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Swiftech H20-220 Edge Liquid Cooling Kit Review

Many of the members at the Overclockers.com forums who are watercooling experts will often advise you to stay away from water cooling ‘kits’ for a number of reasons. First, the price vs. performance ratios of most kits are poor compared to aftermarket air cooling, and sometimes such kits even perform worse than aftermarket air coolers. Other concerns are the closed loop and not having the ability to upgrade parts. Swiftech reckon they have changed that with its new “Edge” line of water cooling kits. Today we will be reviewing the Swiftech H20-220 Edge Liquid Cooling Kit which has kindly been provided by CrazyPC.com. Read More

Mvix Minix 890GX Motherboard Review

Since the dawn of computers, one goal has always been to stuff more power into a smaller space. The mini-ITX form factor, and the Mvix Minix 890GX specifically, allow you to run a standard desktop processor on a motherboard not much larger than a grown man’s hand. Even more impressive is that almost every feature of a full sized ATX motherboard has been crammed into the miniature footprint of the Minix 890GX…and it can overclock, too. Read More

AMD 6870 Video Card Review

Ahh, new generations of video cards. Gamers and overclockers eagerly await their arrival every time a new one comes around. This one was met with a bit of controversy when rumors circulated that AMD was changing the numbering scheme. That they did, but is the relatively inexpensive 6870 a stout contender – especially for the price? Let’s find out. Read More

LN2Cooling.com Evaporator Under Dry Ice

Tested with Phenom II X6 1090T overclocking… I got in touch with a friend and he agreed to let me take one of his cooling pots for a spin. Aaron Schradin of LN2Cooling.com has lent me an excellent pot to play around with and review for all of you guys. This pot is usually meant for the purpose of running under LN2 and LHe4. This is seen in the many AMD world record breaking overclocking attempts, which can all be seen over at amdblackops.com. However I will be playing around with the dry ice performance of this pot, which has mostly gone overlooked until now. Includes Overclockers.com exclusive video. See it first here! Read More

Thermalright Shaman Review

We have a GPU cooler here which has the “World’s First” moniker attached to its resumé, the Thermalright Shaman. The 8 heatpipes justify this moniker, and it has at least 2 more heatpipes than any other GPU air cooling solution out there. As time permitted over the past couple of weeks, I’ve used my GTX 460 1 GB to test the Shaman against Prolimatech’s MK-13 and eVGA’s “External Exhaust” stock cooler. Today, we take a closer look at the the heatsink itself and its performance. Read More

ASUS Crosshair IV Extreme Review

A few months ago we looked at the Crosshair IV Formula, what was then ASUS’ top of the line AMD motherboard. Now they’ve out-done themselves with the Crosshair IV Extreme. This one is definitely designed for extreme benchmarkers, so take it to extremes we did! Read More

Corsair Hydro Series H70 Review

Now, we have Corsair’s answer to the shortcomings of their original LCLC offering, which comes with a thicker radiator for more area to move heat from it and they have given this new solution a true push-pull dual fan setup for more airflow through the new, thicker radiator. Let’s see if this cooler can outmatch high end air cooling. Read More

Swiftech MCW80 - Riding the Lightning

When you have two cards as formidable as these two, it’s only natural to want to squeeze every last bit of performance out of them. Enter Swiftech’s high-efficiency MCW80… Read More

Lamptron Touch Fan Controller Review

It has been a little while since Lamptron released their flagship, FC-5 fan controller (now known as the FC5V2, which fixes screen contrast issues). In the interim they did release the FC-6, which is just a lower wattage FC5V2. Now they have leaped forward a bit and are releasing the Touch, Lamptron’s first touch-screen controller. Read More

MyOpenPC DOMA Pro PCI Benching Station Review

If you want to be serious about benching, you need to get yourself a benching station. Luckily, there are some low cost solutions, like the MyOpenPC DOMA Pro PCI, so upgrading from the box your motherboard came in doesn’t have to blow the bank. The DOMA Pro requires some assembly out of the box, but that helps save money on labor and shipping. Also, that adds to the do-it-yourself (DIY) aspect of building computers, which I thoroughly enjoy. Read More

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