Reviews

Creative Inspire T7900

For the most part, you’ll be gaming with your multi-GPU system with a similar quantity of CPU cores and a couple of gigs of RAM and your nice TFT screen. But with the sounds coming from the OEM speakers you stole from an old shop-bought machine, you’ll be giving your eyes the lion-share of the entertainment while your ears are subjected to tinny, two channel sound.With nearly every motherboard, no matter how inexpensive, coming with upwards of 5.1 surround output, there is no excuse for using just the green jack. Step in Creative’s Inspire T7900 kit, featuring a gamer friendly price-tag, 7 separate speakers and a large bass unit with upmixing. Let’s see whether it’s right for you.

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Cyber Snipa PC Gamepad 2

With gaming becoming an increasingly competitive activity, some gamers choose to add a little edge to their play through upgrading their main weapons, the keyboard and mouse. Some however, choose to break away from a device originally designed for typing, and use a gamepad or gaming board. Cyber Snipa are one company attempting to cash in on this gamer choice with their PC-Gamepad 2. Let's see what it can do.

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Zaward Twin Towers

Your chipset is usually covered with a trailing length of heatpipes connected to several ‘node’ heatsinks, combining anything hot into one heat removing clump of metal. While this method works, once you start overclocking, the PWM area’s heat is passed to the Northbridge and vice versa, lowering the potential money-saving extra frequency.There are stand alone chipset coolers out there, but more often than not, you don’t have the option of using them. Due to the single-piece cooling system motherboards use, you can’t just remove the chipset part as the other sections are left naked. The other problem is compatibility as you have to squeeze the new cooler into a position where it doesn’t conflict with a graphics card or even your CPU cooler.Today I have the Zaward Twin Towers which hopefully will be able to beat these issues.

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Vvikoo 2600 Pro Turbo

Vvikoo are an up and coming GPU manufacturer based in Paris, France. This makes a change from the usual dominance of the Eastern and Western companies; these guys aren't too far from home. We recently reviewed their 8600GT which turned out very well indeed. Today however, we will be looking at something from the other camp, the 2600 Pro.

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NZXT Rogue

NZXT have been champions of the gamer case market for a while now. In order to keep a top position, you need to keep pumping out interesting cases designed for every user. To fit this bill, they’ve releases the Rogue.Featuring a box shaped design and LAN carrying strap, it should be able to keep NZXT at the top of the game.

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Swiftech H2O 120 Compact

As everyone knows, water + computers normally equals disaster and RMA all round. But in some cases, the power of H2O can be used to your silicones benefit.There is a fine line between effective watercooling and relying on people believing that it is by definition better than air. Chilling by water is much more involved than a simple HSF combo, which normally holds people back from taking the plunge. With several components (radiator, reservoir, water block, piping and pump) all needing to be connected perfectly, free of air and mounted correctly most will turn to a clip-on air version. Swiftech know this and have decided to release a two piece kit containing everything for aqua heat removal. Hail the Swiftech H2O 120 Compact.

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OCZ ATV Turbo 4GB

USB flash memory has recently been tumbling down in price, and now you can carry around all of your important files for less than £20.That said, most budget drives hide a substantial issue; speed. If you are routinely copying large files, a slow transfer rate can mean the difference between going to the pub and staying at the office for an extra 5 minutes. A serious problem indeed.Due to the drop in price, faster drives are also available for more accessible prices featuring larger sizes too. Today I have the OCZ ATV Turbo 4GB USB drive that should be able to store your stuff and make transferring a quick job.

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