REVIEWS

December 21st, 2011

AMD Radeon HD 7970 3GB Review

4.3 billion transistors, a 28nm manufacturing process, 2048 cores, a 384-bit memory bus and 3GB of GDDR5 memory; the new AMD HD 7970 has it all.  Based off of the new Southern Islands architecture it represents a leap forward for AMD’s core engineering and is designed from the ground up for DX11 a compute performance. [...]


December 13th, 2011

MSI Radeon HD 6950 1GB Twin Frozr III Power Edition OC Review

The most recent graphics card in MSI’s quickly expanding stable doesn’t aim for the headlines but continues a longstanding tradition of offering excellent performance at a reasonable cost. Their HD 6950 Twin Frozr III 1G/OC (yes, it’s a mouthful) only goes for around $260 but should be able to play almost any game on the [...]


December 12th, 2011

Dell XPS 14z Notebook Review

Dell –once deemed the Bastion of Beige- is at forefront of the battle against people’s perception that Windows-based notebooks are a thing of the past.   From ultra thin mobile powerhouses to entry level notebooks, they have it all and the new XPS 14z seems to encompass everything someone could possibly want in a package that’s [...]


December 11th, 2011

SteelSeries Sensei Gaming Mouse Review

Gaming mice are a dime a dozen these days so SteelSeries has decided to introduce a product that moves away from their traditional understated design towards something a bit more mainstream.  The new Sensei incorporates the ambidextrous form of the popular Xai while adding some unique illumination zones and upgraded software.


December 7th, 2011

AMD’s HD 7000M GPUs; Mobile Market Déjà Vu?

In order to keep up with the Jones’ and offer something “new”, today AMD is introducing the first batch of their HD 7000 series of mobile GPUs: the HD 7600M, HD 7500M and HD 7400M. However, before you go and get all excited about the name, let’s just say these may not be the graphics [...]


December 5th, 2011

Samsung UN55D8000 55″ LED 3D HDTV Review

Samsung’s 2011 HDTV lineup is one of the strongest around in a take-no-prisoners market and their UN55D8000 is currently one of their flagship products.  Retailing for just south of $3000, the D8000 has the hallmarks of a genre defining TV and boasts more features than any one person can use….at least on paper.  We’ve had [...]


November 29th, 2011

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 Ti 448 Cores Review

With the Christmas shopping season about to go into full swing and next generation architectures still a ways off, NVIDIA has released a new GTX 560 Ti  with 448 cores to fill in a few gaps in their lineup.  Based off of a cut down GF110 core, this card is supposed to bridge the chasm [...]


November 29th, 2011

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 Ti 448 Roundup (EVGA, Gigabyte, MSI)

With the NVIDIA launching their new GTX 560 Ti with 448 cores sans reference design, it was expected that their board partners would be competing amongst themselves for your hard earned dollars.  The end result is interesting to say the least.  In this roundup we take a look at boards from EVGA, Gigabyte and MSI [...]


November 28th, 2011

Seagate Momentus XT 750GB Hybrid Hard Drive Review

SSDs seem to be all the rage these days but while they offer incredible performance, what they haven’t been able to achieve is acceptable capacity levels at sub-$300 price points.  This is where hybrid drives like Seagate’s new Momentus XT 750GB come into play.  They offer a combination of SSD-like performance in your most-used applications while [...]


November 23rd, 2011

Samsung SyncMaster 27A850D, 27” PLS Monitor Review

Samsung’s new  27A850D is a unique 27″ 2560 x 1440  monitor that bridges the gap between high priced 30″ products and the lower quality, less expensive 1080P panels that have cluttered the market.  They have achieved a balance between price and image quality by using a proprietary PLS panel technology, something we haven’t seen outside of [...]