Reviews

Oct 09, 2009 12:08pm
ATI has hit a home run with the HD 5800 series as the cards are the fastest single chip solutions on the market for most applications and the full compliance with DirectX 11 allows you to have a sense of future-proofing more than any other card on the market today. You have two choices with the HD 5800 series, the HD 5870 and the HD 5850 both separated by nearly $100. At this moment the cards available are all reference cards with the same core and memory clocks, meaning that the Sapphire card is a good choice for those wanting a no-nonsense ATI card. At $279, the HD 5850 is an excellent buy... more.
Oct 04, 2009 4:08am
Thermaltake specializes in cooling computer components like cases, CPUs and other components and they took a long hard look at the Element G design and it shows. Three 200mm+ fans a 140mm fan and room for more fans means this case has plenty of cooling for even the most demanding computer. The only limitation on this case really has to do with the 3 5.25” drive bays, but most people don’t use more than two optical drives anyway. The inclusion of two 2.5” drive mounts is a definite plus and a nod towards where most case manufacturers are going to be going with the improved performance of SSD... more.
Oct 01, 2009 4:08am
ASRock is not well known in the enthusiast community as they often have niche motherboards based on esoteric chipsets with unique features found nowhere else. This board is the first board I’ve seen with the new SATA 6Gb/s interface and has good features and great performance, making it a solid choice for a Hot Product award. The board overclocked to 4.0GHz from the default 2.66GHz on the Core i5 750 CPU, making it a decent overclocker as well. You also get features like a 16 Phase Power Design and Intelligent Energy Saver in the mix making this a solid board. This article can be found in our... more.
Sep 24, 2009 4:08am
I’m of two minds on the GIGABYTE GeForce GTX260 Core 216 Super Overclocked card. On the one hand the card clearly outperforms the other GeForce GTX 260s on the market and with the latest driver outperforms some GTX275s. The GIGABYTE card has some advantages over those cards with a default overclock of over 100MHz over the reference design and a memory overclock by default of 250MHz. Support for PhysX in games like Batman: Arkham Asylum, Darkest of Days and other recently released games brings a whole new meaning to physics in the games. Leaves rustle in the wind, chunks of plaster are knocked... more.
Sep 19, 2009 4:08am
n the world of video cards it’s always about the chicken and the egg. On the one hand video cards need to support standards like DirectX 11 and OpenGL 3.2, on the other hand having a card release before there are games that take advantage of the new features it supports means that the cards mostly use the improved performance they bring to improve image quality which isn’t a bad thing at all to do. ATI has a hit with the Radeon HD 5870 as it is the only card along with the HD 5850 coming next week to fully support Microsoft’s DirectX 11 until either the end of the year or next year. The... more.
Sep 19, 2009 4:08am
Thinking about the NAS Server space has to offer, Thecus is a company that has made the Home NAS Server a reality for many people. The N5500 has updated specifications compared to earlier Thecus units with an updated processor, double the RAM and two DOMs which allow the system to boot when one of the DOMs fails. Thecus’s N5500 is available online for around $200, making it a good choice for those wanting a NAS Server, a DAS or an iSCSI for a reasonable price.This article can be found in our Reviews Vault. Click here to read the full article.
Sep 18, 2009 4:08am
SilverStone has done a fine job making a mini-ITX case ready for the consumer market. The case supports a wide variety of expansion and if your motherboard supports it, even a 9” dual-slot graphics card. SilverStone has tested the included PSU with a HD 4850 graphics card and a fairly impressive Core 2 Quad 9550 with the 300W PSU and found it to work. Unfortunately, I did not have the motherboard or CPU to test how the PSU would work. The ITX220 motherboard from ASUS worked easily with no problems as to necessary power.This article can be found in our Reviews Vault. Click here to read the... more.
Sep 16, 2009 4:08am
Intel has done a great job with the DP55KG Extreme motherboard. The board overclocks decently, but the real treat for this board is on the automatic overclocking that Turbo Boost provides. The board automatically changes the multiplier for the Core i7 or i5 CPU higher so it operates at 3.2GHz for the Core i5 750 CPU or 3.6GHz for the Core i7 870 CPU. These were completely stable in operation. Intel has done their homework with the overclocking and it shows. The board features a full suite of software from Intel including their new Desktop Control Center and a trial version of Norton’s... more.
Sep 14, 2009 1:08am
The MSI P55-GD65 has a few distinctions over the P55-CD53 motherboard which I reviewed on launch day. First is the ability to do Voltage Checkpoints, which the other board cannot do. Second is the higher Overclock ability (slightly) of the board. MSI has three models of P55 chipset on the market including this one and the P55-CD53 and P55-GD80 with slightly modified feature set for each. MSI’s board gets the Editor’s Choice due to the features and performance that you want at a reasonable price. Good Job MSI.This article can be found in our Reviews Vault. Click here to read the full article.
Sep 14, 2009 1:08am
ASUS has really gone the extra mile with their P7P55D Deluxe board with performance that exceeds that of its competition and a slew of new features including the Hybrid Phase and Xtreme Design. The board overclocked using ASUS’s automated overclocking utility to a respectable 3.15GHz totally stable. Hand overclocking got the board over 3.5GHz, a very nice overclock indeed. ASUS includes extras like the TurboV Remote which allows one button overclocking and the ability to clear the CMOS without having to dig around the back of the computer case. This article can be found in our Reviews Vault.... more.

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