Reviews

9.0
Date: Feb 20th 2014
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
ASUS GTX 750 Ti OC 2 GB

Unlike most other GTX 750 Tis, ASUS has placed an additional 6-pin power connector on their GTX 750 Ti OC, which promises improved overclocking potential and may even improve out-of-the-box performance due to GPU Boost. The card is also extremely quiet thanks to its dual-fan thermal solution.

8.6
Date: Feb 19th 2014
Author: crmaris
In: Power Supplies
Xigmatek Vector P Series 700 W

It has taken Xigmatek some time to release their fresh Vector P line, having two members with Platinum efficiency. Today, we will take a look at the P700: It features a semi-modular cabling design, promises ultra-silent operation, and exploits the Reverse Thrust Fan technology to avoid internal dust build up.

8.5
Date: Feb 18th 2014
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
ASUS GTX 750 OC 1 GB

Today, NVIDIA also launched the GeForce GTX 750, which is similar to the GTX 750 Ti, just with fewer shaders and lower clocks. The ASUS GTX 750 OC is overclocked out of the box to provide some extra performance while still being power efficient, cool, and quiet.

9.0
Date: Feb 18th 2014
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
MSI GTX 750 Ti Gaming 2 GB

MSI's GTX 750 Ti Gaming is the quietest GTX 750 Ti we reviewed today. It is whisper quiet in both idle and during gaming, even with the included overclock out of the box. Thanks to NVIDIA's Maxwell architecture, the card also runs incredibly cool and consumes very little power.

9.3
Date: Feb 18th 2014
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
Palit GTX 750 Ti StormX Dual 2 GB

Palit's new GTX 750 Ti StormX Dual comes with the fantastic power consumption improvements of the Maxwell architecture, but also includes a large overclock out of the box. Additional overclocking potential is also excellent, making this the card you want if you are after maximized performance.

9.0
Date: Feb 18th 2014
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2 GB

Today, NVIDIA launched their GeForce GTX 750 Ti, which is based on the new GM107 graphics processor introducing NVIDIA's Maxwell graphics architecture. Power consumption of the new card is at a record low, which means temperature and noise levels are impressive as well.

8.5
Date: Feb 17th 2014
Author: cadaveca
In: Motherboards
EVGA Z87 Stinger (Intel LGA 1150)

The intended base of any EVGA Hadron build, the Z87 Stinger is EVGA's answer to a high-end mITX OC solution. Built with a focus on features and overclocking, as with EVGA's high-end videocards and PSUs, the EVGA Z87 Stinger makes its mark, but does it sting like a bee, or is it only as annoying as a fly?

8.9
Date: Feb 14th 2014
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
BitFenix Phenom Mini-ITX

BitFenix has taken the original genes of the Prodigy and fused them with the exterior of the newer Phenom line. The outcome is a small and compact chassis with all the major functional benefits of the highly successful Prodigy in a cleaner, sleeker package - perfect for that HTPC or Steam Box.

9.4
Date: Feb 13th 2014
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
Sapphire Radeon R7 265 2 GB

AMD today released their Radeon R7 265 in a preemptive strike to cover their bases against NVIDIA's upcoming GTX 750 Ti. While the card is based on the aging HD 7850, it still offers good gaming performance and comes with an excellent price/performance ratio.

8.4
Date: Feb 11th 2014
Author: crazyeyesreaper
In: CPU Coolers
Scythe Katana 4

The Katana 4 from Scythe is a cooler that changes what one can expect in terms of performance at such a small size. It proves itself by offering good cooling at low noise levels and an affordable price, but can it cut through the competition like the sword it is named after?

9.6
Date: Feb 10th 2014
Author: cadaveca
In: Motherboards
ASUS RAMPAGE IV BLACK EDITION (Intel SKT 2011)

ASUS ROG is back at it again, tossing another bone our way - the RAMPAGE IV BLACK EDITION. Harkening back to the much older RAMPAGE III BLACK EDITION, this new board seeks to do the same with its ultimately-optimized ROG design and feature focus, but for Intel's X79 Express platform.

8.6
Date: Feb 7th 2014
Author: crmaris
In: Power Supplies
Antec TruePower Classic Series 750 W

Today we are taking a look at Antec's TruePower Classic 750 W unit. The strongest of the series, its efficiency is Gold-certified. It also utilizes a non-modular cabling design to be as affordable as possible.

9.1
Date: Feb 5th 2014
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
Fractal Design Arc Mini R2

Fractal Design's latest mATX chassis brings the Arc Mini series up to par with the Midi line by offering an R2 variant. It includes a few nice updates, but does come with a price tag to match. Is the Arc Mini R2 fly enough to get away with it?

9.4
Date: Feb 4th 2014
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
Sapphire R9 290X Tri-X OC 4 GB

Sapphire's custom design R9 290X Tri-X OC impresses with low noise levels that still run the card at cool temperatures. The card is also overclocked out of the box, which makes it faster than the GTX Titan. In Europe, the price over reference is just 10%, which makes the choice a no-brainer.

7.8
Date: Feb 3rd 2014
Author: crmaris
In: NAS
Thecus N2310

Good NAS servers don't have to cost an arm and a leg. Case in point is Thecus' fresh N2310 for use at home. It is equipped with an 800 MHz SoC processor and 512 MB of DDR3 RAM and can take up to two HDDs. Not here to break performance records, its very high price/performance ratio is simply amazing.

8.7
Date: Jan 31st 2014
Author: cadaveca
In: Motherboards
ASUS Z87I-PRO (Intel LGA 1150)

We continue our foray into mITX motherboards by taking a look at an high-end enthusiast option from ASUS, the P87I-PRO. Featuring a huge 12+2 VRM design, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, plus all Intel Z87 features, the ASUS P87I-PRO also carries the standard high-level ASUS experience we've all come to expect.

8.5
Date: Jan 30th 2014
Author: crazyeyesreaper
In: CPU Coolers
Titan Dragonfly 4

The Dragonfly 4 by Titan has proven to be unique. Near silent when in use, this slim tower design with a slim fan delivers unrivaled clearance around the CPU socket. Featuring a solid list of features and an affordable price, it still packs a punch with the ability to cool up to 160W.

9.2
Date: Jan 29th 2014
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
MSI GTX 760 Mini-ITX Gaming 2 GB

The MSI GTX 760 Mini-ITX Gaming should definitely be on your short list if you are looking to build a SFF gaming PC or compact Steam Box. It runs quieter than any other compact graphics card we ever tested, yet still has enough power to play all the latest titles at full HD, with maximized settings.

9.4
Date: Jan 28th 2014
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
Akasa Newton NUC Case

Intel managed to turn some heads with the NUC, but with its active cooling solution, it leaves things to be desired in terms of noise. A few manufacturers have stepped up to offer passive cooling platforms, one of which is the Akasa Newton. Competitively priced and with a good feature set, it has all the right ingredients to make for an excellent silent solution.

7.6
Date: Jan 27th 2014
Author: Frederik S
In: Headphones
Func HS-260 Gaming Headset

Func's first ever gaming headset gets put to the test. The HS-260s is Func's attempt at creating a good mid-end closed-back gaming headset. Func ships this headset with two different types of ear pads, which allows you to tailor their performance somewhat.

8.0
Date: Jan 24th 2014
Author: Frederik S
In: Mice
Feenix Nascita Gaming Mouse

Feenix is a new brand in the high-end gaming gear scene. Today, we will be taking a look at the Nascita gaming mouse featuring the well-performing Avago ADNS-9800 sensor and some pretty interesting features.

8.9
Date: Jan 22nd 2014
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
BitFenix Phenom M

BitFenix has taken the frame of the Prodigy M and now offers its genes in the Phenom Micro-ATX chassis aiming to offer a clean, understated, but compact option to those who need storage drives and the ability to include potent hardware.

9.5
Date: Jan 21st 2014
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
ASUS R9 290X DirectCU II OC 4 GB

The ASUS R9 290X DirectCU II OC is R9 290X done right. It is overclocked out of the box, but doesn't suffer from the throttling issues of AMD's reference design. The card is also quieter, even in performance mode, and you can activate the second, quiet BIOS for a very low noise experience.

8.5
Date: Jan 20th 2014
Author: crmaris
In: Power Supplies
Silverstone Strider Gold S Series 750 W

Silverstone has a rich portfolio of PSU offerings and recently released a new line, the Strider Gold S series, which includes the world’s smallest fully modular ATX PSUs. We will take a look at the ST75F-GS unit, having Gold efficiency and Silverstone's great look.

9.8
Date: Jan 16th 2014
Author: Frederik S
In: Headphones
MP4Nation Brainwavz S1

MP4Nation has been manufacturing quality budget in-ears for a while, and they hope to take a good chunk of the mid-fi earphone market with the $60 S1s. The S1s use a 10mm driver in a well-designed housing and come with a flat cable, which is neat for people on the go.