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[H]ard|OCP Week in Reviews

Today is Friday and you know what that means! It is time once again for the [H]ard|OCP Week in Reviews! For anyone that might have missed them, we like to take a quick look back on the hardware evaluations and articles we posted earlier in the week. Our Far Cry 4 Video Card Performance and IQ Preview is a great read as is our Corsair H60 AIO CPU Cooling System Update Review. We wrapped up the short holiday week with our NVIDIA Multi-Frame Sampled AA Video Card Review.

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[H]ardware Round-Up II

Cases: NZXT Phantom 820 @ Technic3D

Cooling: Cryorig C1 CPU Cooler @ Cowcotland

ETC.: Gamdias Hades Extension @ pcGameware

Logitech G502 Proteus Core @ Tweak.dk

PSU: Antec Edge Series 650W @ techPowerUP!

Storage: Mushkin Scorpion 480GB @ NikKTech

Synology DS215j Two-Bay NAS @ Vortez

Monitor Vendors Eyeing 5K Units In 2015

5K monitors coming in 2015? Well, hopefully that drives down the price of 4K monitors so we can all get our 4K gaming fix (here, here and here) without going bankrupt in the process.

As global shipments of LCD monitors are expected to reach 136 million in 2014 followed by 132 million in 2015 and 128 million in 2017, vendors are looking to release high-end units in niche areas in order to remain profitable. Supply chain sources noted that Philips in particular is eyeing 5K monitor opportunities, and that most 5K panel supply in the market will come from LG Display.


Windows 10 Natively Supports FLAC and MKV Codecs

It looks as though Windows 10 will feature support for MKV and FLAC right out of the box. cool

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This expands Microsoft's support for popular but less-than-standard file formats. FLAC joins MKV (one of the most common containers for H.264 video alongside MP4) and HEVC (High Efficiency Video Coding), both of which were also confirmed by Aul on Twitter last month.


NZXT Source 340 Mid-Tower Case

The NZXT Source 340 mid-tower chassis is on the test bench today at eTeknix.

The S340 is the latest edition to the Source range, and there have been some pretty big changes to the general design. Gone are the sweeping curves and large sections of mesh ventilation. Now we have bold flat panels and a very minimalist look that has more in common with the H440 than it does with previous entries to the Source series.


Best Buy Website Goes Down On Black Friday

Best Buy's website bit the dust on the busiest shopping day of the year. The site was inaccessible for hours until finally coming back online after the rush subsided. That had to suck.

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Samsung Employees Fear The Chop In Annual Reshuffle

Everyone understands that job cuts are necessary sometimes. We just wish they'd start "chopping" from the top down. wink

Insiders say staff at Samsung Electronics have never been so anxious ahead of the annual reshuffle, as a weak smartphone performance and its worst earnings in three years are expected to cost many jobs.


Fractal Design Node 804

If you are building an HTPC, LAN box or Steam Machine, this Fractal Design Node 804 review at LanOC will be of interest.

Not only did they keep things fairly small, but they also went with a split design that I am a huge fan of working with on cases. What I mean by a split design is that the power supply and some of the components fit behind the motherboard tray leaving the motherboard side of the case clean. Add to that Fractals typical clean styling and we have the makings of a great case. Well today we have the chance to dig in and check the Node 804 out and find out if it is as great as it looks.


Black Friday [H]ot Deals

Make sure you guys check out this [H]ot Deals forum thread for exclusive Black Friday deals just for [H] readers. The coupon codes for the items listed below won't last forever and are limited to stock on hand so you'd better get in on these deals while the getting is good.


If you're a new US customer, get $10 off purchases $75 or more

LG 25UM65-P 2560x1080 IPS Ultrawide monitor $189.99

Spend over $120 and get a $20 NCIX gift card

Steelseries 3HV2 Gaming Headset $19.99

Samsung 840 Evo 750GB SSD $259.99

Corsair H60 CPU Cooler $54.99


Sennheiser HD518 Headphones $99.99

Sandisk Ultra II 240GB SSD $99.99

MSI GTX 770 Twin Frozr OC $349.99

Save $25 on your order over $150

Corsair H60 CPU Cooler $52.99

Gigabyte GTX 970 ITX $349.99

Gaming [H]eadlines

Halo: MCC 500MB Patch @ Shacknews

PSN Black Friday Sale @ VG24/7

Raven's Cry Delayed @ Blue's News

Xbox Black Friday Deals @ Major Nelson

SSD Mega Round-Up

The crew at Hardware.Info have rounded up sixty SSDs and put them to the test. Good info for those of you that are currently comparison shopping SSDs.

Samsung's 850 Pro SSDs are without a doubt the fastest SSDs of this moment. Given that this product does not seem to have any flaws, we heartily recommend it to those who are looking for the fastest possible SSD. The Vector 150 and AMD Radeon R7 SSDs are decent alternatives, but are unable to match Samsung's level of performance in the high-end segment.


Star Wars: The Force Awakens Official Teaser

I'm just posting this trailer so you guys can share your thoughts in the comments. smile


Xbox Japan Boss Resigns His Post

I'm actually surprised this guy made it 8 years. It was painfully obvious after the original Xbox that the Japanese were not going to buy an American console. frown

The circumstances would be more suspicious were it not for Japan's apparent resistance to the Xbox brand and product line-up. When Sensui was promoted to general manager of Xbox Japan, around five months after the launch of the Xbox 360, the system had sold just over 100,000 units. That was considered a slow start, but despite attempts to appeal to local tastes with exclusives like Lost Planet, Blue Dragon and Lost Odyssey, Xbox was roundly ignored by Japanese gamers.


[H]ardware Round-Up

Cases: Silverstone RVZ01 MiniITX @ ocaholic

Cooling: Reeven Okeanos RC-1402 @ OCC

ETC.: CM Storm NovaTouch @ eTeknix

Cougar 700K Keyboard @ Modders Inc.

Creative Sound Blaster ROAR SR20A @ NikKTech

BlackBerry Will Give You $550 For Your iPhone

The good news: BlackBerry will give you $550 for your iPhone. The bad news: You have to buy a BlackBerry phone with the money. wink

Tired of your iPhone? Sentimental for BlackBerry's gold old days? BlackBerry, in its latest aggressive attempt to turn itself around and regain share in the smartphone market, is now offering up to $550 for people to trade in their iPhones.


Hackers Spread Pop-Ups Across News Sites

Can you really call redirecting internet traffic being "hacked"?

"You've been hacked" messages appear at CNBC, the Boston Globe and UK newspapers. The attack comes through an Internet address hijacking involving startup Gigya.


Uber Suspends Operations In Nevada

It seems Uber has to pull out of Nevada until it complies with the same rules taxis must abide by in that state.

It was the usual roll of objections that have stopped the service, since Uber vehicles aren't subject to the same safety, insurance and licensing rules that taxis are. The company, for its part, has pledged not to abandon the state, saying that it'll work with Nevada's leadership to come to a useful solution. Maybe at the same time it'll try to clean up its reputation after a series of blunders, gaffes and PR disasters.


NZXT H440 Razer Edition Case

Benchmark Reviews spent a little quality time with the NZXT H440 Razer Edition case over the holidays. Looking for a black and green themed H440? This might be the case you are looking for.

Razer, creator of all things peripheral, has finally released their hotly anticipated entry into the chassis market. This is the NZXT H440 Designed by Razer. With a completely new appearance featuring a matte black exterior and interior, four black NZXT fans, a large tinted window, and plenty of LED lighting, this chassis will be sure to make every Razer fan’s wish list, especially given that it retains the original H440 quality and simplicity.


France Wages War Against US Tech Companies

The French waging war against tech companies? Wouldn't France have surrendered by now?

France is a country that has been a continual stone in the shoe of American companies expanding into Europe. The country has been vocal opponent of the dominance of US Internet services and this week it has escalated its attacks.


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ASUS Announces Strix 7.1 Surround Gaming Headset

ASUS today announced Strix 7.1 True 7.1 Surround Gaming Headset, a top-of-the-line gaming headset that boasts a premium design with 10 discrete drivers for incredibly-immersive surround sound and precise positioning, as well as stunning lighting effects to let gamers express their own unique gaming style. Strix 7.1 comes with a plug-and-play USB audio station that features a headphone amplifier, 90% environmental noise cancellation performance for clear voice capture, and four game-audio spectrum profiles that enable gamers to tailor their audio experience to the type of game being played.

Taken from the ancient Roman and Greek work for owl, Strix is the name for the stunning new ASUS gaming-gear series. Strix means the keenest hearing and sharpest eyesight, and the ability to feel the environment, enabling the player to detect and react to even the slightest movement. Strix means survival on the very edge of instinct. Strix is in gamers’ blood, just as it is in ours.


Thursday November 27, 2014

Rumored AMD R9 3xxx Series Benchmarks?

Sharp-eyed [H] reader seanclayton spotted these benchmarks of what is supposed to be an upcoming card from AMD. Who knows if these are real or not but it is always fun to speculate. cool

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Obvious Study Is Obviously Obvious

Hey everyone, did you know that kids watch less TV than adults? Why? Because they are spending all their free time online. This study was brought to you by researchers that have been in a coma for the past decade.

The average child watched 1 hour and 32 minutes of live TV, almost exactly half that of the average adult. Instead they are turning to internet video sites, like YouTube and Vimeo, as well as video hosted on social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook.


Corsair Gaming M65 RGB Review

There is a review of the Corsair Gaming M65 RGB posted today at Vortez. If you need a new mouse, you'll definitely want to hit the link and check out this review.

The Corsair M65 is a mouse on the heavier side of things that is dedicated to FPS gamers, we see the oversized sniper button returns that can drop your DPI from up to 8200 down to 50 (the Sniper button is at 400 default), this allows you to get that extra control and precision just when you need it.


Microsoft Planning Windows 10 Event For January

According to The Verge, Microsoft is planning a Windows 10 event for January.

Microsoft is planning to detail the consumer features of Windows 10 at an event in January. While Microsoft will be present at the Consumer Electronics Show in early January, sources familiar with the company’s plans tell The Verge that Microsoft will hold a separate press event in late January to unveil the consumer preview of Windows 10. Microsoft previously promised "early 2015" for a discussion on consumer features, and it appears the company is on track.


[H]ardware Round-Up Thanksgiving Edition

Cases: Fractal Design Define R5 @ PCPer

Cooling: NZXT Kraken X31 @ HT4U

ETC.: Far Cry 4 Review @ Overclockers Club

Input: Ozone Strike Pro Gaming Keyboard pcGameware

Motherboards: ASUS Z97-Pro Gamer @ ocaholic

PSU: Antec EDGE 650W @ Hexus

Storage: Crucial MX100 256GB @ Hardware-Mag

WD My Passport Pro 2TB @ TechARP

The Biggest Tech Turkeys Of 2014

C|Net has posted its annual list of the biggest tech turkeys of the year. Overall a decent list, but I am sure you guys can come up with a list of things they missed. wink

Speaking of security issues, the most high-profile snafu was the theft of nude photos of celebrities, including actress Jennifer Lawrence and model Kate Upton, which were said to have been taken from the celebrities' private iCloud accounts. Apple denied that poor security architecture led to the image leak but conceded it could have done more to warn customers of the danger of hackers. It bolstered iCloud's security alerts toward that end.


Wednesday November 26, 2014

FCC Gets AT&T to Back Off Its Fiber Freeze Bluff

I guess that is what AT&T gets for talking out its AS&S. big grin

Earlier this month AT&T responded to the President's clear support of Title II by bluffing and claiming they were freezing all fiber investment to "up to" 100 cities. If you've been around here for a while you know that AT&T's plans to deploy fiber to 100 cities was always a heavy dose of smoke and mirrors to begin with. In their heavily-redacted response letter to the FCC this week, AT&T basically walks back their bluff, insisting that the FCC misunderstood what they said.


[H]ardware Round-Up II

Cooling: Enermax LIQMAX 120S @ techPowerUP!

ETC.: Asrock M8 Z97-600W @ Legion Hardware

Memory: DDR3 Memory Round-Up @ Hardware.Info

Storage: Silicon Power S80 60GB @ XtremeHardware

Synology Diskstation DS115J NAS @ eTeknix

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