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AMD Launches Z-60 APU (Hondo) for Windows 8 Tablets

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AMD brings Z-60 APU for Windows 8 tablets with promise for better HD Media playback, enhanced gaming, and performance accelerated Apps. The APU promises to bring up to 10 hours of battery life, native USB 3.0 and  SATA 6 Gbps support. No related posts. Read More »

Kingston HyperX Predator 2666MHz 8GB Memory

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  Kingston has been in the memory business for as long as we can remember. Today we have the newest in the Kingston HyperX Extreme performance line with the HyperX Predator memory. New heatspreader and extraordinarily high speeds make this kit an enthusiast’s dream. Now let’s take a look further and see if dreams meet reality. No related posts. Read More »

Patriot “Intel Extreme Masters” Edition 2133MHz 8GB Review

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  Nowadays, memory tends to be more of a battle over who can bin the tightest, as all IC’s shipping for the most part are pretty much the same. In the memory market it all comes down to how you can differentiate yourself from the same old stuff that we may see every day. Patriot has the new Viper 3 series which is what this kit is part of, and carrying the “Intel Extreme Masters” means it went through extensive testing to prove utmost compatibility with new DDR3 motherboards and XMP easy tuning. No related posts. Read More »

AMD “Virgo” Platform: 2nd Generation APU

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If you read our AMD Trinity Preview, you’ve already seen the integrated GPU performance in the new A-Series APU from AMD. Today, we take a look at the CPU side of the APU. In addition, we are able to see just how the new chip will perform at various applications and workloads, including media transcoding, data encryption, and  OpenCL.    No related posts. Read More »

Sapphire Flex HD 7770 GHz Edition

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The SAPPHIRE Flex HD 7770 GHz Edition is the latest entry into the Sapphire’s Flex line up, bringing the ability to run multiple monitors without the need for an expensive cable or adapter. By combining the power of the HD 7770 and the flexibility of mixing wide range of displays, the Sapphire’s Flex HD 7770 GHz Edition may just be the card that for you if you are looking for a midrange card with multiple monitor support. No related posts. Read More »

AMD Trinity: An iGPU Performance Preview

Finally, the desktop Trinity is almost here. We got a preview of the integrated GPU gaming performance of the A10-5800K and A8-5600K APU. More detail on the CPU performance and full detail of the platform, architecture, overclocking, and benchmarks coming real soon, so stay tuned! No related posts. Read More »

ASUS GTX 560 Ti 2GB DirectCUII

  ASUS has passed us yet another card from their DirectCU II lineup with the GTX 560 Ti 2GB TOP edition. This is a bit of an older model but it is a refresh of the 560 with the addition of double the frambuffer and a higher clockspeed. Lets take a look at what it had to offer and what you can expect from this value oriented addition to the ASUS family. No related posts. Read More »

MSI HD7850 Power Edition Video Card

  Just after thinking we might have seen the most well-rounded AMD graphics card from our vendors, we came to check out the MSI R7850 Power Edition 2GB factory overclocked graphics card. This card has completely blown us away with its quiet operation, low temperatures, and great performance for its class. Read on to find out how MSI achieved all of this! No related posts. Read More »

Zotac GTX680 AMP Edition Graphics Card

ZOTAC AMP edition is something that just recently with the 660 Ti we found to be a seriously ferocious competitor. AMP edition cards are built for all out speed and coming with highly capable performance oriented coolers we expect great things from them. Today looking at the 680 AMP edition we expect no different. No related posts. Read More »

EVGA GeForce GTX 660 SC (SuperClocked) 2GB Video Card Review

Nvidia’s latest mid-range budget Kepler video card might be a new great opportunity for gamers running older DX10 based cards to upgrade to a very reasonably priced DX11 GPU. EVGA’s latest GeForce GTX 660 SC video card comes factory overclocked with even more performance down its sleeves, while also maintaining a very low TDP. Check out what the new Nvidia GeForce GTX 660 can do compared to its red competition. No related posts. Read More »

Arctic Accelero Hybrid Graphics Card Cooler

There is an abundance of cooling out on the market today, much of it for graphics cards. With the Accelero Hybrid, Arctic has combined the best of both worlds, combining liquid cooling and air cooling into one solid product. The Accelero Hybrid talks the talk. Let’s see if it can walk the walk. No related posts. Read More »

GIGABYTE Z77X-UP5 TH

    GIGABYTE was not long behind the release of Intel’s Thunderbolt, and quickly instituted the new technology on desktop boards. One of their first entries in the Z77 line with included Thunderbolt is the Z77X-UP5 TH. So far, it looks like a great product with dual-Thunderbolt, allowing for up to 12 devices. Let’s see if the board can perform as well as its specs say. No related posts. Read More »

Gigabyte Aivia Krypton Mouse and Mouse Pad

Gigabyte’s Aivia Krypton line includes a gaming mouse and a mouse pad. The Aivia Krypton is one of the few gaming mice designed to support both left and right hand. In addition, the mouse features tons of customization such as Macro, button assignment, weight distribution, and even the feet. We got both the mouse and the pad here so let’s find out more about them. No related posts. Read More »

Mushkin Catalyst Cache 50GB SSD

By now we’re all familiar with the principle of caching SSD’s: an SSD coupled to a hard drive, yielding the speed of the SSD and the capacity of the hard drive. Today, however, we’re seeing a cache SSD from a smaller player in the SSD scene: Mushkin. Let’s take a look at the Mushkin Catalyst Cache SSD. No related posts. Read More »

Arctic MC101: A Trinity Powered HTPC

  Arctic’s latest home entertainment system user an AMD A10-4600M APU, bringing a powerful combination of CPU and GPU in a tiny little box. Packed with WiFi, TV Tuner, 8GB RAM, and 1TB of storage, the MC101 brings us plenty of power for our media needs and is also able to deliver decent gaming performance. No related posts. Read More »

ZOTAC GeForce GTX 660 Ti AMP Edition

  ZOTAC always has a unique way of approaching the market, whether it be via unique color profiles or just the simply outlandish cooler designs on the AMP series of cards. Today we take a look at their newly released GTX 660 Ti offering from the AMP Edition lineup and see how it stacks up to what the big boys has to offer. No related posts. Read More »

ASUS GeForce GTX 660 Ti DirectCU II TOP Edition

    ASUS has been on a consistent roll recently with every Nvidia 6 series release and it is continuing with the 660 Ti as they drop in again and dressed to impress in full DirectCU II garb and bearing the TOP Edition muscle. Does it have what it needs to top the charts? No related posts. Read More »

MSI GTX 660 Ti Power Edition

MSI pushes ahead with its newest addition built upon the recently released 660 Ti chipset and its Twin Frozr IV cooler design to make one awesome card that could possibly top them all. Let’s take a look and see if it has what it takes. No related posts. Read More »

GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 660 Ti Windforce OC

GIGABYTE has made a name for themselves with very overclockable motherboards and their extremely highly clockable “Super overclock” graphics card offerings. Coming from this same brand, we have their overclock offering for the GTX 660 Ti. No related posts. Read More »

ZOTAC GT 640 Zone Edition

  ZOTAC has made a name for themselves in the SFF community with many of the Zbox systems and SFF boards. ZOTAC also makes GeForce graphics cards which are quite well featured and targeted at specific user demographics. Today we have the Zone Edition which is designed for the HTPC user who wants a silent system. No related posts. Read More »

ASUS P8Z77 WS

  ASUS has hit the Z77 playing field with amazing force and their P8Z77 WS looks to be an utterly amazing and very capable offering.  4 Way SLI server grade stability and features add up to one hell of an amazing looking board on paper. Can it perform as well as its specs claim? No related posts. Read More »

MSI R7870 HAWK Edition

  MSI always has made products built around stability and performance. The card we’re looking at today is no different, offering Military Class components and special designs tailored to those who love a good performing card with headroom to push it when needed. No related posts. Read More »

ASUS GeForce GTX 670 DirectCU II TOP

    ASUS continues its premier GPU offerings of the Nvidia lineup with the GeForce GTX 670 DirectCU II TOP edition.  This is no joke as we just finished testing the 680 version of this card and the performance was downright exceptional.  The 670 is the 680’s not-so-little brother so lets take a look at how this card matches up. No related posts. Read More »

Gigabyte Aivia Xenon

Bringing the functionality of a touchpad to the traditional mouse, the GIGABYTE Aivia Xenon is one of the more unique mouse we have seen lately. With PC moving toward more touch based interface, would this dual mode mouse be the tool that you need for the upcoming Windows 8? Let’s find out. No related posts. Read More »

G.SKILL TridentX 2400 MHz F3-2400C10D-8GTX

Today we take a look at an 8GB high performance memory offering from G.SKILL. These modules are designed with a super fast speed of 2400MHz in dual channel mode with the new extreme hybrid heatspreader design.  These are G.SKILL’s newest line of extreme performance memory, dressed to impress. We can clearly see it has all the right moves, but can it keep up with expectations? No related posts. Read More »

Kingston Wi-Drive 64GB

Earlier this year, we released a review of the Kingston Wi-Drive. Since then, Kingston has made a few changes to the Wi-Drive, including adding support for a wireless browser, and even greater capability. Check out exactly how well the new Wi-Drive performs! No related posts. Read More »

ROCCAT Isku Gaming Keyboard

   The ROCCAT Isku combines flash with features. It’s got a nice color scheme and the product’s description claims it is “the world’s smartest gaming engineering”, but will the actual product deliver? For a keyboard, it comes at a rather steep price: the lowest we’ve seen is around $100 online, and the highest around $140. Keep reading as we check out this keyboard. No related posts. Read More »

ASUS GTX680 Direct CU II TOP

ASUS has been one of Nvidia’s premier partners for a while, and for good reason. ASUS always has a special way of supercharging its GPU offerings and what we have here today is no different. The GTX680 DirectCU II will plant you in your seat as it jumps out of the gate. Now let’s look at what this card has to offer. No related posts. Read More »

PNY GeForce GTX 670

The NVIDIA GTX 670 is one of our favorite cards at the $400 price range due to its performance, low power consumption, and relatively quiet operational noise.  The PNY GTX  670 again follows the company’s tradition of using the reference design from NVIDIA, but what sets the PNY GTX 670 apart from other reference design GTX 670’s is the lifetime warranty and price.  No related posts. Read More »

Biostar TPower TZ77XE4

Biostar has recently been pushing its way into the enthusiasts offerings, and with the new TPower TZ77XE4, they have introduced a board designed for overclocking. Knowing the TPower line’s capabilities and excellent value we should be in for one hell of a show. No related posts. Read More »

GIGABYTE G1.Sniper 3 Motherboard

GIGABYTE now has a second entry into the G1.Killer series for the Z77 lineup. Needless to say, when we look at a gaming board, we expect the appearance to scare the competition away, and the power to back it up. Does the G1.Sniper 3 deliver? Let’s take a look. No related posts. Read More »

OCZ Vertex 4 256GB (VTX4-25SAT3-256G)

OCZ ditched the SandForce controller in their Vertex 4, instead opting for their own Indilinx Everest 2 controller. How does the new controller perform compared to others? Can it carry the Vertex brand to the next level?  No related posts. Read More »

BitFenix Shinobi XL Window Full-Tower Case

Earlier this year, BitFenix introduced the Shinobi XL case. A full-tower version of last year’s Shinobi case, the Shinobi XL has a number of features making it a great choice for a gaming system. The most important feature we found was the ability of this case to fit a stunning number of fans. With a sleek appearance, the BitFenix Shinobi XL looks like a great case. Let’s see if it can deliver an experience worthy of its $160 price tag. No related posts. Read More »

ASUS P8Z77-V Premium

    ASUS has pushed many new models onto the playing field with Z77, and with the P8Z77-V Premium, we now see the first solution Intel-certified for Thunderbolt, along with many other technical and feature advances that push ASUS even further in the forefront for the Z77 offerings. No related posts. Read More »

CyberPower PC Gamer Xtreme 2000 SE Review

The CyberPower PC Gamer Xtreme 2000 SE is a very fairly priced and professionally built gaming desktop PC. It offers the latest technologies, including the latest microprocessor from Intel—the Core i5-3570K 3.4 GHz overclocked at 4.5 GHz—along with AMD’s Radeon HD 7850 Graphics card. With the combination of the latest Z77 chipset and Lucidlogix’s Virtu MVP technology, this system can combine the performance of the CPU and the GPU to create a smoother gaming experience. The Gamer Xtreme comes with many other features which we’ll take a look in this review. No related posts. Read More »

Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover for iPad

The iPad has come a long way since it was introduced a few years ago. While most people probably still use it primarily for gaming and entertainment there is no question that it also slowly is starting to be used for more professional uses, many of which really benefit from a keyboard. Logitech is a company that has many keyboards for the various iPad versions and today we are testing one of their latest: the Ultrathin Keyboard Cover which is compatible with the iPad 2 and 3. No related posts. Read More »

Thecus N4800

Thecus’s latest 4-bay NAS, the N4800, is designed for small and medium size businesses (SMB) or home users who need a powerful data file server to centralize all of their digital content. The successor to the Thecus N4200, the new unit has much beefier specs, using Intel Cedar Trail Atom D2700 processor, 2GB of DDR3, and 1 GB of SATA DOM for the OS. The device retails for $660 on Newegg: a bit on the high side, but its spec sheet is nonetheless impressive. Let’s see if it can deliver. No related posts. Read More »

Noctua NH-I12 CPU Cooler

Noctua is no stranger at designing high quality coolers, as the company has been in the cooler business since 2005. Their latest model, NH-L12, is a versatile low profile quiet cooler that is designed for small form factor PCs. It is perfect for those who wish to build a smaller system but may also want the ability to overclock. No related posts. Read More »

SAPPHIRE VAPOR-X HD 7770 GHz EDITION OC Video Card

The SAPPHIRE Vapor-X HD 7770 GHz Edition OC Video Card is SAPPHIRES latest offering in the AMD Radeon HD 7770 line-up of graphics cards. The Vaper-X HD 7770 GHz Edition OC uses a vapor design air cooler with two fans to provide a quiet and cool gaming environment over the standard AMD reference design. No related posts. Read More »

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