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MyDigitalSSD Pocket Vault External SSD Review
     Thu, Feb 06 2014 | 6:26A | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Big storage in a small package. We take a look at the Pocket Vault from MyDigitalSSD to see what it can do."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN.COM

GIGABYTE Z87X-UD5 TH Intel Z87 Thunderbolt Motherboard Review @ Legit Reviews
     Thu, Feb 06 2014 | 3:59A | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
GIGABYTE recently sent out one of their latest boards for me to play with, the GIGABYTE Z87X-UD5 TH. The Z87X-UD5 TH is is an Intel based motherboard with an Intel Z87 chipset at its heart. Having the Intel Z87 chipset at its core means that it supports the latest and greatest Intel 4th Generation Core i-series processor like the Core i7-4770K ?Haswell? CPU that I will be using for testing. Read on to see how this motherboard performs. "
  FULL STORY @ LEGITREVIEWS.COM

Asus R9 270X and 280X DirectCU II TOP Review
     Wed, Feb 05 2014 | 4:17P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Asus makes a pretty good video card. The build quality, cooler quality, and overall value and performance of these products are pretty outstanding. I have to admit that I have a soft spot in my heart for the chip formerly known as the HD 7870, now in the form of the R9 270X. That chip is downright miserly when it comes to power vs. performance. It is around the same overall performance as the GTX 760 but is a good 50 watts less in overall power consumption. The Tahiti chip powering the R9 280X has been out two years now and was the first of that generation. It still keeps chugging along and the MSRP is right where it should be."
  FULL STORY @ PCPER.COM

OCZ Vertex 460 240 GB Solid State Drive Review @ ThinkComputers.org
     Wed, Feb 05 2014 | 12:28P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
2013 was another rough year for OCZ, they went bankrupt and their assets were sold off to Toshiba. We were not sure if we would ever see the OCZ name again, but it looks like OCZ is not going anywhere. With such a popular name know for great performance Toshiba is keeping OCZ around and their first product for 2014 is the Vertex 460 solid state drive. We happen to be taking a look at the 240GB version today. The Vertex 460 features the same Barefoot 3 M10 controller as we saw in the Vertex 450 drive, but has new Toshiba 19nm MLC toggle mode NAND. Now that Toshiba owns OCZ and is loading drives with their own flash this is going to bring costs down for the consumer. The Vertex 460 also really focuses on mixed workload and sustained performance. Will the Vertex 460 start off the year right for OCZ? Read on as we find out!"
  FULL STORY @ THINKCOMPUTERS

Lumen Smart Bulb TL800 Review @ TestFreaks
     Wed, Feb 05 2014 | 11:36A | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Light bulbs do not usually come to mind when thinking about tech devices. Todays review item plans to change everyones opinion of the plain old light bulb. While LED light bulbs are certainly not new the ability do control them remotely is a new capability. The Tabu Lumen Smart Bulb TL800 is a light that offers multiple unique features besides simple illumination."
  FULL STORY @ TESTFREAKS.COM

GIGABYTE G1.Sniper A88X Review @ Vortez
     Wed, Feb 05 2014 | 11:27A | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
If you are looking for a gaming motherboard to go with your shiny new Kaveri APU, GIGABYTE will want to turn your attention to their G1.Sniper A88X, that`s right, SNIPER."
  FULL STORY @ VORTEZ.NET

ASUS P9D WS Workstation Motherboard Review
     Wed, Feb 05 2014 | 11:10A | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The ASUS P9D WS is a workstation-class motherboard that works with Intel`s new 4th gen CPU`s. Let us look at just what this motherboard can do."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN.COM

 
Func HS-260 Gaming Headset @ LanOC Reviews
     Wed, Feb 05 2014 | 10:07A | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We recently took a look at a gaming mechanical keyboard from an unlikely source, Func. In that review we also made allusions to Func bringing their design focus of innovative functionality without gimmicks to a whole range of gaming peripherals. Today we are here with the final piece of hardware in this new Func collection, the HS-260 Gaming Headset. Will Func continue to impress us with their new line of Functionality. Perfected. periphreals or will audo prove to be their downfall. Lets find out as we take an indepth look at the HS-260 Gaming headset."
  FULL STORY @ LANOC.ORG

AMD Mantle API Benchmark Performance On Catalyst 14.1 @ Legit Reviews
     Wed, Feb 05 2014 | 9:25A | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
AMD has been talking about the potential performance increase that their new Mantle technology is going to provide, we have all seen the numbers that AMD and EA-DICE has been releasing.  AMD has finally released CATALYST 14.1 beta drivers, so now we can do our own independent testing to check out performance with and without Mantle enabled. Read on to see what happens to performance!"
  FULL STORY @ LEGITREVIEWS.COM

Corsair Obsidian 250D review
     Wed, Feb 05 2014 | 9:06A | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
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  FULL STORY @ GURU3D.COM

ToughArmor 6x2.5" SATA HDD Hot Swap
     Wed, Feb 05 2014 | 9:03A | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
If you’re like me you like to back up files, install every game in your Steam library just because and record your favorite TV shows to your hard drive to enjoy them on your own time. This unfortunately takes up a lot of space and more often than not means you need more and more hard drives to sate your unhealthy obsession with storage but what happens when you run out of space to put your drives or even worse, your media PC is in a small mATX case? Icy Dock looks to come to the data hogs rescue with their ToughArmor 6x2.5" SATA HDD Hot Swap Mobile Rack which promises to give us a place to put 6 2.5” drives in a single 5.25” external bay. We’ll find out if this increase in storage is worth your time.
  FULL STORY @ LANOC

Creative T4 2.1 Wireless Speaker System with NFC Review
     Wed, Feb 05 2014 | 9:02A | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The newly released 2.1 speaker set from Creative features a solid subwoofer which has a SLAM architecture and delivers quite a boom and is accompanied by two smaller but high quality satellites which should fit without any issues on our work and entertainment desk or why not, to the sides of our TV. The control pod is very handy and besides that the setup features lots of connectivity options, but also an IR remote.
  FULL STORY @ MADSHRIMPS

MSI Gaming R9 280X OC Edition Review
     Wed, Feb 05 2014 | 9:01A | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
In the past few days we've published no less than three MSI Gaming Series graphics card reviews. Today we're having a closer look at MSI's R9 280X Gaming OC Edition graphics card and what it has to offer in details. A quick look reveals, there is a Twin Frozr IV cooler mounted on a reference PCB, which sounds like a combination that offers a very solid price/performance ratio.
  FULL STORY @ OCAHOLIC

SilverStone Raven RV04 Case Review
     Wed, Feb 05 2014 | 9:00A | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today Benchmark Reviews will be looking at the lastest Raven enclosure from SilverStone, the Raven SST-RV04B-W. Since the RV01, the Raven series served as the ?experimental? arm of the SilverStone chassis lineup; testing out unique ideas like a 90-degree rotated motherboard orientation and exotic applications of materials in a line of enclosures that had the extreme looks (and performance) to match. The RV04 forgoes the vertical orientation of the motherboard in previous Ravens and instead rotates it yet another 90 degrees. Utilizing a cooling design inspired by the impressive micro-ATX TJ-08E, the ATX Raven RV04 uses two 180mm AP fans in a slightly more traditional format ? well, as traditional as a Raven case can be?"
  FULL STORY @ BENCHMARKREVIEWS.COM

T440s, Lenovo notebook
     Wed, Feb 05 2014 | 9:00A | Notebooks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Quote: "With the T440s, Lenovo has sent a clear message that this machine is about portability first, power second. Its low-voltage chipset, limited RAM expandability, and hyper-conservative thermal management (which provokes throttling under even moderate GPU load) precludes any possibility of the machine being leveraged for GPU-related work in any way. That’s not to take anything away from its speed; with high scores in PCMark 7 and subjectively snappy performance, the T440s is a winner in general usage."
  FULL STORY @ PCPER

Killer Instinct Video Review @ HardwareHeaven.com
     Wed, Feb 05 2014 | 8:31A | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today Kaeyi Dream reviews XBOX One exclusive Killer Instinct."
  FULL STORY @ HARDWAREHEAVEN.COM

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A broken or cracked LCD screen makes a laptop utterly useless, good thing PCSTATS can show you how to replace that busted laptop screen with a minimum of fuss and for less money than a service center charges. PCSTATS will be fixing a cracked LCD screen on a Lenovo T530 ThinkPad notebook, the general procedures outlined here work for any notebook though.
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The Gigabyte GA-X79-UD5 is an awesome 'Sandy Bridge-E' motherboard for anyone in the business of content creation, yet still nimble enough to take on multi-videocard gaming and overclocking at the end of a days work.
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Seagate Constellation ES 1TB Enterprise Hard Drive Review
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All Constellation ES drives are rated to 6Gb/s SATA III speeds, incorporate 64MB of cache, utilize 7200RPM spindle speeds and offer Native Command Queing. The drives are covered by an impressive 5 year warranty and rated to1.2 million hours MTBF.
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