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HP Envy Touchsmart 15 Review @ TechReviewSource.com
     Sat, Nov 02 2013 | 11:08A | Notebooks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The HP Envy Touchsmart 15 is a stylish 15-inch notebook with a beautiful display, a comfortable keyboard and good overall performance. It does have its downfalls as it suffers from below-average battery life and mediocre graphics performance."
  FULL STORY @ TECHREVIEWSOURCE.COM

AMDs Radeon Gallium3D Starts Posing A Threat To Catalyst
     Sat, Nov 02 2013 | 10:58A | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
With recent milestones like the Radeon performance improvements in Linux 3.12 that come as a side-effect from a CPUfreq change, Radeon DPM, and the improvements found by the upcoming Mesa 10.0 release, and numerous other open-source driver improvements, the AMD`s Radeon Gallium3D performance is very competitive to AMD`s Catalyst driver. This close level of performance is for the R600 Gallium3D driver with GPUs like the Radeon HD 5000/6000 series graphics cards. Here`s some benchmarks showing how the open-source AMD Radeon performance compares today to the closed-source Catalyst driver on Windows and Ubuntu Linux. In some of today`s new data, the open-source driver was running 80%+ the speed of AMD`s Catalyst driver."
  FULL STORY @ PHORONIX.COM

Corsair Graphite 230T Review @ Vortez
     Sat, Nov 02 2013 | 9:29A | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The new 230T is a mid-tower computer chassis available in orange, grey and black and is aimed at budget conscious system builders. Can Corsair triumph in the low-mid range market with this new Graphite chassis?"
  FULL STORY @ VORTEZ.NET

Desktop Graphics Card Comparison Guide
     Sat, Nov 02 2013 | 9:03A | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Covering 566 desktop graphics cards, this comprehensive comparison allows you to easily compare 24 different specifications for each and every card. If you need to find out about the specification of any card, just come over and check out our Desktop Graphics Comparison Guide. We hope it will prove to be a useful reference. We will keep this guide updated regularly so do check back for the latest updates.
  FULL STORY @ TECHARP

Review: Gigabyte Z87X-UD5H LGA 1150 Motherboard @ Custom PC Review
     Sat, Nov 02 2013 | 9:02A | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"With the release of Intel’s latest Z87 chipset and their accompanying Haswell parts, many motherboard manufacturers are scurrying to put out their latest generation of motherboards and with some of the features we’ve seen from various vendors this generation, competition is fiercer than ever..."
  FULL STORY @ CUSTOMPCREVIEW

hammering six SSDs
     Sat, Nov 02 2013 | 9:01A | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We're in the process of hammering six SSDs with an unrelenting torrent of writes to see what happens as the flash wears out. Today, we check in on the drives after 200TB of writes.
  FULL STORY @ TECHREPORT

be quiet! PowerZone 1000W
     Sat, Nov 02 2013 | 9:00A | Power Supply | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
“The be quiet! PowerZone 1000W power supply features stunning styling, fully modular design, and quiet operation. Priced at $189 and 80Plus Bronze certified, can the performance measure up? Let’s take a closer look at the PowerZone 1000W and see if it can meet be quiet!’s claims and our expectations.”
  FULL STORY @ PUREOVERCLOCK

 
Buying advice: Gaming PC - Updated @ Ocaholic
     Fri, Nov 01 2013 | 4:35P | Computer / SFF PCs | 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.CH

AMD Radeon R9 290X Review
     Fri, Nov 01 2013 | 4:03P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
This is the one we've been waiting for. The Radeon R9 290X brings some truly new technology in the form of the GPU code-named "Hawaii." Read on for our pleasingly-yet-slightly-threateningly-detailed review.
  FULL STORY @ TECHREPORT

AMD Radeon R9 290X Review: Welcome To Hawaii
     Fri, Nov 01 2013 | 4:02P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
AMD has launched their new top-end Radeon R9 290X graphics card today. The new flagship wasn't ready in time for AMD's recent October 8th launch of midrange product, but the new top of the line model, based on the GPU codenamed Hawaii, is ready now. The R9 290 series GPU (Hawaii) is comprised of up to 44 compute units with a total of 2,816 IEEE-2008 compliant shaders. The GPU has four geometry processors (2x the Radeon HD 7970) and can output 64 pixels per clock. The card's 4GB of GDDR5 memory is accessed by the GPU via a wide 512-bit interface and the R290X requires a pair of supplemental PCIe power connectors-one 6-pin and one 8-pin. Save for some minimum frame rate and frame latency issues, the new Radeon R9 290X's performance is impressive overall. AMD still has some obvious driver tuning and optimization to do, but frame rates across the board were very good and easily rival NVIDIA's high-end offering...
  FULL STORY @ HOTHARDWARE

AMD Radeon R9 290X
     Fri, Nov 01 2013 | 4:01P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
What makes the Radeon R9 290X matching the GeForce GTX Titan so significant is the price, at $550 the R9 290X is currently 45% cheaper. We are gob smacked by this. This puts it in direct competition with the GTX 780 which still costs more at $650, making the R9 290X around 15% cheaper. That is incredible given the R9 290X was on average 10% faster than the GTX 780.
  FULL STORY @ LEGIONHARDWARE

AMD Radeon R9 290X Review
     Fri, Nov 01 2013 | 4:00P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The GeForce GTX Titan blew us all away eight months ago with its mindblowingly fast GPU. The catch, of course, was that Nvidia wanted $1,000 for it. In a sense, the Radeon R9 290X could be considered AMD's Titan, as it takes the Tahiti architecture and stuffs with nearly 2000 million more transistors. It's the most complex and powerful GPU AMD has created and by no coincidence, it's also one of the most expensive, but before you click away, that's "only" $550, which is substantially cheaper than Nvidia's solution.
  FULL STORY @ TECHSPOT

SteelSeries 5Hv3 Gaming Headset Review @ Legit Reviews
     Fri, Nov 01 2013 | 1:11P | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The flavor of multiplayer games over the years has changed, but team communication has remained a staple. Though the big days of cooperative multiplayer online games such as World of Warcraft are decaying out of age, a surge of competitive multiplayer games has driven a continued need for gaming headsets. SteelSeries has been keen to push its name within the competitive gaming scene and has become a highly recognizable brand as a result. On the 5Hv3 box, SteelSeries proudly associates itself with four accomplished esport organizations: Na?Vi, Ninjas in Pyjamas, Tyloo, and Fnatic."
  FULL STORY @ LEGITREVIEWS.COM

Gigabyte GeForce GTX 770 OC / GTX 780 OC review
     Fri, Nov 01 2013 | 12:03P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Gigabyte GV-N770OC-2GD and GV-N780OC-3GD are good video cards. Their performance is in line with other GeForce GTX 770 and 780 cards, and the overclocking potential is fine. A strong side of these cards is how silent they are when idle.
  FULL STORY @ HARDWARE

MSI’s Master Overclocking Arena 2013
     Fri, Nov 01 2013 | 12:02P | Tradeshows / Events | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We’re doing live coverage of MSI’s Master Overclocking Arena 2013 overclocking event today. 16 overclockers from all over the world compete in three benchmarks; SuperPi 32M, Cinebench 11.5 and 3DMark Fire Strike. We’ll updating the link below all day long with new pictures.
  FULL STORY @ HARDWARE

Review: SanDisk Extreme II 240GB SSD @ Custom PC Review
     Fri, Nov 01 2013 | 12:01P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"This is why today we’ll be reviewing the SanDisk Extreme II 240GB, which is SanDisk’s latest high performance SSD offering for the consumer market. Like a number of other SSDs on the market, the Extreme II will come in capacities of 120GB, 240GB, and 480GB. Looking at the capacities, you’re probably thinking “Oh, no! Another vanilla SandForce drive!”, but it’s actually not..."
  FULL STORY @ CUSTOMPCREVIEW

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Beginners Guide: Install/Remove Intel Socket LGA1156 CPU and Heatsink
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Beginners Guides: Repairing a Cracked / Broken Notebook LCD Screen
Beginners Guides: Repairing a Cracked / Broken Notebook LCD Screen
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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.
Gigabyte GA-X79-UD5 Intel X79 LGA2011 Motherboard In-Depth Review
Gigabyte GA-X79-UD5 Intel X79 LGA2011 Motherboard In-Depth Review
Jul 27 | Motherboards
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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.
Seagate Constellation ES 1TB Enterprise Hard Drive Review
Seagate Constellation ES 1TB Enterprise Hard Drive Review
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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.
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