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Crucial MX100 512GB SSD
     Sun, Jan 04 2015 | 4:03P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Crucial's MX100 512GB is a rarity in the SSD business. It performs in line with higher end drives but costs significantly less.
  FULL STORY @ CRUCIAL

ASUS GTX 780 STRIX
     Sun, Jan 04 2015 | 4:02P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
ASUS' new STRIX is one of the few 6GB GTX 780 cards on the market but it has another trick up its sleeve: with 0db fan technology the STRIX runs completely silent in some situations.
  FULL STORY @ HARDWARECANUCKS

AMD FX-8370 and FX-8370E 8-Core CPU Reviews
     Sun, Jan 04 2015 | 4:01P | CPU / Processors | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
It has been more than a year since AMD launched its last major update to the top end FX processor line -- the FX-9590. The company has been quiet in the face of Intel's high-end launches, but today AMD is shipping a new CPU that's aimed at multi-core performance enthusiasts who don't want a furnace sitting on their motherboards, and prefer more modest power consumption and quiet computing. The new FX-8370, FX-8370E, and FX-8320E are familiar in many ways. These cores are still based on the older Piledriver architecture that debuted in 2012, they can still process two threads per module and four modules total for eight CPU cores, and they still rely on AMD's Socket AM3+.
  FULL STORY @ HOTHARDWARE

AMD Radeon R9 285 GPU Review: Tonga Arrives
     Sun, Jan 04 2015 | 4:00P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today, AMD is launching a new mainstream graphics card based on another fresh GPU, codenamed Tonga. Typically, when the big GPU manufacturers launch a new high-end product, they pare that GPU down to create more affordable offerings with nearly identical feature sets. But Tonga is not simply a pared down version of Hawaii. AMD has actually updated and improved a couple of functional blocks in the GPU to boost performance and / or power efficiency. The first product built around the Tonga GPU is the Radeon R9 285. As its name suggests, this card falls into AMD’s current line-up in between the Radeon R9 270X and R9 280X, but there’s more to the story than just that...
  FULL STORY @ HOTHARDWARE

ASUS GeForce GTX 980 Matrix Platinum Review
     Sun, Jan 04 2015 | 9:03A | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today ASUS lifted the NDA for the new GeForce GTX 980 Matrix Platinum graphics card. This new and monstrous high-end card comes with a shedload of features, which are not only supposed to be interesting to gamers but also for overclockers. At this point we're really curious to find out what these cards can do in our review.
  FULL STORY @ OCAHOLIC

OCZ ARC 100 240GB Solid State Drive
     Sun, Jan 04 2015 | 9:02A | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"We have seen a lot of value-oriented solid state drives come out lately. Crucial had their MX100, Samsung had the 840 EVO and now it is OCZ’s turn. The drive we are taking a look at today is the ARC 100 and at its current price at my favorite online retailer the drive sits at $0.44 per GB. As many of you know Toshiba took over OCZ and while back and with that everything inside this drive is owned by OCZ / Toshiba. Powering the drive you have the Barefoot 3 M10 controller and Toshiba A19nm NAND flash. That combination gives you sequential read and write speeds of 480 MB/s and 430 MB/s respectively for the 240 GB version we are testing today. Let’s jump in!"
  FULL STORY @ THINKCOMPUTERS

LaCie d2 Thunderbolt 2 Review
     Sun, Jan 04 2015 | 9:01A | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
LaCie, a company that is well known for high end storage devices has just released the d2 Thunderbolt 2. This new upgrade to their d2 desktop storage line is a great edition to LaCie family. The d2 Thunderbolt 2 is the first single drive solution to feature Thunderbolt 2 connectivity as well as the first to include both Thunderbolt 2 and USB 3.0 together. If this wasn't enough for you, LaCie also allows users the to purchase an SSD Upgrade Kit to enhance the d2 thunderbolt 2's performance.
  FULL STORY @ TECHWARELABS

 
AMD releases Catalyst Omega Driver
     Sun, Jan 04 2015 | 9:00A | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Great computing experiences don’t just happen—they’re AMD-enabled. The latest major release of our drivers are available as a free upgrade for AMD customers. In addition to releasing new versions of the system software at regular intervals, AMD today released...
  FULL STORY @ OCWORKBENCH

Phanteks Enthoo EVOLV Micro-Tower Chassis Review
     Sat, Jan 03 2015 | 4:05P | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Are you on the market for a new case to support your new Micro-ATX motherboard? Phanteks` Enthoo EVOLV micro-tower may be one for you to consider."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN.COM

AMD Radeon R9 285 GPU Review: Tonga Arrives
     Sat, Jan 03 2015 | 4:03P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today, AMD is launching a new mainstream graphics card based on another fresh GPU, codenamed Tonga. Typically, when the big GPU manufacturers launch a new high-end product, they pare that GPU down to create more affordable offerings with nearly identical feature sets. But Tonga is not simply a pared down version of Hawaii. AMD has actually updated and improved a couple of functional blocks in the GPU to boost performance and / or power efficiency. The first product built around the Tonga GPU is the Radeon R9 285. As its name suggests, this card falls into AMD’s current line-up in between the Radeon R9 270X and R9 280X, but there’s more to the story than just that...
  FULL STORY @ HOTHARDWARE

Intel Core i7-5960X CPU Review: Haswell-E Debuts
     Sat, Jan 03 2015 | 4:02P | CPU / Processors | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We have been eagerly anticipating the release of processors based on Intel’s Haswell-E microarchitecture for quite some time. After about three years of incremental performance improvements at the ultra-high end, as Sandy Bridge-E was eventually replaced by similarly clocked Ivy Bridge-E based processors, the rumored specs of Haswell-E were enticing. Unlike Sandy Bridge-E and Ivy Bridge-E, which maxed out at 6 cores (12 threads) with desktops variants, Haswell-E would be an 8-core machine (16 threads), featuring execution units based on Intel’s latest microarchitecture. Assuming similar clocks, the speculation was that the additional cores and newer microarchitecture would translate into significant performance and efficiency gains, which would be welcome improvements to say the least. Well, we can stop speculating now, because Haswell-E is here. Today, Intel is officially launching the Core i7-5960X Extreme Edition and we’ve had the opportunity to take it for a spin in an array of brand new X99-based motherboards...
  FULL STORY @ HOTHARDWARE

Samsung Galaxy S5 Sport Review
     Sat, Jan 03 2015 | 4:01P | Mobile Devices | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
A few months ago, Samsung released its most-recent flagship phone, the Galaxy S5. In our hands-on review of the Galaxy S5, we were so impressed with the phone that we gave it our Editor’s Choice award. The Galaxy S5 was designed with an active lifestyle in mind as is evidenced by various features including the built-in heart rate monitor and protective shell which is IP67 rated for dust and liquid resistance. For active users who want even more health-related options than the Galaxy S5 offers, Sprint is now offering the Galaxy S5 Sport. Exclusive to Sprint, the Galaxy S5 Sport was developed as a collaboration between Samsung, Sprint, Under Armour, and MapMyFitness. The Galaxy S5 Sport will serve as the launch pad for Sprint Fit Live, a health and fitness package...
  FULL STORY @ HOTHARDWARE

AMD Radeon R7 Series 240GB SSD Review
     Sat, Jan 03 2015 | 4:00P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
AMD is launching a new family of products today, but unless you follow the rumor mill pretty closely, it’s probably not something you’d expect. It’s not a new CPU or APU. And it’s not a new GPU or memory kit either. Well then, “what could it be” you ask? Today, AMD is launching its first line of solid state drives (SSDs), targeted squarely at AMD enthusiasts. Whodathunkit? AMD is calling the new family of drives, the Radeon R7 Series SSD, similar to its popular mid-range line of graphics cards. The new Radeon R7 Series SSDs feature OCZ and Toshiba technology, but with a proprietary firmware geared towards write performance and high endurance...
  FULL STORY @ HOTHARDWARE

Edifier Tick Tock Bluetooth Review
     Sat, Jan 03 2015 | 9:03A | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Do not be deceived by the mousy look of the retro Edifier Tick Tock Bluetooth retro alarm clock; thanks to the dual drivers, it is able to produce decent quality sound without distortions and at pretty high volumes. The bass is a little on the low side which is perfectly understandable but considering the overall size of the device, we cannot consider this as a negative point.
  FULL STORY @ MADSHRIMPS

Asus A88X-Gamer Motherboard Review
     Sat, Jan 03 2015 | 9:02A | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Sharp eyed readers will see a strong similarity between this Asus A88X-Gamer motherboard and the MSI A88X-G45 Gaming that we recently reviewed. Fair point. Both motherboards use an AMD A88X chipset to support Socket FM2+ and there is a distinct theme of red and black in the styling. Asus tells us the A88X-Gamer has a specification that is similar to a Z87-era entry-level ROG board, so you get SupremeFX audio with headphone amplifier, ELNA capacitors on audio and PCB shielding.
  FULL STORY @ KITGURU

AMD FX-9590 AM3+ Processor Performance
     Sat, Jan 03 2015 | 9:01A | CPU / Processors | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The newest installment of AMD FX CPUs is finally upon us. September 2014 marked the release of the a few new FX CPUs, including the FX-8370, the FX-8370E, and the FX-8320E. One of the side-effects of AMD’s release is a price drop in their existing CPUs, including the flagship FX-9590 CPU. In this article, Benchmark Reviews takes a look at the CPU that sits atop the FX line, the AMD FX-9590 AM3+ Processor.
  FULL STORY @ BENCHMARKREVIEWS

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