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X2 Saturn 5.1 Surround Sound Gaming Headset Video Review


by Dave Chaos | 06/01/2014

Today DaveChaos reviews the true 5.1 surround sound gaming headset from X2 the Saturn 5.1.


Headset Roundup December 2013


by HardwareHeaven | 27/12/2013

Here we round up some of the best headsets of the last few months, if you are a gamer, mobile user, console enthusiast or just want a headset that's good for everything then this is the place to start.


ROCCAT Kave XTD 5.1 Surround Headset Video Review


by Kaeyi Dream | 17/12/2013

Today Kaeyi Dream tests out the Kave XTD 5.1 Surround Sound USB Headset from ROCCAT with USB remote.


be quiet! Shadow Rock 2 CPU Air Cooler Review


by Stuart Davidson | 26/09/2013

More than anything else people just trust air cooling over liquid and for that reason we continue to see a steady stream of new high end heatsinks released. One of the more recent models is Be Quiet's Shadow Rock 2 and that is the focus of our review today.


FIFA 13


by Stuart Kerley | 03/10/2012

With the new football seasons well underway across Europe EA have released FIFA 13, or if you live in North America FIFA Soccer 13. Finally making its way out those troublesome teens, FIFA 13 is the twentieth edition of the football simulation game.


PC Power and Cooling Silencer Mk.III 1200W Power Supply Review


by Stuart Davidson | 21/08/2012

The Silencer Mk.3 1200w is PC Power and Coolings highest rated model, matching the ageing Turbo-Cool 1200w at the top of the product catalogue. Today we find out if it has what it takes to compete at the high end of the PSU market.


ASUS Xonar Phoebus 7.1 Gaming Soundcard Review


by Stuart Davidson | 20/06/2012

Aimed very much at providing a fantastic gaming experience whether it be 2.0 via the headphone amp or 7.1 through the multi-channel outputs the Xonar Phoebus is, at least on paper, the latest in a line of impressive audio products from ASUS. Today we will be taking a look at the card in detail to find out if it can live up to some very high expectations.


Alienware M14x R2 Ivy Bridge Laptop Review


by Stuart Davidson | 30/05/2012

Now featuring Ivy Bridge CPUs and NVIDIA 600 series GPUs the M14x is back and today we will be putting it through a selection of real world tests which include media encoding and playback as well as gaming. We'll be putting this i7 based laptop up against the original model in a selection of those tests to find out how much extra performance we can get and whether the system can game satisfactorily a its native resolution.


Razer Tiamat 7.1 Surround Headset Review


by Stuart Davidson | 22/05/2012

Can Razer's new Tiamat 7.1 headset... with true multi-channel sound meet our expectations or is this destined to disappoint offering a less desirable alternative than the virtual 7.1 headsets which are already on the market?


Razer Mass Effect 3 Gaming Gear Review


by Stuart Davidson | 26/04/2012

We have the BlackWidow Ultimate keyboard, Onza Tournament Edition controller, Imperator 2012 mouse, Chimaera 5.1 headset and Vespula pad on our test bench today, all with Mass Effect 3 branding.


The new iPad (iPad 3) Review


by Stuart Davidson | 16/03/2012

With today's launch of "The new iPad"... though many are calling it the iPad 3, we have a device which follows a similar design ethic to the iPhone 4S. Make most of the changes internal and otherwise stick as close to the previous design as possible. We have the new iPad on our test bench and today will be putting it through our review process, read on to find out what we think of it.


Archos 101 G9 Android Tablet Review


by Niall Coleman | 01/02/2012

Archos are back with an updated "Gen 9" version of the 101 Android tablet. Featuring Android 3.2.1 and updated specifications can it offer something worthwhile in an ever more crowded market?


AC Ryan Veolo Smart Android Hub Review


by Niall Coleman | 23/11/2011

As a first for AC Ryan the Veolo uses Android 2.2 (Froyo) as the OS, bringing an enhanced experience for apps on a TV, including casual games and social media and we have one on our test bench today to find out if the Veolo lives up to the high standards of previous AC Ryan models.


CM Storm Sirus 5.1 Gaming Headset Review


by Stuart Kerley | 15/11/2011

Today we'll be taking a look at the Sirus True 5.1 surround sound gaming headset from CM Storm, the gaming peripheral arm of Cooler Master. The Sirus is the first headset produced by CM Storm and given the quality of the previous products we have seen from them has a lot to live up to.


ASUS Slider (SL101) Android Tablet Review


by Stuart Davidson | 18/10/2011

The Slider, like the Transformer, is an attempt by ASUS to offer an attractive tablet which offers something different to the competition. With a built-in, slide out keyboard, the Slider is clearly aimed at those who love their hardware keyboards on mobile phones bringing the technology to the tablet arena. We have one of the early samples on our test bench today to find out if it lives up to the quality of the Transformer.


Sony Tablet S (Android 3.2 - 16GB) Review


by Stuart Davidson | 26/09/2011

Today we take a look at the Sony Tablet S, an Android Honeycomb (3.2) capable tablet which has impressive specifications and a design that sets it apart from the competition. Let's find out how Sony aim to change what we feel a tablet should be like with our in depth review.


HANNspree HANNSpad 10.1in Android Tablet Review


by Niall Coleman | 09/09/2011

The HANNSpad has many of the same features and specifications as the ASUS Transformer but at a bargain £150 price. Let's find out if it is a worthwhile purchase and whether it is a tablet which is open to user customisation (Honeycomb on a £150 device anyone???).


Tritton AX120 Headset Review


by Stuart Kerley | 06/09/2011

The AX120 is Tritton's entry level model for gaming audio and features support for the Xbox 360, iPhone and PC. Let's see if the AX120 lives up to the high standards we've come to expect from Tritton and other companies under the Mad Catz banner.


Razer Mamba (4G Dual Sensor) Wireless Gaming Mouse Review


by Stuart Davidson | 12/08/2011

The subject of our review today is the Mamba 4G, or Mamba 2012 as it is also known. This new edition of Razer's high end wireless gaming mouse has enhanced specifications which rival the best wired mice so let's find out what has changed and how it performs...


ASUS Transformer (TF101) Tegra 2 Tablet and Keyboard Dock Review


by Niall Coleman | 08/08/2011

A manufacturer who is keen to get a decent slice of the high end Android market is ASUS and their Transformer tablet which is reminiscent of a faux-leather couture handbag is a slim, lightweight Android tablet that doubles as a capable laptop thanks to a matching keyboard dock. Today we will be taking a detailed look at the Transformer to find out if ASUS can back up the high quality styling with some substance.


ASUS Vulcan ANC (Active-Noise-Cancelling) Pro Gaming Headset Review


by Stuart Davidson | 01/08/2011

Recently ASUS and their Republic of Gamers brand announced the Vulcan ANC headset, a high end gamer product which is designed to offer great features, build quality and design. Included in this is active noise cancelling technology which will appeal to those who game, or listen to multimedia, in a noisy environment. Today we have the Vulcan ANC attached to our system as we find out whether it can compete with headsets sold by manufacturers such as Razer and SteelSeries.


Alienware M14x Laptop Review


by Stuart Davidson | 18/07/2011

Today we will be putting the M14x through a selection of real world tests which include media encoding and playback as well as gaming. We'll be putting this i7 based laptop up against an i5 model in a selection of those tests to find out how much extra performance we can get and whether the system can game satisfactorily a its native resolution.


Dell XPS 15z Laptop Review


by Stuart Davidson | 06/07/2011

Dell are back with the XPS 15z, a slimmer, higher specification model which combines an aluminium chassis with 2nd Generation Core CPU and GeForce GPU in a portable form factor which Dell states is the thinnest 15" PC available, anywhere. Today we have the XPS 15z on our test bench and will be putting it through a selection of real world and synthetic tests to find out if the great features and performance of the XPS 15 has been continued in this new model.


SteelSeries 7H Headset for iPod, iPhone and iPad Review


by Stuart Davidson | 09/06/2011

It seems that these initial devices for platforms other than the PC have been a success for SteelSeries as we are now starting to see multiple products receive a refresh for alternate compatibility. The latest to hit the market is the revised version of the 7H headset, this time giving us full compatibility with iPod, iPad and iPhone as well as an improved experience with other portable devices.


Razer Chimaera 5.1 Wireless Gaming Headset Review


by Stuart Davidson | 19/05/2011

Today we have a chance to look at the stereo Chimaera's big brother, the full 5.1 surround sound model and find out if the addition of Dolby technology has taken the Chimaera from excellent gaming headset to a high end high definition media peripheral.


LG Optimus 2X / G2x / P990 Android Phone with NVIDIA Tegra 2 Review


by Stuart Davidson | 13/05/2011

Today on our test bench we have the LG Optimus 2X (G2x for our American readers) which is the world's first dual core phone, containing NVIDIA Tegra 2 technology for advanced graphics with high end performance and features. Is it a leap forward in mobile communications or does it signal a switch to phones becoming "just a small tablet"...


Tritton AX Pro True 5.1 Headset Review


by Stuart Davidson | 28/04/2011

Under the Tritton brand Mad Catz have a number of headsets which are designed to excel at their various price points. At the top of the range is the AX Pro 5.1, a true 5.1 headset which has features such as optical in and compatibility with PS3 and XBOX 360 as well as PC. Today we run the AX Pro through a selection of tests to find out if it is as impressive in the headset market as the R.A.T. 9 was for mice.


Alienware M11x R3 Laptop Review


by Stuart Davidson | 19/04/2011

Today Alienware is launching a number of new machines including a new revision of the M11x the R3. We have one of the first samples on our test bench and will be putting it through a selection of real world gaming, media and productivity tests to find out if the latest model retains the high level of build quality and performance we saw in the last revision.


Razer Chimaera Wireless Gaming Headset Review


by Stuart Davidson | 05/03/2011

In the run up to CeBIT 2011 Razer announced the Chimaera wireless gaming headset, their second console product (which is also PC compatible) and today on our test bench we have one of the first samples to evaluate.


AC Ryan Playon!HD 2 Network Media Player (ACR-PV73700) Review


by Stuart Kerley | 22/02/2011

Last week we took a look at the first new next generation media player from AC Ryan, the Playon! HD Mini 2, and we were mightily impressed. Today we'll be looking at the second of their updated media players, the Playon!HD 2. The HD 2 contains a hard drive and has additional connectivity options over the basic network only Mini player, lets find out if AC Ryan has been able to create another product as good as the entry level model.


AC Ryan Playon!HD Mini 2 Media Player (ACR-PV73800) Review


by Stuart Davidson | 18/02/2011

Recently AC Ryan announced their next generation players and today we take a look at the Playon!HD Mini 2 which as well as featuring improved specifications also gets the new GUI and some extra features such as social media integration.


Archos 101 Android Internet Tablet Review


by Stuart Davidson | 15/02/2011

One company who are known for their quality mobile devices are Archos and a couple of months back they announced their own up to date range of Android tablets, the 70 and 101. These devices are based on Android 2.2 (currently) and aim to provide a better quality of product than the cheaper tablets while aiming to get close to the performance of the Tab.


Sennheiser PC 333D G4ME Headset Review


by Stuart Kerley | 10/01/2011

The main enhancement which the PC 333D G4ME brings to the table is the inclusion of a USB sound card featuring 7.1 sound and Dolby headphone technology. So, will the PC 333D live up to the high standards we've come to expect from Sennheiser?


Corsair SP2500 2.1 Speaker System Review


by Stuart Davidson | 05/01/2011

Since the release of the HS1 we have seen Corsair return to their roots with the release of a new DDR3 brand, Vengeance, while working away in the background on a selection of audio products. The first of those new audio products launches today in the form of the SP2500, a 2.1 desktop speaker system. Read on to find out if Corsair has managed to translate their success in the headset market to a desktop speaker set.


Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium HD Sound Card Review


by Stuart Davidson | 22/12/2010

Today on our test bench we have the Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium HD, the latest high end soundcard from Creative which sets out to be the best audio card available for consumers. Aimed at audiophiles and featuring top of the range components with specifications such as the best signal to noise ratio Creative has ever achieved we will find out if this is the must have sound card of the moment.


A.C. Ryan Playon!HD Essential Media Player


by Stuart Davidson | 01/12/2010

UPDATE April 2011: Details of our experience with the new Essential Wireless Dongle available on page 7.
A.C. Ryan are back with the next model in the Playon!HD family, the Essential. With an all new Realtek processor, improved GUI and feature-set aimed at no-fuss operation can the Essential live up to the high standards of previous models?



Razer Carcharias Gaming Headset Review


by Stuart Davidson | 12/10/2010

There is one significant headset which we haven't yet tested... and should have long before now. That product is Razer's Carcharias which is still their high end gaming product and today we have one plugged into our test system to see how it performs in an ever evolving marketplace.


Corsair HS1 USB Gaming Headset Review


by Stuart Davidson | 24/09/2010

So, if anyone had asked us a year ago "what is the next area that Corsair would branch out into?" we can say with absolute certainty that our response would not have been audio. Some sort of peripheral, a mouse or keyboard maybe but audio... not a chance. It was therefore with a certain amount of surprise that we saw Corsair soft launch the HS1 gaming headset a few weeks back.


SteelSeries 7H USB Headset Review


by Stuart Davidson | 25/08/2010

SteelSeries are not a company who stand still and even back in March when we attended CeBIT they were starting to show their next model to select members of the press. From our brief demo of the headset that day we were impressed and couldn't wait for our chance to properly use the product. That day is now here and on our test bench is the SteelSeries 7H headset and virtual 7.1 USB soundcard.


Alienware M11x R2 Review


by Stuart Davidson | 06/08/2010

On our test bench today is Alienwares new M11x, an 11.6 inch laptop featuring Core i5 CPU and Nvidia Optimus technology. We will be putting it through a selection of real world tests including StarCraft 2, media transcoding and HD playback to establish how good it really is.


Sennheiser PC 330 G4ME Headset Review


by Stuart Davidson | 21/07/2010

Since being founded in 1946 Sennheiser have built a fantastic reputation as producers of high quality audio products. This is true of their entire product range with even the lower cost offerings giving strong performance when compared to competitors models.


PlayOn! HD and HD Mini Network Players Review


by Stuart Davidson | 16/07/2010

Today we'll be taking a closer look at two of A.C. Ryan's products, the PlayON! HD and PlayON! HD Mini to find out if they live up to the hype. The PlayON! HD is a set top box with inbuilt hard drive that will play a wide array of media directly from the hard drive in the box or via your network.


Alienware M17x Laptop Review


by Stuart Davidson | 02/07/2010

In June 2009 Alienware/Dell launched the M17x, their first co-developed machine. On launch day we provided a world-exclusive preview of the new machine and today it is time to take a more in-depth look at the features and performance of the latest version of the M17x which contains Intel Core i7 technology.


Psyko 5.1 Gaming Headset Review


by Stuart Davidson | 28/06/2010

Today we have a retail sample of Psyko's 5.1 Gaming Headset connected to our test system. We will be putting it through a number of real world tests to find out if all the fuss is justified and whether this unique approach to true 5.1 audio is a success.


Dell Inspiron 15R - Core i3 / i5 Laptop Review


by Stuart Davidson | 21/06/2010

Today it is the turn of the 15" Inspiron to receive a refresh, moving to the Intel Core i3 / Core i5 platform and adding DirectX 11 support. Here at HardwareHeaven we have one of the first samples on our test bench and will run it through a selection of real word gaming, media and productivity tests to establish how well it performs.


Zotac GeForce GTX 465 Graphics Card Review


by Stuart Davidson | 31/05/2010

To tie in with Computex 2010 Nvidia is today launching the GTX 465 which brings the same GF100 architecture and features which were present in the GTX 480 and 470 to a new price point, sub $300/£255. We will be running the new card through a number of real world tests including DX 9/10/11 gaming, 3D Vision, PhysX, CUDA and 3D movie Playback to establish how it fits into the current marketplace; including comparisons with cards such as the GTX 285, 470 and Radeon 5000 series.


Sennheiser PC 360 G4ME Headset Review


by Stuart Davidson | 30/04/2010

In recent times Sennheiser have been producing headsets designed for enthusiast and pro gamers and their PC 350 headset is regarded as one of the best products for that market. Recently they launched the latest model in their gaming range, the PC 360 G4ME and today we have a sample on our test bench.


NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480 Graphics Card Review


by Stuart Davidson | 26/03/2010

So today one of the most discussed graphics card launches of all time takes place; join us as we take a look at the real world performance of the GTX 480 covering DirectX 9, 10, 10.1 and 11 gaming, GPU Computing (CUDA), High Definition playback, PhysX, 3DVision, gaming with 32x anti-aliasing and even 3D-DVD playback. If thats not enough then how about internal and external temperature readings, power use then some overclocking?


Masscool MP-1371RS Media Player


by Danny Moorhead | 15/03/2010

Today we look at the Masscool MP-1371RS media player which is capable of networking the various media stored in computers, external drives and USB storage together and presenting it using a home theatre system.


CAPE 7 ION PC Review


by Henry Butt | 12/03/2010

Today we are going to look at the ultra-small Cape 7 ION PC which uses a single-core ATOM processor alongside its NVIDIA GPU and packs it all into the most compact system we have tested to date.


AMD/ATI 890GX Chipset Launch Review


by Stuart Davidson | 02/03/2010

Today on our test bench we have the latest chipset from AMD which they hope will be attractive to consumers, offering many of the features present on the 785G and adding to this functionality such as SATA 6GB/s. We will be finding out how boards from Asus, Foxconn and Gigabyte perform in a selection of real world gaming, multimedia and productivity tasks to find out which is worth your hand earned cash.


Alienware M11x Notebook Review


by Stuart Davidson | 02/02/2010

Today we continue our trend of Alienware exclusives by reviewing one of the first M11x samples. With the M11x Alienware take advantage of the new GeForce GT 335M GPU with the intention of building the worlds first 11" gaming system.


Roccat Kave Gaming Headset


by Henry Butt | 27/11/2009

Today we are going to look at the ROCCAT Kave gaming headset which features real surround sound with three speakers in each earpiece. It also has an inline control which allows you to adjust volume settings for each channel in-game.


Sharkoon X-Tatic Digital Surround Sound Headset


by Henry Butt | 19/11/2009

Today we are going to look at the Sharkoon X-Tatic Digital Surround Sound Headset. Aside from being compatible with all PCs which feature multi-channel audio, it is fully compatible with both PS3 and XBOX.


Corsair TX950W PSU


by Grace | 02/11/2009

Today we bring you the review of the latest and highly anticipated Corsair PSU; the TX950W. We reviewed many units of this series in the past, such as the TX850W and the TX650W, and they always were able to deliver an awesome price to performance ratio to potential customers. The company claims that the TX950W can deliver best-in-class performance at a very reasonable price.


Gigabyte GTX 275 SOC & Nvidia 3D Vision


by Stuart Davidson | 26/10/2009

Today we have Gigabytes GTX 275 Super Overclock in our labs which takes nVidias GTX275 to a whole new level. To make things even more interesting we have paired this impressive card with Nvidias 3D Vision kit, today we see if the latest development in display technology is ready for the mainstream market.



SteelSeries Siberia V2


by Henry Butt | 20/10/2009

Today we are going to look at the SteelSeries latest full-size gaming headset, the Siberia V2. This is essentially a refresh of the popular Siberia headset which has proved to be one of the best gaming headsets around for a very decent price.


Auzentech X-Fi Forte and Asus Xonar DS Sound Cards


by Stuart Davidson | 29/09/2009

Today we have two cards from either end of the price spectrum on our test bench to find out what each has to offer. For those who feel their onboard sound is has issues, or anyone with high quality headphones/speakers this article should assist in finding the ideal purchase.


Alienware TactX Keyboard & Mouse


by Danny Moorhead | 08/09/2009

Alienware proudly released their TactX keyboard and mouse into the US with the UK to shortly follow. DriverHeaven received a production pair and obviously, the TactX name implies a focus on cunning ingenuity and precision, designed to appeal to serious gamers and others who realize it takes great peripherals in addition to a great computer to make an awesome gaming ecosystem.


Razer Megalodon 7.1 Gaming Headset


by Stuart Davidson | 03/09/2009

Today were going to be looking at a product from Razers high end selection, the £ 120 Razer Megalodon 7.1 surround sound headset. This headset has an on-board audio processor with Razers Maelstrom sound engine which claims to provide immersive surround sound from just two drivers.


Alienware M17x Laptop


by Stuart Davidson | 24/08/2009

Alienware was formed in 1996 and in the first 10-years of their existence the company created a name for themselves in the enthusiast market. It did not matter if a consumer was looking for a high performance desktop, notebook or HTPC system because Alienware had something capable to offer. When combined with futuristic and distinctive styling they have always appealed to discerning users.


ION Comparison - ASRock and Zotac


by Stuart Davidson | 10/07/2009

Today we have two different approaches to the Ion platform on our test bench. The first is from ASRock and is a full prebuilt system and the second, from Zotac, is a motherboard/CPU combination which allows the end user to build a machine to their specifications.


Beast Computers - Breed Evo System


by Nathan Marks | 04/06/2009

Today well be taking a look at the Breed Evo, a high performance gaming rig which is wrapped up in the stylish SilverStone TJ07 chassis. The system comes equipped with a highly clocked i7 920 processor and a GTX295, both watercooled with some of the finest high end enthusiast equipment on the market.


Alienware M17x - Exclusive Preview


by Stuart Davidson | 02/06/2009

Today, for the first time, Alienware are allowing an exclusive preview of a new product (only at Driverheaven) prior to it being available for consumers. Is this the laptop of your dreams? - read our preview to read all the juicy details.


Seasonic M12D 750W PSU


by Grace | 30/04/2009

Today we will review one of their higher end products, the M12D 750W PSU. The M12D 750W boasts some very impressive specifications, but at the same time its retail price requires it to compete against the best products of its class. We will soon find out if it can take on some of the finest PSUs released in the retail market to this date.


Rosewill Xtreme RX950-S-B PSU


by Grace | 28/04/2009

Most American computer enthusiasts are familiar with Rosewill who are a sister company to one of the largest online retailers, Newegg. Rosewill's primary goal is to offer (through Newegg) a very wide variety of products, ranging from card readers to computer cases, all at very competitive prices.


Acer Aspire 8930G Laptop


by Nathan Marks | 24/03/2009

Today were going to look at the Acer Aspire 8930G, an 18.4 inch desktop replacement which goes to market under the £1000 mark.


CM Storm Sniper Gaming Chassis


by Nathan Marks | 10/03/2009

Cooler Master is a name everyone in the computer industry knows well. After years in the business they are still going strong and are one the most well known and reputable manufacturers for their chassis, PSU and cooling products. Recently they have launched a new sub-brand, CM Storm and are working with some of the top teams in e-sports to create a new line of gaming enclosures.


Antec Nine Hundred Two Case


by Asmoday | 23/02/2009

In September DriverHeaven had the pleasure to have a look at Antecs gaming enclosure flagship; the Antec Twelve Hundred. A few months have passed since then and during this time Antec decided it was about time that the Twelve Hundred got a younger sibling, which they decided to call the Nine Hundred Two.


Alienware M17 Laptop


by Nathan Marks | 18/02/2009

Towards the latter half of 2008 we took a look at two high performance laptops from Alienware, the m15x and m17x. Both laptops offered phenomenal performance in an attractive package. Today we are going to look at the Alienware M17, a laptop which slips in next to the m17x, ditching Nvidias SLI for Crossfire and bringing quad core processing to the table on an updated platform.


Steelseries IKARI Laser Mouse


by Nathan Marks | 11/02/2009

SteelSeries have built a name for themselves over the years by producing some of the most popular gaming headsets and surfaces in the business. We have looked at a couple of their other accessories recently though, namely the 7G Keyboard and their World of Warcraft Mouse. Today we are going to take a look at another mouse from them, the SteelSeries Ikari Laser.


HIS 4870 IceQ4+ TURBO Graphics Card


by Nathan Marks | 21/01/2009

The Radeon HD 4870 was ATIs answer to the powerful GTX260, so after the release of the MaxCore GTX260 ATIs partners got to work on overclocked versions of their 1gb 4870s to compete in the market. Weve already looked at the Gainward and Sapphire overclocked variations and today were going to look at an offering from HIS, the HD4870 IceQ 4+ Turbo.


Sunbeam and NorthQ CPU Coolers


by Nathan Marks | 12/01/2009

Over the years weve seen countless designs spanning across a huge range of coolers on the market. Due to the ever increasing thermal output of modern components, companies have been evolving their cooling solutions over the years to keep up with the demands. Today were going to take a look at three coolers which use an exposed heatpipe design, providing the heatpipes with direct contact to the core as opposed to transferring heat through a base.


GELID Silent Spirit Cooler & PWM Fans


by Nathan Marks | 19/12/2008

Gelid are a new name in the business and have already impressed us with their high performance GC-1 thermal compound which rates up there with the best already available. Today we are going to look at their first ever CPU cooler, a mid-range heatsink which could be a very important product for the company.


Titan Cool Idol NK75TZ CPU Cooler


by Grace | 05/11/2008

Titan are one of the oldest companies specializing in computer cooling equipment. They are not very well known in the US yet, but during the past few years their production capacity and R&D capabilities have increased many times over, making them one of the better known cooler makers in Europe and Asia. The product which we have here today is the NK75TZ, a huge heatpipe cooler aimed towards those who want great performance but silent operation at the same time.


Intel Core i7 & Asus Rampage 2 Extreme


by Stuart Davidson | 01/11/2008

Join us for our review as we cover why the Core i7 is such a great improvement over Core 2 as we put it though numerous tests against the best of the socket 775 CPUs, the X9770. In addition to this we will also look at the best motherboard you are likely to see in some time and if that is not enough, how about some overclocking of the new platform thrown in for fun, can we hit 4ghz on air? Time to find out...


Razer/THX Mako 2.1 Advanced Desktop Audio System


by Stuart Davidson | 20/10/2008

The Razer Mako 2.1 Advanced Desktop Audio System was co-developed by the audio scientists at THX with input from Razer. Over the last couple of months we have run the Mako system through a barrage of tests in real world use and today we will let you know if this system lives up to the quality associated with its creators.


BFG GTX260 MaxCore and Zotac GTX 260 Amp2!


by Stuart Davidson | 25/09/2008

The new GeForce GTX 260 increases the number of shader processors and should provide a very competitive alternative to the Radeon 4870. Today we will be finding out how well it compares in a selection of the latest games, including Crysis Warhead as well as demonstrating how well it handles Blu-Ray acceleration and PhysX processing.


Alienware M17x


by Zardon | 01/09/2008

We recently spent some time with the Alienware m15x and the end result was the fastest 15 inch laptop we have ever tested. Today we look at the bigger brother, the Area 51 m17x which is marketed as a high powered gaming desktop replacement. So what goodies have we inside? How does a 2.8ghz Extreme Edition processor and two 8800 GTX M in Sli sound?


Inno3D 9600 GSO, BFG 9600 GT & BFG 8800 G


by Stuart Davidson | 25/07/2008

Today in the first of a two part article we will be looking at some of the Nvidia cards that are on offer in the £70-£150 ($120-$190) range to demonstrate how much performance each provides. In the near future we will be following up with a look at cards in the £30-£70 range.


Sapphire Radeon 4870 & VisionTek 4870 Cro


by Stuart Davidson | 08/07/2008

Today's review product, the Radeon HD 4870, goes some way to rectifying AMD's hole in the market as it is priced to challenge the GTX 260. We will be running the products through a variety of tests including gaming at 2560x1600, CrossFire and high definition playback to find out which company is most deserving of your hard earned cash.


Asus GTX 280 TOP Vs. XFX GTX 280 XXX


by Stuart Davidson | 08/07/2008

Today we have factory overclocked cards from each of these manufacturers and we will be putting them head to head in a variety of tests including gaming at 2560x1600, high definition playback and ‘PhysX calculations. In addition to this we will also take a look at how each of the cards compares to various other products which are available on the market, including the Geforce GTX 260, and Radeon 4870.


NVIDIA GTX 260 & Zotac GTX 280 AMP!


by Stuart Davidson | 16/06/2008

We have two of the hot new Nvidia products in our test labs today ... The first is Zotac's 280 GTX AMP! Edition, a factory overclocked sample of the high end model and the other is a reference design 260 GTX. We will be testing with a selection of the latest games at resolutions up to 2560x1600 as well as delving into some Blu-Ray playback and card overclocking in order to establish how much of an improvement they are, if any, over the last generation of Nvidia hardware.


NorthQ Siberian Tiger (NQ-3580)


by Grace | 02/06/2008

The new NorthQ CPU cooler is dubbed The Siberian Tiger and it is not a simple air cooler but a compact water cooling solution designed to narrow the chasm between simple air coolers and complex water cooling solutions, a rather intriguing idea.


Thermolab Nano Silencer & Micro Silencer


by Stuart Davidson | 19/05/2008

ThermoLab, is a company you might not have heard of. Established in Korea in 2005, they are new to the PC cooling solutions scene and today we are taking a look at two of their Socket 775 CPU coolers, the Nano Silencer and the Micro Silencer.


Thermalright Ultra 120 eXtreme & IFX-14


by Grace | 24/04/2008

Thermalright is a company with a long history in the enthusiast PC market and they have created some of the best, hardcore CPU coolers over the last decade. Today we will have a look at two of their greatest CPU coolers, the Ultra-120 eXtreme and the IFX-14.


North Q 3340WLA Extreme


by Grace | 10/04/2008

Nearly two years ago NorthQ released the 3310BL UFO which we reviewed and it was a good cooler at the time, a design which they continuously evolved (and enlarged) for two years in order to keep up with the growing demand for better CPU coolers. The 3340WLA Extreme however is an entirely new design instead of an oversized version of the old 3310BL and today we will find out if it as capable as their past efforts.


GMC AVC-S7 Case


by Grace | 24/03/2008

GMC is a Korean based company who focus almost entirely on the design and production of HTPC cases. We had a look at several of their products in the past, each of them designed with a different purpose in mind. Today we will take a look at their latest HTPC case, the AVC-S7. The AVC-S7 is an elegant but very short case which is designed to match DVD players and other home theater equipment. Let us see if such a short case can be practical for housing modern home theater systems.


Akasa AK 965 Cooler


by Grace | 10/03/2008

Factory bundled coolers are rarely able to satisfy enthusiast PC users both with regards to noise and cooling performance, this has led to a large demand for aftermarket cooling solutions and many manufacturers are fighting for a piece of this lucrative cake. There are hundreds of aftermarket CPU coolers available today, each designed for a different purpose. Today we will take a look at a cooler from Akasa, the AK-965. Although it is only available for socket 775 CPUs, Akasa claims that the AK-965 offers excellent performance, low noise and easy installation at an extremely competitive price tag. Sounds too good to be true?


XFX 8800 GS XXX / Sapphire HD 3850


by Stuart Davidson | 12/02/2008

With the recent release of the Radeon 3850 and GeForce 8800 GS there is a new battle taking place for consumers with a budget of £100-£140 and today we have two such cards on our test bench, the XFX 8800 GS XXX 384Mb and the Sapphire 3850 256Mb. Which deserves your money?


Zalman Headsets (ZM-RS6F USB and ZM-DS4F)


by Stuart Davidson | 25/10/2007

It seems everyone in the technology industry is branching out into new areas nowadays; in fact it is hard to think of one major company who specialises in a single product type. Zalman have been known for some time now as specialists in PC cooling but have more recently been releasing PSU’s and cases. Some of you might not know they also are delving into headsets and today we will be looking at two of these products. The first is a USB 5.1 headset which does not require a 5.1 soundcard in the PC, or a soundcard in the system at all for that matter. Secondly we have a stereo headset which is aimed at MP3 player owners who need that little extra bit of quality over the bundled earphones.


Altec Lansing FX4021


by Stuart Davidson | 27/08/2007

Unless in a noise critical workplace every PC needs a set of speakers and really the only decision to be made is whether the system needs 5.1 or 2.1 sound. Chances are many people will not have the space for a 5.1 system so this really makes the choice easy. Altec Lansing have been making audio products since the 1920’s and have developed quite a reputation for producing great sounding hardware for the home, car and in recent years PCs. For everyone’s budget they have a product which suits and the same goes for specification. Let’s see what they offer for the 2.1 audio market.


Razer Barracuda Headphones and DeathAdder Mouse


by Stuart Davidson | 15/02/2007

Razer are based in San Diego California and have a long history of producing fantastic gaming mice such as the Razer Boomslang, which was a revolutionary product when it was released. In the years since then Razer have been producing mice which are more than a match for their competitors and the latest in the range is the DeathAdder, their first to feature a 3rd Generation optical lens. Razer don't just make mice however and in recent times they have branched out into audio products, one of which we have been able to get our hands on. The Barracuda headset features true 5.1 capability and (more than a few) impressive specifications. Let us see how the DeathAdder and Barracuda impact our PC experience...


Razer Barracuda Headphones and DeathAdder Mouse


by Stuart Davidson | 15/02/2007

Razer are based in San Diego California and have a long history of producing fantastic gaming mice such as the Razer Boomslang, which was a revolutionary product when it was released. In the years since then Razer have been producing mice which are more than a match for their competitors and the latest in the range is the DeathAdder, their first to feature a 3rd Generation optical lens. Razer don't just make mice however and in recent times they have branched out into audio products, one of which we have been able to get our hands on. The Barracuda headset features true 5.1 capability and (more than a few) impressive specifications. Let us see how the DeathAdder and Barracuda impact our PC experience...


Creative Soundblaster Live 24bit USB


by Stuart Davidson | 05/03/2005

If you’ve been using PC's for any length of time then you’ll more than likely have used a creative soundcard at some point. You’ll also more than likely have been incredibly happy with its performance, I know I’ve never had any major issues with the creative products I’ve purchased. More and more recently external soundcards have become available on the market making a sound card upgrade easy, even for a novice or allowing you to expand your laptop listening experience…its one of these cards that we have in for review today. The Creative Soundblaster Live 24bit USB…and of course if you have a 5.1 surround sound capable card you need speakers worthy of the experience so we have paired it up with a set of Creative T5900 5.1 speakers.


Creative T5900 Speakers


by Stuart Davidson | 05/03/2005

If you’ve been using PCs for any length of time then you’ll more than likely have used a creative soundcard at some point. You’ll also more than likely have been incredibly happy with its performance, I know I’ve never had any major issues with the creative products I’ve purchased. More and more recently external soundcards have become available on the market making a sound card upgrade easy, even for a novice or allowing you to expand your laptop listening experience…its one of these cards that we have in for review today. The Creative Soundblaster Live 24bit USB…and of course if you have a 5.1 surround sound capable card you need speakers worthy of the experience so we have paired it up with a set of Creative T5900 5.1 speakers.


Zalman Theatre 6 Headphones


by Chaos | 02/03/2004

Today we are going to have a look at Zalmans 5.1 surround sound Headphones. Zalman are well known for their line of CPU and GPU cooling solutions, as well as a decent silent line of power supplies. It should be interesting to see how well they fare on the audio side of things.


Alienware Area 51 M


by Stuart Davidson | 24/02/2004

Alienware are a company that are synonymous with quality systems aimed at the gamer who wants the best system money can buy. As well as the excellent desktops that Alienware produce they also make a several high performance laptop models which come equipped with components that most desktop users would love, Pentium 4 processor up to 3.2Ghz, DDR3200 ram, ATI Mobility Radeon 9600 pro graphics.


Asus A7N8X


by Chaos | 15/01/2003

The A7N8X is ASUS's entry into the nForce2 chipset market. It supports a Dual Channel DDR400 memory bus, 8x AGP, 6-channel Dolby Sound (SoundStorm), and the only onboard 5.1 Dolby Digital encoder available in a chipset.