Daily Reviews Summary 12/29/12
Posted on: 12/29/2012 12:11 PM

Here a roundup of the latest reviews and articles, including Antec ISK110 VESA Mini-ITX Desktop, Asustor AS-602T 2-Bay NAS Network Attached Storage Device, Improving the PC as a gaming platform: the hardware, AMD Radeon HD 8790M Video Card Preview, and ZTE Grand X Review

Antec ISK110 VESA Mini-ITX Desktop @ techPowerUp
Antec has updated their ISK100 mini-PC to fit a modern mini-ITX board with desktop CPU and standard cooling. As the name implies, the new unit also offers the ability to be mounted on the back of a monitor VESA 100 mount with the included tray.

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Asustor AS-602T 2-Bay NAS Network Attached Storage Device Review @ TestFreaks
If you’ve read my reviews then you’ll know I’m a big fan of NAS or network attached storage devices, I just think they’re much more useful than other types of storage available. Sure they cost a bit more but overall they’re well worth it, in my opinion anyway. Today for review I have a NAS from a new company called Asustor. I’ve never heard of this company but the NAS I have for review has some decent specs like a dual core CPU and 1gb of DDR3 ram on-board. The NAS I have for review is the AS-602T model which is a two bay device or you can use two hard drives with it. This type of NAS is great for home or small office use. The 602T also comes complete with USB 3.0 ports, eSATA ports, dual Ethernet jacks and even an HDMI connection. From my testing and comparing it to other NAS boxes, the 602T is by far the fastest NAS I’ve ever owned or reviewed by a considerable margin in some tests. So read on for a rather large review of the AS-602T and see how it compared to other NAS boxes available on the market…

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Improving the PC as a gaming platform: the hardware @ The Tech Report
In his new blog post, TR's resident coder Bruno Ferreira shares some of his ideas for how to improve the PC as a gaming platform, starting with the hardware.

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AMD Radeon HD 8790M Video Card Preview @ Legit Reviews
AMD will be launching the Radeon HD 8000 series graphics cards for both desktop and notebook PCs in 2013. AMD will be launching mobile parts first and we were sent over a Radeon HD 8790M to try out. This is the first mobile graphics processor that we have been able to get our hands on that is based on the AMD Graphics Core Next architecture. Read on to see how it performs!

Next up we have the AMD Radeon HD 8790M MXM card that is code-named Mars. This GPU is built using the latest 28-nm manufacturing process and uses a much larger GPU cooler! This Radeon HD 8790M GPU has 384 ALUs clocked at 900MHz and 2GB GDDR5 memory on a 128-bit memory interface that is clocked at 1000MHz. The Radeon HD 8790M has fewer shader ALUs than its predecessors, but remember it is built using the newer GCN architecture, has faster clock speeds and twice the GDDR5 memory...

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Kingston HyperX Beast DDR3-2400 32GB Memory Kit Review @ HardwareHeaven.com
Today we have another set of extreme modules from Kingston in our test system and with the "Beast" model name this 32GB kit had better impress. We will be putting the Beast sticks through a selection of synthetic and real world tests to find out how these 2400MHz modules perform.

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ASUS Matrix Radeon HD 7970 Platinum Review @ HotHardware.com
There is a reason ASUS is so well respected amongst PC enthusiasts. The company has been making some of the best-performing, most feature-rich products in the space for years. Whether it's a min-ITX motherboard, sleek Ultrabook, or a full-fledged, touch-enabled All-In-One system, ASUS has highly competitive products that are worthy of consideration.

It's not just about performance and features, though. ASUS has also been a long-time innovator willing to release relatively low-volume products that cater to ultra, hardcore-enthusiasts. Such is the case with the ASUS ROG Matrix 7970 Platinum edition graphics card we'll be showing you here today...

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infographic: The State of the Internet @ TechReviewSource.com
Internet access is still on the rise, as are the number of gadgets we use to consume our favorite websites and apps. Last year alone, the number of worldwide Web users increased by 8 percent, driven mostly by Asian countries like the Philippines and India, according to a new infographic.

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ASUS RT-N66U Dual Band Wireless N900 Gigabit Router @ KitGuru
For many of our readers a router is a device that will be provided by an ISP (such as Virgin or BT) but for others it is the central hub of a multimedia environment. Whichever the case is it is an essential part of any modern household. This is especially true since the rapid advances in smartphones and tablets which are requiring ever faster wireless connections.

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iFrogz Boost Plus Near-Field Audio Amplifying Speaker Review @ Nikktech
Prior to starting this review we really hope you are all having a great time with your families and friends just like us (Christmas is that time of the year after all). Now as you all know we finished our last giveaway of 2012 a few days back and since two days now we've spend quite a bit of time dispatching most of the prizes some of you should actually have them by New Year's Eve just as planned. However some of you also know that we don't really like giving away prizes that we haven't previously tested ourselves to verify their quality/performance and so for the past 2 weeks we've been trying out what is perhaps the most innovative product among the prizes we gave away 4 days ago. The product of course as clearly stated from the article title is none other than the latest Boost Plus Near-Field Audio Amplifying Speaker by iFrogz.

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ZTE Grand X Review @ InsideHW.com
Since both phones are virtually identical, everything that we originally stated for Grand X still applies today. Grand X In is a likeable device, slightly reminiscent of Galaxy Nexus and with a very nice grip. The cover on the back is finely perforated, making it pleasant to touch, and alongside the aforementioned Intel Inside logo, there’s also a ZTE one, in chrome fashion and without the Android robot in the bottom section. Its weight is well-balanced and its production high-quality and compact, leaving a very positive impression overall. The bottom section of the battery cover has a mild bump that contains two speaker openings (although there’s physically only one stereo speaker) and the mic. The implementation of Dolby technology has turned out to be a very good move, making the sound coming out of the main speaker surprisingly pleasant – dialogues in films and music are very clear and pronounced, which is a point where many reputed competitors tend to stumble. With that in mind, it’s unsurprising that the headphone output is solid, with a clear sound, moderate volume and no interference.

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