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Kingwin EZ-Dock 2 USB 3.0 Docking Station Review
     Wed, Oct 23 2013 | 11:36A | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Kingwin offers tremendous value with its latest EZ Dock solution. Read on as we give it the usual testing treatment."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN.COM

Corsair Vengeance K95 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Review @ Legit Reviews
     Wed, Oct 23 2013 | 11:08A | Peripherals | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Last year, Corsair released the Vengeance K90 as one of two new keyboards. It was a big gamble for Corsair entering the crowded gaming peripheral market for the first time, electing to jump in with mechanical keyboards with the K90 being a very expensive keyboard. Mechanical keyboards were catching on back then and people of all sorts ? gamers, typists, and computer enthusiasts ? had their opinions regarding the Vengeance K90 keyboard.  First there were those who scoffed at the idea of an expensive keyboard, the kind of person who would be blissful with a no frills membrane keyboard. Second, some felt cheated that the K90?s 18 macro keys were the only full-sized keys that weren?t mechanical, but in-fact membrane. Lastly, there were those who liked the K90 for what it was. For those unsatisfied with the older K90?s non-mechanical macro keys, the K95 is Corsair?s response to those criticisms."
  FULL STORY @ LEGITREVIEWS.COM

AMD Radeon R9 280X Video Card Review w/ ASUS XFX and MSI @ Legit Reviews
     Wed, Oct 23 2013 | 9:29A | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The new AMD Radeon R7 and R9 series video cards went on sale this morning and a number of our readers have asked if they can enable AMD CrossFireX technology with their current AMD Radeon HD 7000 series card with them. The new AMD R-200 series is essentially a product re-brand, so the hardware is the same. AMD confirmed to use earlier this week that you would be able to run mixed CrossFire, but we wanted to try it out for ourselves and see how it works in the real world. Read on to see what worked and what did not!"
  FULL STORY @ LEGITREVIEWS.COM

AMD Radeon R9 290X BioShock 4K Performance vs GTX 780 Revealed at HardwareHeaven.com
     Wed, Oct 23 2013 | 8:56A | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
A few hours ago AMD notified the press that today they would allow publishing of select information on R9 290X performance. That performance was to be a single benchmark, Bioshock Infinite, at 4K resolution (3840x2160) and against the GTX 780."
  FULL STORY @ HARDWAREHEAVEN.COM

Gigabyte R9 270X Windforce @ LanOC Reviews
     Wed, Oct 23 2013 | 8:49A | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Every new launch means new custom PCB designs from the manufactures. The first to hit our office this time around was an R9 270X from Gigabyte with their Windforce cooler design and an overclock. In the past I have been impressed with Gigabytes Windforce designs for their pure cooling power, Im excited to see what three cooling fans on a large heatsink will do for keeping the R9 270X cool. But first lets take a look at the card."
  FULL STORY @ LANOC.ORG

Corsair Obsidian 750D Full-Tower ATX Case Review
     Wed, Oct 23 2013 | 8:04A | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Case cooling is very good right out of the box"
  FULL STORY @ PCPER.COM

OCZ Vertex 450 128GB Solid State Drive RAID Review @ ThinkComputers.org
     Wed, Oct 23 2013 | 2:05A | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
OCZs Vertex line of solid state drives have been around for a while and we have reviewed many different Vertex drives over the past few years. If you remember back in 2011 OCZ acquired Indilinx and with the acquisition they were able to create an SSD controller completely in-house. The controller was the Barefoot 3 and it was featured on OCZs Vector solid state drive that we reviewed earlier this year. Well OCZ is back with a new drive in their Vertex 450. It will feature the same Barefoot 3 controller, and new 20nm MLC NAND instead of the 25nm that was being used on the Vector. Today we are taking a look at the 128GB version of the Vertex 450 that features sequential read and write speeds of 525 MB/s and 290 MB/s respectively. Not only that OCZ has sent us two drives so we can show you just how fast these drives are when put in a RAID array together. Read on as we take a look"
  FULL STORY @ THINKCOMPUTERS

 
AMD Radeon R9 270X & R7 260X Review @ Hardware Canucks
     Tue, Oct 22 2013 | 3:45P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The R9 270X and R7 260X may not have the prestige of AMD`s R9 280X but they offer an excellent combination of performance and price for gamers who are looking for a great mid-level GPU.  "
  FULL STORY @ HARDWARECANUCKS.COM

Raidmax Vampire Gaming Tower @ Pro-Clockers
     Tue, Oct 22 2013 | 1:11P | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Banish thoughts of sparkling tween idols mooning over one another under the full light of the sun. Real vampires are twistedly handsome Gothic corpses that invoke fear and dread with a touch of dark eroticism. The Vampire case from Raidmax conjures images of Gothic castles with its black rounded edges and sweeping elegant front panel. While not directly copying the architectural style, the Vampire is an attractive case that is built well from the ground up."
  FULL STORY @ PRO-CLOCKERS.COM

MSI Radeon R9 270X Gaming Video Card Review
     Tue, Oct 22 2013 | 12:03P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
In this review we will be looking at the new MSI R9 270X Gaming 2G video card. As the name suggests the card features the AMD Radeon R9 270X GPU targeted at the occasional gamer and budget minded enthusiast.
  FULL STORY @ NINJALANE

42x 3.5-inch and 2.5-inch hard disk group test
     Tue, Oct 22 2013 | 12:02P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Most of our readers of course have at least one SSD in their desktop and laptop, but for large volume storage you're still relegated to conventional hard disks. We tested 42 current hard drives, both 2.5-inch and 3.5-inch models. Find out what the perfect hard disk is for your desktop PC, your laptop and your NAS device.
  FULL STORY @ HARDWARE

Technology Before Its Time: 9 Products
     Tue, Oct 22 2013 | 12:01P | Editorial | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Finding the good in a failed product can be difficult at the time but in hindsight, it’s those same products that often serve as precursors to existing technology. In this article, we will be profiling nine such ideas that were conceived and brought to market well before their time. While some weren’t exactly failures, most were – and all are responsible for playing a role in current devices or services that make our lives more comfortable and enjoyable.
  FULL STORY @ TECHSPOT

Tt eSPORTS VOLOS gaming mouse
     Tue, Oct 22 2013 | 12:00P | Games | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We review the Tt eSPORTS VOLOS gaming mouse, featuring no less than 14 buttons, 9 on the sides. That means a lot of buttons to customize, but does it have the polish to meet its advertised functionality?
  FULL STORY @ NEOSEEKER

Intel Core i3 4130
     Tue, Oct 22 2013 | 11:45A | CPU / Processors | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Intel Core i3 4130 is a Haswell processor with HD Graphics 4400 and a dual-core part with Hyper Threading that retails for about $130 USD. While we have been amazed by the performance of high-end Core i7 Haswell CPUs, how`s this budget-friendly processor? Here`s a review of the Core i3 4130 CPU running Ubuntu Linux and compared to a variety of other processors."
  FULL STORY @ PHORONIX.COM

Buffalo LinkStation 420 8TB Cloud Storage Review
     Tue, Oct 22 2013 | 11:36A | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Buffalo`s LinkStation 420, offering capacities up to 8TB, provides a simple plug and play option for those not wanting to setup a diskless NAS."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN.COM

Silicon Power Armor A30 1TB USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive
     Tue, Oct 22 2013 | 11:20A | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
I`ve always believed that having an excessive amount of free HDD space available around is always a lot better than to need it and not have it so whenever someone comes up to me and tells me that he/she plans on purchasing a new model to replace the old and smaller one i always say to also keep the old one either as a secondary drive or as an external backup drive even if they think there`s no point in doing that. That being said when it comes to portable needs most people will never even fully utilize a 500GB portable hard drive but there are quite a few people that will do so and to them a 1TB PHD is really a one way. Capacity however is not the only important thing when we`re talking about portable hard drives, the enclosure also pays a significant role since it`s responsible for the health of the drive inside so it`s always preferable to choose one of the rugged models that offer superior protection. The Armor A30 by Silicon Power is the latest addition in their Armor line of PHDs and today we will be taking a thorough look at it."
  FULL STORY @ NIKKTECH.COM

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