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NVIDIA 2013 Linux Graphics Driver Year-In-Review
     Wed, Jan 08 2014 | 9:02A | Operating System | PermaLink
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For the ninth year in a row I am issuing year-in-review articles concerning the state of NVIDIA`s (and separately, AMD Catalyst) Linux graphics driver and the accomplishments the driver`s made in the past calendar year along with benchmarks of all notable driver releases this year. NVIDIA`s made a lot of progress on the Linux front this year, especially for any Linux gaming stakeholder, so let`s get started on our 2013 NVIDIA Linux Year-In-Review."
  FULL STORY @ PHORONIX.COM

ASUS MARS 760 4GB Video Card Review @ Legit Reviews
     Wed, Jan 08 2014 | 8:59A | Video Cards | PermaLink
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Today, we`ll be looking at the ASUS ROG MARS 760 4GB Dual-GPU video card that is sold under part number MARS760-4GD5. The ASUS ROG MARS 760 is a single card that features two of NVIDIA GK104 `Kepler` GPU`s, so it is basically dual GeForce GTX 760 card running in SLI. ASUS claims that their MARS 760 card can outperform the NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan and that this card is aimed at 2560x1440 gamers. This card isn`t really going to work well for those 4K displays or large multi-monitor setups as there is just 2GB of frame buffer allotted to each GPU. This card has a total of 4GB of memory, but that memory is not shared between the two GPU`s just like a traditional NVIDIA SLI multi-GPU setup. Read on to see how it performs when we put this card to the test across three screen resolutions. "
  FULL STORY @ LEGITREVIEWS.COM

Corsair Raptor HS30 Gaming Headset Review
     Wed, Jan 08 2014 | 8:31A | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
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The Corsair Raptor HS30 Gaming Headset provides a solid performance at a budget price. Benchmark Reviews has tested this headset and the results will allow you decide if the Raptor HS30 Gaming Headset is for you. The headset will undergo player evaluations and technical tests."
  FULL STORY @ BENCHMARKREVIEWS.COM

News: CES roundup: Mini PCs Steam machine pricing mobile Radeon specs and more
     Wed, Jan 08 2014 | 1:51A | Tradeshows / Events | PermaLink
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We`re back with a second helping of CES coverage. Here`s everything we posted on Tuesday: Gigabyte`s Brix Pro mini PC has quad-core Haswell with GT3e graphics"
  FULL STORY @ TECHREPORT.COM

Scythe Mugen 4 Heatsink Review
     Tue, Jan 07 2014 | 5:28P | Cooling / Heatsinks | PermaLink
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"The Scythe Mugen 4 heatsink weighs 625grams and stands 157mm tall. The heatsink is built around six 6mm diameter copper heatpipes and has a footprint of 130x112mm. A 120mm PWM fan ships with the Mugen 4 heatsink, it rotates at 1400-600RPM and produces upwards of 41.9d dBA."
  FULL STORY @ FROSTYTECH

12G SAS-3 Motherboard: ASRock Rack E3C224D4M-16RE - CES2014
     Tue, Jan 07 2014 | 5:22P | Motherboards | PermaLink
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Dear God, all I need is an all rounder server motherboard that offers 16x 12G SAS-3 connectors while taking up less space and using less power, a Mezzanine slot for upgrading to 10GLAN plus ECC memory for stability, is that too much to ask for? Not really, because your wish is ASRock Rack’s command! ASRock Rack’s E3C224D4M-16RE is the world’s first 12G SAS-3 server motherboard specifically built to fit our enterprise customers’ needs.

ASRock Rack’s E3C224D4-16RE adopts LSI™ SAS 3008 controller + 3X24R expander to support 16 SAS-3 (12Gb/s) ports directly onboard with 4 SAS HD connectors. A whopping total of 22 connectors, including 16 SAS-3 connectors provided by LSI™ SAS 3008 controller + 3X24R expander and 6 SATA ports, which can offer more than enough storage options! ASRock Rack is a pioneer in introducing the SAS-3 12Gb/s standard to the server marketplace.

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The groundbreaking SAS-3 solution and Mezzanine slot (10G) is brilliantly designed for businesses to create solutions for intractable data bottlenecks in Big Data/Network Storage, ERP/MRP, Network/Security and Web Farm/Hosting environments. With the onboard 16 SAS-3 ports, anyone can get more things done in less time!
  FULL STORY @ ASROCKRACK

Corsair Mechanical Keyboard with Cherry MX RGB Switches - CES 2014
     Tue, Jan 07 2014 | 5:09P | Games | PermaLink
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The MX RGB Project: 100% mechanical keyswitches with per-key 16.8 million color backlighting in the most amazing gaming keyboard you’ve ever seen. At CES 2014, California-based Corsair and Germany-based Cherry Corp. are debuting the “MX RGB Project” gaming keyboard. The technology showcase , based on a Vengeance K70 gaming keyboard fitted with new Cherry MX RGB keyswitches, gives gamers a first look at the vast customization and game enhancing benefits of per-key 16.8 million color backlighting.
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In the second half of 2014, Corsair will bring the concept to life by launching the world’s first Cherry MX RGB-based gaming keyboards. The new keyboards promise to give gamers all of the precision, feel, and reliability of Cherry MX-based Corsair gaming keyboards enhanced with new personalization and gaming customization provided by nearly limitless per-key lighting combinations. The new keyboards will be available in several Cherry switch types: super-fast Cherry MX Red, the light tactile feedback of Cherry MX Brown, or the tactile and audible feedback provided by Cherry MX Blue.
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  FULL STORY @ CORSAIR

 
SilverStone Fortress FT04 Computer Case Review @ APH Networks
     Tue, Jan 07 2014 | 4:58P | Cases | PermaLink
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SilverStone`s Fortress FT04 is, ostensibly, a reskinned version of the RV04. But with subtle differences under the hood, is it enough to make all the difference?"
  FULL STORY @ APHNETWORKS.COM

480GB USB 3.0 Thumbdrive from Mushkin - Ventura Ultra @ CES 2014
     Tue, Jan 07 2014 | 4:41P | Memory | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
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At CES 2014 today, Mushkin released details on the staggering, 480GB Ventura Ultra USB flash drive. In continuation of the current line of 60GB, 120GB, and 240GB models, the Ventura Ultra 480GB USB 3.0 SSD was unveiled.

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The latest Ventura Ultra offering retains the ultra-high performance of the lower capacity models while now offering 480GB of storage.  The LSI SandForce SF-2281 powered USB SSDs provide best in class throughput of 455MB/s reads and 445MB/s writes while providing up to 39K 4K random IOPS.  The Ventura Ultra also is capable of operating in UASP mode, which enables SSD performance in the USB flash drive form factor. With its attractive and light-weight aluminum housing, the Ventura Ultra provides outstanding durability and thermal management.

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"When the Ventura Ultra first released, it was very well-received and continues to outperform the competition in the high-end portable storage space.  Everyone wants greater performance and capacity for large projects and media.  With the success of the original Ventura Ultra, we realized that we needed to innovate to offer even greater capacities while retaining high read and write speeds for data transfer," said Brian Flood, the Director of Product Development at Mushkin Inc. Full details on where and how much the Ventura will cost at www.mushkin.com

  FULL STORY @ MUSHKIN

CES 2014: AMD showcasing new APU, GPU
     Tue, Jan 07 2014 | 4:17P | CPU / Processors | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
AMD is showcasing its latest technologies at CES 2014, including Kaveri-based A10 7860K and 7700K APUs, which are now shipping. Kaveri processors feature AMD's Heterogeneous System Architecture (HSA), TrueAudio Technology and Mantle API. Kaveri-based notebooks will be available in the first half of 2014. AMD is also displaying its New Radeon R9/R7/R5 M200 series GPUs.
  FULL STORY @ DIGITIMES

iBUYPOWER SBX Steam machine - CES2014
     Tue, Jan 07 2014 | 4:15P | Games | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
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There are very few instances where one product category can leap frog over to another and make a profound impact. Today, iBUYPOWER, together with Valve, is making one such leap.

Introducing the iBUYPOWER SBX Steam machine, anultra-simplified system designed to do one thing: entertain. Melding together the simplicity of a traditional game console, but harnessing power usually available to only high-end desktop PCs, iBUYPOWER is able to usher in both performance and content unheard of in the living room space.

For more information, please see http://www.ibuypower.com/Product/SBX

Designed in Los Angeles, iBUYPOWER labored to create a highly tuned and optimized system that would deliver a sustainable 60 frames-per second gaming experience at true high-definition resolutions. Powered by multi-core processors in both AMD and Intel flavors and paired with the latest in graphics technology from AMD, customers will be able to jump a full generation ahead of the latest game consoles.

"What we really wanted to do was make an impact in the living room. We wanted to really show the world that the power of desktop gaming machine can be experienced in the living room in a totally seamless way," said Darren Su, Co-founder and VP of iBUYPOWER. "All preconceptions of what entertainment in the living room should and can be, are out the door."

Customers can expect an out-of-box experience unlike any other. Every iBUYPOWER SBX comes with a Steam Controller so customers can jump into the action immediately. All aspects of design and hardware are optimized for a gaming experience on Steam OS that sheds away legacy PC overhead. Make no mistake about it; this is not a PC.

iBUYPOWER'sSteambox will be available later in 2014 and will ship with a Steam controller for $499 and will be available in matte black and white.

  FULL STORY @ IBUYPOWER

ZOTAC ZBOX nano ID67 Series - CES 2014
     Tue, Jan 07 2014 | 4:08P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
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ZOTAC International today releases the new ZBOX nano ID67 series with 4th Generation Intel Core technology. The new ZOTAC ZBOX nano ID67 series incorporates the latest Intel Core i3 4010U processor for great day-to-day performance and excellent energy efficiency. “Our engineers continue to boost performance of our ZBOX mini-PCs. The latest ZBOX nano ID67 series raises the bar for CPU and GPU performance for that class and form factor,” said Carsten Berger, senior director, ZOTAC International.
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“It’s amazing what kind of performance we’re able to extract out of such a tiny form factor.” Intel HD Graphics 4400 enhances the ZBOX nano ID67 series with high-definition video decoding acceleration and DirectX 11 compatibility for stunning video playback and snappy system response of GPU-accelerated applications.

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A trio of networking technologies – Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11ac and Bluetooth 4.0 – ensure the ZOTAC ZBOX nano ID67 series has lightning-fast networking performance via wires, wireless and with peripherals.

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It’s time to play with the ZOTAC ZBOX nano ID67 series.
General details
• ZOTAC Releases New ZBOX nano ID67 series
• New ZBOX nano ID67 series
• Intel Core i3 4010U
o 1.7 GHz, dual-core, 3MB L2 cache
o Intel HD Graphics 4400
• PLUS models available with preinstalled memory and hard drive
o 4GB DDR3
o 500GB HDD
• HDMI & DisplayPort outputs
• 802.11ac Wi-Fi & Bluetooth 4.0 w/ external WiFi antenna
• Gigabit Ethernet
• High-amperage USB charging capable (yellow ports)
• Bundled VESA75/100 mount
  FULL STORY @ ZOTAC

Synology DS1513+ Scalable NAS for SMB Review @ Madshrimps
     Tue, Jan 07 2014 | 4:01P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The DS1513+ NAS from Synology comes with a redesigned enclosure which features removable fans, new screwless trays, 2GB of DDR3 RAM (with the possibility of upgrade to 4GB), an Inte"
  FULL STORY @ MADSHRIMPS.BE

ASUSTOR NAS devices @ CES 2014
     Tue, Jan 07 2014 | 3:54P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
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Quick preview from CES 2014 of ASUSTOR's new NAS storage devices, servers and iOS.
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ZOTAC Previews ZBOX Steam Machine - CES2014
     Tue, Jan 07 2014 | 3:41P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
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ZOTAC today previewed the upcoming ZBOX Steam Machine mini-PC with Steam OS at CES 2014 in Las Vegas. The ZOTAC ZBOX Steam Machine is engineered from the ground up for breathtaking gaming performance in a compact mini-PC form factor that’s a fraction the size of traditional mini-ITX based gaming systems. “ZOTAC is pleased to work with Valve Software to create the ZBOX Steam Machine.
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Valve’s SteamOS is a game-changer to the PC gaming market that enables us to deliver a game console experience that’s superior to the latest next-generation console,” said Carsten Berger, senior director, ZOTAC International. “Gamers can expect the latest Intel Core processor and NVIDIA GeForce GTX graphics processor in the upcoming ZOTAC ZBOX Steam Machine for stunning visuals and world-class features.” The ZOTAC ZBOX Steam Machine will feature an enthusiast-class Intel Core processor that delivers class-leading performance with excellent energy-efficiency.
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Graphics power for the ZOTAC ZBOX Steam Machine will come from an upcoming performance-class NVIDIA GeForce GTX graphics processor for an outstanding smoothness and superior features. Exterior enhancements to the ZOTAC ZBOX Steam Machine include an all-black 3rd Generation ZBOX chassis with orange lighting that gives the mini-PC aggressive and sporting aesthetics. The ZOTAC ZBOX Steam Machine will ship with SteamOS preinstalled and include the Steam Controller. Expect the ZOTAC ZBOX Steam Machine to reach retailers in the second half of 2014. More details will be released closer to the launch date.
  FULL STORY @ ZOTAC

ASRock Fatal1ty 990FX Killers Native PCIe SSD Performance Preview
     Tue, Jan 07 2014 | 3:33P | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We introduced you to SATA Express on a prototype product. Today Chris tests the first desktop motherboard with native PCIe two lane m.2 storage."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN.COM

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