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    HIS R9 380 IceQ X2 Review

    Today we're looking at the HIS R9 380 IceQ X2, a card that boasts a custom heatsink and a factory overclock, offering strong gaming values for consumers on a modest budget. With a reasonable price tag of $225, it sounds pretty good so far. Let's get this card on the...
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    Gigabyte X99-SLI Motherboard Review

    Introduction We are starting to see more and more Intel X99 series motherboards hit the market. The X99 series wasn’t designed to be a budget series platform, but that doesn’t mean it can’t fit into other marketing segments as well. There are many...
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    Azio MGK1 Mechanical Keyboard and EXO1 Mouse Review

    We're looking at the Azio EXO1 mouse and MGK1 mechanical illuminated keyboard, two devices that seem very capable on their own. However, when used together, the matching gunmetal finish and white illumination speak volumes for sleek aesthetics. Hey, we love innovati...
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    Deepcool Assassin II CPU Cooler Review

    Introduction When it comes to the CPU Cooling market, we know that there are lots of choices out there. But with so many options, how do we know which one is the right one? There are many aspects to choosing the right cooler for you. First, you need to look at what&...
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HIS R9 380 IceQ X2 Review


Today we're looking at the HIS R9 380 IceQ X2, a card that boasts a custom heatsink and a factory overclock, offering strong gaming values for consumers on a modest budget. With a reasonable price tag of $225, it sounds pretty good so far. Let's get this card on the bench and take a closer look.


Connectivity hub – Philips Monitor Stand and Universal Dock in One

Connectivity hub: Philips Monitor Stand and Universal Dock in One Caompatible with VESA-compliant 19-inch to 28-inch monitors Integrated Ethernet for Internet connection USB 3.0 hub gives notebooks instant one-cable access to office peripherals Amsterdam, 30 July, 2015 – MMD, the leading technology company and brand license partner for Philips Monitors, announces all-in-one simplicity for desks everywhere. With the brand new Philips USB Docking Stand, users simply attach their notebook via USB cable, and lock their preferred VESA-compliant display into place. The result: easy access to all the office peripherals and the Internet via a single, superfast USB 3.0 connection. Completed by a Philips monitor, the stand combines these productivity and convenience gains with an excellent viewing experience. More connections, less clutter The brand-new Philips SB4B1928UB USB Docking Stand consists of a stylish, ergonomic stand that users can pair with a new Philips display of their choice, or any display they already have, provided it is VESA-compliant (100 x 100 hole pattern). With support for screens from 19 to 28 inches (48 to 71 cm), the new docking stand gives users greater flexibility for choosing (and swapping) displays. The stand is a good fit for the latest ultra-thin notebooks preferred by mobile business professionals who work at multiple locations. Offsetting the major drawback of the lighter thinner notebooks – their limited choice of connectors – the new doc...

ADATA Launches the HD720 Rugged External Hard Drive

ADATA Launches the HD720 Rugged External Hard Drive Large Capacity for Savoring the Biggest Adventures Taipei, Taiwan – July 30, 2015 – ADATA® Technology, a leading manufacturer of high performance DRAM modules and NAND Flash products, today launched the HD720 ruggedized USB 3.0 external hard drive. Featuring a sporty design, the HD720 has been crafted for travelers and users that demand the most durable portable storage. Highly robust, it meets strict dust, water, and shock resistance requirements and ships in several capacities up to 2TB. Whether on an adventurous personal journey or on tough duty assignment, users gain access to durable and easy to use storage with the HD720. Multiple Protection Fronts The HD720 complies with strict IEC/EN 60529 IP68 specifications and requirements. This means the unit offers complete dust tight protection for stable and long-lasting operation in particulate-infused environments. Unlike standard external drives, the HD720 does not require special care in terms of dust-proofing, so both travelers and professionals can use it worry-free. Certification also means the HD720 is rated for up to 120 minutes of submersion in water at a depth of up to 2m. Hence even a drop into a body of water will not disrupt a cherished trip or a vital work task. ADATA has also designed the HD720 to surpass the already-tough MIL-STD-810G 516.6 drop test: the drive can easily survive sudden and violent crashes and drops from as high as 1.8m, whereas the st...

AOC gaming monitors at gamescom – Premium displays for the latest games

  Premium displays for the latest games: AOC gaming monitors at gamescom Modern technology for a gaming experience without lag, stutter or screen tearing: the AOC G2460PG with NVIDIA® G-SYNC™ technology Amsterdam, 30 July 2015 – AOC will once again be present at gamescom with selected gaming monitor models. From 5 to 9 August, visitors of the leading trade show for interactive games in Cologne, Germany, can try out the AOC G2460PQU/BR and AOC G2460PG at the booths of selected cooperation partners. Both models offer super-smooth gameplay thanks to a 144 Hz refresh rate and 1 ms response time. In the past years, AOC has established itself as one of the leading providers of dedicated gaming displays. New models with other advanced technologies such as AMD FreeSync™ will follow later this year. Gamers get together At the gamescom event, which attracted over 335,000 visitors last year, AOC will showcase its AOC G2460PQU/BR and AOC G2460PG gaming monitor models at the booths of selected cooperation partners. These include hardware reseller Caseking (hall 8.1, booth A051), global eSports tournament organiser World Cyber Arena (hall 5.2, booth B010), game developer Icebird Studios (hall 10.1, booth B060) as well as hardware manufacturer Corsair and game developer Gaijin Entertainment (business areas). The ideal displays for smooth gaming Both AOC Gaming monitor models showcased at these locations boast a high refresh rate of 144 Hz and an extremely short response time of j...

Benchmarking on Windows 10 with Futuremark benchmarks

Benchmarking on Windows 10 with Futuremark benchmarks As Windows 10 rolls out today, I’d like to share the latest status on our benchmarks’ compatibility with the new OS. In summary, all currently supported Futuremark benchmarks except PCMark Vantage are compatible with Windows 10 provided you have the latest version of our SystemInfo component installed, (download it here). 3DMark, 3DMark 11, 3DMark Vantage and Powermark all work fine with Windows 10. PCMark 8 is compatible with Windows 10 but we have seen some problems with the Photo Editing test on select NVIDIA hardware, possibly related to drivers. NVIDIA has been notified, but we don’t have a workaround at this time. PCMark 7 is compatible with Windows 10 but seems to have the occasional stability issue on some configurations. We’re not yet sure of the cause, but we’re looking into it. PCMark Vantage is not compatible and will not be supported on Windows 10. You’ll find the latest Windows 10 compatibility information on our website: http://www.futuremark.com/benchmarks/windows10

3D XPoint Memory isn’t the Storage we Deserve, but the Storage we Need

INTEL and MICRON held a press conference yesterday and revealed something that could potentially turn the storage world upside down. The average gaming system benefits immensely from a single good performance SSD, but in the case of Big Data, storage is still the major bottleneck of being able to process information at higher rates. However, if 3D XPoint Memory really does work at 1000X the speed of NAND Flash with 10X the capacity of DRAM, storage could be taking a huge turning point within the next year or two. This isn’t first time we’ve heard of some crazy fast technology being worked on with the potential to change the market. For instance, graphene keeps hitting the headlines but even just a working sample is still a long ways away and could potentially never materialize. What’s different about the INTEL/MICRON press conference is this technology is going to be ready to sample towards the end of this year. MICRON even showcased a chip wafer that was already fabricated. Based on what was said, the initial technology can hold 128 Gb per die across two memory layers. It’s hard to picture exactly how this will turn out just yet but if multiple dies can be added to one device, similar to the way multiple NAND chips are combined on an SSD, we might see 1 Tb + devices pretty quickly. 3D XPoint is in it’s early stages but future generations can increase the memory layers and lithographic pitch scaling for higher capacities. This is some pretty h...

G.SKILL Conquers 4000MHz Speed Barrier and Releases New Trident Z and Ripjaws V Series DDR4 Memory

G.SKILL Conquers 4000MHz Speed Barrier and Releases New Trident Z and Ripjaws V Series DDR4 Memory Designed for 6th Gen Intel Core Processors    Taipei, Taiwan (29 July 2015) – G.SKILL International Enterprise Co., Ltd., the world’s leading manufacturer of extreme performance memory, solid state storage, power supplies, and gaming peripherals, is extremely thrilled to announce the first retail memory kit to break through the 4000MHz barrier and two brand new memory series – the Trident Z and Ripjaws V series – with updated performance specifications designed for the latest 6th generation Intel Core Processors and Z170 motherboards!   Trident Z Extreme DDR4 Memory – It’s Over 4000! The new Trident Z DDR4 memory is the successor to the high-end Trident memory series and making its debut on the latest DDR4 standard, designed and tested for the next generation Skylake-S platform! For the first time in the history of extreme memory kits, Trident Z is entering the arena with a 4000MHz memory kit, built with highest-end Samsung IC memory chips and validated on the ASRock Z170 OC Formula motherboard. Featuring a single-piece design that allows direct heat dissipation from heatspreader to cooling fin, dual-color construction for the ultimate system builds, and extreme XMP 2.0 support for simple overclocking setup that ranges from DDR4-2800MHz all the way to DDR4-4000MHz, nothing else comes close to the brink of extreme. Built with exceptionally hand-screened IC chips...


THE MIONIX CASTOR – FIVE FINGERS, THREE GRIP STYLES, ONE MOUSE For the first time, a mouse caters all grip styles alike. Named for one of the brightest stars in the night sky, this 6-button, multi-color optical gaming mouse is crafted especially for right-handed gamers with dedicated ring and pinkie finger grooves and enhanced rubber grip. With its unique shape and the outstanding technical performance it is setting a new standard in ergonomic comfort and gaming performance. The Castor truly is a fine piece of craftsmanship. Pre-order now by hitting the button below and secure yourself one of the first units worldwide – we are shipping in September! Pre-order now

Fury X Overclocking Failing to Meet Expectations

When Fury X first released, overclocking was abysmal, but that wasn’t any surprise once it was pointed out that voltage control wasn’t being supported yet. Now however, TechPowerUp seems to have found a breakthrough in the voltage control and plans on releasing software soon for other users. The bad news is, it doesn’t look like AMD understands the phrase “overclocker’s dream” when it comes to Fiji overclocking. To begin with, TechPowerUp was able to get a good 60 MHz extra out of the HBM. That isn’t a bad number considering how fresh the technology is and since AMD wasn’t bragging about memory overclocking, it’s a nice bonus. The problem is how little the GPU itself was able to be pushed. The most they could get out of it was an extra 165 MHz while remaining stable. When you do the math, that’s only slightly over a 15% overclock. The good news was that temperatures still remained great, but the power draw on the system raised exponentially. All considering, the extra energy needed only amounted to roughly a 5 FPS gain in gaming. Some minor tweaks in voltage would be fine if you wanted to reach stability but overall, there doesn’t seem to be a worthwhile benefit to pushing the Fury X to the max. Check out the link below to see the scaling in more detail. There’s really no way to spin this in a positive light. AMD really dropped the ball by claiming that Fury X would be a “overclocker’s d...

Gigabyte X99-SLI Motherboard Review


Introduction We are starting to see more and more Intel X99 series motherboards hit the market. The X99 series wasn’t designed to be a budget series platform, but that doesn’t mean it can’t fit into other marketing segments as well. There are many users who don’t feel right spending $500+ on a motherboard, but are okay with something in between this price and the low-end/budget models. Now that this platform has had its time to mature, manufacturers are releasing a range of X99 motherboards to meet the demands of all types of consumers. We have a wide variety, from high end enthusiast boards to the more basic motherboards. Today, we have a chance to take a look at a Gigabyte X99 motherboard that meets “mid range” description perfectly: the Gigabyte X99-SLI. This motherboard is designed with quite a few bells and whistles, but with a more moderate price. Let’s dive in and take a closer look…   About Gigabyte: GIGABYTE was founded in 1986, establishing our uncontested position in continuous technological innovation. By focusing on key technologies and achieving strict quality standards, GIGABYTE has been regarded as an innovative and trusted motherboard leader in the globe. To keep pace in a rapidly changing world, we have offered a comprehensive product line covering Motherboards, Graphics Cards, PC Components, PC Peripherals, Laptops, Slate Devices, Desktop PCs, Network Communications, Servers and Mobile Phones. W...


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