Gigabyte Z97X-SOC FORCE Motherboard Review

Motherboards/Intel S1150 by leeghoofd @ 2014-07-22 read/post comments()

Gigabyte continues to release new products in their orange themed overclocking motherboard series. The first of the OC series was the immaculate X58 OC motherboard, a trimmed down on features board, however purely designed to provide the ultimate overclocking experience. Sadly the X58 OC board arrived just a tad too late on the market to become a major selling product. Nevertheless a trend was set: deliver affordable, yet customized for maximum tweaking potential motherboard series. Other brands had similar overclocking friendly boards yet retailing at far more elevated prices. The predecessor, the Z87X-OC was one of the most utilized overclocking boards during the last year according statistics expert Massman from Gigabyte had to live up to its name and… read more

Synology DS414j Budget-friendly 4-bay NAS Server Review

Storage/NAS by stefan @ 2014-07-21 read/post comments()

Synology has updated their low-end 4-bay model with the release of the DS414j which retains the old version chassis and at its core we will find the 1.2GHz MindSpeed Comcerto dual-core ARM processor, which is paired with 512MB of RAM. As the more expensive models, DSM 5.0 is installed on the unit which adds great value and ease of use. read more

HIS R9 280 IceQ X2 OC 3GB GDDR5 Video Card Review

Videocards/VGA Reviews by stefan @ 2014-07-21 read/post comments()

With the R9 280 GPU (rebadged Radeon HD 7970), HIS have released a new card which features the proven 5-heatpipe two-slot cooling system; the product comes with a mild overclock but retains a very good overclocking potential, being able to reach and even surpass cards based on the 7970 GHz Edition. The card can handle most games at Full-HD resolutions, with or without filtering, while at 2560x1440 or 2560x1600 we may often need to adjust the detail levels. read more

Cooler Master Quick Fire Rapid-i Mechanical Keyboard Review

Others/Mice & Keyboards by stefan @ 2014-07-18 read/post comments()

Cooler Master has re-built the Quick Fire series with the Rapid-I model, which features fully-customizable backlighting, but also some preset catchy modes, which sport the ActivLite marketing name. More modes will be introduced in the near future via firmware flash and the tenkeyless design saves a lot of space while making the product lighter for going to LAN parties. read more

Shuttle Barebone DS81 Review

Others/All-in-one PC by stefan @ 2014-07-17 read/post comments(0)

The Slim PC chassis from been reincarnated in the shape of the DS81 which supports the latest Haswell processors with a TDP up to 65W and supports 4K video output thanks to the DirectX 11.1 IGP. The DS81 chassis features a 1.3-liter slim design with a thickness of only 43mm, so it is suitable for many commercial applications; a VESA mount is also included as a bundle in order to mount the device behind the monitor. read more

TP-LINK AC1750 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit ADSL2+ Modem Router Review

Others/Networking Gear by stefan @ 2014-07-14 read/post comments(0)

The latest D7 ADSL2+ Modem Router from TP-LINK sports simultaneous 2.4GHz 450Mbps and 5GHz 1300Mbps dual band, features a LAN/WAN combo port and comes with two USB 2.0 interfaces for connecting printers and/or storage devices. The web GUI is still based on the old design but most of the settings can be saved and modified right away, without the need of a software reboot. read more
Cases & PSU/Cases SilentiumPC Aquarius X90 Mid-Tower Case Review by leeghoofd @ 2014-07-10
Storage/Other KingFast Encrypted USB Flash Drive Review by stefan @ 2014-07-09
Motherboards/Intel S1150 BIOSTAR Hi-Fi Z97WE LGA1150 Motherboard Review by stefan @ 2014-07-07
Others/Mice & Keyboards SteelSeries Sensei Wireless Gaming Mouse Review by stefan @ 2014-07-02
Videocards/VGA Reviews HIS R7 260X iCooler 2GB GDDR5 Video Card Review by stefan @ 2014-06-26

Hardware or Gadgets/Multimedia news

​More dinosaurs had feathers than we thought

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Realistically, we'll probably never successfully clone a dinosaur -- but if we ever do, we may be surprised by how the beast turns out. A fossil found in Siberia threatens to change our perception of what history's giant lizards may… Go To Full Article

Google wants to define a healthy human with its new baseline genetic study

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Google's got a big new project and it's you. Well, not just you, but a genetic and molecular study of humanity that aims to grasp at what a healthy human should be. It's in its early days, collecting anonymous data… Go To Full Article

Data Cuisine creates meals based on cultural statistics

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We've seen IBM's Watson computer serve up unlikely food pairings, but Data Cuisine takes culinary experimentation to a whole new level. Developed by data-visualization specialist Mortiz Stefaner and curator Susanne Jaschko, it's an initiative to... Go To Full Article

Cooler Master V650S 650W Power Supply

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Make sure you guys take a moment today to read our evaluation of the Cooler Master V650S 650W power supply. If you are in the market for a mid-range PSU, this could be the one for you. Cooler Master has… Go To Full Article

The 'Destiny' beta is now open to everyone

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Let's say you wanted to give Bungie's latest shooter, Destiny, a go before the game comes out in September, but the idea of pre-ordering video games goes against the very core of your being. Well, Bungie's just announced that its… Go To Full Article

SanDisk Extreme Pro 480GB Review @ Vortez

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The SanDisk Extreme Pro has some very impressive figures on paper with a read speed of 550MB/s and a read speed of 515MB/s and it's the SSD we feel most gamers and enthusiasts will choose out of the range.… Go To Full Article

NZXT Kraken AIO Water Cooler Round-Up

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The crew at PureOverclock have rounded up a handful of NZXT Kraken AIO water coolers today and put them to the test. You can see our recent evaluation of the Kraken X61 here. Today we find a lot of AIO… Go To Full Article

Are There any Benefits from Plugging Your Mouse into a USB 3.0 Port?

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When you are serious about online gaming, you look for every edge that you can find. The question is, will plugging your mouse into a USB 3.0 port provide any speed or response benefits over a USB 2.0 port? Today’s… Go To Full Article

Get 'The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection' for free this month

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It seems as if this week is a good one to get stuff on the cheap or even for free. First, Marvel announced a promo yesterday which gave access to its Unlimited comics service for 99 cents, and now EA… Go To Full Article

HTC One M8 getting updated to Android 4.4.3

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The update brings mostly security and bug fixes and includes the changes from Android 4.4.4 as well. HTC has started updating its latest flagship to Android 4.4.3, with the update rolling out to unlocked and developer variants in the US.… Go To Full Article

Comic-Con bans Google Glass from super secret screenings

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While you might be able to don an Oculus Rift to pilot a Pacific Rim jaeger, Comic-Con isn't as accepting of another piece of (not so) popular headgear. As TechHive reports, event organizers have begun mirroring actions taken by some… Go To Full Article

Sapphire Vapor-X Radeon R7 250X OC 1 GB GDDR5 Review @

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We have just released a Review of the overclocked Sapphire Vapor-X Radeon R7 250X OC graphics card with 1 GB GDDR5, including lots of Benchmarks in different Presets, power consumption, loudness, temperatures and many more details. Go To Full Article

Sapphire Radeon R9 290 Vapor-X 4 GB @ techPowerUp

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Sapphire's R9 290 Vapor-X comes highly overclocked out of the box, matching R9 290X in performance. The card's triple fan, triple slot cooler manages temperatures very well and offers a unique feature: you decide whether the card idles with one… Go To Full Article

Oppo Find 7 review: A solid phone that faces stiff competition

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The Galaxy S5. The One M8. The G3. Every notable player in the overcrowded smartphone space has a flagship, one heroic device that the company pins its hopes on... for a year or so, anyway. For Oppo, a Chinese phone… Go To Full Article

More pics of Sony’s Xperia Z3 show up

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Although rumor has it Sony will be barely giving the Xperia Z2 a facelift to come up with a Z3-branded “upgrade”, the unannounced flagship smartphone remains in the spotlight, thanks to newly surfaced photos and FCC certifications. Allegedly captured on… Go To Full Article

UK politician calls for in-game thieves to be prosecuted like real criminals

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In some of the most popular multiplayer role-playing games, like World of Warcraft (the NSA's favorite), in-game characters and items can change hands for substantial amounts of real money. So when a gamer is relieved of valuable loot or accounts… Go To Full Article

DeepCool STEAM CASTLE Review @ Vortez

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STEAM CASTLE is a fun and exciting new Micro ATX computer chassis which is available in a selection of colours. This case comes with a handy fan controller, two cooling fans and the prospect of future modding projects. Go To Full Article

BitFenix Neos Case Video Review

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"The BitFenix Neos Case is lightweight, affordable & comes in a number of different colors and looks great. Up to three 2.5" & three 3.5" drives can be installed, there are two 5.25" drive bays, it comes with one 120mm… Go To Full Article now supports Linux

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A while ago, we've announced our plans to add Linux support as one of the features of our digital platform, with 100 games on the launch day sometime this fall. We've put much time and effort into this project and… Go To Full Article

ASRock Z97 Extreme6 Intel LGA1150 Motherboard Review

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Today, a very special review of the ASRock Z97 Extreme6 motherboard is published here at, which brings tears of joy to the eyes of enthusiasts. The motherboard is based on the Z97 chipset, which already has many features… Go To Full Article

Seagate NAS 4-Bay with Marvell ARMADA 370 Review

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Seagate recently rebooted their NAS offerings, completely revamping their 2013 Business Storage lineup and dropping the old software platform altogether. In its place, they adopted the Debian-based NAS OS, development of which was started by LaCie prior to their acquisition… Go To Full Article

CM Storm Resonar Review @ Vortez

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Gaming on the go has become very popular and what better way to support this habit than to use a lightweight in-ear headset. Cooler Master pull out the stops with their latest entry, sporting exclusive 8mm drivers housed in all… Go To Full Article

ADATA Launches XPG V3 DDR3 Overclocking Memory

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ADATA® Technology, a leading manufacturer of high-performance DRAM modules and NAND Flash application products, today launches the latest XPG V3 series overclocking memory, running at a stellar 3100 megahertz. Its dual channel is designed to bring gamers and PC enthusiasts… Go To Full Article

Learning Windows Search

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Finding your stuff with Windows Search doesn’t require you know or even care about Advanced Query Syntax, but if you have 1000s of images, music files, and videos, then it sure helps. AQS really shines when you’ve saved your stuff… Go To Full Article

These smart shoes vibrate to point you in the right direction

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One of the best uses for wearable technology is to help you get around without being hunched over your smartphone. Google Glass and smartwatches do this, but you're still staring at a screen instead of enjoying the scenery. That's all… Go To Full Article

Sense is your all-in-one sleep monitor and guru

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ense is a new Kickstarter project that combines the latest monitoring technologies and sleep medical research to fully optimize user’s sleeping schedule. In our busy, modern industrial world, sleep is something that we usually tend to prioritize less. But we… Go To Full Article

Prototype NASA robot will burrow through sheets of alien ice

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When it came to life on Mars, NASA might have struck out, but it's got a good feeling about Europa. The agency is working on a probe designed to scan its vast oceans for signs of alien life, but there's… Go To Full Article

ASUS ROG Swift PG278Q Monitor Released in APAC/EU

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One of ASUS’ many releases during Computex was for their new ROG Swift PG278Q monitor that boasted a number of impressive specifications all at once. The PG278Q combines a 2560x1440 panel capable of 120/144 Hz operation with support for NVIDIA… Go To Full Article

Samsung's leaked Galaxy Alpha looks like a smaller, prettier S5

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Many have assumed that Samsung's fabled metal smartphone would be a very high-end device, but some new leaks hint that it could be considerably more modest. Both SamMobile and Tinhte have posted photos of the Galaxy Alpha (shown on the… Go To Full Article

Raidmax Scorpio V Review @ OCC

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"The Scorpio has a few redeemable features that save it from being completely forgettable. The first two are standard for a decent gaming chassis: having support for graphic cards over 280mm (11") gives the ability to provide a future-proof chassis,… Go To Full Article

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