Hitachi Touro Mobile 1TB review

Hitachi Touro Mobile 1TB review

 Price: $115  |  From: www.hgst.com  |  Verdict: 8 out of 10. Highly recommended. Almost universally Hitachi drives are priced a rung or two below the competition. We don’t know why that is but there’s no question that many Hitachi drives make for great bargains. The Touro Mobile 1TB is no exception. Available at street prices…

Hitachi Touro Desk Pro 4TB external drive review

Hitachi Touro Desk Pro 4TB external drive review

Despite long years of talking about superparamagnetic limits and maximum bit densities hard drive manufacturers manage to keep upping the ante. The latest to upsize its external drive is Hitachi which has recently released the Touro Desk Pro 4TB an external USB 3.0 desktop (mains-powered) drive that managed to be both the fastest and largest…

Ivy Bridge League: Pioneer DreamBook UltraSlim U14 review

Ivy Bridge League: Pioneer DreamBook UltraSlim U14 review

We’ve been hearing plenty about Intel’s upcoming Ivy Bridge processors in recent months and now we’re getting a look at how they perform in notebooks. Packing a 14in widescreen LCD the U14 tips the scales at 1.71kg and like many other ultrabooks comes with a non-removable Lithium Polymer battery here rated at 7.4V/8000mAh. For a…

SSD wrap-up: the future of storage?

SSD wrap-up: the future of storage?

With mechanical hard drives the least reliable component found in today’s PCs many large companies are realising that the high initial cost of SSD ownership is nothing compared to the total cost of ownership of a crash-tastic mechanical drive. According to Troy Winslow Director of Product Marketing at Intel’s SSD division “Today’s mechanical drives are…

Live Builds: The Best Budget PC you can build today

Live Builds: The Best Budget PC you can build today

APC’s Live Builds editor Michael Leins is a hardware engineer who worked in the R&D labs of a major PC maker and now oversees computing systems for a large hardware manufacturer. Leins loves building PCs so here’s his idea of a great Budget PC whose components add up to around AUD$500-$550 depending on where you…

Ryan Tang – ASUS Master Challenge Top 10

Ryan Tang - ASUS Master Challenge Top 10

NOMINATED ASUS MOTHERBOARD: Maximus III FormulaNOMINATED ASUS GRAPHICS CARD: ASUS EAH5870CPU: Intel i7-860Out of the three current LGA 1156 CPU’s available this is the best compromise. It has hyperthreading like the i7-870. It is also around half the price of the i7-870 but can be overclocked to 3.89 GHz (higher than the 2.93 GHz of…

Master Builder’s Budget Gaming PC

Master Builder's Budget Gaming PC

We’ve asked a professional master builder Michael Leins of Altech to build the best possible budget gaming PC he could. The actual Budget Gaming system on our test bench. The case we use for our Labs builds is an Antec Skeleton which is convenient for frequent build changes and upgrades. The actual case recommended for this budget system…

Daniel’s powerful but affordable gaming system

Daniel's powerful but affordable gaming system

Daniel thinks it would be hard to beat his gaming system for value. This is a gaming system configuration he built for a friend which he  reckons is better and cheaper than previous gaming machines featured in Master Builder (magazine).   Core SystemCPU: Intel E7500 CORE 2 DUO – $1592.93G 3MB Cache 1066FSBIn my opinion this…