Thursday, July 10th 2014

Today's Reviews

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Graphics Cards
Keyboards
Motherboards
Mouse
NAS
Networking
Processors
SSD
Storage

Acer First to Launch Chromebook with Intel Core i3 Processor

Acer America today continues its leadership position in the Chromebook space with the industry's first model using a 4th Generation Intel Core i3 processor. The award-winning Acer C720 Chromebook is now available in two models powered by the Intel Core i3 processor to provide customers even faster and more responsive performance for multi-tasking, while also providing long battery life of up to 8.5 hours.

These new Chromebooks expand Acer's line that has made the company the leading provider of Chromebooks with an impressive 46.7 percent market share in this category.

I'M Intelligent Memory Debuts 8 Gb DDR3 Components, 16 GB Modules

I'M Intelligent Memory, a Hong Kong based fabless DRAM manufacturer, announces availability of the world's first 8 Gigabit (Gb) DDR3 components with a single chip-select, doubling the amount of memory per chip compared to other DDR3 DRAM devices on the market. Based on these new 8 Gb components, I'M is also introducing the first 16 Gigabyte (GB) DDR3 UDIMM and SO-DIMM memory modules with optional ECC error-correction.

The JEDEC specification JESD79-3 has always allowed an 8 Gb density for DDR3 memory devices. While most DRAM manufactures are waiting for a 2x nm process to fit such high memory capacity into a single DRAM IC package, I'M has developed its own a revolutionary way to manufacture 8 Gb DDR3 components with single chip-select utilizing existing 30 nm manufacturing technologies.

Imation Announces the IronKey Workspace W700 Flash Drive

Imation Corp., a global data storage and information security company, today announced the availability of IronKey Workspace W700, the first Microsoft-certified Windows To Go devices to be FIPS 140-2 Level 3 certified. Achievement of this certification required rigorous testing, which was then reviewed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

FIPS 140-2 Level 3 certification is a requirement for civilian and military U.S. federal agencies, as well as a benchmark for security and reliability for enterprises looking for the highest level of security. Government and enterprise organizations looking to adopt a mobile device strategy with FIPS 140-2 Level 3 validation now have a Windows To Go option.

AORUS Releases the THUNDER M7 MMO Gaming Mouse

AORUS, the emerging force of gaming products, announced the availability of the THUNDER M7 MMO Gaming Mouse, the most ergonomic MMO mouse in the world.

The AORUS THUNDER M7 is a specialized MMO/MOBA gaming mouse without crazy numerous buttons or dial-pad hotkeys. It is perfectly designed for MMO games which equipped with massive 8 MMO/MOBA optimized thumb buttons. AORUS THUNDER M7 provides maximum 16 programmable macro buttons, which also offers an instant execution of the gaming commands with maximum efficiency and comfort.

Intel Z77, H77, Z75 and Q75 Chipsets and more Ivy Bridge CPUs Retiring Next Year

Having already planned the discontinuance of a heap of Ivy Bridge processors, Intel has this week confirmed that several supporting chipsets - the Z77, H77, Z75 and Q75, will also be 'going away' in 2015. According to Intel's product change notification the four LGA1155 desktop chipsets will be available for ordering until January 23rd, 2015 and will continue shipping until July 10th.

An identical schedule was also announced for seven Ivy Bridge-based mobile processors, the Celeron 1020M, 1005M, 1000M, 1037U, 1017U, 1007U and 1019Y.

Creative Introduces the MUVO mini Waterproof Wireless Speaker

Creative Technology Ltd today announced the Creative MUVO mini - the latest addition to the popular Creative MUVO family of near-field communications (NFC) Bluetooth portable wireless speakers.

Sporting a contemporary geometric compact encasement with four colour options of red, blue, white and black, the Creative MUVO mini is designed to deliver amazingly loud sound and powerful bass for its small size. Furthermore, it is engineered to withstand the harshest of weather elements, enabling users to enjoy and share all types of digital entertainment content out loud with family and friends - music, videos, movies, games, as well as voice calls - anytime, anywhere and in any weather.

QNAP Releases Virtualization Station Enabling Running Multiple OS on Turbo NAS

QNAP Systems, Inc. today announced the availability of Virtualization Station: an industry-leading integrated virtualization operating platform that empowers the Turbo NAS to host multiple virtual machines (VMs). With a simple & centralized management interface, it is easy for anyone to create and run multiple VMs on a single Turbo NAS.

Virtualization technology allows users to create isolated VMs on a single server and install different operating systems and applications. Each VM can be viewed as an independent PC that consumes dedicated CPU, memory, disk space and network resources without interrupting each other. Users can flexibly install Windows, UNIX, Linux, or even server-grade operating systems to centralize various services, applications and server management. Virtualization Station is a powerful and hands-on NAS-based virtualization platform that centralizes virtualization management to enhance IT efficiency.

Thecus Announces OS Updates for Full NAS Lineup

Thecus Technology Corporation today announces firmware enhancements on all consumer and enterprise NAS models. Updates to ThecusOS 5 and 6 mean enhanced capability and security across the entire Thecus NAS lineup.

Updates available for Thecus consumer and SOHO NAS will enhance their capabilities, giving them features found usually on business class storage. For the N2310, ThecusOS 6 is upgraded to offer multiple RAID volumes and RAID Encryption. Updates for the 2-bay N2520 and N2560 as well as the 4-bay N4520 and N4560 models offer enhanced UPS support and multiple RAID volumes. In addition, OpenSSL updates and bug fixes enhance security and reliability of these consumer and SOHO Thecus NAS models.

Meet Tango PC, The Desktop Computer That Can Fit in Your Pocket

After raising over $300,000 during a hugely successful crowd-funding campaign on Indiegogo earlier this year, the team behind the Tango PC has taken to Kickstarter to raise additional funds to support retailing their PC you can fit in your pocket. Not only is the Tango PC ultraportable, it is a formidable office as well as entertainment machine with mid-core gaming performance on traditional Windows.

The Tango Kickstarter Campaign got fully funded just a day ago, and with only a day or so more to go, the consumers still can back their campaign in return of not just the Tango PC, but also a free additional PC whenever their worldwide sales reaches a 100k units milestone. What really stands out is that the Tango PC is slim and weighs below 7 ounces, fitting what amounts to a full range of desktop components in a package about the size of an iPhone 5s. The specifications include an AMD A6-5200 2 GHz quad-core processor, DDR3 RAM (from 2-8GB), SSD hard drive (from 32GB-1TB or higher), 3x USB 2.0 ports, 1x USB 3.0 port, 1x HDMI port, headphone jack and internal Wi-Fi.
Wednesday, July 9th 2014

Today's Reviews

Cases
Cooling
Graphics Cards
Headphones
Keyboards
Mouse
Processors
PSUs
SSD
Storage

PC Shipments Down 1.7% in Q2, According to IDC

Worldwide PC shipments totaled 74.4 million units in the second quarter of 2014 (2Q14), a year-on-year decline of -1.7%, according to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker. The results reflect the smallest decline in global PC shipments since the second quarter of 2012 when declining shipments of mini notebooks combined with a surge in tablet sales to disrupt the PC market.

Buoyed by both continued business PC replacements and returning consumer interest, the preliminary results for 2Q14 are markedly better than the projected decline of -7.1% for the quarter. Despite the end of Windows XP support in early April, it appears many Windows XP migrations continue to take place. Most major vendors saw solid growth, and early indications also point to desktop shipments being stronger than expected in some areas, signaling continued business buying. The consumer side also appears stronger than expected, with growing activity among the lower-priced models as well as Chromebooks.

ROCCAT Releases the Kone XTD Optical Gaming Mouse

ROCCAT Studios once again takes premium quality peripherals to greater heights, with a take on their wildly popular Kone series for optical sensor aficionados. ROCCAT introduces the limited run Kone XTD Optical, a gaming mouse equipped with all of the exceptional qualities of the Kone XTD, with an ultra-precise, true 6,400 DPI Pro-Optic (R5) optical sensor. In addition, this rendition in the Kone family features ROCCAT's Adjustable Distance Control Unit (ADCU), for manually configurable lift control. The Kone XTD Optical is a finely crafted response to gamers with a preference for optical mice, and it is an instant classic.

The Kone XTD Optical comes with our patented Easy-Shift[+] technology, a blisteringly fast 32-bit Turbo Core V2 ARM MCU processor, 576kb of on-board memory for storage of macros and setting, brilliant custom lighting effects, 1 ms response time and a 1000Hz polling rate, all in the sleek but robust Kone XTD body.

HGST Ships the Ultrastar C10K1800 1.8 TB 10K RPM Hard Drive

HGST, a Western Digital company, today announced that it is now shipping the world's highest capacity and highest performing 10K RPM hard disk drive (HDD) - the Ultrastar C10K1800. Based on HGST's field proven high-quality design, the 2.5-inch small form factor (SFF), enterprise-class Ultrastar C10K1800 combines high capacity with a significant improvement in both random write and sequential performance for mission-critical storage applications requiring 24/7 availability.

As the demand for enterprise-class storage grows, customers are increasingly seeking tiered storage infrastructures built along a range of raw IOPS performance, capacity and $/GB price efficiencies. While solid state drives (SSDs) and 15K HDDs fill a clear need in high performance solutions, the demand for 10K HDDs continues to be strong as customers seek better $/GB metrics.

D-Link Shipping Low Cost, High-Performance 802.11ac Wireless Access Point

D-Link, the networking solutions provider for small business and medium enterprise IT environments, today announced the DAP-2660, a new high power 802.11ac wireless access point. Packaged in a discrete, low profile white housing, the DAP-2660 is ideal for ceiling or wall mount applications in schools, office buildings, hospitals, government facilities, hotels, and more.

The DAP-2660 delivers reliable, high-speed wireless performance using the latest 802.11ac standard, with maximum wireless signal rates of up to 300 Mbps using the 2.4 GHz band, and 867 Mbps using the 5 GHz band. It supports impressive device densities and offers optimal range and coverage over both bands.

iBUYPOWER and Newegg Launch Live Configurator

iBUYPOWER and Newegg are proud to announce an amazing new way to get the best components you want without having to deal with the hassles of building, troubleshooting, and maintaining on your own. You pick what you want and your high-performance gaming system ships to you, completed!

Never before has this been possible. iBUYPOWER, known for its selection of high-performance gaming systems, together with Newegg, known for carrying the widest selection of gaming components, brings together the best of both worlds.
Tuesday, July 8th 2014

Today's Reviews

Cases
Cooling
Desktop PC
Graphics Cards
Keyboards
Motherboards
NAS
Processors
Speakers
SSD
Storage

NZXT KRAKEN X31 AIO Water Cooling Unit Up for Pre-order, Pictured

Overclockers UK, have announced that they are taking pre-orders on the brand new NZXT Kraken X31 which is an All-In-One watercooling unit designed to give you the very best cooling with variable speed control. Featuring one of the best 120mm format radiators seen on an All-In-One cooling unit, the X31 is a product that system builders have been crying out for. Before, NZXT only had offerings with an AIO cooler in the 140mm size, now today this has changed and they now offer the X31 which is an 120mm radiator and fan, giving the user a huge range of flexibility.

Although the radiator is smaller compared to previous models, due to the new FX120 V2 fan, the NZXT X31 cooler performs comparably along with being extremely quiet. With improved mounting hardware and extended tubing, making the Kraken X31 a breeze to install. The FX120 V2 fan has a high static pressure and low noise output which is perfect for this unit, to ensure effectiveness and also quietness. Making this fan the perfect match along with the radiator.

ViewSonic Announces the VX2880ml 4K2K Desktop Display

ViewSonic Corp., a leading global provider of visual solution products, today announces the VX2880ml 4K2K multimedia display. The VX2880ml is a 28-inch display with 3840x2160 Ultra HD resolution delivering a premium visual experience. The ideal solution for CAD power-users, digital 4K content development, and other digital design applications, the VX2880ml also ensures future-proof connectivity to connect to PCs, laptops and gaming consoles.

Featuring a distinctive modern stand design, the VX2880ml display boasts the highest resolution to date for a desktop display. With 3840x2160 resolution, the VX2880ml delivers four times the resolution of Full HD 1080p displays. With premium input options such as MHL (Mobile High-Definition Link)-enabled HDMI, DisplayPort and mini DisplayPort for flexible and future-proof connectivity, the VX2880ml also features a DisplayPort output for daisy chaining multiple screens and increasing productivity for advanced multitasking situations.

Spire Releases the Archer ICE Ergonomic Mouse

Spire continues to expand their range of ergonomic computer peripherals. Introducing the ARCHER ICE computer mouse. Make your long hours of computing more comfortable and better for your well being. The Archer ICE is shaped in a way that the position of your arm, elbow and wrist are in a more natural position and under less stress than with a traditional mouse.

The Archer ICE supports your hand and allows for your hand palm and index finger to rest on the mouse. The latter is one of the biggest pain triggers when using a traditional mouse. Improve your productivity and comfort when working on a PC 8+ hours a day. The ARCHER ICE is simply connected through the 1.5m long USB USB2.0/3.0. cable and quality is guaranteed by our 2 year warranty and service program.

Kingston Offers Two Fast Storage Solutions for Handhelds

Kingston, the independent world leader in memory products, today announced the release of the DataTraveler microDuo 3.0 and Class 10 UHS-I 90R/45W microSDHC/SDXC card. The small form factor combination USB 3.0 and microUSB Flash drive allows consumers to expand the storage of their Android tablets and smartphones by transferring files to and from PC. The new Class 10 UHS-I microSDHC/SDXC card offers 90R/45W performance to allow for continuous video and image capture.

DataTraveler microDuo 3.0 expands the storage of Android devices up to 64GB, easily moving large files, photos, videos and music phone or tablet to PC and back. The USB 3.0 to microUSB dual interface drive can be used with any USB On-The-Go compatible device and allows users to transfer data without plugging into a computer1. The new drive joins the previously released DataTraveler microDuo 2.0. A list of USB On-The-Go compatible devices can be found here.

Panasonic Updates Toughpad FZ-G1 10-inch Rugged Windows Tablet

Panasonic, an industry leader in reliable and innovative mobile computers since 1996, today announced upgrades to the Toughpad FZ-G1 fully-rugged 10-inch tablet. Featuring a faster 4th generation Intel Core i5 vPro processor, the advanced Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro update, a single battery providing up to 10 hours of continuous use and optional bridge battery, and other improvements, the new Toughpad FZ-G1 now more than ever is the gold standard for mission-critical mobile professionals - including military personnel, first responders and field service and sales teams - in need of a lightweight tablet PC providing desktop-like performance in extreme environments.

With new options for an integrated UHF radio-frequency identification (RFID) reader or contactless smart card reader, and optional certification for use in hazardous locations, the Toughpad FZ-G1 delivers significant upgrades to improve worker productivity. It retains key features of the best-selling previous model, including a fully-rugged design certified to meet IP65 and MIL-STD-810G specifications for drops (up to 4 feet), shock, vibration, altitude, humidity and extreme temperatures. For added security, an optional Opal-compliant, self-encrypting drive will be available in summer 2014.

QNAP Releases the TS-x51 Series Home NAS Lineup

QNAP Systems, Inc. today announced the release of the cutting-edge Turbo NAS TS-x51 series for SOHO and Home users, and two economical tower storage expansion enclosures companion UX-500P and UX-800P.

The TS-x51 series, available in 2, 4, 6, 8-bay models, features unrivaled real-time and offline Full HD video transcoding capabilities, and supports video streaming through DLNA, AirPlay and Plex Media Server. "Building a personal cloud is becoming increasingly popular, and the TS-x51 series is the ideal choice for users to quickly create a secure personal space for file storage, backup, synchronization and multimedia," said Jason Hsu, product manager of QNAP. Coupled with flexible storage expansion support, the TS-x51 series is the perfect solution for the growing needs of data and multimedia content storage in modern small offices and home environments.

Intel, Samsung, Others Team Up to Drive Seamless Device-to-Device Connectivity

Technology industry leaders Atmel Corporation, Broadcom Corporation, Dell, Intel Corporation, Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., and Wind River, are joining forces to establish a new industry consortium focused on improving interoperability and defining the connectivity requirements for the billions of devices that will make up the Internet of Things (IoT).

The Open Interconnect Consortium (OIC) is focused on defining a common communications framework based on industry standard technologies to wirelessly connect and intelligently manage the flow of information among personal computing and emerging IoT devices, regardless of form factor, operating system or service provider.

PNY Launches Mini M1 USB Flash drive

PNY Technologies ("PNY) considered one of the worldwide leaders in consumer electronics market and memory products, PNY technologies, has given "small" a whole new meaning by introducing its extremely tiny and cap-less designed the new Mini M1 USB Flash Drive. Featuring a low profile design, this is one of the lightest drives available today.

PNY's new Mini M1 USB Flash Drive despite its size, it offers high performance so the user can store, transport and share documents, music, images, videos, games and many more. It comes in a high quality casing of metallic texture with mirror finish, providing a shiny, bright appearance. The design of this drive protects it against scratches, dust and is even water resistant, making it ideal for long term use.

MSI Unveils New ECO Series Motherboards

MSI, world leader in motherboard technology, is proud to announce its groundbreaking new Intel based ECO Series motherboards. MSI ECO Series motherboards are the pinnacle of technical ingenuity through revolutionary PCB and software design, resulting in less use of power than a light bulb! Introducing 3 new models with the MSI H97M ECO, B85M ECO and H81M ECO motherboard.

The new MSI ECO Series motherboards offer an unmatched efficiency with power saving up top 40% while delivering 100% performance and 100% compatibility with all 4th generation Intel CPUs and high speed DDR3 memory. With reliable and fast Gigabit LAN from Intel, SATA 6Gb/s and USB 3.0 providing fast storage options and much more, the MSI ECO Series motherboards offer a wide selection of features.

Thermaltake Introduces the New Frio Silent Series CPU Coolers

Thermaltake, being an industry leader in computer chassis, thermal solutions, and power supply units today introduces ultimate air-cooling solution Frio Silent Series - Frio Silent 12, Frio Silent 14, and Frio Extreme Silent 14 Dual around the globe.

Frio Silent Series have been specially designed to solve the noise problem that all extreme PC gamers have been suffering for long time, leading them into a world without disturbance. Furthermore, the Low Noise Cable (LNC) design helps new Silent Series keep the noise down to another level. This July, featuring the Thermaltake Frio Silent Series - a CPU cooler that incorporated some of the most up-to-date CPU cooler technologies and persevered the greatnesses from its predecessors of Frio OCK and Frio Extreme which not only creating a new phenomenon for overclockers but also set another signature for the Frio Silent Series.

Iiyama Introduces Four New 17-inch 5:4 Touchscreen Monitors

Iiyama introduced four new 17-inch monitors with the 5:4 aspect ratio, featuring native resolutions of 1280 x 1024. The company is going after the kiosk markets with these displays. Among the models launched are the ProLite T1731SR-2 (and its white variant), the ProLite T1731SAW-2, and the ProLite T1732MSC-B1X (pictured in that order). The ProLite T1731SR-2 offers single-point resistive touch, the ProLite T1731SAW-2 also offers single-touch, but using the ultrasonic method, so your fingers needn't physically push against the panel (good hygiene), and the ProLite T1732MSC-B1X offers 10-point capacitive multi-touch. All four feature 1,000:1 static contrast ratio, 80°/85° (V/H) viewing angles, DVI and D-Sub inputs, 2W stereo speakers, and dimensions of 387 mm x 201 mm x 342 mm (WxDxH).

Source: Hermitage Akihabara

Microsoft to Revamp Activation System with Windows 9

Microsoft is expected to introduce a radical new software activation system with its next major release of Windows, in a bid to stem piracy. According to BetaNews, citing a Russian source with a reasonably good track-record in leaking stuff out of Redmond, the company is planning to do away with software keys, 16-character alphanumeric passwords unique to each copy of the software, which let you prove the validity of your purchase, and unlock the software. The next Windows will use a system in which having a Microsoft Store account - which isn't necessarily the same as a Microsoft Account - is mandatory, and acquiring machine-specific images of the Windows installation disc from the store.

The way we understand it, it works like this. After paying for your license while logged into the Microsoft Store, you're made to download a generic install disc image. After its installation, your machine's details (usually just motherboard-related details) are logged with Microsoft, and the software stays activated on your machine. When you need to install your OS on another machine, you untie your current machine from your licence online, and install your software on the new machine. The software will stop working on the older machine, ensuring that only one single-user license is running on a machine at a given time. The concept can be suitably adapted for 3-user and 5-user family licenses.

Western Digital Announces Appointment of Paula A. Price to its Board

Western Digital Corp. (NASDAQ: WDC) announced today the appointment of Paula A. Price to its board of directors. Ms. Price, 52, is currently senior lecturer at Harvard Business School in the Accounting and Management Unit. She was executive vice president and chief financial officer of Ahold USA until January 2014. Ms. Price will be subject to re-appointment at the next Western Digital annual meeting of shareholders. Ms. Price has also been appointed to serve on the board's Audit Committee.

"I am very pleased to welcome Paula to the Western Digital board of directors," said Tom Pardun, chairman of the board. "Paula is an accomplished finance executive with broad general management and strategic experience in a distinguished career. Her perspective and judgment will allow for continued strong financial governance on our board." With this appointment, Western Digital's board now comprises 13 directors, 12 of whom are external and independent. Ms. Price also serves on the boards of directors for Accenture, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts and Financial Guaranty Insurance Company, and on the board of overseers for the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.
Monday, July 7th 2014

Today's Reviews

Cooling
Desktop PC
Keyboards
Memory
Motherboards
NAS
Notebooks
PSUs
Speakers
SSD
Storage

ICY DOCK Black Vortex MB074SP-1B Announced

Every PC builder wants to customize their system to be aesthetically pleasing, and they want components that are elegant yet unique --but looks can only get you so far. There's a demand for unique looking parts that can also deliver performance and we have just the thing! We're proud to introduce the Black Vortex MB074SP-1B.

The Black Vortex MB074SP-1B is a hot-swappable 4 bay 3.5" SATA HDD cooler cage built robust from durable metal. It has many configurable options such as fan speed control, fan LED brightness control and power button for each of the drive bay. The hot swap function and EZ-Grip handles give you the ability to swap drives without breaking a sweat. The quiet 120mm cool blue LED fan combined with all metal ventilated design keep your drives cool, lowering your overall system temperature and thus increasing your hard drives' life span. The removable dust cover prevents dirt and dust from entering the case. The Black Vortex MB074SP-1B is a must-have HDD cooler cage for any PC builder seeking quality components with a ton of features and rugged good looks.

ROCCAT Moves Forward on the Sova Wireless Modular Gaming Board

It's been a summer of major announcements for ROCCAT Studios, with a few more yet to come, the most recent being the E3 reveal of the in-development ROCCAT Sova Wireless Modular Gaming Board. The positive fan and media response to the Sova at E3 was massive, with fantastic articles and word of mouth. Building on the wave of enthusiasm for a wireless keyboard/mousepad combo custom made for a living room gaming experience, ROCCAT is immediately moving into its next phase of development for the Sova, and inviting our fans to join the ride.

"We are thrilled with the overwhelmingly positive response we have received for the Sova," Says René Korte, CEO and founder of ROCCAT. "We realize that now is not the time to sit back and wait, but to give fans what they want as quickly as possible. We're ready to go full speed into our refinement process, and want our fans to see the hard work that goes into moving a ROCCAT product from its development phase, into what you see at retail. The Sova is coming, it is going to be an amazing piece of gaming hardware, and you'll get to follow every step on that journey in our newly launched Sova Development Blog."

Intel to Manufacture Panasonic System-on-Chips Using 14 nm Process

Intel Corporation today announced that it has entered into a manufacturing agreement with Panasonic Corporation's System LSI Business Division. Intel's custom foundry business will manufacture future Panasonic system-on-chips (SoCs) using Intel's 14 nm low-power manufacturing process.

Panasonic's next-generation SoCs will target audio visual-based equipment markets, and will enable higher levels of performance, power and viewing experience for consumers.

Extricom 802.11ac Access Point Adds Gigabit Wireless Support to its WLAN Portfol

Extricom Ltd., the high-density enterprise wireless LAN (WLAN) solution provider that delivers seamless mobility with its patented Channel Blanket architecture, today announced immediate availability of the RP-23ac, a dual radio access point designed for the latest 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard. Unlike most vendors' 802.11ac access points which are crippled by a lack of non-overlapping 80 MHz channels in the 5GHz band, Extricom's RP-23ac can be deployed without requiring any adjustment to the channel plan, or reconfiguration of other APs, to deliver on the performance promise of 802.11ac.

It is Extricom's unique single-channel architecture that makes it possible to fully exploit the increased performance and efficiency of 802.11ac, which can only be realized by using 80MHz bonded channels. With Extricom's interference-free Channel Blanket, only one clear 80MHz channel is needed to blanket an entire facility with a full-featured 11ac wireless network. In contrast, just as 802.11n is rendered useless at 2.4 GHz by too few non-overlapping channels, multi-channel architectures face the same channel-planning nightmare for 802.11ac with 80MHz channels. Industry analysts agree the shortage of available 80MHz channels is a severe constraint, while the small gain from 802.11ac with 40MHz channels has no cost justification.

In Win Launches Limited Edition S-Frame Concept Chassis

In Win Development Inc., multiple winner of internationally renowned design awards, has announced its innovative new 5th generation concept, the limited edition S-Frame, is now available to buy.

Awarded 'Best Design of Computex 2014' by Tom's Hardware, for "not only [an award for] the S-Frame chassis, but also for In Win's impressive manufacturing skills", the S-Frame open-air chassis is constructed from 2 meters squared of CNC cut 4 mm aluminum that is then hand-bent 15 times into its unique shape; thus combining the most unconventional craftsmanship techniques to create impeccable artistry.

VIA Readying New 64-bit x86 Processor to Take on Intel Bay Trail and AMD Kabini

Only the third active licencee of Intel's x86 machine architecture, VIA Technology, is readying its first x86 processor in years, codenamed Isaiah II. This chip is based on a brand new 64-bit x86 core design by VIA and the engineering team it acquired from Centaur Technology, another erstwhile x86 licencee, and features modern instruction sets such as AVX 2.0. VIA began sampling a quad-core processor based on Isaiah II, which was put to live test by the company, at its InfoComm 2014 booth. It was compared to Intel's "Bay Trail" Atom and AMD's "Kabini" Athlon chips. It turns out that the Isaiah II is pretty good, if it comes out soon enough.

The Isaiah II based quad-core chip, featuring 2.00 GHz clock speeds, and 2 MB of L2 cache, was put through SANDRA. The BGA chip was running on a VIA-made motherboard, with its own VIA VX11H chipset. It was compared to AMD Athlon 5350 (quad-core "Jaguar" with 2.05 GHz clocks), and Intel Atom Z3770 (quad-core "Silvermont" with 2.40 GHz clocks). The results are tabulated below. At 2.00 GHz, armed with the latest multimedia and cryptography instruction-sets, VIA's chip is faster than Intel's in most tests, despite lower clocks. It trades blows - and wins - against AMD's chip, in most tests. VIA is expected to launch the first chips based on Isaiah II in late-August, 2014. VIA is hedging its bets with efficient compact PCs, kiosks, and digital signage, with its new chip.


Sources: 3DCenter.org, ExtraHardware.cz

Tt eSPORTS Introduces METALCAPS Keyboard Accessory

TteSPORTS, the leading expert in professional eSports gaming peripherals is releasing the new METALCAPS keyboard accessory. Tt eSPORTS wants to come to the aid of the mechanical keyboard community, by putting the METALCAPS in store shelves and on premium e-tailer websites to offer users a convenient way to mod their mechanical keyboards. The METALCAPS are made with a Zinc alloy for overall durability and a solid feel while typing.

The Tt eSPORTS METALCAPS will come in four varieties, as follows:
  • W A S D + Esc key
  • Q W E R + Esc key
  • ↑↓←→ + Esc key
  • 38 keys combination (letters, punctiation, ↑↓←→, and Esc key)

Gigabyte Rolls Out H81N-D2H Mini-ITX Motherboard

Gigabyte rolled out its latest entry-level socket LGA1150 motherboard in the mini-ITX form-factor, the H81N-D2H. Based on the Intel H81 Express chipset, the board takes in Core "Haswell" and "Devil's Canyon" processors (minus the overclocking support). The board draws power from a combination of 24-pin ATX and 4-pin CPU power connectors, with a 3-phase VRM conditioning power for the CPU. The CPU socket is wired to two DDR3 DIMM slots, and a legacy PCI slot. Storage connectivity includes two each of SATA 6 Gb/s and SATA 3 Gb/s ports. Display outputs include one each of dual-link DVI, D-Sub, and HDMI. PS/2 on the rear panel, LPT and COM (by headers), make up legacy connectivity. Two USB 3.0 ports, and four USB 2.0 ports make up modern connectivity. 6-channel HD audio, and gigabit Ethernet make for the rest of it. The board is driven by UEFI BIOS.
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