Reviews

Thermalright HR-05

While your CPU is underneath what looks like a chuck of metal scavenged from a battleship hull, your chipset is often left with either a simple extruded aluminium number or hidden with a spider chain of heatsinks and heatpipes.If your motherboard has the former, and you’re looking for a bit more overclocking headroom, you’ll need to search for an upgrade. There are several solutions, but today I have Thermalright’s HR-05. Let see how it performs.

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Vizo Voyager

Vizo pride themselves on making efficient, economical and stylish cooling and storage products. Today, I have something that fits into the former of those categories, the Vizo Voyager. It's designed to straddle your HDD and keep it chilled with 2 small fans. Is it up to the task? Let's find out.

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LANCOOL Metal Boned K7

Nearly everyone who's looked for a new PC case will have heard the name Lian Li who are celebrated for their aluminium enclosures. Lian Li have always aimed their cases at the conservative computer owner, who would rather have a light-weight clean looking case rather than one jam packed full of cold cathodes and LED encrusted fans.Today I have in my hands the Metal Boned K7 chassis that while being dressed with a 'LANCOOL' badge is manufactured by Lian Li and has a distinct taste of it manufacturers styling. In fact the badge could be changed for a Lian Li and no-one would bat an eye-lid.

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Vizo Orbiter

Vizo first came to our attention with their eye catching HDD enclosues in early 2006. Since then they have increased their product range to fans, mice, headsets and more. Today I have an interesting product, the Vizo Orbital, a circular HDD cooler. Let's see how it holds up.

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Noctua NH-U12P

There are so many heatsinks out there that choosing your preferred CPU anti-perspirant is a mine-field. While it be component conflict, case issues or price, there are factors that immediately make some offerings impossible to use.Today I have the newest heatsink to fly from the R&D department doors at Noctua; the NH-U12P which is an amalgamation of several proven Noctua products onto a new heatsink design. Hopefully it’ll all come together; read on to find out…

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Razer Lycosa

Gamers love Razer and Razer love gamers. As a result, they've taken it upon themselves to create some of the best gaming peripherals around including the Boomslang and Deathadder. They've made a gamer keyboard before called the Tarantula and several more in cahoots with other manufactures although these weren't destined for the gamers desk.Today I have the Lycosa which is a cut-down version of the Tarantula with light up keys and a more petite size. Let's see if Razer can keep gamers happy with this next keyboard incarnation.

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Zotac 9500GT Zone

"Sapphire don't mess with the green camp; they're ATI through and through. This means that they don't just deal with the high end cards though, it also means they cover mid-range and budget cards, even old technologies like AGP. Today we have the 2600 Pro 512mb from Sapphire on an AGP platform. How does it compare to our P4's old favourite, the x1950 Pro? Let's see."

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NZXT Alpha

We’ve been privileged enough to review a fair portion of the NZXT case range, with the Lexa Blackline, Rouge, Hush and Duet all receiving solid results and accolades. Now I have another case from the gamer enclosure constructors; the NZXT Alpha.Sold under the tag-line of ‘Simple yet powerful’ it slots into the budget class case segment. Featuring tool-less drive mounting, steel chassis and GTX support, it should make for a good enclosure for your build.

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Tuniq TX-2

When you decided to buy a new cooler, you forgot the heatpaste didn’t you? You ended up with the stock generic white stuff that does the job, but hardly excels. Well today I have a product to help you lower the all-important CPU temperature for overclocking bliss; the Tuniq TX-2 heatpaste.Made from non-metallic elements, this paste boasts a zero electrical conductivity and low thermal resistance. Let’s see how it performs.

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