Archive for the ‘Reviews’ Category
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.
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.
You can get chrome fan grills, glossy case paint and tinted side windows; in fact your computer can quite easily be pimped up to look like its straight out of the hood. On this note, Jetart have decided to join in the computer beautifying business and have made… diamond heatpaste. Read on for the full run down.
Like most manufactures, SteelPad don’t always release brand new products, only build on past success. The QcK heavy is no difference; it’s the same slick surface found on the QcK which received a 9/10 back in 2006, but has extra thickness for LAN party enthusiasts.
There are a variety of ATI graphics cards, ranging from the very high end x1950XTXs to the more budget range x1600s. However, it is often hard to find a middle ground with such hardware. Usually the cards are too expensive or underpowered; but this is where Connect3D come in. Their x1950 Pro card promises top notch performance with a mid range price tag, can it pull it off? Lets see.
Noiseblocker have been around for some time silently (notice the pun?) removing noise from PC’s all over the world. Today I have their NB-X-Swing which sounds like something that you would find in a sex shop, but no, it’s a HDD noise reduction device.
A year or two ago Foxconn were the rising stars of the motherboard world. Having shown the enthusiasts that they were here to stay Foxconn moved onto graphics cards and once again have hit hard into the high end market with a wide range of GPUs on offer. Today I have their 8800GTX which has all the speed of the other manufacturers models, but with a packaging and cooler that our older readers would probably describe as "Cosmic". Read on to find out if its performance is as "Far out" as its packaging.
Whenever I think/hear of the name ‘Silverstone’ I think of an extreme aluminium fetish. Far from being a bad thing, every product that they make has a fair percentage of the ultra light metal in it. The MS04 external HDD enclosure is no different, the curved body and inner tray is their trademark brushed aluminium. Whilst it is undeniably sexy, let’s see whether it performs as well…
SteelSeries concentrate on creating the best peripherals with the gamer in mind. We’ve tested many of their products, including their entire range of headsets, but today I have their SteelPad S&S touted as ‘probably the best hard plastic gaming surface in the world’. Lets see…
Noiseblocker make a variety of products, though mainly focus on cooling and sound dampening. Today I will be testing the NB-Coolscraper 120 v2.0 which is designed to be an active cooling solution for your CPU, while combining Noiseblocker's love of silence. Lets see if we have a cool & quiet CPU cooler on ours hands.