Reviews

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.
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Author:crmaris
In:Power Supplies
Score:8.8
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.
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Author:Frederik S
In:Headphones
Score:9.7
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.
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Author:crazyeyesreaper
In:CPU Coolers
Score:9.1
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.
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Author:W1zzard
In:Graphics Cards
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.
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Author:Darksaber
In:Cases
Score:8.0
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.
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Author:crmaris
In:Power Supplies
Score:9.3
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.
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Author:crmaris
In:NAS
Score:8.9
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.
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Author:Frederik S
In:Headphones
Score:9.0
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.
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Author:crmaris
In:Power Supplies
Score:8.7
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.
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Author:W1zzard
In:Graphics Cards
Score:10.0
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.
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Author:Darksaber
In:Cases
Score:7.6
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.
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Author:crmaris
In:Power Supplies
Score:9.3
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?
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Author:Darksaber
In:Cases
Score:7.0
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.
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Author:W1zzard
In:Graphics Cards
Score:9.9
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.
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Author:crazyeyesreaper
In:CPU Coolers
Score:8.0
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?
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Author:Darksaber
In:Cases
Score:7.0
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.
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Author:Frederik S
In:Headphones
Score:9.8
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.
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Author:cadaveca
In:Memory
Score:9.7
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?
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Author:Darksaber
In:Cases
Score:7.8
Enermax seeks to make a name for itself in the AIO liquid-cooling market with the Liqtech 240. Taking the top spot in the Liqtech series of coolers, this 240 mm AIO offers adjustable peak-fan-speed options and a unique design. The Liqtech 240 is not all show either as it performs admirably as well.
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Author:crazyeyesreaper
In:CPU Coolers
Score:9.3
We take our first look at ASUS's LGA 2011-3 products, starting with the ASUS X99 DELUXE. Wrapped in new clothing, the ASUS X99 DELUXE not only has DELUXE looks and DELUXE features, it also has a DELUXE socket for you to place your new Haswell-E CPU into, with an additional 48 pins.
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Author:cadaveca
In:Motherboards
Score:9.4
It was nigh time to test a small PSU with less than 500 W since such units are among the most popular. The smallest member of Enermax's Revolution X't line will be our test subject today. This small fellow comes with Gold-certified efficiency, a semi-modular cabling design, and, like every modern PSU, support for the sleep states Intel’s Haswell CPUs introduced.
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Author:crmaris
In:Power Supplies
Score:8.2
BitFenix is looking to step things up in terms of the material mix with the Pandora. While plastic and steel have dominated their cases until now, the Pandora utilizes aluminium side panels and a bolder design. Will the Pandora bridge the gap between function and design or will it remain as elusive as a planet on which tall, blue creatures live?
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Author:Darksaber
In:Cases
Score:8.1
NVIDIA's $550 GeForce GTX 980 shook up the high-end graphics card market, and today, we are testing two of these cards in SLI. This killer combination will let you build an Ultra HD capable gaming system, or enjoy smooth fragging with G-SYNC Surround.
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Author:btarunr
In:Graphics Cards
A chassis with the ability to hold some serious liquid cooling within its belly, six USB ports, and with enough to still satisfy air cooling fans - at less than 100 USD? It seems as though such is possible with the Aquarius X90 Pure Black - but will this case be a beacon of light and hit its crowded market with guns blazing, or does it shoot with nothing but blanks?
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Author:Darksaber
In:Cases
Score:9.5