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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

- 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.

CyberPowerPC Gamer Xtreme 5200 Haswell System Review

Published: Monday, June 24, 2013 - By: Dennis
News Source: Email

Looking for a good out of box gaming rig using the latest Haswell CPU?  Look no further than CyberpowerPC.

Now that Intel's 4th-generation Core processors are flowing in the market, all your favorite boutique builders are churning out new systems based around those Haswell chips. The new Intel processors require a new socket (LGA 1150), and the associated motherboards have the new Z87 chipset. If you're as excited as we are to see how Haswell fares, stick around--there's a lot of good stuff coming down the pike.

One of our first Haswell-based system is the CyberPowerPC Gamer Xtreme 5200, which comes in a surprisingly subdued mid-tower chassis that belies the powerful components inside. It's hard to say what CyberPowerPC's going for aesthetically here, but it's easy to see that this machine is fully loaded.

This system comes with the AMD Radeon HD7990 and should downright murder games and HWBot benches, that is unless you want to see some fancy PhysX in Borderlands 2.

Rumor: Ivy Bridge-E Core i7 4960X Delidded – Uses Solder, Not Paste

Published: Monday, June 24, 2013 - By: Dennis
News Source: Web

One of the hottest debates is the proper use of thermal paste and if it deserves to be under the "lid" of your shiny new Haswell and Ivy Bridge CPU of if Intel should go back to soldering the heatspreader to the CPU.  In case you ddn't know Ivy Bridge ushered in the age of awesome transistors and hotter than normal processor temps thanks to using dry chunky thermal paste between the CPU and heatspreader.  While these temps are within Intel spec the fact that a CPU is running 60c under load and the heatsink tops out at 29c tells us that something isn't getting transfered correctly.

And yes, the heatsink was mounted properly.

These rumored photos of a delidded Core i7 4960X Ivy Bridge-E CPU shows that Intel continues to use solder on their server and high end CPU models.

With any luck Ivy Bridge E and Haswell E will both have soldered connections and in the meantime I'll be in the back room cutting the lid off my CPU and replacing the thermal paste with something better.  With any luck I'll be able to get a few more Ghz from the chip and be able to use it in heatsink tests.

NL: Review Block - Cards and Boards for All Ages

Published: Friday, June 21, 2013 - By: Dennis
News Source: Ninjalane

Looking over the list I see a whole lotta MSI and not so much Gigabyte.  I wonder why?  Oh, don't forget the Asrock either.  They are the new guy on the block in a bold attempt to change their budget spin-off nature into a real overclocking powerhouse backed by overclocking professionals.

Cards: of the Video Variety
- MSI GTX 770 TwinFrozr Gaming 2 GB @ techPowerUp
- PowerColor HD 7850 1GB SCS3 Fanless Video Card Review @ HiTech Legion
- MSI GeForce GTX 770 Gaming edition Graphics card review
- MSI GTX 770 Gaming @ Bjorn3D
- ASUS GeForce GTX 780 DirectCU II OC Review @ Ocaholic
- Gigabyte GTX 780 WindForce 3X OC Review @ Hardware Canucks

Boards: of the Mother Variety
- MSI Z87 MPower Motherboard @ PureOverclock
- GIGABYTE GA-Z87X-OC (Intel LGA 1150) @ techPowerUp
- MSI FM2-A85XMA-E35 Micro ATX Motherboard Review @ HiTech Legion
- MSI's Z87-GD65 Gaming motherboard reviewed
- ASUS Z87-PRO Motherboard Review @ HiTech Legion
- ASRock Z87 Extreme4 Motherboard @ Hardware Secrets
- ASUS Maximus VI Extreme Z87 motherboard review
- ASUS Z87-DELUXE Motherboard @ Hardware Secrets

More to come including a few Gigabyte related articles.