Unlike many of the other big names in the consumer and gaming graphics card industry who produce products based on GPUs from both the green and red teams, EVGA exclusively works with nVidia. This shows in their product offerings as they offer a relatively large number of product variants per GPU. Specifically within their GTX 670 line, there are two non-reference series of products: FTW and Superclocked+. EVGA's nomenclature can get bit confusing between these two series of products as they overlap in cost, factory clock speeds and memory size.
The video card from EVGA we're looking at today is the GeForce GTX 670 FTW LE 2GB. To easily understand where it fits in EVGA's lineup, it their entry level non-reference design offering that's one step higher than the basic reference design. With the term FTW (for the win) in it's name, you'd probably assume that this is one of EVGA's higher end cards. You would be semi-right, as the FTW (and FTW SIG2) version are EVGA's top 2GB GTX 670 products. It's the LE suffix that denotes the lower end of the scale. To me, FTW LE is an oxymoron.
Corsair's H100 has to be one of the most famous enthusiast CPU cooling systems on the planet. The Noctua NH-D14 dominates the air heatsink market while Corsair's "liquid cooling for the masses" idea took off in popularity and dominates the liquid cooling market, with the H100 being the flagship of the Corsair Hydro Series line up. The Corsair H100 has been with us for what seems like an age, and consequently Corsair felt it is time for a refresh of this favourite. "How much difference does adding an "i" really make?" is the question we want to find the answer too.
Last year, we reviewed the Cougar CMX 700 W power supply, which failed our tests. Cougar released an updated version of this power supply in order to correct the issues we found. Cougar is a brand that belongs to HEC/Compucase. The CMX V2 series is comprised of 80 Plus Bronze units with a modular cabling system, in 450 W, 550 W, 700 W, 850 W, 1,000 W, and 1,200 W versions.
Sapphire have been implementing vapor chamber technology into many of their graphic cards for awhile at this point, ranging from the now-ancient Radeon HD 3870 to the current HD 7970, but now they have crafted it into a CPU cooler. That's right, Sapphire are making an aftermarket heatsink for your CPU, too! The cooler is simply called the Vapor-X and shows promise of being a contender in the high-end air-cooling market. Read on to find out how well it stacks up.
The second generation of AMD A-Series APUs is now among us. Hopefully you have been able to read our articles about the newest AMD Trinity Processors. Those APUs are nice, but they amount to nothing without a motherboard to pair them with. At Benchmark Reviews, we tested those APUs with the Gigabyte F2A85X-UP4 Socket FM2 A85X Motherboard. While the A85X chipset brings a few minor changes to the FCH, Gigabyte has added a lot of their own features to the F2A85X-UP4 motherboard to ensure that it meets all of the needs of early FM2 adopters.
The Trinity line of APU's from AMD have shown us that it is possible to have respectable CPU and GPU performance all in one chip. Along with that you get low power consumption and a low price to boot. But as we have shown in our recent ECS FM2 motherboard review, these Trinity chips also have a little something for the enthusiast as well.
While I was in the middle of my last review from Noctua, the A series fans – I was contacted by Noctua with a press release featuring the NH-L9 CPU cooler. Of course, since I’ve always had a deep respect for Noctua products I told them to send one over and I would take a look at it.
There are plenty more features we are used to from BitFenix as well as some other new offerings not usually seen, but I need to save something for the rest of the review. For now, get yourself situated, because the Ghost mid-tower chassis from BitFenix is well worth your time to have a look at what it has to offer. Even though there were some slight issues with the sample I was sent, I really think the Ghost is a case many buyers will gravitate to for any of their future builds - I just think it is that cool. Continue on through the specifications and packaging images, because I don't think by the time you see this case you will be disagreeing with my last statement.
The GRone is priced at anywhere from £90-130 depending on when and where you look for one, which isn't cheap but it's about on par with other premium gaming chassis on the market, although of course you could spend more if you wanted, In Win them selves have chassis three times the price on the GRone. With a three digit price tag there are a few things you're going to want from your chassis, for your financial investment you want to see good build quality, a sturdy feature list and great performance, you may also want a good level of style, but that's a subjective quality for every individual.
The Aurum 92+ is the new 80 Plus Platinum power supply series from FSP, available in 450 W, 550 W, and 650 W versions. Let’s see how the 650 W version fared on our tests. The name of this series is obviously an artistic license, since “aurum” means “gold” in Latin; anyone who has studied chemistry in school knows that.
The speedy D03 USB 3.0 drives from the Diamond Series come from Silicon Power and can be found with different capacities, sport a catchy design and have an internal solid aluminum structure. The outside is scratch resistant and thanks to the 2.5'' drive inside, the product remains very light, weighting only 147 grams.
A media card reader can be a convenient device when it comes to transferring information between cameras, video cameras and a desktop computer. Media card readers based on USB 3.0 should take advantage of the higher interface bandwidth to allow much faster file transfer. In this article, Benchmark Reviews looks at the Silverstone FP37 USB 3.0 front bay media card reader to find out just what kind of features and performance can be expected from this newer generation of media card reader.
Cooler Master just released a new keyboard to their CM Storm lineup called Quick Fire TK, which should be a nice upgrade from the CM Storm Quick Fire keyboard. The Quick Fire TK keyboard back-lighting is a major feature improvement; the red back-light looks great and the three different modes you can choose from is a very unique feature.
Thermaltake recently announced the 'New Soprano' PC case, which is the latest revision of the companies long standing Soprano case series. This case has simple lines and brushed metal accents that keep it just classy enough for a professional office or modern home environment. Read on to see if the Thermaltake New Soprano has the look and features that you desire!
Corsair is renewing it's all in one liquid cooling solution series. After overhauling the high end AX series power supplies, their high end Hydro 80 and 100 models are getting a facelift too. Baptized as the H80i and H100i models; Without any clue what the i really stands for, however ignition or injection seem logic options. Most important upgrade is the inclusion of the new Corsair Air fan series, which already are renown for improving the cooling performance by a small margin. However that's not the only part where the new Hydro I series differ from their predecessors. Time to explore Corsair's latest addition.
The Silverstone Heligon HE02 is being sold as a passive heatsink for sub-95W TDP processors, so today on Frostytech we'll put this big, boxy, silent heatsink through its passive paces. No fans will be used in the testing, just good old noise-less convection cooling. We should note that wire fan clips are supplied for users who wish to add two 120mm fans. Silverstone's Heligon HE02 heatsink is made from a pretty common mix of nickel plated aluminum fins soldered to six 6mm diameter copper heatpipes. The heatpipes are capped off by a chunky nickel plated copper base plate. Noise wise, this is a completely silent passively cooled heatsink, which means you'd better have a case with lots of air vents.
Today were taking a look at the Hoplite ST chassis from Enermax. We managed to get hold of the white edition of the chassis for the review and priced at around £70 it's set nicely between the mid budget and premium build chassis in terms of cost. So I'm expecting a decent level of build quality, features and performance from this chassis as £70 is still a lot of money.
It's no secret I travel with my PC more than most and the size of my accessories almost dictates how many trips to the car I make. As you can imagine size is important and Cooler Master's new compact gaming keyboard, the Quick Fire TK, is right up my alley.
Cooler Master is one of the very few top tier companies that offer quality products in an array of categories. Being that we haven’t tested anything from Cooler Master in quite a while I figured we would start off with a top tier component such as the Cooler Master Silent Pro Hybrid PSU.
One memory company that you may or may not have heard of, Avexir, is making a big name for themselves as of late. Avexir has been putting the wealth around the world in the form of their Core series of DDR3. Looking at their Facebook many such individuals have been getting some massive clocks from the kits. Today, we will finally get a chance at using their 1600MHz 8GB kit.
Next in our series of video cards review is a product from ASUS. As a large tier-1 hardware manufacturer, ASUS is both a partner of AMD and nVidia for its graphics products. Today we'll be looking at one of ASUS' high end nVidia GeForce GTX 680 based products. One step below the flagship of ASUS' GTX 680 series, the GTX680-DC2O-2GD5 has most of the same ASUS exclusive features as their top dog: the DirectCU II cooler and 10 power phases coupled with the DIGI+ VRM. The only difference is a smaller factory overclock.
At first glance, the GTX680-DC2O-2GD5 is a beast. While most high end gaming video cards are now dual slot designs, ASUS' GTX 680 is even beefier with a three slot height. Browsing the flagship products from ASUS' other product lines reveals a consistent colour scheme of black with red accents. This GTX 680 is no different with most of the video card in black, including the fans, the metal shroud and the PCB. The shroud is adorned with a car-like set of red racing stripes.
Zalman's CNPS9900DF heatsink is a twin tower cooler that stands 154mm tall and is built around three 6mm diameter composite wick copper heatpipes. For a look inside a composite wick heatpipe, check this out. The CNPS9900DF comes with two fans, a 120mm intake fan that runs at a fixed speed of 1000RPM and a center, 135mm PWM fan than operates at 1400-900RPM. The center 135mm PWM fan operates at 1400RPM to 900RPM, thus even at its slowest speed airflow is pretty well balanced between the intake (front) fan and exhaust (center) fan. The open frames allow additional air mass to be drawn in from the sides as necessary.
In this review we will be looking at the Corsair H60. The H60 is part of the Hydro Series line of self contained watercoolers designed as a high performance replacement for the OEM cooling system. As with most self contained watercoolers the H60 features a combined waterblock and pump assembly that is connected to a small radiator.
The FM2A85X Extreme 6 is the flagship motherboard for the "Trinity" APU sets. The motherboard is visually appealing to the eye and offers load of options from low wattage consumption to an 8+2 power phase configuration for higher overclocks. One impressive aspect we know that all will like that is looking for a motherboard for a new AMD APU is the price. The Extreme 6 is being had for $100 from Newegg.
Antec have been in the computer component industry since 1986, in that time they have established them selves as one of the leading brands and build a strong fan base in the computer community. They've already got a solid range of products from their ever popular CPU coolers, chassis and even cleaning products that have proven well with consumers, businesses and many of which have won award from us here at eTeknix. With nearly 30 years of product knowledge behind them, Antec should know a few things about making a good component, something we hope to see reflected in the ISK110.
Today, we look at the new Cisco Linksys Smart Wi-Fi AC 1750 Router that is designed to work with the next generation of Wi-Fi for fast data transfer and media streaming. Brought to you by what is arguably the biggest name in network hardware, Cisco packs the EA6500 with every bell and whistle that you can imagine including the latest 802.11ac wireless standard. Read on to see just how good the Linksys EA6500 is.
The Fractal Design Define R4 is the next PC-Case in the Technic3D Editorship. The Define R4 supports ATX, Mini-ATX and Micro-ATX motherboards and have place for seven 140mm Cooling-Fans. We will check this and many more in the following Review.
The Gigabyte F2A85X-UP4 is a motherboard based on the most high-end chipset for the new FM2 platform, the A85X (codenamed "Hudson D4"). It is targeted to the second-generation APUs from AMD, codenamed "Trinity." Let's see what this motherboard has to offer.
GIGABYTE has been a key player in AMD overclocking for awhile now. Their latest generation of motherboards for the AMD FM2 platform aren't looking to break that streak either. Earlier this week it was announced that the GIGABYTE F2A85X-UP4 was able to set the record for the highest clock speed on the AMD A10-5800K 'Trinity' APU. Today we are going take a look at the GIGABYTE F2A85X-UP4 in all of it's glory and put it through the paces! Read on to find out how well it does!
For the first time in this site’s life it will be reviewing a 32GB kit of memory. And it is all due to the wonderful people at G.Skill. The kit is from the Ripjaws Z series and is clocked at an impressive 1866MHz. coming from G.Skill we do not imagine anything than that great performance numbers and but at high a high clock and high amount of memory we may not see crazy overclocking from them. But we are just as ready to get them on the bench anyways.
After almost dying out, then re-emerging as boutique items for snobs, mechanical keyboards are experiencing a sudden surge in popularity as people realize the advantages they have in keyboard feel and longevity over the traditional rubber dome or membrane keyboards. After testing mechanical keyboards from Cooler Master, Corsair, Rosewill, and Thermaltake, Benchmark Reviews now has the opportunity to look at a mechanical keyboard from one of the largest keyboard vendors in the world, Logitech. Join me as I explore the features and capabilities of their new Logitech G710+ Mechanical Gaming Keyboard.
Fractal Design are well known for their slick styling, solid build quality and premium performance and I no doubt that the Node 605 will offer anything less. The chassis is priced at around £110, which isn't cheap but it is in line with the competition for similar chassis solutions. Fractal aren't known for their cheap prices but as we've seen in the Node 304 and the Define R4 you get great value for money in terms of the three big aspects of style, quality and performance.
Through its Storm product line, Cooler Master has introduced an entire family of gaming-oriented peripherals. Time to add one more member to the mechanical keyboard lineup: the QuickFire TK. Featuring a unique layout and a compact footprint, how well does the TK measure up to its heralded sisters? Read on to find out.
The new version of H60 boasts a new high static pressure fan, a new design cold-plate and new magnetic mounting bracket to make installation simpler than before. Along with other added features the H60 looks to be a good start to the new series of all-in-one water-cooling setups for Corsair. We can’t wait to get into the testing phase of this new cooler so let’s get started.
The ECS A85F2-A Golden is a motherboard based on the most high-end chipset for the new FM2 platform, the A85X (codenamed "Hudson D4"). It is targeted to the second-generation APUs from AMD, codenamed "Trinity." Let's see what this motherboard has to offer.
We've looked at plenty of Asus boards over the years and with the new adoption of the A85X platform and FM2 socket, we find the F2A85-V Pro landing with us which is currently the flagship board for Asus in the FM2 market segment and comes packed with some great features that we've seen before on other platforms including the UEFI BIOS that we've all come to love, BIOS Flashback, DirectKey, USB Charger+ and much much more.
Today we are taking a look at the A85F2-A Golden Edition motherboard from ECS. This motherboard offers a long list of features, overclocking potential, and a flashy look. This motherboard has a lot of potential, but read on to see if this will actually be a quality product, or a gold-plated flop.
The CM Storm Stryker is a revised version of the previously launched Trooper, now coming in a white color and a nice side window. The air cooling performance is quite impressive even in the default configuration, the HDD cages position can be switched on our liking and the case also supports multiple fan configurations. A small accessory box can be found at the bottom of the enclosure, X-DOCK allows quick installation of 2.5'' drives in the front and the included fan controller can drive up to 4x120mm fans.
Corsair has long been offering some of the most attractive all-in-one liquid cooling options on the market with its Hydra series, but it’s been a while since the entry-level models have seen much of an update. That changed late last month, though, with the release of the brand-new H55 and revamped H60.