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  • Antec LanBoy Air ATX Case Review

    By Steven Walton on

    Antec has earned a reputation for extraordinary case designs such as the Skeleton, Dark Fleet, Hundred and ISK series, but late last year they unveiled what's arguably their most unique and striking case yet, the LanBoy Air.
  • Crysis 2 Performance Preview

    By Steven Walton on

    Crysis 2 is one of the year's most anticipated PC games. Considering that the original game to this very day can put a mid-range machine to crawl we were keen to preview how the game runs on current generation graphics cards.
  • Asus E35M1-M Pro Review: A Look at AMD's Fusion Platform

    By Steven Walton on

    The Asus E35M1-M Pro is an implementation of the AMD Fusion - Brazos platform that packs a dual-core AMD Zacate 18W processor (formally known as the E-350 APU), DirectX 11 graphics support along with USB 3.0 and SATA 6Gb/s, making for a relatively inexpensive bundle at $140.
  • Lenovo IdeaPad U260 12.5" Laptop Review

    By Shawn Knight on

    While all of these extensions of mobile computing are exciting, the trusty laptop is still the most well-rounded option. Classified as a Lifestyle product, Lenovo's IdeaPad U260 aims to be your 'thin, light, stylish travel companion'.
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 560 Ti Review

    By Steven Walton on

    It was only a matter of time until Nvidia added a mainstream performance graphics card to its GTX 500 series, and today we have that product. Known as the GeForce GTX 560 Ti, this new graphics card will retail for $250, placing it in direct competition with the Radeon HD 6870.
  • Thermaltake Armor A30 Mini Tower Case Review

    By Steven Walton on

    Most mini towers claim to be designed with both gaming and HTPC use in mind, but the Thermaltake Armor A30 makes no such claims. Instead, it is strictly a gaming chassis designed for LAN party goers.
  • Kingston SSDNow V+180 64GB SSD Review

    By Steven Walton on

    Kingston has expanded their SSD range adding the SSDNow V+180 Series to the mix. This portable 1.8-inch line is designed for ultra-mobile devices, such as ultra-thin notebooks, netbooks and tablet PCs, while mirroring the read and write speed specs of the larger 2.5-inch SSDNow drives.
  • Silverstone Raven 2 Evolution (RV02-E) ATX Case Review

    By Steven Walton on

    If you are looking for a unique case that won't break the bank don't go past the Silverstone Raven 2 Evolution. The RV02-E points the motherboard upward at a 90-degree angle, so the 'rear' I/O panel is placed on top of the enclosure instead of behind.
  • Intel's Sandy Bridge Microarchitecture Debuts: Core i5 2500K and Core i7 2600K CPUs Reviewed

    By Steven Walton on

    Enter the Sandy Bridge 32nm architecture, which marks the introduction of the 2nd generation Intel Core processors. Sandy Bridge is designed to be a two-chip platform consisting of a processor and Platform Controller Hub (PCH). It incorporates an Integrated Display Engine, Processor Graphics, and Integrated Memory Controller.
  • Lian Li PC-V2120 Full Tower Case Review

    By Shawn Knight on

    Today we'll be looking at the Lian Li PC-V2120A, a luxury full tower chassis that sports a tool-less aluminum design supporting up to ten 3.5-inch and two 2.5-inch HDDs, 11 expansion cards and five fans.
  • AMD Radeon HD 6950 Review

    By Steven Walton on

    At $299 the new AMD Radeon HD 6950 has no direct competition, but we'll be keeping a close eye on how it compares to the GeForce GTX 470 and 570, and whether it makes more sense to scale down or up to get better value.
  • OCZ RevoDrive X2 240GB PCI-Express SSD Review

    By Steven Walton on

    The OCZ RevoDrive X2 is not your standard solid state drive. Unlike traditional SSDs, the RevoDrive X2 uses the PCI-Express bus, boasting of four SandForce SF-1200 controllers setup in RAID0, and coming in sizes from 100GB through an insane 960GB.
  • AMD Radeon HD 6970 Review

    By Steven Walton on

    Code-named Cayman XT, the new Radeon HD 6970 features 2640 million transistors, 23% more than that of the 5870. The Radeon HD 6970 is essentially a more refined version of the 5870, so expect improved performance and efficiency.
  • Iomega eGo 1TB USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive Review

    By Shawn Knight on

    We'll be taking a look at the eGo 1TB USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive, one of the latest additions to Iomega's portable storage line.
  • AMD Phenom II X6 1100T Black Edition CPU Review

    By Steven Walton on

    With Christmas around the corner, many of you will be treating yourselves to a new computer. Meanwhile, AMD is trying to tempt you with a shiny new hexacore CPU with today's release of the Phenom II X6 1100T, their new six-core flagship processor.
  • Gigabyte GeForce GTX 570 (1280MB) Review

    By Steven Walton on

    As the GeForce GTX 470 was to the GTX 480, the GTX 570 is a cut down version of the recently released GTX 580. Thermals and operating efficiency will remain much the same, as will the features. What has changed is the core configuration, operating frequencies, and memory bus width, all of which have been slightly reduced.
  • Asrock Vision 3D HTPC Review

    By Steven Walton on

    Asrock's Mini PC line has expanded with the recent introduction of the Vision 3D HTPC, by far their most ambitious model yet packing both a powerful Intel mobile processor and a mobile Nvidia GeForce graphics part.
  • Asus Crosshair IV Extreme Motherboard Review: Lucid HydraLogix Inside

    By Steven Walton on

    What separates the Crosshair IV Extreme apart from the pack is Asus' CrossLinx 3 technology. This allows users to mix and match multiple graphics cards from both AMD and Nvidia, including models of different GPU generations.
  • Samsung 470 Series 256GB SSD Review

    By Steven Walton on

    The Samsung 470 Series 256GB has certainly surprised us. This quiet achiever came from nowhere to dominate our performance charts with stellar performance matching and sometimes surpassing current top SSD drives.
  • Asus ENGTX580 GeForce GTX 580 Review

    By Steven Walton on

    Nvidia claims the GeForce GTX 580 runs cooler and quieter than the GeForce GTX 480 while delivering better performance. That's an exciting prospect for gamers, so we look forward to put this Asus GeForce GTX 580 board through its paces.
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops GPU & CPU Performance In-depth

    By Steven Walton on

    Black Ops benchmarks and performance analysis -- Developed by Treyarch, Call of Duty: Black Ops debuts a new theme around the Cold War conflict. We test 19 graphics card configurations, using AMD and Nvidia GPUs that ranged from the uber expensive models to budget-minded offerings.
  • Maingear Shift Gaming PC with Super Stock Options Review

    By Shawn Knight on

    Here's the scenario: You're bored one night surfing the Internet and you decide to do a mock build of your dream PC. Whether through your favorite e-tailer or a boutique system builder, you find yourself piecing together the ultimate powerhouse. Price is not a concern -- you want the baddest system your (imaginary) money can buy.
  • Cooler Master HAF X Case Review

    By Steven Walton on

    When Cooler Master announced the new HAF X as the new flagship model of its 'High Air Flow' line, they had our immediate attention as we wondered how they could have improved the impeccable 932's formula.
  • AMD Radeon HD 6870 Review

    By Steven Walton on

    Today marks an overhaul with AMD launching two new graphics cards designed to tackle the GTX 460. The Radeon HD 6870 and 6850 are being presented as the new mid-range offerings on AMD's line-up with a suggested retail of $239 and $199.
  • Medal of Honor Single Player Graphics & CPU Performance

    By Steven Walton on

    Medal of Honor benchmarks and performance analysis -- Medal of Honor is unique in that it uses two different graphics engines for single player and multiplayer modes, so all the performance testing we are about show you will only reflect output in the single player mode.
  • Lenovo ThinkPad X100e Notebook Review

    By Shawn Knight on

    Mobile computer users that want a small and lightweight system usually have two options: an underpowered netbook or a pricey ultraportable. Lenovo describes the X100e as something in-between, claiming it has the portability and price of a netbook with the power of an ultraportable.
  • Lian Li Mini Q PC-V354 MicroATX Case Review

    By Steven Walton on

    The Lian Li Mini Q PC-V354 is a rather unique product, and that's not an easy thing to achieve in today's chassis industry. The company has managed to shrink a full size ATX case into a MicroATX case, while still accommodating hefty enthusiast components like a full-size graphics card.
  • HP Envy 14 Notebook Review

    By Shawn Knight on

    Earlier this summer HP expanded their popular Envy notebook line with the introduction of the Envy 14 and Envy 17 models. Building on the success of last year's Envy, the new models bring several new hardware options to the table as well as a lower introductory price point.
  • Civilization V GPU & CPU Performance

    By Steven Walton on

    Civilization V benchmarks and performance analysis -- Sid Meier's Civilization V is a classic example of what many like to call a '4X' game, as players manage an empire where they explore, expand, exploit, and exterminate. We've decided to greet the title with a battery of GPU and CPU tests.
  • Thermaltake Level 10 Case Review

    By Steven Walton on

    We've never seen a chassis that looks remotely like the Thermaltake Level 10. It's not the kind of case you walk by without noticing, and when you do see it, resisting the urge to move in for a closer look is impossible. Simply put, the Level 10 is a piece of art.