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NZXT Precise PRC-1000 (1000W PSU)

NZXT’s first high end power supply, the Precise 1000W, pakced with a lot of great features, such as modular design, the ability to swtich between combine and split +12V, six +12V rails that will power even the most demanding system on the market. What’s more, the power supply comes with 6 PCIe connectors that will power not only 3 8800GTX cards but also have the ability to power next generation of graphic cards. What’s more amazing is that this PSU’s size is standard ATX PSU size rather over-sized PSUs like some other 1000W PSU. It looks promising but can it performs as good as it seems, check out our review as we test this PSU out. No related posts. Read More »

ASUS EN8800GTX AquaTank

With the increased power of the GeForce 8800GTX comes an increases need for good cooling. ASUS has combined an overclocked ASUS 8800GTX card with a Thermaltake Tide Water cooling device to create a very special video card. No related posts. Read More »

CoolIT Systems RAM Fan

Do memory needs cooling? You bet if you do any sort of overclocking. What is the cheapest solution that will give you the best cooling then. Well, check out CoolIT Systems Cool RAM in this review and see if this $20 fan can do the trick that allows you push your overclocking to a new height. No related posts. Read More »

Purepower Express 250W

To help take care of the increased need for power, Thermaltake has released a separate PSU intended just for your video cards. In our review we test it to see if it is worth the money or if you better spend it on a new PSU. No related posts. Read More »

FOXCONN 8800GTS 320mb: OverClocking Edition!

I’ll rather unfairly compare the FOXCONN 320mb 8800GTS Overclocked Edition I have today to the FOXCONN 512mb 7950GT Overclocked Edition graphics card. Will the almost standard 512mb RAM on the 7950GT give it a chance at XHD resolutions with Anti-Aliasing, where the onboard RAM size matters the most? What can you expect if you upgrade from a 7900-series card today? These are two of the questions I’ll answer in this review. A third important question is what difference one can expect from a 320mb 8800GTS card when using an older or slower processor. To answer this I’ll run a series of benchmarks with an E6300 at stock, and then overclock to 3.4ghz and rerun the same benchmarks again to find out what differences, if any, it will make. No related posts. Read More »


With the nForce6 NVIDIA went all out and released the chipset first for the Intel platform. After the less than stellar nForce590 for Intel a lot of people, including me, were a bit cautious and didn’t know what to expect. Has NVIDIA learned their lesson and delivered an Intel experience as solid as we used to expect from their AMD chipsets? No related posts. Read More »

Foxconn 8800 GTS OC

After a great and successful launch of the G80, as covered in detail here at Bjorn3D back in November, 2006; I have in my hand yet another 8800 card to feast on – Foxconn’s 8800GTS 640MB Overclocked version. No related posts. Read More »

Spire Pininfarina SP-ATX-PALU/B Enthusiasts Case

I think it’s a safe bet Pininfarina is better known by their many sports car designs such as the Ferrari P4/P5 and Maserati GranTurismo rather than by their computer cases. Nonetheless Spire teamed up with Pininfarina Group to design this computer chassis “with functionality, creativity and opulent style in mind”, and in my opinion came up with some very interesting results! Pininfarina’s fresh look at what the professional, stylish computer case should be has brought some great new approaches to the table, and the results should speak for themselves! No related posts. Read More »

ASUS P5B Premium Vista Edition

With the release of Windows Vista it was expected that we would see a lot of products using Vista as a means to separate themselves from other products. ASUS has released four “Vista Edition” motherboards and we have tested the Premium Core2Duo motherboard to see in what the Vista-name actually means for the user. No related posts. Read More »

PowerColor X1550 SCS

This product is intended for folks with less gaming on their minds. The fact is, I would advise against getting this rebadged X1300 RADEON for your SFF / HTPC system due to high temperatures. It’s okay for your parents / grandmother PC, but that’s about it. No related posts. Read More »

Sparkle Calibre 8800GTX P880+OC

With the Sparkle Calibre 8800GTX P880+OC, Sparkle and MACS have combined to create the ultimate GeForce 8800GTX card. The card comes with a TEC-unit which manages to cool the card down considerably compared to regular 8800GTX cards. No related posts. Read More »

Bluegears b-flexi and b-cools fans

Bluegears b-cool and b-flexi fans are not your boring computer case fans, rather they are “cool” fans that not only deliver the performance but also shows off some interesting light shows. If you are in the market for some cool fan either to help you cool your components or add to your mod case to show off to your friend, then you definitely want to take a look at these fans. Check out our review and see what you can do with these fans and how well they perform. No related posts. Read More »

CoolIT Systems Freezone

CoolIT Systems’s Freezone is an all-in-one CPU cooling that is build base on thermostatic cooling technology. It has provided an excellent alternative for those who wish to keep their processor cool and system noise down, yet do not want to go through the trouble of installing water cooling kits. The unique “Chiller” also is environmentally safe and free from biological growth, hence no maintenance is required. Read more as we put the Freezone to a typical air cooling and see how well it performs and out thoughts on this new product. No related posts. Read More »

Thermaltake TMG A1 Cooler

In a nutshell, Thermaltake TMG A1 is a good product if you’re looking for stock HSF replacement. Its unique design takes the heat problem to a whole new level. It cools the CPU very well under both load and idle states while not hurting your ear drums No related posts. Read More »

be quiet! Dark Power PRO 850W and Thermaltake Toughpower 850W

Get be quiet! Dark Power PRO 850W if you’re looking for a power supply that will handle next generation components with bells and whistles on top of it. If you want to go cheaper without the need for all these nonessential features and enhancements, get Thermaltake Toughpower 850W with 140 mm fan which runs quieter than its contender and performs just as well. No related posts. Read More »

Ultra X-Finity and X-Pro: Two 800W PSU for Your SLI Needs

If you just recently purchased the latest GeForce 8800 GTS/GTX graphics card, you may found out that your power supply is just not up to the task to handle such monster card. Since the power supply is the heart of the system and it cannot be overlooked specially if you have expensive components, such as GeForce 8800. Today, we have received not one but two 800W power supplies from Ultra: the X-Finity and X-Pro. Read our reviews and see how these two power supplies perform. No related posts. Read More »

The Hottest Games Coming in 2007

2006 was a great year for gamers, bringing us some great and innovative games. But everything has to end and, as we all know, every ending means a new beginning. It is now time to raise our heads, look forward into the distance and try to figure out what the future holds for us and what we should expect to see on our screen in 2007. No related posts. Read More »

Kristanix Software’s Password Protector 2006

Here we have a nifty program that claims it can protect your passwords. Inside I’ll touch on the security protections employed and then take a run through the application, and along the way give some of the reasons why you actually should give this software some consideration. The simple matter is, if you think remembering all of your passwords now is bad, just keep in mind it will only get worse in the future! No related posts. Read More »

ASUS X1950XTX Crossfire 512 MB DDR4

While the X1950XT might no longer be the fastest GPU on the market it still is a fast GPU and with a price that won’t require you to sell your kidneys to be able to afford it (well, maybe one of them). Today we are testing the ASUS X1950XTX Crossfire 512 MB DDR4, the flagship in ASUS ATI-lineup. No related posts. Read More »

Team Group TXDD2048M800HC4DC-D DDR 2-800 Memory

The Team Group TXDD2048M800HC4DC-D is a PC6400 DDR2 that is specifically designed for entry overclocker and gamers in mind. In a fierce market of computer memory, can Team Group’s TXDD2048M800HC4DC-D offer something different from the competitor? How is its performance and overclocking result? Well, in this review, we will put this RAM to the the torture test. So, join us and take a look at our takes on this memory module. No related posts. Read More »

Runaway 2: The Dream of the Turtle

In a more serious tone, an adventure game is by definition a game that puts the storyline in the center and you can expect a very fascinating and interesting plot when approaching a game from this genre. It usually features one main hero, rarely two or more and you can usually find his character to be quite appealing. In order to make progress, you’ll have to utilize objects you will find scattered around the environments that the game offers. No related posts. Read More »

HIS X1650 IceQ Turbo

The card I am testing today, the HIS X1650XT IceQ Turbo, uses the relatively new graphic chipset, the x1650XT from ATI. While the name suggests it is nothing more than a slightly faster X1650 Pro, the truth is that it is much more than that. No related posts. Read More »

FOXCONN 975X7AB-8EKRS2H Motherboard

I should first point out that the Foxconn 975X7AB-8EKRS2H is fully Core 2 Duo ready. Foxconn has a previous product titled, you guessed it, 975X7AA-8EKRS2H, that is not compatible with Core 2 Duo processors, so hence the “B” in the “975X7AB”. To recap, the board we have in this review is the “AB” product refresh/update with the needed changes having been made to the voltage regulator and BIOS. No related posts. Read More »

Thermaltake Aguila

Aguila is another fine product from Tt’s stable. It’s one of the coolest looking PC cases I had reviewed so far. Although this product brings features found in Thermaltake Armor it comes with its own practical functions such as front panel that can be opened for easier access to your devices. Essentially what you get is a lightweight good looking PC case compatible with Tt’s watercooling and BTX kits No related posts. Read More »

Eidos Interactive’s Just Cause

In Just Cause, you take control of Rico Rodriguez, a Latin field operative and specialist in regime change. Silently backed up by the CIA, you are tasked to roam the huge island and make sure president Mendoza’s regime will end as soon as possible. No related posts. Read More »

High Power 620W PSU

The High Power 620W has an impressive features-list: three 12V rails, Active PFC, >80% efficiency and a extremely low noise level. With its 620W it should be sufficient for even demanding systems as long as it can manage to produce stable and clean power. No related posts. Read More »

asetek Waterchill Xternal Kit

Since my current motherboard uses a heatpipe on the chipset, I decided that the cooling solution provided by Asus was sufficient. And since my XFX video card’s warranty would become null and void if I modified it by adding a gpu waterblock, I decided that its cooling solution on it was sufficient as well. Finally, keeping in mind that I am lazy and that my primary goal was to cool the cpu that had become unbearably hot, I decided that an external watercooling kit was the best solution for me and that of all of the external kits, the asetek Waterchill Xternal kit would be the one that earned my hard earned dollars. No related posts. Read More »


For those enthusiasts waiting for the prices on the new G80 hardware to come down or those holding out to see what ATI (and NVIDIA) has to offer early next year, but who still need a graphics card that can power their games for the interim, cheaper but still powerful cards such as the 7950GT would easily suffice as a holdover until then. No related posts. Read More »

Dark Messiah: Might & Magic

So, when I heard Dark Messiah was out there, I decided to put on my shining plate armor, place my magical sword in its curved heavy leather scabbard and go out to face my next dangerous quest to conquer my copy and bring it back safely into my DVD for installation. No related posts. Read More »

WinDVD Version 8, Platinum Edition

Today we are going to take a close look at the WinDVD 8, the Platinum edition. Our primary goals will be to determine if this highly feature-laden software works as advertised. We want to take this task a step further and determine whether WinDVD 8 Platinum is the new “Swiss Army Knife” in the realm of video player software or if it’s just another mile marker on the road to success. No related posts. Read More »

ABIT SG-95 Motherboard Review

The abit SG-95 is a mATX board which targets budget segments. It features SiS 622 and 966L chipsets. It has some nice features such as 16x PCIe support for latest graphic cards, HD audio, DDR2 667 support, and SATA RAID support. It can support most of Pentium 4 processors as well as the latest Core 2 Duo. Despite these features, the board does miss some more up to date technologies, such as Gigabit Lan, dual channel support, and SATA II. Well, the question remains, is this a good choice if you just want a board that works and maybe with the option to upgrade to the newer Core 2 Duo? Read our review and find out. No related posts. Read More »

PC Power & Cooling 1KW-SR, 1 KW Power Supply

The test specs of my rig are about as extreme as is currently available today. Extreme systems of this type most certainly require desperate measures to meet their basic power demands, much less the requirements when I really push the system. Today I’ll outline my experience with the PC Power & Cooling 1KW-SR and detail it’s performance in the most harrowing torture test I could dream up to throw at the system. No related posts. Read More »

Vantec Piano 101 Notebook Cooler

Vantec has released a notebook cooler that does a lot more than just cool your notebook down. You will find both a 2.1 sound system and a 3 port USB2.0 hub on it. We’ve tested it to see if it is a worthile investment. No related posts. Read More »

XFX 8800 GTX: SLI Performance

I thought it might be fun to do a short addition to the first review as since writing it I have made some rather significant upgrades to my test rig and also added a second XFX 8800 GTX running in SLI. Now that I have your attention, just a few words on what to expect. First, this addendum will only contain the outline for testing the SLI configuration and the test results as anything more would be a rewrite of the article I’ve already published. No related posts. Read More »

Ideazon Reaper

Today, we’ll be looking at the Reaper, Ideazon’s first gaming mouse. This Reaper is an optical mouse with buttons of which five of them are programmable. It has the maximum of 1600 DPIs. In a market of crowded gaming mouse, can Ideazon bring something new and unique to the market? Join us and see what else can the Reaper do. No related posts. Read More »


The ASUS P5B-E is a very good motherboard. While not having all those extra bells and whistles you find on ASUS high-end motherboard it still manages to perform very well. No related posts. Read More »

Antec SpotCool

What is holding you back from your overclocking? Is the RAM, Chipset, or the processor running too hot? If so, you must check out our review on Antec’s SpotCool. This is a versatile cooling solution which can be mounted almost anywhere inside your PC to add cooling to the needed components. Read the review and see how it performs and our takes on this innovative cooling fan. No related posts. Read More »

Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Double Agent Review

fter waiting for a long time, reading every piece of information on the net, it is finally available to the PC gamer. The fourth game in the Splinter Cell series is in my hands and you are welcome to take a seat and hang on tight because this is going to be a hell of a ride. No related posts. Read More »

HIS X1950Pro IceQ3 Turbo

Not veryone can afford one of the latest and greats video cards. We have tested the HIS X1950 Pro to see what it can offer for the price-consious gamer. No related posts. Read More »

ASUS P5N32-SLI Premium

The ASUS P5N32-SLI Premium is a compelling and feature-rich product. As with all ASUS high-end products you get a lot for your money. No related posts. Read More »

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