Wednesday, August 27th 2014

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EK Introduces New Flagship CPU Water Block

EK Water Blocks, Ljubljana based liquid cooling gear manufacturer, is proud to introduce the successor to EK-Supremacy flagship performance universal CPU water block.

EK-Supremacy EVO is an evolution of a EK-Supremacy flagship performance water block, introduced in 2012. More than one year worth of round-clock development, CFD analysis and rigorous testing is now resulting in ultimate performance, unmatched by any other product on the market.

Eurocom Offers TPM and High-End Graphics Support in the Panther 5 and X7

The EURCOM Panther 5 and EUROCOM X7 are ultra-high performance systems with no performance or security compromise. Both support up to two graphics processors in SLI or CrossFireX, as well as Quadro, while the Panther 5 supports the most powerful desktop processors on earth, while the X7 supports the most powerful mobile processors on earth combined with Thunderbolt technology. Trusted Platform Modules are supported to provide a fundamental aspect to IT security: the root of trust. Embedded into these systems, the TPM provides a proven, safe foundation for more secure computing.

"Video game design teams from all over the world require the highest possible graphics cards such as dual NVIDIA GeForce GTX 880M cards combined with TPM chips for security in a single, mobile system with Thunderbolt technology. We are seeing a great deal of interest in the EUROCOM X7 and EUROCOM Panther 5 from game developers who need a secure, mobile system with the capability of their desktop" Mark Bialic, Eurocom President.

Gigabyte X99-UD7 WiFi Leads Company's Mainline

Much like ASUS, Gigabyte has branched its high-end DIY motherboard lineup into gamer and overclocker-centric ones, while retaining a mainline. The Gaming G1 series targets gamers, while the SuperOverclock Force (SOC Force) targets overclockers. The mainline Ultra Durable brand still draws some buyers to it, and Gigabyte has them covered with a high-end motherboard that gives them a balanced feature-set. The X99-UD7 is that product.

The X99-UD7 features a PCB that's 90% identical to that of the X99 Gaming G1 WiFi. The 10% that remains is toward the board's south-west, where the X99-UD7 features a different onboard audio solution across the "fence" (ground-layer isolation). The one on the X99-UD7 features audio-grade electrolytic capacitors, although not the green Nichicon-made ones found on the X99 Gaming G1 WiFi. It also lacks user-replaceable OPAMP. The rest of the feature-set is identical, barring cosmetic differences, like the heatsink color scheme.

HP Recalling 6 Million Laptop Power Cords

Yesterday HP together with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada issued a recall of just over 6 million (6.023.700 to be exact) notebook AC power cords that pose a potential fire and burn hazard. The cord recalled is named LS-15 and it has been sold with HP and Compaq notebooks and accessories from September 2010 to June 2012.

To date HP got 29 reports of the LS-15 cable overheating and melting or charring, causing property damage and minor burns. Customers are advised to stop using the cable and contact HP for a free replacement.

ASUS X99-Deluxe Leads Company's Mainline

ASUS will address the socket LGA2011-3 motherboard market with three of its brands, the gamer and overclocker-centric ROG (Republic of Gamers), the durable TUF (The Ultimate Force) brand, and its mainline brand, which features a balanced feature-set between the two. Its flagship motherboard will be the X99-Deluxe. Pictured below, this ATX motherboard is one of the most feature-rich ever built by ASUS. It draws power from 24-pin ATX and 8-pin EPS power connectors. The CPU is powered by an 8-phase VRM, and the memory by a 4-phase one. The socket is flanked by eight DDR4 DIMM slots. Expansion slots include four PCI-Express 3.0 x16, one PCI-Express 2.0 x16 (electrical x4), and an additional PCI-Express 2.0 x4.

Storage connectivity on the ASUS X99-Deluxe includes twelve SATA 6 Gb/s ports, one SATA-Express 10 Gb/s port, and a "standing" M.2 slot with PCI-Express 2.0 x4 physical layer. There are 14 USB 3.0 ports in all (ten on the rear panel, four by headers). Network connectivity includes two gigabit Ethernet interfaces (both driven by Intel-made controllers), 802.11 ac WLAN, and Bluetooth 4.0. The 8-channel onboard audio, dubbed Crystal Sound 2, features a high SNR DAC, audio-grade electrolytic capacitors, a headphones amp circuit, and ground-layer isolation.

ASRock Fatal1ty X99 Professional Pictured, Too

It turns out that the Fatal1ty X99X Killer isn't the only Fatal1ty-branded X99 motherboard ASRock is planning. There's also its bigger sibling designed for high-end gaming PC builds with four graphics cards, the Fatal1ty X99 Professional. The board is based on the same exact PCB as the ASRock X99 OC Formula, and has mostly the same feature-set, barring a few differences. To begin with, its VRM limits aren't as high, so it won't deliver up to 1300W of CPU power. The voltage and clock limits overall are lower. The board trades its pro-overclocker credentials for pro-gamer ones. One of its gigabit Ethernet interfaces is a Killer E2200 gaming NIC. The onboard audio is tuned for higher-impedance headphones on all channels (to drive multi-channel headsets). It also features USB 2.0 ports with higher power output, and voltage stabilizer circuitry, so your USB headsets don't run out of power.

ASRock X99 OC Formula Pictured

Here are the first pictures of ASRock X99 OC Formula, the Nick Shih-designed socket LGA2011-3 motherboard for professional overclockers. Designed for CPU and memory overclocking, apart from running up to four graphics cards in multi-GPU configs, the board can supply a claimed "1300W" of maximum CPU power, using its 12-phase CPU VRM. Memory is care of a 4-phase VRM. The board draws power from a combination of 24-pin ATX, 8-pin EPS, 4-pin ATX, and 4-pin Molex power connectors, to stabilize the various power domains.

The LGA2011-3 socket is wired to eight DDR4 DIMM slots, which can support up to 64 GB of quad-channel DDR4 memory. The board features BIOS options that can let you crank DRAM frequencies over 4000 MHz. Expansion slots include four PCI-Express 3.0 x16 (x16/x8/x16/x8), an mPCIe 2.0 x1 (for WLAN cards), and one PCI-Express 2.0 x16 (physical x4). Storage connectivity includes two M.2 slots, from which one is an "Ultra M.2" slot, which is wired to the CPU, and features physical-layer PCI-Express 3.0 x4; and ten SATA 6 Gb/s ports. The board offers ten USB 3.0 ports (six on the rear panel, four by headers). 8-channel HD audio with audio-grade capacitors and ground-layer isolation; two gigabit Ethernet interfaces, at least one of which is Intel-made, make for the rest of it.
Tuesday, August 26th 2014

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Samsung Starts Mass Producing First 3D TSV Technology Based DDR4 Modules

Samsung Electronics, Ltd. announced today that it has started mass producing the industry's first 64 gigabyte (GB), double data rate-4 (DDR4), registered dual Inline memory modules (RDIMMs) that use three dimensional (3D) "through silicon via" (TSV) package technology. The new high-density, high-performance module will play a key role in supporting the continued proliferation of enterprise servers and cloud-based applications, as well as further diversification of data center solutions.

The new RDIMMs include 36 DDR4 DRAM chips, each of which consists of four 4-gigabit (Gb) DDR4 DRAM dies. The low-power chips are manufactured using Samsung's most advanced 20-nanometer (nm) class* process technology and 3D TSV package technology.

ViewSonic Partners with NaviSite to Deliver Cloud-Based Virtual Desktops

ViewSonic Corp., a leading global provider of visual solution products, announces that it has partnered with NaviSite to deliver Desktop as a Service (DaaS) systems for cloud-based virtual desktop environments. NaviSite's DaaS will work together with ViewSonic's VDI-based hardware to seamlessly run virtualized environments, enabling the transition to a cloud infrastructure without encumbering IT operations.

ViewSonic and NaviSite will deliver scalable, flexible off-site, cloud-hosted solutions. ViewSonic's line of award-winning VDI products will be compatible with NaviSite's DaaS for optimum performance, showing off the flexibility and manageability of a cloud-based virtual desktop infrastructure. The NaviSite DaaS solution offers a secure and fully managed cloud-computing foundation, leveraging its NaviCloud platform. It is engineered around usability, scalability and efficiency, allowing businesses to work around current and future technologies and growth.

BRAVEN Introduces the 705 Portable Wireless Speaker

BRAVEN paints the audio world in vibrant colors with the 705 portable Bluetooth speaker. The ideal mobile speaker for tune lovers wishing to add a pop of color to their everyday music companion, BRAVEN's 705 features an outstanding combination of HD sound, striking design, and colorful personality.

Available in eight lively colors, BRAVEN 705 offers more than just stunning looks. The 705 delivers amazing sound for over 12 hours, has the modern style and vivid colors to fit every occasion, and doubles as a portable battery to charge your smartphone and other USB devices. A true multi-purpose speaker, the 705 is clutch-sized, can fill the room with loud and clear sound, and showcases a unibody design with clean lines and sleek curves.

GammaTech Adds P24 Series All-in-One PC to Its DURABOOK Lineup

GammaTech Computer Corp., a major international manufacturer and supplier of innovative notebook, tablet, and PC devices, has added a series of all-in-one computers to its award-winning DURABOOK lineup. Featuring a 24" full high-definition display, the thin-style P24 lineup comes with a powerful 4th generation Intel Haswell Core processor, and special features such as a proximity sensor and an internal UPS battery that provides backup power. Additionally, the lineup includes an optional upgraded model designed specifically for the healthcare industry.

"Designed with features specifically for their industries, the new GammaTech DURABOOK P24 Series of all-in-one computers is an ideal match for applications in the business/enterprise world, hospitality environment, and at nursing stations, on medical carts, and wall or VESA mounted in hospitals, clinics, or doctor offices," commented Jen Chen, GammaTech President. "And, naturally, as GammaTech products, each model is made to perform in demanding situations. They meet Military Standard 810G certifications for vibration, work in temperatures up to 104° F, and are front-panel spill proof."

Blue Releases the Mo-Fi Headphones

Blue, a 20-year leading innovator in microphone technology and design, today announces the release of Mo-Fi (www.mofiheadphones.com), the first headphone that combines a built-in audiophile amplifier and ultra-premium drivers to deliver true high-fidelity performance on every device - from home A/V receivers to laptops, tablets, and phones. Mo-Fi's unprecedented design and build introduces a new level of sound quality, comfort, and personalized fit never before available. Mo-Fi establishes the entirely new category of powered headphones, and completely redefines how listeners experience their music.

"Until now, the only way to get a high-fidelity experience was to use expensive audiophile headphones tethered to a bulky amplifier - not the way most of us want to listen," said John Maier, CEO of Blue. "Mo-Fi changes all that, with a built-in audiophile amplifier that delivers the power and quality of a hi-fi system-inside your headphones. With Mo-Fi, we've brought a high-end listening experience to the mobile world we all live in. In fact, the concept is so simple and elegant, we couldn't believe that it hadn't been done before. So using that concept, we set out to design a headphone that would live up to the innovation Blue is known for."

VMware, NVIDIA and Google Enabling Graphics-Rich Applications on Chromebooks

Today at VMworld 2014, VMware, NVIDIA and Google announced a collaborative effort to deliver high-performance virtual desktops and workstation-class graphics to Google Chromebooks. Showcased as a technology preview, the solution demonstrates the next generation of VMware Blast Performance and NVIDIA GRID vGPU technology to satisfy customers' most demanding visual computing needs. The joint effort is expected to expand the hardware options for high-performance virtual desktops, enabling customers to select their system of choice without compromise.

"We are breaking down traditional barriers to adopting virtual desktops and offering new economics for the delivery of graphics-intensive applications through the power of the cloud," said Sanjay Poonen, executive vice president and general manager, End-User Computing, VMware. "Organizations of all industries and requirements will soon be able to embrace the mobile-cloud using a solution that offers a new way to work from three proven industry leaders."

Digital Storm Unveils Bolt II Battle Box Titan Z Special Edition

Digital Storm is excited to unveil the Bolt II Battle Box Titan Z Special Edition - a liquid-cooled small form factor PC designed specifically to meet NVIDIA's GeForce GTX Battle Box military grade gaming standard.

Unlike competitors, who simply upgraded the components in existing systems, Digital Storm redesigned the Bolt II to house the company's new Hardline Cooling System. The team was able to pack custom liquid cooling components including a 240 mm radiator, pump and stunning acrylic tubing that delivers hyper yellow coolant to key components into the Bolt II's ultra-slim chassis.

Seagate Ships World's First 8 TB Hard Drives

Seagate Technology plc, a world leader in storage solutions, today announced it is shipping the world's first 8 TB hard disk drive. An important step forward in storage, the 8 TB hard disk drive provides scale-out data infrastructures with supersized-capacity, energy-efficiency and the lowest total cost of ownership (TCO) in the industry for cloud content, object storage and back-up disaster recovery storage.

"As our world becomes more mobile, the number of devices we use to create and consume data is driving an explosive growth in unstructured data. This places increased pressure on cloud builders to look for innovative ways to build cost-effective, high capacity storage for both private and cloud-based data centers," said Scott Horn, Seagate vice president of marketing. "Seagate is poised to address this challenge by offering the world's first 8 TB HDD, a ground-breaking new solution for meeting the increased capacities needed to support the demand for high capacity storage in a world bursting with digital creation, consumption and long-term storage."

ZyXEL Launches Two Gigabit Powerline Adapters

ZyXEL Communications, a leading provider of secure broadband networking, Internet access, connected home and routing products, today announced its new and first to market gigabit speed powerline adapter, the PLA5206, as well as 1.2 gigabit per second (Gbps) MIMO powerline adapter, the PLA5405. Both adapters bring plug-n-play gigabit connectivity to the demanding, HD media streaming digital homes of today.

Video consumption has skyrocketed in recent years and most content being streamed today is HD quality or higher. Increasing consumer demand for faster downloads and faster broadband services are driving the need for high throughput home networking solutions. ZyXEL's new powerline adapters address this growing demand. The PLA5206 boasts speeds of up to 1 Gbps, while the 1.2 Gbps PLA5405 features Line-Natural / Line-Ground MIMO1 smart-antenna technology, which allows the PLA5405 to send data simultaneously over different wires in the home for faster throughput and extended coverage.

AMD Announces Heterogeneous C++ AMP Language for Developers

AMD in collaboration with Microsoft today announced the release of C++ AMP version 1.2 -- an open source C++ compiler which implements version 1.2 of the open specification for C++ AMP, available on both Linux and Windows for the first time. The release represents another step forward toward AMD's goal of supporting cross-platform solutions, multiple programming languages and continued contributions to the open source community. The tool, which leverages Clang and LLVM, accelerates productivity and ease of use for developers wishing to harness the full power of modern heterogeneous platforms spanning servers, PCs and handheld devices.

"AMD has a consistent track record of enriching the developer experience, and we're proud to make the first open source implementation of C++ AMP available to enable greater performance and more power-efficient applications," said Manju Hegde, corporate vice president, Heterogeneous Applications and Solutions, AMD. "The cross-platform release is another step in strengthening AMD's developer solutions, allowing for increased productivity and accelerated applications through shared physical memory across the CPU and GPU on both Linux and Windows."

Inter-Tech Releases the Eterno V6 Paladin Midi-Tower PC Case

Inter-Tech has now rolled out a new entry-level PC chassis, a midi-tower known as Eterno V6 Paladin. Seen below, this model measures 415 x 185 x 440 mm and has two front-facing USB ports (one USB 3.0, one USB 2.0), three 5.25-inch and five 3.5-inch drive bays, support for ATX and micro ATX motherboards, and 'reserved space' for two fans (80/92/120 mm) on the side panel and for one on the rear panel.

The Eterno V6 Paladin is backed by a two-year warranty and can be found, bundled with a 500 W power supply, priced at 41 Euro.

Tesoro to Showcase Latest Mechanical Gaming Keyboards at PAX Prime

Tesoro Technology USA Inc., a manufacturer of high-tech gaming products, today announces attendees of PAX Prime 2014, August 29 - September 1, will be able to play the latest PC games with Tesoro's gaming peripherals as well as check out their latest mechanical keyboards at Booth 7405, 6th floor. Check out the Latest PC Gaming Gear with Tesoro. Tesoro will be showcasing their latest PC gaming peripherals at PAX Prime including the Excalibur backlit mechanical keyboard, full RGB edition of the Tizona Mechanical keyboard, and the Kυνέη.pro True 5.1 gaming headset.

SanDisk Introduces New Solutions for VMware Horizon 6 and Virtual SAN at VMworld

SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ:SNDK), a global leader in flash storage solutions, today announced broad support for VMware Horizon 6 and Virtual SAN with a series of virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) and end-user computing (EUC) solutions for Horizon 6, utilizing the award-winning ULLtraDIMM solid state drive (SSD) and Fusion ioMemory.

When coupled with VMware's Horizon 6, ULLtraDIMM and Fusion ioMemory allow customers to deploy high-performance, cost-effective virtual desktop infrastructure solutions and increase virtual desktop density. Additionally, through the combination of solid-state hardware and software technology, SanDisk enables enterprise organizations to select the right deployment option for their environment, providing greater flexibility and reducing barriers to adoption.

Cray Launches New High Density Cluster Packed With NVIDIA GPU Accelerators

Global supercomputer leader Cray Inc. today announced the launch of the Cray CS-Storm -- a high-density accelerator compute system based on the Cray CS300 cluster supercomputer. Featuring up to eight NVIDIA Tesla GPU accelerators and a peak performance of more than 11 teraflops per node, the Cray CS-Storm system is one of the most powerful single-node cluster architectures available today.

Designed to support highly scalable applications in areas such as energy, life sciences, financial services, and geospatial intelligence, the Cray CS-Storm provides exceptional performance, energy efficiency and reliability within a small footprint. The system leverages the supercomputing architecture of the air-cooled Cray CS300 system, and includes the Cray Advanced Cluster Engine cluster management software, the complete Cray Programming Environment on CS, and NVIDIA Tesla K40 GPU accelerators. The Cray CS-Storm system includes Intel Xeon E5 2600 v2 processors.

Apacer Unveils the AH333 USB 2.0 Flash Drive

The latest launched Apacer AH333 "Perfect Partner" flash drive employs a pebble-like rounded contour which creates perfectly firm and comfortable hold. A unique sense of design is shown in the two colors available: chic ivory white and mysterious black, with an arc stripe in ruby red. In addition to its compact size for portability, its maximum capacity can reach up to 64 GB, realizing portable bulk storage. Round and firm, stylish and gracious and embodying a sense of generosity, AH333 certainly is the most perfect digital partner!

Perfect Hand-feel Obtained from Roundness and Firmness
AH333 "Perfect Partner" flash drive features comfortable touch for its unique rounded appearance and pebble-like contour, drawing people to play around. In addition, its compact size makes itself as portable as a truthful digital partner. The stylish simple body, either in ivory white or mysterious black, is capped with a unique arc stripe in ruby red, radiating elegance in its low profile!

Intel Core i7 "Haswell-E" Pricing Detailed

Intel will price its next-generation Core i7 "Haswell-E" HEDT processors along expected lines. The lineup will begin with the Core i7-5820K, priced at US $389 - just $50 more than a Core i7-4790K. There are some major trade-offs you need to consider when choosing between the two. The i7-5820K is a six-core chip, but its motherboard and newer, costlier DDR4 memory, will jack up your overall platform costs. The i7-4790K lets you buy a motherboard as cheap as $120, and memory that's as cheap as it gets. It's now confirmed that the i7-5820K features 6 cores, 12 threads enabled by HyperThreading, a quad-channel DDR4 memory interface, and 15 MB of L3 cache, but a narrower 28-lane PCI-Express 3.0 root complex. The chip features TurboBoost frequency of 3.60 GHz.

To use the platform to its fullest, you'd need to part with at least US $583 for a processor. That's what will get you the Core i7-5930K. Also a six-core chip, the i7-5930K features a wider 40-lane PCI-Express 3.0 root complex, letting you set up 3-way and 4-way high-end multi-GPU setups with sufficient bus width for each of the cards running in tandem. The chip features 6 cores, 12 threads, a quad-channel DDR4 IMC, 15 MB of L3 cache, and TurboBoost frequencies of up to 3.70 GHz. Leading the pack is the Core i7-5960X, Intel's first eight-core high-end client CPU. It's priced at a wallet-scorching $999. For close to a grand, you get 8 cores, 16 threads enabled with HyperThreading, a massive 20 MB of L3 cache, a quad-channel DDR4 IMC, and 40 PCI-Express 3.0 lanes. To keep the eight cores within Intel's desired 140W thermal envelope, the company had to go easy on the clocks. It offers TurboBoost frequencies of up to 3.50 GHz. All three chips feature unlocked base-clock multipliers.Source: VideoCardz

Speed Up with the New HP x720w and x750w USB Drives from PNY

PNY Technologies ("PNY) considered one of the worldwide leaders in consumer electronics market and Flash products, has officially released two new USB flash drives-x720w and x750w. Both drives have super-fast USB 3.0 transmission speed, which means you can transfer your files 10x times faster than traditional USB 2.0 flash drives. These stylish, durable and portable flash drives make the perfect accessories that compliment your personal taste.

The HP x720w is the upgraded edition of hugely popular v220w USB drives. Smooth and durable metallic casing makes it resilient to dust, scratches and is completely shock proof. Weighing at a mere 4.5 g, and with dimensions measuring at H 4.5mm x W 12.2mm x L 34.6mm, it can easily slip into your pocket or wallet. The new HP x720w does away with the added worries of misplacing a cap with its convenient capless design. The moon-shaped opening at the end of the drive can be attached to lanyards, backpacks, and laptop bags. It is available in storage capacity ranging from 16GB to 64GB. Easy plug and play and USB 3.0 transmission speed ensures lighntning speed transfer of media files in minutes.
Monday, August 25th 2014

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Enermax Introduces the EMR Series Mobile Racks

One week ago, Enermax has launched the Mighty Charger series with two card readers for 3.5" and 5.25" bays. They have been the first models of a new line of data management solutions from Enermax. Even if cloud computing has been a major trend to handle the huge amount of data, many people prefer to keep physical drives for security reasons.

The average user owns two and more data storage devices. Smart solutions are necessary to manage and link them. Many PC systems and chassis are not designed to accommodate numerous hard disk or solid state drives. But you can easily expand the capability of your system by integrating mobile racks. Enermax now introduces the EMR series, a complete line of 11 mobile racks for different mounting slots (3.5", 5.25" & PCI slots) and disk formats (2.5" & 3.5" HDDs/SSDs).

Finding Game Bargains Made Easy with Razer Cortex

Razer, the world leader in entertainment devices and software, today announced a new platform to its suite of software products: Razer Cortex, a free software gaming application from which players can discover new game titles at the lowest prices, launch their games while boosting computer performance, back up save games and record in-game footage.

Razer Cortex features include:
  • Razer Cortex: Deals - Pay less for more of your favorite games with Razer's unique downloadable game price comparison engine. Game Booster - Enhance your PC's gaming performance with the popular boosting utilities from Razer Game Booster incorporated into Razer Cortex.
  • Save Game Manager - Automatically back up save games to the cloud and never lose a save game again.
  • Screen Capture Gallery - Immortalize your gaming moments with the touch of a hotkey.

Super Talent Debuts the USB 3.0 DataGuardian Flash Drive

Super Talent Technology, a leading manufacturer of NAND Flash storage solutions, promotes its USB 3.0 DataGuardian to inform users on data security.

The USB 3.0 DataGuardian is a sleek Super Talent drive that comes with a built in proprietary password protection program. This drive also prevents any auto-run files from executing and potentially causing harm to a host machine.

Graphics Add-In Board Market Down in Q2, NVIDIA Holds Market Share Lead

Jon Peddie Research (JPR), the industry's research and consulting firm for graphics and multimedia, announced estimated graphics add-in-board (AIB) shipments and suppliers' market share for 2014 2Q.

The quarter in general
JPR found that AIB shipments during Q2 2014 behaved according to past years with regard to seasonality, but the decrease was more than the 10-year average. The news was disappointing, quarter-to-quarter, the market dropped 17.5 % (compared to the desktop PC market, which increased 1.3%).
  • Total AIB shipments decreased this quarter to 11.5 million units from last quarter.
  • AMD's quarter-to-quarter total desktop AIB unit shipments decreased 10.7%.
  • Nvidia's quarter-to-quarter unit shipments decreased 21%.
  • Nvidia continues to hold a dominant market share position at 62%.
  • Figures for the other suppliers were flat to declining.

Skullcandy Announces Limited Edition Plants vs. Zombies Ink'd 2 Earbuds

Skullcandy, Inc., the original lifestyle and performance audio brand, and its division ASTRO Gaming, creators of premium video gaming equipment, announced the release of the Limited Edition Plants vs. Zombies Skullcandy Ink'd 2 Earbuds. The new in-ear headset is the first in a series of products being developed by Skullcandy and ASTRO Gaming which are inspired by PopCap Games iconic Plants vs. Zombies franchise.

"One look at our new Limited Edition Plants vs. Zombies Skullcandy Ink'd 2 Earbuds and gamers will see how perfectly we've captured the addictive fun and distinctive style of Plants vs. Zombies" said Aron Drayer, VP of Marketing, ASTRO Gaming and Skullcandy Gaming. "Our in-ear headsets deliver high quality game audio and are a great way to experience the game, listen to music, watch videos and communicate with your friends."

JEDEC Releases LPDDR4 Standard for Low Power Memory Devices

JEDEC Solid State Technology Association, the global leader in standards development for the microelectronics industry, today announced the publication of JESD209-4 Low Power Double Data Rate 4 (LPDDR4). Designed to significantly boost memory speed and efficiency for mobile computing devices such as smartphones, tablets, and ultra-thin notebooks, LPDDR4 will eventually operate at an I/O rate of 4266 MT/s, twice that of LPDDR3.

The new interface promises to have an enormous impact on the performance and capabilities of next-generation portable electronics. "LPDDR4 represents a dramatic performance increase," said Mian Quddus, Chairman, JEDEC Board of Directors. "It is intended to meet the power, bandwidth, packaging, cost and compatibility requirements of the world's most advanced mobile systems." Developed by JEDEC's JC-42.6 Subcommittee for Low Power Memories, the JESD209-4 LPDDR4 standard can be downloaded from the JEDEC website for free by clicking here.

Huntkey X7 1000 Delivers Silent and Steady Power with Bronze Efficiency

Huntkey Enterprise Group, a global professional power supply provider, has recently announced a new addition to its X7 Series. The X7 1000 power supply features 80 PLUS Bronze efficiency, fully modular cables, Japanese electrolytic capacitors and synchronous rectification DC/DC converter protection.

It is well known that X7 Series PSUs are famous for its 4E: Efficiency, Enhanced performance, Effectiveness and Environmental Friendliness, which are demonstrated mainly on its high-end products, including 900 W and 1200 W. Huntkey X7 Series PSUs captured quite a few prizes at home and abroad since its first product launch in 2009.

Scythe Introduces the Kama Thermo 3 Thermometer

Japanese cooling-expert Scythe announces the third version of its Kama Thermo thermometer, featuring two individual temperature channel. Unlike its predecessors, new Kama Thermo 3 comes in a solid aluminum chassis, which benefits the sturdiness and lifetime.

The Kama Thermo 3 comes with a built-in screen, which displays the temperature values of two individual temperature sensors both in degrees Celsius and degrees Fahrenheit. Depending on the application, users are able to connect one or two temperature sensors on the rear side of the thermometer. Scythe offers an alternative power source, by adding a USB connector to the rear side of Kama Thermo 3. The alternative power source activates the blue screen illumination in addition. The backlight is deactivated when used with the integrated Button-Cell Battery, in order to allow a long-term stand-alone operation of the thermometer.

PowerColor Radeon R9 285 TurboDuo Detailed

Here are some of the first high-resolution pictures of the Radeon R9 285 TurboDuo graphics card by PowerColor. The card features a meaty custom-design cooling solution, with two twin-impeller fans, and a dense aluminium fin-stack heatsink. PowerColor didn't bother with a reference-clock variant of this card. It comes factory-overclocked, at 945 MHz core (918 MHz reference), and 5.50 GHz (GDDR5-effective) memory. It features 2 GB of it.

Based on the 28 nm "Tonga" silicon, the Radeon R9 285 features 1,792 Graphics CoreNext 1.1 stream processors, 112 TMUs, 32 ROPs, and a 256-bit wide GDDR5 memory interface. The card draws power from two 6-pin PCIe power connectors. Display outputs include two dual-link DVI, and one each of HDMI and DisplayPort. With a modern XDMA CrossFire interface, the card lacks CrossFire fingers. It remains to be seen just how many cards the driver allows you to run in tandem. The Radeon R9 285 from AMD will launch on the 2nd of September, 2014. Prices start at US $249.

MX Technology Announces MX-ES Ultra Series Flash Drives

MX Technology rolled out the MX-ES Ultra line of USB 3.0 flash drives, with a design focus on performance. Available in capacities of 16 GB, 32 GB, and 64 GB, the drives feature SLC NAND flash memory, backed by 5-year product warranties. The 16 GB variant offers up to 185 MB/s reads with up to 170 MB/s writes; the 32 GB variant offers up to 200 MB/s reads and 200 MB/s writes; while the 64 GB variant leads the pack, with its 210 MB/s read/write speeds. Measuring 69.0 mm x 17.0 mm x 8.0 mm (LxWxH), the drives weigh between 32 g and 39 g; and are built in the traditional two-piece capped design.

SilentiumPC Launches the Brutus S30 Micro ATX PC Case

SilentiumPC has now introduced a new Brutus Series PC chassis, a micro ATX-supporting model (just like the S20 seen last week) known as the Brutus S30 Pure Black. This one measures 365 x 380 x 186 mm and has two front-facing USB ports (one USB 3.0 and one USB 2.0), a SDXC/microSD card reader, one 5.25-inch, one 3.5-inch, one 2.5-inch and two 3.5/2.5-inch drive bays, one pre-installed 80 mm fan on the rear panel, and support for a second fan (120 mm) on the front panel.

The Brutus S30 Pure Black can house graphics cards up to 305 mm long, it has a two-year warranty and costs 99 PLN ($31 / 24 Euro).

Silicon Power Unveils the Stream S06 USB 3.0 External Hard Drive

Silicon Power, the world's leading provider of memory storage solutions, today unveils the new-designed 3.5-inch USB 3.0 external hard drive - Stream S06. Taking all aspects into consideration without compromising anything useful, Stream S06 is perfectly engineered to the most powerful specifications with USB 3.0 interface, incredibly high capacity up to 4 TB and elegant look.

The exclusive handle design is the wonderful combination of beauty and functionality, which presents the extraordinary taste of modern design and in the meantime promises easier-than-ever user experiences for daily using and carrying. Incorporating superior capability and splendid appearance, Stream S06 is not just an addition to your storage solution but definitely a must-have for your storage system.

Lian Li Announces PC-Q19 Brushed Aluminum Mini-ITX Chassis

Lian-Li Industrial Co. Ltd today announces a new brushed aluminum Mini-ITX chassis designed for HTPC and office use - PC-Q19. An update of the slim profile PC-Q12, the PC-Q19 adds VGA support thanks to the included riser card as well as additional storage support.

The 22L PC-Q19 has a slim profile of 160mm (6.2"), and supports the essential hardware for those looking for a sleek build for the home or office. This aluminum chassis can support up to three 2.5" drives and 1 3.5" drive. A VGA card up to 12.81 cm can sit in the middle of the chassis thanks to the included riser card and adds graphics power to the build. The PC-Q19 supports SFX power supplies, and extension cables may be needed for some PSU models.

Toshiba Details Its Storage Products Strategy

The storage business is one of Toshiba's strategic focus businesses, alongside energy and healthcare. Our data storage products, such as HDD and SSD, are the key components of the storage business, along with NAND Flash, and we will make our business more competitive and larger by supporting cloud and social network service businesses that are expected to see rapid expansion.

HDD responsible for storing large amount of data and SSD responsible for high speed processing are seen as co-existing, complementing each other's characteristics. While offering a wide line-up of storage products, our main focus will be the enterprise market and the following products and targets.
  • Near line HDD: Expand market share by increasing the capacity.
  • Enterprise SSD: Gain market share by utilizing advantages of in-house NAND flash memory and expanding line-up for high speed processing storage at data centers.

Sapphire Radeon R9 285 ITX Compact Edition Pictured

Sapphire launched its first performance-segment "compact" graphics card to take on the likes of GeForce GTX 760 ITX cards by ASUS and MSI, even if it isn't the first AMD AIB partner to do so. Sapphire's card is based on AMD's swanky new Radeon R9 285 graphics chip, which is slated for September 2nd, 2014. Called the R9 285 ITX Compact Edition, the card is a little over 17 cm long, 11 cm tall, and 2-slot thick. It features a dense aluminium fin-stack heatsink, which is ventilated by a single 100 mm fan. The card draws power from two 6-pin PCIe connectors. A single 8-pin to two 6-pin adapter is included. Display outputs include two mini-DisplayPort 1.2, one HDMI 1.4a, and a dual-link DVI, which has analog (VGA) pins, and an adapter for that is included.

This is also likely the first/only R9 285 card to feature dual-BIOS, with a push-type BIOS toggle switch. This switch lets you select between a UEFI-ready BIOS that features a UEFI GOP driver, and a "legacy" BIOS. Both run the card at the same clock speeds - 918 MHz core, with 5.50 GHz (GDDR5-effective) memory. Sapphire is also readying an OC Edition variant of this card, which comes with a puny 10 MHz overclock (928 MHz core), and untouched memory clocks. Based on the 28 nm "Tonga" silicon, the R9 285 offers 1,792 GCN 1.1 stream processors, 112 TMUs, 32 ROPs, and a 256-bit wide memory interface, which holds 2 GB of memory on this card.

HighPoint Outs the First Thunderbolt 2 SATA Adapters to Support 8 eSATA Devices

HighPoint Technologies RocketStor SATA Adapters deliver twice the performance and four-times the storage capability compared to other eSATA Hubs in today's marketplace. The RocketStor 6328L and 6324L are the simplest and fastest way to upgrade existing SATA storage for use with Thunderbolt 2 platforms, and deliver significant performance and capacity advantages over Thunderbolt hubs, which offer only half the speed one-fourth of the storage capability. These affordable, high-performance storage adapters provide 20Gb/s of uncompromised transfer bandwidth and are capable of supporting up to eight SATA hard drives or SSD's via eSATA and Mini-SAS connectivity.
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