Motherboards

BIOSTAR Hi-Fi A85W Motherboard Review

Along with the release of AMD Trinity FM2 APUs, for the first time BIOSTAR has incorporated the Puro Hi-Fi design into an AMD platform motherboard. Last time I used a BIOSTAR motherboard with the Puro Hi-Fi audio feature, I was quite impressed. Today’s review sample is the Hi-Fi A85W model, so let’s find out if an AMD version of BIOSTAR’s Hi-Fi motherboard continues to impress. Read More

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Processors

AMD's Piledriver FX-8350 Gaming Comparison

When we looked at the Piledriver CPU, we ran it with our standard CPU review HD 6970. However, our CPU review game and 3D benchmark suite is a bit long in the tooth. In an effort to keep our readers more well-informed, we went back to the drawing board to run our much more modern gaming suite (which we use in all GPU reviews) on a more modern, powerful GPU – the ASUS HD 7970 DirectCU II TOP. Read More

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Reviews

HIS HD 7970 X Turbo GPU Review

Good day OCFers! Today we get to take a look at what I think can be a monster card from HIS. We don’t normally put HIS in a group with cards like the venerable ASUS HD 7970 Matrix, or MSI HD 7970 Lighting for example, but we are going to have to with this new card. HIS has put out their HD 7970 X Turbo for all to see, and this card has a significantly beefed up power delivery area when compared to reference designs. HIS also included their new X2 cooler and some other goodies we’ll be checking out. Read More

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Reviews

NZXT Phantom 820 Full Tower Case Review

The NZXT Phantom 820 is a full tower case, the newest of their Crafted series. It seems to combine the lessons NZXT learned from the original Phantom, along with more they learned from the Switch 810. Throw in their recent HUE color LED controller. And then make the beast compatible not only with their brand-new Kraken series of All-In-One liquid coolers but radiators in general, and you have the makings of a case designed to appeal to high-end enthusiasts. But will it stand up to a detailed scrutiny? Let’s find out. Read More

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Editorials

Kickstarter and Game Development: Highlighting Games Coming to Linux Part 4

By now, most people following this series will be well aware of what Kickstarter is, and what it could potentially mean for Linux and the gaming community as a whole. Today, I talked with Executive Producer Jan Wagner who has perhaps one of the most challenging assignments. Not in terms of technology, but rather Jan has chosen to attempt to translate a Pen and Paper RPG into the digital realm. Read More

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Reviews

HIS HD 7950 IceQ X2 Boost Clock Graphics Card Review

HIS has added another member to its HD 7950 family of video cards; this time around we have another Boost Clock edition. The core clock is not quite as high as other HIS 7950s, but it’s not at the bottom of the pecking order either. One thing that is not at the lower end is the IceQ X2 cooler that has been applied to this card. So, let’s have a closer look and see if the HIS HD 7950 IceQ X2 Boost Clock is a worthy contender in the competitive HD 7950 market. Read More