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ASUS ROG STRIX GTX 1050 Ti OC 4GB Review
     Sat, Apr 29 2017 | 9:03A | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
ASUS has outfitted its ROG STRIX GTX 1050 Ti OC with a dual-fan cooler and a 90-100MHz overclock past Nvidia’s rated frequencies. The addition of a 6-pin PCIe power connector is intended to aid the maximum GPU Boost core frequency during gaming, while the two 100mm fans force air over a well-sized heatsink. An RGB LED and user-controllable 4-pin chassis fan header are provided as quality points for this £170 GTX 1050 Ti.
  FULL STORY @ KITGURU

14-Way NVIDIA Kepler/Maxwell/Pascal OpenGL
     Sat, Apr 29 2017 | 9:02A | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Yesterday game porter firm Feral Interactive released a public beta of Mad Max that features a Vulkan renderer in place of its OpenGL API for graphics rendering on Linux. In addition to Radeon Vulkan numbers, I posted some NVIDIA Mad Max Linux benchmarks with both renderers. Those results were exciting on the few Pascal cards tested so I have now extended that comparison to feature a line-up of 14 NVIDIA GeForce graphics cards from Kepler, Maxwell, and Pascal families while looking at this game's OpenGL vs. Vulkan performance."
  FULL STORY @ PHORONIX

ICY DOCK ICYCube Quad Bay 2.5" & 3.5" SATA External
     Sat, Apr 29 2017 | 9:01A | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
ICY DOCK has released yet another quality quad-bay external enclosure for 2.5”/3.5” drives but the ICYCube falls short in pretty much everything but performance compared to the far more affordable Black Vortex model.
  FULL STORY @ NIKKTECH

Cougar Minos X3
     Sat, Apr 29 2017 | 9:00A | Mouse Pads | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"The Cougar Minos X3 aims to be highly affordable while still bringing quality to the gaming market. There are no surprises with the tried and true PWM3310DH sensor, which has been on the market for years. The OMNRON switches are the same story – they are rated for 10 million clicks each for reliable quality."
  FULL STORY @ NEOSEEKER

HyperX is making a foray into yet-unexplored gaming peripheral
     Fri, Apr 28 2017 | 4:03P | Memory | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
HyperX is making a foray into yet-unexplored gaming peripheral territory today with its Pulsefire gaming mouse, a simple and software-free rodent. We put this mouse to the mat to see whether HyperX's keep-it-simple approach plays well with gaming mice.
  FULL STORY @ TECHREPORT

BIOSTAR RACING X370GT7 AM4 Motherboard Review
     Fri, Apr 28 2017 | 4:02P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"The RACING X370GT7 AM4 board from BIOSTAR does perform well and at the same time is being able to hold some decent system overclocks. The product does pack one of the latest Realtek (Dragon) Gigabit LAN controllers, which is accompanied by a software for optimizing traffic in games. The Realtek ALC1220 8-channel CODEC takes care of the audio interface, an NVMe M.2 cooler is bundled for bringing the temperature down of these specific devices, while the RGB lighting can be synchronized with other supported products too, given the dual 5050 headers."
  FULL STORY @ MADSHRIMPS

Optane Memory
     Fri, Apr 28 2017 | 4:01P | Memory | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"I knew XPoint was going to enable all sorts of performance gains to storage systems, but I honestly did not expect Optane Memory to net such large benefits and to do it so well. While previous hybrid/caching technologies have been decent, the outstanding latency of XPoint enables an Optane Memory cache to boost HDD systems to meet or even exceed the performance of NAND-SSD equipped machines! While the intended market is clearly as an upgrade to HDD-only systems, measurable benefits can be seen even when caching a SATA SSD. When paired with a budget SATA SSD, we saw boot times cut in half and coming in nearly a second faster than a NAND-NVMe SSD! Overall I am extremely impressed with the performance benefits and implementation of Optane Memory."
  FULL STORY @ PCPER

 
Game Max Onyx RGB Tempered Glass Mid-Tower Chassis Review
     Fri, Apr 28 2017 | 4:00P | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today is a very exciting day here at eTeknix HQ, as we’re taking a look at our very first Game Max chassis! The Onyx is already a popular product, having sound quite well, we’re eager to see what all the fuss is about. With a focus on competitive prices, while still delivering the high-end features you would expect from most brands premium products, it’s easy to understand why it’s so popular, but we’re here to take a much more in-depth look that the specifications table doesn’t let you appreciate.
  FULL STORY @ ETEKNIX

ASUS Launches Tinker Board in North America
     Fri, Apr 28 2017 | 2:39P | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
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ASUS, maker of the world’s best-selling, most award-winning motherboards, is excited to launch the ASUS Tinker Board in North America today. Imagine the freedom to make your ideas come alive, the ability to invent an IoT device for a connected home or just having fun creating an entertainment hub for the family or powering your DIY robot project at school. With Tinker Board, the possibilities to create personalized devices are endless. Tinker Board is a single-board computer (SBC), which makes it the ideal foundation for makers, hobbyists, educators, and electronic DIY enthusiasts to develop and build low-cost, great-performing computers.

ASUS Tinker Board offers class-leading performance, robust multimedia support, IoT connectivity, and enhanced DIY design and compatibility with a wide range of leading SBC chassis and accessories. The result is a near credit card sized computer that offers people the freedom to tinker and apply their ingenuity to create platforms for a wide variety of uses.

Key features of Tinker Board include:
  • CPU: 1.8GHz Rockchip® RK3288 SoC quad-core processor
  • GPU: Mali-T764 GPU
  • Video: HD/UHD video playback support – including H.264/H.265 decoding
  • Audio: 192kHz/24-bit audio support
  • Memory: 2GB of dual-channel LPDDR3
  • Storage: Micro SD(TF) slot features SD 3.0 support
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth° 4.0 + EDR and on-board 802.11b/g/n WiFi
  • Networking: 1Gb Ethernet
  • Ports: (4) USB2.0 ports, (1) HDMI 1.4 out port, (1) 3.5mm audio jack
  • I/O Ports: (1) 40-pin GPIO interface header, (1) 15-pin MIPI DSI, (1) 15-pin MIPI CSI, (1) 2-pin contact point for PWM and S/PDIF signals
  • Power: Suggested 5V/2A AC adaptor via the micro-USB port (power adaptor not included)
  • OS: ASUS TinkerOS (Debian-based Linux) & Android Support
  • Dimensions/Weight: 85.60mm x 56mm x 21mm, 45g without included heatsink
AVAILABILITY & PRICING

ASUS Tinker Board is available now at Amazon and Micro Center with a suggested MSRP of $54.99. For additional information and support on this exciting new product, please visit our Tinker Board website at Tinker Your Way to the Future.
  FULL STORY @ MICROCENTER

AMD unveils Radeon Pro Duo graphics card
     Fri, Apr 28 2017 | 12:42P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
AMD has announced its first dual-GPU graphics card designed for professionals: the Polaris-architecture-based Radeon Pro Duo. Built on the capabilities of the Radeon Pro WX 7100.
  FULL STORY @ DIGITIMES

Nixeus NX-VUE27P 1440P IPS Monitor
     Fri, Apr 28 2017 | 12:36P | Monitors | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
It might not be much to look at but the Nixeus NX-VUE27P has specifications to impress like a 27" AH-IPS panel and a 1440P resolution. Oh, and did we mention its priced less than $399 USD?
  FULL STORY @ HARDWARECANUCKS

Project Build: Carmine - Part 2 @ LanOC Reviews
     Fri, Apr 28 2017 | 12:35P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
So a few weeks ago I got started on our Ryzen based project build. At the time the plan was to put together a reasonable Ryzen build with a nice red theme. We picked out the case, the motherboard, and a power supply. Well, today I’m going to run through the rest of the go fast bits so to speak. That means we need some sort of storage to get our OS on, memory, a video card, and to pick out which CPU we want to go with as well. So today we run through those parts and at the end I will include a small preview of what else is coming for this build. I’ll give you a hint, while the original plan was to put together something reasonable things have gone a little crazy on the water cooling front.
  FULL STORY @ LANOC

GeIL EVO Forza DDR4-2400 32GB Memory Kit Review
     Fri, Apr 28 2017 | 12:35P | Memory | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
GeIL has quite a few different lines of DDR4 memory. We’ve already taken a look at their Super LUCE memory and now its time to take a look at the EVO Forza memory. EVO Forza is part of their gaming series memory so it is targeted at gamers and enthusiasts. The kit we are taking a look at today is their GFY432GB2400C16QC which is a 32GB kit that runs at 2400 MHz with timings of 16-16-16-36 at 1.2V. This is marketed as a quad-channel kit, but it can easily be used as a dual-channel kit on Intel Z170 and Z270 platforms as well. Let’s get this kit in a test system and see what it can do!"
  FULL STORY @ THINKCOMPUTERS

AZIO MK Retro Keyboard
     Fri, Apr 28 2017 | 12:34P | Peripherals | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The MK Retro is AZIO's take on the humble typewriter modernized to the mechanical keyboard experience. Featuring unique aesthetics, pillar-style feet, and two color options to choose from, it aims to introduce some much needed style to the sub-$100 keyboard market.
  FULL STORY @ TECHPOWERUP

Roccat Isku+ Force FX Analog Keyboard Review
     Fri, Apr 28 2017 | 12:34P | Peripherals | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
On the face of it, you would be forgiven for thinking that the Roccat Isku+ Force FX is no different to its predecessor. It is true that it keeps the tried-and-tested Isku design and layout, but this keyboard is most notable for its 6 analog keys. Will this really give you ‘total gaming domination’ as Roccat claim?
  FULL STORY @ KITGURU

Windows 10 Creators Update vs. Ubuntu 17.04 Linux Radeon
     Fri, Apr 28 2017 | 12:34P | Operating System | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Given Microsoft's Windows 10 Creators Update earlier this month and the never-ending advancements to the open-source Linux graphics driver stack along with the recent release of Ubuntu 17.04, here are some fresh benchmarks of Windows 10 vs. Ubuntu Linux when running a wide variety of cross-platform games with an AMD Radeon RX 580 and R9 Fury graphics cards."
  FULL STORY @ PHORONIX

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