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  • Hardware.info Taiwan Tour: Fractal Design Define R5 & Kelvin

    Review Review - Wednesday 01/28/2015 - 10:04 AM

    Hardware.info Taiwan Tour: Fractal Design Define R5 & Kelvin

    Earlier this month, we had the opportunity to visit Fractal Design's Taiwanese office. Founded in 2007, this company started out producing computer cases, and since then, they've added power supplies, case fans, and water cooling kits to their line-up. We were offered an exclusive first look at the new Define R5 enclosure and Kelvin water cooling kits.

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  • Test: the GeForce GTX 960 is the best HTPC GPU of this moment

    Review Review - Sunday 01/25/2015 - 05:01 AM

    Test: the GeForce GTX 960 is the best HTPC GPU of this moment

    Last Thursday, Nvidia introduced their GeForce GTX 960, and with it, the world's first graphics card that supports HDMI 2.0 and comes equipped with a hardware-based H.265 (or HEVC) video decoder. As such, this graphics card would be the ideal GPU for a future proof HTPC, at least in theory. We investigated whether it holds up in practice.

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  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 960 review: extremely efficient Full HD graphics card

    Review Review - Thursday 01/22/2015 - 08:58 AM

    Nvidia has introduced their new GTX 960 today, with a SRP of around $ 199 and meant to allow optimum Full HD resolution gaming. Compared to its predecessors the GTX 760 and 660 the card is not only (a lot) faster according to Nvidia, but also uses a lot less power. This would make it the "overclockers dream card" according to the manufacturer.

    Nvidia GeForce GTX 960

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  • Home Server Deluxe - January 2015

    PC Buyer's Guide PC Buyer's Guide - Tuesday 01/20/2015 - 11:59 PM

    Home Server Deluxe - January 2015 The Deluxe edition of the Home Server distinguishes itself from the standard home server by its smaller size and more powerful hardware. This server is more versatile and takes up less space, and is a lot more expensive. Please note: the PC Buyer’s Guide is compiled based on independent component tests performed by Hardware.Info. If no new, superior products are released that should replace one or more of the components, then the component(s) will remain the same as the previous month. I... Read more
  • Home server - January 2015

    PC Buyer's Guide PC Buyer's Guide - Sunday 01/18/2015 - 11:59 PM

    Home server - January 2015 The home server. It's subject to heated debate on Hardware.Info. Opinions differ widely on subjects like the necessity for keeping the design compact, the advantage of hot-swap bays, acceptable energy consumption, how much CPU power is needed, what type of storage and so on. It's safe to say that the "ideal home server" does not exist, because its intended use differs widely among our readers. This doesn't mean that we can't provide a good guide to effective home servers. There are two option... Read more
  • All-round Deluxe PC - January 2015

    PC Buyer's Guide PC Buyer's Guide - Saturday 01/17/2015 - 09:00 AM

    All-round Deluxe PC - January 2015 The all-round Deluxe PC will last you a few years without requiring any upgrades. It is a bit more expensive, but is very complete as well. Using the internet, gaming, business applications, photo and video editing - all of these are possible on a good all-round PC, and you should never feel that you are lacking in performance for any of those activities. This means a good processor and graphics card from the upper mid-range segment. Fast, yet affordable. You also need enough RAM and storage ... Read more
  • Haswell-E overklocking workshop: How to get the most out of the Core i7 5960X, 5930K and 4820K

    Review Review - Friday 01/16/2015 - 09:29 AM

    Haswell-E overklocking workshop: How to get the most out of the Core i7 5960X, 5930K and 4820K The newest Intel Haswell-E processors are already pretty fast out of the box, but if you want to you can squeeze a lot more performance out of them. This workshop shows you how to achieve the optimum overclock. The Intel Haswell-E processor family was introduced at the end of August 2014, click here for our extensive review. Overclocking the Haswell-E chips is comparable to the methods used on the "normal" socket 1150 Haswell CPU, but because of the DDR4 memory as well as other improvements the... Read more
  • Entry-level PC - January 2015

    PC Buyer's Guide PC Buyer's Guide - Thursday 01/15/2015 - 09:00 AM

    Entry-level PC - January 2015 Our guidelines for the Entry-level PC category are as follows. The entire computer system, excluding OS, should not exceed $500. Its primary, but not only, function is to provide a smooth and enjoyable online experience. This means that the cheapest processors won’t be enough, as modern web pages and internet applications do demand some processing power. Additionally, the system has to be able to efficiently perform internet-related tasks. This includes basic photo editing (cropping and re... Read more
  • Hardware.Info Taiwan Tour: FSP

    Review Review - Monday 01/12/2015 - 07:59 AM

    Hardware.Info Taiwan Tour: FSP

    FSP is one of the lesser known power supply "brands" in retail, but it is one of the few that actually manufacture their own products – and not just their own products. We visited the company in Taiwan, and were offered a tour of their large R&D department and their extremely comprehensive testing facilities.

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  • Ultimate PC - January 2015

    PC Buyer's Guide PC Buyer's Guide - Friday 01/09/2015 - 09:00 AM

    Ultimate PC - January 2015 The Ultimate PC: Only the best and fastest components available, with the appropriate astronomical price tag. You won't be able to assemble a PC better than this. That said, we do stay within reason, so you won't find us recommending for example yottabytes of SSD storage. Please note: the PC Buyer’s Guide is compiled based on independent component tests performed by Hardware.Info. If no new, superior products are released that should replace one or more of the components, then the component... Read more
  • Budget Game PC - January 2015

    PC Buyer's Guide PC Buyer's Guide - Monday 01/05/2015 - 11:59 PM

    Budget Game PC - January 2015 The Hardware.Info Budget Game PC Advice has a balanced configuration for playing video games, without having to spend too much. The components have been selected to offer the best bang for your buck. That means you cannot always expect the highest settings, resolution and frame rate, but at the same time you should be able to play all modern games in Full HD resolution without making huge concessions to either the image quality or your enjoyment of the game. Unlike previous Budget Game PC... Read more
  • Gaming PC - January 2015

    PC Buyer's Guide PC Buyer's Guide - Friday 01/02/2015 - 11:59 PM

    Gaming PC - January 2015 This computer system is specifically geared towards gaming. That means a PC with a high-end graphics card and a processor that is fast enough to support the GPU. The rest of the configuration needs to be balanced as well. Since many gamers also enjoy overclocking their PC to improve performance, it is also important to choose a motherboard and memory that is suitable for this. Keep in mind that you will pay extra for that overclocking potential. Having the right accessories is also importa... Read more
  • HD Video Editing PC - December 2014

    PC Buyer's Guide PC Buyer's Guide - Wednesday 12/31/2014 - 11:59 PM

    HD Video Editing PC - December 2014 A few years ago, your PC just couldn't be fast enough for digital video processing. By now every average PC is able to process Standard Definition (PAL 720x576) as well as HD Ready, but technology doesn't stand still. By now just about every smartphone can record in HD or Full HD and the new frontier is Ultra HD, also known as 4K. This resolution and the 'accompanying' codec HEVC / H.265 require seriously powerful hardware. That's the reason why a powerful PC can still really make a differenc... Read more
  • Photos and specifications Plextor M6e Black Edition SSD got leaked

    News News - Wednesday 12/31/2014 - 11:48 AM

    Photos and specifications Plextor M6e Black Edition SSD got leaked Hardware.Info got its hands on pictures and specifications of a new Plextor SSD, after TweakTown posted the first photo of it. The manufacturer will probably launch the new M6e Black Edition next week, at CES in Las Vegas. It communicates with the system via two PCI-Express 2.0 lanes, but doesn't support the new NVM Express protocol, so it uses AHCI instead. The used controller is a Marvell 88SS9183, the same as in the original M6e. Plextor uses synchronous NAND flash memory from Toshiba, bu... Read more
  • 2015: The year of PCI-Express SSDs?

    Review Review - Tuesday 12/30/2014 - 02:46 AM

    2015: The year of PCI-Express SSDs? SATA Express and M.2 connectors are no longer a rare sight on the latest generation of motherboards. The PC ecosystem appears to be ready for the PCI-Express SSD revolution. Will 2015 be the year of PCI-Express SSDs? Those who keep an eye on Hardware.Info's SSD reviews (click here for our latest big SSD round-up) will as of late mainly encounter charts in which SSDs from the high-end segment exhibit nearly identical performance. Especially for sequential read and write tests, we're consistently... Read more
  • Budget All-round PC - December 2014

    PC Buyer's Guide PC Buyer's Guide - Friday 12/26/2014 - 11:59 PM

    Budget All-round PC - December 2014 The all-round PC is a PC with comprehensive features for around $800 - $900 that can do a little bit of everything. It should have enough speed and capacity to meet your needs for some time. Currently it can run all applications, and you're able to upgrade it with small future investments when you need more power or storage capacity. Surfing, gaming, business applications, photo and video editing should all be possible on the all-round PC without giving you the feeling that it's lacking in p... Read more
  • Mini-ITX Game PC - December 2014

    PC Buyer's Guide PC Buyer's Guide - Wednesday 12/24/2014 - 11:59 PM

    Mini-ITX Game PC - December 2014 The Mini-ITX Game PC is a desktop computer that is small enough to be portable, but has better performance than a gaming notebook. Please note: the PC Buyer’s Guide is compiled based on independent component tests performed by Hardware.Info. If no new, superior products are released that should replace one or more of the components, then the component(s) will remain the same as the previous month. If you want to know more about how we compile our PC Buying guides, have a look at this art... Read more
  • 12 AMD AM1 / Intel Bay Trail motherboard review: budget foundation

    Review Review - Wednesday 12/24/2014 - 01:24 AM

    12 AMD AM1 / Intel Bay Trail motherboard review: budget foundation

    In April AMD introduced its AM1-platform which is meant to serve as a basis for budget PC's. Intel meanwhile introduced the desktop version of their Bay Trail chips at the beginning of this year, better known as the next generation of Atom-processors. Click here for a comparison test between these two platforms. In this article we discuss and compare 12 affordable motherboards for each platform. 

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  • Spot the differences: Gigabyte motherboard revisions present markedly different test results

    Review Review - Monday 12/22/2014 - 11:06 AM

    Spot the differences: Gigabyte motherboard revisions present markedly different test results

    Several days ago, one of our (Dutch) forum visitors asked about a Gigabyte motherboard with difference characteristics than the original model, and visible differences from the photo displayed by the shop where it was purchased. A bit of Googling and browsing through Gigabyte's website shows that the Taiwanese manufacturer makes new revisions of quite a few of its motherboards, mostly in the budget segment. For us reason to do some more research and buy and test the motherboards. The results are more than a little remarkable...

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  • 500-550 watt power supplies review: 40 models tested

    Review Review - Saturday 12/20/2014 - 03:05 PM

    500-550 watt power supplies review: 40 models tested AMD is lagging behind a little, but Intel and Nvidia clearly show what the latest trend is: better performance at a lower level of power consumption. As a result, even a 500 watt power supply is more than enough for a PC with a powerful processor and graphics card. The price of such a PSU might be as low as three tenners, or as high as 140 euros. We tested 40 individual models in order to identify the differences. Although Intel's fourth generation "Haswell" Core processors only offered a mod... Read more

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