Reviews

Inateck BTSP-10 Bluetooth Mini HiFi Speaker

Hey guys! In the slot for today is another offering from Inateck. This time around we’ll be taking a look at their new HiFi (High Fidelity) Bluetooth mini speaker, the BTSP-10. Don’t let the name fool you, this speaker isn’t solely for Bluetooth use, it has connections for wired devices as well. The BTSP-10 is definitely targeted toward the mobile crowd, with the obvious intention being a portable speaker solution that produces high quality sound. Alright, enough of my talking, let’s focus on the speaker!
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Inateck UA1001 USB 3.0 to SATA Adapter Review

In for today is an item a little out of the norm for my reviews, the Inateck UA1001 USB 3.0 to SATA Adapter. I’m sure you all have seen plenty of external HDD/SSD enclosures and docking stations, but this is Inateck’s portable solution. This adapter is small enough to stick in your pocket, backpack, or laptop bag for use on the fly. Instead of encasing the HDD or SSD, this adapter just plugs in to the end of the drive much like SATA cables would. Let’s take a look the adapter and check out the performance! Read More

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Motherboards

BIOSTAR A68N-5000 Mini ITX SOC Review

For today’s visitor to the chopping block, we take a look at something a bit different from our normal review pieces. This BIOSTAR unit is a CPU/GPU/Motherboard all in one, also known as a “system-on-chip” setup. It comes fitted with an AMD A4-5000 Quad-Core APU and Radeon HD 8330 graphics in a mITX form factor, which makes for a very versatile board. The passive cooling system ensures silent operation, making it perfect for a HTPC or something similar. Who’s ready to take a look at the A68N-5000? Read More

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EVGA Z97 FTW Motherboard Review

Freshly released with the Devil’s Canyon CPUs is EVGA’s Z97 motherboard lineup. Falling in the middle of this new lineup is the Z97 FTW. This motherboard is marketed toward a more budget-minded crowd than the flagship Z97 Classified. Don’t let this fool you into thinking that the Z97 FTW is going to perform poorly though, because it doesn’t. The Z97 FTW is still designed to push any i5 or i7 to the limits of your cooling and loaded with nifty features that both new builders and veterans can appreciate! Read More

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HIS R9 280 IceQ X2 Video Card Review

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

Motherboards

ASRock Z97 Extreme6 Motherboard Review

Today brings another offering boasting Intel’s new Z97 chipset. This new series of motherboards brings compatibility with future Broadwell CPUs, M.2 SSDs, and SATA Express, along with other smaller changes. ASRock has released multiple boards on the Z97 chipset from their OC, Extreme, and Fatal1ty lines. This motherboard, as you can guess, is part of the Extreme series. Even though it isn’t part of the OC series this board has plenty of overclocking features, but it targets the more “average” user. Read More

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Mushkin Chronos 120GB SSD Review

Mushkin is well known for their high-performance RAM, especially in the DDR2 days. It is lesser known, that their products are still assembled in the United States and that they have American customer support. Today, we’re not looking at their RAM though, because they have stepped into the world of SSDs. Their Chronos SSD is based off of the widely used SandForce 2281 controller. Who wants to see how it trades punches with the top dogs? Read More