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New power supply units: Cooler Master VS Series

New power supply units: Cooler Master VS Series

A new series of power supply units have arrived to accompany the V Series with reduced wattages but high-quality components and efficiency.

We’re talking about the well-known Cooler Master V Series with a slightly lower efficiency (80 PLUS GOLD versus the 90 PLUS TITANIUM of the V Series) and a reduced power (from 550W to 750 W). However, they have high-quality components like Japanese condensers and a filter to avoid electromagnetic interferences. The entire 12-watt power is distributed in a single rail.

September 26, 20130 commentsRead More
Review: Noctua NF-A14 PWM Square Frame Fan, efficient, big and silent

Review: Noctua NF-A14 PWM Square Frame Fan, efficient, big and silent

“Designed in Austria, Noctua’s high-end cooling components are famous across the whole world because they are almost totally silent, their exceptional quality and great performance. With more than 3000 awards from specialized magazines and websites, Noctua’s fans and dissipaters are the choice of thousands all over the world.”

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If, like me, you happen to live in a hot place, Noctua’s NF-A14 PWM is the perfect solution for you. Some may have already noticed the how similar this model, the NF-A15 and the NH-U14S dissipater are. They’re obviously not the same model, but both have pretty much the same features except for the frame: the NF-A14’s is square-shaped, while the NF-A15 is rounded, which makes it perfect for the vast array of Noctua’s dissipaters.

September 13, 20130 commentsRead More
IFA 2013. Sony enters the x86 tablets with Windows 8 with the Vaio Tap 11

IFA 2013. Sony enters the x86 tablets with Windows 8 with the Vaio Tap 11

Available in black and white, the new Sony Vaio Tap 11 is an 11.6-inch tablet with Full HD resolution (1920 x 1080) and Triluminos Display touch screen, x86 processor, specifically an Intel Core i5 or Intel Pentium depending on the model (black or white, respectively), so it can run Windows 8 flawlessly. 

It also features 4 GB of DDR3 at 1600 Mhz. Also, both versions have an 128 GB SSD and an integrated Intel HD 4400 graphics card.

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Sony has decided to include an 8-megapixel Exmor sensor on the rear along with a frontal 2.07-megapixel Exmor R, sensors the brand is known for thanks to its smart phones and tablets, which image quality and performance are excellent.

September 10, 20130 commentsRead More
Intel officially presents two new high-end processors: the Ivy Bridge-E

Intel officially presents two new high-end processors: the Ivy Bridge-E

The update to the LGA 2011 platform is finally here with three new processors based on the Ivy Bridge-E architecture.

When the Ivy Bridge architecture for Intel’s most conventional platform (LGA 1150 and LGA 1155) ahs already a successor (Haswell) on the market, the socket LGA 2011 designed for those who want the best performance still had processors based on the Sandy Bridge-E, until now.

Finally, after months or perhaps years, the Ivy Bridge-E processors are here with three new models that will replace the current catalog of processors for that platform, with units of 4 and 6 cores, 8 and 12 threads respectively thanks to Hyper threading, nothing new up until here. There’s also the usual Quad-Channel in the integrated memory controller.

The new features: 22nm process, support for Crossfire X and SLI of 4 GPU with 40 PCI Express 3.0 lines, now by default, and more improvements and options in consumption and over clocking.

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The new models are the quad-core Intel Core i7 4820K at 3.7 GHz (3.9 GHz in turbo mode), 10 MB cache and an approximate price of 310 USD. This model replaces the Core i7-3820, and the difference is the unlocked multiplier, which makes it a more affordable option (among this series of processors) than its predecessor, that really didn’t offer much compared to simpler and cheaper models.

The Core i7-3930K will be replaced by the Core i7-4930K with a speed of 3.4 GHz and 3.9 GHz in turbo mode, 12 MB cache and 6 cores (12 threads), and an unlocked multiplier. It will cost approximately 555 USD. Lastly, the most powerful model is the Intel Core i7-4960X, with 6 cores and 12 threads, speeds of 3.6 GHz and 4.0 GHz in turbo mode, 15 MB cache and an approximate price of 990 USD.

All of them have a 130W TDP, which naturally increases while over clocking.

Ivy Bridge-E

They’re compatible with the X79 chipset, so everyone who has a Sandy Bridge can update to a new processor, although the not too amazing increase in performance may not justify the change. In any case, within the next few days we’ll tell you what these processors are truly capable of.

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September 6, 20130 commentsRead More
The MSI GeForce GTX 780 Lightning with a 20-phase VRM is here

The MSI GeForce GTX 780 Lightning with a 20-phase VRM is here

MSI’s Lightning series is a fan favorite thanks to the many customization options if features, the great cooling systems, great speeds and a much superior overall performance than the reference models.

Many GPUs from a lot of manufacturers based on the GTX 780 from Nvidia exist, many of them customized with a better cooling system, a PCB with high-quality components and higher speeds like the Gigabyte Windforce or the DirectCU II OC from ASUS. Now, MSI enters the battle with their GeForce GTX 780 Lightning.

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MSI’s graphics card reaches speeds of up to 980 MHz, 1033 MHz in Boost mode, much greater than any other similar model, which makes it the fastest GTX 780 on the market. The memory, though, is still at the habitual 6008 MHz

September 3, 20130 commentsRead More