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

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[M] Gigabyte Z97X-SOC FORCE Motherboard Review

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Gigabyte continues to produce their orange themed overclocking motherboard series. The first of the 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… Go To Full Article

'Destiny' on PS3 is like the PS4 version but blurrier

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While a bunch of the hype surrounding the Destiny beta is how great developer Bungie's latest shooter looks running on the PlayStation 4, gamers on last-gen hardware have been playing through the weekend too. Based on the video that Digital… Go To Full Article

Anti-surveillance advocates want you to run an open, secure WiFi router

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Plenty of WiFi routers have guest modes for visitors; some companies base their entire business models around them. Many of these devices are full of security holes, however, and the Electronic Frontier Foundation doesn't see that as acceptable in an...… Go To Full Article

SilverStone Raven RV05 Case Video Review

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"Like the original SilverStone RV01, the latest Raven case has the 90 motherboard mounting system. It's because of that the SilverStone Raven RV05 Case stands out. This design not only looks different, but it excels at cooling and optimizes space.… Go To Full Article

Chrome OS adds pinch-to-zoom for regular users, Pixel owners rejoice

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When Google launched the Chromebook Pixel, we weren't really sure what to make of the premium device's touchscreen. Sure, finger-friendly displays were trendy, but Chrome OS just wasn't asking for the technologies: it didn't feature many touch apps,... … Go To Full Article

Amazon's new games show what only the Fire Phone can do

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Looks like Amazon plans to take advantage of the Fire phone's head-tracking tech at every turn, so it put its Game Studio to work developing two new titles especially for the device. The first one called Saber's Edge is a… Go To Full Article

ASRock Fatal1ty H97 Performance Motherboard Review

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When it comes to motherboards, ASRock is on of the top manufactures world wide. In this review we take a closer look at their latest ASRock Fatal1ty H97 Performance Motherboard. It's packed with features such as ASRock Gaming… Go To Full Article

Leaked Windows 9 screenshots show off new Start menu

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New screenshots of an upcoming Windows build shows off the Start menu as well as how metro-style apps will run in desktop mode. The new build is likely to focus more on traditional mouse/keyboard input. Microsoft gave us a sneak… Go To Full Article

Did EVGA Steal The Rivatuner RTSS Design?

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What's that you say? It's been a while since we've had any controversy in the industry? Here's some for you. Problem solved. So was this modern age stealing ? Well, you can't copyright a GUI / user-interface so sure, EVGA… Go To Full Article

Explaining Continuity: tying iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite together

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Continuity isn't a monolithic feature of the new operating systems so much as it is a range of features, each with its own hardware requirements and mode of operation. As we already did for iOS 8's Extensions, in this article… Go To Full Article

Noctua NH-U14S CPU Cooler

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There is a review of the Noctua NH-U14S CPU cooler at BCCHardware today. For comparison purposes, you can see our evaluation here. CPU's no longer require big aftermarket coolers and most people are satisfied with stock cooling, but that hasn't… Go To Full Article

China now has more internet users on mobile devices than PCs

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Want to know why traditionally PC-centric companies like Microsoft are pouring so much energy into their mobile efforts? Look no further than China, which now says that more of its residents are getting online with phones and tablets than PCs.… Go To Full Article

Galaxy Note 4 could usher in metal-centric design era for Samsung at last

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A perennial admirer of plastic gadgets despite wide public criticism, Samsung could be pushed by recent tepid sales numbers to adopt a metallic design for its looming Galaxy Note 4, perhaps in a groundbreaking flexible display combination. It’s odd, so… Go To Full Article

Facebook's new Save feature lets you read top ten lists later

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Dying to know what the top ten best shows from the 1990s are, but just don't have time to click through that Facebook link? That's okay -- the social network's app is about to get a new feature: Save. Think… Go To Full Article

Fractal Design Core 3500 Computer Case Review

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Whether it’s in the automotive, clothing, or furniture industry, European companies have always brought innovative ideas that make big part of the most elegant and simple designs. One clear example is Fractal Design, a Scandinavian company that has showed Benchmark… Go To Full Article

Toshiba HG6 SSD Review (512GB) | Hardware Heaven

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"Earlier this year Toshiba announced their new generation of SSDs, the HG6. It might not have the snappiest name but if it performs as well against the competition as their previous drives we should be in for an impressive set… Go To Full Article

ROCCAT to Unveil Two New Products at Gamescom 2014

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Gamescom, one of the most highly anticipated gaming trade fairs in the world, and the largest held in Europe, once again hosts ROCCAT Studios August 13 - 17. This year, ROCCAT goes all out, bringing an entire gaming city to… Go To Full Article

Kingston Debuts the SSDNow V310 Solid State Drive

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Kingston Digital, Inc., the Flash memory affiliate of Kingston Technology Company, Inc., the independent world leader in memory products, today announced its latest addition to the SSDNow V300 series, the V310. The Kingston SSDNow V310 solid-state drive dramatically boosts system… Go To Full Article

Kingston Digital Ships Large Capacity Near 1TB SSD

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Kingston Digital, Inc., the Flash memory affiliate of Kingston Technology Company, Inc., the independent world leader in memory products, today announced its latest addition to the SSDNow V300 series, the V310. The Kingston® SSDNow V310 solid-state drive dramatically boosts system… Go To Full Article

6 TB NAS Drives: WD Red, Seagate Enterprise Capacity and HGST Ultrastar He6 Face-Off

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Western Digital launched the first NAS-specific 6 TB drive today. In expanding their Red portfolio, they have brought 6 TB drives suitable for 24x7 operation into the hands of home consumers. Some enterprise-specific 6 TB drives have been around since… Go To Full Article

Rosewill Capstone Modular 1000 W @ techPowerUp

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Rosewill built up a solid reputation over the last few years, especially for PSUs, where things are tough because of the strong competition. In this review, we will evaluate the Capstone series' flagship model. It features 1 kW capacity, a… Go To Full Article

Tiny device aims to tell you if your drink has been spiked

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The creators of a device designed to identify if your drink has been spiked have launched on Indiegogo with the aim of raising $100,000. Similar in size to a pack of gum, the can be dunked into a drink,… Go To Full Article

Scythe Tatsumi: Entry-level CPU Cooler with great performance and features

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21.07.2014, Oststeinbek (Germany) - Japanese cooling expert Scythe presents a new cooling solution for users seeking a low cost entry-level CPU cooler with…

Google To Stop Labeling Apps With In-App Purchases As 'Free'

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According to Forbes, Google has decided that it will no longer label apps as free if they allow for in-app purchases. Google will no longer label apps as "free" if they allow for in-app purchases. The change will certainly take… Go To Full Article

The Trinity Magnum VR controller is like a PlayStation Move for your PC

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The Oculus Rift isn't even a consumer product yet, but it already has a shadow hanging over its head: how, exactly, are its users going to interact with its intangible, virtual worlds? It's starting to look like the answer will… Go To Full Article

Framed gesture-controlled digital canvas debuts on Kickstarter, starting at $399

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It's shaping up to be a big month for digital art displays. Electric Objects popped up on Kickstarter with its successfully funded 23-inch LCD for $299, and now a familiar face has turned to the funding site with its own… Go To Full Article

Western Digital Introduces 6 TB WD Red Hard Drive

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WD, a Western Digital company, and world leader in storage solutions, today announced the expansion of its award-winning WD Red line of SATA hard drives for home and small office NAS (network attached storage) systems with the release of a… Go To Full Article

Intel Outs Six New Haswell-based Entry Level Processors

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Intel rolled out six new entry-level socket LGA1150 dual-core processors, based on the "Haswell" micro-architecture. These include four-each under the Pentium and Core i3 brands. Among the Pentium parts are the G3250 (3.20 GHz clocks, 1.10 GHz iGPU, 3 MB… Go To Full Article

Whirlpool's new machine freshens your clothes in 10 minutes flat

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Odds are that you're used to ironing some of your clothes to keep them wrinkle-free, or taking them to the dry cleaners when you can't (or just won't) put them through a washing machine. No great shakes, right? Well, Procter… Go To Full Article

Doom Gameplay Unveiled at Quakecon 2014

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Quakecon 2014 was the setting for the unveiling of the next installment in the Doom franchise, which is unceremoniously named simply Doom, an obvious reference to the game returning to its roots. Overall, it was a crowd pleasing presentation, one… Go To Full Article

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