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Biwin NuvoDrive NX Novachips Bugatti Preview - World Exclusive
     Tue, Jul 10 2012 | 9:37A | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Biwin`s NuvoDrive NX is the first SSD announced with the new Novachips Bugatti controller. Today Chris takes a full run with an engineering sample to see if this 10-Channel controller lives up to its racy name."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN.COM

CM Storm Sonuz Gaming Headset @ Techreaction.net
     Tue, Jul 10 2012 | 9:37A | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
CM Storm, the gaming subsidiary of Cooler Master, has been delivering gaming specific peripherals to the PC community quite a while now, and for the most part they havent disappointed. We here at Techreaction.net have reviewed a few of these products, and for the most part we had nothing but good things to report. Today we get a chance to review an upcoming gaming headset CM Storm plans to release in early July. As a matter of fact the product should be available at the time this review goes live. Introducing the CM Storm Sonuz."
  FULL STORY @ TECHREACTION.NET

CM Storm Speed-RX Mouse Mats @ techPowerUp
     Tue, Jul 10 2012 | 9:16A | Mouse Pads | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
CM Storm`s gaming product portfolio just got expanded with the release of the Speed-RX cloth mats. The mats feature a new high performance surface and have a hefty 5 mm thick rubber base. The mat is available in three different sizes and costs $19.99."
  FULL STORY @ TECHPOWERUP.COM

[Tech ARP] Desktop CPU Comparison Guide Rev. 12.3
     Tue, Jul 10 2012 | 9:10A | CPU / Processors | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
There are so many CPU models that it has become quite impossible to keep up with the different models or even remember their specifications. Therefore, we decided to compile this guide to provide an easy reference for those who are interested in comparing the specifications of the various desktop CPUs in the market, as well as those already obsolescent or obsolete. Currently covering *845 desktop CPUs*, this comprehensive comparison will allow you to easily compare *up to 19 different specifications* for each and every CPU. Here`s the latest update in Revision 12.3 : - Added the Intel Pentium G870 dual-core processor. - Added the Intel Pentium G860T dual-core processor. - Added the Intel Pentium G694 dual-core processor. - Added the Intel Pentium G693 dual-core processor. - Added the Intel Pentium G640 dual-core processor. - Added the Intel Pentium G640T dual-core processor. - Added the Intel Celeron G550 dual-core processor. - Added the Intel Celeron G540T dual-core processor. - Updated the specifications of the Intel Core i5-3570K quad-core processor. - Updated the specifications of the Intel Core i5-3550 quad-core processor. - Updated the specifications of the Intel Core i5-3470T dual-core processor. - Updated the specifications of the Intel Core i5-3450 quad-core processor. - Updated the specifications of the Intel Core i5-3450S quad-core processor."
  FULL STORY @ TECHARP.COM

Leetgion Hellion Review @ Vortez
     Tue, Jul 10 2012 | 9:10A | Mouse Pads | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The first product out of the blocks and the one which we will be sampling today is the high end, Hellion RTS gaming mouse. This is a very bold move from Leetgion as we have seen some very questionable products from reputable companies in the past who have branched out into the peripheral market only to find themselves wanting when compared to more established competition in this area. To make matters worse, aiming for top spot by releasing a high end product without first gaining a foothold could prove a step too far but credit should certainly be given for having the minerals in doing so because for this mouse to be a success at this level, it will truly have to be something rather special!"
  FULL STORY @ VORTEZ.NET

Aerocool Strike-X Advance @ techPowerUp
     Tue, Jul 10 2012 | 9:07A | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Aerocool Strike-X Advance chassis aims to offer cool looks, a spiffy red interior and elaborate design for everyone on a budget. Will the case manage to hold everything we throw at it, or crack under the pressure?"
  FULL STORY @ TECHPOWERUP.COM

Samsung SGH-i717 GALAXY Note 16GB 4G LTE (Carbon Blue) Android Phone Review @ ModSynergy.com
     Tue, Jul 10 2012 | 9:03A | Mobile Devices | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
There was a Canadian commercial I had seen that I found interesting. It rapidly went through the cell phone from its infancy to what it is today, essentially visiting the progression of the cell phone. First cell phones were huge as bricks, then finally got smaller as candy phones became fashionable, and at the present it seems we`re back with the bigger is better frame of mind. It was funny to see how it had turned full circle. I was given a golden by opportunity by Samsung to review their newest GALAXY Note Smartphone. Not only is the GALAXY Note a phone, Samsung has decided to infuse some tablet innovation within this device creating a hybrid of sorts. It`s certainly an interesting proposition. Read on to see what this Android based Smartphone is capable of."
  FULL STORY @ MODSYNERGY.COM

 
GIGABYTE's Dual Thunderbolt Intel Z77 Motherboards
     Mon, Jul 09 2012 | 6:50P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF

GIGABYTE's Dual Thunderbolt Intel Z77 Motherboards

GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co. Ltd., a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards, today announced the latest GIGABYTE 7 series motherboards, the very first to offer fully certified dual onboard Thunderbolt ports. Capable of connecting up to 12 devices plus 3 digital displays simultaneously, with breathtaking data transfer speeds that can transfer 1TB of data in only five minutes, GIGABYTE Thunderbolt motherboards offer the fastest connection interface ever on the desktop PC. 

GIGABYTE Thunderbolt motherboards allow users to daisy chain up to 12 devices simultaneously via an incredible bi-directional 10Gbps data pipeline that includes both PCIe and DisplayPort traffic. GIGABYTE Thunderbolt motherboards redefine desktop PC connectivity to make it far easier to connect multiple high speed storage devices and HD displays to your PC than ever before.

"It's easy to see how our unique dual port Thunderbolt implementation simply offers more," commented Henry Kao, Vice President of GIGABYTE Motherboard Business Unit. "We're the only motherboard vendor currently offering DIY PC builders the absolute maximum in terms of device connectivity." 

"Thunderbolt technology represents a leap in performance and simplicity for media creators and entertainment enthusiasts," says Jason Ziller, Intel's director of Thunderbolt marketing. "We are pleased to be working with GIGABYTE as they bring the first dual Thunderbolt port motherboard to market. It's a great example of what Thunderbolt makes possible."

GIGABYTE Dual Thunderbolt motherboards open up a wealth of new possibilities regarding high-performance storage devices. GIGABYTE has worked closely with several leading device partners, including Promise Technology, LaCie, BlackMagic, Western Digital, Seagate, Elgato, CalDigit and cable manufacturer Sumitomo:

"Working with GIGABYTE has been very exciting," said Kosta Panagos, Director of Creative Marketing, at CalDigit. "GIGABYTE's new line of Intel 7 series motherboards featuring dual Thunderbolt ports, will usher in a new era of flexibility to the PC platform.  It is also a perfect match with CalDigit's new T1 and T2 Thunderbolt drives which provide professional level performance on all platforms at consumer prices, a feat that was previously unattainable, thanks to GIGABYTE and Thunderbolt technology."

"GIGABYTE's new dual port Thunderbolt motherboards are an exciting innovation, giving incredible performance and are perfect for video and film professionals using Thunderbolt and the PC," said Grant Petty, CEO, Blackmagic Design. "Customers using our wide range of Thunderbolt devices will now be able to choose to work in whatever format they need, giving them the flexibility to build whatever production and post production workflow they need."

"In line with GIGABYTE and its dual on board Thunderbolt ports, WD's My Book Thunderbolt Duo offers dual Thunderbolt ports for amazing creative flexibility while allowing daisy-chaining of up to six My Book Thunderbolt Duo drives or other high performance peripherals for fast and efficient workflow," said Craig Davis, Director Sales & Marketing, Retail Division, Western Digital Asia Pacific & Japan Region.

"Thunderbolt technology is a fantastic way to deliver both data and display via one interface. It provides unparalleled performance and plenty of flexibility," said Leo Paskin, Product Marketing Manager at Seagate. "With the ability to daisy chain up to 12 devices on GIGABYTE's new dual port Thunderbolt motherboards, you can turn a desktop PC into a central device hub by plugging in a single cable!"

"As the first Intel certified cable vendor, Sumitomo is delighted to see GIGABYTE bring the first dual port Thunderbolt motherboard to market, creating the ultimate connectivity for desktop PCs, commented Motoi Matsuo. "These new Thunderbolt motherboards are also the perfect fit for Sumitomo's exclusive high speed 20m optical cables."

"Thanks to their dual Thunderbolt ports, Gigabyte's new 7 series motherboards deliver unbeatable flexibility", says Adam Steinberg, Vice President Marketing at Elgato. "The unique dual port feature enables users to combine multiple portable Thunderbolt devices like the powerful Elgato Thunderbolt SSD."

"LaCie is pleased to see GIGABYTE announce Thunderbolt technology on their lasted motherboards," said Erwan Girard, Professional Business Unit Manager, LaCie. "The time is now for demanding PC users, especially digital content creators, to experience the unprecedented speeds and advantages enabled by Thunderbolt Technology. The desire for computers and peripherals to keep up with their work flow is a concern of the past."

Dual Thunderbolt - Fast, Flexible and Simple Connectivity for your Motherboard
GIGABYTE Thunderbolt motherboards are the first to be certified by Intel featuring dual Thunderbolt ports directly on the motherboard back panel I/O, with each Thunderbolt port supporting a maximum data transfer speeds with simultaneous bi-directional data transfer at speeds of up to 10Gbps - this means you can transfer a full HD 1080p movie in under 30 seconds.

GIGABYTE's dual port Thunderbolt implementation ensures the absolute maximum potential connectivity, with support to connect up to 12 individual devices simultaneously, with each port offering full 10Gbps bandwidth.

Thunderbolt combines both DisplayPort and PCI Express protocols over a single cable so that users can connect a multitude of device types in tandem with HD streaming video and 8-channel audio, simultaneously in one specially developed cable. Users can also enjoy improved flexibility by 'daisy-chaining' several devices while still enjoying low latency and industry-leading data transfer speeds.

Dual Thunderbolt Ports are featured on the following models: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UP5 TH and GA-Z77X-UP4 TH motherboards

Ultra Durable 5
The GIGABYTE Z77X-UP5 TH and Z77X-UP4 TH both employ award winning GIGABYTE Ultra Durable 5 technology that includes high current capable components for the CPU power zone including IR3550 PowIRstage ICs from International Rectifier, 2X Copper PCB and high current Ferrite Core Chokes rated up to 60A, which together are able to deliver up to 60°C* cooler temperatures than traditional motherboards. Featured on a range of new motherboards based the Intel X79 and Z77 Express Chipsets, GIGABYTE Ultra Durable 5 technology is the next evolution in quality motherboard design.

* Testing result for reference only. Results may differ according to system configuration.
*Up to 60° C lower temp. obtained using 4 phase IR3550 PowIRstage with 2x Copper PCB vs. 4 phase D-Pak MOSFET @ 100A load 10 mins lab testing without heatsink.

More information about GIGABYTE Ultra Durable 5 technology can be found at the following links:

GIGABYTE Ultra Durable 5 Technology

More product details can be found on the GIGABYTE website here: www.gigabyte.us

  FULL STORY @ GIGABYTE

22-Way Mousepad Comparison
     Mon, Jul 09 2012 | 5:09P | Mouse Pads | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Most gamers and professionals who require both speed and accuracy always focus in getting the best available mouse money can buy but always or at least most of the time they don`t focus nearly as much in getting an equally good mousepad (glide surface). To be honest with you i used to be like that up until around 6 years ago when i first got two Razer ExactMat aluminum mousepads one of which is still alive and kicking (quite tough). Now for the past 5 or so months Ive been gathering pretty much every single gaming oriented mousepad i can find in the market in an effort to see which offers the best bang for your buck and today after all these months of testing i can finally release this comparison. The products as clearly stated on the title are quite many so before you head to the next page you may want to take a look at the available information for each of the participating companies."
  FULL STORY @ NIKKTECH.COM

AMDs Catalyst Evolution For The Radeon HD 7000 Series
     Mon, Jul 09 2012 | 5:09P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
It used to be -- at least when using the Windows Catalyst drivers -- that within the first few months of AMD releasing new Radeon graphics hardware that Catalyst driver optimizations would deliver measurable improvements in this short span. For the Radeon HD 7000 series, which is built upon an entirely new GCN architecture, is this still the case? Here are benchmarks of all the AMD Catalyst Linux drivers that have been released this year and then benchmarked on an AMD Radeon HD 7950 graphics card."
  FULL STORY @ PHORONIX.COM

ASUS E45M1-I Motherboard @ Techreaction.net
     Mon, Jul 09 2012 | 5:09P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Rising energy costs, a changing usage model, increased processor functionality, increased processing power per watt and clock tick means the old big box/high end CPU combo is becoming a thing of the past. ASUS is following this curve by offering a solution (one of many) in the low power E45M1-I. By building on the AMD Brazos platform, in this case the 1650Mhz AMD E450 APU, ASUS brings it with functionality and tweak-ability. This setup is not a benchmarking monster or a gaming giant (not much gaming at all) but it appears that it could be a real winner where utility is concerned."
  FULL STORY @ TECHREACTION.NET

ASUS RoG Maximus V Formula Z77 Motherboard Review @ HardwareHeaven.com
     Mon, Jul 09 2012 | 5:09P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
ASUS RoG Maximus V Formula Z77 Motherboard Review @ HardwareHeaven.com On our test bench today is the latest product from the ASUS RoG brand, their Maximus V Formula motherboard. We will be comparing it to another Z77 board in a selection of real world and synthetic tests to find out how ASUS look to improve on the base design and how far they have pushed the enthusiast feature set... watercooled heatsinks anyone?"
  FULL STORY @ HARDWAREHEAVEN.COM

Behringer Guitar Link UCG102 Review @ TestFreaks
     Mon, Jul 09 2012 | 5:09P | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Behringers Guitar Link UCG102 is allows one to interface their guitar with a PC or Mac. This package allows your PC or Mac double as a recording studio, guitar amp and stomp box. It simply plugs into a computer via the built-in USB cable with the guitars cable into device. "
  FULL STORY @ TESTFREAKS.COM

BitDefender Total Security 2013 Review @ TechReviewSource.com
     Mon, Jul 09 2012 | 5:09P | Software | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
BitDefender Total Security 2013 provides a solid alternative to other better-known security products out there. It definitely had its work cut out to try to better those other products and the Romanian software company seemed to have been successful on most counts. It runs smoothly and has some really unique and neat features to help set it apart from the rest."
  FULL STORY @ TECHREVIEWSOURCE.COM

REVIEW: G.Skill Trident 8GB DDR3-2400 @ PureOverclock
     Mon, Jul 09 2012 | 4:25P | Memory | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today we have a serious can of whoop ass ready. G.Skill has released their newest edition called the Trident memory modules, and we have an 8GB kit of Trident 2400MHz made for the Z77 platform. They look utterly stunning, and promise high speeds and performance. Can they deliver? Let`s find out."
  FULL STORY @ PUREOVERCLOCK.COM

ROCCAT Savu Review @ Vortez
     Mon, Jul 09 2012 | 1:01P | Mouse Pads | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
High optical DPI is not the only trick the Savu has up its proverbial sleeve though, it also has a the full functionality of Easy Shift[+] and a fully customisable light-bar allowing you to set the mouse to any one of 16.9 million colours. It also happens to use the highest quality materials throughout the design so aesthetically at least, the Savu seem to have it all wrapped up. Some might however say the beauty is only skin deep so we will be giving the Savu a thorough evaluation."
  FULL STORY @ VORTEZ.NET

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