Posted by: Hilbert Hagedoorn on: 12/19/2014 10:30 AM [ 7 comment(s) ]
The last Rig of the Month of this year is December, this round we take a look at an entry submitted a few months ago. It however is such a special build that it deserves to be the ROTM December. Poseidon, made by János Kerekes a.k.a. Jones965 is a formidable build. Have a peek.
Posted by: Hilbert Hagedoorn on: 12/18/2014 10:59 AM [ 0 comment(s) ]
Tagged in their L337 Gaming series, ECS recently released a Z97 motherboard with a tasty design, good features and a very good price. ECS took the Z97 chipset and made a nice dark looking motherboard that has SLI/Crossfire support and tweaking features. It also comes with a custom audio solution. Join us in a the Z97 Machine, a product that will please the budget PC gamer with the hunger for a high-end PC.
Posted by: Hilbert Hagedoorn on: 12/16/2014 10:32 AM [ 2 comment(s) ]
We review the Be Quiet! Silent Base 800, their first ever chassis and when you have quiet in your name, it better be just that. For a first release this chassis is not bad, not bad at all! The ATX tower chassis however has very nice looks, seems to be made with quality and originality and has some nice features. A lovely chassis design, fairly tool free, good space to work in and it has very quiet airflow plus is prepped for liquid cooling. Have a peek at the product we'll review today, the Silent Base 800.
Posted by: Hilbert Hagedoorn on: 12/12/2014 10:56 AM [ 7 comment(s) ]
We test the ASUS ROG Poseidon GTX 980. Armed with a massive liquid cooling block (DirectCU H2O), a custom PCB, quality components and a factory overclock this product is bound to perform, whilst staying silent. The card has 4 GB graphics memory, is energy efficient and factory overclocked for you. Oh and hey, it overclocks very nicely!
Posted by: PantherX on: 12/11/2014 10:54 AM [ 3 comment(s) ]
We are pleased to state that Guru3D now offers you our quarterly PC Buyers Guide! This is the 2014 Winter Edition and it outlines a set of recommendations of products we feel are great components to build yourself a nice gaming rig. We have three different system recommendations and something special to choose from so read all out it after the break...
Posted by: Hilbert Hagedoorn on: 12/09/2014 07:16 AM [ 29 comment(s) ]
AMD is getting ready for the winter, in this article we look at what AMD labeled the 'Omega Driver'. This is the new 14.12 Catalyst driver which has had some TLC from AMD, improving overall performance on a number of games, and next to that AMD is injecting a few new features as well. Time for a quick article, to cover all topics.
In this review we test the 500 GB Samsung 850 EVO SSD. The new SSD is a stunning series of storage technology as it is has enthusiast class speed, yet is made to be very competitive in pricing. Armed with truckloads of performance and that attractive pricing, Samsung will shock and awe you...
Posted by: Hilbert Hagedoorn on: 12/04/2014 10:37 AM [ 3 comment(s) ]
We review the new Corsair Gaming H2100 wireless headset. The H 2100 is a follow-up model to the Vengeance series and works through a USB transmitter powered Dolby headset. One charge will get you 9 hours of wireless headset gaming over two quality Neodyne 50mm drivers. These surround sound headphones offer 16-bit/48 KHz playback and come with Dolby Pro Logic IIx certification and a new color theme, black is back.
Posted by: Hilbert Hagedoorn on: 12/02/2014 09:51 AM [ 22 comment(s) ]
In this review we test the GALAX GeForce GTX HOF edition. No not David Hasselhoff or the Hoff, but HOF as in Hall Of Fame. The card is beautiful in design with a snow white theme; it is also the fastest factory clocked product that we have tested to date. Get this, the card is boosting at over 1400 MHz with its default settings. Armed with impressive looks, based on a custom PCB and a third party cooler the guys behind KFA2 and Galaxy introduce this gaming graphics card.
Posted by: Hilbert Hagedoorn on: 11/28/2014 10:09 AM [ 35 comment(s) ]
You can tell that the ROTM November was built by a guy who mods at a regular basis, the chassis is inspired to the train of the film Snowpiercer. And man, does it show craftsmanship. This month's rig of the month is breathtaking. Check out the rig made by Scherrer Thomas from France. You can tell that the man is working in industrial 3D design and drawing alright.
In this article we benchmark Dragon Age: Inquisition - many graphics cards are being tested and benchmarked. We have a look at DX11 performance with the newest graphics cards and technologies. We'll look at frametimes, graphics memory and even more.
Posted by: Hilbert Hagedoorn on: 11/25/2014 10:26 AM [ 10 comment(s) ]
There have been a lot of Intel reviews lately, but if you are on a budget and want an 8-core processor for under 200 USD to combine with a smexy motherboard, then we think we may have found the answer. Join us as we review the MSI 970 Gaming, an affordable but high-end motherboard that has incredible good looks and a decent feature-set. We will pop an AMD FX 8370E processor onto it today. And hey, gaming at FullHD will be good even with the latest graphics cards. You can read a full review right here at Guru3D of course.
Posted by: Hilbert Hagedoorn on: 11/20/2014 10:39 AM [ 19 comment(s) ]
For the true FPS gamers out there we review the Corsair Gaming M65 RGB game mouse, the device is sturdy with an aluminum design, it's aesthetically pleasing with configurable RGB LEDs and has a grip that is intensely impressive. The high DPI mouse is fully programmable, has additional thumb game buttons (programmable as well). All in all this might be one of the most impressive mouse’s we have tested to date.
Posted by: Hilbert Hagedoorn on: 11/18/2014 11:56 AM [ 18 comment(s) ]
We peek at a new anti-aliasing mode that Nvidia has announced and is releasing today. We take a closer look at MFAA or better known as Multi-Frame Samples Anti Aliasing, it offers near MSAA quality with a smaller impact on performance. In this guide the initial steps to get MFAA going and a handful of numbers.
Posted by: Hilbert Hagedoorn on: 11/13/2014 09:15 AM [ 17 comment(s) ]
We'll be testing the GSKILL Phoenix Blade PCIe SSD today. Let me just quickly throw some numbers at you that will get a smile on your face, so how does 2,000 MB/s maximum read and write performance sound? Yes Sir, or 245K IOPS? That's the kind of performance GSKILL offers to the performance aficionados in the year 2014.
Posted by: Hilbert Hagedoorn on: 11/11/2014 10:08 AM [ 5 comment(s) ]
With the launch of the professional Corsair Gaming line, the H1500 is headset has been revamped and reintroduced onto the market. Armed with good looks a comfortable feel and pretty great audio quality this product is bound to impress. it has big 50mm neodymium drivers and newly revised USB drivers that include Dolby 7.1 surround sound, it is capable of offering 16-bit/48 KHz playback and has an excellent frequency response of 20Hz to 20kHz. In stereo you can apply Dolby Pro Logic IIx certification and in 5.1 and 7.1 you get to fool around with Dolby 7.1 surround. All that and a new and a new color theme as well, Corsair Gaming is back baby.
Posted by: Hilbert Hagedoorn on: 11/06/2014 10:16 AM [ 11 comment(s) ]
GALAX is on it again, this time we review their GeForce GTX 970 EXOC edition as in Extreme Overclocked. The product comes factory overclocked with a boost clock of 1317 MHz (!). The product has a custom and relatively small PCB, it's the cooler that makes it lengthy in a more regular fashion. Talking about that cooler, GALAX had a mission, it was to make the card both silent whilst offering temps in the 60 Degrees C range, and hey they certainly achieved. The card has 4 GB graphics memory, is energy efficient and comes factory overclocked for you. Let's check it out shall well?
Posted by: Hilbert Hagedoorn on: 11/05/2014 09:49 AM [ 37 comment(s) ]
One of the more popular GeForce GTX 980 cards currently available on the market is the GeForce GTX 980 G1 Gaming. We reviewed the product that has been fitted with that lovely new 600W WindForce cooler. And we are giving it away for free in a contest.
It is that time of the year again, we take out a dozen or so graphics cards and benchmark Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. Join us in this article where many graphics cards are being tested with the new Call of Duty Advanced Warfare. We have a look at DX11 performance with the newest graphics cards and technologies. The new and popular title is looking great from a graphics point of view.
Posted by: Hilbert Hagedoorn on: 11/04/2014 09:52 AM [ 3 comment(s) ]
We test and review the DeepCool Maelstrom 240, this AIO (All-in-One Liquid) cooler kit is top notch in performance for an AIO with a 240mm rad. These liquid cooling kits are pre-fitted with a single loop and ready to install straight out of the box. Armed with pretty nice looks and an attractive price, can DeepCool keep up with similar Asetek and competing products? Let's find out!
Posted by: Hilbert Hagedoorn on: 10/31/2014 10:06 AM [ 39 comment(s) ]
Sometimes a RIG does not have to be the PC chassis and internals PC, it can be a table being modified, it can be a game room or man cave, and sometimes it's just a frame. This month's rig of the month is exactly that, a race frame shaped like a roll-bar construction - and then some more. And though you will probably need a room to house this puppy, it is sheer awesomeness. Check out the rig made by Robert Ehrling from Sweden. The man is 39 years young and works as work as a upper secondary school teacher.
Posted by: Hilbert Hagedoorn on: 10/30/2014 09:11 AM [ 8 comment(s) ]
We review the GALAX GeForce GTX SOC edition. SOC is short for Super Overclocked, and that certainly is the case. Armed with sturdy looks, based on a custom PCB and a third party cooler the guys behind KFA2 and Galaxy introduce this gaming weaponry. The card has 4 GB graphics memory, is energy efficient and factory overclocked for you. Oh and hey, it overclocks nicely as well as we even pass 1500 MHz on the GPU boost frequency.
Posted by: Hilbert Hagedoorn on: 10/28/2014 09:30 AM [ 1 comment(s) ]
SanDisk has released the affordable Ultra II series SSD which we'll benchmark and review. Performance wise these SSDs will be fast, reads really good, writes due to Toggle NAND flash a little slower. However armed with a very competitive price performance ratio these thinks kick the proverbial azz in a laptop or mainstream PC.
Posted by: Hilbert Hagedoorn on: 10/23/2014 09:47 AM [ 1 comment(s) ]
BitFenix recently released Pandoras Box, yes we review the BitFenix Pandora Micro ATX chassis. A small affordable chassis solution fits big graphics cards, but houses the smallest Micro-ATX (µATX), Mini-ITX form factor motherboards. Tagged with a 120 EURO price tag this chassis is locked and loaded with its cross-hair aimed at gamers.
Posted by: Hilbert Hagedoorn on: 10/21/2014 11:20 AM [ 2 comment(s) ]
We test and review the all new Cooler Master Nepton 240M, an All-in-One Liquid cooler kit that is performing quite OK in a very saturated LCS kit market. Can it keep up with similar products? Let's find out!