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AMD Owning Intel with Windows 10

Intel has long owned the market when it comes to CPU performance for sometime now. With multi-threaded support, AMD could hold in there, but once the benchmarks switched to single-threaded performance, INTEL wins by a huge margin. Many people believe that while AMD has the hardware, they just didn’t have the driver or software support to take advantage of it. But that’s all starting to change the closer we get to the release of Windows 10. Right now, the highest performance INTEL CPU in single-threaded testing is the i7 4790k. On CPU Benchmark, it averages about a 2500 score in single thread performance. The test that was done on the FX-8370 put it almost an entire 20% higher with a score of 2956! And that’s just the 8370. Unfortunately, the benchmarks haven’t surfaced for the FX-9590 yet. That leap is insane, and while I’m slightly confused at how Windows 10 managed to pull that off, it looks like things are gonna get extremely competitive. AMD even saw some multi-threaded performance boost but the increase wasn’t nearly as huge as the single-thread performance. While AMD fans will see this as a huge victory, hardware enthusiasts everywhere should be excited as well. This will definitely force INTEL to get on the ball with innovation as well as prodding them into some new pricing structures. Either way, consumers win. DirectX 12 may have been getting all the attention, but it looks like Microsoft is doing huge things for the industry a...



Gigabyte GA-X99-UD4 Motherboard Review

Introduction When it comes to Intel’s Extreme or “Enthusiast” series of motherboards and processors, like the X79 and its Ivy-Bridge-E combo, we seem to get a bit more time between updates. Intel initially launched its X79 Chipset with Sandy-Bridge-E, then 18 months later Ivy-Bridge-E hit store shelves without a major Chipset change. Unlike its mainstream Z series Chipset, which has seen updates almost every 12 months or so (give or take a few months), the X79 chipset is roughly 3 years old now. Today we have the new X99 Chipset which promises a large improvement over its predecessor X79. With the rise of DDR4 memory and demand for faster and larger bandwidth capabilities, it was only a matter of time. As we dig a little deeper today, we will talk a little more about this Chipset later. Along with the new Chipset comes a newly released processor refresh. The X99 Chipset has made some other improvements which now allow users to sport the new Intel Haswell-E Processor. This CPU starts with a 6core for the HT 5820K, 6core for the HT 5930K, and lastly an 8core for the HT 5960X with a Socket 2011-3. Of course with these changes, it has pre-empted the design of new motherboards, so we now have the chance to put the Gigabyte X99-UD4 motherboard to the test and see if the improvements are going to be worth the upgrade.   In recent years, Gigabyte has grown to be one of the most recommended brands. The reputation of great performance to value has put them on ...



 
 
 
 
 

Noisehush i7 Noise Canceling HeadPhones

  Introduction   Some say silence is golden but I have to disagree. Only hearing what you choose to is golden. Blocking out the world with music is one of the best ways to relax and erase the stresses of a long day. It is even better when you can’t hear the kids or the television in the background. Wish you had a mute button for them? Sorry not available yet. The next best thing would be headphones that reduce unwanted ambient noise. This is the basis of noise canceling, allowing you to escape your surroundings and hear what you want. Sometimes however, this comes at a premium sticker price. Noisehush has been very active in mobile audio over the last 5 years and are known for their NX80 in-ear and BT700 Bluetooth headsets. Noisehush wanted us to take a look at their latest offering which is geared towards comfort, great sound and affordability. The new NoiseHush i7 active noise canceling headset has a big challenge in front of it. Let’s see if it is up to the task.   Specs • Frequency: 30Hz-20kHz • Speaker Type: 40mm • Neodymium Cone Impedance: 32ohm • Power Output: 100mW • Noise Reduction: 20dB max • Sensitivity: 98±3dB • Audio Connector: Gold Plated • Cable Length: Detachable 5.9 feet • Jack: 3.5mm • Weight: 175g • Battery Life: Up to 120hrs Features • Genuine Leather • Pure Comfort • Around-Ear Design • High-Definition Sound • Premium Memory Foam • Superior Battery Life • Foldable for Portability • Travel Ca...



 
 
 
 
 

Thermaltake NiC C4 CPU cooler

Introduction We all probably know the name Thermaltake. They’ve been around for quite some time now and make cases, power supplies, GPU coolers, CPU coolers, and a ton of cool accessories. They’ve been taking the CPU cooler market by storm in recent years with their Frio line of coolers. They recently released their Water 2.0 series of AiO cooling systems as well. Their latest entry into the CPU cooler market is the NiC series which consists of four models – the F3, F4, C5 and the cooler we’ll be looking at today – the C4. NiC stands for non-interference cooling and the main goal was to provide performance and maximum RAM compatibility. Let’s review the NiC C4 sample that Thermaltake sent us!   A little about Thermaltake: “Thermaltake Group’s 3 main brands: Thermaltake, Tt eSPORTS and LUXA2 have been merchandising throughout the world, and have successfully established 6 business footholds in areas such as Europe, America, Oceania, Japan and China, with 95 regional distributors and over 4000 premium retailers. All product planning is orientated by observation of global PC peripheral market and understanding of consumer demands. Thermaltake creates direct contact opportunities with resellers and consumers by participating major global ICT exhibitions and trade shows every year, and develop innovative marketing strategies for the promotions of new products. Meanwhile, Thermaltake incorporates the composite marketing syste...





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