Five Things You Need To Know About The PS4 and more
Posted on: 07/12/2013 11:49 AM
Here today's reviews and articles, including Five Things You Need To Know About The PS4, Toshiba Nearline MG03ACA400 4TB SATA III HDD, Nikon Coolpix P330 Review, Palit GTX 780 Super JetStream: Titan-like performance for less, and MSI Z87 MPOWER MAX Review
Five Things You Need To Know About The PS4 @ ThinkComputers.org
After Microsoft unveiled the Xbox One, the gaming world was excited & then the PlayStation 4 came, and now the world can't wait. Sony's unveil didn't disappoint anyone: from the looks of it, the PS4 is an amazingly powerful machine that will have even the most hardcore Microsoft fans pondering whether it's time to make the switch. However, for those who missed the E3 conference, you might be wondering what the big deal is. Fear not, we are here to provide you with that information! We've uncovered five things you need to know about the PS4. Brace yourself, this console is pretty awesome.
Read more: Five Things You Need To Know About The PS4 @ ThinkComputers.orgToshiba Nearline MG03ACA400 4TB SATA III HDD @ NikKTech
Although 5TB hard disk drives should be upon us by now with 6TB ones following closely behind them it seems that manufacturers feel that 4TB is still more than just enough for the majority of consumers and even though they are probably right (judging by all the people i know) I've said it many times and will say it many more than until 10TB drives (or more) make their appearance in the market enthusiasts and professionals alike will not be completely satisfied (when you have 20-30TB of data it's neither easy nor convenient to have twice as many drives around just for backup purposes). Still it's not like we have any other choice so at least we can do our best to follow the flow of things and test as many 4TB hard disk drives as we can get our hands on so all of you can know what to expect. Such is the latest Nearline MG03ACA400 SATA III HDD model by Toshiba which we have on our test bench today.
Read more: Toshiba Nearline MG03ACA400 4TB SATA III HDD @ NikKTechCrucial Ballistix Sport XT 1866 MHz C10 2x 8 GB @ techPowerUp
Crucial expanded their line-up a short while ago at Computex by introducing the Ballistix Sport XT product for mainstream users and those who know how to tweak their memory. We take a look at the high-end 1866 MHz C10 model, which carry a few surprises.
Read more: Crucial Ballistix Sport XT 1866 MHz C10 2x 8 GB @ techPowerUpCorsair Carbide Air 540 ATX Cube Case Review @ Legit Reviews
Over the years, Corsair has been coming out with new products in their lineup, and one of those products that they've added to their lineup in the recent years is computer cases. They have made standard sized and styled cases and they have also braved making cases with different features. Today, we will take a look at Corsair's Carbide Air 540, which falls along that different category. Jump in and see what we thought about Corsair's latest creation!
Read more: Corsair Carbide Air 540 ATX Cube Case Review @ Legit ReviewsNikon Coolpix P330 Review @ TechReviewSource.com
On paper the Nikon Coolpix P330 is an impressive pocket camera. It's got a 12-megapixel image sensor with a 1/1.7-inch design, larger in surface area than those in other compacts in this price range. Unfortunately, the P330 is a noticeably slow performer-it takes a full 1.9 seconds to recover after capturing a JPG photo.
Read more: Nikon Coolpix P330 Review @ TechReviewSource.comZOTAC ZBOX Nano ID64 Plus Mini-PC Review @ HardwareHeaven.com
Today ZOTAC are taking their ZBOX Nano range to a whole new level, sending it out with an i5 CPU inside... that's a midrange desktop CPU in a case small enough to hold in the palm of our hand. Can they do it while maintaining performance and minimising temperatures and noise levels?
Read more: ZOTAC ZBOX Nano ID64 Plus Mini-PC Review @ HardwareHeaven.comPalit GTX 780 Super JetStream: Titan-like performance for less @ Techspot
Armed with 2688 stream processors and 7.1 billion transistors, the GeForce GTX Titan set a new bar for GPU performance last March. The Titan's 384-bit memory bus is good for a staggering 288.4GB/s memory bandwidth -- 50% more than the GTX 680. Being in a master class of its own, the GTX Titan may be a niche product, but it's a niche product that can manhandle other top single-GPU cards and that's enough to get our attention.
A few months after releasing its $1,000 heavyweight, Nvidia unveiled a slightly cut down version as the GTX 780, which still features 7.1 billion transistors and a 384-bit bus though fewer stream processors and TAUs -- changes that made the card around 14% slower and 35% cheaper than the GTX Titan.
Traditionally, AMD and Nvidia board partners have boosted the performance of most GPUs by 5-10% via overclocking, so we fully expected one of them to take a stab at closing the meager 14% gap separating the GTX 780 and Titan. Palit has answered the bell with its GTX 780 Super JetStream, which is clocked 14% higher than usual at 980MHz with a 1033MHz boost, up from 863MHz and 902MHz.
Read more: Palit GTX 780 Super JetStream: Titan-like performance for less @ TechspotEVGA SuperNOVA G2 1000 W @ techPowerUp
EVGA decided to dive deeper into the PSU market by recently releasing some new models, including the Super NOVA G2 1000W, which we will test today. The SuperNOVA G2 1000 W can easily be classified as a high-end unit, and considering its features, its price also looks very good.
Read more: EVGA SuperNOVA G2 1000 W @ techPowerUpMSI Z87 MPOWER MAX Review @ OCC
As far as overclocking goes I was happy with what the Z87 MPOWER MAX had to offer as far as tuning and how well the basic tuning of the board was setup. Once you get past setting up the peripherals, memory timings. and voltage. there are only a few settings needed to run the numbers. I was able to max out my 4770K in a matter of 10 to 15 minutes and was able to run it with a lower applied voltage than used on several of the previous boards I have tested. Overclocking my G.Skill DDR3 2400MHz modules to over 2600MHz was just as easy on this board as on the M6H and Z87-GD65. Adjust the timings and voltage, apply the clock speed, and go is all it took.
Read more: MSI Z87 MPOWER MAX Review @ OCC