26 September 2006
For years now, Razer and their array of gaming mice as well as mouse surfaces have impressed us. Most recently, they have begun to venture into developing audio products for gamers, with their inaugural product being the Barracuda HP-1 Headphones. The Razer Barracuda HP-1 Gaming Headphones rely upon eight drivers, individual channel volume control, and a detachable microphone to deliver the ultimate audio experience while gaming.
11 September 2006
OCZ has been gearing up for a break-through in the cooling arena for some months now. Earlier this year they had announced the Cryo-Z phase-change cooler, but unfortunately this product has yet to hit the retail sector. For those after air-cooling, OCZ Technology had recently unveiled the Tempest CPU Cooler. The OCZ Tempest offers a pure copper base, four heatpipes, and pure aluminum fins while supporting all major AMD and Intel sockets.
8 September 2006
Last year we looked at the SilverStone Nitrogon NT03. This cooler was quite compact in size, but it managed to adequately cool an overclocked Pentium D 820. Up on the review block today we have the Nitrogon NT06, which promises to cool even the hottest CPUs in the world.
6 September 2006
ASUS has been known for their motherboards and graphics cards for some years now, but few have been exposed to their recent efforts to create viable wireless networking equipment. One of their most recent efforts is focused on the WL-500g Premium. With support for attaching external hard drives and cameras, as well as a unique download platform, ASUS has certainly placed itself in an interesting position. Did we mention that the router's firmware is also open-source and runs Linux?
24 August 2006
While this product may look good on paper, after we had disassembled the unit, and carried out our thorough testing process at Phoronix, we found the results to be very dissenting. In our tests, the reported Voltages by the CaseBuy LCD EZ Power Supply Tester 3 were inaccurate.
16 July 2006
Two years ago to this day we had first reviewed the AlphaShield Hardware Firewall. This product was unlike anything we had ever come across, as it was personal dedicated hardware firewall designed for consumer use. The firewall is designed to be placed between the cable/DSL modem and router, or to be placed as the intermediary on the network to a specific computer, in order to add an additional layer of security. In fact, the AlphaShield Firewall claims a 100% guaranteed level of security or your money back. Since we first had the AlphaShield Firewall at Phoronix back in 2004, they have continued to revolve around improving network security, and have recently unleashed the AlphaShield Professional Edition.
10 July 2006
From magnetic-barometric enlobal bearings to magnetic flux, we have all of the details covered in this word-premiere coverage of the Enermax Marathon. We followed it in the review by taking it for a bath, and dismantling her blades.
2 July 2006
Over the years we have seen some interesting cooling contraptions designed by Thrmaltake from the Beetle CL-P0086 to the BigWater SE and Volcano. In this article, we are taking our first look at their server cooling offerings in the form of the ITBU CL-P0303. Thermaltake is renowned in the enthusiast market, but do they deserve the same for their ITBU server cooling solutions? To start with, the CL-P0303 is designed for Xeon Dempsey 2U systems with an LGA-771 socket, while making this design possible are copper fins, dual heatpipes, and a near silent fan. Today we are strapping the Thermaltake ITBU CL-P0303 on top of Intel's fastest Xeon Dempsey to take it for the ride of its life.
22 June 2006
The last time we had looked at a SteelPad product was back in 2004 when trying out their newly unleashed QcK+. However, this morning up for testing we have their new SteelPad 5L. What is unique about this mouse pad is that it is composed of five layers -- plastic, cloth, soft polyisoprene, hard plastic, and rubber elements. However, just how well is this pad? We will find out today.
3 June 2006
Want to take your overclock to the next level? What we are previewing today is an exclusive product that will be on limited display during Computex Taipei 2006, and for those that are fortunate enough to see this product first hand should be awed by its abilities. We have had one of these hand-made prototypes in our labs for many weeks now, and while the design is not yet finalized, it certainly will have the capabilities to make your system go from warm to cold.