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Daily Roundup: 2014-06-01

Today, Futurelooks has hads on with the In Win D-Frame mini chassis, Kitguru has Roccat Siru gaming mousepad, Tweaktown has Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit movie review, Techarp has BIOS Option of the Week-Errata 123 enhancement, and more. No related posts. Read More »

Daily Roundup: 2014-05-31

Today, Hothardware has Lenovo B750 All-in-One desktop review, Tweaktown has Sapphire Radeon R9 290 4GB Vapor-X OC review, LanOC has Genius Widecam F100 review, Vortez has SanDisk Extreme PRO review, Bigbruin has Genius Ergo 8800 wireless mouse review, Kitguru has Microvue 8.0MP Digital Microscope review, and more. No related posts. Read More »

Daily Roundup: 2014-05-30

Today, Hexus has PC Specialist Magma A10 review, OCC has ECS L337 GANK Drone Z87H3-A3X review, Ocholic has CM Storm Sirus 5.1 review, techPowerUp has Thecus N7710-G review, Kitguru has AOC U2868PQU 4K UHD review, Techreport has Asus PB287Q review, ThinkComputers has Enermax ETS-T40 CPU cooler review, and more. No related posts. Read More »

Daily Roundup: 2014-05-29

Today, check out our review on ZBOX Sphere OI520 Plus. In addition, PureOverclock has Asus Z97 Maximus VII Hero review, Hothardware has Microsoft Surface Pro 3 review, Tweaktown has 4K showdown between Sapphire Radeon R9 295X2 8GB vs 295X2 in CrossFireX, Hardocp has Enermax Liqtech 120X AIO review, Techspot has Plextor M6 SSD review, and more. No related posts. Read More »

Daily Roundup: 2014-05-28

Today, Ocaholic has Asus Z97I-Plus review, techPowerUp has Asus Z97-Deluxe review, Tweaktown has MSI GeForce GTX 780 6GB Twin Frozr review, TechwareLabs has D-Link DSC-825L HD WiFi Baby camera review, Kitguru and Legit Review have Asus PB287Q 4K UHD monitor review, The SSD Review has Corsair Force LX SSD review, and more. No related posts. Read More »

Daily Roundup: 2014-05-27

Today, Ocaholic has Asus Sabertooht Z97 Mark 1 preview, Megatech has Sony Xperia Z2 review, Vortez has Gigabyte Z97X Gaming review, Techwarelab has MSI Radeon R9 280 OC review, Tweaktown has Asus PB287Q WLED 4K monitor review, The SSD Review has ASRock Z97 Extreme6 testes with Samsung XP941 M.2 x4, Plextor M6e and Samsung 840 Pro SSD review, and more. No related posts. Read More »

Daily Roundup: 2014-05-26

Today, Tweaktown has AOC A2472PW4T review, Kitguru has Sapphire R9 290X Vapor-X OC review, Technic3D has Thermalrigth HR-22 review, Tweak.dk has Silverstone PS10 review, Legit Review has SanDisk Extreme Pro UHS-II 32GB memory card review, Eteknix has Thecus N2310 NAS review, and more. No related posts. Read More »

Daily Roundup: 2014-05-25

Today, DragonSteelMods has JLabAudio JBuds J5M review, TestFreaks has D-Link Wi-Fi AC750 Shareport Go III DIR-510L review, Kitguru has SanDisk Extreme Pro 120GB USB3 Flash drive review and Netgear R6300 802.11ac review, and more. No related posts. Read More »

Daily Roundup: 2014-05-24

Today, Hardwareheaven has Sapphire R9 290 Vapor-X OC review, techPowerUP has MSI Radeon R9 280X Gaming 6GB review, Tweaktown has Kingston 64GB SDA3 SDXC UHS I Class 3 review, Nikktech has Seagate Enterprise 3.5 V4 6TB SATA HDD 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: 2014-05-23

Today, Hexus has Gigabyte Z97X-Gaming 5 review, Kitguru and Eteknix have Gigabyte Z97X-Gaming 7 review, Madshrimps has Intel Haswell refresh review, Tweak.dk has Asus Radeon R9 280X DirectCU II TOP review, Benchmark Review has Lian Li PC-Q07B mini-ITX review, and more. No related posts. Read More »

Daily Roundup: 2014-05-22

Today, Vortez has Intel Z97 review of M.2 vs SATA, Tweaktown has Gigabyte Z97X-UD5H review, Kitguru has MSI A88X-GD45 gaming review, Technic3D has Antec Nineteenhundred review, Hardwareheaven has Enermax Liqtech 120X review, Nikktech has QNAP SilentNAS HS-210 review, LanOC has Logitech G502 Proteus Core review, and more. No related posts. Read More »

OCZ Vertex 460 (240GB)

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The acquisition of OCZ by Toshiba at the beginning of this year has put the company in a very interesting position. OCZ now joins the likes of Intel and Samsung where it not only makes its own controller but also NAND chip. This means OCZ SSDs can now all build with in house components. While OCZ continues to use third party controllers (SandForce to be specific) on their enterprise SSDs, they have switched the NAND on these drives from Intel/Micron to Toshiba. For the consumer market, the in house Indilinx controller is the sole controller and like the enterprise drives, the NANDs on these drives are also gone through the transition to the Toshiba NANDs. We first saw it with the Vector 150 that is the successor to the last year’s Vector. The Vertex 460 that we have here today is essentially the successor to the Vertex 450 with the 19nm ... Read More »

Daily Roundup: 2014-05-21

Today, Modders-Inc has Asus A88X-Pro review, Hexus has Zotac Zbox Sphere OI520 Plus review, Ocaholic has Asus Maximus VII Ranger review, Tweak.dk has MSI GE70 2PE Apache Pro review, Kitguru has CyberPower Achilles Pro review ThinkComputers has Noctua NH-U9B SE2 review, Occ has Razer Sabertooth review, and more. No related posts. Read More »

Daily Roundup: 2014-05-20

Today, PCGameware has MSI Z87M Gaming review, Techspot has Sony Xperia Z2 review, techPowerUp has G.Skill ARES F3-2400C11D-8GAB review, Tweak.dk has Asus Sabertooth Z97 Mark 1 review, Hardocp has Asus Radeon R9 290 DirectCU II OC review, Ocaholic has Bitfenix Colossus Micro review, and more. No related posts. Read More »

Daily Roundup: 2014-05-19

Today, Modders-Inc has ECS Z87H3-A2X Golden review, Madshrimps has Team Group Xtreem 32GB PC3-17000 review, Legit Review has Sapphire R9 290X Vipor X OC review, Tweaktown has Sapphire Radeon R9 290 Tri-X OC review, Tweak.dk has Corsair Raptor K50 review, and more. No related posts. Read More »

Daily Roundup: 2014-05-18

Today, Phoronix tests AMD Radeon R9 290 on Ubuntu with Catalyst and Windows 8.1, Nikktech has Kingston DataTraveler R3.0 G2 review, Tweaktown has MLB 14: The Show PlayStation 4 review. No related posts. Read More »

Daily Roundup: 2014-05-17

Today, OCC has Kingston HyperX Fury White review, LanOC has Cooler Master HAF Stacker review, Eteknix has NZXT Phantom 240 and Seagate Desktop 3.5” 4TB SSHD review, Tweaktown has Kingfast 32GB Secure Hardware Encrypted USB Flash drive review, and more. No related posts. Read More »

Daily Roundup: 2014-05-16

Today, Ocaholic has Asus Z97I-Plus preview, Tweaktown has ASRock Z97 Extreme4 review, Techreport has MSI Z97 Gaming 7 review, Technic3D has Corsiar H105 review, Hardwareheaven ha TT eSport Level 10M mouse review, Techspot has Das Keyboard 4 Professional review, and more. No related posts. Read More »

Daily Roundup: 2014-05-15

Today, TechwareLabs has Crucial Ballistix Tactical DDR3 RAM review, Ocaholic has GeForce GTX Titan vs Radeon R9 280X CrossFire review, Kitguru hasPalit GTX 780 Jetstream 6GB SLI review, Tweaktown has Enermax Liqmax 120S AIO review, Vortez has ADATA Premier PRO SP920 review, HCW has Crucial M550 review, and more. No related posts. Read More »

DAily Roundup: 2014-05-14

Today, Vortez and Ocaholic have Asus Maximus VII Ranger review, Hexus has Palit GeForce GTX 780 JetStream 6GB in SLI review, Hardocp has AMD Radeon R9 295X2 and XFX 290X DD TriFire review, Legit Review has ADATA XPG 64GB SDXC review, Technic3D has RaiJintek Nemesis cooler review, and more. No related posts. Read More »

Daily Roundup: 2014-05-13

Today, ocaholic has ASRock Z97 Extreme6 review, Modders-Inc and LanOC Reviews have Asus Z97-A review, Benchmark Review has Asus Sabertooth Z97 Mark 1 review, Tweak.dk has MSI Z97 Gaming 7 review, TechwareLabs has ADATA XPG SX900 review, TestFreaks has Lumsing 10400 mah portable power bank review, and more. No related posts. Read More »

Daily Roundup: 2014-05-12

Today, Modders-Inc has MSI Z97MPower MAX AC review, Techspot has Samsung Galaxy S5 review, Ocholic and Technic3D have Asus Maximus VII Hero review, Tweaktown has Enermax ETS-N30-HE review, TechwareLabs has ADATA XPG SX900 SSD review, Kitguru has Synology DS414j review, and more. No related posts. Read More »

Daily Roundup: 2014-05-11

Happy Mother’s Day. Normally Sunday is a short news day. But today, Intel has officially launched the Z97 chipset and we got tons of review from our affiliates, check the boards from Gigabyte, MSI, Asus EVGA, and others around the web. Also, Madshrimps has a look at the Haswell refresh that appears that the new CPU maybe slower than Core i7 4770K. No related posts. Read More »

Daily Roundup: 2014-05-10

Today, Hardwareheaven has XMG P304 Gaming laptop review, APH Networks has Patriot Viper SODIMM PC3-12800 review, Tweaktown has Kingston KVR-16R11S48HA review and MSI Radeon R9 280X 6GB Twin Frozr review, PCGameware has Bitfenix Colossus M review, Nikktech has Antec P100 review, and more. No related posts. Read More »

Daily Roundup: 2014-05-09

Today, techPowerUp has MSI Z97 Gaming 5 review, Ocaholic has Intel Core i7-3930K 3-way SLI review, Custom PC Review has CyberPowerPC Zeus Mini-I 780 SFF review, Techreport has Asus Z97-A review, Hexus has Gigabyte GeForce GTX Titan Black review, and more. No related posts. Read More »

Daily Roundup: 2014-05-08

Today, Hardocp reviews Gigabyte G1.Sniper 5, PureOverclock has MSI Z87i Gaming AC review, ThinkComputers has Lenovo ThinkPad 8 review, Hothardware has Asus GeForce GTX 780 Ti DC II review, Tweaktown has Seagate 6TB Enterprise HD review, and more. No related posts. Read More »

Daily Roundup: 2014-05-07

Today, check out our Gigabyte F2A88XN-WIFI review, Asus Z97 Deluxe review from Benchmark Reviews, In Win 901 review from Ocaholic, Genius GX SW-G5.1 3500 review from Modders-Inc, Kingston SSDNow E50 review from NikKtech, Asus Essence STX II review from Kitguru, and more. No related posts. Read More »

Daily Roundup: 2014-05-06

Today, we got Gigabyte F2A88XN-WIFI review and Bitfenix Ronin review. Want to read more? Then, check out other reviews around the web. Ocaholic has Asrock Z97 Extreme6 and Asrock Fatal1ty Z97 Killer preview, Tweaktown has Intel Core i7 4790 preview, Tweak.dk has MSI Radeon R9 290X Lightning, and more. Related posts: Bitfenix Phenon Mini-ITX case One of the more dominant trends over the last year or so when it comes... Bitfenix Prodigy M micro-ATX case When we tested the Bitfenix Prodigy back in October 2012 we were very impressed. It... Noctua Heatsink Roundup The juggernaut of elite air-cooling solutions, Noctua unleashes two new heatsinks.  Let’s examine the pair and see... Bitfenix Ronin case We recently tested two smaller cases from Bitfenix, the mini-ITX-case Phenom and the m-ATX/mini-ITX Prodigy... Read More »

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 »

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