Thecus N2310 Soho/Home NAS Server Review

Storage/NAS by stefan @ 2014-08-19 read/post comments()

This time we will review an entry-level NAS from Thecus, with an AMCC APM 86491 800MHz processor which is paired with 512MB of DDR3. The device works on the latest ThecusOS version and for storage expansion we have two USB ports, one of which is 2.0 and the other USB 3.0. read more

CORSAIR CARBIDE SPEC 01 Gaming Case Review

Cases & PSU/Cases by leeghoofd @ 2014-08-18 read/post comments(0)

Corsair surprised friend and foe when they released the Carbide SPEC series: three affordable gaming enclosures would join the ranks of Corsairs elite enclosure lineup. With affordable Corsair really meant affordable; take for example the SPEC 01 which retails at just below the 50 dollar mark, thus similar priced as many OEM products. Usually the latter means low build quality, average hardware compatibility, a maximum trim down in functionality and features to keep the price as low as possible. In fact everything which a CORSAIR case is renowned for is missing in many OEM solutions. Time for the Fremont giant to show the world it can be done differently. read more

Gigabyte Extreme Overclocking Competition 2014

Tradeshow & OC events by leeghoofd @ 2014-08-13 read/post comments(0)

Each year Gigabyte Germany organizes the Extreme Overclocking Competition. At the EOC the best overclocking teams of Germany have a chance to prove who is still king. The main organizer behind each event is Germany’s finest Roman Hartung also known as der8auer at HWBot.org. This year besides Gigabyte also G.Skill, Intel, Seasonic and Gelid solutions provided the required hardware and funds to allow this clash of the titans to take place at the Know Cube at the Heilbronn Tech University. read more

Gigabyte GeForce 750Ti Ultra Durable BLACK EDITION Video Card Review

Videocards/VGA Reviews by stefan @ 2014-08-12 read/post comments(1)

Guaranteed for stability during a 168-hour period of stress testing, the Gigabyte GeForce 750Ti Black Edition is factory overclocked and features a custom dual-fan efficient cooling system. The card performances can be further enhanced while using the supplied OC Guru II and can be used for gaming up to Full HD while using medium to high detail levels. read more

EKWB ASUS GTX 780 Ti DCII OC Full Cover Water Block Review

Cooling/VGA & Other Cooling by leeghoofd @ 2014-08-05 read/post comments(0)

For those who haven't heard yet from Slovenian EK Waterblock company, must have been either computer-less for the last 10 years or maybe just started to get interested in some high end Do It Your Self water cooling gear. Forget about All In One if you are looking for the best cooling performance at a low noise ratio. The only way to achieve this goal is via equipping your favorite computer parts with high end water cooling parts. EKWB has been around for 10 years now and really have diversified their products from the rest through the years. One thing all of these water cooling blocks or complete kits have in common is high performance, solid craftsmanship and all this… read more

ASUS R9 270 Direct CU II OC 2 GB Video Card Review

Videocards/VGA Reviews by stefan @ 2014-08-04 read/post comments(3)

The ASUS R9 270 Direct CU II VGA card shares the hardware with the more expensive 270X variant, but has lower stock clocks; from our experiences regarding overclocking with this card, we could say that it can easy surpass the R9 270X clocks or ever surpass it. Those who search the best bang for the buck VGA cards and won’t game on higher resolutions than Full-HD should put this card on their short list. read more
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Hardware or Gadgets/Multimedia news

[M] Thecus N2310 Soho/Home NAS Server Review

@ 2014/08/19 read/post comments(0)
This time we will review an entry-level NAS from Thecus, with an AMCC APM 86491 800MHz processor which is paired with 512MB of DDR3. The device works on the latest ThecusOS version and for storage expansion we have two USB… Go To Full Article

A quick look at AMD's Radeon R7 SSD

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My more cynical side can't help but scoff at the fact that the Radeon R7 is just another Barefoot 3 SSD cooked with a slightly different recipe. But there's nothing wrong with that. The controller has appealing performance characteristics, and… Go To Full Article

ASUS Announces RT-AC87U AC2400 Dual-Band Gigabit Wireless Router

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ASUS today announced RT-AC87U, the world's first AC2400-class dual-band 802.11ac wireless router with a four-transmit, four-receive (4×4) antenna configuration. This stunningly-designed, easy-to-use router is also the first in the world to employ multi-user MIMO (MU-MIMO) technology. Combined with ASUS AiRadar… Go To Full Article

AMD Jumps Into the SSD Market: Radeon R7 Series SSD Launched

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Back in 2011, AMD made a rather unexpected move and expanded its Radeon brand to include memory in addition to graphics cards. With today's announcement AMD is adding another member to its Radeon family by releasing Radeon R7 Series SSDs.… Go To Full Article

AMD R7 Series 240GB SSD Review

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If you haven’t upgraded your system yet to include a Solid State Drive, there has been no better time than the present. Recent months has seen a raft of new drives released to market at various price points. The launch… Go To Full Article

Diamond UGA USB 3.0/2.0 to DVI/HDMI/VGA Adapter Review @ OCC

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"Ultimately, I like the concept. It was nice not having to dig through my bag of cables for the right one to use and it was pretty simple to set up and use. However, with the fad of smaller tablet/PC… Go To Full Article

HIS Multi View Display Adapters @ PureOverclock

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“HIS have provided three different hardware adapters for those users who lack the ability to add additional displays to their system setup: the Multi View II, the Multi View X2, and the Multi View+Sound. Each of these offer different features,… Go To Full Article

DARPA wants future tanks to use technology in place of armor

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Tanks and other land-based fighting vehicles are typically fitted with layers upon layers of armor for protection, but they move real slow as a result. Since more advanced weapons are being developed to punch holes through thick plating anyway, DARPA...… Go To Full Article

Samsung SSD 850 PRO 256GB Solid State Drive Review @ CDRLabs.com

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"The Samsung 850 PRO is one of, if not the, best consumer-oriented SSDs currently available. Designed and built entirely in-house, this ultra-slim, high-capacity drive combines Samsung's triple-core MEX controller with their second generation, 32-layer 3D V-NAND flash to deliver some… Go To Full Article

Corsair HX750i 750 Watt Power Supply Review @HiTech Legion

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"The Corsair HX750i 750W power supply is 80 Plus Platinum rated, which means it is offering up to a 92% efficient use of power. Corsair has built the HX750i with all Japanese capacitors and a cooling system that features a… Go To Full Article

ARM's Cortex M: Even Smaller and Lower Power CPU Cores

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ARM (and its partners) were arguably one of the major causes of the present day smartphone revolution. While AMD and Intel focused on using Moore’s Law to drive higher and higher performing CPUs, ARM and its partners used the same… Go To Full Article

The 2015 Corvette has a video recording of everything the valet did in your car

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The human body undergoes some weird physical changes when it hands the keys to a shiny new car to someone else; the pulse quickens, the throat dries out and the palms get unnaturally clammy. If that shiny new car happens… Go To Full Article

LG's new curved device is a 34-inch ultrawide display

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Does anybody know if LG and Samsung are looking for a new tagline? Because we'd like to suggest "Real manufacturers have curves," if so. LG, for one, is slated to unveil a 21:9 ultrawide IPS monitor (model 34UC97) at IFA… Go To Full Article

Giant crowdfunded darts will search for life on Mars

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Is there life on Mars? Curiosity didn't find any, but that's hardly a conclusive answer. In fact, a handful of NASA scientists claim that the US space agency is looking for life in all the wrong places. The Mars rover… Go To Full Article

Windows 7 Will Be The New XP

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I think it is pretty much stating the obvious when people say Windows 7 is going to be the new Windows XP. Unless Microsoft does something drastic to prevent it, I think Windows 7 will be around for a long… Go To Full Article

Pebble nabs the former interface designers for webOS and First Else

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Here's some rather unusual news from Pebble: Former webOS designers Itai Vonshak and Liron Damir have left LG to join the wearable startup, which is a pretty big deal given their unique spin on UI design -- you'll want to… Go To Full Article

US nuclear regulator hit by two foreign cyberattacks in three years

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It's no secret that the White House is eager to protect the energy grid against cyberattacks, but it's now clear that the government is speaking from bitter, first-hand experience. Nextgov has confirmed that foreign hacker groups broke into the... Go To Full Article

Curved IPS panel powers ultra-wide LG monitor

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Curved televisions now exist, and at least one PC monitor is following in their footsteps. LG is bringing a curved 34-incher to the IFA show in Berlin, Germany next month. The aptly named Curved UltraWide 34UC97 combines a "gentle" bow… Go To Full Article

Tumblr's going to scan your pictures to work out what brands you love

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When Yahoo bought Tumblr for more than a billion dollars, a lot of us wondered how it would ever turn a profit. After all, people sharing cat GIFs and monochrome erotica didn't seem like a very effective business model. According… Go To Full Article

NAS Units as VM Hosts: QNAP's Virtualization Station Explored

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Virtualization has been around since the 1960s, but it wasn't till Intel and AMD started introducing hardware acceleration features that the feature started gaining mainstream focus outside enterprise applications. In addition to several applications in the enterprise space, virtualization has… Go To Full Article

AMD Jumps Into the SSD Market: Radeon R7 Series SSD Launched

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Back in 2011, AMD made a rather unexpected move and expanded its Radeon brand to include memory in addition to graphics cards. With today's announcement AMD is adding another member to its Radeon family by releasing Radeon R7 Series SSDs.… Go To Full Article

Angelbird SSD wrk 512GB SSD Review @HiTech Legion

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"Angelbird's new Mainstream offering, the SSD wrk, pairs the Silicon Motion 2246EN controller with the MT29F512G08CMCAB - L85A – 20nm Micron NAND to offer top speeds and endurance at mainstream pricing. This pairing in the Angelbird SSD wrk is rated… Go To Full Article

Ultra-affordable $200 HP Stream Windows 8.1 laptop detailed at last

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Enough joking around and waiting for Chromebook demand to miraculously start lagging after so many great months, Microsoft is just about ready to take the bull by the horns and launch a super-low-cost Windows 8.1 rival. Remember the uber-affordable Windows-powered… Go To Full Article

What you need to know about commercial space flight

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In May 2012, the International Space Station's robotic claw, the Canadarm2, caught and secured the first commercial spacecraft to ever dock with the ISS: SpaceX's Dragon capsule. The bullet-shaped vehicle flew to the ISS carrying cargo for its crew,... Go To Full Article

Reversible USB cables may be shipped with upcoming Apple mobile devices

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It is possible that Apple may ship USB cables that are reversible on both ends with upcoming mobile devices like the iPhone 6. Apple’s Lightning cable, which replaced the old 30 pin dock connector cables, is reversible on one end.… Go To Full Article

Sharp's new bezel-less smartphone will land in US thanks to Sprint

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It's been a long, long time since Sharp shipped a phone in the United States (remember this thing?) but it looks like that drought may soon be over. The Japanese electronics giant just pulled back the curtain on a pair… Go To Full Article

14'' HP laptop will run Windows, cost $199

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Microsoft is going after Chromebooks big time, and that means more ultra-cheap Windows laptops are coming. According to Liliputing, the next such system will hail from HP, and it will couple a 14" screen with an AMD Mullins processor for… Go To Full Article

A8 iPhone 6 processor will reportedly have 1GB RAM

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Alleged details of the next generation iPhone have emerged online today, its A8 processor may be accompanied by 1GB of RAM. Apple is expected to introduce the iPhone 6 next month, like last year it may unveil two new models.… Go To Full Article

NAS Units as VM Hosts: QNAP's Virtualization Station Explored

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Virtualization has been around since the 1960s, but it has emerged as a hot topic over the last decade or so. Despite the rising popularity, its applications have been mostly restricted to enterprise use. Hardware-assisted virtualization features (AMD-V, VT-x and… Go To Full Article

[M] CORSAIR CARBIDE SPEC 01 Gaming Case Review

@ 2014/08/18 read/post comments(0)
Corsair surprised friend and foe when they released the Carbide SPEC series: three affordable gaming enclosures would join the ranks of Corsairs elite enclosure lineup. With affordable Corsair really meant affordable; take for example the SPEC 01 which retails at… Go To Full Article

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