Intel Core Haswell Desktop Processor Box Pricing Compiled and more
Posted on: 04/23/2013 12:16 PM

Here a roundup of today's reviews and articles, including Intel Core Haswell Desktop Processor Box Pricing Compiled, Corsair H80i Water Cooling System Review, Sapphire Edge VS8 Review: The $500 Mini PC, ICY DOCK 2.5in / 3.5in SATA DOCK with USB 3 and eSATA (MB981U3S-1S) Review, and All AMD FX CPU Models

Intel Core "Haswell" Desktop Processor Box Pricing Compiled @ TechPowerUp
Intel is expected to unveil its 4th generation Core "Haswell" processor family by early-June, along the sidelines of the 2013 Computex event. In addition to being available in 1000-unit tray quantities to OEMs, the desktop variants of these processors will be available in their familiar retail box packages. Multiple sources confirm that pricing of these chips will be largely identical to that of the current Core "Ivy Bridge" series, with succeeding next-generation part for each current generation one. The table below describes their US MSRP (excl. taxes).


Read more: Intel Core "Haswell" Desktop Processor Box Pricing Compiled @ TechPowerUp

Sapphire Radeon HD 7790 2GB OC Edition Video Card Review @ Legit Reviews
Last week Sapphire Technology became the first company to offer a Radeon HD 7790 series of graphics cards with 2GB of GDDR5 memory. We take Sapphire's overclocked Radeon HD 7790 video cards with 1GB and 2GB of memory to see how they perform in games and which one is the best bang for the buck. Read on to see how these mainstream cards do when put to the test!

The Sapphire HD 7790 2GB GDDR5 OC has a good overall appearance with a black PCB, black plastic fan shroud and a black fan. The triple black motif is broken up with some chrome accents across the fan shroud and the exhaust bracket itself. You can also see the two copper U-shaped heatpipes, which adds a third dimension when it comes to the color pallet...


Read more: Sapphire Radeon HD 7790 2GB OC Edition Video Card Review @ Legit Reviews

Patriot Viper 3 DDR3 1600 MHZ PV316G160C9k Memory Kit Review @ Reliable PC Reviews
In today’s market it’s easy to get lost in all the choices, so today I’m going to give you a good idea of what to expect should you go out and buy the Patriot Viper 3 “Black Mamba” memory kit. Patriot has stuck true to their Viper series for what is now their third iteration in the Viper line. This kit comes clocked at 1600 MHz with 9-9-9-24-1t timings at 1.5v. Retail price at time of writing is $132.30 at Amazon and Patriot is offering a lifetime warranty on this kit!


Read more: Patriot Viper 3 DDR3 1600 MHZ PV316G160C9k Memory Kit Review @ Reliable PC Reviews

Thermaltake Chaser A31 Mid-Tower Chassis Review @ Funky Kit
The Chaser series has been delivered unto us a new line of bang-for-buck cases. You've probably seen ads for the chaser on our right-hand panel and maybe even on a few other tech sites and stores. Thermaltake, Chaser, A31, Mid-Tower, Chassis, tower, case,

Well we're going to give you a thorough look at what makes them worth the attention.


Read more: Thermaltake Chaser A31 Mid-Tower Chassis Review @ Funky Kit

G.Skill ARES DDR3-2133 CL9 8GB Kit Review @ Funky Kit
Some time ago we looked at G.Skill TridentX 2400 memory kit, which is G.Skill's top series. Today we will take a look at a different series - ARES.

Our memory kit comes in 8GB ( 4GB x2 ), the optimal size for desktop computers these days. The memory speed of 1066MHz ( DDR3-2133 ) gives good balance between performance and price.

Can the cheaper G.Skill series satisfy gamers and computer enthusiasts? Let's find out...


Read more: G.Skill ARES DDR3-2133 CL9 8GB Kit Review @ Funky Kit

OCZ X PC Power & Cooling Silencer Mk III 850W PSU Review - A Bold Stride Into The Modular Era @ Technology X
The prime example is the Silencer series, which has and continues to be a huge hit for the two companies. After a lengthy hiatus, the Silencer family gets a new addition in the Silencer Mk III, which aside from other innovations, brings the series to the modular era.

Compared to previous Silencer lines, the Mk III division is also going one step ahead by offering a broader array of wattages and efficient ratings. Ranging from 400W to 1200W, the lower-end models from 400W to 600W are 80 PLUS Bronze certified; the high-end 750W and 850W flavours are 80 PLUS Gold certified, and the extreme 1200W model sports the 80 PLUS Platinum rating.


Read more: OCZ X PC Power & Cooling Silencer Mk III 850W PSU Review - A Bold Stride Into The Modular Era @ Technology X

Corsair H80i Water Cooling System Review @ ThinkComputers.org
In every industry there is always at least one company that seems to always be on top. No matter what product they are releasing they always sell well and everyone seems to love them. Without a doubt one of these companies is Corsair. As an owner of one of the original Corsair AIO’s, the H70, I am very interested to see how far they’ve come over the years. Today we will be taking a look at one of their most recent AIO units, the H80i. At the mid-top end of Corsairs line and with so many AIO cooling units on the market, lets take this cooler for a test drive and find out where it falls when the heat is turned up.


Read more: Corsair H80i Water Cooling System Review @ ThinkComputers.org

Dell UltraSharp U3014 Review @ TechReviewSource.com
The Dell UltraSharp U3014 is a 30-inch IPS display with LED backlighting, a 2560 x 1600-pixel resolution and excellent viewing angles. The overall image quality is extremely good and USB 3.0 connectivity makes this monitor even more impressive.


Read more: Dell UltraSharp U3014 Review @ TechReviewSource.com

Sapphire Edge VS8 Review: The $500 Mini PC @ Techspot
While full-sized desktop computers are still around, tablets and smartphones have proven that technology has come far enough to essentially cram a fully capable computer into a space that is suitable for your pants pocket, a purse, or a small backpack. This idea of shrinking hardware hasn’t been overlooked by manufacturers as several now feature space-saving designs based on mobile hardware.

Such is the case with Sapphire’s new Edge VS8 mini-PC powered by AMD’s A8 APU. The system is hardly any larger than an external optical drive, measuring 19.7 x 18.2 x 3.1 cms. Net weight for the mini PC is just 660g.


Read more: Sapphire Edge VS8 Review: The $500 Mini PC @ Techspot

Pivos Technology XIOS DS Media Play Smart TV Companion Review @ Madshrimps
The Xios DS is a small, but well optimized Android Media Player that can run XBMC in good conditions and features enough ports in order to plug in multiple storage devices or wired/wireless keyboards and mice. With the player we also get a simple remote for navigating through the menus.


Read more: Pivos Technology XIOS DS Media Play Smart TV Companion Review @ Madshrimps

RHA MA450i Earphones Review @ Hi Tech Legion
The Xios DS is a small, but well optimized Android Media Player that can run XBMC in good conditions and features enough ports in order to plug in multiple storage devices or wired/wireless keyboards and mice. With the player we also get a simple remote for navigating through the menus.


Read more: RHA MA450i Earphones Review @ Hi Tech Legion

ROCCAT LUA Tri-Button Gaming Mouse Review @ NikKTech
It's no secret that most of you reading these lines right now are either casual/hardcore gamers, enthusiasts or professionals so naturally because of that our main focus have always been performance gaming mice which thanks to their lightning fast laser/optical sensors, number of buttons and special shapes for improved grip can increase your effectiveness in both games and work. However there are also those who are mostly interested in getting an easy to use mouse without all the bells and whistles offered by the gaming variants and of course at a fraction of the price. ROCCAT is well aware of that and so aside their impressive KONE line of gaming mice they have just released the rather entry-level LUA Tri-Button gaming mouse which we've been testing for the past week.


Read more: ROCCAT LUA Tri-Button Gaming Mouse Review @ NikKTech

XFX R7790 Black Edition OC 2 GB @ techPowerUp
XFX has completely revamped the HD 7790 reference design and optimized it for their requirements. The R7790 Black Edition OC 2 GB comes at reference design pricing of $150, yet is overclocked out of the box and provides twice the video memory. But can this extra memory make any difference?


Read more: XFX R7790 Black Edition OC 2 GB @ techPowerUp

ICY DOCK 2.5in / 3.5in SATA DOCK with USB 3 and eSATA (MB981U3S-1S) Review @ HardwareHeaven.com
Now with a completely different option we have one of Icy Docks hard drive docks on our test bench, complete with support for 2.5in and 3.5in devices as well as USB 3.0 and eSATA.


Read more: ICY DOCK 2.5in / 3.5in SATA DOCK with USB 3 and eSATA (MB981U3S-1S) Review @ HardwareHeaven.com

GIGABYTE F2A85XM-HD3 Review @ Vortez
With a huge range of motherboards to choose from in todays market, there is something for everyone. Once you have decided on your socket then it’s time to pick a brand, but who do you choose from? Well there are a couple of big names that spring to mind but one of the major brands that usually come in the top 3 of peoples lists is GIGABYTE.

Synonymous with quality, GIGABYTE were founded in 1986, and by today’s standards are considered one of the biggest brands on the planet in terms of computing. With a huge range of products stretching from graphics cards all the way to peripherals such as gaming keyboards and mice, their biggest piece of the pie so too speak is their selection of motherboards. Between Intel and AMD, GIGABYTE has a huge range on both sides of the fence. Available in pretty much all form factors, there is something for everybody.


Read more: GIGABYTE F2A85XM-HD3 Review @ Vortez

GIGABYTE Z77N-WiFi Mini-ITX Motherboard Review @ PC Perspective
The Z77N-WiFi is GIGABYTE's latest edition to the Mini-ITX lineup. Although the board is not as packed with features as some of the other enthusiast-minded mini-ITX boards, GIGABYTE did some interesting things with the board layout to space components out on the board more evenly. The Z77N-WiFi even comes standard with dual-Realtek GbE NICs and an Intel 802.11n-based WiFi mPCIe card. We put the board through our normal gamut of tests to see how well this mighty mite sized up with its full-sized brethren. The Z77N-WiFi board comes with an equally reasonable retail price at a mere $129.99.


Read more: GIGABYTE Z77N-WiFi Mini-ITX Motherboard Review @ PC Perspective

All AMD FX CPU Models @ Hardware Secrets
The AMD FX is the high-end CPU family from AMD, using either the "Bulldozer" or the "Piledriver" microarchitectures. Let's take a look at the main specifications of all models released so far.


Read more: All AMD FX CPU Models @ Hardware Secrets

OCZ Vertex 3.20 240GB SSD w/20nm Flash @ Funky Kit
Let's take a look at OCZ's newest SSD, the Sandforce based Vertex 3.20 240GB SSD. It features all the Sandforce performance we know and love, but with new and modern 20nm MLC flash. It should be epic and affordable, that's the goal anyway. Let's see how it does!


Read more: OCZ Vertex 3.20 240GB SSD w/20nm Flash @ Funky Kit

ASUS PCE-AC66 review: 802.11ac via PCIe @ Hardware.Info
The new standard 802.11ac sounds great of course, but you need to be able to use it as well. But that's always the case we transitioning to a new system. A product from ASUS, the PCE-AC66, lets you connect your desktop PC via 802.11ac to your router, adding WiFi to your system. We went hands-on to find out whether we could achieve higher transfer rates in combination with the ASUS RT-AC66U router than we previously had.

The PCE-AC66 consists of two parts, an expansion slot that you put in a PCIe slot on your motherboard, and three antennas. These antennas can be mounted directly on the card on the back of your PC, or an a little external array with a 1m cable. The latter gives you a bit more flexibility for placement. ASUS claims this method delivers better performance than any other router in bridge mode, in part due to the included software that lets you fine-tune the performance.


Read more: ASUS PCE-AC66 review: 802.11ac via PCIe @ Hardware.Info

ROCCAT Kone XTD Review @ Chiploco
Established in 2007, ROCCAT is a manufacturer of high performance gaming peripherals and accessories from Germany. Best known for its high-end gaming mice, ROCCAT’s line-of products also include gaming keyboards, mouse pads and audio systems. They also manufacture gaming laptops but those are only available in Germany.

In 2008, ROCCAT released its first ever gaming mouse ‘Kone’ and stunned reviewers with how great the mouse was for a new company in the business. They released an upgraded version of the original Kone known as ‘Kone [+]’ in 2010. It is an also impressive product and is much liked by critics. To keep up with the rising competition in gaming mice market, ROCCAT once again took their best mouse and improved it every further and launched Kone XTD.


Read more: ROCCAT Kone XTD Review @ Chiploco

Corsair Obsidian 900D Review: Making Room For High-End Gear @ Tom's Hardware
Corsair already offers a heavy tower case called the Obsidian 800D. Now, the company is one-upping itself with the Obsidian 900D. Is this a genuine high-end enclosure, a bomb shelter, or a mess of sheet metal? We put the case through our bevy of tests.


Read more: Corsair Obsidian 900D Review: Making Room For High-End Gear @ Tom's Hardware




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