Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 8, 2014 - 05:47 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: PSU, antec, 750w, 80 Plus Gold, TruePower Classic
[H]ard|OCP reviewed the highest powered model of the new TruePower Classic lineup, the 750W non-modular 80 Plus Gold rated PSU which has a lot of advertising hype to live up to. Inside it is a highly modified Seasonic G-Series with quality capacitors, though the fan is only of middling quality. This PSU did pass every test that was thrown at it bit did not quite provide the same high performance as other PSUs [H] tested that used the same design. On the other hand at $103 it does not cost as much either making it a good example of compromise between extreme performance and extreme cost.
"Antec comes to us today with a mid-level 750 watt enthusiast computer power supply that touts Gold efficiency. This PSU is somewhat light on marketing and heavy on features such as Japanese capacitors, "unprecedented tight voltage regulation," and low ripple and noise to "maximize your system's performance."
Here are some more Cases & Cooling reviews from around the web:
- Antec High Current Pro Platinum 850 W @ techPowerUp
- be quiet! TFX Power 2 300W Gold @ Kitguru
- Seasonic Platinum-1200 @ [H]ard|OCP
- Deepcool Quanta DQ1250 1250 W @ techPowerUp
- eXtreme Power Supply Calculator Update
Subject: General Tech | July 4, 2014 - 12:43 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: texas instruments, CC3000, CC3200, wifi
The new Ti C3200 SimpleLink is an ARM Cortex-M4 based SoC with inbuilt WiFi capability, essentially Internet on a Chip for the Internet of things. Paired with the CC3200 LaunchPad which includes sensors you can use a PC and the SDK with 40 pre-exisiting WiFi apps to enable almost any device to communicate wirelessly. The inclusion of AES, DES, MD5 and other security and encryption protocols is a welcome inclusion for anyone aware of even basic security. The power requirements range from mA in operation to µA in the various sleep modes, making remote use with battery power a definite option. Check out the links at Hack a Day for the spec sheets.
"Texas Instruments’ CC3000 WiFi chip is the darling of everyone producing the latest and greatest Internet of Thing, and it’s not much of a surprise: In quantity, these chips are only $10 a piece. That’s a lot less expensive than the WiFi options a year ago. Now, TI is coming out with a few new modules to their WiFi module family, including one that includes an ARM micro."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Blackberry CEO lays into Android Knox security @ The Inquirer
- China approves Lenovo's purchase of IBM's x86 server business @ The Inquirer
- Microsoft confirms Office 365 price rise @ The Register
- Big Java security fixes on the way – but not so fast, Windows XP users @ The Register
Subject: General Tech | July 4, 2014 - 03:32 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: audio, gaming headset, Almaz, Attitude One
Attitude One joins the crowded headset market with their new foldable Almaz headset with a detachable microphone which is designed to be lightweight enough to carry with you everywhere. The bundled cables are compatible with both Android and Apple devices as well as one you can plug into your PC and simply leave for when you arrive home. The price of €110 quoted by TechPowerUp seems a bit high but the two year warranty somewhat alleviates that investment. If you need a portable lightweight headset with earcups this might be worth investigating as an option.
"Attitude One is a new player on the gaming scene, and today, we take a close look at their first headset, the Almaz. The Almaz can be configured to act as either a headphone or headset because of its detachable microphone and multiple cables."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- thinksound On1 Monitor Series HD Headphones Review @ NikKTech
- ASUS STRIX Pro gaming headset @ Kitguru
- Gamdias Hephaestus Multi-Sensorial PC Gaming Headset @ eTeknix
- CM Storm Sirus-C 2.2 PC & PlayStation 4 Gaming Headset @ eTeknix
- Diamond Xtreme Sound 7.1 External Sound Card Review @ Hardware Asylum
- ARCTIC S113BT Portable Bluetooth Speaker Review @ NikKTech
- Edifier Luna Eclipse 2.0 Speaker Set Review @ Madshrimps
- Luxa2 GroovyT Magic Boom Box Review @HiTech Legion
Subject: General Tech, Displays | July 5, 2014 - 04:11 AM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: oculus vr, oculus rift, Oculus
The popular VR headset development kit, Oculus Rift DK2, is no longer available for order in China. The reason, according to their subreddit, is due to "extreme reseller purchases". In other words, because too many were purchased with the intention of selling them at a markup. They, then, ask enthusiasts to wait for the consumer version. These are for developers to develop.
Reselling product happens frequently. You see it at big sales, when a retailer sells product near (or under) cost to lure people into their stores. Unless they have a quantity-per-purchase limit, that is enforced, you will see the occasional person buying obscene amounts. Some will even tell the cashier that they intend on reselling it elsewhere.
Oculus is "looking into alternative ways to make sure that our development kits are getting into legitimate developer hands in China". Also, they claim to have not canceled all orders in China., because, "that would be messed up".
Yes, Oculus, that would be.
The Oculus Rift DK2 is still available in the other regions.
Subject: Shows and Expos | July 9, 2014 - 05:27 PM | Ryan Shrout
Tagged: workshop, quakecon, contest, byoc
Are you interested in attending Quakecon 2014 next weekend in Dallas, TX but just can't swing the BYOC spot? Well, thanks to our friends at Quakecon and at PC Part Picker, we have two BYOC spots up for grabs for fans of PC Perspective!
While we are excited to be hosting our PC Perspective Hardware Workshop with thousands of dollars in giveaways to pass out on Saturday the 19th, I know that the big draw is the chance to spend Thursday, Friday and Saturday at North America's largest LAN Party.
The giveaway is simple.
- Fill out the form below with your name and email address.
- Make sure you are able and willing to attend Quakecon from July 17th - July 20th. There is no point in winning a free BYOC spot that you cannot use!
- We'll pick a winner on Friday, July 11th so you'll have enough time to make plans.
There you have it. Get it to it guys and we'll see you in Dallas!
Subject: General Tech, Motherboards, Memory | July 6, 2014 - 03:53 AM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: overclocking, memory, gigabyte
About a week ago, HWBOT posted a video of a new DDR3 memory clock record which was apparently beaten the very next day after the movie was published. Tom's Hardware reported on the first of the two, allegedly performed by Gigabyte on their Z97X-SOC Force LN2 Motherboard. The Tom's Hardware article also, erroneously, lists the 2nd place overclock (then 1st place) at 4.56 GHz when it was really half that, because DDR is duplex (2.28 GHz). This team posted their video with a recording of the overclock being measured by an oscilloscope. This asserts that they did not mess with HWBOT.
The now first place team, which managed 2.31 GHz on the same motherboard, did not go to the same level of proof, as far as I can tell.
This is the 2nd fastest overclock...
... but the fastest to be recorded with an oscilloscope that I can tell
Before the machine crashes to a blue screen, the oscilloscope actually reports 2.29 GHz. I am not sure why they took 10 MHZ off, but I expect it is because the system crashed before HWBOT was able to record that higher frequency. Either way, 2.28 GHz was a new world record, and verified by a video, whether or not it was immediately beat.
Tom's Hardware also claims that liquid nitrogen was used to cool the system, which brings sense to why they would use an LN2 board. It could have been chosen just for its overclocking features, but that would have been a weird tradeoff. The LN2 board doesn't have mounting points for a CPU air or water cooler. The extra features would have been offset by the need to build a custom CPU cooler, to not use liquid nitrogen with. It is also unclear how the memory was cooled, whether it was, somehow, liquid nitrogen-cooled too, or if it was exposed to the air.
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