• 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.

  • Kingston MobileLite Wireless G2 Review

    Kingston MobileLite Wireless G2 Review

    Our hardware quests don’t always stop with the PC and while Hardware Asylum may not review much in the mobile space that doesn’t mean we ignore our enthusiast roots.

  • In Win S-Frame Open Air Case Review

    In Win S-Frame Open Air Case Review

    The S-Frame is an open air chassis that creates a unique juxtaposition between metal and glass with the desire to embody a perfectly functional computer case.

  • Overclocking Discussions Recorded Live in Taipei

    Overclocking Discussions Recorded Live in Taipei

    In this episode Dennis pulled in two special guests To help talking about the overclocking scene during Computex, Massman from HWBOT and Trouffman from Overclocking TV.

  • Diamond Xtreme Sound 7.1 External Sound Card

    Diamond Xtreme Sound 7.1 External Sound Card

    Combining superior sound quality with the incredibly compact weight and space footprint you can definitely start to see the value in adding dedicated sound components to your portable devices.

  • Thermaltake Urban T81 Full Tower Case Review

    Thermaltake Urban T81 Full Tower Case Review

    Some desktop PC's were designed to push limits. Sometimes they push technological limits with the latest hardware overclocked to the bleeding edge while others tease the creative side such as building your system in an aquarium full of mineral oil, complete with bubbling diver and colorful fake coral.

  • Computex 2014 In Win Factory Tour

    Computex 2014 In Win Factory Tour

    I'm no stranger to manufacturing and am familiar with many of the machines required to so plastic injection and metal stamping but seeing them in action is something you must experience in person if you ever want to fully understand how they work.

  • Noctua NH-D15 150mm D-Type Premium Heatsink Review

    Noctua NH-D15 150mm D-Type Premium Heatsink Review

    In this review we will be looking at the Noctua NH-D15 D-Type heatsink. This is a dual tower cooler designed after the popular NH-D14 to configured fit modern motherboards.

  • Borderlands 2 Pre-Sequel and Battlefield 4 DLC

    Borderlands 2 Pre-Sequel and Battlefield 4 DLC

    In this episode Darren takes us thru the new BF4 Naval Strike DLC and Dennis rants on about Borderlands 2 the Pre-Sequel and why it will be awesome.

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  • What's Next for Advanced Micro Devices?

    Published: Friday, July 25, 2014 | By: Warren

    I know the Haswell refresh, and the upcoming Broadwell release has been the talk of the town lately as Intel continues to drive their 9 Series chipsets, but in all this talk - what's AMD been up to?  Currently they've been sustained selling chips to Sony for the PS4s, but once sales start to slow down as saturation takes hold, what then?

    AMD's stock has fallen nearly 20% in a two-day span following an earnings report that missed expectations to compliment weak guidance. Clearly, the company's weak performance in the PC and server space was in-focus, as this was an area where many investors thought AMD would be strong, especially following Intel's quarter just days before.


    r, when it comes to PCs and servers, AMD and Intel are obviously on different ends of the spectrum. Thus, AMD investors are left hoping that strong sales from graphics and visual chips are sustainable. Yet, according to its CEO, Rory Read, those wishes may not be a reality.

    The full article is in the link section at the bottom of the report.

  • Sapphire Radeon R9 290 Vapor-X 4 GB @ techPowerUp

    Published: Thursday, July 24, 2014 | By: Warren

    Sapphire's R9 290 Vapor-X comes highly overclocked out of the box, matching R9 290X in performance. The card's triple fan, triple slot cooler manages temperatures very well and offers a unique feature: you decide whether the card idles with one or three fans running, letting you focus on temperature or noise.

    Looking at the spec sheet, the Vapor-X 290 looks to be a marked improvement over the base reference model, both in improved cooling, to performance from the factory overclock, which can hopefully outshine the pricetag and the size of this triple-slot swallowing beast.  The fan control to switch which fans run when idle are located on the card itself.  Think we'll ever see the option to be able to make those adjustments on the fly through the software someday?

  • Google’s $1B purchase of Twitch confirmed

    Published: Thursday, July 24, 2014 | By: Dennis

    It would appear that the rumors are true, Twitch.tv is now part of the Google Empire and they paid 1 billion dollars for the opportunity.

    Google has signed a deal to buy game-livestreaming firm Twitch for $1 billion, confirmed sources familiar with the matter.

    We don’t know everything about this deal, such as when it will be announced and the exact purchase price.

    We do know that Twitch investors who participated in past rounds are pleased that they will be getting significant returns that are multiple times the amount they originally invested. The deal underscores the value of live Internet streaming and the rise of competitive gaming as a spectator sport — something that draws millions of viewers, can offer prize pools that surpass pro golf’s marquee events, and provides a multibillion dollar opportunity for advertisers.

    I've been doing some twitch research lately learning about what it takes to stream and finding out what streamers do to get attention.  The real benefit for them is the chance to make playing games a real business.  Of course the same could be said for "cam girls" but that is a different story.

    Of course, now that Google is running the show you can be assured that almost every aspect of twitch will be better from the advertising money to streamers to the connection for viewers.

    With any luck and a DSL upgrade you may even see some Hardware Asylum stuff on twitch so cross your fingers. happy smile

  • Asylum: Review Block - Kitchen Sink Edition

    Published: Tuesday, July 22, 2014 | By: Dennis

    It has been awhile since I posted a review block so, here goes.

    - Thecus N5550 Network Attached Storage Review @ Modders-Inc

    The Illustion of Control
    - BitFenix Recon 5-Channel Touchscreen Fan Controller Review @ HiTech Legion

    Sending Packets
    - Linksys WRT1900AC Router Review @ Hardware Canucks

    Cooling With Liquid
    - XSPC DDC Photon 170 Reservoir/Pump Combo @ PureOverclock

    Capture Your Components
    - In Win 904 Case Review on Technic3D
    - SilverStone Precision PS10 Computer Case Review @ APH Networks

    Stay tuned for more review site antics with Hardware Asylum

  • Gigabyte Z97X-GAMING G1 WIFI-BK (Intel LGA 1150) @ techPowerUp

    Published: Tuesday, July 22, 2014 | By: Dennis

    Duing Computex I was given the opportunityto see the Black Edition testing room at the Gigabyte factory.  The whole process makes sense from a marketing standpoint since you get a longer warranty and the peace of mind that the motherboard and video card you are buying has already been stress tested.

    Of course on the flip side you have to get over the fact that you are buying a used motherboard.  So when you see a BK in the name that is why you are paying extra.

    Black is really an absence of color, or light, all there was before time began. Now, there is the Z97X-GAMING G1 WIFI-BK, Gigabyte's top-tiered Black Edition board. So powerful it can create black holes itself, the Gigabyte Z97X-GAMING G1 WIFI-BK is here to take your gaming experience to a whole new level.

    Another cool thing about the new Gigabyte Gaming motherboards is 4-way SLI support, Killer NIC and high-end audio like on previous G1 boards.  They really are some of the best AIO gaming boards out there.

  • PowerColor Devil 13 Dual GPU R9 290X @ Guru3D

    Published: Tuesday, July 22, 2014 | By: Dennis

    OMG, dual R9 290X Devil 13 card!?!

    We review the beast, the dual Radeon R9 290X based PowerColor Devil 13.  It's hotter than hell, demonic and hinted as a disciple of the Devil himself, yes, as we review the PowerColor Radeon R9 295x2 Devil13 with 8 GB graphics memory. The card is a dual-GPU based graphics card that comes with two Hawaii XT GPUs, these two GPUs are fully enabled on all Shader Processors and run up-to a cool 1018 MHz each.

    These cards may be super exclusive and not much better than a Lightning but, damn the marketing is cool.

  • SilverStone Raven RV05 Rotated Computer Chase Review @ [H]

    Published: Tuesday, July 22, 2014 | By: Dennis

    I have been a huge fan of the Raven series since the introduction of the Raven 1 back in the day.  Since then they have released four different versions of the case with the Raven 2 being one of the most popular.

    The Raven 5 uses the same rotated motherboard layout so the cables and heat exit out the top but removes the external 5.25" drive bays and attempts to make the case smaller and more compact.  When I saw this case at CES I was a little shocked at the design direction but realized that the Raven series isn't about keeping with tradition but rather exploring the possibilities.

    Lets hope it pays off.

    The SilverStone Raven series of cases long ago broke the mold when it comes to "normal" computer chassis. Its design execution has always been good and the Ravens' airflow characteristics are excellent. Today SilverStone pushes the new Raven RV05 out there a little bit further in terms of design and function.

    Be sure to read the editor notes at the end of the review, For once both Kyle and I are in full agreement. wink smile

  • Tegra K1 Gaming is Near: NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet & Controller Preview @ Techgage

    Published: Tuesday, July 22, 2014 | By: Dennis

    It seems I'm never in the right place or on the right meeting to get the scoop on NVIDA SHIELD and by the looks of it, I'm missing out!

    I made a prediction a couple of months ago that the next SHIELD release we’d see would be an upgrade to the original – but with a dose of Tegra K1. As it turns out, I was wrong. However, like the SHIELD portable, NVIDIA’s just-announced SHIELD Tablet and Controller are two products that portable gaming fans should get excited about.

    The nice thing about SHIELD devices is that they can take on any form factor and still kick some serious gaming arse.

  • Sennheiser G4ME ONE Review @ ChipLoco

    Published: Tuesday, July 22, 2014 | By: Dennis

    These look comphy.

    Sennheiser G4ME ONE is not the best looking headset available at the moment but it’s certainly not the ugliest. Compromises are made on the visual appeal in order to provide the ultimate gaming experience.

    Everyone is different when it comes to headphones, I prefer the over ear configuration and require good padding at the top and soft ear cups.  These look great and might be on my list to try next.

  • Kingston MobileLite Wireless G2 Card Reader Review @ Bigbruin

    Published: Tuesday, July 22, 2014 | By: Dennis

    There was a ton of cool stuff at Computex, the big computer trade show in Taiwan, and while I will say with 100% confidence that the show didn't offer anything really "new" there are a few perks.

    The Kingston MobileLite Wireless G2 was a great little product and while it may get better exposure at CES I was really pleased to get one during my meeting.  It would appear that BigBruin also has a review posted of the G2 and has this to say.

    While these new features help make this an even more appealing device for travelling professionals, it still offers the same features that made the first version great for professionals and families. Being able to stream/share files with a handful of different wireless device simultaneously is still the key selling point, and the MobileLite Wireless G2 still handles that task with ease.

    Like I said in our review, this is a perfect all-in-one device that solves a few unique issues I had traveling and even adds a few convenience features I may start using in the future.

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