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MSI Z170A Tomahawk Motherboard Review
     Sun, May 15 2016 | 9:03A | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
MSI has delivered a bold and uniquely styled range of gaming motherboards for the Z170 platform since it’s launch, the XPower Gaming Titanium and Gaming M7 are two excellent examples that we’ve tested here at KitGuru. Yet those motherboards are relatively expensive for any buyer looking for an affordable entry into the Skylake platform – that’s where MSI’s Z170A Tomahawk comes into play with a more affordable price of around £100.
  FULL STORY @ KITGURU

AMD A10-7860K APU review
     Sun, May 15 2016 | 9:01A | CPU / Processors | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We check out the 65W AMD A10-7860K APU slash processor that was announced in February. It is an APU at a reasonable price. The 7860K is the second best APU in terms of perf yet only costing roughly 115 USD while offering a nice balance in-between performance and energy consumption.
  FULL STORY @ GURU3D

GIGABYTE GA-Z170X-Gaming 7 and GA-Z170X-Gaming G1 Motherboards
     Sun, May 15 2016 | 9:00A | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Gigabyte graciously sent us two platforms offer features for gamers who want the optimal gaming experience. One is a more mainstream affordable GA-Z170X-Gaming 7 motherboard which offers the right features for the price point and the other is the flagship GA-Z170X-Gaming G1 motherboard designed to offer maximum connectivity and graphics support. Either one of these is exactly what you need to experience gaming this holiday season. Lets have a look!"
  FULL STORY @ FUTURELOOKS

Zalman Z9 Neo White Case Review
     Sat, May 14 2016 | 9:03A | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Zalman has been a little quiet lately. There have been no real major releases from them in a while, but today we have one of their new products in the Z9 Neo PC Case. This case fits in the budget category as it is only $68.50 at our favorite online retailer. Unlike many other budget cases the Z9 Neo has a lot to offer. For starters it ships with 5 included fans, has room for long graphics cards, liquid cooling options, a full power supply cover, room for up to six hard drives, and a nice side panel window to show off all of your hardware inside. Zalman sent us over the white version to check out today. Check out the last page of this review to see how you can win one of these cases for yourself! Let’s jump in and see what the Z9 Neo is all about."
  FULL STORY @ THINKCOMPUTERS

ZTE Axon Pro Android Smartphone
     Sat, May 14 2016 | 9:02A | Mobile Devices | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"For the last couple of years, ZTE has been quietly working its way into the Canadian market. With smartphones like the Grand X Plus and Grand X 2, they've been focusing most of their energies on the providing consumers with an "affordable premium" experience. That's what the Grand X line was really all about: giving users phones that were very capable for very few dollars. The ZTE Axon Pro is an entirely different kind of beast, because its spec sheet puts it toe-to-toe against the most premium of flagships available today."
  FULL STORY @ MEGATECHNEWS

Cooltek UMX3 Case Review
     Sat, May 14 2016 | 9:01A | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Cooltek UMX3 arrived Technic3D. The UMX3 supports Mini-ITX and Micro-ATX motherboards and have place for 1x 120mm and 1x 140mm Cooling-Fans. We will check this and many more in the following Review."
  FULL STORY @ TECHNIC3D

Toshiba XG3 M.2 NVMe SSD Review (1TB)
     Fri, May 13 2016 | 9:03A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Toshiba XG3 SSD is a M.2 NVMe drive which just may be the most powerful SSD on the market….well not really on the market. It isn’t available through consumer sales and can only be found pre-installed in ultrabooks, unless of course you are lucky enough to dig one up on eBay. The downfall of trying to get ones hands on such a OEM/client SSD that is not attained pre-configured in a new system, of course, is that there is no warranty. It is the chance you take and the trade-off for owning the best. On our test bench today is the 1TB capacity Toshiba XG3 M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD and we will be the first to admit that this SSD’s performance was totally unexpected.
  FULL STORY @ THESSDREVIEW

 
CPU Adjacent Sector Prefetch
     Fri, May 13 2016 | 9:02A | CPU / Processors | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"CPU Adjacent Sector Prefetch is a BIOS feature specific to the Intel processors, including Intel Xeon processors. Find out what it does, and what you should set it to for optimal performance..."
  FULL STORY @ TECHARP

Seagate Seven 500 GB External HDD Review
     Fri, May 13 2016 | 9:01A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We tested the Seagate Seven 500 GB portable external hard disk drive, which uses the USB 3.0 interface and is only 7 mm thick.
  FULL STORY @ HARDWARESECRETS

ASRock Fatal1ty Z170 Gaming K4 Motherboard
     Fri, May 13 2016 | 9:00A | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
ASRock is a relatively new motherboard manufacturer, and it shows in their designs. They are more willing to come up with edgier designs, with a particular emphasis on marketing-friendly features. oday, we are going to take a look at one of their Fatal1ty-branded motherboards based on the Intel Z170 chipset – the ASRock Fatal1ty Z170 Gaming K4.
  FULL STORY @ TECHARP

Case Mod Friday: Exsectus
     Thu, May 12 2016 | 9:03A | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Welcome to another Case Mod Friday showcase! This week we have Maki role's "Exsectus" build. Here is what he had to say about it, "I'd like to present "Exsectus". This was my entry into the Thermaltake UK Modding Trophy. Exsectus in this case meaning cut from, which I thought appropriate given how much of the structure and watercooling is cut from a thick acrylic plate and from the original case.""
  FULL STORY @ THINKCOMPUTERS

Tesoro Sagitta Spectrum Gaming Mouse
     Thu, May 12 2016 | 9:02A | Games | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Overall I am very pleased with the performance of the Tesoro Sagitta Spectrum gaming mouse. It offers plenty of gamer friendly features in a package that is more like a traditional mouse, which is definitely something I prefer. For those looking for more advanced gaming features, you may be disappointed to know the maximum DPI setting is 5000, and that there is no onboard indication of which of the four levels you are presently using.
  FULL STORY @ BIGBRUIN

Intel 540s SSD Review (480GB) – SMI Controller With SK Hynix Memory
     Thu, May 12 2016 | 9:01A | Memory | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
As the SSD industry continues to grow, manufactures try to maintain their consumer presence with more value oriented consumer products. Such is the case with Intel’s latest step into the TLC segment by introducing their newest 540s SATA 3 SSD a few weeks back. The Intel 540s Series is their first SSD to feature 16nm TLC NAND and first 5 series drive to deliver up to 1TB of capacity. Much more interesting though is the fact that Intel has sought out 3rd party manufacturers for both controller and NAND flash memory, relying on more value conscious parts than their own. The TLC NAND is sourced from SK Hynix while the controller is from Silicon Motion. The controller moved to Silicon Motion is a given as SandForce was bought out by Seagate but why Intel would not be relying on their own fabs for memory is more than a bit curious.
  FULL STORY @ THESSDREVIEW

Review: MSI custom 3-way SLI Bridge
     Wed, May 11 2016 | 9:03A | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We'll quickly walk you through the new MSI SLI bridges. It's a quicky article, a simple read for those interested. MSI recently updated the SKUs with a new 3 and 4-way SLI Bridge kit that comes with an all new design.
  FULL STORY @ GURU3D

ECS sees revenues decline in April
     Wed, May 11 2016 | 9:02A | Business / Industry | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Elitegroup Computer Systems (ECS) has reported consolidated revenues of NT$2.132 billion (US$65.8 million) for April 2016, representing a 20.71% drop on month and 23.19% drop on year.
  FULL STORY @ DIGITIMES

Asus ROG Spatha Wireless Gaming Mouse Review
     Wed, May 11 2016 | 9:01A | Mouse Pads | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Asus has been teasing us with its new flagship mouse, the ROG Spatha, for almost a year now but it is finally here. Featuring Wired and Wireless modes, 12 programmable buttons and a three zone RGB lighting system all wrapped up in a magnesium alloy chassis, painted over with the distinctive ROG design flair. It sounds great on paper but does it deliver? Let’s find out.
  FULL STORY @ KITGURU

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