Friday, October 2nd 2015

Today's Reviews

Graphics Cards

OCZ Storage Solutions Z-Drive 4500 Achieves VMware Ready Status

OCZ Storage Solutions, a Toshiba Group Company, today announced that its enterprise Z-Drive 4500 SSDs has achieved VMware Ready status. This designation indicates that after a detailed validation process, Z-Drive 4500 SSDs has achieved VMware's highest level of endorsement, and can be found on the VMware Solution Exchange (VSX) here.

"Driven by our Virtualized Controller Architecture Technology, the Z-Drive 4500 utilizes the full processing bandwidth of eight controllers working in unison which enables the storage subsystem to run more efficiently while delivering dominant small block / large block performance and low latency," said Bert Mauricio, director of Strategic Alliances, OCZ Storage Solutions. "By using Z-Drive 4500 SSDs with vSphere 5.x or 6.x, enterprises can deliver virtualized applications that can be accelerated while delivering fast and reliable access to data without burdening host CPU and memory resources."

Microsoft and ASUS Broaden Patent Licensing Engagement

Microsoft Corp. and ASUSTeK Computer Inc. (ASUS) on Thursday announced the expansion of an earlier patent licensing agreement between the companies. The deal includes a broad cross-license covering, for example, ASUS Android-based phones and tablets and Microsoft software, devices and services. It paves the way for closer integration between the two companies, including pre-installation by ASUS of Microsoft Office productivity services on ASUS Android smartphones and tablets. The agreement also facilitates technology sharing toward the development of new, innovative product solutions.

"This agreement delivers significant value for both companies. Beyond ensuring continued improvements to our products, it opens the door to the kind of collaboration between Microsoft and ASUS made possible only through mutual respect and alignment on intellectual property," said Nick Psyhogeos, president of Microsoft Technology Licensing LLC. ASUS General Counsel Vincent Hong said, "This agreement will give us both a greater ability to innovate for our customers. We see it leading to broad partnership opportunities for future technologies and a strengthened relationship between our two companies as leaders of the technology industry."

Synology Announces the RT1900ac Router

Synology Inc. today announced the Synology Router RT1900ac, a high-speed wireless router featuring robust connectivity for homes and offices, advanced networking tools, rich add-on software packages, as well as a user-friendly software experience.

Synology Router RT1900ac is powered by Synology Router Manager (SRM) operating system, which boasts professional-level networking tools at a consumer-friendly price point. Application Layer QoS (Quality of Service) makes it possible to monitor and control bandwidth consumption according to not only devices, but also individual applications. Equipped with a vast database of inappropriate websites, the DNS based Web-filter and Parental Control let business owners or parents block thousands of sites and create network access schedules for connected devices with a few simple clicks.

Lian Li Announces the PC-TU300 and TC-01 Trolley

Lian-Li Industrial Co. Ltd announces the PC-TU300 portable PC chassis. The largest of the TU series, the TU-300 packs a full ATX-size computer into a rugged, portable chassis compact enough to count as carry-on luggage. Alongside the case is its optional wheeled trolly accessory for the traveler. Its thick aluminum construction, locking mechanisms, and reinforced corners keep delicate components safe from bumps and pokes.

ITX systems are great for LAN parties, but a full ATX rig with room for multiple GPUs is better. The best feature of the PC-TU300 is its mobility - weighing only 3.8kg and measuring 218mm x 398mm x 440mm, it is compact and lightweight. The handle mounted on top makes it easy to pick up and move around, while the aluminum bumpers on the corners protect it from damage on the go. With its increased size, Lian Li offers an optional trolly to further improve mobility. The TC-01, or Trolly Cart 01, can be securely fastened to the side wall for easy transportation on wheels.
Thursday, October 1st 2015

Today's Reviews

Desktop PC
Graphics Cards

Netgear Introduces the Nighthawk X8 AC5300 Wi-Fi Router

Netgear, a global networking company that delivers innovative products to consumers, businesses and service providers, today introduced a WiFi router for your home that sets a new standard for speed, features and performance. The latest addition to the company's premium Nighthawk product line of WiFi routers, Nighthawk X8 AC5300 Smart WiFi Router (R8500) delivers astonishing Internet performance with combined WiFi speeds up to a blistering 5.3 Gbps (1000 Mbps + 2166 Mbps + 2166 Mbps), a new record for a home router. This quad-stream, tri-band router provides more Internet bandwidth for all the devices in your home, so everyone in the family can stream movies and music, download files, surf the web, share photos, and enjoy online gaming - simultaneously and without lag.

Engineered from the ground up with a stylish modern design, the Nighthawk X8 is performance perfected with the new Wave 2 AC WiFi. It is powered by an extremely powerful 1.4GHz dual core processor for faster connections; the industry's first, patent-pending Active Antennas to boost range; and three WiFi bands with quad-streams, 1024 QAM, and MU-MIMO capable for the fastest WiFi speeds. It also supports more wired connections with six Gigabit Ethernet ports including two that can be aggregated for faster file transfers. All told, the Nighthawk X8 pushes wireless performance and range to an extreme that is required for enabling your increasingly always-on networked life.

Barrow Liquid Cooling Products Now Available on ModMyMods

Liquid cooling gear maker Barrow launched a suite of products, available now on ModMyMods. These include a variety of unique fittings in various shapes and sizes, including themometer-embedded stops; reservoirs, splitters/junctions, rotary fittings, valves, extensions, quick-disconnect joints, snake-adapters, and more. Sufficed to say, Barrow has all the stuff that liquid-cooling enthusiasts could ever need, and which beginners didn't even know existed. The best part of course is their reasonable, mostly sub-$10 pricing, and international shipping from the folks at ModMyMods. Go check them out!

Cougar Announces the Arrival of 700M eSports Gaming Mouse

COUGAR, leading brand in the gaming peripherals sector, is proud to announce today the launch of a new addition to the 700M Gaming Mouse series: COUGAR 700M eSports. Based on last year's revolutionary design that made 700M one of the most desired gaming mice of the market, the 700M eSports version comes to offer a new choice for gamers. This new mouse includes most of 700M's features and adds a radically different look, with a new coating that sets it apart from the vast majority of the market both in appearance and in tactile feel.

This new product comes in two different colors, White and Red, which stand apart from the mainstream looks of ordinary mice. Adorned with motives inspired by competitive events, this new mouse is a limited edition. With a high end 8200 DPI Laser sensor and 8 buttons, 700M eSports is today one of the best choices a gamer can get his hands on. For those who want something truly different, now is the time to set oneself above the crowd.

MSI Announces GeForce GTX 980 Ti Gaming Golden Edition

MSI announced the GeForce GTX 980 Ti Gaming Golden Edition, a special variant of the GTX 980 Ti Gaming graphics card with a copper heatsink, gold-colored panels, and higher clock-speeds. This limited edition card offers out of the box clock speeds of 1190 MHz core, 1291 MHz GPU Boost, and 7096 MHz (GDDR5-effective) memory, compared to 1178/1279/7010 MHz on the standard red and black GTX 980 Ti Gaming card.

The main distinguishing feature of the Golden Edition card is its copper-fin heatsink, with exposed copper heat-pipes, compared to the aluminium fin heatsink with nickel-plated heat pipes on the standard GTX 980 Ti Gaming card. This lends the card a lot of weight, at 1,338 g compared to 1,068 g of the standard card; but also better heat dissipation. Complementing this, you have copper heat pipes with a gold-like finish, and gold colored accents on the panels (cooler shroud and back-plate). MSI didn't announce pricing or availability.

AMD Releases Catalyst 15.9.1 Beta Drivers

AMD released a quick follow-up to its recent Catalyst 15.9 Beta drivers, to address a major video memory leak bug that caused the company to pull 15.9 Beta from its download servers. The new Catalyst 15.9.1 Beta drivers address that issue, and carry over the feature-set from 15.9 Beta, including optimization for Star Wars Battlefront Beta, and Fable Legends. It also addresses a bug that caused DirectX Diagnostics (DXDIAG) to not display Direct3D feature-level 12_0 from correctly displaying for Radeon GPUs that support DirectX 12, on Windows 10. Grab the driver from the links below.
DOWNLOAD: AMD Catalyst 15.9.1 Beta for Windows 10/8.1/7 64-bit | Windows 10/8.1/7 32-bit

Samsung Announces World's First Wireless Charging Monitor

Samsung Electronics America, Inc., a leader in digital media and technology, today announced the SE370, the world's first monitor with an integrated wireless charging function for compatible mobile devices. The monitor, available in a 23.6-inch version, aims to declutter work areas by eliminating unnecessary cables for charging mobile devices.

"As a leader in both mobile devices and display technology, Samsung has combined our knowledge of consumer behavior and needs in these areas to create the SE370 wireless charging monitor," said Dave Das, Senior Vice President at Samsung Electronics America, Inc. "With consumers increasingly relying on mobile devices, we are proud to offer them the ability to declutter their workspace and use mobile devices simultaneously. As an industry-first, this monitor transforms the way users see and utilize their workspace, enabling them to work in a smarter and more efficient manner."

Samsung Expands Radiant360 Speaker Series

Samsung Electronics America, Inc. today unveiled three additions to its Wireless Audio Radiant360 speaker series - the R5, R3 and R1 models. The new speakers feature a breakthrough design that transforms the home entertainment experience with omnidirectional, balanced sound, regardless of speaker or listener position, and even more intuitive controls, new user interface and multiroom capability for greater convenience.

Developed in Samsung's new state-of-the-art U.S.-based Audio Lab, the R5, R3 and R1 join the R7 in the Wireless Radiant360 speaker series line launched earlier this year. Each utilizes Samsung's "Ring Radiator" technology to deliver a vibrant and rich audio experience with balanced room-filling sound, more so than any conventional speaker.
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