REVIEWS

July 11th, 2011

HIS HD 6970 IceQ Turbo & HD 6950 IceQ X Turbo X Review

With the wait time between the present and upcoming graphics card generations becoming longer and longer, pre-overclocked graphics cards are seen by many board partners as a way to keep the buying public interested in their products.  HIS has recently introduced a pair of unique AMD cards: the  HD 6970 IceQ Turbo and HD 6950 IceQ [...]


July 6th, 2011

OCZ Vertex 3 Max IOPS 240GB SSD Review

When it was released a few short months ago, OCZ’s Vertex 3 became one of the fastest SSDs on the market.  However, OCZ is now trying to one-up themselves with a drive series that promises even higher performance than its forefather.  Dubbed the Vertex 3 Max IOPS, it is supposed to offer groundbreaking real world [...]


July 5th, 2011

Samsung C27A750 27” Central Station Wireless Monitor Review

During this year’s CES, Samsung debuted their Central Station technology which promised to combine an all in one connectivity and networking hub into a high performance monitor.   This centralized approach will surely appeal to notebook, tablet and netbook users since it can expand screen real estate while eliminating the need to attach unwanted wires  to an [...]


July 4th, 2011

PowerColor HD 6850 1GB SCS3 Passive Review

Passive cards are hard to come by these days and finding one that can provide decent in-game framerates is next to impossible.  PowerColor is looking to change this with the newest addition to their Silent Cooling System 3 family:  a HD 6850.  Sporting the Barts GPU core, an impressive looking heatsink and 1GB of GDDR5 [...]


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 [...]