AMD Ryzen 7 1700X Processor Review

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

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()

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

Ballistix Tactical 32GB DDR4-3000 Memory Kit Review

Memory by stefan @ 2017-03-06 read/post comments()

The Ballistix Tactical 32GB memory kit composed of 8GB BLT8G4D30AETA sticks has proven itself as being very capable, since we were able to run it up to 3333MHz, by only altering the memory timings a bit and at the same time we have left the voltage at the default of 1.35. Unlike some of the later designs from other manufacturers that do feature RGB lighting, the Tactical series does sport a simpler solution, with low height military-style heatsinks that allow good clearance for massive CPU heatsinks. read more
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