September 13th, 2012

NVIDIA GTX 660 2GB Review; GK106 Arrives

NVIDIA’s new GTX 660 is aimed directly at the highly popular $199 to $249 price bracket.  Equipped with a Kepler-based GK106 core, this new card is meant to go head to head against AMD’s HD 7870 while costing significantly less at just $229.

September 5th, 2012

MSI GTX 670 Power Edition OC Review

MSI’s GTX 670 Power Edition OC has an enviable rap sheet:  it’s performance nearly matches a GTX 680, there’s a long feature list and the included Twin Frozr IV heatsink is cool and extremely quiet.  However, the largest selling point of this graphics card is its price of just $409.

September 4th, 2012

Crucial V4 256GB SSD Review

At first glance the Crucial V4 256GB is the antithesis of current SSDs since it fails to deliver convincing performance wins over its brethren.  However, the V4 still provides HDD-destroying benchmark numbers and 256GB of capacity alongside a price of under $180.

August 30th, 2012

GTX 660 Ti Roundup (ASUS, EVGA, Gigabyte, Galaxy, MSI)

With the newly-released GTX 660 Ti making inroads within the GPU market, we have decided to look at five competing cards from NVIDIA’s top board partners.  ASUS, MSI, Galaxy, Gigabyte and MSI have all sent cards but once the dust settles, only one can come out on top

August 28th, 2012

Corsair Force GS 240GB SSD Review

Corsair’s Force GS 240GB may be one of the best SSDs we’ve reviewed over the past year.  While it may use a slightly older SF2281 controller, the use advanced NAND allows for killer performance at an unbelievably low price.  This drive really does have it all.

July 25th, 2012

ASUS RoG Xonar Phoebus 7.1 PCI-E Sound Card Review

The ASUS RoG Xonar Phoebus has everything a gamer could possibly want in a sound card:  high end specs, some impressive features, a handy break-out box and an impressive pedigree.  However, in an audio market that’s littered with lower-priced competitors can this supposedly “gaming-grade” product stand out?

July 19th, 2012

Intel 910 Series 800GB PCI-E SSD Review

Intel’s new 910 Series enterprise-class SSDs are meant to dominate an emerging market before their competition can even get off the ground.  Boasting transfer speeds of up to 2GB/s, a PCI-E interface for ultra quick communication, class leading longevity and multiple performance modes, this is very much the storage market’s technological bleeding edge.

July 17th, 2012

HP Envy 14 Spectre Ultrabook Review

HP’s classifies their new $1400 Envy 14 Spectre  as a “premium Ultrabook” but what differentiates it from the host of competitors?  Quite a bit actually.  Its chassis that’s clad in Gorilla Glass, there’s spectacular display, Beat Audio integration boost sound performance…and we’re just scratching the surface.  If there was ever a notebook deserved a “premium” [...]

July 5th, 2012

ASUS GTX 670 DirectCu II TOP Review

ASUS’ new GTX 670 DirectCu II Top is one of the highest clocked GTX 670 cards on the market but there’s much more than just GTX 680-like performance.  It uses an excellent dual slot cooler and boasts upgraded components but with some fierce competition to contend with, is its $30 premium over the reference design [...]

June 29th, 2011

AMD A8-3850 APU Review: Llano Hits the Desktop

We’ve been hearing about it for years but AMD is finally launching their Fusion architecture into the mid-range desktop market with the Lynx platform’s A8 and A6 processors alongside A75 and A55 motherboards.  These accelerated processing units (or APUs) integrate a quad core CPU, 400 shader GPU and fully functional Northbridge onto a single die [...]