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a.m.p iSO Noise-Canceling Bluetooth Headphones
     Wed, Aug 28 2013 | 9:00A | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Whenever we hear the term Bluetooth wireless headsets the first thing that naturally comes to mind are the typical around the ear models we use with smartphones for hands free calls like the Voyager Legend by Plantronics or the MOTION by Jabra. However lately many people turn towards another less popular type which basically consists from two parts, a set of earphones and a Bluetooth receiver/transmitter. The overall size of the unit may not be as portable as the usual Bluetooth wireless headsets but it has three positives that we can`t simply ignore. So first of all it offers stereo sound which means that not only can you answer/make calls and listen to the other person from both ears but you can also listen to music a lot better than with a single monophonic headset. The other plus is that since the Bluetooth receiver/transmitter is placed on the far end you can place it far away from your head and although so far there are no indications that Bluetooth connectivity can affect us in any way still this makes people feel safer and i can understand the why. Finally since the earphones have very little weight it can be used by people while jogging or exercising without falling off (or at least not as much). Antec mobile products chose to go with this solution and so today we will be taking a look at their ISO Noise-Canceling Bluetooth Headphones."
  FULL STORY @ NIKKTECH.COM

MSI GeForce GTX 760 2GB HAWK
     Wed, Aug 28 2013 | 9:00A | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
MSI expands its HAWK video card series even further with the addition of the new GeForce GTX 760 becoming part of it. Let's take a look at it."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN

ASUS GTX 770 DirectCU II OC Review @ Vortez
     Wed, Aug 28 2013 | 8:08A | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
With temperature control being very important when overclocking via GPU BOOST 2.0, the ASUS card is duly equipped with with the latest incarnation of Direct CU cooling. For those not already aware the DirectCU II cooling design is held in very high regard by the media and enthusiasts alike thanks to both performance and acoustics. The card also comes pre-overclocked from the factory and should you wish to dabble yourself, this version of the GTX 770 has a 10 phase power design for stable power delivery complete with DIGI+ power regulation. For the serious overclockers, the card also has voltage read points and identified solder points for voltage hot wiring. So whichever your preference, the ASUS card appears to suit all tastes."
  FULL STORY @ VORTEZ.NET

Silverstone Strider Essential & Strider Plus 500W Power Supply Review @ Legit Reviews
     Wed, Aug 28 2013 | 7:31A | Power Supply | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Silverstone Strider Plus 500W (ST50F-P) is quite impressive. Yes, it currently retails for $74.99 incl. shipping, nearly double the price of the ST50F-ES; however, it also is leagues ahead of the entry-level model in every aspect. The electrical performance is significantly better, with the voltage line ripple suppressed down to levels worthy of a performance product and efficiency which should exceed 84% most of the time during typical usage. It also runs much cooler and far quieter, making it ideal for use in everyday work and gaming systems, especially in quiet environments, where a noisy computer would be uncomfortable..."
  FULL STORY @ LEGITREVIEWS.COM

ASUS Maximus VI Hero Z87 Motherboard Review
     Wed, Aug 28 2013 | 7:11A | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Z87 series keeps on trucking along and with this ASUS offers yet another ROG piece to the game with the newly released Maximus VI HERO. The Hero looks very much like a Formula from the Z77 line but without the WiFi or the Liquid cooled VRM and knowing now all of the different models available through the ROG line I am very interested in the innovations included in this board and where exactly it falls into the stack in terms of ROG Z87s."
  FULL STORY @ BJORN3D.COM

OLA TV XL GSM Dual Sim Bar Style Cellphone Review @ TestFreak
     Wed, Aug 28 2013 | 6:19A | Home Theatre | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today for review Ive got the OLA TV XL which is a dual sim bar style phone thats fairly basic. The name of the phone is the TV XL, yes it has a TV tuner built right in but sadly it doesnt work here in the states because weve gone digital, but it will work in most other countries. The phone also has an FM radio and a 2.4 color screen along with a .3mp camera. Yes its not some amazingly powerful phone, its just a basic phone with some other little features thrown in but it costs under $35, and I dont think thats too bad for a backup phone or if youre just looking for a very basic phone Read one to learn more "
  FULL STORY @ TESTFREAKS.COM

GeForce GTX 780 Market Overview @ Ocaholic
     Tue, Aug 27 2013 | 8:20P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
In this article we made a list of all GeForce GTX 780 around sorted by manufacturers with pics, specs and prices. At the end of the article you also find an interactive overview with filtering and sorting functions to compare all cards. If you think or see that some are missing/there are mistakes, please leave a comment and we will add/fix it as soon as possible."
  FULL STORY @ OCAHOLIC.CH

 
Audiofly AF56 Premium In-Ear Headphone Review
     Tue, Aug 27 2013 | 5:46P | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We have some new headphones in from Audiofly for review known as the AF56, which are part of the lower price bracket, but great bass is no problem."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN.COM

Gelid Black Edition Heatsink Review
     Tue, Aug 27 2013 | 5:22P | Cooling / Heatsinks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"For adventurous computer enthusiasts seeking new and innovative heatsinks, Gelid's 'the Black Edition' heatsink offers pretty good cooling performance with a modest noise output at stock fan speeds. Gelid's 'the Black Edition' heatsink is compatible with Intel socket LGA2011/1366/1155/1156/775 processors and AMD socket AM2/AM3/FM1/FM2 CPUs/APUs."
  FULL STORY @ FROSTYTECH

Thermaltake Chaser A71 VP400M1W2N Computer Case Review
     Tue, Aug 27 2013 | 4:03P | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
As I am sure you are all well aware, the Thermaltake Chaser A71 is not the first chassis in the Chaser Series. Its direct predecessor, the A41, was a mid-tower addition to the Chaser Series that boasted some of the same features that are prevalent in the A71, such as great cooling, tool-less drive bays, and great cable management. And, it is not the first full-tower design in the Chaser Series. That distinction goes to the Chaser MK-1, which shares the same dimensions and has very similar features to the A71, including a top-mounted HDD hot-swap bay. Now, let’s move forward and take a closer look at the Thermaltake Chaser A71.
  FULL STORY @ BENCHMARKREVIEWS

Corsair Vengeance K70 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Review
     Tue, Aug 27 2013 | 4:02P | Games | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The K70 is the third attempt by Corsair at making mechanical keyboards, and I think that they have finally nailed it this time. Their initial release featured a mix of mechanical keys and rubber dome keys that many users didn’t approve of. Their second release featured backlit keys and macro keys but still had a mix of mechanical and rubber dome keys. Now we meet in the middle – we have a full set of illuminated mechanical keys with per-key illumination, and there is a choice between red, blue and brown Cherry MX switches to boot. Available in Black/Red or Silver/Blue color combinations, the Vengeance K70 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard is arguably one of the best looking mechanical keyboards available today. In this article Benchmark Reviews will be testing the Black/Red model CH-9000011-UK variant with Cherry MX Red switches, in a variety of scenarios including gaming and general productivity applications.
  FULL STORY @ BENCHMARKREVIEWS

GPU Charts 2013: 20 DX11 Graphics Cards
     Tue, Aug 27 2013 | 4:01P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
GPU Charts are back on ocaholic. As usual we have used an up to date system with three synthetic benchmarks and ten more or less recent games, benched at 1920x1080 with highest graphics settings. This time only reference cards from both nVidia and AMD/ATI will be listed (aka no AIB cards). The idea behind is to show a performance overview of current gaming graphics cards when everything is up to date.
  FULL STORY @ OCAHOLIC

Sandia Cooler: Air Bearing Heatsink Prototype Update
     Tue, Aug 27 2013 | 2:07P | Cooling / Heatsinks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"What makes the prototype Sandia Cooler special is the design, its aluminum cooling fins serve double duty as the rotating fan and fan blades of the cooler . Unlike traditional CPU coolers, heat energy in the Sandia Cooler is conducted across a very thin air gap bearing from the stationary base of the cooler to the upper rotating aluminum fin/fan component. "
  FULL STORY @ FROSTYTECH

Seagate Constellation ES 1TB Enterprise Hard Drive Review
     Tue, Aug 27 2013 | 2:07P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"All Constellation ES drives are rated to 6Gb/s SATA III speeds, incorporate 64MB of cache, utilize 7200RPM spindle speeds and offer Native Command Queing. The drives are covered by an impressive 5 year warranty and rated to1.2 million hours MTBF."
  FULL STORY @ PCSTATS

AMD updates product roadmap for 2014
     Tue, Aug 27 2013 | 1:30P | CPU / Processors | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"The Kabini-based APUs for desktop applications were originally scheduled to release in the second half of 2013, but have now been rescheduled for March 2014. Kabini's successor, Beema, will also be rescheduled for launch in the second half of 2014 or the first half of 2015, adopting the FS1B socket and Heterogeneous Systems Architecture (HSA).

AMD's FM1 and AM3 sockets will start phasing out in mid-2013 and the end of 2013, respectively. By the end of 2013, Socket AM3+ processors will account for 30% of AMD's total processor shipments, while Socket FM2-based processors will account for the remaining 70%."

  FULL STORY @ DIGITIMES

Super Flower Leadex Platinum 1000 W @ techPowerUp
     Tue, Aug 27 2013 | 9:50A | Power Supply | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Super Flower hits the competition really hard with their new Leadex series units utilizing a fresh platform, promising Titanium efficiency levels with 230 VAC input. Today, we will test the Leadex Platinum 1000 W unit. How will it perform against the high-end competition?"
  FULL STORY @ TECHPOWERUP.COM

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