December 2010

by Rafael Hernandez on December 30, 2010 · 0 comments

Mini-ITX motherboards have brought about a revolution in “good enough computing power” that enables even smaller PCs to do tasks that don’t require a massive system to do such as web-browsing and multimedia file viewing. The Antec ISK100 Mini-ITX case is designed for low-power boards with its tight-fit construction meaning your dreams of a super […]

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by Rafael Hernandez on December 29, 2010 · 0 comments

What was once firmly in the domain of industrial and military equipment is now easy to find at an office supply store…yes I’m speaking of the humble illuminated keyboard which now enables us to work in the most dimly lit of spaces. The Logitech K800 is much more than just a backlit keyboard…it’s a wireless […]

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by Rafael Hernandez on December 29, 2010 · 0 comments

Despite producing the fastest consumer oriented system processor on the market Intel isn’t content to stick around with an old design for too long. The company’s upcoming (code named) Sandy Bridge processors offer distinct performance and feature advantages over any current processor available today. The chip takes on a whole host of changes all at […]

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by Rafael Hernandez on December 29, 2010 · 0 comments

The thought of an inferno in your case is something most PC users don’t want to deal with so most manufacturers are supplying large fan mounts in handy locations to keep your high-powered computer gear running at cool temperatures. The NZXT Hades conjures images of fire and brimstone but they’ve piled in five fan mounts, […]

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by Rafael Hernandez on December 27, 2010 · 1 comment

The bulk of solid state drives tend to go for a small form factor because their internal guts don’t take up much room at all but there’s a small inconvenience when it comes time to mount one in a desktop computer which means using adapter bays and other unsightly gadgets. The OCZ Technology Vertex 2 […]

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by Rafael Hernandez on December 20, 2010 · 2 comments

Staying on top of PC maintenance is right up there with watching paint dry and other boring necessities in life. It may take forever and a half to accomplish, and require constant monitoring, but if you want to make sure your system is running in top form it’s a necessary evil. TuneUp Utilities 2011 is […]

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by Rafael Hernandez on December 20, 2010 · 0 comments

Zalman is well known to those that seek absolute silence from their PCs but with increasingly hotter components in our machines there are certain tradeoffs that must be made. The Zalman CNPS9900 MAX takes the company’s familiar spiral fan array and drops in a high performance fan between them so there’s a good amount of […]

Read more Zalman CNPS9900 MAX might be the last of its kind

by Rafael Hernandez on December 20, 2010 · 0 comments

The gaming world lives and dies by the framerate so something as pedestrian as a graphics card doesn’t get much attention unless you can squeeze something more out of it. The ASUS ENGTX580 practically begs to be overclocked, given the included overclocking software, which should make this Nvidia GeForce GTX 580 based video card a […]

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by Rafael Hernandez on December 16, 2010 · 0 comments

Normally a new high-end graphics chip launch would be something to get the PC gamer crowd, as well as the fanboys and GPU crunchers, all riled up…and with good reason since they almost always improve on the previous generation in some fantastic way. The new AMD Radeon HD 6970 and 6950 graphics cards bring about […]

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by Rafael Hernandez on December 16, 2010 · 0 comments

There used to be a distinct difference in the high end and low-end PC case market when it came to feature sets, not to mention pricing, but over time the notable options have made it down to the models mere mortals can afford. Thermaltake’s Armor A60 offers up a massive number of fan mounting options […]

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by Rafael Hernandez on December 13, 2010 · 0 comments

Computer cases come in all shapes and forms but the bulk of the designs floating around out there are aimed at specific segments that don’t mind seeing all manner of plastic cladding their PC. The Lian Li PC-V1020 takes the simple design route offering an all aluminum enclosure that’s devoid of attempts to grab your […]

Read more Lian Li PC-V1020 has no use for frills