Gigabyte G1. Sniper A88X Motherboard Review

As the release date for AMD’s new Kaveri APU inches closer, we are beginning to see a lot of AMD socket FM2+/A88X chipset motherboards hitting the market. The A88X chipset brings support for the new Kaveri APUs, and it looks like the majority of manufacturers will be ready with supporting motherboards. Today, we’ll be looking at a Kaveri-ready offering from Gigabyte… The G1. Sniper A88X to be exact. Gigabyte claims they’ve had a lot of customers asking for an AMD solution to be added to their popular G1-Killer Gaming series of motherboards. Gigabyte listened to their customers and took it a step further by adding their AMP-UP audio technology. So, let’s dive into this newest member of the G1-Killer family and see what it has to offer. Read More

HIS iCooler R7 250, 260X IceQ X2, and R9 270X IceQ X2 Turbo Videocard Reviews

So, AMD has had their little song and dance about TrueAudio and the new generation of GPUs they have released. We have reviewed from the R9 290, almost all the way down the row to the R7 250. While these are (mostly) rebrands in their ‘new’ generation, a few news ones hit the scene like the R7 250 and R9 290/290x. In this review, as I am sure anyone that is breathing noticed, we will take a look at the offerings from HIS. We’ll cover the iCooler R7 250, followed by the R7 260X IceQ X2, and last but not least, the R9 270X IceQ X2 Turbo. This should give us a good idea of how the lineup sits from nearly head to toe. Let’s get to it! Read More

AMD R9 270 Video Card Review

Just when some may have thought the dust has settled on AMD’s ‘new’ GPUs, we are seeing the first signs of the gaps being filled in with the R9 270 being released today. This, and perhaps a 250X and 260 should fill in the performance differences nicely between the already released 250, 260X, and 270X that we will see on the front page shortly. AMD markets this card as ‘the highest performing 150W card’, so let us see how that actually works out with our new suite of benchmarks! Read More

AMD 2013 Holiday Season Game Bundle

Hot on the heels of their graphics card launches, AMD is announcing a new bundle for the upcoming holiday season. Starting today (11/13), when you buy any R9 series graphics card, you will receive a free copy of Battlefield 4. Read More

Cooler Master Elite 130 Mini-ITX Case Review

Cooler Master is a well known name among the computer enthusiast crowd, and we have reviewed many of their products over the years. Whether it’s a PC case, PSU, CPU cooling device, or a gaming peripheral, chances are you have owned a Cooler Master product in the past. Today, we’ll be focusing on a chassis offering – more specifically, a mini-ITX. Looking to improve on their previously released Elite 120 mini-ITX case, Cooler Master sent along their new Elite 130 mini-ITX case for us to look at. With support for full size video cards, full size ATX PSUs, and water cooling, the Elite 130 certainly appears to offer what many computer enthusiasts are looking for. So, let’s get going and find out if good things really do come in small packages! Read More

VisionTek Data Fusion 480GB PCI-E SSD Review

There is no arguing that SSDs have taken PCs to a new performance level over the past few years. Even better, pricing has dropped significantly since the technology was introduced making it a viable option for new system builds or upgrading an existing one. VisionTek offers many SSD options in their Racer and GoDrive series, but what if you want even more performance than the average SSD offers? Enter the VisionTek Data Fusion 2-Way PCI-E SSD. With dual SandForce SF2281 controllers operating in a RAID0 configuration, this thing has to be fast, right? We’re about to find out! Read More

ASUS R9 270X DirectCU II Top Graphics Card Review

The ASUS R9 series of graphics cards are starting to roll in to Overclockers, and today we have a chance to look at their R9 270X DirectCU II Top edition. All the familiar ASUS features we’ve come to expect from one of their enthusiast level video card are present and accounted for in this release. Armed with the DirectCU II cooler, DIGI+ Super Alloy Power, and the TOP factory overclock this offering should perform quite well. Right on the box it says “In Search of Incredible.” Let’s see if we found it Read More

EVGA Hadron Air Mini-ITX Case Review

EVGA jumped into the chassis market recently with an ITX case dubbed the Hadron. They will have two versions of the case, one for air cooling and one for water cooling. We’ll be taking a look at the Hadron Air to see what EVGA is bringing to table for the growing ITX market. Read More

AMD R9 290 Graphics Card Review

Today we get to see the last of the R9 lineup – the AMD R9 290. To the surprise of many, AMD is positioning this card against the recently-price-reduced GTX 780. Can it hold up against NVIDIA’s cut down GK110 GPU? The R9 290X sure did, so we have high hopes for the R9 290. Let’s see what it has to offer, shall we? Read More

Enermax 120 mm APS Fan Review

In July, 2013, Enermax announced that they had updated their fans with new three-position “APS” switches, which allow a user to select one of three peak speeds. This, in essence, allows you to buy three fans in one. Today we will be looking at three of these fans: the T.B. Vegas Quad, the Cluster Advance, and the Everest Advance. Are these truly advanced fans? Are we really looking at nine fans masquerading as three? Let’s see. Read More