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Patriot Spark 32GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive
     Wed, Feb 12 2014 | 12:28P | Memory | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Nineteen Hundred Ultimate Gaming Case which we had the pleasure of reviewing two days ago is one of those products which prove that larger is always better but that doesn`t really apply for everything in this industry especially when it comes to USB flash drives. Luckily that`s something everyone agrees on and so most manufacturers have been doing their best to cut down the size of USB flash drives for a while now. The issue with that however is that currently most tiny USB flash drives are not only average in terms of design and build quality but they are also USB 2.0 compatible only so in the end size means very little when you need quite a bit of time to even fill just 16GB. Well it seems that Patriot may have the answer with their latest and quite elegant Spark USB 3.0 USB Flash Drive which we have here with us today"
  FULL STORY @ NIKKTECH.COM

Western Digital Black2 Dual Drive Review @ ThinkComputers.org
     Wed, Feb 12 2014 | 11:36A | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
When it comes down to it many people have to choose between hard drive speed or hard drive capacity, especially when it comes to laptops or small form factor systems. While solid state drives offer great speeds, they are quite expensive per GB. On the other hand typical mechanical hard drives offer a better value per GB, but are not as fast. Western Digital saw this problem and has come up with a solution in their WD Black2 Dual Drive. This drive features a 120 GB solid state drive along with a 1 TB mechanical hard drive. Now you may think that this is a hybrid drive where the SSD portion acts as cache, but this is actually two separate drives in one. This way you have the 120 GB portion for your OS and important programs and the 1 TB can be used for media and other files. More importantly this drive only takes up a single hard drive spot! Lets check it out!"
  FULL STORY @ THINKCOMPUTERS

BitFenix Flo PC Gaming Headset Review - Offers Great Value at $69
     Wed, Feb 12 2014 | 10:38A | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
BitFenix launches its first gaming headset, the BitFenix Flo, for $69. It represents great value, but there are some improvements that can be made."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN.COM

MSI Radeon R9-290X Gaming OC review
     Wed, Feb 12 2014 | 10:07A | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
1.html,In this review we test the MSI Radeon R9-290X Gaming OC, with a TwinFrozr cooler is is running cool and steady at just over 70 Degrees C, that`s under full gaming load. Did I just catch your attention ? I figured that much, let`s go and check `r out shall we ?"
  FULL STORY @ GURU3D.COM

Antec HCP-1300 1300W Power Supply Unit
     Wed, Feb 12 2014 | 9:48A | Power Supply | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Much like everything else in this world power supply units come in many types, outputs and sizes but the quality of components is perhaps the one thing they all have in common so regardless everything else owning a high quality PSU should always be on top of your list. However what many people fail to realize is that the 80 Plus certification is not just a marketing gimmick since at least in most cases (we haven`t had the chance to test every single PSU in the market) it goes hand to hand with the quality of components used so a bronze certified model will obviously be less durable than a platinum certified one (performance is another story but generally the same applies there too). Antec has been manufacturing power supply units for as long as i can remember but although they have quite a few 80 Plus Platinum certified units in their product line aside the very good HCP-1000 they haven`t focused in high output models. This has changed with the latest HCP-1300 (High Current Pro) 1300W 80 Plus Platinum PSU which strangely we are amongst the very first to have on our test bench."
  FULL STORY @ NIKKTECH.COM

Gigabyte AMD Radeon R9 290X WF OC (GV-R929XOC-4GD) Video Card Review @ Madshrimps
     Wed, Feb 12 2014 | 9:06A | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Gigabyte has recently launched another model of the Radeon R9 290X video card, this time sporting the proven WindForce 3X cooler which guarantees cooling performance while keeping the noise at low levels. Besides this we will also find a mild overclock on the GPU from the start, so it will distance itself from the rest of OEM stock solutions."
  FULL STORY @ MADSHRIMPS.BE

Mionix NAOS 8200 High Performance Gaming Mouse
     Wed, Feb 12 2014 | 8:31A | Games | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Having medium sized hands has helped me quite a bit through the years since i can use pretty much every gaming mouse out there for both work and pleasure without having to spend much time in order to get used to it. However the same does not apply to some people i know so to get the ideal grip they are always forced to look for the largest possible gaming mice in the market. Unfortunately that`s not very easy since most gaming peripheral companies focus in the design and manufacture of medium sized gaming mice aimed at the majority of consumers. Thankfully exceptions always exist and Mionix is perhaps the only gaming peripheral manufacturer that actually makes and has been making one of the largest gaming mice around for quite some time now. "
  FULL STORY @ NIKKTECH.COM

 
MSI GTX 760 Gaming ITX Review @ ocaholic
     Wed, Feb 12 2014 | 3:59A | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
MSI is pushing hard with their Gaming Series graphics cards these days and meanwhile they`ve even released their mini graphics cards, with extra short PCB. Apart from the complete custom design you also get a decent factory overclocking and a typical boost clock that really isn`t too bad at all."
  FULL STORY @ OCAHOLIC.CH

Pad & Quill Little Pocket Book for iPhone 5/5S Review @ TestFreaks
     Tue, Feb 11 2014 | 4:20P | Mobile Devices | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
In the past at TestFreaks we have reviewed several Pad & Quill products for various Apple devices. Their products are made using bookbindery techniques to create elegant looking book styles cases for iPhones and iPads as well as other electronic portable devices. Today we will look at the Little Pocket Book for iPhone 5/5S. "
  FULL STORY @ TESTFREAKS.COM

Intel NUC DN2820FYKH Bay Trail System Review @ Legit Reviews
     Tue, Feb 11 2014 | 12:39P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
What kind of DIY desktop computer kit can you get for just $128.00? The Intel NUC DN2820FYKH is so inexpensive and tiny (measures just 116.6mm x 112.0mm x 51.5mm) that it grabbed our attention and we just had to get our hands on one. The Intel NUC Kit DN2820FYKH is powered by an Intel Celeron N2820 processor (up to 2.4GHz dual-core, 1MB cache, 7.5W TDP) that also contains Intel HD Graphics that operates up to 756MHz with a single HDMI 1.4a video output. The kit comes with the processor, CPU cooler, power supply, motherboard, 802.11n WiFi card and the case. The only thing missing is a single 1066MHz DDR3L SO-DIMM memory module and a 2.5-inch notebook hard drive or solid-state drive. The final price of building up the NUC DN2820FYKH really depends on the hardware and OS that you install, but it shouldn?t be that bad. Read on to see how to build one and then how it performs!"
  FULL STORY @ LEGITREVIEWS.COM

OZONE Rage 7HX 7.1 Surround Headset
     Tue, Feb 11 2014 | 12:28P | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Yesterday i found the time to attend a small LAN event (local) where i live but as soon as i arrived (was a bit late since i had to wrap up some test results) to my surprise some of the gamers participating in the event used entry level headsets the kind of which i wouldn`t even use to answer a call even less play games with. Now i know that not everyone can afford a good gaming headset but out of curiosity i sat down with some of those players to see why they chose that solution. Well it seems that for some strange reason they all thought that in order to get a decent gaming headset they`d have to spend over USD100/100Euros (an idea which none of them liked) and although that`s accurate for real surround sound gaming headsets a good virtual surround sound gaming headset will set you back a lot less and since for the past week we`ve been testing the Rage 7HX 7.1 Surround Headset i just happened to have it inside my backpack."
  FULL STORY @ NIKKTECH.COM

TRITTON PRO+ True 5.1 Surround Headset
     Tue, Feb 11 2014 | 11:36A | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
No matter how many times Ive worn a headset either for regular use while at home or on the go or for test purposes i still can`t say that i like the feeling (always compared to speaker systems) but i do recognize that its a necessary technology with more pros than cons. However that being said with so many 5.1 and 7.1 virtual surround sound headset models swarming the market it`s not very easy to locate one that makes use more than just the two typical drivers found in stereo models (many people may not even know of their existence). Quite a few manufacturers have tried their luck with real surround sound headsets but just a handful have actually managed to win the crowds with their superior positioning audio and quality. TRITTON is amongst those brands (perhaps the oldest one still around that focuses solely in the manufacture of gaming headsets) and today we will be taking a very thorough look on their latest PRO+ True 5.1 Surround Headset."
  FULL STORY @ NIKKTECH.COM

Asus X79-Deluxe Mainboard
     Tue, Feb 11 2014 | 10:27A | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Asus X79-Deluxe Mainboard arrived Technic3D. We check the ATX-Mainboard with Intel X79 Express chipset functions and Performance in the following Review with a Intel i7-3960X CPU on Windows 7 64 Bit."
  FULL STORY @ TECHNIC3D.COM

Lexar microSDHC UHS-I 633x 16GB Card Review @ Legit Reviews
     Tue, Feb 11 2014 | 10:07A | Memory | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today we`ll be taking a closer look at the Lexar high-performance 16GB microSDHC UHS-I 633x Flash memory card that is backed by a limited lifetime warranty for the card and a 1-year warranty for the included SuperSpeed USB 3.0 card reader. Lexar offers this card in three different capacities, but all are speed rated at Class 10 and leverage UHS-I technology to deliver a transfer speed of up to 633x (95MB/s)..."
  FULL STORY @ LEGITREVIEWS.COM

Android App Pick - CBC Olympics - BCCHardware App Pick
     Tue, Feb 11 2014 | 9:48A | Software | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We have just posted up another Android App Pick of the Week and this week we are cheering on our country with the CBC Olympics App. This free app lets you stream all of the live events as they happen and then go back and catch up on all those you missed. It`s like your own personal Olympics PVR. What makes this app rock even more is that it is totally free and totally awesome. Go (Country of your choice)!"
  FULL STORY @ BCCHARDWARE

FUNC Shows Off Complete Gaming Line at CES 2014
     Tue, Feb 11 2014 | 9:06A | Tradeshows / Events | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Benchmark Reviews met up with FUNC at their suite at the Hard Rock Hotel during CES 2014 to talk about what they?ve been up to. FUNC is a newcomer to the gaming peripherals market and have been working on a complete line of gaming peripherals including a mouse and pad, a keyboard, and a headset. FUNC?s design ideology is centered on functionality perfected; including everything you need in a gaming peripheral and nothing you don?t."
  FULL STORY @ BENCHMARKREVIEWS.COM

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