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Reviews

OCZ Vector 256GB SSD Review

As time goes on in the SSD landscape, we have seen quite a transition in just a few years time. Huge performance increases, NAND lifespan increases, and firmware evolution all have eroded away at scene to reveal faster, more stable, and longer life SSDs. In this light, one of the more popular SSD makers, OCZ, has come out with their newest drive, Vector, aimed at the high performance and workstation market. Read More

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Memory

Crucial Ballistix Tactical LP 16GB (2x8GB) DDR3-1600 Review

New memory kits from Crucial rarely have premieres but they are always something different than we are used to seeing from other brands. Lately more computer enthusiasts are looking for fast, high density, and low profile memory. Why not to combine all these features in one memory kit that will also work at low voltage ? Crucial Ballistix LP is probably the only series on the market that includes all above features in one product. In this review I will focus on the Ballistix Tactical LP 2x8GB DDR3-1600 Kit. Read More

Cooling

Arctic Accelero Mono Plus GPU Cooler Review

I recently completed a review of Arctic’s Accelero L2 Plus, which is designed for lower-end video cards at a very attractive price. This time around, we are raising the bar by having a look at the much higher-end Accelero Mono Plus. Unlike the solid aluminum block found on the L2 Plus, today’s sample features a copper block and heatpipe design. The Mono Plus is aimed squarely at the enthusiast crowd, so let’s take this cooler for a spin and see just how well it performs. Read More

Cooling

Arctic Accelero L2 Plus GPU Cooler Review

Arctic is certainly no stranger to any cooling enthusiast, especially when it comes to graphics cards. Looking to improve on the Accelero L2 Pro cooler, Arctic has recently released their Accelero L2 Plus. This version of the Accelero L2 has a greater field of compatibility, along with enhanced RAM and VRM cooling capabilities. Read More

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Reviews

Rosewill Silent Night 500 W Fanless Power Supply

Sometimes even a quiet fan is too loud, for those situations Rosewill has you covered with this Silent Night PSU. It doesn’t have a loud fan. It doesn’t have a quiet fan. It doesn’t have a fan at all! The claim is that this makes it a 0dB PSU. It certainly goes a long way towards that goal, but fans aren’t the only source of noise from a PSU. Read More

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Editorials

Kickstarter and Game Development: Highlighting Games Coming to Linux Part 6

We are in the home stretch of this series. We have explored some great games based on some interesting technology. When I started conceptualizing these articles I had no idea how well supported Linux is becoming in the indie game development world. Some of these games, such as today’s candidate, show some great promise but may struggle because the developers are relatively unknown. Thus, I thought we might spend some time to get to know the folks over at Photon Productions. Read More

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Reviews

BitFenix Prodigy mITX Case Review

Computers are shrinking. Even enthusiast computers are getting smaller & smaller. We’ll look more in-depth at the shrinking ability of the power-user in the coming weeks when we publish a review of EVGA’s mITX Z77 Stinger. However, before that, we’ll have a look at the case in which it will reside – the BitFenix Prodigy. Read More

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Reviews

Rosewill TACHYON 1000 Watt 80+ Platinum Power Supply Review

Rosewill has decided to get into the High Wattage High Efficiency power supply game, their TACHYON series runs from 550 W up through 1000 W. Naturally enough, I went for the 1000 W flavor. It boasts 80+ Platinum efficiency, modular cables, as well as general awesomeness. This isn’t the first 1kW Platinum unit we’ve had here at OCF, let’s see how Rosewill’s model compares! Read More