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May 29, 2013

Sapphire HD7850 Plug & Play Test

By: Clement Thien

Now I know that a lot of people when they look at a review, they normally see the GPU performance tested on optimum pc hardware. While it's great to see the latest Gpu perform at their full potential, one tends to wonder “what if I don't have a good or balance system?” “Will the game run on my non-optimised pc on high quality settings?” “Will my Cpu that’s bottlenecking the card hampers the game to be unplayable?” And even “will my chassis be big enough to fit it?”   etc.

In short, this test is to see if one can still enjoy the latest games on an older or not-so-great RIG. This test will be focusing more on the playability of the games instead of the capabilities of the card, so I won't be testing on Furmark. I will also leave everything on stock values because I just wanted to know if the system could let the user enjoy playing games when they only know how to plug & play the GPU into their system   this will help the less IT-Savvy community breathe easier.

So having said that, I decided to jump head on & bought the Sapphire HD7850, install it on my own ‘mediocre' pc to see what kind of gaming performance we could get on a pc that most of us are and probably will be stuck with for a few years.

System setup:
• AMD Phenom x3 710 @ stock speed 
• Asus M4N785TD-V Evo
• Kingston DDR3 value ram 1333mhz, 8gb total 
• Samsung 500Gb Hdd & WD Blue 1Tb Hdd
• Huntkey 700W Apfc PSU
• Cooler Master CM690II Advanced 
• Dell 20" monitor (1600 x 900 )
• Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
• Sapphire HD7850 2GB (non-oc)

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May 16, 2013

Unboxing & Review : BitFenix Spectre Pro LED 120mm

By: Clement Thien

Another article, another excitement! BitFenix is back to play hosts in my Unboxing & Review and this time they have sent me 2 of their newest Spectre Pro LED 120mm fans.

BitFenix as most of you would know entered the PC Hardware scene with their Colossus chassis that made waves in the modding community. They claim to be "Focused on combining superior design with the latest advances in technology, BitFenix creates state-of-the-art computer hardware and peripherals that blur the line between man and machine." and so far they haven't been disappointing.

Now, I often have people asking me for recommendations as to what kind of fan to use in their PC chassis or 3rdparty heatsinks and I know I’m not alone in this. So this article will cover the BitFinix Spectre Pro LED 120mm fan as a focus and I will test it against 2 other well known fans in the local market.

Please bear in mind that I will not be able to test all aspects of the fans so the results will be limited to cooling the CPU mounted on the budget-friendly and widely used Cooler Master Hyper 212+.

May 05, 2013

Unboxing & Review: Armaggeddon Phantom

By: Clement Thien

This must be a first, the title for Armaggeddon Unboxing is shorter than usual haha. Jokes aside, We do have a Phantom unboxing & review here courtesy of Leapfrog Distributions.

For those of you who have been reading my articles (Thank You), you'd be pretty familiar about Armaggeddon's concept of gaming peripherals if not already to bring to the community gaming peripherals that is full of features without costing an arm and a leg. For a fairly new brand, Armaggeddon have made quite an entrance to the gaming community. If you're a fan and/or player of DotA 2, you might've noted that they hosted the recent DotA2 Grand Slam Asia 2013 in Singapore.