- Intel Core i7 Extreme Edition (Codename: Broadwell-E) Processor Australian Review
- ASUS ROG GX700 Liquid Cooled Gaming Laptop Video Preview and Analysis.
- Video Tour - NitroWare experiences HP's new Australian Customer Experience Centre and Intel 6th Gen ‘Skylake’ PCs
- Bose SoundTouch 2015 Wireless Speaker Preview
- NVIDIA GeForce Experience Quarter 4 2015 Update Analysis
At $1569 US RRP ($2600 AUD street), the i7 6950X may be Intel’s most expensive consumer processor ever.
While the market is slowly getting used to expensive graphics cards and has been used to expensive server processors which can cost up to $5000 each, the concept of a ultra-enthusiast/high-end consumer CPU exceeding US$1000 has hit a sore nerve with some users.
For the launch of Intel’s latest extreme edition CPU, we discuss why the new flagship i7 costs the same as a crappy used car and what benefits it brings to the new trend of ‘mega-tasking’, plus we explain what is probably the key new feature for Broadwell-E, Turbo Boost Max Technology 3.0.
We preview the long awaited GX700 before it goes on sale in March and discuss what went into to designing the machine and who it’s meant for with ASUS Australia at their ROG Gaming House in Sydney.
Read on for our initial impressions and thoughts on this $8000 AUD notebook.
Video Tour - NitroWare experiences HP's new Australian Customer Experience Centre and Intel 6th Gen ‘Skylake’ PCs
HP have opened a dedicated showroom and meeting space in the heart of Melbourne, Australia to allow customers, end users and partners to experience the entire range of HP PCs, Printers, Peripherals and Heritage as well as the ability to meet, collaborate and do business.
NitroWare toured the new facility and previewed the brand’s new sleek Intel 6th Generation Core 'Skylake' based Notebooks, Convertibles, All in One Pcs, Business PCs and Laser Printers which incorporate HP's new design language of designing premium products that are equally suited for the home as they are for business.
In the Printing space HP is touting what they claim is a revolutionary change in print and toner technology called Jet Intelligence, which re-engineers the way toner is formulated for largely the first time in 30 years.
In this article we present our video tour of the facility as well as demonstrations of the new PCs and Printers.
Bose's 2015 SoundTouch speakers offer internet music streaming connectivity, precision audio design and ease of use. With the compact SoundTouch 10, Bose is trying to appeal to an audience who may be new to the brand. Does Bose's efforts warrant your hard earned money? We discuss this in a preview of these new speakers.
The latest update to NVIDIA’s GeForce Experience software adds some long waited and validated features but adds a huge ‘gotcha’ to the way graphics drivers will be made available going forward. Gamers will now be able to stream games between their devices at 4K 60 FPS with 5.1 audio as well as live stream to both twitch and Youtube at 1080p 60 FPS with the upcoming beta. Additionally, continued availability of Day 1 game-ready drivers is promised with a caveat. Controversially,, Gamers will now have to sign in with an email address to get first and exclusive access on game day.
This article will overview the new release and examine all angles of NVIDIA’s new direction, for and against.
A mere quarter after launching the impressive TITAN X, NVIDIA is launching another powerful flagship graphics card GPU from its silo leveraging the technology and design from the TITAN X GPU to deliver and maintain flagship performance. Enthusiasts wanted TITAN X performance at a lower price and we have got it. In our testing, 980 Ti reference card matched and even beat TITAN X in some benchmarks, yet significantly , faster add-in-board partner custom overclocked 980 Ti are coming. All of which posing a significant thread to AMD’s plans of Fast and ‘Furious’ domination of the high end graphics segment.
NVIDIA’s GTX 980 Ti is the fastest graphics card we have tested. Combined with support for DirectX 12 Feature Level 1 and updates to G-SYNC and Gameworks to optimize the VR experience, the standard has been set for AMD’s upcoming GPU release.
Due to an extremely tight review deadline, we present overall benchmarks in our launch review. Additional Benchmarks, Third Party Board specs and pricing and hardware tear-down/analysis may be added and updated to this review in the days after publishing.
HP Australia gave NitroWare.net an exclusive preview in Sydney of its new zSpace powered 3D Virtual Reality Monitor aimed to complement its professional desktop and mobile workstation line. The Zvr Display introduces head-tracking and an interactive stylus to enable 3D/VR interactivity and manipulation via an off-the-shelf product from a mass-market OEM.
TITAN X Marks the performance Spot
At 7 TeraFlops of compute performance, claiming to be the 'worlds's fastest GPU' the single GPU TITAN X board has big shoes to fill if it wants to also take the title of worlds fastest gaming graphics card from AMD's Dual GPU, Liquid Cooled 11.5 TeraFlop Radeon R9 295 X2.
Older NVIDIA TITAN boards were infamous for their large video memory, double precision floating point calculation and over the top pricing. Armed with Maxwell's utility belt features of Multi-Frame Anti-Aliasing, Voxel Global Illumination, display flexibility and high efficiency. NVIDIA is trying to take the new GM200 chip and TITAN X board in a different direction, aiming at users of VR and multiple 4K displays rather than a entry level board for high precision GPU Computing.
TITAN X combined with Intel's 4th Gen Haswell-E CPU and X99 platform delivers smooth frame rates at Ultra Details when paired with a 4K 60Hz display, in addition to being power efficient. Drawing 300W typical at the wall in popular titles such as Battlefield 4, Batman Arkham Origins and Crysis 3. For now, GM200 and TITAN X is the fastest single GPU money can buy but as history tells is this wont be the case for long.
For the launch of EA's second beta for Battlefield Hardline, we were able to preview the beta on Playstation 4 as well as participate in a Developer Q&A session with Scott Probst - Senior Producer, Evan Champlin - Senior MP Level Designer and Jeff Zaring - Lead MP Map Designer plus others from Visceral Games in the US as well as EA.
Topics covered include how Visceral contributed towards the development of DICE's Frostbite engine and modified it to provide Hardline's widely touted speed improvement, Multi Player game dynamics, the future of the Hardline franchise, sources of inspiration from film and games and how research for Hardline was conducted.
NVIDIA's tradition and legacy has been to always produce a compelling mid range GPU appealing to the 'sweet spot', that is the optimal performance/value offer to the large majority of semi-casual,budget concious PC gamers who would still want decent gaming performance. 2015 is no exception with the GTX 960 replacing the GTX 760 and delivering what NVIDIA has promised of the card, a cool, quiet, over-clockable and value for money card.
In this review we compare the GTX 960 (specifically EVGAs SSC model with ACX 2.0 cooling) to both MSI's GEFORCE GTX 760 HAWK and RADEON R9 270X HAWK, the 960's predecessors from 2013 as well as an overview at how the GTX 960 performs at 4K compared to its bigger brother GTX 980.
We were able to confirm GTX 960 offers more performance at lower power.
NVIDIA has a rich history of developing in house tech demos to showcase each new major GPU they develop. Although they are not the only company to do so, ATI later AMD and MATROX did suit, NVIDIA's demos are the most memorable to enthusiasts and industry insiders.
Over the past decade we have had NALU the mermaid (remember her? years before the whole AMD TressFX/NVIDIA hairworks friendly competition), the elves Dawn and Dusk, a rocket powered sled and others.
For Maxwell, which NVIDIA claims is the most advanced GPU ever made, the firm felt they had to go one better over these previous 'trivial' demos which were mainly aimed at the 'male gamer market'. This time around,NVIDIA simulated and replicated the Apollo 11 moon landing using Unreal Engine 4, complete with authentic star field, textures, lighting and NASA radio chatter.
Lighting is the key term here, as one of the main purposes of the Apollo 11 demo is to showcase the new Voxel based lighting structure that GTX 980 and GTX 970 can use in supported games to support global illumination. For these hardware the VGLI solution is efficient, fast and as proven by the tech demo, accurate to the source material. And what source material is lighting heavy and well suited for a lighting tech demo? the controversial 'faked' moon landings.
Although NVIDIA demonstrated Apollo 11 tech demo at their global GAME24 launch and gamer event as well as regional editors days for the tech media, users and media could not try the demo for themselves, until now as NVIDIA has finally provided the demo for download.
We used Shadowplay to capture the demo, running on a rig powered with a i7-4790K CPU, MSI Z97 Gaming 7 motherboard and single reference NVIDIA GTX 980 graphics card to capture the demo, complete with performance statistics provided by MSI afterburner software. The demo really needs 2 cards to work optimally and is locked at 1080p. 4K users are out of luck, and no it does not work on other GPUs due to a hardware check.
Our 60 FPS video below shows the entire demo, complete with GPU utilization, frame rate and temperature overlay
Apollo 11 Lunar Landing for GTX 980/970 only can be downloaded here, as well as other NVIDIA tech demos.
No two cables are the same, mechanically or electrically. What is undeniable with copper cables is the requirement of higher specification cable assemblies to meet higher bandwidth requirements. Anyone who thinks otherwise is grossly misinformed. This is the case with many types of cables whether they be coaxial cables for RF signals, twisted pair copper for data or telephony transmission.
2014 signaled the arrival of HDMI 2.0 for consumers with displays from Panasonic and Graphics cards from NVIDIA, but what about cables?
Thanks to an opportunity from Monster Cable, we were able to compare the bandwidth handling capability of several HDMI cables ranging in price using professional equipment, testing whether these cables can handle the minimum 18 Gigabit/s data rate required to support formats under HDMI 2.0.
The cheapest and cheap cables we tested failed at 18 Gigabit/s, meaning if used with HDMI 2.0 devices and very high resolution, colour depth and refresh supported under HDMI 2.0, pixelation,jitter and other issues are possible.
Read on to see a video of the HDMI cable Eye Pattern and Bit Error Rate tests as well as Q&A with Monster Cable.
At over 4GHz, Intel's i7-4790K chip turns the volume knob to 11 for raw CPU performance.
For 2014, Intel is introducing processors that have been additionally enhanced and tweaked for the enthusiast market more than with previous generations.
While a 4GHz Intel chip may seem an impressive in the decades long clock speed race, it actually is not that revolutionary and is more a sign of things to come milepost rather than the destination.
NVIDIA have finally announced their quarterly GeForce game bundle for Australia-New Zealand, being Watch Dogs unsuprisingly.
Unlike AMD's Never Settle Forever, NVIDIA's game bundles are region specific and do not launch simulatenously. ANZ bundles are typically delayed and certain titles may not be avalible. For instance the outgoing GeForce bundle offered the Unreal Engine 4 powered 'Daylight' but this component of the game bundle was not offered here, only the free to play components were.
Ubisoft's Watch Dogs is one of the most anticpiated AAA games from the past twelve months, if you have heard of it already we do not need to repeat the hype once again, especially since press such as CNET, Destructoid and MTV have praised the game pre-release.
The Watch Dogs bundle continues NVIDIA's long standing relationship with Ubisoft, going as back back as the original Splinter Cell Trilogy days, providing not only game bundles for Specific or all Add-In-Card Partners, but also taking advantage of 3D instructions and features in game. For instance Splinter Cell Pandora Tomorrow and Chaoes Theory leveraging bump mapping and Shader Model 3/Directx 9c respectively. Matrox boards could not run these properly for instance.
Ten years later the trend continues with GeForce's Secret Sauce recipie combining HBAO (Horrizon-based ambient occlusion) and TXAA (Temporal Anti-Aliasing) to the Watchdogs Soup.
Gamers must also ensure they purchase one of the above cards from a particpating retailer who will issue the game code. The game code can be redeemed for a Ubisoft Play CDKEY via NVIDIA's redemption form http://www.geforce.co.uk/games-applications/pc-games/watch-dogs/bundle-au which is then submited into Ubi's store or Play client to activate the game. This is the same procedure gamers are familar with when redeeming AMD Never Settle or Intel Gaming promotional codes.
Eligble Australia/New Zealand retailers: Not Avalible at press time
Eligble North American retailers http://www.geforce.com/games-applications/pc-games/watch-dogs/bundle
Eligble United Kingdom/Europe retailers http://www.geforce.co.uk/games-applications/pc-games/watch-dogs/bundle
Eliglbe board partners: ASUS, EVGA, Gainward, Galaxy, Gigabyte, Inno3D, MSI, Palit, Zotac
Eligble boards : NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660, 660 Ti, 670, 680, 690, 760, 770, 780, 780 Ti, TITAN and TITAN Black. The infamous and illusive Titan Z is not eligble for a free game
Bundle Time Frame: May 9 to July 6, Unclaimed codes Expire July 31.
Seagate is relatively unknown for Network Attached Storage and have tried to add their own twist via unique features for their consumer and business oriented models. However, like competing devices, NAS are heavily reliant on hardware specifications to perform as advertised. We review Seagate's 16 TB model for Business and explain why processing power and fast interfaces like USB 3.0 matter for a storage device
The choice of AMD or NVIDIA graphics is constantly becoming a difficult choice for enthusiasts thanks to an almost level playing field as a result of strong competition between AMD and NVIDIA.
Both brands ave their pros and cons but offer a very similar experience. Choice has become a more personal one, often of brand loyalty than technical.
Add in board partners are constantly releasing custom design graphics cards which squeeze every bit of performance and cooling for both brands equally.
HAWK - MSI's second highest model line (there is Gaming, Hawk and Lightning) offers strong overclocking and tweaking without being too intimidating to the enthusiast who isn't into modding or custom cooling. Their latest version is no exception.
In our fly-off, we were quite impressed with the speed and handling of both the AMD Radeon R9 270X and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 based MSI HAWK cards.
Out of the two cards, neither was the outright winner. The winner, however is the consumer. Read on to find out why.
Adobe Photoshop CC + AMD Radeon = Much Acceleration...
The latest patch to Creative Cloud, combined with an AMD Radeon GPU and the latest drivers finally brings the power of OpenCL to Photoshop
Adobe Photoshop users no longer have to miss out on the GPU Compute Acceleration benefits previously available only to Adobe's video editing applications thanks to heavy inclusion of OpenCL support across their software and especially, enhancements made to OpenCL performance in the recent 14.2 patch to Photoshop. Our testing shows a 16x speed up with OpenCL.
AMD's Radeon R9 290X video card may be a watershed moment in PC graphics, Powered by the 'Hawaii' GPU based on an beefed up version of the Graphics Core Next architecture, this is the first card 'designed for gaming at 4K resolution'.
We analyse the AMD Radeon 290X Hawaii GPU's design and specs, compare AMD and NVIDIA's current GPU and remember Graphics Cores Past. Ten years ago, the for the time powerful R350 based ATI Radeon 9800 Pro launched, 64-bit computing became mainstream and USB 2.0 as well as Wi-Fi became ubiquitous.
The 290X is the latest in what has been a successful line of single GPU high end DirectX 11 Radeon parts from ATI/AMD: HD 5870, HD 6970 and HD 7970. Read on to see if Hawaii and R9 290X continues this legacy.
2013 has been one of the busiest years for PC gaming /enthusiast computing on record. We have seen quarterly announcements, promotions and initiatives from AMD and NVIDIA, competition has never been more fierce. Today, the latest iteration of AMD's game bundle program goes into effect where you can finally choose your games, embodying the message and meaning behind the program name, Never Settle.
The program has been praised and controversial at the same time, with a major issue being devalued and duplicate game titles. This update goes some way to improving the situation for keen gamers who keep their game libraries up to date. It does not satisfy everyone though.
We review AMD-ATI game bundle history over the past decade and discuss what AMD could have done differently with Never Settle Forever.
Updated 11-September: The first update to Never Settle Forever has been announced being Deep Silver's Saints Row 4 and Australian specific avalibility.
In the first of our Haswell review series, we covered the worst-case performance of the much-improved Intel HD Graphics by testing it at max resolution and details. However, these scenarios are not the ideal conditions for the design and Intel’s fourth Gen HDGPU runs much better at moderate settings such as 720p.
In this edition, we have tested Intel’s HD Graphics 4600 at several realistic and best case game settings with just three very popular titles, Battlefield 3, Bioshock Infinite and DIRT 3. Given Battlefield 3’s popularity, we even dive down to the individual frame level to show the level of smoothness of reported frame rates for this game with Intel and NVIDIA graphics. Battlefield 3 running on Intel HD 4600 had an acceptable frame rate but was not smooth on automatic detail settings.
Battlefield 4 is on track for release and apart from sudden hardware failure, supposedly is playable. At a Sydney preview event, we got a glimpse of BF4's cinematic aspirations as well as an insight into what makes a Battlefield game from a development standpoint. Supposedly, if gamers buy both Call of Duty and Battlefield, everyone wins.
New computer architecture can often offer debatable performance benefits at launch time. We look at what speed-up Intel's i7-4770K offers over 3770K as well as the integrated HD Graphics performance. Haswell's CPU architecture delivers what was predicted, moderate performance improvement with significant power savings, i7-4770K achieving 40 watts at idle and 15 watt reduction in CPU loads.
Despite these CPU improvements it is the updated graphics performance that provides shock and awe. Haswell's integrated 'GT2' HD Graphics 4600 GPU delivers one-third to half the performance of NVIDIA's GeForce GTX460. Has Intel has finally delivered on its promise of better graphics? With such promises in tech land, the more things change the more they stay the same. Read on to find out why and more detail on Haswell's Desktop performance.
AMD, NVIDIA, OCZ and Samsung bundle codes for free Ubisoft games with their hardware such as Far Cry 3, Assassin's Creed and Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon.
As a result of differences in the way Ubisoft's Uplay digital distribution works compared to EA Origin and Valve Steam, many users have had issues redeeming their codes with the "invalid promo code" error being common.
One of the reasons for this occurring is regions-specific game codes which cannot be redeemed in other regions.
We refer to our experience redeeming Ubisoft game codes through AMD's Never Settle Reloaded promotion and explain how we diagnosed our problem.
Intel 4th Gen Core Haswell CPU and Graphics Preview - See the future of PC graphics through Intel's Iris.
With the June 4 launch date of Intel's Haswell CPUs at Computex a matter of weeks away, we can now reveal the launch model lineup and theoretical graphics performance. Although core architecture of Haswell graphics has been known for some time, what has been kept under wraps was how each class of graphics would be segmented and which parts are aimed at which markets.
Haswell will offer optional higher performing graphics in its Desktop, Mobile and Ultrabook segments across the board compared to Ivy Bridge which offered a single class of graphics in mainstream mobile. Haswell is claimed to have a up to 3x improvement on graphics performance alone however raw numbers are not the complete story.
Intel has also though to sees eye-to-eye with its competition by giving its new graphics a brand name to make it as identifiable as AMD Radeon, NVIDIA GeForce and Qualcomm Adreno. That name is Intel Iris.
Price Gouging – Australians pay up to twice as much for Microsoft Windows 7 Anytime Upgrade but not for Windows 8 than the US
Australians pay one and a half times on average up to twice as much as the USA for identical Windows Anytime Upgrade either as a digitally distributed or boxed product. Both distribution methods offer an identical product as all Windows Anytime Upgrade consists of is an upgrade key which will ‘unlock’ the users currently installed version of Windows 7 to the next higher version as purchased.
Changing the Windows Region from AUS to USA will change the price that is displayed.
Pricing is not the half of it – old stock generate errors that Microsoft are aware of but will be unanticipated to the consumer and Windows 8 offers a much more affordable upgrade path. Users who need to stick with Windows 7 are disadvantaged.
We look at a rather unique external hard disk enclosure that promises to be technically advanced as well as eco-friendly called Bytepac.
This cardboard product does not mean we have to skimp on capacity or performance however, we paired the BytePac kit with Seagate's new power efficient yet speedy Barracuda 3TB drive.
We also discuss the pros and cons of external drive enclosures.
We investigate how the CPU influcences the performance of Sapphire's Radeon HD7950 OC graphics card by testing it with AMD A6-3650 APU and AMD FX-6100 CPU against the combination Intel's i7-3960X and AMD's Radeon HD7970. What we found was with our test suite AMD A6 and AMD FX offered better performance per dollar than Intel's flagship i7.
We expect some major announcements, first looks and new products from a variety of Tier 1 hardware vendors, some of which we have managed to obtain exclusives for.
Dell, Fujitsu, HP, Lenovo and Samsung will be announcing and demonstrating their new product line-ups for 2012 to support new generation computing platforms that have just launched such as AMD's Trinity APU and Intel's 'Ivy Bridge' 3rd Generation Core Processor. Some of these product updates are hush hush so we cant talk about them just yet and we will be bringing you these exclusive unveils as soon as possibly allowed.
Sennheiser is announcing some new gaming headsets and sound cards while Western Digital will be demonstrating Thunderbolt connectivity. Will D-Link and other network vendors have any good N900 or 802.11ac routers ? We will find out.
The National Broadband Network (NBN) Truck may give us a practical glimpse into how the consumer will access the NBN via the Customer Premises Equipment (CPE) and what end user speeds will be possible. Spotify, the popular cloud music streaming service has also taken the opportunity to launch in Australia at this time.
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We preview Cooler Masters's Trigger Mechancial Keyboard, which the manufacturer claims can command the power and strategic advantage of a military platoon and is prepared with a full featured arsenal that incorporates a selection of extremely high durability CHERRY MX Black, Blue, Brown, or Red switches as well as a Numeric Keypad in a traditional 104 key form factor.
ZOTAC "Inner-Beauty" Small Form Factor PC Preview featuring Z77-ITX WiFI and GeForce GTX 680 AMP! EditionBig things can be found in small packages
Want a high end CPU, graphics card, large storage and full functionality yet not in a 65 CM tall PC tower case that weighs 20 KG? Well suffer no longer, Zotac the specialist vendor of Mini-ITX motherboards and Small Form Factor PCs as well as a main NVIDIA partner has shown off their concept for a PC that can prove otherwise. The system combines Intel's fastest 3rd generation Core i7 CPU and Zotac's fastest NVIDIA GTX 680 graphics to deliver the best performance possible from a small cube PC let alone a large tower. We preview Zotac's "Inner-Beauty" demo system and analyze the pros and cons that come with such a small system.
Intel announced today their ‘Performance Tuning Protection Plan’ that would offer a limited, one time warranty replacement for selected Unlocked/Extreme class CPUs that are damaged during overclocking if the owner pays an additional fee of $20 to $35. For enthusiasts or ultra-gamers that tweak and play with their system settings this might seem like a gift from above however there is more to this programme than Intel reaching out to help enthusiasts…
This replacement programme may be partly driven by business and technical pursuits rather than pure good will towards overclockers. The company already affords that to those users through its product design, hardware and software. We explain why in this editorial.
The AMD Radeon HD7970 is marketed as the 'World's fastest single-GPU graphics Card' and many reviews have compared it against the GTX580 which is its competitor. What about everyone else? Not everyone owns a GTX580 and many users have older cards, some in SLI or Crossfire who are quite happy with their setups. Not all gamers play at 2560x1600 or higher either.
When a user upgrades their CPU and Motherboard, they will likely keep their old cards especially if they support DirectX 11. To find out how the HD7970 fares against such older cards we compared it pair of NVIDIA GTX460s in SLI
This review combines the best gaming platform Intel has to offer - the i7-3690X CPU and DX79SI motherboard with the best graphics technology AMD has to offer, the Radeon HD7970 to create one of the fastest systems on the market. Can a single Radeon HD7970 from 2011-12 beat two mid end GeForce GTX 460 in SLI from 2010? The results we found were quite interesting.
Intel have to have shaken the skeleton in their closest by offering a cut price version of their Extreme branded X79 Desktop board that sells for $100 less than the widely reviewed DX79SI. The DX79TO is one of the cheapest premium X79 boards on the market yet still retains the 8 memory DIMM/64GB memory support in the standard ATX dimensions.
We preview the DX79TO Desktop Board from Intel - A reduced cost version of Intel's flagship DX79SI Motherboard for Intel 2nd generation Core i7-3000 series and socket LGA-2011 and explain why you should consider a cheaper X79 motherboard.
We Aussies do things differently ‘down under’. Instead of hunting for spooks, ghouls, goblins or vampires this Halloween we went hunting for production series Intel X79 chipset motherboards from ASUS, ASRock, and Gigabyte in Sydney, Australia and what a haul of sweet tech bounty we ended up with.A NitroWare.net exclusive.
AMD have made some bold claims about their 'Fusion' architecture, especially their A-Series 2011 mainstream computing product range. The industry leader went as far to make some very big claims by declaring their A-series APU as the company's most important product in their history and a computing game changer as it saw the future of computing being visually and graphically rich.
This raises several questions: Is AMD's new mainstream computing solution - their A-Series 'Fusion' APU, hero or hype? How relevant is graphics performance with modern software especially integrated graphics? Which 2011 mainstream PC is a better choice for the consumer - AMD or Intel?
To answer these questions we put AMD's A6-3650 APU and its competitor - Intel's 2nd Generation Core i3-2100 CPU through their paces with the full spectrum of tests ranging from everyday audio/video applications, to industry standard benchmarks, popular 3D games, Professional Digital Content Creation software and Web browsing.
To show the relevance of graphics performance in a mainstream computer in 2011 we also included two other systems. A high-speed Intel Core 2 Duo system fitted with a High Performance graphics card from NVIDIA to show the boost powerful graphics can give an older CPU in everyday applications and a low-speed Intel Core 2 Duo system with older Integrated Graphics to show how far 'integrated' graphics has changed in just a few years.
Are you are finding that your inkjet printer ink is being used up quicker than you like? There is valid explanation for this. The ink is going down the drain, literarily.
Part 1 of our article series showed how a modern printer can fail due to excess ink wastage from heavy or non optimal use.
In Part 2 of our article series we compare our earlier example to a similar printer of specification and age that been has operated more efficiently and highlight the differences between these cases and the overall designs of these examples of moderns printers.
Are you are finding that your inkjet printer ink is being used up quicker than you like? There is valid explanation for this. The ink is going down the drain, literarily. This is not neccessarily a bad thing however. Read on to learn how the ink in your printer is used in your inkjet printer.
Choosing a Computer case is near impossible these days due to the multitude of brands, shapes, styles, finishes and colours available. The high end of the market is covered with very good enthusiast or niche cases but what about the bottom of the spectrum? Can a half decent case that works properly be found at an affordable price? We think we found one, Read on to find out more.
This is the missing manual you have been looking for…
This article relates to Modern RAID controller cards made by LSI 3ware that do not work with Microsoft Windows 2008 R2 or Windows 7 out of the box. This article will explain and illustrate the process to enable these cards to work correctly with these operating systems by installing a required firmware update to the RAID card. This article is aimed towards IT professionals
Owners of Giga-Byte motherboards, especially socket 775 models that use the Dolby Digital Live feature of the Realtek HD Audio on these boards should revert to an older version of the audio driver such as Release 2.44 to reclaim bass management and Dolby processing features.
When things do not work as expected it is often due to standards not being followed. Hardware or software can often be non-compliant. If you cannot hear any audio via your front audio ports and you have a relatively modern system there is a easy fix for the problem.
If your computer contains a Realtek High Definition Audio system from Realtek semiconductor, you can enable a free feature to dedicate the front audio ports of the system chassis as a dedicated headset connection for applications such as voice communication and enhance your Voice-over-IP experience.
Part 2 - Configuring an IP soft phone to use a headset
If your computer contains a Realtek High Definition Audio system from Realtek semiconductor, you can enable a free feature to dedicate the front audio ports of the system chassis as a dedicated headset connection for applications such as voice communication and enhance your Voice-over-IP experience.
Part 1 - Configuring the headset feature avalible with Realtek High Defintion Audio
Recent releases of ‘must have‘ smart phones and heavy marketing of 3G connected devices in the mass media such as USB modems, smart phones, PC cards and notebook PCs with build in 3G connectivity is pushing mobile broadband to the masses, however promises made can be perceived as hype and marketing lies by some especially those who have experienced some legacy types of wireless cellular or networking.
Does 3G Mobile Broadband live up to the hype? To find out, NitroWare.net reviews a high performance 3G Gateway-Modem/Router that is advertised to deliver megabit speeds equivalent to wired broadband.
295 Watts of power drive this luxurious 5.1 system. Coupled with a passive radiator the massive 10" sub woofer driver provides a room-filling 120W of deep bass. A multifunctional 2.5" LCD display wired controller provides all the control any user needs.
We review a powerful 5.1 speaker system aimed at gamers and multimedia use that might be considered overkill for many users.
Read on to see what we thought of this massive speaker system.
We evaluate aigo’s McLaren MP4-22 2GB USB disk and determine whether it lives up to its namesake.
Since aigo’s announcement to Sponsor the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes F1 Racing Team, keen computing users and motor racing enthusiasts have waited for a branded USB storage product to complement this sponsorship, aigo has finally delivered.
We preview the Telstra Turbo 7 Wireless Gateway by Netcomm on Telstra's NextG Wireless 3.5G Network - one of the first all in one 3G Gateway/Modem/Routers to integrate HSPA based 7.2Mbps 3.5G wireless connectivity within the unit itself.
Creative Labs Pty Ltd [Australia] have announced availability of their HN-605 Noise-Cancelling headphones which are available now from major Australian retailers for a RRP $69.95 incl GST.
The specified power output of ATX Power Supplies can vary between particular makes and models.
A 300 Watt PSU from Vendor A may not have the same output as a same unit from Vendor B.
To make choosing a power supply for a particular installation easier, This article provides a quick reference of the labeled currents of many popular and common ATX Power Supplies.