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MSI Z77A-GD65 GAMING Mainboard Review
     Fri, Aug 23 2013 | 4:00P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The major but not the only distinguishing features of new Micro-Star gaming mainboards compared with the regular models is the replacement of the generic network controllers with Qualcomm Atheros Killer E2200, which allows assigning priorities with focus on gaming traffic, thus reducing the delays during online gaming.
  FULL STORY @ XBITLABS

AMD Winner in Q2, Intel Up, Nvidia Down
     Fri, Aug 23 2013 | 2:24P | Business / Industry | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Jon Peddie Research (JPR), the industry's research and consulting firm for graphics and multimedia, announced estimated graphics chip shipments and suppliers' market share for 2013 2Q.

While the news was disappointing year-to-year, the news was encouraging quarter-to-quarter.

AMD overall unit shipments increased 10.9%, quarter-to-quarter, Intel increased 6.2%, and Nvidia decreased by 8%.

The overall PC market declined 2.5% quarter-to-quarter while the graphics market increased 4.6%. Overall this net 7.1% increase reflects an interest on the part of consumers for double-attach-the adding of a discrete GPU to a system with integrated processor graphics, and to a lesser extent dual AIBs in performance desktop machines. On a year-to-year basis we found that total graphics shipments during Q2'13 dropped 6.8% while PC shipments which declined by at a faster rate of 11.2% overall. GPUs are traditionally a leading indicator of the market, since a GPU goes into every system before it is shipped and most of the PC vendors are guiding down to flat for Q3'13.

The popularity of tablets and the persistent economic slowness are the most often mentioned reasons for the decline in the PC market and the CAGR for PC graphics from 2012 to 2016 is -1.4%; we expect the total shipments of graphics chips in 2016 to be 319 million units.

The ten-year average change for graphics shipments for quarter-to-quarter is a growth of 7.2%. This quarter is below the average with a 4.6% increase.

Our findings include discrete and integrated graphics (CPU and chipset) for Desktops, Notebooks (and Netbooks), and PC-based commercial (i.e., POS) and industrial / scientific and embedded. This report does not include handhelds (i.e., mobile phones), x86 Servers or ARM-based Tablets (i.e. iPad and Android-based Tablets), Smartbooks, or ARM-based Servers. It does include x86-based tablets.

The quarter in general:

AMD's shipments of desktop heterogeneous GPU/CPUs, i.e., APUs declined 9.6% from Q1 and increased an astounding 47.1% in notebooks. The company's overall PC graphics shipments increased 10.9%.

Intel's desktop processor-graphics EPG shipments decreased from last quarter by 1.4%, and Notebooks increased by 12.13%. The company's overall PC graphics shipments increased 6.2%.

Nvidia's desktop discrete shipments were down 8.9% from last quarter; and, the company's mobile discrete shipments decreased 7.1%. The company's overall PC graphics shipments declined 8.0%. Year-to-year this quarter AMD overall PC shipments declined 15.8%, Intel dropped 12.9%, Nvidia declined 5.1%, and VIA fell 12.4% from last year.

Total discrete GPUs (desktop and notebook) were down 5.5% from the last quarter and were down 5.2% from last year for the same quarter due to the same problems plaguing the overall PC industry. Overall the trend for discrete GPUs is up with a CAGR to 2016 of -2.2%.

Ninety nine percent of Intel's non-server processors have graphics, and over 67% of AMD's non-server processors contain integrated graphics; AMD still ships IGPs.

Graphics chips (GPUs) and chips with graphics (IGPs, APUs, and EPGs) are a leading indicator for the PC market. At least one and often two GPUs are present in every PC shipped. It can take the form of a discrete chip, a GPU integrated in the chipset or embedded in the CPU. The average has grown from 1.2 GPUs per PC in 2001 to almost 1.4 GPUs per PC.

  FULL STORY @ JONPEDDIE

ASUS Maximus VI Hero LGA 1150 Motherboard Review
     Fri, Aug 23 2013 | 2:19P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The ASUS Republic of Gamers brand represents the best ASUS has to offer. Unfortunately the best usually comes with a high price tag placing such boards out of reach for many. Never fear for the ASUS Maximus VI Hero is here! OK with a name like that I couldn't resist. The Hero offers the core enthusiast features found in all ROG boards with less fluff.
  FULL STORY @ HARDOCP

256 GB OCZ Vector Solid State Drive Review
     Fri, Aug 23 2013 | 2:19P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Rated for 100,000 random read and 95,000 random write IOPS to deliver ultimate responsiveness and a better overall computing and workstation experience than any other storage solution.

Vector redefines reliability and offers a premium SSD solution designed from the ground up for enhanced stability, quality, and durability.

Get consistently faster sustained speeds with the complete spectrum of file types and sizes, including both compressible and incompressible data for balanced, long-lasting performance like no other drive out there.

Built to last, Vector maximizes drive life with low write amplification, efficient garbage collection, and an advanced suite of NAND flash management to provide years of hard drive-humiliating performance that is second to none.

  FULL STORY @ TECHARP

high quality Power Supply Units
     Fri, Aug 23 2013 | 2:18P | Power Supply | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Most people know Enermax because of their high quality Power Supply Units. In this review we take a look at a different product, the Enermax Fulmo ST Case. We already looked at the Fulmo GT Case earlier, so let us have a look at the new model.
  FULL STORY @ TWEAK

Teratrend TS431U External HDD Enclosure
     Fri, Aug 23 2013 | 2:18P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"The Teratrend TS431U External HDD Enclosure is another excellent storage solution by SilverStone. This enclosure fits up to four 4TB 3.5" drives, has a tooless drive installation & removal, comes with an aluminum door, includes eSATA & USB3 connections & two 60mm fans. This is a fantastic external enclosure." ~3dGameMan.com
  FULL STORY @ 3DGAMEMAN

Akasa Cobra 650W PSU
     Fri, Aug 23 2013 | 2:18P | Power Supply | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Most people know Akase for their Power Supply Units and Cases. In this review we look at the new Akasa Cobra 650W PSU. It is Modular Power Supply Unit with plenty of power for most systems, modular cables and a 80 Plus Certification.
  FULL STORY @ TWEAK

 
Cooler Master i700 @ PureOverclock
     Fri, Aug 23 2013 | 2:17P | Power Supply | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
“The Cooler Master i700 is a mid-range power supply, and while it’s not a beast like one of Cooler Master’s premium V-Series units, the i700 is 80PLUS Bronze certified and comes with a very affordable price tag of $80 ($69 after rebate currently). Seems like a very enticing budget-oriented unit, so let’s take a closer look at this Cooler Master i700 power supply and see how it fares.”
  FULL STORY @ PUREOVERCLOCK

Sharp PN-K321H review: 4K monitor
     Fri, Aug 23 2013 | 2:12P | Monitors | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Sharp PN-K321H is a phenomenal monitor, there's no question about that. The test results don't do a good job of showing how impressive this monitor really is. You need to stand in front of it. The details you can see in high-resolution photos is astounding, and the huge amount of extra workspace is great for complex software with lots of toolbars and windows. It's a unique product, even if ASUS will soon release its own 4K monitor and others are sure to follow. Sharp is currently the only manufacturer of IGZO 4K panels, so you will likely be seeing more of these.
  FULL STORY @ HARDWARE

Razer Naga 2014 @ LanOC Reviews
     Fri, Aug 23 2013 | 2:11P | Games | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
When Razer first introduced the Naga a lot of people made jokes and references to its phone like number pad on the side. Then soon after, not only did I see a lot of people sporting them, but a lot of the manufactures introduced their versions of the MMO mouse. Suddenly it was only partially crazy to have a full phone number pad under your thumb. Recently Razer introduced their new Naga 2014, the second major redesign of the Naga although I would consider the 2012 edition to be less of a “major” redesign. I’m really excited to see what they have learned from the last model and changed for this model. I have been using it for a little while now and I can finally tell everyone about my experience.
  FULL STORY @ HTTP://LANOC.ORG/REVIEW/INPUT-DEVICES/6661-RAZER-NAGA-2014

Zotac ZBOX Nano ID65 Plus Out NUCs Intel
     Fri, Aug 23 2013 | 2:11P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Zotac has been making ultra-small form factor systems for quite a while now. You can check out a number of our reviews of various ZBox systems and you'll notice that most of the systems have been built around low-power platforms like AMD's E-Series APUs or Intel's Atom processors. With its latest generations of mini-PC's, however, Zotac has been able to crank things up a few notches. With some recently released ZBoxes, Zotac has managed to squeeze in Intel Core-series processors, which put the diminutive systems into an entirely different performance category. The latest Zotac ZBox to hit the lab is the ZBox Nano ID65 Plus. Despite its relatively tiny 5"-square form factor, this particular machine is powered by an Ivy Bridge-based Intel Core i7 processor with integrated HD 4000 series graphics. The Plus designation in the model name also signifies that this system includes memory and a hard drive-in this case, 4GB of DDR3-1600 and a 500GB Samsung HD...
  FULL STORY @ HOTHARDWARE

Vantec Voltra 650 Watt Power Supply Overview @ Pro-Clockers
     Fri, Aug 23 2013 | 1:36P | Power Supply | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
You may have noticed the three of the four power supply series are very similar to one another. The biggest difference is the range of wattage within each power supply series. The VoltraX are available in smaller wattages consisting of 350 and 450 watts models. The Voltra is the mid-range power units ranging from 550 to 850 watts. We will be taking a lot at one of the models from this power supply series. Then you have the Vantec Voltra+ series which are for power hungry builds providing between 1050 and 1250 watts. We will be looking at the 650 watt model from the Voltra series today. The entire series are certified 80Plus Bronze and consist of a single 12v rail. The Vantec Voltra 650 watt power supply is equipped with 140mm cooling fan that is load controlled and designed to run quiet. Internal specifications are one thing but visually is it a looked? Yes. This unit is branded tastefully and better yet is semi-modular giving the user control on how many cables to use depending on what is needed."
  FULL STORY @ PRO-CLOCKERS.COM

Mach Xtreme Driver-less EXPRESS PCIe SSD Card
     Fri, Aug 23 2013 | 1:28P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF

Mach Xtreme Technology has just unveiled the EXPRESS Series PCIe SSD add-on card. The MX-EXPRESS is implementing advanced dual-controller technology and is based on an unique driver-less design.

Based on an innovative design, the low-profile MX-EXPRESS PCIe 2.0 x2 SSD card delivers an enhanced desktop computing experience with much faster application loading times, ultra-fast data access and shorter boot-ups of today’s and future high-end desktops featuring PCIe 2x / 4x /16x interface. “The MX-EXPERSS continues our tradition of catering to power users who want the fastest and smoothest performance. It meets extreme data transfer needs, utilizing a PCIe 2.0 bandwidth. This add-on card is fully compliant with AHCI standard and thus is truly plug and play solution where no drivers are needed” said Tomasz Swatowski, global marketing manager, MX Technology. The MX-EXPRESS PCIe SSD card puts the very latest storage technology in users' hands and sets a new benchmark for SSD add-on cards. In addition, this series maintains the highest level of read and write performance though the life of the SSD, making it a must have item for any serious enthusiast.

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The MX-EXPRESS drive delivers best-in-class read and write speeds clocking in at up to 850MB/s read and 800MB/s write along with the stunning maximum of 100,000 IOPS and superior durability (2.5 million MTBF) compared to mainstream 2.5” SATA 6Gb/s generation drives.

Available in capacities of 128GB, 256GB, 512GB and 1TB, Mach Xtreme Technology MX-EXPRESS PCIe SSD add-on cards come backed with 2 Year Warranty and outstanding after-sales service.

EXPRESS™ Series PCIe SSD at A Glance:
•    PCIe 2.0 x2 Interface
•    Driver-less Installation
•    Max. Read Performance up to 850MB/s (512GB and 1TB)
•    Max. Write Performance up to 800MB/s (512GB and 1TB)
•    IOPS: up to 100K
•    Dimensions: 152.5mm x 19.0mm x 69.0mm (low-profile PCIe)
•    Weight: 125g
•    Certification: ROHS, CE, FCC
•    Capacity: 128GB (MXSSDEPCIE-128G), 256GB (MXSSDEPCIE-256G), 512GB (MXSSDEPCIE-512G) and 1TB (MXUB3MLX-1T)
•    Warranty: 2-Years

http://www.mx-technology.com/en/product/ssd2.php?sid=3#fragment-17
 

  FULL STORY @ MX-TECHNOLOGY

Windows 8 RTC Bug fixed @ Ocaholic
     Fri, Aug 23 2013 | 12:16P | Software | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
As soon as the Windows 8 RTC issue appeared, we started our own investigation and found out, that only Intel setups were affected. But still there were quite a few questions unanswered like for example: which timer is Windows 8 actually using, are there really no issues on AMD and why is the issue fixed, when you move to an Intel when you installed Windows 8 using an AMD platform? Credit also goes to Franck D. from CPUID, who was kind enough to provide us with a tool to read out different timers and their frequency."
  FULL STORY @ OCAHOLIC.CH

Nvidia GeForce GTX 760 Overclocking Guide
     Fri, Aug 23 2013 | 12:03P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Overclocking your graphics card is a very quick and easy way to get a little extra performance out of your system. While the 1150MHz might not be obtainable with all GeForce GTX 760 graphics cards, we are confident that almost all will handle 1100MHz without a problem. In either case, gamers can enjoy performance gains as high as 10%
  FULL STORY @ LEGIONHARDWARE

Intel SSD 530 240GB review: updated SandForce SSD
     Fri, Aug 23 2013 | 12:02P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We are really beginning to repeat ourselves in our SSD reviews lately. Time and again it's been clear in recent months that LSI needs to come up with a new generation SandForce controller. The SF-2281 was state-of-the-art when it came out, but now it's no longer capable of more than middle-of-the-road performance compared to other new SSDs. That's of course not a big deal if the SSD is priced accordingly, like Kingston did with its V300 series. And that's exactly the issue with Intel's 530 SSD. Intel will have to drop the price in order to make its new SSD series interesting in a competitive market.
  FULL STORY @ HARDWARE

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