AiO (all in one) CPU coolers have been around for quite some time now. These days just about every company is coming out with their own version and most of them typically look the same with only one or two distinguishing features. Then there's the Cooler Master Seidon 240M. The Seidon on the surface seems like your typical 240mm AiO CPU cooler, but Cooler Master has added their own unique style to this unit. They were kind enough to send one out for me to put it through the wringer so I did just that! Let's get to it shall we?
The Diamond Radeon 7790 comes with a shorter PCB design, custom cooler cooler and a strong factory overclock that reaches well over 1GHz. What's particularly enticing is this Diamond card also qualifies for the popular AMD promotional offer that tosses in three A+ gaming titles into the package for some outstanding bonus value. Looks like a great deal, so let’s take a closer look at the Diamond Radeon HD 7790 and see how it fares.
The new AMD Richland processors were released just over a week ago. AMD first launched its A-series processors just over 2 years ago as the Fusion technology with the "Llano" series. During its first launch and introduction to this APU series chip, no one was really sure how well this platform was going to perform. Over the course of a few years, we have seen AMD improve on its one of a kind platform with its first revision "Trinity" and we now have the next release "Richland." During its first revision, Trinity, we saw a change in socket from FM1 to FM2 along with a revision to its chipset. However, with Richland, we are glad to see that AMD decided to stick to its FM2 based socket. Today, we have the AMD A10-6700 processor at hand to put to the test.
A few weeks ago we took a look at SilverStone's AR01 CPU cooler from their new Argon series of coolers. We were thoroughly impressed with its price, sound levels and overall performance. The Argon series is comprised of three coolers - the AR01, AR02 and the AR03. Each looks similar at first glance but is geared towards a different end user. The AR02 is the low man on the totem pole in the lineup (as far as size is concerned) but don't think that makes him not worthwhile. SilverStone kindly sent us the AR02 to check out, so let's get to it!
Didn't think you could run a portable version of Window 8, nevermind from a flash drive? Welcome to the future now. The DataTraveler Workspace not only allows Windows To Go, but the tech behind this little flash drive is very interesting; its USB 3.0 interface supports some blistering speeds because of the SSD SandForce controller onboard. Yes, the same controller found on desktop SSDs, except it's packed into a tiny form factor to put on your keyring here. Let's take a closer look.
In 2011 when AMD first launched its new fusion technology processors, there were many questions with its performance to value ratio. This new APU series was the first of its kind, and no one was sure how well it would develop in the consumer world. However, over the last few years, we have seen AMD improve this platform with the release of its "Trinity" processing power and the APU series has grown to be a leading performer with this unique platform. The AMD APU series combines the CPU and GPU under one processing unit providing great computing prowess while fitting in consumers' budgets. Today, we are going to be previewing a new advancement level with this technology. AMD has taken the FM2 based socket and its improved "Piledriver" Cores to the next level. With the improved emphasis on performance, we can't wait to dive in and put this new AMD A-Series A10-6800k to the test.
SilverStone is a respected name in the component industry, and we've seen some behemoth power supplies from the company in the past. Although this one isn't a monster premium power supply like some we've seen of late, the Strider Gold 650W is 80PLUS Gold certified and comes with a price of $125. Seems good so far, so let's take a closer look at this SilverStone power supply and see how it fares.
Eagle Tech has been around since 1993 (20 years) bringing the PC community PSUs, external hard drives, and other PC components. Eagle Tech has since expanded to include Bluetooth audio systems, game console, mobile, and tablet accessories. Today we will be looking at the Eagle Tech:Arion ET-AR306-BK 2.1 Compact Speaker. The Arion series are part of Eagle Tech's signature line of products. The Arion ET-AR306-BKs are driven by 2x5 watt RMS 3-in mid-range satellites with a 1-in passive radiator and a 15 watt RMS subwoofer all inclosed in a wooden enclosure to actually amplify overall sound levels. The Arion ET-AR306-BKs produce a total of 25 watts of RMS power with a peak power of 50 watts and a frequency response range of 50Hz to 18kHz. This speaker system is small and compact with only 25 watts of power, giving me a preconceived notion they might not fit the bill. Continue reading to find out if it was wise for me to make such a snap judgment.
PureOverclock’s Interview at Transcend with General Manager Clarence Chan and Marketing Director Leslie Garcia
As part of our ongoing efforts to connect with industry leaders in the tech world, we reached out to interview some of the premier manufacturers who might be able to educate us on various aspects of the industry. It is not every day you get an opportunity to visit a Premier Manufacturing Company like Transcend, a world class leader in the field of memory and consumer electronics. Along with my invitation I had the pleasure of touring their facility. After our tour, I sat down with the General Manager, Clarence Chan, and Marketing Director Leslie Garcia for an interview about Transcend. Before we jump into the Q & A, below is a bit of history about the company and its products, including a video.
The KingSpec Challenger E3000 is an Enterprise-targeted drive, with great random write performance. While KingSpec may not be well known to many of our readers, they are a company based in Shenzhen, China and only produce SSDs, nothing else. Strictly speaking, based on such a specific product lineup, KingSpec has an enormous capacity to produce a huge volume of drives for the market. Let's see how this Sandforce-based SSD performs.
Cougar, a leading German PC case, fan, and power supply manufacturer, has introduced a new Mini Gaming Tower case called the Cougar SPIKE. The SPIKE Mini-Tower was designed to deliver expansion capability in a micro-ATX space-saving design. The Cougar SPIKE case is a smaller but is designed to accept the longer high-end gaming graphics cards with up to 330 mm of clearance. With the usage of Mini and Micro ATX motherboards growing as they become more complete, many system builders feel that ATX motherboards can be replaced by Micro ATX motherboards. As such, COUGAR thinks that the Mini Gaming Tower is a future trend for space-saving PC gaming stations. They are also making it somewhat portable, as well as easier to carry to LAN partys. The Cougar SPIKE Mini-Tower sports a gaming themed style with a black interior to give it a professional and sleek look. Drive installation is quick and easy with the SPIKE due to COUGAR’s tool-less design technology for easy installation of 3.5” and 2.5” HDDs/SSDs. The case also supports the installing of a 2.5” HDD/SSD at the bottom of the chassis. With any PC case ventilation is crucial and Cougar’s SPIKE case comes with one rear 120mm fan pre-installed, and provisions for a total of up to four. One 80/90/120mm fan for the front (optional); one 80/120mm fan for the rear (pre-installed); and two side 120mm fans (optional). The Cougar SPIKE Mini Gaming Tower also supports USB3.0 for maximum data transfer speeds. The Cougar SPI...
The Gigabyte GTX 770 OC Windforce comes with an updated version of its namesake cooler, sporting a new look in metal rather than plastic. Factor in an aggressive factory overclock and low temperatures, and we may have a killer card to showcase. But what about performance? Read on to find out more.
The MSI GTX 770 Gaming is the latest in the company's Gaming Series, a GPU in a broader range of gaming-oriented products. MSI has put together a very compelling package here for gamers who want strong performance and great cooling. Read on for more.
Another week, another new Kepler launch for Nvidia. This time it's the GeForce GTX 770 and it looks to pack a gaming punch at a more affordable price than the flagship 780. How does it perform? Read on to find out.
Have you ever been using your tablet or iPad in a coffee shop, wishing you had an easier way to type? While most of today's tablets and phones include manageable keyboard, most find it easier to type lengthy emails or docs on a physical keyboard. With today's growing population of tablets and smart phones it's inevitable that accessories will start to flood the market. Today we are going to be taking a look at a small portable and foldable bluetooth keyboard made by Eagle Tech called the Neptor Foldable Keyboard. We will be looking at model KB300BF-WH. This small compact size keyboard offers the full features of your standard keyboards. As we move forward and explore the Eagle Tech Neptor keyboard, we'll find out how well it performs with today's tablets and phones.