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Daily Roundup: 2014-01-25

Today, HWK has AMD Kaveri A10-7850K Overclock gaming performance, Eteknix has Patriot Viper 3 16GB 2400MHz memory review and Gigabyte R9 290X WindForce OC review, Tweaktown has Xigmatek Vector P700 review, and more. No related posts. Read More »

Daily Roundup: 2014-01-24

Today, Kitguru has MESH Elite Mini Gamer Plus System reivew, Phoronix takes a look at the Kingston HyperX Beast with AMD Kaveri, Hexus has EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Ti review, Eteknix has HIS R9 270X IceQ X2 Turbo Boost review, Technic3D has CM Storm QuickFire review, and more. No related posts. Read More »

Daily Roundup: 2014-01-23

Today, Ocholic has EVGA X79 Dark review, Hexus has Zotac Zbox Nano ID69 Plus review, Eteknix has Gigabyte G1.Sniper Z87 review, Technic3D has Antec H2O 1250 cooler review, PCSTATS has Seagate Backup Plus Slim External USB drive review, and more. Related posts: Zotax Zbox Nano AQ01 Plus While Zotac maybe is most knows for their graphics cards they also are specialized on... Read More »

OCZ Launches Vertex 460

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OCZ launched the first SSD drive after it has been acquired by Toshiba. Today’s launch of the Vertex 460 is the successor to the last year’s Vertex 450. The Vertex 460 uses the same Barefoot 3 M10 controller as the Vertex 450 but it now swapped out the 20nm NAND for the Toshiba 19nm MLC NAND. With rated sequential read of 545 MB/s, sequential write of 525 MB/s, 4K random read of 95,000 IOPS, and 4K random write of 90,000 IOPS, the drive gets a slight bump in the performance. It also has a rated sustained 4K random write of up to 23,000 IOPS.  The Vertex 460 will be available in capacity of 120GB, 240GB, and 480GB. It will come in the ultra-slim 7mm height for ultrabook and will carry 3 year warranty.  Related posts: OCZ Vertex 3.20 – Vertex 3 updated to 20nm   Today we get a chance ... Read More »

Toshiba Finalized Acquisition of OCZ and Launches OCZ Storage Solutions

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Toshiba has finalized the purchase of substantially all assets of OCZ Technology Group. The complete acquisition created a new subsidiary brand called OCZ Storage Solutions. OCZ will continue to operate independently which it will focus on providing SSD for enterprise and client market. With Toshiba having its own NAND technology, we can be certain that OCZ will continue to deliver the same SSD products in various form factors that includes SATA, PCIe, SAS using the in-house Indilinx controller. However, future drives probably will leverage more on the Toshiba NAND as oppose to the Intel/Micron NANDs.  Related posts: Seagate Wireless Plus External Storage Back in January 2012 we reviewed the Seagate GoFlex Satellite, a 500 GB external hard... Seagate 600 Pro SSD 400GB (ST400FP0021) One thing you can be certain of in the tech industry is that you can... Read More »

Daily Roundup: 2014-01-22

Today, Megatech has Samsung ATIV Book 9 Lite review, Tweaktown has Acer Aspire R9 Two-in-One Ultrabook review, Eteknix has Powercolor R9 280X TurboDuo review, techPowerUp has BitFenix Phenom M review, Hardwareheaven, Ocholic, Tweaktown, The SSD Review, Hothardware have OCZ Vertex 460 review, and more. No related posts. Read More »

Daily Roundup: 2014-01-21

Today, OCC has MSI Z87M Gaming Motherboard review, techPowerUp has Asus R9 290X DirectCU II review, Eteknix has Sapphire R9 290 Tri-X 4GB review, and Tweaktown has Seagate U-Series 6 80GB review. In addition, Technic3D, Hexus, and Techreport have review on Corsair Obsidian 250D and more. No related posts. Read More »

Hackers use refrigerator in cyber attack.

Makes you want to think again about all these internet capable appliances. Hackers have used a refrigerator to send spam emails in the first proven cyber attack of its kind. Internet-connected home appliances were infected by a large “botnet” over a two-week period from December 23, according to California security firm Proofpoint. It said hackers managed to penetrate home-networking routers, connected multimedia centers, televisions and at least one refrigerator to create a platform to deliver malicious spam or phishing emails. The firm said the case “has significant security implications for device owners and enterprise targets” because of massive growth expected in the use of smart and connected devices, from clothing to appliances. It said these appliances may become attractive targets for hackers because they often have less security than PCs or tablets. Incidents were documented between December 23 and January 6 featuring “waves of malicious email, typically sent in bursts ... Read More »

Daily Roundup: 2014-01-20

Today, we have GTX 780 Ti GHz Edition review, check it out. Also,  Technic3D has Biostar Hi-Fi B85N 3D review, Vortez has MSI GTX 780 Ti Twin Frozr Gaming OC review, Madshrimps has Gigabyte Radeon 290X WF OC review, techPowerUp has Silverstone Strider Gold S Series 750W review, and more. No related posts. Read More »

Daily Roundup: 2014-01-19

Today, Kitguru has Corsair Hydro H105 review, Phoronix has Patriot Spark USB 3.0 Flash drive review, Rbmods has Mionix Naos 7000 gaming mouse review, and more. No related posts. Read More »

You know stuff happens in life and today it has lead to good bye.

I started out in the 3D world with a Rendition chipset. Today I have a NVIDIA Titan.  I have always thought and still do think Bjorn3D has provided that a good coverage of video chipset’s and graphics cards as well as other hardware.  I also own a computer tech company in Eufaula called S&Z Computer Consultants.  Do to way much work I have to do with WinXP replacement  I feel it is best that I return the site to Bjorn Endre who founded it. This is good day to give her back to a man with a vision.  He has always fought on why do that ad.  He is a wise man and a great founder of this site and will always be my friend. Good Bye Scott Sherman. No related posts. Read More »

Daily Roundup: 2014-01-18

Today, Frostytech has Zalman LQ320 liquid cooling system review, NIkktech has Antec NIneteen Hundred Ultimate gaming case review, Tweaktown has Cooler Master Glacer 240L review, Techarp has Western Digital Red 4TB NAS HD review, TechwareLabs has TT eSPORTS Cronos Gaming headset review, and more. No related posts. Read More »

Daily Roundup: 2014-01-17

Today, Hexus has AMD A8-7600 review, Ocholic has Kingston HyperX Predator review, Hothardware has Lenovo Thinkpad T440s review, Tweaktown has Gigabyte Z87X-OC Force review, LanOC has Genius Energy Mouse review, OCC has Logitech G600 MMO Gaming mouse, and more. No related posts. Read More »

Daily Roundup: 2014-01-16

Today, Kitguru has Gigabyte F2A88XM-DS2 review, Techspot has Nokia Lumia 1520 review, HardwareHeaven has XMG C703 Laptop review, Thinkcomputers has Asus R9 270X DirectCU II review, Hexus has Gigabyte Aivia Uranium review, Legit Reviews has Corsair Flash Voyager GO micro-USB Flash Drive review, and more. No related posts. Read More »

Daily Roundup: 2014-01-15

Check out the MSI Mini ITX Z87I Gaming board and GTX 760 review that Shannon has done. It brings exciting gaming combo in the mini-ITX form factor. In addition, Legit Reviews has Intel NUC D54250WYKH review, LanOC Reviews has Sapphire R9 290 Tri-X, Vortez has Gigabyte GTX 780 GHz Edition review, Kitguru has Asus Xonar U7 Echelon review, and more. No related posts. Read More »

Daily Roundup: 2014-01-14

Today, AMD APU is officially luanched. Check out the reviews around web from various sites. In addition, techPowerUp has EVGA GTX 780 Ti Classified, Technic3D has Noctua NH0U12S review, Legit Reviews has Corsair CS450M review, Techspot has Dell UltraSharp 32 Ultra HD review, and more. No related posts. Read More »

ASUS R9 290X DirectCU II OC Overclocking Review @ HardOCP

The gang at HardOCP does a good job with some in-depth testing on the R9.   Right before Christmas, at the end of 2013 in December, we got our hands on our first custom cooled and configured AMD Radeon R9 290X video card.  The ASUS R9 290X DirectCU II OC video card provided us with the best gameplay experience to date.   We needed a video card that would quell the heat issues of the AMD Radeon R9 290X card’s anemic reference cooler design.  We need a video card that would quell the noise issues of the AMD Radeon R9 290X.  We needed a video card that would provide consistent performance at the advertised GPU clock speed.  The ASUS R9 290X DirectCU II had been what we have all been waiting for, and it succeeded in all the areas gamers and enthusiasts needed it too. Source: HardOCP         ... Read More »

Google buys Nest Labs for $3.2 billion

I am really interested in trying a Nest in my house.  Looks like Google is going to be everywhere. The search giant announced Monday that it’s buying connected device maker Nest Labs for $3.2 billion in cash. Nest, led by former Apple (AAPL, Fortune 500) designer Tony Fadell, develops “smart” home appliances like thermostats and smoke detectors that can program themselves and communicate with smartphones. Nest will maintain its brand name and continue to be led by Fadell, Google (GOOG, Fortune 500) said, adding that the deal will likely close “in the next few months.” Fadell told Fortune’s Dan Primack that Google “made a very strong pitch for how we could have all the resources of a large company while retaining the independence of a next-generation Nest.” “This allows us to accelerate and stay in front of the coming wave of products for what we like to call the conscious ... Read More »

Daily Roundup: 2014-01-13

Today, we got Zotac Zbox Nano AQ01 Plus review, Asus Rampage IV Black Edition review, Tweaktown has HP Z1 All-in-One Workstation review, PureOverclock has BitFenix Prodigy M review, LanOC Reviews has OCZ Vertex 450 review, HardwareHeaven has Netgear ReadyNAS RN104 review, and more. Related posts: Zotax Zbox Nano AQ01 Plus While Zotac maybe is most knows for their graphics cards they also are specialized on... Read More »

In First Day With Bitcoin, Overstock Does $126,000 in Sales

I am really thinking I might need to start mining. Less than 30 minutes after online retailer Overstock.com started accepting payments in bitcoin, Jason Steele used the digital currency to buy a new case for his smartphone. Steele — a 32-year-old computer programmer from Atlanta who has been using bitcoin since March of last year — wanted to see if Overstock’s new system actually worked, but he was also interested in, well, fighting the good fight. Overstock is the first major online retailer to accept the digital currency, and Steele was doing his part to help push this new-age technology even further into the mainstream, so that it becomes a viable alternative to fiat currencies like the dollar and the euro and the yen. “It’s a concept that could take off, and should take off, for a lot of reasons,” he says. “I want wider adoption. I want more businesses ... Read More »

Daily Roundup: 2014-01-12

Everyone is still recovering from the CES madness so not much news today. If you need to check out some reviews, Nikktech has Cougar CMX V.3 850W PSU, Kitguru reports Intel may shift introduction of Broadwell to Q3.  No related posts. Read More »

Daily Roundup: 2014-01-11

Today, Ocholic has AUS Radeon R9 290X DirectCU II OC review, Frostytech has their top 5 liquid cooling CPU heatsink, Tweaktown has Gran Turismo 6 PS3 review and SuperSSpeed S301 64GB RAID report, and more. No related posts. Read More »

Daily Roundup: 2014-01-10

Today, Tweaktown has PowerColor Radeon R9 270X OCS+ review, LanOC Reviews has Cooler Master GXII 650W review, Benchmark Review has ADATA DashDrive Air AE800 review, Kitguru has Bitfenix Flo Gaming headset review, Legit Reviews has VisionTek Data Fusion PCIe SSD review, and mroe. No related posts. Read More »

Daily Roundup: 2014-01-09

Today, Hexus reviews Gigabyte Radeon R9 290X WindForce OC, Ocholic reviews PowerColor Radeon R9 280X Turbo OC, Kitguru reviews Asus R9 290X Direct CU II, Techspot reviews Gigabyte Radeon R9 290X OC, Neoseeker reviews Noctua NH-U12S and NH-U14S, 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 »

Dell Delivers 4K for less than $1K! Dell’s 28-inch Ultra HD Monitor priced at $699

Now Showing at CES: Dell’s 28-inch Ultra HD Monitor priced at $699 At CES this week, some of the next-generation technologies that will likely generate a ton of buzz are Ultra HD “4K” resolution monitors, televisions and cameras. Delivering four times the resolution of Full HD, many tech enthusiasts and industry experts expect 4K to become the next standard in high definition content, and are eager to see more affordable displays enter the market. At Dell we are excited to be a leader in Ultra HD monitor products and performance, and at CES we are previewing the Dell 28 Ultra HD Monitor (P2815Q), the industry’s most affordable 4K Monitor offered at just $699.  When it goes on sale later this month, consumers worldwide will be able to enjoy incredible Ultra HD clarity when viewing videos, editing photos, playing games or any other task requiring the best-possible screen resolution. With Dell’s ... Read More »

Gigabyte Brings BRIX Pro with Intel Iris Pro Graphics

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GIGABYTE shows off their latest addition to the BRIX family–the GIGABYTE BRIX Pro. If you recall, the BRIX is GIGABYTE’s ultra compact DIY PC Kit. The latest addition is equipped with the latest forth generation (Haswell) Intel Core i7 4770R processor that features Intel Iris Pro graphics 5200. The new models will come in two colors: black or red. Users would have the option to chooose either the Intel Core i7 4770R or Intel Core i5 4570R. The Core i7 4770R clocked at 3.2GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) and comes with 6MB of cache while the Core i5 is clocked at 2.7GHz (3.2GHz Turbo) with 4MB of cache. Both CPUs are quad core model and support Intel Iris Pro 5200 but the Core i7 GPU has maximum dynamic frequency up to 1.3GHz as oppose to 1.15GHz on the Core i5.  In addition to the clock difference and the amount of the cache, ... Read More »

Mushkin Announces Ventura Ultra 480GB USB 3.0 Drive

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Mushkin brings 480GB of storage space to its Ventura Ultra Series. The Ventura Ultra is Mushkin’s USB 3.0 SSD that uses LSI SandForce SF-2281 controller. The latest entry to the Ventura family delivers up to 455 MB/s reads and 445 MB/s write and up to 39K of 4K random IOPS. Packed in a tiny light-weight aluminum housing, the Ventura Ultra is also capable of operating in UASP mode to allow SSD performnace in USB 3.0 form factor.  The 480GB model is an addition to the existing 60GB, 120GB, 240GB model that was debuted a year ago at CES 2013. While no pricing is provided for the 480GB, we do not expect it to be cheap since the 240GB model retails at around $200. Still if you need the absolute best performance with large storage space, it certainly will deliver. Related posts: Seagate 600 Pro SSD 400GB (ST400FP0021) One thing you ... Read More »

AMD Kaveri Delivers 20% Performance Improvement

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During the CES 2014, AMD has officially released the next generation APU, the A10-7000 Series APU codenamed “Kaveri”. We have already know quite a lot about the Kaveri and cannot wait to get our hand at one so we can test it out.  The Streamroller CPU core is an improved version of the Piledriver CPU core found in the Richland. Architecturally, there is not much difference between the two cores except that the Streamroller has a better performance and lower power consumption. The GPU, on the other hand, has a much bigger improvement as it features AMD Graphic Core Next (GCN) architecture that is the same as those found in the current generation of the AMD R7 series Radeon GPU. The GPU shares many of the same technology as the desktop GPU, including TrueAudio, DirectX 11.2, Mantle, PCI Express 3.0 support, and others. Two key innovations with the latest generation ... Read More »

Daily Roundup: 2014-01-08

Today, Vortez has Cyberpower Ultra Fusion review, HCW has EVGA Z87 FTW review, HardwareHeaven has Alienware 18 Laptop, Ocaholic has Asus GeForc eGTX 780 Poseidon Platinum review, Nikktech has Thermaltake Urban S41 review, Tweaktown has Thermaltake Armor A30i review, Hexus has Thecus N2310 review, and more. No related posts. 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 »

Daily Roundup: 2014-01-07

Today, Ocholic has Asus GeForce GTX 780 Ti DirectCU II OC review, Kigturu has Gigabyte R9 290X OC WindForce review, Tweaktown has Sapphire R9 290 4GB CrossFire review, techPowerUp has MSI GTX 780 Ti Gaming review, Frostytech has Noctua NH-U12S review, and more. No related posts. Read More »

SAMSUNG Announces 840 EVO SSD with Enhanced Security Solution for Enterprise Applications

If you are using consumer class EVO drives you can now have some Enterprise class security. RIDGEFIELD PARK, NJ – January 6, 2014 – Samsung Electronics America, Inc. today announced a new advanced security solution for the 840 EVO SSD, Samsung’s SSD Self-Encrypting Drive (SED), compatible with professional security software.  The new data security enhancements are now shipping on the recently announced Samsung 840 EVO mSATA drive and can be enabled through a firmware update for the 840 EVO SSD SATA drive, launched last August. The new features are designed to meet security requirements for enterprise applications and are compliant with TCG Opal and IEEE 1667 standards.  The Samsung SSD SED solution is enabled via the newly released Samsung Magician 4.3 software, providing the enhanced security features required in enterprise user environments, such as government offices, finance institutions and other businesses. Samsung’s 840 EVO line now offers three security types: ... Read More »

ASUS Announces Transformer Book Duet TD300

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Asus is a company that is not afraid to try new stuff and release weird laptops and phone/tablet hybrids. The new Transformer Book Duet TD300 fits right in with the other weird devices as it is “the world’s first quad-mode dual-operating system laptop and tablet convertible“. Phew.   Basically it allows you to switch between Android and Windows, both in tablet and laptop mode with the push on a button. It comes with a powerful CoreI7 on board giving it tons of power (probably at the expense of some battery time).    Las Vegas, NV (January 6th, 2014) - ASUS today announced Transformer Book Duet (TD300), the world’s first quad-mode, dual-OS laptop and tablet convertible that allows users to switch between Windows and Android in either laptop or tablet modes with just a single push of the Instant Switch button or a virtual key on the tablet. With a powerful Intel® ... Read More »

Daily Roundup: 2014-01-06

Today, Techspot reviews Asrock Z87 Extreme11/ac, Tweaktown previews Asrock Fatal1ty 990FX Killer, Technic3D has EVGA 600B PSU review, Kitguru has Cooler Master Hyper 104 review, techPowerUp has CM Storm Havoc gaming mouse, and more. No related posts. 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 »

Innovega to demo augmented-reality contact lenses at CES

This is some pretty cool tech.   It’s like Google Glass for your eyeball. Inventive startup Innovega plans to show off a high-tech contact lens next week that will float virtual screens filled with information in front of the wearer’s eyes. Called the iOptik system, the two-part system depends on special contact lenses that work as a filter to let the human eye focus simultaneously on things very near and far, using rings that route light in different ways into the retina. Part two is a pair of special glasses fitted with tiny projectors that transmit data forward onto the eyeglass lenses. Read More Here:  Fox News   No related posts. 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 »

Daily Roundup: 2014-01-05

Today, Vortez reviews Intel Core i7-4960X, Legit Reviews has ASUS R9 290X DirectCU II and Sapphire R9 290X Tri-X, Nikktech has Mionix NAOS 8200 gaming mouse, TestFreaks has iStarUSA BPN-2535DE-SA SATA Hot-swap drive cage, and more. No related posts. 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 »

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