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Gigabyte F2A88XN-WIFI: Mini-ITX Board for Kaveri (FM2+)

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Gigabyte’s F2A85XN-WIFI was one of the best mini-ITX board for the FM2 socket. With the release of the Kaveri (FM2+) APU, Gigabyte has updated their mini-ITX board with the latest A88X chipset. With the F2A88XN-WIFI, Gigabyte essentially retained the same overall design and the layout as the older board except it has swapped out the FM2 socket for the FM2+ so it will support AMD Kaveri and it has added support for 802.11ac. So if you are aiming to build a mini-ITX system with the latest AMD APU, you would probably want to check out this review for more information as to what the board has to offer. Board Layout    Visually, it would be hard to tell F2A88XN-WIFI apart from its younger sibling F2A85XN-WIFI as both boards sports exactly same layout to a T. If it were not for the different color CPU socket (black for the A88X and white ... Read More »

AMD Roadmap through 2016+ includes K12, a new x86 and ARM cores

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AMD hosted a “Core Innovation Update” conference today where we get a hint of what is coming for the company in the next couple of years. AMD’s future roadmap will still be focusing what it has done well in the past with x86, ie desktop, laptop, and servers. However, the company also will put a greater emphasize on the ARM architecture as it attacks in growth market through its “ambidextrous strategy”. The desktop market is shrinking which means the revenue from the X86 is also not as good as it used to be. According to AMD’s internal estimates, the revenue share for the x86 will continue to decline (although at slower rate) in the next few years. At the same time, the revenue from ARM is growing and is expecting to grow. While Intel has renew a push for the x86 on the desktop, AMD’s road map for the future ... Read More »

Daily Roundup: 2014-05-05

Today, Hardocp has PNY GTX 780 XLR8 OC review, NikKTech has Thermalright AXP-200 Muscle review, HCQ has Diamond USB Xtreme Sound SD71HDU review, Madshrimps has Creative Sound Blaster Omni Surround 5.1 review, Legit Reviews has Intel 730 SSD in RAID review, and more. Related posts: Func HS-260 Gaming headset We recently reviewed the Func KB-460, an inexpensive but still great gamer keyboard from the... Read More »

Daily Roundup: 2014-05-04

Today, PCGameware has Philips 298P4QJEB review, ModSynergy has Verbatim Mini Metal USB Flash Drive, NikKTech has Jabra Solemate mini portable wireless speaker review, and Tweaktown has DArk Soul 2 review. No related posts. Read More »

Daily Roundup: 2014-05-03

Today, Legit Reviews has Asus Z97-Pro Wi-Fi AC review, Hothardware has Samsung Galaxy S5 review, PCGameware has BitFenix Comrade review, Tweaktown has XFX Bravo Type 01 review, techPowerUp has Mionix NAOS and AVIOR 7000 review, Eteknix has Asus RT-AC68U router review, and more. No related posts. Read More »

Daily Roundup: 2014-05-02

Today, Ocaholic has 3-way SLI gaming performance scaling on Intel Core i7-3960X, ThinkComputers has Gigabyte BRRX Projector Ultra review, Hothardware has HTC One review, Modders-Inc has Noctua NH-U14S review, Kitguru has Antec High Current Pro Platinum 850W review, Hexus has Synology DS414j review, and more. No related posts. Read More »

Daily Roundup: 2014-05-01

Today, Hardware Secrets has MSI Primo 81 Tablet review, Kitguru has Gigabyte P35K-CF4 UltraBlade review, 3DGameman has Noctua NH-D15 review, LanOC has Cooler Master Elite 130 review, Tweaktown has Thermaltake Urban SD1 Micro SFF review, PureOverclock has Kingston 64GB Data Traveler Locker+G3 review, and more. No related posts. Read More »

Daily Roundup: 2014-04-30

Today, OCC has ASUS Rampage IV Black Edition review, ThinkComputers has CyberPower Zeus Mini-I 780 Gaming System review, Phoronix takes a look at the Jetson TK1 Tegra K1 board, Tweaktown has PNY Optima 240GB SSD review, Legit Review has VisionTek mSATA enclosure review, and more. No related posts. Read More »

OCZ Launches RevoDrive 350

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OCZ has launched the latest SSD, the RevoDrive 350 Series, utilizing the PCI Express interface. Current SATA SSDs are saturating the SATA interface’s 6 Gbps bandwidth so the faster PCIE interface is needed in order to achieve higher performance. According to OCZ, the RevoDrive 350 can deliver three times the performance of SATA SSD. Utilizing PCI Express Gen 2 x8 interface, the card takes up to four LSI SF-2282 processor and uses 19nm in-house Toshiba NAND (kind of expected as OCZ is part of Toshiba now). It has a rated sequential read up to 1.8GB/s and up to 140,000 4K random write IOPS. Related posts: Kingston V300 120GB, 7mm Slim SSD On a Budget   Today we look at the new V300 Drive from Kingston which is a Sandforce... OCZ Vertex 450 2x128GB RAID Looking at the model number of the OCZ Vertex 450 and you would be thinking... Read More »

Daily Roundup: 2014-04-29

Today, AMD has announced low power mobile APUs, Beema and Mullins, designed for tablets and other portable devices. In addition, check out the review of ASUS Z97-WS from Tweaktown, Radeom R9 295X2 CrossFire review from Hardocp, QNAP TS-470 from Tweak.dk, ASUS PA321QE3 at Tweaktown, and more. No related posts. Read More »

Noctua Launches NH-D15

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As far as air cooler goes, you probably cannot find one that is as big and performs as well as the Noctua NH-D14. If you want the best air cooler for overclocking, that would be the one we recommend. Well, soon you may be able to pick its successor, the NH-D15. Compare to the NH-D14, the NH-D15 still retains the same dual vertical heatsinks design with capability of supporting up to three fans. With the new heatsink, the fin stack has been widened to 150mm (hence the name D15) to allow more uniform heat distribution. The new heatsink will also be equipped with the NF-A15 fan with PWM support and the ability to adjust maximum RPM from 1500 to 1200 with the included low-noise adapter. The cooler will continue to use Noctua SecuFirm2 multi-socket mounting system so you can use it with a wide variety of boards from Intel and AMD. ... Read More »

Daily Roundup: 2014-04-28

Today, we got the next generation Intel chipset motherboard around the web. While the benchmarks and details are not available yet, you can check out various shots from Asus, Gigabyte, MSI and others showing their latest products. In addition, check out Hardware Secrets review on MSI GS70 Stealth TH review, Tweaktown review on ASUS GeForceGTX 780 ROP Poseidon Platinum review, Nikktech’s review on Noctua NH-D15 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 »

Daily Roundup: 2014-04-27

Today, Phoronix has ASRock AM1H-ITX review, Eteknix has Braebo Computers Titan Budget AMD Gaming system review and Synology DS 1513+ review, Legit Reviews tests AMD Mantle Patch for Thief on Intel 3570K review, and more. No related posts. Read More »

Daily Roundup: 2014-04-26

Today, Kigturu has OverclockersUK ‘Infinity Vesuvius’ R9 295X2 review, Vortez has Noctua NH-D15 review, Tweaktown has Silicon Power Armor A30 review, Legit Reviews has Asus Hyper Express SATA Express Drive preview, and more. Related posts: Silicon Power Armor A80 1TB USB 3.0 Portable Drive The Silicon Power Armor A80 is designed to provide protection against water, drop, pressure, and... Read More »

Daily Roundup: 2014-04-25

Today, Technic3D has AMD A10-7850K review, Hardwareheaven has Dell Venue 11i Pro review, Hothardware has Samsung ATIV Book 9 Plus review, Eteknix has Sapphire R9 280X Vapor-X review, TechnologyX has MSI GTX 760 Twin Frozr IV Gaming OC review, Hexus has Noctua NH-D15 review, and more. No related posts. Read More »

Daily Roundup: 2014-04-24

Today, Neoseeker has AMD Athlon 5350 and ASUS AM1I-A review, Legit Reviews and Techreport have a first look at the Gigabyte’s next-gen Intel motherboards, PureOverclock has VisionTek CryoVenom R9 290 review, Hexus has EVGA SuperNOVA 750 G2 review, Techspot has OCZ RevoDrive 350 review and more. No related posts. Read More »

Daily Roundup: 2014-04-23

Today, OCInside has ASRock Fatal1ty FM2A88X+ Killer review, Legit Reviews has HTC One M8 review, Modders-Inc has Cooler Master Elite 110 review, LanOC Reviews has Fractal Arc XL review, Custom PC Review has Plextor M6M mSATA review, and more. No related posts. Read More »

Daily Roundup: 2014-04-22

Today, Hardocp has Asus A88X-Pro review, Ocholic has Gigabyte G1.Sniper Z87 review, Madshrimps has Gigabyte BRIX Pro Mini-PC review, Kitguru has Dell XPS 12 review, techPowerUp has MSI Radeon R9 290X lightning review, Legit Reviews has Sapphire Vapor-X R9 290 Tri-X OC review, and more. No related posts. Read More »

Daily Roundup: 2014-04-21

Today, Modders-Inc has MSI A88X-G45 review, Phoronix has Gigabyte AM1M-S2H review, Eteknix has Gigabyte Brix Pro GB-BXi7-4770R review, Tweaktown has AMD Radeon R9 290X2 and R9 290X review, ThinkComputers has Thermaltake Bigwater 760 Pro review, and more. No related posts. Read More »

Daily Roundup: 2014-04-20

Today, Phoronix has an article putting the latest Athlon/Sempron against the old Phenom, Hardware-Factory.com has Cooler Master Nepton 280L review, The SSD Review has an article on building a new dual Intel/AMD triple 2560×1440 display, and more. No related posts. Read More »

Daily Roundup: 2014-04-19

Today, Phoronix has 13-way low-end GPU comparison with AMD AM1 Athlon, Hardwareheaven has Corsair Graphite 230T and H75 liquid cooler review, 3DGameman has Antec P100 case review, Tweaktown has Punchtec Ord Bot Hardon 3D Printer review, and more. No related posts. Read More »

Daily Roundup: 2014-04-18

Today, LanOC has AMD A10-7850 review, Tweak.dk has MSI Radeon R9 270 review, Hothardware has a roundup of GTX 780 Ti from EVGA, Gigabyte, MSI review, Benchmark Reviews has BitFenix Comrade review, NikkTech has Antec TruePower Classic 550W review, and more. No related posts. Read More »

Daily Roundup: 2014-04-17

Today, Hardocp has Asus Maximus VI Impact review, Hexus has Intel Pentium G3220 review, Ocaholic has Asus GeForce GTX 760 Striker Platinum review, Techspot has Silverstone Raven ZRVZ01 review, The SSD Review has Lexar Professional 600X SDXC review, and more. Related posts: Kingston 64GB microSDXC SDCX10/64GB Promised to deliver at least 10 MB/s, the 64GB Kingston microSDXC card packs plenty of... Read More »

Daily Roundup: 2014-04-16

Today, TechwareLabs has ASUS P9X79-E WS review, Benchmark Reviews has ASUS A88X-Pro review, Techspot has Acer TA272 HUL review, Hothardware has Lenovo ThinkPad 8 review, Kitguru has Sapphire R9 290X Vapor-X OC review, HCW has Noctua NH-D15 review, PureOverclock has SilverStone PS10 review, and more. No related posts. Read More »

Daily Roundup: 2014-04-15

Today, Megatech has Samsung Galaxy S5 review, Phornoix overclocks AMD AM1 Athlon and Sempron APU, Eteknix has Powercolor Radeon R7 250X review, Modders-Inc has Noctua NH-D15 review, Tweaktown has Nanoxia Deep Silence 6 review, and more. No related posts. Read More »

Daily Roundup: 2014-04-14

Today, Ocaholic has KobraLan Extreme PC review, PureOverclock has ECS KBN-I/5200 AMD A6-5200 review, Phoronix has AMD Athlon 5350 review, Hothardware has Gigabyte BRIX Pro review, Hardocp has Gigabyte R9 290X OC and Asus GTX 780 Ti DirectCU II review, techPowerUp has EVGA SuperNOVA G2 750W review, and more. No related posts. Read More »

Daily Roundup: 2014-04-13

Today, TestFreaks has Blackfire CLAMPLIGHT LED Flashlight review, HardwareHeaven has Razer BlackWidow Ultimate Stealth review, Eteknix has Corsair Raptor K40 review and Wavemaster Starx 2.1 speaker, and more. No related posts. Read More »

Daily Roundup: 2014-04-12

Today, check out Eteknix’s review on Sapphire R7 250 Ultimate Passive Nikktech’s review on Linksys EA6900 AC1900, techPowerUp’s review on Creative Sound Blaster Axx 200 Axx, and more. No related posts. Read More »

Daily Roundup: 2014-04-11

Today, check out our Gigabyte G1.Sniper A88X review. In addition, LanOC Reviews has Verizon Nokia Lumia Icon review, Ocaholic has Asus G10AC-1B review, Hardocp has Cooler Master Elite 110 review, TechnologyX has Plextor M16M review, Tweaktown has Acer S24HL review, 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 »

Gigabyte G1.Sniper A88X Review

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Gigabyte’s G1.Sniper has a long history of targeting toward gamers. The board is designed with features that gamers seek the most: better audio quality, better network performance, and better cooling for overclocking, Dating back to the first G1.Sniper, Gigabyte has released various models of the G1.Sniper series: 3, 5, and M5. What they all have in common is that they are all for Intel processors. The G1.Sniper A88X marks the first motherboard from Gigabyte that carries the G1.Sniper moniker for AMD APU. With Kaveri, AMD not only brings performance enhancement but also PCI Express 3.0 support along with other technologies such as TrueAudio, HSA, and hQ. As such, Gigabyte is betting that there are gamers who are looking to build a gaming PC without spending a lot of cash would be interested in pairing the AMD APU with their latest G1. Sniper A88X motherboard. Board Layout Shipped in the typical ... Read More »

Daily Roundup: 2014-04-10

Today, HardwareHeaven has RAZER Edge Pro Gaming Tablet review, Eteknix has AMD AM1 Athlon 5350 review, Kitguru has MSI GE60 2PE Apache Pro review, Tweaktown has XFX Radeon R9 280X 3GB Double D Black Edition OC review, Techreport has Behind the scene with Intel’s SSD division, and more. No related posts. Read More »

Daily Roundup: 2014-04-09

Today Modders-Inc and HardwareHeaven have AMD Athlon 5530 Kabini review, Eteknix has XFX R9 280 Double Dissipation Black Edition review, Vortez has Corsair Carbide SPEC 01 review, Kitguru has Antec High Current Pro Platinum 1300W review, Legit Reviews has Asus Xonar U7 sound card and amp review, and more. No related posts. Read More »

Daily Roundup: 2014-04-08

Today, AMD launhced the Radeon R9 295X2 so check out the reviews around the web. Also, PureOverclock has Biostar A88W Hi-Fi 3D review, Ocholic has Enermax Liqtech 120x review, Twektown has Thermaltake Core V71 review, OCC has Cougar MX300 review, LanOC has Logitech G400s review, and more. No related posts. Read More »

Daily Roundup: 2014-04-07

Today, Madshrimps has MSI Z87M-Gaming review, Tweaktown has Gigabyte GA-7PESH3 review, Technic3D has Zotac GeForce GTX 780 Ti review, Twek.dk has Thermalright Macho 120 review, MissingRemote has Thecus N5550 review, APH Networks has Patriot Stellar USB 3.0 flash drive review, and more. No related posts. Read More »

Daily Roundup: 2014-04-06

Today, hardwareheaven has In Win 904 review, Phoronix has Amazon Fire TV review, Hardware Heaven has Bloody G501 headset, B120 keyboard, and ZL5A mouse review, Eteknix has Luxa2 P-MEGA 41600 mAh review, and more. No related posts. Read More »

Daily Roundup: 2014-04-05

Today, Eteknix has HIS Radeon R7 250 iCooler Boost review, Tweaktown has MSI Radeon R9 290X Lightning review, NikKTech has Seagate Enterprise 3.5 SED 4TB review, 3DGameman has Ozone Strike Pro Keyboard review, LanOC Reviews has Logitech G19S review, and more. No related posts. Read More »

Daily Ruondup: 2014-04-04

Today, Kitguru has Dell XPS 15 9530 review, PCGameware has Gigabyte P35K Ultraportable laptop review, Eteknix has AMD XFX R7 250 Core Edition Passive review, Hexus has Antec High Current Pro Platinum 850W review, Nikktech has ARCTIC Accelero Hybrid II-120 review, and more. No related posts. Read More »

Daily Roundup: 2014-04-03

Today, ThinkComputers has Aus Maximus VI Gene review, HotHardware has Nokia Lumia Icon review, Ocaholic has Asus Radeon R9 290 DirectCU II review, Tweaktown has Sapphire Radeon R9 280 Dual-X review, Technic3D has Cooltek Wi review, Eteknix has ADATA Premier Pro SP920 review, and more. No related posts. Read More »

Daily Roundup: 2014-04-02

Today, Hexus has MSI A88XM-E35 review, Legit Reviews has XFX Radeon R9 290 Double Dissipation review, HardwareHeaven has Noctua NH-U12S, NH-U14S, and NH-D14 review, Madshrimps has Fractal ARC MINI R2 review, Tweaktown has Toshiba PX02SS SAS3 Enterprise review, and more. No related posts. Read More »

Daily Roundup: 2014-04-01

Today, Phoronix has Asus Zenbook UX301LA review, Tweaktown has Sapphire Radeon R9 270 Dual-X review, PureOverclock has Raidmax Cobra Z review, techPowerUp has Crucial M550 review, Tweaktown has SanDisk Extrem II review, HardwareHeaven has Linksys EA6900 review, and more. No related posts. Read More »

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