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In Win D-Frame Red Case Review
     Fri, Jun 21 2013 | 4:00P | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Before last year, no In Win cases really caught our attention. That changed when we spotted the open-air X-Frame midway through 2012. Although the X-Frame was fairly featureless and extremely expensive, its unusual construction proved interesting enough to win over many enthusiasts. Following the X-Frame's success, In Win introduced the H-Frame -- a similarly unique chassis with a feature list that includes eleven diamond-cut aluminum plates. In Win's latest open-air chassis has to be their finest creation yet. The D-Frame is a limited edition aluminum pipe and tempered glass case that is unique and equally pricey. DIY'ers will be pleased nonetheless.
  FULL STORY @ TECHSPOT

AMD 2013 A and E-Series Kabini and Temash Mobile APUs
     Fri, Jun 21 2013 | 12:03P | CPU / Processors | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
AMD has been pretty open about discussing certain product in the roadmap. In fact, we've disclosed a number of details regarding the main products we'll be talking about in this article, Kabini, Temash, and Richland over the last few months. It was all the way back at CES that we first showed you Kabini, Temash, and Richland-based products in action in a number of prototype notebooks at tablets from Vizio, HP, Asus and others. And AMD actually talked about the foundation of two these products (Kabini and Temash)-its Jaguar CPU core microarchitecture-at Hot Chips in April of last year. If you're unfamiliar with Kabini and Temash, they are the codenames given to AMD's next-gen, low-power APUs targeted at notebooks and ultra-mobile form factors. Kabini and Temash are not simple updates to existing products, however. They feature newly designed CPU cores fused to a Graphics Core Next-based GPU, and are designed to improve performance considerably, while also operating at lower power...
  FULL STORY @ HOTHARDWARE

Long-awaited Xbox One Makes Its Debut
     Fri, Jun 21 2013 | 12:02P | Games | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Because "Xbox 720" was ultimately kind of a dumb name, Microsoft wisely went with something different for its new console: Xbox One. At Microsoft headquarters today, the Xbox crew debuted Xbox One, showed off its new features, and promised to give us more at E3 next month. One of the more impressive features of the Xbox One, at least at this point, is the enhanced voice and gesture controls it offers. With a simple voice command--"Xbox On"--you can turn on your Xbox and launch into your personal homescreen, which will remember what you were last doing. On the slightly more technical side of things, Xbox One was built with three separate "operating systems"; one is of course the Xbox One architecture, but there's also a Windows kernel on board as well as underpinnings that allow instant switching, multitasking, and other user experience-heightening features...
  FULL STORY @ HOTHARDWARE

HOT Raspberry Pi DIY Mini Desktop PC Build
     Fri, Jun 21 2013 | 12:01P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We recently set out to design mini desktop computer with the wildly popular Raspberry Pi single board computer. The Raspberry Pi is a Linux-driven, ARM processor-based micro computer that is known for its low cost and small size. People use the device for a variety of projects, from micro-servers to low cost media players. Basically our goal was to turn what is currently one of the cheapest bare-bones computer boards into a fully enclosed mini desktop computer that could be taken anywhere without the need for cabling or setup. One of the high level goals of this project was also to learn about programming with Linux and get a good feel for programming in the Debian interface...
  FULL STORY @ RASPBERRY

MSI Radeon HD 7790 OC Edition: Mid-Range Graphics Performance
     Fri, Jun 21 2013 | 12:00P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Just before the mid-range AMD Radeon HD 7790 hit store shelves in early April, NVIDIA countered with the GeForce GTX 650 Ti BOOST. NVIDIA's move also involved pricing changes that were good for mid-range card shoppers, but what matters most is that the card NVIDIA managed to launch coincident with the Radeon HD 7790's launch, offers better performance in most of our benchmarks. With the dust settling, all that's left now is for the factory-overclocked cards to battle it out. Asus and Sapphire have already taken a crack with their overclocked Radeon HD 7790s. Those cards definitely out-perform the stock-clocked Radeon HD 7790 we tested in March, but couldn't always overcome the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 Ti BOOST. Today, we're looking at the MSI Radeon HD 7790 OC Edition (R7790-1GD5/OC)...
  FULL STORY @ HOTHARDWARE

News: Demoing the future at WWDC
     Fri, Jun 21 2013 | 11:49A | Editorial | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
This week, TR contributor Jason Fox blogs about his thoughts on Apple`s latest Worldwide Developer Conference."
  FULL STORY @ TECHREPORT.COM

ASRock Z87 Extreme4 Motherboard @ Hardware Secrets
     Fri, Jun 21 2013 | 11:01A | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The ASRock Z87 Extreme4 is a mid-range socket LGA1150 motherboard targeted for the Haswell processors (fourth-generation Core i3, Core i5, and Core i7 processors). Let`s see what this motherboard has to offer."
  FULL STORY @ HARDWARESECRETS.COM

 
ASRock Z87 Extreme4 Review @ Vortez
     Fri, Jun 21 2013 | 11:01A | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today, as tradition would have it - we are taking a look at the Z87 Extreme4. This motherboard is regarded as ASRock`s mid-range mainstay and their Z77 version last year was quite frankly a great value for money offering. Are we to expect the same qualities and characteristics with Z87 Extreme4 too? Only time will tell."
  FULL STORY @ VORTEZ.NET

ASRock Z87 OC FORMULA (Intel Z87) Motherboard Review
     Fri, Jun 21 2013 | 11:01A | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The second we saw it, the Z87 OC FORMULA sparked our interest. Today we get down and dirty with this new Z87 overclocking board and see just how it performs."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN.COM

ASRock Z87E-ITX (Intel Z87) Mini-ITX Motherboard Review
     Fri, Jun 21 2013 | 11:01A | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We check out our first Mini-ITX motherboard for the new Z87 Haswell platform from ASRock and find out what kind of performance this tiny board offers."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN.COM

Astro A50 Wireless Headset Review @ HardwareHeaven.com
     Fri, Jun 21 2013 | 11:01A | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Back in 2011 Skullcandy acquired Astro Gaming in a move which seemed to be a good fit for both manufacturers. Skullcandy had of course built a good audio brand but never quite cracked gaming and Astro were showing signs of being an interesting alternative to the Razers of this world. Today we have one of Astros high end gaming products to review, the A50 Wireless which is designed for use with PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 in mind as well as any device with optical or 3.5mm out."
  FULL STORY @ HARDWAREHEAVEN.COM

PCMark 8 Review
     Fri, Jun 21 2013 | 9:17A | Benchmarks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
As mentioned on the previous page, I ran into an issue when running PCMark 8. One of the Web Browsing tests repeatedly gets stuck whenever it is run for the second time during a benchmark. This prevents me from completing the standard benchmarks that use it, as they all run three passes to get consistent results. Futuremark is aware of the issue as it has been reported by multiple people running Windows 7. I am confident the developers will be able to find and fix it."
  FULL STORY @ OVERCLOCKERSCLUB.COM

Intel Core i7 4770K "Haswell" Processor Review
     Fri, Jun 21 2013 | 9:03A | CPU / Processors | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The build-up to the launch of Intel's fourth generation of core processors, codename Haswell, has been extensive. To my recollection this has got to be one of the most publicized launches to date, and expectations have been set very high for Intel's new processors. In this article today we are looking to cover one specific thing, as the title suggests, which is the Core i7 4770K. This will be the flagship of Intel's new Haswell based LGA 1150 platform, which is not backwards compatible with LGA 1155 in any way, but does succeed the LGA 1155 platform. The Core i7 4770K and other desktop Haswell processors are a very small part of the Haswell "portfolio". Haswell has really been designed for the mobile notebook and tablet markets, with power consumption and battery life in mind. Despite this power optimisation, the desktop variants have still been tweaked and tuned to provide more performance in addition to power savings. Intel's Core i7 4770K boasts a stock clock speed of 3.5GHz, with 3.9GHz Turbo and 8MB of shared L3 cache. The Core i7 4770K supports dual channel memory at 1600MHz and has 18 PCI Express lanes integrated onto its main controller. The Core i7 4770K is recommended for the Z87 platform which we aren't covering here but there will be extensive coverage of it throughout our Z87 motherboard reviews.
  FULL STORY @ ETEKNIX

Gigabyte Z87X-UD4H (Z87) Motherboard Review
     Fri, Jun 21 2013 | 9:02A | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
After speaking to Gigabyte recently about the upcoming boards for Haswell and Z87, they kept telling me that the UD4H was a big focus for them, and I can see why, as it incorporates a brand new colour scheme that has never been tried by them before, and as you can see; it's red and it's sexy. The UD4H is a mid-range board that incorporates a lot of key features that you'd expect including SLI/CrossFire, strong power delivery to the CPU socket and much more, but what is a board with strong features, if it doesn't look the part? This is a question that Gigabyte asked themselves and decided to go with a radical new design and while a lot of consumers will be quick to judge that they've copied the Asus ROG or MSI Gaming series boards, we can say from first-hand, it looks nothing like them and is actually quite subtle, in a "slap you round the face" kind of way, and that's a good thing, as it allows the board to appeal to many different markets. For those wanting a mid-range board with strong features and great potential, we think that the UD4H could be a real contender, and there is only one way to find out, so follow us as we delve into this review. As usual, we will be taking a look at the box and any added accessories that come bundled with the UD4H before we take a look at the board and its funky new style from a close-up view. Once this is out of the way, we can focus directly on the performance of the board with our Haswell i7 4770k at the heart of it, and of course we will be seeing how far we can push the system by overclocking, and then testing at those speeds too, so lets get straight into it, shall we?
  FULL STORY @ ETEKNIX

Rumored AMD Radeon 8970 Picture Making Rounds May Not Be Worth Getting Excited O
     Fri, Jun 21 2013 | 9:01A | CPU / Processors | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
You may have already seen the buzz surrounding this picture of a supposed Radeon 8970 that has been making the rounds this week. We try to make sense of it, and you may not see much to get excited about in the end.
  FULL STORY @ HARDWARE

AMD Elite A-Series A10-6800K APU (Socket FM2) @ techPowerUp
     Fri, Jun 21 2013 | 9:01A | CPU / Processors | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
AMD Richland APUs have been talked about in enthusiast circles for weeks. Rumors have made their rounds and everyone is left wondering. I take a look at AMD`s A10-6800K, put it through the paces, and see what`s what in the world of Elite A-Series APUs."
  FULL STORY @ TECHPOWERUP.COM

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