REVIEWS

June 29th, 2011

AMD A8-3850 APU Review: Llano Hits the Desktop

We’ve been hearing about it for years but AMD is finally launching their Fusion architecture into the mid-range desktop market with the Lynx platform’s A8 and A6 processors alongside A75 and A55 motherboards.  These accelerated processing units (or APUs) integrate a quad core CPU, 400 shader GPU and fully functional Northbridge onto a single die [...]


June 28th, 2011

OCZ Vertex 3 240GB Update: Retail vs Review Sample

SSD firmware updates.  We’ve all heard about them but is there any tangible benefit to actually upgrading your SSD with the latest firmware?  In this article we take a look at two identical Vertex 3 drives; one of which is a pre-retail sample with beta firmware while the other is a retail version sporting the [...]


June 27th, 2011

Silverstone Raven RV03 Case Review

When they were introduced, the RV01 and RV02 far surpassed the size of many other ATX cases on the market and the budgets of most buyers.  However, Silverstone’s engineers went back to the drawing board and have reformulated their award winning Raven formula for a much smaller form factor and a price point of about $160. [...]


June 22nd, 2011

EVGA GeForce GTX 580 3GB Review

In the last few months it has seemed like custom GTX 580 cards are being launched at a nearly breakneck space.   Amid the hoopla surrounding some high profile launches from MSI, Gigabyte and ASUS, EVGA silently introduced their own “upgraded” GTX 580 which sports 3GB of GDDR5.  While it shuns higher clock speeds and [...]


June 21st, 2011

Prolimatech Genesis CPU Cooler Review

While advanced manufacturing technologies are gradually reducing CPU heat output, heatsink manufacturers keep making larger and larger coolers. We now  have Prolimatech coming along to drop yet another huge dual tower heatsink into our laps. Called the Genesis, it dwarfs almost every other competitor on the market while sporting a fundamentally unique design.


June 19th, 2011

Gigabyte A75-UD4H FM1 Llano Motherboard Preview

With AMD’s Llano architecture about to make its way into the desktop market via the Lynx platform and FM1 socket, motherboard manufacturers are ready with supporting A75 and A55 products.  In this article we take a quick tour around Gigabyte’s upcoming A75-UD4H; a fully featured yet well priced FM1 board that supports everything from Crossfire to [...]


June 14th, 2011

GIGABYTE X58A-OC LGA1366 Motherboard Review

Based on the platform that just won’t die, the GIGABYTE X58A-OC is arguably the first motherboard that has been designed from the ground up for the hardcore overclocking community. Featuring the very latest electrical components, some never-before-seen overclocking features, and a stripped out specifications list, can this model differentiate itself from every other X58 LGA1366 motherboard?


June 7th, 2011

Corsair H60 High Performance Liquid CPU Cooler Review

For many budding enthusiasts the thought of spending the money time and money while living with the potential hazard of custom a water cooling setup can prove to be overwhelming.  However, the performance which can be achieved with liquid cooling can’t be denied.  With their H60, Corsair is striving to find the middle ground by [...]


June 6th, 2011

ASUS Sabertooth P67 Sandy Bridge Motherboard Review

With most of the focus of the last month or so on the Z68 launch, P67 chipset may have taken a back seat but the motherboards based around it are still highly appealing.  The ASUS Sabertooth in particular is a unique P67  board which sports a great price along with high end features.


May 31st, 2011

ASUS Sabertooth 990FX AM3+ Motherboard Review

With Zambezi CPUs right around the corner, AMD is gearing up for their big launch with a “new” chipset dubbed the 990FX.  Motherboards based around the newest FX-series will have support for the upcoming AM3+ processors as well as backwards compatibility with current AM3 CPUs.  ASUS will have a full range of 990FX products but [...]