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R9 Fury X and 300 Series Manufacturer Comparisons

Maybe you’re in the market for a new AMD GPU, but don’t know for sure which one you want. We can’t make the decision for you, but we can give you some side-by-side comparisons so you can easily see how each product differs. Once you find something that looks decent, we’d still recommend checking out reviews for a more in depth look into the performance of the unit, but just seeing galleries of the products can be a huge start. Also note that if you don’t see a back plate slide for a product, it’s usually because it doesn’t have one. Enjoy the slides and we hope this makes comparisons a bit easier. R9 Fury X Gigabyte   HIS   MSI   PowerColor   Sapphire   XFX  



New Platinum PSUs from EVGA and Seasonic

We have some new Platinum rated PSUs on the market and I can’t help but think this has a little to do with the new R9 Fury X. What’s interesting with the EVGA lineup is that they range from 650W to 850W, which is a great range for high-end mini-ITX systems. Seasonic is well known for high quality PSUs already, but they’ll be offering two knew models at 750W and 1050W. Check out the links below.   http://www.evga.com/articles/00943/EVGA-SuperNOVA-850-750-650-P2-Power-Supplies/   http://www.seasonicusa.com/SnowSilent%20Series.htm



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MSI R9 380 Gaming 4G Review

We're looking at the MSI R9 380 Gaming 4G, a card that boasts a custom heatsink, improved power design, and a factory overclock, all for a modest premium of only an extra $25. Sounds pretty good so far. Factor in that AMD is bringing a few new features to the market with the R9 300 series launch, and we're cautiously optimistic for strong gaming value.



Tesoro Announces The Thyrsus Optical MMO and MOBA Mouse With 6 Thumb Buttons

Tesoro Announces The Thyrsus Optical MMO and MOBA Mouse With 6 Thumb Buttons Keep a hand on the mouse at all times June 25, 2015, Milpitas CA, USA – Tesoro Technology USA Inc., a manufacturer of high-tech gaming peripherals, announces the Thyrsus optical gaming mouse. Named after the staff of Dionysus, the Thyrsus features comfortable, ergonomic design, a high-precision optical sensor, and 6 fully programmable thumb buttons for MMO and MOBA games. 6 Programmable Thumb Buttons for Macro Control Instead of the ordinary 1 or 2 thumb buttons, the Tesoro Thyrsus has 6 buttons positioned for thumb control, making a total of 10 fully independent and programmable buttons. The 64Kb of onboard memory allows users to configure up to 5 gaming profiles, 35 macro keys and 1600 recordable actions. The Tesoro Thyrsus is easy to control in the new, specifically designed software. Gamers can adjust the DPI, polling rate up to 1000Hz, and the multicolor LED illumination as well as program the 6 thumb buttons. Comfortable and Confident Control Omron switch technology gives the Thyrsus added durability, tactile feedback and satisfying clicks. The ergonomic design and rubberized coating on both sides give maximum comfort and grip. Gamers can pick from 6 levels of sensitivity adjustable up to 8200dpi. Accuracy is assured with 150 ips (inches per second) motion detection and 30g acceleration. A braided, 2 meter gold-plated USB cable lends added durability and prevents fraying. New Tesoro User I...



Lian Li Expands Desk Lineup with DK-Q2 and DK-03 Desk Chassis

Lian Li Expands Desk Lineup with DK-Q2 and DK-03 Desk Chassis Featuring Ergonomic Design, updated Legs and a Removable Motherboard Tray June 18, 2015, Keelung, Taiwan – Lian-Li Industrial Co. Ltd today announces two additions to the desk chassis lineup: the single-system DK-Q2 and the dual-system DK-03. Like the previous desk chassis, the aluminum body and tempered glass surface highlight the minimalism of this practical fusion of desk and chassis. The updates on these new models add simplicity to system building, more refined aesthetics and ergonomics. Ergonomic DesignWith g ratitude to such positive feedback, Lian Li has refreshed ergonomics in the design of the DK-Q2 and DK-03. The body depth of the desk has been reduced to give you more leg room. The 30mm of height expansion allows a larger variety of user legs to fit comfortably under the desk. Taller, stronger adjustable legs and thinner body allow a much more natural height and angle of arms for typing, the extra legroom makes a big difference. Removable Motherboard Tray The DK-Q2 and DK-03 include removable motherboard trays to make system building easier. The motherboard trays also allow system builders to route cables underneath to facilitate better airflow and cable management. The DK-Q2 supports motherboards up to ATX, while the DK-03 supports two motherboards simultaneously; one SP-ATX at 12”x10.6” for the primary side, and an additional mini-ITX motherboard on the alternative side. Water Cooling Fea...



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Memory Speed vs. Latency – Clearing up the Confusion

Introduction We love speed as much as the next performance seeker, and many of us spend great sums of money and loads of time trying to optimize our systems, find the best parts for a new build, and squeezing every bit out of components. Admittedly, some components are easier to overclock or extract maximum performance, some are more difficult, and some are, well, just plain misunderstood. It’s probably a fair and reasonable statement to say that memory performance is one component typically found in the last category. The crux of the issue often comes down to how we perceive and “rate” memory performance, and the two most critical factors which influence that performance: speed and latency. There seems to be some significant misinformation and misunderstanding, and we see it often in the forums, in review comments, and elsewhere. So we decided to go straight to the experts to find out how these two factors influence memory performance: we talked with Crucial. Crucial is a global brand of Micron Technology, one of the world’s foremost leaders in memory design and manufacturing. They not only produce their own performance products and memory lineups (as well as SSDs, flash drives, and all other things related to memory), but they are also OEM suppliers to some of the biggest names in the industry. Needless to say, Crucial knows memory. We briefly spoke with Jeremy Mortenson, who is the Worldwide Memory Product Marketing Manager at Crucial, and asked ...



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Phanteks Enthoo Evolv mITX Chassis Review

Introduction Earlier this year we took a look at one of Phanteks Evolv mATX Chassis called the Enthoo Evolv. The Enthoo Evolv Chassis took home our Editors Choice award for its outstanding features and solid construction. Since that time, Phanteks has been hard at work developing new products and growing its already outstanding product line. Today we have a chance to take a look at a new addition to the line up. We have the Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ITX Chassis. At first glance, the Phanteks Evolv ITX Chassis mimics its bigger brother with the obvious changes in size. But with the popularity of small form factor builds, miniITX cases have become a hot commodity, so its no surprise to us that Phanteks would want to move into this arena. Will the Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ITX meet the expectation of builders and live up the reputation of its larger sibling? Today we are going to take a closer look at the chassis and find out. But before we do that, let’s talk about who Phanteks is:   About Phanteks “Phanteks was founded from a group of engineers with a total of 20 years of international experience in thermal solutions. They paired up with a Dutch design team and established Phanteks in 2007. Phanteks venture into the CPU cooling industry with two goals in mind, high-end quality and innovative products in thermal solutions. As a relatively young company, we strive to develop top quality and superior products. Our Phanteks Design Team is situated in the Netherlands and...



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Lian Li Launches PC-O8 Dual-Compartment Chassis

Lian Li Launches PC-O8 Dual-Compartment Chassis Tempered Glass Panels and RGB Lighting Put the Spotlight on Hardware June 11, 2015, Keelung, Taiwan – Lian-Li Industrial Co. Ltd today launches the PC-O8 dual-compartment chassis. Comprised of aluminum and tempered glass, the PC-O8 allows DIY builders to show off their high-end, intricate setups, while hiding cables and less eye catching components in the large compartment behind the motherboard tray. Two Compartments Through the front glass panel, the PC-O8 is divided into two zones. Zone 1 allows DIY enthusiasts to show off their motherboard and graphics cards through the edge-to-edge side panel windows. On the other side of the motherboard tray, Zone 2 gives plenty of room for cables and less eye-catching components such as hard drives and the power supply. Adjustable RGB Interior Lighting DIY enthusiasts can adjust the interior lighting through the included RGB lighting kit complete with LED strips, cord clip, dimmer and controller. The back mounted controller allows instant analog color selection. Tremendous Water Cooling Support With plenty of room to work with, installing elaborate water cooling setups is simplified in the PC-O8. In Zone 1 the top panel can support a 240mm radiator, while in Zone 2 the front intake can house a 360mm radiator in a push/pull configuration. Modular Hard Drive Cage The PC-O8 chassis supports up to six 3.5″ drives and two 2.5″ drives in the removable drive cage in Zone 2. This HDD...



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HyperX 32GB DDR4 Fury Memory Review

Introduction With DDR4 Memory now starting to mature since its release with the X99 chipset, we are starting to see the market get flooded with more options and variety, many of which now providing great performance with high frequencies and lower cost. With more and more kits becoming available, the competition is getting more fierce everyday. Today we have the chance to take a look at the HyperX’s new budget friendly line up the Fury series DDR4 memory. At the launch of DDR4 memory, it primary features were offering lower voltage and higher native frequencies. DDR4 features a native speed of 2133MHz, which is really nothing to WOW over or about since we have seen these speeds with DDR3. However, the main updates are its newer JEDEC Culmination and Density, DDR4 memory components now provide better speeds and faster response while being more power efficient at the same time. The HyperX Fury memory we are going to be looking at today not only offers fast speeds of 2666MHz out of the box, but also offers the efficiency of lower voltage; with that in mind… we can see some great potential with additional performance once overclocked. We will be comparing results from Kingston’s (HyperX) previous line up from its DDR3 series all the way up to HyperX Predator DDR4 series we previous tested. But before we do that, let’s learn about who HyperX is.   Who HyperX is: “HyperX is the high-performance product division of Kingston Technology, the world’s la...



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Gigabyte X99-UD3P Motherboard Review

Introduction The X99 chipset has now had a little bit of time to mature. During its initial launch Gigabyte sent us the X99-UD4 motherboard for review. The X99-UD4 took home our Great Hardware Award for its simple aesthetics along with a solid performance to value. Now that we are six months into the release of the X99 chipset, we are seeing more motherboards become available at a much more affordable price. Today, we are going to be looking at one of these motherboards that offer a similar performance to the X99-UD4 in a more simplified package and price. We introduce to you the Gigabyte X99-UD3P. Aesthetically, the Gigabyte X99-UD3P is very similar to the UD4 motherboard with some obvious changes. As we continue here, we are going to take a closer look at the Giagbyte X99-UD3P to see exactly what those differences are. Before we do that, let’s move forward and talk about Gigabyte.   About Gigabyte: GIGABYTE was founded in 1986, establishing our uncontested position in continuous technological innovation. By focusing on key technologies and achieving strict quality standards, GIGABYTE has been regarded as an innovative and trusted motherboard leader in the globe. To keep pace in a rapidly changing world, we have offered a comprehensive product line covering Motherboards, Graphics Cards, PC Components, PC Peripherals, Laptops, Slate Devices, Desktop PCs, Network Communications, Servers and Mobile Phones. We are dedicated to building up a full-range digital life,...



Tesoro to Showcase a New Direction for the Company at COMPUTEX 2015

Tesoro to Showcase a New Direction for the Company at COMPUTEX 2015 Launching New Line of Mice, Headsets, and PC Chassis 12 May 2015, Taipei, Taiwan – Tesoro Technology USA Inc., a manufacturer of high-tech gaming products, will be showcasing their latest PC gaming peripherals at COMPUTEX 2015, June 2nd – 5th, including a new lineup of gaming products. Attendees can view the whole line of new and upcoming gaming peripherals as well as check out their latest mechanical keyboards at Taipei International Convention Center (TICC) 1F Meeting Room 106. New Direction for Tesoro For the past few years, Tesoro has been focusing mainly on mechanical gaming keyboards. Four years ago Tesoro launched its first mechanical keyboard. Since then, Tesoro has expanded its line into one of the largest portfolios of mechanical gaming keyboards in the market targeting the different needs of gamers. To expand its gaming focus, the company is going to release a new catalog of gaming mice, headsets, PC cases and accessories, while still maintaining and upgrading its vast portfolio of keyboards. 5 New Mice With its new determination to provide a larger variety of gaming products, Tesoro will announce a total of 5 new gaming mice to its portfolio. The gaming mice will span between performance mice with the best sensors available in the market, to value versions that bring quality gaming session at budget. New gaming mice are focused on FPS, MMO, and RTS games, with a main focus on quality, ergon...



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Reeven Six Eyes II Fan Controller and Euros 120mm Cooling Fan

Introduction Let’s talk about what building computers is all about to us enthusiasts. We can claim that it’s our love for new stuff, building or putting things together, or even the thrill of problem solving, but let’s be honest with ourselves. It’s all about control! Being able to control every aspect of our PC without any manufacturer telling us what we can or can’t do!!! All jokes aside, being able to control fan noise is a must in a high end rig and while certain motherboards offer decent fan control, sometimes the best solution is a good fan controller. With that, we’ll be looking at the Reeven Six Eyes II Fan Controller to see how well it measures up and while we’re at it, we’ll take a peek at the Euros 120mm Cooling Fan. Before we jump in though, if you’re like me, you may not have heard about Reeven so here’s a quick snippet about the company based in Taiwan. I’m not exactly sure what gears have to do with computer components, but I do appreciate professional quality. Let’s see how they measure up!



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Kinivo M2 2.1 Speaker System

Introduction Sound isn’t a big deal to a lot of people, but let’s face it, if you didn’t care about good sound then you probably wouldn’t be reading this. Finding a decent set of speakers that sound good can be a daunting enough challenge as it is, but if you need something within a modest budget, the problem escalates by about a thousand. Kinivo thinks they have a set up that will fit into a nice budget while sounding good. The verdict has yet to be seen, but first here’s a tidbit about the company behind the M2 2.1 Speaker System.  



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NZXT accounces the agressive Noctis 450 mid tower Chassis

NZXT’s is announcing our return to aggressive and daring case design with the Noctis 450 mid tower chassis.   Equipped with a unique blend of modern functionality from our award winning 440 chassis and a streamlined yet aggressive exterior design style, Noctis redefines the meaning of bold design. Open front and top venting on the Noctis reduces airflow restrictions without compromising the clean capabilities of the interior layout. Thick, painted plastic panels provide significantly higher resistance to scratches and fading while feeling much stronger than our last generation plastic paneling.   Key Features - Signature I/O LED with Adjustable Lighting Switch - Integrated 8-port PWM Fan Hub - Integrated PSU Shroud with SSD Mounts - Effortless Cable Management Capabilities - Fully Filtered Intakes & Integrated Accent Lighting - Four Included case fans: 3x 120mm (Front) and 1x 140mm (Rear) - Fully modular hard drive system - 2x USB 3.0 / 2x USB 2.0 and front audio ports Black Pre-Order and Information White Pre-Order and Information



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HyperX Savage 240GB SSD Review

Introduction Solid-State Drives are starting to become the norm when shopping for storage. With drive prices on a decline and capacities getting larger, many are starting to consider SSD’s as there primary source for storage. While prices for the large capacities SSDs are no where near standard mechanical drives, they are become more affordable in recent years. For those that are looking for SSD Drives, most are typically using them as a primary system drive, or as we call it, the “OS” or “boot” drive. So capacities of 120GB all way to 500GB are not uncommon and seem to be the popular sizes. So with so many SSD Drives in today’s market, often times we tend to turn to the names or companies we are familiar with. Kingston Technology, one of the leaders in the industry has been rather well known for its previous HyperX 3K Series Drives. But as most already know, Kingston started to branch out its HyperX line up to its own brand as of the recent years and the HyperX brand has grown substantially. With this in mind, we are going to be looking at one of these new SSD Drives part of the Savage Series from HyperX. We bring you the HyperX Savage 240GB Solid-State Drive. HyperX’s Savage SSD will be replacing the aging HyperX 3K drives which was previously released by Kingston. The Savage series is considered to be the mid range line up from HyperX while Fury remains to be the entry level and Predator Series are the flagship model. Before we...






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