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    DXRacer Formula Gaming Chair Review (OH/FE57/NG)

    Introduction Today we are going to be touching on a subject that we don’t hear too often when it comes to building that special gaming/workstation PC. It’s often an accessory that gets lost in a conversation about hardware and accessories, but believe it...
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    Gigabyte GTX 960 G1 Gaming Review

    The Gigabyte GTX 960 G1 Gaming is the graphics card we're looking at today, and it's latest in the company's popular model series, coming with updated features for the namesake cooler. We've been impressed in the past with Windforce graphics cards, and we suspect thi...
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    be quiet! – Pure Rock CPU Cooler Review

    Introduction Over the last few years, be quiet! has developed quite a reputation for quality and performance. Now be quiet! offers quite a line up products from CPU Coolers, fans and even power supplies. Like their name implies, they have been praised because of ho...
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    Cougar 200K Scissor Gaming Keyboard

    Today we're looking at the Cougar 200K Illuminated gaming keyboard, an affordable board that sports rather smart styling and a couple of interesting features, such as lighting effects and anti-ghosting technology. We often see such features on expensive keyboards, bu...
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Samsung 850 EVO mSATA & M.2 SSD Review

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Many moons ago there was an article based on solid state memory and how it would change everything we do, if they could get it to work correctly. Many were amazed at the thought of drives having no moving parts, a major reduction in size and energy consumption. There were many factors that prevented these early SSDs from being a viable replacement to platter drives, MTBF, speed, capacity and of course cost being the most prominent.


 

BE QUIET! Silent Base 800 Review

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Introduction People often think the PSU is the most overlooked computer piece in a build, but the case is far easier to overlook than you might think. Sure, you need to have plenty of wattage to future proof upgrades, but nothing can cramp that custom loop dream quicker than a case that didn’t have quite enough room to fit the radiator above your motherboard. BE QUIET! decided it was time to try and break into the computer chassis market while staying true to their values of silent computing. While the Silent Base 800 already appears to have the proper design to help reduce noise, the real question is whether this case will be able to offer room for high end computer parts combined with advanced cooling. We’ll dive right in here in a sec, but before we do that, let’s take a closer look at the company behind the Silent Base 800.   About BE QUIET!: BE QUIET! Is a premium brand manufacturer of power supplies and cooling solutions for your desktop PC. The Number 1 for power supplies in Germany BE QUIET! Products are convincing which is proved by reaching and defending the market leadership in PSU business in Germany since 2006 *. This is validated and accompanied by numerous awards for both power supplies and cooling solutions. Repeated winner: Manufacturer of the year BE QUIET! is awarded for eight times in a row as “Manufacturer of the Year” in the power supply category by the readers of the well-known German hardware magazine PC Games Hardware...


 

DXRacer Formula Gaming Chair Review (OH/FE57/NG)

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Introduction Today we are going to be touching on a subject that we don’t hear too often when it comes to building that special gaming/workstation PC. It’s often an accessory that gets lost in a conversation about hardware and accessories, but believe it or not, many of us don’t think about how critical this piece of equipment or accessory can be. What is this you say? We call it “that office chair.” Now… when we talk about office chairs, the first thought that comes to mind is: Oh it’s that thing you sit in for hours at a time. But do we really think about how important it can be? If you really think about it, this should be a critical piece of equipment we should think about. For many of us that spend hours at a time in front of the computer, comfort and support can be very important as it helps you do the work you need to do without making you feeling achy or tired. While most standard office chairs can do the job, often times they are not the most comfortable. If you are looking for a comfortable office chair, you could spend a few hundred dollars to get one of the better brands, but it’s still just another boring office chair. How about we take an office chair, spruce it up it a bit and provide that extra support? Now that’s something that sounds interesting. Today… we are going to be looking at an office chair with a unique design and flare. We’d like to introduce to you the DXRacer Formula Gaming ...


 

Gigabyte GTX 960 G1 Gaming Review

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The Gigabyte GTX 960 G1 Gaming is the graphics card we're looking at today, and it's latest in the company's popular model series, coming with updated features for the namesake cooler. We've been impressed in the past with Windforce graphics cards, and we suspect this new one will be no different. It's constructed in metal rather than plastic, and comes with an aggressive factory overclock and a few great features such as ShadowPlay, Adaptive Temperature Control, and GPU Boost clocks. Suffice it to say, we're rather excited to get this card on the bench.


 

High-Rely DeltaSync File-Level Backup Technology Introduced

High-Rely DeltaSync File-Level Backup Technology Introduced NetSwap and RAIDFrame Firmware Update Adds Important New Speed-Saving Backup Synchronization Feature COLUMBUS, OH – 26 MARCH 2015 – Highly Reliable Systems, the innovative American-made server backup storage experts, have announced at the ASCII Group Success Summit immediate availability of NetSwap firmware release 2.13. This update includes a newly developed High-Rely DeltaSync Technology, which enhances synchronization functionality for NetSwap and RAIDFrame server backup appliances. DeltaSync is a file-level tracking feature that queues changes in memory, and promotes significantly improved synchronization times between High-Rely backup devices and their targets. “A key feature of our products is our Automatic Mirroring Technology (AMT), which allows our backup systems to be continuously connected while creating automatic backups onto removable media. Our new DeltaSync feature was designed in direct response to the needs of our customers using today’s larger hard drives” explained Derry Bryson, senior software engineer at Highly Reliable Systems. “High-capacity hard drives translate into longer rebuild times using block-by-block mirroring technology that copies the entire disk – even if only a small portion of the data changed. DeltaSync copies only the data that has changed, leading to rebuild times that are a fraction of what they were using mirroring.&...


Compare DirectX 12, Mantle and DirectX 11 with new 3DMark test

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Compare DirectX 12, Mantle and DirectX 11 with new 3DMark test  Introducing our new 3DMark API Overhead feature test – the world’s first independent test for measuring differences in DirectX 12, DirectX 11 and Mantle API performance. It’s also the very first public application to use DirectX 12 full stop. This is cutting edge stuff! Developed with input from AMD, Intel, Microsoft, NVIDIA, and the other members of our Benchmark Development Program, the 3DMark API Overhead feature test lets you compare the performance of DirectX 12, DirectX 11, and Mantle. The purpose of the test is to compare the relative performance of different APIs on a single system, rather than the absolute performance of different systems. The API Overhead feature test is not a general-purpose GPU benchmark, and it should not be used to compare graphics cards from different vendors. (We are working on a DirectX 12 benchmark with game-like workloads, which we expect to release soon after the public launch of Windows 10.) Why is API overhead important? There has been much talk this year of new graphics APIs that let developers code ‘close to the metal.’ And though it’s natural to think of the GPU, the benefits of APIs with lower overhead are actually achieved by making better use of multi-core CPUs to streamline code execution and eliminate software bottlenecks, particularly for draw calls. A draw call happens when the CPU tells the GPU to draw an object on the scre...


COUGAR releases the 300M Gaming Mouse

COUGAR™ shakes the Gaming Mouse Market with 300M March 24, 2015, Taipei, Taiwan – COUGAR, leading brand in the gaming hardware market, announces today the arrival of a new gaming mouse that targets the mainstream pro-level gamer. With a 4000 DPI sensor, 7 programmable buttons and a 1000Hz polling rate, COUGAR 300M Gaming Mouse offers everything a gamer might ask for. Its support for UIX, the unrivaled leader in gaming device management, sets it a further step above competitors and allows the user to unleash its full potential. The COUGAR 300M has the successful ADNS-3090 Optical Sensor as its beating heart. With its 4000 DPI, it can provide gamers with the precision required for playing any kind of games. On top of this, the 1000 Hz polling rate and 1ms response time guarantee instant reaction, thus avoiding defeat by mouse lag situations. This precision and this quality are further enhanced by the OMRON switches used for its main buttons, which guarantee a minimum life of 5 million clicks, and the braided cable that protects the mouse-computer link. Apart from excelling in quality, the 300M does not lag behind in functionality. With 7 fully programmable buttons and on-board memory for up to 3 complete configuration profiles, a maximum of 24 functions can be accessed directly from the mouse. But this all gets to a new level thanks to UIX, which allows all this functionality to be easily and intuitively managed through a single app. The DPI LEDs included on the mous...


Leadtek Take on your most challenging workloads, Quadro M6000 12GB is right there

Take on your most challenging workloads, Quadro M6000 12GB is right there Taipei, Taiwan, March 23, 2015 LEADTEK, the authorized channel partner of NVIDIA® professional graphics card in the Asia-Pacific region, today releases NVIDIA® Quadro® M6000 and NVIDIA® Quadro® K1200. These 2 new products are aimed at the ultra-high-end users and entry-level users with small form factor workstations separately. Featuring large memory let you tackle the most challenging visual computing tasks effortlessly. The NVIDIA Quadro M6000 has 3072 CUDA cores, powered by the latest NVIDIA Maxwell™ GPU. The heart of Maxwell’s power efficient performance is its newly designed streaming multiprocessor which delivers incredible performance and unmatched power efficiency, through an improved instruction scheduler and new data path organization. It allows professionals to take on the most challenging digital prototyping, visual effects, and geophysical or architectural visualization workloads with the graphics horsepower, realism, and interactivity that only the NVIDIA Quadro M6000 can deliver. Moreover, it features 12 GB of ultra-fast memory, and supports four displays natively with resolutions of true 4K. Enjoy exceptional accuracy and photorealism in your creative workflow by using NVIDIA® Iray® technology* to reach new levels of interactive, physically based rendering. Users can’t miss the most powerful graphics in a compact form factor: NVIDIA Quadro K1200. Enjoy amazing 3D applicat...


BIOSTAR reveals Hi-Fi B85Z5 Motherboard

 BIOSTAR reveals Hi-Fi B85Z5 Motherboard March 23rd, 2015, Taipei, Taiwan – The newest motherboard based on Intel B85 single chip architecture by BIOSTAR is ready to work hard and play hard. The Hi-Fi B85Z5 supports Intel’s 4th generation Core i7 and Core i5 processors in the 1150 package and is ready for a work out with 4 channel DDR3 slots for maximum memory support of up to 32GB. BIOSTAR’s Hi-Fi B85Z5 delivers a business-rich option at a value price compared to the other companies. The Hi-Fi B85Z5 features BIOSTAR innovative Hi-Fi technology, a built-in powerful headphone amplifier and Super LAN Surge Protection which enhances Ethernet protections. Being an Intel B85 chipset based system, it comes with features like Intel® Rapid Storage Technology (Intel® RST), for faster system boot and shorter application load time, and Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA), which delivers business-centric security protection, such as after-hours virus scans and data backup, and blocks recognition of unwanted USB drives and Intel’s Smart Connect Technology. The BIOSTAR Hi-Fi B85Z5 also perfectly fills entertainment needs with support for Direct3D 11.1 and HDMI. It has Blu-ray audio and provides a higher audio output of 24 bit/ 192KHz rather than 16 bit/48KHz from typical motherboards. In addition, the Hi-Fi B85Z5 is the first to embed the “Double Hi-Fi” integrated AMP which allows users to enjoy the same high quality of sound; whether the sound source o...


be quiet! – Pure Rock CPU Cooler Review

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Introduction Over the last few years, be quiet! has developed quite a reputation for quality and performance. Now be quiet! offers quite a line up products from CPU Coolers, fans and even power supplies. Like their name implies, they have been praised because of how quiet there products are while still maintaining a superb performance standard. Today, we are going to be looking at a new CPU Cooler from them: the be quiet! Pure Rock. The Pure Rock is designed with the budget conscious consumer in mind, but with their well-known build quality behind it. We can’t wait to see what it brings to the table. The be quiet! Pure Rock CPU Cooler offers a single tower design with 4 copper heatpipe, offering a simple yet aesthetically pleasing fit and feel. There isn’t a whole lot of flashiness or bling to the Pure Rock Cooler, but its simplistic design can fit well with many builders not looking to add too much flare. Today, we will put the be quite! Pure Rock to the test and see how well it stacks up to its competition. Before we do that… let’s talk about who be quiet! is: About bequiet: bequiet! Is a premium brand manufacturer of power supplies and cooling solutions for your desktop PC. The Number 1 for power supplies in Germany bequiet! Products are convincing which is proved by reaching and defending the market leadership in PSU business in Germany since 2006 *. This is validated and accompanied by numerous awards for both power supplies and cooling solu...


 



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