Reviews

9.0
Date: Oct 9th 2008
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
AMD's ATI Radeon HD 4550 passive 512M

AMD's new Radeon HD 4550 comes in a passively cooled version without fan. Such a noiseless experience is crucial in media PC designs where you don't want to be distracted by any fan noise. Also included is a native HDMI and DisplayPort output for connection to your big screen. With a price of around $50 the card even offers some potential for casual gaming.

9.5
Date: Oct 6th 2008
Author: nflesher87
In: Memory
A-Data Vitesta Extreme Edition DDR2 4 GB 800+ MHz CL4

A-DATA's 4 GB Vitesta Extreme Edition DDR2 memory kit offers great performance at a low price of only $75. The memory can even run CL3 at the specified 800 MHz, with a small voltage increase and scales up to DDR2-1066 at CL5.

8.9
Date: Oct 1st 2008
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
Ikonik Zaria A20 ATX Case with SIM

The Zaria A20 is a unique chassis. Having features like a kick-start power button, interchangable side window, out of the ordinary fan placement are just some of the highlights. The optional SIM module gives you total access to your fans, their lighting and several thermal sensors within the Zaria A20.

9.3
Date: Sep 30th 2008
Author: erocker
In: External HDDs
iStarUSA T-5 SS SAS/SATA Mobile HDD Rack

The iStarUSA T-5 SS SAS/SATA Mobile HDD Rack is an affordable, easy to use mobile storage solution designed to make hard drive swapping easy for both the novice end-user and the professional server administrator. No nonsense looks, durable craftmanship, and quiet/smooth operation are some of the inherent qualities of the T-5 SS Mobile HDD rack.

6.9
Date: Sep 29th 2008
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
Lian-Li XB-01 Xbox 360 Case

Lian-Li is known for their unique high-quality cases. They are now offering a chassis for the Xbox 360. The black case should finally make your console look good next to that fancy TV of yours. We pack the XB-01 with the consoles guts to see how it fares.

9.3
Date: Sep 26th 2008
Author: Frederik S
In: Headphones
Ultimate Ears Super.fi 5 Earphones

Ultimate Ears just released a completely new earphone dubbed the Super.fi 5. It is aimed at budget conscious earphone users looking for a good sounding, decent looking set of in-ears. The new radical design is a major leap forward compared to the old Ultimate Ears design.

9.2
Date: Sep 26th 2008
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
HIS HD 4670 IceQ Turbo 512 MB

HIS' latest HD 4670 card comes equipped with the VGA Silencer made by Arctic Cooling. It also features an extra 30 MHz core clock. Even though it is factory overclocked we saw another 10% overclocking potential on both core and memory.

9.2
Date: Sep 25th 2008
Author: Darksaber
In: Notebook Coolers
Vizo Ninja HS Notebook Cooler

The Ninja HS is Vizo's newest addition the their high quality notebook cooler line-up. The unit is made of heavy duty materials, encased in a nearly indestructible paint job and featuring a USB 2.0 hub. The cooling area can also be aligned to cool your notebook where it is needed most.

9.0
Date: Sep 25th 2008
Author: nflesher87
In: Memory
OCZ DDR2 PC2-9200 Flex II 4 GB

OCZ's PC2-9200 Flex II modules can be used with both air and watercooling. They are designed for 1150 MHz DDR2 at CL 5 with 2.1V. In our testing we could easily push the modules above DDR2-1200 without an extra voltage increase.

9.7
Date: Sep 23rd 2008
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
Chieftec Hi-Fi Series HM-02B HTPC Case

Chieftec's new HM-02B HTPC case has been specifically designed to support regular sized graphics cards and power supplies. Integrated in this very reasonably priced media PC enclosure are a VFD display, card reader and vibration dampening for optical and hard drives, making it one of the best choices on the market we encountered so far.

8.0
Date: Sep 23rd 2008
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
Aerocool Hi-Tech 7 Pro

The Aerocool Hi-Tech 7 Pro features a huge 400 mm fan which is the biggest ever seen on a computer case so far. Also included is a fan controller and thermal monitor up front. We fire the turbine up to see how that monster fan performs.

8.2
Date: Sep 20th 2008
Author: Darksaber
In: Other
Lexar FireWire 800 Compact Flash Reader

Lexar's new FireWire 800 CF Card Reader uses the powerful interface to offer unprecedented bandwidth with allows you to optimally use the latest CF card technology. While the traditional USB interface is limited to a maximum of about 30 MB/s, the FireWire interface goes up to 100 MB/s. Clearly a difference if you move a lot of files to and from your CF card.

8.0
Date: Sep 19th 2008
Author: Darksaber
In: Mice
Razer Salmosa

Razer's newest mouse is an entry level gaming device, stuffed with their awesome sensor technology at a great price point of $39. This makes it an interesting choice if you want go for a Razer mouse for the first time without spending a lot of money.

9.3
Date: Sep 17th 2008
Author: Darksaber
In: Memory
Lexar Professional 8GB 300x UDMA Compact Flash

Lexar is joining the frey of high-performance UDMA Compact Flash cards with their Professional 300x series of cards. We get to take a look at their 8 GB version with a big, pleasant suprise during benching.

9.3
Date: Sep 17th 2008
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
Sapphire HD 4850 512 MB 100245L Own PCB Design

Sapphire has engineered their own version of the Radeon HD 4850 with cost and cooling in mind. The card's new unconventional heatsink looks good and keeps the card cool - far below reference design temperatures. The best of all is that the card costs only $169.99 online which makes it the cheapest HD 4850 available today.

9.2
Date: Sep 16th 2008
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
Zotac GeForce GTX 260 Amp² Edition 216 Shaders

Today NVIDIA released their updated GeForce GTX 260 GPUs which come with 24 extra shaders, for a total shader count of 216. Zotac has also overclocked their card beyond the GTX 280 clock speeds which results in a card that is just 1% slower than the regular GTX 280, yet costs over $130 less.

9.1
Date: Sep 15th 2008
Author: Frederik S
In: Headphones
Head-Direct EF1 Hybrid Headphone Amp

Head-Direct EF1 is the name of a brand new headphone amplifier made by the guys behind Head-Direct. The amplifier is a hybrid design which means that it mixes the best from both tube based amplification and solid state amplification.

8.6
Date: Sep 12th 2008
Author: Pinchy
In: CPU Coolers
Evercool Transfomer 6

The Evercool Transformer 6 is a cooler made to look good and perform well. The included fan controller allows it to remain very quiet for day to day usage but then give added performance and brighter LED lights for the overclocking enthusiast. With a large 120 mm bright blue LED fan, six heat pipes, a stainless steel coating and performance coming close to the newer HDT coolers, the Transformer 6 is certainly one to please!

9.3
Date: Sep 11th 2008
Author: erocker
In: External HDDs
iStarUSA xAGE HDD Docking Station

iStarUSA's xAGE-N99 HDD Docking Station is a simple, easy to use hard drive dock for 2.5" and 3.5" internal hard disks. It utilizes most of the transfer speeds that USB 2.0 has to offer and demonstrates excellent read and write speeds with a great price/performance value. For a company that has been making server and storage products for close to twenty years, iStarUSA certainly does not dissapoint.

9.3
Date: Sep 9th 2008
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
Powercolor PCS HD 4670 512 MB

Today AMD launches their new cards based on the RV730 graphics processor. The Powercolor PCS HD 4670 we have on our testbench today comes with a dual slot heatsink which offers excellent cooling and low noise. Together with the serious gaming performance of this card, AMD has managed to successfully position their product in the sub-$100 segment.

9.5
Date: Sep 9th 2008
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
HIS HD 4850 IceQ4 TurboX 512 MB

HIS has just released the IceQ4 version of the AMD Radeon HD 4850. The IceQ4 cooler is a dual-slot solution which ensures low temperatures under both idle and load. Also HIS has overclocked the card which results in a nice performance boost compared to the reference design card.

9.1
Date: Sep 9th 2008
Author: Frederik S
In: Memory
PQI 8 GB Class 6 SDHC

PQI's newest class 6 SDHC card is aimed at those looking for a cheap and fast storage card. Being a competitively priced class 6 card it is definitely worth considering if you are looking to upgrade your camera or other write intensive devices' memory.

7.8
Date: Sep 8th 2008
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
Point of View GeForce 9400 GT 1024 MB Wall-E Edition

NVIDIA's new GeForce 9400 GT Series is based on the same G96 GPU that is also used on the 9500 GT. The 9400 GT has half the shaders however, which seriously limits the uses of the card in a gaming PC. On the other hand this greatly reduces the heat output which allows a completely passive solution. Point of View differentiates their card by using 1 GB of video memory and bundling a full version of the Wall-E game.

7.9
Date: Sep 5th 2008
Author: Darksaber
In: Other
Vizo Mirrorbox Card Reader

The Mirrorbox is an all-in-one card reader, able to handle every card you throw at it. It has a stylish black housing with compact dimensions and everything to get access to those holiday images on that memory card.

7.9
Date: Sep 4th 2008
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
S3 Graphics Chrome 440 GTX 256 MB

The Chrome 440 GTX is the latest card from S3 Graphics. It features all the main bullet points like DirectX 10.1, PCI-Express 2.0, native HDMI with integrated audio, small form factor and low heat output. But is this enough to compete with the offerings from ATI and NVIDIA?