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APC Back-UPS Pro 900
     Tue, Jan 17 2017 | 11:54A | Power Supply | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
After two lightning strikes knocked out power at our house, followed by several power breaker failures, we thought it was worthwhile investing in a UPS. We use RAID to protect against drive failures and the cost of protecting against another power failure seemed like a good investment. The idea behind a UPS is that you seamlessly switch power to internal batteries when mains power fails, but also signal that power has been lost and how much battery time remains. For example, you may tell a server to power down gracefully when there is 10 minutes of UPS battery time remaining. You also gain some protection from surges and spikes, which may protect against damage during lightning strikes."
  FULL STORY @ PCREVIEW

MIFCOM Battlebox: High-End with Intel and NVIDIA
     Tue, Jan 17 2017 | 11:53A | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
MIFCOM is a German system integrator focussing on the German, Austrian and Swiss market. At this point we're going to show you there Battlebox, which is based on an Intel Core i7-6950X CPU and one or two GTX 1080 graphics cards.
  FULL STORY @ OCAHOLIC

ROCCAT Cross Multi-platform Over-ear Stereo Gaming Headset
     Tue, Jan 17 2017 | 11:53A | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Cross is a lightweight headset from ROCCAT, compatible with many devices thanks to its Stereo analog interface and features two separate cables: one for mobile devices with an in-line microphone, but also one which includes a boom microphone and two separate jack plugs. The 50mm Neodymium drivers make sure that deep bass can be rendered without distortions, while the mids and highs are well balanced, so Cross is well suited for watching movies or listening to music as well."
  FULL STORY @ MADSHRIMPS

WD Blue SSD Review: Aggressively-Priced Solid State Storage
     Tue, Jan 17 2017 | 11:52A | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Western Digital is the king of the hard drive market but up to now has been a non-factor in SSDs. However, with its purchase of solid state storage giant, SanDisk, the company immediately leaped to the forefront of the market in one fell swoop. Now the company is entering the consumer/commercial SSD market with WD Green and WD Blue SSDs, using a naming scheme borrowed from its hard drive line and technology acquired from SanDisk. WD's Green lineup is for entry level PCs meant to have a low power draw, while the Blue SSD series is aimed at mainstream consumers. Both series are available in both 2.5? SATA III and M.2 SATA III form factors.
  FULL STORY @ HOTHARDWARE

Lenovo ThinkStation P410 Professional Workstation Review
     Tue, Jan 17 2017 | 11:52A | Notebooks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Lenovo's ThinkStation P410 Professional Workstation computer system gets fully tested as we determine if it's worth buying or not."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN

Rosewill Himars case
     Tue, Jan 17 2017 | 9:03A | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Rosewill Himars is quite the unique beast. It tries to appeal to both the gamer and the professional user. It features support for thick radiators, a window, and a blue LED-equipped fan, The hot-swap bays in front may also make it interesting for the professional user.
  FULL STORY @ TECHPOWERUP

Strider Platinum Series includes six different models
     Tue, Jan 17 2017 | 9:02A | Power Supply | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Strider Platinum Series is one of SilverStone’s most complete and popular lines of power supplies with PC enthusiasts. Starting at 550W and going up to 1200W, the Strider Platinum Series includes six different models. The four 550W thru 850W models feature a compact chassis measuring only 140mm deep. The two high output models (1000W and 1200W) forgo the small enclosure and step up to a larger chassis and 140mm fan.
  FULL STORY @ PCPER

 
Chip Multi-Threading sounded fantastic
     Tue, Jan 17 2017 | 9:01A | CPU / Processors | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
It is no secret that AMD has faced an uphill battle since the release of the original Core 2 processors from Intel. While stayed mostly competitive through the Phenom II years, they hit some major performance issues when moving to the Bulldozer architecture. While on paper the idea of Chip Multi-Threading sounded fantastic, AMD was never able to get the per thread performance up to expectations. While their CPUs performed well in heavily multi-threaded applications, they just were never seen in as positive of a light as the competing Intel products.
  FULL STORY @ PCPER

Setting Up A MoCA 2.0 Ethernet-Over-Coax Network
     Tue, Jan 17 2017 | 9:00A | Networking | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The MoCA 2.0 specification is six years but there still aren't many consumer devices making use of this "Multimedia over Coax Alliance" standard nor the newer MoCA 2.5 standard. But in looking for alternatives to Ethernet over powerline when expanding my network, I ended up setting up a MoCA 2.0 system while running some Linux performance benchmarks along the way."
  FULL STORY @ PHORONIX

AMD Vega Run DOOM On Vulkan!
     Mon, Jan 16 2017 | 4:03P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
AMD showed off this Vega prototype running DOOM at the 4K resolution of 3840 x 2160, using the Ultra Quality preset. DOOM was running with the Vulkan upgrade, of course. Check out how fast it ran!
  FULL STORY @ TECHARP

ASRock Z270 Extreme4 Motherboard Review
     Mon, Jan 16 2017 | 4:02P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Our first ASRock Intel Z270 motherboard review comes in the form of the Extreme4. It manages to pack a fairly good punch for its asking price."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN

Sapphire Nitro+ Radeon RX 480 4G D5 OC
     Mon, Jan 16 2017 | 4:01P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
HardwareOverclock.com has just posted another review. Last week we have tested the Sapphire Nitro+ Radeon RX 480 4G D5 OC video card.
  FULL STORY @ HARDWAREOVERCLOCK

MSI Z270 Gaming Pro Carbon Motherboard Review
     Mon, Jan 16 2017 | 4:00P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
MSI’s Z270 Gaming Pro Carbon is the company’s take on a mid-range motherboard with features that will appeal to gamers. Noteworthy inclusions are a comprehensive set of RGB LEDs spread across the board, a design which caters for dual-GPU gamers, and the company’s smart M.2 Shield cooling plate.
  FULL STORY @ KITGURU

The Perf-Per-Watt Of NVIDIA Fermi To Pascal, AMD R700
     Mon, Jan 16 2017 | 9:03A | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Unless you want your graphics card to keep you warm this winter, here's a big comparison of AMD Radeon and NVIDIA GeForce graphics cards under Linux looking at their performance-per-Watt using the latest OpenGL Linux drivers as of the end of 2016. A few days back I posted a 31-way GeForce/Radeon Linux comparison looking at the raw performance with each company's latest Linux drivers going back to the Fermi and R700 days while for this article is looking at the system power consumption and power efficiency for this mass assortment of GPUs."
  FULL STORY @ PHORONIX

31-Way NVIDIA GeForce / AMD Radeon Linux OpenGL Comparison - End-Of-Year 2016
     Mon, Jan 16 2017 | 9:02A | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Last week I published some fresh AMD Linux 4.9 + Mesa 13.1-dev benchmarks on many different AMD Radeon GPUs going all the way back to the Radeon HD 4800 series days. Today those numbers are being complemented by an extensive NVIDIA GeForce Fermi / Kepler / Maxwell / Pascal comparison to make up a 31-way NVIDIA/AMD Linux OpenGL performance comparison. If you are curious how the NVIDIA and AMD Linux performance is with the very latest drivers and going back several hardware generations, this holiday article is for you."
  FULL STORY @ PHORONIX

NVIDIA Wins Over AMD For Linux Gaming Ultra HD 4K Performance @ Phoronix
     Mon, Jan 16 2017 | 9:01A | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
As it's been a while since last delivering any "4K" resolution OpenGL benchmarks at Phoronix, out today -- now that we're done with our massive 60+ GPU open-source testing and 35-way proprietary driver comparison -- are benchmarks of several NVIDIA GeForce and AMD Radeon graphics cards when running an assortment of Linux games and other OpenGL tests at the 4K resolution."
  FULL STORY @ PHORONIX

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