REVIEWS

March 10th, 2010

Intel Core i7-980X Gulftown Six-Core 32nm Processor Review

It has been a long time coming.  Intel’s six core processors have been talked about since the Nehalem architecture was first introduced and with the Core i7 980X, Gulftown has finally seen the light of day.  Naturally, this new processor is expensive but with six physical cores and 12 threads, can it perform up to [...]


March 10th, 2010

ASUS HD 5870 Matrix 2GB & ASUS HD 5870 “V2″ Sneak Peek

Lately, there has been a lot of talk about upcoming overclocked and 2GB HD 5800 series cards which will see the light of day in the next few months.  In this sneak peak, we take a look at the ASUS HD 5870 Matrix that has high clock speeds as well as a massive amount of [...]


March 7th, 2010

NVIDIA GeForce GT 240 Roundup (EVGA, Gigabyte, MSI, Sparkle)

If you weren’t pay close attention to the GPU market a few months ago, you may have missed the launch of the GT 240 series since the launch wasn’t preceded by any of the usual marketing or release day fireworks.  As such, not much attention has been paid to this card but in this roundup [...]


March 3rd, 2010

ASUS RoG Maximus III Extreme LGA 1156 Motherboard Preview

ASUS has long been known for their Republic of Gamers series of motherboards and while they have products already in place for both of Intel’s P55 and X58 platforms, they felt it was time to take things to the next level.  The Maximus III Extreme follows closely in the footsteps of the original Maximus III [...]


March 1st, 2010

A Look at NVIDIA’s Next Generation ION

There is no denying that Intel’s Atom family of processors are extremely popular and that companies are clamoring to get products out which feature it.  NVIDIA’s original ION blazed the trail for better performing netbooks but with the release of the Pineview series of Atom processors, they needed to rethink their approach.  In this article, [...]


March 1st, 2010

AMD’s 890GX Chipset: Low-End Price, High-End Features

After years of waiting for an update for an aging 700-series chipset lineup, AMD’s faithful have finally been rewarded with the release of the 800-series of AM3 boards.  In this article, we take an in-depth look at what the 890GX has to offer and preview boards from ASUS and Gigabyte.


February 25th, 2010

SilverStone HDDBoost Review

Many people have shied away from SSDs due to their somewhat limited storage capacity and high price for the drives.  Spindle-based hard drives on the other hand have massive amounts of storage space but lack the performance of SSDs.  SilverStone’s $50 HDDBoost looks to marry the best of both worlds by allowing us to seamlessly [...]


February 24th, 2010

Sapphire Radeon HD 5830 1GB Review

Presently, there is a substantial price and performance gap between ATI’s HD 5850 and HD 5770 which was filled for a short time by the HD 4890.  ATI has now decided to release a card that effectively bridges the space between these two cards with the aptly-named HD 5830 1GB.  In this review we look [...]


February 23rd, 2010

ASUS P7H57D-V EVO LGA1156 Motherboard Review

With P55 boards making inroads into nearly every price segment, there doesn’t seem to be too much place in the market for boards based on Intel’s lower-end chipsets.  However, ASUS has released what some would call the King of H57 boards with their new P7H57D-V EVO.  Not only does it come with SATA 6Gbps and [...]


February 21st, 2010

Sapphire Radeon HD 5850 1GB Toxic Review

ATI has been gaining steam with numerous releases over the last few months but none have come close to the price / performance ratio of the HD 5850.  In this review we take a look at Sapphire’s Toxic Edition which features high overclocks while packing  a Vapor-X cooler and custom PCB.  To whet your appetite [...]