Reviews

7.9
Date: Jun 30th 2009
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
Sapphire HD 4730 512 MB

Sapphire's new HD 4730 is based on the RV770 GPU which is used on the HD 48xx Series. Such a choice had to be made because the availability of the HD4770 GPU is extremely limited at this time - while customer demand is up. Sapphire offers their card with 640 shaders and 512 MB GDDR5 memory at an extremely competitive price point of only $79. But is that enough to take over that market segment?

9.0
Date: Jun 28th 2009
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
Inno3D GeForce GTX 295 Platinum (Single PCB)

NVIDIA has silently introduced a new revision of their GeForce GTX 295. The new version crams everything onto a single PCB. While the performance characteristics have not changed, thermals, fan noise and power consumption did change indeed. Is the new single PCB GTX 295 a success or just an unimportant product revision?

8.6
Date: Jun 25th 2009
Author: Pinchy
In: CPU Coolers
Spire TherMax II

Spire's TherMax II is a new DHT 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 control the UV reactive fan in any way you want.

9.1
Date: Jun 22nd 2009
Author: Darksaber
In: Memory
G.Skill Trident 2000 MHz DDR3 CL9 6 GB Tri-Channel Kit

The Trident Series from G.Skill is a very affordable kit, but manages up to 2000 MHz right out of the box. The kit also has very nice high quality heatspreaders. We push the kit to 1.65 V and way beyond that to see check for additional OC potential or if it manages to impress us with a great price / performance ratio.

9.1
Date: Jun 21st 2009
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
NZXT Panzerbox

The Panzerbox intends to mow down the competition like a tank, as it is aimed at the uncompromising LAN party gamer. The compact case has all the space for large components to pack quite the punch. We take the case for a spin to see if it delivers more than just a menacing look.

8.8
Date: Jun 18th 2009
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
Cooler Master Gladiator 600

The Gladiator 600 is another entry into the fray what some may call the "mainstream case market". We tear the case down from all angles to let you know if it can keep up with today's expectations and deserves the Gladiator name and if it is a worthy evolution from the Centurion.

Date: Jun 18th 2009
Author: W1zzard
In: Other
8.5
Date: Jun 16th 2009
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
NZXT Beta

The NZXT Beta is an extremely affordable enclosure with a sub 50 US Dollar price tag. We take a close look at the case to see if any corners were cut to keep the price down or if NZXT managed to combine usabilty, a solid feature set with that low, low price tag. In other words: will it come across as cheap or affordable?

8.8
Date: Jun 16th 2009
Author: Frederik S
In: Headphones
Audio-Technica ATH-AD700

The Audio-Technica ATH-AD700s headphones surprise with their unusual appearance and performance. Outperforming most of the competitors in its price range these headphones are quite a treat to anyone looking for a set of $100 headphones.

9.4
Date: Jun 12th 2009
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
Sapphire HD 4890 Toxic / Vapor-X

Sapphire's HD 4890 Toxic uses their exclusive Vapor-X cooling technology. This results in a card that delivers considerably more performance than the HD 4890 reference, yet does so without any excess noise. Actually the Sapphire HD 4890 Toxic is the quietest HD 4890 we ever had in our hands.

Date: Jun 8th 2009
Author: W1zzard
In: Booth Babes
Computex 2009: Show Girls

Even though this year's Computex happened during economic crisis, a lot of companies had hot asian girls at their booths to draw the visitors' attention. We got 176 pics showing what you missed at the show.

8.0
Date: Jun 5th 2009
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
Chieftec Dragon CH-07B-R

The Chieftec CH-07B is the newest line-up to the Dragon Series and is aimed at the gamers out there. It can be had in black or red and comes stuffed to the rim with LED equipped fans to keep your hardware cool within the extremly sturdy steel enclosure during those hot fire fights.

7.0
Date: Jun 4th 2009
Author: Frederik S
In: Headphones
Cresyn CS-HP500 Headphones

The Cresyn CS-HP500 headphones are aimed at budget conscious people looking for a highly portable set of headphones. Priced at only $39.99 these headphones will not break the bank.

7.5
Date: Jun 2nd 2009
Author: Fitseries3
In: Other
Coolmax PS-224 LCD Power Supply Tester

The Coolmax PS-224 Power Supply Tester is a great little gadget to have handy to take a quick look at any power supply when troubleshooting a PC. It takes the guesswork out of the equation and hits you with the hard cold facts, to show you if your PSU is still up for the job or not.

9.8
Date: May 31st 2009
Author: erocker
In: Cases
Thermaltake Luxa2 LM300 Touch Pro

The Luxa² LM300 Touch Pro is a new HTPC enclosure for the discriminating home entertainment enthusiast. While Luxa² is a relatively new brand, they are a division of Thermaltake who are no strangers to HTPC cases and accessories. With features such as all aluminum construction, a touchscreen LCD and fully integrated media software, the LM300 Touch Pro seems to be the total package in terms of a complete multimedia enclosure.

8.4
Date: May 27th 2009
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
Albatron HD 4830 Green 512 MB

Albatron is one of the first companies to come out with a HD 4830 design that does not require an external power connector. Another difference to the HD 4830 is the number of shaders. Instead of 640 like on the reference, Albatron has packed 800 shaders on their card for some extra performance.

8.8
Date: May 26th 2009
Author: Frederik S
In: Headphones
Cresyn C750E Earphones

Cresyn C750E is the name of an interesting set of in-ears, from a relatively unknown manufacturer. The C750Es feature a sweet bundle and a well thought out design. With a price point of $100 they are positioned nicely for the average user who wants to get decent sound quality on the move without breaking the bank.

9.2
Date: May 24th 2009
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
Cooler Master HAF 922

The Cooler Master HAF 922 is not just a smaller version of the very cool looking 932. It manages to improve things in many areas, to look even cooler, be even more affordable and possibly strike more fear and awe into your opponent at that next LAN party.

9.0
Date: May 22nd 2009
Author: LiNKiN
In: External HDDs
Vantec Nexstar Hard Drive Dock

There is no question that harddrive docks are becoming increasingly more popular in the digital age. They offer faster installation time as well as competitive performance to the more common standard enclosure. Today will we see just how well Vantec's offering stacks up to the competition with a simple style, reliable performance, and ease of use.

8.9
Date: May 17th 2009
Author: t_ski
In: Cases
Thermaltake Element S Case

Thermaltake says the new Element S case is designed for Pros: is that true? With a stylish black finish, no annoying lighting, anti-vibration side panels and room for up to seven hard drives and two SSDs that may just be the case.

8.1
Date: May 15th 2009
Author: Darksaber
In: Memory
Mushkin Redline XP3-12800 6 GB Kit

The Redline Tri-Channel Kit from Mushkin manages 1600 MHz at CL6-7-6-18 right out of the box, making it one of the fastest kits at this speed on the market. We push the kit way past the red line for you in this review, reaching well over 2000 MHz with more relaxed timings.

9.0
Date: May 14th 2009
Author: erocker
In: Cases
AZZA Fantom 900

The AZZA Fantom 900 takes some cues from similar styled cases and gives its interpretation on how a budget minded mid-sized gaming case should be. With many cases that are out there for new builders and gamers wanting to save on money, we'll take a look at what sets the Fantom 900 apart from its competitors and why it's a solid choice for all.

9.5
Date: May 12th 2009
Author: Frederik S
In: Headphones
Sennheiser IE8 Earphones

IE8 is the name of a brand new earphone solution from Sennheiser. The Sennheiser IE8 boast a dynamic driver and an innovative bass adjustment feature that allows the user to tweak the bass response on the move. With a price of $400 they don't come cheap, but for an audiophile who is looking for the best sound quality possible, these might still be a very viable choice.

9.8
Date: May 12th 2009
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
Lian Li PC-B71 & Silent Force 650W

The Lian Li PC-B71 takes the same concept as the A7010 - which is already an excellent choice - and improves on it in many areas. You will get a whopping seven hot swappable SATA bays, with access to them from the front of the chassis, along with an incredible, sophisticated, metal locking mechanism for the mainboard expansion slots. This case may just be the one to inch closer to that perfect 10, even if it comes at a price.

7.5
Date: May 11th 2009
Author: DanTheBanjoman
In: Networking
AirLive! WMU-6000FS

The AirLive! WMU-6000FS is not just an access point/wireless router. It can also hold a 2.5" hard drive and has USB ports to function as print server or network storage device. An interesting device for people wanting to share their documents on a home network without creating a cable mess or having countless separate devices.