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HD 7970 Gaming Performance: AMD Catalyst Retail Drivers vs 12.4 @ Ocaholic
     Mon, Jun 04 2012 | 9:04A | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
For our first Driver Performance article we are going to show you the difference in performance from the first released drivers to the latest ones available now using AMD`s latest high-end graphics card the Radeon HD 7970. You will notice that between the retail drivers and the latest one there is quite a noticeable performance gap."
  FULL STORY @ OCAHOLIC.CH

AOC D2357Ph Passive 3D Monitor @ Rbmods
     Mon, Jun 04 2012 | 9:02A | Monitors | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
3D is the latest trend and today we are looking at a 3D screen from AOC; who is also one of our new sponsors. AOCs d2357Ph is an incredibly thin monitor with LED backlighting, a Full HD resolution and the ability to display passive 3D images. What kind of 3D quality can we expect from it? Stay tuned and we will figure it out."
  FULL STORY @ RBMODS.COM

be quiet! Dark Power Pro 10 650 W Power Supply Review @ Hardware Secrets
     Mon, Jun 04 2012 | 9:01A | Power Supply | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The German brand be quiet! is releasing today a new high-end power supply series, the Dark Power Pro 10, with models ranging from 550 W to 1,200 W. The 850 W model has the coveted 80 PlusPlatinum certification, while all other models have the80 PlusGold certification. Let`s test the 650 W version and see if it is a good pick."
  FULL STORY @ HARDWARESECRETS.COM

HIS Radeon HD 7850 iCooler 2GB Review
     Mon, Jun 04 2012 | 2:31A | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today happens to be a holiday in quite a few places around Europe (i just learned of this almost 2 weeks ago) so i basically didn`t plan to upload any reviews (resting once in a while is not bad thing especially if you work between 13 and 17 hours a day) but since something urgent came up for this weekend and also because i did promise more graphics cards reviews inside May (and it`s almost over) to all of you i figured that it would be nice to have another review surrounding yet again one of the latest mid-end graphics cards to hit the market by HIS digital, the Radeon HD 7850 iCooler 2GB."
  FULL STORY @ NIKKTECH.COM

Guru3D Rig of the Month - May 2012
     Sun, Jun 03 2012 | 9:04A | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Rig of the Month May 2012 is unique for the reason that it is a woody :) Yep - a wooden cabinet was revamped into a stylish desktop. The build is not extreme with flashing lights, liquid cooling and extravaganza at all -- the build has simple yet very clean looks and serves the owners needs really well. Have a peek at the build from Petar from France. Check out the build right here"
  FULL STORY @ GURU3D.COM

Be Quiet Dark Power Pro 10 550 W @ techPowerUp
     Sun, Jun 03 2012 | 9:01A | Power Supply | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Be Quiet`s Dark Power Pro 10 550 W is built on a completely new platform from FSP. It promises low noise, 80PLUS Gold efficiency and high build quality. A unique feature is an overclocking mode which lets users combine all 12V rails into a single more powerful one."
  FULL STORY @ TECHPOWERUP.COM

Gigabyte G1.Sniper 3 @ Ocaholic
     Sun, Jun 03 2012 | 2:31A | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Like the Asus ROG series, Gigabyte started his own Gaming series. The Killer mothterboards, which are meant to be used only for high end gaming rigs, features a huge bundle, an awesome gaming design, high quality components and much more. Their latest model, the G1.Sniper 3, comes with some changes. On this board you`ll even find some extreme overclocking features. Has this OC + Killer motherboard been able to convince us? Let`s find out in this Review!"
  FULL STORY @ OCAHOLIC.CH

 
Graphics Shipments Decline 3.38% Over Last Year
     Sat, Jun 02 2012 | 12:03P | Business / Industry | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Jon Peddie Research (JPR), the industry's research and consulting firm for graphics and multimedia, announced estimated graphics chip shipments and suppliers' market share for Q1'12. The news was not good. AMD was able to grow shipments over last quarter by 0.3%, in a down quarter. Intel slipped 1.3% and Nvidia declined 4.5% from the last quarter. Although this did not shape up to be a great quarter for the suppliers, it actually wasn't as bad as it could have been. We found that shipments during the first quarter of 2012 behaved according to past years with regard to seasonality, declining from the previous quarter; however, this quarter's decline (of 0.8%) was less than the ten-year average of 3.1%. If we use graphics as an indicator, the industry seems to be recovering from the floods in Thailand.

The quarter in general * Total AIB shipments decreased this quarter from the previous quarter by 2%. (see Figure 1) * AMD increased its market share to 37.8%, Nvidia's market share slipped but still retains a large majority at 61.9%. (seeTable 1) * Year-to-year this quarter AIB shipments were down 16%. * Over 88 million PCs shipped worldwide in the quarter, an increase of 1.8% compared to the previous quarter, (based on an average of reports from Dataquest, IDC, and HSI).

Normally, this quarter of the year is down, and this year's quarter was no different, but the decline is less than the 10-year average.

AMD introduced the new Radeon HD7900 series early in the quarter and as a result picked up market share.

Nvidia got off to a slow start in Q1 and cited two main reasons for the significant decline: The global disk-drive shortage caused by the flooding in Thailand had more impact on the mainstream GPU segment than anticipated. Some PC OEMs were reduced shipments. And the higher prices of disk-drives constrained some PC OEMs' ability to include a GPU in their systems.

Matrox has not developed a new GPU in years but has found clever and imaginative ways to leverage the part they have. Selling to the signage and industrial markets, some low-cost white box workstation builders, the company has completely disappeared from the consumer segment.

S3 is similar to Matrox, and is not investing any new R&D in designs since acquired by HTC for its patent portfolio.

The integrated graphics chips appeal to low cost segments of the PC market, namely corporate PCs and very low-end consumer machines. Low cost attracts buyers in these categories rather than graphics capability. Thus, entry-level machines use IGP. Embedded graphics processors are simply replacing integrated chipsets, and not having any impact on add-in graphics boards (AIBs), which are holding steady. However, the new embedded graphics processor from AMD, the A10 (Trinity) has shown very good performance and have replaced entry-level AIBs.

to year for the quarter the market decreased. Shipments decreased to 15.8 million units, down 2.95 million units from this quarter last year.

Pricing and Availability The Jon Peddie Research's AIB report is available now in both electronic and hard copy editions, and sells for $1,500. Included with this report is an Excel workbook with the data used to create the charts, the charts themselves, and supplemental information. The annual subscription price for JPR's AIB report is $4.000 and includes four quarterly issues. Full subscribers to JPR services receive Tech Watch (the company's bi-weekly report), and are eligible for a 10% discount. Bundle packages are also available. For information about purchasing the AIB Report, please call 415/435-9368 or visit the Jon Peddie Research website at www.jonpeddie.com

  FULL STORY @ JOHN PEDDLE

16 Socket 2011 mainboards
     Sat, Jun 02 2012 | 12:02P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
At the end of last year, Intel released its new generation high-end processors under the codename Sandy Bridge-E. The Core i7 3960X and 3930K feature six cores, up to 15 MB L3 cache, a quad channel DDR3 memory controller, and a PCI-Express 3.0 controller with 40 lanes.Our review showed that the new processors ensure Intel's comfortable lead on the CPU market. Since the architecture changed a lot compared to Intel's previous high-end processor, the manufacturer could not avoid creating a new socket and chipset for the Sandy Bridge-E CPUs. That new socket is called Socket 2011, and the chipset has been christened X79. The new platform has now been around for more than half a year and in that period we have tested a total of 16 motherboards with Intel X79 chipsets. Time for a round up!
  FULL STORY @ HARDWARE

Patriot Supersonic Boost XT 32GB Overall, for those seeking a thumb drive that c
     Sat, Jun 02 2012 | 12:01P | Memory | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Overall, for those seeking a thumb drive that can really take advantage of the extra bandwidth offered by the USB 3.0 interface then the Patriot Supersonic Boost XT isn’t for you. Rather this is the ideal product for those after something they can quickly download their data from, around 3x faster than USB 2.0, while also having the ability to absorb knocks and bumps without a problem.
  FULL STORY @ LEGIONHARDWARE

Quad-Channel DDR3 Memory Round-Up
     Sat, Jun 02 2012 | 12:00P | Memory | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
To coincide with the release of Intel's current flagship Sandy Bridge-E processor and companion X79 chipset, a number of Intel’s memory partners released new quad-channel memory kits optimized for the platform. Previous Intel platforms were designed to offer optimal performance with two or three-channel memory configurations; Sandy Bridge-E and the X79 Express, however, perform best with a quad-channel setup. As such, we thought it would be a good idea to round-up a varied group of quad-channel memory kit options to see how each performed with a Sandy Bridge-E CPU and the X79 Express chipset, along with learning about what kind of features they offered to end users...
  FULL STORY @ HOTHARDWARE

Samsung Green DDR3 8GB 1600MHz 30nm Review @ Vortez
     Sat, Jun 02 2012 | 10:58A | Memory | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Samsung Green 30nm kit we will be testing today is a dual channel DDR3 kit with a stock frequency of 1600MHz and CAS timings of 11-11-11-28. There have been many reports of this particular kit being able to reach some intriguing overclocking heights so it will be interesting to see how far we can go with this kit."
  FULL STORY @ VORTEZ.NET

OCZ Vertex 3 RAID0 Testing @ Techreaction.net
     Sat, Jun 02 2012 | 9:08A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The OCZ Vertex 3 120 GB SATA 6 Gbps SSD is a firecracker of a solid state storage drive and was reviewed a month ago here at at TechREACTION. SandForce drives offer the ultimate in performance while maintaining an excellent price point. Improvements in SandForces internal Garbage Collection as well as TRIM support in RAID on Intel have made combining a couple of drives a piece meal upgrade option instead of purchasing a single large SSD when first building a PC. This week we put the OCZ Vertex 3 to the test and see how two of the drives perform on TRs new LSI RAID controller. This is done now to provide a good comparison test for all SSDs reviewed from now on, it provides an even comparison point no matter what CPU/Chipset or drivers are used. As more SSDs are reviewed they will be combined in a database for comparative testing in both single drive and RAID configurations. Since the Vertex 3 120 GB SSD has been reviewed before, rehashing construction and packaging will not be done. For a in-depth look at the Vertex 3 please check out the single drive review linked to above."
  FULL STORY @ TECHREACTION.NET

Gigabyte Z77X-UD3H @ Techreaction.net
     Sat, Jun 02 2012 | 9:04A | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
A motherboard is nothing without a CPU, memory, video, sound hard disk drive, keyboard, mouse, case, monitor, power supply So it is a big party inside and outside the box (where a modern home computer is concerned) and every component plays a part, with the MB being the core component. Is the motherboard the most important? No it is not; though, it is necessary. Being necessary means that, just like the CPU, your motherboard can make or break your build and yes there is a magic sauce put into many boards. The Gigabyte Z77X-UD3H has some of that sauce! It is not the best board in the world for the newer Intel processors but there is no best board. So if there is no best how can it have the sauce? Well a little thing called value added. This board has many value added features that move it a step above other boards in the same price range. In our view the most useful features of this board are the integrated POST code reader, the BIOS reset button (much more convenient that the jumper), power on/off button mounted to the motherboard, and more. If this sounds interesting to you and this board falls into your price range it could be the board for you."
  FULL STORY @ TECHREACTION.NET

LaCie 2Big NAS 6TB @ TechwareLabs
     Sat, Jun 02 2012 | 9:02A | Servers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
In the past we've taken a look at Network Storage devices from LaCie in their 'Network' line such as the 2Big Network 2 and the 5big Network 2. However today we're going to switch things up a bit and take a look at the 2Big NAS from LaCie.
  FULL STORY @ TECHWARELABS

Gigabyte Z77X-UD5H WiFi Intel Z77 Express LGA 1155
     Sat, Jun 02 2012 | 9:01A | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Gigabyte Z77X-UD5H WiFi is a full ATX product straight out of Gigabyte's enthusiast-class of board products, featuring not only a new AMI UEFI BIOS implementation, but also an add-in Bluetooth and WiFi card, and is sure to meet the needs of nearly any user.
  FULL STORY @ TECHPOWERUP

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