AMD & NVIDIA 4K Gaming and more
Posted on: 09/25/2013 10:55 AM
Here a roundup of today's reviews and articles, including AMD & NVIDIA 4K Gaming, Mionix AVIOR 8200, Be Quiet Pure Power L8 500W Power Supply Review, Ceton InfiniTV6 PCIe Digital Cable Tuner Review, and iPhone 5C Review
AMD & NVIDIA 4K Gaming with the ASUS PQ321Q Review @ OCC
One of the challenges that presents itself is how to eliminate vertical and horizontal tearing in game. AMD is currently working on something, but still has a way to go as you will see a vertical line in fast paced games as you move left to right. Additionally I saw instances of horizontal tearing in specific games. Hopefully this gets addressed soon with a driver release that supports higher resolutions. Where the deficits are obvious with AMD, NVIDIA has stepped up and delivered two technologies that seem to eliminate these issues with its GPUs in Fliplock that "forces each GPU to flip frame buffers in sync and Scanlock that forces each GPU and each head to display scanlines in sync". Adjusting the refresh rate to 60Hz does help AMD some in this respect but does not fully eliminate the split in the panels. Again something that hopefully gets fixed sooner than later, and who knows, it might be introduced with AMD's next-gen cards.
Read more: AMD & NVIDIA 4K Gaming with the ASUS PQ321Q Review @ OCCCooler Master Cosmos SE Full Tower Case Review @ Legit Reviews
Cooler Master has been known for making some great computer hardware, and cases are no exception. Back in 2007, Cooler Master came out with the first iteration of the Cosmos case, named the Cosmos 1000. This case was well received by enthusiasts, and even I myself purchased one because I loved the design, features, and size. Over time, Cooler Master came out with different versions to add new features or even just minor updates to the original Cosmos 1000 case under the Cosmos 1010 name. Today we're going to take a look at another version of the Cosmos, the freshly available Cosmos SE. The Cosmos SE is significantly smaller than its siblings, so let's take a look and see what the Cosmos SE has to offer inside a smaller package!
Read more: Cooler Master Cosmos SE Full Tower Case Review @ Legit ReviewsCorsair's Obsidian Series 750D case reviewed @ The Tech Report
The Obsidian Series 750D is, according to Corsair, the successor to the acclaimed 650D. This newcomer is priced at $159.99, making it cheaper than its predecessor, and it has a different mix of features. Is it a worthwhile choice, or are you better off springing for the 650D?
Read more: Corsair's Obsidian Series 750D case reviewed @ The Tech ReportLUXA2 P1 7000mAh High Capacity Battery & Charger Review @ ThinkComputers.org
It is almost a tragedy when our mobile device's battery dies. What are we to do? How are our friends, colleagues, and family going to get a hold of us? What's happening on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Vine? You're completely in the dark when your phone is dead. Fear no longer. Get yourself the Luxa2 P1 7000mAh High Capacity Battery & Charger to always have a backup power source. While 7000mAh might seem like a lot of power, how much is it really? Can it keep your favorite devices powered while you're on the go? Continue reading to find out.
Read more: LUXA2 P1 7000mAh High Capacity Battery & Charger Review @ ThinkComputers.orgMionix AVIOR 8200 @ techPowerUp
Mionix is known for their well-designed gaming mice. Today, we will take a good, hard look at their newest ambidextrous design dubbed the AVIOR. It features the same high performance laser sensor as the NAOS 8200 and has a total of seven buttons!
Read more: Mionix AVIOR 8200 @ techPowerUpCorsair RM650 Power Supply Review @ KitGuru
Corsair have earned a respected place in the minds of the enthusiast user over the years having produced a wide range of quality memory, cases, headsets, solid state drives, keyboards and power supplies.
Today we look at one of their new power supplies in the RMâ range the RM650. The company are also releasing a RM450, RM550, RM750, RM850 and RM1050 model to suit all systems. All of the RM range is 80 Plus Gold Certified, pure modular and is designed with low noise as a primary focus.
Read more: Corsair RM650 Power Supply Review @ KitGuruiPhone 5S Review @ HardwareHeaven.com
It's that time again... brand new iPhones landed with consumers at the weekend and we are starting our coverage with a look at iOS 7 and the iPhone 5S.
Read more: iPhone 5S Review @ HardwareHeaven.comWD's Red 4TB hard drive reviewed @ The Tech Report
Low-power hard drives like the WD Red are especially desirable for secondary PC storage; they offer high densities, low noise levels, and affordable pricing. We look at the latest 4TB model to see what's what.
Read more: WD's Red 4TB hard drive reviewed @ The Tech ReportBe Quiet Pure Power L8 500W Power Supply Review @ HiTech Legion
There is an ongoing debate between people as to who was responsible for modern lights and electricity, in general. Commonly, history refers to Thomas Edison as the father of the light bulb. Yet, many claim he was a hack, a charlatan who took advantage of greater men and stole their ideas, men like Nikola Tesla. Nikola Tesla is quite well known in his own right for his many contributions to the understanding of electricity. Companies, like Westinghouse, were built on the backs of men like Tesla. Anyone who has ever played Command and Conquer has surely reveled in the fizzing zap as a Tesla coil destroys an enemy. Yep, that’s Tesla, he really made that (though it is somewhat less glorious in real life.)
It was 1885 when Tesla redesigned the Edison company power generators and converted them from DC (Direct Current) to AC (Alternating Current). Edison had promised that if Tesla could pull it off then, “There’s fifty thousand dollars in it for you.” When Edison reneged on that promise, Tesla quit right then and there. More than 125 years later, we still rely on that AC current, which allows us to move electricity over vast distances. To do the same thing with DC current would require so much amperage it would be incredibly dangerous. Nowadays, many smaller devices, and most sensitive equipment like computers, require a low voltage DC current and that is why we need converters and specific chargers and that is why we need power supplies.
Read more: Be Quiet Pure Power L8 500W Power Supply Review @ HiTech LegionCorsair Obsidian 750D Review @ Hardware Canucks
Corsair’s Obsidian series has been known for continually raising the bar when it comes to what users expect from enthusiast cases. Not only are they well designed but these enclosures typically feature some of the best build quality around. Now, the new 750D is being added to the lineup and it provides an interesting counterpoint to both the Obsidian 650D and 800D.
The 750D’s positioning is quite unique and a critical part of Corsair’s competitive equation. As a $160 full tower case, it is meant to reside slightly below the $300 800D but above mid-towers like the 550D. Ironically its introduction may cause some to shy away from the Obsidian 650D which currently sits at $199 but has some additional features like a hot-sway bay. At its heart, the 750D represents a gateway into the Obsidian full tower segment without having to pay 800D money.
Read more: Corsair Obsidian 750D Review @ Hardware CanucksCeton InfiniTV6 PCIe Digital Cable Tuner Review @ MissingRemote
Six is a good number – even better when it is equated to the number of tuners in your current HTPC. Obviously it is possible to get by with less, but after considering EPG overlaps, a couple children and the spouse – what was an impossible luxury not that long ago quickly becomes a celebrated necessity. With ClearQAM disappearing and ATSC difficult to master in some markets, it is hard to argue with the simplicity that a single Digital Cable Tuner (DCT) provides. Ceton InfiniTV6 PCIe Digital Cable Tuner card includes the ability to use an M-CARD CableCARD to record any channel you subscribe to from your Cable TV Provider. Ceton already released a four tuner PCIe, four tuner USB, and most recently an Ethernet six tuner device, missingremote.com review-- they knew they were missing something for the HTPC crowd. Following a very easy setup for the hardware and software and you will be off and recording copious amounts of TV, movies and commercials you will feel like your own media company. You may hear, “Back in my day we only had four channels to watch,” but to those older people I say, “Welcome to TV of today!”
Read more: Ceton InfiniTV6 PCIe Digital Cable Tuner Review @ MissingRemoteFractal Design Node 304 White SFF Chassis Review @ MissingRemote
Fractal Design has made themselves a reputation for quality and attractive chassis that can serve as capable as a gaming system just as it would in your living room as your home theater PC (HTPC). With the Node 304 White enclosure, Fractal Design is offering a small form factor chassis with a lot of storage flexibility and still the ability to have a full size video card, all for under $90. The challenge with the living room is the acoustics play as critical a role as the aesthetics, so that will all be considered as we evaluate the Node 304.
As usual, before we give our analysis on the products, we want to take a look according to the manufacturer what the chassis has to offer. Today we’ll be looking at the Node 304 White version, however an identical black version is offered at the same price.
Read more: Fractal Design Node 304 White SFF Chassis Review @ MissingRemoteCorsair Force LS (240GB) Review @ Anandtech
Like many manufacturers without a NAND fab or controller technology, Corsair's SSD portfolio has focused a lot on SandForce based SSDs, but lately Corsair has been exploring other options as well. We have now seen Corsair SSDs with controllers from SandForce, Marvell, LAMD and even Indilinx if we go all the way back to SATA 3Gbps times. In other words, most of the licensable controllers, although two of them are now out of the licensing game as Indilinx is owned by OCZ and SK Hynix acquired LAMD a while back. With fewer controllers available to license, the times for OEMs like Corsair are getting tougher;Corsair has now partnered with Phison for the Force LS. Phison isn't a complete unknown in the mainstream SSD market as Crucial used their PS3105 controller in their V4 SSD, but that didn't turn out too well. Can Corsair do better? Read on for our full review.
Read more: Corsair Force LS (240GB) Review @ AnandtechGainward GTX 780 Phantom GLH reviewed @ Fudzilla
The Geforce GTX 780 is the currently fastest single GPU graphics card from Nvidia, if we don’t take the Geforce Titan into account, but the Titan officially is not part of the GTX 700 series and its price proves it.
On the other side AMD does not have an appropriate answer to the GTX 780, at least not yet, but we could see one in a matter of hours. AMD’s new top tier card is just around corner and once it hits the shelves it will not only fight against the reference Nvidia GTX 780 design, but also against many other great non-reference cards including Gainward’s GTX 780 Phantom which we’ll be reviewing today.
Read more: Gainward GTX 780 Phantom GLH reviewed @ FudzillaCorsair Obsidian Series 750D Review @ Hexus
Having introduced the gargantuan Obsidian Series 900D and the micro-ATX Obsidian Series 350D, it was clear that Corsair would flesh-out its high-end chassis range with other new additions. Today, the manufacturer is filling the void between super-tower and midi-tower with the arrival of the full-tower Obsidian Series 750D, priced at $160.
Look familiar? That's because Corsair's design ethos for the Obsidian range has been kept intact. The 750D, at first glance, is practically a smaller version of the top-of-the-line 900D, or a bigger version of the 350D, depending on how you look at it.
Read more: Corsair Obsidian Series 750D Review @ HexusCM Storm Mech Gaming Keyboard Review @ KitGuru
Today we are going to look at the latest gaming keyboard from CM Storm, the Mech. As its name suggests, the Mech is a mechanical gaming keyboard and is designed to offer the best possible quality and performance on the market. It's available with Cherry MX switches in blue, red and brown flavours depending on your preference.
Read more: CM Storm Mech Gaming Keyboard Review @ KitGuruPatriot Viper III 2400MHz Black Mamba Memory Kit Review @ Bjorn3D
Patriot has been in the market for a long time but it is the lesser known little brother in the memory game. However this has not kept them from making some very cool memory models among other devices such as USB flash drives, mobile wireless storage and even a Android powered set top box.
Read more: Patriot Viper III 2400MHz Black Mamba Memory Kit Review @ Bjorn3DiPhone 5C Review @ HardwareHeaven.com
Yesterday we looked at Apples new iPhone 5S along with iOS 7 but for the first time they are releasing more than one handset. Today we take a look at the lower cost model, the iPhone 5C to see what it offers consumers.
Read more: iPhone 5C Review @ HardwareHeaven.comASUS Z87-Deluxe/Dual LGA1150 Intel Motherboard Review @ Benchmark Reviews
How many new features can you cram onto a motherboard that are both useful and innovative? ASUS is the expert at doing this, and their history of innovations is long: the custom EPU and TPU processors; intelligent fan control, the ability to update your BIOS on a board with no CPU and RAM installed, and so forth. The Z87-Deluxe/Dual LGA1150 motherboard shows that ASUS is not content to rest on its laurels. With new features like Near Field Communications and 802.11ac support, this motherboard has it all.
Read more: ASUS Z87-Deluxe/Dual LGA1150 Intel Motherboard Review @ Benchmark Reviews