System & Components

Samsung 850 EVO 500GB SSD Review

Now that SSDs have been out for a few years, manufacturers have managed to saturate the SATA 6 GB/s interface with as much speed as it’s capable of. With that in mind, attention has been turned to greater longevity, reliability, and energy efficiency. With the new 850 EVO series SSDs, Samsung aims to do just that by utilizing their new proprietary MGX controller and 3D V-NANA flash memory. So, let’s take the Samsung 850 EVO 500 GB SSD for a spin and see what Samsung has in store. Read More

Samsung 850 Pro 512GB SSD Review

Samsung has been what I would consider a major player in the consumer SSD market for a couple of years now. They had at least two well known drives on the market in their 840 EVO and Pro lines, each serving a different audience. The EVO was the barely slower and best bang for the buck drive, while the Pro was the performance king of the family and still had good pricing. Both drives had a great track record for reliability. The next generation, the 850 series, greets us with second generation 3D V-NAND with the same goals as the previous generation. It’s time to take a look and see if the Samsung 850 Pro 512GB performs as well as we expect it to. Read More

ADATA Premier Pro SP900 256GB M.2 SSD Review

Seeing motherboards with M.2 ports is nothing new as manufacturers have been doing this for some time now. Up until recently, there haven’t been many M.2 SSDs available to actually use this new technology, but we’re beginning to see memory manufacturers roll out their new offerings. M.2 SSDs come in a couple different interface options – SATA 6 GB/s or PCI-E x2/4, with the latter obviously being the faster and more expensive option. Today’s ADATA M.2 SSD sample uses the SATA 6 GB/s interface, which should perform similar to a standard 2.5″ SSD most of us have plugged into our motherboards. Read More

Samsung 850 EVO 250GB SSD Review

At the beginning of December last year, Samsung released their latest 850 series of SSDs that promises even better performance and reliability than their popular 840 series. Today, we’ll be looking at the 850 EVO 250 GB version, which is powered by Samsung’s 3D V-NAND technology. There are plenty of other unique technologies Samsung brings to the table with the release of the 850 series, so let’s go find out what this SSD is capable of! Read More

ASUS STRIX Tactic Pro Gaming Keyboard Review

ASUS has been expanding their STRIX line of gaming products recently and have added a headset, keyboard, mouse, and even a couple of different mouse pads to the family. Today, we’ll have a look at the STRIX Tactic Pro Gaming Keyboard, which offers a plethora of features aimed at the gaming enthusiast market. Mechanical keyboards such as this are a popular choice in the gaming world, so let’s take the STRIX Tactic Pro for a spin and see if ASUS has come up with a product worthy of your hard earned dollar. Read More

Patriot Supersonic Rage2 USB 3.0 Flash Drive Review

Patriot’s Supersonic series of flash drives already have a reputation of being some of the fastest available on the market, but that didn’t stop them from upping the ante and releasing the Supersonic Magnum2 and Rage2 USB 3.0 flash drives. The Patriot Supersonic Magnum 2 comes in a 256 GB and 512 GB variation, while the Rage2 is offered in capacities of 128 GB and 256 GB. Today, we’ll be looking at the Supersonic Rage2 256 GB USB 3.0 flash drive. Read More

In Win D-Frame Mini PC Case Review

The past few years have seen In Win release several unique PC case designs that challenge conventional design methods. The D-Frame Mini continues that trend and brings a smaller footprint than its larger sibling, the D-Frame. The In Win D-Frame Mini is intended for small form factor (SFF) builds as it only supports mITX sized motherboards. This is definitely a niche product for those enthusiast PC users looking to stand out from the crowd regardless of cost! The D-Frame Mini has a lot to offer if you’re in that group of PC users, so let’s get to work and see what In Win has in store for us. Read More

Patriot Ignite 480GB SSD Review

Our recent trip to CES 2015 afforded us the opportunity to meet with folks from Patriot Memory. They were eager to show off some of their newest products and provide us with a glimpse of things to come. One such product on display was their new Ignite series SSD line. The Ignite SSD is available in a 480 GB (today’s review sample) or 960 GB version. Patriot Memory has been around for 30 years now and is well known for providing high performance and enthusiast level products. Does the Ignite series SSD hold up to this standard? Let’s take it for a spin and find out! Read More

Inateck BTSP-10 Plus Bluetooth Speaker Review

Inateck recently updated their BTSP-10 Bluetooth speaker and now call it the BTSP-10 Plus. My partner in crime, ATMINSIDE, reviewed the original BTSP-10 and came away impressed with the quality, performance, and its modern looks. Those looking for portability, good sound, and an affordable price seem to be Inateck’s target audience for the BTSP-10 Plus. Did they hit the bulls-eye? Let’s go find out. Read More

Be Quiet! Straight Power 700W Power Supply Review

Be Quiet! has one of the strangest, if not the strangest, brand name in the computer technology industry. Their name however is very well known as well, as they are the most popular European manufacturer of computer power supply units. They have a very strong presence in Europe and the company is now exporting their products to Asian and North American markets as well. Be Quiet! is particularly well-known for designing their products with low noise operation in mind. Today we will have a look at their mainstream PSU series, the Straight Power 10. Read More

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