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Gigabyte Aivia Osmium

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Gigabyte’s Aivia Osmium gaming keyboard is a very slick looking and attractive peripheral to have displayed as part of your entertainment setup. But is it worth it? No related posts. Read More »

NZXT Phantom 820 Full-Tower Gaming Chassis

If you’re looking for a chassis that already comes with a built in fan controller, internal LEDs, excellent cooling potential, great cable management and even the possibility to run extreme gaming configurations, you should check out the NZXT Phantom 820. No related posts. Read More »

Thecus N5550 NAS Review

Thecus’s latest 5-bay NAS, the N5550, is designed for small and medium size businesses (SMB) or home users who need a powerful data file server to centralize all of their digital content. The N5550 Has some excellent specs on paper which happen to match our recently reviewed N4800 with the inclusion of a 5th drive bay, using Intel Cedar Trail Atom D2550 processor, 2GB of DDR3, and 1 GB of SATA DOM for the OS. The device retails for $560 on Newegg which is a bit steep but not unreasonable. No related posts. Read More »

Silicon Power S70 7mm SSD for Ultrabook

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The Silicon Power Slim S70 (SP240GBSS3S70S25) paired the LSI SandForce SF-2281 controller with the 25nm Intel synchronous NAND in a slim package of 7mm. Available in capacity ranges from 60GB all the way to 480GB, it is one of the high-end SSDs designed for Ultrabooks. No related posts. Read More »

ASUS GeForce GTX 660 DirectCU II

  ASUS has its own way of putting a special spin on its GPU offerings through special overclock models along with DirectCU II cooling solutions which always tend to deliver something special. Today we have an ASUS GeForce GTX 660 on the test bench to see exactly how this bang for the buck card will perform. No related posts. Read More »

Corsair Dominator Platinum 2800 MHz – Breaking the speed barrier and then some

  Corsair has recently extended its grasp into the PC market into so many different areas, its almost hard to fathom. With this, they have not forgotten what made the company which is memory, and more importantly high performance DIMMs. Today we have the Dominator Platinum series coming in at a blazing fast 2800MHz. Read on to see what these things can do! No related posts. Read More »

ASUS Crosshair V Formula-Z

ASUS has been all the rage with its Z77 models, from the most basic to the more extravagant ROG series. Today we look at the AMD side of things with the new revision of the Crosshair V Formula. No related posts. Read More »

Bjorn3D / Diamond Multimedia – Holiday Giveaway!

If you own a tablet, smart phone, a computer, or even just an MP3 player, Diamond Multimedia got you covered for this cold but cozy winter Holiday Giveaway! Enter to have a chance at putting one of these great prizes under your Christmas tree! No related posts. Read More »

Thermaltake Armor Revo Snow Edition Chassis

  With black computer chassis and hardware in style, Thermaltake has started a new category of products called the “Snow Edition” in an attempt to stand out from the crowd. These products come mainly with a white color scheme. This time around we’re checking out Thermaltake’s Armor Revo Snow Edition Gaming chassis. No related posts. Read More »

Thermaltake Water2.0 Performer & Pro All-in-One Water Cooling Solutions

Thinking about water cooling your CPU but haven’t built your first water cooling loop yet? Getting your feet wet can be a bit scary. Thermaltake has released the Water2.0 Performer and Water2.0 Pro all-in-one water cooling solutions. Both are reasonably priced and fit most existing Intel and AMD boards. So get your feet wet! No related posts. Read More »

OCZ Agility 4 256GB SSD

SSD’s are growing ever more popular, and we’ve reviewed a lot of them by now. Today we’re checking out the 256GB version of OCZ’s newest addition to the SSD lineup: the OCZ Agility 4. No related posts. Read More »

Thermaltake Overseer RX-I Chassis

  When it comes to picking a great gaming chassis, it’s not always about looks. Aesthetics can be a major part of your decision making, but there is a lot more to consider, including great air circulation, plenty of cable management holes, the absence of low quality parts, and features that other chassis may not offer. Check out what the Thermaltake Overseer RX-I can offer you. No related posts. Read More »

InWin GRone Full-Tower Chassis

The InWin GRone is a great-looking case that has potential for being a great chassis. Let’s take a deeper look to see how this full-tower chassis is built! No related posts. Read More »

ASUS HD 7970 DirectCU II TOP

    ASUS has a wide range of products, from hardware to routers and audio solutions. Today though, we’re taking a look at one of ASUS’ premier products: the ASUS HD 7970 DirectCU II TOP edition card. Keep reading what this beast of a card has to offer! No related posts. Read More »

ADATA SX900 128GB Review

  Today we look at the new ADATA SX 900 128GB SSD. It is a Sandforce powered drive like many others but with a specially designed and optimized firmware which opens up even more NAND capacity for use. No related posts. Read More »

ASUS Maximus V Extreme

ASUS has some amazing Z77 offerings especially in the ROG lineup. We have already looked at the Maximus V Gene and the Maximus V Formula, both of which were amazing overclockers with loads of features. Today we have the Extreme variant which is the very top model for the ASUS ROG lineup. It carries many features such as the OCKey and VGA Hotwire. Keep reading to see exactly what this board offers! No related posts. Read More »

GIGABYTE Z77X-UP7 Motherboard

  GIGABYTE builds motherboards for pretty much every type of user, from the extreme high end board to the more basic and straightforward mainstream boards. We were able to pick up the Z77X-UP7 from GIGABYTE. Let’s take a look at how this top-end board performs. No related posts. Read More »

Cyberpower X6-9120 Gaming Notebook

Cyberpower is a premier system builder with a legacy of providing gaming grade performance at a great value. Add this along with the fact that they always have some cool free upgrade promos going on and you have a recipe for some really cool toys. Let’s take a look at what we have in the X6-9120 and what it can offer you. No related posts. Read More »

MSI Big Bang Z77 MPower

  MSI has been around the motherboard market for a very long time, and like many of the players nowadays, is really pushing the overclocking ability on both its motherboard and graphics card lineups. The Big Bang series of MPower boards are built around the idea of being highly overclockable and enthusiast-targeted. Today we look at what the MSI Big Bang Z77 MPower board and what it has to offer. No related posts. Read More »

AMD FX-8350, Piledriver Vishera Review

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Today, AMD has completed the transition of their entire line of CPUs/APUs to the Piledriver design with the release of the Vishera, the mainstream/performance FX series CPU. How much performance can we expect from Vishera over Bulldozer? Let’s find out.  No related posts. Read More »

BitFenix Prodigy

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Though it took a long time to gain any momentum, the Mini ITX form factor seems to be gaining popularity. This is in part due to the integration of various components such as memory controller, Northbridge, and GPU onto the CPU die. Today’s CPUs come with a decent GPU on-die that functions well if you simply need a small system that can handle basic workloads.  No related posts. Read More »

Sapphire HD 7950 Vapor-X

Sapphire has made quite a name for itself as one of the premier and largest AMD board partners and all with some stylish and simply impressive cards in the process. Today we look at the HD 7950 Vapor-X model and see what kind of magic has been infused in the DNA to make this card a must have for all the enthusiasts gamers out there. No related posts. Read More »

ASUS MATRIX HD 7970 Platinum

ASUS has a very rare addition to its MATRIX series offerings. MATRIX cards are always of a special build quality, including hand picked components and usually some very unique features not seen on any other card. Today we have the ASUS MATRIX HD 7970 Platinum. Let’s see what it has to offer, and can it take the top honors for performance and features. No related posts. Read More »

ASUS Maximus V Formula

ASUS hit the market hard with the little board that packed a big punch. Now they’ve released the bigger brother of that board: the Maximus V Formula, and the Maximus V Extreme is following shortly. Let’s check out the Maximus V Formula and see what it has to offer. No related posts. Read More »

ASUS GTX 650 Ti DirectCU II TOP Edition Review

    Nvidia just launched the 650 Ti chipset and with that we have the partner models as well. With us today we have the top limited model from ASUS in the GTX 650 Ti DirectCU II TOP Edition card. This card is the top of the heap when it comes to the ASUS models and now lets see if it has the performance to match. No related posts. Read More »

MSI GeForce GTX 650 Ti Power Edition 1GB Video Card

Today, NVIDIA released their GTX 650 Ti, which is meant for the medium gaming crowd. MSI has, of course, improved on the reference design, and released their GTX 650 Ti Power Edition 1GB. Let’s take a peek inside and see what kind of power it has. No related posts. Read More »

Nvidia GeForce GTX 650 Ti (Reference Card) Review

  Nvidia last month released the GeForce GTX 660 and GTX 650 graphics cards. The GTX 660 was mainly focused for the mid-range gamers, while the GTX 650 is more focused towards the low-to-mid range users on a budget. Today, Nvidia is releasing their latest budget mid-range graphics card for those that don’t want to spend as much money on a video card as the GTX 660, but would like more performance than the GTX 650. We introduce you to Nvidia’s latest GeForce GTX 650 Ti graphics card. No related posts. Read More »

AMD Launches Z-60 APU (Hondo) for Windows 8 Tablets

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AMD brings Z-60 APU for Windows 8 tablets with promise for better HD Media playback, enhanced gaming, and performance accelerated Apps. The APU promises to bring up to 10 hours of battery life, native USB 3.0 and  SATA 6 Gbps support. No related posts. Read More »

Kingston HyperX Predator 2666MHz 8GB Memory

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  Kingston has been in the memory business for as long as we can remember. Today we have the newest in the Kingston HyperX Extreme performance line with the HyperX Predator memory. New heatspreader and extraordinarily high speeds make this kit an enthusiast’s dream. Now let’s take a look further and see if dreams meet reality. No related posts. Read More »

Patriot “Intel Extreme Masters” Edition 2133MHz 8GB Review

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  Nowadays, memory tends to be more of a battle over who can bin the tightest, as all IC’s shipping for the most part are pretty much the same. In the memory market it all comes down to how you can differentiate yourself from the same old stuff that we may see every day. Patriot has the new Viper 3 series which is what this kit is part of, and carrying the “Intel Extreme Masters” means it went through extensive testing to prove utmost compatibility with new DDR3 motherboards and XMP easy tuning. No related posts. Read More »

AMD “Virgo” Platform: 2nd Generation APU

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If you read our AMD Trinity Preview, you’ve already seen the integrated GPU performance in the new A-Series APU from AMD. Today, we take a look at the CPU side of the APU. In addition, we are able to see just how the new chip will perform at various applications and workloads, including media transcoding, data encryption, and  OpenCL.    No related posts. Read More »

Sapphire Flex HD 7770 GHz Edition

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The SAPPHIRE Flex HD 7770 GHz Edition is the latest entry into the Sapphire’s Flex line up, bringing the ability to run multiple monitors without the need for an expensive cable or adapter. By combining the power of the HD 7770 and the flexibility of mixing wide range of displays, the Sapphire’s Flex HD 7770 GHz Edition may just be the card that for you if you are looking for a midrange card with multiple monitor support. No related posts. Read More »

AMD Trinity: An iGPU Performance Preview

Finally, the desktop Trinity is almost here. We got a preview of the integrated GPU gaming performance of the A10-5800K and A8-5600K APU. More detail on the CPU performance and full detail of the platform, architecture, overclocking, and benchmarks coming real soon, so stay tuned! No related posts. Read More »

ASUS GTX 560 Ti 2GB DirectCUII

  ASUS has passed us yet another card from their DirectCU II lineup with the GTX 560 Ti 2GB TOP edition. This is a bit of an older model but it is a refresh of the 560 with the addition of double the frambuffer and a higher clockspeed. Lets take a look at what it had to offer and what you can expect from this value oriented addition to the ASUS family. No related posts. Read More »

MSI HD7850 Power Edition Video Card

  Just after thinking we might have seen the most well-rounded AMD graphics card from our vendors, we came to check out the MSI R7850 Power Edition 2GB factory overclocked graphics card. This card has completely blown us away with its quiet operation, low temperatures, and great performance for its class. Read on to find out how MSI achieved all of this! No related posts. Read More »

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