Broadwell NUC Roadmap Revealed and more
Posted on: 02/21/2014 11:03 AM

Here a roundup of the latest reviews and articles:

ADATA DashDrive Elite SE720 128GB External SSD Review
ASUS GTX 750 Ti OC 2 GB
BeQuiet Dark Rock Pro 3 Low Noise Heatsink Review
BitFenix Flo Headset Review
Broadwell NUC Roadmap Revealed
Cooler Master ROC Tablet & Notebook Stand Review
Dell Venue 8 Pro Review
Intels Three Versions of Socket 2011, Not Compatible
Jabra SPORT Wireless+ Stereo Bluetooth Headset
MSI Radeon R9 290 Gaming 4G
NZXT H440 Mid-Tower Case Review
Patriot Viper 3 Series Black Mamba PC3-19200 16GB (2x8GB) Review
Ravpower RP-PB13 14,000 mAh Power Bank Review
Samsung Ativ Book 9 Lite Notebook Review
Scythe Ashura Review
Toshiba Encore Review

ADATA DashDrive Elite SE720 128GB External SSD Review
Today we are looking at the latest external Solid State drive from ADATA – the DashDrive Elite SE720 128GB


Read full article @ KitGuru

ASUS GTX 750 Ti OC 2 GB
Unlike most other GTX 750 Tis, ASUS has placed an additional 6-pin power connector on their GTX 750 Ti OC, which promises improved overclocking potential, and maybe even better out of the box performance due to GPU Boost. The card is also extremely quiet thanks to its dual fan thermal solution.


Read full article @ techPowerUp

BeQuiet Dark Rock Pro 3 Low Noise Heatsink Review
In this review Frostytech will be testing BeQuiet's newest low noise CPU cooler, the Dark Rock Pro 3 heatsink. The Dark Rock Pro 3 was announced last month at CES 2014 and best of all, it's rated to 250W TDP! The Dark Rock Pro 3 is dual tower, dual fan, low noise CPU heatsink. In other words, if you want a quiet heatsink that handles like a performance cooler AND you have a motherboard which can accommodate it's boxy footprint, you're reading the right CPU heatsink review!


Read full article @ FrostyTech

BitFenix Flo Headset Review
There’s a new audio product on the market. Bitfenix has released their new Flo headset. The Flo is supposedly optimized for stellar sound. They claim that its precision-tuned acoustic chambers (equipped with 40mm Neodymium drivers) ensure great dynamic balance. The 40mm drivers are complimented by a detachable microphone and the headset is compatible with PCs, mobile devices and gaming consoles. Continue reading to find out if this headset delivers the audio quality and decibels gamers are waiting to hear.


Read full article @ PureOverclock

Broadwell NUC Roadmap Revealed
The Next Unit of Computing (NUC) from Intel is becoming a part of the PC roadmap like never before. Anand reviewed the first generation of the NUC, the DC3217BY, featuring a dual core Ivy Bridge ULV CPU (Core i3 3217U, 17W TDP, 1.8 GHz, HD 4000). Ganesh got the Haswell NUC, the D54250WYK, with a dual core Haswell CPU (Core i5-4250U, 15W TDP, 1.3 GHz/2.8 GHz Turbo + HD5000), as well as the GIGABYTE BRIX Pro, with a full on quad core Haswell CPU (Core i7-4770R) featuring Crystal Well and Iris Pro HD 5200 graphics. The next batch in line will be the Broadwell models, and the road maps for these have just become available courtesy of FanlessTech.


Read full article @ Anandtech

Cooler Master ROC Tablet & Notebook Stand Review
Rocks. Chances are everyone has thrown a rock at least once. When I think of a rock, the adjectives, strong, stable, and heavy, come to mind. Cooler Master’s ROC is no different, and it is highly likely that the name ROC is inspired by real rocks. While ROC is strong, stable and heavy, it is not something you throw. ROC is a stand for Apple’s highly stylized MacBook Pro and iPad devices.


Read full article @ ThinkComputers.org

Dell Venue 8 Pro Review
Dell joins the 8in tablet crowd with this device featuring eight-hour battery life. Dell's Venue 8 Pro is one of a growing number of Atom-based 8in tablets running Windows 8 or 8.1 that all seem to be targeting the same market segment as many low-cost Android devices and Apple's iPad Mini, and thus carry a competitive price tag themselves.

Announced last October and available since the end of 2013, the Venue 8 Pro is a sleek looking mini tablet that matches the styling of Dell's other devices such as the Latitude 10 tablet V3 reviewed last year.

However, as was the way with last year's crop of Windows 8 tablets, the Venue 8 Pro features nearly identical specifications to every other 8in Windows tablet on the market, leaving device makers to try to differentiate their products on things like design and build quality instead.


Read full article @ V3

Intels Three Versions of Socket 2011, Not Compatible
With our recent discussion regarding Intel’s launch of the 15-core Xeon E7 v2 ‘IvyTown’ processors, thoughts for a lot of high end consumers focused on the underlying hardware for these 4P and 8P systems that would be entering the market. Previously with high end systems there has been a disjunct between the sockets used for the mainstream 1P and 2P processors (-E and -EP) compared to the higher end 4P/8P models (-EX).


Read full article @ Anandtech

Jabra SPORT Wireless+ Stereo Bluetooth Headset
It's a fact that Bluetooth wireless earphones are gaining ground over normal wired ones but unfortunately exactly like the majority of normal ones there aren't that many models available in the market that can withstand the extreme requirements people who work out have. This is particularly true for runners since not only do the earphones need to stay glued on the ear at all times but they also need to keep working in the event of rain (or too much sweat). Now these two issues may not seem as very important to some people myself included but all the serious and professional athletes I’ve ever met in my life were always looking for the solution. Jabra was amongst the very first manufacturers to tend to that problem with their very good (for a wireless headset) SPORT wireless Bluetooth headset (we had the chance to test it roughly two years ago) and since we all know that they never stop improving their products it was only a matter of time before they introduced its successor. Well they did and so today we will be taking a look at their brand new SPORT Wireless+ Bluetooth Headset.


Read full article @ NikKTech

MSI Radeon R9 290 Gaming 4G
Late last year along with the unveil of AMD’s flagship Radeon R9 290X graphics card, AMD also unveiled a lower cost offering, the Radeon R9 290, which promised only slightly lower performance at a significantly lower price.

Since then the Radeon R9 290 has been extremely popular, and due to high demand and a shortage in components, we haven’t really seen any custom designed Radeon R9 290′s on the market until late last January.

That said, today we’ll be reviewing a the MSI Radeon R9 290 Gaming 4G, which is MSI’s latest custom designed graphics card based off AMD’s Radeon R9 290 GPU. Given that the Radeon R9 290 Gaming 4G is one of MSI’s gaming series graphics cards, we can already expect a number of features such as MSI’s Twin Frozr IV cooler, Military Class components, and a slight overclock, which are pretty standard across MSI’s entire line of gaming graphics cards.


Read full article @ Custom PC Review

NZXT H440 Mid-Tower Case Review
NZXT really wanted to make a bold statement with their upcoming mid-tower H440 chassis. Outside of the minimalistic design, they minimized – or should I say eliminated€“ something that many of us have come accustom to: 5.25” drive bays. This means no more optical drives in NZXT’s eyes with this one! Can you imagine a desktop PC without an optical drive? I’m sure there are plenty of people out there that cannot, but I most certainly can. Read on to learn more about this new chassis!


Read full article @ Legit Reviews

Patriot Viper 3 Series Black Mamba PC3-19200 16GB (2x8GB) Review
Hynix shutdowns and high demands have RAM prices through the roof right now. It's absurd to even fathom the fact that even lower end packages require at least $70 for 8GB of some off-branded, no-name, "slow" sticks. Honestly for the amount (16GB) and the speed (2400MHz), it's really a small premium for solid quality sticks. They start out at good clock rates and seem to only want to clock up from there. Even if not so many things depend on memory speeds anymore, it's nice to pick up every bit of performance you can. Without paying a gross amount more, these sticks are really worth it in the long run. I wouldn't see replacing them in any near term unless, of course, you do a complete full upgrade to the DDR4 world when it rolls around. These sticks are definitely in it for the long run whether you overclock or not.


Read full article @ OCC

Ravpower RP-PB13 14,000 mAh Power Bank Review
Smartphones and mobile devices are such an integrated part of our everyday lives now. We all know what it’s like to be using our beloved tech when that dreaded ‘Low Battery’ symbol appears. It’s not an ideal situation at all, especially if you have a busy lifestyle and spend a lot of time on the go. Thankfully there are many companies that have a solution for this in the shape of the mobile battery charger! These are growing in popularity all the time.


Read full article @ Kitguru

Samsung Ativ Book 9 Lite Notebook Review
Before I even start this review, I’m going to lay down the law so to speak. The term Ultrabook adheres to a device that follows Intel’s strict guidelines and while the device that we’re looking at today may look Ultrabook-esque, it features AMD CPU architecture and therefore cannot be claimed as an Ultrabook, though for the most part (barring the exclusion of an Intel processor) it pretty much is an Ultrabook.

What Samsung have done to create this notebook is to take the fundamental aspects of their Ultrabook range (Ativ Book) and given it the same treatment as its big brother; the Ativ Book 9 Plus, but to keep costs down an AMD quad-core processor has been used as opposed to the more expensive and slightly more powerful Intel equivalent. While Intel fan-boys across the world will be shouting at their screens right now, you have to remember that a device such as this has limited purposes and no matter what CPU the manufacturer favours, it will not see Crysis 3 being run with all the settings turned right up to the max.

The term Ultrabook and the very similar AMD equivalent offer an unrivalled range of features in a convenient, small form factor that allows for superb battery life, fantastic connectivity options and of course the added portability factor due to the size and most importantly, the weight of a lightweight product like this.


Read full article @ eTeknix

Scythe Ashura Review
With the Ashura, Scythe has made a single tower cooler, that is surprisingly well built, especially if we consider its price of 39 Euro. Other than that it should offer decent cooling capacity, so it's not going to be an issue if you want to overclock your CPU by a few hundred MHz. So far we're rather curious to see what this cooler is capable of.


Read full article @ ocaholic

Toshiba Encore Review
The Toshiba Encore is the company's first entry into the new category of 8-inch handheld tablets designed for on the go use. Two different models of the tablet are offered, with a 32GB model selling for $329.99 and a slightly more expensive 64GB model selling for $399.99. Both models take an Atom-powered device and puts a full version of Windows 8.1 running at 32 bits in it, instead of the crippled Windows RT.


Read full article @ TechReviewSource.com




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