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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: 2013-11-04

Today, Ocaholic has Intel Core i7-4770K vs AMD A10-6800K gaming performance, Madshrimps reviews ASUS ROG Maximus VI Formula, techPowerUp reviews PowerColor R9 290X, Legit Reviews has BitFenix Ronin case review, Eteknix reviews Lian Li PC-Q30 mini ITX case, Vortez reviews ASUS Xonar U7 and more. No related posts. Read More »

Steam Machine comes with Intel CPU and NVIDIA GPU

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STEAM has announced the SteamOS that is aimed to bring PC games to your living room. The company is also gearing to unveil its prototype Steam Machines and controllers. While the device will not be available for purchasing until next year, some lucky 300 Steam users may get their chance of testing the prototype. Steam has listed the specification of the prototype. The system will come with Intel processor i7-4770, or i5-4570, or i3. For the GPU, it will include NVIDIA Titan, GTX 780, GTX 760, or GTX 660 and the card will have 3GB of GDDR5. The system will have 16GB of DDR3 and 1TB of storage in the form of SSHD with 8GB for caching, which we presume is from Seagate. The power supply is 80+ Gold 450W. The system will have custom chassis but given to the off the shelf hardware, it is very easy to replace ... Read More »

Daily Roundup: 2013-10-04

Today, Hexus reviews Gigabyte P34G, Kitguru reviews MSI AG2712A all-in-one gaming PC, Technic3D reviews Corsair Carbide 300R case, Techreport reviews Seagate Desktop SSHD 2TB hybrid drive, and more. No related posts. Read More »

ASUS Maximus VI Impact Mini ITX Motherboard Review

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Introduction – ASUS Maximus VI Impact The ASUS Z87 series is far from over as something we have today is something people have been asking for some time for ASUS to produce. Being as the PC world is going through a trend of smaller systems it started with lanBox style systems and mATX boards and now many are moving to even smaller mITX form factors. Today we have the Maximus VI Impact which is the first ROG mITX offering and I can honestly say just looking at the board and the features it offers if it all works as expected I could see this very much meeting or even exceeding the expectations of the groups of fans who have been asking for a ITX solution for high end gaming mini builds.   The Maximus VI Impact comes to market at $229.99 directly from Newegg at the time of writing which ... Read More »

Daily Roundup: 2013-09-04

Today, HardwareHeaven takes a look at EUROCOM Racer 3.0 Gaming Laptop, Ocaholic has ASUS Z87-Deluxe Dual, Legit Review has Giada D300 Mini-PC, Tweak has Oculus Rift VR, techPowerUp has Corsair Force LS 240 GB SSD, and more. No related posts. Read More »

Daily Roundup: 2013-08-04

Hope you all have a great weekend so far. Not much news today, we got Avexir Core Extreme 3000 MHz 8GB Memory Kit from Kitguru, Corsair Carbide Air 540 case and CX430M PSU reviwe from Technic3D, Razer Naga from HardwareHeaven, and ZOWIE G-TF Rough from DVHardware. No related posts. Read More »

AMD Richland A10-6800K AND A10-6700 Review

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Not letting Intel grab all of the spotlight, AMD has officially released the desktop version of the upgraded Trinity APU codenamed Richland. While Richland does not bring any architectural change over the Trinity, AMD is able to deliver a decent amount of performance improvements by tuning the existing chip. We have got the top of the line A10-6800K and a 65W A10-6700 in our lab that we will put through our tests.  Related posts: 2013 AMD Mobile APU (Richland) Today, AMD kicks off 2013 with the launch of Richland, the successor of the Trinity... AMD “Kabini” and “Temash” APU’s AMD has officially released its entire mobile platform for the year 2013. Today the company... AMD’s new heterogeneous Uniform Memory Access (hUMA) We still have to wait a couple of months until Kaveri—the successor to the Trinity... Read More »

Gigabyte HD 7790 2GB (GV-R779OC-2GD)

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The Gigabyte HD 7790 (GV-R779OC-2GD) comes with Gigabyte’s own custom designed WINDFORCE x2 cooler, factory overclocked to 1075 MHz, and 2 GB of GDDR5. Does it worth your hard-earn money with the retailed price of $169.99, let’s find out.  Related posts: Sapphire HD 7790 1GB Graphics Card – Filling the Gap in Mainstream Performance  Sapphire is pretty much the lead partner when it comes to AMD graphics cards. With... PowerColor PCS+ AX7850 2GBD5-2DHPP Radeon HD 7850 2GB The PowerColor HD 7850 PCS+ is the fastest factory overclocked HD 7850 on the market.... Diamond HD7790 Graphics Card  Diamond delivers on the new 7790 model and we got a chance to see what it has... Read More »

Diamond Multimedia VideoStream (WPCTVPRO)

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The Diamond VideoStream WPCTVPRO is a new device to help you setup a dual-monitor without a long wire connected to your PC. Using DisplayLink technology, the device communicates to your secondary monitor (TV for example) wirelessly through Ultra Wide Band (UWB). How does it perform? Does it live up to its promise? Let’s find out.  Related posts: Diamond Multimedia’s New Android Media Player, and Computer Hardware Diamond Multimedia impressed us this year with their latest AMP2000 Android Media Player, and some... Read More »

Thermaltake eSPORTS SHOCK One Gaming Headset

Thermaltake is well-known for their chassis, coolers and power supplies for many years. With their relatively new line, Tt eSports, they are upping the ante by entering into the gaming community. Let’s see how this gaming headset performs.  No related posts. Read More »

OCZ Vector 256GB

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The latest Vector from OCZ uses the Indilinx Barefoot 3 controller paired with OCZ’s own branded NAND and the firmware. This marked the first drive from OCZ with all in-house construction. How does the drive fare against other SSDs on the market? We take the 256GB version out for a spin. Let’s find out. No related posts. Read More »

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