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InWin 901: A Story of Tempered Glass
     Thu, Jan 23 2014 | 12:28P | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Taiwanese hardware manufacturer InWin hit CES 2014 with a slew of new items to announce, and the official availability of one announced a couple of months prior to the show. The story of InWin?s CES 2014 announcement really centered on a single theme: Tempered Glass. Benchmark Reviews stopped by InWin?s booth at CES 2014 to talk about their new cases and to take a look at some other products you might not normally expect from InWin."
  FULL STORY @ BENCHMARKREVIEWS.COM

Sapphire R9 280X Toxic @ LanOC Reviews
     Thu, Jan 23 2014 | 10:02A | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
When I had the chance to check out the R9 270X Toxic from Sapphire at its launch I was completely blown away at both its performance and styling. Sapphire had obviously put a lot of time and effort reinventing their image, designs, and really stepped it up the performance. When given the chance to check out the R9 280X Toxic, I didnt even have to think about it. I couldnt wait to see if Sapphire could do the same with the R9 280X that impressed me so much with the R9 270X. Today is the day, lets dig in and see what its all about."
  FULL STORY @ LANOC.ORG

AMD Kaveri: Gallium3D vs. Catalyst Drivers
     Thu, Jan 23 2014 | 9:06A | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Now having looked at the Windows 8.1 vs. Ubuntu Linux performance, carried out an initial GPU comparison, and compared several Intel/AMD processors, our latest performance investigation with AMD`s A10-7850K Kaveri APU is looking at the Radeon R7 Graphics performance on Ubuntu Linux when using the open-source RadeonSI Gallium3D driver and then using the closed-source AMD Catalyst driver."
  FULL STORY @ PHORONIX.COM

HP Proliant MicroServer Gen8
     Thu, Jan 23 2014 | 9:03A | Servers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
HP's compact entry level small business server is back with a much anticipated update. The MicroServer Gen8 has a sleeker design than the original, much faster Ivy Bridge based processors, and more extensive server features. What of the noise?
  FULL STORY @ SILENTPCREVIEW

Zalman LQ320 Liquid Cooling System Review
     Thu, Jan 23 2014 | 9:02A | Cooling / Heatsinks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"The Zalman LQ320 self contained CPU water cooling system, like Zalman's other coolers of this series (LQ310, LQ315) is built by Asetek for use with a single 120mm fan. Unfortunately, while Zalman have historically demonstrated an uncanny ability to innovate and lead the heatsink market, the LQ320 and the other self-contained liquid coolers from this series just don't stand out."
  FULL STORY @ FROSTYTECH

Zalman LQ315 Liquid Cooling System Review
     Thu, Jan 23 2014 | 9:01A | Cooling / Heatsinks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Zalman released three water coolers in the hand of PC enthusiasts earlier this year, in this review Frostytech is testing out the LQ315 model - the middle child as it were. The LQ315 ships fully assembled, plumbed and filled with a coolant. It installs onto Intel socket LGA115x/1366/2011 and AMD socket AM2/AM3/FM1/FM2 processors. It uses a 120mm wide aluminum heat exchanger equipped with a single 120mm PWM fan that operates at 2000-900RPM. The pump/waterblock is built around a novel micro-skived copper base plate that is connected to the heat exchanger via a 30cm length of flexible rubber tubing."
  FULL STORY @ FROSTYTECH

Corsair Flash Voyager GO 32GB micro-USB Flash Drive Review @ Legit Reviews
     Thu, Jan 23 2014 | 9:00A | Memory | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Last week at the Consumer Electronics Show, Corsair announced the Flash Voyager GO USB 3.0 flash drive in 64GB, 32GB, and 16GB capacities. This drive was developed to make it simple to share movies, photos and videos between Android powered devices and the traditional PC. The magic to making this work is that this particular series of flash drives has both a USB and a micro-USB connector on it, so you can easily transfer your data from say a PC or notebook to any device that has a micro-USB port that has OTG support. Read on to see how it works and performs in our latest review."
  FULL STORY @ LEGITREVIEWS.COM

 
Gigabyte Uranium game mouse review
     Thu, Jan 23 2014 | 8:31A | Games | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
1.html,We test the Gigabyte Uranium game mouse in a review, a mouse that comes with an OLED display POD that will inform you of your mouse polling rate, DPI or even battery status. The high DPI mouse is fully programmable, has additional thumb game buttons (programmable as well). Being wireless the mouse is impressive and very responsive, and armed with internal memory, all in all this might be the most impressive mouse combo that Gigabyte has put on the market."
  FULL STORY @ GURU3D.COM

Western Digital My Cloud 2TB NAS Review @ Legit Reviews
     Wed, Jan 22 2014 | 4:58P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Ever since the emergence of Solid-State Drives, there?s been a conundrum facing laptop users in regards to storage options. Storage could be fast, large capacity, or low price ? pick two of the three. We?ve seen hybrid drives that mesh SSDs with HDDs using a caching method to boost performance but generally the SSD portion is less than ideal. Western Digital has a new spin on this concept with a hybrid drive of a different sort that they?ve aptly named BlackĀ². With it, they?ve actually combined a 120GB SSD and a 1TB HDD on a single drive, although separate save for the the SATA III interface they share. Before you go wetting yourself with anticipation, have a look at the performance numbers and our impressions to see if it truly delivers full SSD performance with HDD capacity..."
  FULL STORY @ LEGITREVIEWS.COM

Mionix Avior 7000 Optical Gaming Mouse Review
     Wed, Jan 22 2014 | 4:17P | Games | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
In search for an ambidextrous mouse with an optical sensor? The new Avior 7000 from Mionix may fit your needs. Let`s take a look."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN.COM

CM Storm Havoc Gaming Mouse @ techPowerUp
     Wed, Jan 22 2014 | 3:33P | Games | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
CM Storm`s new Havoc gaming mouse features the 8200 DPI Avago ADNS-9800 sensor which has proven to be one of the most consistent, high-performance laser sensors out there. That, coupled with plenty of buttons, should make for an interesting combination."
  FULL STORY @ TECHPOWERUP.COM

RadeonSI Gallium3D Is Improving But Still Long Shot From Catalyst
     Wed, Jan 22 2014 | 3:26P | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
While NVIDIA`s binary driver is much faster and better than AMD`s Catalyst, on the open-source driver side is where AMD has been shining. While their RadeonSI Gallium3D driver for Radeon HD 7000 series GPUs and newer is not nearly as well off as their pre-HD 7000 series (R600g) Gallium3D driver, they are making progress. In this article are benchmarks showing the out of the box performance on Ubuntu 13.10 with the modern open-source driver, benchmarks with the latest kernel and Mesa and LLVM, and then the AMD Catalyst driver. A range of modern Radeon HD 7000 and R9 graphics processors were used for this open-source versus closed-source driver testing."
  FULL STORY @ PHORONIX.COM

Incoming Blu-ray Release Deluge - September to December 2012
     Wed, Jan 22 2014 | 12:28P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Ben takes a look at the incredibly busy upcoming Blu-ray release schedule covering September till the end of 2012. Time to get excited?"
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN.COM

SanDisk Extreme II 240GB RAID 0 SSD Report
     Wed, Jan 22 2014 | 10:02A | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
One of only three drives to date featuring emulated SLC technology, SanDisk`s Extreme II is a Hyper-Class SSD geared toward the enthusiast crowd."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN.COM

Acer Aspire R7 Two-in-One Ultrabook Review
     Wed, Jan 22 2014 | 9:06A | Notebooks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Trace takes a look at Acer`s Aspire R7 two-in-one convertible Ultrabook. Does the radical design warrant it being on your radar? Let`s find out."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN.COM

Case Mods of CES 2014 @ ThinkComputers.org
     Wed, Jan 22 2014 | 9:00A | Tradeshows / Events | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
One of the coolest things we get to see when we visit companies at CES is the systems they have setup to showcase their products. This year we saw many different case mods and custom systems showing off hardware. So here is our little CES 2014 Case Mods Gallery! Be sure to let us know which case mod you like the best in the comments. Enjoy!"
  FULL STORY @ THINKCOMPUTERS

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