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The Intel Channel Symposium 2015.
     Fri, Oct 09 2015 | 5:21P | Tradeshows / Events | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
On the 7th of October 2015, we were invited to the invitation-only Intel Channel Symposium 2015. This was where and when Intel Malaysia officially launched the new Intel 6th Generation Core Processor, previously codenamed Skylake. The event started with an incredible sand art presentation, a symbolic nod to the raw material used to produce the silicon at the heart of every processor that Intel has ever made. Check it out!

MSI Z170A XPOWER GAMING TITANIUM Edition (LGA 1151) Motherboard Review
     Fri, Oct 09 2015 | 5:20P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Intel’s Skylake has been with us for a little over a month now and reports are coming back extremely positive, with retailers struggling to maintain stock and very few reviews having anything negative to say. We are now at the stage where motherboard manufacturers have had the chance to tweak and update drivers to ensure the best possible performance and prices have stabilised thanks to increased stock levels hitting retailers.

Western Digital Blue SSHD WD40E31X 4TB Hybrid Hard Drive Review
     Fri, Oct 09 2015 | 5:20P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
A few months ago, we tested the Seagate Desktop SSHD 4TB. Now it is Western Digital's turn to throw their hat in the ring with the Blue SSHD WD40E31X 4TB. Which one should you buy?

TechPowerUp 4K Gaming Build Guide
     Fri, Oct 09 2015 | 5:20P | Games | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
With 4K Ultra HD displays fast becoming essential to high-end gaming PC builds, we take a crack at building a 4K gaming desktop ready for the DirectX 12 generation of games.

Mad Catz S.T.R.I.K.E.M GameSmart Mobile Keyboard Review
     Fri, Oct 09 2015 | 5:19P | Peripherals | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Smartphones and Tablets are part of our everyday lives and that's not something to go unnoticed by all the manufacturers out there so as expected really the mobile accessories market has grown exponentially over the last 5 years. Right now there's pretty much everything people may need to "enrich" their mobile experience including cases, screen protectors, chargers, stylus pens, charging cables, stands, Bluetooth HandsFree, speakers and car kits, car and bike holders, one touch buttons, selfie sticks and even wireless keyboards. Personally I’m not much into mobile accessories since my job has me spend most of my time in a lab but from time to time i do use one of the two tablets we have here (usually to post on Instagram) and i have to admit that a small Bluetooth keyboard would come in handy. Mad Catz released one such keyboard a few months back called the S.T.R.I.K.E.M and today we're taking a closer look at it.

     Fri, Oct 09 2015 | 4:03P | Networking | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
ASUS' newest routers represent a microcosm of today's Wireless AC market. On one hand we have the XStream-powered RT-AC3200 while on the other there's the MU-MIMO RT-AC87U. Both are awesome solutions.

Hands On With The Samsung Note5 S Pen Stylus.
     Fri, Oct 09 2015 | 4:02P | Mobile Devices | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
One of the Samsung Galaxy Note5 phablet's key feature is its improved S Pen stylus. It's actually the main feature that differentiates it from just being a larger version of the Samsung Galaxy S6 / S6 edge smartphone. A quick survey revealed that many previous Galaxy Note users did not use their S Pen on a regular basis. Will the new, improved S Pen that ships with the Galaxy Note 5 change that?

Logitech G633 Artemis Spectrum RGB 7.1 Surround
     Fri, Oct 09 2015 | 4:01P | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Logitech requires little introduction and many of our readers should recognize their respectable presence in the gaming headset market which goes as far back to 2005 with the Precision PC Gaming Headset. What we're looking at today is one in a pair of new flagship Logitech gaming headsets which boast RGB lighting on top of years of experience in audio products...

Oculus Rift Virtual Reality Walkthrough
     Fri, Oct 09 2015 | 4:00P | Games | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Virtual reality is easily one of the most exciting frontiers in gaming and technology right now. We stand on the cusp of entering a whole new universe which we can explore not with a mouse and keyboard, but with our eyes, ears and – when the hardware is released – hands. But while long time fans of companies like Oculus are on tenterhooks awaiting the pre-order date for the first consumer headset, there are still plenty of exciting VR developments happening day to day.

ASRock Z170 Gaming-ITX/ac Motherboard
     Fri, Oct 09 2015 | 1:47P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
ASRock Z170 Gaming-ITX/ac sports a HDMI 2.0 connector for 4K 60Hz video playback. Also 8 layer PCB and 8 power phase design.


There is perhaps no other Intel 100 series mini-ITX motherboard that is able to compete with ASRock Z170 Gaming-ITX/ac, which might appear as any conventional tiny form factor board with two DDR4 DIMM slots on the side, a single PCIe 3.0 x16 slot at the bottom, and a huge fat LGA1151 CPU socket sitting in the middle. But, in truth, you may not judge a book from its cover. Because this compact gaming motherboard simply dominates the 100 series featherweight division, no matter whether it’s head to head on specifications, features or performance.

To begin with, ASRock Z170 Gaming-ITX/ac is built on an eight layer PCB and adopts an eight power phase design. This ultimately leads to better performance, which is further amplified by the rest of the Super Alloy and Gaming Armor design, such as the Premium 60A Power Chokes, Dual-Stack MOSFET, Nichicon 12K Platinum Capacitors, Hi-Density Power Connector, 15µ gold contacts and Digi Power. It’s stable, power efficient and most of all, powerful.


Another notable feature on this gaming motherboard is the graphics output. There are two HDMI ports and a DisplayPort built on the rear i/o, while one of the HDMI ports has an additional chip to support the latest version of HDMI and HDCP. Meaning that it has the ability to playback videos or games in 4K resolution at 60 herzt using the onboard Intel HD Graphics! So either you’re planning to game with a graphics card or just settle with the onboard graphics, ASRock Z170 Gaming-ITX/ac is your best choice for a petite gaming rig.


Hands-On LG's V10 Dual Display Smartphone
     Fri, Oct 09 2015 | 1:42P | Mobile Devices | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We spent some time with LG today at the official unveiling of the company’s brand new V10 smartphone and new LTE-equipped Urbane smartwatch. Unlike the so many flagship smartphones that have launched recently, the LG V10 retains a number of features that were popular with savvy smartphone users in previous generations, more specifically, a removable battery and expandable storage. The phone also felt good in the hand, thanks to its rigid, stainless steel construction and textured back. Even though the V10 retains the removable back and user serviceable battery of previous LG flagships, and it is relatively thin, the phone still feels solid and well put together...

Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ITX Review
     Fri, Oct 09 2015 | 1:42P | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Phanteks has very quickly cemented their place as one of the preferred chassis manufactures among the PC enthusiast community. In last year's Mod24, Lee Harrington of "PCjunkie Mods" and Ron Lee Christianson of "Blue Horse Studios" used the Enthoo Luxe to create a Call of Duty Zombie themed work of art. Late last year to follow up on the Enthoo …

AMD Radeon R9 390 8GB
     Fri, Oct 09 2015 | 12:03P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
These garphics cards charts contain benchmark results of numerous recent graphics cards. We've tested the card with three different resolutions, where there are 1080p, 1440p and 2160p. Apart from that we also show live price tags for all models.

Ultra HD gaming in Ultra Quality settings?
     Fri, Oct 09 2015 | 12:02P | Games | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today’s offering at Hardware.Info consists of benchmarks and more benchmarks, but not just any old benchmarks. We took four GTX 980 Ti graphics cards and put them through their paces in SLI, 3-way and 4-way SLI configurations, on an overclocked Haswell-E platform, using a ton of different games and testing in 3 resolutions as well as 2 quality setting. Just how many GTX 980 Ti’s do you need for Ultra HD gaming in Ultra Quality settings? That’s what you – and your readers – can learn from this article.

Crucial MX200 500GB M.2 SSD Review
     Fri, Oct 09 2015 | 12:01P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
After our test of Crucial MX200 1 TB and MX200 500 GB Solid State Drives we like to examine the M.2 SSD from the Crucial MX200 series in this SSD review. We had among other SSDs the Crucial M550 M.2 and the Plextor M6e PCIe M.2 SSD tested each in 2280 size and were pleasantly surprised. Now we benchmark the Crucial MX200 500 GB M.2 SSD in the smaller 2260 form factor and compare the results with dozens of SSDs. We will also clarify the differences compared to the M.2 SSD predecessors. But first let us start with the price and the delivery of Crucial MX200 500 GB M.2 SSD CT500MX200SSD6.

Centon C-380 480GB SSD Review
     Fri, Oct 09 2015 | 12:00P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Centon isn’t a name many enthusiasts will know. I’d never heard of the company myself until this review sample; apparently, they’ve been in business for over 35 years manufacturing DRAM and flash memory products, and have only recently entered the consumer marketplace. The Centon C-380 480GB SSD SATA-III Solid State Drive, part of the “Enthusiast Solutions” series, is the focus of what Benchmark Reviews will be putting through our test suite

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