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PC Power & Cooling Silencer 610W power supply review
Elite Bastards posted PC Power & Cooling Silencer 610W power supply review

No flashy packages here - why on earth would you want one for a power supply? PC Power & Cooling have taken what is very much a no frills approach here, sporting simply a plain white box coupled with a smattering of text that outlines some of the Silencer 610W's key features, as you can see above.

Given the product's name, it's no surprise to find this power supply rated at 610 Watts, albeit with a peak capability of 670 Watts. The 'Silencer' aspect of the power supply also gets a mention here, with PC Power & Cooling claiming up to 90% less noise per Watt of power - An interesting metric to measure by. That aside, 83% efficiency is claimed for this unit, which also handily sports a three-year warranty.
PC Power & Cooling Silencer 610W power supply review

Thermaltake BigWater 760i Liquid Cooling Kit
Digit-Life posted a review on the Thermaltake BigWater 760i Liquid Cooling Kit

Thermaltake Big Water 760i proves that a liquid cooling system is still a rational choice: given the performance is a bit higher and the pump quieter, we would have got an absolute must have!
Thermaltake BigWater 760i Liquid Cooling Kit



AutumnWave OnAir GT USB HDTV/DTV Receiver Review
DragonSteelMods.com posted a review on the AutumnWave OnAir GT USB HDTV/DTV Receiver

Today for review I've got an excellent product from a company called AutumnWave that's called the OnAir GT. The OnAir GT is a portable HDTV/DTV/ATV receiver that allows you to not only watch Hi-Def television on your PC but also record it to watch later like a standard DVR allows you. The OnAir GT also features the ability to attach external devices like gamesystems, video cameras, and DVD players as well to watch on your computer, or record, like in-game movies to share with your friends. It comes with a fully functional remote to control the OnAir GT, and even comes with software to edit the videos that you've recorded.
AutumnWave OnAir GT USB HDTV/DTV Receiver Review

Ultra m998 Mid-Tower ATX Case Review
PC Perspective posted a review on the Ultra m998 Mid-Tower ATX Case

The overall construction and build quality is good and the simple lines and black anodized finish provide a nice background for highlighting all your internal goodies (visible through the large side window). Thanks to its slightly larger size, the m998 can easily accommodate a large PSU, extended ATX motherboard and it comes with 11 drive bays. The two bundled 120mm fans provide good airflow and can be supplemented with an additional 80mm fan on the side window if desired. And if you plan to floor mount this enclosure you will certainly enjoy the optional (included) caster wheels.
Ultra m998 Mid-Tower ATX Case Review

NZXT Rogue mATX Gaming Case Review
techPowerUp posted a review on the NZXT Rogue mATX Gaming Case

The NZXT Rogue is a very unique case. It combines the portability of a cube with the possiblity to install large graphic cards and high performance power supplies. A carrying strap is also included, to make carrying the black or silver cube - featuring either blue or red LEDs - to and from a LAN party as easy as possible.
NZXT Rogue mATX Gaming Case Review

Corsair Dominator 4GB PC2-1066 Review
3DXtreme.net posted a new review on the Corsair Dominator 4GB PC2-1066 memory

Corsair's latest high performance heatsink uses something called Dual-Path Heat Xchange. This combined with the additional cooling provided by the Corsair Dominator Airflow Fan allow these parts to run at 1066 MHz at 2.2v VDIMM and remain cool. While most manufacturers have settled on putting out 2 x 2GB kits of PC2-6400 Corsair is determined to take over the high end of the market with this 4GB kit of PC2-1066...
Corsair Dominator 4GB PC2-1066 Review

Thermaltake MaxOrb CPU Cooler Review
OCIA.net has posted their review of the Thermaltake MaxOrb CPU Cooler.

I've used more than a few Thermaltake CPU coolers over the years; no surprise considering they've been in business since 1999. Today I'll be taking a look at another of their latest products, the Max Orb. Following the progression of orb coolers, from the Golden Orb II through the Blue Orb and Ruby Orb, the Max Orb represents yet another level of advancement in design for Thermaltake.
Thermaltake MaxOrb CPU Cooler Review

QNAP TS-209 Pro 2-Bay NAS Device Review
OzHardware posted QNAP TS-209 Pro 2-Bay NAS Device Review

A new NAS (Network Attached Storage) device from the folks at QNAP Systems comes with 2 bays for Serial-ATA hard drives, RAID capability and enough built-in services to make many big servers totally obsolete. Here at OzHardware we take a closer look.
QNAP TS-209 Pro 2-Bay NAS Device Review

MSI K9A2 Platinum AMD 790FX Motherboard Review
Viper Lair takes a look at the MSI K9A2 Platinum AMD 790FX Motherboard

Going back to performance, at stock speeds, the K9A2 Platinum performed very well with the Phenom 9600 Black, despite the TLB issue which never affected us. The 790FX platform as a whole is quite solid and shows a lot of promise. Provided you're planning to stay closely within specifications, we think the MSI K9A2 Platinum AMD 790FX motherboard is a solid and reliable platform but the overclocking results surely vary depending on the processor you have.
MSI K9A2 Platinum AMD 790FX Motherboard Review

APEVIA X-Telstar Jr. G Type Case Review
OCC has published a new review of the APEVIA X-Telstar Jr. G Type Case

The Apevia X-Telstar Jr. G Type Case seems very spacious inside for a "Jr" case. The hard drive bays are turned sideways, which I think is a great idea; I have struggled with smaller cases trying to get the SATA and power connectors off. Another great tool-less feature of this case is the hard drives are put onto the rails mentioned earlier and slide into place. Your DVD drive also slips easily into position, and you move the blue slider forward to lock the drive in place.
APEVIA X-Telstar Jr. G Type Case Review

Aeneon Xtune DDR3-1333 2GB Memory Kit Review
ThinkComputers.org posted Aeneon Xtune DDR3-1333 2GB Memory Kit Review

Though the memory manufacturers are still designing and building new DDR2 memory modules, DDR3 memory is here and being used. There are plenty of motherboards out there that utilize DDR3 memory, and new modules are being introduced monthly. No, you have probably not yet heard of Aeneon. Aeneon is a division of a German company Qimonda, the world's third largest manufacturer of DRAM, part of Infineon Technologies AG. So, there is really nothing new about Aeneon but the name.
Aeneon Xtune DDR3-1333 2GB Memory Kit Review

Razer Boomslang Collector's Edition 2007 Gaming Mouse Review
I4U NEWS reviews the Razer Boomslang Collector's Edition 2007 Gaming Mouse.

The design of the Razer Boomslang Collector's Edition 2007 is wider and fatter than typical Razer mice. The feel in the hand is good, but certainly larger than typical mice. The section of the Boomslang with the buttons is wider with a roundish design making the base where your palm sits narrower than the top of the mouse. The two side buttons sit right at the junction of the palm area and rounded top. I found during use that the button on the left wide was very easy to activate accidentally.
Razer Boomslang Collector's Edition 2007 Gaming Mouse Review

RAZER Piranha Gaming Communicator Headset Review
Futurelooks checks out the RAZER Piranha Gaming Communicator Headset

RAZER is a company that develops and manufactures gaming peripherals that can give gamers the competitive edge. They specialize in headsets, keyboards and mice to give gamers ultimate control over their competitors but at the same time making it more comfortable for them to endure long hours of fragging or raiding. Let’s see how this philosphy translates to the RAZER Piranha!
RAZER Piranha Gaming Communicator Headset Review

Razer Destructor Gaming Surface Review
Virtual-Hideout posted a review on the Razer Destructor Gaming Surface

The Destructor's surface is made with a proprietary "gunmetal" coating which gives it the exceptional reactive surface. In layman's terms, that means the surface helps laser type mice respond easier than compared to something like the Everglide series. The gunmetal coating appears to be pretty resilient against even against minor abuse such as when you get pwned in game and start slapping the pad or banging your mouse against it. You know who you are out there...
Razer Destructor Gaming Surface Review

Sapphire Pure CrossFireX PC-AM2RD790 motherboard Review
Bit-Tech published a review of the Sapphire Pure CrossFireX PC-AM2RD790 motherboard

The first board we received had quite serious issues, and while we accept this happens sometimes things only half got better when we received a new board. At first the old board had serious overheating issues -- the aluminium heatsink would get far too hot and it would require active cooling otherwise our 125W AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+ would lock up when it was running our benchmarks. Thankfully, this second board didn't suffer the same problems -- the heatsink gets warm, but now not to the point where it starts glowing red.

What has remained is the finicky memory issues that cause "C1" stalls before POST: the motherboard is generally quite fussy and it isn't clever enough to work out what's wrong and work around it like some other boards we've used. It didn't like our Kingston PC-9600 at all and our Corsair 6400-C3 didn't like one set of slots, then the other, but then decided it //was now going to work in the original slots after some OCZ FlexXLC PC9200 memory was tried. The OCZ also suffered the same sporadic "I'm going to work... and now I'm not" problems, depending on air pressure, time of day, flying pigs, whether I had eaten breakfast that morning... you name it.

Once it's working you may be tempted to leave it alone, but because it requires an investment in time to find the performance niche and stability where everything just seems to work, this can require the usual BIOS mishaps and CMOS resets.

After some considerable time of not having much fun we fiddled with the drive strengths, tweaked a few timings and voltages //just a touch and suddenly everything began to sing -- it was like night and day. While we found it surprisingly not to be any faster in our tests, the "feel" of the system (I hope some of you will realise what I mean) just seemed clearly superior.
Sapphire Pure CrossFireX PC-AM2RD790 motherboard Review

CyberSnipa Stinger 3200 DPI laser gaming mouse review
The Guru of 3D posted a review on the CyberSnipa Stinger 3200 DPI laser gaming mouse

Let me introduce you the guys from CyberSnipa, soon to be know under the label cyber-e-sport. The folks that market and produce hardcore gaming gear for you guys, the gaming audience. It's one of very few companies solely focusing on gaming products and have been doing that with success.

The first product from their updated series we'll test comes from their Cyber Snipa mouse range of products; the Cyber Snipa Stinger. A product with selectable 3200 DPI precision, good looks and to some
degree, it's even customizable thanks to a dominant software application. I was enchanted to get my hands on the Cyber Snipa Stinger Gaming Mouse. While this piece of hardware is clearly aimed at the hardest of the hardcore FPSers, its resourcefulness and features make it a comfy mouse even for everyday use.
CyberSnipa Stinger 3200 DPI laser gaming mouse review

GIGABYTE 8800GT TURBOFORCE Review
Bjorn3D take a look at the GIGABYTE 8800GT TURBOFORCE.

Speaking of temperatures, the Zalman GPU after-market cooler on the 8800GT TurboForce is a godsend and certainly keeps the temperatures in the lowest range we've again seen on any stock 8800 series card. It averages 10 degrees Celsius cooler than any other card we've tested in this performance range. Even when this card was overclocked to a gargantuan level we only experienced a load temperature of 52 degrees Celsius, which is amazing!
GIGABYTE 8800GT TURBOFORCE Review

ASUS Triton 77 CPU Cooler Review
HardwareLogic posted ASUS Triton 77 CPU Cooler Review

Asustek needs no introduction when it comes to the field of high end hardware; they've been delivering the good stuff before some of us even knew what a CPU was. With a massive market catering to nearly every inch of the enthusiast sprawl, if there's a niche where Asus hasn't proven their mettle, you can bet they're thinking up a product for it as we speak.
ASUS Triton 77 CPU Cooler Review

OCZ and Kingston PC3 14400 DDR3 Review
DriverHeaven posted a review on PC3 14400 DDR3 memory from OCZ and Kingston

When you want to buy the fastest hardware there is always a premium. In the DDR3 memory market the fastest available components right now are 1866MHz modules with CAS 8 timings or 1800MHz products with CAS 7 timings.

That said, there are however a number of 1800MHz modules rated at CAS 8 which are considerably less expensive. Today we are looking at two such products from OCZ and Kingston to find out how much performance we give away when pitted against Corsairs CAS 7 Dominator modules. We will also find out if the review products can in fact match, or exceed, the more expensive sticks when overclocked. If successful it would make these products excellent value for money.
OCZ and Kingston PC3 14400 DDR3 Review