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Nvidia GeForce GTX Titan Black review
     Tue, Jul 22 2014 | 9:03A | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
A while ago Nvidia launched the GeForce GTX Titan Black which we review. We never tested it as it was supposed to be a professional series and targeted card. Nvidia's Board partners however are slowly re-releasing this product as a gaming graphics card, as well as Nvidia who is plugging the product in their gaming benchmarks on their own website. As such, we figured that it is about time we review this puppy as well. Meet Joe Black, ehm Geforce GTX Titan Black.

SanDisk Extreme PRO 480 GB SSD review
     Tue, Jul 22 2014 | 9:02A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today we review an SSD with exceptional endurance, the SanDisk Extreme PRO SSDs have nCache technology, exceptional endurance and hey, Sandisk now offers 10 years warranty on these puppies as well. Check out what we think might be one of the best SSD series available on the market

ASUS Z97 SaberTooth Mark 1 Motherboard Review
     Tue, Jul 22 2014 | 9:01A | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
In this review we look at the ASUS Z97 SaberTooth Mark 1 motherboard from ASUS. The Z97 TUF themed mainboard is intended for Intel's 22nm Haswell and Haswell refresh processors on that Socket LGA1150 platform. It is a mainstream to high-end segmented product amongst the ASUS Sabertooth series that comes with some nice features and very decent overclock potential. Read the entire article right here.

Nvidia GeForce GTX Titan-Z
     Tue, Jul 22 2014 | 9:00A | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Join us as we exclusively review that untamed beast, the GeForce GTX Titan-Z. A dual-GPU graphics card that created a lot of controversy, we'll go in-depth once again to see whether or not this 2850 EUR product even has a chance to compete with the 1300 EUR AMD Radeon R9 295x2. We test the product with the hottest games like Thief, Watch Dogs, Battlefield 4 and many more. We'll look at Ultra HD gaming, thermal imaging and heat response, we'll overclock it, we'll fire off FCAT at it. In short, you are in for a 30 page treat today.

Asus RP-AC52 Wireless Range Extender review @Bjorn3D
     Tue, Jul 22 2014 | 8:29A | Networking | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
With the latest network standard. 802.11 AC, wireless networks finally are getting fast enough to be a real alternative to wired ethernet in the house. In smaller houses a single router is enough but as soon as have a larger house or a older house with thick walls it sometimes is hard to get a good coverage. The ASUS RP-AC52 Range Extender helps you extend the wireless network. Promising speeds up to 750 Mbps (300 Mbps on the 802.11n-band and 433 Mbps on the 5 GHz 802.11ac-band) it sounds like a great product. Does it deliver?"

MSI Z97M Gaming Review @ ocaholic
     Tue, Jul 22 2014 | 6:07A | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Also MSI has meanwhile a gaming motherboard in their portfolio, that features mATX form factor. Therefore there is an interesting mix of features mainly targeting gamers but also addressing overclockers to a certain extent. Overall we are really curious to find out what MSI came up with in case of this board and here we will have a look at features as well as layout."

Turtle Beach Ear Force Z SEVEN Gaming Headset Review @ Legit Reviews
     Mon, Jul 21 2014 | 7:45P | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Turtle Beach is perhaps a name better known amongst console gamers since you can easily find their Ear Force lineup of headsets somewhere close to where the boxed console games are in certain stores. Most Turtle Beach Ear Force headsets are compatible with computers or any electronic device with a 3.5 mm jack nonetheless because most gamers or even most people make due with one set of headphones for all their devices. The Turtle Beach Z SEVEN we have for review is actually part of a much larger family of SEVEN headsets. Read on to find out more about it!"

BitFenix Colossus Computer Case Revisited
     Mon, Jul 21 2014 | 4:03P | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
August 2010. A new company releases a massive enclosure aptly named the Colossus. The original Colossus was BitFenix’s first product as a company, and it captured the attention of the enthusiast crowd at the time with its various added features and performance capabilities. While Benchmark Reviews has taken a look at the Colossus before, the recent release of the micro-ATX (and mini-ITX) Colossus M got us thinking: how much performance was retained in the Colossus’ spiritual successor? The SofTouch finishes, LiteTrak systems and bold styling are all there, but how do the two compare when filled with similar hardware? Is the monolithic Colossus ancient history by now, or can BitFenix’s first product still hold its own? Courtesy of BitFenix, let’s see how the latest BitFenix Colossus stacks up against the original version.

Blue Microphones Spark Digital Lightning Review
     Mon, Jul 21 2014 | 4:02P | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
If you want to give your podcasts a professional appearance, you need a good quality microphone. Forget about the tiny hole on your portable smart-whatever device, there’s a world of difference between consumer and professional-grade microphones, and the signal processing circuits that go along with them. Once you have a good microphone and preamp, you then need to digitize the signal using an Analog-to-Digital (A/D) convertor, and get that digital signal into your PC. The Spark Digital from Blue Microphones is an all-in-one solution for high quality digital audio production. All the signal processing is done inside the body of the microphone, and the interface to your computer is through one of several available serial connections. The Spark Digital supports USB 1.1/2.0, the relatively new Lightning connection, or the older Apple 30-pin interface, through the use of separate cables for each connection type. Benchmark Reviews has an audio side to it, but we’ve mostly concentrated on the output side of the equation – headphones and speakers. Some of our readers are content creators though, so it’s high time we paid some attention to the beginning of the signal chain.

Samsung 840 Pro Solid State Drive Review
     Mon, Jul 21 2014 | 4:01P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
For going on two years now, Samsung has been a major player in the SSD market. Before that, Samsung SSDs just didn’t compete. That has all changed with the Samsung 800 series of SSDs and even more recently with the release of Samsung’s RAPID technology for use with Samsung 840 SSDs. Samsung now competes at the top of the market and their SSDs are forces to be reckoned with. In this article, Benchmark Reviews looks at the Samsung 840 Pro SSD’s performance, with and without RAPID mode enabled.

ROCCAT Ryos MK Pro Mechanical Gaming Keyboard
     Mon, Jul 21 2014 | 4:00P | Peripherals | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We have just posted up our review of the ROCCAT Ryos MK Pro Mechanical Gaming Keyboard. This keyboard is the big brother to the ROCCAT Ryos MK Glow that we looked at a while back and this time around it brings a few extra hardware features including a media hub, USB ports and some interesting lighting options. If you are in the market for a new gaming keyboard and want something a little special, check out our review of the MK Pro to see if this is the keyboard you've been waiting for.

Audio-Technica ATH-CKX7iS In-Ear Headphones Review
     Mon, Jul 21 2014 | 12:03P | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Audio-Technica hailing from Japan is one of the leading headphone manufacturers in the world. They compete along with the 3 big names from Germany – Sennheiser, AKG and Beyerdynamic. They have a rich tradition in the in-ear monitor (IEM) space in addition to their traditional headphone business. They have recently released a new range of IEMs and headphones called Sonic Fuel. The Sonic Fuel series is designed for people who like to listen to their own music while working out. One of the major complaints many people who work out face is that earphones keep falling out.

ADATA Premier Pro SP920SS 256GB SSD Review
     Mon, Jul 21 2014 | 12:02P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
ADATA Premier Pro SP920SS 256GB uses Marvel 88SS9189 controller, the same controller that is used in Crucial M550. This controller adds LPDDR (or low-power DDR) and improved DevSleep implementation. In fact, if you’re familiar with Crucial M550’s PCB layout, its no different from this drive. What’s different is the SSD uses eight chips of 20nm 32GB Micron MLC 128Gbit NAND chips. Crucial uses 128Gbit NAND for its 512GB and 1TB units, whereas they use 64Gbit NAND for lower capacity 128GB and 256GB unit. I haven’t test Crucial units so it would difficult for me to say how the performance differs in benchmarks and tests. But Micron’ 128Gbit NAND cost lesser, therefore helps to bring 256GB units as the new mainstream choice for users who require faster load for everyday computing requirements. What I can say is how this drive performs in comparison with other drives…

Creative Sound Blaster Audigy RX 7.1 Sound Card Review
     Mon, Jul 21 2014 | 12:01P | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Creative had launched their quad core Recon 3D cards and ZX series cards some time back. These were mid and high end audio gaming cards which were well received all over. However, the entry level market didn’t have any real compelling options from Creative. The only options were the old Audigy Value and Soundblaster 5.1 cards which were launched many years ago. With the launch of the Creative Sound Blaster Audigy RX 7.1, Creative is infusing some fresh tech in the entry level sound card market. On paper the specs of the Audigy RX 7.1 are very good – Built in headphone amplifier, 7.1 channel support, gold plated connectors etc are all hallmarks of a high end sound card.

WD My Passport Slim 1TB USB 3.0 WDBGMT0010BAL Drive Review
     Mon, Jul 21 2014 | 12:00P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
When the concept of having 2.5” drives started, in countries like India a lot of buyers used to buy a casing and an internal 2.5” drive. Back then, a lot of people used to ask the question “Are company labelled 2.5” external drives worth it?” Things evolved since then: form-factor, warranty, branding presence for external drives, etc. Then the size of the drives slowly shaped ever since manufacturers started to use USB 2.0 port soldered directly on the PCB rather than using an SATA-to-USB sister board. Now? We have USB 3.0!

LaCie 2Big 12TB Thunderbolt 2 DAS External Storage Review
     Mon, Jul 21 2014 | 10:41A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We dive into the latest DAS solution from LaCie, the 2Big Thunderbolt 2. This monster comes complete with no less than 12TB of brilliant storage."

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