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 [LATEST]  BitFenix compatible with mATX motherboards
     Wed, Apr 01 2015 | 9:03A | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Aegis is the last case from BitFenix compatible with mATX motherboards and high-end systems. Thanks to the generous interior space available, Aegis is compatible with all-in-one cooler systems and custom watercooling loops. In addition there are few nice features like the ICON display and a PSU cover.

 [LATEST]  Titan X, Sli, AMD's 390x and AMD Freesync, Nvidia GSYNC
     Wed, Apr 01 2015 | 9:02A | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today two of our hardware editors Luke Hill and Leo Waldock sat down to chat about an array of topics, such as the recent release of Nvidia’s £900 monster Titan X Maxwell graphics card and they weighed up the pros and cons of Sli. They also discussed AMD and their upcoming R9 390X (name not officially confirmed) graphics card. The topic of ‘Sync-ing’ was brought up and the related technologies by both AMD and NVIDIA.

 [LATEST]  20 of the Worst PC Setups
     Wed, Apr 01 2015 | 9:01A | Editorial | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"I’m sure at some point you had a bad PC setup. Maybe moving into a new place, waiting for a new desk to arrive or you just ran out of room. I can remember my horrible PC setups from when I was living at the dorms in college. If you have ever ventured over to the Shitty Battlestations sub-reddit you will find a lot of horrible PC setups. We will are going to pick 20 each month and feature them as 20 of the Worst PC setups for that month. Here are some of the bad ones from March!"

 [LATEST]  ASUStor AS5004T 4-Bay NAS
     Wed, Apr 01 2015 | 9:00A | Servers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We have just posted up our review of the ASUStor AS5004T 4-Bay NAS. ASUStor ups the power on this unit away from the Intel Atom and give you incredible performance as well as a host of features that you probably won't ever use. This box is made for more that just serving files, media and websites. You can actually play Minecraft, Emulators and more; plus you can stream it all to your favorite mobile device. It's fantastic and not that expensive, but you should read our review for all the details.

Core i7-5960X vs i7-4960X Gaming-Performance
     Tue, Mar 31 2015 | 4:02P | CPU / Processors | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
When Intel released their new Haswell-E CPUs, we decided to rework our CPU gaming performance articles. Meanwhile we're testing different resolutions and there are FullHD, 1440p as well as UHD on our list. This way you get a more detailed understanding of the differences. Today we compare the Core i7-5960X to the old generation Ivy Bridge-E Core i7-4960X at stock clocks as well as overclocked to 4.5GHz and we're curious see how big the differences are.

     Tue, Mar 31 2015 | 4:00P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The 240GB value SSD market is hotter than ever. How will Patriot's Phison based drive fare against other popular entries like SanDisk's Ultra II and Crucial's MX100?

OcUK Ultima Finesse Blackhole Gaming PC
     Tue, Mar 31 2015 | 11:25A | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Nvidia’s GTX 970 sits in that graphics card sweet-spot where it’s about 10-20% slower than its GTX 980 brother, but retails for only 60% of the price. It’s that alluring balance between performance and value that makes the GTX 970 a smart candidate for constructing a strong SLI configuration. OcUK realises that multi-GPU potential by offering up to a pair of KFA2 GTX 970 Infinity Black Edition graphics cards in its Ultima Finesse Blackhole system. Forging the path for the GTX 970s are Intel’s competitive Core i7 5820K CPU and an MSI X99S SLI Plus motherboard.

HIS Multi-View X2 USB Docking Station Review
     Tue, Mar 31 2015 | 11:25A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Multi-View X2 USB Docking Station from HIS is a real help when we are frequently on the road or even at offices if using compact laptops/ultrabooks with a low number of ports. With laptops and Windows tablets, we are able to have up to four displays on at the same time (the internal display, the second display via the tablet/laptop HDMI output, third and fourth display thanks to the dock), but also plenty of USB ports for data transfer, quick charging or connecting various peripherals. In case we lack a LAN port, the dock also provides it for us, along with an additional headphone and microphone jack.

Crucial BX100 SSD Review
     Tue, Mar 31 2015 | 11:25A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Crucial has returned with the BX100 series solid state drive, featuring Micron’s most affordable 16nm NAND flash components. The Crucial BX100 SSD offers excellent performance to value-driven mainstream users, and delivers enthusiast speeds at a reasonable price. Benchmark Reviews tests the BX100 solid state drive against the fastest SSDs available.

Motherboard players unlikely to achieve shipment targets for 2015
     Tue, Mar 31 2015 | 11:24A | Business / Industry | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Since demand for motherboards from Europe and China is still weak, motherboard players such as Micro-Star International (MSI), Elitegroup Computer Systems (ECS) and Biostar are expected to see shipments decline in 2015. The top-2 vendors Asustek Computer and Gigabyte Technology may not be able to achieve their 20 million-unit target of the year as their shipments for the first half are both expected to only reach around nine million units, according to sources from the upstream supply chain.

Xigmatek Maverick S 500 W
     Tue, Mar 31 2015 | 11:24A | Power Supply | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Xigmatek released the Maverick S line consisting of three rather compact, Bronze-certified PSUs a while ago. We will evaluate the line's 500 W member today; it features a semi-modular design and interesting looks. This unit's strongest point is its incredibly low price; however, you currently won't find it anywhere in the US.

Samsung Galaxy A5 Smartphone Review
     Tue, Mar 31 2015 | 11:23A | Mobile Devices | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"The Galaxy A5 is a slim smartphone from Samsung, with a five-inch HD (1280 x 720) touchscreen, Android 4.4 "KitKat" operating system, and powered by a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 CPU. It has 2 GiB of RAM and 16 GiB storage space, a 13 MP main camera, and a 5 MP frontal camera. Let's take a good look at it."

Samsung's 850 EVO SSD
     Tue, Mar 31 2015 | 11:23A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Samsung's 850 EVO SSD debuted in December inside the usual 2.5" case. Now, the drive is spreading to smaller mSATA and M.2 form factors. We've examined the new drives to see how the mini lineup compares to its full-sized forbear.

Samsung 850 Evo mSATA/m.2 SSD Review
     Tue, Mar 31 2015 | 11:22A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Samsung bring their 850 Evo series to mSATA and M.2. We test them in our Samsung 850 Evo mSATA M.2 Review."

Samsung 850 Evo M.2 & mSATA Review
     Tue, Mar 31 2015 | 11:22A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Samsung tempted value-oriented enthusiasts in December with its 'V-NAND'-based 850 Evo series. Equipped with 3D TLC NAND, which allows Samsung to stack layer upon layer of transistors, the design improved density, endurance, performance and lowered production costs. Today we have two similarly new drives that focus on different form factors. The mSATA version will appeal to compact PC users, while the M.2 will be more sought after by power users.

Samsung 850 EVO mSATA and M.2
     Tue, Mar 31 2015 | 11:22A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The 850 EVO we reviewed a couple of month ago uses SATA 6 Gbps interface that is typical for a desktop system. The growing trends of moving toward more compact computing devices such as laptops and small form factor PC means that even the relatively small 2.5” SATA drive with its dimension of 7 cm x 10 cm x 0.7 cm (LWD) is taking up way too much of the precious space in these systems. The mSATA was designed to help reduce the footprint of the storage devices but it never quite caught on. The M.2, also known as Next Generation Form Factor (NGFF), is the latest interface that is designed to reduce not only the footprint but also maximize the usage of the card space. Since M.2 utilizes PCIE interface, it can deliver up to 32 GBit/s when using PCIE 3.0 x4 interface (though no drive is yet capable to taking such bandwidth). Compare this to the 6 Gbit/s, and we can see the benefit of M.2.

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