EVGA showcases Superclocked Titan and more
Posted on: 03/10/2013 01:14 PM
Here a roundup of today's reviews and articles, including EVGA showcases Superclocked Titan, Jabra REVO Wireless Headset Review, Noctua NF-A14 FLX 140MM Fan Review, HP Photosmart 7520 Review, and Sapphire Mini Edge HD4 review: mini Celeron PC
EVGA showcases Superclocked Titan @ Fudzilla
In case that you don’t think that Nvidia’s new Geforce Titan is fast enough, EVGA has something for you. It turns out that EVGA already has superclocked Titan cards and Cebit it showed off two of them in SLI mode at Cebit.
The system that was running two EVGA GeForce GTX Titan SuperClocked cards in 2-way SLI, EVGA Z77 FTW mobo, Intel Core i7 3770K CPU as well as Kingston HyperX Beast 4x 8GB @ 2133MHz (KHX21C11T3K4 /32X) memory. The EVGA Geforce GTX Titan Superclocked has 2688 CUDA cores, a base clock of 876GHz (up from 837MHz), boost clock of 928 MHz (up from 876 MHz at default Titan) and it has 6144MB of GDDR5 memory clocked at 6008MHz, just like the reference board. The bottom line is that the GPU and boost clocked are overclocked and the SLI was stable all the time, we were told.
Read more: EVGA showcases Superclocked Titan @ FudzillaJabra REVO Wireless Headset Review @ NikkTech
It seems that lately no matter where i go when I’m out (subway, road, gym) i see quite a few people listening to music with large wired headsets connected to their smartphones so i can't help but to wonder just how comfortable they feel. Personally up to this day i only used wired and wireless stereo earphones/earsets when i wanted to listen to music while on the go without becoming annoying to people around me and i can't say that i ever felt like wanting something more. True volume and bass levels always were two very important issues i wish could be resolved but when using earphones it's quite obvious that you put portability over audio perfection. Well it seems that our friends over at Jabra have been working on the two issues i mentioned since they just released what is perhaps the best wireless headset I’ve used to date, the REVO Wireless.
GN Netcom, led by the Jabra brand, continues to build on its standing as one of the world’s leading and fastest growing suppliers of hands-free communications solutions. With approximately 875 employees and sales offices around the world, GN Netcom develops manufactures and markets a broad range of wireless headsets for mobile users and both wireless and corded headsets for contact center and office-based users. GN Netcom’s business activities also include its original equipment manufacturing (OEM) business to a wide range of global customers including mobile phone, PC and PDA manufacturers.
Read more: Jabra REVO Wireless Headset Review @ NikkTechKingston HyperX 10th Anniversary 16GB 2400MHz Quad Channel Kit Review @ NikKTech
Compared to well over a decade ago when we just had but a few memory chip manufacturers nowadays more and more brands keep emerging most of which just rebrand memory chips from the leading manufacturers in the field and ship them to the market as their own (oldest trick in the book). Kingston was one of the very first memory chip manufacturers i got to know pretty well during the 90's right next to Intel, Viking, GoldStar (LG now) and Nanya so after using their products for roughly 2 decades i know exactly what to expect in terms of quality, performance and after sales support. However although they've been making memory kits for over 2 decades it wasn't until 10 years ago that they introduced their HyperX line of products aimed specifically towards enthusiasts and hardcore gamers. So today we are going to be testing the HyperX 16GB DDR3 2400MHz CL11 quad channel memory kit (KHX24C11X3K4/16X) which was designed specifically to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of their HyperX product line.
Kingston Technology Company, Inc. is the world’s independent memory leader. Founded in 1987 with a single product offering, Kingston® now offers more than 2,000 memory products that support nearly every device that uses memory, from computers, servers and printers to MP3 players, digital cameras and mobile phones. In 2009, the company's sales reached $4.1 billion. With global headquarters in Fountain Valley, California, Kingston employs more than 4,000 people worldwide. Regarded as one of the “Best Companies to Work for in America” by Fortune magazine, Kingston’s tenets of respect, loyalty, flexibility and integrity create an exemplary corporate culture. Kingston believes that investing in its people is essential, and each employee is a vital part of Kingston’s success. Kingston serves an international network of distributors, resellers, retailers and OEM customers on six continents. The company also provides contract manufacturing and supply chain management services for semiconductor manufacturers and system OEMs.
Read more: Kingston HyperX 10th Anniversary 16GB 2400MHz Quad Channel Kit Review @ NikKTechNoctua NF-A14 FLX 140MM Fan Review @ DragonSteelMods
Keeping your computer cool should be one of your number one priorities when building or maintaining your system, but sadly for a lot of people it isn’t. Many people are more than happy with the stock fans that come with their cases, and sometimes they just don’t do the job and even worse they don’t do the job and they’re loud on top of it. Just because a fan is loud doesn’t mean it’s moving the amount of air it could be to keep your system cool. Up for review today I have one of Noctuas latest fans, the NF-A14 FLX, which is a 140mm fan and the FLX stands for Flex where the fan can be run at three different speeds depending on your needs and/or preferences. The NF-A14 makes a great fan for cooling your case or system or it can be used with a radiator where you need to move the largest amount of air to make sure things are cool. So read on to learn more about the fan and see how it performs…
Read more: Noctua NF-A14 FLX 140MM Fan Review @ DragonSteelModsHP Photosmart 7520 Review @ Techradar
Although part of HP's image-orientated Photosmart range, the HP 7520 is a very capable home office all-in-one printer. It has fax facilities alongside the expected printing, scanning and photocopying. There's a 25-sheet document feeder for the scanner, a meaty 125-sheet paper tray and a 20-sheet tray for photo paper (up to 5 x 7 inches). It can both print and scan in Duplex too. On the downside, there's no second A4 (US letter) sized paper tray and the scanner lid has fixed hinges so they can't stretch to accommodate thicker materials. But even so, the multifunction printer is comfortably good enough to service a home or small office. Is the distinction between HP's Officejet and Photosmart printer ranges becoming blurred? The HP Photosmart 7520 connects to your network through Wi-Fi or directly through USB; there's no Ethernet option. HP ePrint enables you to email documents to your printer from internet-connected smartphones, tablets and computers, and it's AirPrint-capable for printing from Apple devices. Wireless direct printing enables you to make a Wi-Fi connection without a network, and it's also Google Cloud Print-ready.
Read more: HP Photosmart 7520 Review @ TechradarECS A85F2-A GOLDEN (AMD A85X) Motherboard Review @ TweakTown
While a massive company, ECS doesn't have the brightest name when it comes to the more mainstream retail segment. Talking to a motherboard manufacturer the other week, I heard something very interesting. They mentioned that ECS actually makes some fantastic motherboards and the quality of the components they use are excellent. But they're let down when it comes to the BIOS side of things. It's something we'd have to totally agree with from past experience.
Out of the box ECS boards have never caused a problem for us. Overclocking on the other hand, while not being problematic, isn't exactly what we would call a pleasure. Like most people we don't like the BIOS and since the introduction of the UEFI interface, ECS is in a category with so many other companies in where we just feel the BIOS is unpolished and clunky.
We've got a bit of an update with the BIOS now, though, and we're hoping it stands out for the right reasons this time. We've got to look at a few things before we look at the updated BIOS. The first thing we'll do is check out the package to see what's going on in that department.
Read more: ECS A85F2-A GOLDEN (AMD A85X) Motherboard Review @ TweakTownASUS HD 7970 DirectCU II 28nm Graphics Card Review @ Tech Kings
Now seeming as a traditional staple of ASUS' non-reference product stack, their DirectCUII graphics cards have been well-received because they enable high performance without the acoustic footprint. A 3-slot beast of a cooler allows only two 100cm fans to reduce thermals on the GPU by 20% while remaining 14dB quieter than the reference cards. And while the DirectCUII technology brings along with it a prominent lineage, so too does the packed feature-set that comes in the box, both inside and outside of the large aluminum shell. The 7970, the first GPU based upon a 28nm architecture is at the top of AMD's single-GPU product stack and supports AMD's EyeFinity technology with up to 6-display capability.
Read more: ASUS HD 7970 DirectCU II 28nm Graphics Card Review @ Tech KingsSapphire Mini Edge HD4 review: mini Celeron PC @ Hardware.Info
It's what's inside that counts. While that statement may seem a bit deep for the introduction of a computer review, it's what comes to mind when you look at the Sapphire Mini Edge HD4. We've seen a number of iterations of this mini PC, but its design has largely remained the same in that time. We've tested it before with an Intel Atom processor and an AMD E series chip. The latest version, called HD4, is equipped with a more powerful Celeron 847.
Atom or Celeron, does it really matter? It does actually, there is a significant performance difference between the two entry-level Intel chips. The Celeron 847 doesn't sound like a very exciting processor, and it's not when you compare it to high-end quad-core processors. The Atom is at the bottom performance-wise.
Read more: Sapphire Mini Edge HD4 review: mini Celeron PC @ Hardware.InfoNZXT Phantom 630 Modular Ultra Tower @ BCC Hardware
Today I will be taking a look at another Phantom case by NZXT. These guys have been in the game for a while, and their name is associated with many high quality products. Not only do they build great cases, but they offer a wide range of products including cooling components, fans and controllers, power supplies, and a variety of aesthetic components that set off any project. You can view all their products here.
The case I am reviewing is the Phantom 630. It is a new addition to the crafted series that was debuted at CES 2013.
The Phantom 630 is a full tower case that consists of steel and plastic construction. It can support a variety of motherboard designs and seems to be built with versatility in mind. There are a lot of hard drive and cooling configurations to suit even the most demanding rigs. Let's dive right in and get a look and this beauty!
Read more: NZXT Phantom 630 Modular Ultra Tower @ BCC HardwareWD Sentinel DX4000 Review @ Hexus
Western Digital has been at the forefront of the storage industry for about as long as we can remember, but only in recent years has the outfit attempted to master the needs of SMB environments.
The quest began with the launch of the Sentinel DX4000, a network-attached storage (NAS) solution aimed squarely at small-office users. In an effort to keep the Sentinel range moving forward, WD has now let loose a top-of-the-line 16TB model priced at £1,400.
Read more: WD Sentinel DX4000 Review @ HexusPC Power and Cooling Silencer Mark III 750W 80+ Gold PSU @ Funky Kit
Previously we've looked at the 1200W and the 600W units from this series, both were quite good. On paper this 750W flavor looks equally impressive, somewhat more so than the 600W really as this one is modular and 80+ Gold.
Will it be silent? Will it do Epic Things? Keep reading to find out! First though, here's a bit about PC Power and Cooling, from their About Us page
Read more: PC Power and Cooling Silencer Mark III 750W 80+ Gold PSU @ Funky KitXigmatek Talon review: a new angle @ Hardware.Info
We see so many computer chassis pass by our test lab that it's not often we get impressed anymore, but once in a while one arrives that still manages to raise one jaded eyebrow. The Xigmatek Talon is such a chassis, as its forward-slanting design gives it a unique look and character. While we can always appreciate an original design, we're of course most interested in how well it cools and how much noise it makes, along with the features, build quality, finish and easy of use.
When Xigmatek announced the Talon, we had our concerns about the 2.5-degree slant of the design. It might look imposing, but it does affect how you install components since they won't exactly be positioned horizontally. The assumption has always been that this isn't so healthy for hard disks that rotate incredibly fast, and perhaps even the tray of the optical drive. Netgear put a not-so-vertical hard disk inside its Centria router, so Xigmatek isn't the first with this design choice. We tried to settle the question once and for all by asking a hard disk manufacturer, but they neither confirmed nor denied that it could be a problem.
In any case, Xigmatek is convinced it won't jeopardize components, and during testing we saw no proof that the angle impacted the functioning of the hard disk or optical drive. We also have to assume that the Taiwanese designers applied caution when creating the chassis. Furthermore, Xigmatek claims the slant dramatically improves airflow. Now that claim we can put to the test.
Read more: Xigmatek Talon review: a new angle @ Hardware.InfoCM Storm Scout 2 Ghost White Chassis Review @ BCC Hardware
Today we have a brand new mid-tower case from CM Storm - a division of Cooler Master. The victim we are looking at today is the Scout 2 Advanced mid-tower case. The Scout 2 Advanced case is from Cooler Masters line of products that are aimed at gamers and what they want. As you know, Cooler Master is well known for manufacturing PC components like cases, power supplies and coolers along with various products for laptops. If you want to know more, please feel free to check out their website.
Read more: CM Storm Scout 2 Ghost White Chassis Review @ BCC Hardware