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Creative Sound BlasterX Siege M04 Review
     Thu, Mar 30 2017 | 9:03A | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Creative Sound BlasterX team designed and built the Siege M04 from the ground up after spending many years researching the habits of gamers from all over the world. Internally, the Siege M04 has at its core the renowned PWM 3360 sensor which is supported by a fast 32bit MCU. It features an ergonomically designed shape suitable for palm grips, on-board memory, 7 programmable buttons including a sniper button/dpi toggle, and a fingerprint resistant surface with textured rubber grips at the sides. As it is 2017, this premium mouse also features Creative's Aurora Reactive (as seen on the Creative Sound BlasterX Katana) lighting that has 6 different lighting effects, and a total of 7 points where the RGB LED lighting can be customised.
  FULL STORY @ VORTEZ

ROCCAT Skeltr Smart Communication Gaming Keyboard Review
     Thu, Mar 30 2017 | 9:02A | Peripherals | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"The high-end Skeltr keyboard from ROCCAT does come with dome switches and besides the regular RGB LED customization and macros we can find on regular products of the same type, we do also get integration with mobile devices such as smartphones or tablets. With the ROCCAT Swarm application installed, the mobile device acts as a secondary display for system monitoring, we can configure the keyboard on-the-fly, take calls right from our desk but we can also type directly to the gadget via Bluetooth connection."
  FULL STORY @ MADSHRIMPS

MSI Z270 Gaming M7 Motherboard Review
     Thu, Mar 30 2017 | 9:01A | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
MSI’s Gaming motherboard range, signified by the MSI Dragon, has proven very popular since it was first introduced . MSI’s recent lineup has consisted of an M3, M5 and M7, with the M7 being the top of the Gaming series – second in MSI’s Z270 portfolio only to XPower. Today we put MSI’s Z270 Gaming M7 on test to see what MSI’s high-end gaming motherboard has to offer.
  FULL STORY @ KITGURU

Samson QH4 4-Channel Headphone Amplifier
     Thu, Mar 30 2017 | 9:00A | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We have just posted our review of the Samson QH4 4-Channel Headphone Amplifier. This takes your standard input and outputs it to four separately controlled 1/4-inch headphone jacks. While not everyone needs a four channel amplifier, the price tag of $70 certainly makes it inviting. Take a look at our review for all the details, upsides and downfalls before you spend your money.
  FULL STORY @ BCCHARDWARE

GAMDIAS Hermes RGB mechanical
     Wed, Mar 29 2017 | 4:01P | Peripherals | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Targeted at competitive gamers, the GAMDIAS Hermes RGB mechanical gaming keyboard boasts Kailh Blue switches and RGB lighting. Read our review here!
  FULL STORY @ TECHARP

Bloody B820R RGB Gaming Keyboard Review
     Wed, Mar 29 2017 | 4:00P | Games | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
In this article for Benchmark Reviews, we’ll take a closer look at the Bloody B820R Light Strike RGB Animation Gaming Keyboard, and determine if this latest offering has what it takes to set itself apart from the rest of the mechanical keyboard market.
  FULL STORY @ BENCHMARKREVIEWS

Tesoro Excalibur SE Spectrum Mechanical Keyboard Review
     Wed, Mar 29 2017 | 9:03A | Peripherals | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Tesoro Excalibur SE Spectrum is not a keyboard you can easily show off at a LAN party when it comes to bling, but it is definitely a durable product with substance you can enjoy for a long time.
  FULL STORY @ APHNETWORKS

 
Intel Kaby Lake Core i3-7350K versus non-K Showdown
     Wed, Mar 29 2017 | 9:02A | CPU / Processors | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Time for an update to the Kaby Lake launch article! Even though the multiplier-unlocked K-skew models are fairly priced, still a lot of PC users/builders opt-in for the cheaper variants, mostly to cut down on the total system price or to maintain a better price/performance balance between the different components. Myself being labeled as a hardcore tweaker/overclocker have a hard time to grasp the previous. The quest for extra performance is never ending, being it for daily usage or for extreme benchmarking, yet again is all this power required for daily usage? Do gamers need all this processor power or is a cheaper processor also a worthwhile option? Today we will test the Non-K skew Kaby Lake processors series and also compare them to the freshly released Core i3-7350K with the trustworthy MadShrimps test suite."
  FULL STORY @ MADSHRIMPS

Trying The SteamVR Beta On Linux Feels More Like An Early Alpha
     Wed, Mar 29 2017 | 9:01A | Operating System | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"This past week Valve brought SteamVR on Linux into public beta. With watching the constant hype around VR on Windows, I was quite excited to finally give VR a try with having lined up an HTC Vive for testing and currently Oculus or others not offering current Linux support. I was thinking that I would have some large GPU/driver comparisons and such completed this weekend, but once actually setting up the hardware and software, I realized that wasn't going to be feasible in such short time. So for those interested in the Linux VR space, here are some of my first impressions and why I would consider the current SteamVR more like an alpha release than beta, just yet another struggle Linux gamers face, and another obstacle to overcome if Linux is to be a more serious competitor to Windows in the gaming space."
  FULL STORY @ PHORONIX

LG G6 Hands-On Preview
     Wed, Mar 29 2017 | 9:00A | Mobile Devices | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
After months of leaks, the LG G6 is finally has finally be officially unveiled. LG has gone completely back to the drawing board, ditching the iffy build quality and questionable modular functionality of its predecessor, the G5. In its place is a sleek, amazingly compact and efficient aluminum unibody design with a large 5.7-inch display. It's truly premium flagship device and we got some quality hands-on time with it in New York last week.
  FULL STORY @ HOTHARDWARE

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 (helio X20) Phablet Review
     Tue, Mar 28 2017 | 4:03P | Notebooks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today, we are going to take a close look at the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4. To be specific – this is the 10-core helio X20 version of the Redmi Note 4.
  FULL STORY @ TECHARP

Cougar Panzer Max
     Tue, Mar 28 2017 | 4:02P | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Cougar Panzer Max is a full-tower representation of the Panzer chassis. It is larger, bulkier, has more space, and looks a lot more menacing to boot. It really does resemble a tank, which is what "Panzer' means in German. So in this review, we take the Panzer Max for a joy ride, fill it with some ammunition, and see if it is a straight shooter.
  FULL STORY @ TECHPOWERUP

Ballistix Sport LT 16GB Red DDR4 2666Mhz Memory Kit Review
     Tue, Mar 28 2017 | 4:01P | Memory | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We have had a lot of Ballistix’s DDR4 memory in the Hardwareslave offices to review over the years, and we get good performance, speeds, and compatibility. These memory modules have been black, grey or silver, but now we have some nice shiny red DIMMs to test. Fair enough, a red memory heatsink will not make the memory any faster, but with one of the most common system colours available from Ballistix, you know they should have colour to match most systems.
  FULL STORY @ HARDWARESLAVE

Thermal Image Testing on AMD X370 Motherboards by ASUS, Gigabyte and MSI
     Tue, Mar 28 2017 | 4:00P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Thermal performance is important to PC gamers and enthusiasts, so we wanted to take a look at VRM thermal performance on some of the AMD X370 motherboards that we have in our possession for testing. Those boards would be the ASUS ROG Crosshair VI Hero, GIGABYTE GA-AX370-Gaming 5 and the MSI X370 XPOWER GAMING TITANIUM.
  FULL STORY @ LEGITREVIEWS

Futuremark Ends Support for 3DMark + PCMark Vantage
     Tue, Mar 28 2017 | 12:56P | Benchmarks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
3DMark Vantage and PCMark Vantage support ends April 11
Futuremark's Vantage benchmarks were designed for Windows Vista, an operating system that is over 10 years old and which is now used by only 1.12% of Windows users according to StatCounter.
 
From April 11, 2017, 3DMark Vantage and PCMark Vantage will:
  • No longer be sold on our website.
  • No longer receive updates, (other than SystemInfo).
  • No longer be guaranteed to work with our online services.
  • No longer be eligible for customer support.
Alternatives to 3DMark Vantage
3DMark Vantage is a benchmark for DirectX 10, an API which is now two generations old. For benchmarking modern gaming systems, Futuremark recommend using the latest 3DMark benchmarks:
  • 3DMark Time Spy for DirectX 12 systems.
  • 3DMark Fire Strike for high performance DirectX 11 PCs.
  • 3DMark Sky Diver for DirectX 11 laptops and mid-range PCs.
Alternatives to PCMark Vantage
PCMark Vantage is a system benchmark for Windows Vista. If your PC is less than seven years old, you will get more relevant results by using a more recent version of PCMark. We recommend:
  • PCMark 7 for Windows 7
  • PCMark 8 for Windows 8
  • PCMark 10, coming soon, for Windows 10.
Legacy benchmarks are free to download
All of Futuremark's legacy benchmarks going back to 3DMark99 are available to download for free from Futuremark.com. Each benchmark comes with a key to unlock the Advanced Edition features. 3DMark Vantage and PCMark Vantage will be available for free from April 11, 2017, too.
  FULL STORY @ FUTUREMARK.COM

Synology DiskStation Manager (DSM) 6.1 Review
     Tue, Mar 28 2017 | 9:03A | Software | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
When it comes to reviews, I am mostly doing hardware based reviews, and while my regular NAS reviews show a lot of the software too, they don’t go into that much detail. Today is different as I’ll be taking a closer look at Synology’s latest DSM version, 6.1. The new Synology DSM 6.1 was in the final Release Candidate state when I started this review and at the time it’s published, DSM 6.1 will be live.
  FULL STORY @ ETEKNIX

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