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Posted by Michael Pabia
on Monday, 07 July 2014
Xigmatek Midgard III

Builders and enthusiasts must be very careful when it comes to choosing the right chassis for their rig. Aside from the fact that it will determine the types of hardware you can house inside, it is also the focal point of rig being that it is the first thing that would be seen. Choosing the right chassis depend on what you need and what you want to achieve. Some pick by size, some by appeal or attraction. While the majority of young builders nowadays prefer to show off their rig and everything inside it, there are also those that prefer the opposite. Some prefer a rig that doesn't attract attention, something that would blend in with the background of their office or room. A rig with no flashy LED lighting, no windows to view how clean or dirty the insides look and less noise as much as possible. If you are one of those that are looking for a silent, stealthy and classy chassis for your build, Xigmatek has something to offer you, the Midgard III mid-tower chassis. Built for class, stealth and silence, let us see what the Midgard III has to offer.

Last updated on Tuesday, 08 July 2014 | Read More >>>
Posted by Craig Deeter
on Friday, 04 July 2014
Xigmatek Nebula

Xigmatek has in the past offered stylish Micro ATX/Mini ITX chassis like the Aquila, and has now introduced the Nebula - a full on Mini ITX solution. Xigmatek says "We adopted the name Nebula as the exterior appearance resembles something from out of this world. Improving on design concept and interior hardware placement, Nebula will defiantly put light into your home entertainment system and make your entertainment setup look more classy and luxurious. 

Last updated on Saturday, 05 July 2014 | Read More >>>
Posted by Heath Coop
on Wednesday, 02 July 2014
OCZ Vertex 460

Today we are taking a look at the OCZ Vertex 460 240GB SSD. This is OCZ's first product after the Toshiba acquisition. It uses the company's own Indilinx Barefoot 3 M10 controller, a slightly under-clocked version of the Barefoot 3 M00 controller used in OCZ's flagship Vector 150 SSD. The Vertex 460 uses the same Toshiba 19nm Multi-Level Cell (MLC) Flash as the Vector 150 SSD. It also features a sizable 512MB DDR3 SDRAM buffer like the the Vector 150, but operating at 1333MHz, instead of 1600 MHz. It appears that Toshiba is looking to enter the SSD market with a bang.

Last updated on Wednesday, 02 July 2014 | Read More >>>
Posted by Lon Shirk
on Monday, 30 June 2014
Antec P100

Antec, a name known by system builders around the world, has been producing high quality products for almost 30 years. With their commitment to quality, and fair prices, they will be around for many more. Today we are going to take a look at the Antec's P100 system case. First, we can learn a little about the company itself.

Last updated on Monday, 30 June 2014 | Read More >>>
Posted by Michael Pabia
on Thursday, 26 June 2014
CRYORIG R1 Ultimate

When it comes to aftermarket coolers, there are a lot of options nowadays as more and more brands come out. Based on our observation, the trend seems to be in favor of liquid cooling solutions due to its better cooling performance compared to air cooling. However, air cooling providers aren't done yet even if some brands are seemingly shifting to AIO watercoolers. CRYORIG is one of those brands that will try to convince you to stay with air cooling solutions with their R1 Ultimate CPU cooler. Being new to the market, the R1 Ultimate cooler is one of the brand's first products. Let's see how this cooler would match up to coolers today.

Last updated on Thursday, 10 July 2014 | Read More >>>
Posted by Nick Blackwell
on Wednesday, 25 June 2014
Be Quiet Dark Rock Pro 3

Everyone has seen the cheap little heat sink that comes with your CPU. They barely make good fishing weights much less CPU coolers. I recommend to every one of my customers that has me build them a new PC that they get an aftermarket CPU cooler. When looking for a CPU cooler you have two choices for long term use, Air-cooled and Liquid cooled. Most of the time air-coolers can't hold a candle to a liquid cooling solution. However there are some exceptions to that. With that lets take a look at the Be Quiet Dark Rock Pro 3.

Last updated on Wednesday, 25 June 2014 | Read More >>>