The SSD market is literally saturated with competitors, and with SSDs being one of the "must-have" items these days, it's easier to get overwhelmed with trying to decide which make/model of SSD to go with in your system. Many people initially approach this from a pure cost standpoint, which is has been a common approach when shopping for HDD's in the past. Unfortunately, this approach can be dangerous when applied to shopping for your first/next SSD, as cheaper more than likely guarantees you end up with an inferior drive as it relates to performance, compatibility, and endurance. So what's the safest general approach? Avoiding a lengthy write up, you're safest approach is to look to companies that have been successful in the memory market. Since SSD's leverage memory technology, over spinning platters, it stands to reason that memory companies have initially more experience. With that said, we will be taking a look at Kingston's HyperX 3K 240GB SSD in this review.
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If you haven't been following AMD lately with their recent branding and product nomenclature changes at the end of last year, than you might not be aware that the bevy of products released recently are nothing more than existing products simply renamed and pricing adjusted. With that said, today we will be looking at the Sapphire Radeon R7 260X OC, which is essentially a renamed Radeon HD 7790 with TrueAudio support enabled, and higher GPU clock rate. Is there enough here to get excited with the new naming over? Let's find out.
h…the keyboard. This peripheral can be one of the most overlooked and undervalued parts of any gamer’s rig. There are so many keyboard manufacturers’ out there, that there is a venerable cornucopia of keyboard options available to consumers today. In an attempt to win the consumer over there competitor’s iteration of the gaming keyboard, they have become more functional and fashionable. Unfortunately, as we have seen to many times here at TechwareLabs, fashion and function don’t always mix. The trend of sleek and stylish hit the keyboard market some time ago, and the market was flooded with membrane or chiclet style keyboards that looked great, but as time passed, failed to hold up to the heavy use and performance scrutiny of serious gamers. So, we’re seeing a reemergence of old style mechanical keyboards in the gaming keyboard market.
Are you in the market for some large storage drives? The folks at Western Digital have sent us the latest batch of their 4TB drives, and we here at Techwarelabs thought it might be helpful to do a quick 4TB roundup of three of their top four drives to see how they stack up against each other. The three drives we will be looking at today are the Western Digital Red (WD40EFRX), Se (WD4000F9YZ), and Re (WD4000FYYZ). Although we have reviewed some of these drives individually, we thought it would be good to do a comparison review to see what "real world" difference is between them.
With prices continually falling, SSD drives are no longer a luxury for the enthusiast. There is no doubt that SSD drives have significant advantages over their spinning brethren, but pricing aside...capacity continues to be the SSD's Achilles' heel. The current defacto solution to this conundrum is to pair your shinny SSD with a large capacity HDD. This pairing allows the user to decide how to handle their data management needs, performance or storage capacity. This works for most PC users, but in cases where design limitations prevent the use of two separate drives, the user is unfortunately forced into decision between one or the other. Will you ever be able to have your cake and eat it too?