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Intel Solid State Drive DC S3500 Series Review
     Thu, Jul 04 2013 | 9:01A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Intel is updating its line of enterprise-class solid state storage offerings today, with a new more cost-effective drive that targets datacenter and cloud-computing applications. The Intel SSD DC S3500 as it is known, is similar in a number of ways to the SSD DC S3700 we evaluated a few months back. The new drives, however, are built around more affordable NAND flash memory than the previously released DC S3700-series drives. Regardless, data integrity and consistent performance remain key differentiators for Intel's datacenter-targeted "DC"-branded drives, but the SSD DC S3500 will do so at much more mainstream price points than the higher-end DC S3700-series drives. The Intel SSD DC S3500 will be offered in 80GB - 800GB capacities in both 2.5" and 1.8" form factors, but a number of capacities, like the 120GB, 160GB, 300GB, and 600GB drives, will only be offered in 2.5" versions. We've got a 480GB, 2.5" drive on deck for you here...

Asus Z87-A Exclusive Mainboard Video
     Thu, Jul 04 2013 | 9:00A | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
As part of our extensive series of in-depth videos around the top Asus mainboards that are being produced for Intel’s 4th Generation Core processor, we take a look at the Asus Z87-A with an engineer from regional HQ. What does this board offer?

Whats Wrong with the Xbox One? @ TestFreaks
     Thu, Jul 04 2013 | 8:21A | Games | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
So what?s wrong with the Xbox One? Too many things at this point it seems. In the past day or so we?ve learned a lot about the Xbox One and then we really didn?t learn that much did we? It seems like we did, but watching that broadcast it seemed all smoke and mirrors to me with Microsoft leaving out a lot of things that I think most gamers are concerned with. Many issues were not addressed and when Microsoft was asked about them they provided vague answers that really weren?t answers at all. From what I saw most of their answers were basically no comment on a lot of things that are important to their customers. We?ve had a lot of media attention in the preceding months, a lot of speculation and a lot of people just talking about the next Xbox. People have made it clear what they wanted and didn?t want and what they expected from the next Xbox and it seems to me Microsoft just ignored everything that was said everywhere. "

Nvidia GeForce GTX 760 @ Bjorn3D
     Thu, Jul 04 2013 | 3:37A | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Nvidias 700 series continues to power on with the next card, the GTX 760. This card is lined up to be the next price/performance killer, so lets see if it can pull off a good show!"

Acer Aspire V5-431P review: 14-inch touch for less than € 500
     Wed, Jul 03 2013 | 4:03P | Networking | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
For 500 euros Acer gives you a surprisingly complete yet heavy 14-inch laptop with touchscreen. The specifications are impressive, save for one component: 4 GB of RAM, a 500 GB hard disk, a 10-touchpoint screen, and even a dual-band WiFi adaper. It's a very nice combination for Windows 8. The CPU is a Pentium, however.

Seagate Laptop Thin SSHD 500GB review: 2.5-inch
     Wed, Jul 03 2013 | 4:02P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Seagate Laptop Thin SSHD is indeed faster than conventional hard disks in the PCMark real-life benchmarks, but doesn't reach the level of SSD performance.

Samsung 5-Series NP540U3C-A01 13.3-inch Ultrabook Notebook Review
     Wed, Jul 03 2013 | 4:01P | Notebooks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Samsung's 5-Series NP540U3C-A01 Ultrabook is the first laptop to cross PCSTATS test bench with Windows 8 installed and a touch screen. Our first impressions of the new interface are positive - poking at the screen with ones fingers easily compliments the keyboard and touchpad to really bring out the best in Microsoft Windows 8 and crack open a whole new world of applications. The touch screen interface is intuitive to learn, landing Samsung's NP540U3C-A01 ultrabook functionally somewhere between a sup'ed-up tablet and laptop."

HGST Travelstar 7K1000 1TB 2.5" Hard Drive Review
     Wed, Jul 03 2013 | 4:00P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Class leading shock protection ushers in the new generation of mobile hard drives from HGST. Today we're reviewing the Travelstar 7K1000 1TB model."

Corsair Air 540 Review @ Vortez
     Wed, Jul 03 2013 | 1:15P | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
It`s rare that we see anything truly innovative in the computer chassis department nowadays but Corsair are attempting to push the boundaries with their new offering to join the Carbide Series. The Air 540 brings with it a unique design containing dual chambers to separate components in a bid to deliver superior air cooling. Touted as Corsair`s new brainchild can the Air 540 push the boundaries for innovation or will it simply fall flat on its face? Join us as we closely examine this exciting new case."

Stroll Down Memory Lane: Best 3dfx Glide Games
     Wed, Jul 03 2013 | 12:03P | Editorial | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Having a specialized API could be arguably said was both the highlight and the downfall for 3dfx. The Glide API when used in conjunction with Voodoo hardware optimized the overall gaming experience and for the few short years that Glide reigned supreme, several games based its 3d implementation in this proprietary API. If you are old enough, odds are you owned a 3dfx card and played some of these games. Let us take you a trip down memory lane and remember some of the best games ever that used Glide.

AMD A4-5000 Review: The affordable ultraportable APU
     Wed, Jul 03 2013 | 12:02P | CPU / Processors | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
In 2006 AMD announced 'Fusion', a project aimed to develop a system on a chip that combined a CPU and GPU on a single die.Fast forward to this day, AMD has taken things a step further with Kabini, the first ever quad-core x86-based SoC. AMD are releasing their first Kabini based processors today with the launch of the A6-5200 and the A4-5000. The A4-5000 that we are reviewing features four Jaguar cores clocked at 1.5GH, a total L2 cache of 2MB, and the Radeon HD 8330 GPU on-die.

Building a Thin Mini-ITX PC: Small and Silent
     Wed, Jul 03 2013 | 12:01P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The idea behind the Thin Mini-ITX form factor, besides the obvious which is to create seriously compact computers, is also to allow for DIY all-in-ones (think of little PCs you can attach to the back of your monitor). Having that said, we don't fully intend to go the all-in-one route in this article, but are aiming to build a powerful Thin Mini-ITX system that can be used in the office or at home as a media PC. This is what our finished system should look like: extremely compact, powerful, and near silent operation, as in no-moving-parts silent. For less than $700 including a 256GB SSD, we believe you'll love what the final product will look like.

Gigabyte U2442F 14-inch Ultrabook Review
     Wed, Jul 03 2013 | 12:00P | Notebooks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
It was 2011 and Intel saw a surging trend in mobile computing, admittedly inspired by Apple's Macbook Air. Notebooks were to become thinner, batteries had to last more, optical drives were going away, and performance, performance didn't have to suffer too much. Moreover, manufacturers didn't seem to be doing a whole lot to get on this trend, so Intel pushed forward by investing $300 million of its own money to make it happen. There are currently more than two dozen 'Chief River' ultrabooks available from manufacturers such as Asus, Dell, Fujitsu, HP, Lenovo, Samsung, Sony and Gigabyte. Today we are checking out the latest model from Gigabyte. The U2442F is one of many U2442 variations, though as the flagship model it’s the most expensive and powerful. Without question the Gigabyte U2442F is cutting edge stuff when it comes to ultrabook performance. Armed with a 3rd-Gen Core i7 processor, plenty of memory, and a quality SSD, the U2442F is as capable as a high-end desktop.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780M Mobility Performance Testing
     Wed, Jul 03 2013 | 11:49A | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Enthusiasts looking to take their PC gaming addition on the move will likely find the MSI GT60 and the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780M a perfect fit. Just dont expect a thin and light design or long battery life those just arent in the cards for these high-performance designs quite yet."

Seagate Backup Plus 1 TB External HDD Review @ Hardware Secrets
     Wed, Jul 03 2013 | 10:04A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Backup Plus 1 TB is an external hard disk drive from Seagate. It comes with a USB 3.0 interface, which can be replaced by Thunderbolt or FireWire interfaces. Lets test it!"

Assessing The Current Intel Haswell Linux Experience
     Wed, Jul 03 2013 | 9:25A | CPU / Processors | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Since the Computex launch of Intel`s much anticipated Haswell processors at the beginning of the month, there`s been much Linux coverage on Phoronix concerning the compatibility and performance of these new Intel processors from both the processing and graphics sides. Here`s a summary of all of our discoveries and findings over the past few weeks."

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