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OCZ Vector 180 480GB and 960GB Review
     Fri, Mar 27 2015 | 12:01P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Regular readers of KitGuru will know that OCZ have been making amends to repair their reputation with the enthusiast audience. They feel so confident in their latest technology that they asked us recently to kill 5 of their ARC 100 drives (latest update and links back HERE). Today it is time to take a look at their new SSD drive – the Vector 180. OCZ sent us their 480GB and 960GB models which feature power failure management, Toshiba A19 NAND flash, ShieldPlus Warranty and 100,000 random IOPS capabilities. These drives have a warranty of 50GB a day of host writes – for 5 years.

OCZ Vector 180 Solid State Drive Review: Barefoot 3
     Fri, Mar 27 2015 | 12:00P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
OCZ Technology is at the ready with yet another new solid state drive, built around the company’s tried-and-true Barefoot 3 controller. The Vector 180 series drive that's launching today is packing some of Toshiba’s latest 19nm MLC NAND flash memory and has some welcomed features and additions normally reserved for more expensive, enterprise-class drives. And the Vector 180 isn’t the only thing OCZ has in store. Launching alongside this new SSD is a brand new utility, dubbed "OCZ Guru," geared for easy management and tuning of OCZ’s enthusiast-class drives....

SilverStone Kublai Series KL05 Case Review @ ThinkComputers.org
     Fri, Mar 27 2015 | 11:45A | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The SilverStone Kublai KL05B-W edition is the sport model of the two similar cases. This one has a very nice thin tall window to show just the right amount of glamour of your motherboard and cooling without showing too much. I find it a welcomed change to some of the other full paneled windowed versions that show every bad wiring mistake or give the appearance of TMI. Too much Information. The SilverStone Kublai has a taller stance than most with a plastic top cover made to house the Radiator or fans depending on your building needs. This mostly gives room on the top side of the motherboard for any size radiator you might have including a nice fat radiator. The tall thin look of the Kublai is just an illusion because it still gives plenty of room for that large air cooling solution that you may have been thinking of."

Toshiba MG04ACA400A 4TB Enterprise HDD Review
     Fri, Mar 27 2015 | 9:03A | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The new MG04ACA series from Toshiba is composed from drives which are meant for enterprise, mission-critical applications, while sporting higher transfer rates and capacities. The tested sample comes with 128MB of cache and comes in two versions, depending on the applications it is needed for: with 512 sector emulation or strictly with 4K sector. Make sure to choose wisely which drive is for you and your setups in order to bypass any incompatibilities which may arise.

Enermax Revolution X't 730 Watt
     Fri, Mar 27 2015 | 9:02A | Power Supply | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
HardwareOverclock.com has just posted another review. Last week we have taken a look at the Enermax Revolution X't psu with 730 watts. The Revolution Xt series has an 80 Plus Gold standard, a big 140 mm fan and an efficiency up to 92 percent.

Mushkin Striker 480GB @ LanOC Reviews
     Fri, Mar 27 2015 | 9:01A | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
This year at CES Mushkin introduced their upcoming lane of SSDs called the Striker. Up until now, most of their SSDs have been in the Chronos product line. A change in name along with performance improvements are welcomed. The Striker series of SSDs run a quad core 8 channel Phison controller with Micron's 16nm 128Gbit MLC NAND. In the case of our sample, it has an impressive 480GBs of storage. They suggest that the drive will have read speeds up to 565MB/sec and write speeds up to 550MB/sec so today I am going to put it through our benchmark suite and find out if that is really the case. Before then though I am also going to dig inside and see what is inside as well. Enjoy!

Fortress FT05
     Fri, Mar 27 2015 | 9:00A | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Fortress FT05 is an interesting option to consider. It provides a simple aesthetic that is very sharp, though perhaps a little dated. The build quality is top-notch, and the case is extremely sturdy and quite heavy. The addition of insulation has effectively reduced noise compared to the Raven enclosure with an identical layout, and the reduction in noise didn't come at the expense of too much thermal performance. If you like the design - which is particularly monolithic in the available black color - then the Fortress FT05 will take you into Raven territory for thermal performance with lower noise output."

OCZ Vector 180 480GB SSD Review
     Thu, Mar 26 2015 | 12:03P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The OCZ Vector 180 takes the place of the Vector 150 which was previously OCZ’s flagship drive and it’s hard to believe that it’s been over a year since we tested that drive. OCZ has increased the capacity this time around with the largest drive nearing the terabyte mark at 960GB. However, they still offer a 120GB drive for those with more meager storage needs. Many of the drive makers have been dropping this capacity drive, especially with their enthusiast level drives so this is a break from the trend. In terms of performance, there isn’t any change in the specifications from the Vector 150 with 550MB/s read and 530MB/s writes being the same for both. Likewise with the IOPS at 100,000/95,000 reads/writes. The biggest change as we mentioned is the inclusion of a Power Failure Management Plus (PFM+) technology. It monitors for power anomalies (e.g. power loss) and then leverages the built in capacitor for power to protect system-critical routines. Finally, the firmware creates a new mapping table snapshot and writes that to non-volatile flash to mitigate data loss before the drive finally shuts down. Read on to see how it performs!

BitFenix Prodigy M
     Thu, Mar 26 2015 | 12:02P | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The prodigy M combines the mATX interior of the Phenom M with the portability of the original Prodigy. Doing so is no easy task as gamers would want to take advantage of all the interior features for multi-GPU setups, liquid cooling, or an external drive bay. We take a look at the green variant, but you may pick from among many different colors if this one is not to your liking.

SilverStone PS11B-Q Mid-Tower Case Review
     Thu, Mar 26 2015 | 12:01P | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
SilverStone brings us the Precision Series PS11B-Q ATX case for the budget minded or entry level enthusiast. The Precision Series includes two variants, the PS11B-Q and the PS11B-W. This review will focus on the SilverStone PS11B-Q, which is the silent version of the Precision series.

Torq X5 and X10 mice
     Thu, Mar 26 2015 | 12:00P | Mouse Pads | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
EVGA has long been known for its GPUs, but the company is expanding into gaming peripherals, too. We put the company's Torq X5 and X10 mice to the test to see whether they live up to the company's gaming heritage.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 vs GTX 980 vs GTX 980 SLI in 4K Surround
     Thu, Mar 26 2015 | 11:45A | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We throw a bunch of GeForce GTX 900 series cards at 4K Surround, with a huge 6480x3840 resolution."

ASRock X99 WS-E Motherboard Review
     Thu, Mar 26 2015 | 9:03A | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
From motherboards sporting M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 slots to others with support for a ridiculous amount of SATA ports, ASRock has jumped into the fast lane in the past few years with great motherboards that feature great connectivity options when it comes to fast storage. One of their latest Intel X99 boards proves to be no different. Today we are going to take a close look at a newly released workstation/server motherboard of theirs that continues to impress, the ASRock X99 WS-E. Best of all, this board will now be the heart of our new enterprise review bench!

Zotac GeForce GTX980 AMP Omega Edition
     Thu, Mar 26 2015 | 9:01A | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today we are looking at the Zotac GTX GeForce 980 AMP! Omega Edition video card. As the name implies this is one of Zotac’s top cards which comes with a lot of extra bells and whistles compared to a regular GTX980. Not only is the card overclocked from start, you also get access to the OC+-feature which promises even more control over the overclocking.

Startech Universal USB 3.0 Laptop Docking Station
     Thu, Mar 26 2015 | 9:00A | Notebooks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Laptops have for quite some time offered a lot of extra advantages over a stationary computer as they offer good performance while still being mobile. The docking station we are looking at today, the Startech Universal USB 3.0 Laptop Docking Station, is a universal USB3.0 dock that offers both a bunch of extra USB3-ports, a gigabit ethernet port and two DVI-display ports that can be used with a HDMI and a VGA-monitor with adapters.

Titan HD E500 Octa-Core 1.4GHz Smartphone Review
     Wed, Mar 25 2015 | 4:02P | Mobile Devices | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Posh Mobile is a new up and coming American mobile phone brand founded in 2014 and owned by PCS Wireless that's focus is offering elegant and stylish GSM mobile devices such as smartphones, phablets and tablets at an affordable price. Posh Mobile thinks it has the answer with its new Titan HD E500 smartphone. The Titan HD E500 comes with a large 5" 720p HD IPS display, 1.4GHz Octa-Core CPU, 1GB of RAM, 13MP rear camera, 5MP front camera, dual SIM slots supporting 4G HSDPA+, USB OTG support, and runs Android 4.4 KitKat. The most interesting part is the price. Right now you can purchase the Titan HD E500 through Amazon USA for $150. Can the Posh Mobile Titan HD E500 be a surprise in today's mobile marketplace?"

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