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    AMD FX-8370 & FX-8370E Processor Review

      Introduction   We all know the woes AMD and their fans have been dealing with over the last few years so we will not be hashing that topic again. We will instead focus on the updated line for what they are, a place holder. They are designed to hold the intere...
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    Tesoro Tizona G2N Elite Keyboard

    A fully mechanical keyboard that sports a sleek design and caters to gamers who want something uncomplicated, the Tesoro Tizona G2N Elite has some unique features including a detachable and movable numpad, suitable for lefties or righties. That certainly got our atte...
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    Bitfenix Comrade Case Review

    Introduction New APU systems are becoming more popular allowing builders and enthusiasts to build more high demanding systems on a budget. Why not put non-budget builds in a budget minded case? Bitfenix has given us the opportunity to take a look at their Comrade cas...
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    Sapphire R7 250 Ultimate Review

      Introduction: With the release of a new generation of graphics cards there can be so much fan-fare and attention paid to the higher end offerings that lower end models get overlooked. System enthusiasts and hardcore gamers rarely even think of the models that ...
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AMD FX-8370 & FX-8370E Processor Review

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  Introduction   We all know the woes AMD and their fans have been dealing with over the last few years so we will not be hashing that topic again. We will instead focus on the updated line for what they are, a place holder. They are designed to hold the interest of fans, budget shoppers and gamers until further notice. There have been no grand design changes that will suddenly put AMD on top of the performance heap. Instead, this is a product to cover those that have yet to make the switch from an older AM3 or AM3+ CPU or even a lesser CPU in the current AM3+ product stack. There is also a shift in how the FX series chips line up to the competition. We will move right into the overview and benchmarks that cover the new FX-8370 and FX-8370E 8 core CPUs.   Press Release   Introducing AMD FX Optimized for Power and Efficiency Multi-core processing is the future. Game engines are being designed to do more at a time; particle effects, physics calculations, light rays, and shadows are growing progressively more complex by the day. Large-scale computing now relies more on the overall throughput of parallelism than the singular speed of CPU cores. Today, AMD FX-Series CPUs return to push the boundaries of value to the high-performance desktop platform – introducing the speed-optimized 125W AMD FX-8370 and power-optimized 95W AMD FX-8370E and AMD FX-8320E processors. Featuring the “Piledriver” x86 core architecture, all of our new FX solutions feature...


 

DirectX 12 a Big Deal for AMD CPUs?

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Back in 2011, AMD made a bold statement with the release of the FX-8150. Their premise was that single core performance was holding the industry back and that it was time to start trading in single core performance for the more advanced multi-threading performamce. That totally blew up in their face. The end result was a CPU that only out performed the previous gen chip (the Phenom II X6 1100T) in multi-threading benchmarks while suffering a hit in the single-threaded arena. Meanwhile, gaming as well as a vast amount of common applications continued to predominantly use single threads and INTEL garnered the massive lead they have today. But what if AMD was right all along and only jumped the gun a few years too soon? PC & Tech Authority had an interview with Crytek, a major game developer, and the resulting discussion shed some very interesting details on what DirectX 12 could mean for the future of multi-threaded performance. The most interesting statement from Crytek was the fact that Microsoft has been “really keen on listening to developers.” The reason why is that developers are the ones who want to utilize more resources from the CPU by having more multi-threaded support. According to Crytek, the main concern not only to them, but also other developers, is improving throughput from the CPU. They explain that for many years now, the best way to move forward is to go massively parallel. There’s more to the picture than just this one piece, but it ...


G.SKILL DDR4 memory reached DDR4 4GHz

G.SKILL Ripjaws 4 Achieves DDR4 Memory Record at 4004MHz. - On ASUS ROG X99 Rampage V Extreme Motherboard and Intel Core i7-5930K CPU. Taipei, Taiwan – 30 August 2014 – G.SKILL International Co. Ltd., the leading high performance memory designer and manufacturer, is proud to announce breaking the DDR4 memory speed record at 4004MHz extreme frequency. G.SKILL never stops pushing the computing performance to the limits. Over the past few months, G.SKILL has been dedicated to develop the fastest DDR4 memory and test the performance boundary on the latest Intel X99 platform. All the hard work has finally paid off. G.SKILL Ripjaws 4 Series DDR4 memory broke the DDR4 4GHz barrier under LN2 extreme cooling, using the ASUS ROG X99 Rampage V Extreme Motherboard and Intel Core i7-5930K CPU. This incredible score has been validated by CPU-Z. Please refer to the following screenshot: About G.SKILL Established in 1989 by PC hardware enthusiasts, G.SKILL specializes in high performance memory and SSD products, designed for PC gamers and enthusiasts around the world. Combining technical innovation and rock solid quality through our in-house testing lab and talented R&D team, G.SKILL continues to create record-breaking memory for each generation of hardware and hold the no. 1 brand title in overclocking memory


Tesoro Tizona G2N Elite Keyboard

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A fully mechanical keyboard that sports a sleek design and caters to gamers who want something uncomplicated, the Tesoro Tizona G2N Elite has some unique features including a detachable and movable numpad, suitable for lefties or righties. That certainly got our attention, so we had to test drive the Tizona G2N Elite firsthand. Let's delve a bit deeper and see if the Tizona G2N Elite can stand out in a widening field of mechanical keyboards.


 

NVIDIA GTX 980 and 970 Rumored for September Launch

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A lot of news has been revolving around AMD and INTEL releasing new products while NVIDIA has been sitting silently in the background. Thankfully, rumors are starting to come out that should be pulling them out of their shell. While the details are still pretty sketchy, it’s beginning to look like NVIDIA is skipping the 800 series desktop nomenclature entirely and introducing the GTX 980 with the GTX 970 in September. The most interesting thing about this is the decision to skip the 800 series name scheme. I get particularly intrigued by the marketing techniques because it shows how intense the GPU war is. The most common sense reason for this is to avoid confusion with consumers in that NVIDIA is also releasing their 900 series mobile GPUs and both chips are using the same underlying architecture. On the other hand, it also sounds like NVIDIA was able to jump ahead making these offerings seem that much more advanced to what AMD is releasing right now and what NVIDIA currently has on the market. Of course without specifications or performance, this could be nothing more than keen marketing. Either way consumers could subconsciously think that the architecture has taken a dramatic leap when, in reality, the GPU should be based around the same designs that brought us the GTX 750 Ti not that long ago. Whether or not these GPUs merit the 900 series badge or not, the exciting news is we’re finally going to see what high end Maxwell is all about. The notorious proble...


Bitfenix Comrade Case Review

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Introduction New APU systems are becoming more popular allowing builders and enthusiasts to build more high demanding systems on a budget. Why not put non-budget builds in a budget minded case? Bitfenix has given us the opportunity to take a look at their Comrade case, and not just one but two! These cases were designed strictly for budget builds; while they don’t offer the opportunity for major expansions or the room for a high end system, they can still hold up to 6 hard drives and support graphic cards up to 30cm in length. During our test builds, we’ll be building a low end APU system as well as stuffing a “Gamers dream PC” into these cases to determine just how much we can get away with. Before we get started filling up these cases, let’s take a closer look at the build quality and features we have to work with. Focused on combining superior design with the latest advances in technology, BitFenix creates state-of-the-art computer hardware and peripherals that blur the line between man and machine. Users shouldn’t have to adjust themselves to the way their hardware works. So, we strive to put the user in complete control of his hardware, so that it functions as an extension of his will, and not as another variable he has to compensate for. In the heat of battle, the user should not have to worry about the state of his equipment, which is why BitFenix products are engineered to perform under even the most extreme conditions. No matter how...


 

Sapphire R7 250 Ultimate Review

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  Introduction: With the release of a new generation of graphics cards there can be so much fan-fare and attention paid to the higher end offerings that lower end models get overlooked. System enthusiasts and hardcore gamers rarely even think of the models that can’t crank out maximum FPS or look awesome in a huge water cooled system. Some may be surprised to know there are GPUs for everyday people and entry level gaming. Shocking isn’t it? The vast majority of GPUs are of the integrated type, sold within the CPU/APU. Research has shown 50% of these IGP (Integrated Graphics Processors) go unused in favor of more robust discrete solutions. That is what we will be looking into today, a discrete solution that can offer more graphical prowess than any integrated solution. Its other defining characteristic is that it can do this in total silence. We are referring to the Sapphire R7 250 Ultimate silent GPU. Specs: Display Support 3 x Maximum Display Monitor(s) support Output 1 x HDMI (with 3D) 1 x DisplayPort 1.2 1 x Dual-Link DVI-I GPU 800 MHz Core Clock 28 nm Chip 512 x Stream Processors Video Memory 1024 MB Size 128 -bit GDDR5 4.5 MHz Effective Dimension 185(L)X120(W)X50(H) mm Size. 2 x slot Software Driver CD   Innovation, performance and value for money have always made SAPPHIRE the supplier of choice for enthusiast graphics. SAPPHIRE was the first company to introduce fanless silent cooling solutions based on heatpipe technology and continues to offer...


 

Scythe presents Kama Thermo 3 Thermometer with two temperature sensors and aluminum chassis

Scythe presents Kama Thermo 3 Thermometer with two temperature sensors and aluminum chassis 25.08.2014, Oststeinbek (Germany) – Japanese cooling-expert Scythe announces the third version of its Kama Thermo thermometer, featuring two individual temperature channel. Unlike its predecessors, new Kama Thermo 3 comes in a solid aluminum chassis, which benefits the sturdiness and lifetime. The Kama Thermo 3 comes with a built-in screen, which displays the temperature values of two individual temperature sensors both in degrees Celsius and degrees Fahrenheit. Depending on the application, users are able to connect one or two temperature sensors on the rear side of the thermometer. Scythe offers an alternative power source, by adding a USB connector to the rear side of Kama Thermo 3. The alternative power source activates the blue screen illumination in addition. The backlight is deactivated when used with the integrated Button-Cell Battery, in order to allow a long-term stand-alone operation of the thermometer.   Scythe Kama Thermo 3 – Product Page Scythe Kama Thermo 3 – Data Sheet About Scythe Scythe is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of CPU coolers, graphic card coolers, fans, fan controllers, power supplies, cases and other PC accessories. Operating since November 2002, is headquartered in Tokyo (Japan) and has offices in Oststeinbek (Germany) and Taipei (Taiwan). Scythe Kama Thermo 3 suits many different applications from measurement of temperatu...


Inside the ECS Press Event

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LIVE & LIVA ECS (EliteGroup Computer Systems) recently held what they titled the “LIVE, LIVA, LEAD, L337″ press event in San Jose to unveil some new products and to discuss the future of ECS. PureOverclock was one of the lucky few to be invited to attend this event. One of the main products ECS seemed to be most proud of and focused a large amount of their attention to was the LIVA mini PC Kit. LIVA is one of the smallest fully functional PCs capable of running Windows 8.1 I have seen. There are a few models available based on color (Black or White) and Drive space size(32GB or 64GB). The plan is to install the OS and a few other apps on the internal non upgradeable drive and use an external drive for storage, either a USB flash drive or an external Hard drive. I/O options starting from the left are a micro USB for power, Realtek RTL8111G 10/100/1000LAN, USB 2.0, USB 3.0, HDMI and VGA. The tiny passively cooled pc is powered by the 64bit Intel Bay Trail-M N2807 1.58GHz Celeron processor with 2GB DDR3L memory. LIVA is fully capable of pushing dual displays as well. Within the kit is a M.2 WiFi 802.11a/b/g/n + Bluetooth 4.0 card that needs to be installed during assembly. Hey look it is everyone’s favorite song! Let’s sing along! Just kidding please don’t! ECS setup the LIVA to support Karaoke with dual microphones and HD video playback. I will be experimenting with my own LIVA over the coming days to see what I can really do with it. Window...


 

G.SKILL Officially Announces Ripjaws 4 Series DDR4 Memory Kits

G.SKILL Officially Announces Ripjaws 4 Series DDR4 Memory Kits Extreme Speed Available Up to DDR4 3200MHz  Taipei, Taiwan – 22 August 2014 – G.SKILL International Co., Ltd., the leading high performance memory designer and manufacturer, reveals the long awaited next generation Ripjaws 4 series DDR4 memory kits! Featuring all new redesigned heatspreaders in three different colors, high performance frequencies, high capacity, DDR4 quad-channel ready, and ultra low voltages, the Ripjaws 4 series is all the benefits of DDR4 rolled into one sleek package.  Extreme Performance  from 2133MHz to 3200MHz!! With a standard of 2133MHz, DDR4 is the next generation definition of performance. Also available in 2400MHz, 2666MHz, 2800MHz, 3000MHz, and 3200MHz, the starting lineup is continuing where DDR3 left off. With capacities starting at 16GB (4GBx4), 32GB (8GBx4 / 4GBx8) and 64GB (8GBx8), your new X99 platform will have more memory space to do what you need it to do. That’s not all! Ripjaws 4 also has an ultra low voltage rating of 1.2V for kits under 2800MHz and 1.35V for 3000/3200MHz!    XMP 2.0 Support on Next Gen Intel® X99 Quad Channel Platforms Sometimes, simplicity is best. Ripjaws 4 series memory kits above 2400MHz support Intel XMP 2.0 for automatic and trouble-free tuning. Working closely with the major performance motherboard partners, Ripjaws 4 series DDR4 memory are validated for compatibility with most upcoming X99 motherboards with a series of rigorous test...





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