Tuesday, September 1st 2015

Today's Reviews

Cases
Cooling
Graphics Cards
Headphones
Keyboards
PSUs
SSD

WD to Bundle Milestone Arcus Surveillance Software with My Cloud NAS

WD, a Western Digital company and a worldwide leader in storage solutions, and Milestone Systems, the security industry leader in video management software, announced today a partnership to deliver video surveillance solutions to businesses and consumers. The two companies will demonstrate these solutions at IFA Berlin, booth No. 103, Hall 11.2, Sept. 4 to 9; and at ASIS International, Anaheim, Calif., booth No. 3222, Sept. 28 to Oct. 1.

Milestone Arcus Surveillance software will be available on WD's My Cloud Business Series network-attached storage (NAS) systems with the new My Cloud OS 3 operating system beginning this month; and is expected to be available on other My Cloud systems, such as the My Cloud Expert Series, in the future.

Giada USA Re-launches Popular Mini ITX NAS Motherboard N70E-DR V3

Giada USA, a provider of Micro Servers, Mini-PCs and embedded motherboards, due to popular demand announces the relaunch of the N70E-DR for the North American market. With six SATA ports, dual gigabit ethernet ports, and minimal power consumption of only 17W TDP, all crammed into a low-profile Mini-ITX form factor, the N70E-DR is the perfect motherboard for DIY NAS and server enthusiasts.

"We first launched the N70E-DR in 2013 and it's been one of our best selling motherboards since, " said Jessica Hsu, Giada USA Sales Director. "With its 6 SATA ports, dual gigabit ethernet, Mini ITX form factor and multitude of USB ports it's really a full featured NAS motherboard. This 3rd generation motherboard features a stronger Celeron 1037U processor and we think it's one of the best entry-level NAS boards on the market."

AMD Unveils World's First Hardware-Based Virtualized GPU Solution at VMworld

AMD today at VMworld 2015 demonstrated the world's first hardware-based GPU virtualization solution, the AMD Multiuser GPU. This new solution from AMD enables a virtualized workstation-class experience with full ISV certifications and local desktop-like performance. With the AMD Multiuser GPU, IT pros can easily configure these solutions to allow up to 15 users on a single AMD GPU. Demonstrations of AMD virtualization solutions can be found at VMworld 2015 booth 447.

"The AMD graphics cards are uniquely equipped with AMD Multiuser GPU technology embedded into the GPU delivering consistent and predictable performance," said Sean Burke, AMD corporate vice president and general manager, Professional Graphics. "When these AMD GPUs are appropriately configured to the needs of an organization, end users get the same access to the GPU no matter their workload. Each user is provided with the virtualized performance to design, create and execute their workflows without any one user tying up the entire GPU."

Built around industry standard SR-IOV (Single Root I/O Virtualization) technology, the AMD Multiuser GPU continues AMD's embracement of non-proprietary open standards. SR-IOV is a specification developed by the PCI SIG, and provides a standardized way for devices to expose hardware virtualization. The AMD Multiuser GPU is designed to preserve and support graphics- and compute-accelerated features for design and manufacturing or media and entertainment applications. The AMD Multiuser GPU addresses limitations of current virtualized GPU solutions that may not provide predictable performance for CAD/CAE, Media and Entertainment, and general enterprise GPU needs.

New ThinkPad and Lenovo PCs Extend Small Business Choice

Lenovo today announced its latest portfolio of laptops and desktops specifically designed for the small and medium business. Loaded with the latest technology and stylish designs, the portfolio includes the ThinkPad E Series, the updated Lenovo M, B and E line of laptops and S series desktops including elegant all-in-ones. Small and medium businesses are looking for PC solutions to reduce IT headaches and increase efficiency and collaboration between employees in the office and on the road. They need to keep business data safe and ensure critical data protection as they look towards expanding their business information and services to the cloud.

GIGABYTE Intros Z170N-Gaming 5 Mini-ITX Motherboard

GIGABYTE rolled out its premium SFF gaming PC motherboard that supports 6th generation Core processors, the Z170N-Gaming 5. Bearing the company's coveted G1.Gaming branding, this mini-ITX motherboard supports socket LGA1151 processors, with dual-channel DDR4 memory. The board draws power from a combination of 24-pin ATX and 8-pin EPS power connectors, and conditions it for the CPU using a 5-phase VRM. The CPU is wired to two full-size DDR4 DIMM slots, supporting up to 32 GB of dual-channel memory; and the board's lone expansion slot, a PCI-Express 3.0 x16, with a reinforcing brace.

Storage connectivity on the Z170N-Gaming 5 includes an M.2 slot with 32 Gb/s bandwidth (reverse side of the board), two SATA-Express 16 Gb/s ports, and six SATA 6 Gb/s ports. Display outputs include dual-link DVI and HDMI. USB connectivity includes two USB 3.1 ports (one type-C, one type-A), five USB 3.0 ports (three on the rear panel, two by header), and four USB 2.0/1.1 ports by headers. Network connectivity includes gigabit Ethernet (Killer E2200 controller), 802.11 ac WLAN (up to 867 Mbps), and Bluetooth 4.2. The onboard 8-channel audio solution combines a 115 dBA SNR CODEC with audio-grade electrolytic capacitors, and a headphones amp. Dual-UEFI BIOS makes for the rest of it. Expect premium pricing that's just north of $150.
Monday, August 31st 2015

Today's Reviews

Cases
Cooling
Graphics Cards
Headphones
Keyboards
Monitors
Motherboards
Mouse
Notebooks
PSUs
Speakers
SSD

HyperX Releases Additions to FURY, Impact Line of DRAM

HyperX, a division of Kingston Technology Company, Inc., the independent world leader in memory products, today announced the addition of HyperX FURY DDR3L high-performance, low-voltage DIMMs, as well as brand-new HyperX Impact DDR4 SO-DIMMs.

HyperX FURY DDR3L runs at a low 1.35V, meaning less power consumption and less heat. It is available in 1600MHz and 1866MHz frequencies, and comes in 8GB or 16GB dual-channel kits of two as well as 4GB and 8GB modules featuring a stylish asymmetrical heatspreader in black with black PCB for a stand-out system. HyperX FURY DDR3L is fully Plug-and-Play (PnP) enabled for automatic overclocking out of the box and is perfect for entry-level gamers and enthusiasts who want a cost-efficient upgrade for the 6th Generation Intel Core Processors (former codename Skylake-S) and 100 Series Chipset.

AMD Releases Catalyst 15.8 Beta Driver

AMD released the Catalyst 15.8 Beta driver. In addition to an updated display driver, with likely support for newly launched GPUs, the Radeon R9 Nano and R9 370X, the drivers offer DirectX 12 performance optimizations for "Ashes of the Singularity," and optimizations with stability updates for "Batman: Arkham Knight." More importantly, the driver integrates Oculus 0.7 SDK, and fixes a number of game-specific bugs.
DOWNLOAD: AMD Catalyst 15.8 Beta for Windows 10/8.1/7 64-bit | 32-bit

NVIDIA Releases the GeForce 355.82 WHQL Game Ready Drivers

NVIDIA released its latest GeForce "Game Ready" drivers that make your machine ready for an upcoming AAA game. Version 355.82 WHQL offers optimizations for "Metal Gear Soild V: The Phantom Pain," and "Mad Max." These include single-GPU optimizations, SLI support, and optimal settings on GeForce Experience. The drivers also add/improve SLI profiles for a number of games, including Batman: Arkham Knight, DMC 4 Special Edition, Rocket League, and World of Tanks (improved Windows 10 support).
DOWNLOAD: NVIDIA GeForce 355.82 WHQL for Windows 10 64-bit | Windows 10 32-bit | Windows 8/7/Vista 64-bit | Windows 8/7/Vista 32-bit

Lack of Async Compute on Maxwell Makes AMD GCN Better Prepared for DirectX 12

It turns out that NVIDIA's "Maxwell" architecture has an Achilles' heel after all, which tilts the scales in favor of competing AMD Graphics CoreNext architecture, in being better prepared for DirectX 12. "Maxwell" lacks support for async compute, one of the three highlight features of Direct3D 12, even as the GeForce driver "exposes" the feature's presence to apps. This came to light when game developer Oxide Games alleged that it was pressured by NVIDIA's marketing department to remove certain features in its "Ashes of the Singularity" DirectX 12 benchmark.

Async Compute is a standardized API-level feature added to Direct3D by Microsoft, which allows an app to better exploit the number-crunching resources of a GPU, by breaking down its graphics rendering tasks. Since NVIDIA driver tells apps that "Maxwell" GPUs supports it, Oxide Games simply created its benchmark with async compute support, but when it attempted to use it on Maxwell, it was an "unmitigated disaster." During to course of its developer correspondence with NVIDIA to try and fix this issue, it learned that "Maxwell" doesn't really support async compute at the bare-metal level, and that NVIDIA driver bluffs its support to apps. NVIDIA instead started pressuring Oxide to remove parts of its code that use async compute altogether, it alleges.

MSI Renews Cashback Program for Gamers with Select Z170 and GTX 900 Products

Gaming hardware manufacturer MSI renews its gaming cashback program in Europe. From 28th of August until 29th of September, MSI offers cashback to end-users who buy a selected MSI motherboard combined with a MSI graphics card at official resellers. Picking new hardware to prepare well for upcoming game-titles has never been so easy. End-users can get up to €60 cashback when purchasing new MSI gaming hardware.

The latest MSI hardware, such as the praised Z170A GAMING M9 ACK, M7 and M5, as well as the Z170A GAMING PRO and Krait GAMING, are included into the program. On graphics cards side, the popular Twin Frozr V cooled cards like the GTX980Ti GAMING 6G, GTX970 GAMING 4G, GTX960 GAMING 4G and even the recently announced GTX980Ti LIGHTNING are amongst the eligible cashback products. The promotion is open for residents of more than 15 countries in Europe. All program details, eligible products, eligible countries and where-to-buy information can be found here. Terms & conditions apply, which are also to be found on the action page.
Sunday, August 30th 2015

Razer Announces Wildcat Tournament Grade Controller for Xbox One

Razer, a world leader in connected devices and software for gamers, today announced the launch of the Razer Wildcat for Xbox One, a pro-gamer-validated, tournament-grade, console controller with four multi-function buttons added to the conventional array, which allows gamers to re-bind any button on the controller for easy access. Twenty-five percent lighter than other tournament grade controllers, the Razer Wildcat for Xbox One features an ergonomic shape to increase actuation speed and a quick control panel that allows users to create dedicated button layout profiles for different games on the fly.

"The Razer Wildcat for Xbox One is the third generation Razer Xbox controller and the result of years working with eSports athletes on many prototypes," says Min-Liang Tan, Razer co-founder and CEO. "The lightest tournament-grade controller in its class with additional remappable buttons gives gamers an incredible edge." Designed with the feedback of eSports athletes, the Razer Wildcat for Xbox One offers unrivalled durability with reinforced high carbon steel analog stick necks, removable aircraft-grade aluminum triggers, and optional palm grips and analog stick grip caps.

NVIDIA GRID 2.0 Launches With Broad Industry Support

NVIDIA today launched NVIDIA GRID 2.0 with broad industry support for its ability to deliver even the most graphics-intensive applications to any connected device virtually. Nearly a dozen Fortune 500 companies are completing trials of the NVIDIA GRID 2.0 beta. Major server vendors, including Cisco, Dell, HP and Lenovo, have qualified the GRID solution to run on 125 server models, including new blade servers. NVIDIA has worked closely with Citrix and VMware to bring a rich graphics experience to end-users on the industry's leading virtualization platforms.

NVIDIA GRID 2.0 delivers unprecedented performance, efficiency and flexibility improvements for virtualized graphics in enterprise workflows. Employees can work from almost anywhere without delays in downloading files, increasing their productivity. IT departments can equip workers with instant access to powerful applications, improving resource allocation. And data can be stored more securely by residing in a central server rather than individual systems.

Corsair Reveals Production Version of Bulldog DIY 4K Gaming PC

Last June Corsair unveiled a prototype of Bulldog, a powerful gaming platform that packs the sheer performance of a full-size desktop gaming PC into a gorgeous new all-black, whisper-quiet console chassis designed for the living room. Today at PAX Prime, Corsair is revealing the refined Bulldog production version that will ship in the 2015 holiday season.

Bulldog DIY kit harnesses exclusive small form factor Corsair components and cooling technology that form the core of a 4K ready gaming PC-a sleek, highly-vented console-sized chassis, an ultra-efficient SFX power supply, and twin compact liquid CPU and GPU coolers - all integrated with a mini-ITX motherboard. Simply add a 6th generation Intel Core processor, memory, graphics card, storage and Windows or SteamOS for an incredible living room experience unmatched by any console or set top box.

MSI Launches the GeForce GTX 980 Ti Lightning Graphics Card

MSI is proud to officially announce the latest addition to the legendary Lightning series of graphics cards. Built to be perfect, the GeForce GTX 980Ti Lightning combines groundbreaking new technology with proven features such as TriFrozr, Torx Fan, SuperPipe and Military Class 4 components, evolved from the last generation Lightning. The GTX 980Ti Lightning is nothing short of an engineering masterpiece.

MSI's reputation in thermal design is well known to be excellent. The evolved TriFrozr design on the GTX 980Ti Lightning features three 90mm Torx Fans that combine the advantages of both traditional fan blade and dispersion fan blade, generating huge amounts of airflow while remaining quite silent. Three 8mm SuperPipes transfer heat much faster to the fins, enabling up to a whopping 700W of heat dissipation.
Friday, August 28th 2015

Today's Reviews

Cases
Cooling
Graphics Cards
Headphones
Keyboards
Memory
Motherboards
Mouse
NAS
Networking
Notebooks
PSUs
Speakers
SSD
Storage

Darkside Sleeved Cables Now Available at ModMyMods

Darkside Computer Modding premium sleeved cables are now available though our friends at ModMyMods. Darkside has you 'covered' on 24-pin ATX, 8-pin/4+4 pin EPS, 6+2 pin PCIe, SATA, and fan cables, with a premium fiber-braided sleeve that comes in red, white, blue, green, and black. Individual wires are sleeved on the ATX, EPS, and PCIe cables, while the fan and SATA cables feature flat-braided sleeves. The fan cables come in a variety of options, including end-to-end 3-pin or 4-pin (PWM), Y-cables, and string cables with multiple connection nodes (useful for radiators). The best parts are the prices. ATX cables are priced at $9.99, EPS at $5.99, $8.99 for PCIe, $4.99 for SATA, and start at $3.99 for the fan cables. ModMyMods offers international shipping.
Thursday, August 27th 2015

Today's Reviews

Cases
Cooling
Graphics Cards
Harddisks
Headphones
Motherboards
Mouse
NAS
SSD

ASUS Announces the TUF Sabertooth Z170 Mark 1 Motherboard

ASUS today announced TUF Sabertooth Z170 Mark 1, an enduringly-tough new ATX motherboard with many exclusive TUF features, including trailblazing TUF Thermal Armor and TUF Fortifier technologies, TUF ICe, TUF Thermal Radar 2 and TUF Detective 2 for ultimate cooling, strength and easy monitoring and control.

The new Intel Z170 Express-based motherboard for 6th-generation Intel Core processors also boasts bang-up-to-date connectivity with both USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A and reversible Type-C on board, and delivers 24/7 durability with military-grade TUF Components, upgraded TUF ESD Guards 2 to fend off electrostatic discharge and a five-year warranty for complete peace of mind.
Loading more posts, please wait... Load more news posts