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Gigabyte GA-Z97X-UD5H Motherboard

Posted by Ian on 30th Sep 2014 - 0 Comments

MadShrimps have a detailed review of the Gigabyte GA-Z97X-UD5H Motherboard, based on the Z97 chipset:

After finishing up the testing with the mainstream Z97X-UD5H motherboard from Gigabyte, we were surprised how many features have been retained on this product from the high-end models. The BIOS has multiple modes which we can access depending on our mood, we have a slim but efficient cooling system for the VRM, plenty of space between the PCI-Express x16 slots and features both M.2 and SATA Express connectors for fitting next-gen storage devices. Of course, here we should also remind that Gigabyte has included a secondary BIOS backup chip, necessary switches for working with the Dual BIOS feature, but also measuring points which are great when performing different system tuning operations. We also have a hybrid Intel/Killer NIC solution, each chipset providing a port of its own but Teaming is not supported in this case.

Read more: http://www.madshrimps.be/articles/ar...#ixzz3EnxwfiBm
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BitFenix Pandora

Posted by Ian on 29th Sep 2014 - 0 Comments

TechPowerUp have a review of the BitFenix Pandora case, built from Aluminium and comes with an LCD panel on the front:

BitFenix is known for creating gaming cases for the masses. Even though the company has not been around for as long as Thermaltake or Cooler Master, it has drawn a lot of attention with the Prodigy series, which spawned numerous cube cases bu other brands. Today, with the Pandora, BitFenix is trying to evolve the design another step. The chassis utilizes aluminum, a first for the manufacturer, and clearly aims at the more sophisticated user as it comes equipped with a built-in LCD screen in the front.
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EVGA Torq X10

Posted by Ian on 26th Sep 2014 - 1 Comments

HotHardware have a review of the EVGA Torq X10 mouse, which rates well but comes out more expensive that other rivals:

If the price was closer to Corsair's M65, I'd snap the Torq X10 up as a great secondary mouse or spare gaming hardware. At around $50, it'd still be competitive with other gaming mice in that price bracket, especially if you want a high-DPI mouse with a large number of programmable features and options and are comfortable with the design. But wth its relatively high price tag, the EVGA Torq X10 is going head-to-head with companies who have already figured out the subtle nuances of construction that EVGA is working through. If you find the Torq X10 on sale, it's a decent piece of kit, but at its current price point, the competition is pretty stiff.
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Posted by Ian on 24th Sep 2014 - 0 Comments

KitGuru have a new review of the AMD FX8370E CPU, which aims for a reduction in "Thermal Design Power":

AMD has updated its FX range of CPUs with three new models that use Socket AM3+. FX-8370 slots in above FX-8350, just as you would expect, but the real interest lies with FX-8370E and FX-8320E with a TDP that has been reduced from 125W to 95W. That ‘E’ suffix appears to stand for Eco.

There’s no kind way to put this, but the fact is that ever since its release in 2011, the AMD FX-8xxx series of processors has struggled against Intel Core i7. AMD had the headline feature of eight hardware cores (compared to Intel’s mainstream parts with and average of four cores and the option of Hyper Threading) however FX-8xxx series performance was so lacking that AMD has had to rely on clock speed at 4GHz+ to try and redress the balance.
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NVIDIA Maxwell GPU GeForce GTX 980 Video Card

Posted by Ian on 21st Sep 2014 - 6 Comments

[H]ardOCP check out the NVIDIA Maxwell GPU GeForce GTX 980 Video Card, evaluating the gameplay performance against the competition:

The "Big" Maxwell is here! Well..."the "bigger" Maxwell is here," would be more accurate. The much anticipated next generation GPU from NVIDIA is ready for prime time. We've actually seen a hint of what NVIDIA had in store for us with the release of the GeForce GTX 750 Ti back in February of this year. The GeForce GTX 750 Ti was actually the first next generation Maxwell chip release from NVIDIA.
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Meet the new Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 & 980!

Posted by V_R on 19th Sep 2014 - 0 Comments


Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 / 980 Reviews

GTX 980 : Techpowerup > http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/N...Force_GTX_980/

GTX 980 : HardOCP > http://www.hardocp.com/article/2014/...w#.VBuXfvldWsk

GTX 980 : Anandtech > http://www.anandtech.com/show/8526/n...gtx-980-review

GTX 980 : Bit-tech > http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/gra...x-980-review/1

GTX 980 : Kitguru > http://www.kitguru.net/components/gr...tx-980-review/

GTX 980 : MaximumPC > http://www.maximumpc.com/nvidia_gefo...w2014?page=0,0

GTX 980 + 970 : TechReport > http://techreport.com/review/27067/n...cards-reviewed

GTX 980 + 970 : Guru3D > http://www.guru3d.com/articles-pages...-review,1.html

GTX 980 + 970 : PC Perspective > http://www.pcper.com/reviews/Graphic...and-Efficiency

GTX 970 : Kitguru > http://www.kitguru.net/components/gr...ing-4g-review/

Video Reviews






XFX Radeon R9 285 Black Edition OC

Posted by Ian on 17th Sep 2014 - 0 Comments

Benchmark Reviews check out the XFX Radeon R9 285 Black Edition OC graphics card, a moderate to high-end gamers choice:

AMD’s Graphics Core Next technology is now into it’s third generation with the launch of Tonga GPUs within the Radeon R9 285 series. AMD Mantle – the optimization technology that contributed to Microsoft’s DirectX 12 API, is still a central part of GCN, as well as AMD TrueAudio, FreeSync, and software-based Crossfire connections without a physical bridge. New to Tonga is an on-chip multimedia engine, lossless delta color compression, updated ISA instruction set, a high-quality scalar, and tessellation improvements.
Read more at http://benchmarkreviews.com/20224/xf...ion-oc-review/


Lian Li PC-V359 Micro-ATX Case

Posted by Ian on 16th Sep 2014 - 0 Comments

Legit Reviews check out the Lian Li PC-V359 Micro-ATX Case, with a neat transparent case top:

The Lian Li PC-V359 is a micro-ATX cube style case, utilizing a dual compartment design which separates the motherboard and graphics card from the power supply and hard drives. It is available in four models, Black (V359WX), Black and Red (V359WRX), Champagne/Gold (V359WG) and Silver (V359WA). While they should be available now, they are in limited supply so it can be difficult to track one down, if you are lucky to find one, expect to pay around $179.99 plus shipping and includes a 1 year warranty.
Read more at http://www.legitreviews.com/lian-li-pc-v359-micro-atx-modular-case-review_147057






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