7 months ago Nvidia released its latest GPU architecture with the line of GTX 900 series cards. On paper, the new GTX 980 is a bit different from the GTX 780 it replaces. The raster operations pipelines count has been increased from 48 to 64. The texture mapping units have been decreased from 192 to 128. The new card features 4GB of GDDR5 VRAM on a 256 bit bus versus the 3GB. The new CUDA core count is now 2048 versus 2304. Perhaps the biggest news is the reduction on power requirements. The new GTX 980 uses only about 65% of the power of its predecessor.
Who doesn't want nice 7.1 channel surround sound for their gaming or Media PC? What's that? You want 7.1 but your motherboard only came with the basics for audio and you don't want to spend a ton of cash on a high-end sound card? Well then look no further because our friends at Vantec have you covered with their affordable 7.1 channel PCIe sound card. They were kind enough to send us one to check out for you guys so let's have at it!
USB 3.0 is all the rage these days and it's easy to see why. It's MUCH faster than the older 2.0 so transferring large files takes a fraction of the time. Lots of devices are USB 3.0 these days - most being external storage devices. These comes in all shapes and sizes - from tiny little flash drives to larger HDD's and even SSD's. We looked at the StoreJet 25A3 1TB USB 3.0 drive from Transcend not too long ago and now they've kindly sent us one of their new ESD400 256GB USB 3.0 SSD's to check out for you guys so let's get to it!
Home surveillance is becoming increasingly common these days. Part of this is due to the lower cost and higher quality of consumer-grade systems. Compro USA is a leader in home surveillance and they've got a huge range of cameras to suit your needs. From monitoring things while you're away to keeping an eye on those sneaky kids that should be napping, the uses for home camera systems are almost endless.They were kind enough to send us out one of their TN600RW wireless IP cameras along with an IR outlet switch accessory to check out for you guys so let's get to it!
Kingston has just released its HyperX Savage SATA SSD line. The HyperX Savage will be replacing the venerable HyperX 3K that has been with us for some time. With sequential speeds up to 560MB/s read and 530MB/s write, plus IOPS up to 100,000 read and 89,000 write, it is designed to be the fastest SATA-based SSD in the HyperX line up. The new drive has rather bold cosmetics that should appeal to many enthusiasts.