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This time we'll be taking a closer look at the Samsung's 840 EVO series offering. This particular EVO unit offers a whopping 750 gigabytes of storage space. This is enough space for most setups to be run with a single drive. Is the speed there?
Walkera Ladybird V2 model offers a toy like price but includes all the features that a larger model would have. Let us see if this is the next gadget you just need to buy!
Func is probably a bit less well known computer accessory manufacturer. After a few years of silence Func published the MS-3 high-end mouse and the Surface 1030 XL mouse mat. Now we are going to take a look at these new products.
RC model airplanes and single rotor copter are so yesterday. Multicopters are taking the world by storm and this series of articles will clarify all the needed terminology, technology and skills needed to make one for yourself!
azer's newest gaming mouse, Ouroboros, is a wireless mouse with customizable ambidextrous ergonomics and excellent adjustment possibilities. Let's see if the newcomer is as good as Razer claims!
In last spring Silverstone published two HTPC cases to Grandia series. The cases' model names are GD07 and GD08 and their most important features are extensibility, cooling perfonrmance and silence. This time we are about to take a closer look at the GD07 model.
Lian Li is considered as a company that produces high-end and very well finished cases. Let's see if PC-7H can face the presumptions.
Classic hand-held gaming devices near to your heart? Take a look at this project where I combine one of the real classics with another arcade icon.
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- iStarUSA S35 Mini-ITX NAS Tower Chassis Review - TweakTown
Introduction Just to set things straight right out of the gate: I am not any form of a NAS expert, nor do I pretend to be. If you want technical aspects for these sorts of devices, please refer your questions to Tyler and Chris, as they have a much better grasp of the technical aspects, and software limits. However, the basis as to why we are here is something I can handle. I can also understand why there is something like this coming up for review. That is simply this: with all of the various models, feature sets, and manufacturers to check (like Thecus, QNAP, Netgear, and Synology), looking into a personal NAS can not only get a touch overwhelming, but for those with little background on it, it can be downright mind-blowing. For those that need very little from a NAS, piecing together components to run it does not take much at all. While there are some powerhouses out there on the market with the latest and greatest innards, I have been told for years that basically, an old Pentium 3 system is sufficient to run some sort of Linux distribution, FreeNAS, or Windows Server operating system. Then, you find the appropriate RAID setup for the amount of drives, and needs, you require of your backed up storage. While redundancy is typically key, with what we were delivered today, you could run RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, or JBOD setups, and it will answer to the needs of most NAS users. Today we are taking a look at two products, in one swipe, from iStarUSA. We were given both the S-35 Mini-ITX NAS tower chassis, along with the BPU-230, three bay, military grade, reliable, hot-swappable hard drive enclosure. These two components should get us on the way to building a nice little NAS, with whatever components we can get to fit inside of this S-35 chassis. This will hopefully show both sides at once. It should also show whether or not iStarUSA built something worthy of housing higher dollar hardware, and what kind of hardware we can pack in this tower to get the best out of a NAS, which is likely the whole reason one would take on the idea of building their own in the first place.... Read the rest in your browser!
- BitFenix Introduces Flo Headset ? Enters Audio Market - Legit Reviews
BitFenix Unveils Flo Headset Crystal-clear audio from a premium PC headset design that’s made to move (BitFenix Design Lab, December 12, 2013) ? Today, BitFenix is pleased to announce the first member of a brand-new audio lineup to the BitFenix collection — the Flo Headset. Combining studio-engineered sound with signature clean yet modern BitFenix design, ...moreThe post BitFenix Introduces Flo Headset – Enters Audio Market appeared first on Legit Reviews.
- Digital Storm Steam Machine Launching at CES 2014 - Legit Reviews
Digital Storm Steam Machine Launching at CES 2014 Digital Storm is set to unveil the first liquid-cooled, Valve approved Steam Machine at CES 2014. Rather than try to compete with console pricing, Digital Storm?s newest system takes aim at the high-end of the market and capitalizes on PC Gaming?s biggest advantage ? GRAPHICS. The new ...moreThe post Digital Storm Steam Machine Launching at CES 2014 appeared first on Legit Reviews.
- ASRock to Release 990FX Killer Motherboard with M.2 - AnandTech
One of the next big things in motherboard development is the progressive move to faster storage – the superseding of SATA 3 Gbps and SATA 6 Gbps. We already have PCIe cards; however these tend to be bulky and/or expensive for all but enthusiasts. There is the RAID route, which comes with potential pitfalls of its own. Other than this, we are waiting for the SATA Express revolution to take hold, either in the form of AHCI enabled hardware or NVMe. On the motherboard, this means we need the M.2 (formerly NGFF) standard to be prevalent: we have seen it so far on the ASUS ROG line with mPCIe Combo II enabled motherboards, where it uses a PCIe 2.0 x1 lane from the PCH to connect to the system. ASRock are now preparing to release an AMD AM3+ motherboard based on the 990FX chipset with access to PCIe 2.0 x2, direct from the CPU, which should be suitable for 10 Gb/s peak speed (this around 1 GB/s) in SATA Express mode and SATA 6Gb/s in SATA mode. The motherboard is the ASRock Fatal1ty 990FX Killer – the next installment of ASRock’s Killer range featuring an E220x NIC, Purity Sound (Realtek ALC1150 based) and a three month license to the XSplit recording software. It should also come with ASRock’s upgraded BIOS and software packages we have seen on Z87, and ASRock’s ‘Gaming Armor’ methodology (more energy efficient power delivery, higher gold content in sockets for lower resistance). The M.2 connector is similar in placement to the mSATA – on the motherboard image above it is between the first two PCIe full length slots, next to the chipset. Due to the M.2 being compatible with both M.2 PCIe and M.2 SATA derived storage devices, for the latter it requires routing from one of the chipsets SATA ports (thus sharing with the eSATA on the rear IO). It may seem odd that ASRock are stating that the PCIe lanes for M.2 are from the CPU rather than the chipset, however AMD FX processors have 38 PCIe lanes at their disposal from the CPU: This allows 990FX to be a platform for this type of expansion without hurting any GPU bandwidth limitations or reducing the number of extra ports on the board. For Intel products, the lanes have to be taken from the chipset (up to 8x PCIe 2.0 lanes) which could arguably introduce a delay due to the extra routing, but until we get two similar systems side-by-side for comparison, we cannot hold any data to that claim. No word on release date or pricing yet. The main issue M.2 enabled motherboards have right now is the lack of M.2 storage products on the market: mSATA took its time to reach etailers, and even then there are still only a few options for end-users. Most products thus ends up in the hands of OEMs, which is where I would imagine the first batches of M.2 PCIe storage is going. We have already seen Plextor showcase some M.2 offerings, and ADATA at Computex this year were also excited for their products, as well as Samsung at their Global SSD Summit (if I remember correctly). It is interesting that ASRock are experimenting with the 990FX platform in this way: I assume it acts as a technological showcase for what can be done on future motherboards. Gallery: ASRock to Release 990FX Killer Motherboard with M.2
- Acer C720 Chromebook Delivers Fast Ubuntu Performance - Phoronix
The Acer C720 was recently released as the latest Google Chromebook selling for just $199 USD. I have been running the Acer C720 Chromebook recently but not with Chrome OS and instead Ubuntu 13.10 Linux. This Chromebook with a Haswell-based dual-core Celeron CPU runs Ubuntu Linux rather nicely. Here are the first thorough benchmarks from this low-cost laptop.
- Intel NUC D54250WYK / D54250WYB Review - bit-tech.net
The new Haswell version of Intel NUC is better than ever.
- Cooler Master Eisberg 120L Prestige Review - Ocaholic.ch
Cooler Master is relatively new in the CPU AIO water cooling market and with the recent introduction of the Cooler Master Eisberg 120L Prestige, it is quite clear that the company wants a bigger piece of that market. Teaming up with the likes of Alphacool from Germany and Eheim for the pump design, Cooler Master is definitely aiming at high-end market. The Cooler Master Eisberg 120L Prestige promises some rather unique and impressive features and since it is based on an open-type design, it is expandable with more components, something that we do not usually see in the AIO water cooling market. Today, we embark on a journey to check out if the Cooler Master Eisberg 120L Prestige has what it takes to compete in an already crowded CPU AIO water cooling market.
- Fractal Design ARC Mini R2 Micro ATX Chassis Review - eTeknix
Introduction Fractal make some of the best looking chassis on the market, they’re known for their desirable designs and they’ve always done well to back that up with rock solid build quality and premium quality features. It is because of this that we have very high expectations of the ARC Mini R2, Fractal Design have […]The post Fractal Design ARC Mini R2 Micro ATX Chassis Review appeared first on eTeknix.
- Massive Battlefield 4 Update Deployed, Many Major Issues Fixed - eTeknix
A massive update has been rolled out for Battlefield 4 on the PlayStation 4, fixing some pretty major issues that have been causing the game to crash, the sound bug that have been driving some users crazy and disabling of the irritating EMP blur effect in multiplayer that has been sending everyone dizzy. General stability […]The post Massive Battlefield 4 Update Deployed, Many Major Issues Fixed appeared first on eTeknix.
- DC Universe Online War Of The Light Part 1 Detailed - eTeknix
On the heels of the game’s PlayStation 4 release, Sony Online Entertainment have announced the next instalment in the DC Universe Online (DCUO) narrative, War of the Light Part I. Introducing a brand-new storyline, the ninth downloadable content pack introduces the Blue Lantern Corps to DCUO and brings a new power set, Rage, which can […]The post DC Universe Online War Of The Light Part 1 Detailed appeared first on eTeknix.
- Intel Linux Power Regression Still Being Worked On - Phoronix
A few days back I wrote about an Intel Linux developer finding a 50 Watt power regression within the kernel since the 3.10 release. At first it looked like it might be easily solved, but the issue is still being investigated and Intel hardware engineers are now getting involved in the matter...
- Mesa "Newbie Projects" Still Being Tackled - Phoronix
Published back in November were a list of Newbie Projects for Mesa, easy but important contributions that could be done by new open-source developers looking to enter the world of open-source Linux graphics drivers. Fortunately, the project is still bearing fruit...
- New AVX/AVX2 Crypto Code For The Linux Kernel - Phoronix
A set of Intel developers have worked out a new set of AVX and AVX2 routines for the Linux kernel to enhance additional crypto functionality for better performance...
- Rambus and Micron Bury the Hatchet; All Memory Players Now License Rambus Tech - AnandTech
Bringing an end to a saga that has spanned over a decade and most of the life of this site, what’s widely considered the final major legal battle between Rambus and a memory manufacturer has come to an end. Burying the hatchet, Micron and Rambus ended their fight this week with Micron finally agreeing to license Rambus’s technologies and to pay royalties for their use. According to the Wall Street Journal Micron will be paying Rambus a 0.6% royalty rate on all impacted products, which given Rambus’s wide patent holdings essentially covers all forms of DDR SDRAM and in turn impacts vast majority of Micron’s RAM offerings. The agreement will run for 7 years, with Micron having the option to renew it at that time (as some of Rambus’s patents should still be valid even in 2020). Notably the royalty rates are capped at $10 million per quarter – adding up to $280 million over the period of the 7 year agreement – so the final price tag will depend on Micron’s DRAM revenue if they end up staying under the cap. This agreement comes just over 2 years after Rambus’s last major fight with Micron, which saw Hynix and Micron successfully defend themselves against claims by Rambus that the two were conspiring against Rambus. That ruling meant that the two firms were not liable for treble damages to Rambus, but it left the matter of patent infringement unresolved. Since then Hynix has settled with Rambus, leaving Micron as the last man standing until now. Ultimately with the settlement of the Micron fight, Rambus has now signed licensing agreements with all of the major memory manufacturers. This means that although it’s taken the better part of a decade, Rambus has ultimately proven successful in proving that SDRAM and its descendants infringe on Rambus’s patents, allowing them to collect royalties on all of the common forms of DRAM produced today. With the last memory manufacturer now licensing their technology, the only outstanding suits (that we’re aware of) all involve companies who develop memory controllers. With that said, this does leave the question of where Rambus goes from here. In the PC space RDRAM/XDR has long been dead, and in the console space all of the current-generation consoles are using DDR3 or GDDR5, with the remaining XDR consumption tapering off alongside the last-generation Playstation 3. But there is a very real need for faster memory technologies, especially at the very high end where NVIDIA and other GDDR5 consumers are looking at more exotic solutions such as integrating/stacking DRAM on-chip as GDDR5 reaches its own apex.
- Genius Energy Mouse with Smartphone Charging Review - TweakTown
Introduction While we have seen a few gaming mice from both Genius and their sister company GX-Gaming, the script is completely flipped today. While I am usually going on about all the latest and greatest components, along with aggressive, or maybe the ergonomics of a design, there will be very little of that here. What brings us here today is a more plainly designed wireless mouse that also takes on the task of offering travelers a 2-in-1 device that will save room in the bag. Since most people who also carry around a laptop, on extended stays will also take a mouse with them, it seems to make a lot of sense to try to take that to the next level. Unlike the Amphi-car, which was neither a good car, nor was it a good boat, this design is a melding of parts that make for a great addition to the techies travel kit, or maybe even a great holiday idea. This is because not only do you have a wireless mouse with a short charging cable that is easy to slip into a pocket, it also will give users the ability to charge their cell phones too. This is because inside of the mouse, Genius has installed a Lithium Polymer (LiPo) battery inside along with the right charging circuitry that Genius can boast of an 18 month lifespan on the battery when used only as a mouse. Of course when using it to charge cell phones, this time limit is dropped to a matter of an hour or so to drain the battery into the phone. However, the battery will never totally drain while charging phones because 10% of the battery is left in reserve for mouse functionality. Today we are looking at the Energy mouse from Genius, and it has been a handy addition to the lab. With a week or so behind us using this mouse with a laptop, and charging my phone from it as much as possible, we now have a good handle on how it works and what sort of times to expect when charging the device or discharging the battery into other devices to where we can bring not only initial impressions, but those from extended use as well. My advice at this point is to take the time to have a look, as the Energy mouse is likely a perfect addition for you or someone you know; you just didn't know it existed until now.... Read the rest in your browser!