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Case Mod Friday: ASUS ROG Table & Rig @ ThinkComputers.org
     Fri, Dec 12 2014 | 10:58A | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Welcome to another Case Mod Friday showcase! This week we have Darrin Hommel`s ASUS ROG Table & Rig build. Here is what he had to say about it: I made this table to go with my Rig. Everything was made by me, PSU Cover right down to the vinyl decals. So this is not only a case mod, but a desk mod too! Check it out!"
  FULL STORY @ THINKCOMPUTERS

TRENDnet WiFi Baby Cam Review @ Legit Reviews
     Fri, Dec 12 2014 | 10:46A | Networking | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today we are going to look at the TRENDnet WiFi Baby Cam with nightvision (part number TV-IP743SIC). Gone are the days of the old walkie talkie baby monitors, now we have baby monitors with nightvision and recording capabilities that play soothing songs and can be viewed on four different devices simultaneously. Oh and did I mention that it has a microphone so that if your baby is crying you can try talking to him first through your monitor instead of having to rush in to turn on the lights and really wake him up? Let?s take a closer look at the TRENDnet WiFi baby cam with nightvision that you can find on Amazon for $67.99 shipped."
  FULL STORY @ LEGITREVIEWS.COM

MSI GTX 980 Gaming 4G @ Bjorn3D.com
     Fri, Dec 12 2014 | 10:41A | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Very much on the heels of the Maxwell and GTX 980 launch was the partner cards and the first GTX 980 model we received much like the 970 we recently looked at is the MSI Gaming 4G edition. First of all the cooler for these cards simply look beastly but also if this card proves to be any shade as impressive as the 970 we saw before then gamers are in for a real treat. "
  FULL STORY @ BJORN3D.COM

Raidmax Vampire Review @ ocaholic
     Fri, Dec 12 2014 | 10:04A | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Vampire is on of the latest tower cases from Raidmax, which offers plenty of interior space in order to build high-end systems. Apart from that there are quite a few neat little features, like for example a small fan controller as well as a hot-swap bay and rather reasonable price."
  FULL STORY @ OCAHOLIC.CO.UK

G.SKILL Phoenix Blade 480GB PCIe SSD Review
     Fri, Dec 12 2014 | 9:03A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Based out of Taiwan and founded in 1989, G.SKILL is best known for their memory products and over the years they’ve sprinkled in some other related products as well. Though they haven’t been very prominent in the SSD market – especially as of late, G.SKILL has remained in the game with yet another Phoenix drive release. They’ve been using the ‘Phoenix’ appellation on their SSD product names for quite some time and to the best of my memory, the last one we tested was the Phoenix Pro way back in 2010. That particular drive featured the (pre-LSI owned) SandForce SF-1222 controller and operated on a SATA II interface. Now that newly minted SATA II SSDs are a thing of the past and SATA III drives are routinely hitting bandwidth thresholds, we’re seeing more and more PCIe based drives emerge which have plenty of ceiling left to grow. G.SKILL has surprisingly joined the growing PCIe crowd with the Phoenix Blade. The name is likely a reference to the drive’s shape, long and thin, and the fact that it carves up data with ease. This time around, they have a on board RAID 0 setup (à la OCZ RevoDrive 350) with four LSI SandForce SF-2281 controllers working in concert to pump out crazy performance like 2000MB/s reads/writes and IOPS of up to 90,000 reads and 245,000 writes.
  FULL STORY @ LEGITREVIEWS

Asus Maximus VII Impact @ LanOC Reviews
     Fri, Dec 12 2014 | 9:02A | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
When it comes to Mini-ITX motherboards people are going to have a wide range of feature requirements. For some, as long as it supports their CPU and it has a x16 PCIe slot they are good to go. Others want to have a lot of the features they would find in their full sized builds including wireless AC, different storage connection options, and even upgraded audio. Personally I have been on both sides. When I’m building a budget Mini-ITX build I can skip out on the features but when I’m building a crazy LAN rig like the build we put in the In Win D-Frame Mini only the best will do. Asus continues to impress me with their drive to pack anything and everything into their Impact boards. Well today I’m going to take a look at the latest one, the Maximus VII Impact. This is officially the second Impact board, based on the Z97 chipset. Is this the perfect LAN rig motherboard? Let’s find out.
  FULL STORY @ LANOC

Synology Diskstation DS115J 1-Bay NAS Review
     Fri, Dec 12 2014 | 9:01A | Servers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
When we’re talking network attached storage in our own homes, it isn’t everyone that needs a large server with 4, 6 or 8 bays. Sometimes one bay is enough, if the features and functions still match. We’re also seeing a hard drive size that keeps growing with 6 TB consumer drives and 8 TB enterprise drives already available and the 10 TB drives aren’t far in the future. This might be a smart route to take for people who get into the NAS area now and need both a new device and drives for it, but also for those who just want to cut down on the running costs. Today I’m taking a look at a device for just this situation, the brand new Synology DS115J Disk Station. A compact, lightweight and energy-efficient NAS that is perfect for the budget-conscious home users looking for a simple, yet feature-rich NAS server. You can easily back up documents, monitor live surveillance feeds, build a personal cloud to share files with friends and family or just use it as a media location.
  FULL STORY @ ETEKNIX

 
Fractal Design Define R5 Mid-Tower Chassis Review
     Fri, Dec 12 2014 | 9:00A | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Fractal Design Define series has been one of the corner stones of the chassis industry for years now. Fractal Design have always been known for the exceptional build quality, silent performance and bold looks; although this much is true of almost all the chassis’ that Fractal Design produce. With that in mind, I’m very excited to have their latest iteration at my disposal today, the Fractal Design Define R5; the latest flag-ship chassis from the legendary Swedish manufacturer. The Define R5 has been a long time coming, it was just over two years ago that I reviewed the Define R4. As much as I love the Define R4, two years is a long time and PC hardware has already changed a lot in that time; it will be interesting to see how Fractal Design have tweaked and improves the design to reflect that. The Define R5 comes equipped with two 5.25? drive bays, eight 2.5?/3.5? bays and two 2.5? drive mounts behind the motherboard; there’s no doubt that this chassis can handle a lot of storage. You’ll find room for mini-ITX, Micro ATX and most importantly, ATX motherboards. Combine this with room for graphics card of up to 310mm with the hard drive cages installed, or 440mm with them removed, up to 35mm of cable routing space, PSUs of up to 300mm and a whole lot more; the Fractal Design Define R5 is certainly capable of housing an ultra high-end system.
  FULL STORY @ ETEKNIX

Bass Egg VERB Bluetooth Vibration Portable Speaker Review
     Thu, Dec 11 2014 | 4:05P | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Have you ever felt that you`ve seen everything in your area of expertise (study/work) only to find out that you were wrong? Well i don`t know if this happens a lot to you but in the electronics industry there`s always something new that manages to catch us off guard either because its superior performance compared to similar products or because it`s innovative. Well that happens to be one of the things we all like about this industry (a friend of mine says that there`s always a surprise around the corner) so we`re not really complaining. Now as you all know portable speakers use one or more drivers and sometimes even a passive bass radiator to produce sound a rule which pretty much applies to all kinds of speakers. Well our friends from Bass Egg seem to have a different idea in mind and so today we`re testing their latest VERB portable speaker."
  FULL STORY @ NIKKTECH.COM

Borderlands The Pre-Sequel Performance and PhysX Review @HiTech Legion
     Thu, Dec 11 2014 | 10:58A | Games | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Borderlands The Pre-Sequel was developed in partnership with NVIDIA GameWorks. The GameWorks platform provides tools and technologies to the developers, so that they can maximize performance without sacrificing detail levels. As is typical with the Borderlands series the graphics certainly are not the most demanding but the hilarious gameplay continues in this episode of the game. "
  FULL STORY @ HITECHLEGION.COM

Kingston HyperX Savage DDR3-2400 16GB Memory Kit Review @ ThinkComputers.org
     Thu, Dec 11 2014 | 10:41A | Memory | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Recently Kingston introduced their brand new HyperX Savage Series DDR3 memory kits. The HyperX Savage series effectively replaces the HyperX Genesis series that has been on the market for a few years now. The refresh sees a new improved and stylish red heatspreader, black PCB and of course the great quality we expect from Kingston. Kingstons HyperX Savage memory is available with speeds ranging from 1600 MHz to 2400 MHz in single 4GB and 8GB modules and dual-channel kits ranging from 8GB all the way up to 32GB. Today we will be taking a look at the highest clocked kit the HX324C11SRK2/16 which runs at 2400 MHz with timings of 11-13-14 at 1.65V. Lets get them on the test bench and see how they do!"
  FULL STORY @ THINKCOMPUTERS

NZXT H440 Designed by Razer Mid-Tower Enclosure Review
     Thu, Dec 11 2014 | 10:04A | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The NZXT H440 Designed by Razer Edition is certainly stylish, and makes a statement. A very green statement. This would be particularly appropriate if you already have other Razer gaming products on your desk, or if you happen to be a NVIDIA fan - as you can see here the glowing GEFORCE logo through the window goes well with the color scheme (though I used an AMD card for testing)."
  FULL STORY @ PCPER.COM

Is it Just a Green and Black NZXT H440?
     Thu, Dec 11 2014 | 9:03A | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"NZXT and Razer have collaborated on a new case bearing the peripheral manufacturer’s name and styling. Instead of reinventing the wheel, they took the award winning NZXT H440 (see our review) and have a “Designed by Razer” edition of the case. It will continue to off the best features of the H440, with cosmetics that are unmistakably Razer. This includes a mainly jet black color scheme, accented by the Razer emblem, along with a lot of green lighting. We got our hands on the NZXT H440 “Designed by Razer” Edition before it ships out to the public. Here’s what we thought."
  FULL STORY @ FUTURELOOKS

EVGA SuperNova 1600 P2 80 PLUS Platinum Power Supply Review
     Thu, Dec 11 2014 | 9:02A | Power Supply | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"With their largest power output unit to date, EVGA has also reached 80PLUS Platinum certification with their SuperNova 1600 P2. The SuperNova 1600 P2 is the current flagship in EVGA’s outstanding new lineup, and one glance shows many common traits with the balance of the line. The 1600 P2 uses the same outer shell styling we have seen in the SuperNova line, along with the same outstanding modular cable system."
  FULL STORY @ HITECHLEGION

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     Thu, Dec 11 2014 | 9:01A | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
t's that time of year again. The big man to the north is making his list—and checking it twice—while shoppers to the south contemplate what to get for the beloved techies on their lists. Our staff has compiled a stack of suggestions based on our favorite PC hardware, mobile devices, and other gadgets.
  FULL STORY @ TECHREPORT

Lexar Professional Workflow DD256 256GB Portable SSD Hub Review
     Thu, Dec 11 2014 | 9:00A | Memory | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The DD256 Workflow hub from Lexar makes its way through the lab. Read on as Tyler tells us about this portable SSD hub solution and how it performs."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN

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