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VisionTek Connect – USB 3.0 Display Adapters

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...



 
 
 
 
 

HIS 7970 X

Not only does this HIS 7970 X come with a Turbo overclock among the highest on the market, it also sports the company's latest IceQ X2 custom cooler. From what we've seen of HIS in the past, we're hoping for some great results on this card, not only in terms of performance but also low temperatures and noise. The 7970 X also has a couple surprises in store for those wanting Eyefinity gaming out of the box, up to Eyefinity 6 in fact. It's a very special premium graphics card, but the question is: Can the HIS 7970 X beat the GTX 680? Click through to find out.



 
 
 
 
 

Crucial v4 256GB

It's not always the enthusiasts (and well-heeled) that want blistering speeds, and certainly not just in the SSD arena. Anyone with an SSD can benefit from massive performance gains over a hard drive, from the most diehard to the budget-oriented consumer. So the Crucial v4 targets the latter, offering an SSD that's very accessible to users on a modest budget. Specifically, the v4 is limited to the SATA II 3G interface, so we're not expecting record-breaking performance results today. But at a price of $189, it's a very attractive option. Let's just say that Crucial's stated specifications for this drive turned out to be very conservative, and we were pleasantly surprised by the performance offered by the v4.



 
 
 
 
 

Sapphire 7970 Vapor-X

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.



 
 
 
 
 

Crucial Ballistix Sport Series 8GB Kit (4GBx2) DDR3 PC3-12800, 1600MHz

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!



 
 
 
 
 

Gigabyte Aivia Osmium

Today we're looking at the Gigabyte Aivia Osmium mechanical gaming keyboard, a fully backlit board that sports bold styling and looks to cater to discerning consumers who want something unique. The Gigabyte Osmium is not your average mechanical board. Are you looking for macro keys? Check. Is 6-Key Rollover not good enough for you? Ok, try 64-key NKRO on the Osmium. What about integrated USB 2.0? Nothing special there, so how about USB 3.0 here on the Osmium. The price of entry here? It's $129 for a keyboard that has an impressive spec sheet. That's not exactly cheap, but good design rarely is. Question is: can the Gigabyte Aivia Osmium can stand out in a widening field of mechanical keyboards? Click through to find out.



 
 
 
 
 

Lancool Dragonlord K Series K56N ATX-Mid-Tower Case

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.



 
 
 
 
 

OCZ Agility 4 256GB

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.



 
 
 
 
 

ASRock X79 Extreme 11

The full array of Z77 motherboards has been introduced throughout the industry and Ivy Bridge is now a mainstay for Intel. With all the hype and migration, many have forgotten about another viable, and arguably better, computing platform. Yes, the X79 platform is still alive and so are Sandy Bridge "E" processors. The Sandy Bridge "E" processors have more computing power over "vanilla" Sandy Bridge and Ivy bridge due to the increased L3 cache. With that said, Ivy Bridge "E" processors are due to arrive 4th quarter 2012. The Ivy Bridge "E" series will carry the same architecture with a die shrink and more transistor density than it's little brother version of Ivy Bridge did. The transistors are Intel's new 3D Tri-Gate Transistors which operate more efficiently and Ivy Bridge "E" still uses socket 2011.



 
 
 
 
 

ASUS Maximus V GENE Micro ATX Z77 Gaming Motherboard

Ivy Bridge is in full swing since its introduction months ago, and Ivy Bridge's older brother, Sandy Bridge, will be phased out of Intel's line-up in the Fall of 2012. The best part of Ivy Bridge is a much more energy efficient processor design, and the only downside is some incresed heat. Ivy Bridge brings a performance boost over Sandy Bridge by shrinking the die to 22nm and increasing the transistor density with Intel's new 3D Tri-Gate Transistors. This keeps Intel's Tick Tock strategy rolling along.

ASUS introduced their Z77 motherboards with the P8 series and we have to say, the P8Z77-V Deluxe and Pro we reviewed, are another example of ASUS staying on top of the industry. These boards have some of the most creative and innovative features we have seen in some time. At that time, ASUS did not have any Republic of Gamer (ROG) motherboards ready to rock for the enthusiasts. But, just when you thought things were cooling off, ASUS heats things back up with the Z77 Maximus series. The Maximus series is available in the Gene, Formula and Extreme varieties, giving ASUS a "good / better / best" product lineup of choices for the gaming enthusiast.

Will it live up to The Republic of Gamers tradition? Let's dive in and see. Click through for the full review.




 
 
 
 
 

CoolerMaster CM Storm Sonuz Gaming Headset

If you’re a gamer you’re most likely always looking for a gaming experience that gives you the highest picture quality and visual performance you can afford. A high-end video card is of paramount importance, but sometimes it's easy to forget that the audio can be just as important for your gaming experience. Because of this, it's important not to over-look the audio equipment you choose in order to round out the system. In the distant past, the gaming experiences were limited to just mono or two channels. Technology advances of today are now capable of creating sounds on a multidimensional sound stage from multiple angles. Is the CoolerMaster CM STORM SONUZ the best gaming headset at an affordable price? Click here to read the full review.



 
 
 
 
 

Sapphire PURE Platinum Z77/K

The battle for Z77 motherboards is very hot as of late. We have tested a slew of them and have seen more creative innovation than ever before. ASUS and Gigabyte tend to be the leaders when it comes to new products, but we have seen companies like MSI, Biostar and Elite Group step up their game in both aesthetics and features. Today we have a Sapphire Z77-based board on the bench, and will see how it competes with these others. Intel recently released Ivy Bridge and it seems to finally be proliferating retailer’s shelves. For those not familiar with Ivy Bridge, it is Intel’s next generation processor spawned from Sandy Bridge. Intel’s Tick Tock strategy brought new architecture with Sandy Bridge (Tock) and Ivy Bridge (Tick) brings a die shrink to 22nm with increased transistors. The new transistors called Tri-Gate 3D bring more efficiency with less voltage, but they do run much hotter than Ivy’s older brother Sandy. We have the new Sapphire Z77/K Motherboard in for testing, and it looks like it might be a great over-clocker at an affordable price. Click the link to find out more.



 
 
 
 
 

Spire TME III CPU Cooler

Introduction With the large variety of CPU cooling options in today’s market we strive to look for the best cooling options. Today we will be looking at the Spire TME III CPU Cooler. Spire may not be as mainstream as other brands but don’t let the name fool you. Spire was established in 1998, and is a premier leading Computer Thermal Solution supplier across the world. When choosing the proper cooling solution we always want to look at the performance and compare it to pricing. This review will show that Spire has made a name for itself with the performance and features this cooler has to offer. We will be looking at some installation and benchmarks with this cooler on both AMD and Intel Platforms. Let’s take a look at what this cooler has to offer.



 
 
 
 
 

Kingston Hyper X – 8GB Kit (2x4GB) – DDR3 2800MHz CL12 DIMM

Today we’re looking at a set of Kingston Hyper X – 8GB Kit (2x4GB) – DDR3 2800MHz CL10. Yes, you read it correctly, 2800MHz. We are stoked about getting these modules on a Z77 motherboard so let’s rush the Kingston 2800MHz sticks to the lab and see if these modules can unleash fury on the competition.



 
 
 
 
 

MSI GTX 670 Power Edition

Today we review the MSI GTX 670 Power Edition. This card looks like it could be a screamer... want to find out how it did in our benchmarks and our final opinion? Click through for the full review.






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