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 [LATEST]  Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 (helio X20) Phablet Review
     Tue, Mar 28 2017 | 4:03P | Notebooks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today, we are going to take a close look at the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4. To be specific – this is the 10-core helio X20 version of the Redmi Note 4.
  FULL STORY @ TECHARP

 [LATEST]  Cougar Panzer Max
     Tue, Mar 28 2017 | 4:02P | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Cougar Panzer Max is a full-tower representation of the Panzer chassis. It is larger, bulkier, has more space, and looks a lot more menacing to boot. It really does resemble a tank, which is what "Panzer' means in German. So in this review, we take the Panzer Max for a joy ride, fill it with some ammunition, and see if it is a straight shooter.
  FULL STORY @ TECHPOWERUP

 [LATEST]  Ballistix Sport LT 16GB Red DDR4 2666Mhz Memory Kit Review
     Tue, Mar 28 2017 | 4:01P | Memory | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We have had a lot of Ballistix’s DDR4 memory in the Hardwareslave offices to review over the years, and we get good performance, speeds, and compatibility. These memory modules have been black, grey or silver, but now we have some nice shiny red DIMMs to test. Fair enough, a red memory heatsink will not make the memory any faster, but with one of the most common system colours available from Ballistix, you know they should have colour to match most systems.
  FULL STORY @ HARDWARESLAVE

 [LATEST]  Thermal Image Testing on AMD X370 Motherboards by ASUS, Gigabyte and MSI
     Tue, Mar 28 2017 | 4:00P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Thermal performance is important to PC gamers and enthusiasts, so we wanted to take a look at VRM thermal performance on some of the AMD X370 motherboards that we have in our possession for testing. Those boards would be the ASUS ROG Crosshair VI Hero, GIGABYTE GA-AX370-Gaming 5 and the MSI X370 XPOWER GAMING TITANIUM.
  FULL STORY @ LEGITREVIEWS

Futuremark Ends Support for 3DMark + PCMark Vantage
     Tue, Mar 28 2017 | 12:56P | Benchmarks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
3DMark Vantage and PCMark Vantage support ends April 11
Futuremark's Vantage benchmarks were designed for Windows Vista, an operating system that is over 10 years old and which is now used by only 1.12% of Windows users according to StatCounter.
 
From April 11, 2017, 3DMark Vantage and PCMark Vantage will:
  • No longer be sold on our website.
  • No longer receive updates, (other than SystemInfo).
  • No longer be guaranteed to work with our online services.
  • No longer be eligible for customer support.
Alternatives to 3DMark Vantage
3DMark Vantage is a benchmark for DirectX 10, an API which is now two generations old. For benchmarking modern gaming systems, Futuremark recommend using the latest 3DMark benchmarks:
  • 3DMark Time Spy for DirectX 12 systems.
  • 3DMark Fire Strike for high performance DirectX 11 PCs.
  • 3DMark Sky Diver for DirectX 11 laptops and mid-range PCs.
Alternatives to PCMark Vantage
PCMark Vantage is a system benchmark for Windows Vista. If your PC is less than seven years old, you will get more relevant results by using a more recent version of PCMark. We recommend:
  • PCMark 7 for Windows 7
  • PCMark 8 for Windows 8
  • PCMark 10, coming soon, for Windows 10.
Legacy benchmarks are free to download
All of Futuremark's legacy benchmarks going back to 3DMark99 are available to download for free from Futuremark.com. Each benchmark comes with a key to unlock the Advanced Edition features. 3DMark Vantage and PCMark Vantage will be available for free from April 11, 2017, too.
  FULL STORY @ FUTUREMARK.COM

Synology DiskStation Manager (DSM) 6.1 Review
     Tue, Mar 28 2017 | 9:03A | Software | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
When it comes to reviews, I am mostly doing hardware based reviews, and while my regular NAS reviews show a lot of the software too, they don’t go into that much detail. Today is different as I’ll be taking a closer look at Synology’s latest DSM version, 6.1. The new Synology DSM 6.1 was in the final Release Candidate state when I started this review and at the time it’s published, DSM 6.1 will be live.
  FULL STORY @ ETEKNIX

Cougar Immersa Vs Megara Headset Head-to-Head Review
     Tue, Mar 28 2017 | 9:02A | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Gaming headsets are not created equally, they come in all kinds of shapes, sizes, colours, with varying ranges of features, performance and so much more. With that in mind, today we want to put two headsets from Cougar head-to-head, not to find out which one is the best of the two, but to find out what each of them is best or worst at, and hopefully help you pick which one is best suited to your needs.
  FULL STORY @ ETEKNIX

 
Tt eSPORTS Cronos RGB 7.1 Gaming Headset
     Tue, Mar 28 2017 | 9:01A | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today we’ll be looking at a recent addition to the roster of gaming headsets produced by Tt eSPORTS, the Cronos RGB 7.1 Headset. If you’re familiar with Tt eSPORTS’ line of headsets then you may already be familiar with the previous iterations of the Cronos that comes without RGB lighting. The Tt eSPORTS Cronos RGB 7.1 is currently selling for $67.47 on Amazon, about what we’d expect from a RGB gaming headset, so let’s see if it’s worth it.
  FULL STORY @ BJORN3D

Antlion Audio ModMic 5 Review
     Tue, Mar 28 2017 | 9:00A | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Do you take your gaming audio seriously? Then you’ll be eager to see what I’m testing out today, the new and improved Antion Audio ModMic 5. Following in the footsteps of the, you guessed it, ModMic 4, this new model adds more features, better performance, and most importantly for users of the 4, it promises a greatly improved mounting system!
  FULL STORY @ ETEKNIX

Kingston HyperX Savage 64GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Review
     Mon, Mar 27 2017 | 4:03P | Memory | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We put the latest from Kingston's HyperX division, the Savage 64GB USB 3.0 pen drive, to the test and see how it does."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN

AZIO MK MAC Mechanical Keyboard Review
     Mon, Mar 27 2017 | 4:02P | Peripherals | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The AZIO MK MAC is an aptly named and well-designed mechanical keyboard with Kailh Brown switches for Apple users.
  FULL STORY @ APHNETWORKS

GIGABYTE AORUS GA-AX370-Gaming 5 Review
     Mon, Mar 27 2017 | 4:01P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The most prominent thing we notice when looking through its feature set is that GIGABYTE have made it a master dual-wielder. They feature dual channel memory, dual BIOS, dual armour, dual networking (Killer E2500 + Intel), dual ALC 1220 audio codecs with dual Smart headphone amps, there are two thermistor headers, two internal USB 3.1 (Gen 1, aka USB 3.0) headers, two SATA Express ports, and of course it supports two-way SLI/CrossFire.
  FULL STORY @ VORTEZ

SteelSeries Arctis 7 Wireless Gaming Headset Review
     Mon, Mar 27 2017 | 4:00P | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Even though various companies successfully produce headsets, we’ve found that even the best manufacturers often struggle to make a well-balanced headset for the PC gaming market. With the Arctis 7 that we are looking at today, SteelSeries brings along some very handy gamer-centric features, a very unique headband that introduces a new level of comfort that you won’t find elsewhere and lag-free wireless audio over USB. With the Arctis 7, SteelSeries are trying to appeal to users who want a stylish, good sounding headset that breaks the mold from typical gaming headset designs, which tend to feature excessive plastic and horribly balanced sound.
  FULL STORY @ LEGITREVIEWS

Motherboard vendors see shipments drop in 1Q17 despite new AMD, Intel processors
     Mon, Mar 27 2017 | 1:49P | Business / Industry | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Despite Intel, AMD and Nvidia having all launched new processor or graphics chip products for the first quarter, motherboard players continue to suffer decreased shipments in the quarter and demand is also unlikely to pick up in the second, according to sources from the upstream supply chain.
  FULL STORY @ DIGITIMES

Midwest RepRap Festival @ LanOC Reviews
     Mon, Mar 27 2017 | 1:30P | Games | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Well, this weekend I took a break from playing Ghost Recon Wildlands and made the trip over to Indiana to check out Midwest RepRap Festival. While the name most likely isn’t obvious to most people, but RepRap is the community around 3d printing. So unlike Maker Fairs where 3d printing is also very popular, this time the entire event is exclusively focused on it. This event started off as a small get together of friends in a garage and is quickly growing out of control. A few of the big names in 3d printing were there and we have the chance to stop and talk with a few people. We also brought the camera along so I figured I would make a quick post to share what we saw.
  FULL STORY @ LANOC

Optane Memory is mostly unchanged
     Mon, Mar 27 2017 | 1:08P | Memory | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF

We are just about to hit two years since Intel and Micron jointly launched 3D XPoint, and there have certainly been a lot of stories about it since. Intel officially launched the P4800X last week, and this week they are officially launching Optane Memory.

www.pcstats.com

"There's a bit to digest in this chart, but let me walk you through it. The ranges tapering off show the percentage of IOs falling at the various Queue Depths, while the green, red, and orange lines ramping up to higher IOPS (right axis) show relative SSD performance at those same Queue Depths. The key to Optane's performance benefit here is that it can ramp up to full performance at very low QD's, while the other NAND-based parts require significantly higher parallel requests to achieve full rated performance. This is what will ultimately lead to a much snappier responsiveness for, well, just about anything hitting the storage. Fun fact - there is actually a HDD on that chart. It's the yellow line that you might have mistook as the horizontal axis :)."

  FULL STORY @ PCPER

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