Gaming, Hardware, Memory & Storage Space, Reviews

Corsair Vengeance LPX 2666 CL 15, Surprisingly Fun Memory

Corsair’s new DDR4 Vengeance LPX 2666 CL 15 quad channel kit is reviewed. It proves to be a capable set of RAM with headroom for overclocking and tweaking.

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Analysis

GamerGate: Does Games Journalism Have a Liberal Bias Problem?

The mainstream news media is often-accused as having a structural liberal bias, which is also becoming apparent in the gaming press post GamerGate.

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Audio/Video, Business, Cloud Computing, Entertainment, VR World

Netflix now able to be streamed on Linux

Due to the efforts made by both Netflix and Canonical, Chrome version 37 is now able to stream Netflix.  This is a great thing as there haven’t been many options for legally watching protected media on Linux.   Today, with the release of Google Chrome version 37 everyone has the ability to stream Netflix through the browser.  Many have reported that the newest version of Chrome with Netflix “just works”, making things very simple.  You have Netflix and Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu to thank for giving everyone the ability to binge on Netlfiz with Linux.  Unfortunately, it is only for Chrome and will not work

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Business, Hardware, VR World

Lenovo Launches Three New Yoga Devices

Lenovo just released the Yoga 3 Pro and the Yoga Tablet 2 Pro, while it announced the Yoga Tablet 2.  The Yoga 3 Pro has a new watchband hinge, QHD+ display (3200×1800), and the new Intel Core M Processor.  The Yoga Tablet 2 Pro has a 13.3″ QHD IPS display (2560×1140), 2GB of LPDDR3, Intel Atom Processor, and features an integrated projector in the frame.  The Yoga Tablet 2 features a kickstand , ergonomic cylinder grip, and a Intel Atom Processor Yoga 3 Pro One thing that is first noticeable about the new design is the watchband hinge that is made out of 813 individual parts.  It is supposed

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Business, Hardware, Mobile Computing, VR World

Power Practical Wants to Give You More Fun Time with Pronto

Power Practical launched its third Kickstarter for Pronto, a portable charger that can reach capacity in an hour or less.

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Gaming, Hardware, VR World

QPAD Launches MK-70, Mid-range Mechanical Keyboard

QPAD, the eSports and gaming peripheral company announced the MK-70 mechanical keyboard today.  The mechanical keyboard has Cherry Red switches, adjustable led backlighting,  media keys, and gold plated connectors. The MK-70 takes QPAD’s top of the link MK-85 and removes the programmable keys, USB ports, audio ports.  QPAD sees this as an ideal gaming board aiming to give gamers what they want in a keyboard without the added premium of those extra features.  QPAD is a Swedish company that is known for their high quality gaming and eSports peripherals. MK-70 Features: Cherry MX red mechanical switches Ultra-durable, long life keys designed to last 50 million strokes Individual LED backlight with four levels

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Android, Apple, Companies, Hardware, Mobile Computing, Operating Systems, Reviews, Software Programs, VR World, Windows Phone

Anker 5-port 40w 8a Family Sized USB Charger Reviewed

Anker aims to help cut down your power adapter clutter with its 40W (8A) 5-port family sized USB charger with PowerIQ™.

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Hardware, VR World

Swiftech Releases H240-X All-In-One Liquid Cooling Kit

Swiftech releases its H240-X all-in-one water cooling kit with a dual 140mm radiator.

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Mobile Computing, VR World

Pebble Drops Firmware 2.6 and Prices

Pebble has released firmware 2.6 that enables continuous activity tracking on the smartwatches, also drops prices by $50. Pebble just released firmware 2.6 update to the masses that enables continuous activity tracking and app  quick launch. The smartwatch company that was a huge hit on Kickstarter in 2012 and has enjoyed successful growth.  It is now celebrating that success by making its products more accessible by dropping the price by $50 on the Pebble  ($99.99) and Pebble Steel ($199.99).   Pebble took time to highlight some apps that will be making the most of the new functionality of continuous activity tracking.  Misfit app and Jawbone’s UP app are both two of the first

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Hardware, VR World

Lian-Li Teases Upcoming Open Air Cases

Lian-Li published some new information on its prototype open air chassis on its blog. The PC-05(Mini-ITX,) PC-06 (Micro-ATX), and PC-07 (ATX) all follow the same design but are in different sizes. The design is primarily for aesthetics, showcasing the parts of the user’s computer. IN WIN has been the real major player in these higher end open air chassis for quite a while, so Lian-Li is looking to challenge them in this segment. The design of the PC-0x series may bring up memories of case mods that prominently display different components on a board. This is something that Lian Li has taken and made into a unique case, as there

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Hardware, Memory & Storage Space, Reviews, Storage Reviews

Samsung D3 Station 4TB Review: Affordable, Fast Storage

With so much media available today the need to either backup or store it creates the need for external storage.  Samsung’s D3 Station line is out to provide storage at a good price point while not having much extra “fluff” in the package.   It has some simple functions via software that is for both OSX and Windows like automated backups and password protected partitions.  In testing we hope to see just how fast this thing can be for a 4TB hard disk with USB 3.0.   Samsung D3 Station STSHX-D401TDB 4TB specifications • Windows 8/7/Vista/XP SP2, Mac OS X 10.4.8 or later • SuperSpeed

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Analysis, Gaming

How Sensationalism Continues to Ignite GamerGate

As sensationalism and bias is rampant within GamerGate coverage, it’s important to take a closer look how sensational and controversial content impacts society and those surrounded in scandals.

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

Motorola Moto 360: The Best Android Wear Device Yet

When Android Wear was released there were only two options available, the Samsung Gear Live and the LG G Watch (currently being reviewed).  Unfortunately, those were rather uninspired and were pretty bland design wise.  When Motorola showed its design for a Wear device, it really got a lot of people excited as it is a striking design with a round LCD display under Corning Gorilla Glass.  It really looked like a watch and not some band that so many other wearables have ended up looking like.     Taking a closer look at the watch it becomes very impressive after having used the Samsung Gear Live.  The round LCD

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Analysis, Gaming

Inside The Secret World Of Games Journalism

Evidence has mounted that gaming journalists from key publications like Kotaku, Ars Technica and Polygon have been colluding with one another to control industry-wide news coverage, adding further credence to the widespread belief that biased agenda-pushing is running rampant in the field. According to reports from Breitbart, a number of high-profile journalists communicate with one another via a private Google Groups e-mail listing known as “Games Journo Pros“, where they discuss what to write about, what to include, and more importantly, what to omit. Breitbart, the eponymous blog of the late Andrew Breitbart, is known for its blend of investigative journalism which has been frequently accused by its critics of

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Gaming, Hardware, Reviews, VR World

Gigabyte GA-X99-GAMING 5: A Solid Performer

Intel recently released the Haswell-E CPUs and the X99 chipset to go along with it. Gigabyte has released their line of X99 to the masses with eight new boards. Gigabyte’s GA-X99 Gaming 5 is in the lower mid-range of the new board lineup, and has some promising features for the gamers that it is hoping to target. While the Gaming 5 may not have the slew of options for overclocking and performance tuning that the top of the line GA-X99-SOC Force but does have enough options to keep a serious system tweaker busy for days. Thankfully, with all those options the board still proves to

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Android, Hardware, Mobile Computing, Operating Systems, Reviews, Software Programs, VR World

Will Samsung's Gear Live Change Your Opinion On Smartwatches?

Google recently released Android Wear, their new platform for wearables that currently has only three devices running it. The first two to be released were the LG G Watch and the Samsung Gear Live. Within the last couple days the Motorola Moto 360 was released for sale. These are the first generation of Google powered smart watches. Samsung’s Gear Live offering is a nice piece with a few nice features. The body of the watch has a metal housing with a plastic back that incorporates an optical heart rate monitor and the charging contacts. The charger is essentially a backpack that hugs the contacts on the underside

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新聞, 評論

INTEL I7 5960X:稱霸業界

Intel日前公佈了X99晶片組和搭配的s2011-3 CPU,帶頭引領DDR4發展。這個最頂級的解鎖版CPU系列就是配備8核心/16執行緒的5960X,具備四通 道DDR4和40條PCI-E 3.0通道。5960X的基本頻率為3GHz,且Turbo頻率可 高達3.5。 8核心可共享20MB快取記憶體,CPU的熱設計功耗(TDP)則是140W。這無疑是目前市面上最強大的玩家級CPU,效能也大勝之前的版本。HWBot在 產品發表當天,就湧進新的提交成績,也接連創新世界紀錄。這是將工程樣品寄 送給超頻玩家與評論家,藉此創下的記錄。 在之前的王者面前,將4960X與5960X的比較,將會是一場亮麗的演出。以5960X實現了最穩定的時鐘,屆時將會被置於現場。看看有什麼可以從實際使用情況裡來預期的。該4960X和5960X均運行以3.6GHz的頻率,和NB在3600MHz的頻率,而記憶是以2133的速度在DDR3和DDR4執行。 我們將檢視之前稱王的產品—4960X,並且和5960X互相比較。此外也會呈現5960X可達到的最高階穩定時脈,以及預測其實際用途。4960X和5960X的操作頻率都是3.6GHz,NB為3600MHz。DDR3和DDR4的記憶體傳輸速度則都是2133。   測試系統 Intel 5960X 3625MHz (125MHz x 29)和4500 (125MHz x 36) Gigabyte X99 Gaming 5 Corsair LPX DDR4-2666 4x4GB  15-17-17-50 ( @ 1T w/ NB @ 3600MHz  / @ 2133 15-15-15-35 1T for 3.6GHz) MSI R9 290X Lightning Cooler Master V1200 Platinum PSU Corsair V64 SSD Thermaltake Water 3.0 Extreme散熱器 Windows 7 Ultimate 64位元 對照比較系統 Intel 4960X 3600MHz (100MHzx36) Gigabyte GA-X79-UD3 Kingston DDR3-2400 4x4GB @ 2133 11-12-12-30 2T Patriot 128GB SSD R9 295X2 Thermaltake 1475 Platinum Corsair H100 CPU散熱器 Windows 7 Ultimate 64位元 4960X的IMC和5960X在整體記憶頻寬相比並不遜色。 在讀取和複製方面,4960X就不敵5960X,然而5960X卻在寫入上慘敗。4960X也在延遲時間上輕易擊敗5960X,以4.5GHz操作時,比數為59.7ns和61.5ns。這是因為DDR3的延遲時序緊湊得多,因此我們能繼續期待公司會推出時序緊湊的DDR4套件,以提升在這個領域的競爭力。 顯然增加核心確實有助於提供更多力量,激增至4.5GHz就能看出的確大有改善。 5960X的散列功率超出4960X兩倍之多,而且在超頻至4.5GHz時,甚至達到將近三倍。 進行3DMARK測試時,改善的地方非常顯而易見,也能看出產品能隨著速度增加而適當調整。 在相同速度下,5960X在Super Pi上輕易超越了4960X,而且表現隨著速度增加而更加強勁,這有部分是歸功於4.5GHz造就的龐大頻寬。 採用這個基準時,在相同的速度下,增加核心所提供的力量極為明顯。 要超頻到4.5GHz可說是輕而易舉,我用1.3v這個比預期稍高的功率來跑,這是因為在需要寫入之前,我沒時間降低伏特。明顯能看出其他測試藉由恰當冷卻,用1.25v達到4.5GHz,且用1.4v達到約5GHz。但這麼做至少必須在全面操作8核心/16執行緒時,於單一階段變更系統。現在HWBot上針對範圍介於5.7-6.1的CPU測試出現幾個LN2結果。一旦進行超頻並拉到上限,那麼冷卻絕對會成為限制因素。即便如此,也還是沒理由省下與CPU相互搭配的冷卻設定。 我真的需要用這個產品嗎? 要是您現在想打造出最強大的系統,這個產品就是關鍵了。重點在於這個CPU力量超強,也是現在可取得的最佳產品。話說回來,如果您的預算買得起,那您就該上網跟零售商購買。價格的確太貴,但5960X可是毫無對手。使用這個CPU的關鍵在於保持冷卻,這點絕對不能省略。只要恰當運用水冷式迴路,我毫不懷疑系統能達到4.7GHz。使用封閉迴路或具備良好空氣的話,可能會達到4.3-4.5GHz。我們會針對5960X進行更多測試,其中將包括零下溫度測試和DDR4整體測試,也會探索其他X99主機板。這個新產品的測試過程絕對令人驚嘆連連,在稍微接觸之後,我已經整個上癮,等不及要進行更多測試了。  

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CPU Reviews, Reviews

A Look At The New AMD A10 7800 APU

A10 7800, a new locked FM2+ APU. This new APU from AMD has 12 compute cores split between 4 CPU and 8 GPU. The Kaveri cores are clocked at 3.5GHz it can go up to a 3.9GHz with Turbo, and the GPU clock speed is 720MHz. The APU has a TDP of 65W making this a great choice for those wanting to build an energy efficient build. These would be well suited to a HTPC or entry level build. Today the 7800 will be put through its paces and see how it performs. Test System AMD A10 7800 MSI A88X G45-GAMING Team Vulcan DDR3 2400 2x8GB Mushkin

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CPU Reviews, Reviews

Intel i7 5960X: The New King Is Crowned

Intel has just released the X99 chipset and the s2011-3 CPUs that goes with it, ushering in the age of DDR4. The top of the line unlocked CPU is the 8 core/ 16 thread 5960X that has quad-channel DDR4 and 40 lanes of PCI-E 3.0. The 5960X comes in with a base frequency of 3GHz with up to 3.5 Turbo frequency.  The 8 cores have a shared 20MB of cache, and the CPU has a TDP of 140W.  This is no doubt the most powerful enthusiast CPU available and will be crushing the performance of the previous generation.  On release day HW Bot was flooded with new submissions and the world records

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新聞

報告:圖形顯示卡市場的凋零

GPU GTX Titan

喬恩·佩迪研究中心(JPR)發布了最近GPU銷售報告的續篇,而主題是特別針對圖形顯示卡的市場。GPU的銷售報告包括AMD公司(紐約證券交易所代碼:AMD)的APU和許多新型英特爾(納斯達克:INTC)的CPU,也就是具有GPU核心處理器,即便如此,圖形顯示卡的銷售報告更能作為整體圖形顯示卡之市場體質的指標. 根據JPR的報告指出,AIB(圖形顯示卡)的銷售已經比前一季同時下滑了17.5%,比去年同時下降了17.6%。相較之下,去年同期的季成長率則為5.5%。何以致此?整體PC市場的季成長率提高了1.3%是關鍵因素。 上一季的配售率是44%下滑至36%。2008年第一季的配售率記錄維持在63%。 將廠商的銷售數字來做分析,Nvidia(納斯達克代碼:NVDA)就跌幅而言表現最差,重挫21%。而AMD下滑了10.7%。 儘管Nvidia比AMD重挫更大,但Nvidia的依然是市場的領導者,整體而言,持有62%的市場占有率。 不僅僅是一個整合的問題 我們很容易的會將GPU重大衰退的結果怪罪於CPU-GPU整合的成功和競爭力。在過去幾. 年裡,AMD和英特爾兩家所提供的產品已經不斷地在實質上精進許多,以至於他們能砸重金於獨立顯示卡的市場裡。 但對於發燒遊戲玩家來說,他們永遠都需要有一個獨立顯示卡。這是個有預算並願意砸錢於GPU效能的市場群。但是有一個問題:這組他們去年甚至前年買的獨立顯示卡,到今天,面對絕大部分的遊戲都還綽綽有余。 4K的遊戲正快速增加,並有潛力可以驅使更多GPU的銷售,但目前仍處於起步階段。直到廣大的消費群消費得起的4K顯示器出現於市場之前,這個市場的劃分是不夠成熟推廣至主流應用。還有另一個因素是,遊戲開發者一般都盡可能地為Xbox One和Playstation遊戲機為首要來發展設計,然後再轉到PC上。這也就顯示著這一代的顯示卡都很難達到各自所賦予的效能。直到4K遊戲成為主流,或是開發商開始創新架構遊戲,因而推動這些最新的顯示卡,要不然,經由GPU廠商去說服這些遊戲玩家再增添一個新的顯示卡是有困難的。  

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