60 Windows 8 tips, tricks and secrets and more
Posted on: 06/14/2013 11:30 AM
Here today's reviews and articles, including 60 Windows 8 tips, tricks and secrets, Chillblast Fusion Tiger Shark Core i5-4670K Overclocked System Video Review and Gallery, AMD reveals base clock, power rating for 5GHz CPU, Synology DS1812+ 8-bay SMB / SOHO NAS Review, and PCMark 8 Review
60 Windows 8 tips, tricks and secrets @ Techradar
Windows 8 has been with us for over half a year now, and if you're used to previous versions of Windows then you're going to notice that quite a bit has changed. In fact, Windows 8 has seen the biggest change since the jump from Windows 3.1 to Windows 95. Out goes the Start menu, in comes the new touch-oriented Start screen with new Windows 8-style apps and new interface conventions. Even experienced PC users may be left feeling a little lost.
Read more: 60 Windows 8 tips, tricks and secrets @ TechradarNZXT Phantom 630 Case Review @ KitGuru
Built as a trimmed-down version of the award winning Phantom 820, does NZXTâ€™s Ultra Tower Phantom 630 have what it takes to compete in a circa-£150 case market?
Read more: NZXT Phantom 630 Case Review @ KitGuruCorsair Vengeance Pro 1866MHz DDR3 Memory Kit Review @ HiTech Legion
Excellent value and overclockability were two factors that made Corsair’s Vengeance memory kits very popular amongst gamers when it first hit the market. Corsair is synonymous with quality RAM modules and their Dominator line is a popular choice for enthusiasts but it is out of reach price-wise for most mainstream users. Meanwhile, Corsair's Vengeance memory modules were a nice alternative to their basic XMS3 modules and offered some overclocking headroom at a mainstream price point. Coinciding with the release of Intel’s 4th generation Core processors, Corsair is introducing a new Vengeance Pro series of memory kits which will be available in 1600MHz all the way to 2933MHz speeds.
The Corsair Vengeance Pro 1866MHz memory kit is optimized for use with the Intel Haswell processor and is also compatible with Ivy Bridge and Sandy Bridge platforms. The Vengeance Pro memory kit updates the heat spreader design of the original Vengeance memory modules slightly with the addition of a removable accent clip. These Vengeance Pro accent clip serve as additional structural support while handling and installing modules onto the mainboard. Measuring 135mm x 44mm x 6mm, the Corsair Vengeance Pro memory modules are available in a variety of colors including gold, silver, blue, red and black. As with all current Corsair memory modules, the Corsair Vengeance Pro series is XMP 1.3 compatible and comes with a limited lifetime warranty.
Read more: Corsair Vengeance Pro 1866MHz DDR3 Memory Kit Review @ HiTech Legionalienvibes EP02 Elite HD Noise Cancelling Headphones @ NikKTech
Sight and sound are arguably the two most important human senses and so naturally people like to judge most things based either on how they look or how they sound (well ok some things like the McLaren MP4 or the Lamborghini Aventador obviously combine both). Because of that it comes as no surprise that whatever is available out there in the market from clothes, shoes, accessories and up to bikes and cars focuses primarily on looks and then everything else. When it comes to certain devices however like headphone sets things are quite a bit more complicated since not only do you have to take into account how they look but you also need to take into account how they sound and with so many offerings in the market that's not very easy. Worry not however since this is where we come in and so today we will be taking a look at the EP02 HD headphones designed and manufactured by a new player in the field called alienvibes.
Read more: alienvibes EP02 Elite HD Noise Cancelling Headphones @ NikKTechPCMark 8 Review @ OCC
As mentioned on the previous page, I ran into an issue when running PCMark 8. One of the Web Browsing tests repeatedly gets stuck whenever it is run for the second time during a benchmark. This prevents me from completing the standard benchmarks that use it, as they all run three passes to get consistent results. Futuremark is aware of the issue as it has been reported by multiple people running Windows 7. I am confident the developers will be able to find and fix it.
Read more: PCMark 8 Review @ OCCChillblast Fusion Tiger Shark Core i5-4670K Overclocked System Video Review and Gallery @ HardwareHeaven.com
With part of the profit going to shark preservation the Chillblast Fusion Tiger Shark is a system aimed at those who want the latest Intel CPU with maximum value for money but don't know how to build and overclock a system.
Read more: Chillblast Fusion Tiger Shark Core i5-4670K Overclocked System Video Review and Gallery @ HardwareHeaven.comASUS RT-AC66U 802.11ac Wireless-AC1750 Router Review @ Legit Reviews
Today we look at the ASUS flagship 802.11ac Dual-Band Wireless-AC1750 Gigabit Router. This router is built on around a Broadcom processor and, like other wireless-AC devices, is designed for gigabit Wi-Fi speeds. If this router looks familiar, it should since it has the same exact shape and dimensions of ASUSs successful wireless-n dual-band router. Read on to see how this ASUS AC1750 router does against our suit of 802.11ac routers and if the step-up to wireless-ac is worth the cost.
The ASUS RT-AC66U Dual-Band 802.11ac router was pretty incredible to work with. Setting aside the conversation centering on Wi-Fi speed for a moment, the GUI is feature-packed with almost everything anyone newbies to power users “ would want in an interface. With respect to the wireless speeds, like all 802.11ac routers we have tested over the past several months, the AC66U showed us incredible speeds over our ˜typical wireless-N...
Read more: ASUS RT-AC66U 802.11ac Wireless-AC1750 Router Review @ Legit ReviewsHP Slate 7 Review @ TechReviewSource.com
The HP Slate 7 is a surprisingly speedy tablet with an enticing price tag, but it's competing with tablets like the Google Nexus 7 which features a better display, faster performance, and more up-to-date software. And the features HP touts as distinct feel a bit contrived-the wireless printing support is currently limited to HP printers and Beats Audio doesn't make that big of an impact.
Read more: HP Slate 7 Review @ TechReviewSource.comQPAD QH-90 Gaming Headset @ techPowerUp
QPAD's newest high-performance headset, the QH-90, gets put to the test. This headset features some brilliantly performing 53mm drivers and a highly ergonomic design. Priced at 99, this headset is sure to mix things up in the sub 100 price category.
Read more: QPAD QH-90 Gaming Headset @ techPowerUpAMD reveals base clock, power rating for 5GHz CPU @ The Tech Report
On Tuesday, AMD introduced its new FX-9000-series processors. The company quoted their peak Turbo speeds (5GHz for the FX-9590, 4.7GHz for the FX-9370) and a rough time frame for availability ("this summer"), but it revealed little else. We were left wondering about base clocks, power envelopes, and potential retail availability.
Well, today, AMD has finally answered our questions.
Read more: AMD reveals base clock, power rating for 5GHz CPU @ The Tech ReportSynology DS1812+ 8-bay SMB / SOHO NAS Review @ Anandtech
Synology recently refreshed their 8-bay SMB / SOHO NAS lineup with the DS1813+. Based on the same platform as the DS1812+ (Atom D2700), it added two extra network ports. However, due to the similarity in the underlying platform, the performance in most cases can be expected to be similar to last year's version, the DS1812+.
A number of Intel Atom D27xx-based NAS systems have been evaluated in our labs, even though we formally reviewed only one earlier this year, the LaCie 5big NAS Pro. The Thecus N4800 has made its appearance in a some benchmarks presented in our SMB / SOHO NAS testbed article. We are waiting for a firmware update to complete our 5big NAS Pro review, but, in the meanwhile, we have results from our evaluation of the Synology DS1812+ which was sent to our labs last year. In our experience, Synology manages to tick all the right boxes for the perfect consumer NAS (except for the pricing factor). Does the DS1812+ carry things forward, or do we have something to complain about? Read on to find out.
Read more: Synology DS1812+ 8-bay SMB / SOHO NAS Review @ Anandtech