Intel Core i7-4770K vs 3770K vs 2600K Gaming-Performance and more
Posted on: 11/23/2013 11:55 AM
Here a roundup of today's reviews and articles, including Intel Core i7-4770K vs 3770K vs 2600K Gaming-Performance, MSI All-in-One Gaming PC (AG2712) Review, BitFenix Phenom Micro-ATX Chassis Review, Creative Sound Blaster ZxR Sound Card Review, and Stir Kinetic Desk: Linux-Powered Furniture That's Good For You
Intel Core i7-4770K vs 3770K vs 2600K Gaming-Performance @ ocaholic
When scrolling through the comments regarding our CPU gaming performance articles, quite a few of you guys were asking if for once, we could compare not only two but three generations. Today we're giving this a shot but it turned out that especially the conclusion was quite a bit tougher than when comparing two CPUs. Nevertheless we're hoping this article is also going to be an interesting read. We believe that quite a few gamer out there might be interested in seeing Sandy Bridge, Ivy Bridge and Haswell quad core parts with hyper threading in a gaming performance article.
Read more: Intel Core i7-4770K vs 3770K vs 2600K Gaming-Performance @ ocaholicMSI All-in-One Gaming PC (AG2712) Review @ HardwareHeaven.com
The MSI Gaming All-In-One PC takes what is essentially the guts of a performance laptop and puts it into a form factor which is ideal for the desktop. Large display with built in CPU and Radeon GPU, touch functionality etc. Today we find out if it can live up to its "Gaming" tag while also looking at its potential for normal desktop use.
Read more: MSI All-in-One Gaming PC (AG2712) Review @ HardwareHeaven.comNokia Lumia 1520 (AT&T) Review @ TechReviewSource.com
The Nokia Lumia 1520 is a beautiful phablet with an excellent camera and a gorgeous build, and Windows Phone is finally coming into its own as an OS supporting the applications and services people expect. The 1520 is a fine device and an incredible value at its current price, but it might not be for everyone.
Read more: Nokia Lumia 1520 (AT&T) Review @ TechReviewSource.comBitFenix Phenom Micro-ATX Chassis Review @ eTeknix
The BitFenix Prodigy has been riding a wave of popularity for quite some time now, proving a popular choice for system builders, case modders, LAN gamers, HTPC user and more. Mixing an affordable price tag, unique styling and great component compatibility we’re all big selling points for the chassis and it is something that BitFenix look eager to continue.
The new model, the Prodigy M, is the answer to one question that has inundated BitFenix since the launch of the prodigy, “when will you make an mATX edition?”. Gamers flocked to the biggest little case in town to build their LAN gaming rigs, but ran into issues when they could only cram a single GPU in there. Given SLI / Crossfire is a pretty huge deal these days, BitFenix had only one option, give the fans what they wanted.
Not only have BitFenix kept the chassis at a similar price point to the original launch, but they’ve also kept it looking almost identical on the exterior! So fans on the Prodigy can hopefully upgrade to the new model and enjoy a larger motherboard, more expansion cards and still keep the exterior dimensions within the same space.
Read more: BitFenix Phenom Micro-ATX Chassis Review @ eTeknixASUS R9 270 Direct CU II OC 2 GB @ techPowerUp
Last week, AMD released their R9 270 Non-X, which is built on the same Pitcairn GPU that we've seen on the HD 7800 Series before. Unlike HD 7850, it comes with all its shaders enabled though. The ASUS R9 270 Direct CU II OC improves on that with a better cooler and overclock out of the box.
Read more: ASUS R9 270 Direct CU II OC 2 GB @ techPowerUpNZXT Hale82 V2 550W White PSU Review @ Legit Reviews
NZXT is a well-known company which started off as a designer and manufacturer of cases. The company soon diversified into cooling and power related products. Today they offer two series of power supplies, the Hale82 and Hale90. As the name implies, each series has a different efficient rating. Each series is also split into subseries, three and two respectively, depending on the color of the unit and whether is of modular design or not. Today we are having a look at the 550W version of the Hale82V2.
Read more: NZXT Hale82 V2 550W White PSU Review @ Legit ReviewsSteelSeries Sensei Fnatic @ LanOC Reviews
When someone asks my opinion on a new gaming mouse, I always have to include a SteelSeries Sensei in that short list. Hard core mice enthusiasts will mention that it doesn’t have a “flawless” sensor, but most users would never spot the difference. More importantly, the Sensei has a shape that most absolutely love and you are also getting their SteelSeries Engine software. Those who know me, know I’m a sucker for orange, when I saw the Fnatic Sensei I had to have one to match my orange Siberia v2 headset.
Read more: SteelSeries Sensei Fnatic @ LanOC ReviewsCreative Sound Blaster ZxR Sound Card Review @ Madshrimps
Creative has recently launched their latest ZxR Sound Blaster flagship which features a more simplified software interface and the hardware is divided in two components, one being the main card and the other DBpro daughter board which is able to offer optical output for outstanding audio playback along with professional-grade ADCs with RCA Aux-in and optical inputs. The solid ACM (Audio Control Module) gives us access to MIC/headphone connectors in both 3.5mm and ¼’’ formats, but also a built-in microphone array along with a large volume control dial.
Read more: Creative Sound Blaster ZxR Sound Card Review @ MadshrimpsStir Kinetic Desk: Linux-Powered Furniture That's Good For You @ Tom's Hardware
The Stir Kinetic Desk promises to be a piece of office equipment for the modern age of sensors, the quantified self, and lots of trans fat. On the other hand, its sticker price may shock you into rigor mortis before obesity will. Check out our hands-on.
Read more: Stir Kinetic Desk: Linux-Powered Furniture That's Good For You @ Tom's HardwarePlayStation 4 Camera Review @ TechRadar
Sony put its adoring PlayStation fans in a tough spot when it chose to make the PlayStation Camera an optional accessory for the PS4.Sure, it kept the cost of the console $100 cheaper than the Xbox One. That entices buyers and has earned the PS4 plenty of positive buzz from the media and players alike. But now that the new Sony console is finally out, you're faced with a dilemma: to buy the PlayStation Camera or not? No matter which way you look at it, that's not an easy question to answer, even for the most hardcore PlayStation fan.
Read more: PlayStation 4 Camera Review @ TechRadarSeagate Desktop SSHD 2TB review: 3.5-inch SSHD @ Hardware.Info
The latest trend in internal computer storage are SSHDs, or Solid State Hard Drives, which combine a conventional hard disk with fast SSD cache. Until now SSHDs were primarily made for laptops in the 2.5-inch format, but now Seagate has a 3.5-inch SSHD for desktops. We tested the Desktop SSHD 2TB and compared it to other 3.5-inch disks.
SSHDs are marketed as being the best of both worlds, and based on our recent tests of 2.5-inch SSHD we tend to agree for the most part. You get the large volume capacity of conventional hard disks and the speed of SSDs. For laptops with limited space that is a great solution. In PCs you usually have the flexibility of fitting both inside the chassis, an SSD for the OS and main programs and the hard drive for storage. But if an SSHD isn't that much more expensive than a normal hard drive, then they could become interesting options for PCs as well, in combination with real SSDs.
Read more: Seagate Desktop SSHD 2TB review: 3.5-inch SSHD @ Hardware.Info