BioShock Infinite (PC) Review and more
Posted on: 03/29/2013 01:13 PM
Here a roundup of today's reviews, including BioShock Infinite (PC) Review, Func MS-3 Mouse & 1030XL Mouse Mat, Rig of the Month - March 2013, OCZ Vertex 3.20 120GB, and Radeon HD 7790 vs. GeForce GTX 650 Ti BOOST Video Card Review
BioShock Infinite (PC) Review @ KitGuru
BioShock was remarkable when it was released on the PC, and my memories of playing the game will remain with me forever. It exhibited such wonderful stylised graphics and charming story line that it was difficult not to fall in love with it. The second game was also entertaining, but sadly it didn't grab my attention in quite the same way.
Read more: BioShock Infinite (PC) Review @ KitGuruFunc MS-3 Mouse & 1030XL Mouse Mat @ techPowerUp
Func's leave from the gaming scene is over, and they are back with a revamped 1030 mat and a brand new mouse dubbed the MS-3. Based on Func's previous outings, the bar is set high for their products. We take both mat and mouse for a spin to see if they can live up to the Func name.
Read more: Func MS-3 Mouse & 1030XL Mouse Mat @ techPowerUpValentine Featured Case Mod @ Modders-Inc
Some people love to create case mods, others love their case mods and while some mod for love. Luis was in the mood to mod and create one for his Love. Valentine is a scratch case build that I give to my girlfriend as gift on Valentine day. It is a heart shaped, made from acrylic and is one multi layer style case in white 3mm acrylic and some details in red.
Read more: Valentine Featured Case Mod @ Modders-IncDell Latitude 10 Windows 8 Pro Tablet Review @ HotHardware
Are business oriented tablets such as the Dell Latitude 10 better suited for the workplace than popular mainstream tablets such as the iPad? Dell believes their solutions are. Last month, Dell issued a press release in which it claimed its Latitude 10 Enhanced Security tablet is "up to 17 times faster and 94 percent less expensive to deploy than iPads in large scale enterprise implementations." Those are bold claims with very specific figures to back them up.
Regardless of how you feel about Apple, Dell, or another manufacturer's products, one thing is certain: the use of tablets for business purposes is gaining significant traction. Recognizing that different users have different needs, Dell is attempting to cater to a variety of usage models with its Latitude 10 tablet. This tablet is designed to provide the convenience and mobility of a tablet, along with the productivity capabilities a full PC offers. Since the Latitude 10 runs a full version of Windows 8 Pro, you can run all of your business applications on the system as well. For users who want the desktop-like experience, Dell also offers an optional productivity dock along with a number of other optional accessories for the Latitude 10.
Another key feature of the Latitude 10 is the fact that it features a removable battery—something you don't see very often in a tablet. Dell offers the battery in two sizes giving you added flexibility for power that will last throughout the day. According to Dell, you can get up to 10 hours of battery life using the tablet under various conditions.
Read more: Dell Latitude 10 Windows 8 Pro Tablet Review @ HotHardwareZalman MS800 Mid Tower Case Review @ ThinkComputers.org
When you hear the name Zalman you immediately think of their CPU coolers. They have been creating great CPU coolers for quite sometime now. They make quite a lot of other products, but are not as well known for them. Their cases have been hit or miss over the years, some have been awesome and others are easily forgot. Today we are taking a look at one of their latest cases the MS800. This mid tower case has a pretty unique design, has room for long video cards, 2.5-inch hard drives, water cooling as well as having USB 3.0 support and an included fan controller. Will this be a case that brings Zalman back into the spotlight when it comes to cases or will we easily forget about it? Read on as we find out.
Read more: Zalman MS800 Mid Tower Case Review @ ThinkComputers.orgHighPoint RocketStor 5322 eSATA 6Gb/s Drive Dock Review @ Custom PC Review
Over the past couple of years, hard drive docks have become increasingly common in the marketplace because of their versatility and ease of use, especially for those working in IT departments where it’s simply not efficient to have to deal with opening and closing computer cases simply to add and remove hard drives. A couple months back, we reviewed the Ineo I-NA321U+ USB 3.0 drive dock, which is a fantastic drive dock; however, those who need to take full advantage of the performance from an SSD will find that current implementations of USB 3.0 simply aren’t able to meet the level of performance SSDs currently offer. Fortunately for those who might benefit from SSD performance, there are external interfaces such as Thunderbolt or eSATA 6Gb/s that are capable of meeting the challenge.
Today we’ll be reviewing the HighPoint RocketStor 5322 eSATA drive dock. This is HighPoint’s latest 2 bay drive dock which not only features eSATA 6Gb/s, but it has two eSATA 6Gb/s controllers onboard. This allows each individual bay on the RocketStor 5322 the capability of up to a 6Gb/s theoretical transfer rate. Because of this, the dock is fully capable of simultaneous transfer of up to 12Gb/s, which may be especially beneficial for those looking to run the setup in a RAID configuration.
Ready to find out how well the RocketStor 5322 performs? Flip the page and let’s take a look!
Read more: HighPoint RocketStor 5322 eSATA 6Gb/s Drive Dock Review @ Custom PC ReviewRig of the Month - March 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 - March 2013 @ Guru3DASUS P9X79 PRO Motherboard Review @ Techgage
Although Intel’s X79 platform was released-to-market about a year-and-a-half ago, it remains the go-to choice for builders who need the beefiest PC possible. We’re talking the most capable processors, the craziest GPU configurations, the fastest memory, the most storage, and the richest connectivity options. It’s for this reason that few X79 boards have sold for under $200, and it’s also the driving-force behind a board like ASUS’ P9X79 PRO.
ASUS is obviously no stranger to the motherboard scene. It’s been crafting what I feel are the most competitive boards out there for quite some time, from both a features and design stand-point.
Read more: ASUS P9X79 PRO Motherboard Review @ TechgageOCZ Vertex 3.20 120GB @ PureOverclock
We’ve seen solid state drives become very popular over the last couple of years, as prices have continued to drop and consumers are taking notice of the impressive overall system boost that SSDs can offer. And we’ve looked at many SandForce 2281-based drives in particular, and have come away impressed.
Read more: OCZ Vertex 3.20 120GB @ PureOverclockAntec Mobile Products iso Headphones & gain Headphone Amp Review @ Hi Tech Legion
So, say you have your new phone, equipped with beats audio and your favorite headset on your commute. You are listening contentedly….when a call comes in. Well, now you have to disconnect the headset to take (or place) a call. Obviously a Bluetooth headset is going to be far more functional, but you are going to want something that is going to be as comfortable, and sound as good, as your favorite headset. Or, maybe you simply want to use that favorite headset wirelessly. It may seem like asking to have your cake and eat it, too. Antec’s newest division, Antec Mobile Products (or a.m.p., for short) has decided to make both of these scenarios not only possible, but absolutely sensible with their new iso Headset and gain Bluetooth Headset Amp.
Read more: Antec Mobile Products iso Headphones & gain Headphone Amp Review @ Hi Tech LegionIntel 525 SSD mSATA Solid State Drive @ Benchmark Reviews
Built from the same technology that made the Intel SSD 335 Series possible, the Intel Solid State Drive 525 Series packages a LSI/SandForce SF-2281VB1-SDC processor optimized for the mSATA interface with 6Gb/s bandwidth and available in capacities up to 240GB utilizing 25nm INFT NAND Flash components. Ideal for high-performance storage in notebook computers, tablet devices, and enthusiast motherboard, the Intel 525 SSD is a simple upgrade that instantly boosts speed and responsiveness. In this article, Benchmark Reviews tests the Intel SSD 525 Series mSATA Solid State Drive (SSDMCEAC240B301) against SATA 6GB/s storage solutions.
Specifications for the Intel SSD 525 Series mSATA solid state drive indicate sustained sequential read speeds up to 550 MB/s and writes reaching 520 MB/s. Performance for 4 KB random reads reaches 50,000, while writes climb to 80,000 IOPS. Intel's SSD 525 series uses a second-generation LSI/SandForce SF-2281VB1-SDC processor with enhanced BCH ECC capability that supports for ATA-7 Security Erase. Like all SF-2281 SSDs, the Intel SSD 525 series also offers standard features such as idle garbage collection, TRIM, and AES 128-bit encryption. Intel's SSD 525-series is available in 30/60/120/180/240GB capacities, and features 25nm 64GB IMFT NAND Flash components. Intel offers consumers the industry's best customer service backed by a five-year warranty on all 525-series mSATA solid state drives.
Read more: Intel 525 SSD mSATA Solid State Drive @ Benchmark ReviewsAZiO Large Print Tri-Color Backlight Keyboard Review @ OCC
So I've finally reached the bottom of the box of AZiO goodies today, ending the spree of fun with perhaps my favorite find in the bunch: the AZiO KB505U – Large Print Tri-Color Backlit Keyboard. It isn't an item you are used to finding here for an OCC review, but it is defiantly something different. Chuckling at the oversized print on the keys and the simple blue and red LEDs used to make purple, I was actually pretty excited to use this item. Despite its novelty gift category I place it in, I can see it having quite the practical form in two situations: 1) For my mom/dad who both see poorly and have failed to learn to touch type, and 2) teaching a toddler to type. The latter option keeps their grimy fingers off your keys as well. Coming in at just under the $30 mark, this keyboard has lots of potential for many different reasons, joke or not.
Read more: AZiO Large Print Tri-Color Backlight Keyboard Review @ OCCRoccat Savu Hybrid Gaming Mouse @ MEGATech
When I first grabbed a hold of the ROCCAT Savu Mid-Size Hybrid Gaming Mouse and gently laid my thumb inside of that groove, it felt like a religious experience. Ergonomically-designed stuff has never really felt right to me, which can only mean that I am a physically deformed monster who should probably live in a castle somewhere. The Savu gets me. I don’t drape my fingers over the mouse like some seem to, opting inside for a more “claw-like” grip, but when I locked into that thing, I felt like one with the Force.
Read more: Roccat Savu Hybrid Gaming Mouse @ MEGATech Palit GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost Overclock Edition Graphics Card Video Review @ HardwareHeaven.com
Earlier this week NVIDIA launched the GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost, at launch we reviewed the Palit GTX 650 Ti Boost Overclock Edition with our usual full coverage of the latest games including the FPS numbers, minimum framerate charts, and the new addition to our reviews latency charts. Now Kaeyi Dream gets hands on with this same card in her latest video review.
Read more: Palit GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost Overclock Edition Graphics Card Video Review @ HardwareHeaven.comRadeon HD 7790 vs. GeForce GTX 650 Ti BOOST Video Card Review @ Hardware Secrets
Last week, AMD announced its latest mid-range GPU, the Radeon HD 7790. To counter this release, NVIDIA announced this week the GeForce GTX 650 Ti BOOST. Let's see which one you should buy.
Read more: Radeon HD 7790 vs. GeForce GTX 650 Ti BOOST Video Card Review @ Hardware SecretsExternal Graphics Over PCIe 3.0 Netstor's NA255A, Reviewed @ Tom's Hardware
Netstor sent over its TurboBox NA255A, an external enclosure capable of accommodating four dual-slot graphics cards across one 16-lane PCI Express 3.0 connection. Is this thing fast enough for general-purpose GPU compute workloads? How about gaming?
Read more: External Graphics Over PCIe 3.0 Netstor's NA255A, Reviewed @ Tom's Hardware