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VisionTek Xtasy Theater 550 Pro MCE Edition

  About 10 days ago, I was surprised when a VisionTek™ Xtasy™ Theater 550 Pro™ MCE Edition was delivered to my doorstep by the man in the brown truck. Needless to say, I was ecstatic at the opportunity to ascertain whether the purported facts I had read were simply hype or truly factual. Today, it’s my pleasure to share that investigation with you. No related posts. Read More »

Seasonic Power Angel Review

  So today we’re going to give you the scoop on what those uses are and how directly or indirectly this tool may help you not only in checking out your computer system’s power needs but also almost any electrical device you have, with certain limitations of course. 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 »

AKVIS Noise Buster Review

  AKVIS Noise Buster is a plug-in that works with the the above captioned video editors as well as many others to reputedly help reduce and smooth the ill effects that digital noise creates in your photos and other digital imagery. 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 »

XFX REVO64 NC3000 Gamer’s Edition

  I had several reviews to do before this product but found myself daily being intrigued by the X-shaped box sitting on the shelf just begging for attention. Today I finally had the opportunity to open that box and dive head first into what turned out to be a very detailed and comprehensive review of the XFX REVO64 SPU, NC3000 Gamer’s Edition. 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 »

SilverStone SST-ST56F Power Supply

  This year we’ll see power requirements increase even higher as the technology will move from currently supporting a maximum of two GPUs to four and possibly beyond. Today we are going to review the SilverStone ST56F 560 watt power supply, a member of SilverStone’s Strider Series of power supplies. No related posts. Read More »

Antec P150 Case Review

  Today we are going to take an in-depth look at Antec’s P150 Case; the newest member of its Performance One line of computer enclosures. In this review, we hopefully will answer most if not all of your questions about whether this case is right for you. No related posts. Read More »

MERC Gaming Keyboard Review

  It is indeed my pleasure to share with you today my impressions of the “new and yet to be released” ZBoard MERC Gaming Keyboard from Ideazon (ZBoard). 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 »

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 »

RAID: A Guide For All … Part 1

  Most of the newer motherboards provide one or more onboard RAID controllers capable of delivering configurations up to and including RAID 5. My goal is to give our readers from beginner to expert a guide that will benefit them. 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 »

Leadtek WinFast Novo TV

  The Leadtek WinFast NOVO TV is closely akin to it’s richer cousin the recently reviewed Walkie TV. Today we’ll find out which product is best for your needs.. No related posts. Read More »

XG Viper 2 Case Review

  Gaming and its associated accessories is a huge multi-million dollar industry. Let’s move on to the “case at hand”, the XG Products Viper 2, the second generation of their popular gaming case. 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 »

Leadtek WinFast Walkie TV Review

  Leadtek Research, Inc. well known for their line of video cards also manufactures TV capture devices. It is indeed our fortune to review their newest external capture systems, the WinFast Walkie TV. 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 »

Corsair COOL Water Cooling Kit Review

Corsair’s continuation of enigineering excellence is the COOL by Corsair. Check out our review of the next iteration of water coolers from Corsair that follows in the footsteps of the Hydrocool. No related posts. Read More »

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