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 [LATEST]  Blue Compass Broadcast Boom Arm Review
     Mon, Jun 25 2018 | 3:44P | Peripherals | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The folks over at Blue have finally introduced their own boom arm, Compass. The Blue Compass is a premium broadcast boom arm with internal springs, built-in cable management and stylish looks. Blue says this beefy boom arm can support up to 2.4 lbs, so it should be able to hold pretty much any microphone on the market. Could this be what you need to free up desk space and look professional?

 [LATEST]  An 8TB SSD As Fast As DDR4 Memory
     Mon, Jun 25 2018 | 3:44P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The highlight of the WD Black NVMe SSD showcase at Computex 2018 was the massive 8TB SSD RAID array that is as fast as DDR4-2400 memory! Wonder how they accomplished this? Read on and find out!

 [LATEST]  Pegatron optimistic about prospects for 2H18 despite challenges
     Mon, Jun 25 2018 | 3:43P | Business / Industry | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The IT supply chains are facing both challenges and opportunities in 2018 and there is no reason for makers to feel pessimistic about business prospects for the second half of the year, according to Pegatron chairman TH Tung.

 [LATEST]  Notebook ODMs asking clients to absorb increased component costs
     Mon, Jun 25 2018 | 3:38P | Business / Industry | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
As suppliers of passive components are mulling further price hikes in July amid the sustained supply shortfalls seen through the end of 2018 at least, Taiwan notebook ODMs including Compal Electronics are moving to strongly ask customers to absorb part of the increased costs or face shipment disruption starting in the third quarter of the year, according to Compal president Ray Chen.

 [LATEST]  ASRock Z270 Pro4 Motherboard Review
     Mon, Jun 25 2018 | 3:30P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The ASRock Z270 Pro4 motherboard is a familiar site. ASRock is a familiar brand and since the birth of the ASRock company, it has secured a healthy and immediately identifiable place in the component market. With the recent launch of mainstream graphics cards, it’s also clear that ASRock is looking for more.

 [LATEST]  2.5 Geeks 6/21/18: 2nd Gen Threadripper
     Mon, Jun 25 2018 | 3:29P | CPU / Processors | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
In this latest episode of HotHardware's Two And A Half Geeks podcast, Marco, Chris and Dave kick around breaking news and tech reviews headlines like AMD’s 2nd Gen Threadripper 32-core beast, LG’s punchy, potent G7 ThinQ phone, Huawei’s sleek and sexy MateBook X Pro laptop, ADATA’s snappy SX8200 NVMe SSD, Intel’s first discrete GPU, AMD Ryzen 7 2700 and Ryzen 5 2600 value CPUs, and the gaming rig we gave away last month...

 [LATEST]  Aten Thunderbolt 3 Multiport Dock
     Mon, Jun 25 2018 | 3:29P | Peripherals | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Aten deploys the UH7230, we put it to the test."

 [LATEST]  Corsair K70 RGB MK2 Review
     Mon, Jun 25 2018 | 3:28P | Peripherals | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
With their K70 RGB MK2, Corsair has a high-end keyboard in its portfolio, which can be ordered with all the different types of Cherry MX RGB switches. Therefore there is going to be a good looking backlight in combination with the typical typing feel the mechnical Cherry switches are so well-known for. Like with the previous model, with the K70 RGB MK2 you will get a solid gaming keyboard made out plastic and aluminum.

 [LATEST]  Middle-earth: Shadow of War
     Mon, Jun 25 2018 | 3:28P | Games | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
”Now that I have gone through not only the base game but also both story expansions, how does the full experience stack up? Not as well as I wish it would. The base game is still pretty good on its own (though I hope the Act IV changes coming in July address the issues it has), but these two story expansions are not doing that much for me. Both are fun with The Blade of Galadriel nicely continuing the story of the base game and The Desolation of Mordor offering some fun gameplay, but they are both short (for a single playthrough at least). While I can recommend the story expansions for the fun they offer, I would also recommend waiting for a sale on the individual DLC or either Expansion Pass that is offered. The base game too might not be worth the full price, so if you are interested, it may be best you wait for a sale.”

 [LATEST]  ADATA XPG SX8200 SSD Review: Affordable
     Mon, Jun 25 2018 | 3:28P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The latest generation of NVMe-based solid state drives have significantly altered the value proposition for performance-conscious PC enthusiasts. Whereas the NVMe drives of “old” were significantly more expensive than SATA-based products, while offering somewhat higher performance, many of today’s drives are only slightly higher priced and may offer 5 – 6x the peak throughput. Case in point, the ADATA XPG SX8200 we will be showing you here today. This ADATA drive is a speedy, yet affordable SSD that offers peak read and write speeds of 3200/1700MB per second, with a good warranty and solid endurance rating...

 [LATEST]  2018 AMD Ryzen Price Cut Guide
     Mon, Jun 25 2018 | 3:27P | CPU / Processors | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
When AMD launched the Ryzen 5 2400G and Ryzen 3 2200G desktop APUs, they also announced price cuts for their existing Threadripper, Ryzen 7, Ryzen 5 and Ryzen 3 processors. In June 2018, they announced even lower prices. Check out the AMD Ryzen price cut details below!

Crucial MX500 500GB M.2 SSD Review
     Sun, Jun 24 2018 | 9:01A | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The M.2 variant of the MX500 SSD by Crucial may not compete with NVMe models but thanks to its excellent price/capacity ratio and its slightly higher performance compared to its SATA III brother it's a great choice for people on a budget looking to make the most out of their brand new M.2 compatible mainboard.

AMD 7nm Vega Presentation + Demo + First Look
     Sun, Jun 24 2018 | 9:00A | CPU / Processors | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
One of the biggest revelations at the AMD Computex 2018 press conference is how well along AMD is with their 7nm efforts. Everything appears to be chugging along as planned. AMD not only shared new details about the 7nm VegaGPU, they also showed off an actual sample!

PowerColor Radeon RX Vega 56 nano Preview
     Sat, Jun 23 2018 | 4:02P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
AMD revealed a great many things at their Computex 2018 press conference, but the only announced product that will actually ship with immediate effect is the Radeon RX Vega 56 nano. Let’s hear from Scott Herkelman about this new graphics card, and check out the actual Vega 56 nano card, as well as its key specifications!

MyDigitalSSD SBX 512GB NVMe SSD Review
     Sat, Jun 23 2018 | 4:01P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
MyDigitalSSD has been around for over a decade and they have a close relationship with Phison. MyDigitalSSD has utilized that relationship with Phison and has been releasing some really good drives in recent years when it comes to value. Last year, Legit Reviews took a look at the MyDigitalSSD BPX 480GB M.2 PCIe NVMe drive with the Phison E7 controller and MLC NAND Flash and found it to be one of the best values around. The follow-up to MyDigitalSSD’s BPX series is called the SBX series and it features the newer Phison E8 controller and the latest 64-layer 3D TLC NAND from Toshiba. Read on to see how the MyDigitalSSD SBX 512GB NVMe SSD performs!

Creative Sound BlasterX AE-5 Pure Edition Hi-Resolution
     Sat, Jun 23 2018 | 4:00P | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
" After finalizing the hardware installation of the the AE-5 Pure Edition card to our test system, we did proceed further with the Sound Blaster Connect 2 installer, which did also contain the necessary drivers; in order to have the Aurora RGB setup functional, we also have to supply extra power via Molex., After adjusting the EQ with our preferences, together with the BlasterX Acoustic Engine settings, we did start the listening experience by connecting the SteelSeries Arctis Pro headset and watched various movies and TV shows. The audio output was clear, with plenty of bass and clear highs and loud enough as well after modifying the amplification, thanks to the Xamp build. We also ran multiple rounds of Quake Champions and the sound of the weapons was a joy to listen to and at the same time we were able to easily pinpoint where the enemy was coming from. "

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All Constellation ES drives are rated to 6Gb/s SATA III speeds, incorporate 64MB of cache, utilize 7200RPM spindle speeds and offer Native Command Queing. The drives are covered by an impressive 5 year warranty and rated to1.2 million hours MTBF.
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