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Video Review #901: Thermaltake SwordM Case

Thermaltake SwordM Case is constructed from thick aluminum and this gives the case rigidly but it also adds weight. It's interesting to note that while the all-aluminum structures are produced through an automated process they are all fine-tuned by hand. For that reason the SwordM case is a Limited Edition product and very expensive. At the top are stylish and strong handles for maneuvering the case. The top of the case also effortlessly swings up thanks to two hydraulic rods. There is also a hydraulic rod on the left side door.

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Video Review #904: Razer Piranha Headset

The Razer Piranha Headset has round soft ear cups which pivot and a fully adjustable padded headband. The microphone swings down and can be adjusted horizontally. Since this headset is made from durable materials it's designed to take LAN party abuse. The headphones have a frequency response of 18 to 20,000 Hz, an impedance of 32 Ohm and a sound pressure level of 114 dB. The microphone has a frequency response of 80 to 15,000 Hz, an impedance of 2000 Ohms, the pickup pattern is uni directional, and the sensitivity is 38dB. Watch the video to find out more and check out the bloopers at the end.

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Video Review #905: Silverstone OP1200 1200W Power Supply

The Silverstone Olympia line of power supplies are available in wattages ranging from 650 to 1200. I'll be reviewing the Silverstone OP1200 1200W model which is more than enough power for even hardcore computer systems. The housing is steel and they include a very quiet 135mm fan which is recessed, but this PSU is extremely long so it might not fit in some smaller mid-tower cases. Also note that this fan is load controlled, meaning the more load on the PSU the faster the fan spins. Watch the video to find out more and check out the bloopers at the end.


Video Review #906: Lancool Metal Boned K7 Case

Lancool Metal Boned K7 Case has an aluminum outside, but a steel body. This is an excellent combination because the aluminum reduces weight & looks fantastic, while the steel body ensures strength. It has 3x120mm fans, 1x3.5" drive bay and 3x5.25" drive bays, 5 HDD bay cage, removable motherboard tray, cable management system and more. This case is an example of what to look for in a mid-tower case. Watch the video to find out more and check out the bloopers at the end.


Video Review #908: Antec NSK1380 SFF Case

The Antec NSK1380 SFF (Small Form Factor) Case has major bang for the buck! This case comes with a quality Antec EarthWatts 350 watt power supply which is 80%+ efficient and has Active PFC. One 5.25" drive bay and three HDDs can be installed. There is one 120mm fan and a blower style fan included. The left & right side panels are constructed from two layers of aluminum with plastic in the middle. This not only looks great it also provides sound dampening & substantially reduces system noise. A quiet system is important, especially if used in a HTPC environment.


Video Review #909: Ultra X2 750W Modular Power Supply

The Ultra X2 750W Power Supply has a super high gloss Titanium paint finish and comes with a large 120mm blue LED fan with Ultra's logo and two windows that look really cool. The quiet 120mm fan along with the many ventilation holes means that the PSU will remain cool in almost any environment. This PSU has lots of leads and they are all modular sleek looking FlexForce cables. As the name suggests, the cables are super flexible, which allows them to bend around almost anything. They are perfect for hiding cables behind the motherboard tray or neatly tucking them out of sight.


Video Review #910: Thermaltake Xaser VI Case

The Thermaltake Xaser VI Case comes in six different all aluminum models. The VG4000BNS & VG4000SNA models include mesh on the side panels, the VG4000BWS & VG4000SWA models have windows on the side panel and there are the VG400LBWS & VG400LSWA models which include a liquid cooling system. This case has 14 drives bays (7x5.25" & 7.3.5"), three 140mm fans, removable motherboard tray, aggressive styling and so much more. Watch the video to find out more and check out the bloopers at the end.


Video Review #912: HIS HD 3870 IceQ 3 Turbo 512MB GDDR4 Video Card

The default speed on the stock 3870 video card is 775MHz for the core and 2.25GHz for the memory, but HIS has this card's speeds set much higher. The core speed on the HIS HD 3870 IceQ 3 Turbo 512MB GDDR4 Video Card is 850MHz and the 512MBs of GDDR4 256 bit memory is 2.38GHz DDR. It comes with 320 stream processing units for vertex, pixel and geometry data, 16 texture units, 16 raster operators, the pixel fill rate is approx. 13.4 GPixels/sec and the memory bandwidth is 76GB/s. This is the perfect video card for a HTPC gaming rig!


Video Review #914: Lian Li PC-P80 Case

Lian Li has named this full tower case the Armorsuit and its targeted at the hardcore gamer. It has an all aluminum chassis so it's fairly lightweight considering its size. There are plenty of drive bays, lots of room to work, removable motherboard tray, five large fans, fits long power supplies & full length video card and much more. The Lian Li PC-P80 Case is one of the best cases ever released! Watch the video to find out more and check out the bloopers at the end.

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Video Review #916: Scythe NINJA Copper CPU Cooler Video

The Scythe NINJA Copper CPU Cooler one very large cooler! The heatsink weighs in at 1015 grams and if the fan is installed that adds another 115 grams. This is unquestionable heavy but not a big concern because of the way it gets installed using a motherboard back plate. It has an all copper heatsink with many fins. These fins are large and they are connected to long heatpipes which meet into a solid base. Watch the video to find out more and check out the bloopers at the end.

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