Friday, November 21st 2014

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Intel Announces Increase in Quarterly Cash Dividend

At Intel Corporation's annual investor meeting today, the company announced that its board of directors has approved an increase in its cash dividend to 96 cents-per-share on an annual basis, a 6-cent increase, beginning with the dividend that will be declared in the first quarter of 2015. Intel also provided the 2015 business outlook. "Today's dividend announcement reflects the board's confidence in Intel's strategy," said Intel Chairman Andy Bryant. "It also reflects the board's ongoing commitment to create value and return cash to Intel's stockholders."

At the investor meeting, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich emphasized that Intel's highest shareholder value will come from a strategy to utilize the core assets that drive the company's PC and data center businesses to move into profitable, complementary market segments. Intel's leading-edge manufacturing capability, Intel architecture, and the use of shared IP are key elements of the growth strategy.
Thursday, November 20th 2014

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AMD Announces Major Technology Partnerships at Future of Compute Event

AMD today at its Future of Compute event announced the introduction of the consumer electronic industry's first-ever ultra high-definition (UHD) monitors to feature its innovative, open-standards based FreeSync technology. Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., plans to launch the screen synching technology around the world in March 2015, starting with the Samsung UD590 (23.6-inch and 28-inch models) and UE850 (23.6-inch, 27-inch and 31.5-inch models), and eventually across all of Samsung's UHD lineups. FreeSync will enable dynamic refresh rates synchronized to the frame rate of AMD Radeon graphics cards and APUs to maximally reduce input latency and reduce or fully eliminate visual defects during gaming and video playback.

"We are very pleased to adopt AMD FreeSync technology to our 2015 Samsung Electronics Visual Display division's UHD monitor roadmap, which fully supports open standards," said Joe Chan, Vice President of Samsung Electronics Southeast Asia Headquarters. "With this technology, we believe users including gamers will be able to enjoy their videos and games to be played with smoother frame display without stuttering or tearing on their monitors."

MSI GAMING to Feature New XSplit Gamecaster V2 Software

MSI, world leading in gaming hardware and solutions, announced today the upgrade to "XSplit Version 2" on MSI GAMING products featuring the earlier versions of XSplit Gamecaster. XSplit has received an excellent reputation as the software of choice for live streaming gameplay to Twitch and other streaming platforms. With innovative and user-friendly updates, XSplit V2 is guaranteed to bring users cutting-edge streaming tech and a refined user experience on their powerful MSI GAMING devices. MSI is 100% committed to gaming and recognizes streaming as a big part of it that's why most MSI GAMING products come with a premium license to XSplit Gamecaster for free. All MSI GAMING users who are currently using their XSplit license can upgrade to V2 for free.

XSplit V2 represents the biggest update since the release of XSplit Gamecaster back in February 2014 and the biggest leap in terms of improvements and features since the original public release of XSplit Broadcaster back in 2010. In XSplit V2, a brand new range of optimizations, improvements and features implemented across both XSplit Gamecaster and XSplit Broadcaster are meant to ensure a hassle-free, lightning fast streaming experience for both the streamer and the followers. Now, get ready to experience the new XSplit V2 presented by live streaming guru SplitmediaLabs.

TechPowerUp NVIDIA Shield Tablet Giveaway: Here's The Winner!

Another exciting giveaway comes to an end. Here's the winner of TechPowerUp and NVIDIA Shield Tablet giveaway. One lucky winner stood a chance to win an NVIDIA Shield Tablet, the most powerful Android tablet for gaming, which has so much graphics processing muscle, that it has a games and content marketplace of its own, apart from Google Play Store.

Carlos from Portugal is the winner. A huge congrats to you!

Panram Announces Ninja-V Series DDR4-3300 MHz Memory Kits

Panram, a flash and DRAM memory manufacturer, today announces the update of its Ninja - V Series DDR4 lineup with the introduction of 2800, 3000, 3200, and 3300MHz memory modules for high performance on the latest Haswell-E platform.

Since launching 2133MHz and 2400Mhz DDR4 modules earlier this year, Panram has been hard at work to develop higher MHz modules. The new entries to the Ninja - V Series DDR4 family start from 2800MHz to 3300MHz. All Ninja - V Series products are available in 4GB single packs or 8GB/16GB kits.

Chaintech Announces iGame Z97 Motherboard

Chaintech, brought back to life as a motherboard brand, in partnership with Colorful, launched the iGame Z97 socket LGA1150 motherboard. A cross between a gamer-centric and overclocker-centric motherboards, the iGame Z97 combines strong electricals with features gamers expect, such as good onboard audio, and Killer E2200 NIC. The board's most striking feature is its full-coverage water block, which cools the CPU VRM and Z97 PCH.

The LGA1150 socket is powered by a 16-phase VRM. The board draws power from a combination of 24-pin ATX and 8-pin EPS power connectors. Expansion slots include three PCI-Express 3.0 x16, and four PCI-Express 2.0 x1. Storage connectivity includes six SATA 6 Gb/s, and an mSATA. Display outputs include DVI, D-Sub, and HDMI. 8-channel HD audio, with an OPAMP circuit and electrolytic capacitors, and Killer E2200 NIC. Dual-BIOS, and a feature-rich setup program, make for the rest of it. Chaintech is planning to launch the board in Europe and APAC markets.
Wednesday, November 19th 2014

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GELID Launches Slim Silence AM1 CPU Cooler

Thermal Solutions specialist GELID Solutions unveils its 1U low profile Slim Silence AM1 CPU cooler. The cooler is a product of GELID Solutions SILENT product line.

GELID Solutions has extended its product portfolio of CPU coolers to fit AMD's latest AM1 socket. The Slim Silence AM1 cooler comes with a silent 70mm fan. This fan provides high airflow and has an intelligent PWM controller which provides additional air flow only when it is really necessary. With a height of 26mm this heatsink is especially designed for slim chassis with limited space.

Antec Launches New Micro-ATX Case ISK600M

Antec Inc., a leading provider of high-performance computer components and accessories for the gaming, PC upgrade and Do-It-Yourself market, presents a new model of the ISK series, the ISK600M. The case is now commercially available from 84€ (suggested retail price including VAT) and backed by Antec's Quality 3-Year Warranty.

The ISK600M is a compact and robust Micro-ATX case. The durable frame measures 29 cm in height, 27.5 cm in width, and 34 cm in depth. The chassis is made of 0.8 mm cold-rolled steel and features an elegant brushed aluminum front panel. The sophisticated enclosure has space for graphics cards up to 12.5" in length (a total of two expansion slots), a CPU cooler with a maximum height of 17 cm, and six drive bays (three 3.5"bays, three 2.5" bays and one bay for a slim optical drive).

Thermaltake Releases New Stackable Core V21 Micro-ATX Chassis

Thermaltake, being an industry leader in computer chassis, thermal solutions, and power supply units, introduces the new Core V21, the latest addition to the Core V Series, is a quadrate micro M-ATX-based chassis that offers an endless stackable and flexible thermal solution. It allows externally-modular upgrades for enthusiasts to create dual systems.

Designed for use in either a vertical or horizontal orientation on the motherboard, users can customize the chassis for the best viewing presentation. A 200mm fan on the front panel ensures that the Core V21 delivers outstanding cooling performance with compatibility for extensive DIY/AIO LCS, further enhancing the reputation that the air cooling units of the series has become renowned for. Guaranteed to be an immensely powerful system, the Core V21 also has the ability to accommodate various overclocking components to boost performance even further where it counts.

NVIDIA Releases GeForce 344.75 WHQL Game Ready Driver

In what's been a month of driver releases on a near-weekly basis, NVIDIA released its latest "Game Ready" driver, GeForce 344.75 WHQL. In addition to game optimizations for some of the latest game releases of the week, this driver introduces multi-frame sampled anti-aliasing (MFAA), which can be enabled across GeForce GTX 600, GTX 700, and GTX 900 series graphics cards. Game optimizations with this release include FarCry 4, Dragon Age: Inquisition, The Crew, and World of Warcraft: Warlords of Dreanor.
DOWNLOAD: NVIDIA GeForce 344.75 WHQL for Windows 8/7/Vista 64-bit, Windows 8/7/Vista 32-bit, Windows XP 32-bit, and Windows XP 64-bit

LEPA Announces AquaChanger Line of AIO Liquid CPU Coolers

LEPA releases the new AquaChanger All-In-One liquid CPU Cooler series. There are two available models for the different radiator lengths: 120mm and 240mm. AquaChanger features patented Central Diffusing Passage cold plate technology, a protrusive copper base and Dual-Convex blade fans which help facilitate excellent cooling performance. AquaChanger 120 supports +300W TDP and the 240 model supports +350W TDP.

The external design lends inspiration from race engines - a red LED indicates power status. On the back side of water block, the protrusive cold plate not only strengthens the base sturdiness, but also deploys more coolant inside to eliminate CPU hot spot efficiently. Inside the cold plate, LEPA employs patented Central Diffusing Passage (CDP) technique on high density micro fins. This passage reallocates coolant flow efficiently and accelerates the +30% heat absorption from CPU.

Corsair Releases Hydro Series HG10 GPU Liquid Cooling Bracket

Corsair, a worldwide leader in high-performance PC hardware, today announced the immediate availability of the Hydro Series HG10 A1 Edition GPU liquid cooling bracket for AMD Radeon R9 290X and 290 graphics cards. Both a bracket and a heatsink, the HG10 allows the users to attach a Corsair Hydro Series liquid cooler to their graphics card to cool the GPU and other critical circuitry, unlocking a new level of performance and cooling for their GPU.

The black anodized aluminium HG10 bracket combined with a Corsair liquid cooler is a full-coverage GPU liquid cooling solution which cools the graphics card's GPU as well as the heat-producing voltage regulator module (VRM) and video memory. The HG10 utilizes the graphics card's original cooling fan, ensuring improved compatibility with the card's fan speed and temperature monitoring features.
Tuesday, November 18th 2014

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Synology Unveils DiskStation DS1515+ and DS1815+

Synology today introduced DiskStation DS1515+ and DS1815+, 5-bay and 8-bay NAS servers designed for small and medium-sized businesses to facilitate intensive data exchange, collaboration, and backup among large groups of employees.

"SMBs nowadays need a storage solution that is versatile and powerful at the same time; something that can fulfil diverse tasks with utmost reliability," said Rosiel Lee, senior sales and marketing manager at Synology. "DS1515+ and DS1815+ are built for exactly such purposes."

Intel Custom Foundry Demos Industry-Leading 32 Gbps SerDes on 14 nm Process

Intel Corporation today unveiled silicon characterization results for its 1 to 32 Gbps high-speed SerDes on the 14nm process. This 32 Gbps SerDes is the second SerDes offering and adds to the previously announced 1 to 16 Gbps GP 14nm SerDes. It will be available by end of this year.

Intel's 14nm SerDes family is the second generation of SerDes offering and is built on the success of Intel's 12 and 28 Gbps SerDes, which is currently in production on Intel's 22nm Tri-gate process technology. Intel's 14nm SerDes extends the operating range while reducing power by 20 percent and area by more than 40 percent as compared to Intel's 22nm SerDes offering. This announcement marks the first time that a 32 Gbps, multiprotocol SerDes has been validated on any sub-20nm foundry process.

SeaSonic Announces Snow Silent 1050W Power Supply

SeaSonic launched a new line of high-end PSUs that come in the color of the season - white, and offer the low noise levels people have come to expect from the company. The first model is the Snow Silent 1050W. It's body is completely white - even the AC receptacle and switch - with a frosted silver applique around the 120 mm fan's intake grille.

This 80 Plus Platinum certified unit offers a single +12V rail design, and most modern electrical and thermal protection mechanisms. It features fully modular cabling, which includes a 24-pin ATX, two 8-pin EPS (from which one breaks up to two 4-pin ATX), eight 6+2 pin PCIe, fourteen SATA, five Molex, and one Berg connectors. Other features include hybrid fan control, which completely powers down the fan below a load threshold. SeaSonic didn't announce pricing or availability.


Source: Hermitage Akihabara

GIGABYTE Announces X99M-Gaming 5 Micro-ATX Motherboard

GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co. Ltd., a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards announced today the new X99M-Gaming 5, a mATX addition to its X99 lineup based on the Intel X99 chipset with support for the new Intel Core i7 Extreme Edition (Haswell-E) processor and latest DDR4 memory support.

With the GIGABYTE X99M-Gaming 5 motherboard, the ultimate gaming station does not have to be bulky and expensive. With a compact, yet feature rich design, the X99M-Gaming 5 is an affordable solution packed with high-end features including GIGABYTE AMP-UP audio technologies, onboard SATA-Express and M.2 ports for fast data transfers, and a Killer gigabit Lan port from Qualcomm Atheros for better online gaming performance.

Be Quiet! Announces its First High-end PC Case

Be quiet!, market leader for PC power supplies in Germany for eight successive years, introduces its first chassis - the Silent Base 800. This case offers generous space and is firmly aimed at the premium segment - for customers who want high end features in a low noise systems. With its innovative design, be quiet! guarantees silent operation while delivering excellent cooling performance. True to the motto 'Form Follows Function', each component in the Silent Base 800 fulfils a specific purpose in order to increase user-friendliness and bring performance to a new level.

As usual, be quiet! puts strong emphasis on maintaining low noise level for its Silent Base800, without any reduction in performance. To achieve this goal, be quiet! has developed innovative front, top and bottom panels that provide intelligent airflow. Fresh air is deliberately drawn into the casing and transported through the interior, increasing cooling capacity compared to conventional solutions. At the same the panels prevent the sound waves from exiting the chassis.

OCZ Vertex 460A Starts Selling

OCZ Storage Solutions - a Toshiba Group Company and the most awarded solid state drive (SSD) brand of all time, today announced availability of the new Vertex 460A SATA III SSD series for mainstream users. This line includes all the features and performance specifications of the popular Vertex 460 series, with new enhancements including the use of next generation Toshiba A19 MLC NAND flash, and the Company's innovative ShieldPlus Warranty.

Hitting shelves this week, Vertex 460A SSDs were designed to provide the very best of both worlds for those seeking high-end performance and accessories at a competitive price point. With the proven OCZ Barefoot 3 controller at its core, Vertex 460A provides performance that stands apart from other solutions with focus on real world metrics such as sustained performance and mixed workloads, all designed to provide a faster, more responsive computing experience.

AMD Outs Catalyst 14.11.2 Beta

AMD rolled out its latest Catalyst software suite, version 14.11.2 Beta. These drivers add optimizations for two recently launched AAA games, namely FarCry 4, and Dragon Age: Inquisition. With FarCry 4, Catalyst 14.11.2 offers up to 50 percent increase in single-GPU performance, with anti-aliasing enabled, over Catalyst 14.11.1. With Dragon Age: Inquisition, the driver offers a 5 percent performance increase. This driver comes with a CrossFire profile for Dragon Age: Inquisition. CrossFire support for FarCry 4, on the other hand, is disabled, while AMD works with Ubisoft to fix bugs. Grab the driver from the link below.
DOWNLOAD: AMD Catalyst 14.11.2 Beta for Windows 8.1/7/Vista 64-bit | Windows 8.1/7/Vista 32-bit
Monday, November 17th 2014

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Dell to Price its 27-inch 5K Monitor Under $2,000

Dell plans to launch the first consumer 5K monitor some time in December 2014, priced at just under $2,000 a pop. This comes in the wake of Apple launching the first consumer product with a 5K display, its latest iMac Retina all-in-one desktop. Dell's UltraSharp UP2715K is a 27-inch display with 5K (5120 x 2880 pixels) native resolution, which lends it a staggering 218 ppi of pixel density. Compare that to the 157 ppi of 28-inch Ultra HD monitors. 5K is four times as many pixels as WQHD.

The UltraSharp UP2715K features a 10-bit IPS panel, with 99 percent Adobe RGB and 100 percent sRGB palette coverage, and a 12-bit LUT. It offers viewing angles of 178°/178°, 8 ms response time, 350 cd/m² maximum brightness, and 1000:1 static contrast-ratio, with dynamic mega-contrast. The display needs two DisplayPort connections for sufficient bandwidth, to beam those many pixels at 60 Hz. There's also a mini-DisplayPort, but using that would either cap resolution at 3840 x 2160 @ 60 Hz, or drop refresh-rate at the native resolution.


Source: TFT Central

Corsair Launches the Neutron XT Line of Performance SSDs

Corsair gave its SSD family a much needed shot in the arm, with the Neutron XT line of performance SSDs. Built in the 7 mm thick, 2.5-inch form-factor, with SATA 6 Gb/s interface, these drives combine a Phison PS3110 quad-core controller, with modern 19 nm Toshiba A19 MLC NAND flash chips, over an 8-channel interface. The PS3110 brings innovations to the table, such as SmartFlush, which pushes inbound data to the flash, minimizing the chance of data-loss, in the event of a power failure. Other features include native 256-bit AES encryption, with TCG Opal 2.0 compliance.

Corsair Neutron XT comes in three capacities, 240 GB, 480 GB, and 960 GB. The 240 GB variant offers sequential transfer rates of up to 564 MB/s reads, with up to 547 MB/s writes. The 480 GB and 960 GB variants, on the other hand, offer up to 562 MB/s reads, with up to 542 MB/s writes on the 480 GB variant, and up to 532 MB/s on the 960 GB one. All three are rated with write endurance of 124 TB. Corsair also updated its SSD Toolbox software, with a refreshed user interface. It lets you manually optimize performance, update firmware, tweak overprovisioning, clone, erase, and monitor SMART status of the drive. Corsair didn't finalize pricing.

Source: The TechReport
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