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NVIDIAs Linux Driver Can Deliver Better OpenGL Performance Than Windows 8.1
     Thu, Nov 13 2014 | 9:12A | Operating System | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Yesterday we looked at the Windows vs. Ubuntu 14.10 Intel OpenGL performance using Haswell HD Graphics to kick off our latest round of Windows vs. Linux OpenGL driver benchmarking. Out today is now our NVIDIA GeForce graphics card comparison on Windows 8.1 and Ubuntu 14.10 using the latest NVIDIA binary drivers. NVIDIA`s new GeForce GTX 970 and GTX 980 Maxwell graphics cards were tested as well as the mature GTX 780 Ti."
  FULL STORY @ PHORONIX.COM

Gigabyte GA-X99-UD4 Motherboard Review
     Thu, Nov 13 2014 | 9:03A | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
“The Gigabyte X99-UD4 is not Gigabyte’s flagship motherboard, but it offers many high-end features, from SLI/Crossfire to M.2 SATA Drive and quad channel DDR4 memory. The Gigabyte X99-UD4 also offers many other improvements thanks to its X99 Chipset. Let’s put the X99-UD4 to the test to see how well it stacks up.”
  FULL STORY @ PUREOVERCLOCK

Tt eSPORTS Ventus Ambidextrous Gaming Mouse Review @ ThinkComputers.org
     Thu, Nov 13 2014 | 12:02A | Games | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
To all the Left-handed, Southpaws, wrong-handed individuals out there I feel ya, and so does Tt eSports. The Tt eSports VENTUS is build solid and professional for all left and right handed people. Its a great feeling mouse that wont take weeks to get a feel for it. It feels like a very common mouse and that is a plus in my book. The Vented body is more than just flash; it works for keeping your hand from getting hot on the mouse and helps to keep you gaming longer and faster overall and over time. The Tt eSports Ventus is built to last and is easy to travel with its own padded carry case. The programmable macros are easy to manipulate and understand and the speed of the mouse is shown when you change gears. Like a formula one race car it shows you what gear you are in."
  FULL STORY @ THINKCOMPUTERS

Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel Review
     Wed, Nov 12 2014 | 7:20P | Games | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Is it worth going vault hunting again, or are some seals best left unbroken? Kind of a toss-up here. Yes, I have said a lot about flaws in *Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel* and how there were apparently many design choices I would say were bad, but none were such that I would describe the game as bad. It is definitely a game I would not recommend paying full price for; it is best to wait for a good sale, and possibly for a GOTY. Also, play it with others if you can. The performance was very good while the graphics were traditional *Borderlands*, but, I feel, are in need of a high-resolution texture pack. Not necessarily one of those packs that require tons of VRAM, but enough so that the textures never look as ugly as some do. The story is what I wanted from it, but has some imperfections. Of course, I tend to be somewhat more critical of stories than most. The gameplay, however, had me shifting from apathy to anger fairly often. It was still not a bad experience, just one that really could have been (and should have been) better. *The Pre-Sequel* is not quite a `fail to recommend` game, but the only way I can comfortably recommend it is on sale or if you are going to play with others (preferably both)."
  FULL STORY @ OVERCLOCKERSCLUB.COM

Mionix Naos 8200 & Sargas 400 Review
     Wed, Nov 12 2014 | 7:01P | Mouse Pads | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Naos 8200 is the last high-end gaming mouse from Mionix. This peripheral offers seven buttons as well as an RGB backlight. The entire surface is made of soft touch material. Apart from that this rodent is rather big but it's not over the top for a gamer with smaller hands. Next to the gaming mouse we're also having a closer look at the Sargas 400 microfiber mousepad.
  FULL STORY @ OCAHOLIC

abyte Z97X-Gaming 5 (LGA 1150) Motherboard Review
     Wed, Nov 12 2014 | 7:01P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Intel’s Z97 platform feels like it has been here forever; since its official launch in early May 2014 we’ve ploughed through a sizeable 13 Z97 motherboard reviews here at eTeknix. Yet in the grand-scheme of things that 5 months is barely any time at all:the average PC user will tend to abide to a 2-3 year upgrade cycle meaning they’ll sit through about three new Intel platform launches before choosing to upgrade. With that said Z97 is still as relevant to the PC user today as it was 5 months ago even if Z97 has lost some of its “latest & greatest” status with the recent launch of X99. Today we are examining Z97 motherboard number 14 courtesy of Gigabyte: we have their Z97X-Gaming 5 motherboard in for review. There is nothing particularly exciting or innovative going on with the Gigabyte Z97X Gaming 5 if I’m being totally honest. That isn’t necessarily a bad thing because “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” as the old saying goes. We have a very familiar red & black colour scheme which predictably gives this motherboard its “Gaming” denotation. Being a gaming board we also find this motherboard adheres to the usual high quality audio and networking package which makes use of Realtek’s latest and greatest ALC 1150 codec and Qualcomm’s Killer E2201 networking chip. The fact that the Z97X Gaming 5 is based on Intel’s Z97 chipset means we also get all of the new desktop storage interfaces: M.2 and SATA Express, in addition to the tried and trusted SATA III. I won’t pretend you can’t get these specifications anywhere else: ASRock and MSI offer very similar motherboards with virtually identical hardware configurations. The real question is: why should you choose Gigabyte? The simple answer is because of the value for money proposition and the fact Gigabyte do offer some unique features of their own such as their patented dualBIOS and Amp-Up audio package: but we’ll get onto all this later on in the review.
  FULL STORY @ ETEKNIX

Intel Core i7 5820K Haswell-E (6-core) CPU
     Wed, Nov 12 2014 | 7:00P | CPU / Processors | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
That brings us on to the six-core 5820K and its £300 asking price. Three ton is still a sizable amount of money to drop on a processor, but it does mark a price-point that is reachable for a wider enthusiast audience, as has been proven in many previous CPU generations. Interestingly, its £300 availability puts the Haswell-E 5820K £40 above the price tag of mid-range Haswell’s desktop flagship – the Devil’s Canyon 4790K. We investigate if that 15% cost increase buys the LGA2011-3 5820K a worthwhile performance benefit.
  FULL STORY @ KITGURU

 
Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 2666MHZ 16GB Quad Channel Memory Kit
     Wed, Nov 12 2014 | 7:00P | Memory | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Corsair has been a long known player in the memory game and even after branching out into many other products they still deliver some great memory products very consistently Now that we have come upon DDR4 Corsair was the first to get us some hands on time with DIMMS in the kit you see in front of you today. This kit is one of Corsairs newest Vengeance LPX models which is actually the companies mainstream line with Dominator platinums to service the high-end enthusiasts crowd. DDR4 has JEDEC or default speeds of 2133 so to see that Corsair is planning to release 2666MHz (Which is the kit we have today) as their minimum per their FAQ statement says a lot about their ambition to really push the performance on the new platform.
  FULL STORY @ BJORN3D

Windows 10 Hands-On: What You Need To Know
     Wed, Nov 12 2014 | 6:59P | Operating System | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
It has been a few weeks since Microsoft released its Technical Preview of Windows 10 -- which means we've had enough time to walk around the vehicle, kick the tires, and investigate the product in its current form. After the drubbing that Windows 8 took in the tech press and from angry users, Microsoft badly needs this new operating system to be a success, but simply cramming the Start menu back into the OS isn't going to cut it.
  FULL STORY @ MANAGE

Samsung XS1715 1.6TB 2.5-inch NVMe PCIe Enterprise SSD Review
     Wed, Nov 12 2014 | 6:59P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
:"Samsung brings incredible speed and NVMe goodness to the 2.5" form factor with the XS1715. Let's take a first look at Samsung's flagship SSD right now."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN

MSI GTX 970 Gaming 4G
     Wed, Nov 12 2014 | 6:58P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
MSI was right on the ball with the new Maxwell 970 offering. MSI has always been pretty quick to get their own cards out but this time around they were the first to get us a custom model card for a new GPU launch which is very cool as it shows they are being very proactive on getting their cards into hands for not only testing but purchase even faster which of course means more available for all the gamers out there. The GTX 970 Gaming 4G is overclocked to a point that it can match or best most current gen flagship models or keep it really close. The new cooler design cools the card very well and is passive under normal desktop usage, yet when hopping in 3D and the fan spins up but even when overclocked we can say we didn’t remember ever hearing the fan at all.
  FULL STORY @ BJORN3D

Roccat Tyon Mouse and Raivo Mousepad
     Wed, Nov 12 2014 | 6:58P | Mouse Pads | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Roccat have released some great mice, mouse mats, headsets and keyboards over the years. Today we will be taking a look at the company’s latest mouse – the Roccat Tyon. Can this mouse dethrone the already established XTD Kone series? Lets find out…
  FULL STORY @ KITGURU

SanDisk Ultra 2 SSD review at HardwareHeaven
     Wed, Nov 12 2014 | 6:58P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Today we test a new SSD which looks to offer a great balance of performance and value in our SanDisk Ultra 2 SSD Review."
  FULL STORY @ HARDWAREHEAVEN

Silverstone Grandia GD10 HTPC Chassis Review
     Wed, Nov 12 2014 | 6:57P | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Silverstone Grandia series is one of the corner stones of the HTPC market; they’ve long been one of the most popular choices for AV enthusiasts who want a PC integrated into their entertainment setup. The Grandia series has always balanced premium build quality, great aesthetics, competitive prices and more; Silverstone look set to continue that trend with the new Grandia GD10 HTPC chassis. The GD10 features many of the same style points and component capabilities of previous generation chassis from the Grandia series, which is no bad thing. The new model comes equipped with support for most major motherboard types, including SSI-CEB, ATX and Micro-ATX. As you can see from the specifications below, the GD10 comes with support for up to five hard drives, depending on their configuration. The chassis will also handle a range of 80 to 120mm fans; with three 120mm fans pre-installed. 12.2? graphics cards are also supported, which opens up possibilities for many of the high-end cards that are currently on the market.
  FULL STORY @ ETEKNIX

Enermax Revolution XT 530W Semi-Modular Power Supply Review
     Wed, Nov 12 2014 | 6:57P | Power Supply | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
It has been a while since we’ve taken a look at a new Enermax power supply here at eTeknix. Despite that Enermax have been busy releasing new products left, right and centre under their own brand name and under their other power supply brand LEPA. Enermax have always targeted a fairly high end user with their power supplies which is probably what has gained them a long-term reputation as being trend-setters in the power supply industry. In this review we are checking out one of their units from the Revolution XT series and we are looking at the popular 530W wattage model. I remember from reviewing past Enermax PSUs that although their products were stellar quality they often lacked a little something special in the cable design and also in pricing: let’s hope this unit can reverse this trend. Straight away we can see Enermax listened to feedback on the cabling as they now offer all-black ribbon cables on the modular and hard-wired cables. The rest of the key features of the Revolution XT series include 80 Plus Gold efficiency, a semi-modular design, a DC to DC converter design, a 5 year warranty and the promise of “ultra silent” operation thanks to the high quality Enermax fan used. The Revolution XT series is geared for single and dual GPU systems depending on the voltage chosen, the Revolution XT 530W that we are testing is mainly geared for high performance single GPU systems running demanding graphics cards like AMD R9 290(X)s or Nvidia GTX 780(Ti)s.
  FULL STORY @ ETEKNIX

LG G3 vs Samsung Galaxy S5
     Wed, Nov 12 2014 | 6:56P | Mobile Devices | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Picking your new phone is a big decision; you are going to be stuck with it for the new few years. Because of that you don’t want to pick the first one you look at. This is especially difficult for people who have been in the Android ecosystem because there are such a wide variety of phones. Currently two of the most popular are the LG G3 and the Samsung Galaxy S5. Both have a lot of similarities and big followings. I’ve been using both phones for a good portion of the summer, today I’m going to look back and see how they compare to hopefully help a few of you decide on what phone is best for you.
  FULL STORY @ LANOC

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