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CyberPowerPC Zeus Thunder 2500 SE Gaming PC Review
     Thu, Jun 21 2012 | 9:02A | Games | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
A few months ago, CyberPowerPC unveiled a new line of custom gaming PCs under the “Zeus” moniker that promised impressive specs and features at a relatively low price. As it turns out, there are plenty of Zeus models available (nine at present, by our count), which provides a plethora of starting price points. For $1,125, you can nab a basic Zeus Thunder 1000, but a top-of-the-heap Zeus Thunder Max starts at $3,735. Right smack dab in the middle of the Zeus family price ladder is the Zeus Thunder 2500 SE, a $1,899 rig that CyberPowerPC sent us to play with...
  FULL STORY @ HOTHARDWARE

Intel Core i5-3427U: Ivy Bridge For Ultrabooks Review
     Thu, Jun 21 2012 | 9:01A | CPU / Processors | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Back in 2011, Intel Capital, Intel's investment arm in support of their strategic objectives, ponied-up a cool $300 million to help give birth to a new class of notebooks they defined as "Ultrabooks." Though there aren't a complete set if design specifications, Intel requires certain characteristics of performance, mechanical design, battery life and processor component selection, in order to market a notebook as an Ultrabook. From resume from hibernation response times to chassis thickness, Intel wanted to build upon Apple's success with the MacBook Air, so that all of their OEM and ODM partners could get in on the thin, sleek and sexy trend that's becoming all the rage with consumers. Today Intel is lifting the embargo veil off of a number of Core i5 dual-core Ivy Bridge processors for both the desktop and mobile segments. In terms of mobile products, Ultrabooks remain the clear focus for Intel and as such we've been setup with a demonstration vehicle for the new Core i5-3427U Ultra mobile processor that Intel is launching today... What follows is a look at Intel's latest Ultrabook vision and the shape of things to come in no-compromise highly mobile computing according to Intel.
  FULL STORY @ HOTHARDWARE

Intel Core i5-3470 Quad-Core CPU Review
     Thu, Jun 21 2012 | 9:00A | CPU / Processors | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Last month, Intel unleashed its highly anticipated Ivy Bridge microarchitecture. We had been hearing about Ivy Bridge for what seemed like an eternity leading up to the launch, and although not based a totally new design, Ivy Bridge would offer a number of enticing enhancements, like a faster Quick Sync engine, significantly improved integrated graphics, and lower power, thanks to architectural improvements and an advanced 22nm manufacturing process. We initially took a look at Intel’s flagship Ivy Bridge-based processor, the Core i7-3770K. The Core i7-3770K is an unlocked quad-core processor with 8MB of L3 cache; integrated Intel HD 4000 series graphics; and Hyper-Threading, PCI Express 3.0 and Turbo Boost 2.0 support. The processor we’ll be showing you today, although also based on Ivy Bridge, is somewhat different. The new Core i5-3470 is based on the same quad-core die as the Core i7-3770, but it’s outfitted with less cache, a lower-end graphics core, and lacks support for Hyper-Threading, among other things...
  FULL STORY @ HOTHARDWARE

OWC Mercury Extreme Pro 6G Raid Testing @ Techreaction.net
     Thu, Jun 21 2012 | 8:02A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The OWC Mercury Extreme Pro 6G previously reviewed at TechREACTION, remains one of the fastest SSDs reviewed here. Well time has passed and 34nm NAND is no longer as readily available so OWC has changed the NAND used to 24nm Synchronous Toggle NAND, why Synchronous NAND? The OFNI 2 specification lists maximum read and writes and only a few MBps difference on the high end. As reviews show though, 8MB cluster sizes are not the end all or be all of SSD performance. With smaller file sizes especially in the 4K cluster size area, Synchronous NAND can make as much as 50MBps difference or 20-30% better performance in some tests. Others such as incompressible data tests the advantage can jump even higher. Some reports show as much as 100% better performance. So OWC has moved to 24nm NAND but made sure to use some of the best NAND available to hopefully maintain the performance level of their first generation Mercury Extreme Pro 6G. Previously the Mercury Extreme Pro went toe to toe with the Vertex 3 MAXIOPS, they are the two fastest drives available even still. The new Mercury Extreme Pro 6G 240 GB Solid State Drive follows suit with everyone elses move to 25nm MLC NAND flash chips. This allows a lower price point per GB and makes an SSD more affordable to the average consumer. With TechREACTIONs new testing platform we will put the Mercury Extreme Pro 6GB through its paces. But wait theres more! OWC was good enough to lend us a total of EIGHT drives to see what it takes to max out the LSI 9265-8i RAID controller with such high performance SSDs we will find the upper limit of the RAID card without a doubt. If you have not heard of Other World Computing before, it is not surprising. OWC started distributing Mac and Apple accessories in 1988 just outside Chicago, IL. Only in the last couple of years with the rise of the affordable Solid State Drive did OWC become a blip on the PC enthusiast radar. That blip quickly grew though and OWC has received numerous accolades over the last few years."
  FULL STORY @ TECHREACTION.NET

Corsair Vengeance 2000 Headset
     Wed, Jun 20 2012 | 5:19P | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Overall, I'm very impressed with the Corsair Vengeance 2000 gaming headset. True to the Corsair name, they are solidly built, well thought out, and sound incredible. The fact that they are wireless only adds to the ability to enjoy them, since you will no longer have to miss out on in-game chat or movie dialog as you leave your computer to refill on gaming/movie refreshments. Although they are not intended to be used solely for listening to music, I cannot imagine anyone to be disappointed by the sound quality unless you have golden ears and are incredibly picky about your headphones."
  FULL STORY @ OVERCLOCKERSCLUB

Gaming LGA 1155 Mainboard for Multi-GPU Graphics Configurations
     Wed, Jun 20 2012 | 5:19P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
This mainboard boasts very numerous advantages: high-quality packaging, remarkably rich accessories bundle, smart components layout. The functionality of the Intel Z77 Express chipset used in this board has been significantly expanded. However, if you decide on this particular mainboard for your next gaming rig, there are a few peculiarities that you should keep in mind.
  FULL STORY @ MAINBOARDS

AFDS 2012 Day One
     Wed, Jun 20 2012 | 4:08P | Tradeshows / Events | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The first part of our AMD Fusion Developer Summit `12 coverage begins with a look at Bullet Physics, and how AMD`s Heterogeneous System Architecture can facilitate better physics in games.*"
  FULL STORY @ RAGE3D.COM

 
Thermaltake Max G5 USB 3.0 External
     Wed, Jun 20 2012 | 4:03P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Since laptops becoming more prominent and external drives on the rise in popularity, we had Thermaltake send us one of their external models, the Max G5 USB 3.0. The MAx G5 sports USB3.0 compatibility to give you the fast speeds you need while also being backwards compatible with USB2.0 in case your system is not yet up to date with USB3.0. Enough of the chitty-chat, lets’ get on to the real world testing and see how well the Max G5 does …
  FULL STORY @ THERMALTAKE

Kingston HyperX 3K RAID 0
     Wed, Jun 20 2012 | 4:02P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
“When we recently reviewed the Kingston HyperX 3K 240GB SSD, we came away very impressed. Today we have another review with this product, but instead of just one drive, today we're going with two in RAID 0. We're speed junkies just as much as the next person, so seeing a pair of these SandForce-based drives should really induce some drool-worthy performance. Think one is fast? Wait until you see a pair of these in action.”
  FULL STORY @ PUREOVERCLOCK

Is Nvidia's GRID About to Change the Face
     Wed, Jun 20 2012 | 4:01P | Games | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Many people have wondered about the future of video games in recent years, and at E3 2012, graphics card masters Nvidia tackled this question head-on. Their answer? That all video games in the future will run from the cloud. That’s right, just as Spotify streams music and Netflix streams movies, Nvidia believe that their service will stream video games."
  FULL STORY @ VIRTUAL-HIDEOUT

Intel Announces MIC Xeon Phi, Aims For Exascale Computing:
     Wed, Jun 20 2012 | 4:00P | CPU / Processors | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
At the International Supercomputing Conference today, Intel announced that Knights corner, the company's first commercial Many Integrated Core (MIC) product will ship commercially in 2012. The Descendent of the Processor Formerly Known as Larrabee also gets a new brand name -- Xeon Phi. The idea behind Intel's new push is that the highly efficient Xeon E5 architecture (eight-core Sandy Bridge on 32nm) fuels the basic x86 cluster, while the Many Integrated Core CPUs that grew out of the failed Larrabee GPU offer unparalleled performance scaling and break new ground. Sounds interesting enough doesn't it?
  FULL STORY @ HOTHARDWARE

Install Windows 8 from a USB Drive, Dual-boot with XP, Vista and 7
     Wed, Jun 20 2012 | 12:03P | Operating System | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Back when the Windows 8 Consumer Preview hit the Web, we offered a basic guide on configuring a virtual machine. With Windows 8's Release Preview available and the final version inching toward completion, we figure it's a great time to offer a similarly easy step-by-step walkthrough on installing Windows 8 with a USB drive. If you're familiar with the process, there isn't much for you to see here, but this should serve as a quick confidence booster for anyone who hasn't installed an operating system recently.
  FULL STORY @ TECHSPOT

AMD Fusion Developers Summit Day 1 Keynote Coverage
     Wed, Jun 20 2012 | 12:02P | CPU / Processors | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Lisa Su, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Global Business Units, opened up this year’s AMD Fusion Developers Summit by reiterating AMD’s commitment to heterogeneous computing. She began her talk by saying that AMD is firmly committed to heterogeneous computing because the company has literally bet its future on the technology. Perhaps that's a bold move on AMD's part or just an alignment with what the future computing model is evolving towards inevitably.
  FULL STORY @ FUSION

Sapphire's HD 7950 Flex
     Wed, Jun 20 2012 | 12:01P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Sapphire's HD 7950 Flex helps deliver multi-monitor Eyefinity out of the box by not only making connection of up to three displays to a single graphics card easier, but more cost effective to boot since no additional adapters or DisplayPort monitors are needed from the user. It also ships overclocked with a Dual-X thermal solution to provide a performance increase over the reference cards. See how it performs in our review.
  FULL STORY @ NEOSEEKER

Max Payne 3 Performance Tested, Benchmarked
     Wed, Jun 20 2012 | 12:00P | Games | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
If you've been a gamer for at least a decade, then you will recognize Max Payne as the PC third-person shooter of the early 2000s. Notable for its film noir style and use of the bullet time effect (The Matrix), Max Payne's character went on to surpass anyone's expectations with several console ports, a sequel, and a feature film adaptation in 2008. It's been hinted that Max Payne 3 will make the most of current high-end PCs, with DirectX 11 tessellation compatibility and "advanced graphics options" available to PC players. So with that in mind let’s take a look at the test setup and then get into the results. Make sure you check out our visual tour comparing DX9 through DX11 graphics.
  FULL STORY @ TECHSPOT

Samsung PN51E6500 Review @ TechReviewSource.com
     Wed, Jun 20 2012 | 11:59A | Home Theatre | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Samsung PN51E6500 is a 51-inch plasma 3D HDTV that offers excellent black levels, a intuitive Smart TV Internet apps interface and an exceptional value. While it has good black levels, it does lack in brightness and quality of the 3D picture but the design of the TV itself is one that will fit into almost any living area with ease."
  FULL STORY @ TECHREVIEWSOURCE.COM

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