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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...

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.

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.

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.

Phanteks Enthoo Pro M Review
     Fri, Jul 31 2015 | 3:06P | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
With the Enthoo Pro M, Phanteks has a case for ATX and E-ATX motherboards in its portfolio, which comes with a lot of features and at a very competitive price. Apart from that especially frieds of custom watercooling loops will love this case, since it offers a lot of flexibility in that direction. For now, we're really curious to find out how this case is going to do in our review.

Making The Jump To Windows 10, A Migration Guide
     Fri, Jul 31 2015 | 3:05P | Operating System | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The upgrade cycle begins, with Microsoft’s latest operating system--the highly anticipated Windows 10--rolling out over Windows Update for free, for users of 7, 8 and 8.1. For those that are ready to take the plunge over the weekend, there are some things to note. While this guide is by no means exhaustive, there are some useful reminders here as well as some potential pitfalls that may rear their ugly head during the upgrade process.

nothing a PC enthusiast likes more
     Fri, Jul 31 2015 | 3:03P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We all know there’s no satisfaction quite like building your own computer from scratch, or rather from carefully selected components. In order to share this particular pleasure with as many people as possible, Hardware.Info regularly publishes an updated version of our Build Your Own PC guide. The 2015 edition is now online on our UK and US websites. We also all know that there is nothing a PC enthusiast likes more than to point out how (s)he would do things differently, so this guide is also an excellent start to get readers and visitors engaged in a nice debate over how it could be done better. Of course we welcome all forms of constructive feedback, so if you would like to share our humble efforts with your readers, that would be much appreciated.

SK hynix Canvas SC300 512GB SSD Review
     Fri, Jul 31 2015 | 3:03P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
2015 is the year of the Solid State Drive. The technology has advanced to the limit of the SATA 3 interface, and prices have never been more competitive. SK hynix are keen to cement their position in this market and regular readers will be aware of our reviews of their 128GB and 256GB SC300 drives. Today we look at a larger capacity 512GB drive within the SC300 portfolio – priced at £134.99.

Intel LGA1150 CPU OC Guide
     Fri, Jul 31 2015 | 3:03P | CPU / Processors | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
How to overclock an Intel Core i7, i5, i3, Celeron and Pentium processor. The new Intel LGA1151 processors for Z170, H170 and B150 are already announced, therefore today we publish again a comprehensive and most current Intel OC guide for LGA1150 processors from Haswell to Broadwell for Intel Z97, Z87, H97, H87 and other motherboards from ASRock, ASUS, Gigabyte and MSI. This step by step OC instructions helps OC beginners and gives tips for advanced overclockers on how to increase the performance of your Intel CPU for the latest games or photo editing.

Almost 10 Years of Intel CPUs Compared
     Fri, Jul 31 2015 | 2:39P | CPU / Processors | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
It's hard to believe 15 years have passed since I first tested the Pentium 4 series. Although it was a pretty rubbish series, I do have many fond memories of testing the Core 2 Duo range, which arrived six long years later, and included the most popular enthusiast processor we've seen yet, the Q6600. Today we're going to take a look back at the Core 2 CPUs and compare them to the current generation Haswell Celeron, Pentium, Core i3, i5 and i7 parts.

Intel Core i7 5775C
     Fri, Jul 31 2015 | 2:38P | CPU / Processors | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"That being said, Intel left some meat on the bone for the enthusiast when it came time to overclock the Core i7 5775C. A speed of 4.1GHz was not a problem for this core with nothing more than bumping the core clock multiplier to 41. Sweet and simple with nothing else needed. However, if you wanted a bit more, this chip loves to get fed a steady diet of voltage to make it happen, to a point. Up to 4.3GHz was rock solid using my 2400MHz Patriot memory kit by setting the core voltage up to 1.375v. Any higher and you could feed it voltage to get some benchmark stability, but that was it, so I stayed at 4.3GHz with a 40 cache ring ratio.”

Crucial Ballistix Elite DDR4-2666 MHz 4x 4 GB
     Fri, Jul 31 2015 | 2:38P | Memory | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Crucial's latest has spent some time being punished in my memory testing rig, stretched to the limits and back again. Before giving it a chance to rest, I put Crucial's Ballistix Elite DDR4 through the paces. With a big black heatsink, this kit not only looks mean; Crucial's Ballistix Elite DDR4 packs a good punch, too!

XFX R9 390 Double Dissipation Core Edition @ LanOC Reviews
     Fri, Jul 31 2015 | 2:38P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Last week I had the chance to check out our first R9 390 with the Sapphire Nitro. Well today we get to take a look at what XFX has to offer. This gives us a great chance to compare the cards against each other along with all of the cards previous tested. This helps put more perspective on their individual performance to find out what card is best for your specific build. So today I’m going to run the XFX R9 390 Double Dissipation Core Edition through all of our in-game, compute, and synthetic performance tests as well as the more specific per card tests like noise and cooling performance. In the past the XFX cards have performed well, but it might have its hand full with the triple fan cooler on the Sapphire.

Tesoro Lobera Spectrum RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Review
     Fri, Jul 31 2015 | 2:37P | Peripherals | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Although i may have assembled countless PCs in the years i was working as a PC technician (i still do just not as much since I only do it for myself and friends) one thing still continues to puzzle me and that's the reason behind the why people always place the keyboard and mouse last when they decide their new system configuration. Granted these are peripherals that people can swap at will whenever they feel like doing so but at the same time these are two devices that pretty much do the same as the wheel and gear changer inside a car so it's always good to spend money on them if you can (even though your real life doesn't depend on them). Mechanical keyboards are still in their infancy compared to the "classic" membrane ones but they have won the hearts of both gamers and professionals all around the world due to their superior durability, tactile and audio feedback and today we're going to be testing the Lobera Spectrum RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard by our friends over at Tesoro.

20 of the Worst PC Setups
     Fri, Jul 31 2015 | 2:37P | 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 July!"

Windows 10 launch seems like the start of something exciting
     Fri, Jul 31 2015 | 2:37P | Operating System | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
With the release of Windows 10 yesterday – July 29th, 2015 – Microsoft had launch events in 13 cities across the world. I was fortunate enough to be able to attend one such event in Old Billingsgate, London.

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