Mini-ITX Game PC and more
Posted on: 01/10/2014 01:08 PM
Here a roundup of today's reviews and articles, including Mini-ITX Game PC - January 2014, Asus R9 290X Direct CU II OC Review (1600p, Ultra HD 4K), Samsung SSD 840 EVO mSATA (120GB, 250GB, 500GB & 1TB) Review, The SSD Endurance Experiment: 500TB update, and Buying advice: ITX Gaming PC
Mini-ITX Game PC - January 2014 @ Hardware.Info
The Mini-ITX Game PC is a desktop computer that is small enough to be portable, but has better performance than a gaming notebook.
Please note: the PC Buyer?s Guide is compiled based on independent component tests performed by Hardware.Info. If no new, superior products are released that should replace one or more of the components, then the component(s) will remain the same as the previous month.
Read more: Mini-ITX Game PC - January 2014 @ Hardware.InfoPowerColor Radeon R9 280X TurboDuo OC Review @ ocaholic
With the new Radeon R9 280X TurboDuo OC, PowerColor introduce its first graphics card equiped with their new TurboDuo cooling system. An efficient and silent solution on the paper according to the manufacturer. Other than that the card features a reference Radeon HD 7970 PCB and a slight factory overclocking. Let's see what it can do.
Read more: PowerColor Radeon R9 280X TurboDuo OC Review @ ocaholicAsus R9 290X Direct CU II OC Review (1600p, Ultra HD 4K) @ KitGuru
The first waves of AMD partner 290 cards are being released this month, and today we follow up on our Gigabyte and Sapphire reviews taking a look at the latest card from ASUS, the R9 290X Direct CU II OC. This card ships with a proprietary cooler and the fastest out of the box speeds yet. Is it worth the Â£499.99 inc vat asking price?
Read more: Asus R9 290X Direct CU II OC Review (1600p, Ultra HD 4K) @ KitGuruSamsung SSD 840 EVO mSATA (120GB, 250GB, 500GB & 1TB) Review @ Anandtech
Samsung is in a unique position in theSSDmarket. Its the only company in the consumerSSDbusiness with a fully vertically integrated business model and zero reliance on other companies. The controller,NAND, DRAM, firmware and software are all designed and produced by Samsung, whereas other companies only focus on their core strengths and outsource the rest. The strength of Samsung's business model has been time to market and the 840 EVO mSATAis yet another fruit of that. Read on to find out more!
Read more: Samsung SSD 840 EVO mSATA (120GB, 250GB, 500GB & 1TB) Review @ AnandtechNokia Asha 503 @ Techradar
The Nokia Asha 503 is the latest handset in a series of low-cost, feature-packed devices from the Microsoft-owned company.The Asha 503 is a slightly upgraded version of the Asha 501, with an improved camera and better social integration as default. Picking up the Nokia Asha 503 SIM-free will set you back about £100. However if you sign up to a pay-as-you-go deal, you should be able to get the 503 for under £80 - an absolute bargain. The 503 comes equipped with a single rear facing 5MP camera accompanied by an LED flash, which is comparable to the Nokia Lumia 520 and the Motorola Moto G in terms of megapixels.
Read more: Nokia Asha 503 @ TechradarThe SSD Endurance Experiment: 500TB update @ The Tech Report
Our SSD Endurance Experiment has reached the half-petabyte mark, so it's time for another checkup.
Read more: The SSD Endurance Experiment: 500TB update @ The Tech ReportCooler Master GXII 650W @ LanOC Reviews
Cooler Master offers a wide variety of power supply solutions, and understanding the multitude of series and product families can be a bit daunting. The units essentially break down into four main categories, gaming being an intermediate solution between enthusiast and entry-level units. The GX, or “Game Xtreme”, line of power supplies have recently been re-introduced with a few improvements that blur the lines between enthusiast, gamer, and their self-entitled silent demographics while continuing to pay mind to budgets of a crowd torn between a software library and the hardware required to support it. Today we have the 650W version of the new GXII PSU family, and we’ll take a look at what new offerings it brings to the table.
Read more: Cooler Master GXII 650W @ LanOC ReviewsSennheiser Momentum Black Closed Circumaural Headphones @ BCC Hardware
I'm a bit of a headphone junky. While I don't have a ton of super-expensive headphones, what I lack for in quality, I make up for in quantity. That's not entirely accurate. I have quite a few sets of high-quality ear-buds from companies like Sennheiser, Razer, SteelSeries, Creative and more. I also have a couple of pairs of active noise cancelling Able Planet headphones as well as some BlueAnt on-ear headphones that I bought a while back. Yes, I do have some JBL units around here somewhere too. You get the point. I enjoy music and I enjoy music that sounds good and isn't limited by the drivers that are pushing the sound into my head.
Sennheiser has come a long way to be more of a "regular-consumer" company. A few years back their cheapest products were well out of reach for most consumers and you had to really enjoy music to justify buying a pair. These days, they have a lot more products aimed at different market segments - and they all sound good. Today, we are looking at something that sounds just a little better than good. We have the Sennheiser Momentum Black Closed Circumaural Headphones. These are the big brother to the Sennheiser Momentum On-Ear headphones we looked at a little while back. The big brother will also set you back an additional $150 - making these headphones sit right up at the $399 mark. At that price, they certainly aren't cheap, and we'll take a look and a listen to find out if they are worth the extra money. We won't do a straight comparison, as I never got a chance to review the previous set, but I will share my thoughts.
Read more: Sennheiser Momentum Black Closed Circumaural Headphones @ BCC HardwareBuying advice: ITX Gaming PC @ ocaholic
Systems based on mini ITX motherboards are becoming increasingly popular these days, which is precisely why we've put together a buying advice article to keep you updated on several great miniITX configurations for different budgets. Included in these articles there are links to Geizhals.at as well as Toppreise.ch, which display automatically updated prices. If you're thinking about building a miniITX rig, this article might be a good starting point for you.
Read more: Buying advice: ITX Gaming PC @ ocaholicSteelSeries 5Hv3 Review @ ChipLoco
SteelSeries is a renowned brand in the gaming peripherals industry. Founded in 2001, SteelSeries has come up with some extraordinary products after taking suggestions from professional gamers around the world. The company concentrates more on performance oriented products rather than pure luxury with minimal performance. They have produced some excellent products including Siberia headsets, Sensei mouse, a range of gaming keyboards, H-series headsets for gamers and recently launched Flux in-ear headphones for music lovers.
Limitation is a word which is not found in a gamer’s dictionary. They will do anything to steal the edge from their rivals and flourish in any form of game. SteelSeries H-series headphones have been around for many years and have become every gamer’s first choice during gaming tournaments. Sponsoring major teams around the world helps the company in market research and developing a product which is demanded by their target market. Based on the same foundations laid by the original 5H headset, SteelSeries recently launched the 5Hv3 headset. We take an in-depth look at the new and improved 5Hv3 headset.
Read more: SteelSeries 5Hv3 Review @ ChipLocoADATA DashDrive Air AE800 Wireless HDD Review @ Benchmark Reviews
The ADATA DashDrive Air AE800 Wireless HDD and Power Bank, which Benchmark Reviews recently had a chance to look at in detail, is a very interesting device indeed. It is clear that the goal here was to develop a piece of hardware that could fill a number of different voids for people constantly on the go. One of the ADATA AE800â€²s features is to serve as a power bank, ensuring that you can continue remain productive and stay in communication when unable to find an outlet to charge your devices. Considering that the AE800 has 5200 mAh on-board capacity, it should have no problem keeping you up and running. Also, it comes with 500GB of storage, so you have plenty of space for movies, music, and other files. Finally, the ADATA AE800 can serve as a wireless hotspot. Sound interesting? Read on to find out more.
Read more: ADATA DashDrive Air AE800 Wireless HDD Review @ Benchmark ReviewsBitfenix Flo Gaming Headset Review @ KitGuru
Today we are going to take a look at the latest product from Bitfenix, the Flo headset. This is Bitfenix's latest addition to their ever-growing product range, which has branched out significantly since the brand launched around 3 years ago. We have been very impressed with their products in the past as they tend to offer impressive features and build quality at a reasonable price.
Read more: Bitfenix Flo Gaming Headset Review @ KitGuruToshiba showcases world's first 4K notebooks @ Hexus
Company's first 13.3-inch Chromebook was also unveiled.
Read more: Toshiba showcases world's first 4K notebooks @ Hexus