It’s been a while since I’ve taken a look at any PC cases, but Raidmax emailed me and asked if I’d like to take a look at one of their newest ones, the Skyline. I said sure of course, I’m always up for something new and exciting, so that’s where we are today, I’ve got a review of the Raidmax Skyline case for you. On the outside the Skyline is stylish and has a nice look to it, inside it features three 120mm fans and an 80mm side fan as well. There’s also a hard drive cage that swivels out for easy access along with tool-less 5.25” bays. Sounds like a decent case, but once I got started installing a system in it I ran into several problems that detract from my overall view of this case, so read on…
The first thing that came to mind when we tore the Asus UL80Vt from its box was this: “Hmm, this seems familiar.” Turns out, the UL80Vt isn’t all that different on the surface than the 13.3″ UL30A that we reviewed back in September, but just because Asus’ latest is another model in the expanded UL range doesn’t mean that this machine is just another me-too option. In fact, we’d argue quite the opposite. While many computer manufacturers are trying to force consumers into certain segments (netbooks, gaming notebooks, ultraportables, etc.), Asus is opting to broaden the spectrum and provide more “middle ground” choices. The UL80Vt is a perfect middle ground machine; it splits the difference between a 11″ to 13″ ultraportable and a 15″ to 16″ multimedia machine. But just because it’s designed for a segment of consumers in dire need of more options, is it really one worth buying?
Today we are going to look at the ROCCAT Kova gaming mouse that is designed to provide an identical experience no matter which hand you use to grip it. It also features completely driverless operation – all of its settings are configurable using the buttons on the mouse.
The Seagate Barracuda XT 2TB HDD is the fastest regular drive, but doesn’t have much performance improvement over the 3 Gb/second ports on the ASUS motherboards due to the regular hard disk not really saturating the SATA 2 bus. The cost of this drive is $299 meaning it is about $100 more than the regular 2TB drive. Seagate is the first hard drive manufacturer on the market to support the new SATA 6 Gb/second standard and other manufacturers will follow suit in 2010. For the hardcore enthusiast doing a lot of video editing or playing games this drive and the associated SATA 6 Gb/second supporting motherboard is a no-brainer.
ASRock is definitely not a stranger here at ThinkComputers.org, this will be the 11th ASRock motherboard I’ve reviewed. ASRock is best known for their economy motherboards and their uncommon solutions to common motherboard issues. But the last few ASRock motherboards I’ve looked at, though priced less than the competition, were full featured, well built, and every bit as good as boards from those “household name” companies. Today I will be looking at ASRock’s top P55 motherboard, the P55 Deluxe. It too is a full featured board and carries all of ASRock’s unique features. It is designed for the overclocker and priced for the beginning builder. Will it carry my new i7 860 to glory? Read on to see!
Thermaltake is a household name. That is, if your household is one of the growing number of households where discussion of enthusiast-level computer parts is normal. Thermaltake makes everything from cooling devices, to power supplies, to chasses, and more. This review covers the Thermaltake Element V, a full tower chassis with a multicolor personality and plenty of space inside for a high-end gaming rig. However, it’s not without its faults. Read on for the ThinkComputers review.
Today we are going to have a look at one of the latest additions to the HX series, Corsair’s high performance series of power supplies which are aimed towards demanding enthusiasts, the HX650W unit. The specifications of the HX650W are considerably superior to those of its 620W counterpart and it also comes with an 80Plus Bronze certification and a 7 year long warranty. Read on to find out how well the latest addition to the HX series can perform.
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