Introduction Up for review today on our test bench is the SilverStone Tundra TD02 AIO CPU cooler. The TD02 is SilverStone’s first attempt at breaking into the AIO liquid cooling market. Since 2003 SilverStone has been bringing us unique and quality-built products like the TJ11 computer case, which is still being modded today, and exceptional air coolers. Unlike most of the AIO coolers out there the TD02 features a 45mm thick radiator instead of your standard 25-30mm and has a copper base with a nickel-plated aluminum unibody. The copper base is also unique; most AIO blocks I’ve seen aren’t a full cover, meaning there are screws on the bottom of the block holding a lid on. Unlike those blocks, as we will see later on, the TD02 is a solid piece of copper giving us full coverage on our CPU. The SilverStone Tundra TD02 comes with 2 x 120mm PMW controlled fans that have a static pressure of 3.5mm/H20 and a max airflow of 92.5CFM. Will SilverStone’s first attempt at entering the AIO CPU cooling market be able to hang with the veterans? I guess you will have to keep reading to find out. Before we jump into the review here is a word about SilverStone:
Introduction Patriot may not be a name you hear when it comes to world record overclocks or bench-marking records, but they are a brand that’s been around since 1985 supplying us with quality memory. Today we will be taking a look at the Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2x 4GB) Black Mamba 2400 MHz memory kit. The Viper 3 series of RAM offers speeds from 1600-2400 MHz and is compatible with Intel 6, 7, and 8 series motherboards as well as AMD 9 and FM1/FM2 series motherboards. We all know that the price of memory right now is high but we found this kit to be moderately priced under a $100, which isn’t too bad. The Viper 3 series kits are hand tested for system compatibility and are backed by an amazing lifetime warranty. This gives us piece of mind knowing this is one part we won’t have to shell out extra cash for when it dies right after the warranty expires. Before we dive into this review let’s read a little about Patriot: Company Profile: Established in 1985, Patriot Memory builds a full range of memory module and flash memory products, offering a perfect blend of quality and value. Patriot products include Extreme Performance (EP), Signature Lines (SL) and Flash Memory solutions (FM). Mission Statement: To be the vendor of choice for the computer and consumer electronic industries with a commitment to service and quality. Vision: Commitment, focus on innovation in technology, product quality, and customer satisfaction are the key enablers of our future suc...
Introduction We all know the HAF series of cases from Cooler Master have been a very impressive series boasting excellent air flow and more. I can attest to this having previously owned the HAF-X. In this review we will be taking a look at something new and innovative from Cooler Master, the HAF Stacker 935. The HAF Stacker 935 is a modular case allowing for multiple systems to be installed in the same case! Today we are reviewing the Cooler Master HAF Stacker 935; however, by adding an additional 915 to the bottom (or top) of the case it transforms the Stacker 935 into the Ultra Tower (945). This means we could potentially have our main gaming rig, our server and our dedicated folding rig all in one case! The 935 is actually the combination of the 925 and the 915 cases. Adding the second 915 to the mix upgrades it to the 945. This would allow us to use less space than ever before as you can see in the photo above. The HAF Stacker supports 2x 360, 2x 280, 1x 240 and 1x 120/140mm radiators depending on the configuration you choose. We can also add up to 12 fans and 9 standard hard drives or SSDs, depending on which configuration you choose. There are also two different models of the 915: the 915 R and the 915 F. The 915 F holds the PSU in the front allowing for tower heatsinks. The 915 R has the PSU mounted in the rear, offering better GPU cooling and HDD support. This case also has another really cool feature. It includes a single PCI-e slot located on the side of ...
Introduction BitFenix has made some pretty impressive cases in the past, from their Shinobi XL all the way down to the small yet powerful Prodigy. Let’s also not forget about the Spectre series fans, the Alchemy sleeved PSU extensions, and their LED strips. We all have seen one of these cases modded at some point. I’ve seen at least 100 case mods/builds featuring one of BitFenix’s cases. This is because of their innovative thought and design process. Now we’re back with another innovative case design, the Ronin. The Ronin has a feature we usually only see on modded cases, a feature that has to be hand made. It’s BitFenix’s stealth cover. This stealth cover is used to add a great aesthetic look and feel to the case. It also helps hide those unsightly ODD/HDD bays and PSU out of site so we can focus on the actual parts we want to display. We have support for a 240mm rad out of the box, a removable FlexCage, and it includes 2x 120mm fans. One of the new features the Ronin offers that I’ve never seen on a case is its SofTouch™ surface treatment. This adds a classy style to the Ronin. Before we start this review let’s read a little bit about BitFenix. BitFenix is the result of the collaboration of several veterans in both the technology and gaming industries. From the same minds behind some of technology’s most venerable products, BitFenix creates hardware and peripherals that grant the user the utmost control, strengt...
Introduction The company called be quiet! might not be a name you’re familiar with, but you should be. They’re one of the top contenders in the market when it comes to power supplies and heatsinks with a “quiet” reputation. be quiet! is a German based company that has made some big noise in the European market and won quite a few awards. Today we will be reviewing the be quiet! Shadow Rock 2 CPU cooler. The Shadow Rock 2 features 4x 8mm pipes, and an optimized 120 mm fan with PWM control. It will work with all current Intel and AMD processors. This CPU cooler comes in at a little under the $50 dollar mark, putting it in a price bracket with some very good coolers. Let’s see how it compares in our testing, but first let’s read a little bit about the company! be quiet!’s track record of offering technology enthusiasts products which focus on silence and innovation has earned them the honor of being the best selling power supplies in Germany for seven straight years according to market data from GfK.
Introduction Thermaltake is one of those companies that need little or no introduction. When it comes to their products the name speaks for itself. They have been supplying us for 14 years with quality PC components such as Cases, PSU’s, and AOI CPU coolers. Most of us probably have or still own at least one product by Thermaltake and today we are excited to show you the Thermaltake Chaser A41. It’s a mid-tower case that comes in white or black, and we will be reviewing the black version today. The Chaser line has been going strong since the Chaser MK-1 was first released. Since then, they have added 2 more cases plus this one to their line-up ranging from mid to full towers. This mid-tower supports GPUs up to 315 mm (12.4 in) and CPU coolers up to 175 mm (6.8 in). This should give most users plenty of room.The Chaser A41 comes with three fans, 2x 120mm and 1x 200mm fans; the 200mm and the front intake are both blue LED. The Chaser has a few extras like a platform for resting your headset when not being used. It also has a simple cable lock for securing your mouse, keyboard, or any other peripherals when heading out to a LAN. This case retails for almost $100 bucks. Will it be able to hang with other cases in this price bracket? Read on to find out! Here is a quick word about Thermaltake. Thermaltake Group’s 3 main brands: Thermaltake, Tt eSPORTS and LUXA2 have been merchandising throughout the world, and have successfully established 6 business footholds...
There's a new audio product on the market, an audio product marketed towards gamers called the GamesterGear brand. Their new line of gaming headsets are geared towards the PC, XBox, and PS3 markets offering five new headsets under the brand. We will be reviewing the GamesterGear Cruiser P3210, which is strictly compatible with the PC & PS3 only. First, here's a brief description of the product: The Cruiser P3210 has a closed back acoustic design with a frequency response of 20Hz - 20kHz and two 50mm drivers @32 ohms. They also have dual 30mm bass enhancing drivers to give us the "rumbling" effect for added environmental affects like footsteps or changes to the environment in your area. The Cruiser P3210 comes with a detachable microphone and in-line controls on a 12.5 ft. cord for that extra length when needed. Now, before we dive into the review, here's a word from the company.
Enermax has added a new case to their already impressive line-up. The Coenus is a mid-tower case that comes in either black or gunmetal grey. This mid-tower case supports high end GPU's with seven expansion slots for two or three way SLI/CF depending on the size of your cards. We had no problem fitting in two GTX 680's as you will see later in this review. The Coenus can fit up to seven 3.5" devices depending on the configuration you choose. The Coenus sports a large smoke-colored window, which is raised outward for those using taller heatsinks. This version of the case includes one 120mm Red LED fan and one rear 120mm exhaust fan. With mid-tower cases we frequently worry about cable management... fitting larger PSU's and a few other things can sometimes be difficult in a mid-tower. Let's see if Enermax has come up with a winner by avoiding this issue.
We all know MSI produces some top of the line motherboards and GPUs on the market today. I personally own 2x MSI 660 TI Power Editions as well as an MSI Z77 M-Power motherboard. Today we will be looking at something new from MSI, the GK-601 Back-lit Mechanical Gaming Keyboard. This is also something new to me since I've never used a mechanical keyboard before. This should prove to be a lot of fun. The MSI GK-601 aesthetically matches the MSI M-Power series Z77, the newly released Z87 motherboards and their Lightning series GPUs. With its yellow highlights and yellow back-lit keys you're sure to have a winning combo. The GK-601 offers 128KB on board memory so there is no worry about losing the macros you have created. With five profiles and ten possible macros per profile we get a grand total of 50 dedicated macro keys. Having a braided cord on a keyboard was also a new experience for me, but I can say after seeing this, it's pure genius in my book. The MSI GK-601 comes with dedicated multimedia keys for controlling all your media needs; plus it also comes with dedicated keys for switching between all five profiles. The keyboard I'm using now has been the best keyboard I've ever owned so it's going to be hard to beat it. Let's see if MSI is up to the challenge. Before we get into this review here is a video and a word about MSI!
We recently reviewed the Eagle Tech:Arion ET-AR306-BK 2.1 Compact Speakers. Now we're back with another product from Eagle Tech, the ET-ARHP300FC-WH Cleansing Headphones. The Eagle Tech ET-ARHP300FC-WH Cleansing Headphones are part of the Eagle Tech Arion Urban Zen line of headphones. The Urban Zen line of headphones uses artists from different backgrounds to express different forms of art. This series includes the Zen Sound, Samurai Song, Koi and Cleansing. We will be reviewing the Cleansing version. This version comes in white or black, and we have the white. The Cleansing headphones are over the ear headphones that sport a 40mm Alnico alloy driver that has a frequency response of 20Hz to 20kHz with a sensitivity level of 105 +/- 3 dB. The audio input is your standard 3.5mm jack with a 1.5m flat cable. Included with the Cleansing headphones is a handy carrying case with a carabiner for extra added portability for people on the go. These lightweight and compact headphones weigh in at 1.3lbs, with a size of 5.7 x 3.9 x 2.3 inches, making the Cleansing headphones ultra-portable. Before we start this review let's read a little about eagle Tech.
Eagle Tech has been around since 1993 (20 years) bringing the PC community PSUs, external hard drives, and other PC components. Eagle Tech has since expanded to include Bluetooth audio systems, game console, mobile, and tablet accessories. Today we will be looking at the Eagle Tech:Arion ET-AR306-BK 2.1 Compact Speaker. The Arion series are part of Eagle Tech's signature line of products. The Arion ET-AR306-BKs are driven by 2x5 watt RMS 3-in mid-range satellites with a 1-in passive radiator and a 15 watt RMS subwoofer all inclosed in a wooden enclosure to actually amplify overall sound levels. The Arion ET-AR306-BKs produce a total of 25 watts of RMS power with a peak power of 50 watts and a frequency response range of 50Hz to 18kHz. This speaker system is small and compact with only 25 watts of power, giving me a preconceived notion they might not fit the bill. Continue reading to find out if it was wise for me to make such a snap judgment.
We recently reviewed a few products by ROCCAT, and now we're back again with another product, the Hiro. The Hiro is a vulcanized silicone gaming surface made for the gaming enthusiast in mind. It is built for speed and fast response time. The 3D vulcanized silicone surface is intended to give you smooth precise movements with your mouse for more control over your gameplay. Roccats Hiro sports a large surface area of 350x250x2.5mm giving the user plenty of room to move freely without worrying about slipping off the pad. With the rounded and smooth edges on the Hiro as well as its power-bonded construction between the surface layers, there will be no need to worry about frayed edges, this baby was made to take the abuse. The covert-tech surface allows for quiet gameplay; no more hearing your mouse tink against a metal surface. The surface is also coated with a protective coating making the Hiro water resistant and easy to clean. The Hiro also features a shock absorbing non-slip base providing a firm grip to most surfaces. The Hiro has a pretty hefty price tag, coming in at $49.99. Will the Hiro be able to impress us?
Gigabyte is one of those companies that when you hear their name you know they will have something good. We all know Gigabyte for producing some of the top motherboard and GPU's on the market today, but Gigabyte has stepped into new territory with the Gigabyte Fly headset. This one is designed for the music lover in mind, not the gamer or PC enthusiast. The Fly is a lightweight headset designed for style and comfort as well as audio fidelity. The Fly has a stylish aesthetic, from the rhombus pattern on the headband to the brushed metal ear cups. It lets you make a statement while listening to some good tunes. The Gigabyte Fly weighs in at only 79g for long use without fatigue. The Fly sports a 40mm Neodymium driver that has a frequency of 15000-20000 Hz with a sensitivity level of 122 dB/mW. Before we start this review here is a word about GIGABYTE.
Roccat is known in the gaming world for producing some of the top rated gaming peripherals like mice, keyboards, headsets and mousepads. In this review we will be going over three of their latest products: the Kone XTD Mouse , the ISKU/FX Keyboard and the Apuri Active USB Hub & Mouse Bungee. The Kone XTD is the predecessor of the award winning Kone[+] gaming mouse. The XTD maintains its original look and style but with more features packed into it. The ISKU/FX is a multi-colored keyboard that supports a multitude of macros and colors to suit any color scheme. The Apuri USB Hub and Mouse Bungee ties everything together and gives you some added functionality. The mouse and keyboard are very important pieces to any setup. We use them on a day to day basis for surfing the net, productivity, gaming sessions and more. It's very important for them to be functional in day to day activities on the computer. The Kone XTD and ISKU/FX bring some very cool features like the ROCCAT Easy-Shift[+] button. This allows you to have an unprecedented amount of macros as well as control over how you game and/or use your keyboard and mouse. The ROCCAT talk lets the Kone XTD and ISKU/FX talk between each other allowing them to function in unison, making your gaming experience more enjoyable. The Apuri is designed to help free up cable clutter and reduce mouse cable dragging lag. It's USB hub capabilities are gravy and allow it to serve as your peripherals' central hub. These three de...
When I think of In-Win the first thing that pops into my mind are PC cases and power supplies, not mouse pads. That will all change in today's review. We will be looking into In-Win's newest edition to their line-up, the Rocker Mat. The mat itself is made from an all aluminum design, with a large surface area of 9' x 12' covered by In-Win's new nano coating. The Rocker Mat sample we received is orange, but if orange is not your color don't worry, the Rocker Mat comes in a variety of 6 colors; blue, purple, red, yellow, pink and orange. In-Win's Rocker Mat comes with a $39.99 price tag. Will this Mat be worthy of the price? We will find out later in our review.