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LEAGOO Shark 1 Launched With Massive 6,300 mAh Battery
     Thu, Apr 28 2016 | 4:02P | Mobile Devices | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
LEAGOO just launched their Shark 1 smartphone which boasts a 6,300 mAh battery which allows it to last 2 days of heavy use, and 3.5 days of normal use!

Gigabyte X170 Extreme ECC and Intel Xeon E3-1230
     Thu, Apr 28 2016 | 4:01P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Join us in a test on the all new Gigabyte X170 Extreme ECC motherboard. We arm it with an Intel Xeon E3-1230 v5 and ECC memory. Though the chipset and processor used are intended for the server platform this motherboard was made all consumer grade with all whistles and bells. It is SLI/Crossfire capable.

CR1280 Prism full tower ATX case
     Thu, Apr 28 2016 | 4:00P | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today we take a look at the CR1280 Prism full tower ATX case from Riotoro, a relatively new name in the US enthusiast PC market founded by former Corsair and NVIDIA employees. The CR1280 boasts itself as the world's first fully RGB case with customizable LED illumination options controlled straight from the front panel. In addition to the eye candy, it also offers enough room for up to an E-ATX motherboards and four dual slot graphics cards measuring up to 400 mm long.

ASUS Z170 Pro Gaming Motherboard Review
     Thu, Apr 28 2016 | 2:33P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
There are an extraordinary number of Z170 motherboards currently available to buy, of which a substantial proportion of these directly target the growing PC Gaming market. While it is true that Gaming motherboards tend to be more expensive than non-Gaming counterparts, due to the extra design work and features implemented on them, Gaming motherboards are still available at surprisingly aggressive price points.

AMD Radeon Pro Duo Preview: Fiji GPU x 2
     Thu, Apr 28 2016 | 2:32P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
After almost a year of sneak peaks and strategic demos, AMD has finally begun shipping its dual-Fiji GPU powered graphics card, the Radeon Pro Duo. AMD is positioning the Radeon Pro Duo as a card for “gamers who create, and creators who game” and for budding VR developers in need of some monstrous compute performance, though the simple fact that it is packing a pair of AMD's current top-end GPUs will make it interesting to hardcore gamers with big budgets as well...

Creative SoundBlaster X Pro-Gaming H5 Headset Review
     Thu, Apr 28 2016 | 2:32P | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Creative are on of the most iconic and instantly recognisable brands on the market when it comes to audio. Having created some of the most popular and best-performing consumer audio products for the PC market over the last few decades, I’m sure many of you, if not all of you, have owned or used a Creative product at one point or another. So when I heard that Creative felt they had one of the best gaming headsets on the market and that it would cost less than £100, I simply had to try it out.

Do AMD Drivers Really Deserve Such a Hostile Reception?
     Thu, Apr 28 2016 | 2:32P | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
AMD has a serious image problem with their drivers which stems from buggy, unrefined updates, and a slow release schedule. Even though this perception began many years ago, it’s still impacting on the company’s sales and explains why their market share is so small. The Q4 2015 results fromJon Peddie Research suggests AMD reached a market share of 21.1% while NVIDIA reigned supreme with 78.8%. Although, the Q4 data is more promising because AMD accounted for a mere 18.8% during the last quarter. On the other hand, respected industry journal DigiTimes reports that AMD is likely to reach its lowest ever market position for Q1 2016. Thankfully, the financial results will emerge on April 21st so we should know the full picture relatively soon. Of course, the situation should improve once Polaris and Zen reach retail channels. Most importantly, AMD’s share price has declined by more than 67% in five years from $9 to under $3 as of March 28, 2016. The question is why?

Transcend SSD370S 512GB Review
     Thu, Apr 28 2016 | 2:31P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
When thinking about which SSD to buy Transcend might not be the first name that springs to mind but they have been in the Flash storage game for many years. They have a range of SSD’s for both consumer and industrial market segments using a variety of controllers and NAND. The current flagship of the consumer SSD’s is the SSD370.

Asustor AS3204T NAS review
     Thu, Apr 28 2016 | 2:31P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
In this article we take a look at the new Asustor AS3204T NAS. We review the 4-bay NAS server which has been designed to be extremely price competitive with a low price, yet offering serious performance as Asustor embedded an Intel Celeron 1.60 GHz Quad-Core Processor with turbo to 2.24 GHz and 2 GB of system memory. The AS3204T is not only a fast file server, it's also loaded with applications and features as well. Heck you can even connect it towards your HDTV and run KODI from it.

Tesoro Kuven A1 Pro Real 5.1 Surround Sound Gaming Headset
     Thu, Apr 28 2016 | 2:30P | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Tesoro took their quite successful Kuven A1 7.1 virtual surround sound gaming headset and added real 5.1 surround sound but is that really enough of an improvement over the original?

Kingston HyperX Cloud Revolver Headset Review
     Thu, Apr 28 2016 | 12:15P | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Kingston HyperX Cloud Revolver is the latest headset in Kingston's product family. Kingston's gaming headset line up has grown to four different models which feature both 3.5mm and USB connectivity. Last years HyperX Cloud and the updated HyperX Cloud II met with quite a bit of success and we were impressed with them and gave the HyperX Cloud II …

ARP 2016 Power Bank Giveaway
     Thu, Apr 28 2016 | 12:15P | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Everyone loves power banks, and guess what – we have a few unique power banks to give away! Yes, the Tech ARP 2016 Power Bank Giveaway will feature some unique power banks that you cannot purchase anywhere. To make it even more exciting, we are going to make this a MYSTERY giveaway!

Feniks Essence speakers
     Thu, Apr 28 2016 | 12:15P | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Available through a Kickstarter initiative, the upcoming Feniks Essence speakers may not be from a large manufacturer but they are among the best we've heard.

Biostar Racing Z170GT7 (Intel LGA-1151)
     Thu, Apr 28 2016 | 12:14P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Biostar Racing Z170GT7 is a fully-featured high-performance platform that includes an LN2 switch. Unlike previous motherboards from Biostar that were affordable with more basic features, this one has everything a gamer would want and does very well in our testing.

Crucial MX200 250 GB SSD Review
     Thu, Apr 28 2016 | 12:14P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
You might want to buy an inexpensive SSD, but hardly anyone wants to compromise on safety and durability. After testing the Crucial MX200 1 TB and MX200 500 GB SSD, we have now also tested the Crucial MX200 250 GB SSD. The MX200 250 GB SSD is quite inexpensive due to its lower capacity, but offers reliability and data security. If you have to take compromising performance in buying, we show in the following review at OCinside.

XFX R9 Fury Triple Dissipation
     Thu, Apr 28 2016 | 12:14P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
”Earlier reviews of the R9 Fury pointed out a lack of overclocking capability, especially when talking about the High Bandwidth Memory. I found that I was able to squeeze some additional clock speed headroom out of both the Fiji core and the HBM. In my testing I was able to see clock speed increases of over 10%. Pretty stout for a card with supposedly no overclocking headroom. In each case, the R9 Fury delivered improved gaming performance with the clock speed bump. To reach the tuned clock speeds I did have to push more current through the core. Usually this results in a significant bump in the card's thermals. However, the Tripe Dissipation cooling system XFX worked on does a phenomenal job at keeping the components cool. In fact, this has been one of the best cooling solution/GPU combos I have ever tested. XFX's six heat pipe, dual fin array solution just gets it done, and quietly. Even when the IP-5x fan speeds are cranked up, the noise penalty is not severe in any way. Especially when you have the chassis buttoned up.”

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