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July 31, 2012

Best Photo/Video/3D Workstation Computer Build Under $1000 [August 2012]

Pre-built workstation computers designed for photo editing, video editing and 3D modeling can fetch well over $2000 and you still won’t get the performance and upgrade-ability that comes with a custom computer build. With our August 2012 workstation computer build, we’ll be focusing on building the best photo editing, video editing, and 3D modeling computer build for under that magic $1,000 price point.

Ready to see what we came up with? Let’s go!

Workstation Computer Build Component Summary CPU Intel Core i7 3770k $340 Motherboard Gigabyte Z77X-D3H $142 Memory 16GB Corsair Vengeance DDR3 1600MHz [...]
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July 31, 2012

Crucial v4 SSD Improves Performance of Mainstream Computers at an Affordable Price

Press Release

Crucial, a leading global brand of memory and storage upgrades, today introduced the Crucial v4 Solid State Drive (SSD), designed to deliver substantial yet affordable performance gains for mainstream SATA 2 (3Gb/s) systems, the primary performance capability of computers purchased before 2011. Available in 32GB, 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB capacities with MSRPs of $49.99, $69.99, $99.99, and $189.99 respectively, the Crucial v4 SSD can be purchased now through select global channel partners, or direct through www.crucial.com.

The Crucial v4 SSD offers read speeds up to 230MB/s and write speeds up to 190MB/s, enabling faster startup [...]

 
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July 30, 2012

OCZ Vertex 4 Revisited: 256GB SSD Review

New Capacity, New Firmware, New Vertex of Performance

Only a couple weeks ago we took a look at the OCZ Vertex 4 128GB and we were extremely impressed with the direction OCZ was moving in with the Vertex line of SSDs. Today, we’ll be revisiting that review by reviewing a different capacity of the OCZ Vertex 4 SSD, the 256GB edition.

The reason for this review is two-fold. The first is that typically with 256GB SSDs, we see better performance especially in writes likely due to the higher density of memory per channel. With prices dropping on the 256GB edition drives to much more affordable levels for general consumers, the better performance often found on 240GB/256GB drives [...]

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July 30, 2012

MSI Outfits Two New 4GB GeForce GTX 680’s with Twin Frozr III

MSI recently outfitted two of their GeForce GTX 680 variant graphics cards with 4GB of GDDR5 memory and their famous Twin Frozr III custom cooler. While the two new cards will be cosmetically identical, one of the cards will run at the reference clocks of 1006MHz (base) /1058MHz (boost) core and 1502MHz memory while the other will run at overclocked clocks of 1058MHz (base)/1124MHz (boost) core and 1502MHz memory.

Additionally from the looks of it, the cards will get non-reference PCB’s most likely with fully unlocked voltage controls for your overclocking pleasure and will require dual 6-pin PCIe power connectors.

No official word on pricing or [...]

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July 28, 2012

Cooler Master TPC 812 CPU Cooler Review

Cooler Master’s Vertical Vapor Chamber

20 years ago back in 1992, Cooler Master started out as an OEM CPU cooler manufacturer after realizing a strong demand for CPU cooling with the emergence of the PC market. For years that’s all they did; however, with the continued success of their innovative cooling designs, they began expanding into the world of computer cases and, as of late, have even gone into the gaming peripherals and mobile accessories markets as well. Today, we’ll be taking a look at one of Cooler Master’s newest and most innovative CPU cooler designs, the Cooler Master TPC 812.

Coming from a long history of innovative Cooler Master CPU [...]

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July 27, 2012

ASTRO Gaming Introduces the A50 Wireless Gaming Headset

Press Release Innovative ASTRO A50 Joins Award-Winning Lineup of Premium Gaming Headsets, Including the ASTRO A40, A30 and A*Stars Features Cutting-Edge KleerNet™ 5.8GHz Wireless Technology; Dolby Digital 7.1 Surround Sound; Built-In MixAmp™ 5.8; Multi-System Compatibility

ASTRO Gaming, creators of premium video gaming equipment for professional gamers, and wholly owned subsidiary of Skullcandy, Inc., has launched the ASTRO A50 Wireless Gaming Headset, a professional-grade audio solution designed to provide gaming and home theater enthusiasts with an immersive experience free from the tangle of wires.

The ASTRO A50 Wireless Gaming Headset is professionally tuned for [...]

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July 26, 2012

ARCTIC MC101 HTPC Review

ARCTIC’s Trinity Inspired HTPC Powerhouse

The supremacy a HTPC has over a DVD/CD player or a cablebox is evident. Being capable of extending its use beyond simply playing disks, more and more people are leaning towards HTPCs as the center of their home entertainment systems. Today, we’ll be taking a look at one such HTPC designed for just that purpose, the ARCTIC MC101 “Most Advanced Home Entertainment Centers“.

When ARCTIC first announced the MC101, I was extremely excited for the new product. It had a beautiful brushed aluminum design that I haven’t seen on any other device in the same class and even looked better in comparison to most popular [...]

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July 26, 2012

The Novint Falcon: A New Gaming Experience

Gaming peripherals are at an all time high in the PC market. Mice, keyboards, controllers; it seems every gamer is looking for THE hardware to customize his/her experience and give them the added edge in gaming. The Novint Falcon is a step into the added immersion of a game and utilizes a unique motion control that hasn’t been seen before in mainstream gaming.

The Novint Falcon was originally released in 2007 and went primarily unnoticed by the gaming community at large. Still supported today, the Falcon includes support from some of the most popular games on the market; such as Half-life 2, Battlefield 3, Diablo III, and Skyrim. This strange little device immerses the [...]

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July 25, 2012

Razer Unveils Blackwidow Tournament Mechanical Keyboard, Updates BlackWidow Series

Press Release RAZER BLACKWIDOW SERIES IS BACK, LOCKED & LOADED FOR MECHANICAL DOMINATION

The Return of the Razer BlackWidow Feat. Enhancements, New Editions

 Razer, the world leader in high-performance gaming hardware, proudly unveiled today the latest evolution of its critically acclaimed Razer BlackWidow family, including two improved models, and one new edition.

 

The World’s Best Mechanical Keyboard Series Just Got Better

The first update in the mechanical keyboard series, known for its crisp, tactile actuation and gaming-grade responsiveness, is the Razer BlackWidow 2013, boasting heightened [...]

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July 25, 2012

Razer Introduces the Ouroboros Wireless Gaming Mouse

Press Release THE RAZER™ OUROBOROS PUTS INFINITY IN THE PALM OF YOUR HAND

World leading game peripheral company launches an ergonomic, ambidextrous mouse customizable for all users

Razer, the world leader in high-performance gaming hardware, today announced the release of the Razer Ouroboros. Like its namesake, the elite gaming mouse can evolve without limit, with fully-customizable ergonomics that are adjustable for any hand size and grip style.

No two people have the same sized hands, and everyone grips his or her mouse differently. When researching form factor preferences for ambidextrous mice, Razer’s team of ergonomic scientists and engineers [...]

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July 25, 2012

Leetgion Hellion Gaming Mouse Review

Ready to Raise Some Hell

As a product reviewer, I get the opportunity to test a lot of products so when companies go out of the norm, and produce something unique, I do my best to get my hands on it. This is why today we’ll be checking out one of those new and unique products from a relatively new company in the gaming peripherals market, Leetgion. Make no mistake however, Leetgion isn’t exactly new to the computer industry as their parent company is the well-known computer cooling specialist, Thermalright.

In terms of design, Leetgion really gave the Hellion a design unlike any other as they’ve included a Cherry MX Blue mechanical switch onto the mouse [...]

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July 24, 2012

Patriot Memory Launches New Supersonic Rage XT USB 3.0 Drive

Press Release

Patriot Memory, a global pioneer in high-performance memory, NAND flash storage and enthusiast computer products today announces the launch of the Supersonic Rage XT USB 3.0 drive. Built with an ultra-portable form factor and the enhanced speed of USB 3.0, the Patriot Memory Supersonic Rage XT is the perfect solution for those looking for a compact design that doesn’t compromise performance. The Supersonic Rage XT comes with a custom slide to connect design that provides best in class protection from wear and tear.

Available in 32GB and 64GB capacities and plug and play compatibility, the Patriot Memory Supersonic Rage XT [...]

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