The Core i5 3570K processor revisited and more
Posted on: 02/08/2013 01:02 PM
Here a roundup of the latest reviews and articles, including The Core i5 3570K processor revisited, Virtual Users And Domains With Postfix, Courier, MySQL And SquirrelMail, Intel's Anna Cheng showcases touch screen gaming, Amazon Kindle Fire HD Tablet Review, and Kingston SSDNow V300 120GB SSD Review
The Core i5 3570K processor revisited @ Guru3D
It was merely less then a year ago Intel Ivy bridge processors had been released. Over time one of the more popular processors of the entire series has become the Core i5 3750K processor, it's powerful, way more affordable then a 3770K and overclockable to a certain extend if you know what you need to deal with.
Many moons ago we have shared performance of this processor with you already, but over time benchmarks have been updated repositioning the processor a tiny bit. Next to that we never gave the processor an actual stand-alone review and as such we never have been able to overclock it, hence to the quick reference reviews where we get processor samples for merely a few days.
Now we know a lot of people have a hard time overclocking these processors even over 4300 MHz, so as such these are all good reasons to retest this processor we say. So today a standalone review on the Ivy bridge architecture based Core i5 3570K where we'll learn you how to take it towards 4700 MHz as well.
Read more: The Core i5 3570K processor revisited @ Guru3DVirtual Users And Domains With Postfix, Courier, MySQL And SquirrelMail (Fedora 18 x86_64) @ Howtoforge
This document describes how to install a Postfix mail server that is based on virtual users and domains, i.e. users and domains that are in a MySQL database. I'll also demonstrate the installation and configuration of Courier (Courier-POP3, Courier-IMAP), so that Courier can authenticate against the same MySQL database Postfix uses. The resulting Postfix server is capable of SMTP-AUTH and TLS and quota. Passwords are stored in encrypted form in the database. In addition to that, this tutorial covers the installation of Amavisd, SpamAssassin and ClamAV so that emails will be scanned for spam and viruses. I will also show how to install SquirrelMail as a webmail interface so that users can read and send emails and change their passwords.
Read more: Virtual Users And Domains With Postfix, Courier, MySQL And SquirrelMail (Fedora 18 x86_64) @ HowtoforgeCorsair Vengeance M65 Gaming Mouse Video Review @ HardwareHeaven.com
Kaeyi Dream takes a look at the latest Corsair Vegeance M65 gaming mouse in her latest video for HardwareHeaven.
Read more: Corsair Vengeance M65 Gaming Mouse Video Review @ HardwareHeaven.comRAIDMAX Cobra Review @ Computing on Demand
My computing world is simple, I don't like things that are too over the top. In other words, I like certain things to be simple... especially my computer cases. The calmer the appearance, the more I like it. If you have some change in your pocket, Lian Li and SilverStone are the ones I look to first. If I need a budget case, the BitFenix Merc Alpha or the CoolerMaster Centurion fits the bill. Today, RAIDMAX thinks they have a budget chassis that can find a place amongst our short list of go to cases.
The Cobra is a Mid Tower case that definitely grabs your attention, without any gaudy designs, cough.. ThermalTake Modern Life Style XaserV Damier V5000A ..cough, but still adds some elements of flare. The cobra has three tool free 5.25" drive bays, three internal 3.5" bays, and four internal bays that can hold 2.5" HDDs or 3.5" HDDs. You have room for an ATX motherboard (10" x 12" max), it has seven expansion slots, and can home a video card that measures 415mm! To keep things cool, the RAIDMAX Cobra ships with two fans installed; a 120mm fan in the rear of the case and a 120mm green LED fan up front. The case measures 525mm long, 240mm wide, and 460mm tall.
Up front, the Cobra has a sort of sinister appearance. The bottom of the front looks like a Transformer at first glance, which is the intake for a green LED 120mm fan. Nestled just above the intake are your Power button, USB 2.0, MIC, Headphones, USB 3.0, Activity and Power LEDs, and a reset button. Each of the 5.25" drive bays employs an easily removable drive bay cover. They have a pullback lever that releases the cover; they are constructed of a thick metal mesh, and have a foam filter behind them to keep dust out.
Read more: RAIDMAX Cobra Review @ Computing on DemandHewlett-Packard TouchSmart 520 All-In-One Touchscreen PC Review @ OCInside.de
Touchscreen systems are fully in line with the trend - as Smartphone, Tablet PC or as complete All-In-one PC with touch and multitouchscreen panel, which OCinside.de is testing now after several HTPC and media player reviews.
Today we have a review of the Hewlett-Packard TouchSmart 520 All-In-one PC with 23-inch touch display, integrated webcam, sound system and many other features that will make the PC life easier for the user.
Let us test, how well the touch panel is working in everyday usage and measure the performance, the noise and the power consumption of the PC system and let us see, if the AIO concept is recommendable.
Read more: Hewlett-Packard TouchSmart 520 All-In-One Touchscreen PC Review @ OCInside.deAssassin's Creed III: Deluxe Edition @ Benchmark Reviews
The Assassin's Creed franchise envelopes players in a very intriguing storyline. Far in the future, the world is about to be destroyed by the sun. Some faction from the distant past realized this and started making preparations for it. Desmond, the main character of the series, his father, and some other friends, are working hard to figure out how to save the earth from this destruction before the Templars get their way. Through the use of an Anima device, Desmond can travel back into the memories of his ancestors who were part of a brotherhood of assassins. It is into those memories, as well as into Desmond's present, that the player is transported, reliving surprisingly accurate historical events.
In Assassin's Creed III, Desmond and his band are on a quest to retrieve another key element of the puzzle to help them save earth. This time, from their base of operations somewhere in a cave in the northeastern United States, Desmond relives the memories of a half Native American ancestor who should somehow give Desmond and his team clues about the whereabouts of their next prize. Desmond's ancestor, Connor, joins the assassin's brotherhood on a mission of revenge against a group of Templars who burned his village to the ground and killed his mother.
Without giving too much away, the storyline follows the founding of the United States of America starting from a few years before the revolution kicks off. You get to meet a bunch of historical icons and even run missions for George Washington himself. That's beside participating in the Boston Tea Party and the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Not bad for a half-native assassin. Of course, you don't always fight for the rebels. Connor's interests are in protecting his tribe and their lands, and that means fighting against a lot of people.
Read more: Assassin's Creed III: Deluxe Edition @ Benchmark ReviewsIntel's Anna Cheng showcases touch screen gaming @ KitGuru
Despite Microsoft pushing through a touch platform for the PC more than a decade ago, it took Apple's iPad for anyone to notice. The increase in touch based systems, automatically leads to an increase in cool/new touch apps. Eugene and Intel were on hand today to show off just what can be achieved. KitGuru surfaced to see what's what.
Read more: Intel's Anna Cheng showcases touch screen gaming @ KitGuruMicrosoft Surface Windows 8 Pro Review @ TechReviewSource.com
Tablets with mobile operating systems like Android, iOS, or Windows RT are perfectly adequate if your tasks center on the Internet. But if you need compatibility with older x86 programs in a slate tablet form factor, then you need one running Windows 8. Of the handful introduced lately, the Microsoft Surface Windows 8 Pro is the one to beat.
Read more: Microsoft Surface Windows 8 Pro Review @ TechReviewSource.comFSP Raider 550w Review @ XSReviews
On PC, it’s pretty easy to record footage of your games. Whether you’re using streaming software like XSplit or recording directly to your hard drive with Fraps, getting your gameplay out there is fairly well understood.
For consoles, it’s much harder – with a locked down environment devoid of third party applications, you can’t just download a program off the ‘net and start recording. Instead, you’ll need some physical hardware to do the job.
Enter the Hauppage HD PVR 2 Gaming Edition. This small cuboid is designed to make recording and even streaming your gameplay incredibly simple – just hook up a few wires and, if the back of the box is to be believed, you’ll be away.
Read more: FSP Raider 550w Review @ XSReviewsAmazon Kindle Fire HD Tablet Review @ ThinkComputers.org
You know for me I never saw the need for an Amazon Kindle. I get all kinds of gadgets to play with and I have two tablets already, which I rarely use. I ended up winning the Kindle Fire HD at a party at CES so I was pretty curious to see what all the buzz was about. I do actually read a lot, but I tried to make the switch over to reading on tablets and it just did not stick. I think the biggest thing was that I didn't want to carry a large tablet around with me all of the time. The Kindle Fire HD being only 7-inches is the smallest tablet I have owned or really spent an extended period of time with. After taking it out of the package I said to myself, â€œwow this thing is small and who would want a tablet this size. But after using it for a few weeks it seems to be the perfect device to read on. Of course there is much more you can do on the Kindle fire HD as well so let's go ahead and get this review started!
Read more: Amazon Kindle Fire HD Tablet Review @ ThinkComputers.orgAMD A85X Motherboard Roundup: ASRock, Gigabyte, Asus @ HotHardware.com
We have had a few weeks with three A85X motherboards, the Gigabyte F2A845X-UP4, ASRock FM2A85X Extreme4-M, and Asus F2A85-V Pro, and AMD's top of the line Trinity A10-5800K APU, which combines 4 unlocked Piledriver CPU cores (stock 3.8GHz, turbo 4.2GHz) with an integrated Radeon HD 7600D GPU with 384 Radeon Cores at 800MHz.
We've written several in-depth articles on AMD's new Virgo platform--A85X chipset, FM2 socket and Trinity APUs--covering both the basics of the new A85X chipset, as well as CPU and overclocking performance. The FM2 socket is brand new for Trinity APUs and is not backwards compatible with FM1--sorry, Llano owners...
Read more: AMD A85X Motherboard Roundup: ASRock, Gigabyte, Asus @ HotHardware.comCorsair Carbide 200R Compact ATX Chassis Review @ KitGuru
The Corsair Carbide 200R is designed to target a wide audience of enthusiast user, being Corsairâ€™s most affordable chassis, available for only Â£50. Can they deliver a quality chassis at such a low price point however?
Read more: Corsair Carbide 200R Compact ATX Chassis Review @ KitGuruIn Win Commander III 700 W Power Supply Review @ Hardware Secrets
The Commander III power supply series from In Win, also known as "Desert Fox," has 600 W, 700 W, and 800 W models, all with the 80 Plus Gold certification and a modular cabling system. Let's take an in-depth look at the 700 W version.
Read more: In Win Commander III 700 W Power Supply Review @ Hardware SecretsNokia Lumia 620 @ Techradar
The Nokia Lumia 620 is Nokia's third foray into Windows Phone 8 territory, but while the previous two - the Nokia Lumia 820 and the Nokia Lumia 920 - were both fairly high end affairs, this is a decidedly budget handset.Really its closest competitor is the HTC Windows Phone 8S, since the two phones have pretty similar specs. They both have a dual-core 1GHz processor, 512MB of RAM, a 5 megapixel camera with 720p video and a 480 x 800 resolution display. The Nokia Lumia 620 has a fairly small 3.8-inch screen while the HTC Windows Phone 8S has a marginally bigger 4-inch one, but on the other hand the Nokia Lumia 620 has 8GB of internal storage while the HTC Windows Phone 8S only has 4GB. Essentially they're pretty similar on paper. The big difference is the price, since the Nokia Lumia 620 is being sold for a temptingly low £150 (around AU$225/US$235)
Read more: Nokia Lumia 620 @ TechradarNZXT Kraken X60 Review @ KitGuru
Today we are going to take a look at the Kraken X60 which is NZXT's first attempt at a performance liquid cooler. Over the past few years there have been a number of different companies trying to enter the all-in-one liquid cooling market, following the success of Corsair and Antec. Companies such as Zalman, Cooler Master and now NZXT are all trying to make their mark.
Read more: NZXT Kraken X60 Review @ KitGuruTt eSPORTS Level 10M Gaming Mouse @ PureOverclock
I have always been a pretty competitive individual, from sports like baseball, skating & racing to gaming on my computer. One of the things that’s really important when competing is not just being good at what you do, but also having the right equipment to help get you there. The right equipment can take you from being a good competitor to a great competitor. This is also true when gaming because without great equipment to assist you, such as your mouse or mechanical keyboard, you’re just another good player. If you want to be known as a great player and a winner, like most professional athletes and gamers, you’re going to have to turn to the latest gear to give you that edge to beat your opponents. Today I have the pleasure of bringing you just such a peripheral, The Tt eSPORTS Level 10M Gaming Mouse, brought to you with the previous collaboration between BMW’s DesignWorksUSA and Thermaltake, who also brought you the level 10 Concept PC.
The Tt Level 10M Mouse is divided into lower and upper segments, with the height-and-angle-adjustable perforated upper appearing to float over the solid aluminum base to provide passive ventilation. The Tt Level 10 has two regular buttons on the top and five additional buttons on the sides, with the “Z” key acting as a modifier to provide five additional commands. This all adds up to a total of 11 command keys that are programmable via a software application. In gaming mode, the “Z” key can be used to switch between up to five gaming profiles, while the Function-Lock Mechanism will lock the side keys to avoid any accidental button presses.
Read more: Tt eSPORTS Level 10M Gaming Mouse @ PureOverclockIcy Dock MB996SP-6SB "ToughArmor" SATA Backplane Review @ Hi Tech Legion
The use of computers on the other hand has created a huge amount of digital data. Humans have created so much data that we need high density storage solutions. The importance of data density is obvious when we consider entire data warehouses have been built by many major companies. Considering the amount of data is growing exponentially on a regular basis, density will only become more of a concern. Thankfully we have companies such as Icy Dock provides users and businesses alike with solutions for data density.
The Icy Dock MB996SP-6SB 6 in 1 "ToughArmor" backplane cage offers solid aluminum construction that not only protects the hard drives but provides passive cooling. The MB996SP-6SB fits six 2.5” SSDs or hard drives into the space of a 5.25” bay in the hot swap capable drive bays. Active cooling is provided by a 40mm fan mounted to the back, the fan speed can be set to off, high, or low speed. Indicator lights are also present on the hard drive bays to show HDD power and activity. Power is provided by two 4-pin Molex connections or two 15-pin SATA power connectors with the included adapters. The 6 in 1 "ToughArmor" backplane has an individual SATA data connector for each drive bay, allowing the backplane to be used with any hard drive or RAID controller.
Read more: Icy Dock MB996SP-6SB "ToughArmor" SATA Backplane Review @ Hi Tech LegionKingston SSDNow V300 120GB SSD Review @ Hardware Canucks
By looking at specifications alone, it’s obvious that Kingston isn’t targeting the high end market here. The V300’s sustained performance puts it firmly into the upper mid-tier echelon but for a mere $118, the 120GB version affordable and can provide a significant boost over spindle-based drives.
In the past Kingston’s value orientated drives were able to offer such reasonable prices by simply using lower performance NAND. This formula has been used time and again and it has worked reasonably well for the previous SSDNow series. This time things are bing done quite differently since Kingston has taken advantage of new technology to create a drive which promises to have excellent performance while still not breaking the bank.
Read more: Kingston SSDNow V300 120GB SSD Review @ Hardware CanucksThermaltake Chaser A31 Review @ Vortez
We’re already into the second month of 2013 and Thermaltake haven’t been holding back with their product launches, but one particular series has certainly remained almost dormant for over a year and a half. Thermaltake’s Chaser series arrived on the scene with a spectacular production, we really liked the Chaser MK-1 and have been waiting to see what other developments this range would bring. After certain success, the cooling giants are back with their next instalment to this exciting series; enter the Chaser A31.
Chaser A31 is a mid-tower computer chassis with distinct characteristics. Thermaltake have decided to opt for a middle of the road approach to styling with this new release, choosing to entertain both gamer and enthusiast alike. Both camps will appreciate what this case has to offer, and both camps should be satisfied by the generous features A31 promises to deliver.
Read more: Thermaltake Chaser A31 Review @ VortezXigmatek Asgard 381 @ techPowerUp
The Xigmatek Asgard 381 is aimed at first-time DIY builders on a budget. It comes in three different colors with the basic feature set we have come to expect from modern enclosures. This includes USB 3.0 and plenty of space for large components - all at a low price tag of below 40 USD.
Read more: Xigmatek Asgard 381 @ techPowerUpAsus RoG Orion Pro Review @ Techradar
Asus has long been seen as a top motherboard and graphics card manufacturer, but increasingly it's diverging out into a much broader space. We've seen it produce fantastic laptops and recently some excellent 120Hz monitors. It's also been quietly producing brilliant sound cards for the last few years, so it should come as no surprise that headsets are also on the menu. This Orion Pro is the latest headset from Asus and it's not a bad little offering, especially when you consider we've been playing with some seriously high-end headsets recently from Sony and Logic3.
Read more: Asus RoG Orion Pro Review @ Techradar3DMark Fire Strike benchmark reviewed @ Fudzilla
For the first time ever, a Futuremark benchmark is available as a cross-platform solution. This means you can use 3DMark and measure the performance of hardware running Windows, Windows RT, Android and iOS, allowing you to directly compare scores across all four platforms. At the moment 3DMark supports only Windows-based systems but we expect to see it fully functional later in Q1, 2013. As always, the benchmark is available in three Editions, Basic, Advanced and Professional Edition.
Read more: 3DMark Fire Strike benchmark reviewed @ Fudzilla