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Seagate Wireless Plus 2TB Mobile Device Storage

Posted by Ian on 21st Aug 2014 - 0 Comments

Nikktech have a review of the Seagate Wireless Plus 2TB, a mobile storage device which allows you to access the drive over WiFi:

The Wireless Plus Mobile Device Storage is basically a 2.5" hard disk drive housed inside an state of the art aluminum/plastic USB 3.0 enclosure that features an internal WiFi receiver/transmitter and a rechargeable battery which gives it up to 10 hours of life. Via the WiFi receiver/transmitter you can access the data inside the drive with up to 8 WiFi enabled devices, stream HD media content on up to 3 WiFi enabled devices (3 different movies to 3 different devices) and also share your internet connection with up to a total of 7 WiFi enabled devices. The 2.5" hard disk drive placed inside the Wireless Plus 2TB is actually the Samsung/Seagate SpinPoint M9T model that features 3 platters (each 667GB in capacity), a rotational speed of 5400RPM and 32MB of cache. In this review we will not only be taking a look at the Seagate Media App that allows sharing of files, streaming of digital content and sharing your internet connection but we will also test the Wireless Plus 2TB as a regular USB 3.0 PHD to see what you can expect in terms of wired performance
Read the review here:


AMD Radeon R7 SSD 240 GB

Posted by Ian on 19th Aug 2014 - 0 Comments

TechPowerUp have a review the AMD Radeon R7 SSD 240 GB, which is interesting as AMD are only just entering the competitive SSD market:

The company AMD certainly needs no introduction, they are one of the most important companies for enthusiasts and gamers, supplying the toys they love. With their 30 year anniversary happening this week, AMD has had a strong footprint in the CPU and graphics market, not long ago they introduced AMD branded DDR3 memory modules and now they are entering the SSD market, on a road which seems to lead to an all-AMD PC.

Since AMD has no SSD design knowledge on their own and they don't build any SSD controllers or flash chips at Globalfoundries, AMD decided to team up with OCZ, which has recently been acquired by Toshiba. OCZ has their own controller designs (Indilinx) and Toshiba supplies their own flash chips, seems like a fruitful cooperation.
Read the rest here.


Thermaltake Core V1 Mini-ITX Case

Posted by Ian on 16th Aug 2014 - 0 Comments

[H]ardOCP have a review of the Thermaltake Core V1 Mini-ITX Case, one of the more interesting looking cases around:

Lots of folks are looking towards a high end desktop computer system with a much smaller footprint. Mini-ITX motherboards have gotten to such a good quality level over the last few years, putting a gaming and overclocking behemoth in a small case is a possibility and Thermaltake wants to take it to the next level.

Read the full review here.


DinoPC Slayer 15.6″ GTX 870M and Magma Wrath GTX 770

Posted by Becky on 11th Aug 2014 - 0 Comments

Kit Guru have asked DinoPC to build them a gaming PC and laptop at the same price point to see which performs better - here's a snippet from their review:

"What kind of gaming system can you get for £1,099 inc vat? Perhaps you are contemplating a desktop replacement style laptop but are wondering how the performance will compare? With this in mind we approached UK system builder DINOPC and they built a desktop and a laptop system at the same price point – the Slayer 15.6″ GTX 870M and the Magma Wrath GTX 770.

Many times when KitGuru get a desktop system to review, the system builder won’t factor in the additional cost of a monitor, keyboard or gaming mouse. When building the desktop system for this article today DINOPC had to factor in the cost of all these ‘extras’. We could argue that many people will already have a monitor, keyboard and mouse from a previous build, but equally so they could be old and in need of replacement.

You always pay more for portability and we know the desktop system will likely be faster, but will it be significant?"

Read more here.


Corsair Voyager Air 2

Posted by Becky on 8th Aug 2014 - 0 Comments

Hexus have been taking a look at the Corsair Voyager Air 2 wireless storage device, and here's a snippet from their review:

"Corsair's initial foray into the burgeoning wireless-storage market arrived in the form of the Voyager Air last year. Housing a 1TB, 2.5in drive inside a chassis that also incorporated a LiPo battery and WiFi card - good for about six hours of mobile streaming usage - Corsair was up against some established competition from the likes of Seagate.

Good wirelessly-connected storage is more than just about picking the right hardware. Rather more important is the software interface and quality of applications present on the Apple iOS, Google Android and Amazon Kindle ecosystems. So while the original Voyager Air was good from a features point of view, the basic interface, though perfectly serviceable, lagged behind rivals'.

Corsair introduced a second-generation model, Voyager Air 2, a couple of months ago at the Computex trade show, a year on from the original release. It is now housed in a smarter chassis and bundled with overhauled software."

Continue reading here.


4 Generations Of The AMD APU: How Much Progress Has Been Made?

Posted by Becky on 7th Aug 2014 - 0 Comments

eTeknix have published an article examining how much progress has been made over 4 generations of APU (accelerated processing unit) from AMD. Here's a snippet:

"We have gone through four generations of AMD’s game-changing idea “the APU”, arguably something that has driven integrated graphics performance forward on both AMD and Intel platforms. The ball started rolling when AMD released its desktop “Llano” FM1 platform in 2011, this was followed by “Trinity” and the FM2 platform in late 2012. AMD then brought out a refreshed FM2 platform APU with “Richland” in 2013 and we have seen AMD’s latest “Kaveri” FM2+ APU platform this year in 2014. That’s three years of the APU across four generations of product releases – even if Trinity to Richland was more incremental than generational. What we want to look at today is examining the all important question: how much progress has been achieved with the APU? It’s a fairly simple examination we will be doing, we will be testing AMD’s four APU flagships from each generation to see how performance has changed over the generations and over time. In testing today we have the A8-3870K (Llano), the A10-5800K (Trinity), the A10-6800K (Richland) and the A10-7850K (Kaveri). We will be putting all these APUs through the same selection of tests with fully updated drivers, benchmarks and operating systems to give a conclusive look at the APU’s progress since its first inception."

Read more at eTeknix


Tt eSPORTS Verto Stereo Gaming Headset

Posted by Becky on 6th Aug 2014 - 0 Comments

Hardware Heaven have been taking a look at the Tt eSPORTS Verto Stereo Gaming Headset - here's a snippet from their review:

"On removing the Verto from its packaging you can instantly see and feel the quality in the materials, we have a stainless steel frame with matt black finish, leatherette padding support band and angular ear cups with protein leather padded cups and red cloth lining the insides. The ear cups are over-ear and very large to provide comfort during long sessions. Because of the thin metal frame there’s no internal area for running wires so instead with have braided black and red wires running between the ear cups and frame.

Inside each cup the drivers are 40mm neodymium magnets with a frequency response of 10Hz~22KHz, impedance of 32 ohms +/-15% and sensitivity 98dB SPL/mW at 1KHz."

Read more here.


Seasonic SS-760XP2 760W Power Supply

Posted by Becky on 5th Aug 2014 - 0 Comments

Nikk Tech have reviewed the Seasonic SS-760XP2 760W Power Supply - here's a snippet:

"The Platinum Series SS-760XP2 is an 80 Plus Platinum certified PSU that features a powerful single +12V rail rated at 63A (can reach up to 756W output), fully modular design (future-proof), two different modes for controlling the fan speed (under normal the fan will always spin according to the temperature while under hybrid mode the fan will not rotate at loads below 40%), industrial grade protections (OPP/OVP/UVP/OCP/OTP/SCP), Japanese capacitors and DC-to-DC converters. Aside the +12V rail the +3.3V and +5V outputs are rated at 25A each and can deliver up to 125W (thus making it impossible to draw the maximum current from both rails at the same time). It's been a while since we've received something by Seasonic so let’s see just how good their latest Platinum Series models really are (the 7 year warranty however is a good start)."

Read more here.






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