Reviews

9.5
Date: Nov 19th 2014
Author: cadaveca
In: Other
ASRock Z97 M8 Barebones PC

The award-winning ASRock M8 barebones chassis has received an upgrade recently, sporting Intel's latest Z97 chipset as well as a larger 600W PSU. Ready to accept nearly any add-in VGA and nearly any LGA1150 CPU, the ASRock Z97 M8 barebones is that system many lust over, and we get our own chance to see why.

9.5
Date: Nov 18th 2014
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
be quiet! Silent Base 800

The Silent Base 800 is be quiet!'s long awaited entry into the case market. Rumors were confirmed at Computex 2014 with the case making its first official appearance, and after more than 12 months in development, it is finally available. The resulting Silent Base 800 may just be the start of a great new product line by be quiet!.

8.0
Date: Nov 14th 2014
Author: crazyeyesreaper
In: CPU Coolers
Deepcool Gamer Storm Maelstrom 120

Deepcool looks to grab a share of the all-in-one liquid CPU cooler market with the affordable Maelstrom 120. It features a red and black theme, a single fluid dynamic bearing 120 mm fan, and solid performance. So if looks, memory clearance, or space are an issue, the Maelstrom 120 from Deepcool has you covered.

9.3
Date: Nov 12th 2014
Author: crmaris
In: Power Supplies
Corsair HXi Series 750 W

After the flagship HX1000i unit, the time has now come to evaluate the smaller member of this series, the HX750i. Like its big brother, this one is fully modular and 80 Plus Platinum certified. It is also fully compatible with the Corsair Link system because of the digital monitoring circuit it is equipped with.

8.2
Date: Nov 11th 2014
Author: Darksaber
In: External HDDs
Silicon Power Thunder T11 120 GB

Thunderbolt may not be a very wide-spread interface in the Windows domain, but nearly every modern Apple notebook or desktop features such a connector. Silicon Power aims to leverage this high-speed interface with the Thunder T11 series, offering 120 GB or 240 GB capacities for less than a Lacie or OWC alternative.

9.2
Date: Nov 10th 2014
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
Antec P100

The Antec P100 is the compact mid-tower version of the P280, following the same interpretation of a high quality enthusiast chassis. We take the chassis for a spin to see whether it revs up just as nicely as its big brother or ends up being short on horse power.

8.8
Date: Nov 7th 2014
Author: crmaris
In: Power Supplies
Thermaltake Toughpower DPS G 1050 W

Thermaltake delves even deeper into the digital PSU era with the fresh DPS G lineup. Today, we will test the flagship of the series, which not only features software monitoring and 1050 W of power, but also comes with a fully modular cabling design and a unique look.

9.7
Date: Nov 5th 2014
Author: Frederik S
In: Headphones
MP4Nation Brainwavz S5

MP4Nation Brainwavz S5 - the name of the company's newest high-end in-ear model priced at just $99.50. The S5s use a single 10mm driver in a very small housing. They also feature a full bundle and even include a set of Comply foam tips.

9.1
Date: Nov 3rd 2014
Author: crazyeyesreaper
In: CPU Coolers
Reeven Okeanos

Reveen might be a relatively unknown manufacturer, but their Okeanos has proven to be a true contender. Offering bold looks and exceptional performance, it rivals some of the best high-end air coolers on the market today. Then again, such is not surprising considering it features dual-cooling towers, two fans, and six heatpipes.

Date: Oct 31st 2014
Author: W1zzard
In: Graphics Cards
GeForce GTX 980 PCI-Express Scaling

PCI-Express x16 3.0 is well established in the market, and the majority of gamers are using the interface. But what happens if you end up in a slot-bandwidth-constrained situation? We are testing NVIDIA's latest GeForce GTX 980 flagship in 17 games, at four resolutions, including 4K, to assess what performance to expect.

8.0
Date: Oct 30th 2014
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
Fractal Design Core 3300

The Core X3 series, Fractal Design's entry level line of cases, now includes the Core 3300 looking to deliver what the enthusiast on a budget is gunning for. Throwing itself into the hardest-fought-over case segment, it'll be interesting to see whether it manages to deliver on the core elements it needs to capture the hearts of its buyers.

9.3
Date: Oct 29th 2014
Author: crmaris
In: Power Supplies
Seasonic Platinum Series 1050 W

We evaluated the flagship Seasonic unit SS-1200XP3 some time ago. In this review, we will check on the second-strongest model of the series with 1050 W capacity, the SS-1050XP3. It comes with the same features - Platinum efficiency and a fully modular design, for instance. Like its big brother, it also delivers top-notch performance.

8.9
Date: Oct 27th 2014
Author: crmaris
In: NAS
QNAP HS-251 Fanless NAS

Lots of new QNAP offerings lately utilize Intel's Bay Trail CPU, an ideal choice for a NAS. In this review, we will take a look at the HS-251. A mixture of a NAS and HTPC, it comes with the best of both worlds, passive operation, and great looks.

9.0
Date: Oct 24th 2014
Author: Frederik S
In: Headphones
Takstar HD5500 Headphones

Takstar is well-known for their bang-for-the-buck headphones, and today, we take a look at their HD5500s. Priced at $74.50, these headphones are for mobile users who want a solid and well-sounding pair of headphones. We take the HD5500s for a spin to see if they can live up to such expectations.

8.7
Date: Oct 22nd 2014
Author: crmaris
In: Power Supplies
be quiet! Straight Power 10 CM 800 W

Be quiet! is well known for their low-noise products. Today we will test a member of their fresh Straight Power 10 series. It is nearly inaudible thanks to its SilentWings fan, can deliver up to 800 W of power, and features a semi-modular cabling design in which only the main ATX cable is fixed.

10.0
Date: Oct 21st 2014
Author: W1zzard
In: Graphics Cards
ASUS STRIX GTX 980 OC 4 GB

The ASUS GTX 980 STRIX OC is the company's latest flagship, featuring a completely passive operation in idle and light load and an extremely quiet cooler during full-on gaming. The GTX 980 STRIX also impresses with its power consumption - lower than the NVIDIA reference design, it still has the card deliver more performance.

7.6
Date: Oct 20th 2014
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
Antec ISK 600

The Antec ISK 600 aims to deliver a well-rounded feature set in a compact mini-ITX chassis to those looking for an understated, but functional chassis. Clocking in at a price point where the usual competition is present, it will be interesting to see what arguments the ISK 600 makes for you to pick it over others.

9.3
Date: Oct 15th 2014
Author: crmaris
In: Power Supplies
FSP Aurum PT Series 1200 W

FSP recently launched the Aurum PT series, which currently only consists of a 1200 W member with the Platinum efficiency certification. The PT-1200FM uses only Japanese caps and exploits a fully modular cabling design. FSP also says the unit to be for hardcore overclockers and gamers with multiple VGAs.

7.0
Date: Oct 14th 2014
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
Cooltek UMX2

The Cooltek UMX2 is a compact full ATX case with a designer body. Constructed of solid aluminum and utilizing an interesting approach to the interior layout, it does not only look good, but sounds intriguing as well. But is it all superficial beauty or does it also have what counts on the inside?

9.9
Date: Oct 13th 2014
Author: W1zzard
In: Graphics Cards
MSI GeForce GTX 980 Gaming 4 GB

MSI's latest flagship is the GTX 980 Gaming. It delivers a super quiet gaming experience thanks to a powerful thermal solution and a well-crafted fan profile. In idle and light gaming, the fans will even stop completely. MSI has also overclocked their card out of the box, which yields around 10% extra performance.

8.0
Date: Oct 9th 2014
Author: crazyeyesreaper
In: CPU Coolers
Enermax ETS-N30

The ETS-N30 from Enermax might not blow you away with top-tier performance, but its affordable price will certainly be easy on your wallet. It even offers up lower noise levels and better performance compared to the stock heatsink bundled with today's processors. If you want lower noise levels with a bit more cooling power, the ETS-N30 might be just what you need.

7.0
Date: Oct 8th 2014
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
NZXT Phantom 240

The NZXT Phantom 240 is the Phantom series' entry level gaming chassis. With the looks of the chassis mimicking that of its larger brothers, will this compact case be the menacing Phantom or just a little blimp on our radar?

9.8
Date: Oct 6th 2014
Author: Frederik S
In: Headphones
HiFiMAN HE-560 Release Version

HiFiMAN's highly anticipated release version of the HE-560 gets put on the spot. It features a lot of changes that improve the sound quality; however, the beautiful teak cups are now gone in favor of more durable plastic cups.

9.7
Date: Oct 3rd 2014
Author: cadaveca
In: Memory
G.SKILL Ripjaws 4 16 GB 3000 MHz Kit (4x 4GB DDR4)

Built with some of the highest possible speeds without being the most expensive kit, the G.SKILL Ripjaws 4 3000 MHz C15 kit is a treat for both overclockers and gamers alike. Featuring a brand-new look that includes a new heatspreader design, the G.SKILL Ripjaws 4 3000 MHz kit is ready to take your system to the limit and beyond.

7.8
Date: Oct 2nd 2014
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
Xigmatek Aquila

The Xigmatek Aquila aims to become the compact cube chassis for a mATX board while delivering good quality and timeless looks. Will it manage to float the price / performance boat, or does it end up capsizing by leaning out to far into one direction?