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AMD Radeon R9 290 Review On Linux
     Wed, Nov 20 2013 | 3:07P | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
AMD unveiled the Radeon R9 290 graphics card at the beginning of November as one step down from the new flagship Radeon R9 290X graphics card. Numerous Windows reviews praised the graphics card for its great performance but what wasn`t clear at the time was how the Linux performance and compatibility was for this new $399 USD graphics card. AMD hadn`t offered any review samples to Phoronix for conducting any Linux-based testing and benchmarking but it`s more clear now why that didn`t happen: the Linux performance isn`t stellar. I bought an XFX Radeon R9 290 and now there`s many Linux benchmarks coming out of this graphics card that`s riddled by what might be driver issues. I already regret having purchased the AMD Radeon R9 290 for use on Linux; the graphics card is hot power hungry noisy and the OpenGL results aren`t too good."
  FULL STORY @ PHORONIX.COM

AMD Radeon R9 290 Review On Linux
     Wed, Nov 20 2013 | 3:07P | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
AMD unveiled the Radeon R9 290 graphics card at the beginning of November as one step down from the new flagship Radeon R9 290X graphics card. Numerous Windows reviews praised the graphics card for its great performance but what wasn`t clear at the time was how the Linux performance and compatibility was for this new $399 USD graphics card. AMD hadn`t offered any review samples to Phoronix for conducting any Linux-based testing and benchmarking but it`s more clear now why that didn`t happen: the Linux performance isn`t stellar. I bought an XFX Radeon R9 290 and now there`s many Linux benchmarks coming out of this graphics card that`s riddled by what might be driver issues. I already regret having purchased the AMD Radeon R9 290 for use on Linux; the graphics card is hot power hungry noisy and the OpenGL results aren`t too good. "
  FULL STORY @ PHORONIX.COM

AMD Radeon R9 290 Review On Linux
     Wed, Nov 20 2013 | 3:07P | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
AMD unveiled the Radeon R9 290 graphics card at the beginning of November as one step down from the new flagship Radeon R9 290X graphics card. Numerous Windows reviews praised the graphics card for its great performance but what wasn`t clear at the time was how the Linux performance and compatibility was for this new $399 USD graphics card. AMD hadn`t offered any review samples to Phoronix for conducting any Linux-based testing and benchmarking but it`s more clear now why that didn`t happen: the Linux performance isn`t stellar. I bought an XFX Radeon R9 290 and now there`s many Linux benchmarks coming out of this graphics card that`s riddled by what might be driver issues. I already regret having purchased the AMD Radeon R9 290 for use on Linux; the graphics card is hot power hungry noisy and the OpenGL results aren`t too good."
  FULL STORY @ PHORONIX.COM

Thermaltake eSports Level 10 M Headset Review @HiTech Legion
     Wed, Nov 20 2013 | 9:41A | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
My first opinion when taking the Thermaltake eSports Level 10 M Gaming Headset out of the box was that it indeed was very light."
  FULL STORY @ HITECHLEGION.COM

13-Way AMD GPU Open-Source Linux Driver Comparison On The Source Engine
     Tue, Nov 19 2013 | 3:07P | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
For your viewing pleasure today is a 13-way AMD Radeon graphics card comparison when testing out the open-source Radeon Gallium3D drivers on the wide spectrum of ATI/AMD GPUs while looking at the performance for Valve`s Source Engine with Counter-Strike: Source and Team Fortress 2. Given the imminent arrival of Steam Machines and SteamOS to push Linux gaming into its long-awaited spotlight is AMD`s open-source Linux graphics driver capable of delivering a reasonable level of performance?"
  FULL STORY @ PHORONIX.COM

13-Way AMD GPU Open-Source Linux Driver Comparison On The Source Engine
     Tue, Nov 19 2013 | 3:07P | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
For your viewing pleasure today is a 13-way AMD Radeon graphics card comparison when testing out the open-source Radeon Gallium3D drivers on the wide spectrum of ATI/AMD GPUs while looking at the performance for Valve`s Source Engine with Counter-Strike: Source and Team Fortress 2. Given the imminent arrival of Steam Machines and SteamOS to push Linux gaming into its long-awaited spotlight is AMD`s open-source Linux graphics driver capable of delivering a reasonable level of performance?"
  FULL STORY @ PHORONIX.COM

13-Way AMD GPU Open-Source Linux Driver Comparison On The Source Engine
     Tue, Nov 19 2013 | 3:07P | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
For your viewing pleasure today is a 13-way AMD Radeon graphics card comparison when testing out the open-source Radeon Gallium3D drivers on the wide spectrum of ATI/AMD GPUs while looking at the performance for Valve`s Source Engine with Counter-Strike: Source and Team Fortress 2. Given the imminent arrival of Steam Machines and SteamOS to push Linux gaming into its long-awaited spotlight is AMD`s open-source Linux graphics driver capable of delivering a reasonable level of performance? "
  FULL STORY @ PHORONIX.COM

 
13-Way AMD GPU Open-Source Linux Driver Comparison On The Source Engine
     Tue, Nov 19 2013 | 3:07P | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
For your viewing pleasure today is a 13-way AMD Radeon graphics card comparison when testing out the open-source Radeon Gallium3D drivers on the wide spectrum of ATI/AMD GPUs while looking at the performance for Valve`s Source Engine with Counter-Strike: Source and Team Fortress 2. Given the imminent arrival of Steam Machines and SteamOS to push Linux gaming into its long-awaited spotlight is AMD`s open-source Linux graphics driver capable of delivering a reasonable level of performance?"
  FULL STORY @ PHORONIX.COM

Sound Blaster EVO ZxR Headset Video Review @ HardwareHeaven.com
     Mon, Nov 18 2013 | 9:41A | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Dave Chaos reviews the EVO ZxR headset from Sound Blaster, featuring wireless operation, active noice cancelling, Bluetooth and NFC technology."
  FULL STORY @ HARDWAREHEAVEN.COM

Id America TouchTone Portable Bluetooth Speaker Review @ TestFreaks
     Sun, Nov 17 2013 | 10:58A | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Up for review today I have the TouchTone Bluetooth speaker from Id America which features touch sensitive controls, hence the word touch in the name. The TouchTone is wireless over Bluetooth but it also has a line-in that uses a standard audio connector so you can even use it with non Bluetooth devices. The TouchTone can put out of total of four watts from the two speakers and that might not sound like much, but it is, this thing can get very loud but yet theres very minimal distortion. Anyway, read on to learn more"
  FULL STORY @ TESTFREAKS.COM

CM Storm Pulse R Headset @ Rbmods
     Sat, Nov 16 2013 | 10:17A | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Coolermaster is finally out with some new products and today we taking a look at one of them. First out is the Pulse R gaming headset that is newly released! We are going to compare them vs some awesome headsets we have tested in the past and just how comfortable they are after hours of gaming. So stick around for this review to find out the answers."
  FULL STORY @ RBMODS.COM

NuForce S3-BT High-Fidelity Bluetooth Speakers
     Fri, Nov 15 2013 | 4:34P | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
For the past 2 years or so we used and tested many portable Bluetooth wireless speakers some of which offered a very good size/performance ratio while others were not really as portable but offered amazing amounts of volume at reasonable prices. Still all these are not called portable without reason and so no matter how we see it in the end they can`t go up against a good stereo desktop solution especially when it comes to volume levels. However it`s not very easy to find a high quality stereo desktop system featuring both Bluetooth and wired connectivity that doesn`t really cost an arm and a leg so with that in mind we set out to see what`s available in the market. The answer came from our friends over at NuForce who`ve been manufacturing a very successful pair of speakers for quite some time now the S3-BT High-fidelity Bluetooth speakers for audiophiles so it didn`t take long for us to grab a sample in order to find out the reason behind their popularity."
  FULL STORY @ NIKKTECH.COM

RHA SA950i Headphones Review @ ThinkComputers.org
     Fri, Nov 15 2013 | 9:41A | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Earlier this year we took a look at RHAs MA450i earphones and they proved to be a great valueand offered good performance. Today we are taking a look at RHAs SA950is which unlike the MA450is they are an over-ear type of headphones. They are designed to be extremely light and easy to take with you but still provide professional quality audio. They also feature a detachable audio cable that has in-line volume controls and a microphone for taking calls. Will these be your next headset? Read on as we take a look..."
  FULL STORY @ THINKCOMPUTERS

Tt eSPORTS Level 10 M Gaming Headset
     Wed, Nov 13 2013 | 1:06P | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
As many of you know i don`t believe that the best way to play games on the PC is with a headset placed over your head (LAN events excluded of course) because for once the positioning audio quality can`t really be on par with that of a complete 5.1/7.1 surround system while both the weight and pressure of the headset can get really annoying in a rather short period of time. I do however admit that a headset is the lesser of two evils so if you have to choose between disturbing those around you and using a headset then the answer is quite obvious. That being said from time to time we do receive some headsets that we can`t really put in the same general category as most of them because of numerous reasons including more or less excellent build quality, superior positioning audio (and quality) and impressive comfort levels. Well for the past week we`ve been testing the latest Level 10 M Gaming Headset by Tt eSPORTS which can easily cover all three previously mentioned bases for us to separate it from the masses."
  FULL STORY @ NIKKTECH.COM

Cooler Master CM Storm Pulse-R Gaming Headset Review @ Madshrimps
     Wed, Nov 13 2013 | 6:59A | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Pulse-R headset from Cooler Master takes part of the latest CM Storm Aluminum series and features 42mm drivers along with large cushioned ear cups and headband for providing maximum comfort during long gaming sessions. The cable is braided, removable and we get extra eye-candy thanks to the illuminated grooves within the ear cups; the tip of the microphone, when active, is also lighted up so we are ready to give commands in-game."
  FULL STORY @ MADSHRIMPS.BE

Tt eSports Level 10 M Gaming Headset Review @ Legit Reviews
     Tue, Nov 12 2013 | 1:06P | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
As many of you know i don`t believe that the best way to play games on the PC is with a headset placed over your head (LAN events excluded of course) because for once the positioning audio quality can`t really be on par with that of a complete 5.1/7.1 surround system while both the weight and pressure of the headset can get really annoying in a rather short period of time. I do however admit that a headset is the lesser of two evils so if you have to choose between disturbing those around you and using a headset then the answer is quite obvious. That being said from time to time we do receive some headsets that we can`t really put in the same general category as most of them because of numerous reasons including more or less excellent build quality, superior positioning audio (and quality) and impressive comfort levels. Well for the past week we`ve been testing the latest Level 10 M Gaming Headset by Tt eSPORTS which can easily cover all three previously mentioned bases for us to separate it from the masses."
  FULL STORY @ LEGITREVIEWS.COM

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