System & Components

NZXT Phantom 630 Full Tower Case Review

During our recent visit to CES in Las Vegas, we stopped by to see the folks from NZXT. They were proudly displaying the next generation Phantom design, this time called the 630. The Phantom 630 falls within the Crafted series of chassis, which is where most of their higher end cases are grouped. Let’s find out how well NZXT did with the newly designed Phantom, and if it’s a worthy contender in the competitive full tower case market. Read More

Cooler Master Silent Pro M2 1500 W Power Supply Review

Is Cooler Master’s 1300 W unit not large enough? How does a 1500 W unit strike you? That’s enough to start your car if you drive a compact car (Note to self: Try this sometime). It’s also a touch more than most users need, you’d best have four top end GPUs and a serious CPU if you’re contemplating this PSU. Alternatively you could be a bencher running a couple GTX580s on LN2. In any case, 1500 W is a lot. Read More

NZXT HALE90 V2 1200 W Power Supply Review

Earlier this month at CES NZXT unveiled the successor to their excellent HALE90 series, the HALE90 V2. Not perhaps the worlds most creative name, but it does get the point across. In theory we can look forward to even better voltage regulation, tons of power, a bright white paintjob, and general awesomeness. How will it fare in reality? We’ll see soon enough. Read More

Thermaltake Smart-M 750 W Power Supply Review

Here we have Thermaltake’s entry into the mid wattage, modular, low price, PSU market. Will it succeed? Will it explode? Will it descend into a mire of mediocrity or rise to the pinnacle of superiority? You’ll see soon enough, if you keep reading. Read More

Thermaltake New Soprano Mid-Tower Case Review

Way back in 2006, Thermaltake offered its first chassis in the Soprano line; the simple, but stylish Soprano VX. Fast forward to 2013 and we have another remake, called simply, “New Soprano”. The one thing I have always said about Thermaltake is that they seem to constantly strive to bring new and innovative products to the market. Let’s find out how they did with the New Soprano! Read More

Fractal Design Node 304 Case Review

Today we have a chance to take a look at another HTPC/Media Server, smaller form factor case from Fractal Design. Instead of the Node 605 I recently reviewed, this time its a cube shaped case, the Node 304. This is the smallest case of the Node series but like the 605, aims to offer a lot of flexibility along with, “minimalistic and stunning Scandinavian design and maximum functionality”. Let’s see how this matches up to Fractal Design’s vision. Read More

Fractal Design Define R4 Mid-Tower Case Review

As the Define R3 exits stage left, entering stage right is the recently released Define R4. This time around we get a chassis that is a little wider, includes USB 3.0 support, and features a built in fan controller. We’ll touch on other improvements made to the Define R4 as we work our way around the case, inside and out. Read More

Cougar PowerX 550 W Power Supply Review

Today, we review a Cougar. Probably not the kind you initially thought of. This one is bright orange/red! It’s also a power supply. Cougar is one of HEC/Compucase’s house brands for power supplies and fans, their main claim to fame as far as I can tell are the lurid paint jobs. This unit is no exception! If the performance is as good as the paint is shiny, we’re in for a good unit here. Let’s check! Read More

Fractal Design Node 605 Case Review

Fractal Design has been make a splash in the market with computer cases lately, and with their new HTPC the Node 605, they look to continue to make waves. As Fractal Design puts it themselves, “The Node 605 highlights a minimalistic, sleek Scandinavian appeal which is designed to integrate into your home theatre equipment.” While it is easy to see from the looks they have hit that mark, as it looks like a receiver/amplifier, let’s see how working inside the unit to get it up and running works out! Read More

OCZ Vector 256GB SSD Review

As time goes on in the SSD landscape, we have seen quite a transition in just a few years time. Huge performance increases, NAND lifespan increases, and firmware evolution all have eroded away at scene to reveal faster, more stable, and longer life SSDs. In this light, one of the more popular SSD makers, OCZ, has come out with their newest drive, Vector, aimed at the high performance and workstation market. Read More

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