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20 of the Worst PC Setups – November
     Wed, Dec 13 2017 | 4:02P | Editorial | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"I’m sure at some point you’ve had a bad PC setup. Maybe moving into a new place, waiting for a new desk to arrive or you just ran out of room. I can remember my horrible PC setups from when I was living at the dorms in college. If you have ever ventured over to the Shitty Battlestations sub-reddit you will find a lot of horrible PC setups. We will are going to pick 20 each month and feature them as 20 of the Worst PC setups for that month. Here are some of the bad ones from November."
  FULL STORY @ THINKCOMPUTERS

Radeon vs. NVIDIA With Windows 10 & Ubuntu Linux
     Wed, Dec 13 2017 | 4:01P | Operating System | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"A few days back we published some Windows 10 vs. Linux gaming benchmarks with two Radeon graphics cards. For putting those numbers into better perspective, here are the results now when adding in two competing NVIDIA graphics cards on both operating systems."
  FULL STORY @ PHORONIX

Roccat Kone AIMO Gaming Mouse with Roccat
     Wed, Dec 13 2017 | 4:00P | Games | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
In 2007 the original Roccat Kone mouse was released as Roccats’s first ever product. 10 years later we take a look at the Roccat Kone AIMO which features the AIMO intelligent lighting system, 12000dpi owl-eye optical sensor and tri-button thumb zone. The Roccat Kone is available in 3 different colours – black, grey and white – but is it worth the £69.99 asking price?
  FULL STORY @ KITGURU

Antlion Audio ModMic 5 Modular Microphone Review
     Wed, Dec 13 2017 | 9:03A | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The PC and console gaming headset industry often sees manufacturers prey on uninformed consumers and sell overpriced units that simply don’t sound good or feel comfortable when compared to a decent pair of headphones from manufacturers like Sennheiser or Grado. That isn’t to say that every gaming headset out there is garbage, I personally love the HyperX Cloud Alpha and their included microphone, but many gaming headsets suffer from sub-standard microphone quality and in scenarios where clear communication is essential, a high quality microphone is a must. Why does there have to be a sacrifice in microphone quality when using a headset? What if you can just eliminate the “gaming headset” middleman and make your own headset, potentially superior to what any manufacturer is pushing on gamers? For users who want to take their favorite pair of Audio Technica, Beyerdynamics, Sennheiser, or other audiophile headset and add a quality microphone to them, Antlion produces the ModMic 5. Read on to see how the ModMic 5 performs!
  FULL STORY @ LEGITREVIEWS

Crucial BX300 240GB Solid State Drive Review
     Wed, Dec 13 2017 | 9:02A | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"This year has been an interesting one for solid state drives. First, M.2 NVMe drives have become more popular and are now the high-end choice of system builders. With that you have many people using 2.5-inch SATA solid state drives for a more entry-level system and OS drive, and to even some extent high-capacity storage drives. One entry-level solid state drive that you definitely want to have on your radar is the Crucial BX300. It makes use of the Silicon Motion SM2258 controller, and Micron 3D MLC NAND. Offering speeds of 555 MB/s read and 510 MB/s write and available in capacities ranging from 120 GB to 480 GB, this could be the perfect drive for your next build. Read on as we take a look..."
  FULL STORY @ THINKCOMPUTERS

SteelSeries Apex M750 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard
     Wed, Dec 13 2017 | 9:01A | Peripherals | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
" The Apex M750 was primarily thought for gaming purposes, so SteelSeries has integrated the QX2 mechanical switches, which were built in cooperation with Gateron. These linear switches have an actuation point of 2mm with an overall travel of 4mm; with the 45cN actuation force, these do bring a similar feel to the Cherry MX Reds but at the same time they produce quite a bit of noise. This aspect may be a non-issue during gaming sessions, but when doing productivity work these could become annoying. Also, it is good to mention that because of the shorter than usual travel distance, users may need some time to get used to when typing documents, because in the first week of usage, we kept making quite a bit of mistakes."
  FULL STORY @ MADSHRIMPS

HP SSD M700 Solid State Drive Review
     Wed, Dec 13 2017 | 9:00A | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The HP SSD M700 is an entry-level solid state drive, with up to 560 MB/s read and 520 MB/s write speeds from the 240GB SSD M700 model, which utilizes 2D Planar NAND technology to deliver solid reliability. Adding to its appeal is the cost of solid state drive technology, which has doubled its storage capacity per dollar from just one year ago. In this article for Benchmark Reviews, we test the HP SSD M700 (model 3DV74AA#ABC) against the competition.
  FULL STORY @ BENCHMARKREVIEWS

 
Logitech G433 Review
     Tue, Dec 12 2017 | 4:03P | Peripherals | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Every aspect of the G433 speaks loudly of innovative thinking, from the sleek aesthetic finish using a hydrophobic mesh (available in 4 colours: Black, red, blue, camo blue), to the patent-pending 40mm Pro-G drivers that are made with a hybrid-mesh material for super-low distortion, are just two examples of this.
  FULL STORY @ VORTEZ

HyperX Alloy FPS Pro Mechanical Keyboard Review
     Tue, Dec 12 2017 | 4:02P | Peripherals | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The HyperX Alloy FPS Pro is a tenkeyless cherry MX based mechanical keyboard. Typically, the word ‘Pro’ for keyboards from some manufacturers will get you multiple functions, dedicated switches for volume and macro & even a wrist rest. None of those whistles here! This is a tenkeyless design with no dedicated switches or macro keys or wrist rest. Its a compact design with a detachable USB cable function having some illumination and media controls in the standard layout. As a result, it is easy to carry, easy to maintain and easy to replace bad USB cable if and when the situation comes up.
  FULL STORY @ HARDWAREBBQ

Cooler Master recently updated the MasterWatt Series
     Tue, Dec 12 2017 | 4:01P | Power Supply | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Cooler Master recently updated the MasterWatt Series, which now includes four new MasterWatt power supplies ranging in output capacity from 450W up to 750W. All four power supplies feature semi-fanless operation, modular cables, 80 Plus Bronze level efficiency, and come backed with a 5-year warranty. Note: the two MasterWatt Maker 1200W PSUs are 80 Plus Titanium certified and come with a 7-year warranty while the two MasterWatt Lite PSUs are 80 Plus white, have fixed cables and come with a 3-year warranty. We will be taking a detailed look at the MasterWatt 550W PSU in this review.
  FULL STORY @ PCPER

SilverStone TS12C USB 3.1 Dual-Drive Dock and Cloner Review
     Tue, Dec 12 2017 | 4:00P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
SilverStone ups the ante with its TS12C, a USB 3.1 dual-drive dock and cloner that is well worth checking out."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN

Western Digital (WD) Gold 12TB Hard Drive Review
     Tue, Dec 12 2017 | 3:12P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Western Digital’s Gold range of hard drives have been designed to service nearline enterprise environments and as such they have a range of sensors and technologies onboard to help them maintain peak performance in such environments. The latest Gold model launched has a 12TB capacity and is the new flagship drive for the range.
  FULL STORY @ KITGURU

Roccat Kone AIMO Gaming Mouse Review
     Tue, Dec 12 2017 | 3:11P | Mouse Pads | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
With so many RGB components flooding the current market, it is difficult to find the right product that offers a wide variety of modern features without compromising performance and functionality. The Roccat Kone AIMO offers just that. Equipped with the Roccat 12000 DPI Owl-Eye (PixArt 3361) optical sensor, the Kone AIMO provides excellent tracking and precision for games and productivity. Through the Swarm software, users can customize a variety of settings and gain access to the AIMO Intelligent Lighting System. This mouse also comes in three colors; black, grey, and white. In this article, Benchmark Reviews will be taking a look at the Roccat Kone AIMO in black. Let’s look at some of its features, specifications, and a quick overview of the product.
  FULL STORY @ BENCHMARKREVIEWS

AMD Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition Tech Report
     Tue, Dec 12 2017 | 3:10P | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
In addition to enhanced performance, there are over 30 new or improved features in Adrenalin Edition. So join us for an in-depth tour of what’s new and what’s improved in the new AMD Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition!
  FULL STORY @ TECHARP

AMDGPU-PRO 17.50 vs. RADV/RadeonSI Radeon Linux Gaming Performance
     Tue, Dec 12 2017 | 3:10P | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"With today's AMDGPU-PRO 17.50 Linux driver release alongside the Radeon Software Adrenalin Driver for Windows users, it's significant in a few ways. First and foremost, AMD has stuck to their word of the past two years and is now able to open-source their official Vulkan Linux driver. When it comes to AMDGPU-PRO 17.50 itself you are now able to mix-and-match driver components to choose what pieces you want of AMD's somewhat complicated driver make-up. Additionally, their OpenGL/Vulkan drivers in 17.50 have some new feature capabilities. So with that said here's a fresh look at how the AMDGPU-PRO 17.50 professional driver performance compares to the latest open-source RadeonSI OpenGL and RADV Vulkan drivers."
  FULL STORY @ PHORONIX

AMD Finally Pushing Out Open-Source Vulkan Driver
     Tue, Dec 12 2017 | 3:08P | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Ahead of the Vulkan 1.0 debut nearly two years ago, we heard that for AMD's Vulkan Linux driver it was initially going to be closed-source and would then be open-sourced once ready. At the time it sounded like something that would be opened up six months or so, but finally that milestone is being reached! Ahead of Christmas, AMD is publishing the source code to their official Vulkan Linux driver."
  FULL STORY @ PHORONIX

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