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ASUS Radeon R9 270 Direct CU II Review
     Mon, Nov 25 2013 | 9:03A | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The seemingly never-ending onslaught of new graphics cards as of late continues today with the official release of the AMD Radeon R9 270. Like the Radeon R9 270X that came before it, the Radeon R9 270 isn't a totally new product. This mainstream graphics card actually leverages the same GPU that powered last-year's Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition. AMD, however, has tweaked the clocks and through software and board level revisions updated the card to allow for more flexible use of its display outputs...
  FULL STORY @ HOTHARDWARE

Asrock M8 Mini-ITX Gaming PC Review
     Mon, Nov 25 2013 | 9:02A | Games | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Even if the Asrock M8's style is not your thing, there's less room to argue that the M8 is unique and that was enough to earn our attention. We've been impressed with the looks of previous Asrock products, but the M8 is a clear step up having been designed by BMW Group DesignworksUSA, the driving force behind Thermaltake's Level 10 chassis, a case as overpriced as it is iconic.
  FULL STORY @ TECHSPOT

Apple iPad Air: The TechSpot Review
     Mon, Nov 25 2013 | 9:01A | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The iPad is now on its fifth iteration and with it comes a new name, the iPad Air. True to the moniker, Apple's latest full-size tablet has been put on a significant diet. It retains the same 9.7-inch display but with a bezel that is 43 percent thinner along with a 20 percent reduction in overall thickness.
  FULL STORY @ TECHSPOT

Gigabyte GeForce GTX 760 4GB Video Card Review 2GB or 4GB of VRAM @ Legit Reviews
     Mon, Nov 25 2013 | 9:00A | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 2GB is one of the most sold graphics cards today. It has proven to be a great card for those with a 1080p gaming setup as it is relatively affordable and can often be found for around $250. In recent months companies like Gigabyte have begun offering 4GB models of this popular card for an extra $40-50 over the price of the base model with 2GB of memory.  Gigabyte currently has the Gigabyte GTX 760 GDDR5-2GB for $259.99 and the Gigabyte GTX760 GDDR5-4GB for $299.99, so they are charging $40 or 15% more to have double the frame buffer. Many gamers are wondering how much memory they need, so when we got the chance to look at the Gigabyte GeForce GTX 760 4GB we couldn`t pass it up.  We would finally be able to see if the extra frame buffer was just a marketing gimmick or something useful that was worth the extra money...."
  FULL STORY @ LEGITREVIEWS.COM

AMD Radeon R9 290 Review On Linux
     Mon, Nov 25 2013 | 9:00A | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"AMD unveiled the Radeon R9 290 graphics card at the beginning of November as one step down from the new flagship Radeon R9 290X graphics card. Numerous Windows reviews praised the graphics card for its great performance, but what wasn't clear at the time was how the Linux performance and compatibility was for this new $399 USD graphics card. AMD hadn't offered any review samples to Phoronix for conducting any Linux-based testing and benchmarking, but it's more clear now why that didn't happen: the Linux performance isn't stellar. I bought an XFX Radeon R9 290 and now there's many Linux benchmarks coming out of this graphics card that's riddled by what might be driver issues. I already regret having purchased the AMD Radeon R9 290 for use on Linux; the graphics card is hot, power hungry, noisy, and the OpenGL results aren't too good."
  FULL STORY @ PHORONIX

ASUS RT-AC68U & PCE-AC68 Wireless AC Review @ Hardware Canucks
     Mon, Nov 25 2013 | 4:53A | Networking | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
With the wireless 820.11 wireless AC standard gaining"
  FULL STORY @ HARDWARECANUCKS.COM

LSI SandForce SF-3700 Flash SSD Controller Questions Answered
     Mon, Nov 25 2013 | 4:21A | Memory | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Since first discovery of the next gen LSI SandForce FSP , we have seen this controller shed its Codename Griffin skin and receive official validation as the new LSI SandForce SF-3700 Series flash controller, indeed capable of top SSD performance speeds of 1.8GB/s. There are a ton of questions that remain, however. Why hasnt it been released? Why havent we seen thorough performance benchmarks? Are there heat issues with the controller? Is it possible, like folklore describing the Griffin with its head of an eagle and body of a lion, that the SF3700 family is myth and something that we may just never see? Lets tackle these questions one by one, all the while showing you some early examples of what various LSI SandForce partners have to offer."
  FULL STORY @ THESSDREVIEW.COM

 
SilverStone Kublai KL04 Mid-Tower ATX Chassis Review
     Mon, Nov 25 2013 | 4:14A | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Kublai series of cases fits right in between the Precision and Temijin lines of enclosures by SilverStone. Losing some of the Temjin?s aluminum construction but retaining most of the innovative features of the more expensive line of towers, the KL04 is the fourth iteration of a chassis that began in 2007 and was notable for its storage capacity in a mid tower form factor. Looking to continue the tradition, the SilverStone Kublai KL04 uses a slightly different cooling arrangement and understated design to offer space for nine 3.5? drives, along with four external 5.25? bays and room for six 2.5? drives. That?s a lot of storage in a mid tower ? can it keep everything cool? Benchmark Reviews is ready to find out!"
  FULL STORY @ BENCHMARKREVIEWS.COM

Awesome BlizzCon 2013 CosPlay Pictures By Legit Reviews
     Sun, Nov 24 2013 | 4:50P | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The ASUS RT-AC56U Dual-band Gigabit Wireless-AC1200 router is built around a Dual-core Cortex-A9 800MHz CPU and 256MB of DDR3 Memory. The RT-AC56U is a 2x2 solution offering concurrent dual-band connections of 300Mbps on the 2.4GHz band and 867Mbps on the 5GHz band when using the AC wireless standard, for up to 1167Mbps. ASUS bundles many features with the RT-AC56U including the easy to use ASUSWRT interface, AiCloud 2.0, VPN capability, and DDNS built in. To go along with these software features you have two USB ports located on the back of the router for storage devices, printers, or 3G/4G modems. "
  FULL STORY @ LEGITREVIEWS.COM

Project Build: Lunchbox v3 Part 3 @ LanOC Reviews
     Sun, Nov 24 2013 | 4:34P | Games | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Now that you know a little more about all of the parts that are going into Lunchbox 3, today we are going to go over how well the installation went and then put it all to the test in a few benchmarks. This is where we can finally see how the part choices work out and talk about any regrets I might have with them. Of course Im most excited to see how it all performs. Then this coming weekend I can finally put it to good use at a LAN."
  FULL STORY @ LANOC.ORG

Powercolor Radeon R9-270X Devil
     Sun, Nov 24 2013 | 4:03P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Powercolor is one of the AMD partners that you see from time to time and they are really known for such designs as the Devil series cards which really shot them into the limelight for the AMD camp about a year or so back now. Well today we have in hand a newer “Devil” based model in the R9-270X Devil. The Devil edition is always known as the extreme performance variant and this is no exception with the telltale triple fan cooler, red/black cladding and full backplate carrying the design to the upper echelon in the looks department and the performance department is no slouch either.
  FULL STORY @ BJORN3D

Mionix Avior 8200 Gaming Mouse
     Sun, Nov 24 2013 | 4:02P | Mouse Pads | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
“There aren’t many quality ambidextrous gaming mice on the market, so the Mionix Avior 8200 is in a small but competitive group of products. Quality, features, and comfort are typically the important trifecta for consumers in this segment. At a price of about $85, the Avior 8200 is positioned as a flagship mouse of sorts from Mionix, despite its more niche target audience, and certainly sits in the upper pricing echelons of gaming mice. It’s not cheap, but it looks promising. Is it worth the premium? Let’s take a closer look at the Mionix Avior 8200 and find out.”
  FULL STORY @ PUREOVERCLOCK

HIS R7 260X iPower IceQ X2 and R9 270X iCooler IceQ X2
     Sun, Nov 24 2013 | 4:01P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
“Today we’re focusing on two cards from HIS, a company we’re very familiar with, having seen many of their products in the past couple of generations in AMD cards. HIS typically produces cards with custom coolers and aggressive factory overclocks, and these two are no different. The R7 260X iPower IceQ X2 and R9 270X iCooler IceQ X2 Turbo have excessively long names, but more to the point: they are sleek, come with impressive overclocks, and look to offer good gaming value. Let’s take a closer look at the HIS R7 260X IceQ X2 and HIS R9 270X iCooler IceQ X2 Turbo to find out how they measure up.”
  FULL STORY @ PUREOVERCLOCK

BIOSTAR NM70I-1037U Motherboard Review @ Madshrimps
     Sun, Nov 24 2013 | 3:07P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The BIOSTAR NM70I-1037U board features an improved CPU Ivy Bridge Celeron 1037 which is powerful enough to perform many tasks. In order to boost the 3D capabilities even further we can install a dedicated video card into the available PCI-Express x16 port so we would be even able to game with low to mainstream graphics levels."
  FULL STORY @ MADSHRIMPS.BE

BIOSTAR NM70I-1037U Motherboard Review @ Madshrimps
     Sun, Nov 24 2013 | 3:07P | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The BIOSTAR NM70I-1037U board features an improved CPU Ivy Bridge Celeron 1037 which is powerful enough to perform many tasks. In order to boost the 3D capabilities even further we can install a dedicated video card into the available PCI-Express x16 port so we would be even able to game with low to mainstream graphics levels."
  FULL STORY @ MADSHRIMPS.BE

BIOSTAR NM70I-1037U Motherboard Review @ Madshrimps
     Sun, Nov 24 2013 | 3:07P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The BIOSTAR NM70I-1037U board features an improved CPU, Ivy Bridge Celeron 1037, which is powerful enough to perform many tasks. In order to boost the 3D capabilities even further, we can install a dedicated video card into the available PCI-Express x16 port so we would be even able to game with low to mainstream graphics levels."
  FULL STORY @ MADSHRIMPS.BE

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