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ASUS Transformer Pad TF300 review: Tegra 3 for the masses
     Fri, May 04 2012 | 4:03P | Notebooks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
A common complaint of people interested in buying a tablet is the considerable price of these devices. More recently we've witnessed a price drop in tablets by smaller manufacturers, but none of the big names have really followed suit yet. Companies such as Viewsonic are launching tablets with IPS panels in the £200-£250 range, and the real cheap tablets (below £160) are getting increasingly better. The 7-inch 70b internet tablet by Archos falls in the latter category, even though it is is fully Google-certified. In other words, consumers wanting to spend less on a tablet are getting more and better options. ASUS desires a piece of this pie as well, and has released the Transformer Pad TF300, which we will now take a closer look at.
  FULL STORY @ HARDWARE

Cooler Master HAF XM at Modders-Inc
     Fri, May 04 2012 | 4:02P | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
For the year 2012 Cooler Master is furthering it's endeavor to create the ultimate High Air Flow chassis for all gaming and computer enthusiasts alike. Yes, I am talking about the Cooler Master HAF series of computer cases.
  FULL STORY @ MODDERS

ASUS Transformer Pad 300 Review
     Fri, May 04 2012 | 4:01P | Notebooks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The 10.1-inch Asus Transformer Pad 300 boasts a beautiful IPS display, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, and NVIDIA’s Tegra 3 SoC. Our tablet also came with 32GB of onboard storage plus 8GB of ASUS Webstorage space, along with an SD card slot for expansion (there will be a 16GB option, as well). There’s a 1.2MP webcam on the front and an 8MP camera on the back; although the latter boasts some excellent features, including autofocus, there’s unfortunately no flash...
  FULL STORY @ HOTHARDWARE

Hitachi 7K4000 / 5K4000 4 TB review: a new milestone
     Fri, May 04 2012 | 4:00P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
An evolution, but not a revolution - that is how we'd like to describe Hitachi's new 4 TB hard drives. The performance is excellent. With its high data density the 7K4000 is the fastest 7,200 RPM drive that we've ever tested, while the 5,400 RPM 5K4000 almost achieves 7,200 RPM-like performance. The good performance and huge storage capacity luckily do not come at a high price. They don't cost more than typical 2+ TB drives if you look at the price per GB. The noise production is acceptable, even though it could have been lower. The idle power usage could have been lower as well, especially considering the high probability that disks like these will end up in a Home Server or NAS.
  FULL STORY @ HARDWARE

Intel Core i7 3770K / i5 3570K / i5 3550 Ivy Bridge review
     Fri, May 04 2012 | 1:38P | CPU / Processors | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We’ve seen that the new desktop processors are about 10 per cent faster than their predecessors. It's a nice improvement, but it doesn't give you the feeling that Ivy Bridge is significantly faster than Sandy Bridge. The GPU part of the processors, that's where it gets interesting. Not only does Intel support DirectX 11, but the performance of the integrated GPU has been seriously improved. Intel has not quite reached the level of AMD’s A8 chips, but is getting closer. AMD will have to work hard to stay ahead in terms of graphics. Our measurements of their power consumption proved that Ivy Bridge typically is more efficient than Sandy Bridge. It's not a huge difference, but the 10 per cent performance improvement and better energy efficiency means that the performance-per-watt receives a nice boost. In this regard Intel keeps putting more distance between itself and AMD. For the mobile segment the improved performance-per-watt means that laptops and Ultrabooks can become faster and even thinner with Ivy Bridge. For overclockers we were disappointed in the potential for air and water cooled systems, at least with the samples we tested. Sandy Bridge processors are still better for overclocking and remain cooler. But for overclockers with access to extreme cooling methods, then Ivy Bridge reportedly can provide some spectacular results surpassing the 6GHz mark.
  FULL STORY @ HARDWARE

16 four- and five-bay NAS devices reviewed
     Fri, May 04 2012 | 1:38P | Servers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Are the hard drives in your computer full, but external hard drives don't provide enough space or safety? What you need then is Network Attached Storage (NAS). If you go for the ones with room for four to five normal hard drives, it will give you a large amount of safe and reliable storage. A larger number of drives should be interesting for those needing significant storage space - companies, film and music collectors, and professional photographers. We've reviewed 16 four- and five-bay NAS solutions, that can provide up to 15 terabytes of storage using 3 TB disks.
  FULL STORY @ HARDWARE

Western Digital VelociRaptor 1TB reviewed
     Fri, May 04 2012 | 1:38P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
For its price you can also buy a conventional 1TB drive plus a fast caching SSD, or a 1TB drive with a 120GB SSD as start-up disk. Starting Windows, loading game levels, editing photos, and other standard tasks will go faster with those two options than with the Velociraptor. But there are scenarios where the Velociraptor would be preferable. For example, when you work with very large files - the PCMark 7 video editing benchmark is a prime example - then the Velociraptor almost equals the performance of an SSD for a quarter of the price. This is its selling point, if you frequently edit videos or need to quickly process terabytes of files for other reasons, then one or more Velociraptors is a good choice. SSDs are still too expensive to fill such a role. The conclusion is that the Velociraptor remains a niche product. Most consumers will be better off combining a traditional hard drive with a small but fast SSD.
  FULL STORY @ HARDWARE

 
MSI Radeon HD 7870 HAWK 2GB Overclocked
     Fri, May 04 2012 | 1:36P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"MSI expand the popular HAWK series with the introduction of the popular AMD Radeon HD 7870 to the performance based series of video cards."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN

Microsoft Windows 8: Mostly A Crap Wreck
     Fri, May 04 2012 | 1:36P | Operating System | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"For the past few days I have been trying out the Microsoft Windows 8 Consumer Preview. For the most part, I would call Windows 8 a crap wreck, but it is not without a few advantages over Linux."
  FULL STORY @ PHORONIX

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 690 Dual-GK104 GPU Review
     Fri, May 04 2012 | 1:24P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
After testing the GeForce GTX 680 last month, it was practically a foregone conclusion that a dual-GPU powered graphics card based on the same GK104 GPU was coming down the pipeline. The GK104 at the heart of the GeForce GTX 680 was able to best AMD’s current flagship GPU more often than not in our testing, and it did so while consuming less power with a smaller chip die size. If NVIDIA could stick two of their previous-generation, much larger and more power hungry, GF110 chips onto a single card with the GeForce GTX 590, doing the same with the GK104 would come as no surprise. NVIDIA did have a few surprises in store with the GTX 690 though, even if we all sort of knew the card was coming...
  FULL STORY @ HOTHARDWARE

CM Storm Trigger Gaming Keyboard Review
     Fri, May 04 2012 | 1:21P | Peripherals | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today we will be looking at the latest gaming keyboard in the CM Storm line, the Trigger. Cooler Master works with high profile professional gamers and enthusiasts through their eSports sponsorships to co-develop products like the Trigger at a military grade level. The result is some of the most attractive and functional products on the market today.
  FULL STORY @ NINJALANE

Coolermaster Silent Pro M2 720w Review
     Fri, May 04 2012 | 1:20P | Power Supply | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Coolermaster Silent Pro M2 PSU is one of CM’s new silent rated product range, which is both efficient and most importantly, affordable. We see the new Silent Pro M2 models range from a low 420w right up to the high 1000w, specifically: 420w, 520w, 620...
  FULL STORY @ HARDWARELOOK

Cooler Master Storm Trigger @ LanOC Reviews
     Fri, May 04 2012 | 1:20P | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Just two years ago the only mechanical keyboards you would find were from companies like DAS keyboard trying to create a nitch market. Over the past two years things have really exploded with every manufacture you can think of introducing their own mechanical keyboards. Cooler Master has been especially aggressive with multiple unique designs like their Quickfire series. What they did lack was a full featured mechanical keyboard with full backlighting, until now. Today they officially introduce their Storm Trigger, although it you look around the board was available Globally before now. With full backlighting it falls into a small category of Mechanical Keyboards with very little competition. I am excited to see how it performs.
  FULL STORY @ LANOC

Corsair Vengeance K90 Gaming
     Fri, May 04 2012 | 1:19P | Peripherals | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Mechanical keyboards, despite their clear superiority over conventional dome membrane keyboards, have long been on life support. Major hardware manufacturers have abandoned the keyboards in droves for cheaper, quieter, mushier replacements that cost less than $5 to mass produce in China. And yet despite this, the mechanical dream has been kept alive for many years by a bunch of neckbeards who clutched onto their Model M keyboards for life. Usually for the improved feel, but also sometimes in a literal sense because that 6-pound behemoth is generally closer at-hand and much heavier than a baseball bat for fending off home intruders.
  FULL STORY @ VENGEANCE

This year a signed GTX680 by Jensen Huang will be the prize.
     Fri, May 04 2012 | 1:19P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
For the last 4 years NVIDIA has stepped up in honor of my daughter Stephanie's fight with cancer to help support Folding@Home in hope they can find a cure for cancer and other diseases. This year a signed GTX680 by Jensen Huang will be the prize.
  FULL STORY @ JENSEN

Gainward GeForce GTX 680 Phantom Review
     Fri, May 04 2012 | 1:09P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
On paper, the GTX 680 has almost 200% more shader performance than the GTX 580, roughly 250% more texture performance, 90% more ROP performance and 100% more memory bandwidth. With the Radeon HD 7970 only being ~9% faster than the GTX 580, AMD appears to have priced itself into a corner this time around.
  FULL STORY @ TECHSPOT

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