Tuesday March 11, 2014
Benchmark Reviews has taken the Corsair Raptor K40 gaming keyboard around the block a few times today to see what it is made of.
Mechanical keyboards such as Corsair’s Vengeance K70 keyboards have garnered praise from industry pundits and users alike. But there’s no escaping the fact that keyboards with individual mechanical key switches are expensive: the aforementioned K70 retails for $130.00. But as it turns out, you can get much of the style and functionality of Corsair’s high-end keyboards for a lot less money.
The crew at ThinkComputers has posted an article today that showcases some really ghetto crypto-currency mining rigs. How ghetto? Here's an example:
Last month we featured a post on some of the most insane Crypto-Currency Mining Rigs out there. While these are extremely impressive not everyone has the money, time or even space to build such setups. After seeing some really bad mining setups we wanted to show you the opposite end of the spectrum so we present to you some of the most ghetto Crypto-Currency Mining Rigs out there!
For those of you interested, Hardware Secrets has published a review of the ASRock Fatal1ty FM2A88X+ Killer motherboard this morning. Here's a quote from the review:
The Fatal1ty FM2A88X+ Killer is a socket FM2+ motherboard from ASRock, based on the most high-end chipset for this platform, the A88X. It is targeted to the forthcoming FM2+ "Kaveri" APUs, but it is also compatible with socket FM2, second-generation APUs from AMD, codenamed "Trinity."
If you need a data storage solution to use around the house, man cave or home office, the crew at CDRLabs say you can't go wrong with Western Digital's EX2 4TB 2-Bay My Cloud NAS.
The My Cloud EX2 is a welcome addition to WD's line of personal cloud solutions. Designed for small and home offices, this 2-bay NAS is good looking, compact and easy to use. Available as a diskless enclosure or a populated system that works right out of the box, the EX2 offers integrated file, FTP and backup servers as well as multiple drive management options including RAID, JBOD and spanning modes. The NAS also provides a number of options to secure your data from loss. Along with disk mirroring, the EX2 supports USB, LAN/WAN and cloud backups.
EA and independent videogame developer Respawn Entertainment announced that Titanfall™ is now available at retail stores across North America exclusively for Xbox One®, the all-in-one entertainment system from Microsoft and on Origin.com for PC. Since its unveiling last June, Titanfall has seized the attention of gamers around the world with its exhilarating first-person action gameplay centered on the dynamic between elite assault pilots and agile, heavily-armored, 24-foot titans. The game has been praised by critics and fans for delivering a unique, fun and thrilling experience while setting a new bar for online multiplayer gameplay. GameSpot claims "Titanfall is a leap forward for shooters", while Rolling Stone calls Titanfall "the most anticipated next-generation videogame of the year".
Marvell today announced that Marvell® has been honored with the prestigious Outstanding Leadership and Contribution Award by the Wi-Fi Alliance. This annual award recognizes a member company for its leadership contributions to Wi-Fi Alliance task groups and testing programs. Marvell is continually a driving force behind the steady design improvements in Wi-Fi connectivity and this year marks Marvell’s fifth sequential recognition, underscoring the company’s ongoing participation in Wi-Fi Alliance technology certification and development activities. Marvell’s innovative Wi-Fi technology is a key foundation of its end-to-end "Smart Life and Smart Lifestyle" solutions including Internet of Things (IoT), Kinoma Create, Kinoma Connect software, 4G LTE mobile solutions, mobile storage, and other industry-leading products. Marvell received the award during the Wi-Fi Alliance Member Meeting, held March 4-6, 2014 in Singapore.
The 40 finalists in the Intel Science Talent Search 2014 met with President Obama last Friday. He discussed the administration’s commitment to STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education. The visit is part of the finalists’ week-long stay in Washington, D.C., where the young scientific innovators are competing for the $100,000 top prize in the prestigious Intel Science Talent Search.
Monday March 10, 2014
You guys have to see this insane bitcoin operation. Let's just hope this guy is converting his bitcoins to cash....daily. Thanks to MrAgmoore for the heads up.
An elaborate bitcoin mining operation near Seattle is earning its owner an estimated $8 million (Ł4.81m) a month. While most amateur or part-time bitcoin miners are attempting to mine fractions of a single coin using supped-up desktop PCs, Dave Carlson is running his bitcoin mining operation out of two whole warehouses in an undisclosed location in Washington state.
If one 4K monitor is "good," what would a triple 4K display set-up be? I don't know, personally I think 100fps at 6480 x 3840 would be pretty damn amazing.
How will she ever get by on just $14 million? Won't somebody please think of the children of this poor CEO struggling to get by in this economy.
International Business Machine Corp Chief Executive Virginia Rometty was paid $13.97 million in 2013, down from $16.2 million she took home in 2012, according to documents filed with the SEC on Monday. Rometty's base pay was unchanged at $1.5 million, but cash bonus under IBM's annual performance-based incentive program was cut to zero from $3.9 million last year, due to a decline in revenue and related cash flow in 2013.
The folks at NVIDIA send word that the new GeForce 335.23 Titanfall WHQL drivers are now ready for download. From the release notes:
The new GeForce 335.23 WHQL, Game Ready Titanfall drivers are now available to download from GeForce.com and automatically through GeForce Experience. Designed to provide optimum performance and stability in the highly anticipated Titanfall, the GeForce 335.23 WHQL drivers are an essential upgrade for pilots entering the fray. GeForce 335.23 WHQL also includes new and improved profiles, in addition to enhanced GPU offset options for the GeForce GTX 750 Ti and GeForce GTX 750.
Enhanced GPU clock offset options for GeForce GTX 750Ti / GTX 750
Diablo III – updated DX9 profile
Bound by Flame – updated profile
DOTA 2 – updated profile
Need for Speed Rivals – updated DX11 profile
Watch Dogs – updated profile
Supports GeForce ShadowPlay™ technology
Supports GeForce ShadowPlay™ Twitch Streaming
Supports NVIDIA GameStream™ technology
Titanfall – rated "Good"
Thief – rating now "Good"
Call of Duty: Ghosts – in-depth laser sight added
The crew at techPowerUP! have the In Win 904 case on the review bench today. For comparison purposes, you can see our evaluation here.
The In Win 904 is aiming to accomplish one thing: to make computers beautiful. And it does, strutting its mixture of thick aluminum and tempered glass around perfectly. Consider it the McLaren of cases: too tight for that family of four, senselessly expensive to most, but put it into a row with all the cases out there and people will look at it in awe.
Raise your hand if you think we should embrace surveillance instead of fighting it. Anyone?
We’re expanding the data sphere to sci-fi levels and there’s no stopping it. Too many of the benefits we covet derive from it. So our central choice now is whether this surveillance is a secret, one-way panopticon — or a mutual, transparent kind of "coveillance" that involves watching the watchers. The first option is hell, the second redeemable.
Of course there will be pole dancing robots in the future. Was there ever a question?
These awesome photographs were made using just a couple lights from Home Depot and a drone. Pretty spiffy stuff.
If you need a passively cooled budget GPU, the folks at ThinkComputers recommend the Sapphire R7 250 Ultimate video card.
Sapphire’s R7 250 Ultimate graphics card is unlike most other R7 250’s out there. The thing that most people will notice is that it is 100% passively cooled. This means that there are no fans at all so it will be 100% silent during operation.
Take a look at some of these maps. Damn, talk about lack of competition.
Our in-house graphics card gurus have posts a AMD Radeon R9 270X and R9 270 video card review today that is certainly worth checking out. If you are in shopping for a mid-range GPU, make sure you read this before you go shopping.
We take a look at AMD's mid-range R9 270X and R9 270 with an MSI R9 270X GAMING and SAPPHIRE R9 270 Dual-X. We will make comparisons to NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 760 using a retail card which is within this range of AMD's GPUs. We will overclock all three video cards and put these head-to-head for the ultimate mid-range performance comparison.
How many times have we heard companies say something like this....right before they sell out for some outrageous amount of money?
Kickstarter cofounder and CEO Yancey Strickler pledged that he would never sell his popular crowdfunding site. "From a business perspective, we decided from the very beginning that we would never IPO and we would never sell to a bigger company," Strickler explained.
For those of you interested, you can pick up a 250GB Samsung 840 EVO for $139.99 with free shipping.
BitFenix Prodigy M @ ocaholic
Cooling: Cryorig R1 Ultimate @ XtremeHardware
ETC.: Zotac Zbox EI750 Plus @ Hexus
Zowie EC1 eVo CL Pro Gaming Mouse @ Technic3D
Memory: G.Skill TridentX 16GB DDR3-1866 @ FunkyKit
Motherboards: MSI Z87I Gaming AC Mini-ITX @ eTeknix
Just a bit of an update on our charity PC project. Other than a few miscellaneous items still needed, everything is just about ready to roll. With your help, we have put together twenty computers to donate to those in need. Look for a full write-up on the project soon.
I think this lady is totally on point here. What do you think?
Google Glass was all the rage at last year’s SXSW, so it makes sense that the novelty has worn off here. Now, we can look at the real question: Will it ever be normal and acceptable to interact with other humans while wearing a computer strapped to your face?
Holy moly! That is a crapload of cash to be forking over for patents.
Twitter Inc. (TWTR), the microblogging service that held an initial public offering last year, paid $36 million to acquire 900 patents from International Business Machines Corp. (IBM), according to a filing. The agreement, which was signed in December and announced in January without financial details, resolved a dispute that prompted IBM to write to Twitter about possible infringement of at least three patents.
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PC Perspective has posted a review of the SilverStone Argon Series AR01 CPU cooler today. For comparison purposes, you can see our evaluation of the AR01 and AR02 here.
At first glance, the cooler does not look like much. It has three heat pipes that form the base and go up both side of the single radiator. However, the devil is in the details in this one. SilverStone uses 8mm diameter heat pipes to maximize the heat absorption and transfer capacity of the system. Additionally, the designed the internal channels of the radiator to increase surface area and redirect the airflow to a non-linear flow to increase the heat dissipation between the aluminum fins and the air medium.
Sony Corporation and Panasonic today announced that they have formulated "Archival Disc", a new standard for professional-use, next-generation optical discs, with the objective of expanding the market for long-term digital data storage. Optical discs have excellent properties to protect themselves against the environment, such as dust-resistance and water-resistance, and can also withstand changes in temperature and humidity when stored.
They also allow inter-generational compatibility between different formats, ensuring that data can continue to be read even as formats evolve. This makes them robust media for long-term storage of content. Recognizing that optical discs will need to accommodate much larger volumes of storage going forward, particularly given the anticipated future growth in the archive market, Sony and Panasonic have been engaged in the joint development of a standard for professional-use next-generation optical discs.
I had to check twice to make sure it was actually Google that said this. This just makes way too much sense to be a Google quote.
In a recommendation to the Australian Government, Google warns that draconian anti-piracy measures could prove counterproductive. Instead, the Government should promote new business models. "There is significant, credible evidence emerging that online piracy is primarily an availability and pricing problem," Google states.