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Razer Blade (Kaby Lake Core i7) with Razer Core / GTX 1080
     Tue, Apr 25 2017 | 6:22P | CPU / Processors | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We began our recent review of the 2017 Razer Blade by telling you that Razer had updated the graphics chip from GTX 970M to GTX 1060. The laptop has continued to evolve and now it’s the turn of the CPU which has been changed from Intel Core i7-6700HQ Skylake to Core i7-7700HQ Kaby Lake. The only other change we found in the specification was a minor update from DDR4-2133MHz RAM to DDR4-2400MHz. As you will see in our video this means the revised Razer Blade is effectively unchanged.
  FULL STORY @ KITGURU

Palit GeForce GTX 1080 Ti GameRock Premium 11 GB
     Tue, Apr 25 2017 | 6:07P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Palit's GeForce GTX 1080 Ti GameRock Premium is the company's latest flagship card. It introduces a new fan design in which two stacks of two fans each operate in a counter-rotating fashion. Also the card comes with a dual BIOS and a large overclock out of the box.
  FULL STORY @ TECHPOWERUP

Intel Optane Memory Review - 1.4GB/s Speed & 300K IOPS for $44
     Tue, Apr 25 2017 | 5:52P | Memory | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Intel Optane Memory is Intel' first phase in release of their Optane flash technology line that Intel hopes might revolutionize the flash industry. At its most basic level, it is SSD storage that caches your hard drive with performance speeds up to 1.4GB/s, a speed that has yet to be seen for this type of storage in the industry. The term 'Optane' is the new branding designation for flash products using Intel' newest 3D XPoint flash memory. 3D XPoint just may be game changing, and in fact, it could almost be argued that Intel/Micron may have just invented a better wheel when the entire 3D Xpoint story is told.
  FULL STORY @ THESSDREVIEW

Intel Optane Memory Module.
     Tue, Apr 25 2017 | 5:37P | Memory | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Intel's Optane technology is finally available for home users in the form of an affordable, high performance add-in 32GB module. But can its benchmark results align with expectations?
  FULL STORY @ HARDWARECANUCKS

AMD Ryzen R5 1500X Quad-Core AM4 Processor Review
     Tue, Apr 25 2017 | 5:27P | CPU / Processors | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Following on from our coverage of the Ryzen R7 series of 8-core, 16-thread processors, the Ryzen R7 1700, Ryzen R7 1700X, and the Ryzen R7 1800X, we kick things off today with a look at the more affordable Ryzen R5 series! The R7’s have been a huge hit for AMD, with many of our readers reporting their new AM4 system builds, and I myself invested in the 1700X for my own system. The R5 are designed to be a bit more mainstream than the R7 series, offering 4 and 6 core variants, with 8 and 12 threads respectively, while also offering a much lower price point.
  FULL STORY @ ETEKNIX

Mad Catz F.R.E.Q.9 Wireless Surround Headset Review
     Tue, Apr 25 2017 | 5:27P | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
At launch the rather expensive F.R.E.Q.9 Wireless Headset by Mad Catz was considered to be among the top headsets of its class not only due to its impressive audio clarity and accuracy but also due to its excellent build quality and available connectors thanks to its audio box. 2+ years later and with its price reduced by over 70% due to EOL status the F.R.E.Q.9 is by far the best headset of its class today.
  FULL STORY @ NIKKTECH

MSI GT73VR Titan GTX 1070 SLI Gaming Laptop Review
     Tue, Apr 25 2017 | 5:26P | Notebooks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Getting massive amounts of performance from a desktop system is easy, you just buy the big graphics cards, the big power supply, big coolers, and plug it all in. Trying to get massive amounts of power in a laptop form factor, however, is not so easy. The latest system from MSI is designed for those who need something that’s just as powerful as an enthusiast grade desktop system but has just enough portability to be mobile. While at its heart this is setup in a way to be a powerful gaming system, it’s configuration means it’ll power through workstation tasks, rendering, even scientific applications if you really need to. Of course, all this performance doesn’t come cheap, and you won’t be getting much change from £3000, but do you get good value for money? Let’s take a look!
  FULL STORY @ ETEKNIX

 
SilverStone ST45SF V3.0 450W Power Supply Review
     Tue, Apr 25 2017 | 5:26P | Power Supply | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The SilverStone ST45SF V3.0 450W is another excellent SFX unit from SilverStone and High Power.
  FULL STORY @ APHNETWORKS

HyperX Pulsefire FPS Gaming Mouse Review
     Tue, Apr 25 2017 | 5:26P | Mouse Pads | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
If you're a first person shooter kind of gamer, you ought to spend some time checking out HyperX's new Pulsefire FPS gaming mouse."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN

AMD Ryzen R5 1600X 6-Core AM4 Processor Review
     Tue, Apr 25 2017 | 5:25P | CPU / Processors | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
With our reviews of the Ryzen R7 1700, Ryzen R7 1700X, and the Ryzen R7 1800X already under our belt, today we celebrate the launch of the R5 series of AMD processors! If you haven’t seen it already, we’ve got our review of the R5 1500X here too, as well as one of the latest B350 motherboards from ASRock here!
  FULL STORY @ ETEKNIX

PowerColor Red Devil Radeon RX 570 4GB Graphics Card Review
     Tue, Apr 25 2017 | 5:25P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The new Radeon cards may be a refresh of the RX4xx series of cards, but that hasn’t stopped all the 3rd party AMD graphics card manufacturers from producing some stunning cards. Recently we reviewed the gorgeous PowerColor Red Devil Radeon RX 580 8GB, and it proved to be a welcome upgrade from the old model while delivering competitive performance in its respective price range, as well as a bunch of new features that certainly added extra value for money.
  FULL STORY @ ETEKNIX

Asus Zenbook 3 (Intel i7 7500U)
     Tue, Apr 25 2017 | 5:24P | Notebooks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today we take a look at the Asus Zenbook 3 laptop that boasts a 12.5? 1080p resolution screen. Inside is 16GB RAM running at 2133MHz, along with a 7500U CPU Dual core processor and on-board Integrated Graphics from intel. Many will like the lightweight feel factor and back lit keyboard – but how does it handle?
  FULL STORY @ KITGURU

MSI Z270 SLI PLUS Motherboard Review
     Tue, Apr 25 2017 | 5:24P | Memory | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Like most motherboard manufactures MSI has quite the Intel Z270 motherboard lineup, separated into a few different categories. Starting off you have the Gaming Series, which of course is targeted at gamers as well as enthusiasts. Next you have the Performance Gaming, which is where you’ll find the Krait and Carbon motherboards. The last gaming series from MSI is the Arsenal Gaming Series, which has the Tomahawk, Mortar and Bazooka board. Not part of the Gaming Series is the Pro Series, which is designed for great performance, but without all of the flash and extra’s you’ll find on the gaming series boards. Today we are checking out the Z270 SLI PLUS which is part of the Pro Series. It has great features like Military Class 5 components, Turbo M.2 slots, USB 3.1, support for SLI and Crossfire, and much more. You get all of this for a very reasonable $133! Let’s jump in and see what this motherboard is all about!"
  FULL STORY @ THINKCOMPUTERS

Motherboard shipments may see over 10% decline in 2017
     Tue, Apr 25 2017 | 5:24P | Business / Industry | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Despite some research firms believing that worldwide PC shipments' decline has already started slowing down, many motherboard players still see weak demand from the PC DIY channel, especially in China. As a result, the players believe their motherboard and graphics card shipments in 2017 are unlikely to recover and the overall volume may drop over 10% on year.
  FULL STORY @ DIGITIMES

PowerColor Red Devil Golden Sample RX 580 Review
     Tue, Apr 25 2017 | 4:03P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
PowerColor’s Red Devil Golden Sample RX 580 is an excellent showcase of how the new 500-series can deliver an effective rival to NVIDIA’s mid-range GTX 1060 (and in some cases even GTX 1070). Our Golden Sample card handled DX12 games with ease and even proved an impressive level of prowess at 1440p and 4K resolutions.
  FULL STORY @ VORTEZ

Fierce PC Imperial Hive Review
     Tue, Apr 25 2017 | 4:02P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today we have in our hands the devilish delights of the all-new Red Devil Golden Sample RX 580. The Golden Sample goes beyond what the standard Red Devil is capable of, by offering an improved cooler and higher clock speeds. Unlike previous generations of the Devil series, this RX 580 variant opts for a double-fan configuration rather than the usual triple-fan – but instead we get two, larger 100mm dual ball bearing fans which promise to deliver on performance and low-noise.
  FULL STORY @ VORTEZ

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A broken or cracked LCD screen makes a laptop utterly useless, good thing PCSTATS can show you how to replace that busted laptop screen with a minimum of fuss and for less money than a service center charges. PCSTATS will be fixing a cracked LCD screen on a Lenovo T530 ThinkPad notebook, the general procedures outlined here work for any notebook though.
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