AMD 7th Gen Bristol Ridge and AM4 Analysis and more
Posted on: 09/24/2016 09:02 AM

Here a roundup of today's reviews and articles:

AMD 7th Gen Bristol Ridge and AM4 Analysis: Up to A12-9800, B350/A320 Chipset, OEMs first, PIBs Later
Asustor AS3104T 4-bay NAS Review
Case Mod Friday: HYPERCUBE
ECS Z170-LIGHTSABER (Intel LGA1151)
Forza Horizon 3 is as fun as it is beautiful
Gigabyte Brix S GB-BSi5HT-6200 Ultra Compact SFF PC Review
GIGABYTE GTX 1060, 1070 & 1080 G1 Gaming Review
HyperX Cloud Revolver Gaming Headset
In Win 303 Computer Case Review
Jabra ECLIPSE Wireless Headset Review
Let's bash Windows 10. I mean BASH on Windows 10
Monster Fatal1ty FxM 200 Headset
Seagate Backup Plus Ultra Slim 2TB Review
The Best Windows 10 Tablet

AMD 7th Gen Bristol Ridge and AM4 Analysis: Up to A12-9800, B350/A320 Chipset, OEMs first, PIBs Later
Over the last two weeks, AMD officially launched their 7th Generation Bristol Ridge processors as well as the new AM4 socket and related chipsets. The launch was somewhat muted, as the target for the initial launch is purely to the big system OEMs and system integrators, such as Lenovo, HP, Dell and others – for users wanting to build their own systems, ‘Product-in-Box’ units (called PIBs) for self-build systems will come at the end of the year. We held off on the announcement because the launch and briefings left a number of questions unanswered as to the potential matrix of configurations, specifications of the hardware and how it all connects together. We got a number of answers, so let’s delve in.


Read full article @ Anandtech

Asustor AS3104T 4-bay NAS Review
The AS3104T is the bigger sibling of the 2-bay AS3102T we reviewed recently. With four bays and a dual-core Celeron processor, the AS3104T is marketed by Asustor as an “all-around multimedia entertainment storage solution” and like the AS3102T it forms part of Asustor’s Personal to Home product line.


Read full article @ KitGuru

Case Mod Friday: HYPERCUBE
Welcome to another Case Mod Friday showcase! This week we have Mike Petereyns' "HYPERCUBE" build. Here is what he had to say about it, "As you know modding is a big passion of me so I was realy exited that I was invited to this Intel NUC challenge. It’s realy sommething I never did before modding on this scale but I like the challenge of it. I always try to make something original with function, thermal heat dissipation and minimal design in mind. Therefore I made the decision to mod the NUC into a “HYPERCUBE” design…I think not only does the name fits well, but the total concept of a NUC inside a Hypercube kinda highlights the Power of the NUC without making it to big."


Read full article @ ThinkComputers.org

ECS Z170-LIGHTSABER (Intel LGA1151)
ECS has been known to have some rather crazy board names in the past, but none are as crazy as the ECS Z170-LIGHTSABER! With a name like that, you can only naturally expect one thing: a bunch of lights, right? Or will it lean toward the dark side?


Read full article @ techPowerUp

Forza Horizon 3 is as fun as it is beautiful
I have to admit that, even though I appreciate what Forza is and how important the franchise is to Xbox, I’ve never fully played a single game. One of the reasons is that my smaller friends list is rarely populated by Forza players but, more importantly, I’ve never been patient enough to get good at any of the games and see them through to the end. That’s not a knock on Forza so much as it is a testament to my laziness when it comes to digging into games outside of my comfort zone, and Forza is outside of my comfort zone. Perhaps that’s why Forza Horizon 3 is the perfect racing game for me.

Having played bits and pieces of a few different Forza games, most recently the Fast and the Furious mod that stemmed off of Forza Horizon 2, I know exactly what I’m getting into when I fire up Playground Games' latest racing title. I expect gorgeous and exotic cars and variable terrain with a gated liberty in how I shape some big racing event that is going on around me. While Forza Horizon 3 is exactly that, it’s also so much more.


Read full article @ Neowin

Gigabyte Brix S GB-BSi5HT-6200 Ultra Compact SFF PC Review
The focus on power efficiency and performance-per-watt from virtually all semi-conductor manufacturers over the last few years has enabled some pretty impressive hardware in fairly tiny form factors, and it’s now possible to have a fully-functional – and rather quick – desktop PC that literally fits in the palm of your hand.

Take the Gigabyte Brix S (model number BSi5HT-6200) we’ll be showing you here, for example. This tiny machine is packing a Skylake-based Intel Core i5-6200U processor with Hyperthreading support for four threads, dual DDR4 memory channels, built-in 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Gigabit Ethernet, an M.2 slot, SATA support, Thunderbolt, and the list goes on. Yet, the Brix S measures only a few inches squared...


Read full article @ HotHardware

GIGABYTE GTX 1060, 1070 & 1080 G1 Gaming Review
Since NVIDIA released their GTX 10 Series we’ve reviewed quite a selection of different graphics cards ranging from the GTX 1060 all the way to the GTX 1080. It’s fair to say that the desktop graphics segment is a fiercely competitive arena and as such, graphics partners have had to ‘up their game’ in a bid to avoid being out-muscled by rivals. Some of the custom designs have really impressed and for the most part, cards from different brands actually share similar qualities in that they are cool and quiet. This therefore makes things quite tricky for brands to diversify and steal the spotlight.

Today we’re in the favourable position of being able to test out and review the entire range of G1 Gaming GTX 10 series graphics cards from GIGABYTE. So no matter which particular GPU you’re interested in we should be able to provide you with a definitive verdict as to how these cards compare to other options currently on the market.


Read full article @ Vortez

HyperX Cloud Revolver Gaming Headset
The HyperX Cloud Revolver is a high end stereo headset that can be used with just about any device thanks to its use of the 3.5mm audio jack... sorry iPhone 7 users. The closed, over the ear design with 50mm drivers creates a studio-grade sound stage, which allows you to better locate an opponent if you're playing a FPS game. And if you are listening to music it allows you to hear things you didn't before. The German designed durable steel frame creates a stable base for the large drivers and premium leatherette wrapped memory foam ear cups. It also comes with a detachable noise-cancellation microphone which is certified by TeamSpeak. For use with PCs they include a 2 meter long audio control box that has stereo and microphone 3.5mm connectors, and the box itself has a volume control and a mute switch. Below is a list of features and specifications from the HyperX literature.


Read full article @ Bigbruin.com

In Win 303 Computer Case Review
The In Win 303 is a well-balanced mid-tower computer case built with high quality materials and a sleek tempered glass side panel.


Read full article @ APH Networks

Jabra ECLIPSE Wireless Headset Review
One of the things i hate while driving is to see other people using one hand to drive their cars or bikes and the other to answer and hold their smartphones close to their ears. As a matter of fact I’ve lost count of the how many times i had to evade cars and bikes coming right towards me just because the driver was paying more attention to his/her call and not what was happening around. Of course as many of you are aware the law in most countries forbids use of smartphones while driving and strictly dictates that people need to use hands-free devices such as wireless Bluetooth headsets to avoid getting distracted. Such headsets may not have improved enormously over the past few years but they've become smaller while at the same time retaining all their features and audio quality. The ECLIPSE by Jabra is their latest entry in the hands-free wireless headset and it will be the subject of today’s review.

Jabra is the brand of GN Netcom, a subsidiary of GN Store Nord A/S (GN) - listed on NASDAQ OMX. Jabra employs approximately 850 people worldwide and in 2011 produced an annual revenue which amounted to DKK 2,106 million. Jabra is a world leader in the development, manufacturing, and marketing of a broad range of hands-free communications solutions. With a reputation for innovation, reliability, and ease of use that goes back more than two decades, Jabra’s consumer and business divisions produce corded and wireless headsets, plus mobile and in-office speakerphones that empower individuals and businesses through increased freedom of movement, comfort, and functionality.


Read full article @ NikKTech

Let's bash Windows 10. I mean BASH on Windows 10
Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy? Caught in a landside, I present you with a guide. Open your eyes and learn how to install and use the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) in Windows 10, covering setup and initial configuration, BASH shell usage, commands, features and limitations, performance, and more. Booya!


Read full article @ Dedoimedo

Monster Fatal1ty FxM 200 Headset
Not everyone who plays games is into e-sports, but there is a large following for e-sports in general, especially a few of the most popular games. Payouts are in the millions of dollars and players are starting to become household names. None of today's players though have found the universal success that Fata1ty has. Fatal1ty paved the way for today's players, won twelve world championship titles, was profiled on MTV’s True Life TV show, and he created his own brand of products. Thorin did a great video covering it all earlier this year. Johnathan Wendel managed to transition huge success across multiple games into a brand. Over the years we have seen a wide variety of products including motherboards, ram, PSUs, and headsets. I actually think a lot of today's gamer crowd may even know him more as that brand than anything else. The reason for the history lesson today is because this past CES Fatal1ty and Monster announced a partnership to bring out new headsets and for a while now I’ve actually had the new Fatal1ty FxM 200 here in the office to test out. So today I’m going to take a closer look at it and see how it performed.


Read full article @ LanOC Reviews

Seagate Backup Plus Ultra Slim 2TB Review
Seagate brings a thin and stylish portable backup hard disk drive to market, but don't let it’s size fool you. This model packs 2TB of data capacity to keep your data safe.


Read full article @ Tom's Hardware

The Best Windows 10 Tablet
If you're in the market for a new tablet but aren't sure what to buy, then you can't go wrong with the Microsoft Surface Pro 4, a true 2-in-1 hybrid tablet that feels like a tablet most of the time, with the added bonus of becoming a laptop when/if you need it. Featuring a premium magnesium body, and a gorgeous 12.1-inch screen, you definitely won't regret getting one of these.

Bottom-line: For the best Windows 10 tablet out there, check out the Microsoft Surface Pro 4.


Read full article @ WPCentral




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