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    Samsung USB 3.0 16GB and FIT 32GB Review

    Samsung is targeting mobile users who want both capacity and durability in a very small form factor. Today we're looking at the Samsung 16GB and FIT 32GB USB 3.0 flash drives. They promise very quick speeds for mainstream consumers and professionals alike, so let's t...
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    Corsair H110i GTX Review

    Introduction Who says reviews have to be 100% serious all the time? With the time of the year being what it is, I decided to have a little fun with the video portion of the review. This could be the first and last time you get to see a star ship captain explore the f...
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    Mionix Castor Gaming Mouse

    Introduction We’ve seen several mice from Swedish company Mionix, and we’ve been impressed. The Naos remains one of the most comfortable mice I’ve ever grasped (admittedly, it’s my go-to daily mouse of choice), and we’ve seen models from...
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    Azio MGK1-K and RGB Backlit Mechanical Keyboards Review

    The Azio MGK1-K and MGK1-RGB mechanical keyboard look to offer solid designs for gamers on modest budgets. Both models are stylish and functional, both come with unique illumination effects, and both come with very attractive price tags. Can these two boards stan...
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Noctua NH-L9x65 Review

Noctua NH-L9 (5)

Introduction Noctua is renowned for their silent performance, but lately we’ve been seeing more products that fit into the small form-factor HTPC market over the ultra-enthusiasts monster performance market. This no doubt indicates a shift in less desire for the newest high end products and more demand for parts that “get the job done.” The NH-L9x65 is one such product. Here, Noctua is introducing a very nice, low-profile CPU cooler that fits the bill entirely for keeping an ITX style computer cool in it’s constrained case space. We know Noctua can make great coolers, but now we’ll see how well this small cooler stacks up. We’ll be finding out soon enough but before we start taking a closer look, let’s pause for a brief statement about who Noctua is and what they are passionate about.


BIOSTAR Gaming H170T and GeForce GTX980Ti VGA

BIOSTAR’s Gaming H170T Mainboard and GeForce GTX980Ti VGA Card The cost and performance-balanced combination for professional gamers   October 19th, 2015, Taipei, Taiwan – BIOSTAR’s latest gaming products cover both the mainboard and VGA card spaces with two products that offer a sweet spot for performance versus investment in hardware. The motherboard is the Gaming H170T which is the best valued motherboard of the Gaming Skylake platform (other brands are at least $169 and up) and the GPU is the Gaming GeForce GTW980Ti, a 6GB GDDR5, 384bit, full size PCB, high-end 3D graphic solution, supporting NVIDIA’s PhyX and CUDA technology at 4K resolutions. The Foundation: BIOSTAR’s latest mainboard, the Gaming H170T is based on Intel’s H170 chipset which is a single-chip design that supports Intel® 6th generation socket 1151 Intel® Core™ processors. Great Audio Performance: The Gaming H170T comes with Hi-Fi Technology built inside, delivering Blu-Ray audio, Puro Hi-Fi features an integrated independent audio power design with a built-in amplifier. The technology utilizes audio components with an independent power delivery design for a significant reduction in electronic noise producing superb sound quality. Moreover, the Hi-Fi H170T supports USB 3.0, PCIe M.2 (32Gb/s), SATA Express (16Gb/s) and has DisplayPort for monitor output. Best Online Gaming Experience: There is also BIOSTAR’s SmartSpeedLAN included which is a free software application that monitors and m...

Mionix Castor Gaming Mouse


Introduction We’ve seen several mice from Swedish company Mionix, and we’ve been impressed. The Naos remains one of the most comfortable mice I’ve ever grasped (admittedly, it’s my go-to daily mouse of choice), and we’ve seen models from Mionix that sport minor differences and improvements along the way. Why mess with a winning formula, it seems. One of the differences is certainly in terms of cost. It should come as no surprise that everyone doesn’t necessarily want to splurge for the flagship Naos, and for those who want the quality and features but a more affordable price tag, the Mionix Castor is what we’re looking at today. The Castor is a right-handed mouse, and while it captures the shapely essence of the vaunted Naos, it also seems to share some lineage from the impressive Avior, creating a subtle new shape that’s suitable for palm, claw, and fingertip-grip preferences. There are a couple other differences, such as a 10,000 DPI optical engine rather than laser, a simplified lighting and feature set, and a lower price tag than the premium Naos or Avior. Sounds good so far. Let’s take a closer look at the Mionix Castor and find out if it’s worthy your consideration.


INTEL’s Profit Drops, but are we Really Surprised?

It seems like every other day, there is another story surfacing that’s letting us know PC sales are slipping and the latest iteration of this is that INTEL’s profits are down. I can’t say that any of us would be surprised about this, but the fun part is trying to place our finger on exactly what’s going on. The most obvious reason is that no matter how anybody wants to slice it, the world economies have been doing terribly in the recent months. Economy will certainly hurt the ability of a company to grow, but at the same time, said companies can’t just sit there and point the proverbial finger at government regulations without noticing the three pointing back at them. I’m not going to analyze every fiscal decision INTEL has made, but I do believe that their design process on their architecture is not helping with their current woes. Many of us know about the Tick, Tock cycle that INTEL uses. One cycle brings out a new manufacturing process, then the next improves on that process via architecture. This concept in and of itself is a bit lame for consumers. It essentially guarantees that you’re out of date with in a year of purchasing a new product. Now most of us know that performance will hold up for a quite a bit longer, but it always leaves consumers feeling slightly afraid of pulling the trigger on a new product because something better could be just around the corner. This leaves us with the feeling that INTEL is trying to sq...

Giada GT400 All-round MicroServer

Giada’s GT400 MicroServer – Small, Robust and Efficient All-round MicroServer designed for small and medium enterprises   October 15th , 2015, Shenzhen, China –Giada’s GT400 MicroServer is a 4-Bay storage system for Windows and Linux OS, built for low power consumption and 24/7 reliability. The GT400 supports RAID 0, 1, 5, and 10, and provides convenient & secure file sharing and networking features for small to medium sized enterprises and new startups while facilitating high efficiency and quick sharing functionality. Use case scenarios include small data centers, file servers, web servers, mail servers and print servers.   MicroServers are an emerging form factor for servers designed for different scales of data centers and storage systems. Even within the MicroServer category, there is no one-size-fits-all answer for system design or processor choice. The GT400 can be run on Linux variant such as Novell SLES 11 SP3, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.0 or Ubuntu server 14.04 or on Windows Server lines such as Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012, and Windows Server 2012 R2.­ The GT400 is especially designed as a server to be utilized in SMEs or small groups that are starting a business or other collaborative organizations. Choose a right server is critical for smooth operations in an organization. With secure and convenient file sharing and networking feature, the working efficiency can be greatly improved. Powered by Intel® Celeron® 1037U dual-core pro...

Lian Li Announces The PC-18 Mid Tower Chassis in the US

Lian Li Announces The PC-18 Mid Tower Chassis in the US A Mid Tower Case With a Short Name, Big Interior, and an Internal Fan/Radiator Mount October 15, 2015, Keelung, Taiwan – Lian-Li Industrial Co. Ltd announces the PC-18 mid tower chassis: designed to feel compact while fitting powerful air and water cooling options inside. The interior arranges the components along the inner wall, leaving the center of the case open for the custom-built swing-out fan bracket that improves cooling performance. Available in silver and black exteriors, this brushed aluminum build harkens back to classic Lian Li minimalism. The dual exterior facing drive bays and twin 120mm fans on the front give it an old school look. The crisp exterior is broken only by the hidden USB/HD audio ports, power button, the 140mm fan grill, and the custom side air intake grill. Customizable Thermal Flow The PC-18 has been designed to maximize airflow and cooling. Air is drawn in through the primary front grill. The porous mesh screen does not restrict airflow to the included pair of 120mm fans, keeping them clean and efficient in use. Combined with the included top 140mm fan, this case easily maintains positive air pressure and keeps all dust out. The side vent fans are the wild card; they give the flexibility to change the airflow depending on the build. Up to two additional 140mm or three 120mm fans can be installed in push or pull as needed. The bracket can also be used to mount a watercooling radiato...

Tenda TEF1008P 8-port Desktop Unmanaged Switch Provides Four PoE Ports

Tenda TEF1008P 8-port Desktop Unmanaged Switch Provides Four PoE Ports Brings Power, Ethernet, and Simplicity to Wherever Needed With PoE and Auto-Negotiation Ports Walnut City, Calif. – October 14, 2015 – Tenda Technology Inc.®, a subsidiary of Shenzhen Tenda – an experienced, global brand of wired and wireless networking hardware – today announces availability of the TEF108P in America. TEF108P is an eight-port 10/100Mbps unmanaged switch that requires no configuration and provides auto-negotiation and four PoE (Power over Ethernet) ports. This desktop switch is designed with ease of installation and management in mind. RJ45 auto-negotiation ports remove the need for a complicated pairing process and the four PoE ports eliminate the need for sockets or drilling. The TEF1008P easily expands any home or office network to reach IoT and Security devices in tricky locations. Easy To Use; Easy To Configure The TEF1008P requires no setup nor installation. It can auto negotiate the handshake with compatible devices. PoE means only one cable is required to connect each device. Developed for desktop applications and simplicity, the durable case and fan-less design ensure silent, prolonged use. Four Port PoE Switch with Extended Power Supply Distance Ports one through four support AT/AF standards and provide up to 40W of power to connected devices. This allows the use of just one cable for data and power, allowing for more convenient positioning of compatible devices. For ...

ASUSTOR Collaborates With PLANET to Create Cloud Surveillance Solution

ASUSTOR Collaborates With PLANET to Create Cloud Surveillance Solution ASUSTOR adds compatibility for IP camera models from PLANET, providing an ideal cloud surveillance solution. Taipei, Taiwan, October 14th, 2015 – ASUSTOR Inc., a leading innovator and provider of network storage solutions, has announced that it has once again expanded compatibility for IP cameras in a new collaborative integration with PLANET Technology Corp. All ASUSTOR NAS devices are now compatible with world renowned PLANET IP cameras, providing a new high quality video surveillance and storage solution for the digital age. With the optimization of network bandwidth, the majority of users have already started to replace traditional surveillance systems with IP surveillance systems which require high quality video recording technology and stable digital storage. ASUSTOR NAS not only provides a highly stable network storage system, but also allows users to easily setup and install a surveillance management system, allowing them to keep an eye on their most valued assets. PLANET remarks that it is the first time that they have collaborated with ASUSTOR, making all of PLANET’s high quality IP camera products compatible with ASUSTOR’s network storage servers. PLANET further states that for users requiring a complete network surveillance solutions, high quality surveillance feeds can be transferred and stored on ASUSTOR network storage devices via PLANET’s smart energy-saving PoE switches and rela...

Coming soon: All-new ROCCAT Kova

 Coming soon: All-new ROCCAT Kova Hitting stores November 17th 2015: the all new Kova pure performance gaming mouse. Forged using the legacy of its predecessor – the fan favorite Kova[+] – as its blueprint, the new Kova carries on the tradition of streamlined performance with an ambidextrous build that places its emphasis on raw power above all else. Sleek yet stripped back in its aesthetics, the sports-car like Kova suits left- and right-handers alike in a high-octane design that offers double the power. Double the effective dpi from 3500 to 7000 with its state of the art optical sensor featuring Overdrive mode; double the button functions from 11 to 22 with Easy-Shift[+]™ and intuitive Smart Cast buttons; double the style – available in black and white; and double the illumination, with independently configurable mouse rim and scroll wheel lighting in 16.8 million vivid colors. More info here

How we protect our benchmarks from cheating

How we protect our benchmarks from cheating Have you been following the VW scandal? It’s a timely reminder to be wary of manufacturers’ claims. Our benchmarks help people see their hardware’s true performance, but you might wonder how we ensure that the scores are honest and accurate? Our commitment to providing you with benchmarks you can trust means that: Futuremark has public rules for manufacturers. In short, a platform must treat the benchmark as if it were any other application. You can only get a valid 3DMark score for a Windows PC by using WHQL drivers that Futuremark has checked and approved. Futuremark was the first benchmark developer to delist and remove mobile devices with hidden optimizations from its performance rankings. All Futuremark benchmarks are backed by detailed technical guides that explain exactly what’s being measured and how the scores are calculated. Futuremark’s Hardware Channel and Best Mobile Devices lists only show publicly available models. Futuremark never lists or leaks unverified scores from pre-release hardware. If you’ve been writing about PC hardware for more than a decade, you’ll remember the outcry when various vendors were caught making dubious driver optimizations. And more recently, some smartphone manufacturers have tried, and failed, to cheat their way to higher benchmark scores. So if there is one thing to take away, it’s that the cheaters always get caught. Not only because it ...

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