The SSD Reviewers Guide to SSD Optimization 2018 and more
Posted on: 02/20/2018 12:30 PM

Here a roundup of today's reviews and articles:

A Look At The K63 Wireless Keyboard And Dark Core Mouse
AMD Ryzen 3 2200G & Ryzen 5 2400G APU Review
AMD Ryzen 5 2400G Delidded: Solder vs. Thermal Paste vs. Liquid Metal
Apption Labs Meater Review
ASUS ROG Rapture GT-AC5300 review: costly performance
Corsair K63 Wireless Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Review
Creative Sound BlasterX Kratos S3 Review
Crucial MX500 SSD Review
Drevo Joyeuse 96-Key Wireless Mechanical Keyboard Review
HAVIT M9 LED Bluetooth Speaker With Powerbank Review
How to manage user accounts settings on Windows 10
Intel Cannon Lake Processor Details Leaked
Intel showcases 14nm discrete GPU prototype
KaOS 2017.11 Review
Leaked Samsung Galaxy S9 hands-on fills in some of the gaps
Monster Energy Supercross - The Official Video Game Review
OcUK Oxygen Overclocked System Review
Roccat KHAN PRO Gaming Headset Review
Samsung SSD 860 Pro vs Samsung SSD 860 Evo Review
The SSD Reviewers Guide to SSD Optimization 2018
The Station Review
Tt eSPORTS RGB Nemesis Switch MMO/MOBA Gaming Mouse Review

A Look At The K63 Wireless Keyboard And Dark Core Mouse
It may be 2018, but even in our technologically rich age, we’re still constrained by the devil. And by devil, I mean “cables”. It’s annoying to have your headphone cable caught on your arm rest when you get up. It’s annoying to feel a rat’s nest of cables under your desk with your feet. It’s annoying to set your wired mouse down flat, only to see it move because the cable is pulling on it.

Enter the “Unplug and Play” gaming lifestyle Corsair’s touting with the help of a handful of wireless peripherals launched at last month’s CES. For this article in particular, I’m going to be taking a look at the MM1000 mousepad, Dark Core RGB SE mouse, and the wireless iteration of the popular K63 keyboard.


Read full article @ Techgage

AMD Ryzen 3 2200G & Ryzen 5 2400G APU Review
The Ryzen 5 2400G and AMD Ryzen 3 2200G priced at $169 and $99 USD, respectively, meaning these latest APUs are intended for the midrange enthusiast market looking for quad-core computing performance and improved integrated graphics without breaking the bank.

"These two AMD 'Raven Ridge' APU designs have the processing power to complete everyday tasks as well as low latency to compete in dynamic gaming. Other factors of the 'Raven Ridge' design, along with changes in packaging and assembly, allow AMD to provide a cost effective product for the midrange consumer market.


Read full article @ Neoseeker

AMD Ryzen 5 2400G Delidded: Solder vs. Thermal Paste vs. Liquid Metal
Now that we know AMD is using thermal paste instead of solder between its Raven Ridge-based dies and heat spreaders, it's time to determine whether we have a reason to complain.


Read full article @ Toms Hardware

Apption Labs Meater Review
When I first heard about Meater, a wireless smart meat thermometer, I thought perhaps this whole smart home thing was going too far. It seemed the latest in a line of products I didn't need turned "smart" with an app. But after I tried it, I completely changed my opinion.


Read full article @ TechHive

ASUS ROG Rapture GT-AC5300 review: costly performance
Routers have been commonplace for many years, and in terms of design the trend is towards “as discreet as possible” rather than “eye-catching”. The exception is the gaming routers, which are aimed at a target group that is known for liking some show pieces. ASUS, along with other manufacturers, cater to this group with their range of extreme routers. So far, none is as extreme as the ASUS ROG Rapture GT-AC5300.


Read full article @ Hardware.Info

Corsair K63 Wireless Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Review
Corsair recently expanded their already extensive lineup of mechanical keyboards with the K63 Wireless, which is one of the only tenkeyless keyboards on the market to offer Genuine Cherry MX switches along with a low latency 2.4GHz wireless connection. Most of the other wireless mechanical keyboards on the market use non-Cherry MX switches and a Bluetooth wireless connection, which operates at an inconsistent report rate. Read on to see if Corsair has a winner or an epic flop!


Read full article @ Legit Reviews

Creative Sound BlasterX Kratos S3 Review
Armed with a small sub and two satellite speakers we'll today have a look at Creative Sound BlasterX Kratos S3 speaker kit. It is a light-weight setup that doesn't look half bad either. But will it perform for the 79 USD / 69 Euros it costs? It has been a while since we reviewed a commercial speaker set here at Guru3D.com as the trend is headphones lately. In the PC oriented market, there's pretty much Creative Labs, Bose, Klipsch and Logitech dominating in the EU and addressing that market with the more high-end gear. Of course, there are plenty of others like Hercules, Trust, Philips, and some others but yeah predominantly it's Logitech and Creative Labs here. Today we peek at their Kratos S3.


Read full article @ Guru3D

Crucial MX500 SSD Review
Featuring the latest Micron 64-layer 3D NAND for excellent power efficiency while maintaining exceptional read and write rates, makes this kind of drive ideal for mobile users as well as desktops. The 7mm 2.5" form factor and incredible lightweight properties are also important.


Read full article @ Vortez

Drevo Joyeuse 96-Key Wireless Mechanical Keyboard Review
The last keyboard from Drevo that I took a look at was the Calibur, which actually turned out to be one of my favorite keyboards of 2017. So getting a new keyboard from Drevo it definitely has a lot of live up to. Today we have the Joyeuse, which is a 96-key keyboard that features low-profile mechanical switches, an aluminum alloy housing, wireless capability, white LED backlighting, and a super-thin design. Drevo tells us this keyboard is really made for office settings and typists, so we wouldn’t call it a gaming keyboard, but we are going to put it through the paces…


Read full article @ ThinkComputers.org

HAVIT M9 LED Bluetooth Speaker With Powerbank Review
It may fall short in some areas but the brand new M9 LED Bluetooth Speaker With Powerbank with its looks, audio quality and reasonable price is a balanced offering by HAVIT which deserves attention by anyone on a very tight budget looking for a wireless speaker.


Read full article @ NikkTech

How to manage user accounts settings on Windows 10
You can set up and configure Windows 10 user accounts in many ways, and in this guide, we'll show you how.

Although you'll typically create a Windows 10 account as you set up a new device, there are a lot of additional options you can configure using the Settings app to get the most out of your experience and make your account more secure.

Also, Windows 10 lets you create multiple user accounts with different levels of functionalities depending if you're adding a family member, a young person, or a friend. This allows everyone to have a personal space with their settings, desktop customization, and separate files based on specific requirements.


Read full article @ Windows Central

Intel Cannon Lake Processor Details Leaked
During our coverage of Meltdown and Spectre, we noticed that Intel accidentally leaked details of their *10nm Cannon Lake processors*. Take a look at what we found!


Read full article @ Tech ARP

Intel showcases 14nm discrete GPU prototype
It recently unveiled its GPU plans and diagrams at the San Francisco ISSCC. At the IEEE International Solid State Circuits Conference in San Francisco late last week, Intel unveiled plans for a prototype discrete GPU. Designed to be built on Intel's 14nm process, the early test chip would feature 1.5 billion transistors and its clock speeds would range between 50 and 400MHz, reports Notebook Check (via PCWatch, Japan), indicating a leaning towards efficiency over raw performance.

Intel has made great progress in its integrated graphics chips over recent years. However, for any kind of modern 3D games, even its best efforts just scrape by - requiring lower detail settings, resolutions, and delivering lower fps than entry-level discrete GPUs can. On a portable platform it's easy to understand the thrifty power budgets Intel strains to keep within for its CPUs with integrated graphics.


Read full article @ Hexus

KaOS 2017.11 Review
Blue Monday: A negative review of KaOS 2017.11, a Linux distribution with the Plasma desktop, covering live session, installation in a dual-boot setup, and short post-install use, including look & feel with really bad ergonomics, low-contrast fonts, mediocre networking - Wireless with no reconnect on login, no Bluetooth, no Samba sharing, multimedia support - HD video and MP3 playback, bad smartphone support, partitioning with odd default choices and suggestions, Kaptan and broken configurations, frustrating customization, average applications set, intrusive package management and updates, Nvidia drivers, very slow performance and responsiveness, freezes and hangs, many other problems, and more.


Read full article @ Dedoimedo

Leaked Samsung Galaxy S9 hands-on fills in some of the gaps
Someone claims to have used the Galaxy S9, revealing details about the design, camera, speakers and more.


Read full article @ TechRadar

Monster Energy Supercross - The Official Video Game Review
Monster Energy Supercross is a game that took me by surprise only a month ago. It was then that I previewed it at a hands-on event in Milan at Milestone S.r.L’s headquarters. There’s always a difficulty in having previewed a game. What can you say that you haven’t already covered? Is there anything new to cover? Has the game changed much at all? These are all major considerations.

It helps if there’s been a reasonable length of time between the preview and the review. There is also the simple fact that previewing a game at a special event does lead to unrealistic conditions. The machines are often more powerful than those at home, and you rarely end up playing an inferior (read: console) version of a game. It can lead to heightened expectations. Sadly, this is the case with Monster Energy Supercross, though not to too high of a level.


Read full article @ Wccftech

OcUK Oxygen Overclocked System Review
OcUK offer a wide range of gaming machines, designed to match any budget. We looked at the Cobalt a few weeks back, offering a rather modest specification; today we crack open the OcUK Oxygen, featuring a 6-core Core i5 8600K CPU, AMD RX VEGA graphics, M.2 SSD storage and watercooling on the CPU. This machine certainly promises performance at every turn.


Read full article @ Vortez

Roccat KHAN PRO Gaming Headset Review
Last time we looked at a headset from Roccat, they were nice enough to send us their CROSS Multi-Platform Gaming Headset. Today, we will be taking a look at the Khan Pro headset which is similar to the cross but has new and updated features. Roccat is known for offering some amazing value for money peripherals. Coming in at around £65 at the time of review, the Khan Pro is one of their latest offerings in the headset market. While the Khan Pro looks familiar to other Roccat headsets, it will be interesting to see what is different and if these differences add any performance gains.

The Khan Pro is a lightweight headset designed to offer good sound at a decent price-point. While lightweight, the Khan Pro is still durable enough to meet the demand of most gamers. While they will break if thrown down and stomped on, they can take a quick swiping off the head without having to worry about them breaking. While I don’t suggest this, it is always nice to know your peripherals can take a little bit of a beating from time to time. I know gamers are very patient and don’t rage at all, but you never know what may happen! Jokes aside, the Khan Pro looks like a decent little headset on paper and if Roccat has stayed true to themselves, it should perform fairly well. So, let’s take a quick look at the Tech Specs before we get into a closer look at the headset itself.


Read full article @ Enos Tech

Samsung SSD 860 Pro vs Samsung SSD 860 Evo Review
The new Samsung SSD 860 Pro and Samsung SSD 860 Evo 2.5-inch SSDs which are available from 250GB over 500GB, 1TB, 2TB up to 4TB total capacity are being tested on OCinside.de. The EVO and PRO are looking almost identical and they are fast at first glance, but why are their prices so different? We also take a second look at the two brand-new Samsung SSDs and show the differences between the Samsung SSD 860 PRO and Samsung SSD 860 EVO. From benchmarking to thermal image, there are all details in the following SSD comparison review.


Read full article @ OCinside.de

The SSD Reviewers Guide to SSD Optimization 2018
This report will be chronological, explaining what needs to be considered in your build including motherboard, SSD selection and installation, UEFI/BIOS settings, OS installation, and finally, SSD optimizations that should be considered. This Guide will be very easily understood, will explain very clearly our thoughts on the inherent gains and risks associated with each tip, will spell out how to complete each step, and where possible, will contain true performance results to demonstrate the gains…or losses. Have we got you hooked yet?


Read full article @ The SSD Review

The Station Review
The Station is an interesting tale of first contact between two very different civilizations. Taking place on a once undetectable space station hovering above an alien planet that was sent to monitor the world, players are sent to investigate its communication blackout and how the lifeforms beyond reacted to its sudden appearance.

The Station builds on an uncomfortable level of tension as you explore the small structure. You are isolated, above an unfamiliar world and seemingly not alone. As you begin to investigate the site, you find that the aliens below may have come to visit. There were some genuinely creepy moments in the game that made me pause, and they were spaced out well enough that it never felt overdone.


Read full article @ Wccftech

Tt eSPORTS RGB Nemesis Switch MMO/MOBA Gaming Mouse Review
The Nemesis Switch Gaming Mouse from Thermaltake features a unique patented key switching system that allows the customisation of 12 extra buttons to suit different play styles. Alongside a shape designed for all grip styles this mouse has RGB illumination, Omron switches and a 12000 pixart PWM3360 sensor for £59.90(UK) or $50(US). Is the Nemesis switch the ultimate MMO/MOBA mouse or a silly gimmick? And how well does it perform with the Tt eSPORTS dasher mouse mat?


Read full article @ KitGuru




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