Intel NUC Kit D54250WYK Review and more
Posted on: 09/19/2013 08:57 AM
Here a roundup of today's reviews with 17 new articles, including Intel NUC Kit D54250WYK Review, Grand Theft Auto 5 will not corrupt our youth, Phanteks Enthoo Primo Review, CM Storm Pulse-R Gaming Headset Review, and AMD "Hawaii" R9 290X GPU Specifications Revealed
Intel NUC Kit D54250WYK Review @ Legit Reviews
Last year the Intel introduced the Next Unit of Computing (NUC) and we were amazed by the power, capabilities and performance of what you could do with a four inches square. PC users around the world quickly found out that the Intel NUC was small yet powerful and used them as general use PCs, home theater PCs, media servers, and/or a multitude of other configurations.The first generation NUC left us impressed, but there was certainly room for improvement. Intel is severely limited by the NUC's ultra-compact device design, but the new Intel NUC packs more features into an even slimmer form factor. This is not a small feat as the designers had a long list of changes to be made. Besides making the NUC faster and more energy efficient, they also had to improve cooling and add better connectivity options. Read on to see how it performs!
Read more: Intel NUC Kit D54250WYK Review @ Legit ReviewsCooler Master V550S with 3D Circuit Design @ techPowerUp
Cooler Master is taking big strides in the right direction lately, at least in terms of PSUs. They initially released the V series offering great performance at affordable prices and have now added the VS series to their arsenal. Today, we will take a look at the V550S unit with Enhance's new 3D circuit design.
Read more: Cooler Master V550S with 3D Circuit Design @ techPowerUpInno3D iChill GTX 780 HerculeZ X3 Ultra Review @ Vortez
When we first cast our eyes over the iChill HerculeZ X3 cooler in our Inno3D GTX760 review we were left thoroughly impressed. Not only did it top our cooling charts but it looked simply divine if somewhat over engineered for a GTX 760s requirements. Today however, we see just how well Inno3D's cooling solution fairs when it has the sterner task of keeping the flagship GeForce GTX 780 cool. The GTX 780 hidden beneath the gorgeous cooler has also been overclocked at the factory to give the end user a Core Base Clock of 1006 MHz resulting in a Boost Clock of 1046 MHz. This makes the Inno3D iChill GTX 780 HerculeZ X3 Ultra one of the fastest GTX 780's currently available.
Read more: Inno3D iChill GTX 780 HerculeZ X3 Ultra Review @ VortezCyberpower Zeus EVO Lightning 2000SE @ Bjorn3D
Many times you will find that building a PC while to us enthusiasts seems so easy and we can almost do it blind folded. But when many gamers want a PC the task is too daunting to even consider building their own system which is why they end up with many of the horrible off the shelf systems that inevitably us being the computer savvy or “Techy” guy end up getting dragged into fixing or improving since it won’t play the game they want. Then of course the chastising ensues of “Why would you ever buy this thing” but for most gamers they simply don’t know what is needed to run key games or even more where to find what they need or who to build it for them. Today we have a new system from Cyberpower and it is one of their higher tier systems aimed at the more extreme enthusiasts gamer who wants something to push most games to the limit at HD resolutions. This is the Zeus EVO Lightning series which are AMD based rigs and start as low as $900.00 for a basic mainstream gamer to over $2000 for a high level game crusher!
Read more: Cyberpower Zeus EVO Lightning 2000SE @ Bjorn3DGrand Theft Auto 5 will not corrupt our youth @ KitGuru
If you have lived in the United Kingdom for any length of time then you will already be aware of The Daily Mail newspaper on some level. While they employ some great journalists they do tend to take the moral high ground and can even appear to be lecturing their readers on how they feel they should be living their lives. I really don't need a newspaper to tell me what is wrong or right, I have a firm grasp on this myself.
Read more: Grand Theft Auto 5 will not corrupt our youth @ KitGuruMSI GTX 660 N660 Gaming 2GD5/OC Video Card Review @ HiTech Legion
Shortly after General Motors bought Daewoo's automotive branch they started making a car in South Korea known as the Kalos.It was successful enough that they decided to bring it to the Unite States. In 2004 this car became known to many of use as the Chevrolet Aveo. It was designed to be a small and fuel efficient city car. Unfortunately for GM it quickly earned a reputation as an old lady car and garnered some nicknames such as the "A-gay-o" and the "Pregnant Skateboard". It's nearly impossible for a car's name to shed it's stigma. Afterall, the name "Pinto" is still synonymous with exploding gas tanks. But there was nothing wrong with the Aveo's design so GM decided that the best course would be to give it a new name, a face list and a total 180 on the marketing campaign.
Read more: MSI GTX 660 N660 Gaming 2GD5/OC Video Card Review @ HiTech LegionKingston HyperX Beast 16GB DDR3-2133 Memory Kit Review @ Benchmark Reviews
Some of the most difficult to answer questions in the enthusiast and high-end gaming PC world have to do with RAM, and more specifically with RAM clock speeds, latency, and timings. What differences do all of these make when it comes to better performance and higher frame rates in games? Typically, the answer is that they do very little when it comes to games. AMD has sought to change that answer with the release of their Richland series APUs, which are designed to take even more advantage of RAM speeds and support up to 2133MHz clock speeds. Intel's Haswell now supports speeds of up to 1600MHz. Now that more is being done to increase the performance gain from higher RAM speeds, let's take a look at the results. Here at Benchmark Reviews, we have a couple of new high-speed RAM kits to review. In this article, we will be taking a look at the Kingston HyperX 8GBx2 DDR3-2133 KHX21C11T3K2/16X kit.
Read more: Kingston HyperX Beast 16GB DDR3-2133 Memory Kit Review @ Benchmark ReviewsPhanteks Enthoo Primo Review @ Vortez
Phanteks only came onto the scene a few years ago and yet they have made a lasting impression within the cooling segments with the PH-TC14PE and other notable releases. It’s rare to see success right from the start but Phanteks appear to be doing everything right and today sees this cooling prodigy take on the computer chassis market in their very first attempt at bringing to shelf a high-end offering.
The Enthoo Series is a new venture for Phanteks and the Primo is the first case within this new range. Phanteks have boldly taken on the high-end by bringing to market a gargantuan full tower chassis comprising of steel and aluminium. Primo has been carefully designed with water cooling at the forefront of planning, the internal layout lends itself to having multiple areas for housing different sized radiators which will be music to cooling enthusiast’s ears.
Read more: Phanteks Enthoo Primo Review @ VortezKEF M500 On-ear Headphones Review @ TopReviewShop
The M500 On-Ear headphones are the first entry into the consumer headphone space by KEF. Priced at $299 and targeted toward the high-end portable audio crowd, they have entered into a market with stiff competition.
Read more: KEF M500 On-ear Headphones Review @ TopReviewShopWestern Digital RED WD30EFRX 3TB SATA III HDD @ NikKTech
There's no denying that the popularity of Network Attached Storage devices (or NAS Servers as i like to call them) has increased at such a degree over the past 3 years that even regular consumers purchase them for home use whether that's for downloading files from the internet or as media servers. However due to their design as complete closed systems there haven't really been many hardware components or peripherals released aimed especially at NAS servers but something tells me that this may change sooner rather than later. Western Digital was perhaps the first manufacturer to take a significant step towards providing special HDDs for use with NAS Servers featuring low temperatures, noise levels and power consumption without really sacrificing speed in the process. Well it did take quite a while for us to get one of these latest special HDD models that belong in the RED line but it was well worth the wait since we managed to secure the 2nd largest model available namely the 3TB variant.
Read more: Western Digital RED WD30EFRX 3TB SATA III HDD @ NikKTechCrucial Ballistix Sport DDR3-1866 SODIMM 16GB Kit Laptop Memory Review @ HardwareHeaven.com
Memory upgrades are one of the more common upgrades on desktop PCs thanks to their (reasonably) low cost, ease and in the right system, benefits to performance. Considering most laptop manufacturers go with the bare minimum in terms of memory volume and specification consumers who use those systems could benefit as much as desktop users from an upgrade and that's the focus of today's products, Crucials Ballistix Sport SODIMM.
Read more: Crucial Ballistix Sport DDR3-1866 SODIMM 16GB Kit Laptop Memory Review @ HardwareHeaven.comCM Storm Pulse-R Gaming Headset Review @ ThinkComputers.org
The gaming industry has always been a big market and headphones are one of the biggest sellers. They have many different features that appeal to different markets of gamers just like mice and keyboards. Audio devices are one of the big things that people really like to have some of the best quality products in as they are great for either listening to music, watching movies or telling if your enemy is trying to sneak up close behind you. Now with the gaming market how it is, you have so many different choices, USB, 5.1, 7.1 and also options of different lighting effects. Well today we are going to take a look at one of the many different choices in the market of gaming accessories. Cooler Master was nice to send us over the CM Storm Pulse-R Gaming Headset.
Read more: CM Storm Pulse-R Gaming Headset Review @ ThinkComputers.orgiconBIT NetTAB THOR QUAD MX NT-1006T Tablet Review @ Madshrimps
The Thor Quad MX is an entry level tablet from iconBIT, featuring 8GB of internal memory, 1GB of RAM, a quad-core CPU at 1.2GHz from Actions (ATM7029) and a Dual Core Vivante GC1000+MP GPU. This gadget performs decently when browsing the web or for chat activities, reading books and office activities. 3D games do not work so well so we would advise on sticking to the less-intensive 2D versions.
Read more: iconBIT NetTAB THOR QUAD MX NT-1006T Tablet Review @ MadshrimpsGrand Theft Auto V (PS3) Review @ HardwareHeaven.com
Grand Theft Auto V, the sequel to end all sequels, hyped to the max it has the fans, the haters and the protesters out in force. Rockstar North the developer behind the hit franchise know when they've got a good thing, and boy do they have a good thing.
Read more: Grand Theft Auto V (PS3) Review @ HardwareHeaven.comAMD "Hawaii" R9 290X GPU Specifications Revealed @ TechPowerUp
Here are the first set of specifications for AMD's next high-end GPU silicon, on which the company will no doubt carve out several SKUs from. Codenamed "Hawaii," and slated for unveiling on the 26th in, well, Hawaii, the 28 nm chip is what AMD will take NVIDIA's GK110 silicon head-on with. It is based on AMD's second-generation Graphics CoreNext micro-architecture.
With an estimated die-area of 430 mm (18% bigger than "Tahiti,") the chip physically features 2,816 stream processors (SPs) spread across 44 clusters with 64 SPs each (a 37.5% increase over "Tahiti"). The chip features four independent raster engines, compared to two independent ones on "Tahiti." This could translate into double the geometry processing muscle as "Tahiti," with four independent tessellation units. The memory interface of the chip is expected to be 384-bit wide, based on the GDDR5 specification. Given the way TMUs are arranged on chips based on this architecture, one can deduce 176 TMUs on the chip. The ROP count could be 32 or 48. The chip will feature hardware support for DirectX 11.2, including the much hyped shared resources (mega-texture) feature.
Read more: AMD "Hawaii" R9 290X GPU Specifications Revealed @ TechPowerUpMSI GE40-2OC review: 14-inch gaming laptop with GTX 760M @ Hardware.Info
What if you would like to play the more demanding games on a laptop, but don't want to break your back lugging around a 3.8 kg 'portable' computer? MSI has come up with a compromise in the form of the MSI GE40-20C, a 14-inch laptop equipped with a GeForce GTX 760M graphics card.
There are lots of laptops on the market with smaller dimensions, in all shapes and sizes and price ranges. What most of them have in common is the fact that their graphics processor usually isn't the most powerful. They might come with a dedicated graphics card, but more often than not it's significantly faster than the integrated graphics from the processor.
Read more: MSI GE40-2OC review: 14-inch gaming laptop with GTX 760M @ Hardware.InfoGoogle Nexus 7 Review: The Android Tablet to Beat @ Techspot
Google stormed into the tablet market last year with the Nexus 7, a low-cost but high quality 7-inch tablet that significantly lowered the price barrier for Android media consumption. Despite the iPad mini launching just a few months later, the Nexus 7 sold extremely well, leading it to be the most prolific Android tablet, and seriously pushing other OEMs to produce quality devices for a low cost.Google Nexus 7 Review: The Android Tablet to Beat @ Techspot
Enter 2013, and it’s time to refresh the Nexus 7 with a new model and new specifications. Asus is still producing the device, it’s received a serious speed boost, a better quality display, a rear camera and new features. Yes, it costs $20 more than last year’s model, but at $220 it still presents itself as a remarkably attractive proposition for people who want to read, watch or play.