Ballistix Sport LT Red 32GB 2666MHz DDR4 Memory Kit Review

Memory by stefan @ 2017-03-28 read/post comments()

The Sport LT 2666 32GB DDR4 kit from Ballistix can be easily overclocked in order to squeeze even more performance out of the system. With this particular model, while working a bit with the timings and voltage, we were able to reach even 3200MHz, which is a big step from their stock frequency. Surprisingly, even with the voltage at 1.35V (they are intended to run at 1.2V at the recommended speed of 2666Mhz) and a half an hour of Memtest, the modules barely became warm so the heatspreaders are doing a really great job cooling the ICs. read more

Silicon Power S56 240GB TLC SSD Review

Storage/SSD by stefan @ 2017-03-27 read/post comments(0)

The entry-grade Silicon Power S56 SSD is packing a Phison controller, is available with capacities up to 960GB and sports decent performances level for a TLC drive. This type of product is generally recommended for upgrading mainstream machines that do still feature in some cases slow 5400 RPM mechanical drives without spending a lot of money. read more

AMD Ryzen 7 1700X Processor Review

CPU by stefan @ 2017-03-23 read/post comments(0)

Ryzen 7 1700X is meant to fill in the gap between the 1800X flagship and the 65W-rated Ryzen 7 1700, at an affordable price point of just $399. This SKU borrows all the features from the more expensive variant, including the 100MHz XFR, but is clocked lower by default at about 3.4GHz (3.5GHz with XFR) with a Precision Boost up to 3.8GHz (3.9GHz with XFR). With this CPU, we were also finally able to hit the all-core “magical” 4GHz mark, a result that did increase the performance even more at only 1.393V, right from Ryzen Master! read more

IQI i3 Android Smartwatch Review

Others/Miscelleneous by stefan @ 2017-03-19 read/post comments(0)

The quality of the Chinese standalone smartwatches has increased quite a bit and we are quite pleased with the appearance, build quality and features of the IQI i3 model. The integrated 380mAh battery can only supply enough power for a day or a day and a half (depending on the usage pattern) and the main culprit for this is the AMOLED 400x400 display. The watch does offer entry-level health monitoring stats such as a pedometer, heart rate sensor and can be successfully used as a remote for Bluetooth headsets while running or performing other fitness activities. Thanks to a fully-fledged Android OS, we can install plenty of other applications from the store, only that not all do support the round… read more

Razer Ornata Chroma - Mechanical Membrane Gaming Keyboard Review

Others/Mice & Keyboards by stefan @ 2017-03-15 read/post comments(0)

The Ornata Chroma keyboard implementation is unique: a combination between membrane rubber domes and the regular mechanical switches in order to have best of both worlds. These are integrated along with a medium-height keycap design for an even faster access to the keys. Besides the ability to remap all the keys with different other functions, we can fully customize the RGB lighting system and synchronize it with the other Chroma-enabled peripherals. read more

AMD Ryzen 7 1700 Processor Review

CPU by stefan @ 2017-03-12 read/post comments(0)

Ryzen 7 1700 is the lowest priced octa-core AMD processor for the AM4 platform and features 3GHz base clock, with a Precision Boost + XFR to a total of 3750MHz. While at stock speeds Ryzen 7 1700 does clearly perform under the flagship, we have had a nice surprise when we did try to overclock the system, a fact that transforms it into a product with unbeatable price/performance ratio. read more
Storage/NAS QNAP TVS-673 High-Performance Business NAS Review by stefan @ 2017-03-09
Memory Ballistix Tactical 32GB DDR4-3000 Memory Kit Review by stefan @ 2017-03-06
CPU AMD Ryzen 7 1800X Processor Review by stefan @ 2017-03-04
Others/Mice & Keyboards ROCCAT Skeltr Smart Communication Gaming Keyboard Review by stefan @ 2017-02-27
CPU Intel Kaby Lake Core i3-7350K versus non-K Showdown by leeghoofd @ 2017-02-26

Hardware or Gadgets/Multimedia news

Google conquers more of your smart home with Logitech and Wink

@ 2017/03/28 read/post comments(0)
A number of connected home devices already work with Google's smart speaker and today a few more are being added to the fold. Logitech's Harmony line and Wink's lighting gear and thermostats can now be controlled with voice commands from… Go To Full Article

Intel Launches Kaby-Lake based Xeons: The E3-1200 v6 Family

@ 2017/03/28 read/post comments(0)
For the several generations previous, it has become customary for the Xeon equivalents of consumer processors to hit the market several months later. We saw the launch of Kaby Lake on the consumer desktop in January, with quad-core parts up… Go To Full Article

Control your August Smart Lock by yelling at Google Assistant

@ 2017/03/28 read/post comments(0)
In the quest to smart-up your analog home, interactive door locks present a distinct conundrum: If things go screwy, you might not be able to get into your home. August Home's Smart Lock lets you lend out virtual passes for… Go To Full Article

Amazon takes on supermarkets with drive-through grocery pickup

@ 2017/03/28 read/post comments(0)
Over the last couple of decades, Amazon has slowly conquered the online retail space. The Seattle-based e-commerce company has made it possible to purchase any thing from books to live ladybugs within seconds. But the site hasn't seen the same… Go To Full Article

Nintendo's DSi Shop is somehow still open, but not for much longer

@ 2017/03/28 read/post comments(0)
Nintendo's DSi portable console, the precursor to the 3DS, was released way back in early 2009. Amazingly enough, the DSi's online shop is still up and running, even though Nintendo stopped selling the console years ago. But those days are… Go To Full Article

MSI spills the beans on its cadre of custom GTX 1080 Ti cards

@ 2017/03/28 read/post comments(0)
A few weeks back, MSI was teasing a Gaming X version of Nvidia's best-on-the-block GeForce GTX 1080 Ti. Last week we spread the word that the company was planning on releasing multiple custom riffs on the GP102 monster, including three… Go To Full Article

The Roadie 2 gives you no excuse for an out of tune guitar

@ 2017/03/28 read/post comments(0)
I have what has been described as a "really crappy guitar." It's not even mine. It belongs to my friend who, before handing it to me, said, "yeah I let my kid hit this thing with stuff. Also, I've never… Go To Full Article

BitFenix Shogun E-ATX Case Review

@ 2017/03/28 read/post comments(0)
The Shogun is the new top of the line super mid-tower computer case from BitFenix. But what makes it super? The Shogun is roughly the same size as a standard mid-tower case, but it can house an E-ATX motherboard with… Go To Full Article

Tinder on the desktop: Looking for love in another wrong place

@ 2017/03/28 read/post comments(0)
Tinder has arrived to the desktop with Tinder Online, finally helping you find love (or sex) on the web without a smartphone or tablet. Tinder describes the web app as "your English professor's worst nightmare," letting you seek partners where… Go To Full Article

MSI Trident 3 Arctic stuffs a GTX 1070 in a 5L package

@ 2017/03/28 read/post comments(0)
A month ago I reviewed MSI's Trident 3 compact gaming PC. I thought the machine was a solid performer, but got the feeling that the GeForce GTX 1060 it came with was holding it back a bit. MSI's PR folks… Go To Full Article

Google and Symantec go to war over our internet security

@ 2017/03/28 read/post comments(0)
Google and Symantec are engaged in a war about each other's security practices, with all of us caught in the crossfire. As TechCrunch reports, Google believes that Symantec has been improperly issuing security certificates for tens of thousands of we... Go To Full Article

Comcast could chase cord-cutters with 'Xfinity Instant TV'

@ 2017/03/28 read/post comments(0)
For years we've seen Comcast preparing to distribute video like an internet service instead of traditional cable methods, and now there's word it will roll the project out widely. While recent rumors indicated Comcast has signed deals preparing to co... Go To Full Article

NVIDIA Adds GeForce GTX 1060 To “Prepare for Battle” Bundle

@ 2017/03/28 read/post comments(0)
In a brief announcement this morning, NVIDIA is expanding their "Prepare for Battle" bundle to include the GeForce GTX 1060. NVIDIA's latest bundle launched nearly two months ago, at the end of January. At the time it… Go To Full Article

How to Keep Your PlayStation 4 (and Games) Up to Date with Automatic Downloads

@ 2017/03/28 read/post comments(0)
You know what’s exciting? New games, game updates, and system updates. You know what stinks? Waiting for them to download. Thankfully, you don’t have to wait—with a couple of simple tweaks, you can easily make sure your PlayStation 4 or… Go To Full Article

Razer Updates The Razer Blade Pro With THX Certification

@ 2017/03/28 read/post comments(0)
Late last year, Razer acquired the majority of THX, and while it may have seemed like something outside their normal realm, today Razer is announcing an updated Razer Blade Pro, with THX Certification. For those unfamiliar, THX has been certifying… Go To Full Article

Netgear Expands Orbi Wi-Fi System Family with AC2200 Kits

@ 2017/03/28 read/post comments(0)
Netgear introduced their first product in the Wi-Fi system / mesh category, the Orbi, in August 2016. Its dedicated wireless backhaul (4x4 802.11ac / 1733 Mbps) and 2x2 radios with MU-MIMO support for the clients (on both the router and… Go To Full Article

Square's payment service arrives in the UK

@ 2017/03/28 read/post comments(0)
When Jack Dorsey isn't preoccupied with his CEO role at Twitter, he's also busy running the other company he founded, Square. It's all about money, and is primarily known for little devices that, when paired with its mobile app, quickly… Go To Full Article

Vizio's latest 4K TVs are dirt cheap

@ 2017/03/28 read/post comments(0)
Vizio continues to push TV prices down to the point where it would be crazy not to go 4K on your next TV. With its latest D-Series, a 65-inch 4K (Ultra HD) model costs $900, while the 55-inch Ultra HD… Go To Full Article

Facebook adds nearly everything Snapchat does to its main app

@ 2017/03/28 read/post comments(0)
Facebook's quest to mimic Snapchat is undeniable at this point. In just the last few months, Instagram, Whatsapp and Messenger have all integrated some form of Stories -- a disappearing slideshow format that Snapchat is famous for -- while Facebook… Go To Full Article

Microsoft admits stuffing up X-Box disk resale

@ 2017/03/28 read/post comments(0)
Four years after the event Software king of the world has finally admitted that it stuffed up the sale of X-Box disks four years after its actions caused a bit of a stink with users. Go To Full Article

Alienware 13 Review

@ 2017/03/28 read/post comments(0)
If you want a reasonably small and portable gaming laptop, the Alienware 13 is one of the leading options on the market. With its 13.3-inch display, the footprint of this laptop is smaller than a typical 15-inch laptop, and if… Go To Full Article

Security breaches increase 86 per cent

@ 2017/03/28 read/post comments(0)
Gemalto figures Beancounters at Gemalto have released the findings of the Breach Level Index revealing that 1,792 data breaches led to almost 1.4 billion data records being compromised worldwide during 2016, an increase of 86 per cent… Go To Full Article

Optane could be HD’s swan song

@ 2017/03/28 read/post comments(0)
Intel thinks it can pull in the numbers Intel’s Optane Memory is headed to be one of the most disappointing bits of tech in the world of storage. Intel wants Optane-based gear to provide… Go To Full Article

Chinese robot revolution has a few problems

@ 2017/03/28 read/post comments(0)
Too much cash invested in the lower end China is widely expected to take the lead in robotic industry, but Digitimes Research thinks that it might have a few problems to overcome first. A… Go To Full Article

Swedish Ericsson works its way out of borkage

@ 2017/03/28 read/post comments(0)
Ericsson will refocus its business for managed services, explore options for its loss-making media arm and take several writedowns. The move is the first from its new CEO which is supposed to lead the Swedish telecoms equipment… Go To Full Article

Asus Xonar Essence STX II 7.1 Review

@ 2017/03/28 read/post comments(0)
Dedicated sound card or onboard sound chip? Sparkling wine or sparkling water? This question should have been asked by every user from time to time. About 20 years ago this was not an issue. The sound cards of the company… Go To Full Article

Noctua NH-U12S SE-AM4 CPU Cooler

@ 2017/03/28 read/post comments(0)
" ... Noctua NH-U12S SE-AM4 is well designed, high quality cooler which is one of the most interesting options for AMD Ryzen processors. It can handle 8 core processors without issues and at the same time keeps PC quiet. " Go To Full Article

ASUS ROG Crosshair VI Hero (X370) Motherboard Review

@ 2017/03/28 read/post comments(0)
ASUS’ Crosshair VI Hero is currently flying the flag for the Republic of Gamers (ROG) range on AMD’s new AM4 platform. Sporting the X370 chipset and a healthy power delivery system to feed thirsty Ryzen CPUs, ASUS’ premium ATX motherboard… Go To Full Article

Be Quiet! Pure Base 600 Window Mid-Tower Review

@ 2017/03/28 read/post comments(0)
It may not be as silent as what we've come to expect by be quiet! over the years but thanks to its tempered glass side panel and spacious interior the brand new Pure Base 600 Window has great potential especially… Go To Full Article

IKEA launches its own low-cost smart lighting range

@ 2017/03/28 read/post comments(0)
For many people, their first foray into the world of home automation begins with lighting. There's a good reason for this: smart bulbs easily fit into existing furnishings and can be operated using just a smartphone, which (mostly) everybody now… Go To Full Article

More news...