Monday, October 20th 2014

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EK Introduces MSI X99S XPower MOSFET Water Blocks

EK Water Blocks, Ljubljana based premium liquid cooling gear manufacturer, is proud to introduce EK-MOSFET MSI X99 XPower - a new water block for water cooling of the power regulation (VRM / MOSFETs) module on MSI X99S XPower motherboard.

Base of these water coolers is made of nickel-plated electrolytic copper while the top is made of quality acrylic glass material or POM Acetal (depending on the variant). This product comes with an EK engineered backplate, made from black anodized aluminium, which improves heat transfer by cooling the back side of the circuit board as well. EK-MOSFET MSI X99 XPower features a high flow design allowing the water block to be easily used with systems using weaker water pumps.

Apple Reports Fourth Quarter Results

Apple today announced financial results for its fiscal 2014 fourth quarter ended September 27, 2014. The Company posted quarterly revenue of $42.1 billion and quarterly net profit of $8.5 billion, or $1.42 per diluted share. These results compare to revenue of $37.5 billion and net profit of $7.5 billion, or $1.18 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. Gross margin was 38 percent compared to 37 percent in the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 60 percent of the quarter's revenue.

Apple's board of directors has declared a cash dividend of $.47 per share of the Company's common stock. The dividend is payable on November 13, 2014, to shareholders of record as of the close of business on November 10, 2014.

Cooltek Intros GT-03 ATX Mid-tower Case

Cooltek rolled out the GT-03, an ATX mid-tower case that looks heavily inspired by some of the recent works of SilverStone, such as the Raven RV-05. Where it falters is the use of SECC steel and matte ABS plastic, instead of aluminium. Measuring 510 mm x 200 mm x 460 mm (DxWxH), the case dry-weighs 5.2 kg. Its front panel features a 'shield'-shaped cover over its three 5.25-inch drive bays, of which two are usable, with the third being an exposed 3.5-inch bay with a clip-lock protrusion of the door. Other front-panel features include a SATA drive dock, two each of USB 3.0 and USB 2.0/1.1 ports, and standard HD audio jacks.

Internally, the GT-03 has room for CPU coolers as tall as 152 mm, and graphics cards as long as 300 mm. Internal storage areas include three 2.5-inch, and four 3.5-inch drive bays. The motherboard tray has cutouts at all the right places. Installation, for the most part, appears tool-free. Ventilation includes two 120 mm front intakes, a 120 mm rear exhaust, and two 120 mm top exhausts. The case is now selling for 44.99€.

GLOBALFOUNDRIES To Acquire IBM's Microelectronics Business

IBM and GLOBALFOUNDRIES today announced that they have signed a Definitive Agreement under which GLOBALFOUNDRIES plans to acquire IBM's global commercial semiconductor technology business, including intellectual property, world-class technologists and technologies related to IBM Microelectronics, subject to completion of applicable regulatory reviews. GLOBALFOUNDRIES will also become IBM's exclusive server processor semiconductor technology provider for 22 nanometer (nm), 14 nm and 10 nm semiconductors for the next 10 years.

The Agreement, once closed, enables IBM to further focus on fundamental semiconductor research and the development of future cloud, mobile, big data analytics, and secure transaction-optimized systems. IBM continues its previously announced $3 billion investment over five years for semiconductor technology research to lead in the next generation of computing. GLOBALFOUNDRIES will have primary access to the research that results from this investment through joint collaboration at the Colleges of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE), SUNY Polytechnic Institute, in Albany, N.Y.

Biostar Intros iDEQ-T1 Compact Desktop

BIOSTAR has announced the iDEQ-T1 series mini PC, a micro-mini computer specifically designed to subvert the conventional desktop PC by being smaller, lighter and more mobile but with similar features and capabilities. At just two thirds the surface area of an A4 sized piece of paper and with a weight of only 0.8Kg, the iDEQ-T1, in conjunction with the HTPC platform, is a great solution for a variety of environments needing a small, yet fully-featured, PC.

Inside the iDEQ-T1 the hardware is based on the mini-ITX form factor which allows small and energy efficient solutions because of the affordable and internet centric board design in a compact 17x17cm size. It supports 2 SO-DIMM of DDR3L 1333MHz for up to 16G of RAM capacity and will provide full Intel powered HD Graphics. It also supports BIOSTAR's BIO-Remote 2 Technology and Charger Booster Technology.

NVIDIA Could Review GTX TITAN-Z Pricing for the Retail Channel

Under pressure from its own recently launched GeForce GTX 980 cannibalizing its $3,000 flagship GeForce GTX TITAN-Z (you can buy GTX 980 Quad-SLI at $2,200), NVIDIA could finally review its pricing, in the retail channel. The company recently reduced its price for the OEM channel, letting pre-built gaming PC manufacturers source the card at a lower price, whether those price-savings were transferred to the end-users, is a different question. To what measure NVIDIA could lower prices of the GTX TITAN-Z, is not known at this point. Retailers like OCUK were seen offering their GTX TITAN-Z cards at a slightly reduced price, last week. Across the big pond, American retailer Newegg sold-out an ASUS-branded GTX TITAN-Z for as low as US $1,500.

In the wake of GTX 980, AMD cut prices of its dual-GPU flagship product, the Radeon R9 295X2, down to $999. It's hard to imagine that competition from this card, and the GTX 980, are the only factors driving down prices of the GTX TITAN-Z in such a big way. Could NVIDIA be working on its next dual-GPU flagship graphics card already? Perhaps one based on a pair of GM204 chips, with thermal and power requirements as low as those of the GTX 690? Watch this space for more.

Source: Expreview
Friday, October 17th 2014

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Samsung Chromebook 2 Now Available with Intel Processor

Samsung, the leading Chromebook brand, today announced availability of the new, 11-inch Chromebook 2 with an Intel Celeron (N2840) processor. The laptop is available for pre-order now for an MSRP of $249.99.

Premium, High-Powered Performance
The Samsung Chromebook 2 utilizes an Intel Celeron (N2840) processor, with speeds up to 2.58 GHz and a 1 MB L2 cache, providing fast performance and energy efficiency. With an overall system memory of 2 GB, eMMc technology and a storage capacity of 16 GB, the Chromebook 2 provides ample space for all of a user's needs.

Cooler Master Announces CM Storm Suppressor Gaming Keyboard

Cooler Master, a leading creator, innovator, and manufacturer of desktop components and peripherals, today announced the Suppressor, a keyboard tuned for gamers that enjoy being the silent assassin. Serious gamers take note; the Suppressor is well balanced to assist in deploying to each and every arena.

Suppressor is uniquely tuned to be your ideal tool for battle with a detachable USB cable for better and easier cable management and travel, a white LED light that keeps you gaming even in the darkest reaches of a LAN, silent membrane key switches equipped with a long life material to last through many skirmishes, and instant activation multimedia keys to activate your war songs. Add in its lightweight and durable design and Suppressor becomes a force to be reckoned with.The Suppressors LED backlight can be adjusted in 3 brightness levels or can be completely turned off. And for a more ergonomic gaming experience the Suppressor comes with a removable wrist rest in the box.

Angelbird SSD wrk for Mac Ships with Hardwrk SATA3 Adapter Kit

Angelbird, Austria's premium SSD manufacturer and hardwrk, specialist for MacBook Upgrade Kits, now offer an attractive bundle containing a SSD wrk for Mac and a SATA3 Adapter Kit for MacBook (Pro).

The bundle allows users to benefit from all the advantages of the SSD wrk for Mac and the SATA3 Adapter Kit for MacBook (Pro). Angelbird's SSD wrk for Mac is the only third party SSD that supports TRIM for Mac out of the box. The combination with hardwrks SATA3 Adapter Kit for MacBook (Pro) allows for interesting configuration options. You can either use the strong performance of the SSD wrk for Mac in a set-up that is designed for maximum speed or in a Fusion Drive. Customers can choose between the capacities 128 GB, 256 GB and 512 GB.

LEPA Unveils LPC501 Mid-Tower Case

LEPA unveils the LPC501 mid-tower chassis series, a case with a well-thought internal structure and excellent ventilation. LPC501 features a wide and flexible space to support multiple drives and an advanced VGA system. LPC501 offers two builds: a basic build and a more advanced build. LPC501B is the basic model; it comes with an embossed side panel and three pre-installed fans. LPC501A is the advanced model; this version comes with acrylic side panels and three pre-installed fans, two of which are LEPA's patented circular LED fans. LPC501 provides the mainstream users an advanced choice at the right cost.

LPC501 is designed with wide area mesh in the major panels; this design provides smooth, undisturbed air circulation. In addition, the LPC501 has ample room and has a total of six fan slots. Three fans are included and pre-installed - two in front panel provide the system abundant cooling airflow and one in the rear panel helps keep the system properly ventilated. LPC501A, the advanced model, replaces the front fans with LEPA's patented circular LED design. These fans come in a delightful blue color and offer additional exquisite lighting effect and a great overall upgrade for the system. LPC501 provides a clearance of 174mm height for CPU coolers.

Eurocom Unveils 13-inch M4 Notebook with Quad HD Display

At Eurocom, laptop upgradeability is king, and now we are launching another hi-resolution display option for the EUROCOM M4 13.3" high performance monster. Now customers have the option between three hi-res displays starting with the 3200x1800 Quad-HD+ masterpiece, the 1920x1080 Full-HD gem and now the 2560x1440 tour de force with a whopping 1000: 1 contrast ratio. Customers can choose the exact display that suits their needs and budget.

"The three display options coupled with the high performance components of the EUROCOM M4 make it a very desirable product for users who require a high performance laptop that is very thin, light and mobile" Mark Bialic, Eurocom President. A great computing experience is all about great visuals, the M4 does not disappoint with a choice between three beautiful 13.3" 3200x1800 QHD+, 2560x1440 Quad HD matte and 1920x1080 Full HD matte displays powered by powerful NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M graphics.
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