REVIEWS

April 11th, 2012

MSI HD 7970 3GB Lightning Review

The HD 7970 may not be too high on enthusiasts’ radars these days but MSI is hoping the newest member of their  Lightning series will stand out from all of the other cards on the market.  It may have a steep price of $600 but its features are unique and the clock speeds are high [...]


April 11th, 2012

OCZ Octane 512GB SSD Review

OCZ Vertex 4 may have the first drive we reviewed with the new Everest 2 controller but not that long ago, another Everest-equipped lineup was introduced:  the Octane series.  In this review, we take a closer look at the affordable Octane 512GB to see where it stands now that the Vertex 4 has smashed its [...]


April 10th, 2012

ViewSonic V3D231 3D Monitor Review

By now, we’ve all heard about the benefits of active 3D technology with its shutter glasses, high refresh rate monitors and expensive technology.  However Passive 3D has been making a resurgence since it offers stereoscopic images at a fraction of the price  but there are still hurdles to overcome.  ViewSonic’s new V3D231 hopes to abolish the [...]


April 9th, 2012

EVGA GeForce GTX 680 SC+ 2GB Review

EVGA’s new GTX 680 SC+ is looking to capitalize upon the popularity of NVIDIA’s latest creation and with a custom backplate alongside higher than reference clock speeds, it has a serious chance to capture a good portion of the high end market.  However, is a $30 premium for this card money well spent?


April 4th, 2012

Corsair Carbide 300R Case Review

Regardless of their dominance within the case market, one area where Corsair hadn’t ventured into has been the entry level sub-$90 category.  But that’s all about to change with the introduction of the new Carbide 300R.  It boasts a good list of features and a relatively neutral design but will this be enough to overcome [...]


April 4th, 2012

OCZ Vertex 4 512GB SSD Review

OCZ’s Vertex series has been the de facto leader in the SSD market for the last few years and their new Vertex 4 is looking to continue that tradition.  Equipped with the new Everest 2 controller and a relatively low price point, this new drive sure looks impressive but it will take more than just [...]


April 1st, 2012

Acer Timeline Ultra M3 & NVIDIA GT 640M Review

Acer’s new Timeline Ultra M3 blazes a path that no others have been willing to take.  By incorporating one of NVIDIA’s new GT 640M Kepler-based graphics processors within their design, they have become the first company to include a gaming-grade GPU into an Ultrabook.  It sounds great but does this combination actually work out as [...]


March 28th, 2012

nMedia HTPC 7000B SFF Case Review

The incorporation of better quality components into smaller enclosures has led nMedia to create the HTPC 7000B. As with most sub-ATX cases, it looks like it would be right at home sitting next to your amp or HDTV but in a move that bucks several trends from years past, it also focuses upon cooling those [...]


March 27th, 2012

OCZ Synapse 64GB SSD Cache Drive Review

Cache drives like the new OCZ Synapse are the new darlings of the SSD market since -in principle- they have the capability to drastically improve overall system load times without costing an absolute fortune.  Unfortunately, there are some issues that are bound to be encountered along the way but the Synapse and its included software [...]


March 26th, 2012

GIGABYTE X79-UD5 LGA2011 Motherboard Review

Unlike some of the ultra-pricey X79 motherboards that we have reviewed so far, the GIGABYTE X79-UD5 carries a fairly reasonable price tag, yet still has an exhaustive specs list. Does it come short in any area? We find out in this review.