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Antec's 'Performance 1M' Mini-ITX Chassis Can House a GeForce RTX 4090
With the highly integrated nature of PCs these days, the Mini-ITX form-factor has become a very viable option for high-performance gaming system. With plenty of motherboards available for both AMD and Intel's latest platforms, equipping an ITX system with a CPU is easy enough. But the small size of the form factor means that housing an ultra-wide flagship-level graphics card remains an issue. For this year's Computex trade show, Antec was showing off their solution to the problem of giant video cards: the Performance 1M case, a Mini-ITX case with a separate chamber just for a large vi...
AnandTech ~Created Fri Jun 14 08:57:06 2024

Realtek Outlines SSD Controller Roadmap: High-End PCIe 5.0 x4 Platform in the Works
While Realtek is best known in the enthusiast space for for its peripheral controllers such as audio codecs and network controllers, the company also has a small-but-respectable SSD controller business that tends to fly under the radar due to its focus on entry-level and mainstream drives. But Realtek's stature in the SSD space is on the rise, as the company is not only planning new PCIe Gen5 SSD controllers, but also their first high-end, DRAM-equipped SSD controller.For this year's Computex trade show, Realtek laid out a new SSD controller roadmap that calls for the company to rel...
AnandTech ~Created Fri Jun 14 08:57:06 2024

Noctua Shows Off Thermosiphon Based CPU Cooler Prototype At Computex 2024
Many companies showed off a range of concept designs during Computex 2024, but perhaps Noctua had one of the coolest. Noctua, primarily known for its air coolers, had a pumpless prototype that showcased Thermisiphon cooling. It looks like a conventional AIO cooler on the surface but is much more efficient, cooler, and quieter than traditional water coolers.Touching quickly on Thermosiphon cooling, it uses the natural laws of thermodynamics to use heat (the CPU) as a source to turn the liquid to the top, evaporating through the system. This evaporated liquid rises and is pushed into the co...
AnandTech ~Created Fri Jun 14 08:57:06 2024

The Qualcomm Snapdragon X Architecture Deep Dive: Getting To Know Oryon and Adreno X1
The curtains are drawn and it’s almost showtime for Qualcomm and its Snapdragon X SoC team. After first detailing the SoC nearly 8 months ago at the company’s most recent Snapdragon Summit, and making numerous performance disclosures in the intervening months, the Snapdragon X Elite and Snapdragon X Plus launch is nearly upon us. The chips have already shipped to Qualcomm’s laptop partners, and the first laptops are set to ship next week.In the last 8 months Qualcomm has made a lot of interesting claims for their high-performance Windows-on-Arm SoC – many of which wi...
AnandTech ~Created Fri Jun 14 08:57:06 2024

Samsung Foundry Unveils Updated Roadmap: BSPDN and 2nm Evolution Through 2027
Samsung this week has unveiled its latest process technologies roadmap at the company's Samsung Foundry Forum (SFF) U.S. The new plan covers the evolution of Samsung's 2nm-class production nodes through 2027, including a process technology with a backside power delivery, re-emphasizing plans to bring out a 1.4nm-class node in 2027, and the introduction of a 'high value' 4nm-class manufacturing tech.Samsung Foundry's key announcements for today are clearly focused on the its 2nm-class process technologies, which are set to enter production in 2025 and will span to 2027, w
AnandTech ~Created Fri Jun 14 08:57:06 2024

Report: MediaTek Working on Arm-Based Processor for Windows PCs
Reuters, MediaTek will be among the companies jumping into the Windows-on-Arm field, with plans to launch their first PC processor late next year.MediaTek's system-on-chip for Windows PCs will rely on Arm's 'ready-made designs,' according to Reuters. Which in turn hints that MediaTek would be using Arm's compute sub-system (CSS) for client PCs, a building block designed to significantly speed up development of SoCs.With the vauge nature of the Reuters report, however, which version of Arm's IP MediaTek might be using remains unclear, and the answer to that will lar...
AnandTech ~Created Fri Jun 14 08:57:06 2024

ASMedia Preps USB4 v2 Controller and PHY
isn't expected to be any different. Fortunately, for system and device vendors that just need a basic USB4 v2 solution, ASMedia is also working on its own USB4 v2 controller.At Computex 2024, ASMedia demonstrated a prototype of its upcoming USB4 v2 physical interface (PHY), which will support USB4 v2's new Gen 4 (160Gbps) data rates and the associated PAM-3 signal encoding. The prototype was implemented using an FPGA, as the company yet has to tape out the completed controller.Ultimately, the purpose of showing off a FPGA-based PHY at Computex was to allow ASMedia to demonstrate
AnandTech ~Created Fri Jun 14 08:57:06 2024

Qualcomm: Some Snapdragon X Elite Laptops Will Come with 5G Modems
One of Qualcomm's indisputable strengths are its 5G modems – something which even Apple has yet to successfully ween itself from. And while Qualcomm is not integrating a modem into its first-generation Oryon-based Snapdragon X chips, the company is still looking to leverage that technology advantage via discrete modems that can be installed in Snapdragon X laptops.To date, Qualcomm has won 23 laptop designs with its Snapdragon X Elite SoCs, and all of the leading PC vendors have introduced systems based on Qualcomm's Snapdragon X Elite processors. However, only some of them wi...
AnandTech ~Created Fri Jun 14 08:57:06 2024

No, It Does Not Fly: Corsair Demos '9000D Airflow' PC Case with 24 Fans
Trade shows like Computex always bring out their fair share of oddities, and this year was no exception, with one of the highlights being a Corsair PC case with no fewer than 24 fans.As one of a handful of companies offering really big desktop PC cases, Corsair was demonstrating its new creature: the 9000D Airflow. At 90 liters in volume – which is twice the size of regular PCs and 1.5x the volume of a typical car gas tank – the colossal case is bigger than ever. It's so big, in fact, that it can house two systems: a full-size ATX (or smaller) system, as well as a separate M
AnandTech ~Created Fri Jun 14 08:57:06 2024

Cheaper PCIe 5.0 x4 SSDs Incoming: Silicon Power Demos Phison E31T-Based SSD
Although consumer SSDs based on Phison's PS5026-E26 controller have been on the market for almost a year and a half now, the class-leading drives still carry a distinct price premium, and to some degree that's because it's still one of the only options for a PCIe 5.0 SSD. But it looks like the situation is going to change in the coming quarters, as SSDs based on Phison's PS5031-E31T controller are incoming, with at least one Phison customer demoing an E31T drive on the Computex show floor.Phison's PS5031-E31T controller uses two Arm Cortex-R5 cores accelerated by the And...
AnandTech ~Created Fri Jun 14 08:57:06 2024

SK hynix: GDDR7 Mass Production To Start in Q4'2024
Being a major JEDEC memory standard, GDDR7 is slated to be produced by all three of the Big Three memory manufacturers. But it seems that not all three vendors will be kicking off mass production at the same time.SK hynix was at this year's Computex trade show, showing off their full lineup of memory technologies – including, of course, GDDR7. SK hynix is the last of the major memory vendor's we've seen promoting their memory, and fittingly, they seem to be the last in terms of their mass production schedule. According to company representatives, the firm will kick off m
AnandTech ~Created Fri Jun 14 08:57:06 2024

The Enermax Revolution D.F. 12 750W ATX 3.1 PSU Review: Compact Contender
Enermax, established in 1990, is a renowned Taiwanese company in the PC hardware industry, particularly recognized for its innovative power supply units (PSUs), cooling solutions, and PC cases. Over the years, Enermax has built a reputation for engineering reliable, high-performance PSUs that primarily target enthusiasts and professional users. Their commitment to quality and technological advancement has kept them at the forefront of the industry, constantly evolving to meet the demands of the ever-changing tech landscape.In this review, we are looking at the latest addition to Enermax'...
AnandTech ~Created Fri Jun 14 08:57:06 2024

Micron's GDDR7 Chip Smiles for the Camera as Micron Aims to Seize Larger Share of HBM Market
Micron notified us that it expects its HBM market share to rise to mid-20% in the middle of calendar 2025, not in the middle of fiscal 2025.For Computex week, Micron was at the show in force in order to talk about its latest products across the memory spectrum. The biggest news for the memory company was that it has kicked-off sampling of it's next-gen GDDR7 memory, which is expected to start showing up in finished products later this year and was being demoed on the show floor. Meanwhile, the company is also eyeing taking a much larger piece of the other pillar of the high-performance
AnandTech ~Created Fri Jun 14 08:57:06 2024

ASRock Unveils Motherboards For Ryzen 9000 At Computex 2024: X870E Taichi and X870E Taichi Lite
During Computex 2024, ASRock held an event to unveil some of its upcoming X870E motherboards, designed for AMD's Zen 5-based Ryzen 9000 series processors. ASRock's announcement includes a pair of Taichi-branded boards, the X870E Taichi and the lighter X870E Taichi lite, which uses AMD's X870E (Promontory 21) chipset for AM5.The current flagship model announced from ASRock's X870E line-up for Ryzen 9000 is the ASRock X870E Taichi. ASRock is advertising a large 27-phase power delivery through 110A SPS, suggesting this board is designed for overclockers and all-around power u
AnandTech ~Created Fri Jun 14 08:57:06 2024

XPG Demos "Nia" Handheld Gaming PC With Foveated Rendering, Swappable DRAM
With the rise of the handheld gaming PC market, we've seen PC vendors and their partners toy with a number of tricks and tweaks to improve improve framerates in games, with some of their latest efforts on display at this year's Computex trade show. Perhaps the most interesting find thus far comes from ADATA sub-brand XPG, who is demoing their prototype "Nia" handheld PC, which uses eye tracking and dynamic foveated rendering to further improve their rendering performance.For those unfamiliar, dynamic foveated rendering is a graphics technique that is sometimes used to boos...
AnandTech ~Created Fri Jun 14 08:57:06 2024

G.Skill Demonstrates DDR5-10600 Memory Modules On Ryzen 8500G System
Ultra-high performance memory modules are a staple of of Computex, and it looks like this year G.Skill is showing off the highest performance dual-channel memory module kit to date. The company is demonstrating a DDR5 kit capable of 10,600 MT/s data transfer rate, which is a considerably higher speed compared to memory modules available today.The dual-channel kit that G.Skill is demonstrating is a 32 GB Trident Z5 RGB kit that uses cherry-picked DDR5 memory devices and which can work in a DDR5-10600 mode with CL56 62-62-126 timings at voltages that are way higher than standard. The demoed D
AnandTech ~Created Fri Jun 14 08:57:06 2024

Update on Intel's Panther Lake at Computex 2024, Intel Powering Up Intel 18A Wafer Next Week
During the Intel keynote hosted by CEO Pat Gelsinger, he gave the world a glimpse into the Intel Client roadmap until 2026. Meteor Lake launched last year on that roadmap, and Lunar Lake, which we dived into yesterday as Intel disclosed technical details about the upcoming platform. Pat also presented a wafer on stage, Panther Lake, and he gave some additional information about Intel's forthcoming Panther Lake platform, which is expected in 2025.We covered Intel's initial announcement about the Panther Lake platform last year. It is set to be Intel's first client platform using
AnandTech ~Created Fri Jun 14 08:57:06 2024

Frore Demos Solid-State AirJet Cooler in Action: Significantly Improving Both Laptop and SSD Performance
AirJet, as it's come to be called, was previously shown off at CES this year; and for Computex, the company is back with a fresh round of demonstrations.For the show, Frore has a number of demonstrations running in a fairly large showroom. The company is looking to address a wide range of products, from tablets to notebooks to small PCs, as well as embedded tablets. But there were two showcases in particular that caught my immediate attention: a Samsung Galaxy Book with and without Frore's AirJet, and an 8 TB Sabrent SSD in an external enclosure. ...

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AnandTech ~Created Fri Jun 14 08:57:06 2024

Intel Unveils Lunar Lake Architecture: New P and E cores, Xe2-LPG Graphics, New NPU 4 Brings More AI Performance
Intel this morning is lifting the lid on some of the finer architectural and technical details about its upcoming Lunar Lake SoC – the chip that will be the next generation of Core Ultra mobile processors. Once again holding one of their increasingly regular Tech Tour events for media and analysts, Intel this time set up shop in Taipei just before the beginning of Computex 2024. During the Tech Tour, Intel disclosed numerous facets of Lunar Lake, including their new P-Core design codenamed Lion Cove and a new wave of E-cores that are a bit more like Meteor Lake's pioneering...
AnandTech ~Created Fri Jun 14 08:57:06 2024

The Intel Computex 2024 Keynote Live Blog (8:00pm PT/03:00 UTC)
Closing out the last of the major PC-focused keynotes at Computex 2024 this evening, we have Intel. The long-reigning leader of the PC CPU market, Intel is in the middle of executing its plans to get back on track on both the manufacturing and chip design aspects of the business. Tonight’s keynote, being helmed by the highly-animated Pat Gelsinger, is titled “Bringing AI Everywhere.” And, like so many other Computex presentations and announcements this week, AI hardware is going to play a big part, as Intel outlines a full stack of products for client and server computing. ...
AnandTech ~Created Fri Jun 14 08:57:06 2024

AMD Announces Zen 5-based EPYC “Turin” Processors: Up to 192 Cores, Coming in H2’2024
AMD’s prime Computex 2024 keynote. Outlining how Zen 5 will lead to improved products across AMD’s entire portfolio, the company laid out their product plans for the full triad: mobile, desktop, and servers. And while server chips will be the last parts to be released, AMD also saved the best for last by showcasing a 192 core EPYC “Turin” chip.Turin is the catch-all codename for AMD’s Zen 5-based EPYC server processors – what will presumably be the EPYC 9005 series. The company has previously disclosed the name in earnings calls and other investor functio...
AnandTech ~Created Fri Jun 14 08:57:06 2024

The Qualcomm Computex 2024 Keynote Live Blog (10:30pm PT/05:30 UTC)
For our second keynote of the day for Computex, we have the 4th Musketeer of the great PC powers, Qualcomm. Slated to be the most PC-focused of the four keynotes, company CEO Cristiano Amon will be presenting a keynote entitled “The PC Reborn.” And while Amon is no stranger to giving keynotes, this is slated to be his most PC-centric keynote yet, giving Computex attendees a clearer idea of how focused Qualcomm will be on the PC market with their new Windows-on-Arm SoCs.The big focus for today's keynote is expected to be the Snapdragon X Elite and X Plus SoCs, which Qualcomm
AnandTech ~Created Fri Jun 14 08:57:06 2024

AMD Slims Down Compute With Radeon Pro W7900 Dual Slot For AI Inference
While the bulk of AMD’s Computex presentation was on CPUs and their Instinct lineup of dedicated AI accelerators, the company also has a small product refresh for the professional graphics and workstation AI crowd. AMD is releasing a dual-slot version of their high-end Radeon Pro W7900 card – aptly named the W7900 Dual Slot – with the intent being to improve compute density in workstations by making it possible to install 4 of the cards inside a single chassis.The release of a dual-slot version of the card comes after the original Radeon Pro W7900 was the first time AMD we...
AnandTech ~Created Fri Jun 14 08:57:06 2024

AMD Launching New CPUs for AM4: Ryzen 5000XT Series Coming in July
suffix, will be the Ryzen 9 5900XT, a 16 core Zen 3 part, while the Ryzen 7 5800XT will be an 8 core Zen 3.The new chips are intended to underscore AMD's ongoing commitment to supporting their consumer platforms over several years. And while the specification changes are rather minor overall – the Zen 3 CPU architecture has long since been taken as far as it can reasonable go – it does give AMD a chance to refresh the platform by slinging hardware at new price points. AMD did something very similar for the Ryzen 3000 generation with the late-model Ryzen 3000 XT chips.
AnandTech ~Created Fri Jun 14 08:57:06 2024

AMD Plans Massive Memory Instinct MI325X for Q4'24, Lays Out Accelerator Roadmap to 2026
In a packed presentation kicking off this year’s Computex trade show, AMD CEO Dr. Lisa Su spent plenty of time focusing on the subject of AI. And while the bulk of that focus was on AMD’s impending client products, the company is also currently enjoying the rapid growth of their Instinct lineup of accelerators, with the MI300 continuing to break sales projections and growth records quarter after quarter. It’s no surprise then that AMD is looking to move quickly then in the AI accelerator space, both to capitalize on the market opportunities amidst the current AI mania, as we...
AnandTech ~Created Fri Jun 14 08:57:06 2024

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Microsoft Stops Selling Windows 7 and Windows 8
Gone but not forgotten: Windows 7 and 8 went out on a fitting day, both were declared dead and buried on Halloween. Microsoft ceased sales of OEM licenses to computer manufacturers on October 31st. Trick or treat indeed: Windows 7 was the treat and Windows 8 was the trick. For those keen to act fast there will be a stock pile of licenses for Windows 7 Home Basic, Home Premium and Ultimate floating around major OEMs like Dell and HP. Comments
[H]ardOCP News/Article Feed ~Created Sat Nov 1 13:21:37 2014

Far Cry 4 Has Gone Gold
PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, and PC gamers get ready and mark your calendars for November 18th: Far Cry 4 has just officially gone gold. Comments
[H]ardOCP News/Article Feed ~Created Sat Nov 1 13:21:37 2014

Microsoft Endorses Workaround for Botched Windows Patch
Lately, Microsoft has been having a difficult time in releasing patches that actually stick and spend an inordinate amount of time issuing fixes to patches. InfoWorld reports that this time a workaround didn't come from Microsoft, but from a third party. In the company's infinite wisdom, the powers that be have decided to endorse the fix to the latest snafu. To alleviate this problem on Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 based systems, please export and delete the following registry value, reboot your system and then re-attempt the update. Comments
[H]ardOCP News/Article Feed ~Created Sat Nov 1 13:21:37 2014

Roku Adds Google Play Movies & TV to Content
Roku is in a class of its own when it comes to streaming and is holding its ground against major players like Google, Apple and Amazon in providing good steady content. To add to its already outstanding lineup, Roku has now added Google Play Movies & TV. Content providers don't always play fair, which is what makes Roku such an intriguing underdog story. Comments
[H]ardOCP News/Article Feed ~Created Sat Nov 1 13:21:37 2014

GameStop Tips Midnight 'COD: Advanced Warfare' Launches
GameStop is throwing a late night party beginning on Sunday at 6PM to celebrate the early morning release of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare at Midnight. Party on Dudes. Beginning at 6 p.m., more than 4,100 GameStop locations around the country will stay open late to celebrate the Day Zero Edition release, available for $49.99 starting at 12:01 a.m. on Nov. 3. Comments
[H]ardOCP News/Article Feed ~Created Sat Nov 1 13:21:37 2014

See How Halo 2: Anniversary Was Made
There are still many fans of Halo 2 out there even after 10 years and the faithful are about to be rewarded for being ever so patient with the release of the HD remake in Halo 2: Anniversary. Check out the Xbox launch trailer video. Comments
[H]ardOCP News/Article Feed ~Created Sat Nov 1 13:21:37 2014

The 5K Display is Coming
Have you had enough of the hype over 4K displays to last you a lifetime? Well, that's a good thing because the 5K display is here. Move over 4K displays, make way for the 5K display in both Mac and PC flavors. For its size, the 5K monitor is the most impressive display on the market, boasting 242 pixels per degree. That's over 25% better than a 4K monitor. Comments
[H]ardOCP News/Article Feed ~Created Sat Nov 1 13:21:37 2014

The Biggest Video Games of Holiday Season 2014
It's almost that joyous time of the year again and we're not just talking about the upcoming holiday season either. It's time for many of the best games of 2014 to be released just in time to be scarfed up by holiday buyers and this year's offering is a bumper crop of hit titles across all platforms. Some little indie darling may rise up from obscurity and become the absolute best video game of all time, forever and ever amen. Comments
[H]ardOCP News/Article Feed ~Created Sat Nov 1 13:21:37 2014

[H]ard|OCP Week in Reviews
Today is Friday and you know what that means! It is time once again for the [H]ard|OCP Week in Reviews! For anyone that might have missed them, we like to take a quick look back on the hardware evaluations and articles we posted earlier in the week. We kicked the week off with our NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 SLI 4K video card review, followed by our evaluation of the ASRock X99 WS LGA 2011-v3 motherboard. Finally, we wrapped things up with our 4 Weeks with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 SLI article.
[H]ardOCP News/Article Feed ~Created Sat Nov 1 13:21:37 2014

[H]ardware Round-Up II
Cases: DimasTech Bench/Test Easy V3.0 @ Modders Inc. ETC.: Asus G751 @ HotHardware GIGABYTE Force H3X @ Vortez Tesoro Lobera Full Color @ LanOC Video: ASUS GTX 980 Strix @ HT4U ASUS ROG Swift PG278Q @ Legit Reviews GeForce GTX 980 PCI-Express Scaling @ techPowerUP!
[H]ardOCP News/Article Feed ~Created Sat Nov 1 13:21:37 2014

NBA 2K15 Face Scans As Halloween Masks
Remember those horrible face scans from NBA 2K15? It looks like someone has a good sense of humor about the whole thing because you can actually print a Halloween mask using some of those awful scans. Comments
[H]ardOCP News/Article Feed ~Created Sat Nov 1 13:21:37 2014

Court Says Fingerprint-Locked Smartphones Are Fair Game
I guess the lesson here is that you should use a plain old password for your phone instead of fingerprint scanning. Here's some trivia for your next trip to the pub. Did you know that, in Virginia, you don't have to tell the cops your phone's unlock code, but you're obliged to open it if you use a fingerprint based passcode? It's a quirky piece of legal precedent that's just been established in the state after a key piece of legal evidence was believed to be trapped on the defendant's smartphone. Comments
[H]ardOCP News/Article Feed ~Created Sat Nov 1 13:21:37 2014

Best Dad Ever [H]alloween 2014 Edition
And the award for "Best Dad Ever 2014" goes to this guy. Comments
[H]ardOCP News/Article Feed ~Created Sat Nov 1 13:21:37 2014

Broadband In U.S. Still Slower, More Expensive Than Everywhere Else
When it comes to broadband, no one pays more for less than we do. Hey, I guess that means WE'RE #1! American consumers have gotten a mixed bag of broadband news this year. Between mergers and net neutrality it's been a rough twelve months, even while some consumers have seen better connections and dropping prices. But the news for most of us is the same as ever: on the whole, Americans pay more, for worse broadband service, than our peers in the rest of the world. Comments
[H]ardOCP News/Article Feed ~Created Sat Nov 1 13:21:37 2014

Amazon Ranks Highest in Customer Satisfaction With Tablet Devices
How can this be? Apple's "magical" iPad losing out to Amazon's plain ol' tablets? Some form of trickery must be involved. As more value-priced tablet brands enter the marketplace and the average purchase price of tablets declines, satisfaction with cost continues to rise, according to the J.D. Power 2014 U.S. Tablet Satisfaction StudySM—Volume 2 released today. The study, now in its third year, measures customer satisfaction with tablets across five factors (in order of importance): performance (28%); ease of operation (22%); features (22%); styling and design (17%); and cost (11%). Satisfaction is calculated on a 1,000-point scale. Comments
[H]ardOCP News/Article Feed ~Created Sat Nov 1 13:21:37 2014

4 Weeks with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 SLI
What do you get when you take two NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 video cards, configure those for SLI, and set those at your feet for four weeks? We give our thoughts and opinions about actually using these GPUs in our own system for four weeks with focus on performance, sound profile, and heat generated by these cards.
[H]ardOCP News/Article Feed ~Created Sat Nov 1 13:21:37 2014

ASRock X99 WS LGA 2011-v3 Motherboard Review
ASRock comes to us with its "Work Station" version Haswell-E motherboard. This time our out-of-box experience with its X99 WS was as rock solid as it could be and did leave us with feelings of getting to work with a quality component. As you all know, we are much more interested in how it performs at high clocks while under stress.
[H]ardOCP News/Article Feed ~Created Sat Nov 1 13:21:37 2014

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 SLI 4K Video Card Review
If you thought one GeForce GTX 980 was a great gaming solution, wait till you see what GeForce GTX 980 SLI can do for gaming at 4K. We look at performance, efficiency, and even a little 1440p SLI goodness. However, some of the results may not be what you would exactly expect.
[H]ardOCP News/Article Feed ~Created Sat Nov 1 13:21:37 2014

SilverStone Fortress FT05 90 Degree ATX Full Tower Review
The SilverStone Fortress FT05 is a different take on it successful Raven RV05. SilverStone has gotten rid of the 5.25" drive bays and once again rotated the motherboard 90 degrees so that the IO panel points toward the sky. These two things done in tandem allow SilverStone to produce a much better engineered ATX case.
[H]ardOCP News/Article Feed ~Created Sat Nov 1 13:21:37 2014

XFX Radeon R9 285 Black Edition Video Card Review
Today we are reviewing the new XFX Radeon R9 285 Black Edition video card. We will compare it to a pair of GeForce GTX 760 based GPUs to determine the best at the sub-$250 price point. XFX states that it is faster than the GTX 760, but that is based on a single synthetic benchmark, let's see how it holds up in real world gaming.
[H]ardOCP News/Article Feed ~Created Sat Nov 1 13:21:37 2014

Corsair HX1000i 1000W Power Supply Review
Corsair's HX series represents its "second tier" line of enthusiast computer power supplies, but its new HX1000i does take the top spot when it comes to its ~1000 watt power supplies that are Platinum certified and fully modular. Let's see if this latest addition from Corsair represents its quality pedigree of days gone by.
[H]ardOCP News/Article Feed ~Created Sat Nov 1 13:21:37 2014

GIGABYTE GA-X99-UD4 LGA 2011-v3 Motherboard Review
GIGABYTE's new Haswell-E X99-UD4 motherboard offers a no-nonsense, no frills approach to the High End DeskTop (HEDT) market segment. While this certainly is an HEDT motherboard, GIGABYTE's approach to the feature set available on this motherboard has kept its price point in the $240 range.
[H]ardOCP News/Article Feed ~Created Sat Nov 1 13:21:37 2014

Thermaltake Water 3.0 Ultimate AIO CPU Cooler Review
Bigger is always better and Thermaltake keeps with that thinking with its Water 3.0 AIO (All-In-One) CPU cooler. Thermaltake expands it radiator system to an impressive 360mm's worth of liquid cooling. What is probably most impressive though is it does not have a ton of other generally useless blinky light features.
[H]ardOCP News/Article Feed ~Created Sat Nov 1 13:21:37 2014

XFX R9 280 Double Dissipation 3GB Video Card Review
The AMD Radeon R9 280 is almost to the end of its shelf life, and you know what that means, record low pricing making an excellent value for performance right now. We have the XFX R9 280 Double Dissipation 3GB and will be comparing it with an R9 285, and also a custom GTX 760. This may be a deal!
[H]ardOCP News/Article Feed ~Created Sat Nov 1 13:21:37 2014

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Overclocking Video Card Review
The new NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 makes overclocking GPUs a ton of fun again. Its extremely high clock rates achieved when you turn the right dials and sliders result in real world gaming advantages. We will compare it to a GeForce GTX 780 Ti and Radeon R9 290X; all overclocked head-to-head.
[H]ardOCP News/Article Feed ~Created Sat Nov 1 13:21:37 2014

LEPA LV12 CPU Air Cooler for Intel and AMD Processors
LEPA is moving into CPU air cooling and we have its first cooler for review today, the LV12. LEPA claims that its new louvered fin designed gives it an advantage and surely we will test that. It also claims that the it supplies "Silence with High Performance." Let's see if LEPA can give us our money's worth.
[H]ardOCP News/Article Feed ~Created Sat Nov 1 13:21:37 2014

Seasonic PLATINUM-1050 Power Supply Review
Seasonic is one of our long-time favorites when it comes to truly high-end power supplies. The new PLATINUM-1050 PSU claims to deliver excellent power efficiency and does so with a fully modular design. Seasonic is often known designing products with excellent sound profiles. Does the PLATINUM-1050 fit the profile?
[H]ardOCP News/Article Feed ~Created Sat Nov 1 13:21:37 2014

MSI X99S XPower AC LGA 2011-v3 Motherboard Review
MSI's X99S XPower AC has a bundle heavy enough to crush woodland creatures and about as many features as you could possibly want and then some. MSI's XPower series represents the pinnacle of what MSI offers and as a result we have high expectations for the X99S XPower AC.
[H]ardOCP News/Article Feed ~Created Sat Nov 1 13:21:37 2014

Thermaltake Core V51 Mid-Tower Case Review
Thermaltake has some very lofty goals set for its new mid-tower case. Its primary goal is to deliver outstanding cooling performance which is always high on our priority list as well. Form and function both seem to be well served in this new Core V51 model as its performance profile is not hard on the eyes.
[H]ardOCP News/Article Feed ~Created Sat Nov 1 13:21:37 2014

MSI GeForce GTX 970 GAMING 4G Video Card Review
The MSI GeForce GTX 970 GAMING 4G video card is making the GeForce GTX 780 and AMD Radeon R9 290 obsolete. This $349 video card puts up a fight and punches in a win at this price. The overclock alone is somewhat staggering. If you are about to spend money on a GPU, don't miss this one.
[H]ardOCP News/Article Feed ~Created Sat Nov 1 13:21:37 2014

Steam Linux Usage Is Almost Back Up To 1.2%
The Steam hardware/software survey has been updated with its October 2014 data and it reflects slightly larger Linux gaming market-share...
Phoronix ~Created Sat Nov 1 13:21:59 2014

GCC's JIT Compiler Support Moves A Step Closer To Mainline
Red Hat's David Malcolm remains committed to landing his just-in-time (JIT) compiler support for GCC...
Phoronix ~Created Sat Nov 1 13:21:59 2014

Freescale's iMX DRM Driver Sees Big Changes
Published on Friday was a massive set of 72 patches to improve the Freescale iMX DRM driver that's currently within the Linux kernel's staging area...
Phoronix ~Created Sat Nov 1 13:21:59 2014

Enlightenment's New Wayland Compositor Code Is Now Functional, Supports XDG-Shell
While Enlightenment E19 has significant Wayland improvements, it looks like E20 will be even better with regard to Wayland support...
Phoronix ~Created Sat Nov 1 13:21:59 2014

Don't Use Fedora's Fedup Right Now Due To A Bug With Systemd
While Fedora 21 Beta is coming next week, if you're wanting to upgrade early to the Fedora 21 packages, it's advised right now against using Fedora's upgrade utility (Fedup) unless you want to potentially trash your system...
Phoronix ~Created Sat Nov 1 13:21:59 2014

AMD On Linux & Systemd Were Very Popular This Month
Published this month on Phoronix were 259 original news stories and 28 featured, multi-page articles covering various open-source and Linux topics...
Phoronix ~Created Sat Nov 1 13:21:59 2014

NVIDIA's Linux Driver Can Deliver Better OpenGL Performance Than Windows 8.1
Yesterday we looked at the Windows vs. Ubuntu 14.10 Intel OpenGL performance using Haswell HD Graphics to kick off our latest round of Windows vs. Linux OpenGL driver benchmarking. Out today is now our NVIDIA GeForce graphics card comparison on Windows 8.1 and Ubuntu 14.10 using the latest NVIDIA binary drivers. NVIDIA's new GeForce GTX 970 and GTX 980 Maxwell graphics cards were tested as well as the mature GTX 780 Ti.
Phoronix ~Created Sat Nov 1 13:21:59 2014

Wine 1.7.30 Continues Work On DirectWrite & Offers Regedit Fixes
The latest bi-weekly Wine development release is making a Halloween debut...
Phoronix ~Created Sat Nov 1 13:21:59 2014

Has The Sky Fallen? Qualcomm Contributes To Freedreno's DRM/KMS Driver
In an interesting change of events, Code Aurora on the behalf of the Qualcomm Innovation Center has added Adreno A4xx product support to the Freedreno-spawned DRM/KMS "MSM" driver...
Phoronix ~Created Sat Nov 1 13:21:59 2014

Manjaro Works To Make Calamares A Distribution-Independent Installer
The Arch-based Manjaro crew has been developing Calamares, an open-source installation framework they hope will basically lead to being a universal Linux distribution installer...
Phoronix ~Created Sat Nov 1 13:21:59 2014

DisplayLink USB 3.0 Support Sounds Like A Mess
While DisplayLink's USB2-based graphics adapters tend to be well supported under Linux even with a DRM/KMS driver, there's been no support for the newer DisplayLink USB 3.0 devices...
Phoronix ~Created Sat Nov 1 13:21:59 2014

PulseAudio Gains A Native Bluetooth Headset Backend
PulseAudio now has a native headset backend for dealing with Bluetooth headsets...
Phoronix ~Created Sat Nov 1 13:21:59 2014

X.Org Foundation Decides On Its Women Outreach Project
At yesterday's X.Org Foundation Board of Directors meeting they approved one project for the Outreach Program for Women...
Phoronix ~Created Sat Nov 1 13:21:59 2014

GTK+ 3.16's New GtkGLArea Widget Gets Improved
Earlier this month GTK+ 3.16 development code gained native OpenGL support. This GTK+ OpenGL support involved adding support for wrapping an OpenGL context for native windows with GLX on X11 and EGL on Wayland to use OpenGL to paint everything. A GtkGLArea widget was also added for providing OpenGL drawing access within GTK+ applications. The GtkGLArea has already seen some more improvements to better GTK's OpenGL support...
Phoronix ~Created Sat Nov 1 13:21:59 2014

X.Org Server 1.17 ABI Bumped
For those wondering whether there's ABI breakage with this week's X.Org Server 1.17 Release Candidate, there is indeed some breakage that will warrant the proprietary driver ABIs to be updated and released...
Phoronix ~Created Sat Nov 1 13:21:59 2014

Fedora 21 Beta To Be Released Next Week
While Fedora 21 Beta was delayed, today it received the go ahead to be released next week Tuesday...
Phoronix ~Created Sat Nov 1 13:21:59 2014

Go 1.4 Beta Release Brings Big Runtime Changes
Google's Go language implementation is now in beta for the upcoming 1.4 major release...
Phoronix ~Created Sat Nov 1 13:21:59 2014

SIMD For JavaScript Continues Coming Along
SIMD for JavaScript continues to be worked on by Mozilla, Google, Intel, and others for better accelerating particular workloads in the web...
Phoronix ~Created Sat Nov 1 13:21:59 2014

Windows 8.1 vs. Ubuntu 14.10 With Intel HD Graphics
For those curious how the latest open-source Intel Linux graphics driver is performing against Intel's newest closed-source Windows OpenGL driver, we've put Ubuntu 14.10 (including a second run with the latest Linux kernel / Mesa) against Microsoft Windows 8.1 with the newest Intel GPU driver released earlier this month.
Phoronix ~Created Sat Nov 1 13:21:59 2014

GNOME 3.15.1 Released
The first development snapshot for the GNOME 3.15 cycle is now available, which will end up being GNOME 3.16 come next March...
Phoronix ~Created Sat Nov 1 13:21:59 2014

Red Hat Software Collections 1.2 Adds GCC 4.9, Nginx 1.6
Red Hat has released their third update to their "Software Collections" that provide updated development tools/packages to RHEL6/RHEL7 users as an alternative to their default packages...
Phoronix ~Created Sat Nov 1 13:21:59 2014

GLAMOR Acceleration Continues To Be Cleaned Up
Now that X.Org Server 1.17 RC1 has been released with a focus on improving GLAMOR and integrating the xf86-video-intel DDX, Keith Packard has written a blog post about the work that has gone on so far since GLAMOR's inception for optimizing and cleaning up this 2D-over-OpenGL acceleration method...
Phoronix ~Created Sat Nov 1 13:21:59 2014

Russia's Yandex Web Browser Finally Released For Linux
After a several year wait, the Yandex Browser is now available for Linux...
Phoronix ~Created Sat Nov 1 13:21:59 2014

GCC 4.9.2 Released Today To Fix Regressions
GCC 4.9.2 was released today as the latest point release in the GCC 4.9 series for the compiler originally released earlier this year...
Phoronix ~Created Sat Nov 1 13:21:59 2014

Linux Kernel Finally Being Optimized For SSHDs
The Linux kernel is finally being optimized for use of solid-state hybrid drives (SSHDs) that follow the ATA 3.2 standard...
Phoronix ~Created Sat Nov 1 13:21:59 2014

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Notebook batteries, not meant to last?
Notebook batteries are costly to replace, which begs the question why some of them fail after a relative short period of use.
Hardware Analysis ~Created Sat Nov 1 13:21:39 2014

More phenomenal AMD marketing?
With the introduction of the new Phenom II processor AMD uses a new marketing strategy with similar naming conventions to Intel's.
Hardware Analysis ~Created Sat Nov 1 13:21:39 2014

Intel's Core i7, is it ever enough?
The Core i7 platform solidifies Intel's lead over AMD, while obsoleting generations of its own products. But isn't enough enough at some point?
Hardware Analysis ~Created Sat Nov 1 13:21:39 2014

The frustrations of building a new PC
Building a PC seems trivial these days as hardware incompatibilities are supposed to be a thing of the past. We find out how that is not really the case.
Hardware Analysis ~Created Sat Nov 1 13:21:39 2014

Ray-tracing, the PC's next killer-app?
Ray-tracing could well be the next killer-app providing a quantum leap in PC gaming realism, just like 3Dfx Voodoo Graphics did in the '90s.
Hardware Analysis ~Created Sat Nov 1 13:21:39 2014

Obsolete computer hardware, remember this?
Finding a few boxes with obsoleted computer hardware and games brings back memories of a bygone age of computing.
Hardware Analysis ~Created Sat Nov 1 13:21:39 2014

Made in China, a security risk?
Recent reports of counterfeit computer hardware from China have once again sparked the discussion on whether this poses a security risk.
Hardware Analysis ~Created Sat Nov 1 13:21:39 2014

Global warming, fact or farce?
Global warming and the environment: topics that have been discussed numerous times. Here is another look at what we, as end users, can do.
Hardware Analysis ~Created Sat Nov 1 13:21:39 2014

Is the HD-DVD versus Blu-ray format war finally over?
Is HD-DVD fighting a losing battle and will Blu-ray prevail or will HD-DVD's price and backwards compatibility win the consumer over?
Hardware Analysis ~Created Sat Nov 1 13:21:39 2014

Will Microsoft keep missing the boat?
Microsoft often pitches itself as the great innovator and its products as innovative, but are they really? Here is a closer look.
Hardware Analysis ~Created Sat Nov 1 13:21:39 2014

Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 Graphics Card Review
Our first look at Nvidia's new flagship card featuring a Maxwell 2.0 GPU.
X-bit labs ~Created Sat Nov 1 13:22:00 2014

MSI GeForce GTX 970 Gaming 4G Graphics Card Review
We have taken a look to one of a gamers' dream graphics card based on new Nvidia Maxwell chip. And it's unbelievable, but we cannot find any drawbacks in MSI GeForce GTX 970 Gaming. And now we will try to convince you of its advantages.
X-bit labs ~Created Sat Nov 1 13:22:00 2014

Lisa Su Appointed as New CEO of Advanced Micro Devices
Rory Read Steps Down, Lisa Su Becomes New CEO of AMD
X-bit labs ~Created Sat Nov 1 13:22:00 2014

Nvidia Quadro K5200, K4200 and K2200 Professional Graphics Cards Review
Nvidia has updated its professional product line-up, promising more onboard memory and up to 40% more performance at the same prices and within the same TDP as before. We are going to test the new graphics cards in comparison with AMD's FirePro W9100 and W8100.
X-bit labs ~Created Sat Nov 1 13:22:00 2014

Intel Core i7-4790K and Core i5-4690K Processors Review
The Devil's Canyon processors unveiled this summer push the performance bar to a new level for the LGA1150 platform. What's more, Intel says packaging optimizations make the Core i7-4790K and Core i5-4690K a real treat for overclockers.
X-bit labs ~Created Sat Nov 1 13:22:00 2014

ASUS Z97-Deluxe Mainboard Review
This mainboard looks good, easy to tweak, provides excellent performance at nominal mode and with CPU overclock. And it's simple good platform, because it's a flagship mainboard designed and manufactured by large and well-known company.
X-bit labs ~Created Sat Nov 1 13:22:00 2014

AMD FirePro W9100 Professional Graphics Card Review
AMD is going to significantly increase its market share in the professional graphics segment. To do this, the company had updated its FirePro series lineup. In this review we take a look at the new flagship video card for CAD/CAM, based on the Hawaii GPU, the FirePro W9100.
X-bit labs ~Created Sat Nov 1 13:22:00 2014

Crucial MX100 Review: An SSD for the Masses
Crucial has dropped the price per gigabyte of SSD storage below the $0.5 mark and it is not a sale of old products. We're talking about a promising new model with high performance, excellent features and good reliability. What's the hitch? Let's find out right now!
X-bit labs ~Created Sat Nov 1 13:22:00 2014

AMD Has No Plans to Reconsider Recommended Prices of Radeon R9 Graphics Cards
AMD Will Not Lower Recommended Prices of Radeon R9 Graphics Solutions
X-bit labs ~Created Sat Nov 1 13:22:00 2014

Samsung Begins to Produce 2.13GHz 64GB DDR4 Memory Modules
Samsung Uses TSV DRAMs for 64GB DDR4 RDIMMs
X-bit labs ~Created Sat Nov 1 13:22:00 2014

AMD Quietly Reveals Third Iteration of GCN Architecture with Tonga GPU
AMD Unleashes Radeon R9 285 Graphics Cards, Tonga GPU, GCN 1.2 Architecture
X-bit labs ~Created Sat Nov 1 13:22:00 2014

Chinese Inspur to Sell Mission-Critical Servers with AMD Software, Power 8 Processors
IBM to Enter Chinese Big Data Market with the Help from Inspur
X-bit labs ~Created Sat Nov 1 13:22:00 2014

Former X-Bit Labs Editor Aims to Wed Tabletop Games with Mobile Platforms
Game Master Wants to Become a New World of Warcraft
X-bit labs ~Created Sat Nov 1 13:22:00 2014

Khronos Group to Follow DirectX 12 with Cross-Platform Low-Level API
Khronos Unveils Next-Generation OpenGL Initiative
X-bit labs ~Created Sat Nov 1 13:22:00 2014

Avexir Readies 3.40GHz DDR4 Memory Modules
DDR4 Could Hit 3.40GHz This Year
X-bit labs ~Created Sat Nov 1 13:22:00 2014

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Review: FuboTV
Avoid FUBOTV
HardwareGeeks ~Created Sat Nov 21 16:06:09 2020

Sharkoon Introduces New ATX Case REV 220
The REV 220 is a stylish ATX mid-tower case, with all the bells and whistles. One of the coolest features of the case is that it allows a 90-degree installation of the motherboard.
HardwareGeeks ~Created Sat Nov 21 16:06:09 2020

Dell Introduces New G Series
Dell today introduced the new G series of laptops and desktops to the world, and form the specs they are sure to be to every gamers' delight. 
HardwareGeeks ~Created Sat Nov 21 16:06:09 2020

2018 Holiday Gift Guide
It’s that time of the year, my favorite time of the year, and while I loved getting gifts when younger I...
HardwareGeeks ~Created Sat Nov 21 16:06:09 2020

Review: Cove Easy DIY Home Security System
I care about my mom, she’s 70s years old and to be 100% honest with you not in the best of...
HardwareGeeks ~Created Sat Nov 21 16:06:09 2020

Review: Ledger Nano S Hardware Bitcoin Wallet
I will start this review honestly. I am a fan of bitcoin but I don’t really work with bitcoin, never really...
HardwareGeeks ~Created Sat Nov 21 16:06:09 2020

Review: Eagle Eyes Glasses
About 10 years ago I started to get really bad headaches. I thought I was suffering from migraines. Went to my...
HardwareGeeks ~Created Sat Nov 21 16:06:09 2020

HP Launches Spectre Folio
Today HP launched the Spectre Folio a 2 in 1 laptop and one of the most beautiful machines I have seen...
HardwareGeeks ~Created Sat Nov 21 16:06:09 2020

Home Security Systems Catch Criminals… and Also Kids’ Behaviors in the Home
LifeShield today released the results of a study that shows some parents are watching their kids activity not just on Facebook...
HardwareGeeks ~Created Sat Nov 21 16:06:09 2020

Epson Home Cinema 4010 with New Epson 4K PRO-UHD
Today Epson introduced their newest projector the Home Cinema 4010 with Epson 4k Pro-UHD technology.  The new projector will have a...
HardwareGeeks ~Created Sat Nov 21 16:06:09 2020

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