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 [LATEST]  Tesoro Lobera Spectrum @ LanOC Reviews
     Thu, Aug 27 2015 | 4:03P | Games | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Last fall, when the initial wave of RGB keyboards were first coming out, I had the chance to check out the Lobera Supreme from Tesoro. While the keyboard wasn’t perfect I was impressed with its value. One of the issues I had with the keyboard was the lack of individual key RGB lighting but recently that changed. Tesoro introduced the Lobera Spectrum with a similar design but with the spectrum backlighting. Today I’m going to dig into it and see if anything else has changed and find out if it is still a good value like their first RGB keyboard.
  FULL STORY @ LANOC

 [LATEST]  Alienware Alpha Intel-Powered SFF Gaming PC: Consoles Beware
     Thu, Aug 27 2015 | 4:02P | Games | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
2015, the SteamOS gaming platform (and Valve’s tantalizing Steam Controller) are still works in progress. SteamOS hasn’t been written off, but Dell, which was one of the first PC makers to build a custom console-sized system for SteamOS, isn’t waiting around. Its Alienware gaming brand launched the Alienware Alpha, which is meant to be your next (or your first) living room gaming PC. The Alienware Alpha plugs the holes left by Valve with Microsoft hardware and software and a simple 10-ft UI developed in house. Instead of shipping with a Steam Controller, for example, the Alpha features an Xbox 360 wireless controller. The 10-foot user interface, which would have been handled by SteamOS, comes courtesy of Dell’s custom Alpha UI...
  FULL STORY @ HOTHARDWARE

 [LATEST]  Gigabyte Z170X-UD5 ATX Motherboard Review
     Thu, Aug 27 2015 | 4:01P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Intel recently began releasing their latest CPU, which includes a change in the socket to 1151, while there isn’t a huge performance boost over the previous generation of Intel processors, the new Skylake processor does bring some new features. Gigabyte recently sent us one of their new motherboards based on the Z170 chipset; the Z170X-UD5. This is just one of Gigabyte’s twelve motherboards featuring the socket 1151; and their highest end motherboard in their Ultra Durable line. The Gigabyte Z170X-UD5 motherboard is available today for $189.99 with free shipping.
  FULL STORY @ LEGITREVIEWS

 [LATEST]  Gigabyte Z170X-Gaming G1
     Thu, Aug 27 2015 | 4:01P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
It seldom happens that you come across a motherboard that covers every feature on your Motherboard Bucket list but Gigabyte has successfully fielded the GIGABYTE Z170X-Gaming G1 their flagship Z170 Skylake LGA 1151 board which comes close. Opening the box and just glancing at the board sent a surge of blood through our gaming veins. Starting with a glance at the Creative® Sound Core 3D chip and it’s 2 x JRC NJM2114 and 1 x TI Burr Brown® OPA2134 operational amplifiers we knew we were looking at a special board. Sound Core 3D is a multi-processor Audio and voice system that accelerates SBX Pro Studio and CrystalVoice processing effects improving your gaming experience with crystal clear sound and voice .......
  FULL STORY @ BJORN3D

 [LATEST]  Corsair CS850M 850W Power Supply
     Thu, Aug 27 2015 | 4:01P | Power Supply | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Corsair has really made a name for themselves in the power supply market over the past few years. This is mainly because of their high-end AX and HX series, but at the end of the day not everyone needs a super high-end power supply. Corsair’s CS series is marketed more towards the typical user / builder who is looking for low energy use and easy installation. Today we are taking a look at the CS850M which is an 80PLUS Gold certified power supply. It also features flat modular cables and a 3-year warranty. Does this power supply hold the same high-quality and performance that we’ve seen from other Corsair power supplies? Let’s take a look!"
  FULL STORY @ THINKCOMPUTERS

 [LATEST]  ASUS Z97I-PLUS (LGA 1150) Motherboard Review
     Thu, Aug 27 2015 | 4:00P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Since the popularisation of mini-ITX motherboards a few years ago (if I remember correctly they took off with the Intel 6 series chipset) the price of mini-ITX motherboards has been falling sharply. However, combined with that falling price has also been rising quality, increasing innovation and more features – particularly with ASUS mini-ITX motherboards. Irrespective of which motherboard vendor you prefer it would be fair to say ASUS have driven a lot of the mini-ITX innovation over the past few years. Today we’re looking at the culmination of some of this innovation, but for a respectably low price of just $160. Enter the ASUS Z97I-PLUS which is one of the new ASUS Z97 motherboards that has ingenious ways of taking advantage of all the great features we’ve come to expect from a fully fledged PC. ASUS have managed to cram M.2 on the board by moving it underneath, they’ve added a WiFi AC and Bluetooth 4.0 module, equipped four SATA III ports, included fairly high quality ALC 892 audio and offered up the latest Intel Gigabit LAN. Despite the motherboard’s size you still get a fully fleshed out rear I/O and an impressive 6 phase VRM. On paper the ASUS Z97I-PLUS looks like a very impressive Z97 mini-ITX motherboard so let’s proceed on with our review to see what the product and its performance has in store for us!
  FULL STORY @ ETEKNIX

Tesoro Excalibur Spectrum - A Surprising Gem!
     Thu, Aug 27 2015 | 12:03P | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Gaming keyboards can be considered a dime a dozen, and really when you think of it, there are but a couple of things that are necessary: a solid build and great performance. Everything else can be considered luxuries. Today we have the privilege of reviewing a keyboard that we not only found to have mastered both of our credentials, but it did so unexpectedly!
  FULL STORY @ TECHNOLOGYX

 
CM Storm Quickfire Rapid-i Mechanical Keyboard Review
     Thu, Aug 27 2015 | 12:02P | Peripherals | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
CM Storm, the gaming division of legendary manufacturer Cooler Master are back once again with their latest mechanical keyboard. OK I tell a slight lie there, this keyboard isn’t exactly their latest, but it is the first time I’ve been able to get my hand on one for review. We’ve had a lot of fun in the past testing CM Storm products, as they rarely disappoint us thanks to their excellent performance and competitive price tags. The CM Storm Quickfire Rapid-i is a popular choice with a lot of gamers, so I want to see what all the fuss is about. The Quickfire Rapid-i comes in a choice of Cherry MX switches; Blue, Brown and Red. I have the MX Brown switch model at my disposal today. The Rapid-i features a five level, five mode white LED lighting system, ABS grip coating, N-key rollover and more; pretty much everything you would expect from a mechanical gaming keyboard.
  FULL STORY @ ETEKNIX

BitFenix Colossus Mini-ITX and Micro-ATX Chassis Review
     Thu, Aug 27 2015 | 12:01P | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
BitFenix is one of the coolest names in the chassis industry. Sure they’ve been making great chassis’ for many years, but a couple of years ago they shot to legendary status with the launch of their ever-popular BitFenix Prodigy Mini-ITX chassis. The Prodigy really sparked new life into the mini-ITX chassis market and since then we’ve seen a wave of impressive new cube style chassis from a wide range of manufacturers. BitFenix have launched several mini-ITX and Micro-ATX chassis based around the original Prodigy design over the last couple of years, as a quick recap, here are our reviews for each of them;
  FULL STORY @ ETEKNIX

Tt eSport Theron Plus Review
     Thu, Aug 27 2015 | 12:00P | Mouse Pads | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
With the Theron Plus, TteSports has yet another gaming mouse in its portfolio. This one is compact and therefore most suitable for small hands. Apart from that it features a PixArt ADNS-9500 sensor, a weight system and a software compatible with Android and iOS.
  FULL STORY @ OCAHOLIC

SilverStone Precision PS11B-Q Review
     Thu, Aug 27 2015 | 9:03A | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
SilverStone supplies its Precision PS11B case in two forms. This Q-suffix version is Quiet while the W has a Window. There are other differences as the Q has a solid front panel with vents at the sides and a fair amount of foam material to deaden sound inside while the W has an open mesh front panel, an LED fan and a housing in the top of the case that can accommodate a fan.
  FULL STORY @ KITGURU

Grand Theft Auto V Benchmarked
     Thu, Aug 27 2015 | 9:02A | Games | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
PC gamers are finally getting their chance to play the latest entry in the Grand Theft Auto series. Rockstar has made many improvements to the PC version, including enhanced graphics, denser traffic, greater draw distances, upgraded AI, new wildlife, and advanced weather and damage effects. GTA V looks to be truly optimized for PC.
  FULL STORY @ TECHSPOT

Asus Strix 7.1 Gaming Headset @ LanOC Reviews
     Thu, Aug 27 2015 | 9:01A | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
When it comes to headsets, just about every company you can imagine makes their own. You can find them in all different shapes and with countless features. That said I can’t honestly say that anything out on the market is the end all be all gaming headset. That is because everything about them is subjective. That said when a company like Asus puts out what they market as a high end gaming headset, I take notice. In just about everything they do they do an amazing job, especially on the audio front. So when the Asus Strix 7.1 gaming headset came in I couldn’t wait to test it out.
  FULL STORY @ LANOC

Germanium for the PFET channel
     Thu, Aug 27 2015 | 9:00A | CPU / Processors | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
On the eve of the 50th anniversary of Moore’s Law, the future of silicon CMOS is an open question. With rising costs and uncertain benefits, some semiconductor companies have questioned the wisdom of pursuing further scaling. I predict that Intel's 10nm process technology will use Quantum Well FETs (QWFETs) with a 3D fin geometry, InGaAs for the NFET channel, and strained Germanium for the PFET channel, enabling lower voltage and more energy efficient transistors in 2016, and the rest of the industry will follow suit at the 7nm node.
  FULL STORY @ REALWORLDTECH

Asus Xonar DGX 5.1
     Wed, Aug 26 2015 | 4:03P | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Recently there has been a debate about whether modern motherboards are able to produce audio quality that matches dedicated sound cards for gaming and listening to music. This can be largely subjective, as some users report hearing no difference whatsoever, whilst others swear by dedicated audio solutions. For the purposes of recording and studio production, dedicated sound cards and interfaces are a necessity. This is due to the ultra-low latency on the input section of the cards, allowing users to record and produce multi-track audio without worrying about latency issues. However, for the purposes of gaming and basic sound reproduction such as listening to music and watching films, is there a tangible, perceivable difference between modern motherboard audio and dedicated sound cards?"
  FULL STORY @ PCREVIEW

EXO1 has an ergonomic design
     Wed, Aug 26 2015 | 4:02P | Mouse Pads | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today we review the EXO1-K gaming mouse from AZIO designed for the value market segment. For its low price, the 6-button mouse offers vacuum plating construction, rubberized grips, an optical sensor with four selectable DPI settings (1250 / 2000 / 2750 / 3500), and even white LED illumination.
  FULL STORY @ NEOSEEKER

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