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GSKill RipjawsX PC3 17000 CL9 Memory Review
     Tue, Mar 29 2011 | 12:03P | Memory | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
As a general rule of thumb you will see a significant performance increase whenever you can run your memory clock above the default 13.33x multiplier setting and that is what you will get from these modules. While the F3-17000CL9D RipjawsX modules might not have the best timings their overall performance is perfect for gaming and general purpose computing

Overclocked NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580 Round-Up
     Tue, Mar 29 2011 | 12:02P | Overclocking | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today we're looking at a handful of high-end graphics cards made specifically for enthusiasts that accept no compromises. These factory overclocked GeForce GTX 580 cards from Gigabyte, MSI, and ZOTAC, the GV-N580UD-15I, the N580GTX M2D15D5/OC, and Amp! ZT-50102-10P represent the most powerful single GPU boards currently available...

Inno3D GeForce GTX 560 Ti OC
     Tue, Mar 29 2011 | 12:01P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
As is so often the case with Inno3D products the availability of the GeForce GTX 560 Ti OC is poor, which is a shame because this is a very good graphics card. Although we often only saw a performance increase of 2-3fps, the upgraded cooler generated very little noise while managing to keep the GTX 560 Ti OC well within acceptable temperate ranges when under load.

Thermaltake Level 10 GT Case Review
     Tue, Mar 29 2011 | 12:00P | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
“Thermaltake surprised everyone when they announced the Level 10 case. It was something that we had never seen before and was really a design marvel. While the case was truly amazing the price tag was not, not many people have $800 to drop on a case. Thermaltake knew this, but still loved the design of the Level 10 so they have released the Level 10 GT, which keeps some of the same styling of the original Level 10, but drops the price considerably. This case features 5 hot-swappable hard drive bays, USB 3.0 connectivity, three 200mm fans, and some cool lighting effects. Let’s check it out an d see if Thermaltake has another winner."

HIS Radeon HD 6990 Crossfire review
     Tue, Mar 29 2011 | 9:03A | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
In this article we'll be looking at an actual retail sample flown in with the speed of light by HIS technology. The card itself is 100% reference with a HIS sticker on it, as such many segments of this review will be similar to the reference review. With one distinct difference, since we have two cards .. we can also look into CrossfireX performance, that's right .. four GPUs dominating your games. Will it be worth it ? Check out the full review right here.

Thermaltake V9 BlacX Edition Case Review
     Tue, Mar 29 2011 | 9:02A | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"When I first got an opportunity to look at an example of Thermaltake's V9 series, I was less than impressed. This new BlacX entry has some nicely executed features and displays very good cooling numbers. However, the interior design is definitely getting long in the tooth and, frankly wasn't that good to start with. The chassis itself is thin and flimsy, cable management is virtually non-existent and the expansion card tool-free clips are, in word, horrible."

Kingston Genesis 4GB DDR3 2133MHz Review
     Tue, Mar 29 2011 | 9:01A | Memory | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
With the adjustment to the P67 platform Kingston have followed suit and brought a LGA1155 specific kit to the table. Does it stack up against it's predecessor?

Bulletstorm: Game & 3D Overview
     Tue, Mar 29 2011 | 9:00A | Games | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The highly anticipated first-person shooter Bulletstorm is finally here. It was released on February 22, 2011 in the US and on the February 24 and 25, 2011 in AU and UK respectively. Bulletstorm's development first started back in June 2007 with Epic Games and People Can Fly. Its incorporated skillshot gameplay system rewards players for being as creative and destructive as possible in their mayhem. Examples include killing enemies in midair, pushing enemies into man-eating plants, cactuses, walls and electricity, or executing enemies after violently transplanting bullets into their testicles. Games like the Serious Sam series and Gears of War closely resemble Bulletstorm in their penchant for violence and abundance of monsters and creatures. Players that enjoyed those games are more than likely to enjoy Bulletstorm, because it can be seen as a combination of the two, with more human-like realism in first-person shooter mode. Bulletstorm is a crazy and creative action game, allowing the user to have lots of fun slaughtering enemies and gaining combo points that will provide the options to upgrade weapons.

Kingston V100 SSD Firmware Update
     Mon, Mar 28 2011 | 4:33P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Kingston have just released a new firmware for their V100 solid state drives to fix a possible post hang issue.

Crucial m4 256GB SATA 6G SSD Preview and Next Gen 2x0+ GB Shootout
     Mon, Mar 28 2011 | 4:32P | Memory | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"The Crucial m4 needs little introduction since it is one of the two most anticipated SSDs of 2011. The truth is that most of you are planning on skipping the next handful of pages to get right to the benchmarks. Don't do that! Take everything you've already read about the Micron C400 / Crucial m4 and toss it out of your mind, because mumble - mumble - mumble isn't exactly accurate. Let me explain with swollen tongue. The latest version of the 88SS9174 controller is the BLD2 and that is what Crucial has employed for the new m4. We've had just two days to try and unravel the new 88SS9174-BLD2 with a single example of this controller. Our sample drive is not a retail product and comes in the form of an OEM style Micron C400 with a Crucial label attached. The M400 is the exact same hardware, programming and firmware as the Crucial m4 and our testing has indicated that this will be the first retail m4 drive that will hit the market in April."

Amd Phenom 2 X4 840 Cpu
     Mon, Mar 28 2011 | 4:14P | CPU / Processors | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
I have a question; is it possible get a decent cpu for 90$? That is one of several questions you will get an answer to in this review. We are taking a look at the Phenom 2 X4 840 Cpu today, we are going to compare it vs some other AMD cpu's on the market and finally figure out if you can get a good cpu for 90$.

Lian Li PC-A04 Case Review
     Mon, Mar 28 2011 | 4:03P | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"To sum up, Lian Li's PC-A04 is a real winner in the mATX world. With the ever growing availability of very competent micro ATX and Mini ITX motherboards, the PC-A04 is one of only a handful of cases I'm aware of that can do these high-end boards justice."

Coolermaster USNA 95 laptop/mp3 charger tested in PSU test-lab
     Mon, Mar 28 2011 | 4:02P | Power Supply | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Laptops are now more then ever being used for everyday tasks and even some gaming, it does not take a fool to understand that this growing market also brings along a higher desire for aftermarket battery chargers/laptop power adapters. Today we're having a look at Coolermasters latest offering, the USNA 95, and have it tested inside the PSU test-labs in Venlo

Grand 750W Power Supply Review
     Mon, Mar 28 2011 | 4:01P | Power Supply | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
What is the first thing that comes to mind when I mention the words 'cake' and 'cheese'? Cheese that is melted on top of a cake? A cake made out of cheese? Or should I simply refer to it as a cheesecake? Recently, I have been invited to a wedding, and the first thing that comes to my mind is the bride and groom cutting their wedding cake. Now obviously weddings and cheesecakes have nothing to do with a power supply we are reviewing today -- but before you click the little 'X' next to your browser's tab, let me ask you this question first before moving on further in this review: Would you buy an ugly looking cheesecake to munch down on, or an ugly wedding cake for that special someone? Probably not, and I believe nine out of ten people would agree also. In the world of computers, PC enthusiasts will go pretty far in obtaining hardware to make their system look pretty, and I have to admit that I am one of them. Not too long ago, I was browsing the internet in search of some new hardware for my system, and it so happens that I have stumbled across a good looking power supply, in which I am going to report on today. This is no other than the Thermaltake Toughpower Grand 750W. At first glance, it has a simple, yet unique strip of red on a dark matte body. As well, a Ferrari/Lamborghini inspired logo is stamped onto the honeycomb mesh in front of the fan. Without further thought, I told myself this was one power supply is a must-have for looks. But how well does its outer appearance reflect its internal quality? Being an 80 Plus Gold certified power supply, I am quite confident that Thermaltake has produced a quality cheesecake... I mean, a power supply. Keep reading to see what we have found!

Gskill RipjawsX 4GB 17000 CL9D-4GBXMD Review
     Mon, Mar 28 2011 | 4:00P | Memory | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Gskill introduced their magical Flare ram kit at the same time as the release of AMD's Hexacore Thuban CPU. By using PSC ICs, better known as powerchips, achieving new ram speed heights on the AMD 890 platform. On the AMD front it has been quite calm lately, though Intel launched their new "ahum" mainstream Sandy Bridge CPU early this year. With a bucketload of available brand new ram dividers on the P67 motherboards, you can squeeze every drop of performance out this platform. When exploring the Sandy architecture we noticed a sweetspot of price/performance around the 1600mhz ram speed mark. Though for the enthousiasts every Mhz counts. Today we test the brand new 4gb 2133Mhz CL9 kit. Quite an interesting kit as it's not the high end CL 7 kit, and thus less pricey. Though could we achieve similar speeds ?

Antec Six Hundred V2 Mid Gaming Case
     Mon, Mar 28 2011 | 12:01P | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today we get to take a detailed look at another new case of Antec's, one that is based around a great selling previous model, which this one will no doubt continue that success. The previous model we are talking about is the original Six Hundred case, a winner due mostly to its unique top panel and aggressive front bezel, a style that was something many of us have never seen in a gaming case before. But now, Antec figures that they could improve on that uniqueness even more by re-releasing the case under the Six Hundred V2 badge, and kicking in some nice features as well; typically found on their higher end models.

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