be quiet! Shadow Rock 2 Heatsink Review

be quiet! has recently been moving into the US market, and we have had the chance to check out both PSUs and heatsink from them. This time, we have another be quiet! heatsink to test out, the Shadow Rock 2. Let’s see how it compares to its siblings and the other heatsinks in the testbed. Read More

Vantec Nexstar HX2R HDD External Hard Drive Enclosure

It’s a motherboard, it’s a video card, it’s an SSD…it’s an external HDD enclosure?!! That is right folks, today we have an opportunity to review another external HDD enclosure from Vantec. Instead of the HX4R I reviewed a couple months ago, we have its little brother, the HX2R to look at this time around. About the only difference is how many drives the enclosure holds, two with this model, versus four. I do not expect there to be too much of a difference in anything, but we will put it through its paces anyway and see what’s shaking! Read More

ASUS GTX 670 DirectCU Mini Graphics Card Review

We review a lot of powerful video cards here. Between three of our editors, we have three GTX 780 being put through their paces. However, you can’t always fit that kind of power in the system you want to build. What if you’re into small form factor (SFF) computer building? There is an entire community of SFF builders in our own forums. Gamers that enjoy going to LAN parties also run into issues not wanting to lug around fifty plus pound rigs around. ASUS thinks they have their answer for you – the ASUS GTX 670 DirectCU Mini. Read More

Microcool Banchetto K Bench Station Review

Today, we have something out of the ordinary for the general consumers out there, but for those enthusiasts and benchmarkers, it’s a fairly common sight. So, what am I talking about? An open bench/tech station, the Microcool Banchetto K to be specific. These bench/tech stations typically allow easy access to hardware for those that tinker, swap out components frequently, and/or use extreme cooling for benchmarking. Read More

ZyXEL X650 Router and AC240 Adapter Review

Owning a wireless device of some sort has become commonplace in today’s world. Whether that be a smartphone, tablet, laptop, or any other wireless device, the need for a fast and stable wireless network has never been more important. Modern technology has brought us Gigabit transfer speeds and wireless 802.11ac formats, both resulting in greatly improved network performance over the past few years. ZyXEL sent their X650 router and AC240 wireless adapter, each of which takes advantage of these newer technologies. Read More

Enermax COENUS Case Review

Enermax Coenus mid-tower case

Enermax introduces an inexpensive case, the COENUS. Where did they get that name? According to Wikipedia, “Coenus (in Greek Koῖνος; died 326 BC), a son of Polemocrates and son-in-law of Parmenion, was one of the ablest and most faithful generals of Alexander the Great in his eastern expedition.” With a warrior’s helmet in the logo, they were clearly referring to that kind of excellence. Is this case “one of the ablest?” Let us see. Read More

ASUS Maximus VI Formula Motherboard Review

Undoubtedly, the ASUS ROG series motherboards have become an extremely popular choice among the computer enthusiast community. In an effort to keep that trend moving forward and provide mass appeal to the gaming community, ASUS has offered up their latest Z87/Haswell based motherboard – the Maximus VI Formula. The M6F is aimed squarely at the gamer; but being a ROG based motherboard, it also caters to the overclocking enthusiast. Read More

Super Talent 8GB DDR3-1600 CL9 Memory Review

At Overclockers, we rarely present cheaper, more standard products, but not all users need pricey high-end memory. For all who are searching for cheaper RAM, I wish to present Super Talent 8GB DDR3-1600 kit. Let’s take a look at Super Talent memory and find out if it meets your expectations. Read More

Intel i7 4960X - Ivy Bridge-E - CPU Review

Intel is back with a new socket 2011 processor. After what seems like a long wait since Sandy Bridge-E, which launched in November, 2011, we now have Ivy Bridge-E, Intel’s newest top tier line of CPUs. Much stays the same with this platform, but there have been advancements too. Is it enough to make you upgrade from Sandy Bridge-E, or to invest in a socket 2011 platform in the first place? That’s what we’re here to help you figure out! Read More