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Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3P

With the release of the Intel P35 chipset, GIGABYTE tries to set itself apart from the rest of the crowd by offering greater compatibilty for legacy hardware. Can they pull it off? No related posts. Read More »

Revoltec FightPad Advanced

Besides the standard functions, it’s possible to assign a long combinations or macros for each key. This is an ideal solution for those needing to automate their movements and actions during a game. It will be especially useful in RPG games where you need to do 3-4 things in one sitting No related posts. Read More »

The HD2400 and HD2600

Completing AMD’s first DX10 line-up is the HD2400 and the HD2600. We have taken two cards using these GPu’s for a serious test drive to see what they are capable of. No related posts. Read More »

Tagan A+ Black Pearl

While not a company you may be familiar with, Tagan provides high end case’s and PSU’s. Can the Black Pearl make a name for itself or will it get lost in the sea of mediocre cases? No related posts. Read More »

Xinix USB CD SmartBox CL-600

Tired of having your disk storage methods because you can never find the disk when you need? If so, you must check out our review on the Xinix USB SmartBox CL-600, a CD/DVD storage box that comes with a software which allows users to create a database for easy disk management and retrieval. Read our review to find out what other functions are in this unit. No related posts. Read More »

XFX 7950GT 512mb 550M

Just when I thought I wouldn’t be able to get any more performance out of my computer, XFX gives me one more reason not to build an entirely new rig just yet with the XFX 7950GT 512MB 550M. This card makes my PC feel like the young stallion it once was. Playing Command and Conquer 3 Tiberium Wars or Quake 4 was alright before the card but now, it is like the difference between night and day. Seriously, this card is a diamond in the rough. No related posts. Read More »

Noctua NC-U6 Chipset Cooler

Although not a well known or widely available brand, Noctua has recently begun aiming to elevate their name in the minds of computer shoppers. One of the easiest and quickest ways to do so is to develop and deliver products that not only succeed but excel at their intended scope of use, and Noctua aims to do exactly that. No related posts. Read More »

How-To: Making a Bart PE Disk

Have you ever been in a situation where you were trying to fix a friend’s computer, or yours for that matter, and the PC had so much spyware that it locked up and prevented you from running any tools?  Or maybe you’ve had a situation where you couldn’t even boot into Windows because Windows was corrupt or missing a file.  I have and it’s not fun.  Fortunately, a friend told me a couple years ago about Bart’s PE and it has been a great tool ever since.  I take it with me whenever I go out on call to fix a PC. No related posts. Read More »

Thermaltake Toughpower W0133RU 1200W PSU

It occasionally happens that we get to realize our dreams be they big or small. As a computer enthusiast and an avid gamer, my dreams are often centered around that next piece of equipment. Though sometimes it’s just a wee gadget or a mere trinket that I wish to add to my treasure chest, sometimes it’s something big. Lately, I’ve been dreaming big – livin’ large, so to speak, in the backwaters of my mind. I’ve been dreaming of a monster rig, a monster gaming rig. And my dream is about to be realized. No related posts. Read More »

Antec Sonata III

The third incarnation of Antec maintains the same looks as the first generation. What has changed is the power supply has been upgraded to EarthWatt 500W and the front panel is now including the eSATA. If you are a fan of the original Sonata, you sure will love this case and the the upgrades will definitely make this case a great choice for those who need a case with a good quality power supply. No related posts. Read More »

Tagan Silver Power SP-1000E

Quad-core CPU? Check. Dual graphics card setup? Check. Terabyte worth of hard drives? Check. Beefy power supply? Tagan’s Silver Power SP-1000E may be your missing puzzle piece. No related posts. Read More »

XFX 650i Ultra

Sure, trying new things can be scary. Unless of course it is from a well established company like XFX. New to the motherboard scene XFX offers a solid product at an amazing price. No related posts. Read More »

Arctic Cooling Accelero S2

Is the noise of graphic card’s fan bugging you? If so, you should check out our review on the Arctic Cooling Accelero S2. The Accelero S2 is a fanless graphic cooler that uses two copper heat pipes and 32 fins to dissipate heat away from the core of the graphic card. Not only it promises to reduce the temperature of your GPU, it will also reduce the system noise. Does it performs as it advertises? Well, read the review and find it out. No related posts. Read More »

Crucial Ballistix 2GB PC2-8500

There hasn’t ever been a better time than now to be in the market to buy a kit of high performance DDR2 RAM. Unless having been hiding under the proverbial rock it has been hard to miss that prices of high-end DDR2 RAM has not just fallen, they’ve simply collapsed. Kits priced at over $300 (Such as the RAM in this review!) can now be had for just a third of the price, and some very good but not quite as fast kits can be had for even less than that. Is Crucial’s 1067Mhz Ballistix a good choice for your next RAM? No related posts. Read More »

Thermaltake Purepower RX 500W & 600W

Thermaltake did a wonderful job bringing traits of a high-end product to the less expensive line of power supplies. Now you can power your dual core CPU along with an enthusiast graphic board for no more than $97 green dollars and worry about nothing. No related posts. Read More »

Antec MX-1 External 3.5″ Enclosure

If you have seen one enclosure then you have probably seen them all, right? Is there anything that can make the Antec MX-1 stand above the multitude of external hard drive enclosures that litter store shelves and online merchants like blades of grass on a prairie? To fast forward to the conclusion the short answer is, yes. Unless price is the numero uno consideration the Antec MX-1 should be at the top of anyone’s shortlist. Read on to find out just what makes this enclosure so special! No related posts. Read More »

OCZ Trifecta

Got a USB drive? Check. SD card for the camera? Check. MicroSD card for the cell phone? Check. Now how about one card to rule them all! Introducing the Trifecta from OCZ Technology. No related posts. Read More »

OCZ GameXStream 850 Watt

With a history of catering to the enthusiast crowd OCZ has brought to market many great PSU’s. It’s newest offering comes in the form of a SLi certified 850 watt behemoth dubbed the GameXStream. With plenty of amps and active PFC this is not your father’s PSU. No related posts. Read More »

Revoltec FightMouse, Lightboard and Gamepad

In a nutshell: If you’re looking for quality gaming gear or simply upgrading your input devices I strongly consider you have a look at Revoltec’s offer. These items are available in the United States, Europe and Asia you just have to find an online store that carries these. No related posts. Read More »

Super Talent T800UX4GC5

With the price of DDR2 taking a huge plunge, it is a great time for any user to upgrade their memory to larger capacity. The release of Vista means that 2 GB is no longer for enthusiasts but rather a somewhat necessity as a clean Vista installation will consumes at least 600MB of RAM. Sooner or later the 4 GB will be the norm and should definitely be the amount of memory for any enthusiasts. The Super Talent, a company that is known for great memory, has released the T800UX4GC5, the 2x2GB DDR2-800. Read our review and see how well this memory performs and if it would fit your budget while getting you the performance you strive for. No related posts. Read More »

Albatron 8600GTS

Building upon the success of their motherboard division, Albatron releases their 8600 GTS. Based upon the Nvidia reference design what value does this card offer to gamers? No related posts. Read More »


Was S.T.A.L.K.E.R worth waiting for all these years? Will it implement all promises given by the developers during the development time? I invite you, if you feel you’re brave enough, to put on your anti-radiation suit (some Vodka would help as well), load your Kalashnikov, put your backpack on and join me while I explore the exciting world of S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl. No related posts. Read More »


The ECS AMD690GM-M2 uses the AMD690 chipset which is the first chipset coming out from AMD since the acquisition of ATI. The motherboard comes in a small form factor and yet has nice features like integrated DX9 graphics, HDPC over DVI and the addition of AVIVO. No related posts. Read More »

HD2000 – The First GPU’s Under the AMD Name

The HD2000 series of GPU’s is a first for AMD in many ways. It is their first GPU’s they release after they bought ATI. It is their first GPU’s with DX10 support and it is their first GPU’s with an unified shader architecture. We have taken some time to examine all the new features and also benchmarks the new enthusiast card from AMD, the HD2900XT. No related posts. Read More »

Jetway HD2900XT

The first retial HD2900XT we review, does not dissapoint. Great performace, a good price and some cool new features makes this a good chocie for the enthusiast. A voucher for Valve’s Black Box also helps. No related posts. Read More »

Antec Performance One P182

Does the newest addition to the Performance One series from Antec have what it takes to keep your components cool? We think so. Come take a look and decide for yourself. No related posts. Read More »

Foxconn 8600 GTS

The 8600 GTS’s release has brought the DirectX 10 to the mainstream buyers. This new card from NVIDIA is not just a cut down version of its big brother, the 8800. Rather, it has packed a few extra features which are not found in the 8800. Check out our review to see what’s in the new card and how it performs as we will take a closer examination to the Foxconn’s 8600 GTS and compare it to the 7900 GT from Gigabyte. No related posts. Read More »

Vantec NexStar LX

As we get more and more computers in our homes, the need for a simple solution for sharing files amongst them increases. The Vantec NexStar LX is a NAS-solution that offers the basic features for a low price. No related posts. Read More »

Icy Dock MB448UR: 2.5” IDE Removable Hard Drive Rack

Need to carry around a large amount of data that does not fit on the flash drive? Don’t want to carry that bulky 3.5” hard drive external enclosure around? If so, then you must check out ICY Dock’s MB448UR, a 2.5” IDE removable hard drive enclosure that functions as both internal and external enclosure. Read our review to find out our thoughts to this product. No related posts. Read More »

SteelSound 3H Headset

Whether a frequent LAN goer or the family computer happens to share the bedroom, there are plenty of reasons why a good quality headset might be needed. 105mm Howitzer fire going off at 1am on a Monday morning with your window wide open and your neighbor’s bedroom about ten feet away would be an ideal example! The SteelSound 3H we have for this review is the most economical headset offered by SteelSeries. Nonetheless these are marketed as a “professional gaming headset”, therefore I will test them accordingly. No related posts. Read More »

CoolIT Systems PCI Cooling Booster

Need additional cooling on your expansion cards? If so, check out our review on the CoolIT Systems PCI Cooling Booster. This little 80mm fan mounts above the PCI expansion slot to offer additional cooling to the area where cooling is usually not as readily available as other components. Check out out review and see how well this fan performs. No related posts. Read More »

Dude, where’s my data?

For recovering from annoying glitches to complete meltdowns, I’ll show you some good habits to keep and share when it comes to protecting yourself from data loss. No related posts. Read More »

Ultra 850VA UPS

Computer hardwares are dedicated pieces of electronic which should definitely be treated with a great care. A computer should always be plugged into an UPS so when there’s a power outage, the important data will have a few minutes to be safely saved and the system can be shut down properly. An inappropriate system shut down can sometimes damage the system components and not to mention the hours of hardwork on your senior thesis could just be gone forever. In this review, we will take a look at Ultra’s 850VA UPS, so join us and see what’s our thought on this product. No related posts. Read More »

Sans Digital Synology DS-107

Need more spaces where you can save your data and share them with other computers on your network? If so, then you must check out our review on the Synology’s DS-107, a network attached server (NAS), which not only server as an external storage but also serve as a multimedia station, printer station, and comes with other great features. Check out what’s packed in this NAS and see how it performs. No related posts. Read More »

PowerColor X1950 PRO SCS3

Without a doubt, this is one of the best performing passively cooled cards that I have reviewed so far. Taking this very popular RV570 chip and slapping on Accelero S2 silent cooling system was a spot on move. Although the clocks are lowered just a bit, PowerColor X1950 PRO SCS3 does not lose in benchmarks. No related posts. Read More »

Edimax BR-6216mg MIMO XR

The Edimax BR-6216mg MIMO XR combines the IEEE 802.11g standard with the MIMO functionality to increase the range of the WLAN. No related posts. Read More »

XFX 8600GTS & 8600GT XXX Editions!

XFX decided the stock 675mhz core, 1,450mhz shader, and 1,000mhz (Remember that is 2,000mhz effective) memory was to simply far to paltry and is launching their “XXX” Edition 8600GTS with factory overclocks of 730mhz on the core, 1566mhz shaders, and a whopping 1,130mhz (2,260mhz effective) memory clockspeed! No related posts. Read More »

GeIL PC2-6400 DDR2 Ultra 2GB kit

If you’re looking for above average performance, consider GeIL’s PC2-6400 DDR2 2GB Ultra kit and forget about running short on memory. Coupling it with overclocked Core 2 Duo / AM2 platform these memory modules will bring you plenty of joy while not hurting your wallet No related posts. Read More »

SteelSeries SteelSound 4H

Do you attend LAN parties? Do you play games late at night where your family members and friends are sound asleep? If you do, then you must need a good pair of headset that will not only feel comfortable but also produce clear sound so you can pinpoint your enemies’ position and defeat them in a bloody virtual battlefield. Check out our review on the gaming headset from Steel Series, the SteelSound 4H and see if this pair of headset is a good choice for you. No related posts. Read More »

Rainbow Six: Vegas

Rainbow Six: Vegas is a game that has some history and gamers that loved the series may not like what it has become. It puts the focus on the action and is much faster than previous titles of the series. Having said that, if you install the game, keeping the above statement in mind, I am more than 100% positive you will enjoy every second of it. The game looks absolutely stunning, sound is like magic and it supplies huge amounts of pure, high quality action scenes. No related posts. Read More »

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