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    Samsung 850 EVO 2TB Review

    Large capacity SSDs are rather rare, but the Samsung 830 EVO 2TB is without equal in the marketplace. It's fast out of the box, but Samsung has something very special under the hood: RAPID Mode. As you'll see, RAPID Mode is unlike anything you've seen before, promis...
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    Nixeus NX-VUE24 24″ FreeSync 144Hz Gaming Monitor Review

    Introduction AMD FreeSync is a topic that has been buzzing around lately and has sparked some major debates over the web. While we’re not here to debate FreeSync over G-Sync and vise-versa, we are here to talk about what FreeSync can bring to the table. In rece...
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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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World First: QNAP Launches Thunderbolt NAS TVS-871T, Introducing DAS/NAS/iSCSI SAN Triple Solution for 4K Workflows

World First: QNAP Launches Thunderbolt NAS TVS-871T, Introducing DAS/NAS/iSCSI SAN Triple Solution for 4K Workflows Taipei, Taiwan, August 24, 2015 – QNAP® Systems, Inc. today announced the world’s first Thunderbolt™ 2 Turbo vNAS TVS-871T that features 20Gbps bandwidth, 4K video capable Thunderbolt 2, and compatibility with the Thunderbolt-ready storage expansion enclosures TX-500P and TX-800P. With the high transfer speed of DAS and the convenient accessibility of NAS, the TVS-871T is an extremely flexible and efficient storage solution for creative media professionals looking to streamline large 4K video and design workflows. “The TVS-871T tackles the most common bottleneck for 4K workflows: I/O speed and storage.” said David Tsao, product manager of QNAP. “It provides unmatched performance for high-resolution file storage and I/O-intensive tasks to increase working productivity focusing more on 4K or 3D workflows.” Powered by a high-performance Intel® Haswell processor with options including Core™ i5 and Core™ i7, the 8-bay TVS-871T not only features Thunderbolt 2 technology but also has dual 10GbE ports giving incredible flexibility to deliver incredible performance. It can simultaneously run general Ethernet services in addition to the Thunderbolt 2 network, completely independently and with no bandwidth interference. With dual Thunderbolt 2 ports available, users can flexibly arrange their workstation connections with the T...


Samsung 850 EVO 2TB Review

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Large capacity SSDs are rather rare, but the Samsung 830 EVO 2TB is without equal in the marketplace. It's fast out of the box, but Samsung has something very special under the hood: RAPID Mode. As you'll see, RAPID Mode is unlike anything you've seen before, promising astonishing performance increases. Buckle up and let's take a closer look at the Samsung EVO 2TB and see just what this supersized SSD can do.


 

The GTX 950 Review that Matters

I’ve been a long time League of Legends player. I’m one of those silver scrubs who likes to play competitively, tries to get to gold, but ultimately just uses LoL as an excuse to hang with his friends. League has had it’s moments for me, but ultimately, the game is too time constraining and frustrating for me to actually get anywhere. Then Heroes of the Storm happened. I found such a perfect blend of competitiveness combined with a schedule friendly match system, that I haven’t touched League for a good month or two now. So when I heard the GTX 950 was the go-to card for MOBA games, imagine my surprise when nobody was measuring frame rates in MOBA games. (Especially since they’re free!) Thankfully, I finally found a review that focused on MOBAs and I have to say, the GTX 950 is looking like a nice little card. Hardware Heaven posted a review on several GTX 950 cards and personally, outside of skipping the overclock section, I think they nailed it. First off, they highlighted the pipeline advantage. Basically, NVIDIA optimized the render path so that the delay is cut nearly in half. This should lead to a smoother overall gaming experience but should also help reduce latency and that’s important in competitive games. Whether or not that drop in latency is actually noticeable, the frame rates on the various MOBAs are looking good. The only game that the GTX 950 lagged behind an R7 370 in is DOTA 2: Reborn. The other MOBAs on the list gave...


Nixeus NX-VUE24 24″ FreeSync 144Hz Gaming Monitor Review

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Introduction AMD FreeSync is a topic that has been buzzing around lately and has sparked some major debates over the web. While we’re not here to debate FreeSync over G-Sync and vise-versa, we are here to talk about what FreeSync can bring to the table. In recent years, we have been hearing about nVidia’s G-Sync technology and its benefits, and we have seen many rave reviews and tests with a G-Sync Monitor, but it seemed that AMD was left behind in this arena while nVidia seemed to have capitalized on the G-Sync Technology. However, with the recent technology advances from AMD’s graphics line up and the team up with VESA, we are now seeing AMD FreeSync displays and graphics cards showing up in the market, and we love to see competition. Not only does this leave room for a competitive market, but now this also gives AMD fans a hand in the technology. Although they don’t exactly perform the same way, they both have the same concept in mind. We will go over the AMD FreeSync technology in just a little bit. In the meantime… we bring you the new Nixeus 24″ FreeSync 144Hz Gaming Display review. The Nixeus brand is not as mainstream as some of the other popular brands like ASUS, BenQ or even Acer, but they are hitting the market strong with their new AMD FreeSync enabled display. We were one of the few lucky sites that were able to get our hands on an initial engineer sample of the Nixeus 24″ FreeSync 144Hz Gaming Display. This is our...


 

Reeven Okeanos CPU Cooler Review

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Introduction Reeven is a fairly new company that has been trying to prove it has what it takes in the computer hardware industry. I’ve already reviewed two products from them and both were incredibly good considering how new the company is. They also offer products that I felt were preferential to anything else on the market. Reeven is trying to do something special here and I feel like the Okeanos CPU cooler will help us unfold more of what their end game is going to be. However, the dual tower CPU cooler market is very competitive and even if a product shows that it can handle the heat, there has to be some very compelling reasons to make it the clear winner for a person’s system. Does the Reeven Okeanos have what it takes? We’ll find out soon enough, but first, let’s get a refresher about who Reeven is. REEVEN is a newly established international manufacturer of PC related products. REEVEN’s product lines includes the best quality of advanced CPU coolers, Cooling Fans,PC Cases and many other items. the target of our products will be a wide range of audience under our philosophy “Professional Quality Gears”, for products that will withstand the highest demand I still can’t place my finger on what “Professional Quality Gears” means exactly. The world may never know.


 

The EK-Predator, Because it Feasts on Heat

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We’ve seen quite a few AIO coolers hit the market in recent years. Scratch that! We’ve seen a BUNCH of AIO coolers hit the market in recent years. Actually, let me try this again. We’ve seen an ASTRONOMICALLY HUGE AMOUNT of AIO coolers hit the market in recent years. Whether or not you think that’s an over exaggeration, the fact remains that many companies have tried to make their mark in the liquid cooling market. The problem is, very few coolers actually come close to accomplishing what a decent custom loop can do. However, that may begin to change because EK is deciding to try their hand at the AIO market, and they look like they’re doing it right. EK is going to have two variants of the Predator AIO Cooling unit, the 240 and 360. As you can already guess, one has a 240mm rad with the other running a 360mm rad. Normally, a 240mm might be a little small for expanding, but considering how thick the radiator is on this unit, adding a GPU or VRM heatsink to the loop should be just fine. With the 360mm I’m sure there will be plenty of cooling for some more extra components and adding radiators or reservoirs down the road should be a snap. This AIO is more of a cooling kit than it is an AIO, but at this point that is exactly why it seems like it will perform so good. Taking it from the level of an AIO though, let’s look at why it is the kind of unit that we should really consider buying. The pump and reservoir on the end of the radi...


DeepCool Gamer Storm TF120 Fan Review

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Introduction If computer hardware had a trifecta, then a perfect score would be in the categories of performance, aesthetics and cost. It would be safe to say that you can usually score high in two categories, but you probably won’t get lucky with finding something that excels in all three. Costs aside, finding hardware that looks excellent while maintaining great performance can be hard as well. Today, DEEPCOOL has a new series of fans that look excellent for any gaming rig, but the real question is how well the 2-layer blade design will work in comparison to the old school single blade design. We’ll find out how the Gamer Storm TF120 does soon enough but first, let’s hear a word about the company behind the new design. Deepcool was founded with the mission of providing the best performance and humanized thermal solutions for worldwide customers. Established in 1996, headquartered in Beijing, factory was established in Shen Zhen, Deepcool originally produced desktop, server coolers and cooling accessories. With the rapid development of personal computers, Deepcool expanded the business into AIO liquid cooling products, chassis, power supplies.. Deepcool has built up its distribution network in about seventy countries all over the globe, by which end-users can purchase Deepcool products online or in their nearest local stores. With more and more media exposure and publication, such as awards from renowned websites and magazines like Tom’s Hardware, Tec...


 

Does Skylake Interest You? Here’s a Round-up of Z170 Motherboards

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Introduction Do you remember back in the good ole days when a new processor would release, there would only be maybe 2-3 high end motherboards you’d have to choose from? Well those days are so far gone that now there is a figurative ocean of great motherboards to wade through in order to find the right one, and that’s a great thing. Even I’ve been a tad shocked at the shear number of new releases that have come out with Skylake and the Z170 chipset. Unfortunately, life isn’t going to permit me to bring you an exhaustive list of every Z170 motherboard that’s out or coming soon, but I will give you a pretty comprehensive list of the boards that you should be looking out for. The way I worked through this is I decided to pick out the top of the line boards that I feel are doing things right. The competition is looking great and while I can’t make a decision for anyone, I can help pool some of the info I’ve been gathering to try and help you make a good choice. What’s nice is even if these top tier boards are out of your budget range, there are plenty of other options abroad that will most likely suit you. Generally, if a high tier board is performing well and breaking records, you have a pretty good bet that others are going to come pretty close to the same performance. The one manufacturer I couldn’t bring myself to add to this list is EVGA. They just seem to pale in comparison to what the other companies are doing. So ...


Corsair adds RGB to Everything and it Looks Great

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There’s no denying that I’m a sucker for lighting effects and I believe that RGB lighting is the best thing ever to happen to everything. We just started seeing manufacturers using RGB in motherboards and now Corsair announced a full lineup of RGB accessories at Gamescom. It looks like they’ll have lighting effects that will span across their keyboards, headsets and mice plus, it seems like Corsair and Cherry got together to design a new MX Silent Key switch for the new keyboards. The new keyboard series from Corsair is called the Strafe RGB. It’s essentially the K series of keyboards with RGB lighting and the K70 looks like the perfect keyboard to me. There’s also the K95 and K65 but another great feature is the full key rollover on each model to guarantee 100% anti-ghosting performance. There isn’t much info on the new Cherry MX Silent switches, but I’m sure we’ll be seeing some reviews on those soon enough. Next on the list is the Void RGB series which includes various schemes of Dolby 7.1 capable headsets. These come in a variety of color choices as well as giving the option of being wired or wireless. The Void will also come with a stereo analog variant, but that one doesn’t have the RGB lighting. Finally, the Scimitar RGB gaming mouse was unveiled and there was a really good feature on this one that makes a ton of sense. The mouse has a number pad on the side and while that isn’t anything new, Corsair ...


INTEL Skylake Releases with Mixed Emotions

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The long wait for Skylake is finally over and reviews are beginning to pour in. Unfortunately, the hype train was going full throttle on this release and even INTEL gave what seems to be some slightly unrealistic expectations. It’s pretty hard to come to a solid conclusion on the i7-6700K. There are some really good features but there are also some very lackluster improvements to take into consideration. Overall, I think the release is pretty solid and I’ll try to highlight what I’m picking up from the reviews but ultimately, it’s up to the end user to make the best decision based on individual circumstances as to whether to upgrade or not. My first impression of Skylake was pretty bland. When comparing to last year’s Devil’s Canyon launch, there isn’t enough performance gains to merit a subtle nod, let alone an upgrade. When following some of the graphics performance to that of the recent Broadwell release, we see much of the same story. It’s the comparison to Sandybridge that makes Skylake more interesting. Now, I know what you’re thinking but hear me out. Sandybridge was the latest architecture from INTEL that really turned heads. The IPC improvements were huge and what really sold enthusiasts on the chip was the great overclocking headroom. With decent cooling, 4.7 or 4.8 GHz was a very realistic possibility. As newer iterations of the architecture came out, headroom also decreased. What people were finding out ...





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