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SanDisk 64GB Ultra PLUS and Extreme SD Review

Today we're looking at the SanDisk Extreme 64GB and Ultra PLUS 64GB SD cards. In a hint of what's to come during testing, the speed results were a very pleasant surprise, despite what the labels might seem to indicate in terms of speed expectations. We'll discuss those differences as we take a closer look at what SanDisk has to offer with the latest high performance SD cards.



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Gamdias Hermes Ultimate Keyboard Review

Gamdias is a company that is likely not well known by many computer enthusiasts, except for perhaps some of the diehards in the crowd. In truth, Gamdias has only been around for a couple years, designing keyboards (and the company) from the ground up. The Gamdias Hermes Ultimate mechanical keyboard is a fully backlit mechanical board that caters to discerning consumers who want something unique,, offering some very innovative features and software, extensive macros, full N-Key rollover, backlit illumination, sound dampeners, and onboard memory. Let's have a closer look.



Samsung Unleashes New Era of 3-bit V-NAND SSDs

SEOUL, South Korea – December 8, 2014 – Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., the world leader in advanced memory technology, today launched the 850 EVO, the latest addition to its branded solid state drive (SSD) line-up. Based on Samsung’s 3-bit 3D Vertical NAND (V-NAND) technology, the 850 EVO SSD provides a significant boost in performance and endurance as compared to its predecessor, making it ideal for use in mainstream PCs. With the slogan of “a new caliber of performance & endurance,” the new drive will be globally launched in a total of 53 countries in the United States, Europe and Asian markets later this month. “We are thrilled to be providing users with an improved computing experience through the new 850 EVO SSDs,” said Unsoo Kim, Senior Vice President of the Branded Product Marketing team at Samsung Electronics. “Samsung will continue to introduce V-NAND-based SSDs in a variety of form factors, while accelerating the growth of the global SSD market.” While the Samsung 850 PRO SSD that launched in July uses 2-bit 3D V-NAND for professional use in high-end client PCs and small- and medium-sized enterprise servers, the 850 EVO is built with 3-bit 3D V-NAND technology. This makes it more suitable for general consumer use in devices such as notebook and gaming PCs. With the introduction of the 850 EVO, Samsung launches the next iteration of its consumer SSD product line-up with new V-NAND-based SSDs. The Samsung 850 EVO series comes in 1TB, 500GB, 25...



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Samsung 850 EVO 500GB SSD Review

We've seen some very impressive SSDs from Samsung in the recent past, as they've gone to considerable lengths to indeed push those boundaries, offering consumers something very special that can't be found elsewhere with other SSDs: RAPID Mode. Sounds like marketing jingo, we agree, but you'd be wrong to dismiss this one. 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 500GB and see just what this SSD can do.



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MX-Technology Secure Encryption USB 3.0 128GB Review

With the need for data to be portable and secure, today we're looking at the MX-Technology SEC 128GB USB 3.0 flash drive that features AES 256-bit encryption in a small and sleek package. Do you worry about data protection? Do you need portability? If so, then read on to find out if this USB flash drive is the thing for you.



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Tesoro Excalibur Mechanical Keyboard Review

We're looking at an interesting mechanical keyboard from Tesoro, the Excalibur G7NL. Well designed, sporting a uncomplicated design, and catering to gamers who want something simple and solid, the Tesoro Excalibur G7NL has some unique features including full N-Key rollover, extensive lighting effects, and perhaps most notable, a very attractive price of only $90. Let's delve a bit deeper and see if the Excalibur G7NL can stand out in a widening field of mechanical keyboards.



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Gigabyte FORCE H3X Headset Review

Gigabyte is continuing their foray into the gaming peripheral market, and this time it's the audio arena with the launch of a new gaming headset, the FORCE H3X. This set of cans looks sleek, is lightweight, versatile, and reasonably priced at about $100. But what about performance? Indeed, this is where headsets make (or lose) their reputations, so let's take a closer look and see just how well the Gigabyte FORCE H3X gaming headset performs.



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be quiet! Straight Power 10 700W Review

Looking to make further inroads into North America with the Straight Power 10 700W, European company be quiet! is targeting a fairly lucrative mid-range segment for the power supply market. The be quiet! Straight Power 10 700W features simple styling, a mostly-modular setup, an 80Plus Gold certification. Let's take a closer look at this power supply from be quiet! and see if it can deliver the goods to a demanding consumer base.



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SanDisk Ultra PLUS and Extreme SD Review

SanDisk is a flash memory giant, needing no introduction. The latest in the SanDisk lineup are the Ultra PLUS and Extreme cards, targeting different consumers who have varying speed needs. And with very attractive price tags, these little SD cards promise solid value. We're looking at the 32GB models, and we found the speed results a bit shocking, despite what the labels might seem to indicate. Read on to find out why.



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AORUS Thunder K7 Keyboard Review

Today we're looking at the AORUS Thunder K7 mechanical gaming keyboard, a fully backlit board that sports some solid styling and a unique design, looking to attract consumers who want something a bit different. The Thunder K7 is not your average mechanical board, as one of its most unique features is detachable and movable numpad, suitable for both lefties and righties. Question is: can the AORUS Thunder K7 can stand out in a widening field of mechanical keyboards? Let's get to it and find out.



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AORUS Thunder M7 Mouse and P3 Mouse Pad Review

Today we’re going to test drive the AORUS Thunder M7, a mouse that's specifically geared to MMO/RTS gamers. Coming with a huge assortment of buttons and some unique features as well, the M7 looks rather exciting. It's got well-established Gigabyte backing it through their new AORUS gaming division, and the M7 is the flagship MMO mouse. And as an added bonus, we have the Thunder P3 mouse pad for a closer look as well, a control mat that's utterly massive. Let's dive in.



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Gigabyte GTX 970 G1 Gaming Review

Today marks the launch of Nvidia's newest generation of graphics cards, and th Gigabyte GTX 970 G1 Gaming is the specific model we're looking at today. It's latest in the company's popular model series, coming with an updated version of its 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 not an entirely fresh look, constructed in metal rather than plastic, but does come with an aggressive factory overclock and a few new surprises in store.



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XtracGear Carbonic and Ripper Mouse Pads Review

Today we're looking at three gaming surfaces / mouse pads from XTracGear, a specialist in the mouse pad accessory market. We've got the Carbonic, the Ripper, and the Ripper XXL up for testing. All are flexible control pads, and they range in size from rather small to utterly massive. Let's have a closer look at these mouse pads from XTracGear.



Crucial Expands DDR4 Server Memory Portfolio

Crucial, a leading global brand of memory and storage upgrades, has expanded its DDR4 memory portfolio with LRDIMM and VLP RDIMM modules. Designed to enable next-generation enterprise environments with increased speed, bandwidth, and energy efficiency, Crucial DDR4 load reduced DIMMs (LRDIMMs) and very low profile registered DIMMS (VLP RDIMMs) are available for immediate purchase through select global channel partners and at www.crucial.com. Crucial DDR4 LRDIMMs By utilizing a memory buffer chip that helps reduce the electrical load presented to the memory bus, Crucial DDR4 LRDIMMs allow for more DIMMs per channel and are up to 50 percent more energy efficient and deliver up to 50 percent more memory bandwidth than DDR3 LRDIMMs. Furthermore, by using less voltage and standby current, Crucial DDR4 LRDIMMs transmit power in a more efficient manner to the CPU, allowing for additional power savings and lower total cost of ownership. Crucial DDR4 VLP RDIMMs Designed for space-constrained form factors like blade servers, Crucial DDR4 VLP RDIMMs measure just 18.7mm in height and are 40 percent shorter than standard-size modules for improved airflow, enabling more effective cooling. Additionally, Crucial DDR4 VLP RDIMMs offer up to twice the speed and the bandwidth, and are up to 40 percent more energy efficient than DDR3 VLP RDIMMs at introduction. “The addition of DDR4 LRDIMM and VLP RIDMM modules expands our overall DDR4 server memory offering as Crucial continues its commitm...



Crucial Ballistix Sport DDR4 and DDR4 Desktop Memory Now Available

Crucial, a leading global brand of memory and storage upgrades, today announced the availability of Crucial Ballistix Sport DDR4 memory and Crucial DDR4 desktop memory. Designed to enhance high-performance gaming and computing environments, the new Ballistix Sport DDR4 modules deliver introductory speeds of 2400 MT/s, while Crucial DDR4 desktop memory speeds start at 2133 MT/s and are expected to increase as DDR4 technology matures. Crucial Ballistix Sport DDR4 Optimized for the latest Intel X99 platforms, the new modules have increased bandwidth over mainstream DDR3 memory and are up to 40 percent more energy efficient. In addition, select Ballistix Sport DDR4 modules are plug and play, featuring XMP 2.0 profiles for easy configuration as well as an integrated heat spreader and black PCB. Crucial DDR4 Desktop Memory Crucial DDR4 desktop memory fuels next-generation processors to deliver faster speeds, increased bandwidth, and improved energy efficiency compared to DDR3 technology. Crucial DDR4 memory is more than 30 percent faster than previous generation technology and offers up to twice the bandwidth (17 GB/s). “The wait for the next generation in computing is over,” said Jeremy Mortenson, product marketing manager, Crucial. “Combined with Crucial DDR4 memory, platforms based on Intel’s latest X99 chipset promise to deliver entirely new levels of computing power and immersive gaming experiences.” Available for purchase from Crucial.com and through select globa...






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