Monday, November 24th 2014

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Cases
Cooling
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Keyboards
Monitors
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Mouse
Mousepads
Networking
Processors
PSUs
Speakers
SSD
Storage

TechPowerUp and GIGABYTE Announce Game on X'mas Giveaway

Is the snow outside thicker than you think? Prefer crafting to building a snowman? Is your idea of the holiday a hot chocolate and some of the latest games NVIDIA and AMD badgered us for driver updates every week? Then TechPowerUp and GIGABYTE got you covered. By simply "Liking" our Facebook page, and filling in a tiny form (or having Facebook fill it for you), you could stand a chance to win a rad GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 970 G1.Gaming SOC graphics card, which combines this season's hottest GPU (pun not intended), with GIGABYTE's latest WindForce 3X cooling solution. The contest is open to everyone. Good Luck!

For more details, and to participate, visit this page.
Sunday, November 23rd 2014

AMD Mobile "Carrizo" Family of APUs Arrive in 2015

AMD (NYSE: AMD) today at its Future of Compute event announced the addition of its first high performance system-on-a-chip (SoC), codenamed "Carrizo", and a mainstream SoC codenamed "Carrizo-L" as part of the company's 2015 AMD Mobile APU family roadmap. In collaboration with hardware and software partners, these new 2015 AMD Mobile APUs are designed as complete solutions for gaming, productivity applications, and ultra high-definition 4K experiences. With support for Microsoft DirectX 12, OpenCL 2.0, AMD's Mantle API, AMD FreeSync and support for Microsoft's upcoming Windows 10 operating system, the 2015 AMD Mobile APU family enables the experiences consumers expect.

"We continue to innovate and build upon our existing IP to deliver great products for our customers," said John Byrne, senior vice president and general manager, Computing and Graphics business group, AMD. "AMD's commitment to graphics and compute performance, as expressed by our goal to improve APU energy efficiency 25x by 2020, combines with the latest industry standards and fresh innovation to drive the design of the 2015 AMD Mobile APU family. We are excited about the experiences these new APUs will bring and look forward to sharing more details in the first half of next year."

Spire Introduces the PowerCube 710 mATX Chassis

Have you been looking to build a small yet powerful game system, console type computer, media-player or HTPC system? Well look no further, the Spire PowerCube 710 is the enclosure that can host all your powerful hardware, starting with a Micro ATX mainboard and ATX form factor power supply unit of your choice. This stylish and innovative case is a designer piece on its own. This case has been made out of high quality and SPCC metal and is loaded with all the features you need on today's systems.

The PowerCube 710 is engineered to the highest possible quality to provide you with the satisfaction you are looking for in a small, yet powerful enclosure. Complete with front integrated HD-Audio ports and two USB3.0 ports to provide maximum connectivity and flexibility. No matter your application, the PowerCube 710 from Spire is guaranteed to deliver what you want, when you want.

OCZ Introduces Saber 1000 Enterprise SATA SSDs

OCZ Storage Solutions -- a Toshiba Group Company and leading provider of high-performance solid-state drives (SSDs) for computing devices and systems, today announced its new enterprise-class Saber 1000 SSD Series designed for read-intensive applications targeting high-volume deployment hyperscale, web-hosting and distributed computing environments. The SATA-based Saber 1000 Series solves demanding key customer business challenges and supported by an enterprise-optimized feature-set, large storage capacities, and low total cost of ownership (TCO).

The new series leverages the latest A19nm NAND flash from Toshiba and is available in 240GB, 480GB and 960GB usable capacities. It utilizes OCZ's internally developed Barefoot 3 controller and firmware which delivers consistent sustained I/O performance across all capacities to accelerate enterprise applications.

Corsair Carbide 330R Case Now Available in Titanium Edition

Corsair, a worldwide leader in high-performance PC hardware, today announced the immediate availability of the Corsair Carbide Series 330R Titanium Edition, which brings a new attractive dark gunmetal anodized aluminum front panel and a convenient 3-speed fan controller to the already popular and stylish Carbide Series 330R quiet mid-tower case making it a great choice for media rooms, bedrooms, dorm rooms, or any place where both silence and performance are essential.

The Carbide Series 330R cases are designed with features that make it easy for users to build extremely quiet PCs. The Direct Airflow Path layout provides a unobstructed path between the included 140mm fan and the CPU and GPU, providing cold air directly to the hottest components with less restriction and less noise. Sound damped doors and panels and clever intake fan design are combine to further minimize noise. The Carbide Series 330R Titanium Edition adds a three-speed fan controller on the front panel, making it easy to adjust the speed of two included cooling fans to optimize cooling and sound levels. The case has generous expansion room with tool-free drive mounts and cable routing that make building or upgrading a PC a snap.

ENERMAX Launches LIQMAX II Series Liquid CPU Coolers

ENERMAX rolls out the second generation LIQMAX All-In-One CPU liquid cooler series. LIQMAX II has 2 models: LIQMAX II 120S and LIQMAX II 240, the radiators' length are 120mm and 240mm, respectively. LIQMAX II features a new cooling block with advanced impellers, ENERMAX patented Shunt Channel Technology (S.C.T) and the 2nd generation batwing fans with patented APS(Adjustable Peak Speed) triple RPM range setting function. LIQMAX II 120S and 240 TDP are rated at 320W+ and 350W+ respectively, and support the most modern CPU socket types, including LGA1150, LGA2011, AM3+ and FM2+.

ENERMAX's patented Shunt Channel Technology (S.C.T) is a dramatic improvement on thermal performance. This precise technique successfully boosts heat exchange efficiency by eliminating the boundary layers and increases the coolant exchange ratio. LIQMAX II continuously adopts this technology on the copper cooling base plate of the cooling block. Moreover, the advanced impellers enable increased pumping pressure strength to keep the smooth coolant circulation. The pump inside the cooling block is a ceramic beating pump, featuring high corrosion resistance, noiseless operation and exceptional durability with MTBF 50,000 hrs.

Tesoro to Display New Mechanical Gaming Keyboards at Dreamhack

Tesoro Technology USA Inc., a manufacturer of high-tech gaming products, today announces attendees of DreamHack 2014, November 27 - November 30, will be able to game with Tesoro as well as have a chance to win Tesoro gaming peripherals at the DreamStore.

Tesoro gaming peripherals will be at Tesoro's booth for visitors to experience the latest in PC gaming technology. PC gaming attendees will be able to try out RGB mechanical keyboards, surround-sound headsets, gaming mice and mousepads, and more.
Friday, November 21st 2014

Today's Reviews

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Cooling
Desktop PC
Keyboards
Memory
Motherboards
Mouse
PSUs
Speakers

Intel Announces Increase in Quarterly Cash Dividend

At Intel Corporation's annual investor meeting today, the company announced that its board of directors has approved an increase in its cash dividend to 96 cents-per-share on an annual basis, a 6-cent increase, beginning with the dividend that will be declared in the first quarter of 2015. Intel also provided the 2015 business outlook. "Today's dividend announcement reflects the board's confidence in Intel's strategy," said Intel Chairman Andy Bryant. "It also reflects the board's ongoing commitment to create value and return cash to Intel's stockholders."

At the investor meeting, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich emphasized that Intel's highest shareholder value will come from a strategy to utilize the core assets that drive the company's PC and data center businesses to move into profitable, complementary market segments. Intel's leading-edge manufacturing capability, Intel architecture, and the use of shared IP are key elements of the growth strategy.
Thursday, November 20th 2014

Today's Reviews

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Cooling
Graphics Cards
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Memory
Monitors
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Mouse
Speakers
SSD

AMD Announces Major Technology Partnerships at Future of Compute Event

AMD today at its Future of Compute event announced the introduction of the consumer electronic industry's first-ever ultra high-definition (UHD) monitors to feature its innovative, open-standards based FreeSync technology. Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., plans to launch the screen synching technology around the world in March 2015, starting with the Samsung UD590 (23.6-inch and 28-inch models) and UE850 (23.6-inch, 27-inch and 31.5-inch models), and eventually across all of Samsung's UHD lineups. FreeSync will enable dynamic refresh rates synchronized to the frame rate of AMD Radeon graphics cards and APUs to maximally reduce input latency and reduce or fully eliminate visual defects during gaming and video playback.

"We are very pleased to adopt AMD FreeSync technology to our 2015 Samsung Electronics Visual Display division's UHD monitor roadmap, which fully supports open standards," said Joe Chan, Vice President of Samsung Electronics Southeast Asia Headquarters. "With this technology, we believe users including gamers will be able to enjoy their videos and games to be played with smoother frame display without stuttering or tearing on their monitors."

MSI GAMING to Feature New XSplit Gamecaster V2 Software

MSI, world leading in gaming hardware and solutions, announced today the upgrade to "XSplit Version 2" on MSI GAMING products featuring the earlier versions of XSplit Gamecaster. XSplit has received an excellent reputation as the software of choice for live streaming gameplay to Twitch and other streaming platforms. With innovative and user-friendly updates, XSplit V2 is guaranteed to bring users cutting-edge streaming tech and a refined user experience on their powerful MSI GAMING devices. MSI is 100% committed to gaming and recognizes streaming as a big part of it that's why most MSI GAMING products come with a premium license to XSplit Gamecaster for free. All MSI GAMING users who are currently using their XSplit license can upgrade to V2 for free.

XSplit V2 represents the biggest update since the release of XSplit Gamecaster back in February 2014 and the biggest leap in terms of improvements and features since the original public release of XSplit Broadcaster back in 2010. In XSplit V2, a brand new range of optimizations, improvements and features implemented across both XSplit Gamecaster and XSplit Broadcaster are meant to ensure a hassle-free, lightning fast streaming experience for both the streamer and the followers. Now, get ready to experience the new XSplit V2 presented by live streaming guru SplitmediaLabs.

TechPowerUp NVIDIA Shield Tablet Giveaway: Here's The Winner!

Another exciting giveaway comes to an end. Here's the winner of TechPowerUp and NVIDIA Shield Tablet giveaway. One lucky winner stood a chance to win an NVIDIA Shield Tablet, the most powerful Android tablet for gaming, which has so much graphics processing muscle, that it has a games and content marketplace of its own, apart from Google Play Store.

Carlos from Portugal is the winner. A huge congrats to you!

Panram Announces Ninja-V Series DDR4-3300 MHz Memory Kits

Panram, a flash and DRAM memory manufacturer, today announces the update of its Ninja - V Series DDR4 lineup with the introduction of 2800, 3000, 3200, and 3300MHz memory modules for high performance on the latest Haswell-E platform.

Since launching 2133MHz and 2400Mhz DDR4 modules earlier this year, Panram has been hard at work to develop higher MHz modules. The new entries to the Ninja - V Series DDR4 family start from 2800MHz to 3300MHz. All Ninja - V Series products are available in 4GB single packs or 8GB/16GB kits.

Chaintech Announces iGame Z97 Motherboard

Chaintech, brought back to life as a motherboard brand, in partnership with Colorful, launched the iGame Z97 socket LGA1150 motherboard. A cross between a gamer-centric and overclocker-centric motherboards, the iGame Z97 combines strong electricals with features gamers expect, such as good onboard audio, and Killer E2200 NIC. The board's most striking feature is its full-coverage water block, which cools the CPU VRM and Z97 PCH.

The LGA1150 socket is powered by a 16-phase VRM. The board draws power from a combination of 24-pin ATX and 8-pin EPS power connectors. Expansion slots include three PCI-Express 3.0 x16, and four PCI-Express 2.0 x1. Storage connectivity includes six SATA 6 Gb/s, and an mSATA. Display outputs include DVI, D-Sub, and HDMI. 8-channel HD audio, with an OPAMP circuit and electrolytic capacitors, and Killer E2200 NIC. Dual-BIOS, and a feature-rich setup program, make for the rest of it. Chaintech is planning to launch the board in Europe and APAC markets.
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