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Xigmatek's Battle-Axe

GPUs are getting hotter by the generation and keeping them cool is sometimes a struggle. Xigmatek wanted to do something about it and developed the Battle-Axe. Does it have what it takes?


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:.HiVi Swans S3W Speakers @ Hardware Secrets
HiVi is a manufacturer of audiophile-grade speakers. Swans S3W is their simplest model, targeted to users that want a simple yet stylish stereo speaker set for their computers, iPods or portable CD players but at the same time want an above-the-average audio quality. Let's see how this speaker set performs.

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:.Silverstone KL03 @ motherboards
The Silverstone KL03 is a mid-priced case with a price online of $180~. At this price, the case has a lot going for it as it has the space of an EATX case while easily fitting long video cards like the X1950XTX and 9800GX2 video cards.

:.Noctua NH-U12P CPU Cooler @ Rbmods
A while back, we had a chance to check out the latest CPU cooler from Noctua, a well-known maker of high quality cooling products. Noctua didn't stop with just one CPU cooler; rather, they made a slightly larger version that accommodates 120mm fans. Will the Noctua NH-U12P CPU cooler prove that bigger is better? Let's find out.


:.VIA Nano CPU - Codename Isaiah @ Benchmark Reviews
On the 29th of May 2008 VIA announced the Nano CPU, a processor built from Isaiah architecture. Building on the market-leading energy efficiency of their existing VIA C7 processor family, the VIA Nano processor family offers as much as four times the performance within the same power range to extend VIA's performance per watt leadership, while identical pin compatibility with VIA C7 processors will ensure a smooth transition for OEMs and motherboard vendors, and provides them with an easy upgrade path for current system or board designs.


:.Lamptron Vandal Resistant Illuminated Switches @ DreamWare Computers
When putting the effort into a "Do It Yourself" project, you don't want to go with cheap and generic looking components. Lamptron makes a lot of small accessories and parts that are right up the alley of most DIY'rs. Today we're taking a look at the two different models of their Vandal Resistant Illuminated Switch. Not only is it a tough stainless steel switch, but it also has some fancy lighting options available too.

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:.E-Power Zumax ZU-750 @ High Tech Reviews
Today we have the pleasure of reviewing E-Power's Zumax ZU-750, a 750-watt power supply that has a couple of unique features we have not seen on other power supplies before.


:.MemoRight GT Series 32GB SSDs in RAID 0 @ tweaktown
The MemoRight GT is a 2.5-inch drive that is capable of either being used in a desktop or notebook. Adapters are available to convert the drive to suit a standard desktop 3.5-inch bay. As shown above, the GT is capable of pushing a full 120MB/s in both read and write speed; this makes it even faster than the MTRON PRO I tested last month!

:.Corsair Flash Voyager GT 16GB @ Rbmods
Flash memory has gotten bigger the past year and we have reviewed sizes up to 32 GB already. Today we are going to look at the Flash Voyager GT with 16GB of memory and since it is the GT line it's supposed to be a bit faster than the ordinary Voyager from Corsair. This line of flash memory have shown itself to be extremely durable and still has been able to perform well.


:.Palit GeForce 9600 GT 1GB Sonic @ Benchmark Reviews
The Palit GeForce 9600 GT Sonic provides users with the best image quality and most flexible visual experience regardless of the output standard needed. The new advanced DisplayPort output supports a maximum of 10.8 Gbit/s data rate and display resolutions up to 2560×1600; high-definition video is supported with the HDMI output. Palit maintains dual Dual-Link DVI outputs on GeForce 9600 GT Sonic, further extending the usability of this graphics card. All four outputs support 40-bit HDCP and the DisplayPort output also supports 128-bit AES DPCP. Benchmark Reviews tests the Palit NE/960TSX0202 GeForce 9600 GT 1GB Sonic video card against a wide variety of Geforce products in this product review.

:.ECS 8800GT 256MB @ Virtual-Hideout
So, what we have here at the end is a "sleeper" graphics card. In the auto world, they're cars that people drive around that don't look fast, but packs a powerful engine hiding underneath. These are called "sleeper" cars. While they have a meek facade, they'll surprise the racer next to him once the race begins. The ECS 8800 GT 256MB Graphics Card has replaced the 8600 GTS and HD 3870 512MB cards in their entirety because it's that much faster. This is the new king of the budget cards that performs much better than budget.

:.Visiontek HD3870x2 Overclocked Edition @ overclockercafe
The Visiontek 3870x2 card certainly is a big boy. The card itself measures 9.75 inches long which is a tad less than the norm for current generation high end cards. The massive dual fan cooler that looks remarkably like the Thermaltake DuOrb (which we love around here) brings the size up to the point we even put the card on the scale. I say remarkably like but not exactly as the Visiontek card is a much more robust cooler that is clearly geared to trump the venerable Tt DuOrb.

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