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Plextor M5 Pro 256GB review: record-setting performance
     Fri, Oct 19 2012 | 9:03A | Memory | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We can basically write the same conclusion for the Plextor M5 Pro 256GB as we did for the 128GB model. It's the fastest SSD in its category, and set new records in AS SSD and PCMark Vantage, and came up 15 points short of the high score in PCMark 7. Very impressive figures indeed. The incredible performance, the good warranty conditions and outstanding track record of both Marvell and Plextor make this an excellent product.

Seven Nvidia GeForce GTX 680 round-up: Super cards!
     Fri, Oct 19 2012 | 9:02A | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
There was nothing wrong with Nvidia's reference cooler, but this round-up proves there are some nice alternatives as well. MSI has a good card with the N680GTX Twin Frozr 2GD5/OC, it's slightly overclocked, cools better, and it is also the most silent out of all cards we tested. MSI's Lightning card is the fastest card with also the best overclocking potential, but it's loud. If you're not planning on extreme overclocking, then our vote goes to the ASUS GTX680-DC2T-2GD5.

Fractal Design Define R4 review: refined silence
     Fri, Oct 19 2012 | 9:01A | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Fractal Design is known for creating computer chassis with an emphasis on silent cooling. The company has gathered a loyal following that appreciates the stylish design, quality materials and good performance of their products. We have frequently been very positive about their chassis, and some time ago the fourth edition of their "Define" flagship chassis was released, the R4. It took a while to arrive at our lab, but finally we are able to test the Fractal Design Define R4 and compare it to other silent chassis

Nvidia GeForce GTX 650 Ti review: Gigabyte vs MSI vs Zotac
     Fri, Oct 19 2012 | 9:00A | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today Nvidia introduced the GeForce GTX 650 Ti, a graphics card based on the same GK106 GPU that the GeForce GTX 660 is built around. Nvidia's new card is positioned against AMD's Radeon HD 7770. Hardware.Info compared cards from Gigabyte, MSI and Zotac.

SanDisk Extreme 240GB SSD Review @ Hardware Canucks
     Thu, Oct 18 2012 | 11:17P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
* *In a market filled with high end SSD`s, it may at first look like SanDisk`s new Extreme 240GB would have a tough time of things. However, with a price of under $190 and performance that competes with some of the best drives currently available, it is sure to stand out for all of the right reasons.* *"

QNAP TS-869L @ techPowerUp
     Thu, Oct 18 2012 | 3:53P | Networking | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
QNAP recently released their new TS-x69L series which, in essence, is the economical alternative to the Pro series, but with almost identical performance because the same hardware is used. In this review we will evaluate the TS-869L NAS, which can take up to eight HDDs for up to 32 TB of storage!"

BIOSTAR Mini ITX A68I-350 DELUXE with AMD Fusion 350D APU
     Thu, Oct 18 2012 | 2:48P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF

BIOSTAR, a manufacturer of motherboards, graphics cards, industrial computing systems and peripherals, has announced the start of sales for their unique ultra-compact motherboard, the A68I-350 DELUXE with an integrated APU-chip, the AMD Fusion 350D (Socket BGA FT1). With the ultra-small dimensions of this Mini ITX board (only 170x170 mm) and the high degree of integration of its powerful components, the design of a modern multimedia and entertainment setup with the minimum of components has become possible, all at a very affordable price.


Integrated into the A68I-350 DELUXE, the APU (Accelerated Processing Unit) processor AMD Fusion 350D is built on an integrated high performance graphical core of the AMD Radeon HD 6310 with support for the newest Microsoft DirectX11 technology. It boasts a highly efficient integrated graphical subsystem with up to 512 MB of distributed memory providing significant speed of data processing which is enough for the majority of modern office and entertainment applications including playing full HD video and driving today's DX11 games. Integrated video outputs - analog VGA and digital HDMI 3D Visual - allow connecting any modern display including digital HDTVs and monitors.


The HDMI 3D Visual provides a level of interoperability for devices designed to deliver 3D content over an HDMI connection. The latest HDMI Specification adds key enhancements to support the market requirements for bringing broadcast 3D content into the home featuring key enhancements for 3D applications including the addition of mandatory 3D formats for broadcast content.

The A68I-350 DELUXE motherboards are based on the AMD A68 chip. The boards are equipped with two DDR3 DIMM slots and support of up to 16 GB of DDR3 800/1066 MHz RAM. It also offers three SATA2 3Gb/s connectors, two high speed USB 3.0 ports and four USB 2.0 ports. The network interfaces of the board are represented with a gigabit LAN controller, the Realtek RTL8111F chip. A modern 6-channel HD Audio processor powered by the Realtek ALC662 chip offers excellent sound and support for digital S/PDIF audio output.


A68I-350 DELUXE motherboards are equipped with modern high quality solid capacitors, the X.D.C (eXtreme Durable Capacitors). These are low ESR and high ripple conductive solid state capacitors that provide a stable power supply to the CPU. The life span can also be more than 6.25 times that of ordinary liquid caps.
The board features the latest BIOSTAR technologies such as BIOS Flasher and BIOS Online Update for easy updating and restoration of the BIOS, as well as BIO-Remote2 for remote control of the system via Android and Apple devices.

BIO-Remote2 Technology gives users a better Home Theatre environment. Users who own either Android or Apple mobile devices are able to access and control the PC remotely. You're smart device can become an intelligent and functional remote control. Moreover, BIO-Remote2 also includes both the function of mouse pad and power point presentation modes.

The A68I-350 DELUXE also features the Charger Booster function. It is a high powered charging solution for Apple or Android devices such as iPad, iPhone and Android phones and tablets. Charger Booster Technology is able to boost the charging time to be more efficiency and faster once any mobile device is connected to the motherboard. With Charger Booster technology, you are able to charge your devices up to 42 % faster.

Since its establishment in 1986, the BIOSTAR GROUP has become a major motherboard supplier to the PC industry. In order to pursue continuous growth, BIOSTAR has invested heavily in acquiring the physical and human resources to excel at research and development. In every endeavor, BIOSTAR has sought to enhance product quality and expand its range of to offer the highest price-performance ratio in the industry.


ROCCAT Savu Mid-Size Hybrid Gaming Mouse Review
     Thu, Oct 18 2012 | 1:51P | Mouse Pads | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Although once upon a time (roughly 2 decades ago) most of us used OEM keyboards and mouse sets (and were quite content) nowadays there are more of those products in the market than one can count aimed mostly towards gamers and professionals who require the highest possible accuracy and speed. Still the sheer number of such solutions currently available in the market along with their specifications and designs make it quite impossible for anyone to make the right choice so personally i choose to trust just a handful of all the PC peripheral manufacturers out (namely the proven ones) there and naturally ROCCAT is amongst them. So for the past 2 weeks we`ve been rather thoroughly testing their latest Savu Gaming Mouse which although not the best in their gaming mouse line still it proved to be more than a decent solution for people who are not after the best possible performance."

Sapphire HD 7950 Vapor-X
     Thu, Oct 18 2012 | 12:01P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Sapphire has made quite a name for itself as one of the premier and largest AMD board partners and all with some stylish and simply impressive cards in the process. Today we look at the HD 7950 Vapor-X model and see what kind of magic has been infused in the DNA to make this card a must have for all the enthusiasts gamers out there.

NZXT Phantom 820 Case Review
     Thu, Oct 18 2012 | 12:00P | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Phantom 820 is NZXT’s sidewinder missile, and they have it aimed right at the top of the market for gaming cases. And when I say huge, that’s exactly what I mean. It’s 12” wide, 27” long, and 29” tall. That’s almost two and half feet tall. With a total weight of 32 pounds.

Samsung 840 Pro 512GB SSD Full Review - Samsung Ups the Ante
     Thu, Oct 18 2012 | 11:06A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
With a faster, more optimized ARM Cortex R4 controller and NAND flash pushing data at 400 Mbps per channel, the Samsung 840 Pro has risen the bar yet another notch even while the competition was still trying to catch up to the 830 Series. If pricing can achieve parity with other SSDs out there, Samsung is sure to have a winner on its hands. The non-pro variant of the 840 will utilize TLC flash, which should offer a decent reduction in cost/GB for a minor dip in performance and endurance, which promises to make some form of 840 available to anyone seeking performance in the 100,000 IOPS range."

WoW: Mists of Pandaria Launch Event Gallery @ HardwareHeaven.com
     Thu, Oct 18 2012 | 9:48A | Games | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
WoW: Mists of Pandaria Launch Event Gallery @ HardwareHeaven.com HardwareHeaven headed on down to London to attend the midnight launch event for Blizzard`s latest release World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria. Check out the goings on."

AMD Drops Steamroller bdver3 Compiler Support
     Thu, Oct 18 2012 | 9:42A | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Second-generation Bulldozer processors only started appearing recently in the form of the Trinity APUs with Piledriver cores. The next Bulldozer-2 wave will come when AMD releases their Piledriver-bearing Vishera FX-Series desktop processors. While this hardware has yet to publicly arrive, AMD is are already working on compiler support for their third-generation Bulldozer -- a.k.a. Steamroller -- micro-architecture."

Nanoxia Deep Silence One Chassis review
     Thu, Oct 18 2012 | 9:25A | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
1.html,We review the Nanoxia Deep Silence 1 chassis. Nanoxia is a relatively new player in the chassis market, based in Germany they just released their Deep Silence 1, a very impressive chassis with some pretty terrific features. The DS1 comes in three models: Deep Silence 1 Silver, Deep Silence 1 Anthracite and Deep Silence 1 White. We test the standard black with its great looks and sound dampened version. As you`ll notice very little is actually regular about this chassis, is it true what they say about German build quality?"

CM Storm Scout 2 @ Techreaction.net
     Thu, Oct 18 2012 | 9:09A | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The highly anticipated recreation of the benchmark in LAN gamer cases, Scout 2 offers refinements on its predecessors design. These refinements are bolstered by improved steel reinforced carrying handles, bolted to the core structure. Front console connections have been updated to USB 3.0 while offering protection from adverse travel conditions with hidden sliding cover. Support for current high-end hardware is greatly increased by a removable HDD cage that supports the massive VGAs in todays market. Now lets throw it up on our review table and see how well it does. Grab a beer and read on!"

Cooler Master NotePal I300 Review @ Pro-Clockers
     Thu, Oct 18 2012 | 9:09A | Notebooks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We all know that Cooler Master has no shortage of products meant to aid in the cooling of your favorite laptop. We have reviewed many over the years and today we will be adding another one to the collection. The new NotePal I300 is a simple but well refined cooler that is thin and very lightweight. The 160mm fan sitting in the middle is what will separate this cooler from the many in the same class or price range."

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