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Kingston SDXC UHS-I U3 64GB Flash Memory Review @ APH Networks
     Tue, Apr 22 2014 | 4:50P | Memory | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
APH Networks covers the latest UHS-I U3 card from Kingston. Will it eat 4K for lunch?"
  FULL STORY @ APHNETWORKS.COM

Select MBR Or GPT When You Install A New Drive?
     Tue, Apr 22 2014 | 4:03P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Whenever someone installs a new drive into a Windows-based PC, there's the inevitable question, "Which should I choose - MBR or GPT?" This is because once you boot up after installing the new drive, Windows will display a pop-up window, asking you to initialise the disk so that Windows can access it. It is at this point you have to choose between the MBR (Master Boot Record) and the GPT (GUID Partition Table) standards for partitioning the drive.
  FULL STORY @ TECHARP

Plextor M6e 512GB PCI Express Solid State Drive Review
     Tue, Apr 22 2014 | 4:02P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Over the last few years, virtually all of the solid state drives that I’ve looked at and put through their paces have been part of the SATA III family of drives and whilst I have seen the performance levels come forward in leaps and bounds, there has always been a certain plateau of performance that was going to be reached eventually. Today’s SATA III SSDs have, for quite some time now, been able to max out and saturate the bandwidth that the interface has had to offer and this has left manufacturers with a strong challenge of how to improve the solid state drive as we know it and squeeze out better IOPs performance and improve the NAND itself to give a better life span as far as read/write cycles are concerned. To say the least we are literally at the limits of what can be done on the SATA III interface – so the real question that one would ask is where do we go from here? One path would be to bring out a new SATA standard – lets call it SATA IV; but to do this would require a lot of work and the cost of the products at the end of it could be potentially jaw dropping, so for now lets wait for a new standard to brew at a lower rate and let it slowly trickle into the market.
  FULL STORY @ ETEKNIX

R7 250 Ultimate Passive 1GB GDDR5 Graphics Card Review
     Tue, Apr 22 2014 | 4:01P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Sapphire’s Ultimate series already has quite a reputation for consumers interested in passively cooled AMD graphics cards. Sapphire have been making their Ultimate series with AMD graphics cards for a very long time and there is a common trend among all the GPUs – they tend to be entry level GPUs. We’ve seen a HD 4670, HD 5670, HD 6670 and HD 7750. Today we have a new Ultimate series card with us from Sapphire, although let’s cut right to the chase – this isn’t new at all. The Sapphire R7 250 Ultimate graphics card is merely a Sapphire HD 7750 Ultimate, Sapphire have just renamed it. In fact from what I can tell AMD’s R7 250 was meant to only be a 384 GCN core Oland XT part, this is how AMD explained the product on launch and at their tech conferences. Yet a few months down the line and we now have these 512 GCN core HD 7750 rebrands being dubbed R7 250s, a move AMD has endorsed on its own official product specification. My suspicion is that HD 7750 inventories needed to be digested so AMD gave board partners permission to use those as R7 250s. The reality is that this is great news for consumers – you can get an R7 250 with more GCN cores and better performance for the same $90 price point as the Oland XT variant.
  FULL STORY @ ETEKNIX

NVIDIA GeForce 337.50 beta performance drivers
     Tue, Apr 22 2014 | 4:00P | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"NVIDIA claimed a performance increase of up to 64% in single GPU DirectX 11 performance and up to 71% for SLI setups. According to NVIDIA's announcement, which can be read here, these gains are achieved by optimising single-GPU DirectX 11 performance and globally reducing CPU overhead for the majority of DirectX 9, DirectX 10, and DirectX 11 games. These are very bold claims indeed, which created a wave of controversy across the net. To shed some light into the matter, we decided to run the new NVIDIA GeForce 337.50 Beta drivers through some intensive game-benchmarking, 100% in-house, for your reading enjoyment."
  FULL STORY @ NEOSEEKER

AMD AM1 Platform and Athlon 5350 with GTX 750 Ti - 1080p at under $450
     Tue, Apr 22 2014 | 2:08P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
While there are a few outliers that we will talk about a little later, the performance for most of our standard graphics benchmarking games was impressive. Games like Battlefield 4 and Crysis 3 see little to no difference going from the high-end Intel Core i7-3960X processor to the AMD Athlon 5350. This is an impressive feat, when you consider we are comparing a part that retailed for $1000 when it launched, to a $65 CPU."
  FULL STORY @ PCPER.COM

Cooler Master Silencio 652S Case
     Tue, Apr 22 2014 | 2:07P | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Cooler Master Silencio 652S is the next PC-Case in the Technic3D office. The 652S supports ATX and Micro-ATX motherboards and have place for 8x 120mm or 4x 140mm Cooling-Fans. We will check this and many more in the following Review."
  FULL STORY @ TECHNIC3D.COM

 
Diamond Wireless Bluetooth
     Tue, Apr 22 2014 | 12:03P | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Over the past few months I have been hooking up my phone to my Stereo or PC speakers via a 3.5mm audio jack. Which also means I have to leave it plugged in next to my TV or my PC and when I receive a phone call I then have to remove the phone and answer and redo the whole process when I get off the phone. I have a very nice home theatre system and really don’t feel the need to upgrade to get the special perks of some of the new technology. Portable Bluetooth speakers are great when you’re out on the go but not when you want to be in your house and want to listen to music on your home theatre system. Well over the past few years there have been some options, but they all cost a good chunk of change. A few weeks ago I received the Diamond Wireless Music Receiver which broadcasts over Bluetooth. Lets take a look and see if this wireless music receiver will fit your needs in your house."
  FULL STORY @ WIRELESS

WD My Cloud 2TB Personal Cloud
     Tue, Apr 22 2014 | 12:02P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"While cloud storage services such as Dropbox, Box.net, SpiderOak, and more offer decent ways to store a few gigabytes of data for free, once a user passes that free mark, the price for storage increases significantly. Rather than pay a monthly fee, someone smart thought, why not use a user’s existing home network for storage instead? The WD MyCloud isn’t the first home network-attached storage device, but it is certainly among the easiest to set up that I’ve encountered. The MyCloud offers a unified access method – wd2go.com – to mount the storage and make it usable like a network drive no matter where in the world you are. With Time Machine-compatible backup and media playback servers, the MyCloud promises to be as useful remote as it is when you are sitting next to it. ThinkComputers takes a look at this promising cloud device and finds it not quite to be as clear skies as we’d like. Here’s the review."
  FULL STORY @ THINKCOMPUTERS

The 10 Highest Paid Pro Gamers
     Tue, Apr 22 2014 | 12:01P | Editorial | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Most of us consider gaming as a hobby, something we do in our free time to let off steam, relax and just have some fun. For other people gaming is a business, it is their job. Some of the best professional gamers make a living off of gaming and tournaments. Ever wondered how much these pro-gamers make? Well we have compiled a lost of the top 10 highest paid gamers of all time! Enjoy!"
  FULL STORY @ THINKCOMPUTERS

Feenix Autore Mechanical Gaming
     Tue, Apr 22 2014 | 12:00P | Games | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Many of you may have never heard of the PC gaming boutique company Feenix. They are a company that focuses extremely high quality gaming gear. Feenix only makes up to a 1000 of each product a month. Each person who purchases their products will receive their own personal own support manager. Which means you will always talk to the same person when you send them an email. Feenix handles everything in house from making sure each customer gets the highest quality product with hand checking each product before it is sold. The Feenix Autore is a mechanical gaming keyboard that features Cherry MX Brown key switches, a unique color design and is resistant to water damage. Lets take a look at the Feenix Autore and see how it handles up to the competition."
  FULL STORY @ THINKCOMPUTERS

Zalman ZM-VE300 USB 3.0 External Drive Case Review @ Legit Reviews
     Tue, Apr 22 2014 | 10:04A | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Zalman is probably most widely known for their cooling products but they also have quite a few other product lines that cover quite a few categories, including storage. In that realm, they have quite a useful little tool with their ZM-VE300 USB 3.0 external drive case. As the name implies, it can be used as an enclosure for any 2.5? drive allowing it to connect to any USB capable computer, but that?s not all. Read on to find out the rest!"
  FULL STORY @ LEGITREVIEWS.COM

NVIDIA 337.50 Driver Comparison
     Tue, Apr 22 2014 | 9:55A | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
From looking at the results, as long as you are not GPU bound, it seems as though the 337.50 drivers do offer some upside in most of the games tested. *Star Swarm* sees a 25% boost on the GTX 770 and the GTX 780 Ti is closer to 30%, exceeding the up to 21% stated on the release notes. In *BF4* the single card gains were minimal, as were the gains at 5760x1080. However when you run the SLI numbers at 1920x1080 you get an easy 5% to 6% boost. *Metro: Last Light*, much like *BF4*, shows minimal gains at 5760x1080, but shows promise in both the single and SLI testing at 1920x1080, with gains as high as 8%. The greatest performance boost in *Batman: Arkham Origins* bucked the trend of being GPU bound with a pair of GTX 780 Ti in SLI by bringing home a 10% boost in performance. *Far Cry 3* shows gains in almost every test; the largest gains coming from the SLI configurations at 1920x1080 with the GTX 770s delivering a 7% boost and the GTX 780 Tis delivering a 4% boost using the new driver."
  FULL STORY @ OVERCLOCKERSCLUB.COM

Seagate Enterprise Capacity 3.5 SED 4TB SATA III HDD
     Tue, Apr 22 2014 | 9:12A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Through the years we`ve had the chance to review several 3.5 and 2.5 HDD models ranging from normal everyday ones ideal for consumer use and up to enterprise class ones designed for 24/7 heavy duty workloads. However no matter how many HDDs we`ve gotten our hands onto we never really got interested in testing an enterprise class self-encrypting model since we just didn`t feel it was needed. That changed recently when some readers asked us whether or not self-encrypting models share the same performance numbers as their normal brothers and since we too were quite interested as well we decided to check it out. Of course aside the self-encrypting drive itself we also needed to have the normal version in our hands and what better candidate than the Enterprise Capacity 3.5 (AKA Constellation ES.3) 4TB drives by Seagate which we reviewed a while back? So today plugged into our primary test rig we have the latest Enterprise Capacity 3.5 SED 4TB SATA III drive by Seagate. "
  FULL STORY @ NIKKTECH.COM

802.11ac routers review: 20 models tested
     Tue, Apr 22 2014 | 9:03A | Networking | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The market for routers is dynamic, and given that it has been a while since we have last published an overview covering the state of affairs surrounding 802.11ac routers on Hardware.Info, it's high time for an update. We've tested 20 different models, including a number of the already third generation 802.11ac routers.
  FULL STORY @ HARDWARE

SilverStone PS10 Case Review
     Tue, Apr 22 2014 | 9:02A | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
“Are you in the market for a budget priced chassis that looks like you spent more? Introducing the PS10 case from SilverStone, a mid-tower case that offers a wide variety of hardware configurations and cooling support. SilverStone frequently leans toward a more budget build of case, yet their cases don’t lack for interesting character which appeals to many builders. Can the new PS10 live up to both of these expectations? Read on to find out.”
  FULL STORY @ PUREOVERCLOCK

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