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  • Buying Advice: Buying advice: Radeon HD 7870 or GeForce 660?

    We test the Radeon HD 7870 against nVidia's GeForce 660 and 660 Ti graphics boards. Read on for 7870 v 660/660 comparative benchmarks and specs, as well as a list of the graphics cards commercially available.

  • Buying Advice: Do I need a graphics card or will Intel's integrated HD Graphics 4000 suffice?

    Our Helproom Editor explains what to expect from Intel Graphics 4000 - the integrated graphical processing unit of Ivy Bridge processors. Do you need a separate graphics card?

  • Buying Advice: How to choose an SSD for your PC or laptop

    Our Helproom Editor offers tips on choosing an SSD for your PC or laptop.

  • Buying Advice: What's the difference between an Intel Core i3, i5 and i7?

    What's the difference between an Intel Core i3, i5 and i7? We take a look at the popular Intel chips and breakdown in layman's terms what the difference between them is.

  • Buying Advice: Which budget graphics card?

    A budget graphics card can improve gaming, but you need to know what to buy. Here our Helproom Editor explains how to buy a cheap graphics card.

  • Buying Advice: Western Digital WD RE 4TB review: first 4TB disk from WD

    After more than six months there are finally some more options among 4 TB disks. With the Western Digital WD RE 4TB, WD has created a high-performance 4TB for servers. If you're looking to fill a server with as much storage capacity as possible, then the Western Digital WD RE 4TB is your hard disk.

  • Buying Advice: Corsair Professional AX760i / AX860i PSU review: extremely efficient

    With prices of £158 and £166 respectively, the Corsair AX760i and AX860i are more expensive than the power supplies from our recent round-up, but you do get high-quality PSUs for that price. Their efficiency is outstanding, they're extremely quiet and the voltages are super-stable.

  • Buying Advice: 28 750 t/m 950 watt PSU review: efficient and silent

    If you're planning on using two graphics cards in your desktop PC, and perhaps even try your hand at overclocking those along with your processor, it's advisable to get a PSU of between 750 and 950 watts. There are a huge number of these on the market, so it's difficult to know which one is best for your needs. Hardware.Info tested 28 power supplies in this category, to separate the wheat from the chaff.

  • Buying Advice: GPU benchmarks: Max Payne 3 (incl 5760x1080)

    Max Payne 3 is well-suited for three monitors. To be able to run the game on three Full HD monitors you will need a high-end graphics card with at least 2 GB of video memory. Out of the single-GPU cards only the Nvidia GeForce GTX 680 and AMD Radeon HD 7970 were able to reach 60 fps or more on Normal settings. The GTX 670 and Radeon HD 7950 fall just short of 60 fps. Since 40 fps is enough to enjoy this game, you're fine with a GeForce GTX 660 or a Radeon HD 7870.

  • Buying Advice: Four passive graphics cards review: 100% quiet

    A PC that doesn't make a sound, it remains the ultimate goal for many a hardware enthusiast. We recently review the passively cooled HTPC chassis Streacom FC-5.

  • Buying Advice: Promise Pegasus J2: superfast external mini-storage

    The Promise Pegasus J2 can carry only 256 GB of data, but it is extremely fast, especially for an external hard disk. It is likely that the 512 GB version, which has two 256 GB disks, will perform even better. If you own a Thunderbolt-compatible computer and need fast external storage, then this Promise product is a great solution. And unlike its main competitor the LaCie Little Big Disk Thunderbolt, you can use it without plugging it into the wall, even if that does impact the performance.

  • Buying Advice: Fractal Design Node 605 review: ultimate HTPC case?

    Overall we are in a bit of a quandary regarding the Fractal Design Node 605. It's a stylish chassis with a solid build. It does offer a lot of interior space, and a flexible lay-out. You can fit a full ATX motherboard, a full ATX power supply, and a fairly large graphics card. It makes it a great solution for an allround HTPC that can also handle a demanding video game. However, the question remains how useful it actually is to use ATX-sized components.

  • Buying Advice: Biostar Hi-Fi Z77X review: Z77 board with unique audio features

    During Computex Biostar announced a new series of motherboards that would be called "Hi-Fi". This new line is supposed to distinguish itself with exceptional audio quality and extra features for the integrated audio. Hardware.Info tested the Hi-Fi Z77X to find out if the motherboard lives up to its name.

  • Buying Advice: Sapphire Pure Platinum A85XT review: Sapphire's Socket FM2 motherboard

    When we reviewed the other three Socket FM2 boards we almost had the feeling that we tested the same board three times in a row. This Sapphire Pure Platinum A85XT motherboard is also very similar to those three, but it has a couple of unique aspects. One is the presence of a Bluetooth controller and the second is the combined mini-PCIe/mSATA slot.

  • Buying Advice: Three AMD A85X Socket FM2 motherboards review

    Last month AMD launched its new generation A10/A8/A6/A4 desktop processors. These CPUs need a new type of processor socket, called Socket FM2. Hardware.Info reviewed three motherboards with the new AMD socket based on the most high-end A85X chipset, the ASUS F2A85-V Pro, the Gigabyte GA-F2A85X-UP4 and the MSI FM2-A85XA-G65.

  • Buying Advice: Xigmatek Asgard III review: affordable enclosure

    The Xigmatek Asgard III certainly is not a bad chassis for its £30 price tag. It cools better than the similarly priced Bitfenix Outlaw, even if that chassis is more quiet. The Asgard III performs about the same as the recently reviewed Sharkoon T28, which costs about 50 percent more.

  • Buying Advice: AMD FX-8350, -8320, -6300 'Vishera' review: finally good enough?

    If you plan on using a dedicated graphics card, the FX-8350, FX-8320 and FX-6300 aren't bad options. Here's our AMD FX processor buying advice.

  • Buying Advice: ASUS Matrix HD 7970 Platinum review: 1.4 kg graphics card

    Impressive graphics card design, that is something you can trust ASUS with. The latest new member in the Republic of Gamers family is the Matrix HD 7970 Platinum. It's a huge card based on the Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition with several unique features for overclockers. Hardware.Info tested the card and overclocked it.

  • Buying Advice: Ten DDR3 memory kits reviewed: optimised for Ivy Bridge

    The new Intel Ivy Bridge processors have more options for overclocking RAM. To find out which brand of memory modules will give you the best performance in return, Hardware.Info compared ten different sets.

  • Buying Advice: Nvidia GeForce GTX 650 Ti review: Gigabyte vs MSI vs Zotac

    Today Nvidia introduced the GeForce GTX 650 Ti, a graphics card based on the same GK106 GPU that the GeForce GTX 660 is built around. Nvidia's new card is positioned against AMD's Radeon HD 7770. Hardware.Info compared cards from Gigabyte, MSI and Zotac.

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