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The Black is Back! ASUS Rampage IV Black Edition Motherboard Review

Introduction – ASUS Rampage IV Black Edition Echoes of AC/DC ring in my head as I came up with this title, and it took everything in me not to have about a thousand different “Back in black” references but I think we can survive a few. ASUS seems to reserve its “Black Edition” moniker for very special models as im sure some of you saw back when we got a chance to check out the Rampage III Black edition board based...

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HIS X800GT IceQ II Turbo and HIS X800GTO IceQ II Turbo

HIS is back with two new X800-series cards, the HIS X800 GT IceQII Turbo and the HIS X800GTO IceQII Turbo. These might not be super fast cards but with a low price they might still provide the best bang for the buck. We have tested both to find out. Introduction While ATI is busy showing off their new products it is easy to forget that they still have a pretty nice line-up already out. The X800-series has grown a lot and today I am testing the...

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HIS X1650 IceQ Turbo

The card I am testing today, the HIS X1650XT IceQ Turbo, uses the relatively new graphic chipset, the x1650XT from ATI. While the name suggests it is nothing more than a slightly faster X1650 Pro, the truth is that it is much more than that. INTRODUCTION I don’t know if I am alone but lately it feels like both NVIDIA and ATI have been pouring out graphic chipsets left and right, each with small name variations and small subtle differences in...

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Thermaltake Extreme Volcano 12

If you are in the market for a new CPU cooler, you are probably considering Thermaltake products. And they recently released a new HSF – the Extreme Volcano 12. We were lucky enough to get our hands on one. Read our review to find out if it should be your next cool purchase (pun intended). Introduction A good CPU cooler can go a long way in making a stable PC. The casual PC user or builder usually will be happy with a retail cooler that...

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CoolIT Systems Freezone

CoolIT Systems’s Freezone is an all-in-one CPU cooling that is build base on thermostatic cooling technology. It has provided an excellent alternative for those who wish to keep their processor cool and system noise down, yet do not want to go through the trouble of installing water cooling kits. The unique “Chiller” also is environmentally safe and free from biological growth, hence no maintenance is required. Read more as...

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Nvidia GeForce GTX 650 Ti (Reference Card) Review

  Nvidia last month released the GeForce GTX 660 and GTX 650 graphics cards. The GTX 660 was mainly focused for the mid-range gamers, while the GTX 650 is more focused towards the low-to-mid range users on a budget. Today, Nvidia is releasing their latest budget mid-range graphics card for those that don’t want to spend as much money on a video card as the GTX 660, but would like more performance than the GTX 650. We introduce you to...

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Nvidia GeForce GTX 780: The Next Step in GeForce

The next step in the evolution of GeForce has arrived. Let’s meet the first member of the GTX 700 series: the GeForce GTX 780. Nvidia GeForce GTX 780 Last year around March we took our first look into the new Kepler based architecture. The GTX 680 was launched to much fanfare from the enthusiast crowd. The launch saw the introduction of several new technologies, and a huge boost in graphics computing power from the 580 series due in part...

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Nvidia GeForce GTX 770: The Next Model in the 700 Series

Hot on the heels of the zenith of the GeForce 700 series, Nvidia is releasing the GTX 770. As the next-most powerful card in the 700 series lineup, it needs very little introduction. Let’s see what it has to offer! Nvidia GeForce GTX 770 Just one short week ago the GTX 780 cropped up, and now Nvidia has released the GTX 770 model. This model seems to carry close ties to the outgoing GTX 680, sporting a GK104 GPU and 2GB VRAM at default....

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Zotac GeForce GTX 770

Hot on the heels of the GeForce GTX 780 Nvidia has released a “new” GPU, the GeForce GTX 770. While sharing the name of the GTX 780 it is more of a refresh of the GTX 680 with higher clocks and a lower price. Zotac of course have several GeForce GTX 770-cards ready and in this review we take a look at the Zotac GeForce GTX 770. Nvidia GeForce GTX 770 Even though the GeForce GTX 770 is a GPU in the GeForce 700 series it actually...

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HIS R9 280X IceQX2 Turbo

HIS is one of the companies that have been partner with AMD for a long time and always released new interesting cards as new GPU’s are released. With the release of the new fall-GPU’s from AMD we get a full spread of products and today we are testing the HIS R9 280X IceQ2 Turbo card. As the name implies this is a card that not only comes with the latest version of HIS special IceQ-cooler but also is pre-overclocked from the box. The...

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MasterKeys Lite L Combo with RGB

MasterKeys Lite L Combo with RGB Cooler Master has a long dedicated tradition of producing great quality gaming peripherals at an affordable price. In this case the MasterKeys Lite L Combo with RGB, a RBG Keyboard and Mouse combo with a MSRP of $59. For your $59 dollars you get a RGB Keyboard with 4 color zones and Mem-chanical keys. Mem-chanical keys are membrane keys redesigned to give you a mechanical feel without the exorbitant mechanical...

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Zalman @ CES 2011

Zalman unveiled some new products today at CES 2011, including cases, coolers, and more. CNPS11X Extreme Cooler This is a continuation of the Bjorn3D @ CES 2011 series. We’re bringing you coverage of the hottest new products and announcements at the Consumer Electronics Show 2011. Read on for the new products Zalman is introducing. Today, Zalman debuted their innovative new CNPS11X Extreme cooler, with a newly designed heatsink. The new...

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Building a Silent Media PC

Media PC’s are no longer just for the geeks. Over the last few years, they have become more useful and simple to use for the common man. While you can buy ready-made Media PC’s from most companies, they usually are very expensive and not necessarily using the best components. I’ve spent some time to try to build both a silent and easy-to-use Media PC, and this article will hopefully give you some ideas on what to use in your own Media...

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ATI X1950XTX, X1650 Pro and X1300XT

ATI is back with a bunch of fall refresh products. The most interesting is the X1950XTX that not only supports GDDR4 and has a better and more silent cooling but also will be quite cheap compared to other high-end video cards. INTRODUCTION A quite nice day in August I flew over to Berlin for a one day Techday with ATI to see their new products for this fall. Unfortunately these new products didn’t include the R600 but that was to be expected....

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HIS X1950Pro IceQ3 Turbo

Not veryone can afford one of the latest and greats video cards. We have tested the HIS X1950 Pro to see what it can offer for the price-consious gamer. INTRODUCTION Even though I am sure most of us would love to be able to buy one or two X1950XTX or GeForce 8800GTX cards, the hard reality is that we cannot afford to. We have to look to a cheaper alternative that still hopefully will perform well enough. One of these cheaper alternatives is...

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Leadtek WinFast PX6800 GT TDH (GeForce 6800 GT)

The Leadtek WinFast PX6800 GT TDH is a great high-end video card for anyone looking for one, especially if you want potentially great overclocking right out of the box. To help consumers see what they get for about twice the price, this review takes a look this GeForce 6800 GT card from Leadtek and compares it to a GeForce 6600 GT card. Introduction Every so often I like to do a review where I compare a high-end video card to a top-shelf...

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FOXCONN 7950GT

For those enthusiasts waiting for the prices on the new G80 hardware to come down or those holding out to see what ATI (and NVIDIA) has to offer early next year, but who still need a graphics card that can power their games for the interim, cheaper but still powerful cards such as the 7950GT would easily suffice as a holdover until then. INTRODUCTION While many hardware shoppers are never thrilled to hear about new relaunches of old products...

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Gigabyte GA-8I955X Royal Motherboard Review

Check out our review of the Gigabyte GA-8I955X Royal to see if it deserves to be called “royal” or not. This high-end 955X motherboard boasts a lot of great features and an extensive bundle, but the layout isn’t perfect. Read the review to find out the details. Introduction Rare jewels (diamond), precious metals (platinum), positions of distinction (royal)… all of these are common themes used by manufacturers to...

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HIS X1800GTO IceQ3 Turbo

The X1800GTO is ATI’s attempt to conquer the ~200$ market. We’ve tested the HIS X1800GTO, a card that offers great performance and also the promise of even more performance waiting to be unlocked under the hood. INTRODUCTION While NVIDIA has enjoyed success with the GeForce 7600, ATI hasn’t had a X1000 card to compete with it. That is about to change now as the X1800GTO’s are being rolled out from various OEM’s like Powercolor and...

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ZOTAC GeForce GTX 660 Ti AMP Edition

  ZOTAC always has a unique way of approaching the market, whether it be via unique color profiles or just the simply outlandish cooler designs on the AMP series of cards. Today we take a look at their newly released GTX 660 Ti offering from the AMP Edition lineup and see how it stacks up to what the big boys has to offer.   Introduction – ZOTAC GTX 660 Ti AMP Edition ZOTAC is widely known for their SFF offerings, but the...

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