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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 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...



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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 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.



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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 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...



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Inside the ECS Press Event

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...



Future Ready: ROCCAT Invents First Fully Integrated Keyboard/Smartphone Combo and Modular MMO Mouse

 Future Ready: ROCCAT Invents First Fully Integrated Keyboard/Smartphone Combo and Modular MMO Mouse  Two gaming peripherals like none other set to debut at the Rocc-City booth for Cologne’s Gamescom 2014 Hamburg – August 5, 2014 – ROCCAT Studios rolls full-speed into late summer with a fresh and exciting design philosophy, and two groundbreaking new products to represent ROCCAT’s trailblazing peripheral creation. Making their first appearances at Gamescom 2014 in Cologne, Germany this August, the Nyth gaming mouse, and Skeltr gaming keyboard are set to take the gaming world by storm. René Korte, CEO and founder of ROCCAT discusses the amazingly versatile Nyth, an MMO mouse that is so much more. Says René, “We’ve wanted to develop our own MMO mouse for a long time, but like always, we end up seeing a bigger picture once we begin brainstorming. MMO mice have these massive button grids that are locked in. You can change the button functionality, but what if you don’t like the layout? Our solution is a wholly modular MMO mouse, with interchangeable button combinations that suit the player. No two gamers are alike, and because we know that, we’ve gone many steps beyond just allowing them to switch out the in-package button options. Our fans will have access to our button inventory files, and those that are into 3D printing can even create their very own.” But ROCCAT didn’t stop there. “The Nyth’s soul is MMO,” René explains,” but with high modu...



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HIS R7 260X and R7 250X Review

Today we're focusing on two cards from HIS, a company we're very familiar with, having seen many of their products in the past couple of generations in AMD cards. HIS typically produces cards with custom coolers and aggressive factory overclocks, but these two are a bit different. The R7 260X and R7 250X are budget-oriented cards for those with modest budgets and looking for some affordable gaming, and perhaps even something suitable for an HTPC setup.



VERTO headset – Stay sharp through fierce competition!

 VERTO headset – Stay sharp through fierce competition! Taipei, Taiwan – July 14th, 2014 – Tt eSPORTS, the leading expert in professional e-Sports gaming peripherals is releasing the new VERTO, a headset offering strong styling paired with comfort. The head band design is auto adjusting to get the right sizing for anyone who wears it, and protein leather ear pads maintain comfort even over long hours of use. The bold geometric design is strong enough for gaming yet sophisticated enough for in-office use. The stainless steel outer-headband frame was carefully tuned over time, to provide the most optimal angle and width for the best ergonomics. The inner handband, with leatherette padding for comfort, slides to conform to the weare’s head. The VERTO was designed to offer a secure grip on the head, without clamping down hard, for comfort over both short and long term wear. The earpads feature the use of protein leather, which feels soft and supple upon the skin while maximizing breathability The VERTO is a stereo headset with an overall balanced sound, and a tinge of bass emphasis. Maintaining an overall balanced sound makes the VERTO great for competitive gaming, and the slight bass emphasis maintains a great atmosphere for both movies and casual gaming. The bendable and pivotable omni-directional microphone gets in and out of the way conveniently as needed, while providing crystal clear voice communications. The VERTO features a removable cable design, and is both ...



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HIS R9 280 IceQ X2 Review

Today we're looking at the HIS R9 280 IceQ X2, a mid-range performance graphics card that retails for around $260. We've been impressed with cards from HIS in the past, particularly those with the vaunted IceQ cooler, which has proven to be very impressive with low temperatures and noise levels. Can this card continue the trend? Lt's take a closer look at the HIS R9 280 IceQ X2 to find out.



ROCCAT Moves Forward on the Sova, Brings Fans Into the Mix

ROCCAT Moves Forward on the Sova, Brings Fans Into the Mix  The wireless modular gaming board goes full-speed into development   Hamburg – July 7, 2014 – It’s been a summer of major announcements for ROCCAT Studios, with a few more yet to come, the most recent being the E3 reveal of the in-development ROCCAT Sova Wireless Modular Gaming Board. The positive fan and media response to the Sova at E3 was massive, with fantastic articles and word of mouth. Building on the wave of enthusiasm for a wireless keyboard/mousepad combo custom made for a living room gaming experience, ROCCAT is immediately moving into its next phase of development for the Sova, and inviting our fans to join the ride. “We are thrilled with the overwhelmingly positive response we have received for the Sova,” Says René Korte, CEO and founder of ROCCAT. “We realize that now is not the time to sit back and wait, but to give fans what they want as quickly as possible. We’re ready to go full speed into our refinement process, and want our fans to see the hard work that goes into moving a ROCCAT product from its development phase, into what you see at retail. The Sova is coming, it is going to be an amazing piece of gaming hardware, and you’ll get to follow every step on that journey in our newly launched Sova Development Blog.” Starting today and going forward, ROCCAT’s Sova Blog will take fans into the world of our designers and developers, where they will drop in to discuss featur...



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SilverStone Raven RVZ 01 Small Form Factor Case Review

Since the original RAVEN RV01 debuted in 2008, the RAVEN team at SilverStone has demonstrated many times how it can truly define or defy computer enthusiasts’ expectations of what a performance PC is capable of in both form and function. For 2014, the Silverstone team had a new target, which was to exceed and reshape the small form factor landscape with yet another breakthrough case design. The result of this effort is a new line of case products from SilverStone called RAVEN Z. As the first model, this Raven RVZ01 is unlike any SilverStone small form factor cases before it. Utilizing a PCI-E riser and custom designed fans, this slim, 14-liter case is capable of housing some of the biggest consumer graphics cards on the market with superb air cooling performance and the ability to also support liquid cooling. Read on and let’s see if the Silverstone Raven RVZ01 is what we have all been waiting for.



Roccat Expands Gaming Arsenal with Sova the Future of Couch Gaming

 Roccat Expands Gaming Arsenal with Sova the Future of Couch Gaming Modular, latency-free wireless keyboard and mousepad combo takes living room gaming to the next level Prototype of ROCCAT’s Sova on display during E3 at South Hall, Alienware Booth 1047 Los Angeles – June 10, 2014 – ROCCAT™ unveils the Sova, the first fully realized modular wireless keyboard and mousepad combo that shatters couch gaming limitations and delivers the outstanding desktop gaming experience in the comfort of your living room. The Sova eliminates uncomfortable couch gaming by consolidating peripherals into a centralized battle station, allowing gamers to fully immerse in the game. “Sova is the option for gamers wishing to expand their arena without sacrificing gaming experience,” says René Korte, ROCCAT founder and CEO. “Platforms like Steam are fantastic, but the experience can be devalued by the lack of adequate gaming equipment. Gamers who wish to stream PC games to a living room television will no longer need to put up with latency issues and can now experience couch gaming at its fullest.” ROCCAT’s Sova utilizes a highly modular design with flexible and adjustable parts that adapts to individual gaming preferences. It sports multiple USB ports and can be used with any mouse, including the newly unveiled Tyon with 16 different programmable buttons. “Gaming is a not a one size fits all concept and everybody has a particular set of tools, such as their favorite mouse,” ...



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SenTey GS 4840 HARMONIQ PRO 5.1 Gaming Headset Review

To sum things up the SenTey 4840 HARMONIQ Pro headset in my opinion though designed for the gaming audience also provides you with a great balance between movies, and music performance as well.



CYBERPOWERPC Debuts Suitcase-size FANG Battlebox to Level Your LAN Party Competition

 CYBERPOWERPC Debuts Suitcase-size FANG Battlebox to Level Your LAN Party Competition CITY of INDUSTRY, CA (June 9, 2014) – CyberPower Inc. a manufacturer of custom gaming machines, notebook systems, and high performance workstations, has a secret weapon that you can easily tote to your next LAN party. The company debuts its FANG Battlebox today, a high- performance gaming rig stuffed inside a suitcase-like shell that you can carry anywhere. The FANG Battlebox is small and portable, but has the headroom to accommodate high-end hardware like quad-core CPUs, dual-loop liquid cooling, and full-length graphics cards such as the AMD Radeon™ R9 295X2 and NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX TITAN Z GPU. The use of all standard components means the configuration possibilities for this small machine are endless. With the FANG Battlebox you can arrive at your next LAN party ready to dominate. CYBERPOWERPC took all that gaming hardware and crammed it into a suitcase form factor. The FANG Battlebox’s unique carrying handle and ideal weight distribution allows for easy transportation to LAN parties. It can even fit in airline overhead compartments after it’s done attracting attention at the check-in line. The portability of the FANG Battlebox allows it to function flawlessly in many environments because CYBERPOWERPC compartmentalized cooling in the chassis to help isolate and remove heat from various components efficiently and without obstruction. The FANG Battlebox also supports liquid co...



ROCCAT Unveils Tyon,The Next Step in Gaming Mouse Evolution

ROCCAT Unveils Tyon,The Next Step in Gaming Mouse Evolution Revolutionary gaming mouse provides multi-dimensional gaming control with 16 assignable buttons and 31 distinct functions Hamburg, June 3, 2014 – ROCCAT™, industry leader and high-water mark for computer game accessory development and design, has once again raised the bar for gaming control and precision with the Tyon, the next step in gaming mice evolution.ROCCAT Tyon offers 16 assignable buttons, 31 distinct possible functions, and a near limitless levels of customization thanks to ROCCAT’s dedicated Easy-Shift[+] Button. A true game changer, it answer the needs of an increasingly nonlinear gaming experience with the most extensive set of streamlined, tested and expertly designed features available in the market. “Today’s gaming experience demands that players adapt to the many dimensions of gameplay, whether on land, at sea, in air or space,” says René Korte, ROCCAT founder and CEO. “Our designers and developers worked in close collaboration with gaming experts to craft, test, fine-tune, and ensure that the Tyon’s abilities meet these challenges.” The Tyon is an efficient, combat-ready weapon and an aesthetically fascinating masterpiece in one. It provides the simplest access to the most features in a gaming mouse, reduces the need to make hand adjustments on the keyboard with the ROCCAT X-Celerator and Dorsal Fin, and is exceptionally comfortable with exhaustively tested button placement sch...



ADATA to Display New SSDs, DDR4 Memory and Award Winning Products at COMPUTEX 2014

ADATA to Display New SSDs, DDR4 Memory and Award Winning Products at COMPUTEX 2014 Experience the Radiance of Technology at Nangang Exhibition Hall Booth J0606 Taipei, Taiwan – May 27, 2014 – ADATA Technology Co., Ltd., will be displaying total SSD solutions, DDR4 memory and the award-winning wireless charger CE700, as well as a series of macaroon-colored consumer products at COMPUTEX 2014. ADATA invites all attendees to “Experience the Radiance of Technology” in Nangang Exhibition Hall Booth Number J0606. Complete SSD Solutions Provider and Leader 1.PCIe SSD: 2.5” and M.2  With transfer speeds up to three times faster than SATA 6Gb/s, support for the latest LDPC (Low-Density Parity-Check) technology, and maximum storage capacity of 2TB per platter, ADATA’s new PCIe SSDs in the 2.5” and M.2 specifications are ideal for a wide array of enterprise and business server applications. 2.Small Form Factor SSD: μSSD and M.2 Ideal for ultrabook and tablet storage applications, ADATA’s SATA 6Gb/s μSSD (microSSD) and small form factor M.2 specification are 16×20 and 22×30 mm, respectively – which is less than 1/10th of the size of a 2.5” drive. These small form factors are available in capacities up to 128GB, have transmission speeds up to 500MB/s, and support DevSLP power save function greatly enhancing the stand-by time, which is the best storage solution for mobile devices.   3.Customizable Industrial SSD Solutions ADATA will also be showi...






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