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SilverStone Fortress FT05 90 Degree ATX Full Tower Review
     Fri, Jan 02 2015 | 9:00A | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The SilverStone Fortress FT05 is a different take on it successful Raven RV05. SilverStone has gotten rid of the 5.25" drive bays and once again rotated the motherboard 90 degrees so that the IO panel points toward the sky. These two things done in tandem allow SilverStone to produce a much better engineered ATX case.
  FULL STORY @ HARDOCP

DimasTech Mini V1 Test Bench: Purpose Driven
     Thu, Jan 01 2015 | 11:18P | Benchmarks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Test benches are unassuming pieces of hardware; their function is straightforward and their purpose is apparent. Because of their simplicity however, it is easy to overlook the value of how well one is designed. It is easy to think that all test benches are the same but just like enclosures, an organized work area is essential and flexibility is important. … Read more.
  FULL STORY @ MODDERS

DimasTech Bench/Test Easy V3.0 Review
     Thu, Jan 01 2015 | 10:18P | Benchmarks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Using an open air case or otherwise called a test bench can save those that which out hardware on a regular basis a lot of time. Even for those that rarely change out hardware need to look at Dimastech Bench/Table Easy V3.0 for its ease of access, looks and options. Lets jump into the review and I will walk you though the build.
  FULL STORY @ MODDERS

DDR4 3000MHz Memory Kit Round-up (Featuring Corsair, G.Skill, Kingston
     Thu, Jan 01 2015 | 9:18P | Memory | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
One of the key technological advancements that the Haswell-E processors and Intel’s latest High-End Desktop (HEDT) platform iteration have brought into the consumer limelight is DDR4. We compare three 16GB quad-channel memory kits from Corsair, G.Skill, and Kingston, all running at 3000MHz. Is there a specific set of ‘go-to’ memory at this early point in the DDR4 life-cycle?
  FULL STORY @ KITGURU

Deepcool Steam Castle Micro ATX Case Review
     Thu, Jan 01 2015 | 8:18P | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Deepcool more recently launched their first Micro ATX chassis with a bit of funky styling and absolutely eye-catching features. This Steampunk inspired chassis is called the Steam Castle, and while it may be an mATX chassis, it certainly has a lot to offer. You will find a multitude of items, such as support for a 280mm liquid cooler, tool-free drive bays, dual pre-installed fans, LEDs on each top punk that can change colors, a built-in LED brightness/color and fan speed controller, and much more.
  FULL STORY @ LEGITREVIEWS

DeepCool Steam Castle
     Thu, Jan 01 2015 | 7:18P | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The DeepCool Steam Castle aims to take steampunk to the main stream. Available in four different colors with elaborate looks, will it manage to deliver hip looks right out of the box while remaining functional at a competitive price point, or is it a hip shell with a boring interior?
  FULL STORY @ TECHPOWERUP

Chieftec A-80 Series 650W Non-Modular Power Supply Review
     Thu, Jan 01 2015 | 6:18P | Power Supply | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Chieftec A-80 Series 650W Non-Modular Power Supply Review A little while ago we ran a story about how the brand “Chieftec” were making a return to the UK market: Chieftec had previously been a sizeable player in the UK market selling a variety of cases and power supplies. Since their departure around 8 years ago they’ve been doing well in Asia and North America and now they are looking to get a foothold back in the UK and EU markets. As part of that they have launched a brand new range of power supplies and cases to get things moving. Peter Donnell, one of our senior reviewers, recently took a look at Chieftec’s newest full-tower case offering: the DX-02B. Now I will be taking a look at one of Chieftec’s newest power supply offerings; the CTG-650-80P. The more catchy name for it is the Chieftec A-80 650W power supply and as the “80P” model name suggests it comes with 80 Plus certification, the Bronze one to be exact. Aside from that it isn’t exactly the most exciting power supply in the world: you’ve got 650W of 80 Plus Bronze power with a decent chunk of cables and a fairly plain-Jane OEM style design. Of course, this isn’t a bad thing: Chieftec’s slogan for this product is “Why pay more than necessary?”. I couldn’t agree more, why waste money on painting the power supply, prettying up the cables and adding in loads of accessories when that just adds extra cost. Of course, without all those little extras the price to performance is going to be key here so let’s see exactly how it performs.
  FULL STORY @ ETEKNIX

 
Chieftec A135 Series APS-850CB Review
     Thu, Jan 01 2015 | 5:18P | Power Supply | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
With the A135 Series APS-850CB Chieftec has a mid-range power supply in its portfolio which offers 850 Watt output power. When looking for an 80Plus certificate we find a Bronze sticker on this unit. Since Chieftec doesn't own their own PSU factory, their using an OEM platform from High Power for this particular model. As usual we're curious to find out what this 93 Euro PSU is capable of.
  FULL STORY @ OCAHOLIC

NZXT H440 Review @ ocaholic
     Thu, Jan 01 2015 | 4:05P | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
At a first glance the H440 from NZXT is one good looking case. The design is very elegant and apart from that this particular case is available in different color combinations. It`s quite clear that while developing this case, NZXT have had a strong focus on the design aspect and they wanted to come up with something beautiful. For us this is certainly already reason enough to have a thorough look at this case."
  FULL STORY @ OCAHOLIC.CO.UK

AMD Kaveri Update: A10-7800 APU Review
     Thu, Jan 01 2015 | 4:03P | CPU / Processors | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
AMD updated its family of Kaveri-based A-Series APUs for desktop systems today. We first took an official look at Kaveri back in January, when we evaluated the A8-7600 APU. That particular APU is being re-launched today at a new price point, but AMD is also introducing a couple of new APUs as well, namely the A10-7800 and the A6-7400K. As their names suggest, the A10-7800 is a somewhat higher-end APU than the A8-7600 we initially evaluated, and the A6-7400K is a lower-end variant with fewer cores. We’ve got an A10-7800 in hand and have run it through an array of benchmark to show you what its performance looks like in comparison to a few competing chips...
  FULL STORY @ HOTHARDWARE

NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet: The Fastest Tablet Available
     Thu, Jan 01 2015 | 4:02P | Notebooks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Last week, NVIDIA officially announced the SHIELD tablet (powered by the Tegra K1 SoC) and its companion SHIELD wireless controller. To quickly recap, the SHIELD tablet’s specifications include NVIDIA Tegra K1 SoC (clocked at up to 2.2GHz), paired to 2GB of RAM and an 8”, full-HD IPS display, with a native resolution of 1920x1200. There are also a pair of 5MP cameras on the SHIELD tablet (front and rear), 802.11a/b/g/n 2x2 MIMO WiFi configuration, GPS, a 9-axis motion sensor, and Bluetooth 4.0 LE. A few days after the initial announcement was made, we got our hands on a SHIELD tablet, wireless controller, and cover. We’re still working (and playing) with the SHIELD tablet, and will be posting up some more information about its gaming prowess in the days ahead, but in the meantime, we thought you’d all like to take to see just how the device performs...
  FULL STORY @ HOTHARDWARE

Digital Storm Vanquish II (Level 4) Gaming PC
     Thu, Jan 01 2015 | 4:01P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Digital Storm’s latest offering, the Vanquish II, features some excellent components inside, but none is quite the top end. Performance will take a hit to be sure, but so does the cost. Digital Storm offers four base configurations of the Vanquish II. Level 1 costs a mere pittance (relatively speaking) at $699, while the Level 2 ($779) and Level 3 ($979) give users three Vanquish II systems to choose from under $1,000. It’s the Level 4 that we’re evaluating today, and at $1,259 the question is, did Digital Storm find the right balance of performance and price?
  FULL STORY @ HOTHARDWARE

Samsung Galaxy Tab S Review, Top Shelf Android
     Thu, Jan 01 2015 | 4:00P | Mobile Devices | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Under the hood, the Galaxy Tab S boasts of all of the high-end features you’d expect from Samsung’s latest flagship including an Exynos 5 Octa core processor, Android KitKat 4.4, 3GB of RAM, 16GB or 32GB of storage, and a microSD slot that supports up to 128GB. You’ll also find a front-facing 2.1 megapixel camera that supports Full HD along with an 8 megapixel rear-facing camera with LED flash. To deliver the best possible visual experience, the high-resolution Super AMOLED display found in the Galaxy Tab S supports a resolution of 2560x1600 and boasts of a 73% wider color gamut than conventional LCD displays. The display also offers deeper blacks and a 100,000:1 contrast ratio.
  FULL STORY @ HOTHARDWARE

Intel 20th Anniversary Edition Pentium G3258 Processor
     Thu, Jan 01 2015 | 1:18P | CPU / Processors | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Intel 20th anniversary Pentium G3258 sort of rekindles that spark of the old days or sort of bring nostalgia (but with Haswell architecture) for those older enthusiasts and end-users in the PC master race. This processor was along with the Devil’s Canyon lineups.
  FULL STORY @ HARDWAREBBQ

CM Storm Resonar in-ear gaming earphone Review
     Thu, Jan 01 2015 | 12:18P | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
CoolerMaster renowned for their cooling products have also been launching products for the gaming audio market. Their headsets – CM Sonuz, CM Pulse-R and CM Sirius have all received positive reviews over here. Now we have a look at the newest gaming IEM – The CM Storm Resonar. The Resonar has a unique feature which they call the ‘Bass FX’ switch. The bass switch claims to be able to tune the bass for a heavier or flatter response which is done by adjusting the position of the magnet which impacts the lower end frequencies. This enables you to do a hardware level tweak of the sound which is something new at this end of the earphone market. Other than that the CM Storm Resonar has a built-in microphone which works well and flat cable which is a tangle free wire. CM needs to be given brownie points for launching a product that is a bit different in the already overcrowded In-ear monitor market.
  FULL STORY @ HARDWAREBBQ

Azza Z Mini ITX Gaming Case Review
     Thu, Jan 01 2015 | 9:18A | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Quote: We may be looking at the future of enthusiast gaming PCs with the Azza Z case. A SFF case that can run most full sized components and look good doing it, yes and yes. The Z does a great job embracing the form factor while minimizing the compromise.
  FULL STORY @ HARDWAREASYLUM

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