Tuesday, December 1st 2015

Today's Reviews

Gaming PC

Lenovo Unveils the ThinkPad P40 Yoga Mobile Workstation

Today, at Autodesk University 2015, Lenovo unveiled the ThinkPad P40 Yoga, a high-performing mobile workstation that helps unleash the full power of professional creativity. The Lenovo ThinkPad P40 Yoga delivers a first-class digital sketching experience with the ultimate in mobile workstation performance and reliability.

From digital artists storyboarding the latest Hollywood blockbuster to engineers designing the next hot new car, creative professionals need to both sketch their designs and bring those designs to life. To do this, users typically to purchased two systems - a tablet to deliver the sensitivity and accuracy of a premium sketching experience and a mobile workstation to render designs in powerful applications.

NVIDIA Releases GeForce 359.06 WHQL Game Ready Drivers

NVIDIA today released its latest GeForce "Game Ready" drivers, which usually precede major game title launches. The new version 359.06 WHQL driver adds optimizations for the week's two big releases - Just Cause 3, and Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege. These include SLI profiles on games that support it, and GeForce Experience optimal settings. The rest of its feature-set is consistent with Release 359 series drivers.
DOWNLOAD: NVIDIA GeForce 359.06 WHQL for Windows 10 64-bit | Windows 10 32-bit | Windows 8/7/Vista 32-bit | Windows 8/7/Vista 64-bit

Seagate and Newisys Demonstrate Flash Storage Architecture Capable of 1TBps

When speed matters in high-performance computing (HPC) storage, Seagate Technology plc (NASDAQ: STX) and Newisys have the industry's fastest flash storage design. The two companies today announced that 21 Newisys NSS-2601 with dual NSS-HWxEA Storage Server Modules deployed with Seagate's newest SAS 1200.2 SSD drives can be combined in a single 42U rack to achieve block I/O performance of 1TB/s with 5PB of storage. Each Newisys 2U server with 60 Seagate SSDs is capable of achieving bandwidth of 49GB/s. Newisys is a division of Sanmina Corporation (NASDAQ: SANM) and a leading provider of data center products for enterprise and cloud applications.

"This is one of the highest storage densities ever achieved in the industry, and holds the potential for new breakthroughs in storage system performance," said Brett Pemble, VP and general manager of flash products, Seagate. "Our partnership with Newisys enables us to continue to innovate with how storage is architected." Applications that might benefit most from this flash solution include those where microseconds matter in processing massive amounts of data. These applications might include metadata caches for large data centers, as well as prediction models for financial markets, oil and gas, and weather that are constantly changing and in need of pushing the performance envelope in a constant race against time.

MSI Announces Z170A KRAIT Gaming R6 Siege

MSI, world leading in gaming hardware design, is pleased to announce a new partnership with Ubisoft Entertainment, creator of one of the most anticipated titles this year and awarded Best PC game in E3 2015, Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege. MSI is Ubisoft's exclusive motherboard partner and introduces a new version of the Z170A KRAIT EDITION motherboard, specially designed to celebrate this new partnership, the MSI Z170A KRAIT GAMING R6 SIEGE.

With this new model you will receive a free copy of Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege [Standard Edition]. But that's not all, during this exclusive promotion MSI is also giving away a free copy of the game with the Z170A GAMING M5 motherboard. The promotion starts on Tuesday 1st of December, 2015.

Cooler Master Also Announces CM Storm Sentinel Palm Grip Gaming Mouse

Cooler Master, a leading manufacturer of desktop components and peripherals, today announced the Sentinel III, an improved gaming mouse building upon the ergonomic palm grip design that fans have come to love. Sporting LED illumination in 16.8 million customizable colors, greatly improved intuitive software, and matte coating with an acrylic top panel, the Sentinel III is the perfect choice for palm grip gamers looking for comfort and advanced features.

"Designed for right-handed palm grip players, the Sentinel III includes a new sensor and expanded on-board memory" said Leo Cheng, Product Manager at Cooler Master. "The new and improved OLED display also allows you to rename your profiles in addition to knowing your exact DPI settings and/or uploading custom logos. This is the first step in making the Sentinel III truly yours."

Cooler Master Announces MasterGel Maker Thermal Compound

Cooler Master, a leading manufacturer of desktop components and peripherals, today announced the MasterGel Maker, a thermal compound containing non-abrasive nanodiamond particles packed with an ultra-high conductivity of 11 W/m.k. The excellent viscosity makes spreading or removing easy without cracking or drying out the compound.

"Enthusiasts and overclockers need a product that will help deliver the best performance with the lowest electrical conductivity within a short span of time. The MasterGel Maker fills that need," said Ron Classen, Product Manager. "It has fewer additives, which also makes it extremely lightweight and easy to spread, allowing users to apply it without much difficulty."

Samsung Unveils SSD 750 Series with Special Corporate Warranty

Samsung launched the 750 EVO line of mainstream SSDs, designed for the OEM channel, particularly business desktops and notebooks. These 2.5-inch drives, featuring SATA 6 Gb/s interfaces, offer extended corporate warranty periods. Some models offer warranties as high as 6-year, others 5-year. The drives are available in two capacities, 120 GB and 250 GB, with variants based on warranty policy on offer. Under the hood, these drives offer a feature set similar to the 850 EVO series - up to 540 MB/s sequential reads, up to 520 MB/s sequential writes, 97,000 IOPS 4K random access for the 250 GB variant, and 94,000 IOPS random access for the 120 GB variant.

Source: Hermitage Akihabara
Monday, November 30th 2015

Today's Reviews

Desktop PC
Gaming PC
Graphics Cards

AMD Releases Radeon Software Crimson Edition 15.11.1 Update

AMD today released Radeon Software Crimson Edition 15.11.1 Update. A follow up to last week's major release, version 15.11.1 addresses a major issue with driver-level VGA fan speed control, which saw the driver either crank fan-speeds up to 100%, or lock them down to 30%, causing GPUs to overheat. In addition, the driver addresses several game-specific bugs related to Just Cause 3, Fallout 4, Star Wars: Battlefront, and Call of Duty Black Ops III.
DOWNLOAD: AMD Radeon Software Crimson Edition 15.11.1 for Windows 10/8.1/7 32-bit | Windows 10/8.1/7 64-bitImage Courtesy: PCAuthority.com.au

AMD Promotes Renowned Graphics Architect Michael Mantor to Corporate Fellow

AMD announced the appointment of graphics and parallel compute architect Michael Mantor to AMD Corporate Fellow for his demonstrated leadership in graphics engineering. At AMD, Corporate Fellow is the highest possible level of technical recognition with only four employees currently holding the title. Mantor has made key contributions to a diverse set of AMD graphics products, including those that power the Microsoft Xbox One, Sony PlayStation PS4, and multiple generations of AMD Radeon graphics. As Corporate Fellow, he will lead graphics and compute architecture teams in the development of next generation architectures to be used in PCs, game consoles, virtual reality devices, workstations, and super computers.

"Mike is the most passionate graphics and parallel computing architect I have worked with. His direct impact on more than 10 generations of GPU architectures at AMD is a result of Mike's determination to turn great architectures into products that reach millions of users," said Raja Koduri, senior vice president and chief architect, AMD Radeon Technologies Group. "Mike's unique talents and industry expertise are instrumental to maintaining AMD's industry leading graphics technologies and will be critical to advancing the industry into the immersive computing era."
Michael Mantor (left) Image courtesy of Orlando Sentinel

AMD Prepares December Launch of Dual-GPU "Fiji" Graphics Card

AMD could launch its next-generation dual-GPU graphics card based on the "Fiji" silicon, some time in December. Codenamed "Fury-Gemini," the card features a pair of "Fiji" GPUs in an internal multi-GPU setup; and is cooled by an AIO liquid-cooling solution, much like the R9 Fury X. Prototype boards of this card were shown by AMD top-brass at some of the chip's earliest reveals. It's expected that the PCB (pictured below), will be mated with a liquid-cooling solution; and unless NVIDIA releases its dual-GPU GM200 graphics card any sooner, is on course to becoming the fastest graphics card you can buy. It remains to be seen if AMD can cash in on the Holiday shopping season.
Source: VideoCardz, Image Courtesy Legit Reviews

Dean "Kreij" Kortenhoven Memorial Competition

As many of you will know, back in June last year we lost our good friend and Senior Moderator Dean Kortenhoven, better known to us as Kreij to Cancer. For those of you that knew Kreij you will know that not only was he a leading light within this community but he was one damn fine human being. TPU, his family and anyone who knew him well are the poorer without him.

Kreij is remembered throughout our community in many ways, none more prominent than our Memorial build giveaways that not only support current members with the opportunity to win good quality hardware/systems (giveaway builds are geared to be able to game/crunch/fold well) but just as importantly to add more machines to the constant war against this ugly and hateful disease, for that we have our crunching/folding friends to thank as well as our outstanding TPU forum community, we thought it would be a good idea to compliment the existing memorials with something a little different in the form of a Christmas competition but with a little twist. The competition will involve a little writing but in return the winner will receive a graphics card kindly donated by our friends from XFX to whom we are very grateful.

More details and the competition opener will be published shortly, the final twist is that the competition will be hidden within an existing Kreij thread, so practice those forum searching skills to find and participate!Written by Tatty_One

AeroCool Intros XPredator GM Series 80 Plus Gold PSUs

AeroCool announced the XPredator GM series module power-supplies. These 80 Plus Gold rated units come in four mid-tier wattage models, such as 550W, 650W, 750W, and 1000W. On offer, are partially modular cabling, with enough juice and straws for single graphics card gaming machines on the 550W model, dual ones on the 650W and 750W models, and triple card ones on the 1000W model. Under the hood, the XPredator GM series features DC-DC switching, a single +12V rail design, active electrical protections, Core C6/C7 power-state support, and active PFC. The 1000W model relies on a 140 mm fan to keep cool, the other models feature 120 mm spinners. AeroCool didn't reveal pricing.

Apacer Announces Panther Series DDR4 Memory

Apacer, one of the world leaders in memory and SSD products unveils its latest gaming DDR4 memory module, PANTHER, specially produced for support of next generation Intel' Skylake platform. The design of the PANTHER gaming DDR4 with aesthetic design on heat spreader and meticulously screened ICs indeed stands out from the rest of DDR4 memory offerings. Backed by the world's best technology in industrial memory module and storage, PANTHER DDR4 gives users much more than they expect in terms of functionality and stability, providing a budget-friendly gaming memory module.

PANTHER DDR4 is shipping single-module package and it comes in 4GB or 8GB capacity. The three available clock frequencies are 2133/2400/2666MHz with tight 15-15-15-36, 16-16-16-36 timings. It supports XMP 2.0 profiles for simple and easy overclocking with 2400MHz and the frequencies above. The operating low voltage of 1.2V greatly helps reduce power consumption, making the best out of it. PANTHER DDR4 guarantees fast speed as well as extreme stability on a high system load during long gaming session which allows gamers to perform the highest efficiency and to experience the most enjoyable game play. The most important of all, Apacer employs high quality and high-end ICs for PANTHER gaming DDR4, therefore users truly get more than they pay for.

AMD Radeon Software Crimson Edition Incorrect Fan Speed Issue Being Fixed

AMD's ambitious Radeon Sofware Crimson Edition drivers are seeing its first user experience issue in the form of a fan-speed bug. The driver, in some cases, spins graphics card fans up to 100%, and in others, the fan-speed is locked at 30% regardless of load. Over the past weekend, AMD acknowledged the issue and is tasked with a hotfix driver scheduled for release later today.

Lenovo and Razer Partner to Revolutionize Gaming Devices

At DreamHack Winter 2015 today, Lenovo (HKSE:992) (ADR: LNVGY) and Razer revealed their first-ever gaming desktop prototype that will officially launch at CES (Consumer Electronics Show) 2016. The two companies announced that together they will co-brand and co-market special Razer Edition models of Lenovo's Y series gaming devices - marrying the manufacturing, supply chain and channel relationships of Lenovo, the world's number one PC maker, with the immersive technology and deep expertise of Razer, a leading company in connected gaming devices and software for gamers.

PC gaming today offers a rich and immersive experience - thanks in part to cutting-edge graphics performance, superior processing power, and peripherals designed specifically for gaming. Lenovo will employ its system design and engineering expertise, while Razer will enhance the immersive experience for gamers. All forthcoming Lenovo Razer Edition products will be co-branded and reflect the edgy Lenovo Y series look and feel with iconic Razer elements like customizable Chroma lighting effects.

NVIDIA Prepares New Pricing for GeForce GTX 900 Series

To make the most out of the holiday shopping season, and to better compete with AMD, NVIDIA is preparing new pricing for key GeForce GTX 900 series SKUs. The new pricing sees the popular GeForce GTX 970 priced at US $299, although some deals could see the card start for well under that. This SKU is ideal for 1080p-thru-1440p gaming. The GTX 980, on the other hand, could be priced around $449. This SKU is firmly capable of 1440p gaming. Lastly, the GeForce GTX 960, could be priced around $179, to deal with competing offerings from AMD, such as the R9 380 better.

Many Thanks to Ikaruga for the tip.
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