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NVIDIA Maxwell GPU GeForce GTX 980 Video Card

Posted by Ian on 21st Sep 2014 - 5 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


Cooler Master QuickFire Stealth Keyboard

Posted by Ian on 15th Sep 2014 - 2 Comments

OCModShop have a review of the Cooler Master QuickFire Stealth, a compact mechanical keyboard:

The Cooler Master QuickFire Stealth compact mechanical keyboard is made for those who don’t have a lot of desktop space. Because it lacks a 10-key keypad, the keyboard has a much smaller footprint than most other keyboards, which makes it a perfect fit inside a laptop bag or LAN-party accessory bag.

The model we’re testing has Cherry Brown switches. These switches provide the tactile feel of Blue switches without the loud “click”, making them a good compromise for a gamer and typist. I really do like the feel of the brown as they give some feecback. I really don’t like the fact that there’s no wrist rest and a minimal layout. All of the function keys are hidden under an Fn key, which replaces the context (right-click) key on Windows keyboards.
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Cougar 700M Review

Posted by Ian on 11th Sep 2014 - 0 Comments

Hardware Heaven review the Cougar 700M mouse, which rates well (even though it costs £70) and looks a little bit like a Transformer!

Inside the mouse we have components which match much of the competition and the key specifications do the same. We had no issues with tracking and the mouse was responsive and accurate while feeling comfortable during many hours of use. We were also pleasantly surprised by the software provided. It is intuitive, responsive and has all the features we would need from a gaming mouse. Looking to the pad for a moment, it too impressed. It is thick enough to offer comfort when gaming and the finish is decent on both sides. The option of three sizes also means there should be something for everyone, just as the 2nd colour option on the mouse provides.
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Plextor M6 Pro SSD

Posted by Ian on 10th Sep 2014 - 0 Comments

Guru 3D check out the Plextor M6 Pro SSD, marketed as a high end solid state drive:

For today's review we'll put the successor of the M6 series under the microscope. The new M6 Pro SSDs ship in capacities up to a kick-ass 1TB. For Plextor this is the first SSD to survive Plextor’s new strict, enterprise-grade, Zero-Error standard of 1008 hours (they test 400 SSDs simultaneously and all need to pass). The new series comes with a good 5-year Plextor warranty. These SSDs can reach speeds of up to 100,000/88,000 IOPS on random read and writes as well as 545/490 MB/s speeds on sequential read and writes.
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X99 Motherboard Roundup

Posted by Ian on 7th Sep 2014 - 6 Comments

Hardware.info have a roundup of 15 Intel X99 motherboards - well worth a read if you're in the market for an upgrade:

Just like with the Z97 motherboards that were released earlier this year most manufacturers have focused on the sound quality of the on board controller. We also can see that on the higher end models modern SSD interfaces like SATA Express and M.2 are becoming more common. Click here for our article about the new PCI-Express based SSD interfaces on Z97 boards. Another trend carried on from the Z97 generation is that the large brands clearly identify what group the motherboard is aimed at. They introduce specifcally designed for gamers, overclockers and "general" users. The question does remain how the manufacturers have done their internal projections and forecast, as we find the Haswell-E platform most suitable for (semi-) professionals in media create applications and because of the pricing a lot less suitable as a gaming platform.
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