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News: Antichamber just blew my mind
     Tue, Apr 23 2013 | 12:49P | Games | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
In his latest blog post, TR`s Geoff Gasior tries to figure out Antichamber, a critically acclaimed indie game that takes the first-person puzzle genre into a whole other dimension."

Fractal Design ARC Midi R2 Review @ Hardware Canucks
     Tue, Apr 23 2013 | 12:34P | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The newest addition to Fractal Designs award winning lineup is the new Arc Midi R2, a case which may be compact but is crammed full of features and innovative add-ons. More importantly, the Midi R2 is supposed to improve upon its predecessor in every way possible."

AMD Radeon HD 7990 to launch on 24th of April @ Ocaholic
     Tue, Apr 23 2013 | 12:22P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
According to our sources, which can`t be named for obvious reasons, AMD is preparing to launch its new HD 7990 Malta dual-GPU graphics card on April 24th. The selected members of the press and their editors should already have the new graphics card in their hands and have been given a green light for the April 24th."

[Tech ARP] How To Set Your Bluetooth Headset As The Default Audio Device
     Tue, Apr 23 2013 | 10:43A | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Even though you may have successfully linked your Bluetooth headset to your computer , Windows may not use it as an audio output device. You will need to enable the Listen to Music service for your Bluetooth headset before audio gets piped to it, instead of the computer`s speakers. Even if you get to that point, you will notice that your Bluetooth headset will disconnect itself whenever you recharge its batteries. That`s okay, but it`s supposed to automatically re-enable the Listen to Music service when it reconnects to your computer. In some cases, it will refuse to do so, forcing you to manually enable the Listen to Music service every single time you connect your Bluetooth headset to your computer. This mini-guide will show you how to enable the Listen to Music service for your Bluetooth headset and how to force Windows to accept your Bluetooth headset as the default audio device, if it doesn`t already do that."

Gigabyte AiVia Osmium Keyboard Review @ Hi Tech Legion
     Tue, Apr 23 2013 | 9:59A | Games | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Gigabyte Osmium is the latest addition to the AiVia gaming peripheral series. The Gigabyte Osmium is available in either Cherry MX red switch variant with blue LED backlighting or Cherry MX brown switch version with white LED backlighting. Since the Gigabyte Osmium is designed for gaming, it is capable of accepting up to 64 simultaneous keystrokes at the same time via USB 2.0 and is equipped with a bank of five macro keys on top of the function keys. Through the Gigabyte GHOST utility available for download from Gigabyte`s website, up to five profiles can be stored on the Osmium keyboard and can be toggled through by pressing the LED AiVia logo above the num keys. The Gigabyte AiVia Osmium keyboard also features a USB 2.0 and 3.0 hub as well as 3.5mm pass-through connectors for the headphone and microphone jacks. The Gigabyte AiVia Osmium mechanical keyboard measures 454mm long, 257mm wide and 45mm tall and carries a two-year warranty.///"

PowerSkin for Apple iPhone 5 Review @ TestFreaks
     Tue, Apr 23 2013 | 6:39A | Mouse Pads | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
This product features a rechargeable built-in 1500 mAh battery, surrounded by a silicone shock absorbing case. Although 1500 mAh will not fully recharge a drained iPhone 5 it will provide 70% more additional capacity to get you through even the most data consuming days."

Seidio Ultimate Screen Guard for Nexus 4 @ LanOC Reviews
     Mon, Apr 22 2013 | 11:45P | Monitors | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
When it comes to protecting mobile devices, many people immediately start thinking about cases and how to protect their phone from bumps, bruises and drops. Something that a lot of people dont think about is how to protect their phone from scrapes and scratches. There are many screen protectors out there that claim one size fits all, or that you can easily cut your own, but this is simply not the case. Each phone has its own unique elements that make using a generic screen protector difficult or plain impossible. Seidio has sent over some of their Ultimate Screen Guards for the Nexus 4 for us to take a look at so lets get started!"

[Tech ARP] BIOS Option Of The Week - OS Select For DRAM > 64MB
     Mon, Apr 22 2013 | 10:07P | BIOS | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Since 1999, we have been developing the BIOS Optimization Guide, affectionately known as the BOG. From a meager beginning of a single page, it now covers over 440 BIOS options. As old BOG readers will know, we started offering two editions of the BOG since Revision 8.0 - a simplified edition and the complete edition. Normally, the complete edition is only available to subscribers who help sponsor the development of the guide through a small fee. However, that changes today! From now on, we will post a BIOS option from the complete edition of the BIOS Optimization Guide every weekend. This week, we will be taking a look at the *OS Select For DRAM > 64MB * setting."

Frame Rating: Visual Effects of Vsync on Gaming Animation
     Mon, Apr 22 2013 | 5:02P | Digital Cameras | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
In our continuing research on graphics performance, part of our Frame Rating story line, I recently spent many hours playing games on different hardware configurations and different levels of Vertical Sync. After this time testing, I am comfortable in saying that I do not think that simply enabling Vsync on platforms that exhibit a large number of runt frames fixes the issue. It may prevent runts, but it does not actually produce a completely smooth animation."

iXBT Labs Review: AMD FX-4300 AMD FX-6300 Processors
     Mon, Apr 22 2013 | 3:50P | CPU / Processors | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The top Vishera-based AMD FX-8350 processor was just the beginning. After it, AMD rolled out a number of more affordable CPUs. Today we`re going to cover them in comparison with the predecessors and competitors."

Netgear WNDR3700v4 N600 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Router Review @ Legit Reviews
     Mon, Apr 22 2013 | 12:49P | Networking | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
When we first received the latest N600 router from Netgear, the first thing I said to myself was, Why did Netgear send us an old router? I then came to my senses and realized it was more than just a recycled name this release of the fourth-generation WNDR3700 was truly different. Starting with the upgraded chipset, the Netgear WNDR3700v4 has been updated with one of the most proficient CPUs on the market. The 560 MHz/128 MB RAM Qualcomm Atheros AR9344 is a significant step up from the Broadcoms 480 MHz chip found in version 3 of the Netgear N600 router. The result is a faster user experience while configuring the router as well as incredible Wi-Fi speeds..."

Corsair Voyager Air review
     Mon, Apr 22 2013 | 12:34P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
1.html,We review the Voyager Air from Corsair, it is a portable storage unit allows you to connect it towards USB 3.0 and Ethernet, but it also includes WIFI support and it actually comes on a 100 GB HDD model as well. This great looking device might just be what the doctor to move or stream your content from."

AIAIAI TMA-1 Studio Headphones With Mic Review
     Mon, Apr 22 2013 | 12:22P | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
I`ve always believed that owning a very good headset is always a good thing since you can use it to watch your favorite movies, play your favorite games and listen to your favorite tunes without intruding on the privacy of all those around you. Luckily most people i know feel exactly the same and so a friend of mine has been looking to purchase an good headset for the past year or so but the catch is that aside the fact that he wants superior audio quality and clarity he also wants it to be small, light, comfortable and to feature excellent noise insulation. So you can all understand that the entire specifications/features combo he is looking for is not something easy to come by especially in the sub USD250/250Euros category. At least that was the case until the exact moment he saw me testing the TMA-1 Studio headset by AIAIAI roughly two weeks ago and decided to spend a couple of hours with them as well."

All AMD FX CPU Models @ Hardware Secrets
     Mon, Apr 22 2013 | 10:17A | CPU / Processors | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The AMD FX is the high-end CPU family from AMD, using either the Bulldozer or the Piledriver microarchitectures. Let`s take a look at the main specifications of all models released so far."

Free Anti-Virus Comparison Review
     Mon, Apr 22 2013 | 9:59A | Software | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
As the other feature-rich antivirus, Avast! Antivirus comes in third, performance wise, to AVG. Personally though, my preference would be to consider Microsoft Security Essentials as third, but that may be my own bias talking. Avast definitely has a rich feature set which may go very far in protecting you, but I just found it too intrusive for my taste. Of course MSE is lacking in both features (not always a bad thing) and performance, so really only its simplicity and the Microsoft name gives a recommendation for it much weight. Perhaps it would be best to say Avast has won at this moment in time, but if MSE can get its detection-act together then the table may turn."

PowerColor Radeon HD 7850 PCS+ Review
     Mon, Apr 22 2013 | 6:39A | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Overclocking PowerColor`s HD 7850 PCS+ is much like overclocking any of the 7XXX series of Southern Islands GCN core-based video cards as it relates strictly to overclocking. Each core and memory combination is going to to have its limits. First off using PowerColor`s Powerup Tuner utility limited the clock speed on the core to a maximum of 1050MHz on the core and 1425MHz on the GDDR5 memory. Having seen speeds in excess of 1200MHz on just about every GCN card I have tested, I felt this was a bit low and moved to a different utility that allowed a higher core clock on the core. Sapphire`s TriXX utility was able to deliver this added clock speed and allowed the clock speed on the core to scale well up and over the 1200MHz mark. A 235MHz boost in GPU speed is worth the added work to get there in this case. The Elpida-based memory was not as flexible when it came to overclocking with a maximum of 1400MHz stable. The memory clock speeds were not able to overclock high enough to really add a significant amount of memory bandwidth to help the benchmarking scores. Even so they still managed to improve by 175MHz."

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