NVIDIA G-SYNC Technology and more
Posted on: 11/18/2013 12:13 PM
Here a roundup of today's reviews and articles, including NVIDIA G-SYNC Technology, D-Link ShareCenter DNS-327L Review: Cloud NAS?, GIGABYTE Z87X-UD4H Motherboard Review, Blue Light of Death (BLOD) Bricks Sony PlayStation 4 Consoles, and What iCloud Does and How to Access it From Windows
NVIDIA G-SYNC Technology: An In-Depth Look @ Benchmark Reviews
A very special new piece of hardware technology has recently been released at a conference in Montreal on October 22, 2013. The new technology is called G-SYNC, by NVIDIA. G-SYNC seems to be the answer for a major complaint from PC gaming community regarding image quality in fast-moving video games. Tears, stutters, and lag are told to be totally eliminated with this new technology. NVIDIA's CEO Jen-Hsun Huang put on a compelling performance at the conference in Montreal this past Friday. He announced some exciting new technologies, GameStream, GeForce GTX 780 Ti, ShadowPlay, and of course, G-SYNC. In this article I will give you my explanation, thoughts and opinions on this new tech called G-SYNC.
Read more: NVIDIA G-SYNC Technology: An In-Depth Look @ Benchmark ReviewsApple iPad mini with Retina Display: Reviewed @ Anandtech
I suppose theres only one way to start this review, and thats by looking back at last years iPad mini review. In that review I had a section dedicated to the possibility of an iPad mini with Retina Display. The low resolution display and slow SoC were my only two real complaints about the first iPad mini. I listed a bunch of options that Apple had for the mini going forward: Apple has preferred outright quadrupling of pixel count (2x in each dimension) to create a Retina Display. With the mini's display using a 1024 x 768 resolution, this option would give it a 7.85-inch 2048 x 1536 panel. That would be the same resolution as the iPad 3/4, but in a much smaller display giving it a pixel density of 326 PPI (vs ~263 for the iPad 3/4). Apple could do this, but it would then need to make all of the same changes it made in going to the iPad with Retina Display, primarily the introduction of a larger battery and much larger SoC. The bigger battery is needed to drive the more powerful backlight, and the X-series of SoCs is needed to actually render the UI and games at such a high resolution. Both of these things would increase the size and cost of the mini, which would make it distinctly un-mini.
Read more: Apple iPad mini with Retina Display: Reviewed @ AnandtechD-Link ShareCenter DNS-327L Review: Cloud NAS? @ Hardware.Info
The D-Link ShareCenter DNS-327L is positioned a little higher than we're used to from D-Link, which is known for making very decent and affordable entry-level NAS devices. The DNS-327L is a bit more advanced and comes with a higher pricetag of around £145.
The design of the white chassis is a little different from your average NAS. It has room for two disks, which are oriented vertically and not horizontally. The only connectors consist of one gigabit network port and USB 3.0 in the back. The front has a power switch and a USB sync button. To access the disks you have to remove the lid on the top.
Read more: D-Link ShareCenter DNS-327L Review: Cloud NAS? @ Hardware.InfoLepa MaxBron B800-MB Power Supply Review @ Hardware Asylum
Buying a power supply is a lot like shopping for tires. You know you need them but it’s just not going to raise your heart rate. That’s why it’s so nice to find something new. Today we will be looking at their LEPA MaxBron B800M power supply. The B800M is a hybrid modular design that fits the 800W sweet spot we recommend for so many builds.
Our B800M is part of the MaxBron line that features power supplies from 450W to 1000W. All of the MaxBron line is available in black with bold white and orange accents. LEPA’s unique Anti3s Q-Brick provides the red accent but a black Q-Brick is included for those builds where red is not as appealing.
Read more: Lepa MaxBron B800-MB Power Supply Review @ Hardware AsylumLogitech G510s Gaming Keyboard Review @ OCC
Ultimately I ended up loving this keyboard. When I pulled it from the box I groaned a little thinking it was going to be another oversized gaming keyboard with hard to set macros and some stupid light up screen. After installing the software and not being bound by some clunky settings I was amazed. Full RGB color options are so rare on keyboards I couldn't help but set every profile with some off shade color I normally could not obtain from a standard red, blue, green, or non-color optioned LED keyboard. I had a lot of fun with this keyboard if it wasn't just messing with its settings alone.
Read more: Logitech G510s Gaming Keyboard Review @ OCCGIGABYTE Z87X-UD4H Motherboard Review @ Hardware Canucks
With the 14nm Broadwell K-series chips not expected until late 2014 or early 2015, the current LGA1150 platform is going to be hanging around for a while. Intel is expected to release some faster Haswell chips early next year, but we're probably talking about parts that are only clocked 100MHz higher than what's currently on the market. As a result, if you're in the market for an upgrade there is little reason to procrastinate at this point.
Back in August we reviewed the GIGABYTE Z87X-UD5H, and we came away impressed with its clean design, sleek new UEFI BIOS, overall feature set, impressive overclocking capabilities, and strong performance. Therefore, today we are going to be taking a look at another model in GIGABYTE's extensive Z87 motherboard lineup: the slightly more affordable $185 Z87X-UD4H. Compared to the aforementioned UD5H model, you will be saving around $35, but giving up one gigabit LAN port, one HDMI port, two SATA 6Gb/s ports, and the front USB 3.0 panel accessory output. On the plus side, you do gain a VGA port and two eSATA 6GB/s ports, both of which are lacking on the higher-end model.
Read more: GIGABYTE Z87X-UD4H Motherboard Review @ Hardware CanucksASUS RT-AC56U Dual Band Wireless-AC1200 Gigabit Router Review @ HiTech Legion
The price that cable companies are able to charge for access to their networks boggles my mind. For between $90 and $120 a month you get Cable TV in my area and there are no competitors to drive the prices down. It is clear, though, that media streaming services, such as Netflix, Hulu, and YouTube, are starting to cut into the profits of those companies, so they need to adapt to the changing culture. For example, the cable company in my area is now offering their own “on-demand” service through the internet, allowing its customers to consume media at home and on the go.
Read more: ASUS RT-AC56U Dual Band Wireless-AC1200 Gigabit Router Review @ HiTech LegionVisionTek mSATA 480GB SSD Review Trusted LSI SandForce Speeds with a High Capacity @ The SSD Review
VisionTek is an all-inclusive company that manufacturers several different PC components to include graphics cards, memory, power supplies, productivity cards, wireless and USB 3 adapters, as well as you got it SSDs. Surprisingly, their representation in SSD form factors includes PCIe form factors, in addition to common 2.5â€³ notebook and mSATA SSDs; this placing them amongst the very few that market PCIe SSDs at the moment. WE are happy to report that, not only do we have the notebook and mSATA SSD in hand, but the VisionTek Data Fusion PCIe SSD is on its way as well.
Read more: VisionTek mSATA 480GB SSD Review Trusted LSI SandForce Speeds with a High Capacity @ The SSD ReviewBlue Light of Death (BLOD) Bricks Sony PlayStation 4 Consoles @ HotHardware
The headline says it all... One word, ouch...
Read more: Blue Light of Death (BLOD) Bricks Sony PlayStation 4 Consoles @ HotHardwareHIS R9 270X IceQ x2 Turbo Review @ Vortez
In these times of austerity, value for money is very much at the forefront of gamer’s minds when seeking out a graphics card. The AMD R9 270X looked to strike a balance between cost and performance and succeeded but like the flagship card, fell short in terms of cooling and acoustic ability. HIS aim to rectify this oversight by using their IceQ x2 cooling solution. Add to this one of the fastest factory overclocks on the 270X and HIS may well have a winner on their hands.
HIS have five different variants of the R9-270X, each with different factory overclock and heatsink. Some have the ICEQ X cooler while others, such as the item we have for evaluation today, have the ICEQ X2. It has a massive 1100MHz clockspeed as standard which is some 200MHz faster than entry level 270X. With the Tahiti LE at it's heart, the HIS R9 270X ICEQ X2 TURBO might just have enough to topple our current favourite mid-range GPU, the NVIDIA GTX760.
Read more: HIS R9 270X IceQ x2 Turbo Review @ VortezCooler Master Storm Stryker PC Chassis Review @ TechnologyX
Since 1992, Cooler Master has produced many high quality chassis, and the CM Storm Stryker can be added to that list! The focal point of the CM Storm series was that of the gamer enthusiast, and all of the design aspects of the Stryker reflect that focus. In short, this is a massive, fully-featured gaming chassis that can satisfy the gamer in all of us. The Stryker is full of cooling options and intricate functionalities that makes its customization endless, all while being wrapped up into a beautiful design.
Read more: Cooler Master Storm Stryker PC Chassis Review @ TechnologyXNZXT Source 530 Full Tower Case @ PureOverclock
Today we will be looking at a more budget oriented Full Tower chassis from NZXT: The Source 530. Over the past several years, NZXT has become one of the premier manufacturers. They are ahead of the pack with innovative designs and features. Although they are somewhat costly, their series of full tower chassis’ leave little to be desired.
This one could fit right in alongside NZXT’s award winning full tower designs, but this time in the much more coveted and affordable budget arena. Will the Source 530 feature all of the essentials? Will it bring it all together, for a cool, hassle-free computing experience? Let’s see if NZXT has once again raised the bar with the introduction of the new NZXT Source 530 Full Tower Chassis.
Read more: NZXT Source 530 Full Tower Case @ PureOverclockMetadot DasKeyboard Model S Professional Clicky MX Blue Reader Review @ OcInside.de
In the first review of a reader, the Metadot DasKeyboard Model S Professional Clicky MX Blue is tested.
Who often plays or writes long letters on the home PC, knows the following Problem.
The plastic keyboard squeaks at all corners and edges, buttons falling out or are not correctly recognized when pressed.
This situation can be remedied.
Read more: Metadot DasKeyboard Model S Professional Clicky MX Blue Reader Review @ OcInside.deHow to use the PS4 Controller in Windows with XBOX Controller XInput Games @ Hardcoreware
Unlike using the PS3 controller in Windows, the PS4 controller is supported by the OS easily with basic DirectInput drivers. Unfortunately, not a lot of modern games use DirectInput for controller support anymore. Instead, they use XInput, the API that is easily ported from XBOX games. Furthermore, the button and control axis are reversed or incorrect using the standard API.
Luckily there is an easy way to get your PS4 controller to work in Windows games that use XInput.
Read more: How to use the PS4 Controller in Windows with XBOX Controller XInput Games @ HardcorewareCorsair Graphite 230T review: great and affordable design @ Hardware.Info
Corsair certainly hasn't been rolling its thumbs since entering the computer chassis market with the Obsidian 800D. There are several product lines, of which we most frequently see the Obsidian and Carbide series. Then there's also the Vengeance series and the Graphite line, to which today's chassis belongs to. The 230T we received has a deep orange colour with a modern, compact design and very decent cooling.
Read more: Corsair Graphite 230T review: great and affordable design @ Hardware.InfoFractal Design NEWTON R3 800 W @ techPowerUp
Fractal Design has three PSU lines, but their flagship is the NEWTON series. Today, we will test the 800 W member of the aforementioned line; it is 80 Plus Platinum certified and is, according to its maker, the ultimate choice for demanding high-end gaming systems or ultra-quiet media PCs.
Read more: Fractal Design NEWTON R3 800 W @ techPowerUpCorsair Hydro H75 CPU Cooler Review @ KitGuru
Today we are going to take the look at the latest product in Corsair's Hydro series of liquid CPU coolers, the H75. This is a mid-range option, offering a standard 120 mm radiator with twin 120 mm fans. We have been very impressed with Corsair's previous Hydro models and are very interested to see what this new unit has to offer.
Read more: Corsair Hydro H75 CPU Cooler Review @ KitGuruWhat iCloud Does and How to Access it From Windows @ Howtogeek
iCloud is Apples cloud storage service, offering integrated online backup and syncing for Apple devices. iCloud is built-in on iPhones, iPads, and Macs, but can also be accessed on Windows. While other services allow you to upload any type of file, Apple chooses to place your data into different compartments. This can be confusing for example, iCloud will store your documents forever, but will delete your stored photos eventually. What iCloud Syncs and Backs Up iCloud is an online service linked to your Apple ID. When you set up a new iPad or iPhone, iCloud is enabled by default. Apple provides a free 5 GB of iCloud space to each account, which is used to store the following things online: Mail: You can choose to use an @icloud.com email address on your device. If you do, iCloud will store your mail and it will also be accessible on icloud.com.
Read more: What iCloud Does and How to Access it From Windows @ Howtogeek