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Sapphire HD 7950 FleX Dual-X Edition 3GB Review
     Fri, Jul 06 2012 | 1:49P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Overclocking this video card is as simple as booting up the Sapphire TriXX utility and moving some sliders around. I started at a baseline of 1050MHz on the core and 1500MHz on the memory. I took bigger steps on the core, making the jump from 1130MHz to 1150MHz and began to saw artifacting and snow start to show up. Backing down 5MHz at a time, I regained stability at 1135MHz, but I took it down another 4MHz to be conservative. The memory performed great and was rock stable until 1560MHz where it basically hit a wall. A few MHz here separated the memory from running great and complete failure. Compared to other HD 7950s, the clock speeds presented by this one aren`t as impressive - although the idea to this card is multimonitor support and not raw overclocking potential right out of the gate."

Nvidia GeForce GTX 670 in 2-Way and 3-Way SLI
     Fri, Jul 06 2012 | 1:32P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today we are going to discuss the performance of Nvidia’s multi-GPU configurations built with two and three overclocked GeForce GTX 670 graphics cards. Besides, we will also compare the performance of Nvidia GeForce HGTX 680 against AMD Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition (emulated by overclocking) running the latest existing drivers.

Zotac GeForce GTX 680 AMP! Edition Graphics Card
     Fri, Jul 06 2012 | 1:32P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today we are going to talk about one of the fastest GeForce GTX 680 graphics cards out there featuring a unique cooling system.

LGA 1155 Mainboard from Micro-Star: MSI Z77A-GD65 Review
     Fri, Jul 06 2012 | 1:31P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today we are going to introduce to you one of the top MSI mainboards based on Intel Z77 Express chipset. As usual, we will talk about the packaging and accessories, PCB layout and features, BIOS functionality. We will also touch upon MSI’s proprietary software bundle, check out the mainboard’s performance and power consumption in nominal mode as well as during overclocking.

OCZ Vertex 4 256GB (VTX4-25SAT3-256G)
     Fri, Jul 06 2012 | 1:27P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
OCZ ditched the SandForce controller in their Vertex 4, instead opting for their own Indilinx Everest 2 controller. How does the new controller perform compared to others? Can it carry the Vertex brand to the next level?"

Nexus SM-5000 Silent Mouse @ Rbmods
     Fri, Jul 06 2012 | 1:05P | Mouse Pads | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
If you work with music or even just coding you might want a silent mouse so you dont have to listen to the annoying clicking from a computer mouse. Even normal users should look at this review since today we are going to take a look at a silent computer mouse from Nexus. They claim that their new SM-5000 mouse should be way more silent than other mice on the market due to the new switch technology in the mouse so lets take a closer look to see what we think about it."

QPAD 5K LE Review @ Vortez
     Fri, Jul 06 2012 | 1:01P | Networking | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The 5K L.E, as the name suggests is a limited edition version of the 5K. The big selling point of the 5k L.E is the next generation gaming-grade laser sensor hailing from the halls of Avago - the A9800. The new laser allows a ridiculously high DPI of 8200 CPI capable of delivering a sample rate of 12000 fps. Not the highest we have sampled I grant you. The SteelSeries Sensei delivered an effective 11400 CPI however this CPI was achieved by the on-board ARM processor meaning the Sensei`s physical limit was in fact 5700 CPI. The QPAD 5K L.E betters this and hits a massive 8200 CPI without the need for additional processing. So while the QPAD has the highest physical CPI, the Sensei the highest theoretical CPI, the 5K L.E can hit it`s CPI without degradation of accuracy and precision."

News: Sennheisers HD 558 headphones are cans of whoop-ass
     Fri, Jul 06 2012 | 12:42P | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
In his latest blog post, TR`s David Morgan recounts his quest for new headphones. Read on for a brief look at Sennheiser`s HD 558s."

Netgear WNDR4500 N900 Wireless Router Review @ Legit Reviews
     Fri, Jul 06 2012 | 12:20P | Networking | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Our experience with the Netgear N900 router is that it handles complex traffic very nicely and is really transparent on your network. We never had any issues at all with trying to stream movies or music. This included 1080p movie files as well as FLAC and other lossless music files. After we tried to overload the network we did notice that WMM does make a difference in your connection speed so if there is one recommendation we can give to users out there, it is to check your routers firmware and enable WMM. Many manufacturers will try and use the functionality of WMM or QoS and market these tools as unique to their own brand, but you should know and recognize that many routers and most newer WiFi adapters support this function already. However, most people dont know that they need to actually turn it on..."

Civilization V - Gods & Kings Review @ Techgage
     Fri, Jul 06 2012 | 12:04P | Games | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
* After a far-too-long absence, religion and espionage has finally returned to Civilization, in the new Gods & Kings expansion. Along with those are many additional civs, units, buildings, wonders, a diplomatic retooling and a worthy upgrade to the city-state system. Read on as we take a look at G&K and see if it`s worth your hard-earned gold."

Western Digital VelociRaptor 1TB Hard Drive Review @ Hardware Canucks
     Fri, Jul 06 2012 | 11:59A | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Traditional hard drives may not have the bragging rights of modern SSDs but Western Digital is betting that their new VelociRaptor 1TB will cause buyers to seriously consider stepping back onto the spindle-based bandwagon. Unlike past VelociRaptors, it boasts capacity to match its high performance envelope and comes in at a price that shames most SSDs.* *"

Lian Li PC-V355-B Mini Tower Chassis Review
     Fri, Jul 06 2012 | 11:58A | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Lian Li rolls out the PC-V355, a mini tower chassis that is feature rich as well as very compact."

The Secret World PC Technical Review @ Rage3D.com
     Fri, Jul 06 2012 | 11:50A | Games | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We review Funcom`s latest MMORPG The Secret World and see how it stacks up as a PC exclusive.*"

Kingston FCR-HS3 and FCR-MLG3 USB 3.0 Flash Card Readers Review @ Hi Tech Legion
     Fri, Jul 06 2012 | 11:36A | Memory | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Kingston FCR-HS3 and FCR-MLG3 USB 3.0 Flash Card readers make sure transfer speeds stay current. The FCR-HS3 and FCR-MLG3 are fully compatible with the latest class 10 and UHS-I flash storage. Both use USB 3.0 specification. USB 3.0 ensures a maximum transfer rate of 5Gb/s. The FCR-HS3 features an ultra portable, metal construction. There is a built-in LED indicator. The FCR-HS3 had complete compatibility with a 19-in-1 flash card format design. Its little brother, the FCR-MLG3, features a much smaller portable size. The FCR-MLG3 uses a 7-in-1 flash card compatibility design. The sides of the FCR-MLG3 retract to protect the interfaces on both sides.///"

HD 7970 Gaming Performance: AMD Catalyst 12.6 WHQL & 12.7 Beta @ Ocaholic
     Fri, Jul 06 2012 | 11:14A | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Last week AMD released two interesting drivers for their graphics cards. First of all the Catalyst 12.6 WHQL, remember the last WHQL they released were the Catalyst 12.4 from April. Then you have the Catalyst 12.7 Beta, official this time (the ones we tested last were unofficial ones). Therefore we are curious to see how these latest drivers will peform under our game/benchmark parcours using the Radeon HD 7970."

EVGA Z77 FTW review
     Fri, Jul 06 2012 | 10:51A | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We review the EVGA Z77 FTW motherboard. As always EVGA separates itself from the herd by manufacturing a motherboards that might not be the most pleasing one to the eyes, but does make technology that will raise the heartbeat of many enthusiast PC aficionado`s. The motherboard also comes with triple BIOS, Clear CMOS, Power and Reset buttons. Along with its 100% solid state capacitors, EVGA Dummy OC tech and EVGA E-LEET Tuning support. 5 x16 PCie slots -- that will boil down to four x8 gen 3.0 with an added PLX (+16 lanes Gen 3.0) chip so the board also supports quad SLI and Crossfir. Read the review here"

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