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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

HIS HD 7970 IceQ X² GHz Edition GPU Review

I bet some of you are scratching your heads with a case of deja vu… and you wouldn’t be mistaken. We have another HIS HD 7970 to review today, but instead of the HD 7970 X Turbo (reviewed here), we will be looking at the HD 7970 IceQ X² Turbo GHz Edition version of that same card. This one sports the same “X²” cooler as the X Turbo, but the PCB is much different in that it sports less power phases than its big brother. Let’s see if these changes make for a big difference between the cards. Read More

Tt eSports (Thermaltake) Level 10 M Gaming Mouse Review

Thermaltake, and a BMW Group subsidiary (Dreamworks USA), have teamed up once again. This time in they make a run at the computer peripheral realm. You may remember this same collaboration between Thermaltake and BMW back when the Level 10 series of products first began to emerge. Read More

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

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

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

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

ASUS GTX 660 DirectCU II Graphics Card Review

While today’s ASUS sample might not be factory overclocked, it does still offer the same DirectCU II cooler and the same DIGI+VRM/Super Alloy Power designs. So, let’s run this card through its paces and find out if we have another worthy addition to the ASUS family of graphics cards! Read More

HIS HD 7850 IceQ Turbo GPU Review (w/CrossfireX results)

Today we have an opportunity to look at another HIS video card…or two. This time they have given us a chance to review their newest version of the 7850, the HIS IceQ Turbo. This version sports the IceQ cooler and a sizeable factory overclock, among other things, to set it apart from other models. It’s time to see how well she performs in our testing. Read More

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

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