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ASUS Z170 Maximus VIII Hero (LGA 1151) Motherboard Review
     Mon, Aug 31 2015 | 12:13P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Z170 chipset and Skylake CPU’s have been around for just over a week now and we have seen pretty much everything that each manufacturer has to offer. We now know that the huge connectivity options presented by the Z170 chipset that some manufacturers have included not one, but two, sometimes even three M.2 slots and multiple USB 3.0 ports. Along with those, you also have USB 3.1 Type A and Type C as standard on the vast majority of the Z170 series boards.
  FULL STORY @ ETEKNIX

Intel SSD 750 1.2TB PCIe SSD Review
     Mon, Aug 31 2015 | 12:12P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
With the SSD 750 Series Intel has released a high-end consumer SSD which should drive tears of joy in the eyes of even the biggest hardware enthusiasts due to the x4 PCIe 3.0 NVMe connection. The PCI Express 3.0 x4 card is available in capacities of 400GB, 800GB and 1200GB. We are testing the largest and therefore fastest Intel PCIe SSD of the 750 series with 1.2TB capacity. Let us test the performance of the Intel SSD 750 1.2TB PCIe in synthetic benchmarks and in daily work.
  FULL STORY @ OCINSIDE

The Extreme Cases Where A Sub-$200 NVIDIA GPU
     Mon, Aug 31 2015 | 9:03A | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Given the current state of the AMD Catalyst Linux driver, there exists games on Linux that will run with this closed-source Radeon driver but where the performance of a EVGA GeForce GTX 950 FTW that retails for $180 USD can exceed the performance of a AMD Radeon R9 Fury that sells for more than $550 USD. Here's some of those cases where -- given the current state of Catalyst on Linux -- the OpenGL performance is so far down the gutter."
  FULL STORY @ PHORONIX

Inno3D iChill GeForce GTX 980 4GB Ultra Review
     Mon, Aug 31 2015 | 9:02A | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today NVIDIA unveiled the latest addition in their 9 line of cards, the entry-level GeForce GTX 950 (uses a cut-down version of the GM206 also used in the GTX 960) but since i never was into testing brand new models (i prefer to wait for more "mature" drivers before doing so) we went ahead and did our best to acquire what might just be the "hottest" GeForce GTX 980 model in the market currently. As many of you are aware you can find many GeForce GTX 980 models in the market some of which make use of the reference NVIDIA cooler and feature default clocks (or slightly upped ones) while others come ready with custom air and water cooling solutions and feature substantial overclocking right from the factory for the more demanding users. Well after comparing the specification sheets of no less than 15 different GeForce GTX 980 cards by pretty much every NVIDIA card manufacturer in the market the one that always came up ontop was the iChill GeForce GTX 980 4GB Ultra by Inno3D.
  FULL STORY @ NIKKTECH

Netis PL7500 Kit AV500 Powerline Adapter Kit Review
     Mon, Aug 31 2015 | 9:01A | Power Supply | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Powerline Network adapter are an amazing invention that can help you bring network to corners of your compound that otherwise wouldn’t be possible and today I’m taking a closer look at Netis’ PL7500 Kit containing two PL7500 AV500 Powerline adapters.
  FULL STORY @ ETEKNIX

Nvidia GTX 950 Round-Up Review: Three Cards Go Head to Head
     Mon, Aug 31 2015 | 9:00A | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
With all of the hype surrounding the GTX 900 series recently, it has been hard to imagine what the lower end of the graphics card market would hold for the refined Maxwell architecture. We originally saw Maxwell in the mighty GTX 750Ti, but it was only when the GTX 900 series was released that we received the Maxwell that we know today. Our reviews and news have focused heavily on the GTX 980Ti and Titan X graphics cards, so information on the GTX 950 has been scarce to say the least; that is about to change. In today’s review, there is not one, not two but three GTX 950’s in for punishment; the ASUS STRIX GTX 950 2GB, Inno3D iChill AIRBOSS ULTRA GTX 950 2GB and the MSI GAMING GTX 950 2GB.
  FULL STORY @ ETEKNIX

GPU Charts 2015 - 1080p, 1440p, UHD - Gigabyte GTX 980 Ti G1 Gaming
     Sun, Aug 30 2015 | 4:03P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
These garphics cards charts contain benchmark results of numerous recent graphics cards. We've tested the card with three different resolutions, where there are 1080p, 1440p and 2160p. Apart from that we also show live price tags for all models.
  FULL STORY @ OCAHOLIC

 
SilverStone MS08 Internal SATA Hot Swap Bay Review
     Sun, Aug 30 2015 | 4:02P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
If you have ever wanted to quickly swap your internal SSDs, take a look at the SilverStone MS08.
  FULL STORY @ APHNETWORKS

Silicon Power Blaze B50 128GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Review
     Sun, Aug 30 2015 | 4:01P | Memory | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Much like everything else in the PC market storage media have evolved a lot compared to even just 10 years ago both in terms of performance and capacity. Just imagine that 10 years ago the highest capacity and performance USB 2.0 flash drive one could find in the market (and i had) was just 4GB and could reach speeds up to 33MB/s read and 10MB/s write whereas now we have many 128/256GB models in the lab capable of reaching speeds up to 450MB/s for both read and write and as many of you are aware there are even 1TB models available in the market like the Predator by Kingston and the T1 by Samsung. Of course not everyone can afford the high-end 512/1TB drives and honestly i don't think they really have to since even 128GB is not something the majority of consumers will ever fill with data they need to carry around with them. Still prices for 128GB USB 3.0 flash drives have reached an all-time low and thus today we'll be taking a look at the latest model by Silicon Power, the Blaze B50.
  FULL STORY @ NIKKTECH

Sapphire R9 380 Nitro 4GB Graphics Card Review
     Sun, Aug 30 2015 | 4:00P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Sapphire has long been known as one of AMD’s best GPU partners, making some very incredible cards in the past like the Toxic 290X, which was one of the best cards available. Today we have Sapphire’s R9 380 Nitro 4GB card, a value oriented card using a value oriented GPU, seems like a nice match lets see how well it stacks up!
  FULL STORY @ TECHNOLOGYX

Cougar QBX Mini-ITX Gaming Chassis Review
     Sun, Aug 30 2015 | 9:03A | Games | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Cougar has been launching some pretty incredible products recently, from their stunning range of gaming peripherals, which includes great keyboards and mice, as well as their chassis products. Today we’ve got their latest mini-ITX chassis, the QBX and it promises to be a competitive gaming chassis for the small form factor market.
  FULL STORY @ ETEKNIX

Top 10 Hidden Windows 10 Features
     Sun, Aug 30 2015 | 9:02A | Operating System | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Many of Windows 10’s key features have been talked about at length, but the operating system actually comes with a lot of great features that aren’t as immediately obvious to everyday users and even enthusiasts. These features don’t get the attention that they should, so without further ado, let’s get on with the top 10 hidden features of Windows 10.
  FULL STORY @ TECHSPOT

Gigabyte Z97X-UD5H-BK (LGA 1150) “Black Edition” Motherboard Review
     Sun, Aug 30 2015 | 9:01A | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Gigabyte have given their Ultra Durable series a bit of a revamp for Z97 offering their boards up in Black Edition flavours. Whilst the implications of the Black Edition are fairly obviously, it is an overwhelmingly black-coloured motherboard, it also implies a new standard of durability. Gigabyte test all Black Edition series motherboards for an impressive 168 hours using server grade durability tests to ensure high reliability and stability. As if that wasn’t enough Gigabyte also go to town on offering a hefty 5 year warranty and use some of the highest quality components including their “DuraBlack” solid capacitors and their dual layer copper PCB. However, the Gigabyte Z97X-UD5H-BK isn’t just about reliability, this motherboard has bucket loads of features too. Among them this motherboard has dual Gigabit LAN, one provided by Intel and the other by Killer, it has extra SATA III ports, extra USB 3.0 ports, SATA Express and M.2, support for 3-Way CrossFire, a dual UEFI BIOS, high quality ALC1150 Realtek audio, voltage measurement points, onboard buttons and a hefty 12 phase CPU VRM. On paper the Gigabyte Z97X-UD5H-BK is a fantastic high-end board so let’s get on with our review and see how it shapes up in testing.
  FULL STORY @ ETEKNIX

GeIL EVO POTENZA 16GB 2400MHz Memory Kit Review
     Sun, Aug 30 2015 | 9:00A | Memory | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
GeIL, or Golden Emperor International Limited, are certainly not a new player in the technology industry even if many people in the “West” have not heard of them. GeIL Memory are veterans of the DRAM industry having made memory products since 1993. GeIL as a broader company also make power supplies under the Thortech Power brand and they make peripherals under the EpicGear brand. Today we are looking at GeIL’s EVO POTENZA memory kit described as a product for “hardcore gamers”. More specifically we have the 16GB 2400MHz kit from GeIL which boasts a lifetime warranty, a beautiful white and black design and full native Intel Z77/Z87/Z97 support with XMP profiles. You can of course use the RAM with other platforms but with such a high frequency those platforms are recommended most.
  FULL STORY @ ETEKNIX

Guide to PC Workstations
     Sat, Aug 29 2015 | 4:03P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
In the second part of this series, we presented some initial tests to illustrate how CPU and graphics can affect different types of performance in a PC workstation. In this third part, we focus down on one particular, industry-standard benchmark that puts a workstation through a range of tests with popular 3D modelling and design applications.
  FULL STORY @ KITGURU

Zotac GTX 980 Ti AMP! Extreme – The fastest 980 Ti available?
     Sat, Aug 29 2015 | 4:02P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The GTX 980 Ti is not only a fast GPU but also a GPU that overclocks extremely well. This means that few cards for sale actually are running at reference speeds, 1000 Mhz, and instead are overclocked at different levels. Zotac are no strangers to overclocking usually offering a wide variety of cards for each generation. Their AMP!-edition cards not only are overclocked but come with their own special cooler and thus when we got a question whether we wanted to review one of their GTX 980 Ti AMP!-cards we jumped to the chance, especially as it turned out to be the Zotac GTX 980 Ti AMP! Extreme-card. With a base core clock of 1253 MHz, 25.3% higher than a reference GTX 980 TI, this is so far the highest clocked GTX 980 Ti we’ve seen from any OEM. And just to whet your appetite, the card even overclocks further! Add to that 6 GB of DDR5 memory running at 7220 MHz (up from 7010 MHz) and a special silent tri-fan cooler (IceStorm – love the names) and it is clear that this on paper is the “king of GTX 980 Ti”
  FULL STORY @ BJORN3D

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