Wednesday, June 3rd 2015

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GIGABYTE 100 Series Motherboards First Adopter of New Intel USB 3.1 Controller

GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co. Ltd., a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards, is proud to announce that its 100 Series of motherboards is the world's first to feature the new Intel USB 3.1 premium I/O controller onboard, for the best I/O solution over Type-C connector. The new Intel 6th Gen. Core processor ready motherboards from GIGABYTE sports Intel USB 3.1 premium I/O controller to offer more protocol compatibility than any other I/O controller, such as USB 3.1, and in the future, DisplayPort 1.2 connectivity and Thunderbolt 3. All of this is achieved over the new popular reversible Type-C connector, making connectivity widely compatible.

Using PCIe Gen.3 x4 lanes from the chipset and Display connectivity from the processor, the USB 3.1 controller from Intel is capable of delivering a total bandwidth of 40 Gb/s. When configured to handle dual USB 3.1 connectivity either through the Type-C or Type-A connector, this means the USB 3.1 controller can deliver true simultaneous and uninterrupted 10 Gb/s bandwidth over both ports, making GIGABYTE motherboards the best USB 3.1 solution.

AMD Unveils 6th Generation A-Series Processor

AMD today announced its 6th Generation A-Series Processor, the world's first high-performance Accelerated Processing Unit (APU) in a System-on-Chip (SoC) design. Previously codenamed "Carrizo," the 6th Generation AMD A-Series Processor takes advantage of extensive AMD processor and graphics IP enabling exceptional computing experiences not possible before. The 6th Generation AMD A-Series Processor is the most versatile notebook processor ever produced, built to excel at today's and tomorrow's consumer and business applications, delivering premium streaming entertainment, unmatched smooth online gaming, and innovative computing experiences, with all day unplugged performance.

The world's first high-performance Accelerated Processing Unit in a SoC design marks a number of technology firsts: the world's first High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) hardware decode support for notebooks, the first Heterogeneous Systems Architecture (HSA) 1.0-compliant design, and the first ARM TrustZone-capable high-performance APU. The new processor harnesses up to 12 Compute Cores -- 4 CPU + 8 GPU -- leveraging AMD "Excavator" cores and the third generation of AMD's award-winning Graphics Core Next (GCN) architecture. The result is a groundbreaking processor that boasts more than twice the battery life of its predecessor, up to 2x faster gaming performance than competitive processors, innovative computing experiences enabled through HSA, and a premium Microsoft Windows 10 experience with support for DirectX 12, adding up to an extraordinary experience for consumers.

Kingston Digital Releases USB Type-C Flash Drive

Kingston Digital, Inc., the Flash memory affiliate of Kingston Technology Company, Inc., the independent world leader in memory products, today announced the release of DataTraveler microDuo 3C USB Flash drive. DataTraveler microDuo 3C has a dual interface that works with both standard USB Type-A (3.1, 3.0, 2.0) and USB Type-C ports. USB Type-C, allowing for slimmer and sleeker future devices, is an up and coming reversible connector standard that enables a single port to function as a point for data transfer, video output, charging and even power external devices.

DataTraveler microDuo 3C is an ideal way to provide up to 64GB of extra storage for the very latest smartphones, tablets and Mac computers while also working with current generation devices. Shipping later this month, the simple plug-and-play drive offers fast USB 3.1 performance with read speeds up to 100MB/s and write speeds up to 15MB/s. The light weight and small-form factor DataTraveler microDuo 3C complements portable devices and is easily transportable.

First AMD "Fiji" Package Shot

AMD CEO Lisa Su unveiled the company's next flagship graphics processor at an event on the sidelines of Computex, in Taipei. Arguably the biggest GPU package, measuring in at 50 mm x 50 mm, Fiji will instead reduce graphics card PCB size, because memory has been moved to the GPU package, with four 1024-bit HBM1 stacks surrounding the GPU die on the package. We detailed the chip's memory implementation at great lengths in this article. The first graphics cards based on this chip could be unveiled at E3, two weeks from now; and market launch could follow a week later.

Source: Hardware.fr

Philips Announces World's First Quantum-dot PC Monitor

The world's first quantum dot desktop monitor was launched today in China thanks to a partnership between MMD (Philips Monitors) and QD Vision. The Philips 27" Full HD monitor (276E6ADS) achieves 99% Adobe RGB color, making it ideal for entertainment and gaming, as well as professional photography and design. QD Vision is demonstrating the new quantum dot monitor at booth 1025 at SID Display Week.

Philips' new high-performance desktop monitors use QD Vision's Color IQ optics to deliver vibrant colors and life-like images. The Color IQ quantum dot solution, coupled with full HD resolution display, produce a professional-quality display available at a price of mainstream desktop monitors. "The E6 monitor breaks new ground, delivering superior picture quality at an exceptional value," said Chris Brown, Marketing Manager at MMD for Philips Monitors "We are proud to again lead the industry - this time with the world's first quantum dot monitor - featuring Color IQ from QD Vision."

Conexant Launches Next-Generation HD Audio CODEC

Conexant Systems, Inc. introduced an ultra-low power, high-performance HD Audio CODEC: the CX8200. Targeted to mobile PC applications including notebooks, ultrabooks and tablets, the new CX8200 intelligently drives speakers to optimize sound pressure level (SPL) while providing best-in-class speaker protection and eliminating background noise. Part of the AudioSmart 2.0 product family, the CX8200 features a fully integrated Class-D smart amplifier and interfaces directly with Conexant's innovative software to deliver flawless speech recognition and audio output that is up to several times louder using existing PC/tablet speakers.

Voice and speech communications play a critical role in people's personal and professional lives; however, the background noises and echoes that occur during Skype or Lync calls can effectively shut down communication and ruin collaboration. Conexant's AudioSmart 2.0 solutions improve the audio experience in noisy, real-world conditions and allow for a more natural collaboration experience with crystal clear playback and no background noise. The CX8200 allows users to hear what others are saying, speak naturally, listen to multimedia content at higher volume levels, make use of Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR) for dictation and virtual assistant applications (such as Cortana), and much more.

Dell Announces New Generation Inspiron Laptops

Dell today announced at Computex 2015 a comprehensive new line-up of Inspiron devices, offering a wide range of technology solutions to meet families' everyday computing needs. Adding to Dell's award-winning consumer product line up, the new portfolio includes the Inspiron 5000 Series laptops, Inspiron 15 7000 Series 2-in-1, Inspiron 15 7000 Series performance notebook, Inspiron 20 & 24 3000 Series All-in-One desktops, and a full line of Inspiron Desktops. Demonstrating Dell's commitment to offering something for everyone, these new devices are available with a wide range of processor options and configurable features, enabling students, families and value-conscious shoppers to connect, learn and achieve more.

"With today's new product launches, Dell's Inspiron brand continues its legacy of developing great devices that are easy to use, employing the latest technology to help families get more out of life," said Ray Wah, vice president, Consumer Product Group, Dell. "Everyday computing is more fun when you can power video chats and games with the latest processors and graphics, or enjoy an immersive multi-media entertainment experience courtesy of brilliant front-of-screen displays with fantastic audio. From laptops to convertible 2-in-1s to desktops, we are delivering devices for every need at an exceptional value, empowering our customers to easily create and share content and connect with the people who matter the most to them."

G.Skill Showcases Ripjaws Series Gaming Peripherals

G.SKILL International Enterprise Co., Ltd., the world's leading manufacturer of extreme performance memory and solid state storage, is excited to showcase a completely new series of high end gaming peripherals at Computex 2015! The new Ripjaws series gaming peripherals include two mechanical gaming keyboards, a RGB gaming mouse, and two 7.1 surround sound headsets.

Available in two lighting flavors, full range RGB and crimson red, the KM780 RGB and KM780 MX are fully loaded mechanical keyboards designed and built with durability and practicality in mind for the ultimate gaming and typing experience. Featuring Cherry MX Red and Brown key switches with 50 million key-press lifecycle and a braided 2.0m USB cable, allows the Ripjaws KM780 series keyboard to last for years of daily usage.

G.Skill Showcases Ripjaws Power Supply Series

G.SKILL International Enterprise Co., Ltd., the world's leading manufacturer of extreme performance memory and solid state storage, showcases its new Ripjaws series PC power supply units at Computex 2015.

The G.SKILL Ripjaws series PC power supply units consists of four models ranging from 750 watts up to 1250 watts, suitable for the needs of all PC system builders whether it's a high-end workstation or a gaming oriented system. All four Ripjaws series PSU feature a full module design that allows cleaner cable management and better case airflow.

G.Skill Showcases New Trident Z series DDR4 Memory

G.SKILL International Enterprise Co., Ltd., the world's leading manufacturer of extreme performance memory and solid state storage, showcases the brand new Trident Z series of DDR4 memory designed for PC enthusiasts.

With numerous overclocking records under its belt, G.SKILL TridentX series is known as the most powerful overclocking memory series in the PC enthusiast community. The new Trident Z series comes with high quality aluminum heatspreaders and a customized bar in various colors, providing PC builders the options to match their own system's color scheme, while maintaining efficient heat dissipation.

Announcing the Killer Wireless-AC 1535 Controller

Rivet Networks, a leading maker of high performance networking products, today launched the Killer Wireless-AC 1535, the world's first network adapter to offer ExtremeRange Technology redefining the wireless experience by delivering up to 150 Mbps of additional throughput at ranges beyond 10 meters.

Gamers and performance users are now free to enjoy their online experience at greater distances from their wireless access point than before thanks to Killer's new ExtremeRange Technology, with two external amplifiers plus full MU-MIMO and Transmit Beamforming support that extends intelligence and control while increasing wireless networking speed.
Tuesday, June 2nd 2015

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Reeven Unveils a Trio of Low-profile CPU Coolers

Reeven showed off a trio of low-profile top-flow CPU coolers, some meant to simply replace your stock cooling, others to lower noise, and increase OC headroom. The lineup begins with the Steropes (RC-1206). This 60 mm tall cooler (including fan), features a large (120 x 120 mm size) aluminium fin-stack, which is just tall enough to stay above key motherboard components on a mini-ITX board, while still leaving room for standard height memory modules, and the PCI-Express slot. The cooler is ventilated by a 12 mm-thick 120 mm fan.

Next up, is the Brontes (RC-1001). This cooler is even shorter than the Steropes at just 59 mm, but has lower clearance below the fin-stack, and uses a 12 mm-thick 100 mm fan. The cooler itself measures 105 mm x 59 mm x 114 mm. Lastly, there's the Vanxie (RC-0801). This 33 mm tall cooler is just about the size of a reference Intel heatsink; and has almost no clearance below the fin-stack. It's ventilated by a 10.8 mm-thick 80 mm spinner; and measures 80 mm x 33 mm x 93 mm. All three coolers support Intel LGA115x and AMD AM1, AM3+, and FM2+ socket types (under 100W TDP).

SilverStone Raven X RVX01 Pictured

The centerpiece at SilverStone's Computex booth was the might Raven X (RVX01). This ATX tower features a top-oriented motherboard tray, in which expansion slots and the rear I/O point upwards. One major advantage of this orientation is better conventional heat exhaust, and minimized PCB bending on long graphics cards thanks to Lady Gravity. The case comes in black with red tones. The RVX01 features tons of 3.5-inch and 2.5-inch drive bays located along its inner panels; fan mounts that include a rear 120 mm exhaust, a 120 mm top exhaust, and three 120 mm bottom intakes. Measuring 195 mm x 473 mm x 470 mm (WxHxD), the case is made of a steel frame with ABS front panels.

SilverStone CS380 Lets You Combine a Gaming PC with a Home NAS

Want a compact gaming PC that doubles up as a home storage? The CS380 "Compact Storage" case could be worth checking out. This micro-ATX case features an aluminium door (with noise-dampening material), steel frame, and ABS front panel bits. Behind the door are eight 3.5-inch drive caddies, with SATA backplanes, which let you hot-swap drives; and a standard 5.25-inch drive bay. Apart from the eight 3.5-inch caddies, the case has two internal 2.5-inch drive bays (for OS drives).

The eight 3.5-inch caddies are split between two drive cages of four; which are separated by room meant for long graphics cards. Its ventilation includes two 92 mm front intakes (located in the space between the drive cages); two 120 mm side vents, two 120 mm top vents (which can hold on to a 240 mm radiator); and a 120 mm rear exhaust. The case measures 212 mm x 435 mm x 444 mm (WxHxD).

SilverStone Milo ML08 is the Refined Cousin of the RVZ02

SilverStone is spoiling you for choice with console-size premium mini-ITX cases. First, it was the second-generation Raven Z (RVZ02), and now, the Milo ML08. This case offers a similar feature-set to its Raven cousin, but with a more restrained and subtle styling, and a handlebar, that lets you carry the case around. Measuring 380 mm x 87 mm x 370 mm (WxHxD), the case features a steel frame, with ABS front panel. Inside, you get the same SFX PSU bay, a slimline optical drive bay, two to three 2.5-inch/3.5-inch drive bays, a full-height graphics card bay, and oversized air vents over the CPU/motherboard area.

SilverStone Unveils Raven RVZ02 Mini-ITX Gaming Chassis

SilverStone gave its iconic Raven Z console-sized mini-ITX gaming PC chassis an update, with the RVZ02. The case now has a new front facade that's a departure from the ridged RVZ01, with fewer design character lines, and a cool "V-shaped" central LED cluster. The case has room for a standard-height mini-ITX motherboard, a full-height dual-slot graphics card, an SFX form-factor PSU, a slimline optical drive bay, and multiple internal 2.5-inch drives.

The demo build by SilverStone at the Computex show-floor dropped jaws, with a Core i7 "Haswell-E" processor, SilverStone Argon AR06 low-profile CPU cooler, ASRock X99E-ITX/ac motherboard, 16 GB of dual-channel DDR4-2933 memory by GeIL, ASUS GeForce GTX 980 STRIX graphics, SilverStone SX600-G SFX power supply, and an ADATA 256 GB SSD.

SilverStone Petite PT20 "Broadwell" NUC Case Picture

SilverStone's foray into the super-compact NUC enclosure market is led by its Petite series. Picture here, is the PT20, the company's enclosure for Intel Core "Broadwell" equipped NUC boards. The case may look aluminium, but is made of SECC steel. Measuring 125 mm x 50 mm x 110 mm (WxHxD), the case features a single 2.5-inch drive bay, cutouts at the right spots, including two USB 3.0 front-panel ports.

SilverStone ZEUS Series Smart PSU Pictured

Here's the first picture of SilverStone's next flagship smart-PSU line, the ZEUS. The company is expected to launch these in several high-Wattage variants, the one on display here is the 1200W variant. This fully-modular unit has enough juice and straws to power a GTX 980 Ti Quad-SLI machine. Its key features include a single +12V rail design, with a single 100A rail, 80 Plus Platinum efficiency, a temperature-activated 140 mm fan, which stays off below a temperature/load threshold, most modern electrical protection mechanisms, and an onboard sensor suite. The PSU talks to your system over USB (internal USB 2.0/1.1 connector), interfacing with a neat little tool that lets you monitor temperature, power-draw, efficiency, and other parameters for each of its voltage domains; and lets you customize its fan speeds.

SilverStone SFX-L 700W PSU Pictured Up Close

Here are some of the first pictures up-close of the SX700-LPT, the first 700W PSU in the SFX-L form-factor, which is smaller than ATX, but slightly bigger than conventional SFX. This unit features fully modular cabling, a single +12V rail design, 80 Plus Platinum efficiency, and enough juice and straws for a gaming PC build with up to two high-end graphics cards. Many of SilverStone's upcoming compact cases, including those for the living room and the desk, could feature SFX-L bays. The company will include SFX-L to ATX adapters, so you can use it in conventional cases.

Nanoxia Announces CoolForce PC Case Series

This week it's all about Computex 2015 - and all our fans know that Computex means new Nanoxia products: We revealed our first PC-case, the Deep Silence 1, during Computex 2012. The Deep Silence 4, Deep Silence 5 and Deep Silence 6 have been introduced during Computex 2013. To keep in this tradition, on this opening day of Computex 2015, we want to introduce a complete new range of PC-Cases: The Nanoxia CoolForce Series!

The CoolForce Series will offer an outstanding price-performance ratio. Five different models will be made available, offering a variety of features at very attractive prices. As with the Deep Silence Series, we made sure that the different models will be easily recognizable as belonging to the same family.

Team Shows Off L3 EVO Line of Cost-effective SATA SSDs

Team Group unveiled its cost-effective L3 EVO line of SATA SSDs. Making use of TLC NAND flash chips, these drives come in capacities of 240 GB, 480 GB, and 960 GB (pictured below). The 240 GB and 480 GB variants offer sequential speeds of up to 560 MB/s, with up to 540 MB/s writes; with up to 85,000 IOPS reads and up to 90,000 IOPS writes, in 4K random access performance. The company didn't put out performance figures of the 960 GB variant. The drives feature SATA 6 Gb/s interface, are 7 mm-thick, and support all modern SATA SSD features, including TRIM, NCQ, native AES acceleration, and SMART.

Team Shows off its Flagship M.2 PCIe SSD

Team Group showed off its flagship M.2 PCIe SSD at Computex, the TM8FP7 series. Available in 128 GB, 256 GB, and 512 GB sizes, the drive takes advantage of PCI-Express 3.0 x4 (32 Gb/s), and offers up to 2,300 MB/s reads with up to 380 MB/s writes on its smallest variant, and up to 2,500 MB/s reads with up to 720 MB/s writes on its biggest one. The drive uses MLC NAND flash, supports DevSleep and TRIM, although there's no word on whether its controller supports NVMe.

Team Unveils Three New Premium DDR4 Memory Lines

Team Group showed off three new premium DDR4 memory lines at Computex. It begins with the iconic Team Xtreem brand. The company launched the Xtreem LE (18th Anniversary Limited Edition), a double-height module made with binned DRAM chips, and rigorous QA, that results in DDR4-3400 at 16-16-16-36, with 1.35V DRAM voltage. The module PCB is green, but is topped off with a thick black aluminium heatsink, with a soft-gold beam running along its top.

Next up, is the most imaginatively named of the lot, the Team Gaming OC. These blood-red modules feature a 2-layer aluminium heatsink cooling the DRAM chips. Though the heatsink isn't as tall as the one on the Team Xtreem LE, it is decked with red or green LEDs. These modules offer DDR4-3000 with 16-16-16-36, at 1.35V. Last of the three, is the new Team Dark 128 GB memory kit, made up of eight 16 GB modules. These modules do DDR4-2666 at 15-17-17-35, with 1.2V DRAM voltage.

Shuttle Unveils Robust PCs with Built-in Broadwell Core i3, i5 and i7 Processors

Up to now, absolute noiselessness combined with compact dimensions meant sacrificing computing performance. Whenever high performance was called for, an active cooling system always had to be fitted. Shuttle now makes a difference and demonstrates that fanless computers and speed are no longer mutually exclusive.

Shuttle is adding three new models to expand its DS series in one fell swoop. The existing DS57U is now complemented in European stores by the DS57U3, DS57U5 and DS57U7 all with soldered Intel Core i3, Core i5 and Core i7 processors. The four models, all in black, are based on 14 nm Broadwell micro-architecture, featuring extremely low energy consumption and an improved graphics unit.

New Version of Crucial SSD Software Enhances Burst Performance

Crucial, a leading global brand of memory and storage upgrades, today announced significant updates to its Storage Executive tool. The new version (3.20) features Momentum Cache, an intelligent caching feature that can enhance burst performance by up to 10x[1], and allows users to extend SSD lifetime by reducing redundant writes. The tool uses idle memory for caching as needed, and installs easily via the Storage Executive interface.

In addition to the new features, Storage Executive also allows users to:
  • Update to the latest firmware
  • Monitor drive's temperature and health
  • Reset the drive's encryption password
  • Easily check how much storage has been used

Crucial Announces Ballistix DDR4 16GB Memory Modules

Crucial, a leading global brand of memory and storage upgrades, today announced Crucial Ballistix DDR4 16GB performance memory. Ideal for gamers and enthusiasts who deal with content creation, virtual machines, RAM drives, and memory-intensive applications, the new Ballistix modules leverage Micron's new 8Gb DDR4 component technology to offer up the highest density DDR4 memory to date.

Until now, only expensive server systems have been able to reach these memory densities, but with Ballistix DDR4 16GB modules, users can achieve greater densities on high-end desktop systems like the latest Intel X99 platforms. Available across Sport LT, Tactical, and Elite product lines, each module includes Intel XMP 2.0 profiles for easy setup and support.

Crucial Announces 8GB-based DDR4 Server Memory

Crucial, a leading global brand of memory and storage upgrades, is now sampling Crucial DDR4 2400MT/s 8Gb-based RDIMM, LRDIMM, and ECC UDIMM server modules through its Technology Enablement Program. Engineered to enable higher density modules, 8Gb-based DDR4 memory allows for increased performance, bandwidth, and energy efficiency.

Higher density modules, when combined with the next DDR4 speed increase of 2400MT/s, create greater channel bandwidth and channel density, as well as increased energy efficiency. Ultimately, these benefits provide more value per gigabit than current 4Gb-based offerings. Taken together, the increase in density, bandwidth, and value deliver a lower total cost of ownership for users.

Intel Leads a New Era of Computing Experiences

Intel Corporation today announced products and solutions that will deliver new user experiences and support the computing ecosystem's expansion into new areas. During the opening keynote address at Computex 2015, Kirk Skaugen, senior vice president and general manager of Intel's Client Computing Group encouraged the Taiwan ecosystem to work together and capture the opportunity to shape the future of computing.

"The power of Moore's Law has enabled incredible computing innovation over the past 50 years and because of it, nearly everything in the future will have the ability to compute and connect," said Skaugen. "Our 30-year history of collaboration with Taiwan has delivered historic innovation to the world, from personal computing to the cloud and data centers. The next 30 years will see even greater innovation as we deliver new computing experiences and bring intelligence and connectivity to the Internet of Things together."

Jim Anderson Joins AMD to Lead Computing and Graphics Business Group

AMD today announced that Jim Anderson (43) has joined the company as senior vice president and general manager of AMD's Computing and Graphics (CG) business group, reporting to President and CEO Dr. Lisa Su. Anderson will be responsible for managing all aspects of strategy, business management, engineering, and sales for AMD's computing and graphics products and solutions.

"Jim's business and technical expertise make him another strong addition to AMD's leadership team," said Dr. Su. "His deep industry knowledge and proven ability to transform businesses to drive profitable growth make him the ideal candidate to lead the Computing and Graphics business."

Cooler Master Rekindles Maker Spirit, Launches "Make It Yours" Slogan

Cooler Master is launching a new slogan: "Make It Yours." The slogan kicks off a new drive to harness "the Maker Spirit" in Cooler Master's products and community.
"The maker spirit is that curiosity to know how and why things work, and the satisfaction that stems from taking ownership of something you make," said Roger Lin, Cooler Master's Chief Executive Officer. "People want unique products to express themselves, that's human nature."

As part of a drive to capture the maker spirit earlier this year, Cooler Master invited a team of renowned PC industry veterans, including Richard Surroz from the US, Peter Brands and Richard Kier of the Netherlands, Mathieu Heredia of France, and Ronnie Hara of Brazil (by way of Japan), to Taipei for a week-long workshop on the future of case technology.

ASUS Z170 Motherboard Lineup to Retail Design Scheme from X99 Series

ASUS' mainline motherboard lineup based on the upcoming Intel Z170 chipset could retain the black + glossy white design scheme from the company's X99 mainline motherboard series. The company showed off its premium upper-mid segment Z170-Pro motherboard, which could be sold around the $170-$190 price range. This socket LGA1151 motherboard offers a 16-phase CPU VRM, a new high-capacity VRM heatsink design; and four DDR4 DIMM slots, supporting up to 64 GB of dual-channel DDR4-3000 memory.

Expansion slots include three PCI-Express 3.0 x16 (x16/NC/NC or x8/x8/NC or x8/x4/x4), and four PCI-Express 2.0 x1. Storage connectivity includes eight SATA 6 Gb/s, from which two wire out as a SATA-Express 16 Gb/s slot; and an M.2 slot. Other modern connectivity includes two USB 3.1 ports, eight USB 3.0 ports, two Intel-driven gigabit Ethernet interfaces, 802.11 ac WLAN with Bluetooth 4.0, and Crystal Sound 2 audio (115 dBA SNR CODEC, ground-layer isolation, audio-grade capacitors, EMI shielding, and DTS Ultra PC II).

ASUS Triple-fan STRIX Cooler Pictured, Debuts with GTX 980 Ti

ASUS' new generation triple-fan STRIX cooling solution was up on display at Computex. This gargantuan cooler will make its debut with the GeForce GTX 980 Ti STRIX OC, and is designed to tame the 250W TDP chip, by staying completely silent until the chip breaches a 65°C temperature threshold, and staying low-noise beyond that. It features a very large aluminium fin-stack, to which heat drawn directly from the GPU die is conveyed by 10 mm-thick nickel-plated copper heat pipes. The heatsink is ventilated by three 100 mm fans, with independent speed control using ASUS GPU Tweak tool. The GTX 980 Ti STRIX features a huge PCB that's 1.5x the standard add-on card height; and features a back-plate. It will ship with a 15% factory-overclock.

Fractal Design Gives its Kelvin Line of AIO Liquid Coolers a Design Update

Fractal Design gave its Kelvin line of all-in-one liquid CPU coolers a design update. The 120 mm T12, 240 mm S24, and 360 mm S36, now come with newer Dynamic GP-12 PWM fans, which offer quieter operation and increased air-flow (500-2,000 RPM speed range); a 9V speed control adapter for the pump; an improved fill-port design, which can be opened with a coin, letting you replace or top-up the coolant; and new PH2 heads on the radiator screws, so you no longer need an Allen key to deal with them.

Fractal Design Core 500 Detailed - Small Footprint, Big Potential

Fractal Design's other new case unveiling this Computex is the Core 500, which goes with the catchphrase "small footprint, big potential." This cube-shaped mini-ITX case is intended more for the desk than your living room. It has all the goods to let you build a mean gaming box with a high-end graphics card, and liquid cooling. Measuring 250 x 203 x 367 mm, the case features a multi-chambered design, with a horizontal main partition.

Inside the Core 500, there's room for CPU coolers as tall as 170 mm, graphics cards as long as 310 mm, and ATX PSUs as long as 170 mm (160 mm in case of modular PSUs). Storage areas include a 5.25-inch drive bay, with three each of 3.5-inch and 2.5-inch bays. Ventilation is care of as 140 mm rear exhaust (a Fractal Silent R3 1K RPM spinner comes included), and two 140 mm top vents, which can hold on to 140 x 280 mm radiators (140 x 140 mm can be used without having to remove the 5.25-inch bay). The side and top vents feature magnetic dust filters. Front panel connectivity includes two USB 3.0 ports (standard header) and HDA audio jacks. The Core 500 will be priced at US $59.99.

Fractal Design Node 202 and Node 202+ Pictured

Fractal Design showed off its latest wares at Computex, beginning with the Node 202 and Node 202+ mini-ITX cases for HTPC builds. Featuring a slick, minimalist design, and dimensions that compare to game consoles (10.2L volume, 377 x 82 x 330 mm), the Node 202 has room for a standard-height mini-ITX motherboard, CPU coolers up to 56 mm tall, an SFX power supply, a full-height, dual-slot graphics card (using a PCIe x16 riser) up to 31 cm long; and two 2.5-inch internal drives.

There are two 120 mm fan mounts in the add-on card chamber, with dust filters. One such dust filter hovers over the CPU socket area, so your cooler doesn't breathe in dust. The Node 202+ has all that, plus a factory-fitted Fractal Design Integra 450W SFX PSU, with 80 Plus Bronze certification, 24-pin ATX, 8-pin EPS, and two each of 6+2 pin PCIe and SATA power connectors. The Node 202 will be priced at US $79.99; the Node 202+ will go for $139.99.

Cooler Master Launches the MasterCase

Cooler Master is excited to announce the launch of the MasterCase, the world's first mid-sized modular tower with exterior expandability. The MasterCase heralds a new family of cases that offer unparalleled control over form and function. It draws inspiration from the MasterConcept, a revolutionary concept case developed at Cooler Master Headquarters in Taipei.

"The MasterConcept represents a vision that every person's PC case should be unique, and is a first step in a fundamental reimagining of our relationship with our fans and supporters," said PS Tang, Vice President, Cooler Master. "Inspired by the MasterConcept's revolutionary approach to interior and exterior modularity, the MasterCase represents the crest of this new wave of case technology."

Patriot Releases EP Pro microSDHC/SDXC 4K Capable Card

Patriot, a leading manufacturer of USB Flash, mobile accessories, computer memory and SSDs, announced the release of the latest addition to its 4K capable cards, the EP Pro micorSDXC Class 10, UHS-I U3 card.

Compliant with the latest SD Association specifications for Class 10 UHS-I U3 cards, it is perfect for 4K recording. The Patriot EP Pro microSDXC Card reaches speeds of up to 95 MB/s read and 80 MB/s write. Capable of capturing a range of video and still images the EP Pro microSDXC can shoot video in Full HD, Ultra HD and 4K2K as well as capture continuous still image shooting in HD. Ideal for the extreme sports enthusiast, outdoorsmen and professional photographers the EP Pro microSDXC Card is the ideal choice for the latest action camera, Android smartphone or tablet.

CRYORIG Reveals the A Series of Hybrid Liquid Coolers, and IoT enabled PSU

At this year's Computex, CRYORIG is revealing the next generation of Hybrid Liquid Cooling (HLC) units and IoT enabled power supply units. CRYORIG's new A Series A40, A40 Ultimate and A80 Hybrid Liquid Cooling units combines the strength of both Air Cooling and Liquid Cooling in an innovative package. CRYORIG's Pi Series of Power Supply Units with IoT or Internet of Things capability, allows users to remotely control their PSU unit's through phones apps.

CRYORIG's A Series Hybrid Liquid Cooling (HLC) products is designed to solve one of the major problems with Closed Loop Cooling liquid units, which is the severe lack of airflow for the CPU's surrounding components. At Computex, CRYORIG's live thermal imaging demo shows the potential impact of how HLC can benefit the system. Heat imaging shows a drastic drop of over 10° Celsius in regions of the surrounding Voltage Regulator Modules, RAM and even the GPU card can benefit from added airflow from CRYORIG's patent pending proprietary Airflow Circulator fan.

Patriot Arms Gamers with Viper Line of Gaming Accessories

Patriot, a leading manufacturer of mobile accessories, computer and USB memory, announces their Viper line of gaming accessories. Designed for the most fervent gamers, the Viper collection includes a mechanical keyboard, headset, and two mice to maximize gaming performance.

"Gamers already use Patriot's Viper Memory for superior performance in gaming and we wanted to provide them with a full ecosystem of accessories that speak to their needs with exceptional tactical advantages and a true gaming experience," says Saeed Arash Far, Global Director of Engineering at Patriot. "The Viper line of accessories blasts itself into the competition with four products that not only have key differentiators, but also provides a huge value proposition to all gamers."
Monday, June 1st 2015

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In Win 909 Yet Another Eyeball Magnet

It's never a Computex without a wacky albeit highly desirable premium case by In Win. This time around, it's the new 909. This ATX full-tower is made of high quality brushed aluminium panels decking an aluminium frame; with a tempered glass side panel, with front panel connectivity flowing to the side. The case has room for E-ATX motherboards (up to 8 expansion slots), with add-on cards as long as 320 mm, and CPU coolers as tall as 180 mm. The PSU bay can hold on to a high-end unit as long as 220 mm, with room to spare for your cable spaghetti.

The cooling system on the In Win 909 includes two 140 mm front intakes, a 120 mm conveyor between the drive cage and motherboard tray, either three 120 mm or two 140 mm rear exhausts, and two 120 mm bottom intakes. You can turn these into room for a 140 x 280 mm front radiator, a 120 mm middle radiator, a 360 mm or 280 mm rear radiator, and a 240 mm bottom radiator, 35 mm to 60 mm thick. Front panel connectivity includes a USB 3.1 Type-C connector (standard header), three USB 3.0 Type-A, and HDA audio jacks.
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