While we managed to look at overclocking the model not that all long ago, it was in the form of the MSI HD 7850 Power Edition which is never the best representation of how a typical reference based video card will overclock due to the clear focus from MSI on overclocking. Because of that today we'll be looking at the HIS video card from an overclocking point of view.
After reviewing several quad-channel 16 GB DDR3 kits, we are switching things up and reviewing a 16 GB dual channel kit from Crucial – the Ballistix Tactical Dual Channel Kit. If you are on a dual channel platform, there really is no reason to choose two modules over four – the performance will be the same regardless. What a dual channel kit like this does is keep the possibility of upgrades open, and perhaps keep temperatures down.
One of the things i always wanted to try (and it seems many of you wanted that as well judging by the many emails i received when i first mentioned this) was to test the same exact hard disk drive with both SATA II and SATA III connectivity to see if there were any real gains at all between both models. Of course as you all know it's not very easy to come across two versions (SATA II/III) of the same exact HDD so it was pure luck when i stumbled on the SATA II version of the latest Ultrastar 7K4000 4TB enterprise class HDD from Hitachi GST (HGST now) roughly one month ago. Back then however i didn't have the SATA III version in my hands so this comparison was left unfinished until i did and that time has come.
In the market for a new LGA1155 motherboard, but don't want to spend the cash on a top-end enthusiast level product? Or maybe you just don't need all the extra frippery, but instead are just looking for a solid workhorse board. While ASUS is certainly happy to cater to users with some extra cash in their pockets, they also have a nice selection of midrange motherboards that don't trim as many features as you might think. Benchmark Reviews takes a look at ASUS' mainstream Z77 offering, the P8Z77-V.
It's extremely easy to carry around gigabytes of data on storage devices in our pockets or bags and it's equally as easy to have that storage device lost or stolen. All the more reason to protect that data by using a device that secures your data without the hassle of soulutions that get in the way. Kingston's DataTraveler Locker+ G2 USB 2.0 flash drive is well suited to protect your data at a reasonable price - but will it come at the expense of performance?
So, what is so cool about the Genesis 9000? It is the first case that we have ever seen where you can install the motherboard in two different configurations. You can have the standard installation where the CPU is placed near the top of the case like 90% of the cases out there. Or you can insert it 180° and have the CPU near the bottom of the case. How about that from a change?
As you can see the GD07 sports a fair few features, with plenty of cooling options, both optional and pre-installed, support for large graphics cards, a range of motherboard sizes and it’s constructed consists of mostly aluminium and steel, meaning build quality should be top notch here. Silverstone have clearly set high standards for them selves, something that shines through in many of their product and is something I hope to see in this latest chassis, some come and take a look at the next few pages where I will be taking a closer look at exactly what the GD07 chassis has to offer, before fitting it out with our test system.
While writers will often elect for a natural or ergonomic keyboard gamers are a little different. This group tends to concern themselves less with the shape and more with what the device can do and how it will help them win games. In this review I'll be looking at the latest mechanical keyboard from Gigabyte called the Osmium.