• BitFenix Neos Chassis Review

    BitFenix Neos Chassis Review

    The Neos gives you a wide variety of options, and an affordable price point, coupled with some style and color options to make for a good all-around mainstream enthusiast chassis.

  • bequiet! Shadow Rock Slim Heatsink Review

    bequiet! Shadow Rock Slim Heatsink Review

    The interesting thing about the Shadow Rock Slim is that despite the decision to leave the metal raw and untreated they did spent some time making the cooler look good.

  • Wireless Headphones and High End Motorcycles

    Wireless Headphones and High End Motorcycles

    In this episode Darren talks about a new wireless headphone purchase and Dennis rambles on over his new motorcycle.

  • Raijintek Pallas Low Profile Heatsink Review

    Raijintek Pallas Low Profile Heatsink Review

    What was most surprising is that this low profile cooler with a single fan is actually better than most of the low-end dual fan tower designs we have reviewed

  • Computex 2014 Wrap Up and MSI MOA Americas Qualifier

    Computex 2014 Wrap Up and MSI MOA Americas Qualifier

    In this episode we bring you our Computex 2014 coverage wrap up and talk about the MSI MOA Americas Qualifier.

  • Gigabyte Z97X Gaming G1 Motherboard Review

    Gigabyte Z97X Gaming G1 Motherboard Review

    Those of you familiar with the Gigabyte G1 series will recognize the subtle change in naming scheme which corresponds to a major change in the product line. Gone are the military names and Green and Black color scheme in favor of the popular Red and Black and a familiar icon.

  • Diamond GC1000 HD 1080 Game Console Video Capture Device Review

    Diamond GC1000 HD 1080 Game Console Video Capture Device Review

    The DIAMOND USB 2.0 GC1000 HD 1080 Game Console Video Capture Device or GC1000 is an interesting device that seems destined to fill the needs of a small group. The external design pared with the small software footprint makes portability an option and with no external power supply you only need to pack the device and a length of USB 2.0.

  • Gigabyte Z97X SOC Force Overclocking Motherboard Review

    Gigabyte Z97X SOC Force Overclocking Motherboard Review

    In this review we will be looking at the Gigabyte Z97X SOC Force motherboard. As the name suggests this is an overclocking enabled motherboard that was created as a successor to the Z87X OC and Z87X OC Force motherboards from the previous generation.

  • MSI Z97 MPower Overclocking Motherboard Review

    MSI Z97 MPower Overclocking Motherboard Review

    While the Z97 MPower may be marketed for overclocking there is nothing in the design that says you are limited to that singular purpose, in fact that is just the opposite.

  • Haswell Devils Canyon Performance

    Haswell Devils Canyon Performance

    Most enthusiasts will agree that overclocking performance is relative and the intent of this article is to look at the performance differences between a Core i7 4770K and the new Core i7 4790K (Devils Canyon) processor on a new 9-series motherboard.

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  • Sapphire R7 250 Ultimate Review @ PureOverclock

    Published: Thursday, August 28, 2014 | By: Warren

    Essentially a revised and slightly improved version of the older HD 7750, sacrificing the single fan cooling configuration for a monster heat pipe and sink cooling solution.  As home theatre systems and media centers continue to grow in popularity, I see cards silent cards like this finding that growing niche to fill.

    Looking for something that’s silent and can provide better gaming than integrated graphics? Today we’re looking at a discrete solution that can offer more graphical prowess than any integrated solution. Its other defining characteristic is that it can do this in total silence. We are referring to the Sapphire R7 250 Ultimate silent GPU.  It’s a passively-cooled graphics card that might work for you.

  • GIGABYTE Z97X-Gaming G1 WIFI-BK Motherboard Review @ Techgage

    Published: Wednesday, August 27, 2014 | By: Dennis

    In the Computex 2014 edition podcast we talked about the new Black Edition testing room at the Gigabyte factory and this review at Techgage is proof that a motherboard can survive 7 days of torture and still function. 

    In fact you get a 5 year of warranty from this service.

    Our last two Z97 reviews involved some petite motherboards, so it’s time to go all-out – something GIGABYTE’s Z97X-Gaming G1 WIFI-BK helps us pull off. Its name implies that gamers are the target here, and as you’d expect from its $350 price tag, it’s packed with features. What more reason do you need to read? Come on in.

    Personally, I'm not a fan of the black edition testing methods but, this is real world marketing at its best.  Gigabyte products are good and the Black Edition testing is a reflection of that.

  • Asylum: Review Block - A little bit of everything a whole lot of nuttin

    Published: Wednesday, August 27, 2014 | By: Dennis

    It has been awhile since I have posted a review block and it felt like a good time to start again.  Sadly for reasons only to google this post may never get indexed but, meh we got some good stuff here.

    You will find something you like here
    - Verbatim Store 'n' Save 1TB USB 3.0 Desktop Hard Drive Review @ ModSynergy
    - AMD Radeon R9 290: Gallium3D vs. Catalyst Drivers @ Phoronix
    - Intel Haswell Core i7-4790K vs. i7-4770K Comparison @ techPowerUp
    - Intel Haswell-E and X99 Chipset Preview @ ThinkComputers
    - PNY GeForce GTX 760 XLR8 OC Video Card Review @ [H]
    - HIS R9 290 iPower IceQ X2 OC 4GB GDDR5 Video Card Review @ Madshrimps
    - Kingston HyperX Fury 240GB SSD Review @ Hardware Canucks

    Of course there is more to come and with any luck it will have a 9 and X in the name. wink smile

  • ZOTAC Shrinks Mini-PC Further with New Pocket Sized ZBOX PI320 pico

    Published: Wednesday, August 27, 2014 | By: Dennis

    New ZOTAC ZBOX PI320 pico delivers a superb computing experience in a compact and versatile form factor

    HONG KONG – Aug. 27, 2014 – ZOTAC International, a global innovator and manufacturer of graphics cards and mini-PCs, today shrinks the mini-PC further with the pocket-sized ZBOX PI320 pico. The new ZOTAC ZBOX PI320 pico delivers a superb quad-core Windows 8.1 with Bing computing experience in a compact and versatile form factor. 

    “ZOTAC is a major innovator when it comes to miniaturizing the traditional PC. We began our push towards smaller and smaller mini-PCs with the ZBOX nano form factor and followed up with the ZBOX nano XS,” said Tony Wong, CEO, ZOTAC International. “Now with the all-new ZBOX PI320 pico, we have created our smallest mini-PC that can fit in your pocket.”  

    The pocketable form factor measures in at 115.5mm x 66mm x 19.2mm, which is roughly the same size as a small smartphone. Thanks to the tiny size, the ZOTAC ZBOX PI320 pico is the perfect mini-PC for any room in a house, specialized installations, and for seasoned travelers on the go  

    At the heart of the ZOTAC ZBOX PI320 pico is an Intel Baytrail quad-core processor with Intel HD Graphics technology for snappy system responsiveness and stunning high-definition video playback capabilities. The very energy-efficient processor is cooled with a fan-less heatsink that generates zero noise for an excellent silent computing experience.  

    Microsoft Windows 8.1 with Bing is preinstalled on the ZOTAC ZBOX PI320 pico mini- PC for instant out-of-box use. Just unbox the ZOTAC ZBOX PI320 pico, plug it in, connect peripherals, and power it on.  

    The ZOTAC ZBOX PI320 pico ships with 2GB of DDR3L memory and 32GB solid-state storage with a micro SDXC slot to instantly increase storage up to 128GB. External expansion is available via three USB 2.0 ports on the ZOTAC ZBOX PI320 pico.  

    A single HDMI output that’s capable of up to 1080p resolution enables the ZOTAC ZBOX PI320 pico to easily connect to most LCD monitors and displays. High-speed 10/100 Ethernet, 802.11n Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 4.0 technologies ensure the ZOTAC ZBOX PI320 pico delivers fast networking performance with and without wires.  

    It’s time to experience versatile and pocketable computing with the ZOTAC ZBOX PI320 pico.

  • Corsair Carbide Air 240 Chassis Review @ Techgage

    Published: Wednesday, August 27, 2014 | By: Dennis

    I have a feeling that this case will be very popular in the coming year.  As some of you may know the X99 is due to be released shortly and several motherboard makers are releasing MicroATX board designs.  Combine that with dual top in cards and you'll need a case that can handle the heat.

    Hot on the heels of the Corsair Carbide Air 540 comes its little brother, the Air 240. It boasts the same unique interior layout, but in a smaller footprint, and all without sacrificing flexibility and cooling performance. Read on to see if good things really do come in small packages.

    Sadly I checked the expansion slot layout and much to my surprise they limited the Air 240 to the typical four slots.  I guess that rules out any a top end gaming builds given the standard dual slot cooler designs. 

    Seriously, I sometimes wonder what case designers are thinking.

  • Seagate Ships World’s First 8 Terabyte Hard Drive @ HotHardware

    Published: Tuesday, August 26, 2014 | By: Warren

    I remember back in the late 90's discussing the idea of a terabyte of storage capacity with near reverence.  Like winning the lottery, that amount was nearly unfathomable to comprehend.  Fast forward twenty years, and here we are with 1 TB flash drives on our keychains, like fashion accessories.  What modern wonders do we dream of today, that in the next twenty years we'll see as commonplace I wonder.  One thing you wont have to wait that long for though... commercially available 8TB 3.5" drives, courtesy of Seagate.

    "As our world becomes more mobile, the number of devices we use to create and consume data is driving an explosive growth in unstructured data. This places increased pressure on cloud builders to look for innovative ways to build cost-effective, high capacity storage for both private and cloud-based data centers," said Seagate vice president of marketing Scott Horn.

  • Twitch confirms sale to Amazon

    Published: Monday, August 25, 2014 | By: Dennis

    Well looks like I was wrong along with the rest of the speculative world.  Google may have been in line to buy Twitch.tv but instead it was Amazon who actually put in the order and spent the money.

    $970 Million to be precise.

    The Twitch CEO, Emmett Shear, had this to say.

    Today, I’m pleased to announce we’ve been acquired by Amazon. We chose Amazon because they believe in our community, they share our values and long-term vision, and they want to help us get there faster. We’re keeping most everything the same: our office, our employees, our brand, and most importantly our independence. But with Amazon’s support we’ll have the resources to bring you an even better Twitch

    I personally want to thank you, each and every member of the Twitch community, for what you’ve created. Thank you for putting your faith in us. Thank you for sticking with us through growing pains and stumbles. Thank you for bringing your very best to us and sharing it with the world. Thank you, from a group of gamers who never dreamed they’d get to help shape the face of the industry that we love so much.

    Be sure to check out the full press release on this Twitch page.

    The question remains, "What is Amazon going to do with a service dedicated to gaming?"  Well, a couple things come to mind.

    • Amazon Prime
    • Amazon Advertising

    The rest remains to be seen along with what changes they plan to make in the future.

  • Hands on with the ECS LIVA Mini PC Kit @ ThinkComputers.org

    Published: Friday, August 22, 2014 | By: Warren

    Not only is this an incredibly small and low power-draw Mini-PC, (it runs off of a micro USB cable!) but also arrives as a DIY kit to assemble yourself.  Your choice of OS (not included) may eat up over half of the available storage space, depending on if you go with the 32 or 64GB version, though I'm sure swapping in a larger SSD of your choice later on down the road should be a perfectly acceptable solution.  

    At ECS’s LIVA, LEAD, L337 press event this week in Silicon Valley we were able to go hands on with their LIVA Mini PC Kit. They are dubbing this kit the world’s smallest Windows based Mini PC Kit. The LIVA has actually been out for a little while now, but at the event ECS announced the 64 GBversion (white). The black version of the LIVA is the 32 GB version. The unit itself is only 118 x 70 x 56 mm and weighs in at 190g, so yes it is very small. The device only uses 15W of power at full load and 4W during standby so it uses no more power than a light bulb!

  • Logitech G402 Hyperion Fury Review @ HardwareHeaven

    Published: Tuesday, August 19, 2014 | By: Dennis

    The brain works in strange ways.  When I read the title and saw "Hyperion" the first thing that came to mind is that Logitech is building a mouse tailoredfor Borderlands players.  While I'm sure some owners of this mouse will eventually play the Borderlands Pre-Sequel that doesn't seem all this mouse is intending to do.

    Today we have one of the latest G series mice from Logitech attached to our system for review. Read on to find out how the G402 Hyperion Fury does.

    Looking at the review photos I can see Logitech hasn't deviated much from the traditional shape established around the G5 era.  They did add some buttons to help with macro usage and the optics look amazingly impressive.

    Overall this mouse looks really comphy and had it come with a weight system I would be online searching the stores for one right now.

  • Home Server Build Part 3 – The Context @ Hardware Slave

    Published: Tuesday, August 19, 2014 | By: Dennis

    I have always been interested in servers and like the idea of having another computer where I can store my excess data or spin off other applications to run so they don't take up resources on my main machine.  Back in the early says (before Ninjalane.com) I played around with NT4 and at one time had a remote server running a simple fileshare for me.  The hardware was something like a Intel 486 with whatever hardware I had laying around.  it was just a test and started a lifelong obsession to create the ultimate server.  

    Servers are a delicate balance of Min/Max between hardware cost and hardware performance and making sure you spend the money where you need it.  Some simply need data storage so a simple NAS might be plenty.  Others wish to run applications so CPU and Memory might be important.  In the end you need to consider where the performance bottlenecks are and make sure you spend your money to maximize return.

    Hardware Slave is building an article series on building a home server.  The content and writing style remind me of some of my early work and while I never tackled a server build article I can understand exactly what they are doing.

    In parts one and two, we basically spec’d and built a basis for a Home Server. In reality, other than plans to use it as a Server, it is currently just a desktop PC with RAID SSD’s and a lot of RAM. We have had the server up and running now for some weeks and it has performed flawlessly.

    The 2 tests HDD’s are running quiet and cool, thanks to the 120mm case fan blowing fresh air over them and they are delivering content on demand while storing all our critical information. But now, it’s really time for the context of the build.

    My latest server upgrade consists of a Core i7 3770k on a Gigabyte motherboard.  The server is designed as an application server so it needs CPU power but also serves as the primary data store for the house.  Because of this I spend extra time making sure the data subsystem was fast  (Hardware based RAID 5) and that there was enough CPU to handle large data transfers over the Gigabit network.

    Hardware Slave is on the right track though I suspect there will be some hardware upgrades shortly after the server goes live.

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