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Gigabyte GeForce GTX 780 Ti GHz Edition Graphics Card Review @ HardwareHeaven.com
     Fri, Feb 07 2014 | 11:51A | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 780 Ti GHz Edition Graphics Card Review @ HardwareHeaven.com Yesterday we took a look at a recent addition to the high end of the GPU market, a custom design overclocked AMD Radeon R9 290X. It went head to head with the similarly priced GeForce GTX in a selection of the latest games. Today we update that comparison with Gigabytes new GTX 780 Ti in its overclocked form. What does the extra price bump get us? Let`s find out!"
  FULL STORY @ HARDWAREHEAVEN.COM

Open-Source NVIDIA Driver Is Still Sour For Some GPUs
     Fri, Feb 07 2014 | 11:36A | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Nouveau, the reverse-engineered open-source NVIDIA Linux graphics driver that`s been in development now for the better part of a decade, is working brilliantly for some NVIDIA GeForce graphics cards while for other NVIDIA GPUs the experience is a sloppy mess. Using the Linux 3.13 kernel and Mesa 10.1-devel Gallium3D driver code installed on top of Ubuntu 13.10, here`s what the experience is like when trying a number of GeForce graphics cards with this latest open-source driver code."
  FULL STORY @ PHORONIX.COM

ASUS Z87I-PRO (Intel LGA 1150) @ techPowerUp
     Fri, Feb 07 2014 | 11:10A | CPU / Processors | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We continue our foray into mITX motherboards by taking a look at an high-end enthusiast option from ASUS, the P87I-PRO. Featuring a huge 12+2 VRM design, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, plus all Intel Z87 features, the ASUS P87I-PRO also carries the standard high-level ASUS experience we`ve all come to expect."
  FULL STORY @ TECHPOWERUP.COM

AMD Mantle Performance Explored
     Fri, Feb 07 2014 | 9:46A | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
1.html,It has been a long time coming but we take a look at early and initial Mantle performance. The upcoming 14.1 Beta driver will receive many improvements. At the simplest level, Mantle is an Application Programming Interface (API), or a language that game developers can use to write code that creates the beautiful graphics on your screen. In its current iteration, the Mantle API uniquely leverages the hardware in the Graphics Core Next architecture (GCN) of modern AMD Radeon."
  FULL STORY @ GURU3D.COM

Interview with Natasha Sampson-Todd from AMD
     Fri, Feb 07 2014 | 9:00A | CPU / Processors | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Today we have an interview with Natasha Sampson-Todd, Product Marketing (Memory Products) for AMD. Discussing AMD's RAMDisk software."
  FULL STORY @ HARDWAREHEAVEN

Kingston DataTraveler 6000 FIPS Level 3 Encrypted Flash Drive Review
     Fri, Feb 07 2014 | 8:31A | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
In the market for military grade encrypted storage? Read on as we take a look at the Kingston DT6000 and see exactly what it has to offer."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN.COM

News: Logitechs K400 wireless keyboard and touchpad reviewed
     Fri, Feb 07 2014 | 6:26A | Games | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
For only $40, Logitech`s K400 combines a keyboard and touchpad in a lightweight, wireless package that seems ideal for the living room. We take a closer look at its couch surfing potential."
  FULL STORY @ TECHREPORT.COM

 
Ubuntu Now Often Leads Windows 7 On Intel SNB Graphics Performance
     Fri, Feb 07 2014 | 5:50A | Operating System | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Most of our recent Windows vs. Linux performance comparisons have been done using Windows 8 (e.g. AMD Kaveri: Windows 8.1 vs. Ubuntu Linux, SteamOS vs. Windows 8.1, NVIDIA GTX TITAN: Windows 8.1 vs. Ubuntu 13.10, etc). However, for changing things up a bit and looking also at the state of mature graphics drivers, being benchmarked today is the Ubuntu 14.04 Linux performance with the latest open-source Intel HD Graphics driver code compared to Windows 7 Pro x64 with its latest Intel graphics driver when using HD Graphics 3000 Sandy Bridge hardware."
  FULL STORY @ PHORONIX.COM

GIGABYTE Z87X-UD5TH (Intel Z87) Motherboard Review
     Fri, Feb 07 2014 | 3:59A | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Shawn spends some time with the dual Thunderbolt wielding Z87X-UD5TH motherboard from GIGABYTE. Is this featured packed board worth buying? Read on."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN.COM

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     Fri, Feb 07 2014 | 2:15A | CPU / Processors | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF

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  FULL STORY @ PCSTATS ON FACEBOOK

OCZ Vertex 460 240GB SSD Full Review - Now with Toshiba 19nm flash
     Thu, Feb 06 2014 | 12:28P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Back when we reviewed the Vertex 450, I was happy to see OCZ`s cost/GB finally coming down to expected levels. Despite this, the Vertex 450 didn`t seem to take off. This may have been due to buyers shying away from a company on the verge of bankruptcy. With OCZ now backed by Toshiba, and armed with their flash memory, OCZ is able to solidify their future as well as introduce models at an even lower cost/GB. The Vertex 460 performed well in our testing and is launching at a very competitive cost, and that`s exactly what is needed to gain back the trust of the community as well as the market share they once enjoyed."
  FULL STORY @ PCPER.COM

GIGABYTE G1.Sniper Z87 (Intel Z87) Motherboard Review - The Gamers Choice?
     Thu, Feb 06 2014 | 11:39A | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We get our first taste of the G1.Sniper from GIGABYTE. Let`s see what this Intel Z87 based motherboard is capable of doing in our tests."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN.COM

News: The TR Podcast 149: Kaveri aint just a river in India
     Thu, Feb 06 2014 | 11:36A | Editorial | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Join Jordan, Geoff, and Scott for an all-you-can-eat helping of Kaveri details, not to mention real-time ray-tracing news from CES, the skinny on hard-drive reliability, and more."
  FULL STORY @ TECHREPORT.COM

ASUS ROG Maximus VI Gene Review
     Thu, Feb 06 2014 | 11:10A | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
If using a tool in the operating system is not your bag, ASUS has a set of overclocking settings in the BIOS called CPU Level Up. In this tool you get three levels of core clock speed overclocking: 4.2GHz, 4.4GHz and 4.6GHz. Each level changes all of the settings in the BIOS to facilitate a stable overclock as long as your cooling can handle the load. Something it could not do for me with the 4.6GHz profile. Even when using a dedicated water loop the CPU would throttle when running Prime 95 using the 4.6GHz due to the voltage applied by the tool. The results with the 4.2GHz and 4.4GHz profiles were perfectly stable and kept thermals in check. Should you choose to go full tilt on CPU speed and decide sub zero cooling is the way to go, ASUS provides a wide selection of pre-programmed profiles in the BIOS. Using water cooling you can stick to manual tuning for the best 24/7 results."
  FULL STORY @ OVERCLOCKERSCLUB.COM

Func HS-260 Gaming Headset Review
     Thu, Feb 06 2014 | 10:07A | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
On January 27th 2014 Func will start shipping their HS-260 gaming headset, completing a first run of peripherals that started with the MS-3 gaming mouse in February of last year (and the KB-460 mechanical keyboard this past November). Sporting tuned 50mm drivers, detachable audio cables and removable microphone which can switch sides at will, Func brings their focus on functionality to the gaming headset category with their new headset, model FUNC-HS-260-1ST. Benchmark Reviews has a sample on hand, and in this review I?ll do my best to explain my experience with the Func HS-260 gaming headset."
  FULL STORY @ BENCHMARKREVIEWS.COM

AMD Mantle BF4 and StarSwarm Testing Part 2 @ Legit Reviews
     Thu, Feb 06 2014 | 9:36A | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
On February 1, 2014 AMD released the first public beta of the Catalyst 14.1 drivers as Beta 1.6 with Mantle support.  Previously we tested Beta 1.5 drivers, and found it increased the performance of Battlefield 4 by 15.8% on a Sapphire Radeon R7 260X video card.  As this is a new build, we wanted to do some additional testing, focusing on how well Mantle works with both video card and processor overclocking. The percent performance increase from DirectX to Mantle varies greatly and depends on the video card that you are using. AMD provided us with a slide that shows performance of four discrete graphics cards on teh AMD A10-7700K processor and the performance gains ranged from just around 6% on the AMD Radeon R9 270X to over 40% on the AMD Radeon R9 290X. We`ve been testing with an AMD Radeon R7 260X due to the affordability of the card and the fact that many gamers are using it since it supports both AMD Mantle and TrueAudio technologies. Read on to find out what happens with overclocking."
  FULL STORY @ LEGITREVIEWS.COM

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