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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 »

Antec P180B Performance One ATX Case

  For system builders who cater to the demanding consumer, or the do-it-yourself gamer and enthusiast, the computer case has become a means to extend your personal tastes into a unique appearance. Since modifying a computer case is an extreme endeavor for only the most patient craftsman, the next best solution is to purchase from myriad of styles, sizes, and purpose-driven cases available on the market. 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 »

XFX 8800 GTX XXX

  From our rather extensive experience doing XFX® product reviews we’ve seen this corporate philosophy transcend from merely words into a series of excellent, highly polished digital wonders that go a step beyond in not only performance but quality as well. We are highly anticipative that our review sample, the XFX®GeForce™ 8800 GTX XXX will continue to follow this same tradition. 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 »

OCZ in a FLASH

  We thought it would be fun to test and detail the similarities and differences of several products that fit in this genre of “flash drive” in one single review. Please join us as we explore the performance, intricacies, and issues with the: OCZ Rally2 2GB USB 2.0 Dual Channel Flash Memory Drive, OCZ Roadster 1 GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive, and the OCZ 2GB 80X Secure Digital Dual Memory Card. No related posts. Read More »

VIZO Igloo Self-contained Water Cooling Heatsink

  VIZO Technology Corp has created a product which many would consider past-due: a self-contained liquid cooled CPU heatsink and fan. That’s right, an all-in-one CPU cooler which has an integrated water-cooling pump, resoivoir, and fan, and manages to consume no more space then most aftermarket coolers. 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 »

ETASIS ET850, 850 Watt Power Supply

  I received the ETASIS ET850 850 Watt power supply a few days before Christmas and immediately began to wonder if part 2 of my daydream; “meets the needs of the needs of the greater majority of my readers at a price that everyone could afford”, would be affirmed. Please join me as we explore this product in great detail and see if this entire scenario is surreal, or if perhaps sometimes dreams really do come true. No related posts. Read More »

Mushkin XP2-8500 DDR2

  Today that may all change and I may be procuring this reference sample as my new reference memory to use as I will be reviewing the Redline XP2-8000′s big brother, XP2-8500. This time we’ll testing the memory’s performance with an Intel Core 2 Duo based system whose components are tried and true and should easily be able to push the XP2-8500 to its potential and beyond. Please join me to see if we have another winner on or hands or just another contender. 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 »

FOXCONN 7950GT

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 »

Mushkin HP-580AP Modular 580W Power Supply

  The next generation of power supplies has arrived with Mushkin’s Enhanced series featuring RailFusion. The four 12V rails allow the PSU to distribute power more evenly, resulting in a more stable system. Available with 580 Watts, your power needs are met for even the most cutting edge components. Mushkins HP-580AP is designed to handle dual processors, dual graphics cards, and just about anything else you can throw at it – perfectly. Additionally, Mushkin’s “Enhanced Thermal & Acoustic Design” will automatically vary the PSU fan speed depending on the system load and temperature, allowing for the most stable and quiet computing environment no matter what programs are running. 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 »

VIZO Uranus & Saturno eSATA HDD Enclosures

  We are in the age of mobile data and removable media. You can see it all around us. Most industry professionals keep a portable computing device in close company, and nearly everyone carries a USB flash drive on them. Cell phones double as MP3 players, and MP3 players double as personal video devices. It seems progressive then that external hard disks are quickly becoming something more of a personal carry item as their size grows smaller. Conversely, some stylish trends have managed to give a new look to the old ideas. So whether you are a mobile power user with compact storage needs, or discerning office user who enjoys a stylish environment, VIZO offers products to satisfy both needs. 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 »

Sytrin KuFormula SHF1 Hard Drive Cooler

  Even with the best cooling available for your CPU, motherboard, and video card, there are still components which may suffer from thermal breakdown. Despite advances in design and architecture of computer cases, the hard disk drive still manages to show a weakness in passive cooling. This is why supplemental cooling solutions will prove invaluable to preserving performance and stability. Sytrin offers a solution that is just what high-performance hard drives need to sustain high output and maintain stability. 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 »

Sans Digital MS2UT eSATA RAID Enclosure

  The MobileSTOR Series MS2UT is a 2bay external RAID solution designed for video editing and data storage. With simplicity and flexibly in mind, the MS2UT is equipped with 2 Hot-Swappable 3.5” lockable drive trays and both USB 2.0 and eSATA host interfaces. Utilizing cutting edge Serial-ATA HDD technology, the MS2UT is guaranteed to provide unparallel performance to meet most data intensive demands. Supporting RAID 0 or RAID 1, enclosed in stylish aluminum housing, the MS2UT will allow you to easily choose between ultimate performance and high redundancy. 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 »

QNAP Turbo Station TS-201 NAS Server

  QNAP Systems, Inc. has developed a very diverse line of products which accommodate all NAS needs. Bjorn3d.com has recently released a great review of the single drive NAS solution dubbed the TS-101 from QNAP’s Turbo Station line of products. In this review I will dissect the larger and more diverse TS-201. Among the major benefits found in the QNAP Turbo Station TS-201 is that it functions nearly the same as a network file server with RAID-1, JBOD, and RAID-0 available, but without the associated costs. No related posts. Read More »

ASUS P5B-E

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 »

VIZO Voyager Hard Drive Cooler

  It is an understatement that performance computer hardware gets a little warm. Even with the best cooling on your CPU, motherboard, and video card, there are still components which may suffer from thermal breakdown. Despite advances in design and architecture of computer cases, the hard disk drive still manages to show a weakness in passive cooling. This is why supplimental cooling solutions will prove invaluable to preserving performance and stability. The VIZO Voyager is a just what high-performance hard drives need to sustain high output and maintain stability. No related posts. Read More »

ATI Radeon X1950XTX CrossFire

  Please join me at Bjorn3D’s Southeastern US test facility (my computer room) where we’ll take the ATI® X1950XTX CrossFire™ edition to its limits. It is our plan to test this card in comparison with the two fastest single GPU graphics cards currently on the market. Is it a fair test pitting a dual GPU graphics solution against ones with effectively only half the processing power? We’ll soon see! 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 »

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 »

Lian Li PC-B20A All-Aluminum ATX Case

  Well known to computer enthusiasts and gamers alike, Lian Li has built a name based on performance and quality above everything else. Every single product released by Lian Li has had meticulous attention paid to details which the competition usually ignores. Clearly, there is no equal to Lian Li, especially in terms of construction and craftsmanship, but even the closest competitors have learned not to try and one-up Lian Li at their own game. In this review, the Lian Li PC-B20A (A for Aluminum Finish) mid-tower ATX computer case is up for close inspection. Labeled as part of the Classical Silent family from Lian Li, you will soon see if this should deserve to be your next investment. No related posts. Read More »

ASUS P5W64WS Professional Motherboard

  The story doesn’t exactly end here, about ten days ago I received a call from Scott, one of my bosses at Bjorn3D, asking if I wanted to review the P5W64 WS Professional. Guess what I said? So here we are today ready to put this baby through its paces. Oh! I guess you can readily understand which motherboard I’ll be comparing the P5W64 WS Professional to in the testing phase of this review. Did I make the right purchase decision? We’ll soon see! No related posts. Read More »

EDOVA Innovations X-Pad Laptop Platform

  The Xpad’s innovative design shields user from laptop heat while improving laptop cooling without noisy fans or awkward straps. Its clever ABS composite structure design allows it to have a thin profile while providing an amazing structural stiffness. The Xpad is sized optimally to accommodate most laptop sizes while maintaining its portability, and yet it is large enough to sit comfortabily on most users. In addition, the Xpad provides a stable laptop pad by smartly employing non-slip interfaces to comfortably secure the laptop on the user’s lap and prevent it from slipping & sliding – a feature the laptop user will greatly appreciate after discovering the Xpad. No related posts. Read More »

Company of Heroes

That game, ladies and gents, is called Company of Heroes. When it comes to strategy, Relic knows what it’s doing … Relic’s new strategy title is indeed the best RTS for 2006 in so many aspects. If you consider yourselves RTS gamers, you must battle your way to the nearest store and purchase your copy ASAP! This game’s atmosphere, beauty and realism is quite hard to describe in text … But you know what? I am going to try anyway! No related posts. Read More »

VIZO pargon & LUXON Drive Enclosures

  We are in the age of mobile data and removable media. You can see it all around us. Most industry professionals keep a portable computing device in close company, and nearly everyone carries a USB flash drive on them. Cell phones double as MP3 players, and MP3 players double as personal video devices. It seems progressive then that external hard disks are quickly becoming something more of a personal carry item as their size grows smaller. Conversely, some stylish trends have managed to give a new look to the old ideas. So whether you are a mobile power user with compact storage needs, or discerning office user who enjoys a stylish environment, VIZO offers products to satisfy both needs. No related posts. Read More »

Revoltec Gamepad Precision Pro

The Gamepad Precision Pro is a mouse pad aimed at the gamers. It has two different surfaces which are supposed to cater both those gamers who need fast movement (“low sense gamers”) and those who need high precision (“high sense gamers”). No related posts. Read More »

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