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

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Introducing Steam Gauge: Ars reveals Steam’s most popular games

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After throwing out pages that are marked as private or invalid for some reason, our crawler leaves us with a sample of about 80 to 90,000 valid Steam user pages every day. From that, we can generate an estimate of… Go To Full Article

This is how Samsung thinks about design

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Samsung said it would launch a website that showed off its design chops, and it's delivering as promised. The newly launched Make it Meaningful page dives into the inspirations behind the Korean company's products, complete with an abundance of giant...… Go To Full Article

‘GTA V’ to hit PS4, Xbox One and PC this June

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More evidence suggests that the PC and next-gen version of Grand Theft Auto V may hit sometime in June of this year. Go To Full Article

Sony has a 4K TV for every budget (that's at least $2,099)

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Sony has nailed down the final launch details for its newest 4K Bravia TVs, and surprise -- they just might be affordable this year. The "entry-level" XBR-X850B series will start at a relatively frugal $2,099 for a 49-inch model, with… Go To Full Article

Here's the software that helps Edward Snowden avoid the NSA

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Edward Snowden hasn't escaped the NSA's watchful eyes purely by exploiting lax security -- he also uses the right software. We now know that he communicates with the media using Tails, a customized version of Linux that makes it easy… Go To Full Article

Online retailers list ‘The Last of Us: Remastered’ for a June release

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Online retailers like Best Buy and Target have listed a very specific June release date for the PlayStation 4 version of Naughty Dog's celebrated epic The Last of Us. Go To Full Article

85,000 Oculus Rift Dev Kits Sold

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Oculus Rift has sold a total of 85,000 dev kits. That means they only need to sell about six million more kits before Facebook makes their money back off the company. The company revealed the figures to TechCrunch and broke… Go To Full Article

be quiet! Dark Rock Pro 3

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Need a new cooler? The be quiet! Dark Rock Pro 3 is on the test bench today at Hexus for a little review action. For comparison purposes, you can see our evaluation here. The good news for be quiet! fans… Go To Full Article

Google built a machine to test the speediness of laptop trackpads

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An unresponsive trackpad can ruin a laptop. But how do you test for that without having access to ready-made equipment? If you're Google, you build your own machine. The company's Chrome OS team has created the Quickstep, a USB add-on… Go To Full Article

Why Amazon is right to steer clear of Bitcoin

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Amazon has quashed the idea that it would be accepting Bitcoin as a method of payment. "We have considered it," said Tom Taylor, Amazon's head of seller services in an interview with Re/code, "but we're not hearing from customers that… Go To Full Article

In-house development of iPhone baseband chip a ‘herculean’ task

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An analyst claims that contrary to rumors, Apple may not be interesting in taking on the titanic task of designing and developing a baseband chip for the iPhone in-house. Currently Apple sources baseband chips designed by Qualcomm and manufactured by… Go To Full Article

ASRock FM2 A85X-ITX Motherboard Review

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"AMD has finally delivered on the new Richland APUs. And yes, they come with complete backwards compatibility. The question is, are any of the motherboards that were designed for the FM2 socket and Trinity still worth using with their latest… Go To Full Article

Toshiba Also Unveils New Satellite C and L Series Laptops

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Toshiba's Digital Products Division (DPD), a division of Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., today announced that it is refreshing its popular Satellite C and L Series laptops, right in time for the 2014 Back-to-School season. Offering a number of new… Go To Full Article

Corsair H105 Extreme Performance Liquid CPU Cooler

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PC Perspective has a short but sweet review of the Corsair H105 Extreme Performance liquid CPU cooler posted today that is certainly worth checking out. Initially, the H105 might leave you scratching your head. It's listed on Corsair's site with… Go To Full Article

Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel Smaller Than Borderlands 2?

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According to the folks at CVG, Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel will be smaller than Borderlands 2 but bigger than the original Borderlands. "It's pretty big. I don't think it's going to be as big as Borderlands 2," Pitchford said. "It might… Go To Full Article

Enermax ETS-N30 Budget CPU Air Cooler Review

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We tend to focus on "high end" CPU cooling when we do reviews, but today we have something a bit different. Enermax, known world wide for its overall excellent power supplies, steps foot in the CPU cooling ring with a… Go To Full Article

4K display, Radeon GPU team up in $1,500 Toshiba laptop

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With the PPI arms race raging on in the phone world, I was starting to think display makers had forgotten about laptops. Happily, that's not the case. Earlier this morning, Toshiba announced the Satellite P55t, a 15.6" notebook outfitted with… Go To Full Article

Sapphire R9 280X Vapor-X OC and R9 290 Vapor-X OC review

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There is no doubt that AMD gamers have been spoilt for choice this year when shopping for a new graphics card. Sapphire have been at the forefront of the new GPU revolution, thanks in no small part to their remarkable,… Go To Full Article

Office 365 Personal now available for $7 per month

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Office 365 Personal, a leaner version of Microsoft's subscription-based productivity suite, is now available for $70 per year or $7 per month. The new package lets you use Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, Publisher and Access on one Mac or...… Go To Full Article

Saltwater Over Graphene Generates Electricity

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It slices, it dices, it's an amazing thermal conductor, it is bendable and now it generates electricity using saltwater. Is there anything graphene can't do? Here, we show that a voltage of a few millivolts can be produced by moving… Go To Full Article

LG Starts Shipping the TONE PRO Mobile Headset

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Bringing more choice to smartphone owners considering premium, mobile stereo headsets, LG Electronics - the makers of the acclaimed LG G2 smartphone, LG G Pad 8.3 LTE tablet and innovative curved LG G Flex - is shipping LG TONE PRO… Go To Full Article

Samsung argues that its success is due to marketing, not copying Apple

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In the second patent infringement trial Samsung is trying to prove that its success is based on marketing and that allegedly copying Apple didn’t give it any benefit. Apple and Samsung’s second bout in court over patent infringements is well… Go To Full Article

Noctua NH-D15 Dual-Tower CPU Cooler Review @ Modders-Inc

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Noctua thus has introduced the NH-D15, a dual-tower cooler tweaked for efficiency. Do not mistake its large size as an exercise in brute force for the NH-D15 upon closer inspection, is a measured approach to cooling. Moving to a pair… Go To Full Article

Samsung explores a stripped-down take on wearable displays

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Samsung must want to keep an open mind when it comes to wearable displays. Just a short while after it explored the possibility of smart sports glasses, the company is back with a patent for a heads-up display with a… Go To Full Article

Bezels begone: Japan-bound LG isai FL phone surfaces with nearly no borders

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According to the latest spill of confidential information by @evleaks, one of Japan’s leading wireless carriers will soon nab an LG smartphone called isai FL which apparently boasts a display with microscopic bezels. If affordability is China’s thing, innovation is… Go To Full Article

The Galaxy S5 costs $256 manufacture according to teardown report

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Samsung appears to be moving up the cost spectrum with the Galaxy S5. Samsung’s latest handset costs $256 to manufacture, which is $30 more than last year’s Galaxy S4. A teardown analysis by market research firm IHS revealed that the… Go To Full Article

ViewSonic Smart Display Virtualization Products First to Earn Citrix Ready–HDX

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ViewSonic Corp., a leading global provider of visual solution products, announces that its SD-A225 and SD-A245 Virtualization Smart Displays are the first Android-based displays to earn Citrix Ready-HDX Verified status from Citrix Systems, Inc. These award-winning, next-generation ViewSonic multi-touch smart… Go To Full Article

Google makes it easier to email your smartphone snaps from the web

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If you like to send lots of photos from Gmail, Google's latest feature addition might save you some much-needed time. The search giant says it will today begin rolling out a new button for Gmail on the web that enables… Go To Full Article

Broadcom Doubles Wi-Fi Speeds with First Six Stream 802.11ac MIMO Platform

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Broadcom Corporation, a global innovation leader in semiconductor solutions for wired and wireless communications, today introduced the industry's first six stream 802.11ac MIMO platform for home networks. Broadcom's 5G WiFi XStream is up to 50 percent faster than MU-MIMO routers… Go To Full Article

Toshiba Announces Completely Redesigned Performance Laptops

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Toshiba's Digital Products Division (DPD), a division of Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., today announced its completely redesigned line of its all-purpose performance laptops - the ultra-slim 15.6-inch Satellite S55, desktop replacement 17.3-inch Satellite S75 and highly mobile 14-inch Satellite… Go To Full Article

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