Recently we took a look at our first DDR4 memory kit, which was from Crucial. It was their JEDEC kit so it had no XMP profile and runs at the stock 2133 MHz as well as no fancy heatspreaders. Well the kit we are taking a look at today is much different. It has a nice set of heatspreaders and runs at 2400 MHz with timings of 15-15-15-25 at 1.2V. The kit we are talking about is G.Skill’s F4-2400C15Q-16GRK kit, which is a 16 GB kit. G.Skill will also be offering these kits in three different color options so you can match them to your motherboard, case and other components. Let’s get these modules in our X99 system and see what they can do!
The time for new computer upgrades are here and one of the most popular ways of speeding up an older existing system is to get a faster and higher capacity solid state drive. After all, you always need more space and the SSD hard drives are getting faster and easier to afford and these silent wonders are getting larger and larger capacity as mechanicals are slowly fading away. But, what about all the data you already have and you have all your settings just right and then there are your pictures. Maybe you need your new setup to stay the way the old one was before. Maybe you just want bigger but not a complete overhaul. You could do a data transfer wizard but that takes time and then you need to do a clean install before you can re-install your settings and sometimes things don’t go so well that way. You could save all that heartache and time data with the Kingwin EZ-CLONE USB 3.0 to SATA & IDE One Click Clone Adapter. It’s a a shiny little black box that is a very handy duplicator and drive hub by cloning that drive of yours to the new one all in one step data and all.
If there is any line of products that I would say we here at ThinkComputers.org are most familiar with it would have to be Thermaltake AIO coolers. Over the past couple years we have reviewed nearly their entire line of products. Overall we have found them to be adequate to top level performers. And while their arsenal of self contained water coolers is formidable they have seemed to lack a stand out champion. You know a hands down performance winner across the board. And so I was certainly intrigued when we got our hands on Tt’s newest AIO entry, the Water 3.0 Ultimate. This triple 120 rad AIO is one of the first on the market and the largest AIO we have reviewed at TC. So does size matter? Follow along and find out if this can finally be Thermaltake’s all out performance champ.
Lenovo has always done a pretty good job at taking criticism and improving products with new revisions. The Yoga Tablet 10 HD+ hopes to be one of those products. This second generation version of the tablet features a higher resolution (1920 x 1200) screen, more powerful Snapdragon 400 APQ8028 quad-core SoC, and improved 8-megapixel camera. The tablet also offers a very unique cylinder-type design on its bottom edge. This doubles as a flip stand and allows the tablet to have a larger 9000mAh battery for up to 18 hours of usage according to Lenovo. Will this be your next tablet? Let’s take a look…
AMD recently announced their Radeon R9 285 graphics card, this was their first major graphics card announcement since the R9 295X2 back in April. Looking at the naming of the card we expect it to be a replacement for the R9 280, but is it really? It has the same number of shaders, TMUs, and ROPs as the R9 280, but has a narrower memory bus at 256bit (vs 364bit of R9 280X) and less VRAM (2 GB vs 3 GB), although that memory is clocked higher (5.5 GHz vs 5.0 GHz). Looking at the specifications you may be wondering what what is the point? Well unlike the R9 280 which is built on AMD’s Tahiti silicon, the R9 285 is built on the brand new Tonga silicon. While it is still based on the same 28 nm process Tonga is said to be more efficient and also adds many of the features that we saw on the Hawaii silicon like XDMA CrossFire (no more CrossFire connectors), TrueAudio DSP, and the ability to connect 4 displays using all output connectors on the card. Today we are taking a look at Sapphire’s Radeon R9 285 Dual-X OC version of the card. It will feature a slight overclock on the core clock (965 MHz vs 918 MHz) and the memory (1400 MHz vs 1375 MHz). It will also have Sapphire’s Dual-X cooling solution which seems to be extremely quiet. Let’s jump in and see what this card can do.
LUXA2 has been releasing quality accessories at an accelerated pace. GroovyR is their latest Bluetooth speaker, but there’s a twist. Instead of being rectangular shaped like most Bluetooth speakers, GroovyR is a circle with a kick out stand that can hold your mobile phone, or allow GroovyR to be wall mounted. In addition to its unique appearance, it has a built-in microphone, 3.5mm input, and rechargeable battery. Let’s get dirty into the details.
The New ECS LIVA MINI PC Kit runs a fully dressed Intel BayTrail-M SoC (Intel Celeron Processor N2807), which has a full 1MB cache with turbo mode of up to 2.16 GHz. The little Intel Celeron is a dual thread, dual core 64 bit 4.3 watt TDP laptop processor with normal operation wattage of 2.5 Watts and will max out at 4.3 Watts. ECS LIVA MINI PC KIT also uses SKHyniex 2GB DDR3L 1333MHz speed memory soldered on-board RAM. The all black PC board uses either a 32GB or 64GB of eMMC memory which is like the main hard drive and also can use M.2 form factor combo wireless card that supports 802.11b/g/n wireless and Bluetooth 4.0 and also has a Gigabit LAN connection to boot.
Intel recently launched their Haswell-E HEDT (high-end desktop) processors and accompanying X99 chipset. With that came the introduction of DDR4 memory to the consumer market. DDR4 memory has been used in server implementations, but the X99 chipset is the first consumer platform to support DDR4 memory. DDR4 brings with it faster data rates (2133 MHz standard), higher capacity levels and improved efficiency over DD3. Today we will be taking a look at our first DDR4 memory kit and it comes from Crucial. We are taking a look at their 32 GB (4x8GB) DDR4-2133 Kit (CT4K8G4DFD8213). This is Crucial’s JEDEC kit so it is not fancy at all and does not come with a XMP profile. The kit runs at 2133 MHz with timings of 15-15-15-36 at 1.2V.
I have been a fan of wireless headphones and headsets since the RF days. They are great because you are not actually connected to anything so you can get up and use the bathroom, go to the kitchen and make lunch or just lay down on the couch without having to lose the music you are listening to. With Bluetooth technology built into so many devices having wireless headsets is all but common now. Today we will be taking a look at the Xtreme H3 Bluetooth Headphones from Adesso. These headphones have an over the ear DJ style, pivoting earcups, 50mm Neodymium Magnetic Drivers and controls right on the left earcup. Let’s take a look!
If you haven’t heard of DeepCool by now we really can’t blame you. This start up out of Beijing, China has only recently started hitting shelves in the US. However, if you are an avid ThinkComputers.org reader you will no doubt have seen several excellent performing CPU coolers come across our pages from DeepCool. Since then DeepCool has really started to step up their game by branching into the case, power supply, and as you’ll see today, the AIO CPU cooler market. With the market so flooded with AIO’s, the hottest cooling item of today, can DeepCool’s Maelstrom 120 even make a splash? And can it possibly keep up with the years of R&D other companies have in the AIO spectrum? Read on to find out!
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