REVIEWS

May 8th, 2012

Samsung UN55ES8000 LED HDTV Hands On Preview

The UN55ES8000 is Samsung’s newest flagship LED-based HDTV and it incorporates several features we’ve never seen before.  Context-based voice control, facial recognition and a unique upgrade system have all been implemented into one supposedly seamless package.  We took a few days to go hands on with an early engineering sample of this new $3,500 TV.


May 6th, 2012

ASUS Maximus V GENE Z77 mATX Motherboard Review

The Maximus V Gene has everything gamers and overclockers could possibly want:  a great BIOS, features galore and the possibility for multi card GPU configurations.  All of this -and more- is packed into a svelte mATX configuration which packs enough of a punch that many expensive, full sized ATX boards have something afraid of.


May 3rd, 2012

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 690 Review

The GTX 690 is hardly a secret anymore but the newest member of the GeForce lineup has nonetheless been shrouded in mystery.  This dual GPU behemoth packs a pair of fully enabled Kepler-based GK104 cores and is supposed to win back the performance crown for NVIDIA.  But at nearly $1000, is it really worthwhile?


April 28th, 2012

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 690 Preview

As we’re posting this preview, NVIDIA’s CEO Jen-Hsun Huang is likely just finishing up on stage, presenting the latest addition to NVIDIA’s GTX 600-series lineup: the GTX 690. It was high time that a GeForce-branded product became king of the hill and make no mistake about it: the GTX 690 is meant to absolutely trample [...]


April 25th, 2012

Patriot Pyro SE 240GB SSD Review

Patriot hasn’t been all that active in the SSD market lately but their new SandForce-based Pyro SE has taken the market by storm.  In its 240GB form, it runs with some of the best drives on the market but costs substantially less than one may expect.


April 24th, 2012

Dell UltraSharp U2312HM, 23” Monitor Review

Dell’s UltraSharp monitor lineup is full of high end products that boast high quality and equally lofty prices.  However, their new U2312HM breaks that mold by offering an IPS panel on a reasonably sized screen at a budget friendly price.


April 23rd, 2012

Cooler Master HAF XM Mid Tower Case Review

The Cooler Master HAF series has arguably been one of the most successful case lineups in recent memory and the new HAF XM is hoping to continue that tradition.  It is nearly as large as a full tower and packs an impressive list of features but it is priced closer to many mid tower chassis. [...]


April 23rd, 2012

Intel Core i7 3770K Ivy Bridge CPU Review

Today, Intel is officially unveiling Ivy Bridge, and it is a significant launch.  Not only is Ivy Bridge manufactured on the brand new 22nm manufacturing process but it also features some worthwhile microarchitectural changes.   The 3770K is currently the pinnacle of the Ivy Bridge desktop lineup and looks like a perfect successor to the [...]


April 23rd, 2012

Intel Core i7-3720QM Review; Ivy Bridge Goes Mobile

With such a big deal being made about the introduction of Intel’s Ivy Bridge lineup on the desktop side, their new mobile chips deserve a chance in the spotlight as well.  In this review, we take a closer look at the new i7-3720QM notebook processor which promises to be a significant step forward for the mobile [...]


April 19th, 2012

Gigabyte HD 7950 WindForce 3X & MSI HD 7950 Twin Frozr III Review

With AMD dropping the price of their HD 7900-series, the HD 7950 has come down to a very affordable $399 price point.  In this review we take a look at two competing cards from MSI and Gigabyte which incorporate higher clock speeds and custom cooling solutions but neither asks for a huge premium over a [...]