CategoryReviews


Seagate 600 Pro 200GB SSD & RAID Review



Over the last few years SSDs have started to replace standard mechanical hard drives in the consumer market, as the speed relative to an HDD makes them logical choice hands down. However, SSDs haven’t been as widely adapted in the enterprise space because of one major issue that has plagued the drives since their initial launch – flash wear. An SSD has a limited number […] Continue Reading


EVGA GeForce GTX 750 SC 1GB Graphics Card Review


The EVGA GeForce GTX 750 is based on Nvidia’s First Generation “Mawell” architecture which packs quite a punch for having a TDP below 75W. Just a few weeks ago we were able to examine the GTX 750 Ti, which is the older sibling of the 750 series, the difference in this model is it comes with a slightly cut down GPU that features 512 CUDA cores instead of 620 and it o […] Continue Reading


HDD vs. SSD Real World Gaming Performance


 

Hard OCP just posted an interesting review about the gaming performance between SSDs and HDDs. In the article the consensus is that there is no difference in gaming and I can vouch for that, when it comes to the frame rate you are not going to see any difference between using an SSD over an HDD. What we think they missed though is the loading time of games. The difference when loading into games is n […] Continue Reading


MSI Radeon R9 270 Gaming OC Graphics Card Review



Product Name: MSI Radeon R9 270 Gaming OC Edition

Price: Starting at $179.99 – Amazon

AMD has released an onslaught of graphics cards in a short period of time and the “Volcanic Islands” family continues to grow with the release of the AMD Radeon R9 270.

The 270, is similar to that the 270x, but it comes with a more […] Continue Reading


Noctua NH-L9i and NH-L9a CPU Cooler Review



Product: Noctua NH-L9i Heatsink

Price: Starting at $42.99 – Amazon

HTPC builds require not only a heat sink with a physically smaller dimensions, but one that performs silently. Small fan size generally means the exact opposite due to the higher RPM requirement just to produce as much airflow as a larger fan size equivalent, so […] Continue Reading


Raijintek Pallas Low-Profile CPU Cooler Review


Despite the fact that newer processors require less power to operate, thermal concerns are still an issue to consider because a smaller area can have more current flowing at a given time compared to older and larger fabrication designs. This is especially true when overclocking the latest Intel Haswell processors which are more difficult to tame thermally compared to Inte […] Continue Reading


3-D Cardboard Triangles Could Make Bubble Wrap Obsolete


As a DIY system builder and reviewer I frequently have packages arriving at my doorstep that are packed with sensitive hardware that can easily be destroyed. With so much hardware coming in the chances of damaged hardware arriving are high, and from the looks of some of the boxes that are delivered it appears as if UPS/FedEx are running them over with their truck before carelessly tossing them at my front […] Continue Reading


Be Quiet! Silent Wings 2 140mm Fan Review


 

Outside of an anechoic chamber or the vacuum of space, nothing is truly silent but you can’t fault a person for trying to build a computer system that runs stealthily. Although it was quite an undertaking a few years ago, recent advances in CPU and GPU efficiencies have made it easy to run powerful systems without resorting to high-RPM fans for cooling. Not al […] Continue Reading


Cougar Spike Mini Gaming Case Review



Introduction:

When it comes to cases there are very few that have an MSRP as low as $34.99, even mini towers cost more, but the COUGAR Spike is one such case. However, even with the extremely low price tag it still comes with a host of features that make it a great case for any Micro-ATX build.

The COUGAR Spike is designed to offer a blend of performance and functions for a mini tower […] Continue Reading