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Silicon Power Marvel M70 USB 3.0 Flash Drive

Posted by Ian on 19th Dec 2014 - 0 Comments

The SSD Review take alook at the Silicon Power Marvel M70 USB 3.0 Flash Drive, a 128GB USB storage device:

Rarely does one find them self searching through shelves at a store trying to find the best USB flash drive. You have one goal and your focused on that: capacity. Things like looks and speed are sure to follow. What would you say if we told you that you could have all of that and more? How about a USB flash drive with incredible capacity, quick speeds, gorgeous looks and has a decent price tag to boot? Nope, were not joking Ö welcome the newest gadget to be added to your holiday wish list! Silicon Power Marvel M70 USB 3.0 Flash Drive, at a whopping 128 GB capacity!
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MSI X99S MPower Motherboard

Posted by Ian on 17th Dec 2014 - 4 Comments

KitGuru check out the MSI X99S MPower Motherboard, which comes in at just under £200:

Overclocking capabilities revolve around the well-fed twelve phase power delivery system comprised of MSIís Military Class 4 components. Thereís also the OC Essentials kit which includes convenient tools such as onboard buttons, voltage check points, and a debug LED. And letís not forget about dual BIOS chips for redundancy.

But donít let a price tag which puts the MPower near X99′s entry-point fool you; MSI still manages to cram in support for 3-card SLI/CrossFire, a 32Gbps M.2 connector, SATA Express, and Audio Boost sound. Users also get a selection of worthwhile accessories, such as cable labels, a door hanger, the motherboard schematic, and a brief overclocking guide.
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SilverStone Raven RVZ01

Posted by Ian on 15th Dec 2014 - 0 Comments

TechPowerUp review the SilverStone Raven RVZ01, a very compact chassis for a living-room PC:

Silverstone has been pushing their sub-brand "Raven" as the choice for gamers for some time now. With the whole topic of Steam-powered gaming in the living room gaining momentum, the company now released the Raven RVZ01 we have for review today, and its aim is to be a compact chassis with the right balance between potent hardware, space, and cooling. Sporting the same cool design as the RV04 but in a much much smaller form factor, this review will show whether Silverstone managed to walk the fine line with the Raven RVZ01 where others have failed.
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EVGA SuperNOVA 1300 G2 1300W Power Supply

Posted by Ian on 12th Dec 2014 - 0 Comments

HardOCP Review the EVGA SuperNOVA 1300 G2 1300W PSU, which should be enough to power a beast of a PC!

The EVGA SuperNOVA 1300 G2 is an example of a power supply that represents a real aboutface for EVGA. Previous offerings have been, well, anywhere from just plain bad to just plain, plain. Today, the SuperNOVA 1300 G2 is not bad, it's not good, it's not even really good. The EVGA SuperNOVA 1300 G2 is bordering on excellent. The build quality is a good bit ahead of previous offerings and it makes almost all of the right choices but the documentation and support really hurts this unit out of the gate. When we look to the performance of the SuperNOVA 1300 G2, it is quite literally class leading in the voltage regulation and the DC output quality. Those two factors alone are so good that it makes the unit worth buying even though the Transient Load Test results are kind of disappointing (but still in specification) and the unit probably could be a bit quieter for some people's liking. When it comes to pricing, we purchased SuperNOVA 1300 G2 unit for $151.99 free Prime shipping; currently $179.73 at Amazon. Today you can purchase it for $154.99 with Free Shipping after a $35.00 MIR. That is literally the lowest price you will find on any of the units we have compared this unit to today by a clear margin, even without the rebate.
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AMD FX-9590 AM3+ Processor

Posted by Ian on 11th Dec 2014 - 2 Comments

Benchmark Reviews check out the AMD FX-9590 AM3+ Processor, which runs at 4.7Ghz stock speed:

The AMD FX-9590 packs a punch with 8 Piledriver cores running at a stock 4.7GHz and boosting up to a maximum 5GHz. With the release of the FX-8370 CPU, AMD has dropped the MSRP of the FX-9590 to $229. Although the new MSRP has been active for a few weeks, you may still have trouble finding the FX-9590 for that price. At the time of this writing, the FX-9590 still costs around $259. When the price does drop, AMDís flagship processor, the FX-9590, will compete very closely in price with Intelís i5-4670 CPU. Before we jump into a closer look at the FX-9590, letís take a look at AMDís current FX lineup.
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Multi-Monitor Gaming On A Budget?

Posted by Ian on 8th Dec 2014 - 0 Comments

Toms Hardware have an article all about multi-monitor gaming on a budget, which costs less than a single 4k display:

Let's consider the advantages of three 1080p monitors over a single 4K panel. A triple-screen setup offers greatly improved peripheral perspective, which aligns with the way that human beings process visual information. Second, three 1920x1080 monitors cumulatively have one-quarter fewer pixels than an Ultra HD monitor at 3840x2160, translating to a lighter graphics load and, ultimately, higher frame rates. Finally, and this is where budget is affected, you can pick up three new 20-23” LCDs for less than $400. Meanwhile, a 4K display starts in the $500 range. And that's for a 30Hz screen. You want 60Hz, nudging the price tag up even higher. A multi-monitor setup also shines when it comes to productivity.
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Synology DiskStation DS215j

Posted by Ian on 4th Dec 2014 - 0 Comments

Legion Hardware have a review of the Synology DiskStation DS215j, a 2-bay NAS unit which packs plenty of punch:

Today we are taking a look at the brand new Synology DiskStation DS215j. This new 2-bay NAS is designed for home users on a budget, but donít let that fool you, the DS215j packs a punch. Armed with a dual-core processor with Floating-Point Unit (FPU), the DS215j provides plenty of power for multi-tasking and multi-media applications...

Some of the most exciting Synology products that we have reviewed have been budget models such as the DS414j and DS213j. These models were great because they ran the same DSM software as the $1000+ models and could use many of the same features/applications.
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Philips 288P6LJEB 28-Inch Ultra HD Monitor

Posted by Ian on 3rd Dec 2014 - 0 Comments

Toms Hardware check out the Philips 288P6LJEB, a huge 28-Inch Ultra HD Monitor - but lacks some of the features that would make it great for gaming:

Given high demand for inexpensive Ultra HD displays, it seems that 28-inch TN panels are appearing at an increasing rate. Weíve already reviewed new screens from Asus, Dell and Planar, finding them to be decent solutions for budget-conscious users looking for higher pixel density.

We covered the subject of pricing in Planar IX2850 28-Inch Ultra HD Monitor Review: Affordable 4K, but it bears repeating. If you want 4K today, you have three choices. At the high end are 32-inch IGZO panels from Dell, Asus and Sharp. They sell for between $2000 and $3000. The Dell UP3214Q offers a wide gamut option, while the other two are sRGB-only.
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