Corsair Obsidian 800D Case Review

We all know the popular brand name Corsair for making Memory, Power Supplies, cooling, and even some storage items. They have done more than admirable jobs in those areas as well. Now, Corsair has dipped its toes into the computer case market. Judging from the size and looks of this beast, it wasn’t a dip, but a head-first dive. Let’s take a more in-depth look at this case. Read More

Thermalright Venomous X CPU Cooler

The successor to the ever popular Ultra 120E series CPU Coolers, the new Venomous X 1366, 775, and 1156 socket CPU Cooler boasts a lot of new improvements while staying true to proven fundamentals. I finally had a chance this busy holiday weekend to install the Thermalright Venomous X… Read More

Scythe Musashi Review

My HTPC was just too darned LOUD for me to enjoy the system, so I decided to look around for ways to quiet it down some…I found the Scythe Musashi. Read More

ATH-AD700 vs MS1: Headphone Showdown

Not many people know about the extent of the headphone market. For someone who has never looked into it, the thought of paying hundreds, or sometimes thousands of dollars to listen to music through headphones seems somewhat stupid. There are, however, cheaper entries into the realm of ‘audiophile’ headphones. In this review, we will focus on two headphones that are in one of the sweet spots of price to performance; the Audio Technica AD700, and the Alessandro MS1. Read More

Dell Perc 5/i Throughput Benchmarks

This is a PCI Express based RAID card made by LSI for Dell. It is normally found in their PowerEdge servers. The RAID card will fit in any PCI Express video card slot that is physically and electrically 8x. There are two SFF-8484 connectors at the top to give a total of eight SATA or SAS hard drives. There is also a DDR2 slot that is used for the “Write Back Cache”. Read More

Gigabyte P55A Series Motherboards - Overclocking the UD3R and UD6

If you’ve been following my testing on Gigabyte’s latest gear, you’ll know that I started by giving the original GA-P55-UD3R a serious run for its money with some extreme overclocking.  It left me very impressed, as I was able to set four i5 750 CPU world records. Today I close the loop on the GA-P55A-UD3R and the GA-P55A-UD6. I’ll also provide some comparisons to the original UD3R, as well as contrast the boards with a major competitor of the UD6, the MSI P55-GD80…read on! Read More

Introducing MSI's Big Bang Trinergy Motherboard

Since P55 was introduced, it seems like I’ve seen nonstop complaints about options for running multiple graphics cards. This is because most P55 boards only have a total of 16x PCIe lanes available, to be divided between however many cards you happen to be running. So for an SLI or… Read More

MSI GTX 275 Lightning Review

When choosing a graphics card to buy, brand name matters the least in actual performance terms. Since early graphic card releases are reference design, they are typically identical between brands; other than the packaging, cooler sticker, warranty, etc. As such, purchasing decisions of these cards, most of the time, can… Read More

PS3 Hard Drive Performance Test: 5400.3, Scorpio Black, X25-M G2

Questions about hard drive upgrades regarding the PS3 have been asked many times. I have asked this question on multiple occasions and have never gotten a concrete answer. I have gotten some “out there” responses such as “All drives are automatically reduced to 5400RPMs” and “The PS3’s hardware is only compatible with 5400RPM drives.” I’ve also gotten some responses that have merit, like “The Blu-Ray drive will bottleneck the drive anyway” and “SATA1 will limit faster drives.” So, I decided to find out for myself how hard drives compare to each other when installed on the PS3 and if the BD-ROM and/or SATA1 limits load times. Read More

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