Thecus N2310 Soho/Home NAS Server Review

Storage/NAS by stefan @ 2014-08-19 read/post comments()

This time we will review an entry-level NAS from Thecus, with an AMCC APM 86491 800MHz processor which is paired with 512MB of DDR3. The device works on the latest ThecusOS version and for storage expansion we have two USB ports, one of which is 2.0 and the other USB 3.0. read more

CORSAIR CARBIDE SPEC 01 Gaming Case Review

Cases & PSU/Cases by leeghoofd @ 2014-08-18 read/post comments(0)

Corsair surprised friend and foe when they released the Carbide SPEC series: three affordable gaming enclosures would join the ranks of Corsairs elite enclosure lineup. With affordable Corsair really meant affordable; take for example the SPEC 01 which retails at just below the 50 dollar mark, thus similar priced as many OEM products. Usually the latter means low build quality, average hardware compatibility, a maximum trim down in functionality and features to keep the price as low as possible. In fact everything which a CORSAIR case is renowned for is missing in many OEM solutions. Time for the Fremont giant to show the world it can be done differently. read more

Gigabyte Extreme Overclocking Competition 2014

Tradeshow & OC events by leeghoofd @ 2014-08-13 read/post comments(0)

Each year Gigabyte Germany organizes the Extreme Overclocking Competition. At the EOC the best overclocking teams of Germany have a chance to prove who is still king. The main organizer behind each event is Germany’s finest Roman Hartung also known as der8auer at HWBot.org. This year besides Gigabyte also G.Skill, Intel, Seasonic and Gelid solutions provided the required hardware and funds to allow this clash of the titans to take place at the Know Cube at the Heilbronn Tech University. read more

Gigabyte GeForce 750Ti Ultra Durable BLACK EDITION Video Card Review

Videocards/VGA Reviews by stefan @ 2014-08-12 read/post comments(1)

Guaranteed for stability during a 168-hour period of stress testing, the Gigabyte GeForce 750Ti Black Edition is factory overclocked and features a custom dual-fan efficient cooling system. The card performances can be further enhanced while using the supplied OC Guru II and can be used for gaming up to Full HD while using medium to high detail levels. read more

EKWB ASUS GTX 780 Ti DCII OC Full Cover Water Block Review

Cooling/VGA & Other Cooling by leeghoofd @ 2014-08-05 read/post comments(0)

For those who haven't heard yet from Slovenian EK Waterblock company, must have been either computer-less for the last 10 years or maybe just started to get interested in some high end Do It Your Self water cooling gear. Forget about All In One if you are looking for the best cooling performance at a low noise ratio. The only way to achieve this goal is via equipping your favorite computer parts with high end water cooling parts. EKWB has been around for 10 years now and really have diversified their products from the rest through the years. One thing all of these water cooling blocks or complete kits have in common is high performance, solid craftsmanship and all this… read more

ASUS R9 270 Direct CU II OC 2 GB Video Card Review

Videocards/VGA Reviews by stefan @ 2014-08-04 read/post comments(3)

The ASUS R9 270 Direct CU II VGA card shares the hardware with the more expensive 270X variant, but has lower stock clocks; from our experiences regarding overclocking with this card, we could say that it can easy surpass the R9 270X clocks or ever surpass it. Those who search the best bang for the buck VGA cards and won’t game on higher resolutions than Full-HD should put this card on their short list. read more
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Hardware or Gadgets/Multimedia news

HTC's One M8 now comes with a Windows Phone option

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In case you've wondered what a flagship Android phone would look like if it ran Windows Phone, it looks like you'll get your chance to find out. This morning, HTC officially announced that the One M8 is getting a twin… Go To Full Article

Project Tango tablet teardown reveals its custom 3D mapping gear

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If you've been wondering just what parts let Google's Project Tango tablet work its 3D mapping magic, iFixit is more than happy to show you. The DIY repair outlet has torn down the experimental Android slate to reveal a truly… Go To Full Article

ASUS teases smartwatch for September 3rd event

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If we're honest, it's reasonable to assume that ASUS will announce a smartwatch on September 3rd. After all, if the rumors saying that the company's working on an Android Wear device aren't enough, then the pretty obvious teaser image should… Go To Full Article

Genius Announces New Bluetooth Stereo Headphones

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Genius, a leading manufacturer of computer peripherals, is pleased to announce a new Premium Bluetooth Headset - the HS-920BT - available in 5 stylish colors and 40mm drivers for superior sound. With a sensitive built-in microphone and Bluetooth AVRCP, users… Go To Full Article

Corsair Commander Mini Provides Ultimate Control of PC Cooling, Lighting, Performance

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Commander Mini now available from Corsair.com FREMONT, California —August 19, 2014 — Corsair®, a worldwide leader in high-performance PC hardware components, today announced the availability of the Corsair Commander Mini control unit. The compact Commander Mini gives… Go To Full Article

Roku-powered TVs now let you skip the set-top box

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With scads of set-top boxes and sticks on the market, you could just choose a basic TV and play the field. But if you like Roku enough to shack-up, HDTVs from TCL and Hisense powered by the Roku OS are… Go To Full Article

Western Digital Unveils Limited Anniversary Edition My Passport Drives

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To commemorate the 10th anniversary of its My Passport line of portable external hard drives, WD, a Western Digital company, is introducing a sleek new design for the world's most popular external hard drive lines. More than 60 million My… Go To Full Article

SteelSeries Sensei Wireless Review @ Vortez

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SteelSeries Sensei Wireless is a laser gaming mouse which, as its name suggests, does not require a cable for operation. Sensei Wireless is packed with a multitude of high-grade components and features which promise to alleviate any interruptions whilst gaming.… Go To Full Article

SanDisk Releases Ultra II SSD: Bringing More TLC NAND to the Market

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It is a busy day in the client SSD space as earlier today AMD announced the company's first SSD, the R7, and now SanDisk is releasing the Ultra II to the mainstream market. The Ultra II is based on SanDisk's… Go To Full Article

Nabi's Big Tabs are kid-friendly Android tablets the size of computer monitors

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The term "big" seems like a bit of an understatement when it comes to the Big Tab HD, a new lineup of tablets that are no smaller than 20 inches. Produced by Fuhu, these massive slates are essentially a larger… Go To Full Article

Silicon Power Releases the Mobile X21 OTG Flash Drive

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Silicon Power, the world's leading provider of memory storage solutions, today releases the brand-new USB 2.0 OTG flash drive - Mobile X21. Engineered with the dual-interface of a micro-USB and a USB 2.0 connector, Mobile X21 includes all the capabilities… Go To Full Article

Sony Xperia M2 Aqua brings top-notch waterproofing to low-end Android sector

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So far considered premium features worthy of only expensive high-end mobile devices, water and dust protection make their Western debut on an entry-level, hopefully budget-sensible Android – Sony’s Xperia M2 Aqua. Given Sony was the one to push waterproofing into… Go To Full Article

Apple may sell 75 million iPhone 6 units before year’s end

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RBC Capital Markets notified investors today that it expects demand for new iPhones to surge so much so that Apple may sell over 75 million units by the end of this year. The reason why Apple may sell more than… Go To Full Article

GammaTech Debuts the R8300 Fully Rugged 13.3-Inch Notebook

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GammaTech Computer Corp., a major international manufacturer and supplier of innovative notebook and tablet computers, is pleased to announce the transition to mass production of its newest fully rugged notebook computer aimed at the military market, the 13.3" DURABOOK R8300.… Go To Full Article

State of the Part: SoC Manufacturers

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A few years ago, it seemed a new System-On-Chip (SoC) design using an ARM-based architecture would pop up every other week. While competition can be great, with so many of the designs offering similar core features and the need to… Go To Full Article

ROCCAT Ryos MK Pro Mechanical Keyboard Review

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ROCCAT is certainly not a newcomer to providing peripherals to gamers; they’ve produced many models of gaming mice, keyboards, headsets, and even gaming laptops. It is the innovators, like the people at ROCCAT, that continue to keep PC gaming more… Go To Full Article

iPhones with sapphire displays to hit the market next year

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According to a JPMorgan analyst Apple isn’t going to release iPhones with sapphire displays this year instead its setting up the stage for 2015. There is no shortage of reports and rumors about Apple replacing Corning’s Gorilla Glass with sapphire… Go To Full Article

Sapphire R7 260X (100366-3L) Video Card Review @ Modders-Inc

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"Priced at $119.99, the Sapphire R7 260X (100366-3L) video card hurts the wallet a lot less while aiming for high-quality 1080p gaming. As the largest AMD Radeon video card partner in the world, expectations are high from Sapphire to produce… Go To Full Article

AMD Announces the Radeon R7 Line of Solid State Drives

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AMD today announced its Radeon R7 line of mainstream solid-state drives. Built by OCZ, the drives feature Toshiba-made MLC NAND flash, and OCZ's Indilinx Barefoot 3 M00 processors. Built in the 7 mm-thick 2.5-inch form-factor, the drives feature SATA 6… Go To Full Article

Firefox nightlies for Android now support Chromecast

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Looks like you won't have to wait for Mozilla's streaming dongle to stream from Firefox: the browser's nightly Android build now supports Chromecast natively. Mozilla's Lucas Rocha casually mentioned the new feature on his Google+ page and, sure... … Go To Full Article

ECS Announces Z97-PK: A Motherboard with ‘One Key OC’ 4.7 GHz for Pentium G3258

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With the launch of the overclockable Pentium G3258 processor, some motherboard manufacturers have been scrambling to get a cheaper product to market to be the centre point of a Pentium based build. We covered ASRock’s Z97 Anniversary launch and have… Go To Full Article

Raijintek Pallas Low Profile Heatsink Review @ Hardware Asylum

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What was most surprising is that this low profile cooler with a single fan is actually better than most of the low-end dual fan tower designs we have reviewed . Go To Full Article

[M] Thecus N2310 Soho/Home NAS Server Review

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This time we will review an entry-level NAS from Thecus, with an AMCC APM 86491 800MHz processor which is paired with 512MB of DDR3. The device works on the latest ThecusOS version and for storage expansion we have two USB… Go To Full Article

A quick look at AMD's Radeon R7 SSD

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My more cynical side can't help but scoff at the fact that the Radeon R7 is just another Barefoot 3 SSD cooked with a slightly different recipe. But there's nothing wrong with that. The controller has appealing performance characteristics, and… Go To Full Article

ASUS Announces RT-AC87U AC2400 Dual-Band Gigabit Wireless Router

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ASUS today announced RT-AC87U, the world's first AC2400-class dual-band 802.11ac wireless router with a four-transmit, four-receive (4×4) antenna configuration. This stunningly-designed, easy-to-use router is also the first in the world to employ multi-user MIMO (MU-MIMO) technology. Combined with ASUS AiRadar… Go To Full Article

AMD Jumps Into the SSD Market: Radeon R7 Series SSD Launched

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Back in 2011, AMD made a rather unexpected move and expanded its Radeon brand to include memory in addition to graphics cards. With today's announcement AMD is adding another member to its Radeon family by releasing Radeon R7 Series SSDs.… Go To Full Article

AMD R7 Series 240GB SSD Review

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If you haven’t upgraded your system yet to include a Solid State Drive, there has been no better time than the present. Recent months has seen a raft of new drives released to market at various price points. The launch… Go To Full Article

Diamond UGA USB 3.0/2.0 to DVI/HDMI/VGA Adapter Review @ OCC

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"Ultimately, I like the concept. It was nice not having to dig through my bag of cables for the right one to use and it was pretty simple to set up and use. However, with the fad of smaller tablet/PC… Go To Full Article

HIS Multi View Display Adapters @ PureOverclock

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“HIS have provided three different hardware adapters for those users who lack the ability to add additional displays to their system setup: the Multi View II, the Multi View X2, and the Multi View+Sound. Each of these offer different features,… Go To Full Article

DARPA wants future tanks to use technology in place of armor

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Tanks and other land-based fighting vehicles are typically fitted with layers upon layers of armor for protection, but they move real slow as a result. Since more advanced weapons are being developed to punch holes through thick plating anyway, DARPA...… Go To Full Article

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