•  Cooler Master at CES 2015

    Cooler Master announces that they will be showcasing all of their latest product innovations with cooling, cases, peripherals and power supplies, at its 5th annual Cooler Master Electronics Show (#CMES2015) that will be held at a sprwaling 6,000 ft, luxurious Palms Sky Villa Suite between January 6th and 9th. "Invitations to this private suite can be provided by your local Cooler Master rep."And for those that may not be able visit, HTL will likely be on the scene with coverage of the latest CoolerMaster products. See More

  • Cooler Master at CES 2015

    Cooler Master at CES 2015
    New Technologies & Product Portfolio

    Chino, California — Dec 30th 2014 — Cooler Master, a leading creator, innovator and manufacturer of desktop components and peripherals, today announced that its 5th annual Cooler Master Electronics Show will be held at our luxurious Palms Sky Villa Suite between January 6th and 9th. Visit the #CMES2015 page for ongoing coverage.

  • SpotCam

    SpotCam announces a new Motion Masking feature for its SpotCam Wi-Fi home monitoring camera. "Found in professional security camera systems, SpotCam's new motion masking feature, attained by updating to the latest firmware, allows users to configure the camera to only monitor motions for a specified area."The SpotCam is currently available on Newegg and Amazon for the suggested retail price of $149.99.See More

  • Wi-Fi Video Home Monitoring Camera – SpotCam – Announces New Professional Grade Motion Detection Capability

    SpotCam – Announces New Professional Grade Motion Detection Capability
    New Motion Masking Feature Reduces False Alarms

    December 30, 2014, Taipei Taiwan - SpotCam, the cloud home monitoring service startup, announces a new Motion Masking feature for its SpotCam Wi-Fi home monitoring camera. Found in professional security camera systems, SpotCam's new motion masking feature, attained by updating to the latest firmware, allows users to configure the camera to only monitor motions for a specified area.

  • ADATA

    ADATA launches the Gold Edition of its XPG Z1 DDR4 overclocking memory, clocking in at the outrageously high speeds of 3000/3200/3300/3333MHz. "Besides supporting the latest Intel® Haswell-E platform, ADATA’s XPG Z1 Gold Edition DDR4 also provides ultimate performance for gamers, overclockers and PC enthusiasts, and also features higher power efficiency."See More

  • ASUSTOR

    ASUSTOR will showcase its latest 70, 51, and 50 series NAS models at CES 2015 in Las Vegas from January 5th – 8th. "These new models are equipped with Intel® Core i3-4330 3.5GHz dual-core, Celeron J1900 2.0GHz quad-core, and Celeron J1800 2.41GHz dual-core processors respectively, providing home and business users with brand new storage solution options."See More

  • ADATA Launches its Gold Edition XPG Z1 DDR4 Overclocking Memory
    Performance Uncompromised

    ADATA Launches its Gold Edition XPG Z1 DDR4 Overclocking Memory

    Taipei, Taiwan – December 30, 2014 – ADATA® Technology, a leading manufacturer of high-performance DRAM modules and NAND Flash application products, today launches the Gold Edition of its XPG Z1 DDR4 overclocking memory, clocking in at the outrageously high speeds of 3000/3200/3300/3333MHz. Besides supporting the latest Intel® Haswell-E platform, ADATA’s XPG Z1 Gold Edition DDR4 also provides ultimate performance for gamers, overclockers and PC enthusiasts, and also features higher power efficiency.

  • ASUSTOR to Debut New NAS Applications at CES 2015

    ASUSTOR to exhibit new 70, 51, 50 series NAS models at CES 2015 at the Trump International Hotel Las Vegas. All NAS devices are equipped with ADM 2.3, the latest version of the world’s first App-based NAS operating system. ASUSTOR will be presenting its comprehensive cloud storage technology which includes exciting new enterprise and multimedia applications. ASUSTOR welcomes all those who are interested to visit them and experience the latest in NAS technology, firsthand.

    ASUSTOR to Debut New NAS Applications at CES 2015

  • Lian Li

    Lian-Li announces that they will be showcasing their latests line up of alumminim PC chassis at the world's largest consumer technology trade show – CES 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA from January 6 to 9, 2015. Lian Li invites all interested parties to visit the their booth, Westgate (formerly LVH) #50012, 50014, and 50016, and catch a glimpse of the recently released O Series open-air chassis as well as the aluminum desk chassis. "Visitors to the Lian Li booth will be able to take a seat at our Desk Chassis. Constructed of aluminum and combining the symbiotic relationship of desks and computer cases, these hybrid chassis allow DIY builders to build a full computer inside a desk and show off their hardware creations through tempered glass desktops."See More

  • Lian Li to Showcase Open Air Chassis at CES 2015

    Lian Li to Showcase Open Air Chassis at CES 2015
    Desk Chassis and Latest Lineup of Brushed Aluminum Cases Also on Display

    December 30, 2014, Keelung, Taiwan - Lian-Li Industrial Co. Ltd will be at the world's largest consumer technology trade show – CES 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA from January 6 to 9, 2015. Lian Li invites all interested parties to visit the their booth, Westgate (formerly LVH) #50012, 50014, and 50016, and catch a glimpse of the recently released O Series open-air chassis as well as the aluminum desk chassis.

  • NVIDIA GRID

    For those that prefer to chill and play some mobile games,on the last Tuesday of 2014, NVIDIA announces that Overlord II is coming to the NVIDIA GRID on #GRIDTuesday.

     

  • Happy Holidays from Enermax & LEPA

    Happy Holidays from Enermax & LEPA

     

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  • Merry Christmas from ICY DOCK

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  • NVIDIA

    We have seen this before. Back in September, HTL informed its readers that NVIDIA filed an IP suit against Samsung and Qualcomm in U.S. District Court against Samsung and Qualcommcovering technology including programmable shading, unified shaders and multithreaded parallel processing.As expected, Samsung countersued, and both parties have been exchanging legal maneuvers ever since.

  • "Synology recently introduced the DS415+. This four-bay NAS mostly targets SMB users and is the first to use an Intel Rangeley quad-core CPU, which allows for very high performance in every possible usage scenario."

    techPowerUp

  • "In the world of computer cases there are many variations, but they are mostly boxes with splashes of style and the occasional window. Companies like In Win are at the opposite end of the spectrum, but the design choices for a case with commitment to artistic intent often entail a considerable price tag, and In Win consistently prices itself out of the mainstream market. So what about the middle ground? Enter the BitFenix Pandora. It boasts eye-catching looks, a slim design that seems even more so given the curved panels, and even has a color LCD screen that can be programmed with the image file of your choice!"

    PC Perspective

  • "We applaud companies that are willing to push the envelope with innovative hardware. Sometimes their efforts aren't rewarded by consumers, but unique designs that attempt to blaze new trails in existing markets are always interesting to say the least. In a way, the Galaxy Note Edge fits this description. Similar to 4K curved televisions, one has to wonder if the world truly needs a flagship smartphone with 160 extra pixels along its right edge. But as was the case when the original Note launched and many experts shook their heads in disapproval, the Note Edge could strike a chord with consumers and usher in a new wave of similar devices. Time will tell..."

    Hot Hardware

  • "Phanteks is no stranger to building excellent computer hardware enthusiast system cases. Today we are looking at its Micro Tower Chassis. Designing and building a good computer chassis is easy to do when you have a lot of room to work with, but how does Phanteks go about it when space is at a premium? It makes more space."

    [H]ardOCP

  • Think Computers

    "Cougar is a company that we have known for mainly power supplies and cases. With the popularity of gaming and eSports it seems they want it get it on it and they have started producing gaming peripherals. From the looks of it they are taking it very seriously with some pretty impressive keyboards and mice. Today we will be taking a look at their new flagship gaming keyboard the 700K. This keyboard has a ton of great features some of them include an aluminum chassis, Cherry MX mechanical keys, 6 programmable G-keys, three different profiles and some pretty sweet backlighting. Will this keyboard get you thinking about Cougar when it comes to gaming peripherals? Read on as we find out."

    Think Computers

  • "It's thanks to affordable, feature-filled motherboards such as the Asus X99-A that the LGA 2011-3 platform is within financial reach for a greater number of enthusiasts. Making a chip, board, and memory cost of less than £650 plausible, without skimping heavily on features, it's easy to see why the sub-£200 X99 motherboard market is so fiercely contested."

    Kitguru

  • OCInside

    "OCinside.de updated the overclocking software page again with dozens of small tools to tune, benchmark and test the PC components. If you like to overclock, backup, or monitor your PC hardware or if you just like to check your components, this is the right place for you. There are useful older Shareware and Freeware tools, as well as the latest tweaking tools to change the CPU multiplier, voltage or FSB and to overclock current nVidia or AMD video cards in Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Linux and Mac OS X. Additionally, the latest SiSoftware Sandra, FinalWire AIDA64, Futuremark 3DMark and PCMark benchmark programs are hosted in the most current version on the ocinside.de Servers. The overview contains direct downloads, links to the developers, a small description and the size of the respective software."

    OCInside

  • Samsung

    Samsung announces that they have started mass producing the industry’s first 8 gigabit (Gb), low power double data rate 4 (LPDDR4) mobile DRAM based on the company’s leading-edge 20-nanometer (nm) process technology. LPDDR memories are the most widely used “working memory” for mobile devices worldwide. "The new 20nm 8Gb LPDDR4 offers twice the performance and density compared to 4Gb LPDDR3 which was based on 20nm-class* process technology. The new 8Gb LPDDR4 chip allows a 4 gigabyte (GB) LPDDR4 package to be created."See More

  • Samsung Electronics Starts Mass Production of Industry’s First 8 Gigabit LPDDR4 Mobile DRAM

    Samsung announces industry’s first 8 Gigabit LPDDR4 Mobile DRAM

    Samsung pioneers the next generation of ultra-fast, high density mobile memory technology, opening the door to the era of 4GB mobile DRAM for a new level of mobile responsiveness

    SEOUL, South Korea --Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., the world leader in advanced memory technology, announced today that it has started mass producing the industry’s first 8 gigabit (Gb), low power double data rate 4 (LPDDR4) mobile DRAM based on the company’s leading-edge 20-nanometer (nm) process technology. LPDDR memories are the most widely used “working memory” for mobile devices worldwide.

  • ADATA

    ADATA launches the new Choice UC340 flash drive that features trim geometric lines and a clean glossy finish. "Carry it on a neck strap, purse, or key chain. With SuperSpeed USB 3.0 connectivity, you can transfer anywhere between 16GB to 256GB of audio, video and data files in just a few moments."The ADATA UC340 USB3.0 Flash Drive will be available at Amazon.com and Newegg.com., MSRP: 16 GB $12.99, 32 GB $19.99, 64 GB $34.99, 128 GB $59.99, 256 GB $129.99. See More

  • ADATA Clicks Off a Stylish New UC340 USB 3.0 Flash Drive

    ADATA New UC340 USB 3.0 Flash Drives.
    A Stylish Statement in Wearable Personal File Storage

    Taipei, Taiwan – December 23, 2014 – ADATA Technology, a leading manufacturer of high-performance DRAM memory modules and NAND Flash applications, launches a new UC340 USB flash drive. The Choice UC340 flash drive features trim geometric lines and a clean glossy finish. Carry it on a neck strap, purse, or key chain. With SuperSpeed USB 3.0 connectivity, you can transfer anywhere between 16GB to 256GB of audio, video and data files in just a few moments. Just push-to-click the colored head to extend the USB connector. Push again to retract it. Simple, stylish, practical. Click into your style with ADATA’s UC340 flash drive!

  • Season's Greetings from the AMD FirePro Team

    Season's Greetings from the AMD FirePro Team

    As we get closer to the holidays, we would like to take a moment and thank you for your interest, support and for making AMD's success possible. 2014 has been an extremely exciting year for AMD. With your continued support, we look forward to an even more successful 2015. The AMD FirePro team wants to wish you a Happy Holiday and a successful New Year!

     

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  • Sceptre

    Sceptre enhances its selection of LED monitors with two compact models, the 22-inch E225W-1920 and the 24-inch E248W-1920. "Sceptre's latest monitors feature FHD 1080P resolution and an incredible 5,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, a measure of image quality and the monitor's ability to display colors. Monitors with a higher dynamic contrast ratio are capable of producing more shades of the same color and darker blacks, which translates into lifelike images, vibrant scenes and a better viewing experience."See More

  • Sceptre Unveils 22-inch and 24-inch LED FHD Monitors

    Sceptre  E248W-1920- 24-inch LED Monitor

    Feature-rich 22-inch and 24-inch models ideal for dorm rooms, studios,  offices and home office

    City of Industry, CA December 22, 2014 Sceptre, superior manufacturers of world class LED and LCD HDTVs and PC monitors, enhances its selection of LED monitors with two compact models, the 22-inch E225W-1920 and the 24-inch E248W-1920.

  • Benchmark Reviews

    "Earlier this year, NVIDIA introduced the Maxwell architecture and a lot of upcoming features that Benchmark Reviews briefly talked about on the review of the GTX 980 by Olin Coles. These features were demonstrated in detail, but were still pending to be released on actual games, that is until Assassin's Creed Unity was released earlier this year. Thanks to NVIDIA GameWorks, game developers have the ability to use NVIDIA's sample libraries and SDKs as well as implementing some of the features mentioned that allow for a more realistic game-play experience."

    Benchmark Reviews

  • "QPAD's newest gaming mats are put to the test. The new UC series is the simple soft-performance mat, while the FX-series seeks to bridge the gap between the harder hybrid mats and the soft top mats. Both are available in five different sizes, so you can get one that fits your needs. Prices start at a very reasonable €10 for the smallest ones."

    techPowerUp

  • "If you're in the market for a mechanical keyboard, we're here to help. We've gathered up five different gaming models from as many manufactures--Corsair, Roccat, Tt eSports, Razer, and Cooler Master, three of which are of the compact ten-keyless variety (fancy pants way of saying there's no dedicated number pad), the other two being full size planks. Granted, this is just a small sample of the numerous options available to you, though these are some of the more popular models by recognized brands in the gaming peripheral market..."

    Hot Hardware

  • "Logitech is brand synonymous with mice, joysticks and other peripherals, providing a handy way to interact with your computer for over 20 years. Anyone who has used a computer for any amount of time knows Logitech and have used a variety of their products. Their peripheral lineup has come a long way from the beginnings, with washable keyboards, webcams and mice with over two dozen programmable buttons."

    PC Perspective

  • "Assassin's Creed Unity is out, wrapped in a tortilla of bugs and garnished with graphical glitches, the fourth patch to this game has been released with some new beta drivers. We will look at performance and find out what it takes to enjoy this game on the PC. A cold beer, or two, will certainly help."

    [H]ardOCP

  • The SSD Review

    "The Samsung 850 EVO is a third generation TLC NAND SSD, second 3D V-NAND product on the market, and the first SSD in the industry to feature 3-bit 3D V-NAND. At first people were weary of TLC NAND, due to the issues it presents. TLC NAND has much lower endurance and slower performance when compared to MLC and SLC. By the numbers, this speaks to a SSD that might be slower and have a lower lifespan than competing products, however, Samsung's TLC products have proven reliable, and after with two generations of planar (2D) TLC NAND products, more people are seeing TLC NAND products as a viable option. Now, Samsung have finally moved on to 3-bit 3D NAND manufacturing following their 2-bit 3D NAND manufacturing process. The simple truth is that, unless you are using your system for intense media projects, there won't be any visible difference whatsoever in what you see on your PC screen as compared to any other SSD, and, in fact, this might be the ideal consumer SSD."

    The SSD Review

  • Think Computers

    "We have taken a look at a few different DDR4 memory kits over the past couple of months. The kits ranged from entry-level to high-end. Kingston's HyperX brand is known as their high-end brand. Their best memory and solid state drives are part of the HyperX family. Of course with DDR4 being new we expected some new HyperX memory and Kingston delivered with their HyperX Predator series. This is not your typical memory, it is high-end with some of the tightest timings we have seen for DDR4 and the performance to match it. The Predator Series is available in speeds ranging from 2133 MHz all the way up to 3000 MHz. Today we will be taking a look at the HX424C12PB2K4/16 kit which is a 16 GB kit running at 2400 MHz with timings of 12-13-13-35 at 1.35V. Let's see what this kit can do!"

    Think Computers

  • "While we have been focusing recently on super high power output supplies in excess of 1000 watts, we felt today it was worth revisiting a popular unit sold by Overclockers UK for £85.99 inc vat. The Super Flower Leadex Gold 650W is fully modular with 80 Plus Gold Certification and support for two high end graphics cards – ideal for those building a new SLI or Crossfire system with a budget under £100."

    Kitguru

  • "It hasn't been since the last few years that the case fan has evolved from the same standard design to companies now introducing fans that serve a specific component purpose. With watercooling setups becoming more and more common among mainstream systems, it was only a matter of time before the standard case fan became obsolete and the enthusiast market demanded."

    Modders-Inc

  • "In our last memory review, we took a look at the Kingston HyperX Fury 1600MHz 16GB DDR3 memory kit. While Fury is a fantastic looking, and highly compatible, memory kit, it's considered a mainstream series for entry level systems. However, the HyperX Savage series takes performance up a notch, boasting higher quality modules and improved timings. Savage sports a candy apple red aluminum heat spreader that hints to its speed. We took the Kingston HyperX Savage 1600MHz 16GB DDR3 memory kit for a spin around the lab track to find out how much speed!"

    Futurelooks

  • NikkTech

    "I recall a time long ago when you would walk into a computer store and the only power supply units you'd find were low-cost OEM models which surprisingly enough would last long if you were lucky. Fast forward to today and if you visit a computer store chances are that you will find yourself in front of a wall of power supply units from a very large number of manufacturers, with power outputs ranging anywhere from 250W and up to 1500W and various 80 plus efficiency certifications. Low-cost OEM models do exist even today aimed towards casual users who don't wish to spend much on one such device but today you can also find models that cost even more than a brand new laptop. Today with us however we have something more affordable and more specifically the latest offering by our friends over at be quiet! the Straight Power 10 800W power supply unit."

    NikkTech

     

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  • Happy Holidays Greetings from Vantec

    Wishing you all the joys of the season
    and happiness throughout the coming year.

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  • Samsung Electronics Introduces SE790C Curved Monitor

    Samsung Electronics introduces its newest and most advanced curved monitor, model SE790C, delivering an enhanced immersive and comfortable viewing experience for multi-media entertainment and multi-tasking. "Alongside an optimized curvature design, ultra-wide quad high definition (ULTRA-WQHD) resolution and a superior contrast ratio, the new 34-inch curved monitor SE790C offers enhanced productivity and entertainment functionality within a sophisticated and ergonomic design."See More

  • Samsung Electronics Introduces SE790C Curved Monitor for the Ultimate in Immersive and Comfortable Viewing

    Samsung Electronics Introduces SE790C Curved Monitor.

    Optimized curvature, picture quality and complementary features deliver a best-in-class viewing experience for entertainment and multi-tasking

    Samsung Electronics introduces its newest and most advanced curved monitor, model SE790C, delivering an enhanced immersive and comfortable viewing experience for multi-media entertainment and multi-tasking. Alongside an optimized curvature design, ultra-wide quad high definition (ULTRA-WQHD) resolution and a superior contrast ratio, the new 34-inch curved monitor SE790C offers enhanced productivity and entertainment functionality within a sophisticated and ergonomic design.

  • RAIDMAX

    Just before the end of the year a variety of new products from the Taiwanese case manufacturer, Raidmax that new cases are now available at PC-Cooling. Fans of compact cases can look forward to several new cases: The “Element” in four different color options (black, blue, green and pink), the ultra-compact “Atomic” and the Micro-ATX/Mini-ITX cube "Hyperion". Also available are additional color options of the Seiran II and the Scorpio V, as well as the brand-new Viper GX II.See More

  • Quantified Gaming by Mionix

    Quantified Gaming - know more, game better, by Mionix Kiskstarter campaign announces the NAOS QG as the first smart gaming mouse that tracks your body reactions and provides you with insights into your performance. Via built in sensors, the NAOS QG tracks your heart rate, galvanic skin response and actions per minute. This data appears as a transparent overlay on your screen. "Just like athletes gather and analyze data, we want to do the same for gamers. Provide you with deep insights. Enable you to understand your reactions and optimize your gaming. Sounds awesome, right? You have no idea yet."See More

  • New Raidmax Cases Now Available at PC-Cooling

    New Raidmax cases now available at PC-Cooling

  • Now Overwolf will support MionixLabs on Quantified Gaming.

    Overwolf adds epic apps into PC games. Its rich inventory includes apps such as an in-game browser, Game capture, Skype, Twitch streaming, and more. It has been chosen as the official overlay solution for TeamSpeak. Now Overwolf will support MionixLabs on Quantified Gaming.

  • Benchmark Reviews

    "With nine macro enabled buttons (with Razer Synapse 2.0), ergonomic design, and a fast 8200dpi sensor, does the ambidextrous Taipan have a place in Razer's lineup? In this Benchmark Reviews article, I will give an overview of this mouse, Razer's Goliathus Control pad and Synapse 2.0 software before delivering my final verdict on the package."

    Benchmark Reviews

  • "The X99 Gaming G1 is GIGABYTE's flagship product in their gaming line of Intel X99 chipset-based motherboards. The board support all Intel LGA2011-3 based processors paired with DDR4 memory in up to a quad channel configuration. The X99 Gaming G1 board prominently features GIGABYTE's new Gaming-line branding, adding sleek looks to its feature-packed design. At an MSRP of $349.99, the board comes at a premium price to match it premium status."

    PC Perspective

  • "Over the past several years, Lenovo has been aggressively targeting PC gamers, who are known both for their willingness to drop serious cash on hardware and for their skepticism of mainstream brands. Lenovo inherited some of IBM's corporate image when it took over the company's laptop business, but winners like the Yoga line got Lenovo tons of exposure with mainstream consumers too. Along the way, the entertainment-friendly Y series of laptops became Lenovo's gaming line: a suite of affordable systems that brought Lenovo's understated design sense to bear in a market awash in garish colors, lights, and gimmicks. The Y70 Touch is Lenovo's flagship mobile gaming PC, so we took it out for a spin..."

    Hot Hardware

  • "The Marvel M70 USB 3.0 Flash Drive from Silicon Power has given us a pretty good impression regarding the transfer speeds and by using sandblasted zinc alloy and plastic, the overall look is quite professional."

    Madshrimps

  • "In this special, video-only edition of The TR Podcast, we're freestyling without Jordan--and without much of a plan. Instead, we take questions from the chat channel about whatever, including new GPUs coming in 2015, likely CES highlights, our iPhone 6 and 6 Plus review, and more. Also, Geoff talks about his efforts to create a new SSD test suite, and Cyril makes a troubling analogy."

    The Tech Report

  • Think Computers

    "A little over a year ago we took a look at Pivos's XIOS DS Media Player. This was Pivos's first media player and while it was a great machine, it was more of a DIY system as its more or less an Android box that you had to customize yourself. The newer Pivos XIOS XS has its own TOFU Media Center GUI, which is a Pivos-customized version of XBMC that runs on Android 4.2.2. This makes the XIOS XS more user-friendly as you can pretty much boot it up and be ready to go, much like the other major media / streaming players out there. Let's take a look..."

    Think Computers

  • The SSD Review

    "Over the years, consumers have demanded and pushed manufacturers to develop SSD toolboxes to use when they install an SSD in their system. Offering a SSD toolbox has become almost a necessity in today's SSD market. These toolboxes offer features such as drive health monitoring, feature activation, manual secure erase and TRIM triggers, as well as firmware update abilities and drive benchmarking. One such company that recognized this trend early on and helped shape the way toolboxes are today is Samsung; their software utility being the Samsung Magician. Something that sets Samsung Magician software apart from other toolboxes is its RAPID mode (Real-time Accelerated Processing of I/O Data), this having been introduced with the release of the Samsung 840 EVO."

    The SSD Review

  • "Getting yourself the right gaming keyboard can be a very personal experience. Chances are you want mechanical, even if you have not used one before. Switch choice is important, backlighting too - and you might want some macro buttons for good measure. If you want all that and love the colour orange, then maybe the ASUS STRIX Tactic Pro is what you are looking for? Featuring replaceable keycaps, near limitless simultaneous key presses and a ton of orange accenting, the Tactic Pro is hoping to drag its STRIX brand into the spotlight and give ASUS fans a different styling choice than its traditional ROG range. Is it good enough to stand on its own? Can it compete with boards of a similar price? That is what we are here to find out."

    Kitguru

  •  Happy Holidays from all of us at ZOTAC.

     

     

  • CableMod

    For years, outfitting a PC with custom cables has been a time-consuming and expensive endeavor. Modders have had to either do it themselves, spending hours upon hours sleeving their power supply cables individually, or spend hundreds of dollars on expensive cable sleeving services. Alternatively, they could choose sleeved cable extensions, but would have to put up with increased cable clutter due to physically longer cables. "What if there was a better way?"See More

  • Introducing CableMod

    Introducing CableMod - Premium Cables Turn PC Systems Into Works of Art

    Premium Cables Turn PC Systems Into Works of Art

    (December 19, 2014) - For years, outfitting a PC with custom cables has been a time-consuming and expensive endeavor. Modders have had to either do it themselves, spending hours upon hours sleeving their power supply cables individually, or spend hundreds of dollars on expensive cable sleeving services. Alternatively, they could choose sleeved cable extensions, but would have to put up with increased cable clutter due to physically longer cables. What if there was a better way?

  • Transcend

    Taiwan's top 20 brand names for 2014 were announced this week by the global branding consultancy Interbrand. For the eighth year in a row, Transcend Information appears on Interbrand's Best Taiwan Global Brands ranking, with a brand value of USD $142 million. "With superior product quality and excellent customer service, Transcend maintains a vast and loyal customer base. A comprehensive network of 14 offices worldwide has not only made Transcend a highly diversified international enterprise, but has also established the company as a fast-growing global memory brand."See More

  • Transcend Wins Interbrand's Best Taiwan Global Brands for 8th Consecutive Year With A Brand Value of USD $142 Million

    Transcend Information appears on Interbrand's Best Taiwan Global Brands ranking,

    December 19, 2014 -- Taiwan's top 20 brand names for 2014 were announced this week by the global branding consultancy Interbrand. For the eighth year in a row, Transcend Information appears on Interbrand's Best Taiwan Global Brands ranking, with a brand value of USD $142 million.

  • NVIDIA

    "Give the ultimate holiday gift, with a 32 GB LTE SHIELD tablet bundle for just $399. It includes the SHIELD controller, the Green Box Bundle of games, and NVIDIA GRID gaming service."And be sure to check out the latest NVIDIA SHIELD game titles, like Half-Life 2 Episode 1, Game of Thrones and Oddworld Stranger's Wrath, along with latest news and updates, for NVIDIA's #GRIDTuesday and SHIELD Hub. See More

  • Phoenix Online Publishing

    "In celebration of the 21st anniversary of the release of Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers®, Pinkerton Road Studio and Phoenix Online Studios, developers of the recent 20th Anniversary Edition remake of the game, yesterday announced the release of a brand new comic book version of the short story “The Temptation” by Jane Jensen at www.GabrielKnight20th.com."See More

  • Satechi

    Quite often a bit of lighting can certainly make any rig special, and showcase all the hardware inside. "Satechi’s Computer LED Light Strip allows users to choose from sixteen different vibrant colors in order to illuminate and bring any computer workspace to life. The Computer LED Light Strip can be easily applied to most hardware and customized to fit a user’s needs and mood." The Satechi Computer LED Light Strip is available now for an introductory price of $29.99 at Satechi.net and Amazon.com.See More

  • ARCTIC

    ARCTIC cooling would like to wish everyone a Merry GREEN Christmas and a Happy New Year! And while they're at it, take a moment and the opportunity to foreground something really important – our environment. "Via recycling, smaller and ecofriendly packaging as well as optimized logistics, we generate less CO2. The rest is offset by our support for projects like "Geothermal Project in Indonesia“, "Hydropower in Taiwan“ or “Wastewater Treatment in Thailand.”See More

  • Happy Holidays!

    This holiday season, our thoughts turn gratefully to those who have made our progress possible.

    We thank you for your continued support, and wish you all the best for the holidays and

    a prosperous New Year!

    Happy Holidays from Transcend 2015

  • The Ultimate Holiday NVIDIA SHIELD Bundle

  • Pinkerton Road  Studio

    GABRIEL KNIGHT: SINS OF THE FATHERS® CELEBRATES ITS 21ST ANNIVERSARY WITH NEW COMIC BOOK FEATURING FIRST NEW STORY IN GK SERIES SINCE 1999

    Fans of 20th Anniversary Edition Remake (www.GabrielKnight20th.com) Can Download “The Temptation” Comic Book Chapter 1 Free Today, with More Chapters Due in January

    Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers® 20th Anniversary Edition

    Mount Joy, Penn. – December 18th, 2014 – In celebration of the 21st anniversary of the release of Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers®, Pinkerton Road Studio and Phoenix Online Studios, developers of the recent 20th Anniversary Edition remake of the game, yesterday announced the release of a brand new comic book version of the short story “The Temptation” by Jane Jensen at www.GabrielKnight20th.com. Also available in short story form, “The Temptation” is the first new story in the Gabriel Knight series since the third game, Blood of the Sacred, Blood of the Damned, was released in 1999.

  • Illuminate & Customize Hardware with Satechi’s Computer LED Light Strip

    Satechi Computer LED Light Strip

    SAN DIEGO – Dec. 18, 2014 – Satechi’s Computer LED Light Strip, available now, allows users to choose from sixteen different vibrant colors in order to illuminate and bring any computer workspace to life. The Computer LED Light Strip can be easily applied to most hardware and customized to fit a user’s needs and mood.

  • "With ASUS Republic of Gamers motherboards it's all about the sequels. You have to wonder just how long ASUS can keep its momentum pumping out sequel after motherboard sequel. ASUS' Maximus VII Impact shows us that there is seemingly no end in sight, and very likely with good measure as well."

    [H]ardOCP

  • "The Lian Li PC-O5SX is for those who want to show off their hardware in an elegant way, while using their system for more than just media playback. With an intricate interior that can house powerful enthusiast-grade hardware, a great mixture of materials, and an industrial look, the PC-O5SX aims to combine the best of both worlds - design and function."

    techPowerUp

  • Think Computers

    "Well it's that time of year again. The days are shorter, darker, and for many of us the ground has already turned white...again. And so as the year comes to a close we start to take stock of what the previous year has brought us. We remember the good times that were had and maybe the bad. Perhaps it's an attempt to add value to the time lost, to reassure ourselves that we did indeed use our time well. Certainly one of the most interesting aspects of this time of year is the inevitable posting of lists! All the listing and ordering of events, items, and achievements must bring the writer a sense of closure and completeness, but really who cares we just love reading these lists! Not wanting to leave you feeling short handed, ThinkComputers is excited to bring you our own twist on the yearly list. It was just a few years ago that the all in one liquid cooling solution really hit the market, but in that short time the AIO has now become a must have for the serious computerenthusiast. This past year ThinkComputers has reviewed many of them for you, some good, some not so great. Bringing the year to a close, we would like to present to you 2014's best AIO coolers as reviewed by ThinkComputers."

    Think Computers

  • The SSD Review

    "In the past, overclocking has been seen as sort of "hacking" your hardware to run outside of the manufacturer's specifications. This type of behavior would have been against the manufacturer's wishes and likely void your warranty. However, today we live in a world of overclocking competitions and world records. Many of the very same companies that would have forbidden it in the past, now not only endorse it by sponsoring competitive teams, but design hardware tailored specifically to overclocking enthusiasts. This brings us to this report's subject, the ASRock X99 OC Formula; a motherboard designed by top overclocker Nick Shih, who currently holds the world record for overclocking the Intel Core i7 5960X to a previously unheard of 6620.73 MHz, on this very motherboard."

    The SSD Review

  • "Not everyone has the budget for huge 7.1 surround sound kits. So what can you get towards the lower end of the spectrum? How about a pair of Edifier 980T speakers with full MDF frames and a specially formulated bass reflex port on each? At £50, they might be just what you are looking for – so let us see if they stand up to our battery of tests."

    Kitguru

  • NikkTech

    "We've mentioned plenty of times in the past that CPU Coolers come in many sizes and designs but what happens if you take one of the top performance tower (U-type) models and shrink it just enough to fit virtually every PC case? Well we know that you will not have nearly the same cooling efficiency as the regular sized model but you should get better results compared always to a top-down (C-Type) CPU cooler. Noctua did this with their NH-U9S CPU Cooler which we reviewed a while back so it was really a matter of time before we came across other similar models by the leading manufacturers in the field and so just days after that review with us we have the brand new Macho 90 by our friends over at Thermalright."

    NikkTech

  • "Several weeks ago, during an episode of the PC Perspective Podcast, we talked about a new all-in-one machine from MSI with a focus on gaming. Featuring a quad-core Intel Haswell processor and a GeForce GTX 980M GPU, the MSI AG270 2QE takes the best available hardware for mobile gaming and stuffs them into a machine with an integrated 1080p touch screen. The result is likely to be the most potent gaming AIO that you will find available; it should be more than capable of tackling modern games at the integrated panel's 1920x1080 resolution."

    PC Perspective

  • "Yes, we've finally focused our full attention on reviewing a smartphone in depth. What better place to start than the new iPhones?"

    The Tech Report

  • A Merry Green Xmas from ARCTIC

    A Merry Green Xmas from ARCTIC

    ARCTIC want to take the opportunity to foreground something really important – our environment.

    Via recycling, smaller and ecofriendly packaging as well as optimized logistics, we generate less CO2. The rest is offset by our support for projects like „Geothermal Project in Indonesia“, „Hydropower in Taiwan“ or “Wastewater Treatment in Thailand”. You can find more information about our contribution to a hopefully soon white Christmas once again, here.

  • Asetek Announces Significant Victory in Intellectual Property Lawsuit

    Asetek Announces Significant Victory in Intellectual Property Lawsuit.

    December 18, 2014 — Asetek announced today that on Wednesday, December 17, 2014, a jury in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California unanimously ruled in favour of Asetek on all claims in its patent infringement suit against CMI USA, Inc. (“CMI,” formerly known as Cooler Master USA, Inc.).

  • Asetek

    Asetek announced today that on Wednesday, December 17, 2014, a jury in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California unanimously ruled in favour of Asetek on all claims in its patent infringement suit against CMI USA, Inc. (“CMI,” formerly known as Cooler Master USA, Inc.).See More

  • Lian Li

    Lian-Li launches the O Series of sleek and slim open-air, wall-mountable aluminum chassis, the mini-itx PC-O5, PC-O5S, micro-itx PC-O6S, and the ATX PC-O7S, and all feature a tempered glass window to showcase your hardware. "Previewed to the worldwide technology community in its prototype stage, the O Series chassis final design reflect the feedback of the DIY community, and feature oversized tempered glass windows, a PCI riser cards, and sleek aluminum construction."See More

  • Lian Li Launches O Series Wall-Mountable Chassis

    Lian Li Launches O Series Wall-Mountable Chassis.

    Four Sleek Open-Air Aluminum Chassis With Large Tempered Glass Windows

    December 18, 2014, Keelung, Taiwan - Lian-Li Industrial Co. Ltd, today launches the O Series open-air, wall-mountable chassis: PC-O5, PC-O5S, PC-O6S and PC-O7S. Previewed to the worldwide technology community in its prototype stage, the O Series chassis final design reflect the feedback of the DIY community, and feature oversized tempered glass windows, a PCI riser cards, and sleek aluminum construction.

  • ADATA

    ADATA® announces they will showcase its complete line of innovative consumer products in the 2015 International Consumer Electronics Shows (CES), taking place January 6 – 9, 2015, in Las Vegas, Nevada. "ADATA’s display will include the world’s fastest DDR4 memory, a full range of solid-state drives (SSD), USB 3.1 external storage and Type C USB flash drives. ADATA invites 2015 CES attendees to come visit the Venetian Hotel’s Piazza Suite to see the latest innovations in PC memory and storage technology."See More

  • ADATA to Give a Glimpse into Innovative Consumer Products at CES 2015

    ADATA to Give a Glimpse into Innovative Consumer Products at CES 2015
    World’s fastest DDR4 Memory, USB 3.1, and LED lighting products in the Spotlight

    Taipei, Taiwan – December 18th, 2014 – ADATA® Technology, a leading global manufacturer of high-performance DRAM memory modules and NAND Flash application products, will show its complete line of innovative consumer products in the 2015 International Consumer Electronics Shows (CES), taking place January 6 – 9, 2015, in Las Vegas, Nevada. ADATA’s display will include the world’s fastest DDR4 memory, a full range of solid-state drives (SSD), USB 3.1 external storage and Type C USB flash drives. ADATA invites 2015 CES attendees to come visit the Venetian Hotel’s Piazza Suite to see the latest innovations in PC memory and storage technology.

  • AMD

    AMD announces a significant update to its CodeXL unified tool suite for developers, designed to accelerate applications running on AMD processors. CodeXL is AMD’s primary developer tool for generating detailed information about the real-world performance of AMD Central Processing Units (CPUs), Accelerated Processing Units (APUs) and Graphics Processing Units (GPUs). AMD CodeXL version 1.6 provides GPU profiling capabilities and API-level debugging for OpenCL™ 2.0 applications. " CodeXL 1.6 also introduces a new advanced tool for profiling APU power consumption, which enables developers to reduce the power requirements of their application."See More

  • AMD Continues Its Legacy of Software Development Innovation with New CodeXL Tool Suite

    AMD Continues Its Legacy of Software Development Innovation with New CodeXL Tool Suite

     — OpenCL 2.0 Support and New Power Profiling Capability —

    SUNNYVALE, California —December 17, 2014AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced a significant update to its CodeXL unified tool suite for developers, designed to accelerate applications running on AMD processors. CodeXL is AMD’s primary developer tool for generating detailed information about the real-world performance of AMD Central Processing Units (CPUs), Accelerated Processing Units (APUs) and Graphics Processing Units (GPUs). AMD CodeXL version 1.6 provides GPU profiling capabilities and API-level debugging for OpenCL™ 2.0 applications. CodeXL 1.6 also introduces a new advanced tool for profiling APU power consumption, which enables developers to reduce the power requirements of their application. These features significantly bolster the tools available to developers for creating applications on either Windows® or Linux® that take advantage of the inherent processing capability of heterogeneous system architecture (HSA).

  • EVGA

    EVGA is proud to announce that the EVGA X99 motherboard lineup is one of two motherboard manufacturers that offers full compatibility for high performance G.Skill memory of 3000MHz and above. EVGA was able to fine tune the memory performance, XMP support and compatibility to offer enthusiasts full support for the fastest DDR4 memory available today.See More

  • EVGA X99 Motherboards and G.Skill High Performance Memory Offer Top Performance and Compatibility

    EVGA X99 Motherboards 

    December 17th, 2014 – EVGA is proud to announce that the EVGA X99 motherboard lineup is one of two motherboard manufacturers that offers full compatibility for high performance G.Skill memory of 3000MHz and above. EVGA was able to fine tune the memory performance, XMP support and compatibility to offer enthusiasts full support for the fastest DDR4 memory available today.

  • Thermalright

    Right before for Christmas, Thermalright presents two new CPU coolers, which have been designed especially for fans of compact Mini-ITX or Micro-ATX systems: The Macho 90 and the Silver Arrow ITX. Both coolers are expected to be available in stores next week. The MSRP for the Macho 90 is 29.99 Euro, of the Silver Arrow ITX 59.99 Euro, all prices incl. 19% VAT.See More

  • Thermalright Macho 90 and Silver Arrow ITX

    Thermalright Macho 90 und Silver Arrow ITX

    Right before for Christmas we present two new CPU coolers, which have been designed especially for fans of compact Mini-ITX or Micro-ATX systems: The Macho 90 and the Silver Arrow ITX.

  • "MSI's GTX 970 Gaming is probably the best GTX 970 on the market. It comes overclocked out of the box, with an amazing cooler that is noise-free during light gaming, and extremely quiet in even the most demanding titles. Temperatures are great, too, so you should definitely consider this card if you are in the market for a GTX 970."

    techPowerUp

  • Benchmark Reviews

    "First announced at Computex in June, Roccat's newest gaming mouse has finally hit the market. Packing an 8200 DPI laser sensor, Roccat's EasyShift[+] function, configurable LED lighting in two zones and 12 programmable buttons (16 programmable "actions" if scroll up/down, etc. is included) the Tyon appears to check all of the same boxes as many high-end gaming peripherals. Look a little closer though, and you'll see that the Tyon adds a few boxes other mice can't check: a "dorsal fin" switch and an analog paddle. Powered by Roccat's Talk FX software suite, will these innovations change your game? Benchmark Reviews has received the black version of the Tyon (model ROC-11-850, also available in white) and we're ready to run it through the gauntlet."

    Benchmark Reviews

  • "Now that Intel's newest LGA 1150 motherboard chipset is out in full force, numerous enthusiast-class boards abound. We've already taken a look at five Z97 motherboards from Gigabyte, EVGA, and MSI, and this time around we're reviewing the Asus Z97-Pro (Wi-Fi ac). This board is one of Asus' mid-range offerings in the $200 price range and is interesting on the storage front as it includes both M.2 and SATA Express, so its as future proof as it gets when it comes to storage options--at least for today. This board also comes in a non-Wi-Fi version, dubbed simply "Pro," as well as versions that are more expensive and less expensive, but all share the same aesthetic and general feature set, so in a way this review is for several motherboards, not just one..."

    Hot Hardware

  • "Today we look at the latest power supply from Seasonic – just in time for Christmas! Their festive looking 'Snow Silent' power supply is fully modular, with 80 Plus Platinum certification. Seasonic have incorporated a new low noise fluid dynamic bearing fan along with a rather eye catching white paint job. They are in stock now at Overclockers UK for £209.95 – but is it worth the money?"

    Kitguru

  • Think Computers

    "It is that time of year again, Holidays! We always ask our families for things we would like each year, but we don't always get them. The staff here at ThinkComputers has compiled a list of products they would like this year for the Holiday. Even though we get the oppurtunity to review some pretty awesome products there are still some things we would like. Check out our wish lists for this year!"

    Think Computers

  • NikkTech

    "Do you and your family feel safe nowadays? This is a question i find asking myself very often lately and judging by what's happening around me i don't really feel very confident. I mean last year alone where i live we've had 4 armed robberies and although I'm certain that in some places this is nothing still where i live we haven't had anything similar for well over 3 decades so this feels extremely weird to all of us. That being said doing nothing is obviously not the way to go so people seem to pay much more attention now when it comes to their safety so more and more where i live have chosen to install security systems such as home alarms and cameras kits over the past year or so. Today we will be focusing this review around one of the latest NVR Security Systems by KGUARD, the MARS Home Series MH-4140."

    NikkTech

  • "SilverStone has a long-standing reputation for providing a full line of high quality enclosures, power supplies, cooling components, and accessories for PC enthusiasts. Today we are going to mix it up a bit and focus our attention on smaller rather than larger. Not everyone needs or wants a 1,000W plus PC power supply. And if you have a small form factor case or are struggling to find room inside a cramped ATX enclosure, SilverStone's new SX600-G SFX power supply may just be the solution you are looking for."

    PC Perspective

  • Pirate Bay database on ISOHunt

    Shortly after last week's police raid in Sweden officially closed down The Pirate Bay Website, there was some question as to when and if one of the world’s most visited websites would be back online. Even though the Pirate Bay founders have already been convicted of copyright infringement offenses and some have been jailed, the site has proved difficult to close down permanently.

  • Angelbird

    Angelbird, Austria’s premium SSD manufacturer, is now offering the SSD wrk and SSD wrk for Mac with 1 terabyte of storage. "The new drives combine the highest storage capacity with great performance, robustness and efficiency in an ultra-slim aluminum chassis - making it the perfect choice to upgrade a Mac®, MacBook®, MacBook pro, PC or Notebook."The two new 1TBmodels of the SSD wrk are now available for 599.99 USD (483.25 EUR). All prices excl. VAT. See More

  • Angelbird extends SSD wrk-series with 1 terabyte models

    SSD wrk 1TB for Mac.

    Premium solid-state drive with maximum capacity and native TRIM support

    Lustenau, December 17, 2014 - Angelbird, Austria’s premium SSD manufacturer, is now offering the SSD wrk and SSD wrk for Mac with 1 terabyte of storage. The new drives combine the highest storage capacity with great performance, robustness and efficiency in an ultra-slim aluminum chassis - making it the perfect choice to upgrade a Mac®, MacBook®, MacBook pro, PC or Notebook.

  • Princeton Hacker Builds Real-Time Sign-Language Interpreter Using Jetson TK1

    One of the stories featured in the recent edition of the NVIDIA December Newsletter deserves special merit and acknowledgement as "NVIDIA recently visited Princeton University to see what the next generation of computer science engineers could do with the NVIDIA® Tegra® K1-powered Jetson TK1 DevKit. The end result? ASL Tegra, an aptly named device that translates sign language into text messages in real-time."See More

  • Princeton Hacker Builds Real-Time Sign-Language Interpreter Using Jetson TK1

    Princeton Hacker Builds Real-Time Sign-Language Interpreter Using Jetson TK1.

    Sleep deprivation. Rushed meals. Caffeinated cookies. Cramped quarters. And utter chaos. Princeton’s twice-yearly HackPrinceton engineering gathering is our kind of fun.

    So we couldn’t resist putting our Jetson TK1 development kit – with its parallel processing and computer vision capabilities – into the fray. The event draws hundreds not just from the school, but from as far afield as MIT, University of North Carolina, University of Waterloo and Columbia.

  • NVIDIA TegraZone

    Hearthstone Heroes of Warcraft is now available for download on Google Play, as NVIDIA announces that the "game plays great on SHIELD tablet and will be featured in the new SHIELD Hub and on TegraZone." See More

  • NVIDIA TegraZone

    NVIDIA SHIELD Hub’s new layout has been redesigned to show more of your games upfront to minimize scrolling. The My PC Games and GRID tabs now shows more games with vertical scrolling, making it much easier to navigate large lists and find the game you’re looking for. "The look and feel of SHIELD Hub has been refreshed to reflect Google’s Material Design language with subtle animations, layers, and updated iconography."See More

  • MSI

    "2014 has been a fantastic year for MSI's X99 Series motherboard, having won over 99 coveted awards and counting! Packed with features such as DDR4 memory speeds, MSI's unique Streaming Engine, Turbo M.2 and Audio Boost (just tot name a few), it's no surprise that MSI's X99 series motherboards are taking the world by storm." MSI's also announces it's best deals on the purchase of any GT or GS series gaming laptops, along with the 'Pick Your Path' free games bundled when you purchase select MSI gaming hardware powered by NVIDIA GeForce GTX.See More

  • Hearthstone Heroes of Warcraft Now Available for SHIELD Tablet

    Hearthstone Heroes of Warcraft Now Available for SHIELD Tablet

    Hearthstone Heroes of Warcraft is now available for download on Google Play.

    The game plays great on SHIELD tablet and will be featured in the new SHIELD Hub and on TegraZone.

  • SHIELD Hub Gets Material Design Makeover

     SHIELD Hub receives major updates

    SHIELD Hub’s new layout has been redesigned to show more of your games upfront to minimize scrolling. The My PC Games and GRID tabs now shows more games with vertical scrolling, making it much easier to navigate large lists and find the game you’re looking for. The look and feel of SHIELD Hub has been refreshed to reflect Google’s Material Design language with subtle animations, layers, and updated iconography.

  • MSI News (header)MSI News - Over 99 Awards for MSI's X99 motherboards

  • NVIDIA GRTID

    NVIDIA celebrates the premier of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies movie they are releasing a pair of Middle-earth related titles on NVIDIA GRID. LEGO The Lord of the Rings and LEGO The Hobbit are two family-friendly games they hope will provide some quality holiday gameplay to SHIELD owners.

  • "Forming the more competitively-priced option in MSI's LGA 2011-3 OC Series motherboard range, the X99S MPower aims to balance the requirements of overclockers, gamers, and enthusiasts at a sub-£190 price tag. Can the features, overclocking functionality, and likeable yellow and black colour scheme attract overclocking users to MSI's aggressively-priced X99S MPower?"

    Kitguru

  • "In this episode we look back on the evolution of the overclocking motherboard and discuss how live overclocking needs to change."

    Hardware Asylum

  • "The R7 240 AMD-Branded SSD succeeds to perform really well and positions itself along with the latest Vertex 460 and Vector 150 drives from OCZ; the product succeeds to render very good write speeds and it comes in 7mm format, which makes it compatible with the latest ultrabooks. AMD has extended the warranty to 4 years and for added value we are also getting the Acronis proven drive cloning software for easy migration."

    Madshrimps

  • "We have smartphones. We have smart Blu-ray players. We even have smart lightbulbs, so I suppose it's about time that we get ourselves a smart projector too. AAXA Technologies has an increasingly large catalog of mobile and pico projectors and now they're getting even smarter with the descriptively-named AAXA LED Android Pico Projector. It doesn't take the smartest of rocket scientists to figure out that this pico projector comes with a bright LED light source along with some Google Android action under the hood."

    MegaTechNews

  • Hardware Labs

    Hardware Labs Performance Systems, Inc, PC liquid cooling pioneer and manufacturer of the Black Ice® NEMESIS® Advanced PC Radiators, recently filed a trademark infringement case against Raijintek Co. Ltd., and Raijintek's exclusive European distributor Berlin-based -Caseking GmbH. "The complaint in a German court, cites that Caseking GmbH and Rajintek Ltd. Taiwan allegedly acted in bad faith, and in collusion, to infringe on Hardware Labs' registered trademark NEMESIS® by deliberately importing, marketing, distributing and retailing a CPU cooler bearing the registered trademark."See More

  • NENESIS Newsroom

    Hardware Labs Sues EU Distribution Giant Caseking GmbH for Trademark Infringement

    December 16, 2014 -- Hardware Labs Performance Systems, Inc, PC liquid cooling pioneer and manufacturer of the Black Ice® NEMESIS® Advanced PC Radiators, recently filed a trademark infringement case against Raijintek Co. Ltd., and Raijintek's exclusive European distributor Berlin-based -Caseking GmbH.

  • ADATA

    ADATA has received the prestigious Golden Pin Award 2014 from among an approximate 2000 other entries by matching extremely eye-catching design features with superior performance. "Thanks to advanced R&D, innovation and rigorous quality control, ADATA’s Elite CE700 wireless charging stand, Choice PC500 power bank and Elite SE720 external solid state drive stand well above competitors’ offerings."See More

  • ADATA Wins Golden Pin Design Award 2014

    Elite CE700 / Choice PC500 / Elite SE720

    Taipei, Taiwan – Dec. 16, 2014 – ADATA® Technology, a leading manufacturer of high-performance DRAM computer memory modules and NAND Flash application products, has received the prestigious Golden Pin Award 2014 from among an approximate 2000 other entries by matching extremely eye-catching design features with superior performance. Thanks to advanced R&D, innovation and rigorous quality control, ADATA’s Elite CE700 wireless charging stand, Choice PC500 power bank and Elite SE720 external solid state drive stand well above competitors’ offerings.

  • ASUSTOR

    "ASUSTOR launches 2 and 4 bay tower models NAS devices for new 50T and 51T series, equipped with the latest Intel Celeron 2.41GHz dual-core processors and Intel Celeron 2.0 GHz quad-core processors along with 1GB and 2GB of SO-DIMM DDR3L memory, CPUs feature burst frequencies of 2.58GHz and 2.41GHz, releasing additional power and satisfying the needs of prosumers and enterprise users."See More

  • ASUSTOR Launches 2 and 4 bay Models for new High Speed 50T and 51T Series

    ASUSTOR Fast AS5 Series

    ASUSTOR launches 2 and 4 bay tower models NAS devices for new 50T and 51T series, equipped with the latest Intel Celeron 2.41GHz dual-core processors and Intel Celeron 2.0 GHz quad-core processors along with 1GB and 2GB of SO-DIMM DDR3L memory, CPUs feature burst frequencies of 2.58GHz and 2.41GHz, releasing additional power and satisfying the needs of prosumers and enterprise users.

    Taipei, Taiwan, December 16th, 2014 – ASUSTOR Inc., a leading innovator and provider of network storage solutions, has announced the launch of its 50T and 51T series NAS devices consisting of four new comprehensive high performance NAS models. These new models include the AS5002T, AS5004T, AS5102T and AS5104T. The models come equipped with the latest Intel Celeron 2.41GHz dual-core processors and Intel Celeron 2.0 GHz quad-core processors respectively, along with 1GB and 2GB of SO-DIMM DDR3L memory which is expandable to a maximum of 8GB. All new devices come with a wealth of powerful features including an automatic burst function that allows the CPU to increase its frequency for additional power when needed and a CPU floating-point unit for added computing power. Additionally, 50T and 51T series devices feature the quickest memory installation and expansion in the industry along with one-click installation for multimedia Apps, smart fans that automatically regulate the system temperature for stable operation and ASUSTOR’s exclusive automatic smart system sleep mode (S3) and instant wake.

  • Sennheiser

    Audio specialist Sennheiser is launching a special limited-edition MOMENTUM On-Ear bundle in support of DJ Luciano’s One Coin For Life charity, which is featured in a Sennheiser film as part of the ‘What’s Your MOMENTUM?’ project. "In addition to a pair of MOMENTUM On-Ear headphones in red, the bundle includes ten tracks by Luciano, with a contribution from every pair sold going to the DJ’s charitable foundation."See More

  • The Sound of Change: Sennheiser and DJ Luciano release a limited edition MOMENTUM On-Ear bundle for charity

    MOMENTUM On-Ear Red.jpg

    The MOMENTUM On-Ear Red included in the One Coin For Life bundle offers incredible sound with a simple, pure design and high-quality materials such as stainless steel and Alcantara®.

    Old Lyme, Conn., December 15, 2014 – Audio specialist Sennheiser is launching a special limited-edition MOMENTUM On-Ear bundle in support of DJ Luciano’s One Coin For Life charity, which is featured in a Sennheiser film as part of the ‘What’s Your MOMENTUM?’ project. In addition to a pair of MOMENTUM On-Ear headphones in red, the bundle includes ten tracks by Luciano, with a contribution from every pair sold going to the DJ’s charitable foundation.

  • "One of the difficulties with purchasing a mechanical keyboard is that they are quite expensive and vary greatly in subtle, but important ways. First and foremost, we have the different types of keyswitches. These are the components that are responsible for making each button behave, and thus varying them will lead to variations in how those buttons react and feel."

    PC Perspective

  • "In-Win manufactures a curious mix of PC cases. In the past we have seen basic (but worthy) Mini-ITX cases such as the BL641 and more recently the GR One gaming tower and GT1 (as seen in our Falcon PC review). Then we come to the In-Win Signature Products which include the £320 D-Frame and this £249.95 D-Frame Mini. It's an open system that is constructed from welded aluminium tubes with smoked tempered glass panels on both side. The result is a visual delight. The chassis we saw is black with red silicon bumpers. Alternatively you can have red with black bumpers or orange with blue bumpers which may sound foul but actually looks amazing."

    Kitguru

  • "Silverstone aims to dominate the Steam-powered HTPC/Gaming arena with the Raven RVZ01 as it may hold a large GPU of up to 330 mm in size - all while aiming for the golden middle between performance, cooling, and expandability. With a sub-100 USD price tag, the chassis may just be what you need if you are out to build a cool-looking but small gaming power house."

    techPowerUp

  • The SSD Review

    "It has been quite a while since Mushkin has released a new SSD product. Our last Mushkin product review was in 2013 where we ripped apart their Scorpion Deluxe PCIe SSD which utilizes multiple SandForce controller based SSDs on a single PCIe card. Mushkin has been utilizing SandForce controllers in the majority of their SSD product line for the past few years. Mushkin has decided it is time for a bit of a change. Today we are reporting on Mushkin's latest 2.5" SATA 6Gb/s SSD, the Reactor. This time around, Mushkin has decided to follow suit, as many others have already, and turn to Silicon Motion for a new controller. It is a great change as it has finally enabled them to expand the capacity range of their 2.5" SSD product line to 1TB!"

    The SSD Review

  • "Large screen smartphones, a.k.a. phablets, are expected to account for nearly 25% of all smartphone shipments this year. Given the popularity and prevalence of these large-screen devices which includes LG's G3, Apple's iPhone 6 Plus, Samsung's Galaxy Note 4, and HTC's One Max, it's not surprising that Google is also going big with its latest flagship phone, the Nexus 6. Even before the Nexus 6 was announced, its codename of Shamu (named after the whale at SeaWorld) pretty much gave away the fact that this flagship smartphone was going to be a large-screen device. The Nexus 6 has the largest screen we've seen from Google yet at 5.96-inches. This screen is also larger than Apple's iPhone 6 Plus by 0.4 inches and by 0.2 inches versus Samsung's Galaxy Note 4..."

    Hot Hardware

  • Think Computers

    "In Win has been known for creating some pretty crazy cases over the past few years. Cases that are not your typical mid tower and really stand out. Some of these cases include the Tou, X-Frame, H-Frame and 904. In Win's original D-Frame was introduced a couple of years ago and it was truly unique. With the popularity of smaller systems, especially mini-ITX systems In Win is back with the D-Frame Mini, a mini-ITX version of their iconic D-Frame case. It features the same aluminum tube framework and open-air design as the original D-Frame, has room for graphics cards up to 340mm, full-size power supplies up to 220mm and even a 240mm radiator. This is one of the most unique cases we have seen all year, let's jump in!"

    Think Computers

  • OCInside

    "Today, we test some brand new DDR4 memory modules here at OCinside.de, which are supplied without heat spreaders, but reasonable priced. In this review, we have selected four Crucial 4 GB DDR4-2133 CL15 memory modules as 16 GB DDR4 Quad Channel Kit and tested on an Intel LGA 2011-3 system with ASRock X99 Extreme6 motherboard and Intel Core i7-5930K processor. Of course the DDR4 modules have been overclocked again to the limit and we have added a DDR4 comparison chart with all previously tested DDR4 modules."

    OCInside

  • Func

    Thanks to popular demand, the popular Func HS-260 analogue stereo headset is now being offered in a white edition. "The Func HS-260 White Edition continues to feature the same comfortable design, extremely accurate sound image and added features of the removable microphone / detachable cord solution to ensure you have a well-rounded, multi-functional gaming headset." The MSRP for the Func HS-260 White is $79.95 USD / €69,95. See More

  • Func adds new version of the popular HS-260 to the range

    Func HS-260, now available in WHITE!
    Func HS-260, now available in WHITE!

    December 15th, 2014. Func is excited to announce an additional version of the popular Func HS-260 analogue stereo headset.

  • Microsoft

    Many folks that use a Windows PC may have set the updates to process automatically to keep their systems secure and trouble free. Yet sometimes things do not go as smoothy as expected and can make things a bit more troublesome than necessary. Take for example, installing the new AMD Catalyst Omega software suite released earlier this week. Several users once again reported having problems with the AMD Catalyst Suite driver install, and may have thought that the new drivers were to blame. As it turns out, these issues went a lot farther than expected.

  • Benchmark Reviews

    "The AORUS Thunder M7 MMO Gaming Mouse is a 16 button fully-programmable gaming mouse. Featuring an advanced 8200dpi laser and the utlra-durable Omron switches. Combine these features with AORUS's robust "Macro Engine", and you've got yourself one sweet little mouse. We at Benchmark Reivews have been given the opportunity to review a few of their products, in this review we're going to be talking about the AORUS Thunder M7 MMO Gaming Mouse. Let's dive in!"

    Benchmark Reviews

  • "MSI's unapologetically large GT70 "Dominator Pro" series of machines knows its audience well: for every gripe about the notebooks' hulking sizes, a snicker and a shrug are returned by the community, who rarely value such items as portability as highly as the critics who are hired to judge based on them. These machines are built for power, first and foremost. While featherweight construction and manageable dimensions matter to those regularly tossing machines into their bags, by contrast, MSI's desktop replacements recognize the meaning of their classification: the flexibility of merely moving around the house with one's gaming rig is reason enough to consider investing in one."

    PC Perspective

  • Think Computers

    "Welcome to another Case Mod Friday showcase! This week we have Aaron Howe's "Ex-Box PC" build. Here is what he had to say about it: I used to work for xbox tech support, and after leaving their employment I repaired 360's on the side. Due to this I had some extras lying around, and wanted to see if it was possible to put a computer inside of one without any major components sticking out. All previous builds you could see GPU fans, or CPU coolers sticking out, and I felt like that was ugly. I wanted to make it be a 'sleeper' - so that is what I set out to do, and believe I accomplished."

    Think Computers

  • "The tablet from the E-CEROS Chinese OEM has really impressed us in terms of performance; Revolution 2 is the successor of the original Revolution tablet which was launched last year and packs a gorgeous IPS 2048x1536 9.7'' display and in some way it has some resemblances with the Apple products."

    Madshrimps

  • "The Asus TP300L Transformer Flip is a 13.3-inch thin and light laptop that doubles up as a Windows 8.1 touch screen tablet. This is a neat trick that hinges, ahem, around the hinge. Instead of simply allowing you to open the screen and fold it back to a comfortable viewing angle you can swing the screen through a full 360 degrees until it ends up on the underside of the keyboard."

    Kitguru

  • "XBone got you down? Is the PS4 just too "Sony" for you? Do you long for the days when you can play steam games on your big screen? Fear not SYBER Gaming has you covered."

    Hardware Asylum

  • "IT infrastructure and storage has always been part of serious conversation between IT engineers and their bosses. As always IT Engineers want to use the best of the newest technologies while their bosses want to keep every project under a tight budget. It's always an ongoing battle, however both sides always come to some mutual agreement that benefits both sides."

    Modders-Inc

  • "Join us for this year's last System Guide update, in which we've fine-tuned our picks for your eleventh-hour Christmas shopping needs. This holiday edition also features a new wildcard build, the Cuboid, and tips on how to evade the specter of planned obsolescence—for now."

    The Tech Report

  • Snail Games

    Snail Games will display and demo their groundbreaking product line at the International CES, January 6-9 from Tech East Booth #25602 in the Las Vegas Convention Center South Hall. The company will also exhibit at CES Unveiled on Sunday, January 4 from 4:00 until 7:00 p.m. at the Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino. "The show will mark the official launch of Snail's new gaming smartphones, dubbed the W and W 3D. The devices feature a gamepad-style design and innovative software to bring the feel of traditional game controllers to the mobile marketplace, with the W 3D also including Snail’s latest advancement in eye-tracking glasses-free 3D display technology."See More

  • Spire

    Spire is rolling out products which will make your long hours of computing more comfortable and better for your well being. The latest addition to our ergonomic line is the Curvature. "The Curvature series ergonomic Keyboards are high quality, multimedia keyboards, intended to relieve the strain of everyday computer use. The special curved and arched shape of this keyboard give your arms a more natural position and let’s your wrists relax while typing, instead of the regular strained position with generic keyboards."The Spire Curvature (SP-K4003-USB) has a suggested MSRP: (Euro, ex VAT) € 41,95, (Dollar, ex VAT) $51.95 and is backed by a 2 year warranty. See More

  • Snail Games USA to Launch First Gaming Smartphones and Console at 2015 International CES
      Snail Games USA to Launch First Gaming Smartphones and Console at 2015 International CES

    LOS ANGELES, CA –December 12, Snail Games USA will debut its groundbreaking lineup of gaming devices at the 2015 International CES in Las Vegas. The move comes as Snail looks to expand its mobile gaming hardware and software business into the American market.

  • Spire introduces the CURVATURE ergonomic keyboard

    Spire introduces the CURVATURE ergonomic keyboard (SP-K4003-USB)

    Maarheeze, The Netherlands, 12-12-2014 -- Did you know that one in six computer users are suffering from some form of RSI (Repetitive Strain Injury) or Carpal Tunnel Syndrome? Mostly related to intensive use of a traditional keyboard and mouse. As part of our new ergonomic computing product line, Spire is rolling out products which will make your long hours of computing more comfortable and better for your wellbeing. The latest addition to our ergonomic line is the Curvature. The Curvature series ergonomic Keyboards are high quality, multimedia keyboards, intended to relieve the strain of everyday computer use. The special curved and arched shape of this keyboard give your arms a more natural position and let’s your wrists relax while typing, instead of the regular strained position with generic keyboards. Compatible with all current Windows OS and the latest MAC OS, this keyboard is widely compatible. The Curvature is build out of HIPS (high impact polystyrene) plastic and equipped with multimedia hot keys, connected through the 1.5m long USB cable and backed by 2 years manufacturer warranty.

  • qronoDesign

    Mike Chan, a native of Texas, and one of the designers of the 2008 Honda CBR1000RR, Cycle World's International Bike of the Year, has launched a Kickstarter campaign for a fully functional iPhone 6 case in a sleek body - qronoCase. Mike and his team at qronoDesign, now an Apple-approved MFi-certified developer, are excited to finally share the fruit of their labor with qronoCase. "qronoCase’s patented rail system allows the case to be combined with three interchangeable accessories – Rail strap, qronoCell, and qronoQue – letting you customize the accessory that’s perfect for your specific needs."See More

  • Honda Bike Designer Launches Sleek iPhone 6 Wallet / Wireless Charging Case on Kickstarter

    Honda Bike Designer Launches Sleek iPhone 6 Wallet / Wireless Charging Case on Kickstarter
    qronoCase Rail System Extends iPhone 6 with Wireless Charging, Power Bank and Wallet Functionality

    12 December 2014 – Houston, Texas– Mike Chan, a native of Texas, and one of the designers of the 2008 Honda CBR1000RR, Cycle World's International Bike of the Year, has launched a Kickstarter campaign for a fully functional iPhone 6 case in a sleek body - qronoCase. Dedicating the last two years to implement the styling and design of motorsport dynamics into everyday products, Mike and his team at qronoDesign, now an Apple-approved MFi-certified developer, are excited to finally share the fruit of their labor with qronoCase.

  • NVIDIA GAMEWORKS

    As enthusiasts and gamers many of are have seen the on going development of graphics technologies over the years, providing a more realistic gaming experience with a wide variety of visual special effects. NVIDIA has been developing PhysX Flex in closed beta and recently released a demo showing the potential that we may likely be seeing in some of the newer games. "FleX is a particle based simulation technique for real-time visual effects.Traditionally, visual effects are made using a combination of elements created using specialized solvers for rigid bodies, fluids, clothing, etc. Because FLEX uses a unified particle representation for all object types, it enables new effects where different simulated substances can interact with each other seamlessly."

  • ADATA

    ADATA is pleased to be hosting a global online web-based event featuring a modernized classic favorite among gamers – Tetris! "Taking place from December 8 – 29, 2014, gamers may register online and play ADATA’s Tetris Challenge™ for a chance to win big prizes including a GoPro HERO3, Sony Action Cams, and various ADATA products like SDHC flash memory and ADATA rechargeable Power Banks."See More

  • Register for ADATA’s Tetris Challenge Online Gaming Event!

    Register for ADATA’s Tetris Challenge Online Gaming Event!
    Gamers! Register and Play for a Chance to Win Big Prizes!

    Taipei, Taiwan – December 11, 2014 – ADATA Technology, a leading manufacturer of high-performance DRAM memory modules and NAND Flash applications, is pleased to be hosting a global online web-based event featuring a modernized classic favorite among gamers – Tetris! Taking place from December 8 – 29, 2014, gamers may register online and play ADATA’s Tetris Challenge™ for a chance to win big prizes including a GoPro HERO3, Sony Action Cams, and various ADATA products like SDHC flash memory and ADATA rechargeable Power Banks. See the game website for details: www.adata.com/event/2014/Tetris

  • GIGABYTE

    GIGABYTE hosted last week at its headquarter in Taipei, a Secret OC session in the effort to give its soon to be launch motherboard, the X99-SOC Champion, a test run to see if it is able to live up to its name. 7 of the world’s most experienced professional overclockers gathered in GIGABYTE’s OC Lab to see just how fast the GIGABYTE X99-SOC Champion board was under LN2. "The results are impressive; after 7 days of almost nonstop benching by HiCookie, Sofos1990, Dinos22, Vivi, SteponZ, SniperOZ and YoungPRO, the team of elite overclockers achieved a total of 9 World Records, 23 Global Firsts and 25 Hardware Firsts all using the X99-SOC Champion."See More

  • Razer

    Razer announces the Razer Seirēn (stylized as “Seirēn” and pronounced “Sigh-ren”), a plug-and-play digital microphone designed for studio-grade recording and streaming. "The Razer Seirēn features a versatile multi-pattern USB digital connection capable of four different recording pattern configurations with three custom-tuned 14 mm condenser capsules. This makes the Razer Seirēn digital microphone ideal for the needs of professional musicians, streamers and YouTubers who demand superior clarity." Professional recording accessories such as a shock mount and pop filter are also available to pair with the Razer SeirÄn digital microphone for the complete recording setup. These accessories along with the Razer SeirÄn professional bundle will be available exclusively on RazerStore.See More

  • GIGABYTE Secret OC Session Unlock 9 World Records, 23 Global 1st and 25 Hardware 1st for New X99-SOC Champion Overclocking Motherboard

    GIGABYTE Secret OC Session Unlock 9 World Records,
    7 of the World’s Best Overclockers Tested the New Motherboard Before it’s Official Launch in the OC Lab at GIGABYTE’s HQ

    City of Industry, California, December 11th, 2014 – GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co. Ltd., a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards hosted last week at its headquarter in Taipei a Secret OC session in the effort to give its soon to be launch motherboard, the X99-SOC Champion, a test run to see if it is able to live up to its name. 7 of the world’s most experienced professional overclockers gathered in GIGABYTE’s OC Lab to see just how fast the GIGABYTE X99-SOC Champion board was under LN2.

  • RAZER DEBUTS SEIRĒN DIGITAL MICROPHONE WITH STUDIO-GRADE RECORDING QUALITY

    Razer Debuts Seirēn Digital Microphone with Studio-Grade Recording Quality

    Professional level recording and streaming with plug-and-play setup is now available with Razer’s standalone mic

    CARLSBAD, Calif. – Razer™, a world leader in connected devices and software for gamers, today announced the Razer Seirēn (stylized as “Seirēn” and pronounced “Sigh-ren”), a plug-and-play digital microphone designed for studio-grade recording and streaming.

  • "QPAD keyboards have earned a good reputation over the past couple years, and today, we take a look at their brand-new MK-70 offering. The MK-70 fills the gap between the MK-50 and do-it-all MK-85. The MK-70 uses Cherry MX Red switches, which bodes well for its gaming performance."

    techPowerUp

  • "I have been impressed by the Asus ROG boards for quite a few years now. I believe my first encounter was with the Crosshair IV Formula, followed by the CH IV Extreme with that crazy Lucidlogix controller. These were really outstanding boards at the time, even if one was completely overkill (and not terribly useful for multi-GPU via Lucidlogix). Build quality, component selections, stability, and top notch features have defined these ROG products. The Intel side is just as good, if not better, in that they have a wider selection of boards under the ROG flag."

    PC Perspective

  • NikkTech

    "mATX and mITX systems may be quite popular nowadays especially amongst people who are looking to build an small and silent HTPC system but most of the people i know who build new systems or upgrade old ones still strongly believe that midi and full towers are the way to go. Personally many of you know that i always prefer our systems to be housed inside the largest PC cases possible since i enjoy swapping hardware components with ease. However lately we've seen quite a few midi towers that have very little to be jealous from full towers not only in terms of interior space but features as well. Today with us we have one such midi tower and more specifically the brand new Core V51 by Thermaltake."

    NikkTech

  • "EVGA has a bit of a rocky road with HardOCP when it comes to PSU reviews. Today we give EVGA the opportunity to redeem itself with its 1300 watt powerhouse touting "exceptional efficiency" and a fully modular design that is "silent and optimized for the enthusiast." All this with a 10 year warranty? It must be a badass."

    [H]ardOCP

  • "We're willing to concede that size matters, but too often in tech manufacturers take advantage of that notion by offering multiple size options of the same product, without upping the ante in any other way. Without shaming specific manufacturers, let's just say that we've seen both knock-off and name-brand laptop and tablet makers offer bigger versions of the same product without even bumping up the screen resolution, let alone upgrading the hardware inside. That's not a concern with Amazon's refreshed Fire HDX 8.9 tablet. It's not simply a bigger version of the Fire HD 7, and is instead a much better product in almost every way. Not only is it physically bigger with an 8.9-inch IPS display, but it boasts a much higher resolution at 2560x1600 (339 ppi), faster hardware, and more features..."

    Hot Hardware

  • "We aren't messing around today. Up for analysis is the latest flagship power supply from enthusiast favourite EVGA. Their new SuperNova 1600 P2 Power supply is a monster product designed for power crazy SLI and Crossfire systems. It is 80 Plus Platinum certified, fully modular, and incorporates the highest grade Japanese capacitors inside. The EVGA SuperNOVA 1600 P2 is designed to deliver a staggering 1600 watts – which for 90% of our audience, will be completely overkill. This is not for the faint of heart, as the £275.99 inc vat asking price will testify."

    Kitguru

  • Think Computers

    "We have seen digital power supplies for a while now from many different manufacturers. Today we have Thermaltake's latest in their Toughpower DPS G 850W unit. This unit features a sleek design, 80PLUS Gold efficiency rating, 140 mm cooling fan and a fully modular design with flat cables. On top of all of that you can plug this power supply into your motherboard (via USB) and with Thermaltake's DPSApp you can easily monitor stats, calculate cost, change fan speeds and more. Is this power supply perfect for your next build? Read on as we find out."

    Think Computers

  • Toshiba Leading Innovation

    Toshiba's Digital Products Division (DPD), a division of Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., today introduced the Canvio AeroCast Wireless Hard Drive, an innovative device that blends the benefits of high-capacity external storage with the ultimate in wireless freedom. Users can connect to their Chromecast device (sold separately) to experience their personal digital content such as movies, music and photos - by downloading Toshiba's Google Cast Ready app to cast entertainment from the Canvio AeroCast Wireless Hard Drive to an HDTV. The 1TB Canvio AeroCast Wireless Hard Drive is a fast and reliable all-in-one device that helps manage storage needs wirelessly.See More

  • Toshiba’s New Canvio AeroCast Wireless HDD Changes the Way Digital Content is Experienced on a TV

    Toshiba’s New Canvio AeroCast Wireless HDD

    Latest Solution Allows Consumers to Play Personal Digital Content Freely with No Cables Attached

    IRVINE, Calif.--Toshiba’s Digital Products Division (DPD), a division of Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., today introduced the Canvio AeroCast™ Wireless Hard Drive, an innovative device that blends the benefits of high-capacity external storage with the ultimate in wireless freedom. Users can connect to their Chromecast™ device (sold separately) to experience their personal digital content such as movies, music and photos – by downloading Toshiba’s Google Cast™ Ready app1 to cast entertainment from the Canvio AeroCast™ Wireless Hard Drive to an HDTV. The 1TB2Canvio AeroCast Wireless Hard Drive is a fast and reliable all-in-one device that helps manage storage needs wirelessly.

  • COUGAR

    COUGAR announces the release of a breakthrough product: the COUGAR 500K Gaming Keyboard. "The 500K is the most recent addition to COUGAR’s series of gaming peripherals. Its main target are gamers who either due to habit or due to a wish to minimize hardware cost prefer to use membrane keyboards and at the same time do not want to be in inferiority when playing against mechanical keyboard users. The 500K achieves this by being one of the extremely few real N-Key Rollover membrane keyboards on the market and by including all the pro gamer functions of the acclaimed COUGAR 700K."See More

  • COUGAR 500K Gaming Keyboard Changes Forever the Membrane Keyboard Market

    COUGAR 500K Gaming Keyboard

    December 11st 2014, Taipei, Taiwan– COUGAR, a leading player in the computer gaming hardware market announces today the release of a breakthrough product: the COUGAR 500K Gaming Keyboard. The 500K is the most recent addition to COUGAR’s series of gaming peripherals. Its main target are gamers who either due to habit or due to a wish to minimize hardware cost prefer to use membrane keyboards and at the same time do not want to be in inferiority when playing against mechanical keyboard users. The 500K achieves this by being one of the extremely few real N-Key Rollover membrane keyboards on the market and by including all the pro gamer functions of the acclaimed COUGAR 700K.

  • Rapoo

    Those looking to eliminate some clutter from the home, or office desktop, can check out the Rapoo 8000 wireless optical mouse and keyboard set. Featuring a stylish, compact, spill resistant keyboard boasting 79 scissor keys including customizable multimedia keys, and runs on a reliable 2.4 GHz connection with a range of 10 meters and 360 degree coverage. Rapoo's high resolution mouse provides precise accuracy, and fluid movements via the 1000 DPI optical sensor. "The Rapoo 8000 wireless optical mouse and keyboard combo is available in four colors: black/blue, black/green, black/gray, and white/pink, and retails for $19.99 at Walmart.com and other fine retailers."See More

  • Rapoo Announces the 8000 Wireless Optical Mouse and Keyboard Set

    Rapoo Announces the 8000 Wireless Optical Mouse and Keyboard Set

    Spill-resistant keyboard with a precision mouse for an easy, efficient desktop experience

    LOS ANGELES December 10, 2014 Rapoo combines fashion and efficiency with the 8000, a mouse and keyboard set for the home or office desktop.  The minimalist, boldly-accented peripherals will grab the attention of those looking to add a touch of color to their space while the high-performance technology will appeal to power users.

  • "Cost continues to influence consumer spending. This is especially true with today's X99 motherboards. Some feature rich models cost a premium while others are more affordable. Affordable boards can means fewer premium features, though reliability and performance should never be sacrificed. However, another way of offsetting costs while adding a few features back is to build one on a Micro ATX form factor. That's exactly what we're looking at today with the ASRock Fatal1ty X99M Killer, which is an attractive gamer theme motherboard, in a smaller size."

    Futurelooks

  • Benchmark Reviews

    "The newest installment of AMD FX CPUs is finally upon us. September 2014 marked the release of the a few new FX CPUs, including the FX-8370, the FX-8370E, and the FX-8320E. One of the side-effects of AMD's release is a price drop in their existing CPUs, including the flagship FX-9590 CPU. In this article, Benchmark Reviews takes a look at the CPU that sits atop the FX line, the AMD FX-9590 AM3+ Processor."

    Benchmark Reviews

  • "We've got a brand new episode of HotHardware's Two and a Half Geeks up in our channel for your viewing pleasure. Although we're sans our half geek again, Dave and Marco discuss the brand new design on the HotHardware page, the just-released Samsung SSD 850 EVO, the Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro, our current giveaway featuring NVIDIA's awesome SHIELD Tablet, and a whole lot more..."

    Hot Hardware

  • "If you're a fan of digital video and music, you've likely heard the name "Plex" floating around. Plex (not to be confused with EVE Online's in-game subscription commodity) is free media center software that lets users manage and stream a wide array of videos, audio files, and pictures to virtually any computer and a growing number of mobile devices and electronics. As a Plex user from the very beginning, I've seen the software change and evolve over the years into the versatile and powerful service it is today."

    PC Perspective

  • "Join us for geek movie trailers, listener mail, SSD endurance, and Jordan feeling left out."

    The Tech Report

  • Think Computers

    "We have seen a lot of value-oriented solid state drives come out lately. Crucial had their MX100, Samsung had the 840 EVO and now it is OCZ's turn. The drive we are taking a look at today is the ARC 100 and at its current price at my favorite online retailer the drive sits at $0.44 per GB. As many of you know Toshiba took over OCZ and while back and with that everything inside this drive is owned by OCZ / Toshiba. Powering the drive you have the Barefoot 3 M10 controller and Toshiba A19nm NAND flash. That combination gives you sequential read and write speeds of 480 MB/s and 430 MB/s respectively for the 240 GB version we are testing today. Let's jump in!"

    Think Computers

  • "Sharp eyed readers will see a strong similarity between this Asus A88X-Gamer motherboard and the MSI A88X-G45 Gaming that we recently reviewed. Fair point. Both motherboards use an AMD A88X chipset to support Socket FM2+ and there is a distinct theme of red and black in the styling. Asus tells us the A88X-Gamer has a specification that is similar to a Z87-era entry-level ROG board, so you get SupremeFX audio with headphone amplifier, ELNA capacitors on audio and PCB shielding."

    Kitguru

  • "Do not be deceived by the mousy look of the retro Edifier Tick Tock Bluetooth retro alarm clock; thanks to the dual drivers, it is able to produce decent quality sound without distortions and at pretty high volumes. The bass is a little on the low side which is perfectly understandable but considering the overall size of the device, we cannot consider this as a negative point."

    Madshrimps

  • iCIRROUND

    iCIRROUND Inc., announces the iShowPin Wireless Presenter, a perfect combination of laser pointer and USB flash drive with 8GB of build-in memory. No installation is necessary, since it is compatible with Windows, and Mac OSX. Simply just plug and play via a bluetooth connection. The well designed app allows your smart phone to become a full function presenter, transforming your smart phone to a laser pointer and wireless keyboard or mouse.See More

  • iShowPin Wireless Presenter

    iShowPin Wireless Presenter

    Use your Smartphone as a laser pointer presenter

    Taipei, Taiwan—Dec 2014—iCIRROUND Inc., the professional brand on providing wireless technology and devices; it is also the leading brand of providing solution of “cloud, interactive and multimedia”.

  • Apacer

    Apacer Technology has recently launched two brand new ultra slim industrial SATA3.0 SSDs: the SFD18SH-M complying with the JEDEC MO-297 standard and the mSATA H1-M, compliant with the MO-300 standard. Both models made under 1ynm process are extremely price competitive for their ultra slim appearance, high speed, high stability, and wide temperature operation for industrial uses. "With capacity ranging from 16GB to 256GB, both the SFD18SH-M and mSATA H1-M are equipped with the SATA3.0 high-speed interface delivering a continuous read/write speed at 515/180MB respectively."See More

  • Apacer launches brand new ECC-upgraded ultra slim SATA3 SSDs as total solutions for industries

    Apacer launched two brand new ultra slim industrial SATA3.0 SSDs: SFD18SH-M and mSATA H1-M.

    December 10th , 2014, Taipei, Taiwan - The demand for industrial SSD is increasing significantly as the IoT and the need for mobility sweep across the world. According to Gartner market survey, the demand for relevant devices will increase to 26 billion sets, as the IoT market scale will reach USD1.09 trillion in 2020. Continuing the market heat of its reliable industrial SSDs, Apacer Technology has recently launched two brand new ultra slim industrial SATA3.0 SSDs: the SFD18SH-M complying with the JEDEC MO-297 standard and the mSATA H1-M, compliant with the MO-300 standard. Both models made under 1ynm process are extremely price competitive for their ultra slim appearance, high speed, high stability, and wide temperature operation for industrial uses. In addition, most IoT devices require long-term, reliable operation in extreme environments and autotronics and medical devices ask for superb quality. Apacer industrial SSDs have passed market challenges, thus standing firm in the IoT, autotronics, medical electronics, and communication component markets and winning customer recognition for their outstanding quality and performance.

  • Sennheiser

    Having recently turned 70 years old, Prof. Dr. Jörg Sennheiser is handing over the chair of the supervisory board of Sennheiser electronic GmbH & Co. KG to Dr. Frank Heinricht, as of January 1st, 2015. "Since joining the family-owned company in 1976, Dr Sennheiser’s contribution has been instrumental to the company’s success and has paved the way for a future-proof set-up of the audio company."See More

  • Prof. Dr. Jörg Sennheiser hands over chairmanship — Dr. Frank Heinricht to chair the Sennheiser supervisory board from 2015

    Dr. Frank Heinricht

    Old Lyme, CT, December 9, 2014 – Having recently turned 70 years old, Prof. Dr. Jörg Sennheiser is handing over the chair of the supervisory board of Sennheiser electronic GmbH & Co. KG to Dr. Frank Heinricht, as of January 1st, 2015. Since joining the family-owned company in 1976, Dr Sennheiser’s contribution has been instrumental to the company’s success and has paved the way for a future-proof set-up of the audio company.

  • GIGABYTE

    GIGABYTE introduces the world’s first GTX 980 WATERFORCE 3-way SLI kit (GV-N980X3WA-4GD) with closed loop liquid cooling designed for hardcore gamers in search of the most quiet and the coolest ultimate gaming performance, especially in 4K. "Powered by a trio of highly acclaimed GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 980 graphics cards set up in 3-way SLI, the kit is solidly built to deliver monstrous graphics power up to its highest possible potential, while incorporating ultra-efficient cooling technology, intuitive control management, and easy-to-install design to put together a complete 3-way SLI graphics solution kit right of the box."See More

  • Razer

    Razer announces that Michael L. Pfeiffer has joined Razer’s board of directors and will chair the audit committee. Mr. Pfeiffer has assisted technology companies with operations in the United States and Asia by serving as a board member and audit chairman. “We are delighted to welcome Michael to Razer’s board,” said Min-Liang Tan, co-founder and CEO of Razer. “His expertise will be of great benefit to us as we continue to extend the Razer brand and our product offerings to the growing gaming community worldwide.”See More

  • Razer

    The Razer Kraken Gaming Headset is now available for the Xbox One and comes fully equipped with powerful 40 mm neodymium magnet drivers that are tuned for clear high and mid-ranges, as well as deep immersive bass for powerful lows. "The Razer Kraken Gaming Headset for Xbox One has been ergonomically designed with plush circumaural padding that creates sound isolation for a superior gaming experience."Available at the RazerStore and prices at:  US: $99.99 / EUR: €99.99. See More

  • RAZER ADDS FINANCE VETERAN MICHAEL L. PFEIFFER TO BOARD OF DIRECTORS

    Michael L. Pfeiffer has joined Razer’s board of directors.

    CARLSBAD, Calif. – Razer™, a leader in connected devices and software for gamers, today announced that Michael L. Pfeiffer has joined Razer’s board of directors and will chair the audit committee.  Mr. Pfeiffer has assisted technology companies with operations in the United States and Asia by serving as a board member and audit chairman. He also brings over three decades of experience in public accounting, primarily in Silicon Valley and Asia.

  • RAZER™ ANNOUNCES NEXT GENERATION GAMING HEADSET FOR XBOX ONE™

    Razer Kraken Gaming Headset for Xbox One

    Turn up the advantage with the all-new Razer Kraken Gaming Headset for Xbox One

    CARLSBAD, Calif. – Razer™, a world leader in connected devices and software for gamers, is proud to announce the latest addition to Razer’s arsenal of Xbox One™ peripherals with the release of the Razer Kraken Stereo Gaming Headset for Xbox One.

  • GIGABYTE Introduces GTX980 WATERFORCE 3-Way SLI Kit for Ultimate Gaming Performance

    GIGABYTE Introduces GTX980 WATERFORCE 3-Way SLI Kit for Ultimate Gaming Performance

    Monstrous gaming powerhouse designed to boost to the SLI extreme

    Taipei, Taiwan, 2nd December 2014 – GIGABYTE, the leading premium gaming hardware manufacturer, today introduces the world’s first GTX 980 WATERFORCE 3-way SLI kit (GV-N980X3WA-4GD) with closed loop liquid cooling designed for hardcore gamers in search of the most quiet and the coolest ultimate gaming performance, especially in 4K. Powered by a trio of highly acclaimed GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 980 graphics cards set up in 3-way SLI, the kit is solidly built to deliver monstrous graphics power up to its highest possible potential, while incorporating ultra-efficient cooling technology, intuitive control management, and easy-to-install design to put together a complete 3-way SLI graphics solution kit right of the box.

  • "The Aerocool DS 200 is the DS Cube's mid-tower counterpart. With a choice from among seven different colors and a ton of features, it should be an intriguing option for those looking to buy a jam-packed chassis for around 100 bucks. Yet such does beg the question of whether it manages to impress with the way in which its features are implemented."

    techPowerUp

  • "Fractal already revealed its upcoming Kelvin water cooling series at CeBIT 2014 in Hannover; at Computex we saw the same prototypes again. Back than the launch date was foreseen for mid-summer. Now on the 9th of December 2014 it is D-day for the new breed of All In One water cooling setups. Fractal proudly announces three AIO models today: the 120mm radiator T12 Kelvin, the S24 being the 240 radiator version and the flagship S36 will be the triple fan version. Today we have a look at the smallest version, the Kelvin T12; this might be together with the S24 the most enclosure compatible version as not all PC cases support a big 360 radiator. It must be said the AIO market is already pretty saturated with versions from Antec, Corsair, Cooler Master, Enermax and Swiftech. What makes this little Kelvin T12 stand out from the crowd ? Time to explore Fractal's latest release."

    Madshrimps

  • NikkTech

    "For the most part the market is filled with medium to large sized Tower CPU coolers which thanks to their high cooling efficiency are suitable for use by gamers, professionals and overclockers and small to medium sized top-down CPU coolers which offer good performance levels for their size and are mostly targeted towards people with limited space in their systems such as HTPC owners. However from time to time we do see small tower type CPU coolers which can fit everywhere and usually land between the above mentioned solutions in terms of performance. The only problem with this type of coolers is quality since most of the time we see models by manufacturers who mostly care about keeping a low cost. Noctua is amongst a handful of manufacturers that put quality and performance before cost for their products and their latest NH-U9S is one such bright example."

    NikkTech

  • "Network storage used to be a thing only found in business class networks. However, with the increase in popularity of home networking and the ability to easily share large amounts of data between PCs attached to the home network, network attach storage is quickly becoming an integral part of the modern home network. Family members are no longer confined to."

    Modders-Inc

  • NVIDIA Grid

    Ask any hardcore gamer as the why some well reviewed Indie gaming titles simply so not get the attention they deserve, it's because Indie titles do not have the marketing machine behind them that the blockbusters have, so there is a certain excitement that comes when you discover a cool indie title that has flown under the radar. "This #GRIDTuesday NVIDIA adds some well-reviewed indie titles that may have eluded many gamers: Stacking and PixelJunk Monsters Ultimate."

  • Fractal Design

    Fractal Design entered the liquid cooling arena with a preview of the Kelvin Series earlier this year, and after final design and engineering tweaks, they are ready to announce the Kelvin T12, S24 and S36! "The Kelvin water cooling is an open loop DIY system, a perfect option for those users looking for powerful water cooling with the benefits of a DIY system provides and the conveniences AIO systems deliver. Kelvin allows you to expand and improve the cooling for your system like the professionals."See More

  • Cool your system with a Kelvin T12, S24 or S36!

    Fractal Design just got real ‘cool’!

    Earlier this year, Fractal Design entered the liquid cooling market with the revel of the Kelvin Series. After final design and engineering tweaks, we are ready to present to you the precise, powerful and quality Kelvin T12, S24 and S36!

  • AMD Catalyst

    AMD unleashes a Special Edition of the AMD Catalyst software (Display Driver version 14.501) update that includes many sought after bug fixes, and will also include enhancements to enrich the user experience. "The AMD Catalyst™ software suite is engineered to unlock new capabilities in AMD APUs and AMD Radeon™ GPUs based on GCN architecture."See More

  • MD Catalyst Omega

    The AMD Catalyst™ software suite is engineered to unlock new capabilities in AMD APUs and AMD Radeon™ GPUs based on GCN architecture. Download the latest update, the AMD Catalyst™ Omega driver, for enhanced performance, reliability, and energy efficiency – with no extra cost:

  • KTC

    As a perfect combination of advanced technology and sophisticated quality, KTC’s curved OLED TV 55L83F is the first curved TV launched to the market in China. KTC’s curved OLED TV 55L83F is as thin as 8mm and lighter than an ordinary LCD TV since it uses an OLED panel. "OLED panels use self-luminous technology with independently controllable pixels, thus there is no need for a backlight, resulting in lower voltage and lower power consumption. The self-luminous feature also contributes to a more accurate blending of RGB colors, a wider viewing angle, higher contrast and more vivid colors. The color gamut coverage of KTC’s 55L83F is 115%, which is 25% higher than that of an ordinary LCD TV."See More

  • KTC Launches Curved OLED TV - The 55L83F

    KTC Launches Curved OLED TV - The 55L83F

    December 9th, 2014, Shenzhen, China –In recent years, large screens have become the latest trends in TVs. With the improvements in the manufacturing process, LCD screens of larger sizes have found their way into thousands of households. However, in addition to large screens, has it ever occurred to you that the TV screen would not only become larger but also curved in the future?

  • ASUSTOR

    "ASUSTOR announces that its 6, 3, and 2 series NAS devices are all upgrading to the ADM (ASUSTOR Data Master) 2.3 operating system. Users will be able to experience a newly redesigned user interface, enhanced overall transfer speeds, seamless integration with Windows AD infrastructure, ACL advanced file permissions management and exclusive multimedia application LooksGood along with the AiVideo app for mobile devices. ADM 2.3 provides a rich variety of brand new applications for both multimedia and business use."See More

  • ASUSTOR Announces All NAS Devices are Upgrading to ADM 2.3

    ASUSTOR Announces All NAS Devices are Upgrading to ADM 2.3

    ASUSTOR announces that its 6, 3, and 2 series NAS devices are all upgrading to the ADM (ASUSTOR Data Master) 2.3 operating system. Users will be able to experience a newly redesigned user interface, enhanced overall transfer speeds, seamless integration with Windows AD infrastructure, ACL advanced file permissions management and exclusive multimedia application LooksGood along with the AiVideo app for mobile devices. ADM 2.3 provides a rich variety of brand new applications for both multimedia and business use.

    Taipei, Taiwan, December 2nd, 2014 – ASUSTOR Inc., a leading innovator and provider of network storage solutions, has announced that it is releasing the ASUSTOR Data Master (ADM) 2.3 operating system for all of its NAS devices (6, 3 and 2 Series). All ASUSTOR NAS users will be able to upgrade online to ADM 2.3, in order to enjoy a newly redesigned user interface along with brand new applications for both multimedia and business use.

  • GIGABYTE

    GIGABYTE announced the GIGABYTE Goodbye 2014 OC Challenge, its latest overclocking contest hosted on HWBOT.org. "Prizes include 3 Z97X-SOC FORCE LN2 motherboards as well as 3 recently launched X99M-Gaming 5 motherboards, and not to forget a total of $2,000 in cash!" The GIGABYTE Goodbye 2014 OC Challenge will run from December 5th 2014 until January 4th 2015, midnight (UTC+08:00).See More

  • GIGABYTE Goodbye 2014 OC Challenge to be Hosted on HWBOT.ORG

    GIGABYTE Goodbye 2014 OC Challenge to be Hosted on HWBOT.ORG

    Last Chance of the Year to Win BIG With GIGABYTE

    City of Industry, California, December 5th, 2014 – GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co. Ltd., a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards, today announced the GIGABYTE Goodbye 2014 OC Challenge, its latest overclocking contest hosted on HWBOT.org. With the end of the year approaching very fast, GIGABYTE is inviting all participants to complement their holiday season with some great overclocking and a chance to take home high quality hardware! Prizes include 3 Z97X-SOC FORCE LN2 motherboards as well as 3 recently launched X99M-Gaming 5motherboards, and not to forget a total of $2,000 in cash! For its last OC run of the year, GIGABYTE is challenging the participants to outperform themselves using any GIGABYTE Z97 motherboards on 3 different benchmarks, XTU, CPUz as well as SuperPI 32M. Good luck to all!

  • Razer COMMS

    Razer announces the launch of Stream Viewer for Comms, a new feature for the gaming VoIP messenger. Stream Viewer for Comms seamlessly integrates popular streaming providers such as Twitch, the world’s leading video platform and community for gamers, to enhance the social experience of gaming. "With the new Stream Viewer for Comms, streams can now be recommended to users based on interest, games and also via recommendations by friends."See More

  • Razer Comms ADDS LIVE Stream Viewer

    Razer Comms ADDS LIVE Stream Viewer

    Razer Comms, one of the world’s largest online gaming chat clients, now allows its millions of users to watch Twitch live streams, discover new channels, connect and share with friends

    December 8, 2014 -- CARLSBAD, Calif. – Razer™, a world leader in connected devices and software for gamers, today announced the launch of Stream Viewer for Comms, a new feature for the gaming VoIP messenger.

  • Benchmark Reviews

    "Powered by their own 32-layer 3D V-NAND technology, the Samsung SSD 850 EVO replaces the 840 EVO solid state drive and delivers up to twice the density and write speed of traditional 20nm planar NAND flash components. In this article, Benchmark Reviews tests the 500GB Samsung SSD 850 EVO against the fastest solid state drives available."

    Benchmark Reviews

  • "They say bigger is better, and it seems as though Swiftech is following through on that mantra with the H240-X. Similar to its smaller sibling, the H220-X, this new version offers a larger 280 mm radiator. Though is the increase in surface area enough to place this Swiftech cooler firmly at the top of the charts?"

    techPowerUp

  • "As the 840 EVO was a pretty big deal, I believe the 850 EVO has an equal chance of success, so instead of going for a capacity roundup, this first piece will cover the 120GB and 500GB capacities. A surprising number of our readers run a pair of smaller capacity 840 EVOs in a RAID, so we will be testing a matched pair of 850 EVOs in RAID-0. To demonstrate the transparent performance boosting of RAPID, I'll also run both capacities through our full test suite with RAPID mode enabled. There is lots of testing to get through, so let's get cracking!"

    PC Perspective

  • "Today we review the basic no-frills ASUS X99-A motherboard and see just what ASUS has sacrificed, if anything, in order to keep the price in the $250 range. While Haswell-E CPU systems are not exactly for the budget conscious, saving cash on the motherboard gets you a lot closer to a budget-minded system build."

    [H]ardOCP

  • "Samsung is at the ready with a brand new family of mainstream solid state drives, targeting the market segment previously occupied by its popular SSD 840 EVO series. The new Samsung SSD 850 EVO series is the follow-up to the company's current flagship SSD 850 PRO, but the new EVO is Samsung's first to pack 32-layer 3D V?NAND 3-bit MLC flash memory. The move to 32-layer 3D V-NAND 3-bit MLC flash (a.k.a. TLC) brings costs down, but doesn't adversely affect endurance because the cell structure doesn't suffer from the same inherent limitations of planar NAND, since the cells are stacked vertically with the 3D V-NAND. We've got a 500GB Samsung SSD 850 EVO on the test bench and have compared it to the 840 EVO as well as the higher-end 850 PRO, and a few other enthusiast-class drives for good measure..."

    Hot Hardware

  • TechnologyX

    "Ever since the first dual-core desktop CPUs started rolling out in 2005, the race to bring more computing cores to desktop processors has been on. Now, nearly a decade later, Intel has pushed ahead further than ever before with the release of the Core i7 5960X, their first ever consumer socketed eight-core CPU. While, this isn't the first time we've seen a consumer grade eight-core CPU (AMD has been making them since 2012), this is first one with Intel's Hyper-Threading technology which allows for 16 multiple threads per core that should increase overall performance in multi-threaded tasks greatly."

    TechnologyX

  • "Samsung's long-awaited 850 EVO SSD employs three-dimensional NAND with three bits per cell. It augments that TLC storage with an SLC write cache, and it has a higher endurance rating and longer warranty than most MLC drives. We've taken a closer look to see how it holds up against the competition."

    The Tech Report

  • The SSD Review

    "At the end of June, Samsung released the 850 Pro which was the successor to the 840 Pro. With it came their brand new 32-layer MLC 3D V-NAND flash, and this flash allows for greater durability, lower power consumption, improved performance and a 10 year warranty. This morning we are reporting on Samsung's 850 EVO, the successor to the 840 EVO, and get ready for it as this SSD is going to rock your socks off. What could Samsung have done to make their EVO series even better this round? They have thrown in a new controller for the 120GB-500GB models as well as their newest 32-layer TLC 3D V-NAND. With its new controller and 3D V-NAND, it performs like an F1 race car, yet is as efficient as an electric car! Quick burst speed and efficiency is what this drive is about. Most client PC workloads are relatively quick and small, therefore, building a drive that is optimized for low queue depth performance is important for daily client usage. The Samsung 850 EVO delivers."

    The SSD Review

  • Think Computers

    "The first ever DDR4 memory kit that we reviewed was from Crucial and it was their standard JEDEC kit. While this memory was impressive it is not what most gamers and enthusiasts are looking for. Today we are taking a look at a second DDR4 kit from Crucial, this time it is of their Ballistix Sport DDR4-2400 memory. This memory features an operating speed of 2400 MHz with timings of 16-16-16-5 at 1.2v. The 16 GB kit that we are looking at today of course has some very attractive, yet non-intrusive heatspreaders as well. Let's get this kit on the test bench and see what they can do!"

    Think Computers

  • "We first saw the ASRock M8 Z87 small form factor barebones in the second half of 2013 when it was reviewed by my colleague Luke Hill. This latest Z97 version is a relatively minor refresh with an update to Intel's latest Haswell compatible Z97 chipset. The SFX power supply has been upgraded from 450W to 600W and that appears to be the extent of the changes."

    Kitguru

  • NikkTech

    "When people hear the word headphones their mind immediately thinks of well-known and established manufacturers such as Sennheiser, AKG, B&W, JBL and Koss. This is of course the natural response any person would have (especially since at first we too would think of those names) but that certainly doesn't mean that these manufacturers are the only ones capable of releasing high quality products with very good or even excellent audio reproduction. As a matter of fact the best headphones I've used to date were manufactured by Ultrasone a name which although very familiar to audiophiles around the world it's not as popular as the ones we mentioned. Noontec may not aspire to design and manufacture the best headphones money can buy but they do offer models with very good audio reproduction at extremely affordable prices and the brand new Zorro II HD Fashion Hi-Fi Headphones aim to take things a step further."

    NikkTech

  • EK Water Blocks

    EK Water Blocks is proud to introduce a new, universal hybrid water cooling kit for GIGABYTE® X99 series motherboards, consisting of a MOSFET water block and a passive PCH heatsink. "EK-FB KIT GA X99 LE is a value oriented hybrid water cooling solution for GIGABYTE® X99 Series motherboards consisting of VRM water block and a passive heat sink. Universal PCH cooling solution allows this product to be compatible with virtually every GIGABYTE® X99 series motherboard."See More

  • EK introduces hybrid water cooling kit for GIGABYTE® X99 series motherboards

    EK introduces hybrid water cooling kit for GIGABYTE® X99 series motherboards

    EK Water Blocks, Ljubljana based premium liquid cooling gear manufacturer, is proud to introduce a new, universal hybrid water cooling kit for GIGABYTE® X99 series motherboards, consisting of a MOSFET water block and a passive PCH heatsink.

  • CRYORIG

    There is certainly no doubt that the CRYORIG R1 Ultimate CPU Cooler received numerous golden awards, and high praise for it's stellar performance from enthusiast communities worldwide, and deservedly so! "In a gesture to thank the world wide PC community for the great support, CRYORIG is holding a total of two year-end giveaway events, with the grand prize being one 24 Karat Gold Plated R1 Ultimate CPU Cooler. At the end of the two separate events, CRYORIG will be handing out a total of 4 Special Edition heatsinks."See More

  • CRYORIG Chromatic and Golden Special Edition Heatsinks Giveaway

    CRYORIG Chromatic and Golden Special Edition Heatsinks Giveaway

    08.12.2014, Taipei, Taiwan – In a gesture to thank the world wide PC community for the great support, CRYORIG is holding a total of two year-end giveaway events, with the grand prize being one 24 Karat Gold Plated R1 Ultimate CPU Cooler. At the end of the two separate events, CRYORIG will be handing out a total of 4 Special Edition heatsinks. The first event is opened only to CRYORIG VIP members, meaning members who have purchased and registered at least one CRYORIG product. One winner will be chosen after all entries end on December 31st, for a 24 Karat Gold Edition Gold Plated CRYORIG R1 Ultimate.

  • NVIDIA

    "Give yourself the ultimate gift this holiday with NVIDIA game bundles and promos. Also, catch up on the latest NVIDIA's news, including NVIDIA Maxwell™ busting the Apollo 11 conspiracy, Audi rolling out its most advanced in-car technology, Dark Knight on NVIDIA GRID™, and GPU-accelerated supercomputers for the U.S. Department of Energy!"See More

  •  NVIDIA Newsletter – December 2014

    Volume 5, Issue 8 | NVIDIA December Newsletter

    Give yourself the ultimate gift this holiday with NVIDIA game bundles and promos. Also, catch up on the latest NVIDIA's news, including NVIDIA Maxwell™ busting the Apollo 11 conspiracy, Audi rolling out its most advanced in-car technology, Dark Knight on NVIDIA GRID™, and GPU-accelerated supercomputers for the U.S. Department of Energy!

    CONTENTS GEFORCE® EXPERIENCE™
    News and Updates
    NVIDIA GeForce News
    NVIDIA SHIELD News
    NVIDIA Tegra News
    NVIDIA GRID News
    NVIDIA Automotive News
    NVIDIA Tesla News
    Update your drivers.
    Optimize your games.
    Share your victories.
    Learn More
  • Wi-Fi Video Home Monitoring Camera – SpotCam – Announces Time Lapse Feature

    Wi-Fi Video Home Monitoring Camera – SpotCam – Announces Time Lapse Feature

    World’s First Home Monitoring System that Can Make Time Lapse Videos for Free

    December 08, 2014, Taipei Taiwan - SpotCam, the cloud home monitoring service startup, announces a new Time Lapse feature for its SpotCam Wi-Fi home monitoring camera. The new time lapse capability combined with SpotCam's free 24 hours of cloud based recording lets users easily review a day's worth of video footage in seconds.

  • SpotCam

    SpotCam, the cloud home monitoring service startup, announces a new Time Lapse feature for its SpotCam Wi-Fi home monitoring camera. The new time lapse capability combined with SpotCam's free 24 hours of cloud based recording lets users easily review a day's worth of video footage in seconds. "Setting the time period and picture intervals lets users customize the time lapse. Whether for quickly reviewing surveillance footage, creating video diaries, or artistic vignettes, the new time lapse feature makes SpotCam more powerful than ever."See More

  • Acer

    Acer announces the North American availability of its Acer S1383WHne professional series projector offering short-throw versatility, network control, and a high 3,200 lumens brightness for $699 (MSRP) in the United States and $799 CAD (MSRP) in Canada. “Teachers, public speakers, executives and others that speak to large audiences will especially appreciate our newest short-throw projector’s ability to project large, vibrant images from either long or short distances and high-quality audio,” said Ronald Lau, Acer America business manager. See More

  • New Acer S1383W Projector Delivers High Brightness, Short Throw Versatility and Network Control

    New Acer S1383W Projector Delivers High Brightness, Short Throw Versatility and Network Control


    Editor’s Summary:

    • Short-throw technology projects clear and large images up to 300 inches diagonally from just 10.9 feet from the screen, maximizing placement options
    • A 3200 ANSI lumens brightness, WXGA (1280x800) resolution and 13,000:1 contrast ratio create vivid visuals
    • Built-in 10W speaker delivers ample audio
    • Remote control capability via a local area network (LAN) enables facility-wide monitoring and reporting
    • Top-loading lamp design enables quick lamp replacement in just a few simple steps


    2014-12-02 -- SAN JOSE, Calif., Acer America today announced the North American availability of its Acer S1383WHne professional series projector offering short-throw versatility, network control, and a high 3,200 lumens brightness for $699 (MSRP) in the United States and $799 CAD (MSRP) in Canada.

  • Matrox Graphics for Professionals

    Matrox® Graphics announces that Matrox P690 PCIe x16 and Matrox P690 Plus LP PCIe x16 graphics cards have been validated for use alongside Mura™ MPX-based video wall controllers to power up to four independent console displays. "Clients benefit from the extra displays, powered by the same system, to run system diagnostics, wall layout control, and other applications locally without disturbing content on their video walls." See More

  • Matrox Adds Console Display Support for Matrox Mura MPX-based Video Walls

    Matrox Adds Console Display Support for Matrox Mura MPX-based Video Walls

    Matrox P690 graphics cards are validated for use with Mura MPX capture and display cards so system monitoring, video wall layout management, and other applications can run locally, without affecting the video wall’s appearance

    MONTREAL — Dec. 4, 2014 — Matrox® Graphics today announced that Matrox P690 PCIe x16 and Matrox P690 Plus LP PCIe x16 graphics cards have been validated for use alongside Mura™ MPX-based video wall controllers to power up to four independent console displays. Clients benefit from the extra displays, powered by the same system, to run system diagnostics, wall layout control, and other applications locally without disturbing content on their video walls.

  • Benchmark Reviews

    "As if we did not already have enough to appreciate in terms of the number of quality gaming peripherals that ROCCAT has been making available to us recently, we can be thankful that this organization has also been placing focus on providing us with accessories to complement the aforementioned gaming peripherals. One of the more intriguing of these accessories, the ROCCAT Apuri Active USB Hub with Mouse Bungee, is in the Benchmark Reviews spotlight today. ROCCAT calls the Apuri the, "first component of the ROCCAT Smart Desktop Management System (SDMS) offering you the perfect combination of style of functionality right there on your desktop." That certainly sounds like a compelling piece of gaming equipment. I invite you to read on in order to get our thoughts on this device."

    Benchmark Reviews

  • "In the last few years NZXT has emerged as a popular choice for computer builds with stylish cases for a variety of needs. The newest member of the H series, the H440, promises quiet performance and offers a clean look by eliminating optical drive bays entirely from the design. While this might be a deal-breaker for some, the days of the ODD seem to be numbered as more enclosures are making the move away from the 5.25" bay."

    PC Perspective

  • "Samsung deserves much of the credit for ushering in today's trend of large-screened smartphones, often referred to as "phablets." Whether you're a fan of big smartphones or not, there is a no denying that the original Samsung Galaxy Note set the stage for the battles currently being waged in the smartphone market. If larger-screened devices like the original Galaxy Note hadn't taken hold, Apple most likely would not have produced the iPhone 6 Plus and devices like the Google Nexus 6, Nokia Lumia 1520, and HTC One Max (among others) would probably not exist. One of the advantages of blazing a trail like Samsung did, is that it gives you ability to better refine your designs in future iterations. The experience Samsung gained manufacturing and selling the Note and its successors has allowed the company to address customer concerns and partner feedback in a way that some other smartphone makers have not have been privy to. And the culmination of the knowledge and experience Samsung has gained has molded the product we'll be showing you here today—the Samsung Galaxy Note 4—into one of the most desirable smartphones on the market..."

    Hot Hardware

  • "When we first reviewed Corsair's Carbide Series Air 240, we didn't get a full picture of the case's cooling potential. We got our hands on a Zalman Fan Mate 2 and a couple of fan splitters to see what the Air 240 is really capable of."

    The Tech Report

  • "Asus claim their Xonar U5 will eliminate background noise from VOIP calls and deliver higher quality, more powerful sound, as well as a robust software back-end for customisation. Clearly this is not an audiophile's amplifier, but a gamer's one. Let us see how it holds up to our gaming tests."

    Kitguru

  • Think Computers

    "Welcome to another Case Mod Friday showcase! This week we have Darrin Hommel's "ASUS ROG Table & Rig" build. Here is what he had to say about it: I made this table to go with my Rig. Everything was made by me, PSU Cover right down to the vinyl decals. So this is not only a case mod, but a desk mod too! Check it out!"

    Think Computers

  • "We may be looking at the future of enthusiast gaming PCs with the Azza Z case. A SFF case that can run most full sized components and look good doing it, yes and yes. The Z does a great job embracing the form factor while minimizing the compromise."

    Hardware Asylum

  • NikkTech

    "Just like most things related to PC systems (and not only) gaming peripherals are getting more advanced and innovative each day that goes by so currently we have numerous gaming keyboards, headsets and mice aimed at serious gamers and professionals alike that not only come with superior performance thanks to blazing fast laser, optical and LED sensors but also an abundance of features (some very useful while others not so much). Manufacturers don't stop there however so aside performance and features many models follow really strange and sometimes ergonomic design lines to separate them from the rest of the crowd. However not every gamer out there seeks to get advanced gaming peripherals and this may surprise some people but many times the reason behind that has nothing to do with the cost of such devices but rather with simplicity. A few months back COUGAR announced their gaming line from which so far we've looked at the 700M Gaming Mouse which as many of you know at the end of the day left us with a very good overall opinion. Well today we'll be taking a thorough look at its cousin the 600M Gaming Mouse."

    NikkTech

  • ARCTIC Xmas Sale December the 1st - 25th.

    Many folks are looking to get a great deal on a special gift Holiday Season. From December the 1st until December the 25th, there are some great discounts on Amazon for ARCTIC coolers, headphones, speakers and chargers. "Whether you want to present yourself with a little something like a new Power Bank 2200 or you surprise your friend with ARCTIC’s brand new Bluetooth headphone P614 BT, you will greatly enjoy the variety of offers."See More

  • ARCTIC Xmas Sale

    ARCTIC Xmas Sale at Amazon

    From December the 1st until December the 25th, there are some great discounts on Amazon for ARCTIC coolers, headphones, speakers and chargers.

  • Transcend

    Transcend is proud to announce the launch of 256GB large capacity SDXC UHS-I cards. "Featuring the full support for the Ultra High Speed Class 3 (U3) specification, Transcend's SDXC UHS-I U3 cards are capable of reaching incredible read and write speeds of up to 95MB/s and 60MB/s. The cards also provide the immense storage capacity more than enough to save all the high-resolution 3D, 4K and Full HD recordings." All Transcend memory cards are fully tested for compatibility and reliability, and carry Transcend's renowned Lifetime Warranty. The SDXC UHS-I U3 cards are available in 64GB ($49), 128GB ($109) and 256GB ($289) capacities.See More

  • Razer

    Razer announces Razer Classics, a set of five tried-and-true devices featuring retro blue backlighting products available only on the company’s RazerStore website. "All Razer Classic products will come with complimentary limited edition Razer add-ons available at checkout on RazerStore. The products featured in the Razer Classic series are the Razer BlackWidow Ultimate gaming keyboard (U.S. $129.99 / EU €129.99), the Razer DeathAdder gaming mouse (U.S. $59.99 / EU €59.99), the Razer Kraken 7.1 gaming headset (U.S. $89.99 / EU €89.99), the Razer Naga MMO gaming mouse (U.S. $79.99 / EU €79.99),and the Razer Tartarus gaming keypad (U.S. $79.99 / EU €79.99)."See More

  • Transcend Launches 256GB SDXC UHS-I Speed Class 3 Cards for 3D and 4K Video Recording

    Transcend Launches 256GB SDXC UHS-I Speed Class 3 Cards for 3D and 4K Video Recording

    December 5, 2014 -- Transcend Information, Inc. (Transcend®), a worldwide leader in storage and multimedia products, is proud to announce the launch of 256GB large capacity SDXC UHS-I cards. Featuring the full support for the Ultra High Speed Class 3 (U3) specification, Transcend's SDXC UHS-I U3 cards are capable of reaching incredible read and write speeds of up to 95MB/s and 60MB/s. The cards also provide the immense storage capacity more than enough to save all the high-resolution 3D, 4K and Full HD recordings.

  • LIMITED EDITION RAZER CLASSIC SERIES PRODUCTS NOW AVAILABLE ON RAZERSTORE

    Limited Edition Razer Classic Series Products Available on RazerStore

    Five tried-and-true devices featuring retro blue backlighting available exclusively on Razer’s website

    CARLSBAD, Calif. – Razer™, a world leader in connected devices and software for gamers, today announced Razer Classics, a set of five exclusive products available only on the company’s RazerStore website.

  • Quantified Gaming by Mionix

    Just like athletes gather and analyze data, Quantified Gaming by Mionix would like to do the same for gamers, as they announce the NAOS Quantified Gaming mouse. "NAOS QG is the first mouse that provides deep insights into your gaming. Via built in sensors, the NAOS QG tracks your heart rate, galvanic skin response and actions per minute. This data appears as a transparent overlay on your screen."See More

  • Quantified Gaming - THE WORLDS FIRST SMART GAMING MOUSE KICKSTARTS TODAYQuantified Gaming by Mionix Labs. Announce World's First Smart Game Mouse

  • "We had the chance to evaluate many Seasonic products within the last couple months. Today, we will take a look at their 1050 W Gold-certified X series unit. Like its big brother, the X-1250 XM2 we tested recently, we expect it to perform incredibly well."

    techPowerUp

  • Benchmark Reviews

    "It looks like BitFenix are at it again. Fresh off the manufacturing line, Benchmark Reviews has received something a bit different from the company known for cases like the Colossus, Shinobi and Prodigy. As their first case with aluminum panels the slim micro-ATX Pandora brings a sense of style that is a significant departure from some of their recent enclosures. Available in black or silver, with or without a window, and in Core or ICON versions (which contain a 2.4″ LCD display in the front panel) fans of the micro-ATX form factor will have quite a few possibilities to choose from. For those that are looking for something a little more elegant without sacrificing a large footprint, the Pandora may be just the thing. Are there any compromises made to keep this case slim? Let's dig in and take a look."

    Benchmark Reviews

  • "Our SSD Endurance Experiment has reached an astounding two petabytes of writes. Only two drives remain, and they're coping very differently. We've checked in on their health and performance to see how each one is holding up."

    The Tech Report

  • Think Computers

    "Sound is important, not only to gamers, but to everyone. Having a PC with a bad sound card can not only make a difference in gaming, but the ability to enjoy music, watch movies and more. Today we are taking a look a pretty handy USB External Sound Card from Tt eSPORTS. The BAHAMUT features 5.1 virtual surround sound, 8/16-bit DAC channels, support for 44.1 KHz and 48 KHz sampling, 3.5 mm output connectors and it looks pretty badass sitting on your desk. Let's take a look!"

    Think Computers

  • "The ASUS Maximus VII Impact motherboard is among ASUS' ROG (Republic of Gamers) board offerings in their Intel Z97 Express product line. The board builds on the strengths of its predecessor with the a similar layout and add-in card design implementation. ASUS augmented the new version of the board with an updated chipset and as well as additional support for the latest hard drive and audio technologies. The Maximus VII Impact has a premium price of $239.99 for its small status, but come packed full for features and power to more than justify the cost."

    PC Perspective

  • "Are you ready for some football? Up for grabs in week fourteen of Bigbruin.com's Pro Football Pick 'Em is a Kingston HyperX FURY 240GB SSD!"

    BigBruin

  • "Today we are going to look at a mechanical gaming keyboard from a company called Tesoro, the Durandal G1NL. Tesoro are looking to compete with the more established players in the market such as Corsair and Razer who are very popular among the gaming audience. We are excited to see what the Tesoro's Durandal G1 NL has to offer."

    Kitguru

  • Razer

    Razer™ announces that Gideon Yu has joined its board of directors. Mr. Yu’s appointment brings deep experience in high-tech and financial executive management to Razer as the company continues its fast-paced growth. “I’m thrilled that someone with Gideon’s remarkable financial and operational experience and track record across a wide range of iconic tech, media and entertainment brands is joining Razer,” said Min-Liang Tan, co-founder and CEO of Razer. “We very much look forward to the value Gideon can bring at this exciting stage in our company’s life.”See More

  • Former Facebook and YouTube CFO Gideon Yu
    Joins Razer's Board of Directors

    Former Facebook and YouTube CFO Gideon Yu Joins Razer's Board of Directors.

    December 2, 2014: CARLSBAD,Calif. – Razer™, a leader in connected devices and software for gamers, today announced that Gideon Yu has joined its board of directors. Mr. Yu’s appointment brings deep experience in high-tech and financial executive management to Razer as the company continues its fast-paced growth.

  • "With a base clock of 1203 MHz, Colorful's iGame GTX 970 is one of the highest clocked GTX 970 cards available on the market. Its triple-fan, dual-slot cooler achieves excellent temperatures and also contributes to overclocking potential, which is higher than any other GTX 970 we tested so far."

    techPowerUp

  • "ECS does not disappoint with the release of the cheap ECS Z97I-Drone which allows installation of a powerful Haswell processor which can be paired with RAM up to 16GB and eventually a potent VGA card inside the provided PCI Express x16 slot; be warned however that using a beefy CPU cooler will likely cover the PCI-Express slot completely so we would recommend either sticking with the stock Intel cooler or adopting an all-in-one water cooling solution, which is so accessible these days."

    Madshrimps

  • NikkTech

    "It may be just too early for us to wish everyone a Merry Christmas but any later and you wouldn't be getting one of our 29 available prizes worth well over 2500Eur in time for Christmas. Good Luck All !"

    NikkTech

  • "One of Dragon Age: Origins most prized features was the intricate, genuinely different backstories that each of the races and social classes came from -- if you started DAO as a Mage, your first few hours of play were completely different then if you chose a Dalish Elf, Dwarf, or Human Noble. The game adroitly modeled both racism and prejudice -- Dwarf Nobles treat the common folk as though they're nonexistent, and Mages of any race are kept under tight control, for fear they will unleash havoc or fall prey to the demonic forces that lurk within the spirit world. The sequel, Dragon Age II, was a vastly different game. Instead of a sprawling epic, BioWare focused its storytelling on the events within the city of Kirkwall. With Dragon Age: Inquisition, BioWare promised to return to the elements that made the series great, keep the excellent storytelling that was present in both predecessors, and offer a vast epic that would appeal to all players. And here's the amazing thing: They actually pulled it off..."

    Hot Hardware

  • "EVGA have earned a fantastic reputation over the years for their selected range of motherboards and graphics cards. Today we look at one of their high end power supplies – the SuperNova 1200 P2. This is a creation with OEM partner, Super Flower. The EVGA SuperNova 1200 P2 supply is full modular, 80 Plus Platinum certified and can be driven in a semi passive mode. The warranty is certainly exhibiting a confidence in the product that EVGA wish to pass onto the customer – ten years is not to be sniffed at."

    Kitguru

  • Think Computers

    "It's not often that an inexpensive case comes along that I am very impressed with, but the Thermaltake Versa H34 CA-1C9-00M1WN-00 is one of those times. Sure, it's made of thinner steel than some other more expensive chassis but you can't beat what you actually get from this case. It's just built right and it's built for builders. The plastic front looks good and lots of the right ventilation in the right places and even the Thermaltake Logo at the bottom is classy too. There is a very minimalistic quality to it, but not so minimal that it won't do what you want because it will do more than you think. This case can really do a lot."

    Think Computers

  • "By switching focus away from "The Fastest Person Wins" we open up overclocking to a whole new level of competition. Hardware makers will still have a reason to build and market their high-end overclocking hardware and players will be given a chance to choose what hardware they want to use."

    Hardware Asylum

  • TechnologyX

    "Established in 1999, Thermaltake has been in the computer case industry for years. Being a part time computer tech, I built plenty of rigs with their products. They typically offer plenty of value combining a high level of user convenience with their designs at low prices. Their new Core series of cases are no exception. Following the launch of the Core V71 and Core V1, Thermaltake launched the Core V51, which happens to be the center of attention in today's review."

    TechnologyX

  • Seagate

    Seagate announces its new Enterprise NAS HDD – a high capacity drive targeting businesses seeking to optimize their computing for performance and reliability using Network Attached Storage (NAS) systems. "Available in 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6TB capacities, Seagate Enterprise NAS HDD can deliver up to 96TBs in one 16-bay rackmount or tower form factor. With a 50 percent capacity advantage over competitive offerings, the Enterprise NAS HDD 6TB drive delivers the highest capacity available on the market."See More

  • New Seagate NAS HDD Delivers Enterprise-Class Solutions for Small and Medium Businesses

    3TB-Enterprise NAS HDD

    Enterprise NAS HDD offers Added Peace of Mind with Five Year Warranty and Data Recovery Services

    December 02, 2014 -- CUPERTINO, Calif. --Seagate Technology (NASDAQ:STX) today announced its new Enterprise NAS HDD – a high capacity drive targeting businesses seeking to optimize their computing for performance and reliability using Network Attached Storage (NAS) systems. With enterprise reliability and NAS optimized performance in up to 16-bays, the Enterprise NAS drive is available in capacities up to an industry-leading 6TB, and is designed to perform at high levels even under demanding workloads and in environments that call for global availability and 24x7 accessibility.

  • Toshiba

    Toshiba announces the expansion of its line-up of enterprise SSDs with the addition of two new series of enterprise SSDs – the HK3R2 series for read-intensive workloads and the HK3E2 series for value-endurance workloads. "These 6Gbit/s[1] SATA enterprise SSDs join Toshiba's broad portfolio of enterprise storage solutions featuring a variety of endurance ratings to meet the needs of specific application requirements and customer environments. Shipment starts from today."See More

  • Toshiba Expands Line-up of Enterprise SSDs

    Toshiba HK3E2 Series
    The HK3R2 and HK3E2 series offer 6Gbit/s SATA speeds with Toshiba controller and 19nm second-generation NAND flash memory

    December 3, 2014 -- TOKYO – Toshiba Corporation's (TOKYO: 6502) Semiconductor & Storage Products Company today announced the expansion of its line-up of enterprise SSDs with the addition of two new series of enterprise SSDs – the HK3R2 series for read-intensive workloads and the HK3E2 series for value-endurance workloads. These 6Gbit/s[1] SATA enterprise SSDs join Toshiba's broad portfolio of enterprise storage solutions featuring a variety of endurance ratings to meet the needs of specific application requirements and customer environments. Shipment starts from today.

  • ADATA

    ADATA invites those planning on attending the International CES 2015 trade show in Las Vegas, to visit the ADATA Showroom in the Venetian Resort Plaza Suite on January 6-9 2015, and "be ready to witness the unlimited power of creativity and innovation in your near future."See More

  • COUGAR

    COUGAR announces the release of the COUGAR 600K Gaming Keyboard, featuring Cherry MX Switches, and N-Key Rollover. Sharing design with the award-winning COUGAR 700K that already conquered the desktops of thousands of players, the 600K offers a radically different approach with the same quality. "While the COUGAR 700K satisfied the needs of those gamers who crave for extended functionality and full customization, the 600K caters for the purists, those people for which the most important is that nothing gets in the way."See More

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  • COUGAR launches 600K Gaming Keyboard

    COUGAR launches 600K Gaming Keyboard

    December 3rd 2014, Taipei – COUGAR, a leading player in the computer gaming hardware market announces today the release of a breakthrough product: the COUGAR 600K Gaming Keyboard. Sharing design with the award-winning COUGAR 700K that already conquered the desktops of thousands of players, the 600K offers a radically different approach with the same quality. While the COUGAR 700K satisfied the needs of those gamers who crave for extended functionality and full customization, the 600K caters for the purists, those people for which the most important is that nothing gets in the way.

  • NVIDIA

    A change of pace from all the Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals is the spirit of giving during the Holiday Season.December 2nd is designated as #GivingTuesday and today, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give. "NVIDIA's partner, City Year San Jose/Silicon Valley, works with under-served public schools, and Project Inspire, NVIDIA's annual volunteer event in place of a holiday bash, has directed $5.5 million in cash, equipment and labor since 2007 to support the education of local kids."

  • Sceptre

    Sceptre announces the availability of their E275W-1920 Full HD 1080P Monitor, featuring a 1920x1080 screen resolution, a 5 millisecond response time, and HDMI, DVI and VGA inputs to connect any of your video and gaming devices. "Whether you are a gamer or a movie buff, the Sceptre E275W-1920 monitor is the way to go," said Cathy Chou, Vice President of Operations of Sceptre. "With such a high resolution, this monitor offers a lifelike picture, ideal for movies, video games or every day usage."See More

  • Sceptre Announces Availability of 27-inch LED 1080P Monitor

    Sceptre E275W-1920 Full HD 1080P Monitor.

    City of Industry, CA December 2, 2014Sceptre, superior manufacturers of world class LED and LCD HDTVs and PC monitors, announces the availability of their E275W-1920 Full HD 1080P Monitor.

  • Benchmark Reviews

    "If you attended CES earlier this year you might have encountered Tesoro's booth which featured many of their upcoming products. The recently established German company was trying to bring attention as they have just opened their doors to the USA market, with the objective of bringing their unique gaming designs catered for gamers. In this article, Benchmark Reviews takes a look at one of their keyboards, the Tesoro Excalibur."

    Benchmark Reviews

  • "SilverStone is a well known name among computer hardware enthusiasts. It has a good record of building solid PSUs, some of those good, some of those great. Today it comes to us with 1500 watts of power in an extremely small footprint, sporting 100% fully modular cables, and claiming extremely good efficiency."

    [H]ardOCP

  • NikkTech

    "If there's one thing currently that security experts/analysts around the world all agree on that's the large increase of crime rates over the past 5 years and honestly i doubt this is really a surprise to most of you out there. Personally i may have yet to become a victim of something bad but my best friend had his store broken into twice inside 4 years, almost got mugged the other day while still in his car, another friend of mine got robbed while in his house and finally there have been numerous such reports around where i live. Because of that and also because many of you have asked us to focus on security related reviews of IP cameras and surveillance kits we're currently doing our best to bring as many such products here as possible. Today we'll be testing the latest Cloud Network Camera by COMPRO, the mini-dome TN2200."

    NikkTech

  • "Synology's latest two-bay NAS is the DS215j. This model looks very similar to the DS214 and shares almost all of the features, except for the loss of one USB 3.0 port (you get one USB 3.0 and one USB 2.0) and a reduction in processor speed. The DS214 uses a dual core 1.066GHz Marvell while the new DS215j has a dual core Marvell running at 800MHz."

    Kitguru

  • "We've been tracking NVIDIA's G-Sync for quite a while now. The comments section on Ryan's initial article erupted with questions, and many of those were answered in a follow-on interview with NVIDIA's Tom Petersen. The idea was radical – do away with the traditional fixed refresh rate and only send a new frame to the display when it has just completed rendering by the GPU. There are many benefits here, but the short version is that you get the low-latency benefit of V-SYNC OFF gaming combined with the image quality (lack of tearing) that you would see if V-SYNC was ON. Despite the many benefits, there are some potential disadvantages that come from attempting to drive an LCD panel at varying periods of time, as opposed to the fixed intervals that have been the norm for over a decade."

    PC Perspective

  • "The way we look at PC cases is forever changed thanks to the modders and the modding community. When people started to mod their beige PC cases, manufacturers took notice and changed. They changed what their cases looked like, they changed the materials used in the manufacturing process and most importantly, they changed the options available. In today's market, there..."

    Modders-Inc

  • NVIDIA

    One of most amazing things about gaming, is seeing yourself as an action superhero! With today's latest graphic technologies, the whole gaming experience is so much more realistic, and better yet, with products like NVIDIA SHILED, the realm of mobile gaming is better than ever before! Fans of the Batman series can get their Game On! as NVIDIA today announces the two new additions to the NVIDIA GRID cloud gaming service on #GRIDTuesday.

  • Tesoro Christmas Giveaway 2014

    Tesoro gets into the Holiday Spirit for all of it's fans worldwide, as they announce the Tesoro Christmas Calendar Giveaway, in which entrants have a chance to win Tesoro PC Gaming Peripherals everyday of December. "Everyday of December, Tesoro will announce a new prize, such as the Excalibur RGB mechanical keyboard or Kuven Pro true 5.1 headset that is available to win on their brand new website as well as on their Facebook page. Gamers only have to like the daily post for a chance to win the daily prize."See More

  • Tesoro Announces Christmas Calendar Global Giveaway

    Tesoro Announces Christmas Calendar Global Giveaway
    Enter for a Chance to Win Tesoro PC Gaming Peripherals Everyday of December

    December 2, 2014, Milpitas CA, USA – Tesoro Technology USA Inc., a manufacturer of high-tech gaming products, today announces the Christmas Calendar Giveaway, in which entrants have a chance to win Tesoro PC Gaming Peripherals everyday of December.

  • EK Water Blocks

    EK Water Blocks is proud to introduce a new Full-Cover water block, designed and engineered specifically for GIGABYTE® Gaming G1 series NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 970. "EK-FC970 GTX WF3 - with WF3 standing as WindForce 3X abbreviation - is a high-performance Full-Cover water block, designed for GIGABYTE® non-reference design GeForce® GTX 970 graphics cards. The cooler actively cools the GPU, RAM as well as VRM (voltage regulation module) as water flows directly over these critical areas thus allowing the graphics card and it's VRM to remain stable under high overclocks."See More

  • EKWB

    Premium computer liquid cooling gear manufacturer, is proud to introduce EK-TIM Ectotherm in retail packaging. The very same thermal compound, previously only available when bundled with EK Full Cover water blocks, is now available for separate purchase in a practical 5g dose.(MSRP of 4.95€ (incl. VAT)) "Ectotherm has been bundled with EK Full Cover water blocks since early 2013 and has been deployed by various system integrators as a cost effective, yet high performance thermal compound."See More

  • EK releases GIGABYTE® GTX 970 Gaming G1 Full-Cover water block

    EK-FC970 GTX WF3

    EK Water Blocks, Ljubljana based premium computer liquid cooling gear manufacturer, is proud to introduce a new Full-Cover water block, designed and engineered specificaly for GIGABYTE® Gaming G1 series NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 970

  • EK introduces Ectotherm thermal compound in 5g packaging

     EK introduces Ectotherm thermal compound in 5g packaging

    EK Water Blocks, Ljubljana based premium computer liquid cooling gear manufacturer, is proud to introduce EK-TIM Ectotherm in retail packaging. The very same thermal compound, previously only available when bundled with EK Full Cover water blocks, is now available for separate purchase in a practical 5g dose.

  • SteelSeries

    SteelSeries announced in collaboration with Team Fnatic, a new line-up of branded gaming gear. The Fnatic Edition peripherals were built and designed in collaboration with the team, starting with the original SteelSeries version and now to the new co-branded edition. The Fnatic colors of orange and black along with the recognized logo are what will set apart the special edition 9H Headset ($169.99 / €169.99), Rival Optical Mouse ($69.99 / €69.99) and Apex Keyboard ($109.99 / €109.99).See More

  • SteelSeries and Fnatic Announce New Range of Gaming Peripherals

    SteelSeries and Fnatic Announce New Range of Gaming Peripherals


    STEELSERIES AND FNATIC UNVEIL NEW LINEUP OF PERIPHERALS DURING DREAMHACK WINTER
    COPENHAGEN,

    Nov. 26, 2014 – Today SteelSeries, the global leader in premium gaming peripherals and supporter of competitive eSports, today announced in collaboration with Team Fnatic, a new line-up of branded gaming gear. The Fnatic Edition peripherals were built and designed in collaboration with the team, starting with the original SteelSeries version and now to the new co-branded edition. The Fnatic colors of orange and black along with the recognized logo are what will set apart the special edition 9H Headset, Rival Optical Mouse and Apex Keyboard.

  • "The Cooltek W2 is a bigger version of the W1, able to hold an XL-ATX motherboard and fully sized components. It comes equipped with three 140 mm fans, the same high-quality aluminum shell, and an excellent mix of drive bays - including an external 5.25" drive in the rear. Clocking in at a good 20% less than the Carbide Air 540, the Cooltek W2 is an excellent alternative for those looking for a clean full-sized cube chassis."

    techPowerUp

  • "Last week we offered you all our picks for mobile tech goodies for good girls and boys this holiday season. Nothing says I love you and care, now get into this selfie with me, like a new smartphone, tablet or notebook -- even if that loved one is, well, you. You're on the nice list after all, so it's all good. But what if you're the kind that likes to build it yourself, make your own, dial-in a dynamite desktop with only the choicest of components? Well then, our components gift guide should help to get you into that holiday spirit better than spiked egg nog -- and it's healthier for you too. Journey-on gift guide gear heads. We've got some of the good stuff for you too..."

    Hot Hardware

  • "The MSI GTX 980 GAMING 4G video card has a factory overclock and the new Twin Frozr V cooling system. We'll push it to its highest custom overclock and pit it against the ASUS ROG R9 290X MATRIX Platinum overclocker, and determine the gaming bang for your buck. May the best card win."

    [H]ardOCP

  • Think Computers

    "I'm sure at some point you had a bad PC setup. Maybe moving into a new place, waiting for a new desk to arrive or you just ran out of room. I can remember my horrible PC setups from when I was living at the dorms in college. If you have ever ventured over to the Shitty Battlestations sub-reddit you will find a lot of horrible PC setups. We will are going to pick 20 each month and feature them as 20 of the Worst PC setups for that month. Here are some of the bad ones from November!"

    Think Computers

  • "It has been a couple of months since the release of the GeForce GTX 970 and the GM204 GPU that it is based on. After the initial wave of stock on day one, NVIDIA had admittedly struggled to keep these products available. Couple that with rampant concerns over coil whine from some non-reference designs, and you could see why we were a bit hesitant to focus and spend our time on retail GTX 970 reviews."

    PC Perspective

  • The SSD Review

    "Don't miss out on a chance to upgrade your PC on the cheap. If this Thanksgiving and Black Friday wasn't enough, there is still time to get some great deals on new SSDs this Cyber Monday. SSDs speed up everything from system boot time, to application loading. We've seen dramatic differences in old systems with just a simple SSD upgrade. The whole user experience is night and day compared to a hard drive when an SSD is used as an OS drive. If this is your first time buying an SSD or you are a returning enthusiast who wants the most out of your purchase, be sure to check out our Windows Optimization Guide and our Learning To Run With Flash Series! Now, back to the deals... After searching around Amazon a bit, we were able to see many of the same prices SSDs had been this past week. However, we did find a few more new ones, such as this Kingston V300 deal."

    The SSD Review

  • "Today we are going to look at the latest set of Bluetooth headphones from Arctic – the P614 BT. This headset seeks to break new ground for Arctic, moving the brand into the fiercely competitive premium end of the market. Can they compete?"

    Kitguru

  • "Hi, here is a round-up of our reviews over the last week or so..."

    XMG P505 Laptop (GTX 980M/ i7)

    Corsair Gaming Sabre Mouse

    Cryorig H5 Cooler

  • Futuremark

    This just in to the the HTL Newsroom! Futuremark's 3D Mark and PCMark 8 software are known the world over for providing the industry with a reference of system performing benchmarks that allow users everywhere to evaluate the performance of their system's hardware and compare it others. Futuremark has announced some minor updates and fixes to both applications, and also notes "that benchmark scores will not be affected", with the improvements and download links appearing in the release notes that follow.

  • International CES 2014

    International CES announced today that they will spotlight the promise, power and future of technology through innovative startups and entrepreneurs. The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) today announced new areas and events at CES dedicated to the startup community, including the Indiegogo Zone and UP Global LIVE Stage. Owned and produced by CEA, the 2014 CES, the world’s gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies, will run January 7-10, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. See More

  • 2014 International CES to Showcase Global Startup Community

    New areas and events dedicated to startups and entrepreneurs

    Arlington, Va., December 30, 2013 – The 2014 International CES® will spotlight the promise, power and future of technology through innovative startups and entrepreneurs. The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)® today announced new areas and events at CES dedicated to the startup community, including the Indiegogo Zone and UP Global LIVE Stage. Owned and produced by CEA, the 2014 CES, the world’s gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies, will run January 7-10, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

  • Intel

    Intel will be hosting a series of fireside chats with Intel executives, industry leaders and surprise guests discussing conflict-free technology, wearable devices, the Internet of Things and connected cars, and more at CES 2014 in the Las Vegas Convention Center, Central Hall, Intel Booth #7252.See More

  • CES 2014 Fireside Chats with Intel Executives, Industry Leaders, Surprise Guests

  • Media Alert: CES 2014 Opening Night Keynote by Intel CEO Brian Krzanich

  • MSI

    MSI announces to showcase it's entire high performance computing lineup during CES 2014 in Las Vegas. On display at the MGM Skyline Marquee Suites will be MSI’s next-generation GT, GE and GX gaming notebooks, Quadro workstations for mobile professionals, tablets, touchscreen laptops, a brand new 24-inch All-In-One Gaming PC and the recently released 3K GT60. Take it from Andy Tung, Vice President of Sales for MSI’s Pan America Region. “From the world’s thinnest gaming notebook to the first gaming AIO and powerful workstations, 2014 will be a year filled with outstanding products.”See More

  • MSI Showcases Complete 2014 High Performance Computing Lineup during CES 2014

    MSI Showcases Complete 2014 High Performance Computing Lineup during CES 2014

    New wave of Gaming Laptops, Workstations, All-in-Ones, Tablets, PC Components and CES Innovations Winners on display at MGM Skyline Marquee Suites during CES 2014

    City of Industry, Calif. – December 30, 2013MSI Computer Corp, leading manufacturer of computer hardware products and solutions, unveils its 2014 lineup during CES in Las Vegas.  On display at the MGM Skyline Marquee Suites will be MSI’s next-generation   GT, GE and GX gaming notebooks, Quadro workstations for mobile professionals, tablets, touchscreen laptops, a brand new 24-inch All-In-One Gaming PC and the recently released 3K GT60.

  • Benchmark Reviews

    "I've reviewed a lot of Cooler Master cases over the years for Benchmark Reviews, and one thing that impresses me about the company is that they never stop innovating or refining. One has only to track the evolution of the Cosmos series of cases to see this writ large (very large, in the case of the Cosmos II), but what keeps my attention is the way they'll roll smaller, incremental improvements into an existing case line. Today's example: the Cooler Master Elite 130 mini-ITX computer case."

    Benchmark Reviews

  • "Today DaveChaos takes a look at the latest products from CM Storm - the new aluminium styled gaming peripherals including Pulse-R headset, Reaper mouse and Mech keyboard."

    Hardware Heaven

  • "The model we are sampling today is the HIS R9 280X ICEQ X2 3GB GDDR5. HIS have made some big improvements to the ICEQ range of coolers, not least the x2 version we are examining today. First off, the old bulbous, translucent plastic has been replaced with the very cool metal frame and as the name suggests, there are twin fans keeping the heatsink cool."

    Vortez

  • "A warrior with no master. A case with no equal. Ronin combines a dark, stealthy design with enhanced hardware compatibility for a chassis built for vengeance, a small extract of what BitFenix has to say about today's reviewed Ronin mid tower case. Very aggressive PR material, but that's the way we got used too. Strong and bold claims, however the case has to live up to the hype created around it. Let us pop the box and discover what the Ronin is really made of..."

    Madshrimps

  • Ocaholic

    "Power-Grid is an application developed by Roccat that turns your smartphone into a remote control center for your PC, the tool is available for Android and iOS, fully customizable and very easy to use. At the time the application is in beta phase and Roccat has not revealed how long this testing phase will last. Let's see it together!"

    Ocaholic

  • NikkTech

    "People have always liked to take impressive risks in order to feel alive and just by looking at some of the most popular extreme sports like parachuting (plane jumping), skiing, snowboarding, Cyaking, deep diving and surfing that's not really hard to figure out. However why do something so extreme if you can't keep a visual record of it not only as proof that you actually did it but also to help you improve. Up until a few years ago there was simply no easy way for people to record video while taking part in outdoor activities something which changed with the arrival of tiny cameras that could be easily mounted pretty much everywhere. We are of course talking about Action Cameras and today we will be checking out the brand new S-50 Wi-Fi Nitro Circus Live Limited Edition model by Rollei."

    NikkTech

  • HCW

    "Gigabyte aims to allow overclockers to take Haswell as far as possible on air with the 16-phase "Ultra Durable" Z87X-UD4H. Check out our review here."

    HCW

  • EKWB

    Ljubljana based premium water cooling gear manufacturer, EK Water Blocks, proudly introduces the EK-FB KIT ASUS R4BE water block kit as a complete liquid cooling solution for ASUS® Rampage IV Black Edition motherboard. The water blocks directly cools Intel X79® Express southbridge (PCH) as well as power regulation (VRM / MOSFETs) module. It is a high flow water block kit that can be easily used with systems using weaker water pumps.See More

  • EK introduces ASUS® Rampage IV Black Edition water block kit

    EK-FB KIT ASUS R4BE

    Dec 24, 2013  --EK Water Blocks, Ljubljana based premium water cooling gear manufacturer, is proud to introduce ASUS® Rampage IV Black Edition motherboard water cooling solution, a X79 based 4th generation Intel® Core® i7 extreme overclocking LGA-2011 socket motherboard.

  • KINGMAX

    As long as folks have the need to transfer files between devices either at home, in the office or on the move, there will always be a need for handy USB flash drives. KINGMAX has recently launched PJ-01, a OTG USB Flash Driver, featuring a plug-and-play design, supporting the OTG(On-The-Go) function of android smart phones and tablets, so people can read/edit files much more easier. The compact and lightweight KINGMAX PJ-01 is encased in a reliable and rugged aluminum material body, that is fully USB 2.0 compliant, and available in several colors, making the PJ-01 an indispensable tool for maintaining and updating data when on the road. See More

  • Sharing files anytime and anywhere - KINGMAX OTG USB Flash Driver

    Sharing files anytime and anywhere - KINGMAX OTG USB Flash Driver

    KINGMAX has recently launched PJ-01, a OTG USB Flash Driver

    2013/12/27 -- People need various accessories for their devices. For this kind of trouble to transfer data among different devices, KINGMAX is thoughtful to design this OTG USB! Portable devices do not need external accessory to connect PCs or other host with the plug-and-play design, supported OTG(On-The-Go) function of android smart phones and tablets, people can read/edit files much more easier.When portable devices couldn’t search Wi-fi signal, OTG USB make users read/edit files as usual. User needn't search any cybercafé or fast food restaurant anymore. By the way, the PJ-01 is really small and featherweight for taking along, only 3 grams.

  • Benchmark Reviews

    "It's entirely possible the next product needs no introduction – the Noctua NH-U14S is the newest version in Noctua's NH-U series of CPU coolers that were first introduced in 2005. For years, Noctua has been synonymous with premium performance cooling and the new NH-U14S model looks to continue the tradition. Designed to be the premier option for the NH-U series the 140mm NH-U14S and its 52mm wide heatsink promise quiet performance while still clearing RAM modules, even on sockets like LGA2011. Combined with the NF-A15 140mm fan and an entire host of cutting-edge trademark technologies from Noctua, will this cooler be worthy of the Noctua name? Benchmark Reviews has a chance to see where the NH-U14S ranks among the competition."

    Benchmark Reviews

  • "Here we round up some of the best headsets of the last few months, if you are a gamer, mobile user, console enthusiast or just want a headset that's good for everything then this is the place to start."

    Hardware Heaven

  • "In his latest blog post, TR's Geoff Gasior explains why he's ditching game consoles for good. After years of feeling like second-class citizens, gaming PCs are finally competent players in the living room."

    The Tech Report

  • BCCHardware

    "If you are in the market for a cheap Bluetooth speaker, the SONOS PLAY:1 is not for you. If you're shopping for a speaker system for your home or office that allows you to play music wirelessly in any and every room that you are in, the SONOS PLAY:1 is a great place to start. The ability to pair, separate, stream and enjoy great music and audio everywhere you are, is absolutely fantastic."

    BCCHardware

  • Audio-Technica always listening

    Audio-Technica will be introducing its first-ever gaming headphones at CES 2014. "The premium-quality ATH-AG1 and ATH-ADG1 deliver a powerful, immersive sonic experience that draws listeners completely into the gaming environment." As part of the announcement, attendees at CES 2014 are also invited to take part in The SonicFuel Experience at CES 2014! You'll receive a complimentary pair of SonicFuel ATH-CKX5iS headphones by participating in the Experience in the Audio-Technica booth (#20656). See More

  • UPDATED CES MEDIA ALERT: Audio-Technica to Host The SonicFuel Experience, Intro New Headphones and More

    Audio-Technica to Host The SonicFuel Experience, Intro New Headphones and More

    Audio-Technica to Host The SonicFuel Experience, Debut New Headphones, First-Ever Gaming Headsets and More at CES 2014

    You're invited to take part in The SonicFuel Experience at CES 2014! You'll receive a complimentary pair of SonicFuel ATH-CKX5iS headphones by participating in the Experience in the Audio-Technica booth (#20656) - see details below.

  • STREAMZ

    STREAMZ announced today it has released the world's first smart streaming headphones called STREAMZ™. STREAMZ are breakthrough headphones that allow you to play music and audio from multiple sources, including onboard stored music, streaming online radio, streamed phone music, plus audio from your TV, movie, and game player. "The company will be demonstrating STREAMZ and their BLUWAVS 7.1 HDMI Surround headphones during the 2014 CES Expo, held in Las Vegas from January 7–10, booth #54009 (inside the iLounge of the LVH Hall)." See More

  • STREAMZ Introduces World's First Smart Streaming Headphones    

    STREAMZ - WORLDS FIRST ANDROID 36GB WIFI STREAMING SMART HEADPHONES. (PRNewsFoto/STREAMZ)
    FIRST TO INTEGRATE ANDROID WIFI MUSIC PLAYER, STREAMS PANDORA®, TV, GAMES, MOVIES

    SALT LAKE CITY, Dec. 26, 2013 -- STREAMZ™, a Mozaex® spin-off company, announced today it has released the world's first smart streaming headphones called STREAMZ™. STREAMZ are breakthrough headphones that allow you to play music and audio from multiple sources, including onboard stored music, streaming online radio, streamed phone music, plus audio from your TV, movie, and game player.

  • "We have been reviewing Seasonic power supplies for over ten years here at PCPerspective and they have never failed to impress us. Seasonic is also one of the few companies that actually builds their own power supplies (along with supplying units to numerous other big-name brands). Seasonic has built a stellar reputation for producing some of the best PC power supplies on the market today. In their ongoing pursuit to continuously improve their products, Seasonic has recently introduced the S12G Series, which includes four models: S12G-450, S12G-550, S12G-650, and the S12G-750 that we will be taking a detailed look at in this review. Here are a few of the highlights offered by the new S12G Series power supplies."

    PC Perspective

  • "The rugged Armor A30 drives from Silicon Power have a body composed of plastic and silica gel; they come in both 500GB and 1TB capacities while operating on the USB 3.0 bus. For added value we get SP Widget which helps us perform backups, encrypt the drive and more."

    Madshrimps

  • Think Computers

    "Last year we took a look at a very sexy external hard drive from ADATA. The DashDrive Elite HE720 was a great external hard drive, but it was limited by the mechanical hard drive that was inside of it. Well ADATA is back with the DashDrive Elite SE720, which looks almost identical to the HE720, but what's under the hood is completely different. This time with the SE720 ADATA has packed it with a 128 GB solid state drive. That means you will not be limited by the hard drive that is inside and this will be one of the fastest external drives we have ever tested! How fast? Read on to find out!"

    Think Computers

  • "If you are working with a budget of £180 or less there has never been a better time to buy a graphics card. The Gigabyte R9 270X Windforce OC that we are looking at today for instance is supplied in a preoverclocked state, with a custom cooler and has a retail price of only £164.99 inc vat. Is this the graphics card you need for a new cost effective system build in 2014?"

    Kitguru

  • NikkTech

    "We are counting only a few hours until Christmas so as I'm sure all of you can understand writing a review at this time is not exactly easy for me, however it's not every day that we receive a unique product to review and since we will be hitting the mountain to spend new year's eve we feel that this can come in handy to you as it will to us. A few days ago we reviewed the Patriot FUEL+ 7800mAh Mobile Rechargeable Battery which left us with the best impressions thanks to its design, size and real battery capacity. However although 7800mAh and even 9000mAh (capacity of its larger brother) are more than just enough for use with smartphones, MP3/4 players and small tablets they are simply not enough for people who happen to own large screen tablets and this is where XT Power comes in with their latest and quite massive MP-23000A 23000mAh Ultra-High Capacity External Power Supply Battery Pack."

    NikkTech

  • Ocaholic

    "Over the past years LG have had the rare chance to gather experience building Google Nexus Smartphones. The Korean company are the makers of the Nexus 4, but sharp tongues would claim that it was just a cut-down version of the Optiumus G. It might be that they were right, since LG have now made the Nexus 5, a high-end smartphone that sports a surprisingly reasonable price tag."

    Ocaholic

  • "Today we take a look at a new mouse in the SteelSeries range, the Rival. This mouse features a new body shape, taking us away from the design used on the likes of Sensei and Kana. Is it for the better though?"

    Hardware Heaven

  • CRYORIG

    Following the launch of the CRYORIG XF 140mm PWM fan, CRYORIG announces a slimmer version for those situations where a thin-is-in, while maintaining the same level of cooling performance. The XT140 as a high performance 13mm thick 140mm diameter PWM heatsink and system fan. The XF140 utilizes CRYORIG’s built in Acoustic Vibration Absorbers, as well as featuring our own HPLN™ (High Precision Low Noise) bearing to bring optimal noise to performance ratio. The XT140’s Slim Vortex blades offers performance near identical to that of 25mm thick fans, offering performance and compatibility in a slim package. See More

  • CRYORIG

    Newcomer to the PC peripherals and thermal solutions market with a core team of veterans that have worked with some of the most renowned brands such Thermalright, Prolimatech and Phanteks. CRYORIG announces the CRYORIG XF140 is a high performance 140mm PWM heatsink and system fan. The XF140 utilizes CRYORIG’s built in Acoustic Vibration Absorbers, as well as featuring our own HPLN™ (High Precision Low Noise) bearing to bring optimal noise to performance ratio. See More

  • Introducing CRYORIG’s XT140

    Introducing CRYORIG’s XT140

    DECEMBER 25 2013, PM 02:53 -- CRYORIG is a fresh new comer to the PC peripherals and thermal solutions market but with a core team of veterans that have worked with some of the most renowned brands such Thermalright, Prolimatech and Phanteks. With our experience and drive for innovation and improvement we are proud to present our XT140 140mm Slim Profile PWM fan.

  • New Release! CRYORIG’s XF140

    CRYORIG’s XF140 (black)

    DECEMBER 25 2013, PM 02:49 -- CRYORIG is a fresh new comer to the PC peripherals and thermal solutions market but with a core team of veterans that have worked with some of the most renowned brands such Thermalright, Prolimatech and Phanteks. With our experience and drive for innovation and improvement we are proud to present our XF140 140mm PWM fan.

  • BitFenix

    Leading and innovating product manufactures like BitFenix, would not be where they are if it was not from solid support, while getting feedback on product development from it's fan base and online community. “Since the beginning, BitFenix has always stayed close to the community to help them resolve their issues quickly and efficiently. To that end, BitFenix proud to launch an all-new support center to even better serve our customers.”See More

  • BitFenix
    Brand new support ticketing system promises even faster service for BitFenix fans

    (BitFenix Design Lab, December 26, 2013) – Since the beginning, BitFenix has always stayed close to the community to help them resolve their issues quickly and efficiently. To that end, BitFenix proud to launch an all-new support center to even better serve our customers.

  • Merry Christmas & Happy New Year! (Greeting from KINGMAX)

     

     

     

  • Transcend good memories start here

    Transcend announces the launch of its Premium Series 800x CompactFlash cards. A worthy addition to Transcend's expanding line of CompactFlash memory cards, the 800X CF cards feature incredibly fast transfer rates for capturing professional-quality images and Full HD 1080p video. Equally impressive are the huge 64GB to 256GB capacity options on offer, which enable photographers to store many more high-resolution images and enjoy extended recording sessions."Backed by Transcend's renowned Limited Lifetime Warranty, Transcend's 800x CompactFlash cards are now available in 64GB (US$179), 128GB (US$349) and 256GB (US$699) capacities." See More

  • Transcend - good memories start here
    	  Transcend Adds 800x CF Card to Its Professional CompactFlash Lineup

    December 24, 2013 --Transcend Information, Inc. Transcend), a worldwide leader in storage and multimedia products, today announced the launch of its Premium Series 800x CompactFlash cards. A worthy addition to Transcend's expanding line of CompactFlash memory cards, the 800X CF cards feature incredibly fast transfer rates for capturing professional-quality images and Full HD 1080p video. Equally impressive are the huge 64GB to 256GB capacity options on offer, which enable photographers to store many more high-resolution images and enjoy extended recording sessions.

  • MSI

    MSI announces the long expected MSI R9 290 GAMING 4G and R9 290X GAMING 4G card are now available. “Packed with all of the power and features to drive UltraHD gaming resolutions the MSI Twin Frozr IV Advanced now ensures your card runs cool so you can enjoy maximum performance because AMD’s PowerTune technology enables the R9 290 GAMING 4G and R9 290X GAMING 4G to run at their highest clock speeds. “ See More

  • EKWB

    EK Water Blocks, announces the upcoming EK-FC R9-290X DCII will be a high performance full-cover water block for engineered specifically for the latest revision of ASUS design Radeon R9 290X DirectCU II series graphics cards. This product will directly cool the GPU, RAM as well as VRM (voltage regulation module) as water will flow directly over these critical areas thus allowing the graphics card and it's VRM to remain stable under high overclocks.See More

  • MSI R9 290 GAMING 4G and R9 290X GAMING 4G now available

    MSI R9 290 GAMING 4G and R9 290X GAMING 4G now available

    Powerful Graphics, today and tomorrow

    The long expected MSI R9 290 GAMING 4G and R9 290X GAMING 4G are now available. Packed with all of the power and features to drive UltraHD gaming resolutions the MSI Twin Frozr IV Advanced now ensures your card runs cool so you can enjoy maximum performance because AMD’s PowerTune technology enables the R9 290 GAMING 4G and R9 290X GAMING 4G to run at their highest clock speeds. With support for the latest industry standards and exciting new technology such as Mantle support in Battlefield 4. Thanks to the bundled MSI GAMING App gamers can quickly switch between three pre-sets including a silent mode optimized for power efficiency and an overclocking and OC Mode to get the most power out of your graphics card, without worrying about learning how to overclock. The R9 290 GAMING 4G and R9 290X GAMING 4G have been designed to give you a gaming experience that delivers you true next-gen performance for ultra HD resolutions without sacrificing on thermals to kick-start your gaming rig for 2014.

  • New FC water block in the making for ASUS R9290X-DC2

    New FC water block in the making for ASUS R9290X-DC2

    EK Water Blocks, Ljubljana based premium water cooling gear manufacturer, is working on a new Full Cover water block for the latest ASUS® non-reference design DirectCU II series AMD® Radeon® R9 290X graphics card, namely the R9290X-DC2OC-4GD5.

  • "Corsair recently added another line, the CS-M, to their rich portfolio. Today, we will evaluate the CS650M: it features compact dimensions and a semi-modular cabling design. The PSU is also 80 Plus Gold certified and has a single +12V rail that can deliver up to 51 A of current."

    techPowerUp

  • OCInside

    "Today, we test the first motherboard with the new Socket FM2+ for AMD Kaveri processors at OCinside.de that is also backward compatible with Socket FM2 Richland and Trinity processors. The AMD FM2+ motherboard based on the AMD A88X Bolton-D4 chipset and has a total of five PCI Express slots, two PCI slots, four memory slots with AMP and XMP support, seven SATA3 ports, one eSATA3 port, Gigabit LAN, HDMI-In, HDMI output, D-Sub VGA, DVI, DisplayPort, 7.1 purity sound and lots of more features. Of course we have not just tested the ASRock FM2A88X Extreme6+ Socket FM2+ mainboard features, but also overclocked it up to the limits."

    OCInside

  • Ocaholic

    "Today, we have a chance to look at a member of Corsair's PSU Gaming series, the Corsair GS800. Designed as the ideal price-performance solution for building or upgrading a gaming PC, according to Corsair, the GS800 is based on a single +12V rail design, providing up to 65A of reliable, continuous power for multi-core, multi-GPU gaming PCs and packs quite a few nice features including tri-color 140mm LED fan. Bear with us as we check out if the GS800 really has what it takes to carry the Gaming Series tag."

    Ocaholic

  • Think Computrers

    "When people ask me what is a good air CPU cooler Noctua is always a name that comes to mind. They are known for their great cooling solutions, both big and small. When it comes to air coolers one of the biggest problems is compatibility. Many performance and high-end memory modules are large heatspreaders and they can get in the way. Noctua of course knows this and has made an effort to come out with CPU coolers that will be compatible in all situations. The NH-U14S is one such cooler. It is designed with a 52mm thin heatsink stack that allows for full RAM compatibility on socket 2011 as well as other platforms. Normally we see these massive heatsinks from Noctua so will the NH-U14S still be able to perform up to the standards we know Noctua for? Read on as we find out!"

    Think Computers

  • NikkTech

    "Have any of you ever wondered what kind of mini cams are used in all those "car accident" video clips uploaded in YouTube? Well i don't know whether or not people use such devices in your countries but they certainly don't in mine (at least not up until this day) so i took it upon myself to find as much as i could for the so called car dashboard cameras. You see i have been watching such clips for many years now (especially ones with accidents caused by extreme weather conditions) but it never occurred to me that there are many companies out there that only focus in the design, development and manufacture of such dashboard cameras. One of those companies and perhaps the most well-known in the market is Pittasoft and today we will be taking a look at their latest BlackVue DR550GW-2CH dual-cam Wi-Fi compatible model."

    NikkTech

  • "Today we look at the new customised high end card from Asus, the GTX780 Ti Direct CUII OC. This solution features a customised two fan cooler and out of the box overclocked speeds. We already know the GTX780 Ti is the fastest single GPU on the planet, so how does the tweaked ASUS card stack up?"

    Kitguru

  • Seagate

    Seagate Technology, announced today that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Seagate will acquire all outstanding shares of Xyratex Ltd., a leading provider of storage technology, in an all-cash transaction valued at $13.25 per share, or a total of approximately $374 million, including approximately $80 million in cash on Xyratex's balance sheet as of August 31, 2013. The consideration represents a premium of approximately 27% per share over Xyratex's stock price at the close of trading on December 20, 2013. See More

  • AMD FirePro

    AMD announces new dual AMD FirePro professional graphics solutions to deliver unprecedented levels of performance for the new Mac Pro. The AMD FirePro D300, D500 and D700 professional GPUs offer exceptional compute power and reliability for creativity and productivity in a wide range of applications. With industry-adopted OpenCL support, Mac Pro users have the ability to seamlessly edit full-resolution 4K video and simultaneously render effects in the background, and still have enough performance to power up to three high-resolution 4K displays. See More

  • New AMD FirePro Professional Graphics Deliver Unprecedented Levels of Performance for New Mac Pro

    Dual AMD FirePro Professional Graphics Enable OpenCL Compute Power Matched With 4K Display Support

    SUNNYVALE, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 12/23/13 -- AMD (NYSE: AMD) announced dual AMD FirePro™ professional graphics solutions (GPUs) deliver unprecedented levels of performance for the new Mac Pro. The AMD FirePro™ D300, D500 and D700 professional GPUs offer exceptional compute power and reliability for creativity and productivity in a wide range of applications. With industry-adopted OpenCL™ (Open Computing Language) support, Mac Pro users have the ability to seamlessly edit full-resolution 4K video and simultaneously render effects in the background, and still have enough performance to power up to three high-resolution 4K displays1.

  • Seagate Technology to Acquire Xyratex Ltd

    Strengthens Capital Integration Strategy with Addition of Xyratex's HDD Test Business

    Expands Storage Portfolio with Acquisition of Xyratex's Storage Systems Business

    CUPERTINO, Calif. & HAVANT, England--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 23, 2013-- Seagate Technology plc, a world leader in storage solutions, and Xyratex Ltd (NASDAQ: XRTX), a leading provider of data storage technology, today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Seagate will acquire all outstanding shares of Xyratex in an all-cash transaction valued at $13.25 per share, or a total of approximately $374 million, including approximately $80 million in cash on Xyratex's balance sheet as of August 31, 2013. The consideration represents a premium of approximately 27% per share over Xyratex's stock price at the close of trading on December 20, 2013.

  • ROCCAT Set The Rules

    Since the launch of the ROCCAT Power-Grid back in October, and with more than a quarter of a million downloads, the software has been very successful thus far: more than 1,000 positive ratings in the Apple and Google app stores and tons of user-created content on the Power-Grid website clearly show that the app satisfies gamers’ needs to connect their smartphone to their PC. ROCCAT announces a major update to Power-Grid that contains new nice-to-have features as well as completely new code – making the software more useable and open overall. See More

  • ROCCAT Issues First Major Update for Power-Grid

    ROCCAT Issues First Major Update for Power-Grid™ 

    Software updates include Grids that turn your smartphone into a trackpad for your PC and control lighting effects for Ryos MK Pro Keyboard

    Highly acclaimed iOS/Android App celebrates over 250,000 downloads, new SDK now available

    Hamburg – December 20, 2013 – Today, Power-Grid will see its first major update since its launch back in October. With more than a quarter of a million downloads, the software has been very successful thus far: more than 1,000 positive ratings in the Apple and Google app stores and tons of user-created content on the Power-Grid website clearly show that the app satisfies gamers’ needs to connect their smartphone to their PC. With Power-Grid still being in beta status, ROCCAT aims for continuous improvement, based first and foremost on user feedback. “Running the open beta is very important for us”, says ROCCAT founder and CEO René Korte. “With this large user base we get way more feedback than we did in the closed beta. That makes it easier for us to focus on in-demand features that are beneficial to users, because more free Power-Grid content gets shared through our store”.

  • Benchmark Reviews

    "The second revision of the Arc Mini micro ATX chassis brings a few revisions while keeping the essential styling that differentiates Fractal Design from other PC case manufacturers. The original Arc Mini PC case was well received by PC enthusiasts and system builders alike, and now Benchmark Reviews has the Arc Mini R2 for testing and we will detail what sets it apart from the crowd."

    Benchmark Reviews

  • "MSI's R9 270X GAMING provides the lowest noise levels of any card in its performance class, thanks to its dual-fan TwinFrozr cooler. It is also overclocked out of the box, giving it a 3% performance advantage, matching performance with the HD 7950."

    techPowerUp

  • "It has been a crazy launch for the AMD Radeon R9 series of graphics cards. When we first reviewed both the R9 290X and the R9 290, we came away very impressed with the GPU and the performance it provided. Our reviews of both products resulted in awards of the Gold class. The 290X was a new class of single GPU performance while the R9 290 nearly matched performance at a crazy $399 price tag."

    PC Perspective

  • Ocaholic

    "With their Fatal1ty 750W, OCZ have a rather aggressively priced power supply in their portfolio. For as little as 75 Euro you can get a unit, that features modular cable management, an illuimnated fan and up to 750 Watts of continuous power delivery next to an 80Plus Bronze certificate. This sound like quite a lot of hardware for this kind of money, doesn't it?"

    Ocaholic

  • "Today we are looking at a Powerline WiFi Extender starter kit from TP-Link aimed at providing everything the consumer needs to extend their wired and wireless network into areas of the home not accessible by conventional means, instead utilising the electrical circuits already present."

    Hardware Heaven

  • Think Computers

    "We have teamed up with our friends at Antec to give you a great giveaway! Up for grabs we have an Antec Twelve Hundred Gaming Case, Nine Hundred Two Gaming Case, Eathwatts Platinum 650W Power Supply, and High Current Gamer 400M Power Supply! Like most of our contests we will be running this one on Facebook, so it is extremely easy to get your entry in! So how do you enter?"

    Think Computers

  • "The new year has not yet arrived, but it looks like Samsung is perfectly satisfied to borrow a page out of the automotive industry and give a forward-thinking name to a product before we all gather around to sing Auld Lang Syne. What we're looking at today is the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 Edition), not to be confused with the "old" Note 10.1 released earlier this year without the year designation. And yes, it really is a new product."

    MegaTechNews

  • "In his latest blog post, TR's Cyril Kowaliski bemoans the dearth of proper support for high-PPI displays in Windows software."

    The Tech Report

  • NikkTech

    "Up until 5 years ago the only keyboards you'd find on my two desks featured the standard membrane technology for the keys (rubber dome) and since 1989 when i got my first personal computer i must have changed at least 10 of them not because they stopped working out of the blue but because of many other reasons. That suddenly changed with the increasing flow of keyboards featuring mechanical switches (Cherry MX keys) into the market by most of the leading gaming peripheral manufacturers. Certainly mechanical keyboards are not something new and as a matter of fact they've been around for quite some time but it wasn't until quite recently that most manufacturers figured out they could also pitch them to the general public (gamers especially). Today we'll be taking a thorough look at what seems to be a very basic gaming mechanical keyboard at first glance the MEKA G-1 Illuminated by Tt eSPORTS."

    NikkTech

  • COUGAR

    The HiTech Legion Staff and family would like to take a moment and Wish Everyone a Merry Christmas and The Best of the Holiday Season to Everyone! And now a word from one of our sponsors... Yep! It's COUGAR Time! COUGAR, is giving away prizes in promotion with media partners and having a “Look Back at COUGAR 2013” Christmas Giveaway contest on Facebook. Considering all of the outstanding products COUGAR has released this year you can choose which is your favorite, then “Like, Share and Win”. Check out the details See More

  • COUGAR, The Year In Review – Plus Christmas Giveaway

    COUGAR, The Year In Review – Plus Christmas Giveaway

    December 20th 2013, Taipei - Leading PC CASE and Power Supply maker, COUGAR, is giving away prizes in promotion with media partners and having a “Look Back at COUGAR 2013” Christmas Giveaway contest on Facebook. Considering all of the outstanding products COUGAR has released this year you can choose which is your favorite, then “Like, Share and Win”. Check out the details here: https://www.facebook.com/events/229458737235466/

  • AMD

    AMD announced earlier that it will webcast its quarterly earnings conference call on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 5:30 p.m. EST / 2:30 p.m. PST to discuss the results of its fiscal fourth quarter and year ended December 28, 2013. All interested parties will have the opportunity to listen to the real-time audio webcast of the teleconference over the Internet through AMD’s Web site at ir.amd.com.See More

  • AMD to Report Fiscal Fourth Quarter and Full Year Results On January 21, 2014
     

    SUNNYVALE, Calif.  —12/19/2013 --AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced that it will webcast its quarterly earnings conference call on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 5:30 p.m.  EST / 2:30 p.m. PST to discuss the results of its fiscal fourth quarter and year ended December 28, 2013. All interested parties will have the opportunity to listen to the real-time audio webcast of the teleconference over the Internet through AMD’s Web site at ir.amd.com.  An archive of the webcast will be available for approximately one year after the conference call.

  • ASUS ROG Announces Poseidon GTX 780 Graphics Card

    ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) announces the Poseidon GTX 780 with DirectCU H2O, a new graphics card with an exclusive hybrid thermal solution that enables extremely efficient cooling by either air or water. The ASUS ROG Poseidon GTX 780 is also loaded with latest ROG technologies and innovations, including dust-proof fans for increased card longevity, die-cast thermal armor for improved cooling in the crucial MOSFET area, DIGI+ voltage-regulation modules (VRMs) with black metallic capacitors power design for incredible stability and reduced noise. See More

  • ASUS ROG Announces Poseidon GTX 780 Graphics Card

    ASUS ROG Poseidon-GTX780-P-3GD5

    New graphics card with exclusive DirectCU H2O hybrid air and water cooling technology delivers 140%-cooler, 3X-quieter and 12%-faster gaming performance

    Taipei, Taiwan (17th December, 2013) — ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) today announced Poseidon GTX 780 with DirectCU H2O, a new graphics card with an exclusive hybrid thermal solution that enables extremely efficient cooling by either air or water.

  • Lian Li

    Lian Li earlier today announced, a new brushed aluminum Mini-ITX chassis – PC-Q33 – with a flip-open design and space-efficient hardware support. The PC-Q33 provides plenty of working space for DIY builders. Builders can swing open the top and front panel of this brushed aluminum chassis providing easy access to the internal components. The PC-Q33 will be available at the end of December for the suggested retail price of USD 99. See More

  • Lian Li Releases the PC-Q33 Mini-ITX Chassis in North AmericaLian Li PC-Q33 Mini-ITX

    Flip-Open Design and Space Efficient Hardware Support

    December 20, 2013, Keelung, Taiwan -Lian-Li Industrial Co. Ltd, today announces a new brushed aluminum Mini-ITX chassis – PC-Q33 – with a flip-open design and space-efficient hardware support.

  • PowerColor

    PowerColor announces the first and only R9 290X with liquid cooling solution in the market. As always, PowerColor have joined forces with award-winning cooling manufacture EK Water Blocks to create the PowerColor LCS R9 290X as a must have for every enthusiastic PC users. See More

  • POWERCOLOR ROLLS OUT THE LATEST R9 290X WITH LIQUID COOLING SOULTION

     PowerColor LCS R9 290X

    The first and only R9 290X with liquid cooling solution in the market

    Taipei, Taiwan –Dec. 18, 2013 – TUL Corporation, a leading manufacturer of AMD graphic cards, today announces the first and only R9 290X with liquid cooling solution in the market. As always, PowerColor have joined forces with award-winning cooling manufacture EK Water Blocks to create the PowerColor LCS R9 290X as a must have for every enthusiastic PC users.

  • KTC Group

    Shenzhen based KTC Technology Group is an OEM leader in the manufacturing of LCD TVs around the globe and provides high quality products to the world with competitive prices. KTC stepped into the manufacturing of tablets in 2012 and launched a series of products providing global brand customers with professional OEM service. Now, they are proud to introduce a cost-effective 8-inch model, the 800P31C.See More

  • Cost-Effective 8-inch Tablet Making a Splash in the Industry

    KTC 8- inch tablet 800P31C 

    December 19th, Shenzhen, China – In 2010, after the Apple iPad entered the market, tablets gradually became a common personal item. But tablets can’t always substitute for PCs or mobile phones. So the higher price of the iPads had an influence on their sales volume.

  • Benchmark Reviews

    "Sharkoon technologies have been manufacturing pc peripherals since 2003 encompassing unique designs and convincing performance. Their philosophy states that "premium quality and affordable prices do not have to contradict each other." Keep in mind that this statement is going to be put to the test. The DarkGlider has recently become available worldwide offering a plethora of features (common and unique to gaming mice). Benchmark Reviews is going to run this mouse through the gamut and expose what makes this product stand out from the pack (and if the Sharkoon philosophy stays true)."

    Benchmark Reviews

  • "Like a mad rush of level 60 rogues, the ECS GANK MACHINE launches its assault on the Intel Haswell platform in a way no other would even attempt, going straight for the kill. Built with gaming in mind, and a bit of overclocking, too, the ECS GANK MACHINE not only surprised me, but left me feeling helpless, and under-skilled."

    techPowerUp

  • "Despite the fact that they both sell for over $500, the Crucial M500 960GB and Samsung 840 EVO 1TB are relative bargains. These SSDs have the lowest price per gigabyte around, and they're very different drives. We've pitted them against each other in an epic clash of terabyte titans."

    The Tech Report

  • Ocaholic

    "With their Z87-Expert, ASUS have a motherboard in its portfolio that features a decent price tag, well below 200 Euro and the board comes with quite a few good features. There is for example onboard WiFi, which supports the latest ac-standard. Other than that there is an adequate power design as well as quite a few other things you might like."

    Ocaholic

  • "The TL-WPA4220KIT comes pretty cheap and also provides wireless connectivity for maximizing the wireless range of the current network. Despite the fact that we get an advertised speed of 500Mbps, the LAN ports are capped at 100Mbps. We must also take in account that the speed may vary depending on the quality of the wiring and other factors."

    Madshrimps

  • Think Computers

    "Lately we have been taking a look at a lot of Radeon R9 280X graphics cards. These are based on the Tahiti GPU that was also found in AMD's Radeon HD 7900 series cards. For those not looking to spend as much money the next step down in AMD's latest graphics cards is the R9 270X/270 series. These cards are based off the Pitcairn GPU and still offer a very good price / performance ratio. Today we are looking at MSI's Radeon R9 270 Gaming graphics card. This card will feature a factory overclock and MSI's own Twin Frozr IV cooling solution. Is this the best graphics card for under $200? We are going to find out!"

    Think Computers

  • HCW

    "In this Core i3 4340 review, we find out how Haswell performs in a dual core config. We also compare IGP performance against AMD with surprising results."

    HCW

  • "In November AMD released their reference R9 290 and while we were impressed with the frame rate performance we certainly didn't find it fun dealing with the noisy, ill performing reference cooler. It has been some time coming, but today we look at the first custom cooled, overclocked card from partner Sapphire. It features their tasty Tri X cooler. Is this the card you need in your new system build as we head into 2014?"

    Kitguru

  • Sapphire Top R9 models with Tri-X cooler, faster clocks and dual BIOS

    Ever since the launch of the R9 290 series, performance has been hindered, since it has been cappped by the system as the GPU temperature reaches higher levels. Leave to the folks at SAPPHIRE to provide an optimal cooling solution so maximum performance levels can be attained. SAPPHIRE Technology has just announced two new models of its top of the range R9 290 and R9 290X graphics cards. Both models feature the SAPPHIRE exclusive Tri-X triple fan cooler, enhanced clocks and dual BIOS. SAPPHIRE has also tailored the fan speed profiles on the Tri-X models to a transitional linear mode which the company believes achieves the best sustainable performance with lower GPU temperatures. See More

  • SAPPHIRE COOLS HAWAII FOR ENHANCED PERFORMANCE:

    SAPPHIRE TRI-X R9 290X 4GB GDDR5 OC (UEFI)
    Top R9 models with Tri-X cooler, faster clocks and dual BIOS

     Dec 19, 2013 -- SAPPHIRE Technology has just announced two new models of its top of the range R9 290 and R9 290X graphics cards. Both models feature the SAPPHIRE exclusive Tri-X triple fan cooler, enhanced clocks and dual BIOS.

  • Genius

    Genius, a world-leading designer of personal peripheral products connecting people to their devices in the mobile and digital world, will showcase the latest breath-taking product portfolio, first of its kind, at 2014 CES International, Las Vegas (Booth #35425). See More

  • Thecus Creator in Storage

    Thecus proudly announces the world's first NAS devices with support for RAID 50 and RAID 60. These new NAS devices offer significant advances in performance and fault tolerance for small and medium businesses and enterprise customers. See More

  • Futuremark

    Futuremark, is proud to announce that Quanta Computer, the worlds largest laptop maker, has joined its Benchmark Development Program. Quanta will work with Futuremark to create new benchmarks for both the PC and mobile platforms. See More

  • ADATA

    ADATA announces that they will be presenting new products in conjunction with the International Consumer Electronic Show (CES), held in Las Vegas from January 7 to 10. Hosting a hospitality suite at the five-star Venetian Resort, ADATA will display the latest in charging accessories for mobile devices, solid state drives (SSDs), DRAM modules, and Flash storage devices to media and partners from around the world. See More

  • GENIUS SHOWCASES NEW PRODUCT PORTFOLIO AT CES 2014

    Genius Product Showcase 2014 CES International, Las Vegas (Booth #35425
    Provide live demonstration of eye-opening Mobility and PC accessories

    December 19, 2013, Chino, CaliforniaGenius, a world-leading designer of personal peripheral products connecting people to their devices in the mobile and digital world, will showcase the latest breath-taking product portfolio, first of its kind, at 2014 CES International, Las Vegas (Booth #35425).

  • Thecus – First in NAS Industry to Have Devices Which Support RAID 50 and 60

    Thecus NAS devices: N6850 N8900 N12000PRO N16000PRO
    Combining Speed, Greatly Improved Fault Tolerance, and More Cost-Effective Operation

    December 19, 2013, Milpitas, CaliforniaThecus® is pleased to announce the world's first NAS devices with support for RAID 50 and RAID 60. These new NAS devices offer significant advances in performance and fault tolerance for small and medium businesses and enterprise customers.

  • Quanta Computer Joins Futuremark® to Develop New 3DMark® and PCMark® Benchmarks

    HELSINKI, FINLAND – December 19, 2013 – Futuremark® is proud to announce that Quanta Computer has joined its Benchmark Development Program™. Quanta will work with Futuremark to create new benchmarks for PC and mobile platforms.

  • ADATA to Reveal Lustrous New Products at CES 2014

    Company to demonstrate a breakthrough solid-state drives and fashionable charging accessories

    Taipei, Taiwan – December 19, 2013 – ADATA Technology, a leading manufacturer of high-performance DRAM modules and NAND Flash application products, will be presenting new products in conjunction with the International Consumer Electronic Show (CES), held in Las Vegas from January 7 to 10. Hosting a hospitality suite at the five-star Venetian Resort, ADATA will display the latest in charging accessories for mobile devices, solid state drives (SSDs), DRAM modules, and Flash storage devices to media and partners from around the world.

  • Sendi Mutiara Multimedia Philippines

    Being an International Community, popular HiTechLegion forum member, Jasper John S. Cecilio, aka 'fourpixel' shared a press kit with the HTL Newsroom regarding the up-an-coming SMM Phillipines and their product launch and first cybercafé owners gathering last December 14, 2013 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Ortigas. The event was attended by SMM Philippines’ partners, including Gigabyte, Cougar, Palit, HKC, AMD, Corsair, SonicGear, PLDT Alpha Enterprise, VMoney and representative from Unified Lan Shop Owners Portal and other cybercafé guests. See More

  • SMM Philippines’ First Cybercafé Owners Gathering

    SMM Philippine

    MANILA, Philippines – December 14, 2013 --SMM Philippines held their product launch and first cybercafé owners gathering last December 14, 2013 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Ortigas. The event was attended by SMM Philippines’ partners, including Gigabyte, Cougar, Palit, HKC, AMD, Corsair, SonicGear, PLDT Alpha Enterprise, VMoney and representative from Unified Lan Shop Owners Portal and other cybercafé guests.

  • 2014 International CES

    With all the spirit and celebration during this Holiday Season, it's also a time to note that it's just a few weeks to go until the 2014 International CES to run January 7-10, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. From driverless cars and 3D printing to Ultra HD TV, health technologies and beyond, the 2014 International CES is the place to see inspiring innovations across the consumer technology ecosystem. See More

  • Inspiring Innovations Step Into the Spotlight at 2014 International CES

    Conferences, exhibits and TechZones to feature emerging tech trends

    Arlington, Va., December 18, 2013 – From driverless cars and 3D printing to Ultra HD TV, health technologies and beyond, the 2014 International CES® is the place to see inspiring innovations across the consumer technology ecosystem. Owned and produced by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®, the 2014 CES, the world’s gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies, will run January 7-10, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

  • Mushkin

    Mushkin introduces a new Atom USB 3.0 flash drive that emphasizes its convenience with an extremely small form-factor, that's  just under the size of a quarter! Take a tip from Brian Flood, the Director of Product Management at Mushkin, Inc.,”The Atom USB flash drive is designed with ultimate portability and convenience in mind.  Having such a small and accommodating size eliminates the need to eject the flash drive and risk losing it when mobile.” Yep! that's happened to the best of us! See More

  • Mushkin Introduces New Atom USB 3.0 Flash Drive

    Mushkin Introduces New Atom USB 3.0 Flash Drive

    Austin, TX -- Dec 18, 2013 --Mushkin, Inc., an industry-leading designer and manufacturer of high-performance and mission-critical computer products, has introduced the new Atom USB 3.0 flash drive.

  • Benchmark Reviews

    "When the BitFenix Prodigy was released last year, it expanded on the idea of how much performance could fit in a small case. There were some users (me included) that felt the original Prodigy was just a little too big for an ITX box – responding to customer feedback, BitFenix wanted to provide a more streamlined option for those users that wanted all that the Prodigy had to offer in a more compact package. With essentially the same internal layout as the original Prodigy, the new BitFenix Phenom (model BFC-PHE-300-WWXKK-RP) caters to those that want something a little more minimalistic with airflow taking a backseat to looks and finesse. Benchmark Reviews is ready to look inside and see how much of the Prodigy legacy stays intact with the BitFenix Phenom ITX case."

    Benchmark Reviews

  • Sharkoon

    Sharkoon expands its range of PC cases and introduces the Mask ATX, a spacious PC case in a classic timeless design. The front of the chassis features an aluminum-optic finish, and the modern and sleek appearance is further enhanced by a front door, which behind the installed drives are hidden. The Sharkoon Mask ATX case also includes many of the most often sought after features by builders and enthusiasts that cost much more, considering that the Mask ATX chassis has the suggested retail price of 49.99 (euros) and is available now from authorized retailers. See More

  • "The Obsidian 750D aims to fill the compact full-tower chassis spot in the updated Obsidian family. With the 900D taking the top and the 350D firmly situated in the mid-tower segment, the 750D has a price tag to match its size, but will it be able to deliver everything to warrant the Obsidian name?"

    techPowerUp

  • Think Computers

    "Cellular Internet is just about everywhere these days, but it's contained within the devices that need it the most often: phones, tablets, computers. There's also been a few generations of Wi-Fi hotspots, neat devices treasured by conference and convention go-ers and mobilebusinesspeople alike. One who fires up a Wi-Fi device at CES is likely to see scores of Wi-Fi access points. Most are secured and meant only for one or two users. A random passerby would rarely think to ask permission to use a stranger's hotspot. Karma is looking to change that. "Social Bandwidth," they call it. Karma provides the access point, you buy the bandwidth you need: no monthly bill, no contracts, no minimum usage. On top of that, when someone wants Internet, they can use your hotspot without affecting your bandwidth balance. They get their own! In fact, Karma gives you and them 100 MB whenever they sign into your hotspot and they get their own bandwidth to use. Sign up a friend using a referral link and get 500 MB instead."

    Think Computers

  • The SSD Review

    "Super Talent has once again been busy behind the scenes and their newest entries into the SSD market include a new M.2 NGFF design called the DX1. Anything but ordinary, the STT DX1 is available as a SATA M.2 SSD (known as the STT NGFF DX1), or that of a PCIe X1 interface where a SATA 3 SSD is routed through a PCIe to SATA bridge and travels via a single PCIe lane (STT PCIe DX1). A bit confusing at first, the additional benefit of the PCIe DX1 is that it is a fully bootable SSD and only the second bootable M.2 PCIe SSD we have seen to date. Perhaps this is the start of a trend."

    The SSD Review

  • "The 4770K offers quite possibly the highest per-clock performance numbers of any consumer-grade processor currently on the market. It's just that fact which makes Haswell's multiplier-unlocked Core i7 a plausible option for workstation applications. And with that possible usage scenario comes the requirement for workstation-grade LGA 1150 motherboards. Is ASRock's flagship LGA 1150 motherboard, the Z87 Extreme11/ac, the perfect partner for a powerful, Haswell-based workstation?"

    Kitguru

  • BCCHardware

    "The build quality of the bezel and overall appearance is pretty nice. When it comes to eye-candy, Samsung knows how to make plastic look good. The stand is the piece of hardware that gets me though. While I absolutely love the location of the rear ports and how the integrated cable management works so perfectly, the fact that there is no height adjustment is a little disappointing."

    BCCHardware

  • Price-Performance: ATX Case in Timeless Design

    Sharkoon Mask ATX Case

    ATX case in purist design | Alu-optic with front door | USB 3.0 | Preinstalled silent fan | MSRP 49.99 euros

    Sharkoon expands its range of PC cases and introduces with the Mask a spacious PC case in a reduced, timeless design. The front has an aluminum-optic finish. The discreet appearance is further enhanced by a front door, behind which the installed drives are hidden.

  • "Today Kaeyi Dream tests out the Kave XTD 5.1 Surround Sound USB Headset from ROCCAT with USB remote."

    Hardware Heaven

  • NikkTech

    "With storage capacity needs increasing all the time it's somewhat expected for people to be on the lookout for higher capacity portable storage media such as USB Flash Drives and Portable Hard Drives. Portable Hard Drives are of course the obvious choice for most consumers not only because in the market one can currently find up to 2TB capacity 2.5" models but also because of the quite low price tags that accompany them. USB Flash drives on the other hand may be a lot smaller and faster (most of the times) compared to PHDs but they do cost much more and are nowhere close to reaching the same capacities. The HyperX PREDATOR 1TB USB 3.0 Flash Drive by Kingston offers the highest available capacity currently at very high read/write speeds and although we had the 512GB model on our test bench when it got launched a while ago we decided to also take a closer look at its larger brother."

    NikkTech

  • Ocaholic

    "Today, we have a chance to look at a member of Corsair's PSU Gaming series, the Corsair GS800. Designed as the ideal price-performance solution for building or upgrading a gaming PC, according to Corsair, the GS800 is based on a single +12V rail design, providing up to 65A of reliable, continuous power for multi-core, multi-GPU gaming PCs and packs quite a few nice features including tri-color 140mm LED fan. Bear with us as we check out if the GS800 really has what it takes to carry the Gaming Series tag."

    Ocaholic

  • ShadowPlay Twitch Streaming Now Available!

    GeForce Experience

    Today we launched the latest update to GeForce Experience, which now includes a beta release of the highly-anticipated ShadowPlay Twitch Streaming functionality. You can grab the software from here: http://www.geforce.com/geforce-experience

  • PowerColor

    PowerColor unleashes the true potential and Gaming Power as they announces the first and only R9 290X with liquid cooling solution in the market. As always, PowerColor have joined forces with award-winning cooling manufacture EK Water Blocks to create the PowerColor LCS R9 290X as a must have for every enthusiastic PC users. See More

  • POWERCOLOR ROLLS OUT THE LATEST R9 290X WITH LIQUID COOLING SOULTION

    PowerColor LCS R9 290X

    The first and only R9 290X with liquid cooling solution in the market

    Taipei, Taiwan –Dec. 18, 2013 – TUL Corporation, a leading manufacturer of AMD graphic cards, today announces the first and only R9 290X with liquid cooling solution in the market. As always, PowerColor have joined forces with award-winning cooling manufacture EK Water Blocks to create the PowerColor LCS R9 290X as a must have for every enthusiastic PC users.

  • EVGA

    Available Now! The EVGA DisplayPort Hub is a simple to use, multi-monitor connectivity solution between a single DisplayPort source and up to three DisplayPort compatible monitors. Its plug-and-play features allow you to enjoy the benefits of multiple monitors with a single digital output port. Ideal for graphic design, video editing, 3D animation, CAD/CAM, spreadsheet analysis, and productivity without the need of an additional graphics card! See More

  • Spire

    For PC builders that are looking for a contemporary mesh styled micro-ATX chassis that is packed with all the quality features enthusiasts would expect, Spire announces a new arrival Micro ATX chassis codenamed: Senna. “The front design whispers coolness and simplicity, with easy access to four USB ports, 3 USB2.0 and 1USB3.0. parallel positioned are the HD/AC97 Audio ports for high quality audio. Full main-board tray with large surface area and cut-out mainboard tray that gives pc builders the room they need to assemble and install the CPU Cooler.” The Spire Senna also comes pre-assembled with 420W PFC ATX power supply unit, and is backed by 2 years manufacturer warranty. The Spire Part number: SP3601B-420WPFC22-U3 has suggested retail price USD 54.99 / EURO 41.95 (EX VAT). See More

  • Thecus

    Thecus is pleased to introduce the N7710 and N8810U. These latest NAS for SMB and enterprise networks will debut next month at the renowned IT trade show, CES 2014. With upgraded hardware and new features and software, these two towers are powerful performers for high-speed, efficient networks. Thecus will also be showcasing its latest SOHO/Home NAS models, and invites all visitors to come by its booth, #80236 in the Gold Pavilion. See More

  • EVGA DisplayPort Hub Now Available

    EVGA DisplayPort Hub

    December 17th, 2013 – The EVGA DisplayPort Hub is a simple to use, multi-monitor connectivity solution between a single DisplayPort source and up to three DisplayPort compatible monitors.

  • Spire introduces Micro ATX enclosure codename: Senna

    SPIRE SENNA Micro ATX chassis

    Maarheeze, The Netherlands, 17-12-2013 Introducing the new arrival Micro ATX chassis codenamed: Senna. This cool meshed and contemporary Micro ATX case is bold and packed with all the quality features you're looking for in a Micro ATX chassis. The front design whispers coolness and simplicity, with easy access to four USB ports, 3*USB2.0 and 1*USB3.0. parallel positioned are the HD/AC97 Audio ports for high quality audio. Full main-board tray with large surface area and cut-out mainboard tray that gives pc builders the room they need to assemble and install the CPU Cooler. Top and front re-enforced drive bay rack, for secure mounting of Optical-Drives and Data-Drives. Thermally advanced, by the support of three (3) fan mount locations, in the rear, front and side. Quality and efficiency guaranteed, backed by our solid 2 year warranty and service program. Powered by Innovation from Spire.

  • Thecus to Introduce 2 New SMB NAS Towers at CES 2014

    Thecus to Introduce 2 New SMB NAS Towers at CES 2014
    Also Showing Latest SOHO/Home NAS Models at Booth #80236 in the Gold Pavilion

    December 17, 2013, Milpitas, CaliforniaThecus® is pleased to introduce the N7710 and N8810U. These latest NAS for SMB and enterprise networks will debut next month at the renowned IT trade show, CES 2014. With upgraded hardware and new features and software, these two towers are powerful performers for high-speed, efficient networks. Thecus will also be showcasing its latest SOHO/Home NAS models, and invites all visitors to come by its booth, #80236 in the Gold Pavilion.

  • Lian Li

    Lian-Li announced earlier today that they have released the brushed aluminum M-ATX cube chassis – PC-V358 – in North America. The PC-V358 features a Flip Open design that easily allows users to swing open the top and front panel of this brushed aluminum chassis providing easy access to the internal components. The PC-V358 will be available at the end of December on Newegg for the suggested retail price of $179. See More

  • Transcend

    Transcend proudly announces its launch of the JetFlash 380 and JetFlash 510 USB Flash Drives. The JetFlash 380 USB OTG (USB On-The-Go) Flash Drive is designed to transform the way Android users carry, transfer and exchange personal digital content. Virtually unnoticeable when plugged into a USB port, the stylish JetFlash 510 flash drive offers a space-friendly way for users to benefit from portable storage without adding bulk to their mobile device and even enjoy a personal playlist while driving. See More

  • Genius

    Grab the Special White Edition of gaming peripherals as Genius, today announces the White Edition of the GX Gaming DeathTaker, Imperator Pro and GX-Speed to North America! This special collection by GX Gaming has arrived just in time for the holiday season. See More

  • ADATA

    ADATA announces a new DashDrive Durable HD650 portable hard drive. The HD650 is designed for those with active lifestyles, and is designed to absorb impacts while protecting valuable stored data. Its flowing lines and striking colors make it a great looking storage option for all ages and genders. The DashDrive Durable HD650 will be available at Amazon.com and Newegg.com. The ADATA DashDrive Durable HD650 has color options of scarlet red and sleek black and a MSRP of 500GB - $59.99 and the 1TB -$74.99. See More

  • Transcend Releases JetFlash 380 and JetFlash 510 USB Flash Drives for On-The-Go Storage

     Transcend Releases JetFlash 380 and JetFlash 510 USB Flash Drives for On-The-Go Storage

    December 17, 2013 --Transcend Information, Inc. Transcend, a worldwide leader in storage and multimedia products, is proud to announce its launch of the JetFlash 380 and JetFlash 510 USB Flash Drives. The JetFlash 380 USB OTG (USB On-The-Go) Flash Drive is designed to transform the way Android users carry, transfer and exchange personal digital content. Virtually unnoticeable when plugged into a USB port, the stylish JetFlash 510 flash drive offers a space-friendly way for users to benefit from portable storage without adding bulk to their mobile device and even enjoy a personal playlist while driving.

  • Lian Li Releases the PC-V358 M-ATX Chassis in North America

    Lian Li Releases the PC-V358 M-ATX Chassis in North America
    Flip Open Design Providing Easy Access to the Internal Components


    December 17, 2013, Keelung, Taiwan -Lian-Li Industrial Co. Ltd, today releases the brushed aluminum M-ATX cube chassis – PC-V358 – in North America.

  • GX Gaming DeathTaker, Imperator Pro, and GX-Speed – White Edition – Available in North America

    Genius, introduces the White Edition of the GX Gaming DeathTaker, Imperator Pro and GX-Speed to North America.
    Grab the GX Gaming Special Collection

    December 17, 2013, Chino, CaliforniaGX Gaming, the gaming series of peripheral maker, Genius, today introduces the White Edition of the GX Gaming DeathTaker, Imperator Pro and GX-Speed to North America.

  • ADATA Launches New DashDrive Durable HD650 Portable Hard Drive

     ADATA Launches New DashDrive Durable HD650 Portable Hard Drive
    Shockproof design provides greater data security

    Taipei, Taiwan – December 17, 2013 - ADATA™ Technology, a leading manufacturer of high-performance DRAM modules and NAND Flash application products, today announced the introduction of the DashDrive™ Durable HD650 portable hard drive. The HD650 is designed for those with active lifestyles, and is designed to absorb impacts while protecting valuable stored data. Its flowing lines and striking colors make it a great looking storage option for all ages and genders.

  • Cooler Master

    Cooler Master announce that the JAS mini premium aluminum stand (silver) is now available exclusively online at Apple.com and at Apple Retail Stores. Fans of the devices can easily get into the holiday spirit of the season by entering the Perfect Stocking Stuffer giveaway for the opportunity to win your very own JAS mini or an accompanying iPad mini. See More

  • The Perfect Stocking Stuffer: Cooler Master JAS mini Travel Stand Now Available at Apple Retail Locations & Holiday Giveaway

    Cooler Master JAS mini Travel Stand


    Chino, California – December 16th, 2013 -Cooler Master, a designer, manufacturer, and innovator of leading PC components and mobile accessories, announces that the JAS mini premium aluminum stand (silver) is now available exclusively online at Apple.com and at Apple Retail Stores.

  • NVIDIA SHIELD AND 3 FREE GAMES

    Gamers are a pretty savvy bunch when it comes to a good deal, and everyone likes to Win! Now, when you buy a qualifying GeForce GTX graphics card, you can take home Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag, Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Blacklist Deluxe Edition, and Batman: Arkham Origins FREE. You can even save $100 on the best way to mobilize all the hottest games - the NVIDIA SHIELD gaming and entertainment portable. See More

  • GET $100 OFF SHIELD AND 3 FREE GAMES

    GeForce GTX graphics cards deliver the extreme performance you need to play this year’s Holiday blockbuster titles at the highest resolutions and settings. Now, when you buy a qualifying GeForce GTX graphics card, you can take home Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag, Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Blacklist Deluxe Edition, and Batman: Arkham Origins FREE. You can even save $100 on the best way to mobilize all the hottest games - the NVIDIA SHIELD gaming and entertainment portable.

  • 2014 International CES

    The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) announces the panelists for the Hi-Res Audio Experience conference track and the exhibitor lineup for the related TechZone at the 2014 International CES.  Comprised of three dynamic panel sessions, the track will feature leading experts across the consumer electronics and music industries who will discuss the latest developments in hi-res audio. Owned and produced by CEA, the 2014 CES, the world’s gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies, will run January 7-10, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. See More

  • Strontium

    Having your data conveniently and easily accessible is a must these days especially for folks on the Go! Strontium announces On-The-Go USB drives for smartphones and tablets. These small USB drives have a standard USB on one end and a micro-USB on the other end so they can be accessed directly from a computer or from any OTG supported smartphone or tablet. Strontium On-The-Go USB drives will be available in 8GB to 64GB capacities and will come with 5-year warranty. See More

  • Cryorig

    Following up on the first launch of the CRYORIG R1 Ultimate cpu cooler, which is the accumulation of years of research and design. CRYORIG is now revealing a more detailed explanation and closer look at the R1 Ultimate’s extremely long list of trademarked technology and patented designs. The CRYORIG R1 Ultimate is scheduled for release on Jan. 2014, in select countries and regions. North America, Japan and Korea MSRP is set at 89.95USD. See More

  • A CLOSER LOOK AT THE CRYORIG R1 ULTIMATE

    Closer Look at the CRYORIG R1 Ultimate

    DECEMBER 16 2013, PM 05:08 --CRYORIG’s first launch product the CRYORIG R1 Ultimate is the accumulation of years of research and design. CRYORIG is now revealing a more detailed explanation and closer look at the R1 Ultimate’s extremely long list of trademarked technology and patented designs.

  • STRONTIUM LAUNCHES OTG USB DRIVES FOR SMARTPHONES AND TABLETS

    Strontium has launched On-The-Go USB drives for smartphones and tablets.

    Strontium has launched On-The-Go USB drives for smartphones and tablets. These small USB drives have a standard USB on one end and a micro-USB on the other end so they can be accessed directly from a computer or from any OTG supported smartphone or tablet.

  • CEA Announces Panelists and Exhibitors for Hi-Res Audio Experience at the 2014 International CES®

    Sony Music Entertainment and Universal Music Group executives among featured speakers; iTrax and Mytek Digital join as TechZone exhibitors

    Arlington, Va., December 13, 2013 –The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) ® today announced panelists for the Hi-Res Audio Experience conference track and the exhibitor lineup for the related TechZone at the 2014 International CES®.  Comprised of three dynamic panel sessions, the track will feature leading experts across the consumer electronics and music industries who will discuss the latest developments in hi-res audio. Owned and produced by CEA, the 2014 CES, the world’s gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies, will run January 7-10, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

  • Enermax

    Enermax announces a brand new REVOLUTION X’t power supply series, with energy efficient models in the 430W, 530W, 630W to 730W to choose from. All the models are certified with an 80 PLUS Gold efficiency rating and feature a modular design with 100% flat and flexible cables, and support the latest Intel Haswell CPUs. All of the Enermax EVOLUTION X’t power supplies are currently available with a MSRP: $109.99 (430W); $119.99 (530W); $129.99 (630W) and $139.99 (730W). See More

  • REVOLUTION X’t - Exquisitely Refined by Enermax

    Enermax REVOLUTION X’t

    Chino, CA – December 12, 2013 -- Enermax launches a brand new REVOLUTION X’t power supply series. The series comes with four different wattage settings for advanced user to choose from, ranging from 430W, 530W, 630W to 730W; the modular design with 100% flat and flexible cable are used across this whole new series. REVOLUTION X’t series is also certified with 80 PLUS® Gold and helps meeting the ErP Lot 6 2013 requirements. In addition, the DC-DC ZERO DESIGN allows this series fully supports the latest Intel Haswell CPU.

  • HyperX

    Tune in and check out all the latest HyperX developments in this Special Edition of the HyperX Up to Speed December Newsletter! Get blazing fast HyperX speeds that make you the Predator (and not the prey) in dual and quad channel kits from 8GB–16GB. HyperX Predator 2666MHz and 2800MHz memory will push your rig to its limit for faster speeds and reduced lags at a price you can afford. And keep up to date with the latest HyperX Events products, gaming news, and more! See More

  • Gigabyte

    Gigabyte announced earlier today the official certification of the latest dual port Thunderbolt™ 2 technology on the GIGABYTE Z87X-UD7 TH motherboard. Code-named ‘Falcon Ridge’, the new Intel® Thunderbolt™ 2 controller supports an incredible 20 Gb/s aggregated data transfer simultaneously across two channels per port. See More

  • GIGABYTE Announces Dual Port Thunderbolt™ 2 Certification

    GIGABYTE Z87X-UD7 TH Motherboard Debuts 20 Gb/s ‘Falcon Ridge’ Dual Thunderbolt™ 2 Controller
     
    GIGABYTE Z87X-UD7 TH Motherboard Debuts 20 Gb/s ‘Falcon Ridge’ Dual Thunderbolt™ 2 Controller

    City of Industry, California, December 13th, 2013 – GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co. Ltd., a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards, today announced official certification of the latest dual port Thunderbolt™ 2 technology on the GIGABYTE Z87X-UD7 TH motherboard. Code-named ‘Falcon Ridge’, the new Intel® Thunderbolt™ 2 controller supports an incredible 20 Gb/s aggregated data transfer simultaneously across two channels per port.

  • Futuremark

    Futuremark releases an update for the Windows desktop version of 3DMark that fixes and improves hardware detection and monitoring. Running 3DMark Advanced or Professional Edition with compatible hardware will again generate an interactive graph of CPU and GPU clock speeds and temperatures recorded during the tests. Futuremark has also added the Ice Storm Unlimited test for benchmarking Windows 8 tablets and other mobile devices. See More

  • Satechi

    The Satechi AirBass Active Bluetooth Speakers, available now, are the ideal audio solution for crystal clear audio at home or the office. The compact speakers feature a sleek, glossy black or white finish to match any room aesthetic without taking up precious desk or shelf space. The Satechi AirBass Active Bluetooth Speakers are available for an introductory price of $99.99 at Satechi.net and Amazon.com. See More

  • Satechi AirBass Active Bluetooth Speakers

    Satechi AirBass Active Bluetooth Speakers (shelf)

    San Diego, CA – The Satechi AirBass Active Bluetooth Speakers, available now, are the ideal audio solution for crystal clear audio at home or the office. The compact speakers feature a sleek, glossy black or white finish to match any room aesthetic without taking up precious desk or shelf space.

  • 3DMark Windows update: hardware monitoring fixed, Ice Storm Unlimited added

    We've released an update for the Windows desktop version of 3DMark that fixes and improves hardware detection and monitoring. Running 3DMark Advanced or Professional Edition with compatible hardware will again generate an interactive graph of CPU and GPU clock speeds and temperatures recorded during the tests.

  • Transcend

    Whether you are a casual tech user, hard core gamer, or extreme enthusiast,...once again it certainly is a privilege to take a moment to Wish Everyone a Happy and Joyous Holiday Season! Just like our friends at Transcend Information Wishing Everyone the Brightest and Best of the Holiday Season!

  • EVGA

    EVGA launches the ultimate overclocking graphics card on the planet – the EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Ti Classified K|NGP|N  Edition! EVGA is taking the 780 Ti to a whole new level with this redesigned graphics card, designed for the hardcore enthusiast.  This card is the final answer in the search for the greatest overclocking graphics card on the planet!  See More

  • Corsair

    Corsair announces that the award winning Carbide Series Air 540 mid-tower PC Case is now available in arctic white in addition to the previously available black and steel silver colors. The Air Series 540’s innovative high-airflow layout and striking looks have won it over 40 awards from top PC reviewers worldwide. See More

  • Introducing the EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Ti Classified K|NGP|N Edition

    Award winning EVGA ACX Cooling with dual 10CM fans 

    December 12th, 2013 – Introducing the ultimate overclocking graphics card on the planet – the EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Ti Classified K|NGP|N  Edition! EVGA is taking the 780 Ti to a whole new level with this redesigned graphics card, designed for the hardcore enthusiast.  This card is the final answer in the search for the greatest overclocking graphics card on the planet.

  • Corsair Carbide Air Series 540 Case Now Available in White

    Corsair Carbide Series Air 540

    FREMONT, California — December 12, 2013Corsair®, a world leader in high-perform­­­­­­ance components to the PC hardware market, today announced that the Carbide Series Air™ 540 mid-tower PC Case is now available in arctic white in addition to the previously available black and steel silver colors. The Air Series 540’s innovative high-airflow layout and striking looks have won it over 40 awards from top PC reviewers worldwide.

  • OCZ

    OCZ announces its next-generation Intrepid 3000 Series of enterprise-class SATA III-based SSDs delivering the industry’s best sustained performance and consistent I/O responses. As the series supports storage capacities up to 800GB, Intrepid 3 represents OCZ’s highest performing and largest capacity enterprise SATA SSDs to date. See More

  • OCZ

    OCZ Technology Launches New Enterprise-Class Intrepid 3000 Series Delivering Its Fastest and Largest Capacity SATA III SSDs to Date

    Superior Sustained I/O Operations and Latency Consistency Positions the Intrepid 3000 Series in a Class by Itself

    SAN JOSE, CA – December 12, 2013 - OCZ Technology Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:OCZ), a leading provider of high-performance solid-state drives (SSDs) for computing devices and systems, today introduced its next-generation Intrepid 3000 Series of enterprise-class SATA III-based SSDs delivering the industry’s best sustained performance and consistent I/O responses.  As the series supports storage capacities up to 800GB, Intrepid 3 represents OCZ’s highest performing and largest capacity enterprise SATA SSDs to date.  Leveraging the Everest 2 Platform, a combination of the Marvell 88SS9187 controller with OCZ’s proprietary firmware, the new series features advanced flash management and endurance capabilities that extend NAND flash life and enhance drive reliability, all supported by a 5-year warranty.

  • BitFenix

    Have to admit, that it would be a pretty cool to simply have one set of headsets that are not only great for gaming, but would also be light enough and comfortably stylish enough to enjoy crystal clear audio while on the go. BitFenix is pleased to announce a new addition as the first member of a brand-new audio lineup to the BitFenix collection -- the Flo™ Headset. Combining studio-engineered sound with signature clean yet modern BitFenix design, Flo delivers the audio you need at the PC and the styling you want on the road. See More

  • BitFenix Announces Flo Headset

    BitFenix Design Lab, December 12, 2013 – Today, BitFenix is pleased to announce the first member of a brand-new audio lineup to the BitFenix collection -- the Flo™ Headset. Combining studio-engineered sound with signature clean yet modern BitFenix design, Flo delivers the audio you need at the PC and the styling you want on the road.

  • Asus

    ASUS introduces the GTX 780 Ti DirectCU II, a graphics card powered by the new GeForce GTX 780 Ti graphics-processing unit (GPU) and fitted with exclusive DirectCU II technology for cooler, quieter and faster performance. “With the exclusive ASUS DirectCU II technology on board, GTX 780 Ti DirectCU II runs up to 30% cooler, three times (3X) quieter and 6% faster than reference cards when playing BattleField 4.” See More

  • MSI

    MSI proudly announces the availability of the GTX 780Ti GAMING 3G graphics card. Featuring the powerful new NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780Ti GPU with 3GB of Blazing fast GDDR5. The MSI GTX 780Ti GAMING 3G is equipped with the award winning Twin Frozr IV Advanced Thermal Design on top of a customized PCB that promises to maximize performance and efficiency for the highest FPS at the lowest temperatures and least noise. See More

  • ASUS Announces GTX 780 Ti DirectCU II Graphics Card

    ASUS Announces GTX 780 Ti DirectCU II Graphics Card

    Exclusive DirectCU II cooling and DIGI+ voltage-regulator module enable performance that’s up to 30% cooler, 3X quieter and 6% faster

    Taipei, Taiwan (10th December, 2013) — ASUS today announced GTX 780 Ti DirectCU II, a graphics card powered by the new GeForce® GTX 780 Ti graphics-processing unit (GPU) and fitted with exclusive DirectCU II technology for cooler, quieter and faster performance.

  • Introducing the MSI GTX 780Ti GAMING 3G

    MSI GTX 780Ti GAMING 3G

    Enthusiast gaming becomes cool

    Leading international motherboard and graphics card maker MSI is pleased to announce the availability of the GTX 780Ti GAMING 3G graphics card. Featuring the powerful new NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780Ti GPU with 3GB of Blazing fast GDDR5. The MSI GTX 780Ti GAMING 3G is equipped with the award winning Twin Frozr IV Advanced Thermal Design on top of a customized PCB that promises to maximize performance and efficiency for the highest FPS at the lowest temperatures and least noise. Equipped with MSI's proprietary Airflow Control Technology, a two 10cm fan setup with patented Propeller Blade Technology, the GTX 780Ti GAMING 3G is sure to impress with its thermal performance. MSI's Gaming App is an easy utility to quickly switch between different settings. The OC mode offers the best performance, Silent mode reduces the fan noise and Gaming mode with offers an optimal balance between the two. Additionally, MSI's Military Class 4 components deliver higher stability at a longer life time while the efficiency is increased. The GTX 780Ti GAMING 3G features hardware and software designed for real gamers, making it the best choice to dominate your game.

  • Norse Group selects MigSolv’s Gatehouse Data Centre


    Norse Group, the UK’s leading public sector facility management, care provider and property consultancy has selected MigSolv’s Gatehouse Data Centre as its provider of colocation services for its IT equipment.

    Norwich, UK, 11th December 2013. – Norse Group, the UK’s leading public sector facility management, care provider and property consultancy has selected MigSolv’s Gatehouse Data Centre as its provider of colocation services for its IT equipment. The company with revenues in excess of £250 million and with over 10,000 employees, specialises in public sector partnerships forming joint ventures to deliver high quality services. Norse Group had been looking for a high quality data centre without the risks of being located in London. MigSolv’s Gatehouse Data Centre not only provides the quality that Norse Group were looking for, but also, through its environmental efficiency, meets the group’s Corporate Social Responsibility targets and helps in reducing their impact on the environment.

  • Thermaltake

    No matter how one looks at it...it's getting to be the Holiday Season ! In a very simple and direct way, Thermaltake Technology and the brands of ─ Thermaltake, Tt eSPORTS and LUXA2, would like to take this opportunity to say thank you for your support and Wishing  Everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Joyous Holiday Season!

  • EKWB

    Ljubljana based premium water cooling gear manufacturer, EK Water Blocks, is proud to introduce the EK-FC780 GTX HOF - a full-cover water cooling solution for the Galaxy / KFA²  NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 780 (Ti) Hall Of Fame series graphics card. See More

  • EK-FC780 GTX HOF for Galaxy / KFA² GTX 780 (Ti) Hall Of Fame released

    EK Water Blocks, Ljubljana based premium water cooling gear manufacturer, is proud to introduce the EK-FC780 GTX HOF - a full-cover water cooling solution for the Galaxy / KFA²  NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 780 (Ti) Hall Of Fame series graphics card.

    EK-FC780 GTX HOF water block

  • Asustor

    Asustor announces that it has updated the web layout for its ASUSTOR College courses. ASUSTOR College is a series of tutorials created by ASUSTOR for its users. The content of the tutorials range from beginner to expert, allowing users of varying levels of expertise to get information on the topics of their choice. Furthermore, the tutorials are organized in an accessible academic-style progression which will be very familiar to most users. See More

  • Genius

    Create your own personal mobile office anywhere you go! As Genius today releases the LuxePad A110 which provides a convenient way to write quickly and comfortably on your Android tablet. The LuxePad A110 transforms a tablet into a modern mobile office anywhere you wish to be more productive. Genius! See More

  • Easier Typing on an Android Tablet with the Genius LuxePad A110 – Now Available in North America

    Genius LuxePad A110
    Create a Mobile Office Anywhere

    December 10, 2013, Chino, CaliforniaGenius today releases the LuxePad A110 which provides a convenient way to write quickly and comfortably on your Android tablet. The LuxePad A110 transforms a tablet into a modern mobile office anywhere you wish to be more productive.

  • ASUSTOR Revamps ASUSTOR College Layout

    ASUSTOR Revamps ASUSTOR College Layout

    New layout features newly added videos and a side panel which allows users to quickly find the video and documents they need.

    Taipei, Taiwan, December 10th 2013 –ASUSTOR Inc., a leading innovator and provider of network storage solutions, announced today that it has updated the web layout for its ASUSTOR College courses. ASUSTOR College is a series of tutorials created by ASUSTOR for its users. The content of the tutorials range from beginner to expert, allowing users of varying levels of expertise to get information on the topics of their choice. Furthermore, the tutorials are organized in an accessible academic-style progression which will be very familiar to most users. The update of ASUSTOR College's web layout features a newly added side panel that allows users to easily search for courses according to topic and the addition of video tutorials that will help users to understand functions and features more easily.

  • Intel

    According to a new study commissioned by Intel Corporation, “Most people are optimistic about technology innovations advancing healthcare, are willing to participate in virtual healthcare visits with their doctor, and would use health sensors in their bodies and even their toilets.” The "Intel Healthcare Innovation Barometer," conducted across eight countries by Penn Schoen Berland, found the majority of people also believe that technology innovation holds the best promise for curing fatal diseases – more than increasing the number of physicians or additional funding for research. See More

  • NVIDIA

    Tune in and check out the latest edition of the NVIDIA Newsletter as SHIELD owners got a major update this week, and those without one got a chance to get a great deal! Check out the giant sized GeForce GTX 690 made from 11,396 LEGOs, and what can NVIDIA be up to at the Los Angeles Automotive Show? See More

  • nTeresting - December 9, 2013

    In this issue:

    • SHIELD gets more features with the latest update.
    • NVIDIA beta tests GRID. End users and press get excited about cloud gaming’s potential.
    • A Chinese fan builds a giant graphics card out of LEGOs.
    • NVIDIA is under the hood at the LA Auto Show.


    More SHIELD Goodness
    SHIELD owners got a major update this week, and those without one got a chance to get a great deal.

    “All these features are solid additions to a rapidly improving device, and great news for those who picked up a SHIELD for cheap on Black Friday.”

  • The World Agrees: Technology Inspires Optimism for Healthcare


    NEWS HIGHLIGHTS

    • More than 80 percent of respondents are optimistic about healthcare in terms of innovation and technology.
    • More than 80 percent would share information anonymously to reduce healthcare costs and improve treatment.
    • More than 70 percent are receptive to using toilet sensors, prescription bottle sensors or swallowed health monitors.
    • More than half believe the traditional hospital will become obsolete in the future.

     

    SANTA CLARA, Calif., Dec. 9, 2013 – Most people are optimistic about technology innovations advancing healthcare, are willing to participate in virtual healthcare visits with their doctor, and would use health sensors in their bodies and even their toilets, according to a new study commissioned by Intel Corporation.

  • Samsung

    Samsung announces the 840 EVO mSATA SSD line-up available this month globally, including the industry’s first 1 terabyte (TB) mSATA SSD with the exact launching date to vary depending on the region. “With the new mSATA SSD line-up offering up to 1TB of memory and an optimized software tool, we expect that consumers can enjoy high storage volume and performance on ultra-slim notebooks besides desktop PCs,” said Unsoo Kim, senior vice president, memory brand product marketing, Samsung Electronics. See More


  • Samsung Introduces Industry’s First 1 Terabyte mSATA SSD

    Samsung Introduces Industry’s First 1 Terabyte mSATA SSD

    Summary:

    • The new 840 EVO mSATA (mini-Serial ATA) Solid State Drive (SSD) line-up includes the industry’s first 1 terabyte (TB) mSATA SSD.
    • The 1TB mSATA SSD's thickness and weight are approximately 40 percent and a twelfth of a typical hard disk drive (HDD) respectively.
    • The 1TB version offers 98,000 random read and 90,000 random write IOPS (Input Output Operations Per Second) , as well as sequential read and write speed of 540 megabytes per second (MB/s) and 520 MB/s.
    • The 840 EVO mSATA SSD line-up will be available this month globally, and exact launching date can vary depending on the region.

     

    December 9, 2013 --Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., the world leader in advanced memory technology, announced today that it launches 840 EVO mSATA (mini-Serial ATA) Solid State Drive (SSD) line-up, including the industry’s first 1 terabyte (TB) mSATA SSD this month.

  • Eagle Tech

    Eagle Tech announce the availability of Nanoxia award-winning and internationally acclaimed Deep Silence PC cases through it's various distribution outlets. Avid readers of these pages have already seen the press releases of Nanoxia's Deep Silence 1 through 6 cases that represents the best of German engineering and are built to deliver the next level of silent computer systems. All Deep Silence cases feature state of art ventilation systems that keep your computer running clean and efficient, multiple modular bays that allow for easy and large installments of hardware, and advanced sound dampening materials that combat airborne noises. See More

  • Intel RAID

    Intel announces a higher level of storage performance with new Intel RAID RS3 controllers, powered by LSI Technology. The new RAID 12Gb/s controller RS3 family provides the next generation of storage performance to meet the current and future demands of today’s datacenters. These entry-level controllers are also perfect for 3Gb/s and 6Gb/s, since they provide a faster processor and also allow for 12Gb/s data transfer when teamed with a SAS-3 compliant expander. This provides room to grow by paving the way for 12Gb/s infrastructures as server demands increase and technology progresses. See More

  • Intel RAID RS3 Controllers Offer Applications in Enterprise, Web and Cloud Datacenters 12Gb/s Performance

    Intel RAID

    12Gb/s SAS-3 technology provides the next generation of storage performance to meet the current and future demands of today’s datacenters

    December 08, 2013 -- Organizations can now achieve a higher level of storage performance with Intel® RAID RS3 controllers, powered by LSI* Technology. They are specifically designed to meet the demands of I/O-intensive applications, cloud datacenters and virtualized server environments.

  • LUXA 2 - A Division of Thermaltake

    Finding the perfect type of portable battery pack may not be as simple as it seems. Especially when one enters into the foray of available devices available today! Fortunately, LUXA2 has come up with their very own ‘Battery Buyer’s Guide’ which is designed and aimed at educating users on what to look out for when buying portable battery packs, and how factors such as charging speed, battery capacities and various other features, can make the purchasing decision much easier.See More

  • Battery Buyer’s Guide – The LUXA2 Tutorial

    LUXA2 Portable Battery Collection

    Taipei, Taiwan – December 9, 2013 – Using portable battery packs is one of those everyday essentials we have come to live with for our portable devices. It is these devices that provide us with our all-important connection to the social media world, mail and other communication needs.

  • AVAILABLE NOW: Award-Winning PC Cases from Nanoxia

    Chino, CA -- Dec 08, 2013 -- Eagle Tech, a leading provider of consumer electronic solutions, announces the availability of Nanoxia award-winning and internationally acclaimed Deep Silence PC cases through our various distribution outlets.

    The Deep Silence 1 through 6 cases represents the best of German engineering and are built to deliver the next level of silent computer systems. All Deep Silence cases feature state of art ventilation systems that keep your computer running clean and efficient, multiple modular bays that allow for easy and large installments of hardware, and advanced sound dampening materials that combat airborne noises.

  • PowerColor

    PowerColor unleashes the gaming power with a solid performance boost, as they announce the new TurboDuo R9 280X OC graphic card! The TurboDuo R9 280X OC runs at a factory-overclock of 880MHz, up to 1030MHz with boost, combines together with 1500Mhz for memory, on a 384-bit high speed memory interface connected to 3GB of GDDR5 memory, that will allow higher frame rates for gamers, and a better gaming experience. See More

  • POWERCOLOR INTRODUCES TURBODUO R9 280X OC

    PowerColor announces TurboDuo R9 280X OC

    Boost up the total gaming performance with TurboDuo R9 280X OC

    Taipei, Taiwan –Dec. 5th, 2013 – TUL Corporation, a leading manufacturer of AMD graphic cards, today launches another high performance model which belongs to TurboDuo series, the PowerColor TurboDuo R9 280X OC. Featuring the most innovative GCN architecture, the TurboDuo R9 280X OC fully utilizes the AMD Eyefinity technology, and support ultra high resolution gaming, providing unrivaled performance without sacrifice a single detail.

  • EKWB

    Premium water cooling gear manufacturer. EK Water Blocks, introduces a first hand look into the upcoming EK-Ascendacy water cooling system control board which has been in development for the past 12 months. Powered by world renown CPUID monitoring library the EK-Ascendacy and it's Microsoft Windows based application is the ultimate solution for any avid computer water cooling enthusiast. See More

  • Next Generation USB Connection Definition Underway
    USB 3.0 Promoter Group announces development of USB Type - C Specification

    Beaverton, OR – December 3, 2013 – The USB 3.0 Promoter Group today announced that the development of the next generation of USB connector has begun. The new USB Type-C connector, built initially on existing USB 3.1 and USB 2.0 technologies, is being developed to help enable thinner and sleeker product designs, enhance usability and provide a growth path for performance enhancements for future versions of USB. This supplement to the USB 3.1 specification is anticipated to be completed by the middle of next year.

  • A sneak peak into EK-Ascendacy

    EK Water Blocks, Ljubljana based premium water cooling gear manufacturer, is excited to give you first glimpse of the upcoming EK-Ascendacy water cooling system control board which has been in development for the past 12 months. The unit is design to work in conjuction with EK-Ascendacy software interface for Microsoft® Windows® but can also operate in standalone mode.

  • Innodisk

    Innodisk is very pleased to announce that it has attained ISO 14064-1 certification, demonstrating the company's dedication to social responsibility and the reduction of company wide carbon emissions. With the formal award of the ISO 14064-1 certification on November , 2013, Innodisk takes an important step forward in environmental awareness.See More

  • EVGA

    EVGA announces 500W and 430W PSUs to power your system at an affordable cost. These power supplies provide 80 Plus certification, with up to 80% efficiency under typical loads. They also offer a high amperage Single-Rail design for maximum power and efficiency, and a robust set of heavy-duty power protections built in to protect your investment. The 500W and 430W PSUs are a great choice for powering a basic, budget system build. See More

  • EVGA Introduces 500W and 430W Power Supplies

    EVGA Introduces 500W and 430W Power Supplies

    December 4th, 2013 – For the budget minded, EVGA now offers 500W and 430W PSUs to power your system at an affordable cost. These power supplies provide 80 Plus certification, with up to 80% efficiency under typical loads. They also offer a high amperage Single-Rail design for maximum power and efficiency, and a robust set of heavy-duty power protections built in to protect your investment. The 500W and 430W PSUs are a great choice for powering a basic, budget system build.

  • Innodisk Instills Environmentally Responsible Policies by Achieving ISO 14064-1 Certification

    Reducing carbon emissions now and in the future

    December 05, 2013, Taipei, Taiwan – Innodisk, a designer and manufacturer of SSDs for industrial and embedded applications, is very pleased to announce that it has attained ISO 14064-1 certification, demonstrating the company's dedication to social responsibility and the reduction of company wide carbon emissions. With the formal award of the ISO 14064-1 certification on November , 2013, Innodisk takes an important step forward in environmental awareness.

  • "Func's brand new KB-460 gaming keyboard gets put to the test. The keyboard features Cherry MX switches, macro capability and plenty more game oriented features. Despite being a hardcore gaming keyboard it also includes convenient features such as USB hub and wrist rest."

    techPowerUp

  • BCCHardware

    "Low-end noise canceling products usually have pretty dismal sound when the electronics are switched off, but Sennheiser's audio quality remains stellar whether they are powered or not. Even when compared to regular (non-noise canceling) products, the audio quality is on par with the best of them. At the end of the day, these are the best overall sounding earphones I've used - and while I'm sure there are much better units available - for the price - and for what they bring to the party, they are pretty hard to beat."

    BCCHardware

  • "904 is a mid-tower computer chassis which uses a combination of aluminium, thick tempered glass and a unique feature-set enabling it to break out of the mould of traditional computer case design. IN WIN have made bold moves in the past, how will 904 shape up?"

    Vortez

  • "Today we are going to take a look at the Corsair 230T. Supplementing the Graphite series of cases, the 230T supports up to eight storage drives, graphics cards up to 320 mm in length and even power supplies up to 200 mm in length. Retailing around £75, the Corsair 230T is up against some serious competition. The big question is, is it worth the money?"

    Kitguru

  • The SSD Review

    "Toshiba is a world leader in many different technologies and applications. In the NAND market, for instance, they supply components for some of our favorite SSDs. But, they haven't really been known as a major player in turn-key storage products. While they have an impressive offering of mechanical drives, especially for automotive and industrial uses, they are dwarfed by the duopoly that is Western Digital and Seagate. For SSDs, they are a major OEM supplier, but don't have a major presence in the consumer market. Toshiba is a member of a select group that produces their own NAND. This puts them in the enviable position where they get to pay cost for the most expensive and important SSD component. They have the technology and manufacturing capabilities to put them on par with the Samsungs of the world in the SSD market, but that hasn't seemed to be a priority for them."

    The SSD Review

  • "Just over a year ago Func made a second, first impression on the gaming market with the launch of their Surface 1030XL mouse pad. It was a high quality product and they followed that up with the MS-3 gaming mouse in February of this year. There is of course an obvious progression from the launch of a pad then mouse and today we have the result of that on our test bench. The KB-460 is a mechanical keyboard with various functions important to gamers, so let's take a look..."

    Hardware Heaven

  • "The HIS R7 250 iCooler card is a low-end offering for people on a budget, supports the latest technologies and can deliver decent 3D performances at resolutions up to 1680x1050 (22'' monitors) while keeping details between low and medium. If needed, the card supports pairing with another identical product for increasing the performances, without using a hardware Crossfire bridge."

    Madshrimps

  • "In a world run by the tablet and Android there was one company brave enough to still make a laptop cooling pad and they even added lights."

    Hardware Asylum

  • Creative

    Creative Technology Ltd today announced a product that would radically transform the wireless speaker market: the new Sound BlasterAxx™ AXX 200 functions as a full-fledged Sound Blaster and a portable, powerful NFC wireless speaker rolled into one. This wireless sound system - which is fully programmable - actually intelligently enhances audio in real-time, making it perfect for music, movies, calls and games. The Sound BlasterAxx AXX 200 wireless sound system has a suggested retail price of US$299.99 and is available online in the United States now at creative.com - at a special price of US$149.99. See More

  • Creative Introduces a Market Game-Changer: the Versatile, Powerful, Fun, and Intelligent Sound BlasterAxx™ AXX 200

    Sound BlasterAxx AXX 200 Sound System
    Competitively Priced Intelligent Sound System Goes Beyond Other Wireless Speakers with Features Such As Audio Processing, High-End Teleconferencing Capabilities, HD Voice Recording, Instant Voice Amplification and Much More

    SINGAPORE - 5 December 2013 - Creative Technology Ltd today announced a product that would radically transform the wireless speaker market: the new Sound BlasterAxx™ AXX 200 functions as a full-fledged Sound Blaster and a portable, powerful NFC wireless speaker rolled into one. This wireless sound system - which is fully programmable - actually intelligently enhances audio in real-time, making it perfect for music, movies, calls and games.

  • Func

    Func proudly announces the availability of the KB-460, a mechanical keyboard that features Cherry MX Red mechanical switches, designed for fast reaction times and equipped with an individual key illumination system. The KB-460 is provided with a unique Setting Software made for customization, allowing the end user to set the keyboard for a gaming friendly environment. The Func KB-460 has a MSRP $119.95, launch promo MSRP at $99.95. See More

  • MSI

    MSI announces 5 models of MSI Radeon R9 Battlefield 4 Edition graphic cards, and now Battlefield 4 will be included on all MSI Radeon R9 Limited Edition graphics cards, gamers can enjoyed an optimized Battlefield 4 experience thanks to the integration of Mantle technology. MSI's Radeon R9 GAMING models are equipped with the award winning Twin Frozr IV thermal design which efficiently reduce temperatures and noise provide the most pleasant gaming experience. Likewise, MSI's Gaming App allows you to simply overclock with the single push of a button to get even more performance out of your card. See More

  • MSI Radeon R9 Graphics Cards now with Battlefield 4

    MSI Radeon R9 Graphics Cards now with Battlefield 4

    Battlefield 4, one of this year's hottest PC titles is now bundled free with MSI Radeon R9 Battlefield 4 editions. With no less than 5 models to choose from anyone who has been waiting out now has no excuse to get the best of PC Gaming in their PC. With Battlefield 4 available on all MSI Radeon R9 Limited Edition graphics cards, gamers can enjoyed an optimized Battlefield 4 experience thanks to the integration of Mantle technology. MSI's Radeon R9 GAMING models are equipped with the award winning Twin Frozr IV thermal design which efficiently reduce temperatures and noise provide the most pleasant gaming experience. Likewise, MSI's Gaming App allows you to simply overclock with the single push of a button to get even more performance out of your card.

  • Now available: the new mechanical Func KB-460 gaming keyboard, built to last!

    December 5th, 2013. Func is happy to announce the availability of the KB-460, a mechanical keyboard that features Cherry MX Red mechanical switches, designed for fast reaction times and equipped with an individual key illumination system.Func KB-460 gaming keyboard

  • Mionix

    Mionix a Swedish manufacturer of professional high-end gaming accessories today unveiled the new NAOS 7000 high performance optical gaming mouse.  ” With our constant focus on performance, customization and comfort the new NAOS 7000 is the best ergonomic gaming mouse on the market. ” says Peter Nygren, CEO at Mionix. See More

  • MSI

    Gamers have been patiently waiting for smaller form factor hardware for smaller- sized gaming rigs, as MSI proudly announces the Z87I GAMING AC motherboard and GTX 760 GAMING ITX graphics card offering many gaming features in the small mini-ITX form factor. With features such as Killer LAN, 802.11ac and Audio Boost the Z87I GAMING is ready to support you wherever you go knowing you’ll be able to connect to networks with the best speeds for gaming. See More

  • Corsair and Cherry to Bring First Cherry MX RGB Mechnical Keyboards to PC Gamers in 2014

    CHERRY presents the first MX keyswitch specially engineered for RGB Multicolor Illumination, making it the first CHERRY MX RGB keyswitch in the world. Innovation and quality driven PC gaming brand Corsair will be bring the world’s first Cherry MX RGB based gaming keyboards to market in an exclusive launch in 2014. Cherry and Corsair will first debut the Cherry MX RGB on Corsair keyboards at Corsair’s press suite at CES 2014 in January.See More

  • Now available: Deep Silence 6 and Deep Silence 6 Window

    With our Deep Silence 6 we can now present the flagship of our Deep Silence case series. Together with the Deep Silence 5 Big-Tower, the Deep Silence 4 Mini-Tower and the established models Deep Silence 1 and Deep Silence 2 Midi-Towers we now offer a variety of elegant, classic looking cases. The Deep Silence case series is optimized to meet the demands and desires of our customers.

  • Corsair and Cherry to Bring First Cherry MX RGB Mechnical Keyboards to PC Gamers in 2014

    CHERRY presents the first MX keyswitch specially engineered for RGB Multicolor Illumination.

    Technological innovation from a specialist for mechanical keyswitches: CHERRY presents the first MX keyswitch specially engineered for RGB Multicolor Illumination.

    PC gaming hardware maker Corsair will bring gamers the world’s first CHERRY MX RGB based mechanical gaming keyboards in 2014.

    CHERRRY and CORSAIR will hold exclusive demonstrations of the CHERRY MX RGB switches at CES 2014 in Las Vegas in January.

    With the MX RGB switch, CHERRY is again impressively demonstrating its ​​technological expertise   


    At a glance summary

    > The first CHERRY MX RGB keyswitch in the world

    > In 2014, CORSAIR will launch the first gaming keyboard with CHERRY MX RGB mechanical switches

    > CORSAIR and CHERRY will debut the first gaming keyboard with CHERRY MX RGB switches at CES 2014 in Las Vegas in January

    Auerbach, Germany, December 4, 2013 --With its “MX RGB switch,” CHERRY is presenting the next evolutionary stage of its billion-fold proven mechanical keyswitches of the “MX” series.  The MX switches with Gold Crosspoint technology have up to this point been appreciated by millions of users due to high precision, the best possible operating feel, and an extremely long service life. Well-known manufacturers of high-quality mechanical keyboards – especially in gaming – use the Cherry MX switches in different variants. Cherry has now enhanced its leading product with RGB technology. Directly mounted on the circuit board, SMD LEDs (SMD = “Surface Mount Devices”) illuminate key symbols in specially designed keycaps using the MX RGB switch in the entire RGB color spectrum – all 16.7 million RGB colors.   

  • MIONIX LAUNCHES THE NAOS 7000 OPTICAL GAMING MOUSE

    MIONIX LAUNCHES THE NAOS 7000 OPTICAL GAMING MOUSE

    Vaxjo, Sweden – December 4th, 2013 – Mionix, the Swedish manufacturer of professional high-end gaming accessories today unveiled the new NAOS 7000 high performance optical gaming mouse.

  • Mini, but Mighty – the MSI Z87I GAMING AC and GTX760 GAMING ITX

    MSI Z87I GAMING AC and GTX760 GAMING ITX
    Killer Network, Audio Boost and exclusively cool RADAX fan

    The long awaited products for gamers who prefer small-sized gaming machines are finally here! Today, world-renowned hardware manufacturer MSI officially announced the Z87I GAMING AC motherboard and GTX 760 GAMING ITX graphics card offering many gaming features in the small mini-ITX form factor. With features such as Killer LAN, 802.11ac and Audio Boost the Z87I GAMING is ready to support you wherever you go knowing you’ll be able to connect to networks with the best speeds for gaming. The GTX 760 GAMING ITX features MSI’s new RADAX fan which is a true Hybrid design fan that boosts lower noise and up to 30 °C lower temperatures compared to any other card in its class. Both motherboard and graphics card offer excellent chassis and component compatibility and are the optimal combination for your home PC or LAN event gaming rig.

  • Benchmark Reviews

    "ADATA has been in the business of developing memory and storage solutions for a dozen years and, in the process, has earned a reputation for producing high-quality devices. Its latest addition to the DashDrive lineup is the ADATA HV620 External Hard Drive. The HV620 is currently available in 500GB, 1TB, and 2TB capacities. In this review, Benchmark Reviews will take a closer look at the 2TB version of the ADATA DashDrive HV620 External Hard Drive and share the results of our testing. We will also take a closer look at its features, which include a scratch-proof surface, its glossy finish, and the raised lip around the perimeter of the device, which is meant to provide an added level of protection to the top of the HV620."

    Benchmark Reviews

  • "We take another look at Crucial's memory products, this time a set of tiny Very Low Profile, Low Voltage DIMMs at a rather standard 1600 MHz. Screened for operation at CAS 9, the Crucial Ballstix Sport VLP kit is for those looking to save a bit on power consumption, or those that have a confined case to build their system in."

    techPowerUp

  • Ocaholic

    "Maybe you're one of the gamers out there who simply can't have enough power coming from the graphics department or maybe you want to assemble a gaming rig with a given budget and you want to get the very maximum out of it. In both cases the following article might be interesting and it might be quite surprising to see how well two GTX 760 in SLI can keep up with the one GTX 780 Ti, since the two mid-range cards in SLI offer an exceptional price/performance ratio."

    Ocaholic

  • "We've already had a taste of what ASUS and Gigabyte have to offer in the way of Z87 motherboards, and now it's time to give MSI's lineup a spin. MSI's offering of Z87 motherboards has essentially three tiers: the "POWER" series (which includes four XPOWER and MPOWER boards), a trio of gaming boards, and five mainstream boards. The company sent us a motherboard from each area to put through their paces. The Z87 chipset goes hand-in-hand with Intel's 4th-generation Haswell processors, and we outfitted the three MSI boards--the tiny Z87I, the Z87-G45 Gamer, and the Z87 MPOWER Max overclocker--with an Intel Core i7-4770K (3.5 GHz) CPU to see how the trio performs."

    Hot Hardware

  • "Is this really a thing? Are the Radeon R9 290X cards shipping to consumers really slower than the review units sent to the press? Well, let's see what we can find."

    The Tech Report

  • "Today we look at the latest high powered 17 inch gaming laptop from MSI, the GT70 2OC. Performance certainly won't be a concern as the machine is equipped with an 8 thread Intel Core i7 processor and a 3GB Nvidia GTX770M discrete graphics card. MSI have also included a fast 120G8 GB solid state boot drive, paired up with a 1TB hard drive to handle storage duties."

    Kitguru

  • OCInside

    "OCinside.de today published a new reader review. This time the reader Hattiro tested the inexpensive Cooler Master Hyper TX3 Evo CPU cooler. He published his experiences and make a purchase recommendation for this Cooler Master Hyper TX3 Evo CPU cooler."

    OCInside

  • "We have smartphones. We have smart TVs, smartwatches and even smart appliances, so why can't the speaker systems in our home be smarter too? And what if there were a more affordable way to get into the world of smarter sound? It is perhaps along that line of questioning that we find ourselves looking at the Sonos PLAY:1 wireless speaker, the least expensive entry into the Sonos HiFi wireless system to date. Is it up to the task?"

    MegaTech News

  • "Today we take a look at our first CS-M series PSU from Corsair. This is the 650w model and is designed to offer gold efficiency with competitive pricing for builders on a tight budget."

    Hardware Heaven

  • NikkTech

    "I recall a time when the most impressive portable audio device in my possession was a Philips Waterproof Discman that came bundled with a nice pair of earphones which to me they seemed to perform better than anything i had ever used in the past. Because of that and also because of the price tag that particular Discman had i never actually even thought about finding something better and i left it at that (i still have that Discman in very good condition). That however was roughly 15 years ago so today i always try to find the best headphones and earphones in the market not only because it's what i do obviously but also because i really want to see how much technology can advance until having to change the entire concept behind the how such devices work. Noontec is a company we just learned of almost 2 months ago and since their headphones have won quite a few awards around the world we decided to take a few of them for a ride the first of which is the ZORO HD (High Definition) Fashion Hi-Fi Headphones."

    NikkTech

  • EKWB

    Premium water cooling gear manufacturer, EK Water Blocks, is proud to introduce EK-SF3D Critical Point - company's first universal graphics card (GPU) liquid nitrogen evaporative cooling solution for competitive overclockers. Used with liquid nitrogen or dry ice coolant this unit allows extreme overclocking of virtually any modern graphics card core. See More

  • New high performance LN2 GPU unit: EK-SF3D Critical Point

    December 3, 2013 --  EK Water Blocks, Ljubljana based premium water cooling gear manufacturer, is proud to introduce EK-SF3D Critical Point - company's first universal graphics card (GPU) liquid nitrogen evaporative cooling solution for competitive overclockers. Used with liquid nitrogen or dry ice coolant this unit allows extreme overclocking of virtually any modern graphics card core.

    New high performance LN2 GPU unit: EK-SF3D Critical Point

  • "PowerColor's R9 270X PCS+ comes overclocked out of the box and introduces a completely new cooler design. In our testing the card delivers good temperature and noise levels. With a price of $200 it's also the cheapest R9 270X available at this time."

    techPowerUp

  • "Noctua is a well known name in the enthusiast world for its high-end CPU cooler products. Their flagship cooler, the NH-D14, features a nickel-plated copper base with dual radiator towers actively cooled by low noise 120mm and 140mm fans. The NH-D14 can be used with all current Intel and AMD CPU offerings. The cooler was put to the test against other similarly classed air and water-based cooling systems to see just how well Noctua's design would hold up. The Noctua NH-D14 does not come cheap with a retail price at $99.99, but its performance and utility should make up for that initial outlay."

    PC Perspective

  • Ocaholic

    "Some gamers spend a lot of time and money to find their ideal combination of mouse and gaming keyboard, not paying attention to the mousepad they're using. Most of the work is done by the mouse sensor but also the pad plays a crucial role. Today we will analyze the Power-RX from CM Storm and check if it's able to convince."

    Ocaholic

  • "Despite what some might view as a hamstrung operating system, the reason that Chromebooks are a tempting option is that most of them are very inexpensive. The one we're looking at today, the Acer C720 Chromebook, costs a mere $249, which is about on par price-wise for many Chromebooks these days. The question then becomes, can such a device possibly replace a laptop? Here's the good news: We have an answer for you, but it's a complex answer, so you'll have to read on to fully understand the big picture. Along the way, you'll get a closer look at Chrome OS as well as the Acer C720 Chromebook itself."

    Hot Hardware

  • Think Computers

    "Music is a huge part of many people's lives. It lets us escape, forget about the stress of life and gets us excited. For me I always like to have music playing when I am working, cleaning up the house or even relaxing. Many people do not have the need or want for larger speaker systems that take forever to set up and are not all that portable. Today we are taking a look at a very powerful wireless AirPlay speaker that will fill an entire room with sound and will work with any Apple iOS device wirelessly. That means you do not have to worry about finding the right dock connector, you can walk around with your iOS device in your pocket and still be able to listen to music. Let's take a look..."

    Think Computers

  • LanOC Reviews

    "The rebound phone from my love of the Motorola MAXX had to be something that shared a lot of its features but helped me get over the amazing battery life. Verizon Wireless sent over the Moto X, a phone that shares the same hardware other than a smaller screen and the battery of the MAXX. I have been toying with the Moto X for some time now and I wanted to talk a little today about how it performed. Will it just be a rebound phone, or will things work out between the Moto X and I. Stay tuned for more after the break, these are the Days Phones Of Our Lives."

    LanOC Reviews

  • BCCHardware

    "Christmas is a great time to spread cheer and take a moment to remember why we actually have the season. Many cultures celebrate the season for one reason or another and in western society, we celebrate by giving gifts to friends and family (or those we have to in an office pool). If some people on your list are hard to shop for, we've got a few suggestions that may help take some of the pain out of holiday shopping. We've broken the list down into different price categories in order to make it easier to find something in your price range."

    BCCHardware

  • "The Radeon R9 270X graphics card was released by AMD in October 2013 and quickly became a favorite for gamers wanting a new card at the $200 price point. When the AMD Radeon R9 270X card first came out we reviewed the reference card and a high-end custom card by Sapphire. Today we will be taking a look at the Gigabyte R9 270X OC that is sold under part number GV-R927XOC-2GD and retails right now for $199.99 plus shipping. Not a bad price for a custom designed card that is also factory overclocked and backed by 3-year warranty."

    Legit Reviews

  • NikkTech

    "Christmas Global Giveaway is up people, this time we have a total of 30 prizes by 19 manufacturers ready to be shipped to 26 very lucky winners...HoHoHo :)"

    NikkTech

  • MSI

    MSI proudly announces its latest AIO PCs, the AE222/G & AE201, featuring a 21.5” display with Intel Haswell i3/i5 CPU. They both have the elegant appearance of the general family look of MSI’s AIO AE Series. These new AE Series of MSI AIO PCs,  are also featured with a Full-HD panel and the exclusive “Flicker-Free” & “Less-Blue Light” technology, providing users a great full system which are harmless for the eyes, and optimized for Windows 8.1. See More

  • Two new All-in-One PCs with Flicker-Free technology by MSI

    MSI proudly announces its latest AIO PCs, the AE222/G & AE201

    MSI AE222 & AE201

    MSI proudly announces its latest AIO PCs, the AE222/G & AE201, featuring a 21.5” display with Intel Haswell i3/i5 CPU. They both have the elegant appearance of the general family look of MSI’s AIO AE Series. However, the internal hardware is upgraded dramatically. In order to provide the best user experience, these AE series are featured with a Full-HD panel and the exclusive “Flicker-Free” & “Less-Blue Light” technology, providing users a great full system which are harmless for the eyes. Furthermore, the AE222(G) & AE201 also preloaded the Win8.1, which is the latest version on WinOS. All of these features make sure to provide users a great and remarkable AIO.

  • Asustor

    ASUSTOR announces that they will be exhibiting its full range of NAS devices at the Trump International Hotel Las Vegas from January 6th- 9th 2014. At the show, ASUSTOR will be exhibiting its 6, 3, and 2 series NAS devices along with debuting its highly anticipated 7 Series models which consist of enterprise-class rackmount devices. Furthermore, ASUSTOR will be shinning the spotlight on ASUSTOR Portal, a brand new high-definition platform that integrates multimedia playback, web browsing and surveillance feeds. See More

  • Transcend

    At the end of November, global branding consultancy, Interbrand, announced Taiwan’s top 20 brand names for 2013. Transcend was once again recognized as one of Taiwan's Top 20 global brands. Transend was rated No.15 in this year’s survey, its 7th consecutive year on the annual Taiwan Top 20 list. According to the report, Transcend's brand value has reached $139 million US dollars with a growth rate of 7%. See More

  • Thecus

    Thecus announces the availability of the N2310, a compact 2 bay storage device for entry level home and small office NAS, and is now available in North America. The N2310 provides fast, safe and reliable file storage for homes and small offices, while consuming only 5W. The Thecus The N2310 supports Windows (XP, 7, 8, 8.1 and Server 2003+), Mac OS X, and Linux, and has a suggested retail price of USD169.99. See More

  • Transcend on Interbrand’s Best Taiwan Global Brands List for 7th Consecutive Year

    Transcend on Interbrand’s Best Taiwan Global Brands List for 7th Consecutive Year

    December 3, 2013 --Taiwan’s top 20 brand names for 2013 were announced at the end of November by the global branding consultancy Interbrand. Transcend was rated No.15 in this year’s survey, its 7th consecutive year on the annual Taiwan Top 20 list. According to the report, Transcend's brand value has reached $139 million US dollars with a growth rate of 7%.

  • ASUSTOR to Showcase Full Range of NAS Devices at CES 2014

    ASUSTOR will be exhibiting its full range of NAS devices at the Trump International Hotel Las Vegas from January 6th- 9th 2014. ASUSTOR’s lineup of NAS devices consist of the 6, 3 and 2 series models along with the brand new enterprise-class 7 series rackmount models. An array of brand new applications, functions and features will also be exhibited.

    ASUSTOR to Showcase Full Range of NAS Devices at CES 2014

    Taipei, Taiwan, December 3rd, 2013- ASUSTOR Inc., a leading innovator and provider of network storage solutions, will showcase its innovative series of NAS devices at CES 2014 in Las Vegas from January 6th – 9th. At the show, ASUSTOR will be exhibiting its 6, 3, and 2 series NAS devices along with debuting its highly anticipated 7 Series models which consist of enterprise-class rackmount devices. Furthermore, ASUSTOR will be shinning the spotlight on ASUSTOR Portal, a brand new high-definition platform that integrates multimedia playback, web browsing and surveillance feeds.

  • Thecus® N2310 NAS Now Available in North America – Easy to Use, Low-Cost Solution for Homes and Small Offices

    Thecus N2310 - Compact 2-Bay Storage Device with Ultra-Low Operating Costs
    Compact 2-Bay Storage Device with Ultra-Low Operating Costs

    December 3, 2013, Milpitas, California– The N2310, the latest entry level home and small office NAS from Thecus®, is now available in North America. The N2310 provides fast, safe and reliable file storage for homes and small offices, all while consuming only 5W.

  • OCZ

    OCZ today announced that the Company has signed an asset purchase agreement with Toshiba Corporation, a global technology leader and manufacturer of NAND flash memory, to acquire substantially all of OCZ's assets in a chapter 11 bankruptcy proceeding for $35M. Under this agreement Toshiba will acquire OCZ's client and enterprise solid state drive business. See More

  • OCZ Reaches Agreement With Toshiba Corporation to Acquire Solid State Drive Business

    Toshiba to Acquire OCZ's SSD Client, Enterprise and Software Divisions

    SAN JOSE, CA-- December 02, 2013 - OCZ Technology Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: OCZ), a leading provider of high-performance solid state drives (SSDs) for computing devices and systems, today announced that the Company has signed an asset purchase agreement with Toshiba Corporation, a global technology leader and manufacturer of NAND flash memory, to acquire substantially all of OCZ's assets in a chapter 11 bankruptcy proceeding for $35M. Under this agreement Toshiba will acquire OCZ's client and enterprise solid state drive business. OCZ will continue to operate and serve existing and future customers during this process. Toshiba has agreed to provide the Company with DIP (Debtor-in-Possession) financing to ensure that there is adequate capital and flash supply to support the business during the contemplated sale period. The consummation of the asset purchase agreement is subject to an auction and approval by the bankruptcy court in the Company's bankruptcy case.

  • NVIDIA

    Gamers and enthusiasts are always looking to get the best results with today’s games on today’s hardware, and obtain optimal performance resulting in an overall better gaming experience. NVIDIA announces GeForce Experience 1.8, which includes game-changing Optimal Playable Setting functionality, and a number of ShadowPlay updates that make the innovative, critically-lauded gameplay recorder even better at capturing your favorite action-packed moments.

  • ROCCAT

    ROCCAT announces the availability of the Phantom White variation of the limited edition Kone Pure Color, as part of a series of limited edition products released over the course of 2013, which marks the “Year of the Kone” – celebrating the five-year anniversary of the Kone series. Like the original Kone Pure, the Color edition features a high-end 8,200 DPI Pro-Aim R3 laser sensor and high quality Omron® switches. With features like Easy-Shift[+]™, Easy-Aim and ROCCAT Talk, the Kone Pure Color is a powerful weapon in the hands of gamers that demand the best in world class gaming peripherals. Game On! See More

  • ROCCAT Ships White Hot Gaming Mouse for the Holidays

    ROCCAT Limited edition Kone Pure Color Phantom White

    Limited edition Kone Pure Color Phantom White celebrating five-year anniversary of multi-award-winning Kone series available in stores now

    Hamburg – December 2, 2013 – ROCCAT today announces the availability of the Phantom White variation of the limited edition Kone Pure Color. Like the original Kone Pure, the Color edition features a high-end 8,200 DPI Pro-Aim R3 laser sensor and high quality Omron® switches. With features like Easy-Shift[+]™, Easy-Aim and ROCCAT Talk®, the Kone Pure Color is a powerful weapon in the hands of gamers fighting for point-streaks, lanes and bases. It is one of a series of limited edition products released over the course of 2013, which marks the “Year of the Kone” – celebrating the five-year anniversary of the Kone series. The Phantom White variation of the mouse follows the Inferno Orange, Hellfire Red and Polar Blue Kone Pure Colors, as well as the Kone Pure Optical.

  • Benchmark Reviews

    "First introduced in 2007, the Amazon Kindle e-ink book reader has become the standard by which all e-ink book readers are measured. Since that time, many users have taken to reading books on portable devices such as tablets and smartphones. The new Amazon Kindle Paperwhite aims to convince readers that the e-ink reader still deserves to be your "go to" device for reading."

    Benchmark Reviews

  • "The Lexar JumpDrive P10 may look like the Triton released last year, but don't be fooled: Lexar has upped the maximum speeds of the unit to 265 MB/s read and 245 MB/s write!"

    techPowerUp

  • "In this review Frostytech will be testing out Noctua's NH-U14S heatsink, a 170mm tall thermal solution built around six 6mm diameter heatpipes and featuring one 140x150mm fan called the NF-A15 PWM. The Noctua-branded NF-A15 fan features all kinds of fancy attributes designed to decrease noise, increase airflow, lengthen bearing life and cancel out errant vibrations. Given the pride Noctua have in their fans, Frostytech will be taking the extra step of testing the NH-U14S heatsink in stock and dual fan configurations, on 85W, 150W and 200W synthetic thermal test platforms."

    Frostytech

  • "Today DaveChaos reviews the Gigabyte Aivia Uranium Wireless Gaming Mouse including Ghost Macro Station."

    Hardware Heaven

  • "Just over a year ago, Samsung broadened its Note portfolio to not only include phones, but tablets as well. The company saw a need to introduce a slate that catered to working professionals, power users, and those who need more content creation capabilities -- hence, the Galaxy Note 10.1 with the S Pen was born. In the ever-challenging world of product naming and differentiation, Samsung decided on quite the mouthful for the Note 10.1's successor. The Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition is perhaps awkwardly named, but it's shipping in a market where work-capable tablets are certainly generating a lot of buzz. On paper, there's no reason to doubt the Note 10.1 2014 Edition's power with Qualcomm's Snapdragon 800 SoC at the heart of the device. Android 4.3 is on-board and Samsung has tossed a heavy coat of its own TouchWiz interface on there in order to best take advantage of the included stylus; pardon us, S Pen..."

    Hot Hardware

  • Ocaholic

    "The Seasonic SS-660XP2 offers some quite unique features paired up with 80PLUS Platinum certification and a high-end design, all packed together with a rather affordable US $140 price tag. Today, we will check out if Seasonic, who is also the maker of this PSU, actually lives up to its name and high standards expected from it."

    Ocaholic

  • "The Hydro Series H75 is a liquid CPU cooler which is comprised of a slim-line 120mm radiator, two SP120L cooling fans and a newly design Asetek pump and mounting system. The Hydro Series has impressed before, can it continue to with this new model?"

    Vortez

  • Think Computers

    "When it comes to choosing any motherboard there are so many options out there. Many companies load up motherboards with great features, but sadly most users won't even make use of these features. So inevitably we are stuck with very expensive motherboard that we never really make full use of. Today we will be taking a look at a motherboard at the lower-end spectrum as far as pricing goes, but it still offers a solid feature set. The motherboard in question is the Gigabyte Z87X-UD3H. This motherboard supports Intel's 4th Generation Haswell processors and features 8 SATA 6GB/s ports, 10 USB 3.0 ports, multi-GPU support, and a very impressive UEFI BIOS. Is this the Z87 motherboard for you? Read on as we find out..."

    Think Computers

  • "The DS1513+ NAS from Synology comes with a redesigned enclosure which features removable fans, new screwless trays, 2GB of DDR3 RAM (with the possibility of upgrade to 4GB), an Intel Dual Core CPU at 2.13GHz and no less than four LAN ports with Link Aggregation support."

    Madshrimps

  • HCW

    "If you're looking to upgrade your onboard sound (and you should), the DIAMOND Xtreme Sound 7.1 is an option worthy of consideration. Find out how it compares to Realtek onboard sound, and an Asus Xonar Phoebus soundcard that uses a similar chipset."

    HCW

  • "Forming the entry-level Z87 board in ASRock's gaming-orientated Fatal1ty series, is the Z87 Killer able to prove itself as a good-value gaming motherboard?"

    Kitguru

  • "I recently reviewed the iVektor from Enermax and quickly realized that the case would be perfect for a color change mod similar to what I did with the Level 10 GT."

    Hardware Asylum

  • NikkTech

    "At the time i was writing these lines Paul Walker the actor we all learned and loved from the Fast movies died at the age of 40 after a very tragic car crash involving a red Porsche GT driven by one of his friends. We are well aware that this is not something that has to do with a technology related site but we are all humans above all else so we would just like to extend our condolences to his family and close friends, he will be missed by millions around the world that's for certain. Moving back to today's review i think we all know the importance of having a good quality headset when watching your favorite movies, playing your favorite games and listening to your favorite tunes. However most of the time really good headsets that deliver high audio clarity cost quite a bit but thanks to SteelSeries and their latest H line of headsets featuring their brand new tournament grade audio driver technology this may change for the best. Today on our test bench we have the 2nd best model in the new H line and more specifically the 5HV3 Gaming Headset."

    NikkTech

  • Introduction

    People always say that when you have a kid, everything changes. Internally, some emotional shifting has happened because now there is a new life I am responsible for, but no grand transformation where my heart grew 3 sizes or anything like that. Maybe it's because I've always had that emotional capacity and it's not something new to me. If anything, the big change has been adding the +1 to the schedule of life. But I'm a home body, so that isn't a huge accommodation. So far, I've been looking forward to my daughter getting out of the baby phase so I can actually have fun with her. I told my wife, "You know, I'm going to be the one having fun with her and all of her toys." I'm still a giant kid at heart and love that stuff. Maybe when she hits her teens I'll get that "everything changing" people have been talking about.

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  • There is perhaps no market in the PC component industry that is as crowded as the mainstream chassis segment. Designs have come and gone but cases that fulfill the needs of most enthusiasts remain in the forefront. Cases that can accommodate additional cooling options and large high-end video cards are sought after for the flexibility and convenience of component installation, as well as optimal thermal performance under stressful conditions. While prioritizing functionality is important, however, compromising on the appearance can severely affect the product's performance, so a balance must be struck by the manufacturer.

    Enermax Fulmo Advanced

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  • I’m sure many of you have been to a boxing match and have had the opportunity of watching several fights take place in the different weight classes. It's pretty exciting to watch as they battle it out for the championship belt. You have the heavy weights, always hard hitting and scoring tremendous knockouts in the early rounds, and then there are the middle weights, who usually take you into the middle rounds before scoring a knockout, or it ends in the 12th round and they win by decision. Then there are the light weights or Fly weights, the smallest or lightest of the fighters, who are lightning fast with skills and speed that will keep you on the edge of your seat throughout the fight, in anticipation of scoring that knockout punch that you know is coming, as they battle it out in the middle of the ring.

     

    Diablotek Fly Mid-Tower case

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  • Although I am a fan of futuristic science fiction shows and movies, three persistent clichés have always bothered me and almost ruin the narrative. First, the automatic doors and the general lack of hinges are bothersome. Automatic doors require a significant amount of maintenance, take up too much space and break down too often to be practical enough to replace conventional doors entirely. Second, denim jeans are nowhere to be found but everyone is wearing monochrome jumpsuits. Denim survived the Great War, the great depression, World War II and the Stonewash jeans craze of the late 70s and early 80s (what the hell were they thinking?) so I’m pretty sure it would take several extinction-level events before civilization dismisses denim completely. Lastly, translucent screens and the lack of keyboards in sci-fi computer terminals are just horribly impractical. I have no idea why the screen and controls in sci-fi have to be in a 3D floating space when a simple flat screen and conventional keyboard is significantly more accurate and gets the job done. The amount of time and money required to develop a three-dimensional floating display is ridiculously high, let alone a tangible interactive 3D display.

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  • Historically, workstation computers cost quite a bit more than desktop computers since they are much more powerful and reliable. The widespread adoption of high performance components into the desktop segment, however, has caused the decline of the workstation segment of the computing market. Today’s workstations still require significant computing power, superior networking capability, and high performance 3D hardware, but are readily available and much more affordable than they used to be.

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  • I'd like to think of myself as a "semi" handy man. I grew up in a family of laborers, so some of the "fix it" mentality has rubbed off on me. My most recent project was re-insulating the attic. I've experienced the house for a full barrage of seasons now and have found many of the flaws within. One problem last winter had been ice damming on the roof. So I made a note to myself to figure out the culprit over the spring/summer. After getting a few people in to give me their opinions, it basically boiled down to the heat getting into the attic. I felt that this was a task I could do myself. I held out until just before it started getting cold out and, luckily, insulation went on sale at my local Menards. As I was up in the attic I could see why there was a problem. There were spots that had such a thin layer of insulation that you could almost feel the heat coming through. Now, my attic is sealed tight, and hopefully this will save us money on heating costs and prevent the damming.

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  • We take things for granted on a daily basis when we're younger, and it isn’t until we're adults that we learn to appreciate things the way we should. When we're children we take everything for granted, like the clothes on our backs and the food we eat. When we become teenagers, we have learned a little, although admittedly not enough, and we take our parents and their concerns for our well being for granted and get it confused with them just being meddlesome. Even having a job as a teenager can be taken for granted, not taking into consideration the life lessons we learn like punctuality, responsibility and being held accountable for our actions. As a parent, the biggest thing I learned is that I took silence for granted.

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  • I can remember the days of having important information stored on 5 ¼”  and 3 ½” floppy disks, stored away in boxes. The trouble with storing important information on a floppy disk is that, over time, information would degrade and sooner or later it would become just a coaster to place your drink on. Then came CDs and DVDs, which worked very well and they even increased the speed in which you could access the information. The only problem with those types of media is they are very easily scratched and rendered useless. Now we have USB drives, which are fine and, really, the only problem with them is that they are easily lost or misplaced, and, unless they have some sort of security software on them, the information stored is available to anyone who finds it.

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  • A very important part of the system that is often overlooked is the power supply. While the CPU is thought of as the brain of the PC, the power supply is essentially comparable to the heart. While the heart pumps blood and delivers oxygen throughout the body, the power supply is responsible for delivering electricity throughout the various components. We know the importance of a healthy heart to our lifestyle so active physical movement is a priority to keep everything running smoothly. While power supplies don’t get better with exercise, fortunately, we can easily replace them whenever needed. This becomes costly overtime, however, and a bad power supply could also damage some components. Picking the right power supply for the job is essential and should be a priority when building a system.

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  • An iconic image imprinted heavily in my brain, after seeing it on TV, was that of an urban New York scene where some guy with Adidas overalls carries a gigantic boom box stereo over his shoulders while he walks down the street. This was, of course, in the early days of the Sony Walkman and portable audio was few and far between. The choice was to carry that boom box to get great portable audio or use a portable headphone that produced sub-par sounds. Luckily these days, there are plenty of choices in the market when it comes to earphones, especially considering every single person owns an MP3 player or a cellphone that has music playback capabilities.

     

    Arctic Sound E461-BM Earphones  

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  • DirectX11 was in full swing in 2010 and we saw the release of multiple, much awaited graphic cards. AMD ended 2009 strong, dominating the market with their HD5000 series GPUs, while NVIDIA’s Fermi was delayed until the early part of 2010. When released, the GTX 400s were powerful beasts that vastly outperformed AMD’s single GPU DirectX 11 offerings, but consumers thought that the Fermi cards were too hot, too power-hungry and too late. The introduction of the GTX 460 in July 2010 changed the mid-range gaming landscape entirely. Finally, AMD’s HD 5770, which dominated the mid-range cards since 2009, has been dethroned and the bar for mid-range gaming has been set higher.

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  • When you hear the word "motherboard," what is the first manufacturer that pops into your head? For me, it's almost always Gigabyte. Why? Well, because they are always on top of their game. Gigabyte has continued to deliver world class products and set standards in the industry for quality and technology. Just this year, they were the first to introduce USB 3.0 to the world. They even topped that with extra power purposefully to the USB ports, allowing charges to complete much quicker, for those of us that like to use USB adapters with our phones and IPods. Before that, they set standards like full solid capacitor boards, and 24-phase power VRM.

     

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  • The market for enthusiast-oriented hardware is always increasing. We do, however, overlook the fact that there are enthusiasts who do not always go for the newest and most expensive hardware, especially in countries outside of North America or Europe, where the price of hardware is higher and the economy isn’t as strong.  Enthusiasts in these countries cannot always afford to buy top of the line hardware but are entitled to products that cater to their needs.

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  • If you've seen the movie Eragon, then you might know a bit of the story behind the Dragon Riders. In the beginning, Dragon Riders were meant to keep the peace between the Dragons and Elves. However, after some time, their role turned into a protector role for everyone. Their duty was to keep the peace amongst all races. In order to control the Dragons, the rider had to gain a telepathic bond that only took effect when a Dragon's egg chose them. This bond would keep them together for life and if one perished, the other would go mad. There is a series of novels, called the Inheritance Cycle, written by Christopher Paolini, showing the rise and fall of the Dragon Riders.

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  • Netbooks and small laptops seem to be a very hot ticket for many people. Everyone wants the functionality of a laptop without the size. This comes with some sacrifices, namely, slower processors, lack of a decent video card, and limited inputs. One of my co-workers recently bought an ASUS UL30VT-X1 laptop. This laptop has a switchable video card with a 13" widescreen and is the size in between a netbook and laptop. Its only fatal flaw is that there is no optical drive. This is where good portable peripherals come into play.

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  • I hate Christmas shopping. I don't mind the crowds. I don't mind that department stores try to shove their sales down your throat, like they're never going to have another sale again. I hate that it's the single time of the year where EVERYONE has the same thing in mind. What the heck do I get "insert name here"? My family is pretty large, so we all do the secret Santa, instead of individual gift giving. My wife's side of the family has it all streamlined because her sister started using the online secret Santa and it allows you to post a wish list, which they all do. However, my side of the family is still stuck in the stone age, drawing names from a hat and leaving everything up to the "secret Santa". This usually involves phone calls asking "What does so and so like?" to the closer relatives of that person. It always ends up with you not knowing what the heck to get them, and frustration until the last minute when you're forced to buy SOMETHING.

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  • One of the most successful, if not the most successful, TV series of our time is a show that proudly stated that it was about “nothing.” And really, it was about “nothing.” For nine seasons, “Seinfeld” captivated audiences with plots based on simple, everyday events in the lives of several people. Nothing outrageous, just everyday events. The premise, really, was little more than the incredible amount of energy and complexity that has to be spent by our society to do something as simple as, say…pick someone up at the airport. Great premise, but you have to give Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld a lot of credit. Writing about “nothing” and holding an audience’s attention would certainly seem to be a hard thing to keep up on a weekly basis.

  • Christmas is coming fast. We are already in the month of December. Have you made your list of things you want? Growing up, my list always consisted of computer components I couldn't buy throughout the year. Christmas time was always overhaul time for me. There were deals everywhere and it was the time of the year when I got cash from all the relatives. This year is a little different. I do reviews now and have a house, so my list has kind of changed to more practical things.

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  • Back in the mid-1940s, a visionary by the name of Bugsy had what can only be described as a spiritual experience. It was an experience that at the time many deemed worthy of consideration only by those handing out flowers on street corners in preparation for their mass wedding ceremony, but as time progressed it was clear that Bugsy truly was a prophet with an ability to see into the future. For it was Bugsy who announced that a figure would arrive in the world that would change everything, basically turning the world on its ear, leading mankind to greater heights. However, Bugsy was also aware that once this God-like creature had completed his task he would need a castle befitting his stature. So Bugsy strode into the Nevada desert to build the paradise that would await the coming. But….what would people do in the middle of the desert awaiting the arrival of the post-pubescent Wayne Newton? Well, gamble, of course.

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    Personally, I’m not much of a gambler. Sitting down at a casino table registers about the same on my enjoyment scale as taking a great aunt grocery shopping, and tends to have the same end result as simply burning my money. I prefer to stick with things where I at least have some control over the outcome. However, all that seems to go out the window when it comes to AMD Phenom II X2 and X3s, especially if they are Black Edition. Why? Well, the explanation to that is simple. It’s a matter of enjoyment from the possibility of getting an extra core or two unlocked and stable, as well as finding out just how high I can push the OC and keep the system stable. Unlocking and overclocking are always a gamble and the results are never a sure thing, but this is a gamble that is never a loss and always fun all the way. AMD Phenom II CPUs aren’t just a great price/performance item, they are simply made to tinker with.

    The new flagship of the AMD Phenom II X2 line is the 565 Black Edition. Out of the box, the Phenom II X2 565 Black Edition is a dual core CPU clocking in at 3.4Ghz. With 1MB of L2 and 6MB of L3 cache, the AMD Phenom II X2 565 Black Edition is no lightweight budget chip, despite its aggressive $113.00 price point. Add to this the unlocked multiplier that the Black Edition is renowned for, as well as the possibility of possibly unlocking an extra core or two, and you have a potent gaming and enthusiast chip ready to be pushed well beyond its stock limits. Thanks to the flexibility of AMD’s AM2+/AM3 platform, the Phenom II X2 565BE is ready to drop into a multitude of applications. Whether you are looking to upgrade your existing AM2+ or go into a new AM3 build, the Phenom II X2 565BE can fit right in. At $113.00, the Phenom II X2 565BE can fit into a budget system, but also has enough power to capably drive a higher end enthusiast/gaming build.

     

     


    Technologies

    Technologies

    AMD Phenom II "C3"

    Earlier in 2010, AMD released a "C3" variant of their top of the line, quad-core Phenom II X4 965 processor as part of an effort to continually improve yields. This, of course, also means advantages passed on to the consumers in the form of improved performance and better thermal design. The TDP has been lowered from 140 watts to a cooler 125 watts. Improvements in handling 4 DIMMS at DDR3-1333 were also made, where previously, the DDR3 speeds would drop to 1066 if all 4 DIMM slots were populated. Another big improvement brought on by the C3 revision is the hardware implementation of C1E power saving technology. With C1E, the CPU frequency and core voltage are lowered in idle mode. Previously, C1E was emulated through Cool N' Quiet, but resulted in performance drops whenever it was turned on. Since it is now hardware implemented, transitioning into C1E, and back, is now much faster and much more efficient than in previous "C2" revisions.

    AMD64 with Direct Connect Architecture

    • Helps improve system performance and efficiency by directly connecting the processors, the memory controller, and the I/O to the CPU.
    • Designed to enable simultaneous 32- and 64-bit computing
    • Integrated Memory Controller
      • Benefits: Increases application performance by dramatically reducing memory latency
      • Scales memory bandwidth and performance to match compute needs
      • HyperTransport™ Technology provides up to 16.0GB/s peak bandwidth per processor—reducing I/O bottlenecks
      • Up to 37GB/s total delivered processor-to-system bandwidth (HyperTransport bus + memory bus)

    AMD Balanced Smart Cache

    • Shared L3 cache (either 6MB or 4MB)
    • 512K L2 cache per core
      • Benefit: Shortened access times to the highly accessed data for better performance.

    AMD Wide Floating Point Accelerator

    • 128-bit floating point unit (FPU)
    • High performance (128bit internal data path) floating point unit per core.
      • Benefit: Larger data paths and quicker floating point calculations for better performance.

    HyperTransport™ Technology

    • One 16-bit link at up to 4000MT/s
    • Up to 8.0GB/s HyperTransport™ I/O bandwidth; Up to 16GB/s in HyperTransport Generation 3.0 mode
    • Up to 37GB/s total delivered processor-to-system bandwidth (HyperTransport bus + memory bus)
      • Benefit: Quick access times to system I/O for better performance.

    Integrated DRAM Controller with AMD Memory Optimizer Technology

    • A high-bandwidth, low-latency integrated memory controller
    • Supports PC2-8500 (DDR2-1066); PC2-6400 (DDR2-800), PC2-5300 (DDR2-667), PC2-4200 (DDR2-533) or PC2-3200 (DDR2-400) SDRAM unbuffered DIMMs – AM2+
    • Support for unregistered DIMMs up to PC2 8500(DDR2-1066MHz) and PC3 10600 (DDR3-1333MHz) – AM3
    • Up to 17.1GB/s memory bandwidth for DDR2 and up to 21GB/s memory bandwidth for DDR3
      • Benefit: Quick access to system memory for better performance.

    AMD Virtualization™ (AMD-V™) Technology With Rapid Virtualization Indexing

    • Silicon feature-set enhancements designed to improve the performance, reliability, and security of existing and future virtualization environments by allowing virtualized applications with direct and rapid access to their allocated memory.
      • Benefit: Helps virtualization software to run more securely and efficiently enabling a better experience when dealing with virtual systems

    AMD PowerNow!™ Technology (Cool’n’Quiet™ Technology)

    • Enhanced power management features which automatically and instantaneously adjusts performance states and features based on processor performance requirements
    • For quieter operation and reduced power requirements
      • Benefit: Enables cooler and quieter platform designs by providing extremely efficient performance and energy usage.

    AMD CoolCore™ Technology

    • Reduces processor energy consumption by turning off unused parts of the processor. For example, the memory controller can turn off the write logic when reading from memory, helping reduce system power.
    • Works automatically without the need for drivers or BIOS enablement.
    • Power can be switched on or off within a single clock cycle, saving energy with no impact to performance.
      • Benefit: Helps users get more efficient performance by dynamically activating or turning off parts of the processor.

    Dual Dynamic Power Management™

    • Enables more granular power management capabilities to reduce processor energy consumption.
    • Separate power planes for cores and memory controller, for optimum power consumption and performance, creating more opportunities for power savings within the cores and memory controller.
      • Benefit: Helps improve platform efficiency by providing on demand memory performance while still allowing for decreased system power consumption

     

    The AMD 800-Series Chipset

    The new 8- Series of AMD Motherboard chipsets introduce both USB and SATA 3.0. USB 3.0 draws its power from the NEC host controller; this is a Dual Simplex link that is bi-directional and, unlike USB 2.0 which is Half Duplex (one –way), it transfers data more efficiently.

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    Unlike SATA 3, which was first seen on Intel motherboards (Marvell chipset/3rd party), the AMD 800 Series motherboards run native SATA 3 via the 850 Southbridge chipset, which is a direct link to 6 SATA ports, alleviating the middle man. (Marvell)

    AMD Phenom II X2 565BE Processor

     

    The 890GX chipset contains an ATI HD 4290 integrated video, which is DirectX 10.1, has a 700MHz core, 40 unified shaders and, with added SidePort memory, is the most powerful integrated video card produced by AMD, to date. The HD 4290 is also capable of Picture in Picture Blu-Ray Playback and upscaling to 720p.

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    Other features include Hyper-Transport 3.0 (5.2 GT/s), HDMI, VGA and DVI video outputs, two PCI-e 2.0 (1 x 16/1x8) for discrete video, support for DDR3 1333 MHz memory and onboard HD audio.

    AMD Phenom II X2 565BE Processor

     

     

     

     


    Review Philosophy

    For this review we will focus on three areas:

    • Cost of using your old AM2+ components while upgrading to the new AMD Phenom II X2 565BE.
    • Cost of upgrading to the new AM3 motherboard.
    • Performance.

    First let's take a look at pricing:

    • AMD Phenom II X2 565BE $113.00 USD
    • nVidia GTS 450 $129.00
    • nVidia GTX 580 $529.00
    • AM3 Motherboard 800 Chipset $90.00+
    • 4GB DDR3 Memory 1600 MHz $89.00+

    Here are a few combinations and prices on the various upgrades available.

    Extreme Budget System

    AMD Phenom II X2 565BE

    $113.00

    Keep Old AM2+ Mobo

    $0

    Keep Old DDR2 RAM

    $0

    Keep Old Video Card

    $0

    Total

    $113.00

     

    Budget System

    AMD Phenom II X2 565BE

    $113.00

    Gigabyte GA-880GM-USB3 Motherboard

    $95.00

    G.SKILL 4GB DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600

    $78

    Onboard Video / Keep Old

    $0

    Total

    $286.00

    Mainstream System

    AMD Phenom II X2 565BE

    $113.00

    GIGABYTE GA-890GPA-UD3H AM3 AMD 890GX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI ATX Motherboard

    $135.00

    G.SKILL 4GB DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600

    $78.00

    MSI N450GTS-M2D1GD5/OC nVidia GTS 450 Graphics

    $129.00

    Total

    $455.00

     

    Enthusiast System

    AMD Phenom II X2 565BE

    $113.00

    ASUS Crosshair IV Formula AM3 Motherboard

     

    $220.00

    Patriot Viper Extreme 4GB DDR3 2000 RAM

    $120.00

    EVGA 015-P3-1583-AR GeForce GTX 580 Black Ops Edition 1536MB GDDR5 Overclocked Video Card

    $529.00

    Total

    $982.00

     

    There are obviously many directions you can take your system, depending on your needs. Fortunately, the AMD AM2+/AM3 platform opens many different roads to take. If your focus is on gaming, a graphics card upgrade, rather than a motherboard/RAM upgrade, is obviously going to do more for what YOU want to do and, in many cases, will be a less expensive option with much more pronounced results. AM2+/AM3 compatibility allows you to upgrade individual components, with each having a pronounced performance improvement. The AMD CPU line offers incredible flexibility and performance, all without breaking your wallet.

     

     


    Specifications and Features

    Specifications for the Phenom II X2 565 Black Edition:

    Model Number & Core Frequency

    X2 565BE/ 3.4GHz

    OPN

    HDZ565WFK2DGM (Retail Box)

    L1 Cache Sizes

    64K of L1 instruction and 64K of L1 data cache per core (256KB total L1 per processor)

    L2 Cache Sizes

    1MB of L2 data cache per core (1MB total L2 per processor)

    L3 Cache Size

    6MB (shared)

    Total Cache (L2+L3)

    7MB

    Memory Controller Type

    Integrated 128-bit wide memory controller *

    Memory Controller Speed

    2.0GHz with Dual Dynamic Power Management

    Types of Memory Supported

    Unregistered DIMMs up to PC2-8500 (DDR2-1066MHz) -AND- PC3-10600 (DDR3-1333MHz)

    HyperTransport 3.0 Specification

    One 16-bit/16-bit link @ up to 4.0GHz full duplex (2.0GHz x2)

    Total Processor-to-System Bandwidth

    • Up to 37.3GB/s total bandwidth [Up to 21.3 GB/s memory bandwidth (DDR3-1333) + 16.0GB/s (HT3)]
    • Up to 33.1GB/s total bandwidth [Up to 17.1 GB/s memory bandwidth (DDR2-1066) + 16.0GB/s (HT3)]

    Packaging

    Socket AM3 938-pin organic micro pin grid array (micro-PGA)

    Fab location

    GLOBALFOUNDARIES Fab 1 module 1 in Dresden, Germany (formerly AMD Fab 36)

    Process Technology

    45-nanometer DSL SOI (silicon-on-insulator) technology

    Approximate Die Size

    258mm2

    Approximate Transistor count

    ~758 million

    Max TDP

    80 Watts

    AMD Codename

    “Calisto”

     

     

     


    Testing Methods

    Benchmarking

    To test all systems, processors, and motherboards, Hi Tech Legion has compiled a list of popular programs to test performance; these benchmarks are taken from programs that are available to the public. We have compiled these to create the Hi Tech Legion Benchmark Suite, which includes system, graphics, processor, rendering, compression, and word processing. All scores will be graphed for each specific test under its category: video benchmarks (gaming will be rated in FPS: Frames per second), system scores will be graded by numbers which are given as results by their respective programs, higher will be better unless otherwise specified. If file compression is chosen, then all times will be in seconds. All temperatures will be measured in Celsius.

    For comparison purposes, we will be using the Phenom II X2 555BE which we had previously reviewed with great results. All benchmarks will be done in the same build, with only the CPU as a variable.

    Systems

    Test System
    • Processor: AMD Phenom II X2 565BE (Stock 3.4Ghz and OC 3.9Ghz)
    • Motherboard: Asus M4A79T Deluxe
    • Memory: 4GB OCZ BEMP DDR3 1600
    • GPU:Diamond ATI Radeon HD 6870
    • HDD: WD Caviar 500GB RE3
    • Power Supply: XFX 750W Black Edition
    • Operating System: Windows 7 64-Bit
    • Case:Cooler Master HAF-X
    • CPU Cooler: Cooler Master V6GT

     

    Comparison System

    • Processor: AMD Phenom II X2 555BE
    • Motherboard: Asus M4A79T Deluxe
    • Memory: 4GB OCZ BEMP DDR3 1600
    • GPU:Diamond ATI Radeon HD 6870
    • HDD: WD Caviar 500GB RE3
    • Power Supply: XFX 750W Black Edition
    • Operating System: Windows 7 64-Bit
    • Case:Cooler Master HAF-X
    • CPU Cooler: Cooler Master V6GT

     

    Benchmarks

    System Benchmarks

    • World Bench
    • PCMark Vantage
    • SiSandra (CPU)
    • Everest (Cache and Memory)
    • Cinebench 10 (CPU Rendering)
    • Cinebench 11.5(CPU and OpenGL)

     

    Gaming Benchmarks

    • 3DMark Vantage
    • Resident Evil 6
    • BattleForge
    • World in Conflict

     

     


    Benchmarks (World Bench)

    World Bench

    World Bench is a system benchmark that tests the rendering, DirectX, video encoding, file compression, data entry, and overall performance of your system. World Bench 6 Beta (stable) gives a base score of 100 for a baseline comparison when different systems are chosen. For our tests, these scores will not be valid; all benchmarks are run individually and will reflect times in seconds as given by the program. If you would like more information here is a link. World Bench 6

     

     


    Benchmarks (PC Mark)

    PCMark Vantage

    Designed for Windows Vista, PCMark Vantage benchmarks your system with a variety of tests including video, photo editing, gaming, and communications. For results, a total PCMark score will be given (default setting) and individual scores for the tasks that are tested. To learn more about PCMark Vantage visit Futuremarks website.

     

     


    Benchmarks (SiSandra)

    SiSandra

    One of our favorites, Sandra from SiSoftware is a system benchmark that individually tests all components of your system. For our benchmarking purpose, we will use the processor section, which includes Processor Arithmetic, Multicore Efficiency, and Multimedia. We will also use the memory section to test the Phenom II X2 565BE and Athlon X2 7850 for Memory Bandwidth, Latency and Cache. All scores will be listed as given by benchmark, higher will be better unless otherwise stated. SiSandra

     

     


    Benchmarks (Everest)

    Everest

    Everest is a diagnostic and benchmarking tool. Everest will be used for its Cache and Memory benchmark. System memory, L1 cache, L2 cache, and L3 cache will be benchmarked for latency, read, write, and copy. Lavalys is the producer of this software.

     

     


    Benchmarks (Cinebench)

    Cinebench R10 and R11.5

    Created by Maxon, Cinebench R10and R11.5 tests rendering of your CPU and GPU and scores their performance individually. We will be using the CPU rendering portion of the program and benchmark single CPU and multiple CPU performance.

     

     

     


    Benchmarks (3DMark Vantage)

    3DMark Vantage

    3DMark Vantage is a gaming benchmark used to test the DirectX performance of your graphics card. There are four tests plus a custom setting that can be run: Entry (1024x768), Performance (1280x1024), which is the default setting, High (1680x1050), and Extreme (1920x1200). In each resolution, a total score, a CPU, and GPU are generated. Futuremark

     

    3DMark Vantage

     

     


    Gaming Benchmark (Resident Evil 5)

    The fifth installation of the Resident Evil Series, which is a first person shooter. You are a member of the World Bioterrorism Team and are sent out to stop a new infestation of the virus created by the Umbrella Corporation.

    Settings

    • AA: 8X
    • Levels: High

    Resident Evil 5

     

    Comparison

     

     


    Gaming Benchmark (World in Conflict)

    World in Conflict

    Do you have what it takes to conquer your opponent? World in Conflict is a DX10 game where, if you don't defeat your opponent, you don't gain. This is an all out, winner-take-all, modern war scenario.

     

    Settings

    • AA: 4X, AF: 4X
    • Graphics: Very High

     

    World in Conflict Benchmark

     

    Comparison

     

     


    Gaming Benchmark (Battle Forge)

    Battle Forge is an MMORPG that is free to play with its download. You choose from mythical characters and battle until your opponents are conquered. Battle Forge is the first game to support Direct X 11.

    Settings

    • AA: 8X
    • Graphics High Default

     

    World in Conflict Benchmark

     

    Comparison

     

     


    Overclocking

    Unlocking

    So here we get to the gambling, is this particular Phenom II X2 565BE going to unlock? Can we get a third, or maybe even a fourth stable core? First, let me say, if you are buying a dual core processor when you truly need four cores because you are expecting it to magically unlock and all to be good…..well, don’t. It doesn’t work that way. If you actually need four cores, purchase a four core processor. Unlocking stable cores is a great thing when the chip is capable, but it is not a sure thing and certainly not the norm. Think of it as a nice surprise if you happen to get it, but never go in with expectations.

    After installing and running the 565 Black Edition in its normal stock state for a bit, it was time to tinker. I proceeded directly into my BIOS and simply enabled Asus’ “Unleashed Mode” and enabling ACC to “Auto”, leaving all other settings stock. The system rebooted, and this is where things started to get a little odd. Typically, at this point, one of two things will happen. Either the BIOS splash screen will proudly announce “4 Cores are Activated!,” or the boot process will halt with a message telling me that unlocking has failed and offer the option of taking me to BIOS setup or to load defaults. Well, neither of those things happened. The reboot brought nothing but a flashing cursor. Power stayed on, but no HDD activity, no error beeps…just nothing. I powered down, reset the CMOS, loaded up the stock BIOS settings and rebooted.

    To be certain I had no BIOS issue, I downloaded and installed the latest BIOS from Asus. Undeterred, I proceeded to reset for unlocking, and the machine rebooted. There was no message on the splash screen and it was quickly followed by the message letting me know that the unlocking had failed. I returned to the BIOS setup to see if activating only one of the extra cores would be a possibility. Setting “Active Cores” to “Manual” allows you to choose which cores will be active during the unlock on this board. I intended to simply shut down 3 and 4 to see if either was the cause of the boot issue…..but I wasn’t sure what to do with cores 5 and 6! I initially wondered if this Phenom II X2 565 was actually a crippled six-core CPU, however reinstalling the Phenom II X2 555 yielded the same result, so I am assuming this was a part of the BIOS update.

     

    At the end of the testing, there was no combination of active cores that would boot. Incrementally increasing the CPU voltage (to points well past the Phenom II X2 565’s limit) did nothing to help. Reboots brought nothing but flashing cursors and auto reboots alerting me that the unlocking had failed. As I said, unlocked cores are a nice gift when you get them, but you can never expect them. Every chip is going to be different.

     

    Overclocking

    Overclocking the AMD Phenom II X2 565 Black Edition was simple and straightforward. Raising the multiplier one half step at a time from the stock 17x, I was able to get a stable system up to 19x for an OC to 3.8Ghz. Pushing a little further, 19.5x would boot but any stress would send the system to a BSOD. Upping the voltage in steps got the system stable at 3.9Ghz, but at the unsightly voltage of 1.56v, which far exceeds the recommended voltage for this CPU. The slight 100Mhz gain was certainly not worth the risk of continuous voltage that high.

    At this point, I returned the multiplier of the Phenom II X2 565BE back to its stock 17x and set to work on the reference clock to see what could be had there. I dropped my RAM frequency down from 800mhz to 667mhz, as to not have the RAM’s threshold as a stumbling point. Bringing up the ref clock a step at a time, I was able to achieve stability at 221, at a reasonable 1.425v, for a clock speed of 3757Ghz. Increasing voltage was not helping matters, and underclocking the RAM further also did nothing to help.

    Bringing the multiplier back to the stable 19x I had achieved, I set to increasing the ref clock to see if I could get just a touch more out of it. I was able to raise the ref clock up to 206 while staying fully stable. The RAM was up for the task and did not require any backing down. The CPU did require 1.49v to achieve this OC to 3.914Ghz. The voltage is certainly a little high, but manageable.

     

     


    Conclusion

    Provided By: AMD

    No compensation was received for review of this product.

    Price Point

    Price: $113.00

    Class: Budget

    At a price point of $113.00, the AMD Phenom II X2 565BE falls into the Budget category for CPU processors.

    Performance

    The AMD Phenom II X2 565 Black Edition turned in excellent benchmark numbers across the board. More importantly, the 565BE felt crisp and snappy in everyday usage, even while multitasking, and never seemed to be choking or bottlenecking in any way. Gaming produced good frame rates and smooth play.

    Reviewer's Opinion

    The AMD Phenom II X2 565 Black Edition is a speed bump to 3.4Ghz built on AMD’s tried and true 45nm platform and C3 silicon. It may seem that this process is getting a little long in the tooth, but that doesn’t mean it fails to excite. Even with performance lines getting blurry between the Athlon and Phenom X2 lines out of the box, with an unlocked multiplier, the Phenom II X2 Black Edition CPUs are price/performance powerhouses for the enthusiast and the 565 is no exception.

    This particular chip did not unlock any extra cores, but it did post a very respectable overclock to 3.914Ghz. In terms of unlocking and overclocking, every chip is different. If you refer to the prior review of the 555BE, you find a Phenom II X2 that unlocked all four cores and all of them OC to 3.9Ghz. That is not because the 555BE is more capable than the 565BE. It was an instance of that particular chip having that capability. Like Forest Gump said, “life is like a box of dual cores, you never know what you’ll get”.

    Well, that’s not entirely true…what you do know for certain that you will get with the AMD Phenom II X2 565 Black Edition – a very solid performing dual core processor that delivers results far above expectations at this price point. You also know that you are getting an unlocked processor, and a CPU that will deliver a solid OC should you want to go that route, as well as all of the 7MB of L2 and L3 cache the quad-cores have to keep the CPU feeling solid and snappy.

    In a multitasking office environment, running many simultaneous low power applications, you would be better off with a three or four core Athlon II for the task. For gaming and enthusiast applications needing some serious clock speed and L2 and L3 cache for data execution, the Phenom II X2 565 Black Edition is a perfect choice.

    Pros:

    • Excellent Crisp Performance
    • Possibility Of Unlocking 3rd and/or 4th Core
    • Unlocked Multiplier for Increased Overclocking Possibilities
    • Flexibility of AM2+ and AM3 compatibility
    • Full L2 and L3 Cache of Quad Core
    • Low Temps Even When Overclocked/Overvolted
    • Low Price

     

    Cons:

    • None

     

     

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  • Back in the early days of personal computing, manufacturers realized that in order for the dream of having a PC in every household to become a reality, the price of a system must be affordable and within reach of the average consumer.  One of the concepts introduced to make this happen was the idea of ‘modularity’; the ability to replace or upgrade specific parts without throwing out the entire system.  Not only does this concept save the user money on repairs, they can also just upgrade a specific component when it's required.

     

    The two giants of microprocessor manufacturing, AMD and Intel, have taken a different approach and philosophy in their product offerings.  While Intel maintains the technological and market lead, they have restricted the upgradeability options for their microprocessors by having different socket types for the high-end desktop and mainstream segment.  AMD, however, has taken a different approach; all their current AM3 CPUs are also backwards compatible with AM2+ motherboards and their upcoming AM3+ motherboards will also be backwards compatible with AM3 CPUs.  This saves the user money by allowing them to upgrade incrementally. For example, if they have an older AM2+ motherboard now, they can purchase a high-end AM3 CPU and use it until they save enough money to buy an AM3+ motherboard next year and still be able to use the same CPU.  AMD provides plenty of affordable options on its high end AM3 lineup, including the recent addition to the hex-core Phenom II family, the X6 1100T.

     

    The Phenom II X6 1100T is the latest flagship CPU from AMD's Leo platform, running at 3.3GHz stock speed, 100 MHz faster than the previous 1090T processor.  The AMD Phenom II X6 1100T is being introduced at a much lower price-point than its predecessor, at $30 less, with the entire AMD CPU line up adjusted accordingly, further increasing their competitive market value.  Combined with an extremely flexible upgrade path, the Phenom II X6 1100T, as well as other Thuban, Phenom and Athlon processors, provides unparalleled options for economically minded enthusiasts.

     

     

     


    Technologies

    Technologies

    AMD Thuban

    The AMD “Leo” Platform introduced AMD’s first 6-Core processor, as well as the AMD 890 Chipset. The AMD Phenom II 1100T is built on the same C3 die as its quad core Phenom II brethren, with the addition of two more cores. Also added to the processor technology is Turbo-Core, which enhances the performance of three dedicated cores allowing them to operate at a higher frequency when the demand is needed. (Not to be confused with Intel Turbo Boost Technology)

    The Phenom II 1100T, codenamed “Thuban,” is reverse compatible with any AM3 or AM2+ motherboards and chipsets (BIOS Flash will be needed), allowing the consumer the option of upgrading their processor without having to purchase an entire platform. Being reverse compatible allows the AMD Phenom II 1090T to accommodate both DDR2 and DDR3 Memory, depending on the chipset it is matched with. (AM2+ /DDR2, AM3/DDR3)

     

    AMD64 with Direct Connect Architecture

    • Helps improve system performance and efficiency by directly connecting the processors, the memory controller, and the I/O to the CPU.
    • Designed to enable simultaneous 32- and 64-bit computing
    • Integrated Memory Controller
      • Benefits: Increases application performance by dramatically reducing memory latency
      • Scales memory bandwidth and performance to match compute needs
      • HyperTransport™ Technology provides up to 16.0GB/s peak bandwidth per processor—reducing I/O bottlenecks
      • Up to 37GB/s total delivered processor-to-system bandwidth (HyperTransport bus + memory bus)

    AMD Balanced Smart Cache

    • Shared L3 cache (either 6MB or 4MB)
    • 512K L2 cache per core
      • Benefit: Shortened access times to the highly accessed data for better performance.

    AMD Wide Floating Point Accelerator

    • 128-bit floating point unit (FPU)
    • High performance (128bit internal data path) floating point unit per core.
      • Benefit: Larger data paths and quicker floating point calculations for better performance.

    HyperTransport™ Technology

    • One 16-bit link at up to 4000MT/s
    • Up to 8.0GB/s HyperTransport™ I/O bandwidth; Up to 16GB/s in HyperTransport Generation 3.0 mode
    • Up to 37GB/s total delivered processor-to-system bandwidth (HyperTransport bus + memory bus)
      • Benefit: Quick access times to system I/O for better performance.

    Integrated DRAM Controller with AMD Memory Optimizer Technology

    • A high-bandwidth, low-latency integrated memory controller
    • Supports PC2-8500 (DDR2-1066); PC2-6400 (DDR2-800), PC2-5300 (DDR2-667), PC2-4200 (DDR2-533) or PC2-3200 (DDR2-400) SDRAM unbuffered DIMMs – AM2+
    • Support for unregistered DIMMs up to PC2 8500(DDR2-1066MHz) and PC3 10600 (DDR3-1333MHz) – AM3
    • Up to 17.1GB/s memory bandwidth for DDR2 and up to 21GB/s memory bandwidth for DDR3
      • Benefit: Quick access to system memory for better performance.

    AMD Virtualization™ (AMD-V™) Technology With Rapid Virtualization Indexing

    • Silicon feature-set enhancements designed to improve the performance, reliability, and securityof existing and future virtualization environments by allowing virtualized applications with direct and rapid access to their allocated memory.
      • Benefit: Helps virtualization software to run more securely and efficiently enabling a better experience when dealing with virtual systems

    AMD PowerNow!™ Technology (Cool’n’Quiet™ Technology)

    • Enhanced power management features which automatically and instantaneously adjusts performance states and features based on processor performance requirements
    • For quieter operation and reduced power requirements
      • Benefit: Enables cooler and quieter platform designs by providing extremely efficient performance and energy usage.

    AMD CoolCore™ Technology

    • Reduces processor energy consumption by turning off unused parts of the processor. For example, the memory controller can turn off the write logic when reading from memory, helping reduce system power.
    • Works automatically without the need for drivers or BIOS enablement.
    • Power can be switched on or off within a single clock cycle, saving energy with no impact to performance.
      • Benefit: Helps users get more efficient performance by dynamically activating or turning off parts of the processor.

    Dual Dynamic Power Management™

    • Enables more granular power management capabilities to reduce processor energy consumption.
    • Separate power planes for cores and memory controller, for optimum power consumption and performance, creating more opportunities for power savings within the cores and memory controller.
      • Benefit: Helps improve platform efficiency by providing on demand memory performance while still allowing for decreased system power consumption

     

    The AMD 800-Series Chipset

    The new 8- Series of AMD Motherboard chipsets introduce both USB and SATA 3.0. USB 3.0 draws its power from the NEC host controller; this is a Dual Simplex link that is bi-directional and, unlike USB 2.0 which is Half Duplex (one –way), it transfers data more efficiently.

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    Unlike SATA 3, which was first seen on Intel motherboards (Marvell chipset/3rd party), the AMD 800 Series motherboards run native SATA 3 via the 850 Southbridge chipset, which is a direct link to 6 SATA ports, alleviating the middle man. (Marvell)

    AMD Athlon II X4 640 Processor

     

    The 890GX chipset contains an ATI HD 4290 integrated video, which is DirectX 10.1, has a 700MHz core, 40 unified shaders and with added SidePort memory is the most powerful integrated video card produced by AMD to date. The HD 4290 is also capable of Picture in Picture Blu-Ray Playback and upscaling to 720p.

    AMD Athlon II X4 640 Processor AMD Athlon II X4 640 Processor

     

    Other features include Hyper-Transport 3.0 (5.2 GT/s), HDMI, VGA and DVI video outputs, two PCI-e 2.0 (1 x 16/1x8) for discrete video, support for DDR3 1333 MHz memory and onboard HD audio.

    AMD Athlon II X4 640 Processor

     

     

     

     


    Review Philosophy

    AMD is unparalleled when it comes to the price-to-performance ratio of their processors, but how well can it compete against Intel’s processors in multi-threaded applications? Would 6 true cores fare better than 4 cores with 8 threads?  Intel has recently dropped the prices on their processors with the i7 950 now at $295, representing the best in terms of price-performance ratio value on the X58 platform.  The 1100T on the other hand is AMD’s latest flagship processor and will debut at only $265, $30 USD less than the price of the 1090T when it was launched.

    We will look at two system builds using both processors and compare them using the HiTechLegion benchmarking suite.  Since the Phenom II X6 1100T is a Black Edition processor, we will also overclock it, using only the multiplier, and see how easy it is and how much performance can we gain from a simple overclock.  We will also look at how economical one build is over the other and what system builders can expect when planning their future upgrade paths.

    Intel’s socket 1366 is still the only platform from Intel where upgrading to a hex-core processor is possible, whereas AMD’s socket is compatible with every single AMD CPU in the market, including the latest Thuban 6-core processors.  Older systems using socket AM2+ are also capable of running these CPUs with a BIOS update.  This presents a flexible upgrade path that Intel has no counter to.  For example, a user with an older AM2+ motherboard can buy and use a Phenom II X6 1100T processor now and save money on not having to purchase DDR3 memory.  A few months or a year from now, he or she can buy an AM3+ motherboard which will be backwards compatible with all current AM3 processors.  Intel’s next offering, on the other hand, will use a different socket so it requires a motherboard change when you purchase a processor.

     

     


    Specifications

    Model Number & Core Frequency

    X6 1100T/ 3.7GHz (Turbo) / 3.3GHz (Base)

    Tray OPNs

    HDE00ZFBK6DGR

    L1 Cache Sizes

    64K of L1 instruction and 64K of L1 data cache per core (768KB total L1 per processor)

    L2 Cache Sizes

    512KB of L2 data cache per core (3MB total L2 per processor)

    L3 Cache Size

    6MB (shared)

    Total Cache (L2+L3):

    9MB

    Memory Controller Type

    Integrated 128-bit wide memory controller *

    Memory Controller Speed

    Up to 2.0GHz with Dual Dynamic Power Management

    Types of Memory Supported

    Unregistered DIMMs up to PC2-8500 (DDR2-1066MHz) -AND-PC3-10600 (DDR3-1333MHz)

    HyperTransport 3.0 Specification

    One 16-bit/16-bit link @ up to 4.0GHz full duplex (2.0GHz x2)

    Total Processor-to-System Bandwidth

    Up to 37.3GB/s total bandwidth [Up to 21.3 GB/s memory bandwidth (DDR3-1333) + 16.0GB/s (HT3)]

    Up to 33.1GB/s total bandwidth [Up to 17.1 GB/s memory bandwidth (DDR2-1066) + 16.0GB/s (HT3)]

    Packaging

    Socket AM3 938-pin organic micro pin grid array (micro-PGA)

    Fab location

    GLOBALFOUNDARIES Fab 1 module 1 in Dresden, Germany (formerly AMD Fab 36)

    Process Technology

    45-nanometer DSL SOI (silicon-on-insulator) technology

    Approximate Die Size

    346 mm2

    Approximate Transistor count

    ~904 million

    Max TDP

    125 Watts

    AMD Codename

    "Thuban"

     

    *Note: configurable for dual 64-bit channels for simultaneous read/writes

     

     


    Testing Methods

    Benchmarking

    To test all systems, processors, and motherboards, Hi Tech Legion has compiled a list of popular programs to test performance; these benchmarks are taken from programs that are available to the public. We have compiled these to create the Hi Tech Legion Benchmark Suite, which includes system, graphics, processor, rendering, compression, and word processing. All scores will be graphed for each specific test under its category: video benchmarks (gaming will be rated in FPS: Frames per second), system scores will be graded by numbers which are given as results by their respective programs, higher will be better unless otherwise specified. If file compression is chosen, then all times will be in seconds. All temperatures will be measured in Celsius and the room temperature kept at a constant 23 degrees.

     

    AMD Test System

     

    Intel Test System

     

    Benchmarks

    System Benchmarks

    • World Bench
    • PCMark Vantage
    • SiSandra (CPU)
    • Everest (Cache and Memory)
    • Cinebench 10 and R11 (CPU Rendering)

     

    Gaming Benchmarks

    • 3DMark Vantage
    • Battle Forge
    • Resident Evil 5
    • Batman Arkham Asylum

     

     


    Benchmarks (World Bench)

    World Bench is a system benchmark that tests the rendering, DirectX, video encoding, file compression, data entry, and overall performance of your system. World Bench 6 Beta (stable) gives a base score of 100 for a baseline comparison when different systems are chosen. For our tests, these scores will not be valid; all benchmarks are run individually and will reflect times in seconds as given by the program. If you would like more information here is a link. World Bench 6

     

     

     


    Benchmarks (PC Mark Vantage)

    Designed for Windows Vista, PCMark Vantage benchmarks your system with a variety of tests including video, photo editing, gaming, and communications. For results, a total PCMark score will be given (default setting) and individual scores for the tasks that are tested. To learn more about PCMark Vantage visit Futuremarks website.

     

     

     


    Benchmarks (SiSandra)

    One of our favorites, Sandra from SiSoftware is a system benchmark that individually tests all components of your system. For our benchmarking purpose, we will use the processor section, which includes Processor Arithmetic, Multicore Efficiency, and Multimedia. All scores will be listed as given by benchmark, higher will be better unless otherwise stated. SiSandra

     

     


    Benchmarks (Everest)

    Everest is a diagnostic and benchmarking tool. Everest will be used for its Cache and Memory benchmark. System memory, L1 cache, and L2 cache will be benchmarked for latency, read, write, and copy. Lavalys is the producer of this software.

     

     


    Benchmarks (Cinebench R10 and R11)

     

    Created by Maxon, Cinebench R10 and R11 tests rendering of your CPU and GPU and scores their performance individually. We will be using the CPU rendering portion of the program and benchmark single CPU and multiple CPU performance.

     

     

     


    Benchmarks (3D Mark)

    3DMark Vantage is a gaming benchmark used to test the DirectX performance of your graphics card. There are four tests plus a custom setting that can be run: Entry (1024x768), Performance (1280x1024), which is the default setting, High (1680x1050), and Extreme (1920x1200). In each resolution, a total score, a CPU, and GPU are generated. Futuremark

    The settings that we will be using are Entry, Performance, and High.

     

    3DMark Vantage

     

     


    Gaming Benchmark (Battle Forge)

    Battle Forge is an MMORPG that is free to play with its download. You choose from mythical characters and battle until your opponents are conquered. Battle Forge is the first game to support Direct X 11.

     

    Settings

    • AA: x4
    • Default High
    • MTS Rendering: AUTO-DETECT

    Battle Forge

     

    Comparison

     

     


    Gaming Benchmark (Batman Arkham Asylum)

    Batman Arkham Asylum is the newest of the Batman series of video games. The Joker has escaped and is holding the Asylum hostage. It is up to you (Batman) to stop the Joker's evil plot and bring order back to the Asylum.

     

    Settings

    • Texture Settings: Very High
    • AA: None
    • PhysX: OFF

     

    World in Conflict Benchmark

     

     

     


    Gaming Benchmark (Resident Evil 5)

    The fifth installation of the Resident Evil Series, which is a first person shooter. You are a member of the World Bioterrorism Team and are sent out to stop a new infestation of the virus created by the Umbrella Corporation.

     

    Settings

    • AA: x8
    • Levels: High

    Resident Evil 5

     

    Comparison

     

     


    Overclocking

    Since the Phenom II X6 1100T is a Black Edition processor, a simple multiplier bump is required to overclock, whether through the BIOS or through AMD’s Overdrive software.  Setting the core voltage to 1.45 and trying each multiplier until 4.2GHz was surprisingly bootable.  My previous experiences with Phenom II c3 processors were not as successful, failing to boot at 4.2GHz.  Unfortunately, when running OCCT, the motherboard started to produce a very audible whine and eventually BSOD’ed after more than an hour.  OCCT is a very stressful program that not only stresses the CPU but the rest of the system components, as well, and real world desktop applications will never apply that level of stress.  Just for the fun of it, I decided to run the benchmark suite and they all ran the 3 iterations without any problems. The motherboard also did not produce any sound except when it was under OCCT.

    Keep in mind, the motherboard that was used for the review today is the cheapest 890GX motherboard available on the market. A review of which can be found here. It doesn’t have the pure solid caps design that most enthusiast motherboards have and the MOSFETs do not have heatsinks.  The BIOS is also very limited in its options for six-core processors.  There are no options to set for the Turbo Core, except to enable or disable, for example, unlike Gigabyte motherboards, where you can set the Turbo multiplier, hence the OC was done with it disabled.  Also to help with stability, the power saving options were turned off. In the end, I lowered the overclock to 4.0GHz and kept on testing until I got a lower voltage requirement without crashing, which ended up at 1.425v. I also swapped out the V6GT heatsink with a much cheaper Arctic Cooling Freezer 13 heatsink to see if it can handle the thermal workload.  Running OCCT still produced a noise from the motherboard but it was a lot less audible and, more importantly, survived several hours of OCCT. All the OC benchmarks for this review were done with this final setting.

     

    With the Arctic Cooling Freezer 13, the maximum overclocked load temperature in OCCT was 57C and idled at 27C. Phenom IIs have a maximum of 62C before they shut down, so this is still within the safe area, despite using a much cheaper heatsink.  Real-world applications, including 3DMark, never got that close to load temperatures.  Also, with the Freezer 13 heatsink installed, the idle temperature was at 23C when in balanced mode and 26C in high performance mode.

     

     


    Putting It All Together

    The more expensive i7 950 system had a clear advantage on stock settings, with the Phenom II 1100T only matching the i7 950’s performance in some tests.  Overclocking the 1100T to 4GHz resulted in a much better match however, performing almost equal to and sometimes better than the i7 950 in rendering benchmarks.  The overclocked Phenom II X6 1100T’s 6 outperformed the i7 950 in both synthetic (Cinebench) and real world rendering tests (3DSMAX Rendering).  Remember that the X58 system has a triple channel memory and a better architecture, so the i7’s SiSoft Sandra scores are a lot better than the Thuban’s.  In terms of gaming, the 3DMark synthetic tests were more or less equal for the overclocked 4GHz 1100T and the stock i7 950, with a slight advantage to the overclocked AMD system.  The real world gaming tests also had similar results, except for Resident Evil 5, where the i7 scored 12 to 25 more frames in lower resolutions.

     

    The Thuban processors are not that far off from the Deneb processor’s power consumption, just with two additional cores.  The stock 1100T uses only 87W on the desktop when idle with power savings set to balanced and 101W when set to high performance.  When loaded in OCCT, the power consumption spiked to 245W.  Overclocking results in an increase in temperature, since we are adding more voltage to the CPU.  This also results in higher power consumption.  When loaded in OCCT at 4GHz with 1.425v set in the BIOS, the power consumption reached 340W, a 95W increase.  When at an idle state, the overclocked 1100T consumed 118W.

     

     


    Conclusion

    Provided By: AMD

    No compensation was received for review of this product.

    Price Point

    Price: $265 USD

    Class: Mainstream Enthusiast

    At a price point of $265, the AMD Phenom II X6 1100T falls into the Mainstream Enthusiast category for CPU processors.

    Performance

    The AMD Phenom II X6 1100T performed very well and it also overclocked quite readily, hampered only by the 890GX motherboard used in the review. The overclocked performance numbers even matched and came close to a lot of the benchmarks done on an i7 950 system.

    Reviewer's Opinion

    The results are not really surprising, the Intel system packs a lot more muscle than the Phenom II X6 1100T, but you have to look at the situation from multiple angles.  The upgradeability options presented by AMD allow users to upgrade incrementally, and replace either their motherboard or CPU, depending on their budget, whereas Intel requires a new motherboard when purchasing a processor.  While the world economy is recovering slowly from the devastating financial crisis of 2008, there are still plenty of consumers worldwide who cannot afford a $400 or $500 system upgrade and are looking for options like the ones presented by AMD.

    What does this mean for the consumer? Intel still has the clear lead in terms of raw performance, thanks to their advanced architecture, but the 1100T is not to be scoffed at either, especially considering the $265 price tag.  What can you expect when you buy a six-core processor from AMD?  You can expect flexible upgrade options, you can expect to pay a lot less and you can expect high overclockability and performance.  If you want to save even more money, you can go for the 1090T, which now carries a $235 price tag.

    One more important thing I would recommend, however, especially if you are overclocking, is a good and stable motherboard.  AMD motherboards are significantly cheaper than Intel motherboards to begin with, so an additional $10 or $30 on a Gigabyte or ASUS motherboard can go a long way when trying to OC. These latest Phenom II processors are very overclock friendly and the last thing you need is your motherboard holding back a possibly significant performance increase from a single multiplier bump.

     

    Pros:

    • Great overclocking headroom
    • Backwards compatible with AM2+ boards (DDR2).
    • Price for entire Phenom II X6 line lowered significantly
    • Power Consumption comparable to C3 Deneb processors despite additional cores

     

    Cons:

    • None

     

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  • Playing with components is a staple of the computer industry. One demographic of PC users that will never die off is the overclocker and tinkerer. Thankfully, manufacturers recognize this community and purposefully stick little features and hidden gems into products. Just recently, many people posted information on how to unlock a HD Radeon 6950 and turn it into a 6970. Well, a close simile, not exactly a 6970. This is done with a simple firmware flash.

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  • A warrior is shaped as much by their habits as they are defined by their weapons of choice.  A boxer, for example trains and conditions before a bout to prepare his body for the physiological effort it will take and the physical toll it will exact when the final bell is rung.  To the laymen, his tools of the trade are obvious; his footwork, his hip pivot, his fists and his gloves.  If all goes well in training, the body will respond to the familiarity of combat with sound judgment over the instinct to scrap. All that training, however, will be for naught if he isn’t comfortable with the type of glove he is using.  Some boxers prefer Reyes gloves because of their pre-compressed foam, which is more compact but hits harder, while some prefer Grant gloves, which are larger and cushier, perfect for the defensive fighter.  In much the same way in professional PC gaming, the type of keyboard you buy can either make or break your winning streak.

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  • I have a Pentium 4 system which I primarily use for e-mail, instant messenger programs and streaming music from the internet. Lately, it has been locking up on me due to overheating.  I thought this might be a limitation of the case since it has no internal cooling and limited ventilation due to its construction. I felt a new case may solve my problem, so I decided to breathe new life into the old system and set it up in a new case. Fortunately, the prices of good quality cases have become more reasonable and it is not unlikely that a case upgrade alone can improve the overall performance of your system.

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  • With Christmas right around the corner, I realized that I need to make a decision quickly.

    About three months ago, I decided that I would build my nieces a computer for Christmas to get them out of their old hand me down E-Machine my brother gave them three years ago. I decided to go with an Athlon II processor on a 785G motherboard with 4 gigs of RAM and a 500 GB HDD. With the release of the new 5000 series of ATI video cards, the decision was pretty simple that I would be using a 5750 to take advantage of the Windows 7 OS I would be using. My nieces are both all girl - there is no “tomboy” at all in either of them, so I wanted to make sure I chose a case that said, at least to them, “this is mine”.

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  • The fact of the matter is, if you are looking to extract the most out of your CPU by overclocking it, you will have to contend with all the extra heat produced.  Heat is the enemy when it comes to performance during overclocking, and in many cases can be the limiting factor of how far you can go with your overclock.  The traditional method of cooling has been through air coolers that, in most cases, actively move air across the heatsink to cool the CPU.  Though this method proves extremely simple and reliable with excellent efficiency, there are limitations to how well it can perform when the clock is turned up on the CPU.  How else can we cool that overclocked CPU?  Well the next step is water cooling, but for many, the challenge of assembling and installing the water cooling setup can be a little daunting.

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  • Recently I built a computer for my friend’s daughter, and, since she is only 13, we decided to build something that would be both efficient and economical. When we sat down to discuss what she would be using the computer for, I got the usual answer, “Well, just homework, and email, maybe some webcamming so she could talk to grandma and grandpa. I asked the usual question - will she be doing any sort of gaming on the computer? His reply was no. Based on his expectations, I built his daughter a system that consisted of  4GB of RAM, an Athlon II X3 Processor, 500 GB hard drive and an MSI 785G motherboard. About a month later, I received a phone call from him telling me that the computer doesn’t work right. I figured I’d ask why not and he proceeded to tell me that a “video game he purchased for his daughter will not play after it is installed." He was getting an error “not enough memory,” or something to that effect.

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  • Sometimes practicality is preferred over eye candy, but what if practicality also offered a bit of eye candy. Wouldn’t it be better to kill two birds with one stone than settling for just one? Computer cases offer different designs and features but rarely do we see a computer case that is both practical and eye catching or vice versa. We usually classify cases as gaming or business and leave out the in-between, which leaves us to settle for one or the other.

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  • I’m a pretty big science fiction geek and I really enjoy a good alien movie or video game.  The look and style of alien technology I find to be quite appealing.  The curved lines with a very futuristic and mechanical feel to it is a unique look that stands out quite far from the rest.  I have particularly liked the Halo universe created on the Xbox system with its approach to a futuristic war between the human race and an alien race hell bent on the destruction of mankind.  The alien ships and their armor embodies a particular style that is quite interesting, with its distinctly alien look.

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  • Hemlock is a poison used to kill prisoners to kings, from Ancient through Medieval Times, whose most famous victim happened to be Socrates. Hemlock affects the body’s central nervous system by causing muscle paralysis and, eventually, paralysis of the respiratory muscles, therefore causing death by suffocation.

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  • Bottom line, I am a pretty big gaming geek.  I love everything gaming, whether it is my Xbox 360, PS3, or my trusty PC games.  I like FPS and RPG games, car racing and RTS games, you name it and I will play it.   A personal favorite of mine is a good round of Call of Duty with a group of friends or a big LAN party, which usually means that it’s time to pack up my gear for a little trip.  This may not sound like too big of a deal, but when you are packing a keyboard, mouse, control pad, gaming keypad, speakers, monitor and the large heavy mid or full tower case, there is nothing simple about the trip.

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  • CES is coming and the Staff of HTL will be attending starting on the 8th of January 2009 thru the 11th. During the event we will be providing you with updated coverage multiple times a day. So sit back and enjoy this event from the comfort of your home. Coverage will start at noon PST on the 8th. 

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  • When I think of Teflon I think of pots and pans and cooking spray, maybe knives, but that does not readily come to mind.  But to use it in the coating of electronics is something you don't really hear about much.  Let's look at what Teflon is supposed to do; it is supposed to greatly reduce the friction between surfaces. So why haven't we adopted this chemical to more computer accessories?  I can't tell you how many times I have spilled soda on a keyboard and would have appreciated a non stick surface, especially when the keys get sticky.

    This is where the NZXT Avatar gaming mouse excels. The feet of the mouse are coated with Teflon and allow for smooth movement over any surface. The Avatar gaming mouse also has on the fly adjustable dpi settings which helps no matter what program or game you are running. With five different profiles and macros, not to mention the sheer amount of programming options that you have with the NZXT Avatar mouse, you can do just about anything with a click of a button. The NZXT Avatar really puts control right at the tips of your fingers.


     
    Product View

     
    The NZXT Avatar comes in a very attractive looking box with foil lettering. It definitely presents the “there is something awesome inside me” effect and pulls you in instantly.


      


    Product View (Cont.)
     

    When you open the cover you find a very sleek looking mouse, and then, of course, you can't wait to get inside. And the first thing you'll see is a nicely wrapped and wired tied usb cable, and that is because, probably like me, you've opened a flap too many.


     


     
    This is what actually should be pulled out of the box, a nice shadow box looking package, and let's not forget about the instructions and disc that are hidden in the front flap of the cover. I hear about many people thinking that the Avatar doesn't come with instructions and a disc, but they do; you just have to explore the box fully.


     


     
    Finally free of all the packaging, here is the Avatar, a normal sized sleek mouse and the bottom of it where the Teflon feet keep the action smooth.


     


     
    And a nice profile of both sides of the Avatar is accompanied by a shot of it in the dark with its lights guiding you to its buttons.

     



     
    Software Installation


      
    Here you have your standard fare of installation screens over the elegant looking HTL background, which of course I love.

     


     
    On this great background you have your obligatory EULA placement and installation location; sorry for the Dr. Seuss moment.
     


     
    To wrap it up, you have the begin installation, progress of installation, and your restart screens.
     



     
    Software Configuration


     
    Now we're able to get to the simple and elegant setup screens, but don't let them fool you; there is a wealth of options hiding behind the simple interface.


     


     
    Here we have a look at the button drop down and the button advanced option screen.
     
     

     
    Look at the wealth of options under the button advanced options.  You can tailor the Avatar to just about any application or needs you may have.
     


    Specifications and Features

     

     

    Max Speed

    40 Inches/Second

    Max Acceleration

    15g

    Max Frame Rate

    6469 Frames/Second

    Resolution

    650-2600 DPI

    Image Processing

    5.8 Mega Pixels/Second

    USB Reports

    Up to 1000 Reports/Second

    Buttons

    7 Buttons, 5 Million Clicks

     

     

    Features

    • Optimal performance -- 2600 DPI Optical Sensor provides maximum sensitivity and responsiveness which yields unparalleled gaming accuracy. LED DPI indicator gives the user improved usage and feedback. 5.8 Mega Pixels/second with a max frame rate of 6469 ensures smooth fragging and accurate sniping. 4 Speed DPI switch enables you to go from slow sniper movement to quick attack movement in a matter of seconds
    • Maximum Customization -- 7 programmable keys allows gamers to customize their configuration specifically for First-Person Shooters, Real-Time Strategy, or Massive Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Games all within the macro and profile settings
    • Ergonomic Design -- Ambidextrous design gives full use to both right and left handed gamers. Rubber grip helps avoid slipping during intense gameplay and the small, light form factor allows for faster and quicker movements, perfect for any gamer on the go or playing on a laptop or notebook. A slim form factor makes it the perfect choice for finger tip gamers.
    • Simple Installation -- Avatar plugs into any available USB port
    • Slim and small dimensions -- Measuring at 36.8mm x 69.1mm x 128mm ( H x W x D ), the Avatar's smaller form factor is the best choice for finger tip gamers and people who game on the go.

     


     

    Benchmarks


     
    Testing Setup
    • Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 @2.4 GHz Processor
    • EVGA LGA 775 nForce 680i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard
    • 3 GB Kingston HyperX DDR2 1066 RAM
    • Targan ITZ Series 700W PSU
    • Western Digital Caviar 7200 SATA Hard Drive
    • Microsoft Vista Ultimate 32 Bit
    • Samsung SyncMaster 2253BW Monitor
    • Samsung 20X DVD +r/-r SATA DVD Drive

     
    To test the NZXT Avatar Gaming Mouse, I used it throughout my daily routine for a week using various applications and functions of the Avatar.  I also tested its performance in Crysis, Command and Conquer: Red Alert 3, and The Witcher. Three good games that I felt ran the gamut of genres.


     Daily Routine
     
    Now I should tell you that I have fairly large hand, so small mice and I do not play well together. My hands start to cramp after long sessions of using small mice. I had switched over to a trackball because of this, but after using the Avatar I believe I will be switching back to a gaming mouse. This is because of the Avatar's design; I feel it is comfortable and allows me to grip the mouse in a comfortable fashion.
     
    When using it with applications, I could tailor the profiles to what I was doing, so when I was using Open Office I had the Avatar set so that copy, paste, and save were only a couple of clicks away. When viewing movies I tailored it so I could pause, play, fast forward, rewind, and even take screen shots. I also liked being able to switch the dpi because of the precision it allowed me depending on what I was doing. The only real complaint that I had was I would have liked the left and right side buttons  to have required a little more pressure to push because there were a few times when I would stop fast that I would click the button accidentally.
     
    In Game Usage
     
    Now for what this mouse was really designed for-- gaming. With the three games that I played, I had a great experience with the Avatar in each instance. In Crysis, I like a fast mouse, but sometimes you have to sacrifice precision for speed. This is not true with the Avatar;  being able to switch dpi on the fly allowed me to be able to acquire targets quickly and allowed me to slow it down when I needed precision for farther shots. In Red Alert 3, I was able to focus on tactics rather than producing troops thanks to the macros.  I Kept the mouse at a comfortable speed so it did not feel like the mouse was moving too fast or too slow. I was able to switch my fighting styles in The Witcher with the Avatar, which allowed me to keep Gerald moving instead of having to stop, switch styles, and then get my finger back on the "W" key.
     
     

    Conclusion

     

    Price Point

    Price: $69.99

    Class: High End "Gaming"

    The NZXT Avatar is very competitively priced and gives you a wealth of options. For $69.99, it is a steal compared to mice that range from $85.00 - $100.00 that have many of the same features. And though there are some cheaper mice out there, many of them do not have the functionality or the comfort of the NZXT Avatar Gaming Mouse.

     

    Performance

    The Performance of the NZXT Avatar was solid and what I would expect from any gaming mouse. It has a wealth of buttons and lights just like most high end mice, but what really throws this mouse over the top is it functionality, the ability to switch dpi instantly, and the smoothness in its movement.  Being able to use the Avatar on almost any surface and have it still glide with no issues is great. You never feel like you're forcing this mouse to move anywhere. And while I would have preferred a little more pressure on the side buttons to start with, after using it for over a week, I now have grown accustomed to them.

     

     Reviewer's Opinion

    The NZXT Avatar Gaming Mouse is a great addition to anyone's pc no matter what you are doing with it. The Avatar functioned great with applications and games alike, and the software made doing tasks in both much easier. The look is very sleek and impressive, and it has a smooth feel to its movement. The Avatar also has the right amount of LED light, allowing the mouse to look good and letting you find the buttons with ease in the dark. I loved the fact that I could use this on almost any surface and it did not feel like I was forcing it to move. The buttons have a solid feel to them and the scroll wheel feels just right. It is also a very comfortable mouse to use.  After hours of use, my hand was fine and had no pain or discomfort at all. The usb cable is nice and long so you never have to worry about having enough slack in the line unless you feel like gaming across the room and then it might be an issue. And after using the NZXT Avatar, I feel very satisfied, and it actually brought me back to the gaming mouse fold. After using the Avatar, I am putting my trackball into my closet and going to let it collect dust rather than this fantastic mouse.

     

    Pros

    • Long Cord
    • Sleek Design
    • Comfortable
    • On The Fly Switchable DPI Settings
    • Buttons Feel Solid
    • Precise
    • Smooth Movement

    Cons

    • Side Buttons Could Be A Little Less Sensitive

      

    Hi Tech Legion Gold

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  • It seems like a strange question to ask. CAN you buy an off-the-shelf Dell computer, and install a water cooling system in it? Well I suppose why not? It’s certainly worth a try. I decided to take my Dell Dimension 2400 / P4 and see just how compatible it would be. I’m anticipating a few snags along the way, but at first glance there are no obvious showstoppers. 

    The Thermaltake BigWater 760i 2U Bay Drives Computer Liquid Cooling System is what I’ll be trying out. According to the box, it’s compatible with an Intel P4 processor. We shall see. The BigWater 760i is a pretty amazing product. The primary component of the system, which consists of the reservoir, heat exchanger and fan, and mounts within two 5.25” drive bays. The Thermaltake 760i features a pure copper waterblock with “Redundant Micro Channel Design” for improved heat transfer. It has quick disconnect connectors with automatic non-spill valves (so no coolant can spill within your PC). The Thermaltake BigWater Liquid Cooling System also features an adjustable, blue LED fan and a Motorsports Radiator with Dimple Tube Technology and a louvered fin radiator.

     

    The Product

     

    The Thermaltake Bigwater 760i comes packaged in a respectably sized 21” x 9 ½” x 6” box. The front of the box shows several pictures of the 2U bay drives liquid cooling system, as well as the CPU Waterblock. Just from the pictures you can tell this is a serious cooling system! The back of the box shows additional pictures of the system’s components, as well as pictures of the system installed in a computer. Especially noted on the back is the Slim Waterblock (6.8 mm) with a redundant mico-channel design. This allows the coolant to dwell over the processor longer than in traditional waterblocks, improving heat transfer. 

    Thermaltake Bigwater 760i, Box, Front View Thermaltake Bigwater 760i, Box, Back View

      


     

    The Product (Continued)

     

    The sides of the box provide detailed information on the product, including extensive specifications for each of the subcomponents and an extensive list of product features.

    Thermaltake Bigwater 760i, Box, Side View Thermaltake Bigwater 760i, Box, Side View

     

    Opening the box, the first thing you see is a sheet of paper imploring you urgently to test the system outside of your PC before installation. It seems water (coolant) + electricity can equal a very bad day for your computer! This is a very prudent warning. The note goes on to say that despite Thermaltake’s testing of the product and carefully designed packaging, they can’t be held responsible for damage incurred during shipping. This reminds me of a TV commercial from the ‘80s complaining about, “savage baggage handlers” and showing video of a gorilla throwing suitcases around! Maybe things have improved since then at the post office, because after removing the top materials, the unit looks snug as a bug in a rug, all safe and sound.

    Thermaltake Bigwater 760i, Opening the Box Thermaltake Bigwater 760i, Opening the Box

     

    The first component I removed and took a good look at was the 2U bay drives liquid cooling system. What a slick job Thermaltake did on this! The front of the unit is black with a silver strip, and displays the Thermaltake logo and the product name. It includes a grill to allow airflow in and out of the system. From the top, you see the fan and fan guard, again with the Thermaltake logo.

    Thermaltake Bigwater 760i, 2U bay drive liquid cooling sys, Front View Thermaltake Bigwater 760i, 2U bay drive liquid cooling sys, Side View

     

    From the underside, you can see the aluminum, louvered radiator, which appears more than adaquate to provide a tremendous amount of surface area for heat transmission. It’s interesting to note that this radiator could have been designed larger though, as Thermaltake did not fill up all of the available space in the drive bay width. From the back of the unit, you can see the coolant reservoir with its filling port and high and low indicator levels. You can also see the pump and the fluid connections hoses.

    Thermaltake Bigwater 760i, 2U bay drive liquid cooling sys, Bottom View Thermaltake Bigwater 760i, 2U bay drive liquid cooling sys, Top/Back View

     

    The fluid connection hoses are labeled “IN” and “OUT” for easy identification, and already have the quick install connectors attached. Also emerging from the back of the unit are the power connectors and a potentiometer which presumably will control fan speed.

    Thermaltake Bigwater 760i, 2U bay drive liquid cooling sys, Hoses & Cables

     

    The next component I examined was the water block. The block itself is copper, and has connections for the incoming and outgoing coolant. It also has the mounting plate already connected. Flipping the water block over, you can see that the surface which will be in contact with the processor has a protective layer of plastic over it, which helps to keep it free of oils, dirt or other items which could affect the quality of the thermal connection between it and the processor.

    Thermaltake Bigwater 760i, Waterblock, Top View Thermaltake Bigwater 760i, Waterblock, Bottom View

     

    Moving on, I discovered a roll of flexible tubing which seems to glow a translucent yellow-green color. This is really going to look great inside my system! Next is the coolant itself, and a squeeze bottle with a long flexible hose. The coolant is the same yellow color as the hosing – contents: Propylene Glycol. The squeeze bottle seems like a good idea, because if you install the 2U bay drives cooling system into your top most drive bays (as I will be) then that won’t leave a lot of room between the top of your system and the reservoir fill cap. Hopefully with the squeeze bottle, filling the system with coolant won’t be a problem.

    Thermaltake Bigwater 760i, Squeeze Bottle, Coolant and Tubing Thermaltake Bigwater 760i, Coolant

     

    Information books are included with the Bigwater 760i, including a User’s Manual and a Maintenance Schedule Checklist Booklet. Also included is hardware needed to mount the system, some quick tubing connectors and a Thermaltake Key3 Spirit sticker and info sheet (Key 3 Spirit seems to be a marketing strategy of Thermaltake’s to emphasis to users their commitment to, “Performance, Silent Operation, Thermal Conscious design, Quality, Reliability, Innovation, Fashionable Design, and Professionalism.”)

    Thermaltake Bigwater 760i, Manual and Maintenance Guide Thermaltake Bigwater 760i, Installation Hardware

     


     

    Pre-Testing

     

    Before I began installation of the BigWater 760i, I decided it would be necessary to take a look at my existing cooling system, and measure its performance. This way I'd have information to compare, to see just how much of  an improvement would be gained. Opening up my Dell, I see that the CPU has a heatsink with 20 aluminum fins, each about 2 ½” square. It also has a green cowling and a fan that draws air across these fins and out of the case.

    Thermaltake Bigwater 760i, Dell System, Cooling Cowling Thermaltake Bigwater 760i, Dell System, Heat Sink

     

    I downloaded the latest versions of PC Wizard (http://www.cpuid.com/pcwizard.php) and SpeedFan (http://www.almico.com/speedfan.php), as I intended to use one of these programs to monitor the temperature of my CPU as I ran some significant load. Unfortunately, it appears that my P4 does not have a thermal diode! That leaves little choice but to monitor the temperature the old fashioned way – via infrared thermometer!

    I ran Folding@home to achieve 100% CPU load, as reported by PC Wizard. Folding@home is a distributed computing project which studies protein folding, misfolding, aggregation, and related diseases. (See http://folding.stanford.edu/ for more information) After running with this load for more than an hour, I used my handheld infrared thermometer to measure the temperature near the base of the heat sink as ~35 degrees C. I’ll take this as my “before” temperature and see how much of an improvement I get with the cooling system.


     

    Installation

     

    It’s time to install this beast! First, I made sure that I had two empty 5.25” drive bays available. Some computers have a spacer covering an otherwise empty spot, and as in the case of this system, this will need to be removed.

    Thermaltake Bigwater 760i, Dell System, 5.25 Drive Bays Thermaltake Bigwater 760i, Dell System, 5.25 Drive Bays, Removing the Bay Cover

     

    Next, let’s remove the old cooling system. The green cowling rotates up and easily snaps off of the fan. Since this is the only fan in the chassis (other than on the power supply), I’m going leave it in the system, to provide some airflow within the chassis. The heat sink is held in place via two green plastic clips. There’s a squeeze release on each, which allows them pop to out, freeing the heat sink. Voila! The processor is revealed!

    Thermaltake Bigwater 760i, Dell System, Removing the Cowling and Heatsink Thermaltake Bigwater 760i, Dell System, the Processor Revealed

     

    The next step is to clean off the top of the processor using a little rubbing alcohol to remove the thermal pad / grease residue. I used the lever arm of the ZIF socket to loosen the processor, and then lifted it out for cleaning, replacing the processor afterwards. I also removed the black plastic mount for the original heat sink by removing the four corner screws.

    Thermaltake Bigwater 760i, Dell System, Processor all Clean Thermaltake Bigwater 760i, Dell System, Heat Sink Mount Removed

     

    Ok, time to take inventory of the parts I’ll need to install the water block. The manual says I will need the following items for the Intel P4 Socket 478:

    A – Metal H-type clip, B – Cushion, C – Insulator, D – 50mm screws, E – Thermal nuts, G – Thermal compound, I – Stand offs, J – Red washers

    Thermaltake Bigwater 760i, Installation Hardware

     

    At this point in the installation, the manual happens to mention the fact that you will need to install the H-type clip, cushion and insulator on the underside of your motherboard! This made me realize that this is an instance where the instructions that came with the Bigwater 760i don’t precisely align with the requirements of a pre-built system.

    In my case, the Dell Dimension 2400 already has a backplate with four threaded standoffs, which can accept the 50mm screws (D). There is no need to use the H-type clip, cushion and insulator (saving the muss and fuss of removing the entire motherboard). The instructions in the manual for the AMD K8 Socket more closely align to what is required in this case.

    I applied a thin layer of thermal compound (G) onto the surface of the processor. Then I removed the protective plastic from the copper waterblock and placed it on top. The four 50mm screws (D) slide through holes in the H bracket attached to the waterblock, and then screw into the four threaded standoffs in the motherboard. I think it probably is best to loosely tighten each of the screws and then tighten further in a caddy corner fashion to ensure the waterblock is seated evenly. Also, I’m not making them too tight, as I don’t want to damage the processor.

    Thermaltake Bigwater 760i, Waterblock Installed

     

    I figured that before I went any further, I had better check and make sure that the 2U Bay Drive Cooling System actually fit in my system. Turns out, it might have been better if I had checked this first! It doesn’t QUITE fit. The Dell Dimension 2400 has a snap off front cover, so the problem isn’t quite as bad as it appears in the picture below, but it’s bad enough to pretty much be a showstopper. You can see in the picture (red box) that even pushed in as far as it will go, the Bigwater 760i still sticks out beyond the limit (reference the floppy drive beneath) required to snap on the front cover. Looking inside, we can see the root of the problem. The water hoses that extend out the back of the unit press up against the power supply. Even pushing the 760i in to the point where the hoses kink does not provide enough clearance for the front cover. Another ¾” to 1” of clearance is required.

    Thermaltake Bigwater 760i, 2U bay drive liquid cooling sys, Installation Problem in Dell Thermaltake Bigwater 760i, 2U bay drive liquid cooling sys, Installation Problem in Dell

     

    Setting aside for a moment the size limitation, I also had a concern that the 200W power supply in my Dell would not provide sufficient power to run the cooling system. A quick look at the specifications shows that the pump is rated at 12V DC, 600mA. This equates into 7.2W. The only other component of the 760i which draws power would be the fan, which should draw a relatively small amount of current. ~8 W of power is not a large amount (less than 5%) compared to a 200W supply, so it’s likely this would not have been a problem.


     

    Specifications

     

     Thermaltake Bigwater 760i, Specifications

     

    System Requirements:

    • 2 - 5.25” drive bays, at least 11 inches deep
    • AMD AM2 series, AMD K8 series, Intel LGA775 or Intel P4 processor
    • Approx 8W of power via the system’s power supply

     

    Package Contents:

    • 2U bay drives liquid cooling system
    • CPU Waterblock
    • UV sensitive 500cc coolant
    • Refill bottle
    • ID 9.5mm(3/8”) UV sensitive Water Tube 400cm
    • Metal H-type clip
    • H-type Cushion
    • H-type Insulator
    • 4x 50mm screws
    • 4x Thumb nuts
    • 4x White washers
    • Thermal compound
    • 4x 38mm screws
    • 4x standoffs
    • 4x red washers
    • 10x 5mm screws
    • 4x hose clips (for tube)
    • Users Manual
    • Maintenance Schedule Checklist / Booklet

     

    Features

     

    • Dual 5.25 Drive Bay design: liquid cooling system in-a-box to save the space in the chassis and simplifies installation.
    • Mesh design front bezel enhances ventilation.
    • Easy to install and refill.
    • 12cm Motorsports Radiator:
      1. DTT – Dimple Tube Technology swirls the coolant within the radiator to increase thermal transfer.
      2. An all-aluminum radiator featuring expanded outer fins and tube style for maximum performance.
    • Slim Pure Copper Waterblock:
      1. Micro-Channel Design within the waterblock maximize the thermal efficiency.
      2. Advanced Brazing technology improves reliability and leakage free.
      3. All-in-one mounting design supports all latest CPU from Intel & AMD. (Includes: Intel Socket LGA775 and AMD K8/AM2.)
    • Ultra-low noise fan: silent variable fan with blue LED (1600-2400 rpm).
    • High-performance Liquid Pump:
      1. Silent and powerful P500(500L/hr) pump provides superb reliability.
      2. The ceramic bearings significantly extend the life-expectancy of the pump.
    • Quick connector:
      1. Quick Disconnect Coupling: Valves shut off water flow immediately when dismantling to prevent water leakage.
      2. User friendly Quick Install Connector saves you time and energy.
    • Durable 3/8” Tube: Special material to prevent wear & tear from being clogged up or over bending.

     


     

    Testing

     

    Testing Setup:

    • Dell Dimension 2400
    • Intel Pentium 4 @ 2.66 GHz
    • 1.00 GB RAM
    • Intel 82845G Graphics Controller, 64 MB
    • Microsoft Windows XP Home Service Pack 3
    • DirectX 9.0c (4.09.0000.0904)

     

    Unfortunately, no tests were performed since the product installation could not be completed.

     


     

    Conclusion

     

    Price Point

    Price: $149.99 USD

    Class: Mid Class

    The Thermaltake Bigwater 760i can be considered a mid-class system. Smaller systems by Thermaltake include the Bigwater 735 12cm liquid cooling system ($127.00) and the Prowater 850i 12cm liquid cooling system ($135.00). Also offered is the BigWater 780e which is a mammoth 3 drive bay cooling system. ($200.00). It’s possible that either the Bigwater 735 or Prowater 850i might have fit in this Dell Dimension system.

     

    Performance

    Unable to determine, since product could not be installed.

     

    Reviewers Opinion

    So to answer the question I originally posed, “Can you water cool a Dell?” I’d have to respond (at least in my case) – theoretically yes, but practically no. The installation of the waterblock and the system power requirements of the Thermaltake Bigwater 760i seem to be quite compatible with packaged systems. However, the heart of the system, the dual drive bay unit, is approximately 1 inch too long to fit within the Dell Dimension 2400’s chassis. You certainly can’t fault Thermaltake for this, as to my knowledge I’m the first person to ever try to water cool a pre-packaged system. I’m sure that Thermaltake did not design the Bigwater 760i with pre-packaged systems in mind.

    The Dell Dimension is typically considered a “minitower” but it should be recognized that this does not mean that the space within the system is equivalent to that found within custom built minitowers. In fact, Dell’s proprietary case design is quite a bit smaller (Dell Exterior Dimensions: 14 ¾” high x 14 ¼” deep x 7” wide. Standard MiniTower Dimensions: 15” high x 15” deep). Also one has to consider the fact that even had the Bigwater 760i fit in the Dell Dimension case, it would have occupied both of the two 5.25” drive bays, leaving none free for a DVD-Rom or other drive. This leads one to the conclusion that it really does pay to build your own custom system, because pre-packaged systems often present challenges to expansion and customization.

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  • System memory plays a big role in the performance of your computer. Too little, and you sit waiting patiently for even the most mundane tasks to complete. It has an effect on computer start up and shut down times, and overall workability of programs. Windows XP and Vista 32 bit recognize up to 4 GB of memory, while the 64 bit variants (XP64 and Vista64) can use up to 128 GB of system memory. With multi core CPU's becoming the norm, installing the most memory you can afford and your system can accommodate, offers the best computing experience.

    Crucial's Ballistix line of memory is currently their high performance tier aimed at users wanting to push their systems without sacrificing performance. The Ballistix 240-pin DIMM, DDR2 PC2-6400 memory module 4 GB kits comprised of two 2GB sticks of PC2-6400 (DDR2-800) that are tested and specified to work in unison at the advertised speeds. The Ballistix PC2-6400 have rated timings of 4-4-4-12 at 2.0 volts, which is considered Low Latency. With current CPU's from Intel and AMD using an Integrated Memory Controller (IMC) lower latencies equal enhanced system performance.

    Product View

    The Crucial Ballistix 240-pin DIMM, DDR2 PC2-6400 memory module 4 GB kits come packaged in individual sealed clamshell cases banded together with a cardboard sleeve denoting the Ballistix line and that the sticks are a kit.

     


    Product View (Continued)

    Removing the sleeve reveals the dual sealed clamshells. I was a little put off by the clamshells being sealed, since this means having to used some type of sharp instrument to open the packages. Most memory I have tested has come in a re-closeable type clamshell case.  Once the memory is removed you can see the gold colored aluminum heat spreaders with the Ballistix logo.

     

    Taking a closer look at the modules we have Crucial's serial number on one side, and the flip side has the part number, speed and timing information.

     


     

    Specifications and Features

     

     Specifications

    Part Number BL25664AA80A
    Module Density 2GB
    Memory Clock / Data Bit Rate
    2.5ns/800 MT/s
    Banking Configuration Dual
    Component Configuration 128 Meg x 8
    Module Bandwith
    6.4 GB/s

    Latency (CL - tRCD - tRP - tRAS)

    4 - 4 - 4 - 12

     

     Features

    • 240-pin dual in-line memory module (DIMM)
    • Fast data transfer rates: PC2-8500 or PC2-6400
    • 1GB (128 Meg x 64) and 2GB (256 Meg x 64)
    • Exclusively designed for high-performance systems
    • Critical performance parameters tested for functionality
    • Speed verification performed in-system
    • VDD = +2.0V ±0.1V, VDDQ = +2.0V ±0.1V
    • VDDSPD = +1.7V to +3.6V
    • Differential data strobe (DQ, DQS#) option
    • Four-bit prefetch architechture
    • Auto Refresh (CBR) and Self Refresh Mode
    • 7.8125 s maximum average periodic refresh interval
    • 64ms, 8,192-cycle refresh
    • On-die termination (ODT)
    • Serial Presence Detect (SPD) with EEPROM
    • Gold edge contacts
    • Aluminum heat spreader
    • 1.18” (30mm) PCB Height

     


     

     Testing

    Testing will be done on the Crucial Ballistix DDR2 PC2-6400 4GB Kit by running synthetic benchmarks as well as real world game play with the following programs that are regularly available to everyone to benchmark their own hardware. We start with SiSoft Sandra memory benchmarks (bandwidth, latency and cache and memory) followed by Everest (memory and latency), SuperPi (calculates Pi to the nearest digit, 1 million in this case), 3DMark and PCMark Vantage, and finally Brothers in Arms: Hells Highway (game play frame rates taken by FRAPS).

    System Specifications

    • AMD Athlon64 Processor 6000+
    • Gigabyte MA790FX-DS5 (BIOS F6)
    • Crucial Ballistix DDR2 PC2-6400 4GB Kit
    • OCZ Vendetta CPU Cooler
    • Palit HD4670 Super(Catalyst 8.11)
    • Antec NeoPower 650W
    • 1x250GB Maxtor SATA
    • 2x400GB Seagate SATA
    • Plextor PX-716SA 16X DVD RW SATA
    • HL 4164B 16X DVD RW IDE
    • Windows Vista Ultimate (SP1)

    Overclocking

    The memory was run at default timings 4-4-4-12 (BIOS set to auto), then overclocked to 220 HT(4-4-4-12 @ 2.1V) and 250HT (5-5-5-18 @ 2.1V). The CPU multiplier was adjusted accordingly to keep the default speed of 3000 MHz.

    SiSoftware Sandra

    SiSoft Sandra encompasses a litany of tests for the components in your system. For memory testing there are three tests; Memory Bandwidth, Memory Latency and Cache and Memory.

     


     

    Testing Continued

    Everest Ultimate

    EVEREST Ultimate Edition is an industry leading system diagnostics and benchmarking solution for enthusiastic PC users, based on the award-winning EVEREST Technology.

    SuperPi

    SuperPi calculates Pi to the nearest digit. We use 1 million digits for comparison.

     


     

    Testing Continued

    PCMark Vantage

    PCMark Vantage is the first objective hardware performance benchmark for PCs running 32 and 64 bit versions of Windows Vista. PCMark Vantage is perfectly suited for benchmarking any type of Windows Vista PC from multi media home entertainment systems and laptops to dedicated workstations and hi-end gaming rigs.

    3DMark Vantage

    3DMark Vantage is a PC benchmark suite designed to test the DirectX10 performance of your graphics card. A 3DMark score is an overall measure of your system’s 3D gaming capabilities, based on comprehensive real-time 3D graphics and processor tests.

    Brothers in Arms: Hell's Highway

    Brothers in Arms: Hell's Highway is the latest installment of the BIA series. Gearbox continues the plight of the 101st Airborne Division later during WWII. Once again playing as Staff Sargent Matt Baker where you have to battle the Third Reich.

     


     

    Conclusion

    Price Point

    Price: $68.00 USD

    Class:Entry Level

    The Crucial Ballistix DDR2 PC2-6400 4GB Kit performed very well and with the entry level price point of $68.00 USD, there is no reason that your system shouldn't have 4GB of memory. The increase to 4 GB makes multitaksing (browsing, email, etc) a breeze. The Crucial Ballistix DDR2 PC2-6400 4GB Kit also comes backed with Crucial's Limited Lifetime warranty on the memory.

     

    Performance

    With memory playing such a big factor in performance, the stored EPP profile of 4-4-4-12 booted without problems on the AMD 790FX chipset. Overclocking the memory was a breeze, with just minimal tweaks to the latency and voltage to be able to push the HT speed. With more patience and time, I'm sure there is more headroom left for overclocking the Ballistix PC2-6400 kit. The aluminum heat spreaders kept the memory running cool to the touch while running.

     

    Reviewers Opinion

    Crucial has repeatedly put out quaility products, and the Ballistix DDR2 PC2-6400 4GB Kit follows suit. There were no issues working with this RAM, and it performed as advertised and then some. It forged ahead in overclocking at default timings of 4-4-4-12, and with minimal tweaking of the latencies was able to keep on going at the default voltage of 2.0V.

    Pros

    • Overclocking headroom with the Lower Latency
    • Inexpensive
    • Lifetime warranty
    • 4 GB kit matched performance

     

     Cons

    • None

     

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  • As the end of another year approaches and everyone eats and drinks heartily, we are treated to the beginning of a new year-- one where you reflect upon the past twelve months (were you good or bad, naughty or nice?), and you make a few decisions to become a better person. Is it time to quit smoking? Maybe the alcohol consumption has become a bit much. I should stay in touch with family and friends more often. You can’t believe you have to walk all the way across the parking lot. Wait a minute; maybe you need to get in shape. That’s it; you need to join a gym!

     

    Locating the health club of your choice, you take the tour, listen to the spiel, tell yourself this is it, and sign up for a brand spanking new membership. Good for you!
     

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  • Remember when putting together a home theater required setting up a dozen components, and as many wires and cables as can be found on the space shuttle? When you spent long hours making sense of a pile of manuals and several remote controls? Gone are those days, that muss and that fuss. Behold the emergence of the Home Theater Personal Computer (HTPC). Enthusiasts and amateurs alike are now building systems with equipment that allows them to play the latest media, with high definition sound and video.

    The Antec Veris Multimedia Station Premier serves the needs of the most passionate HTPC builder, but also is equally compatible with users operating packaged PC systems, like those from Dell or Gateway. The Veris Multimedia Station features a receiver unit with a stylish LCD display and convenient front panel controls. It mounts into two adjoining 5.25” drive bays, and is easy to install. The Media Station’s infrared remote control allows the ability to play and manipulate video and audio and adjust settings using the Thumb Pad Mouse controller. The Antec Multimedia Station Premier includes IMEDIAN software, which has internal codecs allowing playback of most media formats. This includes full 1080p HD support. We decided to install the Multimedia Station Permier in a packaged Dell system and run it through its paces, proving that even an amateur can turn his machine into a home theater system.

     

    The Product

     

    The Antec Veris Multimedia Station Pr