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  • Thief tested with AMD Mantle patch: significant performance boost for entry-level CPUs

    Review Review - 5 hours ago

    Thief tested with AMD Mantle patch: significant performance boost for entry-level CPUs Following Battlefield 4, Thief is the second game to support AMD's new low-level Mantle API. We've tested four graphics cards across two platforms. What kind of performance boost can you expect? The story behind Mantle is known by now. AMD announced the 3D API with the introduction of its Radeon R9 290X. Mantle operates much closer to the graphics card than DirectX, and should pose significantly less CPU-overhead. As a result, the chip manufacturer claims a significant increase in performance. ... Read more
  • Corsair Obsidian 450D review: Corsair strikes again

    Review Review - Friday 18-04-2014 - 16:12

    Corsair Obsidian 450D review: Corsair strikes again

    The Obsidian cases are Corsair's most high end range, with the 900D as it's flagship model. The rest of the range consists of the 750D, the quiet 550D, the micro ATX 350D and the mini ITX 250D. There was still room for a mid-range ATX model in between the 750D and the 350D and that is exactly what Corsair has introduced with the Obsidian 450D, a mid range ATX case with modest dimension while still offering plenty of room for full sized ATX motherboards. The 450D is very interesting if you are looking for a good mid-range case that won't break your bank account. We tested this new case from Corsair and weren't disappointed. 

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  • GeForce GTX 750 and 750 Ti: ASUS vs. MSI vs. KFA2

    Review Review - Thursday 17-04-2014 - 09:46

    GeForce GTX 750 and 750 Ti: ASUS vs. MSI vs. KFA2

    On February 18th, Nvidia introduced the GeForce GTX 750 and 750 Ti video cards. Our initial review covered offerings from ASUS and MSI, but uncertainties in pricing and the lack of sound measurements for the MSI cards left us unable to draw a definitive conclusion. In the meantime, realtime prices have stabilized, and we have also tested an additional card from KFA2. Let's see which GTX 750 or 750 Ti offers the best value for your money!

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  • 802.11ac routers review: 20 models tested

    Review Review - Monday 14-04-2014 - 21:17

    802.11ac routers review: 20 models tested

    The market for routers is dynamic, and given that it has been a while since we have last published an overview covering the state of affairs surrounding 802.11ac routers on Hardware.Info, it's high time for an update. We've tested 20 different models, including a number of the already third generation 802.11ac routers.

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  • Seagate Desktop SSHD 4TB review: the ultimate hard drive?

    Review Review - Thursday 10-04-2014 - 12:46

    Seagate Desktop SSHD 4TB review: the ultimate hard drive?

    In November of last year we tested the Seagate Desktop SSHD 2TB. Now, Seagate also has a 4TB model of this 3.5'' hard drive with built-in SSD cache available. We have now also extensively tested this model.

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  • AMD Radeon R9 295X2 review: ready for the Ultra HD revolution

    Review Review - Tuesday 08-04-2014 - 12:58

    When AMD introduced their latest top model graphics card the Radeon 290X, rumours started surfacing very quickly about AMD working on a dual GPU version of their latest chips. As AMD has marketed a dual GPU card of their high end GPU's over the last years the prediction of a new dual GPU card is not a hard one to make. The rumors and codename "Vesuvius" that surfaced in november 2013 have proven to be correct, as today AMD introduces their Radeon R9 295X, basically two Radeon 290X on one PCB with water cooling.

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  • A budget Mac: how to install a Hackingtosh

    Review Review - Saturday 05-04-2014 - 20:50

    A budget Mac: how to install a Hackingtosh Would you like to try Mac OS but do you think an actual Mac is too expensive? With a few easy tricks you can install Apples operating system on a normal PC. In this article we will show you how to install a so-called Hackintosh. With the introduction of Mac OS X 10.4 Apple promised support for Intel chips, and with good reason. The performance of Motorola's PowerPC CPU's couldn't keep up with the competition and Apple was forced to switch to Intel CPU's in order to offer better performance. The... Read more
  • Performance consistency of popular 240-256GB SSDs review: big differences

    Review Review - Thursday 03-04-2014 - 11:59

    Performance consistency of popular 240-256GB SSDs review: big differences

    Last month we published a review on Intels new 730 series SSD, based on the same controller that you can find in Intel enterprise SSDs. As the controller is developed in house by Intel they claim that the consistency in the performance of these drives one of its stronger points, making it (according to Intel) very suitable to be used in RAID 0 arrays. We have not looked at performance consistency before when reviewing SSDs, but after receiving numerous requests from users we are going to change this. 

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  • Test: what amount of PCI-Express lanes is optimal for SLI?

    Review Review - Monday 31-03-2014 - 11:14

    Test: what amount of PCI-Express lanes is optimal for SLI? Why would you choose a Socket 2011 system over a much cheaper Socket 1150 configuration? A much heard argument is that Socket 2011 offers better support for SLI, but, in practice, is that really the case? Hardware.Info performed tests to find out. The fact that Intel currently has two platforms available for desktops systems probably won't be news to those with a passion for hardware. Socket 1150 is available for the cheapest Celeron processors to the popular Core i7 4770K. In addition to ... Read more
  • 3x AMD Radeon R9 290 / 2x AMD Radeon R9 290X review: ASUS, Gigabyte and Sapphire review: ASUS, Gigabyte and Sapphire

    Review Review - Friday 28-03-2014 - 08:14

    3x AMD Radeon R9 290 / 2x AMD Radeon R9 290X review: ASUS, Gigabyte and Sapphire review: ASUS, Gigabyte and Sapphire

    When AMD introduced its new Radeon 290 and 290X flagship cards at the end of 2013, the cards were welcomed by many hardware enthusiasts. As usual with new releases there were minor flaws and points to be improved, the biggest one being temperature and noise levels of the new cards. This has caused many to wait for cards with aftermarket coolers to be introduced, we already tested ASUS' offering of the R290X some time ago, but now we have also received their version of the 290 as well as 290 and 290X versions by Gigabyte and Sapphire. As usual we did a comparative test between the new cards to see how their cooling solutions hold up.

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  • 30 750-850 watt power supplies review

    Review Review - Wednesday 26-03-2014 - 17:00

    30 750-850 watt power supplies review Power supplies with 750 to 850 watt are very popular among enthusiasts with serious gaming rigs. We tested and compared 30 different models. If you are configuring a gaming pc with a powerful graphics card you will most likely be choosing a power supply of 750 to 850 watts. Our test system consists of a Core i7 3960X, a X79 motherboard and a single SSD, paired with a high end graphics card it will draw around 305 to 400 watt on average. Obviously a socket 1150 based system will use less, but es... Read more
  • XBMC / Media Player PC - March 2014

    PC Buyer's Guide PC Buyer's Guide - Sunday 23-03-2014 - 04:59

    XBMC / Media Player PC - March 2014 If you want a full featured HTPC including TV capabilities, have a look at our Home Theater PC buying guide. However, if you just want a solution to for living room playback of films, photos and music from a network location, there are better and more affordable options. Our XBMC / Media Player Buying Guide is a good option if you want to use the XBMC media software. Combining this configuration with XBMC results in a more versatile product than any stand alone media player, while costing no... Read more
  • 13 16GB DDR3-memory kits for Intel Haswell review

    Review Review - Thursday 20-03-2014 - 05:59

    13 16GB DDR3-memory kits for Intel Haswell review

    When configuring a high end PC, chances are you are going to choose a 16 GB memory kit. We tested 13 different kits, which according to the manufacturers are well suited to be used in combination with a Haswell processor. 

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  • Intel Core i7 4770R review: fastest CPU with Iris Pro 5200 graphics

    Review Review - Monday 17-03-2014 - 15:00

    During the San Francisco CES conference, Gigabyte officially introduced the Brix Pro, the flagship model in its line of mini PCs. A sample system is currently in our lab and you can expect a review shortly. What's interesting is that the system comes equipped with an Intel Core i7 4770R processor, featuring the Iris Pro 5200 graphics chip. Reason for us to subject it to our suite of CPU-benchmarks.

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  • Samsung LU28D590D review: 4K becomes affordable

    Review Review - Friday 14-03-2014 - 15:00

    Samsung LU28D590D review: 4K becomes affordable

    Until now, monitors featuring UHD resolution were rather pricy, but this is about to change. Thanks to an affordable 28-inch panel, which will be utilized by almost all manufacturers, prices for 4K-monitors are going to drop to around € 600 / £ 500 halfway through 2014. Samsung was the first to send us the LU28D590D, a monitor which is going to cost around € 600 / £ 500, but does offer 3840x2160 pixels. It is based on a TN panel, although it is an extremely good one, so keep on reading, because this could be a screen you might be adding to add to the top of your wish list.

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  • Zotac Zbox EI750 Plus review: Square powerhouse

    Review Review - Monday 10-03-2014 - 14:00

    Zotac Zbox EI750 Plus review: Square powerhouse

    The Intel Core i7-4770R is one of the first processors which really excited us when it comes to its integrated graphical processor. Zotac has now incorporated this clever quad-core processor into their latest mini, the Zbox EI750 Plus.

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  • Synology launches Disk Station Manager 5

    News News - Monday 10-03-2014 - 13:02

    Synology launches Disk Station Manager 5 Synology officially launched Disk Station Manager (DSM) 5, which can be downloaded as of today. This new version focuses on a new interface, with a cleaner and flatter appearance. Further, features have been added that should make managing a Synology NAS more intuitive. DSM 5 has a full screen interface for high resolution displays, and the accessibility over the internet has improved thanks to QuickConnect. In DSM 5.0 it is possible to access all the packages installed on the NAS. The firmware... Read more
  • CeBIT: New products from Synology

    News News - Monday 10-03-2014 - 12:08

    CeBIT: New products from Synology Synology introduced several new products at CeBIT today. Among them were the DS214play and the DS414play, both aimed at multimedia use. The only difference between the two devices is that the DS214play houses a maximum of 2 disks, while you can install double that number of disks in the DS414play. The DS414j is a budget-friendly NAS device for home use and small offices. This device has a dual-core processor (not further specified) and USB 3.0. Moving on, the compact DS414slim focuses on energy... Read more
  • Plextor M6e 256GB SSD review: First native PCI-Express SSD for desktop PCs

    Review Review - Friday 07-03-2014 - 14:59

    Plextor M6e 256GB SSD review: First native PCI-Express SSD for desktop PCs

    Plextor is first to the market with a native PCI-Express SSD for desktop PC's, the M6. Is it good enough to make the abundance of current available SATA 600 SSD's look obsolete? Hardware.info tests the 256GB version of the M6 to find out

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  • Intel SSD 730 240GB review: consumer SSD with server DNA

    Review Review - Tuesday 04-03-2014 - 04:59

    Intel SSD 730 240GB review: consumer SSD with server DNA

    Intel has just introduced their new top of the line consumer SSD, the 730. The new 2,5" SSD is based on the same controller as the Intel DC S3500 en S3700, which are both enterprise SSD's. This is why Intel is marketing the 730 as a "consumer SSD with enterprise DNA". We tested the 240 GB model supplied to us by Informatique.nl.

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