GIGABYTE GA-Z170X-SOC FORCE LGA1151 Motherboard Review

Motherboards/Intel S1151 by stefan @ 2016-07-22 read/post comments()

The Z170X-SOC Force is one of the most advanced motherboards which have passed through our labs and is packed with a ton of features, hardware and software wise. Besides the 4-way SLI, the three M.2 32Gb/s slots, a beefy VRM, USB 3.1 support via Intel controller we do also have multiple options to overclock the system (via Wi-Fi, via the HW-OC tethering function, via the BIOS or via the Windows software), a well-optimized BIOS to handle overclocked memory without the need of tinkering with each and every timing or we could also remind that we can power up the board without the CPU installed. read more

GELID Silent Pro 14 PWM Case Fans Review

Cooling/VGA & Other Cooling by stefan @ 2016-07-18 read/post comments()

The new Silent Pro 14 case fans from Gelid did impress us positively because they are able to drive plenty of airflow while staying silent enough. The PWM feature means that it is not mandatory to have them connected to a fan controller in order to regulate the speed, but the fan RPM will be modified continuously based on the load of the system, when plugged in to the motherboard; PWM profiles can be also altered via the system BIOS in order to have a perfect balance between noise and cooling performance. read more

Mach Xtreme MX-Barium USB 3.1 Gen1 / USB 3.1 Gen1 Type-C Flash Drive Review

Storage/Other by stefan @ 2016-07-14 read/post comments()

The MX-Barium 64GB from Mach Xtreme is a future-proof USB Flash Drive supporting both USB 3.0 and USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C interfaces, has high read/write performances and comes with a sturdy aluminum housing. read more

BIOSTAR J3160MD Motherboard Review

Motherboards/IntegratedCPU by stefan @ 2016-07-13 read/post comments()

The new Braswell stepping comes with a tad higher CPU Burst frequency, the same amount of cache and HD 400 graphics from Intel; in the performed results, we can see it trading punches with the Celeron N3150 and the performance gain is quite minimal. With the J3160MD board, the manufacturer proposes a fanless design, which seems to perform well thanks to the large heatsink and low TDP of the Intel SoC. Enhancements to the build can be always performed thanks to the PCI-E x16 and dual PCI-E x1 slots, for installing extra storage and use the product as an entry-level NAS, but also for installation of a low-end to mainstream video card and a standalone soundcard in order to transform… read more

Linksys EA9500 Max-Stream AC5400 MU-MIMO Gigabit Router Review

Others/Networking Gear by stefan @ 2016-07-09 read/post comments()

The Linksys EA9500 Max-Stream AC5400 MU-MIMO Gigabit router looks massive when compared to regular home routers and via its eight high-power Wi-Fi antennas it can deliver up to 5.3Gbps speeds on a tri-band configuration (1000 + 2167 + 2167 Mbps). The LAN ports are also a total of eight for connecting a larger number of devices on the wired interface and also comes with two USB ports for connecting additional storage or printers. Since we are dealing with a Wave 2 802.11ac standard implementation, the router fully supports 4x4 AC, MU-MIMO, while the Band Steering feature balances the load between the two 5GHz bands so each device does get a better data transfer performance. read more

Corsair Neutron XTi 480GB SSD Review

Storage/SSD by stefan @ 2016-07-07 read/post comments()

For the Neutron XTi, Corsair has picked up a controller we have seen with other low-cost TLC SSDs manufactured by PHISON, paired it with quite a bit of DDR3 RAM cache (1GB) and has also used Toshiba 15nm MLC NAND Flash in order to obtain sustained performance, no matter the file sizes we are transferring to it. read more
Mobile/Smart Phones TP-LINK Neffos C5 Max Smartphone Review by stefan @ 2016-07-05
Videocards/VGA Reviews EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 SuperClocked Video Card Review by stefan @ 2016-06-30
Others/Networking Gear TP-LINK AC3200 Wireless Tri-Band Gigabit Router Review by stefan @ 2016-06-29
Audio/Others Razer ManO'War Wireless PC Gaming Headset Review by stefan @ 2016-06-28
Storage/SSD Silicon Power S55 TLC 120GB and 240GB SSD Review by stefan @ 2016-06-23

Hardware or Gadgets/Multimedia news

[M] GIGABYTE GA-Z170X-SOC FORCE LGA1151 Motherboard Review

@ 2016/07/22 read/post comments(0)
The Z170X-SOC Force is one of the most advanced motherboards which have passed through our labs and is packed with a ton of features, hardware and software wise. Besides the 4-way SLI, the three M.2 32Gb/s slots, a beefy VRM,… Go To Full Article

Intel Begins Shipment Of Seventh Generation Core

@ 2016/07/21 read/post comments(0)
Intel had their Q2 earnings today, and while we’ll get to that shortly, some news came out of the earnings call that was interesting. Intel CEO Brian Krzanich stated on their earnings call that Intel is now shipping their 7th… Go To Full Article

Whirlpool washer and dryer can order refills with Amazon Dash

@ 2016/07/21 read/post comments(0)
If you hate having to swing by the store to get washing detergent and dryer sheets, Whirlpool has you covered. The appliance maker's Smart Top Load Washer and Dryer can now use the Amazon Dash Replenishment Service to automatically re-order… Go To Full Article

iOS 10 warns when your Lightning port gets wet

@ 2016/07/21 read/post comments(0)
Many mobile devices are water-resistant (some more than others), but they'll rarely tell you when there's a less-than-obvious danger. You might not find out that you've soaked something important until a gadget doesn't work. Apple appears to have a...… Go To Full Article

Tesla Master Plan pt. 2 explains how everyone gets an electric car

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Back in 2006 Elon Musk casually revealed the plans for what Tesla Motors has mostly accomplished in the decade since, and now (after some teasing) he's back with part two. While the original "Secret Tesla Motors Master Plan" explained how… Go To Full Article

Twitch streamer banned for shady betting on 'Counter-Strike'

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Recently, some high-profile video game streamers have been exposed as owning third-party gambling sites where players can bet on the outcome of matches for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive — an obvious conflict of interest. Last week, Twitch an... Go To Full Article

Firefox will leave Flash off by default in 2017

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Add Mozilla to the ranks of web browser developers giving Flash the boot. While it previously blocked Flash over security issues, it's phasing out regular use of Adobe's often-criticized plugin, starting with one of its next major releases. As of... Go To Full Article

Plex streams your music collection to Sonos speakers

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If you're using Plex to store your music and video files, there's a new option for listening to those tracks around the house. The company announced today that access to your audio collection is now available inside the Sonos app.… Go To Full Article

Tt eSPORTS Ventus Z Gaming Mouse Review

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Designed for long gaming sessions, the Ventus Z gaming mouse comes with a standard body design with a bit of an aggressive feel to it along with its aerodynamic engineered air-through ventilation system. The ventilation system helps reduce sweaty palms… Go To Full Article

Facebook Live now lets you hide comments, stream for longer

@ 2016/07/21 read/post comments(0)
If you've been waiting for Facebook Live to offer bigger, longer broadcasts, this is your week. The social network just announced updates for its broadccasting platform that will allow longer, full screen videos with less distractions. Soon, the comp...… Go To Full Article

'Dots & Co.' is a meditative puzzle game that should be on your phone

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Mobile puzzle game Two Dots (from developer Dots) did a ton of things right when it was released in 2014. The game took a simple mechanic -- matching two or more dots of the same color -- and added a… Go To Full Article

Corning's Gorilla Glass 5 is its strongest yet

@ 2016/07/21 read/post comments(0)
When I look around me, all I see are cracked phone screens. No matter how many gorillas crafted those phone's screens, it always seems the tiniest drop will send shards flying, tears running, and wallets whimpering. Corning hopes to make… Go To Full Article

Razer's second OSVR devkit is now available for pre-order

@ 2016/07/21 read/post comments(0)
If you've been looking for a lower-cost alternative to the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive that doesn't skimp on hardware, you're in luck. Razer has officially started taking pre-orders for the OSVR HDK2: its second generation Open-Source Virtual Reality ha... Go To Full Article

Microsoft's never-released 'McLaren' phone gets a review

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Remember Microsoft's Nokia-branded McLaren smartphone? It was supposed to carry the torch for Windows Phone in late 2014 through its exotic 3D touch input (which Apple wouldn't have until 2015), but it was cancelled just months before launch for rea... Go To Full Article

'Pac-Man Championship Edition 2' looks chaotic, wonderful

@ 2016/07/21 read/post comments(0)
A few years ago, Bandai Namco figured out the key to reviving the Pac-Man: just make the original top down dot-chomper faster, brighter and more competitive. Pac-Man Championship Edition and Championship Edition DX+ changed just enough of the classic...… Go To Full Article

Toyota throws weight behind Linux patent protection group

@ 2016/07/21 read/post comments(0)
You probably don't think of car companies as Linux and open-source supporters. You'd be wrong. Toyota, the world's largest car manufacturer, just joined the Open Invention Network (OIN), the largest patent non-aggression community in history. OIN was formed by IBM,… Go To Full Article

Plenty of Geforce GTX 1060 available in Europe

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We decided to check the European availability of Nvidia's latest Pascal addition to the Geforce lineup, the Geforce GTX 1060, and it appears that there are plenty of these available with usual suspects, ranging from €279 to €349. Go To Full Article

Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.7.2 gets WHQL certification

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Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.7.2, AMD's most recent graphics driver, gained WHQL certification today. This driver actually released on July 12 and was marked as a beta at that time, but today the release notes (if not the download page)… Go To Full Article

Apple releases second public betas for iOS 10 and macOS Sierra

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Were you quick to hop on the test versions of iOS 10 and macOS Sierra? It's time to start updating. Apple has released the second public betas of both platforms, and they're not just adding some spit and polish. The… Go To Full Article

How BB-8 Works Revealed At Star Wars Celebration Europe

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Finally the workings of the official BB-8 that you’ve seen rolling around at various events have been revealed. Its makers [Matt Denton] and [Josh Lee] participated in an hour-long presentation at Star Wars Celebration Europe 2016 just this past week… Go To Full Article

The iViz Snapdragon 600 ultrasound tablet saves lives

@ 2016/07/21 read/post comments(0)
Technology can save lives, and i was interested to learn that Fujifilm Sonosite developed a Snapdragon 600 based portable iViz ultrasound system that saved five soldiers' lives in Afghanistan. iViz is an Android based device that… Go To Full Article

NVIDIA to make Tegra-Next SoC announcement on August 22

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The Hot Chips conference that takes place in the last weeks of August will be a fun place to be. Among many others topics, Nvidia plans to talk about its Tegra-Next System-on-Chip. We assume that this… Go To Full Article

Sony's high-end 4K HDR LCD TVs start at $7,000

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If you thought Sony was done announcing new TVs for the year at CES 2016, you were mistaken. Today, Sony unveiled the Z series, a new line of LCD televisions that it says is its best and brightest yet. It… Go To Full Article

Amiibo support is coming to 'Animal Crossing: New Leaf'

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Animal Crossing and Amiibo seem like a match made in heaven: cute characters, and collectable toys. Sadly, the duo's first pairing turned out to be a shallow, dull board game without much replay value. Fans longed for a full Animal… Go To Full Article

Vine is a sinking ship, but one worth saving

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If you haven't checked in on Vine recently, you might find the six-second video network looks a little less vibrant than it used to. The service has seen most of its high-profile creators move over to other platforms, while executives… Go To Full Article

SteelSeries APEX M800 Keyboard @ techPowerUp

@ 2016/07/21 read/post comments(0)
SteelSeries has partnered with professional gamers and mechanical switch experts to come up with a brand new switch type, the QS1. With this switch and a whole host of other features, the SteelSeries APEX M800 promises to be the fastest… Go To Full Article

These artists went beyond Google Sheets to make a mural

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Spreadsheets typically equate to boring, menial work. Who wants to talk about data entry? Google has taken some interesting measures to go beyond spreadsheets' intended use (namely Google Sheets) and has created art instead. Go To Full Article

Amazon explores using street lights as delivery drone perches

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Amazon's Prime Air delivery drones already have a glaring problem: how do you keep them charged and sheltered when dedicated facilities are likely to be few and far between? The company has an idea. It recently received a patent for… Go To Full Article

Ecotricity disputes Tesla's fastest charger claim, loses

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Tesla and Ecotricity, a British energy provider using renewable sources, have a rocky relationship. Years ago the two came together to work on Tesla's Supercharger network in the UK, but disagreements led to a feisty lawsuit and an out of… Go To Full Article

Skype no longer supporting Windows Phone or older Android versions

@ 2016/07/21 read/post comments(0)
Microsoft is making some changes to its Skype app going forward, and it may end up making some Android and Windows Phone users frustrated. Today, Microsoft announced it would continue to support Skype across iOS 8, Android 4.03 and Windows… Go To Full Article

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