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Seagate Seven External USB 3.0 Drive Review
     Mon, Mar 02 2015 | 4:03P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Seagate announced a handful of new products at CES 2015 and let it be known that this year will be the company’s 35th year in the storage business. Among the new products being announced was the Seagate Seven, which true to its name is a 7mm thick portable external drive. That makes it thinner than an iPhone 6 Plus and give it the title of being the World’s thinnest 500GB portable hard drive! Read on to see how it performs!
  FULL STORY @ LEGITREVIEWS

X99 Charts: 11 Boards - ASUS X99-WS/IPMI
     Mon, Mar 02 2015 | 4:02P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
So far we've tested 11 X99 motherboards and we have to say that sometimes we got quite interesting results. What we've also done is, we have added results gathered with Right Mark Audio Analyzer in order to chek the quality of the onboard audio
  FULL STORY @ OCAHOLIC

GALAX GeForce GTX 960 EXOC Video Card Review
     Mon, Mar 02 2015 | 4:01P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
GALAX has a super-stylish GeForce GTX 960 on its hands with the GTX 960 EXOC, a great addition to the GeForce GTX 960 line up."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN

Plantronics Voyager Edge UC & Blackwire C725 Headsets Review @ Legit Reviews
     Mon, Mar 02 2015 | 12:46P | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Plantronics began in 1961 in Santa Cruz, California by two pilots making aviation headsets. Fast forward 50 years and the brand is well known among aviators, NASA astronauts, and 911 operators for making some of the best headsets for voice communications in harsh and heavy use environments. Plantronics (corporate site) has also become well know in the corporate environment for making some of the most advanced headsets for desk phones focused on comfort and superior sound quality. Personally, I have used one version or another of Plantronics headsets in my office for the last 25 years. Like most technologies, the communications market has evolved with new technology like USB and Bluetooth becoming pervasive as the way to connect devices for communications, replacing mini-plugs and RJ45 based headsets. The latest trends of Unified Communications and VoIP have further increased the demand for quality headsets to allow us to connect from anywhere, over any device, through several different applications to communicate. Legit Reviews received two of the most recent products from Plantronics to meet this need in both a wired USB headset, the Plantronics C725, and a Bluetooth v4 wireless headset, the Plantronics Voyager Edge UC. Read on to see how they perform... "
  FULL STORY @ LEGITREVIEWS.COM

Xigmatek Mach Mid-Tower Chassis Review
     Mon, Mar 02 2015 | 12:41P | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
I must admit that I love a high-end chassis’ that are packed full of features with a high-end rig installed, as I’m sure many of you do too. However, not everyone has a need for an extreme gaming system, nor the budget for one. For many people, a nice simple chassis that is easy to work with and wallet friendly is what they need and that’s exactly what we have here today.
  FULL STORY @ ETEKNIX

EVGA SuperNova 1000 PS Silent Series Power Supply Review
     Mon, Mar 02 2015 | 12:41P | Power Supply | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Testing the EVGA Supernova 1000 PS yielded no surprises, and in this case that is a very good thing. EVGA cut no corners using the closest tolerance and best quality components available in the 1000 PS, and it is reflected in the performance. Regulation on all rails was excellent, with power delivery having almost no fluctuation under loads and never dropping below rated voltage on any rail."
  FULL STORY @ HITECHLEGION

GIGABYTE Wants to Take You to Computex 2015 with the Z97 / X99 Contest!
     Mon, Mar 02 2015 | 12:37P | Tradeshows / Events | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF

GIGABYTE Wants to Take You to Computex 2015 with the Z97 / X99 Challenge

GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co. Ltd., a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards, today announced one of its most rewarding overclocking competition as of yet with the GIGABYTE Z97 - X99 BIG XTU Challenge, its latest contest hosted on HWBOT.org. The GIGABYTE Z97 - X99 BIG XTU Challenge gives the overclocking community a chance to tweak their systems on for a single benchmark, Intel’s XTU. By submitting scores to hit a secret target, overclockers cumulate points and run the chance to win not only cash prizes and hardware, but also a trip to Taipei, Taiwan to attend the Computex 2015 IT trade show with GIGABYTE. Skills will be on display on both Z97 and X99 platforms to be able to submit as many scores within a limited window. A lot is on the line; a total of USD $4,000 in cash, 4 GIGABYTE motherboards and an EPIC grand prize!

Do you feel up to the challenge? Each of the 4 rounds will have 10 secret target scores which will be revealed only after their submission period. But to guide you, a target range will be announced in advance. Your goal is to submit as many scores within that range during a 3 days period and try to hit the secret score. Participants who hit the secret target score will cumulate a point and have a chance at winning the Grand Prize or cash prize! Good luck to all!! 

Contest Rounds

Round 1: XTU – Z97 Motherboard – 2x cores CPU

Target score window and time to be announced on HWBOT competition page.

Submission from March 1st until March 30th, 2015.

Round 2: XTU – X99 Motherboard – 6x cores CPU

Target score window and time to be announced on HWBOT competition page.

Submission from March 1st until March 30th, 2015.

Round 3: XTU – Z97 Motherboard – 4x cores CPU

Target score window and time to be announced on HWBOT competition page.

Submission from March 31st until April 29th, 2015.

Round 4: XTU – X99 Motherboard – 8x cores CPU

Target score window and time to be announced on HWBOT competition page.

Submission from March 31st until April 29th, 2015.

 How to participate

-       You have a 3 day period to submit within a range of target scores.

-       You can submit any scores within that window.

-       The actual winning target is kept secret until after the submission period.

-       The participants who reached that secret target cumulate a point.

How to win

-       $1,000: The participant with the most points at the end of a round wins the cash prize! Tie breakers are decided by looking at submissions time, if two participants hit the same target starting from the earliest target) the one with the earliest submission wins.

-       GIGABYTE X99-SOC Champion motherboard: One lucky draw winner will be selected within each round.

-       GRAND PRIZE, Computex 2015 Trip: To win the grand prize, participants can collect the most points across all 4 rounds. Trip includes flights to and from Taipei, hotels for 5 nights and a full schedule around Computex 2015 from June 1st until June 6th, 2015. (final details to be arranged with the winner.)

 Contest Rules

-       Round 1 is limited to GIGABYTE Z97 motherboards and Intel 2 cores CPU only.

-       Round 2 is limited to GIGABYTE Z97 motherboards and Intel 6 cores CPU only.

-       Round 3 is limited to GIGABYTE X99 motherboards and Intel 4 cores CPU only.

-       Round 4 is limited to GIGABYTE X99 motherboards and Intel 8 cores CPU only.

-       Target submission will be open on the first day at 00:01 (UTC +8) and close on the last day at 23:59 (UTC+8)

-       During the 3 days the target is open, participants can submit as many INDIVIDUAL scores as they want. No duplicate scores allowed in the same stage from the same participant.

-       Air and water cooling ONLY, temperature must be above 25° Celsius. Cooling CPU or RAM with LN2 or dry ice is not acceptable.

-       Every submission must include the competition background, XTU’s CPU frequency and a picture of your rig. HWBOT submission and verification rules apply.

-       Every submission must include the competition background, CPU-Z (CPU, Motherboard) information, the XTU CPU frequency and a picture of your rig. HWBOT submission and verification rules apply.

-       Computex trip winner and cash prize winners are not eligible for lucky draw.

-       A participant is eligible to win only once. If he is found to be the winner in multiple categories, the prize will go to the runner up.

-       Except Elite overclockers, everyone is welcome to participate, but employees or affiliates of this industry (including retailer/distributor/manufacturers) are excluded from wining prizes. (you still can join for fun…)        

Contest Prizes

·         Round 1 ~ 4

1st place of each round will receive $1,00 USD

·         Lucky draw (To be held at the end of the competition)

Four randomly selected participants within each round will receive an X99-SOC Champion motherboard

·         Computex Trip (To be held at the end of the competition)

Overall 1st place will be given a trip to Computex 2015.

The GIGABYTE Z97 - X99 BIG XTU Challenge will run from March 1st until April 29th 2015, 23:59 (UTC +8). For complete contest rules, scoring and more details, please visit the contest page hosted on HWBOT.org:
http://oc-esports.io/#!/round/gbt_z97x99_xtuchallenge

  FULL STORY @ OC-ESPORTS

 
The RAM Disk Guide Rev. 3.1.
     Mon, Mar 02 2015 | 12:31P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The RAM disk has been around since the 1980s, but it has never been popular due to the high cost of computer memory. It is now making a comeback, partly because RAM is now cheap and plentiful and partly because solid state drives (SSDs) are fast replacing hard disk drives as the storage medium of choice. SSDs are not only much faster than hard disk drives, they are silent and virtually impervious to vibration and shock. The downside though is their limited lifespan. That's where the RAM disk comes in - it allows the user to reduce wear and tear on the SSD by shifting some of the work to it.
  FULL STORY @ TECHARP

Crucial MX200 500GB SSD Review
     Mon, Mar 02 2015 | 12:31P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The new Crucial MX200 SSD series is announced, which is not only very performant, but also designed for a higher reliability. The Crucial MX200 series is currently available with a capacity of 250 GB and 500 GB up to 1 TB. We have tested the new Crucial MX200 SSD CT500MX200SSD1 with 500 GB, compare it with the Crucial C300, m4, M500, M550 and MX100 and compete many more Solid State Drives and Hard Drives against it.
  FULL STORY @ OCINSIDE

Corsair Carbide 100R Silent Mid-Tower Chassis Review
     Mon, Mar 02 2015 | 12:30P | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Corsair is one of the most recognizable names in the chassis industry, having many of the most popular chassis’ designs across many different price ranges. They’ve dazzled us with their flagship products such at gargantuan Obsidian 900D and the very funky Carbide 780T, but today I’ll be looking at something a lot further down the range; the budget-friendly 100R Silent. The new chassis isn’t designed to blow you away with extreme performance, but it has been designed to offer you a neat and tidy product, with an affordable price tag to match, so it’ll be interesting to see just how much you get for your money.
  FULL STORY @ ETEKNIX

Cooler Master Novatouch TKL Gaming Keyboard Review
     Mon, Mar 02 2015 | 12:30P | Peripherals | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The latest NovaTouch TKL keyboard from Cooler Master is featuring revised switches made in cooperation with Topre which can accommodate regular Cherry MX keycaps and the manufacturer has also included O-rings In order to prevent bottoming out and this way some of the noise is eliminated.
  FULL STORY @ MADSHRIMPS

WD Red 5TB NAS (WD50EFRX) HDD Review
     Mon, Mar 02 2015 | 12:30P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
NAS drive solution from WD and Seagate have been around for a while, and recently introduced two storage capacity variants- WD50EFRX 5TB and WD60EFRX 6TB. We’re going to take a look at the 5TB Red Variant. To keep with the storage demands with the SOHO environment- including the never ending media collection that people grow from time-to-time, the newer variants are made for 1-to-8 bay NAS unit solutions. With a 5TB, you get a total of up to 40TB and with 6TB you get up to 48TB.
  FULL STORY @ HARDWAREBBQ

Samsung Galaxy S6 & Galaxy S6 Edge
     Mon, Mar 02 2015 | 12:29P | Mobile Devices | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
In the wee hours of the morning of the 2nd of March, 2015, Samsung Malaysia invited us to the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge Unpacked event. Even though it was held at the Theatre Lounge Cafe, Plaza Damas 3 in Sri Hartamas from 12:30 am until 3 am, we arrived to a packed room, and they were expecting even more members of the media to arrive.
  FULL STORY @ TECHARP

Dell Venue 8 7000 Review
     Mon, Mar 02 2015 | 12:29P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
First shown off at the Intel Developer Forum last year, the new Venue 8 arrived in US store shelves little over a month ago with a unique form factor and a chassis that’s thinner than any other tablet in the world. Thisis arguably one of the best looking tablets currently on the market. The device is powered by Intel’s Atom Z3580 quad-core processor, Intel HD Graphics (PowerVR G6430), 2GB of DDR3 RAM and 16GB of flash memory.
  FULL STORY @ TECHSPOT

HP Spectre X360 Ultrabook Review
     Mon, Mar 02 2015 | 12:29P | Notebooks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
HP used the Mobile World Congress event currently taking place in Barcelona, Spain to launch what may be one of the company’s most exciting notebooks ever, the Spectre X360. Like the previous-generation Spectre, the new X360 is a thin and light premium, multi-mode convertible ultrabook , but HP has paid special attention to almost every detail on this new device and improved upon its predecessor in virtually every way. HP worked closely with Microsoft and its hardware partners to choose the right components and optimize the software on the Spectre X360 and the company made some practical decisions with the design and materials used in its construction that have clearly paid dividends on our opinion...
  FULL STORY @ HOTHARDWARE

InWin 703 Chassis Review
     Mon, Mar 02 2015 | 12:28P | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
In essence the InWin 703 is a small ATX design that has been dressed up with a smart front panel and funky windowed side panel to make it look more exotic than the underlying steel chassis might suggest.
  FULL STORY @ KITGURU

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