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Palit GTS 450 Sonic Platinum

The Palit GTS 450 is one of the fastest factory overclocked GTS 450′s available, with great performance and an excellent noise level that is sure to please HTPC users. No related posts. Read More »

AMD Phenom II X6 1075T

AMD fills the gap of their six-core Phenom processor with the release of the X6 1075T at $245. A relatively cheap six-core processor that offers consumers who need the processing bandwidth and multi-tasking capability. Let’s find out how it stands against other processors. No related posts. Read More »

QNAP TS-259 Pro

The QNAP TS-259 Pro is one of the best NAS we have tested, due to its use of the Intel Atom processor. The low power consumption, great features, and excellent performance make this one of the best 2-bay NAS units on the market. No related posts. Read More »

Lian Li PC-Q06 Testbench

Lian Li PC-Q06 is probably one of the best looking test bench that I have seen. Its small footprint takes very minimal space but can it compete against the large test bench? Let’s find it out. No related posts. Read More »

Gigabyte HD 5770 Super Overclock (GV-R577SO-1GD)

Gigabyte HD 5770 Super Overclock features a large heatsink over the GPU to keep the card running cool while it is factory overclocked to 900 MHz (vs 850 MHz). While $179 price tag is a bit higher than other HD 5770, it may worth your consideration when shopping for a factory overclocked mainstream card. No related posts. Read More »

Sapphire Radeon HD 5550 Ultimate

The Sapphire HD 5550 Ultimate may just be the best HTPC cards available with a massive heatpipe that keeps the card cool at absolute silence. The included DVI, D-sub, and HDMI will come in handy when hook it to your HDTV. No related posts. Read More »

Asus Matrix 5870 Platinum (MATRIX 5870 P/2DIS/2GD5)

Asus HD 5870 Matrix Platinum comes at 900MHz overclocking of the GPU core, 2GB GDDR5 memory and plenty of features that hardcore overclockers are looking for in a video card. Does the 2GB memory matters or the GPU speed matters, let’s find out. No related posts. Read More »

Eagle Tech Arion ET-AR506-BK

Eagle Tech Arion ET-AR506-BK has an elegant looks and good specification for a stereo speaker. But how well does it sound in the real-world testing? Let’s find out. No related posts. Read More »

OCZ Solid 2

We compare the latest budget SSD from OCZ, the Solid 2, that is based on the Indilinx Barefoot controller to the mechanical hard drives in RAID configuration. Let’s find out if it is time to dump that big and heavy 3.5” hard drives for a smaller and faster SSD. No related posts. Read More »

HornetTek Phantom: 2.5” Multimedia Player

HornetTek Phantom is a network media player that let you plaback your digital contents to your TV up to 1080p. A wide range of video, music, and image formats are supported with the ability to seemingless integraetd into your network via wired or wireless connection. No related posts. Read More »

QNAP TS-439 Pro

QNAP TS-439 Pro is a 4-bay NAS that is designed with a plenty of features yet it does not cost you an arm and leg. We compare it against the more expensive TS-809 Pro to see how much performance difference between the two units. No related posts. Read More »

Gigabyte KM7580: Keyboard and Mouse Combo

Gigabyte KM7580 is a compact multi-media keyboard and mouse. Its compact size is an ideal device for those who need to carry a keyboard and mouse around. How well does it perform? Let’s find out. No related posts. Read More »

nitroX X835 and X735 Bluetooth Headset

nitroX has introduced X835, bluetooth headset, and X735, stereo bluetooh headset/headphone, for people who simply hate wires. Let’s find out how well do these bluetooth devices perform in our tests. No related posts. Read More »

Noctua NH-D14

Noctua NH-D14 is the biggest air-cooling heatsink with its dual cooling fins and two fans (120mm and 140mm). How it stands against the Prolimatech’s Megahalem? Let’s find it out. No related posts. Read More »

MSI N240GT-MD512 OC/D5

MSI N240GT-MD512 OC/D5 is based on the NVIDIA GT 240 that paired with GDDR5 and offers native 7.1 audio support through HDMI and DirectX 10.1 support. All these new features are much welcomed for HTPC which makes this an idea card for such task. How about its performance? Let’s find it out. No related posts. Read More »

QNAP TS-809 Pro

QNAP TS-809 Pro is a NAS packed with features. It is bundled with 2.8 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 2 GB DDR2, Dual Gigabit LAN, and five USB 2.0 ports. Up to eight hard drives can be used for RAID 0/1/5/6/5+spare, and JBOD. It offers excellent performance at fraction of power consumption. No related posts. Read More »

ABS SL Series 1050 Power Supply

ABS SL 1050 is packed with single +12V rail with 87A for a continuous 1040W of power. As a modular power supply it has plenty of connectors for your tri-SLI setup. No related posts. Read More »

Gigabyte MA785GMT-UD2H

Gigabyte MA785GMT-UD2H is one of the best HTPC motherboard available with its better than normal onboard audio and the very powerful 785G chipset. We put it against the MSI board with the SidePort to see the performance difference between the two boards. No related posts. Read More »

Gigabyte GV-N26SO-896I

Gigabyte’s latest SuperOverclock series graphic cards features cherry picked GPUs with 2oz copper, low RDS MOSFET, ferrite chokes, and solid capacitors. As a result, we get a highly overclocked with lower power consumption and cooler operation temperature. Let’s check it out as we puts the GV-N26SO-860i from Gigabyte to the test. No related posts. Read More »

ABS Canyon 595

ABS Canyon 595 is a unique case where the external drive bay has been redesigned to face toward the side of the case. It has an elegant exterior, is light-weight, and made with all aluminum. Read more and see if this case can be the ideal case for you? No related posts. Read More »

MSI 785GM-E65

The MSI 785GM-E65 is a micro ATX board packed with features built with the updated AMD 785G chipset with 128MB SidePort memory. It may just be the best choice for HTPC board we have tested so far. How does it fares against the competitor? Check our review as we put it against the NVIDIA GeForce 8200. No related posts. Read More »

Gigabyte EX58-Extreme

We compare Gigabyte’s EX58-Extreme against the UD4P to see if the extra $70 is worth your money. Check it out before you go out and buy the board so you would not spend your hard earned money on something that you may not need. No related posts. Read More »

Rosewill RM-8500

Need a portable mouse? Check out the Rosewill’s latest RM-8500 as it is designed for those who game on the road. It is packed with five buttons and has the ability to switch between 800 and 1600 DPI settings all at the cost of $40.00 MSRP. Is it worth sheading your hard earn money? Find out. No related posts. Read More »

Synology DS209, Budget Alternative to DS209+

Synology has recently launched a budget version of their flagship DiskStation DS209+ at whopping $200 cheaper in the price. Today, we are going to put it against its older brother and see how much performance hit would you expect by saving $200. No related posts. Read More »

Leadtek Winfast PxVC1100

If you have the need to transcode a large volume of high definition contents, you must check out the Leadtek’s Winfast PxVC1100. It uses Toshiba’s SpursEngine to assist high definition transcoding and also enhances the video images. We put it against a Core 2 Quad processor running at 3.0GHz and NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 280 with Badaboom. Who comes to the top in terms of transcoding speed and image quality? Check it out. No related posts. Read More »

HornetTek Rhino 2.5” SATA to USB Enclosure

We were quite impressed by the HornetTek’s 3.5” SATA to eSATA enclosure that we have reviewed in the past. Today we will look at their 2.5” SATA to USB enclosure. Can this unit impress us as it has in the past? Let’s find out. No related posts. Read More »

HornetTek Hover: External Enclosure Designed by DEM

HornetTek has designed a cool looking external enclosure that contains both style and functionality. The Hover is a 3.5” external enclosure with USB and eSATA ports. Check it out. It maybe the best looking external enclosure you can find on the market today. No related posts. Read More »

Foxconn 9500GT-256FR3

  We are going to take a look at the NVIDIA’s latest budget graphic card, GeForce 9500 GT. This card has the same specification as the older GeForce 8600 GT and it aims to replace the 8500/8600 cards. We are going to put it against the GeForce 8600 GTS and look at the performance difference. The result is somewhat surprise to us. Check it out. No related posts. Read More »

AMD Phenom X3 8750: Entering the Triple-Core Era

Thinking that having more cores would better? That is exactly what AMD is thinking. Today, AMD is once again being the first one on the market releasing the triple-core processor with their Phenom X3 8750. Does this processor can deliver a better performance than the dual-core processors, how does it compares to the quad core processors? Read our review and find out…. No related posts. Read More »

Rosewill RX81-MP-SC-SLV

Need an external storage that includes all the ports that you ever need and more? If so, check out our review of the Rosewill RX81-MP-SC-SLV. This 3.5” SATA external enclosure comes with USB, FireWire 400, FireWire 800, and eSATA ports for all of your needs. Join us as we put it through the tests and see if this enclosure would be your ideal external storage option. No related posts. Read More »

Gigabyte GA-EX38-DS4

Putting the power of the X38 chipset from Intel and the engineer design of Gigabyte and you will get the latest GA-EX38-DS4 motherboard from Gigabyte. Not only this board has the power, feature, and ability to overclock, it also has the ability to save energy with the new technology from Gigabyte’s own Dynamic Energy Saver. Check out our review as we put this board against it’s younger brother, GA-P35-DS4, and the older non-DES GA-X38-DS4. Let’s see if the DES board is able to perform well while saving your electic bill. No related posts. Read More »

QNAP TS-109 Pro

NAS (network attached storage) is no longer reserved for small business users due to the drop in the price. In addition, many newer NAS has incorporate many features such as the ability to share multimedia files and download files withtout a computer in addition to the ability to store and share files. These all make NAS a great addition to many home network setup. Today, we will be looking at probably one of the most feature-rich NAS on the market–the QNAP TS109 Pro. Join us, as we take a look at this product and put it through our tests. No related posts. Read More »

QNAP TS-101: a 9-in-1 NAS Server Station

QNAP TS-101 is an NAS enclosure which takes SATA hard drives. It supports both SATA 1 and SATA II. It functions as an 9-in-1 NAS Server Turbo Station as it does not only supports NAS, it also comes with a slew of other features and applications. If you need a simple server in your house or you business but does not want the hassle of setting up a full server backbone, then join us as we take a detailed closer look at what QNAP’s TS-101 has to offer and see if this NAS can get the job done. No related posts. Read More »

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