Reviews

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.

Date: Mar 24th 2008
Author: W1zzard
In: Other
9.7
Date: Mar 24th 2008
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
Cooler Master Cosmos S

The Cooler Master Cosmos S is the "sport" variant of the original Cosmos chassis. Coolermaster has taken various aspects of the Stacker series and fused them with the original Cosmos case. The door is gone and the plastic top has been redesigned to fit a triple radiator of your choice. The new Cosmos S is also made of Aluminum which makes it much lighter.

Date: Mar 24th 2008
Author: Darksaber
In: Tradeshows
CeBIT 2008: J & W

J & W is showing off their complete range of new mainboards at the show. You will find the newest AMD based boards as well as some very interesting Intel and NVIDIA units on display.

Date: Mar 24th 2008
Author: Darksaber
In: Tradeshows
CeBIT 2008: GeiL

GeiL is showing off their newest memory products. You will find XMP based DDR3 modules as well as very tight timing DDR2 memory modules at their booth.

8.5
Date: Mar 21st 2008
Author: Frederik S
In: Mice
SteelSeries Ikari Optical Mouse

The SteelSeries Ikari Optical gaming mouse is aimed at hardcore FPS gamers who want the best possible tracking. The optical version of the Ikari mouse looks just like its laser brother, but without the LCD display that indicates which profile is being used.

9.5
Date: Mar 20th 2008
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
EVGA GeForce 9600 GT SSC 512 MB

EVGA's e-GeForce 9600 GT SSC comes at increased clocks compared to the NVIDIA reference design. Also the cooler has been adjusted slightly to match the company's color theme and design. With a price premium of just $10 over the reference card it can can deliver in both performance per Dollar and performance per Watt.

8.9
Date: Mar 19th 2008
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
HIS HD 3870 IceQ3 Turbo 512 MB

The HIS Radeon HD 3870 IceQ3 uses the proven HIS IceQ3 cooling solution. It also comes with higher clocks out of the box which are among the highest we have seen so far from all manufacturers. The recent price drops from AMD make this card a solid choice for the sub-$200 segment.

Date: Mar 19th 2008
Author: Darksaber
In: Tradeshows
CeBIT 2008: G.Skill

G.Skill is showing off their SATA I and SATA II based SSD offerings as well as some brand new passive and active cooling solutions for their DDR2 and DDR3 memory modules.

9.0
Date: Mar 18th 2008
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
Zotac GeForce 9800 GX2

Today NVIDIA launches their GeForce 9800 GX2 dual GPU card. It comes with two G92 GPUs and uses a new cooling design where a single cooler sits in the middle and cools both GPUs. We have the card from Zotac on our testbench today which follows the reference design specification. Unlike many other publications all our testing was conducted in Windows XP because we think that's what the majority of users still plays on.

Date: Mar 18th 2008
Author: Darksaber
In: Tradeshows
CeBIT 2008: Corsair

Corsair is showing off their 1000W power supply as well as XMP and EMP2 based memory modules. You will also find their newest 32GB Survivor and Voyager USB flash drives as well as an nForce 790 based PC up and running.

Date: Mar 18th 2008
Author: Darksaber
In: Tradeshows
CeBIT 2008: Gainward

Gainward is showing off their Bliss series of cards. These include the new range of Golden Sample products using the GeForce 8800 GT and 9600 GT. You will also find a GeForce 9800 GX2 at their booth.