Review Index Page 8

  • Diablo III Performance Test: Graphics & CPU

    By Steven Walton on May 18, 2012

    Diablo 3 benchmarks and performance analysis -- After 11 years in the making and more setbacks than we care to count, Blizzard has finally unleashed a third installment to its cult classic dungeon crawler. Watch us beat the hell out of Diablo III with today's finest hardware.
  • Testing 10 Gigabit Ethernet Performance: QNAP TS-879 Pro & Synology DS3612xs NAS Review

    By Steven Walton on May 15, 2012

    Hoping to drive small and medium business sales, NAS-makers have been pushing to deliver more enterprise-level features. First seen over a decade ago, 10GbE is ten times faster than Gigabit Ethernet, but it's been largely reserved for pricey devices.
  • Gainward GeForce GTX 670 Phantom Review

    By Steven Walton on May 10, 2012

    Continuing Kepler's rollout, Nvidia has unveiled the GTX 670, which is priced against the HD 7950 at $399. Despite being $100 cheaper than the GTX 680, the GTX 670 doesn't appear to be much slower on paper, and that could spell disaster for AMD.
  • Cubitek HPTX-ICE Case Review

    By Steven Walton on May 09, 2012

    Cubitek is a relative newcomer to the chassis industry, but that's not stopping it from challenging the biggest names in the business -- including veteran Lian Li. Last month, the company unveiled its latest ICE series with five premium models spanning everything from Mini-ITX to HPTX.
  • Raspberry Pi Review & Initial How-To Setup Guide

    By Lee Kaelin on May 04, 2012

    Six years ago, Raspberry Pi founder Eben Upton set out to reignite programming in schools with a cheap, compact computing platform. Despite targeting students, his foundation's $35 computer captured the imaginations of tinkers worldwide, resulting in overwhelming demand.
  • Gainward GeForce GTX 680 Phantom Review

    By Steven Walton on May 01, 2012

    On paper, the GTX 680 has almost 200% more shader performance than the GTX 580, roughly 250% more texture performance, 90% more ROP performance and 100% more memory bandwidth. With the Radeon HD 7970 only being ~9% faster than the GTX 580, AMD appears to have priced itself into a corner this time around.
  • Tribes: Ascend GPU & CPU Performance Test

    By Steven Walton on April 25, 2012

    Tribes Ascend benchmarks and performance analysis -- We've benchmarked Tribes: Ascend across three different resolutions with two dozen GPU configurations, including AMD's new Radeon HD 7000 series. We'll also see how the performance scales when overclocking an FX-8150 and an i7-2600K, along with benching a handful of other Intel and AMD processors.
  • Ivy Bridge Debuts: Intel Core i7-3770K Review

    By Steven Walton on April 23, 2012

    Today the company is unveiling its full new line of Core i7 and Core i5 processors, accompanying chipsets and Centrino wireless options. Ivy Bridge is a 'tick' release, but Intel is calling it a tick+ due to the more significant overhaul the graphics side of things is getting.
  • 4-Way Intel Z77 Motherboard Round-up

    By Steven Walton on April 20, 2012

    After surveying Panther Point's spec sheet, we're itching to get a little more hands-on. We have four new Z77 motherboards in the shop and begging for attention, including the Asrock Z77 Extreme6, ECS Z77H2-AX, Gigabyte Z77X-UD5H-WB and Intel DZ77GA-70K.
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 Review

    By Michael Oryl on April 19, 2012

    Samsung is aiming to grab a piece of the low-cost tablet market with its latest device. At $250, the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 is an instant best buy. And when you consider that it is one of the few devices on the market to offer Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich as its operating system, it's even more of a steal.
  • HP Folio 13 Ultrabook Review

    By Matthew DeCarlo on April 11, 2012

    Striking a balance between extremes, HP's Folio 13 kicks off at an attractive $900 while packing the same core componentry you'll find in even the priciest of ultrabooks.
  • Nokia Lumia 900 Review

    By Dan Seifert on April 09, 2012

    The Nokia Lumia 900 represents a number of firsts: it is the first high-end Windows Phone from Nokia to arrive in the U.S., it is the first 4G LTE smartphone from Nokia, and it is one of the first 4G LTE Windows Phones on the market.
  • HTC One X Review

    By Michael Oryl on April 02, 2012

    The One X, the company's new flagship Android smartphone, is the kind of phone that just leaves you breathless. Its single-piece polycarbonate body is unique in the Android world, and it is as comfortable to hold as it is drop dead gorgeous.
  • Synology DiskStation DS1512+ NAS Review

    By Steven Walton on March 29, 2012

    The DS1512+ boasts faster read and write speeds than its predecessor and packs an updated dual core 2.13GHz Intel Atom D2700 (32nm Cedar Trail) CPU. These extras come at a $100 premium over the DS1511+, positioning this 5-bay device as a respectable contender in the current NAS market.
  • Crucial Adrenaline SSD Review: Solid State Cache for Your Hard Drive

    By Steven Walton on March 26, 2012

    Crucial's new Adrenaline solid state drive is a cache solution meant to work along your existing disk drive, using a 50GB version of the m4 SSD. By leveraging the NAND flash memory's performance, the Adrenaline acts as a fast cache to speed up your current larger disk drive storage.
  • Apple iPad (3rd-Gen): The TechSpot Review

    By Shawn Knight on March 22, 2012

    New features like quad-core graphics, 4G LTE support and the iSight camera are all nice additions, and yet the new iPad could be summarized in only two words: Retina display. Apple has once again set the benchmark others will be striving for in 2012.
  • HP TouchSmart 520 All-In-One Review

    By Shawn Knight on March 19, 2012

    The TouchSmart 520 is a 23-inch multi-touch AIO powered by a 2nd generation Intel Core i7-2600S processor, Radeon HD 6450A graphics and Beats Audio. Additional perks include a built-in TV tuner and HDMI-in, essentially transforming the 520 into a venerable entertainment / gaming station.
  • AMD Radeon HD 7770 & 7750 Crossfire Performance

    By Steven Walton on March 16, 2012

    The old HD 5750 and 5770 were popular Crossfire candidates and the same could be true of the HD 7700 series if it's priced right. We're testing the HD 7750 and HD 7770 in Crossfire across more than a dozen games to see how well they scale and compare against cards such as the HD 6870 and GTX 560 Ti.
  • Mass Effect 3 GPU & CPU Performance Test

    By Steven Walton on March 13, 2012

    Mass Effect 3 benchmarks and performance analysis -- We've benchmarked Mass Effect 3 across three different resolutions with two dozen GPU configurations -- including AMD's new Radeon HD 7000 series. We'll also see how the performance scales when overclocking an eight-core FX-8150, along with benching a handful of other Intel and AMD processors.
  • Mass Effect 3 Review

    By Kate Cox on March 13, 2012

    Mass Effect 3 is, at its core, an emotional story. No matter the choices that have come before, and no matter the choices made in this game, the toll of the conflict weighs heavily on Shepard at this point. The consequences of a galactic-scale war are staggering, and in many cases for the Commander, the best available option is only marginally less dreadful than the path not taken.
  • AMD Radeon HD 7870 & Radeon HD 7850 Review

    By Steven Walton on March 05, 2012

    Today marks the release of the 'Pitcairn' GPUs which make up the the Radeon HD 7800 series. As you would expect the series consists of two GPUs: the Radeon HD 7870 and Radeon HD 7850, designed to occupy the ample $200 to $400 range.
  • Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3072MB Review

    By Steven Walton on February 24, 2012

    Gigabyte's offering carries a redesigned the PCB and upgraded cooler that is meant to lower temperatures and improve overclocking. Considering the HD 7970's respectable performance, we expect a solid showing from the HD 7950.
  • PlayStation Vita Review

    By Stephen Totilo on February 22, 2012

    The PlayStation Vita is Sony's second portable gaming system and easily its better one. It arrives on something of a timer, as the rise of gaming on iOS and Android devices threatens the relevance of dedicated handhelds much the way Sony itself threatened the dominance of Nintendo's near-monopoly on dedicated handhelds more than half a decade ago.
  • Samsung Galaxy Note Review

    By Dan Seifert on February 20, 2012

    Samsung's new Galaxy Note is a unique device in the smartphone market. Straddling the line between a smartphone and a tablet, the Note features a massive 5.3-inch display, which is considerably larger than the screen on any other smartphone available today. Because of this, the Note is rather unwieldy in the hand, and nearly impossible to use one handed.
  • AMD Radeon HD 7770 & Radeon HD 7750 Review

    By Steven Walton on February 15, 2012

    The new Radeon HD 7770 and 7750 use the same 28nm design process and Graphics Core Next (GCN) architecture as the 7000 series flagship, albeit in more affordable configurations. AMD is pricing the HD 7770 at $159 -- in line with the GeForce GTX 560 -- while the HD 7750 is even cheaper at $109, combating the GTX 550 Ti.
  • Intel Core i7-3820 Processor Review

    By Steven Walton on February 09, 2012

    The Intel Core i7-3820 is particularly intriguing because of its sub-$300 retail price -- far less than other chips in the Sandy Bridge-E family. With that in mind we expected Intel to butcher this chip, but the 3820 remains an impressive specimen with four cores at 3.6GHz, a 10MB L3 cache and HT support.
  • Intel SSD 520 Series 240GB Review

    By Steven Walton on February 06, 2012

    The Intel SSD 520 Series is aimed at performance buffs with initial models offering capacities of 60GB, 120GB, 180GB, 240GB and 480GB. If it is maximum performance you seek then the SF-2281 based SSDs are hard to go by and the new Intel SSD 520 Series has to have the best support of any SandForce drive out there.
  • Galaxy MDT GeForce GT 520 Review

    By Steven Walton on January 27, 2012

    Multi-monitor technology was originally designed for productivity and it's still the driving force behind such technology today. With that in mind, Nvidia board partner Galaxy recently launched its affordable MDT X4 card, supporting four screens using the low-end GeForce GT 520.
  • Graphics Card Overclocking: Is It Really Worth It?

    By Steven Walton on January 26, 2012

    We have hand-picked three graphics cards that represent select price ranges to see just how much extra value can be obtained through overclocking. For the $100+ range we have the Radeon HD 6750, the GeForce GTX 560 Ti has been used to represent the $200+ market. Then at the top of the food chain we have the Radeon HD 6970 going for $300 and up.
  • CES 2012 in Pictures: Part 2

    By Shawn Knight on January 18, 2012

    As you've surely noticed, mobile tech consumed the event with seemingly every major company unveiling smartphones, tablets or ultrabooks. Nonetheless, we managed to lay hands on plenty of awesome PC hardware, from NZXT's massive Switch chassis to Razer's Hydra gaming controller.