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Thermaltake Ttesports MEKA G-Unit Illuminated Keyboard Review @ TechwareLabs.com
     Thu, Jan 16 2014 | 4:58P | Peripherals | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
If you really want to get your game on then you are going to need some serious gaming gear. Nothing in more important to your game than your keyboard and mouse. Thermaltake has you covered with the Tt-eSPORTS Meka G-Unit illuminated mechanical keyboard. One look at the Meka G-Unit and you know your gaming with power. TechwareLabs brings you a look at the G-Unit and what you can expect. Read on."
  FULL STORY @ TECHWARELABS.COM

be quiet! Power Zone 850-Watt 80 PLUS Bronze Power Supply Review
     Thu, Jan 16 2014 | 3:33P | Power Supply | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We take a look at our first mid-range PSU from be quiet! You`ll certainly want to read this if you`re considering the Power Zone 850."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN.COM

Cooler Master GXII 650W @ LanOC Reviews
     Thu, Jan 16 2014 | 12:40P | Power Supply | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Cooler Master offers a wide variety of power supply solutions, and understanding the multitude of series and product families can be a bit daunting. The units essentially break down into four main categories, gaming being an intermediate solution between enthusiast and entry-level units. The GX, or Game Xtreme, line of power supplies have recently been re-introduced with a few improvements that blur the lines between enthusiast, gamer, and their self-entitled silent demographics while continuing to pay mind to budgets of a crowd torn between a software library and the hardware required to support it. Today we have the 650W version of the new GXII PSU family, and well take a look at what new offerings it brings to the table."
  FULL STORY @ LANOC.ORG

Synology DS214play @ techPowerUp
     Thu, Jan 16 2014 | 10:28A | Servers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The latest trend in NAS devices is to reproduce multimedia content, which home users appreciate since it provides them with the ability to also use their NAS as a media player. Synology adheres to this trend with the DS214play we are testing today - this unit`s media server features allow it to transcode 1080p Full HD video on the fly."
  FULL STORY @ TECHPOWERUP.COM

NVIDIA GRID Beta Testing on SHIELD - An Optimistic First Hands On
     Thu, Jan 16 2014 | 10:02A | Games | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Overall my experience with the first beta of GRID was very positive including both latency and image quality. Yes, there were definitely times when we got a lot of macro-blocking due to bandwidth hiccups, but they were infrequent. You could tell pretty much anytime there was motion on the screen that you were watching a video rather than native gameplay, but I think the effect is much less apparent now than it was when I first tried services like OnLive."
  FULL STORY @ PCPER.COM

Toshiba Q Series Pro 256GB RAID 0 SSD Report
     Thu, Jan 16 2014 | 9:02A | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Samsung finally has something to worry about. Toshiba`s Q Series Pro is an SSD that breaks the rules, and comes up as a Hyper-Class crown contender."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN.COM

Tt eSPORTS MEKA G1 Illuminated Mechanical Gaming Keyboard
     Thu, Jan 16 2014 | 9:02A | Peripherals | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Up until 5 years ago the only keyboards you`d find on my two desks featured the standard membrane technology for the keys (rubber dome) and since 1989 when i got my first personal computer i must have changed at least 10 of them not because they stopped working out of the blue but because of many other reasons. That suddenly changed with the increasing flow of keyboards featuring mechanical switches (Cherry MX keys) into the market by most of the leading gaming peripheral manufacturers. Certainly mechanical keyboards are not something new and as a matter of fact they`ve been around for quite some time but it wasn`t until quite recently that most manufacturers figured out they could also pitch them to the general public (gamers especially). Today we`ll be taking a thorough look at what seems to be a very basic gaming mechanical keyboard at first glance the MEKA G-1 Illuminated by Tt eSPORTS."
  FULL STORY @ NIKKTECH.COM

 
ASUS R9 270X DirectCU II TOP Video Card Review @ ThinkComputers.org
     Thu, Jan 16 2014 | 9:00A | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Here we are back with another graphics card review. Today we are taking a look at ASUSs R9 270X DirectCU II Top Graphics Card. AMDs R9 270X cards are of course based off the same 28nm Pitcairn GPU that we saw in the Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition graphics card. As the name of this card indicates it will features ASUSs own DirectCU II cooling solution, which should offer better thermals than AMDs stock cooler while also producing less noise. This is also a TOP edition card so it is factory overclocked with the core clock being bumped up from 1050 MHz to 1120 MHz. The 2 GB of onboard GDDR5 remains at the same 5600 MHz (effective) as the reference design. Is this the R9 270X that you are looking for? Read on to find out"
  FULL STORY @ THINKCOMPUTERS

FSP AURUM S 600W Power Supply Review @ APH Networks
     Thu, Jan 16 2014 | 8:31A | Power Supply | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
APH Networks cracks open a FSP AURUM S 600W to give it a close look."
  FULL STORY @ APHNETWORKS.COM

Cooler Master Nepton 280L Liquid Cooling System Reviewed on Frostytech
     Thu, Jan 16 2014 | 2:22A | Cooling / Heatsinks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
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Coolermaster's Nepton 280L is the best performing all-in-one CPU watercooler Frostytech has tested... thus far. More surprisingly for us, the Nepton 280L managed to rise to the top of the 200W Intel LGA2011, 150W & 85W Intel LGA115x/775 and 125W AMD synthetic thermal heatsink test results charts. After testing +750 CPU thermal solutions, it's kind of nice to be surprised.

  FULL STORY @ FROSTYTECH

TDK A33 Wireless Weatherproof Speaker
     Wed, Jan 15 2014 | 4:58P | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
By the time this review gets online 2014 will have already arrived in several countries so before we continue Id like to wish a HAPPY NEW YEAR to everyone around the world. May 2014 bring prosperity, happiness, health and success to everyone and may we all get along even better than we do now. Now as you all know consumer products are especially popular during the Christmas holidays not only because most manufacturers tend to release many new products just prior in order to tempt consumers in spending their much awaited holiday bonus but also because many retailers do amazing discounts (black Friday anyone?) in order to deplete their stock and consequently show profit (well that`s the main reason anyways). Portable wireless speakers are amongst the hottest consumer electronic products currently available but with so many manufacturers competing for the first place it`s really hard to decide which model is the right one to cover your needs. "
  FULL STORY @ NIKKTECH.COM

ECS Z87H3-M Motherboard - Intel Z87 Chipset, 4K Resolution, Crossfire X Graphic
     Wed, Jan 15 2014 | 4:22P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF

ECS is pleased to announce the Z87H3-M, the smartest Z87 MicroATX motherboard choice on the market for high-end gamers. The Z87H3-M is packed with features that enhance the gaming experience out of the box and provides a future upgrade path, all wahile still being affordable price.

This is an ECS Durathon board, which means it has the Triple Density moisture-proof PCB, ultra-high Extreme Temperature Resistance, and extra-stringent testing. ECS Z87H3-M features 100% durable, heat-resistant solid capacitors for an ultra-long, stable life, even with the serious electrical and thermal demands of the latest gaming hardware. Solid capacitors typically provide a lifetime 6 times longer than the electrolytic capacitors used in lower-quality products. Meanwhile external connectors, such as VGA, USB and LAN ports, feature heavy-duty ESD (electrostatic discharge) protection, to protect delicate internal components from static and other electrical disturbances.

Up to 3 independent displays are supported, with 1 HDMI port (DP optional), 1 DVI port, and a VGA port to ensure compatibility with any kind of monitor. There's also 8-channel audio onboard for thunderous gaming sound and vivid music.

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Unlimited Expansion and Upgrade Potential
ECS Z87H3-M features a host of expansion options. There are dual channel 4 x DDR3 1600 slots for up to 32GB of DRAM, meeting the demands of modern 64-bit operating systems. On board there are 2 PCI Express x16 slots for extreme fast AMD Crossfire X support (1 x Generation 3, and 1 x Generation 2 running in 4x mode), a PCI Express x1 slot, and also a PCI slot for compatibility with other cards.

There are 6 SATA 6.0 Gigabyte/sec connections, providing for multiple terabytes of internal drive storage. For external devices, such as disk drivers, printers, cameras, phones, and media players, ECS Z87H3-M offers 2 x USB 3.0 and 4 x USB 2.0 connectors - with internal headers there are 4 x USB 3.0 and 10 x USB 2.0 ports in total. Network connectivity is fast, with a Gigabit LAN socket. To provide compatibility with products, without wasting space on sockets, the board includes headers for COM/serial port, TPM, and LPT devices.

Unique ECS Features
Special ECS features include EZ charger technology to help users recharge phones and other external devices. Normally USB ports would switch to low current mode when the system is off, making recharging very slow. But EZ charger provides 3 times the current of competing products during S5 mode (system shutdown), recharging external devices rapidly and safely.

The exclusive ECS iEZ utility combines eBLU BIOS Live Update Utility, eDLU Drivers Live Update Utility - to keep the system up to date with minimal hassle - and eSF Smart Fan Utility, which reduces system noise while allowing the system to work safely at maximum speed when required. Additional features include Intel Smart Response, which combines the speed of SSD and the capacity of traditional hard disks, allowing huge data storage with fast access times. Intel Rapid Start Technology provides an almost instant start up.

Availability
The ECS Z87H3-M is the ultimate high-value motherboard for high-end gamers and demanding PC users, and will be available worldwide in January 2014 for the suggested retail price of $100.

About ECS (Elitegroup Computer Systems)
ECS, Elitegroup Computer Systems, was established in 1987. In recent years, ECS's main focus has expanded from motherboards to All-in-One PCs, notebook computers, graphics cards and other mobile products. ECS is strongly committed to developing cutting-edge technology in order to create innovative products under environmentally friendly designs. ECS's comprehensive quality control system ensures all of ECS products can be counted on for stability and reliability. Visit http://www.ecs.com.tw to learn more.

  FULL STORY @ ECS

AMD Catalyst 13.12 WHQL tested @ ocaholic
     Wed, Jan 15 2014 | 4:17P | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Once more AMD has updated their Catalyst drivers and like always performance should be higher with the latest set. We`ve had a closer look at this driver version and ran a set of benchmarks and games on no less than 10 different AMD graphics cards, where there are models from the R9, HD 7000 and HD 6000 Series. Last but not least there are some rather surprising findings."
  FULL STORY @ OCAHOLIC.CH

be quiet! Power Zone 1000 W @ techPowerUp
     Wed, Jan 15 2014 | 3:33P | Power Supply | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today, we will test the strongest member of be quiet!s latest series, the Power Zone line. With 1000 W capacity and six PCIe connectors, it will easily handle a high-end gaming system. The PSU can even power and thermally control up to three case fans, which contributes to the quiet operation of your entire system."
  FULL STORY @ TECHPOWERUP.COM

ASUS Maximus VI Gene Z87 Motherboard Review
     Wed, Jan 15 2014 | 12:02P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Overall, the ASUS Maximus VI Gene is without a doubt an excellent motherboard from build quality and looks, boasting an 8-layer PCB complexity and high quality components, to the software bundle you can actually use and to the UEFI that improves upon the already great UEFI used in the last RoG generation. It is excellent all around and more importantly, the price is not too crazy considering the features you get , performance you can see and the potential you can unlock.
  FULL STORY @ MAXIMUS

ROG TYTAN G30 - Gaming Performance
     Wed, Jan 15 2014 | 12:01P | Games | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
ASUS provided us with one of their ROG TYTAN G30 Gaming PCs. Since these desktops target gamers, we're going to have a closer look at gaming performance running a set of different game benchmarks. By the end we will be able to tell you how suitable these PCs are for gaming. Since there are three different versions of ROG TYTAN G30 desktops available in Switzerland, we're going to benchmark all three versions on the following pages.
  FULL STORY @ OCAHOLIC

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