Review Index Page 23

  • Duke Nukem Forever Performance Test

    DNF benchmarks and performance analysis -- Considering it spent 14 years in creation, many gamers had extremely high expectations for Duke Nukem Forever's gameplay. Others remained skeptical that it would even ship, let alone deliver an earth-shattering experience. You could say we were somewhere between the two.

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  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Review

    The Galaxy Tab 10.1 features a beautiful display and a body that is incredibly thin and light. It also packs a dual-core 1GHz processor and the latest version of Android. But while its hardware is lust worthy, it still leaves us somewhat underwhelmed on the software side.

    By Michael Oryl on

  • Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY Smartphone Review

    The Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY is the first PlayStation certified mobile device to hit the market. This means that it has access to special ports of games from Sony's legacy of PlayStation titles, in addition to the growing number of games available to the Android platform.

    By Dan Seifert on

  • The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings GPU & CPU Performance

    The Witcher 2 benchmarks and performance analysis -- The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings is a visually stunning game capable of bringing today's finest hardware to its knees. As usual, we're bringing you our full performance test, complete with nearly two dozen video cards and various quality settings in three of today's most popular resolutions so you know what it takes to run the game smoothly.

    By Steven Walton on

  • DiRT 3 GPU & CPU Performance Test

    Dirt 3 benchmarks and performance analysis -- Dirt 3 is a spectacular looking racing game with some surprisingly high, but also incredibly vague recommended system requirements. While it's nice that gamers with five year-old machines can play Dirt 3, we're more interested in knowing what it takes to experience the game with all its visual splendor.

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  • Crucial m4 256GB SSD Review

    Known simply as the m4, Crucial's latest SSD is hailed as the successor to its award-winning RealSSD C300, promising to deliver more speed and higher capacities. Despite those claims, we can't help but feel the m4 has some big shoes to fill.

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  • Silverstone Raven 3 (RV03) ATX Case Review

    The Raven 3 is a worthy successor to the Raven 2 Evolution and in fact the best-designed Raven case to date. The RV03 delivers loads of improvements over the previous model, not least in cable management, extended storage capabilities, fan controller access and cooling efficiency.

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  • Thecus N3200XXX NAS Review

    The Thecus N3200XXX provides an excellent level of performance for its price. It's easy to configure and quite powerful next to the competition.

    By Steven Walton on

  • Samsung Galaxy S II Review

    The new Samsung Galaxy S II is larger, yet much thinner than the original, features a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus display and well over twice the processing power. All in all, the new Galaxy S II establishes a new high-water mark that will force all other Android devices to scramble to stay afloat.

    By Michael Oryl on

  • Brink GPU & CPU Performance Test

    Brink benchmarks and performance analysis -- Brink looks to be an exciting, fast-paced first-person shooter that should run well on a wide range of hardware. Continue reading to see how the game performs on a dozen current and previous-generation GPUs priced from $100 to $700.

    By Steven Walton on

  • Asrock Z68 Extreme4 (Intel Z68) Motherboard Review

    Along with combining the functionality of its previous chipsets, Intel has infused the Z68 with some impressive new features including Smart Response Technology and LucidLogix Virtu GPU virtualization that should make it more appealing to a broader demographic. The company has effectively created a new enthusiast-grade chipset.

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  • Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Review

    As the thinnest ThinkPad ever, the X1 seemingly takes the best features from the X220 and the U260 and merges them into one. The result is an extremely thin and sleek 13.4" notebook that is a real follow-up model to the X300 series that many came to own and love a couple of years ago.

    By Shawn Knight on

  • Budget Graphics Card Comparison

    Fortunately for cash-strapped gamers, intense competition between AMD and Nvidia ensures that the sub-$150 graphics card market is well stocked. Along with wallet-friendly HD 6000 and GTX 500 products, many older mainstream cards have been demoted to the budget bracket. We'll compare the most relevant ones in this review.

    By Steven Walton on

  • Triple Monitor Gaming: GeForce GTX 590 vs. Radeon HD 6990

    By utilizing three monitors games can become roughly 3x more demanding as the graphics card is required to render an overwhelmingly higher number of pixels. While we commonly test graphics cards at single monitor resolutions, today we are adding two more LCDs for effective resolutions of 5040x1050, 5760x1200 and 7680x1600.

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  • Intel SSD 510 Series 120GB Review

    Considering all the achievements Intel earned with its X25-M drives, hardware enthusiasts were to expect Intel to oppose OCZ's juggernaut. The SSD 510 Series steps in to compete with the Vertex 3 in the high-end consumer market, for the first time using a third-party controller that adds SATA 6Gb/s support.

    By Steven Walton on

  • BlackBerry PlayBook Tablet Review

    The BlackBerry PlayBook is RIM's entry into the burgeoning tablet market that is currently dominated by Apple. It faces a stiff competition from the iPad and the various Android tablets that are just now coming to market. Does RIM have what it takes to compete at this level of consumer tablet?

    By Dan Seifert on

  • HIS Radeon HD 6850 & 6870 IceQ X Turbo Crossfire Review

    It's not very often that we see mainstream-level GPUs settle down for long, thus we were pleased to hear that HIS was updating its mid-range offerings with the factory-overclocked 6870 IceQ X Turbo X and HIS Radeon HD 6850 IceQ X Turbo.

    By Steven Walton on

  • LG Optimus Pad / T-Mobile G-Slate Tablet Review

    Based on the LG Optimus Pad, the T-Mobile G-Slate is the carrier's first 4G tablet. It makes use of an 8.9-inch touchscreen display and has the ability to record 3D videos with its dual 5 megapixel cameras.

    By Michael Oryl on

  • 5-Way Intel P67 Motherboard Shootout

    For those building a new high-end rig from the ground up, the LGA1155 platform looks like the way to go and there are already quite a few exciting new P67 motherboards to choose from. We've put together a roundup featuring many of the very best P67 motherboards currently available.

    By Steven Walton on

  • OCZ Vertex 3 240GB SSD Review

    The performance oriented controller used by the Vertex 3 known as the SandForce SF-2281 includes support for the SATA 6Gb/s interface, while boasting read and write speeds of 500MB/s+, a mind blowing figure when compared to previous generation chips.

    By Steven Walton on

  • Touch Mouse 3-Way Roundup

    These wireless mice are smaller and simpler in what they entail, yet they all feature one distinct characteristic - touch sensitivity. Meet the contenders: Microsoft's Arc Touch, Mad Catz's Eclipse touchmouse, and SpeedLink's Cue Wireless Multitouch.

    By Shawn Knight on

  • Thermaltake Level 10 GT Case Review

    Taking some cues from the original Level 10, Thermaltake hopes to be able to capitalize on it by offering a more down to earth 'GT' version. Not only is the Level 10 GT more affordable, it's also smaller and lighter, but has it lost all that made the original such a work of art?

    By Steven Walton on

  • USB 3.0 64GB Flash Drive Round-up

    We look at three USB 3.0 64GB flash drives: the AData Nobility Series N005, Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 and Patriot SuperSonic.

    By Steven Walton on

  • Crysis 2 GPU & CPU Performance Test

    Crysis 2 benchmarks and performance analysis -- How demanding Crysis 2 is on PC hardware? Can it bring the most power hungry rigs to their knees as the original game did? Today we plan to find out as we run a wide range of processors and graphics cards through the gauntlet.

    By Steven Walton on

  • Apple iPad 2: The TechSpot Review

    ''The third post-PC blockbuster product'' - this is the phrase that Apple's Steve Jobs used to describe the iPad at their recent media event for the iPad 2. Regardless of how you feel about the company or their products, there is no denying that Apple is one of the best when it comes to product design and marketing.

    By Shawn Knight on

  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 590 Review: Dual-GPU Wars

    The company's GeForce GTX 590 was a poorly guarded secret, with specifications leaking as far back as last fall. Today marks the flagship's official launch and needless to say, we're excited to see how it stacks up to AMD's dual-GPU offering.

    By Steven Walton on

  • LG Super-Multi N2A2 2TB (2-Drive NAS) Review

    When LG told us they had a new 2-bay NAS that costs less than $250 with a pair of 1TB hard drives included, we sat up and took notice.

    By Steven Walton on

  • Dragon Age II GPU & CPU Performance Test

    Dragon Age 2 benchmarks and performance analysis -- In addition to the high-resolution texture pack designed exclusively for the PC, Dragon Age II supports DirectX 11 providing cutting edge rendering features such as tessellation, additional dynamic lighting, depth of field and ambient occlusion. When compared to DX9 we can confirm that Dragon Age II looks considerably better using the more advanced renderer.

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  • Lenovo ThinkPad X220 Ultraportable Notebook Review

    The ThinkPad X220 was just introduced this month and represents Lenovo's latest ultraportable ThinkPad. Feature highlights include a 12.5-inch 1366x768 IPS display, a solidly built thin frame and starting weight of 3 pounds, all without sacrificing on performance courtesy of Intel's new mobile processors.

    By Shawn Knight on

  • AMD Radeon HD 6990 Review: Sumptuous Dual-GPU Power

    Make it official, the Radeon HD 6990 is hands down the fastest graphics card on the market, outperforming previous generation dual-GPU products by a long shot. That said, we can't decide for you whether it makes sense to spend $700 on this graphics card or not.

    By Steven Walton on