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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 »

PowerColor X800 GTO 16

To make the long story short, it would’t be wise of me not to recommend this card. Everyone who is seeking a cheap upgrade yet wants decent performance should give PowerColor X800 GTO16 a considerate and detailed look. Whether you’re a gamer, enthusiast or graphics editor you should not look beyond what Tul offers with this rebranded XL video card. This board is packed with features (including dual DVI links) and great performance. At $179 USD it’s simply a steal. The only gripe I have is lack of VIVO capability — only TV out. No related posts. Read More »

Leadtek 7800 GTX MyVIVO Extreme Review

Leadtek responds to the factory-overclocked competition with a highly-cranked 7800 GTX (490MHz core and 1.25GHz memory). Additionally, Leadtek throws in a good bundle to add value to the package. Check out our review of this fast and big (thanks to the cooler) card. No related posts. Read More »

PowerColor X1800 XT

Check out our review of PowerColor’s flagship video card – the X1800 XT VIVO. With 512MB of memory and an advanced architecture, it promises great performance. See if it delivers! No related posts. Read More »

SilverStone LC16M HTPC Case Review

The SilverStone LC16M offers a lot for a HTPC case, including a VFD, IR receiver, remote control, room for six hard drives, good cooling and great style. Like any other product, it’s not perfect though. Check out our review of this HTPC case to see what we like and dislike about it. No related posts. Read More »

XFX GeForce 7800 GTX 512 XXX Edition Review

We take a look at our first retail GeForce 7800 GTX 512 card to see how fast it flies. The GTX 512 is undoubtedly the fastest performing card on the block right now, but is it worth the current asking price? Read this review of XFX’s 7800 GTX 512 XXX Edition to get a better idea. No related posts. Read More »

ATI All-In-Wonder X1800 XL

With the All-In-Wonder X1800XL ATI has created a card that sits just as confortable in a MediaPC as a gaming-PC. Support for both analogue and DVB-T channels as well as true RGBScart, DVI, VGA and Component output makes it an ideal card for anyone who wants to get the best possible image to their TV. No related posts. Read More »

Albatron 6600GT (single and SLI) Review

Once only for the hardcare gamer SLI has become much more interesting for every budget now that there is a lot of different cards supporting it. I’ve tested the Albatron PC6600GT both as a single mid-level video card but also in a SLI-configuration. No related posts. Read More »

NVIDIA GeForce 7800 GTX 512 Preview

Check out our preview of the NVIDIA GeForce 7800 GTX 512. As the name implies, this is a 512MB version of the 7800 GTX, but more than just memory was added to this card. We look at reference GTX 512s in SLI and at the XFX 7800 GTX XXX Edition. No related posts. Read More »

Thermaltake PowerStation 520W

Thermaltake 520W model is stable even when overclocking the CPU to 2.5GHz from standard 1.8GHz and accordingly adjusting voltages. The only potential problem I noted is the whole PowerStation device “thing” I have nothing against flexibility and benefits coming from innovative components such as this one, but in the long run it plays too much of a decisive factor with this product. No related posts. Read More »

XFX 7800 GT SLI Review

With its factory overclock, generous bundle and unique Double Lifetime Warranty, the XFX GeForce 7800 GT offers a lot of performance and value. Check out our review of this card by itself and paired up in SLI mode. We compare it to a Gigabyte 7800 GT and GTX and a reference 6800 GT. No related posts. Read More »

ULTRA Mini Portable Disk

With the ULTRA Mini Portable Disk, a “traveling” harddrive can be made into a reality. “Just add a drive and go!” claims ULTRA. Let’s see if that is really the case. No related posts. Read More »

Albatron nForce4 K8SLI

The Albatron K8-SLI is a cheap yet competent nForce4 SLI motherboard. If you are on a budget yet want to treat yourself with SLI support, the K8SLI is a good choice. No related posts. Read More »

OCZ 2GB Rally USB 2.0 Flash Drive Review

OCZ decided to jump in the crowded USB flash drive market. Rather than focus on a gimmicky design or extra bells and whistles, OCZ set out to become the undeniable flash drive performance leader. Check out this review to see if the Rally hits this target. No related posts. Read More »

HIS X800GT IceQ II Turbo and HIS X800GTO IceQ II Turbo

HIS is back with two new X800-series cards, the HIS X800 GT IceQII Turbo and the HIS X800GTO IceQII Turbo. These might not be super fast cards but with a low price they might still provide the best bang for the buck. We have tested both to find out. No related posts. Read More »

Thermaltake Golden Orb II CPU Cooler

If you’re in the market for a new CPU cooler that you want to be able to forget it’s doing its job because you can’t hear it, you should read this review of Thermaltake’s Golden Orb II. No related posts. Read More »

Gigabyte GeForce 7800 GT (GV-NX78T256V-B) Review

If you can’t quite justify a 7800 GTX but still have a nice budget for pixel crunching, then you really need to (and probably are) consider a 7800 GT. Check out this review of Gigabyte’s 7800 GT, which we compare to Gigabyte’s 7800 GTX and a reference 6800 GT. No related posts. Read More »

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