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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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- Rosewill Legacy V4 Aluminum Mini-ITX Cube Computer Case - Modders-Inc
Smaller cases were once only thought to be used for low powered PC’s but over the years this has changed. With hardware getting smaller and able to keep it powerfully the Mini-ITX computer case is making a statement. A Mini-ITX case can be used for your own desktop PC, Home Theater PC (HTPC) and ... The post Rosewill Legacy V4 Aluminum Mini-ITX Cube Computer Case appeared first on Modders-Inc, Case Mods and Computer Hardware.
- OCZ Vertex 460 120GB SSD Review - TweakTown
Introduction Around the same time when OCZ Technology announced the new OCZ Storage Solution name and became a Toshiba brand, the Vertex 460 launched. The Vertex 460 is much like the Vertex 450 it replaces but uses Toshiba 19nm flash. The flash is the same as used in Vector 150m, OCZ's flagship product. Even though the 460 shares the same Toshiba Toggle NAND flash as Vector 150, the controller's clock speed is lower. In our testing with the 240GB models, the lower clock speed didn't have a large impact on performance. With the performance only a few percent different between the flagship and the 460 just one grade down, the 460 is a good value for those of us satisfied with 95th percentile performance at a significantly lower cost. Just after the launch, the Vertex 460 sold for $149.99 at Newegg, but the 120GB model is now down to just $99.99, which is around $20 less than the Vector 150 120GB. So how does the Vertex 460 compare to Vector 150 and other 128GB class SSDs? I can't give everything away in the introduction, but we'll cover that topic and more in this review.... Read the rest in your browser!
- Netgear ProSAFE XS708E 10 Gigabit Switch Review - TweakTown
Introduction As virtualization trickles down to small businesses, the same network infrastructures that make virtualization successful in the enterprise are needed on a smaller scale. The other key part to virtualization success is, of course, price. Virtualization is really a stab at reducing total IT costs by moving several servers into a single box. This reduces both the component costs and the long-term costs from running the servers, with power weighing heavily on the scale. When Intel released Romley with up to eight DRAM slots and eight cores per CPU, virtualization moved to a new level. Not only were lower bin Xeons cheap, but they also had the processing power to run several virtual machines. This eventually led to a new bottleneck forming. While the virtual machine count increased, more machines were trying to communicate outside the node via the same gigabit Ethernet port that's been a standard for several years. Then, the systems soon required additional storage. This led to further constraints on the network as external NAS and SAN products supplied the additional storage density. We're now at a tipping point for small businesses. 10GbE is now in a familiar form, RJ45, and the price is within budget for even small remote offices. The Netgear XS708E is the product that brought 10GbE to this point.... Read the rest in your browser!
- Top 10 TweakTown Content from the past week [10 March 2014] - TweakTown
Here are our top 10 articles, reviews and guides from the past week!A Major Shift in the Data Storage Market is on the HorizonCherry MX-Board 3.0 Mechanical Keyboard ReviewASUS Z9PE-D8 WS Workstation (Intel C602) Motherboard ReviewGravity (2013) Blu-ray Movie ReviewGamerStorm Dracula 7970 VGA Cooler ReviewCorsair Hydro Series H105 Extreme Performance Liquid CPU Cooler ReviewSanDisk Extreme Pro 128GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive ReviewMach Xtreme SATA DOM MX-DIY Series ReviewTranscend StoreJet 35T3 2TB External HDD Review
- Plextor M6e 256GB PCIe SSD Review - Breaking the Chains of SATA III - TweakTown
Introduction While not available in the US yet, Plextor's M6e SSDs are coming. This isn't our first go around with the Marvell 88SS9183 PCIe-to-flash controller, but it should be the first to come in retail form. The Marvell 88SS9183 bypasses the aging SATA III bus and the throughput limits that come with it. By interfacing the flash with the PCI Express bus, the SSD has a direct path to the CPU and a high ceiling that scales to incredible levels via lanes. The Plextor M6e SSD uses two PCIe lanes, and the adapter card fits in nearly every modern desktop motherboard. Most of us rarely use the smaller PCIe slots in our systems unless adding a video capture card or add-on sound card. The M6e gives you another option, and this one delivers storage performance in excess of 700 MB/s. Plextor targeted the gaming market with the M6e SSD. Gamers have a long history of being on the cutting edge of computing technology, and Plextor made sure this SSD was right on the blade. The dual BIOS boot feature allows for faster system booting with UEFI support. One of the largest complaints about add-on storage controllers is the additional time to desktop since the system has to initialize another component, but UEFI allows all of the components to initialize at the same time. The legacy BIOS support also means older systems without UEFI can still use the M6e, as well. Before we get too far, let's check out the specifications and then circle back to the advanced features offered by the M6e.... Read the rest in your browser!
- Genius GX Gaming Gila Mouse Review - Modders-Inc
The problem with designing for the enthusiast gaming market is that the needs and wants of the user base are more mercurial than any other segment. Aesthetic tastes can change on a whim and new technologies are always emerging to replace something that mainstream users are only getting to know now. There is also ...The post Genius GX Gaming Gila Mouse Review appeared first on Modders-Inc, Case Mods and Computer Hardware.
- The Wind Rises (2013) Cinema Review - TweakTown
Director Hayao Miyazaki is certainly no unfamiliar name to the animation world, having nearly single handedly bought recognition to Studio Ghibli both in and outside of Japan and molded it into a powerhouse brand, not unlike Disney, synonymous with quality family entertainment--whilst simultaneously touching very adult matters. Miyazaki's directing career has run the gamut of subjects and themes, however, in this, his latest (and apparently his last), he takes us on an emotional ride through a very touchy subject and, in doing so, proves how controversial it still proves to be. As a young boy, Jiro Horikoshi (voiced by Hideaki Anno in the original Japanese version) is fascinated by air flight, with his dreams constantly revolving around meeting influential Italian plane designer Giovanni Caproni (Nomura Mansai), a desire that exponentially grows after obtaining aviation literature. As times passes, evident through Jiro's wardrobe and mannerisms, Jiro now pursues engineering at University, soon finding employ at Mitsubishi airplane manufacturing, where he is heralded as a genius, rising through the ranks for his design nous and problem solving savvy. Whilst saturated with the demands of work, Jiro's attention becomes diverted by his fiancee Naoko (Miori Takimoto) who is privately succumbing to the rigors of tuberculosis, but, as the winds of war become darker, Jiro is assigned to head the project that becomes Japan's secret weapon--the fast and agile Japanese Zero fighter planes of World War II. A Miyazaki-helmed Studio Ghibli film comes with an unshakeable set of inbuilt expectations, and I'm pleased to say that The Wind Rises met most of mine. The animation style is signature Ghibli: simple, yet beautiful in its simplicity. Joe Hisaishi's score is appropriate and moving. The film is quite long for animation (at least by western standards) but, short of a few dips and troughs, mostly unfurls at good pace. Like all dramatizations, The Wind Rises is guilty of bending fact to its will, although from the dreamy opening sequence, it is obvious it is to be played out through the viewpoint of Jiro's dreams and internalizations. However, at least to my knowledge, the core story remains overwhelmingly true to real life events. On the surface, the film seems somewhat detached to the greater war effort, a subject that Studio Ghibli passionately looked at in Grave of the Fireflies. However, if one looks closer, there are glimpses, and, in this manner, Miyazaki's selections have upset some circles, a testament to the strong emotions held even as we approach 70 years following the last world war's conclusion. In this review, I don't wish to critique these choices. Rightly or wrongly, this is Miyazaki's vision, and he has the right to air them, just as critics have the right to point out any perceived discrepancies. To me, however, this is simply a portrait of one man and his dogged devotion to perfection and serves to prove Jiro's somewhat naive outlook to the ramifications of his creations. However, I can't help but feel after a career of such wondrous highlights such as Spirited Awar, Howl's Moving Castle, and My Neighbour Totoro, Miyazaki seeks to close the door on his amazing career with the decidedly downer The Wind Rises. Nor am I convinced of the wisdom of courting such a controversial picture as Ghibli's international status grows exponentially. Ultimately, I suspect that ten different viewers will take ten different lessons out of The Wind Rises. Those that come with a bit more baggage and pre-conceived notions of war culpability likely won't have their mind changed by this picture, and I would suggest they should probably look elsewhere. ... Read the rest in your browser!
- Wolf Creek 2 (2014) Cinema Review - TweakTown
At the conclusion of the first Wolf Creek, outback murder Mick Taylor literally walked into the sunset, gun in hand, after months spent terrorizing three backpackers. Nine years later, it seems he is still at it, just on a much larger scale. After proving the concept, the filmmakers return with added confidence and present a movie in many ways similar to the first but also rather different. But what fans want to know is, "is it as good as the first?" Whilst backpacking through the outback en route to Wolf Creek, German tourists Rutger (Phillipe Klaus) and Katarina (Shannon Ashlyn) are set upon by Mick Taylor (John Jarratt) with some friendly advice. Quickly showing his true colors, the couple is attacked, and another intense and bloody outback battle is set in motion. But when resourceful British ex-pat Paul Hammersmith (Ryan Corr) becomes entangled in the bloodshed, both Hammersmith and Taylor quickly understand that it will test the survival skills of both the hunter and the hunted. In what I thought was an impossibility, Wolf Creek 2 has the audacity to play with audiences' expectations by panting Taylor as the victim in the film's opening sequence before returning rather quickly to far more familiar ground quite rapidly; blood spills and the body count starts to rack up. In the same manner that Writer/ Director Greg McLean attempted a bit of back-story and blossoming romance with the ill-fated outback tourists in the first movie, he's followed a similar route here. Of course, these soon to be ex-blood bags are entirely perfunctory and any exposition simply serves to delay the inevitable. Ultimately, the audience doesn't care about these walking targets and whatever time we spend with the hapless couple just isn't enough to form a caring bond or care about their plight. But once the film's main protagonist, the dashing British expat Paul Hammersmith, enters, it's a whole new ball game, and the film takes a surprising turn. A fourth quarter breather with Hammersmith and Taylor playing a game of Australian inspired trivia provides chills and even a few nervous laughs, whilst Taylor even reveals the reason for his murderous bent as some misplaced xenophobic patriotism. Sadly, the well-crafted sequence leads up to a confusingly abrupt conclusion, which raises more questions than answers. In the end, I felt cheated by a film that revels in proudly displaying everything (and I think the OFLC were quite lenient with their MA15+ rating here) but didn't feel the need to offer a rational conclusion. McLean handles Wolf Creek 2 with abundant and obvious talent, but sadly his script isn't as adept. John Jarratt is simply wonderful once more, and his performance stands out Wolf Creek from other bloodbaths such as Saw. The production values by way of the increased budget are there to be seen on screen, particularly in the thrilling Duel-inspired road battle. During that sequence, Hammersmith taunts Taylor with the line "is that the best you can do?", which, despite the best of intentions, is a line that the filmmakers themselves should have ruminated on. ... Read the rest in your browser!
- 3 Days to Kill (2014) Cinema Review - TweakTown
Director 'McG', otherwise known as Joseph McGinty Nichol, has a career littered with bombs such as This Means War, disappointments like Terminator Salvation, and downright clunkers, including Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle. It's a real shame, too, because the former music video director has an obvious eye for visuals and good sensibilities for action. It's just that short of his first film, the hyperkinetic Charlie's Angels some 15 years ago, he hasn't really found a vehicle to channel his talents all that successfully. However, in 3 Days To Kill, which just happens to be his lowest budgeted film ever (at just under $30 million) and coupled with Writer and Producer Luc Besson, McG finally seems to be suitably matched. Despite nearly capturing an internationally wanted terrorist known only as the Albino (Tomas Lemarquis) in a foiled plot, CIA Agent Ethan Renner (Kevin Costner) has been felled by cancer that has left him with a decidedly negative prognosis: only a few months to live. Ejected from the agency, Renner shuns his formerly nomadic life to return to his wife Christine (Connie Nielsen) and young daughter Zoey (Hailee Steinfeld) to spend his remaining time. Connecting to the young teenager proves difficult when it is obvious he knows little about her, as he missed almost all her life milestones. Just when his affairs begin to come into order, Renner is approached by sultry CIA agent Vivi (Amber Heard) promising an expensive and experimental drug that could extend his life in return for completing his final mission and bringing the Albino to justice. 3 Days To Kill has been knocked around a bit critically, at this point enjoying the dubious honor of a 31 percent rotten rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Whilst I'm cognizant of standing out amongst my compatriots, I feel the need to break rank on this one. I found 3 Days To Kill to be overwhelmingly entertaining of the heavily salted popcorn variety. The hand of Luc Besson is more than noticeable, with much of the action harkening back to the likes of The Transporter and Lockout. Coming just a few months after the disappointing Jack Ryan reboot (which also featured Kevin Costner), it's interesting that 3 Days To Kill features a similar concept with a wildly divergent tone. Whereas Jack Ryan illustrated the outlandish with stony-faced seriousness, Ethen Renner is just as quick to offer a comedic quip as he is to take out a villain or focus on family life for an extended period as he is to blow up a building in spectacular fashion. Kevin Costner is, of course, an old hand at the type of material, but he sure looks like he is having fun. Hailee Steninfeld does an admirable job at coming around to her formerly absentee father. However, the highlight of the cast is the downright gorgeous Amber Heard, whose career seems to be on an upward trajectory. Every scene she is in instantly grabs the interest and keeps the film kicking along. 3 Days To Kill isn't an action classic for the ages and probably resides towards the bottom of Kevin Costner's filmography, but for an infinitely entertaining Saturday night actioner, you can do much, much worse. ... Read the rest in your browser!
- Leef Pro 16GB MicroSDHC Memory Card Review - TweakTown
Like the new craze around OTG hybrid drives, microSD cards have had a long and fruitful life without our smartphones. Along with smartphones, microSD cards live in our cameras, camcorders, and even tablets, offering enhanced storage capabilities in a very small form factor. Leef is a rather new company to the market, with beginnings around 2010. Today, we have the distinct opportunity to look at one of their latest products, the Leef Pro 16GB microSDHC card. This card features UHS I compatibility along with a Speed Class of 10. Available in capacities ranging from 16GB to 64GB, the MSRP of the Leef Pro is listed at $24.99 for the 16GB and up to $84.99 for the 64GB capacity. Each of these drives come with a five-year warranty. The Leef Pro came packaged in the standard plastic retainer for the card. Here we have our first look at the card and included adapter. The front of the card carries a design that would certainly grab your attention in a retail situation. The Leef Pro is factory formatted with the FAT32 file-system. Usable capacity after formatting is 14.6GB. Above, you can see the Leef Pro did quite well. We were able to reach 51MB/s read and 12MB/s write. In our price/performance chart, we found the Leef Pro coming in second to the Strontium Nitro we reviewed a few months back. With this being my first product from Leef as a company, I came away pleasantly surprised with the level of design and overall aesthetics put into their SDHC card. When a company pays enough attention to design their products to catch your eye, more often than not it's going to be something above the standard. Performance of the Leef Pro microSDHC card was well within expectations and would be a great solution for point-and-shoot cameras and, of course, smartphones and tablets. MSRP of the 16GB Leef Pro microSDHC card comes in at $24.99 with a five-year warranty. Current market pricing can be found below. PRICING: You can find the 16GB Leef Pro microSDHC card for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing, but can change at any time. Click the link to see the very latest pricing for the best deal. United States: The 16GB Leef Pro microSDHC card retails for $24.99 at Amazon. ... Read the rest in your browser!
- Sapphire Radeon R9 290X TRI-X 4GB OC Overclocked Video Card Review - TweakTown
Introduction The other day, we got the chance to have a look at an R9 290X 4GB from MSI and found ourselves quite impressed with the Twin Frozr Gaming OC variant of the model. Today, we've got another R9 290X 4GB on our hands. This time it's from Sapphire. The particular version of the R9 290X 4GB we're looking at today comes in under the TRI-X name, which is one we've seen in the past. The TRI-X and Dual-X series are two of the more recent additions to the Sapphire line up, and they've both done a great job of impressing us. The latter series is reserved for more mid-range models. There isn't a whole lot for us to say about the R9 290X 4GB or just the R series in general. Since the launch of the series last year, we've found ourselves extremely impressed with what AMD has been offering us. The company has been able to offer not only cards with excellent performance and a fantastic set of features, but they've also managed to do this at an excellent price point. Today, we'll be finding out if Sapphire is able to keep that trend going with the TRI-X version of the card. While normally we'd move from here to a look at the box, today we don't have the cover for the outside of the box. Saying that, though, we do have the full bundle. So while we won't be looking at what the exterior of the package offers us, we will be able to dive into the bundle to see just what Sapphire is offering. So with that all said and done, let's see just what's going on with the Sapphire R9 290X TRI-X 4GB OC bundle. Package Checking out the bundle, you can see all the standard inclusions that you'd expect to get. We've got our Sapphire registration card along with a Quick Install Guide and Driver CD to round off the normal paperwork. From a cable perspective, you can see we've got a Dual-Molex to 8-Pin PCIe power connector along with a Molex to 6-Pin PCIe power connector. Along with that, you can also see the standard HDMI cable that Sapphire includes on a lot of their mid-range and up models.... Read the rest in your browser!
- Cougar CMX V3 850W Power Supply Overview - Modders-Inc
Power supplies play a critical role in the PC. It provides all the necessary power to run everything inside the computer. In order for everything to function correctly, the power supply must be able to deliver clean reliable power to all the components and efficiency levels that are not going to cost ton to run, ...The post Cougar CMX V3 850W Power Supply Overview appeared first on Modders-Inc, Case Mods and Computer Hardware.
- Phanteks Enthoo Primo Ultimate Chassis Review and Build - Modders-Inc
Phanteks Enthoo Primo Ultimate ~ Full Tower Luxury Water Cooling Case Phanteks leaps into the chassis market with elegance, grace, finesse and beauty. A Prima Donna and as the companies First Lady on stage she may just ROCK the house down. Phanteks eye for design and color palette is proven alive and well with the ...The post Phanteks Enthoo Primo Ultimate Chassis Review and Build appeared first on Modders-Inc, Case Mods and Computer Hardware.
- BitFenix Shadow ATX Case Review - Modders-Inc
Review Sample Provided by: BitFenix and Lutro0 Customs Product Name: Shadow INTRODUCTION October 2013, Bitfenix released the Shadow, a small ATX stone carved monolithic looking case. BitFenix: “Combining a deep understanding of gaming and other high-demand computing applications with superior engineering and design know-how, the BitFenix team is dedicated to creating the go-to computing products and ...The post BitFenix Shadow ATX Case Review appeared first on Modders-Inc, Case Mods and Computer Hardware.
- Enterprise Flash Virtualization: Flash In The Pan or Here to Stay? - TweakTown
Introduction This time last year, you would have been hard pressed to find an article, seminar, or tech commercial that was not about "the cloud." Cloud storage, cloud services, apps in the cloud, security of the cloud. The word cloud has been so completely overhyped since then that I am to the point where anytime someone even mentions it, I feel like giving them my best impersonation of Marcellus Wallace from Pulp Fiction. "Say cloud one more time!" As we are getting a new year underway, I am curious to see what phrase will end up taking the top spot for 2014. So far, I would have to say my money is on "flash." There are more array vendors than possible to keep track of, each pitching their version of a better mousetrap: all-flash using SSDs, all-flash with custom boards, or the hybrid route of some flash and some spinning disk. PURE, Tegile, Tintri, Nimbus, Nimble, Skyera, Whiptail, Violin, XtremIO...the list goes on. Then there are the PCIe players: FusionIO, PMC, LSI, and who knows how many upstarts. Now, there are the flash virtualization players like Pernix Data, Sandisk's FlashSoft product, or VMWare's vFlash. There is no doubt that flash arrays and accelerator cards have staying power, but what about this last bunch of software defined storage solutions? To answer this question, we need to first define what exactly these products do. Implementations Traditionally, a single physical server houses multiple VMs that all compete for a share of flash resources. As shown in the image below, each of the three virtual machines share the SSD and flash controllers in their respective individual physical servers. The drawback to this implementation is that a hungry application can suck up the limited available resources inside a single server, choking the performance of other applications that reside in that same server. Of course, infrastructure architects think of this ahead of time and attempt to align applications to servers with the appropriate specifications, but it is difficult to anticipate unforeseen spikes. Not to mention, VMs are moved around so often now that predicting what application traffic will be where is becoming increasingly difficult. This is where virtualizing the server side flash comes in. The bottlenecks that exist with the traditional server implementation can be overcome by creating a flash hypervisor, in which a new shared pool of flash is created and is presented across all VMs, thus removing the per server resource allocation issue. Extrapolate this across a data center and there is now a large pool of fast flash storage that can be utilized by VMs on an as-needed basis, with no limitation to where the VM resides. The result is an increased flexibility that will flatten the rollercoaster of application workloads as they blend across the infrastructure.... Read the rest in your browser!