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 [LATEST]  Toshiba FlashAir III Wireless SD Card Review
     Sat, Aug 01 2015 | 6:35P | Networking | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
As the previous FlashAir 32GB card we have tested, its latest version comes with about the same features, but we have improvements on the transfer rates, while we have seen that the wireless speeds have remained the same. Regarding the wireless interface, we can obtain similar speeds as with the previous version, but keep in mind that multiple factors can affect the wireless transfer speeds like the number of available 2.4GHz networks in the area, shielding inside the camera we are using FlashAir on, performance of the Wi-FI adapter from our desktop/laptop/tablet and so on.
  FULL STORY @ MADSHRIMPS

Phanteks Enthoo Evolv mITX Chassis Review
     Sat, Aug 01 2015 | 4:03P | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
“Today we have the Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ITX Chassis on the bench for a close look. With the popularity of small form factor builds, miniITX cases have become a hot commodity, so it’s no surprise to us that Phanteks would want to move into this arena. Will the Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ITX meet the expectation of builders and live up the reputation of its larger sibling? Let’s find out.”
  FULL STORY @ PUREOVERCLOCK

Plextor M6e Black Edition 128GB PCI Express SSD Review
     Sat, Aug 01 2015 | 4:01P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
SATA compatible solid state drives (SSDs) may have been the ones to start their very own small performance revolution in the PC market almost a decade ago but as we speak thanks to several advancements in the field the tiny M.2 and full size PCI-express based models are the ones mostly preferred by professionals, serious gamers and enthusiasts. Fortunately although a few years back consumers only had a handful of such solutions to choose from by just a couple of manufacturers today most have at several such models in their product lines something which as expected has helped not only keep prices low but has also helped boost performance and durability levels. Plextor is without doubt one of the oldest players in the market and although they already have a rather successful PCIe SSD model in their lineup (M6e) they just recently released an updated version called the M6e Black Edition.
  FULL STORY @ NIKKTECH

ZOTAC ZBOX Nano CI540 Plus Review
     Sat, Aug 01 2015 | 4:00P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
As a hardware- reviewer it is sometimes easy to forget that not everyone needs a super fast big computer and instead are looking for something in the other end, a small, silent computer that works for more modest applications. Zotac is a company that excels in that sort of small mini-PC’s and today we are testing their Zbox Nano CI540 Plus, a palm-sized computer that comes with a Core i5-processor, 4 GB ram and a SSD. Add to that a completely fan-less design and USB3.0-support as well as 802-11ac-WIFI and we have a very attractive computer in a small package.
  FULL STORY @ BJORN3D

Intel Core i7-5775C Broadwell Processor Review
     Sat, Aug 01 2015 | 12:03P | CPU / Processors | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Intel’s Broadwell launch has been quite interesting to say the least. If you can remember when we first heard of Broadwell its was rumored that it would not be a socketed processor, but rather it would come in the BGA package. On top of this rumor the actual launch of Broadwell was supposed to happen last year at the same time as the 9 Series chipset. Intel decided to delay the launch of its Broadwell processors till they were officially announced at Computex last month, luckily we did get socketed processors! Broadwell will be the “tick” in Intel’s “tick-tock” release schedule which we have seen for many years now where a “tick” is a node shrink of a previous microarchitecture and a “tock” is a new microarchitecture. The previous microarchitecture was Haswell at 22nm at now Broadwell will be 14nm. On top of just the node shrink Intel has really tried to focus on power efficiency, meaning that they are looking shooting for better performance using less power. Intel has also added their Iris Pro 6200 integrated graphics on the chip, which is a first for a socketed processor. On top of that the processor is fully unlocked and features 128 MB of eDRAM for the Iris Pro Graphics, which can also be overclocked. Broadwell comes at a very weird time for consumers as well. We have heard that Intel could be launching their Skylake processors and 100 Series chipset at Gamescom in August. Skylake will be the “tock” in Intel’s release schedule. So consumers could get Broadwell with a 9 Series motherboard or just wait a little bit for a Skylake processor with a 100 Series board. Having just a few months between launches does not give a lot of time for Intel to really push Broadwell or even get it out into the channel. As of writing this it is quite hard to find Broadwell Desktop processors at major online retailers. Today we will be taking a look at the flagship processor in the Broadwell desktop processor line, the i7-5775C. This quad-core processor has a base CPU frequency of 3.3 GHz with a turbo boost up to 3.7 GHz. While this might be slower than the 4770K it achieves this with far less power and has much more powerful integrated graphics."
  FULL STORY @ THINKCOMPUTERS

ASUSTOR AS-5102T 2-bay NAS Review
     Sat, Aug 01 2015 | 12:02P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
AS5102T 2-bay NAS from ASUSTOR is undoubtedly the AS5104T little brother and while it loses the LCD display and two extra bays, most of the other features are included like the solid chassis, the Intel Celeron J1900 CPU, upgradeable memory feature from the included 2GB (up to 8GB), lockable trays with the help of a screwdriver or plenty of expansion ports. The metallic chassis is also present here for extended durability, while the drives and motherboard are cooled by a single silent 70mm fan. Thanks to the included HDMI port, the product can be used without a PC by simply using the ASUSTOR remote or a keyboard/mouse combo which can be plugged via USB.
  FULL STORY @ MADSHRIMPS

DK-01X desk case
     Sat, Aug 01 2015 | 12:01P | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Few materials get the computer enthusiast’s heart beating as quickly as aluminum and glass, preferably applied in thick, juicy quantities. Sorry, got a bit carried away there. Anyway, Lian Li is the name of the company that has been encouraging that particular craving for many years now and as you may know, they don’t shy away from the occasional experiment. Such too is their range of computer desks, which combine eye-watering prices with a – to the computer enthusiast – pleasing aesthetic and a roomy interior for those quad-GPU setups we’re all running (right?!). The company sent out a few samples of the DK-01X and Hardware.Info was lucky enough to receive one, all 37 kilos (that’s well over 80 pounds for those of you not on the metric system) of it. It’s hard to properly compare a, well, desk to a tower case – even a big one is dwarfed by this product. We tried, anyway. So we have time-lapse video of its construction as well as temperature measurements and a whole lot of pictures. Even if few readers are likely to see one of these in the wild, all the more reason they might enjoy a virtual closer look!
  FULL STORY @ HARDWARE

 
Reeven Four Eyes Touch (RFC-03) Fan Controller Review: Look, and DO Touch
     Sat, Aug 01 2015 | 12:00P | Cooling / Heatsinks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
With the optical drive phased out in most modern PCs, the 5.25" external drive bay is feeling a bit of an "empty nest" syndrome. This space however, can be put to good use by adopting a fan controller that serves to provide thermal management much better than any built-in chassis fan controller could. As a company specializing in cooling components, …
  FULL STORY @ MODDERS

AKRACING AK-6014 Black/Blue Gaming Chair Review
     Sat, Aug 01 2015 | 9:03A | Games | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Snippet: " For years most of us have been purchasing office chairs which as stated are built for an office and not focused around comfort. Even the expensive “Executive” chairs aren’t built for long term seating comfort."
  FULL STORY @ HITECHLEGION

VKWorld VK6735 Smartphone Review
     Sat, Aug 01 2015 | 9:02A | Mobile Devices | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
VK6735 from VKWorld is another low-cost smartphone which is using the already established VK6735 SoC but at a lower frequency of 1GHz, while sporting the same ARM Mali-T720 GPU. We get 2GB of RAM for running more applications in the same time, 16GB of storage space with a single partition and the possibility to install a SD card makes things more interesting. The VK6735 is dual-SIM and features integrated 4G LTE WorldMode and CDMA2000 3G for global high-speed mobile network compatibility and is also equipped with a Sony 13MP shooter on the back while the selfie camera is 5MP. Of course, the VK6735 also comes with Android 5.1 release pre-installed which is the latest available for the current SoC.
  FULL STORY @ MADSHRIMPS

PNY GTX980 Ti XLR8 OC
     Sat, Aug 01 2015 | 9:01A | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
KitGuru has reviewed a wide selection of partner GTX980 Ti’s in the last month and today we take a look at the new PNY GTX980 Ti XLR8 OC Edition which is due for release soon in the United Kingdom. This card ships with out of the box overclocked speeds and a custom 3 fan cooler. How does it shape up against MSI, Asus, Palit and Gigabyte cards?
  FULL STORY @ KITGURU

LUXA2 Smart Clip & Tab Clip
     Sat, Aug 01 2015 | 9:00A | Operating System | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
LUXA2’s Smart Clip and Tab Clip perform similar functions but for different devices. Smart Clip holds 3.5” – 6” mobile phones, while Tab Clip holds tablets 6” – 10”. Each feature a powerful suction cup, full 360 degree swivel and rotation, and non-slip rubber grip for extra stability. Let’s see what the Smart Clip and Tab Clip are all about!"
  FULL STORY @ THINKCOMPUTERS

Vertagear SL2000 Gaming Chair Review
     Fri, Jul 31 2015 | 4:03P | Games | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Legit Reviews has been doing hardware reviews targeted to PC gamers for more than a decade, but believe it or not, we have never reviewed nor owned an actual gaming chair. We’ve used a handful of office chairs over the years, but nothing that was aimed specifically at gamers. When our friends over at 4GamerGear offered us the opportunity to look at Vertagear’s new S-Line of Racing Chairs we figured that we’d give it a shot. Vertagear is a brand new company and this is their first gaming chair line that will be available in both North America and Europe. The sample we received is the Vertagear SL2000 in the Black/Red color combination...
  FULL STORY @ LEGITREVIEWS

GIGABYTE X99 SLI Review, Excellence On A Budget
     Fri, Jul 31 2015 | 4:02P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
GIGABYTE has released an entire pack of motherboards based on the Intel X99 chipset: Champion, Gaming, and Super Overclock. And now GIGABYTE has released the X99-SLI board. From the first glance, the board looks to be chock full of enthusiast-level hardware, with lots to offer most end users. To field the board with all that high-end hardware at $250 (NewEgg) , they had to make a few compromises, but based on price/performance, there’s a good bang for the buck factor on the GIGABYTE GA-X99-SLI.
  FULL STORY @ BJORN3D

QNAP TVS-x63 (TVS-463-8GB): AMD Powered NAS
     Fri, Jul 31 2015 | 4:01P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Generally speaking two bay or four bay NAS devices are dominated by ARM SoC while higher capacity unit for SOHO or enterprise devices are using x86 Intel Atom or Core processor. Atom was originally designed for Netbooks with its low power usage. However, the first Atom processor is just not fast enough to really deliver a good computing experience. Luckily for Intel, Atom processor found its way into the NAS systems where combining the lower power consumption than typical desktop/laptop CPUs and higher performance than ARM SoCs yield a much better experience for Home/SOHO NAS devices.
  FULL STORY @ BJORN3D

Synology DS414slim & QNAP TS-453mini NAS Review
     Fri, Jul 31 2015 | 4:00P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
NAS servers provide a quick, easy and secure means of backing up important data. Compared to a dedicated server, a desktop NAS is considerably more compact, especially two-bay and four-bay models like the QNAP TS-453mini and Synology DS414slim on hand today. The two aren't really direct competitors, so this isn't a straight up Synology vs. QNAP battle, but rather a look at each company's approach to developing compact NAS solutions.
  FULL STORY @ TECHSPOT

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