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Wednesday, 18 May 2011 22:24

Asus' EAH6870 DirectCU gets a turn in our gaming machine Featured

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01AMD’s 68xx series GPUs have been out for a little while now. This means that the boring time of stock and reference designs is well past and now we get to see what happens when a manufacturer puts their best effort into designing a graphics card. In the past we have seen Asus stand out with some impressive designs. Their DirectCU and Voltage Tweak offerings have been excellent. Today we have one of these on the test bench in the form of the Asus EAH6870 DC/2DI2S/1GD5. This factory overclocked card features their DirectCU (hence the name) cooling which has the heat pipes sitting right on top of the GPU for better thermal performance. This new card also features Asus’ Voltage Tweak to help you get even more performance out of it. So let’s take a look and see if this $200.00 card is worth your time and money.

Wednesday, 18 May 2011 14:19

The Field Monitor Pro Drops by the Lab, Decides to stay Featured

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DCT-01One of the interesting items with today’s computer market is the use of multiples in so many components. When I first started playing around with PCs there was very little in the consumer (or even prosumer) market that had multiple anything. Occasionally you saw someone with multiple MODEMs running in tandem or shotgun mode. Then 3dfx brought in the multiple GPUs in the form of the add-in Voodoo3D Accelerator and things took off Now we see multiple CPUs and CPU cores, Multiple interlinked channels of RAM, Multiple Video cards, multi-channel audio, and of course multiple monitors.  However, while multiple monitors have penetrated the desktop market the mobile market is still waiting on a solution. The issues is pretty simple; portability. Thanks to Displaylink and Mobile Monitor Technologies we have an answer to those that need an extra screen on the road. So let’s introduce the Field Monitor Pro.

Sunday, 15 May 2011 13:34

Cooler Master's CM Storm Spawn germinates in the lab Featured

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01Cooler Mater is a company that is certainly moving up. It was not that many years ago that they were not well thought of. This was until they released a lineup of cases and coolers that showed they were serious about their business. We saw products like the HAF932, the CM storm series cases and mice, the V8 cooler and others. While this was going on their more consumer based products were benefiting as well. We saw the Hiper 212+ become a favorite of many air cooling aficionados. We used them exclusively for over a year in our labs. Back in January we saw some nice new designs from Cooler Master in their suite at the Bellagio, today we have one of these in the lab and are eager to tell you how it performed. This is the CM Storm Spawn Gaming mouse. Let’s see if it has increased our frag rate.

Monday, 25 April 2011 17:50

We have a winner... finally Featured

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01After a few unfortunate delays and incidents we are finally able to close out this contest and announce the winner of the Asus EAH6950 Voltage Tweak Edition GPU.

 

Congratulations Stu Lowe who guessed closest to our final overclock on the EAH6870 DirectCU that we are reviewing (look for that review shortly). Stu's guess of 990Core 1110 Memory and 1.25 Volts was very close to what we finally got to work stabily.

gpuz

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Wednesday, 13 April 2011 23:10

Asus' EEE Slate EP121 1A011M Poked and Prodded Featured

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EP121With every new product that hits the market there are going to be winners and losers. This is true from CPUs to GPU s and everything in between. There is one place where this is more true than any other segment of the market; this is the mobile market. Now the mobile market does not just mean phones (smart or dumb). This market includes everything from portable power sources to fully fledged desktop replacement notebooks. Currently the most competitive market is in the Tablet world. To most people Apple is king. They have the most successful tablet device out and are well into the second generation of the iPad. But first does not always mean best nor does popularity alone indicate complete success (although it certainly helps). Today we have the chance to take a look at one of the competitors to Apple. Not necessarily the iPad, although it will challenge that device in a major way, this is more of a direct threat to the Apple fan base and their tablet/ultra-portable devices. This is the EEE Slate EP121 (also called the EEE Pad) from Asus; a product launched at CES and one that packs quite a bit of hardware including an Intel Core i5 Dual Core CPU and up to 4GB of RAM. So sit back for a good read and decide for yourself if this one falls into the winner’s group or the losers.

Thursday, 07 April 2011 21:48

Sometimes, size does matter Featured

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TransWhile working on my latest round of reviews (making a few calls etc.) I stumbled upon the one thing that could hurt the burgeoning slate market. It was not some great epiphany nor is this hard to spot. This biggest issue that slates will have is storage space. Looking around the market at the various offerings (especially the PC/Windows offerings) I found a disturbing trend. Most of the devices have very limited storage space. Even Asus’ vaunted EEE Slate which comes with a maximum of 64GB of storage. Out of all of the tablets/slates on the market today the one with the largest amount of storage appears to be the Gigabyte S1080 with a whopping 320GB 5400 RPM HDD.

Monday, 04 April 2011 19:43

Asus EAH6950 Voltage Tweak Edition Give Away Featured

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02Ok so here is the deal. Asus has sent us a couple of GPUs. One an EAH6870 Direct CU is for review and testing. The other an  EAH6950 Voltage Tweak Edition is for us to give away to one of our readers. We thought we would make this interesting. To do this we have come up with a nice interactive way to give this away. We will be publishing our review of the 6870 very soon and this card is designed to be overclocked as is the 6950 so we thought we would see if you guys and girls can guess just how fast we can get the 6870 and still finish all of our testing.


To find out what we use to test you can take a look at our review of the Asus 5870 Stalker COP Edition. Once you have the overclock in your head (for Core, Memory and Voltage used) send it along to our This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. The first person (based on the subission times) who is the closest (and is inside the US or Canada) to the actual overclock wins the Asus EAH6950 Voltage Tweak.

We will be publishing our review in on April 13th so you have till then to get in your guess. Make sure the e-mail address is valid as that is how I will be contacting you. Good Luck!

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**I do not an will never sell, redistrinute, give away or spam ANY e-mail address used for this contest, to register for the site or any other that I may have... It is just in poor taste to do that**

 


RIIIBE

At CES this year I had the chance to take a look at some of Asus’ new products that were going to be launched soon.  These were mostly P67 based motherboards (although there was the EEE Slate that I am currently working on), but there was one that really caught my eye. This was the Rampage III Black Edition. The RIIIBE might seem like an improvement on the RIII Extreme, but that would be quite an understatement.  We will be taking a long hard look at this product in the next few days but wanted to give you a quick preview here to whet your appetite.

Monday, 21 March 2011 23:35

Help Decryptedtech choose the games used for GPU reviews Featured

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Another GPUNot too long ago while working on a GPU review I ran into an issue with a benchmark. Well per my usual policy I contacted the manufacturer and explained the situation. I was a little surprised at part of their response; "use better games". I have to say that one line stood out in my head. I do not think I even registered the rest of the e-mail. Well that got me to thinking; what games should I use? I have ones that I personally like, but they are certainly not the end-all of testing. So with that in mind I am going to ask you, my readers to help me pick the next round of games.

 

To do this either post below this short article or post on our Facebook page. We will choose seven games, two of each DX 9 and 10, and three DX11 games. We will also take suggestions on other benchmarks for our GPU testing.

Thanks for your help in making Decryptedtech.com better.

Wednesday, 16 February 2011 08:51

The Asus Xonar Xense sounds off in the lab Featured

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XenseIn the PC world audio components are often overlooked. There are only so many items that your average consumer can keep track of. They know CPU, GPU Motherboard. Some will know about the power supply but really not much else. After all, Intel and others have been fighting to say the build in Audio CODEC on your average motherboard is as good as a discrete audio card so why should consumers think different? Well, if you think about it logically this does not make sense. After all, can you name one IGP (integrated graphics processor) that is as good as even a simple mid-range discrete GPU? I would not even say that the IGP on the i7 2600K is as good. So why would anyone think that an on-board audio CODEC would be better or even “just as good”? It is all marketing. We have tested multiple boards and also multiple add-in audio cards and can attest to this. Now I think I have found “the one”. The one audio card that finally brings the audiophile level expectation to the PC world. This is the Xonar Xense. It is Asus’ flagship audio card and one that has them partnered up with Sennheiser. The Xonar Xense comes complete with a pair of Sennheiser PC 350 Xense Edition headphones, a tuned audio card (complete with custom gain levels), and a head phone amplifier this is one serious piece of audio gear for your gaming or multi-media audio pleasure. So let’s put the PC 350 Xense headphones on, sit back and see what we can hear.

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