Ultimate PC - February 2014 and more
Posted on: 02/26/2014 12:44 PM

Here the latest reviews and articles:

AMD Press Talks Up Major Open-Source Linux Driver Features, But Fails
BitFenix Shadow ATX Case Review
Dishonored 2-Years Later Reviewed
Gamdias Hephaestus Review
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 750Ti Windforce Edition Review
Gigabyte P34G Review
Intel Core i5-4440 (22nm Haswell) Review
Microlab S325 Soundbar Review
Microsoft releases EMET 5.0 Tech Preview
MWC: LG G2 Mini hands-on review
Nvidia GeForce GTX 750 / 750 Ti review: the first Maxwell Generation GPUs
Palit GTX 750 Ti StormX Dual 2GB Review
Plants Vs. Zombies Garden Warfare Video Review
Seagate Desktop SSHD 2 TB Hard Drive Review
Thermaltake Water 3.0 Pro Water Cooling System Review
Ultimate PC - February 2014
Verizon Ellipsis 7 4G LTE Tablet Review

AMD Press Talks Up Major Open-Source Linux Driver Features, But Fails
Good news: AMD's press / global communications team is finally talking up their open-source Linux graphics driver features. Bad news: they appear to still need lots of training over their own Linux graphics drivers. Or is there some Linux driver shake-up happening? Here's some of what they are promoting right now with the AMD Linux graphics driver.

I was contacted on Monday afternoon by a member of AMD's global communications team to learn about their "recent driver developments from the Linux side of the house....Of late, we’ve committed the following changes to the X.ORG ‘radeon’ repository—our open source driver."


Read full article @ Phoronix

BitFenix Shadow ATX Case Review
Stylish looks, no flaws in paint or appearance. All parts and accessories are of good quality and everything in fine working order.


Read full article @ Modders-Inc

Dishonored 2-Years Later Reviewed
Is Dishonored a game still worth playing, or can it be left in the past? As much as I have criticized it, it is an enjoyable game and is still worth playing. The story is good and its action-adventure gameplay is also of good quality. It does lack some polish in the details and I would never classify it as a stealth game, but it is still a solid game. I would recommend Dishonored to anyone looking for a good action-adventure game that offers at least as much adventure as action. If you are looking for a game you can really creep and stalk around in, this is not what you want, but there are plenty of other titles I could suggest.


Read full article @ OCC

Gamdias Hephaestus Review
Hephaestus from Gamdias is a gaming headset that packs interesting and uncommon features. At a first glance, build quality appears to be good and hopefully the sound is also going to convice. Other than that the Hephaestus, uses a 7.1 virtual surround and a new system called "Vibration Recognizer of Blast Source" to support very low bass. Overall we're rather curious to see if Gamidas is able to convince us or not.


Read full article @ ocaholic

Gigabyte GeForce GTX 750Ti Windforce Edition Review
I am not the kind of guy that would be called an “early adopter” but, at the same time, when there is something game changing out, I feel like I need to have it. Cell phones are a good example, I am still rocking my Samsung Galaxy SIII and have no intentions of upgrading anytime soon, even though my contract is up in a few short days. I guess it is the simple fact that I don’t like to have to deal with bad design and, much like yourself, I often like to read some reviews before I purchase a big ticket item. However, that Samsung Galaxy S5 is sure looking mighty fine and I wouldn’t mind getting my hands on one when they become available.

When we talk about game changing in the computer industry, you can consistently look at a product release cycle and see that there usually is a small bump and then a larger bump. In this release, we are looking at an Nvidia Maxwell based GPU and this could be that big bump we are waiting for in the graphics market. With a major focus on power efficiency, the GM107 based 750Ti has the opportunity to kick some butt in the budget market and shows the potential for the Maxwell architecture.


Read full article @ HiTech Legion

Gigabyte P34G Review
If you're in the market for a gaming laptop, you're already prepared to spend over a thousand bucks. But what you get for that premium price is key, whether it's a sleek system or a budget-friendly frag machine. Gigabyte falls far on the latter end of that spectrum with its new 14-inch gaming laptop, the P34G. With a graphite-colored aluminum lid adorned with a Gigabyte logo in chrome, the P34G is off to a solid start, with an understated look. Open the sturdy double hinge, and a base cut from the same metal as the lid – but in a silver hue – shows itself. That's where the design falls apart.Opening the lid also reveals a thick bezel crafted from a cheap-looking (and feeling) plastic surrounding the matte, 1080p panel. Before I photographed the device, both the palmrest and bezel were riddled with garish stickers.That said, I was drawn to the spun metal power button beset by chrome fan intake grilles – not speaker grilles – just beneath the screen.


Read full article @ Techradar

Intel Core i5-4440 (22nm Haswell) Review
Is this the best sub-$200 chip? There are few better feelings in technology than choosing parts for a new PC build, purchasing them, and then laying them down on the table ready for build time.

It's long been argued that PCs offer a better user experience than high-end tablets or the latest consoles. Truth is, you don't have to spend a great deal in order to build a decent PC that's both a capable workhorse and willing gaming machine.

AMD believes the way to go is to opt for one of its new Kaveri-based Accelerated Processing Units (APU). Baking in four cores and cutting-edge graphics seems like a good recipe for success, particularly with the emphasis on value, yet the premier A10-7850K, priced at £130, can leave a little to be desired on the CPU front.


Read full article @ Hexus

Microlab S325 Soundbar Review
Today we are looking at a product which is designed to add a little more quality to the audio provided by TVs. The Microlab S325 soundbar can be mounted on the wall or placed on a shelf in the TV unit and with three inputs, including optical while adopting an aggressive price it could be ideal for those looking to enhance their entertainment experience.


Read full article @ HardwareHeaven.com

Microsoft releases EMET 5.0 Tech Preview
One of the programs that I install instantly after setting up a new PC with Windows is Microsoft's Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit EMET. The program adds another layer of defense to the operating system and springs to action when malware is executed on the system. It can mitigate attacks so that they are not successful []Do you enjoy our publications? Consider supporting us by becoming a member. Pay what you like and get access to an ad-free site and a member's only forum! The post Microsoft releases EMET 5.0 Tech Preview appeared first on gHacks Technology News., all rights reserved.


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MWC: LG G2 Mini hands-on review
It's not exactly mini, but impresses with largely vanilla Android 4.4 Kitkat


Read full article @ The Inquirer

Nvidia GeForce GTX 750 / 750 Ti review: the first Maxwell Generation GPUs
On Februari 18th, Nvidia introduced the GeForce GTX 750 and GTX 750 Ti, two affordable new video cards. What makes this introduction particularly interesting is that both GTX 750 variants are the first to feature a chip from the new Maxwell generation. This made us especially curious about their performance.

Nvidia promises that Maxwell will deliver an enormous increase in efficiency and claims that the GM107 chip, on which the new cards are based, is a particularly good fit for modern PCs, such as laptops and small Mini-ITX systems. In this review, we will discuss the new Maxwell architecture and extensively study the performance of these two new video cards.


Read full article @ Hardware.Info

Palit GTX 750 Ti StormX Dual 2GB Review
Earlier this month Nvidia released their new Maxwell based GTX 750 Ti graphics card, and we were on hand to review the excellent MSI Twin Frozr solution on launch day. Today we take a look at another Nvidia partner card, the Palit GTX 750 Ti StormX Dual, featuring a substantial core and memory clock increase and custom dual fan cooler. Is it worthy of a shortlist?


Read full article @ KitGuru

Plants Vs. Zombies Garden Warfare Video Review
Kaeyi Dream takes a look at Plants Vs. Zombies Garden Warfare from PopCap and EA Games, cooperative third-person shooter and tower defense video game.


Read full article @ HardwareHeaven.com

Seagate Desktop SSHD 2 TB Hard Drive Review
The Seagate Desktop SSHD 2 TB hard disk drive is a 3.5" hybrid drive that combines a high-capacity hard disk drive with a flash memory to act as a non-volatile cache. We already tested this concept on a 2,5" drive, the Seagate Laptop Thin SSHD. Now, let's see if this concept is a good option for desktop computers, too.


Read full article @ Hardware Secrets

Thermaltake Water 3.0 Pro Water Cooling System Review
All-in-one water cooling products have been all of the rage lately. After reviewing many successful Thermaltake products and seeing their promising new line of water cooling products showcased at CES 2014 we are really excited to take one of their latest products, the Water 3.0 Pro for a spin. It is an all-in-one water cooling system that features a thick 120 mm radiator, dual 120 mm fan and a redesigned pump.


Read full article @ ThinkComputers.org

Ultimate PC - February 2014
The Ultimate PC: Only the best and fastest components available, with the appropriate astronomical price tag. You won't be able to assemble a PC better than this. That said, we do stay within reason, so you won't find us recommending for example yottabytes of SSD storage.

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 full article @ Hardware.Info

Verizon Ellipsis 7 4G LTE Tablet Review
The Verizon Ellipsis 7 Tablet is a new release from 'The Worlds Most Reliable Network'. The Ellipsis 7 is targeted at those looking for productivity on the go, as well as a touch of entertainment. A 7" tablet is small enough to toss into a jacket pocket or purse, but large enough to use for most tasks without an issue. The Verizon Ellipsis 7 Tablet isn't just a Wi-Fi tablet like many of the tablet out there, the Ellipsis 7 is connected to the Verizon 4G LTE network and has all the benefits that come with it. If you're interested in the Verizon Ellipsis 4G LTE tablet you can pick it up on Amazon.com for as little as $119.99 with a 2 year contract, or $299.99 without a contract. Read on to see how it performs!


Read full article @ Legit Reviews




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