Graphics card round up March 2013 and more
Posted on: 03/28/2013 12:30 PM
Here a roundup of today's reviews, including Graphics card round up March 2013, BenQ W1060 1080p DLP Projector Review, TuneMount Bicycle Mount 2 for Smartphone, The Do-It-Yourself All-In-One Computer Standard from Intel, and Kingston V300 120GB SSD Review
Graphics card round up March 2013 @ KitGuru
If you are looking for a new video card for your system then there has never been a better time to buy. Today we are looking at a cross section of high value for money AMD and Nvidia partner cards in a round up article targeting the budget to the high end. We have picked some of the best looking solutions on the market today. If you are looking for a new model to handle the latest Direct X 11 games, then which is the one for you?
Read more: Graphics card round up March 2013 @ KitGuruBenQ W1060 1080p DLP Projector Review @ XSReviews
Today we’ll be looking at a rather interesting gaming gadget: A projector. Digital projectors have continued to go down in price (or up in quality) are definitely becoming a viable alternative to an HDTV for rooms that can accommodate them. While a decent 40″ HDTV will set you back £400, for a little extra you can get a projector that’ll produce an image many times that size at the same 1080p resolution.
Our subject today is the BenQ W1060, a 1080p projector that costs around £650. BenQ have gotten on my radar in the past year through their support of eSports, most notably their sponsorship of StarCraft II pro-gamer Grubby and the IEM series of StarCraft II and League of Legends tournaments. They’ve definitely got their heart in the right place, but can their gaming wares follow through on their promise of performance at an affordable price? Let’s take a look.
Read more: BenQ W1060 1080p DLP Projector Review @ XSReviewsTuneMount Bicycle Mount 2 for Smartphone @ MEGATech
As spring approaches, many of our readers will be dusting off their bikes and getting ready to go for a ride. For some, it may have been quite a few years since they last threw a leg over their trusty steed and felt the wind blowing through their hair. A funny thing has happened over the past few years; cycling has become cool and popular and with this rise in popularity has come a rise in the number of accessories geared towards cyclists.
With outstanding apps such as STRAVA available, many cyclists are turning to their smartphones to record their rides. Enter the Tunemount Bicycle Mount 2: a simple, one size adjustable mount that will hold smartphones such as an iPhone 4S/5 or Samsung Galaxy S3.
Read more: TuneMount Bicycle Mount 2 for Smartphone @ MEGATechThe Do-It-Yourself All-In-One Computer Standard from Intel @ Hardware Secrets
All-in-one computers, also known as AIO, are systems built inside the same case as the video monitor, designed to remove clutter from your desk. The problem so far is that parts for all-in-one computers are not standardized, meaning that each manufacturer uses its own design and choice of components, which may not be compatible with an all-in-one from another manufacturer. To solve this problem, Intel is leading the industry in creating a standard for all-in-one components. This way, parts designed for one system will fit in another, making the life of AIO manufacturers easier. This standard also allows users to build their own all-in-one computers from scratch.
Read more: The Do-It-Yourself All-In-One Computer Standard from Intel @ Hardware SecretsCooler Master Seidon 240M Water Cooling System Review @ ThinkComputers.org
You have probably noticed there are a lot of AIO coolers on the market today. It seems like every other week a company is launching a new AIO unit, or a new company is bringing their first to market. Most of these units are built by watercooling systems manufacturer Asetek. Today we're going to take a look at the Cooler Master Seidon 240M, this one is designed and built in house by Cooler Master or is it? Follow along as we put this controversial cooler through it's paces and find out what it can do.
Read more: Cooler Master Seidon 240M Water Cooling System Review @ ThinkComputers.orgKingston V300 120GB SSD Review @ HCW
In the last year or so of our SSD reviews, one SSD controller has stood out above the rest in terms of offering the best performance for the price. Just about any SSD based on the SandForce controller is a good one in its price range, depending on the type of flash used. In our experience, these drives tend to offer the most consistent performance, while handling write amplification steady state degradation the best.
If you have a moderate budget, SandForce drives using fully synchronous MLC NAND flash are the way to go. Drives like the Kingston HyperX 3K and Intel SSD 520 are what you should be looking at. Moving down from there, you will find SandForce drives using asynchronous MLC, the most famous being the OCZ Agility 3 (now EOL). The problem with these Async drives is that they don’t handle write amplification very well, and can have performance issues once they begin to fill up with data.
Read more: Kingston V300 120GB SSD Review @ HCWZOTAC GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost 2 GB @ techPowerUp
ZOTAC's GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost uses a compact dual-fan cooler to significantly improve noise levels and temperatures over the GTX 650 Ti reference design. The card comes at reference design pricing of $169, which makes it a great choice for anyone looking in the sub-$200 market.
Read more: ZOTAC GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost 2 GB @ techPowerUpWhat is Windows Blue? @ TechReviewSource.com
If you've been following the tech press at all, you've no doubt heard the term "Windows Blue," referring to the internal code name for the next version of Microsoft's desktop-and-or-tablet operating system. Microsoft is keeping mum about the next version of its Windows desktop operating system, but the usual leaks and rumor have started trickling out.
Read more: What is Windows Blue? @ TechReviewSource.comPlayseat Challenge Game Racing Seat Video Review @ HardwareHeaven.com
In today's video review we take a look at a new product from Playseat, the Challenge - Game Racing Seat.
Read more: Playseat Challenge Game Racing Seat Video Review @ HardwareHeaven.comIn Win GT1 Case Review @ Hi Tech Legion
The beige cases of years gone are no longer the norm nor is the selection limited to simply black chassis. Many cases are now offered in various color combinations and plenty of manufacturers have been trying out new designs that are beyond the typical aluminum or steel boxes. Features are important but balancing aesthetics with functionality is a difficult act that many manufacturers try to do. Sometimes it is made even harder when case designers draw inspiration from non-traditional sources, such as the case with In Win who has designed products in the past that were inspired by varying topics such as war, jewelry, robots, and even medieval history.
In Win’s GT1 chassis clearly draws influence from automotive design in terms of looks. Aimed at the gaming market, the In Win GT1 sports a unique, aggressive appearance that is also practically functional. The In Win GT1 comes bundled with two 120mm fans and is equipped with a built-in two-speed fan controller that runs in silent or enthusiast mode As with most of In Win's chassis offerings, the GT1 is feature rich compared to typical cases within its price range. The In Win GT1 is offered in a black or white version and is also available with either a windowed or a mesh side panel.
Read more: In Win GT1 Case Review @ Hi Tech LegionPhanteks PH-TC14PE & PH-TC12DX CPU Coolers Review @ Hardware Canucks
With the prevalence of high performance yet inexpensive water cooling solutions, some have wondered whether or not there’s still a market for standard air-based heatsink designs. Air coolers may not be as exciting but this tried and tested technology is still a great performer and also ensures easier installation and less compatibility issues.
For anyone still on the air cooling bandwagon, it’s a great time to be looking for a new solution. New ideas and innovative companies are helping to change the very landscape of this market and Phanteks is at the very forefront.
Read more: Phanteks PH-TC14PE & PH-TC12DX CPU Coolers Review @ Hardware Canucks