REVIEWS

August 16th, 2012

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 Ti Review

The wait for an affordable Kepler-based graphics card is finally over.  The GTX 660 Ti is here and with it, NVIDIA’s current generation has finally hit the all-important $299 mark.  But this new card won’t have an easy time of since it is competing in a market that’s straddled by AMD’s HD 7950 and HD [...]


August 5th, 2012

MSI GTX 680 Lightning Review

MSI’s GTX 680 Lightning is one expensive card.  However, $599 buys one of the most overclocker-friendly graphics cards currently available, a quiet cooling solution that performs admirable and a long list of other upgrades over a reference card.  But are these features really worthwhile for the average gamer?  In this review, we find out.


July 31st, 2012

Corsair Obsidian 550D Case Review

With excellent build quality, enthusiast-focused features and plenty of expansion options, Corsair’s new 550D chassis personifies everything the Obsidian series is known for.  But beneath its plain exterior lies one major departure from other products in the Obsidian lineup:  this case is designed to provide the quietest possible computing experience.


July 29th, 2012

OCZ Vertex 4 128GB SSD Review

We’ve seen ultra expensive high performance SSDs and lower end ones which typically can”t keep pace with expectations but OCZ’s Vertex 4 128GB is setting out to change things.  Unlike many of its competitors, the Vertex 4 128GB  combines class leading benchmark numbers with a sub-$150 price point.


July 26th, 2012

NZXT Switch 810 Special Edition Review

NZXT continues to evolve their popular Switch 810 full tower case in  a number of ways.  This time, they’re giving it a Special Edition moniker that’s headlined by matte back paint job -hiding the cheap looking piano back finish of the original version- while updating a few other items.


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 24th, 2012

Corsair Vengeance C70 Case Review

The new Vengeance C70 case moves away from Corsair’s typical understated chassis design and supplants it with a militaristic look that may only appeal to a select few.  However, with a great looking feature list, plenty of interior space and a relatively inexpensive price, some may be willing to overlook the rudimentary exterior.


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 [...]