Silicon Power S56 240GB TLC SSD Review

Storage/SSD by stefan @ 2017-03-27 read/post comments(0)

The entry-grade Silicon Power S56 SSD is packing a Phison controller, is available with capacities up to 960GB and sports decent performances level for a TLC drive. This type of product is generally recommended for upgrading mainstream machines that do still feature in some cases slow 5400 RPM mechanical drives without spending a lot of money. read more

AMD Ryzen 7 1700X Processor Review

CPU by stefan @ 2017-03-23 read/post comments(0)

Ryzen 7 1700X is meant to fill in the gap between the 1800X flagship and the 65W-rated Ryzen 7 1700, at an affordable price point of just $399. This SKU borrows all the features from the more expensive variant, including the 100MHz XFR, but is clocked lower by default at about 3.4GHz (3.5GHz with XFR) with a Precision Boost up to 3.8GHz (3.9GHz with XFR). With this CPU, we were also finally able to hit the all-core “magical” 4GHz mark, a result that did increase the performance even more at only 1.393V, right from Ryzen Master! read more

IQI i3 Android Smartwatch Review

Others/Miscelleneous by stefan @ 2017-03-19 read/post comments(0)

The quality of the Chinese standalone smartwatches has increased quite a bit and we are quite pleased with the appearance, build quality and features of the IQI i3 model. The integrated 380mAh battery can only supply enough power for a day or a day and a half (depending on the usage pattern) and the main culprit for this is the AMOLED 400x400 display. The watch does offer entry-level health monitoring stats such as a pedometer, heart rate sensor and can be successfully used as a remote for Bluetooth headsets while running or performing other fitness activities. Thanks to a fully-fledged Android OS, we can install plenty of other applications from the store, only that not all do support the round… read more

Razer Ornata Chroma - Mechanical Membrane Gaming Keyboard Review

Others/Mice & Keyboards by stefan @ 2017-03-15 read/post comments(0)

The Ornata Chroma keyboard implementation is unique: a combination between membrane rubber domes and the regular mechanical switches in order to have best of both worlds. These are integrated along with a medium-height keycap design for an even faster access to the keys. Besides the ability to remap all the keys with different other functions, we can fully customize the RGB lighting system and synchronize it with the other Chroma-enabled peripherals. read more

AMD Ryzen 7 1700 Processor Review

CPU by stefan @ 2017-03-12 read/post comments(0)

Ryzen 7 1700 is the lowest priced octa-core AMD processor for the AM4 platform and features 3GHz base clock, with a Precision Boost + XFR to a total of 3750MHz. While at stock speeds Ryzen 7 1700 does clearly perform under the flagship, we have had a nice surprise when we did try to overclock the system, a fact that transforms it into a product with unbeatable price/performance ratio. read more

QNAP TVS-673 High-Performance Business NAS Review

Storage/NAS by stefan @ 2017-03-09 read/post comments()

TVS-673 Turbo vNAS from QNAP is a very complex product for handling various tasks, while its hardware based on AMD is upgradeable in terms of RAM and expansion cards. While the model we have tested runs with 8GB of RAM, there are also two other models available, one with 16GB, but also one with no less than 64GB of DDR4, for running even more application modules and virtual machines at once. The AMD R-Series RX-421BD Quad-Core SoC runs at a base speed of 2.1GHz, while in burst it can climb up to 3.4GHz; it does also feature an embedded Radeon R7 Graphics Processor which drives the two HDMI orts in the back. read more
Memory Ballistix Tactical 32GB DDR4-3000 Memory Kit Review by stefan @ 2017-03-06
CPU AMD Ryzen 7 1800X Processor Review by stefan @ 2017-03-04
Others/Mice & Keyboards ROCCAT Skeltr Smart Communication Gaming Keyboard Review by stefan @ 2017-02-27
CPU Intel Kaby Lake Core i3-7350K versus non-K Showdown by leeghoofd @ 2017-02-26
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Hardware or Gadgets/Multimedia news

GIGABYTE Launches Overclocking Event: April Extreme Clocking 2017

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GIGABYTE Launches Overclocking Event: April Extreme Clocking 2017 A Competition of Skill for over $2,600 USD in Prizes Taipei, Taiwan, March 27, 2017 – GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co. Ltd., a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics… Go To Full Article

NASA is teaching ISS astronauts to maintain the ISS using VR

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To train ISS astronauts, NASA uses physical mockups, zero-G "vomit comet" airplane rides, neutral buoyancy (underwater) and other pricey and complex schemes. However, virtual reality has become a new option, allowing astronauts to do realistic traini... Go To Full Article

Mass-produced artificial blood is now a real possibility

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Doctors dream of having artificial blood always on hand, but the reality has usually been very different. While you can produce red blood cells in a lab, the current technique (which prods stem cells into action) only nets a small… Go To Full Article

The Best PC Games (You Should Be Playing)

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Some of the biggest titles of 2017 so far may be console-exclusives such as Horizon Zero Dawn and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, but we're still spoilt for choice when it comes to gaming on our favorite… Go To Full Article

UK wants WhatsApp to open a backdoor with federal services

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Companies should take “more active role” combating criminal violence, hate messages In the ongoing battle between state governments and national security agencies to ascribe regulations for encrypted IP-based communications, the UK government has now asked WhatsApp to… Go To Full Article

Scientists find a low-cost way to build genomes from scratch

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To put it mildly, sequencing and building a genome from scratch isn't cheap. It's sometimes affordable for human genomes, but it's often prohibitively expensive (hundreds of thousands of dollars) whenever you're charting new territory -- say, a speci... Go To Full Article

'NBA Jam' creator talks about Midway's little-known history

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If you hung around arcades in the 1990s, you were likely extremely familiar with Midway sports games like NBA Jam and NFL Blitz. Apparently, though, even these classics have a few secrets left. Former Midway design lead Mark Turmell has… Go To Full Article

NASA picks 10 smallsat missions to explore the Solar System

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Some missions don't require big spacecraft to accomplish. Take for example, these 10 projects under NASA's Planetary Science Deep Space SmallSat Studies (PSDS3) program. The agency picked 10 projects from PSDS3 to develop mission concepts that use sm... Go To Full Article

Lyft's round-up program donates part of your fare to charity

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Lyft has been positioning itself as the anti-Uber in light of its rival's mounting controversies, and it's determined to underscore that point. The ridesharing service has introduced a Round Up & Donate program that, as the name suggests, rounds...… Go To Full Article

'StarCraft: Remastered' upgrades a real-time strategy classic

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Blizzard is legendary for keeping old games alive, but it's going the extra mile this time around. The studio has unveiled StarCraft: Remastered, an overhaul that drags the 1998 real-time strategy game (including the Brood War expansion) into the mo... Go To Full Article

Corsair K63 Keyboard

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"The Corsair K63 arrived Technic3D. "The K63 features a tenkeyless design and Cherry MX Red mechanical keyswitches for ultimate performance. Brilliant per-key, red LED backlighting enables dynamic and virtually unlimited lighting adjustability?" Technic3D will see the complete functions in the… Go To Full Article

Thermaltake Water 3.0 Riing RGB 360 Edition Liquid CPU Cooler Review

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Thermaltake decided to jump on the RGB wagon by taking their very successful Water 3.0 Ultimate AIO liquid CPU cooler and replacing its regular high-speed fans with their ultra-low noise Riing RGB ones. The result may not produce the exact… Go To Full Article

'Black box' technique may lead to more powerful AI

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It's not easy to train a neural network. Even if they're not difficult to implement, it can take hours to get them ready no matter how much computing power you can use. OpenAI researchers may have a better solution: forgetting… Go To Full Article

Germany wants to regulate a 24-hour livestream as a broadcaster

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You might want to think twice about running a non-stop livestream just because you can -- at least in Germany, regulators will want to have a word with you. They've told the 24-hour let's play channel PietSmietTV that it has… Go To Full Article

Nokia's new Android phones will make their way Stateside

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Nokia's 3310 stole the show at Mobile World Congress earlier this year, but it wasn't the only device the brand announced at the event. It also debuted a trio of Android phones called the Nokia 6, 5 and 3. Now… Go To Full Article

China says Apple isn't cloning a local phone maker

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Did it seem ridiculous to you that Beijing officials ordered a ban on the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus over a dubious design patent claim? You're not the only one. A court has reversed the ban (which was suspended during… Go To Full Article

3D-printed cartilage cell implants thrive in baby mice

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Somewhere in Sweden, a few lab mice have human cartilage cells living and growing within their bodies. A team of researchers from Chalmers University of Technology and Sahlgrenska Academy used a CELLINK 3D bioprinter to make hydrogel out of human-der... Go To Full Article

Uber pauses its self-driving efforts following Arizona crash

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Uber isn't taking any chances in the wake of its self-driving car accident in Tempe, Arizona. The company has suspended both its Arizona testing and its Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania operations while it investigates what happened. The company has confirme... Go To Full Article

T-Mobile Will Identify and Block All Scam Calls

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It seems that T-Mobile has nothing but good news to share these days, and this report is no different. The phone company will be reducing unwanted calls with the help of a comprehensive, real-time database and "behavioral heuristics and intelligent… Go To Full Article

AMC Plans Ad-Free Streaming Service

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The Walking Dead network will be releasing a commercial-free online video streaming service, but it already sounds lame because it will be available only to cable TV subscribers. The service may offer exclusive digital content, but I think it would… Go To Full Article

[M] Silicon Power S56 240GB TLC SSD Review

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The entry-grade Silicon Power S56 SSD is packing a Phison controller, is available with capacities up to 960GB and sports decent performances level for a TLC drive. This type of product is generally recommended for upgrading mainstream machines that do… Go To Full Article

Quick Look: Comparing Vulkan & DX12 API Overhead on 3DMark

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Earlier this week the crew over at Futuremark released a major update to their API Overhead testing tool, which is built into the larger 3DMark testing suite. The API Overhead tool, first rolled out in 2015, is a relatively straightforward… Go To Full Article

Mass Effect Andromeda Performance Analysis

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After a near five year break from the franchise, Mass Effect returns this week with an all new entry to the series. Mass Effect Andromeda leaves earth and Sheppard behind in an effort to expand the universe with new characters,… Go To Full Article

Uber CEO linked to escort bar visit that resulted in an HR complaint

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In case you were counting, it has been more than a month since Uber CEO Travis Kalanick announced an investigation into claims of sexual harassment and discrimination within his company. Tonight The Information reports that in 2014, Kalanick senior V... Go To Full Article

Movado's Android Wear device looks like its regular watches

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Movado has revealed its first Android Wear watch at Baselworld 2017, a few weeks after it announced its first solo foray into smartwatches. The American watchmaker calls its creation Movado Connect, a timepiece with edge-to-edge, always-on display sp... Go To Full Article

Amazon will collect state sales taxes nationwide April 1st

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While Amazon has resisted collecting state sales taxes, over the last few years it has bent, state by state. Now CNBC reports that as of April 1st, it will collect sales taxes in every state that imposes one, as Hawaii,… Go To Full Article

Tesla Model 3 'release candidate' revealed in a tweet

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As Tesla continues its march towards producing a mass-market electric vehicle, CEO Elon Musk gave us a brief glimpse at the latest prototype. This Vine-length clip showed the first drive of a "release candidate" Model 3. As Autoblog explains, it… Go To Full Article

Netflix thinks people still like Adam Sandler movies

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Adam Sandler's recent output has been... well, it's probably best not to talk about it. Regardless of how you feel about his work, Netflix and its viewers seem to be fans and as such the streaming juggernaut has inked another… Go To Full Article

Google app test makes editing photos more social

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Right on the heels of killing off Google Talk, the company has admitted it's working on a new app for group photo editing and sharing. While Google already has the chat app Allo and video calling app Duo, it may… Go To Full Article

Cougar Panzer Max @ techPowerUp

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The Cougar Panzer Max is a full-tower representation of the Panzer chassis. It is larger, bulkier, has more space, and looks a lot more menacing to boot. It really does resemble a tank, which is what "Panzer'' means in German.… Go To Full Article

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