Amongst gamers, one of the most hotly contested computer components are the graphics cards. With each new model come new features or higher clock speeds and performance. Inevitably this also leads to more and more heat, and as we all know, heat is unhealthy for electronic components and needs to be dissipated, otherwise overheating and damage could occur. With these new high-end graphics cards easily exceeding $400-500, it's important to protect your investment. The item up for review today, is unlike any other graphics card cooler we've seen. The Antec VCool offers 100% compatibility with any existing graphics card, as it simply mounts underneath the card in two expansion slots while claiming to lower the card temperature 5 to 15 degrees.
14 April 2005
Recently when we had the Xtrac Hybrid in for testing, we were very impressed with its triple layer design and slick surface. In this review, we bring back the Xtrac Hybrid as we use it in combination with the newly released Xtrac InstaGlide.
11 April 2005
Although Intel has focused all of their attention on the Socket T LGA775 processors, the supply of Socket 478 coolers hasn't dried up yet. In this review, we are bringing the Speeze EE475B13 CopperSnake III to the testing table to see just how well it can tame a power hungry Prescott core.
8 April 2005
This afternoon, we are venturing a bit into consumer electronics as we take a look at the Transcend JetFlash MP3. Although this may have only a fraction of the storage capacity of a traditional Apple iPod or Creative Labs Zen Micro, its price surely isn't something to cause worry.
4 April 2005
Wrapping up the reviews for this week, we have a case fan from Cooler Master. This is not any ordinary fan, but is constructed entirely out of aluminum. In this review, we'll experience what exactly this aluminum construction offers over the traditional plastic frame.
1 April 2005
Sporting a black shell, blue LEDs, and an 18cm antenna, this is definitely one of the most unique routers we've seen here at Phoronix. Not only is its appearance a head turner, but also the 4-port Gigabit connectivity and 108Mbps 802.11g WiFi support. But will the D-Link DGL-4300 Gaming Router be worth the hefty $170 USD price tag?
28 March 2005
In recent years cloth mouse pads have proved to be very reliable for professional gamers. Some of the recent cloth/fabric based mousing surface we've examined recently here at Phoronix are the Steelpad QcK+, Xtrac Ripper, and X-Ray Aqua3. In this review we have the new Xtrac Hybrid which is a combination of cloth and plastic.
22 March 2005
When Razer Inc was a new start-up firm and they had just released the Boomslang optical mouse to the gaming community, it received numerous accolades from gamers. Razotech, also in their early months of being an established company, recently released their UFO mouse. This mouse isn't one to be praised for extreme gaming performance, but rather its unique appearance.
21 March 2005
Although computer enthusiasts spend countless hours attempting to improve their CPU cooling performance, much less time is spent on cooling our ever so important hard drives. One of the newest devices attempting to silence and cool our 10,000 RPM hard drives is the Silent Box from Scythe.
17 March 2005
The Matrix Orbital MX5 series included nearly every LED feature an enthusiast could imagine. It will be interesting to see what can be packaged into the brand new MX6 line. Today we have the exclusive honor and privilege of introducing you to the Matrix Orbital MX610!
15 March 2005
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