Z87 Motherboard Roundup July 2013 and more
Posted on: 07/13/2013 12:37 PM
Here today's reviews and articles, including Z87 Motherboard Roundup July 2013, Inno3D GeForce GTX 770 iChill HerculeZ X3 Ultra review, An intro to all things ARM, ASUS GRYPHON Z87 mATX Intel Motherboard Review, and Streacom ST-FC8B EVO Mini ITX Case
Z87 Motherboard Roundup July 2013 (ASRock, ASUS and MSI) @ HardwareHeaven.com
Today we have another selection of Z87 based boards to look at. These are mid-high end models and each offers something different for the consumer. So let's get started on the ASRock Fatal1ty Z87 Professional, ASUS Maximus VI Gene and MSI Z87 MPower.
Read more: Z87 Motherboard Roundup July 2013 (ASRock, ASUS and MSI) @ HardwareHeaven.comInno3D GeForce GTX 770 iChill HerculeZ X3 Ultra review @ Guru3D
In this article we review the beast, Inno3D GeForce GTX 770 iChill HerculeZ X3 Ultra. The GTX 770 from Inno3D is locked and loaded with the mighty HerculeZ X3 cooler, which is three slots wide but keeping the GPU under 55 Degrees C and completely silent. Pure awesomeness. That's not all though, it is factory overclocked for you at a very high level but even so can be tweaked quite a bit further.
But first things first, we take a closer look at NVIDIA's new GeForce GTX 770. The GeForce GTX 770 is a top of the line segmented graphics card. It uses a familiar GPU though, yes the very same GPU as the GTX 680 actually. That makes it a chunk faster, alongside a clock frequency and memory increase it will be priced aggressively, that in a nutshell, my friends, is the new GeForce GTX 770. We test the product with the hottest games like Metro: Last Light, Battlefield 3, Sleeping Dogs, Far Cry 3, Medal of Honor Warfighter, Hitman Absolution and many more.
Read more: Inno3D GeForce GTX 770 iChill HerculeZ X3 Ultra review @ Guru3DBIOSTAR Hi-Fi Z87X 3D Motherboard Review @ Madshrimps
Meet the Hi-Fi Z87X 3D board from BIOSTAR, which was designed to be affordable and succeeds to deliver good performances on the LGA1150 socket. Thanks to the extra attention that they gave to the audio interface, we will obtain better fidelity and in order to have special effects, the board is supplied with Sound Blaster Cinema and THX TruStudioPro applications, free of charge.
Read more: BIOSTAR Hi-Fi Z87X 3D Motherboard Review @ MadshrimpsMSI Z87 XPower Motherboard Review @ KitGuru
MSI is aiming for all-out performance with its flagship LGA 1150 motherboard - the Z87 XPower. Can the 32 phase VRM, overclocking-orientated features, host of add-on controllers, and support for 4-way graphics configurations give MSI's Z87 XPower motherboard success in the enthusiast sector?
Read more: MSI Z87 XPower Motherboard Review @ KitGuruFractal Design Arc Midi R2 Mid Tower Case Review @ Legit Reviews
The Arc Midi R2 is developed from the ground up with high-performance computer systems in mind. Featuring three high performance Silent Series R2 fans and ample water cooling options, the Arc Midi R2 layout maximizes airflow throughout the case and keeps even the most demanding systems at cool temperatures. Read on to see what we thought of this case!
Read more: Fractal Design Arc Midi R2 Mid Tower Case Review @ Legit ReviewsAn intro to all things ARM @ The Tech Report
ARM summoned some of the world's most technically inclined journalists and analysts to a confab at its headquarters in Cambridge, England recently. In an obvious case of poor judgment, I was also allowed to attend. Happily, I now get the chance to tell you another side of the story of the next generation of low-power processors.
Read more: An intro to all things ARM @ The Tech ReportCase Mod Friday: The Dual @ ThinkComputers.org
Welcome to another Case Mod Friday showcase! This week we have Chris McDermott's "The Dual" build. Here is what he had to say about it: The Dual was just an idea from a lan party with my first build in the Elysium case, and a comment of ' the case is so big you could fit TWO computers in side.'. Well that got me thinking and well a lot of measuring and modding, on the inside, I want to keep the outsode looking the same, and you can see the end result. As for the rads, well I needed to go external with the water and when i saw these rads i just had to have a pair of them to make sure it was The Dual.
Read more: Case Mod Friday: The Dual @ ThinkComputers.orgASUS GRYPHON Z87 mATX Intel Motherboard Review @ Benchmark Reviews
It's new Intel CPU time, and with the switch to the LGA1150 socket comes a slew of new motherboards. Today we have an interesting item: the ASUS Z87 GRYPHON mATX motherboard. What makes the GRYPHON interesting is that it's the first micro-ATX member of ASUS TUF family of motherboards. Let's see if this tiny motherboard can hold up the TUF banner.
Read more: ASUS GRYPHON Z87 mATX Intel Motherboard Review @ Benchmark ReviewsEye-Fi Mobi 8gb Memory Card Review @ TestFreaks
For the past several years I have used Eye-Fi SD cards to easily transfer my pictures wirelessly from my cameras to Mac or PC. Recently Eye-Fi released a new model called the Mobi, which we have received for today’s review.
This wireless SD card easily transmits photos and videos directly to one’s smartphone or tablet. It is aimed for the more casual photographers as it lacks some features in other Eye-Fi cards. Unlike the more expensive Eye-Fi Pro X2 it cannot send pictures to a computer or transmits RAW files.
Read more: Eye-Fi Mobi 8gb Memory Card Review @ TestFreaksStreacom ST-FC8B EVO Mini ITX Case @ NikKTech
Enthusiasts, hardcore gamers and professionals may prefer to use full tower PC Cases for their systems but there's really no doubt that every hardware component will get smaller as technology progresses (both Intel and AMD are aiming towards that). Of course to date the really power hungry high performance systems belong inside full towers for a variety of reasons but more and more people turn towards smaller mITX cases for their new HTPC systems which can actually be used for gaming as well something which was not really possible a few years ago. Things however don't end there and although in the market there's an abundance of midi and full tower PC Cases the same can't be said about mITX/HTPC ones especially for people who are looking for high quality solutions. Lucky for every consumer out there new manufacturers emerge all the time and although most don't jump in all at once to bring quality products into the market one of the latest players that listens to the name Streacom seems to be doing the exact opposite of that.
Read more: Streacom ST-FC8B EVO Mini ITX Case @ NikKTech