Antec HCP-850 850W PSU and more
Posted on: 09/23/2013 09:57 AM
Here a roundup of today's reviews and articles, including Antec HCP-850 Platinum 850W Power Supply Review, Samsung XP941 M.2 PCIe SSD Review (512GB), Apple iPhone 5S (Verizon Wireless) Review, ASUS MX299Q Monitor Review, and Gskill F3-2666C11D-8GTXD 2666MHz Dual Channel 8GB Memory Review
Antec HCP-850 Platinum 850W Power Supply Review @ HiTech Legion
I feel like we are living in a world that is obsessed with power and efficiency. It all started with the industrial revolution and the ideas that made factory lines efficient. Each factory worker had a station on the factory line and their task was to do the same thing over and over again. By setting up the tasks in this manner, workers became extremely efficient at performing their task, thus enabling the factory line to move at a higher speed. Now it is a bit different, as the current culture is that we will not settle for a lower amount of power but we also don’t want to pay for it, whether that is in gasoline or electricity does not matter.
“Global Warming” is certainly another reason for the obsession of efficiency, ideally to reduce carbon emissions. One thing that this culture has caused is more standard setting organizations to be created. For computer power supplies, we have the 80 Plus group which certifies PSUs based on their efficiency rating from 80% minimum all the way up to a platinum rating with a 94% maximum efficiency. They don’t just take the manufacturer's word for granted either, they push the power supplies to their max to ensure that they really meet their set standards.
Read more: Antec HCP-850 Platinum 850W Power Supply Review @ HiTech LegionRosewill RHMS-13002 Dual Swing Arm Monitor Mount Review @ TechnologyX
If you are in the hunt for a 24" or below dual monitor desktop mount you are in luck as they have always been pretty easy to find. Such has not been the case for dual 27ā€³ monitors where, although one or two have been available, there has always been concerns with respect to appearance or construction, much less price if you approached high end solutions. Rosewill has changed all that with their new RHMS-13002 Dual Swing Arm Monitor mount and just in time for the arrival of our two Korean 2560Ć—1440 QNIX display monitors which we will have a separate review up for very shortly.
Read more: Rosewill RHMS-13002 Dual Swing Arm Monitor Mount Review @ TechnologyXCooler Master Storm QuickFire Stealth Mechanical Keyboard Review @ TechnologyX
When we received a tour of Cooler Master's suite at CES this year, one of the most intriguing showcases were the new keyboards. Previously, Cooler Master was not known as a company dabbling too much into gaming. This time around however, the gaming peripherals and hardware were endless.One of the biggest surprises was the CM Storm Trigger featuring Cherry MX Green switches. The innovation was definitely showing from Cooler Master, and we knew they were serious about gaming hardware. After numerous sponsorships of teams and events, it was time for them to enter the market completely.
Read more: Cooler Master Storm QuickFire Stealth Mechanical Keyboard Review @ TechnologyXSamsung XP941 M.2 PCIe SSD Review (512GB) @ TechnologyX
Our attendance at the Samsung Global SSD Summit in South Korea a few months back brought us our first glimpse of a new standard in ultrabook storage performance. At the Summit, the Samsung XP941 M.2 PCIe SSD was displayed reaching 1GB/s transfer speeds and Apple has since released their 2013 MacBook Air which has a customized variation of the XP941; this attaining native performance of 794MB/s. Most recently, Sony released their newest Vaio Pro 13 which also appears to have the XP 941 installed and there is no doubt this trickle effect of distribution will become a waterfall soon enough. For the first time, even our request for XP941 review sample was put on hold as Samsung can't seem to keep up with demand.
Read more: Samsung XP941 M.2 PCIe SSD Review (512GB) @ TechnologyXApple iPhone 5S (Verizon Wireless) Review @ TechReviewSource.com
The iPhone 5S may be small, but it's packed with more power than any other smartphone on the market today. It's the best bet for anyone who wants a future-proof, forward-looking phone that runs an unbeatable array of apps.
Read more: Apple iPhone 5S (Verizon Wireless) Review @ TechReviewSource.comHighPoint RocketU 1144C Now Shipping @ techPowerUp
HighPoint, an industry leading Storage HBA and solutions manufacturer, is now shipping the world's fastest USB 3.0 controller - the RocketU 1144C. Powered by HighPoint's award winning per-port performance architecture, blazing fast PCI-E 2.0x4 host interface and UAS technology, the RocketU 1144C is the world's fastest USB 3.0 storage controller! The RocketU 1144C is an all-in-one, high-performance USB 3.0 connectivity solution for any PCIe capable desktop and workstation PC. In addition to high-performance storage devices, the 3rd generation RocketU 1144C supports all industry standard USB 2.0 and 3.0 peripherals, such as device hubs, card readers and interface devices.
Read more: HighPoint RocketU 1144C Now Shipping @ techPowerUpASUS MX299Q Monitor Review @ Anandtech
The panel does not make the monitor. As I saw in my last 21:9 monitor review, even if you have the exact same panel in two displays, a whole lot more makes the display good or bad. One might assume that all the 21:9 displays now hitting the market are likely to be similar, or even the same, since they all use the same panel, but they would be greatly mistaken as that is but a small part of the overall display. Because of this I was looking forward to seeing what ASUS could manage to do with a high quality panel at its disposal for their MX299Q monitor.
Read more: ASUS MX299Q Monitor Review @ AnandtechCapsule Review: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Superclocked ACX @ Anandtech
Today well be taking a quick look at EVGAs GeForce GTX 780 Superclocked ACX. A twist on tradition card for EVGA, the 780SC ACX is the companys standard first-tier factory overclocked card while also marking the introduction of the company's new high end open air cooler, the ACX cooler.
Read more: Capsule Review: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Superclocked ACX @ AnandtechMSI GT70-2OD review: The ultimate gaming laptop? @ Hardware.Info
MSI is slowly becoming synonymous with gaming. The impressive range of graphics cards, motherboards and laptops aimed specifically at this audience has been growing consistently over the years. One of the latest additions to MSI's gaming product range is the 17.3-inch MSI GT70-2OD, equipped with a state-of-the-art Intel Core i7 quad-core Haswell processor, a powerful Nvidia GeForce GTX 780M graphics card and much more.
Read more: MSI GT70-2OD review: The ultimate gaming laptop? @ Hardware.InfoGigabyte Force K7 Stealth Gaming Keyboard @ Hexus
Mechanical keyboards are all the rage among enthusiast gamers, and you can understand the reasons why. Independent spring-based mechanisms, multi-key rollover, long-term durability and a distinct actuation point are just some of the highlights, and of course, mechanical switches come in a variety of flavours designed to suit your particular needs.
There is a catch, though. Mechanical keyboards are typically expensive - we're talking more than £100 for a high-end gaming model - and, while fans will accept nothing less, it's worth noting that mechanical keyboards aren't for everyone. Users who are accustomed to membrane boards may find mechanical alternatives to be too loud, too clunky, too big and, well, difficult to get to grips with.
If that sounds like you, you may want to consider Gigabyte's latest offering, the Force K7.
Read more: Gigabyte Force K7 Stealth Gaming Keyboard @ HexusGskill F3-2666C11D-8GTXD 2666MHz Dual Channel 8GB Memory Review @ Bjorn3D
Gskill has been a popular memory provider for some time and their innovation along with work with high end overclockers helps push them to even more popularity as their memory can be seen at some tof the top benchmarks records in the world.
Read more: Gskill F3-2666C11D-8GTXD 2666MHz Dual Channel 8GB Memory Review @ Bjorn3DCooler Master V8 GTS 140mm POM Heatsink CPU Cooler Review @ Benchmark Reviews
Cooler Master brings their decades of experience in retail and OEM cooling solutions to the CPU cooling market with the newly released V8 GTS heatsink, model RR-V8VC-16PR-R1. Sporting a horizontal vapor chamber and enhanced-life POM¯ polyoxymethylene bearing 140mm fans and a car-engine motif similar to the previous generation V10, V8 and V6/GTS coolers, the V8 GTS promises to pack a lot of performance under the hood. Benchmark Reviews has a chance to see how the first retail horizontal vapor chamber heatsink will affect CPU cooling performance in testing the Cooler Master V8 GTS 140mm CPU cooler.
Read more: Cooler Master V8 GTS 140mm POM Heatsink CPU Cooler Review @ Benchmark Reviews