Gigabyte CDRomland OC Workshop

Tradeshow & OC events by leeghoofd @ 2014-04-15 read/post comments(0)

After a first successful outing of the Hardware.Info Pro OC team, it was time to head to a new location. Bundling forces with Gigabyte, Intel and the CDRomLand store the stage was set for another OC workshop. Since the Hardware.Info team is involved in HWBOT's Pro OC Cup some scores had to be improved to remain within the top 10. A tedious task as overclocking with a curious crowd, constantly asking questions, adds up to the challenge. Time to head over to the lovely city of Breda to the CDRomLand shop. read more

SilentiumPC Fera 2 HE 1224 CPU Cooler Review

Cooling/CPU Cooling by jmke @ 2014-04-15 read/post comments(0)

SilentiumPC send us their latest budget friendly heatsinks. Compatible with all of the major Intel and AMD platforms out there we take for a test run on a hot running setup to see how it stacks up to the reference cooling from Intel. read more

Synology DS414 High Performance 4-bay NAS Server for SMB & SOHO Review

Storage/NAS by stefan @ 2014-04-14 read/post comments(0)

The DS414 NAS from Synology is based on a dual-core Marvell Armada XP running at 1.33Ghz and is paired with a total of 1GB DDR3, which should be enough for home use and small business. Inside the bays we can use both 2.5’’ (HDD/SSD) and 3.5’’ drives (screwless installation). The NAS operates paired with the latest DSM 5.0 version which features a consistent visual redesign for an easier use. read more

iOCEAN X7S 8-core Smartphone Review

Mobile/Smart Phones by stefan @ 2014-04-09 read/post comments()

X7S is one of the latest smartphones from iOCEAN, featuring the latest MediaTek MT6592 1.7GHz 8-core SoC, which is paired with 2GB of RAM. The 4-core GPU part is clocked at 700MHz (Mali-450 MP4) for offering good performances in 3D applications and for videos we have H.265 video decoding support along with the ClearMotion intelligent video frequency-doubling technology. The 13MP camera in the back provides us with good quality photos while the 2000mAH battery should last us from one day to a day and a half depending on the usage type. read more

MSI Z87M-GAMING Motherboard Review

Motherboards/Intel S1150 by leeghoofd @ 2014-04-07 read/post comments(0)

MSI is pushing hard with their Intel Z87 lineup; the gaming series motherboards are getting the same love from the gaming community as the alike named graphics solutions. Combining stunning looks with durability and great performance retailing at a very competitive price; it really feels times are changing and a certain A brand seems to slowly loose it grips on the market. The MSI Z87M Gaming motherboard is a full blown Z87 chipset based mATX motherboard with hardly any compromises made to the design. Nevertheless MSI manages to undercut the prices of the main competitors gaming oriented board offerings. read more

Corsair Vengeance Low Profile 16GB 1600MHz C10 Dual Channel DDR3 Memory Kit Review

Memory by stefan @ 2014-04-07 read/post comments()

Thanks to the extra clearance the Vengeance LP memory kits offer, we are able to mount even bigger CPU heatsinks or accommodate them inside cases with cramped space. The modules have different colors depending on their technical specifications and as far as we have seen the stock speed can be raised a bit more in order to benefit from more bandwidth. read more
Audio/Others Cooler Master CM Storm Pitch Gaming Earphones Review by stefan @ 2014-04-03
Tradeshow & OC events MSI/Informatique OC Academy featuring HWinfo Pro OC Team by leeghoofd @ 2014-04-03
Cases & PSU/Cases Fractal ARC MINI R2 Computer Case Review by leeghoofd @ 2014-04-02
Cases & PSU/Cases Corsair Graphite Series 760T Full Tower Computer Case Review by stefan @ 2014-03-31
Storage/Other Mach Xtreme Technology MX-LX 128GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Review by stefan @ 2014-03-26

Hardware or Gadgets/Multimedia news

Toshiba to Launch World's Fastest microSD Memory Cards

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Düsseldorf, 17th April 2014 – Toshiba Electronics Europe is launching the world’s fastest[1] microSD memory cards that are compliant with the ultra high speed serial bus interface UHS-II[2] , as defined in SD Memory Card Standard Ver. 4.20. The new… Go To Full Article

Sony pumps up its PS4 update with game pre-loading and a new video editor

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When Sony announced sales of seven million PlayStation 4s earlier today it promised more details on its upcoming software update would follow soon, and here they are. We still don't have an exact timetable for when firmware 1.70 will arrive,… Go To Full Article

‘Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn’ breaks 2 million registered users milestone

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Square Enix has reported that over 2 million users have signed up for their newest MMORPG, a number that has "far exceeded" the developer's projections. Go To Full Article

HIS Announces R9 295X2 LiquidCooler

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Hightech Information System (HIS) today proudly announces the HIS R9 295X2 Liquid Cooler 8GB. HIS R9 295X2 Liquid Cooler 8GB is the world's fastest graphics card engineered for ultimate performance. Its features the Next Generation CrossFire support for up to… Go To Full Article

Toshiba Debuts World's Fastest microSD Memory Cards

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Extending its industry leadership in memory card solutions, Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc., (TAEC), a committed leader that collaborates with technology companies to create breakthrough designs, has introduced the world's fastest microSD memory cards. The new cards are the first… Go To Full Article

TRENDnet Ships Powerline 500 Wireless Kit

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TRENDnet, a best-in-class wired and wireless networking hardware brand, today announces the availability of the Powerline 500 Wireless Kit, model TPL-410APK, which extends a home wireless network using existing electrical lines. The included TRENDnet Powerline adapters (TPL-406E… Go To Full Article

Next-gen MSI OC Series Motherboard to Feature "Delid Die Guard"

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The upcoming entries to MSI's more overclocker-oriented line of motherboards, the M-Power and X-Power OC Series, will feature an interesting new feature that could appeal to overclockers that like to de-lid (remove the IHS of) their processors, for more direct… Go To Full Article

MSI Z97 Express-based Gaming Series Motherboards Pictured

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MSI is ready with its Gaming series socket LGA1150 motherboards based on Intel Z97 Express chipset, which are ready for Core "Haswell" refresh processors. The series includes three boards in the ATX form-factor, the Z97 Gaming 9 AC, Z97 Gaming… Go To Full Article

‘Minecraft PS3 Edition’ coming to retail shelves in May

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Sony has announced that a physical Blu-ray version of Minecraft's PS3 Edition will be available on store shelves starting next month. Go To Full Article

NVIDIA Rolls Out GeForce 337.61 BETA Hotfix

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NVIDIA rolled out GeForce R337.61 BETA, which is a hotfix for two glaring issues that came to light with R337.50, which launched earlier this month. To begin with, it fixes an issue faced with Dell's compact 4K Ultra HD monitors,… Go To Full Article

MIT designs a floating, tsunami-proof nuclear plant

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What's the safest place to put a nuclear reactor? Offshore, apparently. A new power plant design concept from MIT envisions a facility built on floating platforms, moored in deep water several miles off the coast. This, the concept's creators... Go To Full Article

Nvidia GeForce R337.61 Beta Hotfix Display Driver released

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Nvidia just released a new display driver for its family of graphic cards. Bear in mind that this is meant as a hotfix, so caveat emptor. In any event, Nvidia's beta display driver was pushed out to resolve the following… Go To Full Article

XFX R9 290 CrossFire At 4K Ultra HD

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Legit Reviews has decided to put a XFX R9 290 CrossFire set-up to the test today to see how well these cards handle 4K Ultra HD resolutions. Here's a quote from the full review: We recently reviewed the XFX Radeon… Go To Full Article

Sony sold seven million PS4s already, beating its own predictions

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Sony was quick to pat itself on the back for passing five million PlayStation 4s sold more than a month earlier than it predicted, and now that the fiscal year is over there's more to celebrate. As of April 6th,… Go To Full Article

Eurocom Launches the Electra 2 15.6-Inch Notebook

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Eurocom is now launching the thin and light, 15.6" Electra 2 Notebook computer with TPM 1.2 hardware data encryption, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 850M graphics and 4th generation Intel Core i7 and i7 Extreme processors with 5 hours of battery life. Go To Full Article

Bing's home page gets personalized info cards, just like Google Now

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Google Now brought its personalized info to the web last month, and now Bing is looking to get in on the card-based action. Microsoft's search engine has added the aforementioned bits to its home page, displaying news, weather, flights and… Go To Full Article

Roccat Kave XTD 5.1 Digital Headset Video Review

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"The Roccat Kave XTD 5.1 Digital Headset offers true 5.1 audio with 3 drivers per ear-cup, which is something no other so-called 5.1 headsets can't say. They are stylish, rigid, lightweight, come with a multi-channel remote sound card, are Bluetooth… Go To Full Article

Sony continues to trim the fat, dumps Square-Enix stock

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The PlayStation 4 may be leading home console sales, but that doesn't mean Sony's bank account is in the black. The company has made a minor habit of garnishing its quarterly earnings reports with notable losses, and it's been selling… Go To Full Article

Companies Agree to Add 'Kill Switches' To Smartphones

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About damn time. CTIA-The Wireless Association announced that under a "Smartphone Anti-Theft Voluntary Commitment," the companies including Apple, Samsung, Verizon Wireless, AT&T, U.S. Cellular, Sprint, and T-Mobile have agreed to provide a free preloaded or downloadable anti-theft tool on smartphones… Go To Full Article

Toshiba's vision for Project Ara extends to wearables and beyond

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Project Ara is primarily focused on building a modular smartphone in the hopes of changing the industry, but is that the only type of mobile device on the drawing board? Absolutely not. An executive at Toshiba, one of Google's partners… Go To Full Article

Tivax MiTraveler 3D-8 Review @ Vortez

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Today we are to look at a new android-based tablet which boasts viewable 3D technology without the need to use 3D glasses. 3D-8 uses JellyBean for its Operating System and promises to deliver captivating visuals along with the usual plethora… Go To Full Article

Steam usage patterns reveal shameful number of unplayed games

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Raise your hand if have a ton unplayed games in your Steam library. If you're anything like me, you're probably mired in a bog of sale and bundle acquisitions that you'd never be able to play in three or four… Go To Full Article

NZXT H440 Mid-Tower Chassis

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The NZXT H440 mid-tower chassis is on the test bench at techPowerUP today. You can see our evaluation here for comparison purposes. The NZXT H440 aims to make the new and revamped H series part of the mid-tower market. Offering… Go To Full Article

Lian Li previews the PC-V2130 full-tower chassis

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Lian Li’s PC-V2130 will be its new flagship offering once it launches later this year. Lian Li has been toying with experimental form factors of late, like the DK01 desk chassis and the mini-ITX PC-Q33. With the PC-V2130 however, the… Go To Full Article

Google's new camera app brings Photo Sphere and Lens Blur to Android devices

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While Google has continued to toss new features into the camera app shipped on its Nexus devices, many Android phones replace it something else. But just as we revealed a few weeks ago, now it's available in the Play Store,… Go To Full Article

Raijintek Pallas Low Profile Heatsink Review

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"Standing just 69mm tall, the Raijintek Pallas CPU cooler is probably the largest low profile heatsink Frostytech as tested in recent memory. Raijintek's low profile Pallas heatsink is constructed around six 6mm diameter copper heatpipes and a 120x140mm array of… Go To Full Article

Shh, it's a Secret: The allure of the anonymous internet

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"I'm terrified I might not actually be all that smart." "Made a batch of Jello just to stick my **** in it. No regrets." "I like taking the ferry because I get to drink in public legally." This is just… Go To Full Article

VisionTek Debuts the CryoVenom R9 290LE Liquid Cooled Graphics Card

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VisionTek Products LLC, (VisionTek), a leading manufacturer of award-winning, high-performance upgrades and accessories for PC and Apple Macintosh computers, today announced it has expanded the award-winning CryoVenom R9 290 graphics card with a new Limited Edition model. … Go To Full Article

Saturn gives birth to a new moon

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Latest images brought back by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft have revealed what appears to be the moment of birth of Saturn’s new moon. Saturn is one of the planets with the most moons in the Solar System. This isn’t surprising at… Go To Full Article

HTC allows devs to tap into the power of the One's Duo Camera

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The HTC One (M8) brought with it a load of new camera features, including its unique Duo Camera setup on its back side. Now, the handset maker is opening up the code that powers the pair in a SDK preview… Go To Full Article

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