Monday, September 1st 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ASUS Rolls Out the Republic of Gamers Gladius Gaming Mouse

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

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

MSI TwinFrozr V Cooling Solution Teased

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

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


Source: MyDrivers

MSI X99 Motherboards Break 6 World Records

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

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

BitFenix Fury Passes Intel Haswell Testing

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

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

Dell Also Readies the UltraSharp U2415 16:10 IPS Monitor

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

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

Source: TFT Central

Dell Debuts the S2415H and S2715H Multimedia Monitors

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

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

Source: TFT Central

Team Group Launches DDR4 Memory for Desktop/Server Use

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

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

HighPoint Launches Thunderbolt 2 Hardware RAID and SATA JBOD Storage Solutions

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

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

Dell Releases UltraSharp U3415W Curved Ultra-Wide Monitor

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

Falcon Northwest Offering Intel Haswell-E-Powered Desktop PCs

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

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


Source: VentureBeat
Saturday, August 30th 2014

Creative Unveils the Sound Blaster E5 USB DAC and Headphone Amplifier

Creative Technology Ltd today launched the Sound Blaster E5 - Flagship of the "Sound Blaster E-Series", and a new audio solution for USB DAC and headphone amplifier. Boasting audiophile-grade specifications and components, the Sound Blaster E5 is designed to deliver bit-perfect audio, allowing mobile users to experience audio as the artists intended.

The new flagship product is an extension of Sound Blaster's E-Series line of compact portable USB audio solutions. Launched in May 2014, the Sound Blaster E-Series includes the Sound Blaster E1 and Sound Blaster E3.

Huntkey Officially Announces X-MAN DIY Chassis at ChinaJoy 2014

Huntkey Enterprise Group, a global professional power supply provider, has demonstrated the colorful X-MAN DIY chassis to the gamers for the first time at ChinaJoy 2014.

Following the E3 in U.S. , and the Tokyo Game Show in Japan, ChinaJoy has become one of the greatest events of the world's game industry. It is meant to strengthen domestic game supervision in China , actively regulate the Chinese market, and rigorously fight against piracy, in order to encourage and support the development and the sales of legal game products.
Friday, August 29th 2014

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XOTIC PC Outlines its "Haswell-E" Gaming Desktop Lineup

XOTIC PC has served the needs of gamers, designers and business owners since 1999 is now offering the newest and greatest in computer technology; X99 chipset motherboards and Intel Haswell E processors on many of its gaming desktop solutions.

X99 testing at XOTIC PC began weeks ago with many fresh off the press pre-production motherboard samples from top motherboard manufacturers in the industry including ASUS, EVGA, Gigabyte and MSI. XOTIC PC Production Manager, Chris O. shares, "With Intel's new 8-core CPUs (i7-5960X Extreme), we've seen performance increases anywhere between 30-50% which is mostly attributed to an increase to 20MB in L3 Intel Cache on the CPUs, and with them now being 8-core. In combination with the newest DDR4 memory modules, specifically from Corsair, we've seen bandwidth increases as high as 50%."

EVGA Debuts Its X99 Motherboard Lineup

The EVGA X99 lineup has arrived. EVGA has rebuilt its motherboard lineup for the next generation Intel platform, offering a stunning set of new features and overclocking support. These motherboards also feature EVGA's new GUI BIOS that focuses on the best overclocking support, functionality, and are straight and to the point, the way a modern BIOS should be.

The Intel X99 platform unlocks incredible performance:
  • Supports up to 16 CPU threads (8-core)
  • First desktop platform to support DDR4 memory
  • Up to 40 PCI-E 3.0 lanes
  • Native SATA 6.0Gb/s & USB 3.0
  • Up to 20 MB CPU Cache on 8 Core CPU

Plantronics Invites Gamers to Experience Cutting Edge Audio at PAX Prime 2014

Plantronics (NYSE: PLT), a global leader in audio communications, will be at this year's PAX Prime in Seattle showing off the latest in high-end gaming audio with headsets for every gamer - console, PC and mobile. Attendees will have a chance to experience RIG gaming headsets at the Plantronics booth (#3446), and check out Plantronics partners Portalarium (Shroud of the Avatar), Absolute Software (LoJack), Coffee Stain (Goat Similator), EPIC Games (Infinity Blade) and Wargaming (World of Tanks).

Plantronics will be demonstrating two new gaming headsets, RIG Surround and RIG Flex. RIG Surround is the first RIG headset to offer Dolby Surround 7.1 to get your adrenaline pumping with totally immersive positional audio. RIG Flex provides gamers the flexibility to enjoy superior audio whether they are gaming on their PC or enjoying music on the go.

AVADirect Custom Gaming Systems Now Equipped with Intel Haswell-E CPUs

Exciting news today as AVADirect announces the release of an all new line of Intel enthusiast processors, the formally codenamed Haswell-E processor. These CPU's represent a quantum leap in performance, with Intel bringing their first enthusiast class 8-core CPU to market with an 8 core processor to market.

Moving forward with the already stellar improvements from the Haswell Devil's Canyon refresh, these Core i7 E CPUs are built for the bleeding edge enthusiast. Leveraging massively improved multi-threaded performance, up to 45% over a 4 core system and the power and throughput of the just launched X99 Express chipset, which is the first to support DDR 4 standard memory this new product line is exactly what gamers, overclocking fans and content creators have been waiting on.

G.SKILL Ripjaws 4 Achieves DDR4 Memory Record at 4004 MHz

G.SKILL International Co. Ltd., the leading high performance memory designer and manufacturer, is proud to announce breaking the DDR4 memory speed record at 4004 MHz extreme frequency.

G.SKILL never stops pushing the computing performance to the limits. Over the past few months, G.SKILL has been dedicated to develop the fastest DDR4 memory and test the performance boundary on the latest Intel X99 platform. All the hard work has finally paid off. G.SKILL Ripjaws 4 Series DDR4 memory broke the DDR4 4 GHz barrier under LN2 extreme cooling, using the ASUS ROG X99 Rampage V Extreme Motherboard and Intel Core i7-5930K CPU.

This incredible score has been validated by CPU-Z.

ORIGIN PC Launches the First 8-core Intel Core i7 Extreme Processor

ORIGIN PC announced today the availability of the new Intel Core i7 "Haswell-E" processors on their line of award-winning GENESIS and MILLENNIUM desktops powered by the latest Intel X99 Chipset. Achieve champion status with the first 8-core, Intel Core i7 Extreme Edition processor with unlocked, unleashed, and uncompromised performance like never before on an ORIGIN PC GENESIS or MILLENNIUM desktop.

Based on the latest 22 nm Haswell-E Microarchitecture, the new Intel Core i7 Processors also features support for the latest in DDR4 memory, Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0, and Intel Hyper-Threading Technology to deliver unrivaled performance. Gain the ultimate performance today with your new ORIGIN PC GENESIS or MILLENNIUM desktops using the power of Intel's latest Core i7 Processors!

CYBERPOWERPC Updates Desktop Line with Intel X99 Chipset and Core i7 EE CPU

CyberPower Inc.,a global manufacturer of custom gaming PCs, gaming laptops, and performance workstations, today announced the immediate availability of custom desktop computers featuring Intel X99 chipset motherboards and new Intel Core i7 Processors (formerly codenamed Haswell-E).

CYBERPOWERPC has updated its entire product line with the new hardware from Intel, which features brand new industry-leading technology and performance across the board. The Intel X99 chipset introduces a variety of new technologies to the high-end enthusiast computing market. The switch to DDR4 memory provides over twice the average clock speeds and data transfer rates compared to the previous generation, along with better power efficiency.

Velocity Micro Announces the Availability of Intel 'Haswell-E' Core i7 Processors

Velocity Micro, the premier builder of award winning enthusiast desktops, laptops, and peripherals announces the availability of gaming PCs and workstation PCs featuring the newest Intel Core processors, formally codenamed Haswell-E. Hand-crafted configurations in the Raptor gaming class and select ProMagix workstations start at $2,299, with shipments beginning immediately.

"This launch from Intel is one of the biggest steps forward in recent memory. For gamers taking on 4K, media creators, and workstation users, things just got even better," said Randy Copeland, President and CEO of Velocity Micro. "We're excited to be able to offer these new processors as a part of our ongoing pursuit to create an ultra-performance, cutting-edge desktop PC product."

ASUS Announces X99 Series Motherboards

ASUS today announced X99-Deluxe, X99-Pro and X99-A, three new ATX motherboards based on the Intel X99 chipset and packed with exclusive technologies, including OC Socket and 5-Way Optimization, to ensure ultimate performance from the latest LGA 2011-v3 Intel Core i7 processors.

X99-Deluxe is the flagship model, with a bundled ASUS Hyper M.2 x4 expansion card for ultra-fast 32 Gbit/s transfer speeds; onboard 3x3 (3T3R) 802.11ac for ultra-fast Wi-Fi speeds of up to 1,300 Mbit/s; and an ASUS Fan Extension Card for flexible additional cooling. With a cool, streamlined outlook that includes a broad, striking-white shield, X99-Deluxe and X99-Pro also deliver the futuristic style and strong performance demanded by PC enthusiasts.

MAINGEAR Upgrades Desktop Line with Intel's New Core I7-5960X EE Processor

MAINGEAR - award-winning custom gaming PC builder of custom desktops, laptops, and workstations - today significantly expanded its custom PC options by adding the new Intel X99 Express chipset, offering improved performance and unlocking significantly enhanced potential, across all MAINGEAR desktops.

MAINGEAR desktops featuring the all-new 8-core 5960X Intel Core i7 Extreme Edition processor will provide up to a 45 percent performance increase over previous 4 core processor systems. It is also the first unlocked desktop processor that supports up to 4 channel DDR4-2133 memory, giving more overclock options for gamers and professional users for flawless gameplay and dramatically reduces editing time for RAW photos and HD videos.

Corsair and ASUS Create World's Fastest Production DDR4 Memory Kit

Corsair, a worldwide leader in high-performance PC components and ASUS a worldwide leader in motherboards, today announced the availability of the Corsair Dominator Platinum DDR4 memory kits in 3300 MHz, 3200 MHz and 3000 MHz speeds - the world's fastest production memory kits. Corsair developed the new high-speed DDR4 memory in close collaboration with ASUS, tuning and validating the memory timings to take advantage of the optimized DRAM layout and UEFI firmware of ASUS's new X99 motherboards. The new Dominator DDR4 memory kits, when paired with the ASUS X99 Deluxe and Rampage V Extreme motherboards, creates some of the fastest, most stable enthusiast PC platforms available for the new Intel Core i7 processors (codenamed Haswell-E).

"Our rigorous validation with ASUS has enabled us to make Dominator Platinum 3300 MHz the fastest desktop DDR4 memory available at launch," said Thi La, Chief Operating Officer at Corsair. "Our OC team and engineers are excited to see such performance headroom the new Intel platform and are looking forward to releasing even faster kits in the near future."

Alienware Unveils the New Area-51 Gaming Desktop

Alienware, the leader in high-powered gaming systems, is announcing the return of the legendary Alienware Area-51 performance gaming desktop, packing the newest technologies from Intel, NVIDIA and AMD, to give gamers high frame rate fragging at any resolution. The Area-51 is Alienware's newest flagship desktop gaming system engineered to perform at beyond Ultra HD resolutions and multi-monitor setups, while meeting the requirements of the most demanding gamers on the planet.

A Legacy of Excellence
The Area-51 pays homage to the storied legacy of gaming excellence started by Alienware nearly two decades ago. Fueled by the love of gaming, the original Alienware Area-51 set the industry standard for performance gaming systems. Maximizing performance first and foremost, the Area-51 delivered the best technologies to gamers who demanded only the best. Alienware's newest flagship performance gaming system features a new revolutionary chassis design and packs the latest and greatest hardware to give gamers the ultimate gaming experiences.

Kingston HyperX Demos DDR4 Memory at PAX Prime

HyperX, a division of Kingston Technology Company, Inc., the independent world leader in memory products, today announced it will demo next-generation HyperX Predator DDR4 Memory during PAX Prime 2014 in Seattle, Washington, beginning today through September 1, 2014. HyperX Predator DDR4 kits will ship in September. HyperX Predator DDR4 memory is specifically designed for the next generation Intel X99 chipset and the Haswell-E processor. The combination of high frequency, low voltage and aggressive CAS latencies in the HyperX DDR4 memory kits provide users with one of the fastest solutions on the market. HyperX Predator DDR4 memory will be available in 16GB kits of four starting at 1.2V, and frequencies from 2133MHz to 3000MHz.

"With the industry launch of DDR4 memory, the HyperX team is excited to have our Predator DDR4 memory ready for the next generation of PC enthusiasts who continually want the absolute best performance possible from their system," said Edward Baily, business manager, HyperX. "Gamers can also turn to HyperX for all of their peripheral hardware needs from the comfortable and great sounding Cloud headset to the speedy and accurate Skyn mouse pad. As HyperX continues to support the world of gaming and eSports, we hope the community sees us a trusted leader in the gaming hardware industry."

XOTIC PC Partners With Intel for the New Intel Core i7 Desktop Giveaway

XOTIC PC has served the needs of gamers, designers and business owners since 1999 with custom built laptop and desktop PC's. With their presence at this year's Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) Prime Convention in Seattle, WA they have partnered with one of the biggest companies in the technology industry, Intel and they will be offering the first ever built X99 desktop giveaway to PAX Prime 2014 attendees.

X99 Intel Chipset, LGA 2011-3, along with new Intel Haswell E CPUs are set to be released to the general public on August 29, 2014, same as the opening day of PAX Prime. XOTIC PC has partnered with industry leading manufacturers Intel, EVGA and Gigabyte to offer PAX Prime 2014 attendees a powerful X99 gaming desktop valued at over $3,000.00 USD.

Digital Storm Adds Intel X99 Chipset to Enthusiast Level Gaming PCs

Digital Storm is excited to add Intel's X99 Chipset to its line of high performance gaming systems, like the award winning Aventum II. The X99 launch marks a giant step forward in the evolution of technology at the enthusiast PC performance level.

"The goal with all our systems is to maximize performance" said Harjit Chana, Chief Brand Officer. "That means arming each Digital Storm system with the bleeding edge technology needed to dominate the competition."

GIGABYTE Launches Its X99 Series Motherboards

GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co. Ltd., a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards, today announced the availability of their new X99 motherboard lineup based on the Intel X99 chipset with support for Intel's new Core i7 Extreme Edition (LGA 2011-v3 socket) processors and latest DDR4 memory support. Featuring 3 main categories of motherboards including G1 gaming, SOC overclocking and signature GIGABYTE Ultra Durable, GIGABYTE has an X99 series motherboard custom built for any 'Dream Machine' build.

"Given this incredibly powerful platform from Intel, GIGABYTE wanted to make sure each one of our X99 series motherboards delivered that 'WOW' factor for our enthusiast customers," commented Henry Kao, Vice President of GIGABYTE Motherboard Business Unit. "In addition to being the first motherboards to support the latest Intel Core i7 Extreme Edition CPUs and recently released DDR4 memory, GIGABYTE X99 motherboards offer an extensive range of unique GIGABYTE features that truly unlock the full potential of the platform."

The Stilt Drives AMD FX-8370 to 8722.78 MHz

Finnish overclocker "The Stilt" overclocked his brand new AMD FX-8370 to a record-breaking 8722.78 MHz. The target was achieved using a base-clock of 276.91 MHz, and a multiplier of 31.5x, core voltage of 2.004V, and DRAM frequency of 1107 MHz (2214 MHz DDR). Other hardware included an ASUS Crosshair V Formula-Z motherboard, and 2x 4 GB of AMD made DDR3 memory. The setup was cooled by a liquid nitrogen evaporator. Find the validation and other details here.

MSI X99S GAMING 9 AC Motherboard Features Onboard Streaming Engine

MSI, world leading in motherboard technology, is pleased to announce its release of the MSI X99S GAMING 9 AC motherboard. The MSI X99S GAMING 9 AC is a custom designed motherboard, specifically for gamers who demand the best onboard gaming features, ready to e0-mbrace all new DDR4 memory and 8 core CPU power. The imposing heatsinks and Dragon Armor on the MSI X99S GAMING 9 AC motherboard highlight its unique features. Its masterpiece is Streaming Engine, a premium dedicated onboard hardware streaming solution for streaming gaming activities at 1080p 60Mbps without impacting FPS and gameplay. The MSI X99S GAMING 9 AC also comes with Audio Boost 2, USB Audio Power, Killer LAN, Turbo M.2 32Gb/s, SATA Express, Intel Wi-Fi AC and 4-way Multi-GPU support.

MSI introduces the world's first onboard hardware streaming solution, called Streaming Engine. A dedicated onboard hardware card which delivers even better performance and quality than Intel Quick Sync (which is not supported on the X99 platform), because having superior video quality and streaming performance is essential when sharing gaming activities with the world. Gamers can stream at amazing 1080p 60 Mbps quality using HD H.264 hardware compression.

NVIDIA Cuts GeForce GTX TITAN-Z Price by 37 Percent, But for OEMs Only

With a price-tag of US $2,999, the GeForce GTX TITAN-Z from NVIDIA is the most expensive consumer graphics card in recent times. You needn't be a Vulcan to tell that it's overpriced by a lot, and that NVIDIA is selling these cards at a gargantuan margin. In a bid to see more system builders sell the card to their high-paying customers, NVIDIA cut prices of the card, by as much as 37 percent. An OEM partner will now be able to source a GTX TITAN-Z from NVIDIA for as less as $1,830. What they do with the cards - such as charging the full $2,999 for the option, is their business. DIY users will still have to cough up three grand for one of these illogical cards.

Source: Sweclockers

ASUS Rampage V Extreme Is the Company's Flagship Motherboard

Every company has a flagship product or service. ASUS, which started out as a motherboard brand, has its newest, the ROG Rampage V Extreme. Based on the Intel X99 Express chipset, the board drives Core i7-5000 "Haswell-E" HEDT processors. It begins with a high-current 8-phase CPU VRM that draws power from a combination of 24-pin ATX, 8-pin EPS, and 4-pin ATX connectors. The CPU socket is wired to eight DDR4 DIMM slots, and five PCI-Express 3.0 x16 slots (one of which features a lane bypass).

Storage connectivity on the Rampage V Extreme includes 12 SATA 6 Gb/s, one SATA-Express, and an M.2 with PCIe 2.0 x4 physical layer. Other connectivity includes SupremeFX 2014 audio, Intel-made gigabit Ethernet, 802.11 ac WLAN with Bluetooth 4.0, fourteen USB 3.0 ports (ten on the rear panel, four by headers), and high-current USB 2.0 ports so your USB gaming peripherals never run out of juice. The usual complement of ROG-exclusive features are present.
Source: Sweclockers

Intel Launches its Core i7-5000 Series High-end Desktop Platform

Intel launched its next-generation Core i7-5000 series high-end desktop platform, consisting of socket LGA2011-V3 Core i7 processors, and compatible motherboards based on the Intel X99 Express chipset. The platform is an upscaling of the "Haswell" micro-architecture, codenamed "Haswell-E" and targets Ultra HD gamers, media professionals, and PC enthusiasts. The platform begins with the "Haswell-E" silicon, which physically features eight "Haswell" CPU cores, a staggering 20 MB of L3 cache, a quad-channel DDR4 integrated memory controller, and a 40-lane PCI-Express Gen 3.0 root complex. Three SKUs are carved out of this silicon.

The series is led by the Core i7-5960X. Intel's first eight-core processor for the high-end desktop market, this chip features HyperThreading, which enables 16 logical CPUs for the OS to play with, 20 MB of L3 cache, and clock speeds of 3.00 GHz, with 3.50 GHz maximum Turbo Boost. It commands a price of $999. Next up, is the Core i7-5930K. A six-core chip with HyperThreading that enables 12 logical CPUs, this chip features 15 MB of L3 cache, clock speeds of 3.50 GHz with 3.70 GHz maximum Turbo Boost, and a US $583 price-tag. The most affordable chip is the Core i7-5820K. At US $389, it's the cheapest six-core HEDT chip by Intel (at launch). It features 12 MB of L3 cache, and clock speeds of 3.30 GHz, with 3.60 GHz of Turbo Boost. Too good to be true? Not so fast. It features a slimmer 28-lane PCIe root complex, so certain multi-GPU configurations won't run optimally. The Intel X99 Express chipset corrects many of the shortcomings of its predecessor, the X79 Express. It features a meaty storage controller that offers ten SATA 6 Gb/s ports, one or more SATA-Express, and M.2 slots. It also integrates a 6-port USB 3.0 host controller, and two independent 4-port USB 2.0 host controllers.

ASRock's Upgraded Super Alloy X99 Series Motherboards Unveiled

We have been here before, haven't we? Back in the days when we were used to having X79-chipset based motherboard for building up the supercomputers, and setting up the incredible rig on the face of earth, a brand new chipset motherboard with unassuming power came along and changed everything. It is ASRock's Super Alloy X99 motherboard series. The long-awaited X99 gears based on Haswell-E architecture were born today, including the prestigious Extreme Series, gamers' most wanted Fatal1ty Killer Series and crazy Nick Shih's Overclocking Series.

To identify the flagship motherboards among the three product lines, that would be X99 Extreme6, X99 OC Formula and Fatal1ty X99 Professional. Using out of the world to describe ASRock's top-end motherboards X99 OC Formula and Fatal1ty X99 Professional is actually an understatement. Two motherboards boast a whopping 12 Power Phase Design with 24 Dual-N MOSFETs, which can reach up to an unearthly 1300W support! In addition, two boards are equipped with dual M.2 sockets to satisfy more demands, one Ultra M.2 PCIe Gen3 x4 slot for experiencing the fastest M.2 performance and one M.2 PCIe Gen2 x4 & SATA3 socket for users who would like to equip dual M.2 devices.

MSI Introduces Five X99 Motherboards

MSI, world leader in motherboard technology, is pleased to announce the launch of the new MSI X99 motherboards line-up. Featuring 5 models, the MSI X99S GAMING 9 AC, X99S GAMING 7, X99S XPOWER AC, X99S MPOWER and X99S SLI PLUS, MSI caters to everyones needs.

With a long history of unique and high performing motherboards under any condition, MSI X99 motherboards are all based on Military Class 4 components and are packed with a freight train of features. All MSI X99 motherboards feature Turbo M.2 to drive your SSD up to 32 Gb/s and SATA Express for the latest technology in data storage. MSI X99 also offers full support for Quad SLI and CrossFire configurations, whether you demand the highest FPS when GAMING, Overclocking or rendering graphics.

Apacer Launches DDR4 2133 MHz Memory Modules

A standard accessory for computer equipment for 8 years since 2007, DDR3 memory is gradually lagging behind the needs for higher performance in industrial and business application. As a result, the Joint Electron Device Engineering Council (JEDEC) developed the memory specifications for new-generation DDR4, while Intel launched the DDR4-compatible Haswell-E processor platform in 2014.It is a trend that DDR4 memory will be applied to the new motherboard of commercial products such as personal computers and servers, and further built into smartphones, tablet PCs and other consumer mobile devices.

To adapt to the changing market trend, Apacer newly launches the DDR4 2133 4 GB/8 GB Unbuffered DIMM, which combines the advantages of both high speed and low power consumption. Compared to its predecessor, its work clock rate is 2,133 Mbps with the transmission bandwidth boosted up to 17 GB/s, delivering a 14% improvement in performance. In terms of power consumption, an extra-low voltage of 1.2V delivers a 25% reduction in voltage, concurrently reducing the stand-by power consumption by 50%. "The advantages of this DDR4 help reduce power consumption effectively, maintain a low-temperature system and enhance integral stability while enabling performance improvement," stressed David Lin, PC Application Product Division Senior Director of Apacer indicated.
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TRENDnet Launches Outdoor PoE Access Point

TRENDnet, a best-in-class wired and wireless networking hardware brand, today announces the availability of the 10 dBi Outdoor PoE Access Point, model TEW-738APBO. "The TEW-738APBO provides the ability to extend an existing network to a remote location or connect to a wireless internet service provider network," stated stated Sonny Su, TRENDnet technology director. "It's rated for extreme weather conditions and features a powerful internal directional antenna."
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