REVIEWS

March 4th, 2012

AMD Radeon HD 7870 & HD 7850 Review

With today’s release of the HD 7870 and HD 7850, AMD has achieved their goal of having a complete top to bottom desktop graphics card lineup based upon the new GCN architecture.  These two new entries into the lineup are meant to effectively bridge the gap between the high end and entry level markets.  With [...]


February 28th, 2012

ASRock X79 Extreme9 Motherboard Review

ASRock had long been content with releasing oddball motherboards that appealed to niche markets but their new X79 Extreme9 charts a completely different course.  With it’s “Overclocking King” moniker, they are aiming directly for the enthusiast market but can it keep up with the likes of Gigabyte, ASUS and MSI?


February 27th, 2012

ASUS VG278H 27” 3D Gaming Monitor Review

Being one of the first 120Hz capable 27″ monitors, the ASUS VG278H caused a stir when it was first announced alongside NVIDIA’s 3D Vision 2.  Even though it incorporates a TN panel and a resolution of only 1920 x 1080, its price is low enough to be tempting for anyone that wants stereoscopic capabilities without [...]


February 22nd, 2012

Intel Core i7-3820 Sandy Bridge-E CPU Review

Although flagship parts generate lots of hype, it is the mainstream parts that people actually buy. The aggressively-priced Core i7-3820 is Intel’s attempt at drawing enthusiasts towards its slightly languishing high-end LGA2011 platform, but if faces stiff competition from the Core i7-2600K and 2700K models.


February 21st, 2012

Dell Vostro V131 Notebook Review

Dell has been angling most of their product stack towards value oriented market segments and the newest addition to the Vostro lineup –the V131- seems to follow this same path but with some interesting twists along the way. As with many of Dell’s notebooks, it is available in a number of flavors ranging in price [...]


February 20th, 2012

Intel 520 240GB SSD RAID 0 Performance Review

In many ways Intel’s new 520 240GB is one of the best SSDs currently on the market but with a price of about $500, many will likely overlook it.  However, for those that can afford the fastest solution possible, combining two of these drives together in a RAID 0 setup could potentially result in stratospheric [...]


February 14th, 2012

AMD Radeon HD 7770 & HD 7750 Review

While many expected the next products to hit the market would be the HD 7800 series AMD is now launching  the $159 HD 7770 and $109 HD 7750.  Considering there’s been quite a bit of movement in this price range with the previous generation’s higher performance cards getting some noteworthy price cuts, the HD 7700 [...]


February 8th, 2012

Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 3GB OC Review

The HD 7970 is currently one of the most popular cards around and Gigabyte has once again done their part to design a custom card that improves upon the reference design in nearly every way possible.  While their OC edition may not sport ultra high clock speeds, it more than makes up for this shortcoming [...]


February 7th, 2012

NZXT Switch 810 Case Review

NZXT’s Switch 810 is one of the few cases on the market that can be considered truly unique. While its piano black finish looks great, what makes the 810 stand out from the pack lies behind its facade and for a price of under $175, this may be one of the best bang for buck [...]


February 6th, 2012

XFX HD 7970 3GB Black Edition Double Dissipation Review

The HD 7970 3GB is currently the highest performing graphics card on the market and AMD’s board partners have been quick to take advantage of its willingness to overclock.  XFX’s Black Edition Double Dissipation not only incorporates higher core and memory frequencies along with a lifetime warranty but also uses a custom heatsink for a [...]