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Patriot Viper 3 Low Profile PC3-17000 4x8GB DDR3 RAM @ APH Networks
     Thu, Jan 09 2014 | 9:02A | Memory | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
What heatsink is a good heatsink? The Patriot Viper 3 Low Profile series goes back to the basics."
  FULL STORY @ APHNETWORKS.COM

BitFenix Phenom mITX Case Review
     Thu, Jan 09 2014 | 8:59A | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
When the BitFenix Prodigy was released last year, it expanded on the idea of how much performance could fit in a small case. There were some users (me included) that felt the original Prodigy was just a little too big for an ITX box ? responding to customer feedback, BitFenix wanted to provide a more streamlined option for those users that wanted all that the Prodigy had to offer in a more compact package. With essentially the same internal layout as the original Prodigy, the new BitFenix Phenom (model BFC-PHE-300-WWXKK-RP) caters to those that want something a little more minimalistic with airflow taking a backseat to looks and finesse. Benchmark Reviews is ready to look inside and see how much of the Prodigy legacy stays intact with the BitFenix Phenom ITX case."
  FULL STORY @ BENCHMARKREVIEWS.COM

Corsair Vengeance Pro Series 2x4GB DDR3-2933 CL12 1.65V Review @ ocaholic
     Thu, Jan 09 2014 | 8:31A | Memory | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today, we are going to take a look at the 2933C12 version of Vengeance Pro, which is currently the fastest memory kit on Corsairs pricelist. This makes us expecet some serious high-end modules and we`re quite curious to see what Corsair has up in it`s sleeve with this kit."
  FULL STORY @ OCAHOLIC.CH

Visiontek CryoVenom R9 290 Custom-Built Liquid Cooled Graphics Card
     Wed, Jan 08 2014 | 5:23P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
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“Custom Shop” hand-built solution delivers 38% temperature reduction, nearly silent operation, and warranty backed overclocked performance gains up to 24% over stock card. 3DMark Fire Strike benchmark test proven faster than NVIDIA GTX 780 Ti while costing $150 less

VisionTek Products LLC, (VisionTek®) http://www.visiontekproducts.com, a leading manufacturer of award-winning, high-performance upgrades and accessories for PC and Apple Macintosh® computers, announced today its CryoVenom R9 290 as the industry’s first and fastest custom-built liquid cooled AMD Radeon™ R9 290 graphics card on the market and available for immediate shipping. The hand-built card delivers lower temperature, near silent operation, and higher performance compared to VisionTek’s stock R9 290 card; as well as better benchmark performance and a $150 lower price than the NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX™ 780 Ti.

Because VisionTek feels the “coolest” computer hardware product introduction at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show deserves the “coolest” launch event, the $550 MSRP card will be demonstrated during a media invite only event January 8 at the Minus5 Ice Bar.

The Radeon R9 290 series of graphics cards are rated by many sources as the best graphics cards available today. However, VisionTek engineers discovered that when its R9 290 graphics card was 100% utilized in the testing lab under conditions such as extended game play – the card’s temperature could climb to 201°F. Even with very efficient fan cooling and the latest AMD Catalyst driver that provides a 100% fan speed operation, the card’s built-in thermal safety feature would downclock the GPU from the factory 947MHz speed to as low as 662MHz. Combined with this performance reduction of 30%, the increase in fan noise was measured at 71dB, a sound level considered louder than a normal conversation.

 38% Cooler Operation That’s As Quiet As A Pin Drop

To make sure multimedia professionals and gaming enthusiasts would experience maximum performance potential, VisionTek created the CryoVenom R9 290 graphics card. By utilizing a custom designed water block and backplate solution, the CryoVenom R9 290 can run up to 38% cooler (125°F) while being overclocked up to 24% (1.1GHz) all while registering under 10dB1 of noise, which is the sound level of a pin drop.

Overclock Certified and “Custom Shop” Built

To assure stable overclocked performance, the FurMark GPU stress utility is employed to put a 100% load on each CryoVenom R9 290’s GPU for an extended time period to determine the optimum overclock setting with a 5% safe “headroom”. Those unique, certified overclock specifications are entered onto a build sheet that is personally signed by the VisionTek’s “Custom Shop” team member that built and tested the CryoVenom card. Each card is then extensively pressure tested to ensure leak-free cooling reliability.

Up to 24% Faster Performance Without Voiding Warranty

Obtaining maximum performance from the CryoVenom R9 290 couldn’t be easier. Just enter the specifications from the included build sheet in the Catalyst™ Control Center and in less than a minute, the CryoVenom R9 290 can safely deliver up to 1175MHz GPU speed…a 24% increase from the stock setting of 947MHz. The memory clock speed is also increased up to 1450MHz… 16% faster than the 1250MHz stock setting. And unlike standard cards in which overclocking voids the warranty, the CryoVenom R9 290 comes backed by a one year warranty. 

Faster Than EVGA NVIDIA GTX 780 Ti, Yet Costs $150 Less

Not content to just increase its stock R9 290 card performance, VisionTek’s goal was to create the industry’s fastest single GPU graphics card at a lower price than the competition’s fastest comparable card2. In the 3DMark Fire Strike Extreme setting testing, the $550 MSRP CryoVenom R9 290 scored 9330 while the $700 street price NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 Ti recorded an 8816 score.

The CryoVenom R9 290’s water block provides maximum cooling performance for the GPU, RAM, and Voltage Regulation Module (VRM) even when low power water pumps are utilized. The block’s electrolytic copper base is clad with a chrome appearance-like nickel plating to prevent corrosion while the precision cut acrylic top provides effective and quiet fluid flow. The CNC machined black anodized aluminum backplate protects the card’s sensitive circuit board components during installation handling while also providing additional passive cooling for the VRM.

Better Value Than DIY
Even seasoned, hands-on system builders will find the certified ready-to-run3 and fully warrantied CryoVenom R9 290 can save over $100, time, and stress compared to creating a comparable liquid cooled non-warrantied solution for a R9 290 graphics card:

Certified Ready-to-Run CryoVenom R9 290
·         Assembly and Overclocking Verification: none required
·         Total Cost: $550
·         Warranty: One year
·         Hassle Factor: Low

Do-It-Yourself Liquid Cooled R9 290
         R9 290 card $400.00, Waterblock $140.00, Backplate $36.00
·         Assembly, Pressure Testing, and Overclocking Verification: estimated three hours at a value of $75.00
·         Total cost: $651.00
·         Warranty: None
·         Hassle Factor: High

“The CryoVenom R9 290 is truly a remarkable feat of creative product development that draws upon our two decades of graphics card development experience,” said Mark Bilson, Executive Vice President of VisionTek. “It solves any speed and noise concerns, eliminates overclocking guesswork, sets a new standard in performance, and costs less than the previous fastest Radeon graphics card available. Then, add in that we back its reliability with a one year warranty and we hope our fans will recognize our commitment to their ultimate performance and user experience satisfaction.”

Specifications, Pricing and Availability

The CryoVenom R9 290 is available for immediate ordering at $550 MSRP directly from VisionTek’s graphics card product category at their ecommerce portal, www.visiontekproducts.com. The complete specifications are as follows:

Graphics Engine: RADEON R9 290
Video Memory: 4GB GDDR5
Memory Interface: 512-bit
DirectX® Support: 11.2
Bus Standard: PCI Express 3.0
GPU Core Speed: Up to 1175MHz (stock is 947MHz)
Memory Speed: Up to 1450MHz (stock is 1250MHz)
DVI Output: 2 x Dual Link DVI
HDMI Output:1 x HDMI (video/audio)
DisplayPort Output: 1 x DisplayPort

  FULL STORY @ VISIONTEKPRODUCTS

Silverstone Raven Z RVZ01 Mini-ITX Case - The Steam Machine Chassis
     Wed, Jan 08 2014 | 4:58P | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
If you are on the hunt for a Mini-ITX chassis that supports powerful components and would prefer a case design that looks at home in your A/V rack, then Silverstone`s Raven Z RVZ01 is definitely a great option to consider. I am looking forward to upgrading our build with a higher wattage power supply and higher performance graphics card to concrete its place on my shelf with the Xbox One and PS4. It`s not a perfect design, but we have yet to find a SFF case that is."
  FULL STORY @ PCPER.COM

2014 CES Unveiled
     Wed, Jan 08 2014 | 4:38P | Tradeshows / Events | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
There is a lot of excited stuff happening at CES 2014. I have to be honest, though, while I think 4K Ultra HD is cool, it is also currently way outside of my budget. I?ve seen a lot about LG?s new 4K TVs and curved screens. I think the technology is great, but I can?t afford it this year. At CES Unveiled: 2014, I went it looking for cool new tech that was within my price range and something that I could see myself adopting soon. I found a lot of cool stuff."
  FULL STORY @ BENCHMARKREVIEWS.COM

Tesoro Kuven A1 Review @ ocaholic
     Wed, Jan 08 2014 | 4:01P | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
After gaming keyboard and mouse, Tesoro offers an headset called Kuven in color white and black. The Kuven is a stereo headphone that offer the possibility to be used in virtual mode 7.1. The design is very reminiscent of the square lines of Durandal. The quality is good and the price is quite interesting, if you are curious to see how they are, follow us in our review."
  FULL STORY @ OCAHOLIC.CH

 
Assassins Creed IV: Black Flag Video Game Review
     Wed, Jan 08 2014 | 3:33P | Games | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Assassin?s Creed IV: Black Flag is powered by a wide range of NVIDIA technologies that allow it to deliver striking graphics and an exhilarating gaming experience. In addition to using long-standing NVIDIA technologies like FXAA and TXAA to improve image quality, it also leverages newer technologies like NVIDIA HBAO+, God Rays, and Percentage-Closer Soft Shadows (PCSS) to enhance the game?s overall atmosphere. Combined with rich object detail and being the first game to ever launch with 4K textures, Assassin?s Creed IV Black Flag takes advantage of the best graphics technologies and architectural features available in GeForce GTX 700-series graphics cards."
  FULL STORY @ BENCHMARKREVIEWS.COM

Zalman LQ310 Self-Contained Liquid Cooling System
     Wed, Jan 08 2014 | 3:07P | Cooling / Heatsinks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
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Zalman's LQ310 is a compact self-contained liquid cooling system built on the successful Asetek watercooling framework. It uses a 120mm wide aluminum heat exchanger equipped with a single, 120mm, 2000RPM fan. The pump/waterblock is built around a novel micro-skived copper base plate that is connected to the heat exchanger via a 30cm length of flexible rubber tubing.

  FULL STORY @ FROSTYTECH

Elite 110 mini cube compact chassis
     Wed, Jan 08 2014 | 2:55P | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Cooler Master Elite 110 is a Mini-ITX chassis. A full breathable mesh front panel holds space beneath it for a powerful 120mm All-in-One watercooling radiator. Elite 110 Mini Cube is engineered to fit in the minutest spaces while maintaining support for premium hardware. A pleasing, conservative design helps Elite 110 blend into any home environment.

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Offering no compromises, Elite 110 is built with an intelligent use of internal space. Mid to high-end graphics cards up to 210mm long can be accommodated easily. A simple, yet effective rear PSU bracket allows Elite 110 owners to easily install long power supplies up to 180mm long. Despite its miniature size, Elite 110 can support a full three hard drives or four SSDs. Elite 110 Mini Cube features full force cooling with its included 120mm front intake fan (compatible with 140mm fans), and 2 x 80mm optional side fans. Users needing quick access to ports will find a rich front I/O panel with two Super Speed USB 3.0 ports and audio in/out.

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Elite 110 is available now. Price and availability may vary by region. This release is for North America region(s) only. Please consult your local Cooler Master Representative for more information.
  FULL STORY @ COOLERMASTER

Alienware 18 Laptop Review
     Wed, Jan 08 2014 | 2:44P | Notebooks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Today we are sticking with the 18" theme and on our test bench is the Alienware 18, a laptop/Desktop replacement which features high end Intel CPU and SLI'd 780M GPUs. We will be putting it through its paces in synthetic and real world tests including Battlefield 4 and Call of Duty Ghosts."
  FULL STORY @ HARDWAREHEAVEN

the variable refresh rate tech
     Wed, Jan 08 2014 | 2:43P | Editorial | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
AMD demoed its "free sync" alternative to G-Sync on laptops. Desktop displays are different, Nvidia says, and they may not support the variable refresh rate tech behind AMD's solution—at least not yet.
  FULL STORY @ TECHREPORT

Frostytech's Top 5 Heatsinks Chart Rebuilt + Updated
     Wed, Jan 08 2014 | 2:39P | Cooling / Heatsinks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
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"Frostytech's Top 5 Heatsinks Chart just got updated! Based on reader feedback, the new format ranks ONLY air cooled heatsinks. We added placeholders for the watercoolers to keep it informative and created a new Top 5 Liquid Cooler Chart just for the AIO's. Enjoy!"

  FULL STORY @ FROSTYTECH

Corsair Vengeance 1400 & 2100 Review @ Vortez
     Wed, Jan 08 2014 | 2:30P | Memory | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Corsair`s entry into the audio sector was very well received and raised the bar for build quality and performance in regards to what people are looking for in gaming audio products. The latest revisions of the Vengeance stable will bring an abundance of gunmetal coloured brushed aluminium, 50mm drivers housed inside large, closed-back earcups, that will allow Corsair to make a lasting impression that lives up to their product reputation."
  FULL STORY @ VORTEZ.NET

CES 2014 Roundup with PC Perspective Podcast
     Wed, Jan 08 2014 | 11:27A | Tradeshows / Events | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
It`s been a busy week for us here in Las Vegas and I wanted share with you some of our more interesting news bits. First, I`ll start with the PC Perspective Podcast, of which we have produced three of already since arriving."
  FULL STORY @ PCPER.COM

NZXT Phantom 530 Case Review @ Hardware Secrets
     Wed, Jan 08 2014 | 10:28A | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today, we bring our analysis of the Phantom 530, a full-tower case from NZXT, targeted to users who want to build a high-end computer in an aggressive look case. Let`s see what this product has to offer."
  FULL STORY @ HARDWARESECRETS.COM

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