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Introduction When it comes to processor cooling we have see many designs and platforms that are available at most finger tips. With the vast number of options available in the market, sometimes choosing the right one can be a task, though most of you will probably jump on the net and start doing a quick search on performance and aesthetics. We have seen many CPU coolers in recent years starting to get larger and larger to accommodate those who are looking for the ultimate in cooling. Especially for those who are going to be overclocking, most seem to think bigger is better. Then there are those who are looking for coolers that are smaller in size so they can squeeze it into a small form factor. Well today we are going to be looking at a cooler that has outstanding cooling in mind, packed into a slim profile. How well will this perform? Well… we are going to find out exactly that with the Titan Dragonfly 4 CPU Cooler. So without going into too much detail here let’s jump forward and take a closer look at what the Titan Dragonfly 4 CPU Cooler has to offer. Before we do that, let’s take a glimpse at who Titan is: TITAN TECHNOLOGY LIMITED was founded in Taiwan by a group of progressive engineers. With over 20 years of experience in manufacturing high-quality cooling devices, Titan has gained worldwide reputation for its achievements and expertise in the CPU cooling field. Titan’s headquarter is located in Taiwan with a branch office in Germany. The manu...
Introduction Has there been a time during a gaming session that you were wondering how your system is performing temperature-wise? How about how much of a load your system currently has on it? We as gamers are always looking at additional data to see how our newly built gaming system is performing. While we have seen many software-based widgets that can be used to view that information on your desktop, how about those times when you are in-game and don’t want to tab out of the session? Well today we are going to be looking at a little device from ColdTears Electronics called LCDSysInfo for GOverlay. What does this device do? Today we are going to put the GOverlay LCD to the test and show you what this convenient little desk top display can do. This has the ability to customize the data source you want to view, all at-a-glance on this 2.8″ LCD screen. Today we are going to put the software and hardware to the test today to see just how well this device can hold to its promise of total customization. Now without going into too much detail, let’s jump forward and get started.
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 The popular demand of small form factor builds for the high end gaming/performance PCs has grown quite a bit over the last couple of years. However, their haven’t been many manufacturers providing high-end mATX boards to meet the demands of those seeking the performance systems. Today we are going to be looking at a manufacturer that has taken that step forward. On our test bench we have the brand new MSI Z87M Gaming Motherboard. At first glance, the aesthetics of this motherboard are impressive. It reminds us of the Z87A-GD65 Gaming ATX form factor motherboard that MSI already offers today. The question is, “has MSI managed to pack all those features in a nice little mATX package?” We can’t wait to put this board to the test and find out, so let’s dive in and check out the MSI Z87M Gaming Edition motherboard. Before we jump in, here’s a statement from MSI: “Founded in August 1986, MSI has continued to uphold a business philosophy that stresses “Award-winning product quality and outstanding customer service.” MSI specializes in the design and manufacture of motherboards, graphics card, add-on cards, servers/workstations, iPC, barebones, communication devices, CE products, Notebooks, car infotainment products, and All-in-One PC. “Quality Products Create Faithful Customers” is a motto that guides all that we do at MSI. For this reason, MSI goes all out to be the best of the best in research and development.” Now, l...
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 When we think of the name Silverstone, the first thing that comes to mind is their line of PC Chassis in which they specialize. They also develop other accessories, like CPU Coolers, Power Supplies and many more. Because of this, it should come as no surprise that Silverstone has expanded their product line to meet the growing demand of multi-display solutions. With today’s growing market of gamers and professionals using multiple displays as part of their work-stations, there must be a better solution for mounting, rather than simply having two large displays just sitting on your desk. Today we are going to be looking at a new product from Silverstone that will do just that. We have the Silverstone Dual Monitor Mount, model ARM22SC. This is a clamp style dual display solution that is designed to suit the gamer or professional, by freeing up desktop space. Let’s dive in and take a closer look at the Silverstone ARM22SC Dual Monitor mount. Founded in 2003, SilverStone is an established leader in its field, with an elite team of engineers; we started our quest of providing products that create inspirations. We have since expanded the lines of products as well as types of products we produce, giving our customers a wide selection of choices. With distribution centers in different areas of the globe, SilverStone products can be seen all over the world, not just for computer users but also for home entertainment use. Providing leisure with integr...
ECS Elitegroup has been around for more then two decades and is known to provide consumers with some of today’s most budget friendly motherboards. While ECS has been providing some of today's most affordable products all these years, recently ECS did a complete overhaul on its design and beefed up it's components. They did this to compete with some of today's big name manufacturers in the performance arena. ECS is what we would call "Out with the old, in with the new" and we were quite impressed with ECS Elitegroup's new aesthetics and layout on its new Z87 series motherboard. Today we have a chance to dive in and take a closer look at the new ECS A87H3-A2X Extreme Golden Gank Machine Motherboard. The Gank Machine is ECS Elitegroup's flagship Gaming motherboard and we are going to put this motherboard to the test to see how well it stacks up to its competitors. First, let's first find out a little about ECS Elitegroup.
Over the last few years NZXT has introduced a number of modern cases to the world and today we see NZXT continue that trend with the introduction of its new NZXT H630 "Shhh..." Chassis. The H630 Shhh... adds to NZXT's already large line of full tower cases, and today we get to take a close look at it. At a glance, the NZXT H630 has a simplistic design; however, it's been packed with a variety of options and features for today's PC Builders. Aestheically speaking, we prefer the simple, elegant designs over the crazy or dramatic cases, and the NZXT H630 fits that previous description. However, the H630 is more than just an example of simplicity. NZXT introduced this product to be a silent chassis as well. That is why they included the "Shhh..." advertising Moto. We are going to put that and everything else to the test to see what this case brings to the table.
Over the last few years we have seen ASRock jump ahead in the motherboard arena. They have developed some rock solid motherboards at a very affordable price. With almost every flagship motherboard from ASRock, we have seen top performers when it comes to overclocking and stability. Not only has ASRock performed well in the past, they have great aesthetic appeal too. Today, we have a chance to look at the new ASRock Z87 Professional Series Fatal1ty Motherboard. With Haswell now in full swing, we have seen a number of great performers out there. Let's put this motherboard to the test and see what it can do with our Intel 4770K Haswell Processor.
We aren’t quite sure how they do it but VR-Zone has discovered and published the Intel SSD Roadmap once again, revealing that we should be seeing a 530 release, along with new M.2 NGFF form factors released in the very near future. Believing to remain with LSI SandForce, the 5Q Roadmap identifies the 530 as being available in both SATA 3 and M.2 capacities, based on 20nm memory and reaching a top capacity of 360GB, with higher capacities to appear down the road. Full Review: http://thessdreview.com/daily-news/latest-buzz/vr-zone-reveals-intel-ssd-roadmap-once-again-lsi-sandforce-based-530-and-m-2-ngff-1500-pro-on-the-way/
The introduction of Intel's new "Haswell" line of processors also brought its new 8 series chipset. The introduction of Haswell and its socket and chipset change came as no surprise. We have seen this from Intel with its "Tick Tock" development strategy, including their change to its power delivery management. It makes sense and was crucial for Intel to make these changes. Today, we have a chance to look at one of MSI's flagship motherboards for the new Z87 architecture: the MSI Z87 MPower. MSI's previous products in the Z87 chipset MPower line were typically top performers, and include excellent overclocking and features. Today, as we move forward, we are going to see just how the MSI Z87 MPower measures up to that previous reputation while using the new Haswell 4770k. Before we move forward, let's talk a little about MSI.
The Z77 Chipset has now been on the market for almost a year since its first debut. During its launch we saw several products from various manufactures that jumped into the pond to bring their latest and greatest at the time. Now that we have seen this platform and chipset mature a bit, many manufacturers have hit the drawing board and are trying to revamp new revisions to this already well bloomed platform. With that being said, today we are going to look at a new motherboard from MSI. On the test bench today we have the MSI Z77-GD65 Gaming Edition Motherboard for the Intel 1155 socket platform. We have seen the well matured version of the MSI Z77-GD65 perform above the average standard and actually received our Editors Choice award during its initial release. The new MSI Z77-GD65 Gaming Edition has spruced up its aesthetic appeal but that's not all. MSI has given this board a new set of software and hardware to meet the demands of today's gamers. Let's put it to the test and see if it lives up to its predecessor.
Roughly six months ago, Cooler Master introduced the new Cooler Master CM Storm Scout 2 to the world. This was a revision of its previous model, the Scout I. The Storm Scout 2 was well received and even earned a PureOC Good Hardware Award from us. Even though the initial release of the Scout 2 went well, Cooler Master still likes to listen to consumers and the PC modding community, just to improve things further. They took feedback from a number of online forums and from reviews like ours just to take the next iteration of the lineup to the next level. Today we have their newest revision - The Cooler Master CM Storm Scout 2 Advance. The new Scout 2 Advance series chassis now comes with several design enhancements, and even includes a new color called "Ghost White." Let's dive in to take a deeper look at these changes and see how they improved upon the previous chassis.
The company be quiet! has been a big hit recently, we had the opportunity to review our first be quiet! cooler, the Dark Rock Pro 2, and today we have a chance to take a look at another cooler called the Shadow Rock Topflow. This cooler was designed to be quite different then your typical tower cooler. We wonder if the orientation of the cooler will perform better, or hinder its performance results. Today we are going to put it to the test and find out.
be quiet!, this wasn't a popular name that we have heard of in the past, but be quiet! has start to become a popular attraction as of recent. You may ask why? While be quiet! was started in 2006, they were primarily in the Power Supply Market, but it wasn't until 2010 that they started to break out of its shell and joined in with the CPU Cooling market. Today we have the opportunity to test out one of be quiet!'s new CPU Coolers, the Dark Rock Pro 2 that has started to attract allot of attention and we are here to put this cooler to the test to see how it stacks up again the current competitors. Will this cooler work as it advertises? How is pricing? Availability? As you read on today we hope to answer some of those questions for you. So without going into much detail, lets dive in and take a good look at the be quiet! - Dark Rock Pro 2 CPU Cooler.