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ASUS Radeon HD 7790 DirectCU II OC Review @ Ocaholic
     Thu, Apr 11 2013 | 10:49A | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Like many other manufacturers ASUS released its very own version of the HD 7790 using a reference design PCB and a custom cooler. This last one is of course the now well known DirectCU II v2.0. Furthermore the card is shipped with a factory overclocking. The GPU runs at 1`075 MHz and the memory is clocked at 1`600 MHz, which are basically the same clocks as other overclocked cards on the market. So far we are not impressed, let`s take a closer look anyway!"

Cooler Master CM Storm Scout 2 Advanced review
     Thu, Apr 11 2013 | 10:49A | Cases | 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. "

Corsair CX430M Modular Power Supply Review - What $25 Can Buy @ Legit Reviews
     Thu, Apr 11 2013 | 10:49A | Power Supply | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Quality wise, the Corsair CX430M is much better than most people would expect from a power supply which now ships for $24.99 after rebate and a $10 off coupon. We cannot claim that it has been built like a tank; we have certainly seen better but certainly not in a $25 product. Still, Corsair cooperated with a highly respected OEM, CWT, the circuit design is that of a by the book APFC unit without the companies cutting corners on filtering and or safety and, finally, the choice of components was excellent for a product of such a class..."

How To Protect Your WiFi Hotspot From Unwanted Intruders @ ThinkComputers.org
     Thu, Apr 11 2013 | 10:49A | Networking | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Portable hotspots have become extremely popular among people who constantly find themselves on the road. The increase in WiFi hotspot usage means an increase in malicious users whos primary goal is to gain access to these types of networks and the information thats being transmitted on them. If youve recently purchased a mobile WiFi hotspot device, follow these simple tips to help keep the hackers, jackers and slackers out of your personal business."

Kingston HyperX 10th Anniversary 2400MHz 16GB
     Thu, Apr 11 2013 | 10:49A | Memory | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Kingston as a whole has been around a long time, but they created the HyperX brand when they realized there were people that wanted to push the limits of their system memory in order to increase performance. That was a long 10 years ago and the kit we have today is a special celebratory kit showing that 10 years has brought the HyperX line a long way. Lets see what ten years has done and what improvement Kingston can offer from this experience."

Kingston HyperX Beast 2400 MHz CL 11 2x 4 GB @ techPowerUp
     Thu, Apr 11 2013 | 10:49A | Memory | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
A rabid animal hungry for food, the Kingston HyperX Beast stampedes into the overclocking scene, ripping through our benchmarks like no other. Clocked in at 2400 MHz out of the box, these beasts are ready to take on whatever you want to feed them."

ASRock VisionX HTOC 321B Ivy Bridge mini-PC @ techPowerUp
     Thu, Apr 11 2013 | 9:59A | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Updated to the latest Ivy Bridge mobile hardware, the ASRock VisionX HTOC is a high-power HTPC option that is ready to knock the socks off its competitors. Packed with a powerful AMD Radeon GPU and a Blu-Ray drive, the ASRock VisionX HTOC isn`t only pretty to look at, it also puts on a good show!"

EonNAS 850X NAS Network Storage Server @ Benchmark Reviews
     Thu, Apr 11 2013 | 9:33A | Servers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
All digital storage technologies are susceptible to data rot. Just ask the multimedia giant Pixar, who saw dozens of critical files disappear before their eyes, during production of the movie Toy Story. Modern hard drives are remarkably reliable devices, but most have an average uncorrectable read error rate of 10^14. That means one read failure for every 12TB of data. The drive doesn`t crash; it just gives you corrupted data every now and then. The only way around this is to continuously test the data, and scrub the errors as they occur. The storage industry deployed this technology in large data centers, and now Infortrend is making it available to consumers, with their new EonNAS series. The Sun-based OS in the EonNAS Pro 850x also has some other tricks up its sleeve, like data deduplication. Read on to find out more..."

ZOTAC NVIDIA GTX Titan Graphics Card Review @ HardwareHeaven.com
     Thu, Apr 11 2013 | 9:19A | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
ZOTAC NVIDIA GTX Titan Graphics Card Review @ HardwareHeaven.com Today we take the GTX Titan through a selection of real world gaming tests which include Crysis 3, Aliens: Colonial Marines, Far Cry 3, Assassins Creed 3, Hitman: Absolution, StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm, Battlefield 3, Skyrim: Dragonborn, DOTA 2, SWTOR, Mass Effect 3, F1 2012 and Borderlands 2. Mix that with the latest 3DMark, Heaven Benchmark, GPU computing, Media playback and all the usual power/thermal and overclocking tests... add frame latency, competing multi and single GPU setups and we have quite a lot to get through today. "

Samsung 840 Series 120GB Solid State Drive Review @ ThinkComputers.org
     Thu, Apr 11 2013 | 9:05A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Samsung is a very large player in the solid state drive market, but you may not have known. This is because they sell their drives in bulk to companies like Apple to use in their products. That is why they are not an known in the consumer or enthusiast market. In fact Samsung is the largest producer of flash memory in the world. One thing that is great about Samsung solid state drives is that everything inside is made by Samsung, the NAND, controller and DRAM cache. This makes it very easy for Samsung to correct issues or fix problems because everything is done in-house. We saw this on Samsungs 830 Series solid state drive and the big difference between the 830 and 840 is that the 840 Series uses TLC NAND chips instead of MLC. We will get to the difference in just a bit. The controller on the 840 Series has also been updated. The 120GB version we are testing today has read and write speeds of 530MB/s and 130MB/s respectively so it sort of fits into the entry-level segment. Lets take a look"

nVidia GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost Review @ Ocaholic
     Thu, Apr 11 2013 | 9:00A | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
To fill the huge performance gap between the GTX 650 Ti and the GTX 660 and also to compete with AMDs new Radeon HD 7790, nVidia released the GTX 650 Ti Boost. Behind this strange name there`s a GTX 660 hiding whereas one SMX unit has been disabled. Therefore this graphics card is powered by a GK106 with 768 Cuda cores working at 980 MHz with a typical boost of 1`033 MHz. Regarding the memory we have 2 GB of GDDR5 working at 1`500 MHz on a 192 Bit bus. Performance wise the GTX 650 Ti Boost is also a direct competitor of AMD`s Radeon HD 7850."

Frame Capture and Analysis Tools Review
     Thu, Apr 11 2013 | 8:01A | Benchmarks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
A tremendous amount of data is created during the capture and analysis process including charts that plot out the 95th and 99th percentile frame rates as well as charts that show the observed FPS versus the FRAPS FPS. Below are some representations of the data presented showing that yes, even with the latest drivers AMD is struggling with some frame time issues that drive the FPS delivered down to a level below that reported by FRAPS. Looking at the Frame Time chart you can see that when run in a CrossfireX configuration the frame time data is all over the board whereas NVIDIA`s multi GPU solution delivers a consistent line across the chart. Slightly wider than the single GPU line but still much improved over the AMD configurations. Another look using the percentile chart illustrates this a little differently, showing that as the outliers are removed the FPS takes a downward swing. The results from one game do not tell the whole tale so looking at BF3 as well as Far Cry 3 provides a pair of results to illustrate the point with a little larger base of video cards."

REVIEW: PowerColor PCS 7870 Myst Edition @ PureOverclock
     Wed, Apr 10 2013 | 4:20P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
we`re examining the PowerColor PCS 7870 Myst Edition. It comes with the newly neutered chip and also a sleek cooler that has some beefy heatpipe with direct touch technology for lower temperatures. What`s particularly enticing is this PowerColor card qualifies for an AMD promotional offer that tosses in two A+ gaming titles worth $120 into the package. That sound like an outstanding deal, even if the performance isn`t quite as stellar as the 7900 models. Let`s take a closer look at the PowerColor PCS 7870 Myst Edition and see how it fares."

Kingston V300 120GB SSD @ Bjorn3D
     Wed, Apr 10 2013 | 4:04P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today we look at the new V300 Drive from Kingston which is a Sandforce based drive pointed at the value segment to get a sub $1/GB drive to the masses, now lets see what this drive has to offer."

[Tech ARP] Backdoors Found In Bitlocker FileVault and TrueCrypt?
     Wed, Apr 10 2013 | 4:01P | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Yesterday, Marauderz and I had a discussion about disk and file encryption, and the topic of backdoors came up. Someone mentioned some time ago that Bitlocker has a backdoor for the NSA or law enforcement guys to use. I cannot remember who - it was probably one of the many conspiracy theorists I came across - but I remember he mentioned that he saw a PowerPoint presentation of the backdoor, or something to that effect. Marauderz being Marauderz, immediately tried to look for the PowerPoint file online but couldn`t find it. I wanted to prove that I wasn`t bullshitting (if it doesn`t exist, well, blame the guy who told me!) so I went scouring for the proverbial pot of gold, even though I haven`t actually seen it before. After a full day of looking everywhere, even in the darknets of Tor, I finally found what I think that guy was talking about - a PDF printout of a PowerPoint presentation that claims that there is a backdoor in Bitlocker. It even confirms that major cloud storage providers were scanning our content for illicit materials, which was something many of us already know. In fact, CNBC reported just two weeks ago that..."

[Tech ARP] BIOS Option Of The Week - R/W Queue Bypass
     Wed, Apr 10 2013 | 4:01P | BIOS | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Since 1999, we have been developing the BIOS Optimization Guide, affectionately known as the BOG. From a meager beginning of a single page, it now covers over 440 BIOS options. As old BOG readers will know, we started offering two editions of the BOG since Revision 8.0 - a simplified edition and the complete edition. Normally, the complete edition is only available to subscribers who help sponsor the development of the guide through a small fee. However, that changes today! From now on, we will post a BIOS option from the complete edition of the BIOS Optimization Guide every weekend. This week, we will be taking a look at the *R/W Queue Bypass *setting."

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