REVIEWS

July 13th, 2011

Intel Core i3-2120 & Core i5-2400 LGA1155 Processors Review

Given how great the Core i5-2500K and i7-2600K perform, it is easy to forget that the current Sandy Bridge LGA1155 processors are part of Intel’s mainstream series, not their high-end one. Therefore, it is more than due time for us to test out some of the lower priced offerings. Although we would love to try [...]


July 12th, 2011

Corsair Graphite Series 600T Special Edition White Review

After Corsair released their highly acclaimed Obsidian series of cases, many knew that it would be only a matter of time until less expensive yet smaller variants became available.  Those predictions came true and today Corsair has a full sable of cases from the high end Obsidian to the entry level Carbide series.  The one [...]


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 [...]