How To Get More Graphics Performance From The Intel NUC and more
Posted on: 02/20/2014 12:20 PM

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8 PCIe & SATA M.2 SSDs Test ASRock’s Fatal1ty 990FX Killer AM3+ AMD MotherBoard
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EVGA GTX 750Ti FTW Video Card Review
Fuji X-T1 Review
Gigabyte GA-F2A88X-UP4 AMD FM2+ Motherboard Review
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How To Get More Graphics Performance From The Intel NUC
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Intel Announces Ivytown Servers For The Enterprise
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Mionix Naos 7000 Gaming Mouse Review
Mionix NAOS 7000 Optical Gaming Mouse
Nokia Lumia 525 Review
Nokia Lumia Icon review: a big step forward for Windows Phone
Nvidia's GeForce GTX 750 Ti Maxwell graphics processor
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Radeon HD 6870 vs. R9 270X - Should I upgrade?
Seagate Desktop HDD 4 TB vs. Western Digital WD Black 4 TB Hard Drive Review
XFX Type 01 Bravo Case Review
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8 PCIe & SATA M.2 SSDs Test ASRock’s Fatal1ty 990FX Killer AM3+ AMD MotherBoard
To be frank, we started testing with two thoughts in mind, the first naturally wanting to confirm that we could attain PCIe 2.0 X2 performance, and the second was to validate that the M.2 connector could automatically detect M.2 SSD type and switch off, whether it be PCIe X2 or SATA 3. From there, well we just kept testing M.2 SSD after M.2 SSD until we ran out, eight in total and one that didn’t want to cooperate with the AMD chipset.


Read full article @ The SSD Review

ADATA PV100 4200mAh Power Bank Review
Our mobile products are like our lifeline. If our smartphone or tablet dies we sort of feel lost. The thing is with our mobile devices they are dependent on their batteries. If you don’t use your device that much during the day you can go a full day on a charge, but most people need to charge their device throughout the day. What if you are on the road or in a place where a wall outlet is not available? That is where Power Banks come in. Today we will be checking out ADATA’s PV100 4200mAh Power Bank. It has a slim design and 2.1A power output so it should charge your devices quite fast. Read on as we take a look…


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be quiet! Dark Power Pro 10 850W Modular PSU Overview
With this review we will be looking at the be quiet! Dark Power Pro 10 850 Watt ( Model Number BN603). be quiet! is a premium brand manufacturer of power supplies and cooling solutions for your desktop PC. be quiet! products are convincing which is proved by reaching and defending the market leadership in the computer power supply business in Germany since 2006.


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Chillblast Defiant Laptop Review
Hi, we have just posted our latest video review. In it Kaeyi Dream takes a look at the 13" Chillblast Defiant gaming laptop.


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Corsair Obsidian 250D Mini-ITX Computer Case Review
Corsair introduced their new Obsidian line of cases with the full-tower 800D; they’ve since expanded into the super-tower market with the 900D, added the 750D to the full-tower lineup, addressed the mid-tower market with the 550D and 650D, and the micro-ATX market with the 350D. Their latest case, the Corsair Obsidian 250D, brings the design and versatility of the Obsidian line to the mini-ITX field.


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EVGA GTX 750Ti FTW Video Card Review
I grew up on 80’s and 90’s TV. Most of it was pretty terrible, but some should be required watching for college classes or something. I had to share with my little sister and so I did not always get to watch what I wanted. Thankfully, I had influenced her a lot and we agreed more often than you might expect. One show we did not agree on, but she won out and so she got to watch it, was Home Improvement. You know the one, Tim Allen grunting and talking about making everything more powerful. While the desire for bigger and more powerful tools was a running joke on the show, in real life, it is nothing to laugh at.


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Fuji X-T1 Review
Fuji's latest compact system camera takes a slight departure from the other CSCs in its range, as, rather than the flatter design of the Fuji X-E2 and Fuji X-Pro1, the X-T1 goes all-out DSLR-like in its appearance.It's packed with dials and buttons, while its gorgeous retro look will surely have a wide range of photographers drooling to get their hands on one.One of the biggest impacts the change in design has is that the electronic viewfinder has shifted into the centre of the camera from its rangefinder-like corner position. We've seen lots of buttons before - and liked it - on Fuji X series cameras, so it's unsurprising that Fuji has continued that tradition with the XT1.Much of the XT1's specification is shared with the X-E2, in terms of internal design at least. Most importantly, perhaps, it shares the same excellent APS-C format 16.3 million-pixel X Trans CMOS II sensor and EXR Processor (you'll also find these in the Fuji X100S).


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Gigabyte GA-F2A88X-UP4 AMD FM2+ Motherboard Review
The F2A88X-UP4 fills a spot in Gigabyte's lineup of FM2+ boards that is at the upper echelon, just shy of the top G1.Sniper gaming platform. It features Gigabyte's newest Ultra Durable 5 Plus component design, utilizing IR Digital PWM Controllers and PowlRstage IC's. Cooling these components is Gigabyte's integrated three-way heatpipe heatsink design. Also included is Gigabyte's DualBIOS, Two-way CrossFire, 2x Copper PCB and onboard debug LED and quick buttons.


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Gigabyte GeForce GTX 750 Ti WindForce Review
In this review we take the Gigabyte GeForce GTX 750 Ti WindForce for a spin. The card is obviously based on NVIDIAs MAxwell based GTX 750 Ti GPU. Gigabyte designed their own PCB, tweaked the card a hint and applied a WindForce model cooler on the product. The WindForce cooler works as the temperatures stay at 45 Degrees C under full gaming load. Not bad.

Maxwell is in town, Nvidia now is slowly moving away from Kepler. The first Maxwell GPU released is the GM107, which has been baked and plastered onto the GeForce GTX 750 and 750 Ti graphics cards. Maxwell makes use of a 28nm node manufacturing process, later models however should move down to a 20nm manufacturing process. Nvidia launches two initial products today, the GeForce GTX 750 and 750 Ti. Both hover on the entry-level to mainstream level segment. As such the GeForce GTX 750 Ti will get 640 CUDA cores, 40 TMUs and 16 ROPs. These cards will be equipped with 2GB GDDR5 memory bound over a rather narrow 128-bit interface. In terms of clock frequencies, depending on brand/oem 1020 MHz will be the baseline target for the main clock frequency on the GPU while the cards can boost towards 1084 MHz. The 'standard' GeForce GTX 750 will get 512 CUDA cores, 32 TMUs and 16 ROPs, with just 1GB graphics memory though. Overall the GeForce GTX 750 and 750 Ti, as we'll demonstrate, will enough horsepower to step into the DX11 gaming arena at up-to 1920x1080 (Full HD) resolution. Now that doesn't mean that all modern titles will be playable with good image quality settings, let's just say that dated titles with a resolution of 1920x1080/1200 will be playable. And if you can forfeit to medium quality settings in a game and don't do any crazy stuff anti-aliasing wise, it's definitely plausible to play games really nicely at FullHD versus acceptable framerates.


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How To Get More Graphics Performance From The Intel NUC
There is a fine line that all manufacturers must be watch when it comes to having the right balance between energy-efficiency and performance. Intel’s motherboards have always been conservative when it comes to overclocking or pushing a system beyond its originally designed plans. We recently ran across a BIOS setting on the Intel NUC that allows you to unlock the graphics performance of this platform. It isn’t every day that you find a BIOS setting that allows you to boost performance by over 30% and it got us excited and wanted to share it with out readers.


Read full article @ Legit Reviews

Insane Crypto-Currency Mining Rigs
Crypto-Currency mining has really taken off over the past year or so. So much so that we have seen a shortage of AMD graphics cards that are used for mining this currency. There are even motherboards and PC cases made specifically for mining. While many people mining are just using 1-2 graphics cards there some pretty insane setups. Read on to see what I am talking about…


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Intel Announces Ivytown Servers For The Enterprise
For months, there have been rumors circulating of a new Intel 15-core CPU, with a particular focus on Big Data analytics, multi-socket systems, and the enterprise market. Well, this past January, we took a trip to Intel's SAP research lab to see the new processors and the rather substantial update coming down the pipe.

Unlike Intel's mainstream and basic server products, the truly Big Iron hardware updates on a significantly slower cadence. Haswell chips launched eight months ago for desktop and the Xeon E5 v2 family, based on Ivy Bridge, has been available for months -- but the Xeon E7 processors Intel is replacing today are still based on the old Westmere core, which first debuted in consumer products back in 2010...


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Lenovo ThinkPad 8 First Impressions and Photos
Finally, a Windows mini-tablet for pros. With Microsoft enabling portrait-oriented mini-tablets in Windows 8.1, PC makers have responded with several decent consumer-oriented devices. But the ThinkPad 8 is the first Windows 8.1 mini-tablet aimed at business users. And as I evaluate it over the next few weeks, I'll try to determine whether it lives up to the vaunted build quality of other ThinkPad devices and justifies the additional expense.


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Mionix Naos 7000 Gaming Mouse Review
The latest Naos 7000 mouse from Mionix has been launched along with the Avior 7000 and both feature the new ADNS 3310 sensor from Avago which tracks wonderfully up to 7000DPI, with no positive or negative acceleration at a maximum speed of 215 IPS. The mouse was designed for right-handers and is coated with a rubber finish; when paired with the ergonomic shape we obtain a really comfortable mouse for long gaming sessions.


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Mionix NAOS 7000 Optical Gaming Mouse
Regardless of whether you're a left or right hand user there will always be a wide range of gaming mice available in the market for you to choose from (especially if you happen to be right handed) from a large number of manufacturers. The real problem starts when people with large hands go out in the market to search for the ideal sized mouse something which can be very time consuming and not always with positive results since most manufacturers focus towards designing small and medium sized gaming mice with lightning fast laser/optical sensors (based on the demands by most consumers). Mionix is amongst the very few gaming peripheral manufacturers that actually cares about all segments of the market and what better way to prove that than by taking a look at all the different models in their NAOS line of gaming mice which have accompanied people with large hands for years now? Well for all of you we have good news since Mionix recently updated their NAOS line of gaming mice with the NAOS 7000 which happened to land on our doorstep roughly two weeks ago.


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Nokia Lumia 525 Review
Nokia has been especially successful with their entry-level range of Windows Phones, particularly the Lumia 520, which on the back of its dirt-cheap price, quickly propelled itself to be the best-selling Windows Phone. A successor was always on the cards, but what Nokia has provided – the Lumia 525 – is a little unusual.

In nearly every way, the Lumia 525 is the same as the Lumia 520: same Snapdragon S4 SoC, same five megapixel rear camera, same 4.0-inch WVGA display, same storage options and the same design. Nokia has bumped up the RAM from 512 MB to 1 GB, allowing you to run more apps in the background, as well as the latest games. The software included is also the latest and greatest, for what it’s worth.


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Nokia Lumia Icon review: a big step forward for Windows Phone
When Nokia came out with the Lumia 1520, we were treated to a new side of Windows Phone. All of a sudden, Microsoft's smartphone OS had come of age; it was using the best available hardware specs and a wave of big-name apps had finally arrived in the Windows Phone Store. Even so, we were concerned that the 1520's 6-inch screen size and AT&T exclusivity in the US would limit its appeal.

Last week Nokia announced the Lumia Icon, a new Windows Phone with nearly identical specs in a smaller, 5-inch frame. Finally, the perfect device for Microsoft to take on its high-end Android and iOS competition, right? Well, almost -- the Icon is a Verizon exclusive, arriving tomorrow for $200 on-contract (or $550 with no strings attached). Meanwhile, the other three major US networks don't offer anything comparable yet (outside of AT&T's 1520, anyway). That said, the Icon is still worth a look if you've already decided on Big Red.


Read full article @ Engadget

Nvidia's GeForce GTX 750 Ti Maxwell graphics processor
Nvidia's next-generation GPU architecture has arrived aboard an unusually affordable graphics card. Come have a look at how the "Maxwell" architecture drives the GeForce GTX 750 and 750 Ti.


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Radeon Dual Graphics Performance with Kaveri and R7 250
Radeon Dual Graphics Mode, a technology based on Crossfire, has been supported by AMD’s integrated graphics products for quite some time (at one point before APUs existed, it was called Hybrid CrossfireX). It wasn’t until Kaveri, though, that integrated graphics performance became capable of playing games with settings you’d want to use, with reasonably acceptable performance. Any boost from there should be a good one.

With the Catalyst 14.1 beta, Kaveri now supports Dual Graphics Mode.


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Radeon HD 6870 vs. R9 270X - Should I upgrade?
A gamer simply can't get enough graphics power in their rig, which makes the upgrade question omnipresent. To show you whether it makes sense to upgrade from one generation to another we created this series of articles, where we will compare graphics cards from different generations. Today we're having a close look at the differences between the Radeon HD 6870 and the R9 270X.


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Seagate Desktop HDD 4 TB vs. Western Digital WD Black 4 TB Hard Drive Review
While SSDs are the best choice in roles that need high speed (mostly boot drives for the home user), many people need large amounts of storage space, and traditional hard drives still give the best value per gigabyte. Four-terabyte drives are the biggest drives available today, and today we will test two of them: the Seagate Desktop HDD 4 TB and the Western Digital WD Black 4 TB.


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XFX Type 01 Bravo Case Review
XFX is known for a lot of things from gaming peripherals to video cards, two areas where they have excelled but no one expected their next move to be towards the enclosure market. The Type 01 Bravo has really come out of nowhere and is a case which XFX hopes will cement their place among other “all inclusive” companies like EVGA and Corsair.

The Type 01 is a mid-tower case with some pretty hefty aspirations. While we can’t classify this as a full-tower case, XFX has upsized its exterior dimensions in comparison to other mid-towers even though it doesn’t have all that much interior space. Pricing is also quite ambitious at $129, which puts the Type 01 Bravo up against some entrenched competition like Corsair’s Carbide, Fractal’s Define series, Cooler Master’s Scout 2 and even certain basic full towers.


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Xigmatek Vector P Series 700 W
It has taken Xigmatek some time to release their fresh Vector P line, having two members with Platinum efficiency. Today, we will take a look at the P700: It features a semi-modular cabling design, promises ultra-silent operation, and exploits the Reverse Thrust Fan technology to avoid internal dust build up.


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