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Diamond MDS3900 DisplayLink USB to HDMI/DVI/LAN Mini Ultra Dock Review
     Mon, Aug 11 2014 | 1:56A | Home Theatre | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Do you have the need to increase monitor output from your laptop? Well, read on as Tyler tells us about the Diamond MDS3900 DisplayLink Ultra Dock device."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN.COM

Sapphire Radeon R7 260X CrossFire Review @HiTech Legion
     Mon, Aug 11 2014 | 1:12A | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
However, if you are looking to play any graphically intense games at higher details settings, then I cannot recommend two 260X cards in CrossFire, for the simple fact that performance is generally in line with that of a 270X."
  FULL STORY @ HITECHLEGION.COM

BIOS Option Of The Week
     Sun, Aug 10 2014 | 11:08P | BIOS | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"The IOAPIC Enable BIOS feature is used to enable or disable the motherboard's APIC (Advanced Programmable Interrupt Controller). The APIC is a new distributed set of devices that make up an interrupt controller. In current implementations, it consists of three parts - a local APIC, an I/O APIC and an APIC bus. The local APIC delivers interrupts to a specific processor so each processor in a system has to have its own local APIC. Therefore, a dual processor system must have two local APICs. Because a local APIC has been integrated into every processor since the debut of the original Intel Pentium P54C processor, there's no need to worry about the number of local APICs..."
  FULL STORY @ TECHARP

Super Flower Leadex Platinum 1000W Modular Power Supply Review
     Sun, Aug 10 2014 | 11:08P | Power Supply | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The brand “Super Flower” still doesn’t hold as much weight as other big brand names in the power supply industry, like Delta Electronics or the incumbent Seasonic. However, Super Flower have always been at the cutting edge of power supply technology and were among the first power supply vendors to bring an 80 Plus Platinum rated power supply to the consumer market. While Super Flower are best known for working with EVGA they have decided that they also want to go at it alone, like Seasonic they OEM produce power supplies for other brands and also sell their products independently. Today we are examining Super Flower’s top-end Leadex Platinum series and we have the 1000W model. What’s so interesting about Super Flower’s Leadex Platinum series is not just the beautiful aesthetics and innovative features but also the fact Super Flower are so much more competitively priced than equivalent units from the likes of Seasonic (sold under various other brand names) and from Delta (sold mainly under Antec).
  FULL STORY @ ETEKNIX

Thecus N2560 Dual-Bay NAS Server Review: Budget HTPC Option
     Sun, Aug 10 2014 | 5:08P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Thecus N2560 NAS Server is an interesting product that demonstrates what is possible when implementing a low-power SoC like the Atom CE5335. Building on what we saw from the N2310, which featured a proper iTunes server implementation as well as app support for functions like bit torrent downloading, the N2560 provides even more impressive funtionality with the digital audio/video output. Of course this would be useless without good software to drive the experience, but the integration of XBMC as an interface for media playback makes the process of getting files to your TV and sound system extremely simple."
  FULL STORY @ PCPER.COM

Biostar Hi-Fi Z97WE Review
     Sun, Aug 10 2014 | 3:53P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Along that line, overclocking the Hi-Fi Z97WE proved to be fairly easy once I found my way around the BIOS. I finished my overclocking with a clock speed of just over 4.6GHz, which puts the Hi-Fi Z97WE within 50MHz of most of the boards I have tested. It pretty much gave me about as much as I can get with the chip I used. Performance still seemed a little off, but more tuning and digging further into the memory sub timings would likely fix this. As an overclocking motherboard, the 10-phase power circuit seems to do the trick in delivering consistent power to the processor."
  FULL STORY @ OVERCLOCKERSCLUB.COM

Samsung 845DC EVO SSD 960 Gigabyte Review @ ocaholic
     Sun, Aug 10 2014 | 3:53P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Next to the 845DC PRO Samsung has also launched the 845DC EVO series. This drive is equipped with TLC NAND flash memory chips and therefore it`s suitable for read-intensive workloads, preserving precious write cycles. Furthermore TLC NAND allows for highly competitive pricing, which you will get with this drive. Overall we`re curious to see how this drive is going to perform."
  FULL STORY @ OCAHOLIC.CO.UK

 
Intel Core i7-3960X vs Core i7-3930K 3-way SLI Gaming-Performance @ ocaholic
     Sun, Aug 10 2014 | 3:53P | CPU / Processors | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Gamers are always curious to know what benefit they get from an expensive CPU in terms of frames per second. In this series of articles we will have a look at different CPUs, running at different clock speeds and with each article we will compare two CPUs. These CPUs will be place in a test system that`s been equipped with no less than three high-end graphics cards in order to open the GPU bottleneck."
  FULL STORY @ OCAHOLIC.CO.UK

Thecus N7710-G NAS Server Review
     Sun, Aug 10 2014 | 11:00A | Servers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Network attached storage devices/servers (NAS) keep gaining"
  FULL STORY @ NIKKTECH.COM

Xiaomi Mi Pad 7.9 Android Tablet Review - Utilizing NVIDIA Tegra K1 SoC
     Sun, Aug 10 2014 | 6:07A | Notebooks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Xiaomi Mi Pad 7.9 is an interesting product that will have little impact on the US market. As a device that is not intended to be imported here, it is really just an educational venture for us to test it and evaluate it. Even so, the results were damned impressive and the performance of the Tegra K1 SoC really came through in both the CPU and GPU results. By integrating a full Kepler SMX in the design, the graphics performance of the Mi Pad is unrivaled in the tablet market. However as it stands now, there are a very limited number of applications or games that can even truly show the performance the K1 can offer. As the K1 implementations increase though, that will likely improve."
  FULL STORY @ PCPER.COM

WD Red and Red Pro HDD NAS Performance Analysis in RAID 5 with 10GbE
     Sun, Aug 10 2014 | 1:56A | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Chris fires up a Thecus N7710-G NAS configured with RAID 5 and 10GbE to look at the performance of Western Digital`s new Red 6TB and Red Pro 4TB HDDs."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN.COM

Cremax Icy Dock MB153SP-B SATA Hot Swap HDD Cage Reader Review
     Sat, Aug 09 2014 | 5:30P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Another interesting reader review is published on OCinside.de today. This time the Cremax Icy Dock MB153SP-B 3-in-2 SATA internal RAID backplane is tested. Each disk can be removed individually, so for example it is not always necessary to run all hard drives, if there are backups or infrequently used data on the hard disk. More advantages would be that each drive has its own status LED for example. Take a look at the latest reader review to see what the Icy Dock MB153SP-B SATA Hot Swap HDD Cage has to offer.
  FULL STORY @ FORUM

D-Link DCH-S150 Wi-Fi Motion Sensor Review
     Sat, Aug 09 2014 | 5:29P | Networking | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
:"We add motion-sensing capabilities to the lab with the D-Link DCH-S150. Tyler tells us all about it and his experiences with the product and app."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN

Silicon Motion SM2256 with Toshiba TLC A19 Flash SSD
     Sat, Aug 09 2014 | 5:29P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Chris scored a double world exclusive today - SMI's new SM2256 controller and Toshiba's new A19 TLC flash. Let's jump in and take a look the SSD results."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN

Fractal Design Core 3300 Case
     Sat, Aug 09 2014 | 5:28P | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"The Fractal Design Core 3300 Case is part of the X3 series and it's really sharp looking. With lots of fan and radiator options, this would be a super affordable case for a water cooling build. Up to 5 drives can be installed, lots of space for hardware, fits long video cards/PSUs and tall CPU coolers." ~3dGameMan.com
  FULL STORY @ REVIEWS

Logitech G402 Hyperion Fury Gaming Mouse - Give a Mouse an Accelerometer
     Sat, Aug 09 2014 | 5:08P | Games | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The solution to this according to Logitech is to supplement the optical sensor with an accelerometer and gyro. These devices are constantly measuring data but are not accurate at slow speeds. (Try to move your Wii U remotes VERY slowly and see how accurate they can be.) But at high speeds, these sensors are fairly accurate - and are much more accurate that nothing, which is what the optical sensor is providing. And when I say high speeds, I mean it. Logitech says the sensor is capable of measuring up to 500 IPS; that`s 28.4 mph!"
  FULL STORY @ PCPER.COM

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