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Cyborg F.R.E.Q. 5 Gaming Headset Review @ HardwareHeaven.com
     Mon, Apr 02 2012 | 4:08P | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Cyborg F.R.E.Q. 5 Gaming Headset Review @ HardwareHeaven.com The F.R.E.Q. 5 stereo gaming headset is the first headset from the Cyborg studio, and as such we were really interested to see if they could take their innovative design standards from their mouse range, into the world of gaming audio."
  FULL STORY @ HARDWAREHEAVEN.COM

Cougar Evolution Chassis Review
     Mon, Apr 02 2012 | 3:58P | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Overall performance was about average. Idle temps were consistently a smidge higher than the other comparison cases and the chipset was noticeably warmer at idle as well. I`m not really sure what contributed to these higher temperatures, as the case body isn`t much different than the others. Either way, it didn`t perform significantly well or poor; it was on par with other cases in its category, which is a positive. At this point now, it`s a matter of a degree or two and the comparison of appearance with competing cases."
  FULL STORY @ OVERCLOCKERSCLUB.COM

BitFenix Shinobi XL Review @ Vortez
     Mon, Apr 02 2012 | 3:38P | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Shinobi XL is a larger version of the original; with room for XL-ATX even more device storage and water-cooling capabilities. BitFenix have also upped the connectivity ports on the front to include 4x USB 3.0 ports and a new SuperCharge port providing up to 2.5A for getting power to mobiles devices and such. Shinobi XL has certainly built lots of anticipation so let`s waste no further time and begin our analysis."
  FULL STORY @ VORTEZ.NET

ASUS Xonar Essence One DAC & Headphone Amplifier @ techPowerUp
     Mon, Apr 02 2012 | 3:28P | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
ASUS Xonar Essence One is the name of a brand new DAC & Headphone amplifier combination from ASUS. The unit can decode 192 kHz source material and features a well performing headphone amplifier stage that allows for op-amp swapping."
  FULL STORY @ TECHPOWERUP.COM

ASUS Radeon HD 7870 DirectCU II 2 GB @ techPowerUp
     Mon, Apr 02 2012 | 3:18P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The ASUS Radeon HD 7870 Direct CU II is a highly overclocked custom version of the Radeon HD 7870. Coming at clock speeds of 1100 MHz GPU and 1250 MHz memory, it is a good deal faster than the AMD reference design. Thanks to aggressive pricing, the card retails at $360, which means there is no price increase for overclocking."
  FULL STORY @ TECHPOWERUP.COM

Apples LLVM 3.1 Clanging On Intel Sandy Bridge
     Mon, Apr 02 2012 | 3:08P | Chipset | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
After delivering benchmarks in March showing the performance gains of GCC 4.7 on Intel`s Sandy Bridge processors, here`s a look at how the latest LLVM/Clang 3.1 compiler from Apple is shaping up for these latest Intel CPUs."
  FULL STORY @ PHORONIX.COM

AMD Catalyst 12.3 Windows 7 Driver Analysis
     Mon, Apr 02 2012 | 2:58P | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
I think the first thing we can say is that it`s nice to see that AMD got the Catalyst out on time this month and it did indeed come out during March unlike the Catalyst 12.2 which fell into March. The second thing is that this is a weird driver release. The Catalyst 12.2 was labeled as 12.3 and it made us wonder a bit. Was AMD just throwing an earlier version of the 12.3 drivers out there to keep up with the monthly schedule? In the end we`ll probably never know the truth."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN.COM

 
Aerocool Strike-X 800W Power Supply @ Pro-Clockers
     Mon, Apr 02 2012 | 2:48P | Power Supply | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Strike X line is aimed at the hard-core gamer. And looking at the Strike X 800W power supply is evidence of that. This new X themed power supply offers many of the protections that other manufacturers offer but in a casing that is on another level. A blend of red and black makes the Strike X perfect for those that are into case modding or simply want their PC to stand out visually."
  FULL STORY @ PRO-CLOCKERS.COM

Acer Timeline Ultra M3 & NVIDIA GT 640M Review @ Hardware Canucks
     Mon, Apr 02 2012 | 2:38P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Acer`s new Timeline Ultra M3 blazes a path that no others have been willing to take. By incorporating one of NVIDIA`s new GT 640M Kepler-based graphics processors within their design, they have become the first company to include a gaming-grade GPU into an Ultrabook. It sounds great but does this combination actually work out as planned? We find out. * *"
  FULL STORY @ HARDWARECANUCKS.COM

Antec P280 ATX Mid Tower Computer Case @ Benchmark Reviews
     Mon, Apr 02 2012 | 11:09A | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
For many enthusiasts want a quiet system, with room to spare, and a beautiful exterior the Antec P280 is exactly what they are looking for. The Antec P280 is a Super Mid Tower designed as an addition to venerable Performance One series. This refresh comes with a redesigned interior, exterior, and an updated port selection. These updates came without Antec disrupting the Performance One series goal of Quiet Computing, using materials with different acoustic qualities to help minimize the amount of sound leakage. Benchmark Reviews will evaluate if the noise characteristics and build quality of the Antec P280 are worthy of the Performance One moniker that it has been given."
  FULL STORY @ BENCHMARKREVIEWS.COM

Patriot Pyro SE 240GB SSD
     Mon, Apr 02 2012 | 9:03A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Patriot has been in the memory game for a long time, and has been using NAND for USB flash drives for almost as long. It makes sense that they too would be building Solid State Drives for desktop and laptops. Patriot offers four product lines of SATA 6Gbps all based on the SandForce 2200 family controller: Wildfire, Pyro SE, Pyro and Mac XT. The Wildfire offers 120-480GB models while the other 3 product lines each offer a 60-240 GB option. The difference between them performance wise is very small, with the Wildfire being the exception (having lower read and write speeds than the other drives with the Pyro SE topping out the performance charts based on paper specs, by 5 MBps. On the test bench today will be the Patriot Pyro SE 240GB SATA 6Gbps Solid State Drive. With reads up to 550 MBps, writes at 520 MBps and up to 85K IOPS, the Pyro SE looks to be a crowd pleaser. First lets take a look at Patriot themselves.
  FULL STORY @ TECHREACTION

9: HotHardware's Two and A Half Geeks Webcast - March 30, 2012
     Mon, Apr 02 2012 | 9:02A | Editorial | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
In this latest episode of HotHardware's Two and Half Geeks, Marco and Iyaz discuss our recent reviews of the Lenovo IdeaPad U300s ultrabook, the new Apple iPad, AMD's FirePro V3900 pro graphics card, and iBuyPower's Erebus GT gaming PC. They also talk about, NVIDIA's new GeForce GTX 680 and GT 640M GPUs based on the company’s new Kepler architecture, look at a retired World of Warcraft server, the Wing Commander: Darkest Dawn release, and drop some hints about an upcoming giveaway in which readers could win an NVIDIA Tegra 3 based tablet...
  FULL STORY @ HOTHARDWARE

Samsung Chronos Review
     Mon, Apr 02 2012 | 9:01A | Notebooks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today we are looking at the Samsung Chronos 7 Series Notebook. The New Samsung Chronos is part of the Korean companies new Ultrabook range, sporting impressive high-end specs such as a super fast 2.2GHz i7 quad-core processor, 8GB of RAM and a powerful onboard graphics card, the Radeon HD 6750M 1GB...
  FULL STORY @ SAMSUNG

SteelSeries Diablo III Mouse Review
     Mon, Apr 02 2012 | 9:00A | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The mouse has really come a long way since the first optical and laser units made their appearance roughly almost a decade ago and so today the entire market is flooded with both wired and wireless units targeted towards not only casual users but also enthusiasts and gamers alike. Compared to everyday mice the gaming variants tend to sport higher DPI resolutions for more speed and accuracy, faster polling rates, lighting effects and of course lots of buttons which sometimes also happen to be a lot more durable than the ones on normal units. What we don't usually see however are gaming mice manufactured with specific games in mind and also targeted towards specific gamer groups loyal to those titles. The Diablo III mouse is one such product and we have it here with us today to see what all of you Diablo fans can expect from it.
  FULL STORY @ NIKKTECH

Corsair Vengeance M90 Performance MMO and RTS Gaming Mouse Review
     Mon, Apr 02 2012 | 8:08A | Memory | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Since the inception of the first point and click device for computers, there has been someone sitting in a corner thinking to themselves what can I do to make this better and more useful? Over many years of evolution we went from mice with just one button on them, to mice with a pair of buttons and a scroll wheel. For many users this is more than enough to deal with as far as their point and click needs go for emails or finding a recipe for Peking duck for the next family gathering. For me, I prefer a mouse to have as many buttons on it as comfortably possible. By this I mean that if given enough buttons to my mice, I prefer to set my gun swap there, grenades, knife, even the push to talk for whatever application I am on at the time I am gaming. The latter part is the biggest concern to me and that is giving me what I want in options without having an odd shape or having to contort my hands in painful ways to utilize all of the buttons. Corsair matches the K90 keyboard we just looked at with a gaming mate in the Vengeance series. This compatriot in action will allow users to not only have functionality for MMO and RTS games, but the ability it offers the FPS gamers isn`t so shabby either. In the evolution of mice, a lot of us prefer a page forward, page back and selectable DPI on the fly is also something that most of us are getting used to by now. What most of us aren`t used to in mice is the sleek and attractive package that this newest submission has incorporated into this design from Corsair. Things like an aluminum frame and the blue and white LEDs are things that lend it to be the perfect mate to sit alongside the K90 as you will soon see for yourself."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN.COM

Cooler Master X6 Elite Heatsink Review
     Sun, Apr 01 2012 | 12:00P | Cooling / Heatsinks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
In this review we will be looking at a new heatsink from Cooler Master called the X6 Elite. As the name would indicate this is a six heatpipe cooler in the tower configuration supporting a variety of rather unique features.
  FULL STORY @ NINJALANE

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