Reviews

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.

8.9
Date: Aug 14th 2009
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
MSI N275GTX Lightning GTX 275 1792 MB

MSI's latest addition to their Lightning Series is the N275GTX Lightning with 1792 MB memory and a new Twin Frozr II dual 80 mm fan cooler. Being targeted at overclockers it is overclocked out of the box of course. All this sounds like a noisy card? Nope, on the contrary, the card is actually the quietest card in its performance class, by far.

9.4
Date: Aug 11th 2009
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
Thermaltake Luxa2 LM100 Mini

The Luxa2 LM100 Mini is the smallest HTPC enclosure of that brand in the line-up. It can fit a mini-ITX board, but does it manage to deliver a compact and concentrated dose of all the features we look for in an HTPC chassis?

8.5
Date: Aug 10th 2009
Author: erocker
In: Cases
AZZA Spartan

In a market saturated with mid-tower computer cases there are countless designs and different features to choose from. The one choice most people can agree on is getting a good value for their money. AZZA is trying to make this choice easier by offering the Spartan, a case with bold looks for gaming at a low price.

8.6
Date: Jul 30th 2009
Author: DanishDevil
In: USB Sticks
Patriot Xporter Magnum 64 GB Flash Drive

If you need to move a lot of data around then the Patriot Xporter Magnum 64 GB is a great choice. It offers enough storage for all your needs on the road and pairs that with maximum transfer speeds of up to 33 MB/s. Patriot has also made their $150 flash drive stand out by designing it in a menacing red.

9.6
Date: Jul 29th 2009
Author: Pinchy
In: Thermal Paste
GELID Solutions GC-2 Thermal Compound

The new GC-2 thermal compound by GELID Solutions is unique from its competition. It comes in a large 7 gram container and is priced the same as competitors' 3.5 gram products. Its thermal conductivity is excellent and an included applicator tops this product off.

9.5
Date: Jul 27th 2009
Author: Darksaber
In: Memory
OCZ Reaper HPC 6 GB DDR3 1866 MHz CL 8 Kit

OCZ expands the Reaper series with the HPC tri-channel kit. This one runs at 1866 MHz and offers CL8 right out of the box. The heatspreader design with heatpipe cooling looks menacing, but will it manage to keep cool under pressure when we push the memory to the limit and reap some praise?

8.0
Date: Jul 23rd 2009
Author: Frederik S
In: Headphones
Razer Megalodon USB Headset

The newest addition to the Razer headset lineup is the USB powered Megalodon headsets. Featuring an all new USB sound card developed by Razer called the Maelstrom sound engine. Depending on user preference you can run in either 2.0 or 7.1 mode.

8.6
Date: Jul 17th 2009
Author: Pinchy
In: Thermal Paste
GELID Solutions GC-Extreme Thermal Compound

The new GC-Extreme thermal compound by GELID Solutions is definitely one to consider when you are in the market for some thermal grease. It has amazing thermal conductivity and does better than the competition.

8.1
Date: Jul 14th 2009
Author: Darksaber
In: USB Sticks
A-DATA S805 Flash Drive

The S805 from A-DATA is the perfect storage companion for the outdoor user or as a key chain. The nice metal clip along with a solid frame make this stick perfect in that regard, even if it is not a speed demon, but the S805 still manages to be Vista Readyboost ready.

7.8
Date: Jul 13th 2009
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
Thermaltake Element T

The Element T is the most affordable case in the Element family from Thermaltake. It aims to please both the the professional user and the mainstream gamer. This is certainly no easy task, but he case has space for up to six hard drives, an excellent construction and clean looks along with a large red LED fan up top.

9.0
Date: Jul 8th 2009
Author: erocker
In: Other
Vantec ezSHARE Adapter

With more people having more than one computer the need to share and transfer files between them has grown. Vantec has come up with a product geared towards this market with the Vantec ezSHARE Adapter. It boasts an easy setup with no additional software to install and a setup time of only seconds. Let's see what the ezSHARE Adapter has in store.

8.9
Date: Jul 8th 2009
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
Xigmatek Midgard

The Xigmatek Midgard aims to redefine the mainstream case segment by packing it full with all kinds of features. From plenty of fan mounts to screw-less systems everywhere, along with an all black interior and a low, low price tag of $60. That is bound to get our attention, so we take a real close look, but will it manage to do away with the doubts?

8.4
Date: Jul 6th 2009
Author: Fitseries3
In: Cases
Scimitar Computers Vertex Pyramid Case

The Vertex is a very unique HTPC chassis. Shaped like a pyramid and constructed of solid metal sheets along with a choice of three colors, the case is certainly an eye catcher. The chassis is currently available in very limited quantities, but you can count on us to get one of them to fill up with hardware for your viewing pleasure.

9.0
Date: Jul 2nd 2009
Author: Frederik S
In: Headphones
Maximo iM-590 iMetal Earphones

Relatively unknown Maximo recently released their iM-590 earphones. Based on a 9 mm driver and boosting a metal exterior these earphones will undoubtedly turn some heads. The price of just $59 certainly will.

7.9
Date: Jun 30th 2009
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
Sapphire HD 4730 512 MB

Sapphire's new HD 4730 is based on the RV770 GPU which is used on the HD 48xx Series. Such a choice had to be made because the availability of the HD4770 GPU is extremely limited at this time - while customer demand is up. Sapphire offers their card with 640 shaders and 512 MB GDDR5 memory at an extremely competitive price point of only $79. But is that enough to take over that market segment?

9.0
Date: Jun 28th 2009
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
Inno3D GeForce GTX 295 Platinum (Single PCB)

NVIDIA has silently introduced a new revision of their GeForce GTX 295. The new version crams everything onto a single PCB. While the performance characteristics have not changed, thermals, fan noise and power consumption did change indeed. Is the new single PCB GTX 295 a success or just an unimportant product revision?