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Fight cancer and win a GTX Titan Black at Bjorn3D.com

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This month we are having a contest with lots of great prices and all for a very good cause. Here is a message from my dear friend Scott who has run this site with me for many years. As many of you know my daughter fought cancer in 2009 when she was 13 and is fine today and 19. At that time I started pushing Folding@Home on a website and friend and I run, Bjorn3D.com. Now I have been diagnosed with cancer and since Folding@Home helps do work fighting cancer and other disease battles I am having a contest again this month. The contest is you must Fold@Home for team 41608 which is the Bjorn3D team. Your goal is to Fold for the Bjorn3D team. For every 500,000 points you will get one entry. At the end of the month we will have a drawing for a GTX Titan Black ... Read More »

Zotac announces new GTX970 and GTX980-cards

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Hot on the heels of the Nvidia GTX 970 and GTX 980 reveal Zotac has sent out a pressrelease detailing their different cards. We have previously tested their AMP!-edition cards which has continued to impress us. Zotac not only is coming out with AMP! Extreme-edition cards with GTX970 and GTX 980 but also have added a new family, the AMP! OMEGA-edition cards. The Zotac GeForce GTX 970 and 980 AMP! Extreme Edition cards are aimed at games and overclockers and come with triple fan enhanced cooling system (IceStorm) and a enchanced OC Plus power regulation controller. The Zotac GeForce GTX 980 AMP! Extreme Edition   The Zotac GeForce GTX 970 and 980 AMP! Omega Edition instead come with a custom PCB, dual-fan IceStorm cooling system, the smae OC Plus power regullation controller and what Zotac calls “Power+ circuitry”. ZOTAC OC Plus is an exclusive power regulation controller module that communicates directly with ... Read More »

Asus RP-AC52 Wireless Range Extender

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With the latest network standard. 802.11 AC, wireless networks finally are getting fast enough to be a real alternative to wired ethernet in the house. In smaller houses a single router is enough but as soon as have a larger house or a older house with thick walls it sometimes is hard to get a good coverage. The ASUS RP-AC52 Range Extender helps you extend the wireless network. Promising speeds up to 750 Mbps (300 Mbps on the 802.11n-band and 433 Mbps on the 5 GHz 802.11ac-band) it sounds like a great product. Does it deliver? Read on to find out. WIFI – the standards Wifi has come a long way since the old 802.11b standard which had a theoretical max throughput of just 11 Mbps. Since then there has been a lot of improvements, each increasing the throughput higher and higher. Max performance Band 802.11b 11 Mbps 2.4 GHz 802.11g 54 Mbps ... Read More »

Synology announces the DS415play, a 4-bay NAS for media-junkies

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Synology has announced the DS415play. This is a 4-bay version of the DS214play giving anyone who has a big media-collection even more space to store it on. The idea with the “play”-versions of their NAS:es is that they are geared towards working as best as possible as a media hub offering to stream multiple HD-streams to various devices without breaking a sweat. The trick is that they come with hardware transcoding of various media formats making sure the CPU is not the limiting factor. CPU Dual-core Intel Atom running at 1.6 GHz Hardware transcoding H.264 (AVC), MPEG-4 Part 2, MPEG-2, VC-1 System memory 1 GB DDR3 Drive Bay(s) 4 Max. Internal Capacity 24 TB (6 TB HDD X 4) (Capacity may vary by RAID types) Hot Swappable Drive Yes USB 2.0 Port 3 USB 3.0 Port 2 LAN Number (RJ45) Gigabit x 1 Performance Over 112.45 MB/s Reading, 101.21 MB/s Writing The DS415play of course ... Read More »

Corsair Vengeance K65 Compact Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

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Over the last few years we have seen a lot of excellent gaming keyboards being released from a number of companies. Corsair entered the market a while ago and today have a great range of gaming keyboards with a varied number of mechanical switches. Some time ago we tested the Vengeance K70 keyboard and found it to be a very good gaming keyboard. Today we are testing the “little brother”, the Corsair Vengeance K65 keyboard. While it keeps a lot of the same design features as the K70 it is a keyboard that is much more compact and intended to the LAN-gamer who does not want to lug a full size keyboard around or the home user who just values space and want a compact keyboard. Why mechanical keyboards? When we talk about mechanical keyboard what we really are talking about is the micro switches that are used under the ... Read More »

Philips Brilliance 239C4QHWAB Miracast-enabled monitor

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Introduction With the rise of mobile devices the need to be able to hook them up to a screen has increased. While both Apple TV and to some extend Google Chromecast offers ways to mirror the screen on supported devices or at least stream some content they both requier extra hardware. There is however another solution: Miracast. Most Android devices and now also Windows 8.1 support Miracast meaning that you should be able to mirror the screen from many devices. To do that you still need a Miracast-enabled screen and this is where the monitor we are reviewing today comes in. The Philips Brilliance 239C4QHWAB is a 23 inch IPS-monitor with full Miracast support. SPECIFICATIONS AND FEATURES Model 239C4QHWAB Panel IPS LCD Backlingt type W-LED Panel Size 23 “ Aspect Ratio 16:9 Max resolution 1920×1080@60 Hz Optimum resolution 1920×1080@60 Hz Response time Smartresponse 5 ms (grey to grey) Brightness 250 cd/m2 Contrast ration ... Read More »

ZBOX Sphere OI520 Plus

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There was a time when a computer in most cases consisted of a big beige box that you certainly did not want to show off or which took up a lot of space on your desk. Those days are gone and today we have a lot more variety both how computer looks and how big they are. Zotac is a company that for quite some time have been pumping out smaller mini-PC’s under their ZBox brand and today we are taking a look at their new round ZBox Sphere OI520. FEATURES AND SPECIFICATIONS As expected from the look of the Sphere OI520 this is not a gaming computer, instead it is a small mini-PC with surprisingly good components that should be powerful enough for a lot of users. The Sphere OI520 is not a complete computer which you can turn on and start using. There are two versions of the ... Read More »

Valve releases game streaming over local network!

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One of the cool things with the Nvidia Shield console is the ability to stream games from a computer to it. I’ve always wanted something similar between computers as it would have been nice to have a less powerful laptop and still be able to play more complex games running on a “gaming server”. Well, it looks like I will get my wish as Valve has released the game streaming feature on Steam. Basically what it does is that if you have 2 computers on your local network running steam it will allow you to run games on either computer from the other computer.  This means that even if you have a small laptop with just on-chip graphics it still will be able to run more demanding games by streaming it from the more beefy PC. Since I am currently in Chicago for phpTek conference I cannot try this myself ... Read More »

Reeven Justice RC-1204 CPU cooler

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Reeven is a new company that has a wide range of coolers and accessories for coolers. Today we are testing one of their products, the Justice RC-1204. This is a fairly large cooler with a 120 mm fan that can be fitted to basically any type of CPU-socket. Can it compete with coolers from more known companies like Thermaright and Noctua? Read on to find out. FEATURES AND SPECIFICATIONS Model Number: RC-1204 Socket: INTEL: LGA 775 / 115X / 1366 / 2011 AMD: AM2 (+) / AM3 (+) / FM1 / FM2 (+) Overall Dimension: 131x99x162mm Fan Dimension: 120x120x25mm Heatpipe: Ø6mmX6 Fan Speed: 500 ~ 1500 RPM PWM Air Flow: 27.6 ~ 82.1 CFM Static Pressure: 0.008 ~ 0.067 inch H2O Noise Level: 4.3 ~ 29.8 dBA Weight: 930g (with Fan) This is a fairly large cooler. It can fit on any type of CPU-socket regardless if it is on a AMD- or ... Read More »

eXtreme PSU Calculator Updated with new components

If you plan on building a computer and want to figure out what type of power supply you need there is no better place to find out than the eXtreme PSU Calculator. Plug in your components and let it calculate the power need. Xtreme Outer Vision let us know that they updated the application with information for new components. Added NVIDIA GeForce GTX TITAN Black, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 andNVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 Ti graphics cards.Added Cooler Master Seidon 120M,Cooler Master Seidon 120XL,Cooler MasterSeidon 240M liquid cooling kits.Added Intel Core i7-4770S 3100 MHz Haswell-DT, Intel Core i7-4790S 3200MHz Haswell-DT, Intel Core i7-4790 3600 MHz Haswell-DT,Intel Core i7-4690 3500 MHz Haswell-DT, Intel Core i5-3340 3100 MHz IvyBridge, Intel Core i5-4440 3100 MHz Haswell-DT,Intel Core i5-4460 3200 MHz Haswell-DT, Intel Core i5-4590 3300 MHzHaswell-DT, Intel Core i5-4440S 2800 MHz Haswell-DT,Intel Core i5-4460S 2900 MHz Haswell-DT, Intel Core i5-4590S 3000 MHzHaswell-DT, Intel Core i5-4460T 1900 ... Read More »

Func KB-460 now available with Cherry MX Blue or Brown switches

When we tested the Func KB-460 keyboard a while ago we found it to be a very nice and affordable keyboard. The original uses Cherry MX Red switches but Func has now also released two new versions that can be had with both Cherry MX Blue or Brown mechanical switches giving the user a choice to get a Func KB-460 regardless which type of switch he/she prefers. “We design our products for our customers, with functionality as our focus”says Calle Conradsson, Brand Manager for Func.  “When it comes to mechanical switch types, the decision can be very subjective, largely relying on a user’s personal preferences.  The choice to offer additional Cherry MX mechanical switches was a direct result of customer feedback.” Head over to this page to find out where you can buy the keyboard. Related posts: Func KB-460 keyboard The market for mechanical gaming keyboard has exploded the last few ... Read More »

Bitfenix Ronin case

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We recently tested two smaller cases from Bitfenix, the mini-ITX-case Phenom and the m-ATX/mini-ITX Prodigy M-case, and found them very good. Today though we are looking at a more normal case, the Bitfenix Ronin which is a regular midi-tower with space for up to ATX-motherboards. The expectations we have for a good mid-tower are pretty high in 2014. We want a case that can handle the most high-end components regardless of length or height, we want good cooling, lots of room to hide the cables as well as space for lots of drives. both SSD’s and regular 3.5″-drives. Can the Bitfenix Ronin live up to those expectations? Read on to find out. FEATURES AND SPECIFICATIONS While the Phenom and the Prodigy M were small “chubby” cases the Ronin is a more “normal” looking case. It does not come with lots of weird stylish features, instead opting for a more subdued cool ... Read More »

Synology announces the DS414j, first entry-level Synology NAS with dual-core

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Synology has a nice wide product portfolio with products for all sorts of customers. Their j-level NAS’s are the entry-level products aimed at homes and small businesses while the non-j and the +-products are for more professional home- and business users. Today Synology is announcing and releasing the new Synology DS414j-NAS which for the first time for a Synology j-NAS comes with a dual-core CPU (MindSpeed Comcerto 2000 running at 1.2 GHz) meaning more raw power for all those cool features that you find on the NAS. The NAS comes with 512 MB of DDR-memory. The Synology DS414j is a 4-bay NAS meaning you get room for up to 4 HDD’s (or SSD if that is your fancy). The First Synology j to Feature Dual Core CPU with Floating-Point Unit The First Synology j to Feature USB 3.0 Over 112.28 MB/s Reading, 80.38 MB/s Writing Only 8.5W in HDD Hibernation Runs ... Read More »

Thecus confirms 5TB support for Thecus NAS

I’m not sure why but it seems that you never can have too much space in your NAS. Seagate is coming out with a 5 TB drive, the Seagate Enterprise Capacity 3.5” 5TB HDD, and today Thecus is confirming that their NAS-units will be able to handle these new huge drives.  We are sure that more companies will confirm compatibility soon.  April 29, 2014, Milpitas California – Network attached storage expertThecus is pleased to announce that the Seagate Enterprise Capacity 3.5” 5TB HDD is confirmed compatible with the entire Thecus NAS line. Early hands-on access to these high-capacity HDDs was made possible through Thecus’s continued close relationship with Seagate.With their 5TB breakthrough, Seagate Enterprise Capacity drives are among the highest-capacity drives available for enterprise-class purposes. And with enhanced efficiency thanks to PowerChoice™ host-selectable power options and robust performance coming from dual processors and ramp load technologies, the 35% average sustained increase of throughput over previous generations ... Read More »

Bitfenix Prodigy M micro-ATX case

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When we tested the Bitfenix Prodigy back in October 2012 we were very impressed. It turned out to be a great case for a mini-ITX motherboard. With the Prodigy M Bitfenix has taken the same shell and changed the internals so we now get to fit a M-ATX-motherboard in the same case. Does Bitfenix have another winner on their hands? Read on to find out. FEATURES AND SPECIFICATIONS Materials Steel, Plastic Colors (Int/Ext) Black/Black, White/White Dimensions (WxHxD) 250 x 404 x 359mm Motherboard Sizes Micro ATX, Mini-ITX 5.25” Drive Bays x 1 (removable) 3.5” Drive Bays x 4 (2 + 2) 2.5” Drive Bays x 5 (3 + 2) Cooling Top 120mm x 2 (optional) Cooling Bottom 120mm x 2 (1 included) or 200mm x 1(optional) or 230mm x 1 (optional) Cooling Rear 120mm x 1 (included) or 140mm x 1 (optional) PCI Slots x 5 I/O USB 3.0 x ... Read More »

Gumstick Smartphone Stand

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Phones today do a lot more than just make phone calls. You can play games, listen to music, read books and watch videos on them. Some of these activities are best done without having to hold the phone all the time. If you are watching a movie or listening to music you might not want to have to hold it and instead want to prop it up somehow. There are a lot of stands available for the bigger tablets but not as much for phones. At least not many that are small and as portable as the phone itself. This is where the Gumstick Smartphone Stand comes in. It is a product that was started on Kickstarter and funded there and now is being shipped to backers and also sold on at least their website.  FEATURES Normally we have a lot of technical mumbo jumbo here talking about clockspeeds of ... Read More »

ZOTAC GeForce GTX 750 Ti OC

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While the focus for many hard-core gamers is the more expensive video cards like GTX 770, GTX 780 and AMD’s various R9-cards the truth is that just as many are just looking for a good budget card that allows them to play most game at a reasonable setting. The card we are testing today, the Zotac GeForce GTX 750 Ti OC is just such a card. Using a chip from the new Maxwell family it offers a lot of performance per watt, even more when you consider that Zotac has overclocked the card right out of the box. SPECIFICATIONS GeForce GTX 650 Ti Zotac GTX 750 Ti Zotac GTX 750 Ti OC GPU GK106 Kepler GeForce GTX 750 Ti (GM107, Maxwell) GeForce GTX 750 Ti (GM107, Maxwell) Core clock 925 MHz 1033 MHz (base) 1111 MHz (boost) 1046 MHz (base) 1124 MHz (boost) Cores 768 640 640 Memory Clock 5400 ... Read More »

Nvidia presents new big update for Nvidia Shield

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When we saw the Nvidia Shield at CES 2012 we were pretty much blown away. A portable Android gaming-machine that also could stream PC-games? Who wouldn’t love that? While the machine itself might not have taken the world by fire it still is one serious cool piece of hardware and even better, Nvidia has kept upgrading it and making sure it gets new OS-updates and new features. Over the last year they have not only updated the OS but also taken the PC GameStreaming out of beta + added a console-mode that allows you to hook up the Shield to a TV and then, using a separate controller (I know – this is a bit weird using a controller to control another controller), simply use it as your little portable game console that also can play PC-games.  Now ot is time for yet another big updated and this update has ... Read More »

AMD demonstrates full support for DX12 at GDC

As many expected Microsoft showed off the next version of DirectX, DX12, at this years GDC. The new version offers the developers to program even close to the “metall” allowing them to squeeze out even more performance for their games. Among the companies pledging support for DX12 was not only NVidia but also AMD. This is of course not surprising since it would be odd for them not to support a DX-version but to some extend it is interesting to see them pledge full support and talking warmly about DX12 as it is doing stuff their own Mantle-API is supposed to do. Still, the next version of DX12 is not supposed to arrive until some time 2015 so there is plenty of time for the AMD Mantle API to gain acceptance and usage.  SUNNYVALE, Calif. — Mar. 2014 — AMD (NYSE: AMD) announced support for Microsoft® and its revamped graphics application programming interface, DirectX® ... Read More »

Nvidia introduces the GeForce 800M lineup for Laptops.

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Nvidia has released information about their new mobile chips in the GeForce 800M-lineup. These chips both come in the form of Kepler and Maxwell-based GPU’s but even the Kepler-based GPU’s will have some new cool features like Battery Boost which is a software/hardware feature that allows the machine to drop the frequencies of parts so that you get decent performance while the battery time is improved a lot. The idea is that while you today can get great performance while you have the laptop hooked up to the wall it usually either offers like 1 hour of battery time when playing untethered. The idea with Battery Boost is that you will trade some performance for a lot more battery time.  Anandtech has written up a great article about the new chips and we recommend reading it.  Link: Anandtech article Related posts: Nvidia GeForce GTX 780 Ti – Nvidia takes GK110 ... Read More »

Bitfenix Flo Gaming headset

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It is starting to be a common sight that companies are starting to branch out from their regular type of products. Corsair for example started as a vendor mainly for memory but today have both cases and other gaming gear. Bitfenix used to be a mainly case-company and this does some amazing nice cases (including the Phenom M we recently reviewed). They too however have branched out and today we are reviewing the newest product from them: the Bitfenix Flo headset. This is a stereo headset that works both for the PC as well as for mobile products. SPECIFICATIONS Materials Steel, Plastic, SofTouch™ Surface Treatment, SoftFeel™ Earcups Colors Midnight Black, Arctic White, Fire Red, Cobalt Blue Acoustic Design Dynamic, Closed-back Driver 16µ, Neodymium magnet, Φ40mm Sensitivity 96db /1mW Frequency Response 20hz-20khz Rated Impedance 68 Ω Earpads SoftFeel™ Headband Pressure Approximately 5N Cables 1m Straight Cable With Remote, 1m Straight Mobile ... Read More »

Kingston replaces nand-flash in V300 with decreasing performance as a result

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The Kingston V300 SSD has  been a product with decent performance for a low price. Lately there have been rumblings and mumblings on tech forums that something is up since some users have had really bad performance. It turns out they were right and that the reason is that Kingston has secretly changed the NAND and selected a much inferior NAND chip while keeping the model number and the price. In earlier versions of the V300, including those that were sent to review sites, the Kingston V300 used a Toshiba 19nm Toggle-Mode 2.0 NAND. This NAND has theoretical speeds up to 200 MB/s.  at some point they now have switched to Micron’s 20nm asynchronous NAND which is only expected to get performance to about 50 MB/s, a big difference.  Anandtech did some tests with AS-SSD: Comparison of Kingston V300 Revisions Revision Original (no longer available) New (currently available) Pre-Istalled Firmware 505A 506A ... Read More »

10 rare and/or unreleased graphics cards

Ever heard of the Asus HD3850 Trinity card with three(!) GPU’s or the 3DFX Spectre cards? These are two very rare graphics card that never were released and that Thinkcomputers talk about in their cool and interesting little article: “10 Rare and Unreleased Graphics Cards”.  For those of us that have been around since the first 3D-cards were released back in 1995/96 this is a nice trip down the memory lane although even some newer cards qualify like the MSI GeForce GTX 780 Ti Lightning which MSi only built 12 of. Here’s another example:  EVGA GTX 680 2Win Gemini   EVGA and ASUS were battling for the best dual GeForce GTX 680 card as ASUS had their MARS III card (which we showcased on the previous page) and EVGA had their GTX 680 2Win Gemini. The EVGA GTX 680 2Win Gemini packed two GeForce GTX 680 GPU’s inside but only had 4 ... Read More »

Bitfenix Phenon Mini-ITX case

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One of the more dominant trends over the last year or so when it comes to computer cases is that more and more companies bring out small computer cases meant for mini-ITX motherboards that still can handle more powerful components. No longer do we have to settle with on-board graphics and a slow CPU. No, these computer cases are meant to work well even for the serious gamer. The case we are reviewing today is a perfect example of that: the Bitfenix Phenom Mini-ITX case. This case is available in both mini-ITX and micro-ATX format although they actually share the same dimensions on the outside. On the inside the Phenom mini-ITX-case shares a lot of similarities with another of Bitfenix small cases, the Prodigy. One proof that this case should be able to house some serious hardware is that for example Webhallen.com used it for their Steam-machine on CES 2014. ... Read More »

Func HS-260 Gaming headset

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We recently reviewed the Func KB-460, an inexpensive but still great gamer keyboard from the company Func. Today we are looking at yet another gamer-related peripheral from the company, the Func HS-260 Gaming Headset. The HS-260 is a stereo-headset that comes with several types of ear-cushions, flexible cord-solution as well as a low price. Is this yet another winner from Func or will the HS-260 let us down? Read on to find out. FEATURES The Func HS-260 is a fairly standard gaming headset. Driver 50mm, tuned and paired Accoustic construction Closed Frequency response 20-20 000 Hz Impedance 32 Ohm Cable lenght 3 M Connection 2×3.5 mm This is not a virtual surround sound headset with extra software that connects to USB, no this is a regular stereo headset that comes with regular 3.5mm plugs and thus can be used both on a PC and any other device that uses a ... Read More »

Zotax Zbox Nano AQ01 Plus

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While Zotac maybe is most knows for their graphics cards they also are specialized on small motherboards and small desktop systems. Today we are reviewing one of those tiny small desktop PC’s: the Zotax Zbox Nano AQ01 Plus. This is a very small PC that even comes with a VESA-mount so it can be attached to a TV ore monitor and be out of sight. It has a Quad-core AMD “Kabini” APU, the A4-5000 while a Radeon HD 8330 provides us with the graphics muscles. This is not a gaming machine, even though the GPU should benefit from the Mantle API, but promises to work well as either a media PC, a kitchen PC or even a bedroom PC. Does it have what it takes to compete with tables and other tiny PC’s? Continue to read to find out. THE FEATURES AND SPECIFICATIONS As we mentioned in the introduction this ... Read More »

Asus presents ROG SWIFT PG278Q monitor with G-Sync support

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While there have been a lot of talk about 4K-monitors it is easy to forget that those monitors still won’t be a good choice for gamers as basically no video card still can drive them at this time. That is why this new monitor from ASUS is much more interesting too me.  It is a WQHD monitor which means a resolution of 2560×1440. With a 1 ms response time, 120 MHz refresh rate as well as support for G-Sync this is really a monitor that deserves the ROG-brand. SPECIFICATIONSROG SWIFT PG278Q Display: 27-inch WQHD 2560 x 1440 (16:9) Narrow 6 mm bezel designed for multi-monitor setups Pixel Pitch: 0.233 mm Brightness: 350 cd/m² Display Colors: 16.7M Refresh Rate: Over 120 Hz Response Time: 1 ms (GTG) Connectivity: 1 x DisplayPort 1.2, 2 x USB 3.0 ports Stand Adjustments: tilt (+20° ~ -5°), swivel (+60° ~ -60°), pivot (90° clockwise), height ... Read More »

Nvidia presents the Tegra K1 with 192 cores and Kepler architecture

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Last year at CES Nvidia presented both the Tegra 4 SoC as well as the Nvidia Shield handheld console. This year Nvidia again presented a new iteration of their Tegra-SoC (System on a Chip): the Tegra K1. The big news in the Tegras K1 is not that it is faster than the Tegra 4, it would have been odd if it wasn’t. It is the fact that it uses the Kepler architecture for the GPU-part meaning that Nvidia is slowly merging the architecture of both its mobile and desktop products making it easier for people to develop for it.  So, what can we expect here? The GPU-part now comes with 192 cores and has support for OpenGL 4.4 and even the Unreal 4 engine. In comparison with the Tegra 4 the new Tegra K1 offers new features like real-time computing, global illumination, higher dynamic range and greater detail like reflective surfaces, ... Read More »

Sony CES press conference will be Live streamed January 6th, 5 PST

It is again time for CES and even though we are not on site this year we will of course try to bring you as much news as possible. The conference actually will not start until the 7th but that does not stop Sony and others to start early. Sony will have its press conference on the 6th of January at 5 pm PST. The whole press conference will be live streamed so that you can see all news right away. At this time there is not much news on what will be presented but we can guess new phones, maybe a new tablet, updated cameras and of course new TV’s.  No related posts. Read More »

Lian Li Q27 Mini-ITX case

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Small computer cases for mini-ITX motherboards have been extremely popular the last few years. Once these types of systems could only house components with little power but these days you can build pretty competent and powerful systems regardless of the size of the case. The Lian li Q27 is such a case offering support both regular ATX power supplies as well as video cards up to 195 mm and cpu coolers up to 70 mm height.  It is a simple but stylish case that comes with USB3.0 support. FEATURES AND SPECIFICATIONS The Lian Li Q27 is a sleek and nice looking little case. SPECIFICATIONS: Model PC-Q27 Case Type Mini Tower Chassis Dimensions (W) 200mm x (H) 300mm x (D) 240mm Color Black Silver Front bezel Material Aluminum Side Panel Aluminum Body Material Aluminum Net Weight 2.1 kg 5.25″ drive bay (External) 1 or 3.5-inch HDD x1 3.5″ drive bay (External) ... Read More »

Surface Pro 2 get minor update to processor

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Some times it helps not being an early adopter. It seems that Microsoft has quietly given the CPU in the new Surface Pro 2 tablet a nice little speed boost It is The Verge that reports that not 2 months after its release the new Surface Pro 2 tablets that are shipping now comes with a slightly faster CPU that is  clocked at 1.9GHz instead of the stock 1.6GHz Intel i5-4200U chip that originally shipped with the tablet. Sometimes it pays not being an early adopter. Source: TheVerge   Related posts: Ivy Bridge-E is here! Intel Core i7-4960X Extreme Edition Processor Review Intel’s New Ivy Bridge-E Has Landed! Normally when Intel launches a new CPU it is... Read More »

Lian Li unveils the Lian Li DK01, a marriage between a desk and a chassi

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Lian Li is a company that isn’t afraid to test new things when it comes to computer cases.  Some of you might remember the “Spider”-chassi or the “Train”-chassi. The DK01 prototype that was unveiled earlier this week is basically a desk with an acrylic table top and a drawer for the components.  The table measures 800 mm x 795 mm x 600 mm (WxHxD) and has room for a lot of nice toys. It can handle huge HPTX motherboards and thus can handled basically any other motherboard size you can think of. There is room for up to 14 3.5″ drives (yes, fourteen) and these sit in detachable bays. Removing some of the bays allows us to put in larger motherboards and longer add-on cards. As for PSU’s you can put in PUS’s up to 280mm length. Since the computer sits in a drawer there are som limitations to how high the CPU-cooler ... 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 »

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/. 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 »

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 »

Zotac reveals the GeForce GTX 780 Ti AMP! Edition

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While the GeForce GTX 780 Ti is a blazing fast card there of course always is room for more speed. This is something Zotac can deliver with their latest AMP!-card; the GeForce GTX 780 Ti AMP! Edition. The AMP-Edition cards, some that we have reviewed earlier (Zotac GTX Titan AMP Edition, Zotac GeForce GTX760 AMP! Edition) are overclocked from the start meaning more speed without risking loosing the warranty or getting an unstable card. The GeForce GTX 780 Ti AMP! Edition is overclocked from the stock 875/928 Mhz (base/boost) to 1006/1072 MHz for the GPU core and the memory is overclocked to 7200 MHz from the stock 7000 MHz. The recommended price for the card is 6399 SEK (Sweden) and £575. We currently have this beast in our lab and am busy reviewing it so stay tuned for some more info soon on how it performs. Until then you have to make ... Read More »

Qubi: A new interesting Android-based media player and game console

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Kickstarter has seen their share of Android-based hardware asking for funds so you might wonder why we are talking about yet another. The reason is quite simple; the Qubi looks like a box that tries to find a nice balance between being a media center and still offer some nice gaming functionality. if we look at what the box promises it is quite nice hardware, especially for a little media player: Snapdragon 600 Chipset   1.7 GHz Quad Core Krait CPU   Adreno 320 GPU   Full 1080p HD video decoding   HDME-CEC   1.4 HDMI Connection   HDMI Passthrough   16 GB storage 2 GB Ram   Micro SD Expansion Slot   Dual Band WiFi b/g/n/ac   Miracast Capability   Gigabit Ethernet  Optical Audio   1 x USB 3 Port   3 x USB 2 Ports   Bluetooth 4.0   iR Receiver   HD Audio Support Dolby & DTS   ... Read More »

iPad Air Overview

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After a lot of speculation and waiting Apple finally revealed a set of new iPads to the world a few weeks ago. While we still are waiting for the new iPad Mini we have gotten our hands on the new iPad Air and are putting it through the test to see if it is a worthy successor for the previous models.  The new iPad Air comes with a much sleeker body as well as upgraded innards making it one of the best ~10 inch tablets available right now. The model we are testing today is the 16 GB WiFi-version that retails for $499.  I admit it. I was one of those who doubted that a tablet really was useful and would be successful. And I was wrong. There is a definitely use case for tablets both as entertainment products and in some cases even products for those who need to ... Read More »

HIS R9 280X IceQX2 Turbo

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HIS is one of the companies that have been partner with AMD for a long time and always released new interesting cards as new GPU’s are released. With the release of the new fall-GPU’s from AMD we get a full spread of products and today we are testing the HIS R9 280X IceQ2 Turbo card. As the name implies this is a card that not only comes with the latest version of HIS special IceQ-cooler but also is pre-overclocked from the box.  The R9 280X uses the Tahiti GPU and is basically a HD7970 GHz edition card with a new name. With 3 GB memory though it has more headroom for higher resolutions and that for a price around $300. Related posts: Sapphire Radeon R9-280X Toxic Sapphire Radeon R9-280X Toxic Sapphire Has been AMDs premier partner for a long time now... MSI Radeon R9-280X 3GB Graphics Card MSI Radeon R9-280X Gaming ... Read More »

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