Subject: Displays | November 24, 2014 - 01:53 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: 2560x1440, mva, benq, BL3200PT, 32, professional monitor
Displays using Multi-domain Vertical Alignment, aka MVA, offer better response times than standard IPS panels and better viewing angle and colour than ones using TN, sitting somewhat in the middle of these two standards in quality and price. BenQ has released an 32", LED backlit 2560x1440 A-MVA display called the BL3200PT with a 100% colour gamut and 1.07 billion colours, aimed at the professional designer on a bit of a budget. The MSRP of $800 makes it far more affordable than many of the 4K monitors on the market and the use of MVA instead of IPS also helps lower the price without sacrificing too much quality. The connectivity options are impressive, HDMI, DisplayPort, dual-link DVI, and D-Sub, along with audio, two USB plugs and a card reader should ensure that you can connect this display to the necessary resources and it can be adjusted vertically as well as tilt and swivel and is capable of portrait mode. Check out Hardware Canucks full review here.
"BenQ's BL3200PT combines a massive screen size with an Advanced-MVA panel to create a monitor that's a perfect fit for optimizing workflow while delivering good color reproduction."
Here are some more Display articles from around the web:
- AOC U2868PQU 4K UHD 28 inch LCD Monitor Review @ NikKTech
- AOC U3477PQU 34 inch 3440x1440 IPS @ Kitguru
- ASUS RoG SWIFT PG278Q 27-inch G-SYNC Monitor Review @ Techgage
Subject: Storage | November 24, 2014 - 04:35 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: ssd, sata, PS3110-S10, phison, Neutron XT, corsair, 256GB
Allyn recently reviewed the Corsair Neutron Series XT but as it is a brand new controller it is always worth a second opinion. The Tech Report also recently tested this SSD, with its four core PS3110 controller and A19 variant of Toshiba's 19-nm MLC NAND. Three of those cores are devoted to behind the scenes tasks such as garbage collection which should help performance when the drive starts to approach full capacity. When testing performance they did see improvements from the first Phison controlled drive, the Force Series LS which sits at the bottom of their performance ranking. That was not all that held back this drive, lack of support for features which have become common such as Microsoft eDrive put this drive behind the top competition and if Corsair is to make this drive a contender they are going to have to think very carefully about what the MSRP will be.
"Corsair's new Neutron Series XT pairs a quad-core Phison controller with Toshiba's latest MLC NAND. We've taken the 240GB version for a spin to see if it can hang with the big boys."
Here are some more Storage reviews from around the web:
- Corsair Neutron XT (240GB) @ The SSD Review
- ADATA SP610 512GB SSD @ Kitguru
- Synology Diskstation DS115J 1-Bay NAS @ eTeknix
- QNAP TurboNAS TS-653 Pro NAS Server Review @ NikKTech
- Western Digital My Passport Pro 2 TB Portable (Thunderbolt) @ TechARP
- OWC Thunderbay 4 mini Thunderbolt 2 Enclosure @ The SSD Review
Subject: General Tech | November 25, 2014 - 12:19 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: osx, ubuntu 14.10, linux, apple, OS
Over at Phoronix you can see a comparison between the new Apple OS X 10.10 and the newest release of Ubuntu 14.10. This offers an interesting comparison in performance as both OSes were tested on the same system, a 2013 Macbook Air with a Haswell i5-4250U with onboard HD 5000, 4GB of DDR3-1600MHz and the Apple branded SSD. For content creators and those with no interest in running Windows it highlights the contrasts you can expect between the two operating systems in data transfer and graphics applications. Right from the start you can see that the contest is somewhat one sided, the first benchmark, PostMark, showed the disk with Ubuntu installed performing three times as fast as with OSX. The results get a little closer in some benchmarks but overall Linux outpaces OSX significantly.
"While I delivered some OS X 10.10 Yosemite preview benchmarks back in August, here's my first tests of the official release of Apple OS X 10.10.1 compared to Ubuntu 14.10 Linux. Tests were done of OS X 10.9.5 and OS X 10.10.1 against Ubuntu 14.10 Utopic Unicorn when running the benchmarks under both GCC and LLVM Clang compilers."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- ARM seeing troubles penetrating into PC, server industries; IoT becomes new battlefield for Intel, ARM @ DigiTimes
- BitTorrent users are 170 percent more likely to download legally than non-torrenters @ The Inquirer
- Researchers Say the Tech Worker Shortage Doesn't Really Exist @ Slashdot
- Regin Malware In EU Attack Linked To US and British Intelligence Agencies @ Slashdot
- You stupid BRICK! PCs running Avast AV can't handle Windows fixes @ The Register
- Bond villains lament as Wicked Lasers withdraw death ray @ The Register
Subject: General Tech | November 27, 2014 - 10:03 PM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: ubisoft, black friday
Another quick Black Friday post, this one on Ubisoft's Uplay service. At least in Canada, if you purchase one title of a selected list, you will get a choice of one from a second list, for free. While the headliners are Ubisoft's first-party titles, there are a few from EA, Sega, Telltale, Deep Silver, Bethesda, WB Games, Capcom, Square Enix, and Kalypso to round out the “Buy” list (every free bundle game is from Ubisoft, though).
The list of “Buy” (full price) games are:
- Assassin's Creed: Unity (PC, Xbox One, PS4)
- Far Cry 4 (PC, 360, Xbox One, PS3 – Not PS4???)
- Dragon Age: Inquisition (PC)
- Alien Isolation (PC)
- Assassin's Creed: Rogue (360, PS3)
- Tales from the Borderlands (PC)
- Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris (PC)
- Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor (PC)
- The Evil Within (PC)
- Dead Rising 3: Apocalypse (PC)
- Wolfenstein: The New Order (PC)
- FIFA Soccer 15 (PC)
- The Sims 4 (PC)
- Football Manager 2015 (PC)
- Rocksmith (2014) (PC, 360, PS3 – Xbox One is listed by not available in the store???)
- Just Dance 2015 (360, Xbox One, PS3, Wii)
- Escape Dead Island (PC)
- Tropico 5 (PC)
- Shape Up (Xbox One)
- Metro: Redux Bundle (PC)
Purchasing one of the above allows you to get one of the following PC titles:
- Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag
- South Park: The Stick of Truth
- Far Cry 3
- Assassin's Creed III: Deluxe Edition
- Splinter Cell: Blacklist
- Assassin's Creed: Freedom Cry
- Assassin's Creed: Liberation HD
- Call of Juarez: Gunslinger
- Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon
- Anno 2070
- Might and Magic: Heroes VI (Complete)
- Rayman Legends
Of course, the first thing that pops into my mind is the AMD "Never Settle" promotion. It is interesting that game publishers are also considering a "build your own bundle" initiative, breaking from the "these two games are shrink-wrapped together" model that was previously dominant. Perhaps this will be something that Valve considers for one of their future promotions?
If you were considering paying full price for one of the first list of titles, than purchasing it through the Ubisoft store might get you an extra game for free. Personally, I've been considering Far Cry 4 and Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag has been given a lot of good publicity. The sale started on the American Thanksgiving season and runs until December 15th, so you have a little time to think.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 25, 2014 - 12:57 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: corsair, h60, AIO, water cooler
It is somewhat surprising to realize that the Corsair H60 has not been updated since 2013 and even more surprising that it remains relevant even after what equates to a huge slice of time in the component industry. It retails for $60 and is compatible with every modern AMD and Intel socket and thanks to its compact design it can fit in smaller systems that the competitions larger coolers cannot. The H60 now falls towards the middle of [H]ard|OCP's performance charts with larger coolers providing a better result but only in systems which they can fit into and also commanding a much higher price than the H60. It may no longer be at the top of the cooler rankings but when you look at the price to performance and flexibility the H60 remains a viable choice for those shopping for an aftermarket cooler.
"Today we are re-reviewing an older All-in-One CPU from Corsair that is surely a stalwart in the CPU cooling industry. The H60 AIO CPU cooler is a cost effective choice for those enthusiasts looking for a good solution at a good price. The redesigned H60 has been in the market place for 2 years now, which is saying something if it is still competitive."
Here are some more Cases & Cooling reviews from around the web:
- SilverStone Tundra TD02 AIO Liquid CPU Cooler Review @ NikKTech
- Comparison of Arctic Silver 5 vs. Arctic MX4 Thermal Paste @ Tech ARP
- IN WIN D-FRAME MINI Computer Case @ Benchmark Reviews
- Fractal Design Core 3300 Mid Tower Case Review @HiTech Legion
- Thermaltake Core V51 Mid-Tower @ Benchmark Reviews
- Phanteks Enthoo EVOLV Review @ OCC
- Fractal Design Define R5 Mid-Tower @ Benchmark Reviews
- Fractal Design Define R5 Mid-Tower @ eTeknix
- be quiet! Silent Base 800 Mid-Tower @ eTeknix
- Corsair Obsidian 250D @ techPowerUp
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