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Metro: Last Light Game E-mail
Friday, 07 June 2013

Metro: Last Light Game Review

What about the nearest to it; Metro 2033? How does it compare to its predecessor? I would say they come out about equal, as far as overall quality and experience. As discussed in the story section, 2033 and Last Light have a different mechanic to their stories, as the earlier title drives you through the world, and this one places you in it. This causes some aspects in one to be better than in the other, so without taking these differences into consideration, you cannot fairly compare these two titles to each other. When you do though, you find two very well made games that serve themselves and their franchise very well... Overclockers Club

Fractal Design Tesla R2 1000W PSU E-mail
Friday, 07 June 2013

Fractal Design Tesla R2 1000W PSU Review

We already reviewed Fractal Design's top PSU offering, the Newton R3 1000 W. It left us quite satisfied with its overall performance. Today, we will take a good look at its budget sibling, the Tesla R2 1000 W. It is made by the same manufacturer, ATNG, and is based on the same platform. Some compromises had to be made in order to lower the final price, and these have resulted in a non-modular design and several internal component changes, but with the 80 Plus Gold certification, efficiency is still very high despite the lower-grade components used internally. The cooling fan remained the same and utilizes ball-bearings instead of an inferior sleeve-bearing.

The R2 1000 W features a single +12V rail that can deliver up to 80 A of current, is equipped with six PCIe connectors, so it can feed up to three high-end VGAs, is covered by a three-year warranty, and has a maximum operating temperature of 40°C at which it can deliver its full power continuously. All the above sounds very interesting, and the Tesla unit will score a pretty high price / performance ratio, which is what most users pay attention to first when they plan out their next purchase, if it manages to register a good overall performance on our test bench. The lack of modular cables will most likely turn many off, but modular cables apparently cost a lot and are the first to be left out when the price has to go down significantly. I personally prefer keeping the grade of internal components high, which makes leaving out a modular cabling system to keep costs down a reasonable tradeoff... techPowerUp

Cooler Master N200 Case E-mail
Friday, 07 June 2013

Cooler Master N200 Case Review

The Cooler Master N200 looks unassuming and innocent - quietly waiting in the shadows. But this little case has some big features. The one that really stands out is the support for a front mounted radiator. This allows the case to retain its small size, but pack a punch in the cooling department. Surprisingly, there is enough space for a full 240mm radiator in a push / pull fan configuration - and this is something that some full size tower cases have a hard time pulling off. For maximum airflow I recommend adding a side fan even if you don't go with a water cooled system. A discrete GPU would benefit from some cool fresh air from a side fan. As SSDs become more popular, case manufacturers are getting creative and making room for them. And with a front USB 3.0 port, plus four SSD mounting locations, this little case can run with larger cases... Overclockers Club

AMD Richland A10-6800K and A10-6700 APU E-mail
Friday, 07 June 2013

AMD Richland A10-6800K and A10-6700 APU Review

With the release of the Llano chips in mid-2011 and the Trinity chips in late-2012, the AMD APUs were shown to be the perfect option for the person who wanted a cheap, yet capable system that could be expanded on in the future. They not only offered plenty of CPU power to handle anything a regular user would need, but also enough GPU power on-chip to tackle some gaming. You can pick up one of these chips for a little over $100, pair it with an equally affordable motherboard and RAM, and you have a nice little setup for very little money. You can then expand on it with a dedicated graphics card, more or faster RAM, and even get into some pretty serious overclocking, the sum of which will leave you with a truly powerful machine capable of handling any modern game out there today.

AMD has continued this legacy with its newest line of APUs, Richland. These new chips feature the same proven Piledriver architecture for the CPU side, but an upgrade the the Radeon 8xxx series on the GPU side. On top of that the flagship chip supports faster RAM speeds (2133 MHz up from 1866) and all chips have had frequency bumps and improvements for the Turbo Core feature. Naturally with Richland and Trinity sharing the same architecture, the same FM2 socket it used as well as the A85X chipset. We will be taking a look at the top of the line, unlocked A10-6800k and its locked and downclocked version, the A10-6700. Read on to see the lineup and how they perform... TechwareLabs

Cougar Spike Mini Gaming Tower Case E-mail
Friday, 07 June 2013

Cougar Spike Mini Gaming Tower Case Review

The Cougar Spike mini gaming tower case is a very budget friendly case, but it offers a few items you might not typically find at the lower end of the price scale. In addition to having a decent number of drive bays for a mini case, it has room for four 120mm cooling fans, a front panel USB 3.0 connection, and the matte black paint job covers all internal and external surfaces... Bigbruin

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