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    by Published on April 16th, 2014 08:00 PM
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    Lets face it, loosing data due to hard drive failure flat out sucks. We've all been there, and how we wished we took the time to back everything up before the disaster struck. But how? Well, that's where a good NAS (Network Attached Storage) system comes into play. The N2310 by Thecus is the perfect solution for home or small businesses users who want greater peace of mine when it comes to data integrity. A NAS storage solution is perfect because it provides a centralized backup location for all computers on the network.

    Currently NAS drives range in features so it's important to choose the configuration and features you want before purchasing. If you are looking for features, you'll find them on the N2310. Most of them I will be going in depth later on in the review, but some of the main features include RAID support, a web-based GUI interface, FTP and SSH connectivity, a built in BitTorrent client, and Android and IOS app support. Our first thoughts... impressive! Time to put the N2310 through the ringer and see how it does during our tests.

    As I mentioned on the previous page, the Thecus N2310 comes with a boat-load of features which will appeal to a rather large range of users. Whether you are looking for a backup solution, or a convenient way to access your files, you might be surprised at how well a NAS solution will work for you.

    At a glance, the N2310 features ...
    by Published on March 6th, 2014 12:45 AM
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    Steelseries is best known for their gaming oriented headsets, especially the great value "Siberia V2" which achieved a gold award when we reviewed them back in late 2012 but they are less well known for their more commercial, non gamer aimed headsets such as the H series and FLUX.

    Their best in ear headphones are the "Flux In-Ear Pros" which is what we are reviewing today. Available for 110.35 from their official store or $99.95 from Amazon.com it features a flat, 1.2m cable with two connectors, one for your PC (red and green two band) and one for mobile (or Mac) ...
    by Published on March 5th, 2014 01:00 PM
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    With the current multiplayer shooter fad, we decided it would be necessary to compile a list of the 10 greatest multiplayer shooters ever made, to help guide people to the good. The most popular ones are obvious; everyone goes on and on about Battlefield, Call of Duty, Borderlands 2, Team Fortress 2, Day Z, Counter Strike, and everyone remembers the classics like Quake, BF1942, and Unreal Tournament 2004.

    Only the best, most unique games will make our list, so you can already count out all of the modern day casual clones. Continue to the next page to begin our countdown!

    Starting things off is Star Wars: Battlefront II, a large scale shooter with far more diversity than most of the ones you see today. It's available on Steam, give this classic a try.

    Coming in at #9 is Rising Storm, which is basically two games in one. It includes all ...
    by Published on January 30th, 2014 05:00 PM
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    "Greatest Game of All Time" is a term that's thrown around often. Like anyone else, us critics here at GND-Tech have our own ideas of what makes the greatest game of all time. In this article we'll discuss these ideas, to give you a better idea of what we value most in a game, and how high our standards really are.

    To start things off, the greatest game of all time would have to be a Role-Playing Game (RPG). Looking back at history, the best game of nearly every year was an RPG.

    • 1997 - Fallout (RPG)
    • 1998 - Fallout 2 (RPG)
    • 1999 - Planescape: Torment (RPG)
    • 2000 - Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn (RPG)
    • 2001 - Silent Hill 2 (Psychological Horror)
    • 2002 - The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind (RPG)
    • 2003 - Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (RPG)
    • 2004 - Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II - The Sith Lords (RPG)
    • 2005 - Jade Empire (RPG) -> we suppose, can't think of anything better, maybe you can?
    • 2006 - The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion (RPG)
    • 2007 - Mass Effect (RPG)
    • 2008 - Fallout 3 (RPG)
    • 2009 - Dragon Age: Origins (RPG)
    • 2010 - Mass Effect 2 or Fallout: New Vegas
    by Published on January 22nd, 2014 03:00 PM
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    Welcome to our first gaming article of 2014! We like to start off new years with a bang, so here is a very important article. We look back at the 10 greatest video game development studios of all time. Some no longer exist, but they'll always be remembered for the fantastic titles they brought us, and the new standards they set.

    But great games aren't the only thing that make a great developer; in order to be one of the very best developers, you need to pay attention to your fanbase and make continuous improvement. Taking advantage of available technology and focusing on PC development is another big bonus. With that being said, let's begin the countdown.

    Looking Glass Studios starts off our list. A truly legendary, talented development studio best known for:

    • Thief: The Dark Project (1998)
    • Thief II: The Metal Age (2000)

    Yes, only two games, but those games mark the true beginning of stealth games. The original Thief came out in 1998, the same year as Metal Gear Solid. It's really clear why MGS is console exclusive and Thief is PC exclusive; Thief may have been more ahead of its time than any other game in the history of gaming.

    Thief introduced large, non-linear levels that emphasized exploration. They are remarkably detailed especially considering the age, and they were smartly designed: you weren't limited to sneaking out in the open like in MGS, there are lots of alternate paths and you could make your own by interacting with the environment. Gameplay mechanics were also far ahead of its time, including ...
    by Published on January 19th, 2014 08:00 PM
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    As the technology SSD controllers continue to advance, so does OCZ's lineup of solid state drives. The Vector series of SSD drives, which are geared towards enthusiasts, is no exception. A solid state drives controller is essentially its brain; the performance factor of the controller, in turn, greatly effects the overall performance of the SSD. The controller found on the Vector 150 is OCZ's brand new Barefoot 3 controller is very close to that found in the Vertex 450, which we recently reviewed. With that being said, if the performance of the Vector 150 is anything like we saw with the Vertex 450, I'd say this drive will post some pretty awesome benchmarks!

    As with 99% of all other solid state drives out there, the Vector 150 fits the standard 2.5 inch form factor and a slim 7mm tall. The first thing we were glad to see was that the styling of the Vector 150 was similar to that of the original Vector drive.

    MSRP for the Vector 150 120GB model stands at around $135 which is definitely on the high side of the current 120GB SSD market.

    As we touched on previously, the OCZ Vector 150 is equipped with OCZ's own in-house controller, the Indilinx Barefoot 3 (M00). The controller is no doubt the biggest factor when comparing the Vector 150 to any other ...
    by Published on December 30th, 2013 11:00 AM
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    Welcome to another Game of the Year ceremony from the only true game critics in existence! Although a number of 2013 releases were delayed, it still turned out to be a great year overall, with the likes of Metro: Last Light, Grand Theft Auto V, Wasteland 2, and other great games. To accommodate all of this year's releases, we will have many separate awards. Every nominee and winner is chosen carefully by our gaming staff, the most critical and fair reviewers in the world.

    The gaming industry seriously lacks good, critical reviewers with good judgement. Most other media outlets will give out awards to games that they simply enjoyed the most, but GND-Tech is the one exception. This industry is backwards with many of the highest rated games being inferior, and often terrible games designed for people with no intellect and no attention span. But here at GND-Tech, we recognize and value effort, good ideas, thought-provoking and challenging games. We scold rehashed, generic, low quality games which dominate the industry. Only the very best games are winners here. See our article here to see how critical and true we are.

    So come forward and witness the number one game awards ceremony in the world!

    Mod of the Year - Overhaul

    Before getting into the actual games, we'd like to start off this ceremony with our Mod of the Year choice. For this award, we're looking specifically at normal, but large scale mods designed to drastically improve a game. S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Misery 2.0 is the clear winner here, giving Misery two consecutive wins in a row.

    Misery 1.0 won this award in 2012, and 2.0 builds upon the already excellent mod. It stands out as one of the most impressive overhaul mods of all time. It's a hardcore, realistic addon for S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Call of Pripyat, designed to make the Zone a much more dangerous and immersive place. A-Life has been overhauled, making it more dynamic. AI was given many new never-before-seen features, many innovative survival gameplay mechanics were added, hundreds of new items/weapons/outfits were added, visuals were overhauled to the point where it exceeds most games, the list goes on. See our overlook of Misery 2.0 here.

    http://www.gnd-tech.com/content/951-...y-2-0-Released ...
    by Published on November 26th, 2013 03:30 PM
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    Just when you think solid state drives are about as fast as they are going to get, OCZ's Vertex 450 was released and proved us all wrong. As of lately SSD read and write speeds have pretty much capped due to hardware limitations of the SATA6 controller. Anywhere from 500-550MB/sec read/write speeds are about as fast as you are going to get. Manufacturers today are focusing heavily on the SSD's IOPS (Input/Output Operations Per Second). IOPS are used as a general benchmark for read and write performance so it's important to factor a SSD's IOPS in addition to it's read and write speeds when determining how "fast" an SSD really is.

    The Vertex 450 is pushing some pretty strong ratings according to OCZ. Random read speeds peak at 85,000 IOPS, and random write at 90,000 IOPS. These numbers are very close to the Vertex 4 so it will be interesting to see how this newer generation compares to its predecessor.

    As far as capacity goes, the Vertex 450 comes in three sizes: 128GB, 256GB and 512GB. Each come with OCZ's home brew NAND controller which based upon past reviews, has shown outstanding performance when compared to SandForce. The Vertex 450 uses the OCZ Indilinx Barefoot 3 M10 controller.

    Take a look at the next page for even more detailed specs!

    I mentioned on the previous page that the OCZ Vertex 450 is equipped with OCZ's own in-house controller, the ...

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