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Mushkin Redline - 996996 - 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 PC3-17000 Memory Kit Review @ Madshrimps
     Thu, Aug 22 2013 | 8:20P | Memory | PermaLink
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Mushkin have recently released a new 2133MHz kit with 9-11-10-28 latencies and a rated voltage of 1.65V. The product is composed of two 4GB memory modules and are equipped with red Frostbyte design heatsinks."
  FULL STORY @ MADSHRIMPS.BE

ADATA DashDrive Durable HD710 External Hard Drive Review
     Thu, Aug 22 2013 | 5:46P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Have you ever felt that data stored on your external hard drives is unsafe due to the risk of dropping it, or getting it wet? Fear no more, ADATA has provided a solution in the form of their waterproof, shockproof HD710 portable HDD. Although it won?t protect your data if dropped from a rooftop or into a lake, you can rest assured that your data will be safe after minor drops and coffee spills. Following suit, ADATA has used an USB 3 interface to ensure speedy transfers with compatible machines. The HD710 is a little more expensive than other portable hard drives of the same storage capacity, it is therefore up to the consumer to decide whether or not the extra protection is worth the added cost. There are many demonstrations of the rigidity of this product on the web, in this article, Benchmark reviews will taker a closer look at the construction of this device as well as evaluate it?s performance."
  FULL STORY @ BENCHMARKREVIEWS.COM

GIGABYTE GEFORCE GTX 770 2GB OC WindForce (GV-N770OC-2GB OC) Video Card Review
     Thu, Aug 22 2013 | 5:43P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Current graphics intensive DirectX11 games look amazing with the settings turned up. With detailed textures, lighting, and action, its a shame that anyone has to turn down settings just to get 30 frames per second. If youre having to do this now, then youre probably going to miss out on hot titles such as Assassins Creed IV Black Flag, Batman Arkham Origins, Need for Speed Rivals, Splinter Cell Blacklist, Watch Dogs, and Battlefield 4 all scheduled for release very soon. All of these games look their best when played on a system with a capable video card. So what card do you need to get the most out of these games? The GIGABYTE GEFORCE GTX 770 2GB OC WindForce 3X wants to be on the short list. *"
  FULL STORY @ FUTURELOOKS.COM

AMD Kaveri processor will be available for purchase in 2014.
     Thu, Aug 22 2013 | 5:08P | CPU / Processors | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"In response to VR-Zone’s story on Kaveri’s possible delay to 2014, AMD has confirmed that Kaveri will be available for purchase in 2014.

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‘Kaveri’ features up to four ‘Steamroller’ x86 cores, major heterogeneous computing enhancements, and a discrete-level Graphics Core Next (GCN) implementation – AMD’s first high-performance APU to offer GCN. ‘Kaveri’ will be initially offered in the FM2+ package for desktop PCs."

  FULL STORY @ VR-ZONE

Penclic B2 Mouse
     Thu, Aug 22 2013 | 5:05P | Games | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"The Penclic B2 Mouse is the Bluetooth model and the R2 is the Wireless model, they even have a corded version if that's your preference. These mice come with a 5 buttons, rechargeable battery, supports all current operating systems and doesn't require any special software to operate. The Penclic is a unique product that work amazingly well." ~3dGameMan.com
  FULL STORY @ 3DGAMEMAN

NZXT H230 Case
     Thu, Aug 22 2013 | 5:05P | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"The NZXT H230 Case is a mid tower case that comes in black and white, includes 2 120mm fans, there are two USB3 ports, has noise dampening material on both side panels, tool-less drive design and much more. If you're in the market for a quiet build, it's an excellent case for the money." ~3dGameMan.com
  FULL STORY @ 3DGAMEMAN

EVGA GTX 780 Classified Video Card Review
     Thu, Aug 22 2013 | 5:04P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Overclocking is a big part of the enthusiast community so we tend to look for special products designed to help us reach our goals without having to resort to extensive board modifications.
  FULL STORY @ NINJALANE

 
Kingston MobileLite Wireless Review @ HiTech Legion
     Thu, Aug 22 2013 | 5:04P | Networking | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Kingston MobileLite Wireless is a flexible Wi-Fi storage device that is lightweight and portable. The MobileLite Wireless acts as a USB hub and a card reader when plugged in to a laptop or a desktop computer. When unplugged, the MobileLite Wireless can then be used as a wireless file server, allowing up to three simultaneous wireless device connections to access the data stored on both the USB port or the SD card reader slot when populated. An app is available for iOS or Android-based devices which enable users to wirelessly stream multimedia content as well as documents. The built-in Li-Polymer battery has an 1800mAh 3.7v rating and has a 5-hour life. Should users need a quick charge in case of an emergency; the Kingston MobileLite Wireless can also switch to battery backup charger mode providing enough juice for a full phone charge when the battery level indicator is a solid green. The Kingston MobileLite Wireless is compatible with Windows, Mac OS X 10.5.x+ as well as Linux and comes with a one-year warranty which includes free technical support."
  FULL STORY @ HITECHLEGION

Kingston MobileLite Wireless Storage Device Review
     Thu, Aug 22 2013 | 5:04P | Networking | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Kingston`s latest mobile device doubles as card reader and charger for your smartphone or tablet. We take a look at how it performs in our lab."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN.COM

AMD Radeon HD Graphics Cards
     Thu, Aug 22 2013 | 5:03P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Most people know Corsair for their AMD Radeon HD Graphics Cards. The HIS Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition IceQ is equipped with 2GB GDDR5 Memory and use the GHz Edition chip running at 1GHz. Besides performance in games and benchmark tools, we will see how much it can be overclocked. Let the show begin.
  FULL STORY @ TWEAK

Plextor is well known for their SSD drives
     Thu, Aug 22 2013 | 5:03P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Plextor is well known for their SSD drives. The Plextor M5 Pro series is designed for high-end consumers and workstation use. The capacity is from 128GB to 512GB. The sequential read and write the speed is up to 540MB/s and 330MB/s according to Plextor. But how is the Plextor M5 Pro 128GB SSD performing in real life?
  FULL STORY @ TWEAK

MOA 2013 Semi Final Results, EVGA 780 Classified
     Thu, Aug 22 2013 | 5:03P | Tradeshows / Events | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Ninjalane Podcast - In this episode Darren wants to know the results of the MOA 2013 Semi Finals. Dennis talks about the amazing EVGA GTX 780 Classified and the Duo exchange views about the latest Slate/Tablet devices.
  FULL STORY @ NINJALANE

G.Skill Ripjaws X 2133Mhz DDR3 RAM
     Thu, Aug 22 2013 | 5:02P | Memory | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Overall, I am very impressed with the Ripjaws X 2133Mhz RAM. They retail for $73 (2 x 4Gb kit) and are also available in larger 2 x 8Gb kits not to mention the wide variety of Ripjaws of different speeds and timings to allow you to find the RAM that perfectly suits your needs.
  FULL STORY @ MODDERS

GIGABYTE Overclocking Contest at HWBOT.org
     Thu, Aug 22 2013 | 4:26P | Tradeshows / Events | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF

$5,000 Dollars Cash, Plus Hardware Prizes Up for Grabs Benching SuperPi on AMD FM2 and AM3+

City of Industry, California, August 16, 2013 – GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co. Ltd., a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards, today announced the launch of its latest overclocking contest at HWBOT.org, ‘Pi is Returned’. From August 16th until September 16th 2013, all HWBOT members are invited to pit their overclocking skills against each other competing for $5,000 in cash prizes on SuperPi, the original and classic CPU and memory benchmark.

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The ‘Pi is Returned’ contest consists of both AMD FM2 and AM3+ platform groups, each with stages centered around SuperPi 1M and SuperPi 32M benchmarks. $5,000 US Dollars in cash is offered as prize money to both 1st and 2nd place finishers, with GIGABYTE F2A85XN-WIFI and GIGABYTE 990FXA-UD3 motherboards plus CPUs and APUs offered for 3rd place. An additional cash prize is also offered for the highest world records achieved at each stage.

‘Pi is Returned’ - Groups and Stages

Group A - FM1/2 (Llano/Trinity/Richland)
· Stage1: Super Pi 1M
o        1st place $500
o        2nd place $250
o        3rd place F2A85XN-WIFI & AMD A10-6800K
o        World Record - $500

· Stage2: Super Pi 32M
o        1st place $500
o        2nd place $250
o        3rd place F2A85XN-WIFI & AMD A10-6800K
o        World Record - $500

Group B – AM3+ (Bulldozer/Piledriver)

· Stage1: Super Pi 1M
o        1st place $500
o        2nd place $250
o        3rd place 990FXA-UD3 & AMD FX-8350
o        World Record - $500

· Stage2: Super Pi 32M
o        1st place $500
o        2nd place $250
o        3rd place 990FXA-UD3 & AMD FX-8350
o        World Record - $500
 
Limitations:
Entrants must use the official competition background. Verification screenshots are required and must include; SuperPI 1M or 32M scores, plus CPU-Z CPU/MEM/Mainboard tab. Entrants must include a picture of the rig used. Usual HWBOT submission and verification rules apply.

The GIGABYTE Pi is Returned contest is open to all HWBOT members until September 16th, 2013. For more details, competition rules and standings, please visit the Pi is Returned competition page on HWBOT.org

http://hwbot.org/competition/gbt_pi_returned

  FULL STORY @ HWBOT

GIGABYTE G1.Sniper A88X Motherboard Packs in USB DAC-UP/Gain Boos
     Thu, Aug 22 2013 | 4:05P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF

GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co. Ltd., a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards, today announced its new FM2+ motherboards including the newest addition to its G1-Killer range of gaming motherboards, the GIGABYTE G1.Sniper A88X. Debuting two exclusive audio features including GIGABYTE USB DAC-UP, an exclusive feature optimized for users employing a Digital-to-Analog Converter, and Gain Boost which provides high gain output for advanced headphones and speakers, the GIGABYTE G1.Sniper A88X provides the highest caliber onboard audio experience for discerning audiophiles.

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“We’ve had a lot of customer interest in expanding our G1-Killer gaming motherboard range to include an AMD platform model.” commented Henry Kao, Vice President of GIGABYTE Motherboard Business Unit. ”By also developing unique audio features that make a real difference to the overall experience, we’re confident this board will be a real hit with gamers and audiophiles alike.”

GIGABYTE AMP-UP Audio: Redefining Motherboard Audio

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GIGABYTE AMP-UP Audio combines a range of unique features and technologies that are designed to give audio enthusiasts and PC gamers more control over their motherboard audio than ever before.

USB DAC-UP

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Featuring a gold plated USB 2.0 port, GIGABYTE USB DAC-UP provides clean, noise-free power delivery to your Digital-to-Analog Converter. DACs can be sensitive to fluctuations in power from the other USB ports, which is why GIGABYTE USB DAC-UP takes advantage of an isolated power source that minimizes potential fluctuations and ensures the best audio experience possible.

GIGABYTE USB DAC-UP also allows the port to be configured in BIOS for enthusiast system configurations which do not require USB power to the DAC. This makes it suitable for high-end audio enthusiasts building extreme fidelity audio systems.

Gain Boost

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To further optimize the audio experience provided by the onboard OP-Amp, GIGABYTE motherboards also debut Gain Boost. Gain Boost provides onboard switches to select between 2.5x and 6x amplification modes depending on output device. Most OP-Amps are capable of providing a high-gain audio output that is ideal for high-end headphones and speakers that have higher impedance headroom. Gain Boost allows users to switch between 6x and x2.5 amplification modes depending on the speakers or headphones being used.

Upgradable Onboard OP-Amp

GIGABYTE motherboards are the world’s first to feature an onboard operational amplifier (OP-Amp). OP-Amps are commonly found in high-end audio equipment and offer not only amplification of the audio signal, but a superior audio experience generally. The motherboard’s OP-Amp is mounted on a socket which allows users to physically switch out and try different OP-Amps which offer distinct and nuanced properties that make the audio clearer, punchier and more life-like. Additional OP-Amps can be purchased separately to further expand audio capabilities.

Audio Noise Guard      

To help protect and insulate the the Realtek ALC898 audio processor and onboard amplifiers from electrostatic interference (ESD), the GIGABYTE G1.Sniper A88X motherboard features an audio noise guard that essentially separates the board’s sensitive analog audio components from potential ESD pollution at the PCB level. LED trace path lighting illuminates to show the separation of the PCB layers.

Nichicon Pro Audio Caps

The GIGABYTE G1.Sniper A88X motherboard uses the highest quality Nichicon

MUSE ES series audio capacitors at each channel layout. These professional audio capacitors deliver the highest quality sound resolution and sound expansion to create the most realistic sound effects for professional gamers.

Gold Audio Plated Hardware

The GIGABYTE G1.Sniper A88X motherboard uses top quality gold plated hardware for improved connectivity and long lasting durability for the USB DAC-UP port and audio connectors. Gold has superb signal conductivity and will not tarnish over extended periods of use. The Realtek ALC898 audio processor is also shielded by a gold-plated cover which eliminates electrostatic interference.

GIGABYTE G1.Sniper A88X: Ready for Kaveri on AMD Socket FM2+

The GIGABYTE G1.Sniper A88X motherboard features the new FM2+ APU socket, and is designed to get the most from forthcoming ‘Kaveri’ AMD APUs, while preserving compatibility for current AMD FM2 ‘Trinity’ and ‘Richland’ APUs.  Socket FM2+ AMD APUs offer native support for 8 GT/s PCI Express gen 3.0 as well as DX11.1 support, integrating the high performance ‘Steamroller’ core. AMD socket FM2+ APUs also offer native support for 4K resolution displays on HDMI and DisplayPort.

  FULL STORY @ GIGABYTE

Asus Z87-K Mainboard Review or Practical Overview
     Thu, Aug 22 2013 | 4:03P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
This mainboard is fairly simple, but this is why it actually turned out relatively inexpensive. At the same time it features everything necessary for proper usage, which is its primary selling feature. As for the processors and chipsets comprising the new LGA1150 platform, the situation here is much more complicated.
  FULL STORY @ XBITLABS

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