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Raidmax Vampire Case Review
     Tue, Nov 26 2013 | 4:34P | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Starting with the negative and working to what the chassis has to redeem itself, I`m going to start with one of my larger complaints of false advertising. This I cannot let go; I have been duped in the past and more than once. It`s that feeling when you get a gift for Christmas and realize your parents meant well, but got you the off brand, cheaper version of your favorite toy. Raidmax intentionally, or unintentionally, has played a role in creating a false image of a chassis with a nice blue glow to it. It`s simply not what is pictured, not even close in my mind. As explained before, both the website and box show a nice glowing blue chassis and what you receive is a semi-blue fan in the front; nothing else. Raidmax could resolve this by either adding a blue LED fan in the rear or just changing the image."
  FULL STORY @ OVERCLOCKERSCLUB.COM

Google Nexus 5: The TechSpot Review
     Tue, Nov 26 2013 | 4:00P | Chipset | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
It's that time of the year again, where Google releases a new Nexus handset for those wanting a cheap yet powerful device running stock Android. 2013's Nexus is the Nexus 5, aptly named as it's both the fifth Nexus device and it packs a five-inch display.
  FULL STORY @ TECHSPOT

Cooler Master Nepton 140XL AiO Liquid CPU Cooler Review @HiTech Legion
     Tue, Nov 26 2013 | 3:07P | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
With the Nepton 140XL Cooler Master has addressed this and offers the increased thermal performance of a 140mm radiator with included optional 120mm mounts. However the included dual Jet Flo 140mm fans of the Cooler Master Nepton 140XL do not fall short of 120mm fans as we have seen so many times in the past and feature 122 CFM airflow with 3.5mm H2O of static pressure. "
  FULL STORY @ HITECHLEGION.COM

Cooler Master Nepton 140XL AiO Liquid CPU Cooler Review @HiTech Legion
     Tue, Nov 26 2013 | 3:07P | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
With the Nepton 140XL Cooler Master has addressed this and offers the increased thermal performance of a 140mm radiator with included optional 120mm mounts. However the included dual Jet Flo 140mm fans of the Cooler Master Nepton 140XL do not fall short of 120mm fans as we have seen so many times in the past and feature 122 CFM airflow with 3.5mm H2O of static pressure."
  FULL STORY @ HITECHLEGION.COM

Cooler Master Nepton 140XL AiO Liquid CPU Cooler Review @HiTech Legion
     Tue, Nov 26 2013 | 3:07P | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
With the Nepton 140XL Cooler Master has addressed this and offers the increased thermal performance of a 140mm radiator with included optional 120mm mounts. However the included dual Jet Flo 140mm fans of the Cooler Master Nepton 140XL do not fall short of 120mm fans as we have seen so many times in the past and feature 122 CFM airflow with 3.5mm H2O of static pressure. /"
  FULL STORY @ HITECHLEGION.COM

Assassins Creed IV: Black Flag Review
     Tue, Nov 26 2013 | 2:53P | Games | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Is it the pirate`s life for you, or should Assassin`s Creed IV: Black Flag be allowed to sink beneath the waves? Grab you saber and prepare to set sail! I have found this game to be a lot of fun and a solid experience. It does have an odd place in the Assassin`s Creed franchise, in my opinion, because of how Edward Kenway and your out-of-Animus character fit into the Templar-Assassin war, with both being ignorant of it for so much of the game, but that does not detract from it. In a way it actually helps you understand what the differences are between the two sides by exposing it all from different viewpoints than we have had before."
  FULL STORY @ OVERCLOCKERSCLUB.COM

VisionTek mSATA 480GB SSD Review Trusted LSI SandForce Speeds with a High Capacity
     Tue, Nov 26 2013 | 12:45P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
VisionTek is an all-inclusive company that manufacturers several different PC components to include graphics cards, memory, power supplies, productivity cards, wireless and USB 3 adapters, as well asyou got itSSDs. Surprisingly, their representation in SSD form factors includes PCIe form factors, in addition to common 2.5 notebook and mSATA SSDs; this placing them amongst the very few that market PCIe SSDs at the moment. WE are happy to report that, not only do we have the notebook and mSATA SSD in hand, but the VisionTek Data Fusion PCIe SSD is on its way as well."
  FULL STORY @ THESSDREVIEW.COM

 
ROCCAT Raivo Stealth Black Mousepad Review
     Tue, Nov 26 2013 | 11:21A | Mouse Pads | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Starting with the Cons: the Raivo only has a few, but for a mousepad that is one too many. The biggest issue I have isn`t the semi-sharp edges. While they are not enough to cut you, it is definitely uncomfortable to lean your wrist on for a long period of time. The mousepad feels like a piece of cardboard with some color added to the front. It`s not a good feeling after a few hours of gaming and the only solution would be to get a gel pad, which adds to the final cost."
  FULL STORY @ OVERCLOCKERSCLUB.COM

Silicon Motion SM2246EN SSD Controller Review
     Tue, Nov 26 2013 | 10:58A | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The importance of SSD controllers often gets overlooked in the world of SSDs. Memory itself is front and center in the minds of most, simply because it is the most prominent component in any SSD. Most recently, we are even seeing Apple using the term flash in its product literature , rather than SSD. Not only is the controller capable of providing lightning fast speeds and up to 256-bit encryption in todays SSDs, but also, it extends the life of SSDs through wear leveling, garbage collection, and TRIM. To give you a small glimpse of how advanced the controller really is, it actually monitors each block of memory to ensure all wear equally. Now consider that a 256GB SSD contains 4.2 million of these blocks, each part of a constant behind the scenes movement to ensure memory wears equally and prolongs the life of the SSD; it becomes quite an impressive feat."
  FULL STORY @ THESSDREVIEW.COM

Grace Digital GDI-BTSP201 Bluetooth Bookshelf Speakers Review @MissingRemote
     Tue, Nov 26 2013 | 10:17A | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We reviewed the previous generation Grace Digital Internet Stereo System over two years ago, and while we loved it then, the world of audio has continued to evolve as users grow more and more attached to their mobile devices. That`s where the GDI-BTSP201 Bluetooth Bookshelf Speakers come to play, offering a standalone left and right stereo experience while still supporting Bluetooth and direct audio, all for under $250. *"
  FULL STORY @ MISSINGREMOTE.COM

Phanteks F140HP 140mm PWM Fan Review @HiTech Legion
     Tue, Nov 26 2013 | 10:03A | Cooling / Heatsinks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Phanteks is introducing the new PH-F140HP 140mm fan which is aimed specifically for air coolers. With that in mind, the Phanteks F140HP uses 120mm mounting in order to accommodate most tower coolers currently on the market./"
  FULL STORY @ HITECHLEGION.COM

Genius KB-G265 Gaming Keyboard Review @HiTech Legion
     Tue, Nov 26 2013 | 9:59A | Games | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
There are two USB pass through ports to allow users to plug headphones and/or a mouse into the keyboard. The KB-G265 is a full sized keyboard with a standard layout, except for the addition of eight hotkeys located across the top of the keyboard. The Genius also has a palm rest with LED lighting that matches the backlighting of the keys./"
  FULL STORY @ HITECHLEGION.COM

EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Ti SC SuperClocked ACX Review
     Tue, Nov 26 2013 | 9:15A | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
1.html,In this review, we test the EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Ti SC SuperClocked ACX review, armed with that 450W cooler and our FLIR camera we`ll see if it really is good cooling. Oh and hey, SC means a factory overclock - this thing is fast! NVIDIA unlocked the GPU completely meaning all 2880 Shader processors are available. That combined with increased core and memory clock frequencies and nice overclock potential will make this the flagship product to purchase for the Christmas holiday season."
  FULL STORY @ GURU3D.COM

Batman: Arkham Origins
     Tue, Nov 26 2013 | 9:02A | Games | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
”The old adage applies here – if it's not broke, don't fix it. I very much prefer this situation here with Origins than when Bioware and EA changed up the near-perfect formula of Dragon Age: Origins in the sequel. While Dragon Age 2 is not necessarily a bad game, the first game was clearly superior. With Batman: Arkham Origins, we have a case where I can honestly declare this the best Batman Arkham game yet. It has everything Arkham City had with consistently better boss battles and a story that arguably rivals Arkham Asylum. But if you weren't hoping for more of the same, you may not see it that way. If you were hoping for the leap forward to be as grand as the one from Asylum to City, I don't blame you for being disappointed, I simply hold a different opinion.”
  FULL STORY @ OVERCLOCKERSCLUB

Asustor AS-302T Multimedia NAS Server
     Tue, Nov 26 2013 | 9:01A | Servers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Asustor AS-302T Multimedia NAS Server is basically a mini computer system that serves as a dedicated storage device for all of your data needs. What really sets this apart from other NAS servers is it's ability to turn into a HTPC. Just add HDMI cable to a compatible HDTV and you're watching movies, TV shows and listening to your favorite music in no time. It comes with an Intel ATOM 1.6GHz Dual-Core Processor, 4 USB ports, up-to 2 drives can be installed, HDMI 1.4a connection, Gigabit Ethernet port, 3.5mm audio jack & works with just about an OS. For the money, the AS-302T is outstanding!" ~3dGameMan.com
  FULL STORY @ 3DGAMEMAN

Gigabyte Radeon R9 280X OC Edition Video Card Review @ ThinkComputers.org
     Tue, Nov 26 2013 | 9:00A | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
One of the best things when a new graphics card is released is waiting for custom versions of the card to come out. Many of these cards offer factory overclocks and custom cooling solutions. Not only will this give you better performance, but also quieter and more efficient cooling. Today we are taking a look at an R9 280X from Gigabyte (GV-R928XOC-3GD) which features a factory overclock of 1000 MHz core and 1100 MHz boost. Gigabyte has also installed their own custom WindForce 3X cooler, which should keep things nice and cool. Is the the R9 280X for you? Read on as we take a look..."
  FULL STORY @ THINKCOMPUTERS

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