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MSI GT70 Dominator Laptop featuring NVIDIA GTX 880M Graphics Review


by Stuart Davidson | 12/03/2014

Today MSI refresh their laptop range, bringing to their systems NVIDIA GeForce GTX 800M series GPUs and pairing them with existing high end parts such as Core i7 CPUs. Today we take a look at the GT70 a high end system which uses the GTX 880M 8GB GPU and Core i7-4800MQ CPU along with SSDs in RAID and 16GB of DDR3.


GamerStorm Lucifer CPU Cooler Review


by Stuart Davidson | 28/01/2014

Today we have an enthusiast cooler from GamerStorm attached to our test system. With specifications which are very much enthusiast, on paper, the price is very much budget. So lets find out if the Lucifer can perform as well as GamerStorm claim.


SteelSeries Rival Optical Mouse Review


by Stuart Davidson | 24/12/2013

Today we take a look at a new mouse in the SteelSeries range, the Rival. This mouse features a new body shape, taking us away from the design used on the likes of Sensei and Kana. Is it for the better though?


SteelSeries 5Hv3 Gaming Headset Video Review


by Kaeyi Dream | 13/12/2013

Today Kaeyi Dream tests out the SteelSeries 5Hv3 Gaming Headset the latest upgrade from the award winning 5Hv2.


MSI GT60 20D (3K Screen) Gaming Laptop Review


by Stuart Davidson | 12/11/2013

Today we have a new gaming laptop from MSI on our test bench and as well as being packed with the latest i7 CPU and 780M GPU it also continues their trend of offering one key feature. In this case it is a 3k resolution screen (2880x1620) which should be ideal for content creation and consumption...


Silverstone AR03 CPU Air Cooler Review


by Stuart Davidson | 02/10/2013

We continue that refresh of our cooler reviews today with a look at one of SilverStones latest models. We last looked at one of their liquid coolers a couple of months ago in the form of the TD03 and were pretty impressed so let's see what the AR03 has to offer...


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.


Raijintek Ereboss CPU Air Cooler Review


by Stuart Davidson | 17/09/2013

We all know Raijintek, right? Well chances are you are thinking who?. Raijintek are a new player in the cooling marketplace (and soon to be expanding into cases and PSUs too), looking to take on the competition with a range of high performance, low cost heatsinks. Today we take a look at one of their top end models, the Ereboss.


MSI GS70 Stealth Gaming Laptop Review


by Stuart Davidson | 22/08/2013

Over the last couple of generations the mobile team over at MSI have started to move towards more slimline, high end chassis for their laptops. The latest model to follow that trend is the GS70 Stealth which MSI claim to be the thinnest and lightest 17in gaming laptop. Even though it contains a 4th gen i7 CPU and GTX 765 GPU. Today we are going to see how it performs in games like StarCraft 2 and Bioshock infinite as well as general computing tasks.


Scythe Ashura CPU Cooler Review


by Stuart Davidson | 19/04/2013

Now Scythe are back with a new range of products and one of the newest is the Ashura tower cooler. Today we test it against a range of coolers on our socket 2011 system to find out how it might enhance our thermal performance.


SteelSeries APEX [RAW] Gaming Keyboard Review


by Stuart Davidson | 05/03/2013

Recently SteelSeries announced the APEX range of keyboards and the RAW Edition landed on our desk recently. With numerous extra buttons, backlighting and low profile keys it looks to find a balance between functionality and cost which will appeal to gamers on a budget.


SteelSeries Free Touchscreen Gaming Controls and QcK Surface Video Review


by Stuart Davidson | 18/01/2013

A quick look at the Touch Screen Controls from the SteelSeries Free range as well as a glance at the new StarCraft 2 Heart of the Swarm mouse pad.


Noctua NH-L9i Low Profile CPU Cooler Review


by Stuart Davidson | 15/01/2013

For all that big tower coolers and closed loop liquid coolers have their uses, there is also a significant market out there for compact, low noise models. Noctua are looking to fill that gap with the NH-L9i which aims to be a replacement for the stock Intel model, or an ideal product for SFF and HTPC use.


Thermalright Macho Rev.A (BW) CPU Cooler Review


by Stuart Davidson | 27/12/2012

The focus of today's review is the Macho Rev.A (BW) a chunky tower cooler which looks to balance price and performance. With support for Intel and AMD sockets we will be pushing our i7 to 5.0GHz to see how the Macho handles extreme conditions.


MSI GT70 Dragon Edition Gaming Laptop Review


by Stuart Davidson | 13/12/2012

MSI's latest foray into the gaming/enthusiast laptop marketplace is the GT70 Dragon Edition. With components including the latest Ivy Bridge i7 CPU, SSDs in RAID, GTX 675MX Graphics and 16GB of memory in a 17" chassis... and some great extra specifications, today we find out whether the system can play the likes of Far Cry 3 and Hitman: Absolution.


ROCCAT Kone XTD Gaming Mouse Review


by Stuart Davidson | 21/11/2012

For all that the Kone[+] is a great gaming mouse the market has moved on since its release and newer, higher performance sensors have been released. This has prompted Roccat to refresh their Kone range and today we look at the new high end model, the Kone XTD with its 8000dpi+ technology.


be quiet! Dark Rock Pro 2 CPU Cooler Review


by Stuart Davidson | 14/11/2012

The product we have received from be quiet! today is the Dark Rock Pro 2 cooler their flagship model which promises ultra-high performance with virtually silent operation. Let's find out if it achieves this goal...


SteelSeries Free Mobile Wireless Controller Review


by Stuart Davidson | 26/10/2012

Enter the SteelSeries Free, a new bluetooth controller which looks to bring more precise gameplay to Android and iOS devices via Bluetooth... while also being compatible with PC and Mac.


SilverStone Heligon Series HE01 CPU Cooler Review


by Stuart Davidson | 17/10/2012

The focus of today's review is one of SilverStones latest coolers. From the Heligon series the HE01 supports all recent CPU sockets and has one of the chunkiest bundled fans we have seen, as well as the option to install two more on the heatsink if we wish.


SteelSeries World of Warcraft Wireless MMO Mouse Review


by Stuart Davidson | 05/10/2012

With Mists of Pandaria going live last week SteelSeries have released the official mouse, a wireless device and we have one of the first samples on our test bench.


SteelSeries Guild Wars 2 Gaming Headset Review


by Stuart Kerley | 10/09/2012

Today we will be taking a look at the new Guild Wars 2 gaming headset from SteelSeries. Sometimes with franchise tie-ins we find that a company has counted on the name on the box on not put the effort in with the actual product, will SteelSeries fall foul of this same issue?


Sapphire HD 7770 GHz FleX Edition Graphics Card Review


by Stuart Davidson | 06/09/2012

In the mainstream arena one of the key products of the moment is the Radeon HD 7770, a card designed to offer an excellent price to performance ratio. For those who are on a limited budget keeping costs to a minimum can mean money spent elsewhere and with their FleX Edition Sapphire look to facilitate multi-screen gaming at minimal cost. Today we have their new Radeon 7770 FleX Edition (GHz Edition) on our test bench, but is 5760x1080 gaming achievable with it?


PowerColor Devil 13 HD 7990 Graphics Card Review


by Stuart Davidson | 30/08/2012

Recently AMDs partners were given the ability to design and release their own 7990 products (or 7970 X2 if you like). This would see two 7900 series GPUs on one PCB and every design would be different, PCB layouts, power spec, outputs, coolers... the works. One of the first to market with a 7990 is PowerColor with their Devil 13 card. This is as Extreme as Radeons currently get and today we put it head to head with the GTX 690 to find out which is best in the latest games.


SteelSeries Siberia V2 USB-Powered Headset - Frost Blue Edition Review


by Stuart Davidson | 09/08/2012

Today on our test bench we have the latest model of Siberia V2 headset. The Frost Blue USB Edition adds a new USB soundcard to the range as well as some headset lighting. In addition to testing that unit we will also take a quick look at the new purple and pink revisions with the latter aiming to benefit charity in its sales.


Sapphire TOXIC 7970 GHz 6GB Graphics Card Review


by Stuart Davidson | 02/08/2012

One of the first manufacturers to get a 7970 GHz Edition to market is Sapphire and they haven't held back on their Toxic version. With 6GB of memory, custom cooler, redesigned PCB, improved build quality and a heavy overclock this is about as extreme as a 7970 gets.


Razer Taipan Gaming Mouse Review


by Stuart Davidson | 25/07/2012

Today Razer's mouse range gets another new family member with the launch of the Taipan. Designed to be ultra flexible and cutting edge it has been co-designed with some of the world's leading gamers. Today we have a Taipan connected to our test system and will find out if it has the potential to meet everyones needs.


Xigmatek Dark Knight SD1283 Night Hawk Edition Review


by Stuart Davidson | 18/07/2012

Recently Xigmatek launched a new revision of their Dark Knight cooler, the Night Hawk Edition. Releasing a Dark Knight product at the moment has obvious advantages and today we find out if it lives up to the high quality we have come to expect from Xigmatek products.


ASUS RoG Maximus V Formula Z77 Motherboard Review


by Stuart Davidson | 07/07/2012

On our test bench today is the latest product from the ASUS RoG brand, their Maximus V Formula motherboard. We will be comparing it to another Z77 board in a selection of real world and synthetic tests to find out how ASUS look to improve on the base design and how far they have pushed the enthusiast feature set... watercooled heatsinks anyone?


Razer Blackshark Headset Battlefield 3 Edition Review


by Stuart Davidson | 29/06/2012

Rather than go with a rebranded version of an existing headset for their Battlefield 3 set Razer decided to design a new model and that is the Blackshark. Today we have the Blackshark on our test bench to see how it performs.


AMD Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition Graphics Card Review


by Stuart Davidson | 22/06/2012

With a refined manufacturing process and a tweaked firmware/bios AMD are today launching a revised 7970 known as the GHz Edition, or XT2. We will be comparing that card to an overclocked, custom design GTX 680 and will dispense with the niceties, clocking our i7-3960X CPU at 5.0GHz and firing the resolution up as high as 5760x1080.


HOWTO - Multi-Display Online Gaming


by Stuart Davidson | 15/06/2012

Sometimes in the technology industry there can be a real gap between what a product offers and what consumers need... or that until a consumer experiences something it seems like an unnecessary expense, or not worthwhile. Something which it would seem very much falls into one or both of those categories is multi-display gaming, either AMD Eyefinity or NVIDIA Surround.


Inno3D iChiLL GTX 670 HerculeZ 3000 Graphics Card Review


by Stuart Davidson | 18/05/2012

It seems each manufacturer is going to take its own unique approach to building a card around the GTX 670 GPU with some going for compact models and others heading for larger PCBs with significant cooling solutions and overclocks. Inno3D fall into the second category and it is their custom GTX 670 which we have on our test bench today.


Sapphire HD 7770 Vapor-X Graphics Card Review


by Stuart Davidson | 17/05/2012

Today we see the first Vapor-X 7000 series card in the shape of a Sapphire Radeon HD 7770 Vapor-X OC Edition. This enhanced version of the 7770 runs at significantly higher clock speeds than the reference model on both core and memory and combines this with a dual fan, vapour chamber cooler and we will be putting it head to head against the GTX 560 in a selection of real world gaming and multimedia tests.


NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 Graphics Card Review (Overclocked Editions)


by Stuart Davidson | 10/05/2012

The GTX 670 takes the features of the GTX 680 and tweaks the configuration to hit a lower price point while still being competitive. We have two custom, factory overclocked GTX 670 cards on our test bench and will be putting them up against overlocked versions of the GTX 680, GTX 570, 7970 and 7950 to find out how each enhanced model performs when paired with an i7 CPU at 5.0GHz.


MSI GTX 680 Twin Frozr Graphics Card Review


by Stuart Davidson | 09/05/2012

Today we will be putting the MSI GTX 680 Twin Frozr through a selection of real world media, computing and gaming tests with titles such as Mass Effect 3 and Skyrim to see how it compares to an overclocked Radeon 7970.


ASRock X79 Extreme9 Motherboard Review


by Stuart Davidson | 06/05/2012

CPUs like the i7-3960X sit at the top of Intel's product stack and if we are looking to build a top of the range system based around that CPU we need a quality board to maximise our features and performance. ASRock aim to deliver this with their X79 Extreme9 and today it is on our test bench as we put it through a selection of real world and synthetic tests. Can it offer as much as the newer Z77 boards, or maybe even more? Let's find out.


NVIDIA GeForce GTX 690 Dual-GPU Graphics Card Review


by Stuart Davidson | 03/05/2012

Today we get to look at the GTX 690, NVIDIAs dual GPU Kepler part, and will be putting it up against some of the best custom GTX 680 and Radeon 7970 cards along with CF and SLI configurations in the latest games such as Battlefield 3, Mass Effect 3 and Skyrim. GPU computing and HD playback will of course make an appearance and to top it off a card like this needs to run on a beefy CPU, so it's time to take the i7-3960X to 5.0GHz...


PowerColor PCS+ HD7970 vs Gainward GTX 680 Phantom Review


by Stuart Davidson | 02/05/2012

Today we update the battle between the 680 and 7970 by taking two of the most impressive models, both custom factory overclocked, and put them head to head in real world gameplay which includes Battlefield 3, Mass Effect 3 and Skyrim as well as media playback and GPU computing... enter the PowerColor HD 7970 PCS+ (Vortex 2) and Gainward GTX 680 Phantom.


Intel Core i7-3770K Ivy Bridge Processor Launch Review


by Stuart Davidson | 23/04/2012

Today Intel launch their CPU range and we are combining the i7-3770K with Gigabytes rather impressive looking G1.Sniper 3 and G1.Sniper M3 to find out if these components can make the ultimate Ivy Bridge System. Testing will of course include synthetic and real world, with the likes of 3DMark 11 and Battlefield 3 making an appearance with the GeForce GTX 680.


Intel Z77 Chipset Launch Roundup


by Stuart Davidson | 08/04/2012

Today we have the official Z77 launch and can talk about the boards based upon it without restrictions. So we have gathered a bundle from ASRock, ASUS, ECS, Intel and MSI to compare and find out which offers the best features and performance on Intels new chipset.


CM Storm Trigger Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Review


by Stuart Davidson | 05/04/2012

Building on their gaming expertise Cooler Master launched the CM Storm range a few years ago, regularly releasing products which would appeal to enthusiast and pro gamers. One of the latest products to reach the market under this brand is the Trigger mechanical keyboard and that is the focus of our review today.


Cyborg F.R.E.Q. 5 Gaming Headset Review


by Stuart Kerley | 02/04/2012

The F.R.E.Q. 5 stereo gaming headset is the first headset from the Cyborg studio, and as such we were really interested to see if they could take their innovative design standards from their mouse range, into the world of gaming audio.


Palit GeForce GTX 680 JetStream Edition Graphics Card Review


by Stuart Davidson | 29/03/2012

The Palit GTX 680 JetStream is a factory overclocked 3 slot, triple fan cooled card which aims to show the competition how a GTX 680 should be done. We will be putting it through a selection of real world gaming tests including Battlefield 3, Mass Effect 3 and Skyrim as well as overclocking it to the limit...


XFX R7850 Black Edition Double Dissipation Graphics Card and AMD Anti-Aliasing Analysis Review


by Stuart Davidson | 27/03/2012

Based on a custom design the XFX Radeon R7850 Black Edition Double Dissipation is factory overclocked and has a familiar look to the more expensive 7900 series XFX cards. Today we will take a look at it in a selection of the latest games to find out what it offers over a standard design. Additionally we will be taking a look at the various anti-aliasing modes available on the XFX card and how they affect performance and image quality.


ZOTAC GeForce GTX 680 Graphics Card SLI Performance Review


by Stuart Davidson | 23/03/2012

We have already taken a look at single GPU performance and now it is time to update that article with a look at SLI, featuring ZOTAC's version of the GTX 680 in titles such as Mass Effect 3 and Battlefield 3 with single screen and surround gaming as well as Stereoscopic 3D testing.


ASUS GeForce GTX 680 OC vs R7970 OC vs GTX 580 OC Performance Review


by Stuart Davidson | 23/03/2012

Take one ASUS GTX 680 2GB, overclock it to its limit... add one MSI R7970 Lightning, the highest spec AMD card around and overclock it to breaking point. Thrown in comparisons at 1920x1080 and 5760x1080 mixing with the latest games such as Mass Effect 3, Battlefield 3 and SW: The Old Republic. Check cards are piping hot before completion and you have todays review.


NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 (Kepler) Graphics Card Review


by Stuart Davidson | 22/03/2012

Today we take a detailed look at gaming performance of the GTX 680 in titles such as Mass Effect 3 and Battlefield 3 with single screen and surround gaming as well as Stereoscopic 3D testing. Added to that is GPU computing and media playback performance along with thermal, power, noise and overclocking results. Want to see how the GTX 680 does against the 7970 at its maximum overclock, or the GTX 580 OC 3GB we have that sorted too...


Sapphire HD 7870 OC Edition vs XFX R7870 Black Edition DD Review


by Stuart Davidson | 20/03/2012

Today we will put two of the top models, Sapphires OC Edition and XFX's DD Black Edition head to head in order to find out what they offer mainstream gamers looking for top performance in the latest games... including Mass Effect 3, Battlefield 3 and Skyrim.


MSI R7970 Lightning Enthusiast Overclocked Graphics Card Review


by Stuart Davidson | 16/03/2012

Today we have the most extreme 7970 we have received yet, the MSI Radeon 7970 Lightning. On paper MSI have taken this GPU to a whole new level with extra PCB's, voltage read points, power phases and top of the line components so we are going to do the same. Rather than bench the card at its impressive factory overclock we are taking it to the limit, its maximum stable overclock to see how it compares to the reference design as well as an overclocked, 3GB GTX 580.


Sapphire HD 7970 OverClock Edition Dual-X Graphics Card Review


by Stuart Davidson | 14/03/2012

Today we have a Sapphire 7970 OverClock Edition card on our test bench and will be putting it through a selection of real world gaming tests, including Battlefield 3 and Mass Effect 3 to find what Sapphire can do with their own design.


Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 OverClock Edition Graphics Card Review


by Stuart Davidson | 10/03/2012

We have one of the first retail 7800 cards available to us in the form of Sapphires 7850 OverClock Edition. Today we will be putting it head to head with the GTX 560 Ti Overclock in order to find out which comes out on top. Tests include Battlefield 3, Skyrim and The Old Republic along with the usual media, GPU computing and power/temperature results.


AMD Radeon HD 7870 and Radeon HD 7850 Graphics Cards Review


by Stuart Davidson | 05/03/2012

Today AMD launch the 7800 series and allow us to look at their reference cards with partner availability to come later (around March 19th). With the same features as the 7900 series yet a significantly lower price today we find how well they compete with the 7950 and 6870 while looking in detail at the comparison with NVIDIAs GTX 560 Ti and GTX 570.


Windows 8 - Installation, Overview and Radeon 7750 / FX-6100 Performance


by Stuart Davidson | 02/03/2012

Today we take a look at the Windows 8 Consumer Preview, how to install it, what the basic OS experience is and how it performs, compared to Windows 7 on AMDs latest FX CPU and Radeon 7700 series GPU.


SteelSeries Desmo Snow by GUNNAR Optiks Review


by Craig Humphreys | 27/02/2012

To many the thought of gaming eyewear may sound like a gimmick, causing an eyebrow or two to be raised. Especially so when See Better, Play Better is found on the box with claims that are nothing short of spectacular. However looking a little closer the product brief explains the eyewears technology will increase contrast, enhance detail, help reduce glare, improve endurance, decrease eye fatigue and dry eyes... Interesting and in theory not entirely unreasonable.


Tesoro Durandal Ultimate G1NL Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Review


by Stuart Kerley | 21/02/2012

With a name such as Durandal Ultimate the latest product from Tesoro certainly has a lot to live up to and some fierce competition from the likes of Razers Blackwidow or Steelseries 7G. Let's find out if it is an ideal alternative to more well known alternatives.


Sapphire Radeon HD 7770 Overclocked Graphics Card Review


by Stuart Davidson | 15/02/2012

In this article we will look at Sapphire's 7770 Overclocked model which features a custom design and shall put it up against its direct competition from NVIDIA in the form of a GTX 560. As always we will be focusing on real world testing, including the latest games such as Battlefield 3 and some classics like World of Warcraft before moving on to media, power and thermal performance.


XFX Radeon 7770 Jet Black Edition Super Overclock Graphics Card Review vs GTX 560


by Stuart Davidson | 15/02/2012

At the top of XFX's 7770 range is the "Jet Black" version of their usual Black Edition Overclocked model with this revision featuring heavily overclocked core and memory, well in excess of the AMD reference design. Today we have one on our test bench and will be putting it up against the GTX 560, also overclocked, in a selection of real world tests including Battlefield 3 and Star Wars: The Old Republic.


HIS Radeon HD 7750 Graphics Card Review


by Stuart Davidson | 15/02/2012

Today we have the HIS Radeon HD 7750 on our test bench and will be putting it up against the GeForce GTX 550Ti in a selection of the latest games as well as media and GPU computing tasks. Is it the ideal solution for 1680x1080 gamers... or maybe even 1920x1080 users? Time to find out...


NVIDIA 3D Vision 2 featuring the ASUS VG278H Screen


by Stuart Davidson | 10/02/2012

Recently NVIDIA made the biggest change to their 3D Vision ecosystem, probably since launch, with the release of 3D Vision 2. A combination of the latest range of 3D displays with updated hardware and advances made in the driver enhance the experience.


Sapphire Radeon 7950 Overclock Edition vs 7970 OC vs GTX 580 OC vs 6970 OC Review


by Stuart Davidson | 31/01/2012

Regardless of the reason for its "late" arrival the 7950 launches today and one of our launch day cards is Sapphires 7950 Overclock. With a custom PCB and cooler this factory overclocked card has two different BIOS profiles and is without doubt one of the more interesting models available. We will be putting it up against overclocked versions of the GTX 580 3GB, 7970 and 6970 to find out how each performs on Intel i7/X79 @ 5.0GHz.


XFX Radeon HD 7950 Black Edition Graphics Card Review


by Stuart Davidson | 31/01/2012

XFX are back with the 7950 Black Edition, another 7900 series product which features a custom design and factory overclock. We will be putting it up against the GTX 580, 7970 and 6970 in a selection of real world tests, including Battlefield 3 and Star Wars: The Old Republic to find out whether it impresses.


HIS Radeon HD 7950 CrossFire Graphics Card Review


by Stuart Davidson | 31/01/2012

To complete the set of 7950 articles for today we have a HIS system set up and configured on an i7/X79 build and will be looking at CrossFire performance of AMD's new card in a selection of games which include Battlefield 3 and Star Wars: The Old Republic at resolutions up to 5760x1080 (Eyefinity).


Intel Core i7-3930K vs Core i7-3820 vs FX-8150 vs 990X vs 2700K Review


by Stuart Davidson | 30/01/2012

The Core i7-3820 will be released soon and already available to buy is the i7-3930K. We will be taking a look at both to determine where they sit in comparison to the older i7-990X, AMD FX-8150 and Intel i7-2700k in a selection of real world and synthetic tests.


SteelSeries Kana Mouse Review


by Stuart Davidson | 14/01/2012

Filling one of the gaps between the Kinzu V2 and the Sensei, Xai etc is SteelSeries new Kana mouse. Announced at CES earlier this week it focuses on providing gamers with a budget some decent functionality with a little more style than the Kinzu.


SteelSeries Kinzu V2 Pro Edition Gaming Mouse Review


by Stuart Davidson | 10/01/2012

An evolution of the original Kinzu this new model features high quality components in a four button design that won't break the bank. Let's find out if SteelSeries have found that perfect match of price and performance.


HIS Radeon HD 7970 Graphics Card Review


by Stuart Davidson | 09/01/2012

First up on our test bench is the HIS Radeon HD 7970 3GB. We will be putting it up against the best of the last generation in a selection of real world tests which include Battlefield 3, Star Wars: The Old Republic and Skyrim… all at 5760x1080. In addition to this we will also look at GPU computing and media performance as well as power and thermal performance.


PowerColor Radeon HD 7970 CrossFire Graphics Card Review


by Stuart Davidson | 09/01/2012

Today we are finally able to talk about partner cards and so have paired up PowerColor's hardware in our test system and have retested the latest games such as Battlefield 3 and Star Wars: The Old Republic with single and dual GPU's on the latest drivers and game patches. What does the PowerColor 7970 and CrossFire offer us? Let's find out...


XFX R7970 Black Edition vs GTX 580 Overclocked vs Radeon 6970 Overclocked


by Stuart Davidson | 09/01/2012

With the only 'launch day' 7970 that features an enhanced cooler and factory overclock in hand we decided to put it up against overclocked GTX 580 3GB and Radeon 6970 cards to see what the performance looked like...


Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 Tri-CrossFire Graphics Card Review


by Stuart Davidson | 09/01/2012

What better to do with Sapphires 7970 than round up single and dual results then add in some tri-7970 action in games like Star Wars: The Old Republic. That not enough? Then we also take a look at their new X79 board and even throw in an attempt at Quad-7970... would it work? Let's find out!


MSI Big Bang XPower 2 X79 Motherboard Review


by Stuart Davidson | 03/01/2012

MSI are expanding their range of X79 products with today's launch of an enthusiast board which aims to be the best motherboard a consumer can buy for Intel's new high end CPUs. We have one on our test bench and will be putting it through a selection of real world and synthetic tests.


Corsair Vengeance K90, K60 Gaming Keyboards and M90, M60 Gaming Mice Review


by Stuart Davidson | 23/12/2011

Today we have the four Corsair Vengeance Keyboards and Mice on our test bench to see if they can continue to deliver the high level of quality and performance we have come to expect from Corsair.


AMD Radeon HD 7970 Graphics Card Review


by Stuart Davidson | 22/12/2011

Today we take a detailed look at the Radeon HD 7970 in the latest games, including Star Wars: The Old Republic and Batman: Arkham City. Added to that is GPU computing performance as well as 1080p playback tests and power, thermal and noise testing.


AMD Radeon HD 7970 CrossFire Performance Review


by Stuart Davidson | 22/12/2011

This review focuses on DUAL GPU performance comparing 2x Radeon 7970 with GTX 580 in SLI... and a little GTX 590 and Radeon 6990 performance thrown in for good measure. So let's see how the 7970 does running CrossFire in games such as Arkham City and Battlefield 3.


SteelSeries Simraceway SRW-S1 Steering Wheel Review


by Stuart Davidson | 20/12/2011

This motion controller was co-designed by champion gamers and Indy 500 racers and is very much aimed at those who play Simraceway... but it also works with games such as F1 2011, Need For Speed, iRacing, GTR2 and DiRT 3. Today we take a look to see if SteelSeries can transfer their success with standard peripherals into the racing genre.


Sapphire Pure Black 990FX Motherboard Review and Radeon 6450 FleX


by Stuart Davidson | 14/12/2011

Yesterday Sapphire launched their latest motherboard, the Pure Black 990FX which is based on the latest high end AMD chipset and Socket AM3+. Today we have one on our test bench and will be pairing it with an FX 8-core CPU and 16GB of memory to find out how it compares to one of the better competitors out there. In addition to that we will also take a look at Sapphires new 6450 Flex Edition which should be ideal for those looking to maximise their productivity.


SteelSeries Gaming Headsets Overview Dec 2011


by Stuart Davidson | 08/12/2011

Today we will take a look at some of the new designs available for our favourite SteelSeries headsets, the 10/10 awarded 7H and Siberia V2 and with detailed images and key points before moving on to our user experience.


NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 Ti 448 Cores Graphics Card Review


by Stuart Davidson | 29/11/2011

Enter the GTX 560 Ti 448 Core, a limited edition of the GTX 560 Ti with additional CUDA processors in the GPU. Give these cores to manufacturers and let them create custom models and on paper there are some very interesting products to consider. Today we have four of the cards in our system with models from ASUS, GIGABYTE, MSI and ZOTAC all looking to persuade consumers to part with their hard earned money.


SteelSeries Diablo 3 Gear - Diablo 3 Headset and Mouse Review


by Stuart Davidson | 24/11/2011

Continuing their great working relationship with Blizzard SteelSeries are back with a new set of gaming peripherals based on the upcoming Diablo 3. We have the Diablo 3 Headset and Mouse on our test bench today and have been taking them through a few dungeon runs to find out how they perform.


Corsair Vengeance 1500 7.1 USB Gaming Headset Review


by Stuart Davidson | 18/11/2011

Corsair are back with a new range of gaming gear which includes keyboards, mice and a new range of headsets at the top of which the Vengeance 1500 currently sits. Today we have the Vengeance 1500 on our test bench and will find out if it offers a good alternative to the likes of Razer and SteelSeries in the gaming marketplace.


Sapphire HD6670 Low Profile Graphics Card Review


by Stuart Davidson | 17/11/2011

Sapphire today announced their low profile compatible, single slot Radeon 6670. We have one on our test bench and will be looking at its performance in the latest titles, including Modern Warfare 3, Battlefield 3 and Skyrim as well as video tasks to find out how well it fits the needs of gamers and media enthusiasts.


Intel Sandy Bridge Extreme and X79 Chipset Launch - Core i7-3960X Processor Review


by Stuart Davidson | 14/11/2011

Updated: ASRock Extreme4 results added. Intel Core i7-3960X Processor and X79 Chipset featuring: ASUS Rampage IV Extreme, ASRock X79 Extreme4, MSI X79A-GD68 8D, ECS X79R-AX and Intel DX79SI Extreme Series Motherboards.


PowerColor Devil 13 HD6970 Graphics Card Review


by Stuart Davidson | 12/11/2011

One manufacturer who is pushing the 6970 to new limits is PowerColor. Famous for their PCS++ range they are no strangers to enhancing Radeons but this new card, the Devil 13 edition, goes further than ever before. Today we will be putting the Devil 13 up against an overclocked GTX 570 in Skyrim, Modern Warfare 3, Battlefield 3, Human Revolution and F1 2011 to find out how they compare.


ECS A990FXM-A Black Series Motherboard Review


by Stuart Davidson | 08/11/2011

Today's review product is the latest to come from the ECS Black Series range and is their take on AMD's 990FX chipset. This AM3 board is ideal for use with the new FX (Bulldozer) range of 8-core CPUs and features some excellent functionality such as support for SATA3, USB 3.0, Crossfire and SLI.


Palit GTX 560 Ti Twin Light Turbo Graphics Card Review


by Stuart Davidson | 26/10/2011

Updated: Battlefield 3 performance added.

Today we have a custom GTX 560 Ti on our test bench and this model from Palit aims to offer enhanced gaming and thermal/noise performance along with adding a little extra style to the system.



AMD FX-8150 Black Edition 8-Core Processor vs Core i7-2600K Review


by Stuart Davidson | 12/10/2011

Today we get to see for the first time how the top model in AMDs new FX range of CPUs, previously known as Bulldozer, performs against the existing Intel equivalent as we put the two CPUs head to head. Not only that though we will test their entire platform, testing gaming, USB 3.0, SATA 6Gb/s and PCIe performance.


ASUS RoG G74Sx 3D Gaming Laptop Review


by Stuart Davidson | 04/10/2011

The G74Sx is a 17.3" enthusiast machine featuring Core i7 CPU and GTX 500 Series graphics along with a long list of other impressive features. Today we have a sample on our test bench to find out whether ASUS can compete in this area of the market.


Tt eSPORTS Meka G Unit Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Review


by Stuart Davidson | 04/10/2011

The Meka G1 isn't the only mechanical gaming keyboard that Tt's eSports brand offer, they also have the standard Meka and Meka G Unit. It is the latter we have on our test bench today, a model which sits at the top of the Meka range. Let's find out if the enhanced specifications allow the board to impress.


Tt eSPORTS Meka G1 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Review


by Stuart Kerley | 23/09/2011

On our test bench today we have one of the latest mechanical gaming keyboards to hit the market.The Meka G1 from Tt eSPORTS aims to give a desirable alternative to models from the likes of Razer and SteelSeries, let's take a closer look and see what it has to offer.


Roccat ISKU Gaming Keyboard Review featuring Roccat TALK


by Stuart Davidson | 12/09/2011

Today attached to our system is Roccat's ISKU Illuminated gaming keyboard which combines with their high end gaming mouse to enable Roccat Talk. We'll take a look at both the keyboard and Talk today to find out what they offer for those looking to maximise their gaming performance.


SteelSeries Sensei Pro Grade Laser Mouse Review


by Stuart Davidson | 08/09/2011

Today we have the latest SteelSeries mouse attached to our system. The Sensei has a familiar look and feel but this masks some impressive component upgrades inside such as one of the most precise gaming sensors we have ever tested... powered by a CPU as powerful as the original Pentium. Read on to find out what we thought of the mouse during our time testing it.


SteelSeries World of Warcraft Legendary Edition Mouse Review


by Stuart Kerley | 01/09/2011

Now SteelSeries have released their third generation of WoW mouse The Legendary Edition which ties itself into the game via the legendary tag. Legendary equipment in World of Warcraft is very rare and difficult to come by and those that possess it quite rightly have a very high level of satisfaction. So today we take a closer look to see if SteelSeries have been able to continue the good evolution of their WoW hardware.


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.


SteelSeries Siberia V2 Full-Size Headset Review for PS3


by Stuart Kerley | 11/07/2011

Now with a refreshed version of the Siberia V2 headset SteelSeries are expanding their range further to include PS3 compatibility on a product which also works with Xbox 360, PC and Mac. Could this be the best solution for those who game on multiple products? Let's find out.


SteelSeries Spectrum 7XB Gaming Headset Review


by Stuart Kerley | 20/06/2011

SteelSeries have a long track record of delivering quality products so we were very much looking forward to reviewing the new 7XB. Now almost seven months later and we finally have our hands on it.


SteelSeries 6Gv2 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Review


by Stuart Davidson | 10/06/2011

For quite some time the gaming keyboard market has concentrated on products which add macro buttons, re-assignments, profiles, USB and audio pass-through and weighted key actions to enhance the gaming experience. In addition to this we see branded products such as the Razer StarCraft 2 gear and SteelSeries Medal of Honor products however few manufacturers have looked to release high quality mechanical keyboards for the gaming masses.


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.


Palit NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 Graphics Card Review


by Stuart Davidson | 17/05/2011

For anyone looking to upgrade their system for 1080p gaming NVIDIA claim this GPU will deliver for less than $199(150)... let's find out if it does as we take a look at the Palit Sonic Platinum edition of the new GTX 560 in a selection of real world gaming tests mixed with some 3D playback, GPU computing and media tasks.


Prolimatech Genesis CPU Cooler Review


by Stuart Davidson | 06/05/2011

Today we have one of Prolimatech's latest products on our test bench. The Genesis is a tower style cooler with a twist and we will be finding out how it compares to another high end cooler as well as the reference design model in a selection of tests.


AMD Phenom II X4 980 Black Edition Processor Review


by Stuart Davidson | 03/05/2011

Today we have the Phenom II X4 980 Black Edition on our test bench and will see how it compares to one of the latest Intel CPUs as well as existing AMD models in a selection of synthetic and real world tests which include Blu-Ray 3D, 3DMark and media conversion.


Inno3D GTX 560 Ti iChiLL vs PowerColor Radeon 6870 PCS++ Review


by Stuart Davidson | 29/04/2011

Today we have the PowerColor 6870 PCS++ which includes an enhanced PCB and cooler and overclocked specifications. What card should it go up against? Well that would be the latest Inno3D GTX 560 Ti with triple slot cooler and its own overclock. We will be putting both cards through a selection of real world gaming, media and GPU computing tasks to find out which consumers each suits.


Sapphire Radeon HD 6670 and Radeon HD 6570 Graphics Cards Review


by Stuart Davidson | 24/04/2011

Today we have two of the new value orientated Radeons on our test bench, the Sapphire 6570 and 6670. These cards are more than just rebranded reference designs thanks to their Arctic Cooling coolers and redesigned PCB's so let's take a look at how they perform in some of the most popular games around, as well as GPU computing and media related tasks.


ASUS Sabertooth P67 Motherboard Review


by Stuart Davidson | 21/04/2011

Today we have another of ASUS' models on our test bench, the B3 revision Sabertooth P67 and will be putting it through a selection of synthetic and real world tests to establish how it compares to the competition.


Sapphire Roundup - Radeon 6950 fleX, 6870 fleX, 5850 Xtreme, 5830 Xtreme and X58 Pure Black


by Stuart Davidson | 14/04/2011

With new 4 cards launched from 80 to 250 we have a bunch of products which are ideal for a roundup to see what we, the consumers, get at each price point. Which of the latest games can each play and are any of them suitable for gaming at 5760x1080. We will answer those questions today as well as looking at media playback and GPU computing performance.


Inno3D GeForce GTX 580 HAWK Edition Graphics Card Review


by Stuart Davidson | 12/04/2011

Despite the reference designs impressive cooling solution there were consumers who demanded enhanced versions of the GTX 580 with enhanced cooler. One of the latest to deliver this is Inno3D with their custom GTX 580 HAWK Edition. As well as featuring an enhanced cooler and some tweaks on the style of the card it also has 3GB of memory rather than the standard 1.5GB. Lets see how it performs in a selection of real world tests.


AMD Radeon HD 6450 Graphics Card Review


by Stuart Davidson | 07/04/2011

Earlier in the week we took a look at AMD (and Sapphires) new midrange DirectX 11 GPU and commented at the time that the refresh of lower end parts from 5000 to 6000 series was taking some time. The 6790 filled the gap in the 6000 series at around 110 which left the sub 100 mark to populate and today we get a taste of one model that AMD has to offer in that area with a look at the 6450 which will hit retail in a couple of weeks time.


Roccat Alumic Double-Sided Gaming Mousepad Review


by Stuart Davidson | 06/04/2011

Every good mouse needs a good surface to achieve optimal performance and todays review product is Roccats attempt at creating an ideal companion for high performance mice. So lets take a look at what the Roccat Alumic has to offer...


Sapphire Radeon HD 6790 Graphics Card Review


by Stuart Davidson | 05/04/2011

With the release of NVIDIAs GTX 550 Ti at $150 a few weeks ago the market changed slightly and AMD had a new product to consider, today we see their response in the form of the 6790, our first 6700 series product and on our test bench is Sapphires version. We will be putting it up against the 550 Ti (as well as a few other products) in a selection of the latest games, media playback and GPU computing tests to establish how good the new Radeon is.


Gigabyte H67N-USB3-B3 Mini-ITX and Intel Core i5-2500T / Core i3-2100 Review


by Stuart Davidson | 04/04/2011

Today we have one of the B3 revision motherboards on our test bench, a mini-ITX model from Gigabyte, which packs a whole load of features into a tiny PCB. We'll be putting that model through its paces, along with the low energy 2100/2500T CPUs, in a selection of synthetic and real world tests to find out how they perform with a mini-ITX Fusion system included as a performance baseline.


ASUS NVIDIA GeForce GTX 590 Graphics Card Launch Review


by Stuart Davidson | 24/03/2011

With the recent release of the Radeon 6990 AMD overtook the GTX 580 in framerate performance, giving them the chance to claim they had the fastest graphics card available. On launch day we all knew that this might not last for long though as it was clear that NVIDIA was readying their long awaited dual GPU upgrade. Today that product is released and it is called the GTX 590.


Point of View NVIDIA GeForce GTX 590 OC vs Radeon 6990 OC


by Stuart Davidson | 24/03/2011

Today NVIDIA released their updated driver, 267.84 and we have taken that, 5 recently released games (including Crysis 2, BulletStorm and Shogun 2) and tested at 1920x1080 and 5760x1080 with the 6990 and GTX 590 overclocked to their limit. Read on to find out which is faster when both are pushed as far as they will go on a heavily overclocked Intel Core i7-990X.


Razer Anansi MMO Keyboard Review


by Stuart Davidson | 23/03/2011

With Razer's great success in the MMO market thanks to the Naga mouse it was only a matter of time before Razer started to look at other products which could appeal to consumers who want to maximise their MMO experience and one of those is the new Anansi keyboard which we have on our test bench today.


NVIDIA GeForce GTX 550 Ti Graphics Card (Palit and Zotac) Review


by Stuart Davidson | 15/03/2011

Over the last year or so one of the more popular models in the mainstream area has been the GeForce GTS 450, a card which many consumers saw as offering a good balance of features and performance for the price. As the NVIDIA product catalogue changed, seeing the release of the GTX 560, 570 and 580 this meant there was a reasonable gap between the GTS 450 and the 460/560 Ti and today we see the release of a product designed to improve on the GTS model while filling the space below the higher specification cards.


AMD Radeon HD 6990 Graphics Card Review


by Stuart Davidson | 08/03/2011

The Radeon 6990 has just launched and today we will be putting it up against the GTX 580 and 570 (with SLI) as well as the 5970 to find out how the new card from AMD compares. As well as the standard 1920x1080 tests we will also cover 5760x1080 on all products, 3D Blu-Ray, GPU computing, power, noise, temps and overclocking.


Sapphire Radeon HD 6990 CrossFire Graphics Card Review


by Stuart Davidson | 08/03/2011

We have one of the first retail branded 6990s in our test system and have combined it with the reference 6990 model to look at performance when gaming on one and three screens. This includes Dragon Age 2, Crysis 2 and of course the customary run through 3DMark 2011.


Gigabyte GTX 560 Ti Super Overclock Graphics Card Review


by Stuart Davidson | 01/03/2011

Over the last month or so we have taken a look at a number of GTX 560 Ti models from various manufacturers and in the majority of cases we have been impressed. The stock GTX 560 Ti is a good card with great performance for the price and offers a nice entry into stereoscopic 3D and PhysX. That said the reference design does have some stiff competition from the Radeon 6870 and more recently the 6950 1GB.


XFX Radeon 6950 1GB XXX - Building a XXX Eyefinity System


by Stuart Davidson | 23/02/2011

Today we will be looking at one of the first custom versions of the 6950 1GB, the XFX XXX and in the process we will take a detailed look at 1920x1080 performance as well as 5760x1080 (Eyefinity) and CrossFire. To spice things up a little we are adding in a detailed look at building an Eyefinity system for high end gaming, high end wheel and stick controllers... video of the system running... the works.


Gainward GeForce GTX 560 Ti Phantom 2 Graphics Card Review


by Stuart Davidson | 09/02/2011

Gainward have covered all bases and brought the - Phantom branding to the mainstream cards. This means that we get an enhanced cooler, redesigned card and in theory, better performance than the reference model... all of the benefits of the high end card at a much more affordable price. Today we have the GTX 560 Ti Phantom 2 on our test bench and will be putting it up against a selection of cards in a similar price bracket to see how it compares in real world gaming, media and GPU computing tasks.


ASUS HD 6970 DirectCU 2 Graphics Card Review


by Stuart Davidson | 09/02/2011

We will be running this enhanced version of the 6970 through a selection of real world tests to find out how it compares to the GTX 570 and will include maximum overclock results in each case... all on an i7 CPU running at 4.4GHz.


Sapphire Radeon HD 6870 Vapor-X Graphics Card Review


by Stuart Davidson | 08/02/2011

One of the more recent enhanced 6870 models to hit the market is Sapphires Vapor-X model. It features a custom PCB and enhanced cooler to make it stand out from the crowd and that, combined with Sapphires TriXX utility for overclocking and voltage increases means we have a very interesting product on our test bench today.


ASUS GeForce GTX 580 DirectCU II vs Gainward GeForce GTX 580 Phantom 3 Graphics Card Review


by Stuart Davidson | 04/02/2011

Today on our test bench we have Gainward's 3GB GTX 580 Phantom3 and the massive Asus GTX 580 DirectCU 2. Tests will include real world gaming, 3DMark 11, media playback, and GPU computing. Then, for the first time on Hardware Heaven, all gaming tests will include stereoscopic 3D results.


SteelSeries Siberia Neckband Headset for iPod, iPhone and iPad Review


by Stuart Kerley | 04/02/2011

In a similar way that SteelSeries adapted their existing technology to make it XBOX compatible they have recently revised the Siberia to make a neckband headset which is Apple device compatible. Today we have that new product on our test bench to find out whether it is an ideal upgrade for iPod, iPhone and iPad users who want a little extra from their audio device.


HIS Radeon HD 6970 Turbo Graphics Card Review


by Stuart Davidson | 28/01/2011

Today we have the HIS Radeon 6970 Turbo on our test bench and have paired it with an overclocked Core i7-980X to see how well it performs against the standard 6970 and GTX 570 in a selection of real world gaming tests, media playback, stereoscopic 3D and GPU computing.


PowerColor Radeon HD 6950 PCS++ Graphics Card Review


by Stuart Davidson | 28/01/2011

One of the more impressive looking enhanced 6950s is the PowerColor PCS++ model and today we have one of those on our test bench. With an enhanced cooler and significantly increased specifications over the standard 6950 we will be putting it up against the GTX 570 and Radeon 6970 to see if it can compete with those, more expensive models.


XFX 6870 Black Edition (Dual Fan) vs Inno3D GTX 560 Ti OC vs GTX 570 vs 6950


by Stuart Davidson | 26/01/2011

Over the past day we have taken a look in detail at NVIDIAs new GTX 560 TI. Aspects which have been covered include single card performance, SLI, stereoscopic 3D, Blu-Ray playback, GPU computing and PhysX amongst other things. As always though we like to end our launch coverage with a look in more detail at overclocked performance...


Palit NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 Ti Graphics Card Review


by Stuart Davidson | 25/01/2011

In the first of our GTX 560 Ti launch articles we have the Palit GTX 560 Ti Sonic on our test bench and will be running it through a selection of real world tests to establish how well it performs against the current line-up from AMD and NVIDIA. Tests will include Black Ops, Crysis, F1 2010 and of course our usual selection of GPU computing and multimedia tests.


ASUS GeForce GTX 560 Ti DirectCU II TOP Review and SLI Performance


by Stuart Davidson | 25/01/2011

To cover SLI testing on the GTX 560 Ti we are using the ASUS Direct CU2 TOP Edition, a custom designed version of the product which is factory overclocked. We will be testing the card against the 6870 in CrossFire to see, in real world scenarios, which multi-GPU configuration offers the best experience. As always Surround gaming videos will be included, as will 5760x1080 screenshots.


MSI E350IA-E45 AMD Fusion Motherboard Review


by Stuart Davidson | 22/01/2011

One of the first manufacturers to announce their APU based system was MSI and today we have that very product, the E350IA-E45, on our test bench. In a selection of predominantly real world tests including media encoding, gaming and HD playback we will look at the performance of the new platform and find out who the consumers are who will benefit most from the first Fusion models.


MSI P67A-GD65 Motherboard Review


by Stuart Davidson | 20/01/2011

Today in the latest of our Sandy Bridge articles we take a look at another aspect, performance when overclocked in a selection of synthetic and real world tests. To do this we will be using the MSI P67A-GD65 which has an excellent one touch overclock feature. Ideal for novice overclockers who want some extra performance and value from their system.


ASRock Extreme4 P67 and Fatal1ty Professional P67 vs X58 with Core i7-950 Review


by Stuart Davidson | 18/01/2011

Today we have two ASRock P67 based boards on our test bench and will be putting them through a selection of real world and synthetic tests. To keep things interesting for those who have already seen a number of P67/Sandy Bridge articles, in this review we will put the ASRock systems up against the similarly priced X58 / Core i7-950 combination.


ASUS RoG Maximus IV Extreme (P67) Motherboard Review


by Stuart Davidson | 13/01/2011

Today we have one of the first high end P67 based boards on our test bench. With their Maximus IV Extreme ASUS hope to deliver a board which exceeds anything else on the market and we will be testing it in a selection of synthetic and real world tests to establish how good it is.


ECS H67H2-M and H67H2-I Mini-ITX Motherboards Review


by Stuart Davidson | 13/01/2011

The subjects of our review today are the H67H2-M Black Deluxe and H67H2-I which are two boards from the m-ATX and mini ITX product families at ECS. We will be running each through a selection of synthetic and real world tests, including Blu-Ray 3D and GPU computing to see how they compare to the reference Intel board.


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.


AMD Phenom II X4 975 Black Edition and ECS A890GXM-A2 Review


by Stuart Davidson | 04/01/2011

The Phenom 2 X4 975 Black Edition is the new high end model in AMD's four core CPU range and they are aiming it at the sub $200 price range for enthusiasts and gamers. Today we have one on our test bench and will see how it compares to the latest Intel CPUs as well as an existing AMD model in a selection of synthetic and real world tests which include Blu-Ray 3D, gaming and media conversion.


Intel Core i7-2600K, Core i5-2500K and P67 / H67 Motherboards Review


by Stuart Davidson | 03/01/2011

On our test bench today we have an evolution of the Core architecture in the form of Intels Sandy Bridge components. These Include the P67 and H67 chipsets and two CPUs, one from the i5 range and the other from the i7.


Western Digital Caviar Green 3TB Hard Drive Review


by Stuart Davidson | 01/01/2011

Today on our test bench we have the latest product from Western Digital. The Caviar Green 3TB drive has the highest capacity of any desktop drive on the market at the moment and today we will look at how easy it is to set up along with the performance that can be achieved in single drive and RAID 0 modes.


Gainward GeForce GTX 570 GLH Graphics Card Review


by Stuart Davidson | 23/12/2010

On our test bench today we have one of the first cards to tweak the GTX 570 design. Gainwards GTX 570 GLH Edition features their own cooler and a factory overclock to enhance the performance over reference cards. We will put it through a selection of real world tests which include Black Ops, stereoscopic 3D gaming, Blu-Ray 3D and GPU computing to see how it compares to the reference model.


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.


ASUS HD 6870 DirectCU Graphics Card Review


by Stuart Davidson | 18/12/2010

UPDATED: Overclocking Analysis
The Radeon EAH6870 DirectCU is a factory overclocked model which claims to run cooler than the reference model and certainly looks different. We will be running it through a selection of real world tests to find out how it performs in gaming, multimedia and GPU computing tasks. These include Blu-Ray 3D, Stereoscopic 3D gaming and the latest releases such as Black Ops and H.A.W.X. 2.



GTX 570 vs Radeon 6970 and 6950 vs Radeon 5870 - All Overclocked Review


by Stuart Davidson | 17/12/2010

On our test bench is a GTX 570 from Gigabyte and the Radeon 6970/6950 from Sapphire. We will be overclocking each of these and putting them head to head against each other and an overclocked Radeon 5870 to find out how the new cards compare in this scenario. As always real world gameplay will be used, including Black Ops and HAWX 2 and just for fun we will throw in 3DMark 2011 Professional.


XFX Radeon 6970 and Radeon 6950 Graphics Card Review


by Stuart Davidson | 15/12/2010

Today the Radeon 6970 and 6950 hit the market and we have XFX branded models on our test bench. We will be putting the 6900 series through a selection of real world gaming, CPU computing and stereoscopic 3D tests against the GTX580 and 570 to see where these new products fit in the market. Added to that are 2-way and 3-way CrossFire testing and a look at the power, noise and thermal performance of the cards to ensure a thorough evaluation of the latest and greatest from AMD.


Corsair Vengeance DDR3 1600MHz 12GB Kits Review


by Stuart Davidson | 14/12/2010

As DDR3 has evolved the opportunity for manufacturers to create high performance 12GB kits has drawn closer and today one of the major players in this industry, Corsair, have sent us their new DDR3-1600 12GB triple channel kit to test. In fact we have two of these and thanks to a very aggressive price they should be within reach of most consumers building (or upgrading) an X58/i7 based system. Are they worth buying? Let's find out.


Razer StarCraft 2 Peripherals Review


by Stuart Davidson | 11/12/2010

On our test bench we have three new products from Razer, all based on a licence with Blizzard to tie them in with StarCraft 2. The Marauder keyboard, Spectre mouse and Banshee headset feature styling which is completely different to anything else Razer offer and each is designed with StarCraft 2 players and fans in mind. Do they reach Razer's usual standard of quality? Today we find out and the results are quite surprising...


SteelSeries StarCraft 2 Gaming Gear - Shift / Zboard Keyset and Surface Review


by Stuart Davidson | 10/12/2010

Back in October we reviewed one of the latest products from SteelSeries, their Shift gaming keyboard. In that review we found the board to perform very well, featuring huge flexibility, upgradable firmware, powered USB port for charging and some intuitive software. Since then we have used the keyboard every day for both gaming and general use and have found it to perform exceptionally well with high levels of comfort and a flawless typing experience.


AMD Phenom II X6 1100T Black Edition Review vs Intel Core i7-950


by Stuart Davidson | 07/12/2010

Today AMD are launching the latest version of their X6 CPU in the form of the Phenom 2 X6 1100T Black Edition. This new CPU is the fastest 6-core AMD chip to be released and comes in at a price which is almost identical to Intels quad core i7-950. For that reason we will be putting the two head to head in order to find out which performs best in a selection of tests from Gaming to media playback and encoding.


Inno3D NVIDIA GeForce GTX 570 Review


by Stuart Davidson | 07/12/2010

Not everyone can afford the highest specification, fastest graphics card though and for that reason, less than a month on, NVIDIA are launching the GTX 570. On our test bench we have a model from Inno3D which is factory overclocked and we will be putting it through its paces in a selection of real world tests which include Black Ops, Stereoscopic 3D gaming, GPU Computing, Blu-Ray 3D playback and we will even throw in a quick look at 3DMark 2011 Professional.


SteelSeries World of Warcraft Cataclysm MMO Gaming Mouse Review


by Stuart Kerley | 06/12/2010

Never a company to rest on their laurels SteelSeries have been developing the follow-up to their original WoW mouse for some time now and today, timed to coincide with the release of the latest World of Warcraft expansion, we have the launch of that new product. The World of Warcraft: Cataclysm MMO Gaming Mouse takes the concept behind the original and brings the specifications up to date then packs into a new, even more attractive casing. Can it be as good as the original for WoW players?


XFX Radeon 6850 Black Edition (Dual Fans) Review


by Stuart Davidson | 03/12/2010

In the next few days stock of the revised XFX Radeon HD 6850 Black Edition will be landing at a store near you and today we have one of the very first samples on our test bench. With a brand new dual fan cooler and factory overclock can it compete with a top of the range GTX 460? We will find out as it is put through a selection of real world tests which include Black Ops, F1 2010, Blu-Ray 3D and GPU computing.


SteelSeries Spectrum 5XB Gaming Headset Review


by Stuart Kerley | 24/11/2010

Today we'll be putting the Spectrum 5XB through its paces and seeing if it up holds the usual high standard we have come to expect from SteelSeries equipment and whether it is an ideal solution for XBOX 360 owners.


XFX Radeon HD 5770 Single Slot Review


by Stuart Davidson | 17/11/2010

In this article we have decided to take a look at how one of the more desirable 5770s on the market performs in 5 of the most recent games (Black Ops, Fallout New Vegas, Medal of Honor, Civilization V and F1 2010). Our aim is to see how it plays at the highest "normal" resolution of 1920x1080 with maximum in-game detail. Can the 5770 be the ideal solution for serious gamers on a budget?


Sapphire Radeon HD 6850 Toxic Edition Review


by Stuart Davidson | 15/11/2010

Sapphire rarely does anything half-heartedly though and the focus of today's review is their take on an enhanced 6850. This is more than just a new cooler and factory overclock though as they have completely changed the product to enhance its performance and overclocking potential.


NVIDIA GTX 580 OC vs Radeon 6870 OC CrossFire vs Radeon 5970


by Stuart Davidson | 11/11/2010

Today's comparison is the GTX 580, overclocked to the fastest speed we have seen advertised by a manufacturer on standard air cooling against the 6870 in Crossfire with the same highest overclock rule. In addition to that we will also add the 5970, in full. Each of the cards will be tested in a selection of the latest games including Call of Duty: Black Ops, F1 2010 (DX11 Patch) and Fallout: New Vegas with the latest patch.


Gigabyte Nvidia GeForce GTX 580 SLI Review


by Stuart Davidson | 09/11/2010

Today we have not one, not two but three GTX 580's on our test bench and we will be running them through a huge amount of real world testing to show everyone reading the complete picture of GTX 580. It's all here in comparisons which include the GTX 480, Radeon 5870, 5870 Crossfire, 5970 and 6870.


Inno3D GTX 460 vs PowerColor Radeon HD 6850 Review


by Stuart Davidson | 05/11/2010

On our test bench today we have two cards from the 150-165 price range which sit on either side of the NVIDIA and AMD divide. Those products are the Inno3D GTX 460 OC and PowerColor's Radeon HD 6850 and we will be putting each through a selection of real world tests to find out what their strengths and weaknesses are.


Gigabyte GTX 470 Super Overclock Graphics Card Review


by Stuart Davidson | 03/11/2010

Today we have one of the top end GTX 470's on our test bench, the Gigabyte GTX 470 Super Overclock. It features custom PCB, cooler and the fastest core we have seen on a GTX 470 to date. We will be putting it through a selection of tests including Medal of Honor, Fallout New Vegas (3D Vision), F1 2010 (DX11 Patch) and 3D Blu-Ray playback to find out how much Gigabyte have improved on the reference design.


SteelSeries Shift Gaming Keyboard Review


by Stuart Davidson | 26/10/2010

Today we have the next product to hit the market from SteelSeries and this time it is a new model in their keyboard range. The Shift was soft launched a month ago and our review sample of this high end gaming board recently landed, can it live up to the high standards set by previous SteelSeries products?


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.


Logitech G500 Gaming Mouse Review


by Henry Butt | 22/04/2010

We recently looked at Logitechs top end gaming mouse, the G9x, which boasts a huge range of features and great performance. Logitech also produce some budget-friendly gaming mice that have a lower specification and a significantly lower price. Today we are going to look at one such device, the Logitech G500 gaming mouse, which shares a number of features with the G9x, but for a lower price of around 45.


Logitech G9x Laser Mouse Review


by Henry Butt | 09/04/2010

Today we are going to look at the Logitech G9x laser gaming mouse which brings a plethora of interesting features to the table. These include an adjustable weights system, onboard settings profiles and two different grips which are designed to optimise the mouse for different styles of gaming.


Hard Drive Enclosures Roundup March 2010


by Henry Butt | 19/03/2010

Today we are going to look at a number of hard drive accessories from a few different manufacturers. Sharkoon have provided us with two hard drive docking stations; the SATA QuickPort USB3.0 and the SATA QuickPort Pro LAN. We are also going to look at the In Win AMMO 2.5" hard drive enclosure and the Vizo Ares II dual 2.5" SATA rack.


ROCCAT Arvo Compact Gaming Keyboard


by Henry Butt | 17/02/2010

Today we are going to look at the ROCCAT Arvo compact gaming keyboard. It is part of ROCCAT's "Smart Desktop Management System" which aims to create the optimum environment for unrestricted gaming.


Logitech G110 Gaming Keyboard Review


by Henry Butt | 10/02/2010

Today we are going to look at Logitech's latest gaming keyboard, the G110. It has numerous features to improve the gaming experience including macro keys and an integrated USB-audio interface.


SteelSeries Merc Stealth Keyboard


by Henry Butt | 19/01/2010

Today we are going to look at the SteelSeries Merc Stealth gaming keyboard. It utilizes the SteelSeries Z-Engine technology that allows you to individually program every key through a very simple software interface.


SteelSeries Kinzu Optical Mouse


by Henry Butt | 12/01/2010

Today we are going to look at the Kinzu optical gaming mouse which is a budget model with some interesting features that we often see on higher-end gaming mice.


Razer Abyssus Gaming Mouse


by Henry Butt | 21/12/2009

Today we are going to look at the Abyssus Optical gaming mouse which is Razers latest attempt at an ambidextrous mouse.It is similar in shape and design to the other mice we have tested from Razer recently and is equally impressive in terms of aesthetics.


Steelseries Xai Gaming Mouse Review


by Henry Butt | 30/11/2009

Today we are going to look at the SteelSeries Xai Laser Gaming Mouse that fits in at the top of their range above the Ikari Laser Gaming Mouse one of the finest mice we have ever tested and a personal favourite within the Heaven Media staff circles.


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.


ROCCAT Kova Gaming Mouse (& Sota Surface)


by Henry Butt | 25/11/2009

Today we are going to look at the ROCCAT Kova gaming mouse that is designed to provide an identical experience no matter which hand you use to grip it. It also features completely driverless operation - all of its settings are configurable using the buttons on the mouse.


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.


Sharkoon FireGlider Laser Gaming Mouse


by Henry Butt | 30/10/2009

Today we are going to look at the FireGlider Laser Gaming Mouse from Sharkoon which promises to impress even the most demanding gamers. It is about half the price of a lot of gaming mice on the market but well soon see how its performance compares.


SteelSeries Siberia In-Ear Headphones


by Henry Butt | 28/10/2009

Today we are going to look at the SteelSeries Siberia in-ear headphones which are designed for use with most portable audio devices.They are in fact one of the only products from SteelSeries that arent specifically designed for gaming although they are also available with a separate microphone if youre looking for a portable gaming headset.'


ROCCAT Kone Gaming Mouse // Taito Gaming Surface


by Henry Butt | 23/10/2009

Today we are going to look at the Kone which is ROCCATs first attempt at a gaming mouse boasting a whole host of features including a unique weights system and customisable gaming profiles.


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.


Cooler Master Sentinel Mouse & Gaming Surfaces


by Henry Butt | 14/10/2009

Today were going to look at the Cooler Master Storm Sentinel Laser Gaming Mouse which boasts up to 5600 DPI with customisable profiles allowing it to be tailored to your own preferences. It also has an attractive price tag which makes it affordable to casual gamers.


Mesh Slayer Elemental


by Zardon | 08/08/2009

Does the combination of high end AMD X4 955 Processor with Coolit Domino, fast OCZ DDR3 memory and ATI 4890 graphics get you excited? If not, then check you have a pulse.

Today we will find out if the Slayer Elemental really is a kick ass gaming machine or if it is just another run of the mill system build hiding behind an attractive flash web site.



Dell XPS 630i


by Zardon | 02/08/2009

Many enthusiast users snigger at the mention of Dell, however at Driverheaven we know there are a percentage of users who either don't have the skillset to build their own computer or who just don't have the time. It is also worth mentioning that with this particular system Dell offer a 3-4 year in home service in the case of any major issues occuring.


OCZ Illuminati Keyboard


by Nathan Marks | 06/06/2009

Today we are looking at a new keyboard they have on offer, the OCZ Illuminati. OCZ arent generally known for their peripherals so it will be interesting to see what this product can bring to the table.


SteelSeries QCK+ Team Gaming Surfaces


by Nathan Marks | 09/05/2009

SteelSeries are one of the most successful companies in the world when talking about gaming accessories and they have a huge line of products ranging from headsets to gaming mice. Weve had the opportunity in recent months to look at a few of their accessories such as the WoW Gaming Mouse, Ikari Laser Mouse and the fantastic 7G Keyboard, all of which earned our highest recommendation.


Logitech G19 Gaming Keyboard with LCD


by Nathan Marks | 16/04/2009

Today were going to be taking a look at the Logitech G19, the newest gaming keyboard in their accessory line-up. In addition to bringing back a healthy number of customisable keys, this new unit has a brand new colour LCD display which is certainly a little special.


Logitech G9 Laser Mouse


by Nathan Marks | 24/03/2009

Logitech are a name synonymous with quality computer peripherals. If youve ever been considering the purchase of a new keyboard, mouse, webcam, or even speakers, a Logitech product may very well have been on your shortlist. Today were going to look at the Logitech G9, it may have been around for a while but the mouse is still relevant in todays market and has aged well considering how fast tech changes these days.


MIONIX Saiph 3200 Mouse & Alioth 400 Surface


by Nathan Marks | 04/03/2009

Today we are going to look at two products from a Swedish company called Mionix. Now, most of you reading this have probably never heard of Mionix as they are a new player and have had relatively little exposure within the English speaking market.


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.


Steelseries 7G Gaming Keyboard


by Nathan Marks | 07/01/2009

At around 90 the Steelseries 7G is a considerable investment and gamers will be wondering why they should invest in such a basic outward design when other companies offer cheaper products packed with useful features such as macro functionality and backlit keys. In our review were going to take a look at the 7G and find out what sets it apart from other products.


World Of Warcraft Steelseries MMO Mouse


by Nathan Marks | 14/12/2008

SteelSeries are a company that every gamer has heard of - creating some of the best accessories in the business from headsets and keyboards to gaming gloves. Today were going to look at a brand new product from them, the SteelSeries WoW gaming mouse. Designed in conjunction with Blizzard, this is a mouse designed specifically for use in World of Warcraft.


Steelseries Steelpad Mousepads


by Grace | 09/10/2007

We have checked several of the Steelseries products in the past and we found them to be of great use to gamers. Today we will check out some of their SteelPad series, high quality mouse pads. Gamers need the most precise and frictionless surfaces for a good gaming experience, so we will find out if SteelSeries deliver.


SteelSeries Gaming Products


by Grace | 29/05/2007

There are many companies who manufacture input devices and computer headsets but few who specialize in gaming products. It is easy to comprehend that a casual gamer could be satisfied with using a typical keyboard or set of headphones, but hardcore gamers demand the best performance and are willing to pay for it. A newly founded company, SteelSeries, has the needs of gamers set as their top priority and they offer a wide range of input devices, headsets and accessories specifically designed for hardcore gamers. We received a few of their products for evaluation and we will give them a test drive today.


SteelSeries Gaming Products


by Grace | 29/05/2007

There are many companies who manufacture input devices and computer headsets but few who specialize in gaming products. It is easy to comprehend that a casual gamer could be satisfied with using a typical keyboard or set of headphones, but hardcore gamers demand the best performance and are willing to pay for it. A newly founded company, SteelSeries, has the needs of gamers set as their top priority and they offer a wide range of input devices, headsets and accessories specifically designed for hardcore gamers. We received a few of their products for evaluation and we will give them a test drive today.