Windows 10 Roadmap Reveals Upcoming Features and more
Posted on: 04/12/2016 08:14 AM

Here a roundup of the latest reviews and articles:

20 of the Worst PC Setups – March 2016
Corsair SF450 Power Supply Review
Hitman Review
Huawei P9 Review
MSI Vortex G65 6QF System Review
Mushkin Blackline PC4-2400 Ridgeback Memory Review
Noctua NH-L9x65 Low Profile Heatsink Review
NVIDIA Pascal GPU Architecture Preview: Inside The GP100
SanDisk Extreme 900 USB 3.1 Gen 2 Portable SSD Review
SanDisk Extreme 900 USB 3.1 Gen 2 Portable SSD Review
The Accessories Folder in Windows 10 Is a Useful Hidden Gem
The Performance Of Ubuntu Software Running On Windows 10 With The New Linux Subsystem
Windows 10 GWX upgrade removal - second guide
Windows 10 Roadmap Reveals Upcoming Features
Zalman Z9 Neo Case Review

20 of the Worst PC Setups – March 2016
I’m sure at some point you’ve had a bad PC setup. Maybe moving into a new place, waiting for a new desk to arrive or you just ran out of room. I can remember my horrible PC setups from when I was living at the dorms in college. If you have ever ventured over to the Shitty Battlestations sub-reddit you will find a lot of horrible PC setups. We will are going to pick 20 each month and feature them as 20 of the Worst PC setups for that month. Here are some of the bad ones from March!


Read full article @ ThinkComputers.org

Corsair SF450 Power Supply Review
Corsair enters the SFX PSU market with its new SF series consisting of two models at 450W and 600W capacities. Both power supplies are fully modular, promise high performance and come with 92mm fans to minimize noise output.


Read full article @ Toms Hardware

Hitman Review
Now for the question; is it worth stepping into Agent 47's shoes? I have been enjoying the game thus far and am comfortable recommending it to those that enjoy this style of action game. Whether someone should purchase it now or wait until more or all of the missions are available, I will not offer an opinion. I have enjoyed what I have access to right now and am looking forward to what else is coming, but if you want to wait to have it all at once, go right ahead. The graphics look good but the performance could be better, at least for me and my CPU. I am just going to skip over the story here, except to say it is building for more. The gameplay is fun and interesting, as it encourages exploration within the game, and possibly outside of it. Go ahead and look at videos of someone completing levels, because they might do something you did not think of, and that could lead you to new avenues of assassination. No two people are necessarily going to play any part of this game the same way.


Read full article @ OCC

Huawei P9 Review
Is the dual-camera smartphone suffering an identity crisis?


Read full article @ V3

MSI Vortex G65 6QF System Review
The design of MSI Vortex clearly borrows a fair amount from the latest Apple Mac Pro, however there is more to this tiny powerhouse of a PC than meets the eye. Apple packs a Xeon and dual AMD FirePro GPUs inside the Mac Pro and aims directly at the workstation market but MSI has gone for the fun side of things and is targeting Vortex at gamers.

The hardware consists of an Intel Core i7-6700K CPU, a pair of desktop GTX 980 graphics chips, each with 8GB of GDDR5 memory, 16GB of DDR4-2133MHz memory and a pair of M.2 SSDs in RAID 0. That sort of hardware promises a stonking level of performance and would be interesting if it came in a regular tower case so the fact it is packaged in a tiny chassis with a volume of only 6.5 litres is truly remarkable.


Read full article @ KitGuru

Mushkin Blackline PC4-2400 Ridgeback Memory Review
High performance memory can take many forms. Some are fast because it says so on the package while others hide in obscurity just waiting for someone to test the limits. The challenge is finding a balance between the two since one tends to cost more than the other.

In this review I’ll be looking at the Mushkin Enhanced Blackline DDR4 memory modules. This is a 16GB dual channel DDR4 memory kit running at 2400Mhz with a CAS latency of 15. Currently the X99 and Z170 platforms are the only platforms requiring DDR4 memory and while the modules are interchangeable the top in frequency support is a little different. Skylake (Z170) can better support memory speeds faster than 3200Mhz while the Haswell-E (X99) runs best around 3000Mhz.


Read full article @ Hardware Asylum

Noctua NH-L9x65 Low Profile Heatsink Review
Noctua's low profile NH-L9x65 heatsink stands just 64mm tall and has a very compact footprint of only 95x95mm. The NH-L9x65 is designed to cool some fairly intensive Intel sockets, along with the full spectrum of AMD processors and APUs. Compact CPU coolers can be a little tricky to install, but Noctua long ago laid down the framework of an excellent motherboard mounting system,, so the NH-L9x65 is a breeze to work with.


Read full article @ FrostyTech

NVIDIA Pascal GPU Architecture Preview: Inside The GP100
At last week’s GPU Technology Conference, NVIDIA’s CEO Jen-Hsun Huang unveiled a couple of key products and technologies that target the High-Performance Computing, or HPC, space, including the Tesla P100 data center accelerator and its companion DGX-1 deep-learning system, which is a powerful server that has up to eight Tesla P100 cards at its core. Today though, we have more information about the underlying architecture employed in the P100, otherwise known NVIDIA’s Pascal GPU architecture.

Pascal is the follow-up to the Maxwell architecture, which is leveraged in NVIDIA’s current-generation of graphics cards and mobile GPUs. The Pascal-based GPU at the heart of the Tesla P100 is codenamed the GP100 and it promises to be a very different animal...


Read full article @ HotHardware

SanDisk Extreme 900 USB 3.1 Gen 2 Portable SSD Review
SanDisk launched the Extreme 900 SSD at Computex 2015. The claim to fame was the availability of almost 2TB of flash in a bus-powered enclosure with a USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C interface. It was one of the first 2TB-class external drives to arrive in the market. Though the Samsung T3 Portable SSD beat it to our review bench, we finally got SanDisks review sample last month. Read on for a detailed review of the 1.92TB SanDisk Extreme 900, one of the first USB 3.1 Gen 2 client devices available in the market.


Read full article @ Anandtech

SanDisk Extreme 900 USB 3.1 Gen 2 Portable SSD Review
SanDisk launched the Extreme 900 SSD at Computex 2015. The claim to fame was the availability of almost 2TB of flash in a bus-powered enclosure with a USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C interface. It was one of the first 2TB-class external drives to arrive in the market. Though the Samsung T3 Portable SSD beat it to our review bench, we finally got SanDisks review sample last month. Read on for a detailed review of the 1.92TB SanDisk Extreme 900, one of the first USB 3.1 Gen 2 client devices available in the market.


Read full article @ Anandtech

The Accessories Folder in Windows 10 Is a Useful Hidden Gem
In Windows 10, the beloved Accessories folder is a little harder to find than it was in the old days. It used to be front and center in the Start menu, always ready to provide you with access to the default Windows tools like Paint, Notepad, Run, and so on. Its easy to get confused and think the folder has disappeared along with some other features of older versions of Windows, but its still very much alive and kicking, you just need to know where to find it!


Read full article @ MakeUseOf

The Performance Of Ubuntu Software Running On Windows 10 With The New Linux Subsystem
At the end of March was the surprising news about Microsoft bringing Bash and Ubuntu's user-space to Windows 10 via a new "Linux subsystem" for natively dealing with Linux ELF binaries atop Windows. Since last week the latest Windows Insider update now ships with said support for being able to run Bash and other Ubuntu user-space programs on Windows 10. I've been benchmarking the performance of Ubuntu/Linux software on Windows 10 and have some results to share comparing it to a clean Ubuntu installation.


Read full article @ Phoronix

Windows 10 GWX upgrade removal - second guide
Hot off the back of rumors, here's a short article verifying the validity of steps outlined in the first guide on how to disable the KB3035583 GWX update offering free upgrades to Windows 10 through a change of ownership and permissions of the GWX folders and files, with some additional reading, future topics, other tips and tricks, and more. You asked, you doubted, I double-checked for you. All good.


Read full article @ Dedoimedo

Windows 10 Roadmap Reveals Upcoming Features
A document published recently by Microsoft details some of the new features that are coming to Windows 10.


Read full article @ WinSuperSite

Zalman Z9 Neo Case Review
Unlike it’s predecessors in the Z-series line, the Z9 Neo comes with a full length front panel door. Now if your old school, as I am, you probably shutter at the mere mention of a computer case having a door. But over the years, especially with the rise in digital mediums and digital distribution, I find myself using 5.25″ drives less and less. So cases with doors have become attractive again, as they are pleasing to the eye and still offer the option of having a couple of 5.25″ bay devices at your disposal. In this article, Benchmark Reviews dives in deep to determine if this case is a worthy contender for your money.


Read full article @ Benchmark Reviews




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