AMD Socket FM2 Processor Overclocking Guide and more
Posted on: 08/08/2013 09:57 AM

Here a roundup of today's reviews with 16 new articles, including AMD Socket FM2 Processor Overclocking Guide, OCZ Vertex 450 256GB Review, Installing Lighttpd With PHP5 (PHP-FPM) And MySQL Support On Fedora 19, Samsung Galaxy S4 Smartphone Review, and Asus Maximus VI Hero (Z87) Motherboard Review

AMD Socket FM2 Processor Overclocking Guide @
If you like to get a faster PC, or like to save some money when you purchase a new PC without renouncing to play current games, or just having fun to overclock, you can overclock your PC with this new AMD overclocking guide.
AMD socket FM2 processors are currently not only very popular due to the low purchase price for an APU with integrated graphics, but these processors reach often also very high overclocking results.
This step by step AMD OC guide helps newbies to get an easy entry into overclocking and also provides tips for overclocking enthusiasts how like to get even more out of their AMD FM2 processor.
The guide explains in detail how to overclock an AMD Athlon II FM2 CPU or AMD A4, A6, A8, A10 APU with unlocked multiplier or locked multiplier.

Read more: AMD Socket FM2 Processor Overclocking Guide @

MSI GTX 760 Hawk @ LanOC Reviews
As impressive as reference cards can be when they are introduced, it’s always impressive to see what all of the manufactures do with them when they have a little time to toy with the overclocks and fit their aftermarket cooling designs. A good example would be the card I’m going to take a look at today. The MSI GTX 760 Hawk looks similar to the GTX 780 Gaming that I recently took a look at, but with a yellow theme that would go perfectly with their new Z87 M Power motherboard. I wonder how it will perform compared to the reference GTX 760 as well as the aftermarket cards. They set the mark high, so MSI is going to have their work cut out for them.

Read more: MSI GTX 760 Hawk @ LanOC Reviews

OCZ Vertex 450 256GB Review @ Vortez
Having acquired Indilinx back in 2011 OCZ have since been utilising the Indilinx Barefoot controller in its first step away from the notorious SandForce controller. We first saw OCZ use Barefoot in the Vector SSD but now they are back with another drive and a slightly revised controller. Can the more affordable Vertex 450 prove its worth in the highly competitive SSD storage sector?

At the heart of Vertex 450 is Indilinx Barefoot 3. Furthermore, this new drive uses 20nm MLC NAND flash in a bid to deliver fast response and reliability. The Vertex family has claimed many an accolade, can the 450 continue this trend?

Read more: OCZ Vertex 450 256GB Review @ Vortez

Installing Lighttpd With PHP5 (PHP-FPM) And MySQL Support On Fedora 19 @ Howtoforge
Lighttpd is a secure, fast, standards-compliant web server designed for speed-critical environments. This tutorial shows how you can install Lighttpd on a Fedora 19 server with PHP5 support (through PHP-FPM) and MySQL support. PHP-FPM (FastCGI Process Manager) is an alternative PHP FastCGI implementation with some additional features useful for sites of any size, especially busier sites. I use PHP-FPM in this tutorial instead of Lighttpd's spawn-fcgi.

Read more: Installing Lighttpd With PHP5 (PHP-FPM) And MySQL Support On Fedora 19 @ Howtoforge

Fractal Design Arc Mini R2 Case Video Review with XSPC Watercooling Kit @
Today Stuart Davidson takes a look at the Arc Mini R2 micro-atx case from Fractal Design. Looking at all aspects of the case, and how a high performance system can be built into a small form factor case, including an XSPC watercooling kit.

Read more: Fractal Design Arc Mini R2 Case Video Review with XSPC Watercooling Kit @

MSI Z87-G45 Gaming Review @ OCC
In the end the MSI Z87-G45 was a pretty nice board. Riding in line behind the MSI Z87-GD65, it has a lot of waterfall expectations for itself. I felt that it held up to those expectations rather well, and for the $30 savings from the GD65 to the G45, it's hard to not argue for it. Out of the box it has a three-year warranty, so there isn't any humming and hawing at the idea that something might go wrong. If it is three years and a day when it does finally go, I'll just be impressed that an upgrade hadn't made its way through yet. The price is right in the ballpark for a quality OCing motherboard that has enough power and cooling to get things done right. It's not overly glorified with a ton of tacky gold capacitors, but rather just a nice authentic red and black gaming-esque show piece.

Read more: MSI Z87-G45 Gaming Review @ OCC

Antec 850W HCP Platinum power supply review @ Guru3D
We review the Antec 850 HCP Platinum power supply, the HCP series has been around for years. For Antec the HCP series is their finest series in which they put a lot of R&D and quality control. The HCP 850W model however has received an upgrade (High Current Pro) this model WAS a gold certified model but is replaced with this version, a Platinum efficient certified product, meaning that the PSU can pimp and show off the most efficient power supply label available the channel offers. Next to that some smaller changes have been applied as well. We see an OC link embedded in this 850W model. This connector will allow two power supplies to be installed in the same computer case without the need for external adapters. It connects the power-on wire (green wire) of the two power supplies, making them turn on and off at the same time. Something handy for a handful of extreme multi-socket CPU overclockers boards.

Next to we notice that the cables, sleeves and connectors have had an upgrade to receive an all black design. Forms, shapes and sizes, power supplies come in a wide variety these days. The trend lately is making the most energy efficient models though. Bronze, Silver, Gold but Platinum is what you want really, however the upper stack in hardware remains expensive. Today we're testing what seems to be amongst the most efficient power supply we have had in our hands, it originates from the chaps at Antec. Antec, a company known for amongst others their chassis, enclosures, power supplies heck even audio gear under another name. Recently they submitted their all new HCP (High Current Pro) 850W power supply. Their gold model has been selling for a year or two now but is gonna be replaced with this version. It was further improved and got a 80 plus Platinum certification, meaning the PSU can pimp and show off its most efficient power supply label available in this bizz. Our model 850W Platinum certified is scary silent and 100% modular and can be spotted for roughly 180 EUR. If that isn't enough, Antec will top off the PSU with a seriously sexy 7 year warranty. That just oozes value, features and lifespan. Antec must be really sure of this PSU series to be able to offer that kind of warranty.

Read more: Antec 850W HCP Platinum power supply review @ Guru3D

Samsung Galaxy S4 Smartphone Review @ Hardware Canucks
If we look back a few years, it’s easy to recognize that the iPhone is the milestone product which started the smartphone craze in earnest. With over 350 million iPhones sold to date, and millions more being sold every week, Apple has been leading the pack since Day One. Samsung is keen to change that.

The South Korean conglomerate’s smartphone models might not yet have the same cachet or cultural mind share as their Cupertino rivals, but the numbers don't lie. Samsung has sold over 100 million Galaxy S smartphones since 2010, and they are ambitiously aiming to sell 100 million of their latest flagship, the Galaxy S4.

Read more: Samsung Galaxy S4 Smartphone Review @ Hardware Canucks

EagleTech Neptor NP056K 5600mAh Battery Pack Review @ HiTech Legion
Before we had electrical generators and electrical power grids, batteries were the main source of electricity. Vast improvements in battery technology lead to major electrical advances, from scientific studies to the making of telegraphs and telephones. This in turn led to more technological innovations including the portable computer, mobile phones, electric cars and other electronic devices. It was Benjamin Franklin who initially coined the term “battery” in 1749 when he described a set of linked capacitors for his experiments with electricity. This then led to the first actual “wet cell” battery developed by Alessandro Volta in 1800 dubbed “The Voltaic Pile”. The voltaic pile consisted of pairs of copper and zinc discs piled on top of each other separated by a layer of cloth or cardboard soaked in brine (the electrolyte). The voltaic pile produced a continuous and stable current and lost little charge over time when not in use, though Volta’s early models could not produce a voltage strong enough to create any type of spark.

It wasn’t until 1859 that the rechargeable battery was made possible by Gaston Plante’s innovation with his lead acid battery. Plante’s batteries produced large surges of current but were unfortunately bulky and heavy. This lead acid battery is the foundation of modern rechargeable battery technology and it is still being used today in automobiles and other battery solutions where weight is not a concern. Thankfully, many innovations in battery technology have been discovered since Plante’s time, including Lithium-ion Polymer rechargeable technology which is utilized by Neptor’s line of rechargeable battery packs.

Read more: EagleTech Neptor NP056K 5600mAh Battery Pack Review @ HiTech Legion

MSI GTX 760 HAWK @ PureOverclock
It hasn’t been long since Nvidia’s last launch; in fact, it’s only been a few scant weeks since we saw the release of the GeForce GTX 760, a graphics card which managed to impress us with its convincing combination of gaming horsepower, innovative features, and strong overclocking. And with Nvidia partners pushing custom products into the supply chain, today we’re seeing the latest: the MSI GTX 760 HAWK, an enthusiast-oriented gaming card that comes with some very tantalizing features and overclocking potential.

Looking to capitalize on the attractive mid-range performance gaming market with a price tag of $299, the MSI GTX 760 HAWK looks to bring the features of its more powerful siblings at much lower price point. We also get the new GeForce Experience features here, such as ShadowPlay, Adaptive Temperature Control, and GPU Boost 2.0.

Read more: MSI GTX 760 HAWK @ PureOverclock

Ozone Oxygen earphones @ Rbmods
Today we are taking a look at some earphones from Ozone; they sent us a sample of their latest earphones named Oxygen. Ozone are still fairly unknown on the gaming market and their products have had mixed results in the reviews I have seen. Today though I am going to keep an open mind when I review these earphones; so lets go.

Read more: Ozone Oxygen earphones @ Rbmods

EVGA GTX 780 Classified Video Card Review @ Ninjalane
There are two types of video cards you can buy. The first and most common are the reference design cards following the GPU manufacture specifications and heatsink. These are followed by the second type which are custom designed to use the same GPU from the manufacture but often feature custom board designs and options not found on the reference design. Overclocked cards exist in both categories and perform equally well but, the custom designs are often sought by high-end gamers and extreme overclockers for their ability to push the performance envelope.

In this review we will be looking at one of the latest performance video card from EVGA called the GTX 780 Classified. Those of you familiar with EVGA will know the Classified edition products are custom designed and configured for overclockers and hardware enthusiasts to deliver superior performance.

Read more: EVGA GTX 780 Classified Video Card Review @ Ninjalane

CaseLabs Merlin SM8 @ techPowerUp
CaseLabs is known for their modular cases because they allow for the most intricate water-cooling setup without compromising on quality. While their cases have been quite large in the past, the Merlin series offers smaller, more traditionally sized enclosures. We take the SM8 for a spin to see how it fares.

Read more: CaseLabs Merlin SM8 @ techPowerUp

MSI N760 HAWK Video Card Review @ Legit Reviews
MSI today announced the release of the new MSI N760 HAWK graphics card and we have a review of it up! The MSI N760 HAWK was designed for overclockers and the GK104 GPU comes factory overclocked at 1111MHz base and 1176MHz boost! Read on to see what MSI has done to this fully custom card and see how it performs on our triple monitor setup at 5760x1080, 2560x1600 and 1920x1080!

Read more: MSI N760 HAWK Video Card Review @ Legit Reviews

Diamond Multimedia WR300NSI Wireless-N Repeater Review @ Benchmark Reviews
Wireless networking has leaped from niche application to mainstream installations in a short matter of years, allowing homes and businesses to implement features like Wi-Fi Internet access and wireless multimedia file storage. The latest 300 Mb/s 802.11n (wireless-N) networks have been a big part of this transition, enabling transfer speeds similar to the cabled Gigabit Ethernet connections. This has made life more convenient, but for many installations range is still a problem. In this article Benchmark Reviews investigates the Diamond Multimedia WR300NSI Wireless Wi-Fi Range Extender. The purpose of this portable device is self-explanatory, and networking can be complicated, which is why we’ll test how well Diamond has kept it simple for the novice consumer in this article.

Read more: Diamond Multimedia WR300NSI Wireless-N Repeater Review @ Benchmark Reviews

Asus Maximus VI Hero (Z87) Motherboard Review @ KitGuru
Providing a fresh burst of excitement in Asus' premium Republic Of Gamers series, the Maximus VI Hero is the first ROG motherboard built specifically for the mid-range gamer. Has Asus' price-constricting approach paid off?

Read more: Asus Maximus VI Hero (Z87) Motherboard Review @ KitGuru

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