System & Components

OCZ Vertex 460 240GB SSD Review

As the days go by in the SSD world, we have seen a lot of changes in the past couple of years, but one of the biggest changes has been the steady declining price of these drives. OCZ has filled out their SSD line-up to include high-end enthusiast SSDs such as their Vertex 150, workstation level drives, Revodrive 3, and down to the performance level of their new OCZ Vertex 460. This drive is meant to compete with the likes of the more budget oriented performance drives on the market. So we’ll put the OCZ Vertex 460 and its new proprietary in-house Barefoot 3 M10 controller through our test suite, and see how things look on the performance front. Let’s get to it! Read More

Mionix Avior 8200 Mouse Review

Mionix began making gaming peripherals in Sweden in 2007 and their designs have a simple elegance that is iconic of the region. The Avior 8200 gaming mouse is no exception with it’s minimalist looks while being feature rich for the most discerning gamer. Read More

Corsair Graphite 230T Case Review

A lot of technology-related companies have diversified towards segments of the market that were not their original focus. Graphics card manufacturers began offering PSUs, PSU manufacturers started designing cases, case designers developed CPU coolers and so on. The most notable example of diversification is Corsair; the company could have written the book on it. Their two most successful ranges of products, aside from RAM modules of course, probably are their cases and PSUs, with the company offering several series and tens of different products. Today we will be having a look at the Graphite 230T, one of their latest cases. Read More

EVGA Hadron Hydro mITX Case and Water Cooling Kit Review

One of the fastest growing segments in the PC building arena is anything having to do with small form factor. So much so in fact, SFF enthusiast level products have begun to explode on the scene. EVGA has seen the popularity of SFF builds and has offered up their Hadron mini-ITX cases with a host of accessories to compliment them. Back in November, we published a review on the Hadron Air; and our editor, MattNo5ss was impressed enough to give it our stamp of approval. Today, we’ll revisit the Hadron series of cases, but this time the newly released Hydro version will be under the microscope. EVGA also sent along the optional Hadron Hydro water cooling kit, so we’ll introduce you to that as well. Read More

Silverstone LC19 Case Review

My never ending quest to build a better HTPC takes me to the Silverstone LC19 case. Offering the ability to install a micro ATX, mini ITX, or DTX board, this slim case certainly looks like it would be perfect for a media streaming frontend. For me, this means the system is quiet, good looking, and has good air flow to keep my components cool. We’ll see if this case can fit all that criteria. Read More

Thermaltake A30i Speed Edition Gaming Cube Review

With small form factor components becoming increasingly popular for desktop and gaming applications, the demand for cases to house these components is on the rise. It seems almost all case manufacturers now offer Micro-ATX or Mini-ITX cases of one kind or another. Today, we’ll have a look at one of Thermaltake’s newest offerings in this category – the A30i Speed Edition Gaming Cube. With support for Micro-ATX and Mini-ITX motherboards, full size power supplies, and long video cards, it certainly appears to have the features most enthusiasts would look for in a small form factor case. Let’s have a look for ourselves and find out if the A30i Speed Edition Gaming Cube has what it takes to warrant your consideration. Read More

BitFenix Phenom Mini-ITX Case Review

BitFenix had great success with their Prodigy ITX case, and now they have an ITX alternative with the Phenom. With SFF systems becoming more and more popular, it’s always nice to have plenty of options in cases. Let’s find out what the BitFenix Phenom has to offer the ITX crowd… Read More

Fractal Design ARC XL Case Review

Today, we have an opportunity to look at a new full tower case from Fractal Design named the ARC XL. In the past, we have reviewed other smaller cases from them such as the ARC Midi and Mini, the Define R3 mid-tower, and the Full Tower XL R2. However, the ARC XL is a different design then the “Approved” XL R2, but looks to build upon some of its merits. Let’s see what this case has to offer a builder, shall we? Read More

Corsair Vengeance 2100 Dolby 7.1 Wireless Headset Review

Corsair is a company that has certainly come a very long way. What started as a developer of cache modules has evolved to a company specializing in RAM modules and today has global presence with tens of series of retail products. During the past decade, Corsair has diversified into many segments of the market, offering everything from RAM, SSDs, cases, PSUs and cooling-related products. They have also released several gaming peripherals, such as keyboards, mice and audio devices. Today we will take a look at such a product, the Vengeance 2100 Dolby 7.1 Wireless Gaming Headset. Read More

NZXT Phantom 530 Full Tower Case Review

NZXT first introduced the Phantom series of cases back in 2010, and they’re still at it three years later. Several months ago, I reviewed the Phantom 630 and came away impressed with its water cooling opportunities and many enthusiast features. Today, we have the latest addition to the Phantom family – the Phantom 530. This time around, we have a slightly smaller design than the Phantom 630, but the promise of lots of features and continued support for water cooling setups. Let’s get going here and find out if NZXT continues to impress with their latest Phantom iteration. Read More

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