There are several instances, especially in technology, when taking up less space is important. Finding a good low profile cooler can be challenging, especially since the more compact designs don't always have the reputation of high performance. Today we will be looking at a low profile CPU Cooler that is designed be able to keep up with some of the popular larger coolers, yet do it in a more compact size. We have a low profile CPU Cooler by Noctua on the test-bench, and this one is called the NH-L12.
Zotac may be known for gaming graphics cards, but the company is also well known for producing smallform mini PCs. The ZBOX ID84 Plus is the latest in a long line of these mini systems, and it comes with a very attractive price tag of about $319, perhaps a very affordable HTPC setup for those on a tight budget who lack the need of something fancy or expensive, but still want the versatility of managing daily uses a computer can provide. The ID84 Plus looks like a sleek little unit, so let's take a closer look and see how it fares. Click through for more.
How many of you remember the the Speed Skating at the last winter Olympics? As a young man during my High School years I did some speed skating of my own... strapping on those skates and racing against others on the clean fresh ice was an exhilarating and rewarding experience, especially when I won. If the conditions of the ice beneath my feet were right, and my skates were sharp it was easier to get in "the zone." The slightest tweak could help me out-maneuver, speed past, and beat my opponents to the finish line. When gaming on a PC you also look for those same slight tweaks that might help you get in the zone and provide that extra edge over your opponents.
Today marks the launch of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 660, and one of the cards we're looking at today is the Gigabyte GTX 660 Windforce, a mid-range gaming card that sports the cooler of the same name. We've seen this cooler on other cards models, most recently on the GTX 660 Ti by Gigabyte, and we came away suitably impressed at the low temperatures and noise levels. Can Nvidia continue the Kepler onslaught into the mid-range? Can Gigabyte's card stand out in the pack? Can it beat the competing Radeon cards? Let's dive in and answer those questions and more. Click through for the full review.
Today is GeForce GTX 660 launch day, and we're looking at the MSI GTX 660 Twin Frozr, a mid-range gaming workhorse that sports the sleek cooler of the same name. We've seen this cooler on other cards models by MSI, and we came away suitably impressed at the low temperatures and noise levels. Can MSI continue the winning ways with the GTX 660 Twin Frozr? Can it beat the mid-range Radeon cards? Is it worth the money? Let's dive in and answer those questions and more. Click through for the full review.
Sometimes it's tough to search for that perfect chassis. Whether you are looking for design or functionality, finding the perfect case poses a number of challenges. We have the opportunity today to take a look at the new Cooler Master CM Storm Stryker Chassis to see how close it comes to that "Holy Grail" of balancing looks and usefulness. We must say, the unique touches, in both form and functionality, that Cooler Master has added into the Stryker really caught our attention. As we move further into this review you will see why. Before we delve deeper into the versatility of this chassis we will talk a little about Cooler Master's design aesthetic with the Stryker Chassis.
The In Win GreenMe 750W features a styling white exterior, an 80Plus Bronze certification, and an enticing price of only $99. It's not a modular cable setup, but that's not unsurprising in this power range and at this price. We know that power supplies are a component where quality is critically important, and you get what you pay for. So does the quality of the GreenMe reflect its affordable price, or ca n it reach beyond and amount to something more for consumers looking to find a great deal? Click through to find out.
With the home theater becoming a big part of the family entertainment experience, many of us are on the lookout for the perfect home theater computer case. Most of us need something with a small foot print yet big enough to hold the necessary hardware. Also, its aesthetics need to fit in with your home theater surround sound system, so looks are paramount. Today we will be looking at the Cooler Master Elite 120 Advanced HTPC to see if it’s just what the doctor ordered. Here's a brief description of the case. The Cooler Master’s Elite 120 Advanced is an ultra-compact case with support for full size high-end components. The Elite 120 supports a full size ATX PSU, the largest video cards, 5.25” optical drive bay and will hold a combination of up to 5 HDDs and SSDs. The Elite 120 Advanced also features 3 fan positions for excellent air flow to keep the system cool and quiet. It's nicely painted in a matte black throughout and topped off with a stylish front bezel that features an anodized brushed aluminum fascia. Check out more at the link...
In today's workstation environment the multi-display workstation has become rather popular, but not everyone can afford expensive video cards to facilitate that. Today we will take a look at an inexpensive way to expand your desktop space. We are reviewing two products from VisionTek that are meant to be affordable, easy to use and portable. We have the VisionTek's USB 3.0 to HDMI Adapter, and the USB 3.0 to HDMI+DVI Dual Display Adapter. Both allow you to connect an additional monitor through your USB 3.0 port, and one offers the ability to use two more. First, lets look at some information about VisionTek. Click through for more...
The Sapphire 7970 Vapor-X comes with a custom cooler, and if history is any indication, we expect very big things from this Vapor-X technology, as Sapphire typically produces some of the coolest-running Radeon cards out there. Perhaps more importantly, however, the 7970 Vapor-X sports a factory overclock, to the tune of a 1GHz clock speed. This should provide enough of a speed boost for it to better competes against the competition's offerings. Can the Sapphire 7970 Vapor-X live up to the expectations? Click through to find out.
Cooler Master CM Storm Ceres-400, it delivers high-quality sound, in a rugged yet comfortable and light weight frame. Built for gamers “on the go”, Ceres-400 delivers great ultra mobile sound at an affordable price. High Quality 40mm drivers bring out every detail in the game so you can react quickly and hear where the action is. Specially designed sound-absorbing cushions sit comfortably on your ears and help block out distractions or chatter from other gamers. Ceres-400 lets you enjoy the comfort, quality and competitive edge of a professional-grade gaming headset wherever you go. Click here to read more about our review on the Ceres-400
Memory speeds have been a hot topic since the release of Ivy Bridge. Ivy Bridge brings a re-worked Internal Memory Controller(IMC) that has significantly increased memory frequencies. As of the past few months, we have tested memory modules sporting speeds of up to 2800MHz. Manufacturers have been busy looking to push memory speeds off the charts and we love to see this, but reality shows that a majority of consumers do not overclock their memory. So, for those who look to increase speeds and performance beyond the norm, there is a premium to pay. Today, we have a different look at memory which we do not see as often. It is called budget memory. All the memory we tested recently with higher frequencies sells from $75 and more for 8G kits. So for anyone looking to put 16GB to 32GB in their system, let's face it, maximizing your memory capacity can be rather pricey. Not everyone wants to spend this kind of cash for memory. Enter the Crucial Ballistix Sport Series at a price of just $51.99 for an 8GB Kit!
Today it gives me great pleasure to introduce the new Lancool Dragonlord K Series K56N ATX-Mid-Tower case. Lancool is a subsidiary of Lian Li who manufactures the Dragonlord K series cases with a quality that exemplifies the Lian Li name. It brings the consumer an abundance of features such as modular design, tool-less retention, thermal solutions, and much more. Lian Li is a name well known in the manufacture of high end computer chassis, and they also manufacture some really great affordable gaming cases under the Lancool brand. The Dragon Lord K series from Lancool is one of many, designed for cost-conscious individuals who still want a great gaming case at a very affordable price. So, let’s take a good look at what I think is a great value for the money.
The interesting thing about the Agility 4 is the Everest controller looks to offer nearly enthusiast-classed performance, particularly in incompressible data, at a much lower price point than we typically see. Currently retailing for only $189 in the 256GB capacity ($100 for 128GB), that's only $0.73 per GB and a very attractive deal. But how does the performance of the OCZ Agility 4 measure up? Is it worth the investment? Click through to find out.
Today we have the pleasure of reviewing the Bitfenix Prodigy Arctic White Mini-ITX Tower, and this case might just exemplify the old adage that good things come in small packages. Could it redefine the meaning of Mini-ITX platform with its modular design, cooling features, and flexibility? We are going to dive in and find out.