Ever wanted a reliable wireless mouse for presentations? The Ring Mouse brought to you by Genius does that and more. The Ring Mouse is an award-winning device for its ingenious design and works as well for the business person as it does someone who simply wants an easy way to thumb through multimedia on their home machine.
The Patriot Memory Pyro 120GB SSD features Micron 25nm asynchronous NAND flash memory and a SandForce SF-2281 controller; while it does not succeed to beat other drives with the same SandForce processor, it is still an option to take into account, considering its competitive price.
Today at XtremeComputing we are reviewing the Evolution Mid-Tower Case, from Cougar. Cougar are a brand I’ve not personally heard of, so let’s find out a bit more about them.
Xilence is a new player in the case market since 2011. Hence one of the reasons their lineup is limited to just 3 cases at the moment. The Black Hornet is the little brother of the acclaimed Interceptor range. Yet the features seem pretty interesting: what about a dual hot swappable HDD, a top HDD docking station and spare room for a dual radiator in the top? Seems to good to be true for the price of 87 euros. And all this inside a midi tower case? Can't wait to unpack it!
Two years ago, we reviewed the Huntkey Jumper 550, which exceeded our expectations. Now it is time to review the Jumper 600B, which comes with the 80 Plus Bronze certification. (Hence the letter "B" after the product wattage; it is important to understand that the 500 W and 550 W models from this family have the standard 80 Plus certification.) Let's see how the Jumper 600B fared on our tests.
AMD is introducing the performance mainstream Radeon HD 7870 and Radeon HD 7850 today. We'll look at performance compared to the competition and talk about pricing and explore value. If you are in the market for a video card between $249 and $349 these video cards will likely need to be on your short list.
The Radeon HD 7850 is a more affordable version of the Radeon HD 7870, competing with the GeForce GTX 560 Ti. Let’s check it out. The new Radeon HD 7850 is a mid-range video card based on the latest GPU architecture from AMD, dubbed "Graphics Core Next" or simply "GCN," which supports the new PCI Express 3.0 connection and the latest DirectX version (11.1). Let's compare it to its main competitor, the GeForce GTX 560 Ti.
Let’s check the performance of the new Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition, a USD 350 video card based on the latest architecture from AMD. The new Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition is targeted to users who want a high-end video card but don't want to pay an arm and a leg to buy one. Let's take a look at its performance.
We've mentioned a lot about our thoughts on the HD 7700 series as a whole along with the general thought process on each model and like we've said every time, while AMD has the HD 6800 series at a similar price point, the HD 7700 series continues to lose its shine as it sits slower. The HD 7800 series and HD 7900 series on the other hand don't have any competition within their own camp giving us a price point from AMD that isn't offered at the moment. So far we've seen the HD 7850 hits that $249 price tag perfectly. Now we want to find out if the extra $100 associated with the HD 7870 is worth the jump up.
So what exactly is Pitcairn? In a nutshell, take Cape Verde (7700) and double it, and you have Pitcairn. Pitcairn has twice the number of CUs, twice the number of ROPs, twice the memory bandwidth, and of particular importance twice as many geometry engines on the frontend. This works out to 1280 SPs among 20 CUs – organized as a doubling Cape Verde’s interesting 4/3/3 configuration – 80 texture units, 32 ROPs, 512KB L2 cache, and a 256-bit memory bus. Compared to Tahiti, Pitcairn still has 12 fewer CUs and as a result less shader and texturing performance along with the narrower memory bus, but it has the same number of ROPs and the same frontend as its bigger brother, which as we’ll see creates some very interesting situations.
At long last, AMD has filled the gaping hole in its next-generation Radeon lineup. A new pair of graphics cards has come to slot in right between the high-end Radeon HD 7900 series and the decidedly less high-end 7700 series, completing the Southern Islands trifecta—and offering gamers some fresh meat at $249. If you were expecting exact replacements for the 6800 series, prepare to be disappointed. The new Radeon HD 7850 is the one priced at $249; its big brother, the Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition, costs a more burdensome $349. That means today's launch leaves the $199 price point conspicuously devoid of next-generation GPUs. Perhaps that will change in the future—possibly after the arrival of Kepler parts from Nvidia, which are rumored to be coming soon—but for now, we might say the hole in AMD's lineup is only partially plugged.
Considering we've seen the company jump fairly quick into the Twin Frozr cooling setup, we figure it was simply because they were hard at work making something that was going to stand out. The Twin Frozr cooler has always been one of our favorite coolers, especially if you're looking exclusively at dual slot cards. How's the beloved Twin Frozr III cooler go with the new 28nm HD 7950, though? Well, there's only one way to find out and we want to make sure we can see what it's really made out of which can only be done one way, overclocking!
When I first saw the Cooler Master Storm Trooper computer case I was very impressed by the aesthetics and had high hopes for it. With the system install completed I am very pleased with how things look and fit, and how neat the inside of the case looks, but the process of getting there was just more difficult than I would have expected.
Although mechanical keyboards have been making a comeback in recent years many of the design are quite bulky in comparison to their rubber dome counter parts. Looking to fill this area of the market Cooler Master designed the Storm QuickFire Rapid mechanical keyboard using the venerable Cherry MX Blue switches, fit into a comfortable 14" x 5" design. This makes the QuickFire Rapid perfect for LAN parties or mobile workers who may want a better typing experience than their laptops are able to offer. Benchmark Reviews will evaluate if the Cooler Master QuickFire Rapid is the perfect pint size keyboard or if corners were cut in order to meet size and price goals.
As overclockers we often look at the highest capacity PSUs for our systems, not because we need them but because we want to make sure everything we run has adequate power. 80+ Gold edition PSUs deliver on those desires and do so with less heat, better overall efficiency and in some cases, peak loading conditions above the rated power specs.
MSI is letting us show off some pictures of their Z77A-GD65. The MSI Z77A-GD65 is designed for Intels 22nm processors that will be coming out later this year. We aren't able to do any testing with the MSI Z77A-GD65, but we can take a look at the motherboard itself and some of the features. Join us as we take a sneak peek at the MSI Z77A-GD65 'Ivy Bridge' Motherboard. The MSI Z77A-GD65 is a sharp looking board. I wouldn't base a purchase on the look, but the blue and black color combination is sharp. The all black look is overdone lately, and while red and black looks good. The blue and black color combination is much more subtle and less contrasting, but still looks great. The overall layout of the MSI Z77A-GD65 is quite good. The Easy Button 3 onboard buttons are out in the open and easy to access even inside a PC case, the SATA ports and SuperSpeed USB 3.0 ports all come out parallel to the PCB so it will make cable management a breeze...
Roccat, a name that may be unfamiliar to some, brings us an aggressive "Max Customization" gaming mouse with a 6000 dpi laser, 4 adjustable weights, and support for 22 macros in its onboard memory, this mouse might be the best gaming mouse available. Read on to see what this $80 gaming mouse is all about!
When we moved away from the single GPU performance via the XFX HD 7770 Black Edition S Super Overclocked 1GB and checked out the CrossFire performance via Sapphire we saw a bit of light at the end of the tunnel thanks to some awesome CrossFire scaling. The issue continued to be the price of the setup, though. With some strong overclocks out of the box, we wonder what kind of overclocking potential we have with the model. Today we'll be finding that out exactly via the help of the MSI Radeon HD 7770 1GB OC Edition video card. There are of course a few things we need to do before we cover the overclocking side of things.
Hardware Bistro has just posted latest review on SilenX EFZ-120HA5. Appreciate your help to post on your site. Today we have an exciting brand landed on our shore - SilenX. Some of us might not have heard about SilenX as they are not volume player and they has been focusing on OEM business instead of consumer market. However today we will look into one of their latest and top range CPU coolers, EFZ-120HA5. If you are looking for a budget and entry CPU cooler then you should really take a look on this.
Who said all good things come in 3 fold ? Today we introduce Intel's youngest offering in the SnB-e lineup. The i7-3820 is not a hexacore like it's two bigger brothers ; the 3930K and 3960X. But a Quadcore version for the socket 2011 platform. This allows Intel to launch it at a far more affordable price then the two previous mentioned socket 2011 models. Thus making the i7-3820 maybe a perfect replacement CPU for the socket 1366 Bloomfield CPU's. But the competition is fierce, not from AMD, but within Intel's own lineup. What has this i7-3820 more to offer then eg a similar priced 2600K SnB ? After a brief introduction about this i7-3820 we are continuing straight to the results to spot any noteworthy performance differences.
For the gamer there is the great G1.Assassin2, for the bencher there is the X79-UD7 and for the enthusiast there is the X79-UD5. But for those that are a little bit more budget minded there is the X79-U3. At about $260, the UD3 has quite a bit of wanted features like SLI/X-Fire support, high quality components and decent overclocking abilities. Just what one would want without having to broke the bank.
Cyborg already had the R.A.T. mouse line for FPS games in its catalog. Now the company releases the M.M.O.7 with basically the same R.A.T. body but aimed at MMORPGs, a game genre that has World of Warcraft as its prime example. The distinctive feature over the competition is the body, which resembles a Transformer. The M.M.O.7 has some exposed body parts and it is reshapable; that is, the user can change bits and pieces to adjust the peripheral to his or her hand. The mouse has 13 reconfigurable buttons that are able to control 78 functions, a weight adjustment system, and a sensor that reaches 6,400 dpi of resolution. First, we will describe its physical aspects and then proceed to its configuration and operation.
What features make the best gaming mouse? Laser or Optical? High or low sensitivity? Epic Gear has released a new technology to make it so you don't have to choose. The new Meduza Gaming Mouse uses Hybrid Dual Sensor Technology (HDST) to combine the best of both paradigms. Along with their Hybrid Mouse pad they have benchmarked high mouse performance. In this article, Benchmark Reviews evaluates the Meduza (model EGMA1H-OB) and Hybrid Pad (model EGHP1-OB-M) in preparation for their upcoming release.
Today we're looking at the HIS HD 7750 which comes in at $109.99 putting it in that lower mid-range sector. As time has gone on, though, we've seen these cheaper cards offer us quite strong performance. We felt a little disappointed with how AMD launched the new series, though, and the HD 7770 on a whole due to the price point. We wonder if the cheaper HD 7750 can stand as it hits this lower price point. Before we find out what kind of performance we're able to get out of the new model, the first thing we need to do is take a look at the package. From there we'll move into checking out the card and then we'll take a closer look at the specifications and see how the model compares to its big brother, the HD 7770.
Even though we try to concentrate on enthusiast level cooling solutions we are often called on to look at more mainstream heatsinks to see just how good they really are. In the case of the SilenX EFZ-120HA5 we are pleasantly surprised to see some good C/W numbers from a heatsink that would normally get overlooked by the community.
The SAPPHIRE HD 7950 OC Edition video card is factory overclocked to 900 MHz and features SAPPHIRE’s new dual-extractor GPU cooler technology. Will this multi-heatpipe cooler with dual fans and a moderate factory overclock be enough to make this card stand out from the crowd? Read on to see how this card performs, overclocks and runs in our test system. When it comes to overclocking the SAPPHIRE HD 7950 OC Edition was a joy to overclock. The AMD 'Tahiti' core is built on the 28nm manufacturing process and we have found the new Graphics Core Next (GCN) architecture very overclocking friendly. Utilizing the SAPPHIRE TriXX overclocking utility we were able to hit 1185MHz on the core and 1600MHz on the memory. This is a 48% clock frequency increase on the core clock and the GDDR5 memory was blazing along at 6400MHz (effective)...
Let’s take a look at the latest hybrid hard drive from Seagate, the Momentus XT 750 GB, and see how it compares to pure mechanical hard drives and a solid state drive. Since Seagate released the Momentus XT series, it has become a popular choice with notebook users who are usually limited to a single storage drive. It aims to bridge the performance gap between mechanical hard drives and solid state drives without resulting in a massive price premium. Today we are going to look at the second-generation solid state hybrid hard drive from Seagate, the Momentus XT 750 GB.
The Switch 810 is another great looking case from Johnny Hou and the people at NZXT. The Switch 810 is another big case (we have seen many of these lately) that promises to be a water-cooler’s dream and a gamers’ biggest wish. This dream and wish comes not only with a ton of features but at a price that is very affordable. At $170, the Switch 810 can be the next case sitting beside your desk.
Rosewill has had a renaissance of sorts in the case market. Trying to provide the right mix of features at the right price is always going to be a challenge – it’s a moving target. Lately though, Rosewill has been getting it right and some of their recent offerings have been very well received by enthusiasts. The Ranger-M Chassis seeks to earn its place among its peers and, at least on paper, it seems to have a shot. Our review today will examine the Rosewill Ranger-M MicroATX Dual Fan Mini Tower Computer which can be found at an extremely affordable price of $49.99.
I think by now most of our regular readers know about IMFT, Intel and Micron's joint flash venture. Toshiba and SanDisk have teamed up as well. Flash Forward, LTD celebrated the opening of Fab 5, a 300mm flash memory fabrication facility in Japan, back in July. Flash Forward is owned by Toshiba (50.1%) and SanDisk (49.9%). This puts SanDisk in a good position when it comes to manufacturing SSDs. SanDisk 24nm Toggle Mode flash is the successor to the Toshiba 32nm Toggle Mode flash that was first introduced on many enthusiast class SandForce SATA III SSDs in 2011. Don't think Flash Forward is stopping at 24nm, they are already working on 19nm with parts sampling as I type this.
The Marvell based drives from 2011 were very good products, they just had a very big umbrella over their head. Pricing always plays a large role in the retail purchasing decision, especially in a slow moving economy. The Marvell controlled products are at a disadvantage when it comes to price out of the gate. The architecture calls for a DRAM cache buffer, an added expense, when compared to the SandForce design that runs an internal buffer in the controller. When you add the additional cost with the lower performance compared to many of the SF-2281 controlled drives, there just wasn't enough incentive for consumers to come home with a solid state drive using a Marvell controller. The 2012 SSD season is now in full swing and unlike last year, SandForce doesn't have a new controller ready to follow their successes of the last two years. Furthermore, the Team SandForce partners are tip toeing into 2012, we've yet to see an established Team SandForce member show a drive with the latest generation flash coming from Samsung and Toshiba. SandForce is leaving a door open and in this competitive market others are rushing to get their foot in the door.
Let’s take a look at the latest socket 2011 motherboard from ASRock, featuring four PCI Express 3.0 x16 slots, six SATA-600 ports, eight USB 3.0 ports, and a special USB port with high polling rate for gaming mice. ASRock has released eight motherboard models for the new socket 2011 platform, heavily betting that this platform will become more mainstream after Intel releases cheaper LGA2011 processors during this year. This time we will take a look at the X79 Fatal1ty Professional, with four PCI Express 3.0 x16 slots, six SATA-600 ports, eight USB 3.0 ports, and a special USB port with high polling rate for gaming mice.
With the HAVIK 140, NZXT has proven to me that they can take their skills and expertise in the PC gaming world and apply them to just about any component that they want. The cooling performance was top notch, the noise production was just about non-existent, and the installation was fairly easy. There isn't much else you can ask for when it comes to a CPU cooler.
Fans may not be the most exciting component in your new PC, however they do make a lot of difference in terms of performance, noise and enjoyability – it’s hard to enjoy a film (or game) if all you can hear is the whirling of wind turbines, when the film (or game) in question has nothing to do with planes.
Nearly one year since acquiring well-know flash controller manufacturer Indilinx, OCZ has debuted their first storage productbased on the Indilinx infused Everest platform with NDurance technology: welcome OCZ's Octane SSD. Offered in 1-terabyte capacities, the OCT1-25SAT3 series is designed to deliver optimized performance for mainstream users wanting to capitalize on near-instant solid state response times. OCZ Octane SSDs are good for up to 480MB/s read speeds over the latest SATA 6GB/s interface, and yield up to 35,000 Random Read IOPS. In this article Benchmark Reviews tests these specifications, and compares the OCZ Octane solid state drive to the leading competition.
The Z68 Fatal1ty Professional Motherboard from ASRock is an upgraded product from the same series, featuring a Digital PWM, XFast USB Technology, XFast LAN, V16+2 CPU Power Phases, no less than 6 USB 3.0 ports (4 rear and 2 for the front panel) and 6 SATA3, C.C.O., THX TruStudio, and the unique Fatal1ty Mouse Port, which allows us to set the desired mouse polling rate, up to 1000Hz. Of course, thanks to the Z68 chipset we also have Lucid Virtu capabilities and multi VGA output options: one D-Sub port, two HDMI ports and one DVI-D port by the bundled HDMI to DVI adapter.
This time around it is for their Platimax series of power supplies which offer superb performance at Platinum rated efficiency. We took an early look at the Platimax series late last year when the only PSU we could get our hands on at the time was the 600W model. We wanted to follow up and see if their high wattage offerings were of the same quality as we were sure our readers would be interested in Platinum efficiency in an enthusiasts quality power supply.
I briefly mentioned the adapted sensors, but to add to that, there is also a bit of software to add some really cool functionality to what is already an impressive mouse to use. With the software in action you can create custom game profiles with various bindings to the buttons, you can add macros and you can swap the right and left handed controls because their mice are ambidextrous in design. The sensor itself is made to be more accurate with less DPI/CPI. Where most companies offer 6000+ DPI sensors and a mouse with added weight that feels like pushing a brick, SteelSeries goes for light, lean and accurate to give you the edge in competitive or armature level gaming, for a good price. Today we are going to be looking at the Kana in the black and orange variation. There is also a white variant, but I do believe it is this black on orange combination that won the Facebook competition for the user's pick of best looking combination. There is a lot that this middle child of the smaller Kinzu, which we will see real soon and the larger Sensei mice. I've taken the pictures, I've played many hours of FPS games and used it daily - stick around and see what I think about the SteelSeries Kana Black 1.1 gaming mouse.
The new High Current Gamer M is a version of Antec’s High Current Gamer power supply series with a modular cabling system. Let’s take an in-depth look at the 620 W model. The new High Current Gamer M is a version of Antec's High Current Gamer power supply series with a modular cabling system. So far, only three models are available: 400 W, 520 W, and 620 W. The original High Current Gamer series also has a 750 W and a 900 W model. All models have the 80 Plus Bronze certification and single +12 V rail design. Let's take an in-depth look at the 620 W model from this new series, also known as HCG-620M.
The BIOSTAR TPower X79 is the first 'budget' board for the Intel X79 chipset the Legit Reviews has had the pleasure to look at. The TPower X79 will be stacked up against some of the best motherboards in the market today! How will this 'budget' board compare to the flagship motherboards from companies like ASUS and GIGABYTE? As I just mentioned the BIOSTAR TPower X79 is the lowest cost motherboard that we have looked at for the Intel X79 chipset. We were comparing the BIOSTAR TPower X79 to boards like the ASUS Rampage IV Extreme, GIGABYTE GA-X79-UD7 and the ASRock X79 Extreme9 that we looked at last week. Each of these boards is at least 150% the cost of the BIOSTAR TPower X79 motherboard. Sure, the performance of the BIOSTAR TPower X79 was a little lower compared to these more expensive boards, but not enough that you would a difference in the day to day operation of your system...
Our review today is going to transition away from the SSD scene just a bit to take a close look at the Intel Core i7-3820 Quad Core CPU and we were able to have alot of fun reaching a lightning fast and very stable speed of 5GHz which was a bit surprising. Take a quick read of our review and you might just find how easy it is get find that amazing speed that so many seek.
The Seagate FreeAgent GoFlext Ultra-Portable hard drive is more than just a portable 2.5" SATA HDD. key to the system's brilliant usefulness is that Seagate designed this hard drive to interface with a series of modular cable interface adaptors, docks and a media player. It's what you'd call, really very flexible.
On the test bench today is a boxy tower-style processor heatsink from Cooler Master called the Hyper 612 PWM. This is a pseudo-quiet cooling heatsink built around six, 6mm diameter copper heatpipes and a single 120x120mm PWM fan. The fan rotates at 2000-600RPM and offers at best, excellent thermal performance. At the slowest fan speeds you can expect very quiet but generally average performance from the Hyper 612 PWM heatsink.
The outside of the Define R3 is a sleek and simple looking concept driven toward silence over LEDs and gaudy looks. The front is hidden by a foam backed front door that has ventilation down both sides of the bezel behind it to redirect the noise the 120mm fan here makes. Behind the door is access to two 5.25" bay covers and two dust cover doors that one of which houses a fan, the other does not from the factory. The left side of the chassis offers the option to remove a couple of sound proof pads to install optional fans in the door of extra cooling is needed and the same is said for the top of the chassis, as it has a pair of fan holes covered out of the box, too. The exterior is completely black in the Black Pearl edition with the door having a brushed appearance put into the plastic.
With todays powerful hardware components, most computer case designs are mainly focused on maximizing airflow. Sometimes compromising on one vital aspect, which is noise reduction. It's pretty hard to get a decent balance in a midi sized tower between decent airflow and near silent operation. Cooler Master is targeting, with this Silencio 550, those that look to build a silent PC. Yet no compromises are made in build quality, air flow is decent to warrant safe operation and all this with a very affordable price tag.
DESCRIPTION: How much is too much? For those who tend to answer "...it's never enough!" there is the QNAP TS-879U-RP Turbo NAS. With eight 3.5" drive bays available, there is a potential for 24TB of storage and transfer rates of more than 10 Gb/s. That's ten times more data than any home PC can pump through its ubiquitous GbE network interface, and twenty times faster than what the latest generation of SSDs can muster. This is for people who have serious data appetites and deep pockets. The cost to fill this unit up with HDDs, in the early days of 2012, is enough to give some people pause; for most business owners, it's a small and necessary cost.
Patriot has a well rounded product with the PCBOWAU2-N USB wireless adapter. If you're using their PBO media player, this is the quickest and easiest way to stream content wirelessly to or from that unit. It is fast, reliable and a cinch to set up.
So far, XFX released four different video card models based on the new Radeon HD 7770 GPU. Let’s see how the Super Overclocked Edition version fared in our tests. The new Radeon HD 7770 (a.k.a. "Cape Verde XT") is a mainstream graphics chip based on the latest graphics architecture from AMD, dubbed "Graphics Core Next" or simply "GCN," which supports the new PCI Express 3.0 connection and the latest DirectX version (11.1).
The Radeon HD 7770 Black Super Overclocked Edition Double Dissipation is a video card from XFX featuring the new "Cape Verde" mainstream GPU. The card is cooled by the new dual fan cooling system from the same manufacturer, which is both efficient and silent, the GPU reaching no more than 65 degrees after 15 minutes of stress testing in Furmark. The card comes pre-overclocked and still has some headroom left without the need of raising the stock voltage.