Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus Review and more
Posted on: 08/23/2016 07:36 AM

Here a roundup of today's reviews and articles:

Android 7.0 Nougat Released
Cooler Master MasterLiquid Pro 240 Liquid CPU Cooler Review
Final version Zen based 32 core Naples will arrive in Q2 2017
Hardline Watercooling Loop Install using Pacific Cooling Gear
Inno3D GeForce GTX 1060 iChiLL X3 Review
Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus Review: Quality, Budget Android Handsets
MSI GE72VR Apache Pro (GTX 1060)
Project build: Lunchbox 4 - Part 1

Android 7.0 Nougat Released
Google has completed its five month beta program and is officially releasing Android 7.0 Nougat today. The company will begin rolling it out to select Nexus devices, including the Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus 6, Nexus 9, Nexus Player, the Pixel C tablet, and the General Mobile 4G (Android One phone), as an OTA over the next few weeks. The Nexus 5 and 7 (2013) are not eligible for the update.

The LG V20 will be the first new device to ship with Nougat installed. Manufacturers and carriers have not committed to a specific timeline for rolling out updates for existing devices, however. Samsung’s President of Mobile, Koh Dong-jin, revealed in an interview with The Korea Times that the recently released Galaxy Note7 should receive an update perhaps in the next 2-3 months. HTC stated that the HTC 10, HTC One A9, and HTC One M9 will all be receiving Nougat updates, but did not provide any dates, only stating that timing and any additional eligible devices will be announced later.


Read full article @ Anandtech

Cooler Master MasterLiquid Pro 240 Liquid CPU Cooler Review
Cooler Master is a brand reinvented.  For a long time they were one of the top dogs with some of the most popular cases and CPU coolers on the market but at some point sort of lost that luxurious position.  Their reimagining focused mostly around being a company for the “Makers” AKA modders and builders.  Featuring a whole new level of expandability and customization among their product offerings, CM aims to be the brand of modders.   As well as changing their image, CM is now moving past a difficult time in their AiO history and today we’ll be taking a look at their newest offering in that category; the MasterLiquid Pro 240.  This cooler is one of four in the family and is a clear bid to place CM back at the top of the very competitive all in one liquid cooling segment.  Follow along as we find out if this 240mm cooler has what it takes to compete with the best.


Read full article @ ThinkComputers.org

Final version Zen based 32 core Naples will arrive in Q2 2017
According to our well-informed sources the engineering samples were expected in Q4 2016 which starts in October. Remember, we were the first to mention Naples in detail in June 2016. Sometimes AMD calls these products  Alpha versions  but it looks like AMD was able to demonstrate the CPU a bit earlier as it did a public demonstration at the event in San Francisco last week. This could have  been a pre-Alpha version that was stable enough to run.   
The beta version will follow Q1 2017 and this CPU should be the pre-final version before the company goes to initial production. There is another step in between called the final/general sample that is expected in Q2 2017 and  followed by initial production.


Read full article @ Fudzilla

Hardline Watercooling Loop Install using Pacific Cooling Gear
One of the pinnacles of enthusiast cooling performance is the DIY watercooling loop. Not only can it offer the best ambient level cooling performance but when done correctly looks amazing. There are several different ways to watercool your PC with the main differentiators being the size and type of tubing used. AIO coolers typically have small diameter tubing and limited expandability. DIY kits use larger tubing either 3/8” ID or 1/2” ID and can be either flexible or rigid. Finally there is immersive cooling and regardless of what some YouTube channels may tell you dunking your PC in a tank of cooling solution neither practical nor efficient.

In a previous article I discussed Custom Painting a Thermaltake Core V51. In that casemodding article the system was finished off with a temporary aircooling configuration. Well, now it is time to rip out the old and start cooling with liquid.


Read full article @ Hardware Asylum

Inno3D GeForce GTX 1060 iChiLL X3 Review
Bigger clearly is better, right? Some Nvidia add-in board (AIB) partners see the GeForce GTX 1060 6GB as a perfect candidate for a small, unobtrusive card. And why not, because the 120W TDP lends itself to a small PCB, right?

Inno3D, however, spans the entire gamut of cooling options for the nascent GPU. You can choose to go mini-ITX, opt for a regular card, or bring a blunderbuss of a cooler to the GTX 1060 party.


Read full article @ Hexus

Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus Review: Quality, Budget Android Handsets
Motorola recently launched two new flagship Droid offerings, the Moto Z and Moto Z Force. We really liked them for their ultra-premium design, strong performance, and innovative Moto Mods add-on features. However, Moto is also ushering in a refresh of their more mainstream, cost-effective Moto G family as well.

We last looked at the Moto G in 2014. We weren't blown away by performance, however, we were impressed how much the device managed to offer for just $149. The Moto G delivered Android’s core experience with good enough web browsing and general productivity performance to stand above other budget smartphones at the time. For once, “budget” did not mean a laggy experience with shoddy build quality. So what does the Moto G family stand for now, four generations later with the Moto G4?


Read full article @ HotHardware

MSI GE72VR Apache Pro (GTX 1060)
MSI looks to dominate the notebook market with the GE72VR Apache Pro. Offering an Intel i7 6700HQ and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060, it offers some serious gaming performance for the price. Oh, and it includes an SSD and IPS screen, which are certainly appealing.


Read full article @ techPowerUp

Project build: Lunchbox 4 - Part 1
Talk about a long time coming, not only has it been almost three years from our last Lunchbox build, but I’ve been planning and working on this build for a good portion of the year. If you follow our coverage, you will see breadcrumbs of comments all the way back to January of me mentioning potentially using components in Lunchbox 4. The problem is how exactly do you follow up our last build, it fit the bill perfectly, was easy to take to events, and had more than enough power for everything we tossed at it. I mean I could do the same thing again but with a few upgraded components but we have always tried to go smaller and faster with every Lunchbox build and frankly going much smaller has a few major limitations. So today I’m going to sit down and run through our new build. A lot of the components have been covered in their own reviews but today I’m going to go over why I picked each part. Then tomorrow I will dive into a few of the customizations I did to the build, benchmark everything, and then talk about how the build turned out.


Read full article @ LanOC Reviews




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