Hardware, Intel, Reviews, Smart Home

From HPC to HTPC: Can HTPC Become Your Main PC?

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In the world of computing, the big iron – workstations, servers and HPC, were my main focus for the most of the past three decades. However, something on the opposite end of the spectrum from HPC, the kind of uber-mini desktop device, even smaller than HTPC – attracted my attention. This miniature box platform, using laptop CPU and chipset platforms & integration, but desktop peripherals and connectivity, is called many names: from NUC (Next Unit of Computing) by Intel, whose ex-desktop mainboard division is in charge is this product line; to Gigabyte’s BRIX line, likely named in the honor of their ex director and our


Apple, Business, CPU, CPU Reviews, Hardware, VR World

Rumor: Apple’s Upcoming ‘A10’ is a Sexa-core Processor?


According to a rumor, Apple’s next processor should bear the name ‘A10’ and it may come with as much as six-cores. It would be manufactured using a 14 nanometer production process and it would be produced by either Samsung in Texas or TMSC in Taiwan. Original rumor mentioned 10nm process node, but that just goes to show that original source should be taken with a kilogram of sea salt on its tail. These two companies would be competing for orders, the Weibo source said. We can get behind the naming, but the rest seems a bit off as Apple is not a company known for doing major internal hardware changes.


3D, AMD, Analysis, Companies, Graphics, Hardware, Memory & Storage Space, Reviews, Video Card Reviews, VR World

AMD Radeon Fury X: Potential Supercomputing Monster?


When AMD launched its Fiji-based graphics cards, all eyes were focused on its performance in consumer applications such as computer games. And while the first results forced Nvidia to launch “Titan Lite” in the form of GeForce GTX 980 Ti, DirectX 12 benchmarks are starting to show different, brighter outlook for AMD, starting with Ashes of the Singularity. The focus of this article however, is its potential and usage in applications where Fiji GPU will be branded as Fire Pro, and Fire Pro S (Server) – where AMD can take an ASIC and upsell it to commercial clients, with full-speed enabled for Double Precision floating point


Android, Entertainment, Game Reviews, Gaming, iOS, News, OSx, , Reviews, Windows

Football Manager: The Game You Must Play

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Football Manager (FM) is the best game of all time. It doesn’t matter which instalment you are playing, it is still the best game in the world. For those who have not played the game before, below is a brief overview of this classic franchise. By the end of it you will probably be shelling out for your very own copy. Availability The latest Football Manager – FM15 – is available on Microsoft Windows, OS X, Linux, iOS, and Android platforms. There is no reason to believe that FM16 will be any different. The Basics As you may guess from the title, the game sees you


Hardware, Reviews, Storage Reviews

Western Digital 4TB Red Pro Review: 24/7 Desktop-class Performance

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WD’s 7200RPM Red Pro drives offer chart-leading performance combined with a five-year warranty.


Game Reviews, Gaming, Reviews

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Review: The Woods Are Lovely, Dark and Deep

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Venture forth into the brilliant, hallowed world of Temeria for a fantasy-driven experience you won’t soon forget.


Hardware, Reviews

Noctua NH-D15 Review: The Benchmark For Air Coolers


The Noctua NH-D15 is the gold standard for dual-tower air-cooled heatsinks.


Companies, Graphics, Hardware, Nvidia, Reviews, Video Card Reviews

Zotac GeForce GTX 970 AMP! Omega Core Edition Review: Mid-Range Cards Don’t Get Any Better

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Zotac’s GTX 970 AMP! Omega Core Edition lowers the barrier for entry to 4K gaming considerably, coming close to the flagship GTX 980 in many regards.


Reviews, Storage Reviews

Synology DS115 Review: Best NAS For Under $200

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Synology’s DS115 offers the full gamut of the vendor’s software-based features at an affordable price.



Xiaomi Mi Pad Review: Great Hardware Letdown By Software

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Xiaomi’s MI Pad offers incredible value for money, but if you’re looking to run the latest version of Android, look elsewhere.


Game Reviews, Gaming, Reviews

DmC Definitive Edition Review: Dante’s Inferno

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Capcom’s new remaster is a devil of a time that shouldn’t be missed.


Game Reviews, Gaming, Reviews

Pay For Your Sins in Tormentum Dark Sorrow

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Tormentum Dark Sorrow is a dark point and click adventure created by the three man developing team OhNoo.


Entertainment, Game Reviews, Gaming, Reviews

Evolve Review: Monster Of The Week

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Monster mash–and it’s a graveyard smash.


Android, Mobile Computing, Operating Systems, Reviews, Software Programs

Gionee Elife E7 Mini: Well-Built Midrange Smartphone


The Gionee Elife E7 Mini’s swivelling camera makes for interesting smartphone photography, but with Jelly Bean still powering the mid-range device, an Android update is quite overdue.


Gaming, Reviews

Dying Light Review: Dead of Night

Dying Light

Techland has learned from its mistakes to craft one of the most memorable and fun zombie games in recent memory.


Auto, Reviews

Hyundai Grand i10: The Little Car That Could


The Grand i10 competes in the subcompact hatch segment with class-leading comfort and amenities, which can justify its price relative to cars in its league. With its size and maneuverability, it should be easy to weave through traffic, and parking should be a breeze.


Hardware, Reviews

Noctua NH-U9S And NH-D9L Review: The Best CPU Coolers For Small Enclosures

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Noctua’s latest CPU coolers offer the same amount of performance in a much smaller size.


Memory & Storage Space, Networking Reviews, Reviews, Storage Reviews

Thecus Can Do Better: N2560 NAS Review


Thecus is known for its performance oriented NAS devices, but the N2560 leaves us wanting more.


Mobile Computing, Reviews

Microsoft Lumia 535: Budget Smartphone Done Right


Aimed at “connecting the next billion Internet users,” the Lumia 535 is Microsoft’s first branded smartphone, offering competitive pricing at the low-end.



Zotac GeForce GTX 960 AMP! Edition Review: Maxwell’s Budget Workhorse Is Here


Nvidia has announced the GeForce GTX 960. With the GTX 980 and GTX 970 targeting high-end and mid-tier segments, it is time for Nvidia to go after the entry-level.