HIS Radeon R9 390 IceQ X2 OC 8GB Video Card Review

Videocards/VGA Reviews by stefan @ 2015-07-25 read/post comments()

The technology incorporated inside the R9 390 GPU is not new but is based on the Hawaii (now baptized Grenada), with the same shader count, texture units, ROPs and so on. The manufacturing process is also still 28nm but there are minor improvements which allow running the card at higher speeds and the memory quantity has been doubled, from 4GB to 8GB. Since the HIS R9 390 IceQ X2 is marketed as a pre-overclocked card, the GPU clocked has been raised to 1020MHz instead of 1000MHz stock, while the memory clock remains the same as the OEM AMD cards. read more

VKWorld VK6735 Smartphone Review

Mobile/Smart Phones by stefan @ 2015-07-22 read/post comments()

VK6735 from VKWorld is another low-cost smartphone which is using the already established VK6735 SoC but at a lower frequency of 1GHz, while sporting the same ARM Mali-T720 GPU. We get 2GB of RAM for running more applications in the same time, 16GB of storage space with a single partition and the possibility to install a SD card makes things more interesting. The VK6735 is dual-SIM and features integrated 4G LTE WorldMode and CDMA2000 3G for global high-speed mobile network compatibility and is also equipped with a Sony 13MP shooter on the back while the selfie camera is 5MP. Of course, the VK6735 also comes with Android 5.1 release pre-installed which is the latest available for the current SoC. read more

OCZ Vector 180 240GB SSD Review

Storage/SSD by stefan @ 2015-07-19 read/post comments()

The Vector 180 from OCZ takes part from their high-end offerings and besides the useful Power Failure Management Plus (PFM+) addition, we do also benefit from the ShieldPlus warranty which implies no shipping costs and no extra hassles. Thanks to the OCZ Barefoot 3 M00 controller, the performances of the drive are top-notch and succeeds to stay in top for both read and write operations which is great for gamers or the usual workstation activities. read more

HIS Radeon R9 390X IceQ X2 OC 8GB Video Card Review

Videocards/VGA Reviews by stefan @ 2015-07-17 read/post comments()

We are indeed dealing with a refresh of the previous Hawaii XT GPU now baptized Grenada XT, featuring GCN 1.1, 6200 million transistors, 2816 shading units, 176 TMUs, 64ROPs and 44 Compute Units. The available VRAM is now 8GB instead of 4GB GDDR5 and now runs at higher frequencies than on 290X cards by default (1500MHz, 6000MHz effective); this surely helps when running multiple cards for a CrossFireX setup and using multiple monitors. Speaking of the frequencies, the defaults of the GPU on OEM cards have been raised to 1050MHz and with its pre-overclocked card HIS has added extra 20MHz. read more

BIOSTAR GAMING Z97X Motherboard Review

Motherboards/Intel S1150 by stefan @ 2015-07-13 read/post comments()

BIOSTAR has arrived to the market with their high-end board a little bit later but not without a lot of improvements like a revamped design, a bonus Gaming Commander box, a solid VRM, USB 3.1 capabilities, a redesigned and easier to use UEFI and more. Through the board features we cannot help but to remind of the superior audio implementation, SATA Express and M.2 support (slot which is hidden under the plastic shroud for a stylish appearance) and good overclocking results. read more

ASUSTOR AS-5102T 2-bay NAS Review

Storage/NAS by stefan @ 2015-07-08 read/post comments()

AS5102T 2-bay NAS from ASUSTOR is undoubtedly the AS5104T little brother and while it loses the LCD display and two extra bays, most of the other features are included like the solid chassis, the Intel Celeron J1900 CPU, upgradeable memory feature from the included 2GB (up to 8GB), lockable trays with the help of a screwdriver or plenty of expansion ports. The metallic chassis is also present here for extended durability, while the drives and motherboard are cooled by a single silent 70mm fan. Thanks to the included HDMI port, the product can be used without a PC by simply using the ASUSTOR remote or a keyboard/mouse combo which can be plugged via USB. read more
Cooling/Water Cooling Corsair HG10 A1 Bracket + H80i GT Cooler Review by stefan @ 2015-07-03
Mobile/Smart Phones Mlais M7 Smartphone Review by stefan @ 2015-06-28
Others/Mice & Keyboards Matias Tactile Pro 4 Keyboard Review by stefan @ 2015-06-23
Mobile/Smart Phones Blackview Zeta Smartphone Review by stefan @ 2015-06-19
Storage/Other Lexar JumpDrive M20 Mobile USB 3.0 Flash Drive Review by stefan @ 2015-06-15

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AMD Radeon R9 Fury X 4K Video Card Review

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We take the new AMD Radeon R9 Fury X and evaluate the 4K gaming experience. We will also compare against the price competitive GeForce GTX 980 Ti as well as a GeForce GTX TITAN X. Which video card provides the… Go To Full Article

Welcome (back) to the After Math

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Our graphical calculators are back from repair, so it's time to crunch the numbers once again. It's a good week for it too: Apple Watch predictions, uneasily fast explanations of the entire universe and cable company that's doing better in… Go To Full Article

Scientists make a transistor from a single molecule

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You're looking at what could be not just one of the smallest semiconductor parts ever, but one of the smallest semiconductor parts possible. A worldwide research team has built a transistor that consists of a single copper phthalocyanine molecule, a… Go To Full Article

Windows 10 Review

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Windows 10 is the best Windows you can run today. This alone should make it a big win, not to mention the fact that it's "free." However I don't think Windows 10 is there yet. Can Windows 10 bring seamless… Go To Full Article

Police think even a holographic Chief Keef concert is too risky

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Midwestern authorities really don't like Chief Keef -- there are warrants for his arrest in the region, while Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has gone so far as to say the young man "promotes violence" when he performs. And apparently, that… Go To Full Article

Instagram tries a faster, sleeker Android photo editor

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Not happy with having to wade through filters and other editing tools just to post your Instagram shots? You might have a much simpler solution in the near future. Droid-Life has noticed that Instagram is trying out a new photo… Go To Full Article

Georgia sues man for posting annotated state laws online

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You might think that legislation should be freely accessible as a matter of course, but the state of Georgia begs to differ. It's suing Public.Resource.Org owner Carl Malamud for allegedly violating copyright by publishing the annotated versions of G...… Go To Full Article

Antec ISK110 VESA micro Case Review

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Most people know Antec and their high quality Cases. In this review we look at the new and small Antec ISK110 VESA micro Case. Go To Full Article

Pakistan to shut off BlackBerry email over surveillance jitters

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Remember the days when governments were threatening to cut off BlackBerry's secure email because they couldn't spy on your messages? They're back. Pakistan's Telecommunication Authority has ordered local carriers to shut off BlackBerry Enterprise Ser... Go To Full Article

Winklevoss twins get closer to launching their bitcoin exchange

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You may still think of the Winklevoss twins as those guys who claimed to have invented Facebook, but they've just taken a big step toward making their names in the digital currency business. The two have filed a New York… Go To Full Article

OnePlus 2 laid bare in leaked video

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The video reveals a few details of the upcoming flagship killer. OnePlus is probably not going to like it, but the up-and-coming company’s second-generation flagship killer has appeared in yet another leak a little over the day before it’s set… Go To Full Article

'Submerged' sidesteps combat for exploration on PS4 and Xbox One

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In case you've already finished Journey and are looking for another gorgeous game that eschews violence, Submerged hits PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in early August. From the sounds of it, the game should be a pretty relaxing affair despite… Go To Full Article

Huawei G8 launched with a fingerprint sensor, mid-range specs

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The G8 is a 5.5-incher with a fingerprint scanner embedded on the back. Soon after the device was leaked, the Huawei G8 has been officially unveiled. The G8’s prime feature is a fingerprint sensor embedded on the back, something that… Go To Full Article

Samsung Galaxy S6 Mini leaks out in pictures

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The miniaturized Galaxy S6 is rumored to be launching in August. The Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S6 edge+ and a round smartwatch are all rumored to be stars of Samsung’s next major Unpacked event, but it seems there’s another device… Go To Full Article

Tiny surgical robot can bend and operate on hard-to-reach areas

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The coin above wasn't enlarged to make the pincer-like device look extremely small -- it's really that tiny. That "pincer" is a two-millimeter-thin instrument designed and built by a group of researchers from Vanderbilt University for incredibly prec... Go To Full Article

Twitter is erasing stolen jokes

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Hang around Twitter for long enough and there's a good chance that you'll see people rehashing jokes that clearly aren't theirs, whether they're spam bots or less-than-original friends. You might not see that copy-pasted humor for much longer, though...… Go To Full Article

Fan-made 'GTA V' interactive map app puts Rockstar's to shame

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Grand Theft Auto V really seems like the gift that keeps on giving. The latest present? An unofficial map app (Android, iOS and web) that's been updated with collectibles locations from the current-gen releases like Peyote plants that let you… Go To Full Article

Amazon wants to build drive-up grocery stores

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If you enjoy the luxury of ordering groceries online but would rather not wait at home for your food deliveries, Amazon might soon come to your rescue. Silicon Valley Business Journal understands that Amazon is working on a drive-up grocery… Go To Full Article

China will lift its nationwide game console ban

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China technically lifted its longstanding ban on game consoles last year, but only for companies that registered in the Shanghai free trade zone. Needless to say, that put a damper on sales in the world's most populous country. However, the… Go To Full Article

Have we reached peak lightbulb?

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Buying smart bulbs for the home is a little like choosing between HD-DVD or Blu-ray. Like regular old incandescents, or CFL or LED or halogen bulbs, smart bulbs—which can be controlled from your phone—fit into your regular old sockets. But… Go To Full Article

Eachine Bar Portable Bluetooth Speaker Review @ Technogog

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"There's plenty of Bluetooth speakers on the market and companies need to find a way to set themselves apart to get them to sell and to do this they add more and more features to them. Today for review I've… Go To Full Article

Apple and Nike work out settlement terms for FuelBand lawsuit

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Nike is ready to pay up to get a two-year-old FuelBand-related class action lawsuit off its back. The case filed back in 2013 against Nike and Apple claimed that there were some "false and/or misleading statements" in the wearable's ads… Go To Full Article

Earth's orbiting observatories and their literally awesome images

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While the Voyager 1 probe, launched in 1977, cruises into interstellar space (the farthest man-made object from Earth) and missions like New Horizons capture snaps from the outskirts of the solar system, we've been keeping the heavy hitters close to… Go To Full Article

Watch the trailer for 'Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine'

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Quite a few filmmakers have already unleashed their take on the life of Steve Jobs, with Aaron Sorkin's Michael Fassbender-starrer slated to be released in October. But if you'd rather watch that Jobs documentary that premiered at the SXSW Film… Go To Full Article

Inno3D iChill GTX 980 Ti HerculeZ X3 Air Boss Ultra @ HardwareOverclock.com

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HardwareOverclock.com has just posted another review. Last week we have tested the Inno3D iChill GeForce GTX 980 Ti HerculeZ X3 Air Boss Ultra video card. But what‘s behind the long name, maybe a powerfull card with a great silent cooler?… Go To Full Article

Google Chromecast celebrates its second birthday with freebies

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Today marks two years since Google debuted Chromecast, the small and affordable streaming device. To celebrate its second birthday, the company's letting owners get in on a couple promotional offers: a free movie rental and access to 90 days of… Go To Full Article

Gogoro starts shipping its Smartscooter in Taiwan

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The Gogoro scooter is ready for the streets of Taipei. The company will starts shipping its electric Smartscooter to customers that preordered the bike today. The brainchild of former HTC executives, Gogoro became one of the darlings of CES 2015… Go To Full Article

Norton Antivirus Doesn't Like Microsoft Edge

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Norton Antivirus doesn't want you to use Microsoft Edge because it doesn't have extensions? Microsoft couldn't care less. Fight! Fight! Fight! While Microsoft Edge has high speed test results, Cortana integration, and the ability to annotate web pages, there is… Go To Full Article

Free mobile game 'Fallout Shelter' hits Android in August

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Fallout Shelter is a nifty little mobile game that puts you in charge of your very own post-apocalyptic Vault in the Fallout universe. It's your job to make sure the Vault Dwellers are as happy, healthy and protected as possible… Go To Full Article

Samsung Pay doesn't work on rooted phones

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Bad news, power-users: if you habitually root every smartphone you put in your pocket, you won't be able to use Samsung Pay. Users participating in the South Korean trial program have learned that devices with unrestricted access to the file… Go To Full Article

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