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Razer is one of the biggest players in keyboards and mice so they were the first on my list of manufacturers to contact when I started looking for the ultimate mousepad. After contacting Razer, the rep told me the Destructor was the one. Targeted toward everyday PC users to extreme gamers and everyone in-between the Destructor is aiming to fit the bill for anyone tired of the insensitivity of most mouse surfaces and looking for an advantage at work or at play.
Noctua has gone and improved on an old favorite. The U12P offers some improvements that were most needed over its predecessor, the NH-U12. These improvements range from better performance to easier mounting. And if that isnt enough how about a better fan included in the package. If you can recall, the original cooler was a big hit with enthusiants all over. With these tweaks who knows what the future has for those of us wanting it all from the newest CPU. Does the U12P have what it take to beat our reigning king, the Thermalright Ultra-120? Read on to find out.
If you are not familiar with Aeneon’s DDR3 modules here is a quick rundown. Aeneon makes two different lines of DDR3, the first is their ‘value’ line which has no heat spreaders and a better price point. But the second series is the one that many of us would choose as it is meant for the overclocker and gamer that wants the most out of their rig. XTune is what this line is called and sports a very clean set of heat spreaders and pretty good timings. For those that are into numbers, how does 8-8-8-15 at just 1.5 volts sound?
The Warboard looks to be the weapon you would like to take into battle with. Equipped with more keys than shells in a M16. Aimed with more programmable keys then most other keyboards on the market, the Warboard can be customized to your every command. There are many keyboards that come with customizable keys; well, Cyber Snipa did one up and added anti-ghosting as well as other features that you probably didn’t know were possible in a keyboard. Anti-ghosting? You have to read thru the review to find out.
Aerocool is widely known for introducing the world to extra large case fans. I am sure you are familiar with the ExtremEngine case. If you don’t know it by name, maybe by description - it was one of the first to have a 25cm cooling fan on the side and 14cm at the front as an intake. Well, putting the ExtremEngine to the side, Aerocool is introducing the HorsePower line of PSUs. This power supply comes in two models, 720 watts for the modest PC builder and 1020 watt model for the extremist. When you consider that Crossfire using two 3870X2 cards can be done on a high performance 620Watt PSU you can see how much further Aerocool is trying to push things. Each unit divides the power between four different rails and boasts an Aerocool trademark a large fan. A 140mm one with blue lights.
The EliteXStream is the example of what two companies can think up when they get together. The EliteXStream is a single 12 volt rail behemoth that is sure to raise some eyebrows. The EliteXStream belongs to the crowd of people that believe all the power should be in one main 12 volt rail. This is a philosophy that we have seen for many years from PC Power and Cooling. But if you are a member of the multi-rail power supply club, OCZ has the ProXStream for you. The EliteXStream is available in to varieties, an 800 and 1k models. Each is enough to power the biggest of gaming systems. And today we will be reviewing the 800 watter for you.
Basically, they took two cooler units and fuzed them together. Not only does it cool the processor, but also surrounding components like memory and chipsets. We know that Thermaltake makes some great coolers, but how does this new one stack up against units like the Ultra-120 and Scythe Ziphang?
Our first Sapphire motherboard featured on Pro-Clockers isn’t the high end model just mentioned, but rather one notch lower on the model scale. The AM2RX780 PURE CrossFireX 770 is based on the AMD 770+ chipset which is aimed at the AM2 and the soon to be released AM2+ processors. One of the best features of the CrossFireX is dual X16 PCI-e slots on this well priced motherboard. There are a few more bells and whistles this board has to offer and you can discover those yourself by reading this review.
The M9 is a mid-size tower that is filled with cooling inspirations. There are four different versions of the M9 which means there may well be one to suit you. There are models with and without the side panel window. And if you are not looking to use some high powered power supply each of the forementioned models can be had with 400 watt power supplies. Thermaltake is one company that is known to try and provide products that suit all individuals no matter your budget, taste or needs.
How would you like to have 32 gigs of storage in your front pocket? There was a time when just a one gig flash drive was the ‘big drive’. Just enough storage room to transport a few pictures of the loved ones or enough to hold a few songs to share with your best friend. Times have changed and needs have increased. Now we have movies, programs and other large forms of files that would shallow a one gig drive. That’s when a drive like the Voyager comes into play. Besides an abundance of space, the Voyager is rigid and durable as well.
If you fall into the category of the individual who does not need a lot of cooling then Scythe’s newest offering may be just what you need. The Shuriken is a whole lot of cooler in a small package. If you were looking for a 815 plus gram behemoth like Scythe’s other newest coolers, the Ninja Copper and Zipang, don’t look any further. Beyond this page is a lightweight of a cooler. At just over 355 grams, the Shuriken is geared at the Intel and AMD stockers. The Shuriken looks a whole lot like the Zipang, but does so on a smaller scale, so how is the cooling? Lets find out what she can do.
Based off of the RV670 chipset is the Sapphire Ultimate 3870 video card. This card many not be overclocked like the Toxic we reviewed a few weeks back. This means it won’t perform at the same level of the Toxic did, but the major thing the Ultimate has over the Toxic is silence. Combined with 512MB of GDDR4 and Shader 4.1, silence isn’t the only feature the card has that it can boast about. Just how well does it match up against the Toxic mode? Read on to find out.
Yes you can go out and purchase one of the cards from any of the several manufacturers that endorse the ATI brand. The Toxic HD 3870 is an overclocked version of the ATI 3870 chipset. The Toxic HD 3870 uses a single slot cooler that would be a godsend for those that are tight on space or have motherboards with the PCIe slots too close together. This non-reference cooler helps to cool a RV670 clocked to 825MHz from the default 775MHz. Time to put the Toxic 3870 on the bench and see what poerformance number we can get.
There are some people out there that want a decent performing video card that comes with a price that won’t put a huge dent in their pocket books. My soon to be wife is one of those folks that want to be able to play her games like the Sims and now and then she will venture into something that is a bit more graphic intensive. She also works a lot with video that comes via a multi-million dollar scope at her lab. Now Nvidia and AMD have solutions that could meet her needs. Each one of these companies has cards that can be represented in the decent performance at a great price point category. Coming from Nvidia, you have cards like the 8600 series and if you are an ATI fan then you have cards like the HD3650. Each card performs well for being in the under $100 price range.
Vantec has added another member to the NexStar 360 lineup. The 3i boasts some things that we have not seen from Vantec in their many ages in the industry. In the past year or so we have seen motherboards feature energy efficiency, now we have it in hard drive enclosures. The 3i has an integrated controller that can regulate power to the drive resulting in less power consumption, less noise and longer drive life. Adding the real reason why we buy hard drive enclosures, which is for data storage, the new Vantec housing may be worth taking a look at.
Gigabyte being a leader in motherboards is making it easy on us to have the best when new chipsets are released. They have being right there, first to market, when Intel believed it was time for change. This used to be a position held by Asus. Gigabyte is the first to bring us the new X48 chipset to our rigs. This honor belongs to the X48-DQ6 and X48T-DQ6, DDR2 and DDR3 versions respectively. The DQ6 being the high end model for Gigabyte, it has all the bells and whistles. From complex cooling systems to high-end capacitors you can’t ask for more in a motherboard except for excellent overclocking. Can the X48-DQ6 accomplish what we achieved with EX-38 just a few weeks ago?