Gigabyte CDRomland OC Workshop

Tradeshow & OC events by leeghoofd @ 2014-04-15 read/post comments(0)

After a first successful outing of the Hardware.Info Pro OC team, it was time to head to a new location. Bundling forces with Gigabyte, Intel and the CDRomLand store the stage was set for another OC workshop. Since the Hardware.Info team is involved in HWBOT's Pro OC Cup some scores had to be improved to remain within the top 10. A tedious task as overclocking with a curious crowd, constantly asking questions, adds up to the challenge. Time to head over to the lovely city of Breda to the CDRomLand shop. read more

SilentiumPC Fera 2 HE 1224 CPU Cooler Review

Cooling/CPU Cooling by jmke @ 2014-04-15 read/post comments(0)

SilentiumPC send us their latest budget friendly heatsinks. Compatible with all of the major Intel and AMD platforms out there we take for a test run on a hot running setup to see how it stacks up to the reference cooling from Intel. read more

Synology DS414 High Performance 4-bay NAS Server for SMB & SOHO Review

Storage/NAS by stefan @ 2014-04-14 read/post comments(0)

The DS414 NAS from Synology is based on a dual-core Marvell Armada XP running at 1.33Ghz and is paired with a total of 1GB DDR3, which should be enough for home use and small business. Inside the bays we can use both 2.5’’ (HDD/SSD) and 3.5’’ drives (screwless installation). The NAS operates paired with the latest DSM 5.0 version which features a consistent visual redesign for an easier use. read more

iOCEAN X7S 8-core Smartphone Review

Mobile/Smart Phones by stefan @ 2014-04-09 read/post comments()

X7S is one of the latest smartphones from iOCEAN, featuring the latest MediaTek MT6592 1.7GHz 8-core SoC, which is paired with 2GB of RAM. The 4-core GPU part is clocked at 700MHz (Mali-450 MP4) for offering good performances in 3D applications and for videos we have H.265 video decoding support along with the ClearMotion intelligent video frequency-doubling technology. The 13MP camera in the back provides us with good quality photos while the 2000mAH battery should last us from one day to a day and a half depending on the usage type. read more

MSI Z87M-GAMING Motherboard Review

Motherboards/Intel S1150 by leeghoofd @ 2014-04-07 read/post comments(0)

MSI is pushing hard with their Intel Z87 lineup; the gaming series motherboards are getting the same love from the gaming community as the alike named graphics solutions. Combining stunning looks with durability and great performance retailing at a very competitive price; it really feels times are changing and a certain A brand seems to slowly loose it grips on the market. The MSI Z87M Gaming motherboard is a full blown Z87 chipset based mATX motherboard with hardly any compromises made to the design. Nevertheless MSI manages to undercut the prices of the main competitors gaming oriented board offerings. read more

Corsair Vengeance Low Profile 16GB 1600MHz C10 Dual Channel DDR3 Memory Kit Review

Memory by stefan @ 2014-04-07 read/post comments()

Thanks to the extra clearance the Vengeance LP memory kits offer, we are able to mount even bigger CPU heatsinks or accommodate them inside cases with cramped space. The modules have different colors depending on their technical specifications and as far as we have seen the stock speed can be raised a bit more in order to benefit from more bandwidth. read more
Audio/Others Cooler Master CM Storm Pitch Gaming Earphones Review by stefan @ 2014-04-03
Tradeshow & OC events MSI/Informatique OC Academy featuring HWinfo Pro OC Team by leeghoofd @ 2014-04-03
Cases & PSU/Cases Fractal ARC MINI R2 Computer Case Review by leeghoofd @ 2014-04-02
Cases & PSU/Cases Corsair Graphite Series 760T Full Tower Computer Case Review by stefan @ 2014-03-31
Storage/Other Mach Xtreme Technology MX-LX 128GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Review by stefan @ 2014-03-26

Hardware or Gadgets/Multimedia news

Galaxy S5′s fingerprint scanner has already been hacked, PayPal accounts at risk

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When it comes to Samsung’s fingerprint scanner technology embedded in the home button on the new Galaxy S5, there’s good news and bad news. The good news is that we have spent plenty of time testing it, and we’ve found… Go To Full Article

[M] SilentiumPC Fera 2 HE 1224 CPU Cooler Review

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SilentiumPC send us their latest budget friendly heatsinks. Compatible with all of the major Intel and AMD platforms out there we take for a test run on a hot running setup to see how it stacks up to the reference… Go To Full Article

Lian Li Previews the PC-V2130 Full-Tower Chassis

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Lian Li previewed its next flagship ATX full-tower chassis, the PC-V2130. The latest aluminium monstrosity from Lian Li features a ridged and brushed aluminium front door, and anti-acoustic padded panels all around. It's wheeled at the base. Measuring 237 mm… Go To Full Article

Google exec says Android didn’t ripoff iPhone features

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Google vice president of Android Hiroshi Lockheimer was the first witness Samsung called in its defense against Apple. The second Apple v. Samsung patent infringement trial is underway with Cupertino claiming that five of its patents are being infringed upon… Go To Full Article

Eurocom Equips M4 with Core i7-4940MX, GeForce GTX 880M, 3200x1800 Display

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Eurocom has benchmarked the M4, the world's most powerful 13.3" QHD+ notebook. It is equipped with a breathtaking 3200x1800 QHD+ display, an Intel Core i7 Extreme Processor and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M graphics. Eurocom has benchmarked and stress tested the… Go To Full Article

Scientists are studying evolutionary concepts with robot mice

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Studying evolution is tricky -- it's a process that happens over countless generations and thousands of years, but the men tasked with studying it live less than a century. Researchers at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology have found… Go To Full Article

Xbox One's April update rolls out tonight to bring back friend sign-in notifications

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Ready for more new features on your Xbox One? Major Nelson just announced that the April software update Microsoft has been beta testing will start rolling out to all systems tonight. The big new feature is the return of notifications… Go To Full Article

Google Glass Kit Kat update arrives ahead of tomorrow's big sale

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Still need a push to drop $1,500 on Google's Glass headset when they go on sale to all US residents tomorrow? After skipping a couple of months, the team behind it is pushing a big software update later this week… Go To Full Article

The NSA issues its own suggestions for avoiding lost Heartbleed data

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The United States National Security Agency may or may not have known about the security vulnerability known as "Heartbleed," but now that it's a widely publicized issue, the agency has some safety suggestions. Sure, you've probably heard all this... Go To Full Article

Cooler Master Nepton 140XL CPU Cooler

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Anyone shopping for an all-in-one liquid cooler should definitely give this review of the Cooler Master Nepton 140XL the once over. This could be just the cooler you are looking for. The Cooler Master Nepton 140XL is a real high-end… Go To Full Article

Chrome OS now lets you dock small apps on the side

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Chrome OS just became much more useful for multitaskers. Google has updated the web-centric platform with support for docking smaller apps along the screen edge, * la Windows 8; you can now keep a Hangouts chat or shopping list in… Go To Full Article

Codemasters may announce next-gen titles next week

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Codemasters will likely announce an F1 title for next-gen consoles next week. It looks like Codemasters is getting ready to announce a roster of next-generation titles. Codemasters community manager Lee Williams said on the company’s blog that this week was… Go To Full Article

Leaked icons indicate Android may enjoy a redesign soon

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The Google I/O developer conference is just over two months away, but it's never too early to start opining about what the software giant is planning to show. Try not to be overwhelmed with excitement, kids: according to documents leaked… Go To Full Article

Humble Bundle: PC and Android 9 Review @ OCC

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"I found the two beat-the-average games, Kingdom Rush and Knights of Pen and Paper, to be very enjoyable. Kingdom Rush offers a deep and well-designed tower defense experience on both Android and PC. Knights of Pen and Paper is an… Go To Full Article

Snowden leaks and NSA reporting win Pulitzer Prizes

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Both The Guardian and The Washington Post were announced as Pulitzer Prize winners today in the public service category. The prizes were awarded for The Guardian's Edward Snowden work, which revealed dozens of details about the United States... … Go To Full Article

Anyone can sign up to buy Google Glass tomorrow; will you?

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Tomorrow, as most everyone in the US knows, is tax day. It's also the one day where Google will open up the sale of its Glass wearable to the general public, meaning you won't need that Explorer invite to nab… Go To Full Article

802.11ac routers review: 20 models tested @ Hardware.Info

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Overall, the best routers are the ASUS RT-AC68U, Apple AirPort Extreme, D-Link DIR-868L, and the Netgear R7000 Nighthawk, with Apple's offering being the fastest in almost every test. You cannot ignore this router when strictly focusing on performance, and as… Go To Full Article

Java Critical Patch Update Pre-Release Announcement

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It's nice of Oracle to announce that their software is still vulnerable until tomorrow when the new critical patch update goes live. A Critical Patch Update is a collection of patches for multiple security vulnerabilities. This Critical Patch Update contains… Go To Full Article

Thermalright High Riser series HR-22 CPU Cooler Review

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We are looking at a new CPU Cooler from Thermalright. It is the Thermalright High Riser series HR-22. The CPU Cooler is equipped with 8 heat pipes, packed with thin aluminium fins and weighs massive 1120 g. Go To Full Article

Mozilla picks interim CEO as it tries to move past controversy

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Previous CEO Brendan Eich lasted just 11 days as head of the Firefox company. He resigned last week amid political backlash; Eich contributed $1,000 to California's controversial Proposition 8, a bill that would've ended the legality of same-sex... … Go To Full Article

SilverStone PS10 Case Video Review

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"The SilverStone PS10 Case falls into the budget category, but it still has lots of features and looks sharp. Up to 5 2.5"/3.5" drives can be installed, 5 fans are possible, it comes with removable dust filters, there's cable management… Go To Full Article

How to reduce or eliminate LCD burn-in and stuck pixels

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I have an old-but-still-nice 30" monitor on my desk, a Dell 3007WFP. This display has served me well for years, but recently, it's started having issues with "burn-in" or after-images created by displaying the same icons and windows in the… Go To Full Article

OCZ VERTEX 460 240GB Review @ Vortez

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We recently put the Vector 150 SSD to the test which impressed us but our main criticism was the price. Today, we look at the opposite end of the scale with the Vertex 460. The Vertex 460 is much more… Go To Full Article

Google beats Facebook to acquisition of drone maker

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Google has just agreed to buy Titan Aerospace, a maker of high-altitude solar-powered drones that was in acquisition talks with Facebook just a few months ago. The Mountain View company hopes to use these long-lasting autonomous drones to assist its...… Go To Full Article

ADATA AE800 DashDrive Air Review @HiTech Legion

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"The ADATA DashDrive Air AE800 is an excellent all around tool and it performed at a good speed when utilizing USB 3.0 connectivity, while the Wi-Fi speeds were satisfactory." Go To Full Article

DICE Looking Into BF4 "Death Shield" Bug

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For those of you that haven't encountered this bug yet, here's a quick look at how it works. The company says it is "looking into it." Go To Full Article

Intel Starts Shipping 'Haswell Refresh' Processors

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Without any real fanfare Intel has now kicked off sales and shipments of processors part of 'Haswell Refresh' line. An official launch for the updated Haswell offering, complete with motherboards based on the 9 Series LGA1150 chipsets, is reportedly planned… Go To Full Article

ASRock's Bay Trail-D boards come in Mini-ITX, microATX form factors

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ASRock has put together a collection of desktop boards based on Intel's Bay Trail-D SoC. As far as I can tell, there are only two actual board designs: a Mini-ITX version and a larger, microATX variant. Each one is available… Go To Full Article

Google’s Nexus 5 to receive Android 4.4.3 update starting today

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The Nexus 5 support page on US carrier Sprint indicates that the update will begin rolling out today, April 14th. Android 4.4.3 has been said to be under testing with Google employees, and it looks like the update could be… Go To Full Article

GIGABYTE R9 290X OC and ASUS GTX 780 Ti DCUII Review

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Our evaluation of the GIGABYTE R9 290X OC and ASUS GTX 780 Ti DCUII pits two heavy hitters against one another to see who comes out on top. Today we look at the GIGABYTE R9 290X 4GB OC and ASUS… Go To Full Article

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