Reviews

Biostar TA690G AM2

” Introduction With the introduction of HDMI pumping graphics cards, the motherboard market has jumped on the band wagon, with many featuring full HDMI output con audio. The abit AN-M2HD with it’s GeForce 7050PV and nForce 630a chipset is one such example, but today I have AMD/ATI’s reply; the Biostar TA690G AM2. As the name implies, this mATX motherboard uses …

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Noctua NF-P12

The last time I was privileged enough to get my mitts on some Noctua branded fans, I had to make up a new word to describe how quiet they were. Continuing this fashion of ultra quiet fans, Noctua have released the awkwardly named NF-P12 fan which builds on the success of the previous blade spinners we’ve seen, and adds some more fins and interesting notches.Hopefully I’ll have to rack my brains for a new word for this brown and peach number…

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ZEROtherm Nirvana NV120 Premium

Cooling for your CPU has slowly moved away from the bizarre shapes and sizes hoping to remove an extra degree or two, and shifted to tower coolers which naturally sit above motherboard surface components and provide much more surface area for heat to be lost.The ZEROtherm Nirvana NV120 is no different, and it’s built by a company that have shown their silent coolers to be more than adequate in the past. The quiet 120mm fan and glossy metal finish make this an attractive choice.

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Razer Lachesis

When I heard that Razer were releasing a new mouse, I knew it would be something special. Considering my last insight into a Razer mouse - the Death Adder - left me with a near-perfect gaming mouse, it’s not too much to expect something even better to come from the doors of Razer.The Lachesis returns to using a laser to track your movements rather than the previously much-hyped 3G infra-red sensor the Death Adder uses. With more buttons and increased DPI lets see how Razer’s latest model performs.

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Cyber Snipa Dog Tags

Pen drives, flash drives, flash disks, whatever you want to call them, almost everyone has one these days. It's not surprising with a product that is so integrated into society that some companies attempt to find niches within that industry. The most targeted of which is of course the gamer one, and Cyber Snipa are having a go at breaking into that lucrative market with their Dog Tags. A USB stick and a mini swiss army knife, all on a necklace of sorts, will it impress? Let's see.

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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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