Intel Haswell-E processor (Core i7 5960X and 5820K) Review and more
Posted on: 02/02/2015 07:48 PM

Here a roundup of today's reviews and articles:

be quiet! Silent Base 800 Case Review
Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4-2666 16GB Memory Review
Far Cry 4 review: tested with 21 GPUs (incl. frame times)
Guardzilla All-In-One Video Security System Review
Lenovo ThinkPad Helix Review: A Core M tablet-laptop hybrid
Intel Haswell-E processor (Core i7 5960X and 5820K) Review
Phanteks PH-TC14S and PH-TC12LS High Compatibility CPU Cooler Review
Samsung's Galaxy Note 4 with the Exynos 5433 processor
Windows 10 Preview Build 9926 - Awesome and horrible

be quiet! Silent Base 800 Case Review
I start this review by simply noting the unique model number of BG001, because for be quiet!, the Silent Base 800 Computer Case is the very first case from be quiet! and the Orange flavor is the very first in the series of three cases from this German computer parts supplier. This new case has hit the ground running and we at Think Computers have been given a distinct privilege to review it, so it's a little historic for us to write on a case that is the very first in a total line of 3 cases as of this review. The BG001 is the Orange version, the BG002 is the Black version, and the BG003 is the Silver version. The accent colors of the case is really the only difference you find which gives you three different color combinations to choose from. The internal rubber colors are black, silver or orange as in the one that we are testing in this review.


Read full article @ ThinkComputers.org

Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4-2666 16GB Memory Review
With a fair number of X99 motherboard reviews under our belt, we felt that it was time to focus a little more on the memory side of this new platform. As you might already know, the enthusiast-oriented Intel Haswell-E processors make use of the new DDR4 memory standard, and with a quad-channel memory interface they require quite a bit of it. When you combine the need for four modules with the fact that DDR4 is still a very niche item, the end result is that most DDR4 memory kits are quite pricey at the moment.

The first DDR4 memory kit that we reviewed was a highly clocked G.Skill Ripjaws4 DDR4-3000 model, which although impressive by any measure was quite pricey at almost $400USD/$450CAD...and it has gotten even pricier as the weeks go by. What this means is that although this new memory format is unquestionably a critical part of this forward-looking platform, it also represents a significant part of the overall build cost of any LGA2011-3 system. With that in mind, today we are looking at a memory kit that is more reasonably priced, while not giving up much of the clock speed advantage that makes DDR4 special.


Read full article @ Hardware Canucks

Far Cry 4 review: tested with 21 GPUs (incl. frame times)
Far Cry 4, the latest game in the popular Far Cry series, was released on the 20th of November. Far Cry games have traditionally boasted exceptional graphical fidelity, and this game is no exception. But what kind of graphics card do you need to play this game in all its splendour? We tested it using 21 contemporary GPUs from AMD and Nvidia.


Read full article @ Hardware.Info

Guardzilla All-In-One Video Security System Review
Home automation is all the rage now and was a big area that was well represented at CES this year. Products are almost universally tied to mobile devices to allow home owners to interact with their residence from anywhere they have a cell or Wi-Fi signal. Home security is something that everyone needs as the FBI reports that every 14 seconds a home is burglarized and 90% of thieves will bypass a home with a security system. In other words, they go for the easy targets. Unfortunately, it can be extremely expensive to equip your home between the costs of the hardware and monitoring services. Guardzilla wants to make that task more affordable buy allowing the homeowner to do their own real-time monitoring. In essence, it's a Wi-Fi enabled IP camera with software that allows the camera to act as a movement detector to send notifications to the user(s). We got a sample to see how well it works and lives up to the hype. I had some bumps in the road, most of which I was able to overcome and were not necessarily the fault of the Guardzilla product which I get into more in depth. Others still linger so keep reading if you want the details.



Read full article @ Legit Reviews

Lenovo ThinkPad Helix Review: A Core M tablet-laptop hybrid
It was more than two years ago that Lenovo announced the ThinkPad Helix, a detachable tablet-laptop hybrid billed as a great alternative for the worker on the go. Now that low-power Intel Broadwell Core M CPUs are out, Lenovo is back with a refresh. The 2014 model has largely the same feature set as its predecessor, but Lenovo claims it’s now 15% slimmer and will last several hours longer on battery. It’s also about $500 cheaper than the original Helix.


Read full article @ Techspot

Intel Haswell-E processor (Core i7 5960X and 5820K) Review
With the launch of Haswell-E, Intel has introduced three new desktop processors and an updated chipset to support them, called X99. Although the new chips are based on a similar 2011-pin layout to the previous Ivy Bridge-E enthusiast processors, these processors are not backwards compatible with older generation motherboards. If you want one of these chips, you'll need to buy a new motherboard as well.The new flagship model is the Core i7 5960X, which has eight physical processor cores, capable of running 16 threads simultaneously. Its standard clock frequency is 3 GHz, which goes up to 3.5 GHz when Turbo Mode kicks in. Shared between its eight cores is 20MB of level 3 cache, and support for 40 PCI-Express lanes. The chip retails for around £770 (around $1049, or AUS$1259).


Read full article @ Techradar

Phanteks PH-TC14S and PH-TC12LS High Compatibility CPU Cooler Review
Just a few years ago, the landscape of home theater looked incredibly different, and the changes have come at a pace that took even the largest industry giants by surprise. Take Sony as an example. As the developer of Blu Ray, you would certainly think that they would be sitting in a very comfortable position right now. However, Sony reported a major loss in the Blu Ray division in 2014, citing that streaming grew more quickly than it had anticipated. Mind you, Sony knew it was coming, they had even begun the setup for their own streaming service. It was the growth explosion of streaming that caught everyone off guard.

While Chromecast, FireTV, and the like, can do a fairly good job of basic streaming, there are those that want more out of the experience in their living room. Full tilt gaming naturally fits the bill, and there are many that want to use top end audio equipment to play back their music, not to mention that there are times that a Blu Ray is the preferred (or only possible) medium. In these situations, our convenient little HDMI stick just isn’t going to cut it; an actual desktop PC is what the situation calls for. Naturally, we are seeing a greater variety of SFF components available to put together powerful, quiet, and small enough to be entertainment center friendly, builds. This brings up the need for more specialized cooling, and Phanteks is answering the call with two new pieces.


Read full article @ HiTech Legion

Samsung's Galaxy Note 4 with the Exynos 5433 processor
Most of the world gets a variant of Samsung's Galaxy Note 4 based on Qualcomm's familiar Snapdragon 805 system-on-a-chip (SoC). In Samsung's home country of Korea, though, the firm ships a different variant of the Note 4 based on Samsung LSI's Exynos 5433 SoC. With eight 64-bit CPU cores and a 64-bit Mali-T760 GPU, the Eyxnos 5433 could make this version the fastest and most capable Note 4--and it gives us some quality time with the Cortex-A53 and A57 CPU cores that will likely dominate the Android market in 2015.


Read full article @ The Tech Report

Windows 10 Preview Build 9926 - Awesome and horrible
Everything you wanted to know about Windows 10, and never dared ask. This is a super long and detailed review of Windows 10 Preview Build 9926, covering download and installation, new desktop, integrated search with online account integration and Cortana voice search assistant, new system menu, system settings and notifications, Metro applications, Store, Xbox, Spartan, battery life, new Windows Explorer and issues related to access to network shares, various problems related to Cortana, Bing, microphone, privacy settings, Classic shell blacklisting and solution, a serious warning on potential future disaster due to inefficient search, and more. Enjoy.


Read full article @ Dedoimedo




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