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  • SilverStone Tundra TD02 & TD03 Review @ Hardware Canucks

    When is a cooler, *not* a cooler? Well, I'm not sure such a thing exists.  In fact the new Tundra chillers from Silverstone are quite good though feature some interesting design decisions.

    With the Tundra TD02 and TD03, SilverStone has officially entered the water cooling market with two extremely competitive all in ones.  They compete well against the likes of Corsair's H100 series and NZXT's Krakens.

    There is only so much  you can do with an AIO watercooler before you run into bottlenecks either in pump power, radiator size, fan speed and even the diameter of the hoses can impact performance.

  • Cooler Master HAF Stacker 935 @ Modders-Inc

    The nice thing about being part of the "trusted" hardware media is that you get to see the genesis of products from their first concepts to the pre-launch displays.  The Cooler Master HAF Stacker is one such case that I first saw at CES.

    To be honest I wasn't really a fan of the design but it has potential, especially in the modding community.

    I think we have all thought at one time or another that if we could just build a case that we wanted it would bee so cool. Or not having to cram in all your hardware, water cooling setup, hard drives and all the wires and cables that go with it. Cooler Master must have been thinking the same thing and came up with a totally new idea for the computer case market. The Cooler Master HAF Stacker 935 is like nothing you have every seen before.

    Now for the real question, why didn't we get one for review??

  • (Getting Out from) Under the Surface @ Techgage

    Our friends over at Techgage have an interesting article about the new Surface.  By now most of you know that the Surface 2 has been announced and that from a hardware standpoint it is much better than the original.  The problem is the device is still being released by MS and is hurting the hardware OEMs that use the Microsoft operating system.

    Microsoft has been making a lot of weird moves lately, but the strangest of all has been its release (and now re-release) of the Surface tablet. With Steve Ballmer now out of lives, we take a look at his strange vision of Microsoft’s future – and how it has affected the company.

    Techgage has their own take on the MS direction and Surface.  An interesting read to say the least.

  • NL: Review Block - AMD Radeon R9 Launch Week

    I guess flying a bunch of hardware reviewers to Hawaii for a press launch is a good way to ensure ample media coverage.

    Web Reviews
    - Sapphire Toxic R9 270X @ LanOC Reviews
    - MSI Radeon R9-270X Gaming review
    - AMD Radeon R9 270X & Sapphire TOXIC R9 270X Video Card Reviews @ Legit Reviews
    - MSI Radeon R9 270X Hawk Edition Video Card Review @ HiTech Legion
    - Gigabyte R9 270X Windforce @ LanOC Reviews
    - AMD Radeon R9 280X / R9 270X from ASUS and MSI review: R9 in practice
    - GIGABYTE Radeon R9 280X WindForce 3X OC Graphics Card Review @ HardwareHeaven
    - MSI R9 270X HAWK @ PureOverclock
    - Will it Crossfire? R9 280X & HD 7970 Scaling Tested @ Hardware Canucks
    - AMD Radeon R9 280X Graphics Card Review @ Techgage
    - MSI R9 280X GAMING 3 GB @ techPowerUp
    - AMD Radeon R9 270X 2 GB @ techPowerUp
    - AMD Radeon R7 260X, R9 270X, and R9 280X Tested @ HotHardware
    - AMD's Radeon R9 280X and 270X graphics cards
    - AMD Radeon R9 270X & R7 260X Review @ Hardware Canucks

    Be sure to check out our review of the MSI R9 270X Gaming card.  A Hawk or Lightning edition would have been more fun to review but, what can you do. happy smile 

  • Still Playing Borderlands 2? Get the GOTY Edition

    Borderlands 2 has been out for over a year now and since then they have released two vault hunter upgrades and the first DLC that wasn't included in the Season Pass.  I will admit that I do enjoy playing the game and find myself farming for gear but I think it's a little early to be releasing a GOTY edition considering that they have already planned even more DLC and the one already out isn't even included.

    The Borderlands 2 Game of the Year Edition gives players the ability to take each of the six playable Vault Hunters to new levels, enjoy hundreds of hours of shoot-and-loot mayhem, and play each of the four highly popular add-on campaigns, all in one action-packed bundle. The Game of the Year Edition includes:
    • Borderlands 2 main game;
    • Captain Scarlett and her Pirate’s Booty;
    • Mr. Torgue’s Campaign of Carnage;
    • Sir Hammerlock’s Big Game Hunt;
    • Tiny Tina’s Assault on Dragon Keep;
    • Creature Slaughter Dome;
    • Premiere Club Content:
    • Gaige, the Mechromancer Character Class;
    • Gearbox Gun Pack;
    • Golden Key;
    • Vault Hunter's Relic;
    • Krieg, the Psycho Character Class;
    • Collector’s Edition Heads and Skins;
    • Contraband Sky Rocket Grenade;
    • Ultimate Vault Hunter Upgrade Pack 1. 

    I have purchased or acquired most of what comes with the GTOY that except for the Creature Slaughter Dome (which I understand is a waste of money) and some of the collector heads and skins.  To be honest I'm just about burned out on the game, I just reached Level 72 with one of my characters and have completed the entire came more times than I care to mention.  I have the option to overlevel but I really don't see the point.

    Hate to say it but, it might be time to put it to pasture.

  • OCZ Vertex 450 256GB SSD @ Custom PC Review

    Personally I still don't have an SSD in my main system but I know a few who do and most of them use Vertex.

    This of course leads us OCZ’s latest offering, the OCZ Vertex 450, which we’ll be reviewing today. The OCZ Vertex 450 is the newest SSD in OCZ’s lineup and for the most part is an update of sorts to the already successful Vertex 4. On the controller side, OCZ has moved away from their short lived time with the Marvell hardware based Indilinx Everest 2 controller in favor of the completely in house designed Indilinx Barefoot 3 controller...

    These drives have gotten rather popular in recent months and I wouldn't expect a slowdown anytime soon.

  • Patriot Viper III 2400MHz "Black Mamba" @ Bjorn3D

    I tried for years to review Patriot memory in the early days only to get snuffed by the "we don't need any 3rd party opinions of our products".  Then, when I did get a few review samples my "crew" f-ed me over and stole all the gear.

    Sadly that hasn't changed my opinion of Patriot and had they spent more time promoting their products they wouldn't be suffering.

    So why say all that?  Well, would you have stuck around long enough to read that Patriot memory is one of the best for super high-end overclocking?  Seems strange but it comes down to the chips they use.

    Patriot has been in the market for a long time but it is the lesser known little brother in the memory game. However this has not kept them from making some very cool memory models among other devices such as USB flash drives, mobile wireless storage and even a Android powered set top box and im sure many more things I cannot even think of right now.

    But without getting too crazy off topic what we are looking at today is their model from the Viper III series labeled “Black Mamba” which is very nice looking sticks with aggressive heatspreaders and a very aggressive speed/timing configuration. Being named Black Mamba I could only assume means to assert the aggressive and deadly power these sticks hold within.

    Nothing like getting off topic the "hook" from the publisher, isn't that supposed to draw the reader in to learn more about what they have to say?

    Cake and Ice Cream  (Kudos if you know why I included this)

  • Intel Core i7-4960X Extreme Edition Review @ Techgage

    Ever wonder how the better half live?  Well with a processor like this you would know.

    Intel’s latest processor series has arrived, and we’re looking to find out if it becomes the company’s greatest. Compared to Intel’s latest mainstream part, Haswell, IV-E avails a quad-channel memory controller, a far more robust PCIe configuration, and the only place to get six-core parts. Are there other perks to be found? Let’s find out.

    I ended up buying the 3960X last round and thought I was h0t shi+ until I found out the 3930K overclocked better and was cheaper to aquire.  Decided against going with the top dog this round for that reason.  I've been seeing a few 6Ghz 3D stable 4930K's out there so I might end up buying another just for "fun"

  • Cooler Master Announces the Release of the Cosmos SE

    Chino, California – September 24th, 2013 – Cooler Master, a leading creator, innovator and manufacturer of desktop components and more, today proudly launches the newest addition the ultimate line of premium cases, Cosmos SE.

    Built and inspired by the spirit of the Cosmos and Cosmos II and their supercar design origins, Cosmos SE comes loaded as a more aggressive and more nimble sports car in a decidedly more compact form. Driven by this aesthetic, Cosmos SE features the trademark curved aluminum handles and sleek outer exterior that fans have come to love. Its divergent styling comes from a more forceful, road hugging, and compact sports car feel.

    Contained within the desirable exterior of the Cosmos SE is the support for truly exceptional system builds. Cosmos SE comes capable of supporting up to 8 fans with four being preinstalled. Two 120mm blue LED fans in the front with LED on/off control, one 140mm fan in the top, and one rear 120mm fan provide strategically placed cooling for all of a user’s systems components. Superior liquid cooling support is built in for 120, 240, 280, and 360mm radiators with users being able to install a 120, 280, and a 360mm radiator all at once. Users with light to massive storage needs will find their needed balance with support for up to 8 HDDs / 18 SSDs via removable HDD/SSD cages. The Cosmos SE supports multiple high-end graphics cards up to 395mm / 15.5 inches long and even support for tall CPU coolers up to 175mm / 6.9 inches.

    Proper system maintenance and clean cable management make a large difference in system airflow and performance. Cosmos SE ensures that system maintenance will be easy with multiple removable dust filters placed in the top, front, and bottom. To ensure that system airflow stays optimal, many cable pass-through areas and a large rear cable management space of 34mm are provided to make it easy to route cables in a more efficient manner.

    Price and availability may vary based on region. This release is meant for US only. Please consult your local Cooler Master Representative for more information.

  • Grand Theft Auto 5 sales surpass $1 billion

    Color me not suprised.

    It has been five years since the last Grand Theft Auto hit the shelves and may fans of the series have been hungrily waiting for the next installment.  Sales figures put worldwide sales at $800 million on launch day and $1 Billion after three.  

    Talk about kicking COD in the balls.  happy smile

    Take-Two Interactive announced today that based on internal estimates it believes Grand Theft Auto 5 sales have surpassed $1 billion during its first three days at retail. According to the company, the game is the fastest product to achieve that milestone.

    If the estimates by the Rockstar Games' parent company are correct, it will have beaten the already ridiculous achievement by Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 last year, which hit the billion milestone in 15 days.

    Sadly, and I said I wouldn't do this, I helped pad those figures but not until the following week. Say good-bye to my free time and, likely any fresh news posting.