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Advanced Warfare review: tested with 21 GPUs
     Sun, Jun 21 2015 | 9:02A | Games | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
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Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, the eleventh instalment of the successful Call of Duty series, was released in early November. We tested the game using 21 contemporary GPUs to determine whether it is AMD or Nvidia boards that offer the best performance for this game.
  FULL STORY @ HARDWARE

Corsair Neutron XT
     Sun, Jun 21 2015 | 9:01A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Corsair Neutron XT yielded an interesting mix of performance. Sequentials were among the highest we've seen in any SATA SSD. This was true at the 240GB capacity, which was surprising given other competing units typically suffer on write speeds at their lower capacity offerings. Random performance was fair for a modern SATA device, however we did note an earlier than expected fall-off in IOPS performance at higher queue depths. The XT will likely do just fine with typical consumer workloads, but particularly demanding multiple-IO scenarios will see it suffer at the hands of competing units that can scale higher. My inclination is to say that this is a great drive for the money, but without the actual pricing, the jury will remain out on that verdict until the drive actually launches."
  FULL STORY @ PCPER

Core 1100 from Fractal Design
     Sun, Jun 21 2015 | 9:00A | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"The Fractal Design Core 1100 Micro-ATX case is a basic, no-frills enclosure. While it might not excite comment it is a good value when it can be found for $40 or so considering the overall quality of the case and the included silent 120mm fan. It offers no real cable routing, but then again the case is not offered with a side window so proper airflow can be achieved by simply bundling cables out of the way."
  FULL STORY @ PCPER

affordable X99 board for overclockers
     Sat, Jun 20 2015 | 4:03P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The MPower is very similar to the entry level board offered by MSI, the X99S SLI Plus. The a bit more expensive Mpower does have a better audio implementation, more CPU power phases, flat Hi-Caps and the extra buttons on the motherboard, justifying the higher price of the Mpower. We feel the Mpower is actually a good alternative to the ASUS X99-A. For the users that were thinking to be able to get a overclocking board for £ 190 / € 255 / $ 270 that offers similar features to the more expensive boards already introduced: unfortunately we have to disappoint you.
  FULL STORY @ HARDWAREASYLUM

Samsung Galaxy Alpha Review
     Sat, Jun 20 2015 | 4:02P | Mobile Devices | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Galaxy Alpha accompanies the Galaxy S5 at the top of Samsung’s line-up. The 4.7-inch device is a smaller alternative to their popular flagship, designed for people who place form at the top of their priority list. Samsung seems to be realizing that cheap plastic just doesn’t cut it anymore for its flagship smartphones, but the choice to focus on design has also left the Alpha with slightly downgraded specs compared to the S5.
  FULL STORY @ TECHSPOT

Icy Dock Black Vortex Hot Swap
     Sat, Jun 20 2015 | 4:01P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We have been looking at Icy Dock products for quite some time now, both external and internal solutions. They have recently released a new product that really caught my eye and seemed different from their normal offerings. The product that I am talking about is their Black Vortex (MB074SP-1B) 3.5-inch SATA HDD 4 in 3 Hot Swap Module Cooler Cage. This device allows you to fit four 3.5-inch hard drives into three 5.25-inch drive bays, but beyond that it has a blue LED cooling fan and a pretty unique design. If you need extra hard drive space in your system this is the perfect device for you and it looks great as well! Read on as we take a look…"
  FULL STORY @ THINKCOMPUTERS

Nvidia Shield Gaming Tablet Review
     Sat, Jun 20 2015 | 4:00P | Games | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Nvidia Shield was and still is one of the coolest gadgets I have ever reviewed and owned; I still use it regularly when I want to break away from my desk and it has also become my vital travel buddy for long journeys. Gaming on the go is a great way to pass the time and mobile phones and tablets now take up a massive part of that market, but most phones and tablets come with one major drawback; touch screen displays. The original Shield solved this touch screen gaming problem by integrating a controller into the Android device; in a way that’s not all that dissimilar to other dedicated hand-held games consoles such as the 3DS and the PlayStation Vita. The new Shield Tablet drops the integrated controller to turn the Shield into an Android tablet, this worries me somewhat as I love the integrated controller of the Shield console as it’s perfect for holding when you’re on the bus, train, plane, or anywhere else for that matter. Of course there will be pros and cons to dropping the integrated controller and that’s what I aim to find out; is the Shield better or worse for the new design choices? A separate controller isn’t the only thing Nvidia have changed, in fact pretty much everything has been tweaked, revised or created from scratch for the Shield Tablet. The screen size and resolution has been increased, the device now features two 5MP HDR cameras, a stylus and more. The biggest feature change of all is the CPU/GPU upgrade; the Tegra 4 in the Shield was impressive, but it’s no match for the new Tegra K1 GPU and ARM Cortex A15 CPU combo.
  FULL STORY @ ETEKNIX

 
BitFenix Prodigy M Blue Review
     Sat, Jun 20 2015 | 12:03P | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
With the Prodigy BitFenix have created a really neat looking case, where there initially only was a mini ITX version. Meanwhile BitFenix have launched the Prodigy M, offering plenty of space even for mATX motherboards. Therefore the interior had to be rearranged and we're curious to find out how well a job BitFenix have done.
  FULL STORY @ OCAHOLIC

Func MS-2 Review
     Sat, Jun 20 2015 | 12:02P | Mouse Pads | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The new MS-2 from Func is an optical gaming mouse, which features a 4000DPI sensor. Apart from that there is an ergonomic body and overall we're curious what this rodent can do. ?
  FULL STORY @ OCAHOLIC

Fractal Design Core 2500 Review
     Sat, Jun 20 2015 | 12:01P | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Fractal Design always created elegant and sleek looking products with refined details, and the new Core 2500 PC case is just like that. Apart from the good looks this case also comes with quite a few interesting features which we we'll certainly cover on the following pages. ?
  FULL STORY @ OCAHOLIC

X99 Charts: 6 Boards - Gigabyte X99-SOC Force
     Sat, Jun 20 2015 | 12:00P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
So far we've tested 6 X99 motherboards and we have to say that sometimes we got quite interesting results. What we've also done is, we have added results gathered with Right Mark Audio Analyzer in order to chek the quality of the onboard audio
  FULL STORY @ OCAHOLIC

Steiger Dynamics Maven Core HTPC.
     Sat, Jun 20 2015 | 9:03A | Home Theatre | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
With a HTPC, some of the most desired traits include low power consumption, quiet operation, all while maintaining a high performance level so you can do things like transcode video quickly. Older components that you have outgrown don't tend to be nearly as efficient as newer components. To have a good HTPC experience, you really want to pick components from the ground up, which is why I was excited to take a look at the Steiger Dynamics Maven Core HTPC.
  FULL STORY @ PCPER

The real story with the LIVA is the size
     Sat, Jun 20 2015 | 9:02A | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
It’s been a couple of years now, and the platform continues to evolve - and shrink to some startlingly small sizes. Of the Intel-powered micro PC kits on today’s market the LIVA from ECS manages to push the boundaries of this category in both directions. In addition to boasting a ridiculously small size - actually the smallest in the world according to ECS - the LIVA is also very affordable. It carries a list price of just $179 (though it can be found for less), and that includes onboard memory and storage. And this is truly a Windows PC platform, with full Windows 8.1 driver support from ECS (previous versions are not supported).
  FULL STORY @ PCPER

Tesoro Tizona Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Review
     Sat, Jun 20 2015 | 9:01A | Games | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
This keyboard could be a good backup, especially if space in your bag or backpack is an issue. The two powered USB ports and expandability make it an interesting consideration.
  FULL STORY @ OCMODSHOP

Disable Windows 8 Touch Keyboard
     Sat, Jun 20 2015 | 9:00A | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Windows 8's on-screen keyboard can appear when you don't want it, even if you have a physical keyboard attached. There's how to disable Windows 8 touch screen keyboard
  FULL STORY @ OCMODSHOP

IN WIN D-Frame Mini ITX Computer Enclosure Review
     Fri, Jun 19 2015 | 4:03P | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"IN WIN Development has been far more than just a name the last couple years. We’ve seen some impressive computer enclosure designs catering to the eclectic gamers including the GT1 or Mana, conservative professionals who appreciate the 900 Series and extreme enthusiasts showing off their systems in the amazingly creative Open Frame series which includes the S-Frame, D-Frame and now the D-Frame Mini, which we had a special sneak peek at back in May of 2014, during COMPUTEX. We have in the lab, and so far, there doesn’t seem to be a more portable, impressive low maintenance enthusiast’ computer enclosure."
  FULL STORY @ FUTURELOOKS

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