• 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.

  • 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.

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  • The Backpedaling Patent Troll Tried to Drop a Lawsuit

    Published: Wednesday, July 30, 2014 | By: Dennis

    Never thought I would concern myself with a "patent troll" but this story over at Ars has me concerned.  The article talks about how a company, Personal Audio, is trying to get money from a patent they hold describing "episodic content".  This patent and applies to Podcasts and certain online videos where they are released on a regular basis.

    As you know Podcasts work on the episode principle much like a written article.  The Hardware Asylum Podcast and Ninjalane Podcast before that never indicated an episode number in the recording but, if you look carefully you can see what number we are on.

    The article goes on in a typical "he said, she said" banter claiming that (Patent Troll) Personal Audio filed a lawsuit against Adam Carolla claiming he owed them money.  Adam fought back and even asked his listeners to send in money to help pay his legal expenses.  Personal Audio then dropped the lawsuit after realizing that Podcasters don't make much money.  As it would turn out Adam didn't accept that and is still planning to go to court.

    "Adam Carolla’s assertions that we would destroy podcasting were ludicrous on their face," said Personal Audio CEO Brad Liddle. "But it generated sympathy from fans and ratings for his show. Getting his fan base to continue to donate to his legal fund is a cynical exploitation of the publicity power he enjoys as an entertainer." He continued to say that Personal Audio was "quite surprised" Carolla turned down their offer:

    Perhaps this is because he feels he can simply get his fans to fund his future and, now unnecessary, legal expenses. Or perhaps it relates to how he uses the case as material for his show. The fact of the matter is that Adam Carolla is asking people to donate money to him for a lawsuit that he no longer needs to defend. We would like his listeners to understand this situation when deciding whether or not to donate additional money to his cause.

    According to Personal Audio, they've lost interest in suing podcasters because the podcasters—even one of Adam Carolla's size—just don't make enough money for it to care.

    There is a principle involved here and I applaud Carolla in fighting to make sure Podcasts remain free (to a certain extent).  Personal Audio is now attempting to tarnish his reptutation by claiming he is using listener money to fight a lawsuit he no longer needs to defend. 

    It will be interesting to see how this pans out.  I suspect that if Carolla wins then Personal Audio will lose their ability to troll on their 1996 patent.  However, if Personal Audio wins then Carolla will end up paying the license fee and they will have free reign to request money from other famous, and not so famous, podcasters.

    A tightrope on both sides.

  • Silent Power 'Copper Foam' Cooled PC Prototype Looks All Kinds Of Awesome @ Hot Hardware

    Published: Tuesday, July 29, 2014 | By: Warren

    In the news today that can only be described as "Stories from the outer fringes of development."  An interesting new cooling prototype was unveiled earlier this week that is both completely fanless... and extremely good at cleaning stainless steel pans.  The new Silent Power cooling design appears to place all the hottest components directly under a copper plate topped with a copper mesh heatsink.  At least if the crowdfunding on this project tanks, the company would still have a future as a leading supplier of copper sink scouring pads in Europe.

    At the moment, this design is just a prototype. According to the wording on the website (which I had to rely on Google Translate for), it doesn't seem that the build above has actual components inside of it, and as such, no benchmarks / temperature data is able to be provided to us.

  • Sharks Cove: A Raspberry Pi-style mini-PC for Windows 8.1

    Published: Tuesday, July 29, 2014 | By: Dennis

    Back in the early days IBM figured that the money to be made in the computer world was with the hardware.  History tells us that software was the big money maker and offered reoccurring income.  Of course software was largely dependent on hardware so it was a nice symbiosis.  It would seem that Microsoft has rediscovered disposable hardware and for that to work they need developers to write the software bits.

    Hoping to show that Windows can run on just about anything, Microsoft has teamed with Intel and product manufacturer CircuitCo to announce a Windows-compatible development board, which is now available for pre-order, as ArsTechnica first reported.

    Dubbed the Sharks Cove, this tiny PC features a "Bay Trail" 1.33GHz Intel Atom processor with integrated graphics, 1GB of RAM, 16GB onboard storage, a microSD slot, HDMI, a MIPI connector, a single USB 2.0 port, and a micro-USB port for power. There's no Ethernet or Wi-Fi card onboard, so you'll need to use USB adapters to connect the board to the Internet or any other network. 

    I'm all for these little mini machines and this one looks cool.  However, I'm with the author in saying it is best to wait for some of the low cost laptops and such if you want a small form factor machine.

  • Logitech Illuminated Living Room Keyboard K830 Review @ Techgage

    Published: Sunday, July 27, 2014 | By: Warren

    We highlight a lot of the newest gaming gear hitting the streets on these pages, but today we'll be spotlighting something a little different.  As micro-builds continue to get more exposure and become increasingly affordable, PC's are starting to muscle in on what was typically the console's domain, and vie for space in the living room.  Now we're starting to see more interface periphreals changing as well to adapt to new UI's in this environment.  This new Logitech keyboard is a nice example of "bringing the desk to you" by giving you full mouse and keyboard control, along with full illumination to work in a "theatre" environment.


    Finding a “great” keyboard for an HTPC is tough. It seems that most models do a lot of things right, but then miss the boat on the others. With its Illuminated Living Room K830, Logitech is hoping to deliver an option that hits all of the marks, and on paper, the chances look good. Let’s see if it manages to pull it off.

  • 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.

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