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Thecus N7710-G 10GbE 7-bay NAS Review
     Tue, Jun 10 2014 | 4:26P | Servers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today Chris spends some time with the Thecus N7710-G. This beast of a NAS not only includes seven drive bays, but also 10 gigabit networking as well."

Intel i7-4790K Devils Canyon @ LanOC Reviews
     Tue, Jun 10 2014 | 3:02P | CPU / Processors | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
When it comes to CPUs there are only a few options available when you are looking for the fastest performance. Up until now you could go with a Haswell CPU or if you wanted more cores The Ivy Bridge-E CPUs. AMDs has done well on the integrated GPU side of things but for pure CPU power Intel has been the only way to go. Recently Intel announced their latest refresh with their Devils Canyon CPUs. Today I finally have the chance to put the i7-4790k to the test and see what kind of improvement it is over the i7-4770k."

The Intel Core i7-4790K - Devils Canyon Review and Overclocking
     Tue, Jun 10 2014 | 1:41P | CPU / Processors | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Performance of the Core i7-4790K is impressive, even if you choose to not overclock at all. The 500 MHz clock speed increase (at both base and Turbo speeds) when compared to the Core i7-4790K makes the choice between the two parts pretty much a no-brainer. Benchmarks clearly showed the advantage of the Devil`s Canyon CPU and it ranges from 7-15% depending on the application and the threaded efficiency of the application. That is a hefty boost in today`s world of x86 processors and the fact that we are creeping closer and closer into the Ivy Bridge-E territory is great news. And hopefully that means the Haswell-E parts are right around the corner."

Intel Devils Canyon Core i7-4790K Review @ Vortez
     Tue, Jun 10 2014 | 11:52A | CPU / Processors | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Devil`s Canyon CPUs - sold under the Core i7 4790K and Core i5 4690K - are designed with higher base clocks and higher overclocks in mind. At one stage many were working under the impression that the i7 4790K would be a simple multiplier bump of the i7 4770K, bringing very little added value to the market over its predecessor. As we will see in the review the 4790K is a substantial engineering improvement, creating a major lead in both stock speeds and additional overclocking headroom without a price increase."

HyperX again claims new DDR3 frequency WR at 2282.8MHz @ Madshrimps
     Tue, Jun 10 2014 | 11:00A | Memory | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The two Gigabyte in-house overclockers HiCookie and Sofos set a new memory frequency record during the HyperX OC event at Computex 2014. The previous record, done by the same crew w"

Red Faction: Armageddon 3 Years-Later Review
     Tue, Jun 10 2014 | 10:56A | Games | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Is it worth returning to Mars with Red Faction: Armageddon? In my opinion it definitely is. The game looks good, runs great, and is just a fun experience. It empowers you to cause as much destruction as you want, but also allows you to rebuild afterward. It takes many of the mechanics of the franchise and raises them to a new and enjoyable level. I mentioned in the introduction how it has an interesting place in the franchise, and now I will explain what I meant by that. I can remember when Red Faction: Armageddon first came out how a lot of people panned it and dismissed it for one reason in particular. It is not a sequel to Red Faction: Guerrilla. After that game, many were expecting another open-world, sandbox experience, and instead we received a very linear shooter. While I can understand the disappointment many felt, this game is still a fun and enjoyable member of the Red Faction franchise, and one worth playing."

Samsung 845DC EVO Review (960GB) Great Read Performance Low Prices
     Tue, Jun 10 2014 | 10:54A | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The 845DC EVO comes in 3 capacities: 240, 480 and 960GB. We are primarily looking at the 960 version today. Regardless of the capacity, the 845DC specifies some blistering read performance. 87K IOPS is a huge number that puts Samsung at the top of almost every enterprise SSD list. Samsung did fix one of the wrongs of the SM843, which was the lack of power-loss protection. The 845DC should have a level of protection during power loss that SM843 lacked."

WD My Passport Pro 4TB Thunderbolt Portable Storage Review
     Tue, Jun 10 2014 | 10:04A | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We look at another bus-powered Thunderbolt solution. Enter the Passport Pro from WD. Follow on as Tyler gives us a rundown on this new portable device."

AMD Kaveri Mobile Preview - AMD FX-7600P Performance
     Tue, Jun 10 2014 | 9:52A | CPU / Processors | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The GPU performance stood out of course and AMD is surely hoping that the continued migration of software to an OpenCL friendly design will help push its advantage even further. PCMark8 is still a bit too forward-looking to really put all of our weight behind, but the results are great for AMD. If you want a mainstream notebook that can do some basic gaming at 1080p without the need for a discrete GPU, then the Kaveri APU is going to be leaps and bounds ahead of anything Intel has in the same thermal envelope."

ADATA Premier Pro 128GB SDXC UHS I Class 3 Memory Card Review
     Tue, Jun 10 2014 | 9:06A | Memory | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Tyler tells us all about ADATA`s new Premier Pro 128GB SDXC memory card. Does this UHS I Class 3 device fit the bill for your needs? Read on."

Fractal Design ARC Mini R2
     Tue, Jun 10 2014 | 9:00A | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Fractal-ARCMINIR2 (3) If there is one thing that gets my cooling fans spinning, it is a nice case. Computer cases range from garbage to extraordinary. The wide selection of manufacturers, styles, colors, and features can make picking one a daunting task. Sometimes, an inexpensive good-looking case leaves you wanting features you found in a more expensive, less appealing (downright ugly) case. Well, there are only a few "go to" manufacturers for me, and believe me, Fractal Design is moving up the ladder quickly. After Fractal Designs released the Define R4, I didn't look back. Let's see if they can keep up the good work with the ARC Mini R2.

Transistor Review
     Tue, Jun 10 2014 | 7:45A | Editorial | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Should we work to stop the Process, or let the world of Transistor meet that fate? I cannot say. The best you will get from me is that I fail to recommend the game. Please understand that a lack of a positive is not a negative. I would still describe Transistor over all as being enjoyable, but it just has too many issues for me to comfortably say it is worth playing. At best, I find the game to be mediocre or average, with some highs and some lows. It never succeeded in grabbing me and I cannot say that I believe it will grab anyone else. You can have fun playing it, but for me to recommend a game, I should be able to say You will have fun playing it. That is one guarantee I cannot give for this."

MSI Z97 MPOWER MAX AC Motherboard Review @HiTech Legion
     Mon, Jun 09 2014 | 9:51P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
From the first look over, the MPower Max AC shows a great blend of workmanship, aesthetics and engineering. The eight layer PCB has great rigidity and the layout is flawless. The placement of each and every component makes perfect sense, and the enlarged empty space around the CPU is a huge benefit not only to LN2 users, but to anyone mounting a CPU cooler of any type. /"

Intel Bay Trail Graphics On Linux Are Slower Than Windows
     Mon, Jun 09 2014 | 4:55P | Chipset | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
A few days ago my benchmarking revealed Windows 8.1 is outperforming Ubuntu Linux with the latest Intel open-source graphics drivers on Haswell hardware. I have since conducted tests on the Celeron N2820 NUC, and sadly, the better OpenGL performance is found with Microsoft`s operating system."

Super Talent RAIDDrive II Plus PCIe SSD Review SSD Modules Connect Via USB 3.0 Ingenious
     Mon, Jun 09 2014 | 4:26P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The current PCIe add-in-card storage market is separated into two general architectures. The first is ground-up, native PCIe designs, such as the Micron P320h. These devices eschew a typical SATA/SAS controller in favor of specialized flash controllers that have native PCIe interfaces. This is where the market is heading. In fact, later this year, you should start to see many more devices that are NVMe-based. But, we will save that discussion for a later time. The second type of PCIe add-in-card storage takes more of a brute force approach. These devices typically have off-the-shelf SATA/SAS controllers and connect via a PCIe bridge. Think of a HBA/RAID card connected to a SATA SSD, but on a single card. These designs have many advantages and disadvantages. While the cost and time-to-market can be low, they are inherently limited due to the architecture."

SteelSeries RIVAL Optical Gaming Mouse
     Mon, Jun 09 2014 | 1:41P | Operating System | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
If you happen to be a space sim fan like myself you should be"

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A broken or cracked LCD screen makes a laptop utterly useless, good thing PCSTATS can show you how to replace that busted laptop screen with a minimum of fuss and for less money than a service center charges. PCSTATS will be fixing a cracked LCD screen on a Lenovo T530 ThinkPad notebook, the general procedures outlined here work for any notebook though.
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Seagate Constellation ES 1TB Enterprise Hard Drive Review
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All Constellation ES drives are rated to 6Gb/s SATA III speeds, incorporate 64MB of cache, utilize 7200RPM spindle speeds and offer Native Command Queing. The drives are covered by an impressive 5 year warranty and rated to1.2 million hours MTBF.
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