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Ultimate Ears Personal Reference Monitors @ techPowerUp
     Sun, May 19 2013 | 10:28A | Monitors | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The flagship custom in-ear solution by Ultimate Ears gets put to the test against the best customs around. The Personal Reference Monitors target audiophiles who want a go at tuning their own custom in-ears. Almost everything is customizable, from the sound signature to the bundle."
  FULL STORY @ TECHPOWERUP.COM

Diamond HD7790 Graphics Card @ Bjorn3D
     Sun, May 19 2013 | 10:14A | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Diamond delivers on the new 7790 model and we got a chance to see what it has to offer so lets see what this little budget card can do!"
  FULL STORY @ BJORN3D.COM

ROCCAT Roundup: Mice Mousepad and Bungee
     Sun, May 19 2013 | 9:26A | Mouse Pads | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The ROCCAT Kone XTD was a bit of a flash back to the previous ROCCAT Kone and Kone[+], with near identical looks and features. Its added weight kit and 4-LED lighting scheme allowed for a rather personalized setup. Unfortunately the software was the ultimate fail in both the XTD and Pure mice. The installer crashing while it installs and crashing while writing to the mouse are two major no-no`s. That`s the last thing I need to happen when I`m just trying to customize my mouse. I could deal without the flashy imagery as long as the mouse works and the settings I want to change actually send to the mouse. Despite my anger with the software, I ultimately enjoyed the XTD."
  FULL STORY @ OVERCLOCKERSCLUB.COM

Synology DiskStation DS713+ Review @ TestFreaks
     Sun, May 19 2013 | 9:17A | Networking | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Synology DiskStation DS713+ is the latest version of their small and medium size business oriented NAS. This model replaces the impressive Synology DiskStation DS712+, which we reviewed last year. This NAS has advertised speeds of 202.3 MB/sec reading and 135.84 MB/sec writing speed under RAID1 configuration in a Windows environments via Link Aggregation. In addition, the DS713+ now has USB 3.0 ports that were found on their consumer DS213 models. "
  FULL STORY @ TESTFREAKS.COM

Enermax TriAthlor 550W Power Supply Review
     Sun, May 19 2013 | 9:11A | Power Supply | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Enermax TriAthlor 550W power supply delivers good voltage regulation with clean DC outputs (low AC ripple) and is housed in a compact chassis that is only 140mm (5.5) deep. The TriAthlor 550W power supply is eco-friendly by meeting the new ErP Lot 6 standby efficiency criteria but achieves only 80Plus Bronze level efficiency under load. Under light to medium loads the power supply is quiet, but at the higher loads fan noise becomes noticeable."
  FULL STORY @ PCPER.COM

ECS GeForce GT 640 Review
     Sun, May 19 2013 | 8:55A | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
To overclock the ECS GT 640 we will be using the EVGA Precision overclocking tool. The GT 640 proved to be a decent overclocker, being able to be pushed from an already non-reference frequency of 930MHz to 1101MHz. We will see, however, in the upcoming tests that the effect of this overclock is somewhat hampered by the cut down shader count, the use of slower DDR3, and a 128-bit bus. This proved to be all the frequency that the GT 640 had in it with additional voltage having no effect in the pursuit of a higher overclock."
  FULL STORY @ OVERCLOCKERSCLUB.COM

QNAP TS-669L 6-Bay NAS Review
     Sun, May 19 2013 | 6:37A | Servers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
QNAP`s new L designation means great performance with a lower price point. If you`re shopping for a large capacity NAS, but don`t have a large budget, read our review of the QNAP TS-669L 6-Bay NAS."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN.COM

 
SilverStone DS322 Dual-Bay RAID Enclosure Review
     Sun, May 19 2013 | 5:12A | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The complete package, SilverStone puts their touch on external storage, and doesn`t fail one little bit."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN.COM

OCZ Vertex 3.20 240 GB Review @ Ocaholic
     Sun, May 19 2013 | 4:23A | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
With the Vertex 3.20 OCZ officially launches their first product that features 20 nanometer NAND from the Intel/Micron joint venture. This step is quite a critical one for OCZ since it means that have to do a balancing act between endurance and price. There are quite a few manufacturers out there in the market that already offer TLC based SSD with significantly lower prices. At this point we just want to tell you, that OCZ does not got for TLC NAND, they stick to MCL chips and we think it`s a good compromise between not only price and endurance but also performance."
  FULL STORY @ OCAHOLIC.CH

ASUS ROG ORION PRO Gaming Headset Review
     Sat, May 18 2013 | 8:12P | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
1.html,The ASUS ROG Orion Pro Gaming Headset are a mid-range set of cans aimed at online gamers. Meant for extended sessions of gaming, they offer very high build quality, light weight with generous padding that make them disappear on your head. The Orion Pro produce very good sound quality, gripping bass and very clear treble, and the retractable microphone is respectable with some adjustment to volume. The included Spitfire USB Audio dongle adds value, but was a mixed bag. Offering interesting features like virtual surround, FPS `EQ`, and an amp, but decreased the overall sound quality to my ears. Besides that, the Orion Pro are one of the best headsets I`ve tested so far, and for $120US, are a pretty good deal to boot"
  FULL STORY @ GURU3D.COM

Transcend MSA720 128GB mSATA SSD Review @ Legit Reviews
     Sat, May 18 2013 | 5:17P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Transcend has a nice mSATA product on their hands with the MSA720 although it could easily get lost in the shuffle of the numerous SF-2281 mSATA drives popping up all over. It doesn`t appear to be as widely available at retailers as some other brands. Performance overall was very good and where it should be based on our experience with this controller/NAND configuration. We saw max read/writes at nearly 560MB/s and 525MB/s respectively and the predictable dip in performance when subjected to incompressible data..."
  FULL STORY @ LEGITREVIEWS.COM

Korg Headtune HT-G2 Review @ TestFreaks
     Sat, May 18 2013 | 4:27P | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
If you play guitar, bass or ukulele then todays review item should be of interest. Tuning ones instrument can be simple for those with perfect pitch hearing while others such as myself need some external assistance via a tuner. Korg has released a series of tuners for guitar, bass or ukulele dubbed the headtune. "
  FULL STORY @ TESTFREAKS.COM

Frame Rating: High End GPUs Benchmarked at 4K Resolutions
     Sat, May 18 2013 | 12:12P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
If we limit our options to single cards, whether they be single GPU or dual-GPU, the battle is even more interesting. Because AMD`s new Radeon HD 7990 depends on CrossFire technology to perform, the 13.5 beta driver that still has the runt frame and frame time variance problems places it in a very bad light compared to NVIDIA options like the GeForce GTX Titan and the GeForce GTX 690."
  FULL STORY @ PCPER.COM

[Tech ARP] Java Plug-In SSV Helper - Should It Stay Or Should It Go? Rev. 2.0
     Sat, May 18 2013 | 12:11P | Software | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
If you use Internet Explorer, you will probably encounter this quite often - a pop-up request to enable or disable the `Java(tm) Plug-In SSV Helper` add-on from `Oracle America, Inc.`. Some of you may notice that this usually pops-up after you update Java. In any case, the question is - should it stay or should it go? First of all - don`t worry. This isn`t a piece of malicious software. This plug-in is part of the Java Runtime Environment (JRE), which is needed to run applications written in the Java language. Web browsers like Internet Explorer need JRE to properly display websites that use Java applets and/or codes. Before you hit the Enable button though... *In this update, we added a section called After Upgrading To Internet Explorer 10. If you are using Internet Explorer 10, please take a look at the update.*"
  FULL STORY @ TECHARP.COM

CM Storm QuickFire Rapid with Cherry MX Green Switch Review @ Techgage
     Sat, May 18 2013 | 11:53A | Games | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Since the release of its QuickFire Rapid in late 2011, Cooler Master has done well to capture a good portion of the mechanical keyboard market. Its models are built-well, cater to gamer and traditional user alike, and look good. Whats next? Introducing a keyswitch that no other company in North America can: Cherry MX Green."
  FULL STORY @ TECHGAGE.COM

Thermaltake Urban S21 Review
     Sat, May 18 2013 | 10:28A | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Thermaltake S21 did not preform very well under high load, and I think it mostly has to do with the lack of cable management. Yes, in a smaller case you are going to see an increase in temperatures, but the enemy is often just cables blocking air flow, and this appears to be what happened here. The lack of support for a top mounted fan didn`t help either. Even so, I like to test my cases out as stock, but having the option would lead me to try an extra fan that could potentially lower temperatures. Even though I haven`t found a way to properly measure how long it takes temps to drop from load to normal idle, my observation simply concludes that it would take a very long time. Air was getting trapped in the top corner, and I could feel the warmth. Are the temps really out of the realm of normal? No, and I`ve used cases that are far worse."
  FULL STORY @ OVERCLOCKERSCLUB.COM

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