Back in June of this year, we took a look at the ASUS STRIX GTX 780 and found it to have plenty of unique features with an eye on silent gaming. In an effort to offer a STRIX branded video card at a price level affordable by the masses, ASUS has brought to market their newly released STRIX GTX 750 Ti OC Edition, which we’ll be taking a look at today. Even though the GTX 750 Ti GPU is considered one of NVIDIA’s mid-range offerings, that didn’t stop ASUS from adding many of their unique features to this card. Armed with a factory overclock, the DirectCU II cooler, and host of other features, it provides a great first impression. Let’s take it for a spin and find out just how well it performs!Read More
ASUS STRIX GTX 750 Ti OC Edition Graphics Card Review
Back in June of this year, we took a look at the ASUS STRIX GTX 780 and found it to have plenty of unique features with an eye on silent gaming. In an effort to offer a STRIX branded video card at a price level affordable by the masses, ASUS ...
Nanoxia Deep Silence 5 Case Review
The Deep Silence 5 is what Nanoxia calls a “Big Tower” case. By my ruler, it is 550 mm tall; counting the back thumbscrews it is 560 mm long; and it is 235 mm wide (21-3/4 by 22 by 9-1/8 inches). The DS5 has 10 expansion slots. It has lots of ...
Corsair AX1200i Power Supply Review
Corsair undoubtedly is one of the most active players in the PSU market. Aside from several series and tens of power supply units available, they have a very active R&D department as well. Today we will be having a look at the AX1200i, the second most powerful unit of the ...
HIS R9 290 iPower IceQ X2 OC Video Card Review
Remember in a previous review I said you would see a slew of HIS GPU reviews? Are you tired of them yet? If so, too bad! I'm certainly not, and today we have a R9 290 iPower IceQ X2 OC on the test bench. HIS again beefs up the reference 290 ...
Fractal Design Arc Mini R2 Case Review
The Arc series is Fractal Design's answer to users who need massive amounts of airflow. This Mini R2 version is the smallest of the bunch, only supporting Micro-ATX and Mini-ITX motherboards, but it ships with three large fans and has room for more. This case promises to provide plenty of flexibility ...
The Deep Silence 5 is what Nanoxia calls a “Big Tower” case. The DS5 has the sleek looks and internal acoustic padding of the Deep Silence line. It has lots of room for lots of stuff, and room for large motherboards. Is it right for your next build? Let’s find out.Read More
Corsair undoubtedly is one of the most active players in the PSU market. Aside from several series and tens of power supply units available, they have a very active R&D department as well. Today we will be having a look at the AX1200i, the second most powerful unit of the premium AX series. Although the AX1200i is only the second most powerful unit after Corsair’s pinnacle, the AX1500i, the price difference between these two units is $150, making the AX1200i a more reasonable choice for anyone who is financially conscious. How well it can perform? We will see that in this review.Read More
Remember in a previous review I said you would see a slew of HIS GPU reviews? Are you tired of them yet? If so, too bad! I’m certainly not, and today we have a R9 290 iPower IceQ X2 OC on the test bench. HIS again beefs up the reference 290 on both the hardware and cooling side, along with a pretty unique color scheme and look. Scroll on down the page and see how she performed and see if the appearance tickles your eye!Read More
A little over a year ago, we took a look at the Pivos XIOS DS Media Play entertainment center and found it to be a unique device with a lot to offer. Fast forward to today, and we now have an updated version called the Pivos XIOS XS. This time around Pivos uses the TOFU Media Center GUI, which is a Pivos customized version of XMBC that sits on top of the Android 4.2.2 OS. Plenty of other enhancements have been made over its predecessor that we’ll explore along the way. Let’s get started!Read More
AMD has been releasing the Rx 2xx series of GPUs over the past nine months. The R9 280 is one of the last GPUs in the series that was released, and it filled the gap between the 270X and 280X nicely. Today, we will be looking at the first R9 280 our review team has seen in the HIS overclocked IceQ X2 model! This offering has the IceQ X2 aftermarket cooler on it and has fared quite well on both our R9 80X review and R7 50/R7 260X/R9 270X review. Let’s see how this 280 stacks up against the rest of the R9 series!Read More
Lamptron has long history of providing enthusiast level fan controllers, and they were kind enough to send along their latest and most powerful controller to date… the CF525. This beast offers a no frills approach to a massive amount of power – 60 watts per channel to be exact. Lamptron readily admits the CF525 is complete overkill for the vast majority of computer enthusiasts, but that didn’t stop them from producing the most powerful fan controller on the market today. So, let’s take a look at this super high performance fan controller and see what Lamptron came up with!Read More
Back in March of this year, ASUS announced plans to release two new video cards that fall under their ROG Matrix family. An AMD R9-290X and NVIDIA GTX 780 Ti version are now both available. ASUS sent us the AMD R9 290X version to have a look at, so that’s just what we’ll do. Because this card is squarely aimed at the overclocking enthusiast, it makes perfect sense ASUS chose to incorporate AMD’s fasted GPU into this offering. If you’re thinking this card is just another re-branded R9 290X reference design… think again. The ROG Matrix R9 290X is built on a custom PCB and is loaded with ASUS unique features that look great on paper, but will it live up to the ROG Matrix name? Let’s go find out, shall we?Read More
Expandability, replaceable G1/4 fittings, and a transparent reservoir are terms not usually associated with all-in-one CPU water cooling kits. Swiftech aims to change the way you think when considering an all-in-one cooler and provides all those options and more with their newly released H220-X CPU liquid cooling kit. The Swiftech H220-X has a lot of innovative and unique features your standard re-branded Asetek units just can’t match, and we’ll explore these feature in detail today. The Swiftech H220-X aims to provide extreme thermal performance at an almost inaudible noise level, so let’s find out how they did!Read More