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480GB HyperX Predator M.2 PCIe SSD
     Mon, Apr 06 2015 | 9:02A | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Kingston has really pushed the envelope with the 480GB HyperX Predator M.2 PCIe SSD that we are reviewing today; promising 1400MB/s read and 1000MB/s write speeds. Don’t fear the Predator. Well, unless you don’t have one that is. The 480GB HyperX Predator M.2 PCIe SSD is a 480GB Predator M.2. form factor SSD mounted on a PCIe x4 adapter, rated to run at 1,400MB/s read and 1,000MB/s write. If you think about it, that knocks the old method of displaying drive speeds right off the drive speed scale. Kingston can boast a 1.4GB/s read and 1GB/s write Predator drive. How does it perform in real life? Read on to find out.
  FULL STORY @ BJORN3D

Enermax 2.5 and 3.5-Inch Mobile Drive Rack Roundup Review
     Mon, Apr 06 2015 | 9:01A | Servers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Being able to quickly eject drives can not only be an extra convenience but also a great bonus in many situations. Enermax has created a very long list of amazing docking bays and mobile racks for just this and today I’m taking a closer look at three of them in different form factors and with different capabilities – one for every usage scenario. We will need to go up a drive size when we have a docking station around the drive, that’s a given. The three mobile racks that I’m taking a closer look at today are the EMK3101 for a 2.5-inch drive in 3.5-inch bay, EMK5102 for a 3.5-inch drive in a 5.25-inch bay, and the EMK5201U3 that combines the two previous into one smart unit. It has both a 2.5-inch and 3.5-inch bay as well as two front USB 3.0 ports in the spare area.
  FULL STORY @ ETEKNIX

Phanteks Enthoo Evolv Computer Case
     Mon, Apr 06 2015 | 9:00A | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
As more enthusiasts realize that they don’t need the expansion capabilities of standard ATX motherboards, mATX and mini-ITX systems are exploding in popularity, and we’re seeing some real innovation in small systems case design. Today we have Phanteks’ latest, the Enthoo Evolv ITX case. This case has excellent air flow, a very versatile design, and is perfect for those who want to water-cool their systems: it can accommodate a 240mm radiator and even comes with a bracket for a separate water pump if you want to roll your own. Long graphics cards are no problem, either, and integrated cable management features make a clean build easy. Of course the real proof is building a system in this case, and that’s exactly what Benchmark Reviews will do.
  FULL STORY @ BENCHMARKREVIEWS

ASUS X99-A Motherboard Review @HiTech Legion
     Sun, Apr 05 2015 | 12:03P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
ASUS has presented an excellent X99 based motherboard with the X99-A model, of course it is designed for high end machines since it uses the LGA 2011-3 socket. You also have to consider what you are getting with a Haswell-E chip is pure CPU processing power and for graphics processing you will need a GPU or possibly more than one."
  FULL STORY @ HITECHLEGION

Patriot Ignite 480GB @ LanOC Reviews
     Sun, Apr 05 2015 | 12:02P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Even after our LAN this weekend I’m not burnt out on all of the storage talk, so it is only fitting that I continue our streak of SSD reviews. Today I have a drive from Patriot in the office. Specifically their new Ignite in a 480GB capacity. The Ignite is one of three recently introduced drives from Patriot with this being their flagship drive. The Ignite features the same Phison's quad-core, eight-channel PS3110-S10 controller that we also saw on the Mushkin Striker last week so we know just how well it can perform. This is fitting because both Patriot and Mushkin focus on bringing the best possible performance at the best possible price. So today I’m going to run the Ignite though our benchmark suite and see how it compares to everything I have tested recently and then see how good of a deal the drive is as well. Could this be the SSD for your next build? Let’s find out.
  FULL STORY @ LANOC

Oculus Rift Development Kit 2 Quick Look
     Sun, Apr 05 2015 | 12:01P | Notebooks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The world of Virtual Reality, or VR to most. It has been offering promises for around three decades and everyone with a passion for VR have been holding their breath for the same amount of time. So now with the new promise of VR in your house, and not only for Air Force or medical simulations, it may be about time to breathe out, or is it?"
  FULL STORY @ HARDWARESLAVE

Kingston Cloud II Gaming Headset Review
     Sun, Apr 05 2015 | 12:00P | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Kingston is one of the biggest names in the PC industry, they’ve got a rock-solid reputation for creating some of the best and most popular storage devices on the market, such as their HyperX range of DDR memory and SSDs. They took the gaming world by storm with the release of their incredible Cloud gaming headset and while we suspected they couldn’t possibly make the original Cloud even better, Kingston seems to think otherwise. “HyperX® Cloud II features a newly designed USB sound card audio control box that amplifies audio and voice for an optimal Hi-Fi gaming experience, so you can hear what you’ve been missing. Open up a world of detail other gamers will never know – the rustle of a camper’s boot, the scuttle in a distant vent. Its independent audio and microphone volume control lets you adjust not only sound volume but also mic volume and easily toggle Surround Sound 7.1 or the mic sound on and off. This next-generation headset generates virtual 7.1 surround sound with distance and depth to enhance your gaming, movie or music experience. Pinpoint your opponents’ location in the game and strike before he sees you coming.” The Cloud II is the latest incarnation of their Cloud series pro gaming headsets. It promises improved performance and a very competitive price tag. It offers support for PC, Mac and PlayStation 4, with added bonus features such as virtual 7.1 surround. It certainly ticks a lot of boxes, so let’s stop beating around the bush and take a close look at what it has to offer.
  FULL STORY @ ETEKNIX

 
ECS LIVA X Mini PC
     Sun, Apr 05 2015 | 9:03A | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"The ECS LIVA X surprised me with its small size and completely silent operation. I was able to surf the internet and do work on it very quickly. I enjoyed using it and experienced no problems with browsing the internet, using Office applications, or watching streaming videos on Netflix. Amazon Prime would occasionally lag a little – usually when the HUD would pop up. Boot up and shut down times were very fast – at most 17 seconds to boot. Having the USB ports on the front was very convenient, as was the wireless connectivity options. The LIVA X did run fairly cool, being barely warm to the touch after running all day in a room balanced at 19 °C.”
  FULL STORY @ OVERCLOCKERSCLUB

Corsair Graphite Series 780T tower
     Sun, Apr 05 2015 | 9:02A | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
HardwareOverclock.com has just posted another review. Last week we have taken a look at the Corsair Graphite Series 780T tower.
  FULL STORY @ HARDWAREOVERCLOCK

Gigabyte P37X Laptop Review
     Sun, Apr 05 2015 | 9:01A | Notebooks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Gigabytes 17.3" gaming laptop with i7, GTX 980M and RAID SSDs in a slim chassis gets reviewed."
  FULL STORY @ HARDWAREHEAVEN

AMD FreeSync monitors
     Sun, Apr 05 2015 | 9:00A | Monitors | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
As a part of my look at the first wave of AMD FreeSync monitors hitting the market, I wrote an analysis of how the competing technologies of FreeSync and G-Sync differ from one another. It was a complex topic that I tried to state in as succinct a fashion as possible given the time constraints and that the article subject was on FreeSync specifically. As you can see, the topic is complicated. So Allyn and I (and an aging analog oscilloscope) decided to take it upon ourselves to try and understand and teach the implementation differences with the help of some science. The video below is where the heart of this story is focused, though I have some visual aids embedded after it.
  FULL STORY @ PCPER

VisionTek Wallet Drive USB 3.0 Storage Enclosure
     Sat, Apr 04 2015 | 12:03P | Servers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
VisionTek's Wallet Drive is a uniquely designed storage enclosure that allows a good amount of performance at the asking price."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN

Linksys EA9200 Tri-Band Router
     Sat, Apr 04 2015 | 12:02P | Notebooks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Linksys' EA9200 is a unique tri-band router with the capability for dual wireless AC 1300 connections and a single Wireless-N stream. If anything, this is an extremely forward thinking device.
  FULL STORY @ HARDWARECANUCKS

Sunferno Flintstone 5000mAh Solar Charger Review
     Sat, Apr 04 2015 | 12:01P | Notebooks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Today for review I have the Sunferno Flintstone 5000mAh Solar Charger which is basically what it sounds like, a battery powered by the sun to charge your devices. The Flintstone has two USB ports so you can charge two devices at the same time and the 5000mAh battery should provide several charges for one device or charge a couple devices once. How many charges you get will depend on your devices and the battery that is inside of them of course. The Flintstone is certified to be water and dust proof and it’s ruggedly made so you can take it with you camping or hiking and it will be just fine no matter the weather conditions. I’ve sent some time with it and I’ve found it to be a decent little charger that for the most part I can recommend if you’re in the market for something like this. Read on to learn more… "
  FULL STORY @ TECHNOGOG

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (2015) Review
     Sat, Apr 04 2015 | 12:00P | Notebooks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Lenovo's ThinkPad X1 Carbon has been through a few revisions now and it's easy to see why the product sells so well and why Lenovo continues to invest in the model lineage... With arguably some of the best notebook keyboard and trackpad setups in the market, the ThinkPad line is built for road warriors and demanding professionals first, but the X1 Carbon straddles the line with light-weight composite carbon fiber construction and squeaks in at .73 inches thick and just hair over 3 pounds for touch-enabled models.
  FULL STORY @ HOTHARDWARE

NVIDIA's $1000+ GeForce GTX TITAN X Delivers
     Sat, Apr 04 2015 | 9:03A | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Last week NVIDIA unveiled the GeForce GTX TITAN X during their annual GPU Tech Conference. Of course, all of the major reviews at launch were under Windows and thus largely focused on the Direct3D performance. Now that our review sample arrived this week, I've spent the past few days hitting the TITAN X hard under Linux with various OpenGL and OpenCL workloads compared to other NVIDIA and AMD hardware on the binary Linux drivers."
  FULL STORY @ PHORONIX

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