Gigabyte Brix Review and more
Posted on: 06/08/2013 11:37 AM
Here a roundup of today's reviews with 17 new articles, including Gigabyte Brix review, EVGA GeForce GTX 770 SuperClocked review, Dave Chaos visits Logitech Daniel Borel Innovation Center in Switzerland, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770 Reviewed in 2-Way SLI and NVIDIA Surround, and Asus Z87 Gryphon and Armor Kit
Gigabyte Brix review: compact mini PC @ Hardware.Info
If Intel can do it, so can we, Gigabyte must have thought. Okay, Gigabyte won't be making processors anytime soon, but when it comes to compact PCs and especially motherboards we have full faith in Gigabyte. Intel has the Next Unit of Computing (NUC), and Gigabyte now has released its interpretation of the compact PC with the Brix.
Measuring 11.4 cm x 10.8 cm x 3.2 cm, the Gigabyte Brix will even fit in the palm of your hand. It's thinner than the Intel NUS which is 3.9 cm high.
Read more: Gigabyte Brix review: compact mini PC @ Hardware.InfoEVGA GeForce GTX 770 SuperClocked review @ Guru3D
In this review we peek at the EVGA GeForce GTX 770 SC (SuperClocked) edition. This model graphics card comes with a factory overclock and their new dual-fan ACX cooler with. Overall the card is sitting in-between the GeForce GTX 680 and GeForce GTX 780, with its 1085 MHz core clock frequency. We look at the hottest latest games including Grid 2 and Metro last Light, we'll do some FCAT testing as well.
But first things first, we take a closer look at NVIDIA's new GeForce GTX 770. The GeForce GTX 770 is a top of the line segmented graphics card. It uses a familiar GPU though, yes the very same GPU as the GTX 680 actually. That makes it a chunk faster, alongside a clock frequency and memory increase it will be priced aggressively, that in a nutshell, my friends, is the new GeForce GTX 770. We test the product with the hottest games like Metro: Last Light, Battlefield 3, Sleeping Dogs, Far Cry 3, Medal of Honor Warfighter, Hitman Absolution and many more.
Read more: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 SuperClocked review @ Guru3DDave Chaos visits Logitech Daniel Borel Innovation Center in Switzerland @ HardwareHeaven.com
Last week HardwareHeaven were invited to Switzerland, home of Logitech's Innovation Center. Dave Chaos travelled over with a group of other journalists to learn more about Logitech, how they operate and the research and development involved in their products.
Read more: Dave Chaos visits Logitech Daniel Borel Innovation Center in Switzerland @ HardwareHeaven.comMetro: Last Light Review @ Techgage
The Metro series tells the story of its protagonist Artyom, a man who is trying to survive after a nuclear holocaust in the only habitual place left on earth, the Metro tunnels under Moscow. The first game took many gamers by surprise, not only for its graphical requirements but also because the game stayed true to the books with its very typical Russian ending. This was unfamiliar to many gamers and some felt uncomfortable with how dark the ending was (if you chose that route) – but it’s not atypical of Russian literature.
Metro: Last Light is just as dark, however; Artyom is now haunted by the events that took place in Metro 2033 and is somehow given a chance to be redeemed for his actions. Artyom joined the Rangers in the first game, which hail from a Metro city called Polis. From there, they are dispatched to other Metro cities that might be overwhelmed with local problems, like outbreaks of infection or being overrun by the beasts that now walk the surface, that they cannot handle themselves. Thus, they try to be neutral in the affairs of the Metro stations on a political level.
Read more: Metro: Last Light Review @ TechgageInno3D iChill GeForce GTX 780 review: almost a Titan! @ Hardware.Info
Inno3D is a brand that's fairly new to us. We recently reviewed the Inno3D iChill GeForce GTX 660, and today it's time for the iChill GeForce GTX 780. It's a GTX 780, but not just any one. The iChill has a huge cooler and is significantly overclocked, which gives it Titan-like performance for a 780-like price. Inno3D expects it to be slightly more expensive than a dime-a-dozen 780, around € 669 you'll have to pay for the Inno3D iChill GeForce GTX 780.
Read more: Inno3D iChill GeForce GTX 780 review: almost a Titan! @ Hardware.InfoTrendnet 1750Mbps Wireless Router & AC Networking @ BCC Hardware
A few years ago networking was pretty stale. Gigabit wired networking was the pinnacle of achievement for consumers and small offices and 802.11n had reached a maximum capacity of 300-450Mbps theoretical throughput. There was nothing exciting going on so companies decided to once again try powerline networking. This filled a gap that allowed better ranges and still decent throughput using the wiring in your building. Still, it was nothing all that groundbreaking. Recently the introduction of 802.11ac networking has prompted some excitement however. This new networking standard uses the 5GHz band and is backwards compatible with the 802.11n 2.4GHz band. This means that a 802.11ac network should work with all of your older 2.4GHz equipment, but at the same time offer you a lot more performance if you have compatible hardware.
The specifications show that we could see wireless speeds of over 1Gb per second (in a multi-station environment) but we should be able to see single-link speeds of up to 500Mbps. Of course this is all still theoretical speeds, but we are seeing some claims that certainly exceed the boring 450Mbps speed on a dual-band 802.11n network.
Read more: Trendnet 1750Mbps Wireless Router & AC Networking @ BCC HardwareCooler Master NotePal U2 Plus Laptop Cooling Pad Review @ Proclockers
We have been reviewing a lot of laptop coolers here at Pro-Clockers and our database is somewhat dominated by Cooler Master products. Many of them are from the NotePal models. Just recently we had the NotePal ErgoStand II on the spotlight. Many of these products we tested have added features that made them more than just a laptop cooler. For example we have the ErgoStand II which has an adjustable overall height. The feature made the laptop more comfortable or to conform better as a media device.
Our next laptop cooling pad from Cooler Master is more of a traditional cooler but it does have some features that will make stand out from the others. The new NotePal U2 Plus has a built-in cable management for your accessories and can be used as a carry case for your laptop if need. Yes, this is just a couple of features that will make the NotePal U2 Plus worthy for your money.
Read more: Cooler Master NotePal U2 Plus Laptop Cooling Pad Review @ ProclockersLogitech G500s Gaming Mouse Review @ HardwareHeaven.com
Today we have a midrange model in the G series, the G500s, on our review bench to find out what Logitech offer in the Â£60/$70 price range.
Read more: Logitech G500s Gaming Mouse Review @ HardwareHeaven.comASUS Z87-A Motherboard @ Hardware Secrets
The ASUS Z87-A is a mid-range socket LGA1150 motherboard targeted for the "Haswell" processors (fourth-generation Core i3, Core i5, and Core i7 processors), debuting at a very affordable price. Let's see what this motherboard has to offer.
Read more: ASUS Z87-A Motherboard @ Hardware SecretsTrident Aegis Case for HTC One Review @ DragonSteelMods
When you get a new phone you need a case for it, at least I do, my phones and other devices must be in cases and have screen protectors on them. They cost quite a bit of money so why not protect them? I prefer more of a rugged style case for my phones but I don’t want something that adds a lot of bulk either. Today for review I have the Aegis case from Trident that offers a great deal of protection but yet doesn’t add much bulk to the svelte HTC One. The Aegis case offers two layer of protection, an inner silicone or rubber layer and then a hard outer shell and when combines they offer a great deal of protection for the phone inside from the rigors of daily life. So read on to learn about one of the best cases out there for the HTC One…
Read more: Trident Aegis Case for HTC One Review @ DragonSteelModsThe Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing (PC) @ KitGuru
The legendary monster hunter Abraham van Helsing has retired and it is up to his son to now follow in his footsteps. Together with his trusty sidekick a ghost named Lady Katarina, he sets out to find out what is going on in Borgovia.
Read more: The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing (PC) @ KitGuruNVIDIA GeForce GTX 770 Reviewed in 2-Way SLI and NVIDIA Surround @ Legit Reviews
Gamers want the ability to play any PC game with buttery smooth frame rates. If you are gaming at 1920x1080, that really isn't that tough to accomplish with most high-end discrete graphics cards. Those that are gaming at Ultra HD or 4K resolutions have a much harder time getting the smooth frame rates at the image quality settings they would like. Read on to see if running a pair of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770 video cards in 2-way SLI is the answer!
The performance of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770 2-way SLI setup was very impressive. We had a perfect game experience on our 30-inch panel and was able to crank up all the image quality settings and play at 2560x1600 with no issues at all. If you are gaming at 2560x1600 or on a 4K monitor we can easily recommend a setup like this...
Read more: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770 Reviewed in 2-Way SLI and NVIDIA Surround @ Legit ReviewsCase Mod Friday: Black and White @ ThinkComputers.org
Welcome to another Case Mod Friday showcase! This week we have Christian Black and White build. Here is what he had to say about it: Well this is the first time I do something like this, and it really is interesting the world of case modding the project is BLACK AND WHITE and really was a design chosen because I began to paint the cabinet only and one thing leads to another as in all cases and was thinking of some ideas for covers.
Read more: Case Mod Friday: Black and White @ ThinkComputers.orgQPAD QH-90 Headset Review @ XSReviews
QPAD, as its name implies, is traditionally a mouse mat manufacturer. These days though, you can’t be a one trick pony – you need to diversify; and that’s what QPAD is doing, branding itself out into the headset game. This latest offering, the QPAD QH-90, features a stark white colour scheme, super soft padded leather cushioning and a detachable microphone. Will the audio quality back up these features and will it be worth the price tag? That’s what we’re here to find out.
Read more: QPAD QH-90 Headset Review @ XSReviewsGenius X-G510 Gaming Mouse Review @ Neoseeker
Shop around at any e-tailer or computer store and one name which probably does not come to mind first when it comes to gaming peripherals is Genius. Amongst the all Logitech, Cooler Master, and Razer products on the market, Genius is a brand that hasn't had much light in the mainstream consumer market. Ironically, Genius actually has a history that goes far beyond those of both Logitech and Razer.
Established in 1983, Genius is a sub-brand of KYE Systems, a company that focuses mainly on OEM products for partners such as HP, Asus, and Acer. Funnily enough, KYE Systems has manufactured Logitech peripherals in the past. Genius is KYE's independent brand, featuring products ranging from mice and keyboards, to graphic tablets and IP cameras.
Today, we will take a look at the Genius X-G510 gaming mouse. Like many other mice, the X-G510 features adjustable DPI, active profile switching, and programmable macros. Unique to this mouse is a soft-touch rubber finish and a vibrant blue "cracking" LED pattern on the surface.
Read more: Genius X-G510 Gaming Mouse Review @ NeoseekerLexar Professional USB 3.0 Dual-Slot Reader @ techPowerUp
Card readers are steadily catching up with the fastest memory cards out there, and with the help of USB 3.0, speeds well beyond those of USB 2.0 can be achieved. Lexar packs all this punch into the Professional USB 3.0 Dual-Slot Reader aimed at professional users that need the fasted transfer speeds.
Read more: Lexar Professional USB 3.0 Dual-Slot Reader @ techPowerUpAsus Z87 Gryphon and Armor Kit @ LanOC Reviews
After what feels like months of prepping, testing, photography, videos, and writing are finally reaching the end of our Haswell launch motherboard coverage and I think we may have saved the best for last. We haven’t covered one of Asus’s TUF Series of motherboards official although we do have one in our cooling test bench and we have seen countless boards in our reader’s rigs. So to finish things off we are going to take a look at Asus's new Micro ATX TUF Series Z87 Gryphon. Its smaller form factor is a first for the TUF line and I am very excited to see what the fuss has been about.
Read more: Asus Z87 Gryphon and Armor Kit @ LanOC Reviews