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Gigabyte Z87X-UD3H Motherboard Review @ HiTech Legion

Published: Friday, July 05, 2013 - By: Dennis
News Source: Ninjalane

There is a book of a quote to follow this one sentence about the review.

The Gigabyte Z87X-UD3H is outfitted with impressive high-end features at a mainstream price. The Gigabyte Z87X-UD3H utilizes Ultra Durable 5 Plus technology, including the use of 10K solid Japanese capacitors, 2x Copper PCB, gold plated CPU brushes, ESD protection on USB and Ethernet ports with one fuse per port design, as well as International Rectifier PWM controllers and PowIRstage ICs.  Unlike other mainstream Z87 mainboards, the Gigabyte Z87X-UD3H has a total of ten USB 3.0 ports for unprecedented connective flexibility and also implements On/Off Charge 2 technology for rapid mobile device charging. Users who want to tune their system performance further will find the quick onboard buttons handy, including voltage read-out points, digital debug display, OC PEG, clear CMOS button, dual BIOS switch, as well as onboard power and reset buttons.

I sometimes wonder why there is a UD4H version of this motherboard,  The included features are often very similar and performance can be called "the same".  Of course after much debate, drinking and a good nights sleep I have come to the following conclusion.

Because.

Yes, Much like Mr. Torgue's question about "Explosions?" I have determined that UD3H and UD4H exist because they must.  One is more beefy for overclocking while the other is more cost efficient.  

Nvidia sees limited shipments of Tegra 4

Published: Friday, July 05, 2013 - By: Dennis
News Source: Email

There is a delicate balance between getting your work out there and knowing when you actually included enough stuff.  In my world beyond the hardware I am often challenged to know when a design is done, does it have enough of this, is there too much of that.  More often than not the design is excatly what is needed but there are times when things are rushed and just don't feel finished.

I think that is what happened with nVidia.

Although Nvidia has successfully landed Tegra 4 orders from brand vendors such as Toshiba, Asustek Computer and Hewlett-Packard (HP) for their high-end products, because shipment volumes are still limited, sources from the upstream supply chain believe Nvidia may need to wait until the release of its next-generation Tegra 4i processor with integrated 4G LTE support to turn the tables

Nvidia's Tegra 4 has advantages in terms of performance, but because of its high price, most brand vendors have turned to choose solutions from China-based makers or MediaTek, which offer strong performance/price ratios.

No built in 4G LTE in a mobile phone chip?  Seems like a huge deal breaker to me and something that should have been considered from the beginning.  Then again, Tegra has always been a better tablet processor than brain for your mobile phone.

Happy Fouth of July!

Published: Friday, July 05, 2013 - By: Dennis
News Source: Ninjalane

Well, its a day late but I hope everyone had a safe and sane fourth.  As always count your fingers and toes, if they are all there then it was a good holiday.

More tech news in the pipeline so, grab a beverage and relax its going to be a awesome long weekend.

NL: Review Block - Random Stuffs

Published: Tuesday, July 02, 2013 - By: Dennis
News Source: Email

Readers of Ninjalane will know that the news here is rather spotty in what gets posted, sometimes its all Motherboards while other times the review blocks features Video Cards and Coolers.  Well, this time it's none of that.

Web Reviews
- Intel LGA 1150 and AMD Socket FM2 in interactive Fit for Fan guide
- Lian Li PC-Q27 Micro-ATX Case @ Hexus
- 256GB Sandisk Ultra SSD @ Cowcotland
- Hard Disk Drive Myths Debunked @ TechARP
- Kingston HyperX Beast DDR3-1866 CL10 @ ocaholic
- 15-Way Open-Source Intel/AMD/NVIDIA GPU Comparison @ Phoronix
- Intel 4th Gen Core i7-4770K 'Haswell' CPU Performance Review

Is "Random" what you need to start your day?

Samsung DA-F60 Portable 20W Bluetooth Speaker Review @ ModSynergy

Published: Tuesday, July 02, 2013 - By: Dennis
News Source: Email

What does everyone think about Bluetooth speakers?  Coolest thing ever? or a huge waste of bandwidth??

Samsung, a worldwide powerhouse producing a wide array of products, contacted us to review their newest and first portable wireless speaker, the Bluetooth enabled DA-F60 with NFC (Near field communication) and 20 watts of power pumping through in what basically is the size of a 3.5" hard drive enclosure.  Read on to know more of the Samsung DA-F60 portable 20W Bluetooth speaker, its unique features, its cost, how well it sounds, and whether or not this might be worth checking out.

Bluetooth "anything" seems to be the hot mobile commodity these days, hopefully the trend will continue, of course without taking things too far.

NL: Review Block - Motherboard Round-Up and Coolers

Published: Friday, June 28, 2013 - By: Dennis
News Source: Ninjalane

Quick review block to start the weekend. 

Motherboard Round-up
- Gigabyte Z87X-OC Review @ Ocaholic
- ASUS Z87 Deluxe Motherboard Review @ Hardware Canucks
- MSI Z87A-GD65 Gaming Motherboard @ PureOverclock
- Gigabyte Z87X-OC Mainboard Review on Technic3D
- ASUS Maximus VI Hero Z87 Motherboard Review @ ThinkComputers

Coolers
- DeepCool Gamer Storm Assassin CPU Cooler Review @ Tekinferno
- Cooler Master Seidon 240M CPU Cooler Review @ Hardware Secrets
- Deepcool Gamer Storm Assassin CPU Cooler Review @ Pro-Clockers

Corsair Carbide Air 540 ATX Cube Case Review @ Pro-Clockers

Published: Friday, June 28, 2013 - By: Dennis
News Source: Ninjalane

I personally got to see this case a number of times at Computex and have to say, its good and a creative but really a re-hash on an old case design from the 90's.  Not always a bad thing and in this case quite good.

This design we are talking about is something we have only really seen in very large and expensive cases. But in the case of the Carbide Air 540, it is much smaller and having many of the same features you would see in a typical enthusiast case. Besides the design, Corsair is marketing the Carbide Air 540 as the perfect case to get good airflow to all your components like the GPU, CPU, memory and motherboard.

Of course despite all my grumblings I would like to evetually do a review or this case or even purchase it for myself because I like the concept and think it has a bright future in the enthusiast space.

Does Mayonnaise Last as a Thermal Compound? @ Hardware Secrets

Published: Friday, June 28, 2013 - By: Dennis
News Source: Email

Ever wonder if your thermal paste is all that good?  Do you believe that all thermal paste is the same or that you can use anything between a CPU and heatsink?

Well if that is the case, why not use a little mayo.  Yes, that's right you can use mayo as thermal compound however, the real question is how long will it last.

Back in 2011, we tested mayonnaise as a thermal interface between the CPU and the base of the cooler. Amazingly, it worked nicely, proving to be, at least in a short term, a better thermal compound than several well-known commercial products. But, at the time, we could not determine how long it would continue to work before a degradation in performance was noted. This time around, we ran a long-term test to determine if mayonnaise can last as a thermal compound.

Pretty much going to say this might be the worse idea ever, kinda like that video Uncle Rico made of him throwing footballs.

NVidia GTX 760 Launch Day

Published: Tuesday, June 25, 2013 - By: Dennis
News Source: Ninjalane

Its another video card launch day this time we have a GK104 GPU designed to replace the GTX 660 Ti from vendors who have done everything they can to get this card out quick with as little to no R&D as possiable.

Be sure to check out our review of the Gigabyte GTX 760 OC and how it stacks up against the GTX 660 Ti OC and even the reference designed GTX 760.  Is it faster? is it sleaker? will it cook eggs?  Read on!

Web Reviews:
- HEXUS Review: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 760 WindForce 3X
- Nvidia GTX 760 @ LanOC Reviews
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 Graphics Card Review (Gainward, Palit and ZOTAC) @ HardwareHeaven
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 Review @ HotHardware
- MSI GeForce GTX 760 Gaming OC 2GB Video Card Review in SLI @ Legit Reviews
- NVIDIA GTX 760 2GB Review @ Hardware Canucks
- Gigabyte GTX 760 WindForce OC 2 GB @ techPowerUp
- Nvidia GeForce GTX 760 review: boost for the mid-range segment
- Nvidia's GeForce GTX 760 graphics card reviewed
- EVGA GeForce GTX 760 SuperClocked w/ ACX Review @ Ocaholic
- MSI GTX 760 TwinFrozr Gaming 2 GB @ techPowerUp
- EVGA GTX 760 SC w/ ACX Cooler 2 GB @ techPowerUp
- ASUS GTX 760 DirectCU II OC 2 GB @ techPowerUp
- Palit GTX 760 JetStream 2 GB @ techPowerUp
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 2 GB @ techPowerUp

Check back when we put two GTX 760's under SLI, there might be lights!

The 150 Things the World's Smartest People Are Afraid Of @ Motherboard

Published: Tuesday, June 25, 2013 - By: Dennis
News Source: Web

Ever wonder what the smartest people in the world worry about or are afraid of?  Well wonder no more because there is a list.  After reading a few of the entries I have come to the conclusion that most of the people on this list have not taken the question seriously and are either full of themselves for being considered smart or really have no idea.

One of the best responses:

21. Not much. I ride motorcycles without a helmet. –J. Craig Venter, genomic scientist

Some of the answers range from "Men" to things like Drugs and the fact that we may never travel space. If you need a laugh be sure to read them all.

For me, I have many worries and fears and it is hard to narrow them down to one.  For instance I worry about our reliance on "off-shore" resources, I also worry about the social economic divide and how it will impact us in the future.  I worry about world resources and how technological progress is changing things for the worse.