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Crucial MX100 512GB SATA 6Gb/s 2.5-in SSD Review
     Mon, Jan 19 2015 | 2:51P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
It's been a while since I tested an SSD and after using mechanical drives in some of my systems for the past few months, the difference was incredible. The MX100 is Crucial's answer to performance at a price that makes an SSD affordable. This drive has an MSRP that makes it just under $0.45 / GB and if you can find it on sale - it's an even better deal...
  FULL STORY @ BCCHARDWARE

SuperSpeed USB 3.1 Performance @ Legit Reviews
     Mon, Jan 19 2015 | 1:17P | Peripherals | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
While Digital Experience in Las Vegas has plenty to see, one of the first things that caught my eye was the USB booth. Here they happened to be showing off the latest and greatest iteration of SuperSpeed USB, USB 3.1!"
  FULL STORY @ LEGITREVIEWS.COM

GIGABYTE GA-Z97X Gaming GT LGA1150 ATX
     Mon, Jan 19 2015 | 12:03P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"We’ve received their latest G1 Gaming motherboard, the GIGABYTE GA-Z97X Gaming GT, which follows the same feature rich design as the previous G1 series, but is now clad in the new red and black styling. We took a detailed look at this new board to see if it measures up to the legacy left by their previous products."
  FULL STORY @ FUTURELOOKS

Sony Xperia Z2 Smartphone
     Mon, Jan 19 2015 | 12:02P | Mobile Devices | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Sony isn’t exactly looking to reinvent the wheel with the new Xperia Z2 Android smartphone. Instead, the Xperia Z2 really is the natural evolution of the Android smartphone line that Sony has been building up these last couple of years. You get a tremendously slim slab of a phablet that’s dressed up in classy glass both on the front and the back. If you’ve been a fan of previous entries in the Xperia Z series, then there’s a good chance you’ll find a lot to like here."
  FULL STORY @ MEGATECHNEWS

WD My Passport Pro 4TB Thunderbolt Portable RAID Drive
     Mon, Jan 19 2015 | 12:01P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"In this day and age of digital entertainment, the associated files that are edited to bring you amazing still life imagery or high-definition video require high performance peripherals. With a large amount of digital content producers being out on location and not in the comfort of their studios, their devices need to be portable without sacrificing performance. This is where I believe the WD Passport Pro can be of help, as a portable storage solution that can help take your digital editing to another level on the road."
  FULL STORY @ FUTURELOOKS

Intel Core i7-5960X Haswell-E LGA2011-V3 Processor
     Mon, Jan 19 2015 | 12:00P | CPU / Processors | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Haswell-E is here. Well, technically, it’s been “here” for a while but has undergone refinements throughout the last year to ready itself for launch. One of those refinements was more performance and cooler operating temperatures. Without creating a whole new architecture, the only feasible direction, given the current TDP and heat challenges facing Haswell, was to refine the silicon, add more cores, lower the core voltage, and assign a frequency that can be maintained across those cores. The result is the new Core i7-5960X Haswell-E processor that uses 8 physical cores and 16 threads to flex its muscle."
  FULL STORY @ FUTURELOOKS

InWin D-Frame Mini mITX Case Review
     Mon, Jan 19 2015 | 9:03A | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
“If money is no object and you want opulence in the most functional way possible, InWin may have something that’s right up your alley. As of late they are most well known for their artful use of aluminum and tempered glass in cases like the S-Frame, the 901/904, and the D-Frame, and today we’re take a look at the D-Frame’s little brother, the D-Frame Mini. Equipped with the same tubular aluminum and open-air design as its larger sibling, I’m going to see if this form factor does an mITX system any justice, and decide if the 300 dollar price tag is really worth it in the end.”
  FULL STORY @ PUREOVERCLOCK

 
Far Cry 4 Video Card Performance and IQ Preview
     Mon, Jan 19 2015 | 9:02A | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Far Cry 4 is here, and we take an early look at how current video cards stack up in performance, and which quality settings are graphically demanding. We will also look at some image quality comparisons and talk about the state of this game at launch. Will it measure up to Far Cry 3 in terms of graphic fidelity?
  FULL STORY @ HARDOCP

Thermaltake Toughpower 1200W Gold Power Supply Review
     Mon, Jan 19 2015 | 9:01A | Power Supply | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Thermaltake has traditionally shined when it comes to computer power supplies in excess of 1000 watts. But in the past these power supplies have often been very costly. Today we cover Thermaltake's new 1200 watt power supply that is currently selling for $139 after $30 MIR. Is it worth your hard earned dollars?
  FULL STORY @ HARDOCP

Alien: Isolation - Video Card Performance Review
     Mon, Jan 19 2015 | 9:00A | Games | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We look at performance in Alien: Isolation on several video cards, and compare specific features such as AA, SSAO, GPU-Accelerated Particles, and Contact Hardening Shadows. We will compare between NVIDIA and AMD and SLI and CrossFire and show you some screenshot comparisons to you know what to expect out of this game.
  FULL STORY @ HARDOCP

Asus Crossblade Ranger
     Sun, Jan 18 2015 | 4:03P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
So last week I took a look at Asus’s AM3+ board, today I have the chance to take a look at a more recent AMD based ROG board called the Crossblade Ranger. Asus launched the Crossblade Ranger not to long ago and as you can tell from the lack of any numbers in the name this is their first Republic of Gamers FM2+ board. Why did they take so long to bring one out? Frankly the FM2+ platform was always designed to be more of a mainstream platform but that didn’t stop some people from using them for gaming. Asus noticed there was interest in a gaming focused board and here we are. Today I’m going to dive into the Crossblade Ranger and see what kind of features Asus packed in then after that I will get it on the testbench and make sure it performs like it should as well.
  FULL STORY @ LANOC

Silverstone SFX Series 600W SST-SX600-G @
     Sun, Jan 18 2015 | 4:02P | Power Supply | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Over the past few years we have really seen the Small Form Factor market grow, especially when it comes to small easy to transport gaming PCs, or what we call LAN Rigs. Early in 2013 I upgraded our Lunchbox 2 by upgrading the cooling and opening up room for airflow with a new SFX power supply from Silverstone. Later when I built Lunchbox 3 I used the same model of power supply. Why didn’t I change it up? Well not only did the first 450 watt SFX power supply perform reliably for me, but also frankly there just wasn’t any other competition. Silverstone had the highest wattage in the form factor not to mention the only SFX power supply with modular cabling. Well today we have the chance to check out the new top dog in SFX power supplies, Silverstone’s 600W SST-SX600-G.
  FULL STORY @ LANOC

Corsair Carbide Series 330R Titanium
     Sun, Jan 18 2015 | 4:01P | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"The brand new Carbide 330R Titanium Edition makes the already very popular gaming case of the Carbide 330R even better with an included conveniently hidden 3 step speed fan controller switch with a very stylish and minimalist aluminum anodized gun metal grey front metal panel finish to match many of the other gaming peripherals that are already offered by Corsair’s latest gaming series. The Corsair Carbide Series 330R already has some of the newest Corsair “Direct Airflow Path” design that causes less air resistance, better flow and silent running due to some very intensive fluid dynamics taken into consideration at the engineering phase of this case’s development. Basically the way this system works is with this case is the front door leaves a 5mm gap on both sides and inside the case front door. The air is pulled collectively from the frontal sides and a bottom indicated in the color yellow below. By pulling it from such a wide area it allows for less intake air noise by pulling from all the different angles."
  FULL STORY @ THINKCOMPUTERS

The Year in Tech: 2014 Top Stories
     Sun, Jan 18 2015 | 4:00P | Editorial | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
As the year comes to a close it’s time to take a look back at some of the events that shaped the tech landscape in twenty-fourteen. There were some high profile buyouts, buzzwords, and a fair share of disruptions, controversies and security disasters with the likes of Apple, Google, Uber, Sony and the NSA -- among others -- as protagonists. This is a quick recount of the most relevant stories of 2014, divided into eleven different categories.
  FULL STORY @ TECHSPOT

Security expert: Regin is scary and companies should be on alert
     Sun, Jan 18 2015 | 1:17P | Editorial | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Cybersecurity companies are outlining additional details about the sophisticated Regin spyware malware, but no one has a complete picture just yet."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN.COM

ASUS STRIX GTX 750 Ti OC Edition Video Card Reviewed
     Sun, Jan 18 2015 | 12:03P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"At COMPUTEX 2014, Futurelooks had a chance to check out a new series of hardware and peripherals called STRIX. Unlike ROG, which is geared towards hardcore enthusiasts and overclockers, STRIX is more for the mainstream gamer looking for great performance, factory overclocks, low noise, as well as exceptional stability. The ASUS STRIX GTX 750 Ti OC Edition video card is not only factory overclocked, but ASUS says it can run perfectly silent when the GPU isn’t doing a lot of work, but still runs virtually silent when you are gaming."
  FULL STORY @ FUTURELOOKS

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