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NikKTech & FSP Worldwide Giveaway
     Mon, Jan 19 2015 | 6:45P | Power Supply | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
2015 is finally here and so is another of our great giveaways. The prize? One massive Aurum Pro 1200W 80 Plus Gold Certified PSU by our friends at FSP and yes once again it's a Worldwide event!
  FULL STORY @ NIKKTECH

SilverStone Nightjar NJ520 520W Fanless PSU Review
     Mon, Jan 19 2015 | 4:03P | Power Supply | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
What is more quiet than a computer power supply with a fan? You guessed it, a PSU with no fan. This unit has small footprint builds in mind featuring excellent Platinum efficiency, flexible flat cables, and of course no sound profile to speak of. Does the 520 watt rated SilverStone Nightjar hold up when we put it in the incubator?
  FULL STORY @ HARDOCP

MSI Z97S SLI Plus LGA 1150 Motherboard Review
     Mon, Jan 19 2015 | 4:02P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
MSI once again brings us a solid, stable, and reliable motherboard with some great overclocking and positions it in the multi-GPU category. Usually when we see marketing moves like this we think of $200, $300, or even $400 motherboards. This MSI platform rings in at the $138 mark, which spikes this motherboard in the value category as well.
  FULL STORY @ HARDOCP

GTX 780 OC 6GB vs. R9 290X 4GB Overclocked at 4K
     Mon, Jan 19 2015 | 4:01P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We take the ASUS STRIX GTX 780 OC 6GB video card and run two in SLI and overclock both of these at 4K resolutions to find the ultimate gameplay performance with 6GB of VRAM. We will also compare these to two overclocked ASUS Radeon R9 290X DirectCU II CrossFire video cards for the ultimate VRAM performance showdown.
  FULL STORY @ HARDOCP

SilverStone Raven RV05 Rotated Computer Chase Review
     Mon, Jan 19 2015 | 4:00P | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The SilverStone Raven series of cases long ago broke the mold when it comes to "normal" computer chassis. Its design execution has always been good and the Ravens' airflow characteristics are excellent. Today SilverStone pushes the new Raven RV05 out there a little bit further in terms of design and function.
  FULL STORY @ HARDOCP

Crucial MX100 512GB SATA 6Gb/s 2.5-in SSD Review
     Mon, Jan 19 2015 | 2:51P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
It's been a while since I tested an SSD and after using mechanical drives in some of my systems for the past few months, the difference was incredible. The MX100 is Crucial's answer to performance at a price that makes an SSD affordable. This drive has an MSRP that makes it just under $0.45 / GB and if you can find it on sale - it's an even better deal...
  FULL STORY @ BCCHARDWARE

SuperSpeed USB 3.1 Performance @ Legit Reviews
     Mon, Jan 19 2015 | 1:17P | Peripherals | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
While Digital Experience in Las Vegas has plenty to see, one of the first things that caught my eye was the USB booth. Here they happened to be showing off the latest and greatest iteration of SuperSpeed USB, USB 3.1!"
  FULL STORY @ LEGITREVIEWS.COM

 
GIGABYTE GA-Z97X Gaming GT LGA1150 ATX
     Mon, Jan 19 2015 | 12:03P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"We’ve received their latest G1 Gaming motherboard, the GIGABYTE GA-Z97X Gaming GT, which follows the same feature rich design as the previous G1 series, but is now clad in the new red and black styling. We took a detailed look at this new board to see if it measures up to the legacy left by their previous products."
  FULL STORY @ FUTURELOOKS

Sony Xperia Z2 Smartphone
     Mon, Jan 19 2015 | 12:02P | Mobile Devices | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Sony isn’t exactly looking to reinvent the wheel with the new Xperia Z2 Android smartphone. Instead, the Xperia Z2 really is the natural evolution of the Android smartphone line that Sony has been building up these last couple of years. You get a tremendously slim slab of a phablet that’s dressed up in classy glass both on the front and the back. If you’ve been a fan of previous entries in the Xperia Z series, then there’s a good chance you’ll find a lot to like here."
  FULL STORY @ MEGATECHNEWS

WD My Passport Pro 4TB Thunderbolt Portable RAID Drive
     Mon, Jan 19 2015 | 12:01P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"In this day and age of digital entertainment, the associated files that are edited to bring you amazing still life imagery or high-definition video require high performance peripherals. With a large amount of digital content producers being out on location and not in the comfort of their studios, their devices need to be portable without sacrificing performance. This is where I believe the WD Passport Pro can be of help, as a portable storage solution that can help take your digital editing to another level on the road."
  FULL STORY @ FUTURELOOKS

Intel Core i7-5960X Haswell-E LGA2011-V3 Processor
     Mon, Jan 19 2015 | 12:00P | CPU / Processors | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Haswell-E is here. Well, technically, it’s been “here” for a while but has undergone refinements throughout the last year to ready itself for launch. One of those refinements was more performance and cooler operating temperatures. Without creating a whole new architecture, the only feasible direction, given the current TDP and heat challenges facing Haswell, was to refine the silicon, add more cores, lower the core voltage, and assign a frequency that can be maintained across those cores. The result is the new Core i7-5960X Haswell-E processor that uses 8 physical cores and 16 threads to flex its muscle."
  FULL STORY @ FUTURELOOKS

InWin D-Frame Mini mITX Case Review
     Mon, Jan 19 2015 | 9:03A | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
“If money is no object and you want opulence in the most functional way possible, InWin may have something that’s right up your alley. As of late they are most well known for their artful use of aluminum and tempered glass in cases like the S-Frame, the 901/904, and the D-Frame, and today we’re take a look at the D-Frame’s little brother, the D-Frame Mini. Equipped with the same tubular aluminum and open-air design as its larger sibling, I’m going to see if this form factor does an mITX system any justice, and decide if the 300 dollar price tag is really worth it in the end.”
  FULL STORY @ PUREOVERCLOCK

Far Cry 4 Video Card Performance and IQ Preview
     Mon, Jan 19 2015 | 9:02A | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Far Cry 4 is here, and we take an early look at how current video cards stack up in performance, and which quality settings are graphically demanding. We will also look at some image quality comparisons and talk about the state of this game at launch. Will it measure up to Far Cry 3 in terms of graphic fidelity?
  FULL STORY @ HARDOCP

Thermaltake Toughpower 1200W Gold Power Supply Review
     Mon, Jan 19 2015 | 9:01A | Power Supply | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Thermaltake has traditionally shined when it comes to computer power supplies in excess of 1000 watts. But in the past these power supplies have often been very costly. Today we cover Thermaltake's new 1200 watt power supply that is currently selling for $139 after $30 MIR. Is it worth your hard earned dollars?
  FULL STORY @ HARDOCP

Alien: Isolation - Video Card Performance Review
     Mon, Jan 19 2015 | 9:00A | Games | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We look at performance in Alien: Isolation on several video cards, and compare specific features such as AA, SSAO, GPU-Accelerated Particles, and Contact Hardening Shadows. We will compare between NVIDIA and AMD and SLI and CrossFire and show you some screenshot comparisons to you know what to expect out of this game.
  FULL STORY @ HARDOCP

Asus Crossblade Ranger
     Sun, Jan 18 2015 | 4:03P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
So last week I took a look at Asus’s AM3+ board, today I have the chance to take a look at a more recent AMD based ROG board called the Crossblade Ranger. Asus launched the Crossblade Ranger not to long ago and as you can tell from the lack of any numbers in the name this is their first Republic of Gamers FM2+ board. Why did they take so long to bring one out? Frankly the FM2+ platform was always designed to be more of a mainstream platform but that didn’t stop some people from using them for gaming. Asus noticed there was interest in a gaming focused board and here we are. Today I’m going to dive into the Crossblade Ranger and see what kind of features Asus packed in then after that I will get it on the testbench and make sure it performs like it should as well.
  FULL STORY @ LANOC

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