As we start another week be sure to check out our review of the Fractal Design Define R5 Case! Here is what is going on around the web! Cases Thermaltake Core V1 Mini-ITX PC Case Review @ NikKTech Antec ISK 600M @ techPowerUp Nanoxia Deep Silence 3 Case Review @ Technic3D Raidmax Hyperion Form Factor […]
Well we are starting another week here at ThinkComputers since yesterday was technically a holiday! Be sure to check out our review of the be quiet! Pure Rock CPU cooler! Now here is what is happening around the web. Cases Nanoxia Deep Silence 4 mATX/mITX PC Case Review @ NikKTech SilverStone Raven RV05 @ techPowerUp […]
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Borderlands The Pre-Sequel Performance and PhysX Review @ HiTech Legion
Assassin’s Creed Unity Review @ OCC
ROCCAT Apuri Active USB Hub Review @ Benchmark Reviews
Cougar 700M Gaming Mouse @ LanOC Reviews
Silicon Power Stream S06 4TB USB 3.0 3.5″ External Hard Drive Review @ NikKTech
AMD R7 240GB SSD Review @ Hardware Canucks
Kingston HyperX Fury 64GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Review @ APH Networks
Samsung 850 EVO Review @ Vortez
Samsung 850 EVO Series SSD Review @ Legit Reviews
Samsung SSD 850 EVO 120GB Solid State Drive Review @ CDRLabs.com
Samsung 850 EVO SSD Review (120/500GB) @ The SSD Review
Gigabyte GTX970 G1 Gaming @ Technic3D
The Core X3 series, Fractal Design’s entry level line of cases, now includes the Core 3300 looking to deliver what the enthusiast on a budget is gunning for. Throwing itself into the hardest-fought-over case segment, it’ll be interesting to see whether it manages to deliver on the core elements it needs to capture the hearts of its buyers.
Overclocking Diamond’s R9 270X was about as straight forward as it gets. With a lack of voltage control the only means of improving current flow to the core was by increasing the power limit settings. By maxing this setting out at +20%, I was able to boost the core clock speed on the Pitcairn-based core to 1190MHz – a 140MHz boost in clock speed over the default 1050MHz. Having worked with a couple R9 270X cards already, I had a good idea of where the core clock speed would end up, but each and every sample is different. Sometimes you get a (pardon the pun) “Diamond” in the rough. Memory overclocking also fell into the expected range. Based on the SK Hynix GDDR5 memory ICs used, around 1600MHz is a reasonable clock speed for the memory on this card from Diamond. This card was able deliver a 200MHz increase in the GDDR5 memory speeds over the as delivered 1400MHz. The boost of the memory clock speed to 1600MHz delivers a 6400MHz data rate versus the stock 5600MHz data rate for some help when the memory is your bottleneck. Keeping the card cool is paramount to getting stable clock speeds at higher than the rated capabilities of the hardware. Bumping the fan speed up to 100% helps cool the R9 270X down enough to bring stability at the clock speeds tested.
Using an open air case or otherwise called a test bench can save those that which out hardware on a regular basis a lot of time. Even for those that rarely change out hardware need to look at Dimastech Bench/Table Easy V3.0 for its ease of access, looks and options. Lets jump into the review and I will walk you though the build.
PCI-Express x16 3.0 is well established in the market, and the majority of gamers are using that interface. But what happens if you end up in a slot-bandwidth constrained situation? We are testing NVIDIA’s latest GeForce GTX 980 flagship in 17 games, at four resolutions, including 4K, to assess what performance to expect.
Those pesky Wi-Fi dead spots. I’m sure everyone has experienced those annoying times when you can’t just seem to get a solid Wi-Fi signal. Those times when you get a brief weak Wi-Fi signal and then disappears are the worst ones, they are so frustrating! Well today I’ve got something a little special to share with you today. I review the D-Link DHP-W310AV PowerLine AV+ Wireless N Mini Extender.
The ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) SWIFT PG278Q 27-inch WQHD G-Sync display has been lauded as the best gaming monitor for the second half of 2014. This monitor boasts a 27-inch WQHD LED display boasts a 2560 x 1440 (16:9) screen resolution on a TN panel with 109 pixels per inch (PPI) all tucked inside a sleek looking enclosure that has a supper narrow 6mm thick bezel. Brightness on the PG278Q is rated at up to 350 cd/m² and it has a 1000:1 contrast ratio with the ability to display 72% of the NTSC color gamut. It also has gamer oriented features like NVIDIA G-Sync technology, a super fast 144MHz refresh rate, 1ms response times, support for NVIDIA 3D Vision, Ultra Low Motion Blur (ULMB) and This display won’t be able to match the Adobe RGB performance seen on IPS or IGZO monitors, but you should be able to calibrate it for 100% sRGB and it looks pretty damn good at nearly any viewing angle. Basically, this is one high-end gaming monitor! Read on to learn more about it!