CoolingReviews

A Battle for the High End – Scythe Ninja 4

With the predominance of small CPU coolers we’ve looked at recently, I thought I’d break it up a bit and review something a bit… bigger. The Scythe Ninja 4 is definitely not a small cooler, but the benefit of its massive size comes in the form of cooling performance that can deal with higher wattages and overclocks – or, alternatively, the ability to run at ultra low fan speeds and provide excellent acoustics as a result. [mks_separator style=”blank” height=”2″] About Scythe From Scythe’s Website: Selected PC Parts for DIY PC Experts Scythe Co., Ltd., (Registered and incorporated in Tokyo Japan) originally …
CoolingReviews

CRYORIG C7 – A New Contender Appears

The CPU cooler market sees near constant releases of new products – and yet, not much seems to be aimed at the Small Form Factor market segment. Because of this, we were quite excited to see a new contender arrive recently, in the SFF space: the CRYORIG C7, a 47mm tall, quad heatpipe, 92mm fan cooler with some unique design elements. [mks_separator style=”blank” height=”2″] About CRYORIG “After a few years of working with other brands, the CYRORIG team decided to strike out on their own in 2013. Aimed more towards enthusiasts rather than the OEM or general consumer market, they are …
CoolingFeatureReviews

CPU Coolers – An Introductory Roundup

Any good review website needs a solid test bench for reviewing hardware. Now it’s time to introduce ours. It does not yet have a name, and it’s a bit camera shy, but it does the job well. Specifications The test bench currently includes the following hardware; Gigabyte 970-D3P Motherboard Phenom II 555BE @ 3.2GHz 8GB Crucial DDR3-1600 Value RAM (single DIMM) Hitachi 60gb 2.5″ 5400RPM SATA HDD (temporary!) EVGA GT240 1GB Thermal Master 420W Power Supply Aluminium Test Bench Chassis [mks_separator style=”blank” height=”2″] Now on to the coolers. Zalman CNPS8700CU-LED This cooler is made entirely of copper, and features 2 …
FeatureGraphicsReviews

Gigabyte R7-360 – Mid-Range Miniature

With the current trend towards ‘ITX-ing’ graphics cards, I thought I would have a look at a current generation card – the Gigabyte GV-R736OC-2GD. This card features the AMD R7-360 GPU, with 2GB of GDDR5 and a dual-slot, full height, form factor. A little history of the R7-360 This card features the ‘Tobago’ core – also known as the ‘Bonaire Pro’ – a derivative of the Bonaire core first featured, in ‘XT’ form, in the HD7790 from early 2013. The core is based on Graphics Core Next (GCN) 1.1 architecture, which we will detail later on. Later in 2013, AMD launched the …
PeripheralsReviews

Logitech M185 Wireless Mouse Review – A SFF Mouse?!

A few weeks ago, the bluetooth mouse we use for our HTPC failed. In the search for a replacement (we were never really happy with the previous mouse) the Logitech M185 Wireless Mouse became the chosen candidate. System Requirements Logitech lists support for Windows Vista, 7, 8, or 10, Mac OS X 10.5 or later, Chrome OS and Linux kernel 2.6+. Of course, the system does need a USB port – 2.0 or above. The mouse comes with a 3-year limited hardware warranty – the specifics of which will vary depending on your locality. The mouse measures 60 mm (2.36 in) high,  99 mm (3.89 in) …
MotherboardsReviews

Asus X99-M WS review – Worth the Wait?

On the bench today is the X99-M WS motherboard, Asus’s much anticipated foray into the world of microATX X99. But has it been worth the wait? This product is one I’ve been anxiously awaiting for quite some time now, since April of last year actually. Except back then I was expecting a Rampage V Gene (a hypothetical update to the X79-based Rampage IV Gene) but the launch of Intel’s X99 platform came and went with no sign of the Gene and then a few weeks later Raja from Asus confirmed that a Gene wasn’t in the plans at all. That was a huge disappointment …
MotherboardsReviews

EVGA X99 Micro2 Review – Second Time’s the Charm?

Welcome to this review of the EVGA X99 Micro2 motherboard, a much needed refresh of the X99 Micro, a board that EVGA had released last Fall with the launch of Intel’s X99 platform. The original Micro wasn’t a terrible product but it had several deficiencies that prevented it from being a great board. So does this sequel address the shortcomings of its predecessor? Let’s find out! First off, this is an Intel X99 motherboard in the microATX form factor. Like the original, the Micro2 features an Intel socket 2011-3, four DDR4 RAM slots, three PCIe slots, and a M.2 slot. Specifications …
CasesReviews

Jonsbo C2 – Sitting In The Middle

In the search for a chassis to fit my slightly oversized M-DTX motherboard, I came across the Jonsbo C2. Jonsbo may not seem like a familiar name, but the company supplies quite a few different models to Rosewill. I bought this case to run my every day system, so quality, quietness and cooling capacity were major decision points. So far in use, I would say that quality and quietness are of a good standard, however cooling leaves a bit to be desired. Let’s look at this product in a bit more detail: The box is very simple, but sufficiently thick enough to protect the …
Motherboards

ECS A960M-MV – M-DTX… or is it?

AMD’s AM3+ platform is great for value performance, but there’s one major market segment left unfilled by motherboard manufacturers with this socket – SFF. The board featured here today is the ECS A960M-MV, the smallest FX-Capable motherboard, but it has it’s caveats. Lets find them. Here are the specifications, note them, as we’ll come back to certain points here. Product link here. CPU º Supports AMD® AM3+ & AM3 socket for AMD® FX-Series and Phenom™ II processors º High Performance AMD HyperTransport 3.0 CPU Interface º Solid Capacitor for CPU side º Supports AMD® Cool ‘n’ Quiet™ º Please refer to CPU support list for details CHIPSET º AMD® 760G …