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Seagate 600 Pro SSD 400GB (ST400FP0021)

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One thing you can be certain of in the tech industry is that you can never be content at the status quo even if you are the leader in the industry. The tech industry moves at such a rapid pace where in a very short period of time, an industry leader can quickly be replaced by an up and coming challenger. Or, a dying company that is at the brink of extinction can make a comeback. The best example that illustrate this would be Apple, which enjoyed tremendous success before 1990s, then fell to the brink of bankruptcy, only to rise to even greater heights. Computer storage has largely stayed unchanged since 1950. The same spinning platter has reduced in size and expand the storage capacity but the underlying technology has remained relatively the same. It was not until 2007 that the emerging market of the SSD revolutionized primary storage. ... Read More »

ASUSTOR Launches AS 3 Series NAS Featuring Powerful Multimedia Applicatio​ns

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ASUSTOR launched a new A3 Series NAS that features Intel Atom 1.6 GHz dual-core processor. The NAS also equipped with 1GB of DDR3 memory, USB 3.0, Audio Jack, HDMI output, and IR Receiver. The included IR receiver turns the NAS into a powerful media player when paired up ASUS remote control to playback media stored in the NAS directly to any HDMI devices with XBMC App. The A3 series NAS will come with ASUS Data Master 2.0 (ADM 2.0) operating system. The A3 will feature 2 bay (AS-302T) or 4 bay (AS-304T) models. Related posts: Diamond Multimedia’s New Android Media Player, and Computer Hardware Diamond Multimedia impressed us this year with their latest AMP2000... Diamond Multimedia VideoStream (WPCTVPRO) The Diamond VideoStream WPCTVPRO is a new device to help... Bjorn3D / Diamond Multimedia – Holiday Giveaway! If you own a tablet, smart phone, a computer, or... Read More »

Daily Roundup: 2013-07-16

On July 16, 2013, we got G.Skill Ares 2x8GB DDR3-2400 from Ocaholic, EVGA GeForce GTX 770 SC Edition from Hardwareheaven, Silverston Milo ML05 HTPC case review from 3DGameman, and more. No related posts. Read More »

Daily Roundup: 2013-07-15

On July 15, 2013, check out the Asus Maximus VI Hero from techPowerUp, AMD FX9590 from Kitguru, Asus GeForce GTX 780 DirectCU II OC at Hexus and more Related posts: ASUS’s Unveils the Transformer AiO P1801, RAIDR Express, and their Ultra-Wide Monitor ASUS’s innovation never fails to impress us. This year at... Read More »

Daily Roundup: 2013-07-14

Sunday is slow news day as usual. Today we got Lexar Professional 600X SDXC UHS-1 256GB card review from TechnologyX. Yep, 256GB of storage packed in a little over than 1 inches square of space. The folks at the SSD Review takes a look at the SanDisk Extreme II SSD and more.  Cases, PSUs, Coolers Corsair Carbide 330R Review at Vortez Peripherals Hotline Miami PlayStatio​n VITA Review at Tweaktown SteelSerie​s Apex [RAW] Gaming Keyboard Review at Kitguru SanDisk Extreme II SSD Review (480GB) at The SSD Review Lexar Profession​al 600x SDXC UHS-1 256GB Card Review at TechnologyX Misc BIOS Option Of The Week – PCI Burn-in Mode at Tech ARP Related posts: Kingston 64GB microSDXC SDCX10/64GB Promised to deliver at least 10 MB/s, the 64GB Kingston... Read More »

Daily Roundup: 2013-07-13

On July 13, 2013, we got Z87 motherboard roundup from HardwareHeaven, LaCie 5big NAS Pro from Tweaktown, and Streamcom ST-FC8B EVO Mini ITX case from Nikktech, and more. Related posts: Bjorn3D Arrives at International CES 2013 Bjorn3D has arrived at CES 2013. Over the next few... Starcraft II Heart of The Swarm Launch Event 3/11/2013 – Irvine, CA   Blizzard has a special was of not just launching... 2013 AMD Mobile APU (Richland) Today, AMD kicks off 2013 with the launch of Richland,... Read More »

Daily Roundup: 2013-07-12

July 13, 2013, we got Z87 motherboard reviews from various sites featuring MSI Z87 XPOWER, ASUS Maximus VI Gene, ASUS GRYPHON Z87 and more. Also, check out Tech Report’s introduction to ARM, EVGA SuperNOVA G2 1000W power supply and others.   No related posts. Read More »

Daily Roundup: 2013-07-11

CPUs, RAMs, Mobos Crucial Ballistix Sport XT 1866 MHz C10 2x 8 GB at techPowerU​p ASRock Z87 Profession​al Series Fatal1ty Motherboar​d at PureOvercl​ock ZOTAC ZBOX Nano ID64 Plus Mini-PC Review at HardwareHe​aven.com AMD A10-6800 & A10-6700 ‘Richland’ APU Review at Eteknix Digital Storm VIRTUE: Intel Haswell-Po​wered Gaming PC Review at HotHardwar​e.com Video Cards Palit GeForce GTX 770 2GB JetStream Overclocke​d Video Card Review at Tweaktown MSI GTX 770 N770 TF 2GD5/OC Review at Neoseeker MSI Z87-GD65 GAMING LGA 1150 Motherboar​d Review at [H] Cases, PSUs, Coolers Corsair Carbide Air 540 ATX Cube Case Review at Legit Reviews Thermaltak​e NiC C5 Review at Vortez Fractal Design Define XL R2 Full Tower Case Review at RWLabs Corsair Carbide Series Air 540 High Airflow ATX Cube Chassis Review at Tweaktown Corsair Carbide AIR 450 Computer Case Review at Madshrimps Peripherals Western Digital Se 4TB Review at TechwareLa​bs Genius Ring Style Wireless Presenter Review – Anything But Convention​al at TechnologyX Western Digital WD Se Enterprise HDD Review at Tweaktown Microlab ... Read More »

Asus Cube Google TV Review

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Asus Cube is the device that features latest Google TV OS that want to be part of your living room entertainment setup. With a good design, an unique remote, and $139 price tag, can it push Google TV further where others may have failed? Let’s find out.  Related posts: Pivos XIOS DS Media Player Review Pivos is one of those companies that you might not... ASUS Maximus VI Extreme Z87 Motherboard Review   With the intro of Z87 we knew it would... ASUS AiCloud: A Fresh Face for Networking ASUS has had some recent success in the networking side... 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,... AMD “Kabini” and “Temash” APU’s AMD has officially released its entire mobile platform for the... AMD FX-8350, Piledriver Vishera Review Today, AMD has completed the transition of their entire line... 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... PowerColor PCS+ AX7850 2GBD5-2DHPP Radeon HD 7850 2GB The PowerColor HD 7850 PCS+ is the fastest factory overclocked... Diamond HD7790 Graphics Card  Diamond delivers on the new 7790 model and we got a chance... Read More »

AMD “Kabini” and “Temash” APU’s

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AMD has officially released its entire mobile platform for the year 2013. Today the company released the Kabini SoC for the ultrathin notebooks and the Temash SoC for tablets. Built on the 28nm process, Temash and the Kabini are expected to deliver up to 20% better CPU performance, 75% GPU performance and longer battery life.  Related posts: AMD Shows Off “Kabini” and “Temash” APU Family, and Next-Generation APU Powered Tablets. At CES 2013, AMD introduces their first true system-on-chip APUs,... 2013 AMD Mobile APU (Richland) Today, AMD kicks off 2013 with the launch of Richland,... AMD’s new heterogeneous Uniform Memory Access (hUMA) We still have to wait a couple of months until... Read More »

G.Skill RipjawsX F3-2133C9D-16GXH

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We have the 16GB (2x8GB) G.Skill RipjawsX DDR3-2133 (F3-2133C9D-16GXH) in our lab today, and we’re going to run it through the gauntlet. In addition to just doing a simple review of the RAM modules, we’ll also take the opportunity to examine performance differences against 4GB modules, and test how Core i7 3770K performance impacts on the memory frequency.  Related posts: RAMDisks: Maximizing High-Capacity RAM Want a tremendous speed boost? Keep reading, as we explore... Patriot “Intel Extreme Masters” Limited Edition 32GB 1600MHz Review Today’s market of RAM is pretty saturated, as we all... Kingston HyperX 10th Anniversary 2400MHz 16GB Memory Kit Kingston as a whole has been around a long time,... Read More »

Kingston 64GB microSDXC SDCX10/64GB

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Promised to deliver at least 10 MB/s, the 64GB Kingston microSDXC card packs plenty of storage space for your mobile devices. For a 64GB microSD expandable storage for your mobile device, it also priced quite competitively at $60, and the included SD adapter makes it versatile so that you can share it with other devices such as PC. Can the card deliver? Let’s find out. Related posts: Bjorn3D / Kingston – Get Ready For The Holidays Giveaway! This Holiday season, you could get an extra present under... Kingston HyperX 10th Anniversary 2400MHz 16GB Memory Kit Kingston as a whole has been around a long time,... Kingston V300 120GB, 7mm Slim SSD On a Budget   Today we look at the new V300 Drive from... Read More »

Silicon Power Armor A80 1TB USB 3.0 Portable Drive

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The Silicon Power Armor A80 is designed to provide protection against water, drop, pressure, and dust with its rugged design. The unit manages to provide excellent protection and performance without adding much bulk. Available in storage ranges from 320GB to 1TB, it is one of the best external hard drive available on the market. Related posts: Silicon Power S70 7mm SSD for Ultrabook The Silicon Power Slim S70 (SP240GBSS3S70S25) paired the LSI SandForce... Thermaltake Armor Revo Snow Edition Chassis   With black computer chassis and hardware in style, Thermaltake... Patriot Gauntlet (PCGTW320S) Need more portable file storage, but can’t use the Cloud?... Read More »

AMD’s new heterogeneous Uniform Memory Access (hUMA)

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We still have to wait a couple of months until Kaveri—the successor to the Trinity APU—is released. However, AMD is ready to talk a little bit about the upcoming APU. While we do not have any specific information on the model and the clockspeed, we have a bit of information regarding one key feature in Kaveri: the heterogenous Uniform Memory Access or hUMA. Related posts: 2013 AMD Mobile APU (Richland) Today, AMD kicks off 2013 with the launch of Richland,... Kingston HyperX 10th Anniversary 2400MHz 16GB Memory Kit Kingston as a whole has been around a long time,... 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... Bjorn3D / Diamond Multimedia – Holiday Giveaway! If you own a tablet, smart phone, a computer, or... Rapoo E6300 Wireless Keyboard for iPad/iPhone Rapoo introduces a new Bluetooth keyboard (with real tactile keys) for... Patriot Gauntlet (PCGTW320S) Need more portable file storage, but can’t use the Cloud?... Read More »

PowerColor PCS+ AX7850 2GBD5-2DHPP Radeon HD 7850 2GB

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The PowerColor HD 7850 PCS+ is the fastest factory overclocked HD 7850 on the market. The card features PowerColor’s own custom cooler with 5+1+1 phase power design, DrMos and IR Digital PWM that allows enthusiasts to push it even further. And the mixture of ports and the bundle makes it one of the best HD 7850 available on the market today. Let’s check it out.  Related posts: Powercolor HD 7870 Myst Edition Powercolor has been a lesser-seen name in the GPU market... Nvidia GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost – The Missing Link in the Mainstream Lineup? Nvidia today launches the new GTX 650 Ti Boost which... Read More »

2013 AMD Mobile APU (Richland)

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Today, AMD kicks off 2013 with the launch of Richland, the successor of the Trinity APU. The company launched four mobile APUs with 35W TDP designed for performance notebook. Architecturally, Richland is identical to Trinity as both APUs are based on the Piledriver CPU cores and Southern Island GPU cores. With Richland, AMD has bumped the clockspeed on the CPU and the GPU and improved upon the Turbo Core technology. In addition, AMD has worked with software vendors to provide facial recognition and gesture support that leverage on their GPU computing power.  Related posts: AMD Shows Off “Kabini” and “Temash” APU Family, and Next-Generation APU Powered Tablets. At CES 2013, AMD introduces their first true system-on-chip APUs,... Cyberpower Fangbook: Extreme Gaming Gone Mobile Cyberpower is a premier high end system builder, with that... AMD FX-8350, Piledriver Vishera Review Today, AMD has completed the transition of their entire line... ASUS F2A85-V ... Read More »

Noctua Low Profile Heatsinks: NH-L9a and NH-L9I

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Noctua is well-known for providing some of the biggest and most efficient air-coolers among enthusiasts and overclockers. Their latest cooler, the NH-L9 series, is designed to meet the demand for the growing market of the small form factor PC with its extreme small foot-print and low 37mm height. Today, we have both the NH-L9i (for Intel) and the NH-L9a (for AMD) here today. Let’s find out more about these coolers.  Related posts: BitFenix Prodigy Though it took a long time to gain any momentum,... Swiftech H20-320 Elite Custom Liquid Cooling Swiftech’s new H20-320 Elite kit is designed with many new... Thermaltake Water2.0 Performer & Pro All-in-One Water Cooling Solutions Thinking about water cooling your CPU but haven’t built your... InWin GRone Full-Tower Chassis The InWin GRone is a great-looking case that has potential... 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. Related posts: OCZ Agility 4 256GB SSD SSD’s are growing ever more popular, and we’ve reviewed a... Silicon Power S70 7mm SSD for Ultrabook The Silicon Power Slim S70 (SP240GBSS3S70S25) paired the LSI SandForce... ADATA SX900 128GB Review   Today we look at the new ADATA SX 900... Read More »

Patriot Gauntlet (PCGTW320S)

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Need more portable file storage, but can’t use the Cloud? The Patriot Gauntlet may just be the device that you are looking for.  Related posts: Bjorn3D / Diamond Multimedia – Holiday Giveaway! If you own a tablet, smart phone, a computer, or... Thecus N5550 NAS Review Thecus’s latest 5-bay NAS, the N5550, is designed for small... ADATA SX900 128GB Review   Today we look at the new ADATA SX 900... Read More »

Silicon Power S70 7mm SSD for Ultrabook

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The Silicon Power Slim S70 (SP240GBSS3S70S25) paired the LSI SandForce SF-2281 controller with the 25nm Intel synchronous NAND in a slim package of 7mm. Available in capacity ranges from 60GB all the way to 480GB, it is one of the high-end SSDs designed for Ultrabooks. Related posts: ADATA SX900 128GB Review   Today we look at the new ADATA SX 900... OCZ Agility 4 256GB SSD SSD’s are growing ever more popular, and we’ve reviewed a... Read More »

ASUS F2A85-V PRO: The A85X Chipset

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ASUS has released their the F2A85V-Pro for the socket FM2. The board retails at around $140, but is packed with features. Related posts: ASUS Maximus V Extreme ASUS has some amazing Z77 offerings especially in the ROG... ASUS HD 7970 DirectCU II TOP     ASUS has a wide range of products, from... Read More »

AMD FX-8350, Piledriver Vishera Review

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Today, AMD has completed the transition of their entire line of CPUs/APUs to the Piledriver design with the release of the Vishera, the mainstream/performance FX series CPU. How much performance can we expect from Vishera over Bulldozer? Let’s find out.  No related posts. Read More »

BitFenix Prodigy

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Though it took a long time to gain any momentum, the Mini ITX form factor seems to be gaining popularity. This is in part due to the integration of various components such as memory controller, Northbridge, and GPU onto the CPU die. Today’s CPUs come with a decent GPU on-die that functions well if you simply need a small system that can handle basic workloads.  No related posts. Read More »

AMD Launches Z-60 APU (Hondo) for Windows 8 Tablets

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AMD brings Z-60 APU for Windows 8 tablets with promise for better HD Media playback, enhanced gaming, and performance accelerated Apps. The APU promises to bring up to 10 hours of battery life, native USB 3.0 and  SATA 6 Gbps support. No related posts. Read More »

AMD “Virgo” Platform: 2nd Generation APU

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If you read our AMD Trinity Preview, you’ve already seen the integrated GPU performance in the new A-Series APU from AMD. Today, we take a look at the CPU side of the APU. In addition, we are able to see just how the new chip will perform at various applications and workloads, including media transcoding, data encryption, and  OpenCL.    No related posts. Read More »

Sapphire Flex HD 7770 GHz Edition

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The SAPPHIRE Flex HD 7770 GHz Edition is the latest entry into the Sapphire’s Flex line up, bringing the ability to run multiple monitors without the need for an expensive cable or adapter. By combining the power of the HD 7770 and the flexibility of mixing wide range of displays, the Sapphire’s Flex HD 7770 GHz Edition may just be the card that for you if you are looking for a midrange card with multiple monitor support. No related posts. Read More »

AMD Trinity: An iGPU Performance Preview

Finally, the desktop Trinity is almost here. We got a preview of the integrated GPU gaming performance of the A10-5800K and A8-5600K APU. More detail on the CPU performance and full detail of the platform, architecture, overclocking, and benchmarks coming real soon, so stay tuned! No related posts. Read More »

Gigabyte Aivia Krypton Mouse and Mouse Pad

Gigabyte’s Aivia Krypton line includes a gaming mouse and a mouse pad. The Aivia Krypton is one of the few gaming mice designed to support both left and right hand. In addition, the mouse features tons of customization such as Macro, button assignment, weight distribution, and even the feet. We got both the mouse and the pad here so let’s find out more about them. No related posts. Read More »

Arctic MC101: A Trinity Powered HTPC

  Arctic’s latest home entertainment system user an AMD A10-4600M APU, bringing a powerful combination of CPU and GPU in a tiny little box. Packed with WiFi, TV Tuner, 8GB RAM, and 1TB of storage, the MC101 brings us plenty of power for our media needs and is also able to deliver decent gaming performance. No related posts. Read More »

Gigabyte Aivia Xenon

Bringing the functionality of a touchpad to the traditional mouse, the GIGABYTE Aivia Xenon is one of the more unique mouse we have seen lately. With PC moving toward more touch based interface, would this dual mode mouse be the tool that you need for the upcoming Windows 8? Let’s find out. No related posts. Read More »

PNY GeForce GTX 670

The NVIDIA GTX 670 is one of our favorite cards at the $400 price range due to its performance, low power consumption, and relatively quiet operational noise.  The PNY GTX  670 again follows the company’s tradition of using the reference design from NVIDIA, but what sets the PNY GTX 670 apart from other reference design GTX 670′s is the lifetime warranty and price.  No related posts. Read More »

OCZ Vertex 4 256GB (VTX4-25SAT3-256G)

OCZ ditched the SandForce controller in their Vertex 4, instead opting for their own Indilinx Everest 2 controller. How does the new controller perform compared to others? Can it carry the Vertex brand to the next level?  No related posts. Read More »

Thecus N4800

Thecus’s latest 4-bay NAS, the N4800, is designed for small and medium size businesses (SMB) or home users who need a powerful data file server to centralize all of their digital content. The successor to the Thecus N4200, the new unit has much beefier specs, using Intel Cedar Trail Atom D2700 processor, 2GB of DDR3, and 1 GB of SATA DOM for the OS. The device retails for $660 on Newegg: a bit on the high side, but its spec sheet is nonetheless impressive. Let’s see if it can deliver. No related posts. Read More »

Noctua NH-I12 CPU Cooler

Noctua is no stranger at designing high quality coolers, as the company has been in the cooler business since 2005. Their latest model, NH-L12, is a versatile low profile quiet cooler that is designed for small form factor PCs. It is perfect for those who wish to build a smaller system but may also want the ability to overclock. No related posts. Read More »

Complete AMD 2012 APU Line Up

Mobile Trinity kicks off 2012 for AMD by incorporating the Piledriver CPU core (an enhanced version of the Bulldozer) and the updated GPU core based on the VLIW4 design derived from AMD’s Northern Island discreet GPU from the HD 6970. With the mobile APU out of the way, AMD also launched the budget APU codenamed the Brazos 2.0 and has revealed the desktop SKUs. No related posts. Read More »

AMD E-Series APU “Brazos 2.0″

A glance over AMD’s plan shows that 2012 will see a greater push for APUs. From high performance systems all the way down to everyday performance and productivity systems, AMD has APUs designed to meet users’ computing needs. After introducing the second generation mobile A-Series APU (codenamed Trinity) in May, AMD today brings us the low power E-Series edition of the APU, codenamed Brazos 2.0, and designed for very basic computing needs. No related posts. Read More »

Genius DX-ECO Mouse

Have you ever considered the environmental waste from all of the disposable batteries you throw away from your wireless mouse? The DX-ECO from Genius has an ingenious solution to this problem. The DX-ECO uses capacitors as opposed to conventional batteries to store a charge. This makes the mouse extremely light and have a recharging time of only 4 minutes. No related posts. Read More »

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