Tuesday, September 23rd 2014

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Cooling
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SSD
Storage

Silicon Power Unveils the Slim S80 Solid State Drive

Silicon Power, the world's leading provider of memory storage solutions, today unveils the latest 7mm 2.5" SSS - Slim S80 for the new generation of ultra-slim notebooks with incredibly high capacities up to 960 GB. Built in an extra slim enclosure, the brand-new Slim S80 unleashes the full potential of the 6Gbps SATA III interface to further improve computing capability and mobility. Along with surprisingly fast transferring speeds, reasonable pricing and wide range of capacity choices, SP Slim S80 SSD is now feasible for users to make flexible configuration to achieve great capability enhancement.

Different from standard 9.5 mm SSDs, SP Slim S80 is geared with the super-slim 7 mm form factor for easy integration into the latest mobile computing platforms. Featuring ultra-slim exterior, Slim S80 perfectly complements Ultrabooks in design, and its impressive transfer rates make it the ideal SSD upgrade solution for computer enthusiasts, gamers and multitaskers who want to take their computing experiences to a new level.

Tt eSPORTS Unveils the TALON Series Optical Gaming Mouse

Tt eSPORTS, the leading expert in professional eSports gaming peripherals is releasing the TALON series of optical gaming mice, featuring the TALON and TALON Blu mice. With TALON series, Tt eSPORTS aims to show that quality engineered gaming grade mice can be put out for the more budget conscious gamer; via solid design in sensor, switch, and ambidextrous ergonomic design, and balancing functionality vs. features.

The two mice in the TALON series differ by lighting setup to better match individual preferences, but have the same hardware at its core offering the same high performance in stable tracking, consistency and a good max speed. With the ambidextrous shape, the TALON series mice feel great in either hand.

ROCCAT Releases the Kave XTD Stereo Gaming Headset

ROCCAT Studios, German manufacturer of high-quality gaming peripherals, adds another weapon to its gaming arsenal, the Kave XTD Stereo Gaming Headset.

"Our renowned Kave XTD Series has a brand new family member that provides high-class stereo sound with outstanding design and unmatched quality," says René Korte, founder and CEO of ROCCAT Studios. "When ROCCAT designs a headset, we make big claims and we back them up."

Razer DeathAdder Chroma Gaming Mouse Launched

Razer, a world leader in connected devices and software for gamers, today announced the launch of the Razer DeathAdder Chroma gaming mouse. The Razer DeathAdder Chroma features the renowned ergonomic design of its precursor. It is equipped with a 10,000 DPI optical sensor that is able to track lift-off distance as precise as 1 mm on most surfaces, including glass table tops. The upgraded sensor is capable of mouse movement speeds up to 200 inches per second with 50 G acceleration, ensuring exacting accuracy and organic fluidity onscreen.

Together with Razer Synapse: Stats & Heatmaps, the Razer DeathAdder Chroma provides gamers precise details such as game time, button presses, distance moved and even how much overall pressure was exerted while gaming. This incredible amount of technical tracking data coupled with the upgraded ultra accurate sensor allows gamers to tweak the Razer DeathAdder Chroma to their individual play style and further increase their accuracy more than with any other mouse on the planet.

ASUS Republic of Gamers Announces the G551 and G771 Gaming Laptops

ASUS today announced the Republic of Gamers (ROG) G Series G551 and G771 gaming laptops. These new G Series models represent a performance leap over their predecessors, with up to Intel Core i7 processors and enthusiast-grade NVIDIA GeForce GTX graphics for the horsepower to drive today's games smoothly at their highest settings. The G Series laptops exhibit their visual prowess with wide-angle IPS displays, and provide gamers with Full HD visuals. There's also 4K/UHD-ready Trinity Display output for multi-monitor gaming or multitasking.

The distinctive G Series design features a matte-black brushed-aluminum finish with red diamond-cut edges, and bears an illuminated ROG logo on the lid. The keyboards are designed especially for gamers, and the almost-silent cooling system efficiently removes heat with minimum fan noise.

Toshiba Launches the Tecra C50 Laptop

Toshiba's Business Solutions Division (BSD), a division of Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., today announced a new laptop series designed to meet the needs of small to mid-sized businesses. The Tecra C50 offers the performance of an enterprise-class PC, the essential productivity and security features business users need and unmatched Toshiba build-quality, starting at just $579.99 MSRP and will be sold exclusively in the U.S. through Ingram Micro Inc.'s vast reseller and solution provider network.

"Growing businesses need PCs that their workforces can count on with the features they need to be productive for a low total cost of ownership - we've designed the new Tecra C50 laptop just for that," said Carl Pinto, vice president of marketing and engineering, Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., Business Solutions Division. "Unlike other manufacturers who outsource most of their production, our business laptops are designed, engineered and rigorously tested in dedicated Toshiba facilities, giving us one of the industry's lowest failure rates. We are so sure of the quality of these laptops, that if any of the major components fail within the first six months, we'll give you a brand new one, no questions asked."

Synology Launches DiskStation DS415+ NAS

Synology today announced the new DiskStation DS415+, a powerful 4-bay NAS server designed to centralize data storage, backup, and file sharing for small and medium-sized businesses, as well as enthusiast home users. DS415+ features an Intel Atom 2.4Ghz quad-core processor with an AES-NI hardware encryption engine, a floating-point unit, as well as 2GB DDR3 RAM. The four drive bays accommodate huge amounts of storage capacity, while the USB 3.0, USB 2.0, and eSATA ports allow users to connect and access various external storage devices. Dual LAN ports support failover and link aggregation, thus improving resiliency and potential throughput.

"Thanks to its best-in-class combination of hardware specs and DSM software integration, DS415+ handles data transfer and encryption at blazingly fast speeds, bringing peace of mind to businesses or individuals who wish to safeguard their data while maintaining excellent performance," said Michael Wang, product manager at Synology Inc. As the first desktop DiskStation model to include a quad-core processor and AES-NI hardware encryption engine, DS415+ delivers performance and accelerated data encryption that is on par with more expensive high-end servers. With link aggregation enabled, DS415+ provides average reading and writing speeds that exceed 228 MB/s and 233 MB/s respectively, while encrypted file transfers retain an astoundingly similar level of performance, exceeding 232 MB/s reading and 206 MB/s writing.

MSI Z97S SLI Krait Edition Motherboard Starts Selling

MSI, world leader in motherboard technology, is proud to announce its latest motherboard, the Z97S SLI Krait Edition. Inspired by and developed in cooperation with the world's elite case modders, the new Z97S SLI Krait Edition is equipped with an arsenal of new features, improvements like NVIDIA SLI certified for enthusiasts looking to pair up multiple graphics cards. On-board M.2 and SATA Express provides the latest storage technology with transfer speeds up to 10 Gb/s, with flexible solutions for using preferred devices. Military Class 4 provide all the stability you need through carefully selected and thoroughly tested components and materials. The Z97S SLI Krait Edition motherboard caters to those looking for a feature rich motherboard with a unique look & feel.

MSI Holding Off on GTX 980 Lightning, in Anticipation of Bigger Chip

MSI is reportedly holding off on launching an overclocking-grade GeForce GTX 980 graphics card that you can ride into record-setting competitions, based on its coveted OC Series Lightning brand. The company probably wants to avoid a repeat of last year, when launch of its GeForce GTX 780 Lightning graphics card was closely trailed by NVIDIA's launch of the inherently faster GeForce GTX 780 Ti, and resulting price-cuts for the GTX 780, throwing MSI's inventories in jeopardy. The year before that, MSI launched the Radeon HD 7970 Lightning just weeks before AMD launched the faster HD 7970 GHz Edition.

MSI could stick to selling its Gaming Series GTX 980, equipped with the new Twin Frozr V cooling solution, even offering factory-overclocked variants of the card. This also leads one to wonder if NVIDIA has a third, high-end graphics card based on the GM204 silicon, on the 'cards,' one with higher clock speeds, or a higher temperature-based clock speed throttle, which is currently at a hair-trigger 80°C on the GTX 980.


Source: NordicHardware
Monday, September 22nd 2014

Today's Reviews

Cases
Cooling
Desktop PC
Graphics Cards
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Memory
Monitors
Motherboards
Mouse
NAS
Networking
Processors
PSUs
Speakers
SSD
Storage

Super Talent Updates Its 7-pin SATA Flash Disk Module

Super Talent Technology, a leading manufacturer of NAND Flash storage solutions, updates its 7-pin SATA FDM with the 7-pin SATA SJ1. The very popular 7-pin SATA FDM is now available in a SATA III version which allows for read speeds of up to 300 MB/s and write speeds of up to 100 MB/s.

These modules mount directly onto a mainboard and are perfect for maximizing performance of embedded computing applications. The small form factor along with a left or right facing version allows for space saving solutions where component placement is very important. Further information on the 7-pin SATA SJ1 can be found here.

Corsair Unleashes Corsair Gaming RGB Keyboards, RGB Mice, and Headsets

Corsair, a leader in PC hardware, today launched Corsair Gaming, a new division within the company dedicated to the elevation of PC gaming and the development of high-performance PC peripherals. Forged from Corsair's engineering know-how and developed alongside eSports professionals and gaming enthusiasts, Corsair Gaming products are driven by a philosophy of performance, style, and comfort. Corsair Gaming's first salvo is the immediate worldwide release of the much-anticipated range of RGB keyboards and mice.

"For 20 years, Corsair has equipped gamers with high-performance, precision hardware to build their dream PCs. Corsair Gaming now introduces new ways for PC gamers to optimize how they play," said Andy Paul, Corsair President and CEO. "We've brought together our engineering expertise and our passion for gaming to build a line of products that delivers performance, customized for however you play."

VESA Brings DisplayPort to New USB Type-C Connector

The Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA), working in liaison with the USB 3.0 Promoter Group, today announced the publication of the DisplayPort Alternate Mode ("Alt Mode") on USB Type-C Standard. Using the DisplayPort Alt Mode, a USB Type-C connector and cable can deliver full DisplayPort audio/video (A/V) performance, driving monitor resolutions of 4K and beyond, SuperSpeed USB (USB 3.1) data and up to 100 watts of power--over a single cable. The DisplayPort Alt Mode can also drive adaptors that support the huge installed base of existing DisplayPort, HDMI, DVI, and VGA displays.

VESA utilized the Alternate Mode functional extension of the USB Type-C specification in the development of this new Standard. The DisplayPort Alt Mode repurposes some or all of the four existing SuperSpeed USB lanes to deliver full DisplayPort performance, and uses other signaling available in the USB Type-C connector for DisplayPort's AUX channel and HPD (Hot Plug Detection) function. This enables computers, tablets, smartphones, displays, and docking stations to implement the new USB Type-C connector at both ends while using the DisplayPort Standard over USB Type-C to transmit high-resolution A/V along with USB data and power.

Adesso Announces Tru-Form 150 Keyboard

The new Adesso Tru-Form 150 - 3-Color Illuminated Ergonomic keyboard is designed with ergonomic split key zones and a gentle slope for the natural positioning of hands, wrists, and forearms, increasing maximum comfort and extended use. With its eye-soothing backlit keys made for increased productivity in dim or dark environments, you can easily switch between green, blue or red lights with one touch of a key! The multi-functional hotkeys allow quick access to your media controls, email, internet browser and other common applications. The Adesso Tru-Form 150 is also designed with membrane key switches that provide a quieter, faster response and stands up to long term usage. Sleek and modern, Adesso Tru-Form 150 brings the best in comfort, efficiency, and style.

Innodisk Announces Certified Storage Solutions for In-Vehicle Computing

Innodisk, the service-driven flash provider, announces today a new line of SSDs and DRAM designed specifically for in-vehicle computing. These storage solutions stand up to the challenges posed by the extreme environments found in cars, buses, trains, ships, fleet vehicles, and military vehicles. Innodisk is the first peripheral supplier to obtain the European E-Mark certification, and the only storage solution provider with multiple in-vehicle computing compliant standards for EMI resistance. There are multiple peripherals and electronic devices in any modern vehicle, each of which can create electromagnetic radiation that disturbs the function of other electronic components. Innodisk's In-Vehicle SSDs are certified products that cause no electromagnetic interference. System reliability is ensured at the end application.

Power is no guarantee in a moving vehicle. Innodisk's exclusive iCell and iData Guard are integrated firmware and hardware technologies that ensure data integrity even when power is not guaranteed. When power loss is detected, multiple on-board capacitors provide a power buffer to the SSD so that the last piece of data on the DRAM can be safely discharged to flash storage. At the same time, the data protection mechanism is activated to reject data commands from the host. This design can prevent incomplete data from being recorded and cause a bad block in the NAND flash.

Cooler Master Announces Novatouch TKL Keyboard

Cooler Master, a leading developer of PC and electronic components and accessories, today announces the NovaTouch TKL, a hybrid capacitive keyboard designed for high speed, extreme accuracy, and total comfort in the ultimate typing experience.

The Cooler Master NovaTouch TKL provides the ultimate typing experience for all - including the eSports professional and the expert typist. To achieve this, the NovaTouch TKL uses a Japanese made hybrid capacitive switch with a uniform 45 gram actuation force and a 1mm actuation point. This Cooler Master exclusive unique switch has an ultra smooth press, a tactile trigger point, and a rapid debounce time. The debounce time is 3x faster than traditional mechanical switches, allowing Actions per Minute (APM) to not be hindered by hardware limitations. Additionally, the switch is designed with a custom stem that is fully compatible with Cherry MX keycaps for keyboard customization enthusiasts.

BIOSTAR Announces Hi-Fi Z97Z7 Socket LGA1150 Motherboard

BIOSTAR has launched the first development of what might become a possible series of high-end gaming boards, the Hi-Fi Z97Z7 motherboard, a board with cutting-edge features and innovative durability enhancements. The Hi-Fi Z97Z7, based on the Intel Z97 chipset, comes with key features such as a PCI Express 3.0x16 slot, PCIe M.2 support, and BIOSTAR exclusive Super Hi-Fi Audio technology.

The Hi-Fi Z97Z7 is an ATX form factor board that features Intel socket 1150 support. It has 4 memory slots for up to 32GB of 2800(OC) RAM. The on-board HDMI supports 4K and 2K resolutions. There is also the introduction of the SATA Express Connector which supports both SATA and PCIe storage solutions giving maximum data transfer speed of up to 10Gb/s.

NVIDIA Rolls Out GeForce 344.16 Beta Drivers

Shortly after rolling out the GeForce 344.11 WHQL drivers following the launch of its GeForce GTX 900 series GPUs, NVIDIA slipped out GeForce 344.16 Beta drivers. The driver only supports GeForce GTX 980 and GTX 970 GPUs, and doesn't come with a working release notes link, and so we're left to guess that NVIDIA found a bug specific to the GTX 980 and GTX 970 that needed immediate fixing, and rushed out the 344.11 Beta. Grab it from the link below.
DOWNLOAD: NVIDIA GeForce 344.16 Beta

Gigabyte Announces G1.Sniper B6 Socket LGA1150 Motherboard

Gigabyte announced a new G1.Gaming series socket LGA1150 motherboard for gamers who don't plan on overclocking their CPUs, the G1.Sniper B6. Retaining the classic black+green color scheme, which should go well with reference-design GTX 980 and GTX 970 graphics cards, the G1.Sniper B6 is based on Intel B85 Express chipset, and comes with out of the box support for Core "Haswell" and "Devil's Canyon" CPUs. On the flip-side, while the board features two long PCI-Express x16 slots, only one of the two is gen 3.0 x16, and wired to the CPU. The other is electrical gen 2.0 x4, wired to the PCH, instead. The board hence lacks NVIDIA SLI support.

Drawing power from a combination of 24-pin ATX and 8-pin EPS connectors, the board features an 8-phase CPU VRM. Other expansion slots include two each of PCI-Express 2.0 x1 and legacy PCI. Storage connectivity includes an M.2 10 Gb/s slot, and four SATA 6 Gb/s and two SATA 3 Gb/s ports. Gamer-grade features include AMP UP onboard audio featuring an EMI-shielded 115 dBA SNR CODEC, ground-layer isolation, audio-grade electrolytic capacitors, and a user-replaceable headphones amp; and Intel gigabit Ethernet. Expect this board to be priced under $120.
Saturday, September 20th 2014

iBUYPOWER Launches Systems with NVIDIA GTX 980 GPUs

The most amazing advancement in gaming graphics has arrived. iBUYPOWER is proud to announce that it now carries a full range of gaming systems powered by NVIDIA's new GeForce GTX 980.

Ever thirsty for more performance and better graphics, our team of engineers is thrilled to feature NVIDIA's new GPU in our systems, and we think end users will be even more excited. The GeForce GTX 980 represents a major jump above the previous generation of GPUs, and there's no shortage of hit PC game titles coming out this holiday season to take advantage of the new "Maxwell" architecture.
Friday, September 19th 2014

Velocity Micro Systems Now Available with GeForce GTX 980 and GTX 970 Graphics

Velocity Micro, the premier builder of award winning enthusiast desktops, laptops, and peripherals announces the availability of gaming PCs powered by NVIDIA's new GeForce GTX 980 and GTX 970 graphics. Fully customized systems powered by these freshly announced GPUs and built with premium, retail grade parts, assembled by hand in Richmond, Virginia, start at around $2099.

"This new Maxwell architecture is exactly what our enthusiast audience is looking for. Powerful, advanced, and efficient, these cards are truly something special," said Randy Copeland, President and CEO of Velocity Micro. "We're excited to be able to offer these new products as a part of our ongoing pursuit to create an ultra-performance, cutting-edge product."
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