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MSI GTX 980 Gaming 4G

Posted by Ian on 24th Nov 2014 - 0 Comments

NeoSeeker check out the MSI GTX 980 Gaming 4G graphics card, based on the NVIDIA reference design and looks to improve it in every possible way:

A couple months ago, NVIDIA introduced its new flagship card equipped with a full Maxwell GM204 chip. The GTX 980 proved to be a product the likes we have never seen from the green team. This card comes at an unprecedented price point for a high-end GPU compared to previous generation Kepler-based products. The GTX 980 also brought to the table impressive power efficiency without sacrificing any performance and was up there with the GTX 780 Ti in the charts. The new NVIDIA flagship card comes with a rich feature set; including Multi-Frame sampled AA (MFAA), DirectX 12 support, Dynamic Super Resolution (DSR), and Voxel Global Illumination (VGI).
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Carbide Series Air 240

Posted by Ian on 18th Nov 2014 - 2 Comments

TechReport take a look at the Carbide Series Air 240 computer chassis, a very smart looking cube case:

The Air 240 can sit either horizontally or vertically, although the benefits of the horizontal (or "desktop") orientation seem dubious to me. The case occupies more square footage in this mode, and the windowed side panel means you probably don't want to put anything on top of the case to save desk space. A neat touch: you can remove and rotate the Corsair emblem to match the orientation of the case. It's held in by magnets.
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AMD Radeon R7 Series 240GB SSD

Posted by Ian on 17th Nov 2014 - 0 Comments

AMD have recently jumped on the SSD bandwagon and have partnered with Toshiba to produce the R7 series:

The transparency of this collaboration is refreshing as most times such things are kept under wraps or at least not openly acknowledged. In fact, if you flip the drive over, there lies OCZ’s branding very prominently on the back sticker and OCZ even lists the Radeon R7 drive on their product page. Plus, there’s even a special version of the OCZ Toolbox with the AMD branding and support will be handled through OCZ. Obviously, OCZ is handling most of the heavy lifting in this partnership I’m sure they are betting on the AMD brand to draw in customers. Looking at the specifications, you can see the reads of 550MB/s and writes of 530MB/s are identical to that of the OCZ Vector 150 drive. In fact, many of the specs are the same except for the IOPS which are rated 5,000 less on the writes at 90,000 and the warranty is one year shorter at four years – which is still a year longer than many other drives and likely as a result of the different NAND used.

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 SLI Overclocked GPU Review

Posted by Ian on 12th Nov 2014 - 1 Comments

HardOCP take 2-Way GeForce GTX 980 SLI and overclock both video cards, seeing how they perform in 4K:

Continuing our coverage of NVIDIA's new Maxwell architecture and its current flagship the GeForce GTX 980. Today we are going to look at overclocked 2-Way SLI performance. The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 and the Maxwell architecture were released on September 18th, 2014 for $549. In our initial evaluation we found competitive performance that offered a better gameplay experience compared to the competition's current flagship video card, the AMD Radeon R9 290X. We also found that the GeForce GTX 980 also offers competitive performance to the GeForce GTX 780 Ti, giving us more performance, in a more efficient package.

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Intel i7-5820K & i7-5930K Tested

Posted by Ian on 10th Nov 2014 - 0 Comments

MadShrips take a look at the new Haswell-E CPUs, the Intel i7-5820K & i7-5930K:

This time there will be no more quad core entry model; the i7-4820K has to give way for an unlocked hexa-core model in the shape of the Core i7-5820K. A logic choice by Intel as nobody ever understood why the i7-4820K ever saw the daylight; this as it had close to no advantage over Intel's mainstream quad core processor line up. On top of that the requirement of quad channel memory and cashing out for a more expensive LGA 2011 motherboard made this entry Quad core LGA2011 model a not so hot selling product. The new i7-5820K might be a viable and interesting option for a multi-GPU crunching/gaming setup as this hexacore model retails only a bit higher than the mainstream quad core Devils Canyon i7-4970K. Featuring 15MB of level 3 cache, a TDP of 140W and official Intel quad channel DDR4-2133 support it could become one of Intel's best sellers for the Hasswel-E platform.
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Server Move

Posted by Ian on 8th Nov 2014 - 12 Comments

Tomorrow morning I'll be moving PCR to a new server running a slightly different configuration, it shouldn't take long but it will mean that posting will be disabled for up to 2 hours while the move takes place.

The site should remain open in read-only mode for the entire move and I'll put a big notice on the site when it's about to happen .

Hopefully the switchover will go unnoticed .


Asus G751 Gaming Laptop

Posted by Ian on 3rd Nov 2014 - 2 Comments

Hot Hardware have a review of the very high-spec gaming laptop, the Asus G751 Gaming Laptop:

The PC laptop market is a funny place. Good laptops are fairly easy to find, but great laptops are staggeringly rare. This is true even at the boutique end of the market, where manufacturers have a tendency to choose powerful components, but cram them into a chassis that can't handle the heat without sounding like a jet turbine, or pick great, quiet hardware but opt for a sub-par 1080p screen whose quality leaves something to be desired.

The Asus G751 is not a good laptop. The G751 is a great laptop. It is, in fact, the single best gaming laptop I have ever reviewed. If you're in the market for a system of this type, we hope you read on. This machine is powered by the excellent, Maxwell-based NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M

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Pandora Machine

Posted by Ian on 31st Oct 2014 - 6 Comments

Toms Hardware review the Pandora Machine, a Steam console made in Italy which also runs Windows 8.1:

A slew of Steam Machines should start hitting the market soon, with or without SteamOS. And you'll likely see various solutions created by renowned figures in the industry. Many have identified an opportunity to venture into an unexplored territory full of potential, some of the companies are less-recognized names, but no less eager to create a competitive product. That's the case with the Pandora Machine, a device completely Italian-made by a company of the same name, a Sardinian start-up that gave us a closer look at its project.






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