Monday, June 24, 2013

ArmA3 Passes Alpha - So You'd Beta Grab Yourself A TrackIR!

"Bohemia Interactive has confirmed the 25th of June as the official release date for the Arma 3 Beta. Building upon the well-received Arma 3 Alpha, the Arma 3 Beta features a varied selection of brand new content – including 10 vehicles, 7 weapons, 4 showcase missions (Combined Arms, Supports, Commanding & Night), 2 multiplayer scenarios and 4 challenges.

Set against the beautiful backdrop of Stratis (20 km²), the Arma 3 Beta turns its focus towards firepower and logistics. The Challenges game mode will also be making its first appearance, enabling players to practice their weapons handling and movement across a selection of firing drills. Plus, all of the content from the Arma 3 Alpha will be available, alongside the popular scenario editor and modding support."

Grab a digital copy of ArmA3 today! You'll find this title, like its predecessor, plays best with a NaturalPoint TrackIR 5.

Pro-Clockers Check Out The Thermaltake Urban S21 Chassis

"For a long time I have waited for Thermaltake to release a case what could be classified as elegant and sleek. Well, my wish has come true with the Urban series. This is my first look into the series and hopefully not my last as there are larger versions is the Urban S21. The Urban S21 is the smallest of the group but still portray the looks that anyone would be looking for in a classy case. Visually, the entire exterior surface is smooth and worthy of being displayed in any room of a typical house including the living room where people tend to be a little more discriminatory.

Yes, the Urban S21 is a refined case but if is still capable of servicing those that are looking for a modest gaming rig. There is plenty of room for multiple long video cards and plenty of space for a decent amount of mechanical storage devices and we know many gamers and enthusiasts are into water-cooling. With the S21, you can take advantage of the many 120mm mountable all-in-one coolers like the Thermaltake Water 2.0 Performer and Pro. Not into water? Well, there is plenty of width in the case to support some large air-coolers like the Thermaltake Frio series."

Tony Walker - Pro-Clockers.

Thermaltake Urban S21 chassis review by Pro-Clockers - Introduction & Conclusion.

Friday, June 21, 2013

EVGA GTX 770 SC With ACX Cooling Review By NinjaLane

"EVGA raises the bar even further with the SC edition by bumping the base clock and memory speed for even more performance. Nice. Now, throw in the ACX system and you can count on 20% better cooling efficiency, a reduced sound signature and a marked increase in the expected life span of the card. Since ACX is a replacement to the reference cooler you can enjoy all of these benefits with almost no change to the power draw even at load. There is a price premium for the ACX cooling solution but at around $20 more this is an upgrade you can afford to pay for."

Darren McCain - NinjaLane.

EVGA GTX 770 Superclocked With ACX Cooler review by NinjaLane - Introduction & Conclusion.

Get Your Freak On With Mad Catz - The F.R.E.Q 5 Headset On Benchmark Reviews

"The Mad Catz Cyborg FREQ 5 has excellent audio quality. Its 50mm Neodymium drivers guarantee deep bass and crisp highs. Compared to competing products, there's very few that work as well as the Mad Catz FREQ 5 out of the box. Since this is a plug-and-play headset, it requires no software installations, no computer restarts, and can be carried from computer to computer easily."

Joey Peng - BenchmarkReviews.

Mad Catz F.R.E.Q. 5 headset review by BenchmarkReviews - Introduction & Conclusion.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

The New PC-Q27 From Lian Li On Tweaktown

"Stability in the chassis is very good. I removed many components trying out various mounting positions for the hard drives, and just to see if once all you had was the shell left, can the chassis still stand on its own. What I found is that it is in fact very solid in its construction. I do believe the compact nature of this specific case helps, but none the less, the PC-Q27 B is solid as a rock and vibration free when in use. There can be hard drives almost anywhere you could think to put them, you have room for an ODD, and with it being fan less, this is also a perfect solution for those looking for something for their HTPC. Inside and out, no matter what part of the chassis, I like what I see."

Chad Sebring - Tweaktown.

Lian Li PC-Q27 review by Tweaktown - Introduction & Conclusion.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Active Noise Cancellation - The Future Of Low Noise Cooling From Noctua!

Would you like to know more? Check out this brief introduction by Geek. Now, while this new cooling technology is some time off, we've the current range from Noctua in stock and ready to order - Get into it!

Noctua NH-U12S & NH-U14S Coolers Reviewed By Pro-Clockers

"Noctua did a pretty good job with their NH-U12S and NH-U14S coolers, producing two new cooler models that performed very well without having to be overweight and large. During our testing, we have seen above-average performance from both models when everything is stock settings. But when things are turned up a little like the voltage and BCLK, both coolers shine. When dual fans are used, both coolers top the charts in our overclocking tests. When only using a single fan, the U14S came in third place. It was only beaten by its little brother using two fans and itself also using an additional fan."

Tony Walker - Pro-Clockers.

Noctua NH-U12S & NH-U14S CPU coolers reviewed by Pro-Clockers - Introduction & Conclusion.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Noctua NF-S12A Fan Series On Pro-Clockers

"Once again we see that Noctua continued to take fan development to the next level. After the NF-F12 series, I really thought there was nothing more to add to this fan series from Noctua. I mean they were able to keep the fans quiet and performance well under various cooling situations. I believe Noctua is just on a quest to give their fans (buyers) more options and more value for their money. This shows in the newer Noctua NF-S12A series. Each fan is given a new set of features and technical specifications with the only difference between them are the rotation speeds. Noctua is continuing to produce winners and we really enjoy bringing them to you."

Tony Walker - Pro-Clockers.

Noctua NF-S12A fan series review by Pro-Clockers - Introduction & Conclusion.

Lian Li PC-Q12 MiniITX Chassis Review On TechGage

"Anyone on the market for a small PC to serve as an entertainment hub or a simple workstation would do themselves a solid by considering this chassis. Available online for around $130 US, it might be a little steep for many, considering what it is. But, as with most things, you pay for what you get and with this case, you get quality."

Greg King - TechGage.

Lian Li PC-Q12 review by TechGage - Introduction & Conclusion.

Guru3D Checks Out EVGAs GTX 770 Superclocked With ACX Cooler

"Overall the card is a real treat. It's silent and is closing in on the all new GTX 780. The higher factory clocks are nice and next to that there still remains to be room left for tweaking allowing this product to reach the 1250 to 1300 MHz fairly easily. We have no hesitation to recommend the product to you if you are in the market for a nice performance upgrade. Definitely recommended."

Hilbert Hagedoorn - Guru3D.

EVGA GTX 770 Superclocked With ACX Cooler review by Guru3D - Introduction & Conclusion.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Haswell Overclocking On The Tech Report - Moar Power Requires Moar Cooling!

"Of the processors Asus has tested, 70% hit 4.5GHz, 30% reached 4.6GHz, and 20% made 4.7GHz. Only 10% were stable at 4.8GHz. Heat is reportedly the limiting factor, and Asus recommends using a dual-fan water cooler to prevent thermal throttling past about 4.5GHz or 1.25V."

Geoff Gasior - TechReport.

Read the full article on TechReport.

Fortunately for y'all Mittoni has a colossal range of liquid cooling solutions, plus some beefy air cooling options as well. Get into it!

EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Superclocked Graphics Card On LegitReviews

"We haven't been impressed by an add-in board partners card in some time, but that quickly changed after we spent some time with the EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Superclocked with ACX Cooling video card (part number 03G-P4-2784-KR). What you get for an extra $10 over the cost of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 reference design is downright amazing. You get a video card that performs right around 9% faster than the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 with stock speeds and is faster than NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan video card more often than not. This is something that is hard to believe since the GTX 780 has fewer cores and texture units than Titan, but the numbers don't lie. Also keep in mind that at $659.99 shipped, the EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Superclocked is $340 less than the GeForce GTX Titan. That is a steal!"

Nathan Kirsch - LegitReviews.

EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Superclocked With ACX Cooler review by LegitReviews - Introduction & Conclusion.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

GeForce GTX 770 Is Toms Favourite Videocard....

"GK104 might be an older GPU, but it’s still a potent piece of gaming hardware. Just ratchet up its clock rates, retrofit it with the best looking and performing graphics cooler we’ve ever seen, and knock its price back $50 from the GeForce GTX 680’s price point as of one week ago. AMD was sitting pretty with its Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition at $450. But GeForce GTX 770 walked into the bar, turned over a table, and showed the same sort of aggression we saw when it launched GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost under $200. And that’s why we’re bestowing Tom's Hardware's Smart Buy award on Nvidia's GeForce GTX 770. Although high-end graphics cards are still expensive, we’re happy to get more performance in a better-built package for $100 less than what we could buy a year ago in GeForce GTX 680."

Chris Angelini & Igor Wallossek - Toms Hardware.

EVGA GeForce GTX 770 review by Toms Hardware - Introduction & Conclusion.

Monday, June 3, 2013 3 Step Haswell Overclocking Guide

"Like all chips, you want to try to keep your chips as cool as you can to increase their longevity. Personally, I’d try to keep a Haswell chip below 85 °C for 24/7 operation (definitely below 90°C); not because they can’t take more (they can), but because it’s usually safer to err on the side of caution."


Interested in overclocking a Haswell CPU? Check out the 3 Step Guide from As mentioned repeatedly in the article, these new processors run hot.

If you're wanting to keep those temps down, consider a high end CPU cooler, liquid cooling kit and also, importantly, some better quality thermal compound.