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    Bitfenix Collosus Mini ITX Review

    Lately it seems I have been covering the smaller side of things in reviews. If you read any of them, you will know that I am not a big fan of the diminutive size of Micro and Mini anything when it comes to computing. The bigger the better has been my motto. Huge case...
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    In Win 901 Aluminum Mini-ITX Case Review

    In Win has been known to release some pretty unique PC chassis; their design team have some pretty creative ideas when it comes to its aesthetics and overall style. Of course, that's not always true. Sometimes we've seen some pretty questionable designs and wonder ...
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    SilverStone PS10 Case Review

    Are you in the market for a budget priced chassis that looks like you spent more? Introducing the PS10 case from SilverStone, a mid tower case that offers a wide variety of hardware configurations and cooling support. SilverStone frequently leans toward a more budget...
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    Kingston 64GB SDXC Class 3 Memory Card & USB 3.0 MobileLite G3 Review

    During our visit with Kingston at CES 2014 this year, we had a chance to sit down with them to talk about the new and up-coming flash memory cards that are designed for HD Media use. With the advancing and growing media recording industry, faster and more reliable f...
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HyperX Releases ‘FURY’ Memory Line for Entry-Level Overclocking and Gaming Enthusiasts

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HyperX Releases ‘FURY’ Memory Line for Entry-Level Overclocking and Gaming Enthusiasts   HyperX FURY Memory Offers Automatic Overclocking New Aggressive, Asymmetrical Heatspreader Design FURY Entry-Level Family to Include SSD   PAX East, Boston, MA and Fountain Valley, CA − April 9, 2014 − HyperX, a division of Kingston Technology Company, Inc., the independent world leader in memory products, today announced the launch of HyperX FURY memory for entry-level gamers and enthusiasts. HyperX FURY replaces the HyperX blu memory line. The new, next-generation high-performance memory offers automatic overclocking with an asymmetric, aggressive heatspreader design for the ultimate cost-efficient enthusiast computer experience. HyperX FURY memory is fully Plug and Play (PnP) so it automatically overclocks within the system speed allowance without any manual BIOS tuning. The new heatspreader design comes in four colors (blue, black, red, and white) and features black PCB to enable gamers, modders and system builders to have color matched systems. HyperX FURY is available in 1333MHz, 1600MHz and 1866MHz frequencies. HyperX FURY system memory will soon be joined by HyperX FURY SSD, designed also for entry-level gamers and enthusiasts who want to get into the game quicker. HyperX FURY SSD allows PCs and applications to load faster and improve overall system responsiveness.  “We are excited to offer our newest addition to the HyperX DRAM family for entry-level enthusiasts w...


Noctua Revolutionizes Air Cooling with the NH-D15

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Let’s face it. Even extreme liquid cooling enthusiasts occasionally appreciate good air coolers for their simplicity and noise levels. Sometimes, a person just doesn’t have time or cash to maintain liquid loops on every system they own. While the competition can be steep in the air cooling market, Noctua looks like they may have pulled a secret weapon to dominate the field for a while. I’m pleased to introduce the NH-D15 elite-class dual tower CPU cooler. There are two reasons to be excited about this release. The first reason, as expected, is the increase in performance. I was particularly impressed by Noctua’s policy that they don’t release anything that they aren’t 100% satisfied with. They widened the fin-stack and spaced the heatpipes to improve efficiency. Reviews will be the final judge, but it looks like there will be a new king in the air cooling market. Some people still like to complain about the colors of Noctua fans, but that’s usually before owning one. The performance and low noise levels of the NF-A15 can make any person forget they ever hated beige and brown after seeing it in action. Performance is always a good reason to look forward to new hardware, but functionality is what changes landscapes forever. Noctua has certainly changed the landscape with a simple, yet brilliant design feature. They recessed the lower fins on both towers so that RAM clearance issues will be a thing of the past (for the most part). Th...


Transcend Jetflash 380G Review

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With technology growing, the size of storage has grown too. We constantly need more space for moving larger files from one system to another, but we don’t always have network accessibility. Whether it is movies, music or a system backup, we don't always have cables on hand when it comes to transferring files between computer and your mobile device. Transcend realized not everybody carries cables around, and introduced the Jetflash 380. The Jetflash 380 is available in 16 or 32GB sizes in either silver or gold. We have the opportunity to test the 380G 16GB version. Continue reading to find out how well these drives do in our testing.


 

ECS KBN-I/5200 AMD A6-5200 Mini-ITX Motherboard Review

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AMD's APU series market has really picked up pace over the last few years. The most recent updates to their current road map, included the new FM2+ socket A88X based chipset and the Kaveri Processor. This has really generated a great deal of interest with many of today's budget conscious consumers. However, with no updates to AMD's enthusiast FX series chip road map, AMD's APU series is really the only new technology we are seeing at the moment from its consumer line. With that said, we are excited to see that AMD is starting to put more budget friendly APU technology out in the market and we are going to shed some light on what to expect. Today we are looking at a very new low-budget APU inspired motherboard. It includes the Kabini SoC processor (which runs the Jaguar APU Cores) on a Radeon HD8000 series graphics base, and it does it all in a tight nit space. At the beginning of the year, ECS (Elitegroup Computer Systems) announced this Kabini SoC processing unit which houses an AMD A6-5200 CPU. It also includes a Radeon 8400 GPU all in a small mini-ITX form factor APU combo. Today we got our nitty gritty hands on this tiny power house to put it to the test. We are excited to see what this Quad Core A6-5200 APU can do. Before we jump into the details of the ECS KBN-I/5200 motherboard, lets take a look at ECS (Elitegroup Computer Systems).


 

AMD to Increase Global Foundries Chip Production

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After Global Foundries was formed from the Advanced Micro Devices manufacturing arm, they have flourished into one of the top semiconductor foundries on the global markets. Part of their success can be contributed to their contracts with AMD to produce a portion of their processors. Recently, Global Foundries has been looking to even further increase their size by the potential acquisition of IBM’s semiconductor fabrication facilities. AMD and Global Foundries reached an agreement increasing the amount of production done by the company. With this agreement, AMD projects that they will pay Global Foundries around $1.2 billion by the end of 2014. Their production prices will be fixed for the duration of their agreement. AMD has made this decision reflecting their projections for this year, increasing production quantities of PC semiconductors and some GPU and APU products. Between the increase of production for AMD and the prospective purchase for Global Foundries, both companies seem to be in very good shape for the future. AMD is in a very good position to increase their own sales and finally stand up against the massive Intel market. In all, Global Foundries just continues to grow in success as AMD and other companies increase their demand for semiconductor products. As Originally Written by DanielB Sources: http://www.bit-tech.net/news/hardware/2014/04/04/glofo-ibm/1 http://www.amd.com/en-us/press-releases/Pages/amd-amends-wafer-2014apr1.aspx


Nvidia GeForce Experience 2.0 and Performance Update

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We recently had the opportunity to meet with Nvidia to hear some of the upcoming newly minted features of their popular GeForce Experience software, and Nvidia is promising even better features to reach a wider audience, and are now calling this their GFE 2.0, presumably the new and improved version. Notebooks are getting the love this time around, receiving the full treatment like the enthusiast desktop brethren, and mobile gaming is looking to get a boost as well with Nvidia's new Gamestream. As an added bonus, we've got some new drivers from Nvidia as well, version 337.50, which promises performance increases. Not ones to blindly believe the claims, we get a GTX 780 on the bench and see what these drivers can do.


 

Samsung Jumps into Memory Card Market

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Today, tech giant Samsung announced it’s jumping into the retail memory market, looking to make a big splash with new Samsung-branded memory cards. Expecting to capitalize on its market position as an industry leader, Samsung is launching an entirely new lineup of SD and micro-SD cards geared to mainstream, enthusiasts, and professionals with the Standard, EVO, and PRO models, a naming convention which appears to follow the company’s popular SSD lineup. With capacities ranging from 16GB to 64GB, and speeds up to a blistering 90mB/s, the products have been branded for easy recognition to consumers, easily identifying the difference between recommended phone, tablet, and camera uses, depending on your needs for various media uses.   Standard The Standard model offers solid mobile performance and is a must-have for mobile phones, tablets, point-and-shoot cameras and mid-range camcorders. It’s the smart choice for storing more music, photos, videos and apps. EVO The EVO model boasts ultra-high-speed performance and is the preferred memory card for your smartphones, tablets, full HD (FHD) camcorders and digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) cameras. Its ultra-fast performance brings you improved data transfer of more photos and videos on your mobile devices and high-resolution photo and video capturing on your cameras and camcorders. PRO The PRO model delivers extremely high performance speeds and reliability for premium smartphones, tablets, FHD camcorders a...


SAPPHIRE Launches R9 290 Vapor-X OC

  SAPPHIRE Launches R9 290 Vapor-X OC Combines Vapor-Chamber Cooler with Tri-X fans and new features for optimum performance SAPPHIRE technology, the leading manufacturer and global supplier of AMD-based graphics products, has just announced an exciting new model in the successful R9 series of graphics cards. The SAPPHIRE R9 290 Vapor-X OC features several of the company’s industry-leading technologies and a factory overclock to deliver best in class performance with very low noise. Based on the award-winning Graphics Core Next (GCN) architecture from AMD with 2560 Stream Processors, the SAPPHIRE R9 290 Vapor-X is an Overclocked edition which boasts 4GB of the latest GDDR5 memory running at 1400MHz (5.6GB/s effective) and high speed engine clocks of 1050MHz. Together these clocks deliver industry leading performance – but to achieve this performance with stability and reliability demands high quality components throughout the design (especially in the power control circuitry) together with a sophisticated cooling solution. SAPPHIRE Innovations The advanced cooling system for the new SAPPHIRE Vapor-X series has been engineered with a combination of SAPPHIRE innovative technologies to provide not just efficient cooling, but also quiet operation. At the core of the cooling system is the SAPPHIRE exclusive Vapor-X technology. SAPPHIRE pioneered the use of vapor chamber technology on graphics cards and has now used it in several generations of highly successful product...


Digital Storm Unveils Four New Gaming Laptops

 Digital Storm Unveils Four New Gaming Laptops   FREMONT, Calif. – April 3, 2014 – Digital Storm is excited to unveil four new gaming notebooks – the 15.6 inch Javelin and Lance and the 17.3 inch Krypton and Behemoth. The four laptops provide a variety of sizes, configurations and features to meet the needs of almost any mobile PC gamer.   All four models in Digital Storm’s new line feature the new NVIDIA GTX 800M series of graphics cards. The new generation of graphics cards offers improved performance and advanced technology like Battery Boost, to maximize battery life during gaming, and ShadowPlay for recording gameplay streams.   “We’ve wanted to refresh our notebook line for a while and the NVIDIA GTX 800M series launch provided the perfect timing,” said Rajeev Kuruppu, Digital Storm’s Director of Product Development. “The cards’ ability to deliver gaming performance comparable to a desktop system allow our notebooks to dominate anywhere.”   Starting at just $1,196 the custom built Javelin gaming notebook delvers stellar gaming performance and a high-definition multimedia experience. The Javelin’s 1080P display allows gamers to experience every inch of the battlefield in incredible detail.   The powerful Lance utilizes a high performance notebook cooling system that compartmentalizes critical hardware to keep the notebook frosty during even the most intense sessions. The notebook also comes equipped with Sound Blaster’s ...


AOC Debuts 24-inch 144Hz Gaming Monitor Built for Speed

r AOC Debuts 24-inch 144Hz Gaming Monitor Built for Speed 3 Apr 2014   High-performance G2460PQU display brings a 144Hz refresh rate and 1ms response time to your gaming PC and console   Fremont, Calif. – April 3, 2014 – AOC, a worldwide leader in monitor display technology, today announces the 24-inch 144Hz Gaming Monitor (G2460PQU). Designed for high-performance gaming, the AOC G2460PQU delivers a refresh rate of 144Hz and response time of 1ms for ultra smooth, crystal clear visuals that give gamers decisive advantages including reduced input lag and more frames per second.   The AOC G2460PQU is the ultimate gaming monitor with ample connectivity options and a sleek design to meet your competitive gaming needs. The wall-mountable monitor has a black hairline textured design with a sleek red bar at the bottom bezel, and comes with Display Port, HDMI, DVI-Dual Link, VGA, with four USB 2.0 ports. The USB hub includes a fast-charging port for mobile devices that is three times faster than a standard USB port. Plus the monitor’s four-way adjustable stand allows gamers to change the monitor height by 130mm, swivel left and right, tilt the screen angle, and pivot 90 degrees to landscape or portrait view to maximize the gaming experience. The AOC G2460PQU is now available for $399.99 at national CE retailers. The display is backed by AOC’s three-year warranty as well as the EASE exchange program.   The AOC 144Hz Gaming Monitor’s 24-inch screen displ...





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