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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.  No related posts. 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.  No related posts. Read More »

Intel Core i7 4770K: Haswell and the Z87 Chipset

Intel’s newest offering to the upper mainstream platform is here with the new Haswell. The new i7 4770K and Intel DZ87KLT-75K will show us Intel’s vision for moving the industry forward with better technology and performance. No related posts. Read More »

Zotac GeForce GTX 770

Hot on the heels of the GeForce GTX 780 Nvidia has released a “new” GPU, the GeForce GTX 770. While sharing the name of the GTX 780 it is more of a refresh of the GTX 680 with higher clocks and a lower price. Zotac of course have several GeForce GTX 770-cards ready and in this review we take a look at the Zotac GeForce GTX 770.  No related posts. Read More »

Sapphire Edge HD4

Sapphire has long been known for its AMD graphics offerings but a little known part of their business has to do with their small form factor Edge based systems. Today we look at the Intel Celeron powered Edge HD4. Let’s see what it has to offer! No related posts. Read More »

Zotac GeForce GTX 780

Hot on the heels of the GTX Titan comes the new GTX780 that uses the same type of GPU as we see in the GTX Titan. Zotac of course is one of the companies coming out with their own GTX780 card and we have taken it for a spin to see how it fares compared to the GTX 680 as well as the Zotac GTX Titan AMP! Edition  that we tested earlier this month. No related posts. 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.  No related posts. 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.  No related posts. 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. No related posts. Read More »

XFX R7790 Black Edition 1GB Graphics Card

Today we have the new XFX take on the HD7790 model with the R7790 Black Edition. As some of you may know, “Black Edition” means “overclocked” and a pretty awesome cooler as well, so let’s open this thing up and see what it can do. No related posts. Read More »

Diamond HD7790 Graphics Card

 Diamond delivers on the new 7790 model and we got a chance to see what it has to offer so lets see what this little budget card can do! No related posts. Read More »

Diamond BV750 Low Profile 7750 Graphics Card

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So many times we discount the fact that many people purchase thin profile systems for home usage or even business units. Today Diamond offers a excellent solution for these tiny profile prebuild systems with some decent horsepower and multi-display capability, now lets take a look at what this card can do. No related posts. Read More »

ASUS GTX 650 Ti Boost DCII

ASUS has put outs its variation of the new GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost with the DirectCU II cooler and SAP components. Let’s see what exactly this model has to offer to make it worth your cash. No related posts. 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. No related posts. Read More »

ZOTAC GTX Titan AMP! Edition

Do you think the regular NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan is too slow? Need a bit more speed in that delicious expensive single-GPU package? Then Zotac has just the products for you. The ZOTAC GeForce GTX TITAN AMP! Edition is, according to Zotac at least, the fastest single GPU card and the fastest GTX Titan available right now. While we can’t vouch for that we can tell you that it is a GeForce GTX Titan that has been overclocked almost 10% right out of the box. What does that mean for performance? Well, read on to find out! No related posts. Read More »

ROCCAT Kone XTD

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ROCCAT’s latest mouse, the Kone XTD follows in the footsteps of it’s previous iteration in the professional mouse lineup. Read on to see what’s new.  No related posts. 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. No related posts. Read More »

Starcraft II: Heart of The Swarm

Starcraft has been a running for some time now with its most recent Terran based Starcraft II  “Wings of Liberty” title so we all knew it was only a matter of time until there was more to the story, and today we take a look at just that in the new “Heart of The Swarm” release. No related posts. Read More »

Pivos XIOS DS Media Player Review

Pivos is one of those companies that you might not have ever heard of unless your looking for the specific types of devices they offer. Being a major player in digital media playback and IPTV systems among many more emerging technologies we had heard of them a bit before looking at this unit.  The unit we are looking at today is the Pivos XIOS DS which is a multi function media player based on the Android OS. No related posts. Read More »

Kingston HyperX 10th Anniversary 2400MHz 16GB Memory Kit

Kingston as a whole has been around a long time, but they created the HyperX brand when they realized there were people that wanted to push the limits of their system memory in order to increase performance. That was a long 10 years ago and the kit we have today is a special celebratory kit showing that 10 years has brought the HyperX line a long way. Let’s see what ten years has done and what improvement Kingston can offer from this experience. No related posts. Read More »

ASUS AiCloud: A Fresh Face for Networking

ASUS has had some recent success in the networking side of the industry and much like they do in the motherboard market they are now expanding the network devices to do so much more. This comes to us today to showcase the newest addition in the AiCloud feature so let’s see what it has to offer. No related posts. 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.  No related posts. 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.  No related posts. Read More »

Tt eSPORTS Chao Dracco Headphones

“Tt eSPORTS Chao is about culture, and technology advances this culture to create massive individuality. It’s about fashion. Whether it’s hippies, punk, gothic, or hip-hop, you are Chao. ” – Tt eSPORTS. This is a great aggressive catch line from a relativity new company. Let’s find out if they hold up to it.   No related posts. Read More »

OCZ Vertex 3.20 – Vertex 3 updated to 20nm

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  Today we get a chance to look at OCZ’s newest refresh of the Vertex series with the Vertex 3.20. The update is actually hidden in plain sight as this update utilizes 20nm NAND. Now let’s see what the drive has to offer. No related posts. Read More »

Sapphire HD 7790 1GB Graphics Card – Filling the Gap in Mainstream Performance

 Sapphire is pretty much the lead partner when it comes to AMD graphics cards. With that it was to no surprise that for this launch the first HD7790 I recieved was from Sapphire. This card is meant to fit into the gap between the 7700 series and the 7800 series much like the new model 7870 based off of the Tahiti LE GPU filled in the space between the 7800 and 7900 series. Now lets see exactly what this card has to offer for the mainstream audience. No related posts. Read More »

Kingston V300 120GB, 7mm Slim SSD On a Budget

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  Today we look at the new V300 Drive from Kingston which is a Sandforce based drive pointed at the value segment to get a sub $1/GB drive to the masses, now lets see what this drive has to offer.  [UPDATE 2014-03-03, Kingston has changed the NAND-supplier and thus also controller while keeping the name and the drive no longer performs as before. Please read this article regarding this issue. ]   INTRODUCTION The world of SSD’s is constantly advancing and with that the price has also began to fall as more and more units are manufactured and NAND prices drop making them cheaper to produce. Well Kingston is taking direct aim at the value market with the new V300 series which is below the $1/GB mark and also a great performing drive to top it off. Kingston has taken the reigns with the manufacturing effort as well when it comes to packaging the 19nm NAND and even ... Read More »

Starcraft II Heart of The Swarm Launch Event 3/11/2013 – Irvine, CA

  Blizzard has a special was of not just launching a new game but making it an experience. After being at the Heart of the Swarm event mere years ago I can say this not only stepped up the game but blew it off the map as the new Starcraft II Heart of The Swarm midnight launch was more of a festival or celebration than your standard launch event. No related posts. 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.  No related posts. Read More »

Powercolor HD 7870 Myst Edition

Powercolor has been a lesser-seen name in the GPU market but their primary focus is AMD based GPU’s since their creation in 1997. Today we have the HD7870 MYST Edition card which is based on the new Tahiti LE GPU, so let’s see what what exactly this thing can do. No related posts. Read More »

Thermaltake eSPORTS SHOCK One Gaming Headset

Thermaltake is well-known for their chassis, coolers and power supplies for many years. With their relatively new line, Tt eSports, they are upping the ante by entering into the gaming community. Let’s see how this gaming headset performs.  No related posts. 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.  No related posts. Read More »

GTX TITAN Single Card Performance

Recently Nvidia launched the GTX TITAN which has proven to be a monster of a card and with extreme capabilities for the most demanding enthusiast gamers. Last week, we released a preview. Now, after some time with the card we have some results to show what you can expect from a single TITAN in both 1080p and surround gaming. No related posts. Read More »

GTX TITAN Preview: The beast to unseat the best!

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Nvidia always seems to have a ace or two up their sleeves when it comes to GPU launches and product planning, but this time it looks like they brought a RPG to a knife fight. The GTX TITAN is here and I am ready to take it for a spin, so read on as I introduce Nvidias newest flagship single GPU! No related posts. Read More »

Cyberpower Fangbook: Extreme Gaming Gone Mobile

Cyberpower is a premier high end system builder, with that they have some great options from mild to wild when it comes to system designs and options. Today we have the Fangbook X7-200 which is a new extreme gaming laptop built to make the days of being chained to a desk obsolete. No related posts. 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. No related posts. Read More »

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