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Cooler Master Storm Ceres 300
     Wed, Dec 18 2013 | 4:01P | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
“Cooler Master has released the Ceres 300 headset, an upgraded edition of the previously released Ceres 400. The 300 model features 40mm drivers, thick padded ear cushions and an adjustable headband. The 40mm drivers are complimented by a detachable flexible microphone and the headset is compatible with PC’s, mobile devices and gaming consoles. It’s very much a budget-oriented headset, priced at only $30, so let’s see if it’s a good value product or not for gamers who need audio that’s affordable.”
  FULL STORY @ PUREOVERCLOCK

MSI Z87 Motherboard Roundup: Rockin Haswell
     Wed, Dec 18 2013 | 4:00P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We've already had a taste of what ASUS and Gigabyte have to offer in the way of Z87 motherboards, and now it's time to give MSI's lineup a spin. MSI's offering of Z87 motherboards has essentially three tiers: the "POWER" series (which includes four XPOWER and MPOWER boards), a trio of gaming boards, and five mainstream boards. The company sent us a motherboard from each area to put through their paces. The Z87 chipset goes hand-in-hand with Intel's 4th-generation Haswell processors, and we outfitted the three MSI boards--the tiny Z87I, the Z87-G45 Gamer, and the Z87 MPOWER Max overclocker--with an Intel Core i7-4770K (3.5 GHz) CPU to see how the trio performs.
  FULL STORY @ HOTHARDWARE

FSP Aurum CM Gold 650M 650-Watt 80 PLUS Gold Power Supply Review
     Wed, Dec 18 2013 | 1:32P | Power Supply | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
FSP`s Aurum CM Gold 650M PSU packs quite a punch in a short unit, while retaining their signature style and design. Let`s take a look."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN.COM

Shuttle XPC Barebone SH87R6 w/ Core i5-4570T @ techPowerUp
     Wed, Dec 18 2013 | 11:01A | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Shuttle is one of the few manufacturers to specialize in compact but powerful systems. We are testing the SH87R6 using their new R6 chassis. Equipped with Intel`s H87 express chipset, it supports the latest Intel Haswell CPUs. It can also take a full length VGA card and two 3.5 or 2.5 drives and a 5.25 ODD."
  FULL STORY @ TECHPOWERUP.COM

Cooler Master G550M 550 W @ techPowerUp
     Wed, Dec 18 2013 | 10:02A | Power Supply | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Cooler Master has lately been revamping their PSU lines with units that feature innovative platforms and killer price/performance ratios. Today, we will take a look at the G550M PSU, a mid-level product that, although its affordable price promises high performance, comes with a five year warranty!"
  FULL STORY @ TECHPOWERUP.COM

Snugg Nexus 7 (2012) Leather Case Review
     Wed, Dec 18 2013 | 9:12A | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Snugg has a great leather case for the 2012 Nexus 7 tablet, so we take it for a spin around the block."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN.COM

Power Practical USB Practical Meter with Fast Charge Cable
     Wed, Dec 18 2013 | 9:03A | Power Supply | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Until recently I never really thought about USB ports. I mean I use them all of the time, mostly for charging my phone and other devices and USB flash drives, so they're just there ready for me to use them as I need to. I’ve never wondered or I guess really cared as to how well they actually perform their duty like charging my phone. Recently a company called Power Practical has a Kickstarter campaign for a little gadget called the Practical Meter which was fully funded and more and now it’s available for purchase. The Practical Meter is a small flash drive like device that allows you to test any USB port and it tells you how much power that port will provide for charging. You might think that most all USB ports are the same but you’d be wrong as I found out through my testing with the Meter. So today for review I have the Power Practical Meter and a three in one USB fast charging cable that comes with it. So read on…"
  FULL STORY @ PRACTICAL

 
Turtle Beach Ear Force i60 Headset Review
     Wed, Dec 18 2013 | 9:02A | Games | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Today on our test bench we have a product from Turtle Beach, the Ear Force i60. A Bluetooth wireless headset the Ear Force i60 is aimed very squarely at the Apple market being compatible with iPhones, iPads and the Mac range. It is also compatible with PCs of course and will also work with other brands of handset... and even airplane entertainment systems."
  FULL STORY @ HARDWAREHEAVEN

Samsung SSD 840 comparison
     Wed, Dec 18 2013 | 9:01A | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Hardwareoverclock.com has just posted another review. Last week we have taken a look at the Samsung SSD 840 series, the SSD 840, 840 EVO and 840 Pro. In the review you can find the performance comparison and the pro and contras.
  FULL STORY @ VERGLEICH

ASUS Rampage IV Black Edition Intel X79 Motherboard
     Wed, Dec 18 2013 | 9:00A | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
ASUS recently launched their new flagship for their LGA2011 product stack, the Rampage IV Black Edition. The ASUS Rampage IV Black Edition is the newest Intel X79 motherboard from ASUS and features, well just about everything under the sun! Since the ASUS Rampage IV Black Edition is an Intel X79 motherboard, it uses the LGA2011 socket and all the perks that go with it. Read on to see how it performs!
  FULL STORY @ LEGITREVIEWS

Karma Wi-Fi Hotspot Review @ ThinkComputers.org
     Wed, Dec 18 2013 | 8:59A | Networking | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Cellular Internet is just about everywhere these days, but its contained within the devices that need it the most often: phones, tablets, computers. Theres also been a few generations of Wi-Fi hotspots, neat devices treasured by conference and convention go-ers and mobilebusinesspeople alike. One who fires up a Wi-Fi device at CES is likely to see scores of Wi-Fi access points. Most are secured and meant only for one or two users. A random passerby would rarely think to ask permission to use a strangers hotspot. Karma is looking to change that. Social Bandwidth, they call it. Karma provides the access point, you buy the bandwidth you need: no monthly bill, no contracts, no minimum usage. On top of that, when someone wants Internet, they can use your hotspot without affecting your bandwidth balance. They get their own! In fact, Karma gives you and them 100 MB whenever they sign into your hotspot and they get their own bandwidth to use. Sign up a friend using a referral link and get 500 MB instead."
  FULL STORY @ THINKCOMPUTERS

Helium-filled HDDs
     Tue, Dec 17 2013 | 4:59P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
HGST (formerly Hitachi Global Storage Technologies), a subsidiary of Western Digital, has offered 3.5-inch hermetically sealed helium-filled 6TB hard disk drives (HDDs) and is looking for orders from Taiwan-based storage equipment ODMs for data centers, according to HGST Taiwan.
  FULL STORY @ DIGITIMES

VIA sues ASUS for $138 Million over USB Patents
     Tue, Dec 17 2013 | 4:57P | Business / Industry | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Following the decision by the Taiwan Prosecutor to pursue criminal proceedings against a subsidiary of Asustek Computer, Inc. (TSE: 2357) and four of that subsidiary’s employees for the alleged misappropriation of trade secrets from VIA Technologies, Inc. (TSE: 2388), VIA today announced that it has filed a civil suit in the Taipei District Court seeking damages of at least NT$4.137 billion (US$138 million) from Asustek Computer, Inc and its subsidiary Asmedia Technology.

The lawsuit is being filed to recover the losses incurred as a result of the alleged misappropriation of VIA intellectual property related to USB technology. Also named in the suit are Asmedia Chairman Jerry Shen, Asmedia President Lin Chewei, and other Asmedia employees involved in the case.

Taiwan amended its Trade Secret Act earlier this year to enhance its IP protection laws. One key reform included increasing the penalties for intellectual property crimes, so anyone who misappropriates trade secrets in Taiwan with the intent to use them overseas may be imprisoned for up to 10 years and fined up to US$1.7 million, or possibly more if there are substantial illicit gains.

The lawsuit alleges that a former VIA executive, Chewei Lin, left VIA in 2007 and joined Asmedia (controlled by Asus Group), taking dozens of VIA employees with him, and also VIA’s intellectual property related to USB technology, including host controllers and device controllers. Those products are used in many computing and consumer electronics products, including PCs, external Hard Disk Drives, and peripheral devices. Asustek Computer, Inc. is the largest single purchaser of Asmedia USB products.

Prior to that, Asmedia had no expertise in the USB field, according to the lawsuit. Given the complexity and legacy USB 1.0, 1.1, and 2.0 IP required for the development of USB 3.0 chips, the Taiwan Prosecutor concluded in the criminal case filing that “it is extremely difficult to develop and take such chips into mass production in such a short time frame [of one year].”

According to the results of investigation carried out by the Taipei District Prosecutor, the evidence of trade secret theft is strong enough to justify the criminal prosecution of Asmedia and four Asmedia employees, including R&D VP Chang Chi.

  FULL STORY @ VIA

ASUS USB-AC56 Wireless Adapter @ LanOC Reviews
     Tue, Dec 17 2013 | 4:37P | Networking | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Recently we have done a few reviews on the emerging wireless AC technology but up until now those reviews have been limited to routers which merely allow access. Today we take a look at what may be one of the fastest ways to utilize your new wireless AC connection. The USB-AC56 from Asus is a dual-band network adapter meant to allow you to tap into the 5MHz band and only requires the use of a single USB3 connection. Will the AC56 prove to be your quickest solution to the fastest wireless speeds available or will it be better to search for other options? Well find out."
  FULL STORY @ LANOC.ORG

Kingston SSDNow E50 240GB review: affordable enterprise
     Tue, Dec 17 2013 | 4:03P | Memory | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
It took a while for the enterprise market to embrace SSDs, but they're finally becoming more common. The advantage of the fast storage medium can benefit server workloads. Kingston would like the new E50 SSDs to be an affordable replacement for 10k or 14k rpm conventional hard disks. They're intended for read intensive workloads, which means they're not optimised for high endurance workloads in which SSDs are under continuous workloads. The new E50 SSD is significantly more affordable than other enterprise SSDs such as the Intel DC S3700 series.
  FULL STORY @ HARDWARE

Seasonic Platinum Series V2 660W/760W/860W review: extremely efficient
     Tue, Dec 17 2013 | 4:02P | Power Supply | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Seasonic Platinum 660W, 760W and 860W are basically perfect power supplies. They have the best low-load efficiency we've ever seen in this segment, the efficiency at higher loads is also good, their ripple is outstanding and the semi-passive design makes them inaudible in most circumstances. Had some of the cables been a little longer there would have been nothing we could complain about.
  FULL STORY @ HARDWARE

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