Tuesday, July 29th 2014

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Storage

ADATA to Showcase Industrial, Commercial and Server Storage Solutions at FMS

ADATA Technology Co., Ltd., will be displaying a complete industrial, commercial and server grade storage solutions, which includes customizable ISSS312 SSD, wide temperature industrial storage and latest DDR4 server DIMMs at Flash Memory Summit. Starting from August 5th to 7th, ADATA invite you to experience the variety of fascinating innovations at booth #908, Santa Clara Convention Center, CA.

ADATA ISSS312 2.5 inch SATA III 6Gbps Solid State Drives (SSD) use the best quality hardware components and come with the most comprehensive internal support software. The product complies with JEDEC specifications, features a low-power design and is intended for industrial applications. Equipped with the capability of developing software, firmware and hardware, ADATA is dedicated to customize industrial products. Customers can request to customize a fixed BOM and firmware which ensure ADATA's products are stable and compatible.

Apple Updates MacBook Pro with Retina Display

Apple today updated MacBook Pro with Retina display with faster processors, double the memory in both entry-level configurations, and a new, lower starting price for the top-of-the-line 15-inch notebook. MacBook Pro with Retina display features a stunning high-resolution display, an amazing design just 0.71-inches thin, the latest processors and powerful graphics, and up to nine hours of battery life, delivering unbelievable performance in an incredibly portable design.* Apple today also lowered the starting price of the non-Retina 13-inch MacBook Pro, a very popular system with Windows switchers, by $100 to $1,099.

"People love their MacBook Pro because of the thin and light, aluminum unibody design, beautiful Retina display, all day battery life and deep integration with OS X," said Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. "The MacBook Pro with Retina display gets even better with faster processors, more memory, more affordable configurations and a free upgrade to OS X Yosemite this fall."

Tesoro Lobera Supreme Mechanical Keyboard Now Available in the North America

Tesoro Technology USA Inc., a manufacturer of high-tech gaming products, today announces that the Tesoro Lobera Supreme mechanical keyboard with full color illumination is now available in the US and Canada. Named after the sword of the Saint Ferdinand, one of the greatest Castilian kings, the Lobera Supreme gives gamers a 16.8 million backlight color palette to choose from. Each key is individually illuminated, and the Lobera Supreme's illuminated side bar completes the gaming experience. The LED backlight features four levels of brightness, breathing mode, color loop mode and gaming mode, where only the gaming keys are illuminated. The gaming mechanical switches for the Lobera Supreme are available in Black, Blue, Brown and Red.

ATP Introduces advancedMLC (aMLC) Technology

ATP, the leading manufacturer of embedded Flash and ruggedized SSD and DRAM modules, introduces its latest technology, advancedMLC, also known as "aMLC". Developed by ATP, aMLC is an advanced firmware technology uniquely implemented onto ATP's NAND Flash products to vastly improve the endurance and performance of these storage devices while using mainstream MLC NAND to provide the best cost effective solution for any read/write intensive applications.

ATP will showcase this technology and related products at the Flash Memory Summit 2014 from August 5 to 7 at the Santa Clara Convention Center, booth# 516.

Rapoo Announces A800 Bluetooth Speakers

Wireless your life. Rapoo, one of the world's leading manufacturers of peripherals in the wireless segment and the first manufacturer of products featuring 5 GHz wireless technology, holds an impressive 42% market share in China and is continually expanding its product portfolio. Rapoo produces innovative input devices offering maximum functionality and quality, and today announces the launch of its portable A800 Bluetooth Stereo Speaker.

With its stylish, sleek design, the A800 makes an impression right from the very first glance: The case, which measures in at just 426x116x109 mm, stands out from the crowd with its streamline curves and minimalistic looks. Even more astonishing are its compact dimensions, especially when the A800 shows off what's under its hood. Thanks to Rapoo's Guided Acoustic Wave Technology, which effectively enlarges the sound-generating surface of the speaker producing a sound experience that packs so much punch it's like a much larger speaker has generated it, this Bluetooth speaker delivers well-rounded, gutsy sound. What's more, Bluetooth 4.0 apt-X technology means music can be streamed from the player to the A800 without any audible loss of quality from up to 10 meters away and any angle.
Monday, July 28th 2014

Today's Reviews

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Cooling
Game Controllers
Graphics Cards
Keyboards
Monitors
Motherboards
NAS
Notebooks
Processors
PSUs
Speakers
SSD
Storage

VisionTek Adds New Models, Cooling Kits, and Bundles to CryoVenom Series

VisionTek Products LLC, (VisionTek), a leading manufacturer of award-winning, high-performance upgrades and accessories for PCs and Macs, today announced the addition of new graphics cards models, complete cooling kits, and card/cooling kit bundles to its high-performance liquid cooled PC compatible CryoVenom line. To complement the CryoVenom R9 290 liquid cooled graphics card, the "quietest, coolest, and fastest" single AMD GPU ever tested by PC Magazine, and Finalist in the Best New Product - Computer Hardware category of The 2014 American Business Awards, CryoVenom Liquid Cooling Kits were developed in conjunction with EKWB to solve four major concerns of those considering liquid cooling:
  • Warranty. Modifications can void the warranty of a standard GPU. With a CryoVenom Liquid Cooling Kit, a system builder can still design and build a custom machine, yet enjoy the protection of a VisionTek warranty.
  • Compatibility. Designed as a complete solution versus separately sourced components, certified-for-use kits are available for the VisionTek R9 290, 290X, and 295X2 graphics cards.
  • Real World Use Tested. All components have been tested in actual use by the VisionTek Custom Shop team to ensure effective, high-performance liquid cooling.
  • Ease of Installation. Everything is included - including pre-test and appearance convenience items - and were specifically designed to facilitate a quick, hassle-free install.

Super Talent Updates its 1.8-inch MasterDrive KX3 SSD

Super Talent Technology, a leading manufacturer of NAND Flash storage solutions, announces their updated MasterDrive KX3, a 1.8" SSD. Super Talent's MasterDrive KX3 comes in to solve the problem of physical space constraints in a computing system. This SSD is built using high grade NAND flash components and is connected through a microSATA interface. Additionally, an industrial temperature version using carefully selected thermal range components allows the MasterDrive KX3 to handle temperatures ranging from -40°C to 85°C.

Acer Unveils the Extensa 15 Series Notebooks

Acer today announced the Acer Extensa 15 notebook series designed to meet the essential needs of professional users, SMB and SOHO users looking for portability, productivity, and efficiency. Available in two models, EX2510 and EX2509, this notebook series is equipped with a sharp 15.6-inch display and a powerful 4th Gen Intel Core (EX2510) or Intel Celeron/Pentium Quad Core (EX2509) processor running on Windows 8.1, allowing smooth multitasking and simplified searching both on- and offline.

All details have been fine-tuned by Acer to ensure maximum portability, with one of the longest battery life in its segment, the Extensa 15 will last for up to 7 hours. Moreover, the Extensa 15 series boasts one of the slimmest form factors in its category, as well as an easy-grip design that helps users grab their laptop firmly and securely when pulling out of a bag. These unique factors, paired with its weight of only 2.5kg, make for a device that is both easy and pleasant to carry. Finally, every Extensa 15 notebook comes with built-in AcerCloud, which allows access to documents and multimedia files wirelessly and simultaneously on all devices, anytime and anywhere.

LEPA LV12 CPU Cooler Launched in Europe

With high-end power supplies like the G1600, LEPA has already built a reputation in Europe. Also the chassis and fans of the young brand enjoy an increasing popularity. Now, the manufacturer enters another cooling section: The CPU cooler LV12 is the result of extensive research and development. The engineers designed a slim and compact heat sink which avoids compatibility issues with higher RAM modules while maintaining a high performance capability.

LEPA relies on a new technique for efficient air stream conduction: Small air vents improve the air circulation inside the heat sink and increase the heat dissipation rate. The heat pipes rest directly on the CPU so that hot spots can be eliminated quickly. Due to these techniques, LEPA engineers have been able to lower down the thermal resistance of the cooler to just 0.095°C/W.

Aerocool Releases the GT-A Midi-Tower PC Case

Aerocool Advanced Technologies, one of world's leading manufacturers of excellent gaming PC gear, announces a new member of the GT case series. The GT-A Midi-Tower is aiming for Gamers and DIY enthusiasts seeking a High-End chassis with a superb design and a great cooling concept. Main features include a special top-panel docking station for 2,5 and 3,5 inch drives, built-in 2-channel fan controller, two preinstalled case fans as well as much space and many options for latest high-end hardware.

Aerocool's GT-A utilizes the unified and futuristic GT series exterior design with the choice between a white and a black version. Both versions are coming with a window in the side-panel, allowing insights on user's hardware. Aerocool even implemented a really useful docking station into the GT-A's top panel, which allows easy access to hard drives and SSDs without the hassle of opening the chassis and installing the drive into a vacant bay. The docking station can be accessed by simply sliding down the top-cover.

HGST Expands Enterprise SAS SSD Storage Portfolio For Data-Intensive Application

HGST, a Western Digital company (NASDAQ: WDC), today announced its next-generation of Ultrastar 12Gb/s SAS solid-state drives (SSDs) with capacities up to 1.6TB. Building upon its award-winning first generation 12Gb/s SAS SSDs, the new Ultrastar SSD800MH.B, Ultrastar SSD1600MM and Ultrastar SSD1600MR are the ideal building blocks for server and storage systems running today's performance-sensitive enterprise applications.

The Ultrastar SAS SSDs create new price/performance points by combining HGST's deep enterprise storage expertise developed over the last 50 years, HGST's customer-proven 12Gb/s SAS technology and Intel's 20 nanometer (nm) high endurance enterprise-grade MLC NAND memory. As a result, HGST's Ultrastar SAS SSDs excel in key total cost of ownership (TCO) metrics for enterprise applications, including transactions/$ and transactions/watt.

Logitech Announces Affordable UC Headset Designed for Comfort

Today Logitech introduced the new Logitech USB Headset H570e, designed for all-day comfort, ease of use, and reliability, at an affordable price. Compatible with most unified communication (UC) platforms, the enterprise-quality H570e headset is stylish with unmatched features in its category, enhancing the UC and collaboration experience in the workplace.

The H570e headset is available in stereo for employees who need to block out surrounding noise during desktop calls, and in mono for employees who prefer to have an open ear to their surroundings. It has a durable and adjustable padded headband for all-day comfort, while the metal reinforcement provides strength and flexibility for the best fit. The leatherette headset ear pads are also designed to be comfortable for hours of use and can be easily cleaned or replaced as needed. Inline controls include volume up/down, microphone mute and call answer/end and are designed to be intuitively navigated by touch.

PNY Announces the Coin Sized Micro M2 Flash Drive

PNY Technologies ("PNY) considered one of the worldwide leaders in consumer electronics market and memory products, PNY technologies, is pleased to announce the release of their smallest USB flash drive, the Micro M2. This pint-sized USB is extremely small and compact, no bigger than the size of a coin. As the name suggests this is indeed a tiny size USB drive weighing only 1.8 gram with the height of 18 mm thus making it the ideal storage device for all the documents, music, documents and more. It comes in a high quality casing of metallic texture, making it resilient to scratches and dust.

It is finished off with a matte finish look to prevent fingerprints. Its portability is enhanced with a lanyard loop opening located at the head of the USB, which can be attached to key chains, bags and other accessories. The cap-less design makes it convenient to use and you do not need to take the cap on or off anymore. Its ultra-small and compact size fits discretely into laptops, notebooks, tablet PCs and other portable devices without getting in the way in general use.

Tt eSPORTS Announces the CHALLENGER GO Gaming Keyboard

Tt eSPORTS, the leading expert in professional eSports gaming peripherals is releasing the new CHALLENGER GO membrane gaming keyboard. The Challenger GO is a membrane gaming keyboard offering a sleek, streamlined look with a focus of being the perfect weapon for gaming at home and at lan parties.

The CHALLENGER GO features 10 dedicated macro keys, 5 on each side, along with 4 profiles for a total of 40 programmable macros.The macro keys offer gamers more efficiency in gaming. In addition the sleek profile and membrane switch design which offers a very short travel distance to actuation, aides the CHALLENGER GO to give it a very fast response speed. Blue LED backlighting plus two side panel lighting accents enhance visibility and gaming feel; backlighting is adjustable with 5 brightness levels and pulse lighting effect. Removable cable design helps prevent accidents, and makes the CHALLENGER GO much easier to store to take to LAN or a friend's house to play. Multimedia keys and a 2-port USB hub round out the rest of the features.
Sunday, July 27th 2014

Swiftech Also Rolls Out Maelstrom V2 Dual Bay Reservoir

In addition to the MCP50X pump, Swiftech rolled out the Maelstrom V2 Dual Bay Reservoir. Pictured below, the reservoir takes up two 5.25-inch drive bays in your case, and provides about 355 ml of coolant capacity. The reservoir comes with a factory-fitted MCP50X pump unit, which can drive coolant at up to 14.3 LPM. The actual reservoir is made of clear acrylic with LEDs that draw power with 3-pin fan connectors; while the bezel is made of black anodized aluminium, and the inner chassis of nickel-plated steel. A cutout in the front bezel lets you take stock of the coolant levels. Also featured is an anti-vortex intake partition. Available now with several customization options, the Maelstrom V2 is priced at $139.95.

Swiftech Rolls Out MCP50X Pump

Swiftech rolled out its new flagship pump for liquid cooling setups, the MCP50X. Measuring just 62 mm x 62 mm x 44.8 mm, this compact pump unit can drive 4.8 mH2O of coolant pressure, with up to 14.3 LPM of discharge. Its brushless DC motor drives the pump between 1,200 and 4,500 RPM, with a maximum power consumption of 25.8W. The unit gives you power connectivity choices between 4-pin Molex, and SATA. Its ports stick to the G1/4 threading standard. Available now, it's priced at US $69.95 a pop.
Friday, July 25th 2014

Today's Reviews

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Cooling
Graphics Cards
Harddisks
Monitors
Motherboards
Notebooks
Processors
PSUs
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SSD
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iBUYPOWER and ASUS Bring Optiboost to ASUS Desktops

iBUYPOWER and ASUS today announced a partnership that will offer ASUS' market-leading technology and design with iBUYPOWER's highly rated customization program - Optiboost. With Optiboost there is no shortage of ways to make the desktop experience truly your own. In addition, with ASUS' renowned product design and reliability you can feel safe whether you need a personalized desktop focused on enjoying the latest in digital content delivery, improving productivity or just wanting to play the latest games.

"We're proud to add ASUS to the Optiboost family" said Darren Su, Vice President of iBUYPOWER. "ASUS and iBUYPOWER aim to bring the best desktop experience to a wide variety of consumers through trusted product engineering, cutting-edge customization and tuning options."

Nanoxia Unveils the Deep Silence 3 Mid-Tower PC Case

The Deep Silence 3 is a classic Mid Tower, fully soundproofed and equipped with a bunch of awesome features. The Deep Silence 3 closes a gap in our Deep Silence series. The case is aimed at users who don't need the extraordinary features of the Deep Silence 1 or the above-average depth of the Deep Silence 2, while maintaining all the strong points of the Deep Silence case series.

The case is designed for ATX, Micro-ATX or Mini-ITX motherboards. Decoupled mounting of the 3.5 inch hard disks and the PSU, anti-vibration case feet, tool free mounting of the optical drives and a step-less 2-channel fan control are included. And of course the Deep Silence 3 offers the exquisite looks and timeless elegance that users have come to expect from a Deep Silence case.

ASUS Announces Strix DSP, Strix Claw, Strix Tactic Pro and Strix Glide Series

ASUS today announced Strix DSP, a gaming headset with audio station, Strix Claw optical gaming mouse, Strix Tactic Pro mechanical gaming keyboard and Strix Glide Control and Glide Speed gaming mouse pads. The new products follow the recent launches of the Strix Pro gaming headset and Strix R9 280 and GTX 780 graphic cards, completing the Strix gaming-gear line-up that sharpens gamers' hearing and places everything under their control.

Taken from the ancient Roman and Greek word for owl, Strix is the brand name for the stunning new ASUS gaming-gear series. Strix means the keenest hearing, the sharpest eyesight and the ability to feel the environment, enabling the player to detect and react to even the slightest movement. Strix means survival on the very edge of instinct. Strix is in gamers' blood, just as it is in ours.

AMD to Drag Socket FM2+ On Till 2016

AMD's desktop processor and APU platforms are not expected to see any major changes till 2016, according to a BitsnChips report. The delay is attributed to a number of factors, including DDR4 memory proliferation (i.e. for DDR4 memory to get affordable enough for target consumers of APUs), and AMD's so-called "project Fast-Forward," which aims to place high-bandwidth memory next to the APU die, for the AMD's increasingly powerful integrated graphics solutions to overcome memory bottlenecks.

The company's upcoming "Carrizo" APU is targeted at low-TDP devices such as ultra-slim notebooks and tablets; and is the first chip to integrate AMD's next-generation "Excavator" CPU micro-architecture. "Carrizo" chips continue to use DDR3 system memory, and therefore it's possible that AMD may design a socket FM2+ chip based on "Excavator," probably leveraging newer silicon fab processes. But otherwise, socket FM2+ is here to stay.
Source: BitsnChips, Image Courtesy: VR-Zone

Thermaltake Debuts the Water 3.0 Ultimate All-In-One Liquid Cooling System

Thermaltake, being an industry leader in computer chassis, thermal solutions, and power supply units today launch the new Water 3.0 Ultimate, an All-In-One liquid cooling system with an large 360 mm radiator design especially to support the desires of enthusiasts.

Equipped with power as well as performance, Water 3.0 Ultimate is top of the line liquid cooler, compatible with universal socket type. When choosing a highly-efficient liquid cooler to control any escalating CPU temperatures, gamers definitely take easy, clean, and low-maintenance setup in consideration. And Water 3.0 Ultimate can be their best choice! The new Thermaltake All-In-One LCS Water 3.0 Series is designed to exceed user expectations. One simple upgrade allows users to enjoy a better cooling performance with superior CPU protection.
Thursday, July 24th 2014

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KINGMAX M.2 SATA3 SSD High Compatibility Interface Released

KINGMAX announces M.2 SSD high compatibility interface. The common interface M.2 SSD that made its debut in 2013 has started to enter the application market recently. The major memory manufacturer KINGMAX is now officially announcing the release of a new M.2 SSD product to manufacturers.

M.2 SSD (originally known as NGFF) evolved from the Mini PCI-E (PCI Express mini Card) specifications, and supports PCI-E and SATA interfaces simultaneously. This device covers a wide variety of products and allows great flexibility in connection designs. It also has powerful bandwidth expansion capabilities and is gradually become the main storage equipment of ultra-lightweight mobile computing products.
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