mainIt's unbelievable how many different cases there are out there. They come in a multitude of shapes, colors, styles, and from countless manufacturers. With that kind of pool to choose from, how does one decide which one to get? There are, of course, a few popular ones that get all the attention, but who wants their computer to look the same as half-a-dozen other computers at the LAN party. You want something unique, something that is a little different than everyone else's. Well, the guys over at Xion have been making cases since 2002, with that in mind. Their latest, the Predator, might just be that little something different you're looking for.

titleHaving taken a look at the GTX 460 only a few weeks ago, I was left impressed with its performance as it overpowered the HD 5770’s that we have always recommended. My only complaint was that NVidia’s lowest Direct X11 card would not run in my Shuttles because of the dual 6 pin connectors. With their newest addition we finally have a NVidia solution that not only has just one 6 pin, but comes in at just under 130 bucks.· Today we will be taking a peak at Gigabytes version of the GTS450 along with the reference card from NVidia to see both the difference between the two and the GTS 450’s SLI performance.

titleAlmost three years after the launch of their 7 series platform, AMD released their new 890 FX platform this past April. With us still running an 790FX in our AMD test bench, It’s about time we upgraded to the newest motherboard series. MSI was kind enough to send us their 890FXA-GD70 to take a closer look at. Paired up with a Phenom II Black Edition 965 and an NVidia GTX460, it should be a good combination.

100_3659_lanocfront_watermarkConvenience is a large deciding factor when it comes to a laptop purchase, so it only makes sense that a company would want to appeal to that notion when designing accessories for one. A great way to tackle this challenge is to improve upon a restriction or set-back, which is exemplified by a cooler's ability to reduce the high heat factor in a notebook. Today we look at the NC2500Plus, a cooler that has set out to do just that and fulfil another demand that laptop users often run into.

titleHaving reviewed almost the entire HAF lineup from Cooler Master there was an obvious missing piece in their lineup when it comes to a small low cost case to compete with Antec’s 200. Today Cooler Master released their answer to the 200 in the form of their HAF 912. Keeping with their “High Air Flow” theme and keeping the price inline it could very well be one of the best values on the market. Let’s take a closer look to see if this is the “case”.

titleBeing both a console and PC gamer, sometimes I find myself neglecting one or the other due to a lack of time to do both. Recently it has been console gaming. When I do have time to play, I always have to fight with finding a controller that is charged and ready to go; I just don’t have time to wait around for it to charge or to mess with awkward play and charge setups. I was sorting through some of our PR and came across a product that fit the bill perfectly for me: Konnet’s Power Pyramid. Let’s take a closer look.

titleA while back, I took a look at a gaming mouse from Cooler Master called the Sentinel. Still to this day I get messages on YouTube asking how I made the video of the Sentinel’s rapid fire. At CES this past year in Cooler Masters' suite, they pulled Adam and I into a side room during our product tour and asked us to put down our cameras for confidential reasons. In that room they showed off a prototype of a new mouse called the Inferno, today finally I have the chance to take a closer look at the Storm Inferno.

titleWhen it comes to motherboards, they really do come in every shape and size. With high performance gaming motherboards, generally you have to get a full ATX motherboard to get a wide selection of features. Micro ATX is a little smaller but not small enough for true portability. That’s where Mini-ITX comes into play. Most of the Mini-ITX boards on the market use the older 775 socket and have a limited number of features. Today we have the opportunity to take a look at Gigabytes H55N-USB3, their first Mini-ITX board. With my recent obsession with small form factor gaming rigs, you will have to forgive my excitement to check this out.

titleAs much fun as it might be to play on three monitors using Eyefinity, the biggest hurdle to cost is the cost of three monitors, an Eyefinity enabled video card, and an active display port to DVI adapter. Two weeks ago I took a look at the HD5770 Flex from Sapphire that didn’t require an active adapter. Today AMD announced their newest active adapters, at 30% of the cost it should help keep the cost down.

mainIt's easy for us those of us that are PC enthusiasts to forget that not everyone has the inclination or know-how to build their own custom gaming computer. Most people just people just want to plug it in and play games, one of the reasons consoles do so well. But the current consoles are starting to show their age, which makes the PC more and more attractive. If you walk into the local brick and mortar, there's all kinds of computers, but none are all that good for gaming. This is where a good custom builder like CyberPower comes to the rescue. They sent along one of their "Back to School" builds to take a look at. Let see what they've got to offer

 

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