Gigabyte X170 Extreme ECC and Intel Xeon E3-1230 v5 Review and more
Posted on: 04/21/2016 09:12 AM

Here a roundup of the latest reviews and articles:

'Need For Speed' PC Performance Review
Apple's MacBook Update Falls Flat, Comes Up Short With Obvious Flaws Unaddressed
April security sensationalism and FUD
Arctic Z3 Pro en R-Go Tools R-Go Dual review: a little extra support
Crucial Ballistix Sport LT 32 GB 2400 MHz DDR4
Datamancer Oaken 60% Keyboard Case
Fractal Design Define Nano S Review
Gigabyte X170 Extreme ECC and Intel Xeon E3-1230 v5 review
LeEco Announces New Le 2, Le 2 Pro, and LeMax 2

'Need For Speed' PC Performance Review
An old friend is finally available on the PC without frame rate restrictions: 'Need for Speed' is here to push PC graphics cards to their limits. Expectations are high after the long wait, and the game lives up to some (but not all) of them.


Read full article @ Toms Hardware

Apple's MacBook Update Falls Flat, Comes Up Short With Obvious Flaws Unaddressed
After all the harping and complaining about the single USB-C port on the 2015 MacBook by both the press and Apple fans for the past year, you would expect that Apple would add in a second USB-C port for the 2016 model. Surely the folks in Cupertino had heard the calls for change. Well, those calls fell on deaf ears, because here we are with the 2016 MacBook and still, it has a single USB-C port.

Sure, Apple has upgraded the MacBook to Intel's Skylake Core m3, m5, and m7 processor platform, squeezed an extra hour out of the battery and added Rose Gold to color mix, but we’re still staring at that single USB-C port...


Read full article @ HotHardware

April security sensationalism and FUD
I've written an important article debunking the sensationalism and FUD around several notable security advisories and vulnerabilities raised in April, like the Windows embedded fonts and Firefox add-ons namespace issues, wih proper, detailed analysis of mentioned problems and how to address them using tools like Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit (EMET) and Noscript, how to block untrusted fonts, other tips and tricks, and more. I apologize for using the word fonts twice. Won't happen again. Hi hi. Take a look.


Read full article @ Dedoimedo

Arctic Z3 Pro en R-Go Tools R-Go Dual review: a little extra support
Some time ago, we published a comparison of eight monitor stands. After we'd completed this test, we received another two monitor stands: the Arctic Z3 Pro and the R-Go Tools Dual Monitor Arm. The former is meant to hold three screens in a fixed position, and the latter holds two screens and uses a gas spring mechanism. In this article, we'll introduce you to these two monitor stands.

The Arctic Z3 Pro is a stand which can hold three screens. It's similar to the Silverstone SST-ARM31BS in that the supports for the far left and right screens can be horizontally adjusted on a hinge. Many other monitor stands don't have this option; most only have the option to move the two outer screens closer to you. The Z3 Pro's arms are very long, which means that (theoretically, at least) you should be able to use very big monitors. The maximum weight per arm is 10 kg, which is enough for most 27-inch monitors.


Read full article @ Hardware.Info

Crucial Ballistix Sport LT 32 GB 2400 MHz DDR4
With a flurry (pun intended) of white products on store shelves now, one thing that has been sorely missing are white memory sticks. However, Crucial is here to save the esthetics of your white build with their Ballistix Sport 32 GB kit clad in white heatspreaders and a white PCB! Not only do they look good, their huge capacity means you'll nearly never run out of memory!


Read full article @ techPowerUp

Datamancer Oaken 60% Keyboard Case
For the last year to year and a half I’ve been running a tiny 60% keyboard with my LAN rigs to help cut down on how much I carry to and from events and also to open up more space on the small table space you get at events. Its worked so well that I wanted to swap my wife’s keyboard to a 60% as well. To prevent damage to the keyboard in transport I tossed around the idea of getting a sleeve to put it in but then I came across the Oaken 60% keyboard case from Datamancer. The case replaces the case on my wife’s Poker 2 with a custom machined wooden case and it has a matching second half that encloses the entire keyboard for transport. After taking it to a few events over the past few months I wanted to talk a little about the case and its pros and cons. So check it out.


Read full article @ LanOC Reviews

Fractal Design Define Nano S Review
Almost one year ago the Swedish company Fractal Design presented with the Define S their latest midi tower case. Now they launched the Define Nano S which should be the next step in evolution of their Define series cases. Like the previous model, the new Nano S model is a case capable of housing custom watercooling builds and mini-ITX motherboard. There is a lot of space available for radiators and there are mounts for reservoir and pump.


Read full article @ ocaholic

Gigabyte X170 Extreme ECC and Intel Xeon E3-1230 v5 review
Gigabyte did some pretty amazing things with this server-class hardware though, the X170 Extreme ECC is a bit of a beast in features and sheer design coolness. packaged in a desert camo design and with added features you have everything you wish, and a little more up-to the very same level as a proper high-end Z170 based motherboard. Now let me clearly mention it, this motherboard can run regular DDR4 memory (non-ECC) and regular Core i3/i5/i7 (6th gen Skylake) processors just fine as well. But obviously if you pick X170, you'll be wanting ECC with a Xeon we assume and/or presume. Dressed to kill (no pun intended) and with added benefits like USB 3.1 a proper M.2. slots and the fastest DDR4-ECC support the product will surely impress. The Gigabyte X170 Extreme ECC edition motherboard specific then, it certainly is a mouth full of words, but when you see it for the very first time, trust me you will be pleasantly surprised as it is a very feature rich product that will look terrific in any DIY PC build thanks to the new design.

Priced at a €300 / 280 USD this camo styled product has nice aesthetic shielding and even configurable RGB LED light accents. Features wise you may expect a threefold of PCI-Express 3.0 ports, 8-channel Audio, the usual quality components and a Gigabit/s Ethernet jack One Intel and one KillerNIC. Lacking is Killer AC WIFI / WIFI whatsoever into this motherboard. You'll then spot USB 3.1 gen 1 and 2 ports, a M.2. slots, and even thunderbot is in da house. We'll show it all in detail of course. Have a peek at the photo below showing what we test today and then head on-wards into the review.


Read full article @ Guru3D

LeEco Announces New Le 2, Le 2 Pro, and LeMax 2
Today in Beijing we had the opportunity to attend LeEcos presentation event announcing their new flagship smartphone devices. LeEco has been a company we havent had the chance to cover to date, yet the company is making a lot of noise and positioning itself against its competition in the smartphone space and beyond. Todays event was a 3 hour pandemonium where among other things we saw the launch of a new smart-TV as well as Les first public demonstration of their electric car.

But getting to the topic at hand, LeEco has been making a concerted push into the smartphone space. And today they are updating their smartphone lineup with a trio of devices all appropriately suffixed as 2. These are the Le 2, the Le 2 Pro, and the LeMax 2.


Read full article @ Anandtech




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