Reviews

9.7
Date: Jan 5th 2010
Author: W1zzard
In: Graphics Cards
Powercolor HD 5850 PCS+

Powercolor is the first add-in-board manufacturer to release a completely custom designed Radeon HD 5850. The HD 5850 PCS+ features a revamped cooling solution that offers extremely low temperatures and comfortable noise levels. It also comes with higher clocks out of the box that should give the card an extra performance boost.

8.0
Date: Jan 4th 2010
Author: W1zzard
In: Graphics Cards
Intel Core i5 661 3.3 GHz GPU Performance analyzed

Intel's latest Clarkdale processors are the first to integrate a GPU and CPU inside a single processor package. This can lead to large cost savings and simplifications for motherboard vendors and system integrators. But does the Core i5 661 have enough GPU steam to play current games?

8.2
Date: Dec 31st 2009
Author: Frederik S
In: Mice
Cooler Master Storm Sentinel Advance Gaming Mouse

Cooler Master's latest gaming mouse is dubbed the Sentinel Advance. Advanced it is with its 5600 DPI double laser sensor and complex lighting system. Besides high performance, this mouse feature eight buttons and a driver suite that has just about any tweakable aspect known to man.

9.0
Date: Dec 28th 2009
Author: Fitseries3
In: Cases
Vidabox vCase3 HTPC Case

The vCase3 is a low profile HTPC case aimed at the DIYers out there who want an elegant yet simplistic design to house even the wildest of HTPC systems while not breaking the bank. Today we take a closer look at what the case has to offer.

9.1
Date: Dec 28th 2009
Author: Frederik S
In: Headphones
Head-Direct HiFiMAN RE252

Head-Direct's HiFiMAN RE252 in-ears boast a new type of shell made from soft silicone. These in-ears aim to provide you with audiophile quality sound without ruining your ears. We put the $200 earphones to the test to see if the design can hold its own.

9.2
Date: Dec 24th 2009
Author: Darksaber
In: Media Players
ASRock ION 330HT-BD

The ASRock ION 330HT-BD packs a BluRay drive along with a few other unique features usually absent from an ION platform. We pull the unit apart to see what makes it tick and even kick it into overdrive - yes we even overclocked this puppy.

9.3
Date: Dec 20th 2009
Author: Darksaber
In: Memory
Team Group Xtreem 2000 MHz CL7 6GB Kit

The Xtreem Series from Team Group marks the company's high-end line-up of memory for the newest plattforms available. We rip apart, bench and push the memory to the limit, to see how it ticks below the surface of the thick, high quality heatspreaders.

6.8
Date: Dec 15th 2009
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
Thermaltake WingRS 301

The WingRS 301 is aimed at the budget user, carrying an affordable price tag of around 40 €. It features a black exterior and plastic carrying handle. Considering the large choice of enclosures at this price range, it will be interesting to see see what the WingRS brings to the table.

8.2
Date: Dec 11th 2009
Author: W1zzard
In: Graphics Cards
Axle GeForce GT 240 512 MB

NVIDIA recently launched their first GDDR5 graphics cards. The new GeForce GT 240 is based on NVIDIA's brand-new 40 nm G215 graphics processor and features 96 shaders. Axle has chosen to use an Arctic Cooling heatsink on their GT 240 design.

8.4
Date: Dec 8th 2009
Author: W1zzard
In: Graphics Cards
Axle GeForce GT 220 1 GB

While Axle is not the most well-known graphics card manufacturer, their GeForce GT 220 can score. It comes with a silent Arctic Cooling heatsink making it the quietest GT 220 we tested so far - great for HTPCs. It also offers low temperature levels which means overclocking is easy to do. We saw an 31% overclock on the GPU core clock and 18% on the memory.

8.9
Date: Dec 6th 2009
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
Lian Li PC-B25FB KingMod Edition

The Lian Li PC-B26FB stuffs the high quality interior we have come to expect into an edgy and fairly elaborate exterior. Along the clean lines and top cover with two additional fans, you get a large, blue ring of light in the front. The CaseKing KingMod Edition adds sound insulation material to the chassis to drown out some of the noise the PC makes.

8.0
Date: Dec 2nd 2009
Author: Darksaber
In: Other
SDC Megtron LC-Display

The Megtron is a dual color LCD display which is simply powered by the USB bus and utilizes a slim and small software application to output all kinds of important information. With a market being flooded by plenty of secondary displays, the SDC Megtron does offer some very useful features and functionality.

7.8
Date: Dec 1st 2009
Author: Darksaber
In: External HDDs
Spire Slide Pro

The Spire Slide Pro is an enclosure which offers simple installation in form of a hard drive tray. It also comes in all different flavors for both IDE or SATA drives and features a backup functionality. It is priced about 2 Euros cheaper than any other enclosure on the market. Did Spire remove crucial features?

8.2
Date: Nov 30th 2009
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
NZXT Tempest EVO

NZXT has taken the Tempest chassis and updated it with numerous small and large improvements. Now called the Tempest EVO it does not only feature design updates but new additions in fuctionality as well. All this, while keeping the same introductory MSRP as the original.

9.6
Date: Nov 27th 2009
Author: W1zzard
In: Graphics Cards
HIS Radeon HD 5750 iCooler IV 1 GB

HIS designed a Radeon HD 5750 that uses a nearly silent cooler by Arctic Cooling which makes this card a premium choice for HTPC or quiet gaming PC. Even though the cooler is quiet, the temperatures are low, which means you can get some nice overclocking out of your card. In our case around 20% free extra performance.

9.3
Date: Nov 24th 2009
Author: W1zzard
In: Graphics Cards
Powercolor HD 5750 PCS 1024 MB

Powercolor's new HD 5750 PCS relies on a copper cooling solution by Zerotherm to keep the card cool. It does so without much fan noise and while being twice as energy efficient as the HD 4850 which is comparable in performance.

9.0
Date: Nov 23rd 2009
Author: Fitseries3
In: Keyboards
VidaBox Premium Wireless Keyboard

In this revision of the popular Vidabox Premium HTPC Keyboard, Vidabox has optimized for longer battery life and greater wireless range to ensure better long term usability, which makes it an outstanding HTPC keyboard. We take a closer look at this fine keyboard and show you how well it performs.

8.6
Date: Nov 19th 2009
Author: W1zzard
In: Graphics Cards
Palit GeForce GT 240 Sonic 1 GB

Today NVIDIA launches their first GDDR5 graphics card. The new GeForce GT 240 is based on NVIDIA's brand-new 40 nm G215 graphics processor and features 96 shaders. Palit has built an overclocked "Sonic" Edition card that comes with high clock speeds out of the box and features a sensible temperature based fan control mechanism.

7.6
Date: Nov 19th 2009
Author: Darksaber
In: Memory
Elixir 6 GB 1600 MHz CL9 Tri-Channel

Elixir is known for their standard JEDEC modules, usually found in budget and mid-range systems. Their 1600 MHz tri-channel kit tries to give you that same value with a hint of overclockability thrown in the mix, for those who want that magical 1600 MHz speed, while spending as little as possible.

9.5
Date: Nov 17th 2009
Author: W1zzard
In: Graphics Cards
ASUS EAH5970 2 GB GDDR5

Today marks the day that AMD takes back the graphics card performance crown from NVIDIA. The new AMD Radeon HD 5970 comes with two fast Cypress GPUs on a single PCB. Using their latest power saving features, AMD achieved a very modest power consumption for this card which right now is the fastest money can buy.

9.3
Date: Nov 17th 2009
Author: W1zzard
In: Graphics Cards
HIS Radeon HD 5970 CrossFire

With the release of AMD's latest Radeon HD 5970, the question comes up "What can be gained by going CrossFire?" We investigate the quad GPU performance of the HIS Radeon HD 5970. Even though the setup rip a $1200 hole in your wallet, performance will make you smile.

8.3
Date: Nov 17th 2009
Author: W1zzard
In: Graphics Cards
MSI N240GT GeForce GT 240 512 MB GDDR5

Today NVIDIA launches their first GDDR5 graphics card. The new GeForce GT 240 is based on NVIDIA's brand-new 40 nm G215 graphics processor and features 96 shaders. It also includes several new features like support for DirectX 10.1, HDMI audio enhancements and extremely low power draw. But is that enough to justify a price of $100 ?

7.5
Date: Nov 15th 2009
Author: Omega
In: Processors
Intel Pentium E6300 2.80 GHz

Intel continues to upgrade their processor lineup with the Pentium E6300. It offers a high stock frequency at 2.80 GHz and improved memory bandwidth due to increased FSB to 1066 MHz, this makes this processor a formidable opponent but the question remains. Can it do any damage to AMD's triple core Athlon II X3 Series?

9.6
Date: Nov 13th 2009
Author: Frederik S
In: Mouse Pads
SteelSeries 9HD Mouse Pad

SteelSeries' latest mat is quite a tiger leap forward in terms of technology. Called 9HD this mat has the potential to fill the gap left behind from the elderly SteelSeries S&S mat which elevated SteelSeries to the elite of mouse mat manufacturers.

7.9
Date: Nov 11th 2009
Author: W1zzard
In: Graphics Cards
Inno3D GeForce GT 220 1 GB

Inno3D's GeForce GT 220 uses NVIDIA's latest 40 nm graphics processor. It offers extremely low power consumption, especially in idle and has support for DirectX 10.1. It also features NVIDIA's new HDMI audio improvements, so you no longer need to route an SPDIF cable to the graphics card.