Reviews

9.4
Date: Apr 25th 2008
Author: nflesher87
In: Memory
Crucial Ballistix Tracer Red 800 MHz 4 GB Kit

Crucial has updated their successful Tracer line-up with the Ballistix Tracer 4 GB Dual Channel kit. Despite stock ratings at 800 MHz with CL4 timings at 2.2V this kit is capable of reaching 1120 MHz stable at CL5 and 2.2V. In addition, the Ballistix Tracer Reds were completely stable at stock speed and timings with only 1.8V, making this a great kit for those with limited voltage options. That said, the entirely red LED accented theme and great performance from these high density 2GB modules is sure to please.

9.2
Date: Apr 24th 2008
Author: Frederik S
In: Headphones
Head-Direct RE1 Earphones

Head-Direct has just released their RE1 earphones which are quite different compared to all the other in-ears on the market today. The special thing about them is that they are based around some very unique performing drivers that scale particularly well. The better your amplifier is, the better their sound, leaving the competition behind in the dust - if you have a good amp.

8.6
Date: Apr 23rd 2008
Author: W1zzard
In: Power Supplies
Mushkin XP-800 AP 800W PSU

Mushkin's new XP-800AP power supply offers enough power for even the most demanding rigs. The shiny black paint looks great and the connectors are numerous. One special feature is Rail Fusion which lets the user select if the whole PSU should run with one big rail or in Quad Rail mode.

9.8
Date: Apr 22nd 2008
Author: Frederik S
In: Headphones
LiveWires T1 Custom IEMs

LiveWires T1 is the name of some new custom earphones that cost about half of its main rivals. They are built exactly to fit your ear with additional customization options like colors. These in-ears use two balanced armatures and play in a completely different league compared to whats usually available in this price segment.

Date: Apr 21st 2008
Author: Easy Rhino
In: Interviews
Interview: Franck Delattre / CPU-Z

Today we have an interview with one of the key figures in the hardware scene. Franck's CPU-Z and ClockGen applications are legendary and part of every overclocker's toolbox. He explains how he made first contact with computers and what made him write CPU-Z. Also he talks about current projects and his future.

8.0
Date: Apr 21st 2008
Author: Pinchy
In: CPU Coolers
GlacialTech Igloo 5750

The GlacialTech Igloo 5750 is a price effective alternative to the Intel or AMD stock retail cooler, which is a lot quieter and still offers sufficient cooling performance. Its silver finish and three heatpipes give it a nice look, the dual fan configuration can easily be changed to single for even less noise.

9.0
Date: Apr 20th 2008
Author: Frederik S
In: Headphones
Klipsch Image Earphones

Klipsch Image is the name of a brand new set of high-end earphones. They feature a radical new design and come with an excessive bundle. Besides being extremely good looking they also have a special sound characteristic that appeals to a large crowd.

9.4
Date: Apr 17th 2008
Author: LiNKiN
In: Other
Lamptron Aluminum Case Handles

In a world where case modding is becoming increasingly more popular, Lamptron focuses on giving modders and enthusiasts alike what they are asking for in accessories. The Aluminum Case Handles that we are taking a look at today have style with their custom CNC milled design and smooth elegant finish. The aluminum construction is solid yet very light weight and will certainly please anyone who wants to add portability to their case as well as looks provided that you are willing to spend a little extra money for the quality.

9.6
Date: Apr 16th 2008
Author: Darksaber
In: Memory
Cellshock DDR3 1866 MHz CL8-8-8 2 GB Kit

Cellshock has begun offering their high-end DDR3 memory modules with blue heatspreaders. Their new 1866 MHz CL8 is a speed demon in disguise and has plenty of reserves, pushing our P35 board to the limit. It manages CL7 at the advertised rating and should also be able to break the 2 GHz barrier at CL8.

9.3
Date: Apr 16th 2008
Author: LiNKiN
In: External HDDs
Mapower MAP-KC31 eSATA & USB 2.0 HDD

The Mapower KC31CSJ HDD enclosure has almost everything a user could ask for. The sturdy build quality is complimented by a sleek aluminum finish while remaining lightweight. The performance is pleasing especially compared to more expensive enclosures out there. The passively cooled heat dissipation system ensures silent operation while working hard to get that heat away from your important data.

8.3
Date: Apr 15th 2008
Author: Frederik S
In: Headphones
OVC TC20 Earphones

The OVC TC20 earphones are aimed at the more budget conscious in-ear audience. Priced at only $39 they are many times cheaper than most big brand earphones. The only question is how does their sound performance stack up against the more expensive in-ears.

8.2
Date: Apr 14th 2008
Author: t_ski
In: External HDDs
Rosewill RX82-U HDD Enclosure

The Rosewill RX82-U is a USB enclosure for SATA hard disk drives featuring two easy-to-swap trays. Running in JBOD mode, each drive gets seen as its own self, so the user will see two drives if two drives are installed. More trays can be purchased and drives can be hot-swapped as needed.

9.1
Date: Apr 12th 2008
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
Lian-Li Armorsuit PC-P60

The new Lian-Li Armorsuit PC-P60 is a very elaborate case, which is quite different from the understatement shape of their usual enclosures. Three LED fans are built into the very detailed front door and a top airduct guides air out of the case toward the back. Even though the case retails at $269 it offers a lot of premium features justifying the cost.

8.3
Date: Apr 11th 2008
Author: Darksaber
In: Memory
Aeneon X-Tune DDR3 1333 MHz CL8 2GB Kit

Aeneon is entering the DDR3 market with their X-Tune brand. This series is aimed at the gamers and their first offering is set at 1333 MHz with CL8. It comes with very nice looking black heatspreaders and a unique, blue PCB

9.6
Date: Apr 10th 2008
Author: t_ski
In: Watercooling
EK Water Blocks EK Supreme

Today we take a look at EK Water Block's EK Supreme. This CPU waterblock features a universal mounting plate, as well as a clear acrylic top that can be lit up with two 3mm LEDs. Performance is excellent on the EK Supreme, making it truly worthy of the name "Supreme".

8.5
Date: Apr 9th 2008
Author: Frederik S
In: Headphones
VSONIC R02-PRO Earphones

VSONIC R02-PRO is the name of a reasonably priced set of earphones. They retail for around $69 which is to be considered cheap by earphone market standards. What is interesting to see is their rather different design and how they stack up against competitors from more established brands.

7.5
Date: Apr 8th 2008
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
Diamond HD 3650 1024 MB DDR2

Diamond's latest HD 3650 card features a huge video memory of 1 GB, but uses only slow DDR2. For media PC systems an extra HDMI output has been added which natively supports HDCP and audio. We run this card through our benchmarks and check whether the extra memory can make a performance difference.

8.0
Date: Apr 3rd 2008
Author: t_ski
In: CPU Coolers
OrigenAE C10 Low Profile CPU Cooler

Most HTPC users will find that there are only a limited number of CPU coolers available to use in most HTPC cases because of their smaller size. OrigenAE created the C10 to help fill that void. The C10 has three U-shaped copper heatpipes that come in direct contact with the CPU, and 35 aluminum fins behind a standard size 70mm fan.

9.6
Date: Apr 2nd 2008
Author: Frederik S
In: Headphones
Head-Direct RE2 Earphones

Head-Direct RE2 is the name of a completely new entry level pair of earphone. Head-Direct was until recently just a headphone and amplifier reseller, but that has changed with the arrival of the RE2s. their new earphones are among the best when it comes to price/performance, even rivaling some of the twice as expensive competition.

8.4
Date: Apr 1st 2008
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
Zotac GeForce 9800 GTX

Today NVIDIA launches their new GeForce 9800 GTX cards. Like many products in the GeForce 8 Series they are based on the G92 graphics processor. This is also the reason why there are no real technological innovations on this $299 card.

Date: Mar 31st 2008
Author: Darksaber
In: Tradeshows
CeBIT 2008: Airlive

Airlive is showing a range of very unique network-based products. It ranges from a unit to show all types of multimedia formats on the TV over a wireless network, as well as some very unique all-in-one networking solutions.

9.6
Date: Mar 28th 2008
Author: Frederik S
In: VGA Coolers
Arctic Cooling Accelero Xtreme 8800 Cooler

Arctic Cooling Accelero Xtreme is the name of their newest graphics card cooler for GeForce 8800 cards. The Xtreme is also available in a version that supports ATI HD 2900 cards. The cooler uses 107 aluminum fins with three 80 mm PWM controlled fans to blow air over a large amount of fins for maximum heat dissipation.

Date: Mar 27th 2008
Author: Easy Rhino
In: Interviews
Interview: Alex 'Unwinder' / RivaTuner

The VGA Tweaking Utility RivaTuner has changed a lot over the years, and so has its creator. TPU talks with 'Unwinder' about software development and the role he played in starting the softmod community.

8.2
Date: Mar 26th 2008
Author: Darksaber
In: Other
Fanatec Porsche 911 Turbo Wheel

The Porsche 911 Turbo wheel is an exact replica of the real wheel and comes with hand stitched leather and wireless technology for unrestricted racing fun. The pedals and choice of gear box round up the exclusive package. The gearbox is available as either 6+1 speed H-pattern gear stick or a sequential version.

9.2
Date: Mar 25th 2008
Author: t_ski
In: External HDDs
Thermaltake BlacX HDD Docking Station

For those users out there that are constantly swapping around parts, Thermaltake introduces the BlacX HDD Docking Station. This USB 2.0 device is a variation of a hard drive enclosure that lets the user plug a bare drive into an opening on top, and then eject the drive with a push of a button. The BlacX is so simple and easy to use, anyone with extra drives laying around should think about picking one of these up.