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[Tech ARP] Desktop CPU Comparison Guide Rev. 13.0
     Tue, Apr 02 2013 | 11:54A | CPU / Processors | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
There are so many CPU models that it has become quite impossible to keep up with the different models or even remember their specifications. Therefore, we decided to compile this guide to provide an easy reference for those who are interested in comparing the specifications of the various desktop CPUs in the market, as well as those already obsolescent or obsolete. Currently covering *887 desktop CPUs*, this comprehensive comparison will allow you to easily compare *up to 19 different specifications* for each and every CPU. Here`s the latest update in Revision 12.9 : *- Added the Intel Core i3-3210 dual-core processor. - Added the Intel Pentium G2130 dual-core processor. - Added the Intel Pentium G2020 dual-core processor. - Added the Intel Pentium G2020T dual-core processor. - Added the Intel Pentium G2010 dual-core processor. - Added the Intel Celeron G1620 dual-core processor. - Added the Intel Celeron G1610 dual-core processor. - Added the Intel Celeron G1610T dual-core processor. - Corrected the Instruction Set specifications for the Intel Pentium E6000 (Wolfdale-3M) family of dual-core processors. - Corrected the Instruction Set specifications for the Intel Pentium E5000 (Wolfdale-3M) family of dual-core processors.*"
  FULL STORY @ TECHARP.COM

QNAP TurboNAS TS-469U-RP NAS Server Review
     Tue, Apr 02 2013 | 9:37A | Networking | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
During the last 3 years we`ve witnessed the introduction of quite a few new companies focused in the design and manufacture of NAS (network attached storage) devices, mostly entry level ones aimed at home users but in some cases mid-end ones for small business users and even high-end ones for large enterprises. Competition is always a good thing in the market since through that prices tend to take hit all the time while in the process build quality tends to improve. Still when you are about to spend your hard earned money (whether we are talking about home, small business and even enterprise users) to purchase something you simply want the best and at least to date QNAP has proven time and again not only that they are by far the most reliable NAS manufacturer in the market currently but also that their solutions can outperform with relative ease their counterparts. So today with us we have their latest 4-Bay TurboNAS TS-469U-RP Rackmount NAS server which due to its size, specifications and design is naturally aimed towards small business IT environments."
  FULL STORY @ NIKKTECH.COM

AMD Releases Open-Source UVD Video Support
     Tue, Apr 02 2013 | 9:33A | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Within the next few hours AMD will be publishing open-source driver code that exposes their Unified Video Decoder (UVD) engine on modern Radeon HD graphics cards. This will finally allow open-source graphics drivers to take advantage of hardware-accelerated video decoding. Read more details in this Phoronix exclusive."
  FULL STORY @ PHORONIX.COM

REVIEW: Noctua NH-L9i Low Profile CPU Cooler @ PureOverclock
     Tue, Apr 02 2013 | 9:19A | Cooling / Heatsinks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
?With the popularity of small form factor builds becoming more common place over recent years, sometimes finding the right CPU Cooler can be a challenge. With the tight spaces in small factor builds, it really takes a special cooler to do the job correctly. Today we will be looking at the Noctua NH-L9i CPU Cooler. From an aesthetics stand point, we see that Noctua remains true to its brand by sticking to its traditional colors with the tan and brown fans. While this cooler looks small compared to the traditional line up from Noctua, this small form factor CPU cooler has a unique look of its own. From a performance stand point, we are going to see if it also holds true to Noctua?s past performance. While this cooler was not designed to support high overclocks, today we are still going to put it to the test and see what it can do.?"
  FULL STORY @ PUREOVERCLOCK.COM

Overclockers.com - ASUS HD 7790 DirectCU II OC Graphics Card Review
     Tue, Apr 02 2013 | 9:05A | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
It?s launch day! Today AMD is bringing forth its new HD 7790 GPU, code named Bonaire. We?ve got the details on Bonaire and are bringing you a review of ASUS? HD 7790 DirectCU II OC. Sit back, relax and enjoy the benchmarking!"
  FULL STORY @ OVERCLOCKERS.COM

Razer DeathAdder Left-Hand Edition Review
     Tue, Apr 02 2013 | 9:00A | Games | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Razer DeathAdder is now my day to day workhouse, brought in to replace an ageing Razer Copperhead. The left-handed design was a big draw and I don’t regret the decision – there really is a great lack of attention spent on left-handed peripherals from manufacturers. Ignoring the feature set and technical spec’s for a moment, it’s raw performance was exactly what I was looking for and in many ways expected.
  FULL STORY @ DEATHADDER

3DMark for Android @ HardwareHeaven.com
     Tue, Apr 02 2013 | 8:01A | Benchmarks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
3DMark for Android @ HardwareHeaven.com Today Futuremark are releasing, for free, a version of 3DMark which runs on Android (3.0 and above). This is their next step in allowing us to compare the latest mobile devices to each other with iOS support to follow soon. We have had some time with the new Android edition of 3DMark and today we have a selection of benchmark results from various devices as well as some information on the software itself."
  FULL STORY @ HARDWAREHEAVEN.COM

 
ASUS VivoBook S500CA Review @ TechReviewSource.com
     Mon, Apr 01 2013 | 4:01P | Notebooks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The ASUS VivoBook S500CA is a Windows 8 touch screen laptop that offers a stylish, portable design, a great-looking display and solid overall performance. It does suffer from below average battery life and an overly sensitive touch pad."
  FULL STORY @ TECHREVIEWSOURCE.COM

AZiO Large Print Tri-Color Backlight Keyboard Review
     Mon, Apr 01 2013 | 4:01P | Peripherals | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
I do think that the keyboard works well enough to be used, but I would just prefer to use even a cheap Dell keyboard over this one due to the lack of a friendly touch typing experience. However, it is a perfect keyboard for the elderly folks who are still chicken pecking away at the keys to write out emails and search AOL. Though I`d say at that point it doesn`t matter what keyboard is used as long as it gets letters to the screen. The oversized letters are quite a plus despite all the downsides. My grandmother has poor eyesight, near and far, so being able to look down and easily find the symbols or letters adds quite the benefit to this keyboard, as do the lighting options for typing in the dark (though my grandmother is too old school for that it`s bad for your eyes!!!). All in all it was fun, but I think I`d prefer anything else after a week`s worth of typing on this keyboard"
  FULL STORY @ OVERCLOCKERSCLUB.COM

Corsair Neutron 240 GB vs. OCZ Agility 4 256 GB SSD Review @ Hardware Secrets
     Mon, Apr 01 2013 | 4:01P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Solid state drives have come down significantly in price over the last few years, so it`s now cheaper than ever to upgrade your PC. While 128 GiB units offer the best compromise between price and capacity in most cases, some users may opt for a 256 GiB model instead if extra storage space is required. Today we are going to look at two of the latest 256 GiB models; the Corsair Neutron and the OCZ Agility 4."
  FULL STORY @ HARDWARESECRETS.COM

Fractal Design Define R4 Arctic White Case @ Benchmark Reviews
     Mon, Apr 01 2013 | 4:01P | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
In the PC hardware market you tend to get exactly what you pay for. It`s not always the case, but 9 times out of 10 you will find that if you pay less you get less. How else can we justify handing over $110 for 12kg of cleverly crafted sheet metal and vacuum formed plastic. We pay for the brand and we pay for the looks, and some of us also pay for build quality. In this article Benchmark Reviews aims to delve deep into the Fractal Design Define R4 Arctic White Case (Model: FD-CA-DEF-R4-WH), and see if it`s got what it takes to satiate the appetite of today`s enthusiast. The Fractal Design Define R4 features include: the use of sound reducing materials, a 3-speed fan controller supporting up to three fans, modular drive bays and support for very large hardware. Please read on to find out more..."
  FULL STORY @ BENCHMARKREVIEWS.COM

Scythe Kama Bay Amp Pro (SDAR-3000) & Kro Craft Speakers Rev. B Review @ Madshrimps
     Mon, Apr 01 2013 | 3:54P | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Scythe have finally released their latest amplifier iteration, which can provide more power and takes two 5,25 inch bays if we decide to install it inside our computer. The product is also shipped with a very useful remote, which permits us to switch between the inputs, adjust the Equalizer and more."
  FULL STORY @ MADSHRIMPS.BE

AMD Radeon HD 7790 Video Card Review w/ Gigabyte & Sapphire @ Legit Reviews
     Mon, Apr 01 2013 | 3:50P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
AMD just introduced the Radeon HD 7790 desktop graphics card that is powered by the new Bonaire GPU. This card uses the latest GCN (Graphics Core Next) architecture from AMD along with 896 Stream processor units to bring better performance to gamers at the $149 price point. Read on to see how cards from Gigabyte and Sapphire do when put to the test!"
  FULL STORY @ LEGITREVIEWS.COM

[Affiliates News] Patriot Supersonic Rage XT 32GB Review @ APH Networks
     Mon, Apr 01 2013 | 12:09P | Memory | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Affordable speed in a compact package? We took a look at the Supersonic Rage XT 32GB from Patriot Memory."
  FULL STORY @ APHNETWORKS.COM

[Tech ARP] Workstation Graphics Card Comparison Guide Rev. 7.1
     Mon, Apr 01 2013 | 11:56A | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
These days, there are so many workstation graphics card models that it has become quite impossible to keep up with the different configurations. Therefore, we decided to compile this comprehensive guide to *154 workstation graphics cards*. We hope this comparison will provide an easy reference for those who are interested in comparing the specifications of the various workstation graphics cards in the market as well as those already obsolescent or obsolete. We will keep this guide updated regularly so do check back for the latest updates. Here are the latest updates in Revision 7.1 : *- Added a new Pixel Fill Rate specification for NVIDIA workstation GPUs. - Added the NVIDIA Quadro K4000 graphics card. - Added the NVIDIA Quadro K2000D graphics card. - Added the NVIDIA Quadro K2000 graphics card. - Added the NVIDIA Quadro K600 graphics card. - Added the NVIDIA NVS 510 graphics card. - Added the NVIDIA NVS 450 graphics card. - Added the NVIDIA NVS 310 graphics card. - Added the NVIDIA NVS 300 graphics card. - Added the NVIDIA NVS 295 graphics card. - Updated the specifications of the NVIDIA Quadro K5000 graphics card. - Updated the specifications of the NVIDIA Quadro4 series of graphics cards. - Updated the specifications of the NVIDIA NVS family of business-class graphics cards. - Removed the NVIDIA Quadro NVS graphics card.* **"
  FULL STORY @ TECHARP.COM

[Tech ARP] BIOS Option Of The Week - SDRAM Tras Timing Value
     Mon, Apr 01 2013 | 11:54A | BIOS | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Since 1999, we have been developing the BIOS Optimization Guide, affectionately known as the BOG. From a meager beginning of a single page, it now covers over 440 BIOS options. As old BOG readers will know, we started offering two editions of the BOG since Revision 8.0 - a simplified edition and the complete edition. Normally, the complete edition is only available to subscribers who help sponsor the development of the guide through a small fee. However, that changes today! From now on, we will post a BIOS option from the complete edition of the BIOS Optimization Guide every weekend. This week, we will be taking a look at the *SDRAM Tras Timing Value * setting."
  FULL STORY @ TECHARP.COM

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