Monday, October 20th 2014

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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
Friday, October 17th 2014

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Samsung Chromebook 2 Now Available with Intel Processor

Samsung, the leading Chromebook brand, today announced availability of the new, 11-inch Chromebook 2 with an Intel Celeron (N2840) processor. The laptop is available for pre-order now for an MSRP of $249.99.

Premium, High-Powered Performance
The Samsung Chromebook 2 utilizes an Intel Celeron (N2840) processor, with speeds up to 2.58 GHz and a 1 MB L2 cache, providing fast performance and energy efficiency. With an overall system memory of 2 GB, eMMc technology and a storage capacity of 16 GB, the Chromebook 2 provides ample space for all of a user's needs.

Cooler Master Announces CM Storm Suppressor Gaming Keyboard

Cooler Master, a leading creator, innovator, and manufacturer of desktop components and peripherals, today announced the Suppressor, a keyboard tuned for gamers that enjoy being the silent assassin. Serious gamers take note; the Suppressor is well balanced to assist in deploying to each and every arena.

Suppressor is uniquely tuned to be your ideal tool for battle with a detachable USB cable for better and easier cable management and travel, a white LED light that keeps you gaming even in the darkest reaches of a LAN, silent membrane key switches equipped with a long life material to last through many skirmishes, and instant activation multimedia keys to activate your war songs. Add in its lightweight and durable design and Suppressor becomes a force to be reckoned with.The Suppressors LED backlight can be adjusted in 3 brightness levels or can be completely turned off. And for a more ergonomic gaming experience the Suppressor comes with a removable wrist rest in the box.

Angelbird SSD wrk for Mac Ships with Hardwrk SATA3 Adapter Kit

Angelbird, Austria's premium SSD manufacturer and hardwrk, specialist for MacBook Upgrade Kits, now offer an attractive bundle containing a SSD wrk for Mac and a SATA3 Adapter Kit for MacBook (Pro).

The bundle allows users to benefit from all the advantages of the SSD wrk for Mac and the SATA3 Adapter Kit for MacBook (Pro). Angelbird's SSD wrk for Mac is the only third party SSD that supports TRIM for Mac out of the box. The combination with hardwrks SATA3 Adapter Kit for MacBook (Pro) allows for interesting configuration options. You can either use the strong performance of the SSD wrk for Mac in a set-up that is designed for maximum speed or in a Fusion Drive. Customers can choose between the capacities 128 GB, 256 GB and 512 GB.

LEPA Unveils LPC501 Mid-Tower Case

LEPA unveils the LPC501 mid-tower chassis series, a case with a well-thought internal structure and excellent ventilation. LPC501 features a wide and flexible space to support multiple drives and an advanced VGA system. LPC501 offers two builds: a basic build and a more advanced build. LPC501B is the basic model; it comes with an embossed side panel and three pre-installed fans. LPC501A is the advanced model; this version comes with acrylic side panels and three pre-installed fans, two of which are LEPA's patented circular LED fans. LPC501 provides the mainstream users an advanced choice at the right cost.

LPC501 is designed with wide area mesh in the major panels; this design provides smooth, undisturbed air circulation. In addition, the LPC501 has ample room and has a total of six fan slots. Three fans are included and pre-installed - two in front panel provide the system abundant cooling airflow and one in the rear panel helps keep the system properly ventilated. LPC501A, the advanced model, replaces the front fans with LEPA's patented circular LED design. These fans come in a delightful blue color and offer additional exquisite lighting effect and a great overall upgrade for the system. LPC501 provides a clearance of 174mm height for CPU coolers.

Eurocom Unveils 13-inch M4 Notebook with Quad HD Display

At Eurocom, laptop upgradeability is king, and now we are launching another hi-resolution display option for the EUROCOM M4 13.3" high performance monster. Now customers have the option between three hi-res displays starting with the 3200x1800 Quad-HD+ masterpiece, the 1920x1080 Full-HD gem and now the 2560x1440 tour de force with a whopping 1000: 1 contrast ratio. Customers can choose the exact display that suits their needs and budget.

"The three display options coupled with the high performance components of the EUROCOM M4 make it a very desirable product for users who require a high performance laptop that is very thin, light and mobile" Mark Bialic, Eurocom President. A great computing experience is all about great visuals, the M4 does not disappoint with a choice between three beautiful 13.3" 3200x1800 QHD+, 2560x1440 Quad HD matte and 1920x1080 Full HD matte displays powered by powerful NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M graphics.
Thursday, October 16th 2014

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Apple Introduces 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K Display

Apple today unveiled the 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K display, featuring the world's highest resolution display with a breathtaking 14.7 million pixels. At this amazing resolution, text appears sharper than ever, videos are unbelievably lifelike, and you can see new levels of detail in your photos. With the latest quad-core processors, high-performance graphics, Fusion Drive and Thunderbolt 2, iMac with Retina 5K display is the most powerful iMac ever made - it's the ultimate display combined with the ultimate all-in-one.

"Thirty years after the first Mac changed the world, the new iMac with Retina 5K display running OS X Yosemite is the most insanely great Mac we have ever made," said Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. "With a breathtaking 14.7 million pixel display, faster CPU and graphics, Fusion Drive, and Thunderbolt 2, it's the most beautiful and powerful iMac ever."

Apple Updates the Mac mini

Apple today updated Mac mini with the latest technologies and a new lower starting price, making Apple's most affordable Mac an even better value. Mac mini now features fourth generation Intel Core processors, integrated graphics that are up to 90 percent faster, 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Thunderbolt 2 and is still the world's most energy efficient desktop.

"People love Mac mini. It's a great first Mac or addition to your home network, and the new Mac mini is a nice upgrade packed into an incredibly compact design," said Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. "With the latest CPU and graphics, faster Wi-Fi, two Thunderbolt 2 ports, OS X Yosemite, and starting at just $499, the new Mac mini is the best value ever."

AMD Reports 2014 Third Quarter Results

AMD today announced revenue for the third quarter of 2014 of $1.43 billion, operating income of $63 million and net income of $17 million, or $0.02 per share. Non-GAAP operating income was $66 million and non-GAAP net income was $20 million, or $0.03 per share.

"AMD's third quarter financial performance reflects progess in diversifying our business," said Dr. Lisa Su, AMD president and CEO. "Our Enterprise, Embedded and Semi-Custom segment results were strong; however, performance in our Computing and Graphics segment was mixed based on challenging market conditions that require us to take further steps to evolve and strengthen the financial performance of this business. Our top priority is to deliver leadership technologies and products as we continue to transform AMD."

Apple OS X Yosemite Available Today as a Free Upgrade

Apple today announced that OS X Yosemite, the latest major release of the world's most advanced desktop operating system, is available as a free upgrade for Mac users from the Mac App Store. Yosemite delivers a fresh, modern look and introduces Continuity features that make it easy to hand off activities between Mac and iOS devices and even make and receive iPhone calls from your Mac. Yosemite also includes a new Today view, a redesigned Spotlight and updated versions of Safari, Mail, Messages and iTunes.

"OS X Yosemite is the most advanced version of OS X we've ever built, with a brand new design, amazing Continuity features and powerful versions of the apps you use every day," said Craig Federighi, Apple's senior vice president of Software Engineering. "OS X Yosemite ushers in the future of computing, where your Apple devices all work together seamlessly and magically. It's something only Apple can do, and it's available today."

Linksys Launches High Performance Tri-Band and 4x4 Wireless AC Routers for Famil

Linksys today announced two new routers that will help provide faster wireless networking speeds for families with multiple internet users as well as single users that use the internet for high bandwidth applications such as gaming or video streaming. The two new wireless AC routers, the Linksys AC3200 Tri-Band Smart Wi-Fi Router (EA9200) and the Linksys AC2400 Dual Band Wi-Fi Router (E8350), a 4X4 AC router, provide network speeds up to 3.2 Gbps and 2.4 Gbps, respectively*. These two new powerhouse Linksys routers provide networking functionality suited for large or small environments that need the maximum performance and range for their home networks.

"Linksys is all about quality and performance. Our goal with these new routers is to provide a solution that will help families who have a lot of devices connected to the internet wirelessly achieve better performance on each device or for single users that demand high performance on a single device such as gaming or streaming video," said Mike Chen, vice president product development, Linksys. "We have been working closely with our vendors to design and engineer these routers so they have advantages to outperform and provide the value consumers are looking for in high end routers."

Anidees AI-07 Starts Selling

Introducing, the Anidees AI-07, a full ATX case, supporting Micro-ATX and Mini-ITX. Purely focused on cooling performance and maximum configurability, this case maintains Anidees pedigree of compact size and quality build that will look great in any workspace. The dual chamber design divides hot running components allowing direct airflow cooling to all of the components, one chamber delivers cooler air to the motherboard, processor, graphics cards and another one for the hard drives and power supply.

The case comes with four 120mm LED fans on the front and also can be upgraded with several additional fans if needed supporting a maximum of 8 fans in total throughout the case. The case has support for a large 200mm fan too, allowing a quieter operation. Featuring several options for placing radiators for watercooling, providing excellent cooling solutions with support of 3x240 and 1x120mm radiators, the flexibility of this case really gives the users the possibility to create their great system build.

Lian Li Announces the PC-T80 Test Bench

Lian-Li Industrial Co. Ltd, today announces the brushed aluminum PC-T80 DIY Test bench. An update of the PC-T60, the PC-T80 features the same high quality, simple design that has made its predecessor a favorite across the DIY community, while adding native radiator support and a more modular design. The PC-T80, with the dimensions of 440mm x 435mm x 335mm (17.3"x 17.1" x 13.1") WxHxD, is separated into three zones, allowing for easy configuration and updates of hardware.

A dual functioning bracket allows for the installation of radiators up to 360mm or three 3.5'/2.5" HDDs. The HDD cage and power supply location in the lower zone can be easily exchanged, and if desired an additional HDD cage can be installed in the lower zone. The bottom zone also allows for the hard drive cage and power supply to be mounted in several different positions according to the builder's preference. An additional HDD cage can be mounted in the middle position.

MSI Launches Gaming AIO Desktops with GTX 980M and GTX 970M GPUs

MSI, world-renowned manufacturer in gaming hardware today introduces two 27-inch All-in-One Gaming PCs: AG270 2QE and AG270 2QC, the first in the world featuring the all-new NVIDIA GeForce GTX980M and GTX970M discrete graphics cards. Both PCs are equipped with a 4th gen Intel Core i7 quad-core processor and up to 16GB DDR3 memory to get the maximum out of PC games. The 27-inch display is also one of its kind, including Anti-Flicker and Less Blue Light technology applied to its anti-glare implementation, so gamer's eyes are protected better from eyestrain during long gaming sessions.

MSI is the first manufacturer in the world to develop All-in-One PCs designed for e-Sports, packing a high-performance graphics card into the limited space of a highly-integrated All-in-One PC. The AG270 is the first AIO to introduce the latest NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M/970M discrete graphics card with up to 8GB of GDDR5 RAM. The next-generation NVIDIA Maxwell architecture delivers advanced performance, unmatched power efficiency, and cutting edge features for truly unique ways to game. Gamers will be able to enjoy perfect visuals without lag in both singleplayer or online MP modes in the latest or upcoming PC game titles such as Far Cry 4, Assassins Creed: Unity, and EVOLVE.

FSP Announces 80 Plus Platinum AURUM PT Power Supply Series

FSP, an experienced power supply manufacturer, today announces the new AURUM PT Series of PC Power Supplies. This high end modular PSU is designed specifically for gaming enthusiasts and demanding overclockers. At 80 Plus Platinum certification, AURUM PT Series delivers a premium product and is the ideal choice for those seeking high-performance, reliability and quality.

The AURUM PT Series delivers high-performance at a great cost to power ratio. To do this safely, the AURUM PT features full industrial-grade Japanese capacitors and solid capacitors on the secondary side. This ensures the +12V Single-Rail Design delivers consistent ripple free power. In addition, E-Sync Remote-Sensing provides Synchronized 3.3V/5V/12V with a superbly stable signal. E-Sync Remote-Sensing is an FSP exclusive technology that provides superior noise and ripple suppression.

COUGAR Launches 600M Gaming Mouse

COUGAR. COUGAR announces today the release of the new 600M gaming mouse. The 600M is COUGAR's second gaming mouse after the acclaimed award-winning 700M. This mouse has been specially designed to suit gamers with a claw grip, but palm and fingertip grip users will find it very comfortable too.

The COUGAR 600M has been designed with the clear objective of offering gamers a mouse that can both provide state-of-the-art technology, all the features necessary to enhance the gaming experience and an aesthetically pleasing design. Its premium components (OMRON switches, ADNS-9800 Sensor, premium quality soft touch surface) guarantee a flawless performance during gameplay, and its 32-bit ARM processor and 512KB on-board storage provide virtually instantaneous responses and the possibility, without depending on any computer or external device, of keeping up to 3 full configuration profiles stored on board. Aesthetically, this mouse is very stylish and has a unique feature in that the left mouse button is a floating key with a big LED backlight that can display up to 16.8 million colors.

8K A Great Challenge: NVIDIA and AMD

Even as 4K Ultra HD (3840 x 2160) is beginning to enter the consumer mainstream, with 28-inch displays being priced around $600, and Apple toying with 5K (5120 x 2880), with its next-generation iMac Retina desktops, Japanese display maker Sharp threw a spanner in the works, by unveiling a working prototype of its 8K (7680 x 4320 pixels) display, at the CETAC trade-show, held in Japan.

Two of the industry's biggest graphics processor makers, NVIDIA and AMD, reacted similarly to the development, calling 8K "a great challenge." Currently, neither company has a GPU that can handle the resolution. 8K is four times as many pixels as 4K. Driving an Ultra HD display over DVI needs two TMDS links, and DisplayPort 1.2 and HDMI 2.0 have just enough bandwidth to drive Ultra HD at 60 Hz. To drive 8K, both NVIDIA and AMD believe you would need more than one current-generation GPU, the display should connect to both cards over independent connectors, and somehow treat the single display as four Ultra HD displays. We imagine Sharp demoed its display at a very low refresh rate, to compensate for the bandwidth limitation. After 10 years of Full-HD tyranny, display resolutions are finally beginning to see their normal rate of development. It's time now for GPU developers and display interconnects to keep up.


Source: Expreview
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