Acer Aspire P3-171-6820 Review and more
Posted on: 07/16/2013 11:00 AM
Here a roundup of today's reviews and articles, including Acer Aspire P3-171-6820 Review, MSI CK Series Mechanical Keyboard Review, ASUS MAXIMUS VI HERO (Intel LGA 1150), NZXT H630 Case, and RunCore Pro IV 1.8 Inch ZIF SSD
Acer Aspire P3-171-6820 Review @ TechReviewSource.com
The Acer Aspire P3-171-6820 is an affordable tablet hybrid powered by an Intel Core i5 CPU. It offers a responsive, albeit low resolution, 11.6-inch touch-screen, a detached Bluetooth keyboard, and relatively good battery life, but there are better performing hybrids out there.
Read more: Acer Aspire P3-171-6820 Review @ TechReviewSource.comMSI CK Series Mechanical Keyboard Review @ Techgage
It’s getting crowded in the mechanical keyboard market.
It used to be that only companies that specialized in PC peripherals – you know, mice and keyboards and other input devices – made and sold mechanical keyboards. Names such as Metadot (makers of the acclaimed Das keyboards) and SteelSeries were among the earliest to dominate the market; they outsold the likes of Leopold, Noppoo, Ducky, and Filco, specialist brands from Asia and Europe. Fairly recently, the likes of Razer, Corsair, Thermaltake, Logitech, and Cooler Master (through its Storm Brand) have also decided to compete for market share. Even Newegg, through its Rosewill brand, has seen fit to issue its own range of mechanical keyboards.
Read more: MSI CK Series Mechanical Keyboard Review @ TechgageEditorial: Desktop Computer System PC Hardware Component Predictions @ Benchmark Reviews
For the past six years it has been my duty to contact product manufacturers, and arrange test samples of cutting-edge products for our review team. Since BenchmarkReviews.com started back in 2007, I have repeatedly enjoyed hands-on experience with exotic desktop PC computer components that most techies can only dream of owning. Together with my computer business, I've been afforded a broad view of the market, one that has given me a unique opportunity to see new trends emerge while watching old fads quietly fade away (ie: Rambus RD-RAM, OCZ NIA, HD-DVD, and various Virtual Reality gadgets). My experiences within the hardware industry have enabled me to predict where the technology is driving us with some accuracy, based on historical lessons the younger generation have forgotten. In this editorial I will explain what could happen next in the desktop computer hardware segment, as it attempts to co-exist with a mobile mega-industry.
Read more: Editorial: Desktop Computer System PC Hardware Component Predictions @ Benchmark ReviewsInno3D GeForce GTX 760 iChill Review @ Vortez
As the company name suggest, Inno3D make some truly innovating graphics card designs. The latest of which is the iChill HerculeZ, a triple slot cooling design which in this instance also happens to arrive with three fans to keep the oversized heatsink cool. Cooling as never been so important because despite the current balmy weather we are seeing here in Britain, NVIDIA's method of 'auto' overclocking, aptly called GPU Boost 2.0, has a direct correlation between GPU core temperatures and core clockspeed. Therefore, the cooler the card is kept; the higher the potential Boost speed will potentially be gained.
Read more: Inno3D GeForce GTX 760 iChill Review @ VortezASUS MAXIMUS VI HERO (Intel LGA 1150) @ techPowerUp
New to the ASUS ROG line-up, the ASUS MAXIMUS VI HERO is for those looking to get that high-end ROG "GENE" experience in a full ATX format, but does stretching the GENE also stretch the HERO's ability too thin, or has the ASUS MAXIMUS VI HERO come to save the day?
Read more: ASUS MAXIMUS VI HERO (Intel LGA 1150) @ techPowerUpNZXT H630 Case @ PureOverclock
Over the last few years NZXT has introduced a number of modern cases to the world and today we see NZXT continue that trend with the introduction of its new NZXT H630 “Shhh…” Chassis. The H630 Shhh… adds to NZXT’s already large line of full tower cases, and today we get to take a close look at it. At a glance, the NZXT H630 has a simplistic design; however, it’s been packed with a variety of options and features for today’s PC Builders. Aestheically speaking, we prefer the simple, elegant designs over the crazy or dramatic cases, and the NZXT H630 fits that previous description. However, the H630 is more than just an example of simplicity. NZXT introduced this product to be a silent chassis as well. That is why they included the “Shhh…” advertising Moto. We are going to put that and everything else to the test to see what this case brings to the table.
Read more: NZXT H630 Case @ PureOverclockPowerColor Radeon HD 7850 SCS3 Review @ Guru3D
We test and review the PowerColor Radeon HD 7850 SCS3 today. This stock clocked Radeon HD 8750 is cooled passively, meaning it has no fans tool it down. That also means it's rather silent as it does not make any noise. But what about temperatures then you must be wondering ? Well, let's find out and test the cards with the hottest games like Company of Heroes 2, Battlefield 3, Metro last Light, Far Cry 3, Medal of Honor Warfighter, Hitman Absolution and many more.
As you guys know, the R7850/7870 products from AMD offer good value for money. AMD's partners are very savvy to release graphics cards based on these cute products as they perform well for the money, quite well actually. The 1GB versions you can spot for 150 EUR these days. For those that missed it or need a little extra information, two graphics cards have been released in the 7800 series. Pitcairn XT (GPU codename) is the AMD Radeon HD HD7870 - it comes with 20 Compute Units carrying 1280 Stream Processors, 80 texture units and 32 ROPs. The AMD reference core and memory frequencies clock in at an impressive 1000 MHz on the GPU and 1200MHz (4800MHz effective GDDR5) on the memory, this product is equipped with 2GB memory running over a 256-bit memory interface. AMD brands this product the "One GHz Edition" due to the reference clock frequency. This means that AMD's partners can release products clocked even higher. Pitcairn Pro is the GPU that empowers the Radeon HD 7850, it features 16 Compute Units, 1024 Stream (shader) Processors, 64 texture units and 32 ROPs. Its core and memory frequencies fall behind that of the 7870 but it is still clocked at a good 860 MHz core with 1.20GHz (4800 MHz effective) on the memory. Again, the memory is based on a 256-bit interface.
Read more: PowerColor Radeon HD 7850 SCS3 Review @ Guru3DAntec GX700 @ techPowerUp
The Antec GX700 is the first of the new series aiming to offer a stylish chassis with a few very cool visual- and functional details at an affordable price point. Clearly going for a military theme, we will see if this chassis can defend itself in the $50 case category or if it shoots nothing but blanks at the competition.
Read more: Antec GX700 @ techPowerUpVisionTek GoDrive 480GB @ PureOverclock
We’ve said for quite some time that the biggest performance increase you’ll see in a system upgrade these days it moving to a Solid State Drive. The improvements of an SSD, in our opinion, are nothing short of astounding. So scintillating is the difference that you’ll wonder how you ever survived without one.
As more consumers move to SSDs, the choices are many in terms of models and capacities. If you have need of a larger drive capacity, then budget certainly becomes a consideration for those who want something affordable without having to compromise performance. Choosing a SandForce-based SSD is a safe bet for most consumers, as these drives offer a strong blend of speed and affordability. There are many on the market, and today we’re looking at one from VisionTek, the GoDrive 480GB.
Read more: VisionTek GoDrive 480GB @ PureOverclockRunCore Pro IV 1.8 Inch ZIF SSD @ LanOC Reviews
In the past we have taken a look at a variety of different SSD’s of all different sizes and shapes. Today we are going to check out something completely different. Today we are taking a look at a tiny 1.8 inch SSD that uses a PATA ZIF connection. For those of you who don’t know what a ZIF connection is, that is a zero insertion force connection. You typically see them inside of laptops and in this case this drive is normally used on small laptops and in some handheld devices. Being a PATA based (think IDE) these aren’t all about speed, but I wanted to check the drive out due to its size. So let’s take a look.
Read more: RunCore Pro IV 1.8 Inch ZIF SSD @ LanOC Reviews