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ICY DOCK ICYCube MB561U3S-4S Four Bay USB 3.0 Storage Enclosure Review
     Thu, Jul 23 2015 | 12:01P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Plentiful performance, build quality and good looks make up the latest in the ICYCube external storage solutions series from ICY DOCK."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN

Raidmax Vampire RX-1000GH 1000W Power Supply Unit Review
     Thu, Jul 23 2015 | 12:00P | Power Supply | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Compared to even just 10 years ago the market today is literally overflowing with PC hardware components and peripherals suitable both for regular consumers (gamers, overclockers, enthusiasts and casual users) and professionals (enterprise users included). Unfortunately due to their target audience high-end components are not always affordable by everyone and that goes double for power supplies since they are considered to be the heart of every PC. We have seen several "affordable" high-end models in the past by many manufacturers but in the end there's always room for more such products aimed at people on a tight budget. Raidmax is mostly known for their towers but they've also ventured into the PSU market and today we're going to test their latest Vampire RX-1000GH 1000W PSU to see whether or not this was the right move by them.
  FULL STORY @ NIKKTECH

GPU Charts 2015 - 1080p, 1440p, UHD - ASUS STRIX Gaming 980 Ti 6GB
     Thu, Jul 23 2015 | 9:03A | 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

Tesoro Excalibur Spectrum RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Review
     Thu, Jul 23 2015 | 9:02A | Games | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Tesoro are back on eTeknix once again! While we looked at their gorgeous new Lobera Spectrum recently, today we take a look at something a little further up the range, the new Excalibur Spectrum. RGB keyboards are all the rage recently, they’re often still the same keyboard they were last year in terms of performance and features, with the new addition of some funky lighting effects; no bad thing for those who love to customise their setup.
  FULL STORY @ ETEKNIX

Sapphire Radeon R9 Fury Tri-X OC Video Card Review
     Thu, Jul 23 2015 | 9:01A | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
When the AMD Radeon R9 Fury X video card that is powered by the Fiji GPU was revealed to the world in June 2015 we were promised by AMD that the less powerful, but more affordable AMD Radeon R9 Fury video card would be coming. Reviewing the flagship AMD Radeon R9 Fury X 4GB HBM memory card showed that AMD was able to catch back up to NVIDIA, but not everyone wants or can afford a $649 water cooled graphics cards for their gaming PC. The new AMD Radeon R9 Fury video card is basically a cut down version of the Fury X with slightly lower core clock speeds and air cooling for a suggested retail price of $549. Our friends over at Sapphire hooked us up with the Sapphire Radeon R9 Fury Tri-X OC video card for this launch. Read on to see how it performs!
  FULL STORY @ LEGITREVIEWS

Sapphire Tri-X Radeon R9 Fury 4GB
     Thu, Jul 23 2015 | 9:00A | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today we take a look at AMD’s second graphics card based on the 28nm ‘Fiji’ Silicon. The Sapphire Fury card is the first to hit our labs, and it features a new version of their highly acclaimed ‘Tri-X’ cooling solution. To reduce the retail price against Fury X – the new (non X) Fury model ditches the all in one liquid cooler and has 56 of the 64 compute units on the silicon enabled to yield a total of 3,584 stream processors. At around £445 inc vat it is priced almost identically to rival GTX980 solutions – but can it compete?
  FULL STORY @ KITGURU

HIS Radeon R9 390X IceQ X2 OC 8GB Video Card Review
     Wed, Jul 22 2015 | 4:03P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We are indeed dealing with a refresh of the previous Hawaii XT GPU now baptized Grenada XT, featuring GCN 1.1, 6200 million transistors, 2816 shading units, 176 TMUs, 64ROPs and 44 Compute Units. The available VRAM is now 8GB instead of 4GB GDDR5 and now runs at higher frequencies than on 290X cards by default (1500MHz, 6000MHz effective); this surely helps when running multiple cards for a CrossFireX setup and using multiple monitors. Speaking of the frequencies, the defaults of the GPU on OEM cards have been raised to 1050MHz and with its pre-overclocked card HIS has added extra 20MHz.
  FULL STORY @ MADSHRIMPS

 
Intel Ivy Bridge 3770K to Intel Broadwell 5775C
     Wed, Jul 22 2015 | 4:02P | CPU / Processors | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Back in 2012 we built a custom mini-ITX gaming PC that featured an Intel Ivy Bridge processor, Intel Z77 motherboard, NVIDIA Kepler GPU, SuperSpeed USB 3.0 and water cooling. The original build cost on our system in 2012 was $2600, so it was a high-end build using some of the best components available at the time. We’ve racked up nearly 16,000 hours and have written 230 Terabytes of data to the original Kingston HyperX 5K 480GB SSD over the years. Despite the system still performing exceptionally well we have been wanting to update it now that faster more power efficient processors are available. The Intel Core i7-3770K ‘Ivy Bridge’ quad-core processor is still a very capable CPU today, but it does show signs of weakness in certain tasks...
  FULL STORY @ LEGITREVIEWS

Asus Radeon R9 Fury Strix DC3 OC
     Wed, Jul 22 2015 | 4:01P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today we take a look at the second Fury card to hit our labs, the Asus Radeon R9 Fury Strix. This card ships with the latest Asus DirectCU III cooler and a very modest overclock, activated directly via ASUS GPU Tweak 2 software. I was impressed with the Sapphire Tri-X R9 Fury when I tested it last week, so we will see today if Asus are able to bat at the same level.
  FULL STORY @ KITGURU

Micron M510DC SSD Review (480GB)
     Wed, Jul 22 2015 | 1:17P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Just as in the consumer market is starting to flood with many lower cost value based SSDs, we are starting to see more and more low cost read-centric SSDs in the enterprise market. These SSDs are targeted towards Web 2.0 and cloud storage use case scenarios and are typically much cheaper than mission critical storage options due to lower performance and write endurance. Compared to HDD deployments, however, these SSDs are much faster and more power efficient. They help to remove bottlenecks and speed up response times in content delivery and VDIs as well as lower total cost of ownership.
  FULL STORY @ THESSDREVIEW

KLEVV CRAS 3000MHz 16GB DDR4 Memory Kit Review
     Wed, Jul 22 2015 | 1:16P | Memory | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Memory, the most vital part of any computer that gets overlooked the most. There’s not a lot to say about RAM apart from its expensive and very confusing. DDR4, the newest iteration of RAM is currently the fastest version of the consumer RAM, with speeds exceeding 3333MHz. RAM kits now come in a variety of shapes with the basic bare modules, right up to the simply stunning Ripjaws series.
  FULL STORY @ ETEKNIX

Moving From Intel Ivy Bridge 3770K to Intel Broadwell 5775C
     Wed, Jul 22 2015 | 1:15P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Back in 2012 we built a custom mini-ITX gaming PC that featured an Intel Ivy Bridge processor, Intel Z77 motherboard, NVIDIA Kepler GPU, SuperSpeed USB 3.0 and water cooling. The original build cost on our system in 2012 was $2600, so it was a high-end build using some of the best components available at the time. We’ve racked up nearly 16,000 hours and have written 230 Terabytes of data to the original Kingston HyperX 5K 480GB SSD over the years. Despite the system still performing exceptionally well we have been wanting to update it now that faster more power efficient processors are available. The Intel Core i7-3770K ‘Ivy Bridge’ quad-core processor is still a very capable CPU today, but it does show signs of weakness in certain tasks...
  FULL STORY @ LEGITREVIEWS

Kingston HyperX Savage 240GB SSD Review
     Wed, Jul 22 2015 | 1:15P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Seven to eight years ago enthusiasts, professionals and hardcore gamers who decided to trust a brand new and revolutionary storage technology called solid state drives only had products from a handful of manufacturers to choose from including Intel, Micron, SanDisk, Kingston, OCZ and Corsair. Of course by then SSD technology had been in the works and evolving for much longer (over a decade actually) but it wasn't until 2007 that it made its first "shy" steps in the consumer market and thus was available to the masses at quite reasonable prices. Today there are literally hundreds of SSD manufacturers (most are OEM ones) around but it's always preferable to pick a model by one of the first ones to jump in the SSD wagon and since Kingston just released the latest addition in their HyperX line called the Savage we decided to take a look and see how it does.
  FULL STORY @ NIKKTECH

ASRock Fatal1ty X99X Killer 3.1 Intel LGA 2011-3 Motherboard
     Wed, Jul 22 2015 | 1:14P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today we tested a brand new X99 motherboard with USB 3.1 support here on OCinside.de. This time we have tested and overclocked the ASRock X99X killer 3.1 LGA 2011-3 motherboard with an Intel Core-i7 5930K CPU and four Crucial Ballistix Sports DDR4-2400 memory modules. This motherboard contains, in addition to the built-in USB 3.1 Type-C port an ASRock USB 3.1 Card/A+A for the PCIe slot with two additional USB 3.1 Type-A 10 Gb/s ports as special feature. The ASRock Fatal1ty X99X Killer 3.1 has also eight DDR4 slots, an Ultra M.2 slot up to 32 Gb/s, a mini-PCIe slot, ten SATA3 connectors, eSATA3, the HDD saver function, Purity Sound 2 with analog and digital sound output, five PCIe slots, two Gigabit LAN ports, and much more.
  FULL STORY @ OCINSIDE

AMD Radeon R9 Fury Review: Fiji On Air Tested
     Wed, Jul 22 2015 | 1:14P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
When AMD launched the liquid-cooled Radeon Fury X, we witnessed a company willing to commit to new architecture and bleeding edge technologies (Fiji and High-Bandwidth Memory, respectively). Beyond that, Fury X showed a level of ambition and hardware design chops we hadn’t seen from AMD in years. There’s no denying that between its exceptional thermals and strong performance, Fury X is a force to be reckoned with. However, it fell shy of the mark that enthusiasts and press hoped it would achieve, unable to quite deliver a definitive victory against NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 980 Ti. Today, AMD offers up their Radeon R9 Fury (sometimes referred to as Fury Air or Fury Pro), a video card that brings a compelling value proposition to the table. In truth, this is the Fury release that should give AMD a more competitive edge against NVIDIA in the $500+ graphics card bracket...
  FULL STORY @ HOTHARDWARE

Intel Core i7 5775C: Once Going, This Broadwell CPU Is Great On Linux
     Wed, Jul 22 2015 | 1:13P | CPU / Processors | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"For the past few weeks I've been testing out the Core i7 5775C on Linux as mentioned in a few posts up to this point. While there were some initial headaches on getting this socketed Broadwell CPU playing nicely under Linux, once working around those problems, this processor is great on Linux. With its Iris Pro Graphics 6200 is able to serve as a compelling choice for those who want a powerful open-source system."
  FULL STORY @ PHORONIX

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