Archive for December, 2012
Most Recent
 
Read More
December 30, 2012

HIS Radeon HD 7850 IceQ Turbo 2GB Review

Turbocharged

If you’re a budget conscious gamer these days, then you probably already know that you no longer need to empty your wallet to obtain decent gaming performance and high end features out of a graphics card. Mid-range cards such as the AMD’s 28nm Radeon HD 7800 series offer excellent performance to dollar ratio and even saves you money on your electricity bills too.

Today we’ll be reviewing one such mid range graphics card from our friends over at HIS, the HIS Radeon HD 7850 IceQ Turbo 2GB. Looking at the specs, the card is definitely promising. As its name suggests, it comes with a new revision of HIS’s custom IceQ cooler. [...]

130
 
Read More
December 25, 2012

Thermaltake eSPORTS Level 10M Gaming Mouse Review

Vroom vroom!

OK, so you own a decked out, ultimate driving machine that makes every car enthusiast droll with envy when you turn on the engine, but when you’re not leaving your opponents in the dust on the streets, don’t you wish you had a mouse that’s as cool as your ride?

That’s probably what one Thermaltake designer thought while driving to work one day and thankfully he wasn’t a lazy bum who would let the idea slip through his head. Now, after a 5 year collaboration between Thermaltake and BMW DesignworksUSA, the Thermaltake eSPORTS Level 10M emerged.

That said then, today we’ll be reviewing the new Thermaltake eSPORTS Level 10M [...]

120
 
Read More
December 19, 2012

Phanteks Launches PH-TC12DX Series CPU Cooler

Press Release

Phanteks launches PH-TC12DX, a U-Type dual tower heat-sink with four 6mm heat-pipes allows for optimal airflow and cooling. PH-TC12DX’s 6mm heat-pipes are linearly aligned and developed to have the least amount of air and thermal resistance. Incorporating P.A.T.S and C.P.S.C Technologies, PH-TC12DX delivers better heat dissipation and heat transfers. PH-TC12DX includes dual PH-F120HP PWM Premium fans to allow for higher performance and/or silent operation.

 

Features Patented. P.A.T.S (Physical Antioxidant Thermal Shield) will greatly increase the cooling performance and reliability while deflecting other thermal radiation from other heat [...]
55
 
Read More
December 19, 2012

13 Flash Memory Card Roundup: Does High Speed Really Matter?

13 Flash Memory Cards Tested

A couple weeks ago, I was talking with a couple colleagues about DSLR cameras, and invariably the topic about high speed SD and CF memory cards came up. What we wanted to know is if a high speed memory card such as the Lexar Professional 1000x CF (Compact Flash) card will actually perform better than a SanDisk Extreme 400x CF card under typical real world conditions. When looking at the price difference between the two cards, the SanDisk Extreme 400X 32GB CF card runs for about $88 while the Lexar Professional 1000x 32GB CF card runs for about $135, that’s a difference of nearly $47!

Since testing only two memory cards seems almost wasteful, [...]

735
 
Read More
December 17, 2012

EpicGear Meduza, Skorpios, and CompoXite Review

Epic Win or Epic Fail?

Most of us are familiar with GeIL Memory’s existence and while the company almost seems like that distant-aunt’s-cousin-whom-we-don’t-really-know over here at Custom PC Review, today we’ll be checking out a new line of products from one of their newest sub-brands, EpicGear.

Being a newly established sub-brand, EpicGear doesn’t have many products in their lineup, but they were more than happy to share with us three of their newest products – the Meduza gaming mouse, the CompoXite gaming mouse pad, and the Skorpios mouse bungee.

While each of these new products have their special features and we’ll [...]

250
 
Read More
December 15, 2012

Affiliate Reviews Roundup – December 16, 2012

Image Source: Vortez

Nikktech

Enermax Revolution87+ 850W Power Supply Unit Review @ NikKTech

Silicon Power Armor A80 1TB USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive Review @ NikKTech

Noctua NH-L9i & NH-L9a Low-Profile CPU Coolers @ NikKTech

BitFenix Prodigy Mini-ITX PC Case Review @ NikKTech

Vortez

OZONE RADON 5K and RADON Opto Review @ Vortez

CM Storm Recon and Skorpion Review @ Vortez

Creative Sound Blaster Z Review @ Vortez

Lian Li PC-X2000FN Review @ Vortez

XSPC RayStorm 750 RS360 Kit Review @ Vortez

Fractal Design Adjust 108 Review @ Vortez

ASUS ROG Vulcan ANC Review @ Vortez

Benchmark Reviews

Silverstone [...]

 
Read More
December 14, 2012

Think Tank Photo Urban Disguise 50 V2.0 Review

Camera Bag for the Professional

As requested by a number of my YouTube subscribers last year, I compiled a list of the equipment I keep in my camera bag and while cameras, lenses, microphones, etc. are covered, one thing I didn’t do is cover the camera bag. The reason for this is because I simply didn’t really like the camera bag I had. It was bulky, it was obvious it was a camera bag, and it just plain looked a bit ugly. Since it wasn’t something I’d personally recommend, I decided to go out and search for something I would.

This then brings us to our review for the day, the Think Tank Photo Urban Disguise 50 v2.0 camera bag. For those unfamiliar [...]

95
 
Read More
December 13, 2012

Mionix Launches NAOS 8200 Gaming Mouse

Press Release

Mionix, the Swedish manufacturer of professional high-end gaming accessories today unveiled the new NAOS 8200 high performance gaming mouse.

“The new NAOS 8200 is by far the best product we’ve ever created. Powered with a 32-bit ARM-processor, the latest laser sensor technology and this together with the sleek award winning ergonomic NAOS design. The NAOS 8200 is a redefining moment in gaming accessories” says Peter Nygren, CEO at Mionix.

The combination of high-end components and the ergonomic Mionix NAOS shape makes the Mionix NAOS 8200 the new standard for high-end gaming mice. Stunning LED colour customisation and lighting [...]

90
 
Read More
December 11, 2012

CyberPowerPC Announces Zeus Touch AIO Touchscreen Desktop PC

Press Release

CyberPower Inc., a global manufacturer of custom gaming computers, today announced its Zeus Touch desktop PC series.

The Zeus Touch is an all-in-one desktop PC that combines a minimalist tablet-like design with the latest power-efficient performance processors from Intel users into a powerful space-saving system with full 10-finger capacitive touch support. Every system is pre-loaded with Microsoft’s “touch-friendly” Windows 8 operating system, which allows you to experience a more intuitive and fluid way to accomplish computing tasks.

The CyberPowerPC Zeus Touch is every bit as powerful as its name implies. Unlike similar [...]

 
Read More
December 7, 2012

Plantronics GameCom Commander Review

Commander Reporting for Duty

Christmas is right around the corner and it seems like Plantronics decided that it’s also the perfect time to ship us a new headset to review! While normally we’d grunt at the thought of more work during the holiday season, Plantronics sent us a real treat this time around, and we were more than happy to put it through its paces.

Today we’ll be reviewing Plantonics’ newest product to their GameCom series of gaming headsets – the Plantronics GameCom Commander. Last time, we reviewed the Plantronics GameCom 780 and we were overall very impressed with what it had to offer for the price. Say hello then to the GameCom [...]

130
 
Read More
December 4, 2012

Creative Sound Blaster Z PCIe Sound Card Review

A New Standard

It’s only been about a year since we reviewed Creative’s Sound Blaster Recon 3D soundcard and they’re back again with a new line of products, the Sound Blaster Z series. Today we’ll be reviewing the Sound Blaster Z, which is the entry level soundcard in the Sound Blaster Z series of soundcards. While the Sound Blaster Z will be available for purchase starting now, Creative also has the Sound Blaster ZX and the Sound Blaster ZXR coming, both of which I’m told should be available for purchase in Q1 2013.

Despite the Sound Blaster Z being the entry level Sound Blaster Z series soundcard, the Sound Blaster Z is still a very high end [...]

4675
 
Read More
December 3, 2012

The Humble Bundle Game Pack – Donate to a Good Cause and Get Games!

If you are an avid gamer and someone dedicated to making this world a better place to live, you’re in luck! Thanks to Steam’s collaboration with THQ, it is now possible to do both (for a limited time) with a single swipe using your credit card… and it’s not going to cost you all that much either!

What Steam and THQ came up with is something called the Humble Bundle Package. The bundle contains the following titles: Darksiders, Metro 2033, Red Faction: Armageddon, Company of Heroes, and Saints Row The Third. For every purchase, a fraction of the money goes to the American Red Cross and Child’s Play. The minimal contribution amount is [...]

3
End of the line!
Featured Articles
 
zotac-gtx-1070-amp-12
Review: ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1070 AMP! Graphics Card
 
2016-samsung-global-ssd-summit-keynote-custom-pc-review-30
Samsung Expects 512GB SSD, 1TB HDD to Reach Price Parity in 2020, 236% PCIe SSD Growth by 2018 – Samsung SSD Gl...
 
samsung-850-evo-4tb-custom-pc-review-2
Review: Samsung 850 EVO 4TB SSD
 
samsung-960-evo-pro-ssd-global-summit-samsung-custom-pc-review-3
Samsung Announces 960 EVO, PRO M.2 NVMe SSDs at SSD Global Summit 2016
 
find-motherboard-manufacturer-model-bios-version-aida64-custom-pc-review
How to Find Your Motherboard’s Manufacturer, Model, and BIOS Version
Latest Articles
 
dji-mavic-pro-drone-press-release-image
 
battlefield_1_screenshot_4
 
zotac-gtx-1070-amp-12
 
Nvidia Logo
 
razer-deathadder-elite-gaming-mouse-product-image