Titan Fenrir Siberia Edition CPU Cooler Review

April 1, 2012 by  
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Link: http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/Titan-Fenrir-Siberia-Edition-CPU-Cooler-Review/1516

We tested the Titan Fenrir Siberia Edition, a huge CPU cooler with two heatsinks, one 120 mm fan, and one 140 mm fan. Check it out!

“The Titan Fenrir Siberia Edition is a huge CPU cooler with one horizontal heatsink with a 140 mm fan and a second heatsink equipped with a 120 mm fan. Let’s test it.”

Intel X79 Motherboard Overclocking Guide

April 1, 2012 by  
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This Intel X79 Motherboard Overclocking Guide is meant to assist and outline aspects of overclocking parameters as well as the experience of overclocking on the ASUS X79 series of motherboards. I have detailed our recommendations to maximize the overclocking potential / scaling on ASUS’ X79 series of motherboards. This guide has been developed after extensive internal testing across multiple boards, multiple UEFI builds and a high sampling rate of C0 CPUs and limited sampling of C1 stepping CPUs. While this guide is not definitive and will not contain every possible overclocking combination or guarantee results, the information detailed has been consistently duplicated and yielded repeatable results in our testing. Of course the quality of the CPU and cooling is very important but overall we think the results on our boards should exceed those of others at like settings.

ARTICLE URL:This Intel X79 Motherboard Overclocking Guide is meant to assist and outline aspects of overclocking parameters as well as the experience of overclocking on the ASUS X79 series of motherboards. I have detailed our recommendations to maximize the overclocking potential / scaling on ASUS’ X79 series of motherboards. This guide has been developed after extensive internal testing across multiple boards, multiple UEFI builds and a high sampling rate of C0 CPUs and limited sampling of C1 stepping CPUs. While this guide is not definitive and will not contain every possible overclocking combination or guarantee results, the information detailed has been consistently duplicated and yielded repeatable results in our testing. Of course the quality of the CPU and cooling is very important but overall we think the results on our boards should exceed those of others at like settings.

ARTICLE URL: http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=834&Itemid=38

SteelSeries Diablo III Mouse Review

April 1, 2012 by  
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The mouse has really come a long way since the first optical and laser units made their appearance roughly almost a decade ago and so today the entire market is flooded with both wired and wireless units targeted towards not only casual users but also enthusiasts and gamers alike. Compared to everyday mice the gaming variants tend to sport higher DPI resolutions for more speed and accuracy, faster polling rates, lighting effects and of course lots of buttons which sometimes also happen to be a lot more durable than the ones on normal units. What we don’t usually see however are gaming mice manufactured with specific games in mind and also targeted towards specific gamer groups loyal to those titles. The Diablo III mouse is one such product and we have it here with us today to see what all of you Diablo fans can expect from it.

Article Link:http://www.nikktech.com/main/articles/peripherals/58-steelseries-diablo-iii-mouse.html

Roccat Kave Headset Review

April 1, 2012 by  
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Link: http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/Roccat-Kave-Headset-Review/1517

Foldable model features 5.1 surround sound and comes with an independent unit for volume control. See how the headset fared in our test.

“Roccat is releasing the Kave, a large foldable headset with 5.1 surround sound and a separate unit for volume control. The connectors include four minijacks (3.5 mm for the sound channels) and a USB (for the control unit and headset lighting). Let’s describe the Kave and then proceed to its evaluation.”

The New iPad (2012) Review

April 1, 2012 by  
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URL: http://www.pcper.com/reviews/Mobile/New-iPad-2012-Review-Pixel-Power

Quote: “I can’t say enough about the display. The impact of it is
subtle at first, but the more I used it, the more it impressed me.
This was reinforced when I compared the tablet to the iPad 2 and the
Transformer Prime. Text is far sharper on the new display, and a
direct result of that is a better web experience and easier
navigation. You won’t need to spend as much time hassling with
pinch-to-zoom because everything is easy to read from the moment a
page is loaded.”

NEXUS Prominent R Midi Tower Review

April 1, 2012 by  
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It’s been far too long since i last reviewed a PC Case and since there has been quite a large number of new ones released in the market lately (many of which are already here) i think it’s time i got back on track. Now as some of you know I’ve always liked full sized towers more than midi ones since installing lots of hardware in tight spaces is not really my thing, not to mention about other things such as airflow levels. However lately i have actually seen quite a few feature rich midi towers which i would actually consider using for my own test rigs (and i have if you are following our FB page) instead of full sized ones and the Prominent R by NEXUS which we have here today is such a midi tower PC Case.

Article Link: http://www.nikktech.com/main/articles/pc-hardware/70-nexus-prominent-r-midi-tower.html

The NVIDIA Ninja Graphics Tech Report

April 1, 2012 by  
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Quote : After a rather long hiatus, NVIDIA has finally launched their
Kepler microarchitecture and its flagship graphics card, the NVIDIA
GeForce GTX 680. Amongst Kepler’s many new features and improvements
is the NVIDIA GPU Boost Technology, which gives the GeForce GTX 680 a
further boost in its performance by dynamically overclocking it for
apps that aren’t so graphics intensive.

However, many gamers are wondering – why would you need to further
overclock the GeForce GTX 680 for games that aren’t graphics
intensive? The GeForce GTX 680 should have no problem delivering frame
rates in excess of 60 fps for such games. So there is really no need
for GPU Boost. Well, apparently, NVIDIA has something up their sleeves
for Kepler-based graphics cards – the NVIDIA Ninja Graphics
Technology!

Link : http://www.techarp.com/showarticle.aspx?artno=747

Dell launched XPS 13 Ultrabook in the Middle East

April 1, 2012 by  
Filed under Articles, Laptops, News, Ultrabooks

Coming a bit late to the party, Dell launched their Ultrabook in UAE earlier today in the form of XPS 13. Pearce Clune, the Marketing Director for EMEA described the XPS 13 as the first 13″ notebook in an almost 11″ shell and made up of premium materials such as a single piece of Aluminum on the back of the lid and carbon fibrr at the bottom. The XPS 13 is also the only Ultrabook with a Gorilla Glass and PowerShare capabilities that allows you to power your Smartphone or other gadget through the USB port even when the XPS is completely switched off.

Like all other Ultrabooks, the XPS 13 uses Intel’s chipset and offers capabilities such as instant on from resume and fast boot times because of Solid State Drives (SSD). For some reason, instant resume functionalities were not working on the demo unit that Dell had at the event but I have no reason to doubt that retail units won’t work.

Also present at the event was Khaldoun Aboul-Saoud, Regional Manager for Markets Development, Intel and when I asked him about the future of Ultrabooks and touch screens, he mentioned that Intel is looking into it. Don’t be surprised to see one before the end of the year, by the time Microsoft launches their Metro-centric and heavily touch inspired Windows 8.

Press Release

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, 1 April 2012 – A regional increase in the ‘bring your own device’ or BYOD trend within the Middle East’s workplaces bodes well for Dell’s highly anticipated, award-winning XPS 13 laptop – widely acclaimed for its superb craftsmanship, thoughtful design and durability – now available for customers across the region.

Dell Middle East’s channel partners anticipate ‘strong demand’ for the system — first announced at the US Consumer Electronics Show – and early buzz about the unit, which features uncompromising performance, extended battery life and Intel Rapid Start and Smart Connect Technology[i] – has been overwhelmingly positive.

“The increasing mobility of professionals and the design-savvy, entrepreneurial market within the Middle East make the Dell XPS 13 – a system that is unlike anything else on the market today – an extremely attractive proposition,” Pearce Clune, Marketing Director, EMEA Product Strategy. “The XPS 13 delivers both performance and sleek design while crossing the realm between work and play, packing powerful technology into a small, portable package. It’s the ultimate mobile device for a highly-connected region like the Middle East.”

Weighing less than three pounds, the XPS 13 Ultrabook cleverly fits leading-edge craftsmanship, high performance computing, and thoughtful design into what is the one of the most compact 13-inch products in its class. With its stunning razor-thin bezel, the XPS 13 maintains a footprint similar to an 11-inch product and features bonded Corning Gorilla Glass for exceptional durability; a unique, cool-to-the-touch carbon fibre base; and full-size, backlit keyboard for maximum productivity.

“Intel understands that consumers in this region require fast, reliable access to new content, which is why we are delighted to partner with Dell on delivering the new XPS 13 to the wider Middle East,” said Khaldoun Aboul-Saoud, Regional Manager for Markets Development, Intel. “The increasingly blurred line between business and home technology use and the trend within the Middle East which sees tens of thousands of professionals taking mobile devices with them for work and play around the region make the new XPS 13, with its proven Intel technology, an ideal fit for customers here.”

Media and the Dell and Intel Middle East channel community got a first look today at the XPS 13, which is now available through Dell partners across the GCC, Levant and North Africa markets.

Detailed Information:
• Ultrathin laptop (0.24-0.71-inch/6-18mm) and light starting at 2.99lbs (1.36kg)[ii]
• 13.3-in (33.8 cm)(HD WLED, 300-nit (1366×768) 720p; edge-to-edge hardened Gorilla® Glass
• Precision crafted machined aluminium with a carbon fibre base
• 128 GB SSD or 256GB SSD drive options[iv] with Intel Rapid Start Technology
• Intel Core i5 2467M and i7 2637M processor choices
• Intel HD 3000 video graphics
• 4GB DDR3 SDRAM 1333Mhz memory[v]
• Full size, backlit chiclet keyboard
• Glass integrated button touchpad with multi-gesture support
• 47WHr 6-cell battery offering up to eight hours, 53 minutes of battery life; 45W AC adaptor
• Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6230 802.11 A/G/N and Bluetooth 3.0 wireless connectivity
• USB 3.0 (1) + USB 2.0 with PowerShare (1), mini DisplayPort, and headset jack (1)
• Built-in 1.3MP webcam (H.264 enabled via Skype) with dual array digital microphones
• High definition audio with Waves MaxxAudio 4
• Microsoft Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium
• 100GB of cloud storage through Dell DataSafe
• 12-month Skype Premium[vi] subscription

Availability and Pricing:
The XPS 13 will be available Ist April in the Gulf region through all leading retailers at a starting price of AED 4,899 with an Intel Core i5 processor, 128GB SSD hard drive and 4GB memory.

Control Dubai’s weather with Google Weather

April 1, 2012 by  
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The conspiracy theory that Google controls the world (and hence, it’s beings) is pretty well known. Why else do you think we are unable to use any other search engine?

Either by glitch then, or to define it’s existence as our immortal overlord, Google has introduced a new mechanic that allows anyone to control the weather of Dubai. For real.

You can change the climate from sunny to cloudy, make it rain and block roads in Sharjah, increase humidity, and even change the speed of wind so the four-wheel drivers can feel the thrill of speed even more.

It’s ridiculously detailed and feature rich, suggesting the mechanic was in works for a long time. It’s not even in ‘Beta’, adding even more fuel to the conspiracy.

To access the weather controls, just search for ‘weather dubai’ in Google.

Logitech G930 Wireless Gaming Headset Review

April 1, 2012 by  
Filed under Reviews, Spotlight

The Logitech G930’s feature list reads as if a gamer’s wish-list for a headset- wireless, 7.1 surround, big, wireless, black, Dolby, lots of buttons, wireless, customizable, flexible, and wireless. Did I say wireless?

To be honest, I am a Logitech fan. In fact, most of my first gaming hardware was of Logitech’s making – the ‘MX’ series mouse, for example. I also had a G9 mouse, to which I have yet to find an equivalent in terms of performance and features. Sadly, it is now broken and rusting somewhere deep inside my cupboard; I haven’t had the heart to throw it yet. So naturally, with the G930, I had my expectations, and it certainly looks impressive on paper.

Design
The Logitech G930 looks every bit of the kickass gaming headset it promises to be. Big and bulky, it’s largely covered in black, with an outline of bright red marking the two ear cups. It feels durable in hands, much so for its weight, although the plastic joining the headrest and the ear cups do seem to creak a bit at times.

Staying true to its ‘G’ name, the headset features three customizable buttons that can be assigned keys and specific Windows and in-game commands from the accompanying software (more on this in the coming sections). It also has a never-ending roller volume controller, a mic mute/unmute button, a Dolby switcher and finally, a power on/off button. All of the buttons are fitted on the left ear cup and are easy to reach out for thanks to their large size.

The wireless receiver is as small as a USB drive, and comes with its own pseudo-hub that can not only power the wireless receiver, but also charge the headset in the process. This, I think, is pretty genius on Logitech’s part and a fine solution to the depressing problem of running out of USB slots on the PC. The hub can also house the wires, with little holders to keep them from dangling out. Again, genius.

If you don’t fancy the rotund hub, you can simply charge the headset with any compatible USB cable, as well. Oh and speaking of compatibility, the headset is strictly PC-only, as it uses drivers to function. It also doesn’t have 3.5mm connectivity.

Comfort
The supple leather padding on the ear cups provide enough comfort for long hour sessions. The ear cups also provide decent noise-isolation, presenting a relatively quieter environment to listen in. Strangely, I am not fond of this sort of feature; I hate the feeling of being cut-off from any sort of background noise whatsoever. It leaves a nagging sensation at the back of the head that someone is calling, or that something important is happening. Of course, this is subjective, so yes, it does noise-isolation quite well indeed.

Software
The Logitech Gaming Software (LGS) is necessary if you would like to control the nuts and bolts of the headset. It is not entirely essential if all you plan to do is plug and use, however.

The LGS allows you to change the bass and treble levels, tinker with an equalizer, control the surround sound mixer, and even try one of the fun voice avatars that morph your voice into sounding like an alien or an orc. They are fun for about 5 mins.

 The most interesting tinker-me are the customizable ‘G’ buttons. They work just like the ‘G’ buttons found on Logitech’s gaming keyboards, and they are exactly as customizable as they are. The ‘G’ buttons on the headset can be assigned to do Windows-specific tasks like copy and paste, or in-game mechanics like crouching, weapon changing, etc. I am not sure if I would use the headset for them though. That would be weird – oh, wait, let me move my hand towards my ear so I can change my weapon. Doesn’t feel right. Again, this is subjective and I am sure people will find use for it.

Performance
Logitech promises about 40 feet of wireless connectivity and comes impressively close to the number. However, this is if the line of transmission is clear and is not restricted by walls and objects.

In terms of battery performance, the G930 holds up for a good six to seven hours but certainly not the featured 10-hour promise. Heavy users are then recommended to use the hub at all times and plug-in the headset when not in use to have continuous wireless performance.

The mic is excellent and does a great job at noise-cancellation. It also auto-mutes when it is rolled back up towards the headset. I also like it because it makes me sound rather nice.

Now, coming to the sound quality, I had my test bed ready: Elder Scrolls V: Skryim, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (Multiplayer), Counter Strike 1.6, and a bout of Hindi songs consisting of pop tunes, light rock, bhangra, and folk.

For music, the G930 works well enough, however the sound quality lacked the wholesome deepness that comes with a finely tuned bass drivers, which it lacks. A good equalizer mix does manage to help a bit, though.

When it came to games, however, the G930 was another beast altogether. The Dolby surround sound doesn’t seem to work too well, though, especially in sound positioning oddly, but having it turned off, the headset delivered accurate sound positioning and punchy audio effects that left me truly engaged and immersed into my games. Wandering the vast, mystical woods in Skyrim was simply enthralling, weaving an enclosed sense of being into Bethesda’s memorizing world. Equally, the screams of explosion and gunfire in Modern Warfare 3 and Counter Strike certainly made me more aware of my surroundings, but as usual, that did not translate into lag reduction, which is obviously the reason I couldn’t score a kill.

Conclusion
I would say the $159.99 price tag is justified. The Logitech G930 offers an incredible range of features unmatched by any headset I have used so far, and the sound quality is right there with the best. Purely speaking of wireless headsets, of which there are quite few, the G930 stands at the top. If you are out looking for a durable, feature-rich wireless gaming headset, the G930 must be on your watch list. It’s worth paying a bit of a premium for it.

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