Thursday, April 28th 2016

AOC Unveils the AGON Series AG271QX 27-Inch Gaming Monitor

AOC, one of the top global brands in the display market, recently presented their premium line of gaming monitors - the AGON series. Its first model is the 27" (68.6 cm) AG271QX powered by a high-speed TN panel at a native resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels. It delivers ultra-smooth images with a 144 Hz refresh rate and a response time of 1 ms, supported by Adaptive-Sync Technology (FreeSync compatible, at a 30-144 Hz range) that reduces stuttering and tearing - focusing on the best gaming performance.

Gamers that play competitively not only rely on fast and smooth images, but also on instantaneously-executed commands and perfect vision in every situation. The AOC Low Input Lag mode disables picture post-processing on the monitor's electronics and, therefore, accelerates the command pass-through from mouse, keyboard and gamepad to result in immediate actions while the AOC Shadow Control enables gamers to quickly adjust contrast in overly dark or bright areas without sacrificing the quality of well-balanced areas across the rest of the screen.

ASRock and Intel Team up to Create One of the Smallest Mini PCs: DeskMini

Aside from appreciating a delicate compact design, most people barely recognize the artisanship and technology breakthrough it takes to shrink gizmos by even merely an inch. That said, it took two great minds, both Intel and ASRock working side by side to build one of the world's smallest mini PCs - ASRock DeskMini.

"We are excited to be working with ASRock as an ecosystem partner on innovative products," said Steve R. Peterson, Client Marketing and Enabling Director at Intel Corp. "The Mini Socket Technology Extended (Mini-STX) form factor adds the flexibility to support Intel LGA 1151 socket-based Intel processors in the mini PC segment. Ultimately, the Mini-STX component stack provides valuable configurability options for the channel, by extending the DT tower building block model into some of the smallest mini PCs available today."

ENERMAX Announces the New DFR Technology with D.F.PRESSURE

ENERMAX transcend itself by developing the PC fan- D.F. PRESSURE. With the patented DFR (Dust Free Rotation) technology, it allows the fan to swiftly blow away dust in order to prolong the lifespan and APS (Adjustable Peak Speed) control to balance between cooling performance and silent operation. D.F.PRESSURE is definitely the best choice for PC cooling and gaming systems.

Patented DFR (Dust Free Rotation) Technology
Thanks to the DFR (Dust Free Rotation) technology, it offers a total solution for self-cleaning: prolong the product lifetime and extend the intervals for fan and system cleaning maintenance. The revolutionary DFR technology makes the fan to spin in reverse action at the highest RPM set by the user for 10 seconds upon startup before it resume to the normal operation.

Satechi Releases Sleek, New Aluminum Mini Docking Station

Satechi, a brand known for its functional and sleek workspace accessories, has engineered a solution to organizing the ever-growing amount of ports needed to connect devices and peripherals. The new Aluminum Mini Docking Station is a compact hub that connects to a user's computer via USB and expands its functionality by offering four USB 3.0 ports, a gigabit Ethernet port, HDMI and DVI video connections, and a 3.5mm port for all connection needs.

MSI Launches E3 Krait Gaming V5 and E3M Workstation V5 Motherboards

MSI, world leading in motherboards and most popular brand in the gaming market is pleased to announce two new C232 based motherboards, the E3 KRAIT GAMING V5 and E3M WORKSTATION V5. With the their ability to use the less expensive Intel Xeon CPUs make both models a promising solution for users who are looking to build a Xeon based gaming or workstation PC while demanding reliable and long term system stability.

More Reliable Platform of LGA1151
The Intel Xeon processors are designed for use in workstation, servers or datacenters which require high stability and reliability. The E3 KRAIT GAMINNG V5 and E3M WORKSTAION V5 motherboards support Intel E3-1200 v5 series processors with a lot of CPU power, lower cost and great level of stability. Moreover, these two motherboards support ECC memory, offering better compatibility & stability and catering to the industries preferred choice over general non-ECC DDR4 memory.

SanDisk Announces the Z410 SSD

SanDisk Corporation, a global leader in flash storage solutions, today announced the SanDisk Z410 SSD, a cost-competitive, half-terabyte solid state drive (SSD) that enables manufacturers to design for a broad range of desktop PCs and laptops. The 15-nanometer, three-bits-per-cell based Z410 SSD delivers the performance, capacities and form factor ideal for mainstream computing platforms.

"SSDs are being rapidly adopted as the preferred storage option across the entire spectrum of the PC marketplace," said Tarun Loomba, vice president and general manager of Client Platform Solutions, SanDisk. "In addition to the performance and durability benefits that SSDs provide, the SanDisk Z410 SSD delivers storage that is ample for most consumers and the right size for typical corporate users. The Z410 is an important addition to our overall SSD portfolio, as our customers require a complete range of storage options, from home/office PCs to the latest high-performance, ultra-thin laptops."
Wednesday, April 27th 2016

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Seagate Now Shipping 10 TB Helium Enterprise Drive In Volume

Seagate Technology plc, a world leader in storage solutions, today announced it is now shipping in volume its 10 TB helium enterprise drives - the Seagate Enterprise Capacity 3.5 HDD. Engineered to meet the storage needs of top cloud service providers, the Enterprise Capacity 3.5 HDD features the industry's lowest power and weight for maximum space efficiency at the lowest energy usage - lowering the overall total cost of ownership (TCO) of today's large scale data centers. Currently the highest capacity drives available worldwide, these innovative new products are now available to purchase direct from global distributors.

"Seagate has the most comprehensive Nearline portfolio in the industry. Each of our Nearline products - including our new flagship 10 TB helium enterprise drive shipping today - is designed to help customers take maximum advantage of top technology trends that have the highest impact on their business," said Mark Re, CTO at Seagate. "While we offer a number of impressive technology advantages, at the end of the day customers really want solutions and insights that help them better leverage the value of their data so they can offer services and capabilities unmatched by their competitors. Seagate's 10TB helium drive is designed with these market mandates front of mind."
Tuesday, April 26th 2016

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Apple Reports Second Quarter FY2016 Results

Apple today announced financial results for its fiscal 2016 second quarter ended March 26, 2016. The Company posted quarterly revenue of $50.6 billion and quarterly net income of $10.5 billion, or $1.90 per diluted share. These results compare to revenue of $58 billion and net income of $13.6 billion, or $2.33 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. Gross margin was 39.4 percent compared to 40.8 percent in the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 67 percent of the quarter's revenue.

"Our team executed extremely well in the face of strong macroeconomic headwinds," said Tim Cook, Apple's CEO. "We are very happy with the continued strong growth in revenue from Services, thanks to the incredible strength of the Apple ecosystem and our growing base of over one billion active devices."

Lite-On Unveils Mu-II Series Solid-state Drives

Lite-On unveiled the Mu-II line of consumer SSDs. Built in the 2.5-inch form-factor with SATA 6 Gb/s interface, the drives come in capacities of 120 GB, 240 GB, and 480 GB. The drives feature Toshiba-made 15 nm TLC NAND flash memory. The 480 GB variant offers sequential speeds of up to 555 MB/s reads with 520 MB/s writes; the 240 GB and 480 GB variants, and up to 500 MB/s reads with up to 360 MB/s writes for the 120 GB variant. Standard features include TRIM and NCQ. The drives will be backed by 3-year warranties.

Source: Hermitage Akihabara

EK Water Blocks Ready with a Radeon Pro Duo Full-coverage Block

Slovenian liquid-cooling giant EK Water Blocks is ready with a full-coverage water block for AMD Radeon Pro Duo. The company teased its block in its clear-acrylic top with nickel-plated copper base variant, fitted to a card, with the tagline "There has never been so much GPU raw power stuffed on a single PCB," on the company's Facebook page. The block appears to feature a common coolant channel that passes through both VRM areas, the PCIe bridge chip, and large micro-fin lattices over the two GPUs. The block could be offered in other variants as well - with opaque acetal tops, exposed copper base, and combinations with clear-acrylic and nickel-plated copper bases.

AMD Radeon Pro Duo Performance Numbers Leaked

Ahead of its launch, performance numbers of AMD Radeon Pro Duo were leaked to the web by Expreview. Pitted against the $620 GeForce GTX 980 Ti, the $1,499 dual-GPU monstrosity is about 32 percent faster at 1080p (which sees CPU saturation), and on average 59.4 percent faster at 4K Ultra HD. The card is noted to conjure up more than playable frame-rates for all the games Expreview tested at 4K. Frame-rates were as low as 46 fps, and as high as 61 fps, indicating that the Pro Duo is the go-to single-card solution for Ultra HD. Find the review in the link below.

Source: Expreview, KitGuru

SilverStone Announces Raven Z (RVZ01B-E) with Large PSU Room

SilverStone updated the design of its smash-hit SFF case, the Raven Z, to accommodate full-size (ATX) PSUs. The new RVZ01B-E from SilverStone measures 382 x 350 x 105 mm, weighing 3.7 kg, and features a standard ATX (PS/2) power supply bay. Bear in mind, though, that you're limited to 150 mm long PSUs. Some >1000W boxes may still not fit. SilverStone recommends that you choose a 140 mm long PSU, for greater flexibility in dealing with your cable ramen. The company didn't announce availability, although it's reportedly priced at US $79.99.

Source: TomsHardware

AMD Polaris 10 "Ellesmere" as Fast as GTX 980 Ti: Rumor

At a presser in Taiwan for its Radeon Pro Duo launch, AMD talked extensively about its upcoming "Polaris" and "Vega" family of GPUs. The company appears to be betting heavily on two SKUs it plans to launch this June, Polaris 10 and Polaris 11. Polaris 10 is an internal designation to Radeon R9 490(X), based on the 14 nm "Ellesmere" silicon. It may be the biggest chip AMD builds on the "Polaris" architecture, but it won't exactly be a "big chip," in that it doesn't succeed "Fiji." That honor is reserved for "Vega," which debuts in early-2017.

The "Ellesmere" silicon is more of AMD's competitor to NVIDIA's GP104. It is rumored that the R9 490(X), based on this silicon, will offer consumers performance rivaling the GeForce GTX 980 Ti (ergo faster than the Radeon R9 Fury X), at a USD $300-ish price point. "Ellesmere" will be a lean-machine, physically featuring up to 2,560 4th generation GCN stream processors (2,304 enabled on Polaris 10), a possible 256-bit GDDR5X memory interface, and a deep sub-200W typical board power rating.

Source: GameDebate

AMD Releases the Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.4.2

AMD released its latest Radeon Software Crimson Edition drivers. Version 16.4.2 adds or updates CrossFire profiles for "Elite Dangerous" and "Need for Speed" (2016). It introduces full support for the XConnect Technology, an external graphics dock standard promoted by AMD. The drivers also fix crucial game-specific bugs related to "The Division," "SteamVR performance assessment," "Hitman (2016)" with CrossFire, and "Fallout 4" with CrossFire. Grab the drivers from the links below.
DOWNLOAD: AMD Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.4.2 for Windows 10/8.1/7 64-bit | Windows 10/8.1/7 32-bit
Monday, April 25th 2016

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Colorful Introduces the iGame Z170 Ymir-X Gaming Motherboard

Colorful Technology Company Limited, professional manufacturer of graphics cards and motherboards, proudly debuts its high-end gaming motherboard: the iGame Z170 Ymir-X for the latest 6th-generation Intel Core processors. As part of the iGame family of high-performance products intended for gamers and enthusiasts, this board sports the most sought-after features for the best gaming experience.

Sporting a rich arsenal of features, the iGame Z170 Ymir-X motherboard is built to let gamers experience the best from Colorful with powerful hardware built and designed for the most demanding gamers. Featuring 14-phase power delivery design for stable and reliable power delivery, complimented by 10K black gold solid caps and SANYO tantalum capacitors.

AMD HQ to Make Way for Luxury Apartments by the Irvine Company

The days are numbered for AMD's iconic Sunnyvale, California headquarters at One AMD Place (or 1090 E. Duane). The company is moving out of this property to another, smaller place elsewhere in Silicon Valley. AMD sold and leased-back this building to New York-based W.P. Carey in 1995 for $95 million, and has since been a tenant at the 319,000 square-foot campus, spread across a sprawling 32.5-acre site.

New Port Beach CA-based Irvine Company is set to acquire the site, and redevelop it into hundreds of apartments, according to multiple real-estate sources. With a shrinking payroll that's down to 9,100 today, following over 2,000 job-cuts since 2011, AMD is said to be moving to another location, and is in the market for a 175,000-225,000 square feet property to lease, elsewhere in Silicon Valley. This marks a 30-45% reduction in the company's office-space.

Source: Silicon Valley Business Journal

GIGABYTE Shows off Three Upcoming X99 Motherboards

At its PAX East booth, GIGABYTE showed off three of its upcoming socket LGA2011v3 motherboards, which it plans to launch alongside Intel's Core i7 "Broadwell-E" processors. The three include the X99-Designare EX, the X99 Phoenix SLI G1, and the X99 Ultra Gaming (pictured in that order). The running theme on these boards, apart from their design-language that's similar to GIGABYTE's Z170-series motherboards, is 32 Gb/s M.2 slots, even U.2 slots in some cases, reinforced PCIe - and in some cases even memory - slots, and USB 3.1, besides out of the box support for the latest CPUs.

The X99-Designare EX features five PCI-Express 3.0 x16 slots, from which three can function at x16 speed and two U.2 ports. GIGABYTE is probably betting on NVMe SSDs with U.2 connectors heavily. The X99 Phoenix SLI G1 appears to be a slightly more toned down board in terms of features. It features just four PCI-Express 3.0 x16 slots, wireless networking, and just one U.2 connector. Unlike the Designare, which is slotted in the company's mainline Ultra Durable lineup, this board is the company's new G1 Gaming offering for this platform. Then there's the X99 Ultra Gaming. This board is based on the same PCB as the X99 Phoenix SLI G1, lacks wireless networking, but features reinforced memory slots. The three boards could launch alongside Intel's new CPUs.

Source: GamersNexus

New GP104 ASIC Picture Hints at GTX 1080 with GDDR5X Memory

A new picture of NVIDIA GP104 "Pascal" ASIC surrounded with GDDR5X memory chips hints at the possibility of NVIDIA reserving the new fast memory standard for the GTX 1080, and older GDDR5 for the more affordable GTX 1070. The picture reveals a GP104 chip with the ASIC code "GP104-400-A1," surrounded by eight Micron-made GDDR5X memory chips. We know from an older article that this ASIC code denotes the top-tier GTX 1080. A second picture (recently posted) reveals a "GP104-200-A1" ASIC surrounded by conventional GDDR5 memory chips. This ASIC corresponds to the second-fastest GTX 1070.

GDDR5 and GDDR5X are nearly identical electrically, and it's quite conceivable that the GP104 chip features a memory controller that supports both standards. GDDR5 can be had at speeds of up to 8 Gbps, while GDDR5X chips can range between 10 Gbps thru 12 Gbps initially, with 14 Gbps chips planned for a little later. Besides memory, CUDA core count could be another factor that sets the two SKUs apart. NVIDIA is planning to launch a total of three SKUs based on the GP104 silicon, in June 2016, beginning with the GTX 1080 and GTX 1070 in early-June (probably along the sidelines of Computex 2016), and a third SKU in mid-June.

Source: WCCFTech
Sunday, April 24th 2016

CybertronPC's CLX Custom PC Line Now Available Online

CybertronPC is excited to announce their highly anticipated CLX custom PC line up is now available online via direct sale at www.CybertronPC.com/CLX. The CLX line encompasses CybertronPC's elite, fully customizable desktop and laptop systems, available with all the high-end details desired on boutique-style gaming systems that offer custom paint, lighting, and cabling options. The CLX systems are catered toward PC enthusiasts and hardcore gamers, offered with all of the latest tech and hardware available, and starting at a low $999.

The CLX Foundry, exclusive to the CLX line of systems offers the very best of performance options including hard or soft line liquid cooling options, thermal paste for CPU and GPU, and performance overclocking for CPU and GPU. CLX consists of 3 desktop families and laptop families, all with ancient Egyptian themed names.
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