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AMD Mantle and NVIDIA 337.50 Scaling Demonstrated with Star Swarm on AM1
     Wed, Apr 23 2014 | 2:08P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
These tests above aren`t meant to be conclusive evidence for either vendor`s current direction but are simply there to add more data points to our discussion moving forward. AMD Mantle has huge potential upside but requires a lot of commitment from game developers and AMD`s own software team to keep up. NVIDIA`s continued DirectX improvement seems have a lower peak but can be implemented on a much wider array of games and without the need for developers to commit to something long term."
  FULL STORY @ PCPER.COM

Creative Sound BlasterAxx 200 Axx @ techPowerUp
     Wed, Apr 23 2014 | 2:07P | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Creative`s new SoundBlasterAxx series is rapidly expanding. Today, we take a look at the 200 Axx which packs a lot of unique features and great sound quality to boot. Priced at $149, it should be very competitive."
  FULL STORY @ TECHPOWERUP.COM

Gigabyte Brix Pro GB-BXi7-4770R Ultra Compact Barebones System Review
     Wed, Apr 23 2014 | 1:53P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
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In the early stages of last year, Intel released one of the biggest products of 2013 into the market place and no – it was not Haswell. What I am referring to here is the Next Unit of Computing, or NUC as it is more commonly known. Part of what makes this product so special is its ultra compact design, but on top of that, the system that’s tucked inside has a little more to offer over what one would expect from a system of its size. When we took a look at the first generation NUC and also Gigabyte’s own first generation Brix, the results that we got back showed the performance to be somewhat average, leaving them at the entry-level end of the scale. Consequently, these systems are ideal for basic home office use, but if you want a little more grunt from your system then sadly these early units just won’t cut the mustard. Since those reviews went live, we have seen a number of Brix branded systems come out of the Gigabyte factories and towards the end of last year we caught wind that there was something special on the way which could potentially remodel the entry-level image that the first generation systems have given us. The question is though, can we really get desktop performance out of a unit this small? Granted this new creation is twice as tall as the first generation Brix, but are we getting substantially more performance as well? Bring forward the Brix Pro GB-BXi7-4770R. When we take a look at the spec list that the Brix Pro has on offer, the biggest difference that we have to note is the step up to Intel’s high performance i7 Haswell CPU. Obviously we shouldn’t be expecting a 4770k to be residing in a system of these dimensions, however the 4770R that we do have is actually not a million miles off what its bigger brother has to offer. With a TDP of 65w and a core clock speed of 3.2GHz boosting up to 3.9GHz, there is certainly a lot of poke beneath the covers so we have got the spirit of a 4770k, although overclocking is not present and the power envelope has been reduced to save on the power consumption.

  FULL STORY @ ETEKNIX

Crucial M550 512GB SATA SSD @ Custom PC Review
     Wed, Apr 23 2014 | 1:40P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Today’s review will be on the Crucial M550 (512GB) SSD which is more or less the successor to the Crucial M500 SSD (more or less because Crucial has no plans to discontinue the M500 anytime soon). The major difference with the Crucial M550 is that instead of using 128Gb NAND on all capacities, Crucial is reverting lower capacity drives (<256GB)..."
  FULL STORY @ CUSTOMPCREVIEW

In Win 901 Aluminum Mini-ITX Case Review
     Wed, Apr 23 2014 | 1:40P | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
“In Win has been known to release some pretty unique PC chassis; their design team have some pretty creative ideas when it comes to its aesthetics and overall style. We are looking at an In Win chassis that gave us a WOW factor at first glance. The In Win 901 mini-ITX chassis has a very sleek and elegant design. Its aluminum construction combined with tempered glass just screams sophistication. Let’s break down the In Win 901 Aluminum mini-ITX Chassis and see if this classy design meets the build quality and functionality to match its initial WOW factor.”
  FULL STORY @ PUREOVERCLOCK

Deck Hassium Pro & Francium Pro Mechanical Keyboard Review
     Wed, Apr 23 2014 | 1:39P | Games | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Our Deck keyboard review features two layouts: The Hassium Pro and Francium Pro. These high end Cherry MX mechanical keyboards have some unique features.
  FULL STORY @ HARDCOREWARE

CM Storm Mizar Laser Gaming Mouse Review
     Wed, Apr 23 2014 | 1:39P | Mouse Pads | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Design wise, both mice are the same. The key different is the LED illumination for DPI switches and scroll feel, braided cord and rubber grips on the side of the mouse- the same grips that I would love to see them on CM Storm Alcor. Another key difference is the sensor. Avago 9800 is a laser sensor with a usual ‘MOAR DPI’ marketing tag of up to 8200.
  FULL STORY @ HARDWAREBBQ

 
MSI A88X-G45 Gaming Motherboard Review
     Wed, Apr 23 2014 | 1:39P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
In MSIs gaming series, the current top of the line Kaveri board is the MSI A88X-G45 Gaming Motherboard. The MSI A88X-G45 Gaming Motherboard sports a decent set of features, a free game and promises good performance.
  FULL STORY @ MODDERS

Tech Report Podcast
     Wed, Apr 23 2014 | 1:38P | Editorial | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Join us for this episode of the Tech Report Podcast, featuring a special guest, a wicked expensive GPU, the 4K state of the union, and much more.
  FULL STORY @ TECHREPORT

ASUS GTX 750 Ti OC 2GB Graphics Card Review
     Wed, Apr 23 2014 | 1:38P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Nvidia GTX 750 Ti is a great graphics card but the reference design that we reviewed was lacking a little something. I am hoping that today ASUS can bring some improvements to the table with the ASUS GTX 750 Ti OC graphics card we are looking at. With this graphics card ASUS are using their “Direct CU II style design”, however, this is not actually a Direct CU II product. This is because ASUS have not chosen to use any heat pipes at all – that’s right, not heat pipes. We’re hoping that this won’t affect cooling performance too much but we’ll have to wait until the test results before that can be determined. ASUS have added a pair of their fans which they claim provide twice the airflow and a three times reduction in noise over the reference design.
  FULL STORY @ ETEKNIX

Linksys EA6900 AC1900 802.11ac Dual- Band Wireless Router Review
     Wed, Apr 23 2014 | 1:38P | Networking | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
When it comes to home networking there are a number of big names that come to mind and fortunately I have been able to put a number of products from these names to the test, however there has been one particular brand that I have been keen to get in touch with and establish a line of communications – namely Linksys. Believe it or not it is not always as simple as firing an email at someone and instantly getting products sent back in return as some may believe. After a few months of patiently waiting and after having a meeting with a few representatives from Linksys at this years CES in Las Vegas, I can finally say that I’m glad to have Linksys onboard and I look forward to having a good sniff through the stack of products that they have to offer. Link some of the other big names in the consumer networking market – Netgear and TP-Link being just a couple of the other big names, Linksys have a massive following and also have a big history to back a successful line of products. After being formed in 1998, Linksys was bought out by Cisco Systems in 2003 and in the next ten years that followed, their name became synonymous with the WRT line of networking products. To put it in a simple way, if you was into your home networking, then Linksys’ WRT54G was the way to go – the OpenWRT project which was founded to develop the hacked router caused the popularity to explode to a new level. On a personal Level I have owned a number of Linksys routers over the years, in particular the WRT54g, WRT54Gs and the ADSL2+MUE modem amongst others. The power and flexibility that was on offer set these products head and shoulders above all else. In the more recent years, Linksys went under a second acquisition as Belkin then purchased the company in the early stages of the last year, ready to take them to the next level. Today Linksys is branded under its own name with the enthusiast and power user at the heart of their design, whilst Belkin branded items target the home and entry-level user.
  FULL STORY @ ETEKNIX

Micron M500DC Enterprise Class SSD Review
     Wed, Apr 23 2014 | 1:37P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Despite being limited by the capabilities of the SATA interface, many solid state drive manufacturers continue to innovate and introduce new products that improve on their elder siblings. For example, Micron recently released its M550 series of drives, which was an evolution of the previously released M500 series, but built around newer, 20nm NAND flash memory and featuring enhanced/updated firmware. The M550 proved to be an excellent all around performer, outpacing many competing products in a number of tests, but again, operating within the limitations of its SATA interface.
  FULL STORY @ HOTHARDWARE

Dell XPS 12 2-in-1 Ultrabook Review
     Wed, Apr 23 2014 | 1:37P | Notebooks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today we are going to look at one of the latest, and perhaps most interesting notebooks in Dell’s range, the XPS 12. This aluminum convertible Ultrabook offers a ‘flip and fold’ motion and features a Corning Gorilla glass screen with Full HD Display.
  FULL STORY @ KITGURU

ASUS A88X-PRO AMD Socket FM2+ Motherboard Review
     Wed, Apr 23 2014 | 1:36P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
It's important to take a step back once in awhile and remember that not everyone can afford huge multi-GPU rigs and eight core CPUs. If you are in the market for a shiny new APU, you won't want to miss our coverage of the ASUS A88X-Pro. This new FM2+ socket motherboard may not be the answer for you, but it could surely be a solution.
  FULL STORY @ HARDOCP

Corsair Obsidian 450D
     Wed, Apr 23 2014 | 12:03P | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Corsair 450D is the smallest of the Obsidian family, yet offers the same cool and clean looks, a potent feature set all at a price tag of 120 USD - which is 20 dollars less than the 550D, but also 20 dollars more than the 350D. Is there enough room for the 450D to fill such a gap, or will it end up taking the wind out of either neighbors in the case family?
  FULL STORY @ TECHPOWERUP

Silverstone Strider Essential ST60F-ESB 600 W
     Wed, Apr 23 2014 | 12:02P | Power Supply | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
lverstone offers many different PSUs and has lately enriched its portfolio with several new units, including two Strider Essential ones. We will put the ST60F-ESB to the test: It, in an effort to be as affordable as possible, is 80 Plus Bronze certified and comes with nothing but native cables that have mostly been left unsleeved.
  FULL STORY @ TECHPOWERUP

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