REVIEWS

May 12th, 2010

Thermalright Venomous X CPU Cooler Review

There was a time when Thermalright was the undisputed champion in the CPU cooling market.  In the last two years their lead has been gradually chipped away by the competition to the point where their once-leading TRUE is playing second fiddle to the likes of Prolimatech, Noctua and even Zalman.  Their answer is called the [...]


May 10th, 2010

ASUS Radeon HD 5870 1GB V2 Review

When we originally previewed the ASUS HD 5870 V2, there was a lot of interest since it was supposed to bring something unique to the graphics card market:  a custom card that was supposed to completely replace the reference model with the ASUS lineup.  With the “V2″ finally making its rounds at retailers throughout North [...]


May 5th, 2010

GIGABYTE 890GPA-UD3H 890GX AM3 Motherboard Review

The current motherboard market is full of feature rich high end products but finding a capable mid-range board can be a lesson in frustration for many users.  AMD’s new 890GX looks to be an answer for many consumers who are looking for the perfect mix of performance and features while retailing for less that $150. [...]


May 3rd, 2010

Intel Core i3-540 Clarkdale LGA1156 Processor Review

When Intel’s Clarkdale processors were first released, they opened up the 1156 platform to a whole new market of budget conscious buyers.  A low-cost, 32nm processor like the i3 540 may not be immediately interesting to the vast majority of enthusiasts but considering this efficient chip sports four threads and a core speed slightly above [...]


May 2nd, 2010

Gigabyte HD 5870 1GB Super Overclock Review

In the cat fight that is the current GPU marketplace, there are those who are content to stick with reference designs and those who are willing to go out on a limb and push technology to the bleeding edge.  Falling into the latter category, Gigabyte has released their HD 5870 Super Overclock which is basically [...]


April 27th, 2010

Corsair Force F100 100GB SSD Review

For as long as we can remember, Corsair has been near the forefront of product innovation which has directly led to them being one of the front runners in the SSD market.  They recently released their Force series SSDs which cater to the enthusiast crowd by sporting the new SandForce SF-1200 controller and tons of [...]


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 [...]