Reviews

9.4
Date: Sep 9th 2010
Author: W1zzard
In: Graphics Cards
ASUS ENGTX460 DirectCU 1 GB

As the names suggests, the ASUS ENGTX460 DirectCU comes with an ASUS DirectCu thermal solution. It also features increased clock speeds of 775 MHz core and 1000 MHz memory which result in about 10% real life improvement. What makes this card really attractive is the low price of $229 which is the same as you would pay for the plain NVIDIA reference design.

9.3
Date: Sep 7th 2010
Author: W1zzard
In: Graphics Cards
PowerColor HD 5750 Low Profile 1 GB

PowerColor's HD 5750 Low Profile is the first HD 5700 Series low-profile card on the market. This seems to be a godsend for compact media PC systems that can also handle the latest games at decent resolution and settings. We take this card for a spin to see if it can hold its promise.

8.6
Date: Sep 3rd 2010
Author: W1zzard
In: SSD
Mushkin Callisto Deluxe 60 GB SSD

Mushkin's Callisto 60 GB comes at a very affordable $145 which makes it the cheapest 60 GB Sandforce-driven SSD on the market today. With a capacity of 60 GB it is a great choice for a Windows 7 boot drive. TRIM is also supported, so you get the maximum out of your SSD even after it's aged a bit.

9.4
Date: Sep 1st 2010
Author: W1zzard
In: Graphics Cards
MSI GTX 460 HAWK 1 GB

MSI's GTX 460 HAWK is the flagship GeForce GTX 460 from MSI. It comes with a quiet Twin Frozr II cooler, 1 GB of memory and 781 MHz core clock out of the box. MSI has also expanded on the voltmodding capability of the card which supports software control for three voltages.

9.1
Date: Aug 31st 2010
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
BitFenix Colossus

BitFenix may be a new brand but their first product has landed. The Colossus case is so large that you simply cannot miss it. It is packed to the rim with new and unique features, which make you wonder what we did without them before. We take an in-depth look at the retail version of this massive EATX case that goes for a very affordable 159 Euros.

8.9
Date: Aug 29th 2010
Author: W1zzard
In: Graphics Cards
AXLE GeForce GTX 460 1 GB (Ace Edition)

AXLE's GeForce GTX 460 ACE is the first GTX 460 to come with a triple slot cooling solution, by Arctic Cooling in this case. The card also comes pre-overclocked out of the box which results in a healthy performance boost over the reference design.

8.0
Date: Aug 27th 2010
Author: Darksaber
In: Memory
Mach Xtreme Armor 1600 MHz CL8 4GB Kit

Mach Xtreme is a new player, but their complete line-up of memory, SSDs and their USB 3.0 flash drive made some real waves. We are taking a look at the Armor 1600 MHz CL8 dual channel kit, which comes equipped with Xigmatek heat spreaders. Will its shell withstand our barrage of benchmarks or are we able to chip its armor?

7.7
Date: Aug 23rd 2010
Author: Frederik S
In: Keyboards
Arctic Cooling K381 Keyboard

Arctic Cooling's recent push to enter the peripheral market is now paying off for those looking for an affordable slim line keyboard. With the launch of the K381 keyboard you could get a quite feature packed keyboard that does not take up much deskspace for only $24.95.

9.4
Date: Aug 17th 2010
Author: W1zzard
In: Graphics Cards
ZOTAC GeForce GTX 460 Amp! Edition 1 GB

ZOTAC's new GTX 460 Amp! Edition is the highest clocked GTX 460 version available right now. Its clock speeds of 810 MHz core and 1000 MHz memory ensure it delivers substantially improved performance over the GTX 460 reference design. ZOTAC is also using a custom cooling solution and includes a full version of Prince of Persia with their card.

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.