Sapphire ATi Radeon HD3870 Ultimate

Sapphire ATi Radeon HD3870 Ultimate
Posted on June 8, 2008 by Sean Potter | Videocards
There's nothing more dissatisfying than when everything in a computer case is silenced except the video card. Water cooling is always an option, but there's always a certain level of risk with it. Sapphire has answered this question with the Radeon HD3870 ULTIMATE video card.

Using chroot to Recover root Passwords

Using chroot to Recover root Passwords
Posted on June 3, 2008 by Sean Potter | Security
The problem: there's a system that's been collecting dust on my shelf for some time now. I've come to realize, unfortunately, that I no longer remember the password for this machine. Rather than reinstall the system, I used an much easier method utilizing chroot.

Noctua NF-P12 120mm Case Fan

Noctua NF-P12 120mm Case Fan
Posted on June 2, 2008 by Sean Potter | Cooling
Noctua recently sent us the NF-P12 120 case fan for review. The NF-P12 was developed for applications such as CPU cooling, where higher air flow is necessary. The NF-P12 features many new technologies, such as Vortex-Control notches, the SCD drive system, and Noctua's own SSO-Bearing engine.

OCZ 2GB PC2-8500 Reaper HPC CrossFire-Certified RAM

OCZ 2GB PC2-8500 Reaper HPC CrossFire-Certified RAM
Posted on May 29, 2008 by Sean Potter | Memory / Storage
In our reviews of the Sapphire 780G Motherboard and Hybrid CrossFire and Sapphire ATI Radeon HD3870 Toxic, I used a 2GB DDR2 PC2-8500 Reaper HPC CrossFire Certified kit (OCZ2RPR1066A2GK) provided by OCZ. Although DDR2 prices are lower than ever, it's still easy to pick out the good brands from the bad. The 2GB DDR2 PC2-8500 Reaper HPC CrossFire Certified kit is no exception.

Asus Pundit P2-M2A690G Barebone

Asus Pundit P2-M2A690G Barebone
Posted on May 20, 2008 by Sean Potter | Systems
The AMD 690 chipset was released in 2006, and BIOS LEVEL previously reviewed the chipset's successor, the 780 chipset. The 690 made appearances in many AMD motherboards, but a popular use for the chipset was mobile applications such as laptops.

Asus recently sent us the P2-M2A690G, the AMD 690G chipset barebone under Asus' "Pundit" series of booksize PCs. The P2-M2A690G features support for socket AM2 CPUs, dual DDR2 RAM slots, ATI Radeon X1250 graphics, and an HDCP-compliant HDMI port.

Sunbeam Rheobus Extreme

Sunbeam Rheobus Extreme
Posted on May 13, 2008 by Sean Potter | Cooling
Not every PC case fan was designed to be quiet, nor do most LED fans give have a switch used to turn the LEDs off. Enter the Rheobus controller: giving users the ability to control the speed of PC case fans, and the brightness of the LEDs. Sunbeam recently sent BIOS LEVEL the Rheobus Extreme for review, which promises up to 30W per channel, as well as cool LED lighting.

Sapphire 780G Motherboard and Hybrid CrossFire

Sapphire 780G Motherboard and Hybrid CrossFire
Posted on May 9, 2008 by Sean Potter | Motherboards
Typically, I try to avoid integrated chipsets. Integrated chipsets are usually meant for mainstream use and don't feature gaming-class graphics options. Fortunately, ATI recently introduced the new 780G chipset with more than just a beefier integrated graphics solution: Hybrid Crossfire.

Sapphire ATI Radeon HD3870 Toxic

Sapphire ATI Radeon HD3870 Toxic
Posted on May 4, 2008 by Sean Potter | Videocards
The two big players in discrete graphics these days are nVida and ATi. nVidia won the performance crown with the release of the 8800-series in late 2006. ATi, now owned by AMD, released the new HD-series of Radeons. Sapphire was nice enough to send us the Radeon HD3870 TOXIC edition for review.

Razer Destructor Professional Gaming Mat

Razer Destructor Professional Gaming Mat
Posted on April 28, 2008 by Sean Potter | Accessories
Razer is the first thing that comes to mind when I think about gaming peripherals. Razer's latest mousepad—the Destructor—was shown at CES 2008. Razer was kind enough to send us one. The Destructor was co-developed with three of the world's top professional gaming teams and promises high-precision gameplay.

D-Link DGL-4500 Xtreme N Gaming Router

D-Link DGL-4500 Xtreme N Gaming Router
Posted on April 17, 2008 by Sean Potter | Networking
D-Link released their DGL-4500 Xtreme N Gaming Router in October 2007 to provide a faster solution for gamers desiring better Quality of Service (QOS) for both wireless and networked connections. The DGL-4500 offers both Wireless N and Gigabit connectivity options, and comes geared with tons of settings for special services including gaming. The DGL-4500 also includes a small LCD unit with buttons for the ability to browse settings and status without using a PC.