In Win Desert Fox Commander III 800W

In Win Desert Fox Commander III 800W

Right from the start In Win company wants to leave a good impression. This manufacturer is very famous in the eastern markets for their power supplies and chassis, even though they have lots of other ...

ASUS DSL-N66U and RT-N14U: Routers for every WAN situation

ASUS DSL-N66U and RT-N14U: Routers for every WAN situation

We all know that internet service providers often provide free wireless routers, in order to increase the value of their offer. We also know that, in most cases, that equipment is, for the lack of bet...

Noctua NF-L9i: A miniature HTPC is trending

Noctua NF-L9i: A miniature HTPC is trending

Noctua gained its fame in coolers world by working very hard to adapt their products to their customers’ needs. In the era of APU computers (Kaveri, for example), or rather, processors with low consum...

ASUS GeForce GTX 780 Ti DirectCU II: Double identity

ASUS GeForce GTX 780 Ti DirectCU II: Double identity

GeForce GTX 780 Ti brought the users ideally balanced video card which also represents an excellent answer to the competitor’s model. We’ve got a full-blooded GK110 chip which even Titan didn’t have a...

AMD A10 7850K: New definition of integration

AMD A10 7850K: New definition of integration

AMD clearly made a long-term investment with APU as a concept. This is, in our opinion, the biggest innovation that AMD made in the recent decade. Simply put, we all love expensive video cards, proces...

Gigabyte G1.Sniper Z87: Bullseye

Gigabyte G1.Sniper Z87: Bullseye

Gigabyte made a series of excellent moves with the Sniper series. Good products just keep coming and it can be safely said that each and every one is among the best in its class. With G1.Sniper Z87, G...

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3DMark for Android: Xperia Z, Galaxy III and Galaxy II compared

In previous years, 3DMark established itself as de facto standard for benchmark tests of our VGA cards in the PC realm. As smartphones and tablets become more and more powerful, there were several benchmark programs around to test them, but all of them had some shortcomings. Some have results varying too much after several consecutive runs, some were made by hardware vendors (not independent) and some wasn’t simple and/or easy to use. Futuremark recognized its opportunity, and released 3DMark to test and compare our mobile devices.
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Windows Experience Index: A new benchmark

Since the invention of analog logic circuits, transistors and today’s modern devices, there’s been a tendency to calculate the performances of both components and PCs as precisely as possible. Of course, the reason behind that lies in the need for comparing the raw power and general capabilities of one system with another or with another reference value, in order to reach certain conclusions. After calculations it’s possible to determine the performance of a PC more accurately, and after that determine its price range, variety of software and operations that can be performed on it, as well as suitability towards a specific purpose.
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Nothing without 3DMark

The Futuremark development team isn’t losing its momentum and continues the pace set a long time ago. Every two years, this company greets us with a new product in the 3DMark family. It used to be 3DMark 2000, 2001, Vantage and 11, but this time, it’s – nothing, just 3DMark. That’s right, the new version of the ultra-popular benchmark has entirely shunned any sort of suffix. Many have speculated about the potential name, including Next, 12, 13, 2013, but no, they’ve opted for 3DMark, shortly and simply. The reason for this is that Futuremark considers this new version of the program a game changer for the entire concept, trying to standardise the test battery for all platforms and operating systems. Ambitious and risky, by all means, but we believe it to be unnecessary in addition to these. 3DMark has always been the ultimate test for PC owners, and extending this simple equation just doesn’t seem like a logical move. Anyhow, let’s see in just how many ways this new piece of software is able to torture our graphics accelerators.
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The most popular free Android benchmarks

Android performance commands respect these days. The latest generation of mobile phones and tablets absolutely requires the presence of a quad-core CPU, a powerful graphics chip that “swallows” full HD material without a hitch, as well as a wad of RAM for a decent multitasking experience. The development of “pocket” hardware has accelerated so fast during the last year or two that we can freely say that upper-class Android models are more powerful than an average desktop PC of some 6-7 years ago. Where there’s performance, there’s also the question of measuring it, which led to significant expansion in benchmarking software at the turn of the century. The situation has become very similar in the mobile segment of nowadays, especially with the steep prices of high-end models with seemingly similar characteristics, so those that rely on more than looks when opting for a new smartphone have nowhere to turn to but synthetic benchmarks in order to determine which of the models they have in mind has the best price/performance ratio. We bring you a short insight into the three most popular and reliable free apps with this purpose in mind, with particular attention given to the nature of the actual tests they perform, as well as the question of how different models that count among the most popular and powerful of today cope with them.

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Overclocking tools: Which one is suitable for you?

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Overclocking graphics cards is a “sport” we’re all more or less familiar with, and depending on our ambitions, the limit we’re striving for differs. Whether it’s the world record or just the desired framerate in a particular game that we’re after, we just have to reach for the increased frequencies and voltages on various graphics card elements. Depending on the model you have, its price range and intended usage scenario, but also external conditions, the success you can achieve will be more or less limited. Still, before setting off into the adventure of overclocking, the appropriate software tool needs to be chosen. Somewhere along the line, as this activity advanced and increased in popularity, certain manufacturers understood that the enthusiasm often expressed by users is easily hampered by badly assembled tools within the drivers themselves, so they turned to creating their own solutions, enabling an enthusiast to achieve high results without having to battle with bugs and ill-optimised software; this also promotes the company that created the solution in the first place and shows that they have interest in the overclocking community (although they won’t fail to mention that overclocking your card instantly voids warranty). Whatever the case, certain companies have done their best to create entirely new solutions from scratch, while others decided that modifying and improving existing solutions shortens the development cycle, while still providing a very good OC tool. If you belong to the old school, familiar with RivaTuner, you already know what we’re talking about, but for those who don’t, this tool was one of the best, if not the best piece of overclocking software, up to 2009 when its development was halted. Why? Well, its creator simply decided to offer his solution to other graphics card manufacturers, thereby losing interest in continuing the development himself, as clones of his program still exist, only in company colours such as ASUS, MSI and EVGA, while the functionality has essentially remained the same, only adjusted for modern graphics cards. Enough with the reminiscing, let’s have a look at the greatest and latest this segment has to offer these days. We’ve chosen four of the most interesting tools to present.

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Micorosoft Mathematics 4.0: Math is No Longer Nightmare

math_intro2.jpgImageMaths seems to be the most difficult school subject, regardless of the particular country in question. We won’t delve into the reasons behind this, although it’s true that pupils and students are also largely responsible for this, preferring to get ready-made answers to questions instead of actually reaching them by logic and common sense. This is why Microsoft Mathematics 4.0 seems like a controversial solution at first, as software solutions involving mathematics usually serve the purpose of simplifying problems rather than aiding tuition. Yet the truth is largely different - this program is an excellent educational tool, and may have been of particular interest to us because of another detail - the latest version has been entirely developed in Microsoft’s development centre here in Belgrade, where our offices are located, but in full cooperation with the company seat in Redmond.

 

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Futuremark 3DMark 11: Graphics Cards on Their Knees

3DMark11_intro2.jpgImageFuturemark proudly continues their tradition of presenting the new version of the most popular 3D benchmark program in the world every two years (give or take a couple of months). This developer first reached global popularity while under the name MadOnion, when they premiered 3DMark 2000, soon followed by 3DMark 2001 (SE), only to revert back to their original name, “Futuremark”, in 2002, taken way back in 1997. Besides this benchmark family, Futuremark is also famed for their PCMark, a complete system benchmark suite, but also 3DMark Mobile, a program for mobile devices. This time, we're reviewing the latest 3DMark 11, which implements all new technologies that DirectX 11 has to offer, and we have to admit that it looks impressive.

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Adobe Photoshop CS5: Posing Around the Virtual World

Photoshop_intro2.jpgImageIt’s summer heat once again, and with it, less clothes, more bathing, fancy sunbathing creams and lotions etc… And while girls and boys try to present themselves the best way possible, with perfect bodies created by miraculous shakes or the local gym, posing on beaches and in cafés in their D&G swimsuits, Armani slippers and Prada sunglasses, they tend to forget that everyone around them is shooting, with phones, cheap “idiots”, officially called digital cameras, etc. Most of those pictures are likely to end up on the internet, most commonly on Facebook, the very one that more and more people claim to hate while they secretly log in to check on who might have liked their photos.

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Top 10 Free Windows Applications

Top_10_Free_Windows_Applications_intro2.jpgImageWindows users often don’t have to buy additional software because free alternatives (freeware) does exist. The fact is that Windows comes with lot of additional software, but in many cases free alternatives does the same job much better and quicker. In some cases, free software presents better solution compared to commercial products. This is our Top 10 Free Applications for every Windows user.
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Partition Master 3.5 Professional Edition

ImageHard disks in our PCs and partitions created on them sometimes can get damaged, so they need to be fixed, resized, deleted or copied from time to time. Windows has its tool that can do some of these tasks but not all of them. There are many applications that are out there and this time we are presenting to you Partition Master.

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