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    Happy Hardware Hound Halloween, with Star Wars

    It’s that time of year again! Scary movies, trick’r’treating, costumes, candy corn, and a review done by a guy dressed as a Star Wars Character? You probably already saw the review for the NZXT S340 Elite VR ready case, but I bet you’ve never ...
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    Enermax Platimax D.F. 500W PSU Review

    Introduction Enermax has been making PSUs since 1990. Their mission statement for the past 25 years has been “Power, Innovation, and Design”. Power stems from Enermax being the first manufacturer to break the barrier of 1kW, Innovation for the continuous...
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    NZXT S340 Elite VR Ready Case and Internal USB Hub Review

    Introduction Alright, everyone! Let’s give a cheer for VR! When I say “V,” you say “R!” Ready? V!!!! ……. Admittedly, cheers work much better in person than in writing, but this doesn’t diminish the hype that went into t...
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    LAMPTRON CM430 Fan Controller Review

    Introduction Fan controllers aren’t quite as essential as they used to be. Even just a few years back, you almost needed to have one if you had more than 3 or 4 fans in your case. Today, we see numerous cases coming with their own controllers, or adding a nice...
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Zotac Sonix PCIe 480GB SSD Review


Introduction NVMe SSDs are the enthusiast topic of interest right now. The storage industry has become affordable in the SSD market, but is trending towards NVMe as a replacement. This is faster and can reach GB/s rather than MB/s. It does this by bypassing the ACHI protocol and pushes the boundaries of what basic SSDs can’t. I will be looking at a Zotac implementation of NVMe using an HHHL PCIe card at 480GB. This is Zotac’s first consumer NVMe drive, and claims speeds of up to 2600 MB/s over PCIe gen 3. Let’s see if this drive can push the limit of NVMe and stand out among its competitors. The specifications are as follows: Form Factor PCIE Add-in-Card Interface NVME 1.2 PCIE Gen 3 x 4 Flash Type MLC DRAM Cache 512MB DDR3 Capacity 480GB Sequential Read Up to 2,600 MB/s Sequential Write Up to 1,300 MB/s Random Read Random Write Power Consumption Read: 5.57W Write: 7.27W Idle: 0.5W Thickness Supported OS Windows, Mac OS, Linux MTBF (hours) 2,000,000 Accessories Bundled low-profile bracket


EMTEC Portable SSD and SuperSpeed Flash Drive


Introduction USB storage is one of those somewhat mundane things that we use all the time without giving it much thought: Backups, sneaker-net transfers, boot devices for installing new OS’s, transportable cinema, you name it. Chances are, you have a number of these devices scattered about your desk, home or office. In all honesty, these devices have utterly revolutionized portable storage, replacing Floppy Disks of all types, Zip Drives, write-able CD’s and in many cases write-able DVD’s and Blu-Ray disks. While USB 1 and USB 2 versions of these devices may have wowed us for a brief instant in time, it wasn’t until the advent of USB 3 that external USB Storage came into its own. The theoretical transfer rates of USB 3 (5 Gb/s or 640 MB/s) coupled to NAND flash with its high read and write speeds make USB external storage as fast or faster than most spinning disks and some internal SSDs and the small size of these devices coupled with their low power requirements make them astonishingly capable. Booting from a floppy or CD/DVD is pretty painful. Booting from a USB 3 thumb drive is (in some cases) all but indistinguishable from booting from an internal HDD or SSD. So, it’s with a certain amount of excitement that I find myself in possession of not one, but two cool storage devices from EMTEC. The first is a 256 GB USB 3.0 Flash drive packaged in the traditional “Thumb Drive” format. The second is a 256 GB USB 3.0 Portable SSD. Yes, ...


Enermax DigiFanless 550W


Introduction This will be the first fanless PSU unit I have reviewed. Digital PSUs are becoming more popular due to the control you have over the PSU with software and no noise. Enermax lately has been changing some things around for the better. They have been redesigning most of their products with better features, such as longer modular cables, better cable quality, and better case design. They have also made huge strides in their fan department. I know this because I have tested previous products and have seen the changes over time. Let’s see if this PSU with its unique marketing as a digital fanless PSU can make this product stand out among its major competitors. The specifications & features are as follows: Brand Name Enermax Item model number EDF550AWN Item Weight 8.1 pounds Product Dimensions 13.5 x 4.5 x 10 inches Item Dimensions L x W x H 13.5 x 4.5 x 10 inches Color Black Power Source corded-electric  


EVGA Z170 Classified K Motherboard Review


Introduction EVGA is still a fairly new company when it comes to parts other than graphics cards. They are primarily a NVIDIA partner and offer 24/7 tech support, which is kind of rare when it comes to computer hardware. Their mission is to create hardware through differentiation, intelligent innovation, market knowledge, and real-time operation. I will be looking over the EVGA Classified Z170 board from their motherboard lineup. Let’s see if this classified motherboard can stand out from the crowd of Z170 boards as described. Specifications Chipset – Intel Z170 SLI – 2-Way + PhysX SATA – 10 SATA 6G RAID 0, 1, 5, 10, JBOD USB – 2 USB 3.1 / 6 USB 3.0 / 2 USB 2.0 Memory Support – 4 DIMM Dual-Channel DDR4 3600MHz+ (up to 64GB) Capacitors – POSCAP/Solid State Ethernet – 1x Killer E2400 NIC / 1x Intel® Gigabit NIC Audio – 8 Channel High Definition Audio + Optical DisplayPort – 1x DP 1.2, 1x HDMI 1.4 Fan Headers – 7 (2 PWM, 5 DC / PWM) PCB – 6 Layers PCI-E Slot Arrangement – 1×16, 2×8+1×4+2×1 NVMe Support – Yes (PCI-E) Form Factor ATX Form Factor Length: 12in – 304.8mm Width: 9.6in – 243.8mm Features 300% more gold content in the CPU socket USB 3.0 Support SATA 6G Support 100% Solid State Capacitors EVGA Vdroop Control EVGA E-LEET Tuning Support EVGA EZ Voltage read points Onboard Clear CMOS, Power and Reset Buttons Onboard CPU Temperature Monitor Dual BIOS Support PCI Express 3.0 Support Supports Intel Core i3, ...


Arozzi Vernazza


Introduction Arozzi is a Swedish company that was founded in 2013. Its main focus is for providing the highest level of comfort for consumers that spend long hours on their computers. I will be looking at their top of the line model Vernazza chair, and doing a build log. Arozzi chairs are inspired by championship motorsports that should provide a stylish look. Let’s see if this chair can provide the comfort and aesthetics that Arozzi claims.   Adjustable seat height 460 – 530mm 18.1-20.8 inches Chair height 1390 – 1460mm 54.7-57.5 inches Seat inner width 330mm 12.9″ Seat depth 580mm 22.8″ Backrest height 930mm 36.6″ Weight Capacity 160 kg 360 lbs. Gross Weight 27 kg 59.5 lbs. Netto Weight 23 kg 50.7 lbs. Box Dimension 860x690x350mm 33.8 x 27.1 x 13.7 inches Gas Lift Class-4


be quiet! Dark Power Pro 11


Introduction I have reviewed quite a few bequiet! products lately. The modern world of high technology requires constant refinement to advance. Today I will be looking over the 80PLUS Platinum certified Dark Power Pro 11 1000W power supply. Could it be the most technologically advanced PSU be quiet! has ever built ? Lets take a look and find out. The specifications are as follows: General Data Continuous power (W)- 1000 Peak power (W)- 1100 Form factor ATX 12V- Version 2.4 Form factor EPS 12V- Version 2.92 Modular cable management- Yes Topology- Full bridge + LLC + SR + DC/DC Voltage (Vac)- 100 – 240 Frequency (Hz)- 50 – 60 Input current (A)- 14 / 8 PFC- active Power factor at 100% load- >0.99 Compliant to Intel C6/C7 – Yes Compliant to Intel C6 mode- yes Power consumption in standby (W)- <0,10W Average life time (h / 25°C)- 100.000 Operating temperature up to (°C)- 40 Output 12V rails (multi-rail operation)- 4 12V single rail operation- yes Overclocking key- Yes +3.3V (A)- 25 +5V (A)- 25 +12V1 (A)- 32 +12V2 (A)- 32 +12V3 (A)- 40 +12V4 (A)- 40 +12V5 (A)- NA +12V6 (A) NA -12V (A)- 0.5 +5Vsb (A)- 3 Max. combined power 12V (W)- 996 Max. combined power 3.3V + 5V (W)- 150 Hold-up time (ms @ 100%)- 19,29 @ 100% load Fan / Cooling technology Fan type- be quiet! SilentWings® +SilentWings Motor technology- 6-pole fan motor Bearing technology- FDB Fan size (mm)- 135 Max. fan speed (rpm), temperature-dependent- 1,800 Temperature control for case fans...


DREAM MACHINES DM1 Pro S Gaming Mouse Review

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Introduction I want to point this intro in another direction. I really do! But there’s just SO many gaming mice!!! I’m beginning to think it’s easier to start a mouse company than it is to become a debt buyer. A quick look through Amazon will tell you I’m not over-exaggerating. However, this many options isn’t a bad thing. While there can be a lot of bad products to sort through, this can also help a buyer find exactly what they want. In reviewing several mice recently, I’ve noticed that each one has the tiniest little differences that can be a huge deal for the way it feels. DREAM MACHINES is at it again with the DM1 Pro S Gaming Mouse. They included a Pixart 3360 optical sensor this time and having used it in other mice, I can already say it’s a welcome addition. DREAM MACHINES is likely a name you haven’t heard of, so here’s a little bit of info about their company. Dream Machines specializes in providing the best solutions for gamers. We wanted to create something that would fulfill the needs of even the most demanding players. Many gamers cannot reach their potential as they a limited by hardware, such as a slow processor or weak graphics card. Our computers make sure that each gamer can reach his or her highest abilities, by offering our customers the most advanced equipment available on the market. Dream Machines is working with the top designers, experts, and manufacturers from around the world. Dream Machines...


TRENDnet introduces new Layer 2 managed network switches

TRENDnet introduces new Layer 2 managed network switches TORRANCE, Calif. – Aug. 16, 2016 – TRENDnet® (www.TRENDnet.com), a global leader in reliable SMB and consumer networking solutions, announced the launch of three new Layer 2 managed switch solutions, offering traffic management, troubleshooting, access control, and monitoring features. TRENDnet introduces two new 48-port Gigabit managed Layer 2 switches, models TL2-G448 and TL2-PG484. TRENDnet’s 48-Port Gigabit PoE+ Managed Layer 2 Switch, model TL2-PG484 features 24 Gigabit PoE+ ports, 24 Gigabit ports, and four shared SFP slots, with a 370 Watts PoE power budget. TRENDnet’s 48-Port Gigabit Managed Layer 2 Switch, model TL2-G448, features 48 Gigabit ports and four shared SFP slots. “Advanced Layer 2 managed switches allow businesses to easily scale their networks to handle the crucial task of meeting the needs of a thriving and growing organization,” said Evan Davis, senior manager of solutions engineering at TRENDnet. “TRENDnet’s new L2 switch solutions improve network administration efficiencies with several advanced management features designed to customize your network for your optimal performance.” Layer 2 managed features become increasingly important as a business’s network grows in both size and complexity. With TRENDnet’s L2 managed features, companies can customize their network design and layout. TRENDnet’s L2 switches feature comman...

G.SKILL Demos DDR4-3333MHz CL14 128GB and DDR4-3333MHz CL13 64GB Memory at IDF 2016

G.SKILL Demos DDR4-3333MHz CL14 128GB and DDR4-3333MHz CL13 64GB Memory at IDF 2016 Featuring High Performance Samsung ICs Taipei, Taiwan (18 August 2016) – G.SKILL International Enterprise Co., Ltd., the world’s leading manufacturer of extreme performance memory and gaming peripherals, displays two super-large capacity DDR4 memory kits at ultra-high speeds with amazingly low CAS latencies at the Intel Developer Forum 2016 this week in San Francisco, including the Trident Z series DDR4-3333MHz CL14 128GB (8x16GB) and DDR4-3333MHz CL13 64GB (8x8GB) memory kits. Both kits are featured with high performance Samsung DDR4 8Gb components and operate on the latest Intel X99 platform with Broadwell-E processors.  Trident Z DDR4-3333MHz CL14-14-14-34 128GB (8x16GB) 1.35V G.SKILL is dedicated to pushing the performance limit of DDR4 kits to new heights with the latest platform generations. With the launch of Broadwell-E in May 2016, G.SKILL is pushing a 128GB (8x16GB) kit of the high end Trident Z series to a blazing DDR4-3333MHz frequency at a very tight timing of CL 14-14-14-34. Featuring the Intel Core i7-6800K processor and ASUS ROG Rampage V Edition 10 motherboard, this is one of the highest performance memory kits with such massive capacity. Trident Z DDR4-3333MHz CL13-13-13-33 64GB (8x8GB) 1.35V On a similar platform, featuring the Intel Core i7-6800K processor and ASUS X99-Deluxe II motherboard, G.SKILL also demonstrated an 8-module kit at 64GB (8x8GB) memory capacity a...

BIOSTAR Celebrates 30 Years in the Industry

BIOSTAR Celebrates 30 Years in the Industry  30th Anniversary of BIOSTAR, Racing another 30 years to the future!   August 18th, 2016, Taipei, Taiwan – BIOSTAR is proud to celebrate its prestigious 30 years in the industry this year and is excited to celebrate another 30 years more of progress for the company. BIOSTAR sets a goal to keep on improving, becoming better but always find a way to stay within its vision of providing the best value for consumers yet still maintain a high-level of quality and performance from its products.  How BIOSTAR started   BIOSTAR was founded in 1986 where its race to the future began as a humble motherboard brand during its establishment as BIOSTAR MICROTECH INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION. In 1999, BIOSTAR was publicly listed in the Taiwan Stock Exchange (TWSE). And soon after the company’s growth started flowing with milestones like in 2005 when BIOSTAR established its Graphics Card Division to supply its customers with better solutions besides integrated ones. This year also marked the debut of BIOSTAR’s T-series motherboards to signify its aggressiveness in creating its own style and design. In 2006, BIOSTAR established its IPC division dedicated to the industrial sector creating solutions for specialized applications. In 2008-2009 marked a momentous year for BIOSTAR highlighting multiple achievements when it released its first TPower extreme overclocking motherboard signifying its strong product development skills to allow it to com...

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