Reviews

8.9
Date: Sep 12th 2006
Author: W1zzard
In: CPU Coolers
Scythe Katana Cu

With the Katana Cu Scythe has delivered a very solid all copper cooler that has excellent cooling performance. It uses a 92mm fan with an integrated fan speed controller. When the fan speed is turned all the way down the noise is reduced to an inaudible 30% of full speed, yet temperatures under load are only increased by 3°C.

8.2
Date: Sep 9th 2006
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
Ultra Grid ATX case

The Ultra Grid case does not only sport a great paint job, but includes two 12cm fans, a 500W power supply, a great door with magnetic locks and a fancy "Ultra" air duct. It even has space for 11 drives. We take a close look at the case & the included V-Series 500W power supply to figure out if the case has everything we look for when we pay a penny short of $150 or if it leaves a hurtful void in our wallet, wishing we have gotten more.

8.3
Date: Sep 7th 2006
Author: D_o_S
In: Watercooling
Thermaltake W3

Watercooling a CPU or a graphics card is nothing out of the ordinary these days. With the arrival of Core 2 Duo, people have started to put emphasis on cooling their chipset too, in order to achieve higher overclocks. As if Thermaltake was expecting this, they released a new chipset block, the Aqua Brazing W3, designed to cool almost any chipset on today’s market.

9.0
Date: Sep 4th 2006
Author: Frederik S
In: Mouse Pads
SteelPad QcK heavy

SteelPad has been producing high quality mouse mats for years. Only recently they started to make cloth mats. Today we have on our testbench the SteelPad QcK Heavy which is the biggest mat in the lineup with a surface of 450 mm x 400 mm. Additionally the thickness has been increased to 6mm for a better experience on uneven surfaces.

8.5
Date: Aug 31st 2006
Author: W1zzard
In: CPU Coolers
Thermalright Ultra 90

The Thermalright Ultra 90 is a solid performing air cooler with six heatpipes to keep your CPU temperature down. Its unique design allows you to use your own 92mm fan for fine tuning of heat vs. fan noise. A competitive price of 25 USD makes this cooler even more attractive, and if you need more cooling power you can just get the 120mm Ultra 120.

9.2
Date: Aug 30th 2006
Author: Darksaber
In: Keyboards
Zboard MERC Gaming Keyboard

The Ideazon MERC Gaming Keyboard is the one thing the gamer can use, but may have never thought of. Many of us buy expensive mice, large and specially made mouse pads but continue playing on ordinary keyboards. The MERC gaming keyboard changes all that and gives gamers the one thing they actually use the most - a butterfly. We take a look at the keyboard and its software, to see if it really makes our gaming lives easier and more efficient.

9.3
Date: Aug 29th 2006
Author: W1zzard
In: Other
Scythe Kama Connect

Have you ever dreamed of a device that lets you connect all kinds of IDE and SATA devices via your USB port? This is what the Kama Connect does. You can connect all EIDE and SATA drives, 5.25 and 3.5", CD/DVD-ROM and HDD to it. It is even possible to connect SATA and IDE devices at the same time and use them both. With a price of only $29 this is one of the most useful USB devices ever.

Date: Aug 27th 2006
Author: W1zzard
In: Booth Babes
Games Convention 2006: Girls

At this year's Games Convention in Leipzig every company wanted to please your eyes with their hot girls. We spent almost a whole day collecting photos of the nicest booth babes. In total this makes almost 100 pictures - with full-size 8 MegaPixel versions to show you all the important details.

9.0
Date: Aug 23rd 2006
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
ATI Radeon X1950 XTX

The ATI Radeon X1950 XTX is a refresh of the X1900 series and is the first video card to use GDDR4 memory. Another major change is the new cooling system which was designed to reduce noise while keeping temperatures down. ATI's new flagship card is clocked at 600 MHz GPU and crazy 1000 MHz effective memory clock. Read our review to find out how this card performs.

9.0
Date: Aug 18th 2006
Author: W1zzard
In: Power Supplies
OCZ GameXStream 700W

OCZ is well known for their great overclocking memory. But they also had a PSU product a long time ago. Now the power supply line of products gets a refresh with new products. The first of them is the OCZ GameXStream 700W which is designed with gamers in mind. It is SLI Ready and certified by ATI for use with Crossfire.

8.6
Date: Aug 16th 2006
Author: W1zzard
In: Cases
Thermaltake Mozart TX

The Thermaltake Mozart TX is one of the biggest PC cases ever made. It has so much space that you can put two systems into it. You have five drive bays and seven 3.5" bays, a total of ten fans can be installed into this case which seems like a great candidate to be fit with water cooling. We test the silver, all aluminum version of this $300 monster case.

7.6
Date: Aug 13th 2006
Author: D_o_S
In: Watercooling
Thermaltake W2 GPU waterblock

Watercooling is becoming very popular these days due to several reasons. With water you can cool just about anything in your PC. People usually start with watercooling their CPU, then move on to GPU, through chipset watercooling and may end at memory or MOSFET cooling. On our testbed today is the Thermaltake W2 waterblock. If you are in search of silence, and need a GPU waterblock, then read on!

8.9
Date: Aug 8th 2006
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
Ultra Aluminus Case

The Ultra Aluminus case may look like your standard Chieftec case, but do not be fooled by first impressions. It is much different under the hood (or side panel for that matter) and has a lot to offer. The perfect paint job just rounds up the entire case which can hold up to 12 drives, has a removable motherboard tray and space for two 12 cm fans. If you are looking for something unique, check out this case.

9.2
Date: Jul 28th 2006
Author: Darksaber
In: External HDDs
Cooler Master XCraft

Cooler Master enters the external hard drive enclosure market with their X-Craft series. Just like their cases, the X-Craft is very sturdy and once again does not disappoint. Everything from the tool-free design down to the extra USB/Firewire connectors and great looks make it a joy to use. The performance for both Firewire and USB is just as expected and the backup software, albeit very simple, gets the job done.

8.8
Date: Jul 26th 2006
Author: Darksaber
In: Video Cards
NVIDIA GeForce 7900 GTX vs. 7950 GX2

The GeForce 7950GX2 is NVIDIA's current high-end offering. While this card is based on the GeForce 7900GX2 used in Quad SLI systems, the 7950GX2 is just as long as a 7900GTX and currently meant to be used as a single card, replacing the 7900GTX. It offers a great performance boost while currently costing just about as much as the 7900GTX at launch. We run it through the benchmarks, to see what the card will deliver.

9.5
Date: Jul 24th 2006
Author: t_ski
In: CPU Coolers
Thermaltake Big Typhoon

Thermaltake has been around for only seven years, but every one of them has been spent turning the heads of the hardware community. From the original Golden Orb's effective cooling at near silent levels to the current array of water and air coolers, Thermaltake continues to impress with both design and function. When Thermaltake designed the Big Typhoon, they went all out, using six heatpipes and a 120mm fan. Is bigger really better? Let's find out...

8.0
Date: Jul 18th 2006
Author: D_o_S
In: Watercooling
Thermaltake Aquabay M6

Thermaltake, established in 1999, has a large portfolio of products ranging from HDD enclosures to water cooling kits for experienced PC users. Today, we take a look at the Thermaltake Aquabay M6, an extraordinary reservoir with functions unlike any other. How many times have you wondered how much water you have left in your reservoir? Have you ever pondered about the temperature of the water circulating in your water-cooling loop? If so, then this might just be the product for you. Read our review to find out more about this unique reservoir!

9.1
Date: Jul 17th 2006
Author: W1zzard
In: USB Sticks
A-DATA Football Disk 512MB

2006 is the year of the FIFA World Cup in Germany. For this event A-DATA has created a special edition USB stick with a football theme. If you like this or you don't is up to your own taste. But you can't deny the benchmarking results which were just amazing. In the read bandwidth tests this stick could beat the OCZ Rally which is known as the fastest USB drive on the market. Fast does not have to be expensive, the 1GB version of the Football Disk runs for $28.

9.0
Date: Jul 12th 2006
Author: Frederik S
In: Headphones
SteelSound 5H USB

The SteelSeries SteelSound 5H USB is a quite unique gamer headset. The microphone is retractable and for easier transportation you can take the whole unit apart. In addition to the headset you get a USB based sound card which makes sure you get the sound you are used to, no matter where you are. We compared this headset against the popular Sennheiser PC 160 and were amazed by the quality of the SteelSound headset.

9.7
Date: Jul 10th 2006
Author: Darksaber
In: Keyboards
Logitech G15 Gaming Keyboard

Logitech has produced something every gamer needs. A keyboard with backlighting, usable in the dark. It will make the use of your World of Warcraft or Counterstrike key binds easy to use and out of the way. Even the LCD is useful, with sheer endless possibilities. Once again the quality and details of this input device is just what we have come to expect and love from Logitech - perfect in every aspect.

8.0
Date: Jul 7th 2006
Author: t_ski
In: CPU Coolers
Thermalright XP90-C

Thermalright is one of the foremost cooling companies in the overclocking community. They have been around for many years providing that extra edge needed to keep your system cool. Although their lineup has changed quite a bit recently, many users out there are still cooling their CPUs with the Thermalright XP-90 and the XP-90C. Today we will take a look at the famous XP-90C and see what it can do in a current S939 setup.

9.3
Date: Jul 3rd 2006
Author: Urlyin
In: Video Cards
Diamond Viper X1900XT

A while ago the Diamond Viper X1900XT was the lowest priced X1900XT card from all manufacturers and is still one of the lowest priced cards available today. Diamond Multimedia has produced modems, sound cards and MP3 players. One of the first consumer MP3 players ever was called the Rio PMP300. They have since sold their MP3 player line, but still offer a range of multimedia products. In this review we'll take a look at this X1900XT offering from Diamond Multimedia along with some basic X1900XT functionality and overclocking tips.

8.7
Date: Jun 30th 2006
Author: Darksaber
In: Headphones
Speed-Link Medusa 5.1 Pro Gamer Edition

Today we look at the Speed-Link Medusa 5.1 Pro Gamer Edition headset. Not only does it come with all the cables and a tiny but effective power supply, but with a perfect bag which makes the journey to the next LAN party a breeze. The suède feel of the headset makes it incredibly comfortable and it definitely has the sound to make your scariest games even scarier and give you the 5.1 surround sound you need to excel at your next LAN Party.

6.2
Date: Jun 30th 2006
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
Silverstone Temjin TJ08

The Silverstone TJ08 is a great little case at first sight. The front is incredibly well made and looks quite nice. The case can fit a mATX board and standard power supply. On second look however, the case exhibits some horrid paint and built quality. It costs twice as much as some from the competition and one is hard pressed to find any reason to recommend the Silverstone TJ08 case over much cheaper and even better variants.

9.1
Date: Jun 23rd 2006
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
Cooler Master Centurion 540

The Cooler Master Centurion 540 is a mATX case with a sleek aluminum front, sporting very nice blue LEDs and a black fan grill. While the outside appearance leaves nothing to be desired, the inside does not disappoint either. The hardware installation is a breeze and the great fan mounting positions make it an ideal candidate for water cooling. The case definitely has the Cooler Master quality, but still a very affordable price tag.