Tuesday, September 2nd 2014

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Storage

Seagate Completes Acquisition of LSI's Flash Businesses from Avago

Seagate Technology plc, a world leader in storage solutions, today announced it has completed its previously announced acquisition of the assets of LSI's Accelerated Solutions Division ("ASD") and Flash Components Division ("FCD") from Avago Technologies Limited.

"There is a growing opportunity for mobile and enterprise flash-based storage solutions, which is why we're excited about this strategic technology acquisition," said Steve Luczo, Seagate Chairman and CEO. "Integrating LSI's Enterprise PCIe flash and SSD controller products, and its engineering capabilities into Seagate's leading storage technology portfolio and product development will expand our ability to meet a broader base of customers' needs and drive new revenue opportunities."

OWC ThunderBay 4 Thunderbolt 2-Supporting Desktop Drives Now Up to 24 TB

OWC announced today that the ThunderBay 4 and ThunderBay 4 RAID 5 Edition are now available with up to 24 TB of capacity. The larger capacity option, combined with its ultra-quiet cooling technology, makes the ThunderBay 4 perfect for today's workstations where having a quiet desktop drive with ample storage is paramount to a productive workflow.

The Speed, Freedom, and Capacity to do More
Equipped with dual Thunderbolt 2 ports, the ThunderBay 4 delivers blazing-fast speeds with sustained data rates up to 1,342 MB/s RAID 0 and up to 675 MB/s RAID 5. With capacities ranging from 4 TB to 24 TB, customers can get the optimal balance of storage, performance, and data-redundancy to fit their specific workflow requirements.

Mushkin Announces New Essentials DDR4 Memory Modules

Mushkin Enhanced MFG, a leading designer and manufacturer of high-performance computer innovations and solutions, today announced that it has officially launched its lineup of unbuffered DDR4 "Essentials" modules. This milestone places Mushkin at the development forefront for the next generation of memory products, which will be nearly twice as fast as today's highest speed DDR3 memory modules. Mushkin's DDR4 Essentials UDIMMs will be available in limited quantities mid-September, with full production volumes available in Q4.

"Mushkin is proud to usher in our fourth generation of double data rate memory modules," said Brian Flood, Mushkin's Director of Product Development. "With our vast experience in DDR technology from the previous three generations, our Essentials DDR4 UDIMMs continue our tradition of providing reliable, high performance, JEDEC-compliant system memory solutions."

VisionTek Introduces Its Radeon R9 285 Graphics Card

VisionTek Products LLC, a leading manufacturer of award-winning, high-performance upgrades and accessories for PCs and Macs, today announced the VisionTek Radeon R9 285 graphics card. The new, best-in-class card features up to 945 MHz clock speed, 2 GB GDDR5 RAM, support for 4K Ultra HD 4K gaming, realistic audio, and 3DMark Fire Strike scores that beat the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760.

Designed For Serious PC Gamers
Specifically designed to enable PC gamers to play the most demanding games at maximum detail better than any card in its class, the VisionTek Radeon R9 285 is loaded with the latest technology advancements in Graphics Core Next Architecture, including AMD Eyefinity Technology, DirectX 12, and Mantle support.

NZXT Introduces its New Source 340 Case

Forged from strong, cold-­‐rolled steel, the S340 exudes an air of confidence that only the most durable of cases is capable of exhibiting. Axing the optical bays and relocating the HDDs to a lower position opens the case up like never before, making this one of the easiest cases to build in ever. A grommet-­‐less cable management solution, alongside over twenty zip-­‐tie locations and plenty of space behind the motherboard tray gives you unprecedented cable management options for a mid tower case.

When it comes to keeping cool, the Source 340 is no slouch. With Kraken X61 compatibility in the front intake, X31 compatibility in the rear exhaust, and a total of up to three 140 mm or for 120 mm fans you have plenty of chilling options. Thick front panel cutouts allow unrestricted airflow to reach our fully filtered intake. The Source 340 comes with the standard accouterments that you would expect from a premium case, such as USB 3.0, filtered intakes, a PSU shroud, and quality materials. Easily one of the most durable cases we've ever made, the Source 340 boasts 360 degrees of steel casing, extremely minimal plastic use, and extra thick side panels.

XFX Rolls Out its Radeon R9 285 Double Dissipation Graphics Card

XFX joined the Radeon R9 285 launch party with its compact R9 285 Double Dissipation graphics card. Built on an black, custom-design, matte-finish PCB, XFX' card features a lightweight version of its twin-fan cooling solution, which has been featured on its older performance-segment cards, such as the R9 270X. The cooler features a dense aluminium fin stack, to which heat is fed by four 6 mm thick copper heat pipes, which is then ventilated by a pair of 80 mm spinners. The card sticks to AMD reference clock speeds of 918 MHz core, and 5.50 GHz (GDDR5-effective) memory. Based on the 28 nm "Tonga" silicon, the R9 285 features 1,792 Graphics CoreNext 1.2 stream processors, 112 TMUs, 32 ROPs, and a 256-bit wide GDDR5 memory interface, holding 2 GB of memory on this card. Expect it to be priced at US $249.

ENERMAX Announces TwisterStorm High Airflow Fan

Being a high performance fan manufacturer, Enermax proudly launches its TwisterStorm, a follow-up to its high air pressure fan, TwisterPressure. TwisterStorm achieves 3500rpm industrial grade performance. With Enermax's advanced patented Twister Bearing technology, TwisterStorm is the world's leading non-ball-bearing structure high speed fan. TwisterStorm has a Shift Speed Control for three different speeds: 1500/2500/3500, allowing users to adjust the setting based on their needs.

Philips Display Innovations Premiering at IFA 2014

MMD, the leading technology company and brand license partner for Philips Monitors, unveils at IFA 2014 various innovations which are attuned to the way people work and live - such as the quest for health and well-being, a desire to be enthralled and entertained, and a wish for style and elegance in home and work environments. IFA takes place from 5 to 10 September in Berlin.

Shifting blue light toward the healthier end of the spectrum
With people spending more time than ever interacting with digital devices, continuous blue-light exposure through extended screen time poses a potential risk of long-term damage to eyesight. Making its debut appearance at IFA 2014, the brand-new Philips SoftBlue display reduces eye fatigue by eliminating emissions of blue light at harmful wavelengths, helping to mitigate the negative impact on eyes and improve well-being. Unlike software-based approaches, the SoftBlue display works using a new technology which changes the peak of the blue-chip in the LED. It does this without detracting from colour fidelity or brightness, so users can enjoy accustomed image quality without the prolonged detrimental effect of blue-light exposure.

ViewSonic Unveils the VG2401mh 24-Inch Gaming Monitor

ViewSonic Corp., a leading global provider of visual solution products, expands its entertainment line today with the launch of its new VG2401mh, a 24-inch Full HD display designed specifically for avid gamers and entertainment enthusiasts.

The VG2401mh features a 144 Hz rapid refresh rate and blazing-fast 1 ms response time, delivering ultra-smooth graphics and lag-free, crisp images for extreme moments of game play, as well as action-packed videos and other multimedia entertainment applications. The VG2401mh also features ViewSonic's Game Mode technology. Game Mode technology enhances visibility and detail by brightening the dark scenes of video games providing the ultimate gaming experience. In addition, an "Aimpoint" hotkey function provides gamers with on-screen crosshairs for an instant and accurate.

Panasonic Introduces the RP-HGS10 Open Ear Headphones

Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company today announced the introduction of the new Panasonic RP-HGS10 Open Ear Headphones which are ideal for active users who want to listen to music while still being aware of what is going on around them. The RP-HGS10 Headphones are now available on www.shop.panasonic.com.

The Panasonic RP-HGS10 Open Ear Headphones sit directly in front of a user's ear to provide sound transmission via advanced bone conduction technology, where vibrations move through the bone directly into the auditory nerve, producing clear sound without blocking the ear canal. With the ear drums freed-up, users can listen to their favorite music and hear their surroundings at the same time. This is especially useful for active users who enjoy outdoor activities like hikers, runners and bikers, allowing them to immerse themselves in their favorite music while staying connected to their environment (e.g. hearing requests to move over or hearing traffic sounds when on a busy path).

Samsung Expands Its Premium Home Audio Lineup

Samsung Electronics America, Inc., a global leader in digital media and digital convergence technologies, today announced the availability of the Shape M3 (WAM350) speaker, the latest addition to Shape Wireless Audio-Multiroom ecosystem of products and the new HW-H7500 Curved Soundbar, the world's first TV-Matching Curved Soundbar uniquely designed to seamlessly complement Samsung's 55 and 65-inch Curved UHD TVs. Both products deliver superb sound quality for any listening environment.

"With a passion to elevate entertainment experiences for consumers, we continue to lead the industry in key audio segments and deliver innovative premium products designed to create the best audio and home theater entertainment experiences," said Joe Stinziano, Executive Vice President, Samsung Electronics America. "With the launch of the M3, we're excited to unveil the latest addition to our award winning Shape Wireless Audio-Multiroom ecosystem and demonstrate our commitment to the wireless audio market. Meanwhile, the arrival of the Curved Soundbar strikes the balance between outstanding sound quality and standout design that's meant to fit seamlessly with our Curved TVs and in any living room environment."

Netgear Announces New Nighthawk X4 R7500 Smart WiFi Router

NETGEAR, Inc., a global networking company that delivers innovative products to consumers, businesses and service providers, is launching the Nighthawk X4 AC2350 Smart WiFi Router (R7500), an addition to its award-winning Nighthawk family of 802.11ac routers. The Nighthawk X4 WiFi Gigabit Router with support for Quad-stream WiFi Architecture delivers the fastest dual-band 802.11ac speed and performance for high intensity gaming, streaming and mobile connectivity.

The Nighthawk X4 is capable of a blistering 2.33 Gbps combined network speed (up to 1733 Mbps* on the 5.0 GHz band + 600 Mbps* on the 2.4 GHz band). It has a powerful 1.4 GHz dual core processor, based on the Qualcomm Internet Processor, that provides unprecedented processing power to enable better multi-tasking performance. The X4 is also powered by the Quantenna 802.11ac Wave 2, 4x4, MU-MIMO (Multi-User MIMO) WiFi solution to maximize wireless performance.

Windows 8.1 Overtakes 8 Worldwide – StatCounter

Microsoft's Windows 8.1 operating system has overtaken its older sibling Windows 8 for the first time in terms of internet usage worldwide, according to StatCounter, the independent website analytics company. The company's research arm, StatCounter Global Stats also finds that despite Microsoft's ending of support in April this year, Windows XP refuses to die and remains the world's second most popular operating system version. However, for the first time globally, the combined total of Windows 8 and 8.1 (14%) overtook XP (12.9%) in August.

AMD Radeon R9 295X2 to Get Promotional Price, Open to All

AMD announced a series of retailer-specific promotions for its flagship Radeon R9 295X2 dual-GPU graphics card. The card, which launched at US $1,499, will be available for as low as $999, as part of retailer promotions. End users (you), and not just OEMs, will be able to buy the card at the three-figure price. The card will ship with its usual Radeon Rewards package, giving you access to over a dozen free games. Based on a pair of 28 nm "Hawaii" GPUs, the Radeon R9 295X2 features a total of 5,760 Graphics CoreNext 1.1 stream processors, 352 TMUs, and 128 ROPs, split between its two GPUs, and 8 GB of memory across its two 512-bit wide GDDR5 memory interfaces.

AMD Announces Three New FX-8000 Series Eight-core Processors, New Pricing

AMD made three additions to its FX-8300 series eight-core socket AM3+ processors, along with adjustments to the series' overall pricing. The company launched a new performance-segment part, the FX-8370, along with two energy-efficient eight-core chips, the FX-8370E, and the FX-8320E. The FX-8370 features the same 4.00 GHz nominal clock speed as the FX-8350, but a tiny bit higher TurboCore frequency of 4.30 GHz, compared to the latter's 4.20 GHz. This chip is priced at US $199.

The FX-8370E, on the other hand, features the same maximum TurboCore frequency of 4.30, but its nominal clock speed is much lower, at 3.30 GHz. Not all cores run at TurboCore frequency simultaneously. The FX-8320E features a maximum TurboCore frequency of 4.00 GHz, same as that of the FX-8320, but a lower nominal clock speed, of 3.20 GHz. Both these two parts feature rated TDP of 95W, compared to 125W of the other parts in the series.

ASUS Announces the Radeon R9 285 Strix Graphics Card

ASUS announced the Radeon R9 285 Strix graphics card, based on AMD's latest 28 nm "Tonga" silicon. The card utilizes ASUS' latest Strix cooling solution, which stays silent until a thermal threshold is reached, only beyond which, its fans begin to spool up. Barring its new cooler shroud design and fan-speed management, the Strix cooling solution bears strong resemblance to the company's DirectCU II cooling solution. ASUS is shipping the card with a factory-overclock. Based on the 28 nm "Tonga" silicon, the R9 285 from AMD features 1,792 stream processors, 112 TMUs, 32 ROPs, and a 256-bit wide memory interface, which holds 2 GB of memory on this card.

HIS Announces its Radeon R9 285 IceQ X2 Graphics Card

HIS rolled out is IceQ X2 implementation of AMD's newest Radeon R9 285 graphics card. Available in reference clock (918 MHz core, 5.50 GHz memory), and OC variants (928 MHz core), HIS' cards sport a lightweight variant of the IceQ X2 cooler which was previously implement on the company's R9 270X graphics cards, taking advantage of the lower thermal figures of the R9 285. It appears to be based on a compact non-reference design PCB. The cooler features a dense aluminium fin-stack, cooled by a pair of 80 mm fans. Based on the 28 nm "Tonga" silicon, the R9 285 from AMD features 1,792 stream processors, 112 TMUs, 32 ROPs, and a 256-bit wide memory interface, which holds 2 GB of memory on this card.

Gigabyte Launches its Radeon R9 285 WindForce OC Graphics Card

Gigabyte joined the Radeon R9 285 launch party with a WindForce OC graphics card. The card uses a twin-fan WindForce 2X Triangle-Cool heatsink, which the company implemented on several performance-segment graphics cards, from both camps. The card features a factory-overclock of around 950 MHz, with 5.60 GHz memory. Other Gigabyte-exclusives include gold-plated HDMI and DisplayPort connectors, which totally improve the quality of your digital video content. Or so thinks Gigabyte. Based on the 28 nm "Tonga" silicon, the R9 285 from AMD features 1,792 stream processors, 112 TMUs, 32 ROPs, and a 256-bit wide memory interface, which holds 2 GB of memory on this card.

MSI Announces its Radeon R9 285 Gaming OC Graphics Card

MSI announced its first Radeon R9 285 graphics card, built in its successful Gaming Series, featuring the company's TwinFrozr IV compact cooling solution, which the company deployed on several of its performance-segment graphics cards, such as the R9 280, the GTX 770, etc. The card also features a factory overclock of 1000 MHz, compared to reference clock speeds of 918 MHz core and 5.50 GHz (GDDR5-effective) memory. Based on the 28 nm "Tonga" silicon, the R9 285 from AMD features 1,792 stream processors, 112 TMUs, 32 ROPs, and a 256-bit wide memory interface, which holds 2 GB of memory on this card.

AMD Announces the Radeon R9 285 Performance Graphics Processor

AMD announced its most important GPU for the season, the Radeon R9 285. The chip is designed to compete with the GeForce GTX 760 from NVIDIA at not just performance, but also energy-efficiency, and low component costs, so AMD can price it better. Based on a brand new 28 nm silicon by the company, codenamed "Tonga," the R9 285 features 1,792 Graphics CoreNext 1.2 stream processors, 112 TMUs, 32 ROPs, and a 256-bit wide GDDR5 memory interface, holding 2 GB of memory.

AMD partners are free to come up with 4 GB variants. The card supports DirectX 12, OpenGL 4.4, and Mantle. It features new AMD innovations, such as XDMA CrossFire, TrueAudio DSP, and 4-display Eyefinity by plugging into every connector on the card (two dual-link DVI, one DisplayPort 1.2, and one HDMI 1.4a). The card draws power from a pair of 6-pin PCIe power connectors. Available now, the Radeon R9 285, from various AMD partners starts at US $249.

AMD Never Settle Space Edition Rewards Program Goes Live

AMD announced the latest addition to its Never Settle rewards program, which rewards gamers with free games for purchasing new AMD Radeon graphics cards. Never Settle Space Edition, as its name might suggest, adds four space-themed games to choose from, including Alien: Isolation, Star Citizen (an in-game AMD Radeon themed ship), Space Run, and Habitat. The four add to the 27 games you can choose from as your Radeon Rewards, depending on the card you buy.

X2 Also Readies the Quantax Mini ITX PC Case

In addition to the CUBE MAX, X2 Products is preparing the release of another aluminum-made compact chassis, the Quantax. Seen below, X2's case measures 300 x 220 x 100 mm, it has two front-facing USB ports (one USB 2.0 and one USB 3.0), one 5.25-inch drive bay, one 3.5-inch tray, and comes bundled with a 200 W power supply.

The HTPC-ready Quantax has a two-year warranty and a recommended price tag of $94.95/69.95 Euro (without VAT).

PNY Launches the OTG Robot Plus Micro M2

PNY, the leading manufacturer of memory products and PC peripherals, is pleased to announce the package of OTG Robot and Micro M2 USB Drive. PNY OTG Robot can basically plug any PC peripheral to such a port on the device, which acts as a USB host similar to a PC with a USB port, This allows one to transfer data directly to the USB drive without having to make use of a computer. Also, this is very convenient because one can do it on the move, just about anywhere.

Using USB OTG Robot, one will finally be able to get to do something more productive on the Android Smartphone or tablets by connecting a USB keyboard/mouse combo and enjoy the freedom to type and do things faster. A mouse connected via OTG allows better cursor control than using one finger on the touch screen; especially when one don't want any part of the screen to be obstructed by the finger. Also, a large-size dedicated keyboard allows to type faster than can do on the on-screen keyboard, and again, it avoids obstructing the screen view with the fingers. With most Android phones being fast enough to support interesting games, one can really take control of gaming by attaching a USB joystick and enjoy a competitive edge over your competitors. Once again, while it is possible to play most games using on-screen controls, a joystick allows one to view the entire screen because one don't have to obstruct the screen with the hands.

Lian Li Announces the PC-V1000L Full Tower Chassis

Lian-Li Industrial Co. Ltd today announces the PC-V1000L Special Edition full tower chassis. This brushed aluminum chassis features a ventilated front providing high airflow while featuring the high-end versatile tool-less designs for which Lian Li is known.

Short Full Tower with Full Hardware Support
With a height of only 551 mm (21.7"), the 74L PC-V1000L can hold the hardware a PC enthusiast desires, including: motherboards up to EATX, the largest graphics cards, and extensive water cooling support.

Club 3D Introduces the Radeon R9 285 royalQueen

Club 3D proudly presents the latest addition to the R9 Series, a card that is built for gaming beyond 1080p and delivers exceptional performance per dollar. The all brand new Radeon R9 285 royalQueen.

The AMD Radeon R9 285 uses the latest iteration of the Graphics Core Next Architecture and gains all the nice features found on the existing R9 290 series as well as the R7 260, supporting natively Eyefinty on the Dual DVI ports + HDMI making it easy for an Eyefinity 3 setup and AMD TrueAudio support.

X2 to Release the CUBE MAX Micro ATX PC Chassis

X2 Products will soon be rolling out a new, all-aluminum PC case, a model called CUBE MAX that offers support for micro ATX and mini ITX motherboards. This chassis measures 222 x 278 x 258 mm, it weighs just 1.63 kg and has two front-facing USB 3.0 ports, two internal drive bays (that can house either two 3.5-inch or three 2.5-inch drives), four PCI slots and one 120 mm fan found on the top panel.

The CUBE MAX is backed by a two-year warranty and has a MSRP of $69.95/52.95 Euro (VAT not included).

EIZO Announces the ColorEdge CS240 24.1-Inch Monitor

EIZO Corporation today introduced the ColorEdge CS240, a 24.1-inch monitor that fits the varying needs and budgets of all levels of photographers and graphic design professionals. The ColorEdge CS240 offers many of the advanced features of other EIZO ColorEdge monitors such as a wide color gamut and hardware calibration. It also delivers benefits not usually available with cost-performance monitors such as dedicated calibration software that supports compatibility with a wide range of third-party calibration devices and a manufacturer's five-year warranty.

ColorEdge CS240The ColorEdge CS240 features a wide-gamut IPS (in-plane switching) with a 1920 x 1200 native resolution and reproduces 99% of the Adobe RGB color space. With this extended gamut, images shot in RAW can be converted to Adobe RGB or images shot in Adobe RGB will be displayed in vibrant and lush colors. An LED backlight reduces power consumption to just 27 watts during typical operation and utilizes brightness modulation technology for flicker-free image display to help prevent eye fatigue.
Monday, September 1st 2014

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Storage

NVIDIA Announces Game24, Massive 24-hour Celebration of PC Gaming

NVIDIA announced Game24, a worldwide, multinational event spanning 24 hours, celebrating PC gaming. Scheduled for 18th September, 2014, The event will be held across seven locations around the world, and live-streams of each will be broadcast the world over. NVIDIA didn't put out specifics about the event, but we're guessing it will be full of game developer interactions (with the gamers), multiplayer gaming events on NVIDIA-powered gaming PCs, and the odd next-generation high-end GPU launch (GeForce GTX 980, GTX 970). You can pick up any of the event's streams, and RSVP for events near you, on this page.

SilverStone Launches the Argon AR05 and AR06 Low-Profile CPU Coolers

SilverStone Technology has now introduces two new CPU coolers in the Argon Series, the AR05 and AR06. Both models feature a low-profile (the AR05 is 36.7 mm tall while the AR06 stands at 58 mm), they are equipped with a 92 mm Rifle Bearing fan working at 1200 to 2500 RPM, and feature support for Intel Socket LGA1155/1156/1150 and AMD Socket AM2/AM3/FM1/FM2.

The Argon AR05 has two 6 mm copper heatpipes and costs 27 Euro, while the Argon AR06 packs four heatpipes and is priced at 30.50 Euro. Both coolers are expected to become available next week.

EK Announces Intel Socket R3 (LGA-2011-3) Water Block Compatibility

EK Water Blocks, Ljubljana based premium water cooling gear manufacturer, confirms that all of it's current CPU water blocks fully support the latest generation Intel LGA-2011-3 (Socket R3) Core i7 series processors (codename Haswell-E). Due to the same mounting holes pattern of these socket LGA-2011-3 (Socket R3) based microprocessors EK is pleased to confirm the following products to be 100% compatible with the Intel Core i7 5800/5900 series processors:
  • EK-Supreme LTX (any revision, any variant)
  • EK-Supreme LTX UNI (any revision, any variant; EK-L-series kit water block, not sold separately)
  • EK-Supremacy (any variant except AMD C32/G34, Elite - Intel 115x and Elite - Intel 1366 type)
  • EK-Supremacy EVO (any variant except AMD C32/G34, Elite - Intel 115x and Elite - Intel 1366 type)

ASUS Rolls Out the Republic of Gamers Gladius Gaming Mouse

ASUS rolled out its workhorse claw-grip gaming mouse to compete with market favorites such as Razer Deathadder 2013 and SteelSeries Rival; the Republic of Gamers (ROG) Gladius. Measuring 126 mm x 67 mm 45 mm (LxWxH), and featuring a fixed weight of 116 g, the ROG Gladius has a mostly-ambidextrous appearance, but is oriented for right-handed gamers. The mouse features a 5-button layout, with a 6th resolution adjustment button.

Under the hood, is a 6,400 dpi sensor with 50 g acceleration, and 200 ips command rate. All buttons are Omron-made, with the main two buttons being rated for 20 million clicks. The scroll-wheel and middle-click buttons are reinforced. The mouse features an onboard EEPROM that lets you program resolution, acceleration, and macro-maps directly to the mouse, so you don't lose them to a broken SSD. Other neato features include user-replaceable Teflon feet, and two detachable 2 m long USB cables, one that's braided, and another that's slick, rubberized. The overall mouse body is rubberized, with matte elements. Those wanting a glowy logo are covered with a red ROG one.

MSI TwinFrozr V Cooling Solution Teased

MSI teased the first CGI sketches of its next-generation TwinFrozr V cooling solution, designed for high-end GPUs, under its Gaming Series. A prototype of the cooler made its first appearance at Computex 2014, in June. The cooler features a large dual-stack aluminium fin heatsink to which heat drawn from the GPU is fed by five 8 mm thick nickel-plated copper heat pipes. The fin-stack is ventilated by a pair of what's now appearing to be two 100 mm fans. MSI is rumored to be innovating a new impeller design that steps up air-flow to noise ratio.

It's interesting to note that in its CGI render of a card equipped with this cooler, MSI showed a PCB with two NVIDIA SLI bridge fingers, and two 6-pin PCIe power inputs. Could this be the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980, in effect making the card the MSI GTX 980 Gaming OC? Wait until the 19th of September to find out. GeForce GTX 980 and GTX 970 are NVIDIA's next high-end GPUs, based on the 28 nm "GM204" silicon, derived from the company's new "Maxwell" architecture.


Source: MyDrivers

MSI X99 Motherboards Break 6 World Records

The MSI X99S XPOWER AC, one of MSI's new Intel X99 based OC motherboards, just obliterated the Cinebench R15 world record for the Intel Core i7 5960X processor by scoring a staggering 2314 points while all 8 cores were running at an amazing 5931.02 MHz clock speed, which is almost 200 MHz higher than any other X99 motherboard currently on the market. MSI's complete X99 line up is capable of breaking world records with the X99S SLI PLUS already breaking 5 different records. wPrime, SuperPi and PiFast were all taken with speeds up to 6354.9 MHz. It shows that the MSI X99S SLI PLUS motherboard is not only packed with an arsenal of features, it also packs plenty of power for heavy workstation tasks such as rendering.

Check the validated HWBot.org rankings here: Rankings
Check BenchBros record here: 2314 cb

BitFenix Fury Passes Intel Haswell Testing

The release of the Fury PSU Series has made serious waves in the hardware community with impressive power specifications and cables featuring all Alchemy sleeving. Another great benefit is high efficiency and cost savings, especially when paired with Intel's Haswell-class processors and their low-power sleep states. To ensure full compatibility with the latest hardware, BitFenix has worked closely with Intel to make sure that Fury delivers according to spec. After recent testing from the Intel labs, the BitFenix Fury PSU Series passed with flying colors, reaffirming their full compatibility with Intel Haswell C6/C7 sleep states.

Intel Haswell C6/C7 is a low-power state that is meant to lower power usage when the system is in sleep mode. The issue arises when certain power supplies are unable to provide a minimum load of 0.05 amps on the 12V2 rail, which can lead to stability issues. However, Fury PSUs are fully compatible with these sleep states, as the Intel testing labs have confirmed. See below for the Haswell test for the Fury 750G:

Dell Also Readies the UltraSharp U2415 16:10 IPS Monitor

Dell is showing the 16:10 aspect ratio some love with its newest UltraSharp model, the U2415, which features a 24.1-inch AH-IPS panel with a native resolution of 1920 x 1200 pixels. Seen below, Dell's display comes with a slim (6.9 mm) bezel, a W-LED backlight, a 6 ms G2G respone time (that's with the FAST mode enabled), 300 cd/m2 brightness, 1,000:1 contrast ratio, a 5-port USB 3.0 hub, a stand allowing for tilt, swivel, rotate and height adjustments and one DisplayPort, one mini DisplayPort and two HDMI inputs, plus one DP out for daisy chaining (up to three monitors).

The UltraSharp U2415 can be found on Dell's Chinese website bearing a price tag of 3,299 yuan ($537/409 Euro).

Source: TFT Central

Dell Debuts the S2415H and S2715H Multimedia Monitors

While it's working away on the UltraSharp U3415W Dell is also making updates to its media consumption-focused monitor offer, introducing the 24-inch S2415H and the 27-inch S2715H. Both displays feature a super-slim bezel, an AH-IPS panel with a native resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, a glossy screen coating, a W-LED backlight, a 6 ms (G2G) response time, 1,000:1 contrast ratio, 250 cd/m2 brightness, VGA and HDMI inputs, and built-in speakers (2 x 3 W for the 24-inch model, 2 x 9 W for the 27-inch). The S2715H also comes with a two-port USB 2.0 hub.

The S2415H is priced at $259.99 while the S2715H can be found listed by Dell China at 2,999 yuan (~ $488/372 Euro).

Source: TFT Central

Team Group Launches DDR4 Memory for Desktop/Server Use

Intel's latest X99 platform released Aug. 29, 2014, which marked a milestone where personal computer has officially entered DDR4 high-speed calculating era. As the leading brand of professional memory products, Team Group Inc. has launched DDR4 memory- Elite/Elite+ and Team Server DDR4 targeting mainstream market and server applications respectively.

Following Team Group's tradition of producing high-quality and efficient merchandises, brand-new Team DDR4 memory for desktop and server has adapted 100 percent original particles and passed strict requirements by Team Group, featuring high stability and durability. With complete lifetime warranty (damages from mishandling the product is not covered), it offers customers an excellent high-speed platform experience.

HighPoint Launches Thunderbolt 2 Hardware RAID and SATA JBOD Storage Solutions

HighPoint Technologies proudly unveils our latest Thunderbolt 2 powered product line - RocketStor 6300 Thunderbolt 2 Series Diskless Storage Solutions. Available for hardware RAID or JBOD configurations of up to 8 SAS/SATA drives, RocketStor 6300 Solutions are ready for all levels of professional storage applications. Storage configurations hosted by RocketStor 6300 Solutions can be easily tailored to accommodate a wide range of professional media applications, from 2K and 4K video editing and post production workstations, to HD media streaming platforms, and media libraries used for archiving digital assets. Each RocketStor 6300 solution pairs our innovative Thunderbolt 2 Storage Adapters with a robust, multi-bay Storage Tower, and a complete set-up kit. Installation could not be simpler: install the hard disks of your choice and your Storage is ready for use.

The highly versatile, modular form factor streamlines storage upgrade and expansion projects. Unlike preconfigured storage solutions, customers are not restricted to a specific set of drives, nor saddled with capacity or performance limitations, and costly upgrade paths. The RAID controllers and Thunderbolt 2 connections are kept separate from the storage devices, and are housed within the compact adapter module. The storage tower's removable, hot-swappable bays support any industry standard 3.5" SAS and SATA hard drive. Customers can avoid the expense of replacing entire Thunderbolt storage appliances and upgrade at their own pace. Each RocketStor 6300 solution can support daisy chaining, one after another, 7 total devices including Thunderbolt Displays, I/O Adapters, PCIe expansion stations and drive docks.

Dell Releases UltraSharp U3415W Curved Ultra-Wide Monitor

Dell released its UltraSharp U3415W, a 34-inch curved ultra-wide monitor, which the company claims will provide an ergonomic multi-display workspace with just two displays; to rival those with three full-HD ones. The displays are equipped with blue-light reduction technology, to reduce eye-strain. The U3415W offers an aspect ratio of 21:9 (cinematic), with a native resolution of 3440 x 1440 pixels, refresh rate of 60 Hz, and 8 ms response time (GTG). Display inputs include HDMI 2.0 (sufficient bandwidth to run the panel at its native specs), mini-DisplayPort 1.2, and MHL. The monitor takes both analog inputs, and digital audio passthrough from its HDMI 2.0 and DP 1.2 connections, to drive its inbuilt 9W stereo speakers. The UltraSharp U3415W from Dell will begin selling some time in November, 2014.
Sunday, August 31st 2014

Falcon Northwest Offering Intel Haswell-E-Powered Desktop PCs

Oregon-based custom PC builder Falcon Northwest has also adopted Intel's new high-end desktop line and is making it available on three of its systems, the Mach V, the Talon and the FragBox. The X99-powered configurations feature the 8-core Core i7-5960X or the 6-core i7-5930K or i7-5820K, liquid cooling for the CPU, up to 64 GB of DDR4 memory, up to six storage drives, and up to three graphics cards set up in SLI or CrossFireX.

The Haswell-E-based Mach V, Talon and FragBox start at $3,021, $2,330 and $2,313, respectively.


Source: VentureBeat
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