REVIEWS

April 26th, 2010

AMD Phenom II X6 1090T & 1055T Six-Core Processors Review

For the better part of the last year, there had been rumors of an AMD 6-core processor family that would soon be introduced.  Well, that day has come and in this review we focus upon two products from AMD’s Phenom X6  family: the 1090T Black Edition and the slightly more pedestrian 1055T.  Are they enough [...]


April 26th, 2010

AMD’s 890FX Chipset: An Evolution for the AM3 Platform

With the Phenom X6 finally being released and the 890GX motherboards already retailing for several months, AMD is now releasing their new flagship chipset called the 890FX.  Not only does this chipset represent a significant evolution for AMD’s current lineup but it is also meant to go hand in hand with their Thurban processors.  In [...]


April 21st, 2010

Corsair Nova V128 SSD Review

The SSD market is currently cluttered with a massive number of companies who all seem to be peddling the same kit.  Corsair is trying to distinguish themselves from their competition by releasing the Nova series which is aimed directly at first-time SSD buyers who want a perfect combination of performance and value.  In this review [...]


April 20th, 2010

Cogage TRUE Spirit (Rev.2) CPU Cooler Review

A while back we looked at the “original” TRUE Spirit from Cogage and came away with a positive impression since not only did it offer good performance but it also retailed for a downright incredible price.  Cogage has now released a slightly tweaked version this popular heatsink by adding a proper backplate for better mounting [...]


April 18th, 2010

NVIDIA Optimus Technology Review

Battery life has always been paramount in both netbooks and laptops but lengthening it usually comes at the expense of performance.  NVIDIA claims their new Optimus technology offers the best of both worlds by seamlessly switching between an on-board dedicated graphics chip and an IGP.   Does it work as well as NVIDIA wants us [...]


April 14th, 2010

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 470 SLI Review

With NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 470 cards slowly marching towards broad availability, more and more consumers are looking for the possibility of pairing up two of these cards for a somewhat affordable DX11 SLI system.  In this review we take a look at the performance offered by a pair of these cards and how they compare [...]


April 12th, 2010

ASUS Maximus III Extreme LGA1156 Motherboard Review

The  LGA 1156 platform has quickly become the de facto standard for people looking for a budget-friendly Intel system.  However, manufacturers are constantly evolving their motherboard offerings with new technologies and features in a effort to differentiate themselves from the competition.  ASUS has taken things to the next level with their new Maximus III Extreme [...]


April 7th, 2010

GIGABYTE M8000 Xtreme Laser Gaming Mouse Review

When it comes to peripherals, there are many consumers who couldn’t care less about overall performance; they just want the most economically sensible solution.  However, with their M8000 Xtreme gaming mouse, Gigabyte is trying to prove that we don’t have to pay a fortune for a high performance peripheral.  Can they combine the features enthusiasts [...]


April 4th, 2010

Sapphire HD 5870 2GB Toxic Edition Review

When ATI’s HD 5870 was released back in September of 2009, the architecture impressed us with its versatility and performance.   Now, board partners are well on their way to refining these cards in order to squeeze increased performance out their efficient forms by increasing clock speeds and adding additional memory.  In this review we [...]


March 31st, 2010

Kingston SSDNow V+ (gen.2) 128GB SSD Review

In the highly competitive SSD market, there is no end to the number of companies vying for your hard earned dollars.  From no name brands to the who’s who of the computer hardware industry, there are so many products out there it is getting extreme hard for consumers to choose.  With their SSDNow V+ series, [...]