ASUSTOR AS-304T 4-bay NAS Server Review and more
Posted on: 09/30/2013 11:13 AM
Here a roundup of today's reviews and articles, including ASUSTOR AS-304T 4-bay NAS Server for Home Office Review, Gigabyte Z87X-D3G LGA1150 Motherboard Review, Bitmore Qi Wireless Samsung Galaxy S3 Charging Kit Review, Creative Airwave Review, and MSI GS70 2OD-Stealth 17.3 inch Laptop Review
ASUSTOR AS-304T 4-bay NAS Server for Home Office Review @ Madshrimps
ASUSTOR has recently released their AS-300T series represented with two NASes, one with 2 bays and the other with 4. These are powered by the latest Intel Atom CE5335 CPU at 1.6GHz, along with 1GB DDR3 of onboard memory and share the multimedia functions of their more expensive siblings, the AS-600T series. A remote can be also offered to navigate through the XBMC interface for extra cost, as an alternative to the USB mouse and keyboard.
Read more: ASUSTOR AS-304T 4-bay NAS Server for Home Office Review @ MadshrimpsRig of the Month - September 2013 @ Guru3D
We just adore hardware. And sometimes some you guys really make a PC that really stands out. We ask you to answer a few simple questions and send in photo's of your rig. Each month we'll have a look at the entries and perhaps pick you and post your PC with photo's and everything here at Guru3D.com Here you can find out what you need to do and win a great prize brought to you with the courtesy of OCZ Technology.
Read more: Rig of the Month - September 2013 @ Guru3DCooler Master V8 GTS CPU Cooler Review @ HiTech Legion
There has always been a fascination with the automobile, not only as a means of transportation but as a means of self-expression. It didn’t take long after the invention of the automobile for people to begin individualizing them, most often with more power and looks that reflected it. There has always been a certain machismo mystique surrounding these hot rods, something that just makes you step back in awe involuntarily. Even if you are not a car enthusiast, it is incredibly hard to say that the looks of a well modded don’t invoke a reaction. Tell me you could see this on your street and not have it stir something.
Read more: Cooler Master V8 GTS CPU Cooler Review @ HiTech LegionKingston 10th Anniversary HyperX 16GB 2400MHz Review @ OCC
During my testing I found that while the kit ran flawlessly at its rated speed of 2400MHz, they just did not offer a whole lot of headroom above that, even when pushing 1.75v+ through them. Seeing how running a 125MHz or 166MHz strap is a bit easier on the memory controller, I swapped to the 125MHz divider and started upping the frequency up a little at a time until reaching the maximum clock speed on the HyperX modules. I left the memory sub timings alone and controlled by the board, adjusted the primary timings to 12-13-13-33, adjusted the DRAM voltage to 1.70v, started up again, and finally reached 1260.2MHz or just over 2520MHz for a 120MHz gain in clock speed. That represents about a 5% gain from just testing and tweaking. What I found was that the Kingston HyperX 10th Anniversary modules performed well even with the boosted clock speed. The low profile heat sink makes sure there are no restrictions to the CPU cooling solution used.
Read more: Kingston 10th Anniversary HyperX 16GB 2400MHz Review @ OCCGigabyte Z87X-D3G LGA1150 Motherboard Review @ OCIA.net
With Intel's 7-series chipset a little over a year old, the latest 8-series offers only a few minor improvements. There's some power savings to be had, along with more built-in ports for USB 3.0 and 6Gb/s SATA. Other than that, there's not much to distinguish from the previous 1155 socket generation. The motherboard we have for review today comes to us from Gigabyte in the form of their Z87X-D3H. They offer no less than fifteen different Z87 based chipset motherboards, everything from mini-ITX boards with onboard Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, to their top-of-the-line G1 Sniper gaming motherboards, and the D3H falls somewhere in the middle.
Read more: Gigabyte Z87X-D3G LGA1150 Motherboard Review @ OCIA.netTTesports Meka G-unit mechanical keyboard @ Rbmods
Time for another mechanical keyboard review! Currently they are the hottest thing among gamers, and today we recieved a sample of the TTesports Meka G-unit.
This keyboard comes equipped with a variety of macro keys along with various gaming features; so lets get on with the review and see what conclusion we come to.
Read more: TTesports Meka G-unit mechanical keyboard @ RbmodsRadeon R9 290X Launch Date Revealed? @ TechPowerUp
At a local press gathering in Turkey, AMD revealed the launch date of its next high-end product, the Radeon R9 290X. The press NDA over the card will end on October 15, 2013, at 12:01 AM EST (Berlin time). This NDA expiry time was disclosed in the slides that AMD showed the press. There's always the possibility that the NDA expiry date doesn't match market availability. It could merely mark NDA expiry for the press to post reviews of their AMD reference-design R9 290X (the only kind of R9 290X that will be initially available). AMD is handling R9 290X launch much in the same way NVIDIA handled the GTX TITAN, in that there won't be non-reference design cards in the foreseeable future, with the exception of cards with factory-fitted full-coverage water-blocks.
Read more: Radeon R9 290X Launch Date Revealed? @ TechPowerUpCorsair RM Series 850 W @ techPowerUp
With six PSU series, Corsair decided that there was room in their portfolio for another one! Today, we will take a look at the fresh RM Series, or, more specifically, the RM850. It offers Gold efficiency and comes with a fully modular design, and, on top of that, a very quiet operation.
Read more: Corsair RM Series 850 W @ techPowerUpBitmore Qi Wireless Samsung Galaxy S3 Charging Kit Review @ Benchmark Reviews
If all of our portable devices had wireless charging capabilities built in, and all we needed to do was buy a wireless charging pad, then maybe wireless charging would take off a bit better. Unfortunately, they don't. To this end Benchmark Reviews has the Bitmore Qi Wireless Samsung Galaxy S3 Charging Kit on test, for those amongst you out there that are looking for a novel and functional way to charge your mobile devices.
Read more: Bitmore Qi Wireless Samsung Galaxy S3 Charging Kit Review @ Benchmark ReviewsDynatron R17 ? LGA2011 3U+ Server or Workstation CPU Air Cooler @ Bjorn3D
When we first took on the Dynatron coolers honestly one of the most excited I was to work with was this one and that’s because I feel a bit more at home working on a tower cooler like this as the small flat coolers you get with servers just do not seem right after working as an enthusiast for so long. The small coolers have their place and they are usually in noisy large thin blade servers but big towers like this are more akin to what you see in a desktop rig and well this one happens to be spec’d as a 3U Server or desktop workstation so its a bit more up my alley when in terms of testing and familiarity.
Dynatron is one of those companies that has been around for coming up on 20 years now as it started in 1991 and has been a major player in the cooling solution market it is just that most of you readers likely may not have heard of them as they make solutions for datacenter servers and workstation solutions. These sort of solutions tend to come in a brown box as seen below and have a simple spec meant to done one thing and that’s control thermals.
Read more: Dynatron R17 ? LGA2011 3U+ Server or Workstation CPU Air Cooler @ Bjorn3DCreative Airwave Review @ Vortez
Wireless speakers are quickly becoming popular and Creative have seized the opportunity to create a portable yet powerful implementation that promises simplicity and ease of use, that is, the Creative Airwave. Available in four colours (Blue, Green, Pink, Graphite) for the standard version or in red and black for the HD version, so there is a good choice to suit most preferences. Today we have the more subtle graphite version to look at.
Read more: Creative Airwave Review @ VortezMSI GS70 2OD-Stealth 17.3 inch Laptop Review @ KitGuru
Today we look at one of the thinnest gaming laptops available on the market. The MSI GS70 Stealth is an aluminum design only 2.2cm thick and weighing less than 2.6kg. Inside is an Intel Core i7 4700HQ, 16GB of DDR3 memory, two 128GB Solid State Drives in RAID and a 750GB HDD for storage. The Nvidia GTX765M handles the graphics. Is this the ultimate gaming laptop under two grand?
Read more: MSI GS70 2OD-Stealth 17.3 inch Laptop Review @ KitGuru