Reviews

Apr 15, 2009 10:35am
The SilenX iXtrema Pro IXG-80HA2 cooling system is not cheap in terms of price. The combination of the IXG-80HA2 and the Fan kit makes for an excellent cooling system that can lower the temperatures of a graphics card by several degrees. Alternatively, it can allow for much quieter operation when the system is running. This article can be found in our Reviews Vault. Click here to read the full article.
Apr 13, 2009 4:51am
XFX’s move to making ATI-based video cards is a long awaited one. With NVIDIA having troubles throughout and with the economic recession in full force throughout the computer industry, choice and price/performance are more important than ever. With retail price of only $15 USD more than the next expensive XFX HD 4890 card the XXX Edition is well worth the purchase as you get a 50MHz overclock out of the box and the support that XFX is well known for.This article can be found in our Reviews Vault. Click here to read the full article.
Apr 12, 2009 11:36am
AMD’s launch of the AM3 platform is an interesting one from many angles. For the new computer owner the move to DDR3 memory is pretty clear as fewer and fewer motherboards with DDR2 memory support are hitting the market today compared to a year or two ago. DDR3 memory on the AMD platform requires AM3 CPUs.This article can be found in our Reviews Vault. Click here to read the full article.
Apr 07, 2009 9:24am
The AMD Phenom II X3 710 is an interesting beast of a CPU. It is the second fastest triple core CPU that AMD has to offer, but the fact is you can spend a little more money on the Phenom II 720 which is $20 more expensive giving you increased speed and an unlocked multiplier, or alternatively, you can spend more money on a X4 CPU with higher performance. Newegg has the 710 on their website for $119, which is a fair price for the new CPU. This article can be found in our Reviews Vault. Click here to read the full article.
Apr 02, 2009 11:00am
The ASUS M4N72-E motherboard has its strong and weak points. The strong points include SLI support, support for AM3 CPUs out of the box as it’s a new design and a solid bundle. Performance was lower than other chipsets but that is due to the fact that the nForce 750a is not the top of the line NVIDIA chipset for the AMD market, the 780a is the chipset for that catagory. The board comes in at an attractive $135 online, with a solid software bundle and great overclocking results, and was able to achieve a 30% overclock with the standard AMD reference cooler. The M4N72-E is a good motherboard... more.
Apr 02, 2009 10:57am
This board supports the latest AM3 CPUs without BIOS modification, which is a good thing. The board is available online for $69.99, making it a good value based choice for the AMD platform. Performance is within parameters of using the same video card, CPU, memory, HDDs with only the chipset being different. Integrated graphics performance is 20% less than the HD 3300 integrated graphics but that is a higher priced motherboard. All in all, as a value proposition, the ASRock A780GMH/128M has the features you want from a mini-ATX motherboard including HDMI and doesn’t break the bank in terms of... more.
Mar 27, 2009 11:59am
The reality of the economic downturn has affected every facet of our lives including the computer industry. While Intel continues to price their CPUs in the $999 price range with little change but a higher clock speed and higher speed QPI, AMD is pricing their CPUs for the mainstream user, with reasonable prices for reasonably performing CPUs. The Phenom II X4 940 CPU is available online for $219, making it price competitive with the Intel Core i7 920 CPU.This article can be found in our Reviews Vault. Click here to read the full article.
Mar 27, 2009 10:55am
The CoolIT Domino ALC CPU cooler is an excellent self-contained liquid cooling system for the CPUs. While a temperature of 58C is not the lowest temperature I've observed, it was also taken on a system running one of the hotter CPUs on the market, the QX9770. The other thing is the system was 100% stable at a clock speed of 4.4GHz while the Domino was installed. The unit runs for a very reasonable price of $79 which is virtually unheard of for a liquid cooled CPU cooler. Installation and setup couldn't be easier. This article can be found in our Reviews Vault. Click here to read the full... more.
Mar 26, 2009 8:15am
Workstation video cards are a totally different market from the consumer gaming cards. What is unacceptable in price to the average consumer is considered a bargain for workstation video cards. Quadro cards are the number one workstation graphics card on the market today, according to Jon Peddie Research. If you want a workstation class video card and use Adobe Photoshop Creative Suite 4 or programs like it, the Quadro CX is the card for you. This article can be found in our Reviews Vault. Click here to read the full article.
Mar 16, 2009 1:43pm
Lian-Li does great aluminum cases for every consumer. Their PC-8B case is available online for a price of $139.99 at this moment. While some people might fault a case for trying to go above and beyond the call of duty I am not one of them. For a Mid-Tower case to have anti-vibration measures like a anti-vibration HDD cage and jointed front panel, this makes the PC-8B a great choice for those not wanting to spend the money or space for a Full Tower case. The PC-8B is lightweight, and does the job. The air flow inside the case is sufficient with one 120mm intake and one 120mm exhaust fan.... more.

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