Mobile GPU Comparison Guide and more
Posted on: 07/23/2013 08:53 AM
Here a roundup of today's reviews and articles, including Mobile GPU Comparison Guide Rev. 14.9, XFX Pro Series 850W Black Edition PSU Review, Securely Erasing Your SSD with Linux: A How-To, CM Storm Quickfire Stealth Mechanical Keyboard Review, and Netrunner 5 Enigma review - Quite alright
Mobile GPU Comparison Guide Rev. 14.9 @ Tech ARP
These days, there are so many mobile GPU models that it has become quite impossible to keep up with the different configurations. Therefore, we decided to compile this guide to provide an easy reference for those who are interested in comparing the specifications of the various mobile GPUs in the market as well as those already obsolescent or obsolete.
Currently covering 418 mobile GPUs, this comprehensive comparison will allow you to easily compare up to 22 different specifications for each and every GPU! We hope it will prove to be a useful reference. We will keep this guide updated regularly so do check back for the latest updates!
To make it easy to compare the specifications, we split it up into three sections for your convenience. Just click on Split List to access them. However, if you prefer to compare all the graphics cards for each company in a single table, we also have a single list which can be accessed by clicking on Full List. Just click on the company and the type of list you prefer.
Read more: Mobile GPU Comparison Guide Rev. 14.9 @ Tech ARPXFX Pro Series 850W Black Edition PSU Review @ Legit Reviews
Overall, the XFX Pro Series 850W Black Edition is not the best performing 850W power supply that we have ever tested, nor the most innovative, or the lowest priced; however, it is outstandingly balanced in every aspect. The overall performance is undeniably excellent, with the PSU easily conforming to the 80Plus Gold certification standards, running silent and maintaining low temperatures, as well as displaying admirable electrical performance. When it comes to quality, the fact that Seasonic is the OEM behind its manufacturing alone should be enough to satisfy even the most demanding of users. The choice of components is excellent, as is the quality of the assembly. XFX covers this unit with a 5 year warranty (parts + labor), which should be enough to quell any concerns...
Read more: XFX Pro Series 850W Black Edition PSU Review @ Legit ReviewsRosewill RK-9100BR Mechanical Keyboard Review @ ThinkComputers.org
Mechanical keyboards, you know, those higher priced keyboards with awesome clicking sounds, illuminated keys, media keys, and special gaming modes that usually disable the Windows Key. Well, Rosewill has a pretty nice one named Illuminated Mechanical Gaming Keyboard, aka, RK-9100BR. Awesome clicking sounds are present thanks to its Cherry MX Brown switches, LEDs provide an excellent illuminated experience, coupled with media keys, multiple modes and gold plated connectors, Rosewill‚Äôs RK-9100BR is a cohesively solid product.
Read more: Rosewill RK-9100BR Mechanical Keyboard Review @ ThinkComputers.orgSecurely Erasing Your SSD with Linux: A How-To @ Techgage
Whether for slowed performance or some other issue thatís crept up, sometimes securely erasing your SSD is the solution needed. While there are a number of ways to get the deed done, most solutions are hit-or-miss, and are generally not that elegant. In my personal experience, the easiest way to secure erase a drive is through Linux, and as the title of this article suggests, thatís exactly the route weíre taking here. The best part? You donít need to understand Linux to follow this guide.
First things first: if you donít already have a version of Linux installed, youíll need to download a distro and create a bootable CD-ROM or flash drive. If your intention is to only secure erase an SSD, itís recommended you download Parted Magic, a distro designed around managing storage. If youíd rather have a bootable Linux environment thatís setup like a real desktop, then another distro can be used, such as Ubuntu, Fedora, and openSUSE. For this article, Iím using Linux Deepin, in addition to Parted Magic.
Read more: Securely Erasing Your SSD with Linux: A How-To @ TechgageLenovo IdeaPad U310 Touch Review @ TechReviewSource.com
The Lenovo IdeaPad U310 Touch is an affordable, Windows 8 Ultrabook that offers an attractive aluminum design, a comfortable keyboard and solid performance for the price. While it does suffer from below average battery life, it does have a responsive touch display.
Read more: Lenovo IdeaPad U310 Touch Review @ TechReviewSource.comCM Storm Quickfire Stealth Mechanical Keyboard Review @ Benchmark Reviews
Cooler Master has been building mechanical keyboards under its CM Storm line for the last couple of years. They started with the small Quickfire Rapid, and moved over time to larger designs, but Cooler Master's newest design harkens back to the original Quickfire Rapid, bring improvements on its design and giving it sleek exterior with no markings on the tops of its keys. The question that Benchmark Reviews aims to answer though is whether Cooler Master improved enough to justify the extra cost or are users better off going with the original Quickfire Rapid.
Read more: CM Storm Quickfire Stealth Mechanical Keyboard Review @ Benchmark ReviewsKingFast E-Drive Pro KF2510SCF 120GB SLC SSD Review @ TechnologyX
If you are a novice regarding SSDs and SSD technology, the names Runcore and KingFast should at least strike a chord. The two companies recently merged, with KingFast becoming the sub-brand of RunCore; neither have shown signs of slowing down. Being two of the top SSD manufacturers, we will be looking at their newest SLC creation. Between the three NAND memory types ď SLC (Single Layer Cell), MLC (Multi Layer Cell), and TLC (Three Layer Cell) consumers typically are accustomed to MLC. SLC has the best endurance and best performance, but is also more expensive and lower in capacity due to cost and technical limitations. TLC is the exact opposite, and hence is not seen due to its lack of productivity, especially since MLC fits as the best intermediate between the two ‚Äď solid performance, high density, low cost, decent endurance.
Read more: KingFast E-Drive Pro KF2510SCF 120GB SLC SSD Review @ TechnologyXLenovo ThinkPad Helix 'Rip & Flip' Convertible Review @ HotHardware.com
At CES, Lenovo revealed its ThinkPad Helix which it marketed as having a "groundbreaking 'rip and flip' design" that enables this 11.6-inch ultrabook to transform into a powerful Windows 8 tablet. When detached, Lenovo claims the Helix is the thinnest full-function Intel 3rd generation Core processor-based tablet with vPro support.
The ThinkPad Helix lets you work in four different modes: laptop, tablet, stand, and tablet+. When attached to the Enhanced Keyboard Dock in laptop mode, you'll also get additional battery life and additional ports as well as Lenovo's ThinkPad Precision keyboard, a five button trackpad that supports Windows 8 features, and TrackPoint mouse...
Read more: Lenovo ThinkPad Helix 'Rip & Flip' Convertible Review @ HotHardware.comECS Z87H3-A2X Extreme Motherboard @ Hardware Secrets
The Z87H3-A2X Extreme is a top mid-range socket LGA1150 motherboard targeted for the "Haswell" processors (fourth-generation Core i3, Core i5, and Core i7 processors), coming with all the bells and whistles you can imagine, including Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and more. Let's see what this motherboard has to offer.
Read more: ECS Z87H3-A2X Extreme Motherboard @ Hardware SecretsCrucial Ballistix Sport XT 1866 MHz 4x4GB Review @ TechwareLabs.com
Today we are taking a look at the Crucial Ballistix Sport XT 1866 MHz 4x4 GB kit. The Sport XT offers good speeds, sleek looks, and a fair price. At 1866 MHz there is plenty of speed to get things done, and being a 16 GB kit, you are very unlikely to ever run out of memory again. Read on to see how it performs with our A10-6800k.
Read more: Crucial Ballistix Sport XT 1866 MHz 4x4GB Review @ TechwareLabs.comNetrunner 5 Enigma review - Quite alright @ Dedoimedo
Enigma: a music band, a cipher machine or a distro? The last. Indeed. Here's a review of Netrunner 5 Enigma (13.06) 64-bit edition, a Kubuntu based distribution with KDE desktop, covering live session, installation in a quad-boot setup alongside Ubuntu, Kubuntu and Linux Mint, including look & feel, Wireless, Samba sharing, Web accounts, multimedia playback - Flash and MP3, new installer functionality, applications and games, including Steam, Firefox Marketplace and web apps, driver manager, desktop effects, printing to network devices, system resources, stability, suspend & resume, and some problems like Web Accounts crashing in live session, Tomahawk not indexing MP3 files, and more. Do try to have fun.
Read more: Netrunner 5 Enigma review - Quite alright @ DedoimedoApple TV Review @ Techradar
At the same time as announcing the new (now not so new) iPad in March 2012, Apple also issued an update to its Apple TV.It wasn't the full on Apple iTV, the rumoured Apple television that many had hopped for, rather it was a small revision to the existing media streamer of last year, retaining the same form factor but with an updated menu system and faster processor.The biggest change though is its new ability to stream and play full 1080p HD movies - last year's model could only manage 720p, which was all the iTunes Store offered for movie rentals and purchasing anyway.
Read more: Apple TV Review @ TechradarASUS GeForce GTX 760 DirectCU II OC review @ Guru3D
In this article we review ASUS GeForce GTX 760 DirectCU II OC edition, this particular model comes with a dual-slot DirectCU II cooing solution. That boils down to a silent product versus and more than excellent cooling performance. The DirectCU heatsink uses a Vapor Chamber with flattened heatpipes. A proprietary CoolTech fan combines the advantages of axial and radial fan. Next to that ASUS overclocked the card a little for you as well.
The GeForce GTX 760 is a re-spin product, meaning NVIDIA took an older GPU, rebadged it, tweaked some parameters and injects it back into the market at better price-point. You might like that, or not. But the fact remains that the GeForce GTX 760 is to be considered a mainstream to high-end product, yet comes at a competitive price with the very same chip used in the GeForce GTX 670 and GTX 680. And also a year ago, they where the second and top high-end graphics cards. As such the card remains very interesting in terms of performance. See the GK104 GPU itself being used will have two shader cluster disabled. This gives the GK104 GPU 1152 CUDA cores to work with, with in total, 96 texture and 32 raster operating units. The GPU being used is actually tagged as GK104-225 A2. The graphics card also has slightly slower clock frequencies than big daddy GTX 680. However the GTX 760 comes with a Boost clock which is set at 1033 MHz. The core clock frequency (for the reference products) is 980 MHz with the 256-bit DDR5 memory clocking in at 6008 MHz.
Read more: ASUS GeForce GTX 760 DirectCU II OC review @ Guru3DKMD Talkback Pro Universal Gaming Headset @ MEGATech
Whether you like playing video games on consoles like the Xbox 360 or you prefer to enjoy your games on the PC, having some quality sound can really elevate your overall experience. This is particularly true for titles where you need to talk to your fellow players and thatís why there are so many gaming headsets on the market. The thing is that many of them can be quite expensive.
It may not exactly be a household name, but KMD actually has quite the wide assortment of gaming accessories. One such example is the KMD Talkback PRO a universal gaming headset that will work with the PS2, PS3, Xbox 360 and PC, among many other platforms. This review sample was provided to us by Innex, the same company that supplied us with the RetroDuo Portable Version 2.0.
Read more: KMD Talkback Pro Universal Gaming Headset @ MEGATechAzio Levetron Mech5 Mechanical Keyboard Review @ HiTech Legion
They just don't make 'em like they used to, or do they? In many respects the quality of consumer goods has steadily increased over time. Computers keep getting faster, cars become more efficient and safer, and technology in general becomes less expensive and more attainable. Yet, through it all people keep looking back to a time when they feel things were made better. In reality there are very few things that were better "back in the day". In many cases it is the mass production of cheap alternatives to quality products that people have grown accustomed to using that makes older things seem like they were better by comparison, people tend to forget that back then most people could not afford the luxuries of nice things and so instead went completely without.
Of course there are some things that were better, one such item is keyboards. Keyboards were originally mechanical and durable and expensive to make. Then they became the victim of lower quality more efficient mass production so everyone could have a PC. Mechanical keyboards are not new, even though their spike in popularity would lead many to believe they are, I attribute it more to the fact that they are reaching a more appealing price, and that the demand for faster, more accurate, and more responsive input has grown due to the gaming industry's growth. When it comes to technology we are entering an era where the cost of top quality tech is dropping quickly and there is no longer reason to scrimp on amenities.
Read more: Azio Levetron Mech5 Mechanical Keyboard Review @ HiTech LegionRazer Hammerhead Pro In-Ear Gaming Headset Review @ Custom PC Review
Iíve always found it odd that while we have a general oversaturation of over the ear gaming headsets on the market, itís comparatively quite rare to find in-ear headphones that are designed specifically for gaming. True, Razer has the Moray and SteelSeries recently launched the Flux In-Ear and In-Ear Pro, but generally speaking, not a whole lot of companies produce in ear headphones specifically designed for gaming. With internet cafes, LAN events, and tournaments being as loud as they are these days, it seems like in-ear gaming headsets should be the way to go given that they offer far superior passive noise cancellation in comparison to over the ear headsets and theyíre quite a bit smaller and lighter to boot, which allows for a lot easier transportation.
Luckily it seems like Razer is catching onto the fact that there is such a void in the market and have introduced the Razer Hammerhead along with the Hammerhead Pro Ė the only difference between the two is that the Hammerhead Pro comes with an inline microphone and play/pause/call/stop/etc. button while the Hammerhead standard doesnít. Today though weíll be reviewing the Hammerhead Pro, which does include the extra, but in terms of audio quality, both headphones should deliver the exact same experience.
Ready to learn more about the Hammerhead Pro has to offer? Flip the page to find out!
Read more: Razer Hammerhead Pro In-Ear Gaming Headset Review @ Custom PC ReviewCM Storm Havoc Gaming Mouse Review @ Neoseeker
Are you ready to wreak Havoc? Once again, a CM Storm product has popped up on our doorstep at Neoseeker. Initially known for its cases and cooling products, Cooler Master has become well known amongst gamers for quality gaming peripherals under its CM Storm brand.
Today a new high-precision gaming mouse enters Cooler Master's long lineup of CM Storm products. Dubbed the CM Storm Havoc, this 8200DPI gaming mouse features 8 programmable buttons, RGB color options, 128KB of onboard memory, and Japanese Omron Micro Switches. Coming from other CM Storm peripherals such as the QuickFire Stealth, I have high expectations for good build quality here as well.
Read more: CM Storm Havoc Gaming Mouse Review @ NeoseekerZalman CNPS14X @ techPowerUp
Zalman Tech Co., Ltd, was founded in 1999 and introduced to the computer industry the concept of "noiseless computing". In a world filled with noisy computers, "silent" cooling solutions were sought after everywhere, which contributed to Zalman's rapid growth into the world's leader of high-performance, ultra-quiet PC cooling solutions.
Zalman continues to lead in the industry through decisive R&D investments, peerless craftsmanship, intensive global marketing, and generous customer support.
Read more: Zalman CNPS14X @ techPowerUpHalo: Spartan Assault (Win Phone 8, Win8 RT and Win8) @ Bjorn3D
Halo is one of those games that will be talked about for many years. Not only did it in many ways help make the first Xbox a success, it also was the game that at least for me proved that you can play a first person shooter (FPS) on a console with a controller.
Read more: Halo: Spartan Assault (Win Phone 8, Win8 RT and Win8) @ Bjorn3D