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Assassins Creed 6-Years Later Review
     Wed, Oct 30 2013 | 4:35P | Games | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Should we look to the past and learn from this six year old game? I certainly think so. Replaying Assassin`s Creed for this review reminded me of just how much I enjoyed it when I first played it. Sure it has some rough patches and somewhat dated graphics, but this game is still excellent and deserves a place in our libraries. I would easily recommend this game to anyone who has been caught up in the marketing for the upcoming Assassin`s Creed IV: Black Flag as well as to anyone looking for a good, story-driven action game. It is a straightforward experience that you can play your own way and on your own schedule. Go ahead and take a trip to the past."
  FULL STORY @ OVERCLOCKERSCLUB.COM

Nvidia's Montreal 2013 event
     Wed, Oct 30 2013 | 4:03P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Fresh from Nvidia's Montreal 2013 event, our own Scott Wasson has written up a blog post with some thoughts about the company's G-Sync variable refresh rate technology. The post discusses G-Sync's effectiveness, its implications for game benchmarking, the possibility of a similar AMD effort, and how display technology could be further improved in the future.
  FULL STORY @ TECHREPORT

Solid State Drive Performance Comparison Guide Rev. 3.2.
     Wed, Oct 30 2013 | 4:02P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The solid state drive (SSD) is a new and relatively niche storage medium, but one that is slowly but steadily eating away at the universality of the hard disk drive. After all, solid state drives offer some big advantages over hard disk drives - extremely fast random accesses, absolutely silent operation, ability to withstand tremendous amounts of shock, vibration and atmospheric pressure (or the lack thereof).
  FULL STORY @ TECHARP

ASUS GeForce GTX 760 DirectCU II OC Video Card Review
     Wed, Oct 30 2013 | 4:01P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
If you are in the market for a new video card with a budget around $250 you have two deals to chose between. The ASUS GeForce GTX 760 DirectCU II OC, or the Radeon HD 7950 Boost thanks to price drops. Which one will really give you the best gameplay experience for that $250, we pit the two together, overclocking comparisons from both included.
  FULL STORY @ HARDOCP

Average lifecycle of new IT products drops to 3 months
     Wed, Oct 30 2013 | 4:00P | Business / Industry | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The average lifecycle of new consumer electronics products such as tablets, smartphones and notebooks, has shrunk significantly to only about three months currently, down from six months originally, according to sources from the upstream supply chain.
  FULL STORY @ DIGITIMES

EVGA SuperNova G2 1300W review: super-SLI power supply
     Wed, Oct 30 2013 | 1:47P | Power Supply | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The EVGA SuperNova 1300W is an excellent power supply with almost Platinum-like efficiency, an extremely low ripple and good voltages. Gamers and overclockers with multiple video cards can eat their heart out with this PSU. The only criticism we have is the amount noise this beast produces.
  FULL STORY @ HARDWARE

Building a Hackintosh The Easy Way
     Wed, Oct 30 2013 | 1:46P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Building a Hackintosh has definitely gotten easier over the years but there's still plenty of tinkering involved for the uninitiated. Earlier this year a company known as Quo launched a Kickstarter to fund a motherboard designed to run "any operating system". Though they don't explicitly market it as a Hackintosh board it's clearly one of the board's key selling points.
  FULL STORY @ TECHSPOT

 
DS214play with Intel Atom Evan Sport processor
     Wed, Oct 30 2013 | 1:46P | CPU / Processors | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The DS214play is equipped with the 1.6 GHz Intel Atom Evan Sport CPU. The processor has an integrated video encoder which allows the NAS to transcode video files in real-time so they can be sent to media players and mobile devices. They demonstrated the DS214play in combination with an Apple TV, which only supports a limited amount of file types. In this case, a 1080p HD film was converted to H.264 in 1080p which ran perfectly on the Apple TV.
  FULL STORY @ HARDWARE

Arkham Origins Benchmarked: GPU & CPU Performance
     Wed, Oct 30 2013 | 1:46P | Gossip | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Despite being built with Epic's aging Unreal Engine 3, WB Montreal used a heavily modified version of the software. The PC version has received some special attention in the graphics department including many DirectX 11 and PhysX effects.
  FULL STORY @ TECHSPOT

Gigabyte G1.Sniper A88X
     Wed, Oct 30 2013 | 1:45P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
With the G1.Sniper A88X Gigabyte fills the gap between D3H and UP4. The gaming board with socket FM2 + is placed between the overclocking and upscale middle class. Our test shows how gigabyte transfers its gaming-concept to FM2+
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKPC

Cooler Master HAF Stacker 945
     Wed, Oct 30 2013 | 1:45P | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today we deliver our review of the Cooler Master HAF Stacker 945, which in reality is three different cases all (you guessed it) stacked together vertically. The whole setup actually consists of the mid-tower HAF Stacker 925, plus two slightly different HAF Stacker 915 mITX cases. Put them all together and you get the HAF Stacker 945, or just take the 925 and one 915 to make the HAF Stacker 935... phew!

Cooler Master is banking on enthusiasts getting creative with how they will install their hardware components into up to three separate cases that can combined into one "mod tower" case. We test how effective (and practical) such a solution can be. Is it more than the sum of its parts?

  FULL STORY @ NEOSEEKER

Sony VAIO Pro 13 Ultrabook Native PCIe SSD Review 1GB/s Performance Fastest Ultra Speed To Date
     Wed, Oct 30 2013 | 1:11P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
A few weeks back, we published our review of the Sony VAIO Pro 13 ultrabook where we discovered that there were two different configurations of the VAIO being shipped, that with a SATA M.2 SSD and that with a native M.2 PCIe SSD. Not only did the system that we received contain a SATA M.2 SSD, but also, a quick check of the internet revealed that there were several Sony VAIO Pro 13 customers just as surprisedand disapppointed. In subsequent conversations with Sony, we learned that certain pre-configured Sony Pro 13 models shipped with the M.2 SATA SSD, vice the native M.2 PCIe SSD."
  FULL STORY @ THESSDREVIEW.COM

ASRock FM2A88X EXTREME6+ @ Hardware Secrets
     Wed, Oct 30 2013 | 1:06P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The FM2A88X EXTREME6+ is the first socket FM2+ motherboard from ASRock, based on the most high-end chipset for this new platform, the A88X. It is targeted to the forthcoming FM2+ Kaveri APUs, but it is also compatible with socket FM2, second-generation APUs from AMD, codenamed Trinity. Let`s see what this motherboard has to offer."
  FULL STORY @ HARDWARESECRETS.COM

CM Storm Quickfire Stealth Mechanical Keyboard
     Wed, Oct 30 2013 | 12:03P | Peripherals | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The CM Storm division added another keyboard to their Quickfire line: the QuickFire Stealth. The name gives away little about the keyboard, but don not let that fool you.
  FULL STORY @ MODDERS

MSI Z87 XPower
     Wed, Oct 30 2013 | 12:02P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Still, if money is no object or you simply must have the most extreme Z87 motherboard available, then the Z87 XPower is without question going to be amongst a select few boards at the top of your list. Having spent a few weeks playing with the MSI Z87 XPower we have really enjoyed the experience, and with no real flaws to speak of we highly recommend it to all extreme system builders.
  FULL STORY @ LEGIONHARDWARE

Cooler Master Silencio 352 Review – mATX
     Wed, Oct 30 2013 | 12:01P | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Cooler Master Silencio 352 is a mATX mini tower case that can accommodate 14" video cards and 240mm liquid cooling systems, all in a small package!
  FULL STORY @ HARDCOREWARE

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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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