Testing AMDs $650 VR-Ready system with HTC Vive and more
Posted on: 10/25/2016 07:44 AM

Here a roundup of today's reviews and articles:

Adventures With Dell's Rugged PC Line-Up
AeroCool P7-C1 Tempered Glass Mid Tower Review
ASUS TUF SABERTOOTH 990FX R3.0 Review
Battlefield 1 DX12 Benchmarks – Three Resolutions Tested on Dozen Video Cards
G.Skill Ripjaws KM780 RGB Keyboard
InWin Classic Series C 900W Review
iOS 10.1 is out - here’s what’s new for your iPhone and iPad
NZXT S340 Elite Case Review
Testing AMD's $650 VR-Ready system with HTC Vive
Zorin OS 12 Beta - Flat white, no sugar

Adventures With Dell's Rugged PC Line-Up
One of the many perks of working at a publication like HotHardware is that we get to attend a wide array of different technology-related events. GPU Tech Days, the Consumer Electronics Show, processor deep dives, smartphone launches -- you name it, and we're there.

At many of these events we get hands-on time with the latest and greatest gadgets and components, sometimes in exotic locations, but there's typically a predictable cadence. Arrive, get situated, learn some new things, maybe have a bit of fun, and then head home. But every once in a long while, things get a little crazy. Like, trying to destroy a $5,000 laptop by throwing it off a boat kind of crazy. Don't believe us? Check this out...


Read full article @ HotHardware

AeroCool P7-C1 Tempered Glass Mid Tower Review
AeroCool just introduced one of the best looking mid-towers in the market to date called the Project 7 P7-C1, and yes it also features a tempered glass side panel among many other things.


Read full article @ NikKTech

ASUS TUF SABERTOOTH 990FX R3.0 Review
The ASUS TUF SABERTOOTH range was arguably an instant hit with its military themed camo colours of golden, greeny browns and the TUF promise of an extra rugged, extra strong design backed by a 5 year warranty. Today, the TUF lineup of products have matured aesthetically, delivering an unexpected degree of control over your system to ensure an absolute level of robustness. Of course, the 990FX chipset has something in common with the TUF lineup, it's nearly the same age (within a year?). Despite that, competitive pricing of the FX chips present favourable value and it makes sense to refresh the tired old SABERTOOTH 990FX. Though there was a second revision of the SABERTOOTH 990FX, it mostly brought about minor changes, and underworks that the end consumer may not really notice, other than the heatsink colour change. This time, the R3.0 delivers a whole lot more.

The SABERTOOTH 990FX gets a complete facelift, more subtle colouring with hints of digital camo effects. There is a rear IO shroud, similar to that found on the Intel boards complete with a mount for a 40mm fan. There are now TWO internal USB 3.0 headers, improved audio, RGB lighting, reinforced PCIe safeslot, an M.2 slot, annnd finally, (drum roll)


Read full article @ Vortez

Battlefield 1 DX12 Benchmarks – Three Resolutions Tested on Dozen Video Cards
Battlefield 1 was without a doubt one of the most anticipated games of 2016 and it appears that EA and DICE have delivered a DirectX 12 winner. The World War I-themed game is a team-based first-person shooter that is fun to play if you have the right hardware in your gaming PC. The problem for some is that Battlefield 1 has some pretty tough minimum and recommended system specifications published for both AMD and Intel/NVIDIA systems.


Read full article @ Legit Reviews

G.Skill Ripjaws KM780 RGB Keyboard
When you hear the name G,Skill, you probably start thinking of RAM. However, they are now looking to add peripherals to their line up. They are starting with their G.Skill Ripjaws KM780 mechanical keyboard. It ticks all the boxes on paper and will hopefully impress in its review!


Read full article @ techPowerUp

InWin Classic Series C 900W Review
With the C 900W InWin has launched a high-end power supply, which belongs to their Classic Series. At a first glance we noticed an enclosure made entirely from aluminum. This makes us curious whether the internals of the 80+ Platinum certified PSU are built to meet the same quality standards.


Read full article @ ocaholic

iOS 10.1 is out - here’s what’s new for your iPhone and iPad
The first iteration on iOS 10 is here, and it doesn't come empty-handed.


Read full article @ TechRadar

NZXT S340 Elite Case Review
NZXT S340 Elite is a modern twist on the S340 that launched in 2014. If you stand a short distance away from the Elite, the most obvious change is the tempered glass side panel which looks lovely and shows off the inside of your PC to full effect.


Read full article @ KitGuru

Testing AMD's $650 VR-Ready system with HTC Vive
The virtual reality phenomenon seems to be the new trend in the PC gaming world. VR demos were everywhere at the latest industry shows worldwide, and manufacturers are slapping the VR-Ready tag on anything that made the requirement lists of the Oculus Rift or HTC Vive headsets released earlier this year. I experienced some VR demo's first-hand, and can attest that the hype is real. Done right, the levels of immersion and interactivity offered by VR technology allow for an unprecedented gaming experience that cannot be achieved by sitting in front of a monitor with keyboard or controller in hand.

Until recently however, the cost of experiencing this bold new VR world was extremely prohibitive for most consumers. The hardware required for a quality VR experience is still not cheap by all means, but the good news is that it is becoming a little more affordable by the day. This is mostly thanks to recent releases of video cards that are more ready to drive VR headsets without costing you an arm and a leg. This will make the cost of the actual VR headset and peripherals an easier pill to swallow, since the HTC Vive alone will still set you back $799, while the Oculus Rift + Touch controller combo will similarly dig a $798 hole in your pocket.


Read full article @ Neoseeker

Zorin OS 12 Beta - Flat white, no sugar
I've written a review of Zorin OS 12 beta 64-bit version, a Ubuntu-based distribution with a customized Gnome 3 desktop, tested on a laptop with UEFI, Secure Boot, GPT, 16 partitions, and a multi-boot setup with Linux and Windows, covering live session, installation, and post-install use, including look & feel, networking - Wireless, Bluetooth, Samba printing and sharing, multimedia support - MP3 and HD video, smartphone support - iPhone, Ubuntu Phone and Windows Phone, partitioning, software management and updates, applications, webcam, resource utilization, performance, responsiveness, hardware compatibility, suspend & resume, battery usage, many problems and glitches like display issues, Skype microphone issues, Rhythmbox regressions, broken search, and more. Enjoy.


Read full article @ Dedoimedo




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