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Sapphire R9 290X Tri-X Edition @ techwarelabs.com
[Mar-26-14] (0 Comments)

Today we are taking a look at the R9 290X Tri-X from Sapphire. The 2 90X is known to run extremely hot and throttle down, so to keep this beast cool Sapphire designed a massive triple fan cooler that promises to keep th e temps low and prevent the performance loss from throttling. Read on to se e how it performed.

TechwareLabs Monster Build Part 2:The Machine @ techwarelabs.com
[Mar-11-14] (0 Comments)

Today we are going to assemble and show off our monster build. With a sky-high overclock and benchmarks that blow away the competition, this ma chine truly is a beast. Check out what we learned along the way and see wha ts planned for this machine.

Kingston HyperX Beast KHX21C11T3K2/16X 2x8GB @ aphnetworks.com
[Oct-22-13] (0 Comments)

APH Networks reviews the HyperX Beast RAM from Kingston. Howbeastly is the HyperX beast?

Kingston HyperX Beast 16GB DDR3-2133 Memory Kit @ benchmarkreviews.com
[Sep-19-13] (0 Comments)

Some of the most difficult to answer questions in the enthusiast and high-end gaming PC world have to do with RAM, and more specifically with RAM clock speeds, latency, and timings. What differences do all of these make when it comes to better performance and higher frame rates in games? Typically, the answer is that they do very little when it comes to games. AMD has sought to change that answer with the release of their Richland series APUs, which are designed to take even more advantage of RAM speeds and support up to 2133MHz clock speeds. Intel’s Haswell now supports speeds of up to 1600MHz. Now that more is being done to increase the performance gain from higher RAM speeds, let’s take a look at the results. Here at Benchmark Reviews, we have a couple of new high-speed RAM kits to review. In this article, we will be taking a look at the Kingston HyperX 8GBx2 DDR3-2133 KHX21C11T3K2/16X kit.

Kingston HyperX Beast 16GB DDR3-2133 Memory Kit @ benchmarkreviews.com
[Sep-19-13] (0 Comments)

Some of the most difficult to answer questions in the enthusiast and high-end gaming PC world have to do with RAM, and more specifically with RAM clock speeds, latency, and timings. What differences do all of these make when it comes to better performance and higher frame rates in games? Typically, the answer is that they do very little when it comes to games. AMD has sought to change that answer with the release of their Richland series APUs, which are designed to take even more advantage of RAM speeds and support up to 2133MHz clock speeds. Intel’s Haswell now supports speeds of up to 1600MHz. Now that more is being done to increase the performance gain from higher RAM speeds, let’s take a look at the results. Here at Benchmark Reviews, we have a couple of new high-speed RAM kits to review. In this article, we will be taking a look at the Kingston HyperX 8GBx2 DDR3-2133 KHX21C11T3K2/16X kit.

Kingston HyperX Beast 16GB DDR3-2133 Memory Kit @ benchmarkreviews.com
[Sep-19-13] (0 Comments)

Some of the most difficult to answer questions in the enthusiast and high-end gaming PC world have to do with RAM, and more specifically with RAM clock speeds, latency, and timings. What differences do all of these make when it comes to better performance and higher frame rates in games? Typically, the answer is that they do very little when it comes to games. AMD has sought to change that answer with the release of their Richland series APUs, which are designed to take even more advantage of RAM speeds and support up to 2133MHz clock speeds. Intel’s Haswell now supports speeds of up to 1600MHz. Now that more is being done to increase the performance gain from higher RAM speeds, let’s take a look at the results. Here at Benchmark Reviews, we have a couple of new high-speed RAM kits to review. In this article, we will be taking a look at the Kingston HyperX 8GBx2 DDR3-2133 KHX21C11T3K2/16X kit.

Kingston HyperX Beast 16GB DDR3-2133 Memory Kit @ benchmarkreviews.com
[Sep-19-13] (0 Comments)

Some of the most difficult to answer questions in the enthusiast and high-end gaming PC world have to do with RAM, and more specifically with RAM clock speeds, latency, and timings. What differences do all of these make when it comes to better performance and higher frame rates in games? Typically, the answer is that they do very little when it comes to games. AMD has sought to change that answer with the release of their Richland series APUs, which are designed to take even more advantage of RAM speeds and support up to 2133MHz clock speeds. Intel’s Haswell now supports speeds of up to 1600MHz. Now that more is being done to increase the performance gain from higher RAM speeds, let’s take a look at the results. Here at Benchmark Reviews, we have a couple of new high-speed RAM kits to review. In this article, we will be taking a look at the Kingston HyperX 8GBx2 DDR3-2133 KHX21C11T3K2/16X kit.

Kingston HyperX Beast 16GB 2133MHz Memory Kit @ bigbruin.com
[May-16-13] (0 Comments)

* The Kingston HyperX Beast 16GB 2133MHz DDR3 memory kit was ableto run completely stable with CL10 timings at 2133MHz and 1.6V. For thoselooking to run at lower clock speeds there is an XMP profile onboard to runat 1600MHz with 9-9-9-27-2 timings at 1.5V, and testing also revealed thatit is possible to run this kit at 1866MHz with 9-9-9-24-1 timings at 1.5V.

HIS Radeon HD 7970 X IceQ X2 Turbo 3GB Overclocked Video Card @ tweaktown.com
[Jul-30-12] (0 Comments)

HIS bring a beasty new GHz Edition Radeon HD 7970 to the table with the new HD 7970 X IceQ X2 Turbo.

Cooler Master Silent Pro M2 1500-watt Power Supply @ tweaktown.com
[Jul-17-12] (0 Comments)

Cooler Master shows off the new Silent Pro M2 series with their 1500W behemoth. You might not need 1500 watts of power, but the 12 PCIe GPU power connectors are nice if you need to build a GPU beast.

MSI HD 6950 Twin Frozr II :Cool, Quiet, and somewhat Beastly @ pcper.com
[Mar-24-11] (0 Comments)

Personally I like the card. I was disappointed I could notmod it successfully to a HD 6970, but even in stock form the card isnot slow. I am doing some =93long term=94 testing on this particularmodel in my main machine, clocked at a much more mundane 900 MHz coreand 1350 MHz memory. This has provided a nice performance boost, allthe while producing less sound than the more aggressive overclock Idid while testing. So far the card has worked flawlessly at thisspeed, and it has handled every application I have thrown at it withaplomb.

TechwareLabs :Thermalright HR-02 CPU Heatsink @ TechwareLabs News
[Jan-25-11] (0 Comments)

Thermalright produces a small, but carefully crafted selection of high-quality components, all centered around a single core competency. Today well be looking at one of their larger coolers to date, the HR-02. Aimed at the enthusiast and overclocker crowds, this cooler seems geared to tackle the hottest CPUs on the market. Stick with us as we see just how Right the Thermals are on this beastly cooler.

Point Of View GeForce GTX 460 Beast 1GB Graphics Card Video @ eteknix.com
[Nov-22-10] (0 Comments)

This card is one of the best selling cards from Nvidia, with all of the latest features that we know and love from Nvidia and the most recent graphics technology on the market. including the ability for SLI configuration and full DirectX 11 support. It also has 3D Vision Surround, PhysX technology and CUDA support.

Point Of View GTX 460 Beast 1GB Graphics Card Unboxing Video @ eteknix.com
[Nov-09-10] (0 Comments)

Today we are unboxing the Point Of View GTX 460 Beast Graphics Card. Check outhttp://www.eteknix.comshortly for the full review on this product.

Cooler Master HAF X Case @ hardwaresecrets.com
[May-26-10] (0 Comments)

Cooler Master is launching today a new full-tower case within their HAF family:HAF X. Lets see take an in-depth look in this new beast.

OCZ Z Series 1000 W Power Supply @ hardwaresecrets.com
[Mar-05-10] (0 Comments)

OCZ Z Series is the 80 Plus Gold-certified power supply family from OCZ. Lets take an in-depth look on their kilowatt beast.

Thermaltake Toughpower Cable Management 1200Watt Power Supply Video @ eteknix.com
[Jan-14-10] (0 Comments)

Today we’re looking at the thermaltake Toughpower Cable Management 1200Watt power supply. This power supply (even from the name) is a beast and rightly so being from one of the most trusted manufacturer’s on the market, and having a continuous stream of power at 1200watt

Corsair Obsidian Series 800D Case @ hardwaresecrets.com
[Dec-12-09] (0 Comments)

Corsair has recently released their first case, a USD 300 beast that is targeted to be the most complete case in the market. Lets check it out.

Corsair TX950W Power Supply @ hardwaresecrets.com
[Oct-24-09] (0 Comments)

Lets take a look on the latest power supply from Corsair, a 950 W beast that promises good efficiency.

[News] NZXT Zero 2 Case @ virtual-hideout.net
[Aug-09-09] (0 Comments)

Gaming is all about taking it to the extreme. In the pursuit of thebest gaming experience, gamers have stopped at nothing to achieve thisalways-rising goal. Overclocking, adding another GPU/Videocard and upgradingare the typical paths and all of them have the downside of generating extraheat, which is potentially damaging to components and can impedeperformance. To remedy this, a proper case with good airflow is needed.Usually, a full tower provides the best option, since the extra space notonly permits more fans but also provides the proper clearance for airflow aswell. NZXT was thinking exactly this with the Zero 2 case, a steel-chassisfull-tower beast that boasts a capacity for an impressive seven 120mm fans.

Beast Computers Breed EVO - XSs @ xsreviews.co.uk
[Jul-22-09] (0 Comments)

BEAST,founded in 2005, was formed with the idea of creating a trustedidentity that could be relied upon for gaming and also providing greatsupport. Describing their computers as ‘beasts’ instead of just a rig,the company clearly has faith in their products using only the highestquality of components.Today, we have one such beast here to take for a spin; the Breed Evo.It uses the new Intel i7/LGA1366 platform and incorporates a GTX 295,water-cooling, 1600MHZ DDR3 memory and a D0 stepping of the i7 920processor. This along with all the other specifications make forimpressive reading but can the Breed Evo produce a beast of aperformance to warrant the high price tag and fend off the challenge ofmy own custom i7 rig? Let’s see what happens.

COOLERMASTER NOTEPAL X2 NOTEBOOK COOLER @ pro-clockers.com
[Jul-15-09] (0 Comments)

For many, Coolermaster is the only choice for computer cases andcooling products. I am a big fan as well. Some may not know it, but theyoffer more than desktop components and cooling. They have ventured into theworld of laptop cooling as well. We saw this in the Choiix review we did afew months ago. A perfect fit for netbook cooling. We enjoyed reviewing it,but with the explosion of laptop sales in past few years cooling productsfor portables are becoming an important need. Coolermaster realizes this anddeveloped the NotePal X2 cooling pad. Is it enough to cool the beast that Iwork with everyday? We will see.

TechwareLabs s the CyberPowerPC Gamer Xtreme Si @ techwarelabs.com
[Jun-26-09] (0 Comments)

Want to pwn n00bz whenever you get the chance? It simply cannot be done without the use of the best technology on the market. If your looking for a great way to get that all wrapped up and shipped to you you might want to check out the new CyberPowerPC Gamer Xtreme Si. Come along with Jason Dumbaugh as he checks out this new pre-built beast.

TechwareLabs s the FSP Group BoosterX 5 450W Plus GPU Power Suply @ techwarelabs.com
[Mar-16-09] (0 Comments)

Today, we pull out the big guns with the FSP Group BoosterX 5 450W Plus GPU Power Supply. As a dedicated graphics card PSU, can this beast just about handle anything you throw at it. Join us as we take a look at what happens when Chris Breaks out the Palit 4870 Sonic Editions in CrossfireX. Will the BoosterX 5 stand up to the torture, or become a flaming projectile with a vendetta for its reviewer?

[News] Thermalright TRUE Copper Heatsink @ virtual-hideout.net
[Jan-09-09] (0 Comments)

Well then, when it comes down to it, this TRUE is a bit of aparadox. It's a very heavy beast that performs to... some degree offantastic, though to be honest, it really could be better. There areabsolutely no qualms with aesthetics, design, or installation. Even thepackaging is up to the par set. But honestly? What it comes down to are thematerials themselves. Back when, the utilization of copper was in place dueto the inability of the heatsinks to dissipate the heat, due to a low amountof surface area. The other issue in the pipe, though, is the fact that thisheatpipe uses the same six heatpipes as every other TRUE; which means thatunless it can dissipate heat any faster, the additional heat capacity won'tdo much all of good. It's all a shame, but I do rather love this sink

Cooler Master V8 Heatsink and Fan @ techwarelabs.com
[Oct-23-08] (0 Comments)

We all want the power of a V8, but with gas prices the way they are, most of us are trading our V8 trucks in for puny four cylinder eco-friendly cars. Cooler Master wanted to put that V8 power back in your life without driving you to the gas pumps. We introduce to you the all new Cooler Master V8 CPU cooler. Will this beast give us the power we need to cool our overclocked 140W AMD 9950 Black Edition down to room temperature?

Asus' Eee PC 1000 40G netbook @ techreport.com
[Aug-20-08] (0 Comments)

screen, a cramped keyboard comfortable only for munchkin fingers, limited storage capacity, an underclocked Celeron processor, and average battery life.My, how things have changed.Today's netbook market is littered with much more capable devices powered by Intel's slick new Atom processor. Screens have gotten bigger, too, bringing with them not only higher display resolutions, but enough space for larger keyboards that can easily accommodate adult hands and high-speed typing. Storage capacity has also risen to the occasion, and battery life and connectivity options have expanded. The netbook has quickly grown up before our eyes.I quite liked the first Eee PC, but despite its infectious novelty and honest-to-goodness utility, what is now known as the 700 series is hampered by too many limitations to be a viable notebook replacement for most folks. Asus' new Eee PC 1000 40G, however, is another beast entirely. Perhaps the most mature of this latest crop of netbooks, the 40G sports a 1.6GHz Atom processor, a 10

Zotac GTX 280 1GB AMP! Edition Video Card @ thetechlounge.com
[Jul-17-08] (0 Comments)

It's a tough place to be, having six hundred dollars to spend on a single video card. It's rough, and if you're there, may God have pity on your soul. You're about to buy a GTX 280. Some of the glimmer has blown away; this is the fastest single-GPU card of all time, but HD 4000 is a whirlwind. It's all value, though, and the best has and will always require a price premium. NVIDIA people won't be dissuaded, and the GTX 280, despite competitive pressure, is selling well. A lot of work went into making this a new card, not a streamlined or overclocked G80 part. It's beastly, costly, and if you've any doubts about buying this card, they're warranted. Fortunately, you can know this:it's powerful, and there probably won't be anything like it for some time to come.

[News] Patriot Viper 4GB PC3-12800 (1600MHz) Memory @ virtual-hideout.net
[Jul-16-08] (0 Comments)

If you're spending your hard earned cash on the new DDR3 standard,then you expect nothing short of stable, dependable performance whetheryou're using a 32-bit or 64-bit system. The memory must be reliable if youjust play games or if your system is a serious number crunching SETI beast.The Patriot Viper 4GB PC3-12800 Dual Channel Memory Kit thoroughly testedhere offered nothing short of those expectations. The memory is fullybackward compatible with your 1066 MHz and 1333 MHz Core 2 series Intelprocessors. The extra performance gained from the memory's timings at lower6-6-6-18 setting should be a pleasant bonus which also equates to plenty ofbandwidth.

Mod of the Month - June 2008 @ bit-tech.net
[Jun-30-08] (0 Comments)

Well, here we are at the end of June! We're half-way throughthe year,in the start of a gorgeous summer (or maybe winter for those of yousouth of the equator), and we're celebrating the first birthday of ourMod of the Month competition!One year ago, we rolled out the first of our monthly awards, won bynone other than a fishtank with a computer.Since that point in time, we've seen all manner of beasts and builds,from top-spec watercooled SLI rigs to slim and trim HTPCs. Scratch casebuilds, full-on mods and everything in between have graced these pagesas 55 of the best from our forums vied for prizes and recognition. This month, we're celebrating the anniversary by going back to the oldschool - June's Mod of the Month contains absolutely no scratch builds.Don't worry, all you talented creators - we'll go back to pick up acouple of you for July. But this one is all about the art of theold-fashioned mod.

Sapphire Radeon HD 3870 X2 ed @ thetechlounge.com
[Jun-03-08] (0 Comments)

So why not just get two 3870s and rub a little CrossFire into your box? There are two reasons, really. For most people, that's just not an option. Dual-PCI-Express can easily tag a Benjamin onto the price of a motherboard, and, in Micro-ATX land, it's a mythical beast that visits overclockers in their dreams. And there's another thing: regular 3870s get the lower-binned GPUs--the faster-clocking chips go into the X2s. But, lastly, the 3870 promises something else:tri- and quad-CrossFireX. But that begs the initial question:now that the release is behind us, how much awesome stuck to the HD 3870 X2, and how much washed away?

Seventeam Hurricane 1200W Power Supply @ jonnyguru.com
[May-20-08] (0 Comments)

In December, we took a look at the flagship of the SeventeamElectronics fleet, the Thundering 1200W. Recently, the folks at Seventeamasked us to take a look at the modular version of this mammoth beast, theHurricane 1200W. Join me on a tour through our torture park as I find outjust what this massive unit is made of and if it performs any differentlyfrom its brother. Will the platform earn a recommendation this time around?

Thermaltake Armor+ ESA Case @ hardwaresecrets.com
[May-01-08] (0 Comments)

Armor+ ESA is the biggest and most high-end case from Thermaltake, with 10 slots for expansion cards, fully supporting four video cards plus nVidias ESA technology. Lets take an in-depth look on this beast.

rock Xtreme 770 X9000-8800 gaming notebook @ bit-tech.net
[Apr-17-08] (0 Comments)

Honestly, my feelings about the rock Xtreme 770 are a bitmixed. On theone hand, the Xtreme 770 offers very good gaming performance,application performance and comes with some nice extras and a goodwarranty. Even the bag that comes bundled with the laptop is nice,though the laptop itself is quite heavy—but that’s to be expected. On the other hand though, the battery life won’t let you even getthrough one two hour film and I still feel that the concept of a gaminglaptop is one that hasn’t been explored properly yet. Just because itdoesn’t have a separate monitor, keyboard and speakers doesn’t meanthat this 17-inch beast suddenly becomes portable!In the end, for me, it’s the gaming performance and overall feel of theXtreme 770 that makes this laptop a winner – this is a machine whichfeels good to use and some obvious care and attention has obviouslygone into the design. rock has even spaced out the USB ports so you canfit multiple devices in without making it a squeeze. The laptop as awhole feels good to use and the gaming performance, while maybe not asgood as we had hoped, is more than enough for modern gaming. It may be expensive and many bit-tech readers may guffawand pledge continued, undying loyalty to their desktop machines, butthe reality is that the rock Xtreme 770 is a very tempting piece of kitand more than capable of any task you might care to throw at it.

Gigabyte 9600 GT 512MB @ techgage.com
[Apr-07-08] (0 Comments)

If on thelookout for a good GPU at a great price, it's easier thanever. NVIDIA's 9600 GT packs a punch and retails for well under $200.We are taking Gigabyte's stock-clocked solution for a spin to see howit stacks up against our other models. And yes, it overclocks like abeast.

Cooler Master Cosmos S Case @ thinkcomputers.org
[Mar-17-08] (0 Comments)

Cooler Master's Cosmos case made waves last year because of itsincredibly silent design, awesome size, and excellent accoutrements. Thisyear, Cooler Master altered the Cosmos design and released a new model:theCosmos S. Whereas the Cosmos case was a silent beast, the Cosmos S isdesigned to keep things inside as cold as possible, sacrificing silence forperformance. After salivating upon seeing this case in Cooler Master's boothat CES, we had to get our hands on it. ThinkComputers blasts off to explorethe unknown regions of this expansive case.

Seasonic M12II 500watt Power Supply @ tweaktown.com
[Jan-30-08] (0 Comments)

The M12II features the ability to sustain a steady 500 watts of p ower flow. Both the 3.3v and 5v rails are rated at 24A power draw. This m odel has a dual 12v rail system with one rated at 17A and the other rated at 18A draw.All cable assemblies included with the M12II are mesh wrapped to keep tha t beast called =93Cable Management=94 at bay. There is also a decent sele ction of cable harnesses that come with this power supply.

AMD ATI Radeon HD 3870 X2 @ bit-tech.net
[Jan-29-08] (0 Comments)

While the Radeon HD3870 X2 has the potential to become one of, if notthe fastest graphics cards released to date, it’s not something that Ican recommend over Nvidia’s current flagship GeForce 8800 Ultra and8800 GTX cards because it’s only as strong as its weakest link. Sadlyfor AMD’s graphics product group, that means there’s a long road aheadwith driver support for this beast because, even from just looking atcurrent releases, I believe there will be scenarios in the future whereCrossFire isn’t as well supported as it probably should be.There are many ways to look at this and I’m sure the conspiracytheorists are hard at work. Are the developers locking AMD out becausethey’re working closely with Intel’s and Nvidia’s developer relationsteams? Is AMD’s developer relations team helping developers toimplement proper CrossFire support? Or is there something else thatI’ve missed completely? I honestly don’t know what the situation is,but there are developers which I’ve spoken to in confidence that haven’theard from AMD for a while.Ultimately, the long term success of this card is going to come down toAMD’s driver and developer relations teams and how well it getssupported in this year’s crop of new releases. I’m all for fastergraphics cards using multiple GPUs, but there needs to be transparencyfor the gamer to really harness a multi-GPU card’s potential. In thescenarios where the support is there, the Radeon HD 3870 X2 performsvery well and it can be looked upon as a match for Nvidia’s nownine-month old GeForce 8800 Ultra, but in the scenarios where thereisn’t support, you end up with a card that isn’t even as fast assomething that’s nearly half the price.

Tuniq Miniplant 950watt Power Supply @ tweaktown.com
[Jan-23-08] (0 Comments)

Enter the Tuniq Miniplant, a 950 watt power supply that is aimed at those who want that extra kick for a performance level system. There are, however, many high-end power supplies currently on the market so our goal is to help you determine if this product is capable of putting out quality power in your own system.This particular unit produced some of the highest voltage levels I have ever seen. Though nothing is at a range that would be detrimental, rest assured that you will have power to spare with this beast. Add to this the standard sized footprint and we have ourselves a very impressive power supply.

Zalman CNPS7500-CU LED CPU cooler @ pro-clockers.com
[Nov-06-07] (0 Comments)

Heatsinks have been around since the inception of the CPU, andmanufacturers have feverishly been trying to develop creative ways to coolthe latest and greatest processors that produce an abundant amount of heat.We've seen every type of fin array imaginable, but Zalman's flower styledesign seems to stand out from the rest. Not only were they one of the firstto use copper fins on their heatsinks, but they were also one of the firstto experiment with different fin array configurations to enhance theirheatsinks' performance. Today, we have Zalman's CNPS7500-CU LED CPU cooleron our test bench. This massive 848 gram beast has a low profile design anda flare for craftsmanship that many enthusiasts have come to expect fromZalman.

Intel X38 and 45nm Yorkfield Overclocking @ legitreviews.com
[Sep-19-07] (0 Comments)

The good news is that this 3.87GHz Yorkfield beast is air cooled with a heat sink that is 'normal', which means overclocks like this shoul d be easy to reach with aftermarket cooling. The bad news is that the te st system was only running in single channel mode, which seemed a bit str ange...

Folding on the Intel V8 - Eight Cores of F @ legitreviews.com
[Sep-10-07] (0 Comments)

Many of you probably remember our Intel V8 preview that showed so me serious processing power. Instead of just letting a system like this c ollect dust, we have put this system to good use running Folding @ Home f or Team 38296. We set out to see just how many points per day we could ge t with such a beast using various configurations featuring the Linux SMP client, Windows SMP client, ATI GPU Client, and VMWare.

NZXT Lexa Blackline PC Case @ thinkcomputers.org
[Sep-01-07] (0 Comments)

Menacing. That's the word NZXT uses to describe its Lexa Blacklineperformance gaming chassis. The massive beast, black skinned and glowingred, is a quiet monstrosity perfect for a water-cooled rig. Its ominousappearance is glossy, yet symmetrically contoured like a stealth jet. Atemperature display crowns the head of the beast, allowing a user to preventthe case from reaching his or her own evil number of degrees. Will the NZXTLexa Blackline measure up to its counterparts, the HUSH and ADAMAS?ThinkComputers bears the meter stick in this review.

Core 2 Extreme QX6850 @ hardwaresecrets.com
[Jul-16-07] (0 Comments)

Our review of Core 2 Extreme QX6850, the new most high-end desktop CPU from Intel, with four cores and running at 3 GHz internally and 1,333 MHz externally. We also could run it at 3.3 GHz, simulating a future QX6950 CPU. How this new beast compares to previous CPUs from Intel? Check it out.

Xilence X1 gaming case @ bit-tech.net
[Jul-03-07] (0 Comments)

All-in-all, theX1 gaming case is an interesting little beastie fromXilence. Its exterior look is a love-it-or-hate-it affair, akin only toMarmite in the way it inspires both anger and adoration, while itsinterior is an odd mixture of roominess and useless features.Ultimately, it won't be the chassis of choice for everyone, but buyerswho do pick one up will be able to turn out some modest performancewith a minimum of fuss, meaning the X1 is a decent all-rounder thoughit excels in nothing at all.

Swiftech Apogee GT @ techpowerup.com
[Jun-28-07] (0 Comments)

Trends in waterblock design don't change often. Until recently, it was thought that jet-impingement was the best way to go for achieving the lowest temperature when cooling a processor. Then came along quad-core CPUs, and it became evident that we must look at other ways of cooling these beasts – their core surface is very large, so waterblock designers were forced to return to old-school, large surface area waterblocks. The Apogee GT is one of the first blocks that attempts to offer jet-impingement performance from a block relying on a simple array of copper pins – can it succeed?

Cooler Master Real Power Pro 550W Power Supply @ pro-clockers.com
[Jun-14-07] (0 Comments)

Modern power supplies come in a variety of flavors, sizes, andfeatures. Some are designed for raw power, while others target more specificaudiences like gamers and modders. Today, we have Cooler Master's Real PowerPro 550w power supply on our test bench. This power supply combines a rareblend of efficient power and stylish looks. This beast hasn't even beenreleased to the public yet, but Pro-Clockers have been given a uniqueopportunity to review it before anyone else.

Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3R mobo @ bit-tech.net
[Jun-01-07] (0 Comments)

It's inexpensive, as fast as other P35 boards and overclockslike abeast. You could certainly do better on the included feature andaccessories front, but that's not like it doesn't give you plenty ofexpandability on-board. If I was looking for an inexpensive, solidperforming, future proof backbone to a new system; the GigabyteGA-P35-DS3R would certainly be high on my list.

Gaming headset head to head @ bit-tech.net
[May-30-07] (0 Comments)

Truth be told, it's almost neck and neck for the two headsetshere.Bespectacled gamers, like me, would probably do best to avoid them bothaltogether and to wait for something better to appear on the market.For those that absolutely must have a set of comfortable headphone andwho don't mind going sans microphone, then the Sennheiser HD 215are our recommended headphones as they have truly huge earpieces andcushions softer than the chewy centre of a cloud. They technicallycount as DJ headphones, but we've found them excellent for gaming and apleasure to wear.However, choosing out of the two gaming headsets available here istough. The Sennheisers are excellent performers and classier lookers,but the Creative headset performs just as well and will appeal to adifferent market.Close as it is, we have to choose a winner and, in this case, we'd haveto side with the Creative Fatal1ty headset as the removable microphonemakes them a more versatile beast and a good all rounder.

DX10 Benchmark Fiasco @ pcper.com
[May-23-07] (0 Comments)

Both NVIDIA and AMD have a secondary goal though of appealing to thecommunity and at the very least APPEARING to be looking out for the bestinterests of the gamers themselves. While this might be true on somelevels, the cynical beast in all of us should tell us that most of the timecorporations are only doing good by others when it will do good by them. Byhelping game developers and supporting them with these programs bothhardware companies are making the gaming experience better overall byimproving performance, increasing image quality and finding and fixing bugs.All of these are key benefits to the gamer of course, but NVIDIA and AMDboth have the ulterior motives of selling more hardware.

Lost Planet DirectX 10 impressions @ bit-tech.net
[May-21-07] (0 Comments)

There's no doubt about it, Capcom has come up aces with the PCversion of Lost Planet.This may only be a demo we were playing with, but if the code playsthis well in its un-optimised and unfinished form then we can't wait tosee what the final game will look like. True, the game isn't flawlessat this point; the A.I proved itself to be a foolish beast and therewere a few times when clipping issues ruined otherwise gorgeous scenesof gory Akrid-slaughtering gaming.

HIS Radeon X1950 Pro IceQ3 Turbo @ hothardware.com
[Dec-22-06] (0 Comments)

Today, we will be looking at HIS' take on ATI's mid-range beast, theRadeon X1950 Pro IceQ3 Turbo. This card comes with higher core and memoryspeeds than the original specs call for, and it sports a large heatsink/fandesigned by Arctic Cooling.

2006 Holiday Shopping Guide:Building a high-end Gaming PC! @ tweaktown.com
[Dec-12-06] (0 Comments)

Christmas and New Year holidays... this is the season to be jolly, they say. We say its a time to ignore your budget and go out and build yourself a kick-ass new high-end gaming PC. Besides eating too much and avoiding confrontations with your family, what else will you do during the holidays? Play games and try and make your fast PC even faster!In this guide we will provide computer component recommendations for building a high-end gaming PC these holidays. It wont be an ultra extreme beast as found in our Slayer system in our System Builders Guide section but it will still pack a bunch without sending you broke for the next year or more.

Releasing the Beasts Overclocking the GeForce 8800's @ tweaktown.com
[Nov-16-06] (0 Comments)

The main thing we want to know today; can the 8800 GTS, which sits significantly cheaper, come in and match or even beat GTX performance at stock speeds? And if it does, how much further can the 8800 GTX go to make it worth your while to spend those extra hard earned dollars on it, as opposed to the GTS variant?In this article were not going to look at the graphics cards, weve already done that. Instead we will have a quick look at our test system setup and what we got with our overclocks. From there its straight into the benchmarks as thats all we really need to see here today.

OCZ EvoStream 600 watt Power Supply @ pro-clockers.com
[Oct-10-06] (0 Comments)

The EvoStream 600 watt power supply seems to be what a lot of powerusers are wanting, less resistance and a bunch of power from a convenientlymodular power supply. A threeyear warranty and the great rep that OCZ has may make the EvoStream the nextmost wanted power supply. And if that is not enough, this new beast from OCZalso sports quad 12v rails.

nVidia 7900GS Overclocking Confirmed Palit rocks the clocks! @ tweaktown.com
[Sep-12-06] (0 Comments)

It was only the other day that we had a chance to look at the new GeForce 7900GS GPU and while the stock performance was not all that exciting, when it came to overclocking our XFX review sample, it went like an absolute beast. So we had to wonder was there something special about the 7900GS from XFX? Was it just one good overclocker out of the batch? Or is this going to be the next in graphics card for people on a budget?

Apevia BeastPower PFC680W-BL Power Supply @ thinkcomputers.org
[Sep-05-06] (0 Comments)

Apevia (previously known as Aspire) was established in March of 1999 and they are in industry leader in the manufacture PCcases and power supplies. Apevia actively designs, imports and markets PC parts including computer cases, accessories, case fans,power supplies, and matching keyboard/mouse/speaker kits. Today we will be looking at the Apevia BeastPower PFC680W-BL power supplywhich features active PFC (optional), dual fans (80mm and 120mm), a fan adjustment knob, and LED lights on the PSU, and a maximumpeak output power of 680W, and is SLI Ready.

Logisys HD-Silencer @ extensivemods.com
[Aug-22-06] (0 Comments)

Ahhh, you just spent the last few days building that as close tosilent PC that you can get and now it's time to fire it up. You hit thepower button and the beast comes to life and basking in the almost totalsilence when all of a sudden you hear this awful noise that kills themoment, what is it? It's your hard drive. Well do I have something for youtoday, it's not a new silent hard drive it's a hard drive silencer. Logisyssent me their new hard drive silencer to test out. Will it quiet down thathard drive to put back that moment you lost? Well hang in there and let'ssee.

Intel Merom Core 2 Processor @ pcper.com
[Jul-27-06] (0 Comments)

=93In our testing, the Intel Core 2 Duo T7400 mobile CPU has somesignificant improvements over the previous Core Duo processor. The biggestgains are seen in floating point and integer operations where some testsshowed improvements of more than double! One of the short-comings of theCore Duo was it's weakness in crunching numbers, but no longer. The Core 2Duo T7400 has shown itself to be a beast when it comes to chowing down thoseoperations.=94

Abit AT8 32x Crossfire 939 Motherboard @ xtremecomputing.co.uk
[Jun-20-06] (0 Comments)

Silverstone have really pulled the cat out of the bag with this caseand designed a beast that would make any purchaser happy. Maybe there isanother down side and that's the price, I mean paying 200+ GBP and350+dollars it may be a bit out of a lot of peoples reach. But with a newbuild I would rather spend the cash on this and cut a corner on say thesound card. Having said all that in today's market you get what you pay for,and that's true with the TJ07 in my opinion

MSI K8N Diamond Plus Motherboard @ tweaktown.com
[May-02-06] (0 Comments)

The K8N Diamond Plus motherboard uses the nForce 4 SLI x16 chipset, the newest beast from nVidia. This chipset gives you a total of 32 PCI Express lanes for graphics cards alone; this means you get full speed PCI Express x16 slots. MSI uses a small interconnected heatpipe and fan design to keep the two chipsets as cool as possible - and this is especially great news for end-users who like to build quiet computers. Thats right - nForce 4 SLI x16 is a two chip solutions. nVidia worked this by placing the extra 16 lanes on the Southbridge chipset and uses a 1600Mhz Hyper Transport link to connect the Northbridge to the Southbridge.

Intel's Conroe Performance P @ pcper.com
[Mar-10-06] (0 Comments)

At the more reasonable resolution, that gamers might actually playat, the minimum frame rate is 23% faster and the average frame rate is 11%faster in the favor of Conroe once again. These are much more modestperformance gains, but are still very impressive as we have never seen asimple processor change result in this much of a performance gain in anapplication that normally is a beast on current systems.

BFG Tech GeForce 7900GTX in SLI AA and AF Beast @ tweaktown.com
[Mar-09-06] (0 Comments)

If youre sitting there saying you cannot live without AA and AF... you just need it to have the best gaming experience - well you can rejoice now because this is what the GeForce 7900GTX graphics cards are made for. Its clear that you dont use one of these cards and game without AA and AF turned up to a high level. They are designed so you can max out those AA and AF settings and still get a smooth frame rate.

Universal Virus Database @ thinkcomputers.org
[Dec-21-05] (0 Comments)

In response to the recent article on viruses and after a long time spent fighting the various beasties as they have poppedup over the course of the past decade or so, I have come up with a few ideas which I believe might help battle the problem andshould be implemented and regulated nationally, if not globally. I call it the

Enermax Liberty 620 Watt PSU @ thinkcomputers.org
[Nov-14-05] (0 Comments)

I have done quite a few power supply reviews, and have purchased quite a few, I have never owned an Enermax power supply, soI was more than happy to get this for review. Enermax has a great reputation for top quality products, when people ask for a PSUrecommendation, Enermax is usually one of the names on the list. They have come out with a new line of power supplies called theLiberty. So today I have the Enermax Liberty 620Watt power supply for review, it is a powerful beast, sporting a very nice paint joband modular cables, but can it perform? Let's find out.

e-Geforce 7800GT 256MB PCIe VIVO @ gamergod.com
[Aug-14-05] (0 Comments)

7800GTX works on 24 Pixel Pipeline and 8 Vertex Shader units while the 7800GT works on 20 Pixel Pipeline and 7 Vertex Shader Units. Obviously the card is inferior to 7800GTX but the price difference is worth considering. The 7800GTX currently costs around $542.00 and the 7800GT around $449.99, $100 difference between their prices. The 7800GTX is truly a beast but 7800GT provides great performance/price ratio to those who are neck to neck with their budget.

Nvidia Geforce 7800GTX SLI @ 3davenue.com
[Jul-10-05] (0 Comments)

Even though it only seems like a little while ago the 6800Ultra wasbeing introduced, it is time again to meet Nvidia's latest 3D king, theGeforce 7800GTX. While in recent years Nvidia have had stiff competitionfrom ATi in the high end sector, as it stands right now, they have beatenATi to the punch with the Geforce 7800GTX GPU, leaving ATi to react for thefirst time in quite a while. Today, we check out not one, but two 7800GTXreference boards in both normal and SLI mode to see just how muchperformance this new 3D beast can deliver.

Beastmaster headphones! @ DansData
[Mar-12-05] (0 Comments)

These are actually Ultrasone's HFI-550_Beatmaster_ headphones. They come adorned with a collection of not entirely plausible marketing hype, but under it all they're actually rather good.

Twas the night before Christmas... @ Bit Tech
[Dec-18-04] (0 Comments)

Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house No PC was whirring; no keyboard, no mouse. The CDs were stacked on the table with care, In hopes that a new game would soon be there.

The geeks were all nestled all snug in their beds, With visions of severing clean Zombies heads. G-Mans words echoed during their nap, after blood and guts splattering into their lap.

When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter, I readied the crowbar with intent to batter, Away to the window I flew like a flash, When a sniper let loose and the window did smash.

The moon lit the beast, who had been laid low, Cried out with a squeal and jumped up from below, A headcrab leaped at me, it now was so clear, A minature foe, which froze me with fear.


NVIDIA GeForce 6200 TurboCache @ Bit Tech
[Dec-15-04] (0 Comments)

We look at the new budget card from NVIDIA that utilises main system RAM for its graphics processing. On first impression, it looks to be a beast of a card at a spanking price.

Hiper Power 525WPSU @ Bit Tech
[Oct-05-04] (0 Comments)

Haz looks at the latest beastie from Hiper Power.

bit-news Project Synapse @ Bit Tech
[Sep-21-04] (0 Comments)

We work with VIA Technologies on a very funky mod project! Not only do you get to take a look at the creation of this modded beast, but readers can enter a simple competition to win the whole thing - X800XTPE, Athlon 64 3700+ and dual WD Raptor setup included!

Logisys Crystal Power 500 watt Power Supply Review @ Twisted Mods
[Aug-03-04] (0 Comments)

With a solid, great looking clear body, this power supply definitely catches the eye. Add a 500watt rating and this power supply is enough to make any modders mouth water...If all you care about is performance, this PSU is a beast. With incredibly steady voltage ratings and a specially designed circuit board for PC gamers and modding enthusiasts, this power supply is definitely ready for the newer graphics cards and systems running tons of hardware.

Scythe-USA KAMAKAZE Universal CPU cooler @ Kickass AMD
[Jun-18-04] (0 Comments)

My first thoughts on the cooler were "Wow, this thing is a beast!" Weighing in at 690grams, this unit exceeds Intel's recommended weight to be asserted onto the clamping design by 47grams!
Will this massive cooler live up to its 690grams! Read more to find out...


Zalman Reserator 1 Fanless Water Cooler @ PimpRig
[Jun-07-04] (0 Comments)

he Reserator is Zalmans first complete system and true to Zalman form, its not your average beastie. Relying heavily on the K.I.S.S. principle Zalman engineers opted for a all-in-one design. The Reserator is both reservoir and radiator, hence the clever name.

Zalman Reserator 1 Fanless Water Cooler @ PimpRig
[Jun-07-04] (0 Comments)

The Reserator is Zalmans first complete system and true to Zalman form, its not your average beastie. Relying heavily on the K.I.S.S. principle Zalman engineers opted for a all-in-one design. The Reserator is both reservoir and radiator, hence the clever name.

Thermaltake Venus 12 A64 CPU Cooler @ Controlled Insanity
[Jun-05-04] (0 Comments)

Anyone that is an AMD fan knows the kink that comes with their products, HEAT! The AMD Athlon 64 is better than the old days of the T-bird but it still gets toasty. So Thermaltake has been trying its hardest to sooth the hot and sweaty savage beast, and today we take a look at their latest offering the Venus 12 A64 CPU Cooler.

Albatron PX875P Pro reviewed @ Ohls-place.com
[Mar-20-04] (0 Comments)

Albatron's latest addition to their already strong arsenal of Intel based
motherboards is the PX875P Pro based on the new Intel 82875P chip which
offers up to 1200 MHz FSB speed. So we decided to see what this new blue
colored beast was capable of doing and ran it through a few benchmarks and
came away with some interesting results. You will have to read the review to
find out what they were.


ASUS L5800DF First ASUS Athlon 64 Mobile Notebook @ AMDboard
[Feb-25-04] (0 Comments)

On the 64-Bit front, we can say that AMD is now in the driving seat and AMD64 designs are popping up like mushrooms from all kind of sources: HP is now challenging IBM and Sun with two smashing Opteron servers while Asus is quietly releasing the most desirable notebook we can expect today. Running an Athlon 64 Mobile rated 3000+, the beast is relying on GeForce FX 5650 Mobile with 64MB of VRAM for crisp and fast 15" TFT display. But that's not all and more details await for you at AMDboard.com where all the Athlon 64 notebooks are also filed in their different versions, specifications, photos and vendors from the entire universe...


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