Reviews

8.8
Date: Aug 28th 2008
Author: Darksaber
In: Networking
Air Live HP-3000E 200Mbps Ethernet over Powerline Adapters

Power Line adapters utilize the existing cables in your home to establish a network where Wifi is not an option. The Airlive HP-3000E is the company's newest offering of such a system, it promises up to 200 Mbps of bandwidth.

Date: Aug 27th 2008
Author: Easy Rhino
In: Interviews
Interview: Tamas Miklos / Everest

This month's interview is with Tamas Miklos who is the brains behind the popular system information software Everest. He talks about his personal background, first experience with computers and how he came to make Everest.

Date: Aug 26th 2008
Author: W1zzard
In: Booth Babes
Games Convention 2008: Girls

Games Convention 2008 in Leipzig, Germany is the biggest tradeshow for the Gaming Industry. So it is just normal to see loads of pretty German girls around, showcasing the latest console and gaming products. We took 240 photos of the sweetest girls on site. Full-res images are available in case you want to see your favourite babe every day, as desktop wallpaper.

9.0
Date: Aug 25th 2008
Author: Frederik S
In: Mouse Pads
QPAD|UC Gaming Surface

QPAD|UC is the name of a brand new cloth based mouse pad from QPAD. The mat is available in four different sizes and the shape is similar to that of the hard QPAD mats. It is QPAD's first attempt at making a soft cloth based mat, see how this giant performed in the review.

9.5
Date: Aug 24th 2008
Author: Frederik S
In: Other
Travagan's Green & Mini speakers

Travagan's Green is a small headphone and speaker amp. It has an integrated DAC and can be hooked up to your PC via a USB cable. Besides the Green we also received a pair of 2" mini speakers. The set looks stylish, its main objective is to provide you with a good listening experience both with mini speakers and headphones.

7.9
Date: Aug 22nd 2008
Author: Frederik S
In: Headphones
Tension Labs EAP03 Earphone Audio Processor

Tension Labs EAP03 is the name of a brand new earphone audio processor that can boost your experience in a variety of ways. The EAP03 features a built in microphone and can sample it into the audio feed, providing you with the power to control the level of isolation you want from your earphones.

9.1
Date: Aug 19th 2008
Author: Pinchy
In: CPU Coolers
Sunbeamtech Core Contact Freezer

Sunbeam's Core Contact Freezer is a cost effective CPU cooler for AMD and Intel CPUs. Its four heatpipes make direct contact with the processor for optimum cooling. Also included in the package is a fan controller which allows you to optimize the acoustics to your usage scenario.

8.1
Date: Aug 15th 2008
Author: Darksaber
In: Memory
Mushkin XP2-6400 4GB CL4 Kit

Mushkin has also jumped the 4 GB DDR2 memory bandwagon and is offering these kits at tighter than usual latencies. This kit runs at 4-4-4-12 at 2.0 - 2.1V.

9.8
Date: Aug 14th 2008
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
Powercolor PCS HD 4850 512 MB

Powercolor's latest HD 4850 PCS graphics card is based on the AMD HD 4850 reference design but comes with an improved cooler and slightly increased core clocks. While the overclock makes only a small performance difference, the cooler substantially improves the product. Even under load the PCS 4850 is barely audible which makes it the quietest graphics card ever tested - of all performance classes.

8.8
Date: Aug 11th 2008
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
Sapphire HD 4870 X2 2048 MB

Today AMD released their new HD 4870 X2 graphics cards. They are based on two RV770 GPUs on one PCB. With a total of 1600 shaders and 2 GB GDDR5 memory the card has excellent chances to achieve the goal "fastest graphics card in the world".

9.1
Date: Aug 9th 2008
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
Akasa Omega

Akasa has taken the Mirage-62 case and has updated it using thick aluminum panels, adding air vents which also can be used for water cooling units and a stylish new front door. The mid-tower case features loads of space and some clever design choices to make it big enough for even the largest power supplies and longest graphics cards.

8.9
Date: Aug 7th 2008
Author: Darksaber
In: Mice
NZXT Avatar Gaming Mouse

The NZXT Avatar is the first input device from the famous case and power supply manufacturer. It offers up to 2600 DPI, clean symmetric looks and a driver software that can rival what Razer and Logitech offer.

9.6
Date: Aug 7th 2008
Author: DanTheBanjoman
In: NAS
Thecus N5200PRO NAS

Thecus' N5200 PRO NAS device holds up to five drives internally in any RAID configuration desired for maximum safety. With plenty of features and a modular design, when it comes to both hardware and software, it fits anyone's needs. As the N5200 PRO uses a fast 1.5 GHz CPU it has serious potential to stomp the competition.

9.0
Date: Aug 6th 2008
Author: Frederik S
In: Memory
Lexar 8 GB Class 2 SDHC

Lexar's new entry level 8 GB SDHC card is quite unique. It is both reasonably priced and offers really good performance for a "Class 2" card. Actually the card surpasses the Class 2 requirements in our testing. At around $50 quite a nice achievement.

9.2
Date: Aug 5th 2008
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
Sapphire HD 4850 Toxic 512 MB

Sapphire's new HD 4850 Toxic graphics card comes with a preinstalled Zalman VF-900 GPU cooler that greatly reduces the operating temperature of the card. Also the operating frequencies have been bumped quite a bit, with some additional overclocking potential left in the card.

8.6
Date: Aug 4th 2008
Author: Darksaber
In: Memory
OCZ DDR3 1600 MHz Platinum EB Ed. 4GB Kit

OCZ is offering a full line-up of DDR3 memory. Their Platinum Series was always known for their great price/performance ratio and this Enhanced Bandwidth kit is no different. It offers tighter timings at 1600 MHz than the competition, at a lower price point. So can it give us some serious bang for our buck?

8.6
Date: Aug 4th 2008
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
Zotac GeForce 9800 GTX+ (Plus) Amp! Edition

NVIDIA's new GeForce 9800 GTX+ comes with a 55 nm CPU that runs at higher clock speeds, yet consumes less power than the original 65 nm chip. Zotac's Amp! Edition further increases the operating frequencies. Even though the higher clocks make the card faster than the ATI HD 4850, the difference is very small and probably not noticable while gaming.

8.5
Date: Aug 3rd 2008
Author: Frederik S
In: Headphones
Amazing Tech Products PureBuds

PureBuds is the name of Amazing Tech Products all new ear bud offering. The ear buds feature a new approach on how to make a good ear bud, unlike most ear buds these have a reverse mounted driver which should have quite an effect on the sound quality.

8.7
Date: Aug 1st 2008
Author: Pinchy
In: CPU Coolers
Zaward Gyre

The Zaward Gyre looks quite interesting with the black shroud. Its unique design shows us that it is a competitor to more "known" heatsinks. Featuring a nice finish with blue LED lights, being very easy to install and having great performance, the Gyre lives up to all of its expectations.

9.0
Date: Jul 31st 2008
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
Galaxy GeForce 9500 GT Overclocked 512 MB

NVIDIA recently launched the GeForce 9500 GT. This low-end card in the GeForce 9 Series is designed to offer acceptable gaming performance for the small wallet. Galaxy has created an overclocked edition which runs at higher clocks and comes with a quiet heatpipe cooling solution. In our testing we saw amazing overclocking potential of over 35% compared to the reference design clocks.

9.0
Date: Jul 30th 2008
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
Zotac GeForce 9800 GT Amp! Edition

NVIDIA's new GeForce 9800 GT Series is not really new. The performance, specification and GPU are identical to that of the GeForce 8800 GT. Only a few minor features like Purevideo HD and Hybrid Power are present. At least Zotac showed a bit of creativity and added a bright orange PCB and higher clocks out of the box.

8.9
Date: Jul 30th 2008
Author: Darksaber
In: Other
Silverstone CMD01 Commander ESA Edition

The Silverstone Commander ESA Edition enables complete system monitoring functionality through the nTune System Monitor. Instead of going for one of the few ESA enabled cases out there, the CMD01 Commander gives unprecedented flexibility, as you can enable ESA connectivity for any case of your choice.

7.2
Date: Jul 27th 2008
Author: alexio
In: Other
AirLive AirTV-1000U

The AirTV-1000U DVB-T TV Tuner is something you would not expect from a company like AirLive. They are known for their excellent networking products, not TV Tuners. The USB based AirTV-1000U features some interesting features, like recording, EPG and time shifting support.

8.5
Date: Jul 25th 2008
Author: Darksaber
In: VGA Coolers
Cool IT Systems NV Reference SLI Cooler

The CoolIT Systems coolers are certainly a unique way to get into liquid cooling. They come pre-assembled and are maintenance free. We are taking a look at their dual card cooler for two GeForce 8800 GTXs, but CoolIT offers a very similar variant for the GTX 260/280 and for AMD cards as well.

9.3
Date: Jul 24th 2008
Author: Darksaber
In: Memory
G.Skill F2-8800 Pi Series CL5 4GB Kit

The G.Skill Pi Series goes a completely different route, than other high-end memory today. Instead of pushing the envelope on voltage, it gives you some crazy performance at default or close to default DDR2 voltage.