Friday, September 19th 2014

SYBER Launches the Vapor Xtreme GTX 980-Powered 'Gaming Console'

SYBER, a division of custom computer manufacturer CYBERPOWERPC, today announced the availability of its Vapor Xtreme gaming console with the all-new NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 graphics card. The inclusion of this cutting edge graphics card combined with high-end hardware makes the Vapor Xtreme the fastest PC gaming console on the market.

The new GeForce GTX 980 is powered by next-generation NVIDIA Maxwell architecture, providing incredible performance and power efficiency to match all of the features that really round out the ultimate gaming experience. The new graphics card offers double the performance over previous generations, and is ready to take on heavy graphical loads like intense gaming and virtual reality. On the Vapor Xtreme, the GeForce GTX 980 enables seamless gaming at ultra-high 4K resolution, quadruple the resolution of typical Full HD (1080p) TVs.

ASUS Announces the Strix GTX 980 and Strix GTX 970 Graphics Cards

ASUS today announced Strix GTX 980 and Strix GTX 970, all-new gaming graphics cards packed with exclusive ASUS technologies, including DirectCU II for cooler, quieter and faster performance for incredible action gaming; 0dB fan technology for light gameplay in total silence; and Blu-ray movie playback that's free from distracting background noise.

The new cards feature exclusive ASUS Digi+ voltage-regulator module (VRM) technology and Super Alloy Power components for enhanced durability and cooling, and GPU Tweak for overclocking and online streaming that's as simple as it is flexible. Both cards come equipped with a DisplayPort interface to support connections up to 4K/UHD (ultra-high definition) resolution.

Zotac Debuts Its GeForce GTX 980 & GTX 970 Cards

ZOTAC International, a leading innovator and manufacturer of graphics cards and mini-PCs, today unleashes the powerful and very efficient ZOTAC GeForce GTX 980 and GTX 970 series next generation graphics card. The NVIDIA Maxwell architecture powered ZOTAC GeForce GTX 980 and 970 series arrives with customized versions including the elite AMP! Extreme Edition and premium AMP! Omega Edition.

"ZOTAC is launching the highly anticipated GeForce GTX 980 and GTX 970 series with a big bang. We listened to our most demanding enthusiasts to create a new lineup that is truly unique and special," said Tony Wong, CEO, ZOTAC International. "The new GeForce GTX 980 and GTX 970 AMP! Extreme and AMP! Omega Editions is the start of a new era of next-level performance and overclocking capabilities from ZOTAC."

GALAX Launches the GeForce GTX 900 Series Graphics Cards

GALAX, a leading manufacturer of performance gaming products, recently merged from Galaxy and KFA2, announced today the release of the GeForce GTX 980 series and GeForce GTX 970 Series Graphics cards. Both series are built with the latest Maxwell GPU architecture to deliver jaw dropping performance with double the efficiency of previous generations. With the additional custom features with GALAX raise the bar even further with an aggressive factory overclock, enhanced PCB design and superior custom coolers.

A host of exciting new graphics technologies makes their debut with the GALAX GTX 900 series, including NVIDIA GameWorks technology, GameStream technology, and Super Resolution is about to provide 4K quality with 1080P monitor. All cards are DirectX 12 capable and support multi display gaming on a single card. Gamers can connect up to four simultaneous displays to the GALAX GeForce GTX 980/970 series, including one DVI-I, one HDMI, and three DisplayPort connections. For further information click here.

Palit Introduces the GeForce GTX 970 JetStream

Palit Microsystems Ltd, the leading graphics card manufacturer, releases the latest GTX 900 series in Palit GeForce product line-up, GeForce GTX 980, GeForce GTX 970 JetStream and GeForce GTX 970. The revolutionary Palit JetStream series of graphics cards features advanced innovative cooling and an optimized product design to deliver gamers the ultimate gaming experience. As the latest and the next generation NVIDIA Maxwell architecture, the Palit GeForce GTX 970 JetStream guarantees gamers cutting-edge performance and a explosive new gaming experience.

Palit GeForce GTX 970 JetStream has 1664 cores and clocked at 1152 MHz, making it much faster than the stock 1050 MHz of NVIDIA's reference design. Equipped with the JetStream cooler and optimized product design, Palit GeForce GTX970 JetStream provides gaming benchmark up to 9% compared with GTX 970 reference board. With new JetStream thermal design features, the temperature is 9℃ cooler and the noise level is 9dB quieter under the hard game loading. With the new 0-dB Tech features, there is zero noise while you are at general workload, such as internet or multi-media application. Stay Quiet, Stay Cool and Enjoy the High gaming performance with Palit JetStream.

MSI Announces the GAMING Series GeForce GTX 970 and GTX 980 Cards

MSI is pleased to announce its next generation of GAMING graphics cards powered by NVIDIA's new GTX 970 and GTX 980 GPUs. The new GTX 970 GAMING 4G and GTX 980 GAMING 4G build on the enormous legacy of MSI's #1 position in Gaming graphics cards. Kept cool by the all-new Twin Frozr V with Hybrid Frozr technology, the new MSI GTX 970 and GTX 980 GAMING cards provide new standards for low-noise and low-temperature Gaming graphics. Besides the GAMING series, MSI also provides Classic models to just meet the requirements of great performance.

Twin Frozr V Thermal Design
The new MSI twin Frozr V Thermal Design is the pinacle of Graphics Card air cooling. With a smaller than 2-slot design the new Twin Frozr V is able to surpass previous generation's by a large margin. The new 10cm Torx fans ensure huge amounts of silent airflow and visually match the bold new look of the Twin Frozr V.

EK Unveils Its NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Water Blocks

EK Water Blocks, Ljubljana based premium water cooling gear manufacturer, is proud to introduce full-cover water cooling solution for NVIDIA reference (NVA-1G401) design GeForce GTX 980 series graphics cards, based on Maxwell GM204 graphics processor.

EK-FC980 GTX directly cools the GPU, RAM as well as VRM (voltage regulation module) as water flows directly over these critical areas thus allowing the graphics card and it's VRM to remain stable under high overclocks.
Thursday, September 18th 2014

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NVIDIA Kills the GTX 780 Ti, GTX 780, GTX 770, Cuts GTX 760 Pricing

Following the launch of its GeForce GTX 980 and GTX 970 graphics cards, NVIDIA announced discontinuation of three of its top-selling high-end graphics cards, the GeForce GTX 780 Ti, the GeForce GTX 780, and the GeForce GTX 770. The $549 GeForce GTX 980 cannibalizes the GTX 780 Ti and GTX 780; and is cheaper to make, with 2 billion fewer transistors, four fewer memory chips, and a lighter VRM; while the GTX 970 targets several key sub-$350 products, blasting the GTX 770 to irrelevance. NVIDIA also tweaked pricing of its GeForce GTX 760 performance-segment graphics card, which now starts at $219. The company is expected to launch its replacement, the GeForce GTX 960, some time in October, 2014.

NVIDIA Announces the GeForce GTX 980 and GeForce GTX 970

At the Game24 event held at several locations around the world, and online, NVIDIA launched its next-generation GeForce GTX 900 series high-end graphics cards, led by the GeForce GTX 980, and the GeForce GTX 970. The two are based on the company's new 28 nm GM204 silicon, derived from the "Maxwell" GPU architecture. The GeForce GTX 980 leads the pack, featuring 2,048 CUDA cores, 128 TMUs, 64 ROPs, and a 256-bit wide GDDR5 memory interface, holding 4 GB of memory.

The GeForce GTX 970, on the other hand, features 1,664 CUDA cores, 104 TMUs, 64 ROPs, and the same memory configuration. Both cards feature TDP rating of under 170W, and clock speeds above the 1 GHz mark. The GTX 980 features clock speeds of 1126 MHz core, 1216 MHz GPU Boost, and 7.00 GHz memory. The GTX 970, on the other hand, offers 1050 MHz core, 1178 MHz GPU Boost, and 7.00 GHz memory. Both cards offer 224 GB/s of memory bandwidth, but feature technologies that help them make the most of it, such as 3rd generation Delta-color compression, a lossless texture compression algorithm. The GeForce GTX 980 starts at US $549, while the GTX 970 starts at $329.

Lian Li Releases the PC-V359 and PC-Q36 in Two New Color Options

Lian-Li Industrial Co. Ltd, today announces that the PC-V359 and PC-Q36 are now available in two new color options: Red/Black and Champagne Gold.

Taking Modularity to the Next Level in New Colors
The PC-V359 and PC-Q36 are almost entirely modular - the acrylic top panel can be removed with the twist of four thumbscrews, and once removed, the side panels can be slid right off, providing total access to interior hardware in a matter of seconds.

Tesoro Updates the Shrike Laser Gaming Mouse

Tesoro Technology USA Inc., a manufacturer of high-tech gaming products, is launching an update of the Shrike Laser Gaming Mouse. Now available in five color options (black, orange, white, yellow and brushed silver). The updated Shrike also features an increased max DPI, updated software, and improved RGB lighting.

Impale Opponents with the Shrike
Designed for FPS fans, the Shrike, has 128kb built-in memory, an adjustable weight system and 8 fully programmable and independent buttons. Additionally, with the increased max DPI of 8200, the Shrike allows for lightning fast movements to get the upper-edge on opponents.

The Shrike also features dpi, lift of distance, shooting speed and ultrapolling control.

Acer Brings 4K2K Displays With NVIDIA G-SYNC to North America

Acer America is bringing its new XBO series gaming displays featuring NVIDIA G-SYNC technology to gaming enthusiasts in North America. This cutting-edge line delivers significant performance advantages that infuse gaming with incredibly smooth, realistic and responsive visuals, elevating game play to a new level of stunning realism.

The two XBO series display models for North America include the Acer XB280HK boasting a 28-inch 4K2K Ultra HD (3840 x 2160) display with a @ 60Hz refresh rate and the Acer XB270H with a 27-inch screen and a maximum Full HD 1080p @ 144Hz resolution. Both models provide a quick 1ms response time, further enhancing in-game performance. They also feature revolutionary NVIDIA G-SYNC technology, comfortable ergonomics and excellent connectivity.

Industry's Biggest Scaler Vendors Pledge Support for AMD's Project FreeSync

Today, AMD announced collaborations with scaler vendors MStar, Novatek and Realtek to build scaler units ready with DisplayPort Adaptive-Sync and AMD's Project FreeSync by year end.

"Since the dawn of hardware-accelerated graphics, gamers dreamed of liquid smooth gameplay free of stuttering and tearing," said Matt Skynner, corporate vice president and general manager, Graphics Business Unit, AMD. "AMD's Project FreeSync is aimed at realizing that vision with an open, standardized and license-free approach that will encourage lower prices and wider adoption."

Worldwide PC Monitor Shipments Down By 2.9% in Q2, According to IDC

Worldwide PC monitor shipments totaled 32.5 million units in the second quarter of 2014 (2Q14), a year-over-year decline of -2.9%, according to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly PC Monitor Tracker. IDC expects worldwide shipments to continue on their current trajectory, slipping to 107 million units for the full year 2018.

"Despite the overall decline, there was a strong quarter-over-quarter growth rate of 11% in the United States and a slight increase in PC Monitor shipments in Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan)(APeJ). In addition, the shipment totals were stronger than forecast by 4%," said Keerthi Maganti, Research Analyst, Worldwide PC Monitor Trackers at IDC.

EK Introduces Sapphire Vapor-X R9 290X Water Block

EK Water Blocks, Ljubljana based premium computer liquid cooling gear manufacturer, is proud to introduce a new Full-Cover water block for Sapphire AMD Radeon R9 290(X) graphics cards with amended (non-reference) Vapor-X circuit board design.

EK-FC R9-290X VaporX directly cools the GPU, RAM as well as VRM (voltage regulation module) as water flows directly over these critical areas thus allowing the graphics card and it's VRM to remain stable under high overclocks. Additionally this water block also directly cools exposed copper drain on the circuit board to achieve best cooling possible. The cooling engine features a very high flow design therefore it can be easily used in liquid cooling systems using weaker water pumps.

MSI ECO Series Motherboards Receive TÜV Certified Status

MSI, world leader in motherboard technology, is proud to announce its ECO Series motherboards have passed extensive testing by the renowned testing and certification agency TÜV and were awarded the TÜV certificates for Energy Efficiency and Long Term Stability. TÜV has recognized MSI's unique power-saving design of its ECO series motherboards and highlights the increased expected lifetime of the motherboard of 25 years, a true testament to the purpose and intent of MSI ECO series motherboards.

BitFenix Introduces the Pandora Micro ATX PC Chassis

With the release of the venerable Prodigy, BitFenix changed what people expected from compact cases by combining groundbreaking aesthetics with supreme functionality in a compact form factor. Today, the BitFenix Lab is releasing our latest achievement in chassis design - Pandora. Combining a fresh and clean modern look with never-before-seen functionality in a slim form factor, Pandora represents the next level of BitFenix case design.

The Journey
Nowadays, computers are not restricted to the study or computer room. With the advent of digital media and streaming services, more and more PCs are breaking free from their traditional computing environments and moving towards the living room.

Toshiba to Restructure Its PC Business

Toshiba Corporation today announced that it will accelerate the restructuring of its PC business to focus on the profitable B2B field, and to control volatility in the B2C business by significant downsizing measures, including withdrawal from certain B2C markets. These moves are expected to support the business in securing consistent profit in the future.

In the B2B market, Toshiba will continue to cultivate new customers and businesses. The company will expand its wide product range, from workstations to tablet PCs, along with its diversified business-user sales channels, and enhance solutions by utilizing the diversity of its business partners in the current business.

Samsung Unveils the S27D590C 27-inch Curved Monitor

Samsung Electronics introduced the 27-inch S27D590C Full HD Curved Monitor designed to enhance visually compelling entertainment content. The advanced display creates a more immersive viewing experience through its curved design and innovative features.

"Our new, 27-inch curved monitor takes movie watching and gaming to new heights from the monitor's unique curved screen and comprehensive entertainment features, to the incredible picture quality and the impressive sleek design," said Seoggi Kim, Senior Vice President of Visual Display Business at Samsung Electronics. "The S27D590C embodies our singular focus to create a truly unforgettable entertainment experience."

EIZO Announces the DuraVision FDF2305W 23-Inch Monitor

EIZO Corporation announced the release of the DuraVision FDF2305W, a 23-inch full HD monitor for security and surveillance equipped with EIZO's Smart Insight visibility-enhancing technology. The DuraVision FDF2305W is equipped with DVI-D 24 pin and D-Sub mini 15 pin inputs for digital and analog signal support respectively. It also has two HDMI inputs which support both PC and AV signals and can be connected to video cameras, recorders, and other AV devices.

The 1920 x 1080 full HD native resolution allows it to display images taken with a full HD camera pixel-by-pixel for viewing content in high detail.

AOC's New Anti-Blue Light Technology Helps Protect Eyes While at the PC

AOC, a worldwide leader in display technology, is rolling out an innovative and patent-pending, solution called Anti-Blue Light technology to protect users against the damaging effects of blue light from LED-backlit computer screens. Like Ultra-Violet light waves (UV) from the sun, extended overexposure to shortwave blue light (380-450 nm) from LED-backlit devices can be a contributor to vision impairments.

The new technology, Anti-Blue-Light (ABL), enables users to enjoy a quality picture, brightness and color fidelity without subjecting their eyes to the prolonged detrimental impact of shortwave blue light exposure. The technology will be incorporated into new AOC 76V Series Anti-Blue Light displays announced this year.
Wednesday, September 17th 2014

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Samsung Now Mass Producing Industry's First 20-Nanometer 6Gb LPDDR3 Mobile DRAM

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., the world leader in advanced memory technology, announced today that it has begun mass producing its six gigabit (Gb) low-power double data rate 3 (LPDDR3) mobile DRAM, based on advanced 20 nanometer (nm) process technology. The highly-efficient new mobile memory chip will enable longer battery run-time and faster application loading on large screen mobile devices with higher resolution.

"Our new 20nm 6Gb LPDDR3 DRAM provides the most advanced mobile memory solution for the rapidly expanding high-performance mobile DRAM market," said Jeeho Baek, vice president, memory marketing, Samsung Electronics. "We are working closely with our global customers to offer next-generation mobile memory solutions that can be applied to a more extensive range of markets ranging from the premium to standard segments."

Samsung's new 6Gb LPDDR3 has a per-pin data transfer rate of up to 2,133 megabits per second (Mbps). A 3GB (gigabyte) LPDDR3 package, which consists of four 6Gb LPDDR3 chips, can be easily created for use in a wide range of mobile devices. Also, the package greatly strengthens our product portfolio for premium mobile applications.

TechPowerUp and Cooler Master Announce V-Series PSU Giveaway

TechPowerUp and Cooler Master announce a new V-Series PSU giveaway, celebrating the launch of its new line of high-end, 80 Plus Platinum-certified, modular, smart power supplies, designed from the ground up, to power the newest generation of high-end desktop PC builds. Up for grabs are each of the top-five models of the V-Series, including the V1200, V1000, V850, VSM750, and GM750.

To stand a chance to win, simply "Like" our Facebook page, if you haven't already, fill up a short form, and answer a questionnaire by Cooler Master. There are no right or wrong answers, and Cooler Master is simply trying to find out what high-end PSU buyers of today look for most in a PSU, with the dawn of digital-PSUs, with the ability to interface with the system software, giving you a great degree of control over them. The giveaway ends on the 30th of September, 2014. Winners will be announced shortly after. Good Luck! For contest rules, and to participate, visit this page.

Seagate and Baidu Sign Strategic Cooperation Agreement

Seagate Technology, a worldwide leader in storage solutions, today announced it has signed a strategic cooperation agreement with Baidu, China's largest web services firm, in the areas of low-cost online storage, archiving and Big Data analysis.

Under the agreement, Baidu will give priority to Seagate products when considering components for all Baidu servers and storage facilities. In return Seagate will align with Baidu as a Strategic Customer and give priority to Baidu when providing enterprise storage products and relevant support, as well as maintain a dedicated engineering team for Baidu. Seagate will supply enterprise capacity and performance products as part of the relationship. The agreement also allows for joint research in new technology projects in the areas of Cold Storage, Big Data analysis and Shingled Magnetic Recording (SMR). Big Data analysis is the process of examining large amounts of various types of data to find useful information and patterns to assist in decision making.

XOTIC PC Launches new PHANTOM X1 Intel i7 Gaming Laptop

September 16, 2014 - XOTIC PC has served the needs of gamers, designers and business owners since 1999 with custom built laptop and desktop PC's. XOTIC PC is very excited to announce a new gaming laptop to its family of custom built mobile gaming solutions; the PHANTOM X1. Powered by the latest Intel Haswell i7-4710HQ, paired with NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 860M (4GB GDDR5 w/ Optimus Technology) the PHANTOM X1 is a very powerful and affordable mobile gaming solution starting at $1159.00. Not to mention, XOTIC PC offers further money saving options which includes Student/Military Discounts and 3% Cash Discounts.

The PHANTOM X1 also features a bright 15.6" Full-HD Matte-Type IPS Panel Screen, which helps reduce eyestrain during those long late night gaming battles. Upgradeable to 16GB 1866MHz ram, the PHANTOM X1 stock memory starts out at 8GB 1600MHz and XOTIC PC always offers the latest in RAM/MEMORY options at very affordable upgrade prices. To round out the specs on the PHANTOM X1; its storage drive is a 1TB Hard Drive with optional open mSATA SSD slot, and built in wifi plus Bluetooth 4.0 combo card.

Club 3D Launches World's First 4K USB 3.0 Docking Station

Club 3D officially launches the first USB 3.0 to 4K Docking Station in the world, making it the third SenseVision world premiere after our MST Hub and USB 3.0 to 4K graphics adapter. While Club 3D is best known for its high quality, high performance (AMD based) graphics cards for gamers and professionals, we have been expanding our SenseVision label which is targeting (semi) professionals. SenseVision offers them a selection of USB Graphics Adapters, MST Hubs and Docking Stations to boost their productivity by expanding their setup and allow for additional monitors, peripherals, storage devices to be connected.

This new Docking Station, item code CSV-3103D is packed with features, making it the ideal companion for anyone who requires more connectivity to their USB 3.0 fitted professional tablet, notebook, ultrabook or desktop PC. While a USB 3.0 Docking Station with Display outputs is not new, the fact that you can connect a 4K Ultra HD monitor via DisplayPort or HDMI and experience the full 3840x 2160p resolution is a world's first! The CSV-3103D uses the latest DisplayLink DL-5000 series USB to 4K SoC, the most capable DisplayLink USB Graphics SoC to date.

Silicon Motion Announces the Fastest Single-Channel UHS-II SD Card Controller

Silicon Motion Technology Corporation, a global leader in designing and marketing NAND flash controllers for solid-state storage devices, today introduced the SM2704, the world's fastest single-channel UHS-II SD card controller solution. The SM2704 supports the highest-level SD card standards: UHS-II bus interface & UHS Speed Class 3 (U3) featuring a maximum data read speed of up to 280 MB/s along with a maximum data write speed of up to 260 MB/s. By supporting the new U3 Speed Class, the SM2704 delivers ample performance to handle the needs of professional photography, high-definition video recording and compressed 4K video capture and playback.

"Silicon Motion is the number one merchant supplier of UHS-I/II card controllers, which are the majority of our overall SD card controller sales. The SM2704 extends the company's leadership with the highest performance UHS-II controller while utilizing a cost-effective, single-channel design," said Wallace Kou, President and CEO of Silicon Motion. "We are pleased to partner with Micron in enabling the world's fastest UHS-II SD cards in the market today."

COUGAR Launches 700K Feature-Rich, Aluminum Gaming Keyboard

COUGAR, leading eSports and computer peripherals brand has launched a cutting-edge aluminum keyboard which has already managed to win the 2014 iF International Design Award. COUGAR has invested two years of intense work in designing what is arguably the best gaming keyboard of the market, the 700K.

The Cougar 700K Gaming Keyboard is a premium mechanical gaming keyboard aimed at professional level PC gamers, especially those who engage in Massive Multiplayer Online Games (MMOs). It comes with COUGAR's UIX System, a powerful software with a simple interface that combines your COUGAR peripherals (for example the new gaming mouse 700M) into a single application interface and allows you to conveniently configure all their functions. This way a single software can control all the peripherals, instead of needing, as most products on the market, an app for each device.

Logitech Unveils the G910 Orion Spark RGB Mechanical Keyboard

Logitech, a leading innovator of gaming peripherals, today announced the Logitech G910 Orion Spark RGB Mechanical Keyboard. The keyboard features Logitech's exclusive new Romer-G mechanical switches, offering 25 percent faster actuation than any other mechanical switch, improved durability and intelligent Illumination.

"This keyboard is the culmination of years of ongoing development by our engineering team, incorporating feedback from gamers and eSports athletes to develop a next-generation mechanical key," said Vincent Tucker, director of Logitech gaming. "Our team was charged with developing a keyboard that truly improves the gaming experience, and Orion Spark delivers."

ASUS Readies Silent and Stealthy GTX 970 Strix

ASUS is giving the GeForce GTX 970 its ROG Strix treatment. The cooler features a unique fan-speed curve that keeps the fans dead until a temperature threshold is approached, and only gradually spins it up from there on. So, in most non-gaming and light-gaming applications, the card should be completely quiet. The underlying heatsink is a meaty dual-slot variant of DirectCU II. The card ships with a factory-overclock, although the exact clocks are not known. ASUS plans to launch the card on the 19th.

Source: VideoCardz

Gainward Readies GeForce GTX 970 Phantom, GTX 980 Reference

Gainward will launch three graphics cards based on the GM204 silicon later this week, its GeForce GTX 980 board, which sticks to NVIDIA's reference board design, a slightly non-reference GTX 970 which comes with reference clock speeds, and a completely non-reference Phantom Edition board, featuring the company's iconic air-pulling concealed fans, which could ship with a factory-overclock. The GTX 970 Phantom could ship with some of the highest factory-overclocks in the lineup, with core clock speeds of 1152 MHz, GPU Boost speeds of 1304 MHz, and an untouched 7.00 GHz memory.
Source: ComputerBase.de, via VideoCardz

More MSI GeForce GTX 970 Gaming Pictures Surface

Ahead of its 19th September launch, more pictures of MSI GeForce GTX 970 Gaming surfaced, confirming that the company's new TwinFrozr V cooling solution will debut with it. These latest set of leaks include detailed shots of the card's custom-design PCB, which draws power from a combination of 6-pin and 8-pin PCIe power connectors, and uses a 6+2 phase VRM to condition power. The card's display outputs include two dual-link DVI, and one each of HDMI 2.0 and DisplayPort 1.2 connectors. Its cooling solution features a glowing logo, and a unique 6-pin fan header, which lets you control speeds of individual fans of the cooler.

Source: VideoCardz

Thermaltake Displays Full Range of Luna Series LED Case Fan: Luna 12, 14, and 20

Thermaltake, being an industry leader in computer chassis, thermal solutions, and power supply units, now unfolds full range of Luna Series case fan in 120mm, 140mm, and 200mm sizes with various LED lighting options. Particularly, as the new stunning focus for Thermaltake PC case fans in 2014, Luna LED series is an all around case fan, providing an effective radiator, heatsink, and case cooling solution inside the chassis. With an anti-vibration mounting system covered all four corners, it strengthens the stability during operation. Balanced seven, nine, and eleven-blade fan design ensures optimal airflow, undoubtedly guarantees ultra low noise and heat dissipation. Luna Series releases three LED colors selection: red, white and blue, to add style to your PC case.
Tuesday, September 16th 2014

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Microsoft Announces Board Changes and Quarterly Dividend Increase

Microsoft Corp. on Tuesday announced that Teri List-Stoll, executive vice president and chief financial officer of Kraft Foods Group Inc., and Charles W. Scharf, chief executive officer of Visa Inc., have been appointed to the company's board of directors and will join the board effective Oct. 1, 2014. The company also announced that Dave Marquardt and Dina Dublon have decided not to seek reelection to the board of directors and will retire from the board at the expiration of their current term following the annual shareholders meeting in December.

Microsoft also announced its board of directors declared a quarterly dividend of $0.31 per share, reflecting a 3-cent, or 11 percent, increase over the previous quarter's dividend. The dividend is payable Dec. 11, 2014, to shareholders of record on Nov. 20, 2014. The ex-dividend date will be Nov. 18, 2014. "As we continue to focus on the company's transformation and the board continues to evaluate capital strategy options, this dividend increase is another step in our ongoing commitment to increase capital returns to shareholders," said Amy Hood, chief financial officer of Microsoft.

CYBERPOWERPC Adds GIGABYTE Laptops to VENOMX Custom Configuration Service

CyberPower Inc., a global manufacturer of custom gaming PCs, gaming laptops, and performance workstations, today announced it is adding a series of GIGABYTE gaming enthusiast notebooks to its VENOMX custom configuration service. Customers can now purchase select GIGABYTE-branded products direct from CyberPower Inc. and customize them to their own specifications.

The latest GIGABYTE products available under the program are the VENOMX GIGABYTE P25X2 and P25W2, as well as the Zeusbook Edge X4 high-performance gaming notebooks. With VENOMX, customers can custom configure their VENOMX GIGABYTE notebook with a full menu of CPU, GPU, RAM and other hardware and service upgrades such as factory-warranted overclocking.

Koolance Confirms LGA2011v3 Compatibility for CPU-380I FC Block

Koolance confirmed that its CPU-380I full-coverage CPU water block is compatible with LGA2011v3, the socket Core i7-5000 "Haswell-E" chips are designed for. Not just with its retention module compatibility, but higher rated TDP of 140W, forced LGA2011-compatible cooling solution manufacturers to recheck support for LGA2011v3. The CPU-380I features a nickel-plated copper as its primary material, with a micro-fin lattice etched out in its main chamber. It features a black acetal top. Standard G 1/4 BSPP threading will supports fittings of up to 19 mm dia (3/4in) OD compression style. Available now, the CPU-380I is priced at US $74.99.

Even More GeForce GTX 980 and GM204 Specs Tumble Out

Ahead of its launch later this week, even more details of NVIDIA's upcoming GeForce GTX 980, and the 28 nm "GM204" silicon it's based on, tumbled out. To begin with, the GM204 silicon is confirmed to be built on the 28 nm silicon fab process. The chip bigger than that of the GK104, with a die area of 398 mm², yet smaller than the GK110, which measures 581 mm². Its transistor count is 5.2 billion, about 2 billion more than the GK104.

The component hierarchy of GM204 is similar to that of the GM107 silicon, on which the GTX 750 Ti is based. The GPU features a 256-bit wide GDDR5 memory interface, and PCI-Express 3.0 x16 bus. The GigaThread Engine dispatches workload between four graphics processing clusters (GPCs), the basic subunit. Each GPC has a common raster engine shared between four streaming multiprocessors Maxwell (SMMs), which each hold 128 CUDA cores. The total CUDA core count is hence 2,048. The L2 cache has been quadrupled over GK104. The chip features 2 MB of it, compared to 512 KB on its predecessor. The GM204 features 64 ROPs, double that of the GK104, and should hence come with a strong geometry processing muscle. The chip features a revolutionary new 3-bit delta color compression technology that makes the most of the limited memory bus width of this chip.

AMD Appoints Joseph A. Householder to Board of Directors

AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced the appointment of Joseph A. Householder, 59, to its board of directors along with positions on the board's Audit and Finance, and Nominating and Corporate Governance committees. Householder currently serves as executive vice president and chief financial officer of Sempra Energy.

Householder possesses significant financial and operations expertise from his 13 years at Sempra Energy, in addition to former leadership roles at PricewaterhouseCoopers and Unocal Corporation. He currently serves on the board of directors of multiple wholly- or majority-owned subsidiaries of Sempra Energy, including the Southern California Gas Company, San Diego Gas & Electric and Infraestructura Energetica Nova (IEnova), along with holding a position on the board of directors of the not-for-profit San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation. Additionally, he is a member of the Tax Executives Institute, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the State Bar of California and the American Bar Association.

Toshiba Introduces EXCERIA UHS-I SD Memory Cards

Toshiba's Digital Products Division (DPD), a division of Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., today introduced EXCERIA UHS-I SD Memory Cards, a new line of EXCERIA products focused on continuous shooting and full HD (including 4K resolution) video, a perfect fit for professional or amateur photographers in a wide-range of sizes at an affordable price.

Great for professional DSLR photographers, videographers and content creators who demand high-performance tools, these EXCERIA SD cards offer faster write speeds than Class 10 SD cards, have greater mobile storage capacity (up to 128GB) than other EXCERIA products and include UHS Speed Class 3 (U3) support for 4K2K video recording and playback. With EXCERIA UHS-I SD cards, digital pros, enthusiast photographers and amateurs can enjoy fast-motion capture and playback of high-resolution content, plus the benefits of high-speed continuous shooting, real-time full HD video recording and the time-saving value of lightning-fast data transfers for large files. With EXCERIA, backing up 1,000 photographs takes only one-third the time needed by other UHS-I SD cards.

Toshiba Introduces TransMemory ID USB 3.0 Flash Drive

Toshiba's Digital Products Division (DPD), a division of Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., today introduced the TransMemory ID USB 3.0 Flash Drive, a simpler storage solution for people who are on the go and need a better way to organize their ever-growing collection of digital files.

The slim design, unique space for labeling and wide range of colors and storage capacities make the TransMemory ID USB 3.0 Flash Drive a smart, simple way for students, families and business professionals to organize, personalize, and store their growing collection of digital files with fewer devices. The dedicated label area makes it easy to organize files by category, family member, event, class or project. With USB 3.0, this device transfers videos, photos and other large files quickly and conveniently with any USB 3.0 compatible device. With built-in plug-and-play, for both Mac and PC, up to 64GB of storage capacity and a slim, space-saving design that will facilitate the use of multiple TransMemory ID USB 3.0 Flash Drives (even where USB port placement is side by side), the TransMemory ID USB 3.0 is an easy solution for all storage needs.
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