Core i7-4770K: Haswell's Performance, Previewed and more
Posted on: 03/18/2013 12:47 PM
Here a roundup of today's reviews and articles, including Core i7-4770K: Haswell's Performance, Previewed, Roccat ISKU FX Gaming Keyboard Review, MyDigitalSSD BP4 Slim 7 Solid State Drive, Antec PowerUp 6000 and Go Charger Mobile Accessory Review, and Sparkle Dragon Cyclone GTX 650
Core i7-4770K: Haswell's Performance, Previewed @ Tom's Hardware
A recent trip got us access to an early sample of Intel's upcoming Core i7-4770K. We compare its performance to Ivy Bridge- and Sandy Bridge-based processors, so you have some idea what to expect when Intel officially introduces its Haswell architecture.
Read more: Core i7-4770K: Haswell's Performance, Previewed @ Tom's HardwareQuick Look: Plantronics GameCom 780 PC Gaming Headset @ ThinkComputers.org
Today we are going to take a deeper look into Plantronics popular GameCom 780 computer headset designed for intermediate to advanced gamers. Online gaming advocates need to look no further than the Plantronics GameCom series which delivers the ultimate hands free gaming experience.
Read more: Quick Look: Plantronics GameCom 780 PC Gaming Headset @ ThinkComputers.orgThermalright Silver Arrow SB-E Special Edition Review @ KitGuru
Today we are going to take a look at a special edition of the Thermalright Silver Arrow SB-E, a cooler which was one of the original competitors of the Noctua NH-D14. This cooler is designed to be as quiet as possible, while still offering excellent acoustic performance.
Read more: Thermalright Silver Arrow SB-E Special Edition Review @ KitGuruRoccat ISKU FX Gaming Keyboard Review @ MadShrimps
The new Armor A15 USB 3.0 Portable HDD from Silicon Power was designed to withstand shocks, vibrations in a better way than the majority of products from the same category. The case comes with a shock absorbent silica gel cover modeled in such a shape to increase the grip so we won’t drop it on the floor easily by mistake. A15 not available only at 1TB, but it can be also found at 750GB and 500GB capacities, at different price points.
Read more: Roccat ISKU FX Gaming Keyboard Review @ MadShrimpsMyDigitalSSD BP4 Slim 7 Solid State Drive @ Benchmark Reviews
MyDigitalDiscount.com Inc. was founded in 2001 by Matt Dawson out of his passion for the latest gadgets and has since grown into a globally recognized retailer catering to technology users. The MyDigitalSSD BP4 Slim 7 Series SATA Solid State Drive is their latest high-performance storage solution, designed with an ultra-slim 7mm profile to fit all SATA notebooks as well as desktop PCs. Equipped with a Phison PS3108-S8-I SSD controller and Toshiba TH58TEG7DCJTA20 19nm Toggle NAND Flash, the 240GB BP4 Slim 7 model MDS7-BP4-240 sent to Benchmark Reviews for testing is made to produce up to 560 MB/s reads and 530 MB/s writes with 4K Aligned Reads reaching 46,000 IOPS and 4K Aligned Writes as high as 79,000 IOPS.
The last time Benchmark Reviews tested a Phison-based solid state drive, it was the Patriot Torqx 2 SSD back in May 2011. That particular drive utilized the PHISON Electronics Corporation PS3105-S5 controller, good for read and write speeds of only 250/220 MB/s. The new fourth-generation 'Bullet Proof' BP4 SATA SSD by MyDigitalDiscount features the Phison PS3108-S8 controller, with speeds more than doubled over the PS3105-S5 and operational IOPS performance well beyond previous versions. In this article, Benchmark Reviews tests the 240GB MyDigitalSSD BP4 Slim 7-series solid state drive MDS7-BP4-240.
Read more: MyDigitalSSD BP4 Slim 7 Solid State Drive @ Benchmark ReviewsIntel 335 Series 180GB SSD Review @ Techgage
Intel should need no introduction when it comes to solid-state drives – after all, it is generally recognized that the company’s entry into the SSD market back in 2008 with the X25 series is what catalyzed the SSD movement. The market has changed considerably since then, and similarly so has Intel’s SSD offerings.
Today, Intel’s consumer lineup is comprised entirely of SandForce SF-2281 powered drives. Even so, the company’s reputation as one of the most reliable SSD options in the market has not changed, thanks to a full year of validation on its 520 family before launch. It didn’t just write its own custom firmware for the SandForce controller, either – even the hardware design was tweaked in its quest to purge errata.
Read more: Intel 335 Series 180GB SSD Review @ TechgageAntec PowerUp 6000 and Go Charger Mobile Accessory Review @ Hi Tech Legion
One way I know of is we plug them in every time that a chance is given. We plug them in the car, at a friend’s house, or at work. I feel like having to plug in a mobile device constantly defeats the entire premise of it being mobile. Then of course there is always the choice of accessories, which ones do you need, which ones you just want. I know for me a case is a necessity but there are tons of choices and usually the ones in the stores are not for me. Antec a company that is known for cases and power supplies has a new line of mobile products that they have dubbed A.M.P. for your portable enjoyment.
Two of Antec mobile products include the PowerUp 6000 and go charger. The PowerUp 6000 is a portable charger with a 6000mAh lithium battery and uses quality Japanese cells. Input power is provided from a micro USB connection requiring 5V, and the output is 2A at 5V from a full sized USB port so you can connect any device that uses a USB port to charge. Another product that pairs well with the PowerUp 6000 is the go charger. The go charger is a charger that plugs into a vehicles 12V accessory plug, it features two USB ports for charging two devices simultaneously. One of the ports provides 1A of power, while the other can provide 2A of power for capability with tablet devices. The unique feature of the go charger is the inline fuse that is the same type as a typical car fuse. Both of these products feature industrial standard power protection circuits to protect your devices.
Read more: Antec PowerUp 6000 and Go Charger Mobile Accessory Review @ Hi Tech LegionSparkle Dragon Cyclone GTX 650 @ PureOverclock
While the flagship graphics cards like the GeForce Titan may garner much of the market hype, it’s typically the much more affordable cards that quietly bring in the profits, as there are few gamers with the lofty budgets that can afford those behemoth cards. For much of the market who want gaming on the cheap, today’s card might just do the trick: the Sparkle Dragon Cyclone GTX 650.
The GeForce GTX 650 is one of the most affordable in Nvidia’s lineup, costing only $110 for this Sparkle model. It competes directly with the AMD Radeon 7750, costing only $10 more than the AMD card, and also the best priced amongst Nvidia partners as well.
Read more: Sparkle Dragon Cyclone GTX 650 @ PureOverclockRazer DeathAdder 2013 (4G) Gaming Mouse Review @ Custom PC Review
When I first used the original Razer DeathAdder many moons ago, I admit it was a purchase solely made because of how cool it looked in the store. At the time I didn’t know anything about sensors or microswitches or acceleration. It was only until I switched over to the first generation Razer Imperator with its host of problems did I realize what a godsend the DeathAdder really was.
Fast forward to today and we now get the Razer DeathAdder 2013 aka Razer DeathAdder 4G, whichever you prefer. The DeathAdder 2013 is now the 3rd generation of the Razer DeathAdder succeeding the Razer DeathAdder 3.5G with a number of small improvements, but still keeping the same design that has made the original DeathAdder the iconic mouse that it is today.
Among the improvements, we get Razer’s all new, never before seen 4G optical sensor which features 6400 DPI sensitivity, 200 IPS and 50G of acceleration. Additionally, we also get several small improvements such as an all matte styled body as well as rubber side grips that have been carried over from some of Razer’s latest and greatest.
Read more: Razer DeathAdder 2013 (4G) Gaming Mouse Review @ Custom PC Review