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SilverStone Strider Gold S ST1500-GS Power Supply Review
     Sun, Mar 01 2015 | 10:36A | Power Supply | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
SilverStones new ST1500-GS power supply is a welcome upgrade to the Strider Gold S series. The unit comes housed in a compact enclosure that measures only 180mm (7.1) deep. It also features all-modular cabling, incorporates a quiet cooling fan, and is 80 Plus Gold certified for high efficiency. The small footprint may appeal to some users but Im guessing the majority of folks using a 1,500 watt PSU may already have a large case with plenty of room for a large PSU."

Dying Light Review
     Sun, Mar 01 2015 | 9:29A | Games | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Should we try to save Harran or let the infestation go unabated? I have a hard time answering that, as my own feeling is to fail to recommend Dying Light. Please understand that failing to recommend a game does not mean it is bad. In this case I just do not feel it is that strong a title. The graphics are good, but not perfect, and the story is completely predictable and unoriginal. The gameplay is fun, but it is also fairly unremarkable. Combat works and works well, but there is nothing too special to it, and while free-running is a fun way to cross a city and avoid enemies, it has issues that do break that experience. Sometimes a game will have that one thing that makes it stand out from the rest, like a superb story, amazingly solid gameplay, or impressive graphics that make your eyes smile. More often it is a combination of story, gameplay, and graphics that makes a game stand out. In the case of Dying Light, none of these components stand out, at least for me, and so neither do their combination. That does not make the game bad, and indeed I believe it is a good game and I enjoyed playing. It just does not offer enough for me to recommend it."

Crucial BX100 SSD Review (500GB/1TB)
     Sun, Mar 01 2015 | 9:02A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Crucial’s newest BX100 SATA 3 SSD aims to be one of the cheapest SSD lines in the current entry-level marketplace. Entering the SSD business way back in 209, Crucial has really started to hone in on the larger consumer base of SSD’s starting with the M550, the MX100, and now the BX100 series. The introduction of the new BX100 seems to be Crucial’s stab at making an even lower tiered value SSDs than the MX100. The trade-off, however, is that the BX100 is available in sizes up to 1TB.

Intel NUC NUC5i5RYK Running HyperX Impact 1600MHz & 1866MHz
     Sun, Mar 01 2015 | 9:01A | Memory | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Earlier this month when we published our review on the Intel NUC NUC5i5RYK we tested using a 1600MHz DDR3L 1.35V memory kit. We found the new Intel Core i5-5250U Broadwell-U processor was a very capable processor with a standard 1600MHz kit, but a number of readers were quick to ask about the performance gains that could be gained from using faster clocked memory. It turns out that right now there is no price difference between a Kingston HyperX Impact Black 8GB 1600MHz CL9 memory kit versus a Kingston HyperX Impact Black 8GB 1866MHz CL10 memory kit. Since both DDR3L SODIMM kits are the same price we have a feeling that most people are going to want to go with the 1866MHz kit despite the slightly looser CL10 timings. Read on to see how the NUC performs with both 1600MHz and 1866MHz memory kits!

MSI Nightblade Review @ ocaholic
     Sat, Feb 28 2015 | 12:46P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Nightblade is the name of the lastest ITX gaming solution from MSI. Due to its compact dimensions and the high-end components inside, the Nightblade is a mini system perfect for everybody who need a lot of power or wants to attend LAN events."

GIGABYTE MD70-HB0 (Intel C612) Server Motherboard Review
     Sat, Feb 28 2015 | 12:00P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The second GIGABYTE dual CPU Haswell-EP server motherboard enters the lab. Let's find out if it's just another server board, or a diamond in the rough."

Silicon Power Mobile X31 OTG USB 3.0 Flash Drive Review @ Madshrimps
     Sat, Feb 28 2015 | 10:36A | Memory | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Silicon Power has recently introduced its lightweight mobile USB 3.0 OTG drive which can be used to transport and transfer data between multiple mobile devices and while its read speeds are pretty good, it falls a bit short on the writes; considering that the Android and Windows tablets which support this function are mostly USB 2.0, the lower write speeds should not be such a bit inconvenience, but when copying data from our PCs to the drive, we can see it lagging a bit."

Crucial MX200 500GB & 1TB SSD Review @ Hardware Canucks
     Sat, Feb 28 2015 | 9:29A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
As a replacement to the MX100, Crucial`s MX200 seems to have it all; performance, longevity, a low price and advanced features. These new SSDs may be some of the best around."

Seasonic TFX 350W PSU Review
     Sat, Feb 28 2015 | 9:02A | Power Supply | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We spend most of our review time analysing ATX power supplies, however we wanted to break with tradition today and take a look at the new Seasonic TFX 350 watt unit. This tiny supply is fully modular and ships with 80 Plus Gold Certification – but can it deliver the high level of quality we expect from a Seasonic design?

Core i7-5960X vs i7-5820K Gaming-Performance
     Sat, Feb 28 2015 | 9:01A | CPU / Processors | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
When Intel released their new Haswell-E CPUs, we decided to rework our CPU gaming performance articles. Meanwhile we're testing different resolutions and there are FullHD, 1440p as well as UHD on our list. This way you get a more detailed understanding of the differences. Today we compare the Core i7-5960X to the Core i7-5820K at stock clocks as well as overclocked and we're curious see how big the differences are.

AMD Carrizo Performance Mobile APU with Excavator Core Preview
     Sat, Feb 28 2015 | 9:00A | CPU / Processors | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
AMD recently introduced the world to its latest mobile APU, Carrizo. With it, AMD promises large power savings and performances in the years ahead."

MSI GTX 960 Gaming 2G Graphics Card Review @ ThinkComputers.org
     Fri, Feb 27 2015 | 12:46P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
NVIDIAs GeForce GTX 960 is here and it is really going to hit that sweet spot for gaming when it comes to the price / performance ratio. MSI of course have released a few different GTX 960 models (4 currently) and today we will be taking a look at their highest performance part the GTX 960 Gaming 2G. This card of course falls in MSIs very popular gaming line and comes with a factory overclock bringing the core clock up to 1216 MHz and the boost clock up to 1279 MHz. The card also ships with MSIs new Twin Frozr V cooling solution that has many new improvementsthat we will go over in detail. Being part of the Gaming Series this card uses MSIs Military Class components and also comes with a great software suite. Will this be the GTX 960 for you? Read on as we find out!"

ASRock X99 WS-E/10G Review
     Fri, Feb 27 2015 | 12:03P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The key attraction to this motherboard are the Two 10G BASE-T LAN ports by Intel® X540. A further two gigabit LAN ports by Intel® I210AT with all four LAN ports supporting teaming means this board represents perhaps the fastest LAN solution on the consumer market. We say consumer lightly though, perhaps 'pro-consumer/pro-enthusiast' would be a better description because this board may well have a massive amount of features including the 4 LAN ports, 4way SLI and a 12 phase power design the huge specification has a big price to match.

Toshiba TransMemory-EX II USB 3.0 Flash Drive Review
     Fri, Feb 27 2015 | 12:02P | Memory | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
TransMemory-EX II is not a product to skip from Toshiba since it features very good transfer speeds when working with large files (confirmed from the performed benchmarks), a solid build and also comes with EX II Pad Locker, which adds value to the product.

GTX 980 SLI vs R9 290X 8GB CF vs R9 295X2 on the AMD FX-9590 at 8K
     Fri, Feb 27 2015 | 12:01P | CPU / Processors | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"What better way to test out the GeForce GTX 980 SLI, Radeon R9 290X 8GB CF and R9 295X2 than at 4K and beyond?"

SanDisk Extreme PRO 128GB USB3.0 Flash Drive Review
     Fri, Feb 27 2015 | 12:00P | Memory | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
True to form there is always one manufacturer that sees this weakness in the market and ventures on to resolve the problem with a new class of drive and this is exactly what SanDisk has aimed to do with the Extreme PRO USB3.0 flash drive. Although we don’t know exactly which NAND in particular has been used, going by the specs we could make a fair bet that its of a synchronous variety and guaging by the sixe of the drive there could easily be two NAND packages alongside the drives controller. That said though, all of this is packed into an aluminium and black plastic body and with read and write speeds of 260MB/s and 240MB/s respectively on offer, we are touching on the performance that SATAII SSDs have to give. Sounds good doesn’t it? Boasting up to 60x the performance of USB2.0 flash drives is a big thing to shout about so it’s all down to those all important performance results to make or break SanDisk’s claims that this is truly an Extreme performing drive.

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