Acer Windows Mixed Reality HMD Review and more
Posted on: 01/30/2018 10:46 AM

Here a roundup of today's reviews and articles:

Acer Windows Mixed Reality HMD Review
An EPYC Threadripper: Der8auer Gets EPYC CPU Working on X399 Motherboard
AOC Q3279VWF review: good and true
Asus ROG Strix XG35VQ Review
Be Quiet Shadow Rock TF2 Air Cooler Review
Creative Sound BlasterX H5 Gaming Headset Review
EVGA X299 Micro Motherboard Review
Guru3D Rig of the Month January 2018
HyperX Cloud Flight Wireless Gaming Headset Review
Patriot Viper LED 16GB DDR4-3200 Memory Kit Review
Quiet Threadripper Overclocked Coolling
Raijintek Orcus 240 Review
Samsung 860 Pro SSD Review
Seasonic Prime Ultra Platinum 1000W PSU Review
Team Group Cardea Zero 240 GB Review
Tekq Rapide TB3 Portable SSD Review (512GB)
Tt eSPORTS Shock Pro RGB Gaming Headset Review
UFC 3 review: a champion in the making

Acer Windows Mixed Reality HMD Review
Microsoft recently launched the Windows Mixed Reality platform, bringing immersive computing to its Windows 10 operating system, and Acer is the first of six WMR hardware partners to send us a compatible headset for testing.


Read full article @ Toms Hardware

An EPYC Threadripper: Der8auer Gets EPYC CPU Working on X399 Motherboard
So, maybe it isn't really working - but at least the system boots up all the way to the BIOS memory checks, where it then stops emitting life signs. Der8auer went through a sort of blind process to discover that there is a particular ID pin on EPYC that when covered, allows the CPU to be booted up by a X399 motherboard (in this case, an ASUS X399 Zenith Extreme). ID pins are nothing new, and basically tell sockets whether or not they should be powering up a particular CPU.

So what exactly does this mean? Nothing much - only that the sockets and pinouts are the same. The approach towards detecting the ID pin was a crude, brute force one, appending a piece of electrical tape to different parts of the CPU, narrowing down the search for a single pin. When this particular pin was covered, standby power finally kept on, and the motherboard ran through some initial boot steps until stopping at the D0 memory boot code. Der8auer thinks that a "simple" BIOS switch on this TR4 motherboard to an EPYC motherboard's BIOS would suffice to get the EPYC CPU running on this Threadripper motherboard.


Read full article @ techPowerUp

AOC Q3279VWF review: good and true
It was one of the items that really caught the attention in the Black Friday sale last year – the AOC Q3279VWF. This 32 inch wide quad HD (2560x1440) monitor with a VA panel had a price tag of just 199.95 pounds / 199 euros. But this was not just a sale price, this price lingered after the sale passed. Even now, our Price comparison shows many shops that are still selling it for the same price instead of the (not that much higher) recommended retail price of 269 pounds / 269 euros.


Read full article @ Hardware.Info

Asus ROG Strix XG35VQ Review
After recently looking at the Predator X34P, Acer’s new 34" ultrawide gaming display, we have to say that while it’s a pretty awesome product, the high price tag of $1,300 puts it out of reach of budget-oriented buyers. Today we're looking at a monitor from Asus that brings a similar experience for a lot less money.

Now when I say less money, I don’t mean we’re suddenly talking about a $200 monitor. However the Asus ROG Strix XG35VQ does come in at $800, which is an enormous $500 difference.

And we still get a lot of the same features: a 35-inch 3440 x 1440 VA panel with a 1800R curve, a 100Hz refresh rate, and FreeSync support. It doesn’t have the marginally higher 120Hz refresh of the X34P, nor does it have G-Sync, but otherwise we’re looking at a similar experience for gaming.


Read full article @ TechSpot

Be Quiet Shadow Rock TF2 Air Cooler Review
Be Quiet has an easy way of labeling their air cooled products, dividing them into three classes:

Pure Rock: Entry level quiet coolers (2 single tower coolers)
Shadow Rock: Premium coolers at an attractive price (Single Tower, Top Flow and Low profile models)
Dark Rock: High performance coolers (Single & double tower and Top flow model)
The Shadow Rock premium series include single-tower, slim, top-flow and low-profile cooler designs. They deliver exceptionally high cooling performance and remarkably quiet operation, all at highly attractive prices in the premium CPU cooler segment. Whether your PC is built for advanced gaming, demanding graphics applications or hi-res multimedia functionality, Shadow Rock coolers will impress you with their combination of features and price point.

Today we introduce to you the Top Flow model, the Shadow Rock TF2. Why a Top Flow cooler model? Well these models allow better cooling dissipation in enclosures with restricted space; most medium or high end Tower coolers are in general higher than 140mm, meaning your favorite enclosure must be wide enough to support the cooler of preference.


Read full article @ Mad Shrimps

Creative Sound BlasterX H5 Gaming Headset Review
Creative adds an "X" to its Sound Blaster gaming headset. We take a closer look at what that X brings, other than a higher, premium price.


Read full article @ Toms Hardware

EVGA X299 Micro Motherboard Review
EVGA always has three motherboards for each series they release, typically we see an E-ATX board, ATX board, and Micro-ATX board. Their X299 line is no different and today we are going to be checking out the X299 Micro, which is EVGA’s Micro-ATX X299 board. Considering how powerful the X299 platform is you could really build as pretty amazing smaller form factor system perfect for LAN parties. This board supports 2-way SLI, has M.2 support, USB 3.1 support, 802.11ac WiFi, and even RGB header support. If you are looking to build a small, but powerful X299 system this could be the perfect board for you! Let’s take a look and see what it is all about!


Read full article @ ThinkComputers.org

Guru3D Rig of the Month January 2018
The January edition of the Guru3D Rig of the month 2018 is here and Miguel del Barrio aka Denonic from the land down under, he created something small, intricate yet well-design, with his Vanguard Zhero.


Read full article @ Guru3D

HyperX Cloud Flight Wireless Gaming Headset Review
While HyperX was earning accolades for their wired gaming headsets for years, many wondered when the company would release a wireless headset to compete with other manufacturers. Today I am looking at the Cloud Flight, the very first wireless gaming headset from HyperX. HyperX developed the Cloud Flight after listening to consumer feedback on their wired gaming headsets and determining what would make the perfect wireless headset for gamers. Read on to see how they perform!


Read full article @ Legit Reviews

Patriot Viper LED 16GB DDR4-3200 Memory Kit Review
We had to wait for a new Patriot memory series for a long time but here is the Viper LED. It’s the first Patriot LED memory series available with red and white LEDs. We will take a closer look at the white LED version which is specified to work at DDR4-3200 speed. Tested memory kit contains two 8GB memory modules and is designed for all modern desktop platforms.


Read full article @ Funky Kit

Quiet Threadripper Overclocked Coolling
We pushed out our review of Enermax' new LiqTech TR4 280 AIO cooler for all Threadripper CPUs. We put it to the test using a highly overclocked 1950X, and Enermax still continues to impress while being the only company truly in the TR4 AIO market with a properly sized and configured cold plate.

Enermax is a well known name among computer enthusiasts. It has been in business since 1990 and is best known for its high quality power supplies. We have been reviewing its PSUs for over 10 years, and it simply builds some of the best PSUs in the business. Like many companies have done over the last decade, Enermax has diversified its product lines far beyond PSUs. We have been reviewing its CPU coolers for 5 years. Recently we have reviewed the Enermax Liqmax II 240 AIO and it took home our Gold Editor's Choice award and we also reviewed its previously released Threadripper AIO coolers, the LiqTech 240 and LiqTech 360. So assuredly Enermax does have some pedigree in the AIO arena, albeit short. Today we are focusing on its LiqTech TR4 line of CPU liquid coolers once again this time the "280" version. This of course represents the radiator size and the use of two 140mm fans, where the previous TR4 AIOs used 120mm fans in two-fan and three-fan configurations.


Read full article @ HardOCP

Raijintek Orcus 240 Review
Raijintek looks to one-up the competition with their Orcus 240 all-in-one liquid cooler. How do they plan to do so you ask? By offering full RGB LED functionality with a unique design at an affordable price.


Read full article @ TechPowerUp

Samsung 860 Pro SSD Review
We recently saw Samsung release information on their latest generation of SATA based solid state storage in the form of the Samsung 860 Pro and 860 Evo, available in 256GB, 512GB, 1TB, 2TB and for the first time in a consumer SSD, 4TB capacities. Today we look at the 860 Pro 256GB variant, probably the most popular of all the capacities available.


Read full article @ Vortez

Seasonic Prime Ultra Platinum 1000W PSU Review
Seasonic's new Prime Ultra PSUs finally arrived in our lab, and we're kicking off our reviews with the SSR-1000PD Ultra, which offers exceptional performance and quiet operation.


Read full article @ Toms Hardware

Team Group Cardea Zero 240 GB Review
The Team Group Cardea Zero is a high-performance M.2 2280 SSD using the PCI-Express x4 3.0 interface. Sequential reads reach almost 3000 MB/s, which is amazing. Writes are good too, with nearly 1200 MB/s - consistently, thanks to the use of MLC flash chips, which don't suffer from TLC's write hole.


Read full article @ TechPowerUp

Tekq Rapide TB3 Portable SSD Review (512GB)
t’s not often that something comes across our Test Bench that we really want to brag about, but when it does, watch out. Every now and then reviewers get their hands on something that even they think is special, something that always draws some very obvious questions. and something that you can bet will be with them every time they meet up at tech events. The Tekq Rapide TB3 Portable SSD is just that. It is compact. It’s build is by far the best we have seen in years. It is drop dead gorgeous. It’s storage speeds are not matched by anything worldwide. And it will ‘hopefully’ be available for purchase within Q1 2018.


Read full article @ The SSD Review

Tt eSPORTS Shock Pro RGB Gaming Headset Review
Tt eSPORTS has come a long way in the last few years. I have been working with them for around 4 years and it’s quite amazing to see where they are at these days. Not only do they offer some great budget-related gaming peripherals, they are starting some top of the line products as well. Previously, I have reviewed their GT Comfort Gaming Chair. The GT Comfort won our must have award and still to this day, is one of the better chairs we have seen here at Enos Tech. Today, we will be taking a look at the Shock Pro gaming headset which features some cool RGB effects at a more than affordable price! Tt eSPORTS have also stated that this headset is compatible with PC, PS4, Xbox One and Mobile Devices! This is great to see from a headset as it just means you can have one headset for all your needs instead of need multiple. However, as you can imagine I will be testing it out PC.

The Shock Pro RGB features 40mm Neodymium drivers which are currently very popular in the market. Recently, I have had a few headsets come through with 40mm Neodymium drivers which begs to ask, can one of them really be better than the others? Well, the answer is quite subjective and also comes down to the other features and price that they offer. Tt eSPORTS knows what it takes to make it in this market and they have hit us with a very attractive price point on the Shock Pro RGB. Will it be enough though to make them a worthy purchase? Well, let’s have a look at find out for ourselves!


Read full article @ Enos Tech

UFC 3 review: a champion in the making
The MMA sim returns to the Octagon, but it can finally achieve the flawless victory that’s evaded it so far?


Read full article @ TechRadar




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