QNAP TS-453mini NAS Review

Storage/NAS by stefan @ 2015-07-28 read/post comments()

Powered by a dedicated and efficient platform from Intel, the J1900 quad-core processor and paired with 2GB of RAM, the TS-453mini is running the last version of the fully-fledged QTS which is currently at its 4.1.4 version and is also sporting a unique-shaped chassis design. Speaking about the chassis, now it looks more stylish, ideal to be installed in our living-room and the discrete LEDs help us find out the system status at all times; the memory is now very easy upgradable up to 8GB of RAM by simply removing a small plastic cover on the bottom area of the unit. read more

HIS Radeon R9 390 IceQ X2 OC 8GB Video Card Review

Videocards/VGA Reviews by stefan @ 2015-07-25 read/post comments()

The technology incorporated inside the R9 390 GPU is not new but is based on the Hawaii (now baptized Grenada), with the same shader count, texture units, ROPs and so on. The manufacturing process is also still 28nm but there are minor improvements which allow running the card at higher speeds and the memory quantity has been doubled, from 4GB to 8GB. Since the HIS R9 390 IceQ X2 is marketed as a pre-overclocked card, the GPU clocked has been raised to 1020MHz instead of 1000MHz stock, while the memory clock remains the same as the OEM AMD cards. read more

VKWorld VK6735 Smartphone Review

Mobile/Smart Phones by stefan @ 2015-07-22 read/post comments()

VK6735 from VKWorld is another low-cost smartphone which is using the already established VK6735 SoC but at a lower frequency of 1GHz, while sporting the same ARM Mali-T720 GPU. We get 2GB of RAM for running more applications in the same time, 16GB of storage space with a single partition and the possibility to install a SD card makes things more interesting. The VK6735 is dual-SIM and features integrated 4G LTE WorldMode and CDMA2000 3G for global high-speed mobile network compatibility and is also equipped with a Sony 13MP shooter on the back while the selfie camera is 5MP. Of course, the VK6735 also comes with Android 5.1 release pre-installed which is the latest available for the current SoC. read more

OCZ Vector 180 240GB SSD Review

Storage/SSD by stefan @ 2015-07-19 read/post comments()

The Vector 180 from OCZ takes part from their high-end offerings and besides the useful Power Failure Management Plus (PFM+) addition, we do also benefit from the ShieldPlus warranty which implies no shipping costs and no extra hassles. Thanks to the OCZ Barefoot 3 M00 controller, the performances of the drive are top-notch and succeeds to stay in top for both read and write operations which is great for gamers or the usual workstation activities. read more

HIS Radeon R9 390X IceQ X2 OC 8GB Video Card Review

Videocards/VGA Reviews by stefan @ 2015-07-17 read/post comments()

We are indeed dealing with a refresh of the previous Hawaii XT GPU now baptized Grenada XT, featuring GCN 1.1, 6200 million transistors, 2816 shading units, 176 TMUs, 64ROPs and 44 Compute Units. The available VRAM is now 8GB instead of 4GB GDDR5 and now runs at higher frequencies than on 290X cards by default (1500MHz, 6000MHz effective); this surely helps when running multiple cards for a CrossFireX setup and using multiple monitors. Speaking of the frequencies, the defaults of the GPU on OEM cards have been raised to 1050MHz and with its pre-overclocked card HIS has added extra 20MHz. read more

BIOSTAR GAMING Z97X Motherboard Review

Motherboards/Intel S1150 by stefan @ 2015-07-13 read/post comments()

BIOSTAR has arrived to the market with their high-end board a little bit later but not without a lot of improvements like a revamped design, a bonus Gaming Commander box, a solid VRM, USB 3.1 capabilities, a redesigned and easier to use UEFI and more. Through the board features we cannot help but to remind of the superior audio implementation, SATA Express and M.2 support (slot which is hidden under the plastic shroud for a stylish appearance) and good overclocking results. read more
Storage/NAS ASUSTOR AS-5102T 2-bay NAS Review by stefan @ 2015-07-08
Cooling/Water Cooling Corsair HG10 A1 Bracket + H80i GT Cooler Review by stefan @ 2015-07-03
Mobile/Smart Phones Mlais M7 Smartphone Review by stefan @ 2015-06-28
Others/Mice & Keyboards Matias Tactile Pro 4 Keyboard Review by stefan @ 2015-06-23
Mobile/Smart Phones Blackview Zeta Smartphone Review by stefan @ 2015-06-19

Hardware or Gadgets/Multimedia news

How to Enable Windows 10’s Hidden Dark Theme

@ 2015/07/30 read/post comments(0)
Windows 10’s new default theme is very bright, with lots of white — from window backgrounds to white title bars. Microsoft built a dark, black theme into Windows 10, but it’s hidden. Microsoft has said it will… Go To Full Article

Wi-Fi Sense in Windows 10: Yes, it shares your passkeys; no, you shouldn’t be scared

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Windows 10 comes with a neat new feature called Wi-Fi Sense, which lets your PC automatically connect to Wi-Fi networks that your friends and acquaintances have previously connected to, even if you don't know the network password. … Go To Full Article

G.SKILL breaks 4000MHz Speed Barrier and Releases New Trident Z and Ripjaws V

@ 2015/07/29 read/post comments(0)
Trident Z Extreme DDR4 Memory – It’s Over 4000! The new Trident Z DDR4 memory is the successor to the high-end Trident memory series and making its debut on the latest DDR4 standard, designed and tested…

How to Do a Clean Install of Windows 10

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Windows 10 is finally here, and your computer will automatically prompt you to upgrade. But if you’d rather start fresh, you can do a clean install—you just need to follow a few steps in the right order. Go To Full Article

LG made 1.2 cents in profit for every phone it sold

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LG's latest earnings report shows just how tough the smartphone market is getting. On the one hand, LG Mobile shipped 8.1 million LTE smartphones, its best result ever. On the other hand, it sold fewer premium models in Korea and… Go To Full Article

Windows 10 Upgrade Begins Rolling Out in Waves

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Microsoft began rolling out of the Windows 10 upgrade to existing users of Windows 8.1 and Windows 7. The upgrade process is handled by a "reservation system," which lets you tell Microsoft in advance that you intend to upgrade, using… Go To Full Article

Japanese scientists fire the world's most powerful laser

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A team of researchers from Osaka University recently fired the most powerful laser on the planet: a 2 petawatt pulse, that's 2 quadrillion watts, albeit for just one trillionth of a second. It's called the LFEX (Laser for Fast Ignition… Go To Full Article

GIGABYTE Unveils GeForce GTX 970 Twin-Turbo Graphics Card

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GIGABYTE unveiled the GeForce GTX 970 Twin-Turbo graphics card (model: GV-N970TTOC-4GD), a custom design GTX 970 card equipped with a lateral blower-type cooling solution, which pushes hot air out of the case, through its I/O shield air-vents. There's just one… Go To Full Article

Nokia's virtual reality camera is designed for filmmakers

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Nokia has just revealed a new camera for filmmakers called OZO that can capture virtual reality videos. But unlike the similar devices GoPro and Samsung have unveiled in the past months, it's not a flattened circle with cameras placed around… Go To Full Article

Qualcomm's wireless charging tech now works on metal phones

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Until now, you've had a choice: a smartphone with a sleek metal chassis, or one that played nice with wireless charging standards. Those days may be over. Qualcomm just announced that its WiPower charging technology can now power smartphones, tablets... Go To Full Article

Noctua NH-C14S CPU Cooler Review @HiTech Legion

@ 2015/07/29 read/post comments(0)
"The transformation of the NH-C14 to the NH-C14S was a very slight one. The tower simply needed to be shifted slight over, and at first glance the differences are nearly imperceptible. Thankfully the performance differences are imperceptible, as well, leaving… Go To Full Article

Get Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition Beta For Free!

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Mojang has posted instructions on how to get your free copy of Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition Beta. Windows 10 – Microsoft's shiny new operating system – launches tomorrow. As announced at MINECON 2015 a few weeks ago it features a… Go To Full Article

Acer Announces Its Windows 10 Powered PC Line

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Acer today announced its new Windows 10 back-to-school line, including its E Series notebook which will be available for purchase beginning July 29th, and will ship to customers the first week of August. Ideal for students, home use and small… Go To Full Article

Tt eSports Shock 3D 7.1 Review @ Vortez

@ 2015/07/29 read/post comments(0)
Today we take a look at the Shock 3D 7.1, filling an important role in the USB powered virtual 7.1 surround headset market. The stylised design of the earcups are quite bold in design, having a stretched pentagon come hexagon… Go To Full Article

HIS R9 380 IceQ X2 OC 2GB Video Card

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"The HIS R9 380 IceQ X2 OC 2GB Video Card's core speed is 990MHz and the 2GB of GDDR5 256 bit memory is 5.5GHz DDR. It comes with 112 texture mapping units, 28 texture units and 32 raster operations, the… Go To Full Article

Dell Starts Shipping Windows 10 Devices

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Dell customers will be among the first to experience Windows 10, Microsoft's best operating system yet, when it launches tomorrow. For those who purchased Windows 10-based devices during Dell's pre-sale period, systems will start shipping today with free next-business-day delivery.… Go To Full Article

Windows 10 review: the best of Windows 7 and 8

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The best thing about Windows 10 is that it's simply Windows, through and through. It's as if Microsoft realized that devaluing the desktop in Windows 8 was akin to sacrilege, and Windows 10 is its penance. At its core, it's… Go To Full Article

VSCO Cam adds Collections to curate photos from other users

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VSCO Cam has offered some community features powered by its Grid tool on top of its regular photo-editing chops for some time now. Today, though, the company added a new way to interact with your fellow VSCO snapshot enthusiasts. With… Go To Full Article

Intel's 3D memory is 1,000 times faster than modern storage

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Intel and Micron unveiled a novel new kind of non-volatile data storage device during a press conference on Tuesday. The chips, dubbed "3D XPoint" (pronounced "cross-point"), are being touted as the first new class of "mainstream memory" to hit the… Go To Full Article

Palit GTX 980 Ti Super JetStream 6 GB @ techPowerUp

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Palit's triple-slot GTX 980 Ti Super JetStream is the quietest GTX 980 Ti we tested so far, it's actually quieter than the watercooled AMD Radeon Fury X. Thanks to the overclock out of the box, the card is 9% faster… Go To Full Article

Intel and Micron Produce Breakthrough Memory Technology

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Intel Corporation and Micron Technology, Inc. today unveiled 3D XPoint technology, a non-volatile memory that has the potential to revolutionize any device, application or service that benefits from fast access to large sets of data. Now in production, 3D XPoint… Go To Full Article

TechInsights dissects the R9 Fury X's HBM interface

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Before the Fiji chip in AMD's Radeon R9 Fury X and R9 Fury graphics cards was revealed, we knew quite a bit about its high-bandwidth memory (HBM) tech. Now that those cards have been released, TechInsights has dissected the Fury… Go To Full Article

Microsoft's Fifth Avenue flagship store will open this fall

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Microsoft is apparently readying its new flagship retail outlet to open this Fall on New York's Fifth Avenue. Microsoft Extended Experts Team member Gokan Ozcifci tweeted the image below, which appears to show the storefront at 677 5th Ave with… Go To Full Article

Tell Android to send your messages through third-party chat apps

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Sure, the Google search box in Android lets you dictate regular text messages, but what if your conversations live in a non-standard chat app? You can relax as of today. Google now supports using your voice to send messages in… Go To Full Article

Sorry, Bethesda can't make any more 'Fallout 4' Pip-Boys

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The special edition of Fallout 4 comes with a pretty spectacular piece of swag: a real-life Pip-Boy that works with your smartphone. Understandably, the $120 bundle sold out almost as soon as it went on sale, but as much as… Go To Full Article

AOC Unveils U3277PQU and Q3277PQU 32-inch Monitors

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AOC unveiled the U3277PQU and the Q3277PQU 32-inch monitors. Both models look identical, but differ with resolutions. The U3277PQU offers 4K Ultra (3840 x 2160 pixels), whereas the Q3277PQU offers WQHD (2560 x 1440 pixels). The Q3277PQU features an AMVA… Go To Full Article

Microsoft releases tool to block Windows 10 updates

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Microsoft has been releasing updates to build 10240 on an almost daily basis since it hit RTM. Most of the patches are important security or bug fixes and rather useful but some have reported crashes occurring as a result of… Go To Full Article

Moto X Style packs a 21-MP camera, Snapdragon 808 power

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Motorola has just unveiled two new Moto X phones: the Moto X Style, and the Moto X Play. The former is meant to be Motorola's new flagship phone, so let's start with that one. The Style features… Go To Full Article

Mionix Unveils the CASTOR Gaming Mouse

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Setting a new standard in ergonomic comfort and gaming performance, Mionix today announced the CASTOR, the latest entry in their stellar lineup of premium gaming mice. Named for one of the brightest stars in the night sky, the 6-button, multi-color… Go To Full Article

AMD preparing Radeon R7 370X

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While Nvidia is looking for a way to replace the GTX 750 Ti by launching the GTX 950, and have a graphics card that will be faster than the Radeon R7 370, AMD is not sitting idly and is apparently… Go To Full Article

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