Triple The Speed But US Still Lags In Internet Speed Comparisons

One of the most competitive things you can mention is your internet speed. Being able to download and watch your latest games and movies at the press of a button relies on a steady and speedy connection, something that few have. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) have released a report that shows something that might upset some people, even though all it does is say your internet is more than likely faster than it used to be.

The report states that between March 2011 and September 2014 internet speeds within the US tripled, jumping from 10MBPS to 31MBPS. While this may sound amazing, in comparison to other countries like Canada and Japan the US still ranks 25 out of 39 countries as stated by a study in 2013.

While this all sounds amazing you have to remember just how much extra bandwidth people are using on an everyday basis. With the FCC estimating that over 60% of internet traffic is video, estimated to rise to over 80% by 2019, you may need that fiber optic broadband sooner than you think. Don’t forget that the next big thing is 4k, with such a data consuming technology set (or at least many hope) to become the new standard you could soon see speeds of MBPS not being enough to catch up with your favourite shows or watch that new Netflix or Prime movie.

Unreleased AMD & Nvidia GPU Benchmarks Leaked

AMD’s R9 390X, Nvidia’s GTX 980 Ti and Titan X benchmarks have been leaked plus an unconfirmed GTX 9xx  has also appeared! The leaks give detailed performance stats for Nvidia’s GeForce GTX Titan X, GeForce GTX 980 Ti “GM200” and AMD’s Radeon R9 390X “Fiji XT” also an unconfirmed GTX 9xx supposedly the GTX 960ti or 965, but don’t get your hopes up, till official word.

At 4K the R9 390X and Titan X are closely matched with the R9 390X figures slightly higher whilst the GTX 980 Ti has a bit of catching up to do.

At 2560×1600 and Firestrike Extreme benchmarks, the R9 390X grabs gold, Titan X silver and 980 Ti bronze, the GTX 9xx is in the lower order, between the 780 and 770.

Power consumption’s a bit of a surprise as AMD’s 4096 GCN GPU consumes slightly less power than a 2816 GCN chip. Carrizo, AMD’s power efficient technology being the main culprit in this reduction. The Titan X is doing way better, the GTX 980 Ti beats it to the punch and the GTX 9xx beating them all with the lowest power consumption rating, finally winning a gold.

Here’s final comparison of the AMD Radeon R9 390X, Nvidia GeForce GTX Titan X and Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 Ti.

If these stats excite you, feel free to drop us a line in the comments section.

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Two New Witcher 3 Comparison Videos Revealed

Still wondering on what to play The Witcher 3 once it gets released? Well, let’s help you make up your mind with two new comparison videos that illustrate the difference between max and low graphics and PC vs PS4 graphics.

There has been a lot of hype spinning around Polish developer CD Projekt RED’s new title, having them constantly keeping fans mesmerised with features and goodies they are bound to see in the title. With details about its gameplay revealing two months ago, gameplay footages and a 200+ hour game time, the title should be quite awesome to play.

Witcher 3 also promises a great experience to users who haven’t played the previous titles too. CD Projekt RED said that it will follow the same aspects of past games in terms of look and field, with a few improvements. For example, the title will introduce a new witch-sense, combat on horseback, sea battles, underwater swimming and use of crossbows. In addition to the latter, Geralt is now able to do more interactions, such as jumping, climbing and vaulting over objects.

The above are just a few improvements worth briefly mentioning, but rest assured, there are many more that make up what CD Projekt RED wants users to experience in its title. So without further ado, here are the latest comparisons we want to show you:

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Portable USB Wall Charger Roundup

Introduction


Quite often you’ll find yourself traveling to another city, state or country and be met with the all-too-common sinking feeling when presented with your hotel room power point options – only one or two annoyingly placed ports. If you’re like me, not only have you forgotten a power board, but you’ve got multiple devices to charge via USB ports. Furthermore, if you’re heading on a holiday or business trip – it’s likely that you’re carrying a myriad of battery-powered devices: a smartphone, tablet, smartwatch and GoPro being just the beginning of a very long list.

Being left with your standard issue 1-port USB smartphone charger won’t do you much justice, pulling out your bulky laptop isn’t always the best solution due to them being heavy and slow to charge – this is where USB power hubs come into their element. They’re also suitable for a home environment, offering between two and five handy USB ports to charge your devices overnight or while you’re sitting on the couch.

Thankfully for us, we’ve had a couple of wall USB chargers provided to us for testing. Read on for a quick round-up on these life-saving devices and what conditions we think they suit best.

The full list of products in this roundup and their pricing is as follows:

Assetto Corsa and Project Cars Graphics Comparison Video

Assetto Corsa is one of the hottest racing games on PC right now, it’s got stunning graphics, great track locations, fantastic handling and it’s also one of the few AAA titles that has support for the Oculus Rift. However, it has some very fierce competition roaring up behind it in the form of Project CARS and we’ll soon be spoilt for choice between two flagship racing simulations for PC.

There are obviously differences between the games, from the sounds of the cars, the tracks they feature, how then handle and a whole lot more. To help you spot a few of the differences, YouTube member ‘ADRIANF1esp‘ has created a video which puts both games side by side on the Nurburgring GP circuit, running in the gorgeous McLaren MP4-12C GT3.

Bonus, the video is available at 60fps if you’re watching using Google Chrome.

Nexus 6 Battery Life Put to the Test

As phone specifications become increasingly powerful, so does the need for sufficient battery life. If you’re an active phone user like I am, you’ll eventually have to come to terms with carrying a potable battery pack and charging cable wherever you go – often feeling like you’re married to the thing.

So how does the brand new Nexus 6 compare to the others? Unlike Samsung’s offerings but similar to the iPhone models, you cannot remove the battery of your Nexus – meaning that if your cells start to die or you’re on the run without a charging port, you’re gonna have a bad time.

Equipped with a 3220 mAh battery from factory, the 5.9-inch HD screen is set to be the bane of your batteries existence. Factory results claim that the Nexus will grant you a continuous web-browsing session of 7 hours and 53 minutes in length, rating it 9th in current mobile releases. When comparing this to the Nexus 5’s 2300 mAh battery and 4 hour 50 minute browsing time it seems like they’ve made a rather big improvement.

Taking a look into the charging time for this model, a full charge takes only 98 minutes – closely matching the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 at 95 minutes total time. Number one spot however goes to the Oppo Find 7A at 82 minutes.

The increase in battery sizing is something that is becoming common among new releases as the power is more heavily demanded – now I can only hope that a 3500 mAh after-market battery could be purchased for my Samsung S4 which tends to consistently run out of juice before the days end – no matter how light the usage may be.

Is the Nexus 6 a phone that you’re considering? For me, the lack of replaceable battery and SD card support is something that makes the decision a little hard to pick one up. But comparing it to others, it’s certainly a more sturdy feel at a great price-point.

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Video Show Project CARS Development Over Last Two Years

YouTube user ADRIANF1esp has been a long time supporter of Slight Mad Studios upcoming racing sim Project CARS. The game has been developed through the WMD portal, allowing community funding and hands on development for the game.

The game has been playable for backers and developers for quite some time now and Adrian has taken a few laps around California Highway track in the recent 782 build of the game, perfect for comparing to his previous run through of the track two years ago on build 249.

It’s immediately apparent that a lot has changed in the game, the lighting system has been massively improved, reflections are now much more detailed, improved textures, and a lot more fine environment details have been added. The best part of all, there is still plenty more work to be done on this game and with the promise of 4K support and Oculus Rift, we suspect the retail edition will be absolutely mind blowing.

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Side by Side Halo Anniversary Comparison Will Blow Your Mind

It’s only a few months now until the iconic Master Chief graces our screens once again. The release of Halo: The Master Chief Collection will mark Halos introduction to the Xbox One by bringing Halo 1 – 4 to the new console, with massively improved graphics and framerate compared when compared to their original releases.

It’s not secret that Halo games often ran sub 30fps on their respective consoles, heck I’ve seen Halo 4 co-op multiplayer drop to what I could only describe as a slow motion flicker book, rendering it completely unplayable in busy sections. Now the game will be returning with improved textures, better AA, better filtering, better lighting and a super slick 60FPS locked frame rate, a first for the series.

So just how good do the new games look compared to their originals, given that there has been around ten years between some of them? Check out the video below and prepare to have your nostalgic mind blown.

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Halo: The Master Chief Collection is due for release on Xbox One November 11th.

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Coolermaster, Speedlink & TteSports Budget Headset Head-to-Head Review

Introduction


If you’re on the market for a new headset, chances are you’ve got more than one option on your shopping list, you’ll be looking for the best return on investment and you’ll want to find the headset that is best suited to your needs. Today I’ll be departing from our usual headset review format and showing you three headsets, putting them head-to-head and finding the strengths and weaknesses of each. At my disposal I have the TteSports Cronos, the Speedlink Medua NX and the CM Storm by Coolermaster Ceres 300. They’re all quite varied in terms of features, price and style, but they all have one thing in common, they’re all available for under £60.

The TteSports by Thermaltake Cronos headset is priced around £55 from most major online retailers, making it the most expensive of the collection that I have here today. The Speedlink Medusa can be picked up at most major retailers for around £50, but a little Google-fu will net you a brand new one for around £40 from some of the top eBay sellers making it the second most expensive option and finally we have the CM Storm by Coolermaster Ceres 300, which can be picked up for a very affordable £28. I’m hoping that by covering these three products we can work out if you need to spend more money to get the kind of performance you desire, or perhaps you’ll be able to save yourself some money by downgrading. There is only one way to find out, so let’s put these headsets to the test, but first let’s take a closer look at what you get in the box.

First up we have the TteSports Cronos; in the box you’ll find the headset, a rubber sleeved 4-pole cable (for mobile use), a braided dual 3.5mm + USB power connector cable, a simple user guide and a nice quality protective bag.

The speed link Medusa comes hard-wired with a fairly standard cable and comes bundled with a quick install guide and a zip up protective bag.

Finally, we have the Ceres 300, which comes bundled with a user guide, a hard wired cable and a detachable boom microphone.

TteSports Chao Dracco Captain Headset & Dracco Headphones Review

Introduction


We kick things off today with a look at not one, but two new products from the ever popular gaming brand TteSports. TteSports have been carving a solid reputation for themselves over the last few years, with countless great products hitting the market each year, most of which have walked away with a multitude of awards from us here at eTeknix. These awards have not only been for their great value for money, but also because of their laser like focus on the gaming market. Listening to what gamers want is vital, and TteSports involvement in the LAN gaming and eSports scene has been instrumental to their success. They’ve got pro-gaming teams of their own, while also sponsoring a few others, and that can be seen in products like the Captain headset we have here today, which is endorsed by legendary pro-gamer White Ra.

On one hand we have the Chao Dracco Captain gaming headset, a versatile PC headset that is ideal for online multiplayer and desktop use. On the other hand we have the Chao Dracco headphones, which keep much of the same styling we’ve come to know and love from the Chao range, but ditching the microphone entirely so that you can enjoy the same performance and quality when you’re out and about. While this is a comparative review, there is obviously a limit due to them both having different applications, but I am keen to see if the new headphone range is anything as good, or of course better in terms of performance than the desktop headset. A lot of headset companies forget that while online play does focus on voice chat a lot, some people (like myself) just prefer to play solo online, and never really need the microphone anyway. So long as audio performance is great, that’s often more than enough for some gamers.

Both headsets come nicely packaged, with White Ra on the front of the gaming headset, while the headphones feature a larger window to show off their highly flexible folding design.

Around the back of the boxes we have a quick run down of the major features and specifications.

The Captain headset ticks all the major boxes for a good gaming headset, with a 3 meter cable, large 50mm drivers, gold 3.5mm jack plugs, an omni-directional microphone, in-line controller and a removable cable.

The headphones have been tweaked a little and feature a shorter cable of just 1.5 meters, a single gold-plated 3.5mm jack plug, very similar sensitivity with just a +4DB at 1KHZ when compared with the headset, while still featuring large 50mm drivers like the headset.

The Dracco comes bundled with a little extra box of accessories.

In the box I found a high quality braided cable with gold-plated 3.5mm jack plugs and an in-line controller, a soft protective pouch for the headset and a warranty information leaflet.

The Chao comes with a similar box of accessories.

You’ll find a protective pouch for the headset and a warranty policy.

Microsoft Is Looking To Rebrand Its Web Apps Into ‘Office Online’ Soon

There were rumors about Microsoft rebranding their Office Web Apps suite to Office Online, which does indeed make sense since it is an online service and the name is also not so complicated (for most) as the latter.

According to Ubergizmo, Microsoft has apparently posted the Office Online suite as a comparison product on their “compare” page, which means that the rebraded Office Online suite might be closer to launch. The Office Online suite looks to be next to other Office product offerings from Microsoft, such as Office 365 Home Premium and Office 365 University.

It looks like Microsoft Online could be the answer to its competitors, such as Google Docs, Spreadsheet, and so on, essentially a free Office environment which can help people build their presentations and documents on a web browser. Microsoft’s Office Web Apps has been available since 2010 but was not so known as Google’s alternative, therefore this might be the way Microsoft attempts to make people more aware of its product and make it easier to work with.

Beside the name change, Microsoft is also changing the name of the apps contained within the suite to make them more Office friendly. Therefore the applications will be rebranded to Word Online, Excel Online, PowerPoint Online, and OneNote Online. Also, Microsoft is said to make available a variety of templates to aid customers in their work.

A launch date has not been revealed yet, though Microsoft is likely to release the product soon based on the comparison availability on its website.

Thank you Ubergizmo for providing us with this information
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