Friday, October 24th 2014

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Thermaltake Introduces New Versa H34 and H35 Mid-tower Chassis

Thermaltake, an industry leader in computer chassis, thermal solutions, and power supply units, is pleased to introduce the new Thermaltake Versa H34 and H35 mid-tower chassis, specifically designed for gamers and home-computer builders. With a modular drive rack design, both the Versa H34 and H35 have enough space for high-end hardware and expansion. Ample ventilation options, a cleanable dust filter, and a perforated mesh bezel help to keep the entire system cool and dust-free. The Versa H34 and H35 also deliver advanced liquid cooling solutions and stress-free cable management to customize users' computer or gaming systems.

To ensure a smooth gaming experience and prolong the life of components, the Versa H34 and H35 incorporate perforated panels, built-in removable dust filters, and a raised foot-stand to allow clean air intake and rapid heat dissipation. The transparent side window draws attention to the chassis's inner workings. Innovative "2+3" 5.25" and 3.5" modular drive design with tool-free drive tray installation enables flexibility when setting up storage solutions, maximizes internal space, and minimizes hassles.

Gigabyte Outs G1.Gaming Branded H81 Chipset Motherboard

Gigabyte took the concept of H81M-WW a notch higher, and gave it the G1.Gaming branding. So what, if you can't run PCI-Express gen 3.0 graphics cards at their native gen 3.0 bus speeds, the H81 Express chipset must still amount for something? Gigabyte thinks so, and launched a G1.Gaming branded entry-level micro-ATX motherboard based on the chipset, which Intel reserves for "essential computing."

The new H81M-Gaming 3 is mostly identical to the H81M-WW, and the only visual differences we can spot are the second PCI-Express 2.0 x1 slot on the former, instead of the latter's legacy PCI; and the fancier PCH heatsink. The board still gives you onboard audio with audio-grade electrolytic capacitors and ground-layer isolation, even if its centerpiece, the ALC892 CODEC, doesn't have a three-figure SNR. One notable difference here is Gigabyte opting for an Intel-made gigabit Ethernet controller, instead of the cheaper Realtek-made one on the H81M-WW. Gigabyte didn't announce pricing or availability, but something tells us this package could sell well with entry-level gaming PC builders.

ADATA Releases UC330 Dual USB Flash Drive

ADATA Technology, a leading manufacturer of high-performance DRAM modules and NAND Flash application products, today launches the UC330 Dual USB Flash Drive featuring dual micro USB and standard USB interfaces! Available in 8, 16 and 32GB sizes, the UC330 Dual USB allows you to share and backup data between PC, tablet, phablet, or smart phone at prices rivaling built-in storage found on some mobile phones. Along with a lifetime warranty and On-the-Go (OTG) USB compliance, customers who purchase the UC330 flash drive can also enjoy ADATA's feature-packed OStoGO and UFDtoGO software packages.

Flawlessly crafted of zinc alloy with a silver finish, ADATA's Choice UC330 Dual USB Flash Drive weighs only 3.6 grams and comes with a black end cap fitted with a strap hole so you can easily carry the flash drive on a lanyard, keychain or neck strap. As you use the rocket-shaped UC330, its cap fits on either side of its dual-headed USB. When not in use, stand it up on its end for easy storage on your desktop like a rocket awaiting lift-off. Manufactured with a special chip-on-board (COB) process, resulting in high water and impact resistance, your UC330 flash drive is engineered for utmost quality and reliability.

MSI X99S XPOWER AC Helps Break 3DMark World Record

The MSI X99S XPOWER AC, one of MSI's new Intel X99 based OC motherboards, just obliterated the 3DMark - Fire Strike world record with scoring a staggering 40052 marks together with a 4-way MSI GTX 980 GAMING 4G setup. MSI, with the help of overclockers 8 Pack from OC UK and Pepinorang, is the first manufacturer scoring over 40000 marks in 3DMark Fire Strike. Meanwhile, the MSI X99S XPOWER AC also put out amazing scores with 109069 marks in 3DMark Vantage and 44538 marks in 3DMark11.

Lian Li Announces the Brushed Aluminum PC-Q26 Mini-ITX Chassis

Lian-Li Industrial Co. Ltd, today announces the brushed aluminum PC-Q26 mini-ITX chassis. Ideal for users who want to build their own NAS as well as system integrators, with its support of up to ten 3.5" drives, the PC-Q26 packs a lot of storage in a compact package. With a volume around 32.3L, the PC-Q26 supports a vast amount of storage for its size. Up to eleven hard drives can be installed: ten 3.5" and one 2.5" drive. A hot-swap backplane for two 3.5" drives is included. Additional backplanes can be easily added. With the ever-expanding storage capacity of mechanical drives, this small and lightweight aluminum chassis provides vast storage potential for the home or small office.

The PC-Q26 has pop-off side panels for simplified installations, upgrades and maintenance. Hard drives, 3.5" and 2.5", can be tool-lessly mountedwith thumbscrews with rubber suspensions. Additionally, the expansion slots are secured by a single thumbscrew. Three front 120mm fans bring cool air into the chassis through side ventilation. Filters with magnets prevent dust and debris from entering the PC-Q26. A top 120mmm exhaust fan with a removable filter pulls hot, hardware damaging air out of the chassis.
Thursday, October 23rd 2014

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Microsoft Reports Record First-Quarter Revenue

Microsoft Corp. today announced revenue of $23.20 billion for the quarter ended September 30, 2014. Gross margin, operating income and diluted earnings per share ("EPS") for the quarter were $14.93 billion, $5.84 billion and $0.54 per share, respectively.

These financial results include $1.14 billion of integration and restructuring expenses, or an $0.11 per share negative impact, related to both Microsoft's restructuring plan announced in July 2014 and the ongoing integration of the Nokia Devices and Services ("NDS") business.

VisionTek Introduces High-Performance Pocket-Sized USB 3.0 SSDs

VisionTek Products LLC (VisionTek), a leading manufacturer of award-winning, high-performance upgrades and accessories for PCs and Macs, today announced the new VisionTek USB Pocket SSD line of thumb drive-sized Solid State Drives for creative professionals, IT power users, and performance enthusiasts seeking ultra-fast media and large file transfers. Offering speed, reliability, and storage capacity that rivals factory installed and aftermarket internal SSDs, the VisionTek Flash Drive can be used with nearly any Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux based system with a USB 3.0/2.0 interface.

More Than an Ordinary Thumb Drive
While it's sized like an ordinary thumb drive sporting a USB 3.0 connector, the VisionTek USB Pocket SSD's aircraft-grade aluminum housing contains a fully functional Solid State Drive featuring a high-performance LSI SandForce controller that delivers up to 455 MB/s reads and up to 440 MB/s writes... nearly double the speed of other flash drives. Plus, by installing Windows 8/8.1 on it, the VisionTek USB Pocket SSD can provide a bootable, fully functional Windows environment for an "office-on-the-go" solution.

TechPowerUp GPU-Z v0.8.0 Released

TechPowerUp rolled out the latest version of GPU-Z, the popular graphics subsystem information, diagnostic, and monitoring app, which no enthusiast can leave home without. Version 0.8.0 introduces support for a large number of new GPUs, and fixes several bugs. To begin with, GPU-Z 0.8.0 adds full support for GeForce GTX 980 and GTX 970, including a reliable method of extracting BIOS from GeForce "Maxwell" GPUs. Support is also added for Quadro K420, K620, K2000D, K2200, K4200, K5200; and Radeon R5 M240, R5 M255, FirePro W2100, W4100, W8100, FireStream 9270, FirePro 2450. Preliminary support is added for AMD "Topaz" GPU.

GPU-Z 0.8.0 now accurately measures dedicated and dynamic memory usage on Windows 8 and 8.1 systems. A system hang is fixed on systems with AMD "Hawaii" GPUs, when GPU-Z is running alongside an accelerated video playback. GPU-Z now correctly reads the ROP and stream processor counts of AMD "Tonga" GPU, with updated die-size info. Stuttering on systems with CrossFire ULPS is fixed. The change-log details other relevant changes.
DOWNLOAD: TechPowerUp GPU-Z 0.8.0 | GPU-Z 0.8.0 ASUS ROG Themed

The change-log follows.

Iiyama Rolls Out ProLite XB3070WQS 30-inch Monitor

Japanese display maker Iiyama rolled out the ProLite XB3070WQS, a 30-inch LED-backlit LCD monitor, for graphics professionals. The display features an AH-IPS panel, with 2560 x 1600 pixels native resolution (16:10 aspect ratio), and offers 99 percent coverage of Adobe RGB palette, and 146 percent of sRGB. Other vital specs include 5 ms response time, 350 cd/m² maximum brightness, and 1,000:1 contrast-ratio, with dynamic mega-contrast. The LED brightness is controlled by rheostat instead of PWM, and so it doesn't flicker at lower brightness settings. Display inputs include dual-link DVI, D-Sub, DisplayPort 1.2, and HDMI 1.4 (runs the display at lower refresh rates). The stand offers basic tilt and swivel functions. The displays started selling in Japan.

Source: Hermitage Akihabara
Wednesday, October 22nd 2014

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NVIDIA Rolls Out GeForce 344.48 WHQL Game Ready Driver

NVIDIA rolled out the GeForce 344.48 WHQL "Game Ready" drivers, timed to launch with Civilization: Beyond Earth, Elite: Dangerous, and Lords of the Fallen. These drivers enable Dynamic Super Resolution (DSR), which debuted on the "Maxwell" based GeForce GTX 900 series, on all older "Fermi" and "Kepler" based GeForce GTX 500, GTX 600, and GTX 700 series GPUs.
DOWNLOAD: GeForce 344.48 WHQL for Windows 8/7/Vista 64-bit, Windows 8/7/Vista 32-bit, WIndows XP 32-bit, Windows XP 64-bit

Intel Core i7 "Broadwell-E" HEDT Chips Arrive in 2016

Intel is beginning to put out the first details of its next high-end desktop (HEDT) processors, internally. Codenamed "Broadwell-E," the company's next Core i7 HEDT chips will be built in the existing LGA2011v3 package, and will be compatible with existing motherboards based on Intel's X99 Express chipset (with BIOS updates). Much like "Ivy Bridge-E" was to "Sandy Bridge-E," these chips will introduce only incremental updates, and nothing major, in terms of architecture.

To begin with, Core i7 "Broadwell-E" will be built in the 14 nanometer silicon fab process, and will feature 6 to 8 cores based on the "Broadwell" micro-architecture. These cores will be cushioned with up to 20 MB of L3 cache. The chip is pin-compatible to "Haswell-E," and so its I/O will be identical, featuring a quad-channel DDR4 integrated memory controller. One difference is that Intel may can the 28-lane PCIe approach with the entry-level part; or at least it doesn't find mention on the slide. If it's true, all parts based on this silicon, will feature 40-lane PCIe interfaces. The TDP of these chips will be rated at 140W. Intel is expected to launch the Core i7 "Broadwell-E" in 2016.

Source: VR-Zone

Thermaltake Announces New Toughpower and Toughpower Grand PSU Models

Thermaltake, being an industry leader in computer chassis, thermal solutions, and power supply units, launches a series of premium 80 PLUS Gold certified as well as high wattage power supply units which are Toughpower Series (1000W/1200W/1500W) and Toughpower Grand Series (1050W/1200W), using the highest quality components for stable performance, excellent features with unbeatable efficiency vital to the current high-end system in market even in demanding conditions. The Toughpower and Toughpower Grand Series are launched with fully modular design, and ideally suited for high-end gaming and enthusiast PCs powering multi-core processors in combination with multi-GPU setup.

Being 80 PLUS Gold certified, users not only get a guaranteed eco-friendly PSU, but also a reduced in electricity bill. Additionally, Toughpower and Toughpower Grand Series come with modular design to reduce cable clutter; and ultra-quiet fan delivers silent cooling, thus the entire computer and power supply can operate at its peak moment. And now, users can find Thermaltake Toughpower Series and Toughpower Grand Series on Newegg.

G.Skill Releases Extreme Performance Phoenix Blade Series 480GB PCIe SSD

G.SKILL International Co., Ltd., the leading high performance memory and SSD designer and manufacturer, is excited to announce the Phoenix Blade Series PCIe SSD, the next generation of high-speed, high-capacity storage device. The Phoenix Blade PCIe SSD is the perfect storage solution for extreme gaming, professional graphic design, industrial design, and HD video & audio content creation.

By introducing extreme read and write performance, the potential of today's multi-core processors can be unleashed, resulting in higher productivity and performance, whether you are in extreme gaming or professional design.

Gigabyte Launches GeForce GTX 970 Mini-ITX Graphics Card

A time-traveler from two years ago would see the graphics card below to be a $100-ish mainstream fare, but looks can be extremely deceptive. This puppy packs more bite than a Radeon R9 290X. Gigabyte's latest creation puts a GeForce GTX 970 into a compact board that should play well with mini-ITX builds. The GTX 970 ITX card (model: N970IX-OC) features a full-height PCB that's about as long as a mini-ITX motherboard (17 cm), and a dense WindForce cooling solution that uses a single 100 mm fan to ventilate a dense aluminium fin heatsink, to which heat is fed by two 8 mm thick, and one 5 mm thick copper heat-pipes.

The card draws power from a single 8-pin PCIe power connector. Display outputs include one HDMI 2.0, two dual-link DVI, and three DisplayPort 1.2 connectors. It comes with factory-overclocked speeds of 1076 MHz core and 1216 MHz GPU Boost, compared to reference clocks of 1051/1178 MHz. The memory is left untouched at 7.00 GHz. The best part about this card is its price. Gigabyte is charging no premium, pricing it at US $329.99.


Source: Tom's Hardware

Chromebook Shipments Up by 67% QoQ as Acer Dominates 37% of Market in 2Q-'14

In another strong quarter, Chromebook shipments increased by 67% QoQ and are projected to double in size YoY. Acer continues to maintain its lead over other vendors in the market, including Samsung, HP, and Dell. The top three leading vendors - Acer, Samsung, and HP - accounted for 74% shipment share during 1H 2014 and are forecasted to maintain market control through 2H 2014, according to quarterly data from technology market intelligence firm ABI Research.

"Consumers are hungry for a product that is cost effective but also provides the versatility and functionality of a laptop," says Research Analyst Stephanie Van Vactor. "The growth of the Chromebook market demonstrates a niche that is gaining traction among consumers."

The questionable need of Chromebooks by consumers contributed to the slow start of these devices; however, vertical markets such as elementary education still remain a driving force. In emerging markets, especially in Asia-Pacific and Eastern Europe, business-purchasing entities account for 75% of Chromebook sales. ABI Research also forecasts that North America will account for 78% of the Chromebook market in 2014, while other regions, especially Asia-Pacific and Western Europe, are expected to grow in market share by 2019.

Be Quiet! Announces the Pure Rock Entry-level CPU Cooler

Be quiet!, market leader for PC power supplies in Germany for eight successive years*, introduces the Pure Rock - a new, compact CPU cooler combining an excellent price-performance ratio with proven be quiet! quality. The Pure Rock has four six-millimeter heat pipes to efficiently dissipate heat to the cooling fins. Due to this construction, the tower cooler can effectively draw up to 130 watts away from the CPU. Even intense graphics, multimedia or gaming applications will not bring the Pure Rock to it limits.

Equipped with a 120mm Pure Wings 2 fan, the Pure Rock never produces more than 26,8 decibels, even when the fan is spinning at its maximum rotational speed of 1500 rpm. Nine silence-optimized fan blades with high airflow capabilities reduce noise-generating turbulences while increasing air pressure. The lifetime is more than 80,000 hours. be quiet! provides a three-year warranty on the Pure Rock.

XOTIC PC Announces the Limited Edition Reaper Gaming Desktop

XOTIC PC has served the needs of gamers, designers and business owners since 1999 with custom built laptop and desktop PCs. Engineered for maximum performance, XOTIC PC strives to provide their customers with the ultimate blend of top quality components and outstanding performance. To deliver the best, we've partnered with the best. ASUS has long been considered the leader of innovative, performance driven hardware paired with the highest standards of quality. The XOTIC PC powered by ASUS REAPER gaming desktop offers the fastest power, latest performance, top quality components and near perfect stability you only expect from ASUS and XOTIC PC.

Super Talent Announces its Second Micro-USB Interface Storage Device

Super Talent Technology, a leading manufacturer of NAND flash storage solutions, announces its Pico Motile USB drive. The Pico Motile is a smaller version of Super Talent's Motile USB drive that provides users an option to transfer files on the go. One end of the Pico Motile provides a micro USB connector while the other is a traditional USB 2.0 connector. Mobile devices running the Android 4.0 platform or later that support the use of removable storage can take full advantage of the Pico Motile to share files without the need for any additional cables.

Cooler Master Launches Nepton 120XL and 240M in the EU

Cooler Master, a leading creator, innovator, and manufacturer of desktop components and peripherals, today announced the Nepton 120XL and 240M, the latest additions to the Nepton all-in-one liquid cooling series by Cooler Master.

Cooler master launched its first AIO liquid cooler in March 2004, fast forward to 2013 and the award winning Cooler Master Nepton series was introduced with the 140XL and 280L models, based on 140mm fans. 2014 sees the culmination of a decade of liquid cooling engineering, fan feedback and more than 20 years of manufacturing cooling solutions to bring this high performance platform in a compact package.
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