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    by Published on April 16th, 2014 08:00 PM
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    2. Hard Drives

    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 January 19th, 2014 09:00 PM
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    2. Hard Drives

    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 November 26th, 2013 04:30 PM
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    2. Hard Drives

    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 ...
    by Published on October 16th, 2013 08:00 PM
    1. Categories:
    2. Cases

    As typical computers are getting smaller and smaller, high-end gaming machines are only getting bigger. The proof? Take a look at Cooler Master's latest lineup of what they are calling their first "mod-tower" computer chassis, the HAF Stacker 935 (HAF-935-KWN). This chassis lives up to it's name. The HAF 935, which we will looking at in depth in this review, comes with two completely independent computer cases which can be mounted onto each other. The HAF 935 is a two unit system which includes the main unit and the HAF 915 R/F.

    The main unit is a full tower EATX case with plenty of room for high end gaming components. The HAF 915 has several uses, all of which we will be going into in-depth later on in this review. Both cases are able to be mounted to each other with either one on the top or bottom depending on its intended use. This is by far the most unique, let alone complex case configuration we have yet had the pleasure of reviewing, so without too much of an introduction, lets take a closer look at the case's features and specs!

    Did somebody say features? The Stacker HAF 935 has features all right, so lets try to briefly cover them all. As, we mentioned on the previous page, the HAF 935 is two independently configurable cases which can be mounted together in order to produce a very large, very expandable computer system.

    Although the HAF 935 is one complete system, lets take a look at the specs individually for simplicity's sake.

    For further info regarding ...
    by Published on October 7th, 2013 10:00 PM
    1. Categories:
    2. Power Supplies

    We are back at it again with another review. This time another high end power supply from Cooler Master titled the V850. This particular unit has a power rating of 850W; not only that, carries a strong efficiency rate giving it an 80+ Gold rating. In order to achieve the prestigious Gold rating, the PSU must be capable of running at 90% efficiency under a typical (50%) load. From what we've seen, power supplies which carry high efficiency ratings, such as the V850, tend to be built much better over lower rated power supplies. However, with performance and quality comes price. In addition to the excellent performance rating, The V850 is fully 100% modular unlike many other modular PSUs which have modular hookups alongside fixed cables.

    The Cooler Master V850 comes from the V-Series family of enthusiast power supplies. In addition to this model, there is the V700 and the V1000. Each V-series power supply comes with the 80+ Gold rating.

    In this review we will be carefully analyzing the CM V850 PSU to see if it measures up to it's claimed efficiency rating. We will also be loading it up to it's max rated power rating of 850W to see just how well it performs. Quality of construction and appearance will also be analyzed. But without ...
    by Published on September 30th, 2013 09:30 PM
    1. Categories:
    2. Peripherals

    In the MMORPG/MOBA gaming world, access to a vast array of buttons, whether on a mouse or keyboard, is a must. The Thermaltake VOLOS gaming mouse is no exception to this trend supporting a whopping 14 independently configurable buttons. This combined with the host of other gaming-themed features, should give the VOLOS a tactical advantage in the world of online gaming.

    In this review we will be looking at the black VOLOS (MO-VLS-WDLOBK-01). At a glance, Tt did a swell job packing as many features as they could into the single unit. Besides the vast array of configurable buttons, the VOLOS sports an 8200 DPI Avago laser sensor, with on-the-fly sensitivity switching. The LEDs inside the center scroll wheel, left-click button, and palm logo can also be customized to any color you want. On paper, this seems like a pretty solid mouse! Continue on for a more detailed look at this mouse's specs.

    The VOLOS by Tt eSPORTS falls into the high-end gaming mouse category designed for MMORPG or MOBA games. ...
    by Published on September 20th, 2013 09:00 PM
    1. Categories:
    2. Power Supplies

    We've all heard the infamous Fatal1ty lineup of products, usually indicative of products that are a little more extreme, higher-end or gaming themed. OCZ's new Fatal1ty 1000W PSU fits all three (model: OCZ-FTY1000W). To name the obvious, it's capable of delivering 1000W of continuous power into your system. Not only that, it's designed to do it well. This model is 80+ Gold certified, meaning it can hold a sustained efficiency rating of 90% under a typical (50%) load. A high efficiency rating not only means that it won't draw as much from the wall when compared to a non-80+ compliant PSU, but we have also discovered that 80+ power supplies are much better built; its components are much more durable, thus increasing the lifespan of the power supply.

    It's obvious that the target market for this PSU is aimed towards gamers who are packing some high end, power thirsty hardware. Not just the 1000W rating gives this away, but the range of supported hardware is impressiveness. This PSU boasts 2x 8-pin CPU connectors along with 8x 6+2-pin PCI-E power connectors. Under ...
    by Published on September 2nd, 2013 10:00 PM
    1. Categories:
    2. Peripherals,
    3. Sound

    Cooler Master is at it again adding more and more peripherals to its CM Storm lineup. CM Storm is Cooler Master's gaming themed class of peripherals. In the past Cooler Master has been known for their large selection of heat sink fan assemblies, however fairly recently they have jumped head first into the peripheral world. So far they have done quite good for themselves. The CM Storm lineup of keyboards including the Quickfire Rapid and the Trigger have been some of the best keyboards we have had the pleasure of reviewing.

    On paper the CM Storm Pulse-R gaming headset looks impressive. At a glance it features an aluminum construction, 42mm drivers, white accent LED illumination, and slide volume and mic controls. It's design and construction really sets this headset apart from the rest. But enough talk, ...
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