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Microlab H21 Bookshelf Bluetooth Speaker Review @ ModSynergy.com
     Mon, Feb 17 2014 | 1:51P | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The unit we look at today is called the Microlab H21 and it comes as an elegantly designed 2.0 configuration bookshelf speaker system. It`s a two-way system that comes with a 3.5 woofer (that handles the low and mid frequencies) and 1 tweeter (that handles the high frequencies). It comes with an internal amplifier that allows the Bluetooth enabled H21 speaker system to output a total continuous RMS power of 36 Watts, the most wattage by any of the Bluetooth speaker systems we`ve looked at up to this point. Read on to know more, see how the Microlab H21 looks, and what it can possibly offer for your audio interest."
  FULL STORY @ MODSYNERGY.COM

MSI R9 290 Gaming @ LanOC Reviews
     Mon, Feb 17 2014 | 1:21P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
When it comes to video cards, there is only so much that a manufacturer can do to set themselves apart from the competition. Cooling, overclocking, and styling are three of the biggest things that can set cards apart. Without exception MSI has done extremely well at this in the past with their Twin Frozr cooling and their Gaming series of cards. Today I have the chance to take a look at their latest model, the R9 290 Gaming. Today I am going to see how well the Twin Frozr cooling performs on the warm R9 290 GPU and also find out if they are still able to stand up to the competition."
  FULL STORY @ LANOC.ORG

Corsair Obsidian 250D Mini ITX PC Chassis Review @ Legit Reviews
     Mon, Feb 17 2014 | 11:29A | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
It doesn?t seem that long ago that I was able to get my hands on the Corsair Obsidian 900D, AKA Godzilla. Without a doubt the Obsidian 900D is a massive case to say the least. It has all the bells and whistles and just an enormous amount of room to work with. Today we go to the opposite side of the spectrum of the ?Godzilla? case with the Corsair Obsidian 250D. Corsair has decided to take a step into the mini ITX chassis market, and with the release of the Obsidian 250D it looks like they are going to make a splash! The Corsair Obsidian 250D may be a mini ITX chassis but it isn?t exactly a case of small stature, measuring 13.8? x 10.9? x 11.4? it?s certainly pushing the SFF boundaries. Read on to learn more about the Corsair Obsidian 250D!"
  FULL STORY @ LEGITREVIEWS.COM

Audio Technica ATH-ANC70 Headphones - BCCHardware
     Mon, Feb 17 2014 | 9:48A | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
I used these all over the place. No matter what was happening around me, my music didnt take a backseat. The active noise cancelling did just that, cancelling most outside noise. Some sound would make it through, but it was nowhere near anything that would disrupt my experience."
  FULL STORY @ BCCHARDWARE

NZXT HALE82 V2 550W Power Supply Review @ ThinkComputers.org
     Mon, Feb 17 2014 | 9:00A | Power Supply | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
When it comes to building a PC the power supply is something that is often overlooked and really at the bottom of the component list. Many people want a quality power supply that is feature rich, but do not want to pay the premium cost. This is where NZXT comes in with the HALE82 V2 power supply. Their main goal with this power supply is to bring consumers a high performance, feature-rich power supply without the premium price tag. Today we are taking a look at the 550W version that features a fully modular design, 80PLUS Bronze certification, 135mm silent fan, and a single +12V rail. Is this the power supply for your next build? Read on as we find out."
  FULL STORY @ THINKCOMPUTERS

News: Nvidias Tegra K1 SoC has Denver CPU cores Kepler graphics
     Mon, Feb 17 2014 | 8:31A | CPU / Processors | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
In early 2011, during a CES press event, Nvidia revealed its Project Denver CPU initiative. On Sunday evening, at another CES press conference, the company provided a glimpse of the first Denver-based processor: the Tegra K1. This next-generation SoC features dual Denver CPU cores clocked at up to 2.5GHz. The cores were designed by Nvidia, and they`re compatible with the 64-bit ARMv8 instruction set. They have a seven-way superscalar pipeline and a hefty 192KB of L1 cache."
  FULL STORY @ TECHREPORT.COM

Plextor M6e PCI Express SSD Review @ HardwareHeaven.com
     Mon, Feb 17 2014 | 3:59A | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Recently Plextor released their latest M6 series of drives and like the last generation of drives they are pushing to explore new market segments. In the case of today`s review that means an M2 drive, on PCIe add-in card which allows us to exceed the limitation of the SATA bus. We have the 128 and 512GB version of the M6e on our test bench so let`s see how they perform."
  FULL STORY @ HARDWAREHEAVEN.COM

 
XFX Radeon R9 290 Double Dissipation Review
     Sun, Feb 16 2014 | 4:59P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
When the AMD Radeon R9 290X video card debuted, it first appeared to be a solid competitor to NVIDIA?s GeForce GTX 780 series? until heat and noise were taken into consideration. The Curacao XT-based video card offered plenty of graphics power, but the cooling system was forced to work hard and loud. When the Radeon R9 290 series arrived, this game brands such as XFX the opportunity to further improve upon the AMD reference design by incorporating a much better cooling solution paired with long-life capacitors. In this article Benchmark Reviews tests the XFX Radeon R9 290 Double D, model R9-290A-EDFD, which sells online for $499.99 (Amazon). This Black Edition Double Dissipation Radeon R9 290 features a 947 MHz UltraHD 4K resolution-ready graphics card with 2560 Stream processors and support for the upcoming DirectX 11.2 API."
  FULL STORY @ BENCHMARKREVIEWS.COM

Sapphire R7 260X 2GB OC 2x DVI Video Card Review @ Legit Reviews
     Sun, Feb 16 2014 | 4:20P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Sapphire currently offers two version of the AMD Radeon R7 260X video card. These two cards differ in pretty much everything. The SAPPHIRE R7 260X 2GB GDDR5 OC 2x DVI (11222-00-20G) is the higher-end version that runs $129.99 shipped after rebate. This model is 8.5? long (215mm) and has a 1150MHz core clock, 6600MHz effective memory clock along with a beefed up GPU cooler with copper heatpipes and both DVI-I and DVI-D display outputs. We are looking at the Sapphire R7 260X 2GB GDDR5 OC 2x DVI video card today!"
  FULL STORY @ LEGITREVIEWS.COM

LUXA2 PL2 6000mAh Battery Power Pack Portable Charger Review - Includes Built-in Flashlight
     Sun, Feb 16 2014 | 1:39P | Notebooks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
After the not-so-impressive PL1, LUXA2 releases a beautiful new mobile rechargeable battery with its PL2 Power Bank. Anthony gives us his thoughts."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN.COM

Corsair K95 Keyboard
     Sun, Feb 16 2014 | 11:19A | Games | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Corsair Vengeance K95 arrived Technic3D. Cherry MX Red key switches have super-fast reaction times and low operating force, and the key-by-key customizable lighting lets you adjust brightness and illuminate bindings. Full key matrix anti-ghosting with full key rollover on USB ensures that the K95 will keep up. The 18 G-keys are programmable on the fly, so you can adapt and react? Technic3D will see the complete functions in the following Review."
  FULL STORY @ TECHNIC3D.COM

ASUS Z87I-Pro Motherboard Review with ASUS GTX 760 DirectCU Mini @ HardwareHeaven.com
     Sun, Feb 16 2014 | 9:48A | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
There was a time, not so long ago, when going for a mini-ITX board meant compromises on features and performance. Recently though with boards like the Maximus VI Impact we have seen some very impressive engineering to bring an enthusiast level product to the mini-ITX market. Sitting at a more affordable price point in the ASUS product stack than the Impact is their Z87I-Pro and today we take a look at it as well as a product that ASUS feel compliments it nicely, the GTX 760 mini with DirectCU cooler."
  FULL STORY @ HARDWAREHEAVEN.COM

News: Goodbye consoles
     Sun, Feb 16 2014 | 8:31A | Games | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
In his latest blog post, TR`s Geoff Gasior explains why he`s ditching game consoles for good. After years of feeling like second-class citizens, gaming PCs are finally competent players in the living room."
  FULL STORY @ TECHREPORT.COM

NZXT H440 Mid-Tower Chassis Review - First case to score top marks
     Sun, Feb 16 2014 | 3:59A | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
NZXT jumps in with both feet with H440 with a very unique layout, taking on the pre-modded case trend. It`s something you must see for yourself."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN.COM

SteelSeries 9H Gaming Headset
     Sat, Feb 15 2014 | 4:59P | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Inside 2014 we are going to witness the release of several highly anticipated game titles for both the PC and consoles so this is a very good time for people not only to upgrade their systems in terms of firepower (PC users obviously) but also to swap their old peripherals for new ones in order to get the best possible experience. Gaming keyboards and mice are without doubt very important for both casual and serious gamers but a good gaming headset might just offer a bit more enjoyment in some games. Now as many of you know the market is filled with 5.1/7.1 virtual surround headsets most of which are no better than your average stereo headset however from time to time we have received some very decent solutions that can almost go toe to toe with real surround sound headsets. I`m certain that SteelSeries needs no introductions and since aside the excellent Elite Gaming Headset they also released the 9H Gaming Headset at around the same time we decided to see just how good it is. "
  FULL STORY @ NIKKTECH.COM

Samsung 840 EVO 500GB SSD Review - An SSD with a Good Price and Performance
     Sat, Feb 15 2014 | 4:20P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today Chris gets some time with Samsung`s 500GB 840 EVO SSD. Should this be your next time to consider based on price and performance? Let`s see."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN.COM

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