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EasyATA & EasySATA

EasyIDE and EasySATA is two products that allow you to hook up either a IDE or SATA drive to the USB bus. We’ve tested them to see what kind of performance you can expect. No related posts. Read More »

Brewing With Mr. Beer®

What’s beer got to do with computers? Nothing, but it can be as fun to brew your own beer as it is to build your own PC! Read about Mr. Beer here. No related posts. Read More »

PowerColor X1800 GTO

Without a doubt, PowerColor X1800 GTO is one of the best performing cards in its class. RADEON R520 for $235 gives it a good performance / price ratio. If you’re lucky enough you might get a board with memory chips going all the way up to 675 MHz stable and artifact free (175 MHz over the limit) and if you’re very lucky you’ll be able to mod it to 16 pipelines. No related posts. Read More »

SilverStone ST60F 600W Modular PSU

The SilverStone ST60F features a 120mm quiet fan, a modular cable system and SLI certification. This 600W PSU impresses in many ways. Check out the review to see how well it performed while powering two 7900 GTXs in SLI, three hard drives and the rest of a high-end gaming rig. No related posts. Read More »

NVIDIA nForce5 chat

On the 23st of May bjorn3d.com held a chat with NVIDIA regarding their new nForce5 chipset. this article contains a cleaned up transcript from that chat. No related posts. Read More »

Sapphire X1600 PRO Crossfire

With no need for master card, this solution may be good for those seeking less expensive graphics parts and no additional bonding media such as compositing cable. I, however do not recommend the mainboard I was testing those samples on simply because it doesn’t seem ready and as for overclocking, it’s close to nonexistent. No related posts. Read More »

Thermaltake Armor Jr

Thermaltake Armor Jr offers a lot of things we’ve seen in super tower Armor model. Even more, you get lightweight and compact design with similar looks and functionality including BTX / Tt BigWater cooling compatibility No related posts. Read More »

HIS X1600 Pro IceQ Turbo (single and Crossfire)

In this review we have taken a look at a card for people who don’t have a lot of money to spend on their video cards but still want to be able to get decent performance in games. The card in question is the HIS X1600 Pro IceQ Turbo with 128 MB DDR3 memory. With a low price, decent performance, low noiselevel and the ability to use it in Crossfire mode without any extra Master card on paper it sounds like an good product. No related posts. Read More »

Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved

Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved is one of those games you cannot stop playing. Offering a true arcade experience with cool graphics and Live support this is one game any Xbox 360 owner shouldn’t miss. No related posts. Read More »

Creative Zen Vision:M

With the Zen Vision:M Creative is aiming directly at the latest video playing iPOD and this time they have created a MP3-player that doesn’t have to be ashamed for its looks when compared to the iPOD. Could this be the MP3-player that finally will break the iPOD-dominance in the MP3-player market? No related posts. Read More »

Mixed Vendor 7900 GTX SLI

Ever wonder if you really can mix NVIDIA GeForce video cards from different manufacturers in SLI? In this article, we show you that you can and show the performance of a Leadtek 7900 GTX combined with an XFX 7900 GTX. No related posts. Read More »

4GB Apple iPod nano Review

Check out our review of the white 4GB Apple iPod nano. The nano is a small and sleek flash-based digital audio player. We haven’t reviewed an iPod here before, but now we know why they are so popular… No related posts. Read More »

PowerColor X1600 PRO AGP 512MB

PowerColor X1600 PRO AGP model with 512 MB framebuffer it’s not up to X1600 XT toes, but it’s not weak either. It’s a good solution if you don’t want X1300 and want to go with something stronger. Performance wise it does its job, but I’m afraid more memory won’t necessarily help in most applications. No related posts. Read More »

Building a Silent Media PC

Media PC’s are no longer just for the geeks. Over the last few years, they have become more useful and simple to use for the common man. While you can buy ready-made Media PC’s from most companies, they usually are very expensive and not necessarily using the best components. I’ve spent some time to try to build both a silent and easy-to-use Media PC, and this article will hopefully give you some ideas on what to use in your own Media PC, especially if you want it to be silent. No related posts. Read More »

Thermaltake Armor VA8000BWS Case Review

This has to be one of the best cases I have played around with and actually used. Your PC components are kept cool with four large fans. On the other side, the fans are not loud at all; the smaller ones are controlled so you can either crank them up or lower them to a point where they are pretty much silent. No related posts. Read More »

HIS X1900 XTX and HIS X1900 Crossfire Edition

Earlier this year ATI released the X1900XT and X1900XTX GPU’s. With 48 rendering pipelines compared to the 24 in the GeForce 7800GTX and the 16 in the X1800XT these GPU’s were more than just a spring refresh of the X1800. Today we are looking at the HIS X1900 Crossfire Edition Master Card and the HIS X1900XTX and test them both separately and in Crossfire-mode. No related posts. Read More »

G.Skill F1-4000BIU2-2GBHV DDR500

The G.Skill F1-4000BIU2-2GBHV is aimed at enthusiasts and gamers. It’s a great memory for ~270 green. It can run at tight CL2 timings and looser timings at CL2.5 and CL3 without having to raise the VDIMM (2.6V default). This is great especially for those who cannot change the voltages. The G.Skill kit can do from 200 to around 255 MHz stable at various timings. No related posts. Read More »

Leadtek WinFast 7900 GTX Extreme Review

NVIDIA’s latest flagship video card was introduced in early March. In this review, we take a look at one of Leadtek’s representatives for this new card – the PX7900 GTX TDH Extreme. How will this factory overclocked card compare to previously tested cards? Read the review to find out! No related posts. Read More »

Seagate 500GB 7200.9 HD Review

If you have thousands of photos, videos and MP3s, then you need a lot of storage. If you also game, you have probably found yourself running out of space on your hard drive. No worries… Seagate has a solution for you – the 500GB Barracuda 7200.9 SATA 3Gb/s hard drive! Check out our review of this storage monster! No related posts. Read More »

ATI Radeon X1800 GTO

Today ATi has announced their latest card, the X1800GTO. With a RRP of only $249 the X1800GTO is a card that should interest many users who cannot afford the more expensive X1800XL, X1800XT or X1900XTX, especially since the performance is impressive for its low price. No related posts. Read More »

XFX GeForce 7900 GTX XXX, 7900 GT XXX and 7600 GT XXX

Today is the day that NVIDIA finally fills the midrange gap in its GeForce 7 Series family of video cards. Additionally, a couple of new enthusiast level cards hit the market. We benchmark the XFX 7900 GTX XXX, 7900 GT XXX and 7600 GT XXX to see just how well NVIDIA’s new family members perform. No related posts. Read More »

NVIDIA Chipset Chat

nForce 500 features: Support for SLI and QuadSLI, NVIDIA MediaShield with support for dual RAID 5, High Definition Audio, support for up to 10 USB and 6 SATA 3GB/sec hard drives, support the new AMD AM2 processors. No related posts. Read More »

PowerColor X1300 HyperMemory™ 2

This product is intended for folks with less gaming on their minds. Don’t get me wrong, it’s great for SFF systems, multimedia platforms and some light gaming. You can still play any recent game with low details and get respectable frame rates, but that’s about it. To my understanding, the 64-bit memory architecture was used to diversify different X1300 SKUs. If you feel you need more juice, get the 128-bit version instead. It will cost you no extra buck as both products have been positioned at the same price point. After all you can’t expect revolutionary gaming experience for $79 green right? No related posts. Read More »

Thermaltake ToughPower 550W

If you’re in the market for stable rails, ATX compliancy, SLI/CrossFire/dual-core support and a nice clean design, then Thermaltake’s ToughPower 520W power supply is right for you. The MSRP for this unit is set at $129.99, so that’s not a bad deal considering the price for PurePower models (with panel) range from $140 to $160 green. ToughPower will be available worldwide in mid-March No related posts. Read More »

Silverstone LC17 HTPC Case Review

Home theater PCs seem to be popping up everywhere these days. With features much more rich than your standard Tivo, it’s no wonder they are rapidly being installed in homes. But all of that hardware is no good if the case doesn’t fit in with the rest of your entertainment system. That’s where the Silverstone LC17 comes into play. No related posts. Read More »

X-Arcade Trackball Arcade Mouse Review

Every hardcore gamer, especially those who like retro games, should check out this review of X-Arcade’s Trackball controller. Say hello to real arcade gaming in your living room or wherever you may lay this 15-pound beast! No related posts. Read More »

Gigabyte GA-K8N51PVMT-9 nForce 430 Motherboard Review

In this review, we look at the GA-K8N51PVMT-9, Gigabyte’s latest entry into the all-in-one motherboard market, ideal for business PCs and media center devices. The board features the nForce 430 chipset and the GeForce 6150 graphics processor. No related posts. Read More »

Gigabyte Radeon X1800 XL (GV-RX18L256V-B) Review

The Gigabyte X1800 XL is a great card for ATI fanatics who can’t quite afford the highest of the high-end cards. It includes a very generous bundle and offers very solid performance. Check out our review of this card to see how it compares to a GeForce 7800 GT. No related posts. Read More »

PowerColor X1900 XT — 48 Horsemen

The increase in Arithmetic Logic Units to Texture Units (3:1 from 1:1) is a step in a right direction where more recent shaders tend to carry heavier proportion of arithmetic instructions (example, F.E.A.R). Next generation game titles will most likely go even further and use additional math operations on the data. With 48 pixel shader processors new fetch4 texture lookup and parallax occlusion mapping ATI seems to be set for the near future — unless NVIDIA decides to walk ATI’s path (it’s very likely it will) or even surpass its ALU:Tex ratio. There is the other side of the coin however. Many will consider 16 Texture Units to be a limiting factor for R580. That’s logically correct, but with newer applications it’s the GPU with less ALUs that’s going to be a bottleneck No related posts. Read More »

PC Power & Cooling 1KW PSU Review

Have two video cards, two optical drives, three hard drives and a plethora of other components in your PC? If so, you might wonder if your PSU is struggling. Well, there’s certainly no struggling for PC Power & Cooling’s Turbo-Cooling 1KW. Check out our review of this powerful beast! No related posts. Read More »

The Radeon X1900

The high-end video card war continues with ATI’s latest GPU X1900 (R580). Sporting 3 times the pixel shader processors over the X1800XT and twice as many as the GeForce 7800GTX ATI has release a real power-horse. Even more important is the fact that the cards already are in stock in some online-stores which means it isn’t a paper-launch. No related posts. Read More »

HIS X1600XT IceQ Turbo DL-DVI, DVI 256MB

When the X1600XT was announced there were some concerns that it wasn’t priced correctly when you compared it to similar NVIDIA cards. ATI responded by lowering the price and today the X1600XT is a chipset that offers a lot of features and performance for its price. Today we test the HIS – Radeon X1600 XT ICEQ ITURBO, a overclocked X1600XT with a nice cooler that makes a difference. No related posts. Read More »

Gigabyte GA-8I955X Royal Motherboard Review

Check out our review of the Gigabyte GA-8I955X Royal to see if it deserves to be called “royal” or not. This high-end 955X motherboard boasts a lot of great features and an extensive bundle, but the layout isn’t perfect. Read the review to find out the details. No related posts. Read More »

AMD Athlon 64 FX-60: Dual-Core FX Has Arrived

Today, AMD is releasing its latest FX based CPU, the FX-60. First off, you may say, “What happened to the odd number scheme FX-51, FX-53, FX-55 and FX-57?” Well, this new CPU starts off 2006 in the AMD world of Dual-Core Performance CPU. At this time, we see that these dual-core CPUs will end with an even number scheme. No related posts. Read More »

PowerColor X1600 XT & X1300

While I can easily say both X1600 XT and X1300 from PowerColor are good products, I’m a bit famished. The performance of X1600 XT could be better yet I understand this might come in time with the new drivers. This X1600 as well as X1300 have it all; Avivo/HDTV along with H.264 decoding and transcoding, new Ultra-Threaded Shader Engine, Ring Bus memory controller (XT only) and most importantly Shader Model 3.0 support. RADEON X1600 doesn’t stay way behind the pack. As far as I’m concerned it’s performing properly for $200 bucks, but lacks that true 256-bit bus. The next gem, PowerColor X1300 is aimed at consumers with less money on hand or simply those who need advanced DirectX 9 support at a reasonable price / performance ratio. No related posts. Read More »

Sansun Thermal Monster Fan Controller Review

With more and more fans in your computer the noiselevel is bound to go up. A fan controller can be the solution for keeping your computer coll while as far as possible keeping the noise down. We’ve tested Sansuns’s Thermal Monster to see if it will do the trick. No related posts. Read More »

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