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Daily Roundup: 2013-12-31

On the last day of the 2013, Hothardware has EVGA Tegra Note review, Legit Reviews has Gigabyte Brix Projector review, Vortez has HIS R9 280X IceQ X2 Turbo review, Tweaktown takes a look at the R9 290X at 4K, Madshrimps has BitFenix Ronin and more. Related posts: 2013 AMD Mobile APU (Richland) Today, AMD kicks off 2013 with the launch of Richland, the successor of the Trinity... Starcraft II Heart of The Swarm Launch Event 3/11/2013 – Irvine, CA   Blizzard has a special was of not just launching a new game but making... Noctua Heatsink Roundup The juggernaut of elite air-cooling solutions, Noctua unleashes two new heatsinks.  Let’s examine the pair and see... Read More »

MSI GTX 780 Ti Gaming! Even more cooling power to push the Ti Limits!

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MSI GeForce GTX 780 Ti Gaming MSI has always entered the graphics game with some excellent twin Frozr based models and even a lightning here and there to really spice it up! If I had to sum up MSI’s specialty it would be making graphics models with a better cooling solution and also boosting the VRM a tick to ensure it can withstand loading if they find a weakness in the stock design. However in the case of the 780 Ti we know that the reference model was obscenely capable with massive overclocking potential with its stock components, well apparently MSI noticed that as well and with that they passed us one of their GTX 780 Ti Gaming model cards which is based on the reference PCB. The Card is not completely stock though as it employs a Twin Frozr IV cooler to ensure that the new GPU boost algorithm ... Read More »

Daily Roundup: 2013-12-30

Today, HCW has Gigabyte Z87X-UD4H review, OCC has ASUS M599FX Pro R2.0 review, Eteknix reviews ASUS A88X-Pro, Benchmark Review has Cooler Master Elite 130 review, The SSD Review has Samsung 840 EVO mSATA review, and morew. Related posts: Starcraft II Heart of The Swarm Launch Event 3/11/2013 – Irvine, CA   Blizzard has a special was of not just launching a new game but making... Gigabyte Aivia Osmium Cherry Brown Mechanical Gaming Keyboard (GK-OSMIUM BRN) Gamers love their mechanical keyboards and have their own preferred switch. The distinctive clicky feel... 2013 AMD Mobile APU (Richland) Today, AMD kicks off 2013 with the launch of Richland, the successor of the Trinity... Read More »

Daily Roundup: 2013-12-29

News are winding down as everyone is spending time during the holiday break with their love ones and preparing for the big CES 2014. So, no big reviews today but if you need to check out some news, check Phoronix benchmark of SteamOZ vs Ubunto 13.10, Asus Maximus VI Extreme, and more. Related posts: 2013 AMD Mobile APU (Richland) Today, AMD kicks off 2013 with the launch of Richland, the successor of the Trinity... Starcraft II Heart of The Swarm Launch Event 3/11/2013 – Irvine, CA   Blizzard has a special was of not just launching a new game but making... Read More »

Daily Roundup: 2013-12-28

Today, Tweaktown tests Sapphire Radeon R9 280X Tri-X at 4K, Vortez has Cooler Master JetFlo review, TestFreaks reviews a-Jays One+ Earphone, Custom PC Reviews has Creative Sound Blaster AXX 200, and morew. Related posts: 2013 AMD Mobile APU (Richland) Today, AMD kicks off 2013 with the launch of Richland, the successor of the Trinity... Read More »

Daily Roundup: 2013-12-27

Today, Techspot reviews Samsung Galaxy note 3, Tweaktown reviews MSI Radeon R9 270 2GB Gaming OC, Benchmark Reviews has Noctua NH-U14S review, Hexus reviews QNAP HS-210, Legit Review takes a look at WD Black 2 Dual-Drive, and more. Related posts: 2013 AMD Mobile APU (Richland) Today, AMD kicks off 2013 with the launch of Richland, the successor of the Trinity... Starcraft II Heart of The Swarm Launch Event 3/11/2013 – Irvine, CA   Blizzard has a special was of not just launching a new game but making... Noctua Heatsink Roundup The juggernaut of elite air-cooling solutions, Noctua unleashes two new heatsinks.  Let’s examine the pair and see... Read More »

Daily Roundup: 2013-12-26

Hope you all had a great Christmas. Today, Kitguru reviews Gigabyte R9 270X Windforce OC, Madshrimps has Silicon Power Armor A30 review, Thinkcomputers has ADATA DashDrive Elite SE720 review, Tweaktown has Strontium Nitro 64GB microSDXC review, and more. No related posts. Read More »

Merry Christmas to all!!

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We would like to wish you all to have a Merry Christmas. Hope you all have a great day spending time with your loved ones. We wish you get whatever gifts you have wished for.Happy holidays! No related posts. Read More »

Daily Roundup: 2013-12-25

Not much news today but LanOC has a review on Cougar MX500, Nikktech has XTPower MP-23000A review, Tweaktown has Kingston DataTraveler 6000 FIPS flash drive and iWalk Extreme 10,000 Duo Mobile battery review. Related posts: 2013 AMD Mobile APU (Richland) Today, AMD kicks off 2013 with the launch of Richland, the successor of the Trinity... Read More »

Daily Roundup: 2013-12-24

Today, Ocaholic reviews LG Nexus 5, Hexus reviews Palit GeForce GTX 780 Ti Jetstream, pureOverclock has Lepa G Series 850W review, Futurelooks has NZXT H630 chassis review, Hardwareheaven has SteelSeries Rival mouse, Tweaktown has iWalk Sound Angle Wireless Bluetooth Speaker, and more. Related posts: Arctic S113BT Bluetooth Wireless Speaker with NFC Remember old times, when you had to plug a cable in the 3.5” mm headphone... Read More »

Daily Roundup: 2013-12-23

Today, OCInside reviews ASRock FM2A88X Extreme6+, Hothardware reviews Nokia Lumia 925, PureOverclock reviews Sapphire R9 290, Ocaholic has Corsiar GS800 review, Rbmods has Antec P100 review, ThinkComputers has Noctua NH-U14S review, Custom PC Review has Samsung 840 EVO review, and more. Related posts: Starcraft II Heart of The Swarm Launch Event 3/11/2013 – Irvine, CA   Blizzard has a special was of not just launching a new game but making... 2013 AMD Mobile APU (Richland) Today, AMD kicks off 2013 with the launch of Richland, the successor of the Trinity... I’ve seen the future and it is game streaming For a week I have had a imported Nvidia Shield at home. I’ve been busy... Read More »

Daily Roundup: 2013-12-22

Today, Kitguru reviews Sapphire R9 290X Tri-X OC and ASUS GTX 780 Ti DirectCU II OC. TestFreaks has FC-1300 Cool Style Laser Gaming Mouse, Nikktech has Patriot FUEL+ 7800mAh Rechargeable battery review, Technic3D has The Walking Dead: Season 2 review, and more. Related posts: Starcraft II Heart of The Swarm Launch Event 3/11/2013 – Irvine, CA   Blizzard has a special was of not just launching a new game but making... Gigabyte Aivia Neon 1200Dpi Laser Presenter Mouse Introduction – Gigabyte Aivia Neon 1200Dpi Presenter Mouse Gigabyte has been best known for their... Read More »

Daily Roundup: 2013-12-21

Today, Vortez has a review on Zotac ZBOX Nano AQ01 Plus, Hexus reviews Sapphire RAdeon R9 290 Tri-X, Tweaktown has an early look of ASUS SATA Express performance, TechwareLabs has Western Digital 4TB Drive, and more. No related posts. Read More »

Daily Roundup: 2013-12-20

Today, Ocholic reviews Asus Z87-A, Megatech Reviews has Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, Eteknix reviews Gigabyte G1.Sniper A88X, Hexus reviews Sapphire Radeon R9 290 Tri-X, techPowerUp review EVGA Hadron Air, TechwareLabs review Western Digital 4TB drive, and more. No related posts. Read More »

AMD releases AMD Catalyst™ 13.12 for Windows (WHQL) and Linux

AMD has released a new version of their Catalyst drivers for Windows (WHQL) and Linux.  In addition to adding official support for the R9270-290 and R7240-260 cards it also improves Crossfire-scaling for some cards and more importantly adds support for Crossfire frame pacing. The idea with frame pacing is to make sure that playback is even and regular when using two cards in Crossfire. AMD cards have traditionally had issues where running in games have caused some micro stuttering when frames have not been displayed evenly from the two cards. Currently the frame pacing is only supported up to 2560×1600 in a single display but support for more displays and 4K resolution is coming. As always get the drivers from http://game.amd.com.   FEATURE HIGHLIGHTS OF AMD CATALYST™ 13.12 ​Support for the following new products: AMD Radeon™ R9 290, 280, and 270 Series AMD Radeon™ R7 260, 250, and 240 Series ​Improved AMD ... Read More »

Daily Roundup: 2013-12-19

Today, Ocaholic reviews ASUS Z87-Expert, Modders-Inc has Kingston Hyper X review, Hothardware has Acer Aspire S7 review, Kitguru has Sapphire R9 290 Tri-X OC review, Techreport puts the Crucial M500 and the Samsung 840 Evo to the tests, and more. Related posts: 2013 AMD Mobile APU (Richland) Today, AMD kicks off 2013 with the launch of Richland, the successor of the Trinity... Read More »

Steam Holiday Sale 2013 has started!

Between the 19 of December and January 3rd Steam is holding its 2013 annual sale. Just a glance on the front page shows us such amazing deals like Bioshock: Infinite 75% off (7.49 Euros in Europe), Batman: Arkham Origins 50% off (24.49 Euros) and Dishonored 75% off (7.49 Euros). Even if you do not feel that you need a game right now the prices are low enough to do some spontanious shopping for later. What are YOU going to buy? Tell us. Get the games at http://store.steampowered.com/. Related posts: Starcraft II Heart of The Swarm Launch Event 3/11/2013 – Irvine, CA   Blizzard has a special was of not just launching a new game but making... Read More »

Daily Roundup: 2013-12-18

Today, Ocaholic reviews LG Nexus 5, Kitguru reviews ASrock Z87 Extreme11/ac, Phoronix has Lini PC review, Hothardware reviews Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro, Hexus reviews PowerColor Radeon R9 270X PCS+, Legit Reviews has ASUS MARS 760 4GB review, and more. No related posts. Read More »

Daily Roundup: 2013-12-17

Today, Legit Reviews, Hothardware, Hardwareheaven have review on AMD Radeon R7 260. Ocaholic reviews Corsair GS800, techPowerUp takes a look at the Corsair 750D, MissingRemote reviews Netgear R7000 router, Nikktech reviews Kingston DataTraveler HyperX Predator, and more. No related posts. Read More »

Daily Roundup: 2013-12-16

Today, Tweaktown reveiws Intel NUC D54250WYK, Legit Reviews Asus Rampage IV Black Edition, Phoronix takes a look at the Intel HD Graphics performance on SteamOS vs Ubuntu 13.10, Nikktech reviews Asustor AS-608T NAS, and more. Related posts: 2013 AMD Mobile APU (Richland) Today, AMD kicks off 2013 with the launch of Richland, the successor of the Trinity... Read More »

Daily Roundup: 2013-12-15

Today, Vortez reviews Gigabyte R9 280X WindForce 3X OC, Technic3D reviews Sapphire Radeon R9 290X Toxic, Phoronix has NVIDIA benchmark on the SteamOS, TestFreaks reviews Acase TipTop Leather iPad Air.  No related posts. Read More »

Daily Roundup: 2013-12-14

Today, Technic3D reviews Gigabyte G1.Sniper 5, Eteknix has Sapphire R9 270 Dual-X review, Tweaktown reviews Seagate 600 SSD in RAID, TechnologyX has ADATA DashDrive Elite SE720 review, HardwareHeaven reviews SteelSeres 5Hv3 Gaming headset, and more. Related posts: 2013 AMD Mobile APU (Richland) Today, AMD kicks off 2013 with the launch of Richland, the successor of the Trinity... Read More »

Daily Roundup: 2013-12-13

Today, Ocaholic reviews LG G Pad 8.3, Hexus reviews MSI GT60 20D 3K IPS Edition, Hothardware reviews iPad Mini with Retina, techPowerUp reviews ASUS MARS GTX 760, LanOC Reviews has Logitech G930 Wireless headset, Madshrimps reviews Corsair Flash Voyager GS, and more. Related posts: 2013 AMD Mobile APU (Richland) Today, AMD kicks off 2013 with the launch of Richland, the successor of the Trinity... Read More »

OCZ Technology Launches New Enterprise​-Class Intrepid 3000 Series SSDs

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OCZ has had some bad news lately with the filing for bankruptcy but the Toshiba buyout may helped the company coming back even stronger. The bad news does not prevent the company from releasing a new product. Today, OCZ has released a new Intrepid 3000 Series enterprises SSD. The Intrepid 3000 uses OCZ Everest controller based on Marvell 88SS9187 controller (same as in Vertex 4) paired with OCZ’s own proprietary firmware. The drive has a rated 520 MB/s for sequential read (128K blocks), 470 MB/s sequential write (128K blocks), 91,000 IOPS random read and 40,000 IOPS random writes. The number reported here may seemed a bit lower than what we used to but it is based on the steady state which the drive is writing, erasing and re-writing data repeatedly over the full capacity of the rive. So these are the worst case scenario number. For the enterprise market, data ... Read More »

Daily Roundup: 2013-12-12

Today, Eteknix reviews ASRock Z87M Extreme4, ThinkComputers reviews Asus Radeon R9 280X DirectCU II TOP, Eteknix reviews AOC Q2963PM, we got Gigabyte Aivia Osmium keyboard with cherry brown switch, TechwareLabs reviews VisionTek Radeon R9 270X. and more. Related posts: 2013 AMD Mobile APU (Richland) Today, AMD kicks off 2013 with the launch of Richland, the successor of the Trinity... Read More »

Gigabyte Aivia Osmium Cherry Brown Mechanical Gaming Keyboard (GK-OSMIUM BRN)

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Gamers love their mechanical keyboards and have their own preferred switch. The distinctive clicky feel from a mechanical keyboard offers gamers superior feedback where very little actuation force is needed to register the key is ideal for the repeated action and the multiple press in games. In many FPS shooter games, that milliseconds of response time can be a matter of life and death. So gamers swear by their mechanical keyboard.     When Gigabyte first launched the Aivia Osmium keyboard, it came with the Cherry Red MX switch that we had reviewed a while back. While the linear feedback from the Red switch offers smooth feedback that is ideal for gaming, it may not be the best if you use the PC for more than just repeated tapping action in games. If you also use PC for typing, the Cherry Red MX maybe too sensitive. Or if you are ... Read More »

Daily Roundup: 2013-12-11

Today, Megatech reviews Sony Xperia Z Ultra, Legit Reviews has XFX R7950 Double Dissipation review, TechwareLabs reviews VisionTek R9 270X, techPowerUp reviews BitFenix Shadow, Hexus reviews Func KB-460, Nikktech reviews Toshiba MQ01ACF050, and more. No related posts. Read More »

Daily Roundup: 2013-12-10

Today, Technic3D reviews Gigabyte G1.Sniper A88X, HCW has AMD A10 6790K review, techPowerUp reviews Palit GTX 780 Ti JetStream, OCC has Cooler Master N400 review, Kitguru reviews ASUS ProArt PA279Q, Hothardware reviews WD Black 2, and morew. No related posts. Read More »

Daily Roundup: 2013-12-09

Today, Tweaktown has VisionTek Radeon R9 280X review, Nikktech has Fractal Design Define XL R2 case review, Legit Reviews has a 120mm water cooler roundup, Hardwareheaven has Samsung 840 EVO mSATA review, The SSD Review has Samsung 840 Pro review, and more. No related posts. Read More »

Func KB-460 keyboard

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The market for mechanical gaming keyboard has exploded the last few years. More and more companies have started to offer these types of keyboard and today we look at the first mechanical keyboard from the company Func, the KB-460. This is a cheap keyboard using the Cherry MX Red micro switches which also comes with back lighting and macro support.  A little background about Func The company Func was found back in 1999 in California. One of its earlier sucessfull products was the sUrface 1030 mouse mat. After 2005 the company did not release any new products but 2012 it was revived again, now with Swedish owners. The company has come out with a bunch of new products including a mouse, a headset, new mouse mats and now a mechanical keyboard. Why mechanical keyboards? When we talk about mechanical keyboard what we really are talking about is the micro switches ... Read More »

Daily Roundup: 2013-12-08

Today, Kitguru has Gigabyte G1.Sniper Z87 review, Technic3D has Fantec BeastVision HD Wi-Fi Edition Action-Cam review, TestFreaks has Lyrix Jive Water Resistant Bluetooth review, and more. No related posts. Read More »

Zotac GeForce GTX 780 Ti AMP!

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The GeForce 780 Ti is today the fastest single-GPU card available. This doesn’t stop companies like Zotac to tweak it to get even more performance out of it. Today we are testing the Zotac GeForce GeForce 780 Ti AMP! Edition, a card that comes pre-overclocked out of the box. Features and Specifications The Zotac GeForce GeForce 780 Ti AMP! Edition is overclocked quite a bit.          GTX TITAN    GTX 780 Ti    Zotac GTX 780 Ti AMP GTX 780 Stream Processors 2688 2880 2880 2304 Texture Units 224 240 240 192 ROP’s 48 48 48 48 Base Core Clock 837MHz 875MHz 1006MHz 863MHz Boost Clock 876MHz 928MHz 1072MHz 900MHz Memory Clock 6008MHz 7000MHz 7200MHz 6008MHz Memory Interface 384-bit 384-bit 384-bit 384-bit Memory Qty 6GB 3GB 3GB 3GB TDP 250W 250W 250W 250W Manufacturing process 28nm 28nm 28nm 28nm Price $999 $699   $649 The Zotac GeForce GeForce 780 ... Read More »

Daily Roundup: 2013-12-07

Today, Vortez reviews ASUS A88X-Pro, Eteknix has Intel Xeon E3-1230Lv3 review, Tweaktown reviews EVGA Hadron Air and BitFenix Colossus, Eteknix has MSI GTX 780 Lightning, Tweaktown has MSI Radeon R9 270X, and more. No related posts. Read More »

Daily Roundup: 2013-12-06

Today, Ocholic checks gaming on the IGP with Intel Core i7-4770K vs AMD A10-6800K, Hexus reviews Asus Vanguard B85, Techreport puts Gigabyte X79-UP4 vs MSI X79A-GD45 Plus against each other, LanOC has Sapphire R9 280X Toxic review, Kitguru has Samsung 840 EVO 1TB review, Tweaktown has Asus ROG RAIDAR Express review, and more. No related posts. Read More »

Daily Roundup: 2013-12-05

Today, Hardware Secrets reviews Asus A88X-Pro Motherboard, Tweaktown reviews VisionTek Radeon R7 260X, Technic3D reviews Scythe Ashura Shadow cooler, OCC reviews Noctua NH-U12S, The SSD Review has Toshiba PX02SS 12Gbps SAS SSD, and more. Related posts: Noctua Heatsink Roundup The juggernaut of elite air-cooling solutions, Noctua unleashes two new heatsinks.  Let’s examine the pair and see... Read More »

USB Type-C Connector is smaller, reversible, and plugs in both ways

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Get ready to toss your old USB cables as a new Type C cable is going to be the standard moving forward sometimes in 2014. According to the USB 3.0 Promoter Group, the new Type C connector is supplement to the USB 3.1 specification. The device is target to be reviewed in first quarter of 2014 with the final specification published in the middle of 2014. The new connector is about the size of the current USB 2.0 Micro-B connector (think about the smartphone connector). However, the exciting feature with the new connector is the ability to plug in the connector in any orientation, much like the lightning connector on the iOS devices. In addition, the connector will be used on both ends of the cable so that you can use the cable in either directly. Current implantation of the USB cable has the USB Type A (big rectangular) connector ... Read More »

Toshiba Acquires OCZ SSD Business for 35 Million

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Following the OCZ’s filing for bankruptcy, OCZ and Toshiba have reached agreement where Toshiba will buy OCZ assets for 35 million dollars. Under the agreement, Toshiba will “acquire OCZ’s client and enterprise solid state drive business,” where Toshiba will acquire “OCZ’s proprietary controllers, firmware and software, as well as the teams responsible for bringing these solutions to market, in addition to OCZ’s established brand and sales channels.” It is unknown what will happen to other OCZ products such as power supply.  Toshiba will provide OCZ with DIP (Debtor-in-Possession) financing during the transition period which allows OCZ to continue to operate as normally. The agreement has been approved by OCZ Board of Directors and the deal is expected to be complete approximately in 60 days. It is unknown what will happen to the OCZ brand and its product after the deal has completed. Source OCZ    No related posts. Read More »

Daily Roundup: 2013-12-04

Today, Hothardware has a roundup of MSI Z87 motherboards, Kitguru reviews MSI GT770 2OC Gaming notebook, Ocaholic has GeForce GTX 760 SLI vs GTX 780 Ti, Techreports examines retail R9 290X performance against review samples, Legit Reviews tests 4K Ultra HD performance of GTX 780 Ti and R9 290X, and more. No related posts. Read More »

Daily Roundup: 2013-12-03

Today, Hexus reviews XMG C703, a 17 inch gaming laptop. Techspot takes a look at Lenovo Erazer X700 Gaming PC and Hothardware reviews Acer C720 Chromebook. Legit Reviews has Gigabyte Radeon R9 270X OC, Tweaktown reviews Seagate 8-bay rackmount NAS, and more. Related posts: 2013 AMD Mobile APU (Richland) Today, AMD kicks off 2013 with the launch of Richland, the successor of the Trinity... Read More »

Biostar Z87X 3D Motherboard Review

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Introduction – Biostar Z87X 3D Motherboard Biostar is one of those names you hear about but not as common as the “bigger” players in the component game but regardless of this they have a decent share in the more cost conscious market which is actually a very large segment to live in. Also on previous mainstream enthusiasts boards I have been rather impressed with the performance/price ratio the Biostar boards are able to pull in comparison to some of the higher priced competitors. Today we have Biostar’s top Z87 model which integrates their HiFi audio solution for a great audio experience should you use this for a multimedia or gaming board this one should be up for the task. The one thing that did surprise me is the lack of SLI support which means your talking single Nvidia card or crossfire depending upon your needs, but from what i have ... Read More »

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