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Zotax Zbox Nano AQ01 Plus
     Mon, Jan 13 2014 | 4:03P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
While Zotac maybe is most knows for their graphics cards they also are specialized on small motherboards and small desktop systems. Today we are reviewing one of those tiny small desktop PC’s: the Zotax Zbox Nano AQ01 Plus. This is a very small PC that even comes with a VESA-mount so it can be attached to a TV ore monitor and be out of sight. It has a Quad-core AMD “Kabini” APU, the A4-5000 while a Radeon HD 8330 provides us with the graphics muscles. This is not a gaming machine, even though the GPU should benefit from the Mantle API, but promises to work well as either a media PC, a kitchen PC or even a bedroom PC. Does it have what it takes to compete with tables and other tiny PC’s?
  FULL STORY @ BJORN3D

Buying advice: Gaming PC - Updated
     Mon, Jan 13 2014 | 4:02P | Editorial | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
This buying advice is all about selecting the right components for your new gaming rig. What we've done is we've put together several configurations for different budgets and we also included links to Toppreise.ch and Geizhals.at with prices, that are being updated automatically.
  FULL STORY @ OCAHOLIC

SSD Form Factors: Everything You Need to Know
     Mon, Jan 13 2014 | 4:01P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
When solid state drives first started replacing HDDs, they had to fit into computer chassis or laptop drive bays built for HDDs, so they had to conform to HDD dimensions. However, there's no requirement for the SSD to match the shape of a typical HDD as it's more evident today.
  FULL STORY @ TECHSPOT

Ultra HD 4K Linux Graphics Card Testing
     Mon, Jan 13 2014 | 4:01P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
If you`ve been eyeing a purchase of a 4K Ultra HD TV this holiday season and will be connecting it to a Linux system, here`s the information that you need to know for getting started and some performance benchmarks to set the expectations for what you can expect. This article has a number of AMD Radeon and NVIDIA GeForce benchmarks when running various Linux OpenGL workloads at a resolution of 3840 x 2160."
  FULL STORY @ PHORONIX.COM

QNAP TS-470 review: a new benchmark
     Mon, Jan 13 2014 | 4:00P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The design of the QNAP TS-470 looks exactly like that of the other QNAP NAS devices we've tested, but looks can be deceiving. Inside, a 2.6 GHz processor is churning away, and with no less than four gigabit ethernet ports, this is a NAS powerhouse.
  FULL STORY @ HARDWARE

ASUS to show off another two-in-one device at CES 2014
     Mon, Jan 13 2014 | 3:33P | Tradeshows / Events | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
ASUS teases another two-in-one device ahead of its CES 2014 conference"
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN.COM

Kingston DataTraveler Vault Privacy 3.0 32GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Review @ APH Networks
     Mon, Jan 13 2014 | 2:30P | Memory | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
A USB 3.0 flash drive with hardware encryption and antivirus that outperforms regular drives? The Kingston DataTraveler Vault Privacy 3.0 32GB has it all."
  FULL STORY @ APHNETWORKS.COM

 
PCSTATS TechTip - More to Calculator than you think
     Mon, Jan 13 2014 | 2:05P | Tips | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
There's more to Windows Calculator than meets the eye... I bet you already know that Calculator can flip between Scientific, Programmer and Statistical mathematical functions by going to the View menu and changing it from Standard mode. Did you also know it can calculate the down payment on a 25-year mortgage? (Go View > Worksheets > Mortgage and fill in the form to the right) Or that it contains Unit Conversion, so for example when the civilized world reports temperatures of -25 degrees Celsius, you can convert that to degrees Fahrenheit or even Kelvin.
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The Worksheets also include Vehicle Leasing and Fuel Economy calculators in imperial and metric. Lastly, if you need to find out how many days till Christmas 2014, go View > Date Calculation and it'll spit out the answer in months, weeks and days, or straight days. In Windows 7 launch Calculator by Start > All Programs > Accessories > Calculator.
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Synology DiskStation DS214play NAS Review
     Mon, Jan 13 2014 | 1:27P | Servers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"The SynologyDiskStation DS214play features the Intel Evansport, a dual core CPU that has a hardware accelerated transcoding engine and built in floating point unit. Like their other NASes the DS214play is DNLA certified and uses DiskStation Manager (DSM) to control its functions. It runs the latest 4.3 version of DSM but the word from my Synology source is that DSM 5.0 is coming in the near future. "
  FULL STORY @ TESTFREAKS

Top 5 Liquid Cooling CPU Heatsinks - At A Glance
     Mon, Jan 13 2014 | 1:26P | Cooling / Heatsinks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Frostytech's Top 5 Liquid Cooling Heatsinks Charts rank the best self-contained liquid cooling thermal solutions we've tested, by lowest temperature and lowest noise output.Quickly discover the current Top 5 Self-Contained Liquid Cooling Heatsinks according to FrostyTech. The list is broken down by lowest temperature and quietest operation. HOW IT WORKS: The #1 Rank is considered the current Top self contained liquid cooling heatsink, #10 is considered the 10th BEST. Only self-contained liquid cooling heatsinks that Frostytech has tested in its labs are included in these charts"
  FULL STORY @ FROSTYTECH

EVGA Z87 Stinger Motherboard Review
     Mon, Jan 13 2014 | 1:25P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
For Intel's latest Haswell CPUs, EVGA has updated their Stinger motherboard with a Z87 chipset, new features and a new EFI. The Z87 Stinger measures 170.18 x 170.18mm and supports four SATA ports, one mPCI-E/mSATA port, two DDR3 DIMM slots and has a PCI-E 3.0 port for discrete graphics. For external connectivity, an E-SATA port is available in the rear as well as four USB 2.0 ports and four USB 3.0 ports with an additional pair of USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 ports via onboard headers.
  FULL STORY @ HARDWARE

MSI's new Socket FM2+ boards are primed for Kaveri
     Mon, Jan 13 2014 | 1:25P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"AMD will release its first Kaveri desktop processors on January 14. At CES this week, MSI was showing several new Socket FM2+ boards ready for Kaveri. Most of them conformed to either Mini-ITX or microATX form factors, but there was one full-sized ATX model in the mix."
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  FULL STORY @ TECHREPORT

Tiny Steam machine with AMD guts
     Mon, Jan 13 2014 | 1:23P | Games | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
There was one system missing from that big list of Steam machines Valve published last week. As it turns out, Maingear is prepping a version of Gigabyte's Brix Pro small-form-factor PC with AMD hardware under the hood. Scott got a (literally) hands-on look at it during CES.
  FULL STORY @ TECHREPORT

This Cooler Master keyboard lights up keys as you type
     Mon, Jan 13 2014 | 1:22P | Tradeshows / Events | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
That Cherry MX RGB keyboard from Corsair isn't the only one to put a new twist on backlighting. At CES this week, Cooler Master showed another novel backlight design, which dynamically lights up keys as you type
  FULL STORY @ TECHREPORT

Micron provides DDR4 details for servers
     Mon, Jan 13 2014 | 1:22P | Memory | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Micron is showing DDR4 memory at the Consumer Electronics Show this year. The company had a DDR4 demo last year, too, and the new one isn't much different. However, the next-gen memory type is closer to market, and the company shared some details about when we can expect the first modules.

DDR4 memory for servers will start selling in the spring. The initial modules will target early adopters, and they'll be available directly from Crucial's website, among other sources.

  FULL STORY @ TECHREPORT

Foxconn December Revenue: US$16.4 billion
     Mon, Jan 13 2014 | 1:19P | Business / Industry | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) saw consolidated revenues of NT$490.932 billion (US$16.4 billion) for December hit a monthly record for the second time with growth of 7.62% on month and 18.87% on year, according to the company.
  FULL STORY @ DIGITIMES

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A broken or cracked LCD screen makes a laptop utterly useless, good thing PCSTATS can show you how to replace that busted laptop screen with a minimum of fuss and for less money than a service center charges. PCSTATS will be fixing a cracked LCD screen on a Lenovo T530 ThinkPad notebook, the general procedures outlined here work for any notebook though.
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The Gigabyte GA-X79-UD5 is an awesome 'Sandy Bridge-E' motherboard for anyone in the business of content creation, yet still nimble enough to take on multi-videocard gaming and overclocking at the end of a days work.
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