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Haswell comes to NUC
     Tue, Dec 31 2013 | 9:02A | CPU / Processors | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Intel NUC D54250WYK incorporates a dualcore, hyperthreaded mobile Haswell processor running Intel HD Graphics 5000 in the palm-size chassis introduced last year, now with more I/O and an infrared remote sensor. Do Haswell's advantages translate well to this tiny desktop PC?
  FULL STORY @ COM

FSP Aurum Pro 1000-Watt 80 PLUS Gold Power Supply Review
     Tue, Dec 31 2013 | 9:02A | Power Supply | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
FSP`s Aurum Pro 1000W PSU has been around for quite a while. Let`s find out now if everything is golden with this unit or not."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN.COM

Intel Xeon E3-1230Lv3 1.8GHz Quad Core
     Tue, Dec 31 2013 | 9:01A | CPU / Processors | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Intel’s Xeon E3-1230Lv3 CPU has been a hotly anticipated processor for a wide variety of target audiences – home users, office users, small business users and enterprise users. Today we’ve got an opportunity to put Intel’s enterprise Xeon E3-1230Lv3 CPU to the test in a professional home user or “prosumer” type of environment, by pairing it up with SuperMicro’s server-grade C7Z87-OCE motherboard. The Intel Xeon E3-1230Lv3 is an important CPU because it offers four cores, eight threads, a 1.8GHz base frequency, a 2.8GHz Turbo frequency and 8MB of cache all for a tiny TDP of just 25W. Below you can see some of those key specifications in more detail:
  FULL STORY @ ETEKNIX

MSI GTX 780 Lightning 3GB Graphics Card Review
     Tue, Dec 31 2013 | 9:00A | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
MSI’s GTX 780 Lightning was a graphics card that was hotly anticipated by the graphics card enthusiasts of a green persuasion. Announced about 3 months ago the MSI GTX 780 Lighting is a feature packed Nvidia graphics card with seven 8mm heat pipes, three fans and a mammoth heatsink. Two of the fans are 90mm while the middle one is 80mm. The MSI GTX 780 Lighting comes with a pretty nice out the box clock speed of 980/1033MHz core/boost and is much faster than the stock GTX 780 which has speeds of 863/900MHz core/boost. Sadly the memory doesn’t get any special treatment and comes with the stock amount at the stock speed of 6GHz. MSI have made some very high-end adjustments to the power delivery system removing Nvidia restrictions, adding a 16 phase VRM and providing an independent memory power source. MSI have also equipped their “GPU reactor” on the rear of the card to provide additional filtering for the power input which should increase stability when overclocking.
  FULL STORY @ ETEKNIX

Fractal Design ARC Mini R2 Case Review
     Tue, Dec 31 2013 | 8:59A | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Next, there is included support for larger video cards and CPU coolers, making it a very welcome addition to this small chassis. Lastly is the water cooling support, which to me it is a dud because you lose either one or both bays when installing anything other than a 240mm radiator on top. The reason why I kept it in the Pros was because it`s very uncommon to support a custom liquid cooling setup in the realm of small chassis, but Fractal Design added it anyways, even if it might be less than practical. It does not hurt the chassis in any way by including it, so it is a warm welcome in my eyes."
  FULL STORY @ OVERCLOCKERSCLUB.COM

AMD Radeon R7 260 Preview: Affordable DX11 GPU
     Mon, Dec 30 2013 | 4:03P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
AMD is closing out the year with yet another new GPU announcement, though this one isn't quite like the last few we've brought you. If you've been hanging around here for any length of time recently, you've probably read about the semi-new Radeon R9 and R7 series cards that AMD launched back in early October. If that wasn't enough, the company soon followed up with the truly new, ultra-powerful Radeon R9 290X, based on the GPU formerly codenamed Hawaii. And then a few days after that, the slightly tamer Radeon R9 290 hit the scene, and at a very aggressive price point to boot. There's also been a bit of drama since then due to some significant performance variability between R9 290 and 290X series cards, but that's still playing out. In the meantime, AMD wants to bring its GCN architecture, Mantle support, and TrueAudio engine down to ever lower price points, with a new member of the Radeon R7 family, dubbed the Radeon R7 260. As its name suggests, the Radeon R7 260 is very similar to its big brother, the R7 260X, which itself is similar to the previous-gen Radeon HD 7790...
  FULL STORY @ HOTHARDWARE

AMD Radeon R7 260 review: AMD's affordable trump card
     Mon, Dec 30 2013 | 4:02P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We tested quite a few new cards in the AMD R7 and R9 series ever since AMD launched them a few months back. Today AMD introduced the Radeon R7 260, an affordable version of the existing R7 260X. In terms of pricing, it's positioned somewhere in between Nvidia's GeForce GTX 650 and 650Ti. Can it also compete in terms of performance?
  FULL STORY @ HARDWARE

 
Nest Learning Thermostat Review
     Mon, Dec 30 2013 | 4:01P | Hardware | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Like many of you, I never really gave much thought to something as basic as my thermostat. So long as it kicked on the heater or air conditioner when I needed it to, I was happy. I'll admit I was a bit intrigued when I read about the Nest Learning Thermostat back in 2011 but even then, the thought of purchasing one never really crossed my mind.
  FULL STORY @ TECHSPOT

ROCCAT Ryos MK Glow Illuminated Gaming Mechanical Keyboard Review
     Mon, Dec 30 2013 | 4:01P | Games | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Ryos MK Glow Illuminated Mechanical Gaming from ROCCAT was awesome, though it took me till the very end to finally figure that out. I liked nearly every aspect of this keyboard, from the Black key switches, to the blue color scheme, to the slightly overly complicated software. For pure gaming, this keyboard is sublime. The possibilities for customization are awe inspiring. Certain users will dislike the small number of standalone macros, but for those who are adventurous enough, there are more macros than ever before. It does require some extra space because of the solid, integrated wrist rest and extra mysterious width, but that is a total afterthought compared to making games play almost any way you want. Having every key light up and having your very own overly dramatic man voice tell you how to quick record keys is just a bonus."
  FULL STORY @ OVERCLOCKERSCLUB.COM

4-way 128GB Flash Drive Roundup
     Mon, Dec 30 2013 | 4:00P | Memory | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
These USB 3.0 flash drives all had one thing in common, their 128GB capacity. However that is about where the similarities began and ended. These are four very different flash drives as they differ greatly in design, performance and price. So if you were in desperate need of a 128GB flash drive which one should you pick? Short answer the Corsair Voyager GS or the Patriot Supersonic Magnum as they are essentially the same product, so which ever you can get the cheapest would be the best option.
  FULL STORY @ LEGIONHARDWARE

Kingston DataTraveler HyperX PREDATOR 1TB USB 3.0 Flash Drive
     Mon, Dec 30 2013 | 1:32P | Memory | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
With storage capacity needs increasing all the time it`s somewhat expected for people to be on the lookout for higher capacity portable storage media such as USB Flash Drives and Portable Hard Drives. Portable Hard Drives are of course the obvious choice for most consumers not only because in the market one can currently find up to 2TB capacity 2.5 models but also because of the quite low price tags that accompany them. USB Flash drives on the other hand may be a lot smaller and faster (most of the times) compared to PHDs but they do cost much more and are nowhere close to reaching the same capacities. The HyperX PREDATOR 1TB USB 3.0 Flash Drive by Kingston offers the highest available capacity currently at very high read/write speeds and although we had the 512GB model on our test bench when it got launched a while ago we decided to also take a closer look at its larger brother. "
  FULL STORY @ NIKKTECH.COM

Func KB-460 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Review
     Mon, Dec 30 2013 | 10:02A | Games | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The bottom line is that the Func KB-460 is a very good looking keyboard aesthetically and has enough features to make it flexible. At $119.95 the price is pretty high, but not out of reason. The KB-460 feels extremely well made. Almost like it could get in a fight with a cinder block and walk away. I find it hard to believe that this is the first keyboard ever from Func, simply because of the quality and ease of use. But, it is the very first for the company, and it delivers a solid performance worthy of its price range and competition."
  FULL STORY @ OVERCLOCKERSCLUB.COM

Motorola Droid Ultra Review: Ultra-Thin LTE
     Mon, Dec 30 2013 | 9:03A | Mobile Devices | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
When considering the physical design of a smartphone, there's one key dimension that often matters most to the majority of users: thickness. No one wants to carry around a thick, clunky smartphone. Manufacturers realize thin devices sell, which is why it seems every time we turn around they're constantly fighting for the title of thinnest device. The current title-holder is the Motorola Droid Ultra, which is billed as the thinnest 4G LTE smartphone. It measures just 0.28 inches thick and is available exclusively through Verizon Wireless...
  FULL STORY @ HOTHARDWARE

Cooler Master Silencio 352 review: compact, quiet and affordable
     Mon, Dec 30 2013 | 9:02A | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Quote: Cooler Master has a clear winner with the Silencio 352. It's compact, affordable and has the features you want, including USB 3.0 and even a memory card reader. The build quality is solid and there are enough features for assembling your system effectively.
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN

Fractal Design Arc Mini R2 Review
     Mon, Dec 30 2013 | 9:02A | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The second revision of the Arc Mini micro ATX chassis brings a few revisions while keeping the essential styling that differentiates Fractal Design from other PC case manufacturers. The original Arc Mini PC case was well received by PC enthusiasts and system builders alike, and now Benchmark Reviews has the Arc Mini R2 for testing and we will detail what sets it apart from the crowd."
  FULL STORY @ BENCHMARKREVIEWS.COM

iStarUSA S35 Mini-ITX NAS Tower
     Mon, Dec 30 2013 | 9:01A | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Stop confusing yourself with all the NAS box options out there, and build your own NAS with the S-35 from iStarUSA, or maybe don't - your choice."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN

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