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AMD Radeon HD 7790 Review - Sea Islands and Bonaire Make an Appearance
     Sat, Mar 30 2013 | 3:50P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
AMD`s new Radeon HD 7790 is the first Sea Islands GPU to find its way to the channel market and Bonaire proves to be very compelling product in the sub-$200 market that is usually quite crowded. Because of NVIDIA`s gap in product that lies between $149 and $230 (GTX 650 Ti to the GTX 660) the Radeon HD 7790 should make a pretty big splash as long as it has that opening. The question is how long NVIDIA will wait to finally address this whole in its lineup that has existed for many months."
  FULL STORY @ PCPER.COM

Unigine Valley 1.0 Benchmark Tool Walk Through
     Sat, Mar 30 2013 | 12:09P | Benchmarks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
As you can see, the tests are very consistent within the same preset. The average distance from the average score is just 0.49% for the Basic preset, 0.66% for the Extreme, and 0.05% for the Extreme HD. It does not take careful statistical analysis to recognize that this is significant consistency, which is quite important for the use of this benchmark."
  FULL STORY @ OVERCLOCKERSCLUB.COM

ROCCAT Isku FX Review @ Vortez
     Sat, Mar 30 2013 | 11:56A | Games | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Through the use of Easy-Shift the Isku FX has a frankly ridiculous 36 macro buttons available, including three specifically for the thumb, and unlocks the potential of the Kone XTD, Pure and [+] by allowing activation of Easy-Shift mode on those devices. At its core however it remains a membrane-based keyboard, and so must be judge in the understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of this particular switch type."
  FULL STORY @ VORTEZ.NET

Why many GPU reviews are not fit for purpose... with HardwareHeaven
     Sat, Mar 30 2013 | 11:54A | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Why many GPU reviews are not fit for purpose... with HardwareHeaven There are a huge number of review sites out there and to be frank they are filled with lazy writers who will do the minimum required to get an article out and editors who only care about hits (money) and not the quality of the work. On occasion the same lazy writers are also the money focused editors and that is never a good mix. Thats before we even consider those who fabricate testing and plagiarise others work.Today we are going to look at GPU reviews specifically, taking a look at what WE feel makes for a quality review and why. "
  FULL STORY @ HARDWAREHEAVEN.COM

Zotac ZBOX ID83 Plus Mini PC Review @ Hi Tech Legion
     Sat, Mar 30 2013 | 10:20A | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Zotac ZBOX ID83 plus in a small form factor pc that is ideally suited for use as an HTPC. Zotac packs an Intel 3rd generation Core i3-3120M 2.5GHz dual core processor with Intel HD Graphics 4000 into the ZBOX ID83 plus, along with a 500 GB hard drive and 4GB of RAM. They manage to squeeze all of this power into a 7.4 by 7.4 by 1.73 inch package. The hard drive is a standard 2.5 notebook drive and up to 16GB of memory can be installed. The system has support for HDMI 1.4a as well as a DVI connection. Connectivity is handled by either a 10/100/1000 Ethernet connection or the integrated 802.11 B/G/N wireless. The front of the ID83 Plus has analog audio connection, a 6-in-1 memory card reader, USB 2.0 port, and LED indicators. The mini PC is compatible with Windows 8 and Windows 8 both 32-bit and 64-bit versions. Accessories include a VESA monitor mount, stand, DVI adapter, and media center remote with IR receiver.///"
  FULL STORY @ HITECHLEGION.COM

PowerColor PCS+ HD7870 GHz Edition 2GB GDDR5 @ LanOC Reviews
     Sat, Mar 30 2013 | 9:37A | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Generally when it comes to video card reviews, I only get a chance to check out cards when they launch. The rest of the year things are slow and I dont get the chance to revisit cards as the drivers improve and companies introduce various other designs. Today is an exception to that with a card from PowerColor, their PCS+ HD7870. If you havent been paying attention to the market, PowerColor has been changing things up considerably with cards like their Devil 13. Im excited to see what they have been up to on their other cards as well."
  FULL STORY @ LANOC.ORG

Rage3D Kombuting February 22nd Edition @ Rage3D.com
     Sat, Mar 30 2013 | 9:19A | Games | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
*Kombuting talks with NVIDIA about the new Geforce GTX Titan. Also Ubuntu in tablets, Playstation 4 is about games plus the change from Hotmail to Outlook."
  FULL STORY @ RAGE3D.COM

 
Unigine Heaven 4.0 Benchmark Tool Walk Through
     Sat, Mar 30 2013 | 9:16A | Benchmarks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
If there is one critique I can make about the Heaven benchmark, it is the heavy use of tessellation. By heavy, I really mean excessive, because the difference between elements with the tessellation on and off can be staggering. The most extreme examples of this are the dragon statue and the stairs. Without tessellation, the stairs are actually simple ramps without any step-geometry. With tessellation enabled, they become actual stairs. The dragon on the other hand shifts from something that you could also see as being a pet, with its relatively smooth body, into a viciously spiked nightmare."
  FULL STORY @ OVERCLOCKERSCLUB.COM

News: Gigabytes Aivia Osmium mechanical keyboard reviewed
     Sat, Mar 30 2013 | 9:05A | Peripherals | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Most high-end keyboards combine mechanical switches with LED backlighting and programmable macro keys. Gigabyte`s Aivia Osmium adds a new twist: USB 3.0 connectivity. We take a closer look at this unique keyboard to see what`s what."
  FULL STORY @ TECHREPORT.COM

Dell Inspiron 17-3721 Review @ TechReviewSource.com
     Fri, Mar 29 2013 | 4:04P | Notebooks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Dell Inspiron 17-3721 is a budget-priced Windows 8 laptop that offers an attractive 17-inch display, good performance and a comfortable keyboard. It does have below average graphics performance, but this isn`t really meant to be a gaming notebook."
  FULL STORY @ TECHREVIEWSOURCE.COM

Palit GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost OC edition review
     Fri, Mar 29 2013 | 3:54P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
1.html Sponsored message - Looking to buy a new computer? It might not be necessary& Ever considered to upgrade your HDD by an SSD? Your computer will feel as new and youll save a lot of money at the same time. Check Ocztechnology.com for more details.,For this review we test and benchmark the Palit GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost OC edition. The product comes customized with their own PCB design, a dual-fan cooler, 2GB of memory with both that memory and the core baseclock slightly overclocked."
  FULL STORY @ GURU3D.COM

AMD Radeon HD 7790 Revealed @ Rage3D.com
     Fri, Mar 29 2013 | 3:50P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
*The newest AMD Graphics Core Next GPU is here, and it`s a mid-range desktop part codenamed Bonaire. Dual Asychronous Compute engines, Eight Digital Power Management States and a 40% bump in transistors and Compute Units differentiate it from the 7770; we put Sapphire`s Dual-X OC and Gigabyte`s 7790 OC to the test."
  FULL STORY @ RAGE3D.COM

Tweakipedia: Upgrading your laptop to a new high-performance SSD and RAM
     Fri, Mar 29 2013 | 12:09P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Trace gives us a detail look at how to replace the RAM and HDD in your laptop for better performance"
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN.COM

ROCCAT Apuri Mouse Bungee / USB Hub Review @ ThinkComputers.org
     Fri, Mar 29 2013 | 11:56A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
If you are a serious gamer you are not using a wireless mouse. The main reasons are that it could lose battery or there would be some sort of interference with the wireless signal. While these might not be major issues when browsing the internet, but when you are about to get a headshot and it happens its a MAJOR problem. While wired mice are great they do have one drawback, the cord. In many cases the cord actually causes drag or may simply get in the way, which can affect your aim when gaming. The answer to this is what we know as a mouse bungee. It is a device that lifts this cord off of your desk which not only eliminates the drag, but gets it out of the way. The ROCCAT Apuri is not only a mouse bungee, but it also has 4 powered USB ports on it as well. Will you be adding this to your gaming arsenal? Read on as we take a look..."
  FULL STORY @ THINKCOMPUTERS

Veho Pebble Smartstick Emergency Charger Review @ TestFreaks
     Fri, Mar 29 2013 | 11:54A | Mobile Devices | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Dont you hate it when the battery on your mobile device dies during the course of the day and you realized you either forgot your charger or dont have anywhere to charge it? Today for review Ive got the Veho Pebble Smartstick Emergency Charger which is just like it sounds, a portable battery essentially to charge your devices in an emergency. Thats not exactly true I think as it doesnt really have to be an emergency to use it, you can use it anytime you need to top off the battery in your device. The Pebble is very small and portable and comes with a few different tips allowing you to charge most devices on the market today. The Pebble is something that personally I need as my kids love using my iPod Touch 4th Gen but its aging and the battery only lasts for a little over an hour, and that isnt much really. The Pebble allows my kids to keep using the iPod for more than what the battery normally allows. So read one to learn more.."
  FULL STORY @ TESTFREAKS.COM

Unigine Valley 1.0 Tested - 25 GPU CPU and Memory Scaling @ Ocaholic
     Fri, Mar 29 2013 | 10:20A | CPU / Processors | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
It hasn`t been a long time that Unigine Corporation released a new version of their Heaven benchmark. One day after that, they showed a new benchmark: Unigine Valley 1.0. The developer team behind which has its roots in Siberia, found inspiration in their homeland, so they went and coded a huge and very detail rich landscape which looks similar to their home country. In this article we show you the test results of 25 different GPUs in Unigine`s Valley 1.0 benchmark. We also show you CPU, memory and multi-GPU scaling. Basically, we benched the benchmark."
  FULL STORY @ OCAHOLIC.CH

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