SanDisk 6TB and 8TB SSDs coming in 2016 and more
Posted on: 07/28/2015 08:56 AM

Here a roundup of todays review's and articles:

AMD A10-7870K Godavari APU Review
ASRock N3150 Braswell Motherboard Round-up Review
Asus MG278Q FreeSync Game Monitor Review
BitFenix Prodigy M Colour Series Micro-ATX Chassis Review
Enermax Thormax Giant E-ATX Full-Tower Chassis Review
HP Omen Pro 15.6'' Review
Intel plans Skylake NUCs
Kingston microSDHC Mobility Kit 32GB Review
Lian Li DK-01X review: desk case deluxe
SanDisk 6TB and 8TB SSDs coming in 2016
Silicon Power Armor A65 1TB USB 3.0 Hard Disk Review
The Huawei P8 Lite Review
Thecus N5810Pro Review
Thermaltake Poseidon Z Plus Smart Keyboard Review
Zotac GeForce GTX 980 Ti AMP! Graphics Card Review

AMD A10-7870K Godavari APU Review
Back on May 28th, 2015 AMD introduced the new A10-7870K Accelerated Processing Units (APU) as part of the Kaveri refresh. Legit Reviews just got our hands on the AMD A10-7870K APU and it’s our first ‘new’ APU that we’ve been able to test since our Kaveri launch article in July 2014 that featured the A10-7800 and A8-7600 APU’s. When it comes to the architecture there really aren’t any changes as it’s using the same Kaveri CPU core with Heterogeneous System Architecture (HSA) and Radeon R7 graphics with the Graphics Core Next (GCN) architecture. AMD is releasing this new processor to help booster is aimed at the home office family PC market that just in time for system builders and the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) PC market to hopefully build a new PC for the upcoming Microsoft Windows 10 launch.

Kaveri APUs feature up to 12 Compute Cores (4 CPU + 8 GPU) and the number of CPUs and GPUs will vary depending on which A-Series APU you are looking at getting. The four CPU cores use the AMD Steamroller microarchitecture and the 8 GPU cores feature Graphics Core Next (GNC) technology with Mantle and TruseAudio functionality. Being designed with HSA from the get go allows the CPU and GPU to work together in harmony by quickly dividing and directing tasks to the appropriate cores for new levels of performance and efficiency for desktop and notebook PCs, enabling a new era of compute capabilities with compute cores So, you have the latest latest technology features that AMD has to offer inside a desktop processor for AMD FM2+ platforms (AMD A88X, A78 and A58 Chipset based motherboards).


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ASRock N3150 Braswell Motherboard Round-up Review
Integrated processors and motherboards aren’t really in the direct interest of the enthusiast, where the focus is more on; in the word of Jeremy Clarkson, “POWAH”. With limited output options and they very rarely have PCIe slots for additional add-in cards, they don’t stack up to make the best option for the consumer market; so why are these even produced?

To some, it’s not about overall performance, but “will it run internet explorer, play 1080p videos and let me do basic work on?” I know many people who have an Intel Core i7 2600k (or similar) in an HTPC that is turned on once a week to play the odd movie from a pen drive. That’s serious overkill for the task and not to mention the heat it would produce, or the cost of the build. Onboard processing (SoC) options are not only perfect for less demanding tasks but also run passively thanks to a built-in heat sink.


Read full article @ eTeknix

Asus MG278Q FreeSync Game Monitor Review
The Asus MG278Q is a 27-inch WQHD (2,560×1,440) TN gaming display that supports AMD FreeSync adaptive-sync technology. When in adaptive-sync mode, it’s capable of a wider frequency range than its IPS cousin, the MG279Q, as it can go from 35Hz all the way to 144Hz. And being a TN panel it has a fast response time of just 1ms – this is a display for people with AMD graphics cards who want gaming without tearing and micro-stutter across a wide frequency range with the lowest response time possible.


Read full article @ KitGuru

BitFenix Prodigy M Colour Series Micro-ATX Chassis Review
It’s been two years since I first reviewed the BitFenix Prodigy M, but today, I’ll be revisiting this now classic Prodigy chassis design to take a look at the latest Colour series from BitFenix. Colour choices are always a welcome addition to any range and from a consumer perspective, having more choice is no bad thing. Colour coordinating your build becomes a lot easier when you can pick something that suits your needs and preferences. Today I’ve got the Prodigy M Red, as well as a few other bonus goodies from BitFenix to help with the build, such as the BitFenix Fury PSU, a 120mm Spectra Pro red LED fan, a BitFenix Alchemy white LED strip, as well as a red side panel window.


Read full article @ eTeknix

Enermax Thormax Giant E-ATX Full-Tower Chassis Review
Enermax have created some truly stunning products over the years, from stunning CPU coolers, loads of amazing chassis’, great power supplies and much more! So I’m very happy to see one of their flagship chassis in the office today, the Thormax Giant, the E-ATX edition of their ever-popular Thormax. Of course, as the ‘Giant’ part of the name would suggest, this chassis isn’t small, and it’s not especially cheap either, clocking in at around £120 here in the UK.

From the Thormax Giant, you get a lot back in return for your investment. There’s room for E-ATX motherboards, which means 9 expansion slots; more than enough for a triple GPU configuration. There’s a pair of 180mm T.B.Vegas fans pre-installed, as well as a rear 120mm fan, with room for plenty more fans should you need them and impressive water cooling potential to boot.


Read full article @ eTeknix

HP Omen Pro 15.6'' Review
The OMEN gaming Notebooks from HP are a good looking breed and they come with some really interesting features. There is for example an Intel Core i7-4710HQ CPU as well as a GTX 860M graphics chip. Apart from that HP chose to equip this notebook with a FullHD touch display, which is quite an interesting choice for a gaming notebook. All this together sounds like a
bit of a different approach for a gaming notebook and we're definitely curious to find out what this model can do.


Read full article @ ocaholic

Intel plans Skylake NUCs
Chipzilla is expected to upgrade its Compute Stick and NUC solutions to Skylake processors starting October. ECS, Gigabyte, Asustek and ASRock are expected to launch related products.
Sales for the Compute Stick and NUC have been rising and it appears that Intel sees gold in the mini PC segment's potential. NUC s are seeing stable demand in Japan, China, Southeast Asia, Latin America and Europe.
Intel is set to release solutions with its new Core m5/m3 processors codenamed Cedar City in the fourth quarter for the Compute Stick.
The new Compute Stick will feature 4GB of memory, 64GB of storage space and support Ultra HD. It will be based around the Core m3-6Y30 processor, which is set to release in October. It will also have Windows 10.


Read full article @ Fudzilla

Kingston microSDHC Mobility Kit 32GB Review
In today's culture, there is a general stereotype about how items are marketed. When items are marked with a higher price, psychologically, we deem it to be more valuable. Following this logic, we tend to believe the opposite is true, too. Not too long ago, Ferrari released their "cheapest" car, the California T. For someone who is considered well off in today's standards, approximately $200,000 USD spent on a car is probably pocket change. However, most regular people would probably make other investments, such as a purchasing decent sized house, a car for less than a quarter of the price, or other comparably "less valuable" items. But let us strictly compare apples to apples in this scenario. Ferrari's California T with a twin turbo 3.9L V8 engine and 552 horsepower will get you from zero to sixty in about 3.6 seconds. Taking it to the extreme, we have Ferrari's 599 SA Aperta Novitec Rosso. With the twin-supercharger conversion, it increases the V12 output to 888 horsepower, and goes from zero to sixty in 3.1 seconds for about $850,000 USD. If you are a car enthusiast and have some spare change, there is no question which model you would go for. My point here is in the world of technology, we tend to have a similar mindset. In terms of SD storage space for our preferred camera, many of us would most likely purchase a Class 10 SD card for best read and write speeds when taking our favorite photo or video. What we have here today is Kingston's microSDHC Mobility Kit with 32GB of storage. Sitting at only $25 MSRP, it certainly is not a Ferrari 599 SA Aperta Novitec Rosso in terms of pricing -- or even a California T, for that matter. But is Kingston's microSDHC just as valuable? We cracked open a unit here at APH Networks to find out.

Our review unit of the Kingston microSDHC Mobility Kit 32GB came alongside the Kingston FCR-HS4 and Kingston HyperX Savage 240GB recently reviewed by my colleague Jonathan. It has been stuffed with bubble wrap, so everything arrived from the American headquarters in California, USA to our Calgary, Alberta, Canada headquarters safely via FedEx International Economy. The brown corrugated cardboard box seemed to be undamaged, which means FedEx has done due diligence in keeping our electronics safe. However, under closer inspection, the tamper-proof seal was broken, and the package was taped back together. Nevertheless, everything inside arrived safe and sound.


Read full article @ APH Networks

Lian Li DK-01X review: desk case deluxe
You'll occasionally encounter them as case mods: desks in which you can install a computer. If you aren't all that handy with a lathe and dremel, but are very much interested in owning such a desk, then Lian Li might have the thing for you. Their DK-01X is a desk in which you can install a complete system – but it doesn't come cheap. We were one of the few tech publications lucky enough to receive a review sample.

A PC in your desk: it may sound brilliant in its simplicity, but it obviously isn't all that simple. PCs are generally placed on top of a desk or underneath them – most desk makers aren't computer case manufacturers. Lian Li happens to hold a unique position in the market: since they make virtually nothing but aluminium enclosures, their production methods are different from those used by most manufacturers. As such, they can afford a little experiment now and then. Their DK-01X is the result of such an experiment, and now the company has, in consultation with its loyal fans, decided to bring it onto the market.


Read full article @ Hardware.Info

SanDisk 6TB and 8TB SSDs coming in 2016
Using Toshiba 15nm MLC NAND. Following generation will use 3D stacked BiCS NAND. Back in May 2014 HEXUS covered the news of Sandisk's launch of its Optimus MAX Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) solid state drive (SSD) with a capacity of 4TB. This is an enterprise focussed drive, sold at a breakthrough price point. At that time a SanDisk marketing executive told ComputerWorld that this 4TB drive was "just the beginning" and we should expect to see a doubling of capacity every year or two. Well it's turned out that it won't be a year, it will be two.


Read full article @ Hexus

Silicon Power Armor A65 1TB USB 3.0 Hard Disk Review
There are a lot of different methods for portable storage and one of them is external hard disk drives. Today I’m taking a closer look at such a solution and it isn’t just the run of the mill drive either. Silicon Power released the Armor A65 back in march and I’m really looking forward to seeing how it performs with everything it can do.

One of the big selling points in this drive is the durability and protection. The drive is shockproof, waterproof and dustproof, comes with encryption software, and it has been rigorously tested. The Armor A65 is the first portable hard drive that passes the IP67 standard in the industry that certifies complete protection against dust penetration, has passed the U.S military’s drop test and can stay submerged in up to 1 meter of water for up to 30-minutes.


Read full article @ eTeknix

The Huawei P8 Lite Review
Although many consumers are not familiar with Huawei, they are a company that I have seen selling smartphones for quite some time now. In the earliest days of the smaller Canadian carriers Huawei was one of the few companies that had smartphones available on their networks due to their use of the AWS band for HSPA which was uncommon in other devices here at the time. While Huawei has always had one or two flagship devices and makes some phablets, to me their core market was always mid range devices. Often these mid range devices are a downsized version of their flagship devices, and the smartphone being reviewed today is no exception. Its the Huawei P8 Lite, and its the little brother of the Huawei P8. Read on for the full review of Huaweis latest mid range smartphone.


Read full article @ Anandtech

Thecus N5810Pro Review
A five-bay Intel NAS with built-in UPS. The market for network-attached storage has grown considerably in recent years, but in order to keep ahead of the game in this space, vendors are required to make each new box fresh and exciting with added features that help one NAS stand out from another.

Many manufacturers have focussed their efforts on software, creating ultra-sleek operating systems that elevate the entire NAS experience. Thecus, one of the biggest names in the network-storage segment, has struggled to keep pace with its rivals in this regard, and is instead attempting to add value through hardware additions such as an integrated uninterruptible power supply (UPS).


Read full article @ Hexus

Thermaltake Poseidon Z Plus Smart Keyboard Review
As the consumer mechanical keyboard resurgence matures, vendors are looking for ways to distinguish their products. Thermaltake’s “Tt eSPORTS” division has a new idea for a feature: a Bluetooth 4.0-enabled smart keyboard that, in conjunction with an iOS or Android applet on your phone or tablet, tracks and compiles statistics on how you use your keyboard (and your enabled mouse, if you have one) for posting to social media. Benchmark Reviews looks at the Poseidon Z Plus Smart Keyboard in this article.


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Zotac GeForce GTX 980 Ti AMP! Graphics Card Review
Over the past couple of years Zotac has really distinguished themselves as a producer of high-end NVIDIA-based graphics cards. They offer some of the highest-clocked and best looking cards available. For those who did not jump on NVIDIA’s Titan X when it was first released now you have the choice of the GeForce GTX 980 Ti, which offers similar performance, will half the VRAM. Since the card has been out for a little while now we have seen many custom designs and today we will be taking a look at one such card from Zotac. On the test bench today is their GeForce GTX 980 Ti AMP! (ZT-90503-10P) graphics card. This card comes with a factory overclock of 1051 MHz base and 1140 MHz GPU Boost. On top of that this is one of the more sleek cards we have reviewed lately with its triple-fan carbon-fiber cooling solution and stylish backplate. Let’s see what this card is all about!


Read full article @ ThinkComputers.org




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