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Coolermaster AQUAGATE R120

Coolermaster's latest innovation is a pre-assembled, turn-key water-cooling solution, with an integrated pump/waterblock design. Come check out the review to see how it performs, and whether it's a product to keep an eye on for that silent PC of yours!
April 18th, 2005

FSP Blue Storm 500W Power Supply

Come and see how FSP Group's new Blue Storm 500W power supply stacks up against the competition. This new-comer to our lab has the potential to become the new favourite!
April 7th, 2005

ThermalTake Armor VA8000S Full Tower Case

Ample expansion and ample size are two hallmarks of the full tower. The Armor also focuses on weight reduction with a full aluminum construction and ample cooling to keep a case full of hot components running cool.
April 6th, 2005

Thermaltake Soprano VB1000BWS Review

Thermaltake drops some of their usual flash with their cases and has something that looks pretty slick with the Soprano that should appeal to a much wider audience. Thermaltake also shows off a bit of innovation with drive installation and expansion card installation with this entry level case.
February 24th, 2005

Zalman ZM400B-APS Power Supply

Come and see how Zalman's new ZM400B-APS power supply stacks up against the competition, and whether it lives up to the Zalman name of quiet and reliable computing!
February 4th, 2005

Zalman VF700 AlCu VGA Cooler

Zalman does their own version of cool and quiet with the VF700 AlCu, a replacement heatsink/fan unit for most video cards out there. Can they deliver on the mostly untapped aftermarket video card cooler market?
January 14th, 2005

Zalman CNPS7700-AlCu CPU Cooler

Big but quiet would be an apt description of the Zalman CNPS7700-AlCu. Feature an enormous heatsink fan and Zalman's reputation for quiet cooling solutions, the CNPS7700-AlCu is a great choice for anyone looking to reduce the noise in their system. Find out how it fares in both temperature and audio tests.
December 24th, 2004

OCZ ModStream 520W Power Supply

Get rid of that cable mess inside your computer case, and spiff it up while you're at it, with OCZ's ModStream 520W power supply!
December 10th, 2004

Thermaltake Silent PurePower 350W Fanless Power Supply

Silence is not a luxury reserved for SFF and laptop users. Today, we are reviewing a power supply by Thermaltake that might turn out to be an essential component in that silent system you've been yearning for.
December 6th, 2004

Gigabyte 3D Rocket Cooler Pro

It seems like the Gigabyte cooler really appeals to a lot of users because Gigabyte is back with yet another one. This time, the 3D Rocket Cooler Pro combines cooling with a twist: airflow pushing outwards towards your motherboard's surrounding components.
October 20th, 2004

Thermaltake TWV480 Total Watts Powersupply

From coolers to powersupplies, Thermaltake does it all in the realm of computer accesories. We take a look at their TWV480 Total Watts Powersupply? Ever wonder how much power all your computer components are drawing? It's possible now with no effort from Thermaltake. Sleeved cables, a fan bus and extra long cables define some of the TWV480's finer points. Come take a look at how it performs
October 5th, 2004

Antec Aria

For those considering a SFF system, the Antec Aria will surely attract interest. It comes in a SFF-like form and is cheaper than a prebuilt SFF system. Paired with the right mATX board, the Aria can be quite the system at a price point that is a lot lower than a traditional SFF. Couple that with the ability to mount 4 drives and the space to house 4 expansion cards, the Aria will definitely turn some heads
August 9th, 2004

Thermaltake Xaser V Damier V6000A

Thermaltake is back again with their Xaser case. This time around its the newest evolution of one of the more complete pre-modded all aluminum cases on the market. Aside from a new look, Thermaltake has a few function and ease of use features that are worth checking out.
April 16th, 2004

Zalman CNPS7000A-Cu Cooler

Big, large, ginormous and heavy would be some of the adjectives used to describe the Zalman CNPS7000A-Cu. Quiet and silent would be another two. The Zalman is definitely big and quiet, the latter of which is a Zalman trademark. See how well the CNPS7000A-Cu holds up in terms of setup and temperatures.
March 29th, 2004

Gigabyte 3DCooler-ULTRA PCU31-VH

Go on a vacation a couple months and what happens? Come back a lot heavier. Gigabyte has not been vacationing but the 3DCooler is back in full copper and it's gained a few pouunds and a few rpms on the fan. How much improvement do we expect to see from the 3DCooler this time around? Read on to find out.
March 22nd, 2004

AOpen H700B Full Tower

It's silvery gray, tall and rugged. No it's not a mountain but AOpen's H700B Full Tower. No fads like aluminum but solid steel construction, AOpen's fabulous bezel and its trump card in a Joker's veil, the Purple Thing (our name, not AOpen's)
February 10th, 2004

Kool Solutions Chill Vent

Big Blue makes an appearance in our labs. No not IBM, but Kool Solutions' big and blue CPU cooling apparatus; a novel venting system. The rationale behind the Chill Vent is sound but how does it perform?
February 4th, 2004

Thermaltake Venus 12 Athlon 64 Cooler

Thermaltake takes a stab at the aftermarket Athlon 64 cooler market with the Venus12 cooler, their high-end, hardcore solution. Take a look at how this behemoth stacks up against the stock cooler as well as the Gigabyte 3D Cooler PRO in both heat and noise tests!
February 2nd, 2004

SilenX 400w <14 dBA Active-PFC iXtrema PSU

Noise driving you insane in the membrane? While the SilenX PSU may not stop those voices in your head, it will surely drop the noise level in your PC. Find out just how loud the SilenX is and how it measures up to other PSUs.
January 26th, 2004

ThermalTake Xaser III VM3000A Skull Case Review

Thermaltake's latest entry into the Xaser series. Featuring a tool less design, lighted skull, the infamous Thermaltake Hardcano Fan Control system and a slide out motherboard tray, this case aims to please even the most discerning enthusiast
January 22nd, 2004

Microcool NorthPole

How hardcore are you? Are you crazy enough to solder stuff on your motherboard to juice up the northbridge voltage so you can crank your FSB up just that little bit more? If so, the Microcool NorthPole is right up the alley of the extremist and must be checked out.
January 16th, 2004

Gigabyte Cooler-PRO PCU21-VG

Gigabyte makes a foray into the cooler arena with an unique product. Interesting design and the inclusion of features such as a 3 1/4" drive bay rheostat. Only question is how well does this perform.
January 13th, 2004

AOpen H600B

AOpen passes along their new black midtower case. The expandability earns it a super mid-tower moniker. Innovative bezel design as well as other features that are expected on quality cases today. We put it through the gauntlet and see how it comes out.
January 4th, 2004

Aerocool Extreme Socket A and Socket 478 Review

Extremely cool looking and extremely quiet. Is it cool enough to take the heat from a smoking 1800+?
December 7th, 2003

Thermaltake Socket A Silent Boost Review

Thermaltake made it's name with such gems as their Orb cooler and their Volcano 7+ all copper cooler. Now in an age where it seems like everyone and their grandma is out to get a piece of Thermaltake's pie, they've upped the ante with a whole new line of products, including the Silent Boost coolers... coolers reputed to combine not only stylish looks, but very high performance at super low noise levels. How low? 21dBA according to the specs.
November 17th, 2003