AMD R9 Fury round-up: three cheaper Fijis tested and more
Posted on: 04/18/2016 08:00 AM

Here a roundup of the latest reviews and articles:

AMD R9 Fury round-up: three cheaper Fijis tested
BenQ VZ2470H 24-inch AMVA Monitor Review
Best Motherboards of 2016: Enthusiast, extreme, workstation and budget picks
Corsair Gaming M65 Pro RGB Optical Mouse Review
Corsair SF600 80 Plus Gold Fully Modular SFX Power Supply Review
Gigabyte adds quartet of Skylake and Thunderbolt 3 equipped BRIX
Hands-On with Bq M10 Ubuntu Edition Tablet
HyperX Cloud Revolver Pro Gaming Headset Review
Linksys EA8500 review: flagship for everyone
MSI Z170A GAMING M5 (LGA1151) Motherboard Review
OZONE Strike Battle Mechanical Compact Gaming Keyboard Review
ROSA R7 Desktop Fresh review - Thorny fun
Silverstone AR07 & AR08 CPU Cooler Review
Synology DiskStation DS216+ NAS Review

AMD R9 Fury round-up: three cheaper Fijis tested
Last year AMD introduced the new R9 Fury X and Fury GPUs. Since then there have been quite a few variations based on the R9 Fury GPU. In this test we compare three Furys: the ASUS Radeon R9 Fury Strix, Sapphire Radeon R9 Fury Tri-X OC and the XFX Radeon R9 Fury Pro Triple Dissipation.

Recently there have been some rumours that the R9 Fury-cards would have their price lowered. This worked out well, as we were already doing a round-up of Fury cards. This was not as easy as it looks. Where manufacturers have released a lot of different custom graphics cards based on the Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 Ti, the amount of AMD-based graphics cards are not as numerous. Aside from that most manufacturers are, unfortunately, reluctant to send us their Furys. Fortunately we got our hands on three Furys for this review.

On the next page we give a short description of the cards, after which we will take a look at performance. For more information about the R9 Fury we recommend reading our original Fury-review and for a more complete look at the underlying Fiji-architecture you can take a look at the Fury X-review.


Read full article @ Hardware.Info

BenQ VZ2470H 24-inch AMVA Monitor Review
Today we review BenQ's VZ2470H, a general-use display that incorporates exceptional image quality courtesy of a high-contrast AMVA panel, high style and a low price.


Read full article @ Toms Hardware

Best Motherboards of 2016: Enthusiast, extreme, workstation and budget picks
Building a new PC is all about choices and tradeoffs. Picking between AMD and Intel is usually the first choice you have to make, but it certainly isn’t the most complicated. Instead, that honour goes to the motherboard, with each board maker typically offering at least half a dozen different models based on a single chipset. We've done a lot of the homework for you to save you some time, money, and/or regret. Here's what we believe is the very best out there.


Read full article @ Techspot

Corsair Gaming M65 Pro RGB Optical Mouse Review
Corsair is one of the biggest names in the business when it comes to computer components, with a range that includes many award-winning products such as their SSDs, RAM, Chassis, Keyboards, Mice and more. There is no doubt that Corsair have a strong following in the gaming community thanks in no small part to some of their high performance gaming peripherals, but there is certainly much more to the company that just gaming, with a strong history of producing reliable products since they company formed back in 1994.

“Founded as Corsair Microsystems in 1994, Corsair originally developed Level 2 cache modules for OEMs. After Intel incorporated the L2 cache in the processor with the release of its Pentium Pro processor family, Corsair changed its focus to DRAM modules, primarily in the server market. In 2002, Corsair began shipping DRAM modules that were specifically designed to appeal to computer overclocking enthusiasts. From its roots in high-performance memory, Corsair has expanded its award-winning product portfolio to include ultra-efficient power supplies, builder-friendly cases, ground-breaking CPU coolers, blazing-fast solid-state drives, and other key system components.”


Read full article @ eTeknix

Corsair SF600 80 Plus Gold Fully Modular SFX Power Supply Review
The world of Small Form Factor (SFX) power supplies has been a fierce battleground over the last few years. Gaming systems have been getting smaller, the HTPC and Steambox markets are growing in popularity and the demand for a tiny PSU that can keep the system small, but still deliver the high-performance grunt required by modern gaming GPU/CPU combos is at an all time high. Enter the new Corsair SF600, the latest contender on the market and judging by the specifications, it may be the best one we’ve seen to date.

“SF Series power supplies bring legendary Corsair performance and reliability to the SFX small form factor standard. They have the features found in full-size high performance power supplies, with certification for 80 PLUS Gold efficiency, superior voltage regulation, Zero RPM mode for virtually silent operation, and 105°C All Japanese capacitors for better reliability.” – Corsair


Read full article @ eTeknix

Gigabyte adds quartet of Skylake and Thunderbolt 3 equipped BRIX
All include M.2 SSD support, but two taller 'HT' models also offer 2.5-inch drive capacity.


Read full article @ Hexus

Hands-On with Bq M10 Ubuntu Edition Tablet
The Bq Aquaris M10 Ubuntu Edition tablet is now shipping and the first real world takes how well the device runs are starting to roll in. Not that we havent had a good old looksie at it before. Mobile World Congress 2016 played host to the device, gifting us a glut of hands-on appraisals.


Read full article @ OMG! Ubuntu!

HyperX Cloud Revolver Pro Gaming Headset Review
Kingston is one of the biggest names in the PC industry, they’ve got a rock-solid reputation for creating some of the best and most popular storage devices on the market, such as their HyperX range of DDR memory and SSDs. They took the gaming world by storm with the release of their incredible Cloud gaming headset and while we suspected they couldn’t possibly make the original Cloud even better, Kingston seems to think otherwise.

“HyperX® Cloud II features a newly designed USB sound card audio control box that amplifies audio and voice for an optimal Hi-Fi gaming experience, so you can hear what you’ve been missing. Open up a world of detail other gamers will never know – the rustle of a camper’s boot, the scuttle in a distant vent. Its independent audio and microphone volume control lets you adjust not only sound volume but also mic volume and easily toggle Surround Sound 7.1 or the mic sound on and off. This next-generation headset generates virtual 7.1 surround sound with distance and depth to enhance your gaming, movie or music experience. Pinpoint your opponents’ location in the game and strike before he sees you coming.”


Read full article @ eTeknix

Linksys EA8500 review: flagship for everyone
The MU MIMO train has been taking of well. Linksys of course did not want to lag behind the rest and have released an interesting model, the EA8500. We tested it extensively.

Linksys has two major router series. Besides the old and trusted EA line of routers, where the EA8500 which we are discussing in this review also belongs, Linksys also has the WRT line of products, where they try to breathe new life into the most successful router of all time, the WRT54G. Linksys has already a wide range of products in the higher segment with the WRT1900AC, WRT1900ACS, E8350 and the EA8500. Soon the EA7500 will be added to this list and the ES9500 has also been announced already.

We are also already testing the WRT1900ACS in our lab, so you can expect a review soon. Today we are going to take a deeper look at the EA8500, the firts MU MIMO router from Linksys. During a call some time ago that we were allowed to attend, this product was announced. Linksys called it the first 'working' MU MIMO router. This was clearly a shot fired at Asus and Netgear, who have already released MU MIMO routers nine months ago, with respectively the RT-AC87U and the R7500. For those routers support for the new technology sadly never came. Both are excellent routers in pretty much all areas, except for MU MIMO support. The EA8500 is supposed to do a much better job.


Read full article @ Hardware.Info

MSI Z170A GAMING M5 (LGA1151) Motherboard Review
MSI has rapidly established itself as one of the most reputable motherboard manufacturers and constantly strives to enhance the user experience through an intuitive BIOS interface and marvellous reliability. Additionally, the company offers a huge range of products to suit various colour schemes and often creates extremely-unique designs as demonstrated by the gorgeous, Z170A XPOWER GAMING TITANIUM motherboard. Some time ago, MSI released the Z170A GAMING PRO which adopted a fantastic red and black theme to please the core gaming demographic. Although, it’s difficult to stand out when using this colour scheme because manufacturers tend to fixate on a safe, popular design. That’s not to say there’s anything particular wrong with utilizing these colours, but I’d prefer to see more vendors breaking the mould through truly unusual aesthetic choices.

Since the Z170A GAMING PRO’s release, MSI has listened intently to user feedback and decided to construct a brand new model entitled, the Z170A GAMING PRO CARBON. At first glance, the only difference appears to be the new carbon fibre skin. However, this isn’t the case because MSI has made a raft of changes to enhance the motherboard’s connectivity. More specifically, the Z170A GAMING PRO CARBON features two USB 3.1 Gen 2 ports, one being type-A while the other is type-C. Furthermore, the redundant PCI slot has been dropped in favour of a fourth PCI-E x1 slot. Thankfully, the 180-degree angle SATA ports have been removed and replaced with a more suitable arrangement using right-angled connectors. Finally, the USB 3.1 Gen 1 layout features two on the rear and four via an internal header while USB 2.0 options now contain a total of 8 ports through a front four rear four setup.


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OZONE Strike Battle Mechanical Compact Gaming Keyboard Review
If you happen to be a casual/pro gamer or a professional who needs to type a lot chances are you're already well aware of the benefits of owning a good mechanical gaming keyboard including the far superior build quality compared to membrane models and of course the tactile and audible feedback they can offer. Well it seems that after several mechanical keyboard reviews lately many of you have emailed us saying that tenkeyless models are the future of gaming and asking for more such reviews and although we don't quite agree with that (then again we don't attend LAN parties any more like in the past so size is not really an issue) i always want to cover your requests the best way i can. So todays review is about one such model and more specifically the Strike Battle Mechanical Compact Gaming Keyboard with Cherry MX mechanical switches by our friends over at OZONE Gaming.

OZONE Gaming Gear, is an European brand of gaming peripherals that revolves around the concept “It’s all about Evolution”. OZONE is a brand created by and for gamers, the evolution is part of our gaming life, we all want to improve and evolve into a better gaming contender. OZONE is committed to the development, engineering and evolution of innovative gaming peripherals with a unique style and the best performance, to allow gamers to exceed their limits and become the best. It’s all about evolution. In the recent years the gaming industry has developed into the ultra-competitive arena that we see today, and the gamers have also developed into a more demanding, sophisticated and exigent consumer. There is an ever increasing demand for better design, increase number of functions and higher performances. Due to the development of newer and better gaming peripherals, the market has suffered a transformation. New segments of high performance gaming accessories have grown to become more specialized and subdivided. But this change in the market has also come accompanied of an increase in the price levels of those products. OZONE provides customers a wide range of gaming peripherals. Everyone from the occasional user to the professional gamer is ensured to find a OZONE product at a reasonable price which will fit their requirements to enjoy their favorite games.

The Strike Battle is a tenkeyless gaming keyboard (88 keys) that gets shipped with Cherry MX blue, brown, red and black mechanical switches that feature a lifecycle of up to 50 million keystrokes. It also has a top aluminum plate (available in black and red), 6-level red LED backlight for the keys, fully supports N-key rollover and has 64kb of onboard memory in which it stores its 5 available profiles each of which can have up to 6 assigned macro keys (30 macros in total). True the Strike Battle is not one of the most feature-rich keyboards we've ever seen but tenkeyless models are generally cut-down versions of full sized ones so we never expect many bells and whistles to begin with (the Atlas G410 by Logitech is an exception to that rule). On the other hand tenkeyless models are known for their durable construction so let's check the Strike Battle out and see if it has what it takes to be your LAN party companion.


Read full article @ NikKTech

ROSA R7 Desktop Fresh review - Thorny fun
Here's a review of ROSA R7 Desktop Fresh 64-bit edition with the KDE desktop, covering usage and installation only in a virtual machine due to severe hardware incompatibility issues, including look & feel, basic networking - Samba sharing and printing, multimedia playback - HD video, Flash, MP3, partitioning and system setup, package management and updates, applications, resource usage, various problems, and more. Take a look.


Read full article @ Dedoimedo

Silverstone AR07 & AR08 CPU Cooler Review
SilverStone is back on eTeknix again today, with their new AR07 and AR08 CPU coolers. Both coolers are designed to be affordable, quiet, stylish and pack great value for money performance. We’re going to be putting both of them on our test bench today, and while we’re expecting the bigger AR07 to offer up better performance, we’re still eager to see what the smaller and more affordable AR08 is capable of.

“The Argon series coolers are designed to provide the best cooling solution for your CPU. To improve performance even further, unique and exclusive heatsink fin designs such as interweaving diamond edge and arrow guides are included. For users looking for a no-nonsense top performing cooler without the premium price, the Argon AR07 is the perfect choice.” – SilverStone


Read full article @ eTeknix

Synology DiskStation DS216+ NAS Review
The Synology DiskStation DS216+ is the newest member of Synology's plus series. It also happens to be the cheapest of the series as well. The plus series of NAS typically features advanced multimedia and encryption features and their mid-series as the plus series sits between the J and XS+ series.


Read full article @ Modders-Inc




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