ECS Z97 Machine Motherboard Review

Motherboards/Intel S1150 by stefan @ 2014-08-01 read/post comments()

The Z97 Machine motherboard from ECS takes part of their mainstream offerings and this particular model has been enhanced on the audio interface by including the ESS Sabre ES9010K2M DAC. A M.2 slot for SSD is also present and we can mount up to two video cards (AMD CrossFireX) for expanding the 3D performances even further. read more

Silicon Power Superior SDXC UHS-1 64GB Review

Storage/Other by stefan @ 2014-07-28 read/post comments(0)

In this article we will look upon another speedy SDXC card from Silicon Power, with rated speeds of 85MB/s reads and 45MB/s writes and a total storage space of 64GB. The UHS-1 standard guarantees a new photographic experience in high-speed photo shooting and Full-HD video capturing. read more

Corsair Force LX 256GB SSD Review

Storage/SSD by stefan @ 2014-07-28 read/post comments(0)

Corsair has developed another great product in the name of the LX 256GB SSD, which has a very accessible price point and offers very decent performances all over the board. Regarding the internal construction, we could remind the Silicon Motion SM2246EN controller, 128MB of DDR3 buffer, but also 8 MLC NAND Flash chips with 32GB capacity each. read more

Gigabyte Z97X-SOC FORCE Motherboard Review

Motherboards/Intel S1150 by leeghoofd @ 2014-07-22 read/post comments()

Gigabyte continues to release new products in their orange themed overclocking motherboard series. The first of the OC series was the immaculate X58 OC motherboard, a trimmed down on features board, however purely designed to provide the ultimate overclocking experience. Sadly the X58 OC board arrived just a tad too late on the market to become a major selling product. Nevertheless a trend was set: deliver affordable, yet customized for maximum tweaking potential motherboard series. Other brands had similar overclocking friendly boards yet retailing at far more elevated prices. The predecessor, the Z87X-OC was one of the most utilized overclocking boards during the last year according statistics expert Massman from Gigabyte had to live up to its name and… read more

Synology DS414j Budget-friendly 4-bay NAS Server Review

Storage/NAS by stefan @ 2014-07-21 read/post comments()

Synology has updated their low-end 4-bay model with the release of the DS414j which retains the old version chassis and at its core we will find the 1.2GHz MindSpeed Comcerto dual-core ARM processor, which is paired with 512MB of RAM. As the more expensive models, DSM 5.0 is installed on the unit which adds great value and ease of use. read more

HIS R9 280 IceQ X2 OC 3GB GDDR5 Video Card Review

Videocards/VGA Reviews by stefan @ 2014-07-21 read/post comments()

With the R9 280 GPU (rebadged Radeon HD 7970), HIS have released a new card which features the proven 5-heatpipe two-slot cooling system; the product comes with a mild overclock but retains a very good overclocking potential, being able to reach and even surpass cards based on the 7970 GHz Edition. The card can handle most games at Full-HD resolutions, with or without filtering, while at 2560x1440 or 2560x1600 we may often need to adjust the detail levels. read more
Others/Mice & Keyboards Cooler Master Quick Fire Rapid-i Mechanical Keyboard Review by stefan @ 2014-07-18
Others/All-in-one PC Shuttle Barebone DS81 Review by stefan @ 2014-07-17
Others/Networking Gear TP-LINK AC1750 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit ADSL2+ Modem Router Review by stefan @ 2014-07-14
Cases & PSU/Cases SilentiumPC Aquarius X90 Mid-Tower Case Review by leeghoofd @ 2014-07-10
Storage/Other KingFast Encrypted USB Flash Drive Review by stefan @ 2014-07-09

Hardware or Gadgets/Multimedia news

Runtastic's Orbit band is a fitness tracker that doubles as a running watch

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If you've heard of Runtastic, it probably means you're something of a jock: The company got its start building running apps for tracking your distance, pace, et cetera. For the past two years, though, it's been making all sorts of… Go To Full Article

AMD Officially Launches 65W/45W Kaveri APUs

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Back in January when AMD launched their first Kaveri APUs, we tested the A10-7850K and the A8-7600, with the former being at the top of the product stack featuring two Steamroller modules and 512 GCN cores with a 4.0 GHz… Go To Full Article

AMD A10-7800 Kaveri APU Review

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AMD promised many new APUs when unveiling its Kaveri architecture in January but until now was only able to deliver two, the $160 A10-7700K and $170 A10-7850K. It's a little confusing to see the company pitching an updated version of… Go To Full Article

Tesla seals landmark deal to mass-produce EV batteries in the US

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How is Elon Musk going to produce his vaunted $35,000 Tesla when EV batteries are so expensive? By making his own. Tesla has signed a deal with Panasonic that'll see the pair team up to build the Gigafactory. It's from… Go To Full Article

Logitech gaming mouse combines optical and motion sensors

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Logitech claims its new gaming mouse is the world's fastest. The G402 Hyperion Fury is designed specifically for first-person shooters, and it's supposed to be capable of tracking reliably at speeds up to 500" per second—a staggering 28 miles per… Go To Full Article

Palit GTX750 Ti KalmX Review

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Nvidia’s GTX750ti Maxwell card has impressed us. We reviewed several partner solutions back in February and March this year and for the modest asking price it delivered some great frame rates, especially when factoring in the incredibly modest power demand.… Go To Full Article

Creative Releases the T3250 2.1 Wireless Speaker System

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Creative Technology Ltd today announced the Creative T3250 Wireless 2.1 speaker system - the latest offering in its comprehensive range of wireless speakers with Bluetooth technology. Priced competitively at USD69.99, this sleek and compact speaker system offers superb audio performance… Go To Full Article

23andMe gets $1.4 million NIH funding to advance human DNA research

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Genetic testing firm 23andMe might not be in good terms with the FDA, but it impressed the National Institutes of Health enough for the agency to give it a $1.4 million grant. The money will be used for a two-year… Go To Full Article

[M] ECS Z97 Machine Motherboard Review

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The Z97 Machine motherboard from ECS takes part of their mainstream offerings and this particular model has been enhanced on the audio interface by including the ESS Sabre ES9010K2M DAC. A M.2 slot for SSD is also present and we… Go To Full Article

LIVA Mini White Edition 64GB Debut

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World’s Smallest Windows-Based Mini PC Kit with eMMC 64GB storage upgrade 31 July 2014, Taipei Taiwan – Since this product was introduced in April, LIVA Mini PC Kit by Elitegroup Computer Systems,… Go To Full Article

Mionix Naos 7000 Gaming Mouse Review @

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We just released a review of the Mionix Naos 7000 gaming mouse with details on equipment and software. Go To Full Article

Sony makes money on movies and games, but not on smartphones

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It wasn't long ago that Sony, almost inexplicably for a company of its size and heritage, was losing money everywhere it went. After a few years of pain, however, things have begun to look up, with the company posting a… Go To Full Article

ASUSTOR Announces Compatibility for New WD Red Pro 4 TB,3 TB,2 TB, WD Red 6 TB,5TB

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ASUSTOR announces compatibility for WD's newest 4TB, 3TB, 2TB WD Red Pro SMB NAS hard drives (WD4001FFSX, WD3001FFSX, WD2001FFSX) and 6 TB, 5 TB high capacity WD Red hard drives (WD60EFRX, WD50EFRX). Taipei, Taiwan, July 30th, 2014 –… Go To Full Article

SteelSeries Introduces the Siberia Elite WoW Edition for Warlords of Draenor

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SteelSeries, the global leader in premium gaming peripherals, in collaboration with Blizzard Entertainment, today announced the upcoming release of the Siberia Elite World of Warcraft® Edition Headset. Gamers will soon be able to experience epic quests, intense raids, and endless… Go To Full Article

Quentin Tarantino and Christopher Nolan want to save the future of movies on film

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The movie industry has seen its share of struggles as we transition into a digital future, and likely no one has felt the pinch more than film company Kodak. The struggling outfit is getting a life-raft, though, in the form… Go To Full Article

Plextor to Show M6 Pro at Flash Memory Summit

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Plextor, a leading developer of high performance storage devices, will be attending the Flash Memory Summit, August 5-7, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, California. Plextor will be showcasing their complete M6 line-up featuring the M6 Pro… Go To Full Article

Samsung's new UHD TV is the first to go from flat to curved on command

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Samsung's new TVs have pressed 4K and curved frames as features, but what if you want one that's only curved sometimes? That's where a bendable TV comes in, and Samsung says it will release the industry's first one on August… Go To Full Article

Understanding Graphics Cards - a Laymen's Guide

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Have you ever shopped for a graphics card before? Maybe it was your first graphics card, maybe you didn’t buy a card and decided to stick with the integrated graphics that accompanied your fancy motherboard. Maybe you went out upgraded… Go To Full Article

Sony explains what to expect tomorrow in the PlayStation Now open beta for PS4

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Sony's had limited tests of its cloud-based gaming service running for the last few months, but it's taking PlayStation Now to the next level tomorrow by letting anyone with a PS4 (that's in the continental US or southern Canada) join… Go To Full Article

Microsoft reveals Update 1 for Windows Phone 8.1

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As expected, Microsoft is finally revealing all there is about Update 1 for Windows Phone 8.1. Known internally as GDR1 for 'general distribution release,' this update is one of two for the 8.1 operating system in 2014. The news comes… Go To Full Article

Silent Power PC is cooled by copper foam

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TR member willyolio posted this in our forums earlier today, and I'm still not quite sure what to make of it. Those crafty Germans have designed a passively cooled desktop PC with a huge, sponge-like heatsink at the top. Go To Full Article

Enermax Aeolus Vegas Laptop Cooler Review

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Most people know Enermax because of their high quality Power Supply Units, Cases and Coolers. In this review we look at their Enermax Aeolus Vegas Laptop Cooler. It is made of brushed aluminium and plastic and is active… Go To Full Article

BitFenix Phenom Micro-ATX NVIDIA Edition

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If you are the proud owner of a NVIDIA based video card, and you are shopping for a micro-ATX case, you'll no doubt want to read this review of the BitFenix Phenom Micro-ATX. The case once again features Bitfenix's SofTouch™… Go To Full Article

BitTorrent's Bleep messenger is a secure, decentralized chat platform

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There's a distinctive sound your computer makes when an online friend is trying to get your attention. Sometimes its high pitched, other times its a low, warm tone, but regardless of your chat software, the onomatopoeia probably reads something like...… Go To Full Article

Latest Apple television rumors: not this year

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Despite years of rumors about what Apple might, could or should do to revolutionize the TV experience, the company hasn't done much beyond releasing (and occasionally updating) its Apple TV set-top box. The Information reports that engineers working... … Go To Full Article

ECS Debuts the LIVA Mini White Edition 64 GB Mini PC Kit

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Since this product was introduced in April, LIVA Mini PC Kit by Elitegroup Computer Systems, ECS, has received all the positive feedback from users as well as many awards from media globally. In order to fulfill more applications and expectations,… Go To Full Article

Tor Warns Users It Was Attacked

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If you are a Tor user, you might want to read this. On July 4 2014 we found a group of relays that we assume were trying to deanonymize users. They appear to have been targeting people who operate or… Go To Full Article

Biostar Hi-Fi Z97WE (Intel LGA1150) @ techPowerUp

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Looking for a decent board to push that shiny new Pentium G3258 in an HTPC? Biostar has what you need in the Hi-Fi Z97WE, an affordable option that offers great audio and a high-level feature set you'd not expect for… Go To Full Article

Google's 64-bit Chrome browser for Windows is available in beta

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If you've wanted to try the 64-bit version of Chrome for Windows 7 and 8 but have been skittish about the flakiness of very early builds, your moment has come -- Google has released a beta of its beefed-up browser.… Go To Full Article

Stanford medical students learn to operate with Google Glass

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Like their fellow future doctors down the road in Irvine, medical students at Stanford University will learn surgical methods with a hand from Google Glass. Those studying cardiothoracic techniques are set use Mountain View's high-tech spectacles to... Go To Full Article

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