Reviews

Date: Jan 22nd 2008
Author: Darksaber
In: Tradeshows
CES 2008: OCZ Technology

OCZ has a booth at the Bellagio in which you can view their new SSD products and new GameXStream power supply. A new watercooling product is being presented here as well together with the mighty HydroJet cooler.

8.1
Date: Jan 22nd 2008
Author: W1zzard
In: Power Supplies
Xigmatek NRP-HC1201 1200W

Xigmatek's new NRP-HC1201 power supply offers 1200W of power with support for up to six VGA power connectors. Juice is delivered over four 12V rails with up to 36A per rail. Of course the usual features like long and fully sleeved cables and 80+ high efficiency are present as well.

9.0
Date: Jan 21st 2008
Author: t_ski
In: Other
Sanyo Denki A11H Online UPS

These days, computer equipment is more sensitive to power disruptions than ever before. The Sanyo Denki A11H is a true on-line UPS that provides constant power to multiple computer systems, and its design allows it to work well with backup generators. We take a look at a 700W tower-style model and the optional LAN Interface card.

Date: Jan 20th 2008
Author: Darksaber
In: Tradeshows
CES 2008: ASUS

ASUS has a small booth with a few interesting items. There is a dedicated gaming products section and their new mainboards and other gadgets can also be seen.

9.6
Date: Jan 20th 2008
Author: Frederik S
In: Headphones
Westone UM1 Earphones

The Westone UM1 in-ear-monitors are aimed at people wanting good sound quality on the move without having to spend several hundreds of dollars. With a price of $109 they are Westone's contribution to a highly competitive price segment.

9.0
Date: Jan 18th 2008
Author: t_ski
In: Watercooling
Danger Den MC-TDX Waterblock

Danger Den redesigned the TDX to improve its performance on multiple-core CPUs. This new version, dubbed the MC-TDX, features 240 pins above the CPU core area to help dissipate heat. The rest of the design is classic TDX, with its offset outlet barb, acrylic top and simple mounting hardware.

9.0
Date: Jan 17th 2008
Author: W1zzard
In: Graphics Cards
Diamond HD 3850 Ruby Edition 512MB

Diamond has designed their HD 3850 Ruby Edition with additional cooling performance in mind. Their cooler is a custom dual-slot solution which does quite a good job at keeping the card cool. In addition to that the memory has been doubled to 512 MB of GDDR3.

9.8
Date: Jan 17th 2008
Author: t_ski
In: Thermal Paste
Noctua NT-H1 Thermal Compound

Noctua recently released their new NT-H1 thermal compound. This new thermal interface material is designed to give maximum performance while being simple to use. Best of all, it is ready to use immediately and does not require a "burn-in" time like the other manufacturer's products. With a long storage life, long-term stability on the CPU, being non-conductive and being suitable for compressor cooling, this thermal compound seems to have it all.

9.0
Date: Jan 15th 2008
Author: Frederik S
In: Headphones
Westone UM2 Earphones

With a price of around $300 you can expect quite some performance from the Westone UM2 Earphones. They are designed as in-ear-monitors and feature two high-end drivers aimed at people that are not willing to accept compromise.

9.3
Date: Dec 31st 2007
Author: Darksaber
In: Other
AirLive WL-5460CAM WiFi Pan-Tilt Cam

The AirLive WL-5460 builds on the features of the smaller WL-5400 and adds a pan & tilt function and built-in microphone to the device, while keeping the video quality the same. The included software also raises the parallel surveilance capability from 4 to 16 cameras.

8.4
Date: Dec 28th 2007
Author: W1zzard
In: Power Supplies
Xigmatek NRP-MC851 850W

Xigmatek's new NRP-MC851 power supply offers 850W of power on four 12V rails. The cable management has been optimized in a way that the most often used connectors are fixed to the unit and additional cables are optional.

8.0
Date: Dec 27th 2007
Author: W1zzard
In: Motherboards
ECS A770M-A

With the A770M-A ECS recently released their first motherboard based on the AMD RX780 chipset which has full support for AM2+ and the Phenom processors. The ECS A770M-A costs less than $70 making it the cheapest offering on the AM2+ market. Even though the price is low ECS has included features like Gigabit Ethernet, 8 channel audio and eSata connectivity.

8.4
Date: Dec 26th 2007
Author: Darksaber
In: Other
Vizo Milano Enclosure & Media Player

The Vizo Milano Multimedia enclosure plays back all your favorite multimedia files stored on the internal hard drive on your TV at up to 1080i resolution. The ease of use and complete cable set make it a very interesting choice for everyone wanting to not only store these files but also have them at their immediate disposal when needed.

9.8
Date: Dec 25th 2007
Author: Frederik S
In: Mouse Pads
SteelSeries SP Gaming Surface

The SteelSeries SP mouse mat is the latest hard plastic mat from SteelSeries that builds on the legacy of the S&S mouse pad. The SP features a lot of new innovations such as a macroscopic surface and a solid rubber base. In our testing we were amazed by the glide performance, accuracy and speed of this mousepad which is one of the best gaming surfaces on the market today.

8.7
Date: Dec 22nd 2007
Author: Linkin
In: Cases
Sigma Luna WB Case

The Sigma Luna has a clean look with a brushed aluminum finish. It is light-weight, yet I still found it surprisingly sturdy. The large side panel window, sleek door design, silver accents, and chrome trim highly compliment the black satin finish. Top this off with an all aluminum chassis and tool-free installation, and you get a combination that is a pleasure to work with and look at.

8.8
Date: Dec 20th 2007
Author: Darksaber
In: Memory
Crucial Ballistix DDR3 1600 MHz CL8 2GB Kit

The Ballistix DDR3 1600 MHz CL8 Kit is Crucial's only enthusiast DDR3 offering at the moment and as such it has been placed right in the middle of the MHz and CL rating spectrum. The memory kit does actually manage speeds of almost 2 GHz and tighter timings at the stock speed of 1600 MHz.

9.7
Date: Dec 18th 2007
Author: W1zzard
In: Power Supplies
Zalman ZM1000-HP 1000W Power Supply

Zalman's new ZM1000-HP power supply has been designed with fan noise in mind. The heatpipe experts from Zalman have stuck two of these inside their PSU and added a slow running 140 mm fan on top of that. This winning combination results in one of the quietest PSUs we ever tested, especially considering it delivers up to 1000W of power via six independant 12V rails.

9.0
Date: Dec 18th 2007
Author: DanTheBanjoman
In: NAS
QNAP TS-209 Pro Turbo Station

With the TS-209 Pro QNAP extends their professional NAS series with a dual bay, RAID capable product. It features all the luxuries of the previous model with added redundancy or, if preferred, increased storage space.

9.5
Date: Dec 18th 2007
Author: Darksaber
In: Memory
Cellshock DDR2 1066 MHz CL5 2 GB Kit

Cellshock is a newer brand which offers uncompromising quality. This can already be felt and seen when you take a close look at the massive heatspreaders which use real thermal paste and are secured by hex screws. The 1066 MHz kit features black spreaders, while top top of the line 1150 MHz offering utilizes red ones.

9.2
Date: Dec 17th 2007
Author: Darksaber
In: Notebook Coolers
Vizo Ninja II Sumo Notebook Cooler

The Vizo Ninja II, lovingly called Sumo because of the large size, is intended for 15" to 17" notebooks. The two cooling fans are powered by a USB port of the portable computer. This cable also features an USB 2.0 port itself, so you will not waste one of these precious connection on your laptop.

8.0
Date: Dec 17th 2007
Author: Frederik S
In: Headphones
V-MODA Vibe In Ear Headphones

V-MODA's Vibe in-ear-monitors are for the style conscious earphone buyer. Their all aluminum body and fashionable woven cable makes them stand out from the crowd. But can they even begin to compete with more performance minded in-ear-monitors.

9.4
Date: Dec 14th 2007
Author: Darksaber
In: Mice
Logitech V470 Bluetooth Mouse

The Logitech V470 is a slick Bluetooth mouse for notebooks, so you can enjoy your wireless freedom on the road. It utilizes two AA batteries as a power source and can be had in either blue or white. The V470 is intended for notebooks with built-in Bluetooth and also comes with a pouch for easy transportation.

8.8
Date: Dec 13th 2007
Author: Darksaber
In: Memory
GeIL Black Dragon DDR2 800 MHz CL4

GeIL broke into the market with the Golden Dragon Series in the past and have now "resurrected" the dragon in form of the Black Dragon DDR2 line. The memory features a gorgeous looking PCB with a golden dragon head with bright red LEDs as the eyes. The entry level CL4 variant looks quite promising and performs just as well.

9.1
Date: Dec 12th 2007
Author: Darksaber
In: External HDDs
Vizo Saturno One Touch Backup Enclosure

Vizo has taken the Uranus 3.5 inch enclosure and has shrunk it to 2.5. This hard drive case takes a 2.5 inch SATA drive instead, but still keeps all the features of its larger brother, with a smaller price tag.

9.0
Date: Dec 11th 2007
Author: W1zzard
In: Graphics Cards
Zotac 8800 GTS 512 MB

Today NVIDIA announced their new GeForce 8800 GTS 512 MB which is based on the G92 GPU that has already been used on the GeForce 8800 GT. To our excitement our testing revealed that this $299 card can almost beat the much more expensive GeForce 8800 GTX while generally being quieter and less power hungry.