Budget Game PC - February 2014 and more
Posted on: 02/24/2014 01:19 PM

Here a roundup of the latest reviews and articles:

be quiet! Dark Rock Pro 3 CPU Cooler Review
Budget Game PC - February 2014
Cougar MX500 Mid Tower Case Review
D-Link DIR-868L & DWA-182 Wireless AC Review
Datacolor Spyder4PRO Monitor Calibration Tool Review
GAMDIAS EROS Headset and ZEUS Esport Edition Gaming Mouse Video Review
Gigabyte GTX 780 GHz Edition
Samsung UN60F8000 60″ Smart HDTV User Review
The SSD Endurance Experiment: Data retention after 600TB

be quiet! Dark Rock Pro 3 CPU Cooler Review
be quiet!’s Dark Rock series of coolers has fared well in a fearsome market. In previous generations, a strong balance between noise output and cooling performance has made them desirable products. Can the German company repeat its success with version three of the dual-tower Dark Rock Pro CPU cooler?


Read full article @ KitGuru

Budget Game PC - February 2014
The Hardware.Info Budget Game PC Advice has a balanced configuration for playing video games, without having to spend too much. The components have been selected to offer the best bang for your buck.

That means you cannot always expect the highest settings, resolution and frame rate, but at the same time you should be able to play all modern games in Full HD resolution without making huge concessions to either the image quality or your enjoyment of the game.


Read full article @ Hardware.Info

Cougar MX500 Mid Tower Case Review
Today we are going to take a look at the latest case from Cougar, the MX500. This particular model has been designed for those users looking for a well featured case that is still affordable. We look forward to examining the extent to which this is true and if it truly represents good value for money.


Read full article @ Kitguru

D-Link DIR-868L & DWA-182 Wireless AC Review
With a reputation for building high performance, easy to use networking components that date all the way back to 1986, D-Link is considered by many to be one of the few safe consumer networking choices. No matter what your experience level or budget they most likely have a product that will fit your needs. Simply put D-Link consistently released good products at good prices and has done so for decades. The latest additions to their wireless consumer networking lineup are the DIR-868L router and DWA-182 USB adapter hope to continue this tradition.

Like many other manufactures D-Link has recognized the massive potential bandwidth offered by the 802.11AC draft specifications and are actively pursuing this new market. With that being said, the products we’re covering in this review are nearly polar opposites which meant for different niches but both are 802.11AC enabled and allow consumers to upgrade their infrastructure from previous 802.11 standards without a budget busting price tag.


Read full article @ Hardware Canucks

Datacolor Spyder4PRO Monitor Calibration Tool Review
In the beginning of the Fall semester last year, I was hanging out in the Electrical Engineering homeroom, playing some foosball with my friend. As we bounced goals off each other during a relatively fast paced game, a group of four individuals dropped by, and one of them asked if we were any good at foosball. "I will challenge both of you guys one on two," he said in an intimating manner. Being in the faculty of engineering for the last few years, it is always wise to assume a bit of humility in this regard, because there are some guys that just strikingly amazing. "We are okay at foosball," I replied. My friend and I took our bars, and the ball was dropped. In a little less than four minutes, he was completely defeated. Thinking it was just his luck, he decided to challenge me one on one. His friends began to snicker, and told him he was messing with the wrong people. I accepted the challenge, and just like the last game, I beat him ten to nothing in almost no time. (Later on, I found out he was a first year student -- this is not to mention I used to play foosball every day at work during my internship after third year, and I am ranked first in the office, haha.) Is he physically incapable of playing good foosball? Personally, I do not think so. Throughout the game, he certainly has the power and agility of a good player. The problem is, he did not have the same training and experience like I did, contributing to his humiliating and complete loss. The same story goes in the LCD monitor world. Sure, you can spend hundreds, or even thousands, of dollars on a professional grade 8-bit AH-IPS display, but what merit does it have if the display if the colors are inaccurate? Of course, calibration is not just limited to expensive LCDs. To see what we can do to bring everything ranging from low end TN monitors to high performance IPS panels up to the reference standard, we plugged in a Datacolor Spyder4PRO colorimeter to see how much we have been missing out all these years.


Read full article @ APH Networks

GAMDIAS EROS Headset and ZEUS Esport Edition Gaming Mouse Video Review
Today DaveChaos reviews the EROS headset and ZEUS gaming mouse from Gamdias, find out his thoughts in the latest HardwareHeaven video review.


Read full article @ HardwareHeaven.com

Gigabyte GTX 780 GHz Edition
We've been impressed in the past with Gigabyte Windforce graphics cards, and we suspect this new GTX 780 GHz Edition will be no different. It's constructed in metal rather than cheap plastic, comes with three fans, heatpipes, and a boatload of cooling potential in a stylish gaming package. Factor in a very aggressive overclock on this card, and we are eager to see just how fast this thing can go. Looks like a great card so far, so let's get the Gigabyte GTX 780 GHz Edition on the bench and see how it performs.


Read full article @ PureOverclock

Samsung UN60F8000 60″ Smart HDTV User Review
Our report today will speak to a HDTV that has earned the reputation as being one of the best viewing experiences in the world. Unlike many other review websites however, we have had the Samsung UN60F8000 LED 3D 240Hz Smart HDTV in our hands for some time. We will be offering the reader a first hand user opinion of the Samsung HDTV user experience, some points good and others that identify deficiencies that Samsung might improve upon. Our purpose in publishing this report is to strike the potential buyer head on with the day-to-day features that they might use after such a purchase, rather than the host of extras that many just never seem to find the time to learn.


Read full article @ TechnologyX

The SSD Endurance Experiment: Data retention after 600TB
Our SSD Endurance Experiment has crossed the 600TB threshold, and we've performed an extended data retention test to celebrate the occasion.


Read full article @ TR-News




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