NVIDIA Shield Review and more
Posted on: 11/15/2013 11:31 AM
Here a roundup of today's reviews and articles, including NVIDIA Shield Review, Batman Arkham Origins (PC) Video Review, Microsoft Surface 2 Windows RT 8.1 Tablet Review, NVIDIA Announces CUDA 6: Unified Memory for CUDA, and Inno3D GeForce GTX 780 Ti iChill HerculeZ X3 Ultra 3GB review: overclocked 780 Ti
NVIDIA Shield Review @ Neoseeker
NVIDIA is no stranger to Android powered devices. Their Tegra SoC (system-on-a-chip) integrated circuits are in the heart of many smartphones, tablets, and even cars! With the SHIELD, NVIDIA brings to the market a unique piece of hardware that’s also the company’s first portable gaming system. Built around the Tegra 4 SoC, the SHIELD is a 5-inch Android tablet equipped with a console-grade controller and offering tremendous connectivity options.
NVIDIA claims the SHIELD will take Android gaming to the next level, and I will be looking at the veracity of such high expectations throughout the next pages. Yet this Android-on-steroids device can do more than that it seems. GameStream and Console Mode were officially implemented through the latest OTA update and bring some interesting features to the SHIELD; for instance, playing PC games anywhere in the house without any compromise to eye-candy, and being able to use an HDTV as an output display sounds very exciting.
My last portable gaming console was a Star Wars Limited Edition PSP that’s still in perfect shape but sadly collecting dust in the bottom shelf of my night table. I will take it with me now and then during my daily commute if I feel like playing a PS One classic game, but my Samsung Galaxy Note II phone is meeting all my needs in terms of portable entertainment. The Note II has a large screen and very good battery life, so I use it to read books and watch videos on the go. In terms of gaming however, the lack of physical controls and the prospect/hassle of having to use a wireless controller limited my choice to a few select games that just need swipe motions. Needless to say, my portable gaming situation has seen better days!
Read more: NVIDIA Shield Review @ NeoseekerSilverStone Kublai KL04 Mid-Tower ATX Chassis Review @ Benchmark Reviews
The Kublai series of cases fits right in between the Precision and Temijin lines of enclosures by SilverStone. Losing some of the Temjin's aluminum construction but retaining most of the innovative features of the more expensive line of towers, the KL04 is the fourth iteration of a chassis that began in 2007 and was notable for its storage capacity in a mid tower form factor. Looking to continue the tradition, the SilverStone Kublai KL04 uses a slightly different cooling arrangement and understated design to offer space for nine 3.5" drives, along with four external 5.25" bays and room for six 2.5" drives. That's a lot of storage in a mid tower can it keep everything cool? Benchmark Reviews is ready to find out!
Read more: SilverStone Kublai KL04 Mid-Tower ATX Chassis Review @ Benchmark ReviewsBenQ GP10 Review @ Techradar
BenQ's GP10 is designed for small places. Able to project a 40-inch image from just a metre away, it's a solution for two scenarios; presentations in small rooms, offices and boardrooms, and for watching movies at home. Wherever it's used, the GP10 is very clearly designed to be placed in front of the viewer rather than behind. It's the travelling business types that will get the most out of the GP10: at 1.5kg it's among the smallest around, measuring 62x220x177mm, and it ships with a padded briefcase-style bag with a shoulder strap and compartments for cables.
Read more: BenQ GP10 Review @ TechradarDell M900HD Review @ Techradar
The LED revolution has spawned a number of portable projectors that better cope with the rigours of travel - and the M900HD is the best examples yet. Not just because it weighs just over 1.3kg and measures a svelte, 232x164x43mm, but because it allows a such a wide variety of wired, wireless and hard media connections. Put simply, wherever your presentation, photos or videos are stored, the M900HD can find them. The M900HD is made for travel, with a nicely made, mottled fabric padded case carries the device plus cables and remote control, though there's also a black velvet-look drawstring bag.
Read more: Dell M900HD Review @ TechradarASUS AMD Radeon R9 270 Direct CU II OC 2GB Graphics Card Review @ eTeknix
As you may already know AMD’s new series of graphics cards are officially launched today and we have here for you the AMD Radeon R9 270X review, but we’ve also checked out the R9 280X and R7 260X of which you can see reviews of both on our site’s main homepage, or by searching in the search bar if you’re reading this some time after publication. We have managed to get our hands on a reference AMD R9 270X, a card which is essentially an overclocked HD 7870 brought to market at a lower price point than the HD 7870 originally was.
The specifications can be seen below and a clock speed of 1050MHz on the core and 5600MHz on the memory is a fair bit higher than the 1000MHz and 4800MHz the AMD HD 7870 offered. The higher clock speeds mean the R9 270X is capable of 2.69 TFLOPS over the 2.56 TFLOPS offered by the HD 7870. Like with all new AMD RX-2XX series graphics cards there is Direct X 11.2 support, OpenGL 4.3 support and support for AMD’s new API mantle. AMD have opted for a price point of $199 MSRP for the R9 270X meaning it is actually priced roughly the same as the HD 7870 currently is (the HD 7870 is currently priced to clear so stocks won’t last long) but when the HD 7870 originally came to market it retailed for $349 – so this is $149 cheaper.
Read more: ASUS AMD Radeon R9 270 Direct CU II OC 2GB Graphics Card Review @ eTeknixBatman Arkham Origins (PC) Video Review with Kaeyi Dream @ HardwareHeaven.com
Kaeyi Dream reviews the third installment in the Batman Arkham franchise, with Arkham Origins in her latest video review.
Read more: Batman Arkham Origins (PC) Video Review with Kaeyi Dream @ HardwareHeaven.comAOC G2460PQU 144hz 24 inch Monitor Review @ KitGuru
Today we look at the AOC G2460PQU 24 inch monitor, designed specifically for gaming. The monitor has a 144hz refresh with a rated response time of 1ms. Competitively priced in the UK at £239.99 inc vat, is this the gaming monitor you want to be shortlisting for an upgrade before the end of the year?
Read more: AOC G2460PQU 144hz 24 inch Monitor Review @ KitGuruCorsair Raptor K30 Gaming Keyboard Review @ HardwareHeaven.com
Earlier this year we looked at a couple of mechanical keyboards from Corsair, the K95 and the K70 and both performed well in our testing... adding another range of quality products to Corsairs ever expanding catalogue. Today on our test bench we will be taking a look at another gaming keyboard from Corsair, the Raptor K30.
Read more: Corsair Raptor K30 Gaming Keyboard Review @ HardwareHeaven.comMicrosoft Surface 2 Windows RT 8.1 Tablet Review
The first generation of Microsoft's homegrown Surface RT tablet delivered mixed results. The hardware was solid and well built, but the OS and software ecosystem left a little something to be desired. Many thought pricing was a bit on the high side as well. Finally, competition at the time was also quite fierce, to say the least and still is today, of course.
Undaunted and still hungry for a chunk of the tablet market, Microsoft recently revealed its second generation of Surface tablets, the Surface 2 Pro, which runs the full version of Windows 8.1, and the Surface 2 (that we're reviewing here today), which runs Windows RT 8.1.
Read more: Microsoft Surface 2 Windows RT 8.1 Tablet ReviewRaijintek AIDOS Review @ ocaholic
Today there are almost countless manufacturers of aircoolers out there but there are still companies, which think that there are some niches, that have not yet been addressed. With their AIDOS, Raijintek has quite a bulky tower cooler in its portfolio which should convince with an excellent price/performance ratio.
Read more: Raijintek AIDOS Review @ ocaholicEnermax Revolution X't 630 W @ techPowerUp
Enermax is well-known for their PSU products, and they have, over all these years, maintained a successful presence in this market segment, although the competition is fierce. We will now take a look at their new Revolution X't PSU with 630 W capacity. It is 80 Plus Gold compliant and features a semi-modular cabling design.
Read more: Enermax Revolution X't 630 W @ techPowerUpCooler Master GX II 650W Power Supply Review @ HiTech Legion
Sometimes it is hard to think of anything to say, or write about. I am having a particularly tough time right now trying to decide how to open up a dialogue with you, the reader. What can I say that will gather your interest and simultaneously give me a segue into the topic of discourse? I could talk about lightning, for example, did you know that the amps and voltage of lightning strikes varies so much that strikes have been reported at 10,000 amperes but some as high as 200,000 amperes? Lightning would make a pretty terrible and unstable power source.
Read more: Cooler Master GX II 650W Power Supply Review @ HiTech LegionGIGABYTE G1.Killer Sniper 5 Intel Z87 Motherboard Review @ Legit Reviews
For years GIGABYTE has been among the best of the best when it comes to motherboards and other computer components. Today we will have the pleasure of looking at one of their flagship products, the G1.Killer Sniper 5 motherboard. The G1.Sniper 5 is a beast of a board, both in features and size. Before we delve to far into the features, it's certainly worth mentioning that the G1.Sniper 5, like it's predecessors carries a pretty steep price tag. Right now you can find the GIGABYTE G1.Sniper 5 for $339.99 shipped after a $50 rebate, it's a hefty price tag but keep in mind this board should be among the best of them! Read on to find out if it is!
Read more: GIGABYTE G1.Killer Sniper 5 Intel Z87 Motherboard Review @ Legit ReviewsSeasonic S12G-750 Power Supply Review @ KitGuru
Today we look at the latest Seasonic S12G 750W power supply, a new 80 Plus Gold design using top grade Japanese components. This is the highest output model in the new Seasonic range, alongside a 450W, 550W and 650W unit. Seasonic are gunning for the mass market enthusiast audience, aiming at an estimated price around 100. The new S12G range isn't modular, however Seasonic have achieved an 80 Plus Gold rating, and offer a substantial 5 year warranty with each unit. Is it worth the money?
Read more: Seasonic S12G-750 Power Supply Review @ KitGuruTt eSPORTS Theron Infrared Gaming Mouse Review @ ThinkComputers.org
The holiday season is right around the corner and with so many recent game releases, people are going to be looking into new computer builds and also upgrading their gaming gear. The other issue is that there is many companies out there that are not producing great quality products that can perform and hold up to being used by gamers. Thankfully there are many true gamer related companies out there that are looking out for the best intrested in there gamers from quality headsets to keyboards and mouses. One of those companies is Thermaltake which for years has produced gamer cases and other accessories. Over the past few years they have put some time and R&D into their products and from the past few months of testing with some of their TT eSports line of gear we have been pleased with their performance and are interested in seeing if we can keep getting the same performance out of the Theron Infrared Gaming Mouse. So keep reading on if you are interested in learning about the TT eSports Theron Infrared gaming mouse.
Read more: Tt eSPORTS Theron Infrared Gaming Mouse Review @ ThinkComputers.orgAMD's Project Discovery sneak peak @ KitGuru
Alongside that news, we've now uncovered the fact that AMD appears to be getting into the design market as we hear that some exciting AMD-designed platforms have already been named winners of the 2014 CES Innovation Awards, announced on Nov. 12th. We hear that the venture codenamed Project Discovery includes an AMD designed tablet and a few peripherals, namely a game controller and docking station.
Read more: AMD's Project Discovery sneak peak @ KitGuruNVIDIA Announces CUDA 6: Unified Memory for CUDA @ Anandtech
Kicking off next week will be the annual International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage, and Analysis, better known as SC. For NVIDIA, next to their annual GPU Technology Conference, SC is their second biggest GPU compute conference, and is typically the venue for NVIDIAs summer/fall announcements. To that end NVIDIA has a number of announcements lined up for this year, so many in fact that theyre pushing out some of them ahead of the conference just to keep them from being overwhelming. The most important of those announcements in turn will be the announcement of the next version of CUDA, CUDA 6.
Read more: NVIDIA Announces CUDA 6: Unified Memory for CUDA @ AnandtechGoogle, I love you, but you're bringing me down @ The Tech Report
In his latest blog post, TR's Geoff Gasior channels LCD Soundsystem to explain how Google's recent behavior has soured his love for the company.
Read more: Google, I love you, but you're bringing me down @ The Tech ReportPowerColor Devil R9 270X Review @ OCC
Knowing what PowerColor brings to the table with the Devil series cards, it's easy to see it put forth the effort to make sure the design just works. First and foremost it is built to give the enthusiast a long life, all the while delivering great performance for the $239 price point. PowerColor does this by leveraging a custom PCB equipped with its "Platinum Power Kit" 7+1+1 phase digital power delivery solution to make sure the power plane is stable and efficient over the long term. Next, PowerColor adds in a custom three fan, quad heat pipe, dual fin array equipped cooling solution to keep this factory overclocked card from making a trip to the nether world early in its lifespan.
Read more: PowerColor Devil R9 270X Review @ OCCPhanteks F140HP 140mm PWM Fan Review @ HiTech Legion
With all of the attention that is thrown on liquid cooling these days, it often feels like air cooling is a forgotten class. But, however it may feel, air cooling is still the predominant cooling method and it is still making strides in development. There are countless numbers of articles and reviews published recently about case fans and fans that are aimed specifically at radiators, but fans developed specifically for CPU air coolers rarely get much press. Given that is what most are using, it is kind of a shame, especially since there have been some very good fans that have come along recently specifically for this purpose.
Read more: Phanteks F140HP 140mm PWM Fan Review @ HiTech LegionThe TR Podcast 145: The mailbag and top-tier graphics @ The Tech Report
We are back (belatedly, we know) with more of the fabulous Tech Report Podcast. This show kicks off in a bit of a sour mood as Jordan shares his latest tech woes and how they've affected podcast production. Then it's on to happier things with a slew of listener tweets and emails. Finally, Scott has two major graphics card reviews, as Nvidia and AMD battle for the crown of "fastest GPU."
Read more: The TR Podcast 145: The mailbag and top-tier graphics @ The Tech ReportKingston SSDNow E50 240GB SSD Review @ Hardware Canucks
As the Enterprise solid state storage industry matures it should come as little surprise to see manufactures expanding their lineups at a breakneck pace. Instead of one size fits all solutions, several are offering highly specialized models which are targeted with laser precision at specific consumer groups and scenarios. The latest additions to many manufactures’ Enterprise line are SSDs aimed at heavy read scenarios where HET/e-MLC NAND’s durability is not needed and their higher price certainly is not wanted. In layman’s terms, this has led to a renewed push towards value in a segment that’s not normally known for it.
Instead of focusing solely on write resiliency this budding market niche is concerned with providing a value orientated SSD, tailor made for read-centric situations so administrators can retire their aging 10K and 15K RPM hard drives without breaking their annual budget in the process. Kingston may not be the first to recognize and cater to this growing group of consumers, but their SSDNow E50 240GB intends to make up for lost time.
Read more: Kingston SSDNow E50 240GB SSD Review @ Hardware CanucksAMD: Only some R9 cards will be bundled with BF4 @ The Tech Report
Earlier this week, AMD announced that its Radeon R9-series graphics cards would come bundled with Battlefield 4. Turns out it's not that simple.
Read more: AMD: Only some R9 cards will be bundled with BF4 @ The Tech ReportSilverStone Raven RV04 Case Review @ OCIA.net
For the introduction of its fourth generation RAVEN case, SilverStone has opted to switch back to a more traditional layout with cooling fans moving air from front to rear and hardware located in its usual position within the chassis. Options are once again relegated to a single choice of color, which is fine as long as you like black. The right side panel is available with or without a window. New for the RV04 is a front panel door, the first to grace any RAVEN case yet. Can the fourth generation RAVEN carry on the well-respected name of its predecessors? Join us as we aim to find out.
Read more: SilverStone Raven RV04 Case Review @ OCIA.netAntec Kuhler H2O 650 AIO CPU Water Cooler Review @ eTeknix
Antec have had good success with their AIO water cooling solutions in the last few years, the Antec 620 and 920 have long been two of my favourite solutions when doing system builds. They may not always have achieved the best temperatures in performance benchmarks, but on a personal level I’ve found the build quality to be rock solid and sometimes it is the long term performance, not the benchmarks, that can make or literally break a build.
The new cooler from Antec is looking to do things a little different with a strange new pump and radiator combination unlike anything we’ve seen before. It’s a tribute to Antecs ideals of function over form and if the it will be interesting to see not only how it performs, but also how it looks.
As always we will be looking for solid performance in our benchmarks, but we would also like to see the solid build quality Antec are known for. With a price tag of around £45 it is competitive with most high end air coolers and is about on par for most AIO 120mm radiator coolers. It has a good range of support for popular socket types and its 120mm radiator should ensure high compatibility for most chassis design. Now let’s get right to it and see what else it has to offer, then put it through its paces on our test bench.
Read more: Antec Kuhler H2O 650 AIO CPU Water Cooler Review @ eTeknixLenovo Yoga Tablet 10 Review @ The Inquirer
An Android tablet with a unique design, but let down by its screen
Read more: Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 Review @ The InquirerSSD Charts 2013: 46 SSDs - OCZ Vector 150 240 GB @ ocaholic
In our comparison tables you find benchmark values regarding 45 different SSDs. Furthermore we do not comment the benchmark values. The idea and also the goal is to present to you a market overview which helps you choose the right SSD.
Read more: SSD Charts 2013: 46 SSDs - OCZ Vector 150 240 GB @ ocaholicInno3D GeForce GTX 780 Ti iChill HerculeZ X3 Ultra 3GB review: overclocked 780 Ti @ Hardware.Info
Last week Nvidia introduced the GeForce GTX 780 Ti, a new flagship card in response to AMD's Radeon R9 290X. The GTX 780 Ti is based on the same GK110 GPU as the existing GeForce GTX 780 and GeForce GTX Titan, but due to the higher number of Cuda Cores and faster clock frequencies the Ti version is faster than both Nvidia cards and the AMD Radeon R9 290X. Today we will look at the first partner card based on the 780 Ti from Inno3D.
Read more: Inno3D GeForce GTX 780 Ti iChill HerculeZ X3 Ultra 3GB review: overclocked 780 Ti @ Hardware.InfoOCZ Fatal1ty 750W Gaming Power Supply Review @ FunkyKit
Not so long time ago OCZ has introduced new Fatal1ty gaming power supply series which is compatible with recent Intel Haswell, 4th generation Core processors. Today we have chance to test and present 750W version of this fully modular PSU.
Let's check how much has to offer renewed OCZ Fatal1ty PSU line.
Read more: OCZ Fatal1ty 750W Gaming Power Supply Review @ FunkyKit