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Ratpadz GS
Tuesday, February 15th, 2011 by

Ratpadz GS

Recently we tested the Ratpadz XT model, and it unfortunately received one of the lowest marks this site has ever given. Hopefully Ratpadz other model, the GS, will get a much better reception.

Peripherals

Thermalright HR07 memory cooler
Tuesday, February 15th, 2011 by

Thermalright HR07 memory cooler

When people think of air coolers, they think of huge tower CPU heatsinks, stylish exhaust fan setups on GPUs and miniaturised chipset fan and 'sink combos. However little effort has ever been put into memory cooling. Attempts to cool RAM in the past have been met with more ratings with tiny 40 and 60mm fans just not being upto the job. Thermalright has stepped upto the challenge with their High Rise HR07 memory coolers; lets see if they can go where others have not.

Coolers

MSI 8800GTS 320mb
Tuesday, February 15th, 2011 by

MSI 8800GTS 320mb

MSI produce a wide range of components for the IT industry; from motherboards to MP3 players and everything in between. Today they have been kind enough to supply us with their latest version of the G80, the 8800GTS 320mb. Lets see how this card fares.

Graphics Cards

Jetart HCA06 HDD cooler
Tuesday, February 15th, 2011 by

Jetart HCA06 HDD cooler

With CPU’s under peltiers and graphics cards connected to your mains water supply, hard discs are left to sweat in the corner of your case. Heat and HDD’s don’t mix; you end up with a shorter life span which means more expenditure. To counter the temperature onslaught, Jetart have created a simple hard disc cooler which should end your woes…

Coolers

Akasa TIMclean
Tuesday, February 15th, 2011 by

Akasa TIMclean

We all, from time to time, need to replace our CPU cooler which means that we have to get rid of the old thermal pad/grease/paste. Instead of turning to White Spirt or tramps favourite turpentine, Akasa have made TIM Clean which has been designed for this very purpose.

Other products

Saitek GM3200 Gaming mouse
Tuesday, February 15th, 2011 by

Saitek GM3200 Gaming mouse

In the performance market, numbers mean everything. From MHZ to megabyte, the industry revolves around extremes. Today I have the Saitek GM3200 gamers mouse which promises the fairly unnecessary DPI of 3200. Will this be enough?

Peripherals

Crucial Ballistix PC8000 DDR2 2gb
Tuesday, February 15th, 2011 by

Crucial Ballistix PC8000 DDR2 2gb

Crucial are well known for their extreme Ballistix range of memory kits. In the past XSR has reviewed their PC3200 and 6400 dual channel modules. Today we have the pinnacle of Crucial Ballistix memory kits, the PC8000. Like the DDR PC4000-4800 kits of old these modules promise stable overclocks but will they deliver?

Memory

Antec Earthwatts 500w
Tuesday, February 15th, 2011 by

Antec Earthwatts 500w

Unless you subscribe to the theory of a second ice age, you’ll know that humans are slowly warming our planet up due to CO2 output. While computers – probably – play a small part in this global change, there is still an impact. Step in 80+ power supplies which promise above 80% efficiency throughout their output wattage range (20%, 50% and 100%). Today I have two such units, both rated @ 500w but from two different manufacturers.

Power supply units

Akasa Greenpower 500w
Tuesday, February 15th, 2011 by

Akasa Greenpower 500w

Unless you subscribe to the theory of a second ice age, you’ll know that humans are slowly warming our planet up due to CO2 output. While computers – probably – play a small part in this global change, there is still an impact. Step in 80+ power supplies which promise above 80% efficiency throughout their output wattage range (20%, 50% and 100%). Today I have two such units, both rated @ 500w but from two different manufacturers.

Power supply units

Ratpadz XT
Tuesday, February 15th, 2011 by

Ratpadz XT

Hard OCP are well known in the review industry for their popular website, and now they are trying to get into the mouse pad sector with their Ratpadz range. Today I have their XT model which promises a slick surface and a large gaming area.EDIT: Obviously Ratpadz have been around for years, the introduction was poorly worded apologies to anyone misled.

Peripherals

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