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ADATA XPG Z1 16GB 2400MHz DDR4 Memory Kit Review
     Tue, Feb 24 2015 | 9:00A | Memory | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The 5820K has shown that a strong boost in CPU performance can be obtained for a reasonable price increase over the LGA 1150 Core i7 CPUs. And many of the X99 motherboards sit well below £200, making them affordable to enthusiast buyers. But where that entire value logic of Intel’s X99 platform starts to fall short is at the expense of DDR4 memory.
  FULL STORY @ KITGURU

Seasonic Platinum Series 660W Modular Power Supply Review
     Mon, Feb 23 2015 | 4:03P | Power Supply | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Since joining eTeknix over 3 years ago I’ve seen us work with a lot of big brand names and have personally done countless reviews with those brands. Power supplies are something I’ve been covering for just over a year and in that time Seasonic is a brand we’ve never worked with directly. The word “directly” is key as Seasonic “indirectly” work with just about every website that reviews power supplies because so many power supplies are built by Seasonic and rebadged to be sold by other brands: Antec, Cooler Master, Corsair and XFX are just a few brands of many who work with Seasonic to produce power supplies based on their OEM designs. Today we finally get to take a look at an actual Seasonic product and it is something fairly special: Seasonic’s 660W Platinum Series power supply. As the name suggests it boasts incredible 80 Plus Platinum efficiency as well as a fully modular design, a staggering 7 year warranty, high quality components and construction and support for SLI, CrossFire and Haswell C6/C7 low power states. Seasonic have always been at the forefront of power supply innovation in the desktop and server markets so we have absolutely no doubt that this power supply will match or even exceed our expectations.
  FULL STORY @ SEASONIC

Seasonic Platinum 1050WXP3 PSU Review
     Mon, Feb 23 2015 | 4:02P | Power Supply | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today we look at the latest high end power supply from Seasonic – the Platinum 1050WXP3. This unit follows on from the success of the previous 1000W Platinum but brings some upgrades into the mix. The new unit has a pure copper bridge to improve high current conduction and a new IC added to the fan control based on hysteresis to reduce the number of times the fan turns on and off.
  FULL STORY @ KITGURU

Seagate Desktop 3.5? 4TB Solid State Hybrid Drive Review
     Mon, Feb 23 2015 | 4:01P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
In today’s market, there are countless storage options out there for you to choose for your current system or for a new build that you are planning and in general we find one of two main options being selected for the primary boot drive – this being either a hard drive which offers up large storage capacities, or a solid state drive that mainly offers up the speed. In the OEM sector, the operating system is typically installed on to a hard drive, whilst custom-built systems from the like of Overclockers UK and PC Specialist use either hard drives or the faster technology that a solid state drive has to offer based on the target audience and the price point. When we look at where we can boost the performance of a system, be it a pre-built system that is already owned, or one that is in the process of being “spec’d” up, one of the key areas where performance can be gained is through the storage medium, but even in today’s market, the price per GB of storage that a SSD sees over that of a hard drive is still quite high. This premium for SSD performance can in some instances leave users with quite a dilemma; do you choose space or performance? One option that many say you should go down is to buy a SSD for the boot drive and then a secondary hard drive for the volume, but although the price of entry-level solid state products is far more affordable than it was only a year or to back, by the time you take the price of a hard drive into account, the cost is still fairly expensive for some. Naturally the other logical route that many users see is to simply go down the mechanical drive route and sacrifice performance in favour of purchase cost and the larger volumes that are on offer.
  FULL STORY @ ETEKNIX

Sandisk Extreme Pro 480GB Review
     Mon, Feb 23 2015 | 4:00P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
It has has been around a year since we last looked at a Sandisk Solid State Drive – the Extreme II … their ultimate performance model at the time. Today we look at their latest flagship drive – the Extreme Pro. This SSD is designed to deliver the fastest speeds possible, but with a focus on long term reliability. If you are an enthusiast gamer or media professional this may very well be the drive you will want in your next system build. The 480GB version we review today is priced around the £260 inc vat mark.
  FULL STORY @ KITGURU

Lexar JumpDrive M20 Mobile 32GB OTG USB 3.0 Flash Drive Review
     Mon, Feb 23 2015 | 12:46P | Memory | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
A unique flash drive with ample performance and OTG capabilities, today we take a close look at Lexar`s JumpDrive M20 Mobile 32GB OTG USB 3.0 pen drive."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN.COM

AKRACING Premium Gaming Chair (AK-7002-CS) Review
     Mon, Feb 23 2015 | 9:29A | Games | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
First thing first, this chair is designed to appear AND feel like a racing chair. If you`ve never sat in a racing type seat before, you should know their design and build isn`t meant to be overly soft. This chair is quite a bit stiffer than your common squishy office chair and is far from an executive style chair. It`s not stiff and hard like a wooden dining room chair, but it might take you a bit to get used to if you`ve never sat in something like it before. The chair does have tilt, you can lean back as the base of the chair is much like any other office chair with tilt and up/down motion. I will say, it was difficult to get your tilt, even on the softest setting. It took quite a bit of force to relax and lean back. However, the back of the seat also reclines like an actual car seat. It has many possibilities in recline position, so while you might not be able to push back with your feet, the seat can be reclined into quite a comfortable position. You can sit as straight up as you like as well as lie darn near flat if you so desire."
  FULL STORY @ OVERCLOCKERSCLUB.COM

 
Lenovo ThinkStation P500 Tower Workstation Review
     Sun, Feb 22 2015 | 12:46P | Notebooks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Need a workstation that can handle demanding applications? Lenovo`s ThinkStation P500 tower workstation system might be just what you are after."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN.COM

Win a SoundFace Bluetooth Speaker! @ Tech-Reviews.co.uk
     Sat, Feb 21 2015 | 3:39P | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The SoundFace Bluetooth Speaker from relatively new company SoundFace has been receiving all kinds of praise online. We gave it 10/10 in our review as well as our Editor?s Choice award and Great Value award. If you?d like to be in with a chance of winning just subscribe to our newsletter below.?"
  FULL STORY @ TECH-REVIEWS.CO.UK

How To - X99 mATX Gaming Rig - Part 1 @ ocaholic
     Sat, Feb 21 2015 | 12:46P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today we`re going to start with an article series which will show you how to build an mATX gaming rig. This rig will be perfectly suitable for LAN parties or for users who need lots of performance. This first article is going to give you a general overview and at later stages we`re going to dive into quite a few details."
  FULL STORY @ OCAHOLIC.CO.UK

USB 3.1 of course!
     Fri, Feb 20 2015 | 4:36P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Just over a week or so ago Allyn spent some time with the MSI X99A Gaming 9 ACK motherboard, a fact that might seem a little odd to our frequent readers. Why would our storage editor be focusing on a motherboard? USB 3.1 of course! When we visited MSI at CES in January they were the first company to show working USB 3.1 hardware and performance numbers that we were able duplicate in our testing when MSI sent us similar hardware. But ASUS is in this game as well, preparing its product lines with USB 3.1 support courtesy of the same ASMedia controller we looked at before. ASUS has a new revision of several motherboards planned with integrated on-board USB 3.1 but is also going to be releasing an add-in card with USB 3.1 support for existing systems. Today we are going to test that add-in card to measure ASUS' implementation of USB 3.1 and see how it stacks up to what MSI had to offer and what improvements and changes you can expect from USB 3.0.
  FULL STORY @ PCPER

Thermaltake Tt eSPORTS Talon Gaming Mouse Review
     Fri, Feb 20 2015 | 3:39P | Mouse Pads | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
For playing games, I typically play a wide range from RTS to FPS within just a few hours. For the last two years I`ve been using a Razer Deathadder, which has the same basic layout with only two extra buttons on the side. What was surprising is that I couldn`t tell the difference between the Talon and that $60 mouse. In fact, the Razer options is completely controlled in software so I am usually unable to change the DPI, since I don`t have time or want to download and install software across on my computers and laptop. Having a button right on top to toggle between DPI presets made switching from playing Starcraft to using the Railgun in Unreal Tournament painless. Overall, I would use this mouse for gaming and not think twice about another one."
  FULL STORY @ OVERCLOCKERSCLUB.COM

GeForce GTX 960 Article Round Up @HiTech Legion
     Fri, Feb 20 2015 | 12:46P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
With its new architecture the GeForce GTX 960 consumes less power than any prior generation of GeForce graphics while still producing more power per watt. The GM 206 GPU is the most advanced mainstream processor on the market. /"
  FULL STORY @ HITECHLEGION.COM

Antec ISK 600M
     Fri, Feb 20 2015 | 12:01P | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Antec aimed to take the ISK 600 and enlarge it with the ISK 600M - for a mATX board, more hard drives, and better cooling, and it does so while re-defining some design elements in the front. Will this bigger version of the ISK 600 manage to leave a mark and is bigger better in this particular case?
  FULL STORY @ TECHPOWERUP

Asustek sees decreased 4Q14 profit
     Fri, Feb 20 2015 | 12:00P | Business / Industry | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Asustek Computer saw net profit of NT$4.509 billion (US$143 million) for the fourth quarter of 2014 decrease by 22.41% on quarter and by 20.77% on year mainly due to loss of NT$713 million from foreign exchange, the company said at an investors conference on February 13.
  FULL STORY @ DIGITIMES

9 min of Pure Computex Taipei Trade Show Floor Experience!
     Thu, Feb 19 2015 | 10:58P | Tradeshows / Events | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
COMPUTEX Taipei can be a chaotic tech trade show, but it's hard to convey that experience in words alone. Here's 9m36s of Computex trade show floor, in case you ever wondered what a massive tech show was really like!
  FULL STORY @ YOUTUBE

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