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Wednesday, October 22nd 2014

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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.
Tuesday, October 21st 2014

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Satechi Introduces the Edge Wireless Gaming Mouse

The Satechi Edge Wireless Gaming Mouse, available now, is a quick and efficient mouse ideal for high-speed gaming as well as casual browsing. Equipped with seven high-function buttons, the mouse gives gamers an advantage over the competition and the ability to amplify their gaming to the next level.

The Edge Wireless Gaming Mouse features a "Gaming Mode," which allows users to press the "Turbo Button" to double-click with just one keystroke, eliminating the need to literally double-click. This saves gamers valuable seconds, which could mean the difference between a win and a loss. For added versatility, the mouse also has a "Video Control Mode" when not used for gaming. When in this mode, the functions switch into play/pause, fast forward/backtrack and clear screen buttons with a single click. While in this mode, the scroll wheel also adjusts the volume.

Toshiba Debuts the Satellite Radius 11 2-in-1 Convertible PC

Toshiba's Digital Products Division (DPD), a division of Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., today announced the Satellite Radius 11, a value-priced 2-in-1 convertible PC with a two-axis hinge that rotates 360-degrees, allowing the device to easily convert from laptop to tablet by just pushing back the 11.6-inch touchscreen. Powered by Intel and Windows 8.1, the Radius 11 starts at $329.99 MSRP.

"We expect Satellite Radius 11 to make the grade with consumers and students looking for a highly-portable PC that gives them a bit more flexibility than a traditional clamshell laptop without cutting corners," said Philip Osako, senior director of product marketing, Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., Digital Products Division. "Our device is sleek, lightweight and delivers plenty of power to handle everyday tasks. The fact that it has a rotational screen just further opens up the range of possibilities for what you can do with it."

Adesso Launches the iMouse M20 Wireless Ergonomic Mouse

Adesso Inc., a leading manufacturer of computer input peripherals, has released the Adesso iMouse M20 Wireless Ergonomic Optical Mouse. While its wireless capability prevents clutter, iMouse M20's stylish, ergonomic design eliminates hand strain, while bringing great cursor control.

The iMouse M20 is elegantly shaped to fit naturally under the right palm of the user's hand, making it easy to grip, with two internet navigational buttons (for forward and backward) located conveniently by the thumb area. Clear of messy cables, the iMouse M20's 2.4 GHz Radio Frequency Wireless technology brings 30 feet of wireless freedom, while using low battery consumption. The iMouse M20 comes with an ON/OFF switch on the bottom for saving battery, with its Auto-Sleep feature automatically maximizing battery life when not in use. With its Optical Sensor technology, Adesso iMouse M20 has a DPI Switch Button on the top of the mouse to comfortably switch between three distinct levels of DPI resolution (500/ 1000/ 1500)-ideal for precise targeting (500 DPI), quick response (1000 DPI), or fast maneuvers (1500 DPI).

Thermaltake Core V31 Case Launched with Tt LCS Certification

Thermaltake, being an industry leader in computer chassis, thermal solutions, and power supply units, introduces Core V31 window mid-tower chassis with exclusive Tt LCS Certification, a new addition to the Core Series, which has now arrived following the launch of Core V71, Core V1, and Core V51, while retaining the curved metal mesh appearance, it delivers an outstanding cooling performance with the compatibility for the extensive DIY/AIO LCS, and the air cooling units that the series has become renowned for. Core V31 is an enthusiast's grade mid-tower chassis creating unprecedented space for high-end hardware and liquid cooling expansion, supporting the latest ATX, Micro ATX, Mini-ITX motherboards, and all high-end GPU cards.

Enthusiast Design: Designed for gamers, the perforated top and bottom panel with magnetic dust filters allows easy heat dissipation and rapid air intake for maximum ventilation. The heightened case-stands help to enhance the airflow and overall stability during operation. Featuring a transparent side window to offer a direct view of the inner system. Innovative Tool-free Design: Innovative 5.25" & 3.5" tool-free drive bay design has minimized the hassles of installing/removing "2 + 3" drive bays with modular drive racks, granting ease and flexibility on setting up the best storage solution.

SK Hynix Developed the World's Highest Density 16 GB NVDIMM

SK Hynix Inc. announced that it has developed the world's highest density 16 GB (Gigabytes) of NVDIMM (Non Volatile DIMM) based on 4 Gb (Gigabit) DDR4 using its advanced 20 nm class technology.

This NVDIMM is able to send DRAM data to NAND Flash whose density is two times bigger than the DRAM in a unanticipated power loss by combining DRAM, NAND Flash and the module controller in a single module. Therefore, it is feasible to save and restore data safely as well as performing on the same level with general DDR4 modules. This new product works at 2133 Mbps and with a 64-bit I/O it processes up to 17 GB of data per second running at 1.2V.

Samsung Starts Production of 8-Gigabit DDR4 Based on 20 Nanometer Technology

Samsung Electronics announced that it is mass producing the industry's most advanced 8-gigabit (Gb) DDR4 memory and 32-gigabyte (GB) module, both of which will be manufactured based on a new 20-nanometer (nm) process technology, for use in enterprise servers.

"Our new 20 nm 8 Gb DDR4 DRAM more than meets the high performance, high density and energy efficiency needs that are driving the proliferation of next-generation enterprise servers," said Jeeho Baek, Vice President of Memory Marketing at Samsung Electronics. "By expanding the production of our 20 nm DRAM line-ups, we will provide premium, high-density DRAM products, while handling increasing demand from customers in the global premium enterprise market."

Thermalright Announces HR-02 Macho Zero CPU Cooler

Since its release in the summer of 2011, the Macho is undoubtedly the first choice for hardware enthusiasts who are looking for a very powerful and quiet CPU cooler. Now, the favorite Thermalright cooler of all times is available in a Special Edition for silent fans. True to its motto "innovate - don't imitate," Thermalright consequently improves on the original cooler concept and implements suggestions by their fan base. The result is a further optimized cooler which is not only improved in terms of its looks.

The cooler is presented in a stylish "Black Nickel Design" and thus stands out from the "gray" mass of CPU coolers. The copper heatpipes and the mounting kit are also black nickel plated. In connection with the black anodized Top Fin the cooler offers a probably unique elegant appearance. The main focus of the Macho Zero was ultra-quiet operation. The cooler is accordingly not equipped with a fan.

In Win Launches 707 and 703 PC Chassis

In Win Development Inc., a leading innovator in PC design and winner of internationally renowned design awards, has today announced availability of its new 707 full-tower and 703 mid-tower, mainstream PC chassis.

Available initially in Gaming Black, with Silent White following shortly after, the 707 is a full tower PC chassis with svelte, contemporary styling that blends great features and value for PC builders. Both are constructed from strong and reliable SECC steel, with the black featuring an acrylic side panel window, and the white fitted with sound damping to provide a choice of style and features.

Streacom Announces NC2 NUC Case

Streacom is pleased to announce the NC2, the bigger brother of our ultra compact NC1 NUC chassis. With the release of Haswell NUC boards, we saw the introduction of SATA ports and the need for internal 2.5″ storage.

The NC2 is only 11mm taller than the NC1 and addresses those needs whilst still maintaining the same compact footprint and elegant design. The NC2 also maintains all of the great features of the NC1, modular design, easy assembly, ultra efficient cooling, acrylic sides for internal Wifi & Bluetooth, and of course the high grade aluminium sandblast finish that is across our entire range of cases.
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
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