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GIGABYTE Launches G1.Sniper Z87 Motherboard at Blizzcon 2013
     Tue, Nov 12 2013 | 5:38P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF

As the Official Motherboard Sponsor of Blizzcon 2013, GIGABYTE Unveils Latest G1.Killer Gaming Platform, the GIGABYTE G1.Sniper Z87 at Blizzcon 2013, one of the biggest US gaming events of the year. The GIGABYTE G1.Sniper Z87 combines our signature AMP-UP Audio feature set with Killer™ E2200 networking, gold hardware, ruthless performance and looks that could kill.

"The new G1.Sniper Z87 has PC gaming built-in to its DNA, an utterly compelling choice for any high performance PC built with fragging in mind," commented Henry Kao, Vice President of GIGABYTE Motherboard Business Unit. "It's fantastic to be here as the exclusive motherboard sponsor at Blizzcon 2013, and also have the opportunity to showcase our latest gaming platform to thousands of true hard core gamers."

The GIGABYTE G1.Sniper Z87
The latest addition to the GIGABYTE G1-Killer series of gaming motherboards, the G1.Sniper Z87 motherboard, is packed with an exclusive range of features that make it a champion's choice in the gaming arena.

GIGABYTE AMP-UP Audio: Redefining Motherboard Audio
The G1.Sniper Z87 motherboard features a range of unique features and technologies that are designed to give gamers more control over the game's audio, a crucial aspect of the modern gaming experience.

Exclusive Upgradable Onboard OP-Amp
GIGABYTE motherboards are the world's first to feature an upgradable onboard operational amplifier (OP-Amp). OP-Amps are commonly found in high-end audio equipment and offer not only amplification of the audio signal, but a superior audio experience generally. The motherboard's OP-Amp is mounted on a socket which allows users to physically switch out and try different OP-Amps which offer distinct and nuanced properties that make the audio clearer, punchier and more life-like. Additional OP-Amps can be purchased separately to further expand audio capabilities.

USB DAC-UP
Featuring a gold plated USB 2.0 port, GIGABYTE USB DAC-UP provides clean, noise-free power delivery to any Digital-to-Analog Converter (DAC). DACs can be sensitive to fluctuations in power from other USB ports; this is why GIGABYTE USB DAC-UP takes advantage of an isolated power source that minimizes potential fluctuations, ensuring the best audio experience possible.

Gain Boost
To optimize the audio experience provided by the onboard OP-Amp, the G1.Sniper Z87 motherboard also features Gain Boost with onboard switches to select between 2.5x and 6x amplification modes depending on output device. Most OP-Amps are capable of providing a high-gain audio output that is ideal for high-end headphones and speakers that have higher impedance headroom.

Creative Sound Core3D™
The G1.Sniper Z87 features a dedicated Sound Core3D™ audio processor from Creative, a multi-core sound and voice processor offering high-performance hardware audio processing, with leading-edge audio technologies including the latest SoundBlaster software suite.

Audio Noise Guard 
To help protect and insulate the Creative Sound Core3D™ audio processor and onboard amplifiers from electromagnetic interference (EMI), the GIGABYTE G1.Sniper Z87 motherboard features an audio noise guard that essentially separates the board's sensitive analog audio components from potential EMI noise at the PCB level. LED trace path lighting illuminates to show the separation of the PCB layers.

Nichicon Pro Audio Caps
The GIGABYTE G1.Sniper Z87 motherboard uses the highest quality Nichicon
MUSE ES series bipolar audio capacitors at each channel layout. These professional audio capacitors deliver the highest quality sound resolution and expansion to create a true Hi-Fi audio experience.

Gold Audio Plated Hardware

The GIGABYTE G1.Sniper Z87 motherboard uses top quality gold plated hardware for improved connectivity and long lasting durability for the USB DAC-UP port, DisplayPort and HMDI ports and audio connectors. Gold has superb signal conductivity and will not tarnish over extended periods of use. The Sound Core3D™ audio processor is also shielded by a gold-plated cover which eliminates electrostatic interference.

For more information about the GIGABYTE G1.Sniper Z87 motherboard, please visit:
http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=4802#ov

To learn more about GIGABYTE G1-Killer series gaming motherboards, please go to:
http://www.gigabyte.com/MicroSite/335/gaming.html

  FULL STORY @ GIGABYTE

MSI GT60 20D 3K Resolution Gaming Laptop Review @ HardwareHeaven.com
     Tue, Nov 12 2013 | 4:34P | Notebooks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
MSI GT60 20D 3K Resolution Gaming Laptop Review @ HardwareHeaven.com Today we have a new gaming laptop from MSI on our test bench and as well as being packed with the latest i7 CPU and 780M GPU it also continues their trend of offering one key feature. In this case it is a 3k resolution screen (2880x1620) which should be ideal for content creation and consumption..."
  FULL STORY @ HARDWAREHEAVEN.COM

Tt eSports Level 10 M Gaming Headset Review @ Legit Reviews
     Tue, Nov 12 2013 | 1:06P | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
As many of you know i don`t believe that the best way to play games on the PC is with a headset placed over your head (LAN events excluded of course) because for once the positioning audio quality can`t really be on par with that of a complete 5.1/7.1 surround system while both the weight and pressure of the headset can get really annoying in a rather short period of time. I do however admit that a headset is the lesser of two evils so if you have to choose between disturbing those around you and using a headset then the answer is quite obvious. That being said from time to time we do receive some headsets that we can`t really put in the same general category as most of them because of numerous reasons including more or less excellent build quality, superior positioning audio (and quality) and impressive comfort levels. Well for the past week we`ve been testing the latest Level 10 M Gaming Headset by Tt eSPORTS which can easily cover all three previously mentioned bases for us to separate it from the masses."
  FULL STORY @ LEGITREVIEWS.COM

Fractal Design DEFINE XL R2 Chassis Review @MissingRemote
     Tue, Nov 12 2013 | 11:21A | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
When one is considering what chassis to use for their home theater or server build, a lot of factors come into play. In the past a traditional home theater PC build contained a small or desktop (horizontal) style chassis to help blend in with the AV stack, but that has evolved as the demands for storage and silence--as well as big screen PC gaming--has grown in importance. The Fractal Design Define XL R2 does not fit under the SFF category, as it is a full size ATX with tons of bells and whistles. The attraction for our needs is that the Define XL R2 does not sacrifice noise nor aesthetics to achieve its mission. Suitable for either the living room or closet (although what a shame that would be as it is quite attractive), we will be analyzing the merits of it to see if it is suitable of a person with more than your average HTPC needs. *"
  FULL STORY @ MISSINGREMOTE.COM

MSI GeForce GTX 770 Twin Frozr Gaming OC Edition Video Card Review @ ThinkComputers.org
     Tue, Nov 12 2013 | 11:08A | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
NVIDIAs GeForce 700 series of cards are made up of the GTX 760, GTX 770 and GTX 780. The GTX 770 is actually based on the same GPU as the GeForce GTX 680. It makes use of the 28nm GK104 chip. This chip features 8 streaming multiprocessors (SMX units), 1536 stream processors, 1218 texture units and 32 ROPs. The GTX 770 is clocked a little higher than the GTX 680 with a 1049 MHz core clock and a boost clock of 1085 MHz. The memory is also higher at 7010 MHz (effective). With these improvements and since many companies are already used to working with the GK104 chip this should make for better performance and a more powerful card. Today we are taking a look at a GTX 770 from MSI. It is their GTX 770 Twin Frozr Gaming OC Edition which features MSIs own Twin Frozr IV cooling solution, Military Class III components and 3 different operating modes (silent, gaming & OC). Read on to see if this is the GTX 770 for you."
  FULL STORY @ THINKCOMPUTERS

be quiet! Dark Power Pro 10 850W Review @ ocaholic
     Tue, Nov 12 2013 | 10:17A | Power Supply | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
With the Dark Power Pro 10 850W BeQuiet offers a high end 850W PSU that achieved the 80 Plus Platinum certification. Its insides come from Seasonic (OEM), which certainly can be considered as a plus while the suggested retail price is set at 220 CHF, roughly 183 Euro."
  FULL STORY @ OCAHOLIC.CH

OCZ Vector 150 SSD Review (240GB)
     Tue, Nov 12 2013 | 9:41A | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Perhaps one of the best mindsets I have seen in my six years in the SSD industry is the ambition to, not only improve SSD technology, but to also take them to the next level. Selling a consumer SSD as an enterprise one will always be a shot in the dark, but the appetite of SSD manufacturers to push their consumer SSDs into that very realm can only be seen as a huge plus to the consumer. The inevitable effect today has top manufacturers watching one another very closely, only to run back to the boardroom with their teams in hopes of creating a better product, all the while understanding that SSD pricing continues to decline. OCZ has traditionally done just this and today is no different as we provide analysis on their newest enthusiast level SSD, the OCZ Vector 150. Consider that, not so long ago many wrote about OCZ to be evacuating the consumer SSD market for enterprise, this release is a bit unexpected. Add to this the news that OCZ is also working on the new RevoDrive 400 to replace their longstanding king of the hill Revo 3 Series PCIe solutions, and we can see that OCZ still has their feet firmly planted in the consumer SSD world."
  FULL STORY @ THESSDREVIEW.COM

 
ASUS Nexus 7 Gen 2 Android Tablet Review @ TechwareLabs.com
     Tue, Nov 12 2013 | 9:31A | Notebooks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
us has recently introduced the successor to the popular Nexus 7. The original Nexus 7 was a svelt, small, light, and affordable 7 inch tablet built by the technology giant Asus. The small portable tablet market is saturated with entries by many manufacturers all competing for your heard earned money. In order to be successful in this category you have to present a significant value or set of features to stand out from the crowd. The market is currently dominated by the iPad/iPad Air , iPad Mini, Samsungs Note 7/8, and Tab series. All that changes with the new Asus Nexus 7 Gen 2"
  FULL STORY @ TECHWARELABS.COM

MSI R9 270X Hawk Review
     Tue, Nov 12 2013 | 9:29A | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
I have to say that MSI put together a pretty decent package with the R9 270X Hawk, which lived up to expectations for the most part. At stock speeds, the R9 270X Hawk is just faster than the HD 7870 and is easily faster than the GTX 660 in every test run. It even gives the GTX 760 a run for its money in some of the tests. That alone earns the price point of $219 for the R9 270X Hawk. Adding to the performance is easy by overclocking the card with all the built-in features. However, one key piece was not ready in time for launch and that is a version of MSI`s Afterburner software that supports the triple voltage control feature that should let this card really fly. Even without any voltage tweaking, the card was capable of running at over 1200MHz on the core and over 1600MHz on the GDDR5 memory, giving the user a boost of 100MHz on the core and 200MHz on the memory without using voltage tuning."
  FULL STORY @ OVERCLOCKERSCLUB.COM

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB Reference Video Card Review
     Tue, Nov 12 2013 | 9:02A | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
NVIDIA refuse to sit ideally by and let AMD have all the limelight. They fight back today with the new GTX 780 Ti 3GB that offers quite the punch."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN.COM

Cooler Master 690 III Case
     Tue, Nov 12 2013 | 6:59A | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Cooler Master 690 III is the next PC-Case in the Technic3D office. The 690 III supports ATX and Micro-ATX motherboards and have place for 5x 120mm or 5x 140mm Cooling-Fans. We will check this and many more in the following Review."
  FULL STORY @ TECHNIC3D.COM

MSI GE40 2OC-009US Gaming Notebook Review: The Best of Both Worlds?
     Mon, Nov 11 2013 | 4:34P | Notebooks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The GE40 is an uncommon blend of performance and portability that had, before now, not yet been accomplished to this extreme. Its safe to say that it offers enough power to run even modern titles on medium settings (and some even higher) without many fluidity concerns. Thats a respectable feat for a 14-inch notebook weighing just 4.3 pounds; this is near-Ultrabook territory were talking about here."
  FULL STORY @ PCPER.COM

Toshiba MQ01ABD100 2.5 1TB Hard Disk Drive Review @ Madshrimps
     Mon, Nov 11 2013 | 1:06P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The cost-efficient MQ01ABDXXX series from Toshiba comes with capacities between 250GB and 1TB, with one or two platters and were designed for low power consumption, operating temper"
  FULL STORY @ MADSHRIMPS.BE

Cooler Master HAF Stacker 935 Computer Case System Review
     Mon, Nov 11 2013 | 11:21A | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Cooler Master?s HAF Stacker 935 modular case system is an innovative new entry in the computer case market. Enthusiasts can configure the multiple, stackable ?modules? of this system to build the ideal enclosure for their system (or systems). Whether it?s providing storage for water cooling or extra drives, or just housing multiple systems in a compact space, the HAF Stacker system is versatile enough to handle pretty much anything you can throw at it. Cooler Master calls these new cases a mod tower expandable system and says they?re a better case ecosystem."
  FULL STORY @ BENCHMARKREVIEWS.COM

Motorola Droid MAXX @ LanOC Reviews
     Mon, Nov 11 2013 | 11:08A | Mobile Devices | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Here in just a few months it will have been two years from when Motorola introduced their Razr MAXX. That length of time is significant for a few reasons. First, most of you know that a lot of people run on two year contracts for their phones so a lot of the original Razr MAXX owners will be on the market for replacements here at the start of the year. Two years is also important because it wasnt long before the original MAXX was introduced that Google purchased the company for a whopping 13 Billion dollars. In that time as well things have changed in the phone market. Sure the iPhone is still around but who would have thought that Blackberry would still be around and that the phones that were once so powerful and huge are now considered slow and normal in size. What a perfect time for Motorola to introduce its third MAXX phone. This time the they dropped the Razr name all together and just went with the Droid MAXX and its smaller battered brother is called the Droid Ultra. Ive been using the MAXX for a while now and today Im going to tell you a little about my experience."
  FULL STORY @ LANOC.ORG

Corsair Graphite Series 230T Mid-Tower Chassis Review
     Mon, Nov 11 2013 | 10:58A | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Graphite series gets a very unique edition, the 230T from Corsair. Follow as Chad dives in and takes a close look at this new case."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN.COM

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