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Patriot's Viper 3 series Black Mamba
     Wed, Nov 20 2013 | 3:20P | Memory | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today we review Patriot's Viper 3 series Black Mamba PC3-19200 16B dual channel memory kit featuring low-profile heatspreaders and an Intel XMP profile.
  FULL STORY @ NEOSEEKER

PC with a GeForce GTX 650 graphics card
     Wed, Nov 20 2013 | 3:20P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The NVIDIA Shield is an Android-based gaming handheld that launched earlier this July, featuring a 5-inch, 1280x720 touchscreen display and a built-in console-style controller. In addition to support for Android game titles on the Google Play store, the Shield can even stream PC games running on a PC with a GeForce GTX 650 graphics card or better. It can even output to HDTVs via mini-HDMI. Hit our review to see what we make of the Shield, and what it could offer gamers.
  FULL STORY @ NEOSEEKER

GeForce GTX 780 Ti
     Wed, Nov 20 2013 | 3:19P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
GeForce GTX 780 Ti NVIDIA presents the GeForce GTX 780 Ti. The new card is going against the Radeon R9 290X to take back the lead and become the fastest GPU on the planet again.
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKPC

MSI Radeon R9 270 Gaming
     Wed, Nov 20 2013 | 3:19P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
MSI has created an exceptional graphics card that will have no issues playing games at 1080p all while running cool and quiet. While the architecture isn’t completely new the performance-per-watt is better than the last generation and AMD is kicking ass on the gaming bundle front.
  FULL STORY @ HARDWARE

Microsoft Xbox One, The Full Review
     Wed, Nov 20 2013 | 3:18P | Games | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Xbox One is more than just a game console. We know that may be blatantly obvious to many of you, but we want to drive that point home from the get-go. The gaming, home entertainment, and mobile/computing industries are vastly different than they were when the previous-gen Xbox 360 launched in late 2005. Since then, there's been unprecedented intermingling, consolidation and integration across these markets and Microsoft took it all into consideration in the design of the Xbox One. Of course, the Xbox One plays games-really well, actually. With its updated hardware, more refined controllers, new Kinect sensor, and a wealth of developer support, the Xbox One is an excellent gaming platform. But Microsoft's incorporation of a hypervisor that allows the Xbox One to run the Xbox OS and Windows 8 kernel simultaneously opens up a world of additional possibilities. Couple the new hardware, innovative software implementation, and capabilities of the included Kinect sensor and you've got a device that's equally as adept at running a cutting edge game as it is playing back HD video, browsing the web, or video conferencing...
  FULL STORY @ MICROSOFT

Microsoft Surface 2 Windows RT 8.1 Tablet Review
     Wed, Nov 20 2013 | 3:18P | Operating System | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The first generation of Microsoft's homegrown Surface RT tablet delivered mixed results. The hardware was solid and well built, but the OS and software ecosystem left a little something to be desired. Many thought pricing was a bit on the high side as well. Finally, competition at the time was also quite fierce, to say the least and still is today, of course. Undaunted and still hungry for a chunk of the tablet market, Microsoft recently revealed its second generation of Surface tablets, the Surface 2 Pro, which runs the full version of Windows 8.1, and the Surface 2 (that we're reviewing here today), which runs Windows RT 8.1.
  FULL STORY @ HOTHARDWARE

LSI MegaRAID SAS 9271-8i 6Gb/s 8-Port SATA+SAS ROC RAID Controller
     Wed, Nov 20 2013 | 3:18P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Description: When i first started using and testing SAS equipment several years ago the SAS standard wasn't really popular amongst non-professionals and so almost all of the available solutions back then were considered enterprise grade because of their somewhat high cost, wealth of features and performance levels. Fast forward a few years in the future and right now there are even consumer oriented mainboards that feature entry-level onboard SAS controllers in an effort to cover consumers who are not after the extra features and performance offered by mid and high-end add-on cards. Now as some of you know last year we paired the latest LSI MegaRAID 9265-8i 6Gb/s 8 port SATA+SAS RAID Controller and its main counterpart manufactured by ARECA the ARC-1882i 8 Port 6Gb/s SAS/SATA RAID Adapter with a total of 8 Kingston HyperX 120GB SATA III SSDs to see just which solutions offered the best bang for your buck and in the end both produced impressive results. Well today we are placing both cards against one of the latest mid-end SAS/SATA RAID controllers to hit the market by LSI, the MegaRAID 9271-8i 6Gb/s 8 port SATA+SAS RAID Controller to see if LSI has brought anything new to the table.
  FULL STORY @ NIKKTECH

 
Lepa MaxBron B800-MB Power Supply Review
     Wed, Nov 20 2013 | 3:17P | Power Supply | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Buying a power supply is a lot like shopping for tires. You know you need them but it’s just not going to raise your heart rate.
  FULL STORY @ HARDWAREASYLUM

Intel Core i3 4330 / i5 4440 review: affordable Haswells
     Wed, Nov 20 2013 | 3:17P | CPU / Processors | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
In June Intel introduced its Haswell processors, but not all of them were released at the same time. The first dual-core Core i3 CPUs have now hit stores, and today we'll take a closer look at the Core i5 4440 and Core i3 4330. If you missed our original coverage of the fourth generation Core processors, you can find that here.
  FULL STORY @ HARDWARE

Inno3D GeForce GTX 780 Ti iChill HerculeZ X3 Ultra 3GB review: overclocked 780 T
     Wed, Nov 20 2013 | 3:17P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Inno3D again manages to impress, this time with the GeForce GTX 780 Ti iChill HerculeZ X3 Ultra 3GB. The manufacturer succeeded in making the world's fastest graphics card even faster. The clock frequencies are already higher than the reference card, and you're able to overclock the card yourself even further. The performance is outstanding of course, and the noise levels are quite low for such a powerful card. You have to pay a little extra for this level of performance, but it does give you the fastest card we've ever tested.
  FULL STORY @ HARDWARE

Iiyama ProLite XB2779QS review: affordable WQHD monitor
     Wed, Nov 20 2013 | 3:16P | Memory | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Quote: The Iiyama ProLite XB2779QS is truly an outstanding monitor. Almost all test results are above-average, it has all types of connectors and you can adjust it in height. A USB hub would have been a nice plus as well, but there's something to be said for the sleek and stylish design. The 2560x1440 display panel itself is of excellent quality.
  FULL STORY @ HARDWARE

Icy Dock FatCage MB155SP-B Drive Cage Review
     Wed, Nov 20 2013 | 3:16P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today Chris looks at the FatCage MB155SP-5 from Icy Dock, a 5 HDD in 3 bay cage with 92mm cooling. Let's take a close look at it and see how it goes."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN

Windows with XBOX Controller
     Wed, Nov 20 2013 | 3:16P | Games | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Excerpt: The PS4 is supported by Windows, but the buttons can be reversed, and the axis gets messed up. Also, many game use XInput, while the PS4 controller uses DirectInput. This method allows you to use a PS4 controller in Windows, including games that normally only support the XBOX Controller
  FULL STORY @ HARDCOREWARE

How AMD's Mantle Will Redefine Gaming
     Wed, Nov 20 2013 | 3:16P | CPU / Processors | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
One of the major planks of AMD's APU13 developer conference has been an in-depth discussion of its next-generation API, Mantle. Mantle, which first debuted at the company's Hawaii unveil in late September, has been billed as a high-performance alternative to DirectX 11. Prior to today, AMD has mostly discussed Mantle in broad terms, without giving much detail on the nuts and bolts of what it offers. Thanks to new information released at APU13, we can give you a better idea what Mantle offers, what games will support it, and how it could shape gaming in years to come.
  FULL STORY @ GAMING

win a Zotac GeForce GTX 780 AMP! Edition
     Wed, Nov 20 2013 | 3:15P | Tradeshows / Events | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We’re proud to announce the annual Hardware.Info Awards. People can vote for their favourite products and brands of the past year and one lucky participant will win a Zotac GeForce GTX 780 AMP! Edition graphics card.
  FULL STORY @ HARDWARE

AMD Radeon R9 290 Review On Linux
     Wed, Nov 20 2013 | 3:07P | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
AMD unveiled the Radeon R9 290 graphics card at the beginning of November as one step down from the new flagship Radeon R9 290X graphics card. Numerous Windows reviews praised the graphics card for its great performance but what wasn`t clear at the time was how the Linux performance and compatibility was for this new $399 USD graphics card. AMD hadn`t offered any review samples to Phoronix for conducting any Linux-based testing and benchmarking but it`s more clear now why that didn`t happen: the Linux performance isn`t stellar. I bought an XFX Radeon R9 290 and now there`s many Linux benchmarks coming out of this graphics card that`s riddled by what might be driver issues. I already regret having purchased the AMD Radeon R9 290 for use on Linux; the graphics card is hot power hungry noisy and the OpenGL results aren`t too good."
  FULL STORY @ PHORONIX.COM

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Beginners Guides: Repairing a Cracked / Broken Notebook LCD Screen
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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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