Tuesday, May 24th 2016

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FSP Also Readies the Dagger Line of SFX PSUs

FSP is also giving finishing touches to its first SFX form-factor PSUs targeted at SFF gaming PC builds, with the Dagger series. These units feature fully modular cabling, with enough juice and straws for high-end CPU and graphics hardware. The series initially features 500W and 600W models, boasting of 80 Plus Gold efficiency ratings, DC-to-DC switching, and complies with the latest ATX v2.4 specifications. An 80 mm dual-bearing fan keeps the unit cool. The company will reveal more information, including tentative launch, at its 2016 Computex booth.

CORSAIR Announces Dominator Platinum ROG Edition Memory

CORSAIR, a world leader in enthusiast memory, PC components and high-performance gaming hardware today announced the latest addition to its industry leading range of XMP 2.0 certified DDR4 memory kits, the CORSAIR Dominator Platinum ROG Edition. Developed in collaboration with the ASUS Republic of Gamers team, the 16GB 4 x 4GB DDR4 kit is fitted with a unique Republic of Gamers Red and Black brushed aluminium finish, to perfectly compliment the celebrated ASUS Republic of Gamers line of motherboards.

Clocked at 3,200MHz for blistering high-bandwidth performance on Intel 100-series motherboards, CORSAIR Dominator Platinum ROG Edition also boasts a custom overclocked ROG XMP 2.0 memory profile only accessible with ASUS Z170 Republic of Gamers motherboards*, pushing the kit to an even faster 3,333MHz with just a single setting.

Xilence Announces Performance A+ Series PSUs

Xilence, specialist in cooling, power supply and noise reduction of PCs and notebooks, is introducing a new revision of its successful Performance A series. The five models of the new Performance A+ series combine excellent performance with a low noise level and high efficiency. The power supplies are especially suitable for demanding use in gaming PCs.

Xilence is using DC/DC-technology for its Performance A+ series to ensure a stable and efficient power supply. With this technology, the transformer only has to convert the AC to 12 volt DC and increases efficiency. At the same time, additional voltages are regulated by the transformer to prevent incorrect voltage increases or cuts, in particular under asymmetric load conditions (so-called crossloads). This also ensures maximum stability. The power supplies are characterized by a low standby power consumption of under 0.25 watts. All these features mean that these models correspond to the 80 PLUS Bronze certification as well as an efficiency according to the ErP2014 standard. The main wire harness is sleeved to ensure a clean look in the case.

Toshiba Launches the OCZ RD400 NVMe SSD Series

Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc., a committed technology leader, today announces the Toshiba OCZ RD400 Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe) solid state drive (SSD) series. Designed for cutting-edge notebooks and PCs, the Peripheral Component Interconnect Express (PCIe) RD400 series provides improved storage bandwidth and enhanced latency resulting in a fast and responsive computing experience.

Unlike Serial Advanced Technology Attachment (SATA) based SSDs utilizing the legacy Advanced Host Controller Interface (AHCI) protocol, NVMe is the first storage protocol designed with SSDs in mind making the RD400 series one of Toshiba's fastest consumer SSDs to date. Additionally, the RD400's PCIe Gen3 x4 lane interface shatters the traditional SATA bottleneck by delivering over four times the performance of SATA SSDs. The RD400 series features sequential read/write speeds of up to 2,600 MB/s and 1,600 MB/s and random read/write performance of up to 210,000 and 140,000 4KiB input/output operations per second (IOPS).

CRYORIG Teases Two New Cases Bound for Computex 2016

For Computex 2016, CRYORIG is revealing their first foray into PC cases with two innovated and uncommon projects. The CYORIG OLA is a Mac Pro inspired cylindrical home theater lifestyle ITX PC case with focus on performance and cooling. The CRYORIG TAKU is a monitor stand PC case that focuses on maximizing desk space while slides open for easy access to hardware. Both the OLA and TAKU projects are still in early development. CRYORIG is planning on a "Ask Anything" live stream event on June 1st during Computex for user feedback on both projects.

With the OLA, CRYORIG is attempting to create a PC experience case that not only looks sleek enough for it to be a center piece of the living room but also capable of housing powerful full length GPU's. Inspired by the Mac Pro, the OLA is cylindrical with a purpose. With a Cylindrical shape the OLA achieves increased internal air volume, and zero airflow dead space. Individual compartments for the CPU, PSU and GPU prevents heat overflowing to other areas. Dual shark-gill like side air intake ducts run the length of the case to insure cool air intake for both the CPU/mainboard area and the GPU.

FSP Readies a Redundant PSU for Standard ATX Desktops

Fortron's channel brand FSP is ready with a unique new redundant power supply for standard ATX desktops. The new Twins Series PSU is an ATX-size box that encloses two hot-swappable 500W server-grade PSUs, with internal circuitry that maintains redundancy. The PSU further interfaces with your OS, giving you control over redundancy, monitoring, and programmable alerts. The PSU is ideal for home-servers and workstations with <500W power draw. Each of the two included subunits features 40 mm server-grade fans. FSP plans to reveal more information at its 2016 Computex exhibit.

Logitech Announces Ultimate Ears Roll 2 Speakers

Today Ultimate Ears continues to push the boundaries of innovation and design in its portable wireless speakers with the addition of UE ROLL 2 to its vibrant lineup of anywhere-you-go-proof wireless mobile speakers. Starting first with UE BOOM in 2013 and now reaching new heights with the introduction of UE ROLL 2, UE continues to reinvent the Bluetooth speaker category, for everything from design to sound.

Whether at the beach or backpacking, UE ROLL 2 brings even more to the party, with 15 percent more sound and an increased wireless range of 100-feet, all while keeping the sleek, disc shape design of the original UE ROLL. Weighing in at just over half a pound, UE ROLL 2 packs in more sound without adding extra size or bulk.

EK Waterblocks GeForce GTX 1080 Block Now Available

EK Water Blocks, Slovenia based premium liquid cooling gear manufacturer, is proud to introduce full-cover liquid cooling solution for NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 series graphics cards, based on Pascal GP104 graphics processor. EK-FC1080 GTX is a new Full-Cover water block, designed for NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition graphics cards. The block comes in four different variations and each of them directly 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 its VRM to remain stable under high overclocks. Performance-wise all variants of the block are the same, the only difference being the overall aesthetics. Each EK-FC1080 GTX water block covers the entire PCB of the card and with the corresponding retention backplate, users get visually stunning GPU in their system.

Every EK-FC1080 GTX water block features a central inlet split-flow cooling engine design - just like with the flagship EK-Supremacy EVO CPU water block - for best possible cooling performance. Such type of heat exchanger also works flawlessly with the reversed water flow without adversely affecting the cooling performance. Moreover, this radical design offers great hydraulic performance, allowing this product to be used in liquid cooling systems using weaker water pumps.
Monday, May 23rd 2016

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AMD Releases Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.5.3

AMD released its encouraging fourth update to Radeon Software Crimson Edition for this month, with version 16.5.3 beta. The new drivers come with optimization for three games - "Overwatch," "Total War: Warhammer," and "Dota 2" with Vulkan API. The drivers also add CrossFireX profiles for "Overwatch" and "Total War: Warhammer." The drivers address a micro-stutter issue affecting CrossFire machines on "Fallout 4." Grab the drivers from the links below.
DOWNLOAD: AMD Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.5.3 Beta for Windows 10/8.1/7 64-bit | Windows 10/8.1/7 32-bit

NVIDIA Releases GeForce 368.22 Game Ready Drivers

NVIDIA released its GeForce 368.22 WHQL drivers. These drivers are Game Ready for "Overwatch," "World of Tanks," and "War Thunder." This includes performance optimization, SLI support (for games that support multi-GPU), and GeForce Experience optimal settings. These drivers also address a stuttering issue noticed with "Tom Clancy's The Division," after 20-30 minutes of gameplay, on SLI machines. Grab the drivers from the links below.
DOWNLOAD: NVIDIA GeForce 368.22 WHQL for Windows 10 64-bit | Windows 10 32-bit | Windows 8.1/7/Vista 64-bit | Windows 8.1/7/Vista 32-bit

Aqua Computer Unveils KryoM.2 PCIe Riser, Heatsink, and Block for M.2 SSDs

M.2 SSDs offer enormous fast transfer rates but the downside is they can also become quite hot. When the temperature reaches a critical point the M.2 SSD starts to throttle which results in a reduced performance. The German-based liquid cooling specialist Aqua Computer has addressed this issue with the high quality PCIe 3.0 4x card kryoM.2 which can be also equipped with a passive heat sink or water block.

The kryoM.2 uses a multilayer PCB with gold surface where the individual layers are connected to each other to optimize the thermal management. To ensure a good quality and reliability the connector for the M.2 SSD comes from Amphenol, the PCIe contacts are plated with hard gold and the circuit paths are impedance controlled.

Integral Memory First in-store with Memory Busting 256GB MicroSD

Integral Memory is first to market with a 256GB microSD card that offers a double portion of memory for storage hungry mobile devices. Recent generations of smartphones and tablets, demand increased capacity to save high-resolution photographs and video as well as to accommodate increasing numbers of app installs and music downloads.

The arrival of the new generation of microSDXC cards is set to deliver twice the memory capacity and the fast speeds required to manage Full HD resolution files without the fear of 'maxing out'. Smartphones and tablets fitted with the new 256GB capacity memory card can now accommodate 31 hours of Full HD footage or an equivalent 43,288 photographs, allowing consumers to worry less about running out of memory and to enjoy their devices more.

MSI Announces the Z170A MPower Gaming Titanium

MSI announced its second Gaming Titanium socket LGA1151 motherboard after the Z170A XPower Gaming Titanium, the Z170A MPower Gaming Titanium. This board features a slightly lighter feature-set than its XPower sibling. It retains the silvery white color-scheme of the PCB, with silver/chrome heatsinks and heatspreaders; and even features a white back-plate on its reverse side. The rather minimalist-looking board features a 11-phase CPU VRM; and features reinforcement braces along its four DDR4 DIMM slots, and three PCI-Express 3.0 x16 slots (x16/NC/x4 or x8/x8/x4). Other expansion slots include three PCIe 3.0 x1.

Storage connectivity includes two 32 Gb/s M.2 slots, one 32 Gb/s U.2 port, and six SATA 6 Gb/s. Among its modern connectivity options are two USB 3.1 ports (one each of type-A and type-C), seven USB 3.0 (including one internal type-C port), AudioBoost 3 onboard 8-channel audio, and one gigabit Ethernet connection (driven by an Intel controller). The company didn't reveal pricing or availability.

ASUS Teases its Next-gen DirectCU III Cooler

It looks like RGB multi-color LED lighting on graphics cards is here to stay, with ASUS teasing its next-generation DirectCU III graphics card cooling solution. The animated image (embedded after the break, below), shows LED strips lining the cooler shroud, with multi-color LED lighting. This cooler could feature on upcoming ROG STRIX graphics cards running NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080, GTX 1070, and perhaps even some of AMD's upcoming GPUs, given how ASUS captions the image as "The Future Looks Bright." ZOTAC is the other partner with multi-color LEDs lining its GTX 1080/GTX 1070 graphics cards.
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AMD "Summit Ridge" Die Pictured?

At its 2016 Annual Shareholders Meeting website, AMD reportedly posted a wafer shot of its upcoming 14 nm "Summit Ridge" CPU die. The "Summit Ridge" silicon is rumored to drive a number of performance-thru-enthusiast processor SKUs for AMD. The die pictured features eight CPU cores based on the "Zen" micro-architecture, a dual-channel DDR4 memory controller, 512 KB of L2 cache per core, and 16 MB of shared L3 cache split between two blocks of four CPU cores, each.

"Summit Ridge," much like the "Bristol Ridge" APU silicon, will be a true SoC, in that it integrates the southbridge on the processor die. With "Summit Ridge," AMD is also introducing a new inter-socket interconnect replacing its ageing HyperTransport technology. The new Global Memory Interconnect (GMI) bus provides a 100 GB/s path between two sockets. The "Summit Ridge" die features two such interconnect ports.

Source: SemiAccurate

GALAX GeForce GTX 1070 Box Pictured, PCB Renders Surface

Here are some of the first pictures of a GALAX branded GeForce GTX 1070 graphics card's box. Besides the SKU name, the box doesn't say much about the card it packs. Also pictured are renders of the GeForce GTX 1070 PCB from GALAX. This could very well be derived from NVIDIA's reference design PCB for the SKU. You can tell it's GTX 1070 looking at the bigger GDDR5 memory chips surrounding the ASIC. The card draws power from a single 8-pin PCIe power connector. The GeForce GTX 1070 goes on sale from June 10, 2016.

Source: VideoCardz

EK Announces New XRES Pump-Reservoir Combo as Standalone Product

EK Water Blocks, Slovenia based premium liquid cooling gear manufacturer, is proud to introduce EK-SPC Series of pump reservoir combo units. Recently debuted with Slim Series kits, EK-XRES 100 SPC-60 MX PWM with included pump is now available as a standalone product. EK-XRES 100 SPC-60 MX PWM (incl. pump) is a value oriented water cooling pump reservoir combo. It has been designed to lower the production costs yet still offer great hydraulic performance at the best price.

The core of the unit is EK-SPC 60 water pump that uses only a 4-pin PWM FAN header for operation; no MOLEX connector is required! PWM control will allow you to set automatic pump speed regulation depending on your CPU temperature. Full performance on demand or whisper quiet operation in idle mode. With the maximum pressure head at 3.2m (10,5 ft), maximum flow at 450 L/h and a very compact form, we recommend this pump reservoir combo for smaller builds, particularly if you are assembling your custom loop in a mini ITX case.

EK Also Announces CPU Monoblock for ASUS Z170 Sabertooth Mark S

EK Water Blocks, Slovenia based premium liquid cooling gear manufacturer, is releasing ASUS SABERTOOTH Z170 S motherboard monoblock. Military looking EK-FB ASUS Z170S Monoblock is here. EK-FB ASUS Z170S Monoblock is a complete all-in-one (CPU and motherboard) liquid cooling solution for Intel LGA-1151 socket Skylake CPU and the ASUS SABERTOOTH Z170 S motherboard.

Designed and engineered in cooperation with ASUS, this monoblock uses award winning EK-Supremacy EVO cooling engine to ensure best possible CPU cooling. This water block directly cools Intel LGA-1151 socket type CPU and power regulation (MOSFET) module. Water flows directly over all critical areas, providing all enthusiasts a great solution for high overclocks. Like with every EK monoblock, EK-FB ASUS Z170S features high flow design and this monoblock that can be easily used with the system using weaker water pump.

EK Water Blocks Ready with a GeForce GTX 1080 Water Block

EK Water Blocks is ready with a full-coverage water-block for the NVIDIA reference-design GeForce GTX 1080 PCB, found on the company's GTX 1080 Founders Edition graphics, and some of the more cost-effective custom-design GTX 1080 graphics cards (such as this one). The primary material is copper; the block features a common coolant channel running along the VRM, GPU, and memory areas, with a micro-fin lattice over the GPU. The block will be available in four variants: exposed copper with clear acrylic top, exposed copper with opaque acetal top, nickel-plated copper with clear top, and opaque top. The company didn't reveal pricing or availability.

GeIL Announces the EVO-X Series Memory with HILM Technology

GeIL, a leading global manufacturer of PC components and peripherals, presents the all new DDR4 EVO X Hardcore Gaming Memory with GeIL's latest innovation of HILM - Hybrid-Independent-Light-Module enabling dynamic RGB LED illumination. The EVO X Seires not only excels from the Super Luce Series asthetically, the technological breakthrough in high performance memory illumination transcends even further.

HILM - Hybrid-Independent-Light-Module (Figure A) fuses LEDs, micro processor, circuits, switch and dual-power-source in one modular solution, separating the entire lighting solution and circuitry from the memory module. Thus, allowing high performance DDR4 memory module to perform at its full potential and stability.

Toshiba-Samsung Stops Manufacturing Optical Drives

The Toshiba-Samsung consortium TSST (Toshiba-Samsung Storage Technology) has reportedly stopped production of optical drives. TSST manufactured CDRW+DVDR, DVDRW+BDR, and BDRW drives under the Samsung brand. Samsung and Toshiba co-founded TSST in 2004 to manufacture optical drives under the Samsung brand name, and to make unbranded OEM optical drives for use in Toshiba and Samsung branded notebooks.

Samsung had to partner with Toshiba as it held the requisite optical disc technology licenses and patents. LG Electronics similarly partnered with Hitachi, another founding-member of several optical disc standard SIGs, to make up HL-DT (Hitachi-LG Data-Storage Technology), and sell drives under the LG brand. Speaking to KitGuru, a TSST sales manager stated "it's true that TSST(Samsung ODD) stopped production from Mid-April." All is not over for TSST, though. "We will continue the ODD business aggressively to obtain about 50% of market share," and will "release a new ODD to the market," he added.


Source: KitGuru
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Friday, May 20th 2016

ASUS Teases Upcoming G Series Notebooks Powered by "Pascal" GPUs

ASUS teased an upcoming Republic of Gamers G-Series notebook. It didn't stop at the teaser pics, and went on to tease performance numbers of the untitled "GXXX" graphics processor at the heart of this beast. We'll go out on a limb here and guess that it's a new mobile GPU based on the "Pascal" architecture; more so because ASUS is claiming that it's faster than even the desktop GeForce GTX TITAN X, and has 3DMark 11 Performance-present score to show for that. ASUS plans to exhibit the notebook at the 2016 Computex; and it's becoming increasingly clear that the third GP104-based SKU promised for June 2016 could be a mobile chip after all.

Colorful and Bykski Announce Liquid Cooling Ready GTX 1080 FE Bundle

Colorful and China-based liquid cooling components maker Bykski announced GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition graphics cards with bundled full-coverage water blocks, at a $100 premium (so that's a $100 premium over a $100 premium, over the $599 MSRP, totaling $799 for a card based on the second-biggest "Pascal" chip, kudos!). At this time, Colorful seems to be playing safe, and merely bundling the block with the card, so you could fit it yourself, just so it could get the bundle out on the shelves by May 27. In the near future (after NVIDIA has milked early adopters dry), Colorful could launch a "custom design" product (think of it as NVIDIA reference PCB with this block factory-fitted), which could likely lack the "Founders Edition" badge, and perhaps even be $100 cheaper.
Thursday, May 19th 2016

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AMD to Showcase Latest Technology During Computex 2016

AMD today announced it will hold a press conference and live webcast during Computex 2016 in Taipei, Taiwan. The event will begin on Wednesday, June 1, 2016 at 10:00 AM CST / 10:00 PM EDT. The event will feature launch of 7th Generation AMD A-Series Processors, Polaris updates and more.

The event is slated to feature presentations from AMD executives including AMD President and CEO Lisa Su; Senior Vice President and General Manager, Computing and Graphics Business Group, Jim Anderson; and Senior Vice President and Chief Architect, Radeon Technologies Group, Raja Koduri.
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