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Kingston 64GB SDXC Class 3 Memory Card & USB 3.0 MobileLite G3 Reader
Posted on 04-15-2014 - 0 Comments
Pure Overclock have reviewed the Kingston 64GB SDXC Class 3 Memory Card & USB 3.0 MobileLite G3 Reader:

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"During our visit with Kingston at CES 2014 this year, we had a chance to sit down with them to talk about the new and up-coming flash memory cards that are designed for HD Media use. With the advancing and growing media recording industry, faster and more reliable flash memory cards are on high demand, especially those looking for high capacity to store everything on one card. With the standards of 1080p recording, Ultra HD 2160p and 3D/4K2K resolutions on the horizon, the number of pixels on recording devices can no longer suffice with the slower and lower capacity memory cards.

It has been a couple of months since the initial talk and today we finally got our hands on the Kingston 64GB SDXC Class 3 UHS-I U3 flash memory card. Kingston developed this particular card in three available sizes, 16GB, 32GB and 64GB. The last one will be the memory card we take a look at today.

Kingston was also nice enough to send us the Kingston Mobile Lite G3 SD and Micro-SD card USB 3.0 reader as an extra bonus to be able to test the memory card today. With the speed advancements in the SDXC memory card, we wanted to make sure there are no bottlenecks."

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Cooler Master Elite 110 Mini-ITX Case
Posted on 04-14-2014 - 0 Comments
Benchmark Reviews have been taking a look at the Cooler Master Elite 110 Mini-ITX Case - here's a snippet:

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"The Cooler Master Elite 110 Mini-ITX Computer Case is a compact, cube style case that can handle some full sized desktop components, while maintaining a relatively small footprint. With the ability to handle a ATX sized power supply, and desktop graphic cards up to 210mm (8.26 inches), the Elite 110 is aimed at more than just the niche market. Sporting the ability to hold 4 SSDs or 3 HDDs, storage options are not a problem.

In the past I normally stayed away from small or “tight” cases, mainly because they lacked sufficient space, at least for my tastes. But with the ease and portability of the Mini-ITX platform, cases like the Elite 110 offer little sacrifice in the way of full size performance and features."

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Cooler Master HAF Stacker
Posted on 04-11-2014 - 0 Comments
Tech Power Up have reviewed the Cooler Master HAF Stacker - here's an excerpt from their conclusion:

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"The Cooler Master HAF Stacker is by no means reinventing the wheel as other case brands have been offering enclosures with the ability to hold two separate systems. But Cooler Master has managed to refine the concept behind doing so well by taking it from being a niche product and making it something with mainstream appeal. The fact that you are able to easily detach the two compartments to rearrange things within the case add to their refinement. Yet Cooler Master was not as thorough as I would like as there is no possibility to turn the second system inside the smaller chassis on without going out and buying an accessory, for example. The entire chassis, top and bottom, also only ships with two basic fans. In a perfect world, the larger chassis should have shipped with two more cooling units in the front. Next, the smaller unit in the set should have been a fully configured 915R since Cooler Master refers to it as such in their specifications table. Those last two points keep this case from moving past our Recommended award."

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MSI GE60 2PE Apache Pro 15.6in Gaming Notebook
Posted on 04-10-2014 - 0 Comments
Kit Guru have reviewed the MSI GE60 2PE Apache Pro 15.6in gaming notebook, but does it provide good quality for the money?

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"The MSI GE60 2PE Apache Pro 15.6in gaming notebook is an impressive piece of kit. Despite being light and mobile, it’s able to play some of the most graphically intense games out there and generate playable frame rates with settings absolutely maxed out.

It isn’t going to break 3Dmark world records, but the combination of a Core i7 and Nvidia G860M makes this a very capable gaming notebook that was able to pass all our gaming tests with ease.

MSI have bundled a small 4,400 mAh battery which limits life on the move. When in full gaming mode, the system shuts down in around an hour. A power cable and plug socket will be a necessity for any kind of serious gaming session."

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AMD AM1 Platform with Athlon 5350 and MSI AM1i Motherboard
Posted on 04-09-2014 - 0 Comments
Hardware Heaven have reviewed the AMD AM1 Platform with Athlon 5350 and MSI AM1i Motherboard - here's a snippet:

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"Yesterday AMD launched their latest high end GPU, the R9 295X2, a £1000/$1500 monster of a product which offered flawless gaming performance at 1080p and impressive performance at 4K resolutions. For the limited consumers who can afford (or need) it there is no single PCB product available to beat it at this time.

Today AMD go to the complete opposite end of the spectrum. The AM1 Platform takes APU technology and looks to keep costs as low as possible while maximising performance and features in the budget market. Today we take a look at MSIs AM1I motherboard along with AMDs $59 Athlon 5350 APU."

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HIS Radeon R7 250 iCooler Boost Clock 1GB GDDR5 Graphics Card
Posted on 04-05-2014 - 0 Comments
eTeknix have reviewed the HIS Radeon R7 250 iCooler Boost Clock 1GB GDDR5 Graphics Card - here's a snippet:

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"When it comes to gaming on a strict budget there are a tonne of choices: AMD’s R7 240, R7 250 and R7 250X all fall beneath the $100 price point while Nvidia’s GT 630 and GT 640 graphics cards also fall beneath the $100 level. If discrete graphics cards aren’t your thing then you can also get AMD’s A10-7850K APU which effectively has R7 250 level graphics, or the A10-7700K and A8-7600 which are somewhere between the R7 240 and R7 250 in terms of their performance. Today we are looking at the AMD R7 250 and more specifically HIS Digital’s version of it. It comes in at reference pricing of $90 and it opts for reference clock speeds but you do get a custom cooler and HIS Digital tell us there is great overclocking potential to be had on their R7 250 iCooler Boost Clock 1GB GDDR5 graphics card."

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XFX Radeon R9 290 Double Dissipation Video Card
Posted on 04-03-2014 - 0 Comments
Legit Reviews have taken a look at the XFX Radeon R9 290 Double Dissipation Video Card - here's a brief excerpt:

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"Today we will be reviewing the XFX Double Dissipation Radeon R9 290 4GB graphics card that is sold under part number R9290AEDFD for $439.99 shipped with a Limited Lifetime Warranty if you register within 30 days of purchase. It is powered by a single 28nm AMD Hawaii GPU that has 2,560 stream processors running at 947MHz and the 4GB of GDDR5 memory on a 512-bit wide bus that is clocked at 1250MHz (5000MHz effective). These clock speeds are fairly standard for a Radeon R9 290 from any brand, so we wouldn’t consider this a factory overclocked card. If you were looking for a factory overclocked card there is the XFX Black Edition DD R9 290 that is listed under part number R9290AEDBD for $504.99 shipped. That Black Edition series card is factory overclocked up to 980MHz and for that you’ll be paying an extra $65. Paying an extra $65 to get the same card with a 33MHz higher core clock is far from a deal though, so the best bang for the buck is clearly the standard Double D card that we are looking at here today."

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ADATA Premier Pro SP920 SSD Family
Posted on 04-02-2014 - 0 Comments
Hot Hardware have reviewed the ADATA Premier Pro SP920 family of SSD cards - here's a snippet:

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"A few weeks back, we took a look at a new series of solid state drives from Crucial, the M550, which leveraged Marvell controller technology, 20nm MLC NAND flash memory, and firmware optimizations gleaned from the last couple of years of SATA SSD advancements. Ultimately, we found the M550 series of drives to be solid offerings, with well-rounded performance and competitive pricing.

Well, today, another major player—ADATA—is releasing its own family of drives featuring similar technology at its core. The brand new ADATA SP920 Premiere Pro family of drives we’ll be showing you here use the same controller and NAND as the M550 series, though ADATA takes a few steps to help differentiate their drives from the competition.

We’ve got the whole ADATA SP920 Premiere Pro family in house, in capacities ranging from 128GB all the way on up to 1TB, and plan to show you what they’re made of on the pages ahead. Up first, some specs and information about the drives, and then we’ll dig into the numbers..."



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