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Intel Pentium J2900 & Asrock Q2900-ITX Review
     Fri, Oct 10 2014 | 9:03A | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
In our budget CPU roundup earlier this year, AMD's Kabini Athlon 5350 squared off against Intel's Bay Trail-D Celeron J1900, showing itself to be better at gaming and encoding workloads. The new Asrock Q2900-ITX ships with a Pentium J2900 on a Mini-ITX board for $104 and is aimed straight against the same AMD offering. The Pentium chip is nearly identical to Intel's Celeron J1900 at first glance, but differs in raw clock speed.

Ozone Strike Pro Cherry MX Red USB keyboard review
     Fri, Oct 10 2014 | 9:02A | Peripherals | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Technology is constantly evolving but some things never change. Mechanical keyboards have been with us for so long now and yet, they are still largely considered to be the pinnacle of PC input solutions. So what keeps us coming back to this style of keyboard? Today we are looking towards the Ozone Strike Pro to find the answer.

Gigabyte GA-Z97X-UD5H Motherboard Review
     Fri, Oct 10 2014 | 9:01A | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
For the mainstream segment, Gigabyte has prepared an interesting Z97 solution, the GA-Z97-UD5H. This board has a clean PCB design, with Dual LAN, decent spacing between the PCI-Express slots, a shielded RTL1150 solution but also M.2 and SATA Express for future proofing.

20 of the Worst PC Setups September 2014 @ ThinkComputers.org
     Fri, Oct 10 2014 | 9:01A | Editorial | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Im sure at some point you had a bad PC setup. Maybe moving into a new place, waiting for a new desk to arrive or you just ran out of room. I can remember my horrible PC setups from when I was living at the dorms in college. If you have ever ventured over to the Shitty Battlestations sub-reddit you will find a lot of horrible PC setups. We will are going to pick 20 each month and feature them as 20 of the Worst PC setups for that month. Here are some of the bad ones from September!"

MSI 970 Gaming Motherboard Review
     Fri, Oct 10 2014 | 9:00A | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
As model names go, the MSI 970 Gaming sends a direct message in no uncertain terms. This motherboard uses an AMD 970 chipset that supports socket AM3+ and is aimed at punters who wish to build a PC using an AMD FX processor. The Gaming part of the name comes from the features that have been added to appeal to gamers, such as the Killer Gigabit NIC, Audio Boost 2, the Gaming Device Port and support for dual graphics cards in CrossFire or SLI.

Metro Redux Review
     Fri, Oct 10 2014 | 8:34A | Games | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The question for some of you is not if these are good games, but if they are worth purchasing if you already own the originals. In the case of *Metro 2033 Redux* I must say yes and recommend owning it and the original. The changes are significant enough and improve the experience enough that I doubt you will consider it a waste. (Unless you did not like the original for reasons the *Redux* does not address, of course.) *Metro: Last Light Redux *is more of a toss-up, however. It is a better package than the original, but it is not so significantly better that I can say you should purchase it as a general recommendation. You will have to decide that for yourself, and I can only hope this review will help you in making that decision."

ASRock Fatal1ty X99M Killer Motherboard @ Hardware Secrets
     Fri, Oct 10 2014 | 6:14A | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The ASRock Fatal1ty X99M Killer is a mid-range microATX motherboard for the new Intel high-end Haswell-E processors, based on the new LGA2011-v3 socket. It includes two PCI Express 3.0 x16 slots, ten SATA-600 ports, six USB 3.0 ports, and high-end audio and Ethernet controllers. Let`s take a good look at this board."

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980: The Best GPU For Linux Gamers
     Fri, Oct 10 2014 | 1:34A | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Earlier this month NVIDIA launched the GeForce GTX 970 and GTX 980 as their highest-end offerings based on their Maxwell architecture. Since the GTX 750 series debut I have been anxious to see Maxwell succeed Kepler in the high-end space and finally last week I got hands on time with the GTX 980. As long as you are not committed to using pure open-source graphics drivers, the GeForce GTX 980 is the best you can get as a Linux gamer/enthusiast for high performance graphics for ending out 2014."

DRONE Attack! L337 Gaming Z97I-DRONE Unveiled
     Thu, Oct 09 2014 | 9:15P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF

 ECS released ITX Form Factor Z97I-DRONE Gaming Motherboard to L337 Gaming Squad

 Over 27 years of experience, motherboard leading manufacturer ECS proudly announced that its high-end gaming motherboard series, L337 Gaming, launched the latest Z97I-DRONE to its lineup. With the rise of the Mini ITX gaming market demand, L337 Gaming Z97I-DRONE is the wonderful choice for users from every perspective.

L337 (pronounce as LEET) is derived from ELITE. The L337 alphabet is a specialized form of symbolic writing. The term L337 is used as an adjective to describe formidable prowess or accomplishment, especially in the fields of online gaming. L337 Gaming was created to dedicate efforts in developing products focused on gamers, and Z97I-DRONE is the latest member of L337 Gaming Motherboard. Equipped with Z97 Express Chipset, the Mini ITX form factor Z97I-DRONE provides 2 Dual Channel DDR3 3000+ (OC) Memory up to 16GB, 1 PCI-Express x 16 Gen. 3 Slot, and 1 M.2 Slot for Wi-Fi/Bluetooth device. In addition to enhance the gaming experience, the "Low-to-Full USB Speed" technology is designed for gamers, delivering an optimized 8-time faster keyboard and mouse report rate from 125Hz to 1000Hz, which is a true benefit, especially for FPS gamers. Besides, Z97I-DRONE introduces Intel® I218V Gigabit LAN to provide the outstanding fast LAN networking for gaming and avoid latency.

In order to fulfill the higher standard ITX motherboard requested from users, L337 Gaming Z97I-DRONE equips the new "Hybrid Power" technology to strengthen the outstanding performance and deliver remarkable stability. First of all, the Hybrid Digital 5-Phase PWM is designed for managing microprocessor core and memory voltage regulator with auto phase shedding, and Dual Advanced MOSFETs provides up to 90% power efficiency, which allows extreme heat dissipation with the optimal combination of fast switching, high efficient power conversion and low on-resistance. And speaking of stability, Z97I-DORNE adopts the ultimate long-lifespan Nichicon Japanese Capacitors with the highest standard of stability, reliability and longevity to fulfill hard core gamers' demand and overclocking application. Lastly, the Icy Choke from Hybrid Power provides 1.5X greater stability, offering 50° wider temperature range and reducing heat by 13% more than standard ferrite chokes, even under full loading operations.

As the new addition to L337 Gaming squad, Z97I-DRONE combines not only high performance and stability but also gaming-centric features, giving users a total package of Z97 ITX gaming motherboard. Learn more about L337 Gaming Z97I-DRONE http://www.l337gaming.com/

About ECS (Elitegroup Computer Systems)
ECS, the Elitegroup Computer Systems, was established in 1987, and is approaching its 27th year of business. More than two decades, ECS has overcome a great deal of obstacles facing new businesses and has experienced the joy of significant growth and development. Her main focus has expanded to not only motherboards, but also desktop and notebook computers, graphics cards and other mobile products. ECS is strongly committed to develop cutting-edge technology in order to generate innovative products under environmental friendly designs. ECS comprehensive system of quality control provides our clients with reassurance and fosters long term cooperation. Visit http://www.ecs.com.tw to learn more.


iBUYPOWER SBX entertainment system
     Thu, Oct 09 2014 | 9:08P | Home Theatre | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF

There are very few instances where one product category can leap frog over to another and make a profound impact. Today, iBUYPOWER, makes one such leap.
Introducing the iBUYPOWER SBX Entertainment System, an ultra-simplified system designed to do one thing: entertain. Melding together the simplicity of a traditional game console, but harnessing power usually available to only high-end desktop PCs, iBUYPOWER is able to usher in both performance and content unheard of in the living room space.
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Designed in Los Angeles, iBUYPOWER labored to create a highly tuned and optimized system that would deliver a sustainable 60 frames-per second gaming experience at true high-definition resolutions. Powered by a high-performance AMD multi-core processor paired with the latest Radeon HD graphics technology from AMD, customers will be able to jump a full generation ahead of the latest game consoles.
“What we really wanted to do was make an impact in the living room. We wanted to really show the world that the power of desktop gaming machine can be experienced in the living room in a totally seamless way,” said Darren Su, Co-founder and VP of iBUYPOWER. “All preconceptions of what entertainment in the living room should and can be, are out the door.”
Customers can expect an out-of-box experience unlike any other. Every iBUYPOWER SBX comes with a Microsoft Xbox game controller so customers can jump into the action immediately. All aspects of design and hardware are optimized for a gaming experience that sheds away legacy PC overhead. Make no mistake about it; this is not a PC.
Customers will be able to configure their SBX to boot into Steam Big Picture mode, or any other configuration. Games, media, streaming, the SBX handles it all. It’ll even be the perfect system for those who want to enjoy their classic games on emulation on the big screen. SBX is also fully Steam OS ready.
iBUYPOWER’s SBX is available for pre-order immediately 4 and will ship in 3 weeks starting at $399 and is available in matte black.


QLogic Samples Industry's First 25/100Gb Ethernet Controller
     Thu, Oct 09 2014 | 9:04P | Networking | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
QLogic Corp. (Nasdaq:QLGC), a leading supplier of high performance network infrastructure solutions, today announced the company is sampling adapters based on the cLOM8514 network controller with Tier-1 server and storage OEMs. This is the industry' first 100 Gigabit Ethernet (100GbE) capable network controller. It is also the first controller that can support the emerging 25 Gigabit Ethernet standard (See QLogic Champions Innovation in Ethernet Networking, Joins 25 Gigabit Ethernet Consortium), and the first controller that is able to support dual-port, full line speed 40GbE performance with a PCIe Gen3 x16 host interface. The new QLogic(R) controller covers the breadth of Ethernet speeds from 10Gb to 100Gb with fully offloaded support for iSCSI, FCoE and low latency RDMA (RoCE & iWARP) services. "The cLOM8514 is the flagship of QLogic's Ethernet portfolio and marks a pinnacle in technical achievement for networking solutions," said Vikram Karvat, vice president of marketing, QLogic, "Whether you are a hyper scale, MSP, private cloud or enterprise data center operator, this controller addresses your major advanced computing needs for the next several years and aligns well with next-generation, high-density switching solutions to scale network infrastructure in these environments." QLogic Ethernet Adapter Solutions: High Performance with Flexibility The QLogic cLOM8514 controller is ideal for satisfying the networking and storage requirements of hyper scale and highly virtualized data centers and performance-intensive enterprise applications, such as online transaction processing. Featuring multi-protocol offload and concurrent LAN (TCP/IP) and SAN (FCoE, iSCSI) and low latency protocol processing over a shared Ethernet link, QLogic adapters offer maximum flexibility, with ultra-low CPU utilization freeing up server cycles for business-critical applications and virtual machines. QLogic QConvergeConsole(TM) adds multi-platform, single-pane-of-glass management of FCoE, iSCSI and TCP/IP protocols for ease-of-administration and converged network deployment. Why QLogic? The most advanced networks demand sophisticated capabilities, and for 20 years QLogic has consistently delivered performance, innovation, flexibility, reliability and control for these environments. Breakthrough application performance gives customers faster time-to-data. Innovation delivers new capabilities, greater efficiency and maximum performance. Unprecedented flexibility connects mission-critical applications to any storage network. Reliability is backed by the highest mean-time-between-failure and the industry's only five-year warranties, and robust infrastructure management capabilities put network controls in the hands of customers. Follow QLogic @ twitter.com/qlogic QLogic - the Ultimate in Performance QLogic (Nasdaq:QLGC) is a global leader and technology innovator in high performance server and storage networking connectivity products. Leading OEMs and channel partners worldwide rely on QLogic for their server and storage networking solutions. For more information, visit www.qlogic.com.

Win a CM Storm Devastator Keyboard/Mouse
     Thu, Oct 09 2014 | 9:03P | Tradeshows / Events | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Are you ready for some football? Up for grabs in week six of Bigbruin.com's Pro Football Pick 'Em is a CM Storm Devastator Keyboard/Mouse Combo and Skorpion Bungee!

Corsair Vengeance K70 RGB Review @ ocaholic
     Thu, Oct 09 2014 | 4:51P | Peripherals | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
ith their Vengeance K70 RGB, Corsair has a first gaming keyboard ready, which is using CherryMX RGB switches. This means, that it`s finally possible to completely customize the backlighting of keyboards with mechanical switches. Corsair already displayed this keyboard during this years Computex and now the K70 RGB is finally available."

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Review
     Thu, Oct 09 2014 | 12:57P | Games | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Should the denizens of Mordor come to fear the dead ranger, or should the dead be left to their end? In my opinion, bring the terror. *Shadow of Mordor* is a very fun game that does a great deal right, to the point that the developers should be quite proud of what they have delivered. Although some of the issues I have mentioned I found to be particularly annoying, they are outliers in the experience and not something to be troubled by. For someone looking for a well-designed and executed open-world game, I can think of few better. The graphics are amazing, the story compliments the game perfectly, and the gameplay is particularly fun and challenging as it can force the player to think before jumping in, thanks to the Nemesis system. I greatly look forward to seeing what comes next for Talion and the wraith, and I think many of you will, too."

AMD FX-8350 powering GTX 780 SLI vs GTX 980 SLI at 4K
     Thu, Oct 09 2014 | 11:23A | CPU / Processors | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Just how does a $300 AMD CPU and motherboard combo compare against a $1000 Intel combo at 4K on GTX 780 and GTX 980 SLI? Lets find out"

G.SKILL Ripjaws 4 16 GB 3000 MHz Kit (4x 4GB DDR4) @ techPowerUp
     Thu, Oct 09 2014 | 9:05A | Memory | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Built with some of the highest possible speeds without being the most expensive kit, the G.SKILL Ripjaws 4 3000 MHz C15 kit is a treat for both overclockers and gamers alike. Featuring a brand-new look that includes a new heatspreader design, the G.SKILL Ripjaws 4 3000 MHz kit is ready to take your system to the limit and beyond."

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