Trio of SFF CPU Coolers Review

Cooling/CPU Cooling by leeghoofd @ 2016-05-25 read/post comments()

Small form factors are becoming more and more popular: each motherboard and enclosure brand have several offerings in their lineups and their range is constantly expanding. The time when small was linked to limited power is long gone! These mini PCs can pack some serious punch and are capable to even outperform a full desktop offering, hence why gamers are also jumping on the small form factor wagon as it combines performance with ease of transportation. There are some drawbacks on several aspects alike the amount of possible storage, graphics card compatibility and possible cooling options. Today we are going to tackle the latter and will test three coolers specifically designed to be compatible for this popular factor. We will… read more

Shuttle XPC Cube Barebone SZ170R8 Review

Others/All-in-one PC by stefan @ 2016-05-24 read/post comments()

With the SZ170R8, Shuttle has eliminated some of the compatibility with somewhat unused hardware nowadays like optical drives and made some serious space for installing no less than four 3.5’’ drives inside the 14.2 litre chassis. A fan was also added in front in order to cool these but also for facilitating a more fluent airflow from the front to the back of the case; the case does support installation of up to 64GB of RAM (DDR4, 2133MHz), a dual-slot video card (which can be powered by one 6-pin and one 8-pin PSU connector), a M.2 SSD, an optional Wireless LAN card, a COM-port for special applications but also 2.5’’ drives with an extra adapter. read more

Thecus 2-bay N2810 4K NAS Review

Others/Networking Gear by stefan @ 2016-05-20 read/post comments()

The N2810 SMB Tower NAS from Thecus packs the low-power Intel Celeron N3050 Dual Core CPU at its heart and is paired with 2GB of DDR3 RAM. Two LAN ports are available for failover or LAG configurations while the HDMI interface can display up to 4K output (30Hz) on our TV, with the possibility to playback 4K video in H264 format (since it is supported via hardware). read more

Supermicro C7Z170-OCE Z170 LGA1151 Motherboard Review

Motherboards/Intel S1151 by stefan @ 2016-05-16 read/post comments()

After accumulating a ton of experience in the server board area, Supermicro is now also active in the gaming motherboards area, by providing a catchy look theme, a clean motherboard layout but also server-grade components in order to supply to the end-user a durable product. The integrated Avago PEX8747 extends PCI-E lanes to 32, we have a dual-NIC Gigabit Intel solution available which also can be paired in a LAG configuration, M.2 slot for connecting additional storage, a Realtek ALC1150 CODEC for audio and also an 8-layer PCB design. read more

TP-LINK AC1750 Wi-Fi Range Extender (RE450) Review

Others/Networking Gear by stefan @ 2016-05-13 read/post comments()

If placed in the right position, RE450 Range Extender from TP-LINK can help you cover dead Wi-Fi spots inside your office or apartment by retransmitting the received signal via wired connection but can also create additional networks so the laptop/desktop/smartphone or other devices you are using will get full signal. The product is easy to relocate because it also includes the power adapter so we only have to plug it in and adjust the antennas in a position of our choice. RE450 also supports the latest 1300Mbps AC standard on the 5GHz band so we have obtained much better results in the tests compared to the previous generations. read more

Open Benchtable Project by OC TV, HWBOT LLC and Streacom

Cases & PSU/Cases by leeghoofd @ 2016-05-11 read/post comments()

The Open Bench table project is a cooperation between the renown passive enclosure manufacturer Streacom, the enthusiastic streaming media from OverClocking TV and the website that gathers the largest overclocking database worldwide HWBOT.org. The idea is to combine the flexibility of a bench table, yet making it as compact as possible so it can be easily transported and rapidly assembled again on the desired location. Most bench tables lack at least the last two points. Only the Banchetto 101 comes close, needing almost no assembly and being very lightweight for transportation. Yet it is pretty big in size. Hence why the open bench table project might have a few cards upon their sleeves to make it a big success. read more
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Hardware or Gadgets/Multimedia news

This self-healing material could solve many wearable woes

@ 2016/05/25 read/post comments(0)
The physical limitations of existing materials are one of main problems when it comes to flexible electronics, be it wearables, medical or sports tech. If a flexible material breaks, it either stays broken, or if it has some self-healing properties… Go To Full Article

Microsoft wants you to share your 3D printer over your network

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Sure, you can use your old-school paper printer from virtually any device in your home. But what if you want to use your 3D printer in the den while you're lounging in the living room? Microsoft might just come to… Go To Full Article

Tt eSports Level 10M Advanced Mouse Review

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Back in 2012, we reviewed Tt eSports’ Level 10M mouse, and now there is an updated ‘Advanced’ edition. With the same striking visuals and customisation options, it will be interesting to see how the Level 10M Advanced fares as a… Go To Full Article

Jaybird's Freedom wireless earbuds balance sound and battery life

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True to its word, Jaybird's latest wireless sport earbuds are making their debut in the first half of 2016. The company's $200 Freedom in-ears are now available and I've been putting them through their paces for the past few days.… Go To Full Article

[M] Trio of SFF CPU Coolers Review

@ 2016/05/25 read/post comments(0)
Small form factors are becoming more and more popular: each motherboard and enclosure brand have several offerings in their lineups and their range is constantly expanding. The time when small was linked to limited power is long gone! These mini… Go To Full Article

[M] Shuttle XPC Cube Barebone SZ170R8 Review

@ 2016/05/24 read/post comments(0)
With the SZ170R8, Shuttle has eliminated some of the compatibility with somewhat unused hardware nowadays like optical drives and made some serious space for installing no less than four 3.5’’ drives inside the 14.2 litre chassis. A fan was also… Go To Full Article

Terahertz laser tech could scan for bombs at airports

@ 2016/05/23 read/post comments(0)
Terahertz spectrum scanning is potentially ideal for finding bombs due to the sheer range of materials it can detect, but it's not exactly practical for luggage checks when you need both a suitcase-sized machine and up to half an hour… Go To Full Article

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 vs Titan X vs R9 Fury vs GTX 980 Ti vs GTX 980 vs R9 390X

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"The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 not only outperforms the GTX 980 which it will be replacing, its performance eclipses that of the Titan X which until now was the performance king." Go To Full Article

ZOTAC Sonix 480GB NVMe PCIe SSD Review

@ 2016/05/23 read/post comments(0)
For some time now it’s been clear that SATA SSD’s have hit their limits as far as performance gains are concerned. For many years the PC market has been waiting for the next big thing to come along. We’ve got… Go To Full Article

Watch homebrew code run Steam games on the PS4

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Ever since Sony switched to x86 processors with the PlayStation 4, gamers have been craving the chance to play PC games on the console -- it's much closer to your home computer than the PS3 was, after all. Well, we're… Go To Full Article

Court claims Google lost right to pull site from search results

@ 2016/05/23 read/post comments(0)
You'd think that Google's search results would be protected in the US by free speech rights. Google gets to say what what shows up on its own site, right? However, one Florida court thinks differently. It recently determined that Google… Go To Full Article

Nvidia GTX 1080 Pre-Orders Sell Out In Minutes

@ 2016/05/23 read/post comments(0)
If you managed to snag a GTX 1080 pre-order—congratulations, I guess. You can hit the link in the article for stock information. Retail availability is set to occur on May 27th this coming Friday but several e-tailers started their first… Go To Full Article

iPhone 7 Plus Leak Shows Dual-Camera Module, 256GB Storage Option

@ 2016/05/23 read/post comments(0)
I suppose it is amusing how Apple insists on selling 16GB versions of devices that can do things like shoot 4K video. In addition to showing the dual-camera module, the Weibo images claim to show a 256GB memory chip, suggesting… Go To Full Article

CRYORIG A40 Hybrid Liquid Cooling System Review

@ 2016/05/23 read/post comments(0)
There are many AIO liquid coolers in the market currently but the new hybrid line by CRYORIG stands out and after testing the very good A80 model today with us we have its smaller brother the A40. Go To Full Article

The Milwaukee Bucks fell prey to a phishing email scam

@ 2016/05/23 read/post comments(0)
Just because you're part of a major league sports team doesn't mean you're immune to internet fraudsters. The Milwaukee Bucks have confirmed that they fell victim to a phishing scam that compromised the basketball team's financial data. After recei...… Go To Full Article

Inside Moog's Minimoog Model D synth factory at Moogfest

@ 2016/05/23 read/post comments(0)
When Moogfest kicked off in North Carolina this week, the company announced that the iconic Minimoog Model D was going back into production during the festival. What's more, the analog synths are being assembled on-site at the event right in… Go To Full Article

No Halo 5 For PC Despite Release Of Level Editing Tool

@ 2016/05/23 read/post comments(0)
Maybe 343 is directing all their manpower toward Halo 6 instead, which I assume will actually have a PC version. PC gamers who want Halo do have Halo Wars 2 to look forward, though. Microsoft announced that Halo 5's Forge… Go To Full Article

Microsoft is purging terrorist content from its services

@ 2016/05/23 read/post comments(0)
Microsoft is officially prohibiting users from posting anything that incites terrorist acts on its services, including Xbox Live, Outlook consumer version and document-sharing website Docs. In a blog post, the tech giant explained that it's taking th... Go To Full Article

Tesla can count on Panasonic to keep up with Model 3 demand

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Tesla may be willing to stump up a lot of cash to meet brisk demand for the Model 3, but it still can't do this alone -- not when Panasonic is pouring $1.6 billion into the Gigafactory needed to make… Go To Full Article

I salvaged my shattered iPhone with a 'Band-Aid' screen cover

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After a BBQ last Sunday (there may have been alcohol), I dropped my phone. Multiple times. And I wasn't lucky. Although my iPhone 6 Plus has suffered tiny hairline cracks in two of the corners, this time the drops were… Go To Full Article

Uno's speed-reading wristband feels like a work in progress

@ 2016/05/23 read/post comments(0)
Wearing the Uno Noteband makes me feel as if I'm in an '80s spy movie. Whenever I receive a message on my smartphone, the device on my wrist vibrates. One swipe later and words are being flashed at my eyes,… Go To Full Article

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 video review: Behold, the GPU king

@ 2016/05/23 read/post comments(0)
As far as video card upgrades go, there's a lot to love with NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 1080. We called it "the upgrade you've been waiting for" in our full review. The GTX 1080 blows away last year's high-end cards, and… Go To Full Article

Toshiba Releasing 8TB, Non-Shingled Performance Hard Drive

@ 2016/05/23 read/post comments(0)
In my experience, Toshiba drives are nearly as reliable as HGST but available at a lower cost, so this is very welcome news for someone who just can't stop ripping Blu-ray discs. These will be part of the X300 line,… Go To Full Article

Brexit and will the British Pound remain stable

@ 2016/05/23 read/post comments(0)
The referendum which can change the economic landscape of the United Kingdom is on the horizon. The referendum or Brexit is to be held on Thursday, June 23rd and will determine whether the United Kingdom should leave and or remain… Go To Full Article

Paramount will end its lawsuit against 'Star Trek' fan film

@ 2016/05/23 read/post comments(0)
Lawyers from Paramount/CBS have been pursuing the makers of a crowdfunded Star Trek fan film, Axanar, for months, but according to JJ Abrams, they're finally going to back off. Abrams made the announcement at an event last night on the… Go To Full Article

Google is making mobile search more visual with rich cards

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Google's new "rich cards" format will make googling on your phone a more visual experience than what you're used to. It's sort of an evolved version of rich snippets, those search results that come with small images and a short… Go To Full Article

Philips will launch a $400 Ultra HD Blu-ray player next month

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Even as Ultra HD Blu-ray discs continue to trickle out, in the US there's only one option to play them -- Samsung's UBD-K8500. That should change next month as Philips introduces its own Ultra HD Blu-ray player. Available in two… Go To Full Article

World's largest solar power plant experiences minor meltdown

@ 2016/05/23 read/post comments(0)
A small fire temporarily shut down the generator at the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System near the California-Nevada border Thursday. According to the Associated Press, some wires at the power plant melted and caught fire after a misaligned mi...… Go To Full Article

'Woorld' makes a strong argument for weird Project Tango apps

@ 2016/05/23 read/post comments(0)
It's not hard to see how Google's Project Tango can be utilitarian. Need directions through a crowded mall? Easy. Want to learn more about art installations as you wander through a museum? Done. What's easier to miss is just how… Go To Full Article

Dell P4317Q 43" monitor is a multitasking monster

@ 2016/05/23 read/post comments(0)
We talk a lot about monitors around here, but we rarely come across one as unusual as the Dell P4317Q. This 43" 4K monster is the latest addition to Dell’s Professional display series. It comes with a robust set of… Go To Full Article

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