Today we are taking a look at a brand new video card from Sapphire. We have been hearing about the Radeon 7790 over the past few weeks and earlier this year AMD said we would see an HD 8000 series towards the end of the year and they would be refreshing their HD 7000 lineup with new chips. The HD 7790 is the first card that is part of this refresh, based on the brand new “Bonaire” 28nm graphics processor. The Bonaire graphics processor is based off of AMD’s graphics core next (GCN) architecture and features 896 stream processors. We are looking at Sapphire’s version, which is the HD 7790 OC with Dual-X. The Dual-X is for Sapphire’s own unique cooling system on the card. This card features a 1075MHz core clock, 1GB of GDDR5 memory and has dual DVI, HDMI and DisplayPort connections. This card is setup to compete directly with Nvidia’s GTX 650 Ti. Read on as we take a look…
Today Corsair is announcing their brand new K70 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard. We are big fans of Corsair’s Vengeance line of gaming keyboards, the Vengeance K90 was our overall winner of best keyboard of 2012. The K70 is built on the same bushed aluminum chassis as the other Vengeance boards and will feature Cherry MX Red mechanical switches under each key. The K70 will also feature a 100% anti-ghosted matrix, 1000Hz reporting rate, and 20-key rollover.
Samsung is a very large player in the solid state drive market, but you may not have known. This is because they sell their drives in bulk to companies like Apple to use in their products. That is why they are not an known in the consumer or enthusiast market. In fact Samsung is the largest producer of flash memory in the world. One thing that is great about Samsung solid state drives is that everything inside is made by Samsung, the NAND, controller and DRAM cache. This makes it very easy for Samsung to correct issues or fix problems because everything is done in-house. We saw this on Samsung’s 830 Series solid state drive and the big difference between the 830 and 840 is that the 840 Series uses TLC NAND chips instead of MLC. We will get to the difference in just a bit. The controller on the 840 Series has also been updated. The 120GB version we are testing today has read and write speeds of 530MB/s and 130MB/s respectively so it sort of fits into the entry-level segment. Let’s take a look…
Earlier this month we had our first real look at ASUS’s GeForce GTX 670 DirectCU Mini. Those shots were directly from ASUS and were of the card installed so all we could really see was the top of the card and the side. Now we have the first press shot of the 17cm long graphics card that is perfect for that mini PC build as it is the same length as a Mini-ITX motherboard. The card features a pretty attractive shroud with an red and white ASUS logo.
A month ago EK introduced the first water cooling solution for the NVIDIA Quadro K5000, now they are back with the first water cooling solution for NVIDIA’s Tesla K20. These completes the full water cooling solution for NVIDIA’s Maximus Technology. So if you happen to be running a Maximus setup and want the best cooling available EK has it for you. The Tesla K20 block is called the EK-FCTK20 and is a full-coverage block.
Logitech used to be a big player in the gaming market, but other companies like ROCCAT and Razer has really taken over the market in the last few years. Logitech is back with an entire new line of gaming peripherals, which they are calling the Logitech G Line. It includes six redesigned mice and keyboard favorites and well as two new headsets.
We are still firm believers that Intel’s 4th Generation “Haswell” processors will launch in 3 months or so, but that has not stopped some Dutch online retailers from listing the Core i7-4770K, which is of course the flagship of the processor family. Both MAXICT.nl and takeITnow.nl have the processor listed for pre-order. MAXICT has it listed at €331.13 (incl. VAT) and takeITnow.nl €352.00 (incl. VAT). That’s $427.29 and $454.43 in US currency.
The dominance of the iPhone is waning. Apple’s stock prices are gradually dropping and more consumers are switching out their iPhones for more sophisticated and modern choices. As the prestige of owning an iPhone wears off, people are looking for new companies and innovations to help them decide on what smartphone to buy. Following is a list of the top 5 alternatives to the iPhone 5, ranging from phones with more power to phones designed from the ground up for the business person.
MSI has launched a new Mini PC in their Wind Box DC110. This Mini PC is powered by an Intel Celeron 847 dual core 1.1GHz processor, Intel HD graphics, and 2GB of DDR 1333MHz memory with the option to install up to 4GB. As far as storage and connectivity goes you have a 320GB hard drive, 802.11 b/g/n WiFi, HDMI, VGA, 4x USB ports, Ethernet, line out and optical audio out.
Koolance has announced its full-coverage water block for the NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan video card. The VID-NXTTN utilizes a high-performance microfin (0.5mm) design made of solid copper with anti-corrosive nickel plating. The main block covers the CPU, memory chips and VRM. There is a black aluminum back plate included to cover the memory chips on the opposite side of the card. The card measures 6.75 x 4.50 x 0.75 in (17.15 x 11.43 x 1.91 cm) and weighs in at 2.25lbs.