3 Ways to Remove Write Protection on SD Cards and more
Posted on: 11/09/2017 10:38 AM

Here a roundup of today's reviews and articles:

3 Ways to Remove Write Protection on SD Cards
Alphacool Eisteppich Mousepad Black Monsta Review
ASRock Fatal1ty Z370 Gaming-ITX/ac Motherboard Review
ASUS GeForce GTX 1070 Ti STRIX Gaming Review
Auraflow 240 CPU Cooler Review
Creative Sound BlasterX AE-5 Review
Crucial BX300 SSD Review (480GB) - Now Featuring 3D MLC NAND
Dell XPS 13 (2017) With Kaby Lake R Review: Faster, Better Than Ever
Drevo Ares NVMe SSD Review
Fractal Design Celsius S24
HyperX Cloud Alpha Gaming Headset Review
Intel Hires Former AMD Exec Raja Koduri To Spearhead High-End Discrete Graphics Products
mean:it 5PM Tempered Glass Case Review
Moto G5S Plus & Moto X4 Smartphones Revealed
MSI Z370 Krait Gaming Review
Noctua NH-L12S Lower Profile CPU Cooler Review
Phanteks Glacier C399A Threadripper Waterblock Review
Reeven NAIA 240 All-in-One Liquid Cooler Review
Scythe Fuma Rev.B CPU Cooler Review
Thermaltake Core X9 Snow Edition Review
Tt eSPORTS Level 10 M Hybrid Advanced Professional Gaming Mouse Review
ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1050Ti OC Edition Graphics Card Review

3 Ways to Remove Write Protection on SD Cards
SD card write errors are a pain. When youve picked out the perfect SD card and it suddenly wont let you add new files to it or delete anything, you probably wonder how to fix it. Thankfully, these write protection problems on SD cards are easy to fix. Here are three quick methods to try when you cant modify any of the files on your card. 1. Toggle the Physical Switch Almost all SD cards include a slider on the side that acts as a locking mechanism.


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Alphacool Eisteppich Mousepad Black Monsta Review
The beautiful thing about mousepads is that they are the most uncomplicated piece of hardware you can have on a desktop. It is so simple but at the same time essential that it is difficult to work without it.


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ASRock Fatal1ty Z370 Gaming-ITX/ac Motherboard Review
Today we take a look at ASRock's Mini-ITX Z370 motherboard designed for enthusiasts and gamers. It carries the Fatal1ty name, which means it is designed for gaming, but it also carries high-end hardware designed for overclocking as well. It is one of few Z370 motherboards with Intersil's Smart Power Stages, and it even has Thunderbolt 3, making it extremely unique. The motherboard is also all black, which is something many builders like since it will match pretty much any build. Let's take a look at this Z370 mini-ITX motherboard!


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ASUS GeForce GTX 1070 Ti STRIX Gaming Review
We review the ASUS GeForce GTX 1070 Ti STRIX Gaming edition. With that familiar triple fan look, we review and test the Republic Of Gamers card from ASUS which comes all custom cooled and a revamped custom PCB design.


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Auraflow 240 CPU Cooler Review
In the previous testing of ID Cooling CPU coolers, our results are a bit of a mixed bag. While some of their coolers have done well in the past, there have been some that we feel, that while they look robust and capable, there is one thing about them that appears to fail the potential of such coolers. This all comes down the hardware. Instead of using slightly more expensive to product solutions, ID Cooling opts to save a few pennies, at the harm of their products. Since it is the mounting hardware that should be offering even and level pressure across the IHS, we find this is just not what we are getting with ID Cooling CPU coolers. When asked to review this cooler, we initially balked at the opportunity as with what we saw with the Icekimo coolers, let's just say we were not impressed. We immediately asked which mounting hardware was used on this new cooler, as we did not want to go through all the work to realize the mounting hardware issue was not addressed, and we were told that the hardware was not the same. In fact, we were told we would be getting a cooler that has this issue addressed, sadly, this was not true. SO here we are, with another AIO from ID Cooling, which we already have no hope for, long before we even get started. Today we are looking at something different from both the Frostflow and Icekimo series coolers, an AIO which offers many of the same ideas, but the one major difference here is that ID Cooling has added Aura Sync support. The Auraflow 240 CPU cooler we are bringing you is back to a round head unit, the hoses are sleeved, and the radiator has been dressed up as well. At this point, all we have left to show are the images and get to the results, and see if we can do any better with an AIO with some of the worst mounting hardware available.


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Creative Sound BlasterX AE-5 Review
With a long history in the gaming audio market, Creative is continuing to refine its products to deliver the best audio experience. Today we assess the Sound BlasterX AE-5, a PCIe sound card with Xamp technology and support for 32-bit/384Khz playback. Is it worth £129.99?


Read full article @ KitGuru

Crucial BX300 SSD Review (480GB) - Now Featuring 3D MLC NAND
It seems like it was just yesterday that I was holding the Crucial M4 in my hands and I was ready to upgrade my first gen i7 system with my first SSD ever, let alone with the first SATA 6Gb/s SSD ever. While my X58 motherboard had the latest SATA 6GB/s ports provided by Marvell chipset, those in the know always opted for the Intel SATA 3GB/s ports for the reliability. USB3.0 was just emerging in the market and M.2 NVMe devices were just a dream by those laying the groundwork for them.

Since then, the computer market has evolved quite a bit. SATA 6Gb/s is now standard, M.2 NVMe devices are nearly everywhere and more are yet to come, and USB 3.1 now has a Type-C connector that allows you to plug in a corresponding device on the first try! No more flipping the cable upside down three times to get it in once! My how things have changed.

The times are moving and boy are they moving fast, and Crucial is making times faster with their latest SSD, the BX300. Back when I bought my Crucial M4 it was the best value at the time. Today, Crucial SSDs are still some of the best value drives on the market. The BX100 was Crucial's first product series denoting an entry-level product that was aimed to replace HDDs. They stripped away the enterprise features of the MX100, utilized a cheaper controller from Silicon Motion, but kept their quality NAND in this new series. With such low prices, great performance, and Crucial's focus on quality and reliability, it was a big win for both the end user and Crucial. Keeping the same recipe as the original BX100, Crucial now infusing their BX Series with a newer controller featuring SLC caching and their latest 3D MLC NAND. The all-new, third generation, BX300 looks like it just could be the next value king, but with such fast change in the PC world as we know it today, will their tried and true recipe continue to deliver the goods? Read on to find out.


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Dell XPS 13 (2017) With Kaby Lake R Review: Faster, Better Than Ever
Dell has not done much to tweak the physical design of its XPS 13 laptop over the past couple years, though it's not out of laziness or complacency. The past few models have exemplified excellence in engineering, with the size and weight of the XPS 13 belying what lays in wait when you crack open the lid. Its InfinityEdge display all but eliminates the bezel and delivers a larger-than-expected viewing area based on the laptop's overall dimensions, and the hardware powering it has, for the most part, been cutting edge.

In keeping with that latter theme, Dell upgraded its XPS 13 for late 2017 with a new 8th generation Intel Core i7 processor, specifically the Core i7-8550U, effectively doubling the number of processor cores (and threads) for multi-threaded workloads...


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Drevo Ares NVMe SSD Review
Have you heard of Drevo yet? Drevo has a new NVMe SSD to complement its strong SATA line up. Today we look at the Ares NVMe SSD add-in card.


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Fractal Design Celsius S24
Fractal Design continues their tradition of expandable all-in-one liquid coolers with the Celsius S24. Bucking the RGB trend they have instead gone for a more professional and sleek design that offers usable features instead of flashy LEDs. With good performance and noise levels it manages to stands out in a crowded market.


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HyperX Cloud Alpha Gaming Headset Review
Today we will present HyperX Cloud Alpha gaming headset. You could say it’s one more HyperX headset and I agree as HyperX is releasing many headsets. However every new HyperX product has additional improvements. It’s one of the brands which is still learning to deliver the best products. Since it’s my fourth HyperX headset then I can say something about improvements. Of course I won’t tell you all that in the introduction and you will have to pass next pages of this review to find out what I’m talking about.

Let’s not make it any longer and take a look at the latest HyperX headset – Cloud Alpha.


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Intel Hires Former AMD Exec Raja Koduri To Spearhead High-End Discrete Graphics Products
News broke yesterday that AMD’s Raja Koduri would be leaving the company after a brief sabbatical. It turns out that the former head of the Radeon Technologies Group (RTG) won’t be out of work for long – Intel just announced that Koduri would be joining the team to head up a newly formed Core and Visual Computing Group, and as a general manager of a new initiative to drive edge and client visual computing solutions.

The rumor we posted this morning turned out to be true...


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mean:it 5PM Tempered Glass Case Review
When it comes to PC cases we as enthusiasts know all of the major brands. I’m sure if we asked you to name 5 PC case brands you could easily do it. Not often do we see a new case company come on the scene, but today we have a case from a company we’ve never heard of before. mean:it currently has two cases available and going to their website there really is not much known about the company. When they initially e-mailed us they said they are a new brand that, “focuses exclusively on three-sided tempered glass computer cases”. We are all about tempered glass cases so we were excited to see what they had to offer. Today we are checking out their 5PM case, which is a mid tower case featuring three tempered glass panels, 4 included LED fans, and a pretty good internal design from what it seems. Can mean:it break into the highly competitive case industry? Read on as we find out!


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Moto G5S Plus & Moto X4 Smartphones Revealed
Lenovo Mobile and Motorola Mobility just revealed the new *Moto G5S Plus* and *Moto X4* smartphones. Find out what's new and great about them here!


Read full article @ TechARP

MSI Z370 Krait Gaming Review
Today we're taking a look at the MSI Z370 Krait Gaming motherboard supporting Intel's newest 8th generation Coffee Lake-based processors. In addition to its striking black-and-white design and onboard RGB LEDs, the Z370 Krait Gaming supports 2-way NVIDIA SLI and 3-way AMD Crossfire for gamers on a budget.

"The MSI Z370 Krait Gaming motherboard supports the 8th generation Intel LGA 1151 processors, along with DDR4 memory with speeds of up to 4000+ MHz (OC). This motherboard is in the standard ATX form factor, and also supports RGB lighting through the MSI Mystic Light feature. Graphic card support includes 2-Way NVIDIA SLI and 3-Way AMD Crossfire, with DVI-D and HDMI onboard connectors.

Storage options include six SATA 6Gb/s ports that are capable of RAID 0/1/5/10, and two M.2 slots capable of RAID 0/1. The rear panel offers two USB 2.0 ports, four USB 3.1 Gen1 ports, and a pair of USB 3.1 Gen2 ports (one Type-A, one Type-C). Internal headers allow for four more USB 2.0 ports, and four more USB 3.1 Gen1 ports.


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Noctua NH-L12S Lower Profile CPU Cooler Review
Noctua originates from a collaboration between the Austrian Rascom Computer distribution Ges.m.b.H. and the Taiwanese cooling specialist Kolink International Corporation, pooling more than thirty years of experience in the development, manufacturing and marketing of high-end cooling components. Established in 2005, Noctua took international silent enthusiasts’ hearts by storm and quickly developed into one of the most acclaimed suppliers of premium quality quiet cooling products. Today, Noctua is present in more than 30 countries across the globe and working with several hundred sales partners. Chosen by noise-conscious PC users, system integrators and industry clients alike, Noctua has become synonymous with impeccable quality, excellent customer service and class-leading quiet cooling performance.
Today, I am taking a look at the company’s new low profile cooler, NH-L12S. The Noctua NH-L12S is a 120mm low profile CPU air cooler supplied with their powerful yet slim profiled NF-A12x15 PWM fan. This cooler is built around the Noctua’s NH-L12 but has been adjusted for better clearance, more silent operations and more cooling. It was put on the Intel’s hot chip, i7 7700k. How did it perform, let’s find out?


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Phanteks Glacier C399A Threadripper Waterblock Review
This we as we continue our AMD Threadripper cooling reviews, we have the Phanteks Glacier C399A waterblock on the test bench. Previously we have reviewed the XSPC Raystorm NEO, the Bykski, and the EK EVO waterblocks for Threadripper. And we have also taken a look at a couple of AIO TR4 coolers from Enermax.

While the Glacier C399A lacks a sexy naming scheme, it is pretty damn sexy when it comes to looks. The C399A is selling for $100 at Newegg. Here is what Phanteks has to say about it.

The Glacier C399a waterblock from Phanteks is custom-designed for the TR4-socket from the ground up. Crafted to push AMD’s high-end CPU’s (RYZEN Threadripper) to its limit with a massive copper base and fin surface area. The Glacier C399a is made from premium materials, featuring integrated RGB lighting and VITON sealing from the Automotive and Aerospace Industries to deliver the best quality possible from Phanteks.


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Reeven NAIA 240 All-in-One Liquid Cooler Review
Cooling solution has been the significant part in PCs. There was time when users were willing to utilized stock cooling solution, the prominent example is Intel stock and still are relying, but when it comes to overclocking the chip, Intel stock only get worse and that’s where aftermarket cooling solution comes in handy. In fact, the presence of Intel stock heatsink has almost been ended, especially with the induction of Intel’s Skylake series. Now, every PC has to rely on aftermarket CPU coolers.

CPU Coolers is divided into two categories; All-in-One liquid cooler and Heatsink Tower cooler, the latter one is being very much matured since it has been here since a very long and in fact, ages before AIO. Let’s face the fact, Air coolers offers the best value for money. However, AIO has been doing amazing by offering whole new face in the cooling department. The main difference between these two are the Looks, design, quality, and technique.

Reeven is a well-known CPU Cooler manufacturer on the market. A Taiwan based company established in 2011. Having several categories in its product lineup, CPU coolers have been the best-known product line for Reeven. Not the mention, the OKEANOS and Ouranos coolers has been doing prominent and profitable. These days, companies are shifting its efforts towards AIO coolers, as they are more in trend now, which leads Reeven to register its name in the list of Top AIO cooler manufacturer. And, Reeven achieved this milestone by introducing one of the best looking All-in-One Cooling solution, NAIA 240.


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Scythe Fuma Rev.B CPU Cooler Review
Scythe does not want to be left behind. In this instance, they have taken a cooler which was just offered in its original form, slightly more than a year ago, but the introduction of AM4 sockets made Scythe jump into action. With the cooler we are about to see, there have only been two changes to this offering that we can find. One of them, most obviously, is the inclusion of AM4 mounting, which the original did not have. The second change is that the mounting hardware, which used to be matte black, is now polished metal. Outside of these two factors, what we will see here is much the same as what you may have read in other reviews. While we did not get our hands-on the original design, Scythe wanted to make sure we got to see this cooler is some shape or form, and why not wait until the cooler is in what we would consider its final form. The cooler we are alluding to here is the Scythe Fuma Rev.B, one of the latest coolers to leave the Scythe factory. From what we have gathered in the preliminary inspection and with what we have read and understood about the Fuma Rev.B, what you are about to see is a dual-tower cooler, which is not only attractive but is also highly affordable. For those of you looking for a large air cooler that won't break the bank, we suggest you take a long hard look at what Scythe has delivered for us today.


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Thermaltake Core X9 Snow Edition Review
In the development department of Thermaltake, the 32.5 cm long GeForce 1070 graphics card is probably just worth a tired smile. For a long time it was clear that the graphics card, which would not fit into this new Thermaltake chassis, will probably not be invented so quickly. We are talking about the Thermaltake Core X9 Snow Edition case. An empty weight like that of some complete systems, a space like some server cabinets do not even offer and the flexibility of an USB rubber cable distinguish this Monster case. But can it really convince us in the test? Blizzard or rather snowflake? We find out today on OCinside.de and even stack two of these Thermaltake Core X9 cases!


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Tt eSPORTS Level 10 M Hybrid Advanced Professional Gaming Mouse Review
By adding an software overdrive function to boost the DPI of the laser sensor all the way up to 16.000 and RGB color illumination for both its lighting zones Tt eSPORTS has advanced the already award winning Level 10 M Hybrid Professional Gaming.


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ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1050Ti OC Edition Graphics Card Review
Zotac was established in 2006 under the umbrella of PC Partner (HSI: 1263) with the focus on Original Mini PC, ZBOX. ZOTAC derives its name from the words “zone” and “tact”, aptly referencing to their skill & expertise in the zones of PC components, systems, and manufacturing. Combining both function and design, ZOTAC strives to create the latest technological products that epitomize form, utility, and style. Besides Mini PC, Zotac is manufacturing graphics card and SSDs. Zotac is an AIB partner of the Nvidia. Their graphics cards hold true value for the packed performance of the users.
Today, I will be reviewing the entry-level budget gaming graphics card from the Zotac, aka GTX 1050Ti OC edition. While this card is just perfect for small form factor builds, it does not limit its use in any other form factor build. Don’t be drawn away from its compact size and smaller PCB for it does pack quite a punch for the gamers playing at 1080p and lower. It has a proper cooling solution in the form of the regular heatsink, heatpipes and the two 70mm fans offering optimal cooling performance yet with silent operations. It draws just 75W of power and does not need any power connector for that. 4GB GDDR5 VRAM is a plus particularly for the gamers playing at lower resolutions. Most of all, it is based on the Pascal architecture from Nvidia if that cheers you up.
This card has 768 Cuda Cores with 128-bit memory bus. It packs 4GB of GDDR5 video memory clocked at 7GHz. The base clock is 1392MHz with the boost clock of the 1506MHz. This card comes factory overclocked. It follows the PCIe 3.0 standard. It has a HDMI 2.0b, a DP 1.4 and a DL-DVI connector. It is a dual slot design but still a compact size card. It has a support for 4.5 OpenGL and DX of 12 API feature level of 12_1. The card’s dimensions are just 174mm x 111.15 mm if this tells you the tale of how compact it is.


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