Lian-Li PC-N1 Intel NUC Replacement Case Review and more
Posted on: 02/24/2013 11:00 AM
Here a roundup of the latest reviews and articles, including Lian-Li PC-N1 Intel NUC Replacement Case Review, LibreOffice 4 review - Getting better but ..., Cooler Master Seidon 120M Review, Crysis 3 VGA Graphics Benchmark performance tested, and Fedora 18 + MATE - Not bad for the first attempt
Lian-Li PC-N1 Intel NUC Replacement Case Review @ Legit Reviews
The PC-N1 from Lian Li is an aftermarket case for Intel's Next Level of Computing (NUC) that was first shown at CES 2013. Lian Li got a bunch of feedback on the PC-N1 NUC case during the show and have sent us a newer revision of this chassis to try out. The Lian Li PC-N1 still is not finalized yet, but you are about to see the February 2013 revision of the PC-N1 case in silver!
One of the first things that we noticed with the PC-N1 is that Lian Li flipped the motherboard orientation. The CPU and chipset cooler is now located on the bottom of the case with large ventilation ports on both ends of the case. That obviously means that the I/O ports are now on the top of the PC-N1 case. On the front of the PC-N1 you have the brand name and the lone USB 2.0 port. Just above the front on the top cover you'll find the power button. The power button has been completely redesigned since the original prototype was shown at CES 2013...
Read more: Lian-Li PC-N1 Intel NUC Replacement Case Review @ Legit ReviewsCooler Master Seidon 120M Review @ Techradar
There once was a time when the idea of water-cooling was seen as about as outlandish as the way we currently look at people jamming liquid nitrogen into their systems for overclocking challenges. Water-cooling also used to be rather tricksy and damned expensive to boot, but not so any more. Adding to the glut of closed-loop liquid CPU coolers is Cooler Master's latest series, the Seidon. This Seidon 120M version is the single-fan setup using one 120mm fan with a radiator of the same size, much like the pricier Thermaltake Water 2.0 Performer. At less than £50 this water cooler is piling into serious air-cooling territory, and with the impressive thermal performance of even these budget liquid chillers it's getting harder and harder to recommend active air-coolers.
Read more: Cooler Master Seidon 120M Review @ TechradarLibreOffice 4 review - Getting better but ... @ Dedoimedo
I've written a long review of LibreOffice 4, focusing on installation, look & feel, responsiveness and performance, new features, an in-depth look on Microsoft Office compatibility and conversion fidelity, including DOC and DOCX files with comments, tracking and images in both programs, Pivot tables in Calc, Impress, other details like templates, extensions, toolbars, and some problems like missing functionality, slow slide transitions in Impress, file conversion glitches, and more.
Read more: LibreOffice 4 review - Getting better but ... @ DedoimedoSilverStone PP06 Individually Sleeved PSU Cables @ DreamWare Computers
One of the unique design traits to SilverStone's modular power supplies is that they're fully modular. Where as most manufacturers will hard wire the mandatory cables, usually the motherboard, EPS/ATX and one PCIE connector, SilverStone has opted to make even those cables removable. Their reasoning behind this design choice is well justified though; they have a variety of after market cable options that can do everything from giving you short cables for small form factor cases, or premium looking cables for enthusiasts with windowed cases. Today I have the PP06 cables here which have each individual wire (not wire strand, but wire) sleeved in a premium quality material mesh sleeving. The PP06 cables look great at first glance and are bound to add some flashy looks to your case, so let's check them out!
Read more: SilverStone PP06 Individually Sleeved PSU Cables @ DreamWare ComputersNoctua NF Series Fan Roundup @ Neoseeker
In the past I have had the pleasure of working with several cooling solutions from Noctua ranging from CPU coolers to case fans. Today I will be looking at three new additions to their case fan lineup: the NF-A14 FLX, NF-A14 ULN, and the NF-A15 PWM models. Noctua's NF-A15 PWM, NF-A14 ULN, and the NF-A14 FLX fans share certain features like a self stabilizing oil pressure bearing (SSO2), advanced acoustic optimization frame technology (AAO), and the A-series blade geometry with flow acceleration channels - along with an impressive 6 year warranty.
Other buzzwords shared by the NF-A15 PWM, NF-A14 ULN and the NF-A14 FLX fans include Noctua's unique Stepped Inlet Design, Inner Surface Micro-Structures, Integrated Anti-Vibration Pads, Metal Bearing Shell and Ultra Low power Consumption. As we dive deeper into this new line of fans we will cover these features in more detail.
Read more: Noctua NF Series Fan Roundup @ NeoseekerECS A85F2-A Golden for AMD Socket FM2 APUs @ techPowerUp
Dropped like a block of gold on your foot, the ECS A85F2-A Golden arrived on my doorstep, nearly blinding me with its flashy package. The ECS A85F2-A Deluxe is ECS's high-end AMD APU offering right now, and it is sure to add that "bling" to any new AMD APU build.
Read more: ECS A85F2-A Golden for AMD Socket FM2 APUs @ techPowerUpBlackberry Z10 Smartphone Review @ HardwareHeaven.com
The latest hardware and software is ready from Blackberry in the shape of the Z10 and Q10 handsets. Both run the new Blackberry 10 mobile operating system and we have the former to review today.
Read more: Blackberry Z10 Smartphone Review @ HardwareHeaven.comCrysis 3 VGA Graphics Benchmark performance tested @ Guru3D
So then, in this review we'll look at Crysis 3 VGA Graphics benchmark performance with roughly 22 graphics cards. The new and very popular title is looking daunting from a graphics point of view. But as a result how will it perform on a selection of different graphics cards ? This review will cover all these basics and then more so you know what choice to make either graphics card or in-game settings wise.
Players take on the role of Prophet as he returns to New York in 2047, 24 years after the events of Crysis 2. He discovers the city has been encased in a giant Nanodome created by the corrupt C.E.L.L. corporation. The New York City Liberty Dome is a veritable urban rainforest teeming with overgrown trees, dense swamplands and raging rivers. Within the Liberty Dome, seven distinct and treacherous environments became known as the Seven Wonders. Prophet is said to be on a "revenge mission" after uncovering the truth behind C.E.L.L.'s motives for building the quarantined Nanodomes. The citizens were told that the giant citywide structures were erected to protect the population and to clean these metropolises of the remains of the Ceph forces. In reality, the Nanodomes are C.E.L.L.'s covert attempt at land and technology grab in their quest for global domination. We all have been waiting long for Prophet in this follow up on Crysis 2. The game is looking graphically to be quite daunting on the PC and as it seems it's a recipe that will not disappoint.
Read more: Crysis 3 VGA Graphics Benchmark performance tested @ Guru3DTrendnet N300 Easy-N-Range Extender @ Rbmods
Wifi is something everyone wants to work flawlessly, unfortunately there are some major issues with wireless transmissions. One of these issues are thick brick walls and other signals which disturb or block the signal. For this problem manufactuers have come up with nice range extenders that are supposed to boost the signal. I have personally huge issues with thick brick walls in our apartment so I will definitely be able to test the range extenders performance. Enough talking and lets find out what we think about the Trendnet N300 Easy-N-Range Extender.
Read more: Trendnet N300 Easy-N-Range Extender @ RbmodsCracks Developing in the Samsung Galaxy SIII @ MEGATechNews
Users around the world are starting to report that cracks are showing up in the bezel of their Samsung Galaxy S3 phones. Forum users around the Internet are posting pictures of a hairline crack that develops just below the power button on the right hand side of the phone. While not manufactured to the same standards as Apple’s iPhone, the Galaxy S3 is supposedly very durable. Many of these cracks have developed in units that have spent their entire life encased in some form of protection and/or have never been dropped.
Users are also reporting that Samsung has decided to bury their head in the sand and ignore this issue by not repairing under warranty. Below is an excerpt from obtained by MegaTechNews in which Samsung replies that it is not a warrantable repair and the customer would be required to pay for the repairs.
Read more: Cracks Developing in the Samsung Galaxy SIII @ MEGATechNewsAZiO Levetron Mech5 Modular Mechanical Keyboard Review @ Neoseeker
With plenty of mechanical keyboards making rounds on retailer shelves over the years, it is still surprisingly difficult to find one that matches the customization options of membrane keyboards from yesteryear. Features such as backlighting or media function keys are becoming more common, but I can probably count on a single hand every mechanical keyboard with macro keys, dedicated media keys, and USB/audio hubs. I mean, when was the last time you saw a mechanical keyboard come with a built-in LCD screen since the good ol' Logitech G15? AZiO hopes bring this customization to another level with the Levetron Mech5.
As I previously mentioned in my review of the AZiO Levetron GM2000 gaming mouse, AZiO Corporation is a company based in Los Angeles, California that looks to focus on quality of products versus quantity. AZiO has currently released only three other keyboards under its Levetron gaming brand.
Read more: AZiO Levetron Mech5 Modular Mechanical Keyboard Review @ NeoseekerSeasonic X-Series 650W KM3 Power Supply Review @ KitGuru
Seasonic really need no introduction, they have been releasing multiple series of class leading power supplies in 2012. They recently launched the latest X-Series KM3 range, superseding the award winning KM2 units which we reviewed last year. Today we are looking at the X-Series KM3 650W power supply, a very popular wattage capacity with the enthusiast audience.
Read more: Seasonic X-Series 650W KM3 Power Supply Review @ KitGuruFedora 18 + MATE - Not bad for the first attempt @ Dedoimedo
Fedora again: a review of Fedora 18 Spherical Cow with the MATE desktop environment, focusing on installation, look & feel, customization, new themes and icons, visual integration, software choice, package management, printing, some bugs and issues, and more. Enjoy.
Read more: Fedora 18 + MATE - Not bad for the first attempt @ Dedoimedo