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    Samsung 850 EVO 2TB Review

    Large capacity SSDs are rather rare, but the Samsung 830 EVO 2TB is without equal in the marketplace. It's fast out of the box, but Samsung has something very special under the hood: RAPID Mode. As you'll see, RAPID Mode is unlike anything you've seen before, promis...
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    Nixeus NX-VUE24 24″ FreeSync 144Hz Gaming Monitor Review

    Introduction AMD FreeSync is a topic that has been buzzing around lately and has sparked some major debates over the web. While we’re not here to debate FreeSync over G-Sync and vise-versa, we are here to talk about what FreeSync can bring to the table. In rece...
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    HIS R9 380 IceQ X2 Review

    Today we're looking at the HIS R9 380 IceQ X2, a card that boasts a custom heatsink and a factory overclock, offering strong gaming values for consumers on a modest budget. With a reasonable price tag of $225, it sounds pretty good so far. Let's get this card on the...
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    Gigabyte X99-SLI Motherboard Review

    Introduction We are starting to see more and more Intel X99 series motherboards hit the market. The X99 series wasn’t designed to be a budget series platform, but that doesn’t mean it can’t fit into other marketing segments as well. There are many...
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THE MIONIX CASTOR – FIVE FINGERS, THREE GRIP STYLES, ONE MOUSE

THE MIONIX CASTOR – FIVE FINGERS, THREE GRIP STYLES, ONE MOUSE For the first time, a mouse caters all grip styles alike. Named for one of the brightest stars in the night sky, this 6-button, multi-color optical gaming mouse is crafted especially for right-handed gamers with dedicated ring and pinkie finger grooves and enhanced rubber grip. With its unique shape and the outstanding technical performance it is setting a new standard in ergonomic comfort and gaming performance. The Castor truly is a fine piece of craftsmanship. Pre-order now by hitting the button below and secure yourself one of the first units worldwide – we are shipping in September! Pre-order now


Fury X Overclocking Failing to Meet Expectations

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When Fury X first released, overclocking was abysmal, but that wasn’t any surprise once it was pointed out that voltage control wasn’t being supported yet. Now however, TechPowerUp seems to have found a breakthrough in the voltage control and plans on releasing software soon for other users. The bad news is, it doesn’t look like AMD understands the phrase “overclocker’s dream” when it comes to Fiji overclocking. To begin with, TechPowerUp was able to get a good 60 MHz extra out of the HBM. That isn’t a bad number considering how fresh the technology is and since AMD wasn’t bragging about memory overclocking, it’s a nice bonus. The problem is how little the GPU itself was able to be pushed. The most they could get out of it was an extra 165 MHz while remaining stable. When you do the math, that’s only slightly over a 15% overclock. The good news was that temperatures still remained great, but the power draw on the system raised exponentially. All considering, the extra energy needed only amounted to roughly a 5 FPS gain in gaming. Some minor tweaks in voltage would be fine if you wanted to reach stability but overall, there doesn’t seem to be a worthwhile benefit to pushing the Fury X to the max. Check out the link below to see the scaling in more detail. There’s really no way to spin this in a positive light. AMD really dropped the ball by claiming that Fury X would be a “overclocker’s d...


Gigabyte X99-SLI Motherboard Review

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Introduction We are starting to see more and more Intel X99 series motherboards hit the market. The X99 series wasn’t designed to be a budget series platform, but that doesn’t mean it can’t fit into other marketing segments as well. There are many users who don’t feel right spending $500+ on a motherboard, but are okay with something in between this price and the low-end/budget models. Now that this platform has had its time to mature, manufacturers are releasing a range of X99 motherboards to meet the demands of all types of consumers. We have a wide variety, from high end enthusiast boards to the more basic motherboards. Today, we have a chance to take a look at a Gigabyte X99 motherboard that meets “mid range” description perfectly: the Gigabyte X99-SLI. This motherboard is designed with quite a few bells and whistles, but with a more moderate price. Let’s dive in and take a closer look…   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. W...


 

AOC presents new UHD and QHD monitors – supreme sharpness at 32 inches

  Supreme sharpness at 32 inches: AOC presents new UHD and QHD monitors Brilliant UHD images on an imposing 32″ screen: the AOC U3277PQU Amsterdam, 28 July 2015 – Display specialist AOC introduces two new 32″ (81.3 cm) displays with UHD and QHD resolutions. Both the AOC U3277PQU with its 3840 x 2160 pixel AHVA-IPS panel and the AOC Q3277PQU with its 2560 x 1440 AMVA panel combine high resolutions and an extra-large screen size in order to provide power home users, photographers, designers and other professionals with highly detailed images and additional desktop real estate. Flicker FREE technology and a rich set of features contribute to eye-health and comfort. High-resolution images in a new size With their 32″ (81.3 cm) screen size, the AOC U3277PQU and AOC Q3277PQU are two impressive new options for users in search of a large high-resolution display. The U3277PQU boasts an AHVA-IPS panel with a 4K UHD resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels, which is four times as much as a standard Full HD panel. This way, photos, text, videos, games and other content appear considerably sharper and more detailed. Even Full HD video material can be upscaled to look notably crisper on the UHD display. Users without a modern 4K compatible graphics card can still get brilliant high-resolution images with the Q3277PQU and its QHD AMVA panel. The QHD resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels offers a vastly improved pixel density over Full HD monitors of the same size. Both of the new models cove...


COUGAR Makes Pro Gaming Affordable with 230M and 250M

COUGAR Makes Pro Gaming Affordable with 230M and 250M July 24th, 2015, Taipei, Taiwan – COUGAR announces today the arrival of a revolutionary pair of gaming mice to the market: 230M and 250M. These mice’s significance comes not only from their specs or appearance, but also from the idea behind them: putting pro level gaming mice within everybody’s grasp The new 230M and 250M offer a solution to every gamer, including both right and left handed users: Their ambidextrous design is highly comfortable for everybody. While their appearance and objective is similar, there are differences between both: 230M has been designed for purists who care mostly about the mouse’s quality and accuracy, while 250M adds to that a broad functionality. Both products share many features essential for gaming. Both have a 1000 Hz polling rate, which guarantees extremely low (1ms) response time, and their components are all of the highest quality, as shown for example in their OMRON Switches and gaming grade scroll wheel. Apart from that, they both sport extremely high quality sensors (3200 DPI for 230M, 4000 DPI for 250M) that allow the user to adjust the DPI levels on the fly (4 fixed levels for 230M, configurable DPI levels for 250M). 230M caters to purists who do not require any extra functionality apart from the essential DPI adjustment option. They care only about having an accurate and reliable sensor, the minimum response time and a good ergonomic design, and with 23...


Addonics Announces Rack-Mount SATA to USB 3.1 Converter

Addonics Announces Rack-Mount SATA to USB 3.1 Converter SAN JOSE, CA (July 23, 2015) — Addonics Technologies (www.addonics.com) today announced a rack-mount SATA to USB 3.1 Converter, which allows users to turn any SATA device into the latest SuperSpeed+ USB 3.1 storage solution. When connected to a USB 3.1 port, the converter can deliver data throughput up to 10 Gbps. This effectively doubles the speed of USB 3.0 and is 20 times faster than USB 2.0. Since it is backward compatible with previous USB standards, any SATA hard drive, SSD (Solid State Drive), and even optical drives can easily be converted into USB 3.1 storage. It comes mounted on a SCIS-I bracket, which means it can easily be mounted onto any storage enclosure with a standard SCSI-1 (Centronic 50) cut out. It can be mounted on a standard desktop computer chassis by using an optional PCI mounting bracket. The converter comes in a choice of models. There’s also a model with a WRITE-PROTECT function that is ideal for sharing drives containing important data among different users or for forensic application. Drives connecting to this bridge appear as READ-ONLY media, similar to a CD or DVD disc. All features are identical as the standard version except the WRITE function is disabled. This unique feature ensures absolute protection on any hard drive or SSD against virus contamination or data tampering. The new products are an ideal companion to the Addonics USB 3.1 PCIe controller, which the company announ...


Futuremark Peacekeeper benchmark will no longer be supported after July 29

Peacekeeper benchmark will no longer be supported after July 29 With the public release of Windows 10 coming up next week it’s a good time for us to review our current line up. As a result, we have decided to move Peacekeeper, our browser benchmark, to our list of unsupported products. Peacekeeper is a universal browser benchmark for measuring JavaScript performance. More than seven and a half million people have tested their browsers and mobile devices with Peacekeeper since its release in 2009. But today, competition between browsers has largely shifted from speed to features. Modern browsers are typically fast enough on a wide range of hardware, and the differences in speed in everyday use are trivial. A browser’s features, extensions, and memory use are now much more likely to be the deciding factors reducing the relevance of pure JavaScript performance benchmarks. For future testing of Windows PCs, we recommend PCMark 8. And for Android smartphones and tablets, we recommend PCMark for Android. Both include tests for measuring web browsing performance based on real-world activities instead of the narrow, synthetic workloads found in JavaScript benchmarks. Even though Peacekeeper will be unsupported after July 29, you will still be able to use it and your saved results will continue to be available at http://peacekeeper.futuremark.com/. Changes to the availability of other benchmarks With the launch of Windows 10 we will also be removing the Windows RT ver...


ID-COOLING Releases the Hunter Duet AIO Cooling Unit with Two Integrated Pumps

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The longer AIOs stick around, it seems that companies find more ways to try and “differentiate” themselves from the competition. You’re probably thinking at first glance that two pumps in one loop is just another hype train to sell units, but once you discover that the second pump is built entirely for a GPU, then everything begins to make sense. What ID-COOLING is trying with a built in CPU and GPU pump on the Hunter Duet is a good idea, but there’s one potential issue that could arise and only time will tell. The great thing about the AIO market is it’s introducing new ideas to consumers in ways that are much easier, and more cost efficient, than custom liquid loops. With the Hunter Duet, you have a much simpler method to introduce consumers to liquid cooling a graphics cards than on a custom loop. Normally, you would have to buy a properly fitted block and fittings that can cost almost as much as the entire ID-COOLING unit. The concept is great but there could be a potential problem that I hope the design team has taken into account. In my journey with trying to make the Cooler Master Glacer 240l work for my system, I came across a design issue that stemmed from how the pump and reservoir was designed. In short, the loop wasn’t balancing out the liquid pressure on both sides of the pump properly which would cause it to burn out prematurely (usually lasting 1-2 months tops). Due to the fact that one pump will be pumping directly into ...


Giada USA Announces Affordable Micro Server for Small Businesses and Home – GT200

Giada USA Announces Affordable Micro Server for Small Businesses and Home – GT200 2-Bay Dual Core Celeron Based Server features Low Power Consumption and Active Hardware Control for Reliability July 22, 2015, Brea, California – Giada Technology, a provider of Micro Servers, Mini-PCs and embedded motherboards, announces its new GT200 Micro Server entry level server for small businesses and homes. The GT200 is powered by a high-performing Intel®1037U dual-core processor with a TDP of just 17W. With 2 hot-swappable SATA 3.0 drive bays, an mSATA bootable SSD slot, dual Gigabit Ethernet, and Giada’s own Active Hardware Control technology, the GT200 packs enterprise features into a compact tower server less than 7 inches tall. “We priced the GT20 0 within reach of small businesses and designed it to use much less power than a typical rackmount or tower server. In our tests a GT200 fully loaded with 2 SATA drives, 4GB of DDR3 RAM and an mSATA SSD consumed less than 30W at 93% CPU utilization,” said Jessica Hsu, Giada USA Sales Director. “It’s perfect for American entrepreneurs seeking to maximize work per dollar.” Dual Core Performance at 17W TDP Featuring a Intel®1037U dual-core processor running at speeds up to 1.8GHz, the GT200 is able to handle application server workloads with just 17W TDP. The Celeron-based GT200 outperforms Atom servers yet uses much less energy than Xeon or Pentium based servers. Small businesses can cut energy costs with the GT200 w...


Display Innovations from Philips Monitors at IFA 2015: Sharper, Brighter, Clearer

Sharper, Brighter, Clearer: Display Innovations from Philips Monitors at IFA 2015 Curved displays and dazzling Quantum Dot Color lead this year’s line-up Amsterdam, 21 July 2015 – A one-stop encounter with industry-leading display innovations awaits you with MMD at the Philips stand in Hall 22 – such as panoramic curved screens and colour with unrivalled brilliance. The highlight products at IFA will be: The first curved Philips monitor brings the user to the centre of the action: This new 34-inch display wraps around the user’s line of vision to create a truly immersive, focused experience. The edge-to-edge glass and ultra-narrow border maximize the viewing area and make viewing more comfortable. The display also features CrystalClear, UltraWide Quad HD resolution (3440 x 1440) and a wide viewing angle to bring graphics and images to life. Taking colour intensity to the max, a new 27-inch IPS-ADS Adobe RGB display with Quantum Dot Color IQ™ is also premiered. Delivering over 50% more colour than traditional LEDs, this transformative technology is more affordable, costing a fraction of most colour-critical technologies. And it’s also more energy-efficient: Quantum Dot Color IQ uses 25% less energy than comparable technologies. Making its European debut appearance at IFA 2015 is the Ambiglow Plus Base. This unique feature creates a halo of light on and around the base that syncs with the display image. The light is still available even when the display is ...





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