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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Posted on April 12, 2008 by Sean Potter | Mouse and Keyboard
SteelSeries has been making professional-grade gaming products for the last several years. They feature several lines of mice, headsets, mouse pads, and more. In November of 2007, they announced their latest professional mouse surface, the SteelSeries SP. The SP features durable construction and a texture optimized for optical and laser mice.
Posted on April 6, 2008 by Sean Potter | Memory / Storage
StarTech.com sent us the SATABAY425BK, a Serial ATA (SATA) / Serial-Attached SCSI (SAS) backplane that fits in a single 5.25" drive bay and can hold up to four 2.5" hard drives in hot swap trays. The backplane supports both SAS and SATA's 3Gbps transfer rates, and utilizes a pair of 40mm fans in the rear to cool the drives.
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