amplifier

The recently launched HiFiMAN EF2 amplifier takes center stage as we test to see if it is worthy of such a name. Manufactured and sold by Head-Direct this product is both competitively priced and well equipped.

8.1
Date: Aug 21st 2009
Author: erocker
In: External HDDs
Vantec NexStar Dual Bay Hard Drive Dock

With more and more people becoming entrenched within the digital age there is an increasing need for storage. Hard drive docks are definitely a part of the solution with easy to use USB and eSATA connections all in a package that sits on your desk. Today we will be looking at what the Vantec NexStar Dual Bay Hard Drive Dock has to offer.

8.9
Date: Aug 18th 2009
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
Powercolor HD 4770 PCS 512 MB

Powercolor's new HD 4770 PCS comes with a cooling solution designed by Artic Cooling and a custom PCB design by Powercolor. This should result in improved thermal performance, less noise and better overclocking. Thanks to decisive product design, Powercolor manages to offer the card at no extra price over other HD 4770 cards.