Intel Core i7-4960X vs Core i7-3960X Gaming Review and more
Posted on: 03/09/2014 12:25 PM
Here a roundup of the latest reviews and articles:Asus GTX 750 Ti OC 2GB Review ASUSTOR AS-202TE NAS Server Cooler Master JetFlo 120 Fan Review Corsair Hydro Series H75 Review Intel Core i7-4960X vs Core i7-3960X Gaming-Performance SLI Lenovo ThinkPad 8 Review Mionix AVIOR 7000 Gaming Mouse Review MSI Z87I Gaming AC (LGA 1150) Mini-ITX Motherboard Review Plextor M6e 256GB SSD review: First native PCI-Express SSD for desktop PCs Razer BlackWidow Ultimate 2014 Video Review Razer BlackWidow Ultimate Review Roku Streaming Stick Review Secunia Personal Software Inspector (PSI) 3.0 Review Tech-Life BeatBlock WET Weatherproof Bluetooth Speaker Thief Review TteSports Chao Dracco Captain Headset & Dracco Headphones Review YOYOTech M-Cube WS2 Review
Asus GTX 750 Ti OC 2GB Review
Today we are taking a look at the new Asus GTX 750 Ti, the third Maxwell card we have reviewed since Nvidia launched back on February 18th. So far we have analysed the MSI GTX750 Ti OC Twin Frozr and the Palit GTX 750 Ti StormX Dual – both fantastic solutions … so we will be interested to see how the Asus solution stacks up.Read full article @ KitGuruASUSTOR AS-202TE NAS Server
A while back we promised to focus our reviews not only on mid/high end NAS Server models which are not very easy for most consumers to acquire but also to the more affordable low/mid end models designed mostly for use at home. What's really interesting however is that not only NAS Server sales seem to be on the rise around the globe but we also seem to be getting more and more questions regarding such devices every day by many people so it has become quite clear that this is becoming a very popular market. We have already reviewed the AS-608T and the AS-304T by ASUSTOR two NAS Server models which were many times better than we would had ever expected from a brand new manufacturer so having already covered their mid/high-end lines we decided to test the AS-202TE a dual bay NAS Server designed primarily for use at home. Read full article @ NikKTechCooler Master JetFlo 120 Fan Review
The PC cooling market sees a fair amount of product saturation. Despite an abundance of brands across heatsinks, fans, and cases, products rarely see a significant change in design over time. Perhaps it is difficult to stray far from blocks of aluminum fins in heatsinks, spinning blades in fans, and a basic rectangular frame on cases. In this sea of solutions, few brands carry as much reputation as Cooler Master. From fans to cases, Cooler Master storms the market with a variety of products across all price points, yet maintains consistent quality and innovation with each iteration. We’ve already seen this with the fully modular Cooler Master HAF Stacker cases and Cooler Master QuickFire TK keyboard.Read full article @ NeoseekerCorsair Hydro Series H75 Review
Today, we will be taking a look at the all-new Cooler Master JetFlo 120 fan, a 120mm model that looks to combine style and performance into a single package. Rather than stick with the traditional plastic square enclosure used on most fans, this 2000RPM PWM fan implements shock-absorbing rubber pads to isolate the mounting holes and round plastic frame. Polyoxymethelene (POM) bearings sit in the fan hub, leveraged for water, dust, and polarity-proofing capabilities. The fan is a transparent blade design that Cooler Master rates for 95CFM at 36dBA. The JetFlo 120 comes in red LED, blue LED, white LED, and plain color variations; we will be reviewing the blue LED version today.
Fan specifications are notorious for being inconsistent compared to real-world usage, so we will be going in-depth with our testing. Cooler Master has graciously sent us two of these fans so a radiator test will definitely be in order. Without further ado, read on for our full review of the Cooler Master JetFlo 120.
No-nonsense, dual-fan liquid cooling for under £65. Corsair's burgeoning range of Hydro Series liquid coolers has become so varied that it can be difficult to pick out one particular model. The choices include 120mm, 240mm and 280mm options, and on top of that there are i-series models that tout Corsair Link integration.Read full article @ HexusIntel Core i7-4960X vs Core i7-3960X Gaming-Performance SLI
There's no shortage of choice in the closed-loop, liquid-cooler market, but the solution that stands out right now is the Hydro Series H75. Available for £65, this recent addition to the range touts a slim 25mm-thick radiator, two fans for use in a pull-push configuration and a renewed focus on low-noise operation.
In our CPU Gaming Perforamnce articles we're investigating what difference the processor makes regarding gaming performance. Other than that we we're sharing some thoughts whether an upgrade makes sense in our opinion or not. After having a close look at CPU gaming performance with a single GPU setup we now want to know what difference the CPU makes in a dual GPU setup, where we're using two high-end graphics cards. As usual, we're curious to see what performance gap there is going to be. Read full article @ ocaholicLenovo ThinkPad 8 Review
It's the best Windows 8.1 mini-tablet ... but it will cost youRead full article @ WinSupersiteMionix AVIOR 7000 Gaming Mouse Review
As expected, Lenovo's ThinkPad 8 is the best Windows mini-tablet yet, with a gorgeous 1080p screen and a thin and high-quality form factor. But these advances will cost you, and the ThinkPad 8 is much more expensive than its mainstream competition. Whether it's worth the extra cost will depend on your priorities.
No longer do we use simple trackballs or low DPI opticals, today it’s all about ridiculous resolutions that allow you to cross multiple HD displays with barely a twitch of your wrist. With that in mind, today I’m looking at a mouse from Mionix known as the AVIOR 7000. Why 7,000? Because it has a DPI that high – and this isn’t even the top end model!Read full article @ KitGuruMSI Z87I Gaming AC (LGA 1150) Mini-ITX Motherboard Review
The mini-ITX trend continues to gain ground in the desktop market as enthusiasts look to make cooler, sexier and more compact systems. To an extent the shift towards more compact form factors and designs is the desktop market’s response to the increasing pressure from popular mobile form factors like the tablet and the ultrabook. However, while that may be true to an extent, mini-ITX just makes sense for a number of a reasons. If you’re only going to use a single graphics card, a pair of memory modules and a handful of SATA devices then why bother with ATX or even micro-ATX. That is especially relevant these days when mini-ITX boards have absolutely everything you could need, and then a little more.Read full article @ eTeknixPlextor M6e 256GB SSD review: First native PCI-Express SSD for desktop PCs
That’s exactly what we have on offer today as we’re taking a look at MSI’s Z87I Gaming AC motherboard. This is MSI’s first mini-ITX “Gaming Series” branded motherboard and it has all the hallmarks of a gaming-orientated motherboard – a Killer NiC, high quality audio components and a boat-load of connectivity options. However, it also has all the hallmarks of a solid enthusiast/overclocking motherboard as we’ve come to expect from most company’s “Gaming” product lines. Despite its size there’s full support for overclocking Haswell K series CPUs, a 6 phase VRM, support for up to 3000MHz+ RAM, MSI’s OC Genie 4 and a fully decked out UEFI BIOS with lot’s of overclocking and tweaking options.
The specifications, shown below, resemble a lot of other Z87 mini-ITX motherboards on the market. The reason for that similarity across the vendors is there’s only so much you can fit onto such a small PCB and given the Z87 chipset is already feature rich there’s little room to customise. However, MSI have done some things quite differently – namely the mini-PCIe bluetooth and 802.11 AC WiFi card which gives you a lot more flexibility to make a portable LAN gaming rig – you don’t need to be tied down to an Ethernet connection, though for most gamers Ethernet is still probably the preferred option.
Plextor is first to the market with a native PCI-Express SSD for desktop PC's, the M6. Is it good enough to make the abundance of current available SATA 600 SSD's look obsolete? Hardware.info tests the 256GB version of the M6 to find outRead full article @ Hardware.InfoRazer BlackWidow Ultimate 2014 Video Review
It will not come as a surprise to our regular readers that the Serial ATA 600 interface has been the bottleneck for SSD performance for some time now. The maximum throughput of 600MB/Sec (550 MB/sec in real life applications) is being achieved by virtually every SSD of the latest generations. The small differences that are still there are mainly down to random read and write perfomance and the steady state performance between the different drives. As we have already explained in a background article last year the SATA 1200 standard is not something we can expect to be a reality in the near future, as the leap from SATA 600 to 1200 is not as simple as it would seem.
Razer have just released its brand new Razer BlackWidow Ultimate for 2014 featuring Razer's new mechanical switches, here's Kaeyi Dream's video review.Read full article @ HardwareHeaven.comRazer BlackWidow Ultimate Review
Razer says that it's new Ultimate BlackWidow Keyboard can sustain 60,000,000 keystrokes over the course of its lifetime. Its the kind of statement you can't actually prove. Type at 375 keystrokes a minute and it'd take 2,667 hours of constant typing to break this thing - by that point, you most certainly have carpal tunnel. But the Ultimate upgrade and the new mechanical switches found within are more than just science and the intangible. What's on offer here is a sturdy, responsive keyboard that's worth a look, whether you're coming to the brand fresh or looking to trade up.Read full article @ TechradarRoku Streaming Stick Review
These days, everything short of your toaster seems to have a Wifi connection and a Netflix app. Streaming support has become a given as more and more devices become smart and media providers smarten up as well, offering their content on demand or at the very least, pay to play.Roku took an early lead in the days before the smart TV. It's a no frills way to bring all those disparate streaming services into one simple interface. The Roku 3 remains one of the simplest solutions for streaming 1080p content, thanks to a remote that's friendly to users of all generationsNot a Chromecast knock off, but not the only Stick in townWhen it comes to the Roku Streaming Stick versus Chromecast, you shouldn't see the Stick as a copycat.Read full article @ TechradarSecunia Personal Software Inspector (PSI) 3.0 Review
Here's a short review of Secunia Personal Software Inspector (PSI) 3.0, a free Windows program for online security including installation and setup, standard and detailed views, automated software updates, some bugs and problems, and more.Read full article @ DedoimedoTech-Life BeatBlock WET Weatherproof Bluetooth Speaker
How many times have you wished you could listen to your favorite songs while at the beach or even while in the comfort of you bathroom? I'm well aware that although the first part seems quite natural to some people the second may not (at least not as much) but personally whenever i find the time to dive in the bathtub i always like to have some short of music playing in order to relax (either by using one of my smartphones or my tablet). Well the obvious and easiest way to accomplish that is by using a portable wireless speaker however although the market is filled with countless models there aren't really that many which combine good audio clarity with plenty of volume and even less also feature a rugged/weatherproof enclosure. Almost a year ago a company called Tech-life sent us their BeatBlock Premium Bluetooth Wireless Speaker which at the time offered a very good bang for the buck. Well Tech-Life seems to be well aware that they need to upgrade their products to keep themselves in the game so they are back with a buffed version of the original called the BeatBlock WET.Read full article @ NikKTechThief Review
This review contains minor spoilers from the first hour of gameplay.Read full article @ VortezTteSports Chao Dracco Captain Headset & Dracco Headphones Review
Thief: The Dark Project, created in 1998, was a standout title in a year punctuated by other classic video games including Half Life, Starcraft and Unreal. It is credited as the inspiration for strong stealth mechanics in first person titles such as Deus Ex, and the Dark Engine was the basis for another classic: System Shock 2. Looking Glass Studio’s legacy therefore is not to be trifled with, as legions of fans will attest.
We kick things off today with a look at not one, but two new products from the ever popular gaming brand TteSports. TteSports have been carving a solid reputation for themselves over the last few years, with countless great products hitting the market each year, most of which have walked away with a multitude of awards from us here at eTeknix. These awards have not only been for their great value for money, but also because of their laser like focus on the gaming market. Listening to what gamers want is vital, and TteSports involvement in the LAN gaming and eSports scene has been instrumental to their success. They’ve got pro-gaming teams of their own, while also sponsoring a few others, and that can be seen in products like the Captain headset we have here today, which is endorsed by legendary pro-gamer White Ra.Read full article @ eTeknixYOYOTech M-Cube WS2 Review
On one hand we have the Chao Dracco Captain gaming headset, a versatile PC headset that is ideal for online multiplayer and desktop use. On the other hand we have the Chao Dracco headphones, which keep much of the same styling we’ve come to know and love from the Chao range, but ditching the microphone entirely so that you can enjoy the same performance and quality when you’re out and about. While this is a comparative review, there is obviously a limit due to them both having different applications, but I am keen to see if the new headphone range is anything as good, or of course better in terms of performance than the desktop headset. A lot of headset companies forget that while online play does focus on voice chat a lot, some people (like myself) just prefer to play solo online, and never really need the microphone anyway. So long as audio performance is great, that’s often more than enough for some gamers.
Both headsets come nicely packaged, with White Ra on the front of the gaming headset, while the headphones feature a larger window to show off their highly flexible folding design.
Building on what was good about the M-Cube WS we reviewed recently, YOYOTech has tried to fit even more processing power into an unfeasibly small package with the M-Cube WS2. Where the M-Cube WS opted for a frequency-enhanced Core i5, the M-Cube WS2 takes a more traditional workstation approach, using an Intel Xeon processor. The Xeon in question is an eight-core E5-2660, for humongous rendering potential.Read full article @ KitGuru